Monday, December 15, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Wonderful Focal Point Photo

Yikes, it's been a while. I have been scrapping, but these times, they are a-busy. Here's a little something created recently. It's the granddaughter again, of course!

How wonderful it is to have such a compelling focal point photo! Those tight crops can be stunning. Not only does the cluster embellishment highlight the focal point photo, but double matting and placing the title and journaling nearby bring additional attention.

I kept the embellishing simple for this layout, focusing on the unique shape and size of my stickers. But when it came to visual triangles, I went all out! The stickers form one triangle, the mini dots are in groups of three, there are three embellishment clusters, and the words “lucy” + “joy” + the large flower form a visual triangle of pink. Too much? 

Hope you are enjoying your holiday season!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Big Circle Pattern

Here's a recent scrapbook layout made by combining trendy big circles with mixed media scrapbooking supplies and my Silhouette. The page is about our vacation this past summer. Right now there's several inches of snow on the ground, so I need a little beach fix.

Collection Featured: Fancy Pants Nautical
I die cut the circle frames with my Silhouette and painted them with watercolors. This technique wraps the photos in the warm colors of sunshine and sets a fresh summer mood for the page. Embossing paste and enamel dots create a subtle visual triangle around the circles. The washi tape behind the title helps it stand out on the page.

You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Glitter, Sparkle and Shine on a Scrapbook Layout

Cold, grey November days are on the way, so why not counteract that with some glittery gold that is such a popular scrapbook trend right now? That's exactly what the team over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  did with the November Gallery theme: Glitter, Sparkle, Shine. 

Collection Featured: JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kit, August 2014
This layout takes me back to warmer weather and our summer vacation. Life is so good at the beach, and I wanted to capture that joyfulness with glitter, sparkle and shine! I painted a background band with ocean blue watercolors, then sewed and layered over top. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team right here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Scrapbook Layout Storytelling: Setting

Sometimes the story behind my scrapbook photos is all about the place or places involved. When setting is key, I like the challenge of conveying that in a special way on the layout. This page, for example, is about leaving our favorite hangouts in Michigan when we moved back to Ohio.

I represented the setting in my design by cutting out the shape of Michigan with my Silhouette and filling it with a collage of photos. This composition captures glimpses of familiar spots and groups them together in an interesting way. You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Class: Curated Scrapbook Albums

The following is from Debbie Hodge's newest online scrapbooking class, Curated Albums. I'll be taking this class in November. Hope you will consider being a part of the class!

With “Curated Albums,” revisit your body of scrapbooking work and pick out the very best pages and page combinations to tell overarching stories that compel you. This isn’t about re-ordering your current scrapbook albums. This isn’t about making new theme albums. This is about identifying recurring themes and compelling storylines in your past work, excerpting what you already have, filling in where needed, and making easy-to-hold and replicate personal story books.

The Curated Albums class includes:
  • Video and written lessons each week
  • One dozen curated album ideas
  • Four curated album story arcs
  • Design ideas for physical album, covers, dividers, and table of contents options
  • Print-, cut-, and digital-design files for curated album storytelling
  • Curation process walkthroughs including brainstorming ideas and digitizing paper pages with photography, scan-and-stitch, and send-out services
The Curated Albums class schedule is as follows:
The written and video lessons are made available on Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks. You access them at your convenience and then share in a private forum and gallery where your classmates respond at their convenience. You do not need to be anywhere at any specific time.
The office hours sessions are live and scheduled at several different hours. You can post your questions and links in the forum and gallery ahead of time if you cannot attend. A video recording of the office hours and chat log will be posted in your classroom area with 24 hours.
Lesson 1: Tues, Nov 4.
Lesson 2: Tues, Nov 11.
Lesson 3: Tues, Nov 18.
Lesson 4: Tues, Nov 25.
Office Hours: Thurs, Nov 6 at 8pm ET.
Office Hours: Weds, Nov 12 at 1pm ET.
Office Hours: Thurs, Nov 20 at 9pm ET.
Office Hours: Mon, Nov 24 at 4pm ET.