Saturday, December 27, 2014

Favorite Scrapbook Layouts of 2014 and a Blog Goodbye

What a year 2014 has been for us! We basically re-arranged our lives in just about every way imaginable: new state, new community, new house, new job for my husband and a new baby granddaughter! It has been worth all the upheaval in so many ways for so many reasons. 

One thing that did not change was my love of scrapping. Here are my favorite layouts from the past year and a short explanation of why they made the cut.
This layout is included because there is a photo of me that I actually like. Shocking, I know.

Great memories of a location we lived in for almost 25 years. Don't tell my rabid OSU-fan family, but there are things about Michigan that are quite nice.

Any layout that combines photos spanning over 40 years is a winner in my book. I love making these kinds of connections.

Going to the beach is another family tradition that has spanned the decades. Finding new ways to document this ongoing story is a challenge I gladly accept.

Self-explanatory, don't you think? Plus, I have no words to describe.

He really is an awesome grandfather. I love being a grandmother with him. This is a great time of life for us and we are thankful.

There is one more change coming in 2015. My blogging has slowed down significantly and it is time to face the fact that this means of online communication no longer fits my life. There, I admitted it. Big sigh. So I will no longer be blogging here, but will keep the site up. I'm not ready to erase 5 years of creative effort, at least not yet. It is also a woman's prerogative to change her mind.

I will continue scrapping and being active online, just in different forms that currently energize and inspire me. I will be posting layouts in the galleries and leaving comments in the forums at Get It Scrapped! This wonderful community has become my new online home and I want to focus my energies there. Truth be told, blogging has become lonely for me. I want to hang with the crowd.

My Pinterest boards will continue to flourish, and I would like to get back to posting process videos on my YouTube channel. So I'm not going away completely, just re-directing my energies.

Thank you to everyone who has viewed this blog, left comments, and just generally been supportive. I am grateful for the online friendships, especially this past year. My very best wishes to you all!

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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