Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Is Now Available!

I am very excited to be a part of the 35th issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. My layout is part of the PageMaps article that begins on page 29. Did I mention this is very exciting?

Ali Edwards has an article on scrapbooking mentors that is full of inspiring layout ideas. Cathy Zielske is a brand new contributor with an article on clean and simple scrapbooking. I am so happy to see her back in print!

You can download this issue for FREE at the Scrapbook & Cards Today website. Personally, I like to hold this beautiful magazine in my own two hands, so I have a subscription.

Don't miss out on all the inspiration!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Page Tuesday: One Page + Grid

My event scrapbook pages typically include lots of photos, so a two-page scrapbook layout is my best option. My layout strategy: use a design I typically scrap for a single page and mix it with a grid design on the facing page. Such an easy way to scrap eleven photos!
Collection Featured: Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup
This page is about our nephew's high school graduation party. The two portrait style photos of him serve as the focal point, supported by a grid of candid shots from the party on the opposite page. I united the two sides of the layout by running strips of patterned paper along the top and bottom border of both pages, and repeating flair, enamel triangles and wood flags on both pages.

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

Check out the Get It Scrapped Membership! It combines Masterful Scrapbook Design's magazine format and live design conversations with the hands-on video tutorials of Scrapbook Coach in one all-access pass. Membership now includes access to a library of sketches and Photoshop templates! The newest Masterful Scrapbook Design class ebook, Story Play, is ready for members with 10 live events scheduled during September and October on the topic. Click here to view more details

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

I am excited to be participating in the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour today! What fun. My friend Michelle Houghton tagged me last Monday. Michelle is on the creative team at Get It Scrapped! and one of the talented teachers at Creative Passion Classes. If you are interested in Copic markers, artistic doodling, or mixed media, you'll want to be sure to check out Michelle's classes.

Thanks for inviting me to be part of the tour, Michelle! Now, on to the questions:  

1. What am I working on right now?
I always have a Creative Team project for either Get It Scrapped! or Write.Click.Scrapbook in the works. I also teach at Creative Passion Classes, where I'm currently writing a new class, tentatively called "Giving Your Process Power". The class will combine design principles with stash busting in the form of challenges that promise to be both fun and educational. Finally, I try to set aside time for personal scrapping. Just finished this layout using the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
That is so hard to answer because I rarely complete anything in one sitting. I prefer to start a layout, let it sit overnight and come back to it the next day with fresh eyes. That slows my process, but I'm always more satisfied with the final result when I work that way. If I had to guess a total time, I'd say anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I love it all! Seriously, I don't think I would love scrapbooking as much without my Silhouette Cameo. So many possibilities with that machine. Patterned paper, hand stitching and typed journaling strips appear on almost every one of my layouts. Recently I've been experimenting with embossing paste and stencils.

4. How does my creating process work?
My most comfortable process begins with photos and story. These two things drive everything else. I try to choose papers and embellishments that enhance the photos and illustrate the story. I'm especially color-driven in choosing supplies. My title is often pulled from the journaling, or sometimes I choose to create a longer title that requires no further explanation. After laying down a background, there must be a place for the photos, title and journaling. Then comes the embellishing and stitching and all the finishing touches. I try to keep the page balanced and not add too much!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I am inspired by my Creative Team assignments. They push me to think outside the box. I also enjoy watching scrapbook process videos on YouTube. Usually something in the video will give me a creative spark. Masterful Scrapbook Design and Scrapbook Coach provide so much inspiration on a regular basis. I often print pages from these resources and keep them in a notebook for instant ideas. Finally, I'm a big fan of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I read both the blog and the magazine. Can't wait for fresh inspiration when the fall issue is released on Friday!

6. What is my signature style?
I like to describe my style with three words: clean, colorful, classic. White space, patterned paper and designs like the grid are near and dear to me. I'm not messy in real life, and I like to see creative organization on my scrapbook layouts as well.

Now it's time for me to tag three more scrapbookers. I consider these ladies not only talented scrappers, but personal friends, even though we've never met in person. I've enjoyed their blogs and been inspired by their posts. They will share more about their process next Monday, September 22nd.

Hope you've enjoyed the tour and thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Technique and Design Scrapbook Projects

My blog's been quiet this week, but I have a technique tutorial and Pinterest design inspiration posted elsewhere. Here's a peek at each project and where you can find them!

This page was originally created for the Process Play Class at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I used it as the basis for a technique tutorial over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. this week. Can you guess what the technique is?

A recent Get It Scrapped! article featured this layout for a post titled "Get Scrapbook Page Ideas from Grid Layout Pins". If you are a grid fan, there is so much inspiration in this article, you won't want to miss it.

Next week I'll be blogging right here again. Promise!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Empty Nest Scrapbooking

The latest episode of The Paperclipping Roundtable podcast is about empty nest scrapbooking, and I got to be one of the panelists! We had a spirited discussion that should be of interest to current and future empty nest scrapbookers. Here are a few layouts that are relevant to the topic that I want to share.

Do I still scrapbook about our grown son? You bet I do! Even though we don't see each other every day, thanks to social media, I still know what's going on in his thoughts and life.

When we all get together, I get a chance to observe and record the relationship between our son and his lovely wife. The couple they are, the two that are becoming one. The friendship, love and support they show one another. The playfulness. Lots of playfulness. 

I mentioned on the podcast that I especially enjoy the father-son relationship that exists between my husband and our son. They have a mutual love and respect for one another that can only make this mother's heart happy. They also share a few similar interests, like photography and sports. And perfectionism.

Are you an empty nest scrapbooker or soon to be one? I think you'll find plenty of great ideas and a very positive vibe going on in this podcast. It actually encouraged me! Here it is: The Paperclipping Roundtable podcast.