Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Classes

Just like a kid going back to school, I'm excited to start a new class on September 1st, called Learn Something New Every Day. Shimelle's blogging class was fantastic, so I'm looking forward to this new adventure. In preparation, I finished the cover for my mini album, a 5x7 from 7 Gypsies. I've had this in my stash for a long time, so I'm thrilled to finally use it!

This post is part of a series while I focus on learning something new every day in September.

I also took advantage of the 10-day, 1-cent trial membership over at a brand new place called Masterful Scrapbook Design. Their September monthly series focuses on Color, described as "an in-depth seminar on the topic, audio interviews, focused inspiration galleries, a live Q&A session, and surprise materials during the 4th week." I imagine I'll be giving blog updates about this, too. Busy month ahead!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Right Path

Here is a layout based on a design over at Sassy Lil Sketches. I am so happy to tell the story of my morning walks in pictures + words. The page is a good combination of colors that are relaxing and calm, yet the patterned paper is lighthearted and playful. The mood of this layout conveys how I feel on my morning walks.
Journaling reads:
"I grew up in a small town where it was possible to walk or ride your bike to get around. Even in college, a car was rarely needed. Over the years, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with urban living which requires a car to accomplish even the shortest errand. I don’t like feeling trapped in my subdivision. So when Pittsfield Township constructed a walk/bike path at the entrance of our sub, I was thrilled to venture out a few miles without my car. I walk the path in the morning.  Phil and I ride our bikes in the evening. My morning walk has become an anticipated pleasure. It feels great to get outside at the start of the day. I listen to podcasts on my iPod, starting with the preaching of Alistair Begg or the teaching of R.C. Sproul, then tune in the latest scrapbooking discussion on the Paperclipping Roundtable. I walk a couple miles and return home hungry for breakfast and ready for a shower. I love this morning routine that gets me on the right path for the day."

I like writing about the literal path I walk every morning and how that figuratively sets me on the right path for my day. I added this embellishment as a reminder that life is a path we travel.
Is there anything in your everyday life that is a simple pleasure, yet also has come to have deeper meaning? Could you put that into photos + words and add it to your scrapbook story?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Divided Page Protectors

Here are a few more layouts using divided page protectors. I love mixing them in my scrapbook albums along with 12x12 and 8.5x11 pages. This layout is from the Ali Edwards class, Yesterday and Today, that she taught over at BPS. This layout is true to Ali's clean style of photos+ words. No patterned paper in sight! I love the results.

So far I've done the Valentine's Day layout, (see previous post), and this one. So I still have an empty side to fill. That is something to consider when using divided page protectors. One solution is to do your layout using both the front and back. It's still a 2-page spread, but the pages are not across from each other. Another option is to be ready to scrap a few layouts using the protectors, like I am doing now. It's just another way to stretch your creativity and see what you can come up with!

For this last layout, I wanted to feature my husband since the previous layout was about me. I pulled one picture from my Library of Memories Storage Binders of Phil and his camera. Then I remembered I had a few more pictures of Phil and his camera in my Category Drawers. Then I remembered I had this Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi paper and stickers. In no time at all I had this fun layout.
I used the same basic design scheme as the Valentine's Day layout. Why reinvent the wheel? Using different pictures and paper, you get very unique results. Have you ever scraplifted yourself? I bet you have enough layouts to give it a try!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I Miss the Beach

Here is a layout based on a design over at Sketch Inspirations - a summary page of our vacation. I chose a group of photos that highlight our week at the ocean.
Got a little tool crazy with this title. After selecting some Core'dinations cardstock, I used my Slice, Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz sander and some pop dots. But I really like the result, so it was worth the effort.
Don't know if you can tell from these pictures, but I also used pop dots on my journaling strips and found raised embellishments to use on the bottom border. I also decided I liked the basic blue and tan color scheme to represent water and sand. Nothing too fancy, but I'm pleased with the result. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Pool at the Beach

This layout is based on a design over at Sketchy Thursday. It will also fit the challenge over at Practical Scrappers, if I can beat the deadline today. (crossing my fingers) This year our beach house had a swimming pool! Some of us were skeptical. After all, the ocean was just steps away. But the pool turned out to be very popular. The water wasn't salty, your suit didn't get sandy, and you could swim after dark.
I pulled out some newer product to use on this layout. The patterned paper is Fancy Pants Rusted Sun and the embellishments are K & Company Happy Trails Water Fun Grand Adhesions. That's a mouthful! I couldn't find a link, but I bought them at Joann's last week.
Yes, the pool was lots of fun. Now the only problem is, we are spoiled. Will a beach house with a pool turn into a requirement?

Friday, August 13, 2010

We Are Family

This layout is based on a sketch over at Sketch Inspiration. The patterned paper is from Prima, several years old. The white background cardstock and journaling tag are from the Basic Grey Basics collection. I don't usually scrap 1-photo layouts, but this special picture from our beach vacation was a good one to highlight.

I have many group pictures taken at the beach over the years. I'd like to pull all these photos together and feature them on one layout. This would probably involve some creative scanning, since most of the photos are not digital and are already scrapped. Anyone done a project like this? Your tips and ideas would be appreciated!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MInor League Baseball

Here is a layout based on a design over at Sketches in Thyme. Any opportunity to use my big circle cutter makes me happy! The photos are from our vacation. The night before we get to the beach, we always stop somewhere in North Carolina and go to a minor league baseball game. This year it was the Durham Bulls. Since we all know what a baseball game looks like, I decided it would be fun to feature the mascot, in all his various shapes and forms.

I love minor league baseball games. Highly entertaining, fun food, all at a very reasonable price. I trust that some of the joy and fun comes through on this layout.

Thunder Over Michigan

This past Saturday was a perfect summer day here in Michigan. We decided on the spur of the moment to go to the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, not too far from our house. So glad we went! The show was impressive and patriotic, scientific and historical. Phil wisely took an extra memory card and batteries for his camera. He needed them! He came home with over 500 photos, which made him very happy.

These B-17 Flying Fortresses were impressive lumbering overhead. They re-created a WWII air & ground battle. Hard to picture this entertainment as it would have been in a real time of war. So much more intense, I imagine.
The barnstormer pilot was crazy! How he could do all those loops and turns and dives and not be totally motion sick is beyond me!
The F-16 Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet made us get out our earplugs. Amazing how far aviation has progressed and how fast, powerful and maneuverable these modern fighter planes are! I love how Phil captured their motion. It was mind boggling to me watching them fly by in silence, and then hearing the huge sound trailing behind. We stayed at the show for about 4 hours, and the time just flew by. (sorry, I couldn't help myself...)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Remembering My Grandparents

In my last post I mentioned an album called Family Stories. This is where I keep layouts with older photos, sort of a heritage style album. Here are a few more pages from my Family Stories, featuring my grandparents. 

This first layout is an 8.5 x 11 design from Cathy Zielske's class, Design Your Life. Many of her templates from that class are now available over at Designer Digitals. The original photo was scanned, so I could enlarge it to the size I wanted, print several copies, then crop and embellish without ever touching the original. 
I loved my mom's reaction when I showed her this layout. She literally gasped and exclaimed, "Oh, that's my dad!", like she was seeing something precious and special. Isn't that why we scrapbook? Made my day!
This next layout features all four of my grandparents. The photos were church directory pictures, I think. Good pictures, but more formal and not exactly personal. Pairing each photo with my very personal memories adds up to a page I love.
Finally, I have this layout about my dad's parents. The design was scraplifted from the book, Playing with Paper: Innovative Ideas for Using Patterned Papers in Your Scrapbooks. I'm loving this book and the way it challenges me to be more adventurous with my patterned paper. The author, Angelia Wigginton, describes her style as "linear, clean and colorful". Sounds good to me.
The photos are not super spectacular, but each one is meaningful to me. There will never be any new pictures of my grandparents, so these are precious. Who from your past needs to be added to your scrapbook story?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Wheels

Here is a layout I completed based on the July 21st sketch over at Sassy Lil' Sketches. It also qualifies for the Memorable Birthdays challenge over at All About Me. I'm having a blast discovering these sketch and challenge blogs. They are great sources of inspiration and a wonderful way to connect with even more scrapbookers on the web.
I love pairing an older picture with a more recent one. These photos were taken 43 years apart - yikes! Yet, I'm wearing green in both pictures. No way you could plan that! Here's a few close-ups.
In my Library of Memories system, I keep an album called Family Stories. It houses layouts using older photos, sort of a heritage type collection. So I'm pretty sure this layout will find a home there.