Monday, November 29, 2010

1 Sketch, 2 Ways

After this post on color, I thought it would be fun to share 2 recently completed layouts, based on the same sketch by Allison Davis. The first layout is about springtime around our house and the second layout features our son and daughter in-law living in their first apartment. The color choices and a few minor variations yield these different results:

Which makes me wonder: why don't I do this more often? Great sketches deserve more than one layout! Do you ever re-use sketches? Honestly, with as many layouts as I've made, I should be scraplifting myself!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Warm Colors

I've been enjoying Nic Howard's Color Class over at Big Picture Classes. (formerly Big Picture Scrapbooking) We've covered the warm colors: red, orange and yellow. My favorite part of the class so far has been making this 6x6 mini album.
Of course there are also layout ideas for each color. The red is my favorite because I used two photos of my grandmother that span about 50 years. The orange and yellow layouts were inspired by pet photos.
I do love the warm colors. Red is the one I'm most comfortable with, probably because it is my mom's favorite and a color I wear frequently. Orange is growing on me. And although I can't wear it, I love a bright yellow. It just makes me happy. Being a visual learner, color is one of my favorite design elements. I want to learn to use any color effectively, not just my favorites. What colors or color combinations tend to catch your attention?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Picks

Another week has flown by and I've been busy surfing, tweeting and blog hopping, just to bring my best finds your way. Starting to get into the holiday craft spirit with some of these! As always, and in no particular order:

#1 Do you own a Cuttlebug? Here are 4 YouTube videos showing Creative Ways to Use Your Cuttlebug, courtesy of Practical Scrappers. My favorite is adding rub ons - who knew?

#2 Francine has some wonderful Vintage Gift Wrapping Ideas using kraft paper and white doilies. Beautiful photos! She's added some gift wrapping kits to her Etsy shop.

#3 Debby's Gingerbread Christmas Garland just makes me smile. Instructions included!

#4 Here's a fun challenge on the Bo Bunny blog to create a page about yourself and have a chance to win $95 worth of Bo Bunny products! What's not to love about that?

#5 Eye Candy Alert - this Holiday Recipe Album made from Crate Paper products is simply adorable! I love the idea of having a special place for those favorite holiday dessert recipes.

#6 Kristina Werner is doing a Holiday Card Series over at her blog. Here's an example from Day 14. Love her cards and the how-to video for each one!

We have 3 social events on our calendar this weekend - getting together with friends - some newer, some we've known since our kids were little. I'm thankful for the blessing of all these friendships. Don't forget to check out this month's challenge at Scrapbooker's Anonymous. My post as a member of the design team is here. You still have until the end of the month to play along!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

The concept is simple: every Wednesday, well over 100 crafters from around the world show and tell what's going on in their craft rooms. You can see more if you go to Julia's blog! But in the meantime, here is what's lurking in my scrap room this week.
An almost finished layout. I'm going to let this sit and come back to it later before pronouncing it completed. There might be some finishing touch to add. Or not.
Bought this vertical storage at Joann's last weekend (with a coupon, of course) to keep current projects more compact and organized on my desk. Liking this very much.
Incorporated some of my latest purchases, using a few fun containers I already had on hand. So what's on your workdesk today? 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

I've been lurking on Julia's blog for a bit now and finally decided to join in the fun! The concept is simple: every Wednesday, over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their craft rooms. Be forewarned: this can become highly addictive!

I have a nice L-shaped work area, if only I could keep so much stuff from accumulating on it! (I know, I say that like the stuff piles up overnight all by itself)
I'm still loving my Basic Grey Pyrus, so it's staying out for now, along with a few pages I tore out of the last issue of Creating Keepsakes for design inspiration.
Last weekend I made a pilgrimage to Archiver's and my LSS, Scrappy Chic. Here's the newest additions to my stash, waiting to be organized into my space. I'll feature a few of the highlights on Friday, when I do my weekly picks.
Finally, I do have some layouts in progress. So far I've cropped photos for a 2-page spread and a 1-pager and laid them out on a white background. I like to start this way to minimize distractions. Next I think I'll choose paper, hopefully later today.

What's on your workdesk today?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend, we drove to Grosse Pointe Shores and arrived at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Phil was signed up for a 5-hour class with a professional digital landscape photographer, while I toured the house, walked the grounds and perused the gift shop on my own. Here are a few results of Phil's photo shoot.

Entering the grounds of the estate, approaching the house...
The house itself, Cotswold Cottage style with 60 rooms and over 30, 000 square feet...
and the 87 acres surrounding the estate, including a cove, lakefront property, man made lagoon and gardens.
I had the best time walking the grounds with this app for my iPod. If you are interested in history or landscape architecture, you can download it and take the tour, no matter where you live.  We plan to return here during each of the seasons for additional photo shoots. I love stepping back in time, so for me this place is magical.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Challenge

Today is the November Challenge reveal over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month the challenge is to use old holiday paper for a non-holiday layout. Here is my contribution as a member of the Design Team.
 Design: Playing with Paper, p. 91
Cardstock: Black, Kraft
Patterned Paper & Embellishments: Making Memories Mistletoe (2009)
Lettering: Thickers, October Afternoon Mini Market, Sandy Lion

So how did I use last year's Christmas paper and come up with my layout? First, I chose this cardinal paper because I love it and it didn't scream Christmas to me...
which inspired this title...
that led to this story...
which resulted in choosing these photos, a current one paired with two black and whites taken for our engagement announcement way back in (gulp) 1980! This process of paper, title, journaling, photos is an order I may never have used before. I was so pleased with how personally meaningful this page turned out to be.
One last glimpse at the layout itself. The embellishments are simple, using three groupings of three items: a label sticker, a bird, a flower. That was enough for me.
I hope you'll consider giving this challenge a try. You have until the end of the month and there is a great prize! You can see what the rest of the design team came up with here.