Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Scrapbook Process: Gathering Supplies

Time to start a new layout! My first step is always some photos, a story, and a design inspiration. Cat is optional. But Lucky does enjoy being my helper.

I've been experimenting with limiting product to make my process flow more smoothly. Starting this page with patterned paper (Bo Bunny Olivia), some cardstock and a border punch. The colors in the photos usually influence my color choices.
Adding some lettering from my trusty Thickers stash and newer Bella Boulevard Sophisticates. Journaling tags pulled from Bo Bunny, October Afternoon and Little Yellow Bicycle.
And finally some embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin and some miscellaneous buttons. That should do it!
I think this is my favorite part: playing with the paper and getting a basic design on the page. First time using my new border punch. These things are so addictive!
Still working on my layering techniques, but I like how this turned out.
I pulled all my supplies very early in the process because I know stopping in the middle to hunt for more stuff bogs me down and zaps the mojo. What about your process? Do you gather everything at once or in stages? Do you make yourself stick with a certain amount of supplies or always go back for more? 

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Favorite Sketch Blog

I recently applied for the Creative Team Call over at Sketch Support. This blog is one of my favorites. Love the weekly printable sketches and all the design team inspiration. Add Allison's wonderful tips and you're getting a high quality sketch class for free! I've collected all 7 volumes of her books, Sketches for Scrapbooking.  Needless to say, I'm a fan.

Here are the three sketches I chose and my submissions. I stayed close to the original on this two-page layout. The design was so much fun, I really didn't want to change a thing.

I don't often stamp right on the layout, but with a little careful pre-planning, it worked out very nicely. Adding that journaling technique to my creative toolbox.
The title work and the star tags. Using only three larger photos left plenty of room for creative space, yet the layout is not too crowded. I'm also a fan of white space.
In this second sketch, I took a few more liberties, but nothing drastic. The whole design is placed off-center and the title moved to the space between the two larger photos.

The card sketch inspired me to head in a different direction. Instead of candles, this graduation card features a row of diplomas. I repeated the stripe and expanded the message. 

Whether I make the Creative Team or not, I had fun using these sketches.  Do sketches inspire your creativity? How do you like to adapt sketches to fit your scrapping needs?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Journaling Prompt

What was the first big news story that you remember? Where you can recall exactly what you were doing when you first heard about it? This will really date me, but I clearly remember the day man walked on the moon. That day also happened to be my birthday, so I guess it couldn't help but make an impression.
Journaling reads: "July 20th, 1969. The day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon - and it was my birthday!  The day was full of suspense, because we didn’t know exactly when the first man would touch the surface of the moon. We kept the TV on constantly and stayed closed to see the adventure unfold. Just 3 basic news channels back then, and most of us were watching Walter Cronkite narrate this historic event. Phil remembers trying to take pictures of the TV screen with his camera. Not too successful. It was a big deal to fulfill President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. We were so proud of our country. What a great moment to share with a little girl turning nine!"
The patriotic paper is We Are Memory Keepers from last year. The photo is me from the summer of 1969, at my grandma's house. Neither of these elements is specifically about man walking on the moon, but they work together and help get the story told.
You can head over to Journaling Junkie and see the rest of the design team's  Challenge #104. If you create a layout based on this journaling prompt, please send me a link to your blog post. I'll make sure you are added to my Friday Picks! And here's one more challenge: ask at least one other person today if he or she can recall their first big news story. It's a great conversation topic!

Monday, May 16, 2011

May Flowers

The May Flowers Challenge at Scrap Our Stash was the perfect opportunity to play with my stash from Little Yellow Bicycle's Twig Collection and create a fun layout about the Signs of Spring. Journaling reads: "When we see and hear the Canadian geese, we know that warmer weather is just around the corner!"
Eight flowers pop off the page in this row.......
Two chipboard flowers balance the design.......
Three smaller flowers add interest around the title.......
And one flowered brad sits on top of my journaling. That's a a total of 14 flowers!

Now it's your turn to take the May Flower Challenge. See all the details HERE! Surely you have a pile of flowers waiting to be used on a layout.....

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Woes

So, apparently Friday the 13th really is a day for bad luck if you happen to be using Blogger! I had a lovely post of Friday Picks all scheduled to go. Now that post is back to draft status in my first rough version, and I mean rough! No links, no writing, just a shell. Pretty much back to square one. 

Since I have piano studio recitals coming up this weekend, there is not time now to re-create a blog post and complete my preparations for the recitals. So, unless the post magically reappears in its final form, I'm going to call a do-over and try again next Friday. Fair enough? 

Hope the rest of my weekend - and yours - goes much more smoothly!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mega Meet Shopping

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the annual Great Lakes Mega Meet Scrapbook Convention. We purchased advanced 2-day passes, which allowed us entry an hour earlier than those buying tickets at the door. Well worth it. Here's a few shots before the shopping frenzy began. Just makes your mouth water, doesn't it?

My LSS, Scrappy Chic, had a booth, which sold Cosmo Cricket, 7 Gypsies and Tonic Studios, among other things. Busy and popular place. Chris, the store owner, and Angela, blogging buddy, kindly took time from their busy day for a quick snapshot. These ladies are so friendly and cheerful! And did I mention busy?

And here we are, having a great time. My BFF Shirley is in the brown, my sister Sarah is wearing green and I am in the purple. There was an informal cropping area set up during the day so we could shop, shop, crop, shop shop....well, you get the idea.
So what did I buy? (more like, what didn't I buy?) Come back on Wednesday and take a look at my workdesk. All the goodies will be on display then!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Journaling Prompt

Mother's Day is just around the corner, so how about creating a layout that takes you back to your childhood. What were the rules you had to follow as a child? What could you get away with from Mom as opposed to Dad? Which rules have you passed on to your children? (or think you might pass on if you ever have children)
Journaling reads: "I sure don't look very happy. I may be sitting in this chair as a punishment, and I probably deserved it. As a child, I had problems with boundaries and rules - don't leave the yard, don't cross the street, don't go past Steinbaugh's driveway. I broke them all. Multiple times. And if I heard Dad's whistle I came flying home. He was always fair, but if he found out I was lying, the consequences were severe. So I learned it's always better to tell the truth. That's one lesson I tried to pass on to Andrew. Always tell the truth."

Oh yes, I can tell by the look on my face that I'm in some kind of trouble.
My husband suggests some things never change. Sigh. I admit, I still struggle with authority. I like being self-employed and probably would not do well having to work for someone else.
You can head over to Journaling Junkie and see the rest of the design team's  Challenge #103. If you create a layout based on this journaling prompt, please send me a link to your blog post. I'll make sure you are added to my Friday Picks!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Scrapbook Stamping

The May Challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous is to pull out your stamp stash and put it to good use on a layout.  Stamp at least one piece of cardstock to make a patterned paper and create at least 3 stamped embellishments.
Can you believe it?  I have a stamp that really looks like my cat! Wonder if she's been moonlighting on the side....
I stamped a border around kraft cardstock to liven it up a bit and frame the photo and title.
These stamped embellishments dance across the bottom of the layout. Raised adhesive helps them pop off the page. A playful touch, if I do say so myself.
Now it's your turn! You have until the end of the month to submit your layout. All the details are right here, as well as some exciting changes. We have a new design team, so be sure to check out their work and visit their blogs! Happy stamping!