Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Mini Challenge

Happy Birthday, Scrapbookers Anonymous! The challenge site is a year old this month. I've had the privilege of working with Theresa and Lea from the beginning, and they are too much fun! Along with the usual monthly challenge and A to Z challenge, there are several mini challenges being posted throughout this month. Today it's my turn.

My mini-challenge is this:
Create a layout with a long title and use up a chunk of your alphabet stash!

I love longer titles. Here are three reasons why.
Reason #1: You can mix the font styles, sizes, and colors for a fun and eye-catching title.

Reason #2: A longer title becomes a prominent design element on the page, like the way this title fills in my grid.

Reason #3: Telling your story in a longer title reduces the need for lengthy journaling. It's all there in the title and photos.

Now it's your turn! You have until October 7th at midnight EST to complete your project and get your link added. Link up your project here. Winners will be announced by the end of the day on October 10th. Give this a try, you might get hooked on longer titles like I am!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two-Page Tuesday: Large and Small Photos

On these recent two-page layouts, I challenged myself to mix smaller photos with my usual 4x6's. I've been printing 4x3 and 2x3 photos at home and storing them with the 4x6 photos I get from my outside developer. Sometimes cropping 4x6 photos can ruin the picture, so I'm loving these smaller sizes that still capture all the detail. You'll see plenty of pictures on these pages, while still leaving room for white space. I need my white space!

Historical Lexington, KY
Journaling reads: "Phil and I loved strolling the streets of the historical district near downtown. We spent the night in Lexington on our way to Biltmore House in North Carolina, and stopped here again on our way home to tour the Henry Clay house and estate."

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Journaling reads: "Of all the exotic plants growing in the Biltmore greenhouse, these simple flowers in unusual containers were by far my favorite!"
I'm still experimenting, but learning that I love a mix of photo sizes on two-page layouts. Sometimes I can achieve that by cropping, sometimes not, so printing smaller sizes at home is working for me. When deciding what to print, I'm choosing which photos might deserve to be a focal point and ordering them in 4x6. The potential supporting photos are printed at home in smaller sizes. So I'm already considering page design before any printed photo makes it to my scrap table. Easy enough to do with a small batch of photos, but more of a challenge when faced with hundreds of pictures from vacation!

I hope this gives you some ideas about choosing photo sizes and how to have a variety at your fingertips, if that's something you want to do!

SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link)
Historical Lexington, KY

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Patterned Paper and Small Alpha Stickers: Echo Park "A Walk in the Park" (older collection)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Was Featured on Ideas for Scrapbookers!

Yesterday I had the honor of being included in the post over at Ideas for Scrapbookers! Pam Callaghan has been running a series called Define YOUR Scrapbook StyleI like to think of my style as Clean, Classic and Colorful and yesterday's post featured 3 of my recent layouts illustrating that. Here's what was shown.

And Pam was kind enough to write the following:
"Sue's style shows us that she does indeed have a clean style to her pages. She uses wonderful clean lines to make her designs stand out. Sue also has a classic style which makes it timeless through the years. You can see this with elements like using squares blocks and photos lined up, stuff that always stays trendy.  She also loves to use colors and it shows. Check out all of the bright colors that enhance her wonderful designs. It really makes for beautiful pages. I really like her style and she creates gorgeous pages with it!"
Wow, I am flattered and motivated. As I'm sure you know, the list of possible scrapbooking styles is at least a mile long. Check out Pam's on her blog, Ideas for Scrapbookers. This is well worth the visit. You will find informative posts and a sidebar to browse for hours! It made my weekend, and I hope yours is wonderful, too!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September A to Z Challenge

Scrapbookers Anonymous has introduced a new mid-month prompt, called the A to Z Challenge.  This month, they want you to dig into your stash and find items that start with the letter "B". It can be a manufacturer, or any item that starts with "B", like buttons. Get the idea? I will be focusing on my paper stash, but you can interpret "B" to be anything you can find!
I chose to create a 2-page layout featuring Basic Grey's Life of the Party line. You can see my supply list at the end of this post. This is something new I'm trying out. Please let me know if you like it!

I am trying to purchase fewer embellishments and make my own, but could not resist the pinwheels. (I should figure out how to make these!) Do you try to customize your embellishments, or do you prefer to invest money over time and go with all those lovely pre-made goodies? Hard choice. Maybe a mix is the best of both worlds!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun and help you dig further into your stash. All layouts need to be newly created for the challenge, and submitted here by 9pm EST on September 30th. You will then be added to the drawing for this month's prize. I'd love to see what you have lurking in your stash that starts with the letter "B"!

SUPPLIES (click on photos for links)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ten Things on the 10th

Ten Photos from My Autumn Pinterest Board
I think Pinterest is the perfect resource for a blog post like this, don't you? After all, I've been diligently collecting these little nuggets of inspiration from all over the internet, so why not share them? I love the changing seasons and autumn most of all.

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Source: None via Sue on Pinterest

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Ten Things on the 10th: Participants will share something totally of their own creation - but always ten things. Some will share ten photos, ten crafty ideas, ten sources of inspiration, ten recipes, ten things in a collection... always ten things and always on the tenth of the month. If you'd like to see more Ten Things on the 10th posts, click here to visit Shimelle's blog (and find out how you can join in).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Scrapbookers Anonymous September Challenge

The Scrapbookers Anonymous September Challenge: Chipboard! Dig into your stash and get a bunch of it on a layout. Use the leftovers to make a few cards. Here's my take.

Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Kioshi; Punch: Martha Stewart; Chipboard: Basic Grey; Letters: October Afternoon

Even though the layout is about our church's Harvest Festival, I decided to work with the colors in the photos instead of traditional fall colors. Really happy with that choice!

I chose to cluster my chipboard in opposite corners on the page, varying the size,  and working in groups of 3.

The smaller leftover pieces worked great for card making!
Now it's your turn! You have until the end of the month to submit your layout and cards. All the details are right here. Check out what the rest of the Design Team has come up with! Scrapbookers Anonymous is one year old this month, and there are some special mini challenges going on all month long!