Saturday, January 28, 2012

January One-Page Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog.

This month's one-page sketch is perfect for digging into your stash of die cut patterned paper. That large star could easily be a heart, or circle, or scallop. Too bad I don't have anything like that. But no worries!

I used the basic elements in the sketch as inspiration for my light-hearted page about our son and daughter in-law. Here's what I changed:

  • used two 4x3 photos and rotated their orientation from horizontal to vertical
  • reduced the size of the star, placed it beside the photos, put the title in the center
  • placed patterned paper strips along the border of the page for a playful frame
  • scattered the small star embellishments around the page
To create the heart and star embellishments, I used my punches and adhered 6 layers of paper together to create a dimensional chipboard effect.
Soon there will be two new books available in the Sketches for Scrapbooking series! Sketches for Scrapbooking: One-page Sketches, volume two
is filled with 30 sketches that have from one to eighteen photos. Sketches for Scrapbooking: Travel Sketches focuses on using uncropped 4x6 photos, larger areas of journaling, and some photo enlargements. Of course, you don't have to be a traveler to use these sketches!

You can pre-order these books, which will be available around the end of January. There is also a give away on the Sketch Support blog! You have until Monday to enter. All the details are at the bottom of this post over at Sketch Support. Good luck!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Keeping It Clean and Simple

Over at Practical Scrappers, they are starting a new monthly post featuring Clean and Simple projects. For January, the designers came up with a whole bunch of great cards and layouts that you can view here. This page was my contribution.

What could be more clean and simple than bypassing the patterned paper and just using cardstock? Here's what I did to keep it colorful and interesting:

  • selected a color palette I love
  • die cut heart shapes with my Slice Elite
  • inked, dry embossed, and sewed the hearts to white cardstock in a grid design
  • created a patchwork border and covered it with vellum to mute it
  • used black and white for the photos, title, and journaling

Just like the proverbial little black dress, Clean and Simple is always in style! Practical Scrappers would love to have you submit a project for the February edition. You can email your entry to, and put Clean and Simple Project in the subject line.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two-Page Tuesday: Using a Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog

Allison's two-page sketches are my favorite. I love having the design work done for me, especially when I want to showcase multiple photos on a layout. Her sketches are so easy to adapt to whatever I have!
I really like the sketch as it is, so my alterations were minor. Since my photos are colorful and bold, I decided to go with more muted colors for my paper. Cosmo Cricket's Odds & Ends fill the bill, with a vintage feel suitable for my Greenfield Village winter scenes. I just love the old-fashioned cars and the dresses those carolers are wearing!
Several members of the Sketch Support Creative Team adapted this sketch to single page layouts, which you can see here. Great variety from one sketch!

I've created a separate page on Facebook for Life and Memories! I'm planning to use it for: 
  • links to my blog posts 
  • photos of scrap projects in progress
  • snippets of crafty conversation
I'd love it if you would find the icon in my sidebar and click the little "Like" button. Many thanks to those who have already done this!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Take Twelve: January 2012

This year I'm taking part in Ella Publishing's Take Twelve Photo Challenge. Well, it's a scrapbooking challenge, too, encouraging scrapbookers to take 12 photos of everyday life on the 12th of every month during 2012. Since my husband is truly the photographer in the family, I enlisted his help, which he was more than willing to give. Phil took twelve photos centered around a suggested theme, which this month is Collections.
I found this theme and a wonderful page template in the Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit. I can't praise this ebook highly enough. It also gave me an excuse to buy this 2" square punch to make assembling my page go even faster! (like I need an excuse to shop)
After mounting my photos on white cardstock in three photo strips, I chose kraft cardstock for the background and some of Lily Bee's Harvest Market patterned paper. Did I mention how quickly this page came together?
I'm leaning towards using this design for all of my Take Twelve layouts, to give the whole project continuity. What do you think?

If you would like to see more January Take Twelve layouts, you can do that right here. The participants are showcasing an amazing variety of projects! There's also a Flickr group, a hashtag #take 12 on Twitter, and some pretty fabulous prizes! While all that is wonderful, the main attraction of this project for me is the flexibility. This is something I can keep up with each month, and I love that Phil and I are teaming up to get it done. Anyone else doing Take Twelve? Or some other project to document your life in 2012? Do tell!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ten Things on the 10th

My Ten Favorite Layouts from 2011
Self explanatory, really, so I'll just let you browse.....but first, if you have a favorite layout that you've created in the last 2 months, why not enter it in Practical Scrappers Layout Contest! They have over $100 worth of prizes lined up! Really, this couldn't be easier. Now, back to browsing.....

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)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012

Happy New Year! Since January 1st is on a Sunday, our New Year's Day will be very atypical this year. Church in the morning, and no bowl games. Monday will feel like the real New Year's Day to us. To kick off the new year, here's a short list of where I'll be and what I'll be doing in 2012.

Friday Picks and Two-Page Tuesday will still be around, too. How's that for starters? Of course, this list is subject to change, but that's a perk of being in charge of your own blog, right?! What are your blog plans for 2012?