Friday, July 27, 2012

A Tale of Two Photos

This recent article over at Get It Scrapped! features the 2-photo scrapbook page. It contains pages with a variety of cropping and orientation choices and shows how to begin with the same crops and get different looks.

One of my favorite techniques for choosing two photos is contrast and comparison. I took pictures of the interiors of our cars and wrote about our driving habits. Placing my two landscape-oriented photos side-by-side forms a band across the page. 

His List  /  My List
2008 Mercury Mountaineer  /  2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser  
sleek and hi tech, six-cylinder  /  funky and retro, four-cylinder
cruise control he uses all the time  /  do I even have cruise control?
separate seat warmers for maximum comfort  /  separate seats are fairly comfy
digital clock and very computerized interior  /  analog clock that I love, interior not techy at all
hands free phone  /  what would I do with that?
gets him where he wants to go  /  gets me where I want to go

Can you think of a way to take inspiration from my page and make a layout this weekend? If you do, I'd love to know about it. Feel free to leave a link to your page in the comments.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: The Big Finish

I set up a challenge for myself to scrap the final layouts from our trip to New Mexico. There are already 4 completed pages and a divided page protector in our Places We Go album. I had saved room for 4 more single-page layouts to complete the section. So I formulated this challenge: Staying in the style already established, prepare 4 page backgrounds, select photos, and finish scrapping this trip!
The papers I chose were kraft cardstock and two collections from October Afternoon, Sasparilla and 9 to 5. The first collection has an obvious western theme, while the colors in 9 to 5 would work well with my photos from New Mexico.
Here are the four backgrounds I created, inspired by Shimelle and her Starting Points series. I wasn't going at this completely blind; I knew what photos I would eventually be working with, so I just glanced through them and went to work.
Then I distributed the photos onto the pages where I felt they would work best. I had more than enough pictures, so I was confident I would find the right matches.
The next step was to crop the photos, mount them onto white cardstock and add them to the backgrounds. After this step, I also had a good idea where my title and journaling were going to go on each page.
I was going to add my titles and journaling, then go back once more and add the embellishments. But once I got going, I just wanted to complete each page. So I went with it.

Done! - and happy with the results. For me, working this way is very satisfying because I can establish a flow. Really get into the groove. How about you - does this process have appeal? It didn't to me at first, but now that I've tried it several times, I really like it!

I'll be taking a blog break for a couple weeks, but I have some new layouts scheduled for the end of the month. See you then!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ten Things on the 10th

Ten Favorite Recent Pins on Pinterest

#1. This new collection from Lily Bee. Can't wait to get my hands on this!

#2. This saying. I appreciate the positive spin.

#3. This sketch. So many possibilities and I love the shelf of banners.

#4. This layout. I want to scraplift the colorful grid background and layering.
Source: via Sue on Pinterest

#5. This book. I downloaded a copy to my iPad and highly recommend it.

#6. This layout. The twine heart is wonderful.

#7. This front porch. I could live here all summer and never go inside.

#8. This bedroom. If I can't have the front porch, this view will do.

#9. This deck cooler stand. My husband could make this. Please?
Source: via Sue on Pinterest

#10. These knitted dish cloths. A quick summer project and fun colors!

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, July 5, 2012

For the Love of Lighthouses

I love lighthouses. Living near the Great Lakes, we've had the opportunity to visit quite a few. I finished scrapping our vacation to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with these pages about the different lighthouses we toured.

The colors in typical lighthouse photos invited me to use one of my favorite color palettes. Jillibean Soup and Echo Park products were perfect choices for the job.

The zig zag is a stamp that I embossed with white powder. Right on the layout. A bit scary, but I think it turned out okay. Not perfect, but okay.

I opted for a different color scheme on these last two layouts and busted out the washi tape. This is one of the My Mind's Eye Indie Chic lines.

I kept the pages clean and simple to allow the photos to be the stars. We often plan our trips based on different lighthouses we want to see. This is one of the perks of being empty nesters now. Does anyone else have favorite landmarks, buildings, or objects that you will build a vacation itinerary around?

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Sneak Peeks

Even though it arrived too quickly (where did June go?), I'm so happy to welcome July. We'll be spending time at the beach and celebrating my birthday! What's not to love about that? 

I've updated my blog pages (My Scrap Room, Favorite Layouts, Two-Page Layouts, and Take Twelve) as I do every month. I've also updated my side bar with new links, so you might want to give that a look. You'll probably notice a new badge - more about that at the end of this post. 

But first, here's a peek at a few of the projects I'll be sharing this month. These are layouts I've completed for assignments over at Get It Scrapped! and Easy Scrapbook Pages.

Finally, some exciting news. Last week I was selected to join the Simple Scrapper Design Team! If you're not familiar with them, Simple Scrapper's mission is to make scrapbooking easier and more fun with free articles and time-saving products. You can enjoy Simple Scrappers in several ways: blog posts, a free membership, or a premium membership. I hope you'll check them out!