Friday, September 28, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop

I'm enrolled in Debbie Hodge's Guided Study Critique Workshop over at Get It Scrapped! for a four week session. We're at the halfway point, so I thought I'd share a few layouts I've created for the class and briefly describe the most unique scrapbook class I've ever taken online.

Week 1: Focal Point
Design Notes:

  • I hope I've been successful in making my photo the focal point of this page. The double matting, arrow, title wrapped around, and placement on the page all serve to emphasize the picture.

Week 2: Shape, Size, Contrast
Design Notes:

  • The size and placement of the title letters makes them the focal point of this page
  • The complementary colors blue and orange give the page contrast and energy
  • While the squares are the dominant shape on the page, the organic shapes of leaves and birds support the theme and guide the eye.

I mentioned that this class is quite unique. There are three teachers and class size is limited to 16 students. We purchased a textbook for the class, called White Space is Not Your Enemy. I am very happy to have this in my library. Every week we have a reading assignment, an inspiration assignment, and a scrapping assignment.
We post our layouts to the class gallery and receive feedback through written comments and an online webinar. Participating in this critique workshop is designed to help:

  • understand the impact my work makes
  • learn how to weight and use criticism
  • gain objectivity about my own work
  • hone my craft
  • evolve my style and try new things

If you're thinking this is all pretty intense, you are right! But in a very good way. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. You can read more about the class here. It is closed for now, but there will be a second round offered in the future. Are you interested?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Summer

In between design team assignments, I give myself permission to make a "free" page here and there. No deadlines, no prompts, no constraints - just anything I feel like scrapping. Here's two layouts I found time to do this month. 

A sneak at the title and journaling...
A sneak at a photo and embellishments...

...and the entire page. I used my Studio Calico August main kit, Summer of '69, for everything except the title. Love that October Afternoon chipboard!

I realized this month that summer was fading fast and I had yet to scrap a single photo from our beach vacation back in July. Time is flying - at least it seems that way to me!

To keep the process easy and fun, I selected a sketch, pulled the American Crafts Shoreline collection I've been hoarding saving for beach layouts, and created this page to introduce this vacation in our travel album.

I can't believe it's almost October! But thanks to all the photos we took this summer, I can scrap warm weather days all fall and all winter long. Will you be scrapping summer photos after the season is past or do you prefer to scrap "in season"?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Everyday Places

On Saturday mornings we like to head downtown to the Farmers' Market. After making a few purchases of whatever is in season, we cross the street to a little cafe for breakfast. I usually order sour creme coffee cake and chai tea, while Phil favors the broccoli quiche. The cooler morning weather and sights of people out and about get our weekend off to a great start!

Supply List:
Patterned Paper, Alphabet, Border Stickers, Butterflies: Pebbles Sunny Side Collection
Smaller Alphabet: Jillibean Soup
Design from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 5
Design Notes:
  • The photos provide so much color that my job was to choose products to complement and not compete with them
  • The separate photo groups show the flowers and produce on the LH page and the delightful spinning lady on the RH page
  • I hadn't scrapped in about a week when I sat down to make this page, so choosing a sketch and coordinated product line meant I could get to work quickly
  • Limiting my choices kept prep time to a minimum and helped me not over think the process so I could jump right into being creative again

What are the local places you visit regularly? Next time you're there, take a few photos and record the details. These are the types of pages that will trigger memories later, especially if you leave the community at some point. The rest of the Get It Scrapped! article can be seen here

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Using A Journaling Prompt

One of my recent assignments for Get It Scrapped! was to make a scrapbook page based upon a journaling prompt. Do I typically use journaling prompts? Not really. The prompt can seem artificial and journaling is usually not a problem for me. But, there are some great ideas out there that can help trigger a memory. For instance, this one from Daydreaming on Paper:

"List a dish that your mother or grandmother made for which you would love to have the recipe."

"How I would love to have the recipe for Grandma Thompson's chocolate cake! No birthday was complete without one when we were growing up. The recipe for the cake and that amazing frosting were filed in grandma's head, and sadly none of us ever thought to write it down. We've tried to replicate it, but just can't seem to get it right. So the cake remains a fond -and tasty- memory."

Design Notes:
This page started with a photo, the journaling and a title. I had no idea what products to choose or what kind of a design to use, so time to brainstorm!
  • I knew I wanted to spell the word "chocolate" in brown letters
  • The colors of our clothing reminded me of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection
  • The photo is small and would require some layering to draw attention to it
From those three starting points, my page came together. You can see more examples in this article.  Have you ever used any sort of journaling prompt to dig deeper for stories?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Take Twelve: September 2012

September's Theme was a 12-Hour Take Twelve, so I spent my day taking one photo per hour from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Supplies include Studio Calico's Summer of '69 main kit, a word stamp from Technique Tuesday and my trusty American Crafts date stamp. 

Since my typical week day is very different from my husband's, I asked if he would be willing to take 12 photos of his own. He was more than willing to participate!

How cool is that?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I enjoyed working on this assignment for Get It Scrapped! because there are so many ways to incorporate a house motif on a scrapbook page. Here's my take...

We've made a few changes to the house to fit our "empty nest" stage in life. The big TV in the great room has been replaced with bookcases, creating a haven for reading, music and conversation. It's peaceful and relaxing, and we don't miss the electronics one bit.

Design Notes:
  • started with the photos and journaling, found a quote to use as the title
  • chose a background to complement the photos and define a color scheme for the title
  • repeated the patterned paper borders in the title and on the photo block to help tie everything together

Some of my favorite older photos were taken in the house where I grew up. I love seeing the rooms as much as the people in the pictures. Do you take pictures of your home? Have you changed anything recently or remodeled? Do you scrap those kinds of daily life pages? Please check out the rest of the article here for plenty of inspiration!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Simple Scrapper September Challenge

Every month there is a Reader Challenge over at Simple Scrapper with a lovely little prize from Persnickety Prints for the winner. This month's challenge is to create a layout that uses a map (paper or scanned) or a map-themed patterned paper. I did both on my page about our visit to Independence, Missouri.

Design Notes:
Two Ways I Used the Map Theme on this Page:
  • Map patterned paper from Studio Calico and Crate Paper peeks out subtly in the background.
  • A piece of the map from our travel brochure is used as a banner embellishment.

 Alphabets: American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon

If you would like to participate in this challenge, everything you need to know is right here. I'd love to know if you submit a layout. Feel free to add your link to the comments in this post so I can stop by and check out your work!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Simple Scrapper September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Simple Scrappers September Blog Hop! Today the design team is featuring layouts made with the September collection of sketch templates, which are available to premium members of Simple Scrapper. You can win a one-month trial subscription; details will be at the end of this post. But first, here are my layouts!

Am I the only one using my iPhone for everything else, but only rarely as a phone? Please say I'm not alone! The patterned paper and brads on this layout come from My Mind's Eye.

The title uses Thickers (of course) and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans.

My grandfather loved to go hunting and always kept a kennel of hunting dogs behind their house. My journaling says the dogs were never allowed in the house, which is true. However, prize-winning dogs were allowed in the basement briefly to have their picture taken!

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Everyday Eclectic  
Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon
Mask and Mist: Studio Calico
Cloud Punches: Fiskars  
Buttons: My Mind's Eye Funday
Washi Tape: Freckled Fawn

Here's the blog hop list so you can enjoy more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. They are a talented group of scrappers!

Sue Althouse - that's me!

You can use this link to enter the giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

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