Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Page Tuesday: Journaling

I was humming along with this layout, got to this point in practically no time and came to a screeching halt. What should I journal? What should the title be? I was stuck!

So I stepped away, took a day to think about why I was inspired to scrap these photos, and finally wrote this: 
"When we were kids, Dad took us bowling and fishing. He taught us how to aim the ball and bait our hooks. Now we are adults with kids of our own. Dad took all of us out shooting for his birthday, teaching us how to aim and shoot. I love that we can share his interests together as a family over all these years!"

I'm glad I took the time to think and make a connection between the past and the present. To me, this is a more meaningful story that just, "we all went out shooting for Dad's birthday". Although there's nothing wrong with that.

I usually begin a layout with my journaling and title in mind, and this experience made me remember why. What about you? Do you ever get stuck wondering what to say on a page? What strategies do you use?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Black & White Photos on a Scrapbook Page

While most of us are taking color photos these days, it is easy to convert them to black and white when needed. There are both artistic and practical reasons to consider doing so. Although I rarely convert color photos to black and white, I do have a nice collection of black and white photos printed and waiting to be scrapped. This business portrait of my husband, for example.

Design Notes:
  • Using a black and white photo allows more flexibility in selecting the color palette
  • Angling the photo slightly provides contrast to all the straight lines on the page
  • Grouping embellishments in three places forms a visual triangle that helps guide the eye around the main page elements
  • Circle embellishments help break up the square, linear look
  • Pairing this formal business portrait with a brief story about my husband's work history provides a bit of family history preserved for future generations   

Patterned Paper: Lily Bee (Buttercup)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin (Tin Can)
Tools: EK Success & Fiskars circle punches, Spellbinders Small Pinking Circle dies

Tools: Jenni Bowlin Tab Punch
Other: Studio Calico Wood Veneer People, Uni Ball Silver Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Do you scrap black and white photos? There are 5 good reasons to consider doing so in this article over at Get It Scrapped!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop, Part 2

If you're not sure what the Guided Study Critique Workshop is all about, the best thing I can do is refer you to this post. The first session just ended and the second session is starting today. It is an intensive workshop, but I am loving the challenge and class interaction, so I couldn't resist signing up again. 

Here is one of the layouts I created for our last week of class. That's my dad and my husband in the photos. Dad is the shorter one. I just love these pictures of the two of them together.

Week 4: Repetition with Variety
Design Notes:
  • the repeated colors are navy, green and yellow
  • the repeated shapes include the chevron strips, and the circles in the polka dot patterned paper and buttons
  • the buttons provide unity and guide the eye around the page elements
Our design topics for the next session are space, flow, alignment and color. I know not everyone gets all exciting about studying design, but it really gets my creative juices flowing. How about you? How much do you consider design principles when you scrap?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Take Twelve: October 2012

This month is the only time all year that the twelfth falls on a Friday. We had planned to take a long weekend to catch the fall colors along northern Lake Michigan and the surrounding area. What a perfect combination for a scrapbook page! (you can see we managed to squeeze in some shopping and good eats along the way)

Can I let you in on a little secret? I made this page ahead of time, then came home and added the photos and journaling. A pre-determined template and fall theme made it all possible. I used Simple Stories Harvest Lane, a wonderful collection that combines really well with Lily Bee's Autumn Spice line. I've even re-stocked this in my stash for more fall scrapping!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Long Titles on Scrapbook Pages

I think it's no secret that I'm a big fan of the long title, so I was very happy to receive this design team assignment from Get It Scrapped.

Why do I like long titles?
  • They become a major design element on the page
  • They can take the place of some or even all of your journaling
  • They help use up some of that alphabet stash!

I decided on a color scheme and dove into my stash of Thickers. The only requirement was the sheet had to have at least two "E"'s. I didn't have many red, orange or yellow alphabets that met this criteria, so I made a little note in my iPhone to restock the next time I'm at my LSS. Because there is no such thing as too many Thickers.

I arranged the photo and letters for a look like the currently trendy subway poster art. You can see more examples of this style on the Get It Scrapped Subway Poster Art pinterest board

To frame and finish the page, I kept it simple. A punched border above and below the title, a little fun at the corners with a circle punch, buttons, and sewing floss, and I'm calling it done.

So if you're like me and have plenty of alphas on hand in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts, you're ready to put a looooong title on your next page! For more inspiration, check out the article.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ten Things On the 10th

Ten Favorite Recent Pins on Pinterest

#1. This layout. I want to try using a background stamp like that.

#2. This recipe. It's comfort food season here in Michigan.
#3. This layout. Because I'm getting a Silhouette Cameo!!

#4. This saying. My mom and sisters are on Pinterest, so I thought I'd cause a little trouble.
Source: someecards.com via Sue on Pinterest
#5. This photo. Autumn is my favorite season.
Source: etsy.com via Sue on Pinterest

#6. This layout. All the layering is done with tags. Gotta try that.

#7. This layout. Did I mention that I'm getting a Silhouette Cameo?
Source: flickr.com via Sue on Pinterest

#8. This room. So cozy and I love the bookcases.
Source: freshome.com via Sue on Pinterest

#9. This sock. I'm ready to knit a few more pairs for winter.
Source: ravelry.com via Sue on Pinterest

#10. This layout. I bet you know why....

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)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Simple Scrapper October 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 include signage in some way on your layout. Here's my take.

Patterned Paper: Echo Park Everyday Eclectic  
 Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon
Chipboard Buttons: My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday
Sailboats: Making Memories Slice Elite - Under the Sea Design Card

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!

***The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Simple Scrapper October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Simple Scrapper October Blog Hop! Today the design team is featuring layouts made with the October 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 is my layout!

This page is from our trip to Springfield, Illinois. I love visiting historic homes, especially ones I've read so much about. Yes, I am a history nerd.

Bonus points if you can name all four of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's sons,  without looking it up. (no cheating!)

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!
You can use this link to enter the giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx

***The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.