Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop, Part 4

I'm playing a little catch-up today, posting the final layouts I made for my Guided Study Critique class. Since I have four pages to share, I'll keep the comments short and sweet.

We critiqued this page in the live webinar. Everyone enjoyed my husband's goofiness. I think this is the page where someone mentioned enjoying my "quirky" style. I never thought of my scrapping as being quirky, but I know she meant it as a compliment. Maybe I should embrace quirky?

The assignment here was to make a page with purposeful placements that create alignments of image, embellishment and text. I took that to heart, maybe too literally. I like the page, but it is a bit stagnant and boxy.

We happened to snag front row seats for an outdoor July 4th concert of the Detroit Symphony with conductor Leonard Slatkin at the podium. It was a magical evening of music, and a photographer's dream come true for Phil. I put my Silhouette to good use!

Finally, a page about my 15-year old cat and the care she requires these days. A little high maintenance for a cat, but she's doing well so it's worth it. The topic was color, and the assignment here was to make a page with multiple colors, with variation in value as well as color.

If this arouses your curiosity about the class, there will be a new session starting in January. You can find information about it here. My blog friend, S, recently posted a very nice review of her experience that you can read here. Maybe I'll see you in class!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Scrapping Every Day Life

The Get It Scrapped! assignment seemed simple enough: Make a page with dinner table photos. I thought I would focus on our dining room, but I should have known better. The kitchen is where the action is!

When I went looking for photos to tell a story, I came across all kinds of pictures showing us doing all kinds of things at our kitchen table. This inspired me to gather those images together and describe how our every day life revolves around this convenient and cozy place in our home. I had not realized how much we do here!

What do you use your table for besides dinner? Check out the article here for more ideas and inspiration. Maybe you'll come up with a new angle for scrapping some every day life memories!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Take Twelve: November 2012

This month's theme is House and Home, perfectly fitting for this time of year. Where I live, the weather is colder and the days are shorter, which means we are spending more time indoors. So my twelve photos capture the rooms in our home where we spend most of our time.

I think my husband's office is ready for a makeover. After 14 years, that striped wallpaper and oversized border has got to go! Maybe after the holidays...

I'll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging while I turn my attention to preparing food, spending time with family and counting my blessings. A very Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop, Part 3

This session of my Guided Study Critique Workshop is wrapping up and I have a few more pages to share. The design topic for these layouts was space, as in filling a page with positive space and considering the empty space, or white space on the page.

First assignment: Make one page in which you focus on using white space to organize and group elements on the page.

Design Notes
  • A vertical band of patterned paper houses my two photos.
  • A horizontal band of patterned paper houses my title.
  • Black borders and a black shadow on the title create a visual triangle and keep your eye centered on the page.
  • Yellow is an unexpected color that adds a bit of pop and again forms a visual triangle to move your eye around the important elements on the page.

After this layout was critiqued, I went back and tweaked the embellishments a bit. By replacing the finger pointing brad I've filled that space a bit better, and adding a few enamel dots to the tab and below the photos gives the page a final finishing touch.

Second assignment: Make one page in which you focus on having "active" white space, as opposed to "passive" white space. (active white space includes interesting shapes and asymmetry, while passive white space is predictable and includes borders and symmetry)

Design Notes
  • I've noticed a pattern emerging in my scrapping process: if the photos contain cool colors, I tend to choose warm colors for background and matting purposes. I like the contrast and the way the photo stands out.
  • Generous white space supports the title and theme of this page, while the patterned paper and banner shapes still give the layout a fun summer vibe.

After this page was critiqued, I again tweaked my embellishment placing. I had surrounded and closed in the photo in my first attempt. By moving  a few embellishments to form a grouping and removing one of the small circles, the space opens up and a a clear visual triangle emerges. I like this version much better.

Believe me, there is so much more to this class than adjusting a few embellishments! Most of the comments I file away for future pages, but when I can move a few things here and there to improve a page, I'm happy to do so.

Here's where you can see Part 1 and Part 2 of my Guided Study posts. There is more information about the Critique Class here. I'm pretty sure Debbie plans on offering this again in January and I will be there! How about you?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scrapping Older Photos

Scrapping older photos can be a challenge, especially when you don't have clear memories about the pictures. Here's how I solved that problem.

This photo, taken back in 1964, inspired me to tell the story of the birth of my brother. I honestly don't remember what it was like adjusting to a sibling, but my mother recorded the story in my baby book. I used her words on my journaling strips.

For more ideas on giving old photos and stories new life, check out this article over at Get It Scrapped! The topic this month at Masterful Scrapbook Design is Scrapbooking Old Photos. If you have a collection of heritage photos, now would be a good time to subscribe. There is a brand new 6-month subscription option and Debbie has some great topics coming up in 2013!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Simple Scrapper November 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 includes multiple fonts/alphas in the title. Here's my take.

When I'm knitting something flat and square, like a dish cloth or baby blanket, it's more enjoyable having an interesting stitch pattern to follow. I never knew knitting and purling could be combined in so many different ways!

Design Notes:
  • When mixing a variety of fonts, using the same color provides unity
  • To further unite the page, black is repeated in the thin border strips and matting for my photos and journaling
  • Choosing products with a vintage look further enhances the theme of handcrafting
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, November 5, 2012

Simple Scrapper November Blog Hop

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

Watching our son play softball. But he isn't 14 anymore; he's a married man. We enjoyed the memories as much as the game currently in progress.

Design Note:
  • The black border, title and embellishment lead the eye around the page and keep the focus on the center of the layout.

It's a long drive from Ohio to North Carolina, so we measure our progress by a series of landmarks.

The West Virginia capitol dome, two tunnels in Virginia and Mount Pilot in North Caroline all mark the way. We're getting closer to Holden Beach!

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!
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