Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 13 of 2013

I've been looking forward to this post all year long. Each month, carefully placing favorite scrapbook pages in an iPhoto folder, waiting for the last day of 2013 to arrive. And now it's here! 

These thirteen layouts made the final cut. They remind me of what I love most about creating scrapbook pages...

1. Layering It Up

2. Keeping It Clean & Simple

3. Grids Always Make Me Happy

4. Silhouette Cuts & One Cute Kid 
This is our great-nephew, soon to be usurped when we welcome our granddaughter this spring. That's just the honest truth.

5. Controlling Color

6. Sharing The Story

Do you have favorite layouts from this past year? What makes them your preferred pages?

We'll be ringing in the new year in a quiet and simple way. Dinner, going to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, maybe we'll make it until midnight, maybe not. New Year's Day means football, scrapping, football, snacks and more football. We both like it that way. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Inspired By…A Special Gift

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a scrapbook page about a particular gift that someone gave you or that you gave to someone. The focus should be on one gift and why it matters. 

So, the burning question for today is: why would a brick be a welcome Christmas present?

Collection Featured: Echo Park Christmas Reflections
My journaling tells the story: "The packages were heavy and there was one for each of us. Signed Love, Dad. Okay. He had our attention. We eagerly opened them and inside discovered…a brick. But we knew. These were bricks from our 1884 courthouse that sadly was recently demolished. Dad had gone down and collected a few momentos from the rubble to give to us. I am so glad he did. I love having  piece of hometown history."

There you have it. The rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say.

Now for a few product details. I used Mr. Huey's Opaque White Mist on the kraft cardstock. It lightens up part of the background near the photo, title and journaling. The title is a Silhouette cut, using Honey Script and Impact fonts. The Brick Mask overlay is a die cut I purchased in the Silhouette store.

You can see what the rest of the team did with this assignment in the full article.

There's still time to check out the new Get It Scrapped Membership! It combines Masterful Scrapbook Design's magazine format and live design conversations with the hands-on video tutorials of Scrapbook Coach in one all-access pass. Very cool!  You can save 10% through December 31st! Click here to view more details

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Break

Since Christmas falls in the middle of the week, some of our family celebrations are coming up this weekend. This weekend! That means I've got plenty of wrapping and baking to do before then. Time to take a little break from blogging.

But it won't be a break from scrapping! I'm in the process of creating my next online class for Creative Passion Classes. More about that in the coming weeks...

However you celebrate the holidays, I wish you and your family all the best. In my world, this time of year is about the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ, so around here we like to say Merry Christmas!  I'll be back at the end of the month with a few posts to wrap up 2013.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Go To Designs: Half & Half

Welcome to this month's edition of Go To Designs! I'm calling this one Half and Half. (The name comes from Debbie Hodge's Scrapbook Coach series. More about that at the end of this post) This is a great design for multiple photos of different sizes. Here's four examples.

On this layout, the page is divided in half horizontally with room for 5 photos, title and a good bit of journaling. The stitching, tags, buttons and stickers add texture and interest.

Another page divided horizontally. The focal point photo is double matted and highlight by the Silhouette die cut, while the bottom contains journaling and a series of photos.

Here's one I divided vertically. There's only one photo, but an entire column is devoted to journaling. This is a one of my favorite layouts.

Brand New Page! Finally, this divided canvas houses smaller photos at the top and larger ones at the bottom, thus distributing weight on the page in a way that makes sense. The placement of embellishments helps guide your eye through the layout in a zig zag fashion.

And there you have it! I made it through a whole year of Go To Designs. That's 11 blog posts and 12 Pinterest boards covering Band, Blocked, Centered, Cluster, Criss Cross, Diagonal, Grids, Half & Half, Project Life, Rectangles, Shelf,  Snuggle & Separate. Whew! For some reason, I never blogged about the Blocked Design. Not sure how that happened, but please accept my apologies.  

My plans for 2014 are to put these twelve designs to good use in my scrapping and YouTube videos. That's the great thing about a Go To Design: you can use it over and over again!

Have you checked out the new Get It Scrapped Membership? It combines Masterful Scrapbook Design's magazine format and live design conversations with the hands-on video tutorials of Scrapbook Coach in one all-access pass. Very cool!  You can save 15% through December 18th! Click here to view more details

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Inspired By…Circles

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page with a composition that depends on circles. My layout is about celebrating Christmas in our home with family.

Collection Featured: Echo Park Christmas Reflections
The Silhouette die cut is call, appropriately, Christmas Ornament Frame. The circles represent not only a symbol of the season, but also our family circle coming together to celebrate the holidays.

You can see what the rest of the team has done with their circles in the article here. How are you coming with your holiday preparations? We're keeping it very simple this year, so things are humming along smoothly. (so far)

Have you checked out the new Get It Scrapped Membership? It combines Masterful Scrapbook Design's magazine format and live design conversations with the hands-on video tutorials of Scrapbook Coach in one all-access pass. Very cool!  You can save 15% through December 18th! Click here to view more details

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Past

Today it's my turn over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. I wrote an article about documenting Christmas memories from your childhood. Here's a few sneaks….

That's all I can show you. Hope you'll check out the full version here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Your December Story: Signs of Christmas

Lesson One of Debbie Hodge's new class, Your December Story, posted last week and it really got me in the holiday mood! I made this page about the 10 signs that call me to the adventure of Christmas. This list approach didn't even require any photos!

The frames holding my journaling strips were cut with my Silhouette. I'm using the December Documented line from Simple Stories to help unite all my pages for this class. I'm also hoping to made a serious dent in my stash of divided page protectors. That will make putting pages together quick and easy during the busy holiday season. (I hope!)

The class is still available. Lessons 1 and 2 have already posted. But don't worry about being behind, this is definitely go at your own pace. There's a forum and gallery to support the class. They are both very active right now! Click here to view more details. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Write.Click.Scrapbook. December Gallery

Breaking News! There is a new Get It Scrapped membership! 
This 6-month, all-access pass to 34 ebooks, 200 video interviews and 40 video tutorials is only $48 through Monday, December 2nd. It will never be priced this low again! All the pdf's and videos are downloadable for you to keep on your computer. Click here so you don't miss this offer (and the opportunity to lock in at this low rate) I personally can't recommend this highly enough and hope you'll join us in 2014!

Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post…...

The December Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  This month's theme is Holiday Traditions.

This is a layout I create every year using a square punch and all the Christmas cards we've received. The idea is not original with me. I think I saw it on Ali Edward's blog years ago. It has become a holiday scrapping tradition! 

You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team right here. What holiday traditions do you enjoy celebrating?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Two-Page Tuesday: Photo Substitutions

Since I'm in a Thanksgiving mood, here's a two-page layout from last year's festivities. This one's all about the food! It's definitely a team effort to feed this bunch. We usually have between 25-30 people at our family gathering.

I used an Allison Davis sketch that called for five landscape photos and one portrait photo. All mine were landscape, so I substituted a Silhouette cut for the portrait photo.

The die cut is called Turkey Pennant by Loni Harris. She also designed a pumpkin pennant and a leaf pennant that are just as wonderful. I filled the back with card stock and patterned paper to create a unique embellishment that introduces the page.

We'll be celebrating much the same way this year. Preparations are already under way. I'm going to take a little blog break until December to enjoy family, food and count my many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Your December Story Blog Hop

I got a peek at "Your December Story" and I'm giving away a free pass
Last week I got a head start on lesson one of Debbie Hodge's Your December Story. I want to tell you about the class and how it's already inspired me. And I'm giving away one free pass! (If you already purchased the class, you'll get a $24 gift card good for any other GIS/MSD classes.)

Your December Story is shaped around the Hero's Journey
This December, like Dorothy dropped into Oz, you will receive a call to adventure. You will move from the ordinary world into one of magic and tests as the holiday season arrives.
This class has prompts and page ideas for visual storytelling. It starts from the heralds, moves to the challenges, mentors, special tools and returns to the known world and what you take forward. It's the most unique perspective I've ever seen and I can't wait to take the journey!

You can see right here how the class has already inspired me
Lesson One begins with what Debbie calls "the ordinary world". Understanding where you're at right now before moving into the magic and busyness of the holidays. I was inspired to create this pocket page double-sided layout about our daily life. There are two additional sections to Lesson One. I'm ready to accept my Call to Adventure!

You can take the journey with me and get a $10 gift card . . .
but only through midnight Wednesday, November 20th. When you purchase "Your December Story" by midnight PT, Wednesday, November 20, you also get a $10 gift card that you can use for Get It Scrapped and Masterful Scrapbook Design classes. Click here to purchase Your December Story and get the $10 gift card.

See how the rest of the blog hoppers are using this class (and get 20+ more chances to win)
Put your name in the drawing to win the class
Leave a brief comment telling me what you are already doing to get ready for the coming holidays. I will draw a random winner on Thursday, November 21, 2014. Good luck!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Write.Click.Scrapbook. Saturday Sketch

Every third Saturday over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. they post a sketch. This month features a circle of grids and a few border strips. There's room for nine photos, but I chose three and filled the rest with embellishments.

Collection Featured: Pebbles From Me to You
When the birds are back at our feeders with their bright colors and Phil's got his camera out to capture them in motion, then I know spring has arrived. Yes, I know that winter is coming on. Perhaps that's why I chose to fast forward right to spring.

I used my Silhouette to create the circle grid. Then out came the punches, Stampin' Up! and Spellbinders dies to fill in the spaces with pretty embellishments. It was a bit of a tool extravaganza by the time the page was completed. You can find the downloadable sketch, as well as this month's color palette, in the article here.

Here is my latest YouTube video, so you can see the process of how this layout came together, if you so desire. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Inspired By…Crossed Logo Motif

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that incorporates  a crossed or X logo design in a substantial way. This page is about several knitting projects I've completed this year. 
I cut knitting needle shapes out of kraft cardstock with my Silhouette and used them as the crossed element on my layout. Three of the quadrants house a knitting project and journaling, while the bottom quadrant contains my title. Border stitching and button embellishments support the handcrafted theme.
Each quadrant contains its own unique color palette based on the colors of the knitting project in the photo. This sweater for my husband was my big project for the year. I have no plans to start another sweater in the near future. 'Nough said.
Here's a small hat I made using two different colors of yarn and a technique called helix knitting. When I showed it to a friend she liked it so much that I gave it to her. Glad I took a picture first!
And my socks. I'm wearing them right now. Even though the color palettes are all different, by keeping them small and using the same type of supplies (washi tape, buttons, flair and mini dots) the layout holds together.
You can see what the rest of the design team created in the article here

The new issue is up over at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I've read it all and love what I see! You can see it too, for 10 days, absolutely free by clicking the link below.

Current Issue: Color 2

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Inspired By...Found Object Embellishments

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Embellish your page with something  that is not a scrapbooking supply. This page about my dad's love of reading and collecting books inspired me to dig through my collection of bookmarks for an original touch.

Collection Featured: Teresa Collins He Said
My found object is this bookmark from amazon.com. Love the quote and the way it supports the story. I added some stitching and a brad to dress it up a bit. You can see what the rest of the design team created in the article here. Have you ever used a supply that is not your typical scrapbooking embellishment?

The new issue is up over at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I read through it today and love what I see! You can see it too, for 10 days, absolutely free by clicking the link below.

Current Issue: Color 2

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Inspired By...Non-Fall Colors

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a fall page that does not use a traditional fall color scheme. So I created this layout about how much I love and appreciate my husband.

Collection Featured: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm
The photo was taken in the fall, but instead of the rich, saturated colors associated with the season I chose the exact opposite: a pastel, watercolor palette. The green is light and fresh, while small bits of pink and coral suggest spring, not fall. The dominant navy swings the page to a more masculine tone. This combination highlights the topic of my layout, not the time of year the photo was taken.

You can see what the rest of the team did with this assignment in the article here. The new issue is up over at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I've just gotten my hands on it and love what I see! You can see it too, for 10 days, absolutely free by clicking the link below. What have you got to lose?

Current Issue: Color 2

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Favorite Scrap Magazine

With the sad demise of so many print scrapbooking magazines, I'm very glad I found Scrapbook & Cards Today! It's a wonderful resource. The features and articles are top notch. Today I'm sharing a project inspired by the latest issue, combining two points of inspiration:
  • Page Maps Sketch, p. 30
  • Memories Page Starters, p. 44: "your current schedule and routines"
Collection Featured: Basic Grey Persimmon
They encourage readers to submit layouts, both for publication and for the blog. When I sent this page in, they were kind enough to put it up on their blog last week! You can see that post here.

Scrapbook & Cards Today has a strong online presence with a wonderful website and blog. You can subscribe to each issue in print form, or download it for free. I do both! I love holding the beautiful print version and turning the pages, but also enjoy the convenience having many issues right at my fingertips on my iPad. Are you already a fan, or is this magazine something new to you?