Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Using A Full Page Die Cut

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that incorporates a full page stencil or die-cut. My page is about stocking up on yarn with the good intention of starting and completing many knitting projects. We'll see how that goes.

When using a full page die cut or stencil, a simple shape can be less intimidating. I chose arrows, which symbolize direction, leading and ambition. They represent all the different directions I could take with my bag of yarn and the ambition I have to knit things.

After cutting the background with my Silhouette, I saved these kraft arrows for future projects.

My favorite thing to do with a large background: fill the negative space with patterned paper. The back side is quite a mess, but turn it over and voila!

I purposely chose this paper with an intertwined pattern. Reminds me of knitting.

A little more patterned paper, some matting and I've got this completely cool background. Almost seems a shame to cover it up.

I decided to tilt the photo block, since everything else is, well, straight as an arrow. Then I added the title and journaling.
Collection Featured: Lily Bee Destination & Pinwheel
I finished the layout with a visual triangle of embellishments closely related to my theme: crochet hearts, buttons, a fabric brad. I rejected my favorite flair as too shiny and hard for this project. So sad.

The buttons are from October Afternoon and Lily Bee, the crochet hearts are from Bella Blvd. and the wood veneer arrow is from Freckled Fawn. Love to shop my stash and come up with these combinations!

There are more ideas and inspiration from the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team here. Do you use full page die cuts or stencils on your pages? What tips can you share?

Current Issue: Grids and Blocks

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Go To Designs: Project Life Style

Welcome to this month's edition of Go To Designs! Today, I'm jumping on the Project Life bandwagon, but applying the style to my 12x12 layouts. When I think of Project Life style, these elements come to mind:
  • 3x4 photos
  • 3x4 journaling cards, bingo cards, title cards
  • rounded corners
  • specific Project Life products
  • stitched dividers
  • small compartments for embellishing
  • filling most of the page
Here is the start of my layout, with photos and title in place. These pictures are quite colorful, so I don't feel a need to embellish heavily. If I add a subtitle, I won't need space for additional journaling. This page is all about the close-ups of the flowers.

Collection Featured: Simple Stories I Heart Summer
A few stickers, brads and some stitching and this layout is finished enough for my taste. How is this different from a grid? Really, the two are quite similar and interchangeable. The dominant 3x4 size, corner rounding, lack of layering and filling the page pushes me in the direction of thinking Project Life.

Using Project Life style on a traditional 12x12 scrapbook page seems to be a newer trend. I like it and have a Pinterest board full of ideas. Do you do Project Life? Have you ever tried translating the style to a regular scrapbook layout? 

This series was inspired by the Layout Issue at Masterful Scrapbook Design.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two-Page Tuesday: My Scrapbook Process

I have quite a few pictures from our niece's wedding in June. Might be because Phil was their wedding photographer. That many photos for an important family event means I'll be scrapping a two-page layout. I whittled my pile of pictures down to these choices. I always try to include a mix of portrait and landscape shots. I need options.

Then I chose products. Teresa Collins' She Said collection has been in my stash since the beginning of the year, so I'm excited to pull it out and use it. I think this will work well.

For two-page layouts, I almost always select a sketch. The latest Paperclipping Roundtable podcast was all about using sketches as starting points. Allison Davis was one of the guests. So nice to see her around again. She said that she just picks a sketch she likes and makes it work with her photos and supplies. So I gave that a try. Here's my background layer.

Next I laid out the photos. These 5 made the final cut.

Next I worked in the title and some embellishing.

I saved a spot for my journaling strips and this layered flower embellishment. I haven't used flowers on a page for quite some time. This was fun.

One final embellishment group of flowers. Not as much fancy layering, but that's okay.

Here's the finished page. As I look it over, I'm pleased with the way the photos stand out, I love the colors and the visual triangle that leads my eye across both pages. I'm good with this one. Using the sketch made the process go quickly.

So how about you - sketches or no? If yes, how do you decide when to use one? For me, if it's a two-pager or I want a faster pace, then I turn to a sketch. One thing I would NEVER do is use a sketch and then submit the page as my own design, but I bet you knew that, didn't you?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Inspired By... Art Deco

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page inspired by some aspect of art deco. Seems like a relevant topic, with the recent release of The Great Gatsby already influencing fashion and weddings.

I chose to make a page about my grandfather buying a brand new car for $665.00 back in 1936. Choosing a photo that dates back to the Art Deco period sets the tone. I cut an art deco arch frame with my Silhouette to highlight the picture. Rick colors, bold geometric shapes and a Market Deco font complete the look in a clean and simple style.

Journaling reads: "In 1936, the same year he married my grandmother, my Grandpa Bump bought this brand new car for a mere $665 dollars. He looks like he's on top of the world now!"

You might recognize this photo. I scrapped it with a different story last month in this postThe art deco treatment here is paired with journaling about the past, while the modern treatment is paired with journaling about my more recent memories.

If you want further inspiration for your own art deco inspired page, I recommend the Get It Scrapped! Pinterest Board, my own Pinterest board and of course, the Get It Scrapped! article. Ready to give this a try?

You still have until July 11th to sign on for the next 3 classes at Masterful Scrapbook Design and pay just $18 per class! That includes Grids & BlocksTension and Color - what great topics! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Old & New Photos

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that combines a recent photo (less than 3 years old) with an older photo (more than 10 years old). Fun challenge! Here's what I created.

First, a simple pieced background, using 12x12 and 6x6 papers from Little Yellow Bicycle's Poppy collection. I rounded the top corners to give it a less boxy look. Love these colors!

I placed the larger focal point photo in a "sweet spot" on the page according to the rule of thirds, then lined up the smaller photo so our son's eyes form a horizontal line across both photos to tie them together. I think alignment is the key when working with different sized photos.

Collection Featured: Little Yellow Bicycle Poppy
I finished the page with a healthy dose of journaling strips and a Silhouette cut title, using appropriate fonts for a sports-themed layout. Even though these pictures were taken over ten years apart, the similar colors in both made them easy to scrap together. A few stars and banners, and the page is finished!

I love the stories that can emerge from combining photos that span many years. Have you ever done this? You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did right here.

You still have until July 11th to sign on for the next 3 classes at Masterful Scrapbook Design and pay just $18 per class! That includes Grids & Blocks, Tension and Color - what great topics! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3 New Design Classes + Coupon Code!

I was super excited to see this offer today: Sign on for the next 3 classes at Masterful Scrapbook Design by July 11th and pay just $18 per class! These are in-depth classes that include:
  • a 200+ page idea book with focus lessons 
  • 50+ annotated layouts 
  • 5 live interview webinars with top designers 
  • 4 live “office hours” sessions where you can get feedback on your own pages or learn as you see others’ pages critiqued.
All 9 live events are recorded in video and audio formats for you to access online or download with “forever” access.

July/August 2013: Grids and Blocks 

September/October 2013: Tension
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November/December 2013: Color
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Be sure to use the discount code msd2013threepack when checking out. Just a reminder, this offer expires on July 11th. I am a regular attender at the webinars and office hours - I'd love to see you there!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Exciting News!

I was going to take a blog break all this week, but I have to interrupt it for a wonderful announcement: I have been added to the team over at Write. Click. Scrapbook.! Their July gallery posted today and below that is the official announcement. I've been following them from the beginning, so this is like a dream come true for me.

Are you familiar with Write. Click. Scrapbook.? If not, here's a great place to learn how to take full advantage of all they have to offer. Now, back to my regularly scheduled blog break. I've got lots of scrapping to do! See you next week...