Thursday, October 31, 2013

Inspired By...Cool Colors

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that uses ONLY cool colors.

This page is about our visit to the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse on Lake Huron. Taking my cue from the sky, trees and water in the photos, I chose a variety of blues and greens to capture the calm, restful mood of the scene. The lighter color palette and white background keeps the layout fresh and crisp.

By having patterned paper and embellishments organized by color, I was able to find and combine eight manufacturers on this layout: Basic Grey, Crate Paper, Jenni Bowlin, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico, October Afternoon, Doodlebug and Queen & Co. The color palette is the unifying factor!

You can see what the rest of the design team created in the article here. There is also a new, fantastic resource of 500+ organized scrapbooking ideas. I've got this page bookmarked!

Current Issue: Tension

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Two-Page Tuesday: Current Favorite Techniques

It's been a while since I've done a two-page layout. A pile of event photos, a story waiting to be told, and a sketch from the talented Allison Davis are all I need to get started.

Collection Featured: Pebbles From Me to You
It's also been a while since I worked a week of VBS, and I'm not gonna lie. By the time Friday came, I was tired! But it was a good week and worth the effort.

This layout features a few techniques I'm currently enjoying. First, sewing templates. I've been collecting the sets from Amy Tangerine and trying to use them more. I always like the results.

Second, putting raised adhesive behind my stickers. At first I thought, why bother? They're already sticky! But I do like the added dimension, so I changed my mind on that one.

Last of all, vellum. I like using it to tone down a busy or too-bright patterned paper, but in this case I wrote on it to help my journaling stand out a bit more. 

I'm not very cutting edge when it comes to techniques, as you can probably tell. There has to be a reason for me to try one out. How about you? Do you like new techniques just to try something new? Or do you need some motivation to attempt one?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Your December Story

This December, Debbie Hodge is offering a 6-week class with prompts and page ideas for scrapbookers who want to frame their December story in a new way. A way that gets in touch with the magic of the season and your often-heroic efforts at making it special.

While registration doesn't open until November 1st, there is an early-notice sign up page. If you sign up for early notice you can get an early registration bonus that Debbie will be giving that first weekend of registration.

Debbie is a superb teacher with a proven track record of excellent classes. Every Monday for 6 weeks you'll receive a lesson. Answer the prompts, view the ideas. Open yourself to new and inspired ways to tell your December story. You can weave these stories into your December Daily album. Or let them inspire a complete book on their own. 

This is exciting stuff! I hope you'll click on the link and see what it's all about.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Write.Click.Scrapbook. Saturday Sketch

Every third Saturday over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. they post a sketch. This month, I couldn't resist the 12-square grid! I stuck close to the sketch and put my 2" square punch to good use.

I don't know whose ideas this was. But someone in my sister's family decided to rig up a slingshot in the swingset so we could launch small pumpkins across the yard for Thanksgiving entertainment. Yup. That's how my family rolls. Just glad I didn't have to clean up the mess!

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, October 17, 2013

Go To Designs: Cluster

Welcome to this month's edition of Go To Designs! Today I'm taking on the cluster. Love this design and all that can be done with it! Here's a few examples from my albums.

A little misting in the background, a combination of patterned paper, Thickers, buttons and chipboard, finished off with a side border. A great recipe that can be used over and over with different results every time.

When you create with texture and dimension, almost any resulting cluster will be visually interesting. Even if my favorite ingredient (patterned paper) is sparse.

Here I used leftover bits of paper all cut to the same size and had fun with the patterns and textures. Clusters definitely have a playful side.

This cluster is grounded to the page by placing it on a Silhouette die cut background. With their irregular edges and little nooks and crannies, clusters create interesting white space on the page.

Collection Featured: Basic Grey Persimmon
Brand New Layout! As usual, I have created a Pinterest board just for the cluster design. Here is my latest YouTube video about the making of this page. What about you? Are you crazy for clusters?

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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Inspired By...Frida Kahlo

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Fashion, photography and other industries are turning to Mexican icon Frida Kahlo as inspiration for aesthetic endeavors. Make a page with inspiration taken from at least one aspect of Frida Kahlo's style and art.

Thanks go to Pinterest for their help on this one. I linked to my search results so you can see what I found. Very inspiring!

This page is about being in the right place at the right time to capture a great shot. I was inspired by Frida Kahlo's motifs and colors. Her use of bold florals, mosaic patterns and the vibrant colors of Mexico are all incorporated into my layout.

You can see what the rest of the design team created in the article here. There is also a new, fantastic resource of 500+ organized scrapbooking ideas. I've got this page bookmarked!

Current Issue: Tension

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Snuggle & Separate

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that uses a snuggle and separate design scheme. Debbie wrote about this idea in her class Tension, Story, Focus and FlowMy page is about the breathtaking fall colors along the shores of Lake Michigan.

First I divided my canvas by thirds and added a border. A larger block of photos is snuggled in the lower left hand corner. I still have plenty of room to work!

A slightly smaller grouping on the right hand side contains the title and journaling. By positioning it a little higher than the photos, I was able to use the border to give "Autumn" a resting place.

Here is my finished page. The two groups are united by a visual triangle of embellishments.

You can see what the rest of the design team created in the article here. There is also a new, fantastic resource of 500+ organized scrapbooking ideas. I've got this page bookmarked!

Current Issue: Tension

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Write.Click.Scrapbook. October Gallery

The October Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.! This month's theme is A Day in the Life.  I chose to create a layout about the daily routine my 16 year old cat has developed. Apparently, I scrap in the morning so often that she's come to expect it!

Collection Featured: My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste
Journaling reads: Lucky has her morning routine down pat. After breakfast, she heads down the basement, expecting me to follow. We spend our mornings in my scrap room. She explores, plays with paper scraps and eventually takes a nap. Rough life!

I put my Silhouette Cameo to good use on this one. The photo frames and title are die cut. I even used the leftover hearts and arrows as embellishments.

You can see what the rest of the team did right here. Such variety! I think you'll love this one. 

Here's my latest video. It's about 15 minutes long. There's a button in my sidebar if you would prefer to subscribe to my YouTube channel.