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?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Write.Click.Scrapbook. November Gallery

The November Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  The theme for this month is Dreams. My layout is not only a dream, but a goal.

Journaling reads: I love to knit socks! The only thing better than knitting socks is wearing a pair of hand made socks. My dream is to replace every boring pair of store bought socks in my drawer with a pair that I've made myself.

Here's my first pair towards accomplishing that goal. I'm wearing them right now and they feel so good! The next pair might be something for my husband, but then it's back to my dream.

You can see what the rest of the team dreams about here. You'll find plenty of inspiration for photos, journaling and design. There's still time to create a page about your dreams before the holiday season kicks into high gear!