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

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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?