Monday, October 27, 2014

Scrapbook Layout Storytelling: Setting

Sometimes the story behind my scrapbook photos is all about the place or places involved. When setting is key, I like the challenge of conveying that in a special way on the layout. This page, for example, is about leaving our favorite hangouts in Michigan when we moved back to Ohio.

I represented the setting in my design by cutting out the shape of Michigan with my Silhouette and filling it with a collage of photos. This composition captures glimpses of familiar spots and groups them together in an interesting way. You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Class: Curated Scrapbook Albums

The following is from Debbie Hodge's newest online scrapbooking class, Curated Albums. I'll be taking this class in November. Hope you will consider being a part of the class!

With “Curated Albums,” revisit your body of scrapbooking work and pick out the very best pages and page combinations to tell overarching stories that compel you. This isn’t about re-ordering your current scrapbook albums. This isn’t about making new theme albums. This is about identifying recurring themes and compelling storylines in your past work, excerpting what you already have, filling in where needed, and making easy-to-hold and replicate personal story books.

The Curated Albums class includes:
  • Video and written lessons each week
  • One dozen curated album ideas
  • Four curated album story arcs
  • Design ideas for physical album, covers, dividers, and table of contents options
  • Print-, cut-, and digital-design files for curated album storytelling
  • Curation process walkthroughs including brainstorming ideas and digitizing paper pages with photography, scan-and-stitch, and send-out services
The Curated Albums class schedule is as follows:
The written and video lessons are made available on Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks. You access them at your convenience and then share in a private forum and gallery where your classmates respond at their convenience. You do not need to be anywhere at any specific time.
The office hours sessions are live and scheduled at several different hours. You can post your questions and links in the forum and gallery ahead of time if you cannot attend. A video recording of the office hours and chat log will be posted in your classroom area with 24 hours.
Lesson 1: Tues, Nov 4.
Lesson 2: Tues, Nov 11.
Lesson 3: Tues, Nov 18.
Lesson 4: Tues, Nov 25.
Office Hours: Thurs, Nov 6 at 8pm ET.
Office Hours: Weds, Nov 12 at 1pm ET.
Office Hours: Thurs, Nov 20 at 9pm ET.
Office Hours: Mon, Nov 24 at 4pm ET.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Visual Storytelling on Scrapbook Pages

Have you ever considered the characters, setting and plot of your scrapbook page story? It sounds a little bit like English class, but that's okay. I liked English class. Here's a page where these three elements are evident in the photos. It was also the perfect excuse to use those cute fox embellishments. That's a win-win in my book.

Collection Featured: Basic Grey Grand Bazaar
This page is about shopping for our granddaughter's baby room. The characters are our son and daughter in-law, the setting is Ikea and the plot is selecting stuffed animals to set the theme for decorating. I placed an outside shot with the name of the store in the upper LH corner of the layout as an entry point. The photos flow clockwise around the page, symbolizing the way we wandered around the store, selecting the perfect stuffed animals.

You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Scrapbook Layouts Roundup

I have a few layouts that haven't been blogged yet, so here's a quick post to share what I've been creating lately.

First, a page for Write.Click.Scrapbook's Sketchbook Saturday from September 20th. Such a versatile sketch. The possibilities for color and pattern are endless.

Next, a personal scrapping page featuring Basic Grey's Grand Bazaar collection. It's been ages since I scrapped something that was not for an assignment. I need to do this more often. It felt so good!

Finally, another personal scrapping page. Go me! The stars are a Silhouette shape, called "doodle stars" in the online store. The title is from Wilna Furstenberg's Art and Design class at Big Picture Classes. The yellow background is my very first use of watercolors on a scrapbook page.

That's it for now. Hope you are finding crafty time in your world!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Using Patterned Paper Scraps on a Scrapbook Layout

The October Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  This month's theme is Happy Scraps. All the posts at WCS for the next 31 days will be about making use of what you have. Shopping your stash and being inspired even if you haven't been shopping lately. Sounds good!

Collection Featured: Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup
My layout was created with leftover strips of patterned paper die cut into a 9-square grid using Lori Whitlock's Square Background Shapes from the Silhouette store. Then it was just a matter of filling in the shapes! The quotes about reading say: 

  • "I often feel sorry for people who don't read good books; they are missing a chance to lead an extra life." 
  • "Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes the day happier."

Aren't those great? You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team right here