Saturday, December 27, 2014

Favorite Scrapbook Layouts of 2014

What a year 2014 has been for us! We basically re-arranged our lives in just about every way imaginable: new state, new community, new house, new job for my husband and a new baby granddaughter! It has been worth all the upheaval in so many ways for so many reasons. 

One thing that did not change was my love of scrapping. Here are my favorite layouts from the past year and a short explanation of why they made the cut.
This layout is included because there is a photo of me that I actually like. Shocking, I know.

Great memories of a location we lived in for almost 25 years. Don't tell my rabid OSU-fan family, but there are things about Michigan that are quite nice.

Any layout that combines photos spanning over 40 years is a winner in my book. I love making these kinds of connections.

Going to the beach is another family tradition that has spanned the decades. Finding new ways to document this ongoing story is a challenge I gladly accept.

Self-explanatory, don't you think? Plus, I have no words to describe.

He really is an awesome grandfather. I love being a grandmother with him. This is a great time of life for us and we are thankful.

Thank you to everyone who has viewed this blog, left comments, and just generally been supportive. I am grateful for the online friendships, especially this past year. My very best wishes to you all!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Wonderful Focal Point Photo

Yikes, it's been a while. I have been scrapping, but these times, they are a-busy. Here's a little something created recently. It's the granddaughter again, of course!

How wonderful it is to have such a compelling focal point photo! Those tight crops can be stunning. Not only does the cluster embellishment highlight the focal point photo, but double matting and placing the title and journaling nearby bring additional attention.

I kept the embellishing simple for this layout, focusing on the unique shape and size of my stickers. But when it came to visual triangles, I went all out! The stickers form one triangle, the mini dots are in groups of three, there are three embellishment clusters, and the words “lucy” + “joy” + the large flower form a visual triangle of pink. Too much? 

Hope you are enjoying your holiday season!