Friday, January 31, 2014

Week with Sketches

This week was a Week with Sketches over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. Today was my turn to contribute a layout, based on a not-centered composition. Here's the sketch...



And my take on it…


I altered the sketch by:
  • adding a frame around the entire layout
  • moving the journaling below the title
  • incorporating two visual triangles, one with brown stitching and the other with red stars and hearts


You can see all the sketches and layouts for the week by clicking the links for each day.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Any crafty plans for the weekend? We're supposed to get more snow, so I'll be staying indoors, hopefully in my scrap room for most of Saturday!




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inspired By…Stripes

The challenge from Get It Scrapped!: Choose a striped patterned paper that has a mood and make a page that goes with this mood. You know, I never thought much about stripes having a mood, but they really do. I did a little online research and decided to make this page about my husband, who serves as one of the deacons at our church.




There are three ways the stripe adds to the mood of this layout...

  • My featured striped print is vertically oriented, symbolically stretching from earth to heaven and suitable for a page with spiritual meaning. 
  • Vertical lines also have a sense of formality and dignity that complement the photo. 
  • The thick parallel lines of uniform width and spacing suggest strength and stability, which our church leaders represent to our congregation.

You can see what the rest of the team did with their stripes in the full article. I'm guessing you have a nice stash of striped patterned paper. Why not give this a try?

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. The newest Masterful Scrapbook Design class ebook, Rule Play, is ready for members with 8 live events scheduled during January and February on the topic. Breaking design rules is a great way to brush up on the rules with a twist! Click here to view more details






Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two Page Tuesday: Photo Collage

My challenge from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page inspired by the technique of collage. I decided to tackle my pile of photos of the presidential limousines on display at the Henry Ford Museum. They are my favorite display in the whole museum. One page would not be enough to do them justice.


The title and journaling take up the first page of the two-page spread. The large stars were cut with my Silhouette and placed over vellum. 


This is not a pocket page! I just made it look like one. The collage of limos surrounds the presidential seal. Each car is photographed in color, then in black and white to evoke a sense of time and history. 


Collection Featured: Simple Stories 24/Seven
The entire two-page layout is united by a common color scheme, star motif and visual triangle of circle elements. You can see what the rest of the team did with this assignment in the full article.

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. The newest Masterful Scrapbook Design class ebook, Rule Play, is ready for members with 8 live events scheduled during January and February on the topic. Breaking design rules is a great way to brush up on the rules with a twist! Click here to view more details

Monday, January 20, 2014

Go To Designs: The Band, Part 2

Welcome to Go To Designs for 2014! Last year I ran this series here on my blog with layout examples and links to a growing collection of Pinterest boards. By the end of 2013, I had accumulated a grand total of twelve Go To Designs. 

This year, I've decided to re-visit each of the designs, in video form. After all, working a design more than once is what makes it a Go To Design! So I'll proceed in alphabetical order, starting with the Band. Here is my finished layout and accompanying video. You can watch it right here, or subscribe to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!







You can see previous posts in this series by locating Regular Blog Features in the sidebar and clicking on Go To Designs. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inspired By…Pastel + Fluorescent

My assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page on which the colors are a mix of soft pastels and fluorescents.

This assignment challenged me. If I had to choose between pastels and fluorescent, my preferred color palette would be…none of the above. I am a bright colors girl, through and through. Nevertheless, I challenged myself to give this a try.


Collection Featured: Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste
This page is about a pumpkin vine that grew up into our neighbor's tree. The fluorescent orange that frames the photos and creates the playful title emphasizes the strange sight of seeing a pumpkin growing in a tree. Since I didn't have any fluorescent paper in my stash, a neon orange stamp pad, clear stamps, scissors and punches helped me create the various page elements.

For some reason, this layout did not photograph particularly well, despite my attempts to edit it. The orange does pop a bit more in real life. What can I say? I think neon and I just do not get along. At least I tried….


You can see what the rest of the team did with this assignment in the full article here. There are some stunning examples!

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. The newest Masterful Scrapbook Design class ebook, Rule Play, is ready for members with 8 live events scheduled during January and February on the topic. Breaking design rules is a great way to brush up on the rules with a twist! Click here to view more details



Monday, January 6, 2014

My Scrapbook Process: The Magic of Three

I feel like I'm finally getting back into the groove after a long holiday break. Today was cold and snowy, perfect to stay inside and scrap! To get myself motivated, I relied on one of the first design principles I ever learned: odd numbers make a composition more dynamic to the eye. I chose the number three and got to work!


My title, for instance: three words, three colors, three fonts, three different materials. I rocked that one, if I do say so myself.


Or this embellishment cluster: a sticker + a brad + wood veneer stars = three types of embellishments.

Collection Featured: Simple Stories Say Cheese
Here's the finished layout, including the three patterned papers I used for photo matting. There's a few more three's in the design. You didn't think I'd forget a visual triangle, did you? The process of how this layout came together has been recorded. It's about 14 minutes long and you can watch it right here or on my YouTube channel, whichever you prefer. 

What about you? Is three a magic scrapping number in your world?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Write.Click.Scrapbook. January Gallery

The January Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  This month's theme is The Times. In other words, how our daily lives are affected by the current culture. This kind of layout is always fun to look back at after several years have passed.




I chose to chronicle some TV shows we added to our line-up in 2013. Phil started watching Duck Dynasty while recuperating from the flu. I got us hooked on Downton Abbey when I ordered the entire series on DVD. We don't remember why we started watching The Big Bang Theory, but it's our favorite right now. Quite an eclectic mix!

You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team right here. Good topic to kick off your scrapping for 2014!