Hello to March! Did your month come in like a lion this morning? Or is spring peeking out already? Or do you live on the other side of our beautiful world where the sun is still shining as summer begins to wane. Lucky.
Our month gets started with a nod to Instagram. A scrapbooker's paradise of visual pleasure. This month we asked our team to create layouts that had something to do with Instagram. As always, they knocked it out of the park. We hope you enjoy their layouts and feel inspired to create one of your own. Please enjoy our newest gallery, InstaAwesome. As always, the layouts and the journaling are available if you click over into the photo album.
THE CHANUKAH GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING BY ALIZA
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, Clique Kits) + stickers (Studio Calico) + cards and die cuts (Clique Kits)
A Note from Aliza This layout is based on my most recent Instagram photo. I love the photo and, though it took place in February, it allows me to record this past year’s Chanukah gift. It’s a subscription, so it’s like getting a gift each month of the year. I love the way this layout turned out, but all those letter stickers gave me a run for my money.
March Fun Fact I have joined a dance performance workshop. I am so excited, and I have ordered a new pair of Jazz shoes. My current pair is from 1993.
INSTAALLISON BY KATIE
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Dear Lizzy, Webster's Pages, Crate Paper) + embellishments (Chic Tags, Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, Webster's Pages) + letter stickers (American Crafts) + sequins
A Note from Katie Lately, I'm much more excited about my daughter's Instagram feed than I am about mine. I used 12 photos from her feed to create a collage of photos in the soon to be gone Picasa.
March Fun Fact My daughter recently told us that she is "Emo" - and my husband and I both Googled what that was and took the "What Kind Of Emo Are You" and I got "Poser Emo" which means that I'm not actually Emo - but I am enjoying watching her transformations as she grows up.
A Note from Dee This layout had been waiting for me to make it for almost a year now. I knew I had the photos and I knew I wanted to do something with them, but what??? Until this theme came along and I new I wanted to make it into a layout with fun little squares.
March Fun Fact The month march doesn’t really stand out to me.. it’s like I’m just waiting for the spring… I do like the early signs of spring arriving though… little flowers blooming… but then again some days there suddenly will be snow again
INSTAAWESOME BY MARNIE
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Hello Beautiful, KG Penmanship)
A Note from Marnie I "stole" a few photos from my son's instagram account for this layout. I love that I can peek in on his world. Because he is awesome.
March Fun Fact That little groundhog promised spring. I am hoping. It's been a long winter. And if it's delayed, there's a new Maisie Dobbs coming to keep me distracted!
THE KID'S ALL RIGHT BY AMY
12 x 12 | materials black & white scraps from my black & white scrap box + fonts (Angelica (serif), Impact (sans serif), Manhattan Darling (script), Veneer Extra (dingbats))
A Note from Amy I've been wanting to make a black & white layout for a little while, and this picture, which I posted on Instagram this fall, seemed like the right one. I added some yellow pops because it felt just a little too stark without it. I used some really old stuff on this layout! My favorite Instagram posts are the ones with a strong image and succinct message, so I kept my journaling short.
March Fun Fact Helen Oyeyemi has a new short story collection coming out this month, What is Not Yours is Not Yours. I'm excited!
WINTER BY LISA
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + thickers (Studio Calico) + letter stickers (Websters pages)
A Note from Lisa This layout was so difficult to photograph, so pardon the bluish light.
A Note from Jenny Every time we go to the Mall of America, I post our trip on Instagram. I did that for my son's birthday this past month. Interesting to note: If you mention the mall in your post, they read them and comment on your photos!
March Fun Fact I am impatient to garden!
We hope you have enjoyed our layouts! Until tomorrow...
Hello! I'm back today for a little bit of fun. Thank you for feeling my heart yesterday. After a bit of rain, I always enjoy the rainbow. So today I sat to make a layout that was an hundred times more lighthearted. I found one of those bucket list lists and filled it out. Rather than try to fit a picture in a corner, I copied the answers over and over and then put the picture on top. I did chunks of journaling in my favorite colors and then added a selfie and a date and I was good to go. You should try it! Quick and easy!!
Hi! It's Marnie. And Amy has inspired me to make a long overdue appearance in my scrapbook. Thank you, Amy. ♥
It has been a hard month here. My dad is very ill. My friend just lost her mother. And one of the first friends I made in college is dying. I have spent many tearful days scared and worried. Our family's prayers have become ever more fervent, imploring, and beseeching. Emotions here are raw and fragile.
When I read Amy's post, I knew I wanted to write about this time. I wanted to write a bit about how overwhelming it is to face losing a friend that is a peer. I want my kids to know that I feel pain, sorrow and fear. For the most part our scrapbooks are filled with happy times and silly moments. But I am a believer in being authentic. And vulnerable. I want my people to know that. So I must be that. And because my scrapbooks are my journal an honest page about this difficult time seemed like a good thing to do.
Hey there! Amy here, and I want to share a conversation I had that I'm still thinking about.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to my daughter Haley (who’s away at college) about printing pictures. Every once in a while, she’ll share a batch with me on Dropbox, and I’ll get them printed for her, and then she’ll hang them on the wall in her apartment.
“That must freak you out,” she joked with me. “Just pictures on a wall, not scrapbooked.”
Then she stopped teasing for a second and said “but it would be weird for me to scrapbook pictures about myself anyway” and I said “no it wouldn’t! I scrapbook about myself all the time.”
But really…I don’t!
After our conversation I thumbed through the enormous pile of layouts I have that need to be added to albums and I realized that maybe 2% of them are layouts about me. Which translates into one or two a year.
The funny thing is, I do believe that we scrapbookers should make layouts about ourselves. I just feel a little bit…weird about it, sometimes (to borrow my daughter’s word). Which is silly, because these things are true:
my stories are just as important as my kids’
no one else can tell my stories
someone in the future will want to know my stories
scrapbooking stories about yourself is just as fun as stories about your kids
So this week we’re going to be sharing some layouts we’ve made about ourselves!
In keeping with that “weird” idea, I went with a slightly…non-traditional photo of myself. My 18-year-old son took it of me while he was goofing around with my camera. But I really kind of love it. It captures something I feel about myself but can’t put into words yet.
I paired it with some of my current favorite song lyrics, the ones that help me feel just a little bit more courageous and understood by the universe. (Plus, you know: every so often I like to have a bit of fun with a font or two.) The design concept is one I use a lot, which is just surrounding a photo with a whole bunch of words. Actually, I’m not sure it even qualifies as a “design concept” at all. (I’m so much better at words than design!) But it’s an approach to a layout that I’ve used almost my whole time I’ve been a scrapbooker. It makes me happy and it makes me feel like I’ve put a little bit of myself down on the layout. Which is a good match for a page that’s about myself!
Also: "gluing" vellum down with paint. That's totally a technique, right? It's one of my favorites! It's a little messy...but I like the splotchy sort of mess it makes. Plus, there's just something about gold and vellum that makes my scrapper's heart happy.
When was the last time you made a layout about yourself? You should share! Post a link in the comments and I will come and admire.
Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today is all about that fifth element: Love. To me this is the most elemental thing in our lives. It can make us or break us and without it we definately cannot live!
As long as mankind exists 'Love' has been an immense source of inspiration. Last weekend I was surprised by my husband with a weekend getaway to Paris and we visited both The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Both museums house an extensive collection of art that was inspired by love, whether it be divine love or human love, romantic love or love from a parent to a child. The same goes for music; there are so so many songs written about love! It definately must be the biggest source of inspiration of all times!
One of those songs about love is a quite recent one by John Legend: All of me.
All of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
This song is so beautifully written. In fact my husband and I picked as the song for our first dance as husband and wife. And this song inspired me to make this layout:
The journaling tells of course about the love I have for my husband. And the picture shows us just after we got married in the cityhall.
As I'm sharing this layout about love, let me take the opportunity to share a few more layouts that I've made in the recent past. All of these are from our wedding and thus the theme is definately love.
Romantic love is not the only kind of love that can inspire us to make layouts though and so I have a few more that are about other kinds of love, like love for children, love for family, love for photos, love for food and love for certain places...
Do you feel the love?!
I hope you will feel inspired to get working on some love-inspired layouts!
Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today I'm here with the fourth element: water!
When Jenny proposed to do our weekly theme about the elements I immediately opted for water as 'my' element. I may or may not have something to do with the fact that aquarius is my sign;-) Just kidding, the main reason for my pick is that a story about my dad (and me) immediately came to mind. My dad always called me a 'water rat'... This may be a Dutch expression, i'm not sure, but it's used to say someone very much likes to swim :-) Apparently from a young age I had always loved to swim. My dad would throw me in the water with my water wings on, even one time in Austria where the water of the swimming pool was extremely cold, I wouldn't mind at all! So here's the layout I came up with, with graphic elements of water, cut out with my Silhouette. I love how it turned out.
I absolutely adore this story and I'm glad I documented it. Now that my dad is passed away I try to document as many things I remember of him, stories he told me and adventures we had together.
It's great how one word or one theme, like in this case water, can spark so different stories, different layout ideas... It may be about summer water fun, or rain or the sea.. So many stories you can think of!
I hope you feel inspired to make some fun water-themed layouts as well! Please link up if you do so!
This week we're scrapbooking the elements, inspired by the film The Fifth Element. Today I'm scrapbooking air:
My son has always loved the wild and crazy air rides. I took this photo last summer and loved it because I could tell which one was my son from the feet, which were bare and in the air. I did a similar page, again at the state fair, a few years ago:
(I just noticed that in these photos, my son has the exact same pose, one with his arms and one with his legs. he knows how to have fun on the scary rides!
Truthfully, these photo inspires me to look up more often. How often do you take photos of your subjects from below? The sky is so lovely, especially on a clear day in the summer...Today I shared photos of my son in the air. I hope this gives you ideas for scrapbooking the air!
Hello! Me again. Continuing the theme based on the film The Fifth Element, I wanted to share a page about the element of fire. Here it is:
Can't see much fire in this page, but trust me: our whole reason for being in the backyard was the portable fire pit, on which we roasted s'mores and burned old paperwork. I used inspiration from Simple Scrapper for this page.
So think about ways fire has been a part of your life, literally and metaphorically. Go ahead and record it!
Hello! There is a wild and crazy science fiction film from the 90s called The Fifth Element. It starred Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Gary Oldman, among others, and was a futuristic tale about aliens who left a "fifth element" to save us all from an evil that would one day invade earth. The fifth element? Love. So this week we will be sharing layouts about all the elements, including that all-powerful fifth.
Today I wanted to share a few pages inspired by the earth:
In the spring, summer, and fall I take lots of pictures of my garden; in the winter, I put them together on a page to remember the color. I used a sketch and story starter from Simple Scrapper for this one. Here's another page inspired by the earth:
After our vacation last summer, I got to thinking about my dog and her travels on the earth. This photo of her surveying the world at the top of a mountain in Vermont was the perfect backdrop for a record of her travels last summer.
What kind of a page can you create inspired by the earth? Do you garden? Do you hike? What other ways can you scrapbook your love of the earth?
Thank you for visiting! Come back again this week for more pages about the other elements, including the fifth.