As we settle into autumn and watch the leaves change, we, too, are experiencing some changes.
First, we have three new members to welcome to the collective!
Jody Dent-Pruks is our first Australian collective member, and we couldn't be more pleased to extend a heartfelt Write. Click. Scrapbook. welcome to our new Aussie mate. Her style is understated yet stunning, streamlined, and elegant in every way. We feel that she brings a good share of simplicity, attention to detail, and humor to our team that will no doubt inspire you.
Mary MacAskill is a name you will quickly recognize. She might just be the best example of a right- and left-brained scrapbooker you'll ever meet—her pages are the result of what happens when you train a wildly creative person as an engineer. You can take the creative girl out of engineering, but thankfully you can't take the engineering out of the creative girl.
Lastly, but in no way leastly (and yes, that is a made up word) we welcome Emily Pitts. With a catchy online moniker of "mle," Emily brings her heartfelt pages to life with whimsical details, fantastic color combinations, and unique takes on everyday products. We are waiting for her handwriting to be made into a font for us all to enjoy (hint! hint!) and we are delighted for the charming style that she will bring. We're excited for you to make their acquaintance! Go on, click their bios over there to the right. We'll wait.
Before we announce our last new member, we need to bid a sad farewell to collective member Emilie Ahern. Emilie has decided to hang up her scissors for awhile and while we love scrapbooking, we all agree that family must come first. Our Write. Click. Scrapbook. family thanks her for her ability to deftly combine seemingly clashing color palettes and patterns, her ability to code websites, her acerbic wit, and for joining us in what turned out to be an altogether not-long-enough adventure. We bid her a heartfelt adieu. Thank you Emilie, and so long for now.
Our last new addition is Faith Elizabeth Dosdall. She is Aly's sweet new baby girl. Faith was born this past Sunday, and the Dosdall family now happily numbers seven members! She is our first Write.Click. baby and we couldn't be happier for Aly and the Dosdall clan!
Our monthly theme for October is Eye on Design. We have a new gallery filled with visual treats and more than a few helpful tricks. Let's design a great page together!
DESIGN YOUR JOURNALING
Cheryl is a master storyteller. Her journaling captured the who what & where, but it is her use of descriptive words really helps transport you to the day and to be able to really feel what she is saying. Try switching out plain terms for words that more adequately express your story.
Using a quiz format helps to capture details that might otherwise go unnoticed. Beth's Last Quiz freezes a moment in time with answers that are very current and quotidien. Consider using journaling shortcuts as a means to preserve the daily tidbits of our lives. (Lists are good, too!)
It's okay to be funny!
DESIGN YOUR PHOTOS
Celeste really draws you in with her large, zoomed in photo. Rather than just have one photo of her boys playing, she got right up close, giving us the story of their ages, and their mannerisms without any words. And overlapping the title onto the large photo adds to its prominence. Don't be afraid to zoom!
Don't forget to look for the exceptional photos. Melissa took advantage of a sweet moment to grab her camera and snag a memorable photo. Keeping your camera nearby will help you to get the "outside the box" photos, too.
Sometimes, one photo is not enough. In taking a series of photos, you have help telling your story, without having to say much more. Sara's layout is a great example of this, as each photo gives us a distinctive look at her son's pleasure.
Patiently wait for that face you know and love. Kids and pets don't always act on cue, but wait for it and it will come.
Sometimes your best photo is of the back! Don't forget to change up your perspectives. Lay down, climb high, tilt a bit, shoot from behind. Think of the story that the photo tells and the angle that best tells that story.
DESIGN YOUR SCRAPBOOK PAGE
As you browse the gallery, chances are you will notice many common elements.
First, notice the columns. Some are vertical (Aly, Jody, Carolyn), others horizontal (Autumn, Lain) while Erin's layout has both vertical columns and horizontal columns in the same elements. (Look how the photos and journaling combine to create three vertical elements. Simultaneously, the photos and the journaling each create a horizontal column.)
Balance is found in even margins, and repeated elements. For example, Kim's repetition of rectangles is joined by her repetition of rounded elements (corners and flowers). Notice how tranquil it seems. Francine's layout contains many smaller elements, but with her repeating elements, it instantly becomes less busy. Mary's layout uses repeating colors, patterns, and embellishments which helps tell her story and provide visual peace.
Lastly, sometimes it's the unexpected elements that really amp up the design. Like Jody's circles, Rachel's white on white title, Lisa's tilted photo and curvy journaling box juxtaposed against the very square squares, and the cropping of Emily's photo.
And to help you create some well designed pages, we know you need some fun new product! So we have teamed with Jenni Bowlin's JBS Mercantile
to bring you their just released October kit!
Oooh, the options! Jenni has such a great knack for combining papers and trinkets to create classic kits with a vintage twist. October is cheerful orange paired with a more sedate navy and cream . . . perfect for fabulous fall days. The JBS Mercantile design team gallery is loaded with inspiration each month and their design team blog is loaded with inspiration daily. And don't forget to check out Jenni's personal blog. You're sure to be charmed by the delightful projects she has available this month. Spend a little time with us and you'll fall in love with all that is Jenni Bowlin Studio. Just look what you could make:
It is the responsibility of the commenter to check back and to email us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com by Saturday midnight to claim your gift. Thank you!