Glued to our screens to see what the ever charming and creative Cheryl would show us next, we have all noticed one name coming up again and again: Libby. Libby Weifenbach. In our effort to please everybody all of the time, we thought perhaps for today's
Libby began as a paper scrapper who swore she would never try digital, as it didn't seem like "real" scrapbooking. However, in an effort to streamline her scrapping time, she started dabbling in digi. Libby was shocked to find that the process was very much like paper scrapping. (She will tell you that she still starts out with a blank canvas and builds her layouts just like she has done for years--the only difference is that now her medium is Photoshop as opposed to scissors and adhesive!)
Once she made the leap to digital scrapbooking, it wasn't long before Libby got the itch to try designing. She was quickly accepted into Sweet Shoppe Designs, her continued digi home. With her roots in traditional paper scrapbooking, Libby has created products that are very "paper scrapper friendly." Knowing her likes as a paper scrapper, Libby strives to give you the feeling that you are buying paper scrapping products, that just happen to be in digital format!
-If you haven't yet tried anything digital, let Cheryl's easy-to-follow instructions and delightful-to-own creations be your inspiration. And if you still aren't sure that digital products can cross over to your paper world, check out these!
(Samples created by Jen Tapler)
Today, Libby is generously providing three of you with ten dollar gift certificates to her Sweet Shoppe store. All you need to do is to leave a comment telling us 1. what you hope to buy with your Libby Weifenbach gift certificate (if you are one of the lucky three!), 2. what home decor item you would like Cheryl to make for her next week of blogging (that gives her 3 months to work on it! teehee!) and 3. if you are more taken by Cheryl's keen sense of humor or her amazing ability to rock the scrapbooked home decor. Comments will remain open until 8:00 pm PST. The three lucky numbers will be posted tomorrow. Comment well, and perhaps go buy some frames and black spray paint as extra positive thinking! (While you are waiting, don't forget to browse through Libby's blog to see some great page layout examples as well. Great stuff!)
It is the responsibility of the commenter to check back and to provide their contact information to us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com by midnight Saturday. Thank you!
Here are two "fun facts" about me:
Here's the first project, which I included a tutorial of sorts for...
Of course, if you have the disease that causes you to buy picture frames for no specific reason, you can use the same premise to make other decor items as well.
Like this one:
I used a skateboard dictionary I found online (thank you Google) and with a few fonts and a frame I picked up at the Walmart for under $20 a couple of years ago made this. (*note - for this project I printed each definition out separately, not all together on one sheet)
And here it is hung up:
And then, well frankly, I was on a bit of a roll. I had (yet another) frame that needed filling and using a font called logoskate that just about made the boy's eyes roll back in his head from excitement when he saw it, I made this:
Here it is all together:
And here a closer shot of the little drawer unit thing I picked up at IKEA, we used the logoskate font to make little labels for each of the drawers:
Then the other side of the room needed a bit of attention as well.
I had a bit of plexiglass leftover from a class I taught at a retreat a couple of years ago and using more photo paper, a couple of chipboard pieces that I had and two leftover pieces of black cardstock I had Lucas choose another quote and threw this together to fill up the space on his wall beside the bulletin board:
Lucas considers Tony Hawk a wise, wise man.
Oh! And if you look closely at the corner of the bulletin board, you can see that I also used some heavy duty glue to glue a couple more of those chipboard pieces to thumbtacks to "pretty them up".
Well, I just realized that this post ended up being about 8 times longer than I thought it was going to be.
I hope some of you made it through with me! I'll share our Star Wars bedroom tomorrow and then I promise we'll move on to some other stuff!
Happy to see so many of you entered yesterday's giveaway! While you were hoping to win a cool set of actions from Maggie Holmes, Wendy and I were driving from Cheyenne, through Buford, Laramie, Walcott, Wamsutter, Green River, Lyman, Evanston, and on to Salt Lake City. An exhausting drive that was nevertheless filled with interesting conversation.
To close out my week-o'-blogging, I'd like to post the final challenge from our adventures in Cheyenne. While at Elizabeth's house, Wendy and I were flipping through her beautiful scrapbook albums, and we were both really taken with a pictureless layout she created that detailed a handful of reminders and thoughts about motherhood. We decided to both try this approach on a layout of our own, and Elizabeth also updated hers to cover a different topic. Here goes:
This is Wendy's "W" page, and her journaling covers all the things she does to live a rich life. To brainstorm her list, she just tried to think of all the things she does that bring her happiness and fulfillment, and she turned them into second-person statements that serve as a list of rules to live by. Elizabeth now has 12 fewer W's in her scrapbook stash. Hopefully she doesn't plan to create very many layouts about Wamsutter, Wyoming.
To create my "A" layout (note: scan is crooked), I thought through all the words of wisdom and bits of advice that are important to me. My layout covers the rules I TRY to live by and the values that matter most to me. It was very therapeutic to brainstorm this list and capture it on a layout. Sorry, Elizabeth, for snatching a dozen A's from your stash. I know I personally sometimes find my vowel stickers to be in short supply! (Perhaps I'll mail you an "A" package someday soon. :-)
Taking a new spin on her original layout, Elizabeth brainstormed a list of reminders, lessons, statements, and advice that relate to being an Air Force family (which involves moving across the country every few years). The unintelligible word in the center of the layout is actually the family's initials: Matt, Elizabeth, Maddie, Gracie, Bridget! Her color palette and approach were inspired by an art piece that Emily Pitts posted on the Tumblr bulletin board:
Are you inspired? Try this yourself!
The most important thing that I took away from this week in Cheyenne is how important it is to take time to recharge yourself creatively, and how energizing it is to spend time with like-minded friends. So I encourage you to do the same! Even if it's just for an afternoon, plan a short getaway that will lift your spirits and refill your cup. And if any of the challenges this week have inspired you to scrapbook, follow that spark and get to it!
p.s. Many thanks to Elizabeth and Wendy, who deserve equal credit for the blog posts this week. Elizabeth took all the pictures for me AND resized them, not to mention the beautiful design contributions from each of them. And we all helped figure out the challenges together. So this week was definitely a group effort!
There is something magical that happens when a scrapbooker becomes a photographer. Suddenly your photo is not just well lit, well composed, and well shot, but it also, and importantly, captures the essence of the relationships, and the personality of the photographed, and often does it with a background that reflects who you are and what you love. So it is with Maggie Holmes. Her photos are not only exquisite, but also charming and delightful.
Now when that same amazing photographer creates some actions to edit her photos, you know they will appeal not just to your inner photographer, but also to your outer scrapbooker. You will love how the colors pop,
and the way you can play with the hues to be more evocative of the photo's mood.
Photo actions simply add that extra bit of love that help to make your photos embellishments, too.
So today, it is lights, camera, action! Or actions, actually. For it is
to bring you not one, but three action sets!
The first is Maggie's Color Action Set which includes four actions: Simple Color Boost, Color Pop, Extreme Color, and Lighten Up. The Simple Color Boost is perfect for your every-day photos, giving you a little more color and punch without having to spend a lot of time editing. Color Pop and Extreme Color enhance the vibrant colors and help provide an artistic contrast. The Lighten Up action is a bonus action that you can use as an initial step (before you run the other actions) if your original image is underexposed or dark. You can check out some before and after examples here.
The second is Maggie's Color Mix Action Set which includes five actions: Urban, Sun Kissed, Antique, Urban Cross, and Urban Cool. With these you can make your photo more moody, more sunny, and just more cool. Again, check out examples here.
The third is Maggie's Vintage Action Set which includes three actions: Basic Vintage, Warmer Vintage, and Yellow Vintage. Softly desaturating, while leaving an antique hue behind, these actions help bring an bit of edgy antique to your contemporary photos. Before and after examples are here.
Now, if you have basic questions about what an action is, you can read here. If you have questions about running an action, Maggie has instructions here. And Maggie keeps a remarkable photography blog wherein she often posts photos and tells you the edits and actions that she has run. If you are not picked as the lucky number, you may purchase any of Maggie's actions or if you want to learn to improve your photography skills to give you a better starting photo, we suggest you look into Maggie's Photography Workshop. It's a beginning/intermediate photography workshop that runs 6 weeks
and teaches you all you need to know to shoot in manual mode and helps you to take
your photography to the next level. Maggie has a remarkable ability to explain things in a way that makes
difficult concepts seem easy. You will quickly be shooting in manual mode and you will be so proud to see how much better your images can be after
just 3 weeks of the course. Maggie's next class
starts January 4th and registration is currently open. What a great early Christmas present!
If you would like to be considered for the action sets, please leave a comment telling us your favorite action. It doesn't just have to be a photo action. It can be a karate move, an action movie, an act of kindness. Anything that comes to mind if you hear the word, "action!" Comments will remain open until 11:00 pm PST. Three lucky numbers will be selected and posted tomorrow. Be sure to check back to see if you are one of the lucky ones!
It is the responsibility of the commenters to check back to see if their number has been selected. Lucky numbers must provide their contact information to us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com by midnight Saturday.
With Project Runway planted firmly in our brains from Tuesday, we couldn't keep ourselves from heading to the fabric store today! (Today = Wednesday still in my world, because even though it's after 1 a.m., we are still awake and scrapbooking, and boy does it feel good! It won't feel quite so good tomorrow morning when we set out on our 8-hour drive starting at 7:00 a.m., however.)
So, today's challenge this time was quite a bit simpler: find a way to incorporate something fabric-y onto a scrapbook page. I've got to admit it; this was a first for me (unless you count fabric stuff that was made for scrapbook pages). I may be the most experienced quilter in our trio, as we clearly established earlier, but I still cruelly let Wendy and Elizabeth flounder as they attempted to thread the bobbin all on their own. (Bwa-hahaha!)
Here are the highlights:
To start things off, little Bridget turned the tables on me. I was supposed to be putting her socks on her, and yet somehow she ended up trying to force her socks on my big feet. I felt like a character in Cinderella (and not the one I always dreamed of being as a little girl).
Like this fabric, for example, which is identical to the patterned paper Elizabeth bought yesterday for her scrapbook page! The fabric and the paper were both designed by Anna Griffin. We also spotted our fair share of BasicGrey designs.
While Wendy and I posed outside the store with our finds, Bridget showed us how she really felt about hour excursion to another "don't touch" store. So, in retaliation, we didn't allow her to make a fabric page with us. (She was too busy playing Pocket God on my iPhone, so she didn't care.)
And here was our 12:30 a.m. reenactment of 4-year-old Gracie's earlier attempts to "help" me scrapbook by shining the cow flashlight (which does actually moo), on my layout, no more than 4 inches above my hands. Clearly, Wendy appreciated it too.
Here are the results:
Elizabeth bought a lovely swatch of pink fabric and sewed it to her background as an oversize photo mat. A simple straight stitch around the perimeter of the fabric was all it took. Her tip? Stick your fabric in place with a bit of dry-dot adhesive to keep it from slipping. Super easy! She also chose a supporting accent for her page that ties in to the fabric theme, with the adorable faux-stitching around the framed phrase.
While Wendy was playing with her fabric of choice, she decided she didn't want to do something with fabric that she could just as easily do with paper. Otherwise, why not just use paper? (Finally, the look of paper, with the convenience of a special trip to the fabric store!) So she trimmed a fabric strip, gathered and folded it, and then stitched it to her page with a straight stitch. Elizabeth and I declared this the winning fabric look of the day, hands down.
And me? I took the easy route by picking up a piece of pre-sewn bias trim and just sticking it to my page with glue lines. The girls wanted me to suffer just a bit more, so they suggested that I sew a border around the edge of my page for a more finished look, and I have to admit that they were right! I love the results. I also purchased a few "fat quarters" that will surely make their appearances on future projects, but they weren't quite working for this page. (Note: it was surprisingly fun to scrapbook photos that had just been taken earlier in the day! These memories are as fresh as they come—just minutes old.)
Well, that's it for today's Cheyenne-based scrapbooking adventures! Wendy and I may be on the road tomorrow, but we finished another joint challenge today that we'll share with you Friday, so we hope to see you then! (And not at 1:00 in the morning.)
Until next time,