Hello! I'm Emily Spahn, and I'm so excited to be your blog hostess this week! This month our gallery at write. click. scrapbook. focuses on music. I had to smile when I discovered that my very first gallery as a part of the write. click. scrapbook. team would center around music, as music has been a very instrumental part of my life. Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun! I have been a musical person since I was a small child. I began piano lessons in Kindergarten, was involved in band, chorus, and drama throughout high school and college, and I ultimately followed my musical dreams to become a music teacher. I currently teach general music to children aged 3 through 4th grade. So to say that music plays a central role in my life daily would not be an understatement!
I have found that my love of music frequently spills over into my scrapbooking in many ways. This week I will be sharing with you a number of ways to feature and showcase music in your scrapbooking projects. Today I am starting with my favorite and most often used musical connection: song lyrics. I am constantly finding myself using song lyrics in my layouts, whether it be as a title, a journaling prompt, or even as the journaling itself! There are some incredible song writers in this world, and quite often I find that a song title or a section of lyrics will fit my layout perfectly.
Lyrics as a Title
My first layout uses a popular winter/holiday song, "Baby it's Cold Outside." The layout has nothing to do with winter, but is actually about my honeymoon to Alaska.
I am admittedly a bit obsessed with the song, "You are My Sunshine." I remember my father singing it to me as a child, and I have collected a number of prints with the lyrics that hang around my home. I had been wanting to create a "You are My Sunshine" titled layout for a very long time. Of course, when I finally got around to it, the thickers I chose were too large to fit the entire title!
A few years ago I heard the song "Wintersong" by Sarah McLachlan and Ingrid Michaelson and fell in love instantly. This simple layout features some of the things that would be included in my Wintersong.
Wcs team member Amy Sorensen not only used the lyrics from a popular Adele song as the title of her layout, she also journaled about the song itself. Her heartfelt words tell the story of how this song makes her feel when she hears it.
Donna Jannuzzi used a fun variety of alphabet stickers and thickers to create her title on this fun layout. Her lyrics come from the Coldplay song "Don't Panic."
The title of Celeste Smith's gorgeous layout comes from the song "Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam.
Sometimes lyrics can be used in humorous ways. Take, for instance, the title of Marie Taylor's layout. You can't beat a song by a 90's band wearing their clothes backwards!
I also have found myself inspired by some old-school hip-hop...
Finally, I was inspired by a fun children's song in this layout of my niece jumping on her bed!
Lyrics as Journaling
In addition to using lyrics in my titles, I have many layouts where I use the lyrics themselves as the journaling. I sometimes find it awkward to write out my feeling in my journaling. I used to shy away from journaling at all on my layouts, but now that I have children, it's gotten a bit easier. Sometimes when I am struggling I find that it's easier to just use words that someone else wrote. In fact, there are many times when a song can say what I am feeling even better than I can.
In my first layout, I used a line from my daughter's favorite song at the time as the title. My journaling not only includes a portion of the song lyrics but also a small paragraph about the song.
In this older layout, I used the first line of the popular song by Feist as both my title and my journaling.
Do any of you have a song that inspires you so much that you find yourself listening to it over and over again and perhaps even using it on multiple layouts or projects? Such is the case with "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds. There is so much to love in this song. I have used it on both a layout of my husband and myself and a layout about my son's birth.
Lisa Ottosson used both the title and the lyrics of the song "Forever Young" in this layout. She also threw in some "You are My Sunshine" which, of course, made me smile!
One of my all-time favorite songs is "In My Life" by the Beatles. I love the lyrics so much that I wanted to include them in this layout of my husband on our wedding day. Instead of using patterned paper, I stamped the song's lyrics out to create the background for my layout.
Finally, this layout uses a selection of words from the song "Murder in the City" by the Avett Brothers, which is a song with very heartfelt lyrics, in spite of it's morose title!
Finally, wcs team member Diane Payne created this beautiful photoless layout to showcase her One Little Word for 2012.
How about you? Have you used song lyrics as a title on a layout? Or even as journaling? I'd love to see your creations using song lyrics! I'll be back tomorrow with another fun way to incorporate music into your scrapbooking!