Hello! Spring is here, so it is time to start snapping some spring photos. Today we have a duo sharing--Jennifer Larson from Minnesota and Amy Sorensen from Utah. The states are important because spring has been very different in each place: spring has arrived in Utah, while the Big Melt has only just begun in Minnesota. Still, spring is spring in its different forms, so let's get snapping!
Here's some ideas for getting out and photographing spring in whatever form it is in for you now:
Tell a story
Here are a few photos Amy took to show spring in Utah:
This photo illustrates texture. These are the shoots of my bleeding heart plant and I love the texture of the fronds.
Utah hasn't had much snow this year. But one of the things we can count on here is inconsistent weather. We had a cold day this week, a windy one, a couple of warm ones—and one swift little morning snowstorm. I liked the contrast between the snow and my one silly tulip; I think it "feels" like that warm/cold thing that spring does here.
It's a good thing my neighbors are used to seeing me lying around in an effort to get a good shot, because I had to sprawl on my back to get this shot—color and a low angle.
In spring, these seed pods start falling off of my sycamore. My son Kaleb and I were sitting outside talking and I decided to swoop in close to his hands taking the pod apart.
To get this shot of light shining through the old leaves on my rosebush canes, I had to get down lown again, but it was worth it!
I think this tells a good story: the tale of a slightly-grumpy (but at last riding his board again!) and very hungry teenage boy coming home from school and his little brother's excitement.
And here's some photos Jennifer took to show spring in Minnesota right now:
This shot was inspired by color and distance: the color of the sky reflected in the puddle, and the distance down the road showing the melt from snowbank to icy road to puddle.
This shot of the mailboxes was taken down low at their level, which highlights how much snow banks them. Still, the posts are showing: just like kids in Minnesota put on shorts as soon as it gets above freezing, the mailboxes are showing a little leg too, hinting that spring is on its way.
This is obviously up close, a shot of a bootprint in the slushy road. That golden color through the water is gorgeous--that means the road is almost bare!
These two shots tell a story. It's warm enough for my son to be in a sweatshirt alone, but the snow is still deep. When he kicked the ball deep into the yard, he had to trudge through thigh-deep snow to get it. Funny! (Confession: the snow isn't pretty--lots of asphalt shoveled into it after the google feet of snow we got this winter. I don't care. Spring in Minnesota is messy and dirty and damp and beautiful, because it's spring.)
And there's our photo inspiration! Whatever stage spring is at right now for you, no excuses. Get out there and let nature inspire you!
Located in California, Gossamer Blue is a monthly crafts club dedicated to inspiring and motivating memory keepers and crafters alike. Not only is a fabulous box of well-coordinated crafting products shipped to your door each month, you will also find valuable, exclusive resources and incentives for inspiring and motivating you all month long. At Gossamer Blue, they believe the job has only just begun after your kit has shipped.
Gossamer Blue kits are beautifully curated. Our favorite part is their fabulous color: their mix of papers is spot on for color, scale, and pattern. You will not be disappointed. This month's kit was no exception. And this week has proven just how versatile a kit can be. From Amy's romantic anniversary album to Diane's album showcasing her (absolutely, incredibly) beautiful teenage daughter, to Monika's ethereal and eclectic vacation album, to Keshet's darling little Ellie's birthday book, we have all seen how much fun a kit to a mini can be!
And now it is your turn! Today is MiniMadness Friday which means it's
Today you have the chance to take home the already sold-out-cuz-it's-awesome March kit. It's true. Not only did Gossamer Blue sending each of our designers a kit, but they set one aside for one of you, too!
Here is another peek at the loveliness.
and here are some detailed shots so you can see the magic.
What a week! And it isn't over yet because you still need to leave us a comment! Today, we want to hear all about your favorite scrapbooking color. Is it gossamer blue? or mint green? or glittery gold? Tell us, please!
And if you would like another opportunity to comment, please stop by Gossamer Blue’s blog to see their FABULOUS projects using the March main kit then come back and tell us you stopped by! Or follow them on Instagram to find behind the scene and sneak peek images, and then come back and tell us you did!
Comments will remain open until tomorrow night. One lucky number will be drawn at random and posted Saturday. Please remember is it your responsibility to check back and claim your lucky number by emailing us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com before the Monday night! It's a great kit! We can't wit for one of you to take it home!
As a farewell, we leave you with another mini. This one by Marnie. Quick, easy, and adorably Gossamer!
I had a blast creating a mini album with the Gossamer Blue main kit! Since my little girl just turned two on February 1st, I decided to create an album documenting what she is like right now. I think this may just be my favorite stage so far--although I say that every time she enters a new phase!
For this mini, I pulled out an old Bo Bunny chipboard album I had and got to work filling it up. Although I normally like doing more elaborate album covers, I loved the peek through the chipboard at my baby's beautiful smile.
When you turn the page, you see the full layout that was covered. I think I'm in love with the Webster's Pages photo corners--they are some kind of fantastic and add the perfect touch!
And a closer look.....
On my second page, I wrote a bit about the album. I wanted to be able to pick it up years later and understand the context of her recent birthday.
I love this photo of Ellie and her stuffed bear (who used to be her daddy's!) so I wanted to showcase it with a simple deisgn.
A simple, happy note--but so true.
I love mixing color and black and white photos in a mini. The contrast gives each one more presence!
I enjoyed the mix of shapes in the album--it adds a fun, whimsical element! I love this photo of my little girl watching over her baby brother, and wanted to highlight the photo with a fun smattering of embellishments.
On the last page of my albums, I included an envelope (from my stash) with a letter to my girl. I love including these surprises in an album and hope they will be fun for my daughter to read one day!
Thank you, Gossamer Blue, for the beautiful kit--it was so much fun to see a scrapbooking kit transformed into a mini album!
Hello, it's Monika here today! This week's sponsor is Gossamer Blue, and I have to tell you this is my very first time working with GB kit.
March's Gossamer Blue color scheme is very pastel with pinks, greens and a touch of gold.
I decided to use photos from our last vacation, and print them in black and white. it was a good idea! I used some digital files (printables and cut files) from Gossamer Blue, as well as some shapes from Silhouette. I love the album to be a little bit messy, so I cut folders from digital files in several dimension. The pages are all binded with rings, which is very good, as the album is a little bit bulky.
I used almost all papers and embellishments from March Kit and I'm so happy with the final look of my album. I made a lot of pictures and detail shots, so please take your time and look.
Hi everyone, Diane here sharing another mini album with the beautiful Gossamer Blue March kit. It included a great selection of papers from Chickaniddy Crafts (including their fabulous gold foil paper), Webster Pages, Gossamer Blue exclusive papers, My Mind's Eye and more. It also featured some fun charms, an assortment of stickers, twine, enamel stickers, chipboard alpha, some fabulous exclusive printables and cut files and a small gold ink pad.
I loved the soft girly colors which inspired me to create a mini album using a handful of some favorite photos of my daughter from a couple years ago.
For the cover, I cut two pieces of chipboard and covered them with fabric. Once the fabric was secured in place I sewed a ribbon to the front and back of the album to hold the front and back together and also used to tie the album closed.
The title was inspired by the fun March themed "Lucky" cut file included with kit. I placed it along the bottom and embellished the white space at the top of my photo with a string of garland made from the gold foil paper and cream/gold string.
The inside pages are stored inside envelope pockets. I sealed each envelope and then cut one end open. I stacked the envelopes together, with the open end facing out and glued them together so they would open like an accordian. To finish it off, I glued the inside of the album cover to the top envelope and glued the inside of the back cover to the bottom envelope.
I had a total of six pocket envelopes, so I cut six pieces of paper slightly smaller than the size of the envelopes and used those for the base of each photo. To complete each page, I layered patterned paper, stickers, enamel stickers, and die cuts. I also adhered a piece of paper or die cut extended from the edge of each base to use as a tab to make it easier to pull the page out of the pocket.
I had already created a couple layouts with stories about my daughter using two of these photos so this album was perfect for simply showcasing some favorite photos.
Thank you to Gossamer Blue for providing the beautiful March kit that completmented my photos perfectly. Make sure you come back tomorrow to see another inspiring mini album made with the Gossamer Blue March kit.
Hello! Amy here and I'm excited to be starting off Week 2 of Mini Madness, sponsored by Gossamer Blue!
I had the pleasure of working with their fabulous March 2014 Main Kit, whose soft colors and romantic vibe inspired me to roundup snapshots and tidbits from the eight years of my marriage into this 4 x 4" accordion style album.
Because of the small size I had chosen for my mini, I opted for a sturdy cover and binding, so I used two 4 x 4 mini canvases that I painted stripes on with grey paint and some gold ribbon from my stash. Everything else I needed for my mini album I found inside my Gossamer Blue Kit, including the stickers that I used to finish off my cover.
THE ACCORDION BASE...
I used cardstock from the kit to make my accordion base, which I cut into (3) 4" strips and folded into 4" sections. I adjoined the three pieces using washi tape at the seams to make one long accordion piece with 18 sections front and back. Then I covered each of the sections of my base with my favorite patterned papers from the kit--leaving a few spots blank for full page photos.
The best thing about using an accordion style approach was that I didn't have to get too caught up in the organization of the album, instead I just filled my pages with Instagram photos of us and stories about some of the memorable moments we've shared over the last eight years.
I also included pages that shared fun little facts about us, including what side of the bed we sleep on, things we say about our better half, things our kids say about us and more. The sheet of tags included in the kit offered fun prompts and a great place for recording little tidbits about us.
RECORDING YOUR LOVE STORY...
Having just celebrated my 8th Anniversary, there was really no question what I wanted to record in this mini album and Gossamer Blue's March Main Kit was perfectly suited to the task! But it also got me to thinking about why I had waited so long to make this album for myself and my husband. I realized that I didn't need to wait for a big event like my anniversary...love is timeless and is worthy of being documented 365 days of the year!
So here is a list of ideas to get you started recording your own "love story"...
Include your favorite picture of the two of you and talk about what's changed since it was taken.
Record your favorite thing to do together.
Document the story of your most memorable anniversary.
Include a family photo and reflect back on your feelings about starting a family together.
Record your favorite thing about your spouse and their favorite thing about you.
Document fun facts about each of you that make you different, yet compatible with one another.
Include the story of how you met.
Record any date night traditions.
Include a photo of your last vacation or getaway
Write love letters to one another that you can go back and read year after year.
I had a blast making this album and I'd like to extend a big thank you to Gossamer Blue for inspiring me to finally record my love story with their beautiful kit! And don't forget to join us tomorrow for more Mini Madness!