A few weeks ago, I went running on the river trail in a canyon that's close to my house. There were still some piles of old, dirty snow, and the wind was bitingly chilly, but for the first time, it felt like spring: some of the naked branches on the mountain ash trees had started turning the palest shade of red and the big tooth maples had just the tiniest hints of new buds at their tips. More than that, though, the light was the color of spring (even though the temperature hadn't quite managed it).
The world reminded me on that run of how much I love spring. I'm almost as fond of it as I am of fall, but for entirely different reasons: spring is all about beauty coming back into the world, and about seing colors again, and rejuvenation.
It's about beginnings.
So I thought it would be a good topic to explore for April's Write Saturday: the beginnings we have in our lives. There are the large, noticeable beginnings—weddings and new babies, for example—that sometimes even warrant their very own albums. But there are also smaller starts, some that don't even feel like beginnings until you look back and see them in a different light. Looking at the start of something helps you see what you might've felt but couldn't see yet.
For nine angles to journal about some of the beginnings in your life, consider the start of:
1. a time period. The start of a new year. Or a new grade in school. But also think about how time structures your life in more specific ways: the start of a new goal or dream, a change in your daily routines, even a subtle shift in the way you live.
2. your day. OJ and oatmeal? The newspaper and some toast? A spin class and a smoothie? How do you start your day? In this layout, I wrote about both the rushed morning routines and the times we manage to fit in a warm cup of cocoa before school:
3. a habit. One of my sons is a whistler—when he's happy and engaged in a project, he whistles. And I still remember when he started this habit...sitting in the grass one summer afternoon when he was four, I taught him how to whistle. What habits do your kids have? How did they start? What connections can you draw between the start and how the habit continues? (I like to think that he whistles when he's happy because he was happy when he learned how to whistle!)
4. a responsibility. This could be something big like a new job. Or anything smaller, a task at work, or a school assignment, or a routine like homework. (Remember how it felt the first time your oldest child brought home homework?) For this layout, I wrote about the start of my son's snow-shoveling responsibilities:
5. connections to the things in your life. One night this week, my 16-year-old was looking through his baby scrapbook for a school project, and he came across a picture of our house, sixteen years ago—when our now-enormous sycamores were barely taller than me. He was astounded at the difference. We feel a connection to those trees—they are our trees, old friends. This made me think about the start of connections and I decided I need to make a layout about the beginning of ours with those trees. But we also make other connections to things in our lives. Our cars, for example. A favorite writer or TV show. And I confess: I have an inordinate fondness for my Bosch mixer. Document where the connections began.
6. a hobby or interest. I don't know about you, but I love scrapbooking! I've never made a layout, though, about how I discovered the hobby. I think I'll add that to my "to-be-scrapped" list. Our common hobby isn't my only interest and I bet it's not for you, either. Think about how you (or your subject) became interested in a hobby, then journal about it.
7. relationships. The most important things in our lives, of course! The stories of how our relationships start are foundations for everything. Write them down! In this layout, I journaled about how we told our kids we were expecting our fourth child...the very, very early beginning of the relationship!
8. your affection for a place. My family has a favorite little Mexican restaurant, where everyone has a favorite plate, the chips and salsa are perfect, and the waiters are friendly. It's become a once-a-month tradition, but we didn't even try it for years. The story of why we started going there is a good one I need to write down! The way that places become favorites is part of our life's story.
9. seasons. Right now, at the start of April, I'm in love with spring. But come the end of May, once my kids are barely hanging on to their scholarly ambitions and my spring flowers are just straggly greens, I'll be ready for summer to start! Our relationships to each season changes as the season progresses, so if you document how you feel at the beginning, you'll capture a unique perspective. Here, I wrote about the things we were anticipating at the beginning of the summer:
What beginnings have you journaled about? I hope you'll share with us!
I hope you've enjoyed this week FULL of inspiration as much as I have. Today is one of my favorite days. I love using a ton of photos on a page, and that's what today is all about. Here are some of my favorite pages with five of more photos.
This page from Amy has eight photos on it, and it's fabulous!
How amazing is this page from Diane with six photos?
Laura created this layout with 6 photos, but managed to still have plenty of white space.
Celeste managed to create this clean layout with 10 photos, TEN!!!
This one from Stephanie-it's just FABULOUS!! It's one of my favorite pages she's ever done!
I hope you got plenty of inspiration this week for a lot of different page designs. Now for our winner, congrats goes to:
I am excited to share some amazing layouts using four photos today. I feel like using four photos is all about balance, which is a bit of a struggle for me, so if I'm using four photos I tend to stick to a grid-style with my design. Here are a couple of layouts from me using four photos.
These from Jennifer are amazing, I love how her photos are different sizes.
Laura also created a grid-based four photo layout, along with another one that has a ton of white space, which I love.
I adore this grid-style layout from Lisa.
Celeste created this layout, which shows off her amazing design skills.
I love, LOVE this layout from Stephanie using four photos.
I am in awe of Diane's interpretation of a grid-design. Amazing!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, don't forget today is the last day to enter to win an amazing kit from Paper Camellia. You can get all the details here.
Hi everyone, today we are talking about two and three photo layouts. Using two photos on a page is one of my favorite layout designs to begin with. I find it easy to create when I'm using two photos. Here are a few of my favorite two photo layouts.
Sue created this layout showcasing two photos.
I love the design of this layout from Celeste. She does balance like nobody else can!
Amy created this two photo layout of her cute boy that I wanted to share.
I love these two photo layouts that Diane created.
I adore this layout from Laura. Love how she used an oversized photo with a smaller one!
This one from Stephanie is just fabulous!
And I also have an awesome page from Lisa.
Now let's jump in to some three photo layouts. This is another go-to for me, as I tend to do a lot of three photo layouts as well.
Sue created this gorgeous layout using three photos.
This layout from Diane is fabulous-I love her design.
Love this fun layout from Lisa.
This is from Jennifer, and the design is amazing!
Here is an amazing layout from Celeste.
Then there's this one from Amy, fabulous layout and cuuuuute pics??!! What's not to love?
Make sure you stop by tomorrow for some four photo layout inspiration, and don't forget about the giveaway!
This month, our gallery is Selfies. Nowadays, selfies have become much more common and much more fun. We couldn't be happier! Being in photos also means we show up more in our own scrapbooks! Who knew it was possible?? :)
We hope our gallery this month will inspire you to get not just in some pictures, but also in your pages. Think of this as our annual encouragement drive. We care because you matter. To your life and to your families. And to us.
Let's see how our team took to the challenge of scrapbooking themselves! Don't forget to pop over to the photo album if you want to see the images bigger and read the journaling!
Selfie with Flower | Jina Jean
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts) + stickers (American Crafts) + glitter label (Studio Calico) + labels (October Afternoon) + tag (American Crafts) + ribbon (Gossamer Blue)
A Note from Jina I chose light blue papers and cute flower pattern stickers from Day Dreamer collection by Dear Lizzy for this layout. As you can see, it's very fit for blue sea and little flower in this photo. In this way I was frequently inspired from my photo and that's a super easy way to make a concept of scrapbooking.
Technology | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials Real Life collection bundle (Digital Design Essentials), Journal Junkie - Bright Heart, Good Harvest, Doodles-a-Fancy Borders and Blessed Beyond Belief (CD Muckosky), The Golden Friends fonts (Heather Joyce)
A Note from Cristina The all about me page got me stumped for a bit.. but then I just rolled with it, documenting how I feel right now, and just having fun with the digital elements.
April Fun Fact Definitely looking forward to Easter candy over here! :)
Me At This Very Moment | Amy Kingsford
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Seize by Allison Pennington) + buttons (Seize by Allison Pennington) + brads (Seize by Allison Pennington) + alpha (Seize by Allison Pennington) + die cuts (Seize by Allison Pennington) + flowers (Seize by Allison Pennington) + cork (Happy Go Lucky by Allison Pennington) + other digital elements (Seize by Allison Pennington) + Template (One of Each 2 by Amy Martin) + fonts (KD Everyday)
A Note from Amy On this layout I combined a list of things about myself with my favorite selfie and a kit that I had to have the moment I saw it. Bringing together a photo of myself that I like with a kit that I love is something that I can always count on to motivate me to scrapbook about ME.
April Fun Fact We’ve been having fun over the last week getting our backyard ready for play and building a fort for our boys.
I Love Color | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico) + buttons (Studio Calico) + brads (American Crafts) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + die cuts (American Craft, Studio Calico) + bows (American Crafts, Studio Calico) + paper clip (Freckled Fawn) + stickers (Freckled Fawn, Twine & Ink) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane Color makes me happy! When I see a bright color combo, it seriously makes me smile inside. When I got the colorful heart flair, I knew it would be perfect for a layout of my love for color and creating!
April Fun Fact I started drinking coffee 1 1/2 years ago… today, I have a serious coffee addiction!
41 | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts) + pens (American Crafts, Zebra) + date stamp (My Mind's Eye) + font (merge)
A Note from Amy I felt like drawing with markers on this layout, which is something I enjoy doing but don't do enough. I'm always happy, though, when I pull out my markers! The quote I included is one that is motivating me to stick to my word of the year, which for 2014 is "do."
April Fun Fact My birthday is on Easter this year. The last time that happened was in 2003, and the next time will be 2025. Then it won't happen again until I am 115 years old.
A Note from Sue This layout features a photo of myself that I actually like. That is a rare occurrence.
April Fun Fact April is month of birthdays in our family: my dad, my husband, a nephew and our granddaughter is due! We should be settled in our new home in Ohio just in time to celebrate all these events.
A Note from Amy When I saw this month's prompt, I knew I wanted to make a page using some of the many selfies I take with my family. I love that I have these snapshots into our every day, and sometimes these are the only pictures I have that include me in them.
April Fun Fact I usually love winter, but this year was a LOOOOOOONG one and I am actually ready for spring!
Hello 32 | Kate Christensen
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kits (Sass Mouth by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid) + kraft paper (Stated by Sara Gleason) + mist (Perfect Amount of Mess V.2 by Amy Martin) + alpha (Clearly by Robyn Meierotto) + style (Digital Glitters by Sahlin Studio) + font (Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Kate I'm usually the one behind the camera! But I found actual proof that I had a birthday this year. The photos aren't the greatest, but I wanted to use them anyway. I converted them all to black and white and that helped a ton.
April Fun Fact We'll be picking up some new chicks in the next couple of weeks and I'm so excited!
#planneraddict | Francine Clouden
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + spray ink (Kesi’Art) + patterned paper (Sassafras Lass for Studio Calico) + journal cards (Studio Calico, Kesi'Art, Callaloo Soup Designs) + stickers (Studio Calico, Sassafras Lass for Studio Calico) + paper doily + glassine bag
A Note from Francine I tried my hand at brush script for my title, using two colours of spray ink. The title #planneraddict, is a popular hashtag on Instagram.
April Fun Fact My son loves washi tape just as much as I do!
A Note from Christine I processed the same photo using three different filters from Rad Lab. Then I put them onto one 4x6 canvas in Photoshop and printed it at home. I like the way it looks, different, yet the same.
April Fun Fact Two big sports happenings: start of Major League Baseball, and the NFL Draft.
A Note from Jenny Every now and then I get in a whiny mood about things I don’t like. I put some of them on this page, along with a few other things that I don’t often share, to sort of clear the air and expunge the whine.
April Fun Fact One of my favorite songs is “Come on Eileen.”
A Note from Monika I do not make a lot of layouts about myself; I don't like it. I decided to make a LO about me and my friends. We are always trying to meet as often as we can, we like to talk, gossip, drink good coffee, and sometimes do some silly faces. Like on this photo.
April Fun Fact In April my son is turning 9, and I'm planning a big Star Wars themed party for him. I hope he will like it and will be well surprised, as he don't know about this!
This is So Me | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (BasicGrey) + enamel dots (Freckled Fawn ) + tag (Evalicious) + journaling card (Project Life Neopolitan mini kit) + clip (Studio Calico) + datestamp (Becky Higgins) + sentiment stamp (October Afternoon)
A Note from Lisa This layout was fun to do! I have done pages like this before, but the list changes, doesn't it? The journaling card is one from the digital Project Life Neapolitan mini kit that I added some words to before printing it out, then I did the actual journaling by hand.
April Fun Fact I actually love to scrapbook about myself!
Something Cool Like Aliza | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey, Studio Calico) + transparency (Studio Calico) + sequins (Teresa Collins) + thickers (American Crafts) + enamel dots (Teresa Collins) + stickers (Evalicious, Skipping 5, Studio Calico, 7 gypsies, October Afternoon) + other (Jillibean Soup, Maya Road, Two Peas in a Bucket) + fonts (Skinny)
A Note from Aliza This layout is all about me! I was crafting with my niece and nephew, and I got quite a big compliment. I’ll take ‘em where I can get ‘em.
April Fun Fact I wait way too long to check out aches and pains at the doctor. This is not a great habit.
My Fave Things | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials template (Nettio Designs) + circle labels (Karla Dudley) + chipboard (My DeLeon)
A Note from Jennifer This layout was a lot of fun to put together. I looked through just some of the many photos I post on Instagram and pulled the ones that were some of my most favorite things right now!
April Fun Fact I am so ready for spring weather! Today it was 60 here in MI, and it was the BEST DAY EVER!!
Love Me My | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Glitz) + tags (One Little Bird) + arrow (Glitz) + flair (Pixels & Co. Collaboration) + fonts (The Maple Origins, Montez)
A Note from Marnie I am totally digging the weighted bottoms and sides lately. Odd for someone who often puts her everything smack in the middle on her layouts.
April Fun Fact It's still winter here. Still. Please come, Spring. Please.
Sadly, just a goodbye today. Before we go, please join us in bidding a fond farewell to Stephanie. We fell in love with Stephanie the very first time we saw her work, and only fell more deeply in love with each page she made. Not just in love with her talent, but with her kind and genteel ways. Stephanie, we wish you all the best and will miss you!! Thank you for sharing your time and creativity with us and we can't wait to see what you do next!
Hi everyone, it's Amy here with you this week on the blog. This week's theme was an idea that one of my very talented WCS teammates came up with, so let's all thank Stephanie Bryan for the great idea!
This week is all about the number of photos, and we're starting out today with single photo layouts. There are times where you have an amazing photo that you want to highlight, and I just love all the creative space that you are given when you only have one photo.
Here are a few of my favorite single photo layouts.
Sue sent along this amazing single photo layout.
I love this layout from Laura, she does such a great job using a large photo.
Then this one with all the white space, LOVE!
Jennifer created this fabulous layout using a large photo, too.
Diane also sent over some amazing single photo layouts.
I love the design of this page Diane created.
Lisa created some adorable single photo layouts as well.
Now that's some amazing inspiration, isn't it? I also have a giveaway for this week. Paper Camellia, one of my favorite monthly kit clubs, has generously offered this amazing giveaway for you this week.
All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address on this post by Thursday, April 3rd, and you will be entered to win.
I am excited about sharing this week with you! Make sure to stop by tomorrow for our April gallery, it's going to be amazing.
Congratulations to Kathleen D! and thank you to all who commented. Kathleen, please email us with your contact information at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com. We look forward to hearing from you shortly!