As April draws to a close, we are going to take a moment to look back through our amazing April gallery, Selfies, for one last chance to pick up some journaling, photography, and design ideas. Ready? Shall we go together?
We thought these five layouts had wonderful ideas for journaling our own lives. Some give us good strategies for our writing, some give us good ideas. All are helpful to recording bits and pieces of our lives. Let's look.
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 Neapolitan mini kit) + clip (Studio Calico) + datestamp (Becky Higgins) + sentiment stamp (October Afternoon)
Tried and true and never out of style, list making is a wonderful way of catching snapshots of our current lives. You can use them as bullet points as Lisa did, or use them as starting points for a much more in depth story.
Confessions | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico) + buttons (Studio Calico) + gems (Doodlebug) + stickers (Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup) + pen (Copic) + photo turn (7gypsies)
This is such a FANTASTIC idea for a layout. And using a patterned page like this helps eliminate the daunting side as it makes your confessions just snippets of thoughts and happenings, rather than making you feel like you are at the police station having to write down the whole story! Jenny, thank you for a truly clever idea!
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)
Do you sometimes shy away from journaling because you are afraid to write? Kate's layouts reminds us that a few descriptors can be a very effective means of journaling.
41 | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts) + pens (American Crafts, Zebra) + date stamp (My Mind's Eye) + font (merge)
Amy's random list is another successful means of collecting details that might otherwise go unstated in your scrapbooks. Having the number coincide with your age helps give you a parameter but it would be just as easy to pick 25 or 100. Another helpful measure if you choose this route for your journaling is to set a time limit on each one (or on the whole) so that you just go with what comes to mind and don't get too caught up in the process.
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)
Many of us have documented our movies and music, but until now, have you thought to document your tech? or your feelings about it? So much of what we do now revolves around it, especially if you are a a techhead. Thank you, Cristina, for the reminder to capture that side of ourselves as well!
As you look through these next few layouts, notice the awesome ideas for getting some shots of ourselves.
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)
This photo reminds us to capture the regular moments of our lives. Here Aliza was scrapbooking on vacation. But it could have just as easily been at home. Set up the tripod or ask someone to capture you scrapbooking. It is a huge part of our lives. And what fun to see your process in front of you? Great idea, Aliza!
Me & My Friends | Monika Głód
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + alphabet (Studio Calico) + badge (Studio Calico) + mist (Studio Calico) + stamps (Studio Calico) + printables (Studio Calico)
Remember how awkward it used to be to ask someone to take a photo of you and your special girlfriends when you were out on a girls night? Remember how now in the time of camera phones, no one thinks twice about taking one themselves or asking someone to do it for you? No more, here is my big camera that will scare off any passerby. No more here is the button you push. Nope. Now just hand over your phone. Everyone knows where the buttons are. Everyone knows what to do. It's awesome!!
Currently | Christine Newman
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill, Strathmore) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Bella Blvd, Hambly, Lily Bee) + wood veneers (Studio Calico) + enamel dots (Twine + Ink) + printable labels (Studio Calico) + mist (Studio Calico) + ink (Hero Arts, Studio Calico, Tsukineko) + stamps (American Crafts, Evalicious, Technique Tuesday, Studio Calico) + tag (Elle's Studio) + twine (The Twinery) + washi tape (Studio Calico) + plastic hearts (Hello Forever for Studio Calico) + doily (Royal Lace) + adhesive (Scotch, Glue Dots) + pen (Sharpie, Sakura) + fonts (Lobster 2.0, PT Sans Narrow) + software (Rad Lab, Adobe Photoshop) + printer (Canon)
We love how Christine took one photo and added different filters and washes to create three different looks. And while at first you might think that it is still just the one photo, upon looking closely, you will see that the different effects create different images. One is happy and sunny. One is reality. And the other is artsy and contrasty. The filters you pick tell a little about yourself and help add to the story. A quiet and cool hidden bit of the story.
Days Like These | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Fancy Pants, Crate Paper) + mist (Studio Calico) + die cuts (Fancy Pants)+ pen (American Crafts) + cut file (Silhouette Online Store)
How much time do you spend in the car? Let us count the hours. These photos are priceless. Such a wonderful way to capture a slice of life and to tell the story of a busy mom. Sometimes in the passenger seat with a whole family behind her. Sometimes in the driver's seat with a tiny in a carseat. But always surrounded by love. It makes you want to hurry to your car and take similar photos, right?
My Fave Things | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials template (Nettio Designs) + circle labels (Karla Dudley) + chipboard (My DeLeon)
This is the perfect photo challenge, summarized in one layout. Take your camera (phone or otherwise) and for one week (or a day) capture all those things around you that you love. Or be more precise. Photograph !% things you love. And then use the sketch from last week to recreate Jennifer's layout so you can showcase your favorite things. It's like a tiny little pinboard. And who doesn't love pinterest? It pinterest for your own life!
And last, but not least, we selected these six layouts for the design tips they inherently offered. Get your pencil out, you are going to want to make a list of these!
#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
All the rage right now is writing with a paintbrush. It isn't as easy as you might think, but it is a lovely way to be artistic, have fun, and brighten up a page with the perfect color of title. And just like most things in life, practice makes perfect!
It's A Keeper | Sue Althouse
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Elle's Studio, Jenni Bowlin) + chipboard letters, stamp, enamel stickers (October Afternoon) + tags, frame (Elle's Studio) + floss, vellum (We R Memory Keepers) + paper clip, camera transparencies (Maya Road) + staples (Tim Holtz) + fabric corner (Amy Tangerine) + ink (Hero Arts) + border punch (Fiskars) + typewriter (Remington)
Sue's pages are such studies in balance. She truly is a master. Though, today, we are focusing in on another well done technique. Look how she created a polaroid overlay that is sitting vertically on her horizontal photo, thereby "cropping" out the superfluous and drawing your eye in to the important part of the photo. Then she smartly layered other bits and baubles around and under her photo providing depth and texture to the photo. It was so well done, we bet some of you didn't even see the rest of the photo peeking out the sides. (It's okay, we missed it the first time, too!) Isn't it magical? Purposeful magic makes for wonderful pages.
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)
Amazing! We are going to look to four specific things that Diane does to make this layout sing. First, to balance ALL that color, there are two wide expanses of white space. And bit of blacks for grounding. This layout would have been frenetic chaos without these two things. Next, while Diane uses all five rainbow colors, she doesn't use shades of each as well, thereby maintaining the actual number of colors to 5. Third, the hearts, while plentiful, are small and repeating. Think of her having spilled a colorful button jar along the middle band. While lots of sizes, really only two shapes (hearts and circles) which again created controlled chaos. Lastly, Diane switched her photo to black and white (and a very blown out black and white) which eliminate any competition between the colors in the photo and the colors in the layout. You may want to rebuild this layout, but go against any of these four techniques, to better understand how smart they are for helping keep a neat and tidy layout. Diane, you get a gold star for this one!
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)
This layout is in our scrapbook section as we were completely beguiled by the diagonal cut on Amy's photo. Brilliant! Do you see the subtle arrow drawn below the title? Built bu the box, the two triangles comprising the square, and the two triangles placed to create the arrowhead? Then look to the left and down a little and you will see that there is another arrowhead facing left. And then the circle with the dangling key in the center brings your eye in and holds the balance perfectly. This layout is art. Truly a mini masterpiece. Brava! Amy, you are amazing!
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)
Jina does color washes unlike any other. And she is SOO good at the little details. The stamped feather blowing in the breezy clouds. The stitching in the clouds for added texture. The loose threads hanging off the end provide movement and help you feel the breeze you see in the photo. The droplets of water on the patterned paper that reinforce the water in the photo. The repeated bits of loveliness in the pink scattered here and there. The addition of the little yellow bow to the flower in the top left hand corner repeats the color of the journaling strip by the photo adding cohesion. Do you see how all the random bits are anything but random?
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)
Going digital gives you the freedom to play with hues. Liking making all the blues in your papers a tiny bit more green to make you eyes stand out? Or making things a little bit lighter here and a little bit darker there to better tie them together. If you are digital, don't be afraid to play with the depth or shade of the colors in your kits so that you can create the perfect hue for your layout.
Thank you, for stopping by and for being a part of our write. click. scrapbook. reading family! We love having you and hope that you have enjoyed our look back through our gallery! Only four more days til a new one!