As January draws to a close, we are diving back into our January gallery, The Times, for one last chance to be wowed, and to be inspired to better our pages through journaling, photography, and design. Please, won't you join us?
Journaling prompts are often the fastest start to a layout. Nothing like a good story to drive a page forward. We thought these six layouts had terrific ideas for journaling.
2013 | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye, Cocoa Daisy) + enamel dots (My Mind’s Eye, Freckled Fawn) + brads (My Mind’s Eye) + thickers (Maya Road) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + embossing powder (Ranger) + flowers (Fancy Pants) + fonts (Linenstroke)
Do you ever think to yourself, "How did I get here?" As time goes by, we are still our same old selves but yet, the mirror shows someone else. Take a moment to journal about the growing up/old and how it makes you feel.
Current Slang | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey Persimmon A+B side, Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup) + font (Blackout, Veteran Typewriter)
Our language is constantly evolving. Pages like these are fun to look back on, as we tend to forget what was current as time eeks by. Might we suggest you enlist the aid of the teenagers in your homes? They are great at knowing all the hip slang. Though chances are they won't call it "hip slang!"
Top Headlines | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Creativity by Crystal, BasicGrey) + fonts (Engravers MD, Amertype MD)
Lists like this are easier than ever with the help of google. No longer do we need to rely upon our memories! This time of year, though, several news sites have lists compiled from which you can pick and choose headlines that matter to you.
Currently | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy Haystack A+B side) + stamp (Rukristin.com, Cocoa Daisy)
Some of our teams most favorite layouts are those that document the here and now. These are great pages for teens and selfies alike.
2013 Year in Review | Valerie O'Neall
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (My Mind's Eye) + cardstock (American Crafts) + brads, buttons, enamel dots & shapes (My Mind's Eye) + pen (Copic) + fonts (Howser, cut with Silhouette Cameo)
Get out your timer. Set it for two minutes. Now take a moment to think back through your year. Make a list of 20 things you remember from 2013. Once your two minutes are up, get a new paper and start over. Sometimes it is tricky to get started, so the second list is helpful. If you are stumped, spend some time with your 2013 photos and then make a list. Or make a list of 12 things, coordinating with the months of the year. Or gather round the table as a family and make a list together!
Binge Watching | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey) + fonts (Century Gothic, Seaside, Bebas)
Have you changed the way to watch tv or listen to music lately? We have moved from tv to cable to dvr to netflix/hulu. These changes in technology, or how the changes affect you, are important to how we live our lives. Thus making it a terrific starting point for a layout!
What We Watched | Sue Althouse
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Pebbles) + thickers (American Crafts) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + stickers (Pebbles) + Epoxy Letters (My MInd's Eye) + typewriter (Remington)
When I think of screen shot I think of my computer screen. But Sue smartly took a shot of her tv screen to capture these images. Which gave the added bonus of a consistent black border in all her shots. Such a smart way of getting the images you need to document your favorite shows.
Decades | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Echo Park) + buttons (My Mind's Eye) + die cuts (Heidi Swapp) + thickers (Heidi Swapp) + punch (EK Success) + circle cutter (Coluzzle) + stickers (7Gypsies, My Little Shoebox) + pen (American Crafts) + ink (Jenni Bowlin, Stampin’ Up!) + floss (DMC) + stamp (Studio Calico) + font (Times New Roman)
Pick three decades. Find a representative photo. Then start your layout! Easy as that!
instalunch | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials digital template (Valorie Wibbens Stitched Pockets #6) + digital cards (Gina Miller Insta-Cards 1) + font (Print Clearly)
Food is a huge part of our lives. Either making it, eating it (or avoiding it!). Our phones are the perfect cameras for foodie photos. A design such as this will mask the limited quality and allow the subjects to shine.
2013 In Review | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + stickers (Studio Calico) + alpha (American Crafts) + wash tape (Studio Calico) + adhesives (Zig 2 way glue) + stamps (Studio Calico) + ink (Versafine Tsukineko) + embossing powder (American Crafts) + heat gun + stencil (Amy Tangerine for Studio Calico) + thread
Cristina's layout is good to remind us that we need to get in our photos. With our beloved. Or without. But get in our photos!!!
I Give Up | Francine Clouden
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + spray ink (Kesi’Art, Studio Calico) + journal card (Jenni Bowlin) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + chipboard stickers (October Afternoon) + stickers (October Afternoon, Provo Craft, Sasafrass Lass) + stamps (Kesi’Art, Label Tulip) + sequins
Here is another screen shot, not of the computer screen! This one is Francine's phone. Showing her favorite books. For all the reasons we love Pinterest with its visual lists, a shot like this truly is worth a thousand words!
Every Time | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (scraps from my green drawer) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + background stamp (Close to my Heart) + fonts (Sanchez Slab, Foro Rounded)
Siblings love one another so much. And then they grow up. They still love one another. But are afraid to show it. Or say it.
Little kids loe having their photos taken. And then they grow up. They still want to have photos. But are afraid to ask. Or say that they love it.
So growing up sibling photos are a double whammy of fun. So know it might not be well received. But also know, in the end, much appreciated.
This month's gallery provided myriad templates to follow for layouts, but also included so many many ideas for making great pages. Here are a few layouts/ideas we wanted to highlight for you.
Nook Lover | Celeste Smith
Celeste's layout is a study in the use of coordinating papers. Companies work hard to create lines with perfectly proportioned and balanced pattern scale. Then they select colors that work beautifully together. So let them do all the hard work. And then just sit back and enjoy the easiness of putting a layout together using a few or a plenty!
Moments | Stephanie Bryan
12 x 12 | cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + labels (Studio Calico, Carta Bella, Two Peas in a Bucket) + mists (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Carta Bella, Webster's Pages) + clothespin (Crate Paper) + other (doily, crepe paper, sewing machine)
Do you see Stephanie's stamp just above her title? See the three colors? What a great way to use a stamp. Paint the inks on with your pen and stamp a multicolored image. So much more fun to look at, no?
Thirty Years| Jina Jean
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon, Gossamer blue, Studio Calico) + metal badges (October Afternoon) + wood die cuts (BasicGrey, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico) + die cut shapes (Studio Calico)+ sticker (Pink Paislee, Dear Lizzy) + tag (Dear Lizzy) + cork (Studio Calico)
Now and then. A fun idea for photo comparisons. Look at the similarities in Jina's photos. What a sweet thing to identify and then discuss. And it allows for a giant ampersand to be a part of the layout! A lovely layout in every way.
Hello | WaiSam Ho
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Chic Tags, Carta Bella, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp) + mists (Heidi Swapp) + stickers, embellishments (Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye, Prima Marketing Inc.) + stamps (Kellie Stamps) + inks (Hero Arts) + miscellaneous (washi tape, gesso, doily, ribbon, twine, sewing machine)
See the doily? See how it's pink? A little mist here and a little mist there and you can change an embellishement to be jsut he color you need it to be!
2013 | Kate Christensen
12 x 12 | digital materials paper (Favorite Things by Gennifer Bursett; Iconic by Audacious Designs) + buttons (Abundance by Dawn by Design) + stitching (Bare + Necessities No.2 by creashens; Once Upon an Imagination by Allison Pennington) + tags (Washi Tags by Gennifer Bursett; Simply Said by Gennifer Bursett) + flowers (Let's Go by Scotty Girl Design) + mist (A Wonderful Day by Sahlin Studio) + sequins (Torquay by Kaye Winiecki Designs) + fonts (Rad Alphas by Karla Dudley; Traveling Typewriter)
Tags and washi tape. Two little items that together make an embellishment with a big impact. And allow for your journaling to take a place of prominence on your layout. So it doesn't get lost when it matters!
What Does the Fox Say? | Diane Payne
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, Webster Pages) + flair (Freckled Fawn) + paper clip (Freckled Fawn) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + pen (American Crafts)
One of the bonuses of scrapbooking current photos is that trendy embellishments are available. Try to base a page around an iconic trendy element. Just like Diane's fox. Mmm good.
A Moment's Peace | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + thickers (American Crafts) + tags (Chic Tags) + stickers (Skipping 5) + wood veneer (Studio Calico)+ pen (American Crafts
Cool titles are cool. Let's follow Amy's example and find a word in some patterned paper. Or use varying shades to create an ombre title. (If you don't have varied letters, you could create some with mist...)
That's it! We hope you enjoyed our gallery this month and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday for our brand new one!