It's April and we are celebrating all things funny this month. Our gallery this month is No Foolin' and it is sure to make you giggle. If you would like to see the layouts and read the journaling, please hop on over to our gallery! Enjoy!
It's Aliza again, and I have a brand, spankin' new, never before seen layout. In it, I use a couple of text messages to capture where my older son is at now. Namely, he is out and about ALL THE TIME. Yesterday I shared a layout from 2014 in which I wrote, "the day when Max doesn't live here anymore is now in the very countable future." Back then I meant that it was two years away. Now it is mere months away, and it is starting to hurt. bad.
When I first thought of this layout, and when I took screenshots of those texts, I did not intend for this layout to be so heavy. I really meant it to be lighthearted and proud. But it morphed into a much longer, tougher story. On the positive side, I started to feel better as soon as this page was done. So hooray for scrap therapy!
DO you have a group of messages that capture your stage of life? A Relationship? Or maybe they just tell one particular story. Join in our challenge and scrap them! You can link up on Instagram. #wcsmarchchallenge #scrapyourtexts
Hello! It's Aliza again, sharing what I hope is some inspiration for using text messages in your projects
This first layout is from 2014. I haven't really looked at it in a while, and I am admiring it all over again. (Not very humble of me.) It includes a text between me and my son, and the journaling is about how I feel about texting with him. (I love it.) I find talking on the phone a mild form of torture. And by mild, I actually mean severe. So for me, texting is like sitting on the beach with a slightly alcoholic beverage. Which is something I have never done, but it seems like it would feel relaxing and peaceful.
My next project is from just a few weeks ago. This is my first year doing Project Life for any significant period of time. God bless that app, let me tell you. I find that Project Life is a great place to keep little snippets of conversation that happen via text. On this page, there's a text that captures a bit of our humor, and in another, my son and I make up after an argument. I love that I have that little moment recorded, and I don't think I would have created an entire layout about it. So it makes me happy that is has a home here.
Come back again tomorrow when I share a brand new layout using text messages. I did not intend it at all, but it almost feels like a continuation of my 2014 layout that I shared here. But you'll have to come back to get the whole scoop!
If you have any projects to share, you can link up on Instagram. #wcsmarchchallenge #scrapyourtexts
Hello to March! Did your month come in like a lion this morning? Or is spring peeking out already? Or do you live on the other side of our beautiful world where the sun is still shining as summer begins to wane. Lucky.
Our month gets started with a nod to Instagram. A scrapbooker's paradise of visual pleasure. This month we asked our team to create layouts that had something to do with Instagram. As always, they knocked it out of the park. We hope you enjoy their layouts and feel inspired to create one of your own. Please enjoy our newest gallery, InstaAwesome. As always, the layouts and the journaling are available if you click over into the photo album.
THE CHANUKAH GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING BY ALIZA
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, Clique Kits) + stickers (Studio Calico) + cards and die cuts (Clique Kits)
A Note from Aliza This layout is based on my most recent Instagram photo. I love the photo and, though it took place in February, it allows me to record this past year’s Chanukah gift. It’s a subscription, so it’s like getting a gift each month of the year. I love the way this layout turned out, but all those letter stickers gave me a run for my money.
March Fun Fact I have joined a dance performance workshop. I am so excited, and I have ordered a new pair of Jazz shoes. My current pair is from 1993.
INSTAALLISON BY KATIE
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Dear Lizzy, Webster's Pages, Crate Paper) + embellishments (Chic Tags, Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, Webster's Pages) + letter stickers (American Crafts) + sequins
A Note from Katie Lately, I'm much more excited about my daughter's Instagram feed than I am about mine. I used 12 photos from her feed to create a collage of photos in the soon to be gone Picasa.
March Fun Fact My daughter recently told us that she is "Emo" - and my husband and I both Googled what that was and took the "What Kind Of Emo Are You" and I got "Poser Emo" which means that I'm not actually Emo - but I am enjoying watching her transformations as she grows up.
A Note from Dee This layout had been waiting for me to make it for almost a year now. I knew I had the photos and I knew I wanted to do something with them, but what??? Until this theme came along and I new I wanted to make it into a layout with fun little squares.
March Fun Fact The month march doesn’t really stand out to me.. it’s like I’m just waiting for the spring… I do like the early signs of spring arriving though… little flowers blooming… but then again some days there suddenly will be snow again
INSTAAWESOME BY MARNIE
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Hello Beautiful, KG Penmanship)
A Note from Marnie I "stole" a few photos from my son's instagram account for this layout. I love that I can peek in on his world. Because he is awesome.
March Fun Fact That little groundhog promised spring. I am hoping. It's been a long winter. And if it's delayed, there's a new Maisie Dobbs coming to keep me distracted!
THE KID'S ALL RIGHT BY AMY
12 x 12 | materials black & white scraps from my black & white scrap box + fonts (Angelica (serif), Impact (sans serif), Manhattan Darling (script), Veneer Extra (dingbats))
A Note from Amy I've been wanting to make a black & white layout for a little while, and this picture, which I posted on Instagram this fall, seemed like the right one. I added some yellow pops because it felt just a little too stark without it. I used some really old stuff on this layout! My favorite Instagram posts are the ones with a strong image and succinct message, so I kept my journaling short.
March Fun Fact Helen Oyeyemi has a new short story collection coming out this month, What is Not Yours is Not Yours. I'm excited!
WINTER BY LISA
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + thickers (Studio Calico) + letter stickers (Websters pages)
A Note from Lisa This layout was so difficult to photograph, so pardon the bluish light.
A Note from Jenny Every time we go to the Mall of America, I post our trip on Instagram. I did that for my son's birthday this past month. Interesting to note: If you mention the mall in your post, they read them and comment on your photos!
March Fun Fact I am impatient to garden!
We hope you have enjoyed our layouts! Until tomorrow...
Hello, again. It'a Aliza again. Yesterday I was crushing on Cathy Zielske, and today it's time to embarrass myself as I share my love for Ali Edwards.
First, I would like to say how much I admire her creativity as a business woman. I am constantly impressed by her ability to think of new ways to engage the scrapbooking community in meaningful ways. Whether it is through new products or classes, it is seriously, impressive. This is an area I can admire, but not aspire to. I just like good work when I see it.
As a scrapbooker, I adore her style which always manages to have a whimsical, artsy feel to it, with pages of different sizes, and tabs, and textures. But her pages never feel overwhelming. In her writing, she always manages to share a variety of authentic stories and feelings, without it ever feeling like she is complaining or oversharing. It is something that I think about often when I write my journaling.
As for layouts that are inspired by Ali, well, there have been a lot since I have begun to subscribe to her story kit. While the products are lovely, I am surprised by the sheer amount of stories I have been inspired to tell, and that, my friends is what it's all about.
Hello, scrapbooking world. It's Aliza here today. With Valentine's day on the horizon, this week I am going to gush and prattle on like a school girl about those scrapbookers out there, on whom I have a little crush. It's a funny little hobby we have here, in that when we share our work with each other, we cannot help but share bits and pieces of our personal lives. So,when we admire another scrapbooker from across the interweb, we are absorbed in their work, their life, and their family. My crushes...I am embarrassed now that I am using that word. So let's just say, that for many years now, I have been a HUGE fan of Cathy Zielske and Ali Edwards. These two ladies have had a tremendous influence on the scrapbooking industry, and on this little scrapbooker, in particular.
I will start with Cathy Zielske, because I discovered her first, and she changed my scrapbooking forever. Way back in 2007, I had been scrapbooking for a little while, and though I loved it, I did not love most of what I saw out there. There was a lot of frill, much cutesiness, and a variety of complicated techniques. It all was too much. Too much for my limited crafting skills, and too much for my visual taste. One day, I was perusing the crafting section of Barnes and Nobles (because in those days, I looked for inspiration in print) and I found Ms. Zielske's second book, called Clean and Simple Scrapbooking, The Sequel. It was a game changer, because page after page was filled with beautiful scrapbook layouts without a lot of stuff.
I think every time I make a layout that begins with a plain, old, grid, and a few embellishments, it is thanks to her influence, all those years ago.
There is another aspect of Cathy Zielske that cannot be ignored. She is funny. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to funny. I take my humor very seriously, and she is the real deal. Now, when I first began blogging several years ago, I looked to Cathy Zielske's writing for some help. See, I think I am funny too, but my writing felt bland and dry to me. Through some observation of her writing style, and some letting go of my own inhibitions, I found my own voice in my writing. Is it CZ funny? Probably not, but it's all me. And that will do just fine.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back to talk about you-know-who.
This month we are celebrating love. Not just the romantic kind. But all sorts. Love of people, love of things, love of activities. It's all fair game. We hope you enjoy our lovely loving gallery!
THIS MAKES MY HEART HAPPY BY ALIZA
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper, American Crafts) + patterned paper (Crate Paper) + chipboard (Ali Edwards) + tabs (Fancy Pants Designs) + journal cards (Ali Edwards) + fonts (Ali Edwards, FrenteH1)
A Note from Aliza This layout took an absurdly long time to be completed. I knew what I wanted to say, which products I wanted to use, and yet it took forever. Some days are like that. Even in Australia.
February Fun Fact In other dog park related news, I’ve been working on finding all the right items for staying warm while standing outside for an hour. My latest acquisition is Smartwool socks.
A Note from Lisa I have made a love themed page but without the traditional elements of perhaps a significant other as the main focus. I find heart shapes out in nature all the time and wanted to make a page using some of the most recent ones. And the notion is that if we really want to and look closely, we can see love all around us.
LOVE TO PLAY BY JENNY
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Stampin’ Up!) + patterned paper (Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon, Echo Park) + flowers (K & Co.) + epoxy stickers (Heidi Swapp) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Teresa Collins) + stickers (Studio Calico) + font (Times New Roman)
A Note from Jenny My One Little Word last year was Play. I made a page about it for my album; these were leftover photos that I decided to use for the family album. I wanted to celebrate our love of playing together.
February Fun Fact We love playing collaborative games like Pandemic or Forbidden Island where your goal is not to beat each other but to work together to defeat the game.
A Note from Katie This layout was made from patterned paper scraps and border strips all within the pink color family. Making a monochromatic page consisting of paper strips is one of my favorite ways to use up my scraps.
February Fun Fact After living in Florida since I was 18, this is the time of year when I get super jealous of anyone who lives where there is snow, so I try to remember that we are lucky to live near the beach.
5 THINGS I LOVE BY AMY
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pink Paisley, & misc scraps from my scrap bucket) + alphabet stickers (Basic Grey, Elle's Studio, Webster's Pages) + word stickers (Pink Paisley) + rub on (American Crafts)
A Note from Amy I took this photo with my cell phone this fall...but I didn't want it to feel like an autumn layout. This color scheme felt like a good compromise.
February Fun Fact This month my husband and I will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. I'm not sure how all that time has already passed!
LOVE YOU BY TRACIE
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Bella Blvd.) + stickers (Valentina by Bella Blvd.) + heart punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
A Note from Tracie This layout is just a fun page expressing my love for my husband and daughter. I rarely do a layout without a story or any journaling but when I thought about what I would say, it was already said with the words on the stickers! I used a heart punch to add white hearts for a subtle background. To give the larger hearts dimension, I glued them together in stacks of five. All the paper and stickers came from one collection which made this layout super fun and easy to put together!
February Fun Fact I collect vintage Valentine’s from the 1950’s and I love pink and red so Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love about a holiday that revolves around chocolate, love and beautiful greeting cards, right?
BETTER TOGETHER BY DEE
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Echo Park Paper) + Chipboard Pieces (Ali Edwards) + thickers (American Crafts) + journaling card (Ali Edwards) + acrylic heart (Ali Edwards) + sticker (Ali Edwards) + ink (Stazon)
A Note from Dee This layout has my heart! It’s been in my mind for months but I never got round to making it. Happy that this theme came along, because I immediately knew It was the perfect match! And it came together so quickly! That’s what I love with having layouts in your mind, they come together so easily because everything is thought out already!
February Fun Fact I’m not much of a Valentine's person, it’s too corny for my taste. I’d rather surprise my loved ones every now and then throughout the year :-)
LOVE MY DAPPER BOY BY MARNIE
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Crystal WIlkerson) + fonts (Letter Gothic, Times New Roman)
A Note from Marnie I have been shying away from the camera lately, so I went with a picture of my eldest. And how much I love him and his sense of style. And I do love it. And him. The design was based on an ad I saw on the screens at the airport whilst I waited for my flight yesterday. :) The little (not quite) octagons fade gently from right to left. I have a feeling I will try this again...
February Fun Fact This year I already know what I am getting my sweet husband for Valentine's day. That's a first! He is terribly difficult to buy for!
Hi! It's Aliza here again.I hope your new year is off to a good start!
Today I have another layout for you inspired by the word "year." But instead of the word year, the year itself (2016, that is) features heavily in the title as well as the story. Because a little over four years ago, we received my son's high school acceptance letter. At the time, I was shocked when I read, "Welcome to the class of 2016." Because that number 2016 just seemed too close for comfort. And now it is here, which means my son is actually going to graduate and move out and on with his life. I used the photo of my son reading his college acceptance letter to support the story.
This theme, will probably fill up a few more pages before the year is through.