This month our team created layouts using their favorite Go To Designs! From favorite elements to a standby design, there are elements of our pages that define us and keep us moving forward with our pages. Here are some go to designs from our team! Please enjoy. And as always, you may pop over to the photo album to read the journaling and see the layouts!!
A Note from Aliza I used a lot of my go-to elements on this layout. I have used this centered, square design several times, with three photos and one-fourth for embellishment and/or journaling. The tilt just felt fun for a layout about skateboarding. I often add black matte or outlines to my photos and papers. There are so many times I am stuck on a layout, and adding some black around the elements just makes it all feel right. I have a thing for black.
August Fun Fact This summer, we have all been watching lots and lots of Supernatural. I love that my kids tell me when they think I should close my eyes, because I don’t enjoy anything too gory. I like the feeling that they are looking out for me.
Learning Control | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper, tape, arrow (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Cursive Standard, Century Gothic)
A Note from Marnie This is what happens when I try to not do a linear, even margins grid layout: layered patterned paper with just a couple of elements scattered about the photo. And lots of journaling. In my most often used font, Century Gothic. It's just so clean and easy to read! And I love backlit ponytails. Mmm.
August Fun Fact I am so excited for school to begin as my oldest is starting high school (woohoo!! how fun is that??!!) and my baby is starting grade one. I miss my babies, but I love seeing my kids bloom and grow.
Sunset Stroll | Christine Newman
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Pebbles, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Hambly) + twine (Martha Stewart) + glitter pen (Sharpie, Elmers) + pens (Sharpie) + stickers (American Crafts, Martha Stewart Avery, Studio Calico, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye) + letter stickers (American Crafts) + stamps (Elle's Studio, Recollections) + tags (Elle's Studio, Plaid Barn) + ink (Memento) + sequins (Kelly Purkey) + wood veneers (Studio Calico) + paper clip (Freckled Fawn) + adhesives (Scotch, Glue Dots)
A Note from Christine One of my most go-to page designs is the grid. You can have many grid layouts and they can all look quite different. I love the uniformity provided by the grid. For this layout, I worked on each section at a time. Only after each section was done, did I adhere each 3x4 section down onto my 12x12 paper.
August Fun Fact August is the warmest month in San Diego. We go to the beach but only get in the water if we wear wetsuits. The water is still only 68-70 degrees!
A Note from Sue This layout is an example of a go to design I like to think of as "snuggle and separate." It refers to groupings that vary in density and proximity, creating emphasis and flow. On my page, the photos and title are grouped on larger mats, while the journaling is layered on top of a smaller embellishment collection in the upper RH corner. Because I love to design in groups of three, I couldn't resist adding a very small embellishment cluster at the top LH corner.
August Fun Fact Although I shot pictures for my high school yearbook, my husband truly is the photographer in the family.
Kitchen Sink | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials digital kits (Jennifer Barrette (Sailaway, Puddlejumper), Allison Pennington (Pops Brads), Robyn Meierotto (Cut It Out Clipping Masks)) + prompt (Get It Scrapped)
A Note from Celeste This layout is a typical design for me lately. It includes imperfect edge strips, layered bold patterns, some vintage items, buttons and paint splatter on the diagonal.
August Fun Fact It's my birthday this month! I'm old!
Be Happy | Stephanie Bryan
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + vellum (Paper Source) + tissue paper (Target) + journaling cards (Elle's Studio, Dearest Someday) + tag (American Crafts) + stickers (Studio Calico) + resin flowers (Freckled Fawn) + paper clip (Studio Calico) + die cut machine (Silhouette Cameo) + typewriter (Smith Corona) + paint (Tulip white shimmer) + adhesive (Scotch tape roller)
A Note from Stephanie My "go-to" layout is definitely something soft, dreamy and beautiful. To get this effect, I usually end up gravitating towards my favorite colors right now….soft pink and white. I always love adding tone-on-tone elements, like the doily, vellum stars, shimmer paint, tissue paper and Silhouette die cuts. I love how they all add texture and dimension, but still keep my layout somewhat calm.
August Fun Fact I was never a fan of pink as a child or teenager. My love for the color definitely grew much stronger once I had my precious little girl.
The Great Outdoors | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Brown Paper Packages by Karen Funk) + journaling cards (Bugaboo by Deena Rutter) + stitches, paint, button, star (Dude by Robyn Meierotto) + wood veneer (Day Camp Wooden Words by Mommyish) + font (AL Worn Machine)
A Note from Laura An off center composition is my go-to design. For this page I've got everything down in the bottom right. I've used some favorite supplies like a neutral base, wood veneers, mist or paint, layered patterns, text as an embellishment, and photo filters.
August Fun Fact We recently treated ourselves and bought a Vitamix and I make green smoothies all the time now. I'm addicted!
So Good | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon) + embellishments (Creative Club) + stickers (My Mind's Eye)
A Note from Lisa This theme was interesting for me. I love themes that make me think! My go-to design when making scrapbook pages is a white background, more often than not I will use a 4x6 photo or at least a bigger sized photo, I often use the rule of thirds and try to make a diagonal line as in my pages here. It makes a page pleasing on the eye. Lately I have been using a bit of layering but use much less materials really. On most pages I use my own handwriting or as in this case I print my journaling since I am a hybrid scrapbooker. So, white background, one photo, composition, layering and hybrid journaling.
He | Amy Kingsford
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Karen Funk (Dare to Dream)) + patterned paper (Paislee Press (Hey There Handsome)) + elements (Paislee Press (Hey There Handsome), Anna Aspnes (Summer Breeze)) + digital overlay (Anna Aspnes (Summer Breeze)) + template (Amy Martin Designs) + fonts (Courier New)
A Note from Amy This layout combines two of my favorite design approaches--a shelf composition, layered over top of a blended background. In many of my pages I turn to one of these "go-to" designs, but every so often I like to combine both of them for a truly unique look. I used a modified template and then created a gradient mask which I clipped my oversized photo of my son to and blend into my background.
August Fun Fact Our oldest is off to kindergarten this month!
Fawns | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials Fairest One of All kit (Sahlin Studio) + fonts (Pea Krystyne)
A Note from Cristina My go-to design is a composition with lots of white space, some layering, and journaling to tell the story. For this page, I wanted the photo to shine, since it is dear to me and exemplifies why I love our home so much. I chose a digital kit that had elements and colors that accompanied well my photo, and kept the design simple.
August Fun Fact My birthday is coming up at the end of the month. Looking forward to using up those birthday coupons for a fun birthday week celebration!
A Note from Jina I usually choose the bright colors when designing my scrapbooking page. I think good design is from wonderful color combo. So I try to enjoy it. This layout is a vivid colorfest, no doubt.
August Fun Fact In Korea, the rainy season is from late June to the end of July. I really hate heavy and boring rain. I'm looking forward to sunshine in August.
A Note from Francine This layout is a combination of my go-to design and go-to scrapping process. Design wise: white cardstock, large title, 1 photo, white space, patterned paper matte, handwritten journaling. Scrapbooking process: grab a photo, cardstock, a couple pieces patterned paper and a few complementary embellishments. Move stuff around until it looks good. Add title, journaling and embellishments. Works for me!
August Fun Fact This time of year I would happily eat just fruit and salads all day long.
A Note from Mel This layout really represents what I love best about creating layouts, layers and lots of them. I like to create layers not just with patterned paper but also embellishments. Along with layers I must have some white space on my layout. I will often add a bit of mist splatter or small enamel dots; on this layout I decided to create chevron circles with gold mist, I like the subtle effect it creates.
August Fun Fact In August we will be enjoying some much needed camping time with your little ones, I'm looking forward to long days on the beach and cool evenings by the camp fire!
Iron Man FTW | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Elle’s Studio, American Crafts, Basic Grey) + thickers (American Crafts) + star punch (EK Success) + twine (Martha Stewart) + stickers (Glitz) + die cuts (Studio Calico) + cork (Studio Calico) + sequins (Studio Calico) + circle cutter (Coluzzle) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + font (Times New Roman)
A Note from Jennifer This page does several things I tend to do on pages, especially pages with only a couple photos: 1) I house the photos on a block of patterned paper that stretches across the page. 2) Strips of patterned paper frame the block. 3) The title is highlighted by a cluster of embellishments. 4) I journal on strips that are inked on the edges. 5) Embellishments are clustered on opposite corners of the page.
August Fun Fact My scrapbooking friends and I call ourselves the Scrappin’ J’s. We go on retreats to scrap several times a year.
A Note from Katie This layout has lots of elements of my go-to design—a rectangle of various layered patterned papers with a title and embellishments along the bottom. Patterned paper is my favorite supply, so I love incorporating lots of different papers on my layouts!
August Fun Fact August is bittersweet. It is still summertime (the sweet part) but I have to go back to work at the end of the month (the bitter part!).
A Note from Diane This summer I've felt a strong urge to travel and I dream about going to many new places overseas. I decided to tell the story of how I'm fortunate to be able to do that with some fun photos I took while walking through one of our new 777-300ER aircraft at work.
August Fun Fact Our youngest took her driver's test last week and is now officially licensed to drive! The hunt is now on for a good used car that won't break the bank.
A Note from Amy This layout was built around the fun chat mat from Fancy Pants Designs. When I saw it I knew the pictures of my mom with Davis would be perfect for it.
August Fun Fact I don't like going to public pools. Our neighborhood has a very nice pool, but I can't get past the germs that could be in there so I don't ever take Davis. EWWWWW!
Pumpkins | Kelly Jeppson
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket, Stampin’ Up!)+ alpha stickers (American Crafts) + bookplate + brads
A Note from Kelly As I was looking through past pages for my “go-to” design, I realized that one of my favorite ways to start a page is with three photos. I either line them up vertically or horizontally on my background paper and go from there, adding elements, titles and journaling to complete the page. I also like my photos to touch!
August Fun Fact Think of me on August 19th! That’s the day my youngest child starts Kindergarten. What a bittersweet day for me!
A Note from Christa When I think of my go to design this is what usually pops in my head. Multiple photos, a title from the Silhouette, stitching and red in there somewhere! I know color isn't a design, but lately I seem to use at least a little bit of red somewhere in there. I've always loved multi-photo layouts because I seem to have more than just one photo to tell the story I'm trying to tell.
August Fun Fact This month I send my oldest daughter off to middle school and I'm pretty sure I'm having a harder time with it than she is. Middle school can be a big, cruel world and my heart will go with her every day.
Roly Polies| Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Imaginisce, Studio Calico) + alphabet stamps (Studio Calico) + washi tape (Darice) + label stickers (Jillibean Soup) + font (Quaver)
A Note from Amy Grouping three 4x6 photos across the width of a layout is one of my go-to design approaches. I always put the journaling right along the bottom of the photos and the title somewhere along the top. I like this because it gives quite a bit of space to include some long horizontal embellishments. I mix up the approach in several different ways: one long 12x4 photo instead of the 3 4x6s, or three 4x8 photos, or two 3x5s with one 4x6 that automatically turns into the focal-point. It's a flexible design that's also sturdy, and it comes up in my albums quite often.
August Fun Fact This month we're going white-water rafting on the Snake River!
Maries River Swimming | Carey Bridges
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Mommyish Sweet Side of Life) + patterned paper (Mommyish Get Schooled Extra Papers, Sweet Side of Life, Robyn Meierotto Dude Mini kit) + elements (Mommyish Summertime Flair, Seaside Retreat, Robyn Meierotto Dude Mini kit, Spring Sweetness Enamel Dots, Shannon McNab Skinny Stitches Shapes) + template (Crystal Livesay) + font (Century Gothic)
A Note from Carey Looking back over my last several layouts, I realize more often than not I've been repeating a similar design scheme of placing my photo toward the center of the page, layering various patterned papers behind the photo, and using chevrons or arrows to guide the eye. I guess it's time to switch things up and do a multi-photo layout!
August Fun Fact I can't stop listening to the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack with all of its catchy tunes. It's my current guilty pleasure!
A Note from Jennie This layout was fun to make. I fell back on a design I use a lot: the grid. A grid is easy to use but rarely looks the same as it's easy to change up little elements for a fresh, new design!
August Fun Fact August is my birthday month!
Real Life | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials Digital kit & elements (Currently | Mini Kit by Mye De Leon) template + (Gridtastic Vol. 1 templates by NettioDesigns)
A Note from Jennifer Grid based multi-photo layouts are always my basic go-to design! You can always keep it super simple and stay within the grid boundaries or layer and add embellishments to jazz the layout up outside of the grid space!
Journaling Making memorable summer vacation memories together. Swimming, playing, and checking items off our summer fun list! Totally happy to be together :) 7.2013
August Fun Fact On August 3rd I am participating in an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record for the Largest Parade of MINI Coopers on the Mackinaw Bridge!
No goodbyes this month, just four hellos!! We couldn't be more excited to welcome Carey, Sam, Monika, and Kate to our team. They bring with them amazing talent and skillful pages that will be sure to inspire you. And did we mention they are sweet as can be?
Please leave them a warm welcome! We look forward to get to know them and for you to do the same!
This month's gallery celebrated lists of ten. It's summertime and free time is at a premium. As we look for ways to streamline our pages and productivity, we realize that journaling is is a terrific place to do so. Let's look back through our gallery and make a list of lists we can make.
Hi all! Just as I promised, I am back with a post about the Fourth of July. Don't worry, if you're not from these parts, and this is not a holiday you celebrate. I still have some ideas for you all. Because wherever you're from, I bet there is some celebration of your home's history and culture.
Like any holiday, really, there are two aspects to record about Fourth of July. The first, is the sights, the sounds, the foods, the traditions, the people. All of which fit into the category of how we celebrate. These things make up the actual experience of the holiday, and they are, therefore, easier to capture and record. But still, how can we take those moments and turn them into part of the story of our lives? Sometimes, we can't. Sometimes the story simply is, we went here, we saw this, we ate that. But sometimes, if we give ourselves time, we can think of a context that makes the story more meaningful.
Here is my example: Last year, we went on a two week road trip. We watched the Fourth of July fireworks from a motel parking lot in Kentucky. I have had these photos for a year, but never scrapped them before. I took them out to scrap now, and I didn't plan on adding any story to the photos. They were to be my example of simply recording an event. But when my son saw the pictures, he said with a touch of nostalgia, "Oh, that was so fun." Now, I'm pretty sure when we saw the fireworks, we were tired, and though they were neat, they were not really a highlight of our trip. But that's where the story emerged--in the year since our road trip, all the bumps on that long, long road have been forgotten, and we just have fond memories of it all.
I challenge you to think about the context of where your holiday fits in to the larger picture of your life. Was it boring, stressful, more exciting, or less exciting than years passed? Are you celebrating with new people, or the usual mix? Just adding a sentence or two can change the nature of your journaling. If, like me, a story doesn't take shape for a long time, well, wait to scrap the photos, or scrap them twice!
Just like every holiday has the rituals, they also have their deeper meanings; what it all represents. That can be harder to capture, because it is more of an emotional response to a holiday. Those feelings are hard to capture on camera, difficult to express in words, and guess what else? Those feelings don't always show up on the day they are supposed to.
So what are we really celebrating, when it comes to any country's Independence Day? To me, it's primarily about a feeling of connection to a history, a culture, and a community. It's being part of something bigger than myself. What brings out those feelings in you? They can happen any time of year, in any place. You can feel the connection to your country, your city, or just some great neighbors.
For my examples, once again, I scrapped about last year's road trip, because I was so amazed by how ginormous this country is, and all that exists and has happened inside it. I included both serious events, and those that are simply part of our popular culture. They all make me feel part of something larger.
And here is a more traditionally patriotic experience from this week; A copy of the Declaration of Independence, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson, and an original copy of the Bill of Rights, were on display at the New York Public Library. Really, what more could a scrapbooker want to see more than a really old, piece of paper?! Unfortunately, photos were not allowed, so I needed to rely on words to describe the experience. Which again was the feeling of something big, and powerful, and awesome.
So wherever you are from, take note of those times you feel that little tug of pride, of connection, of loyalty. Try describing those moments with words; it could be a lot of words, or just a few. Any number will do, really.
I'm going to be whispering today, so you might want to lean in close so you can hear me. There. That's good.
I'm on a secret mission to get my teenage son interested in photography. Shhh. Don't tell him.
Any hobby will do, really. I just love having hobbies so much. With them, I am (almost) never bored. So, I can't help but want the same for my kids. My younger son has many interests, while my teenage son... a little less so. And because we are now in the midst of summer vacation, finding ways to avoid boredom is important. We are two weeks into summer break, and so far, so good.
One of the ways we are filling our days is to go on a weekly photo/neighborhood walk. Each week, we pick a part of the city to explore, and I told Max that he needs to take pictures while we walk. (I figured with a task at hand, he will be less likely to complain.) And, take photos, he did. Now I am hoping that by printing and displaying some of his photos, he might be inspired to take even more pictures. So, I took an old, one dollar, 4x6 photo album, and created this cover. I tried not to mom it up too much, so just tiny bit of embellishment on the cover.
I had a harder time resisiting making the inside cover and the first page a little bit cute:
So after that, I have a few pages of plain, old, 4x6 photos.
My children are always teasing me when I stop to photograph leaves, or flowers, or just lines on the sidewalk. So, in the spirit of mocking me, Max took some photos of, well, trash. But, me being me, I liked them. So, I added a few of those too, along with an explanation:
I'll let you know how the rest of "Project Max" goes in the end. Worst case scenario, I have a small album of photos from our summer sitting decoratively on my coffee table.
In case you're thinking, "Wait! Today is July 4th! Shouldn't this post be about the holiday?" Not to fear. I'll be back for the Write post on Saturday, with some thoughts about recording this special day.
This month our theme is Ten Things. Lists are suck a lovely way to capture the essentials. They can help you focus your thoughts, to make order out of your photo stacks, and to provide a starting place for a layout. Let's look and see how our awesome team took on the theme. If you would like to see the layouts larger and read the journaling, pop on over to the photo album!
The Best Thing about New York City | Aliza Deutsch
A Note from Aliza A co-worker recently played the song, “New York City” by They Might Be Giants at work. I am not usually a romantic music type, but as soon as I heard it, I felt a little teary, and I knew I wanted to make a layout with me and my husband. I typed out the lyrics to the chorus on vellum, and I used my top 10 photos from around the city, that I felt captured the city and our lives in it. However, I didn't have a picture of us together! I had to do a little silly Photoshop work to make that happen.
July Fun Fact We just celebrated our 17 year anniversary.
Top Ten Favories | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Emily Merritt Bright, Allison Pennington Twirl, Shalin Studio Melon Sorbet, One Little Bird Click, Valorie Wibbens Tales of Summer, Paislee Press Road Trip) + word art (Erica Hernandez 31 Things) + elements (Sahlin Studio Melon Sorbet, Valorie Wibbens Sprinkles v14, One Little Bird Click) + fonts (Headline, Underword Champion)
A Note from Celeste Erica Hernandez recently offered a series of 31 "All About Me" word art prompts on her blog. I just loved how she made the cut outs with the titles so I took one of them and modified it a bit to make my title. I then wrote up my list and gathered photos that I had on hand paired with images from the web to create a grid. This gives a little snapshot into my June.
July Fun Fact I might be a little too excited for both my boys to go to sleep away camp the same week this month. I know by mid-week I'll be missing them terribly!
10 Weeks of Viggo | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Project Life Blush Filler Cards)+ stickers (American Crafts Minimarks, KI memories, Lillibean soup)
A Note from Lisa I twisted the theme of favorite 10 a bit. Almost every week since my nephew was born in February I have featured a photo of him in my Project Life album, calling it Weekly Viggo. On this layout I have 10 weeks worth of Weekly Viggos' ;)
July Fun Fact I love being an aunt! I couldn't have imagined how much it would mean to me. And of course my 2 nieces and 2 nephews are the greatest kids!
Ten Random Facts | Jenny Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Scenic Route, October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Lily Bee Designs) + vellum (Crate paper) + circle cutter (Coluzzle) + die cut (Quickutz) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + ink (Studio Calico, Jenni Bowlin) + stickers (October Afternoon) + die cut (Crate paper) + pen (Zig) + fonts (Times New Roman)
A Note from Jenny Larson I decided to make a top ten list of my favorites, but I couldn’t limit myself to one in each category, so this is a top ten list of lists!
July Fun Fact I discovered recently that rubble and debris scenes in superhero movies make me mildly anxious. I always wonder who will clean up the mess.
10 Favorite Pictures | Ann Costen
12 x 12 | materials software (Adobe) + digital kit (Gennifer Bursett Collab) + fonts (Travelling Typewriter, Contribute, Gill Sans Ultrabold)
A Note from Ann For this month's theme, I chose to do a pictorial list by creating the first 12x12 layout from our epic adventure to South East Asia in March 2013. I was so exhausted from the trip that it took me several weeks just to edit some pictures and get them printed. I took close to 4000 pictures over 24 days so it was quite difficult to pick the 10 that are part of this layout. Looking at these, I'm still amazed at all that we did and saw on this trip! I am creating a 5-up album to document this trip (to be shared in September) and I'm using the same digital kit for both the 5-up album and the 12x12 pages.
July Fun Fact We ate deep fried bamboo worms and stir-fried frogs in Thailand. We drew the line at the BBQ field rats and did NOT eat those!
Top Ten | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, Basic Grey) + letters (Basic Grey) + tags (Chic Tags) + cork embellishments (Studio Calico) + die cut machine (Silhouette Cameo)
A Note from Amy I wanted to capture my family’s top ten lists so that we would be able to look back and see what was important to us. I am going to make sure that I do this every year, so we can see how our tastes change.
July Fun Fact I am not a big fan of summer because I HATE to be hot. Sweating all day long doesn't appeal to me in the least, and I’d take the cold over the heat any day!
A Note from Christine I have several layouts over the years that depict sun rays (both digital and paper). To me it is the perfect symbol of summer and I love creating the sun rays. For this layout, I layered washi tape horizontally and vertically across a sheet of white cardstock. Then I cut out the big circle from the layers of tape to create the main part of my sun.
July Fun Fact I think of July as the "sandwich month" of summer. June is the start and August is the end. July doesn't seem as fun, but I'm determined to make it fun this year!
A Note from Christa My oldest daughter just finished up fifth grade this year and I just can't believe how utterly fast time flies! I had her come up with her best moments of elementary school list and it was so fascinating to see what stuck out to her versus what stuck in my mind.
July Fun Fact July is all about water activities for us since it gets so incredibly hot here. Looking forward to field trips to several beaches with my family!
Life…there's an app for that! | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + buttons (Studio Calico, My Mind's Eye) + flair (A Flair For Buttons) + washi tape (K&Co.) + mist (Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Studio Calico) + fonts (Bebas)
A Note from Diane Doing a layout about how much I love apps and how they have simplified my life and made things more fun has been on my mind for awhile. The "Top 10" theme this month was the perfect way to document it. As I sit here looking at my finished layout I've noticed that four of my favorite apps are photography related and one other app tracks all my social media and lets me record little notes and photos that I don't post to social media. It is easy to see from this layout that my iPhone and its apps are an important tool in my memory keeping process.
July Fun Fact I recently traveled to France with my husband and while there enjoyed a cooking lesson with a chef that cooked for Jacques Chirac, the former President of France.
First 10 Books | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Glitz) + font (Bondoluo)
A Note from Marnie For the past few years I have tried to read 5 books a month. This year, I am hoping for 2 a month and trying to keep my house tidy each day. Much less fun...
July Fun Fact Football practice begins this month. With five days of gymnastics and five days of football each week, June seemed to slip through our fingers. We are going to make a better effort to enjoy summer this month!
A Note from Jennie This layout was inspired by SUMMER! I knew I wanted a fresh color palette so I stuck to crisp pastels and built from there.
July Fun Fact I love summer! Heat doesn't bother me nearly as much as winter. With a pool in our backyard, you'll find me out there with my boys most days!
NYC Road Trip Songs | Katie Ehmann
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Dear Lizzy, October Afternoon) + thickers (American Crafts) + stickers (Crate Paper, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico)
A Note from Katie This layout is based on my road trip to NYC to visit my sister last week. We drove 11 hours each way and also drove to the beach on Long Island one day, so we were in the car a lot. We had such fun listening to Top 40 pop songs! I wanted a fun, layered look for this layout, and used two pics from my phone to document the drive.
July Fun Fact In early August I’m taking an adults only girls trip with a couple of friends to Disney World! I can’t wait!
10 Things I Didn't Expect | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Basic Grey) + alpha stickers (Echo Park, Lilybee, Pebbles) + notebook journaling card (Elle's Studio) + corner punch (Fiskars) + "10 Things" stamp (Close to My Heart) + label stamp (Technique Tuesday) + puffy cloud stickers (American Crafts) + various stickers from my "Words" drawer + font (Samo Sans)
A Note from Amy Grouping a bunch of word stickers together is one of my favorite techniques lately.
July Fun Fact Sometime this month, neighbors will start bringing tomatoes, peaches, and various types of squash to me from their gardens. I can't wait to make a big batch of fried zucchini.
A Note from Valerie It was fun to record 10 things about my son that are "right now." I kept supplies and complexity to the bare minimum and will most likely add an 8 1/2 x 11 photo when placing in an album. This is something I look forward to periodically doing again in the future.
July Fun Fact Looking forward to camping with friends this month.
Before we go, we have some good and bad news. Bad first.
The time has come to say goodbye to Erin Sweeney, Deb Duty, Monika Wright, and Paula Gilarde. However can we do that?? Erin and Paula have been with us from the beginning--we love Erin's sense of humor and Paula's innate goodness. Monika joined us not long after we started and brought with her unbridled enthusiasm and kindness. Then Deb came. With a depth of compassion and her well designed pages she won us over immediately. Saying goodbye to them brings us heavy hearts, though we know they are all bound for much success. Thank you, friends, for your dedication and hard work, and for touching our lives for the better.
And now the good news. We want to introduce to eight new teammates. We are so excited to have them join us and we can't wait for you to fall in love with them as we already have begun to. Here they are!
Aren't they beautiful? They are wonderful women who make wonderful pages. To get to know them more, click on their name in the left hand column where you will find some bios bits and links to their blogs. Oh, how excited we are to have them join our family!
Thank you for stopping by. Please leave some love for our departing friends and for those arriving.
This past month we all looked back to the prior year to find inspiration for our gallery layouts. Isn't it interesting to see how one layout can inspire another, but not necessarily look like it in the end??
Here are the layouts and a little bit of inspiration for design, photos, or journaling.
That's it! We hope you enjoyed the look back and we will see you Monday for a brand new gallery!
This month's gallery was all about looking back at layouts and posts from this past year and finding inspiration to create something new. I love all the layotus created, and I loved reading about all the ways we drew inspitation from each other; For some it was the design of the layout; For others it was a technique to try; And still others found new events and moments to photograph. To help your creative process along, we have a sketch, a color combo, and a cut file, to help spark your next project. I hope you join in the fun, and if you do, be sureshare a link to some of your work!
This months sketch is based on my layout (*blush*):
Here's the sketch created by Diane:
You can download a layered template of the sketch here.
Marnie stayed pretty true to the sketch, as we all did. By converting all the photos to black and white, she unified the six photos visually, and they provide a lovely contrast to the bright embellishments.
LisaO kept the design pretty similar, but swapped some photos for patterned paper. The yellows on this page are so appealing-they just pop right out at ya! (Completely random fact: I used to dislike the color yellow, until I started scrapbooking. Now, I am one of yellow's biggest fans.)
It was an interesting exercise for my brain to make a layout based on my own layout. It felt a little like cheating to use the same design twice, but I cannot come up with any logical reason why it's not okay to reuse a design. Can you?
Here is this months color palette:
It is based on Celeste's layout:
Marnie used big doses of each color to create this sweet and joyous layout. Seriously, that puppy is so cute it hurts my heart a little bit.
Lisa O. used little bits of color on her white background. It's clean. It's simple. It's pretty.
I also used a white background, some bits of color, and pictures of my love, to document the fact that we need more pictures together. (Spoiler: I discovered this fact while working on my July gallery layout.) Since we just celebrated our 17th anniversary, this will be a goal for the coming year.
Neither Lisa nor I own a silhouette, but that did not deter us from using her file as inspiration. Lisa cut out white triangles the old fashioned way, and placed them on a white background, which was perfect for this wedding layout.
I simply printed out the image onto vellum, colored in some of the shapes, and used it as patterned paper in this layout.
There you have it, ladies and...well, probably more ladies. I hope this helps get you started on some summer scrapping. If so, we'd love to see what you create!
With warmer weather upon us (it took its sweet little time getting here this year), we have gone back outside and back to exploring our familiar places. For me and my family, that mean spending some more time in Central Park. Over the last few years, we keep finding ourselves back in the same spot in the park, and doing the same activities over and over. The last time we went there, on Mother's Day, I packed up my camera, and then hesitated a bit. Am I going to take more pictures of Sam climbing on the rocks and digging in the dirt? The answer was, "Of course I will!"
As I snapped away, and then reviewed my photos I realized that there really were similar photos from across the years. And that by itself tells its own story:
Like any holiday, summer has its own rituals, routines, and special places where it is celebrated. The beauty of rituals is the way they are repeated over time, and spreading out photos that span some years, can tell a story. It can tell how people, places, and things have changed over time, or the ways that they remain the same.
Heres to returning to old summer places and creating new memories!
Hooray hooray hooray hooray hooray today is our birthday!
We love this time of year as we get to look back at the last 12 months and marvel at the changes, the fun, and the general awesomeness of our favorite site!! We hope that you have enjoyed the posts, the layouts, and the inspiration.
We are excited to get year five started! We are going to have a bit of a sentimental beginning with our
This month we are looking back at year four. Each of our designers picked a layout or post that they loved from this past year and used it to inspire a new layout. Let's take a look.
Mother’s Day 2013 | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye) + buttons (My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants) + paper clips (Fancy Pants) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Evalicious, Basic Grey) + stickers (My Mind’s Eye) + ink (Versamark) + fonts (Times New Roman)
A Note from Aliza This layout was inspired by a recent Mother’s Day post by Marnie. She said that every Mother’s Day, she takes a picture with each of her children. I knew right away that I wanted to do that too, and I am madly in love with the results.
June Fun Fact I just bought a necklace that I love, but it’s really big and bold. I am working up the nerve to wear it to work.
Date Night | Christine Newman
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (American Crafts Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico) + stamps (American Crafts) + ink (Memento) + pen (Sharpie) + punches (Fiskars, Marvy Uchida, McGill) + digital graphic (Ali Edwards) + digital die cutter (Silhouette America) + adhesives (Scotch, Glue Dots, Tombow) + stapler (Advantus) + font (Blackout)
A Note from Christine This layout was inspired by a post by Katie Ehmann during her Patterned Paper Week in November 2012. I wanted to create a layout using just papers to celebrate... well, paper! :)
June Fun Fact Todd and I always take Summer Solstice (6/20 or 6/21, depending on the year) off work. Our rationale is that Summer Solstice is the longest daylight of the year, and we don't want to spend it at work! We look forward to our annual tradition or spending Summer Solstice outside and together every year.
Hello New Love | Lisa Ottosson
8 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Creative Club) + stickers (My Little Shoebox, American Cafts
A Note from Lisa Teka always inspires me with her projects. I chose this simple page because of the big journaling banner. I wrote some lyrics on my banner and added my photo on top. I added a strip with low opacity in Picmonkey to the photo before printing it, so that I could easily add my letter stickers as a title.
Magic | Lisa Ottosson
8 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Jenni Bowlin) + embellishments (Crystal Wilkerson, Ali Edwards digital kit)
A Note from Lisa Ottosson This layout is inspired by Deb Duty´s page called Happiness. Deb always makes such cool layers so I wanted to mimic that. I had the Jenni Bowlin patterned papers but felt like I wanted something more. So I began doodling and ended up making that magic paper. It was much fun and I know I will do that again!
Lucky Me | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Kesi Art) + washi tape (Freckled Fawn) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + ink (Faber-Castell) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane As I re-read and looked at inspiring post after post from the last year, Amy Coose's layout with stitching around her photo caught my eye. I love how it framed and brought attention to her photo. It was exactly what I wanted to do to showcase the photos that captured my daughter's loving gifts to me this Mother's Day.
June Fun Fact It may be summer and school is out but we will be busier than ever with select softball tournaments, speed camp, wrestling lessons, football practice, baby sitting and a trip overseas. It will be a full and busy month, but I love it and wouldn't want it any other way!
Birthday Wishes| Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Pebbles, Studio Calico, American Crafts) + chipboard (Studio Calico) + mist(Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp) + pen (American Crafts) + tags (Chic Tags)
A Note from Amy As I went back through our amazing galleries from this past year, I was really inspired by Marnie's layoutfrom the Feeling Thankful gallery.
I loved the design of the layout and the sweet pictures of her kids with their grandparents, and I knew I had the perfect pictures of my baby boy with his grandmothers on his birthday, and I couldn't wait to get them scrapped.
June Fun Fact June is a busy month for us. We have the last day of school, my birthday and my daughter's birthday the day after, and we also usually travel home to see my family. I wait all year for this month, because it's filled with so much fun.
love you | Katie Ehmann
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + stickers (Sassafrass, Studio Calico) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + washi tape (Freckled Fawn)
June Fun Fact I don’t work during the summer and I can’t wait to spend all day lazing around the pool and scrapbooking at night!
Written in the Stars | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kits (Stencils no. 1 by Creashens at Pixels & Co., Stargazer by One Little Bird at The Lilypad, A Beautiful Mess Splatters by Just Jaimee at Pixels & Co., At the Thrift Shoppe by Jennifer Barrette at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Papery Stuffs by Dawn by Design at Pixels & Co.) + masks (Cut.It.Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels & Co.) + stitching (In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels & Co., Sewing Kit 1 by Agnes Biro (retired)) + fonts (DBJ Celeste from Darcy Baldwin at Sweet Shoppe Designs)
A Note from Celeste Amy Sorenson's recent Silhouette Week was super inspiring. While I can't really use my Silhouette to scrapbook digitally, I can still bring the look to my pages by using the .png files to clip papers to and shadow to get the same look.
June Fun Fact I'm excited for school to end. Both boys will be going to sleepaway camp this year the same week. It's going to be fun for them, but I'm sure too quiet around here!
What’s in a Name? | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Lily Bee Designs) + stamp (Studio Calico) + ink (Stampin’ Up!, Jenni Bowlin) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + punches (EK Success) + font (Times New Roman)
A Note from Jennifer Larson I took inspiration from a post by Amy Coose back in February about using your stash, specifically stamps for a background. I took a Polaroid stamp I had and stamped a background of Polaroids to serve as a photo mat, filling in the centers with patterned paper. This was a quick but eye catching design!
June Fun Fact I have a collection of Noah’s Ark pictures, figures, and cross-stitched samplers.
Lucky Number Forty I Christa Paustenbaugh
12 X 12 | materials patterned papers (Echo Park, Basic Grey, October Afternoon) + stickers (My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts, Jillibean Soup) + die cut (Evalicious for Cocoa Daisy, Chic Tags, Basic Grey) + rub on (Basic Grey) + brad (CosmoCricket) + ribbon (May Arts) + die cut machine (Silhouette SD)
A Note from Christa I took my inspiration this month from a Click post. I think it’s very important to take photos of ourselves as moms and not just let them sit on the memory card and/or computer, but also putting those on paper and scrapbooking them. I wanted to document my recent 40th birthday to embrace it!
June Fun Fact This month marks our 1 year anniversary of living overseas in Japan. We have had lots of adventures so far and looking forward to many, many more in our short time here. This month we head off to explore Seoul, South Korea.
A Note from Valerie This layout was inspired by Diane Payne's embellishment week back in January (1.28.13-2.1.13). I couldn't pick just one type of embellishment, so I used almost all the embellishments mentioned throughout the week.
June Fun Fact I actually enjoy repainting rooms in our home. Now the ceilings? not so much (and thanks to roof leaks, I've had to repaint almost every ceiling in our house).
A Note from Francine I love pretty much everything that Valerie does, and I especially loved her layout from the Conversations gallery in February. It got me excited about inking and stamping! I also used the free printables designed by Marnie for the Favourite Photos theme last December. They went perfectly with this month's theme AND my layout.
June Fun Fact Without my notebooks, lists, post-it notes and wall planner I wouldn't remember a thing!
A Note from Marnie Celeste is my hero. She is one of the most consistent scrapbookers alive. As I hunted through her year 4 layouts, I found this one with its place for flair and tiny patterns. I love how quickly it all came together. Maybe I should just copy all of Celeste's layouts!!!
June Fun Fact We just got a puppy!!!!!!
Miss Sandy | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials papers (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Bebas, Century Gothic)
A Note from Marnie I'm a big sucker for Francine's layouts. This one with it's grid was too perfect to pass up. I loved the two fonts on the edge, but couldn't get mine to work. But I wish I could have.
June Fun Fact We finished school in May this year, so June is all about the fun fun fun!
True Love | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials papers (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Bondoluo, Century Gothic)
A Note from Marnie Christine is so incredibly talented. When I saw her layout in our November gallery, I was taken in by the mixing of patterns and how cool it looked with the patterns and colors.
June Fun Fact Did I mention we got a puppy? We love her. Her name is Chartreuse Rosabelle Starlight. But we just call her Charlie!
It's a terrific gallery, no? If you would like to see the gallery as a whole, you may do so here. And there you will find all the journaling, too!
For a little bit of birthday fun, a few of us put together some journaling, photography, and scrapbooking tips. If you would like to start with Aliza, she will get you headed to the next place. And if you get lost, here is the list: