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:
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! It's Amy Sorensen, bringing you another Citrus Twist mini album. For my gallery mini this month, I made a gift album to give to my mom on Mother's Day. As I was searching through my photos for pictures of my mom and me, I noticing how many pictures I also had of my sister and me together. Since I was spending so much time in my photo files, I decided to set aside some of those Becky-and-Amy photos. I wasn't even sure what I'd do with them yet, but I knew I wanted to do something.
So when I received the Citrus Twist kit, You are My Sunshine, and saw how many "you and me" items it had, everything clicked. I needed to make a little "me and you" gift album for my sister!
I printed the photos as 3x4s, two per 4x6. I used pictures from all different time periods—the oldest is from about 1977, and the newest is from last Christmas.
For the journaling, I wrote a rambling sort of story-within-a-story. It has quite a few childhood antectdotes, a bunch of "remember whens," some things we have in common, some things we do together as grown ups. I printed the horizonally-oriented journaling on the kraft cardstock and the vertical on the b-side of the Chic Tags paper called “Crisp Air”—just the white part.
For the binding, I wanted to try a technique I learned about in the book How to Make Books. I discovered it while I was finding a different book for a patron (I work at a library), and it's full of all different types of handmade book binding. The one I tried is called Slack Stab-Stitched. Here's how I bound my book together:
1. Cut all the pages so they are the exact height you want but double the width. Mine were 6x12. One thing I loved about this kit is that I had to add next to nothing to make this entire album. I used the three sheets of Bazzil cardstock to make the inner pages. Score each 6x12 and fold in half.
2. Make the front and back covers. I actually used the cardboard insert that protected the patterned papers in the kit to make the cover. (See! I had everything I needed!) I cut each cover 6.25x6.25 inches and painted one side a soft melon-pink color. Then I glued a 6.25x6.25 piece of patterned paper to the other side of each cover.
3. Very lightly score the inside and outside of each cover piece. This will be both the line you use when you punch the holes and help with turning the pages.
4. Assemble all the pieces: front cover, inner pages, back cover. I decided to follow an alternating orange/cream/turquoise pattern.
5. Stack everything together and keep it nicely stacked with a couple of binder clips:
6. Mark three holes on the front cover. Mine were right in the middle and then two inches above and two inches below the middle hole. Punch holes here.
7. Cut a long length of ribbon—I used about 1 1/2 yards. Using a lighter, scorch one end into a point (you'll cut this off later so it doesn't matter what it looks like), or maybe you'll have more success finding your needles than I did!
Here are the binding instructions right from How to Make Books, with a few changes I made:
Start sewing in the middle hole. Hold the tail of your ribbon and sew through and around the spine, leaving 10" at the end for the final bow. As you sew, keep your tension loose by gently turning the pages and opening the book flat (almost like a loose leaf binder) to be sure you have enough slack in the stitching for the book to open and lie flat.
Bring the thread back up through the middle hole, then sew down to the bottom hole, sew around the spine, but not around the bottom.
Sew back to the middle and up to the top, sewing through and around the spine, but not over the top.
Sew back to the middle. All the spaces should be filled. Open and close the book gently, working the slackness of the thread to be sure you have enough so that the pages can open flat. When the book is closed, the binding will gap on the inside with the slack.
Tie a bow or a square knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon, then melt the raw edges with the lighter to make a smooth edge that won't unravel.
Here's how the bound album looks (with the title added to the cover):
It's called "Sisters Squared" because that is what our tour group members started calling us when we were in Italy together last fall. (They also commented all the time about how much we look alike, which always made me shrug my shoulders a little bit as I don't think we look the same at all.)
And here are the embellished pages:
I like my minis to have a sort of title page. When I finally give this to my sister—her birthday is in July—I'll add some sort of inscription on the back side of the front cover.
A few years ago I scanned a bunch of photos from my childhood. It is fun to finally start using them a little bit!
The "little darlings" patterned paper I made with the stamps from the kit.
That turquoise polka dot paper is the packaging from the die cut embellishments. It is the perfect color!
The sun and the word "sunshine" is also a kit stamp. It really says "You are my Sunshine" but I just inked the word "sunshine" so it fit with my text. This is my favorite little embellishment in the mini!
I wish I could've found one more photo of us together for the left side of this spread. Then again, I love that patterned paper a lot!
I remember the day my dad took this picture of me and Becky...it was on Christmas morning and I was mad that my mom wouldn't make Becky share her new scooter with me!
The die cuts in the kit are like tabs...you tuck part of the outline underneath something else.
At first I wasn't sure how to attach the vellum embellishments. Then I realized that if I covered the entire back with a smooth layer of glue (I use the Zig Two-Way glue) it doesn't show at all.
That patterned paper on the right was one of the few things I added. I totally had enough paper, but that one was so perfect with the photo and the journaling, I couldn't resist. Also: that orange washi tape makes me swoon.
I love the tab embellishments on both of these pages.
This enormous ampersand was my favorite embellishment, so I saved it for the last spread.
At first I was sort of bugged that I didn't have a few more pictures. But the more I thought about it, I'm glad that the title page and the end page are just text. The "sisters" card is the only other thing I added to the kit supplies—and only because it fit so well!
Just for fun, the back cover.
Thanks, Citrus Twist, for a great kit! A bonus: I still have plenty of supplies left for a few more layouts. And I'm pretty sure that "You are my Sunshine" stamp will become a favorite!
Hello! Spring is here, so it is time to start snapping some spring photos. Today we have a duo sharing--Jennifer Larson from Minnesota and Amy Sorensen from Utah. The states are important because spring has been very different in each place: spring has arrived in Utah, while the Big Melt has only just begun in Minnesota. Still, spring is spring in its different forms, so let's get snapping!
Here's some ideas for getting out and photographing spring in whatever form it is in for you now:
Tell a story
Here are a few photos Amy took to show spring in Utah:
This photo illustrates texture. These are the shoots of my bleeding heart plant and I love the texture of the fronds.
Utah hasn't had much snow this year. But one of the things we can count on here is inconsistent weather. We had a cold day this week, a windy one, a couple of warm ones—and one swift little morning snowstorm. I liked the contrast between the snow and my one silly tulip; I think it "feels" like that warm/cold thing that spring does here.
It's a good thing my neighbors are used to seeing me lying around in an effort to get a good shot, because I had to sprawl on my back to get this shot—color and a low angle.
In spring, these seed pods start falling off of my sycamore. My son Kaleb and I were sitting outside talking and I decided to swoop in close to his hands taking the pod apart.
To get this shot of light shining through the old leaves on my rosebush canes, I had to get down lown again, but it was worth it!
I think this tells a good story: the tale of a slightly-grumpy (but at last riding his board again!) and very hungry teenage boy coming home from school and his little brother's excitement.
And here's some photos Jennifer took to show spring in Minnesota right now:
This shot was inspired by color and distance: the color of the sky reflected in the puddle, and the distance down the road showing the melt from snowbank to icy road to puddle.
This shot of the mailboxes was taken down low at their level, which highlights how much snow banks them. Still, the posts are showing: just like kids in Minnesota put on shorts as soon as it gets above freezing, the mailboxes are showing a little leg too, hinting that spring is on its way.
This is obviously up close, a shot of a bootprint in the slushy road. That golden color through the water is gorgeous--that means the road is almost bare!
These two shots tell a story. It's warm enough for my son to be in a sweatshirt alone, but the snow is still deep. When he kicked the ball deep into the yard, he had to trudge through thigh-deep snow to get it. Funny! (Confession: the snow isn't pretty--lots of asphalt shoveled into it after the google feet of snow we got this winter. I don't care. Spring in Minnesota is messy and dirty and damp and beautiful, because it's spring.)
And there's our photo inspiration! Whatever stage spring is at right now for you, no excuses. Get out there and let nature inspire you!
I was fourteen, and we'd gone into the gas station for drinks, but the gas station attendent (remember those?) was still checking the oil and cleaning the windshield on our old Ford Torino, so my mom and I sat in the car. I'm not sure what sparked the conversation, but somehow we started talking about my dad, and my mother's choices, and the regrets she had. It was a disquieting conversation, and an illuminating one; I understood my mother a little bit better afterwards, but myself and where I stood in the world much less. Nearly three decades later, I can only remember verbatim one sentence of the conversation—but I am still puzzling and considering it.
Some conversations are like that. They change something, maybe: how we see the people we spoke with, or how we see ourselves. Some fundamental knowledge of the world is gained or altered. Or maybe we just remember how much we love that person, or why. We might not remember the actual, literal words for the rest of our lives—but we remember how the words made us feel.
And that's the topic I'm hoping you'll consider for this month's Write Saturday: important conversations.
I love layouts that record the things our people say. I just made one, in fact, with a collection of the funny, sweet, and ridiculously awww-inspiring things my 8-year-old has said in the last six months. The story that brought him to say "I don't want to grow up because grown-up movies are boring" is one of my favorites!
But I don't mean that kind of conversation-based journaling.
Instead, try remembering the way conversations have influenced you. Or influenced one of the people you scrapbook for. Maybe it was a conversation you never even heard—between your child and a teacher, maybe; your husband and a doctor, your mom and her friend.
Why write about conversations? I think quite often they are the things that change us. They can change the path of a relationship or our understanding of how the world works. They can help us see each other in a clearer light, or maybe they can do the opposite—leave us baffled. (That's memorable, too.) They are the way we connect with each other, but we can't ever rewind and listen to the words. We just know how they influence us.
This is the kind of layout that starts with a story instead of a picture or a supply. Maybe you don't even have a picture that connects, exactly, to the conversation. That's OK of course—find one that is sort-of close, or related somehow. Or just make a layout with the story and no photo at all! When you write about a conversation, you have to include some of the surrounding details—where it happened, who was involved, how the talk got started. That is how you tell a story about a conversation. All that's left to write is your words about the impact it had.
I made two layouts with journaling about conversations I'll always remember. The first one happened last year on Easter, when my family all gathered at my mom's. The little kids were playing (and eating the candy they'd hunted for!) while the adults and teenagers gathered around the desserts. We started talking—and a long time later (and plenty of cake!), we stopped. It was the first time my Bigs were listening to the grown-ups talk, and there were some surprises for them, and a few disclosed secrets. I think it was a conversation they'll remember, and I know I will, so it felt important to write it down:
The second is more about talking in general, with my teenage daughter who at the time of the picture was right in the middle of the "I talk to my mom the least amount possible" phase of adolescence. (I hope I'm not the only one who's experienced this!)
But while we were running on the beach together during a vacation, we talked. Not about anything big. But enough to reconnect. Enough for me to (hopefully) communicate my affection for her, and enough that I remembered it won't always be this hard.
When I finished this layout I wondered: is this about her? or about me? I guess it doesn't really matter though. Conversations are like that—about everyone involved.
Have you ever journaled about important conversations? Let me know!
Welcome not only to March, but also to March mini madness! We are so very excited to usher in our fourth annual Mini Madness month. This whole month we are focused on the mini in all its start-to-finish glory!
To get the party started, we are thrilled to bring you 21 new minis in our new gallery, MiniMadness IV. Please click here to get to the gallery where you can see everything. Or watch for links below the images to get you to the albums!
A Note from Jina For this month gallery I made an easy peasy mini album using some journaling cards and only 1 ring. I mainly used 4x6 and 3x5 cards for this mini and just added some stickers, brads and stitches to finish the album. Especially new lines from Chickaniddy are perfect for baby girl's photos. So cute! and bright. :) I really enjoyed making this simple and easy mini album.
You may see the remainder of Jina's mini beginning here.
2014 Quiz Book | Jennifer Larson
3 x 5 | materials envelopes (Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) + stickers (Jillibean Soup) + die cuts (Jillibean Soup) + pens (Copic, American Crafts) + metal rings
A Note from Jenny Maybe because this winter was so cold and I spent so much time indoors, too much of it on the computer, but I got sucked into lots of quizzes on Zimbio and Buzzfeed. I took screen shots of my results, sized them to fit these envelopes, and made them into this mini album. You can see the quizzes I took as the title for each page.
March Fun Fact In case you want to know the results of my quizzes, they are, in order, Portland, Oregon, Hermione, the 90s, turtle on a skateboard, Jasmine, King’s Landing, a Hobbit, Brave, Katniss, Crazy Harry, Carson, Scar, Tyrion, and Princess Leia.
You can see the remainder of Jenny's mini beginning here.
A Note from Monika It is a second winter, when there is a lack of snow, and kids are a little bit frustrated. To document this, I used photos taken last year, in the first days of January 2013. I took them with my iPhone and Hipstamatic App, and I used for the album papers in muted colors . Added some stamped phrases, funny chipboards and Dymo stickers. I really like the mood of this album!
March Fun Fact We've got a spring-like weather already, but I'm so afraid of snow in April, just like last year. It was so annoying, hope it won't happen this year.
You can see the remainder of Monika's mini beginning here.
Best Friends | Carey Bridges
4 x 6 | materials digital kit (Mye de Leon's Blush) + epoxy dots (Gennifer Bursett's Elemental: Glitter Epoxy Dots) + digital templates (Deena Rutter's Layered Life Templates volumes 1 and 2) + fonts (1942 Report)
A Note from Carey I created this mini album for my son to take with us on trips. He really misses our dog Copper when we're gone and she can't come along! Looking at pictures of her makes him happy.
March Fun Fact I already have the Disney movie Frozen pre-ordered so I'll get it the day it is released in mid-March. I just love Disney musicals and will sing right along!
You can see the remainder of Carey's mini beginning here.
A Note from Cristina Mini albums is what got me into paper from being just a digi scrapper. I don’t do many mini albums nowadays, since most of the events get documented in my Project Life album, but this fun Amy Tangerine daybook was the perfect avenue for these photos from a vacation we took in the summer of 2012. The photos are all taken with our phones.
March Fun Fact All our friends are obsessed with Downton Abbey, so we’re organizing a Downton Abbey-themed dinner for the beginning of March. That should be fun!
You may see the remainder of Cristina's mini beginning here.
A Note from Lisa I made a little different kind of minibook this time. I am recording our everyday life with Project Life and wanted to be able to incorporate the mini in PL. I used 2 page protectors from Simple Stories with 4 pockets sized 3,4”. I started out doing the journaling. I typed out a list of 35 things about me right now (I turned 35 on the 22nd!) on my typewriter. Then I just trimmed the pattern papers and lists to the right size and slipped everything in the pockets. As you can see I have minimal embellishments and just 2 photos. I love how it turned out and it looks great in my album!
March Fun Fact #7 I love breakfast. Especially breakfast in bed!
You may see the remainder of LisaO's mini beginning here.
Summer 2013 | Aliza Deutsch
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics, Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Lily Bee Design, Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper ) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy, Studio Calico, Lily Bee Design) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Evalicious) + stickers (Evalicious, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, Theresa Collins)
A Note from Aliza Pardon my less than charming sub-title. I just felt the need to tell it like it is. But making the album really helped me look back with fond memories of this summer. I don’t usually use my handwriting in any of my scrapbook pages or albums, but I was traveling, and so it had to be done.
March Fun Fact My husband does almost all of the cooking and baking in my home.
You may see the remainder of Aliza's mini beginning here.
2013 | Jennie McGarvey
4 x 4 | materials letterpress paper (We R Memory Keepers) + patterned cards (We R Memory Keepers) + enamel dots (We R Memory Keepers) + letterpress ink (We Are Memory Keepers) + letterpress plates (We R Memory Keepers, Studio Calico) + labels (Studio Calico) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Jennie This album was meant to be SUPER simple. I wanted to letterpress details to keep it feeling very elegant and interesting, yet not fussy. There are a few embellishment, but the focus is really on my favorite photos of 2013.
March Fun Fact My 12 year old son is now 3 inches taller than me!
You may see the remainder of Jennie's mini beginning here.
Oh Happy Day | Stephanie Bryan
varied sizes: cover is 5 x 6, and the largest page is 5 x 7.5 | materialsall supplies are from the March kit at Gossamer Blue cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Gossamer Blue, My Mind’s Eye, Webster’s Pages, Chickaniddy, Teresa Collins) + buttons (My Mind’s Eye) + brads (Chickaniddy) + labels (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye) + stickers (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye, Websters Pages, Teresa Collins) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Stephanie When I started this mini album, I wanted to have a “messier” book full of various page sizes and photo sizes throughout. I started by using my Silhouette Cameo to cut my title onto the wood veneer paper from the Gossamer Blue March kits. From there, I trimmed down various pieces of patterned papers to fit into my book. Then I started layering and adding my photos onto each piece. Once all of the photos were into place, I grabbed out my embellishments and decorated each page (my favorite part!).
March Fun Fact My daughter turns 5 this month on we have been counting down the days since January. I can’t believe my sweet baby girl will be 5 this month. Time goes by too fast!
You may see the remainder of Stephanie's mini here.
Happy Anniversary | Christine Newman
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + Love You mini art journal kit (Evalicious) + ledger tags (Jenni Bowlin) + punch (Marvy Uchida) + printer (Canon) + pen (Sakura Micron) + font (Courier New)
A Note from Christine I made this mini album in secret to give to my husband Todd as an anniversary gift. I worked on it sporadically over a month, whenever he wasn't home!
March Fun Fact March is my birthday month! I usually invite my most favorite friends for a birthday dinner to celebrate the occasion.
You may see the remainder of Christine's mini beginning here.
The Guys | Kate Christensen
5 x 6 | materials/digital supplies digital kit (Trailblazer by One Little Bird) + cardstock (Chipper by Robyn Meierotto) + alpha (Sunshine Sticker Alpha by Sahlin Studio) + arrows (Wood Veneer: Arrows by Sahlin Studio) + staples (The Good Stuff Collaboration by Valorie Wibbens & Karla Dudley) + stitching (Amy Martin) + fonts (Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Kate I wanted all the pages from this father-son fishing trip to be cohesive - same paper, same elements, same font, etc. Perfect opportunity for a mini album!
March Fun Fact We doubled the size of our garden last fall and I can't wait to get outside. We're so close to planting time!
You may see the remainder of Kate's mini beginning here.
I Heart Fridays | Laura O'Donnell
3.5 x 2 | materials digital kit (Paislee Press Is It Friday Yet?) + fonts (Remington)
A Note from Laura This is a digital mini book sized for viewing on my phone. The size of the full screen iPhone5 is 640 x 1136 pixels. I used this as my canvas size to make these layouts, then emailed them to myself and added a new album on my phone's Camera Roll to put them into. Since my phone is always with me I think this will be the most looked at mini book I've ever made!
March Fun Fact My Fun Fact for February was that it was my wedding anniversary. Well, guess what? My husband and I both totally missed it! First time in 17 years this has happened. Oh well.
A Note from Valerie I went pretty small this time with my mini. It's made almost entirely of journal cards from My Mind's Eye new Record It Just Splendid collection. It's the perfect little book to celebrate my son as a big brother.
March Fun Fact I started reading for fun again this year. Number of books read so far this year = nine.
You may see the remainder of Valerie's mini beginning here.
A Note from Francine After several years of Mini Madness here at write. click. scrapbook. I now know that I prefer to make my minis from scratch, rather than using a premade blank mini album. That way I can make it the size and shape that works with my photos. For this mini I used kraft cardstock for the foundation. I then dug into my stash for papers and embellishments to suit my summer theme. Some of them are quite old! I am so happy to finally document summer of 2012 with these Instax photos.
March Fun Fact My reading goal for 2014 is 60 books. Last year I read 52!
You may see the remainder of Francine's mini beginning here.
A Note from Sam I created this mini album a while ago but haven't had a chance to post it up yet. When I know this month theme is going to be Mini Madness, I know I gotta save this mini albums for the gallery. This is by far my favourite album, inspired by the awesome mixed media scrapbooeker Celine Navarro, to use a lot of gesso and mixed media techniques here. Wanted to keep this album simple and airy, hrmm….. This album turned out to be quite bulky and also heavy due to the flowers, the paints and mixed mediums. For those who want to give mixed media technique a try, this is gonna be a fun one!
March Fun Fact March is gonna be a busy month again for me! Okay, it seems I have been saying that every month ;) But March is my baby boy's 1st birthday (no longer a baby) and also my first going for a week's baby-less trip. Let's see how I cope without a baby and also rushing for assignment due dates!
You may see the remainder of Sam's mini beginning here.
Our Trip to New Mexico | Sue Althouse
8 x 9 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (DCWV) + printables (Ali Edwards) + tab punch (MCGill)
A Note from Sue I made a simple mini-album using this 2-up photo album scrapbook to document our trip to New Mexico. The photos and bits of memorabilia tell the story. I also scrapped some of the photos on 12x12 layouts with more extensive journaling.
March Fun Fact We are only 6 weeks away from welcoming our granddaughter into the world and getting very excited to meet her!
6 x 8 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey, Kesi' Art, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Studio Calico) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + die cuts (Pink Paislee, Studio Calico) + labels (October Afternoon) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (October Afternoon) + stamp (Pebbles, Inc.) + ink (Studio Calico) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane It took me a few months to figure out what I wanted to do with some of the photos I took of our trip to France last June. When I discovered the Waterlogue app inspiration finally took hold and I used it to turn highlight photos of our trip into watercolors. I printed the watercolors on muslin by adhering the fabric to cardstock with a repositionable adhesive and ran it through my printer at home.
March Fun Fact Last month I watched my son compete at the Texas state wrestling tournament! I was one proud mama when I watched him stand on that podium and receive his medal for placing 6th in state!
You may see the remainder of Diane's mini beginning here.
24 Things I Learned from my Mom | Amy Sorensen
5 x 7 | materials album (Pioneer) patterned paper (Pebbles) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + label stamp (My Mind's Eye) + grey pen (Zebra Sarasa Clip) + Sinffonia Swash font
A Note from Amy Last year on Mother's Day, I wrote a Facebook post with ten things I learned from my mom. I tagged her, of course, and she does use Facebook...but not very well or very often. It made me a little bit sad that she never saw that post (nor the nice comments left by friends who know her). So I decided to make a little album to give her this Mother's Day.
Since I wanted to include more than just ten photos, I expanded my list to 24 things I learned from my mom. The items are fairly random, and so are the photos. I did a search in my photos directory for pictures with my mom's name in the tag, and then I picked my favorites. I tried to get a wide variety of pictures. Some have me, my kids, my nieces and nephews, my sisters, and just my parents, but they all have my mom in them. The oldest is from 2003 and the newest from December of 2013.
Not all of the pictures were taken as landscape pictures, and I wanted them all to run the same way, so I cropped the vertical ones smaller, so they'd fit in the 5x7 pockets in the album. Then I just used the remaining white space as the place for the text.
To unify all those colors in 24 different pictures, I kept the text very simple and I left a lot of white space. I used two pieces of patterned paper from Pebbles' Garden Party line and cut them into scalloped borders with my Silhouette. I used both sides of each pattern, so I had four repeating patterns that I edged each text space with.
I confess: this is the FOURTH mini I've made in these 5x7 Pioneer album. 5x7 is the perfect size for a mini I think! I'm really excited to give it to my mom on Mother's Day. Plus...I'm feeling proud of myself for being finished with a project so early. Usually I am finishing it up the day I give it!
March Fun Fact My favorite color of running clothes is pink.
You may see the remainder of Amy's mini beginning here.
And that is just the beginning! We have 16 more minis coming your way and 4 amazing giveaways. It's going to be a fabulous month!! Promise you'll stop by each and every day?
Hello everyone! Welcome to the final day in our card sketch theme week. Today I'll be sharing some thank you cards. Like birthday cards, you can never have too many of these on hand. I like to keep them in my desk at work so I always have one on hand to give to someone going the extra mile.
This first card is from Amy. I like how she added the embellishment cluster and gratitude quote on top of a die cut background.
Laura shared this beautiful butterfly thank you card. I like how the greeting is extending in from the right side of the card, surrounded by the butterflies.
Valerie added some fun with mixed media to her card and placed the greeting in a tab along the top...so clever.
On my thank you card I kept one large embellishment along the bottom and added the smaller embellishment cluster and greeting towards the top.
On my last card, I used one large focal embellishment and moved my greeting to the side and added a smaller subtitle to the bottom.
Thank you so much for joining me for card week. I hope you can use the sketch and these ideas to create a card stash for any occasion.
Hi everyone, Diane here! I thought it would be fun to host a week full of cards with multiple themes all created with a single sketch. I enlisted the help of the other creative members to make some cards using the sketch I provided. I hope you'll join in to make a card or two yourself. In my opinion, you can never have too many in your stash...nothing worse than needing a last minute card and no time to make one.
Here is the sketch I provided for the inspiration for all cards that you will see this week. The theme today is Thinking of You / Get Well.
Amy Sorensen used the sketch to create this gorgeous card in soft muted colors to let someone know she is thinking of them with this great quote of words of encouragement.
I like how the key was used as the horizontal strip across the bottom of the card and the large quote in place of the butterfly.
Amy mixed some bold prints and used buttons and stars in place of butterflies.
I thought I would throw in a handful of "hello" cards too. They fit in with the general "thinking of you" theme.
This first one is from Laura, and features butterflies in a variety of sizes.
I made the remaining hello cards. On this one, I followed the sketch closely, changing out the butterflies for some sentiments and telephone image.
On this next card, I flipped the sketch and placed the horizontal strip across the top.
Here is another one, where I flipped the orientation and rotated the design elements from horizontal to vertical.
On this last one, I followed the sketch closely using a butterfly and flowers for my embellishments.
I think it is easy to see how versatile a sketch can be. It can be used as is or rotated. Sometimes a sketch will inspire design elemements while straying from the layout of the design. The important thing is to let it inspire you in some way that is uniquely you!
Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you will come back tomorrow to see how the sketch inspires another theme.