Five years. It's been five lovely years. 60 monthly gallerys. Thousands of comments. Hundreds of layouts. And 1825 posts. And through it all you have been here with us. For that we thank you. And adore you!
As we do each new year, this month's gallery is a look back at the year we have left behind. Please join us in welcoming our new gallery, Inspired by Year 5.
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy) + brads (October Afternoon) + letters (Jillibean Soup) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye) + stamp (Cocoa Daisy) + fonts (Burst My Bubble)
A Note from Aliza
This layout was inspired by two parts of Marnie’s recent color week. First, there was one layout with two simple strips of patterned paper, and loads of glorious white space. I kept that in mind when making this super simple layout. Also in that week, Marnie wrote about the color combination of blue and green: “Denim blue and green. Stormy sky and trees. Nature made it perfect. I just borrowed it.” I liked the words so much that I borrowed it too.
June Fun Fact
Summer. Yay. That’s all I can say.
12 x 12 | materials patterned papers (Glitz) + elements (Glitz) + fonts (2Peas Graham Cracker)
A Note from Marnie
This layout came from Jina Jean from our September gallery. I love everything Jina does: her colors are amazing, she is a layering master, and she is really good with the little add on details. I am so glad she is part of our team!
June Fun Fact
All of our activities/sports are year round, so summer really just means no school. But I'll take it!
A Note from Francine
I was inspired by two layouts from the September 2013 gallery, Hug by Jina Jean and Sweetness by Monika Glod. I loved the stitching details and diecuts from Jina's layout, and the blown out black & white photo from Monika's. I used my sewing machine to make stitched "waves" on my background, and spray inks to make a beachy background.
June Fun Fact
One day at the beach is never enough for me. Our next vacation at the beach has to be at least a week long!
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Echo Park, Jenni Bowlin) + buttons (Queen & Co.) + butterfly punch (Martha Stewart) + title (Silhouette) + floss (We R Memory Keepers) + 12x12 die cut (Jillibean Soup) + foil gold butterfly (Jenni Bowlin) + mini pearls (Doodlebug) + typewriter (Remington)
A Note from Sue
This layout takes inspiration from Amy Coose's Number of Photos Week from this past April. My layout uses four photos that are different sizes: a 4x6 focal point photo and three supporting photos that are 3x3, 3.25x3.25 and 3x3. It's a different way for me to think about working with an even number of pictures.
June Fun Fact
I love stuffed animals and especially puppets. They make me feel like a kid again!
8.5 x 11 | materials tags (Cocoa Daisy, Fancy Pants Designs) + flair (Panda Eight) + stamp (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (My Minds Eye) + heart (Simple Stories) + wood veneer (Studio Calico)
A Note from Lisa
This layout is made with the March sketch. I have loved working with sketches this year and I have made several layouts with our sketches. I was drawn to this one because it is out of my comfort zone. I usually have white space around the photos + papers etc. But the sketch had interesting elements.
June Fun Fact
To make more sense of the journaling you should know my fiancé has MS!
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, Crate Paper, Echo Park, Pebbles) + alpha stickers (BasicGrey) + date stamp (Cocoa Daisy) + fonts (Bario Regular, Arsenale White)
A Note from Amy
One of my favorite things this year at wcs was Marnie's Scrapolympics week.
It was my favorite for a couple of reasons:
1. The cleverness of the events just made me happy!
2. I love seeing how scrapbookers take inspiration from each other.
3. My assignment was so helpful! I did the Pairs Skating event, and I studied Jenny Larsen's skill with using one big photo on layouts. It's an approach I had long admired but not ever really done successfully. Pushing myself to examine how Jenny implements color, pattern, and a big photo helped me gain strength with that approach. Big photos are my current big obsession!
June Fun Fact
I'm running my fourth Ragnar Relay race this month. I'm hoping not to fall during the night run like I did last year!
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Heidi Swapp, My Mind's Eye) + labels (Chic Tags) + stickers (My Mind's Eye) + pen (American Crafts) + cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo)
A Note from Amy
This layout is about meeting Richard Rawlings at a Dallas Mavericks basketball game. It was seriously a dream come true for my hubby, who is a huge fan of his show, "Fast and Loud."
June Fun Fact
I am looking forward to a fun summer with my big kids around more and lots of time at the pool. Remind me that I said that when I'm tired of being a maid and chauffeur by the second week they're home.
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + stickers (Studio Calico, October Afternoon) + brads (American Crafts) + thickers (Studio Calico) + flair (October Afternoon) + die cut (October Afternoon) + rubons (Studio Calico) + wood veneer (Lily Bee) + chipboard letters (BasicGrey) + paint (Jenni Bowlin) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + pen (Sharpie) + punch (EK Success) + epoxy stickers (Studio Calico)
A Note from Jenny
I was inspired by Cristina C. Scrap’s May layout using a pie chart. I drew a circle and gave it to each family member and asked them to draw a pie chart for what was important to them. I then added it to the page, paired with a photo of each of us. Some notable moments: my older boy didn't have family at first, but later removed “biking” to replace it with “family”; my husband noted that neither of us put work on our wheel (I truly love my job!); and my younger boy noted that we hadn't put God on our charts, but God was the crust.
June Fun Fact
I am a gardening fiend and cannot wait for summer!
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Lawn Fawn) + stickers (American Crafts, Heidi Swapp) + diecuts (Elle's Studio, American Crafts) + label (Chic tags)
A Note from Jina
This layout was inspired by Stephanie Bryan's "Moments" layout in the January 2014 gallery. I tried to make pastel ruffles using tissue paper and watercolors for this layout.
June Fun Fact
Oh! My birthday is just coming up.
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Light Bulb Moment by JustJaimee and Stolen Moments) + font (Remington Noiseless)
A Note from Laura
I was inspired by Francine's week of blogging about Instagram to scrap a recent photo from my daughter's Instagram feed along with the text she added to her photo for the journaling.
June Fun Fact
I’m changing up my Project Life to the 6" x 8" Handbook size for the summer. I already started with Memorial Day Weekend, and I love the smaller size!
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle) + journal cards (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle Journal Cards) + digital elements (Pixels & Company's Bermuda Triangle Collab, Gennifer Bursett's Miss Molly Elements) + washi tape (Scotty Girl Design's This Year 2014 Summer Washi Tape) + word strips (Scotty Girl Design's In the Kitchen Word Art) + font (1942 Report)
A Note from Carey
This layout was inspired by Christine Newman's Jumpstart Week during May 2014 and Christine's photo-inspired layout Sunset Stroll. I utilized the same polaroid format for my photos, and like Christine, I also pulled colors from my photos to select papers and embellishments. The grid format also was very appealing to me, so I followed her design and embellishment placement closely as well.
June Fun Fact
I can't eat breakfast sausage or sausage biscuits without dipping them in pancake syrup. The sweetness is so yummy!
12 x 12 | materials paper, flair, sequins, stamps, mist (Studio Calico) + ink (Versamark) + embossing powder (American Crafts) + modeling paste + sewing machine + cut file (Christine Newman - listgirl)
A Note from Cristina
I love the cut file designed by Christine Newman last July. I used it as a stencil with modeling paste. I love the texture it adds to my page!
June Fun Fact
I’m looking forward to a trip home to see our families at the end of the month!
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Digital Design Essentials) + patterned paper (Digital Design Essentials) + buttons (Digital Design Essentials) + brads (Digital Design Essentials) + labels (Digital Design Essentials) + stickers (Digital Design Essentials) + wood veneer (Digital Design Essentials) + washi tape (Amy Kingsford, Digital Design Essentials) + fonts (Century Gothic)
A Note from Amy
I made this layout using the write. click. scrapbook. sketch from November 2013. This sketch was based off of a beautiful page made by the lovely Diane Payne and tackles two design features that are a little out of my comfort zone--a grid design and the use of circles. I'm not sure why, but for the longest time I've struggled with using grids and circles in my own pages, but I love the clean, yet energetic look they bring to this page. The grid design allowed me to use plenty of bold colors and patterns on my page, while the use of multiple circles help to soften the edges a bit.
June Fun Fact
June is a busy month here in our house, filled with adventures in remodeling, potty training, swimming lessons and travels. This doesn't leave a whole lot of time for scrapbooking but it will provide plenty of fodder for future pages I'm sure!
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Shine On by Lauren Grier & Erica Zane)
A Note from Celeste
I was so inspired by Sue Althouse’s week on go to designs. Nothing like having a few in your back pocket to get you out of a rut! I used the rectangle on a square idea for this layout. It’s just fabulous having a few different places to start!
June Fun Fact
I have six thirteen year old boys coming to my house for a sleepover the first weekend of June. I’m hoping that their love of gaming keeps the ruckus to a bare minimum. A girl can dream can’t she?
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kits (Adiamo by Scotty Girl Design; Boardwalk: Wood Grain by Laura Passage of Wishing Well Designs; Every Little Bit: Neutral Paper Pack by Deena Rutter) + frame (Summerific Frames by Creashens) + alpha (Endless Summer by Sugarplum Paperie) + mist (Mess it Up V.3 by Dawn by Design) + fonts (Pea Lex Valentine, CK Mama O, Century Gothic)
A Note from Kate
I was inspired by Jina's layout from the January 2014 gallery. I loved the huge ampersand and the pretty sequins all scattered about the page.
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + decorative tape (My Mind's Eye) + chipboard frames (Crate Paper) + chipboard numbers (Sassafras) + enamel shapes (My Mind's Eye) + phrase stamps (American Crafts, Crate Paper, Studio Calico)
A Note from Valerie
This layout was inspired by one of Christine Newman's from her Jumpstart week. I liked the variety of papers she used, but instead of patterned paper, I decided to use decorative tape.
June Fun Fact
What a great feeling to be done with preschool drop-off and pick-up every day!
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (One Little Bird, Troublemaker) + twine (Splendid Finns) + journaling blocks (Creativity by Crystal) + fonts (Bondoluo, Century Gothic)
A Note from Marnie
This layout is based upon two. The idea of a rectangle inside a square came from Sue Althouse's design week where I learned that 8.5x11 layouts fit perfectly inside 12x12 layouts. For the rectangular layout I looked to Lisa's layout from our June 2013 gallery.
June Fun Fact
School finished yesterday! Woohoo!
Thank you for a stopping by to see our lovely gallery. Please leave us a comment telling us your favorite thing about the last 5 years! We would love to hear it!
Posted at 05:00 AM in 12x12, 8.5x11, Aliza Deutsch, Amy Coose, Amy Kingsford, Amy Sorensen, Carey Bridges, Celeste Smith, Cristina C. Scrap, Francine Clouden, Jennifer Larson, Jina Jean, Kate Christensen, Launch Day, Laura O'Donnell, Lisa Borbély, Marnie Flores, multiple photos layouts, single photo layouts, Sue Althouse, Valerie O'Neall | Permalink | Comments (4)
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As we go take one last look at our annual Everydaily gallery, let's take a moment and cherish all those things that make our ordinary lives extraordinary. What are the little things that make our lives special. What happens in your life that is unique to you. What would you list in a manual if you had to leave instructions for someone to take over your life for a week.
As we gallery walk this month, we are going to focus on those things that our team chose to write about. We hope you will take notes on the design and the photography, too, but our few minutes together are going to look at the stories that were captured. (Don't forget if you want to read the journaling, you may click over to the album.)
Let's get started.
Have you a pet? regular or unusual? How do they greet you? How do you feel about them?
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + letters (Jillibean soup) + transperency (We R Memory Keepers) + word stickers (My Mind's Eye) + stamp (October Afternoon) + ink (Versacolor) + digital stamp (Rhonna Designs)
What is something that you could not live without in the morning? or at night? or at lunch?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Studio Calico) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, BasicGrey) + journal cards (Studio Calico, Evalicious) + alphabets (American Crafts) + die cuts (Pink Paislee) + washi (Studio Calico) + sequins (Studio Calico) + tabs (Evalicious) + paper clip (Evalicious) + stickers (Basic Grey, Evalicious, Crate Paper) + stamps (Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico) + ink (Studio Calico) + enamel dots (Studio Calico) + flairs (Evalicious) + punches (EK Success, Fiskars, Martha Stewart, Marvy Uchida) + stapler (Tim Holtz, Swingline) + adhesives (Scotch, Glue Dots) + scissors (EK Success) + pen (Sakura)
Is there a time of day that you carve out for just you? What do you spend that time doing? or what would you if you had that time?
12 x 12 | materials Scrap Your Stash Sketch 5, Good Eats word art, Happy Place word art (Digital Design Essentials) + Photo Booth kit (Paislee Press) + fonts (American Typewriter, Castro Script, Silverfake)
How do you divide your time? your energies? your photography subjects? Which meals show up most often? Which places to you visit most?
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper, embellishments (American Crafts) + pens (Sarasa) + KB Simple Brush and Core Sans fonts
Have you ever kept a log of your adventures for a whole day? hour by hour? or event by event? Or try a whole weekend!
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Webster's Pages, Studio Calico) + flair (A Flair For Buttons) + stickers (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Studio Calico, BasicGrey, Crate Paper) + chipboard (BasicGrey) + stamps (Pebbles, Studio Calico) + ink (Studio Calico)
What is your job these days? How did you get there? Do you like it there? What do you love about your job? What do you wish you could change aobut your job? What do you miss about an old job?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + epoxy sticker (My Mind’s Eye) + chipboard (American Crafts, October Afternoon, Studio Calico) + die cuts (October Afternoon) + stickers (Studio Calico, Sassafras) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + pen (Copic)
Are you a fitness nut? Or a couch potato? Or someone who laces up their shoes every day despite not loving it? But you do it? Or have you a sports injury? or did you have one long ago that rerouted your dreams?
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Lauren Reid: Hush Little Baby) + fonts (Bohemian Typewriter)
Have you recorded the sleeping habits of your pets, your family members or yourself? Any early risers? or would you all hit the sleep button endlessly if you could? Does someone crawl into your bed night after night? Or go to sleep with a book and a flashlight in hand?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Crate Paper, BasicGrey, Webster’s Pages, Chic Tags) + enamel dots (My Mind’s Eye) + brads (My Mind’s eye) + thickers (American Crafts) + flair (Two Peas in a Bucket, Evalicious) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (My Mind’s Eye, Jillibean Soup) + tape (Octpber Afternoon) + other (Jillibean Soup) + fonts (Linenstroke)
Do you save the notes you find lying around? Those written to you or by you? Love notes, shopping lists? todo lists? doodles? Do you keep the notes or take their picture? Have you thought about what those notes mean to you or represent about your relationships?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + buttons (October Afternoon) + washi tape (Queen & Co, Bella Blvd., My Mind's Eye, Freckled Fawn) + alphabets (American Crafts, October Afternoon) + number stickers (Jillibean Soup) + mini pearls (Doodlebug, Freckled Fawn) + chipboard banner (My Mind's Eye) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + floss (We R Memory Keepers) + tools (Silhouette Cameo, Remington Typewriter)
Some call them hobbies. Others outlets. Or maybe passions. No matter the name, have you taken pictures of you hard at work doing something you love? home renos? crafts? athletics? reading? anything that is important enough to occupy your time is important enough to make its way into your scrapbook!
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Bella Blvd, Studio Calico, Fancy Pants Designs) + buttons (October Afternoon) + stickers (Studio Calico) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + font (Times New Roman)
Define your child's interests in three phrases. Or their strengths. Or their quirks. What makes them unique. What do you think they will be when they grow up and why? What could they not live without? Is there a family connection or it is a wild gene?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (American Crafts, Crate Paper, Studio Calico) + stickers (Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, ) + letter stickers (October Afternoon) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + rub-ons (Chatterbox, American Crafts) + spray ink (Kesi'art)
Is there something that your children do with your spouse that makes your heart melt? Is there something you enjoy doing with your spouse? Or something that you remember doing with your mom or your dad?
12 x 12 | materials digital kits (Bright Side of Life Collaboration and Add-on by Anita Designs and Ninigoesdigi) + template (Life Story March Template Album by Karla Dudley) + font (Arial)
Who is the sunshine in your household? Who isn't? What is the impact on your cheerful person in your family? What is your belief on attitude? born with it? choose it? make it?
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Pink Paislee) + stickers (Pink Paislee, Simple Stories) + diecuts (Pink Paislee) + foam alpha (American Crafts) + flair button (Gossamer Blue) + plastic embellishment (Crate Paper)
How do you meal plan? Or don't you? Are you a creature of habit? Or a sty a new thing everyday sort? What would you eat if you had all hte time and money in the world? What would you never eat, no matter what happened?
12 x 12 | materials A Life Recorded (Karla Dudley & Audrey Neal)
What do you remember about your children from when they were young? Could you make a list of 12 things that they did over this past year that were impactful upon them? Or perhaps just 5 from this last week?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts, Bazzill) + patterned paper (Teresa Collins) + vellum (Webster's Pages) + stamps (Scraptastic Kit Club) + ink (Studio Calico) + die cuts (Teresa Collins) + scrapbook kit (Scraptastic Kit Club) + pen (Sharpie) + paper clip (from my stash)
How many miles did you drive last week? or just today? Is there a path that you follow every single day? Do you carpool? Do your kids take the bus? Do you drive them? What about the after school events? How many hours do you spend chauffeuring?
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy, BasicGrey, Studio Calico, Pink Paislee, Amy Tangerine) + brads (My Mind’s Eye) + letters (Jillibean Soup) + labels (October Afternoon) + stickers (Doodlebug, Evalicious, My Mind’s Eye, October Afternoon) + tape (October Afternoon) + other (Jillibean Soup, Cocoa Daisy, American Crafts) + fonts (Linenstroke)
Do you love vacation? or coming home best? What is something that you miss when it's gone? How does the house seem after the tree comes down after the holidays? How quiet is it when the kids go back to school?
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Authentic, BasicGrey) + alphabet stickers (Fancy Pants, Imaginisce) + alphabet stamps, ink (Close to my Heart) + font (Wire Type Mono)
What things do you or your kids do every day? Think of 5 things that happen each day. What 5 things matter most to them? What could they not live without? Do they complain? Do they worry? Do they do something really well?
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Paislee Press) + journaling strips (Crystal Wilkerson) + font (Eller, Intro Condensed)
Do you have a shadow? A helper? A right hand man? (or girl?) What role do your children play in your lives? Is there a nurturer? a referee? a leader? a comic? What traits are you passing down without intention? What habits are your creating in your families?
Before we go, please join us in saying goodbye to Christine Newman and Jennie McGarvey. They began together and we felt so blessed to have them with us. We will miss them as they move forward with other adventures. Thank you, both, for all that you have brought to our team and for sharing your amazing talents with us! We will miss you both!
Posted at 05:00 AM in 12x12, 8.5x11, Aliza Deutsch, Amy Coose, Amy Kingsford, Amy Sorensen, Carey Bridges, Celeste Smith, Cristina C. Scrap, Diane Payne, Digital, Francine Clouden, Jennifer Hignite, Jennifer Larson, Jina Jean, Kate Christensen, Laura O'Donnell, Lisa Borbély, Marnie Flores, multiple photos layouts, pets, single photo layouts, Sue Althouse, Valerie O'Neall | Permalink | Comments (1)
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Hello, and welcome to the final day of Scraplifting week. It’s Amy again, and I’ve so enjoyed hosting!
When I started this week, I wanted to explore how scraplifting could help me scrapbook faster and develop my design skills. So I’m wrapping it up with two layouts that illustrate those two concepts.
Here’s the first one:
I loved her concept of using photos as a list, partly because I write a lot of list-style journaling. And I loved the overlapping photos. Knowing my penchant for lots of words, plus the fact that I didn’t have 14 photos to illustrate the things my son loves right now, I decided to follow her lead, and overlap squares, except they’re filled with words instead of images.
I stayed close to Celeste’s design, but the overlapping text boxes nudged me into new ideas. I also liked the combination of sans serif and script in the title and, now that I study this a little more closely, I realize I must’ve loved the visual triangle she created with turquoise, because I did something fairly similar—without even consciously thinking about it! In fact, I think I learned something about the structure of a design from every layout I scraplifted this week.
To make the text boxes overlap, you have to change a couple of settings. (This is how I did it in Word 2013, so if you have something different you might have to play around a bit.) Change the Fill option to Solid, the Fill color to white, and the Transparency to 0. Then, chose Bring to Front for some boxes and Send to Back for others. Nudge your text using spaces and tabs to leave room for the numbers. Arrange as desired.
This layout was perhaps the fastest layout I’ve ever made:
It was inspired by Marnie’s layout from this month’s gallery:
What initially drew me to it was the title on the photo mat. But as I went about scraplifting, I realized just how much I liked that chevron-esque block of pattern. I thought it would take a while, but it really came together quickly. It doesn’t hurt that every piece I used was a scrap from some recent layout or another, hooray for scrap baskets! But really what made it quick is the simpleness of the design.
This layout took me less than an hour to finish. Let me repeat: less than an hour.
For quite possibly the world’s slowest scrapbooker, that is a record indeed.
To make the diagonal blocks of pattern, I used a plain piece of printer paper as my base, and then I cut a bunch of strips, each at least 6” long but different widths. Then I just glued them down at an angle down the length of the base, making sure that the corners matched up. Then I trimmed the base into a column. I repeated that for the other block, just with the starting angle running the other way. I love the quilty feel this adds to the layout and plan on doing it again.
Lisa made this layout
based on a scraplift of this one by Laura O’Donnell:
from this post about using four photos on a layout.
I simply loved Laura´s design! It is so pleasing on the eyes with the grid the photos create and the stacked papers under them. I especially love that she used that bottom white paper for her journaling. As you can see my page is almost a total scraplift which in my book is a high form of praise!
And, to finish everything off, there’s this layout from Laura:
Inspired by this one by Sue
also in this month’s gallery.
Laura's thoughts on her process:
Sue's layout Knitting 2013 featuring the beautiful knitting projects she made last year really made me smile. I am a new knitter and was inspired by Sue's topic to make a layout about how I learned to knit. I only used 1 photo on my page because even though I've learned to knit and purl I'm still figuring out how to decipher the instructions and abbreviations used in knitting patterns so I don't have too many completed knitting projects yet. I did scraplift the washi tape under Sue's photos and instead of Sue's hand stitching around her layout I used a stitched frame on my photo.
So tell me: which layouts this week inspired you in some way? Maybe a scraplift, or maybe something smaller?
Welcome back! It’s Amy here with you again, for another day of scraplifting tips and tricks.
As I worked on the material for this week, I very purposefully tried to make layouts that reflected the original designs but that also “felt” like layouts I would make. To make it mine, in other words. If you look back on the layouts I’ve shared so far, you can see how the bones of each one are pretty similar to those of the inspiration piece, but my scraplifts still wouldn’t look out of place with the rest of my layouts.
Making a scraplift yours involves a few pieces of knowledge:
1. Understanding your own scrapbooking style is key. There are plenty of times when I see a beautiful layout and think I wish I could scrap just like that. In a sense, that’s the impulse that drives a scraplift in the first place—wanting to make something that looks just like that. But when you bring your own style to something you love, you make something different that is uniquely you. To do this, though, you have to understand something about your own scrapbooking style. I know that my style is centered in the story. I like to include a lot of journaling in unique ways, and I like to use text-based embellishments. I’m most comfortable with small patterns and I like simple lines. So when I do a scraplift, the first thing I think about is how I will fit my story into the design parameters. Will I need to add some journaling space somewhere, or take out a photo or embellishment so I have more room for words?
2. It’s also good to know your weaknesses. My stumbling block is always design—the fine art of knowing where to put things. (Maybe that’s also why my bookshelves are jumbled messes of books stacked both horizontally and vertically?) Sometimes design seems like a foreign language I can almost understand, but just not quite. Knowing this is a weakness, I lean on other people’s design fluency when I scraplift. Maybe your weakness is, say, mixing colors, so when you do a scraplift you might look more at how the inspiration piece uses blue, green, and yellow. Let the inspiration piece push you out of your comfort zone a little bit!
3. Your unique approach brings a scraplift to life. Your stories, your photos, your embellishment and color and font and texture choices are what transform someone else’s idea into your creative expression.
The point is to narrow down what it is you want to be inspired by, and then bring your own creative force to the rest of the choices.
Here’s that process in action.
I fell in love with this layout
by Amy Kingsford, from one of last year’s summer dailies. I adore how she placed the tags around the photo in a way that leads your eye to both specific spots in the picture and to the journaling itself. I like that she used a big piece of a bold patterned paper; I also loved the muted color scheme. (And that picture! I almost want to have another baby just so I can recreate that picture!) (OK, not really. But almost!)
Here’s the layout that I made, inspired by Amy’s:
When I first started working on this layout, I started almost completely from scratch. The only thing I knew I wanted for certain was to work with one of my son Kaleb’s baby pictures. When I found this image, I was swamped with memories of how it felt to have a new little one (he’ll turn nine next month!). For the journaling, I had some notes saved in the folder with my pictures, so I just had to edit that text a bit.
Then I moved on to color choices. Since I had taken almost all of the saturation out of the photo when I printed it, I wasn’t completely bound by the colors in the picture, which are mostly shades of blue. Instead, I went with soft but warm yellows and oranges, to reinforce the feel of the kids lying in the sun. This choice was also influenced by the soft colors in Amy’s layout.
Once I had the supplies picked out, the layout came together really quickly. I changed the positioning of the tags on the photo because (obviously!) my photo was different from Amy’s. I added a tag for the date. Then I started playing with where the title would go, and I learned something: the thing that adds just the right bit of oomph to this layout? Those two crossed pieces of washi tape. I almost didn’t include them, but the layout just didn’t feel right until I included them. I think it’s because they give the title a home in the middle of the pattern.
I made Amy’s layout into my own by:
*adding more journaling
*including the date tag. If I don’t handwrite the date, I like to do something small that repeats part of another embellishment for the date.
*cutting the main title with a script font (LD something*?) and spelling the subtitle with different letter stickers (those pale orange alphas are one of my current favorite supplies)
*running the photo all the way to the edges of the layout
The way Amy’s layout pushed me out of my comfort zone? I used that nice, bold (for me) patterned paper. Remember…I like smaller patterns. But I took a deep breath and used this cloud paper (instead of the B side I bought it for) and you know? I love it!
Let’s look at how some other WCS team members make a scraplift or two their own!
Lisa made this layout
Lisa’s use of chevron patterned paper and the strong diagonal line (I love that and am all itchy & inspired to do this soon!) are reflective of Amy’s layout. To me, the photo is what really makes this feel like a “Lisa Ottosson” layout. About her process, Lisa says
I used Amy´s general design with the half page. I didn´t journal on this layout since I plan to have it in my general happy things album, which is more like a coffee table book than a scrapbook. I liked how my eyes were drawn to the photo on her layout and I tried to recreate that.
Jennie McGarvey also shared a couple of scraplifts. This first one
Two very different layouts—color, theme, embellishments. One very Jina, one very Jennie! They both make me want to do different things—Jina’s layout inspires me to do a then/now layout (maybe about how, twenty years ago I discovered that I really, really love black clothes. And how I still do now!) Jennie’s layout made me stop and think what everyday kinds of moments am I forgetting to document? (It also made me want some ice cream!)
and this one
I actually have Stephanie’s layout pinned on my scrapbooking board. I loved the vertical column of text. And I love just as much how Jennie changed that into the little story that is her title. (Sidenote: I gave up. I’m eating ice cream while I write this!)
Jennie says this about her scraplifting process for these two layouts:
For both of these pages, I kept pretty close to the original design. I had chosen both original pages because their overall design really appealed to me -- and I wanted to stay true to that. They were both done with materials that were pretty easy to use whatever products and make the design my own.
And there you go, as powerful a way as any to make a scraplift your own: similar design, different products.
Welcome back to day three of scraplifting week here at WCS. I hope you’ve enjoyed what we’ve shared so far. Amy here, and today I thought I’d toss out a question:
How do you keep your scrapbook inspiration organized?
I have to confess, technology makes this much easier for me! I used to have folders (you know…actual, real, paper folders) where I’d toss in layout ideas that I’d torn out of scrapbook magazines. I kept them organized by number of pictures. I think I spent almost as much time organizing ideas as I did scrapbooking.
Now I use a revolutionary, never-before-heard-of organization method:
I know, probably everyone uses Pinterest. But it’s such a useful tool for keeping ideas organized. Mostly what I pin are layouts that I love but aren’t sure what I’ll take from or how I’ll use.
When I see a layout and know immediately what story it inspires me to tell, I keep it in my layout notes. This process is a little bit more specific to how I work. If I find an idea I want to use and I know immediately which story I'll use it for, or I have one of those this-supply-will-work-perfectly-with-that-story moments, I make a note to myself that includes the link to the layout and how I want to use it, and then I save the note in the folder where those pictures are located. That way, once I get around to working on those photos, I have my layout idea notes ready to go.
Some layouts end up in both places!
The layout I’m sharing today was inspired by this layout from Laura O’Donnell:
I’m drawn to layouts with big photos lately, so this grabbed my eye immediately. I didn’t have a specific way to use it yet, though, so I pinned it and waited, and then I remembered this photo of my son Nathan and I knew Laura’s layout would be a good place to start:
I swapped out the smaller photo with some journaling, but I kept quite a bit of the original design. One thing I learned from this scraplift is just how hard it is to mix layers of patterned paper successfully! That is something I’ve been trying to do better lately; sometimes I get it right. I’m not sure I did on this layout—I keep looking back at Laura’s original to see what pattern-mixing magic I overlooked.
That’s another thing about scraplifting: sometimes the original just can’t be duplicated. But there’s always the next layout, right?
Lisa made this layout:
I love the fun polaroid mats that Diane used on this page. They give such a summer feeling to the whole page. I didn´t use polaroid mats, but still went with a similar shaped on the photos. Since I scrap A4 (8.5x11") I usually end up using three photos. I also liked her title on the edge like that, so I did that too. I l also added a bit more journaling than Diane did, but I can totally see this layout as a title page for spring layouts in my album!
Jennifer Hignite shared this layout:
Here’s what Jennifer said about her scraplifting process:
I was inspired by the design of Carey’s layout. I was drawn to it because of the polaroid photos and the word bubbles!
I changed up the design a little bit, to make more room for journaling. I wanted to write a little bit more on this layout to share some then and now perspectives on school life. I kept the layout of the photos very similar, and used word bubbles to help make the photos pop.
Most layouts have enough flexibility that even when you change things, the result is still amazing. Dare I confess that I rarely use word bubbles, even though I love them? Hmmmm. I might have to scraplift that idea. Just pinned it!
As I put together this week's material, I found myself thinking about the ethics of scraplifting. I know...that's not a thing. Or not really. There is, in fact, a long line of creative types "lifting" ideas. There are oodles of poems, for example, with a subtitle like "after John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." There are books that take a character from one novel and build an entirely new story around it. (I have an entire list of them somewhere!) Paintings based on old myths. Movies based on old fairy tales. Urban legends based on old movies.
Inspiration is quite often circular.
So I personally don't think there's anything ethically wrong about scraplifting. It just fits into how creativity works. But there is this: if you scraplift someone's idea, you should give credit for it if you post your layout online anywhere. I firmly believe in linking back. So if I scraplift something from someone, and then I share it somewhere online, I always make sure to link back, both to the original site where I found the layout and the original scrapbooker's blog (if she has one). Because who doesn't appreciate more hits on her blog? And who doesn't want to know that her work inspired someone else's?
In fact, even if I don't post the scraplift online, quite often I'll still email the orginal creator just to thank her for the inspiration.
My point, of course, is to give credit when you scraplift and then post somewhere. It's just good scrapbooking karma!
Today, I’m sharing this layout:
It was inspired by Sue Althouse’s layout
From the August 2013 WCS gallery.
I loved several things about Sue’s layout: the layers of patterned paper under the photos, the narrow strips at the top, the balance of the elements. But mostly I loved the journaling strips on top of the tags. Since my layouts tend to be heavy on story, I am always watching out for interesting ways to put the words on my layouts.
I followed Sue’s design pretty closely, but I made it feel like an “Amy Sorensen layout” by making the title bigger (I love mixing different alpha stickers) and hand drawing the letters for the word “jump.” The color choices are also connected to my style—I use quite a bit of orange, but in small doses. Finally, one of the things I do quite often is write the date on the layout by hand. Even though there’s absolutely nothing beautiful about my handwriting, I still think it’s important to include it.
(Sidenote: can I just say how much I love these pictures? They make me laugh, and plus: one day when Kaleb’s own little five-year-old is making him crazy because he has so. much. energy., I plan on using these images as evidence for just how energetic Kaleb was!)
Celeste made this layout
After being inspired by this layout of Jenny Larson’s
from the May gallery. (I confess: this was my favorite gallery layout this month, and one I will be scraplifting, too, in the very near future!)
Celeste shared part of her scraplifting process:
Welcome to day 3 of “Jumpstart Week”! Christine here to take you through a week of Jumpstarts! We’ve covered layouts inspired by photos and colors. Today we will discuss how page DESIGN can be a jumping off point to inspire your layout.
For me personally, I am inspired by geometric shapes, or simply shapes of items that relate to my layout. For my layout about summer, I created a sunburst shape on my layout using paper strips, washi tape, and wood veneer arrows.
I live in Southern California and am always inspired by the ocean. For my “Beach Love” layout, I found a map of California online and used it to do a trace & cut with my Silhouette digital cutter. Using a map shape of a state or country is a great way to incorporate into travel layouts!
For this digital layout about my husband’s rock band, I wanted to create a feel of movement and music, so I created wavy shapes in Photoshop and used them as clipping masks for my digital papers.
Sometimes I just like to use a repeating shape on my layout for no good reason. In this layout about a date night with my husband, I cut a bunch of square papers into triangles and adhered them across the whole page.
On this layout I simply cut a bunch of arrow strips and sewed them onto the page.
I think it’s safe to say that I love incorporating shapes onto my layouts as a design element!
Another way to design a layout is to use a repeating shape. In Jennifer’s layout she used long strips of photo with numbers across her page to summarize their summer vacation.
For Jennie’s layout about her favorite photos of fall, she used a sketch and adapted it to her own liking. She incorporated a lot of squares onto her layout and tilted the whole design on the page.
For Jennie’s layout “Mister Sunshine”, she was inspired by the sunburst cut file and used it to fill in the gaps with a rainbow of patterned paper.
This layout by Jennifer H was perfect for her photo of the train ride. The sewn on paper strips look like train tracks!
Another page by Celeste using a digital template by Sara Gleason.
Another way to jumpstart the design of your page is to scraplift someone else’s layout. Just be sure to credit them with the design if you post it to online galleries. Celeste liked Debbie Hodge’s layout “Sleepover”.
She used it as inspiration of her own layout “Muppets”.
And here’s Lisa’s layout. The photos are from her Garden board on Pinterest. The layout is about all the dreams that her family has for their garden and inspiration they get from Pinterest. The grid actually looks like a Pinterest board too!
And sometimes it's just plain fun to try a design that is out of your usual design element (pun intended). Amy S tried an experiment in design, as she wanted to do some things that she doesn't usually do: use one small photo and leave lots of white space. She wanted to see if she could make a layout with this design approach still feel like a layout she made (instead of copying from someone else). I'd say her experiment was a success!