Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today is all about that fifth element: Love. To me this is the most elemental thing in our lives. It can make us or break us and without it we definately cannot live!
As long as mankind exists 'Love' has been an immense source of inspiration. Last weekend I was surprised by my husband with a weekend getaway to Paris and we visited both The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Both museums house an extensive collection of art that was inspired by love, whether it be divine love or human love, romantic love or love from a parent to a child. The same goes for music; there are so so many songs written about love! It definately must be the biggest source of inspiration of all times!
One of those songs about love is a quite recent one by John Legend: All of me.
All of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
This song is so beautifully written. In fact my husband and I picked as the song for our first dance as husband and wife. And this song inspired me to make this layout:
The journaling tells of course about the love I have for my husband. And the picture shows us just after we got married in the cityhall.
As I'm sharing this layout about love, let me take the opportunity to share a few more layouts that I've made in the recent past. All of these are from our wedding and thus the theme is definately love.
Romantic love is not the only kind of love that can inspire us to make layouts though and so I have a few more that are about other kinds of love, like love for children, love for family, love for photos, love for food and love for certain places...
Do you feel the love?!
I hope you will feel inspired to get working on some love-inspired layouts!
The new year brings new opportunity, a time to reset, restart, take stock, and look forward. For me, part of looking forward is setting goals. My word for this year is “lighten,” a word that both encompasses my goals and helps me stay focused on them.
Lighten: 1. to reduce in weight or quantity; 2. to lessen the load of or upon; 3. to make less burdensome or oppressive; alleviate; mitigate; 4. to make less wearisome; 5. to cheer or gladden
My goals include losing some weight by eating more whole (lighter) foods and exercising regularly, clearing out the clutter throughout my house, using up what I have, purging what I won’t use, and reducing the amount of stuff coming in. These goals apply to my scrapbooking as well: purging my supplies, assessing my unfinished projects, planning new projects for the year ahead, and being more deliberate with my purchases. One of the things of which I’m taking stock is my kit subscriptions. I have unused kits piling up and really need to scrutinize my plan going forward. Another area is general purchases of supplies. I often buy digital or physical sets of pocket page cards when I really like only a few of the cards, leaving the rest to pile up. I plan to use my digital skills when possible to create a similar look or design my own custom cards.
I’ve started an album to document my word, these goals and progress made, particularly my weight loss/fitness journey. I’m using a 6x8” album with mostly pocket pages and incorporating supplies from my stash of kits as well as creating custom cards. I created the following general color palette, at least for the start of the book.
Having a color palette or swatch helps in keeping the colors consistent when creating pocket cards that will be used in the same project.
Here’s a few cards I created in Photoshop that use my word and a Brush script font that I love (Bonjour). My definition card and 2016 card were inspired by the work of Christine Herrin. I’m a fan of her script lettering!
I know that to be successful at making progress on my goals, I can’t try to do everything at once. I’d get overwhelmed or frustrated and give up. My plan is to focus on a few things each month. To aid in planning and keep myself accountable (and admittedly, to have something to add to my album), I created a 3x4” calendar card with space to write my goals for the month.
For January, my goals to record on this card were to eat healthier by eating more whole foods, cutting out refined sugar, wheat, and diet soda, to drink more water, and to clean up the kitchen each evening. For February, I want to continue working on those goals and add the goals of incorporating exercise in my daily routine and finishing at least one unfinished scrapbook project.
How are you planning to document your goals and progress this year? Have any plans to DIY projects as part of your goals? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
I love Autumn. I could say it is the crisp air, the chilly nights, the yummy apple recipes, but really it is the golden color of sunshine, the bright blue skies, and all those beautiful leaves. Sigh. Big fat happy sigh.
I have been taking all sorts of golden evening photos. And couldn't wait to scrapbook a few of them. For this first one, I went with the apple colors in the photo, and then added some cream, brown, and gold. I'm totally digging them this season!
The girls had Friday afternoon free last week, so we hurried to the orchard to get some apples. This picture was making me giggle! The colors I went with are all apples. Yummy!
And lastly, a picture of the youngest apple picker's hair. I strayed from the traditional fall colors on this one, as I added in some dark blue and pink, rather than red. I am pretty sure these five colors are going to be put to use on some end of summer layouts as well!
That's it! I hope you are loving the colors as much as I am! Our weatherman announced that tomorrow is the height of fall colors. I am hoping to spend the day outside enjoying all of it. May you, too, be so blessed.
Hi! It's Katie Scott and I've just returned from a colorful week in Washington DC. I took 1,875 photos on our trip. I don't expect to scrapbook or even print most of the photos. When scrapbooking a trip, I try to think of the story I want to tell first and then select the photos. Here, I am telling the story of our last walk through our neighborhood, Capitol Hill Historic District, which was alive with fall color.
Happy Trails by Katie Scott
12x12 / Materials: patterned paper (Allison Kreft) + chipboard (Crate Paper) + wood veneers (Crate Paper, Studio Calico) + journaling card (Studio Calico) + paper die cut embellishments (Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper) + stickers (Amy Tangerine) + glitter stickers (KI) + mists (Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico) + letter stickers (Basic Grey).
If you'd like to create a layout like this: 1. Choose a group of photos and print them out in a collage with a white border. I used Google's Picasa program to make the collage. 2. Pick a neutral background paper. 3. Use whatever is out and on your desk to embellish in a downward diagonal.
I really did just use what was out and on my scrapbooking desk to create this layout. If you'd like to see how I made it, you can watch my real time scrapbook video on You Tube:
If you do make a layout inspired by mine, please leave a comment and a link - we'd love to see what you've created!
Sometimes it's good to challenge yourself into using colors you normally wouldn't use. For this layout I used a color I don't use all that often, but that is one of the typical fall colors: green. I'm not the biggest fan of green, although it really depends on the shade of green. I do like the more minty green or the darker shades. But not so much the moss/grass green colors. I did use some of this for todays layout though, because I think it matches well with the green in the pictures.
12 x 12 | materials: kraft dotted cardstock (BoBunny) + Green cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Studio Calico and We R MemoryKeepers) + kraft tags (Studio Calico) + thickers (American Crafts) + kraft embellishments (Studio Calico) + chipboard buttons (Pink Paislee) + ink (Stazon) + pen (Sharpie) + date stamp (Dear Lizzy for American Crafts)
For the base of the layout I used a really cute polkadot craft paper by BoBunny. I used several shades of green and several different patterns as well. The thing that makes it easy for me to use colors I don't use all that often is to use it with papers I love the patterns of. I absolutely adore the swirly/floral-ish paper by Studio Calico (Sundrifter) collection and the same goes for the fun chevron paper by We R Memorykeepers. I love how all the different shades of green combine together and how they combine with the kraft as well.
I hope you feel inspired to challenge yourself to using a (fall)color you wouldn't normally use! Please link below in the comments when you do! I can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Hi! It's Dee and I'm so happy to be here with my first blogpost for Write.Click.Scrapbook!
When we're talking colors & seasons fall definitely is my fave. I love the orange/yellow shades of the leaves but also of the sunlight. It paints the whole world beautifully gold. So for fall layouts my goto colors are definitely orange, yellow & gold. As complementary color I absolutely adore (dark) pink, because pink & orange is one of my favorite color-combination. Another 'color' I like to add to this palette is woodgrain. Of course this is not a real color, but especially dark wood is something that screams fall (or winter for that matter) to me!
I used the abovementioned colors in a layout I made a couple of weeks ago for the start of fall. For those of you who visit my blog on a regular basis, you may already have seen this one!
12 x 12 | materials: patterned paper (Studio Calico) + leafs (unknown) + kraft label (Amy Tangerine for American Crafts) + thickers (American Crafts) + Gold Camera (Studio Calico) + gold 'captured' label (Studio Calico) + folder tab (Heidi Swap for Pink Paislee) + washitape (Freckled Fawn) + ink (Stazon) + pen (Sharpie) + date stamp (Dear Lizzy for American Crafts)
For the basis of this page I've used a gorgeous paper by Studio Calico that consists mostly of woodgrain and a touch of pink on the side. Since I use cardstock as a base for most of my layouts I really wanted to challenge myself to use this paper as a base instead of plain old cardstock ;-) I matted my photo with an old Heidi Swapp file tab on which I did my journaling. The title is in burlap thickers by American Crafts. Burlap is another thing that screams fall to me! At the base of the picture I've used little leafs in various colors that I've had in my stash for ages. I love how they connect with the leaf in the photo! In general I love how the colors of the layout complement the colors in the picture, which is not always an easy task!
In April I packed up my entire house to move to a much smaller apartment. When I realized just how much scrapbooking supplies I was hoarding I downsized quite a bit, but as you might know there is always more! Mainly I downsized on all those supplies I had been holding on to forever, you know if I ever would have the perfect project for them. I had boxes and boxes in my garage that now has a great new home with several charity and second hand stores. It felt great to clean out!
Today I´d like to show you an easy way to use up those rolls of washi tape that I know most of us have all too many of.
I started out selecting a few rolls in a color palette I liked and then started lining them up on my background paper. For this layout I went about 1/3 down the paper and used the fun washi colors as my upper background.
Lucky me that the proom dresses had so many peach and pink colors this year! It was so much fun pairing products with the colors.
I had so much fun that I did one more right away. Or actually I made two of these with the white/aqua/black washi tapes because I loved how they looked together!
I often scare away from using patterned paper for my backgrounds because I am afraid the layout will look too busy. But I did like these.
What I learned from having the washis being the background is that you might want to have double or atleast a little bit more of whatever you use to adhere your embellishments with. Atleast a few of my tapes had a more glossy surface that made the things I added on top of them fall of easily. I ended up using my regular double sided tape and two staples just to secure it a little. But don´t let that scare you!
I mentioned making two of those backgrounds above. My second one I used as my background for one of my Pocket Letters I send out. If you are new to Pocket Letters you can read more if you click on that link, but here is what the lady behind it says:
I created Pocket Letters™ as a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. This can be a one-time exchange or you can keep exchanging Pocket Letters indefinitely. You fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope. It's the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (ie people who are sending mail in this format) around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder!
I have been sending these out for a few months and it is so much fun! You can see a few more of mine here!
So there you have it; a fun way to use up your rolls of washi tape (you know, so you can buy new ones!).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ps. Here is one more layout I had previously made using washi tape as background!
Good morning! Today I thought that we would create a layout with a little color inspiration from our January gallery, Decades.
When I go looking for color inspiration, I really just let my eyes wander and then note where they stop. Today my eye stopped right upon Jenny's layout. That pop of orange caught hold of me and wouldn't let go!
I was excited to put the colors into chips and then see what happens!
Here are the chips.
Let's see what we can do with it!
I opted for a simple stack of color and patterns with the former repeated in the title.
Thank you, Jenny, for inspiring my layout! It all began with you and that burst of orange!
I am loving this month´s theme! I am inspired by stuff around me all the time, so I thought I´d show you my latest layout that was inspired by by my photo. I don´t usually pay more attention to the colors in my photo than that I might match one of the colors in my layout to it. But this time I loved how autumnly it all felt in the photo and since I love fall, I wanted to really use that as a jumping off point for the whole page.
I usually use white cardstock for my backgrounds, but felt like the kraft one better suited that fall feel and matched the red color scheme. I went through my scraps and picked out a few muted red patterned papers and traced a few leaf shapes to go with my fall theme. I also picked out a sticker list where I filled out some stuff about me right now that went with the colors also.
It is so easy to be inspired and influenced by the world around us!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am loving this theme. All day I walk around thinking (and sometimes, it's true, saying aloud), "Hmm. What kind of a page would that make? how about that? and that?" It's been a long time since scrapbooking seemed to consume my every thought. It's delightful to be in the midst of a creative burst. I hope your thoughts are also brimming with ideas and excitement.
Today I thought we might focus on color. I have been doing some online browsing for Christmas presents and have seen several color schemes that light my fire. Here are a few.
Mmm. Which one do you think is best? At first I was certain that I was going with the stripes or sleeping bags. But lately, I haven't been using that many colors on each page. So I think I am going with the reindeer hat. Simple. Striking.
Here is the color scheme I made.
And the layout that goes with it.
I love the blue and pink together. And the gold is the perfect complement. Kate Spade really must know what she is doing! heehee! (The hat is from her new collection at GapKids.)
I hope you have a lovely day! Happy color scheming!