Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today I'm here with the fourth element: water!
When Jenny proposed to do our weekly theme about the elements I immediately opted for water as 'my' element. I may or may not have something to do with the fact that aquarius is my sign;-) Just kidding, the main reason for my pick is that a story about my dad (and me) immediately came to mind. My dad always called me a 'water rat'... This may be a Dutch expression, i'm not sure, but it's used to say someone very much likes to swim :-) Apparently from a young age I had always loved to swim. My dad would throw me in the water with my water wings on, even one time in Austria where the water of the swimming pool was extremely cold, I wouldn't mind at all! So here's the layout I came up with, with graphic elements of water, cut out with my Silhouette. I love how it turned out.
I absolutely adore this story and I'm glad I documented it. Now that my dad is passed away I try to document as many things I remember of him, stories he told me and adventures we had together.
It's great how one word or one theme, like in this case water, can spark so different stories, different layout ideas... It may be about summer water fun, or rain or the sea.. So many stories you can think of!
I hope you feel inspired to make some fun water-themed layouts as well! Please link up if you do so!
Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday. We were most lazy here: with just a grilled meal, a bike ride, and family movie in the living room. And the camera didn't come out once. Sometimes that happens. I'm always surprised at the end of the day when I think back and realize that I forgot to take pictures. Which leads us into our subject today.
While I didn't get any pics today, but I am certain that sometime this summer I will get a pic of the kids riding bikes with their dad. And this kind of a shot will most likely be a horizontal one. So I can go ahead and make the layout with its journaling and just leave room for the photo to be added later. I used to journal on yellow pads, no matter whether or not there were photos, but I have found many of thos stories are still sitting on yellow pads. While if I make a layout and keep a post it on my computer for the picture that I need, somehow magic happens and the photo gets taken and the layout gets finished.
I am so excited to have this done! When I have a moment to work on layouts, I most often begin in my photo folders, so chances are slim that this day would have been recorded. Until now! As a recap...
I hope this helps you preserve your stories! In the words of Amy, happy writing!
Hi! Valerie here with you today. I'm just about ready to celebrate Father's Day this weekend. My husband and I aren't big gift givers on these holidays. We're both happy with simply a card and maybe skipping some of our daily chores. This year for Father's Day (thanks to my scrap assignments), I get to present a couple layouts, as well as the usual card to my favorite father—the father of my son. Number one is a simple, bold, typographic layout.
I designed my page in Silhouette Studio. The font is Blippo. I loaded a 12 x 12 sheet of white American Crafts cardstock into my Cameo and let it do all the hard work for me. I did a little digging in my drawer of scraps and backed the cardstock with various pieces of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye). I used a ruler to create some journaling lines and wrote a couple sentences. Added a little enamel shape heart and declared it done. Yay, for simple layouts! ...And if you're interested, the second Father's Day layout can be found over on the My Mind's Eye blog.
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Father's Day to all the special dads in your lives.
I hope you're enjoying sketch/template week and getting some inspiration for reusing your sketches and digital layered templates!
Today, I'll present some ideas for creating different layouts by resizing and rotating elements of the sketch/template. Most sketches/templates can have their design structure altered by resizing or rotating some or all of the design elements, whether they have one photo or many. By changing the size or angle of one or more objects on the page while staying true to the remaining design elements, you can easily create different layouts from the same sketch/template.
I'm using a sketch from April to show some of the options for resizing and rotating. Download the layered digital template here to play along!
Resizing and Rotating Elements
From the original sketch, you can make the following changes simply by resizing or rotating elements of the design.
Shrink all of the page elements. In Photoshop Elements in the Layers Palette, select all of the layers except the background layer by clicking on the layer just above the background layer, holding down the shift key and clicking on the top layer. This allows you to select all of the layers in between without having to click on them individually. With all of the layers selected, click on the chain icon to link the layers to keep them in their relative positions as you resize them. Then, click and drag the corner handle of the selected layers to shrink them to your liking.
Enlarge all of the page elements. Follow the same steps as above, but increase the size of all of the elements instead of shrinking them. Some may even extend off of the page.
Shrink (or enlarge) some of the page elements. Select the page elements you wish to shrink by clicking on each of the elements on the layout while holding the shift key. You could also select them by holding down the CTRL key while clicking on the layers in the Layers Palette. Once you've selected your desired layers, decrease the size by clicking on the corner handle and dragging it inward until you are happy with the size. In my example, I chose the shrink the photos, the arrows near the photo and the triangle in the upper left corner. I kept the paper strips the same size.
Change the photo size or proportion.Sometimes, the shape of the photo spot does not work well with your desired photo; it may be too square or not square enough. In this case, changing up the template is as simple as changing the photo size. For this technique, you are changing the aspect ratio of the photo spot. Select the photo layer and resize by clicking and dragging the appropriate corner or side handles. Tip: this works best with photo spots that are not tilted. If the photo spot is tilted, dragging the corner handles will result in a skewed rectangle that is not squared-off in the corners.
Change the photo orientation. Select the photo layer, click on one of the side handles and drag outward to make the photo landscape rather than portrait (or vice versa). You may also need to drag the top handle down to get the right aspect ratio. Frames and elements surrounding the photo will need to be moved or resized too. Free rotate the photo (along with any photo mat or frame) by clicking on one of the corner handles and free rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise. You can achieve several different looks depending on which direction you rotate the layer and how much you rotate it. If there is more than one photo, you can rotate one or all of them, and in varying directions.
Free rotate the page elements.Select all of the page elements except the background, click on one of the corner handles and free rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise. You can achieve several different looks depending on which direction you rotate the layers and how much you rotate them.
Combine resizing or rotating the page elements with the ideas from previous days, such as flipping or rotating the template, using paper in one or more photo spots filling one or more of the photo spots with journaling or changing the weight or balance of the page. See the post here, here and here for additional ideas.
Here are a few examples using the above sketch/template.
Diane shrunk down the arrow element on the left side and also only used one photo. I love her soft color pallette, flair and enamel dots - simple yet impactful!
In her layout, Lisa changed the size of her photo, spreading one landscrape photo across the spots for two portrait photos.
Marnie put her spin on the design by changing the orientation of both photos, stacking them on top of each other.
By resizing or rotating the page elements of the design while preserving their relative positions, you can achieve several different looks and still maintain the basic design structure of the original sketch/template. Customizing the page elements allows them to better fit your photos or the mood of the page. Whether you resize or rotate some or all of the page elements, the basic design will still shine through and help you create a fabulous layout. Consider the potential to modify a template and reuse it!
Thank you for joining us for our week of Father's Day preparation. We hope you have been inspired to create something magical for Father's Day.
To finish our week, we wanted to leave you with some suggestions for getting a photo that you will love this year. We hear the same excuses you do concerning photos. While we might worry about the weight we have gained, our lovely husbands worry about the hair they have lost. ☺ They may shy away from the camera for myriad reasons, but we know we want them remembered, too. Here are a few thoughts.
ask your husband or father to read a book to your kids and get a picture of them snuggled up in a chair or on their bed
get a photo of your husband (alone or with kids) while doing his favorite activity. It's less pressure when the timing is right.
consider photos without faces. Zoom in on an embrace, or from behind while he holds a little hand. He doesn't have to be looking into the lens for it to be a perfectly memorable photo.
look for an everyday moment to capture--pouring milk on cereal, sitting to eat, grilling, reading, stretched out on the couch--and let it be imperfectly perfect
hand your camera to your kids. They are unstoppable!
lead by example. You might have to get in that photo, too!!
And once you have that photo, you need a story to go with it. Your journaling doesn't have to match the date for the photo, nor the event. Here are a few ideas for page starters.
set a timer for 30 seconds and make a list of all the things you love about your dad
reset the timer and make a second list of lessons you learned from your dad
record your feelings about seeing your husband become a father. Include things you knew to expect and then a few things that surprised you.
remember a time that your father's actions helped demonstrate the kind of man that he truly was
finish the following sentence: When I grew up I wanted to be just like my dad in that...
Lastly, don't forget to put it all together in a layout.
Thank you for joining us this week! We hope we have helped you get ready! See you tomorrow for a gallery walk!
Father's Day is a chance for us to thank the men in our lives for all they do. While the store shelves are filled with digital toys, tools, and everything a man could want for his barbeque, we know, too, that part of a great celebration is food. Good food. Lots of it. And lots of the people we love gathered round to share it with us.
To help with your celebrations, we put together a few table decor items.
First, we know that Father's Day is built for carnivores. And not everyone likes their meat cooked the same say. And while blue or black steak can be easily discerned, the in betweens are much trickier. To help, we put together descriptive flags to help you note which is which. You can download them here. It will print as a sheet. There are cut lines to help you trim them out. Then wrap a toothpick and stick it in the meat to let everyone know how it has been prepared.
Then, some dessert toppers. They are 2.5 inch squares which will allow you to trim them into circles, or leave them in squares. Whichever fits your theme better. The toppers are here for you!
We hope these help make your celebrations a little more fun! Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a give.away.day! Enjoy your day!
Today we are going to make two things for the office. Some of our dads spend a lot of time there--they might as well be reminded of us while they are gone, no? But in a tasteful, grown up way, of course. Something appropriate for the office.
First, we are going to use some of our scrapbooking magic skills to create a mustache mug.
a cutting machine (optional)
contact paper (optional)
Wash your cup and determine what size you would like you mustache to be.
Use your Cricut to cut out a mustache of your choosing. We used the Billionaire cartridge.
Next, trim around the mustaches, and take the mustache out. Using the outline, affix it to the cups, making sure to place it on the front of the cup.
Now, use the sharpie to color in the mustache. Ours bled a small bit, so be sure to be careful by the lines. (But you don't have to be too careful about staying inside the lines with the contact paper.)
Once your mustaches are colored in, remove the contact paper, being careful to not smear the mustache.
Place your cup in the cold oven. Set the timer to 350°. Once the oven is warm, set the timer for 30 minutes. Once the timer beeps, turn the oven off and open the door. Let the cups cool inside the oven. Remove them after the oven has cooled down.
That's it! A cup worthy of a dad and his office. Feel free to sign the bottom before cooking it you want to add a bit of personal flair.
And if you don't have a Cricut you can freestyle it, or use a mustache font with your Silhouette. ☺ (Because Amy convinced us all to buy one!) You could do a red heart if you prefer. Or have your child write a message to their dad. The possiblities are endless!
Photos and frames are a lovely gift for an office. But you needn't do it with just a photo. You can add a bit of extra.
And if your kids are grown, look back in the archives and find an old photo of your children with their dad when they were tiny. Little pulls the heart strings as much as a tiny person! Once you find your photo, look for a close crop that will bring the attention to the focal point of your picture.
We hope you are enjoying our week together! See you tomorrow for more...
We have 27 days until Father's Day. And while it seems like weeks away, for many of us, between now and then school will wrap up, extracurriculars will wind down, and summer will begin. Which means that those 27 days will pass a lot faster than we think.
For today, we have updates to last year's printables. First, a new questionnaire.
You may download it here. There are two per page. Just print and cut in half!
Secondly, we have an updated coupon book.
This year, we made it a bit more grown up--you might want to print one for your teenagers and grown children, too. They might enjoy a chance to create some coupons, too. Teenagers have a way of surprising us with their thoughtfulness.
You may download the coupons here. It will print on a regular paper and there are cut lines to help you get the pages apart!
That's it for today! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Happy day! I am so glad to have you back!! I really appreciate your company this week. I hope that you are having fun thinking about ways to stay ahead of your event photos! I cannot believe that I am going to have a football season captured, 10 school events taken care of, and by the end of today's post, 9 holiday layouts! That's right, today is about the holidays.
Looking to my beloved google calendar, I listed the holidays that we will celebrate this year:
St. Patrick's Day
Fourth of July
Event photos. Which means I am scared away and therefore fail to properly record. But in prepping for the nine holidays, I set aside my concerns and dove head first into creating some layouts. Because the approach to each layout is unique, we will evaluate their designs one at a time.
I am hoping that there will be lots of crossover for your holiday schedules, too, so perhaps we can both use up the layout ideas!
Let's get started.
Halloween is a big deal at our house. I have nearly as many Halloween decorations as I do Christmas decorations!! Every year we go trick or treating, and all three of mine will dress up. Because they change their mind on costumes about 6000 times a day for every day in October, I decided to go with a basic Halloween color scheme. To best capture the costumes, the photos will be vertical. I usually try to get the same sort of shot for each costume, so I felt safe going with three similarly sized photos. I also know that a layout with three kids need equal representation lest one feel more beloved than another... For a three vertical photo design, I opened up to my sweet friend and inspiration, Jody Wenke! and found this which seemed perfect! I even opted for a graphic element for my title in honor of Jody's creativity!
Thanksgiving at our house is a food day. Turkey, potatoes, vegetables, pies, more vegetables, more pies. Every year, I end up with tons more food photos than people! And they tend to be horizontal so that I can get lots of food in each shot. When I was visiting Teka's blog, I found a layout that had a big focal photo. Making it a four photo instead, I now have room for the turkey, the trimmings, the pie, and a place setting. We have repeating decor that is traditional in its colors, so I just followed that palette for my layout.
A few years ago, I put my camera away for Christmas morning, but now realize I can't remember much about the presents or the morning. So this year, I am going to get a few more shots of the kids and their excitement. Knowing I will have several photos, and knowing that I am not very comfortable with two page layouts, I went looking for a sketch. I found this one at SketchSupport.com. I took a few elements off, but stayed otherwise relatively true to the sketch. I kept it whimsical and light as our morning photos will be in our coordinating pj's!
4. Valentine's Day
When I was peeking at Jody's site, I saw my favorite layout and thought it would make a sweet Valentine's layout. Each year, the girls get a love shirt for the day, and we make homemade Valentines for their class. I figured this page could go either way. Or maybe it will house a picture of them reading the love note that I promise myself every year that I will write. Maybe this will be the year I do!
5. St. Patrick's Day
St. Patty's day at our house is mostly the hat and shirt! We have a giant tall Suessian hat in two tone green. I think it will match these colors well. Thinking that the hat is tall, I left room for a long skinny photo. And I will squeeze a little journaling in there, too. I didn't want it to be too plain, so I added a little subway-art effect on one of the rectangles. Do you like the bit of pizzazz?
I am realizing as I type this, that we dress for our holidays. Halloween costumes, Christmas dresses, Christmas pj's, Valentine's tees, St Patty's tees, and now, Easter dresses. Goodness, I suddenly feel so shallow. Thank heavens for Old Navy and Target so that the budget survives!!
I digress... Nigel is past cute shirts and ties, having moved into the land of white shirts and a dark suit. So I thought this page could focus on the girls. I picked traditional Easter colors, thinking the pastels will allow Lavender to still have pink on her outfit, and Poppy with her purple will fit right in! Again, the photo needs to capture my apparent need to shop and dress, so the photos will be vertical. I had a journaling square, but then wondered how much I would say about their dresses? If necessary, I will add one back in later.
7. Mother's Day
I have talked about my Mother's Day present before--a complaint free trip to the park for mom and kid photos. For this one, we sometimes go in Sunday dress, sometimes come home and change. And if we do that, everyone picks a favorite outfit that allows their personality to shine through, so the colors may be varied. To maximize my chances for success, I prepped with a grey page with elements neither too formal, nor too casual. I could have gone vertical or horizontal on this one (I will have both) so I just picked horizontal for fun! I did round the corners to soften the look. And I made sure to change up the direction of the shadowing so that it didn't have funky in between spacing.
8. Father's Day
We love Father's Day at our house! It means we grill a juicy steak dinner for Richard and he is good to make a big scene when he opens the kids' homemade cards. I wanted a layout that could be flexible for either of these photo ops, both of which would be a horizontal shot.
I didn't have a particular idea in mind for the design, so I went browsing online, and found this layout. I loved the vertical rectangles--they gave the feeling and warmth of a pieced quilt. To maintain that thought, I selected colors and patterns that would feel collected. Curated, if you will. I mimicked the stitching, too, for that added sense of a quilt.
9. Fourth of July
The final holiday layouts is the Fourth of July. We have celebrated our last three years in Utah. So while I don't love traveling that far, chances are, we will be there next year, too. Which means we will go to Day's Market, buy a package of fireworks for the kids, and then head over to the church parking lot to light them. And while I may go vertical for photographs of big (real) fireworks, our parking lot show is more smoke bombs and snappers, making nearly all the photos horizontal. And plentiful. Which meant I could do a repeating grid. Adding in some patriotic colors, and we have ourselves a festive and fun layout!
Wow. Who knew that event layouts could be so fun? I had a great time picking out colors and hunting for designs. In fact, I realized as I was making these layouts, that I needn't fear event layouts. They are a terrific excuse to use iconic colors and patterns, and don't need to be any fancier than any other layout I create. I am certain that the lack of storytelling and the multiple photos have been stumbling blocks for me. But in making these 9, I realized that the photos can carry a bulk of the story weight, and that is okay. Just because a holiday photo doesn't come with a particular story, doesn't mean the photos can't be scrapbooked. Nor do I have to pick just one great photo. I can use grids to add lots of photos. Repeating successful strategies isn't boring, it is brilliant! Grids work and they fit my design aesthetic, so they are awesome.
I hope you will all take an evening to put together your holiday layouts, too. Especially if event layouts have scared you like they did me. I have been scrapbooking for more than 13 years, and putting these layouts together as a group has taught me so much about my perceived deficiencies. I really feel like I made a breakthrough!! Thank you for taking the journey with me!!
Tomorrow will be our final day of our "Prepping for a Good Year" week. I hope you will join me for one last set of ideas and layouts!
Father's Day is this Sunday June 17th! Eeek! While we helped you prepare back in May, if you're a last minute queen like me, never fear, here are some more ideas for relatively quick cards and gifts you can whip out. The secret is printables! Babble has a round up of 12 different ones here, including cards, labels for wine and beer bottles, and these amusing photo props from Paper Coterie: