This month's gallery celebrated lists of ten. It's summertime and free time is at a premium. As we look for ways to streamline our pages and productivity, we realize that journaling is is a terrific place to do so. Let's look back through our gallery and make a list of lists we can make.
This past month we all looked back to the prior year to find inspiration for our gallery layouts. Isn't it interesting to see how one layout can inspire another, but not necessarily look like it in the end??
Here are the layouts and a little bit of inspiration for design, photos, or journaling.
That's it! We hope you enjoyed the look back and we will see you Monday for a brand new gallery!
With just one week left this month, it is that time again. That time where we take one last look at the gallery before we celebrate a new one. Shall we begin?
This month we celebrated all things daily. Routines. Repeat adventures. The tedious. The average. The little things that fill our days and our lives. To make our lookback more educational, we have included a tip that you can use to help you better understand what makes a great page. We hope you enjoy the last look.
Hope you enjoyed our gallery walk! Until next month...
This has been such a fun month. After mini month, it is always refreshing to be back to layouts and projects. And such amazing layouts we have had.
Kelly started us out with a burst of spring. Then Jenny helped us with our two page layouts, and Lisa sparked our imaginations for digging deeper into our project life albums. Then this week we got ready to say thank you to our teachers.
With just 3 days until our new gallery, it is time to look back at our April gallery, Shapes.
This month's theme lends itself nicely to evaluating the layouts for design magnificence and skill. Let's go one by one and and pull out some design elements that work and which can help you create stronger layouts.
That's it! Please enjoy your weekend and your scrapbooking and we will see you Monday with a new theme week!
Happy Saturday! We hope that you are loving MiniMadness month and that you have been inspired to create your own!
This month we celebrated with 37 mini albums. Its a dream come true! We hope you have had fun!
There is so much to love about our gallery this month. And with so much to see and process, we know it is a bit easy to overwhelm. So we put together some recipes for you: here are 4x6 reference cards to remind you of the details of each of the albums in our gallery. Feel free to print them and keep them for your records. We hope that it helps!
Once you have these printed, you could bind them together to make a mini album to celebrate our month of minis!
Thank you for stopping by and please enjoy your weekend!
Have you had a delightful month? We hope that you have learned much and giggled oft as you have spent your time with us each day. Have we mentioned lately how much we love our readers? Yes, you! We do love having you stop by.
It's that time where we link arms and walk back through our gallery. We hope that you have your comfy shoes on! Let's begin...
record a trend. Lisa's One Direction layout could fit many of our children's albums right now. Have you taken a moment to record their current media crushes?
record something goofy. and then don't add lengthy journaling if it isn't needed. Jennie's layout is perfect with nothing but her title. High-lair-ee-us.
make a list of oft heard phrases. Sometimes we hear things so often that we can't imagine that they will one day fade from our memories. Feel free to ask your spouse for help like Diane did.
record a conversation line by line. Valerie smartly recorded the conversation and used stamps to help convey the speaker. Darling.
write from the heart. Go there. No matter how it hurts. You will be glad later. Christine's layout is proof enough.
make a list of the words your baby knows. And then write them out. And one day, scrapbook them, like Paula did!
record your tactics. Sarah's layout is a humorous retelling of her persuasion techniques. Too funny.
eavesdrop. and then write down what you hear. especially if you have two little people chatting together. You will giggle. Just like Erin did.
honest photos. Aliza's layout shows us just how fun in-the-moment photographs can be.
take a headshot. then pair it with something that you hear. Katie's layout shows us that the photo that you use doesn't need to have been taken at the moment of the conversation that you are recording.
hilarious moment recorded. Don't forget to take pictures of the crazy antics of your housemates. Chances are this photo will haunt Christa's daughter for years to come. Perfection!
conversation baby photos. You might need two of you for this one. While one engages the baby in a conversation, the other records it. These photos, like Keshet's will become treasures.
action shots. They are easy to take and fun to scrapbook. Just pick a few and get going like Jennie did.
take a screenshot of your texting convo. Amy's idea is fantastic! As is her layout!
take a photo at the beginning or end of an event that you cannot attend. Kelly's photo of her son coming home from camp helps tell the story even though she didn't get to be there the whole time.
let your conversation be your photo. Sometimes you don't need a photo. Sometimes you can find one. But don't let the lack of one stand in your way. Marnie didn't.
use an element unexpectedly. Look at how Aliza uses the polaroid frame with the attached sentiment. It sits empty in the lower right hand corner. Without framing a photo. Interesting...
find a small element that helps to tell your story. Like Celeste's car. Helps us to catch that this conversation took place in the car. In case you forget to read the title.
embellish with color. Jennifer does a great job with black and white photos, a grey background, and then all sorts of color pops in her embellishments. Perfect!
stamp a date with tiny little date stamps. Francine's round little bitty yellow numbers with the red dots in between are the perfect additions for both color and style. Lovely.
Christmas photos. Let Amy's layout be some inspiration for you to scrapbook your holiday photos.
Let conversation bubbles be your text boxes. Then you can add lots of journaling that is unrelated to each other. Just like Emily did.
use enamel dots to support your color story. Deb is a master. Learn from her.
edit your photos in an artistic manner to help with your story telling. Christine's layout is so much more fun with her oversized affected photos.
Thank you, again, for stopping by! We hope that these prompts will help you make better use of the gallery and all that it has to inspire!
Hard to believe, but it is the fourth Saturday already. Which means we get to look back at the month and all that we have seen.
Erin began the month with an honest assessment of Project Life and some terrific suggestions for how to make our 2013 efforts more successful. Amy wrote our journaling column this month, listing three resolutions that she made to improve her journaling this year. (And if Amy needs to improve, the rest of use are in trouble!! heehee!)
Sarah's week kept us all in stitches and helped remind us to let our funny bones show in our albums. Lisa finished the week with her photography article, and several good ideas for improving our self portraits--hopefully inspiring us to get out from behind the lens to be in our own photos.
Lastly, Valerie built upon Lisa's suggestions for taking more self portraits by inspiring us to create self-pages. (That's a good term, no? Self pages? I suppose it doesn't matter what we call them as long as we make them, right?)
Before the calender turns its page, let's look one more time back at our gallery. The sneaks for next month's gallery are on the Facebook page, which means we are close to a new theme! Speaking of Facebook, if you haven't added us as an interest, please remember to do so. Without it, you won't see all our lovely posts! As a reminder, click open the "like button" so that it opens the drop down menu. From there, you have to choose "add to interests list." If you haven't a particular interest group yet defined, you can do so now (we might suggest "awesome scrapbooking sites"). Remember, once you do this, our posts will show up on your wall. Otherwise, the powers that be at Facebook want us to pay for you to receive our content. And well, that's just silly now.
As we walk together through the gallery, let's look for successful and inspirational elements. Things we can use to help make our pages better.
Look how Francine combines a font oft used in sports for a layout filled with soft hues and flowery elements. The juxtaposition is fantastic!
The little elephant in Aliza's title is the perfect example of how her pages are layered with details that need to be discovered by looking at them again and again.
Celeste is the master of shading. No one would ever believe this layout was digital. Never.
Marnie's layout celebrates the happiness of the moment with color, and cheerful elements. All working together to tell the story.
Francine's layout talks about making making the most of the mundane moments, which is brought to life by her use of the bright yellow. Such a little thing to help tell her story so well.
Did you notice all the little bits tucked under the middle of Celeste's layout? Helping to tell the story of her needing notes? Again, using tiny elements to help tell the story.
The new small size of Lisa's layout is awesome! The grey is the perfect backdrop for the red of the flowers, too, helping them pop off the page.
How many of you took photos on 10.10.10 or 11.11.11 or 12.12.12? Let Katie's layout inspire you to get them scrapbooked! And perhaps string up a few sequins like she did. They are so pretty. Clever embellishment idea.
Jenny's layout is a splendid journaling example. Such a tremendous idea! Emily's has a similar theme, listing advice for a former self. Christa focused hers on her 18 year old self. All of them are equally amazing. These are the kind of layouts that you will treasure for years to come.
Kathy's layout has such a fantastic pairing of stark black and vellum elements. Each makes the other stand out more.
Do you see the same date stamp on Deb's layout as Katie's? While you are looking, notice all the arrows. They are so subtle, yet so effective en masse.
Valerie's layout is so tender. Perhaps made all the moreso by her not having used a photo. It just goes to show that you really don't have to have a photo to create a heartfelt, meaningful layout.
Did you read that Jennie used a photo that sits on her dresser? What terrific inspiration for us to do the same.
All the little wooden elements on Amy's pages help provide a warm coziness to her otherwise bright layout. It brings in the perfect bit of homeyness, especially when paired with the little houses. (And did you see that cute little face on her baby? Mmm!)
The bits of cloud, sky, and butterflies are so perfect for Diane's photo. Have you ever had a photo that so helped to guide your layout??
Christine's layout is filled with loveliness. The airmail edge helps give it the feel of a letter. The backwards staple and the hand drawn arrows give it a personal sense. Which goes well with the personal journaling! Unified layouts have such peaceful balance.
Paula's layout has a funny funny story. If you haven't read it yet, go now. We'll wait... Sweet, no? Have you had something old pop into your head lately? Perhaps the next time you do, you can hurry and make a page like Paula did.
Erin's layout is a reminder to take a moment and write about motherhood. Or something else equally important to you right now. Written with real heartfelt journaling. The kind Amy would be proud of.
Speaking of Amy, her layout begins as a letter to her daughter, but really is a chance for her to express herself. A nice way to let your feelings show.
Kelly's layout is a simple acknowledgment of a lovely characteristic of her daughter. Sometimes pages really can just be so sweet and simple.
Marnie's layout uses a font that is reminiscent of a Sharpie. What a perfect thing for a note one leaves one's self. Sometimes there really is a perfect font for a layout.
Lisa repurposed some old jewelry for her flower embellishment. What a terrific way to maintain a budget and be good to Mother Earth!
Thank you to the collective for some wonderful inspiration this month! And thank you, dear readers, for your loyal visits!
Aliza's layout contains not only powerful pictures, but a powerful subject as well. The photos really hit home along with her journaling as she shared her feelings about surviving Hurricane Sandy.
Did you see the precious photo on Vivian's layout? She did an amazing job using the layout design to frame her photo, and went on to embellish it perfectly.
There was so much I loved about Christa's layout! First, the photo was amazing, she balanced her design with such fun embellishments across from the photo, and I loved the title placement!
I don't think it's possible for Celeste's boys to be any cuter! I loved that she used a black and white photo which just pops with the gorgeous colors she picked for her layout.
Monika's layout was so soft and beautiful. It was obvious that this photo is special, and all the details she included make for one amazing layout.
I love that Lisa picked her favorite recent photo, and she highlighted it perfectly. I love the softness of the doily and the grounding of the fun patterned paper strips.
Diane's layout was just full of fun, special details. I loved the layering, the twine, the flair, the wood stars, but I have to say that the photos were definitely my favorite part.
Jennie's favorite photo was one great shot! The colors match the photo perfectly, and her handwriting...it's just WOW!
I adored Kathy's sweet photo! Her layout was just so much fun, with great patterns and I really loved how she added the machine sewing.
I thought Francine's photo was just precious. I loved the smile on her and her little one's face. The black and white photo just pops against that gorgeous green background.
My layout is next, and I knew I wanted to use this picture of my husband and I as my favorite photo. We don't have many photos of us together, so it was an easy choice for me, and it turned out to be one of my favorite layouts I've ever made.
Talk about an amazing photo-Valerie's layout is perfect for this priceless photo. I love how she covered her journaling with vellum creating softness, and she kept her embellishments to a minimum, which highlights the photo even more.
Sarah's layout was amazing, and her photo was gorgeous. I couldn't get over how many amazing details she added, and the dreamy colors with pops of red made quite a spectacular layout!
I just love Katie's photos so much! I love that she recreated such a great photo, and included them both on the layout. The title work and fun patterns she included really worked perfectly with the photos.
Christine used such a fun photo, and I loved the banner she created for her layout. Using the brown as her background really works well with the purples and blues in the photo and patterned paper she used.
Jenny's amazing layout design really draws me in to the fabulous photos of her boys. I really like how she added her embellishments in a cluster above the photos, leaving the photos to shine on their own.
Amy's layout reminded me that what we do is important. Taking photos capture special moments and memories, just like this photo of Amy with her mom and sister did. I love the quote she added, and the gorgeous font she used for her journaling.
Deb's layout was so much fun, just like her photo! I loved the subtle stamps, and the way she added the date to the flag at the bottom of the layout.
Paula's photo was so sweet. The banner she used along the bottom of the photo was amazing, and putting the title on top of the star really made it pop. What a fun, fun, layout!
Emily's photo of her sweet puppy was heart-wrenching. I thought it was a great tribute to her amazing family pet. The layering, fun stamping, and wood chips really draw your eye to the photo, and you can tell Maddie was something special.
You can't help but to love Erin's photos! She did a great job of making those photos pop by her choice of color, her design, and wonderful journaling.
Emily's layout is design perfection. I was immediately drawn to the photo with that cool arrow, and I loved the way she added hand stitching to her journaling.
Marnie's layout was the perfect fit for all the personality in her favorite photo. I love that she used such bold colors, but on a smaller scale so they don't overwhelm the photo.
Walking through the gallery again, I realized that I really missed so many of the special details each designer included in their layout. I hope you enjoyed our walk as much as I did!
Before I go, we have our monthly freebie to help you create a favorite photographs page as well. Here it is
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I love write. click. scrapbook. Saturdays. I love taking time to look back through the galleries. I remember back when a Simple Scrapbooks magazine would arrive in my mailbox, how I would turn the pages as fast as I could to see all the layouts. Then I would go to sleep and dream of all that I saw. Then over the next few weeks, I would go back through and study it. I would look through the layouts and ear mark those that sang to me. Then I would study them to see how and why.
Now that everything has gone online, I sometimes feel like information and layouts come at us so fast and so furiously, that it is hard to slow down and do what we used to do. That's part of why I love gallery walking. It just lets us take time to look again. Slowly. Purposefully. Shall we begin?
Rather than make lists, this month we are going to go layout by layout and look at the colors of each layout. Color is a true starting place for many layouts. Let's look and see how our team put things together.
Francine's layout is lovely in yellow and grey. Current color trends certainly affect our pages. As you put together your wardrobe each season, look to see if the colors would translate well onto a page.
Aliza's page talks about her love of black clothes. Notice how she uses stark black elements to help support her journaling. The ink drips. The stitching. The small graphic papers. That she used them in such sparse measures, makes you notice them all the more.
We have learned how impactful repetition can be. Vivian's layout is a perfect example. She uses color families as repetitive elements. The lettering of her title, the photos, and then the painted veneer cameras. First, the repetition is visually soothing. Then the colors help you notice the vibrance color in the photos. And lastly, the contrast of the darkest brown provides a backdrop for the colors to shine. Perfect.
Lisa's layout shows how much she loves color. Have you taken a moment to document the color in your life? As a side design note, Lisa's journaling inserted on the diagonal is wonderful! And the teeny heart on the photo is one of those Lisa elements that just help her pages to ooze likability.
Next, let's look at Katie's layout. She added her favorite colors in equal proportions. Equal? I know. The pink/red takes up the whole page. But the blue is so saturated, compared to the spritz of the pink. So really they are quite balanced. Your mind will gather up all those spritzy dots and combine them to look the same as the blue. Really. Pop back over and look and tell me which one you see in greater proportion. Neither, right?? I knew it! Katie is a genius. And you can be, too. Then next time you have two equally bold and bright colors that you want to include, add one through mist. The diffusion will be just what you need to keep things balanced without having to resort to actual balanced use.
Did you read through Deb's notes? There she tells us how she is drawn to soft blue. I love that when she made her layout she didn't drown us in it. In fact, when you first see Deb's layout, I would venture that you, like me, first noticed the bright, warm yellow. But do you know what sets that yellow off so well? You guessed it, the soft blue that she loves. When you love something, don't force it to be center stage. Sometimes it can play a more powerful role in the background. I guarantee that had she used a bright green in place of the soft blue that the beauty of the yellow would have been lost.
Diane and color are like bread and butter. They just go together! (Just because I am that way, I am curious about her home decor and how she incorporates her bright happiness throughout her living spaces!) For the color on Diane's layout, look to how she has muted brights rather than bright brights. If the colors were all saturated, it might have screamed too loudly. Rather, the yellow in the middle draws our eye right in and the dark red peeking out from behind the photo grounds it. Then the other four color stripes are fun and happy without overwhelming.
From bright to muted, let's next look to Celeste's layout. This is a terrific example of how color doesn't need to be vibrant to be impactful. And also how a neutral can help push a color forward into the spotlight. Celeste's use of greige (grey-beige) serves an important role in highlighting the star of the page and the story, orange. Before we go on, have you made a page documenting your favorite color yet?
When I first noticed Kathy's work, I must admit I was smitten by her ability to use bright colors and lots of patterns. I love how she didn't shy away from them and incorporated them with ease and delight. This month, Kathy's layout stayed true to her talent. Let's look. The first thing that catches the eye of course is the myriad colors. The next is that the patterns are all small, which makes them evenly weighted. Lastly, the white space on the right and from the kraft in the center offsets the bountiful color. Lending a hand to that is the black in the title as well. And see how Kathy didn't add the center to the middle of the letters? Those stark black circles do the same to Kathy's layout as Vivian's brown camera did on hers. Solid grounding. It is these touches that help keep everything so visually pleasing.
My layout is next. Usually when we think of color on a layout, we think of the paper and embellishments. But color can also be found in the tint that we put on our photos. We can change the mood of the photos by adding a filter to a photo. This one is muted and rosey with a filter from Willette Photography. I use it often. Probably too often. Rebecca Cooper and Marcy Penner are masters at putting an individual stamp on their photos by the tints they add. It's fun! You might want to try it!
Do you sometimes recognize layouts before you even read the name attached by the colors and hues? Alexandra is that, for me. It's not a particular color exactly, but that her pages and photos have a lovely vintage glow. Alexandra's layout this month is true to her style. As you study her layout, tell me if you could identify the date the photos were taken. I know I cannot! And I love that! She, more than anyone, finds patterned papers that support her aesthetic. In color, in texture, and in design. It's an art. And she is an artist, for certain.
When I read through Jenny's notes, I learned that she had to dig back into her summer photos to find some that fit her favorite colors. And it got me thinking, I wonder if there is a time of year that photos are easier for me as the colors better fit my favorites? And I think there is! How about for you?
As you look at Jenny's layout, do you see how there is a subtle pattern on her background yellow paper? This pattern helps to diffuse the yellow, which otherwise might be too much. Remember how we talked about the pink on Katie's layout being less saturated as it was spritzed? The same is true with Jenny's yellow having a lighter graphic design. So when you love a color that is a bright one, look for it on a b-side of a patterned paper. That's where companies like to hide their cool graphic subtle tone on tone patterns.
Erin's layout is an example of how well she incorporates the colors in her photos into her layouts. I usually reach for white to be my background paper. Erin grabs a color. And is do good at it. I am going to try harder to follow her lead!
Christa's layout shows how color families can make it easy to use color. If you find a similar color on several patterned papers you have a great start to selecting the papers. This lets you use various patterns without trouble. Then, once you have a handful of patterns with like colors, you can branch out to other differently colored papers with like patterns. A formula for certain success!
Jennie's layout isn't a favorite colors layout as much as a favorite color combination layout! And what a terrific combination it is: blue/aqua/turquoise and red. Have you a favorite combo? How did you stumble upon it? Has it always been? Did you find it in a patterned paper family? Once you find it, don't worry about reusing it often. If you vary the combination proportions, you can get miles and miles out of your favorite without it seeming repetitive. If you don't believe me, look through Jennie's blog. You will see her favorites and see how well she uses them. And never will you think, gosh, I'm tired of aqua and red! Promise.
Kelly's layout is a good reminder that it is okay to stray away from typical colors. Girls don't need pink. Boys can have it. It's okay! You can look to the photo, to your kids, or to your favorites. The colors on your layout should support your story, or at least not detract from it. Other than that, there are no rules. Just a million and one shades to choose between!
When I saw Amy's layout, I fell in love with the bits of red. In their varying shades, and proportions. In their saturated hues. In their patterns. And their subtleties. I love how the strings of the threads trickle across the pages. I love how the radiant sun in the top left of left photo moves the red into the yellows. And just like that I am moved from red to yellow and now see all the golden yellows. Do you ever get lost in the color of a layout? I do. And it moves me.
Celeste's layout is so lovely in its springy hues and peachy pinks. It's a sweet side of Celeste. I love how she layered, not just her patterns, but her colors. And mixed in a multi-colored paper which ties all of them together. Using flower centers in different colors also helps to tie them all together. If ever you are stuck for a color scheme, finding a digital kit is a terrific start. All of Celeste's elements are from one kit. It helps tie things together so nicely. Digi kits are a bit more eclectic that a regular paper release. Even if you don't scrap digitally, there is terrific color inspiration to be found on a pretend shopping spree.
Christine's layout's color scheme is based upon the sun and ocean. And what is not to love about that? Looking outside for colors can be very helpful. It can provide the background to a photo that is cropped too closely to see. It can provide a mood. It can be a starting point for layout that is having trouble finding its place. And if that outside in color scheme means something to you, it can even spill over into your journaling. Just like it did Christine's!
Sarah's layout is filled with the color spectrum, in rainbow form. Not only does she use the colors in her patterned paper, but then Sarah adds a rainbow flair. And a spectral title. And adds in the colors missing from the balloons as embellishments in the lower left hand corner. I wonder if she even knew that red and yellow were missing from the balloons. Sometimes color is so intuitive it can be tricky to put into words.
The colors in Emily's layout are her favorites. And some of mine. Compare the yellow and blue to that on Christine's layout. Isn't it crazy the difference of hue can make? The colors here take center stage as they appear from the bottom. The idea of them being framed makes them so much more impactful. And surrounded by all that yummy white white space makes it even more so. Do you see how she has created color vignettes in the left upper and right lower corners? and on the photo? Having each color represented in the vignettes gives the layout a equal balance, top, middle, and bottom. If a color had been left off, then your eye would have kept moving to find it. But with each there, instead, then you are satisfied at each visual stop.
Amy's layout about black orange and purple being associated with Halloween reminds us how our holidays and festivities are tied to colors. Test time. Christmas colors? Hanukkah colors? Valentines? Easter? See? Why is this do you think? Have you thought about your emotional responses to color? and holiday color combinations? Or even wider, just general combinations. My high school was royal blue and white. My town's now is maroon and gold. And I have lived in three red/white college towns (though to be exact, OSU's colors are scarlet and grey. The names are very important!) Red and white makes me think of football. Just does. Have you refrained from putting two colors together on a layout because the combination made you think of something other than the subject of your layout?
Emily's layout uses a mist name Fig Magenta. Which is apparently her favorite even though she doesn't like purple or pink. Curious, no? Have you a non-favorite color that seems to make repeat performances on your pages?
When you know that Paula loves both green and blue and the in between teal, don't you love how she blends the green and the blue letters to make teal ones in the middle? I love that Paula's layout pays homage to her favorite colors without it being the subject of her layout.
Thank you for walking through the gallery with me! I hope you enjoyed our stroll!
For our printable this week, we have an album cover for your gratitude album. I hope you had a terrific turkey day and that you had a chance to fill out your gratitude cards! Here is a link for your album cover.
Enjoy your day! and thank you for stopping. We are truly grateful for your time and loyalty!
Hello and welcome to our final October Saturday. We hope you have had a fun month with us. Our month started out with a bang as we were honored to have some magnificent guests. Thank you, again, to Jennie, Connie, Aliza, Cris, Amy, Whitney, Janice, and Christine for sharing their talent with us!
Deb then provided us a marvelous week on stamping, filled with techniques, instruction, and inspiration. Next, we got in a Halloween mood as the whole team chipped in with festive home decor, crafts, layouts, and more. As the big night draws near, remember to read up on the photo tips! Teka closed out our last full week, giving us myriad reasons to pin even more eye candy on Pinterest.
Looking back at our Saturday workshops, Amy gave us three challenges and helped us see the difference little changes can make in our journaling. (Doesn't she make it look easy?) Next, Lisa offered up some useful suggestions on using stock photos and creating our own stock photo libraries. Lastly, Marnie put together a sketch from Erin's layout, a color palette from Jennifer's, and brought to focus the rainbow trend from this month's gallery.
Once again, a month of terrific scrapbooking It really has been an incredible, information-packed, inspiration-filled month.
Before we welcome November, as with each month's end, today we are taking one last walk back through our gallery. Shall we take one last look at Pinterest Made Me!?
This month we are going to find 25 design ideas based upon our gallery.
wrap some twine around an element on your page Katie
use three tags, two the same'ish, one different Lisa