Lisa here today and first I must say that this months theme of re-using, re-cycling is one of my very favorite! I do tons of this in various ways all the time. This time I wanted to talk a little bit about those odd, left-over letter stickers...
If you have been a scrapbooker for a while you are sure to have them; left-over letter stickers. Right?! I have a big stash of odd letter stickers that are not being used mainly because they are out of vowls. But also because I don´t like the style or color. I have a few tips on how to use them anyway!
I created this page on how I miss my Sadie dog like crazy. For this I made a cluster with odd letters (still from the same set) and to make the title I used a different color letter stickers to make it stand out.
Another example is to use number stickers on a birthday card like I did above.
I used chipboard letters for this art journal page. The letters were all white and I painted over them to create unity.
I had several older sticker sheets with colors I wasn´t so keen on anymore. I didn´t want to just toss them since there were still quite a few letters still. So, I simply painted the whole sheet with black craft paint. Suddenly I had a whole lot of “new” black letters that I find easier to use!
And here is a layout where I have used one of my "new" letterstickers!
I hope that I could give you some inspiration for using those unused letterstickers!
Is it pointless to have a blog post on photography that doesn’t include any photos?
Maybe, but I’m going to try it anyway!
This is Amy Sorensen, and the reason I’m not sharing a photo today is because I haven’t taken it yet. You’ll see why after I share my idea instead.
Every month on my blog, I try to write a monthly summary. I include everyday details from all of my family members’ lives…what we did and saw, sometimes what we ate, what we read and watched and argued over and loved. (Here is August’s monthly review so you know what I’m talking about.) Sometimes I include photos, sometimes I don’t.
I like doing this for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it makes going back to scrapbook the past easier. It gives me some details to work with when I can’t remember exactly what was happening. It also helps me feel like I am stopping to appreciate this time right now. To observe and remember and even sometimes celebrate a little bit.
I say that I “try to” write a monthly summary because I don’t always get it done. Sometimes I forget altogether. Sometimes it is a week (or, yes…two) into the next month before I sum up the previous months. But I’m trying to be more proactive and regularly-scheduled on my blog, and a few weeks ago I came up with an idea to help me get this post done on the first day of every month.
Every month, on the last day, I’m going to take some “goodbye ___________” photos. (So this month would be, yes, “goodbye September.”) A few images that visually represent that month’s emotional “feel.” I might never scrapbook these pictures—but I will use them on my blog post.
I don’t have a picture to share with you because I already know the image I want to say goodbye to this September with. And I can’t take it until this afternoon when school’s over. Every day, one of my 9-year-old’s responsibilities is to pick up the apples that have fallen from our tree. Homework, snack, then apples before he can play with friends. Sometimes he’s happy with this chore, sometimes not so much, but it’s a thing he does almost every day in September. That’s the photo I want: taken at a low angle, so I get the grass and some of the fallen apples, and maybe his hand picking one up, all in that glowy, late-afternoon light that only happens in the fall.
You’ll have to imagine it.
Then, tomorrow, I’ll have an image to go with my September summary!
I’m posting this without that picture, though, to encourage you to watch today for your “goodbye September” image. To challenge you to take some photos that summarize how the end of this month feels for you. Maybe share them on your blog, maybe make a layout with them. Maybe just write some details about them in your journal. But watch for them!
Hello everyone and welcome to Day 4 of our week devoted to learning new techniques!
Sue here today, with a new technique I’ve been enjoying using on my scrapbook pages. Embossing paste adds an interesting dimension and texture to your cards and layouts. It is spread through a stencil to create a raised surface. I like the way embossing paste adds dimension without a lot of bulk. It’s a fun technique to learn.
You will need these materials to use embossing paste on your projects:
- embossing paste (comes in a variety of colors, I have white and silver)
- stencils (another stash item to start collecting, beware!)
- removable masking tape (I use washi tape because I have a ton of the stuff)
- pallet knife(s)
1. Decide where you want your embossed image to go. Tape the stencil into place so it is flat to the page and will not move. Mask off any areas you do not want to emboss if necessary.
2. Use your pallet knife to apply a layer of embossing paste over the surface of the stencil. Use gentle sweeping movements, like icing a cake, to push the paste through all the holes of your stencil. You can apply as thin or thick a layer as you want. (if you end up with some paste where you don’t want it, you can use a clean pallet knife or craft knife to scrape the unwanted paste from the surface of the page)
3. Carefully wipe off any surplus paste and return it to your jar of embossing paste. Remove the masking tape and carefully lift the stencil from the page. Clean your stencil and pallet knife right away to avoid the paste hardening on them!
4. Leave your page somewhere flat to dry. This could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending on how thickly you have applied the embossing paste.
This technique looks especially nice on dark paper, don’t you think? Another of my favorite looks is white-on-white. As a clean and simple scrapper, I love being able to add a few splatters while having complete control over where and how much goes on the page.
If you decide to try this technique, there are plenty of examples on Pinterest. Allow yourself time to play with your embossing paste on scrap paper, or try it out on a card first. Give yourself permission to experiment. Who knows? Embossing paste and stencils may become a new staple in your scrapping repertoire!
Please come back tomorrow as we wrap up the week with a final new technique from Jenny Larson!
Welcome to another Learning a new technique post this week! Lisa here and today I am going to show you how very easily you can use watercolors to make pocket cards. The trend of watercolors in memory keeping has been going on for a while now, but let´s face it not everyone is a painter me included! But, really, if you can hold a brush and color then you are set. I am going to show you 4 examples.
First cut cardstock/watercolor paper to the size card you would like to make. I cut mine to 3x4” cards.
For this first card I used a fuller brush like this.
Choose your color and then simply paint a circle that is filled in.
Put aside to dry!
I used a flat brush for this.
Choose your color and with the flat brush paint stripes across the card.
Change back to the fuller brush.
Clear your workspace so that nothing will get splattered that shouldn´t.
Choose your color and make sure that you use a little more water so that you can easily get splatter.
Then hold your brush like you would a magic wand (he he) and make a rapid motion downwards so that you get small drops of color on your card.
For this I used an outlined heart stamp from Technique Tuesday, but the important thing is to have a stamp that is outlined.
Stamp (with your normal stamp pad) randomly on the card and then let dry.
Now, use a thin brush (or even a q-tip) depending on how big the space is that you will color in is.
Tip! Don´t use too much water when you color in the stamp.
Now you have your basic cards. Here is how I used my 4 cards in my Project Life album!
The circle card became a title card.
The lined one is perfect for journaling.
The splattered one is a weekly card.
And finally the stamped card is used as a background.
Fun, eh?! I hope that I have been able to inspire you to try watercolors for yourself! Have a great day!
Hi all! I hope that your summer has been fantastic so far!
For me summer is a time when I can be outside more, tending to my garden, down by the lake and feel sunshine on my face. I can list a hundred things that makes me happy right now, and that is just what I wanted to show you today. Make a layout using a list of things that makes you happy!
This is an older page where I have used a large photo and added my list right on the photo. When making a list type layout you can opt to use a neutral photo that might not have anything to do with your list, or perhaps add smaller photos from your list.
For me these kinds of layouts are much more about the journaling so for this one above I chose a smaller sized photo that is one that makes me smile.
In this last layout, I used my photo as a place to write my title and the list is just a continuing list on the journaling card.
Hello! Lisa here with my first post of the summer. I thought I´d show you some simple ideas on how to scrapbook the current things in your life today. I really like to have glimpses of how our lives are special at this time of our lives in my scrapbooks/Project Life album. Life changes so quickly, right.
In my PL album I like to add things about my teenaged daughter. Now, my daughter is very used to have her photo taken, send me photos etc. But if you have a child that is not comfortable to have their photos taken every other day you might want to search for things that is very them in other places. For example a screen shot of their playlist in Spotify, like shown above. For this I actually caught her computer open with the recent played songs listed and I took a quick photo.
Do you work outside the home? Or do you work at home? Either way, be sure to include a page about how your worklife is right now. Who knows, perhaps that is the one thing we nearly never document in our scrapbooks! But after all we do spend a lot of time at our work places and it is well worth documenting. Above I have a very quick page just showing glimpses of my workdays without nearly any journaling. I have done pages like this with much more journaling and I am sure I will do more of those too. I work with kids so naturally I don´t take photos of their faces and show them on these pages, but that is not the point either. I know many of you have work where cameras are a no-no, but there are ways to work around that. Take a photo of what you bring to work, your commute etc. Or perhaps do a page with just journaling.
In these days most of us communicate electronically. I included the most used emojis I had used texting in one of my PL spreads. For this I simply opened a new text message on my phone, clicked to show the emojis and took a screen shot and printed.
A last tip: try to write down the books or perhaps magazines you read in a period of time. For a recent spread in PL I listed the books I had read since January. I bet you'd be suprised of how many you have read! I was!
I hope these tips can inspire you this summer!
Ps. I just wanted to shortly mention that I have changed my last name just the other month. I have returned to my maiden name Borbély and if you are searching for me online you might need to know that :)
Welcome to the last day of Jumpstart Week! This week we’ve talked about different ways to jumpstart a scrapbook page. So far we’ve talked about photo, color, design, and technique. Today for the conclusion to our week, we will discuss how STORIES can jumpstart your page. Telling stories about our lives is near and dear to my heart. Most of my storytelling occurs on my blog, but I’ve also told many stories via scrapbook pages. It appears that my Write.Click.Scrapbook. teammates concur with me, because I received the most layout submissions for this post, the STORY jumpstart post. You can click on any of the layouts in this post to see it bigger and read the stories.
When I think about all the story-inspired layouts I’ve done, one of them stands out to me as the most important one I’ve ever done. And it was also the hardest layout I’ve ever done. My mom passed away from cancer in 2007. Just three days before she died, she called me into her room and said she wanted to chat with me. I knew it was mostly likely the last time we would have an in-depth conversation, and it was to be her farewell talk with me. I cried through the entire conversation, but I tried to remember everything we talked about. As soon as the conversation was over, I went to my laptop and typed out every thing I could remember from the conversation.
Then the document sat on my hard drive for six years. I couldn’t bring myself to open it and read it. I still missed my mom and was afraid of the flood of emotions if I opened the document and read it. In fact, I have tears in my eyes as I type this post, because the conversation still affects me to this day. When the February 2013 gallery for Write.Click.Scrapbook. was decided to be “Conversations”, I knew it was time to make this layout and tell the story.
You can click through to the gallery entry to read the journaling. This was definitely a story-driven layout. The entire layout was really about the story. I rarely type on my paper layouts, but this one had to be typed because the story was so long. Telling stories is a major part of scrapbooking.
Another story that I’ve told on a layout is this digital page I made called “Blessing In Disguise”. It’s a story about how I had planned to go to grad school in Psychology and become a Psychologist. But my research was slow and not going well, and my sponsoring professor told me I was too slow. I was very sad at the time, but now I think of it as a huge blessing in disguise. I stayed in college for two more years and received both a BS in Psychology and a BS in Accounting. When I graduated I had a job in hand and I’m still working with the same company 20 years later. My company paid for my MBA while I worked. I love my accounting/finance job and I’m really good at it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. This change in direction was a blessing in disguise.
Think of what stories you want to tell about your life and make a page about it! Even if you don’t have photos, you can use a similar photo or no photos at all. The stories you tell will be cherished for a long time.
I love this layout by Aliza that tells the story of her shy son who wouldn’t leave his parents side, but grew into a teenager who performs in front of people in a musical. The storytelling on this layout is superb.
I love this layout by Celeste about her son practicing the saxaphone. I love the close-up photo, and how she started the story with “10,000 hours. That’s what Malcolm Gladwell said it takes to become an export at something.”
Jennifer H recorded a time capsule of her son at 10 years old. I love how many photos she included, and her journaling about her son in different font sizes.
Jennie created a funny lighthearted layout telling the story of how her son announced he’s allergic to all kinds of things.
Lisa O created this sweet layout titled “Home Sweet Home”. Lisa says, “After my divorce last year I kept the house. It is pretty run down and needs some work but it is my safety and I love it! I first wrote the journaling and then used a photo I had taken a while ago in the bedroom. Sometimes I struggle a bit with longer journaling and how I'd fit it on a page. Here I used the journaling as an element on the page and that is how I solve it most times. To tie with the story I used Wood veneer houses and hearts.”
Laura O had a long story to tell of a crazy day of travel softball. She used a digital layered template which allowed for a lot of journaling and when she wrote it all out she filled the page. Digital scrapbooking is a great way to fit a lot of words/story onto the layout!
Here are a few more layouts that concentrate on telling the stories.
A Perfect Day by Aliza.
This Man by me (Christine)
Love This! by Celeste
Slugger by Jennifer H
Huzzah! by Jennie
I hope you’ve enjoyed a week of jumpstarts to scrapbooking! Next time you get the urge to scrapbook, try using photos, colors, design, techniques, or stories as the jumping-off point to inspire your page!
Welcome to day 4 of Jumpstart Week. This week we are looking at the different ways that you can jumpstart your scrapbook page. We looked at Photos, Colors, and Design so far. Today we will look at techniques.
Trying a new technique is a great way to jumpstart a page. There are so many different techniques that I want to try on my layouts! For my “Beach Love” layout, I really wanted to try hand-stitching on my page. After I put down some papers and my photos and got a general idea of where I want to stitch, I stitched the word “LOVE” and an arrow in the upper left hand corner. I also stitched a star on the lower right corner to balance things out.
You can even stitch on Project Life journal cards. I stitched the speech bubble onto a 3x4 journal card and adhered my photo inside it.
On this layout, I hand-stitched the sun rays using twine.
Another technique that I wanted to try on a page was emboss & resist with watercolors. I did that on my layout about going to AT&T Park for baseball game.
Here’s a close-up of what the emboss and watercolor resist looks like.
If you’re interested in trying this technique, I have a video tutorial on my blog here.
For my page “Catch a Wave”, I wanted to simulate looking at things underwater through a porthole, so I created punched out circles on the bottom of the page and filled some of them with two layers of vellum and sequins and wood veneers in between. I think this see-through effect is a fun look.
Another technique I love is filling cut-outs with patterned papers underneath. For my layout below, I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the circles with hearts in them, and filled the hearts with coordinating patterned papers underneath. Pretty fun!
Lisa O created this layout by using the punched out negative space paper strips as mats behind her photo. She had punched out a bunch of butterflies and saved a few strips of the papers to use for the layout. So clever!
Jennie also wanted to use the negative space of a die cut on a page. The mat with the hearts cut out really pop off the page!
Laura O wanted to try some Photoshop actions on her photo. Laura says, “I used a photo action (Adrienne Looman Little Kisses). For something like this I always duplicate the photo to apply the filter and keep the original. I know that someday I might want to see how things really looked. With this photo the effects of the filter were so fun and super saturated I was inspired to scrap it with this polaroid frame and colorful papers.” Photoshop actions are a great digital technique to try!
Jennie wanted to incorporate letterpress into a 12x12 layout. She used that technique to create this page “The Great Outdoors”.
Another technique that Jennie wanted to try was to use large photos cut up into several smaller slots on a Project Life layout. That looks so cool!
Want to use up all your alphabets? Why not use the leftovers to create some visual interest? Jennie used it as part of her title + as an embellishment/page element. So creative!
There are many techniques that I still want to try. I keep a list of them in Evernote so that if when I have some time to experiment, I can go down the list and try something out. Trying out new techniques is a great way to jumpstart a page!
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!
Scrapbook pages can be inspired by page designs, shapes, sketches, templates, and even Pinterest! Sometimes the design of the page is just the jumpstart that you need to get scrapbooking!