I have the pleasure of loading the gallery each month, which means I get sneak peeks of all the layouts as they come in. And then I get to spend some time with each project as I post it and edit the materials' lists. But even still, when I pull open the gallery as a whole, my knees swoon, just a bit.
Like every month, there is something in each project that catches my eye. Let's go in order of appearance.
Lisa's canvas: First, I love red polkadots. And tiny ones remind me of my favorite swiss dot dress when I was little. But my favorite part is Lisa's ingenuity in decorating a stamped doily. I would have been tempted to buy an actual doily, which would not have had the same simple glory that Lisa's stamped doily attains.
Aly's layout: Such a brilliant use of cards. I love how some of the circles are names, others photos, other designs. I think the mixture provides such good balance. And helps us to see how eclectic gatherings help tell stories.
Christa's layout: My favorite part of Christa's layout is how she used border punched paper to create shelves for her pictures. This subtle tie in to her subject unifies her story and photos and design. So clever.
Aly's layout: First, the pictures are perfect. I have had three small children and this very same situation, but never thought to bend down and snap a picture of the ornaments on the floor, or the giant grin of the culprit. Times like this I remember how important it is to visit our site often for reminders of all those photos we don't want to miss!! (Such a shameless plug!! teehee!!) Second, did you notice Aly's use of the photo corners? A quiet means of defining the photos as a whole.
Celeste's layout: One of Celeste's greatest strengths is her design strength. She flexed her muscles for us again this month. Notice how everything about her layout is linear: the squares, the even spaces, the white space. And then, there's the photo. Tilted just so. Thereby drawing our eye in. And with tilt, the ninja's eyes become horizontally even with the squares, thereby providing one more bit of balance and symmetry.
Aly's layout: Did you read the journaling? It talks about a moment of quiet. I find most of my quiet holiday moments are spent staring at the lights on my tree. I feel a layout coming on!
Lisa's layout: Aside from the scrapbooking side of things, I might need some of those cookies!! hee hee. Lisa has such a way with her photos. (My favorite might be the kitty next to the elf!!) It's not just the photos she takes, but her angles, her lighting, and the details. Oh, the details.
Christa's layout: First, do you see how unseasonal the colors in this layout are? Not very Christmas-y,but really lovely all the same. And can you spot the triangle? The bottom of visual triangle is the left hand side of the layout (top to bottom). The apex of the triangle is the photo of Jed. This triangle wouldn't work without the tape at the bottom of the page in the lower left hand corner. Cover it up, for just a moment, and evaluate the difference. See? I told you Christa was clever!!
Kelly's book: I love the idea of a page or two representing each year of celebrations. I have made similar birthday books, but never thought to do it for Christmas. This is so very smart. And how fun to look at each year as it grows. Thank you, Kelly, for such a terrific idea!
Keshet's layout: Oh, food shots! What's not to love? I have taken photos of the neighbors' and teachers' treats in the past, but rarely seem to get them on a layout. I love how Keshet's layout show a close-up photo and then one in full packaging. Perfect.
Paula's layout: Paula's photo grouping is just perfect. And did you know that you can have this too? She used a digital photo cluster to put it together. These can be used for paper layouts, too by adding your photos, printing it out, and then trimming the edges. Adding the notation on the bottom of the photos makes it even more purposeful. And the layers on the title? Lovely.
Cheryl's ornament: Only Cheryl could transform a dollar store ugly plaque into this darling little creation.
Cheryl's plate: Or a plate into this? And if you try this at home, be sure to add shadows to the layers so that you can tell who is in front. It's the same as if you were using stickers. One on top, one below.
Francine's layout: The title is terrific and tell so much of the story. Good titles are so effective. I have been keeping track of the books we have checked out of the library on Pinterest and I know that a layout like this will be a perfect capture of our visual list! Something I love about Francine's layout is how the title is big and bold, and the flourish is big and bold, and the photos are just so tiny.
Lisa's layout: I love this one for its content. Have you a similar book? A place where you keep all your ideas together? Have you thought to photograph it and add it to your scrapbook? These items that make up our world are so fleeting. And yet, so basic for us. Perhaps you could look around your life and see if there's something you do often that hasn't yet made your scrapbooks!
Lisa's layout: Did you notice the texture of the blue ribbon beneath the photo? and how the ribbon isn't completely adhered, thus providing even more texture? The velvety softness adds to the warm glow of the lights. And again, Lisa's photos are well-composed so that the twinkle lights glow softly.
Marie's layout: The visual triangle on this layout is more like a pyramid, coming up and out of the paper. The stacked layers make the photo rise up and out of the page, catching your eye before anything else. And Marie was right on target in getting down level with the baby to shoot the photo at the appropriate perspective.
Monika's layout: Monika's design is one of my go-to designs. It works seamlessly for horizontal 4x6 photos. I probably have more than 20 layouts with nearly the same design. And, no, that's not lazy, just practical!! Further, did you notice the woodgrain tape? So hip!
Emily's layout: For a layout about a santa collection, Emily's layout is remarkably and delightfully void of santas. Rather, the title is the story and the photo is the evidence. The trees prove the season and the colors lend a cheer. Especially helpful with a black and white photo. And have I mentioned how real Emily's pages seem? And always have a twist of wry humor.
Donna's layout: Donna chose to use two patterned papers as her backdrop, though not in equal proportion. When she added her photographs, she put the narrow photo on the wider pattern, and the wider photo on the narrower strip. This slight adjustment creates flow from the vertical base of the visual triangle (the left hand side of the layout) up and through the triangle to the middle of the page on the right side. With the edge of the landscape photo crossing over onto the patterned paper on the left, the layout becomes cohesive and level.
Amy's layout: This is a wonderful reminder to get our memories on paper even if it means we must wait for the photo. And if you know what size it will be, you can create an whole layout and even place it in the proper album. Who said layouts need photos?
Amy's layout: Being a fontophile and a stickerphile, I have always wanted to create a layout like this, but have never been able to determine how to do it. Now I know who I can ask! I love the boxes and how she hand drew them. And I wish we lived close enough to visit my mom and help her decorate!!
Alexandra's tags: Such a clever way of documenting our homes. Tags relieve the pressure of having a particular number of items and are fun little canvases to decorate. And once we get some snow or put up some lights, I am totally taking Alex's suggestion to document our outside homes.
Thank you for going gallery walking with me. I hope it was helpful to evaluate the little things that make the layouts work so well.
School ended for us yesterday. Which means Thursday was spent elbow deep in white chocolate popcorn. Having 16 teacher gifts to put together, I thought it might be easiest to print tags. So I made tags.
Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with us! We appreciate you and hope you are doing well on your holiday preparations. Next week will be filled with more December Dailies. Can't wait to see you here!
This month we wanted to celebrate the love and effort that we take decorating our homes for the holidays. No matter what the celebration, it seems there is always room for a little festivity!! (Or a lot, hee hee!!) Sit back, relax, and enjoy peering into our Holiday Homes.
December is here and we are thrilled to announce the return of our daily posting schedule! Much like our summer months, each day will feature a new author and a new topic. Our team is thrilled to inspire your December to be filled with paper crafting, scrapbooking, and photography. So, while the weather outside may be frightful, our site will be delightful...
But, wait, today is Thursday. And you know what that means...
To celebrate the start of December and the holiday season, we're kicking things off with an exciting give.away.day. We know that many of you are working on winter or holiday projects and would love to add to your stash of winter- and holiday-themed products, so...without further ado...we bring you October Afternoon's Holiday Style collection!
If you haven't already clicked on the link or the images above to get a closer look, the Holiday Style line features twelve double-sided patterned papers and a large variety of embellishments certain to add holiday style (get it? :)) to all of your projects. With the mix of patterns and products in this collection you'll have lots of opportunities to document your favorite memories of winters and holidays past and present and will have lots of bits leftover for cards, gift tags, etc.
Here's a layout Vivian created using die cut embellishments from the Flower Sack (clever Vivian cut them in half to stretch them!) as well as Word Stickers and Little Flyers.
October Afternoon is really close to having 10,000 followers on Facebook. If you haven't already headed over there to like them, please do so and let them know that you were sent there by Write. Click. Scrapbook. A little birdie told me that there might be a prize or two or more when the magic number appears.
Interested in a chance to win Holiday Style? I thought so. Go ahead and leave a comment on this post telling us what is your holiday style. Comments will remain open through tonight. One lucky number will be posted tomorrow. Please remember to claim your lucky number before Saturday at midnight.
Before you go, we have some sad news. Beth, Melissa, and Marcy are leaving us. I have worked with Beth since 2006 and I can't imagine my scrapbook life not including her. Not one bit. Beth is not only a fantastic designer but also an amazing woman, friend, and mother. Melissa has been with us since we launched. I first noticed her name attached to a layout with tiny footprints. It was love at first sight!! And I carry her camera strap on my camera so I will have an excuse to think of her everyday! And Marcy, my fellow Canadian, is leaving far too soon. Her pages are top notch. We are sad we won't have a chance to get to know her more. But also know that we will see her often. Happily so! We will miss you all and look forward to stalking your blogs to keep up!
That's it! Don't forget to pour over the new gallery, to visit October Afternoon, to return to leave your comment, and to include a heartfelt goodbye to Beth, Melissa, and Marcy. What a day! What a month! December is going to be awesome!
This month's theme can include photos taken a few weeks ago, or many many years ago, or no photo at all.
Chances are your journaling is going to be heartfelt, and perhaps a bit lengthy, but don't make it so, if a few words is all you feel inclined to write. This is a great time to be authentic in retelling your memories.
Did you notice a design element that appears consistently on this month's pages? We saw several of our designers grouping smaller embellishments together. What a terrific and subtle way to help further the story in continuing the theme of collected memories. What do you think?
Please don't hesitate to leave a comment telling our teammates how much you appreciated their layouts this month! We can't thank you enough for adding us to your very busy schedules. We hope you know how grateful we are that you take the time to come visit.
Once last thing, please take a minute and click over to visit Ali, Renee, and the Magpie Club. They are terrific sponsors and we couldn't keep this place alive without them!!
We hope we can inspire you to document your little shadow. You know, the one that follows you everywhere. We know how easy it can be to forget to document our everyday things. And taking a picture of ourselves with our littles can be tricky. But made easier with a shadow picture.
The idea of having/being a shadow can extend to children, too. Do you have one that shadows another? Do you still walk in your sibling's shadow? Maybe this is the month to document it!
Can you use the idea of shadows as a springboard for an advice page?
And the graphic nature of shadows makes them interesting for action photos.
Follow Vivian's lead and substitute a photo for a silhouette. This allows lots of space so you can journal up a storm!
Have you tried Cloud's splatter technique that she taught us a few weeks ago? Her layout this month shows off the splatter. It's not too late to try it! Be forewarned, it's addicting. And may delight your children as well.
And lastly, we know you have other hobbies. (Guess what? we do, too!) Don't forget to include them in your scrapbooks!
While you are here, we have a couple of changes to tell you about.
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Lastly, the time has come to bid three friends farewell. We are devastated to lose three of our originals, Angie, Autumn, and Jody. We have pleaded with them to stay, we really did. But alas, our pleas weren't enough. We will miss them all and can't imagine our team without them. Witty, wise, and so good at what they do. We are glad to have been together for babies, moves, and cancer free announcements. We really do wish all three of you the best. Please stop by often. Pretty please. And thank you for all you have done for us! xoxoxoxoxo
September is here and brings with it a few changes. But before we tell you the news, we first must say goodbye.
Moon is leaving us. She is a wonderful lady who will be sorely missed. Moon's pages are witty, well designed, and executed flawlessly. Her sense of humor oozes from her pages and her self-deprecating style help us all to remember to not take life quite so seriously. Thank you, Moon, for spending the last couple of years with us!
And now, for the changes. As our summer draws to a close, our summertime dailies are also ending this week. Please leave us a comment and let us know if you enjoyed the daily posts. And further, if you would like to see the feature return again next summer.
Next week, we return to week long author posts. Each author's week will be shortened by one day with Saturdays now becoming editorial days. Beginning next week, our Saturdays will emphasize our three pronged approach to scrapbooking: journaling (Write.), photography (Click.) and design (Scrapbook.) Saturdays will now feature journaling and photography prompts and challenges, sketches, printables, and Flickr tours. We hope to enhance your experience with us by providing you with additional reasons to scrapbook!! Because at the end of the day, that's what we are hoping for for you--inspiration to scrapbook and permission to do it simply.
We look forward to hearing your response to the new feature when it launches!! Please let us know.
Giveaways will return next Thursday. At which time we will return to the former schedule: comments closing Thursday evenings, lucky numbers posting Friday mornings, and the time to claim the lucky number expiring Saturday at midnight.
But for now, we are here with a brand new gallery. Please put your hands together for our new gallery, Books & Reading--a bit of a roundabout back-to-school celebration. Our team has put together an amazing set of layouts. You may see them here. Please enjoy!
For many of us, scrapbook pages begin with a photograph. We use it to help set the mood of the page. It is our springboard for product selection, both in color and in style. Sometimes we use it to help tell our story, and other times we let it be the whole story. Our photographs are usually the focal point of our pages. Because we like them to be. Because they are pretty, funny, purposeful, memorializing.
But what happens when the story has no photo? Do you leave it out of your scrapbook? Do you just let it stay in your journal, or (gasp!) your mind? Why do we deem these stories unworthy of our scrapbooks, just because the have no photo?
This month, we wanted to take a moment to show how layouts can be amazing without photos. Just know you might just cry, or laugh, or both, as there are some great stories this month. And there are also some artistic pages that were a chance for our artistic sides to take center stage as we played with a page with no boundaries. Be on the lookout for product taking the lead on a page, and for creative uses for product packaging. You might notice some large graphics taking the place of a photo. and as you read through the messages from the designers, you can see how their pages evolved--as none of us are used to creating without pictures. But without exception we hope you see a collection of amazing layouts that relay a message without a photograph taking center stage.
What we hope you realize at the end of the day, is that stories are important. And they can stand on their own. And they can be the reason to create a page. Because sometimes, there are No Photos Required.
This month we are focusing on weddings. Tough subject for a team who scrapbooks daily living much more than big events. But, easy or not, events happen. And are great photo ops. Needing great layouts.
Rather than focus on the difficulties of scrapbooking the big day, we decided to break it down. The colors, the people, the memories of the day. Dreams realized. Hopes for the future. The details in cakes, flowers, dresses. And slowly, the layouts began to come together. In spite of our fears.
And do you know what we found? You don't need your own wedding photos to scrapbook your wedding memories. Wedding layouts don't need to be fancy. Wedding layouts are most fun when they still represent your style. And true to our nature of thinking outside the box, some of our wedding layouts might have nothing at all to do with our weddings!
So before you go running in fear from the idea of redoing your own wedding photos, please click on into our July gallery and see what fun wedding layouts can be.
Karen took the opportunity to look at her favorite wedding moments.
Donna put her three favorite photos on one beautifully designed page.
Monika found a delightful bent-knee wedding day photo to celebrate her ongoing love for her Mr. wRight.
Aly provides ideas for finishing an album you began long ago.
Marcy used this month's topic as a means to explain her taking up and closing down her wedding photography business.
Moon captures her friend's wedding in four prefectly placed photos.
Amy focuses on her hopes for her daughter's future wedding.
Christa's page celebrates the qualities in a husband that she wanted... and got!
We are so very excited that June has arrived. Summer is beginning, school is ending, and here we are celebrating!!
Today today today today today today is our birthday. Or anniversary. Whichever it is, we are happy to eat some (cup)cake(s)!
But not only is our birthday, and our redesign day, but it is also the first of the month, which means we have a new gallery! This month, each of our designers looked to our very own site for their inspiration.
Do you find inspiration here? We really hope so, for that is truly our main goal. At Write. Click. Scrapbook. we want to inspire you to create pages. To document your histories, your dailies, and your memories. And we want you to love your pages. To be proud of your photos, and stories. And how you put them together. There is so much out there for fancy pages, for super technique, for the art of it all. For those of us who are more comfortable scrapping simply, there is the potential to feel like your pages aren't enough. That you aren't doing it right. Which just isn't true. We believe in you. And your simple pages. In fact, we love them! Because here, simple is stunning!!
Lastly, we need to bid a temporary farewell to our dearest editor, Elizabeth Dillow. For the past two and half years ago, Elizabeth has been an integral part of this site. Suffice it to say that without her we would not have begun, let alone continued to grow and flourish for the past two years. It is with very heavy hearts and tear-stained faces that we say farewell, for now. We look forward to her returning in January as a regular team member. Until then, we will miss her dearly.
Thank you, again for being the greatest readers that we could have ever asked for. We hope that you love us, too, and look forward to many more years together. For today, eat a cupcake in our behalf, drink a Dr. Pepper in Elizabeth's honor, and enjoy our birthday! Celebrations will continue through Saturday!!
Before we begin the fun of a brand new gallery, we must first bid farewell to some of our Write. Click. Scrapbook. family. Rebecca, Sara, Kim and Aussie Jody are leaving us this month. We are heartbroken to lose them, but recognize that family comes first, and work trumps play. We have appreciated their style, their teaching, their contributions, and most of all, their friendship. As we bid them adieu, we hope that they will peek in from time to time as we will on them. Good luck friends, you will be missed.
This month, our theme is Everydaily. Yes, we made up a word. It's our very own special way of recognizing everything we do everyday. You know the daily stuff: dishes, diapers, visiting www.writeclickscrapbook.com. The stuff that happens so much it's not just everyday, and not just daily, but instead, it's Everydaily!!
Have you ever sat down at the end of the day, tired, exhausted really, thinking, why am I so tired? It's not like I have done much... And then you start to make a list in your head and then realize you have been on the go all. day. long. Phew! No wonder you are tired.
We all have been scrapbooking long enough to have learned to appreciate the little things. Truly we do appreciate them. We have begun to look at our days and our hours and our minutes differently. As we try to be more in touch with the beauty of the everyday, what we photograph might have changed. Or how we journal might have become a bit more real. This month we want to celebrate our days. Our team has put together some fantastic layouts to inspire you to create your own bit of everydaily heaven.
Melissa chronicles all that her boys do in their twelve hours of wakefulness. Celeste created a list of an average day--be warned, you might be tired from reading it, let alone living it. (note: she wakes at 5:45. Superwoman!!)
Hourly journaling takes a fun twist when Karen puts her signature style to it adding bitty photos to help tell the stories. And while Vivian takes a more traditional list approach, don't for a second think it makes for a boring layout!! Aly not only notes each activity throughout a typical day, but she also managed to take her camera along!! And putting arranging her page in calendar form is genius! Keshet includes a selfie that adds the "what were you wearing that day" element to her long list of to-dids.
As Marie put her daily elements together, she didn't limit herself to taking all her photos from one day. Instead she dipped into her 365 photos and found ones that represented daily life. What great permission to (re)use or (re)purpose photos you already have. Autumn used seven photos on her layout, one for each day of the week, and her journaling represents a list of a week's worth of everydaily activities. No rule that an everydaily layout can't be weekly, or monthly...
Lisa uses an old note and some saved photo booth photos to remember what daily life held for her back when her daughter was just one and a half. Moon created lists of what each of her children do on one particular day of the week, and then paired them with a closeup photo of each child. Why make it complicated? Francine picked a random day (coincidentally the same day as Moon...) and tried to capture the day in photos, letting them do most of the talking for what her son does in a typical day. Donna also lets her photos help tell the story of how she and her boys spend their time on a given day (sadly not Tuesday this time, though. Teehee!) and makes great use of a grid to help keep her page organized and clean.
Taking a different spin on the Everydaily, Elizabeth created a page reminding her of the things she wants to keep foremost in her everyday living. And Emily used a family photo paired with a twice daily ritual in their home to document one of their family priorities.
Kelly bravely took a photo of her junk drawers (all 4! teehee!) reminding us that is is okay to document the not so pretty stuff, too. Monika joined in, taking snapshots of some little messes she found around the house one morning (I wonder if it was a Tuesday?) and then reinterpreting the idea of a mess as an opportunity to describe their daily living. Her optimism and humor must have been contagious as Ann took an humorous approach with her page, trying to explain exactly what it is she does all day at work.
Taking time to document the little things about her half-marathon, Katrina does double duty, as her page is homage to and celebration of many daily runs. You go girl!! Fellow runner Amy took the story of how one ordinary everyday Saturday morphed into something greater. Because sometimes the ordinary can become more. Great perspective, Amy!
Arranging her photos horizontally, and coming up with yet another amazing title treatment, Jody tells the story of her daughter's Everydailies with white space to spare. Marnie met Jody's white space and raised her one while she documented the most mundane of daily things, pen hair.
Join us in celebrating (and by that we mean actually scrapbooking!!) the Everydaily parts of your life. Be they boring, routine, tedious, or foundational, don't forget to scrapbook the little things. Imagine if you could see layouts of the velvet wallpaper of your childhood homes. Or if you knew all the miles your mom put in driving you back and forth to activities. Have you calculated how many hours you spend feeding, changing, and holding your newborn? This is the month. Please let us inspire you to document the details of your Everydaily.