Welcome not only to March, but also to March mini madness! We are so very excited to usher in our fourth annual Mini Madness month. This whole month we are focused on the mini in all its start-to-finish glory!
To get the party started, we are thrilled to bring you 21 new minis in our new gallery, MiniMadness IV. Please click here to get to the gallery where you can see everything. Or watch for links below the images to get you to the albums!
A Note from Jina For this month gallery I made an easy peasy mini album using some journaling cards and only 1 ring. I mainly used 4x6 and 3x5 cards for this mini and just added some stickers, brads and stitches to finish the album. Especially new lines from Chickaniddy are perfect for baby girl's photos. So cute! and bright. :) I really enjoyed making this simple and easy mini album.
You may see the remainder of Jina's mini beginning here.
2014 Quiz Book | Jennifer Larson
3 x 5 | materials envelopes (Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) + stickers (Jillibean Soup) + die cuts (Jillibean Soup) + pens (Copic, American Crafts) + metal rings
A Note from Jenny Maybe because this winter was so cold and I spent so much time indoors, too much of it on the computer, but I got sucked into lots of quizzes on Zimbio and Buzzfeed. I took screen shots of my results, sized them to fit these envelopes, and made them into this mini album. You can see the quizzes I took as the title for each page.
March Fun Fact In case you want to know the results of my quizzes, they are, in order, Portland, Oregon, Hermione, the 90s, turtle on a skateboard, Jasmine, King’s Landing, a Hobbit, Brave, Katniss, Crazy Harry, Carson, Scar, Tyrion, and Princess Leia.
You can see the remainder of Jenny's mini beginning here.
A Note from Monika It is a second winter, when there is a lack of snow, and kids are a little bit frustrated. To document this, I used photos taken last year, in the first days of January 2013. I took them with my iPhone and Hipstamatic App, and I used for the album papers in muted colors . Added some stamped phrases, funny chipboards and Dymo stickers. I really like the mood of this album!
March Fun Fact We've got a spring-like weather already, but I'm so afraid of snow in April, just like last year. It was so annoying, hope it won't happen this year.
You can see the remainder of Monika's mini beginning here.
Best Friends | Carey Bridges
4 x 6 | materials digital kit (Mye de Leon's Blush) + epoxy dots (Gennifer Bursett's Elemental: Glitter Epoxy Dots) + digital templates (Deena Rutter's Layered Life Templates volumes 1 and 2) + fonts (1942 Report)
A Note from Carey I created this mini album for my son to take with us on trips. He really misses our dog Copper when we're gone and she can't come along! Looking at pictures of her makes him happy.
March Fun Fact I already have the Disney movie Frozen pre-ordered so I'll get it the day it is released in mid-March. I just love Disney musicals and will sing right along!
You can see the remainder of Carey's mini beginning here.
A Note from Cristina Mini albums is what got me into paper from being just a digi scrapper. I don’t do many mini albums nowadays, since most of the events get documented in my Project Life album, but this fun Amy Tangerine daybook was the perfect avenue for these photos from a vacation we took in the summer of 2012. The photos are all taken with our phones.
March Fun Fact All our friends are obsessed with Downton Abbey, so we’re organizing a Downton Abbey-themed dinner for the beginning of March. That should be fun!
You may see the remainder of Cristina's mini beginning here.
A Note from Lisa I made a little different kind of minibook this time. I am recording our everyday life with Project Life and wanted to be able to incorporate the mini in PL. I used 2 page protectors from Simple Stories with 4 pockets sized 3,4”. I started out doing the journaling. I typed out a list of 35 things about me right now (I turned 35 on the 22nd!) on my typewriter. Then I just trimmed the pattern papers and lists to the right size and slipped everything in the pockets. As you can see I have minimal embellishments and just 2 photos. I love how it turned out and it looks great in my album!
March Fun Fact #7 I love breakfast. Especially breakfast in bed!
You may see the remainder of LisaO's mini beginning here.
Summer 2013 | Aliza Deutsch
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics, Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Lily Bee Design, Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper ) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy, Studio Calico, Lily Bee Design) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Evalicious) + stickers (Evalicious, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, Theresa Collins)
A Note from Aliza Pardon my less than charming sub-title. I just felt the need to tell it like it is. But making the album really helped me look back with fond memories of this summer. I don’t usually use my handwriting in any of my scrapbook pages or albums, but I was traveling, and so it had to be done.
March Fun Fact My husband does almost all of the cooking and baking in my home.
You may see the remainder of Aliza's mini beginning here.
2013 | Jennie McGarvey
4 x 4 | materials letterpress paper (We R Memory Keepers) + patterned cards (We R Memory Keepers) + enamel dots (We R Memory Keepers) + letterpress ink (We Are Memory Keepers) + letterpress plates (We R Memory Keepers, Studio Calico) + labels (Studio Calico) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Jennie This album was meant to be SUPER simple. I wanted to letterpress details to keep it feeling very elegant and interesting, yet not fussy. There are a few embellishment, but the focus is really on my favorite photos of 2013.
March Fun Fact My 12 year old son is now 3 inches taller than me!
You may see the remainder of Jennie's mini beginning here.
Oh Happy Day | Stephanie Bryan
varied sizes: cover is 5 x 6, and the largest page is 5 x 7.5 | materialsall supplies are from the March kit at Gossamer Blue cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Gossamer Blue, My Mind’s Eye, Webster’s Pages, Chickaniddy, Teresa Collins) + buttons (My Mind’s Eye) + brads (Chickaniddy) + labels (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye) + stickers (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye, Websters Pages, Teresa Collins) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Stephanie When I started this mini album, I wanted to have a “messier” book full of various page sizes and photo sizes throughout. I started by using my Silhouette Cameo to cut my title onto the wood veneer paper from the Gossamer Blue March kits. From there, I trimmed down various pieces of patterned papers to fit into my book. Then I started layering and adding my photos onto each piece. Once all of the photos were into place, I grabbed out my embellishments and decorated each page (my favorite part!).
March Fun Fact My daughter turns 5 this month on we have been counting down the days since January. I can’t believe my sweet baby girl will be 5 this month. Time goes by too fast!
You may see the remainder of Stephanie's mini here.
Happy Anniversary | Christine Newman
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + Love You mini art journal kit (Evalicious) + ledger tags (Jenni Bowlin) + punch (Marvy Uchida) + printer (Canon) + pen (Sakura Micron) + font (Courier New)
A Note from Christine I made this mini album in secret to give to my husband Todd as an anniversary gift. I worked on it sporadically over a month, whenever he wasn't home!
March Fun Fact March is my birthday month! I usually invite my most favorite friends for a birthday dinner to celebrate the occasion.
You may see the remainder of Christine's mini beginning here.
The Guys | Kate Christensen
5 x 6 | materials/digital supplies digital kit (Trailblazer by One Little Bird) + cardstock (Chipper by Robyn Meierotto) + alpha (Sunshine Sticker Alpha by Sahlin Studio) + arrows (Wood Veneer: Arrows by Sahlin Studio) + staples (The Good Stuff Collaboration by Valorie Wibbens & Karla Dudley) + stitching (Amy Martin) + fonts (Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Kate I wanted all the pages from this father-son fishing trip to be cohesive - same paper, same elements, same font, etc. Perfect opportunity for a mini album!
March Fun Fact We doubled the size of our garden last fall and I can't wait to get outside. We're so close to planting time!
You may see the remainder of Kate's mini beginning here.
I Heart Fridays | Laura O'Donnell
3.5 x 2 | materials digital kit (Paislee Press Is It Friday Yet?) + fonts (Remington)
A Note from Laura This is a digital mini book sized for viewing on my phone. The size of the full screen iPhone5 is 640 x 1136 pixels. I used this as my canvas size to make these layouts, then emailed them to myself and added a new album on my phone's Camera Roll to put them into. Since my phone is always with me I think this will be the most looked at mini book I've ever made!
March Fun Fact My Fun Fact for February was that it was my wedding anniversary. Well, guess what? My husband and I both totally missed it! First time in 17 years this has happened. Oh well.
A Note from Valerie I went pretty small this time with my mini. It's made almost entirely of journal cards from My Mind's Eye new Record It Just Splendid collection. It's the perfect little book to celebrate my son as a big brother.
March Fun Fact I started reading for fun again this year. Number of books read so far this year = nine.
You may see the remainder of Valerie's mini beginning here.
A Note from Francine After several years of Mini Madness here at write. click. scrapbook. I now know that I prefer to make my minis from scratch, rather than using a premade blank mini album. That way I can make it the size and shape that works with my photos. For this mini I used kraft cardstock for the foundation. I then dug into my stash for papers and embellishments to suit my summer theme. Some of them are quite old! I am so happy to finally document summer of 2012 with these Instax photos.
March Fun Fact My reading goal for 2014 is 60 books. Last year I read 52!
You may see the remainder of Francine's mini beginning here.
A Note from Sam I created this mini album a while ago but haven't had a chance to post it up yet. When I know this month theme is going to be Mini Madness, I know I gotta save this mini albums for the gallery. This is by far my favourite album, inspired by the awesome mixed media scrapbooeker Celine Navarro, to use a lot of gesso and mixed media techniques here. Wanted to keep this album simple and airy, hrmm….. This album turned out to be quite bulky and also heavy due to the flowers, the paints and mixed mediums. For those who want to give mixed media technique a try, this is gonna be a fun one!
March Fun Fact March is gonna be a busy month again for me! Okay, it seems I have been saying that every month ;) But March is my baby boy's 1st birthday (no longer a baby) and also my first going for a week's baby-less trip. Let's see how I cope without a baby and also rushing for assignment due dates!
You may see the remainder of Sam's mini beginning here.
Our Trip to New Mexico | Sue Althouse
8 x 9 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (DCWV) + printables (Ali Edwards) + tab punch (MCGill)
A Note from Sue I made a simple mini-album using this 2-up photo album scrapbook to document our trip to New Mexico. The photos and bits of memorabilia tell the story. I also scrapped some of the photos on 12x12 layouts with more extensive journaling.
March Fun Fact We are only 6 weeks away from welcoming our granddaughter into the world and getting very excited to meet her!
6 x 8 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey, Kesi' Art, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Studio Calico) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + die cuts (Pink Paislee, Studio Calico) + labels (October Afternoon) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (October Afternoon) + stamp (Pebbles, Inc.) + ink (Studio Calico) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane It took me a few months to figure out what I wanted to do with some of the photos I took of our trip to France last June. When I discovered the Waterlogue app inspiration finally took hold and I used it to turn highlight photos of our trip into watercolors. I printed the watercolors on muslin by adhering the fabric to cardstock with a repositionable adhesive and ran it through my printer at home.
March Fun Fact Last month I watched my son compete at the Texas state wrestling tournament! I was one proud mama when I watched him stand on that podium and receive his medal for placing 6th in state!
You may see the remainder of Diane's mini beginning here.
24 Things I Learned from my Mom | Amy Sorensen
5 x 7 | materials album (Pioneer) patterned paper (Pebbles) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + label stamp (My Mind's Eye) + grey pen (Zebra Sarasa Clip) + Sinffonia Swash font
A Note from Amy Last year on Mother's Day, I wrote a Facebook post with ten things I learned from my mom. I tagged her, of course, and she does use Facebook...but not very well or very often. It made me a little bit sad that she never saw that post (nor the nice comments left by friends who know her). So I decided to make a little album to give her this Mother's Day.
Since I wanted to include more than just ten photos, I expanded my list to 24 things I learned from my mom. The items are fairly random, and so are the photos. I did a search in my photos directory for pictures with my mom's name in the tag, and then I picked my favorites. I tried to get a wide variety of pictures. Some have me, my kids, my nieces and nephews, my sisters, and just my parents, but they all have my mom in them. The oldest is from 2003 and the newest from December of 2013.
Not all of the pictures were taken as landscape pictures, and I wanted them all to run the same way, so I cropped the vertical ones smaller, so they'd fit in the 5x7 pockets in the album. Then I just used the remaining white space as the place for the text.
To unify all those colors in 24 different pictures, I kept the text very simple and I left a lot of white space. I used two pieces of patterned paper from Pebbles' Garden Party line and cut them into scalloped borders with my Silhouette. I used both sides of each pattern, so I had four repeating patterns that I edged each text space with.
I confess: this is the FOURTH mini I've made in these 5x7 Pioneer album. 5x7 is the perfect size for a mini I think! I'm really excited to give it to my mom on Mother's Day. Plus...I'm feeling proud of myself for being finished with a project so early. Usually I am finishing it up the day I give it!
March Fun Fact My favorite color of running clothes is pink.
You may see the remainder of Amy's mini beginning here.
And that is just the beginning! We have 16 more minis coming your way and 4 amazing giveaways. It's going to be a fabulous month!! Promise you'll stop by each and every day?
Hello and welcome to day 2 of card week. Today we will be looking at "love" themed cards using the same sketch that I posted yesterday. Again, like yesterday, I have several of the other girls from the team that have contributed some amazing cards to inspire you.
While going through the latest gallery I happened upon Diane´s page . First, I am so doing a page like this! Second, I love the grid those squares make. So today let´s talk about a few creative ways to get griddy with your photos!
I browsed Pinterest and found the photo above. They had used a big cardboard box to take each photo and then added everyone together to form this collage. I think it is a very clever and fun way, isn´t it!
But if you are like me and won´t be buying a TV or something else big enough to come in a huge box, here is another way! The different pocket page protectors that comes with a Project Life style makes it easy to do this. Like what Elise Blaha Cripe did here. Just take portrait photos up against a white background, be a little creative with where you look and then when you insert the photos.
I made a different version. I used an app on my iPhone called Pocketbooth to take photobooth photos.
This makes an instant grid. Here is how I used them on my layout!
I love that we are so goofy together! Oh, and that #love card is by our Francine that is making one journaling card each day of February and share them all as downloads on her blog!
I also wanted to share a great blog post from Paislee Press. They shared how you can take photobooth-like photos with your regular camera, and make it cute!
Day Three is upon us! It's the middle of our week and we are having fun raking in the golds! How about you? Are you enjoying the Olympics? both those in Russia and those here?
Today we are excited to bring you Freestyle!
Our fourth Scrapolympic event is Freestyle. Freestyle skiing combines speed, showmanship and the ability to perform aerial manoeuvres whilst skiing.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Freestyle skiing was contested as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary Games. There were events for both men and women in all three events – moguls, aerials and ballet. Four years later, the mogul event gained medal status at the Albertville Games, as did the aerial event at Lillehammer in 1994. ::source::
Freestyle seems to be the event where the athletes get to show their skills and strengths and do what they do best. So that is what we are going to do, too!
FREESTYLE = DO YOUR BEST WITH WHAT YOU DO BEST
Our freestyle team today is Team WhatIDoBest. It consists of Diane Payne, Jennie McGarvey, Sue Althouse, Lisa Ottosson, Aliza Deustch, and Marnie Flores.
Each teammate created a layout showcasing their strengths. Let's see if their layouts can earn us more gold!
This brings day 3 to a close. We hope you found our layouts to be golden! We also invite you to play along and create a layout or two with your signature style showcasing your strengths. Link us up, and leave us word about your strength! We look forward to seeing your Freestyle pages.
Welcome to our Scrapolympic celebrations! It has been four years since our first Olympics together. My, how time flies! This year, we will be celebrating with 6 different events, one daily, except for today, when we have two! Each day will will describe the actual Olympic event, and then we will introduce the write. click. scrapbook. twist to each of the events, showcasing the talents of our own talented athletes, or designers!
The Olympics are a time of unity, celebration, and awe. Seeing athletes succeed after years of dedicated training inspires us to do better. We find parallels to our own craft, as we learn and grow in what we do, we perform better and faster. As the old saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery. So we imitate their hours spent by spending our own countless hours crafting pages. We imitate their skill honing by learning and studying design, photography, and color theory. We aim for success, just as they do.
So let's enjoy our week of Scrapolympics. We look forward to increasing our Olympic knowledge and creating some amazing layouts together this week.
Our first event is the biathlon, which is a two-sport event combining shooting and cross country skiing. Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Biathlon was staged at the 1948 Winter Games in St Moritz as a demonstration sport. At the time, it combined cross-country and downhill skiing, shooting, fencing and equestrian events. Inspired by modern pentathlon, it was the first attempt to introduce a multi-disciplinary event. It was included on the Olympic programme in Squaw Valley in 1960. Women’s biathlon was organised as a medal sport in Albertville in 1992.
Until the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, the events comprised an individual race and a relay. In Lake Placid in 1980, a second individual event was introduced.
In Salt Lake City in 2002, a 12.5km pursuit event was added for men and 10km for women. From Turin in 2006, a new mass-start event was introduced for both men and women. This brings together the 30 best athletes from the World Cup. ::source::
For our biathlon today, we will be combining the sport of sketch usury with the equally delightful sport of color palette selection.
ROYGBIV + SKETCH = BIATHLON
Representing Writeclickscrapbookland in this Biathlon event, we have Team Spectrum&Sketch consisting of Lisa Ottosson, Amy Kingsford, and Marnie Flores.
In the second heat, Amy is working hard to keep Writeclickscrapbookland in the lead.
Bringing together the March 2013 Sketch and the August 2013 color palette, Amy created a page documenting the love she has for her son. Altering the sketch somewhat so that it was a better suited to an 8.5 x 11 canvas, Amy resized and moving things around a bit. Then she used the color palette as a starting point as a way to help her select a kit from which to work. You may notice she threw in some navy, using it as a secondary neutral, which creates a great backdrop for the brighter colors.
All You Need is Love | materials cardstock (Karla Dudley) + patterned paper, journal card, diecuts, stamps (Celeste Knight) + flower, glitter (Paislee Press) + flair (Creashens) + washi tape (Celeste Knight, Amy Kingsford) + fonts (Courier New)
This layout certainly gives us a great time and score.
Last up, hoping to successfully bring us home is Marnie.
Marnie used the October 2013 color palette and the August 2013 sketch to create her layout. Marnie thought the even sized photos were a great fit for her love of symmetry. She did switch out the icons for journaling however, in order to keep her layout successful for its purpose and not just for the event!
And now, it is your turn. If you pop on over to that left hand margin, you will find many color palettes and sketches to choose from. Put two together, make a layout and leave us a link in the comments. There will be awards at the end of the week both for participation and for best entries!
Our second is the sprint. We are going to look to speed skating where you race together. Here is the official Olympic history statement concerning speed skating.
Speed skating appeared for the first time in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. Initially, only men were allowed to participate. It was only at the Lake Placid Games in 1932 that women were authorised to compete in speed skating, which was then only a demonstration sport. It was not until the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley that women’s speed skating was officially included in the Olympic programme.
The events almost always follow the European system, which consists of skaters competing two-by-two. At the 1932 Olympic Games, the Americans organised American-style events, i.e. with a mass start. This decision brought about a boycott by many European competitors, which allowed the Americans to win the four gold medals. This system would give birth to short-track speed skating, which was added to the Olympic programme in Albertville in 1992. ::source::
For our sprint today, we will be creating pages as fast as we can.
SPRINT = CREATE A PAGE AS FAST AS YOU CAN
Sharpen your trimmers, pick out your supplies, dress in your most comfortable scrapbooking gear, and get ready. Take a very deep breath. Focus. And go!
Today, representing Writeclickscrapbookland we have Team Velociscrapper consisting of Valerie O'Neall, Aliza Deutsch, and Marnie Flores.
Our sprint team is excited to race for the finish line in record time. On your marks, get set, let's go!
Valerie was excited to join the sprinting team as she really enjoys time limit challenges. Forced not to overthink things, she'll look to choose embellishments and scraps of paper that are already out on her desk. Currently taking the Life Scripted class at Studio Calico right now, Valerie couldn’t wait to use her own brush script on a layout. And we are so glad she did. It's lovely!
Valerie's page gets points not just for speed, but also for sticking to the winter theme! Go Valerie!
To maximize her success, Aliza used two time saving strategies. First, she matte her background and patterned papers in black (an easy way to help them look more polished without having to stew over colors). Next, she opted for handwritten journaling. A definite time saver.
In light of full disclosure, Aliza did want to confess that she did lose track of time. While this might impact our gold in the real life sprint, here we cheer her story of inspiration: even though she failed to finish quickly, she did work much faster than she usually does. And while we love a champion, we also adore the underdog. (And the S-IOC applauds her for not blood doping or using metabolic steroids to enhance her performance!)
Knowing that she is not genetically created to scrapbook quickly, Marnie took some measures to ensure her success. First, she picked a digital kit that coordinated with her page's subject matter: facial hair. Next, she limited herself to the colors that came in the kit so as to not spend too much time worrying about making things more complicated than they needed to be. Lastly, she gave herself permission to create a single photo layout, certainly her favorite (and therefore fastest) pages to scrapbook.
How about that awesome beard? and page!
In summary, some time saving tricks:
stick to what you do best
limit yourself on product
choose coordinating products/lines
handwrite journaling, handdraw titles
don't overthink the process
And remember, there is not time limit; just an effort to keep moving a little quicker than normal.
With that, our sprinting draws to a successful close as does day one of our Scrapolympics. We heard your applause and thank you for your cheers and your support along our journey!
Don't forget that it is now your turn. We look forward to seeing your Biathlon and your Sprint pages. Again, there will be participation awards, so get those pages done and link us up!
Good morning! I'm very happy to see that some of you have been inspired to start using your other crafts on your pages. There were even a couple aha moments! Since I had crochet planned for today, I spent some time surfing around crochet sites and tutorials. I'm even more inspired now too!
Flowers are a ubiquitous scrapbooking embellishment, and crochet flowers are not only cute, but pretty easy to make. Lisa shared this page with three flowers.
I love those crochet hearts in the photo! Also I was tickled to see that she used a free 3x4 card from my blog. You can get the Yarn Love card here.
I crocheted up a bunch of flowers myself, and used one on this page
You can find the pattern here. They work up really fast! It took me only a couple minutes to make one.
I tried a more involved pattern to make this purple double layer flower that I paired with a crochet heart. These take about five minutes each, but are well worth it.
I also loved how a crochet piece was used as a photo mat on this page.
I would never have thought is that! It's now duly noted in my idea book :)
And now for a giveaway! I'll choose one person from the comments to send a pack of crochet embellishments: a selection of flowers and hearts like the ones I made. You have until Sunday the 9th to enter, and I'll announce the winner in this post.
UPDATE: The winner by random draw is Mai who said
Mai, I sent you an e-mail with instructions for claiming your prize. Congrats!
One final parting thought. I also wanted to focus on using knitting on pages, since I also knit, but crochet seemed to be more poplular. If you knit, do you use knitted pieces on your pages? Care to share any simple tutorials for knitted embellishments?
Do we have any needleworkers amongst us? I learned embroidery around age 11, but quickly dismissed it as one of those things I just didn't have patience for. After getting back into the crafty world as an adult though, I picked it back up, mainly to use in scrapbooking. Using cross-stitch and embroidery, you can create some unique and customized page accents, and even backgrounds. Let's take a look at some examples.
Diane is a master cross-stitcher! Just look at this gorgeous heart embellishment
And here's another to continue the love theme with two sets of XOXOs.
I guess when it comes to cross-stitch it's all about the love! Lisa sent along this page:
I've always thought cross-stitching was too finicky for me to try, but Diane and Lisa are making me reconsider that opinion! Plus I found a couple of tutorials that could really help.