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!
It is the first of the month and we couldn't be more excited! This month we are all about making use of what you have. Shopping your stash. Reduce/reuse/recycling all those piles of paper and all those drawers of embellishments. To get us started, our team created an entire gallery with scraps they had lying around. They weren't allowed to use anything new or whole (except a background paper, of course!). They did an amazing job! The layouts are hip, fresh, current, and well designed. A reminder that we have lots to work with even if we haven't shopped lately!
Let's go look, shall we? Don't forget you may always click over to the gallery album to read the journaling and see the layouts in a larger format! Enjoy!!
A Note from Aliza You know that time of the month…When you have used your favorites from your monthly kit, another kit is not due to arrive for a few weeks, and all you have left is dozens and dozens of older supplies that are sitting in your crafting area. It is not the easiest time to scrap, but it gets some older products used, and flexes those creative muscles.
October Fun Fact I work at a preschool, and every October I have to give a presentation to the parents. It’s always good, but it sure does get my nerves going!
A Note from Jenny The scraps may be hard to see—I wanted a neutral background with mixed papers, so I dug into my scraps bin and found these three pieces. I layered them and taped the back of the page to create the foundation for the page.
October Fun Fact My eleven-year-old is almost as tall as I am. I’m 5’9”. Yikes!
Hello! | Lisa Borbely
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Simple Stories, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Cocoa Daisy, We R Memory Keepers) + letter stickers (Jillibean Soup)+ stickers (Simple Stories)
A Note Lisa On this layout I have used the easiest way to use up scrap paper; punching circles from them. Super simple and it makes a big impact!
October Fun Fact I am addicted to pumpkins. Yep, totally need to buy a lot of pumpkins!
We Read | Sue Althouse
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) + buttons (October Afternoon) + thickers (American Crafts) + Silhouette die cut (Lori Whitlock Square Background Shapes) + floss (We R Memory Keepers) + typewriter (Remington)
A Note from Sue This layout was created with leftover strips of patterned paper die cut into a 9-square grid. Then it was just a matter of filling in the shapes!
October Fun Fact This month our granddaughter will be 6 months old. She is an incredible joy and delight!
Believe in Mischief | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper strips from my scrap vase + fonts (Art Brewery (brush script), Veneer Extras (ampersand + birds), Century Gothic)
A Note from Amy One of my favorite sources for scraps is what I think of as paper selvage. You know...that .5"x12" strip you cut off your patterned paper? If they have any print on them at all (almost all of them do now), I save them. Quite often, I'll use the selvage on the same layout I use the patterned paper it came from...but not always. I keep them in a tall, skinny vase I bought at an antique store one day. Sometimes one of those strips is just the right little thing! For this layout, I sorted through all of the strips I have and used the ones with coordinating colors. I opted for a black and white photo to make the image stand out from all the different patterns.
October Fun Fact My fitness goal this month is to start lifting weights again, four times a week.
Juicy Juice | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Chickaniddy Crafts, BasicGrey) + buttons (A Flair For Buttons) + stickers (Freckled Fawn, Pebbles) + die cuts (Studio Calico) + bow (American Crafts) + stamp (Gossamer Blue) + ink (Tsukineko) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane This layout was made using the scrap patterned paper left overs from the organizer I featured on write. click. scrapbook. last month.
October Fun Fact This is my favorite month of the year (well, tied with December). Bring on pumpkin everything!
I Pick Apples | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials documentary papers (Sahlin Studio at The Lilypad) + In the Orchard elements (Stolen Moments Design at The Lilypad) + fonts (NeoRetro Draw, DJB gimme space)
A Note from Cristina I have had this digital kit for about a month, but I had only made one page with it so far. I acquired it just around the time I took these pictures so I precisely knew what I wanted to scrap with it.
October Fun Fact Like every year, this is the time I put together our annual calendars that we give as Christmas gifts to our parents. I usually gather the favorite pictures taken over the past year, but a photo shoot is often required to get the missing few shots.
Have Fun | Amy Kingsford
A Note from Amy Inspired by this month's topic "Happy Scraps" I chose a rainbow color scheme and photos that made me feel happy for my page. Then I used this foundation of patterned paper strips and sprinkled random little bits to recreate the look of "scraps" on my digital page.
October Fun Fact October is my absolute favorite month of the year. Bring on the corn mazes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and Halloween costume making!
Make Your Own Magic | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kits (Make Your Own magic papers and Sprinkles v27 by Valorie Wibbens; Documented by Sahlin Studio; Bright elements by Allison Pennington; Launch Pads v14 by Jacque Larson) + Template (Lots of Layers by Heather Joyce) + font(The Contessa by Heather Joyce)
A Note from Celeste I used little bits of digital patterned paper in the same manner I would normally use scraps. Layering up little pieces gives the grouping more weight and the jagged edges create energy.
October Fun Fact My boys are just not into being in front of the camera lately. This is where having a teenage niece comes in handy. She’s selfie and photo obsessed! I love it.
Harvest | Valerie O'Neall
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (My Mind's Eye, Sassafras, October Afternoon, Glitz Design, BasicGrey, Studio Calico) + thickers (American Crafts) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Valerie I loved having a good reason to dig through my scrap drawer and use some up for the gallery this month. I got out a square punch then cut the squares down into triangles. I played around with the pattern until I found something I liked. I stitched down the middle of each column of triangles and them pulled up the edges for some dimension.
October Fun Fact I've been using the same DSLR, a Nikon D50, for eight years now. I'd love to upgrade, but if it's not broke, don't fix it. Right?
Enjoy 15 | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye) + acrylic numbers (Chic Tags) + flair (Chic Tags) + stickers (October Afternoon) + pen (American Crafts) + die cuts (American Crafts, Chic Tags) + wood sprinkles (Jillibean Soup)+ cut file (The Cut Shoppe)
A Note from Amy Every year I do a layout for each child about their favorites at the moment. This is about my boy at 15.
October Fun Fact As much as I enjoyed our summer, I am so excited to get back into a routine this month and enjoy the fall weather.
Halloween 2002-2012 | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials template (Jennifer Hignite Designs) + patterned paper (Pixels & Company designers) + black cat (Deena Rutter) + stitching (Scotty Girl Designs)
A Note from Jennifer This layout is a look at 10 years of Halloween memories! Digital templates make putting together years of memories a cinch! Small photos can be used with a template, printed individually, or you can use up all of those small index photos you have lying around! Small scraps of paper can be cut up and pieced together to create the pumpkin (or really any shape you want!)It is a fun touch to make the layout scream Halloween!
October Fun Fact This year we have made a list of 10 fall activities we want to accomplish this month! Our calendar is jam packed, but the fall always goes so fast and we want to fit in as much fun as possible before the busy holiday season is upon us!!
Thanksgiving Dinner | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Jady Day Studio) + notebook paper, journaling strips, flair, owl, arrow, conversation bubble (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Bebas, KG Falling Slowly, Ameritype)
A Note from Marnie I love trolling through old kits to see what I haven't used in awhile. I have a few that are archived, but I am pretty frugal so I have most still accessible. Even still, it seems I reach for the same handful over and over. It was fun to push myself to find things I haven't used in a long while.
October Fun Fact I already have Halloween decorations up! This year we get add in the poseable skeleton we got at season's end last yea! I can't wait!
Summer's End | Francine Clouden
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Sassafras Lass, American Crafts) + rub-ons (October Afternoon) + flair (Studio Calico) + sticker (Jenni Bowlin)
A Note from Francine It was fun digging through my box of scraps and finding bits and pieces for this page. I should do that more often!
October Fun Fact I haven't bought new scrapping supplies in over a year. And yet I still find tons of stuff to use on my pages. Fancy that!
This month we celebrated the return to schedules, and homework, and school. We said farewell to summer and hello to autumn. Before we get lost in all things October and Halloween, let's take one last look at our September gallery:
Let's start with finding some journaling ideas!
I Remember | Lisa Borbély
:: write about your childhood school or your memories of school ::
Walking Tall | Amy Sorensen
:: write about a past teacher that your child loved ::
Hello Senior Year | Diane Payne
:: make a list of classes that your student is taking ::
Visit the Old Teacher at Meet the Teacher | Marnie Flores
:: write about the unexpected in the usual. such as seeing old teachers as you meet new ones::
Now let's move onto some photography ideas!
Grade School Years | Sue Althouse
:: pull out those old school photos and use them on a layout ::
First Day Back To School | Jennifer Hignite
:: if you missed photos like these on the first day of school, it's not too late to stage some ::
School Days | Lisa Borbély
:: school beginnings aren't the only photos worthy of comparing ::
Year 1 | Cristina C. Scrap
:: celebrate your success and growth by capturing yourself often ::
Currently Loving | Amy Kingsford
:: don't forget to look down to describe your children. footwear tells a lovely story ::
And lastly, some ideas for making well designed pages.
Goodbye Summer | Aliza Deutsch
:: design in 3s. Aliza used three hearts. small yet significant ::
Kindergarten | Jennifer Larson
:: Jenny's write up discussed how she (finally) put these pages together to celebrate her OLW, do. Try it yourself. See what doing can do ::
First Day | Valerie O'Neall
:: grids don't need equal treatment in every quadrant ::
4th | Celeste Smith
:: themed pages do not need themed papers ::
First Day of 5th Grade | Jennifer Hignite
:: look for clever ways to further your story. Like the stamp under the five for fifth grade ::
We hope you have enjoyed the month, both the gallery and the posts! Only four more days until our new gallery!!
Have you been to a football game yet this season? Have you picked apples yet? Put up any decor for autumn or Halloween? I am marveling in the beauty of all things seasonal. We have had a series of blue sky days and lovely crisp air. My scheduled life is falling into routine and I am grateful to find time to scrapbook. Love that.
This week's sketch is from Jennifer's gallery layout, First Day Back to School. I was intrigued by how she fit on five photos while still maintaining a chunk of white space. Which we all know I love so much.
Here is the accompanying sketch.
Sue made a terrific layout which removed one of the bottom photos, nipped in one of the patterned paper strips, and added some journaling above the title. She is always so good with her mixed patterns. I like how she balanced them this time with a cardstock section for her white space area. It really balances the patterns.
And did you notice the crocodile (alligator?) in that photo? I might be picking a new golf course, t'were it me...
Next up is Amy. With a page that makes me want to drink some cider with all its warm tones. Do you like all the adjustments she made to the sketch? Her photos are slid over to the paper's edges, and their mattes have been removed. The bottom row is leveled and made into rectangles. She found room for her journaling at the top of her focal photo, while her title treatment takes left stage by storm. It has a totally different feel with its newly discovered asymmetry.
Lisa also created a lovely layout, soothing in its whites and blues. Her focal photo became two, her lower photos (just three) were lined up with even margins. And one of her strips became her place of journaling. With her rectangular page shape, she lost her title space, but found the perfect place for it at the top. Oh how I want to visit her one day and see her island and all its rocky beach glory.
In my looking-for-a-good-grade way, I stuck true to the sketch, mostly. My created the layout with tipped photos and then decided I wanted to the string them up, so straight across they became. I had to scooch my focal photo over a bit to the right to fit my title on, and then I moved my title up a smidgen so that I could fit the journaling underneath. I'm sorry for the repeat performance of this paper. I really do love it.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy the sketch and that it helps inspire you to create your own layout!
This has been an amazing week. I have loved everything that our team has done. I have learned so very much. Sometimes I think it is time to go back to paper scrapping so that I can try out some of these cool things!