I love sketches. That´s a fact. I try to use the sketches that are shared here on the blog as often as I can. I rarely end up with a page or project that is exactly like the sketch and that is partly why I like to use them. They are great starting points if you can use a little nudge to get creative. But you can interpret it just as you like.
I loved that the sketch had so many photo slots! Christmas is a time of the year where I take many pictures and often I have several I´d like to use. Making a collage is the perfect way to include many photos on one layout.
I use Picmonkey and they have a variety of collages to choose from. It is easy to use also!
Next I made a card. I used my watercolors to create the blocks (photo slots) on my card.
Here is what the card looked like when it was all dry.
Next I added several rub-ons and stickers. I thought it was a fun way to play with the sketch!
Happiest New Year! We hope that you had delightful celebrations last night! We are excited for our new year and look forward to having you join us each day as we keep our memorykeeping high on our resolutions list!
This month, our team took on the challenge of creating a layout with the theme of Decades. There were many different takes. We hope you enjoy them all! As always, you can see the layouts larger and read the journaling if you click on over to the photo album. Enjoy!
Hello 40 | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Elle’s Studio, Crate Paper, October Afternoon) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + thickers (American Crafts, Evalicious) + tabs (Evalicious) + stickers (Evalicious, October Afternoon) + die cuts (Crate Paper) + fonts (Amy Tangerine, Hello)
A Note from Aliza Well, since I entered a new decade just days before the New Year, it was hard not to scrap about that.
January Fun Fact I have been teaching at the same preschool for 9 (nonconsecutive) years. I taught K-2 for 6 years before that, but I don’t think I could ever go back to teaching grade school.
A Note from Jennifer I had to go to school after hours on the weekend to prepare for a sub, and the darkness and emptiness creeped me out, reminding me of the horror films I watched in the 80s growing up. I don’t watch horror movies anymore, but it’s funny how strongly the fear of a dark, empty hallway has stuck with me.
January Fun Fact I may not watch horror movies anymore, but I love what is probably considered horror on TV, particularly Warehouse 13, Supernatural, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (best TV show ever).
10 years | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy) + thickers (American Crafts) + font (Typewriter for me) + stamp (Becky Higgins)
A Note from Lisa I am a kindergarten teacher and this month marks my 10th year teaching. When thinking of what to make for this months theme, this came to me.
Still Teenagers of the 80s | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials Still Life, Veneer and Centaur fonts
A Note from Amy I love the 80s...but not in the way most people did. I mean, I went through a short phase of Madonna impersonation, I had a pair of jelly shoes, and I owned some fluorescent-pink Units stretch pants. But for most of my teenage years I was dressed in black and punked out. My best friend Chris was right there with me, but I've never documented anything about those years. When she shared the picture of us from 1989, though, I couldn't resist. I tried out a ton of different patterns and supplies for this layout, but nothing really seemed to fit the time period and the look I wanted. I'm happier with this clean, streamlined version!
January Fun Fact I've been trying to get my hamstrings to feel better and let me go running since October. Alas, all that time off of exercising hasn't helped, so I'm envisioning a long month of many PT appointments to get this taken care of. I miss running!
50s | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials Straight Up papers and These Are the Days elements by Kaye Winecki, Don’t Stop the Music elements by Pink Reptile Designs, Outliners Alpha by Amy Martin and The Serif’s Sister font by Heather Joyce, all from The Lilypad
A Note from Cristina I was stumped by this month’s theme, but then I thought about scrapping my musical preferences. It was a fun page to make!
January Fun Fact This will be my fourth year doing Project Life. I’m excited to finish up my 2014 album and start afresh with 2015!
A Note from Marnie When I first saw this theme, I thought for certain I was going to do a page about being a child of the seventies and a teen in the eighties. But I found my thoughts swirling and swirling and not knowing where to go. So I turned my efforts to my scrapbooking my kids. It's okay, though, right?
January Fun Fact Today I begin again. I was ready for a reason for a change. And the calendar seems to have provided it. Fingers crossed.
Traditions are really visable this time of the year. I don´t think that my family has more traditions surrounding any other event during the year than during Christmas time. One of my favorites is acctually a rather new one. Five years ago we started getting together with a friend baking gingerbread. We missed 2012, but other than that I have scrapbooked the event ever year.
This, above, is the first year. I love that my daughter aged 10 is there baking with the 2 year old of my friend! I remember I wanted to make a two page layout since I really wanted to capture all those shapes. My friend has like 200 different cookie cutters! It is so much fun!
This is our second year. One of my favorite things about this project (that of recording the same tradition every year) is to see how the girls grew in just a year. In the journaling you can read that the little girl has a little sister now and that we are hoping she will be baking alongside us the next year.
As I mentioned above, we didn´t get to have a baking date the yer after the third year, but last year the little sister was indeed with us baking! My then 14 year old wasn´t :) Last year I used my December mini to hold this story of tradition. We are having our annual baking date tomorrow and I can´t wait to add another year of this wonderful traditions to my album!
Welcome to reality! I want to talk a little about recording life in December, but without it surrounding the Holidays. We all know that life happens very much in December like it does any other month of the year, but a lot of us memory keepers tend to capture the Holiday aspect of the month. Instead here are a few ways I have recorded our everyday life in December.
As our weather typically changes during December, I have done a few weather related layouts in the past. This one above is a new page I did for this post. The journaling talks about how beautiful the sunrise can be in the wintertime, when snow is on the ground and it gets really cold.
This is an older page from when we had the dogs too. I remember how much they loved to be outside in the snow! I am so happy I got this photo of the cats and Dixon watching the outside world, him longing to go out and the cats happy to be inside.
In Sweden the kids get grades at winter break and summer break. This is a page about my daughter´s first grades in Junior high. Even though the photos was taken infront of the tree, it is not Christmas related at all. If anything, the tree shows that it was a winter break grade not a summer one.
So, am I right? Do we scrapbookers tend to focus more on Holiday related stuff in December?
The turkey is eaten, the shopping begun, the carols are playing on more than just the oldies station. All because it's December!
While each month seems to have its own identity, December's seems to be the most defined. This month our gallery is focusing on all things December. We hope you enjoy our new gallery,
We wanted to let you know, too, that our theme for our posts this month is "Remember." We look forward to sharing ideas with you about things we remember, and ways we can preserve the activities of the month to help us better remember them later. We hope you will join us each day.
But for now, let's look at our new gallery layouts. As alway, please feel free to jump over to the gallery album if you would like to see the layouts more closely and to read the journaling they contain. Enjoy!
A Note from Aliza This layout is about what is on my mind this December. Sure, the holiday will be great when it gets here, but it might be playing second fiddle to Sam’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah (which actually isn’t until January).
December Fun Fact I have started straightening my hair lately. It take a lot less time than I had imagined.
Christmas Joy | Diane Payne
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Crate Paper) + buttons (A Flair For Buttons) + brads (Crate Paper) + tags (Crate Paper) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + rubons (Crate Paper) + die cuts (Crate Paper) + pen (American Crafts) + scrapbook kit (Gossamer Blue)
A Note from Diane This layout came together quickly with the tags as the basis for my design. I love how crepe paper, gold, and vintage feeling papers and die cuts complement my photo.
December Fun Fact It is hard to believe that the end of another year is upon us. There have been so many changes for our family this year. I look forward to spending some time with those I love most this month while reflecting on how we've grown and changed this year and begin to think about the upcoming year too.
Merry Merry Merry | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy) + wordsticker (Heidi Swapp) + twine (The Twinery) + wordstamp (October Afternoon) + washi (Studio Calico)
A Note from Lisa This layout was so fun to make! I love the holidays and am thrilled that I got to pull out my holiday materials.
December Fun Fact I simply love December! We have already pulled out the stars and santas that we usually decorate with. We spend all Sunday changing drapes, dusting and pulling out the Christmas box.
A Note from Jennifer I’ve meant to tell this story for a while, but a lack of photos impeded my storytelling. I decided to make the journaling the showcase and create an embellishment cluster in lieu of a photo.
December Fun Fact I paint my toenails teal in the winter.
Roses in December | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials red patterned paper (Bo Bunny) + cream patterned paper (Crate Paper) + silver snowflakes patterned paper (Echo Park) + December card (BasicGrey) + Thickers alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + cream alphabet stickers (Elle's Studio) + grey alphabet stickers (BasicGrey) + silver word stickers
A Note from Amy I wanted to make a big title for this layout, so I used photos that are smaller than I usually use.
December Fun Fact I'm determined to have a Zen December this year. Not to stress so much about making things perfect, but just enjoy the time more. Also, more sleep than last December!
A Note from Sue This layout is about the signs that call me to the adventure of Christmas preparations. The list approach didn't even require any photos!
December Fun Fact This will be our first Christmas to celebrate with our granddaughter, who will be eight months old. We can hardly wait to share Christmas joys and traditions with this little one added to our family!
24 Days of Nice | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Echo Park, Tis the Season) + tag (Cosmo Cricket) + doily (unknown) + foil letters (Sugarplum) + red letters (Basic Grey) + fonts (Bondoluo, Josefin Sans Std, Jaques & Giles)
A Note from Marnie I love these Santas. They are one of my favorite holidays decorations.
December Fun Fact I love Christmas music and have been playing it for two weeks already!!
I certainly have a brain with way too many tabs open! And it usually is a bad thing for me since it causes me stress and anxiety. I am working on doing one thing at the time and to really focus, but it is hard.
Note: With this last few weeks with extremly grey and gloomy weather it is a challenge to take a decent photo of my layouts. Bare with me!
I rarely use patterned paper for backgrounds, but it has occured more often as of late. I see now that the journaling I did on my typewriter is a little bit washed out on that patterned, but I will leave it as is. I took that selfie a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for a page like this!
How about you? Does your brain have too many tabs open?
Ps. I always enjoy picking out and post the Sunday Photo + Words, and hope that you do too! I hope that you can get inspiration from the quotes!