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!
I am loving this month´s theme! I am inspired by stuff around me all the time, so I thought I´d show you my latest layout that was inspired by by my photo. I don´t usually pay more attention to the colors in my photo than that I might match one of the colors in my layout to it. But this time I loved how autumnly it all felt in the photo and since I love fall, I wanted to really use that as a jumping off point for the whole page.
I usually use white cardstock for my backgrounds, but felt like the kraft one better suited that fall feel and matched the red color scheme. I went through my scraps and picked out a few muted red patterned papers and traced a few leaf shapes to go with my fall theme. I also picked out a sticker list where I filled out some stuff about me right now that went with the colors also.
It is so easy to be inspired and influenced by the world around us!
Halloween has been put to bed. And now the holiday season begins! With only 53 days until Christmas and 46 days until Hannukah, now begins the time when our surroundings are magnificently magical. No matter where you look, color, texture, sights and smells will greet us and envelope us in holiday spirit. This month we are encouraging you to look around and allow what you see to impact the pages you create. All month we will be inspired to create from that which surrounds us. We can't wait to inspire you, too, to
And to begin, may we present our November gallery, Glitter, Sparkle, Shine. Gold has made a tremendous comeback, and it, and all things metal and sparkle are anxious to take center stage on your pages. Please enjoy our glittery, sparkly, shiny pages! They are a wonderful start to our month and hope you feel inspired!
Leave a Little Sparkle | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials On the Bright Side Digital kit by P&Co Designers, Summerific Elements by creashens (doodles)
A Note from Jennifer This layout was so fun to put together! I love all of the gold and sparkle embellishments that are so popular right now! With three boys I don’t use them as often as I would like! The gallery this month was a fun challenge to push me out of my comfort zone and have fun with a little glitter, sparkle and shine!
November Fun Fact November is always a favorite month in our house, because two of my boys celebrate birthdays this month!
Loving | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kit (Currently by Karla Dudley) + fonts (Rocky by Karla Dudley)
A Note from Celeste My shine on this page is the bits of gold and also the cool sunny effect on the photo. I think it really adds a lot to the page and definitely fits the theme!
November Fun Fact Sam turns 11 this month. I just can’t believe it! I've been scrapping and sharing online for ten years so a lot of you have seen him grow up. Eleven! Can you believe it?
A Note from Cristina Between Project Life and December Daily (which I’ve done for 4 years, and counting) I rarely scrap Christmas pages, but I was inspired to create this one when I tried spraying that lovely wood veneer piece with gold mist.
November Fun Fact I am so excited that my parents will come to visit us over Thanksgiving.. my dad hasn't made it over since 2008 so it’s going to be extra special!
A Note from Amy To make the silver cursive text, I printed those words in very light grey and then went over them with a silver pen.
November Fun Fact I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this month. Wish me luck & happy writing!
Happy Together | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Heidi Swapp) + die cuts (Heidi Swapp) + tags (Crate Paper) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + stickers (Crate Paper) + pen (Copic) + kit (Scrapbook Circle November Little Moments)
A Note from Jennifer I thought of this picture for the theme because of the sun shining on their hair. I’m giving this page to my mom for her birthday this month, so I cut pieces of pretty paper into 1x1 inch pieces and “quilted” them with diagonal stitching, an homage to my mom, a master quilter. I added more shine with gold sentiment stickers and a heart. As an English teacher, I’d like to say that the torn title has some symbolism, my mom living so far away and coming together with the boys to celebrate my son’s birthday, just like the letter t, but no—I just accidentally ripped it when I was inking it. Those die cuts are delicate little suckers.
November Fun Fact My favorite recipe in the fall is Butternut Squash Soup made with a bit of cayenne and cream cheese. Mmm!
Hello Date Night | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Chickaniddy Crafts, Gossamer Blue, My Mind's Eye) + flair (A Flair For Buttons) + brads (My Mind's Eye) + die cuts (My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins) + mini folder (Teresa Collins) + mist (Studio Calico) + stickers (Chickaniddy Crafts) + rub ons (Crate Paper)
A Note from Diane This layout features one my favorite things to use on a layout…gold. It has been in for a while now and I don't think I will ever grow old of it.
November Fun Fact I'm looking forward to our son coming home from college during Thanksgiving and having my entire family in my house again!
A Note from Sue This layout takes me back to warmer weather and our summer vacation. Life is so good at the beach, and I wanted to capture that joyfulness with glitter, sparkle and shine!
November Fun Fact We will celebrate Thanksgiving at my sister's house. My annual contribution is scalloped oysters. Some don't care for them, so that leaves more for the rest of us!
My Bling | Lisa Borbely
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Websters Pages, BasicGrey) + stickers (American Crafts) + journaling card (Cocoa Daisy)
A Note from Lisa I don't think I have done a layout like this before, you know on this story. Since my bling is silver I wanted to have silvery bling on the page but I had gold glitter stickers. So I made my own with 3D glue squares that I punched with my small circle punch and poured silver glitter on top. Ah, the joys of being a crafter!
Primping | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzil Basics Paper) + patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy, We R Memory Keepers) + wood veneer (Shimelle) + thickers (American Crafts) + other embellishment (Crate Paper) + stamp (Cocoa Daisy, American Crafts) + ink (Versamark) + fonts ( Loved by the King)
A Note from Aliza I will be honest, whatever the theme is for any given November, I am pretty sure that I will somehow fit Comic Con into that theme. I do like the way it came together this year. It feels authentic. I just pulled out lots of gold products that are oh, so trendy, but I had never managed to use. I kept the rest of the layout pretty neutral, just because if you are going to have a sparkly layout about boys dressed as super heroes, it seems like a prudent thing to do.
November Fun Fact I have been wearing Dansko clogs for about 7 years straight, and I recently made a switch to Dr. Marten Mary Janes. What crazy thing will I do next?!
Love | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials kit (Dialogue, Pixels & Co Collaboration) + flair (Dear Classy by creashens) + washi tape, title letters (Sugarplum) + fonts (Frenchy)
A Note from Marnie I was so excited to purchase some of the new gold digital elements and papers. I love white and gold together--it just seems sophisticated to me!
November Fun Fact Birthday season officially kicks off in 10 days. Then we have a birthday about every three weeks until mid January. Lots of parties to throw, and presents to unwrap! Such fun!
We hope you enjoyed the gallery and are looking forward to a loely month together!
Are you having a fun month making use of the things in your desk, and drawers, and boxes, and closets? Are you falling back in love with a tidbit of a paper you had forgotten that you loved? If so, this month is already a success!
It is our final October Saturday. Which means there are only a few more days to stock up on candy and to prep those little witches and goblins! And it also means that today is our day to look back through our gallery and find some things to love and inspire. Got your notebook out? Perfect. Let's go make a list of ways to use our scraps!
Background cardstock is the perfect holder for adding scraps. And digging through your scraps drawer is the perfect activity when you need to find a treasure!
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)
Lisa made quick work with her punches. The tiniest bit of leftovers can make a bit impact.
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)
Sue smartly cut her paper into shapes that were approximately the same size so that it made for a quick and easy layout. And gorgeous...
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)
Amy didn't just reach for scraps, she reached for the loveliest little bit of freebie scraps. We think her use of the manufacture strip is brilliant. And did we mention free? ('ish. you did have to buy the paper to get it... :) )
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)
Keeping the leftovers from one scrap project together in a pile helps create a group of coordinated scraps all ready to go for a new project. Great idea, Diane!
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)
Sometimes we buy a digital kit to make a specific layout. And then forget to use it for awhile. It's fun to get it back out and see how you still love it!
Have Fun | Amy Kingsford
Scraps make for lovely rainbow color parties. Color coding your scraps helps to make it easier to find fun combinations!
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)
Thinking of your digital papers as regular papers can help you think of innovative ways to use them!!
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)
Valerie used a punch to create a quilted background. It was a lovely embellishment and took up the tiniest bit of leftovers. Awesome.
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)
Adding a little bit of color to the center of the white paper circles provides the perfect pop of color.
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)
Jennifer trimed her scraps to the same size as the photos, but meanwhile created a magnificent pumpkin. Such a creative use of squares and scraps.
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)
Little scraps of paper make for perfect journaling strips. And photo mattes.
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)
Scraps don't need to be used only in regularly sized pieces. Odd shapes make for interesting additions as well!
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!