Why is it that summer goes by day by day at a steady and relaxing pace until August? And then suddenly the days start moving so very quickly that you can hardly keep up? That's how I am suddenly feeling with school on the horizon and the summer lists not yet finished. So. much. to. do.
And in that lots to do list, always remains my pages. I love my pages and making my pages, so no matter how busy I get, they stay on the list. I am so grateful for the Saturday sketches so that I can put a check in the done column!
Hi all! I hope that your summer has been fantastic so far!
For me summer is a time when I can be outside more, tending to my garden, down by the lake and feel sunshine on my face. I can list a hundred things that makes me happy right now, and that is just what I wanted to show you today. Make a layout using a list of things that makes you happy!
This is an older page where I have used a large photo and added my list right on the photo. When making a list type layout you can opt to use a neutral photo that might not have anything to do with your list, or perhaps add smaller photos from your list.
For me these kinds of layouts are much more about the journaling so for this one above I chose a smaller sized photo that is one that makes me smile.
In this last layout, I used my photo as a place to write my title and the list is just a continuing list on the journaling card.
This month is all about The Best. The best food. The best fun. The best people. Anything that is best in your life deserves celebration today! Let's see what is the best for our team.
Hello Earth | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (Crate Paper) + wood veneer (Lily Bee) + letter stickers (Jillibean Soup) + stickers (MAMBI, October Afternoon, Skipping 5) + metal charm (Maya Road) + tape (October Afternoon) + other (Jillibean Soup) + fonts (Skinny)
A Note from Aliza This layout, on the one hand, is a simple page about a summer outing. But it means a lot more to me, because we just got a car (for the first time), and I am just so excited by the freedom of going to new places. Particularly, to the great, big, outdoors. It really does fill my soul. I included a little detail about some of the less than perfect parts of this trip - it just seemed dishonest to leave it out. Plus, life is messy. I want that recorded for posterity.
August Fun Fact Did I mention we now have a car?!
The Freehouse | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill, Fancy Pants Designs) + patterned paper (Fancy Pants Designs, American Crafts, Bella Blvd) + stars (KI Memories) + gems (Studio Calico) + chipboard (Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico) + labels (Studio Calico) + stickers (Pink Paislee) + Stamp (Studio Calico) + ink (Jenni Bowlin, Tsukineko) + font (Gill Sans)
A Note from Jenny Right now our favorite restaurant is The Freehouse in the Warehouse district in Minneapolis. They locally source their food, serve breakfast all day, and do interesting twists on old favorite foods. This page commemorates this truly awesome restaurant.
August Fun Fact My favorite food here are the jack’d up mussels or the pork belly bennies (Eggs Benedict).
Top of the Morning | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Crate Paper) + thickers (Amy Tangerine) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + tag (Fancy Pants)
A Note from Lisa By using smaller sized photos, I did fit 6 photos on this layout! I started this layout about 3 times, before I found that cute patterned paper as my background.
The Best Dads | Sue Althouse
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon) + flair button (Jenni Bowlin) + brads (unknown) + title (Silhouette) + border punch (Fiskars) + floss (We R Memory Keepers) + pen (Micron)
A Note from Sue This layout is about the special relationship between a grandfather and his new granddaughter.
August Fun Fact A new frozen custard store opened in our town and we have not missed a flavor of the week all summer!
Family Vacation | Francine Clouden
12 x 12 | materials layered template (Crystal Wilkerson) + digital Paper (Karla Dudley) + digital journal Cards (Callaloo Soup) + fonts (Benthem, Century Gothic)
A Note from Francine Layered templates like this one make it easy to scrap multiple photos but still have a clean look and lots of white space.
Best Napping Companion | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials element (Design by Dani) + fonts (Century Gothic, Code Pro Light)
A Note from Marnie I made these waves in photoshop. You might recognize them from the printable early last month.
August Fun Fact The polar vortex is lovely in July. But what is it going to mean in December?
Fireworks | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Echo Park, Webster's Pages) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Heidi Swapp) + wood veneer (Freckled Fawn) + pen (American Crafts) + cut files (The Cut Shoppe)
A Note from Amy This layout showcases the best way to watch fireworks! I love that we were able to watch them on the beach, because it was amazing!
August Fun Fact How can this be the last month of summer? It has flown by, and although I'm excited for the fall (it's my favorite season), I'm bummed that summer is almost over.
xo | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) specialty paper (Chickaniddy Crafts, We R Memory Keepers) + flair (A Flair For Buttons) + labels (Studio Calico) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + sticker gems (Studio Calico)
A Note from Diane My husband and I celebrated our 25 year anniversary in July so I snapped a selfie of the two of us on our anniversary and used it on this month's layout along with some thoughts about the last 25 years, which has been the absolute BEST!
A Note from Valerie I decided it had been too long since I've made a layout with a circle shaped photo. Circle shaped photos are "the best" for breaking out of a scrapbooking rut. I decided on this photo of "the best" hat and picked out some coordinating My Mind's Eye decorative tape. The layout came together really fast once I decided on the tape and had a plan.
August Fun Fact My husband's birthday was last month, and instead of sitting back and relaxing he chose to spend his day baling hay. He had not baled hay since he was a kid and couldn't wait to get out there in the hot sun and throw heavy bales of hay onto the rack. Really?! I was hoping for a dinner out for my man's birthday with no cooking and dirty dishes to clean.
A Note from Cristina Nothing better than a tasty gelato on a hot summer day!
August Fun Fact My birthday is coming up this month, so I am looking forward to a week of birthday coupons and meals!
Best Book So Far | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Good Foundations by Robin Young; Mega Solids by Amy Wolff) + kits (Between the Pages by Stolen Moments Designs & Litabell Designs; A Bit Worn, Twinkle Alphas by Valorie Wibbens; Finishing Touches by Karah Fredericks; Make It Messy by Kaye Winiecki; Essential Boarders and Frames, Essential Stitches by Laurie Ann; Down the Lane Ephemera by Sahlin Studio; Stuck Alpha, Everybody Dance Now Alpha by Allison Pennington; Blanc Stitches by Amy Martin; Gesso It by Pink Reptile Designs) + fonts (Underwood Champion)
A Note from Celeste I was reading a thread in the forum at the Lilypad and the ladies were listing some of their favorite unsung hero kits. So I decided to download a bunch of them and try to incorporate them in a page. This page is the result of challenging myself. A fun way to build a page is just grab a pile of product and see how much of it you can incorporate!
August Fun Fact My birthday is this month and I might just have a little treat for you around that time, stay tuned!
Super Kid [in a rainsuit] | Carey Bridges
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Stay Warm by Happy Box) + digital elements (Bare + Necessities Frames No. 1 [Elements] by Creashens, It’s a Colorful Life Elements by Sugarplum Paperie) + digital brushes (Oh Happy Day the Brushes Set 2 by Mari Koegelenberg) + alpha (Best Summer Ever: To Play Outside by Mommyish) + template (Layered Layouts volume 12 by Deena Rutter) + fonts (1942 Report)
A Note from Carey The photos in this layout are some of the best examples of the silliness of my boy's personality. He's always coming up with crazy ideas and experiments, like testing out his rainsuit in the shower! I wanted to emphasize the water from the shower by using rain-themed elements and papers.
August Fun Fact We took our family vacation to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the Minnesota-Canada border. I paddled over 35 miles across the lakes in a canoe (no motors allowed). My arms got quite the workout!
Handsome [Non] Stranger | Marnie Flores
11 x 8.5 | materials element (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Bondoluo, Code Pro Light)
A Note from Marnie Being that he is only half my genetic code, I can freely call my baby the best looking boy!
August Fun Fact This summer I got to spend an afternoon with friends I haven't seen in more than 7 years. It was magic.
Summer Vacation | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials Summer Manifesto Templates (Audacious Designs) Summer Brights Papers (Robyn Meierotto) Endless Summer Full Kit (Robyn Meierotto and Gennifer Bursett)
A Note from Jennifer This layout documents some of the BEST moments from our summer vacation 2013. I love layouts that recap a time period by bringing together multiple moments & memories!
August Fun Fact August is one of my favorite months of the year. Filling the final month of summer vacation with day trips and fun activities all the while secretly counting down the days until school starts ;)
Strawberry | Kate Christensen
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kits (Reflection by Sahlin Studio; Where Love Is: Patterns and Krafts by Rachel Young; Splatterific by Karah Fredricks; Memory Collector Elements by One Little Bird; A Little Bit Worn No.2 by Valorie Wibbens + fonts (Traveling Typewriter, Violation)
A Note from Kate I chose this layout because it was one of the best moments in a very hard year for our family. And looking at the date reminds me that we were only half-way done! But we grabbed happiness where we could and we landed on our feet.
August Fun Fact I love having the kids home for the summer and I'm one that will be sad when they have to go back to school.
Miss Charlie | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Echo Park, Crystal Wilkerson) + elements (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Jacques & Giles, Montez)
A Note from Marnie Charlie always has the saddest look on her face. Even though she is a happy happy doggie.
August Fun Fact 25 days and counting. I love my children. And I love the quiet of that day when school begins again. :)
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's layouts and that you had a chance to put some of those journaling prompts to good use! If you do, please leave me a link so I can see!
Saturday's post offered us six photography prompts. I was excited to see where they would take my pages! Rather than using the prompts to inspire new photos, I used them to help me choose which photo to use on a page. Let's see what happened.
1. Shoot the Whole and a Detail
This prompt was based upon Sue's page with her lovely "FunFlowers." I think pages like this are pretty cool. It gives you a chance to see the environment and also the details. I thought a picture of me with one of my darling pies would be a fun option for the whole/closeup juxtaposition.
2. Shoot From Behind
Francine's gorgeous layout showed her little man on a horse. It was a lovely example of how your focal point doesn't need a smile! I wanted a similarly lovely photo. Mine is much less beautiful, but it sure did make me smile!. My tiny happily running down the hallway on the final day of school!
3. From the Top
Speaking of perspective, the third photography prompt was to take a photo from the top, as Lisa did on her layout. I have the perfect photo for this one!
On a lovely spring evening I was out with my little ladies. They were doing cartwheels as they normally do. Then they lay on the grass laughing and giggling. And I got a lovely picture from above. Smiles are so different from this angle. It's a curious thing.
4. Shooting Nature on Aperture Priority
This prompt came from Cristina's layout. When I read the prompt I immediately thought about a picture I had taken of some trees that line the parking lot at my son's high school. I hadn't scrapbooked it yet, but was so excited to do so. I like how it ended up!
I am so happy to have this done. And am so glad that Cristina inspired me to do so!
There are two additional prompts that you can do, too!
5. Put together a layout with photos taken on different days. CLICK through your photos and pick for a theme.
6. CLICK a photo of something you love in your community.
And that brings us to the end of our photo prompts from Saturday's post. I hope that you will find them useful for inspiring new photos or, like I did, helpful for sifting through your folders!
Hi! Lisa here with a super quick tip on how to crop your photos in different shapes right in your iPhone!
I have used an app called PicFrame that I found in the app store and have used for a long time to make collages etc.
So, when you click on the app this is what you´ll see. For this project you will want to choose the square frame.
Click in the frame to choose your photo.
The when you click your photo again this menu will appear. Click shape.
Now you can choose whatever shape you´d like to crop your photo into. I choose the circle option.
Tada! Now, just save your photo, transfer it to your printer and you can either print one bigger circle on one photopaper sized 6x4 or more smaller ones if you have the option to print multiple images on one paper. This way you save ink since you don´t have to print the whole images and the just punch/cut one portion of it.
We really hoped you enjoyed our monthly gallery, The Great Outdoors. Did you have a favorite layout? Anything catch your eye? Before we move to our August gallery, let's take one last look at our July gallery.
All It Took | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics, American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy) + flair (Amy Tangerine) + tag (Fancy Pants) + stickers (Simple Stories, My Mind’s Eye) + digital stamp (Ali Edwards) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + fonts (Burst My Bubble)
WRITE about that which makes you calm. Do you find your peace in the mountains? on the beach? in the urban jungle?
As you are taking your flower photos, try AV mode. Set your aperture as low as it will go, focus on the center of a flower, then CLICK! and enjoy the lovely sharp center and blurred edges.
Go See Do | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kit (Great Outdoors Explore by Kristin Kronin-Barrow) + font (Rockwell)
As you WRITE your next journaling block, don't forget to include the emotion behind what was going on. The "how did that make you feel" part is a terrific addition to any page.
We (heart) Outside! | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials papers, embellishments (Creativity by Crystal) + font (Bebas, Pea Comfy Cozy)
As you look to gather photos for a layout, remember they don't all have to come from the same day. You can gather them around a theme, or a season, or any other common thread. CLICK through your folders and pick to your heart's content.
Jordan Lake | Kate Christensen
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kit (Going Places Collaboration by The Ardent Sparrow and One Little Bird) + alpha (Elemental: Snippy Alphas by Gennifer Bursett) + tag (Tag You're It by Robyn Meierotto) + doily (Made of Awesome by Gennifer Bursett) + arrow (Wood Veneer: Arrows by Sahlin Studio) + stitches (Bare + Necessities No.2 by Creashens) + template (Capturing Fall by Amy Martin) + fonts (Traveling Typewriter)
Right now the large photos are in! If there is a photo that you haven't scrapbooked as you didn't want to crop it, SCRAPBOOK it now in its large format glory.
#garden 2014 | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey) + cardstock (American Crafts) + enamel dots (My Mind's Eye) + letter stickers (Fancy Pants Designs, October Afternoon) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + word sticker (Momenta) + stamp (Becky Higgins)
Te next time you go to SCRAPBOOK do not despair if you are missing a character in your thickers pile. Just be creative! Like Lisa with the hashtag. All is well and fixable!
Home Sweet Home | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (My Mind's Eye) + cardstock (American Crafts) + letter stickers (BasicGrey) + wood veneer (Pink Fresh Studio, Studio Calico) + stamp (October Afternoon)
Grab your camera. Stand on your porch. Think of one thing that you LOVE in your community. Now run and take a picture of it. Hurry! Just one CLICK, though. Teasing. Take as many as you would like. Then come home, print, and scrapbook it.
The next time you need trees on a SCRAPBOOK page, follow Valerie's lead and stitch a trunk and branches onto a brown triangle. Whodathunkit? It completely looks like a printed-on-the-paper element. Amazing.
Another Day In Paradise | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Every Little Bit: Daydream Bundle by Deena Rutter)
Try this for a journaling prompt: This is exactly what ___ looks like. Think for 1 minute and then WRITE away.
Best Ever | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico, Crate Paper, We R Memory Keepers) + buttons (A Flair for Buttons) + brads (October Afternoon) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp, Twine & Ink) + pen (American Crafts)
Perhaps you could WRITE a little about the things that you love in your backyard. Your immediate yard, or your community. Either will do.
Capable of Glistening | Amy Sorenson
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Fancy Pants) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + fonts (Adobe Caslon, Voluptate)
Have you recorded the relationship between your children's cousins or between you and your cousins? It can be reflective, or current. Or both. The important part is to WRITE about it.
That's it! So many ideas. We hope you will feel inspired to create your own layouts!