and 2014! We hope you all had a very happy and safe New Year's celebration.
This year we are starting off by taking a moment to document our current lives. Not just our daily lives, though, but our lives as they are affected by the times in which we are living. Pages that represent life as it is in this time of 2013/2014. These are pages that are fun to look back on. Pages that make us smile, or grimace (thinking back to the big hair of the 80s here!). We hope you will find inspiration from our new gallery, The Times.
A Note from Aliza As I thought about this theme, I kept coming back to the song, “The Times They are a-Changin.” And, here, at the end of 2013, my oldest nephew just got engaged, and it seems almost unbelievable that my siblings and I are now that generation. The older one. That is a big change, indeed.
January Fun Fact As the holiday season comes to a close, I sure am going to miss peppermint bark.
Current Slang | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey Persimmon A+B side, Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup) + font (Blackout, Veteran Typewriter)
A Note from Lisa We use a lot of slang in our house! The expressions often come from TV shows or inside jokes. It was fun to collect these, but rather hard to think of them when I had to! Excuse the three initial expression!
January Fun Fact I love that we have lots of inside jokes!
A Note from Sue This layout chronicles some TV shows we started watching in 2013: Duck Dynasty, Downton Abbey and The Big Bang Theory. It's quite an eclectic mix!
January Fun Fact My husband and I are eagerly anticipating the birth of our granddaughter this spring!
Nook Lover | Celeste Smith
A Note from Celeste This layout is just a simple page that extols my love for the Nook. Ten years ago I would have never believed that almost all of my reading would be done on a screen. Who knows what I'll be reading on ten years from now! I kept my lines clean and the page simple because the angle is enough embellishment in itself.
January Fun Fact I made a goal this year to read one classic book a month. This might just be the year that I finish Middlemarch!
Currently | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy Haystack A+B side) + stamp (Rukristin.com, Cocoa Daisy)
A Note from Lisa I love having these kinds of pages in my albums. I make a “currently” page about my daughter a few times a year and I think these will be very informative later in her life. The short lists or texts where I talk about what she likes to do or eat, what music she listens to, her favorite app etc also tells a story about the times we live in.
January Fun Fact I like to use both the A and B side of patterned paper.
Favorite Photo 2013 | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Glitz) + fonts (Grand Hotel, Bebas)
A Note from Marnie Sometimes I wonder why I agreed to get a puppy. And other times, most times, I know exactly why. ♥☺
January Fun Fact I have a big crush on Rebel Wilson and her new show, Super Fun Night. I am worried it is going to get cancelled. Should we start a campaign?
Decades | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Echo Park) + buttons (My Mind's Eye) + die cuts (Heidi Swapp) + thickers (Heidi Swapp) + punch (EK Success) + circle cutter (Coluzzle) + stickers (7Gypsies, My Little Shoebox) + pen (American Crafts) + ink (Jenni Bowlin, Stampin’ Up!) + floss (DMC) + stamp (Studio Calico) + font (Times New Roman)
A Note from Jennifer For me the times are defined by music. I decided to create a page celebrating the music I loved as I was growing up, decade by decade. I found a photo of me from each decade wearing an outfit and sporting hair that was typical of the times. And how happy was I that in the photo from the 80s, one of my friends was wearing a “Frankie Say Relax” t-shirt? Memories…
January Fun Fact I prefer salty snacks to sweets.
Moments | Stephanie Bryan
12 x 12 | cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + labels (Studio Calico, Carta Bella, Two Peas in a Bucket) + mists (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Carta Bella, Webster's Pages) + clothespin (Crate Paper) + other (doily, crepe paper, sewing machine)
A Note from Stephanie I created this layout to celebrate our "times" right now. These moments may be little, but they are far to quick. I'm trying to remember to enjoy even the little things, as right now, these are the most important "times" for us as a family.
January Fun Fact I love the start of the New Year! Everything is so fresh and new and it's the perfect opportunity to set new goals!!
A Note from Valerie It was fun to look back through all my photos from 2013 and pick a few favorites. I made a simple list down the right side of the page with mostly highlights from the year & there's a couple lows listed too.
January Fun Fact We're celebrating a first birthday this month!
instalunch | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials digital template (Valorie Wibbens Stitched Pockets #6) + digital cards (Gina Miller Insta-Cards 1) + font (Print Clearly)
A Note from Laura I got an iPhone5 last year for Christmas and then joined in on the fun of Instagramming my lunch! I don't do every lunch, just lunch at restaurants. To make this layout I went through my Instagram feed and found a bunch of good food photos to add to this 16 pocket template. I really like seeing all of these memorable meals together in one place!
January Fun Fact As soon as Christmas is over I really want to put the decorations away and get the house back to normal. I try to hold off until January 2nd and then the cleaning frenzy begins!
Thirty Years| Jina Jean
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon, Gossamer blue, Studio Calico) + metal badges (October Afternoon) + wood die cuts (BasicGrey, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico) + die cut shapes (Studio Calico)+ sticker (Pink Paislee, Dear Lizzy) + tag (Dear Lizzy) + cork (Studio Calico)
A Note from Jina From my albums I found a picture taken in 1983 when I was 7 years old. I felt that it looks like my recent photo in 2013. Look! Both young girl Jina and 37 yrs Jina in this layout wore navy clothes and sat in a similar pose. But I know, absolutely there are thirty years 1983~2013 in this one page. Eeek! soooo many years! ;(
A Note from Cristina I love year in review pages! For this layout I picked a photo for each month. The journaling is hidden behind the photo.
January Fun Fact The beginning of the new year is always a tough time for me.. I am sad that the holidays are over, I have to make plans for the new year, etc. But this year I certainly have something to look forward to - my mom's visit!
A Note from WaiSam This layout is inspired by the one of the most important moment in my year 2013 --my baby boy was born on 31 March 2013. I have been scrapping a whole lot of his photos from newborn till current photos and some even scrapped twice or thrice. Surprisingly, I left this 'most important' photo out! This is his very first photo that daddy took right after he came to this world. Can't believe how time flies in 2013 and that reminds me that I really have to enjoy every little moment. And am so glad that I have taken up Project Life and have been almost up to date (being 4~5 weeks behind) in 2013. *Giving myself a pat on my back*
January Fun Fact Year 2013 has been a good challenging year to me and family. Love that we are bonded much closer as a family, love the joy and laughter that new baby brings to us and love learning something NEW everyday! I am really looking forward to year 2014 and can't wait to see what is the opportunity ahead!
2013 | Kate Christensen
12 x 12 | digital materials paper (Favorite Things by Gennifer Bursett; Iconic by Audacious Designs) + buttons (Abundance by Dawn by Design) + stitching (Bare + Necessities No.2 by creashens; Once Upon an Imagination by Allison Pennington) + tags (Washi Tags by Gennifer Bursett; Simply Said by Gennifer Bursett) + flowers (Let's Go by Scotty Girl Design) + mist (A Wonderful Day by Sahlin Studio) + sequins (Torquay by Kaye Winiecki Designs) + fonts (Rad Alphas by Karla Dudley; Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Kate I wasn't worried about being all matchy-matchy with this layout since I was going to be scrapping with pictures from different events. I pulled some colors from the pictures for the patterned paper, but kept the background very neutral.
January Fun Fact I hate the cold. I hate being cold. I hate the idea of being cold. I hate everything about the cold. Summer can't really come fast enough.
A Note from Diane My daughter shared the song this layout is about two weeks before I learned it would be part of our Senior parent pep rally performance. I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard and wouldn't even listen to the entire song. I must admit, after being forced to do a performance to the song it grew on me, the chorus is quite catchy.
January Fun Fact In our town Senior Night is a big deal and the Senior parents participate with surprise performances in the pep rally for our Senior kids. This was my first experience with it this year and I really enjoyed getting to know some of the parents better. Next year I get to do it all over again for my daughter.
A Note from Francine Another sign of the times is that the photo on the layout is from Instagram!
January Fun Fact I plan to master knitting this year. I can crochet just about anything, but knitting literally gets me tied up in knots. Time to change that!
Top Headlines | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Creativity by Crystal, BasicGrey) + fonts (Engravers MD, Amertype MD)
A Note from Marnie What on earth did I do before Google?? I look up everything, all of the time. Including a list of headlines from this past year. I used many sources to put together my own list of things I found memorable from the headlines this year.
January Fun Fact My new favorite quote: "I am an unabashed novel reader, sir, but I do not think it has clouded my judgment." It's got such spunk and sass!
Every Time | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (scraps from my green drawer) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + background stamp (Close to my Heart) + fonts (Sanchez Slab, Foro Rounded)
A Note from Amy When I saw this photo in a bunch we took on Thanksgiving afternoon, I had to laugh—it feels like an exact replica of how life in my family feels right now (even though we're not all in the pic!). In the journaling I documented some of the tidbits about this time in our life. This layout combines several things I'm loving right now: random-sized chunks of text, just-barely-offset placement, a title printed on a big photo, and those grey Amy Tan alphabet stickers. (Swoon!)
January Fun Fact At the top of my new year's resolution list: take more photos. I am stunned at how rarely I got my camera out in 2013!
Binge Watching | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey) + fonts (Century Gothic, Seaside, Bebas)
A Note from Marnie Please don't add up all the hours. I might be embarassed.
January Fun Fact This month one of my favorite series has a new book coming out: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, a Flavia de Luce book by Alan Bradley. Can't wait!
Happy New Year's Eve, everyone and thanks for stopping by the Write, Click, Scrapbook blog today. New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the amazing year you've had, and look forward to a new year to come. Scrapbooking is a great way to document those special moments, and I wanted to share with you some layouts that do just that.
First up, some of our design team members shared some of their pages they created to reflect . Aliza created this page about some of her favorite moments in 2012.
I love how she used a family picture and highlighted all her favorite moments.
Diane sent this fabulous layout.
I love how Diane did her journaling month by month.
Next up, Kate sent this layout showcasing her favorite moments in 2012.
She did a fabulous job showcasing monthly favorites as well.
Amy created this layout about some fabulous moments in her son's life from the past year.
Jennifer created this amazng page with so many favorite pictures from her year.
I am in awe of how many pictures she included on this page. I love the page she created for 2012 as well.
Jenny created a page highlighting some of her favorite photos she took during the year.
Lisa created this page to share some favorite moments from 2010.
New Year's Eve is also a time to start looking forward to the brand new year to come. Last year, I created this mini album for my family to jot down their resolutions for the following year.
For a few years, I have particiapted in Ali Edward's One Little Word and picked a word to focus on for the year to come. Here is my word and layout for this year.
I hope that you enjoy a safe and fun New Year's Eve, and thanks for stopping by the WCS blog. Happy New Year!
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you´re wonderful, and don´t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
Hello there! Lisa here with one of my favorite gifts I am giving this year!
I have been seeing a pin around Pinterest that describes something called The gift of time. As I read it it´s a thoughtprovoking statement that most of us have all the things we need and kids often more than anything need our undivided time with them. I totally agree, so I decided it was going to be one of the gifts for my daughter this year.
And as a scrapbooker/papercrafter I wanted to do something pretty with it!
I went on a Pinterest hunt for some numbered list cards and found some really cute ones. They are really printable escort cards but work superb for this purpose also! For the envelopes I used these printable number tags. My plan was to have one envelope for each of the twelve months in a year. In each envelope I would add a note with an activity me and my daughter would do just the two of us.
I added the number tags to each envelope and added some washitape.
I will not say exactly what they all say (I don´t want her to know!) but here is a list I made with some examples:
a at home moviedate with popcorn
at home spa night
go for mani/pedi
go for a shopping date
a library date
bake something together
plan a suprise for someone
take a walk
watch silly videos on youtube
It all depends on the age of the child and ofcourse your interests. I also think this gift would be awesome for your spouse!
I had an empty gift box and packaged it all nicely. On the inside of the lid I added a personal letter.
I am so excited to start this tradition! I hope that you are inspired to do something like this!
Happy Saturday! Lisa here with you to share a few photo tips. I thought that since the Holidays are upon us I would share a short list of things to catch a shot of. There are a hundred things that we always see in these Holiday photo lists, but I think I might have thought about a few rare ones. Here we go;
8 photos to take this Holiday season!
1. This might be to late for some of you (you could just fake it!), but consider taking a photo of the decorations still in their boxes. Take a photo before you put them up and then again when you pack them away. Scrapbooking tip! What are your feelings while you are about to decorate/when the Holidays are over.This could be a two page layout!
2. Holiday cards ready to mail. Scrapbooking tip! If you do send cards, journal about why you do it and perhaps to whom.
3. Take a photo of your Holiday to-do list. Or perhaps a shot of your, if it is anything like mine, very full calendar! Scrapbooking tip! Do a scrapbooking page about your feelings about what is on your list. Has this changed or are the items the same year after year?
4. Winter/Holiday gear. Do you wear something special during the Holiday season that you don´t usually wear? For me the Holiday season usually mean that we have cold weather, so I wear hats, mittens, fleece and warm socks. But it would be so cute if you take a photo of a stack of sweaters or mittens!
5. Consider taking a before and after shot. I took a photo before we decorated around our dinner table and then a shot after it was all decorated. Scrapbooking tip! This shot is from my December minialbum, I think this is fun to record!
6. This one can feel a bit creepy, but go outside at night and take a photo through the window. I like how the lights in my livingroom pops against the darkness of night.
7. Take a photo of a stack of your favorite Holiday magazines.
8. Snap a shot of a word that has meaning for you. You can zoom in on a work in a book or take a photo of a sign you see in the store or you can do as I did; set up a little place for your word to give it a little more umph. Scrapbooking tip! Obviously make a page about your favorite Holiday words. Perhaps make a mosaic of words you find?!
I had fun thinking up these phototips! And I hope that you will have fun taking photos during your Holidays!
Hi again! Lisa here with my second post of December dailies. I don´t know about you, but sometimes I lack gift boxes. You know those small gifts that are a bit hard to wrap when you don´t get a box at the shop, or as in my case, when you are making a few homemade gifts. So I searched online for a good tutorial on how to make easy gift boxes myself. I found this one.
They are super easy to make! Wanna see? Let´s do it!
Ok, so in that link above, they use paper plates, but I wanted to use some of my patterned papers for this so I traced a circle with a plate. I also decided to cut the circle out with a wave patterned pair of sissors. That will make the upper edge wavy.
So after this, you will want to draw a square in the middle of the circle. This will be your base for the box. The larger the square, the larger the base and lower sides. Since I needed a smaller box I didn´t make the sqare large.
Also draw a line from each of the sqaures corners. See above.
Next get your sissors and cut each of the lines all the way to the where the square begin.
Now it is time to fold your sides up. This is a little hard to explain, but when you are sitting there doing the steps it will make sense (I hope). If you look at the photo above you see on the right how I folded up the flap. Now fold that in against the square and fold the lower flap (in the photo) up so it will back the right one.
When you feel like you´ve got it right, put glue on the flap that will go on the outside of the other so the box will look something like this one. You can either glue down the overlapping paper or do as I did, just cut it off!
Your box is ready and you can play around and embellish them with ribbon, washi or anything else in your stash. I put my little gift inside and added tissue paper on top.
Please note that I am NOT a tutorial writer and know that you can ask for more instructions if this makes no sense ;)