The holiday spirit has descended upon us! For the next few Saturdays, we are suspending our Saturday Sketchbooks so that we may bring you the gift of freebies. This week may we present the Gift of Joy!
You may download it here. Please enjoy! Happy holidays...
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!!
Today is day two of our preparations for our Thanksgiving project. In case you missed yesterday's post, we are planning a project (page or mini) based upon's Sue's gallery layout this month. We are going to check in on our holiday hour by hour to see what we are doing. This is in part because I loved the idea, and in part because last year was an epic fail in the photo department!
So yesterday we prepped the journaling tags. And today we are going to make a list of photos to take. (Have I mentioned how excited I am to have more than one photo to represent our holiday and feast this year?)
Here is the list that I came up with:
I figure that most of these will be covered as I go hour by hour. I am setting a timer on my phone to remind me that an hour has passed. I know all too well that once a turkey is in and rolls are rising and I start in on the sides that I will forget the photos. Hopefully a beeping alarm will help. I am also planning on telling my kids so they will help remind me. I think that being purposeful is already going to increase my chances of a successful photographic event.
Any thoughts for maximizing succcess? I am all ears!
Hello! and welcome to Thanksgiving week. I am so excited to work together to put an album or page together. I think it's going to be plenty of fun.
Did you see Sue's post from earlier this month? I did and I loved the idea. I am going to copy it for out Thanksgiving day. You might remember that last year I totally forgot to take any photos. So busy cooking was I. This year, I don't want to repeat that mistake so I thought I might preplan a page/album. I'm not toally sure how I want to put it together, but I know I want to follow Sue's format of documenting hour by hour.
To help me with the journaling, I have put together journaling tags that list the hour. I will let the photos guide the stories, and add notes that coincide with the times. I'm so excited.
Here are the tags. I made them a bit generic so that I might reuse them for another project/holiday.
If you would like to download them, you may do so here. I hope that you might use them to put together your own Thanksgiving project!
Today we are going to have a little fun with last week's sketch. Rather than make something new, we are going to see what we can do to reinvent the sketch that came from Diane's layout.
First up, let's look at the original sketch.
To begin, I turned it one turn counter clockwise and flipped it to the reverse. Here is how that one came out.
In putting my layout together, I rearranged things a little in the lower corner. Let's see how the new layout came out.
It looks so much different than the original, no?
I am so surprised at the difference a little adjustment makes. (Might you want to try a side by side yourself?)
For the next sketch, I turned the origianl 180 degrees, then relocated the "flair."
Here is the layout that followed.
I ended up putting the photo on the top of hte stack instead of the bottom, as it felt out of place to have the quote above the photo. As I look at all three layouts, I find it so interesting to see how the weight of the layout changes with the photo's placement. So very curious.
That's it for today! I hope you will try having fun with these two variations of week 2's sketch!
Welcome to Sketchbook Saturday Volume 11 Issue 2. My my. That sounds so official!
Are you covered in snow? Or enjoying the cooler temperatures?. We are traveling this weekend and our two hour drive took us out of dry sidewalks and into a foot of snow! The kids and the doggie are in heaven!
With a bit of quiet time, I thought I might sneak a layout in. I loved Diane's layout and how decorative it is. So I thought I make make myself one! Here is a reminder of her November gallery layout.
The sketch doesn't do it justice, but does have the basics there. Hopefully it will be a great starting point for you.
Here is mine.
Usually when I create a layout based off a sketch, I find myself referring back to the original layout for cues on placement, color, topic, all sorts of things. This time I put the original away and just worked from the photo and the product. I sort of liked the freedom. I hope it made a layout that is more true to myself than sometimes.
I hope you have a lovely weekend! I appreciate your stopping by and can't wait to see what you do with Diane's awesome layout!
I hope you had a fun week and that your weekend is looking good! I really loved hanging out with you this week and thought, why should the party stop? let's do another day! So here we are for our sketchbook Saturday!
For today's post I went looking around the November gallery and spied a lovely layout by the fabulous Jennifer. I thought it would make a lovely sketch so I made one! :)
Here is Jennifer's original layout.
I must admit that I fell in love with the handdrawn circle. Sigh. Isn't it lovely? Mmm. It didn't translate as well in the sketch. Please look past the rigid nature of the circle.
Here is my layout. I'm sorry for the snow pics. It's not that I am hoping for an early winter, it's just that the photos were perfect for the layout.
I really loved this sketch and am certain you will be seeing another layout from it soon! I hope you enjoy it, too! Please remember I love seeing your layouts, too!
Today brings to close our week together. Our week of looking around to find ideas for journaling, photos, and our scrapbooking pages. I hope you have had fun! I have. And I have five (dare I say?) fabulous layouts to make it even more worthwhile! Such a win win.
Our parting layout and inspiration came from a craft I saw last weekend at a craft fair. This is one of my favorite craft fairs--and an annual outing for our little circle of friends. One of the tables had the most lovely glittery trees made from book pages. They looked a little like these.
Except they were glittery. I loved the idea of the book pages and went looking for embellishments made from books pages. And I found one in the lovely row of little hearts from Elizabeth Kartchner. From there, I built a layout up around it.
It is hard to imagine that this whole layout began with a book page tree! That's one of the things I love most about inspiration--how it takes each of us in a different direction.
Thank you so much for spending your week with me! I appreciate your sharing your time with me. I hope you have had a lovely week and also hope your weekend is magical and filled with creativity!
This fall, I am looking to add a little pizazz to my family room. I picked out a paint color, but am still finding ideas for bringing my decor up to date. As I was scouting around HGTV I noticed something that won't be making an appearance in my room (lived through that trend once already!) but is dying for a place on a scrapbook page!
Here it is, the starburst/sunburst:
Don't you think it will look fun on a layout? Here is my attempt.
They sort of feel celebratory, don't you think? (Do you think I should switch out the two floating nines? Seeing them here makes them seem much more like Gs. Thoughts?)
I hope you might consider scouting around and finding a pattern that seems like it might be fun for a layout! It was fun to find one and immediately use it!