Hello lovies! Tracie Claiborne here to tell you about my favorite approach to scrapbooking. It's my scrappy motto which is, "Start With The Story."
In the early days of my scrapbooking, I started with photos or even pretty paper and stickers but as the pages piled up, I realized many of my layouts said very little about the story behind the photos. When I grew in my scrapbooking skills, I began to add more journaling and now journaling is my favorite part of scrapbooking!
The layouts I treasure most are the ones that give me a glimpse into our life or tell a story that would be lost if I had not taken time to write it down. Case in point...my daughter and her current favorite things at age 14. Time passes so quickly that one year runs into the next and we often don't recall the small details of life so I asked her to text me a list of some of her current faves. (She sent me a text as we were driving down the road - Heaven forbid we write things down on a piece of paper!)
I scouted the interwebs for pictures of her favorite bands, candy, magazine and television show and I was pleasantly surprised by how great the images printed. I also looked in my phone for a few recent pics of her to make it more personal. I added simple, yet descriptive, journaling and here's a little snapshot of her life right now!
The journaling is list-style which is my favorite way to go. Anyone can make a list, right? If journaling leaves you stumped, give this style a whirl!
I wanted to keep the layout happy, fun and appropriate for her age so I chose happy colors. I cut the title on my Silhouette Cameo and added three groupings of embellishments to create a visual triangle.
So how about it? Would you like to start with the story? I hope I've inspired you to create a layout that tells a story that might be lost if not written down. It's a great way to make your scrapbooking meaningful!
Hello and happy Tuesday! Today is another favorite: favorite way to start a layout.
This is the way I start nearly all my layouts--with a photo. They drive my memories. And let's face it, the clock keeps ticking. I'm not getting any younger.
If we may detour for just a second, let's look for some evidence that I am getting old...
my perfect hearing is no long perfect. "What did you just say??"
my bad eyesight is bad on the other side. Bifocals baby coming my way!
I just wish "kids nowadays" would ...
I no longer get to eat whatever I want one day and starve it off the next day. And don't get me started about the fiber thing...
gravity. nuff said.
I have to be careful where I shop so it doesn't look like I'm trying too hard to be young. I miss you Old Navy.
I get called Ma'am and I don't live in the south.
My Grey Hair had a baby who had a baby and so on. Rabbits.
I must stop this before I get too sad!
So now that we are drowning in the details of my lurking senior status, let's look at the layout. I picked a photo series, grabbed a white paper, and started putting together a layout. My usual and therefore favorite way of starting a layout!
How about you? Getting old? oh, sorry, I mean, what is your favorite way to start a layout? Do tell!
Today let's talk about favorite photo placement. Mine happens to be straight lines. It's an illness. ☺ For certain. (It's one of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking--straight lines are really so straight!)
We all know I struggle with multiphoto layouts. So it seems when I am left to create a layout with more than one photo and not with a sketch, then I almost always end up with a line of photos. Mostly horizontal. But sometimes vertical. Just sometimes. I sort of forget that lines can stack and not just line up.
Without further ado, I present a layout with my favorite linear-photo-placements.
Have you a favorite photo placement? Something that makes you smile because it helps you finish layouts? Please do tell!!
Hi! This month our theme is "Favorites" and I am so excited as I have a million favorites. Truly. There are so many things that I love that I can't wait to scrapbook them all.
To begin with, I thought I might make a layout from a favorite recent moment. This is my littlest with my nephew. They are incredible close and adore each other. These pictures were taken just after he opened his birthday present, that in theory came from all of us, but in reality, came from just her.
Today, just go find a photo from a moment that recently made you smile. Don't overthink it. Just go. And do it. and love it. And then, like Jenny, yesterday, we can marvel in the fact that you have a layout that is finished!!
Hello and welcome to a brand new month of inspiration here at write. click. scrapbook! This month our theme is
All month we will be sharing our favorite things with you. From colors and patterns, to techniques and strategies. We hope that as spring begins to blossom around us that ideas and creativity will begin to bloom as well.
And speaking of spring, our gallery theme this month is
Let's look and see how our team interpreted our new theme. And while you are peeking, see if you can find four new designers who have joined us! And please leave them a warm welcome. We are so excited to have them join the family! As a reminder, feel free to head to the gallery album to see the layouts in a larger size and with the added journaling!
My Spring | Ewa Wesołowska
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper Shimelle Dowdy ( American Crafts ) + stickers ( American Crafts ) + others embellishments
A Note from Ewa My spring starts early. Out of town I have a little house with a garden. I love warm days and to work with plants. After whole day spent at fresh spring air I feel full of energy and I'm in optimistic mood.
March Fun Fact I'm sooooo honored to be the part of of this great team.
A Note from Tracie Here in the South, we've experienced a lot of snow and ice lately so I am particularly thrilled about the soon coming of spring. I picked up these American Crafts products at the Target $1 spot last week and they happened to fit this month's gallery topic perfectly! Staying within a collection of supplies made this layout come together quickly and it was fun to use stickers. I am and always have been a lover of stickers!
March Fun Fact I have loved write.click.scrapbook. since its inception and can't begin to describe how honored I am to now be a part of this lovely team.
Spring, Actually | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, Glitz) + journaling cards (Glitz) + hearts (Glitz) + fonts (1942 Report, Letter Gothic)
A Note from Marnie Spring is hiding in these parts, so I had to go looking for a spring photo in my old stash! Oh, those baby cheeks!
March Fun Fact I have St Patrick's shirts in the closet all ready and waiting for the big day! We love the green day around here!
bball | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kit (Just Jaimee & Mommyish Real Life in Pockets Love You Harder), font (Underwood Champion)
A Note from Celeste This layout shows how our spring typically begins with the snow melting and the fog rolling off of it on a 45 degree day. It’s amazing how 45 degrees can feel like 65 degrees after a long cold winter! I had fun layering some papers here. I love how the border keeps the eye from wandering off the top of the page.
March Fun Fact Will the snow ever end? I really can’t wait to see the grass again!
A Note from Valerie One of my favorite things about Spring besides warmer weather is the new baby chicks we purchase each year. The chipboard from the My Mind's Eye Jubilee collection includes fun silver feathers that were perfect for a layout about our funny fluffy chicken.
March Fun Fact My husband and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary with a trip to Puerto Rico last month.
September | Cari Orellana
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (American Craft white) + patterned paper (Maggie Holmes Open Book) + embellishments (Maggie Holmes, Studio Calico) + mist (Studio Calico)
A Note from Cari My layout title is September, the first month of spring where I live (Santiago - Chile). This photo is from last September when Spring didn't want to show up yet and the days weren't as sunny as they supposed to be, but the flowers had already bloomed and it was very nice to see.
March Fun Fact Where I live everyone hate March! Is the month children go back to school, the summer is over and there are a lot of things to pay, but basically everyone hate it because is the back to school month. I don't go to school anymore, but I still hate March. hahaha.
Hello Spring | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials Bloom and Grow papers, Bloom and Grow elements, Spring Fling stamps, Bloom and Grow journaling cards (Mari Koegelenberg and Mommyish)
A Note from Cristina It feels like spring is so far, far away! I had to dig up some photos from last May to find some spring.
March Fun Fact I don’t mind winter and snow, but cannot wait for the warmer weather to arrive so that I can start wearing some lighter clothes and shoes.
Enjoy The Ride | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials Andiamo digital kit, Andiamo Journaling Cards, stitched-grid-templates-vol-2 (Scotty Girl Design)+ fonts (Myriad Pro)
A Note from Jennifer This layout and most of my layouts spring from a starting point, a template. I love the look of basic grid templates to start my layouts. Where it goes from there, I never know but always the beginning starts with a template!
March Fun Fact Spring can not get here soon enough, I am so ready to dig our bikes out from under all this snow and get moving!
Signs of Spring | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico) + stamp (Becky Higgins) + font (Arial Bold, Arial) + washi tape (Cocoa Daisy)
A Note from Lisa I have been living in the same house since 2003 and we have recently decided to move. I will however always look for the snowdrops outside that house in the spring.
Welcome Back | Jenny Larson
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon) + stickers (October Afternoon) + acrylic letters (Heidi Swapp) + epoxy stickers (October Afternoon) + die cuts (October Afternoon) + pen (Copic) + metal charm (Webster’s Pages)
A Note from Jenny Spring in Minnesota tends to be pretty ugly—snowy and dirty and brown—but the moment the plants pop out of the earth gives me joy. When they finally blossom, that’s when winter is done! I made this page, when it’s below zero at the end of February, to nurture that joy.
March Fun Fact The last two years it has snowed in May. I know it’s not a fun fact, but as a gardener, I have to say I do not plant perennials that are so dainty they have to be nurtured through the winter. These flowers on the page are hearty and survive late snows, which makes me shake my fist in the air and say, “Take that, Winter!”
Our Little Spring | Becca Dickson
12 x 12 | materials kit (February 2015 Storyteller-Quinn by Just Jaimee ) + fonts (Lavandaria Sturdy, Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Becca As soon as I think of the word Spring, I don't necessarily think of the season. I think of a bouncy spring, like in a trampoline, and am reminded of my always active four-year-old daughter. This photo was taken in the fall when we had Spring-like weather and my daughter begged to jump on the trampoline.
March Fun Fact I feel the need to wear green in some capacity all month long!
I Can’t Remember | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (BasicGrey, We R Memory Keepers, Cocoa Daisy) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (October Afternoon, Evalicious, 7 gypsies) + fonts (Frente)
A Note from Aliza Really this is all I could say about spring at this point. It is such a distant memory. I also got to scrapbook about spring, while still recording some favorite snowy pictures.
March Fun Fact Purim is coming up this week, one of my favorite Jewish holidays.
A Note from Marnie I thought I had left bitter winters behind when I left Canada. And I had. Until I moved to Wisconsin. And then I again left them behind. Until this year. When I think the bitter winter found everyone. Everywhere. Please, come back, Spring, please?
March Fun Fact I have just finished watching season three of Call the Midwife. And now I have to wait for Netflix to get the next season. When, oh, when, pray tell, will that happen? I cannot wait!
Handstands & Cartwheels | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Pebbles, Inc and Echo Park) + foam alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + small and script alphabet stickers (October Afternoon) + flower stickers (Echo Park) + font (Ainsley)
A Note from Amy It's been a long time since I made a layout with a good, wide photo mat. I should do this more often!
March Fun Fact I planted a new batch of spring bulbs last October. I'm excited to see the daffodils bloom this March!
That's it for today! We hope that you enjoyed it. Please don't forget to leave a little hello to Ewa, Tracie, Becca, and Cari.
This week we are ignoring all things winter and remembering how it felt to have golden sunlight bathe our skin with warmth. We thought Jody Wenke's Bikini layout from our July 2009 gallery was the perfect starting place for our summer-longing sketch.
Oh how we miss Jody and her lovely layouts. We are so grateful that she left behind such terrific layouts for sketching!
Marnie put together three layouts (!) this week. (Seriously. Three. It was love. It was Jody.)
For the first, she kept with the beach theme. And the sketch in its entirety. And she left the grey of the sketch behind, too. Apparently Marnie didn't want to mess with a good thing?
For her second layout, she stretched out the layout into a 12x12. You might notice that she combined three photos into two on the right side. And ventured away from summer photos!
The third layout is a bold change. While the elements are all there, the photos have been swapped for patterned paper, and the journaling square has been enlarged and swapped for a photo. It's a fun change and makes for a completely new and different layout!
We hope that you enjoy the sketch and find all sorts of inspiration from your visit today!
Welcome back! That groundhog shadow must have been very long as winter is mean and fierce in much of the US this week. We hope you are all keeping warm and finding time to scrapbook with all the kids underfoot for snow days. ;)
To help keep your juices flowing, we found an old Emilie Ahern layout, Orange Addict, in our July 2009 gallery. With room for as many as seven photos it seemed like the perfect layout from which to sketch.
We know how eye catching that orange is, so we are going to remove it for a minute so you can see the bones of the layout. It looks likes we have three square'ish photos (two large, one small), a tall rectangle, a small one, and maybe two long slim tall rectangles.
Using this sketch, Marnie put together a layout that tried to leave winter behind. But one which left all the elements of the sketch in place.
For a second option, she did a mirror image to accommodate a photo looking the other way! Then to allow some journaling space, she shrunk it all down, just a bit, and relocated the title to the other side. And voilà!
Hope these three layouts and the sketch help you get inspired to get a page or two done! Happy scrapping!
Welcome to our first February Sketchbook Saturday. This month our sketches will hail from our July 2009 gallery, For the Love of Color. This week our sketch is based upon the layout created by Katrina Simeck, A Good Book.
Isn't is a great layout? Its side by side symmetrical photos are so lovely and balanced. And they make for a lovely sketch.
Using this sketch, Marnie put together a wintery layout that left the sketch mostly in place.
Then she turned the sketch 90 degrees and found some vertical photos to make a second layout.
It's crazy how ninety degrees can make such a difference!! We really hope that you will try the sketch in whole or in part!
Hope you have a fun weekend! Thank you for stopping!
Hello, Love! and February! We are so excited to see you and to have one month of winter behind us. The Christmas trees are down, and in their place are felt heart banners and dishes of cinnamon hearts. This is the month of love and our celebrations begin today! We couldn't be more excited to share it with you!
Our theme this month is Family.
Because February is love and love is family. Our posts this month will swirl around our topic of family and we hope you will find some inspiration for scrapbooking your families while we scrapbook ours.
But before we get to our daily posts, we begin with a splash and a brand new gallery, Love is in the Air. And we hope that it is for you. In the air that is. From family, from friends, from furry creatures, and all that surrounds you. Here is a quick look at the layouts! Head on over to the gallery to see larger versions and to read the journaling!
The First | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Glitz, American Crafts) + label, flag (Michelle Underwood) + flair (liv.e designs) + fonts (Sweet Pea, Blueberry Oatmeal)
A Note from Marnie I love Valentine's Day and pink and all things girly. So I am happy to have a girl in Nigel's pictures so that I can cover his layouts with pink stuff!
February Fun Fact This weekend our gymnastics hosts a meet for 3200 gymnasts from four different countries and many many states. It is all run by volunteers. I am learning to be the volunteer coordinator. Oh, no! What am I getting myself into?
This Is Us | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kit (Fated by Karla Dudley, Clear Essentials 3) + font (KD Notebook by Karla Dudley)
A Note from Celeste This layout was inspired by the photo. My husband and I rarely get a shot together. This summer vacation we were able to spend more time alone, because the boys are getting older. It really made me realize how special our relationship is.
February Fun Fact This February will be the first year that the boys don’t get a week off for February vacation. This puts a crimp in their skiing plans and my alone time!
I’d Choose You | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials patterned papers (Echo Park, Studio Calico) + embellishments (Studio Calico) + stamps (Studio Calico) + ink (Studio Calico) + adhesive (Glue Glider Pro)
A Note from Cristina Given this month’s “love” theme, I looked for quotes on Pinterest. The first one that came up really caught my attention, so I decided to feature it in a big way. I stamped it on a neutral patterned paper using three different ink colors and a favorite alpha stamp. It ended up taking up almost the entire sheet of paper! I rarely make 2-page layouts, but I thought this was the best way to go for this layout, and when I found the colorful paper in my stash I knew it was perfect to match my quote.
February Fun Fact I was inspired by this quote, and ended up adding the book it is from to my to-read list!
Love is Always a Great Adventure | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials large alpha and embellishment stickers (American Crafts) + small serif alpha stickers (Lily Bee) + alphabet tiles stickers (Webster's Pages) + "Adventure" sticker (Heidi Swapp) + watercolor pencils (Rexel Derwent) + photo corner punch (Martha Stewart) + font (Futura)
A Note from Amy I didn't realize, until I typed up my supply list, just how sticker-based this layout is. That's OK...it goes along with my current scrapbooking motto, which is "more time on story, less time on embellishing."
February Fun Fact This month marks my 23rd anniversary.
Happiness is Homemade | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + pattern paper (American Crafts, Pebbles) + flair (A Flair For Buttons) + brads (Crate Paper) + stickers (Crate Paper, Pebbles) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + die cuts (Pebbles)
A Note from Diane I love digging through old photos and finding one that fits the theme of what I want to scrapbook. Even if I don't have any idea of the who, what, why, where, and when of the photo I still like to scrap it. The clothing, cars, and decor can tell a story all on their own. But the one thing it makes me realize is the types of things I should be documenting for future generations because they are the very things I would want to know if I could ask someone about those vintage photos I know nothing about.
February Fun Fact I recently purged my craft room and feel so much more inspired with fewer choices. It is true…less is more.
Friday Flowers | Lisa Borbely
A Note from Lisa I don´t have any products used for this page since I made the patterned papers myself! I´ll share the how to in a post later this month!
Cocoa Date | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + chipboard (Studio Calico) + sequins (Studio Calico) + stickers (Twine and Ink, KI Memories) + labels (Studio Calico) + Project Life cards (Studio Calico) + pen (Copic) + wood veneer (Studio Calico)
A Note from Jennifer My two boys tend to spend a lot of time together, with and without me, so I wanted to make a layout about the special “dates” I go on with my son individually. It’s a small moment at the coffee shop before his doctor’s appointment, but small moments are special.
February Fun Fact My son’s birthday is this month!
My People | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye) + chipboard (Sodalicious) + rub-ons (Amy Tangerine) + thickers (Amy Tangerine, American Crafts) + wood veneer (Shimelle) + stickers (Amy Tangerine) + other (Chic Tags) + digital (Ali Edwards) + fonts (Hello, Amy Tangerine)
A Note from Aliza This layout took me a while to figure out; I was looking for a way to say something meaningful and authentic, something a little deeper than “I love you,” but nothing too serious. When I found this photo, it finally all came together.
February Fun Fact My sister surprised me when she showed up to my son’s Bar Mitzvah. She traveled from Israel with a newborn baby, and stayed in America for 1 day!!