Hi! It's Dee and I'm so happy to be here with another blogpost for Write. Click. Scrapbook! I hope you are enjoying this week with the subject of "no." This topic may seem a little negative, but as we've seen the passed few days it contains a lot of fun ideas for layouts.
Today I'd like to challenge you with another no: no visible journaling on your layouts. First and foremost let me preface this by saying that I love love love layouts with a lot of journaling! But sometimes a layout just works better without journaling. If you do want to tell a story with that layout you can of course add in an extra page (maybe a 6x12) even, but another option is to hide the journaling. That is exactly what I did! For both of this weeks layout I'm keeping in check with the food theme of this month's gallery because well.. I just really like to talk, blog & scrap about food ;-)
First up is this fun layout about an absolutely amazing lunch at the Eiffel tower me and my husband had last September when we visited Paris.
I printed the pictures with my Canon Selphy. The little ones are 2x2 and the bigger ones are 3x4. I've written the journaling about this amazing lunch on a grey tag that I tucked behind the bigger photos. For the title I used a fun stamp by Kelly Purkey and letter stickers by Tim&Beck for Studio Calico. The acetate shapes are by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper and the colored paper is by Heidi Swapp.
The second layout is another picture heavy layout and it tells the story about another great food-experience. Dinner at an amazing restaurant in my hometown. This dinner was a gift for our wedding. People who visit my blog probably already know this layout, because I posted it there recently.
This layout features a special centerpiece: the edible (!) menu we got at the restaurant. I'm not sure this menu will stand the test of time, but we'll see! I tucked the journaling and memorabilia behind this menu. It can be pulled up to read with the floral washi tab I created at the top of the menu.
I hope you are inspired to make some pages with no visible journaling yourself! Please link up if you do so!
When Jenny came up with this fabulous idea, I thought about all the things I could take out of my scrapbooking as a little challenge to myself. And then I read her list. And sitting there quietly hiding as #4 was no white cardstock. And there it was. The challenge of a lifetime!
I'm not sure when it happened (years ago, though, to be certain). But one day as I was putting layouts away, I realized that I am a little in love with white cardstock as my base layer and starting point. Whenever I begin a layout, the first thing on my table or screen is a white paper. And almost always it remains largely uncovered.
So for my NOvember layout I made one without any white paper. Gasp!!!
Oh shoot! Darn. I guess I missed the tiniest bit of white matting the photos. Forgive me?
What are you going to do without this NOvember week? Can't wait to see!!
Hello! November is traditionally a month of harvest, or gratitude, but how about we add a little attitude? This week we're going to focus on the NO in November.
What are the ways you can scrapbook "No"'? Here are some ideas:
Things you don't like
No white cardstock
No patterned paper
In general, what's something you like to do? And how could you scrapbook without it?
For me, I thought about not sewing on a page--for a microsecond, then I said no. (Heh.) Instead, I decided to leave out my second favorite thing: embellishments. Here's the page:
I ended up using 3 pieces of patterned paper (the October card is from one piece of patterned paper), one set of Thickers for the title, and one set of letter stickers for the dates and numbers of the journaling. I sewed the stickers down to make them stick. (I know the sewing was a bit of a cheat. Sigh.) Even though I desperately wanted to add a button somewhere, I think the mix in patterned papers and the focus on the journaling eliminates the need for added embellishments. Here's a few details:
That was my take on scrapbooking the NO in November. Come back this week to see what Dee, Katie, and Marnie have to share!
Hey, Ewa here
Today is my turn to encourage you to try something new. Each of us has time such a day that does not have an idea for a new LO, any papers do not fit,add-ons as well. You sit an hour on an empty desk. And here's my idea for days like these! Why wouldn't you try to create your own add-ons ?
For this Lo i made my own add-ons (the square next to the image). I stamped some colorless emmbosing ink on watercolor paper and covered it with transparent embossing powder. Then I used a hit gun and let powder dry off. Later I painted it with watercolor using myfavorite color and then cut squares out of it. Now, just few more pieces of patterned paper, labes and wood chips and it's ready!!
Still Bored? Let's make your own background!
In this LO I used my favourite mask and glossy gel medium. One part is clear glossy medium and the other is mixed with some green waterbased ink. When a glossy medium is completely dry finish your background as You wish ( use sprays, watercolor paint , panpastels or gelatos )
I hope you liked my ideas for trying somethig new.
When brainstorming for this week, I was searching through my photo library and realized I have no recent 'trying something new' experiences—that I took pictures of anyway. The only events I can think of are food related. For example, at our favorite frozen yogurt place Saturday, I tried three new flavors instead of sticking with my tried and true white chocolate strawberry (yum). My kids though—trying something new is pretty much a daily occurrence. So I made a layout about my son to fit in with this week's theme.
From the age of about 18 months to age four, he was the choosiest eater. Supper time was dreaded by me and by him. So this layout celebrates him finally overcoming that awful picky eating stage and embracing new foods and meals.
There's no fancy scrapbooking techniques here. Just basic patterned paper and a large 4x6 journaling card (by Elle's Studio) for writing the story.
I'm really enjoying the posts this week. It's such a great writing prompt!
And a HUGE thank you to all who have served and are currently serving our country. Your service is inspiring. Because of your sacrifice and courage, we have freedom. Thank you!
Hi, it's Aliza here again with another story or two. Yesterday, the story I shared was all about the fear and thrill of trying something completely new. Sometimes, though, something new comes along, and it gives you a new perspective on all that is old.
For example, we recently adopted a dog, which was something totally new for me. I never owned a dog before, and I wasn't quite sure it was the right decision. Until I met Chipper, and that all changed in a heartbeat.
With this new experience, has come a whole lot of dog walking. It turns out, that walking in my neighborhood several times a day, I began to notice little details that have been there all along. It's like seeing my little section of New York City for the first time, all over again.
Hi, all! Welcome to our week with layouts that are all about "trying something new." It's Aliza here today, followed by Valerie and Ewa later in the week.
I am not great at trying new things, to be honest. I like routine, I like patterns, and I am a big fan of my comfort zone. Still, sometimes you just have to give something a go and do the best you can. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results. However, the story below is not about me at all.
This summer, my son worked at his first summer job. He was hoping to get an internship in the district attorney's office, and when that did not work out, he found a new job in a matter of days. While Max loves acting in his school plays, he knew nothing about set design. But that is where his help was needed, so he and his employer took the risk. And guess what? He was pleasantly surprised by the results. (I got to sit back and feel proud.)
Everybody has to be new at something some time, so whether it happened recently, or long ago; whether it happened to you, or someone else, what stories can you tell about "trying something new?"
Hey there, Becca here with your next installment of mixing patterns. When the theme for this week was chosen, I was ecstatic. Mixing patterns are my thing! Like Jennifer, I have used patterns as a background layer as well as mixing them in smaller sizes on top.
Here's an example of mixing patterns in one of my layouts. I like to choose a bold pattern for the background, but one that's is either all one color, or not too busy. The trick is to keep the other patterns smaller and keep the background the focal point. I love kits that have similar colors that tie everything together like in this layout.
For this one, I picked a neutral background and mixed a bunch of different colors and patterns behind it. They are all completely different, and that's okay! My trick here is to pick a patterned paper that has all or most of the colors I used in the other patterned papers — in this case, the striped paper — to tie all of the papers together.
And for this last one, I made a bold move and mixed two patterned papers together for the background. I had to, because it was a bold kit, right? The trick to this is that the papers complement each other, and I added tiny bits of those same colors in other elements to pull the page together. The lime green made everything pop.
Well, I hope this inspires you to mix your own patterns on your pages! I used a patterned background one day, and couldn't stop. It's a lot of fun!
Hi there, Jennifer here to share a few layouts and tips on mixing patterned papers! Patterned papers are a love of mine. It started way back when I first began paper scrapbooking. I fell in love with the fun designs, the color schemes and the way each paper would coordinate with one another! That love has stayed with me as I moved onto digital scrapbooking. Personally patterned paper can make or break a kit for me, and if there is one paper I absolutely adore I will splurge on the whole kit! It silly, but true!
Having a clean and simple scrapbook style, can make using patterned papers tricky! Some papers seems too overwhelming in large portions.Using a solid paper as a background for your layout, helps balance the patterns & they seem less overwhelming to the eye. Breaking up the patterned papers into small sections (as I did in the layout above) also helps break up the busyness, and helps the eye focus on each paper individually.
Patterned papers can also be used effectively as background papers:
The key is selecting a patterned paper that is more on the simple side, one with a basic repeating pattern or a single color. This will help the other patterns you select pop off of the background pattern! Another tip to break up the patterns is to use a border or stitch between each paper & photo. This gives the layout a finished look, and ties all of the papers and elements together.
Layering patterned papers in another fun way to use them:
When picking out papers to layer, always make sure to take into account the size of the pattern, this will have an effect of the outcome of your layout. A pattern that is too large in comparison with other papers will compete with each other for attention. If you choose a busy patterned for your background paper, try selecting papers that have a more neutral pattern (design & color) to layer on top! Always try to select patterns that compliment each other in size and color!
I hope these tips and tricks make you want to break out your patterned papers and scrap!