While going through the latest gallery I happened upon Diane´s page . First, I am so doing a page like this! Second, I love the grid those squares make. So today let´s talk about a few creative ways to get griddy with your photos!
I browsed Pinterest and found the photo above. They had used a big cardboard box to take each photo and then added everyone together to form this collage. I think it is a very clever and fun way, isn´t it!
But if you are like me and won´t be buying a TV or something else big enough to come in a huge box, here is another way! The different pocket page protectors that comes with a Project Life style makes it easy to do this. Like what Elise Blaha Cripe did here. Just take portrait photos up against a white background, be a little creative with where you look and then when you insert the photos.
I made a different version. I used an app on my iPhone called Pocketbooth to take photobooth photos.
This makes an instant grid. Here is how I used them on my layout!
I love that we are so goofy together! Oh, and that #love card is by our Francine that is making one journaling card each day of February and share them all as downloads on her blog!
I also wanted to share a great blog post from Paislee Press. They shared how you can take photobooth-like photos with your regular camera, and make it cute!
Welcome to our final day of our Scrapolympics! My goodness we have had a good week. So much fun! Thank you for visiting and for stopping by. It wouldn't have been as much fun without you!
Our sixth and final Scrapolympic event is the Relay. Freestyle skiing combines speed, showmanship and the ability to perform aerial manoeuvres whilst skiing.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
After having been a demonstration sport at the 1988 Games in Calgary, short track speed skating became part of the Olympic programme in Albertville in 1992, with two individual events and two relays. The discipline comprises men’s and women’s events. Since the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, the programme of this discipline has included eight events. It quickly became popular with the public, who are thrilled to watch rapid races on tight tracks. The skaters race so closely to each other that collisions and falls are inevitable, which is why the walls of the speed skating oval are padded. ::source::
We love how the relay is both a team and an individual sport. We have the most amazing team on earth and can't wait to see their amazing pages and how they work together. Here are the rules of the relay.
RELAY = CREATE, PASS, CREATE, PASS, CREATE
We have two time teams racing for gold today, Team Look+Love+Inspire and Team Look+Love+Inspiretwo.
The starting rifle has fired. Better get moving! Team Look+Love+Inspire has three members with their eye on the prize: Marnie, Jennie, and AmyC.
Marnie started the relay with this layout.
Then she sent it on to Jennie for her inspiration and use.
Jennie looked at it, loved it, and was inspired by its use of two different patterned papers. That's really all it took to start toward a her new page.
Then Jennie sent her page to Amy.
Amy looked at it, loved it was was inspired by the two photos, so that's where she started. She was also drawn to the diagonal movement of the stars in Jennie's layout, so she incorporated that same diagonal line with her mist splatters. She thought it was so much fun to create a layout based on Jennie's based on Marnie's!!!
And that, dear readers, is all it takes to win gold: look, love, and inspire.
Here they are all together!
Mmm. Good as gold. Don't you think?
Our second team is Team Look+Love+Inspiretwo: Valerie, Carey, and Jennifer.
Valerie was first up for this relay.
She then sent it over to Carey.
Carey looked at it, loved it, and was inspired by its colors (aqua, gray and white) and its big paper blocks. Even though there's a lot going on, she liked how Valerie's layout still has a light and airy feel. Additionally, Carey wanted to keep the white borders on the photos for definition and emphasis.
Then Carey sent this layout to Jennifer.
Jennifer looked long and hard at is colors, splatters, and jewels. She loved everything that she saw. But the thing that inspired her most was the design of Carey's layout. So she kept the same look with large strips of patterned paper for my background. And while she changed up the number of photos, the rest remained similarly designed with the paper elements, embellishments and journaling.
And again, that, dear readers, is all it takes to win gold: look, love, and inspire.
Here is this set all together.
We hope that you will join on in. Find two friends, line yourself up, and be inspired. It's sort of like the telephone game. So very much fun!
We are thrilled that you we could spend the week with us. As a token of our love we would like to offer you a little something for you. It is February, the month of love. And today is the day of love. So here is a little bit of love for you, our dear readers. Consider it our closing ceremony. We love you! You may download it here.
Welcome back for day 4 in our Olympic celebrations! We can hardly tally up the gold there is so much to be had. We are having the time of our lives and our hotels have been nothing short of spectacular during our Olympic stay. Though some of us are wondering when the maids are going to come clean...
We hope that Scrapolympic week is bringing you inspiration and happiness. Today we are striving to bring you more AND a few giggles along the way.
Our fourth Scrapolympic event is Pairs Skating. Did you know that figure skating is the oldest event in the Winter Olympics? We couldn't resist having a chance to be a part of something so legendary.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Figure skating is the oldest sport on the Olympic Winter Games programme. It was contested at the 1908 London Games and again in 1920 in Antwerp. Men’s, women’s, and pairs were the three events contested until 1972. Since 1976, ice dancing has been the fourth event in the programme, proving a great success. ::source::
For our pairs event, we have created three teams of two teammates who will rely upon their partner's strength to inspire them to create their own lovely layout.
PAIRS = PARTNER UP & BE INSPIRED BY YOUR PARTNER'S STRENGTH
Let's introduce you to our three teams. First, please put your hands together for Team Write & Design.
This is not a team you want to challenge to a Scrabble match. They know big words and they know how to use them. In life and on their pages. And speaking of pages, if you want one built like an architectural beauty, this is the team for you! WIth Write & Design, your pages will be extremely well constructed and the story will read like your favorite novel.
When Design looked to Words for inspiration, no one was surprised to find her drawn to Words' journaling techniques in her January 2014 gallery page and the page she did for the warm pages week in January. Design was drawn to Words' mixture of fonts and her ability to split journaling into different blocks in a single bound. Design knocked her own layout out of the park by creating text boxes for each of her son's silly sayings as of late, mixed up the fonts, and printed them on a transparency. Laying it on top of her white space, the journaling blocks become equally as important as the photo. Truly a gold medal layout waiting for its national anthem. Now that's using words to design. Perfection!
Next up, Words. She loves how Design incorporates myriad supplies with big pictures. Knowing that sometimes big photos and lots of supplies make her nervous, Words studied Design's style intently. Here is what she learned:
Leave some empty space in the photo itself for embellishments.
Use strips of color and pattern. Don't forget how much punch just a little strip can add!
And, speaking of strips, Design cuts her journaling into strips quite often. So Words took that page from her design book, too. Look at what happens when Words meets Design!
Isn't it magical when you let your friends inspire you to greatness? Gold medal goodness.
Our second Pairs pairing is a match made in heaven's embellishment aisle, Team Splatter & Flair.
Splatter and Flair have much in common when it comes to their pages. Not only are they both extremely gifted with their use of color and design, but they are so masterful in their use of both digital and paper scrapbooking that they move between mediums flawlessly, with ne'er a falter.
If the truth is to be told, Splatter loves everything about Flair's pages. But a competitor to the end, she maintained her focus, not allowing herself to be distracted by all the glitter, sparkle, and good design. Splatter's eagle eye spotted Flair's use of gold (excellent color choice) embellishments, specifically on Enjoy the Show from the December gallery. Splatter is hip to the trends, and knows just how popular gold (did we mention what an excellent color choice?) is right now so she let it happen on her tribute page! Finding a digital gold (again, excellent color choice) that looks incredibly realistic gave her a starting place. Then, longing for summer as we all are right now, she created a summer page with a light and breezy color palette of shades of green with the added gold (we promise this is the last time we will point out the beauty of the color choice!) alphas and, wait for it... splatter! Excellent work on going for the gold with gold dear Splatter!
Flair is in awe of Splatter's championship use of white space and asymmetrical balance. For her Pairs challenge, Flair attempted to replicate Splatter's mastery of these two techniques. For her page, Broncos Forever Flair looked to Splatter's page, The Great Outdoors as inspiration piece. Flair created her page’s foundation at the bottom right of my page using word art and a patterned paper mat, then layered her photo, title and minimal embellishments over top. Flair then resisted all temptation to decorate, leaving the white space surrounding the foundation unobstructed. With the exception of the slender piece of patterned paper that she fashioned along the left side (What can we say? She is Flair, after all! It wouldn't be the same without a little extra flair!) And while her Broncos did not get to take home their own gold (rings), Flair's own Broncos boys are more than cute enough to help her take home the gold.
Ah! Just what we love about Pairs. A litle Splatter here and a little Flair there and you have two magnificent pages waiting to be your inspiration!
Our third team competing for the Pairs title is Team Plain & Awesome.
This pairing is not to be underestimated. Plain and Awesome have been scrapbooking for longer than some of you have been alive. And they are able to do so because they are Plain and Awesome.
Plain thinks Awesome can do no wrong. At first the love affair began over pages that were so perfectly composed that books should have been written. And then, Awesome began adding the Perfect Embellishments, each and every time. And when Awesome went digital, well, it was only a matter of time before Plain did, too. The affection and adoration run that deep.
Here is a page that Plain made trying her best to emulate the awesomeness of Awesome.
And lest you think this love affair is one sided, think again. Awesome loves how Plain can pare things down to near nothingness and still have a page that some would call a scrapbook page. (Rumor has is it that some have questioned Plain's pages to be too plain. Seriously? Awesome disagrees. Plain is grateful.) Awesome finds that Plain's pages are nearly like sketches just waiting to be used for the arrangement and then to be gussied up as one feels fit.
Here is Awesome's page that sprang from one of Plain's.
You can see that these two, together, are not to be reckoned with. Their ability to handle a mouse is breathtaking and what Awesome does with shadows is only matched by what Plain does with white space. Dare we say a gold is in their future??
Thank you so much for coming to see our Pairs event today. Please join us tomorrow for our final event and closing ceremonies. You won't want to miss it!
Day Three is upon us! It's the middle of our week and we are having fun raking in the golds! How about you? Are you enjoying the Olympics? both those in Russia and those here?
Today we are excited to bring you Freestyle!
Our fourth Scrapolympic event is Freestyle. Freestyle skiing combines speed, showmanship and the ability to perform aerial manoeuvres whilst skiing.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Freestyle skiing was contested as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary Games. There were events for both men and women in all three events – moguls, aerials and ballet. Four years later, the mogul event gained medal status at the Albertville Games, as did the aerial event at Lillehammer in 1994. ::source::
Freestyle seems to be the event where the athletes get to show their skills and strengths and do what they do best. So that is what we are going to do, too!
FREESTYLE = DO YOUR BEST WITH WHAT YOU DO BEST
Our freestyle team today is Team WhatIDoBest. It consists of Diane Payne, Jennie McGarvey, Sue Althouse, Lisa Ottosson, Aliza Deustch, and Marnie Flores.
Each teammate created a layout showcasing their strengths. Let's see if their layouts can earn us more gold!
This brings day 3 to a close. We hope you found our layouts to be golden! We also invite you to play along and create a layout or two with your signature style showcasing your strengths. Link us up, and leave us word about your strength! We look forward to seeing your Freestyle pages.
Welcome back for day 2 in our Olympic celebrations! How did you do on your biathlon and sprint layouts? Did you find a lovely starting point for a new layout? We hope that you enjoyed everything and are looking forward to today!
Today we have one event to share. One event, six new layouts, and some sketches. It's going to be a good one!
Our third Scrapolympic event is the Skeleton. Skeleton racing involves plummeting head-first down a steep and treacherous ice track on a tiny sled. It is considered the world's first sliding sport.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Men’s skeleton made two early appearances on the Olympic programme at its “ancestral” home of St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948. It was then dropped until it reappeared as a men’s and women’s event at Salt Lake City in 2002. ::source::
The Skeleton was so named as the early frames bore a vague resemblance to a skeleton. We couldn't think of a better way to scrapbook today, than to strip a layout down to its most basic elements and then grow it from there.
SKELETON = LAYOUT - TRIMMINGS + NEW STUFF
Today we have 6 competitors from Writeclickscrapbookland comprising Team BoneyardScraps: Amy Sorenson, Jennie McGarvey, Sue Althouse, Cristina Scrap, Francine Clouden, and Marnie Flores. They each picked a layout from our February gallery, stripped it bare, and built it up into a new and inspirational work of art.
Let's see what they have come up with.
Amy used Sue's layout as the basis for her layout. Once she took it down to its skeleton, she decided to add an extra picture, even though it would mean less visible patterned paper as she knew her story needed all three pictures! Amy also added a little bit extra to the bottom left corner. And, following Sue's example, Amy even handwrote her journaling (which she hardly ever does!).
Jennie used Stephanie's layout as her starting place. Substituting out two photos for one, she left much of the remaining remaining, such as the three layers on the bottom, and the two horizontal tags peeking out from behind the photos. Jennie increased the size of her background patterns and reduced the repeating title to two lines, creating the perfect backdrop for her photos.
Sue chose Jina's layout to strip down. We love what she did to put it back together. She lengthened the left photo which gave the layout a much more symmetrical feel, true to Sue's style. The placement of the tags also helps to create a central square which grounds the entire layout beautifully.
Cristina also looked to Jina's layout for her Skeleton event layout. She added an extra photo and lifted them onto a more even horizontal plane. She chose an amazing color scheme and added the perfect embellishments.
Francine started with Kate's layout for its simplicity and because the white background jumped out at her. To break down the layout she ignored everything but the major elements: photos, title and journaling, and used those to come up with the sketch. Francine worked from the sketch rather than working directly from Kate's layout as she didn't want to be influenced by the other elements in Kate's layout. Francine felt this helped her go from a page about a teenager to a page about my toddler.
Marnie also used Stephanie's layout. She picked Stephanie's as it has so many many layers and she was interested to see if following Stephanie's layout would help her learn to use layers more easily and more beautifully.
Now it's your turn! Pick a layout from our February gallery. Strip it down and make something out of it. Something lovely. We have the sketches from today available for you to download as layered templates as well. Use them if they help. And if you make one of your own that you would like to share, leave us a link. Here are the layered sketches:
Welcome to our Scrapolympic celebrations! It has been four years since our first Olympics together. My, how time flies! This year, we will be celebrating with 6 different events, one daily, except for today, when we have two! Each day will will describe the actual Olympic event, and then we will introduce the write. click. scrapbook. twist to each of the events, showcasing the talents of our own talented athletes, or designers!
The Olympics are a time of unity, celebration, and awe. Seeing athletes succeed after years of dedicated training inspires us to do better. We find parallels to our own craft, as we learn and grow in what we do, we perform better and faster. As the old saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery. So we imitate their hours spent by spending our own countless hours crafting pages. We imitate their skill honing by learning and studying design, photography, and color theory. We aim for success, just as they do.
So let's enjoy our week of Scrapolympics. We look forward to increasing our Olympic knowledge and creating some amazing layouts together this week.
Our first event is the biathlon, which is a two-sport event combining shooting and cross country skiing. Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Biathlon was staged at the 1948 Winter Games in St Moritz as a demonstration sport. At the time, it combined cross-country and downhill skiing, shooting, fencing and equestrian events. Inspired by modern pentathlon, it was the first attempt to introduce a multi-disciplinary event. It was included on the Olympic programme in Squaw Valley in 1960. Women’s biathlon was organised as a medal sport in Albertville in 1992.
Until the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, the events comprised an individual race and a relay. In Lake Placid in 1980, a second individual event was introduced.
In Salt Lake City in 2002, a 12.5km pursuit event was added for men and 10km for women. From Turin in 2006, a new mass-start event was introduced for both men and women. This brings together the 30 best athletes from the World Cup. ::source::
For our biathlon today, we will be combining the sport of sketch usury with the equally delightful sport of color palette selection.
ROYGBIV + SKETCH = BIATHLON
Representing Writeclickscrapbookland in this Biathlon event, we have Team Spectrum&Sketch consisting of Lisa Ottosson, Amy Kingsford, and Marnie Flores.
In the second heat, Amy is working hard to keep Writeclickscrapbookland in the lead.
Bringing together the March 2013 Sketch and the August 2013 color palette, Amy created a page documenting the love she has for her son. Altering the sketch somewhat so that it was a better suited to an 8.5 x 11 canvas, Amy resized and moving things around a bit. Then she used the color palette as a starting point as a way to help her select a kit from which to work. You may notice she threw in some navy, using it as a secondary neutral, which creates a great backdrop for the brighter colors.
All You Need is Love | materials cardstock (Karla Dudley) + patterned paper, journal card, diecuts, stamps (Celeste Knight) + flower, glitter (Paislee Press) + flair (Creashens) + washi tape (Celeste Knight, Amy Kingsford) + fonts (Courier New)
This layout certainly gives us a great time and score.
Last up, hoping to successfully bring us home is Marnie.
Marnie used the October 2013 color palette and the August 2013 sketch to create her layout. Marnie thought the even sized photos were a great fit for her love of symmetry. She did switch out the icons for journaling however, in order to keep her layout successful for its purpose and not just for the event!
And now, it is your turn. If you pop on over to that left hand margin, you will find many color palettes and sketches to choose from. Put two together, make a layout and leave us a link in the comments. There will be awards at the end of the week both for participation and for best entries!
Our second is the sprint. We are going to look to speed skating where you race together. Here is the official Olympic history statement concerning speed skating.
Speed skating appeared for the first time in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. Initially, only men were allowed to participate. It was only at the Lake Placid Games in 1932 that women were authorised to compete in speed skating, which was then only a demonstration sport. It was not until the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley that women’s speed skating was officially included in the Olympic programme.
The events almost always follow the European system, which consists of skaters competing two-by-two. At the 1932 Olympic Games, the Americans organised American-style events, i.e. with a mass start. This decision brought about a boycott by many European competitors, which allowed the Americans to win the four gold medals. This system would give birth to short-track speed skating, which was added to the Olympic programme in Albertville in 1992. ::source::
For our sprint today, we will be creating pages as fast as we can.
SPRINT = CREATE A PAGE AS FAST AS YOU CAN
Sharpen your trimmers, pick out your supplies, dress in your most comfortable scrapbooking gear, and get ready. Take a very deep breath. Focus. And go!
Today, representing Writeclickscrapbookland we have Team Velociscrapper consisting of Valerie O'Neall, Aliza Deutsch, and Marnie Flores.
Our sprint team is excited to race for the finish line in record time. On your marks, get set, let's go!
Valerie was excited to join the sprinting team as she really enjoys time limit challenges. Forced not to overthink things, she'll look to choose embellishments and scraps of paper that are already out on her desk. Currently taking the Life Scripted class at Studio Calico right now, Valerie couldn’t wait to use her own brush script on a layout. And we are so glad she did. It's lovely!
Valerie's page gets points not just for speed, but also for sticking to the winter theme! Go Valerie!
To maximize her success, Aliza used two time saving strategies. First, she matte her background and patterned papers in black (an easy way to help them look more polished without having to stew over colors). Next, she opted for handwritten journaling. A definite time saver.
In light of full disclosure, Aliza did want to confess that she did lose track of time. While this might impact our gold in the real life sprint, here we cheer her story of inspiration: even though she failed to finish quickly, she did work much faster than she usually does. And while we love a champion, we also adore the underdog. (And the S-IOC applauds her for not blood doping or using metabolic steroids to enhance her performance!)
Knowing that she is not genetically created to scrapbook quickly, Marnie took some measures to ensure her success. First, she picked a digital kit that coordinated with her page's subject matter: facial hair. Next, she limited herself to the colors that came in the kit so as to not spend too much time worrying about making things more complicated than they needed to be. Lastly, she gave herself permission to create a single photo layout, certainly her favorite (and therefore fastest) pages to scrapbook.
How about that awesome beard? and page!
In summary, some time saving tricks:
stick to what you do best
limit yourself on product
choose coordinating products/lines
handwrite journaling, handdraw titles
don't overthink the process
And remember, there is not time limit; just an effort to keep moving a little quicker than normal.
With that, our sprinting draws to a successful close as does day one of our Scrapolympics. We heard your applause and thank you for your cheers and your support along our journey!
Don't forget that it is now your turn. We look forward to seeing your Biathlon and your Sprint pages. Again, there will be participation awards, so get those pages done and link us up!
Hello, and welcome to Write. Saturday! Today I come to you with words and ideas that have been said and written before, but that bear repeating every so often. At some point in our lives, some, if not all of us will be intimidated by the sight of a blank page, or the glare of an empty screen. We will be plagued by the dreaded phrase, "I don't know what to write!"
Now, I think I have mentioned this before, so please excuse my repetition, but I used to hate writing. Well into adulthood, whenever I had something to write for work or school, I'd sit, slightly panicked, in front of the computer screen, trying to formulate my thoughts. I generally would turn to my husband, Dave, and I'd tell him the long point that I was trying to make, and then I'd say, "So how do I put that into writing?" He would then say, "Just write down what you told me. You can always fix it after." I mumbled, "Thanks," under my breath, and went back to staring at the screen.
Then, one day, I got it. "Oh, I just write down whatever goes through my head, no matter how wordy or messy. I can just write like I talk." What an ingenious idea.When we sit down to write, there is a feeling that we have to compose sentences to sound a certain way, but when we talk, we just talk. And, usually, we make sense. So that is what I started to do.
I still hesitate before I sit down to write my journaling. I find myself procrastinating when it's time to type out the words for a scrapbook page. Cutting and pasting and playing with pretty and shiny bits is more exciting to the senses than typing (at least for me). And, just like there are times when I have a wonderful picture in my head of what a scrapbook layout might look like, and then when I sit down to make it, it doesn't quite work out the way I planned. Writing is like that too. Sometimes I have words floating around in my head, and they sound fabulous there. But when it's time to commit them to paper, it doesn't come together right away.
Still, when that happens, I remember the wise advice of my husband, and I just start to write something. Often, that something turns out to be enough.
If you are starting to feel like my husband must be some saintly genius, I just want to remind you that I am talking about this guy:
I think Neil Gaiman summed it up best (since he kind of has a way with words), and this quote inspired this post.
This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and put one word after another until it is done. It is that easy and that hard.
It also inspired me to make this cute, little tableau that I keep above my desk.
I have been sewing on my pages for a while, it's not a new thing in scrapbooking, but it's not something I do all the time. Mainly because of having to get my sewing machine out of the closet and get it set up. So I changed that by reorganising my room so that I have an area dedicated to sewing, and now I stitch on pages a lot more. My machine for paper is actually under the table, but it's easy to get it ready to go.
Sewing adds such great texture to paper, but without a lot of bulk. You can also sticth on embellishments and then add to your page like Amy did here.
That's a great title, and looking at it does make me feel warm!
Stitching can work both as a decorative element, and as a way to adhere things to your page
When stitching over chipboard like I did, I advise going very slowly to make sure you don't break your needle.
Here are two more pages where I machine stitched, but I also used stitched embellishments: the yoyos
They weren't made by me though, it's a pre-made embellishment, but if you want to make your own, here's a great tutorial by Heather Bailey. Laura used some stitched felt trees on her card below that are also pre-made embellishments.
and I used these layered flowers with stitching
So, do you think you'll try stitching on your pages?
Thanks for joining me here this week. I had a blast.