Hello! It's Jennifer Larson with a quick challenge for you: Make a project that uses lettering as a dramatic or design focus. I'll be back later this week with some inspiration and a project! I hope you play along.
Hi all, Lisa here today! When Dee told us her topic for this week, I just had to make a page! I will have a sweet tooth forever!
I decided to go with a photo of the spoon full of Nutella that is heaven :) The journaling does say that a spoon full of Nutella every day makes a girl happy, but it might go a few days between! I used my watercolors to make a simple background for this page. I love how happy this page looks!
Sweet isn't just oven baked goodness when summer comes. It is also popsicles, slurpees, and fruit. And to me, no fruit is summer quite like watermelon. I have a zillion pictures of the kids eating watermelon. The juice dripping down their chins. Their big eyes as they bite from pieces wider than their heads. I love it all.
For this layout, I switched out the colors on the slide reel for the colors of watermelon. With the black and white photo, the colors in the layout direct your attention to watermelon in the photo. Ah, we are suggestible creatures. :)
As you are creating sweet layouts this week, remember that sweet things don't have to come from the oven!
Hi! It's Dee and I'm here with a new challenge for this week: document the sweet stuff!
As said before I'm a real foodie! I love to eat, cook, write and talk about food! The thing I love most is the sweet stuff, so I've got loads of pictures of me just munching on pastries, macarons, et cetera. And, because I know I love to document these pictures, I thought it would be fun to challenge you and do the same!
Here's the layout I created for this theme:
And another one:
And, last but not least, an older layout. I made it back in 2012 but the theme is fitting so I thought I'd share it with you all.
These layouts do not contain big stories, important things I like to remember. And even though I like to make pages that are very journaling heavy and that document the bigger things in life, I do like to keep it short&sweet (pun intended) every now and then!
I hope you feel inspired to document the sweet stuff in life and that you will share your pages on social media with the hashtags #wcsaprilchallenge and #wcsdocumentsweetstuff
It's April and we are celebrating all things funny this month. Our gallery this month is No Foolin' and it is sure to make you giggle. If you would like to see the layouts and read the journaling, please hop on over to our gallery! Enjoy!
It's Aliza again, and I have a brand, spankin' new, never before seen layout. In it, I use a couple of text messages to capture where my older son is at now. Namely, he is out and about ALL THE TIME. Yesterday I shared a layout from 2014 in which I wrote, "the day when Max doesn't live here anymore is now in the very countable future." Back then I meant that it was two years away. Now it is mere months away, and it is starting to hurt. bad.
When I first thought of this layout, and when I took screenshots of those texts, I did not intend for this layout to be so heavy. I really meant it to be lighthearted and proud. But it morphed into a much longer, tougher story. On the positive side, I started to feel better as soon as this page was done. So hooray for scrap therapy!
DO you have a group of messages that capture your stage of life? A Relationship? Or maybe they just tell one particular story. Join in our challenge and scrap them! You can link up on Instagram. #wcsmarchchallenge #scrapyourtexts
Hello! It's Aliza again, sharing what I hope is some inspiration for using text messages in your projects
This first layout is from 2014. I haven't really looked at it in a while, and I am admiring it all over again. (Not very humble of me.) It includes a text between me and my son, and the journaling is about how I feel about texting with him. (I love it.) I find talking on the phone a mild form of torture. And by mild, I actually mean severe. So for me, texting is like sitting on the beach with a slightly alcoholic beverage. Which is something I have never done, but it seems like it would feel relaxing and peaceful.
My next project is from just a few weeks ago. This is my first year doing Project Life for any significant period of time. God bless that app, let me tell you. I find that Project Life is a great place to keep little snippets of conversation that happen via text. On this page, there's a text that captures a bit of our humor, and in another, my son and I make up after an argument. I love that I have that little moment recorded, and I don't think I would have created an entire layout about it. So it makes me happy that is has a home here.
Come back again tomorrow when I share a brand new layout using text messages. I did not intend it at all, but it almost feels like a continuation of my 2014 layout that I shared here. But you'll have to come back to get the whole scoop!
If you have any projects to share, you can link up on Instagram. #wcsmarchchallenge #scrapyourtexts
No really. I love, love books. I always have three or four different things I'm reading and 127 or so things I want to be reading. I talk about books, write about books, think about books. They are my favorite decoration in a room.
Plus, I'm a librarian.
So I'm contractually obligated to also scrapbook about books (and reading). Throughout my twenty years of scrapping, I've made quite a few book-related layouts, so I thought for today's post I'd share some tips and tricks for getting books and reading into your scrapbook albums.
Write about your kids’ relationship with reading. Some kids love it, some kids hate it; it’s easy for some and hard for others. If it’s a struggle, don’t be afraid to write about it. If it’s a joy, celebrate it! I’ve found that how kids feel about reading changes as they get older. My oldest three kids loved reading until they hit junior high, and then they’ve taken a hiatus. I’m hoping they remember one day that they love books. My youngest son loves to have someone read to him, but he’s not a big fan of reading on his own. I’ve documented all of these stories and experiences. In this layout, I wrote about my youngest finally finding some books he really loved and would read without complaining:
If you come across a book-themed supply that you love, buy it.Especially if it fits well with your design aesthetic. It's a theme that comes up sometimes, but not always. So grab it when you find it. I have two book-themed stamps and I've used them a bajillion different ways on reading layouts. But don’t feel bound to use theme-based supplies. Book spines are easy to make!
Take pictures of your kids reading. Maybe that seems obvious, but it’s such a common, everyday sort of activity it’s easy to overlook. I've had to be stealthy about this sometimes, especially with my child who doesn't love reading. The easiest way to interrupt someone reading is to make a fuss with a camera. My favorite reading-related pics are the ones where the subject is immersed in his or her book.
Document board books. There is something special about the connection babies make with their board books. All of our favorites are drooled on and coming apart, but they were so important to my kids' childhood that I kept all but the most disheveled. What were your favorite board books to read to your babies and which ones filled you with despair at the very thought of having to read them one more time? (Goodnight Moon and Pat the Bunny, respectively, are mine.) Were any of the books gifts from someone special? What did your kids love and what did they learn from the stories?
Take book-related photos. I've taken pictures of our bedraggled copies of the Harry Potter series, of a much-chewed board book copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and of a stack of my daughter's Nancy Drew books. I've also photographed my kids's book shelves and their library piles. And I always take a photo at Christmas with whatever books they received. (It's not Christmas without a new book, is it?)
If you don't have a photo but you have a notable book-related story, tell the story anyway. In this layout, I paired a photo of my son jumping on the trampoline (he's just finishing his finally-perfected full twist) with a funny reading-related story. The picture has absolutely nothing to do with the story, except that it comes from the same time period. I connected these with a quote from Roald Dahl, who is an integral part of the story. I also could have taken a picture of the books in question, or found an image with the authors' signatures. The point is, stories about books and reading are awesome, so document them even without pictures.
Write about your relationship with reading. What made you love (or hate) it? What books influenced you? Who are your favorite writers? What writers have you met in person? What are your favorite books, genres, or styles of writing? Where is your favorite place to read? (Mine, I confess, is the bath tub!)
Include reading details in your life-right-now style layouts. I like to make at least one layout every year that captures the everyday details of our lives, and I always make sure to include what the person I’m scrapping about is reading at the moment. In this layout, the journaling is a list of random stuff, but I added the details of what we were both reading on the tag with the date.
Document generational connections. My three oldest kids all loved the Wrinkle in Time quartet and the Chronicles of Narnia, books I also loved as a kid. I’ve found these connections happen quite often once your kids hit high school, especially if they’re reading off of the AP list. Several times I’ve chosen to read whatever book one of my kids is reading in his or her English class, which makes it easier to help them with essays and gives you a thing to talk about. I’ve made layouts about all of those experiences. One of my favorites is the one about the Twilight series, which I read (and hated) because my daughter was reading it (she loved it); we had some really great discussions about romance, choice, and being influenced by others, so I had to document it. There are also connections the other way, from you to your parents or grandparents. I still need to make a layout about how my dad and I both loved The Lord of the Rings and East of Eden.
Document your local library. Most libraries are just fine with people taking pictures inside, but if you feel unsure, just ask a librarian! Take some photos near your favorite pieces of art, compose an artsy shot of light streaming across bookshelves, or pose everyone at the entrance to the building. How often do you go to the library? What do you love about your library and what do you wish were different? What’s the biggest library fee you’ve ever had?
How have you included books and reading in your scrapbooks? Do share! And...dare I say, happy reading?