Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today is all about that fifth element: Love. To me this is the most elemental thing in our lives. It can make us or break us and without it we definately cannot live!
As long as mankind exists 'Love' has been an immense source of inspiration. Last weekend I was surprised by my husband with a weekend getaway to Paris and we visited both The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Both museums house an extensive collection of art that was inspired by love, whether it be divine love or human love, romantic love or love from a parent to a child. The same goes for music; there are so so many songs written about love! It definately must be the biggest source of inspiration of all times!
One of those songs about love is a quite recent one by John Legend: All of me.
All of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
This song is so beautifully written. In fact my husband and I picked as the song for our first dance as husband and wife. And this song inspired me to make this layout:
The journaling tells of course about the love I have for my husband. And the picture shows us just after we got married in the cityhall.
As I'm sharing this layout about love, let me take the opportunity to share a few more layouts that I've made in the recent past. All of these are from our wedding and thus the theme is definately love.
Romantic love is not the only kind of love that can inspire us to make layouts though and so I have a few more that are about other kinds of love, like love for children, love for family, love for photos, love for food and love for certain places...
Do you feel the love?!
I hope you will feel inspired to get working on some love-inspired layouts!
Hi! It's Dee and I'm continuing with this weeks series about the elements. Today I'm here with the fourth element: water!
When Jenny proposed to do our weekly theme about the elements I immediately opted for water as 'my' element. I may or may not have something to do with the fact that aquarius is my sign;-) Just kidding, the main reason for my pick is that a story about my dad (and me) immediately came to mind. My dad always called me a 'water rat'... This may be a Dutch expression, i'm not sure, but it's used to say someone very much likes to swim :-) Apparently from a young age I had always loved to swim. My dad would throw me in the water with my water wings on, even one time in Austria where the water of the swimming pool was extremely cold, I wouldn't mind at all! So here's the layout I came up with, with graphic elements of water, cut out with my Silhouette. I love how it turned out.
I absolutely adore this story and I'm glad I documented it. Now that my dad is passed away I try to document as many things I remember of him, stories he told me and adventures we had together.
It's great how one word or one theme, like in this case water, can spark so different stories, different layout ideas... It may be about summer water fun, or rain or the sea.. So many stories you can think of!
I hope you feel inspired to make some fun water-themed layouts as well! Please link up if you do so!
This week we're scrapbooking the elements, inspired by the film The Fifth Element. Today I'm scrapbooking air:
My son has always loved the wild and crazy air rides. I took this photo last summer and loved it because I could tell which one was my son from the feet, which were bare and in the air. I did a similar page, again at the state fair, a few years ago:
(I just noticed that in these photos, my son has the exact same pose, one with his arms and one with his legs. he knows how to have fun on the scary rides!
Truthfully, these photo inspires me to look up more often. How often do you take photos of your subjects from below? The sky is so lovely, especially on a clear day in the summer...Today I shared photos of my son in the air. I hope this gives you ideas for scrapbooking the air!
Hello! Me again. Continuing the theme based on the film The Fifth Element, I wanted to share a page about the element of fire. Here it is:
Can't see much fire in this page, but trust me: our whole reason for being in the backyard was the portable fire pit, on which we roasted s'mores and burned old paperwork. I used inspiration from Simple Scrapper for this page.
So think about ways fire has been a part of your life, literally and metaphorically. Go ahead and record it!
Hello! There is a wild and crazy science fiction film from the 90s called The Fifth Element. It starred Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Gary Oldman, among others, and was a futuristic tale about aliens who left a "fifth element" to save us all from an evil that would one day invade earth. The fifth element? Love. So this week we will be sharing layouts about all the elements, including that all-powerful fifth.
Today I wanted to share a few pages inspired by the earth:
In the spring, summer, and fall I take lots of pictures of my garden; in the winter, I put them together on a page to remember the color. I used a sketch and story starter from Simple Scrapper for this one. Here's another page inspired by the earth:
After our vacation last summer, I got to thinking about my dog and her travels on the earth. This photo of her surveying the world at the top of a mountain in Vermont was the perfect backdrop for a record of her travels last summer.
What kind of a page can you create inspired by the earth? Do you garden? Do you hike? What other ways can you scrapbook your love of the earth?
Thank you for visiting! Come back again this week for more pages about the other elements, including the fifth.
In the past, when I really started to get into scrapbooking, I had quite a few scrapbooking crushes. I looked forward to Creating Keepsakes magazine arriving in my mailbox every month. I admired so many scrapbookers published in that magazine at the time: Ali Edwards, Jennifer McGuire, Maggie Holmes, and Elizabeth Kartchner to name a few. Two kids later and less time to spend in online galleries, blogs, and magazines just leaves me without the time to develop any new crushes. I might not be crushing so much on my fellow scrapbookers these days, but I still fall hard for new supplies.
My Mind's Eye released a collection last summer called My Story. It's beautiful, playful, girly, and fun. I want to hoard all of it. The florals are so pretty, the colors are perfect, and the embellishments are so fun. Despite the fact that My Mind's Eye just released four new fabulous lines that I know I'll fall in love with too, I'm still drawn to My Story.
Oh... and I also adore my Silhouette Cameo. I haven't made a layout yet this year without it.
What collection are you head over heels in love with right now?
Hello, again. It'a Aliza again. Yesterday I was crushing on Cathy Zielske, and today it's time to embarrass myself as I share my love for Ali Edwards.
First, I would like to say how much I admire her creativity as a business woman. I am constantly impressed by her ability to think of new ways to engage the scrapbooking community in meaningful ways. Whether it is through new products or classes, it is seriously, impressive. This is an area I can admire, but not aspire to. I just like good work when I see it.
As a scrapbooker, I adore her style which always manages to have a whimsical, artsy feel to it, with pages of different sizes, and tabs, and textures. But her pages never feel overwhelming. In her writing, she always manages to share a variety of authentic stories and feelings, without it ever feeling like she is complaining or oversharing. It is something that I think about often when I write my journaling.
As for layouts that are inspired by Ali, well, there have been a lot since I have begun to subscribe to her story kit. While the products are lovely, I am surprised by the sheer amount of stories I have been inspired to tell, and that, my friends is what it's all about.
Hello, scrapbooking world. It's Aliza here today. With Valentine's day on the horizon, this week I am going to gush and prattle on like a school girl about those scrapbookers out there, on whom I have a little crush. It's a funny little hobby we have here, in that when we share our work with each other, we cannot help but share bits and pieces of our personal lives. So,when we admire another scrapbooker from across the interweb, we are absorbed in their work, their life, and their family. My crushes...I am embarrassed now that I am using that word. So let's just say, that for many years now, I have been a HUGE fan of Cathy Zielske and Ali Edwards. These two ladies have had a tremendous influence on the scrapbooking industry, and on this little scrapbooker, in particular.
I will start with Cathy Zielske, because I discovered her first, and she changed my scrapbooking forever. Way back in 2007, I had been scrapbooking for a little while, and though I loved it, I did not love most of what I saw out there. There was a lot of frill, much cutesiness, and a variety of complicated techniques. It all was too much. Too much for my limited crafting skills, and too much for my visual taste. One day, I was perusing the crafting section of Barnes and Nobles (because in those days, I looked for inspiration in print) and I found Ms. Zielske's second book, called Clean and Simple Scrapbooking, The Sequel. It was a game changer, because page after page was filled with beautiful scrapbook layouts without a lot of stuff.
I think every time I make a layout that begins with a plain, old, grid, and a few embellishments, it is thanks to her influence, all those years ago.
There is another aspect of Cathy Zielske that cannot be ignored. She is funny. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to funny. I take my humor very seriously, and she is the real deal. Now, when I first began blogging several years ago, I looked to Cathy Zielske's writing for some help. See, I think I am funny too, but my writing felt bland and dry to me. Through some observation of her writing style, and some letting go of my own inhibitions, I found my own voice in my writing. Is it CZ funny? Probably not, but it's all me. And that will do just fine.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back to talk about you-know-who.
Jennifer here bringing you day 2 of gold & glitter! I am truly a girly girl at heart and love all things gold & glittery right now when it comes to home decor. It is such a fun trend! That being said, as a mom of 3 boys scrapbooking with gold and glitter is a whole other ball game! I do not use many kits with either gold or glitter in them, nor do I create layouts with gold or glitter on them. My boys would probably think that was "not cool mom!" This weeks theme was a fun challenge to push myself out of my normal scrapbooking comfort zone.
I created this layout for one of my boys with an inspirational quote that I hope he takes with him throughout life.
I used a brown background paper and blue accents to keep the page more gender neutral and to tone down all of the gold and glitter. I enlarged a label to use as the background for my photo and quote, and i just love the way it grounds the whole page. I added in some gold and glitter splatters as well as some washi tape to tie the whole page together. The stitched alphabet along the bottom was the final touch to make the page a little more personal for my guy :)
I hope you are inspired to scrap out of your comfort zone and try a new trend! Who knows maybe you too with give gold and glitter a try and love it!
Welcome to the first week of February and the first week of blogging for me in the new year. This week we are going to inspire you to use a little gold and glitter in your scrapbooking projects. I for one didn´t ever think I would like gold, I´m a strickly silver kind of gal when it comes to my own bling. But then I got a Pocket Letter from a friend with lots of gold on it and I suddenly fell for the gold trend in scrapbooking products. I am not one for going overboard though, so for my layouts I use gold accents like chipboard hearts and such.
For the layout I am sharing today I used washi for my gold accents. In December I bought a pack of gold washi to use in my December minibook and I really like the pattern and subtle pop the gold gives.
You could say I used them as my patterned paper on my layout. I simply taped the corners in strips. But boy is shiny things on scrapbook pages hard to photograph! I hope the glare isn´t to hard on your eyes.
I don´t think it has to be more glittery than this ;)
On the other hand, in my non-scrapbooking paper crafts I like to go all in :) This is a Pocker Letter to the same friend that send me the gold one. I thought I´d return the favor since she loves pink and gold! I used the same gold washi tape set here too. I started by just covering a plain paper in the washi and then cut out the cards for the pockets.
What about you, do you love and use the gold trend in scrapbooking products?