The holiday spirit has descended upon us! For the next few Saturdays, we are suspending our Saturday Sketchbooks so that we may bring you the gift of freebies. This week may we present the Gift of Joy!
You may download it here. Please enjoy! Happy holidays...
Hi everyone, Amy here and welcome back for another day of Back to School reflection!
I have a printable photo checklist for you, as well as some helpful tips, but first, let’s consider for a moment the role that we want photos to play in our Back to School memory keeping.
For me photos play a pretty big role in documenting our “Back-to-School Story.” And as a result I typically plan an extra half hour into our first day and have a small list of planned photos that I like to take each year.
Certain photographs I aim to take in the same spot so that I can effectively capture physical changes that occur from year to year.
These photos of my son were taken by our front door--the first one in 2012, then in 2013 and again this year. With a similar background in each photo, I think the differences really pop!
There are specific things I like to capture each year to show how my boys’ interests change over the years.
And I feel like my son's choice in shoes from year to year say a lot about his changing personality:
I've also tried to make a habit of documenting his first activity in class each year.
In 2012 my son's class did a quick art project together on Back to School Night and in 2013 my son's first activity as a Kindergartner was to write his name:
These are just a few of the photos that I take each year, but they've become an important part of capturing our "Back-to-School Story."
A Back-to-School Photo Checklist
Below is a photo checklist that you can download with plenty of ideas to help you visually record your “Back-to-School Story”. This is an all-encompassing list of which some of the photo ideas may not interest or apply to you, but this way there are enough ideas for everyone to find one or two to try out this year!
In conclusion I'd like to leave with some final bits of advice to help you prepare for capturing those back to school memories.
Think about getting haircuts and/or selecting outfits beforehand.
To avoid showing up late for the first day, remember to plan time into your routine for photos or consider taking some of the photos on another day or possibly even after your kids return from their first day at school.
Think outside of the box and try out different angles and perspectives.
Get in close to record the details.
Take time to sit back and capture the emotions associated with going back to school.
Consider adjusting your camera’s ISO for indoor photos, this should help you to combat the unflattering effects of florescent lighting present in many schools.
If the thought of dragging out your “big girl camera” and all of your equipment feels like too much of a hassle, consider using your trusty point and shoot or even your phone to capture a few back-to-school shots.
Join me tomorrow for lots of ideas and inspiration for piecing together your Back-to-School stories and photos on your scrapbook pages, I look forward to seeing you!
Hi All! Amy here and it’s Back-to-School Week at the Kingsford-Collard home--so I’ve decided to focus on that during the next three days that I’ll be spending with you as your Write.Click.Scrapbook hostess.
Back-to-School time has always been a big deal for me ever since I was a child. And so it has become a part of my family’s life that I take special care in preparing for and documenting. As a result I enjoy sharing our story with others via blog posts, scrapbook pages and the likes.
In fact every year I typically write a big blog post heavy on words and photos, documenting the event—from finding the perfect new backpack and shoes, to this year’s homemade teacher gift, to my own excitement and anxiety about the triumphs and challenges that lie ahead for my boys.
This year, however I found myself a little overwhelmed by the task of putting together a “big Back-to-School post.” You see my son broke his arm this last week and a lot of the energy I would have normally put into back-to-school has gone into making sure he’s comfortable and taking special care of his arm so that we might avoid surgery.
But that’s not the only reason I’ve been avoiding the topic of Back-to-School it’s because everything still feels very much up in the air and somewhat overwhelming...
"Will he be joining his classmates on the first day of school? Or will he be recovering from surgery?"
"How will missing out on Back-to-School Night and the first day of school impact his ability to cope with being at a new school?"
"How will having a cast affect his learning, participation in school activities and his efforts to make new friends?"
All of these questions make it difficult for me to focus on the fun and excitement that surrounds this time, but they also have me realizing that no matter what, all of this is still an important part of our “Back-to School Story” this year.
So while we may be holding off for now on making our home-made teacher gift and taking our Back-to-School photos and we may end up having to skip Back-to-School Night and the first day of school, the one thing I’m not going to put off or skip this year is recording this part of our “Back-To School Story.”
Back to School? by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Mommyish Designs and Digital Scrapbook Ingredients: Seek Happiness Collab; Celeste Knight: School is Cool; Creashens: Band of Rubbers; Laura Passage: Filed Away.
Back-to-school time has normally been a fun and exciting event for our family in years past. Caleb couldn’t be more excited to start first grade, but for some reason I was a little more anxious about things this year. Caleb was attending his first public school, in which his class size alone would be three times that of his previous class.
Every time I drove past his new big school it made my tall and lanky six year-old seem so much smaller. I would wonder if he’d thrive in the hustle and bustle or if he’d simply just disappear.
As if all of these feelings weren’t enough to completely stress a mother out, one week before the start of school Caleb broke his arm. And all of the sudden everything seemed up in the air. I was left to wonder: “Would Caleb be going to school on the first day? Or would he be recovering from surgery? How would missing out on Back-to-School Night and the first day of school impact his ability to cope with being at a new school? How would having a cast affect his learning, participation in school activities and his efforts to make new friends?”
It almost gets to be too much to handle and then I look at my son and he’s carrying around his backpack and picking out his outfit for the first day of school (changing his mind every couple of days) and I realize that he is no less than ecstatic to be starting school--cast or no cast, this week or next. All I have to do is take one look at that smile and I just know that everything is going to be alright!
What does your Back to School Story look like?
There is no denying that the excitement, overwhelm and even the anxiety that surround this time of year are a big part of our stories. The printable below includes several prompts to get you thinking/writing about some of these feelings and how they fit into YOUR “Back to School Story.”
Hello! Lately I have been thinking about happiness. How it ebbs and flows. How it seems to be a choice. How it affects us. How it affects those around us. With a teenager in my house, we have lots of discussions about cultivating the ability to choose happiness. I really do believe it is a skill. One that can be learned, and one that can grow as we practice.
How about you? Do you come by happiness naturally? Or do you think it is something that others are born with? Are you happy? I hope so. Really.
To help us all journal a little bit about our happiness, I put together a printable for us. I hope you like it--I hope it makes you happy!
You may download the printable here. Please just use it for personal use. And be sure to leave us a link to your layout when you do!
Hi everyone! Amy here and I'll be with you all week long sharing simple, yet fun ways for you to use digital products in your paper scrapbook pages and projects.
Some of you might be wondering why you would be interested in using digital products if you're not a digital scrapbooker. And as someone who has been scrapbooking in both formats for the past 6 years, I can assure you that digital products have plenty to to offer papercrafters.
Aside from being inexpensive and re-useable, digital products can also help paper scrapbookers to save time and and energy on their scrapbooking and over this week I'd like to showcase a handful of digital products that are known for their accessibility and versatility.
Digital Word Art
Digital word art can offer papercrafters a great way to add titles, quotes and typography to their scrapbook pages, as well as being a fun addition to photos and handmade projects. Most digital word art comes in the form of png files--a format that can be opened and edited in a variety of programs including Adobe's Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop, Picasa or even MS Word.
Word Art by Amy Kingsford
Three Reasons to Love Digital Word Art
Below are just a few examples of how you might be inspired to use digital word art in your paper scrapbook pages and projects:
No 1. - You can pair digital word art with your electronic die cutting machine to make your own stickers and die cut titles for your scrapbook pages.
This "You Light Up My Life" word art by Wilna Furstenberg turned out to be the perfect title for this page about my boys. While I chose to simply cut the outline of the word art from textured cardstock for this page, you could also try printing your wordart onto adhesive-backed cardstock and then cutting around it to make your own stickers.
Layout by Amy Kingsford
No. 2 - You can easily turn digital word art into wall art for your home or office.
I fell in love with this word art by Valorie Wibbens and couldn't wait to get up on the walls of my craft room. So I printed it up on medium weight presentation paper and placed it inside of a few inexpensive frames from Ikea.
No. 3 - You can use digital word art to add captions to your photos.
Adding word art directly to your photos is becoming a fun trend and it is also a great way to supplement your photo's story. As the popularity of Instagram and other photo sharing apps continue to grow, more and more digital designers have started offering "mobile ready" versions of their digital word art. I especially love this mobile-ready word art by Karla Dudley.
Give It a Try...
Inspired to give digital word art a try in your next scrapbook page? Great! You can find a large selection of FREE word art over at Get It Scrapped--available in both png and pdf formats!
I hope you'll join me tomorrow for a look at the benefits of using digital stamps in your paper scrapbook pages and projects!
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!
Hello again! I hope that the showcase yesterday gave you the inspiration to try using watercolours on your projects. Today we'll look at a few more projects from the write.click.scrapbook team, and I'll share links to even more resources. Plus. there's something for the digi and hybrid scarppers too!
Laura sent me these two beautiful cards that she used watercolour techniques on. The first uses a simple colour washed background similar to yesterday's layouts.
On the Mother's Day card, she coloured in the stamped flowers with watercolours. Here's a tutorial from Elizabeth Kartchener showing how you can use a water brush to work with watercolours. It's the perfect way to do the kind of colouring that Laura did.
Hi everyone, it's Diane here! I have a confession...I like wrapping presents! I find it enjoyable to wrap them and I LOVE giving a beautiful or clever wrapped package with the special gift that I selected to the recipient. Over the last year (literally, I've been planning this post for that long :)) I have scoured the internet to bring you some fun and clever ideas for your holiday (and everyday) gift giving.
Wrap it in Kraft
During my search, I found lots of Kraft wrapping paper ideas. Not only is it simple and cost effective, but it can be easily customized too.