I certainly have a brain with way too many tabs open! And it usually is a bad thing for me since it causes me stress and anxiety. I am working on doing one thing at the time and to really focus, but it is hard.
Note: With this last few weeks with extremly grey and gloomy weather it is a challenge to take a decent photo of my layouts. Bare with me!
I rarely use patterned paper for backgrounds, but it has occured more often as of late. I see now that the journaling I did on my typewriter is a little bit washed out on that patterned, but I will leave it as is. I took that selfie a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for a page like this!
How about you? Does your brain have too many tabs open?
Ps. I always enjoy picking out and post the Sunday Photo + Words, and hope that you do too! I hope that you can get inspiration from the quotes!
Hi, it's Cristina here, and today I want to show you my December Daily albums. The most wonderful time of the year is starting soon.. and I am starting to make plans on how I want to document December this year.
I have completed a December Daily album in each of the past four years, and I am at it again this year for the fifth album. This really is my favorite project. I love Christmas, and I love documenting it.
In these past four years, I have taken different approaches to putting my album together, and I want to share my impressions with you. Each of these four albums was put together using my stash.
My 2010-2013 albums
In 2010, I used a 2-ring album. The pages were all hybrid, and I used my Silhouette extensively. In 2011, which was once again all hybrid, I assembled the album using my Cinch. In 2012 and 2013 I used pocket scrapbooking. Here's a look at the inside of the albums.
I love combining different shapes and textures in the album - you can see how I used bubble wrap at the front of my 2010 album and vellum at the front of the 2011 and 2013 albums.
What I liked & what I want to change
And here is a peek at some random pages in my albums.
As you can see, in my 2010 album I combined a lot of different shapes of pages. I love this and want to do it again in 2014!
In 2011, I added lots of journaling to tell my Christmas stories. I used each 2-page spread per day, one story per day. I want to do this again in 2014!
In all my albums, the number of the day is featured prominently. I want to do this again in 2014!
The pocket-album approach I used in 2012 and 2013 made it very quick and easy to put together my album and I was able to use up a lot of journal cards from my stash, but I found myself writing less. I also dislike that the different textures get lost behind a plastic protector. I will not do a pocket album in 2014.
In 2010, my first December Daily, I pre-made all the pages because I was traveling for most of December. I ended up not being able to keep up with the album during my trip, and finished it a few months later. The other three years I worked on my album as we went. In 2013 I actually fell behind and I finished my album after the summer. I definitely lose inspiration if I don't work on my album in December, so I will try to stay current as much as I can. But I know now not to worry if that fails, because I can catch up when things slow down. In any case, I find that waiting to have my pictures in front of me works best, rather than having all the foundation pages made first. I will make a list of Christmas topics to use for the days in which I don't have any Christmas-related story to tell.
And now.. I'd love to hear from you! Are you looking forward to December? What are your plans for documenting this month? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Hi everyone, Diane here today sharing some thoughts on Thanksgiving. While I have been out and about the last couple weeks, I have noticed that we have gone straight from Halloween to Christmas in the retail world. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas...the decorating, Christmas trees and lights, favorite Christmas movies and music, snuggling up inside with the fireplace on sipping hot cocoa, and spending time with the family and friends. But, I feel I should pause before heading straight into all of that and think about everything I am thankful for this year. As I started planning the Thanksgiving meal for my family, I thought perhaps I should create some Thanksgiving place settings too. So, I pulled out my scrapbooking supplies and came up with some quick and easy tags and name cards to make the meal with my loved ones just a little more special.
To create the Thanksgiving tags, I simply added a piece of fall flair, a greeting and a strip of gold glitter to office tags and tied it onto the napkin ring with cream and gold twine.
For the name cards, I used woodgrain textured cardstock trimmed in gold with cream and gold alpha stickers for our names.
These were quick and easy and really adds a special touch to the table. I'm looking forward to sitting down to this with my family next week.
Thank you for joining me today. May you be blessed this holiday season!
Hi! It's Sue Althouse here today, with an idea for looking around and creating a layout based on your surroundings. This particular idea is not original with me, but came from an online prompt I followed several years ago. It's quite simple, really:
1. choose a day, any day
2. take one picture every hour, for 12 hours
3. make a layout
This was a typical fall day for me two years ago. I'm ready to follow this prompt again since we've moved and my routine now looks very different. But I love looking back and remembering. Design Note: the photo strip format works beautifully for a page like this one. My photos are 2x2 and mounted on white cardstock. I have a strip for morning, afternoon and evening. An easy and meaningful page!
I even persuaded my husband to get in on the act. He willingly took his camera to work on the same day and gave me these twelve photos. Our layouts sit across from one another in an album. Same design, but a more masculine flavor to this page. To say they are favorites would be a huge understatement.
There you have it. How much fun would a project like this be for you and your family? Even after only two years, it is easy to forget a daily life that seemed very routine at the time. So I encourage you to look around, take some photos and make a 12-hour layout!
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson. As an English teacher, I go through periods where I do nothing but grade. When I finish, I look at my scrapbooking supplies and feel uninspired to create. Too tired, no ideas, no time--sound familiar? I think we all go through slumps like this. So how do we get back to creating? Here's what I did this week when I had a break in my grading:
1. I started with a photo I loved. No story, just a photo that made me smile.
2. I used only supplies that were within arms' reach. Seriously, I pulled from kits and tools that were nearby. I didn't move from my chair. After a day of the most back-breaking shoveling of my life, it was nice.
3. I just layered some papers for the design. This is an easy design: pull papers that you like and seem to go together, then trim them in alternating rectangles and squares and layer them. No thinking required!
4. I went there for the title. We were in a corn field, it was going to be a page about my son's sense of humor, so yes, I used the obvious pun for the title. I used the word corny. I'm OK with that.
5. I put the embellishments in the obvious locations. That would be a visual triangle near the title, the photo, and the journaling. That's OK.
6. I played. I had some sequins near me. I'm not really a glittery-sequin gal, but since they were there, and the background paper had some splotches on it, I added some for fun. And it was fun!
7. I journaled the way I always do with the details I could remember. I could barely remember anything about this story, just generals about my son making me laugh in the corn maze. I used what I had and tried to describe what I could remember. And I used journaling strips, which I pretty much always do. No regrets.
So that is how I got back into the groove! I didn't do anything big or set high expectations for myself. I went for easy and ended up with a page that made me laugh out loud, I was so happy to have made it. If you've been in a rut or lacking creative inspirations, remember my favorite tweet:
Today brings to close our week together. Our week of looking around to find ideas for journaling, photos, and our scrapbooking pages. I hope you have had fun! I have. And I have five (dare I say?) fabulous layouts to make it even more worthwhile! Such a win win.
Our parting layout and inspiration came from a craft I saw last weekend at a craft fair. This is one of my favorite craft fairs--and an annual outing for our little circle of friends. One of the tables had the most lovely glittery trees made from book pages. They looked a little like these.
Except they were glittery. I loved the idea of the book pages and went looking for embellishments made from books pages. And I found one in the lovely row of little hearts from Elizabeth Kartchner. From there, I built a layout up around it.
It is hard to imagine that this whole layout began with a book page tree! That's one of the things I love most about inspiration--how it takes each of us in a different direction.
Thank you so much for spending your week with me! I appreciate your sharing your time with me. I hope you have had a lovely week and also hope your weekend is magical and filled with creativity!
This fall, I am looking to add a little pizazz to my family room. I picked out a paint color, but am still finding ideas for bringing my decor up to date. As I was scouting around HGTV I noticed something that won't be making an appearance in my room (lived through that trend once already!) but is dying for a place on a scrapbook page!
Here it is, the starburst/sunburst:
Don't you think it will look fun on a layout? Here is my attempt.
They sort of feel celebratory, don't you think? (Do you think I should switch out the two floating nines? Seeing them here makes them seem much more like Gs. Thoughts?)
I hope you might consider scouting around and finding a pattern that seems like it might be fun for a layout! It was fun to find one and immediately use it!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am loving this theme. All day I walk around thinking (and sometimes, it's true, saying aloud), "Hmm. What kind of a page would that make? how about that? and that?" It's been a long time since scrapbooking seemed to consume my every thought. It's delightful to be in the midst of a creative burst. I hope your thoughts are also brimming with ideas and excitement.
Today I thought we might focus on color. I have been doing some online browsing for Christmas presents and have seen several color schemes that light my fire. Here are a few.
Mmm. Which one do you think is best? At first I was certain that I was going with the stripes or sleeping bags. But lately, I haven't been using that many colors on each page. So I think I am going with the reindeer hat. Simple. Striking.
Here is the color scheme I made.
And the layout that goes with it.
I love the blue and pink together. And the gold is the perfect complement. Kate Spade really must know what she is doing! heehee! (The hat is from her new collection at GapKids.)
I hope you have a lovely day! Happy color scheming!
When I was walking into work yesterday, I couldn’t resist scuffing through the leaves. My library is at one end of our city’s arboretum, so in autumn the grounds are covered with leaves. There are maple, sycamore, honey locust, mulberry, oak, catalpa, and Persian parrot leaves, scattered everywhere. I started thinking about how the mix of different leaves makes it so much more beautiful than just one type would be.
Which made me think about scrapbooking.
I know, odd connection, but stick with me. Look at your container of scraps (however you store them). You want to use different combinations of them on your layouts, but how do you mix them? I think we can learn a lot about mixing patterns and colors—using up pieces and parts of supplies, in other words—by watching how Mother Nature does it. Take this little pile of leaves the wind made in my yard today:
There’s a big leaf from one of my sycamores, a medium leaf from the catalpa, the small-ish flowering plum and maple leaves, and the tiny one that blew over from my neighbor’s burning bush.
Variety in size makes it prettier.
And then look at colors: the dun neutrals of the sycamore and catalpa leaves are a sort of platform for the red, purple, and orange, and the green grass—not the vibrant green of summer, it’s starting to brown just a bit—makes the colors pop with contrast.
And patterns! The subtle speckle on the sycamore leaf, the delicate veins in the catalpa, the smooth glow of the maple and the translucent marbling in the burning bush.
It’s a hint: here’s how to combine color and patterns into a cohesive whole. According to Mother Nature, when you’re mixing a variety of objects:
1. Size matters. Use one big thing, a couple of medium things, and a few small things. This can be the actual size of the patterned papers you’re using, or the patterns on the paper themselves. It's also true for embellishments and fonts: small, medium, large. The same thing goes for color—a big chunk of one, a medium swath of something else, and a few small tidbits of a third. (Or a fifth, or a seventh. Just stick to odd amounts.)
2. The neutral hues set the tone, so stay consistent as you add color. For example, all of the autumn leaves, no matter their color, are similarly hued. They all have brown tones that are mirrored in the neutrals.
3. If the colors “go” (they don’t have to “match”), the patterns will work together.
Here’s an illustration to show what I mean. I purposely did not use autumn colors to show it’s not just autumn magic. (It is Mother Nature magic though!)
My neutral here is white, which you find both in the solid background and in the details of the patterns. I repeated colors in proportion: lots of blues, medium amounts of greens, and a few splashes of yellow.
An added bonus: nothing I used here was brand new. The alphabet stickers and the patterned paper have all been used before on other layouts, but looking at how to mix them together using the hints from autumn’s leaves gave me a new direction to follow.
So tell us: how has nature influenced your scrapbooking?
I've been purging and in "use it or lose it" mode for the last few weeks so the shop your stash theme this month was perfect for me. For my layout today I decided to pull out the paper remnants, stickers and die cuts of my October Gossamer Blue kits and added flair, brads and rhinestones from my stash for embellishments. I'm not a hoarder, but I do like pretty scrapbooking supplies and I have LOTS of those items that need to be used.
I printed a vintage photo of my Grandma holding my Mom when she was just days old and decided to use my surplus of circular embellishments to frame the photo. There are A LOT of them on this page...you've been warned!
This came out pretty much in my mind the way I had envisioned, except I began second guessing my choice of the floral paper instead of perhaps just cardstock or a plain color of patterned paper against the photo and embellishments. I almost deconstructed the entire page, but decided to let it sit for awhile. After two weeks, I came back to it and decided I liked it, and so it stayed.
I like the mix of texture, colors and sizes of the embellishments and how they frame the photo...even though there is a lot going on I am immediately drawn to the photo and that is what I wanted.
From there I let my eyes wander and begin taking in all those beautiful embellishments...flair, and brads, and rhinestones, oh my!
The journaling is written on the tags which are tucked behind layers of patterned paper.
What do you have the most of in your stash? Is it patterned paper, stickers, buttons, flair, brads, washi tape? The list could go on and on. Pull one or two of them out and use them in a big way like I did here.