Monday, November 16, 2015

It's NO-vember at Write Click Scrapbook

Hello! I am a part of the blogging week at Write Click Scrapbook. Our theme? NO-vember. For me, I decided to scrapbook with no embellishments, something I love. Here's the page:

I did some stitching, but only token stuff down. The stuff were numbers for my list journaling and date and a thin strip I worried would fall off. Other than that, I just used cardstock, 3 pieces of patterned paper (the orange and stripe were back to back), and Thickers.  Here's some details:

Thank you for checking out my page! Please check out Write Click Scrapbook this week for further inspiration this NOvember.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November pages for Scrapbook Circle: Good Cheer!

Hello! Now that November is here, Christmas is just around the corner. Scrapbook Circle has delightful holiday-themedkit called Good Cheer. Here's the pages I made this month.

First, a page about my youngest:

Dominic has a beautiful voice, and he loves acting, so here he is at his turn as John the Baptist with the pleasant beginning of the story. You can see I used a lot of the sequins and doodads in the main kit and the embellishment kit Wish List.

Next is a page about our holiday treat tradition:

I LOVE this background paper by Pinkfresh Studio. I wanted to highlight it so I made the layout align left. This tabs again came from the Wish List Add on.

Then a page about our Christmas MORNING food tradition (seriously, I was hungry this month, I guess!). I used the calendar background paper to house various embellishments, one of my favorite designs.

This time I used the embellishment add on called Count On It, plus a lot of stitching.

I love the acrylic and glitter starts in the main!

Finally, a page about our holiday visitor last year, Reggie the Australian Shepherd.

When I took the photo on the right, I knew I wanted to print it big. Look at how happy the dogs are! (My cat hid during most of Reggie's visit. He was just a little too enthusiastic for her.)

I loved using the 7 journaling cards to edge the photo border. You'll also see lots of the add on Wish List in here.

Thank you for checking out my page! I hope this gets you in the holiday spirit. Please go check out the ideas at Scrapbook Circle and get inspired to create with these gorgeous products!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mmmm...November gallery for Write Click Scrapbook

Hello! The month of November is upon us, and, appropriately, the November Write Click Scrapbook gallery will focus on food. Here's my page:

This was one of my favorite pages I've made recent;y. The photos were so colorful, and the papers were so bright and fresh. The blue plaid came from a Fancy Pants Designs line called Be Different, and the rest of the paper and stickers came from October Afternoon's Farm Girl, a line I only bought a few things of, thinking, "I don't vegetable garden! When would I ever use this?!?" Silly me. Here's some details:

I liked stitching down various stickers and elements. The title I had to stick down; the adhesives on the back were not terribly solid.

Thank you for checking out my page! I hope you go to Write Click Scrapbook and check out the rest of the gallery to get inspired!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Boo! Scrapbooking non-Halloween pages with Halloween products

I've mentioned this past week that of all themed products, Halloween is the one I have the most of. My boys are almost outgrowing trick or treating, so I have to seek other uses of the products. Here's a recent page I made that uses those Halloween products:

I hope you can read the journaling. I grew up in an old New English town with some very old cemeteries, and I learned to hold my breath when I passed them (so as not to let the ghosts in, of course). My boys have started doing the same thing. It's not as necessary in Minnesota, where the cemeteries are not as scary-looking, but when we visited New York a few years ago? Whoa. Lots of breath holding. Here's some details:

I tried to choose some vintage-y products, and ones with headstones or about ghosts, since that fit my story. And that flair? Comes from the Globe theater. It seemed to fit.

I sewed down a lot of elements since the stickiness was abating and it was hard to hold down the patterned coffee filters with adhesive alone.

Thank you for checking out my page! Come back tomorrow to see my contribution for November's Write Click Scrapbook.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

November pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello! October is amazingly almost finished, so I wanted to share my upcoming pages for Simple Scrapper. Here they are:

This first page uses a new story teller and an old sketch. I recorded a conversation I had with Dominic about his favorite, mac and cheese, and why cavatappi is the superior noodle. I enjoyed digging into my stash for this page.Here's some details:

October Afternoon's Saturday Morning collection had some perfect accents for this theme.

Next is a two-page spread using a new sketch and old story starter recording my boys' trip to the Arboretum to see the Lego exhibit:

Again, I enjoyed digging into stash for this, and using lots of bright colors. The red paper is classic Scenic Route, for those of you that remember that line, RIP. Sigh. I also used October Afternoon's Summertime collection for appropriate reasons. Here's the details:

Thank you for visiting! The inspiration from Simple Scrapper this month is plentiful and varied. Go check out what they have to offer!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A little spooky

Of all the themed products I have--vacation, Christmas, camping, Halloween, and school--the one I have the most product is probably Halloween. That's kind of sad since the boys are getting older and may be soon done with trick-or-treating. Not Dominic--he's going as a Hipster this year.

So I am going back and finishing up last year's Halloween layout with some melancholy. Here's the page:

Every year the boys do a series of poses in front of our evergreen. It was a very warm day, so everything was still green, so I used a bunch of green papers on some woodgrain. (Some of these papers may have been Christmas papers even!) I dipped into the Halloween bucket for the pumpkins and embellishments. Here are the details:

I did the journaling differently, adding strips to the white space on the main photo, not the page.

I still have some Halloween projects--this year's Halloween, of course, plus a mini-album compiling all their costumes. I can only hope that they will grow interested in hosting Halloween parties once they hit high school. Otherwise, I will have to go trick or treating as Buffy the Vampire Slayer every year and make a page about it. We don't want that.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Scrapbooking big photos: go big or go home

When I was printing photos for our trip to South Dakota in 2011, I found a couple photos of my boys that I loved. The boys took up a small part of the landscape in each photo, which left me a lot of white space to scrapbook in. I had a story to tell for each, so I printed them 12x12. Here's the first:

I'm planning on using October Afternoon's Sasparilla line for our vacation album, so I dug into those products for this page showing my son playing with a lasso, I believe. (It might be the jump rope he made. This was the Ingalls homestead in De Smet.) I put some strips at the top, sewed some bandana stickers down off it like a banner, and did a title/journaling cluster in the sky, using stickers and die cuts.

I like to de-sticky the stickers with my embossing buddy and add them with dimensional stickers, overlapping other elements.

I also added a small cluster to draw attention to my son:

Then I had a page of my other son, at the Badlands N.P. I believe, though it might have been Custer State Park.

You'll notice I did the exact same design. No shame. It works! I used bits and pieces I found in my embellishment basket for this, in large part Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon.

Secret detail: The arrow had split in half, so I glued both pieces down together and laid the epoxy heart on top to mask the break.

Thank you for visiting! I print my 12x12 photos locally at National Camera Exchange, but rarely there, because it is expensive. (I print from them several times a month from 4x6 to 8x12, both of which are affordable at the small orders I print often!) More commonly I order from Persnickety Prints when I am also printing a rare size I can't get locally--like the 8.5x11 photos I use in my vacation album. I encourage you to look through your photos the next time you are at your computer, print an evocative one big, and give it a go!