Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New gallery at Write Click Scrapbook

Hello! It's time for a new gallery at Write Click Scrapbook, and the theme this month is SEVEN. It's the seventh month, of course, and this inspiration can apply in many ways: stories about 7, using the number 7 on the page, and so on. I used 7 different products. Here's my page:

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this photo. I love it! I chose to use the following seven items (the pen was free):
  1. The cloud paper
  2. The pink tag
  3. The yellow tag
  4. The phrase die cut
  5. The yellow Thickers
  6. The pink letter stickers
  7. The pink epoxy sticker
I love the combo of aqua, pink, and yellow. I think they are joyous, which reflects the boys here.

Thank you for checking out my page! Please go visit Write Click Scrapbook and check out the new gallery--and challenge yourself to scrapbook by number of products. It can be inspiring!

Monday, June 29, 2015

July pages for Scrapbook Circle

This July kit from Scrapbook Circle is seriously my favorite kit. I found the products to be so inspiring and easy to use. Here are the pages I made this month:

When I love a photo, I enlarge it and scrapbook on it, which I did on this page. The wonky hearts on one of the pieces of paper made me think of butterflies, so I fussy cut them, sewed them down, and bent the heart like wings.

Next is a funny story about my dog. If you know me or have read my blog for a while, you know I love Star Wars. Here Lola got her very own Wookiee. I picked papers from a 6x6 pad in the add-on 2 that were bright and Star-Warsy, distressed the edges, and layered them on top of each other to act as a photo mat.

The puffy Stickers might have been my favorite embellishment. And lo! A dog hair made it onto the page. Drat.

I used my embossing buddy to remove the stick from the letter stickers and added the letters to the page with dimensional stickers. I also trimmed the words "Happy Day" to separate them and to remove vellum so it took up less space.

Then a page about my son and his gardening help. I put it together on this aqua paper because it had ghost words and images dealing with gardening. Once I was done, though, I decided that it needed more texture (I always figure that out when I'm done), so I sewed along the lines where the shade changes. On the bottom I had to do it by hand because I'd already adhered elements over the lines. Drat.

Finally, a page with a big story about my younger son. I kept the design simple to focus on the story and give it the weight it needed.

Thank you for checking out my pages! I truly loved working with these products--they were easy to use, fun, and versatile. Go visit Scrapbook Circle and check out this month's kits!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

July pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello! June is winding down, and I wanted to share the pages I made for next month's Simple Scrapper. First, the layout I made that used one of the new sketches for July:

I LOVE this sketch (based on a digital template for those of you digital scrappers). The blocks on the right make it so easy to add more photos if you want. It also solved a dilemma for me: I wanted to scrap my son's play, but my photos were not great (taken in the audience in the dark). This sketch gave me the idea of using his professional head shot on the left and the stage shots, printed smaller, on the right. Here's some details:

Next is the first of two pages I made using July's story starters.I loved the theme for this month, so much that I made two pages from the story starters.

The theme for the gallery involves music. This is a song that takes me back to studying abroad in Germany, hence the picture. (That's me on the right with a bob.) I used the June Scrapbook Circle kit Have a Little Fun Today for much of this page, plus a few Project Life cards and some Jillibean Soup letters for the title. I also used some great Gossamer Blue On My Desk puffy stickers, which if you look close you can also see on the above layout as well. The song in the title you can see here:

It's a terrific song,  with poignant lyrics that perfectly encapsulate youth and growing older and looking back. Here's some details:

The next page I also used a story starter from July, this time a song that brings me back to a moment of joy. Yes, I made another page about Star Wars:

I was inspired by this old photo of my elder son in a cart, which reminded me of the story I journaled about. The last Studio Calico kit was called Galileo, so some elements in the scrapbook kit and Project Life kit were perfect for a Star Wars page: the planet, the "D is for"card, on which I wrote Darth Vader's theme, and the Father's Day paper, which contained the word "Vader," which I circled every time I saw it. The puffy stars came from stash and fit the theme. Here's the details:

Thank you for checking out my pages! Remember, Simple Scrapper releases layered digital templates every month, plus 10 thematic story starters, in addition to fostering a community built around scrapbooking purposefully and easily. If you haven't considered joining, please check it out! I found next month's products particularly inspiring, and I'm sure you would too.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Scrapbooking me

I posted a few pages about the boys recently They are my main topics. Here's a couple pages I made recently about me:

I don't automatically scrap Mother's Day, but I had fun this year and got a good picture of the boys, so I made this page. The title I chose (no pun intended) because I got these big letters in a kit without many doubles and this was a word I could make that fit thematically. LOL. My creative choices are sometimes dictated by the product I have. Here's some details:

I like using Project Life cards on my pages. The above shot used a project Life card as a part of a cluster, and in addition to journaling, with the shot below, I punched a design to matchthe circular photos.

I tried stamping on the paper first and didn't like it, so I covered with a tag and used Stazon to stamp on the slick chipboard. Creativity borne of mistake-covering. My general creative MO.

Next a simple page. I usually call this page CURRENTS, but I used the same limited letters, so the title is NOW. :-) I stamped the title because the stamp in this kit had some Currents words; for the ones I wanted to record that didn't have words, I used letter stamps. I didn't have a photo of myself when I made this page, so I made the page and took the photo after. I look OK (I needed a haircut here!) but the sky looks lovely.

Thank you for visiting! I hope this gives you ideas for scrapbooking yourself if you haven't recently.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Scrapbooking the youngest

Sine I wrote about scrapbooking my eldest I thought I would share some pages about my youngest.

Here is his first page:

When sorting through end-of-year work, I found a sticky note with short and long term goals.I took a photo of it and put it on this page with a recent photo of him.

The next page agin makes use of memorabilia. I again photographed his letter and paired it with a photo of him.

Next is a recent kids' choir performance at church. I had a lot of journaling to do, so I drew some lines in the white space, picked some colors that made me think country (orange and grey and brown) and made this:

Next, a page I blogged about at Write Click Scrapbook: a favorite photo when Dominic was younger:

Finally, my son at a Lego Robotics Camp sat winter. I used the same products/colors as my eldest's computer page I shared in my last post:

My son did the journaling. It's brief, but it's a record of what he loved.

Thank you for checking out my pages about my sons this week! Now that school is out, I have been doing a lot of gardening and catching up of things I put off during the school year. I should get back to scrapbooking more in the next week! Particlularly because it seems to be a rainy forecast.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Scrapbooking the eldest

Now that the school year is over, I have more time. (I should asterisk that: I have brought home many assignments to update, lessons to create, flipped classroom lessons to record, and so on. Still.) I have made my hybrid summer bucket/to-do list, and one of them is scrapbook, specifically take care of past vacation albums so that I can enjoy scrapbooking the present.

Here's a few pages I made recently about my eldest son:

Grey and yellow are one of my favorite color combos. On this page, it looks techie and happy. I was at the end of a kit with this page, so I dug into stash for die cuts. Here's some details:

Next is maybe my favorite recent page I made about my eldest son and his surprise short hair cut:

Orange and blue are another one of my favorite color combos. I went graphic with this, using mostly Project Life cards to embellish. How perfect is the more/less card?

And here is one final page:

I posted this on Write Click Scrapbook to show a way to save childhood mementos without saving the actual memento. This photo frame my son made at around age 3 was falling apart, so I took a photo and journaed about how much he had grown.

The then/now pin I added from my stash because it seemed to fit. And please note: the G is actually a Y. I cut apart a round, unused letter (probably a Q) and assembled the G when I ran out.

Thank you for checking out my pages! I'll be back later this week to share some recent pages I made of my youngest.