Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break creative rush

I just finished my spring break, and as usual, it was a creative rush. I finished some pages for Big Picture Classes I'll talk about later, and I made about 6 layouts. Here's one of my favorites:

My boys have just started skating this year. I'm a bad Minnesota mom for not getting them skating and playing hockey early, but what can I say? They are not the proper build to be a good hockey player. Still, they need to learn to skate, so I enrolled them in lessons this winter. This page commemorated their first lessons.

I used Studio Calico's Copper Mountain kit for this, plus some add-ons. I also added one of their tags they earned for passing level one skating. The color matched the rest of the page. Here's some details:

I LOVED the wood veneer circles in the kit, but I was saving it for the perfect page. The circles reminded me of the ice rink, so I loved using it here. I added some school supply embellishments and papers because it was school, just skating school.

I am almost out of these veneer letters, so I am making up for letter deficits. I used an upside-down U for an N, and I trimmed an F to make a T.

You can see how this embellishment cluster mimics the cluster on the left. That helps balance the layout.

Thank you for checking out my page! I challenge you to use school supplies on a non-school page.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April gallery up at Write Click Scrapbook!

The new gallery is up at Write Click Scrapbook, and the subject s all about me! Well, nit me, but a page about yourself. Have you made one lately? If not, check out the gallery for a variety of ideas.

Here's my page:

I had planned a confessions page for a while. I'd planned a list, but was inspired to write the list in the blocks when I saw the patterned paper. It took a while to sew down the number stickers, but I like the final effect. I don't do monochromatic pages much, so this was an interesting experiment.

Thank you for checking out my page! Please visit Write Click Scrapbook and enjoy some inspiration to do a page about yourself!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Celebrating sweet moments

Every now and then I think about the subjects I'm scrapping, wondering if I should scrap the subject again. How many Lego club pages can I make? Still, some subjects bear scrapping repeatedly. Case in point: my grandmother. She was a tremendously positive influence on me when I was growing up, so I find myself drawn to scrapping her again and again. Now that she is older, she is more fragile, so I scrap our visits to her. Here's the latest:

I used a sketch from Simple Scrapper, paired with my February Studio Calico kit. The Valentine's theme in the kit seemed appropriate. I did a lot of stamping on this layout. Here's some details:

I'm not sure how I feel about these chipboard letters. Mist soaks into the resist parts, but ink is too light. To solve the problem, I inked with light pink then a bit of red.

 Thank you for checking out my page! Please visit Simple Scrapper and check out some of the amenities that come with membership, including sketches, layered templates, and more!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Running in circles

I love circles. When I get bored with scrapping and feel like I'm making the same page again and again, I cut things into circles. Here's my latest circle page:

I used Simple Scrapper's April sketch for this. I took inspiration from the sketch to use a few circle photos and embellish with patterned paper circles.  Here's the details:

It might be hard to tell, but my journaling is circular too. I used these photos because they show me and my brother at my grandparents' lake house when we were young. I wasn't sure what I wanted to say about these photos, but I used a Simple Scrapper story starter to help my ideas gel. If you read the journaling, you'll notice I start with the details from the early photos and draw them into my life now. As an English teacher, I think of that as coming full circle: detailing the original story and circling to now and why they are still important to me.

I hope that gives you ideas for how to scrap older photos, especially if you don't remember many of the early details!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

April sneak for Write Click Scrapbook

After all our snow/cold days this winter, we had some days taken away from us to add back into the calendar. In particular, mark reporting day became an instructional day. Before this year I never noticed how vital that day was in wrapping up the term and getting ready for the next. Whew!

Now that papers are graded and grades are submitted and the term is well under way, I look forward to having my days regain their normal rhythm--which includes scrapbooking and blogging about it!

Here's one thing returning to normal: my sneak for Write Click Scrapbook's April gallery:

I don't often do monochromatic layouts. Here's one of my favorite colors, aqua. I wonder if you can guess the gallery's theme from these sneaks?

The gallery goes live April 1st--no joke!--so stop by Write Click Scrapbook and get inspired!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Re-doing pages

I am a fairly tolerant scrapbooker. When I make a page that doesn't satisfy me artistically, I let it go. Sometimes, though, the execution of the page dissatisfies me to the extent that I have to do the page. This is pretty rare: in 12 years, I've redone maybe 3 pages. Here's the story of one page.

When I went on a scrap retreat in November, I started a page about me and art. I printed three photos of me as a child doing artsy things, put it on a yellow piece of paper, pulled out a kit, and used some final pieces in it. And I hated it.

I'm not sure why. It looked OK but not special. I don't believe every page has to look special, but this story of my childhood in art meant a lot to me, so I wanted the page to look good too. I put the page aside for MONTHS so that I could think about it.

Finally, I determined what needed to happen: I peeled off the pictures* and threw away the page.

Seriously, I almost NEVER do that. But I did. Here's where I made a discovery. EVERY TIME I make a page scrambling to use up final bits of a kit, I hate the page. It just doesn't feel cohesive. I need to give myself permission more to split the kit when I get to the bare bones. In this case, I pulled out the new kit and was amazed at how fresh the page felt. Here's the page I made (and kept):

This is one of the pages I made for my 100 most important moments. I used the design elements I repeat in that album--color blocking, running stitch around the edge--and that combo made me much happier. I also loved using the overlay instead of patterned paper, and using the die-cut starbursts. Made me feel like an artsy star.

Thank you for checking out my page? Tell me: do you ever redo pages?

*When I need to remove photos from a page (which happens more often than I care to admit), I place the layout face down, then peel the backing off the photos so I don't curl the photos. That way I damage the paper instead of the picture.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Detail then reflect

I'm back from the dead! Not the dead really, but the dead time where I do nothing but grade at the end of the term. It's an honor and a privilege to assess student work, but wow, it takes time. I submitted my final grades and look forward to finishing up projects I began and planned last month!

Here's one I finished last night:

I used Studio Calico's February kit for this. When I get a lot of pink in a kit, I make a page about me. I may add some yellow to the strip  below the photo, just because I love yellow.

I began the page last month at a scrap retreat I went to up north (COLD), but I had to finish the journaling at home. This is one of my 100 moments pages. It was REALLY HARD for me to scrap this photo. Not my best moment in history, but it is my history, and it was a story that influenced me, and so I scrap it.

I tried to apply what I am teaching my students now who are writing a reflective essay: detail your story, then reflect on it. Say what happened, then say why it was important and why you want to remember it. When I'm stuck in journaling, this technique helps me a lot.

I also want to honor my dad. We are not too similar--the apple fell far from the tree, and we have to have a common agreement not to mention anything political so as to keep the peace--but I honor the sacrifices and gifts he gave me growing up, so I record them in scrapbooking. I want people to remember my high points, so I try to do the same for others in my life.

Now that I will not be collecting papers to grade for about a month, I look forward to scrapping and sharing more of what I've made and am making lately. I have pictures waiting for me at National Camera Exchange of the Big Melt that's going on right now, and I look forward to playing with paper and embellishments and stories again.