Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend!
This month at Simple Scrapper, we are going On the Road! Traveling is a part of many people’s summer plans, whether it is a long vacation to Disneyworld, a day trip to the lake, or just a great afternoon hanging out at the neighborhood pool.
One of my family’s favorite places to visit is the zoo. We are lucky to have a fantastic zoo about two hours away. I have taken countless photos there over the years. So when I saw this month’s Story Starters, I immediately thought of documenting pictures from those trips. The sketch/template I used was perfect to show off little slices of life at the zoo.
Another memorable trip my family took was to the north woods of Wisconsin. We rented a cute little cabin in a gorgeous part of the state. It was August, but the weather turned out to be cold, chilly, and rainy—not what I had envisioned at all! We were with another family, so we did our best to find fun activities to do in the rain. We played lots of games and went canoeing when the rain let up. It was a fun vacation, just not what I had in mind! Even though I have a whole album for this trip, I made a layout just documenting this aspect of our travel.
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Ah, time! It passes by so quickly. There are so many times I would like to hit the pause button on life and stop the minutes from slipping away. But the clock goes on ticking steadily forward. And that fact is one of the most important reasons that I scrapbook. Through my layouts I can, in a sense, freeze a moment in time.
This month at Simple Scrapper, the theme is Time After Time. What things in life are constant while time whirls by? I created two layouts using this month’s sketch/templates to answer this question.
My daughter began riding when she was five years old. Now at thirteen she is an accomplished eventer. She has been persistent in her riding, especially with her current horse Josie. Josie came to us as a four-year-old with great conformation and a good disposition. However, because she was young and inexperienced, my daughter had to work extra hard for the two of them to become competitive. Her persistence has paid off! Margaux and Josie are a great team now.
Unlike my daughter, I did not start riding until much later in life. Riding itself is a challenge and learning to ride as an adult is a more difficult task. However, I have stuck with riding over the last several years through many challenges. This layout tells my story with horses up to now.
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“Hmmmm,” I thought, “what does inspire me? What actually prompts me to sit down and scrapbook?”
As I took a look at several of my latest pages, I realized that I am first and foremost inspired by paper. Yes, paper! Since I was a child, I have loved the look, feel, and touch of paper–all kinds of paper. And now I am able to play with beautiful patterned paper!
So when I sat down to make a page for this month’s challenge, I looked at all of the paper currently sitting on my desk. The papers were from a recent Studio Calico kit. One paper, Now is Now, is not the type of paper that I normally use. I almost pushed it aside, but something inspired me to keep it out in front of me. The colors in the paper reminded me of a photo that I recently took of my daughter. So I printed out the picture and used just a few embellishments to finish off the page.
This layout is truly a result of pure inspiration.
Last year I took the first Art + Science workshop at Big Picture Classes. This class is all about finding your scrapping style then working within as well as outside your crafty comfort zone. It was fantastic! Being a primarily left-brained scrapper, I loved getting Jennifer’s challenges which appealed to me because I scrapbook in a similar fashion. I also had a great time with Stacy’s right-brained challenges, even though her scrapping processes are different than mine. I made several pages that I love and learned some new techniques along the way. And now The Art + Science of Scrapbooking is back! Here is the description of the new class:
Art + Science of Scrapbooking 16 brain-boosting challenges to strengthen your creative process Taught by Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson Class begins 5/15/2014 Cost: $45
Class Description Are you a right-brained person who embraces possibility and spontaneity, thrives on imagination, relies on feelings, and thinks in symbols and images? Are you a left-brained person who practices strategy and order, finds comfort in facts, relies on logic, and thinks in words and language? The answer to both questions is “yes!” In The Art + Science of Scrapbooking, a mind-bending workshop from Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson, you’ll learn to harness the creative power of both sides of your brain. In four illuminating weeks, right-brainer Stacy Julian and left-brainer Jennifer Wilson will help you embrace your natural cognitive strengths. But they’ll also challenge themselves, each other, and YOU to find a new sense of balance and power as you explore the other side of your brain. Read rest of description here.
I have one seat to give away to Art + Science. Just leave a comment below indicating if you are a more right-brained or left-brained scrapper (or both!). The giveaway will end on May 14, 2014, at 12 noon Eastern time. Good luck!
Over the years we create relationships with many people—parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, and spouses just to name a few. For me, scrapbooking about my relationships with others has always been fairly easy. Recently, however, I have found myself looking at the relationships between the people in my life. This month’s theme at Simple Scrapper is You + Me, so I used the Story Starters to assist me in creating two layouts about relationships in my life.
My first layout documents the relationship between my older son and my nephew. They live about four hours apart and do not get to see each other very often. When they do get together, however, they spend every minute having fun. I have found it interesting how much they have in common and journaled about their similarities on my page.
My second layout reflects on the relationship between my husband and my younger son. My husband has a very different relationship with my son than I do, so I wrote down my feelings about the two of them together.
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Yesterday scrapbookers around the world celebrated our very own holiday. There were special events all over the web to inspire you to scrap, shop, and chat about this beloved craft. I spent a good deal of my day in my newly reorganized scrap room creating layouts. At the end of the day, I had five new pages!
The first page was inspired by the Scrapbook Coach class “In the Band” at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I started with three photos in a band across my page and created the rest of my layout from that base. The embellishments are from the March OHDEERME kit from Freckled Fawn (which I used on every layout).
The second layout I created was prompted by Stacy Julian’s challenge at the NSD 10K event at Big Picture Classes. She showed a page that she had created in which she covers the entire canvas with photos, leaving just a couple of blocks for patterned paper and journaling. I had several photos of my youngest son on my desk ready to be scrapped, so I trimmed the pictures down to fit on the page then added my title and embellishments.
My next layout was inspired by Cathy Zielske’s NSD message at Big Picture Classes. She reminded everyone that “comparison is the thief of joy” and encouraged scrapbookers to admire the work of others but to stay true to our own style. So I picked a photo that I loved and made a layout that is truly my style.
At this point in the day I went out for a riding lesson. After I came back in a returned to my scrap desk, I noticed this cute paper with the speech bubbles on it. I also remembered that I had a few photos from a New Year’s Day cookout we attended at our neighbor’s house. All of our kids are teenagers, so that paper reminded me of them and how they text each other constantly.
And now the last page of the day! At the NSD event at Big Picture Classes, Celine Navarro created a page using 3×4 pocket page cards. Since I have a subscription to the Studio Calico Project Life kit, I now have quite a collection of these cards. I pulled together a few cards that appealed to me along with a cute picture of my cat and created this page.
I hope you had a great National Scrapbook Day too. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a large chunk of my day and dedicating it solely to scrapping. Maybe I need to have a National Scrapbooking Day every month!
In late February I began a workshop at Big Picture Classes called Before Your Story, taught by Jennifer Wilson at Simple Scrapper. The class was designed to walk you through creating an album about your early years. I was so excited to take this class because I had a whole stack of photographs from my childhood just waiting to be scrapped. Knowing that I would never be able to scrap all of these pictures individually, I quickly signed up for the class.
And now, several weeks later with my album completed, all I can say is, “WHEW!” This project turned out to be much more involved that I thought. I spent days selecting, scanning and printing photos, creating layouts, and writing journaling cards. I slowly worked through each section of the album, putting on the final touches just yesterday. The one thing that helped me the most in finished this album is the wonderful set of worksheets and planning pages that Jennifer provided during class. With the assistance of these worksheets, I was able to envision what the final product would be and reach my goal! I learned many things while finishing this album:
- I wish that I had purchased supplies specifically for this project. My album has an eclectic feel, which does not bother me too much since the embellishments are minimal. However, I think that I could have finished the album much faster if I was not attempting to adapt products that I already had to this project.
- I should have narrowed down my photos much more in the beginning than waiting until I was completing each section. A little more advanced planning would have made this process quicker.
- I needed to have a basket to store all of my supplies in while I was not working on the album. Everything stayed out on my dining room table for too long!
- I was so surprised at the number of little stories that I recalled while working through the main sections of the album. I kept track of these and collected them in the last section of my album with the title “ETC.” This section was a departure from the album structure given in class, but it really fits my project.
I still have many older photographs that I know I will never be able to scrap individually. One group is my husband’s childhood photos, one group is photos from my dad’s side of the family, and the last group is from my mom’s side of the family. I have been reluctant to take on making scrapbooks of these pictures, but now that I have done it once, I am confident I can put these three albums together also!
This month I used my kit to make two layouts for a class I am taking at Big Picture Classes, Inspired Scrapbooking. March’s theme was family stories. Stacy Julian shared a layout she did about the things she remembered being in her grandmother’s purse. And while that specific topic is a page that I want to do in the future (my grandmother always had Juicy Fruit gum),
I decided this month to document what I had in my own purse.
I also did a layout about an older family story. My cousins, my sister, and I were very close growing up. We loved to play together, but we each had strong personalities that sometimes led to squabbles. The picture that I scrapped is a photo of the four of us at the beach together. This photo so represents our relationship and personalities! Because I wanted the focus of this page to be mainly on the photo, I used simple patterned paper and minimal embellishments.
I have almost used up all of the supplies in my March Madness kit. I will be posted the rest of the layouts soon!