I'm pretty sure I promised to be back to share another pocket page with you this week, but I decided to share a layout instead. I'll save that pocket page I mentioned for next week ;) The layout I'm sharing today features some products from the "Drive" Story Kits from Ali Edwards.
This wasn't one of the themes that stood out to me right away, as I was picking out a few kits to play with. But somewhere along the way, I thought of the idea of documenting teaching my girls to drive. I love that theme of each kit can be used in so many ways. I did a layout not too long ago about Sarah getting her driving license (seen HERE), but I thought it would be fun to do a page about both of the girls together.
The first thing I did was dig up any photos I had taken of the girls in the car, while they were learning to drive. It was something that I would do occasionally when taking them out. Snap a photo of them, almost always at a stop light or parked (or even waiting on a train). I used a template from Kerri Bradford to collage these photos together and print them out.
I had picked out a few of the 3x4" cards from the Story Kit that I knew I wanted to incorporate into the page design, and also a few circle embellishments. I used those as the starting points to picking out my patterned papers, looking for coordinating shades of green, aqua, brown, and yellow. This actually ended up being very easy to do, and only took me a few minutes. That never happens, but it did!
I found a sheet of brown cardstock from Die Cuts With A View that matched that "you got this" card perfectly. And then added in some patterned papers from Amy Tan and Fancy Pants.
I also knew that I wanted to use the acrylic "drive" word that came in the kit. I just love the acrylic words from these kits, and they're one of the main things that drew me to the kits to begin with. I paired it up with some brown alpha stickers from Jillibean Soup to complete my title.
Since the top of my layout was going to be just the white cardstock, I used one of my favorite cut files from Kerri Bradford to die cut a circle background, also from white cardstock, to layer up there for a little texture and interest. I used a few of these transparent circle embellishments from the kit, and simply stapled them in place using my Tiny Attatcher.
I often save my journaling for the end of my page design, but if I know I'm going to print out a large amount of journaling, or a longer block of journaling (like here), I will do it before I start the layout so that I make sure I have enough room for it.
I wish my printers made it easier to print journaling that is 12" long (well, 11.5" if you consider the margins). I don't have a wide format printer, so I just trim my cardstock to 8.5x12" to print on. I know for a fact that my journaling lines were 11.5" long, yet they printed much shorter than that. And there was also more room on the right side than on the left. That stuff bugs me, but not enough for me to keep trying to get it to work right.
I also included one photo of myself in the car. I had more photos of the girls, but they didn't quite match the other photos. In digging around for photos, I had also pulled out a bunch of myself I had taken, while running errands, driving kids around, etc, since I had another layout idea in mind at the same time. So I ended up pulling one of those photos and using it on this collage. I thought the little sidenote there was kind of funny!
After sharing so many older layouts over the last 3-4 weeks, it's nice to be here sharing a NEW layout with you all. After making the decision at the end of last year to step down from the Scrapbook & Cards Today team, it was so nice to be invited to contribute to the Scrapbook & Cards Today: Fall issue a few months ago.
I was asked to create a layout for the Take A Number feature, which centers around the idea of working numbers into our projects. I was asked to give a few ideas that I might want to try out for my layout, and one of them had to do with breaking down my work day by the numbers.
When I started thinking about this layout, and how I would break down my work day by the numbers, I had SO many different ideas going on in my head. I knew I had to settle on just a few main numbers, so I decided to focus on the number of hours I work each day, the number of kiddos I have each day, approximately how many meltdowns we experience each day, and approximately how many hugs & kisses I receive each day.
The numbers that I used for the hours I work each day and the number of kiddos I have each day are accurate and easy to figure out. When it came to the meltdowns and hugs & kisses, it was more of a guesstimate. With a little exaggeration mixed in for humor, of course.
I was also asked to work a fun technique into the number part of my design. I immediately thought of my embossing folders and using them on chipboard. I used the Silhouette chipboard, and die cut my numbers with my Cameo using the Weathered Door Alpha kit (which also has numbers) from Kerri Bradford. I'm totally drawing a blank on whether I cut two or three of each number to layer together. I know I definitely layered at least two together, to make them thicker.
From there, my original plan was to paint the numbers, with coordinating paint colors, and then run them thru the embossing folders. I had paint colors that matched my papers perfectly. They were crazy old Making Memories paints, and sadly, three of the four colors ended up being totally dried up to the point I couldn't make them work (I have been known to use halfway dried up paint and love the texture it gives).
So instead, I die cut the numbers once again, from coordinating patterned papers, to layer on top of the chipboard numbers. From there, I ran each thru the embossing folder, and then lightly rubbed some sand paper over the embossed areas.
I arranged the numbers on three inch squares down the left side of the page. I also used my Cameo, and a cutting file from Kerri Bradford again, to cut some little 3" wide background pieces (I think they were 3x4 to be exact, and then I trimmed off the excess) from white cardstock and then layered those over the bottom cardstock squares. I machine stitched around the edges of each square, before adhering to the page.
I also cut some little tabs (using another cut file from Kerri) to go alongside each numbered square. I wanted to add what each number was for, and this seemed like the best way to do that. I used my older stash of Lily Bee tiny alpha stickers to add what each number represented. And I totally lucked out in having enough letters, in black, to do all of them.
For my title, I combined a few brush script word cut files from Kerri Bradford, along with some alpha stickers from Jillibean Soup. As for my patterned papers for this layout, I used lots of Pink Paislee, a little My Mind's Eye, and some old Studio Calico for the title.
I kept my embellishments simple, and stuck to buttons, one of my all time favorite types of embellishments. I went digging around for buttons to match my patterned papers, and even though I only needed three colors, I ended up pulling buttons from Basic Grey, My Favorite Things, and Fancy Pants to get the ones I liked.
For my photos, I pulled up a few photos that I thought gave a good little glimpse into my work day. I used a template for Kerri Bradford to create my photo collage, and changed all of the photos to black and white, since I had way too many clashing colors going on.
I made sure to include more details about each number represented on my page in my journaling. My work days can be crazy and insane, and I may lose my ever-lovin mind more than I care to admit. But my days can also be filled with laughter and smiles, along with more hugs and kisses than I probably deserve. I love my little people, my squad if you will, and I never take for granted the role I am lucky to play in their little lives.
Sharing a more current layout with you all today. I created this layout a little over a year ago, for a project that didn't quite pan out. It features one of my favorite daycare girlies ever, Amanda. Crazy that she's a junior in high school now. Just as crazy that Sarah is a senior in high school!
I picked my title out from the Silhouette store, combining two words from two different cut files. I just love the cut files with the skinny outline of the word. They can be a little trickier to adhere, but I still love them.
The buttons were a purchase from Studio Calico. I don't shop there much at all. Except when there's a good sale. I'm pretty sure I was buying a few old kits during a big sale or something, and then added on these buttons as they were super cheap. And it just so happened that I was able to find the perfect colors to match my patterned papers from those sets.
As for my paper choices, I used a lot of older Pebbles patterned papers, along with some My Mind's Eye and I think even a bit of Doodlebug.
Considering how much I love buttons, and just how many of them I happen to have in my HUGE button stash, I feel like I don't use them all that often anymore. Unless I do, and I'm just not remembering using them. I should make a point to get more use of them, maybe along with some ribbon ;)
Hey all! I'm back with a few more older layouts to share this week. This is another layout that I created back in 2012, with some older photos of Sarah. She's such a character. I remember buying that huge lollipop at the mall, just so we could take some fun photos. And she did not disappoint.
This layout was created around the same time the birthday collections had come out at Bella Blvd, so most of the papers here (if not all - not sure off the top of my head) are from the birthday girl collection. I know there were some great flowers to fussy cut from those patterned papers, and I made numerous projects at the time where I scrunched up those flowers and added the fun buttons and crochet flowers to the centers.
I believe that part of my "assignment" for this layout was to not just use a photo collage on the page, but to creatively add other elements to parts of that photo collage. I used a storyboard template from Kerri Bradford, which had a section in the center where it had this sort of 3D effect. I actually printed that part of the collage twice, and then cut out those three photos (collaged together) and adhered them with dimensional adhesive to give a raised look.
I also covered a few of the openings in the collage with patterned paper and cardstock. I added some journaling to one space, some chipboard alphas to the other, and some buttons to the third. A fun way to fill up the spaces in a template, if you don't have quite enough photos to fill all of the spaces.
For my title, I used a cut file from the Silhouette store, along with some tiny alpha stickers. I used this same title on another layout I'll be sharing. I love the font, and mix of capital and lowercase letters.
I remember loving so many of the patterned papers in this collection, and wanting to use as many of them as I could. Using small pieces, layered together along either side of the photo collage, was a great way to get so many patterns on the page.
Hey all! Back to share another older layout of mine that never quite made it out to be seen anywhere. I created this layout a little over a year ago, using photos of all my favorite daycare boys from over the years. This, of course, was before the three adorable little dudes I watch now.
I'm trying to go off memory here on these older layouts, as far as what products I used. Just in case anyone is wondering. I know there's some Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, and I'm thinking a little Echo Park.
I die cut a bunch of stars (I want to say from Kerri Bradford Studio) to embellish the two sides of the page with. I added coordinating enamel dots to the centers of each star, and also sprinkled some small black enamel dots around the page.
I used the Weathered Door Alpha kit from Kerri Bradford Studio for part of my title (and one of her hand drawn words for the other part). It's such a good chunky font, and I love to use it whenever I have a word that I can't find as an actual cut file.
I used two different templates, also from Kerri Bradford Studio, for my photo collages. I made all of my photos black and white, as there were a lot of clashing colors going on.
I will say, if I could create this layout again, I would have arranged my title pieces a little differently. I would have preferred to have "little' and "dudes" closer together. Just a random thought looking at this a full year later :)
I'm sharing a new two pager over on the Bella Blvd blog today. Ever since the Campout collection came out, I've been meaning to scrap these photos from way back in 2006. My sister was out visiting from Denver, and her and my dad decided to take Joe and the girls camping for two days. This was right after a family wedding, where I played a big part in organizing the day. And also during a time when I was going thru some chronic pain issues, so that big wedding day totally kicked my butt. Which explains why I didn't tag along on this trip.
I grew up in camping family. We would take these 2-3 week camping trips, driving hours and hours each day, sightseeing along the way, and setting up camp in a different KOA campground each night. We had systems in place, everything super organized, and we could set up and take down the entire campsite (tent and sleeping bags of course) in record time, over and over. My little family? We don't camp. Ok, we did take the girls camping once when they were little. But it was with a previous daycare family, and they were experts, which made it easy for us. We wouldn't do well on our own ;)
While my go-to way of getting tons of photos on the page is to use photo collages, I've been making an effort to show different ways of including photos on my recent two pagers for Bella. But I just had to re-visit the photo collages for this layout, and looking back to the last time I used them on one of my Bella two pagers (on my April layout HERE), I just now realized that I used the same exact collage template. I guess you can say it's a favorite of mine.
I'm glad my dad (or my sister) took these photos on their trip. They were taken on a simple digital camera, before I even got into the digital side of photography. They had some pretty funny photos, and of course, Sarah was her hilarious self in many of the pics.
Alyssa would probably kill me for using this photo of her (second from the left). But the look on her face pretty much sums up how she felt about the entire trip. Because my sister was only in town for a few days, to take this 2 day camping trip, the girls had to miss a day of school. And that one day ended up being the ONLY day of school Alyssa ever missed in 13 years of her K-12 school years, and she will tell you about this trip being the reason for that to this day!
I like to size my collages so that I still have plenty of room up top for my title, journaling, and often times, more photos! I printed four extra photos, thinking I would add two to each side of the spread. I ended up wanting to include this 3x4" "keep calm and camp on" card from the Daily Details patterned paper, so I decided to mix it in with three of those four photos on the first page of the spread.
A large majority of the time when creating two pagers, I end up mirroring the two pages design wise. I'll use the same patterned papers, in the same sizes, along the top and bottom edges, and along the sides. This works well for me, as I'm a very linear scrapper. I might have to challenge myself to do something a little different for my next one, just for fun.
Only having one photo to add up top on the second page of the spread allowed me more room for my title, which ended up working out perfectly. I was originally going to die cut my entire title, as I completely forgot the Campout collection had coordinating chipboard. Once I pulled out the "outdoors" chipboard letters, I decided to die cut the word "great" to complete my title.
In the end, the only embellishments I added to this two page spread were a few chipboard clouds and a tree on the top part of the page, and a few tab and word stickers. Over the years, I've gotten to where I prefer my layouts without a lot of bulk, so simple and clean works well for me.
Hey all! I had a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio yesterday. I know I've said this a few times lately, but I honestly can't remember where I've said it. My blog, Instagram, in conversations with friends, in my head. Who knows. Anyways. I've had sports on my mind lately, when it comes to layouts and even some album projects!
One layout that I've been wanting to make is this one here, documenting an awesome season - a freakin' awesome season - our high school girls varsity soccer team had. Seeing as how they took home not one, but two major championships, I knew I wanted to create a layout filled with photos taken throughout the season.
I'm sure you all know by now that I love creating white-on-white backgrounds for a lot of my pages. Since I only needed to cover about half of each page with the die cut background, I was able to use a smaller sized background from the Life Additions: Backgrounds kit. Usually, I just cut full 12x12 backgrounds, and then save the extra parts I don't use for other projects. But it was nice to be able to use just two 8.5x11" pieces of white cardstock for my two background pieces.
For my title, I turned to the Weathered Door [all] kit for the "Lady Buffs" part of my title. Our school mascot is the buffalo, so the varsity soccer players are referred to as the "Lady Buffs". The Weathered Door kit comes in so handy when you need a word that Kerri doesn't have in kits. I mean, obviously there isn't a demand for "lady buffs", so it's not something Kerri would have ;) I went back and forth on the first part of my title, and finally settled on "celebrate", from the July Four kit.
I had every intention of using small alpha stickers for the middle part of my title, and it was going to read "an amazing season". I'm glad I stopped, just before adhering my stickers, and checked out Kerri's stamps I have on hand. I came across the "freakin' awesome" from the For You stamp set and it was perfect for this title! I knew I wouldn't be able to stamp it directly to the page, with my die cut background, so I stamped it onto a scrap piece of cardstock and simply cut it out and adhered it in place.
All but three of my photos are cell phone photos, taken by either myself or my daughter. I had this thing going (which I've mentioned when sharing a previous layout), where at the start of each game, I would snap a photo of the team getting ready to take the field. I would Instagram them each time as well. So I managed to collect a good amount of photos by the end of the season.
I was able to get Sarah to send me some photos she took during the season as well, with a little begging and pleading. I gathered up all of these photos, and arranged them into two collages using a template from Kerri's Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. My two main photos, both taken by the newspaper photographer, were printed as 4x6" photos to include on either side of the collages.
My journaling took me forever to type up. I started out making it about Sarah and how she did this season, but then realized that with my title, the page was really about the team as a whole. Then I would get to certain parts, and I felt like I should have pulled out the newspaper articles/clippings, so that I could add in the stats and facts about some of these big wins. But those were already put away in her school album upstairs. Let's just say that both of their big wins - the VOL title and the Section title - were huge for the school's soccer program, and the school itself. I did end up adding some tidbits about Sarah and how she did this season at the end of the journaling.
I also cut a tab using the Simplicities: Best Thing Ever kit to add to the side of my journaling block, so that I could add the year. If anyone is wondering about my paper choices, my green patterned papers came from Simple Stories, and my grey patterned papers came from Amy Tangerine.
I just love the two main photos on this spread. The one on the left side of the page, with the green jerseys, was from their VOL win. And the photo above, with the white jerseys, was from their Section win. Both such huge moments for these young ladies, for their team as a whole, for the soccer program and their dedicated coaches, and for the school. Once I add this layout to her school album, I will most likely add all of the newspaper articles and clippings directly after it. Just need to figure out how to arrange all of those still.
I'm finally back with something to share! I had a new two page layout up on the Bella Blvd blog yesterday. We've changed on the format on the blog a bit, and left the assignments a little looser to give our designers a bit more freedom to scrap what they're inspired to scrap. In keeping a few of the regular features going, one that I felt strongly in keeping was the two page feature. I don't think you see enough two pagers anymore, yet I do believe that there are plenty of people out there looking for two page inspiration. I could be wrong about that, but I like to think I'm on to something ;)
I love to incorporate as many photos as I can onto my layouts, and two pagers are great for just that. I almost always create two pagers for things like birthdays, holidays, family get togethers, as well as vacations and day trips. And this day trip to Great America theme park six years ago on my to-do list to get scrapped and in the album.
One of my favorite ways to work lots of photos onto my pages are by creating photo collages. As a clean and linear scrapper, it's a great way to keep the photos looking organized and clean on the page. I often pick the same template to use for both sides of the two page spread, and I simply rotate the template 180 degrees for the second collage. The nice thing about using collages is that when you sit down to start creating your layout, it's almost like you're only working with 2 large photos as you plan out the design of the spread. Once I figure out where my collages will go, I just start building the patterned papers around them.
Die cut backgrounds are a favorite of mine to use, as it helps break up the look of too much patterned paper on a page (if that's a thing?). This circle die cut background is my go-to background cut, and I use it more than I probably should. I was able to cut the background from just one sheet of the tan arrow patterned paper, as I knew I could then cut that piece in half and use one half for each side of the spread.
I needed a little something in the upper corner of the first page, so I thought I would die cut this funky sun shape. I die cut the sunbeams from black cardstock, orange Strandz patterned paper, and the white stars Clear Cut, and then layered them all together. I die cut the center of the sun from two additional patterned papers, and layered those together.
I tend to keep my layouts fairly flat, without too much bulk. Even with a full seven layers of paper where the sun is placed, my layout is still very flat.
When choosing patterned papers for my layouts, I rely on the photos to dictate the colors I go with. I had a lot of black and tan in the photos, with touches of orange and green. Those colors stood out the most to me, so those are the colors that I went looking for when starting this spread. I tend to stick with mostly tone-on-tone patterned papers, as they don't overwhelm the page as much as busier patterns can do.
For my title, I used my favorite white text Sienna chipboard alphas, along with one of the new chip script words ("adventure"), which is also white. I'm always a sucker for a title that incorporates a cursive font, alongside a clean, solid font, so I'm really loving the new chip script words.
The last thing I do is add my embellishments. I'm a pretty simple scrapper, so I usually keep the embellishments to a minimum. Enamels and buttons are some of my go-to pieces to add to layouts, as they're fairly flat and super simple to sprinkle around the page.
I've got a new layout up over at Kerri Bradford Studio today. I recently made a comment to my oldest daughter Alyssa about how I don't take that many photos of my daycare kids anymore, and she said "just all of your rocking chair photos with Derek". If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you'll know what this is about ;) I said that I take so many of those because I'm stuck in the rocking chair with him all the time and I get bored, and then said that I should probably print them all out and make a layout about it. And that's exactly what I did, as I knew it would be perfect for my next layout for Kerri.
I started by collaging all of my photos together, using a template from Kerri's Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. I tend to take photos on my phone in the square format, for whatever reason, and I have also shared each one of these photos on my Instagram, so the rows of square little photos were just what I needed.
I knew I had quite a bit of color going in all of my photos, and yet when it came time to pick out my patterned papers, it was really quite easy to come up with a color combo that I liked. I had the red tone-on-tone dotted patterned paper in mind from the start. It's an oldie, but still goodie, from Scenic Route. I ended up finding the rest of my papers in that same section of my stash, as I thought the aqua tone-on-tone dotted paper, the black paper, and the grid paper were a great mix with the red. All super old patterned papers, but I knew I'd use them someday.
I trimmed strips of both the red and black patterned papers, to fit along the left edge of the page, knowing that my photo collage would go all the way to the right edge of the page. I used a border punch along the white grid patterned paper, and tucked the border strip under the black paper strip to break up the darker colored papers.
As I browsed thru Kerri's kits for a good title, I came up with several different options. I ended up going with "a labor of love", because I don't think I would be willing to spend so much time rocking this adorable baby boy, and helping him sleep, if I didn't love him a ton ;) I sized it to go the length of my photo collage, and cut it from both the black and red patterned papers to layer together.
When I went thru my photos, to find all of the ones I've taken in the rocking chair holding this adorable baby boy, I ended up finding twelve photos. I arranged my photos by date taken, leaving three spaces of the template empty, which is where I planned up placing my journaling. I've done this several times before, and love the look of the journaling mixing right in with the photos.
I knew the layout needed a little something more at the top of the page, and I happen to have these fun little 2x2" cards from a Project Life kit sitting out by where I was scrapping. I dug thru them and found a few that would coordinate with the page. Once I pulled out that grey "date" card, I went and found a grey scalloped border sticker to add along the left side of the page to add in more grey. A fun little fact is that Kerri helped design these cards for an older Project Life kit several years back. So it seemed fitting to add these to this layout.
I also did a teeny, tiny amount of stamping with a few of Kerri's stamp sets. I added the "absolutely" from her Stamps: One Fine Day stamp set, to go along with my title, and the dashed line from her Stamps: Oh Yeah stamp set underneath.
All this week, we've been introducing the new 2016-2017 Creative Team members on the Bella Blvd blog, and today's my turn to re-introduce myself. I'm coming up on my fifth year of working for Bella, as their Creative Team coordinator, so I feel like my introduction is mostly the same from year to year. I just change out how old my girls are, and how many daycare kids I'm taking care of. Not much else in my little life changes. Along with sharing a bit about ourselves, all of the designers are also sharing their first layouts as part of the team. Here's a little excerpt from my bio I shared today:
"I definitely have two different styles, depending what I'm working on. When I have free reign, with no particular guidelines to follow, you'll find my true style. Very linear and clean, lots of color, lots of patterned paper, die cut elements (especially titles), and simple embellishments. I love a good photo collage, and the layouts that I love the most have lots of photos on them and a story."
Yes. So, so, so very true. I've known for a while that I have two different styles. While I do enjoy both styles and the finished projects I come up with, the layouts that tend to mean more to me - the ones that I love more - are the ones that show my go-to style. And when it comes to that go-to style, I'm all about clean, simple, and not a lot of fuss.
So that's exactly the style I worked into my first layout for our introduction week. I knew I wanted to start out with a photo collage, as that's a huge part of my style. I happen to think about these photos of the girls from years ago, playing at the park a few blocks from our house. I had actually scrapped some of these photos for a project sheet layout for Bella back in 2012 (seen HERE), but the accordian pinwheel flowers I had included on the layout had literally fell apart shortly after. Obviously, I did not adhere them together that well. Lol. I've had that layout in a pile to fix for years, and just never got to it. As much as I really did love that layout, I decided I would just toss that layout and create a new one.
I collaged my photos together on my own (without using a template), and printed them out. From there, I started digging out some patterned papers to coordinate with my photos. I pulled out a few papers from the new The Zoo Crew collection, one from the Star Student collection, and my favorite grid patterned paper that I often use in place of white cardstock. Along the way, after adding in a yellow border sticker, I also pulled out the yellow confetti Clear Cut transparency to work onto the page as well.
I mentioned I love to use die cut titles, and one way I love to use them is by mixing them with chipboard alphas or letter stickers. I've always said that I love a good cursive font, mixed with a clean, simple font. My favorite Bella chipboard alphas are the Sienna alphas, and I just love the navy blue ones. I die cut the word "playground" with my Cameo from the brown woodgrain patterned paper. It put up quite the fight as I was trying to adhere it to the page, and there's one part I can now see didn't get adhered quite right (the "g" is on top of the "r"), but it's on there and I consider that a win in my book.
I usually do the patterned paper, photos, title, and journaling part of the page, and then see what I think needs to be added embellishment wise. It's usually not a lot. I've been big on using enamel dots, as they're pretty flat on the page and super easy to add on. I wanted a little something to add next to the title at the bottom of the page, so I ended up adding a few little chipboard words to finish it off.
I hope that you'll stop by the Bella Blvd blog, if you haven't been by this week, and get to know the other nine Creative Team members. They're a fabulously talented group and I'm excited to work with them over the next year.
Hey everyone! I've got a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today. I've accumulated so many photos of my daycare kiddos lately, all taken with my phone, and thought it was about time to do another layout about what a typical work week for me looks like. Quite honestly, a typical work week for me looks almost exactly like any other work week I've had over the last fourteen years of doing daycare. Just different faces, as kids come and go.
I picked out a few photos that show a bit of the crazy moments of my days (kids making huge messes, huge amounts of kids, and lunchtime), and a few photos that show a bit of the calm moments of my days (sitting on the floor with little ones in my lap, and rocking babies to sleep), and combined them into one of Kerri's collage templates from her Half Pints #1 kit.
The colors in my photos were definitely all over the place, but I ended up picking my patterned papers pretty quickly. I find that when I don't have any particular papers in mind, I will often turn to my collection of Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine first to see what I can find. And that's exactly what I did for this page, as I ended up with a mix of patterned papers from the two of them. I thought the days of the week patterned paper would tie in nicely with the "week" theme I had going, and added a strip of it across the top and bottom of the page.
I was going to link up another layout I created about the daycare kids last year, and when I went to find it, I realized I had created it for my January layout for Kerri also. Must be a January thing, that I like to scrap the daycare kiddos. It's THIS LAYOUT, and I thought it was a fun coincidence that I talked about the colors being all over in my photos, and that I also turned to my Dear Lizzy patterned papers for that layout.
For my title, I loved the chunkier "week" found in the Life Additions: Weeklies kit, and cut it twice from my aqua patterned paper. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love a title combining a chunkier font with a cursive font. The "after" was actually taken from "afternoon", found in Kerri's Today kit, and was perfect for adding in between my two "weeks". I also cut each of the three words from black cardstock, which I layered behind my patterned paper words, slightly offsetting the two for a little dimension.
I left plenty of room to add my journaling, as I had a lot to say on this layout. I could have gone on and on about what makes up a normal work week for me, but I think I touched on the most important ones. I love doing layouts like this from time to time, as so much of the facts remain the same, and yet there's always bound to be a few new tidbits that stand out more at different times. Some years I've had less kids, some years I've had more kids. Some years, I've had lots of babies, and some years I've had way more toddlers.
This past year with the daycare has been the busiest year I've had in a long time. Anyone that follows me on Instagram already gets peeks into the craziness that makes up my days! Right now, I've got a 8 month old boy, 2.5 year old girl, 3.5 year old boy, 3.5 year old girl, and a 4 year old boy. I have another 2 year old girl that's been home with mom on her maternity leave, and will be back soon, along with her 3 month old baby brother. Like I said, it's pure crazy up in here. I love them all to death, but they seriously suck the life out of me daily. Every night, I wonder why I'm so tired - and then I think about my day, and say "oh yeah, that's why".
Just a little over a year ago, I set out on a mission to tackle 6 years worth of Christmas photos that had never been documented and get them scrapped and in the albums. You can read more about this HERE, if you haven't read it already. I feel like I've repeated a lot of this while sharing each of the layouts I've created over the last year, but I'm going to do a little re-cap anyways! I thought it would be cool to share all of the layouts in one single post.
A quick refresher. I relied heavily on Kerri's Storyboard templates for this project, and created 16 different photo collages, that included a total of 143 photos. These collages covered 6 family get togethers from those 6 years, as well as 3 Christmas mornings with just our little family. In the end, my plan was to end up with 6 two page layouts and 3 single page layouts. Well, it's taken me a full year (and a month, if you want to get technical), but I've finished all 9 of those layouts!
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This design was a popular one with me. The full page photo collage, with a smaller collage on the opposite page. I've used this design numerous times for birthday layouts as well. It's just a great design for getting gobs and gobs of photos on the page.
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Every now and then, when working on these layouts, I would start to worry that they looked too much the same. With the same basic design, same photo collages, same title placement, etc. I was constantly reminding myself that I went into this project just wanting to knock these layouts off my list. I've mentioned how I don't necessarily enjoy scrapping Christmas's, so I didn't want these to be layouts that I stressed over. If using the same basic ideas over and over helped me tackle something that I don't enjoy, then more power to me.
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For most of these layouts, I just dug into my stash of Christmas product to see what I could use up. I did however, dig into my everyday papers as well. This layout is an example of that. I don't believe there's anything on this page that was meant to be a "Christmas" product. I always pull my colors from the colors in my photos, so the photos really dictated my color schemes, even if they weren't the traditional Christmas colors.
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Another thing that made these layouts quick and easy, for the most part, is that they're hugely made up of patterned paper, die cuts, and photo collages. I die cut titles with my Silhouette Cameo for every single layout, and on a few of them, I also die cut a few additional pieces for the page. I kept the embellishments super simple, with maybe a few enamel dots, buttons, brads, or pre-made 3x4" cards.
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And after looking at all of these layouts together, I guess my love of my scalloped border punch from Stampin' Up really shows! I do love that punch, and it's my go-to border punch when working on projects. I think I used it on six of these nine layouts. I do own other border punches, for the record, so I should show them all some love every now and then.
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I keep a 12x12" Iris container that's filled with Christmas themed product and patterned papers. It was so easy to just pull out the box and see if I had anything to coordinate with my photos. I certainly didn't plan on using glittered foam Christmas trees on the design of this page. But as I was digging thru the box, I pulled them out and thought they'd fill in some space on the page. So why not.
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I also love that this project gave me a chance to use up some product that I've been holding onto, with only one project in mind. I remember getting this Christmas collection from Chickaniddy over a year ago, when I guest designed for them, and at first glance, I didn't think it was something I would use. But the collection colors worked perfectly with these photos, so I held onto it, knowing I would use it for this layout and most likely this layout only.
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This layout looks soooooo similar to the first layout I created for this project, and that's totally fine with me. The beauty of using the same design, is that it saves you time from having to come up with a whole new design, over and over. And because these layouts are all from different years, they're not going to be side by side in any albums or anything. So no one is really going to notice that a few layouts are similar to each other.
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I also went into these layouts knowing that I most likely wouldn't include any journaling on most of them. Especially the ones documenting family get-togethers. I don't want it to sound like the holidays are boring and monotonous. Because they're not. However, they usually include the same family members, we're usually at the same house, eating the same foods, opening gifts and doing our pick-a-gift exchange game. So I don't necessarily feel like I need to add journaling to those pages, as it would most likely say the same thing, year after year.
So, what's next? I have Christmas 2014 to do still. I never did edit those photos, so once I edit them, I can get that layout knocked out. And with Christmas 2015 just a few days away, I will have that to scrap as well. I believe I have one more Christmas that was within my "digital years", so that's one more I need to take care of. If I want to continue with the earlier Christmases, it will involve film prints and/or negatives. We'll see how up to that I'm feeling. Otherwise, I'd love to tackle the girls birthday's in the same way, and get those all taken care of. We'll see what I'm feeling inspired to tackle once the new year comes around.
I've got a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today. In my quest to get 6 years of Christmases scrapped, documented, and in the albums, I finally reached the last of the 9 layouts I set out to make over the last year. Kerri's storyboard templates played a huge part in these layouts coming together easily and without much fuss, and I love that! Every layout I created involved photo collages, and die cut titles, and minimal embellishments. By simplifying my process, it helped me tackle a holiday that I don't necessarily enjoy scrapping.
For this layout, I used a template from Kerri's Storyboard #6 kit and sized it so that I would have a little room on both sides of the collage for some patterned paper and a little room above for my title. I had printed my collage in both color and black & white, since I wasn't sure which one I would want to use. These photos turned out very "flash-ey", and colors were a bit off to me. But in the end, I did decide to go with the color version.
I combined two designs for my title, pulling the word "joy" from the Christmas Countdown kit and the word "Christmas" from the December Twenty-Five kit. I also used one of Kerri's fabulous freebies, and cut the Border Fancy to go along both sides of the collage. I kept this layout super simple, and just added a chipboard piece and some number stickers to add the year. Easy peasy.
I'll be sharing a recap of all nine completed layouts and a little wrap up of my Tackling Christmases Past projects early next week. In the meantime, make sure you're heading over to Kerri Bradford Studio to take part in all of her 12 Days Of Christmas activities. There's been so much inspiration, so many freebies, and a few giveaways shared over the last 10 days, and there's still 2 days left!
It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new monthly project sheet layout to go up on the Bella Blvd blog. For this month, I was asked to focus on the Make It Merry collection. This is a smaller collection than most Bella collections, as it is meant to pair up with our Christmas Cheer collection from last year. I set out knowing that I could bring in a few other pieces if needed, but I ended up sticking to just the Make It Merry collection.
As for the handsome little boy, that's Zachary, my cousin's son and a cute kiddo that I also had the pleasure of taking care of for a few years when he was little. When I looked at this collection, these photos of him were the first ones that came to mind, and I knew they'd be perfect.
I also knew right away that I wanted to use white cardstock for the background of my page, so that the reds and greens of the patterned papers would really stand out. I just love how the black star Clear Cut transparency looked laid over the white cardstock, and it picked up the touches of black in the Santa patterned paper. I adhered the Clear Cut using glue dots along the top and bottom edges, and I also added a few glue dots to the center of the page, as I knew my photo/papers would cover that up.
I then added some strips of pattered paper and the scalloped border stickers along the top and bottom of the page, which covered up the glue dots along those edges. I machine stitched along the top and bottom as well, to really secure things.
I picked out three patterned papers - a green tone-on-tone print, a red with white triangles print, and the cute Santa print - and layered them one on top of the other, along with my photo collage. I printed my collage as a 5x7", so you could easily use a single 5x7" photo instead. I thought the little tab stickers worked really well tucked into the different layers of papers.
For my title, I used the white alpha stickers from the Treasures & Text sticker sheet, along with the red Amorie chipboard alphas. I was worried the white alpha stickers wouldn't show up that well, once I had my white background picked out. But since I partially layered them over the patterned papers, it worked out.
I love to distress the edges of my patterned papers on most of my layouts. It takes no time at all, and adds a lot of texture to the page, so the papers don't appear so "flat". I also machine stitched around the edges of each patterned paper, before adhering the entire layered piece to the center of the page.
You can download and/or print a copy of this month's project sheet, complete with a full supply list and detailed instructions, RIGHT HERE.
It's that time of year again! It's December, which means it's time for the Twelve Days of Christmas celebration over at Kerri Bradford Studio. Everything kicked off this past Monday, which you can find right HERE. You'll want to make sure and stop by each day, as she's got one-day-only Christmas freebie designs that you won't want to miss. There will also be other goodies, projects from her designers as well as some other guest designers that are stopping by to visit and share, and of course a giveaway or two.
And today, I've got a new layout up on Kerri's blog. I've been knocking out the last few layouts for my Tackling Christmases Past project, over the last month or so. This layout here is one of the last ones I had left, and it's very similar in design to what a lot of my layouts ended up looking like. The entire reason that I had those 6 years of Christmas's that hadn't been documented (along with a few more years from my film days, which still need to be taken care of) was that I don't enjoying scrapping Christmas layouts. Not sure why. I just don't. Which is why I went into this project knowing that I would keep these layouts simple and quick.
You know that saying, "if it isn't broke, don't fit it"? Well, I totally apply that to my scrapping. If I have a page design that works, I have no problem using that design over and over again. It simplifies things for me, and lets me get more done. This is one of those page designs, especially for a two page layout, that has always worked well for me. I've used it a ton, whether it was a Christmas layout, birthday layout, or an everyday layout.
A while back, I got to work with Echo Park's The Story of Christmas collection for a layout that is in the winter issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. Once I was finished with that layout, I figured that I might as well create another layout with it, since I already had all of the products out. The colors in the collection went perfectly with these photos from Christmas 2011.
I combined two cut files to create my "Merry Christmas" title. While the Here Comes Santa Claus kit has a "Merry Christmas" that's all one cut file, I decided I wanted a taller, all uppercase "Christmas", which I found in the Christmas Countdown kit. If I'm being honest, I actually used this same exact title on my layout for S&CT. I used different patterned papers, and did a little layering/shadowing with a second cut, but yes, same title. Like I said, if it's not broke, no need to fix it!
I really liked the border strip with the cute little banner pieces on it, but it was a little too big for my liking. So I went really old-school, and did a little "tearing" technique to make it smaller. Ok, so tearing really doesn't count as a "technique" I suppose, but I don't get all that "technique-ey" anymore, so I'm going with it. I also used one of the 3x4" cards from one of the patterned papers, and tucked the bottom under the top of my photo collage next to the title. It's something I've done on a few of the Christmas layouts and I like the way it looks.
For this layout, I created two separate photo collages. Since I aim to get all of our photos onto the page, I created a full 12x12 collage for one side of the two page spread, and then a smaller collage for the opposite page. Both of the collages used on this layout came from Kerri's Storyboard #7 kit. I stuck with some very simple embellishments, using a few of the brads and enamel dots that came with the collection. And lots of machine stitching of course.
So make sure and visit Kerri Bradford Studio all this week and next, so that you don't miss a thing. And I'll have one more Christmas layout to share for her sometime next week!
I have a new layout up on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog today. I do four blog posts a year over there, and when it came time to start thinking about what I was going to create for this post, I started thinking back to the last post I did for the 2014 year, which was in November 2014 (found HERE). I realized that I had shared the new approach I had decided to take to tackling the years of Christmas photos that I had never gotten around to documenting. I had shared my first two layouts (both two pagers) from this project on that post, and I figured with this post being my last post on the S&CT blog for 2015, it would be the perfect time to share another layout from this same undertaking.
Just a quick refresher on this project and my plans for it (you can read more about it in full HERE). My goal when it comes to scrapping holidays and events is to get the entire celebration on the page. I am not one to do a large number of layouts every Christmas, with a single photo, or maybe two or three photos on a page. If I'm going to take the time to scrap Christmas, I'm going to use ALL the photos at once, and "get it done". That just sort of goes in line with my style and how I like to scrap. I had a plan to get all of these photos, from 6 different years, scrapped quickly and without much fuss. And that plan heavily revolved around photo collages. It's the best way to get LOTS of photos on your pages, in a neat and organized way. I like clean looking pages, and photo collages are great for just that.
For this layout, documenting Christmas morning with my girls back in 2008, I had created a large photo collage for one side of the page, and I had two main photos that I printed as 4x6” prints. I’m a firm believer in turning to the colors in your photos when it comes to picking out your patterned papers and embellishments. I’ve been holding onto this older Jolly Good Christmas collection from Chickaniddy Crafts that went really well with these photos. I don’t see pink or even the lighter green pop up in our Christmas photos anymore, so I wanted to make sure and use this collection once I realized how well it matched with these older photos.
Since I fit the majority of our photos into the photo collage for the second page, I choose two main photos to include on the first page. Since they were both 4x6”, I adhered them side by side across the page, which gave me plenty of room above and below to play. Actually, they weren't a true 4x6", since there's a gap in between the photos. Lol. I find it so annoying when things aren't the exact size they should be.
The white and grey circle patterned paper was perfect for the background of this page, as it was subtle enough to let all the other elements stand out against it. This entire layout is pretty much all patterned paper and photos, with a touch of cardstock in my title. I even cut the “Ho!Ho!Ho!” and “The Magic of Christmas” strips from a sheet of patterned paper.
My title is straight from the Silhouette store, and I cut it using both patterned paper and solid cardstock. I love titles that include both a cursive font and a clean font with straight lines, and this title had both.
When it comes to photo collage templates, I think you all know that my go-to templates are from Kerri Bradford Studio, as she has such a wide variety to choose from. I print a lot of my smaller photo collages at home, but anything larger than 8.5x11” I send to Costco for printing, which is super convenient for me as it’s only two miles from my house. And yes, that's a super unflattering photo of me on there. But it's not often I'm even in photos, so I had to include it to show I was there ;)
The only real embellishments that I included on this layout were some enamel dots that I added to some of the flowers on the floral patterned paper. I even fussy cut some of these adorable pink and red flowers to add to the first page of the spread. It’s such a quick way to bring in a touch of that floral patterned paper to the opposite page, without adding a large piece of it.
I'm pretty sure I've said this in every post related to this "tackling Christmases past" project, but it’s worth repeating. I figure if using the same basic design, some of the same elements, and even the same photo templates helps me tackle something that I’ve been avoiding, then it’s all good. I would rather create quick and easy pages and “get it done” … then to keep pushing these photos and memories aside, all because they’re subjects or themes that I either don’t enjoy doing, or am too overwhelmed to dig into!
I have two more Christmas layouts to share during the next week, which will bring this project to an end. Sort of. Once I share the last layout, I'll be doing a post to share the progress I made, some final thoughts on how I went about this, and what comes next related to this same project.
I created two new layouts a while back for Bella Blvd, for a special company spotlight featured at Paper Crafter's Library, which went up today. Just a head's up - Bella is sponsoring a giveaway on the Paper Crafter's Library site, so you should definitely stop on by and leave a comment for a chance to win some of their new Tiny Text alpha stickers.
For this layout, I used the Family Frenzy collection, along with the new Clear Cuts transparencies and Tiny Text alpha stickers. Our newest patterns for the Clear Cuts are chevron, stars, and hearts, and I wanted to show all three of those on this layout.
Bella is known for their great tone-on-tone patterned papers (usually found on the B sides), and they are the patterns that I turn to the most. I pulled out several patterns that coordinated with the Clear Cuts that I wanted to use. By layering the same color patterned paper and Clear Cut together, it keeps with the tone-on-tone look, and doesn’t overwhelm the page.
I cut strips of each patterned paper and Clear Cut – the green chevron Clear Cut over the green striped patterned paper, the aqua star Clear Cut over the aqua confetti patterned paper, and the red hearts over the red dotted patterned paper. For adhering the transparencies, I try to add my adhesive to places on the Clear Cut that I know will be covered, so that the adhesive doesn’t show. I also use my sewing machine, and machine stitch around the edges to really secure them.
I also layered the white heart Clear Cut over my white cardstock, to add even more interest to the page. I love to use white cardstock, but often feel like it looks to plain. Adding the white transparency on top gave it a whole new look. I’m also a fan of adding mist to my white cardstock, so I simply did my misting ahead of time, and then layered the Clear Cut over the top once it was dry.
If you haven't seen the new Tiny Text alpha stickers, you should check them out. There are 10 different sheets, with one being all white and one being all black. The other 8 sheets have a mix of colors, and each sheet contains two different fonts, with three lowercase typewriter sets and two uppercase set, along with a tiny little circle alphabet in the center of the sheet.
I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I hope you enjoy your holiday, and time spent with family and friends. And of course, lots of turkey and mashed potatoes, which is my favorite part!
I have a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today! These same photos in the same photo collage, only in black and white, will appear on another layout I'll have to share soon. I used them on a layout for Bella Blvd that had to be mailed in, and I won't be getting it back. I figured why not print out the collage again, and scrap it on a layout I can keep!
Back when my oldest daughter Alyssa was a senior in high school (a year and a half ago, but it seems forever ago), I had taken her out to the almond orchards by our house to try and get some senior pictures of her. I took Sarah along with us, with the hopes that she could help get some natural smiles out of her sister. That didn't work as well as I would have liked. But I did manage to get some photos of them, together in their element - being weird and goofy!
When I was pulling patterned papers for this layout and picking colors, I knew I wanted some browns and green. My mind also went to blue, as Sarah has a blue hoodie on (although only in one photo, which is weird) and her phone case was blue. I have no idea how I came up with pink, but I did. My papers are lots of older ones from Studio Calico (brown dots), Echo Park (blue diagonal stripe), and Basic Grey (pink).
I used the Hearts Background kit to add the heart background to the center part of the page, cut from a subtle pink patterned paper. I had already adhered the brown dotted patterned paper strips to the sides of the page, so I sized the heart background to fit the space in the middle. It was ok that it wasn't a full 12" tall, since I cut it into two pieces to go above and below where my photo collage would be.
I arranged a handful of these silly photos in a collage, using Kerri's Picture That [Go Long] storyboard templates. That photo on the top row, second from the left, is a favorite of mine. I have it hanging in the house as an 18x24 photo, and I had also added a digital brush from Ali Edwards to it that reads "loving life with you by my side".
I knew I wanted to use a large, brush script word for my title, and came across "adore" in the Something To Say kit. I thought it would be fun to combine it with tiny alpha stickers to read "it's your weirdness that I adore". I cut the title from both patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them slightly offset from each other to give a shadowed look.
Of course, in true Laura fashion, I had forgot to even add the tiny alpha stickers to complete the title. I photographed the layout and everything. It wasn't until I was getting ready to send this to Kerri that I realized I had forgot to finish it. Lol.
I grabbed these tiny kraft alpha stickers to add to the page, and it wasn't until I had them all laid out that I realized they weren't sticking that well. My first thought was to just add a dot of glossy accents to each one, to adhere them in place. And somewhere along the way, I didn't plan my spacing that well, and ran out of room for the "I' at the end. So it's not quite what I had in mind, but they were all stuck down and I couldn't change it. Still works, I suppose.
In looking for some tiny alpha stickers, I came across these incredibly old flower die cuts from Sassafrass. They're more like punch out dies, where they were on a sheet and half attached after all these years. I guess it pays sometimes to hold onto things for years and years, because they matched the layout perfectly. I had to use them! I did a little random machine stitching around the centers of each, and added some pink enamel dots to the centers. Done and done!
Hey everyone! I've got a new layout up over on the Bella Blvd blog today. I was brainstorming for a few new features on the Bella blog as I wrote up our August schedule, and I decided to start a new one called "Spread It Out", focusing on two page layouts. I knew I would pretty much freak out my layout designers, as I know a lot of designers do not enjoy creating two page layouts. Which is why I'm committing to creating a new layout for this feature each month, and then inviting/forcing (same thing, right?) one other designer to play along with me.
I love to embrace the two page layouts, as I actually enjoy making them. I think that's because I love to incorporate tons of photos onto them, and it's a great way to document all of those things that just can't fit on a single page layout. Like birthday parties, for example. Which is why I decided to scrap photos from Sarah's 9th birthday party for my first layout.
I mentioned this on Instagram a few days ago, but I'm so used to working with just ONE collection (and being told exactly what collection) when it comes to the majority of the layouts I create for Bella. Whether it's project sheet layouts, catalog layouts, booth work ... it's more limiting and you work within the assortment of papers in that one collection.
So when I do have a layout to make, where I can really work with whatever collections I want, I get stuck. It's like I don't even know where to start in picking out my patterned papers (which is how I start all of my layouts). I have a HUGE stash of Bella papers, and it's not like one or two collections were calling out to me. I finally just pulled out a few of my paper holders, very randomly, and within just a few minutes, pulled out about 6-7 patterned papers, all from different collections. I didn't overthink it, which helped speed up the process.
When it comes to the photos, I'm pretty sure you all know by now how much I love photo collages. I'm not one to make several layouts about the same event/moment, so I really try and incorporate as many photos as I can on my layout. And when it comes to working a huge amount of photos onto a layout, photo collages are just a smart way to go. It keeps the photos contained and organized.
I used templates from Kerri Bradford Studio of course, and created two separate collages with 8 photos in each. I also printed 3 photos individually, for a total of 19 photos on my two page spread. What I'm not showing here (mostly because it wasn't totally finished), is that I also printed 10 more photos that I slipped into a 6x12" divided page protector. I'll add that right in between these two pages in the album. So my total is actually 29 photos for this spread.
I pulled out my favorite white grid patterned paper to hold my title and journaling. The overall design of this page is one that I do quite often, so I knew the basic placement of all of the elements on this page. I knew I wanted to use the Blueberry Sienna chipboard alphas for my title, and then added a die cut word and some alpha stickers to complete my title. And as always, I lost the dot to my "i", so I simply added a tiny enamel dot in it's place.
I picked out patterned papers that coordinated with the colors in the photos, and that coordinated together as well. I did little debating over where to work in each paper, as it all just sort of fell together and balanced itself out. I didn't want the layout to be super patterned paper heavy, so I die cut a circle border from the yellow patterned paper to add to each side of the spread. Just a little way to break things up, and add a little "dimension", but in a flat way. If that even makes sense?
I think this layout fits in perfectly with how I prefer to scrap. Lots of photos, lots of patterned paper, some die cutting, a title mixing chipboard/stickers/die cut words, and simple embellishments. I knew I would probably add some chipboard elements to embellish the page, and I lucked out when I pulled out a package of Hearts & Stars chipboard pieces, and found five stars that perfectly matched the colors on the page. I added a coordinating enamel dot to the center of each star.
Head on over to the Bella Blvd blog to check out what our other designer created for this new feature. And continue to watch for it once a month, as it will usually fall on the third Thursday of the month.
I've been meaning to share this layout for about two months, and with nothing else new to share, I figure this is a good time to share it. I created this layout for the Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, which if you haven't seen it yet, you can download/view it RIGHT HERE.
This layout was included in an article called Back to Basics, all about using some of your basic supplies in a new way. I was asked to focus on chipboard, and received a few packs of new chipboard elements from Pink Paislee, from both the Citrus Bliss collection and the Atlas collection.
After pondering the two packs of chipboard for WAY longer than needed, I decided to go with a travel themed layout, as many of the pieces I thought would work well together for the assignment were geared more towards travel.
If I'm being totally honest, I've already created a layout with many of these same photos and the same journaling. And even the same title. You can see it HERE. But I don't travel enough to have completely different photos, a different story, and the title? Well, I just really liked the title the first time I used it, and it fit the story of my page.
Because this was the spring issue, I wanted to keep the colors lighter and even a big spring-ish. Luckily, all of the chipboard pieces I wanted to use fit with that idea. I dug through my patterned paper stash and found quite a few papers from Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine that worked great with the chipboard.
I used several of the chipboard frames to create a border across the bottom of the page. I spent more time than I care to admit coming up with the perfect arrangement. I backed each frame with pieces of patterned paper and used the frames to hold extra chipboard elements and my journaling.
And a little behind the scenes tidbit about this layout. I'm pretty sure I printed my photo collage at least six times for this layout. I had way more photos on there the first time, but they really weren't standing out enough. So then I changed to a different collage and narrowed down my photos.
Then I was asked to add in a people photo, since there were too many photos of the same thing. Luckily, I did have a photo of Diane and myself, when she was on my Bella Blvd DT and came to visit me at one of the CKU's. Then I was asked to make a few of the photos color, since I had them all black and white. And last but not least (or maybe I should say first), the first 2 times I printed this collage, the coloring was all wonky from not using my photo printer in a while. It's a good thing I'm stocked up on photo paper!
Hey everyone! I've been doing way less scrapbooking these days, so my blogging has suffered. But I do have a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today. With the official start of summer right around the corner, I was itching to create a fun summer layout. So that's what I did.
I dug up some really old photos (taken back in 2007) of a family get together at my brother and sister-in-law's house. Our summer's usually consist of temperatures in the 100's, so most of our gatherings revolve around a swimming pool, to keep everyone cool. To be honest, I have scrapped these photos before. But this layout will definitely take the place of the other layout, since it's way more "me" than the previous one.
Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I pulled up a template from Kerri's Storyboard #3 kit that I felt would work well with my photos. I used this same template twice, once for either side of my two page spread. I just flipped the template for the second page so that it would mirror the template on the first page.
I also printed a few main photos individually to add to the top section of the two pages. I still had a few additional photos that I would have loved to include, but getting 20 photos onto this layout pretty much told the story of the day. I even stuck the one photo of myself on there, even though I hate it.
I knew the top part of my pages would be white cardstock, but I wanted to add something so that it wasn't so plain looking. I decided to use the sun from the This & That: Summertime [just shapes] kit, and cut three different sizes of suns, multiple times.
I layered the suns on the top half of each page, adding adhesive only to the centers of the suns. This added some easy dimension and texture to the page, as they weren't adhered totally flat. I then misted over the top half of each page, using pink, green, and aqua misting sprays.
All of my patterned papers on this spread are from My Mind's Eye. I came across the floral patterned paper, and thought it would work well, so I went searching for a few tone-on-tone papers in pink and aqua to match. I honestly believed that the papers matched well when I started this layout. I was matching that pinkish paper to the small amount of pink you can see in the floral paper (and also matching it to the girls swimsuits). In the end, I think my colors were a little off, but it still works.
For my title, I choose the words "hello" and "pool" from Kerri's Summer Lovin' kit. I knew I wanted a large title along the top of the page, so I sized each word fairly large. I cut each word from patterned paper, as well as black cardstock, and layered them together.
I had every intention of adding a subtitle, "you know we love you", and then completely forgot about it until I was editing the photos of the layout. Opps. At least I worked that thought into my journaling ;)
When it comes to buttons, I always thread them. But very rarely do I take the time to hand stitch them to the page anymore. I usually thread them, and then add a glue dot to the back and stick in place. But since I was using clear buttons on a white background, I decided to take the extra time to hand stitch them all in place. Really not that time consuming, but it did take me longer than glue dotting them.
Speaking of 100 degree days of summer, we had one of those earlier this week. And we were all miserable. The air conditioning can't keep up when it gets that hot, so it's just constantly turning on and off, on and off, over and over. At one point, I realized it was 82 degrees in the house, when I had it set at 78. So I turned off the air and gave it a break, knowing it was 102+ degrees outside.
I left to go get a haircut after all the daycare kids left, and when I got home a few hours later, the family informed me that they were dying and it was 87 degrees in the house. No one had even thought to turn the AC back on and cool things back down. Lol. We're looking at 100 degree temps again this weekend, so wish us luck and hope we survive!
I have a new layout up over at Kerri Bradford Studio today. I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to do for my layout this month. Then, about a week ago, I saw Kerri share a photo on Instagram (seen HERE) of these 4" foam alphas that she designed for a kit-of-the-month years and years ago.
She mentioned that she felt like she should pull them out and use them, and that some things never go out of style. And she's right. Those alphas are still amazing, years later. And I still happen to have two sets of them, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my next layout for her.
I love a big and bold title, but I knew that I'd have to keep it fairly short, since the 4" letters did fill up the page more than I thought once I laid a few letters out. I've had these old photos of Sarah in mind for a layout for at least the past year.
I knew some sort of "game face" title would work great, so I pulled out the foam letters to spell out "game" to get the page started. I collaged my photos together using a template from Kerri's Storyboard #8 kit, and sized the collage to fit below my title.
I had originally printed my photos in color (lots of burgundy, and a few shades of blue), but just wasn't feeling the color combo choices. So I went back and printed them in black and white, which gave me the freedom to use whatever colors I wanted to use.
My first instinct, for whatever reason, was to turn to my patterned papers from Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection. The bright pink, aqua, and yellow called out to me, and then I added in the black and white diagonal striped paper as well (not completely sure if it's from the same collection or not). I had scraps of all of these papers, since I've used them before. And the nice thing about die cutting, and also the way I tend to pull my pages together, is that I can make scraps go a long way!
I've said this before, probably more than once, but I love a good chunky font mixed with a cursive font for my titles. So the foam letters were perfect to mix with a few of Kerri's handwritten and brush script words.
I cut the word "face" from Kerri's Oh Baby kit, keeping it on the smaller side, so that I could layer it right over my foam letters. I also cut the word "hilarious" from Kerri's Something To Say #2 kit, because I do in fact think that Sarah's "game face" (or faces) is pretty hilarious.
I went looking for something else to die cut for this page, with the intention of adding a border of some sort or some stars. I came across this star cluster from Kerri's Stars & Stripes kit, which fit both of those ideas. I sized it to almost 12" in length, and tucked it under the striped patterned paper to turn it into a border.
The thin yellow strip of patterned paper on the right side of the page was embossed and spritzed with black misting spray from a previous layout I had made. So I ran the yellow bottom layer of the star die cut thru the same dotted embossing folder, and spritzed it with black misting spray before adhering the black piece on top.
I decided to print my journaling on a full 12" strip of white cardstock, so that I could adhere it along the left side of the page. I didn't have any regular old cardstock that was 12" wide, so I had to use textured cardstock. Which I love way more than non-textured. But it did make the journaling look a little weird in a few places. Not a huge deal to me. But if you're trying to read it, and you feel like you need to put your glasses on to make it clear, just know that it's not you ;)
Remember when I was on this kick of "Tackling Christmases Past"? I didn't forget about it, even though it's been about three and a half months since I shared a few layouts from this project. I shared my first two double page spreads HERE, and shared my second two double page spreads HERE. And then I got sidetracked with CHA work and the Creative Team call at Bella Blvd, and everyday life. But it's still on my to-do list, and I managed to knock out two more layouts last week.
And those two layouts are up at Kerri Bradford Studio today. This first layout covers Christmas morning, 2010. We always open gifts with just the four of us on Christmas morning. Unless the girls are with Alyssa's dad's family, then we'll do them later that evening.
I used one of Kerri's templates from her Storyboard #2 kit to create my photo collage. I don't usually take that many photos Christmas morning, now that the girls are older. Just a small sampling. Always a few of just the girls together, and I try my best to make sure Joe and I get in at least one photo.
I chose my title from Kerri's Merry Everything kit, and cut the "under the tree" from a red "joy" patterned paper from Studio Calico and a black chalkboard type patterned paper I had some scraps of. I also added a small strip of black star patterned paper from Studio Calico along the top of the page, and the green dot and aqua patterned papers are from Simple Stories.
I added a 3x4" card from Simple Stories in the upper left corner of the page, and then dug into my stash of Christmas embellishments. I ended up using some super old metal embellishments from Making Memories, along with their older chipboard buttons.
These photos are from the second half of Christmas morning, 2009. I know we had opened gifts with just the four of us that morning at the house. But then we went to drop the girls off with Alyssa's dad, to go celebrate with his family, and that is where they were given their big gifts, which were from Alyssa's dad, Joe, and myself.
I had cut the circle background, from Kerri's Life Additions: Backgrounds kit, out of white cardstock for an entirely different layout. One that never worked out. So I decided to use it on this layout. And somehow I ended up using a shimmery sheet of green cardstock for the base of my page. I rarely ever use solid colored cardstock, as I really love my white.
Once again, I used one of Kerri's templates from her Storyboard #2 kit to create my photo collage. The same template that I used for the first layout, in fact. I have another layout that I really want to make one of these days, related to when I posted these photos on my blog that year. It's a funny story, but it deserves a layout of it's own.
Once again, I chose my title from Kerri's Merry Everything kit, and cut it from the same black chalkboard patterned paper used on the first layout. As usual, I lost the dots to my i's, so I used some enamel dots to dot them. The red dotted patterned paper is a really old paper from Scenic Route.
I dug into my stash of Christmas embellishments, and ended up using these super old glitter foam tree and star stickers from Making Memories. This is also the only layout, out of the six layouts I've done, that I included journaling on. I haven't felt like any of the others really needed anything said, but wanted to include a little text on this one.
Once again, just like I mentioned when I shared my last two Christmas layouts, I almost got hung on these layouts. Thinking they looked a little plain and pretty similar to the previous four layouts (even though these are one pagers).
And once again, I had to remind myself that I'm totally fine with these layouts looking similar in design. That's the beauty of not feeling like I have to re-invent the wheel on all of these Christmas layouts. The entire point was to take something that I don't necessarily enjoy scrapping, and get-it-done. And that's exactly what I'm doing.
If you haven't been by the Bella Blvd blog recently, you should make a point to visit. We are spending three full weeks, beginning two weeks ago (I'm late mentioning this!), sharing every single booth project created for CHA Winter 2015. Tons of ideas for all of our new collections and products.
I thought I would share the second layout I created using the new Star Student collection with you today. I started out knowing that I really wanted to use the black sketch patterned paper and the glasses patterned paper. I just liked the idea of using them together, and then adding in tons of color with additional patterned papers and embellishments.
I printed my photos in a collage, so that I was working with one larger "photo", and used my finger to rub navy blue paint around the edges of the collage. I then adhered my photo collage onto some white grid patterned paper, and matted that on the red arrow patterned paper. I lightly distressed the edges of all of my papers, which adds so much texture without much work.
I spend forever and a day deciding on a few more patterned papers to layer together under my photos. I finally decided on the yellow dot patterned paper and the green patterned paper (not even sure what to call that pattern!). I also used a portion of the "the world is yours" card, which is from the Daily Details patterned paper.
I knew I wanted to add some paper strips in between the black sketch patterned paper and the glasses patterned paper. I thought it would be fun to use a strip of the typewriter Clear Cut, which is a transparency overlay. I cut it a little wider than I needed so that I could add adhesive to the two sides to adhere it in place, knowing that my additional borders strips and stickers woul cover up that adhesive and it wouldn't show thru.
I added the blue arrow border from the Borders patterned paper, along with the red dot patterned paper strip, which I used a scalloped border punch on, on one side of the transparency. On the opposite side of the transparency, I added a striped, scalloped border sticker, which helps tie in all of the fun primary colors going on throughout the layout.
I used a mix of the red alpha stickers from the Treasures & Text sticker sheet, and the blue Amorie chipboard alphas to create my title. I embellished the page with some chipboard pieces from the Star Student collection, as well as some chipboard stars from the Color Chaos collection, topped with our new enamel dots.
I have one CHA layout left to share, and will share that one in the next week or two. I created eight layouts total, all in a little over a week and a half. And then I stayed away from my scraproom for a few weeks, which is why it's taking me a while to get back into the groove of creating again. But I do have a few things in the works, so hopefully, I'll have some other new projects to share soon.
I have a layout up today over at Kerri Bradford Studio! A while back, I had been searching thru Kerri's cut files in my Silhouette library for a totally different project, and I came across one from the Pack Your Bags kit that said "the view". It might have come from a travel related kit, but it immediately gave me an idea for a layout about some of my daycare kiddos.
One of my favorite ways to take pictures of the little ones is to stand above them and wait until they look up at me, which is when I snap the picture. i find that when I'm trying to get them to look at me, it's so much easier to get their attention when I'm standing up and holding something interesting above them. It makes them look, because they want to know what I'm doing. Or I will have one of them sitting in my lap, and I will hold the camera above us and snap away, hoping that one actually captures us in the frame. I thought it would be fun to gather up a bunch of these photos from over the years for a layout.
I used one of Kerri's collage templates from the Storyboard Instagram Style kit for my photos. I used the template that had two rows with five photos on each row. I created two of these collages, as my original idea for the page was to have the two collages separate from each other. In the end, I ended up combining them together, so that it actually looks like one large collage.
I had a good mix of colors going on in these photos, so I wasn't really sure where to start in picking out papers. Oddly enough, these are often the times when I end up making simple and easy choices.
I had this itch to use some of my Dear Lizzy patterned papers, and came across a good mix from the Lucky Charm collection that seemed to go well with the photos. The polka dot paper is actually a sheet of vellum.
I cut my title, "the view", from the yellow and red patterned papers and from the navy blue patterned paper as well, so that I could layer them together to add a little dimension. I don't always remember to cut my titles out twice, once from a darker paper. But I think it looks so much better when I have the two pieces to layer together.
That aqua circle is a die cut from the Lucky Charm collection, and it just so happen to be the perfect size to adhere my "the" too. I didn't even plan that. Love when things just magically happen! And since I am almost always guaranteed to lose the dots from my i's when I die cut my titles, I added a little enamel dot in it's place.
I wanted to add a little something across the bottom of the page, but didn't really want to use a single strip of patterned paper. So I punched out some half circles from several coordinating patterned papers (two of which I used for my title), and layered them across the bottom strip on the page.
I pulled out some of the coordinating embellishments I had from the Lucky Charm collection, and added some stickers here and there on the page. I had to use that fun little "hello sunshine" badge too. The enamel dots are all from Doodlebug.
I had really wanted to print my journaling on this little die cut, lined journaling card from the collection. But I just couldn't get the text to line up on the lines. And it would have bugged me to no end if everything hadn't lined up right. After much debate, I finally gave up and printed it out on white cardstock. I know when to admit that I'm not smart enough to figure something out :)
We are taking a break from the new collection reveals on the Bella Blvd blog today so that we can share the January project sheet with you. For this month's project sheet, I was asked to use the Christmas Cheer collection, but to create a winter themed layout. I borrowed these adorable snow photos from my good friend Krista Lund.
The fun snowflake patterned paper was the perfect choice for a winter themed layout. I also pulled in the yellow dotted patterned paper, and a few border strips in aqua and green from the Borders patterned paper. The yellow die cut tag came from the Paper Pieces die cut package. I trimmed it down a bit and tucked it under the border strips.
I wanted to use the chipboard "december" word from the Chipboard Icons for part of my title. All but two of the letters coordinated perfectly with my paper. Two of the chipboard letters were red, so I simply swapped them out with some pink Amorie chipboard alphas. The green alpha stickers from the Treasures & Text sticker sheet completed my title.
Once I had my photo collage adhered to the white grid patterned paper, I knew it would have looked better matted on some colorful patterned paper. I wanted to incorporate some more pink onto the page, so I decided to use some pink striped designer tape instead of patterned paper. This was also a good choice, since my photos were already adhered in place and not budging. Lol.
I tore off small pieces of tape, and carefully tore each one in half lengthwise. This gave me skinnier strips to work with. I pieced them together around my photo collage, basically creating a frame. You could easily just adhere full strips of tape, which would be quicker.
The Chipboard Icons sheet had a few little chipboard snowflake circle accents, which I adhered on one side of my photo collage. I was able to add my journaling block over part of the larger photo in the collage, since it had a bit of empty space up top.
I added a die cut label from the Paper Pieces die cut package and a yellow "December" label sticker along the side of the photo collage. As I was creating this layout, I just looked for any stickers, die cuts, and patterned papers that could be used for a winter themed page. Turns out, there was plenty to choose from!
To download our January project sheet, complete with full supply list and detailed instructions, simply click HERE.
I'm back with a few more Christmas layouts, from my "Tackling Christmases Past" project. I shared my first two completed layouts HERE, and finally finished up a few more, after taking a small break for some fall themed projects. This first layout documents our family get-together, with my side of the family, from Christmas 2008.
I used the same collage template for both sides of the spread, but just flipped the template for the second page to mirror the template on the first page. This template is from Kerri Bradford's Storyboard #6 kit, and it's one that I have used many, many times.
I'm not one that feels locked into using typical holiday colors when it comes to scrapping holiday photos. Which is a good thing, since my family doesn't always dress in typical holiday colors. I let the colors in my photos guide me and ended up with a navy blue, red, an aqua color scheme.
My patterned papers are all from My Mind's Eye, both old and new. I've been pulling out my two favorite border punches quite a bit lately, one a basic scalloped border punch from Stampin Up, and one a fun scalloped border punch (seen here) from Fiskars. I punched my border strips on this layout from the same patterned paper as I was adhereing them to, which added a small subtle touch of interest.
I die cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo again, along with a few stars to add some simple embellishing to the pages. I actually went searching for some buttons or brads to add to the die cut stars, but the enamel dots were sitting there and were so quick and easy to add, so I used those.
An embellishment that I have a HUGE supply of, but don't use hardly at all lately is ribbon. Not sure why I never turn to it, but I decided to pull some out for this layout. It's just two simple pieces of navy blue polka dotted ribbon, but on a layout that is pretty much all photos and paper, it adds a little texture.
I really need to go back and add the years to these layouts, since I didn't do that on the first three. I stuck a post it note on this one, so I would know what album to put it in when I get around to putting layouts away in albums.
And here we have a layout documenting our family get-together, with my side of the family, from Christmas 2009. We almost always celebrate my side of the family at my parents house. However, they have a dog and Alyssa is highly allergic to dogs. So whenever we're over there, she usually feels pretty miserable. This was the one year that we celebrated at our house. I hardly took any photos, mostly because we were all so crowded in our small family room.
I used two different collage templates from Kerri Bradford's Picture That [Go Long] kit for this layout. They were both the same size, which made them easy to line up side by side, on the two pages of the spread.
All of the patterned papers, including the red glittered die cut paper, are from Little Yellow Bicycle. I was doing a purge of my patterned papers recently, and I almost got rid of these papers. I'm glad I didn't, since a lot of the ones I was going to get rid of, I've been using.
I die cut my title, along with a Christmas tree, using my Silhouette Cameo. And I pulled out my scalloped border punch, adding border strips to break up the photos and patterned paper on the pages.
I picked out a photo of each of the girls, and printed them as 3"x5" photos, so I could tuck them above the photo collage on the second page.
So, looking back at my original post on this project, I had photos and collages printed to complete 6 two page layouts and 3 single page layouts. I now have 4 of those two page layouts done, so I'm doing good so far.
I almost got hung on these layouts, when I realized how similiar to the first two layouts they looked. Paper strips on the bottom and sides, photo collages going across the two pages, title on top, etc. But then I remembered what I said about how I'm totally fine with these layouts looking similiar in design. That's the beauty of not feeling like I have to re-invent the wheel on all of these Christmas layouts. The entire point was to take something that I don't necessarily enjoy scrapping, and get-it-done. And that's exactly what I'm doing.
I'm back to talk more about tackling Christmases past. If you haven't yet read my post from Monday, you might want to read that first, since it explains the why, what, and how about how this project started. You can check it out HERE.
I worked on my first two double page layouts last weekend, to share for my feature on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog today.
On this first layout, from our 2013 Christmas get-together with my side of the family, I got a total of 18 photos on my two page layout. I mentioned this in my previous post, but I really do aim to get the majority of my photos on the page. And I did just that here. I still had some photos left over that I didn't use, but most were duplicates or photos that looked very similiar.
When I have lots of photos to include, I will often create a 12x12” photo collage for one side of the two page spread. I then create a smaller collage to include on the opposite page of the spread, which still gives me room to include a bit of patterned paper, my title, journaling (if I feel it’s necessary), and a few simple embellishments.
***When I first started thinking about tackling this project, I had THIS layout in mind, as I just loved the overall design.
Knowing that I wasn’t going to have room to add a ton of product really helped narrow down my choices as far as what I wanted to include. I stuck to 3-4 patterned papers for each layout. I have picked up some Christmas papers here and there, and have some olders ones in my stash as well. I looked thru all of those first, and then if needed, will find everyday papers to fill in the gaps.
I picked out three patterned papers from Simple Stories for this layout, and you can see that they're really not themed papers, but more simple patterns. You'll also noticed that I hardly used any patterned paper at all. I only needed a few strips of patterned paper to add to the page, and then I did use the same patterned papers to die cut my title as well.
My first choice for my titles was to die cut them with my Silhouette Cameo. These layouts end up being pretty "flat", especially since one side of the spread is just a large photo collage. So the die cut title keeps with the look. Also, I just really, really love die cut titles! Although I am open to mixing in some stickers or chipboard alphas if I decide I need them.
When it came to embellishing, I knew I would keep it simple by using brads, buttons, and a few basic punches. I also have a small stash of Christmas themed embellishments, both old and new, that I may pull from if they coordinate. These tags are a great example. They're from My Mind's Eye, and I've had them for about two years. They matched the Simple Stories papers so well, it's like they were meant to be used together. Those came jus as you see them too. The layered tags, with the brads already there.
I pulled the 4x4" "Be Merry and Bright" die cut card from the Simple Stories collection as well, as it matched the cream/yellowish patterned paper that I used for my title. It also helped fill up the space on the left side of the page, since I wasn't going to add any journaling.
Journaling. I guess that's something I should mention. I almost always journal on my layouts, even if it's something short and sweet. But I don't necessarily feel like I need to journal on these Christmas layouts. Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe I should be writing something down. When you get down to it, our family Christmas get-togethers are a lot alike. We're usually at my parents house, it's the same family members (every few years, we get a few extra family members that visit from out of state), we do the same gift exchange game, and eat a lot of the same foods. I feel like if I were to journal on these pages, it would be the same thing every year.
Both of the photo templates that I used on this layout are from Kerri Bradford's Storyboard #7 kit. This smaller template isn't too tall in size, so that I still had plenty of room to groove at the top of the page. I did combine a few of the openings in the template, since it was originally set up for 8 photos, and I only used 6 photos.
This was mainly because of the orientation of my photos, and not being able to crop them all down small enough to fit the smaller openings. So I just combined two openings, in several different places, in order to fit a wider photo. I actually did a video tutorial on this a few years ago, which you can view HERE.
This is by far my favorite photo template to use when I want a full page collage. Like I said, it's from Kerri Bradford's Storyboard #7 kit. That kit has another full page template as well, but this one just seems to work really well for my photos, while not making all of the photos too teeny tiny.
I always adhere these full page photo collages to a sheet of cardstock, just to make them a bit more stable. I know they get slipped into an album, so it's not that they necessarily need the extra stability. But it definately helps when I'm trying to photograph them.
My second layout is from our 2012 Christmas get-together with my side of the family. I used the same 12x12” photo template as I used in the first layout, but I used a slightly different template for the smaller collage on the first page. I then added two individual 3x4" photos right above the smaller photo collage, for a total of 20 photos on this spread.
But that wasn’t enough, as I still had leftover photos that I wanted to include. Some years I take more photos than others. This was one of those years.
So I also created two 6x12” photo collages, using Kerri Bradford's Picture That: Go Long kit, which I am including in a 6x12” page protector that will be inserted between these two pages in my album, for a grand total of 29 photos. Kind of hard to see here, as the photos all blend together, but it's there.
I feel like the photo of my brother in the orange cone hat really clashes with the rest of the page. Lol. There's a story behind that. And it's not even a hat. It's been traveling around our family for years, and is sort of an inside joke :)
I used a mix of die cut words, using my Cameo, and chipboard alphas for the title on this layout. See that word "love" there? It's such a skinny little outline word, but I love it. I was running it thru my Xyron sticker maker thing, and it totally ate it up. It was a jumbled mess. But I really didn't want to re-cut it, since I had already put my Cameo away and really didn't want to set it all back up again, dragging my laptop back into my scraproom.
So I did the best I could to un-jumble the word and re-shape it, as most of the backside did end up with adhesive on it. It doesn't look perfect, but it's good enough for me. And I even told myself that "no one will ever know, except for when you tell them all about it on your blog". Lol.
The silver chipboard alphas were from the dollar section at Target last year. I’m pretty sure I bought about 14 packs of them, because silver was all the rage at the time, and because I loved the font. And because they were only a dollar. I know, I know. By buying so many packs, they soon became a $14 purchase, but you know you need several packs in order to spell out anything when you only get one of each letter in the pack. Lol. It felt nice to actually use a few of them!
Instead of adding a simple strip of the black text patterned paper along the top of the page, I used a scalloped edged banner punch to create the fun row of flags across the top of the page. I also wanted a bit more silver to tie in with the chipboard letters, so I used my scalloped border punch on a sheet of silver glittered paper to create a thin border strip to add along the side of the page.
Personally, I have no problem with having layouts that look very similar in my albums. Usually, these layouts don’t end up next to each other, so it’s not going to be super obvious that I used the same basic page design. This is especially true with Christmas layouts, since they’re a full year apart in the albums.
I figure if using the same basic design, some of the same elements, and even the same photo templates helps me tackle something that I’ve been avoiding, then it’s all good. I would rather create quick and easy pages and “get it done” … then to keep pushing these photos and memories aside, all because they’re subjects or themes that I either don’t enjoy doing, or am too overwhelmed to dig into.
I'm hoping to have a few more of these to share next week, if all goes as planned. Stay tuned.
So. Christmas. I always feel terrible when I say this, but I honestly don't enjoy scrapping Christmas. I mean, I do create Christmas layouts here and there, but it's only when I'm forced too. I try and get out of it as much as I can, if I'm being honest. I have no idea why this is. There's no real explanation for why I avoid it, since I really, really do love Christmas.
I got this weird urge last week to work on getting all of our Christmases documented and in the albums. I started by simply going thru our family albums and seeing what Christmas layouts I actually have. I have dividers in our albums to seperate the years, so it was easy enough to go to the end of each year to look for Christmas and see if I had anything.
And what did I find? Well, I did find a few single page layouts that were Christmas related and that had meaning. A layout about how I decorate for the holidays, and a few layouts specifically about the girls. I also found quite a few layouts that I could totally do without. Most of these were created for assignments, and when you get right down to it, they didn't have any real meaning behind them. I mean, they weren't fake layouts or made up journaling. But they didn't really line up with how I would normally scrap the photos. If that makes any sense.
But what I was mainly looking for, were layouts that documented the actual holiday itself. Christmas morning with the girls, family get togethers, etc. Because that's really what the bulk of my Christmas photos revolved around. I found TWO layouts that actually documented a family get together. Both were two page layouts, with lots of photos.
Granted, I only went back to 2006, since that was when I went digital. I do have some Christmas layouts from earlier years, but I'll have to go back to those later and see if they did the job of documenting our holidays in the way I'd like them to be documented.
This is what I like to see. Because if I'm going to create Christmas layouts, I'm going to aim to get our entire Christmas celebration on the page. Like I said. I don't particularly enjoy scrapping Christmas. And I am not one to do a large number of layouts every Christmas, with a single photo, or maybe two or three photos on a page. If I'm going to take the time to scrap Christmas, I'm going to use ALL the photos at once, and "get it done". That just sort of goes in line with my style and how I like to scrap. I love to use lots of photos. As many as I need to tell the story, or document an event.
I decided to tackle Christmas, as I had a little break in my scrapbooking schedule and needed a new project to keep me busy. I started organizing our 2006-1013 Christmas family get-togethers and Christmas mornings with the girls. These were the years that were digital, so that's where my focus was.
The first thing I did was make sure I had even edited the photos I had taken. I had several years where I had edited a few random photos, so I finished editing all the rest. I had a few years where I had edited all the photos, but they needed to be re-edited (my editing has improved greatly over the years). And I had a few years that were edited and ready to go.
Then, I started creating photo collages. Lots and lots of photo collages. I had a plan to get all of these photos, from 8 different years, scrapped quickly and without much fuss. And that plan heavily revolved around photo collages. It's the best way to get LOTS of photos on your pages. And I know I say this all the time, but it's a great way to get LOTS of photos on your pages, in a neat and organized way. I like clean looking pages, and photo collages are great for just that.
Of course, creating photo collages can take quite a bit of time. For me, that's usually because I spend too much time trying to find the template I want to use, that's just perfect for fitting all of my photos into. I try to keep in mind the orientation of my photos when looking at templates, knowing if I have more verticle or horizontal photos, and also whether many of my photos can be cropped into squares (since squares can be very common in templates). My goal is usually to get ALL of the photos included. Unless I have some that are very similiar, and then I'll pick the best ones to use.
As for what templates I use, that's an easy one. My go-to collage templates are from Kerri Bradford Studio. Kerri has such a wide variety to chose from, and I can always find a template to fit my needs. I quickly realized that I had a few favorites, as I found myself using a few of the same ones over and over. They just seemed to fit what I had in mind well, and held a good amount of photos, which was my overall goal.
And here is what I ended up with after a few days work (not all day, just here and there). What you see here is 6 years worth of photos (2 more years are still in the works), which include 6 family get togethers and 3 Christmas mornings with the girls. I created 16 photo collages, which included a total of 143 photos. And from this, I will end up with 6 two page layouts and 3 single page layouts.
Boy, did it feel good to see these all printed out and ready to turn into layouts! I felt so accomplished just having the photo collages done. And as of today, 2 of those two page layouts are already completed. I'll be sharing them later this week. I'm determined to finish up the rest over the next week or two, as I don't have much scrapping stuff on my plate right now.
And I thought I would leave you with a quick photo collage printing tip. I can only really speak for ordering from Costco, since that's where I have my photos printed if I'm not printing at home. And seeing as I don't have a large format printer, I get all of my enlargements printed there, including my 12 x 12" prints. This may apply to other online printers as well, since I know a lot of them warn you that you will lose a slight amount of your photo in the printing process.
This is an example of a 12 x 12" photo collage, using one of Kerri's templates. The collage to the left shows what happens if I upload my collage as-is. I created it, sized it to 12 x 12", uploaded it, and printed it. It has a small white border going all the way around the outside edge. Well, that got chopped off entirely.
Which is why I always size my finished collage down a bit. For the 12 x 12", I resized it to 11.7 x 11.7", and then placed it onto a 12 x 12" canvas, flattened it, and then uploaded that to order. That guaranteed me a nice white border going around the outside edge of my collage.