Saturday, July 8, 2017

Let the Sunshine In

I know some scrapbookers are tired of pink and aqua. I’m not one of them–I still love this color combo!

Let the Sunshine In

I love this selfie, and I love the story this layout tells. So let’s get to it. 🙂

  • Here’s the sketch I used for this page. I used one larger photo instead of four smaller ones, but the design is much the same otherwise.
  • I struggled to come up with a title, so I asked the Two Peas Refugees for help. They asked me about the story I wanted to tell with this layout, and that got me on track. Once I knew I wanted to focus on light and sunshine, the title came easily.
  • I used texture paste to add color to the diamond diecut. It was hard to get even coverage, and I had to cut out the paste from the center where the words are. It ended up fine, but if I had to do it again I would use mist instead. It would give the piece a similar look without the work.

Watch the process video for more information about the layout.

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Case That Broke My Heart

I want my scrapbooks to be a complete reflection of me. My Scrapping the Spectrum series is about scrapping all of life’s emotions, including things that make me sad or mad. This layout captures a sad moment.

The Case That Broke My Heart

I know that gaming is not a big deal for a lot of people, but after playing Criminal Case for several years I grew attached to the characters. So I was sad about a certain character development. I’m not going into specifics to avoid spoiling it for anyone who might be playing. Anyway, this was a small moment in my life but did have an impact. So I’m scrapbooking it.

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Sketch Savvy is one of my favorite sketch sites, and I used one of the sketches for this layout.
  • One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is mix and match papers and products from different companies. I really like pulling a variety of disparate items and bringing them together on one page. I did that with this page and love the way the papers go together.
  • I used a bullet hole stamp on this page, which I like, but I think I should have stamped it in a different color. Maybe red. Right now I think it blends too much with the rest of the navy.

Want more deets about the layout? Watch the process video below.

Thanks for watching. Until next time. 🙂

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Next Time Keep Right

Whenever I take a trip there is usually some kind of misadventure. I consider myself lucky if there is only one. 🙂 I took a trip last month that started with me making the wrong choice when I came to a fork in the road, probably because I didn’t realize I was at a fork. My drive ended up being a bit longer than expected. Oops!

Keep Right

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • This layout fits in three of my video series: Scrapping the Spectrum, Memorabilia Medley, and Something Old Something New. The map patterned paper is easily 15 years old or more. I knew it would come in handy eventually. I have a few scraps left, and I’m going to try and use those up soon.
  • Here’s the sketch that inspired me.
  • I created this layout for a challenge in the Victoria Marie Facebook group. Fun times on International Scrapbook Day.

And here is the process video.

Until the next one!

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Best Day Ever?

People scrapbook because they want to remember the good times. I get that. It’s one of the reasons I scrapbook. But sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the happy-happy, fun-fun, this-is-perfect products out there. How many best days ever can we have? By definition: one. Yet there are dozens of best-day-ever embellishments that just sit in my pile of products, going unused.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not calling for a ban on the happy stuff. But there’s an awful lot of life that happens in between the fun, and I want to document that too. Here’s a page I did last year. You can check it out in my Scrapping the Spectrum series.

Depression Lies

There are some products out there for this–and I buy them pretty much every chance I get–but it would be nice if there were even more. Not just for bad days, but for average days. Boring days. Angry days. They are all part of life.

So here’s my small plea to manufacturers: let’s have more variety in phrasing and tone. If you want to keep it happy, at least come up with some new phrases.

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