Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Journaling & inspiration made easy.

Today I am thinking of SUMMER.  I am planning to visit family on the East Coast this summer and can hardly wait for some beach time.  As a busy mom I have to carve out time to scrapbook, and I don't always want to spend 7 hours moving things around on a layout or thinking about what to say.  Especially during summer (or whenever school is out).  But I do want to enjoy my scrapbooking time. So here are some of my favorite techniques for simplifying the process:

                  My Best Journaling tip is: If you don't know how to say it-
Let someone else say it for you.
  Sometimes you already know what you want to say, and sometimes explanations any your own words are important But often you can let someone else do the work. This can be done in many ways such as recording a conversation you had or overheard, you can use emails or texts, and once in a while you might even literally hand a page & pen to someone else and ask them to write.  Song Lyrics or Quotes (I love DCWV quote stacks. They are even pretty already) can make great titles or embellishments and can often "speak" your thoughts quite well.
One of my favorites is poetry. I love using poetry because it is about emotion-something I really try to capture in my layouts.

Made using Jennifer's Spring Break Page Kit (find it here )

For this page I used a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. He captured digging in the sand  far better than I ever could. One of my favorite websites for poetry is I love that I can search by poet or by subject and find all kinds of ready made, emotional or not, journaling right there. It's easy to use as well- you can copy & paste it right into your word processing program or even Photoshop Elements text tool. I also love that all of my favorite classical poets are in one place.

I did the same with this card:
Papers & Elements from Jennifer's Waiting for Spring Page Kit.
In this case I only used one stanza out of the six in Wordsworth's poem. there is nothing wrong with taking the parts you want, and leave out the rest (if you are publishing your page or card, you should make sure that you let people know that in the credits). If you are leaving out something in the middle use ...

There are lots of quote & poem sites now, and song lyrics too. If you don't know where to look try your search bar- in this case I searched for "Spring Poems" and found just what I wanted.
I personally love to use scripture as well- one of my favorite examples is this page:

In this case the scripture just happens to be poetry as well. And it describes the beauty of fall perfectly, in my opinion.

         My best quick design tip is: If you don't want to spend hours trying to decide where to put your pictures-  
Let someone else do it for you!  
Wait a minute, didn't I just say that?  Okay so maybe these tips are kinda similar but really, you don't have to reinvent the wheel.  Just flip through your favorite magazine or turn to your favorite Layout gallery... There are so many talented scrapbookers and designers that you can get inspiration from. I know what you're thinking but repeat after me "Lifting is NOT cheating" okay now whenever you need to just remind yourself of that okay? okay.   Take your favorite Magazine for example: they have designers and ad execs who get paid big bucks for deciding what colors to put together and where things go best on a page.  I didn't go to design school, but I can be just as classy in my scrapbooks by using their experience to my advantage One of my favorite magazines is Real Simple.  I was flipping through and saw this ad:

Right away I liked it.  At first glance it doesn't scream "Scrapbook Layout" but I really liked the diagonal strip.  When you break it down into shapes & colors you can see a prominent title, a  journaling spot and places for 3 photos.  So here is what I did:

Made using Jennifer's Spring Break Page Kit (find it here )
In this case I really stayed true to the shapes & lines of the ad.  Another example is this layout:
Like the ripples?- Tutorial here

Would you ever think I got the idea from this ad:

I also like to lift other scrapbookers.  Check out my earlier post about the Lift it Up Challenge here.  I lifted another fabulous LO to get this one:

I used these papers by dilek designs and a digital stamp from this set by LaLa studio.  They are both  from MyGrafico who sponsors the design team I am on at
 (Post updated with this LO)

Page by Tambur McDonald- Thanks Tambur!

Challenges are also great ways to get inspired by other people.  There are many blogs that have challenge inspirations- sometimes they are contests and some are just for fun.  I think the best part is looking at what others have done with the same challenge. For the above I used the weekly challenge from Log Your Memory.
There are even some blogs that keep track of other blog challenges like Feline Playful and The Daily Dare.

And there are always sketches & templates too...So now it's your turn. I challenge you to use one of the above tips to create something and share a link in the comment section if you like.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sketch Contest

Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends is having a sketch contest this month.
The prize is a years subscription to ReadySetCreate's eMagazine. You have until April 22nd to enter.

Check it out here
This is the sketch:

I had fun with it and made this cute card using the adorable papers in this set by dilek design studio.

Friday, April 1, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop-April

Welcome to my blog! If you are following the hop you should have come from Stacey- if not and you want to check out the other stops start with Margie. Margie organizes the hop and does a lot of work to make it happen- thanks Margie!!

Last month I had a giveaway of a crocheted flower bookmark, and it went to Cassie_lu.  Cassie's favorite flower is a dogwood- creamy white with pink at the tips.  And this is how it came out:

This picture is actually way bigger than the actual flower it came out about 1.5" diameter.

I hope you like it Cassie! It's in the mail today. If you want one...keep reading...
At the end of February I didn't have enough grow pictures...but thanks to some great ideas (some from you) I ended up with 2 pages of pictures.

Here is the whole collection:

One of the things I have been wanting to grow is my business.  Sooo during March I applied for and was accepted onto 2 design teams and I am really excited!!  Check out some of my March posts for my first projects. 

As part of my emotional growth I signed up to take Write Down to your Nitty Gritty at BPC and  it has me working hard and digging deep. It is such a powerful tool.  I also did Stacy's iScrap class it was another amazing Growth Experience...I still haven't finished all of the journaling, but I'm working on it. 

And the challenge in my Log Your Memory Planner for this week was a good one too-10 things that make me smile (except I couldn't stop at 10). Part of my growth is stopping to appreciate things (It helps keep me from losing my temper).
Here's my page:

Coming into April I have a really busy month ahead...I am attending True Scrap,   I am teaching a page class at my Local Scrapbooking store, my one annual holiday (The Memorial of Christ's Death) is April 24th (And is also the anniversary of my husband's death 8 years ago) and if that wasn't enough- I signed up to increase my ministry to 30 hours during April (I can hardly wait)...Lets just hope we all stay as healthy as possible!

And for those of you who read that entire thing...I have another giveaway- once again I will pick a random commenter and send them a crocheted flower in their choice of color...I can't guarantee I can make your favorite flower...but if I can I will.  And in the spirit of growth-(decluttering my scrap studio is growth) I will throw in some random scrap stuff to grow your stash a little bit...Just leave me a comment with your favorite color & flower (and maybe some love) by April 10th, and you're eligible.  And if you don't win, but you still want is a link to my ETSY shop (I only have a couple flowers on there right now, but special orders are always accepted.  If you order in April and use the Code on the sidebar you'll get free shipping (U.S. Only please)).
Your next stop is  Rebekah and in case you get lost or want to jump around here is the entire list:

Monica B2
Cheri A
Karen D
Julie Ann 

I hope to see you next month.