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19 October 2014

Scrapbook Idea – Curate Your Albums

Here is a good scrapbook idea:

Curate – really?  I know that sounds a little high-falutin, but I also know that Debbie Hodge will break it down with a process and give us new perspective on those albums and albums full of layouts that we have.  Like these that are staring back at me:

*** In the interest of full disclosure, that picture is several years old, so there are a few more than that. Yikes? Please tell me some of you can relate!!
Why am I interested in this class?  Well, because I know when my family visits from out – of – town, they sometimes take time to flip through an album or two of mine.  The last time was to show some family ancestors to my niece’s fiancĂ©e, now husband.  And I know the ones they like best are currently marked “Nostalgia”, which means they are full of older photos and tell the “old” stories in our family. 

I want to use Debbie’s class to see if I can make sure that more of my albums are telling family stories – old time stories and more current ones too that will end up being repeated in years to come.  Yes, someday, last month’s pictures will be nostalgia.

  • Am I spotlighting the stories I think need to be passed along? 
  • Are the stories there, but require digging around in several albums?  

Just look up there at my blog header:

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For me, the class will be a reality check to see how well I am telling those stories.  I think I am doing okay – but is that reflected in the albums?  A review of my body of work will do me good, because sometimes I can get off-track distracted by pretty papers and such.

Another good thing:  the class doesn’t start for several weeks, so I have time to file quite a few layouts in the meantime.  Wanna join me?  Right now you can get a discount – click here for the full class details.
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This pricing good through Monday, October 20

Come on now – let’s join the curating crowd!!

18 October 2014

Second Time Around - Make Bases First

As discussed in my last post, not only is making bases a good way to use already cut papers, but it also works when trying to dig into a kit in the first place.  Here I cut up a full sheet of paper from Studio Calico’s March 2014 kit. I put those strips on top of another full sheet.

Be Brave – a Layout from Studio Calico’s Office Hours kit

Story: This senior picture of my daughter is one of our favorites.  She reminds me of Sara Bareilles, a favorite singer of hers.  Naturally, the words of Sara’s recent hit Brave from the Disney movie of the same name ran through my head.  The layout title was obvious.
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The placement of the fishtail flag strips was actually inspired by several cards I had seen recently.  I started the second layer of my layout with two 6 x 4 blocks at the bottom, one which would hold a picture.  I placed the title in the highest strip and found I still had room for the whole song chorus on the page above it – fun, right?

I found the embellishing on this page took quite a long time – I think because the papers were so strong in color and pattern.  Also I found myself reaching into my stash rather thank back into that kit for elements. I needed to add interest to each of the two lower blocks as well balance the page both vertically and horizontally. 

And how cool is it that the documented paper there actually has March 2014 dates, which is when her photo was taken.
Stash: Papers, Studio Calico &amp Paislee Press; Alphabets, Basic Grey, October Afternoon & Adornit; Tags, Jenni Bowlin; Epoxy, Jillibean Soup; Tape, Darice & Freckled Fawn
It has been interesting to experiment with whether making bases first is a time-effective scrapbooking practice for me.  I think the jury is still out.  I may have another go around with kit leftovers next month.  Do you make bases first, and does it save you time?

14 October 2014

Scrapbooking Idea–Make Bases First

Do you ever make up bases for scrapbooking layouts ahead of time?  It is a great way to use partial sheets of paper from your stash.  Recently I was given this challenge at Get It Scrapped, and I rediscovered how fun it was.

Three Fine Wineries – A Layout For Get It Scrapped

Story: On our recent visit to Napa Valley, we visited many wineries.  These three wineries pictured on this layout were distinctive in appearance, which was as memorable as their wines.
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You may remember that my September Counterfeit Challenge kit and its hefty add-on were pulled together for the purpose of scrapping our visit to Napa Valley Wine Country.  I gathered papers with the rich colors of wine and an aged feel.  (Actually the papers themselves were “aged” in my stash.)

The bottom sheet suggests barrels stained by wine and the top sheet looked like record keeping of some important dates during their growing season, perhaps.  The middle sheet provides both contrast and color cohesion between the other two.  I chose a simple slanted paper placement would allow for a page with 2 or 3 photos abutting that slanted block,  Embellishing around the edges should be effortless.

Because I had put the base together a couple of days before I chose photos, I felt like I had more time to work on embellishing.  So I took the time to cover the chipboard bird with paper in my focal cluster.  I have a ton of naked chipboard, so it was good to get back to using it.
Stash: Patterned paper, Basic Grey and Sassafras Lass; Alphabets, Paislee Press & Basic Grey; Die-cut cards and rub-ons, American Crafts; Flowers and gems, Prima; Buttons, Papertrey; Chipboard, Maya Road, Wooden pins, Life Love Paper.

07 October 2014

Me - Not Quite On Monday

Well, it was an up-to-college travelling, daughter collecting, home returning, late night baseball watching, early morning across two states driving, wedding attending, beautiful bride beholding, great-guy groom congratulating, family hugging, joyful kind of three day weekend.  Not to mention the Sunday brunching, return back-to-college travelling, just us two girls girl-talking, radio blasting, Google maps directions doubting, daughter delivering, by myself home returning, audio book-finishing, off-key singing in the car part of the weekend!

I haven’t unpacked to retrieve my brand spanking new point and shoot camera, replacing a nearly identical drop & break model, to look at a just a very few wedding pictures.  But I will share a couple cell phone photos, one of me and my sisters on Saturday, and

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another of college girl standing in front of her dorm door.  It was decorated thanks to her creative aunt who sent the wreath and her roommate who collected the other fun decorations.

By the way, if that drop & break  model business sounds familiar to you it might be because it has happened before, before that, and even before that!  Apparently I'm brutal on cameras, I'm on my fourth Sony Cybershot - a reliable brand if you don't bounce it off concrete or other hard surfaces.

This week is shaping up to be a doozy!  In fact yesterday was a blast as we drove back over to St. Louis to see the Cardinals win another game on their way to the World Series.  It was a late game, and the traffic getting out of downtown was further glitched up by road construction closing several entrances to the interstate. It took nearly an hour to travel those first five miles. We got home at 2:45 a.m. - but with a StL W to show for it.

So with a quick wave at Sian who thought up the idea of  Me on Monday,  and before partaking of a morning nap, I will ask you.  How was your weekend and Monday?

06 October 2014

October Counterfeit Challenge #1–Use Ribbon

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, the first call to action this month is to use ribbon.
Just like last month, I used the first challenge as a warm-up for breaking into my kit.  I started with a card, again.  I have a friend who is battling breast cancer, and along with praying for her, I thought she would enjoy a card.  Especially if the card resembles a hug; this one opens in the center and features plenty of pink. 

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You will notice that I’ve only used two strips of narrow ribbon, but I’ve managed to incorporate 3 uses for it:
  1. to hold the card closed with a bow,
  2. to thread a button and
  3. to underscore the important part of the message.
So there are three ideas you can use to incorporate a bit of ribbon on your project.  Oh, I almost forgot!  Do you want to see what is under wraps?

Pray inside

The sentiments here are from Stampin Up’s Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  Did you notice that I stamped on labels and diecuts?  That's always a safe way, in case your stamping is not so steady.  I switched the sides of the washi tape inside and still left plenty of room for writing a note.

Before I close, you are all aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  And you are all taking care of yourselves in that regard, right?  Right?!  More information can be found here at the National Breast Cancer Foundation or at Susan G. Komen For The Cure.