Tuesday, May 6, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day

Just thought I'd re-cap on my layouts that I created during National Scrapbooking Day (or weekend)! I participated Studio Calico's Challenges & had fun contributing to Big Picture Classes "10K"! I had a blast with Studio Calico's challenges because they made me revisit techniques and ideas I haven't worked with in a while. 

Studio Calico Challenges: 

Challenge 1: Use Aqua, Navy, Pinks and Gold. Loved these colors together!

Challenge 2: Get Inky. It's hard to believe I never used these Stamps before NSD. I probably wasn't feelin' it for my layouts at the time, but this challenge definitely made me see I should be! I made a few simple Project Life Cards for future use. 

Challenge 3: Washi Washi Washi. We had to use washi in 3 ways on a project. Here's how I used mine:
  1. As a border under my photo.
  2. To cover a wood veneer camera
  3. Lined up super skinny washi to provide lines for journaling. 
I used Studio Calico's Darling Dear Collection. I've had it forever and I needed to stop hoarding it!

Challenge 4: Make A Pattern. I had a lot of fun with this one. I wanted to make a pattern with words instead of shapes. First, I watercolored a piece of white 8.5x11 cardstock. Then I grabbed almost all of my Studio Calico stamp sets, filled a small acrylic stamping block, and went on a stamping frenzy! I am loving the results; the different sizes, fonts, and tiny bit of shapes added in the mix.

Challenge 5: Sketches. We got three sketch options for a layout, card or Project Life Card. I used the card sketch to do a 4x6 Project Life Card layout. I liked the the way it came out. 

Challenge 6: Use Your Leftovers. The running theme with the last few challenges seems to be lots of the Darling Dear Collections and placing cut-off pieces at the edges of my layouts, which actually worked for me with this challenge. I just started picking up the scraps that were all over my workspace and used them for the extra pops of color on this layout. I even took a "negative" from a Twine + Ink star sticker sheet and used it for the layout. I placed more scraps behind it so it would show through the stars. I added some stickers and BAM. Done. Even the talk bubble were from a scrap piece. So much fun with this. 

For the Big Picture Classes "10K" I like Stacy Julian's idea of creating a layout using the Project Life pocket style approach. Basically, a Project Life layout without the pockets! Easy Peasy and cool that something so simple can spark ideas to add extra touches like the tag that you usually couldn't do within the pocket style scrapbooking (Unless you stuck it on top of the actual pockets.)

A simple layout of a concert my daughter attended.

I guess you could say this Cover page for Keilani's Junior High/High School album is somewhat...incomplete? But it's only because I have a plan in place for it. The photo in the top right is her first day of Junior High. The bottom left will be a photo of her first day of High School. The last page of this album will have on it, her last day of Junior High and Her last of High School. 

Just a couple of layouts I did for her school album. In elementary school, I was always a chaperon and a volunteer mom. I had plenty of photos with details of her every life at school. This time around...Not so much. That is why I'm so thankful that Keilani take photos with her phone and sends them to me; otherwise, I'd have next to no photos of her school memories (with the exception of her awards assemblies). 

Heidi Swapp's idea of listing 5 things you love about someone in your life was perfect for a layout about my mom. Perfect for Mother's Day! This was a loose photo I found of us when we paid her a visit in Monterey. I just don't know what year it was! I'm going to do some research and fill in the year in that little space right under the word 'remember'. 

I've never done a layout that focused on just my husband. I figured it as about time! He isn't a selfie type guy at all, but once in a blue moon, he'll send me one. They are usually silly ones just to make me laugh, but this one is my favorite. It's just...HIM. My journaling will go on the line paper above his photo. The Echo Park Paper This & That Collection by Lori Whitlock has lasted me forever! Love it so much. The colors are perfect for masculine kind of feel to a layout. 

I've been doing mostly Project life layouts lately, so participating in National Scrapbooking Day has made me get back to making some traditional layouts, trying new techniques and ideas, and remember that although I LOVE the simplicity of Project Life, I also love therapeutic feeling of using my creativity to figure out different ways to bust out a project. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Birthday Interview

Even though Keilani's 12th birthday was back in February, I just now got around to finishing the layout of her birthday interview.

I ask her the same questions every year and I also add on a new one, the number of questions matching her age.

Here's a comparison between 11 and 12. I love comparing the answers and I'm so glad I decided to have her write her own answers this year. It makes the layout so much more meaningful for me.

I'm currently obsessed with Amy Tangerine's Plus One Collection so naturally I had to use it for this.