Time for Make It Monday! Today’s theme is lists.
Lists are an easy way to get a lot of journaling on your page–even if you don’t have a full story. This makes it a useful technique when scrapbooking older pictures.
When we moved last year, I found my middle school yearbook from 6th grade. Such a trip through time as I flipped through the pages. I posted a shout out to several of my former classmates on Facebook and their responses got me thinking about all the things I remember about 6th grade.
I don’t have a ton of pictures of 6th grade, but I knew I wanted to do a layout anyway. This meant the focus would be on the journaling. I found this 6″ x 12″ design from Teresa Collins in my stash and just started writing
The key is to start.
Once I wrote the first few memories I had about 6th grade, the rest just started to flow and pretty soon I had the whole page filled up!
I didn’t have many pictures, so I took a picture of my yearbook picture and used that. I also found a picture of myself from about the same time and I think it works.
The next step was to combine the journaling and the pictures with some cute patterned paper. I have a stash of school patterned paper and I thought one of the more “vintage” style papers worked well with my older pictures. I like the way it turned out and this will be a great addition to my “All About Kelli” album.
Are you ready to combine list journaling and your “old school” photos? Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Start with the basics. Looking at the picture in the yearbook, I remembered exactly what I was wearing that day. I remembered they took our pictures in the afternoon after P.E. and my hair was messed up. I remembered who my 6th grade teacher was. That was enough to jog my memories and get more written down. (And, honestly, if that’s all you remember, that’s okay, too.) Here are some questions to get you started: Where did you go to school? Who was your teacher? Who were your friends that year? What was your favorite subject that year? What was your worst subject that year?
2. No pictures? No problem! Don’t let a lack of pictures hold you back. If you have an old yearbook, take a picture of your school picture there. You could even use a picture of the yearbook itself. If you don’t have a yearbook, search for a picture of your school online. Try contacting old school friends and see what pictures they might have. You can do an all journaling page. (Really, it’s okay!) Just get your memories down, because no one will tell your story like you do.
3. Make it a series. Once you start this sort of stream of consciousness writing, you may find yourself thinking of other school memories. Jump on it and create a whole series of pages (or maybe an album!) of your school memories. You could create this type of page for each grade. Or, if that seems like too much, create ones for your elementary years, your middle school years and your high school years. Make it even easier on yourself and use the sample template or sketch for each page.
Bonus tip: Use this technique for any type of photo. It works great for older photos where you may not remember the story behind the picture, but it does bring up memories. Start making list of what you remember and go with it!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No one can tell your story like you can. Your school memories happened before you were married, before you had a job, before you had kids. Get those stories documented and let the people in your life now learn a little bit about you. You won’t regret it!
Thanks for stopping by for Make It Monday! Be sure to visit Alison Day and Connie Hanks for their takes on list journaling too:
How many photos?! Alison Day is showing you how to create a 21 photo Holiday Overview page
Too many fabulous summer memories? Make a list with Connie Hanks! Listers gotta list!
It’s Monday again and time for the Make It Monday Blog Hop!
Last week, we were talking about Back-to-School, but personally, I’m not quite ready to give up Summer yet. What about you?
True Confession: I love big patterns on my patterned papers, but many times they just sit in my stash because I don’t know how to use them-you know other than just covering it all up.
One of the patterns I struggle with is what I call the “sunshine” pattern. A circle focal point with lines and/or patterns radiating from it, like this one from Simple Stories’ Life Documented collection:
Who wants to cover up all that cuteness? So I found a way to showcase my photos and let the paper shine through
I found the key to balancing the photos and the paper was to use smaller photos. These 4 x 4 Instagram photos worked perfectly. Big enough to be a photo people can see, but small enough that the fabulous pattern isn’t completely covered up.
Since the patterns are all radiating from the circle, it becomes a natural focal point and the perfect place to place the photos. One photo would work really well and could shine on a page like this, but I decided to use two and since they’re smaller, it works.
You eagle-eyed readers may have noticed, I covered up the original wood grain circle with my own white & yellow circle. Where the original circle on the paper was placed didn’t give me quite enough room for a title and journaling, so I cheated! I created my own circle and placed it a little lower below the original and tucked it behind the photos. The white lines still point straight to the title and the photos and your eye knows exactly where to look. I made the paper work for me! 😉
This same principle worked on this page too:
This time I flipped the paper so the “rays” are all radiating from the bottom left corner. Again I used 4 x 4 photos and let the circle center be the focal point of the page. For this layout, I used the circle just for journaling and created a title with scrap piece of paper. The rectangle at the bottom helps ground the layout. Without it, the pictures above the circle would feel like they were hanging out in space. 😉
Are you ready to use a big sunshine pattern on your page? Here are three tips to get you started:
1. Use a single photo or two smaller photos. This is the perfect type of patterned paper to use for a layout where your single photo (or two) is the rockstar of the page. It can’t help but be the center of attention.
2. Let the circle center be your guide. The designers have done the hard part for you – they created the focal point – that big fat circle everything is radiating from. Place your photos on top of it or just above it and all of a sudden your pictures become the focal point.
3. Keep it simple. Again, the patterned paper here is doing a lot of the work for you. Keep your embellishments to a minimum. This is also a good layout for telling a simple story since there’s limited space to journal. The upside? Without adding too many extras, this is a super quick page to put together!
Now it’s time for you to get even more creative inspiration! Here are the other Make It Monday blogs:
Alison Day: Good to the last drop isn’t just for coffee anymore. Alison shows how she used a new card kit down to the very last piece!
Melissa Shanhun: Keeping it simple with a 6 photo layout in just 5 steps at Digital Scrapbooking HQ.
Karen Fitting: Karen is using a new Digi-Kit to document her Tiki Bar.
Beth Soler: Beth is sharing how to use the Camera+app with your iPhone
Last night I was watching the season premiere of Project Runway. I love this show! I’ve watched it since the beginning in 2004 and it’s definitely one of my all-time favorites. Here’s the thing:
I don’t sew and I’m not really in to fashion.
So why watch a show that’s all about finding the next great fashion designer?
One word: CREATIVITY
I can’t wait to see what the challenge is each week. I am in awe of what these designers can create in a day (or less) with a few yards of fabric and an idea. It’s crazy, impressive and, certainly, inspiring!
For the uninitiated, Project Runway casts 16 up-and-coming designers and gives them a new design challenge each week. The least successful designer is sent home each week and the final three get to show at their own collection at New York Fashion Week with all the big name labels and designers.
The challenges can be as easy as assigning them a certain type of fabric to use (nothing but denim!) or telling them what kind of garment to create (a dress for the red carpet!). My favorite ones are the more difficult challenges like the unconventional challenge (You can only use supplies you can find in this hardware store!) and when they have to -GASP!- design for “real” people instead of their normal size 0 model. (They seriously freak out over that one!)
For years, I’ve been wanting to do a scrapbook challenge inspired by Project Runway, but I would always get mired down in trying to decide all the little details. I’d be paralyzed by where to start and so I’d never start. (The complete opposite of the contestants who whip out a new sketch and buy fabric in 30 minutes.)
So, last night when I was watching the show and seeing all those designers just grab their fabric and start sketching, it occurred to me:
It doesn’t have to be that difficult.
I don’t have to have a completed layout before I offer up a challenge to you. I don’t have to have everything figured out before I start. The Project Runway designers certainly don’t and they seem to “make it work”!
With that in mind, let’s jump in with both feet! I’ll watch each week’s episode and I’ll post a new scrapbooking challenge inspired by Project Runway each Saturday. You can post your creations by the following Friday and I’ll feature them on the blog.
Sound good? Good! Let’s go!
Before the first episode last night, they aired “Road to the Runway”, a casting special talking to each of the designers about where they’re from and how they got to Project Runway. Some of them are fresh out of design school, while others have been auditioning for 10 years. One girl was the first one out on a previous season, but she took it as a lesson and is back with way more confidence.
I love to hear people’s stories. So, this week’s challenge is: Tell us about your journey.
What’s the road you’ve been on that’s brought you to this place? You could sum up your whole life story. You could tell the story of how you got your current job or how you came to live in your current house. You could tell about a past journey in your life – how did you choose your college or your spouse. You could even tell us how you became a scrapbooker.
Take this prompt whichever way you’d like but let’s hear about your journey. Post your completed layout in the comments below by next Friday and I’ll pick a winner!
In the words of Tim Gunn: “Make it work!”
Today I’m excited to be a part of the Make It Monday Scrapbooking Blog Hop! With school starting in just a few short weeks, we’re giving you ideas for creating your Back to School pages.
This was the First Day of School last year. My youngest son started middle school, which in our district means he started a full schedule of changing classes throughout the day. When he came home and showed me his handwritten schedule of classes I knew it belonged in his school scrapbook (especially with the cute misspelling!).
He doesn’t like to write so this was a perfect chance to showcase this little piece of him on a scrapbook page-all I had to do was get out of the way.
The schedule was written on a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ notebook paper. That takes up a good-sized footprint on the page. I decided it worked best up in the top left corner.
To balance the page, I put the picture in the bottom right corner. I grabbed some coordinating papers from my stash of school supplies and layered them together. Having the big strip run from top to bottom on the right literally connects the two most important elements on the page: the schedule and the picture.
I LOVE that book paper and because I wanted it to be seen, I cut an oversized photo mat. I used 3D foam adhesive to attach it to the page so I could tuck the notebook paper behind it.
With several patterns working on the page, I used a white photo mat for the picture to help it stand out and also connect it to the notebook page the schedule was written on. Repeating the white circle in the 6th grade title, gave me the visual triangle that makes the page feel balanced.
Finally there were a LOT of lines and right angles on this page. I definitely needed a little somethin’ somethin’ to break it up. I searched my embellishments and found these cute flags. I think they were travel themed, so I just used the back side and no one is the wiser. well except you and me! You can keep a secret, can’t you? 😉
Are you ready to add your child’s handwriting to your Back to School page? Here are three tips to get you started:
1. Their handwriting is the focus point. Since most paper kids use in the school is around 8 1/2″ x 11″, it’s going to take up a good portion of your layout. That makes your job easy! Place the rest of your elements around it and let the handwriting shine. I used a standard 4 x 6 photo here, but if your child’s paper is bigger, a small wallet size school picture would work perfectly.
2. Don’t have a handwritten element to use? I totally lucked out when my son brought this home, but you can create your own element on the page. If you have a younger student, you can have them write their name and grade. The great part about that? You get to determine the size it will take up on your page! Having them write their name every year on a school page is a wonderful way to see how their writing changes throughout their school career.
3. Break up the lines. There are a whole bunch of straight lines and 90 degree angles on this page. And that’s okay, but adding a few elements that aren’t square gives the page some pop. The circle mat for the title and the flags give this page more interest. Don’t have flags in your stash? For a school page, you could use an apple, stars, arrows or even an oversized letter will give you that something extra that takes your page from ordinary to extraordinary.
Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to visit my scrappy friends on the Make It Monday Blog Hop for more inspiration for your Back to School pages:
Melissa Shanhun shares a bright layout for Back to School.
Alison Day shows a simple grid layout that leaves room for journaling those school memories,
Beth Soler is sharing how she is getting her bulletin board ready to motivate her students for the new school year.
Connie Hanks beating the back-to-school craziness with pre-making kiddo love notes!
Bad things happen.
They seem to be happening more often in our world lately (or we’re all just more aware).
They happen to all of us. Earlier this month one of the scrapbooking’s biggest designers Heidi Swapp lost her son. He was born just weeks after my oldest son. That hits close to home and I can’t imagine what she must going through. You can look at Heidi’s scrapbook pages and see that this child was loved. It’s heartbreaking to think about that type of loss.
A family in our city lost their lives this week. There was a shooting a movie theater a few days ago. And, last week 5 members of the military lost their lives on our own soil by the hands of someone they enlisted to protect and defend.
When bad things happen, it makes us reevaluate our lives.
I remember when 9/11 happened. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom and was also a consultant for a direct sales/in home party type of business. The company was great and continues to offer great opportunities to women to build their own business. The problem was me. The day after that horrific day I said good-bye to my husband as he began what would become a year-long deployment with his Navy reserve unit. Suddenly, trying to sell a tube of lipstick to someone didn’t feel right to me.
You know what I did during those long hours of not understanding what was happening and what our future was going to look like? And, the even longer hours of acting as a single parent and worrying about my husband?
Granted, I didn’t do much journaling during that time because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. But, I did crop pictures and create borders and design pages. These being the early days of my scrapbooking hobby, these are far from my “best” pages. And you know what?
Sometimes, it’s not a globally bad thing that happens. Sometimes, it’s a bad thing that just rocks your world. When my grandmother died unexpectedly, you know where I found comfort?
For her 80th birthday, I made her a scrapbook filled old pictures and new pictures. When I gave it to her and her eyes lit up, it was worth every single second I spent on it. Then when she was gone, I was able to go back through those pages with an even greater appreciation. I know her friends and our family enjoyed looking through those pages and being reminded of all the good times. The gift I made for her came back to twofold.
For me, scrapbooking passes the test. The Test of the Bad Times and Horrific Loss. I’m never going to regret the time I spend making a page. I’m never going to regret the time I spend looking at these pages with my kids, family or friends. I’m never going to regret telling more of my story and the story of my family.
I know that I am truly blessed in this life. I could not be more grateful for a hobby that allows me to capture those blessings and show my appreciation for them. I hope that my kids can see how blessed they are. And, I hope it inspires them to pass those blessings along to others, because bad things do happen but I think we can be encouraged that it hasn’t always been this way and won’t always be this way.
In the darkest of times, my scrapbooks remind me that life can be good and will be good again.
Scrapbooking not only stands the test of time, it stands the test of MY time.
P.S. Mom, don’t worry. I’m good! I guess since I am in such a good place at the moment, I’m struck with all the pain others are currently facing. I’m using this space to process that and start a conversation in case anyone else needs to process it too. <3
Aww, Christmas – my favorite holiday!
Aww, July – my favorite month of the year!
Combining the two for Christmas in July? That’s better than a no-calorie mint chocolate chip brownie sundae!
The thing about celebrating Christmas in July is nobody is actually expecting you to buy them anything. So, when you see all those specials out there this month, you can grab them all for yourself. Am I right?
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Who knows maybe that gift you give yourself will help you create a gift for someone else for Christmas in December.
The gift that keeps on giving. What could be better than that?
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Most of us scrapbookers scrap the big holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays – but what about those lesser known days and traditions? Do you have holidays that only apply to your family?
We have a few in our family, but my favorite is Ethan Eve!
I did a post on Kelli Eve a few days ago and received some fun comments, so I thought you might enjoy knowing the origin.
Did you ever have a moment with someone when you knew you were going to remember what they said your whole life?
This was one of those moments.
It was the day before Ethan’s birthday 2012. I was pulling out of the garage to take him to school and he declared it was Ethan Eve. I stopped the car, took his picture and came home and scrapped the page. (It was a Layout A Day month, so I had added motivation to get it on paper right away. 😉 )
And so, Birthday Eve has stuck. We’ve had Ethan Eve, Chet Eve (2 of those each year. lol) and Kelli Eve. We’ve wished our family Happy Grandma Eve, Lucy Eve, Andy Eve, you get the idea. It always makes us smile.
Do you have your own family holidays? Here are three tips for getting a page like this in your scrapbooks:
1. Keep it simple. This type of page is all about the story. I grabbed a patterned paper scrap for my inspiration and then I pulled other scraps that matched that piece and cut them all in to strips of varying size. I added the photo and the title with a small accent sticker and I was done in less than 30 minutes. (Of course, if you want to bling it up, by all means go ahead, but don’t let the need for bling get in the way of getting the story documented.)
2. Tell the origin of your family holiday. Who doesn’t love an origin story? Just like finding out how a superhero got her powers, journal about how your holiday came be.
3. No picture? No problem. I was lucky enough to take a picture at the moment this happened, but most of the events and words that end up in our family lexicon don’t come at picture perfect moments. Don’t let that keep you from creating a page. Use a picture of a current celebration. Use any picture of the person or people who created your holiday. And, you can always do a journaling only page with no picture. (Really, you can!)
Tell me about one of your family celebrations in the comments and then take some time today to document one of your family’s special celebrations. Explain the origin. Describe how you celebrate. Get it down on paper.
You’ll be glad you did!
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Shimelle shows you an easy way to take one collection of paper and get a whole album of layouts out of it. There’s nothing better for making your way through your stash of patterned paper.
You can easily use one of those kits that’s just been lying about your scrap area or you can even create one of your own:
- Decide on a color palette.
- Go search for coordinating paper in your stash.
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- Repeat the process and bust your stash.
Two birds with one stone. That’s my kind of scrapbooking.
The class includes a 40 minute video with Shimelle’s examples and a downloadable handout complete with cutting guides.
Here’s just a few of the layouts I created with this class:
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Happy 4th of July!
In honor of Kelli Eve, I’m posting 43 Things About Me at 43. (Since tomorrow I won’t be 43 anymore. Nothing like coming in under the deadline!)
This is the third year I’ve created a layout like this and you would think that not much would change from year to year in your 40’s but it’s fun to see what major things have changed (where I live) and what things stay the same (Still driving the same car). You can see 41 things HERE and 42 Things HERE.
Here’s the 43 list (in case you don’t have your magnifying glass handy to read that tiny writing!):
1. SO happy to live in BA again after 2 years in Humble, TX!
2. I still miss California.
3. Working more than ever as a Virtual Assistant from home.
4. This means I know more about Internet Marketing than I’d like.
5. Learning once again, I need to work on diet AND exercise if I’m going to lose weight.
6. My go-to lunch these days is a Grilled Chicken Salad.
7. When not having a salad, I’m usually having lunch with my hubby. Our fave places: Chilango’s & Olive Garden.
8. My favorite exercise classes are Zumba and R.I.P.P.E.D.
9. I tweaked my back on our 18th wedding anniversary (picking up a stupid box) and it still bothers me on & off.
10. I love to listen to Entertainment Weekly Radio.
11. I ROCK at Trivia Crack.
12. I’m leading a Bible Study with Pastor Scott, Dana Watt & Chris Tabberer.
13. I’ve learned so much about the Bible this year. I love it!
14. I LOVE being back at Heritage United Methodist Church & watching my boys grow in their faith.
15. I still fell guilt over moving my boys away from their grandparents.
16. I never want to move again.
17. I have a teen LEARNING TO DRIVE. ACK!!
18. Brookside Chocolate is my current favorite.
19. I try to walk 5000 steps a day.
20. I love reading the Outlander series of books.
21. I read the Outlander books really slowly because I don’t want them to end.
22. The Outlander TV series is *almost* as good as the books. Certainly one of the best adaptations of a book ever.
23. I find Chet’s on-call schedule frustrating at times, but it’s way better than being deployed.
24. I still love scrapbooking but I’ve had a hard time finding my groove since we moved.
25. We have two cats and one dog. Harley & Jenney like each other. Popper tolerates Jenney. Popper pretends Harley doesn’t exist.
26. Favorite TV shows of the moment: Outlander, blackish, Big Bang Theory, Hot in Cleveland (I like to laugh.)
27. Current movie obsessions: Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 (Love Actually & About Time also saved on the DVR.)
28. I drive a 2004 Black Suburban with a mysterious gas cap problem.
29. While I work, I watch the wildlife in the front yard – bunnies, bird, cats & dogs.
30. Still trying to decide what I’ll do when I grow up.
31. I’d always hoped to take my kids to Europe. Instead they’ve gone to the Caribbean.
32. I really want to go to Salzburg again.
33. The letters E, S, C and N are worn off my laptop keyboard.
34. I prefer to not use the Oxford comma. I think it’s clunky.
35. I did yoga for the first time…and so did my hubby. (We liked it!)
36. I think being a mom is the most bittersweet thing on Earth.
37. I love being a two boy mom and wouldn’t change it for the world.
38. No, I’m trying for a girl.
39. I’m still a Daddy’s girl.
40. I’m always happy to listen to 80’s music.
41. I like driving in the car with my boys.
42. I enjoy a good Sunday afternoon nap.
43. I also enjoy a good snow day.
Whew! There it is! 43 completely random things about me. (This will apparently be known as my Outlander themed page…) One of the things I like about doing this sort of page is that most of these are not things I would dedicate a whole scrapbook page to, but they are a few of the things that make me ME.
Are you ready to create your random things page? I included some tips with last year’s page but here are three more to get you started:
1. Don’t think you have to create a whole list in one sitting. Start your list on a scrap piece of paper and add to it as ideas pop in your head until you have the number of quirky things you want on your layout. No deadlines, no pressure.
2. Once you start, it’s easier than you think. If you get stuck, here are some ideas to jog your journaling: What’s your favorite movie/TV show/restaurant? What’s the first thing you do every morning? What kind of car do you drive? What kind of car do you wish you drove? What pets do you have? What are your favorite hot dog/hamburger/pizza toppings? Remember, these are just fun facts that people may or may not know about you.
3. Don’t like your handwriting, type your journaling. I’m a huge proponent of getting your handwriting on your pages because it’s such a part of you, but if that’s what’s keeping you from getting a slice of your life in your scrapbooks then by all means pull out the computer, type it, print it and get it on the page. Your story is the most important thing here.
So, what do you think? Start your list, create your page and link it up here. I’d love to learn more about you!
Did you know there’s a day to celebrate panic?
I didn’t. And, as my friend Lain pointed out, in France it would be Panique Day! So, in my honor she sent out this message today:
“Maybe they made a mistake on my calendar and it’s really PICNIC day. Or we could celebrate the awesomely awesome Kelli Panique, whose last name means “panic” if you’re hanging out on the third etage of the Eiffel Tower.
In any case, I’m all for an excuse for a good celebration. So today I will lift a glass to Kelli, to the Eiffel Tower, and heck, why not? To panic.
In celebration, I’m also knocking $40 off the regular rate for True Stamp 2015 on March 28. I told you I’m always looking for an excuse to celebrate! That brings the cost for six LIVE classes from luminaries like Technique Tuesday, Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn and more down to only $59. That’s less than $10 a class… AND you get full replays, yeehaw! Plus some other fun goodies and discounts, of course.
and use code PANIC at checkout to save 40 percent on your registration!
Join me in this once-a-year celebration. And while you’re at it, do something that freaks you out a little bit today. It’s good for you. :)”
So, how could I not include you my good reader in the celebration of Panique Day?!
If you’re a stamper, you owe it to yourself to check out this line up:
That’s less than $10 per class. You’d be lucky to take just two classes at a convention for $59, but with True Stamp you’ll get 6 classes plus replays and you don’t even have to leave your house!
Hurry though before Lain panics and realizes what a steal this is! This deal expires at midnight PST tonight!
So keep calm and stamp on!
(No panicking necessary!)