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.
One of my favorite scrappy months of the year is here!
Layout a Day February began yesterday! This month I was asked to design a few pages as samples for the daily prompts. Today was one of my days.
This month’s theme is Once Upon a Time celebrating the stories and books of our youth. Today’s prompt was to do a layout based on Goodnight, Moon.
Here’s my first take on the prompt:
I don’t have a particular story about this book. It wasn’t one I read as a child and not one my kids latched on to, so I decided to take it in the direction of a bedtime routine.
In this layout, I told a little story and captured a little moment between my son and me. (It’s so little I don’t even think he realizes it happening.) It’s the story of how through most of his childhood, my youngest son’s bedroom has been on the second floor and when he’s ready for bed he’s always called to me and said, “Mom, you can come up!” In our new house, his room is on the first floor but he still tells me to come up! It’s sweet and I know that at age 11, these moments are all too fleeting.
So I did the original layout back in November so it would be ready as a sample, but that means if I still want to complete LOAD for this month, I had to create new layout. I could have gone off prompt, but I keep saying how much I enjoy the prompts I decided to challenge myself to do another layout based on the same theme.
Here’s my second take on the prompt created today:
This time I went with a bigger story. I found some pictures of my kids when they were much younger and our routines were much different. There were stories to read and certain stuffed animals had to be present in order to sleep and sometimes, we just couldn’t part with our favorite toy of the day. Had I scrapped our bedtime routine when they were that little, I imagine I would have told a slightly different story, but today I compared then and now with a little nostalgia.
So, there you have it. One prompt, two ways. One bigger story and one smaller story. Where would you take this prompt? Have you used one idea to tell different stories? Can you tell a bigger story and a smaller story about the same sort of event? I bet you can and I’d love to hear about it.
If this is your first time here, welcome to Use It Scrapbooking! I’m Kelli and my goal is get you using those scrappy supplies instead of just collecting them.
The best way to use them? Create layouts.
The best way to create layouts? Get motivation to create them daily.
Where can you get daily inspiration? LOAD! That’s why I love it so much!
For the uninitiated, LOAD is a scrapbooking challenge where we scrapbook a layout a day every day in February. The challenge is run by Lain Ehmann and every day she sends us a prompt to get us started and we post a layout by midnight that same day. Easy-peasy, right?
This will be my 14th LOAD and Lain asked posed the question:
What do you wish you’d known before your first LOAD?
Well, I signed up for my first LOAD just a day or two before the challenge started. I joined because I was finishing up a class, Me: The Unabridged Version. I thought if I had a daily deadline I would be more likely to get the project finished. And, I did and that’s a wonderfully useful way to do LOAD.
But, what I didn’t know and what I didn’t expect was how fun it would be see everyone following the prompts and going on the same journey, but yet one that was uniquely individual. There is a bond that forms with your fellow scrappers when you share your experiences each day. You get to know one another and frankly, it’s a big motivation to get your daily layout done when you know your friends are there waiting to see it and you get to see how they interpreted that day’s prompt too.
So, my advice? Follow the prompts. Open yourself up to the journey. Sure, have a back-up plan for those days when there’s not a lot of time to scrap, but be open to each day’s prompt and let it lead your stories. You’ll be surprised by the places you’ll go.
If you haven’t joined LOAD yet, we would love to have you! It’s a scrapbooking experience like no other. You can join here: LOAD215 – Once Upon a Time
Want more LOAD tips? Here’s the full list of veterans LOADsters giving their expert tips:
Have you been wanting to learn more about Bible journaling and faith-based art journaling?
Would you like to but you don’t know where to start?
Do you like to discounts on scrapbooking and papercrafting classes?
Here’s an event that’s right up your alley:
Next Saturday, I’m so excited to be joining Stephanie Ackerman, Donna Salazar, Erin Bassett, Andrea Chebeleu, Heather Greenwood, Liz Hicks, Shanna Noel and Lain Ehmann for a day filled with classes all about creating art from your faith at Truth Scrap!
Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook
Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible
Cross-ology: Art and Heart for the Home
#ARTWORSHIP: Art Journaling Response to Jesus
Hope Notes: Creating and Sharing Messages of Faith
The Art of Being HUMAN: A Creative Exploration of Our Basic Being and Purpose
Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal
With scrapbooking, art journaling and home decor classes, there is a little something for everyone during this day long event. The best part? It’s all online so you don’t even have to get out of your PJ’s to enjoy the festivities!
If this sounds fun to you (and what doesn’t sound fun about spending a day crafting?), then act fast. The Truth Scrap Flash Sale is going on now through noon tomorrow Monday, January 26th. Here’s what you need to do to get take advantage of this quick sale:
This will be my 14th LOAD challenge, so when I say this challenge will get you scrapbooking and get you telling your stories, I know this to be true. I am never more productive in my scrapping than when I am in this challenge.
Don’t think you have time to scrap every day for a month?
I’ve moved during a LOAD month.
I’ve vacationed during a LOAD.
I’ve been sick and had family emergencies during a LOAD month.
I’ve worked full-time while completing LOAD and I believe you can do it too.
LOAD will literally change the way you scrap—in a GOOD way!
You’ll make quicker decisions.
You’ll design your pages in your head before you ever get to your scrap table
You’ll look at the world around you in a different way as little everyday tasks inspire you to create a page you never thought of before. It’s one of the coolest things about this challenge!
Wondering how it works? Let me walk you through one of my LOAD layouts from start to finish:
Ready to spark your creative genius and get 28 pages done at the same time? Click HERE.
Congratulations, Jacqueline! You can see the official announcement here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Sunday night 10/12/14 to claim your spot.
If you didn’t win a spot but no worries! You can still join us for a fun-filled day of scrapbooking classes next Saturday. Head over to www.TrueScrap.com and use code HERO for $20 off the regular price. But, hurry, this special deal ends on Monday, 10/13/14.
How would you like to hang out with eight of the most inspiring and talented scrapbooking instructors
on the planet… without leaving home? With True Scrap 6, we bring the best in online education to you,
but we add a twist – everything is LIVE so you don’t lose that feeling of community and excitement
that comes with an in-person event!
On October 18, True Scrap 6 takes to the internet with a full day of scrapbooking and papercrafting
inspiration, hosted by producer Lain Ehmann and with classes from:
Yes, it’s all streamed live… AND it’s all recorded so you can revisit your favorite classes again and
I’m giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Visit www.truescrap.com and watch the short video at the top of the page.
2. Return here and leave a comment below by midnight, October 9, about which class you’re most excited about.
3. Check back on 10/10 to see if you won!
And here’s something for EVERYONE… Not sure you’ll be lucky enough to win a spot? No worries… you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just head over to www.truescrap.com and get yourself signed up! (Coupon expires 10/13).
About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at www.truescrap.com.
Rules and guidelines:
One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on Truescrap.com, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. If you have already purchased a spot and subsequently win a spot, you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. OUR WINNER IS JACQUELINE EDWARDS! CONGRATS!
The links in this post are affiliate links. That means if you choose to register for True Scrap and click on my link, I will receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any more, it’s just a way to support this blog and say, “Hey! Kelli sent me!”
Last we talked I was packing up a house and a craft room. And, as anyone who has ever moved (especially anyone that’s moved out-of-state) can tell you — Moving is traumatic!
So, it’s taken me a while to get the scrapbook supplies unpacked and even longer to create a page. What inspired me to create my first page in over two months? You guessed it, October is a LOAD month.
This particular Layout a Day Challenge is put on for ScrapHappy members by two of our own: Lynnette Nagle and Leslie Smith. They do an amazing job putting this month together and this year’s yearbook theme is no different. Once I started reading the prompts, I couldn’t help but jump in on the fun.
I will say it’s tough to get back in a scrappy groove when you just haven’t been feeling it, but after creating my first 5 layouts this month, here’s what helped me get scrapping again:
1. Go Simple.
The basis of modern-day scrapbooking is this: photo + story = scrapbook. If you’re trying to get out of a rut, don’t make it difficult on yourself. Grab a picture. Find some paper you like. Add some journaling and be done. These first layouts of mine have been very simple. Very basic design and very few embellishments. My husband and my kids have looked at them and not one of them said, “Hey, this is kind of plain. Couldn’t add some flowers or sequins?” They just smiled after they read the story.
2. Use Your Go-To Design.
You know you have one. Three vertical photos across the page and the one or two photos on the left along with a big block of journaling for a longer story are two of my favorites. Just having one piece of the puzzle can make the rest of the process go so much more smoothly.
3. Scrap a Happy Story.
If you’re not feeling creative, this is not the time to scrap your toughest moments and deepest darkest secrets. There are certainly times for that and it can be very therapeutic, but scrapping something that makes you smile will get those creative endorphins going and will spur you to tell more and more stories.
4. Find Your Scrappy Friends.
It might be at your local scrapbook store or it might be online. Find your scrappy tribe. See what they’re doing. Comment on their layouts. Be inspired by their stories and their designs. The ladies in the ScrapHappy group are fun and welcoming and made me feel so good with their comments on my layouts. I also enjoy my “in real life” scrapbook buddies and getting away for retreats or weekend crops with them. Let the scrappy love flow and you’ll be creating again in no time.
5. Scrap in Different Place.
My home office is also my craft room. I feel very lucky to have a room of my own, but after I’ve spent the week working in there I don’t always want to go in their on the weekend or at night to scrapbook. So this weekend, instead of sitting in my chair in front my computer, I sat on the floor and pulled all my supplies down there. Granted it wasn’t the most convenient spot, but just looking at everything from a different angle made it not feel like work.
So, if you’ve been feeling out of it in your creative life, you’re not alone. Take just one of these tips and be kind to yourself. Create just one little to get those juices flowing and before you know you’ll be a scrapping machine again!
It has been a whirlwind of boxes and packing supplies around here as we prepare for the big move to Oklahoma! The hardest room to pack so far? You guessed it.
My craft room.
All of those supplies I’ve been focused on using just seem to multiply as fast as I can get them on a page! Plus I won’t have nearly as much room or storage in the new place, so it’s time to get tough with my stash and find new homes for the things I know I can live without.
So that leaves me with a question for you…
What is your best tip for storing scrapbooking supplies in a small space?
Leave me a comment below and I will pick a winner and send you some goodies! Flowers, ribbon, twine and whatever else I can throw in the box! I’ll announce a winner on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
Time to announce the winner of a spot in True Scrap 6! Thank you to everyone who entered. Our winner is: JACQUELINE EDWARDS! Congratulations, Jacqueline! You can see the official announcement here. Contact... READ MORE