True Scrap 6 Winner!

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Time to announce the winner of a spot in True Scrap 6!

True Scrap 6

Thank you to everyone who entered. Our winner is:

JACQUELINE EDWARDS!

Congratulations, Jacqueline! You can see the official announcement here. Contact support@layoutaday.com 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.

See you there!

Win a Spot in True Scrap 6!

True Scrap

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:

  • Noell Hyman
  • Nichol Magouirk
  • Tracy Banks
  • Donna Salazar
  • Jen Gallacher
  • Layle Koncar
  • Kelli Crowe
  • Katrina Kennedy

Yes, it’s all streamed live… AND it’s all recorded so you can revisit your favorite classes again and
again!

True Scrap 6

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!”

Finding My Scrapbooking Mojo

Whew! It’s been awhile!

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:

Grade 6 by Kelli Panique
This is the story I wanted to tell but didn’t have the pictures printed so I put the photo mats in to save the spot. It’s okay to go easy on yourself.

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.

A Locker Story Scrapbook Page by Kelli Panique
One of my go-to designs

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.

Celebrate Scapbook Page by Kelli Panique
Even the photos are simple right now. I can take better pictures later. Keepin’ it simple.

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.

Cousins Scrapbook Page by Kelli Panique

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.

The Help by Kelli Panique

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!

Moving Winners!

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The truck is coming tomorrow and I am up to my eyeballs in boxes! Who has this much stuff? Yikes!

Thank you to Heather, Lynnette and Rebecca for your tips! Very helpful!

I’d like to send each of you a little something. Send me your snail mail addresses and I’ll send you some happy mail! kelli@useitscrapbooking.com.

See the rest of you on the other side!

It’s Moving Time!

Pack up the boxes, my family and I are moving!

Picture from last time we moved to OK in 2006
Picture from the last time we moved to OK in 2006

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.

 

 

It’s Christmas in July for Scrapbookers!

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Are a…
* scrapbooker looking for new inspiration for your pages?
* photographer wanting to improve your skills?
* digi scrapper who wants to learn new techniques?
* stamper ready to take your projects to the next level?
* crafter with an organizational issue?

If you are any of these (or all of them!), you will find a class to suit your fancy in the new Layout A Day Store. To celebrate the new digs, Lain is hosting a Christmas in July sale, but it’s a quick one. Use code HOHOHO and get 25% off all classes today only! (These are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission, but no worries! You’re still getting the same great price for these fun classes. It’s a win-win!)

I’ve attended most of these classes live and I know you will enjoy the techniques and ideas. Here are my personal favorites:

Kelli Crowe - True Scrap Get It On the Page
JUST GET IT ON THE PAGE – I love Kelli Crowe…and not just because she’s a Kelli AND spells it with an “i”! If you are in a rut or just not sure how to get that picture on the perfect page, Kelli will get you motivated with her easy techniques and you’ll be creating pages in no time. Kelli’s funny and engaging style is a huge bonus in this class!

 

Jennifer Gallacher True Scrap Double Your Pleasure

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN – I highly recommend any of Jennifer’s class. She is a fabulous teacher and scraps in a very relatable way. Today I suggest her Double Your Pleasure class, because I notice there aren’t a lot of double page spreads out there in the Interweb for one reason or another, but I know many, many scrappers are dedicated two page layout kind of people. This class is for you!
Shimelle Lain True Scrap Perfect Collection
THE PERFECT COLLECTION – This is one class I’ve used over and over! You can see my post about it here. Want to get the most out of your latest kit? Shimelle’s Perfect Collection class will help you use up that kit and complete an album in no time.

These are just three of the hundreds of classes you will find at Layout A Day. There’s a cool feature to search by instructor, event or topic. Use that to find the perfect class for your crafty needs.

So, remember to use code HOHOHO for 25% off all classes, but hurry! The sale is only good for today July 25, 2014. Click here to scoop up this great deal!

 

Red, Yellow & Gray – Oh My!

The Grand Entrance color kit from The Memory Nest gave me a few grand layouts for today’s Design Team post! The kit is inspired by this color palette:

Grand entrance

I felt adventurous playing with these colors since it wasn’t a color palette I would have ever put together on my own. I played with this color kit during LOAD514 and these layouts are the ones I’m most proud of for the month.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Kelli Panique

This layout makes me giggle, because the layout is about something different from what you might think at first glance. We were challenged to scrap about a favorite time of year. While I have lots of holidays that I love, for some reason on this day, this commercial pop in my head.

And so a time-lapse back-to-school page was born!

Since it was school page, the yellow notebook paper in the Grand Entrance kit was a no-brainer for the base of this layout. I had my eye on this damask style red paper from the minute I opened the kit. I decided to take a chance and see if it would work here. I was hesitant that it might be too bold, but adding the black letters and accents from the kit made this layout sing for me!

When I'm 24 by Kelli Panique

The challenge with this scrapbook page was to talk about what you thought the perfect age would be when you were a kid. For me, I always wanted to be 24. No big milestone years, just 24. I dreamed of being independent, living on my own, working at a great job and traveling. And, darn it if I didn’t get to do all those things when I was 24.

For this layout, the gray and red in this paper made for an interesting base with being too busy. I love the contrast of the muted gray and the bright red. I even think the little elephant and balloon accent works symbolizing the “sky is the limit” feeling of that age for me. I added a few more touches of red with the chevron paper and brads from the kit. Adding the butterfly at the top and the flower at the bottom, gave me the visual triangle I needed to move your eye through the page.

I'm board by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbooking.com

This layout was a little tougher. The subject was easy enough. What board games did you play as a child? Easy to answer since I make my children play them with me! ;-) The hard part was the paper. I really, really like this multicolored vine paper. It’s perfect for this kit since it has EVERY color in the original inspiration piece. It’s a fun vibrant pattern and I kinda didn’t want to use it, but I’m trying to get past that, right?

I mean that’s the whole reason I started this site, right?

So I bit the bullet and used the paper.

Notice I did use it on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page. This left me with some good size pieces to use on additional layouts. (Hear that? That’s me breathing again!) Also, I used one fairly small picture on the page, so I can bask in the glory in the patterned paper whenever I peruse this page in my scrapbook.

No one else will be looking at the paper, but you and I will know what I’m really looking at when I see this layout! ;-)

If you’re ready to make a grand entrance with the colors and patterns in this fabulous kit, be sure to visit to Leslie at The Memory Nest. She is wonderful and treats her customers like friends. There is a boatload of paper in the Grand Entrance kit for only $12.99 and you can find it here.

See you there!

 

Same Papers Two Ways

Do love your patterned paper so much that you don’t want to use it?

I realize this will sound crazy to normal people. But, face it, we’re not normal. We’re scrapbookers.

I have patterned papers sitting in my stash at this very moment because I know if I use them on one layout, I won’t be able to use them on another layout. *sigh* I know it’s a little hoarder-style crazy, but maybe you can relate?

I’ve gotten a little better lately and here’s one reason why – No one says you can only use that one patterned paper on one page. On these layouts I took it one step further and used the same patterned papers on both layouts:

Braver E by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbooking.com

Go Kart Guys by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbooking.com

While the patterned papers are the same, I switched out the cardstock colors and the letter stickers to give each layout its own vibe. Also, changing the amount of each pattern allows you to showcase a different in each layout.

In the top layout, the stars reinforce the star paper. In the bottom layout, I used brads to complement the circle motif in the red paper and the metal in the cars in the pictures.

Braver E journaling by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbookin.com

Go Kart Guys journaling by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbooking.com

Here’s what you can take away from these layouts:

1. It’s okay to use your patterned paper. By cutting up your patterned papers, you can use them on more than one page and smile each time you see them in your albums….then you can go buy a new favorite paper!

2. Change the size of your patterns. Mix it up! On some layouts, your pattern may be the star. On other pages, it may be the accent. This will give you variety in your pages even if you’re using the same papers.

3. Let your paper inspire your accents. An easy way to build cohesion on your scrapbook pages is to repeat patterns, colors or shapes. In these layouts we achieved this by adding stars to one page and brads to the second. Look at your embellishments and pick ones that add to the elements already on the page.

If you can pull some inspiration from these pages, add ‘em to your Pinterest board and post here when you create a page. I’d love to see what you create!

 

 

The Creative Blog Tour Continues!

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Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to three of my fellow scrappy bloggers. This week, Dani, Alison and Angie have posted looks in to their creative process and introduced their crafty friends. Take a few minutes and check out a blog that might be new to you:

Scrapper on the Street Danielle Leonetti TaylorScrapper on the Street – Danielle Leonetti Taylor

Day Designs Alison DayDay Designs – Alison Day

angie vallejoLiving a Crafting Life – Angie Vallejo

You won’t be disappointed! Besides, it’s a Monday after a holiday weekend, you don’t feel like working anyway! ;-)

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy Independence Day!

Dynamite by Kelli Panique www.useitscrapbooking.com

Here’s how we’re getting ready to celebrate:

We made a trip to the Fireworks store!

Fireworks

I’m making a Red, White and Blue Poke Cake. (I’ve never made one before. Crossing my fingers it’s good. ;-) )

Licking the spatula

Hubby is passing down his ancient family recipes for a good 4th of July BBQ.

Cooking with Dad

Definitely some scrapworthy moments in the making.

It’s shaping up to be a good one here! Hope you have a DYNAMITE holiday with your family and friends!

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True Scrap 6 Winner!

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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

Win a Spot in True Scrap 6!

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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... READ MORE

Finding My Scrapbooking Mojo

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Whew! It’s been awhile! 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 —... READ MORE

Moving Winners!

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The truck is coming tomorrow and I am up to my eyeballs in boxes! Who has this much stuff? Yikes! Thank you to Heather, Lynnette and Rebecca for your tips! Very helpful! I’d... READ MORE

It’s Moving Time!

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Pack up the boxes, my family and I are moving! It has been a whirlwind of boxes and packing supplies around here as we prepare for the big move to Oklahoma! The hardest... READ MORE

It’s Christmas in July for Scrapbookers!

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Are a… * scrapbooker looking for new inspiration for your pages? * photographer wanting to improve your skills? * digi scrapper who wants to learn new techniques? * stamper ready to take your... READ MORE

Red, Yellow & Gray – Oh My!

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The Grand Entrance color kit from The Memory Nest gave me a few grand layouts for today’s Design Team post! The kit is inspired by this color palette: I felt adventurous playing with... READ MORE

Same Papers Two Ways

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Do love your patterned paper so much that you don’t want to use it? I realize this will sound crazy to normal people. But, face it, we’re not normal. We’re scrapbookers. I have... READ MORE