Monday, October 27, 2014

Curated Albums Class starting soon at Get It Scrapped

The Curated Albums class includes:
  • Video and written lessons each week
  • One dozen curated album ideas
  • Four curated album story arcs
  • Design ideas for physical album, covers, dividers, and table of contents options
  • Print-, cut-, and digital-design files for curated album storytelling
  • Curation process walkthroughs including brainstorming ideas and digitizing paper pages with photography, scan-and-stitch, and send-out services
  • Private forum and gallery
  • Weekly office hours (with recordings)
Hope you'll take a look at this class and join us. These special classes, not part of the regular membership, add so much to the already rich content of the site membership.
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Note: discounted pricing to October 28!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lots of inspired scrapbooking

 I have been looking at ads and set lately and thinking about how some ideas could be translated into scrapbook pages.
My work in progress was featured on Instagram #getitscrapped today and I thought I'd let you see my final project.
I's late so I'll add a bit more tomorrow.
It's been busy and it's impacting my health. Need to say "No" more.
Well, some of it's been fun and here's a page that I had a great time making and it commemorates an entertaining ever, too.

Fancy Pants - ME-ology, Pan pastels, stash, Studio Calico, JBS, Freckled Fawn, Amy Tangerine stamp,

Well, you'd think by now, I'd have learned not to make predictions about when I'll get back to the blog. "The best laid plans..."

You can check out my thoughts at process on the Instagram feed from GetItScrapped where this photo of my work in progress was featured

I also am getting inspired by the Cropped Challenge at Pixels and Company (not in competition) and by Scrapbook Coach at Get It Scrapped.

I made a paper page using the text in a patterned paper to work as my journaling

Then I scrap lifted myself for this digi page

Today I finished my "Cropped" round3 inspired layout

I loved those Happy and Dice elements to feature my impulse to visit Myanmar, just because I was in the east (Korea) and thought I should explore more. I knew so little about Myanmar and was utterly fascinated and delighted with the experience.

Friday, October 3, 2014

I had a few minutes tonight to work on the sloppy parts of my layout. It had lots of errors, even though I liked my story. I added the splatter and the heart and the dotted paper and fixed the word Chicken which was a major rush failure. There is more unity now and I cannot find any obvious errors. Do point them out if you see ones I've overlooked. I learned a lot from doing this and I've ended up with yet another layout to print up for my album.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Participating in Cropped. Well, not sure.

celeste knight wood veneer with love colored wood, sugarplum quiet solitude paint wash used at low opacity over flowered paper ingredient, arsenale white, Chunk5, gb bubbly, template Tiffany Tillman superficial template2, pro retimedrutter everylittle bit
, mommyish pumpkin spice and styles, creashuns squirrels and nuts, jenallyson antique papers, wwc aflutter, ayd focusclickrepeat
Pixels & Co. mystery ingredients

I wanted to participate in Cropped and posted my layout in a timely fashion but it may not have made it to the proper gallery at Pixels&Co. The rules did not say one would be disqualified for such an error but it is kinda like wandering into Cupcake Wars and doing Cropped, I guess. Well, I did predict not making it past the first round.
I did get a LO done with 10 designers products (actually, more), my own word art (which I hope was OK) and the four mystery ingredients. I had a lot of fun. One ingredient was a paper that became my ribbon. I muted a paper with a paint effect from one of my ten designers, used another ingredient smaller as a sticker and used the other paper as a paper though I made it smaller so I could add another paper as a background border. I did not do anything too fancy. I used a PS eraser at low opacity for texture on my "Chicken" work art and added a stroke to Arsenale White.  It was a true challenge to mix in 10 designers with the four mystery ingredients but I used the colors in the paper I used as a ribbon and the golden neutral paper to choose my other elements, like the veneer flowers, the camera, the base paper and the patterned paper cards. Of course, the photos from the kitchen helped me select the chai tea flair and one of the patterned papers. The pink in the sticker helped me color my stitching and the stroke around the small photo.
It was a quick LO and despite that and using a lot of different designer's items I am surprised at how much I like it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stella, I see the stars and think of you


Supplies: template – Aly Dosdall, BPC; inspiration – Studio Calico August Mood board; fonts – Bradley Hand, Arial; shadow actions – One Little Bird; kits – Shabby Miss Jean – Starfighters, TDF65: ange – eternally, tMartin – missing you, tmd – morethanallthestars, PCO: laidback & carefree, Karla Dudley – Bestie

Pastel Rainbow was a design trend that inspired this page for the Get It Scrapped creative team blog contributions this month. I had to use stars for Stella and the template had those "cosmic rays" that I used to place my pastel rainbow in this tribute page to my Mom.  Thinking of her especially since her birthday month was October.

I had also chosen to do the "inspired by" challenge since those are my favorites. This month it was Corrie Jones. I'm including here a layout that was published and another that was not, both inspired by Corrie.  There are good templates of Corrie's designs available for members at Get It Scrapped as you may recall from my Gram and Her Sushi Roll page. I encourage you to consider membership as there is a lot of value and fun at the site.

Supplies: gesso and light molding paste – Liquitex; stencil – Crafter’s Workshop: houndstooth; ink spray – Ranger; Dylusions, melted chocolate; felt embellishment- AC: Amy Tangerine, camera; rain dots – Cloud 9; glimmer glaze – Tattered Angels, sassy silver; alphas – AC Thickers: LAX, Pebbles ABC, Dear lizzy glitter; markers – Tim Holtz, Distress Markers, Ranger; wood veneer – Prima; sticker – Basic Grey: Pops; flair – October Afternoon; sticker – Basic Grey: Herbs & Honey; stickers – Freckled Fawn: August Kit, clear doodle; arrow paper clip – Two Peas in a Bucket; font – Avenir; date stamp – Sparko; ink – Staz On; stickers, buttons, flair, brads, washi tape, epoxy flower, ribbon, enamel dot, wood veneer – stash

Supplies: wooden stamp - Portafolio; stickers - Jillibean, Lawn Fawn and October Afternoon; patterned paper - crate paper:  pretty party, cake stand, Bella Blvd: snapshots!, My Point of View ; chipboard stickers - crate paper: pretty party; wood veneer - Studio Calico and Prima; gesso - Liquitex; alpha - AC Thickers: Amy Tangerine,Yes,Please; date stamp  - Sparko; ink - Staz On; shaped paper clips, stamps, enamel dots, flair, buttons, thread, water colors - stash

I had a lot of fun with these. As you can see, I did a mix of digi and paper layouts. I like digi but it's not stopped my love of getting "down and dirty" with my paper crafting supplies. I may have a couple of both layouts going at once since I like to work in small segments and come back to my project. I do submit my layouts to the critique page at Get It Scrapped and get helpful suggestions. In fact, I think the changes I made to the layout I featured in my last post are a nice improvement. I am happy with the suggestions I got. That extra orange helps move your eye down the diagonal flow.

Hope you are getting a chance to listen to some of the episodes of the Digiscrap Geek Podcast. The latest episode should be up in a couple of days. We are discussing trends. You'll note the concrete /texture with flowers and doily from the Vinnie Pearce kit I used with the Fiddle-Dee-Dee template.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Using a Digi template

This week's Digiscrap Geek Podcast featured a guest, template designer Cheryl Ashcraft of Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
So, of course, I had to try one of her templates. My page is about construction but her designs feature lots of flowers and layers and made me wonder if I could make it work. Easy! No worries at all, the designs are very adaptable. I kept a lot of the layering but limited the flowers to two stickers from the main kit I used. The template is rotated and the journal block and title realigned. The top photo was moved after all photos were increased in size.  
I loved the distress elements and colors in the Vinnie Pearce The Rise Collection so used it for my page only adding in modified LaurieAnn HGD stickpin. The fonts are ChunkFive, arsenal white, Adobe Garamond and Arial Narrow. Distress brush from Karla Dudley, shadows from the template, One Little Bird, Mommyish and me. I used one of my favorite techniques of using a very faint eraser on the edge where some elements meet underlying structure. I think it makes things a bit more realistic.
Templates make digi faster and can push your style, too. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Too much "cool"

One feels obligated to listen to podcasts one has been a part of and it can be painful. I say "cool" entirely too much. Note there is a lot of "cool" stuff I commented on.

The Digiscrap Geek Podcast episode 2 is up, and I think it is "cool". We discussed scrapbook inspiration which applies both to paper and Digi scrappers as well as card makers and artists. We also got into the topic of feminism, too. Rabbit holes are an intrinsic part of podcasts, I fear.

Not much scrapbooking this past week but will have a couple of pages to post here soon.

I've been trying to catch up on so much paperwork at home but it really is something that I find overwhelming. Too much mail, too many forms, too many details and I hate taking care of all of that. It must be done! So, again keeping it short today so I can get to it.