I have a couple of pages to share today. But first up I will tell you about Calvinball. It is a fun scrapbooking game created by Celeste Smith and Doris Sanders, where the rules are made up as you go along, change every year and you are trying to get as many pages done in the month as you can. You can find out more about Calvinball here and don’t worry that it has already started you can still join in. You may need to join the Free membership to be able to view the forums and gallery but it doesn’t cost you anything and isn’t a trick (I tend to be a bit wary of ‘free’ stuff sometimes). You can even get access to some free classes. They are a friendly bunch of scrapbookers and yes I am probably biased since I am part of the CT team but I don’t support things I don’t like. It honestly is a fun place to hang out online.
This first page is one of my favourite scrapbook pages that I have created. One of the things I love about Get It Scrapped is the inspiration and the challenge to try different things. This page was created for the article on the GIS blog about Compositional storytelling. There are some great examples and an explanation of what the compositional story style is.
This is page is a bit different for me and I found it tricky to get the technique of creating a flat geometric shape to work. I persevered and shared some of my tips over in the GIS article about using Flat Geometric shapes on your scrapbook pages. This one has a video blog post.
Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you come over to Get It Scrapped to see about Calvinball.
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Todays post shows the album cover I made for my December Album and for the Get It Scrappeds article on Scrapbook Ideas for creating December Daily Album Covers.
I altered a Kaisercraft 6×8 pocket page album by using a stencil, new Bo Bunny Glitter Paste and red Dina Wakely paint. I am love with this new glitter paste and it is great way to add glitter that isn’t going to come off. I used washi tape to mask the binding of the album and keep my stencil in place. The background I created was pretty festive looking so I kept my embellishments fairly simple and just titled the album Christmas. I will put a cover page inside the album that show the album is about holiday traditions we have and what we do in December rather than just about Christmas.
I normally document our December in pocket pages in my 12×12 album but this year I wanted a smaller size so the kids could easily write on the cards inside the album and handle it more easily than the larger 12×12 size. They each created a holiday album in the middle of the year when we went on holidays and the older two took their albums to school when they told news. They had fun creating the albums so I am hoping that that experience will help them be enthusiastic about adding to our family December album. Will let you know how it goes.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to head over the Get It Scrapped Blog for more ideas.
Supplies: Kaisercraft 6×8 Album; Paint: Dina Wakely; Stencil: Plaid/Folk Art; Chipboard Shapes: Studio Calico; Wooden Heart: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: WOW; Twine: Tim Holtz; Papers: Teresa Collins, Echo Park; Corrugated Card: Dusty Attic; Glitter Paste: Bo Bunny; Inks: Distress Ink/Ranger; Mist: Prima Colour Bloom – Gold Foil.
I can hardly believe it is December already. I think probably lots of people feel like this though. Well in our household the Christmas tree went up yesterday. It was one day early but we had more time on Sunday to do it together than squished Monday after school and work. Today I have a catch up post for Get It Scrapped. I made this layout for the article about Storytelling when Setting is Key
We had taken a trip up to Mount Clarence before Anzac Day to spend some time with the kids to teach them more about the history and what Anzac Day means. The views are amazing from up there and since I had taken a photograph of the views I used the photograph as inspiration to create a ‘scene’ background for my page. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to still help tell your story. You can see other ideas over at the Get It Scrapped Blog
I also have another page to share that was created for Get It Scrapped that was using a Sketch/Template. I loved this sketch and the page came together really quickly. I tweaked the sketch a bit to work with my photos and the story of my page. Get It Scrapped has heaps of sketches and templates now and adding more all the time. You can see the template that was the inspiration for this page here.
If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.
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We had a great time at the weekend workshop a couple of weeks ago so thank you to the ladies for coming along. One person asked me a bit about how I organise my albums so I thought I would share that here also. My way of organising is pretty simple. Although I have been scrapbooking for a few years I am not really a fast or prolific scrapbooker (and I am ok with that) and my crafting time has also been making cards, canvases etc.
What that means is that I mostly have pages about my children and family and the things we do. I don’t have too many pages about things we do with or about extended family (aside from Christmas). So I have an album for each of my children, couple that keep my pocket pages/everyday life pages and one that has pages about my husband and I, our relationship etc. I have a couple of pages about my grandmother, my mum and my dad that I also keep in this album at the moment.
In the future I would like to record and tell more stories about our wider family, so I will probably need to think about how I organise and collect those. I hadn’t really given it any thought at all until Debbie Hodge starting talking about creating a NEW class on Curating Albums. This class will help you do more than just organise your albums but help you ‘curate’ those albums and stories. Her class isn’t about creating new themed albums but identifying themes, story lines and favourite conversations etc. Her description of the class is much better than mine so you can read what she has to say about it here.
There is an early bird discount on the class now til Monday 20th (American time), so if you are interested now is a good time to check it out.
So at the moment my way of organising is pretty simple but if you have other ways of organising your albums then I would love to hear them.
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My scrapbook page ‘A Passion for Puddles’ was inspired by a couple of Free Public Domain images and was created for the Get It Scrapped article which you can read here. I just loved the picture of the girl peering out the door, getting ready to go out in the rain. It reminded me of our family and our love of splashing in puddles. We are well known in the street for this. You can see the images I used here and here
The drawings inspired me and reminded me I had some photos of a trip we took to the zoo on a rainy day when I had just got a new camera a few years ago. It had a special setting that created ‘line style’ images and I had played with and taken a few photos. I also used the ‘Stylize’ function in Photoshop to alter some other images from that day. I put my photographs together with free public domain images to create a grid style background for my page. I kept the rest of the page pretty simple with some white, a colourful photograph and supporting embellishments. I had been waiting to use those felt clouds and some October Afternoon raindrops for ages.
If you want more ideas and to see some different types of images you can use from the public domain head on over to Get It Scrapped. There is also a link to a pinterest board of images to get you started.
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PS Looking forward to a busy weekend of scrapbooking at the Weekend Workshop this weekend.
Here is a layout created for the Get It Scrapped article about creating a rainbow pastel look on your layouts. To create my rainbow pastel effect I used a few of the Prima Colour Bloom Sprays over the top of a textured white background that I created by gluing thin strips of white card to the 12×12 case base.
I have had these photos of my daughter for ages and have wanted to scrapbook them. The colours in my daughters shirt also provided some inspiration for the colours of bloom sprays that I chose. Since this photograph reminds me of the pictures of celebrities or VIPS getting off the plane I decided to to use film strips and touches of gold to create glamour and to fit with this idea. I was also able to use some black with the pastels by considering where I placed things and making sure that I maintained a balance so it didn’t become too dominant and framed the main elements on my page.
Thanks for stopping by and remember if you want to see more examples of rainbow pastel effects head on over to the article here.
Rainbow pastel scrapbook layout.
Supplies: Cardstock – Artee; Film Strips: Kaisercraft; Photo overlays: American Crafts/Maggie Holmes; Gelatos – Faber Castell; Paint: Jenni Bowlin; Bloom Sprays: Prima; Wooden Shapes: Freckled Fawn, Paper embellishment: Simple Stories; Chipboard: Studio Calico; Cricut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook; Alphas: American Crafts; Word Stickers: Authentique; Washi Tape: Becky Higgins.
My daughter just loves bugs and has for years so this story was a perfect fit for a layout for the Curated Natural History blog post over at Get It Scrapped. I used different frames and items to create the look of a collection. The embellishments and word in the frames adds to the overall look. I really enjoyed this topic and am pleased with how the layout came together.
It is story that I have been planning to tell for a fair while too but I would never have created it like this if not for the assignment. So why not step out of your comfort zone and check out the examples from other members of the team here. If the curated natural history look isn’t your thing there are lots of other articles that can inspire and challenge you.
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