I’m just back from a very relaxing, sun filled, Summer Holiday (yes it’s summer where I live in the Southern Hemisphere!) and I had this picture of me dipping my toes in the lake that I just had to scrapbook. I have an old Seasons collection pack from Creative Memories that I will try use up this year by doing a similar layout for each season during 2015. You can watch my process video here.
Well, another week is coming to a close, and it’s hard to believe we’re in the last third of the year! It’s spring here in New Zealand, so the latest Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration was perfect with its bright & vibrant colour scheme. As usual, there were 5 colours to use on the layout, a selection of Evidence, and a Testimony to use to inspire our journaling. The below photo shows the use of all the colours, and also includes most of the Evidence, being a plain white background, arrows, hearts, circles, word sticker, an ampersand, and enamel dots.
The only evidence that I also used that I haven’t included above, was to incorporate a lightbulb. I had this awesome wood veneer piece from one of my older Scraptastic Kits, and so this was the perfect layout to use it on.
I have mainly used the Simple Stories – Good Day Sunshine Collection, as well as a few pieces from the America Crafts – #Summer Collection. For my title I used another ampersand, and took the colors from each side to dictate my letter sticker choices for my title.
For the Testimony, I chose to take a quiz to find out if my right or left brain was dominant. I wrote down my result (which as you can tell by my title was that I used each side equally) on a project life journaling card, which I then tucked behind my photo. Here is the case file:
And here is the finished layout:
When I saw the latest challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration I definitely thought of Halloween. Here in New Zealand, we don’t really celebrate it though, it’s not at all popular. So I decided to take it in a completely different direction and go girly!
For the evidence I used cogs, birds, leaves, and layers – mostly the feminine aspects. I also added a white doily and a green bow paper clip. I also had green and black sparkly brads, which I placed along plain purple ones.
I wanted another a bit of juxtaposition on the page, so with all the girly touches, for my Testimony I chose to use an Odd Prompt – number 43, which was to write about how many tattoos I have. It reads ‘Most people don’t believe me when I tell them I have four tattoos. I suppose it’s because I’ve always been regarded as sensible, and one to follow all the rules. I have a star on my hip, a music design on my shoulder, a rose on my lower back, and a cross with rosary beads and leaves on my upper back. I usually have to show them before I’m taken seriously!’ I still had some awesome Amy Tan – Twins Thickers in my stash, and was able to repeat the last word of my journaling as my title.
Don’t you just love those little wood veneer birds? I ran a die cut through my cuttlebug for the leaves. I also stamped the cogs under the paper layers before I adhered them down. I used my black ink for the first time, and love how it turned out.
So here’s the finished page! I adore these challenges as they make me do things I normally wouldn’t do, and let me try out different colour schemes than the ones I usually gravitate towards.
I think this is one of the fastest layouts I have done for a long time, taking me about 40 minutes. A few things I think helped were the fact I LOVED the August Boys of Summer Kit I used for this layout, which I purchased from Scraptastic Club, I had an awesome challenge to play along with at Scrap our Stash, and that I was scrapping a picture of my beloved Mini! The challenge guidelines were to use an assortment of school themed products, with a list provided. I started with some lined paper, and also used a Library Pocket and Card, a paper clip, alphas, and numbers. I built up some layers behind my picture using red, navy & light blue papers.
My quest to diminish my stash of flair continues, and I found a red one that said ‘Let’s go be adventurous’ which I really loved. It reminded me of all the road trips and fun outings I had taken in my Mini.
I built my title up on top of the Library card, drawing more attention to it by using an arrow paper clip. I used a sticker as a subtitle, and small number stickers to show the years I owned my Mini.
I only signed up to CSI 2 weeks ago, and this is already my 4th submission to their challenges. I will say this is my favourite one so far, only because I would never think to have combined these colours and products from my stash. The colours to use this week were grey, white, orange, yellow & pink.
I didn’t know if I could find a picture that would go with the challenge, but I ended up uncovering a picture of me as a young child, in a pink, yellow, and orange bathing suit, so it worked out perfectly. The evidence I chose was using polka dots, stripes, washi tape, and triangles.
I mostly used Close To My Heart- My Crush Assortments in the older collections. I also used a few Project Life Cards (I don’t actually do PL, but find the cards very versatile so I have a few Core Kits) and some pieces from Glitz Design – Carpe Diem Collection. These challenges are great for making me mix my kits, stash, and collections.
For my journaling, I chose to tuck it in an envelope, and used the inspiration words which were sunshine, rain, and effect. I used the first two in my writing about how I needed to continue applying lessons learnt by my childhood self, and used the third word in my title to marry the jornaling up by implying what effect these lessons have had on my adult life. My short paragraph reads: I have learnt a lot from my childhood self. Get outside more. Play in the waves. Laugh lots. Enjoy both the sunshine and the rain. Listen to my parents. Appreciate every day. Be present. Usually I would have written about this beach, and how I was a water loving child, but partaking in these challenges mean I get to go a bit deeper, and write more meaningful things. Come back each Wednesday to see the latest challenge, and my resulting layout.
I have been really enjoying looking for different challenges on the internet to get inspiration, and try different things. I have found a really great website over at http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/ and have been really enjoying their style of challenges, how they have made it as if you are a scrapbook detective, plus they post a new challenge each week, as well as sometimes having a month long challenge. I created the below layout to submit to their Case File No. S365-7 challenge. I love how they are laid out in keeping with the investigatory theme, and how many options are given.
I had the perfect papers on hand, which fitted the colour scheme. They were from the Skylark Collection by Close To My Heart. I also used a few elements from Crate Paper – Flea Market Collection. It was such a whimsical feeling palette. For the evidence I went for clouds, birds and stripes.
For the Testimony, I used the words happiness, high, and free in my journaling. I can’t say enough how much I love these prompts!
I am aiming to play along with each Case File to really get my ‘to do’ pile of photos diminishing. I find that where I usually start with a photo, these challenges are getting me to look at the colour scheme and also the journaling prompts first, and then I am choosing the photo as the next step.
I fussy cut a few birds from the Skylark papers and nestled them in some die cut leaves, and I love how they look. I used some glitter gems & flat back pearls to continue with the vintage, soft feel of the page, and finished off with some blue mist.
I have decided to take on a big project. Call me crazy, but I am re-doing most of my layouts from about 5 years ago. I have just really recently developed my own style and these old layouts are doing my head in. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and like everything to be cohesive. Luckily a lot of my older layouts were of my nieces & nephews, and instead of redoing those, I organised them in to albums for each kid, and gave them to them as a gift. So I only have about 30 layouts in total to revisit. One of these layouts I had done was about my star sign, Libra, and I liked the idea of keeping the same photo and topic.
This layout was part of a challenge at http://www.scrapbook.com/gallery/?type=challenge&ch=681 where we chose someone else’s layout and picked out 5 things to incorporate in to our own layout. It’s open until the end of August, so feel free to go check it out. I am really enjoying taking part in challenges, as they get me thinking differently and push me out of my comfort zone. The 5 things I chose were:
1. Use a doily
2. Use florals
3. Use a one word title
4. Use one photo, centered in the layout
5. Use glitter gems
I do love my mists, and every layout I’m doing right now gets a few splatters. Generally I will use one colour, but on his layout I used blue, green, and yellow and I like how it ties all the embellishments and papers together. As one of my prompts was to use florals, I went through my May Scraptastic Kit and picked out all the floral aspects. I mainly used the Jillibean Soup – Cold Avocado Soup Collection, and the Simple Stories – A Charmed Life Collection.
Now I must confess this photo of me was when I was about 22 – so I look a lot younger & skinnier than I do now! It’s also a really staged photo, which I usually don’t like, but I bet when I’m 80 I will be happy to show this picture to my grandchildren and show them that I wasn’t always old & wrinkly! I also like that I used masculine colours in a feminine way, and might try to do unexpected colours more often.
As I have no children of my own, but yet I love scrapbooking, sometimes I find it difficult when the main subject of most of my layouts is yours truly. It can get a bit monotonous, you feel like people might think you’re vain, and it can be hard to think of interesting titles and journaling ideas. On the other hand, I also feel like when I’m in my twilight years, it will be special to have my own memories, see what I was thinking, what inspired me, and what I loved. It is so hard for me to find pictures of my parents in my childhood album, and I wish more scrapbookers would get in their own pages. So my challenge to you is to make a layout that is all about YOU. No kids, no husbands, no animals, no friends. I found the perfect challenge online for this at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.co.nz/p/current-challenges.html under stash challenge #17. The parameters were to use frames from your stash, and the picture was to be a selfie. I had some papers from the February Scraptastic Kid that I wanted to use. Originally I was going for a red, pink, black & gold scheme, but my end design turned out a lot more monochromatic, as most of the items I pulled were pink & red. I started off by filling out a journaling card of what I was currently doing.
Most of the papers and die cuts as well as the frames were from the Fancy Pants – Be Loved Collection, and Echo Park – Head Over Heels Collection, as well as a few transparencies from Crate Paper – Love Notes.
I wanted a touch of gold, since in the picture I have a chunky gold necklace on, so used gold thickers for my title, as well as putting a touch of gold glitter tape behind the photo, and layering gold sequins on to black.
As usual I finished off the page with mist & sequin clusters, and I am thrilled with how it came out, I am definitely gravitating towards a lot of monochromatic layouts presently. I would love to see any pages you do with your own selfies!