Saturday, April 25, 2015

May pages for Simple Scrapper: Having fun

I had a lot of fun with the sketches and story starters for Simple Scrapper in May. The theme involved scrapping hobbies or free time, and since that is my favorite subject for scrapbooking, I relished scrapbooking this month. Here is the first page I did:

Our family went to the butterfly house at the Science Museum. Though I took a ton of photos, I loved how the sketch disciplined me to pick only my favorite shots of each family member to put on the page (truth be told, I added more photos than the sketch had by shrinking them!). I used a Studio Calico kit for this page.Here's some details:

I put the stars there to reflect the butterflies' migration route.

The next page records something my husband and sons love to do--play games--and the times this past spring break that I joined them. We played four games, so I journaled the details in a list format. The photos came from selfies we took and tweeted during the game (gamers love Twitter).

I used Crate Paper's Boys Rule and October Afternoon's Daily Flash on this page. They were both playful and bright but also grungy, and It made me happy to see how well they went together. Here's some details.

The script font is Mission Script, one of my favorites. It welds well.

Thank you for checking out my pages for Simple Scrapper! I hope you are inspired to scrap your hobbies and how you spend your free time.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Autism Awareness

My youngest son has a form of autism. He is diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which is high-funtioning. Because autism is only a part of what he is, I don't scrapbook this part of him frequently. I do scrapbook and post a page about his life with autism during the month of Autism awareness, though. Here is the page:

He's had a wonderful year. I ascribe that to seeing a psychologist BEFORE the school year to help train him in relaxation techniques. I don't know if this will work for others, but it worked for Dominic. The year has been disruptive, but he's managed and excelled, in particular by learning to manage his unstructured time.

Design wise, I tried to use happy colors and happy symbols, since it's been such a positive year.  Many years ago a fellow high school teacher, one who works with kids on the spectrum, told me that children with autism make progress by making two steps forward and one step back. This year Dominic has made two steps forward and another step forward. He is a wonderful young man growing more and more into himself.

Thank you for visiting my blog and learning about my son's journey! He is a treasure, and he is growing each year more comfortable into who he is and what he wants to be. I'm enjoying every second of the journey.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scrapbooking fewer photos

I have a hard time using a small number of photos on a page. I know that's unusual because for most it seems that putting a large number of photos is tricky. Not for me: those pages are easier because the choices are more limited. A one-photo page? The choices are ENDLESS.

This page I used one photo of my son to record a particular conversation.

I had only one photo and a short story, so I made an 8.5x11 inch page and used some patterned washi tape strips as a base. I stitched because.

Here is another page I made using two small photos:

I used a favorite design with this page: the photos laid over some circles (hand cut) and pinned down with some patterned paper strips.

Thank you for checking out my pages! If you have favorite design to use with fewer photos, please share in the comments.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Odd arrangement on a page

When I scrapbook, I try to incorporate fresh design. I still tend to do things that I like--I am a linear gal--but I try not to do the same thing every time. Recently I made a page that tested my typical arrangement. Here is my first page:

I do some of the same things I normally do--small photos on a block of patterned paper and journaling strips--but I lay the photos down non-linear, and I added the Project Life cards asymmetrically on the bottom. Here's some details:

I like overlapping elements. It makes the page feel grounded.

Thank you for checking out my not-quite-typical page!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Using the end of a kit

I love kits--I've bought and subscribed to many kits for about 7 years, and I now happily design for Scrapbook Circle. Recently I got a kit I didn't really like from Studio Calico, where I still subscribe. When I first start using a kit, I find it easy to make it fit my style, no matter what products are there. I thought I would share the last few pages I made with this kit I didn't care for to show how I made them fit my style, regardless of product.

Here is the first of the last pages I made with this kit.

They are doing a lot of construction at my school to prepare for new enrollment. I took a picture of my old office being dismantled and scrapped about my feelings about the change. Here's what I did that fit my style:

  1. I used an 8x12 photo of the office and scrapped on it.
  2. I used strips of patterned paper.
  3. I clustered the journaling and embellishments
  4. I sewed.
  5. I added sprinkles of sequins (this is a new thing for me).

The next page I actually got inspiration from while I was sorting leftover wood veneer letters. I was searching for ready-made words I could use as titles, and I found a COMPLETE set of numbers, 1-10. That inspired this page about my odd habits:

In addition to the style elements above, here's what I did to make this me:

  1. I cut pieces into circles.
  2. I stamped.
  3. I used strong lines. 

The next page is also a list. A few months ago I blogged about my loathe list at Write Click Scrapbook. Since this kit included a set of numbered labels, I used them as a base for the page:

Some more things that are me:

  1. White space.
  2. Mixed font title.
  3. Multiple patterned papers (look in the wood veneer photo block).

Finally, a page using some double photos my mom gave me. I have already scrapped the event, so I scrapped out love of art, taking inspiration from the title of a Facebook page.

Nothing really new in this page from what I added before. Just me keeping true to being me. :-)

Thank you for letting me share how I use products I'm not so keen on to make pages that are still true to me. I hope it inspires you to figure out what you love to do when you scrapbook so that you can make pages that you love, no matter what you use.

Friday, April 3, 2015

All about the (scrapbooking) base

I mentioned earlier this week that I have scrapbooked in March but not shared much. Partly this came about because I was busy at work starting a new trimester, but also because I noticed a pattern with my pages: I had been using a similar design for each. Specifically, I've been using a strip of patterned paper to serve as a base for the photo and story. Here are the pages:

This first was the last page I made with a January kit, so I supplemented with stash quite a bit. I set the patterned paper block high on the pages, supported by strips, tape and twine. The journaling card and title spilled over into the white space below. Here's the details:

Next is maybe my favorite page, one I did to (finally!) record my Week-in-the-life last fall. I never take many photos when I do this--I forget when I am working--but this was still a snapshot of my life, so I recorded it. I made each photo 2.5 squared, making an embellishment square to fill out the grid. The block I set flush to the top and did the rest--title, journaling, embellishments--below.

About that label sticker: It is there only because I messed up the sewing underneath. Heh.

Next is the page I made to record my One Little Word for this year, Play. I did a few things differently here:

  1. I used many pieces of patterned paper for the block.
  2. I set it flush on the bottom.
  3. I added a few strips of the same patterned paper on the top for balance.
  4. I kept the journaling on a card within the block.

Here it is:

Next is a simpler page that I turned on its side: This time I ran the block vertical instead of horizontal, clustering the photos, journaling, and accents along the line.

Finally, a page about my other son, using much of the same paper and products as my One Little Word page. Design-wise, it is almost identical. The only differences are how I arranged the journaling and title, which transforms it into a new page:

Thank you for checking out my March designs! If you're like me and stress out about arranging your layouts into new designs, fret less and embrace the base.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A mini gallery for Write Click Scrapbook

Hello! A new month means a new gallery at Write Click Scrapbook, this time about mini albums! Here's my mini:

I wanted to make a mini album about my son's 11th birthday, which we celebrated over a week since his birthday fell on Ash Wednesday. I used a mini pocket/accordion album by a mystery company since I lost the packaging (K&Company? 7gypsies?). I covered the album with contrasting patterned papers on the outside and inside, using my Xyron to add even adhesive, then adding some bright, geometric accents. Here's the insides:

Note: I had taken pictures every day, but two events I couldn't, so I represented those days with stamped photo frames backed with patterned paper. Here's the journaling, which I did on Project Life cards:

Thank you for checking out my mini album! I hope it gives you ideas for making a mini album. I will be making one other album this month, which I'll share later. Please visit Write Click Scrapbook and check out the gallery of mini-albums!