Monday, May 18, 2015

Scrapbook Circle anniversary blog hop

Hello! It's Jennifer Larson, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Scrapbook Circle 9th Anniversary blog hop!

This week we are doing a blog hop around to the design team members' blogs to showcase some of the fun things we have created with the May Hello Sunshine Kit. The hop starts at the Scrapbook Circle blog. Comment along your way while visiting our team members' blogs. Each comment will be one entry in a random drawing where we will be giving away FIVE May Hello Sunshine Kits.
We hope you feel inspired today!

Comments close at midnight PST on May 21. Winners will be posted on the Scrapbook Circle blog on May 22.

Here is the project I'd like to share that I made using the Hip Hip Hooray Chicken Wire Project kit:

I like to plan meals for a few weeks, using recipes I cut out of magazines. I store those in a brag book, but I periodically go through them and pull some that I'd like to make. Until I made this frame, I have kept them on the counter, where they would become decrepit. I made this frame to store recipes I pulled with the intent to cook. Here's some details:

The trickiest thing for me on this project was adhering everything. I adhered the overlay on the patterned paper from the May kit by adding glue dots on the back of the white dots, and I adhered the overlay to the back of the chicken wire with some strategically-applied staples. (A regular stapler works better than a mini attacher.) I used the clothespins and the stapler to adhere the pockets to the frame.

The doily I adhered with glue dots to the overlay, plus the clothespin.

And here's the frame with some recipes that I'm planning to make in the pockets!

Thank you for checking out my project! Here's the whole blog hop in order:

Jennifer Larson  - That's me!

Be sure to visit the rest of the hop between the 18th and the 21st and leave comments for a chance to win. Comments close at midnight PST on May 21. Remember that winners on the Scrapbook Circle blog on May 22. Enjoy your inspiration!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Photo Crush: a free event from Simple Scrapper

I got a digital camera a year before my first son was born. For the first year or so, I treated these photos like I would print photos: keep everything, no matter how bad the shot. I grew more discriminating as the years went by, but I dread looking back into those early years, when I saved everything and tagged nothing.

If you've been experiencing something similar, here's something for you--and it's free!

Simple Scrapper membership allows you an opportunity and resources to make scrapbooking simpler, easier, and more enjoyable for you. Photo Crush will give you the chance to experience some of that as Jennifer Wilson helps you manage your digital library over the course of seven days. Click here to sign up for free.

I hope you sign up, and I hope you find it reinvigorates your memory keeping! Now I need to go dig through some photos myself to get scrapping.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Pages at Scrapbook Circle: Hello Sunshine!

Hello! It's National Scrapbook Day, and I'm happy to share my pages that I made with the Scrapbook Circle May kit. Before I do, I want to share this wonderful opportunity:

Today Scrapbook Circle is having a hop on Instagram to celebrate National Scrapbook Day and their 9th anniversary! You have a chance to win one of five kits this weekend. The design team is doing an Insta Round Robin starting at 9 A.M. CST where you can visit the team's feed and be inspired with creations from the May kit. Scrapbook Circle will be selecting five kit winners from names of those who comment on team members' photos. Just tap the photo to see who to visit next! You will start at Scrapbook Circle's Instagram page.

And here's the pages I made with the kit:

I've had this photo of the boys for a while, not knowing what to do with it. Now that they are leaving elementary school, this shot of them at school with a rainbow behind them seemed a good photo to use on a page that looks back and looks ahead. The colors in the May kit fit perfectly with the colors in the photo. Design tip: the printables fit just right in the photo frames from the main kit!

Next is a page about my favorite things:

Mind you, I don't normally take photos like this of myself, but I had just gotten my phone back after having it repaired. (I had dropped it in the toilet--taking it out of my pocket, a bent edge of my case hooked my pocket, where it then flew out of my hands and into the drink. Sigh.) I trimmed the photo up to look like a Polaroid. LOVED layering all the bright and happy colors with this. The Sweet Day add-on and the Hello Love Add-on served me well here.

I found the letter stickers to be easier to use after I outlines them. And the layers I stitched, something I haven't done before, but I'm going to do again. Loved the look!

Now I have a  two-page layout used with some of the more masculine hues in the kit. I had 12 photos, and they were pretty dark, so I printed them small and lay them on a big random pile. Just for interest, I had the wood stretch over the page break.

Finally, the page I'm sharing on Instagram today. Since May is the month we celebrate mothers, I wanted to make a page to celebrate my Grandmother Henri, Great Granny Rahn to the boys. She is GORGEOUS and still so creative, even though she is over 90 years old. I used delicate, frilly patterns and bright, happy colors on this page, and I really dipped into the Hello Love Add-on  and Sweet Day Add-on for this page:

Thank you for checking out my pages! Now if you haven't yet, go to the Scrapbook Circle Instagram page and start the hop! It begins at 9 A.M. CST today.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May gallery at Write Click Scrapbook: Everydaily

Hello! This first of May brings one of my favorite topics for the gallery at Write Click Scrapbook: Everydailies. For this I made a page about one of my favorite things: reading. Here it is:

I wrote about this page a lot at WCS. A local NPR host requested people to take photos of their bookshelves and tweeting them, calling the #shelfies. I LOVED this idea and made a page about my shelves, which I've taken to school so my students can read.

CREATIVE NOTE: The chevron punched corder was supposed to be even (oops), so I made it more uneven on purpose after I messed up the first time. Happy accident! And here's a detail:

Thank you for checking out my May page! And now you can go check out more magnificentt pages on Write Click Scrapbook.

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.