We've played Weird Al in the minivan ever since we got to meet him after a concert; it was that night I realized I didn't just like him, I love Weird Al. Like how I love Mr. Rogers + Andy Samberg kind of put together. I've watched his biography on youtube and listened to interviews of him and the more I learn about him the more I think, wow, what a completely awesome human.
I mostly used the sketch and I flipped it so that the circle is on the left rather than the right - this was a fun sketch and I got to use 2 photos with different orientations on the same layout and I love the result. Thanks for the inspiration 2 Peas.
I also used this layout to do double time on the National Scrapbooking Day Challenges since Big Picture Classes Challenge #9 was to use your own handwriting - something I do on almost every layout I make.
I'm scrapping on the slow side today so I thought I'd combine the Big Picture Classes and Two Peas in a Bucket Challenges and this is my Layout for the Challenge #1 mash up: "I statements" + camera motif.
And I made this page and then I took a nap... back to scrapbooking.
I made this one last night inspired by a two peas video / this layout is really a scraplift - I even used the same paper in a different color.
I've got a health issue right now that means I need to slow down for a bit and keep off my feet for a while (no I'm not pregnant!), but I made this layout sitting down for the most part and it takes me so much longer to scrap sitting down!
I'm getting ready to start on the National Scrapbooking Day challenges at Big Picture Classes and Two Peas and Get It Scrapped. I'll be sitting while doing them - so I'm not sure how many I'll get to - we'll see.
She was so cute! I'm going to try to make more layouts of her when she was a baby/toddler because I didn't do many pages back then.
I saw a May Photo A Day meme on instagram this morning and decided that instead of taking a photo of the topics, that I'd make double page layouts each day of May based on the prompts.
Also, I added all the bits and embellishments after watching today's Glitter Girl! I keep bins of different types of things (stickers, inks, bling etc) and I try to put stuff from 3-5 bins (out of 10 total bins) on each layout.
So the other bit with the two pagers is that they just don't show up as well online, so here is the left side:
There's a thread over at Two Peas all about 2 page layouts; and on the creative team at Get It Scrapped, we've been encouraged to make 2 page layouts; so I thought I'd give the 2 page layout idea another try.
I found the basic sketch on Pinterest, it was a Scrapbooks etc. sketch but I deviated quite a bit from it - you can see it on my "2 page layouts" Pinterest board.
I also ustreamed while making this layout but the sound quality is poor - the video angle is better - so two steps forward one step back. One thing I did notice while photographing this layout is that it is much harder to photograph a 2 page layout than a one page layout which could account for why you don't see a lot of 2 pagers in the online galleries.
But the big advantage of 2 pagers? You can include lots of photos - and/ or journaling (although in this 2 page layout I used next to no journaling). I got the quote from Pinterest and couldn't figure out the original source, but its posted on my "word up" Pinterest board in case you'd like to figure out who made that word are - if you do, please leave a comment so I can give credit.
Last night I made 4 layouts. Whoo Hoo! I wasn't even going to scrapbook at all until I saw this "General Scrappin" post at Two Peas. My Friday night post that lead me to make 7 layouts had inspired someone! How thrilling! So I couldn't wait to play along.
NOTE ABOUT THE VIDEO: That's a flash video which sadly does not play on iphones, but you can also get there by going to ustream and searching "scrapbooking" and my channel is "Kiss and Tell Scrapbooking" there. Ustream is a bit tweaky and there are commercials but it lets me talk for 80 minutes - something I can't do on youtube.
I did usteam for most of the process which is fun, but also slows me down a lot!
Here are the layouts:
#1 Mischief Allowed:
Here's a detail shot (somehow I didn't get the twinkling of the jems despite being in natural sunlight - you'll just have to trust me that they are sparkly and fun):
And then I made another ustream video and started three more layouts that used scraps for the backgrounds:
Layout #2: Never-Ending Yum: All about unlimited ice cream on cruise ships:
I even went glitter crazy on a chipboard cherry embellishment:
#3: You 2 in 2013: I made this one with lots of pink scraps and some Primrose Shine Spray from Heidi Swapp:
Here's a detail off my mostly handcut hearts - inspired by a Corrie Jones layout - she did washi strips with white hearts over top:
#4: Making Waffless (remember donkey from the Shrek movies?).
I made the background paper with scraps of patterned paper strips and I laid them on the already diagonally striped design:
Last night, just for fun and to challenge myself, I started a thread at the General Scrappin' message board at Two Peas to see how many layouts I could make in one night. Here's the link: Friday Night Scrapping Message Thread at Two Peas. Here are the layouts:
1. CRUISE FASHION:
I started this one a while back when I bought the clothes for the cruise and so I already had the tags placed on the cardstock so I just had to add photos, journaling and a title. Easy.
3. SLEEP DAY OR NIGHT: This layout was inspired by this photo of my kids on the ride home from the cruise and the sunlight was shining in on their sweet little sleepy heads and they were even snuggling (and not fighting!); it reminded me of how they'd fall asleep in the car when they were babies.
I think on this one I started thinking that inking the edges really does slow me down / but looks good - so its a love / hate thing. This one also doesn't really have a title and that's ok with me since its going into the beginning of our cruise album and its pretty much self explanatory- or at least I think so: Its about the 4 of us traveling together.
7. MIDNIGHT MINIGOLF! The last one! And I think it was about midnight!
This page design was inspired by this Scrap Your Stash video by Fevvers at Two Peas. I turned her ribbon layering design on its side and tried my best to add some embellishments as I tend towards using little to no embellishments but I do like the way they look on a finished page.
This photo just captured my daughter's personality so well - that knowing smile - that cat with the canary in her mouth - the eyes hidden behind her "bangs" which aren't really bangs the way I know them - they are just random long strands of hair intentionally in front of her face - the glow of the sun shining on her no doubt brain on fire with ideas and plans. And me with the camera wanting to know just why she is smiling like that - what's on her mind - what does she want to get me to do or let her do. Ahh, our mother - daughter dynamic is so well expressed in this photo even though I'm not in it - I'm behind the camera - but that is telling too because I'm curious like that - I want to know more and she wants to keep me guessing.
Journaling: "Spring 2013: Dear Allison: Oh I know you love a secret and that you think I couldn't possibly know what you are up to - but I can smell you thinking because your brain works a lot like mine does except that I'm not so good with keeping a secret and sometimes that gets me into trouble - like I know you don't especially love it when I say "I am older and I know more than you and I've already thought of whatever plan you are devising." Just know that I love you! Love Mommy."
I didn't journal about the fact that my daughter is a Scorpio and I do take astrology with a grain of salt, but there is a little something to the fact that Scorpio's are known for being the most secretive of all of the zodiac signs whereas my sign, Gemini, loves to figure out secrets. So put those two traits together and you get an interesting and intense relationship where neither of us can totally figure the other one out - although my Gemini characteristics keep me trying - much to her frustration. Mothers and daughters - and so we continue the tradition of that ever tricky relationship.
Journaling: "Oh I know this little trick is trendy and overused but I've been doing the selfie since the 1980s - these are from Spring Break 2013."
All this stamping was inspired by Glitter Girl's Stamping episode. And yes I did that title with crayon - it was getting late and the crayon mixed in with my stamps so I figured it would be quicker than stamping a title and it would be a bit unexpected and imperfect just like stamping and selfies.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp stamps, Stampin Up inks, Crayola Crayon!, sharpie and cardstock.
Our spring break cruise trip wasn't perfect and neither was the photo I used for this page so I like this sentiment "Keep Calm and Travel On" - even though I know its a bit over-used - for a title or section opener for my cruise scrapbook album. I've gotten about 16 layouts completed so far! I'll share my entire album in progress via video sometime soon.
Meantime, I like the effect of the negative space letters backed with patterened paper - but I will say it was more time consuming that I'd like for most layouts - once in a while it is fun to do a time intensive technique. I used Heidi Swapp stars stamps and the papers are from Lily Bee, Heidi Swapp, Basic Grey, and Making Memories.
I really miss the blog "Sketchy Thursdays" so I am delighted to find another blog that seems very similar called Let's Capture Our Memories. This is the 3rd or 4th layout I've done with #LCOM14!
Journaling: "These photos were taken in March 2009 and 4 years later I miss the days when I could just say "Let's Go" and you two were up for just about anything with me - I miss these little adventures. You both have questions and conditions when I say "Let's Go" nowadays. Love Mom 4/2013."