April 25, 2013
Tracey Clark shares her photography philisophy below,
"It could be the most important picture you ever take: the picture of you and your child. But how do you get the shot if you're the one behind the camera? Author and Photographer Tracey Clark spells it out in four steps." via Studio 5
April 23, 2013
Hi! I'm Allie from Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop, and I've been super inspired by the eBook "Scapbooking Your Single Years"-- even though I haven't been single in over 8 years! What I've been loving about this eBook is that it doesn't just focus on BEING single or the activities that go with it (like dating) but instead of documenting YOURSELF. There's nothing I love more than "about me" pages, and this eBook is full of ideas for documenting yourself.
Even though, like I said, I haven't been single in 8 years, I was still 100% inspired. One of my favorite layouts was an example of "document 10 things about yourself right now" from contributor Amy Tan. Although Amy's example was a paper layout, I wanted to use some of my digi supplies. I scraplifted her simple "one column down the middle" approach and still used a LOT of washi tape. I love that this page is a great snapshot of who I am at this moment in my life. The things that I documented may seem a bit trivial at the moment, but in 5, 10 years, I know I'll treasure knowing what I was thinking in March of 2013. I encourage you, single or not, to scrapbook a page about YOURSELF-- I promise, you won't regret it!
April 22, 2013
Hope you enjoyed the week of challenges posted from the Creative Crop archives. Below is a recap with links, enjoy!
April 19, 2013
This next challenge is brought to you by Ali Edwards.
CHALLENGE: Grab a photo from a few years back and a photo from today and tell a story about the way things are different or the same. I love layouts that include images from the past and present. Today, your challenge is to use two photos from different time periods on your layout. My suggestion for the journaling is to write about how things are different or the same.
For my layout, I decided to use two photos of my daughter Anna - one from April 2009 and one from April 2012. She's been quite a handful lately as she navigates her own independence and I wanted to write some journaling that was written directly to her. My journaling became less about how things were the same or different, and more simply about things that I want her to know right now.
I used two 4" x 6" photos for my page and paired them with two 3 1/2" x 4" pieces of patterned paper. On top of those patterned paper pieces I added more embellishments including stamps, cards, word stickers, etc. I used foam dots to pop up some of the accents.
To finish off the page I added a hand-drawn border around the whole 12" x 12" layout.
The 3rd Annual Creative Crop is only 3 weeks away, see you then!
April 18, 2013
CHALLENGE: Scrapbook a favorite memory from your childhood.
Pick a favorite childhood memory, and create a scrapbook page about it, using any materials that you choose. Don't' worry if you don't have a photo handy that specifically matches up with your memory. You can search Google for retro images, or use any childhood or current photo of yourself. ~ Tami Morrison
One of my favorite childhood experiences was chasing down the ice cream man. I am in the process of recording a series of childhood memories in a Smash book, so the page I created is about 6 1/2" x 10". For the purposes of this challenge, I created it on a separate piece of cardstock, which I'll simply attach to the Smash page. The photos that I used were found by Googling the treats I remember buying from the ice cream truck.
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Check out Tami's self-paced Kidding Around Spring Break, perfect for the kiddos in your life.
April 17, 2013
Back with a challenge from the Creative Crop archives, this one is by Stacy Julian.
CHALLENGE: "My challenge is one that can be adapted to any page size and number of photos, as it is all about emphasizing one particular photo in an eye-catching way. So grab one or more pictures that you've been dying to scrap and then pick ONE of those pictures to feature with a fanciful frame."
I sketched a big heart on a piece of scrap paper and laid it on top of the picture of Addie's face. I then pierced holes (about every inch) around the entire edge of the paper heart. I inserted flower brads into each of those holes and filled in the spaces between them with other small embellishments - primarily buttons and pearl dots.
Use baker's twine to frame a page. Simply poke two holes in each corner of your layout and then beginning in one corner, thread the twine up and along one edge; and then down and up again at the adjacent corner. After I threaded the twine around my page, I poked two additional holes and tied a small bow.
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April 16, 2013
CHALLENGE: "I'd like to challenge you to use this sketch. You can use this sketch exactly as it is or change it up to work for you. You can use as little or as much of it as you want! Perhaps this sketch will inspire you to just use square photos or use a long title." Lisa Day
"I changed up the position of the photos and only used two square 3" x 3" photos. I moved the spot for the 3 1/2" x 5" photo to the left and filled that with some embellishments and my journaling. I also tilted my photos and added a doily under my title just for interest."
"To change this to an 8 1/2" x 11" layout I would recommend removing one of the pictures or reducing the photo size so you can keep the white space around them relatively the same to reduce clutter. You could also create a double page layout based on this sketch by making the second page a mirror image of the first. If you don't want to use three photos you can swap out those spots for your journaling or embellishments! "
And for more sketches, check out Lisa's workshop, 28 Sketches: Round 2
April 15, 2013
All this week we will be sharing favorite challenges from the past two Creative Crops in anticipation of National Scrapbook day and our third FREE Creative Crop!
CHALLENGE: "Get your pens and markers out, relax and start doodling. Never doodled before? Well, then, try this free downloadable doodled journaling block. Print it out, color it in and you are one step closer to using a doodled element on your next scrapbook page." Mou Saha
Journaling Block from Creative Crop
Join in this year's FREE Creative Crop event on Saturday, May 4, register today!
Oh and check out Mou's workshop, Get Artsy!!
April 13, 2013
Here compiled in one blog post are all the books that we shared this last week. Do you have favorite? Are you going to get one? Do share and let us know!
- Find & Keep by Beci Orpin
- Adventures in Pompom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek
- Make Hey While the Sun Shines: 25 Crafty Projects and Recipes by Pip Lincolne
- Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media by Lisa Solomon
- Tilda's Fairytale Wonderland: Over 25 Beautiful Sewing and Papercraft Projects by Tone Finnanger
- Vintage Craft Workshop: Fresh Takes on Twenty-Four Classic Projects from the '60s and '70s By Cathy Callahan
- The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8 by Jean Van't Hul
- Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages by Susan Schwake
- Eco-Friendly Crafting With Kids by Kate Lilley
- Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting with Your Kids by Tsia Carson
- I Like to Draw/ I Like to Write by the Small Object
- Make Something Good Today Journal by Jen Renninger
- Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran
- The Scribble Diary: My Brain Right Now by Lisa Currie
- "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau
- Illustrated by Lisa Congdon
- Every Day: A Five Year Memory Book by Mr. Boddington’s Studio
- The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy By Ursus Wehrli
- Wondering Around Wandering: Work-So-Far by Mike Perry
- Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier • Illustrated by Suzy Lee
- Put Your Stamp On It; 20 Adorable Projects Plus Instructions for Hand-Carving Beautiful Stamps By Meagan Lewis
- Amy Butler Stencils Fresh, Decorative Patterns for Home, Fashion & Craft By Amy Butler
- Sweet & Simple Handmade: 25 Projects to Sew, Stitch, Knit & Upcycle for Children by Melissa Wastney
- Journal Your Way: Designing & Using Handmade Books by Gwen Diehn
- Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share by Editors of Martha Stewart Living
- Sweet Paper Crafts: 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life By Mollie Greene
April 12, 2013