Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Scrapbooking With Red, White, and Blue

Happy 4th of July!
Using red, white, and blue in scrapbooking is not just for the 4th of July but can be used for other types of celebrations.  I created this layout several years ago.  These are vintage photos of me and my siblings at a bike race in our hometown.  The use of an Americana color scheme is just what I needed to bring this event to life.  Adding in stars, flags, and some sparkle in the title brought it all together. Try this color scheme on other layouts such as:

  • picnics
  • bike rides
  • parades
  • neighborhood or school activities
  • pool or lake fun  
Don't forget to document those stories of your childhood.  I have vivid memories of this annual bike race and the red bike I had.  Just wishing I could identify more of the kids in these photos.  To my friends who are not in the US, these colors are great for you too. Have a safe and memorable 4th of July!

Now let's go create!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Create a Scrapbook Layout to Document Your Goals

I'm sure that many of you have heard of Ali Edwards One Little Word project.  If not, it's a wonderful annual tradition to consider for next year.  For the first time I decided to participate and the word I chose to focus on this year is LEARN. Through this project I've set some learning goals for myself. I created the layout below for Get It Scrapped and thought it fit in well with the theme for this month of Passing Along Wisdom.  This layout describes my goals for this year and why you should never stop learning.  My intent is to hang this layout where I can remind myself of the goals that I have set and hold myself accountable to them.  Check out the layout and article here.  

Now let's go create!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Combining Contrasting Styles On Your Scrapbook Pages

Have you ever heard of Normcore or Provincial Picnic?  These are two of the many different styles to use on your scrapbook pages. Below is my latest scrapbook layout that I designed for Get It Scrapped, where I was inspired by these two styles.  The blog article can be found here.  Learning to mix contrasting styles on your pages can provide interest to the viewer and in my case pushed me to create something unique.

Supplies:Paper-October Afternoon (Root Cellar & Farm Girl), Journal Card-October Afternoon (Farm Girl), Chipboard Button-October Afternoon (Five & Dime(, White Foam Thickers-Amy Tangerine.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Make Your Layouts More Meaningful

I really wanted to write a blog post on Mother's Day featuring an amazing layout.  I did find a Mother's Day layout that I created a couple of years ago but was less that impressed.  Although the paper and embellishments were cute and there was nothing wrong with the layout or photos, something was missing.  I realized that I had no journaling on the page. I didn't tell the story about my day.  This layout had no feeling, no connection to me as the viewer.  The number one way to make your layouts more meaningful is to add journaling.  The photos don't always tell the entire story.  Here is an example of some prompts that I could have journaled about.

  • It appears that I'm happy but what else was I feeling?
  • I know it's Mother's Day but what else happened that day?
  • I know that my daughter Hailey sent me the flowers but will I remember this when I'm older?
  • The card says "love Baby Bear" it there a story behind the nickname?
  • What was the conversation as I thanked her for the gift?
  • What year is it? (a minimum requirement)

Journaling does not have to take a long time.  It can be hand written.  If I don't have room on my layout for a large amount of journaling I often put it on a journal card and slip it behind a photo.  Don't fret if you've made the same mistake that I did.  I will write about this day on a journal card and add it to this layout. 

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Record Your Child's Growth Through Photos

Check out my latest layout on Get It Scrapped. I love watching my beautiful daughter grow up through various photos of her smelling the tulips!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Big Photos Create Big Impact

Check out my recent layout on the Get It Scrapped Blog here. The article gives some great ideas for extending your scene off the page.

For those of you that follow my work, you know that I love large photos and often use them as a background.  They pack a "punch" that you don't get with smaller photos.  I still like to include more than one photo on a page so I am always experimenting with new ideas.  The layout below is a fun way to include more photos.  I have five photos here and still have room for my story and embellishments.  The layout itself is very simple which allows the reader to focus on the story.

Supplies:  Paper-Websters Pages-Summer Fun, Digital Arrows-Ali Edwards, Title Text-Rough Notes Sample, Circle (surf rider) cut from journal card.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Scrapbook Design Inspired by the 1950s

If you want to learn about how to create vintage looks on scrapbook layouts, check out the Get It Scrapped blog.  I was assigned to create a page inspired by the 1950's.  Read the full blog post here.

Supplies:  Paper &  Die Cuts:  SEI Mayberry Collection, Stamp: October Afternoon, Ink:  Jenni Bowlin-Weather Vane, Fonts: Cherry Cream Soda & HambergerHeaven.

Now let's go create! Shanna