Hi guys! Today I am sharing what I have for our daughter Natalie so far for her scrapbook albums! Alan and I are working together to organize and create albums for each of our four kids that they will then take with them when they have homes of their own. The albums in this video are for Natalie and are layouts I made from around 2007 (the year she was born) until 2010. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have created for her up to this point!
To follow along with the rest of this series, click this link here.
Hi guys! Today I am shopping my stash so I can use all the fun products I have been saving for the Bermuda Honeymoon album! This is an important part for me to inspire me to use my products and I hope you will find some good tips too!
Just a little programming note: Next week is Spring Break for our kiddos and so I will be taking the week off to spend time and love on them a bit! You will still hear from me and I have something fun planned while I am away. See you back here again soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.
I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.
My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.
I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.
After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.
Look at all those yummy layers!
And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.
Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!
Hi guys! Today I am continuing my Things I Need to Hear series with a traditional layout called Take Time to Recharge.
Thank you so very much to each and every person who has encouraged me along this series. These layouts are a joy to create and I am loving the affirming reminders every week, along with creative process. These feed my soul, and I hope you are gaining inspiration too. This is my completed layout for this week.
My layout began with a photo of me and my gold polka dot tea mug. I recently found a vanilla tea that reminds me of my childhood in Germany and so I have been taking time throughout the week to just sit down and enjoy a cup. Photo credit: Alan.
I took a little time to add a mist background using the Rosey Posey cut file available at The Cut Shoppe, link here. After that I added stitching using my sewing machine, in concentric circles around the floral designs. This became the basis for all my embellishments.
My embellishment clusters each center around a round ephemera or chipboard circle. To each of those I added a shaped paper clip, a floral embellishment, or a chipboard phrase.
My title is stamped using the Oasis alphabet set and stickers from Simple Stories. Not complicated at all, and most definitely a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves.
I think what has motivated this whole series is the fact that I miss my mom and I miss her words of wisdom and I miss her reminders to me to take care of myself. I miss the days she came to visit when I was sick, and in one quick afternoon she would have the whole house cleaned, dinner made, and the kids taken care of. So my journaling are what I wish her words would be to me, if I could talk to her on the phone.
Products used include: Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills embellishments and ephemera; The Cut Shoppe cut file; Heidi Swapp Shine spray mist in coral; Ali Edwards Me and Tough story kits stamp set and chipboard pieces; American Crafts Hazelwood shaped paper clip; Freckled Fawn shaped clip and wood veneer coffee cup; Maggie Holmes Confetti wood hearts; Tim Holtz epoxy flower.
Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout about myself about “Things I Need to Hear.” This is a traditional, mixed media layout using Crate Paper Oasis collection and Jane Davenport watercolors and stencil.
So last week I shared a layout about myself and some of the affirmations that I need to hear in my life right now. So many of you told me how much you really liked that layout and the concept of the layout, and I enjoyed making the layout too. So I decided I would definitely try to do more of that. Yay for 12×12 traditional layouts!
I started this layout with the wood grain patterned paper from the Oasis collection. Oh you guys, it is gorgeous and while my first instinct is to hide it away and never use it, I promise I didn’t ruin it and I am sooo happy I used it. First I ran the patterned paper through my printer to get this really big title.
Then I really wanted these florals from the Jane Davenport stencil around the title itself, so I used my modeling paste to achieve that.
Then, because I love color and wanted to play with the Jane Davenport watercolors, I painted and swirled and dripped those beautiful colors all around the flowers themselves. Ah so pretty.
And then I began to layer my photos and ephemera in the opposite corner of my title.
My journaling reads as follows:
Thanks so much for following along today! See you back here again soon!
Hi guys!!!! So I just can’t seem to put this Maggie Holmes collection down! I decided to create a traditional layout to share with you today. Woot woot!
Ah that was so much fun to create and I could not wait to share this layout with you today. Here is a look at the completed layout:
My jumping off point for the layout was my photo and a few thoughts about what I needed to hear that day. This is a combination of art journaling and scrapbooking, isn’t it? I began the layout by printing my journaling directly onto my cardstock, knowing that I wanted my photo to be above. I had not decided for sure about what collection I wanted to use, or how I wanted to embellish, and that will always come when it is time.
I knew that I wanted this beautiful pink floral to show and I also knew I wanted to use my favorite stencil to create some florals of my own. The stencil I used is an older one from Dear Lizzy, and I chose Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create the florals. I wanted them to be alongside the journaling, but leaving enough white space to give your eye a place to rest on the layout.
Just a few embellishments, some pink paint splatters, and this layout is complete.
Hi guys! I’m going to make this short and sweet today: I have a really sweet little mini album to show you. Last month my husband had a birthday and I wanted to bring together some photos plus words to let him know how special and important he is to all of us. Here is a flip-thru video of this gem:
So I approached this little album quite simply: photos, a few journaling cards, and the tags that came in Ali Edwards’ Stuff story kit. I asked each of the children to write a little something on a journaling card for him, and I adhered everything together. If you click on any of the images, they will open in a Lightbox so you can view them larger, and you will be able to scroll through on either side of the images.
That is all for today! Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with a full week of inspiration for you!
Hi guys! For my TBT I am continuing along in my 2014 Project Life album, Week 32. The construction project is now completed and we are swimming right back into normal life. Have a look at my process video:
Here is the layout with photos and journaling cards:
And this is the layout completed with journaling and embellishments:
This layout is about my daughter Natalie’s birthday, which happened at Chuck-E-Cheese. So bright colors, busy photos, lots to see here! I chose bright colors and bold patterns in the Sahlin Studio Celebrate Add-on kit and some patterned papers from Dear Lizzy Happy Place and My Mind’s Eye Hooray!
These white alphas are from Ali Edwards and are proving to be quite useful for title cards. The initial + age is also an Ali Edwards technique that she frequently uses to highlight her children’s ages at the time of the layout. Love this!
When I think of the phrase Best Day Ever, I totally thing about Natalie because she uses that phrase often! This definitely was a very fun day for her. The diagonal stripe is one of the patterned papers in the Celebrate kit, and I brought that paper into a blank canvas to create this card. I then layered the phrase element on top of the patterned paper and positioned it into place in Photoshop. I did the same for the brown card next to it.
This bold chevron is also included in the Celebrate kit, and it layers beautifully with dimensional gold alphabets and strips printed on vellum. The vellum pieces are all printed and cut using the Silhouette, all from the Celebrate kit.
You can’t photograph a day at CEC without getting a snap of the tickets. For some reason this photo printed a bit smaller than 3×4, so I trimmed it down and layered it on top of this patterned paper that is part of the Celebrate kit. The card next to it is also from that kit: the polka dot is layered onto a white canvas and the word art on top of that.
I did not embellish the photos at all, since they are already so bright and busy. On the right hand side I created this cute filler card with ephemera from Dear Lizzy Happy Place. The vellum tag and number strip are from Celebrate.
Check out these expressions on Natalie’s face! She was so excited and thrilled. This is her, every day, living her life to the fullest!
This card represents everything I love about Project Life. Taking a simple patterned paper and layering stamps and ephemera on top just makes my heart so happy. If you are at a loss how to fill a pocket, this is a go-to technique.
And here is one last look at the right side:
Hopefully you can see how I balanced the bright, bold colors with white space and kraft cards. This was a fun layout to create! See you tomorrow for a very special project that was a gift for a very special person!
Hi guys! I sort of had a speed scrap session and got two layouts done in this week’s video! So have a look!
I have promised myself that I want to finish this album before the end of November, so I am hoping to double up for the next few weeks just to get it done. Today’s layouts document the landscaping we did as part of the Sweat Equity program, and then the final walk-thru of the house. Whew!
This is the first layout, first with just photos and journaling cards (above), and then completed below.
I think I will include the close-up photos here as a Gallery. Feel free to click on any image and it will enlarge, and it will also allow you to scroll through each one!
Here is the second layout, and it includes an insert which is a darling photo of our daughters hanging out happily together on the carpet. I love this photo – it actually sums up how we felt about having the house completed and feeling a sense of calm before the storm.
This layout across the whole page was incredibly neutral because of all the empty rooms, so I selected products from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection that are also very neutral. Her black and white patters, with just tiny touch of colors here and there, are perfect.
Here again is a Gallery for layout 2:
When you flip the insert you find a little love note that Natalie drew for me, and then the rest of the completed house.
The completed layout, and our finished home.
One more Gallery for you to see. So many wonderful photos!
I truly hope you have enjoyed following along in this project! It has been so much fun documenting this big thing for our family, and I am so happy this is written down and photographed and able to be looked at any time we wish. It’s a great feeling. Stay tuned for next week, I will show you my plans for the rest of the album!