I’ve been interested in two page layouts with different backgrounds for awhile now. Love the challenge of making them cohesive yet with two distinct halves. This topic was a great one for this type of layout because it had two sides to the story. My oldest and youngest loved splashing in the pool while we were on vacation, but my middle son had broken his collarbone shortly after we arrived and couldn’t go in the water. So I created a simple fun page with some of my pool photos for the left side of the spread, and told the story of my middle boy being a good sport on the right. I kept the second page more subdued version of the first maintaining cohesion mainly through the colour palette. I like the tension created by the divide between the photos.
One of the best things about living in a place where other people come for holidays is simply staying home. It’s a holiday weekend in BC and the campsites are full, the highways are busy and we’re staying home. Which means that I get to have the best of both worlds this weekend – play with my family at the beach or in the woods then come home to play in my scrap room.
It’s also a Best of Both Worlds weekend on Shimelle’s blog with lots of scrappy inspiration and challenges to play along with. Three challenges have been posted so far with more to be posted all weekend. I’ve got ideas flowing for two of the three challenges so far, so I’m getting cracking on them tonight so I can build some scrappy momentum for the rest of the weekend.
P.S. I have a couple of pages from 2 Peas’ CHA challenges to take photos of and post this weekend, too.
Crazy, yes, but definitely not lazy or hazy around here this summer. I have done some scrapping in spite of the chaos around here, but haven’t managed to get photos taken, or do much journaling. I need peace and quiet to journal. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
These are photos of my oldest the day he got his first pair of glasses. He LOVED them! I expected him to resist wearing them, but no, he wanted to wear them all the time.
I haven’t written any journaling for this page because my husband has been away and I wanted his input since these are photos from our honeymoon. I was inspired by Case File No. 78 from the CSI challenge site. I didn’t make their deadline, but loved the inspiration. I have a couple more pages to share when I get a chance to take photos of them.
Debbie Hodge’s Design Critique Workshop last March/April helped me get back in the scrapping saddle. It felt great to be back with this group learning/reviewing design principles, applying them to my pages and getting/giving feedback on what works and what can be tweaked a bit and, of course, laughing all the while!
This is my first draft of Puppy. I took the photo before I finished stitching because I needed to post before the critique group deadline. I figured we could imagine what the title would look like when the stitching was finished. I knew I’d be tweaking the page after class anyways.
Here’s my final version. I love the addition of the stitched frame around the photo and the added texture and colour of the enamel dots.
This page did not turn out anything like I intended. I LOVE these photos of a day last summer when we went sailing in the rain in Halifax harbour. So I ordered some of the Glitz Uncharted Waters collection and started planning how I’d use them. When I sat down to scrap, I got swept up in my memories of the day and found that didn’t use any of the papers, only some of the die cuts and a couple of journaling cards. So much for planning ahead!
I added a watercolour effect under the photos by misting the cardstock with water then spraying and splattering it with a couple different mists. I dried it overnight under weights with scrap paper to absorb some of the water. It almost lies flat now. I also moved the photos a bit and rearranged the embellishments. I like the added focus on the central photo and title block.
These are really old photos from my honeymoon in Spain and Portugal. I wanted to play with an informal grid structure. I’ve had an idea to use some of my 6×6 papers in a four square design for awhile now, so this seemed the time to play with it. This came together I ran out of time to add my journalling, so I simply added to strips to show my intent.
A few tweaks: I added yellow stitching around my title. I added a few more ink splatters around the edges of the cardstock. I machine stitched around my papers and bent the edges up for more dimension. I also outlined the photos with black marker. And of course, I added my journalling. Hmmm, I just noticed that I left off the grid washi tape in the final version. I don’t really miss it.
Repetition and Unity
Sigh. I love these photos of my oldest son taking photos at the Halifax Citadel last summer. He was just starting to explore photography. Brought back great memories of learning to use an Kodak Instamatic camera when I was his age.
My tweaks: I cut off the red and blue striped edges and added a dark brown ledger paper frame and added some brown ink splatters. I also cut off the colourful arrows on the journalling card. I changed my clusters to vary their size.
Well, I’ve dropped the (Calvin)ball this last week, while I scrambled to empty the junk out of what will be my new craft room so the reno work can begin, and got thoroughly distracted by sorting/reorganizing my stash. I’m really loving the excitement of a room of my own. Without boys pestering me to play computer games across the room.
Calvinball Score card
- Blogging: 5.5
- Scrapping: 4
- Bonus (a.k.a. shenanigans): 5
Total: 14.5 points
Clearly it’s time to get scrapping (and blogging more!)
If you like scrapping, heckling and Calvin & Hobbes and want to get more scrapping done this month, this is the game for you!
The basic rules are:
1. the rules are subject to change at any time by anyone.
2. layouts = 1 point
3. the layout is the gold standard. all other projects are measured against the almighty layout.
4. smack talking is expected.
5. cheering on your teammates is also expected.
6. the reward is the huge feeling of accomplishment at the end of the month!
The points system is confusing and constantly evolving, but that’s the fun of Calvinball! At the moment it includes points for eating chocolate, scrapping in public, using your scrappy skills for good, reading romance novels, staying up late and, of course, making pages, cards and project life pages. And shopping! A point for shopping! This is my kinda game!
Jump on over to the JBS Mercantile message board to jump in and play along.
My points so far:
- 1 point for blogging
- 1 point for shopping
for a (measly) total of 2. Not bad for just finding out about the game a few minutes ago. Tomorrow, I scrap! And get my cleaning point for the week, because I’ll be doing a lot of that this month.
It’s February and the Layout A Day (LOAD) challenge is on again! I’ve participated in this challenge plenty of times and haven’t come very close to actually completing a page a day for a whole month. I think my best record was 15 pages in 28 days. I’m OK with that. LOAD is my creative bootcamp/kick-in-the-pants. It is when I explore my creative process and notice where I tend to get stuck and find ways past those stuck points. Good things to keep in mind these days. I’ve been struggling with my creative perfectionist tendencies a fair bit lately.
I was away from home from January 31 to Febuary 3, so that was a bit of a challenge. I couldn’t take much scrapping supplies with me on our ski getaway, too much gear packed in the van already. So I brought a tiny shoulder bag with scissors and a few basic supplies and about five page kits. No trimmer, no selection of alphas, embellishments, punches, or anything. Turns out it was great having so little stuff to look through. Scrapping was simple and relaxing. Might try that out at home, too.
Our first prompt was to scrap a page without ANY words. Impossible! I have so few photos to choose from. Then I saw these photos of my boys at a playground last spring. Do I really need words to describe their energy? I’m not so keen on the photo arrangement I used, it looks too much like a plus sign to me.
I have loved this photo for years and just haven’t gotten around to scrapping it. So much green space in the photo. But I remember them running across the field at top speed, then stopping and looking both ways at the deserted bike path before crossing to get to the playground. So sweet.
I used some really old supplies on this one. Does anyone remember Rain Dots by Cloud Nine? I bought a bunch when I was just a rookie scrapper and haven’t used many. But the recent enamel dot trend reminded me of them and their transparency works much better here.
The prompt on day four was to scrap about our goals. During our ski weekend, I kept thinking about our dream of having a family sky home. Not sure whether this will be feasible, but wanted to put it down on paper at least.
So far, I have four layouts for five days. Not perfect, but I’m not going for perfect. So far, so good.
It’s taken me awhile to post these, but I want to share a few pages I completed during the Two Peas CHA Social a couple of weeks ago. The social was great fun and the challenges were as inspiring as always – just wish I could have done more (as always).
CHA Challenge 3 – Use three trends on a page: I used a pie chart, washi tape and vellum envelopes for my journalling/goal lists. This was a fun way to document a few changes I want to make and use some of those large die cut papers that I’ve had in my stash too long. I see a few more pie chart pages in my future.
CHA Challenge 4 – Use four words in your title. Our sweet boxer girl suffers her silly nicknames with unrelenting dignity. I chose her top four nicknames to keep the page from becoming cluttered. Thinking about writing a few others beside the photos without the speech bubbles. How can I not include “Twinkle Toes” or “Poison Hound”?
CHA Challenge 1 – Make a page with one colour (not counting neutrals): I added journalling after taking the photo, really. I love these photos from the first day of our road trip to Alberta in 2011. The boys had been cooped up in the car all day and were raring to go explore the dam.
I haven’t been scrapping as much as I’d like this month. Life gets frenetic in our house as fall turns toward winter. First there’s Halloween – a celebration of costumes and imagination which is anticipated for months by the boys. Then we swing right into birthday excitement with first my husband’s then my middle boy’s birthday. And then it’s late November and you can practically taste the Christmas excitement in the air. And through it all is the anticipation of Canadian winter. Snow is coming. And my boys have snowflakes in their hearts and a great sledding hill in their backyard.
Which is a long-winded way of saying that I don’t get a lot of peace in the house at this time of year, and peace is one of my basic requirements for scrapping. What scrapping I did do was to meet a deadline for Debbie Hodge’s Guided Critique Workshop that I was struggling to keep up with.
Our first topic was white space, or in this case, grey space. Kept it simple, but added the black and white strips to break out of the block a bit and make it a touch more interesting.
Our design topic that week was flow. I used the paper strips above and below the photos to move the eye in a Z shape from the top left of the page to the bottom right. Here’s my revised version replacing the red/teal strips with black/white to tone down the red/green colour combo and the Christmas-y feel that goes with it.
Not sure that did enough. Now I want another layer between the red and the blue/green paper. Maybe I could add a bit of tape. Hmmm … a bit more revising is in order perhaps. Not sure how much I can do with it all stuck down,
Here our topic was alignment. Kept it simple and added the splatters for a bit of background interest.
Our last week, our topic was colour. I LOVE colour, especially subtle colour combinations. But as soon as I tried to scrap using colour intentionally, I struggled and over-thought everything. And I decided that I had to use bright colours, which I don’t tend to use. The result was this:
I like the bright colours, but I kind of lost it with my photo placement. So I tried again and came up with this:
I like the stitched circle in place of the paper one. Still needs a bit of journalling at the bottom, though.
I also made a couple of card for an online crop at The Paper Passion. Felt good to get a creativity fix when I was too distracted by life to start a layout. One for my husband:
and one for my middle boy:
I missed a week of my critique group workshop because life simply didn’t allow any scrapping time while we had a house full of guests for a week. Rather than stress about it, I decided to enjoy their company. So I stayed up late talking, got up early with the kids and cooked a lot of great food. Felt great.
The last week of the workshop focused on balance and unity.
It was hard not to dwell on my sadness that my littlest boy isn’t my dog walking companion anymore when I was scrapping these photos. I miss his running ahead on our adventures in the park. I tried to reflect the late winter, early spring textures and colour of these photos in the products I chose.
I honestly not so keen on this page. It missed the mark for me. It’s a story that’s dear to my heart. I’m quite proud of my new eager new scouts. I’d like the title to be more prominent and the journalling to not look like an afterthought. I like the striped paper and the trees. Perhaps if I had put the title where the journalling is and put the journalling underneath the photos.