November 21, 2007

Challenges Challenges Challenges

I don't know about you, but I am always up for a good challenge. Well, over at Have Your Way With Paper, there is one heck of a challenge going on. Sharon, a member of the DT, has created a challenge unlike any other I have seen. The Hide and Seek Challenge. She has hidden the various challenges with in the forums, and our job is to find the challenge and complete it according to the rules of that particular challenge.

As of right now there are 15, maybe 14, challenges posted. I have found all but number 14. I have completed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 15. I think some of my best work has come from these challenges.

I like when I am given a starting point to create a LO. For example: Use 4 flowers and 6 buttons on a LO. With this starting point I can take this LO in any direction I want to. I pull from the items or elements that I have to use, and go from there.

Here are two LO's that I completed tonight.

"Scrapbook Nazi"

Ok, so a few months ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to move back to Washington. He is from there, and I spent almost 10 years there. We both really miss it, and consider it home. So we discussed everything and have decided to make the change on the First of the year. That date is approaching very quickly.

I am excited and saddened at the same time. I miss my friends in Washington. I will be leaving a piece of my heart here in Arkansas. My sister, Kelly. She is my best friend and scrapping buddy. I have introduced her to some of my favorite scrappy places and hope that we can continue our hobby together, even though we will be 2200 miles apart. I LOVE THE INTERNET.

She has a affectionately nick named me the "Scrapbook Nazi," as I won't let her do a layout without putting my 2 cents in. I'm gonna miss that. I know that she can produce some amazing stuff. Maybe I do over shadow her. It's time for to be on her own and see what she can do! My guess is that she'll be published before me.

Of course I can't just leave without having some control over her layouts. So I have come up with a gift thanks to one of my fellow board members at . I can't reveal it right now in case she peeks in here! But it will be posted soon!

Me and my sis........

November 18, 2007

Good to go Back

I like to think that I am up to date on my albums. A have a few strays here and there that I still need to do, but for the most part I am just waiting to take more pictures. So what do I do in the mean time? I go back in time. I find photos that were not scrapped for one reason or another. The emotions that go through me as I look at them, bring me back to the day the photo was taken.

I had a challenge at Have Your Way With Paper that I had to have 2 paragraphs of journaling. The journaling was to be about the dreams that I have for a loved one. So I started digging through some of the pictures I had from when CJ was first born. I found one that was taken in the hospital, and everything about those days just came rushing back. I love looking at old photos. They put me right back in the moment.

November 14, 2007

November 14 Sketch

For your scrapping enjoyment!

What's in a Title?

For me the main purpose of a title is to set the mood of a layout. A title can be anything from a child's name to a song title to a quote. Finding that perfect title is always a quest for me. I am always on the lookout. I always have my scrapbooks at the top of my mind. So when I come across something, I immediately write it down.

There are some great websites out there to find titles. Two Peas in a Bucket,, and many others. But don't limit yourself to something that others have used a million times. Sometimes a layout just screams for something original. A play on words. The lyrics to that perfect song. That quote that just sent chills just racing through you.

This happened to me today as I was reading about the Sexiest Man Alive on I was reading about past winners and came across a quote from Johnny Depp. "Suddenly you meet your reason to live." I just got chills again as I write this. There is so much to be said in those few words. I just had to use it. So I came home, and started the hunt for the photos to go with the title. I found them.

Here is what I came up with!

November 11, 2007

Altered Photos

So many of us have one of those photo editing programs. But the only use they see is to fix that dreaded red eye, crop, or resize. Many people don't see the potential that these programs have to bring a different look to our pages.

Even the most simple programs have the ability to play with color. Make your pics stand out by changing them to Black and White, or even Sepia. Some programs can even add textures such as embossing. You can highlight certain areas of your photos, by just keeping one element in color. Such as brilliant blue eyes. The red Santa hats in a Christmas picture. The possibilities are endless.

In the layout below, I took a color photo and changed it to black and white. Then, I added a special effect called "sketch." This created a pencil like drawing of my image. The effect makes the part of the pic I wanted to focus on the highlight of this photo. His glasses.

Take the time and try some different techniques on your photos. I think you will like the results.

Nothing Negative about Negative Space

Negative space scares the crud out of many scrappers. I used to fear negative space as well. It can be so hard NOT to fill all the area on that large 12x12 space. The goal is to make something that is pleasing to the eye with out it looking crowded or not finished.

I think the first step in creating a negative space layout is to focus on one subject. You need to "ground" that subject/photo so it does not appear to be floating, but it is an intended design tool. I think to do this you need to "anchor" your design to a side or the top/bottom of your page. Some people are very good at placing the subject in the middle of the layout. I have yet to achieve this. So I stay near the sides or the top/bottom of my layout. Of course this all just preference.

In the sketch and layout below, I have achieved a pleasing negative space layout by anchoring my subject to the bottom of the page, and allowing the top to remain free. This brings the focus directly to my subject and the feeling I am trying to express.

Please feel free to try this sketch or make your own layout using negative space. I think you will like the results.

November 4, 2007

Fall Fun!

It is now Fall. Halloween has come and gone, but the layouts have just started. This is my favorite time of year to scrap. The holidays are quickly approaching, and with that comes many photo opportunities. Take the time to take pictures that you and your families will cherish for years to come.

Perfect Pumpkin: A warm Fall day, ideal for picking that perfect pumpkin. CJ found his, and gave me some great shots to scrap. The title is fun, and made 3 dimensional by using pop dots. Pumpkins on the right are hand cut. Some Magic Mesh and some fibers complete the layout.

Itsy Bitsy Spider & Friends: Halloween. A great time for dress up and a great time for pics. This layout was inspired by a sketch from Shanna (Scrappy Sketches & Ideas) The spider is hand cut and embellished with glitter glue and a silver pen.

11/04/07 Sketch ~ Fun with your circle punch

Have fun with your circle punches!

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