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I’m a little behind on sharing my pages from the Get It Scrapped blog this month. This month the creative team at Get It Scrapped was challenged to use Lesson 2 from the Style is Leverage event to “push our pattern story.”

A Day in the Life by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Gelato Chevron Brushes by Just Jaimee; Guppy, Day Trippers, Hopscotch by One Little Bird; Thin Classic Frames No 1, Wire Rim Flake Charms, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Flossy Stitches White by Katie Pertiet; Sassy Pants by Amy Wolff, A Day in the Life Freebie by Ali Edwards.

A Day in the Life by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Gelato Chevron Brushes by Just Jaimee; Guppy, Day Trippers, Hopscotch by One Little Bird; Thin Classic Frames No 1, Wire Rim Flake Charms, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Flossy Stitches White by Katie Pertiet; Sassy Pants by Amy Wolff, A Day in the Life Freebie by Ali Edwards.

I went in to the assignment without a hypothesis of what I thought my dominant “pattern story” is. To start off, then, I looked through my recent pages taking a mental note of 1) what type of pattern I used most frequently, 2) in what size and 3) how I brought pattern into my page design. When looking through my pages I found that: 1) I most frequently use geometric patterns, 2) in small sizes and 3) from patterned paper. To challenge myself I wanted to try and break that dominant story. I did a search on Pinterest for “geometric print” and scrolled through the images. I saw a print using stamps of a geometric pattern that reminded me of the “Gelato Chevron Brushes” by Just Jaimee that were already in my stash. I liked that they were a larger pattern than I normally use and that they could add pattern without using pattern paper. After “stamping” them on my page I layered my photo and title on top for the final result. I am really happy with how this page turned out. I think it fits my “style” but while pushing myself to do something I wouldn’t normally do.

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I know, two days in a row of Get It Scrapped creative team pages! It’s just a coincidence that both assignments I took on were being published a day apart! Today’s challenge was to make a page where I start with a product in mind rather than photos or composition. Here’s the result:

Things Are Getting Crazy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Bermuda Triangle Kit by Pixels & Co.; Surf Lagoon Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Going Places by One Little Bird.

Things Are Getting Crazy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Bermuda Triangle Kit by Pixels & Co.; Surf Lagoon Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Going Places by One Little Bird.

I very rarely start a page with product only. The exception to this is themed product that inspires a story or some of my creative team (CT) assignments. Those CT assignments that rely on using particular product are a bigger challenge for me than others. For this page I started with the palm tree ephemera card by Scotty Girl Design that was part of the free collab at Pixels and Co. for International Scrapbooking Day. I picked it because I just liked it. Once I picked out the card I laid it out on my page and then started designing the composition around the card. I laid out everything except the title banner and wood veneer martini glass, those I added after I had picked my photos and story to reinforce my second motif of drinking/having a good time. I liked that this story about David trying the worst drink on the cocktail menu during our Madagascar trip isn’t pictures on the beach, but that the ephemera underlies a bach theme.

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For my first assignment at Get It Scrapped this month I used an oversized geometric print for my background paper. Here’s the result:

Reunion by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Busy Week by One Little Bird; Gator Crossing Solids, Almost There Element Pack, Bakers Twine Tangerine, Hadleigh Element Pack, Be Buttoned Energy by Katie Pertiet; Playground Love Alpha by Allison Pennington; May 2014 Challenge Freebie Template by Amy Martin Designs

Reunion by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Busy Week by One Little Bird; Gator Crossing Solids, Almost There Element Pack, Bakers Twine Tangerine, Hadleigh Element Pack, Be Buttoned Energy by Katie Pertiet; Playground Love Alpha by Allison Pennington; May 2014 Challenge Freebie Template by Amy Martin Designs

To start my page I looked through all my papers tagged “Geometric” to identify what I would use for my background paper. Oversized geometric prints of all types – stripes, chevrons, dots, etc. – have been really popular in scrapbooking recently so I had a lot of choices. I really liked this black and white stripe from the Busy Week kit by One Little Bird so decided to start with that. Since the print of my background paper was so big I decided that small photos and a simple title would add interesting contrast. Also, since the paper was black and white I used bright pops of color in my embellishing and with my photo choices.

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For my second assignment at Get It Scrapped this month I took on the challenge of of “channeling” Emily Pitts. You can see some inspiring Emily Pitt pages on this Pinterest board. Here’s my take:

One of These Things by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Day Planner by One Little Bird

One of These Things by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Day Planner by One Little Bird

If you’re familiar with Emily Pitts then you know she’s a paper scrapper with a a very distinctive style that was difficult for me to pull off in digi. Of course, when I think of Emily I immediately think of her large, stacked titles so I knew that would be part of my design. I also used the tips from this tutorial to make the papers look like they were cut by hand. Finally, I have to point out my supply list: only one kit! This pretty much never happens to me, but this kit worked perfectly for my topic. These are pictures that my mom, sister and I shared on a random December day last year. I loved the contrast of bright sunny Maseru with Salt Lake and Seattle. Plus I love pages that document the differences in my family.

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This month the Get It Scrapped creative team was challenged to make a scrapbook page with one or more color photos that have a vintage/retro photo filter like those on this Pinterest board. Here’s my take:

Beach by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Surf Lagoon Kit, Fading Words No 3 by Katie Pertiet; Citrus Digital Jewels by Adrienne Looman; Evergreen, Carson Park by One Little Bird

Beach by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Surf Lagoon Kit, Fading Words No 3 by Katie Pertiet; Citrus Digital Jewels by Adrienne Looman; Evergreen, Carson Park by One Little Bird

I use RadLab regularly to process my photos, but almost always stick to the basics like Lights On, Lights Off, Clairefy and Sugar Rush. It was fun to try out other filters for this assignment. I used the “Pool Party” filter because I thought it gave the photo a summery yet retro look. Also, I have to mention how much I love the Surf Lagoon Kit by Katie Pertiet. It is my go-to kit for summer/beach pages. This is one of very few kits that I have used repeatedly.

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Side by side comparison – Heather & Allison.

My sister has started digital scrapbooking (mostly out of desperation while her physical supplies are on the slow boat to Copenhagen) and emailed me to ask for tips on shadowing in digital scrapbooking. This post is the result of her suggestion that I write up my tips on the blog, since she looked here first before emailing me. 🙂

Disclaimer: I am a lazy shadower. There are people who spend HOURS shadowing to make everything look as realistic as possible. As I told Allison, I’d rather focus on the color, patterns and page design than on shadowing. I can only barely tell if my shadows are going in different directions (I have mine set to 120 degrees). That said, I do have five different shadow styles that I actively use because I think they do different products well so I thought I’d write up a little tidbit on the different styles I have and what I like them for.

Shadow Styles by Mommyish (Free!)

This is the newest shadow style set to my collection and quickly becoming my fave. My favorite shadows are:

  • Alphas
  • Buttons
  • Flair
  • Photo Frame (adds a textured white border around the photo, just like a stroke but better)
  • Hard Thin Elements (great for paperclips)
  • Sticker (I’ve been using this a bunch just on titles I’ve typed in fonts to make it look like alpha stickers.)
  • Wood Veneer (how did I live without a wood veneer style before this?)

Toolbox Shadows V1 by Gennifer Bursett

This was my fave until the Mommyish came along and still my go-to for paper. I like that it has three different paper options: flat, raised and popped. I use flat and raised A LOT. Other shadows I go back to:

  • Ribbon (flat)
  • Ribbon (bow)
  • Rhinestone/beads

Shadow Like Me by One Little Bird

I used her paper style for awhile, but still go back to this for:

  • Button
  • Flat Ribbon
  • Lace & Fabric

Realistic Drop Shadows by Sahlin Studio

Before Toolbox Shadows V1 I was using the three different paper styles in this set: flat, stacked paper 1 and stacked paper 2. Her shadows are much deeper, though, and I guess I prefer mine not quite so deep. These days I primarily use this for the two different button styles.

Drop Shadow Styles No 2 by Katie Pertiet

I love the “Dramatic alpha drop shadow” in this set and, until Mommyish came along, used it for ALL my titles. It’s still my go-to for alphas.

So, those are my thoughts on shadowing in digital scrapbooking. For more details on how to install and use shadow styles check out this article from The Daily Digi has a good overview on how to install and use shadow styles.

 

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Each month The Lilypad*, a digital scrapbooking store/website, hosts a series of scrapbooking challenges and then gives out coupons for up to 30 percent off a purchase depending on how many challenges you complete. I’m not normally someone who participates in store challenges for two reasons: 1) You have to use a certain percentage of their product on your pages (understandably so, they are trying to maintain a small business) and 2) the incentive has never been enough to entice me. After scoping out the challenges at The Lilypad for a couple of months I finally decided to jump in and take them on because 1) I already buy and use a lot of Lilypad product (e.g. 5 of my 7 challenge pages feature almost exclusively product by One Little Bird) and 2) the discount is enticing to me because I spend money there anyway. Plus I like that you earn the award for straight up completing the challenges and not that your name get puts in a drawing for the award if you complete them.

April was my first month taking on the challenges and they were easier to complete than I anticipated. I originally set out to complete 6 challenges – because that earns you 30% off – but did the 7th challenge because I was inspired. Doing the 7th challenge gets your name put into a drawing for one of two guest creative team slots for a month. That would be fun, but the 30% off was the real draw. Here are all 7 pages together:

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Three random, additional thoughts:

1) I found it a lot easier to stick with product from The Lilypad than I thought when I started the challenges. Part of that is I am increasingly buying more of their stuff and less stuff other places. I’ve become a big fan of the monthly Build Your Own Collab stuff. But it’s also partly because limiting myself is kind of nice creatively to keep myself from trolling ALL of my supplies for the perfect thing.

2) I often reminded myself that I didn’t have to make the best pages I’ve ever done, I just had to finish them. That was a strong motivating factor. My perfectionist tendencies can get out of control when creating pages for my creative team obligations, so it was nice to let go and just get stories told.

3) It was fun to have the challenge push me out of my usual process by starting with a slightly different approaches. Sure, they are still photo and story-centric, but how I got to that point was slightly different for each page. Plus looking at all 7 pages together I can see clear signs of my style coming through: neutral background paper mixed with bright multi-color patterned paper and several casual blocked designs.

Altogether this was fun – I will definitely be attempting to tackle the challenges again next month!

*Funny side note: Whenever I think of The Lilypad I pronounce it in my head as “the dash Lilypad” because their url is the-lilypad.com

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