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Can I get an Amen for the above? This describes my procrastination to a T. As an extreme example I have been known to clean the house when procrastinating on homework. For the past week it has been scrapbooking a bunch of pages when I really should be working on next month’s assignments for the GIS Creative Team. I’ve done one of the three assignments and have had a total creative block when it comes to the other two. Here’s an overview of what I’ve created in the last week:

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productivity-2The good part of it is that I’ve gone back and scrapped some photos from earlier this year and documented some stories that I’ve had on my to-do list. So that feels satisfying. I know that I say this a lot, but I’m still getting a ton of mileage out of the Scrapbook Coach classes at Get It Scrapped. I think I’ve done every example except one (it’s on mirror symmetry and I just haven’t been able to wrap my mind around it yet.) I’ve added links to the sidebar on the left to my galleries at Get It Scrapped and Designer Digitals where I’ve shared some of these already and will probably share the rest eventually.

 

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This week I was able to get my hands on a bunch of photos taken during our Urinetown performances last weekend. (BIG thanks to our friend Diego who took really great photos!) I have this thing where if I have a lot of photos from an event that I always feel compelled to use them ALL but I also always have smaller stories that don’t require lots of photos to tell. For example, when I traveled to Morocco with my sister in 2010 we took thousands of photos and I loved A LOT of them, but didn’t always have a good reason to use them. In that case I created a photo book with no journaling or anything just to display the photos. Then, once that was done, I felt I could go back and just document whatever smaller things came to mind about the trip – like our favorite pizza place in Fes.

The same was true with all the photos from Urinetown. I have several smaller stories I want to document – my favorite moments, what it was like to perform my first solo in public, etc – but also wanted to give a good overview with the photos I loved. Fortunately I came across this layout by fellow GIS Creative Team member Marcia Fortunato that she shared for a recent Office Hours for Masterful Scrapbook Design. When I saw it I immediately pinned it on Pinterest so that I could go back and scraplift it. Here’s how it turned out:

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Supplies | Katie Pertiet: Classic Cardstock: Cleansing, Cut Ups: Photography, So Fine Element Pack, Cut Ups: Springtime, So Fine Linen Buttons, Colorful Tabs; Ali Edwards: This One Brushes & Stamps; Gennifer Bursett: Elemental: Snippy Alphas; One Little Bird and The Ardent Sparrow: Going Places Kit; One Little Bird Designs: Dayplanner Kit, Corn Maze Kit

One thing that I especially loved about the design was the combination of portrait and horizontal oriented photos together. Whenever I have a lot of photos I always feel compelled to display them in the same orientation (ie all horizontal). I also really like the tilt of the photos and thought it gave the whole layout a strong visual interest.

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Last weekend marked one more Maseru Player’s Company production in the bag. Phew. Our performances went really well. I loved putting all the time and effort that we put into the show to good use in front of our friends and Maseru community. After spending the majority of the last five weeks going straight from work to rehearsals, though, I am looking forward to having my personal time back.

In that train of thought I spent my first evening off documenting one of my favorite show traditions … drinks at the Lesotho Sun after our Saturday night performance in costumes and stage makeup (i.e. yes, I have bright red lipstick on). We’ve done it for all three shows & thankfully someone took pictures this time.

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Supplies | One Little Bird Designs: Star Gazer Kit; Katie Pertiet: Loosely Labeled, Scalloped Strip Masks, Basic Tags No 1, Sentiment Spots No 4, Cardstock Alpha: Whimsy Blue, So Fine Element Pack, William Element Pack; Zoe Pearn: Little Miss Sunshine Alpha Add-on; Andrea Victoria: Pina Paper Pack. 

Once again the design is based on a lesson from Debbie Hodge’s “Scrapbook Coach” series. This is Lesson 4 of “Piecework.” I seriously love all of the lessons so far. I’ve found that I’m turning to them instead of templates when I don’t have the mojo to come up with my own design.

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When I was in Utah between Grandma’s birthday and my sister’s baby shower I got an email from Amy Kingsford at Get It Scrapped asking me to be on their 2013/14 creative team. There may or may not have been a series of squeals after I read the email. 😉 This will be my first creative team & I was sooo excited to be asked. It came totally out of the blue! Get It Scrapped is a website that I’ve been following for a long time now but that I have really come to appreciate through the Guided Study Critique Workshop, my subscription to Masterful Scrapbook Designs and most recently the Scrapbook Coach series.

To celebrate the announcement of the team we’re having a blog hop to introduce everyone. So, to anyone new to my site, hello! I am so thrilled to be on a team with so many talented ladies. There are several women who were in my critique workshops and also several women I’ve admired for awhile on the team. Let’s just say I’m in good company. 😉

Pick a Favorite Article from Get It Scrapped

For the blog hop we were asked to identify one of our favorite articles at Get It Scrapped and create a layout inspired by it. I chose Ideas for Telling Stories on Scrapbook Pages without Photos because I’ve had a photo-less layout idea on my “to do” list but have never actually created a non-photo layout. The article was just the inspiration I needed to finally check that off the list. (Yes I have a “to do” list of scrapbook pages. When you get to know me better you won’t be surprised.) Here’s what I came up with:

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Supplies: Away We Go Kit, Frame Hangers No 1, Notebook No 5 Paper Pack, Powder Mountain Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack, Flagged Dates No 5, Dragon Trainer Element Pack, Flossy Stitches – White by Katie Pertiet; These Walls Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Going Places Kit by One Little Bird Designs and The Ardent Sparrow; Thick Travel Words, Everyday 12 Inch Twill by Ali Edwards; Paper Piercing/Stitching Holes by Sahlin Studios; Naked Tape IT by Anna Aspnes, Mommyish: Stylin 82 Fabric.

A couple of thoughts on my process:

1) I read somewhere that an easy way to do layouts without photos was just to replace the photo with journaling. This layout was inspired by Lesson 1 in the Scrapbook Coach class “Shelf” Instead of a picture, I put a journaling block with a frame. When I saw the example layout I immediately thought of the cool map block stamps that I have in my collection and thought it would be a great way to use them.

2) At first I had my journaling in a typewriter font (my favorite VT Portable), but decided since it was my personal story that I’d use my handwriting font instead. I also made the font a bit bigger than usual (12pts instead of 11) because I wanted the journaling to be the focal point.

Save 60% off the Masterful Scrapbook Design Issue – Telling Stories

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Another part of the CT Blog Hop celebration is 60% savings on selected archive issues of Masterful Scrapbook Design through Monday, June 3. Mine is Telling Stories. I was  excited when I was assigned this issue because (unknown to Amy who made the assignments) my layout was also inspired by the issue. In fact, I put the topic on my “to do” list while I was reading the seminar during my April travels. There was a subject on telling “the enduring stories” and the story in my layout is something I tell people often & one of the stories I brainstormed when I took a break from reading. 

*** Use the coupon code giscttsha60p to grab this issue for 60% off through Monday, June 3rd. ***

For more ideas and discounts from the Get It Scrapped Creative Team keep on hopping down (or, if you’re feeling rebellious, up) using the links below.

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Amy Kingsford
Sue Althouse
Michelle Houghton and Deborah Wagner
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Christy Strickler
*** Heather Awsumb *** (That’s me!)
Michelle Hernandez
Lise Mariann Alsli
Alexis Aragona
Kristy T
Stefanie Semple
Audrey Tan
Sian Fair
Brenda Becknell
Carrie Arick
Kiki Kougioumtzi
Tara McKernin
Susanne Brauer
Marcia Fortunato
Katie Scott
Andrea
Rosann Santos-Elliott
Doris Sander
Celeste Smith

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I kind of can’t believe that the hundreds and hundreds of photos I took while in safari in Tanzania have basically been pared down to these photos and the layout I did previously about the Big 5. I need to think about what other stories I can document with those photos. I have so many good ones!

This is a 2-pager I did. Here’s the left page:

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and then the right …

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Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Day Out Kit, Striping Grunge Edgers No 1, William Paper Pack, Basic Paper Alpha: White; Patti Knox: A to Zoo Kit; Mindy Terasawa: Little Safari Kit; One Little Bird Designs: These Walls Kit

Design Notes:

1) I added the row of circles to the right because I thought it added a nice touch of contrast and I thought it looked to square and block-y without.

2) I have a good assortment of elements with a safari/zoo theme like the stickers I in the circles. I’m a sucker for cute elephants especially. I really wanted to work as many of them in as possible on this layout.

3) I took the basic photo structure from a sketch that I’ve had in my files for awhile and then tweaked it a bit. The biggest change was adding the “shelf” to the bottom – a trick I learned in the “Scrapbook Coach” class “On the Shelf”.

4) You may have noticed a trend on my pages that I use A LOT of kraft paper for my background. It’s a compulsion. I usually start designing without any background paper and then add it once I’ve selected my patterned papers. I tried white and thought it was too light, I tried navy blue and thought it was too dark and I even tried another version of kraft paper but ended up with my “go to” kraft from the “These Walls Kit” by One Little Bird Designs. It’s my all-time favorite kraft.

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My favorite part of Grandma’s 90th birthday party was looking through her scrapbooks. It gave me a new appreciation for what is already my favorite hobby. EVERYONE at the party stopped and looked through the books. It also made me really reflective about the importance of photo & storytelling. Personally I would rather document less but the more important stories than try to document everything. Grandma wasn’t focused on documenting her entire life in pictures & words and yet everyone still got so much out of what she had left.

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Supplies: Hung Up Photo Frames No 9, Stamped Blocks No 24, Striping Graphic No 2, Doily Edgers No 1, Sweet Rose Element Pack, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Flossy Stitches White, Corkboard Alpha No 1, Day Out Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Rise and Shine Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Sunshine & Lollipops Kit by Zoe Pearn; I Heart Stories Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards.

One trick I used on this page was blending two background papers to get just the right amount of woodgrain. My original woodgrain paper was too strong so I put a solid piece of dark cream paper behind and then made the woodgrain paper at 50% opacity & it turned out just how I wanted.

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I had a few days between my meeting in Arusha, Tanzania and needing to travel to Boston for another work meeting. Instead of flying home to for what would have surely been a couple of crazy days I decided to take a few days and go on safari to Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti. I’ve lived in Southern Africa for 7 years now and have been on more game drives than I could possibly count but going on a safari in Tanzania was still on my list of things to do. I went basically in search of cheetah and leopard because they are the two animals I had never seen. On our second morning my guide basically drove from tree to tree in search of leopard and, 3 hours in, we were successful. This meant that I’ve finally seen “The Big 5” and I figured it deserved a page to commemorate:

sgleason_holly_two-forwebSupplies: Holly Two template by Sara Gleason; Naturally Krafty No 12, Bead Scatterings, Little Layette Paper Pack, Powder Mountain Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack, Winter Woods Element Pack, Gator Crossing Element Pack, Wooden Alpha by Katie Pertiet; A to Zoo Kit by Patti Knox; Day Planner Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Stitched by Anna Brown No 1 by Anna Aspnes; This Moment Is Your Life Kit by Jennifer Barrett; CU Shimmerz2 by Flergs.

Thoughts:

1) I’ve had this template in my supplies for ages. I couldn’t stop thinking about getting back to my computer and using it once I had seen and taken pictures of the mama leopard.

2) I could have used pictures all from my Tanzania trip, but instead I had what I thought was an ingenious idea to use old photos to illustrate where I first saw what animals. I think using the old photos really added to the story.

3) The numbers come straight from the template and to spiff them up a bit I used a glimmer style for sparkle. I actually use those glimmer styles quite a bit because they add just the right amount of extra spiffy-ness.

4) I used the papers from the Little Layette Kit by Katie Pertiet that I’ve had for ages. I’m usually luck if I use a kit once, but I can easily say that Little Layette is one of my all-time faves. I use it over and over again.

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