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Yes, in the madness of daily rehearsals for Urinetown (performances are this weekend!) I eeked out time for some scrapbooking. I’m still loving Debbie Hodge’s “Scrapbook Coach” series; this is from Lesson 3 of “Piecework”

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Grandma’s House by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Mere: She’s Krafty Paper Pack; One Little Bird and Paislee Press: Dialogue Kit; One Little Bird: These Walls Kit; VW Designs: Homey

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CTBlogHop-2013

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. ūüėČ 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. ūüėČ

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.

Get It Scrapped
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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I have been creating a bunch of layout inspired by the Scrapbook Coach series from Debbie Hodge at Get It Scrapped.com. The class comes with one PDF as a reference with all the slides from the powerpoints in the video and then four video lessons. My process has been to watch the video then pick out some pictures and re-watch the video while I scrap along. What’s great, though, is that the lessons really give you a foundation to start from so you can copy it exactly or you can use it as an inspiration springboard. Here’s the first layout that I did that’s a direct copy (but with different supplies, of course) of one of the lessons in “On a Shelf”:

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The “William Kit” by Katie Pertiet was new in my collection at the time and it happened to match the colors in my dress almost perfectly. The instructions were to choose another color that was not in the multi-colored patterned paper as an accent strip. Not only is blue/orange one of my all-time favorite color combos but it also worked perfectly with Lou’s pashmina.

Supplies: William Kit, Powder Mountain Element Pack and Woodside Jangle Element Pack by Katie Pertiet. Sisters Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards. This Moment Is Your Life by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. CircleIt! Basics Brushset by Anna Aspnes. Going Places Kit by One Little Bird Designs. Autumnal Spice Paper Pack by Andrea Victoria. Cut.It.Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto.

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Phew! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve updated here. Life has been CRAZY. There is a lot to update on – Easter, Grandma’s 90th birthday, road tripping through National Parks, etc. but I came here ¬†to re-start my series from the Guided Study Critique Workshop at Get It Scrapped that picked up again 4 weeks ago. This Thursday is the last session so I have lots to share. It’s been tough staying caught up while traveling. Thank goodness I’m a digi scrapper and can scrapbook on the road!

I haven’t finished the updates to Week 1’s assignment so here’s week 2: Contrast:

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These were photos that I literally took the day I submitted this assignment. I was behind on creating because my family and I were taking a road trip down to Arizona via Moab/Arches, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon and as I uploaded the pictures I couldn’t help but want to use them. I chose contrast in size (large vs small photos) and color (green and red are opposite on the color wheel). Here’s my second attempt:

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The two biggest things that came out of the critique were to:

1) change the size of the smaller photos so they were just a bit smaller. This was actually something I thought immediately after I uploaded it. In the before version it was just a little too top heavy.

2) Increase the contrast of the “You are here” element and the arrow. I tried a lot of different colors – the light and dark blue of the tag and green before settling on white for the lettering. Someone suggested the arrow in the wood veneer – same as the little car element – and that worked pretty well.

I finished this just in time for it to be included in my latest order of prints (since I was in the US and had completed 50 layouts since the last time I printed). I have to say that in person it looks pretty amazing.

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