March 27, 2015

2015 Week 11: Waiting, Moving, Memories

My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs
You want to know how many pictures I took with my DSLR this week?


I am so thankful for my phone and always having it handy. Can you tell which photo is the DSLR photo? I'll give you a hint. It's the unprocessed one. I rarely do anything to those photos, but I almost always use RadLab to edit my phone photos. My phone picture quality isn't always that great.

One of the reasons I haven't been taking as many photos with my big camera is because it's just too crazy around here. You can read last week's post to see what is going on. In the crazy times I don't usually think ahead or I'm just too tired or in a hurry to take the time to get my camera. My phone is much handier.

Here's a little update on what's going on:

1. My Father-in-Law is doing much better. He's able to eat solid food and even talk on the phone. He's still in the hospital and he's got a long way to recovery.
2. I had to take a last minute 10 hour car ride to Durham (5 hours each way) because our insurance wanted Matthew to have another speech evaluation before they'll decide if they'll cover a Cochlear Implant. We should hear something this week! UPDATE: Our insurance approved the CI!!!
3. Our move is coming along. We'll be totally moved out this weekend. I'm excited for the future for our family, but I'm also so sad to leave this house behind, but like my husband said, "We aren't leaving the memories behind just the house, and it's a good thing you have all those scrapbooks to remember all of those memories!"  Yes, yes. I have all those scrapbooks.

Take a closer look at what will be part of one of all those scrapbooks. That lunch on the porch, and that very detailed, wedding set up with toilet paper as a runner (genius!) in the living room will be remembered with this page. I can picture us sitting around these pages reminiscing....remember that house with the tiny living room, and the porch where we always ate when it was nice outside.
My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs
Snap those pictures. Scrap or print those pictures. Remember those memories

March 25, 2015

Do you ever scrap to just create art?

Hi Everyone, this is Jenn, jk703, visiting with you all today. Liz has got oodles and oodles of things going on, so I'm lucky enough to jump in on the blog for a few fill-in posts! I'm excited!

Do you ever scrap to just create art? Most of the time, I don't scrap just to create art. I scrap my memories, to remember all that goes on in my family life, and to record the stories. Recently, my mojo was really on a hiatus. I was scrapping, but I wasn't liking my pages as much. Something was missing. My husband said I should scrap for fun! It clicked. I decided to jump into The Lilypad's Month of Challenges to see if I could kickstart my mojo! I did, completely!

In 2015, I've scrapped 77 layouts, and it is only the middle of March. In the last 6 months of 2014, I scrapped approx. 48 layouts. What a huge difference. I learned that I need to enjoy the process of playing with the papers and embellishments on my layouts. There are always SO many yummy papers and ellies in a kit, and rarely get to use them all! When I was scrapping only to make album layouts and only to record memories, it became more like work. Changing this up, creating random layouts, for fun, has boosted my creativity, and renewed my love of scrapping again.

One type of layout I noticed that I like to create is a photoless layout. This let me play with everything, jot down my thoughts, and not worry about the images or finding pictures. If I had them, then that was great, if not, photoless was the way to go. I was a bit intimidated by photoless, and had only scrapped a handful before. As I scrapped, they became easier, and easier.

Liz's templates are photo focused, but you can use that to your advantage on a photoless layout. I use those photo spots for papers - fun, beautiful, pattern papers! Then I use elements on the paper blocks for little element clusters. Here are a few examples I found perusing the galleries! (All layouts link to the original posting for credits, but I will list the template.)

Here is a layout I created recently for a number challenge. I used the Recyclables 37 for my page, and The Lilypad's Memory Paockets Monthly and Add-Ons. I used pocket cards, and pattern paper to fill the photo spots. I had fun picking out what patterns to mix and match with each other. Plus, I really was loving on that color palette. Especially since winter doesn't seem to want to leave for us in the Northeast!

Karen (zippoh) created this wonderful layout for a recipe! What a clever idea! She used Recyclables #21 for her layout, and some Chelle's Creations goodies. 

Here is a page created by Christine (Carolina Scrapper) where she used the templates to create a festive photoless page. She used the Christmas Templates

Photoless does not have to be hard, and you can even use Title Page Templates to scrap them! Here are a few examples using the Title Page Templates.  I made this page thinking I could use it for an album cover, but also just playing around with papers, colors, and layers. It's messy, but still neat, lol! 

Sarah Roothooft created this wonderful page for a 2014 album. Look at that cluster. She shared her page with us on the Scrapping With Liz Fan Page on Facebook. Join us - SWL Group!  Sarah used products from Kristin Cronin-Barrow/KCB. 

Jessica (jessicalynn01) created this masterpiece! Just look at it! It's perfect with that blue flower. I was in awe of the scatters and splatters - perfectly placed! 

Lastly, you can create with papers and embellishments, but actually use PAPER! Shari (shari) created this hybrid mini planner with no images, and it looks like fun! She used Liz's Edger Templates.

Hoping you might have gotten a spark to create a fun filled layout for your own creativity! It's a bit freeing, and you remember the love of scrapping, not just the memories! Have fun scrapping, everyone! See you soon!


March 20, 2015

2015 Week 10: What a Week!

My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs
It's been quite a week.  Lots of fun was had, but lots of emotional things happened as well. Since it's hard to take pictures of the hard things I journaled a little bit about it on the page. I know one day I'll look back at this page, and I'll read that journaling and see how, in the end, it all really did work out even though it seems impossible right now.

A few things we are dealing with right now (in case you want to pray for us):

1. My father-in-law is in the hospital. My hubby flew to see him last week. Right now he's stable and has a long road of recovery ahead of him.
2. Matthew has Cochlear Implant surgery scheduled for April 14th. Our insurance has denied coverage. We are appealing. This has been a super long process and we don't want to have to put it off any longer. We need them to approve it ASAP!
3. Have I told you we sold our house and have to move in a week? I've been wanting to blog about this and how important it is to take pictures of the space you live in. I've thought about how many pictures I've taken with our kids sitting around the counter or dining room table, or playing games on the floor, or out back around the fire pit. This is the home we brought two new children into. I remember (with both of them) pulling into our driveway and just feeling this huge relief that we were all home together. No one was on the other side of the world. I do want to remember all the wonderful memories in this home. I also have to remind myself that home is where my family is and not just the house. Geesh, I'm just an emotional wreck over here.

This whole packing and moving thing has put me behind on Matthew's Album as well. Not sure if you noticed, but I haven't posted any new pages in a while. My focus right now is just keeping my head above water and making these weekly pages. It might be all you see of me over the next month or so...besides awesome new templates! I do have a whole months worth of templates ready for you so you don't have to worry about missing out on those. Once we move and get through Matthew's surgery I'm hoping things will die down a little, and I can finish up Matthew's Album.

Here's a closer look at the pages if you want to take a look.

My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life Kit March by Juno Designs

March 19, 2015

March in Review and Timeline Templates

I'm back again, with Liz's new templates! The following new releases are 20% off through March 26, 2015.

March in Review Templates is a set of two double-page designs each with lots of photo spots. They are perfect for scrapping a quick look at your month, for a big event, or for displaying your favorites from your photo-a-day project.

Timeline Templates have a timeline/flow chart look and are perfect for scrapping family trees, pregnancy or baby's first year, school photos, or any kind of list.

And the winner from Monday's Giveaway is.....Daniela! Congratulations!
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