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March 28, 2012

My March Pages

It's the end of the month so it's time to show you what I've scrapped this month. Be warned....I've scrapped a lot (a lot for me anyway!) and I have a lot of pages to show you. If you don't remember my 2012 scrapping goal you can read more about it here.

I'll start with showing you the pages I scrapped this month from March 2011.
Submerged by Dream Big Designs
Template from Recyclables 9


Spunky Chick by Laura Banasiak
This is from a new template pack that will be released tomorrow!

Spunky Chick by Laura Banasiak
This is from a new template set too! You are going to love these. They will both be available tomorrow in my store.

Smile Sunshine by Laura Bansiak
This template isn't available in my store yet but it will be soon.

Smile Sunshine by Laura Bansiak
A Life Expressed Mega Alpha Stash by SuzyQ Scraps
I do believe this template is going to be handed out at tonight's MIS over at Scrap Orchard!


And now here's starting with current 2012 March pics.
Vroom by Chelle's Creation
Okay, guess what?!? I scrapped this page with no template. I haven't turned it into a template yet but I will soon!

Capture Life: March by Tracie Stroud
Candy Store Washi Tape & Sunshine in My Soul Washi Tape by Tracie Stroud
I also scrapped this page without a template!!!! I know, I'm doing things a little crazy, aren't I?
I will be turning this one into a template soon!

Snow Pals Bundle by Meredith Cardall
I used Double Album Templates II


Here is the double layout close up.



Making the Grade by Tracie Stroud
Using Fun with Envelopes Templates

Under Construction by SuzyQ Scraps and Laura Banasiak.
This was a template that had been given away as a freebies but it will be available in the store this week as a Recyclables set, just in case you missed it.

Under Construction by SuzyQ Scraps and Laura Banasiak.
This is the same template as above, I just rotated it.

Nature's Goodness by Faith True Originals
Using Double Album Templates III

Another close up.


I even scrapped a page from Vegas! I would like to scrap a few more but at least I got one done.
I used a free kit that was passed out for Digiscrapaplooza attendees BUT if you missed out there is going to be a fabulous Free With Purchase this weekend when the new products are released. You won't want to miss it!
And the template is from a template set that will be released this week.


And here are two recipe pages I made this month to add to my recipe book that I'll be printing at the end of the year.


My 8x8 Recipe Album Templates
Freshly Baked by Captivated Visions and SuzyQ Scraps
Numbers from Laugh the Rainbows Alphas {Chocolate} by SuzyQ Scraps

I did pretty good this month, didn't I?!? Let's see if I can keep this up for April. So far I'm right on track with completing my 2011 album by the end of this year and if I keep up with my 2012 pages I'll even be able to print that at the end of this year! Oh yah and my recipe book! Yippee.

So how are you doing on your scrapping goals this year?
Liz



March 21, 2012

My Scrapping Workflow

I'm about to get on a plan on my way to Vegas for Digiscrapaplooza but before I go I thought I would share with you my new scrapping workflow. I'm hoping to be doing some major scrapping this weekend and I think with this new workflow that I've got going I'm going to get a lot of pictures scrapped.

I've been scrapping A LOT lately. Since I've been spending more time scrapping I've changed up my workflow a little bit and it seems to make scrapping much faster and more relaxed for me. Not to say this is the only way I scrap but it's what has been working for me lately and maybe it will help you. Here goes.

1. I start with my pictures. I'm usually inspired by current pics and I want to scrap those right away. It seems like when I scrap the photos I really want to scrap first then I'm inspired to scrap some of my older photos as well.

Here are some pics I just took last week. It was a beautiful day and we decided to take our schoolwork outside on the front porch.

This is my 4 year old. She can usually be found tagging along side
of  her sisters doing something quietly on her own. Today she found
an umbrella from the garage and was playing with it on the porch.

Here's my 7 year old reading out loud to me.

And here's my 9 year old reading up on George Washington.
I was just sitting on the porch watching my 4 year old and listening to my 7 year old.
I did let my 4 year old take a picture of me but I'll spare you. ;)
2. Once I have my pics chosen I pick out my template. I'll have a good idea of what kind of template I'll need since I already know what pics I'm using. I'll know if I'll want lots of photo spots, journaling, big photos, little photos, lot of elements or just plain and simple. I decide to go with my new Fun with Envelope Templates because I'm thinking I want to kind of tell a little bit what our homeschool day looks like and I can maybe do it in a letter writing format. (Plus I really wanted to use these new templates!) So I'm going to take the bottom right and the top left template and kind of combine it so that I'll have 3 photo spots and a journaling spot.


3. Once I have my pic and my template, I'll edit my pics and then add them to the template, just like so. You can see I combined the templates a bit.

4. Okay, now that I have that done I'll usually put together a few more pages like this. Photos, template, add pictures, save my .psd file....photos, template, add pictures, save. You get the picture. I usually do this in one night. I'll get about 5 pages started. Is that weird?

5. Then once I have a decent amount of pages started I'll go find the perfect kits to use with my pages. Usually when I scrap a bunch like this I have a good excuse to go buy some new stuff....there's always an excuse, right? So I'll go shopping and find the stuff I want to use.

This is the kit I chose to use for this page.

6. Then comes the fun part of actually placing paper, elements, journaling, etc... on my page.  Once I have everything where I want it I'll go through and tweak my shadows and save it and then I can start on the next page that I had previously started (see the photos and template have already been chosen and the page laid out for me). This way I don't have to think about what photos or template I'm going to use next. I just have to open my kit and page and finish it up. For some reason I think doing the pages in batches like this helps me be a faster scrapper.

Here's my finished page.

I've already gotten 5 pages done for March 2012 (yay, I'm on top of things this year) and I've scrapped all my May 2011 photos as well (which was one of my goals at the beginning of the year - to scrap the previous month's photos). So this system of picking photos, then a template, placing photos in the template and repeating that over and over again before I finish the page seems to help me stay on top of my goals. Don't ask me why, but it does.

What's your scrapping workflow? Do you have one? Do you need to work on a system to get those pages scrapped? Hope this helps you and inspires you to find a system that works for you.

I'll be back next Wednesday to show you all of my March 2011 and March 2012 pages.
Liz

March 7, 2012

DIY Hybrid Tray

I have a little digital scrapbook home decor DIY project for you. I saw this little wooden bowl at wal-mart for $7 and I had a genius idea. Okay, not exactly genius, but still it was like one of those light bulb moments. I thought that it would be cool to customize the wooden bowl with scrapbook paper.


There are two ways you can do this:
1. Use traditional scrapbook paper and just cut a circle out and mod podge it in there.
2. Use digital scrapbook paper. Either print out a page of your favorite digital scrapbook paper or make a 7.5" circle mask in photoshop and clip your favorite digi-paper to it and mod podge it in there.



I chose to use digital scrapbook paper because I live in a small town and there just isn't that much selection when it comes to scrapbook paper....but in the digi-scrapbook world you can find anything you want, no matter where you are. Woot! Love digi!


I used some paper from an old kit from DeCrow Designs. She is no longer a digital designer but I always loved her papers, especially for home decor projects.


I put my oldest daughter to work mod podging. She loves doing things like this so she was more than happy to help out.

Before you start mod podging make sure the circle fits in the bowl. You'll mod podge the whole bottom side and then stick it in the bowl, making sure you smooth it out.


Then you will mod podge the top part of the paper. We tried not to get the mod podge on the edge of the bowl just because I didn't want the edges to have that shiny look that mod podge will give it.


I'm using the tray in the bathroom to hold some of that basic bathroom stuff that just ends up being placed all over the counter. It makes it look a little more organized and neat.

You'll see the color of the paper turned a bit darker after the mod podge dried. So you will want to take that into consideration when choosing your paper. I don't know if that will happen if you use traditional scrapbook paper.


So here's another reminder that you can put your scrapbooking skills to use making personalized home decor projects.

Liz

March 1, 2012

My February Pages

I have been on a roll these past two months with keeping up with scrapping my current pics and my pics from 2011. I don't know if you all remember but I had a goal at the beginning of the year that each month of 2012 I would scrap that month's 2011 pics and try to stay current on my 2012 photos. Well, so far, so good. I know I'm only in month two but I'm so happy with what I've accomplished so far that it's really motivating me to keep it up.

So I'm here to show you February's pages. This year and last. First let me start with the pages I made this month using photos from February 2011.

Using LuckyLanes by Ziggle Designs.

Using My Girl by Jady Day Studio and Recyclables 9.
   
Using Everyday Me by Captivated Visions and Recyclables 9.

Now we are on to pages I scrapped last year of photos from February 2011.
 
And old kit by Decrow Designs (*sniff sniff* she doesn't design anymore).
Also using my Fun with Opacity Masks.

This was a page I made to celebrate valentine's day. It was an old wedding photo that I scanned in.
Using Love Affair by Lyndsay Riches, my I Heart You Masks, and a freebie word art by AnnaBV (she's retiring *sniff sniff again*).

See this bowling page? The photo was taken on the same day as that bowling page up there
...just scrapped a year apart.

And now we are on to 2012 pages that I scrapped this month.

Using Step by Step by Laura Banasiak and my Recyclables 6.

Using Vintage Valentine by Tracie Stroud, the Template from the Scrap Orchard February Mega Kit, a frame from It's All About Me a Scrap Orchard Collab, a frame from My Girl by Jady Day Studio, a frame from Lemony Fresh Revisited by Tracie Stroud and a frame from Today Is by Captivated Visiosn.

Here are my Day in the Life Pages. I'll include them in my 2012 album.
I used my Time Table Templates and Faith True's Rub On alpha.


And here's a Recipe Page I made this month to include in my Recipe book at the end of the year (another goal of mine this year).
Using my Recipe Book Templates and Freshly Baked by SuzyQ and Captivated Visions.
The bracket is not included in the kit but it's from an older kit that I don't think is available anymore.


That's it! Now on to March!
Liz

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