28 August 2015

A layout with lots of tags and cards embellishments

Good morning, everybody! Well, in France, morning is almost finished... And I have ton of work to do! Back to school is on Monday and I am as much overwhelmed than excited!
The good thing is: my four fellow teachers look really nice in this new school. That's really really a good thing! 

But back to scrapbooking: after two double layouts and one single from my August counterfeit kit, I decided I should make another one with all the leftovers (homemade!) embellishments. I didn't use any sketch this time, I just layer everything on my background...

counterfeit kit

The photos are about my youngest son and all the things he used to love to play with.

I'm quite happy with what I did with this month's kit.
When do you call a kit "killed"? As for me, it's more about what I used (tools, homemade embellishments or forgeries made especially for my kit) and how many projects I did (at least 3-4, depending on the size).
When I make a last project, I look at my kit and I wonder what I never used (tools, type of embellishments...) and I try to use them. I often make unusual layouts that I love when I do that!

Here is a resume of my August counterfeit kit, with my starting kit, my 4 layouts and on the right top, what is left:

kit leftovers

Not sure about what I will be able to do next mont... Probably a card kit ?

16 February 2015

My photos to scrapbook organization and my February Counterfeit kit

Hello everybody!
On my favorite english forum, we discussed from photos to layouts, and I decided to share my contribution here also, as it was already written.

First, let me say that I know that I am quite weird about how I plan all of this! But my method makes things easy FOR ME, as I need things to be organized...

I am a very bad photographer and I don't really like to take photos, I only take them to have memories, so usually, when I have photos, that means I wanted to remember something, a particular story (or of course, one of the traditional event like Christmas).

Here is a recent Christmas layout that I hadn't share yet:

So here is how I do:

1- Browsing my photos and figure which stories I want to tell (not really BIG stories, often the first times of my children, or important events like birthdays...).

2- Adding the prettiest photos (not a lot, sadly...) without story in mind.

3- Trying to figure which size to choose for them: this used to be the hard part: even if I know what I like to scrap, it's hard to try to have assorted sizes... but last time, I decided to find sketches that might work for my photos, and to use that to choose my sizes! It was such a brilliant idea. I used Scrapbook Generation ones, but next time, I will try PageMaps ones, I think (both have photo sizes on their sketches).

I absolutely NOT want to follow the sketch EACH time when I will scrap these photos, but this is a great way to have assorted sizes (I like to have various sizes to have different layouts). Or course, I keep the sketch with the photos for future reference if needed.

4- In the same time, making a list of the layouts I plan to do with these photos (in chronologic order) for each of my children + my "anything goes" album. (More about my layouts list here: http://isbahashome.blogspot.fr/2014/01/how-do-you-organize-your-photos-in-your.html)

5- Figuring my titles (and so the idea of the story) at this time. As my titles are pretty simple, this is often my definitive title, even if it sometimes changes. When I have no story, the title is usually about the event of the season (for the pretty photos).

6- Adding the dates to my digital list of future layouts. Time saver!

7- Editing the photos (reframing/croping/light/red eyes + weight of the photo, if I don't downsize it to 6 x 4, my internet connections can't support batch online sending!)

8- TRYING to write my journaling ahead. I don't like my layouts without journalings, and it's also the favorite part of my family, but I really don't like to write them and always let it to later when scrapbooking (later usually means... never) if not made ahead. 
I never know what to say! I am afraid to repeat things I already said and forget others. So making them ahead works for me.

It helps me to have a better view of the "big story" of my child life, it's easier to add the little stories in the big story, and I really love the chronologic story of my albums.
When I read my children their albums, it's like the story of their life, the journalings with the little things they used to say or do make these past moment alive, it's magic!
I am aware it is a weird way, and it probably doens't work for from the heart journalings, but mine aren't like this, so it's possible to make them in "batches". 

I keep the little things they say in a day-to-day notebook (I only write in it 3/4 times a month, actually...) that is a huge help to write my journaling. My journaling are usually very short.

But very often, the journalings and the photos doesn't really match. For example, I have a really great serie of photos with my youngest child playing with a new toy. Well, there isn't a lot to say about that, he was happy to play with it, and his brothers wanted to try also the sounds of the toy, but of course, he didn't let them. Nothing really fancy. 

BUT in my notebook, I noted some time ago how my child (18 mo) was in his "no no" period, and how he reacted when we said NO to him, with funny details (you know, 18 mo...). So I had my journaling, see? 
I started to talk about that, his no-no period, and then I finished by "This one day, daddy brought you a new toy and of course, you didn't let your brothers playing with it" (well, it's hard to translate in english, but you get the idea!). 
I feel that the first part (the no-no period) brings more interest to the second part (what happens on the photos). I often build my journalings this way. I think this kind of journalings is really great to read in family, my children love to hear this kind of stories!

9- Then, when I receive my photos, I use my trimmer to crop them (as I usually put several smaller photos on a 6 x 4 one to save money), I sort them and I store everything in the right album, each photos series with its journaling (with title and date) in its own pocket at its future place. I use post-bounded albums because I don't like the ring ones, but doing things that way, with the to-do layouts in their right place, doesn't ask to remove and store  things again and again.

(And I also figured that if something happened to me, my family would still have the photos and the journalings in the right place -I'm sure my husband would keep them as this is our family life).

10- Finally, I have only the fun part left: choosing the scrapbooking stuff, the design of the layout (or I can use the sketch if I want but not required! Sometimes, I don't use all the photos I printed, even if I usually do), and making the layout! No dates to look for (if I switch on the computer, chances are that I will get suck in internet abysses!!), no journaling to write, no headaches to figure what story (or photos) to scrap... 

I absolutely don't scrap in chronogic order, though. I love challenges, and when I find a challenge I like, I browse through my albums to find a photo series that could work with it. It works well for color palettes, sketches, and kits too (because the final layouts won't be side by side)!

Here is the kit I put together, inspired by February Counterfeit Kit (as usual, most of the embellishments are homemade):

And some close-up:

But sometimes, I looked through my albums to see what layouts I still didn't make and I try to make them to "finish" an album. 

I used to always plan like this, since I started to scrap... I only made my system better. I need organization and things planned to feel free for creative and relaxing time.  I know it's weird and could be felt like a chore. It is. 
But that means that then, there is no more chore in my real scrapbooking time, and I really like how my final albums are, they are like a big story and not only a following of little moments without connections and with big gaps. 

Even when I don't have a great photo of a moment/event, I still use what I have if I really want this little story in my album...
And now, I added my "month-in-review" albums to that (more about this later).

Of course, I try to not plan much more photos I can scrap.  That's where MIR albums will help a lot when I will go back to work (this september!!)...
And if ever I happen to still have what I feel is really too many to scrap (like when I had my second son, and that I planned to scrap almost every photo of my first one, ha ha!), it's not hard to just remove them from my album and store them away... 
But it only happened once, then I was way better to know what I can scrap, even if it still happens that I put aside one to-do layout here and there.

15 January 2015

6 cards in 6 steps!

Hello everybody! On my favorite forum, we are doing an online crop. I host a card challenge and I thought that I would share it on my blog too...
It's about making a set of cards in a quick and easy way.

6 cards in 6 steps

If you need some more cards quickly, this tutorial is for you! Plus, it will help you to use your beloved 6 by 6 paper pads (but of course, you're welcome to use any paper scraps with this size...). 

The idea is to choose 5 papers sheets (from a 6 by 6 paper pad or from your paper scraps)and to make 6 cards inspired by these sketches.

STEP 1: Choose 5 papers with the size 6 by 6

For example, here are the papers I selected for my different sets of cards:

Set 1: Simple Stories "Homespun"

Set 2: My Mind's Eye "On the Bright side"

Set 3: Fancy Pants "Nautical"

I suggest that you choose 1-2 big patterns, 1 almost solid one and 2-3 small patterns (you don't need to use papers from the same collection like me!)

STEP 2: You need 6 card bases with the size 4 x 6. 

I cut my 6 ones from two 12 by 12 papers with neutral colors (white here). Here is the cutting diagram I use for that:

Cut and fold in the middle.

STEP 3: Cut 4 cards backgrounds with the size 3-3/4 x 5-3/4 from 4 of your patterned papers.
There are in light blue on the sketches 1 - 2 - 4 - 6:
card sketches
STEP 4: Cut the other biggest pieces in the remaining patterned papers or cardstock.

Sketch 1: the center piece is 6 x 1-1/4.

Sketch 2: the center piece is 3-3/4 x 2-1/2 (neutral cardstock for me).

Sketch 3: the center piece is 6 x 2-1/4.

Sketch 4: the center piece is 3 x 1-1/4.

Sketch 5: the center piece is 2-1/2 x 6 (neutral cardstock for me), and the pieces on the sides are both 5-3/4 x 1 (I cheated and hide them behind the center piece as if it was a same big piece).

Sketch 6: the piece on the left is 1-1/4 x 6.

Tip: I often added (scalloped) borders, with the remaining patterned paper or cardstock.

Don't stick everything on your card base before embellishing, you might have things to hide (like brads, stitching...).

STEP 5: Add your sentiments.

I stamped sentiments on neutral cardstock and die-cut them for lots of my cards, this way, I didn't worry about messing my stamping! And it's also quicker to make all of them at the same time when embossing is needed, for instance.

Tip: When the die-cuts sentiments are glued tone-on-tone on the background, I used 3D foam to highlight them.

STEP 6: Embellish! 

To be faster and have a matching set of cards, you can decide to use the same embellishments on all of your cards!
You can use the remaining papers (you should have very few left, now!) for punching or die-cutting. Don't forget to check their b-sides (if they have one)!

Now, here is the sets of cards I did:

Set 1: I chose to embellish with butterflies punches, yellow twine and a doily border punch.

I didn't really use my last red paper, because I mixed my paper kit with my tiny leftovers. I also use some b-sides of my selected papers. I rotated the sketch 5.

Simple Stories set of cards

Set 2: I chose to embellish with flowers, an embossing folder and a lace border punch.

For the sketch 4, I decided to shorten the center patterned paper piece to match the lenght of the center dry embossing. I rotated the sketch 5.

My mind's eye set of cards

Set 3: I chose to embellish with boyish die-cuts.

(Sorry, I can't find my last card!)

Fancy Pants set of cards

Need more cards? Why not doubling the fun by mixing TWO paper kits! More choice, more fun, and more cards!

Here, I thought that Simple Stories "Homemade holidays"  would match nicely with Pink Paislee "Snow village"... It was a great way to use my very last papers from these pads!

That means that I did each sketch twice. 
I chose to embellish with stars, gold and a scalloped border punch.

Season greeting set of cards

I hope you will be inspired!

I'm sorry for the photos' poor quality, I snapped them quickly at night before giving them, and I even forgot to photography one... Oops!

20 November 2014

My 2014 December Daily (with a tutorial)


December is almost here, so I thought it was time to make my December Daily... I decided to make it from start to finish: in december, I plan to only add photos and journaling, because I know how busy I probably will be!

homemade structure for december daily

Check out How to Make Your Own December Daily Structure by Solange Jacquet on Snapguide.

For the inside page, I created 5 simple sketches and I repeated them all over the mini album...

sketches for december daily

To add interest to my backgrounds, I used a mini mask by Heidi Swapp and I sprayed some ink.
I wanted a very subtle color, so I created my own spray ink with my Magicals powders: I diluted very few "Shabby Turbine Teal" powder with lots of water in a mini mister, so that the color would be very light - these powders have very rich colors, so I really used a tiny amount of powder!
Here is a close-up:

And you, how will be your december daily?