May Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing layouts I created with this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates, as well as this month’s Story Starters. Click on the images for supplies used.

Although I often scrap seasonally, I scrapped the this layout about a vacation we took in 1995 because I found my husband looking at the photo on his computer. I figured that if it meant that much to him, it was probably a memory worth documenting! The photo was taken with a film camera, and we have a scanned version in our photo database.

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This past month, the Simple Scrapper Membership took part in a “Stash Bash.” Jennifer Wilson encouraged us to use up our supplies in the process of organizing them. I had chosen these heavily themed papers by My Mind’s Eye a couple of years ago specifically for these photos of my husband during our vacation in 2006 to Belize.

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Finally, I used the Story Starter – “Combine photos from different cameras on one layout to tell a more complete event story” –  to scrap a different memory from my wedding than I have in the past. The top photo is one that I took of my reflection in a mirror. Both of these photos were originally color, but I felt that they worked better with one another as black and white photos.

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Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:
Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Mandy Ross
Celeste Smith
Sara Strickland

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects. Want to work with our collections for FREE? Simple Scrapper is having a call for new team members.

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For the past several days, I’ve been in the process of decluttering my scrapbooking supplies as part of Simple Scrapper’s “Stash Bash”. I bought the 12″ x 12″ Basic Grey “PB&J” collection, including papers, stickers and dimensional embellishments, to scrap a page last summer. I knew I still wanted to use the supplies, so I decided to use one of the patterned papers on a card. It’s been awhile since I’ve used scrap paper (rather than 6″ x 6″ papers) on a card, although that’s what I did all the time when I first started cardmaking because I didn’t know about 6″ x 6″ pads!

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Initially I thought I’d use the backside of this print for the left-hand side, but I just wasn’t getting it to work. I “neutralized” the card with some dry embossed kraft cardstock.

April Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing layouts I created with this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates, as well as this month’s Story Starters.

This month, I turned to memories from 2000 for my layouts using the templates. We didn’t own a digital camera in 2000, or if we did, we didn’t take many photos with it. At any rate, I have a box of film prints from that year. Periodically I’ll go through the film boxes and scan photos. The beauty of scanning is that I can then crop the photos as I see fit, which I did with these.

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I also scrapped a memory from a trip to DC, which we took in April 2000 just before we moved from Boston. I’ve never scrapped any of these photos, which are now 13 years old! I have dozens of photos from the trip, but I don’t have any current plans to scrap the trip as a whole. That being said, it was fun capturing a small piece of the trip.

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Finally, I used one of the Story Starters – “Reflect on a relationship today using a photo of the relationship from the past” –  to scrap my relationship with our Golden Retriever. I used colors for this layout that I don’t typically use – aqua and pink. Given that Ginger and I are the only two girls in the family, it was rewarding to create something more feminine for a change!

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Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:
Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Holly Humbert
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Aimee Maddern
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Celeste Smith
Sara Case Strickland

 

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter a giveaway for a one-year premium membership at Simple Scrapper. There are three ways to enter and three winners will be selected. To be eligible, you must enter by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, April 5.

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The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

March Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing layouts I created with this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates, as well as this month’s Story Starters.

This month I was drawn towards memories from sunny vacations! (In other words, I was not scrapping “with” the seasons as I usually do!)

I scrapped a Disney World trip from summer 2004. I have really been enjoying the combination of orange and blue of late.

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I scrapped a day at the beach here in the Pacific Northwest from a few years ago. And again, used some blue and orange!

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Finally, for this month’s Story Starters, I created a layout about a boat trip we made during a vacation to Guatemala a few years ago. It was quite the adventure getting into a small boat to head out across Lake Peten Itza for Flores, a city on an island.

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Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:
Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Kim Gehring
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Jean Manis
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Celeste Smith
Sara Case Strickland

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial membership at Simple Scrapper. There are three ways to enter and three winners will be selected. To be eligible, you must enter by 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, March 6. a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

Feb Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing layouts I created with this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates, as well as this month’s Story Starters. Click on the images for supplies used.

This month I scrapped photos from December and New Year’s Day. First up is a layout about the annual trip my husband and I take to a local nursery for our holiday greenery.

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I can count on one hand the photos that we took of our two sons in 2012. So as 2013 was rung in, I insisted we celebrate with a photo! We headed up to Snoqualmie Pass for a quick, and cold, photo at the base of the ski area.

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For this month’s Story Starters theme – “Hopes and Dreams” – I compared the hopes and dreams for my eldest son from two different time periods. What better time to “take note” than upon a life event such as graduation. The photo on the left was taken at his college graduation in December; the photo on the right was taken when he was about nine months old.

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Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership? Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, February 6. You may enter from multiple blogs. Use this link to enter  for a one-month trial membership: http://ow.ly/ctrlx.

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:

Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Michele Holcomb
Holly Humbert
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Lauren Hague Madsen
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Mandy Ross
Sara Case Strickland

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

January Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing a single-photo layout I created with one of this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I chose to play with the recently released Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go digital collection from American Crafts.

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Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership? Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, January 9. You may enter from multiple blogs. Use this link to enter the giveaway for a one month trial membership to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx.

Don’t forget to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:

Julie Aldridge
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Kim Gehring
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Melissa Priest
Sara Case Strickland

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Simple Scrapper December Premium Membership Blog Hop

Welcome! Today we’re hosting a Simple Scrapper Team blog hop using this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates.

In keeping with my “scrapping with the seasons” approach, I scrapped three Christmas season layouts.

The first captures Christmas morning for my sons from 1994. My youngest was just a year-and-a-half old at the time. I created the flairs digitally using both elements and papers in my stash. I did a bit of hue and saturation modification so that they would match the colors in the paper.

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For my second layout, I used non-traditional holiday colors to bring out the colors in the photo. A few years ago, we toured Christmas Tree Lane in Oxnard, California’s historic district. Taking nighttime drives to view lights is one of our favorite holiday traditions.

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Lastly, I scrapped the Langley, Washington, holiday parade. We’ve been attending this the last couple of years. It’s small-town holiday fun at its best. The layout came together quickly with the new collab at Design House Digital “Here Comes Santa.”

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Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership! Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 4. You may enter from multiple blogs.

Use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the team:
Sue Althouse
Kate Christensen
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Mandy Ross

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit Part Two

This past week I finished my December/Holiday mini book using Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit. (I first shared details about the kit and my project last week.) Click on any of the images for an enlargement.

One of my double-page spreads focuses on our tradition of sending greeting cards each year. For this spread, I created the journaling circle in Photoshop. The Pink Paislee tag and the Elle’s Studio number tag are both part of the kit.

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One of my favorite pages in the album documents our tradition of going out to see Christmas lights. I stamped one of the kit’s Pink Paislee tags with an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamp. The “Merry & Bright” tape strip is from Crate Paper and is also included in the kit. For the most part, rather than add the Crate tape strips as I went along, I waited until I was done and added them to pages for a little extra spot of color.

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Another double-page spread documents our family’s letters to Santa. I have letters to Santa from my mother (written in 1933 with my grandmother’s help), a letter written by me, and several written by my sons.

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For the center of this spread, I punched one of the Pink Paislee tags to which I added a photo of Santa. On the back, I journaled about our various Santa “sightings.”

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I scanned and printed a couple of my sons’ letters to Santa. I also scanned the letter written by my grandmother for my mother and put it into the envelope included in the kit. The envelope is just behind the Santa card. I liked being able to personalize the book with these extra additions.

I also used a double-page spread to write about our stockings. This page includes a rare photo, taken by my brother-in-law, of my husband and I together after the stockings were stuffed.

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I wanted to have a dedicated page talking about my husband’s aunt’s Christmas angels. These are more than ninety-years-old and have a special place in our annual decorating.

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The album wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the soggy, stormy weather that we have this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. In the same manner as the aforementioned Crate Paper tape strips, I used the Cosmo Cricket word stickers from the kit to add subtitles to the pages. The “keep calm and carry on” sentiment was the perfect addition to a page documenting a three-day power outage.

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Because my album documents many previous Christmases, it is definitely heavy on journaling. If I were creating an album for a specific year, it would be primarily photos with brief captioning.

I’m thrilled to have this mini album as part of my memory-keeping library and look forward to seeing the various approaches scrappers take to creating mini albums this upcoming December.

Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit

For the past week, I’ve been creating a December/Holiday mini book using Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit.

Rather than create an album specific to 2012, I’ve captured memories of the holidays past with room to include memories from this holiday season. I used the kit’s number tags, from Elle’s Studio, for twenty-five different categories of memories. To some extent the memories are organized chronologically for the month of December, as in I have Christmas Day on December 25 and I have a page about advent calendars near the beginning.

I have a variety of page design foundations based on the size and number of photos I used for each of the pages. (You’ll notice mini clothespins on some of my pages. I used those to attach embellishments while I was still working on my page spreads. They are not part of the final design.)

I’ll start with the end – Christmas morning. For this spread page I kept it simple, using a full-page photo with added embellishments from the kit:

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For the cover, I chose to use a single word “Magic” with one of the kit’s alpha sets. I embellished it with die-cut stars created from an extra sheet of paper from the kit.

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While we haven’t made any gingerbread creations for a few years, they were a huge part of our celebration when my sons were younger.

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To incorporate some memories for which I don’t have photos, I journaled with lists. This page, that I printed on my inkjet printer onto cardstock and titled with the kit’s other alpha, lists some of our family’s favorite holiday songs. Just creating the list got me into the holiday spirit! I love having this resource at my fingertips.

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A relatively new tradition, although one that my husband’s family celebrated when he was young, is to go to one of our region’s fabulous nurseries to get poinsettias. We’ve already discussed which weekend we’ll go this December.

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Using the kit’s tags from Pink Paislee I created a few titled dividers. At the back of the book, I’ve got a section for this December. On the flip side of the card, I affixed a December calendar with some of our activities already penciled in.

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I have a few double-page spreads in the book, including this one documenting a trip to the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the Boston Public Garden. I incorporated a stamped image from October Afternoon on the journaling side.

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I have just a few more pages before the book is complete, at least for the “past” memories! Looking forward to adding pages from our December 2012 activities as well!

Simple Scrapper November Premium Membership Blog Hop

Welcome! Today we’re hosting a Simple Scrapper Team blog hop using this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I documented a trip to the Boeing Flight Museum that we took with our sons when we first moved to the Seattle area. It’s a fantastic museum, and we visited numerous times when they were younger. I’ve never scrapped these photos, which were printed (I scanned them), and was pleased to make something of a set of photos that might otherwise be forgotten. After trying several approaches with flight-themed embellishments, I decided to go for a cleaner, simpler page in the end. The embellishments didn’t add anything to the page. 

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Supplies: Anna Aspnes paper; Robyn Meierotto “Let’s Go” paper; Katie Pertiet kraft paper, photo frames, paint splatters, staples; Bebas font (title); Rockwell font (journaling)

Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership! Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 6. You may enter from multiple blogs.

Use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the team:

Julie Aldridge

Sue Althouse

Jeryn Carlisi

Lisa Corbin-Polak

Ronnie Crowley

Jess Forster

Michele Holcomb

Margrethe Aas Johnsen

Amy Kingsford

Pam Lozano

Aimee Maddern

Valerie Mangan

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.