Monday, September 1, 2014

Write. Click. Scrapbook | September 2014 Reveal

It's that time again!!!  Time to head on over and get your first look at Write. Click. Scrapbook's September Gallery where you'll find lots of great ideas for recording your back-to-school memories.

Here's a look at my page, which features a list of some of my son's favorite things right now. Back-to-school time always acts as a good reminder to me to record these details in my boys' lives.

Currently Loving by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Karla Dudley: Currently Collection; Creashens: Splendid; Amy Martin Designs: Polly Love: Kim Template.

To read more about my approach to this page and to check out the rest of the team's pages head over and check out the Write. Click. Scrapbook. September Gallery!

And while you're there be sure to check out these recent posts geared towards helping you write, click and scrapbook your back-to-school stories:

Have a Happy Labor Day! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

I was so excited to find that I had been invited to be a part of The Scrapbooker's Blog Tour, when Betsy Sammarco tagged me on her blog Just a Pharmgirl, last week.

Betsy is someone that I have so much admiration for, both as a person and as a scrapbooker. I have had the opportunity to work with Betsy in a number of different capacities over the years and I'll never stop being inspired by her work or overcome by her generosity!

There is so much to love about Betsy's unique style of scrapbooking as she puts so much thought and detail into each page and she's never afraid to tackle emotional topics or push herself creatively in her page designs.

I thank Betsy for the opportunity to share a little bit about my own scrapbooking with you today...

What am I working on right now?

Right now I'm working on finishing up a few pages in my "in progress tray" on my scrapbooking table.  This page is about my youngest son's sheepish little smile. I just need to print out my photo and my journaling and add a few finishing touches and then I can call this page done.

How long does it take me to create a project?

It can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete a scrapbook page.  Sometimes this depends on whether I'm doing a digital page or a paper page, but most often I'd say my average finish time is roughly the same whether I'm working with paper or digital supplies.  Now clean up...that's a whole other story!

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I'm in love with anything gold right now. And I've always been a sucker for wood veneer pieces, doilies and enamel dots.

How does my writing/creating process work?

My pages often begin in one of two ways, either with a photo or with product.  

When I begin with a photo I will often pull colors directly from my photo and motifs from it's story when choosing my papers and embellishments. 

If I begin with product, then I typically like to work with in a kit (either premade or assembled by myself) and then I search through my backlog of photos to find a picture that is a good fit with the product I'm working with. This approach works well for me because I am not a chronological scrapbooker.


My journaling usually comes last in my process and can range from a name/place and a date, to a few lines, to half a page.  It really just depends on how much I have to say.  Though I will say storytelling has become increasing more important to me as my boys grow older and they have more stories to tell.  

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I turn to a number of different sources of inspiration in my scrapbooking including other scrapbookers, classes, as well as the inspiration I find in my everyday life.  As of late I have been really inspired simply by the photos and stories of my family.  Both of my boys are at really fun ages and it feels like there is so much to capture right now!

What is my signature style?

You know I've never been good at pinpointing an exact name or definition for my style. My pages can sometimes seem fairly eclectic as I switch freely between digital and paper scrapbooking and I enjoy learning new techniques, trying out new trends and exploring other styles in my own pages.

However, when it comes down to it I am a fence-jumping 8.5 x 11" scrapper, who loves color, patterns, texture and structured layers.

And now its my turn to share a few of my favorite scrapbookers with you and invite you to visit their blogs on Monday, September 1.

I am tagging:

Marie-Pierre Capistran
Carrie Arick
Christy Strickler

I have been blessed to work with these ladies over the past few years on the Get It Scrapped Creative Team and I'm always so inspired by their work.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join the ladies above next week to find out a little bit more about them and their scrapbooking!

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Write. Click. Scrapbook. | September Sneak Peek

Hi All!  Here's a quick peek at the page I've made for the September Write. Click. Scrapbook. gallery.

The full gallery reveal will be up on the Write. Click. Scrapbook. blog on September 1st--I hope you'll come check it out!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Freebie Friday | Just Tip It. Sketch + Template

Lately I've been really inspired by angled designs.  This is something I had tried a handful of times in my 12x12 days, but when I became a letter-sized scrapbooker it is something I actively avoided for some reason or other.

But this month I decided to throw caution to the wind and play around with this high-energy technique in my 8.5 x 11 pages:

Be True by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Pixels and Company: Free Spirit 1 & 2 (FWP Collab) and August Challenge Template (Free).

It's About Time by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sugarplum Paperie: This Is The Life and This Week: Saturday Collab (with Mari Koegelenberg); Mommyish Designs: Seek Happiness Collab (with Digital Scrapbook Ingredients); Creashens: Hello Add On Alpha. 

And I guess you could say I sort of fell in love! I became a huge fan of the visual punch a simple tip--one way or the other--added to my scrapbook page designs.

If you've never tried tipping your design, then you should definitely give it a go!  And I've got a few bits of advice for you below AND a free sketch + template to help you tip it.

Tips for Tippin' Your Scrapbook Pages

  • I find a 25-30 degree angle works great for letter-sized pages and square pages alike. And I've never personally been happy with a page that I've tipped more than 30 degrees in one direction or the other. But who am I to say it won't work for you ;)
  • You can always eyeball your angle--whether you are a paper scrapbooker or a digital scrapbooker. I will often do this to make my digital pages look a bit more realistic. 
  • However, if you like the angle of each object to be more precise there are simple tools available to both paper and digital scrapbookers to get things tipped just right.
  • Digital Scrapbookers can use the Rotate feature in their version of Photoshop, which is housed with the Transform tool.  This will allow you to set the angle of an individual layer or a group of selected layers that you wish to rotate.  

NOTE: Use positive numbers to tip your layer(s) to the right and negative numbers to tip to the left.  

  • And paper scrapbookers can get out their trusty protractor to help them consistently place page elements at a particular angle.
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  • When using a large angled mat I sometimes like to use a fair amount of perpendicular strips to soften the edges of the angle.
  • Also remember you DON'T HAVE TO place everything on an angle. Sometimes I like to keep journaling or other key elements as is to make them easier to read/see or simply because I like the visual contrast created.

Now its your turn...   

Try out a tipped design in your next page using the FREE sketches and templates available below, based on my "It's About Time" layout that I shared above. Both 12 x 12" and 8.5 x 11" formats are included so that fun can be had by all!

Tip It No. 1 - Sketches for Paper Scrapbookers

(available in pdf format for 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11) 

Tip It No. 1 - Templates for Digital Scrapbookers

(available in psd format for 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11) 

And for another chance to play with a free angled template, you can also join me over at Pixels and Company where I'm hosting the August Template Challenge.  There still a little over a week left, so come download this free template and play!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll enjoy playing around with the freebies!  I'd love to see what you create, so feel free to link me up to your pages in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Family of Four | Ogden Botanical Gardens, UT

So I had to share these photos that I took for my friends' family last month. The Ogden Botanical Gardens offered the perfect backdrop and the slightly overcast day made for such exquisite lighting.

And of course their kids couldn't have been any more adorable.

I really love taking photos for my friends and family.  Its an opportunity for me to do something nice for someone I care about, but also gives me a chance to practice my photography skills--which is something I really want to focus more on this year.

It's also a great way for me to share my passion for memory keeping with others.

So here's to a wonderful family of four, an overcast day and a beautiful community garden.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer FREE-For-All at Amanda Robinson Studio!!!

I'm so excited to be a part of the fun that is happening over at Amanda Robinson Studio this week!  If you haven't been by to check out all of the freebies and inspiration then you won't want to miss out!

Most of you know how much I love using my Silhouette--well being a part of Amanda's team inspired me to create my very first set of cut files EVER and today they are featured on her blog and available to you for FREE!  Plus I've also made a pack of coordinating journal cards for you to download as well!

I ended up using both of these freebies in this 9x12 double-page pocket spread about our recent roadtrip to visit my inlaws. It was a short roadtrip, but that's how we like to keep them with (2) ornery adult, (2) restless young kids and (2) rambunctious dogs piled into our small vehicle!

Be sure to check out all of the other freebies designed by Amanda's team members while your there AND you'll also find four more sets of journal cards designed by your truly available throughout the week!

I hope you're all enjoying your summer, getting lots done, but also remembering to squeeze in a little rest and relaxation for yourself!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

14 Books in 2014...At Least That's The Plan!

So this year I made a resolution of sorts to "read more."  When I made this goal I hadn't finished a fiction book in quite some time and I really missed loosing myself in a good story.

My tentative goal was to read a book a month this year. And while I have been reading some over the last few months I've finally decided to get my act together and plan out the books I want to read and come up with a realistic schedule for reaching this goal.  AND I thought posting my reading goals here could help me out in the accountability department ;)

In sitting down to plan this year's reading list I thought since its 2014, instead of reading a book each month I should shoot for 14 books in 2014...just to make things interesting.  I also decided to help get caught up, that I would read at least two books in the months of June, July and August...and as of right now I'm a little a head of schedule....yay me!

Below are the 14 books I've chosen to read (or have already read) in 2014.  I've included some thoughts about why I originally wanted to read the book and I will update you with my general feelings about each book after reading them--no spoilers of course ;)

Insurgent Book 2 in the Divergent Series (read)

by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this series last November. Divergent was actually one of the books that got me excited about reading again.  So it only seemed natural that I would read the next two installments. I was truly excited to see how this dystopian YA novel series played out.

UPDATE:Though this book was a bit of a placeholder in the series (as most second books are) I thought this book provided us with some fascinating information about secondary characters like Marcus Eaton, Jeanine Matthews and Caleb Prior.

Allegiant Book 3 in the Divergent Series (read)

by Veronica Roth

After reading Divergent I had pretty much committed to finishing the series, there really wouldn't be any reason that would keep me from finishing the final book--plus the twist at the end of the second book was certainly enough to keep me interested.

UPDATE: I know many people were disappointed with this book and the way the series ended, but I didn't feel disappointed at all. In all I liked the way the book played out and felt a sense of closure turning its final pages.

The Fault In Our Stars (read)

by John Green

I will admit this book was chosen largely because EVERYONE WAS READING IT and I felt almost obligated.  I actually had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I'm actually glad for this because I felt like I was able to lose myself in this love story even more fully as a result.

UPDATE:I really fell in love with this book. The story of Hazel and Augustus was beautiful and real and sad. I thought the author did a great job of conveying the voice and emotion of his protagonist and I also really love "the book-within-a-book" element that he created. This is one of those books whose words really stick with you, with lines like "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities" and "The world is not a wish granting factory."

The Kite Runner (read)

by Khaled Hosseini

I chose this book because I wanted to expose myself to a new culture and to identify with that culture on deeper level.  I knew a little about the plot of the story before I picked the book up and I knew that it would be a difficult book to read.

UPDATE: I was really moved by this book. While I'll admit at times Amir's story did make me feel very sad and and a little hopeless about the world we live in, it was also an amazing tale of redemption and a great reminder of the small but beautiful things that we find a midst the darkness. The author is a beautiful storyteller and I enjoyed listening to this book read by him as the description of Afghan customs and pronunciation of Afghan words in his voice made the experience that much more authentic.

The Maze Runner (currently reading...)

by James Dashner

What can I say?! I'm a sucker for the young adult, dystopian society genre, so I couldn't pass this up--especially since I definitely want to read it before seeing the movie this September.

 I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)...

by Brene Brown

While I've found Brene Brown's recent TED talks very inspiring, that's not what initially inspired me to pick up this book.  I bought this book before I'd even heard of Brene Brown simply because I strongly identified with the title/subtitle: "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from 'What Will People Think?' to 'I Am Enough' ".  Little by little I've been making room in my life to be a better me and I know this book will have some great insights to help me on my way.

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

This book I chose not only because of its popularity, but also in hopes of it being one of those books where you can lose yourself in the world that the author creates.  I have held off watching the movie in hopes that this will motivate me to read the book, but from what I have seen from trailers an amazing story and an exotic world awaits me!


by Cheryl Strayed

I love reading stories about personal reflection and redemption, they give me hope and inspire me to reflect on my own life in new ways and to strive to be a better person.  Though I don't think I'll be tackling The Pacific Crest any time soon, I do look forward to reading about how being lost in the wilderness helped this woman find herself.

The 5 Love Languages of Children

by Gary Chapman

I read Chapman's original book on the five languages of love some years back and it really changed the way I looked at some of my closest releationships.  After giving birth to two beautiful boys, I have bought a number of books on parenting--most of which I have not yet found the time to read.  So I'm starting with this one and looking forward to applying what I learn to the relationships I have with both of my boys--who are so very different but deserve the very best love that I can give them.

The Hundred Foot Journey

by Richard C. Morais

I really can't wait to read this book.  I was inspired to read it after seeing the movie trailer.  And as much as I would love to see the movie, I couldn't help but think while watching the trailer what a wonderful life journey this would be to read about.  It combines two things I'm very interested in: world cultures and international cuisine and its message of acceptance and being able to learn from one another as different as we might be is one I strongly believe in.

Specials - Book 3 in The Uglies Series

by Scott Westerfield

Another young adult dystopian series that I started reading and then put down almost five years ago.  But I figured it was time to finish this series up and get some closure.  So this last winter I re-read the second book in the series and now I'm ready to find out what's in store for Tally, Zane, Shay, The Crims and Dr. Cable.

Daring Greatly

by Brene Brown

Everyone's talking about this book and while I elected to read some of Brene Brown's earlier work before tackling this one, I'm still really excited to read this.  It's refreshing to hear someone talking about vulnerability and insecurity openly and in a way that can really help people to grow and transform their lives.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Steig Larsson

I started this book a few years back before the movie came out.  I have since seen the movie (the American version) and it was a bit dark for me. I had trouble identifying with the main character because the movie's portrayal of her seemed cold and shallow and I couldn't help but feel that I would understand Lisbeth better if I had actually finished the book. I also heard an acquaintance talk recently about her feelings on this book and the fact that it was empowering to her and it was really her passion for the book that inspired me to pick it back up again.

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

This is another book that I had no idea what it was about when I bought it, just another title that I had seen several friends reading on Good Reads, so I thought I'd add 'er to the old list. I'm not much of a suspense/thriller fan, but then again its been decades since I've sampled from this genre so I figured this was a good book to start with--who knows maybe I'll love it and be inspired to read more from this genre.

I'd love to hear about what you're reading right now or any recommendations you might have--leave a comment below!

And happy reading!