Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Playing with Color

This month at The Get It Scrapped Membership we've got a new learning track series available called Playful Scrapbooker and the first class in this series is centered around one of my favorite topics, Color Play.

Color really is a big deal to me on my scrapbook pages. I use it as a way to tie my photo to the other elements on my page and create harmony, to set the mood and convey feelings and quite simply to have fun and add a little bit of myself to each page.

Kindered Spirits by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Lilypad Designers: MPM Kindred; Mommyish Designs: Warm and Cozy Paper and Elements; Sahlin Studios: Kindred Add-on Papers and Elements 

My page "Kindred Spirits" is an example of how I generally approach color on the page:

  • I'm not afraid to use rich, saturated colors. 
  • I often tackle extended color palettes of 5 or more colors.
  • I love white backgrounds, not only because they don;t require any ink when printing my pages at home, but also because of the way the colors pop against it.
  • And I use color as the glue that holds my page design together - notice all of the visual triangles in this page that I've created with color.  They keep your eye circling my photos as you drink in all of the finer details.

We'd love for you to join us over at The Get It Scrapped Membership as we take an in-depth look at using color playfully and purposefully on your scrapbook pages!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Letter-Sized Adventures | Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels

This summer we've gone on so many awesome family adventures thanks to our own bucket list and the recently discovered website Atlas Obscura which has over 50 hidden gems and unusual things to do in Utah listed on it.

Looking through our photos from this summer I can;t help but realize how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful state, whose landscapes are so diverse and remarkable.  However this spur of the moment trip to the northwest region of Utah might have been one of our favorite family adventures of them all!

The Spiral Jetty

Corrin, UT

The Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture built by Robert Smithson in the Great Salt Lake and it only reemerges during a drought. Built  in 1970 of mud, salt crystals, basalt, and dirt, the jetty is 1500 feet long and extends far out into the Great Salt Lake.

However, no one saw this work for over 30 years. Built during a drought by Robert Smithson, once the water levels returned to normal the spiral was then submerged for three decades, reemerging during another drought in 2004 and then again in 2008. - Atlas Obscura

I strongly urge anyone living in Northern Utah or Southern Idaho to find the time to take a small day trip to this hidden gem. It truly is an amazing place to see, photograph and experience.


The Sun Tunnels

Lucin, UT

Northwest of the jetty near the ghost town of Lucin, UT literally out in the middle of nowhere, you will find an art installation by Nancy Holt that consists of four concrete tubes laid out near the Great Salt Lake in an open cross configuration.

"While the nine-foot diameter, 18 foot long “tunnels” pierced by holes of varying sizes may at first seem like minimalist modern art, the work is in fact much more than that - it is an astrological gazing station. Further, the smaller holes drilled into the sides of the tunnels depict the pattern of selected celestial constellations; there is a tunnel for each of the constellations Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn.

"During the summer solstice the sunset is sighted through two of the tunnels, while during the winter solstice the sunset is sighted through the other two. Additionally, the holes drilled in the sides of the tunnels allow patterns of light inside, and in this way you can see the shape of the referenced constellations during the day." - Atlas Obscura

On our way to the sun tunnels from Corrine, there are also a few other historic sites and ghost towns to see that we visited on other days. And on the drive home we took the long way around into Wendover, if only to be able to say that we had visited three states in one day.

We went close to the summer solstice, but truthfully you could almost go anytime of year, weather-permitting and gett some really great photos - especially around sunset! 


Though these hidden gems are a bit out of the way they were both totally worth the gas and the time to see them. Our family had so much fun and we got lots of great photos.  If you make the drive out there I definitely recommend checking the links I provided above to Atlas Obscure, they'll provide you with some great travel info on each of these spots as far as directions and other important things to know before going. 

I made the following scrapbook page to add to our "Family Adventure Album" along with a full page story about this awesome day trip!

Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sahin Designs: Jaunt; Allison Pennington Wild.

Happy Adventures!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fun with Cross-Out Poems

This week on the Get It Scrapped blog the team shared an interesting approach to scrapbook page storytelling which comes in the form of cross-out, blackout and erasure poetry.

Now let's be clear, I am no poet, but as someone who struggles regularly with getting her stories written down on the page, I was very excited to give this a try and approach my journaling from this creative angle in this page about my niece.

Best Year Ever by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Creashens: Midsummer Day Papers and Elements; Original Poem by Linda Reznicek.

Here's what I had to say about this challenging, yet fun approach:

"I made this page to showcase a recent photo I took of my niece to commemorate her first birthday. I thought a cross-out poem would bring something special to this page.”

“In preparation for making my cross-out poem, I read through a number of poems about aspen trees (my niece’s name is Aspen) until I found Riding Through a Grove of Aspens by Linda Reznicek. I retyped the poem into my text box in Photoshop using Century Schoolbook font, and I layered the text over an old textured paper to make this poem look as though it was torn straight from a book.”

“I then drew pink rectangles over the words I wanted to highlight and played around with my blending modes to create the highlighter effect you see here.  I used Photoshop’s line tool to cross out the remaining words.”

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Family of Four | Salem Pond, UT

We made it down south today to visit my sister-in-law and I took a few photos of their family while I was down there. This is the first time I've photographed my youngest niece and she is just all smiles and goo-goo eyes!  Capturing these guys through my lens is always such a joy because their family just exudes love in everything that they do.

It was beautifully overcast day, it would have been PERFECT if not for the wind, but we made the best of it! Here are a few of my favorite shots from this windy shoot :)

 Thanks for looking! And thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for allowing me to share in their family's memories.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Texture - Gotta Have it!

Over on the Get It Scrapped blog this week we're talking about mixing texture on the scrapbook page.  As a digital scrapbooker this is something I feel compelled to do to keep my pages looking realistic.

The greatest compliment I can receive from someone looking at one of my pages is when they ask me whether it is paper or digital.  This means I've set out to do the job that intended to do and that is to bring the depth and dimension that I have always loved about paper scrapbooking and merged it with the ease that I have come to enjoy from digital scrapbooking.

Out From Behind the Lens by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Creashens: Goodness Papers and Elements, Sugarfoot Papers and Elements; Paislee Press: Behind the Lens; LilyPad Designers: MPM Status; Karla Dudley: Bestie Glitter Styles; Sahin Designs February 2016 Templates; Fonts: Remington Noiseless.

My page "Out From Behind the Lens" combines a variety of textures including fibers, shine and soft, sheer layers all with realistic shadows that add serious depth to the page.

The story of this page is about stepping in front of the camera and seeing myself and my family from a new perspective.

And here's what I shared about my approach to texture over in the article at Get It Scrapped"

"I often aim to include a good mix of textures on my scrapbook pages as it lends depth to my digital designs. However, I like to try and select textures that echo my page’s sentiment while adding a polished look. Here, I’ve used a variety of charming and soft textures that compliment the tender feeling created by my photo and journaling.   Then I've thrown in a few sparkles to finish things off."

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Letter-Sized Adventures | Arches National Park

Early this spring, tired of the prolonged winter up North, we decided to take an impromptu trip down to Moab to get a bit of sun.  We spent two days in Arches National Park.  We saw most of the arches and other scenic landmarks in the southern part of the Park. We also went on a few of the hikes that were easy enough for our kids.

Despite becoming ill the second day of our trip, our oldest was a real trooper.  He loves the outdoors and hiking and said his favorite sites were Balanced Rock, The Windows and The Delicate Arch Viewpoint Hike.  Even our youngest, who is more of a homebody enjoyed himself.  He especially loved the Park Avenue hike, the visitor center and the interactive dinosaur trail.

We hope to return soon and stay at Devil's Garden Campground so that we can take in the rest of the sites in the Northern half of the park including the Landscape, Skyline, Sand Dune and Broken Arches.

Below is more info and photos of some of our favorite parts of this family adventure:

1. Park Avenue

Named for its resemblance to the famous New York City Street, the rock formations along this area of the park are truly unique.  There is a great viewpoint for photos, but we decided to hike the full length of the area between these formations.  This was a 2-mi hike round trip, but with the exception of the initial descent, for the most part it was pretty level. If you have more than one vehicle in your group you could turn this into a 1-mile shuttle hike.

2. The La Sal Mountain Range

We opted just to view the La Sal Mountains from the viewpoint area within Arches, as seen here.  However you can take a three hour drive along the The La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Backway which follows the Colorado River and takes you into an entirely new set of surroundings.  We hope to make time for this drive on our next trip.

3. Balanced Rock

This iconic landmark is definitely one you'll want to see. We got out and walked around it capturing photos from all angles.  My favorite viewpoint was with the snow-capped La Sal Mountain range in the background.  And if you find just the right spot you can even play around with perspective and grab a shot of someone in your party holding the balanced rock on their shoulders.  See my scrapbook page "The Weight of The World" below ;)  

4. The Windows

This was one of those areas I think we could have spent all day exploring and might have if our oldest son hadn't fell ill. He kept trying to push on because he wanted to explore each of the four arches in this area up close.  Here we were really able to get a sense of the sheer size of these arches.  We walked through them and stood under them...looking far above us and below us (EEK). Here you can access the North and South Windows, the Turret Arch and The Double Arch all in a short distance.

5. Delicate Arch Viewpoint

At about a mile-and-a-half out and back this hike was shorter than the Park Avenue hike but I'd say there's a bit more climbing and descending.  That being said it's a good family-friendly hike. In fact, it was just right for our littles. And although it doesn't get you right up next to the arch as the other Delicate trails might, you'll see some beautiful 360 degree views and it gets you just close enough for some good photo opportunities.

6. Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail

The drive out to Mill Canyon was a fun little side trip, though I'm not sure I would recommend tackling it in early spring with a low-clearance vehicle like we did, as there were a few spots our small car almost got stuck. Nevertheless it was well worth the worry. This was by far both boys favorite part of the trip. Being able to walk up to the dinosaur bones and see them up close in their natural setting was really very cool. And it was a good learning experience for our boys...because a place like this only continues to exist when we respect nature and history.

7. The Moab Sunset

Perhaps one of our favorite things to see while visiting the park, was the beautiful Moab sunsets.  My youngest son replied, "Hey look its like someone painted the sky!" INDEED. You'll definitely want to plan to be outdoors around sunset, it is truly a sight to be seen!

8. The Arches National Park Visitor Center

So my youngest son LOVES museums.  He loves to take in all of the facts and the displays and the visual aides.  He loves learning about the rocks and the animals and the history of a region, so for him the Visitor's Center was a huge hit.  If you have kids who seem to love soaking up any fact they can wrap their little brains around then your family will probably enjoy it as much as we did.  You can also stamp your National Parks Passport while you're there!

9. Moab Rock Shop

This rock shop was AWESOME! The boys each had $20.00 to spend on the trip and they spent more than half of it on you guessed it...ROCKS! They had lots of different kinds of rocks to choose from including  minerals, fossils, petrified wood, geodes, etc. And inside they have a very cool collection of fossils, bones, and semi-precious stones. Definitely worth checking out if your kids are into rocks!

10. Moab Coffee Roasters

We really liked this little coffee shop.  Not only was the coffee good but they also have a great selection of homemade gelatos. If you can't decide on a flavor I recommend their Pistachio...YUM!

We can't wait to head back this summer and visit the rest of the park.  In the meantime I'm enjoying reliving our trip thru my memory keeping.  Here are a few scrapbook pages inspired by our trip.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Everyday Videography | Capturing Memories in a NEW Way!

I was intrigued the minute I saw Nicole Cole's Everyday Videography class at Studio Calico.  I've never been the videographer in our family-that responsibility has fallen mainly on my husband and now my oldest son who has shown some interest in making his own YouTube videos.

But after watching the promo video for the class I knew that I wanted to learn to take my memory keeping to this new level.

The course itself was great, just what I needed to get started making my own everyday videos. In fact, one rainy day I binge watched the first three parts of the class and before I could finish watching the fourth and final video I was inspired to press pause and start recording our lives.

Here is the first of what I'm sure will be many of our everyday videos:

It's not perfect, but I'm so happy I took the time to make it!

NOTE: Nicole's Everyday Videography class is not currently open for enrollment-but should she or Studio Calico offer this class in the future I highly recommend it!