Saturday, August 19, 2017

Telling Your Family Stories Through Your Scrapbook

Are you the official scribe for your family?  On this month's Get It Scrapped Blog, the creative team is sharing Scrapbook Ideas for Telling Your Tribe's Story here.

I created this layout to document the story of how my Mom connects with her family through her love of cooking.  I wanted to emphasize the food in the large photo.  By using Photoshop Elements, I use a method called selective coloring to keep color only on the ham and not on the rest of the photo. (In a future post, I will demonstrate this process for you.)  I also found several photos from over the years of my Mom cooking with the grand-kids.  I love remembering these fun times.

Now let's go create!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Scrapbook Using a Timeline Format

Hello Friends,
I created this layout for the Get It Scrapped blog using a timeline format.  Read the full blog post here.  It was a great way to summarize the events of our girls weekend to Lake Chelan all on one page.

Now let's go create!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Scrapbooking With Red, White, and Blue

Happy 4th of July!
Using red, white, and blue in scrapbooking is not just for the 4th of July but can be used for other types of celebrations.  I created this layout several years ago.  These are vintage photos of me and my siblings at a bike race in our hometown.  The use of an Americana color scheme is just what I needed to bring this event to life.  Adding in stars, flags, and some sparkle in the title brought it all together. Try this color scheme on other layouts such as:

  • picnics
  • bike rides
  • parades
  • neighborhood or school activities
  • pool or lake fun  
Don't forget to document those stories of your childhood.  I have vivid memories of this annual bike race and the red bike I had.  Just wishing I could identify more of the kids in these photos.  To my friends who are not in the US, these colors are great for you too. Have a safe and memorable 4th of July!

Now let's go create!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Create a Scrapbook Layout to Document Your Goals

I'm sure that many of you have heard of Ali Edwards One Little Word project.  If not, it's a wonderful annual tradition to consider for next year.  For the first time I decided to participate and the word I chose to focus on this year is LEARN. Through this project I've set some learning goals for myself. I created the layout below for Get It Scrapped and thought it fit in well with the theme for this month of Passing Along Wisdom.  This layout describes my goals for this year and why you should never stop learning.  My intent is to hang this layout where I can remind myself of the goals that I have set and hold myself accountable to them.  Check out the layout and article here.  

Now let's go create!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Combining Contrasting Styles On Your Scrapbook Pages

Have you ever heard of Normcore or Provincial Picnic?  These are two of the many different styles to use on your scrapbook pages. Below is my latest scrapbook layout that I designed for Get It Scrapped, where I was inspired by these two styles.  The blog article can be found here.  Learning to mix contrasting styles on your pages can provide interest to the viewer and in my case pushed me to create something unique.

Supplies:Paper-October Afternoon (Root Cellar & Farm Girl), Journal Card-October Afternoon (Farm Girl), Chipboard Button-October Afternoon (Five & Dime(, White Foam Thickers-Amy Tangerine.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Make Your Layouts More Meaningful

I really wanted to write a blog post on Mother's Day featuring an amazing layout.  I did find a Mother's Day layout that I created a couple of years ago but was less that impressed.  Although the paper and embellishments were cute and there was nothing wrong with the layout or photos, something was missing.  I realized that I had no journaling on the page. I didn't tell the story about my day.  This layout had no feeling, no connection to me as the viewer.  The number one way to make your layouts more meaningful is to add journaling.  The photos don't always tell the entire story.  Here is an example of some prompts that I could have journaled about.

  • It appears that I'm happy but what else was I feeling?
  • I know it's Mother's Day but what else happened that day?
  • I know that my daughter Hailey sent me the flowers but will I remember this when I'm older?
  • The card says "love Baby Bear" it there a story behind the nickname?
  • What was the conversation as I thanked her for the gift?
  • What year is it? (a minimum requirement)

Journaling does not have to take a long time.  It can be hand written.  If I don't have room on my layout for a large amount of journaling I often put it on a journal card and slip it behind a photo.  Don't fret if you've made the same mistake that I did.  I will write about this day on a journal card and add it to this layout. 

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Record Your Child's Growth Through Photos

Check out my latest layout on Get It Scrapped. I love watching my beautiful daughter grow up through various photos of her smelling the tulips!

Now let's go create! Shanna