Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It's a Wonderful Life

Happy December everyone!  I would love if you checked out my newest creation featured in this months Get it Scrapped Blog found here.  We were assigned to create a layout inspired by the Nordic Christmas Style.

It’s a Wonderful Life by Shanna Hystad | Supplies: Paper-Echo Park-I Love Christmas, BoBunny-Sleigh Ride, October Afternoon-December Story, Tag-October Afternoon December Story, Stamp-Dear Lizzy, Deer Silhouette-October Afternoon, Snowflakes-Simple Stories-Claus & Co., Digital Elements-Title-Katie Pertiet-Christmas Word Art, Tree Branch-Katie Pertiet-Seasons Finest Scatters.

Here's to a wonderful Holiday Season!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Friday, December 2, 2016

Autumn Harvest-Get It Scrapped

Hi Everyone!
Check out my layout featured on the Get It Scrapped blog.  This layout was inspired the one created by Debbie Hodge for the Scrapbook Coach Class Top Heavy.

Supplies: Paper-Carta Bella-Autumn, Journal Cards-Carta Bella-Autumn, Title, truck, button, cloud-Simple Stores-Pumpkin Spice, orange mini market stickers-October Afternoon.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Sunday, October 9, 2016

It's All About White Space

Check out my layout featured on the Get It Scrapped Blog and read the article  4 Reasons to Leave Your White Space White.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

10 Tips for Creating a Scrapbook Travel Journal

Creating a travel journal while on vacation is a great way to capture the memories as they happen. Here are 10 tips that I learned through my travels.

1.  Keep it Simple-I limit myself to one small "grocery bag" of scrapbook supplies. If you are packing more than that, challenge yourself to leave some of it at home.  You will be forced to be more creative with less.

2.  Let go of perfection-This is the hardest one for me.  A travel journal is not meant to be perfect.  It's should be created organically.  Journaling mistakes, remnants of sand or your morning coffee on your page, or blurry photos are all part of the travel experience.  Try to embrace it.

3.  Get creative with limited supplies-Since you don't have all of your normal supplies at hand, you will be forced to get more creative. Try some new techniques like hand drawing your titles.

4.  Use stamps-Stamps don't take up much room and they can be used for many purposes (titles, embellishments, backgrounds, etc.)

5.  Don't forget to Journal....that's the whole point right? Notice the small things around you.  How did you feel?  What is the smell? What was your favorite part of the day?

6.  Doodle-First of all, I am not a doodler but I want to be.  I have seen the most amazing photos of doodling in travel journals.  I have tried water color pencils and they are fun to work with.  They can be used wet or dry.  Remember a little water goes a long way.  Try not to get your brush too wet or your paper may wrinkle.

7.  Include Postcards, tickets, receipts, menus in your journal-All of the little mementos that you collect throughout your travels can be used as part of your design.

8.  Attach items to your journal with staplers, washi tape, string, paper clips-Be creative with how you attach items to your journal.  All of the ways I just spoke about are much more interesting than just using tape.

9.  Make pockets to hold memorabilia-There are so many fun ways to add pockets to your journal.  Here are a few links on Pinterest that I like.  Envelope idea #1Envelope Idea #2

10.  Let everyone join in on the fun-Why not ask others in your travel group if they want to make their own journal.  When traveling with my niece and nephew, we worked on our journals every morning.  It was a fun way to start the day.

Supplies: Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Embellishments-American Crafts Shoreline Collection, shipping tag, Derwent Watercolor pencils, Creative Memories fine-tip pen.

Please visit the Get it Scrapped Blog and read the article 3 Options for Scrapbooking on the Go.  It also features the layout that I am sharing with you today along with many other tips and creative projects.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Add More Fun to Your Layout

I can't believe summer is almost over.  Before I get out my fall scrapbook supplies, I thought I would share a summer themed layout that is one of my favorites.  As I was creating this layout I wanted to add some fun by including a children's poem or quote.  What could be more fun than a Dr. Seuss poem? I found the perfect one and typed it directly on the photo using Photoshop Elements.  I sized it to extend down the slip n'slide with the final word landing in the pool.  To add more interest, I used a font called "Green Eggs & Ham".  This paired perfectly with the photos and story of the kids having fun on a hot summer day at Grandmas.

Supplies:  Paper-October Afternoon-Summertime, Letters-Simple Stories-Summer Vibes.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Using Trendy Color Combos in your Scrapbook Pages

My assignment for this month's Get it Scrapped Creative team is "Ideas for Using Trendy Color Combos in Your Scrapbook Pages".  
Read the article here:  http://debbiehodge.com/2016/08/ideas-using-trendy-color-combos-scrapbook-pages/

Supplies:  Simple Stories-You are Here Collection (paper, embellishments, letters), wood veneer airplane-Studio Calico.

The photos above are where my color inspirations began.  I just love this color combination for clothing also.

Now let's go create!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Get It Scrapped Instagram Feature

Check out my Get It Scrapped creative team feature on Instagram today.  Click here to read it.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Monday, August 1, 2016

Get it Scrapped Instagram Page

Check out the Get It Scrapped Instagram page.  They featured a quote from me.....how awesome is that!  Each creative team member talked about who they scrapbook for. Every Monday a creative team member will be featured along with a layout they created. This week they are featuring, Deborah Wagner. (Meet the Creative Team).  I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of ladies. 

Enjoy your week!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How to get Pinspired

I love to spend time on Pinterest looking for new inspiration for my scrapbook layouts.  Ideas don’t have to be found only on scrapbooking boards.  I often search on design and design inspiration boards.

The bottom image is a poster that I saw on Pinterest.  I loved the fun and whimsical feel and decided it would make a great scrapbook layout.  I had the perfect underwater photos of my niece Reagan that I wanted to use.  

Besides the sailboat in the top right, this is all digital.  I will tell you that this challenged my digital knowledge and I spent a lot of time on YouTube learning some new techniques.  It would have probably been easier to do this with paper, but I do love a good challenge.  The journaling is typed with all different fonts, sizes, and colors of letters.  For a traditional layout this would be a great way to use up your leftover Thickers.

The end result was just what I had hoped for.  It gave me the same fun and whimsical feel and now it was personalized with my own journaling and photos.

Check out my Design Inspiration and Scrapbooking boards on Pinterest for more ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/shystad/

Supplies:  Martha Stewart Crafts-Boat Sticker, Adobe Elements

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. It is the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean. So, however small effort it may be, working for success on daily basis is necessary. #quote #Quote #child #quotes #student #school #hardworking #sports #play #studies #learning #education #schooling http://www.suncityschool.in/:
Pin from www.suncityschool.in

Now let's go create!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Joining New Creative Team-Get it Scrapped

I have some exciting news!  I have been invited to join the Get it Scrapped Creative Team.  My bio was just posted on their site. Please check it out along with the social media sites of my peers.

Look for my first assignment as well as my Instagram feature in August.  I will send out the links once I have them.

If you are interested in memory keeping, organizing, and documenting your stories, this site is for you.  It's filled with educational material for both beginners and advanced scrapbookers.  I have been inspired by this talented creative team for some time now.

This is a big deal for me and I have to pinch myself that I am now joining them!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Capturing Photos During the Golden Hour

We’ve all heard of kissing a frog, well what about kissing a fish?

As I continue on my journey to take more creative photos, I learn from my daughter Hailey who always gives me fresh, amusing material (without even prompting her). She often teaches me how to let go and have fun with photos!

These photos were taken as the sun was going down.  Professional photographers call this the "golden hour" and I'm trying to learn more about it.  It's said that it's the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset.  There should be less shadows and harsh highlights and your photos may pick up a warm glow. I believe that I was in the golden hour when I took these photos.  It seems to me that it lasts less than an hour but what do I know?  I've tried to capture the golden hour too many times to count.  If you're not paying attention you may miss it! Believe it or not, there is a golden hour calculator on-line.  

The main goal is to be ready with your camera and take a lot of photos during this period of time. You will know when you capture the right shot!

Often when I have beautiful photos I don’t want to my layout design to be overly complex.  Adding too many embellishment can be distracting. I kept this layout simple; while still leaving a place for my journaling that documented our day. I found the perfect paper that reminded me of the beautiful coloring of a rainbow trout.

Supplies:  Paper-Hue Paper-Chase Rainbows-KaiserCraft, Today Journal Card, Chipboard Letters-Thickers, Pink Mini Letters, Embellishments-Amy Tangerine

Now let's go create!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Photo Ideas: Successes and Fails

When I was recently in Hawaii, I enlisted my niece who is 8 to help me with some new photo ideas. We had a lot of fun spending time together and making a list of the images that we wanted to capture.

As a beginning photographer, I am always trying to improve my skills.  These skills include learning the manual functions of my digital camera, understanding design and composition, and challenging myself to be more creative.  Hopefully I will inspire you to try some new things with your camera and learn from my successes and fails.

Hawaiian Flower-Success

Using my new 50mm lens and setting my aperture low, I was able to focus on the flower while leaving the background blurry.

Girls Jumping in Air-Success (sort of)

Although their form is not that great, these girls had fun jumping in the air (or at least trying to)!

Holding the Sun-Fail

Unfortunately, I need some more work on my night time photography skills.  The photo is a little too dark and there should be more of a silhouette of my niece.  I still like the concept so we will try this one again.

Grains of Sand-Success

This will be great to use for an upcoming scrapbook page.  I like how it shows the sand and the white space on the right will be perfect for journaling.  I also changed it to black and white (below) which would be another interesting usage of the photo.

Washing Away Stress-Fail

The simple reason this was a fail is because I lost patience.  To "get the right shot" you must not lose patience.  The goal of this photo was to capture the wave washing away a part of the stress that I wrote in the sand.  It's very hard to do because if you capture the photo too late the wave will wipe out the entire word, if you capture it too early (like this), the word it not wiped out at all.  We'll have to try this one again also.

Laying in Surf-Success

You would think that this would be a simple photo to capture but it wasn't especially if you don't want you and your camera to get wiped out by a wave.  The waves at this beach were very unpredictable and was lucky to get this photo.  I love how my niece's feet are so much smaller than mine in contrast.

Flower and Ocean-Fail

Although this photo is somewhat interesting, I wanted the flower to be in focus.  Looks like I need to learn more about aperture.  I think I had my setting too high.

Now let's go create!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ideas for Documenting Relationships

Documenting relationships is an important aspect of my scrapbook design.  There are many types of relationships, those between families, a special relationship with a pet or even a relationship with an  inanimate object like a special toy or a car.

In the layout below, I wanted to focus on the "teacher/student" relationship between my daughter and niece.  My daughter, as an experienced fisherman (or is it fisherwoman?), was teaching my niece who just received her very first fishing pole, how to fish.  It was so cute to watch the two of them patiently waiting for their first fish, enjoying each other and their love of fishing.  

Blog Exercise:
  • Make a list of relationships that you want to document.  It can be a relationship that you have with someone, a relationship that you admire, or maybe a unique relationship (like a child with a doll or your husband and his motorcycle). 
  • Grab your camera and start taking photos.  The photos don't have to be taken all in one day.  You may want to capture the relationship over a period of time, or maybe during a certain event. You may want to look at older photos to see if any of them capture the essence of the relationship.
  • Don't forget to document the story.  It can be from your perspective or you can ask others to comment on the relationship.
  • Have fun with the exercise and I would love for you to reply to this blog and share the ideas that you've come up with.

Supplies: Paper-October Afternoon Treasure Map, Paper Strips-October Afternoon, You and Me Card-Project Life Great Outdoors, Shipping Tag, Red Floss-We R Memory Keepers, Stickers-October Afternoon Treasure Map, Idaho wood shape-Etsy TheWoodshapeStore.

Now let's go create!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Scrapbooking Conversations with Kids

Welcome to Stick It Down's June blog hop

Several of our design team members have created projects to share with you using any of our past SID sketches. If you've never participated in a blog hop before, you'll "hop" from blog to blog to visit each designer's page and project. You'll leave a comment at each stop along the hop. The hop will end here where you started, where you can comment to let us know you've completed the hop and you're entered to win the grand prize. You have until Monday June 6 at 11:59
pm to complete the hop. The winner will be announced on or before June 9.

We have several prize packages and one grand prize lined up! Paper Wings Productions is generously sponsoring our blog hop and is offering a gift certificate to the online store!

Paper Wings Productions is owned by Carrie Edelmann Avery. All of the PWP stamps are produced in the USA and are made using the highest quality of materials. You can check out the PWP online store to see the red rubber cling stamps and the clear photopolymer stamps!

In addition the the grand prize, many of our design team members are offering prizes on their blog and we also have a few other prizes lined up. We've also made it possible to earn additional entries for prizes by following the SID blog, our Facebook page, the PWP blog, and the PWP Facebook page.

Hi everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog and joining in on the blog hop adventure.  If you are visiting the blogs in order, you should have arrived to me from Grace's blog. Here is the sketch I chose for June.

Something I decided to do last year when I was camping with my niece and nephew was ask them some simple questions and take photos while doing so.  I love the different facial expressions and the personality that is shown in these photos.  I created a layout using the photos of my niece and I will be creating another one of my nephew soon.

Supplies:  Project Life Acetate Shapes, October Afternoon Snapshots-Compose, Webster's Pages-Dream in Color

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Hanne's blog.  Hope to hear from you again soon!

Now let's go create!

Here is the order of the hop, in case you get lost:
Evelyn https://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com/
Sharon  http://seaviewscrapping.blogspot.com/2016/06/sid-card-june-hop.html
Jess K http://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2016/06/stick-it-down-june.html
Grace  http://tolmanchronicles.blogspot.com/2016/06/celebrate-today-layout-stick-it-down.html
Shanna http://shannahystad.blogspot.com/2016/06/scrapbooking-conversations-with-kids.html
Hanne  http://hanneshjorne.blogspot.com/2016/06/blog-hop-at-stick-it-down.html
Lori http://loriannie670.blogspot.com/2016/06/stick-it-down-june-blog-hop.html
Angelika http://www.silhouetteangelika.com/kremlin-palace-blog-hop-sid/
Tina http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com/2016/06/stick-it-down-june-blog-hop.html
Jessica S http://jessica-createandshare.blogspot.com/2016/06/stick-it-down-blog-hop.html
Ali  http://scrapngoodtimes.blogspot.com/2016/06/xoxo.html
Alison https://moretimeto.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/stick-it-downs-june-blog-hop/
Colleen http://scrappingranny-colleen.blogspot.com/2016/06/blog-hop-for-stick-it-down.html

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hunting for Treasures at Farm & Frills

Besides scrapbooking one of my favorite things is to go to junk/antique shows.  I typically do more looking than buying but everyone now and then, I will find a treasure that I can't part with.  The Farm & Frills shows are so amazing and I am envious at the people with the mini-trailers.

Here a few photos that I captured yesterday.

The drive out to Enumclaw was so beautiful.  I love all of the old barns with Mt. Rainier looking so majestic in the distance.  I had to pull over to take a photo.
If only I had room in my car, this would have been coming home with me.  It's an adorable potting table for the garden.

Trailer Town was a must see before I left.
Each one of the trailers have their very own "theme" and personality.

Here were the few treasures that I left home with.
A galvanized star.

An old milk jug and gardening tools.

The treasure of the day......and old hardware store storage bin!  Can't wait to decide how I will use it.

Now let's go create! Shanna