Friday, February 24, 2012

Favorites Mini Book



Okay this may be one of my favorite hybrid projects ever. I used the Media Journalers by Kate Hadfield -

_khadfield_mediajournalersand the Spiral Bound Alpha to make this mini book. It was so easy to make. I just picked out some of the 3x4 journaling cards and placed some of the word art tags on each of the pages. Printed, cut, hole punched, and bound with a 1 inch binder ring. I made two of these and I liked the one that just had all of the cards facing front more than the one that was book style with two of the colored cards facing each other.

The best part? Filling it out! The pictures and words just brought to mind all of these fun memories. Lists, sentences, drawings? Whatever you want to write about the idea. And it was managable. I will treasure it forever.

A great idea is to print one out and give it to a friend or family member and have them fill out the same cards. It would be great to see all the different perspectives on the same theme.

LOVE IT! It has inspired me to do more projects like this. It also gave me an idea to jumpstart my travel and christmas journaling/pages.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nettio Designs Scrapping Contest


Do you have any templates by Nettio? Or have you been thinking about using this free map template but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?


Announcing the:


Introducing the Show Off Your Awesomeness Contest
Here’s your chance to start embracing your scrapbooking awesomeness and show us what you’ve got by using any NettioDesigns template in a new, creative, awesome way. Shrink it, scale it, flip it, combine it – it’s totally up to you. What matters most is that you push yourself to step outside your box and create a layout that is awesomely YOU.
Here are the rules:

  1. Choose any NettioDesigns template currently available in the NettioDesigns Shoppe (this includes the free Oh the Places We Go map template found here) and create a NEW layout showing off that template in a fun, creative way that is 100% YOU.
  2. You may enter as many times as you like but you must use a different template for each entry.
  3. Post your layout in any online gallery and then link us up to that layout in the comments section of this post. You have until Sunday, 2/26, 11:59PM ET to enter.
  4. The NettioDesigns Team Awesome and Lynnette will select our favorite, most creative entries and the winners will be announced next Wednesday, 2/29 as part of the final day of the NettioDesigns 1st Anniversary Celebration.

And look – I get to be one of the judges – that will be a first for me. I would love to have a gazillion entries to choose from. And there are prizes involved! Now the deadline is coming up fast – you only have until Sunday 9:00pm Pacific time to enter! So hurry up and get scrapping!

Monday, February 20, 2012

London Layouts

To continue in my recent exploration of cleaner graphic style layouts – I created the following two layouts.
Visiting the Queen is based on a sketch by Cathy Zielske. And her thoughts on type.

Big Picture Classes

Big Ben is my own design.
These pages were a bit of a challenge because they have a lot of journaling! The font size is a little smaller than I usually go and there felt like there was more space to fill. But I really liked the bits that I added in my journaling to add to the story. I’m thinking about creating a lot of the pages from this trip that I took in May 2011 in this style. I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what kits I want to use, I want the photos in the forefront, and maybe it will help me to get more pages completed since there is not as much layering to move around and around on the page (although tweaking a lot of type elements still adds some drama!). I love how these look.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bookstores and Magazines



A new layout – with a new design style for me. A magazine style with emphasis on words and photos. I added a few elements from Bookworm by Kaye Winiecki and used the new Photobook Frenzy: A Week in the Life 12 x 12 templates by Nettio Designs. It has been a rough time for me IRL recently and what do we do to help? Go shopping! We went online to look for some used bookstores and have really found some amazing stores that are holding on!

I really love how this layout came together. I’ve been looking more into magazine style as I was researching when I did the ScrapMatters newsletter/magazine and now I am getting a chance to integrate some of that into my scrapbooking as well.  It still took a while, but came together rather quickly compared to some of my other layouts.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Celebrating 100 posts and a 1st Anniversary!


I looked at my blog dashboard a couple of days ago and realized that I have 100 posts on my blog! For me, this is quite an accomplishment and I am feeling ready to party!

And the best thing is I have a bunch of ideas for some more posts. Here’s to Created by Heather.

And Lynnette is celebrating the first anniversary of her shoppe, Nettio Designs, during the second half of February.

Isn’t this one of the cutest little ads?


There’s a sale and some fun ideas to be shared. Later I’ll post a layout I created using some of the new templates.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

10 Things about Her (Me)

I’m in a quite reflective mood and this new kit by Jenna Desai – inspired me to record a few of my favorite things (one of Lynnette’s –nettio- ideas that I love). 10 Things about Her is really fun; I usually don’t really go for ultra girly, but I just love so many elements and papers in this kit. The crown, the yellow ribbon flower, the doodles, and the 10 things journaling stamp! It’s half off today for something old, something new at the Lilypad.


Here’s my layout – I also used a template by Amy Martin and the font: The Good Friend by Heather Hess.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Calendar


I used Everyday Storytelling by Jenn Barrette and Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I think it’s a good idea when making a calendar to use a big size kit so that you have a lot of papers and elements to choose from or to find two kits that coordinate with each other.  And this kit is big!


TIP: The best tip I can give for creating a calendar is to make it longer than 12 months. Last year, for the 2011 calendar I made pages to February 2012. This year I made pages until April 2013. It really helps to remember events farther in the future and also gives the calendar creator a bit more buffer time to make the new one!

Another tip: make the back cover as pretty as the front cover. When I was creating the front and back covers in Photoshop, I had envisioned the journal with the camera as the front cover and the “happiness lives here” on the back. However, I punched the wrong side of the back cover! Instead of having to reprint and use another piece of chipboard, I was able to change my plans and punch the front cover to be the new back cover. (When doing hybrid, I find I always have to be flexible and inventive!)







This is a sample page. Each of the pages looks different. The calendar templates are by Krisi’s Kreations (I resized them to fit my pages). I pasted the cover pages on chipboard so that it is nice and sturdy and portable. The chipboard measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches and came precut. I used the Zutter Bind-It-All to make it sturdy and This general construction worked really well last year and the size was very convenient. This pocket calendar is a great project because it is very handy and well used throughout the year!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it!


Using this kit, Boy Wonder, by Jenna Desai (half off today!),


I was inspired my the energy and enthusiasm of this kit and the bright colors. I decided to scrap some photos of my favorite parade at Disney World right now – the Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it! Parade. It’s really more of a block party but I really love the party atmosphere and watching all the characters dance!


I like the movement and action in this layout because the parade is all about moving! I also used the fonts – The Blockhead and The Robot – by Heather Hess for the title and miniature journaling.