Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team

My favorite parts of being a member of the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team are getting to teach new classes . .

Hope & A Future Mixed Media Scripture Canvas Class April 10, 2015
. . . and create layouts using new products . . .

 Authentique's Classique: Beauty Collection
Bo Bunny's Heritage Collection
Authentique's Durable Collection

. . . and write blog posts . . .

. . . and interact on the Scrappin' Goodtime Facebook page . . . and visit the store . . . and stay at the retreat . . .

well, as you can guess, I pretty much like it all!

Are you (or have you been) on a design team? What's your favorite part of it?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Halloween 2014

It's always FUN to find a bright orange Shutterfly envelope (or in this case BOX) in the mail! I had a huge order of prints from all those photos I processed to finish up my 2014 digital workflow last month. As I was sorting through the photos, organizing them by event or story, I chose a couple to go ahead and scrap right away.

It's a fairly simple layout really, but it wasn't coming together like I wanted until I found that black netting in my stash. I'm not even sure where it came from, but I think it pulled everything together nicely. What do you think?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The New Big Picture Classes

At the end of March, I finally signed up for my free month of membership at the new Big Picture Classes site. This month I'm working through some of the classes, exploring the site, earning badges, posting projects, and checking things out to decide if I want to continue with a membership after my free trial.

I started in right away with a scrapbook class - Paige's Pages. This class offers four lessons, each with INSPIRATION and a challenge to use our supplies in a new way. The first lesson was all about using 20 of something on a page, and Paige Evans' layout used one small photo and 20 plus buttons to cover water-colored letters (LOVE) that filled a 12x12 page. At first I wasn't inspired to do a large word on the page, so instead create my title using buttons for this layout about my first year as a coach in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop.

It was FUN using buttons in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes!

A few days later, I was inspired to try Paige's approach with large letters covering most of the page. I printed my journaling for this layout from this blog post.

This time I also followed Paige's example and found small embellishments to add around various parts of each letter - so much FUN!

I'll be sharing more INSPIRATION from the new BPC classes as I continue to enjoy my free trial. Have you set up an account at BPC yet? What do you think of the new format?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Monochromatic Layouts

Last month I shared about the new Wall of Color at Scrappin' Goodtime. Above each section along the way, Susie is displaying monochromatic layouts created by the design team. I currently have three layouts on display.

Yellow (of course!)

Light Pink


These layouts are so much FUN to make, and that Wall of Color provides lots of INSPIRATION! I'm looking forward to my trip to the store next week (to teach a mixed media scripture canvas class) and just might have to grab a few colorful products for more of these type of pages.

Have you created any monochromatic layouts lately? What's your favorite color?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

INSPIRATION - March Review & April Plans

March was a very busy month, filled with family & friends, doctor appointments (just routine check-ups for me & Robbie), the arrival of beautiful spring weather, road trips, and, of course, INSPIRATION.

(Due to all the busy-ness and being on the road most of the final two weeks of the month, I decided to mark everything as read in my blog reader and start fresh today! If you posted something you don't want me to miss, please leave a link in the comments or send me an email.)

March Review
1. February Top Five -  I completed all of my February Top Five layouts: (1) Doily Days, (2) Pile of Postcards Valentine Exchange, (3) Scrapbook Expo buttons, (4) Agents of SHIELD cards, and (5) Ice & Snow! And since I have a great start to our 2015 album, I also created a title page using a photo of us from early January.

2. Digital Workflow - I completed the processing and ordering of photos from 2014!! I now have a large pile of printed photos that still need to be put in storage binders along with bits and pieces of  memorabilia, but I'm thrilled to have this project completed. I did create one digital layout while I was working through the photos from our trip to Harry Potter World.

3. 2011 Chronological Albums - I only completed four layouts for our 2011 albums during March, however I've started putting together page kits for a crop later this month and hope to make a big dent in the remaining items on the list.

4. Truth Scrap - Unfortunately, I did not review any of the materials from Truth Scrap this month.

5. Spring Break Travel - I enjoyed my three-day get-away with a friend and two teenagers and came home with a half completed mini-album and a batch of photos to process. Robbie's brother and his family arrived from Ohio just in time for some beautiful spring weather and we had an absolutely fabulous week-long vacation that included trying new things (my first helicopter ride!), eating at my favorite restaurants (because we took a road trip to southeast Texas, my old stomping grounds), laughing, sight seeing, and meeting up with other family and friends. Before they headed home, I uploaded the photos from all our cameras and cell phones into one folder on my computer . . . all 1,325 of them!!

6.  READING FOR INSPIRATION - I enjoyed both of the books I chose to read this month. The Daniel Plan was great INSPIRATION for healthy living, focusing on five areas of a healthier life - faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. Eat That Frog! was filled with ideas to get things done and reminders to concentrate on the most important items first.

I did find time for some other creative INSPIRATION in March also and completed 20 layouts and an altered clipboard along with publishing 16 blog posts.

For the month of March, I'll be exploring and acting on INSPIRATION in several ways:
1. March Top Five - I had a very difficult time choosing my top five stories/photos/events for March, but here they are: (1) I'm Delivering Sunshine, (2) Mineola Trip mini-album, (3) 3000-piece puzzle, (4) Huey UH1 ride, and (5) "I just saw a lemon."

2. Hope & A Future Class - I'll be teaching my latest class at Scrappin' Goodtime on the 10th. Click HERE for all the details!

3. BPC Membership - This past weekend I signed up for my free 30-day trial at the new Big Picture Classes site and am planning to use INSPIRATION from the variety of classes there. I've actually already started and created this layout based on the sketch for January in Aly Dosdall's Document 2015 class.

The class is designed with INSPIRATION for creating a monthly review layout, however I used the sketch to scrap another story from February of this year. Here's a closer look at the journaling.

4. Crop With LeAnne - I'll be traveling to the Houston area to visit and scrap with my friend LeAnne for three days this month. I've already started putting page kits together to work on then!

6.  READING FOR INSPIRATION - I'll be participating in Part II of the Laura Ingalls Wilder course at I thoroughly enjoyed Part I of the course this past fall (see my review HERE) and am looking forward to reading the remaining Little House books and learning more about the writing life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What kind of INSPIRATION did you enjoy in March? What are your plans for exploring and acting on INSPIRATION in April?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2011 Progress

I have a few more layouts to share today as I continue my goal of completing our 2011 chronological albums. The INSPIRATION for this first layout came from a sample layout in the old BPC 2011 Creative Crop.

I especially like the look of the lace border and the button embellishments on this FUN page.

This second layout is a simple design showcasing photos of a visit from my cousins from out of state.

I created two 8 1/2 x 11 pages to showcase photos from Christmas Eve. These pages will go back to back in an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector, which will go in the 12x12 album as I enjoy mixing page sizes and styles within each album.

As usual, I am scrapping as INSPIRATION strikes rather than in chronological order, so these Christmas photos are not an indication that I'm nearing the end of the list of photos and stories that I want to add to our 2011 albums. However, they do signify that I'm making progress and checking items off that list!