Monday, July 27, 2009

New Page Plan!

It's been a while since I posted a new Page Plan, so here you go!

Page Plan #24

If you use it to create a LO I'd love to see it! Email it to me or post it on your blog and provide a link in the comments section below! And don't forget to check out all the Page Plans using the drop down menu above.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 24

I am still working hard on getting kits together ready to post in the shop, but I did take a few minutes to check out some great sites/links. Hope you will too...

Remember going to Summer Camp as a kid? Why not so to Summer Scrap Camp with Creating Keepsakes? Officially their camp was held from July 13 to 17, but the nice thing about doing it now is you can see all five days of camp activities at once. There are lots of fun ideas, recipes and a weeks worth of projects to keep you busy!

As I was putting together some Christmas kits yesterday I realized that it's never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Then today, Ali Edwards posted about her December Daily album and getting it organized now in preparation. Why not take some time to start thinking about the holidays now? Also, earlier this week Ali featured a great Tuesday Tutorial on creating small blank books which could be used for just about anything.

Finally, if you have some more time, check out the Fiskars July Projects which feature a different craft or scrapbooking project each day. I especially love this cool layout using border punches and this photo jar which is such a unique way to preserve and display summer/vacation photos.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 17

We had a couple of unexpected events happen around our place in the past couple of days that prevented me from posting. Sorry about that! Everything is fine and hopefully we're back on track (although you just never know when you have a crazy 1 year old in the house!)

So today I'll give you the Weekend Web Round-Up of places to visit over the weekend AS WELL AS the videos and links I was going to post for Watch n' Learn Wednesday - you'll have lots to keep you busy online this weekend (and here is it supposed to get hotter than it has all year, so I think the kiddos and I might be down in the basement avoiding the heat!)

Check these out:

Jen Gallagher from Scrapbook Trends Magazine shows three tips for using journaling on your scrapbook pages. Very cute ideas!

This Scrapbook TV video shows beginners how to add handwritten journaling to their pages. Good tips, especially if you are afraid to write on your pages!

Donna Salazar from Prima shows how to make a journaling album on the latest episode of Fiskars TV.

And finally, check out the Scraptutor video at on creating a page with integrated journaling on your computer.

Now for some great journaling resources around the web.
Here are 42 journaling prompts by Joanna Campbell Slan for Memory Makers Magazine. Also check out Joanna's website "Scrapbook Storytelling" for more journaling advice and prompts.

Celeste Smith has been the host over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. this week. She shared some great insight into her journaling process and even gave us a link to some FREE printable journaling spots!

And finally, if you don't already know about WORDLE, definitely go and play with it this weekend! You can create some beautiful word clouds that will add a fun twist to the journaling on your layouts!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tip Tuesday - Journaling

Hello all! We are back from summer holidays! We took a little trip out of town and had a little bit of down time at home - the perfect combination! In fact, I got so relaxed that I forgot to post yesterday - so sorry!

Anyway...this week we're talkin' journaling! OK, OK...I heard the collective "Oh no!" from all of you who HATE journaling, and I promise that I am not going to try to convert you all into journalers! BUT, I do want to give you some tips to make the journaling you do a little easier.

So imagine this are visiting with a friend and they pull out and show you a beautiful scrapbook they have just made. They are obviously so proud of it and can't wait to share it with you. You are looking forward to sitting with your friend to go through the scrapbook when the phone rings. Your friend says to go ahead and look at it while she answers the phone. So you pick it up and start flipping through it. The work is meticulous, the photos and supplies used are perfect together and the whole book has a lovely cohesive feel to it. But you realize as you look through it that you don't know who is in the photos, when or where they taken, what the stories are behind them or why they are so important to your friend because there is nothing written on the pages except for some beautiful and decorative titles. In fact, without your friend sitting beside you, you have NO IDEA the relevance of this beautiful book. And when she returns from answering the phone and asks you what you think, you really don't know what to say.

Ok, this scenario is a little extreme, but how many photo albums or boxes of photos have you come across that have no information attached? It happens, and sadly, quite often. So I wanted to prompt you to think about your own scrapbooks or photo albums. If you aren't sitting right next to the person looking at them, would they know the stories behind the photos? Would they know who is in them and why the people, places or things pictured are important to you? You are not alone if you answered "no"! I'm guilty too! In my early scrapbooks I focused so much on the papers and embellishments and overall design that I sometimes forgot the importance of documenting the stories behind the photos. Now I really try to incorporate some form of journaling into every layout I do.

If you already write or journal on your scrapbook pages, then hopefully this week's tips and ideas will help you continue to document your stories. If you don't write or journal on your pages, perhaps this week will help you at least try it out! And if you are a little scared of journaling, you may want to also read this article to get your started!

So today I want to give you a selection of journaling styles that might assist you in telling your story. Some you may use on a regular basis, some might not be as familiar to you. After reading them why not choose one or two to try?

  • Be a reporter and use the 5 w's: Who ( is in the photos), What (is going on/being showcased), When (it happened), Where (it happened) and Why (it is important or why it matters to you). Technically you could also write the "How" if that is applicable!

  • Make a list ie: "10 things I love about you" or "Our Top 5 Vacation Activities". On this layout I wrote a list of words that described my son at 8 months of age.

Too Cute for Words

  • Repeat a sentence starter over and over, ie: "Today you/we..."  or "I am...".

  • Journal on a tag and slide it into a pocket if you want to conceal private journaling, such as correspondance or a story about a difficult subject matter. This way only yourself or people who are invited can read it. On this layout the journaling is tucked behind the picture and can pulled out by the orange ribbon.

Lil Cowpoke

  • Include an email or postcard that might document the event.

  • Use a dictionary definition to "define" the story.

  • Use a quote as just the title or as the entire journaling. For this section page in our "People We Love" album, I used a quote to show the importance of our extended family and friends.

People We Love

  • Use captions underneath photos.

  • Write point form journaling or "jot notes" down the side of a layout.

  • Record a snippet of a conversation (real or imaginary!) between the parties shown in the photos.

  • Use a timeline to show growth and change.

  • Create a chart or use two columns to compare and contrast.

  • Interview the subject and record their answers.

  • Have someone else write the story from their point of view - it's fun to see what your kids or partner were thinking!

Can you think of some more journaling styles? Please share them in the comments below! And if you try one of these jouranling ideas in a layout, please let us know!

See you back tomorrow for Watch 'n Learn Wednesday!