I know for many of you, kids are heading back to school but that doesn't mean summer days are over! There is still plenty of warm sun and memories to be made!
Today I am sharing with you a summer swimming layout created using the Family Fun collection and the Imaginisce iRock. Though the Family Fun collection includes a pool themed patterned paper, my kids are a tad more "mature" in their swimming abilities than what I think of when I see that pattern. The "B" side papers and coordinating die cuts however are perfect. I love that you can make things work for you with this collection.
I used my iRock, HotRocks (in the compacts) and GlamRocks (tube packaging) to bling up this summer page! There are many options for adding a little pizzaz to your page; mist, embossing paste, Stickles, etc but one of my all time favorites is heat set gems and metal accents. The iRock makes easy work of adhering them wherever you please!
Every sun needs some sparkle and what better why to make my Silhouette die cut sun sparkle than with a yellow gem set with my Imaginisce iRock at the tip of each ray?!
The name of our summer swim league is the "Tidal Waves" and so I had to have a wave on the page. The combination of Family Fun green and blue with a blue check from Heartland Farm make the wave stand out. The tear drop Glam Rocks make for a perfect "splash" beside the color block word from the patterned paper edge.
Thanks for stopping in today! I hope your summer continues to be full and fun! Just a few more weeks and it's back to school for our lot!
I have a recent event share today. I have been making a conscious effort to document the bigger of the daily events in our lives so that when it comes time to journaling, I have the fresh memories to write about rather than recall.
Shaving Time! A bit of a play on words. Not only was it his first time shaving but it was an act done in anticipation of shaving time off of his personal bests. A week ago, Nikolas and I sat in the jacuzzi tub in our master bathroom and underwent a swimmers' rite of passage together. First the clippers - easy, not a problem. Then, the razor. Michael had bought him shaving cream and a razor but the razor wasn't quite what I was used to. We switched to a woman's razor which is really much better designed for leg hair removal. No knicks or chunks of skin removed along the way - I'd call that a success! Mind you, my back was pretty sore after the fact...
I love this American Crafts collection from Shimelle! The bright colors, as you know, are right up my alley. And they are a perfect compliment to the bright shirt that Nikolas is wearing. My laying the vellum over the right hand side of the page, I was able to mute them somewhat and let the bright light in the pictures shine.
I even convinced Nikolas to write on the page for me! It might just be two words and a lot of exclamation points but that's a start! All the exclamation points are there "because I had to fill the space, right Mum?" Silly boy!
Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have had success in shaving time lately!
Good morning scrappy friends! Earlier this week Scrapbook Generations released the latest (and greatest) issue of CREATE magazine; a free, digital papercrafting magazine. With the shortage of scrapbooking and papercrafting magazines these days, it's nice to have this FREE options. And more of Allison's great sketches. FREE!
I had fun playing with the single page sketch this month. I used some of the new Simple Stories So Rad collection for this;
After MANY years, we finally replaced Nikolas' swim bag. The mildew and smell were... Well, let's just say it was time. He certainly got some mileage out of that bag! The traditional team bag in the old size was no longer available so we had to order the Carolina blue online and have our friend Mary Anne from the swim shop embroider the team logo and his name on it for him. Out with the old and in with the new!
Another Nikolas/swimming layout! Most of my pictures lately have been swimming pictures - kind of the story of our summer so far. It's his "thing" and summer is about summer neighborhood swim and the (short) long course season for our year round team.
The above layout is based on the color challenge in the magazine. Red, white, ecru and blue are the colors. Those of you who follow my work know that I use a lot of those colors anyway so this was a no brainer for me. Our swim team colors are red and blue.
This is my favorite of the three layouts! In addition to a single and double page layouts, Debbie and Allison create some fantastic card and tag sketches. The gals from the team demo these in the traditional manner and then a few more of us show you how you can stretch the sketch and use them in other ways. Here, I used the tag sketch and converted it into a layout! I just love the mix of polka dots and stripes and the stark black and white contrasted with the vibrant colors. FUN!
I have had fun playing in my stash lately! I am really trying to make a concerted effort to be more of a stash buster... Trying would be the key word there. Speaking of, be sure to tune in in a week for the latest "Scrappin' Our Stash" blog hop. We are hopping early this month.
I have been working hard to stay on top of current events. Current moments in our little nucleus, that is. I have found that if I want journaling of relevance, ie pertinent to my current memories of the event, I really need to scrap them now. So I have been working hard to edit at least a couple of pictures of recent live moments and get them scrapped.
Nikolas is 12 and with regard to swimming, that means he is at the top of an age group, the 11-12 year olds. It's a good place to be with regards to placing and possibly beating records. Every child has their time in the lime light, one hopes, and this is his time. Who knows how long that light will shine? Enjoy it while it lasts and remain humble.
I love this new collection from Simple Stories called So Rad! It's tough to find boy collections that work for the tween/teen age group. Well look no further! And, that yellow background from the complimentary girl collections, So Fancy, matches perfectly. Complimentary indeed!
While the letters that accompany the collection are fantastic, I wanted something a little more. I cut the letters out using my Silhouette and a free font (Blackoak std) using watercolor paper and then had fun with my Faber Castell Gelatos! I used the blues from the new "Brights" set!
Have you had a chance to play with the new So Rad collection by Simple Stories? What do you think?
A couple of days ago, I mentioned creating a non-theme related layout from some of the Stars and Stripes simple kit from Simple Stories that I had remaining. I fully intend to do that, I even began this layout with those papers. But the stars that I originally had adorning the page had implications that don't apply... So, I had to wipe the slate clean and start again. This is the result;
I have a lot of red, white and blue scraps! With our team colors being red and blue, and swimming being one of the ways we spend most of our "free" time, there are a lot of swimming layouts in our albums. I like to coordinate the colors of my pictures with the colors in my layout. Either that or I go with complementary colors in order for the picture to stand out. This layout is entirely created from scraps other than the background pience.
The title of this layout, Learn, Live, Grow, is based upon a SN@P card from Simple Stories. The card itself didn't look right on the layout but I liked the message. A message that I hope applies to this situation, photographed here. There are really two themes to this layout; the occasion itself as Nikolas checks in with coach prior to his swim and the relationship between coach and swimmer. It wasn't the most positive experience for Nikolas, unfortunately. But I hope he learns from it and grows richer as a result.
That red, white and blue washi is a pull tab with some hidden journaling. Journaling about the relationship between coach and swimmer. It's a tad negative and not something the world need see. Probably not something Nikolas even need be aware of until later in life. Not every experience we document is positive but we hope to learn from these occasions and turn them into positive learning and how to deal with life's less rewarding moments. Let's face it, we all have them!
So while I shyed away from the plethora of stars and don't think he's a star coach, I do think Nikolas will be a star for the lessons learned from this experience. In time. He is still figuring out how he will remember this swim and the things his coach said to him. And thus the stars still exist, just in much smaller quantity and for entirely different reasons.
Do you attach meaning to the embellishments on your layouts or they just that, embellishment? Do you place certain things for particular reasons? I'd love to know. Sometimes I wonder why people put what they do on their layouts and there may or may not be a reason.
Today I have two more layouts to share with you from the May 2015 CREATE magazine, created by Scrapbook Generations. You can access the full magazine HERE. Yesterday I shared with you the featured manufacturer's, today I will share with you article layouts.
There are two themes in the magazine this month; travel and birthday. I went for birthday. Obviously! I didn't want the traditional birthday papers but used the "I Am" collection from Simple Stories instead. Just perfect for this collage of pictures of Mia as she admires and blows out the candles on her birthday cake. Two more weeks and she will be doing that again but with one additional candle!
In the journaling section of the magazine, this months suggestion is to use a list for your journaling. We were recently down at Clearwater, Florida for a swim meet and I had Nikolas list his top 10 favorite short course events. The meet was the last year round swimming short course meet for him. As he's only 12, I imagine that this list might change over time (assuming he continues swimming over time). I have tried to get the kids to participate in the telling of their story more and a great way of doing that is having them create top 10 lists. Some of them I ask that they write on the journal card or reserved spot for me. They are growing more comfortable with that idea and freaking out less. Michael, I'm still working on...
Be sure to check out the magazine in it's entirety! There is something for everyone as the styles vary from shabby sheek too clean and simple. Mixed media, clean lines, you name it, there is something that will appeal to the various style favorites out there.
The other day I mentioned a stash of (thousands) of pictures that I had edited and printed awaiting THAT collection or inspiration to be scrapped. You will be inundated with them this week!
Treasure Map from October Afternoon sure is a treasure trove in my stash lately! This is my second, possibly third layout and I see many more coming your way!
I fussy cut the "scallop" pattern in the top part and what remainder I had, I used below. The letter stickers that came with the set didn't really stand out so I used a navy blue penned and outlined the outer edge for a tad more visibility.
With my swimmers and the amount of time we spend beside, on top of bodies of water, I had to the coordinating washi tape! The bright red contrasts so sharply with the yellow and blue.
The circles remind me of air bubbles underwater and they worked perfectly with the theme and background paper.
A little history on the photo; every year in June, on the last weekend of school, there is an away travel swim meet. This meet has a theme and the kids are invited to dress up and there is a parade. This particular year, the theme was "under the sea". I spent HOURS on departure date putting this costume together; a jellyfish made from a clear umbrella, colored shower curtain, bath puff and hot glue. For the 10 minutes that it was utilized... My token picture thanks to Michael who was chaperoning!
This little fishy of mine... I actually have two fishies, only the older one is far from little! The little fishy has been doing some amazing things in the water lately!
I just love using large photos! What you can't see from this picture of the layout is that the photo is printed on Red River Paper Pearl Metallic paper. The metallic sheen with the water go together like strawberries and cream!! It really is something.
This Lawn Fawn striped paper was the piece that wrapped everything together in the layout. That little strip of unity.
You can see the subtle color on the Heidi Swapp Color Magic paper much better here in this detail shot. And some more amazing Memory Box dies! With just a hint of ink on the outer edges to make them pop off the page.
The three pops of red moving from one edge of the layout across to the opposite side then back again. There is so MUCH more to write about this moment but I didn't want to clutter the layout with my journaling so I will just freehand on the back of the layout. Some day when she goes through the album she will find all kinds of snapshots into her life.
Just popping in today to share a "just because" layout. A layout inspired by the picture and preserving a memory. Nothing more, nothing less. No design team project, just me and my memory keeping. The way it all began. If you follow me on other social media, you will know that I am mid-scrap nook overhaul. It has been a long, tedious process. A process of literally wading through years and years of accumulated "stuff". Really thinking about if I will ever use the 56 millionth piece of paper I have hoarded or if I'm just thinking about the $$$ that is sitting stock piled in paper... I couldn't face the reality of that yesterday and cleared a big enough space on my desk to work.
Christmas week we spent in Indiana with my parents. Eight days out of the water for a fishy that is swimming as well as Nikolas has been lately is a long time so Michael set about finding some where for him to get a few practice sessions in. He was the youngest kid at the session recommended for him and he was the slowest kid there. The coach and team made him feel very welcome, and though he never said anything, I know it was an eye opening experience for Nikolas. It was a reality check in many ways. He has certainly approached swimming back here, at home, with a different approach. It's a good thing.
Yes, I did use the Hip Hip Hooray birthday collection from Doodlebug to create a swimming layout. I just covered up anything that might have said or indicated birthday and used it for the color scheme that worked with my picture. It can be challenging at times but I like to use themed collections for other purposes. That treat bag will some day contain some more heart felt journaling. Something akin to what I've typed above.
Gotta say, I love the plethora of embellishments that Doodlebug has!
An example of an element that was so very birthday that I just covered up the sentiment and used anyway.
And that, ladies and gentleman (hi Michael! I really don't think there other men reading my blog) was how I chose to escape the arduous task of sorting through my scrapbook nook explosion!