Monday, April 20, 2015

Inspired by Paige's Pages

My free month of membership at the new Big Picture Classes site ends in less than a week! I have to admit that I've found quite a bit of INSPIRATION there so far this month.

Along with the two pages I created using buttons, I've completed three additional layouts based on INSPIRATION in the Paige's Pages class. This first one was based on the lesson challenge to use circles on a layout. Paige's example used circles cut into fourths to create a large circle on the page, however I scraplifted this half page design by Jennifer Grace from the class gallery.

Paige's next sample also used multiple little pieces of paper (1/4" squares!) in her challenge to use quilts as INSPIRATION for a layout. Once again, I chose to use a little bit larger design and created a patchwork look around my photo collage.

Last week, when I created this layout, I was actually at my friend LeAnne's home for three days of scrapbooking! It's so much FUN scrapbooking with friends from online classes. After I adhered everything onto this page, I said, "Do you have one of those roller things Nic Howard uses?" She immediately pulled a pastry tool out of her scrapbooking tool tote, and I had to smile because she knew exactly what I wanted without any other explanation! So I created faux stitching lines around my layout. Thanks LeAnne for inviting me to visit and crop in your lovely home!

The final challenge in the Paige's Pages class was to create and use a die cut title. I don't use software with my Cricut, so I cut each letter individually. However, I did use Paige's ideas of combining different fonts and patterned papers for the words. I even used my sewing machine to stitch on this layout.

This layout recounts the story of how I somehow miscounted doilies that I was separating (or had help separating) for the ladies in my Valentines Card class, so, of course, I had to use doilies in each embellishment cluster!

Will I continue my membership at BPC once my free trial ends? That's the question I'm pondering this week as I'm sharing my creations based on the INSPIRATION I've enjoyed there so far. One of my biggest concerns is whether I'll actually have time to work through classes in the coming months as I have a several other things I'm working on: a scrapbook-for-hire 40+ page retirement album, a Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More class I'll be teaching at Scrappin' Goodtime in early June, my Top Five layouts each month (which reminds me I need to get started on my March layouts!), and my review of classes from the old BPC site! Decisions, decisions, decisions!?!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Musings - Worship Journal

I strive to spend quiet time with the Lord each day. In all honesty, when I look back at the end of each week, I often find that I've skipped that precious time once (or more!) and excuse myself because of the busy-ness of life. But that's just an excuse; the truth is that I have time every day to be alone with the Lord, but I choose to do other things instead.

At the beginning of the year, I once again committed to this time with the Lord. This year I'm adding some creativity into those quiet times in the forms of a Worship Journal, Bible Journaling, and merging art and faith in a way that helps me give honor to my Savior.

I chose a nice leather journal that's been in my stash for a couple of years to use as a Worship Journal, a place where I can record scriptures, lessons I'm learning, and sermon notes. I started by removing about a third of the pages from this bound journal. Then, using INSPIRATION from Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith journal, I put washi tape along the edge of every other page.

This is not necessarily a daily journal, rather it's one that I pick up during my quiet time to reinforce a scripture or message that I feel the Lord speaking to me through my Bible reading or a recent sermon or conversation.

I actually got artsy on the inside of the front cover during the Truth Scrap event at the end of January. I love the idea of this journal being a journey of faith.

I used some stamps to create a very basic title page (which I may add to at a later date).

On the following page, I printed and colored the Happy New Year Coloring Page from Stephanie Ackerman and added a scripture around the outside of the page.

On January 1, I created a page using the first Document Faith prompt.

I included a little personal journaling as well.

I originally thought I'd follow along with the prompts in the Document Faith journey throughout the year, however after completing this first page I am basically just doing my own thing and using this journal when INSPIRATION strikes. For example, here's a page I created after hearing a sermon in early March.

As you can see, this is not a fancy art journal filled with masterpieces. It's simply a place that I can play with colored pencils and markers and stamps and pens while I contemplate various scriptures and messages related to my faith. I'm truly enjoying this form of worship and feel that's is a wonderful addition to the time I spend with The Creator!

Do you have a quiet time practice? What types of activities do you include during that time?

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?