A variety of supplies can lead to new avenues of creativity.
When I open a new kit or set of files, I look for bits of inspiration that might point me in a new direction with my storytelling. One of my favorite resources is the big bundle of goodies I get each month through The Daily Digi’s Digi Files subscription. For only $7.50 a month (or less) you get over $50 worth of digital supplies each month. It’s such an amazing deal and it’s how I get a lot of my memory keeping products these days.
This Alice in Wonderland layout came together as a direct result of Kate Hadfield’s contribution to The Digi Files this month (October 2014). When I looked through all the illustrations in her collection, I immediately thought of several old memories I wanted to document. I decided to put them all on the same page and now I have a layout that shares a lot of details about me.
In fact, I’ve never publicly admitted trying to coast through my honors English class on Disney movie knowledge before now so even my own mother was surprised when she read the journaling. Who knew that some cute digi doodles would get me to reveal a secret like that?!
See what great supplies can do?
- Scrapbook Lady Storyteller template
- Segoe Print font
I didn’t take this fabulous photo, but it certainly represents what we experienced while we were in New York back in 2012. This picture is from a photo cd that I purchased in a tourist shop in Times Square. Many popular tourist destinations offer these now in the United States and abroad. I also picked up a photo cd in Washington D.C. that same year. What a great way to supplement your pictures from an epic trip!
I’m excited to announce the winner for the free seat in the Catch Up with Project Life workshop.
I randomly drew this winner from the comments:
I love my Project Life album. It’s the only system I’ve found that I can (kinda) keep up with and not just feel totally overwhelmed and not get started. It’s wonderful for me. Especially since I keep telling myself I’ll do other scrapping too and never get to it!
Congratulations Kristen! Please send me an email so I can hook you up with your prize.
For everyone else, I’m doing another giveaway this Thursday. You are eligible to enter even if you have already purchased the class.
One of the questions I get asked the most about my scrapbooking process is “how do you choose the colors?” The answer varies depending on what type of page I am doing, but in this case it was the calendar card in the upper left corner that guided me.
When I do a monthly roundup page, I always include a calendar card to identify the month. This year I’ve been using this set from Little Butterfly Wings. I placed the September card in my template and then opened my folder of photos from the entire month. I was delighted to find that I had a lot of orange and blue already in my pictures. It doesn’t always work out that way!
I placed the photos I knew I wanted to include and left a few blank spots for journaling and filler cards. I browsed through about 10 different Project Life card packs (I use the digital versions) before I found the mix I wanted from 3 different collections. It actually didn’t take all that long because I could quickly scan for color. Once I found the colors I wanted, then I made the decision on how they fit with the content of the page.
I will be doing an opposing page layout to go along with this one so I can finish fully documenting the month. I’m happy with how this one turned out and I’ve been amazed out how I’ve been able to pull together a color scheme each month just based on these fun little calendar cards. I haven’t planned it in advance, I just select the photos that work well with the card and then play up the predominant colors with the fillers. Check out my layouts from July and April for more examples.
Why you should bring a notebook with you when you travel
It’s such a simple idea, but it’s an easy one to overlook. We often focus on getting the right pictures and having the best experiences when we travel, but we forget to document the journey.
I found this composition notebook stashed away in a box a few weeks ago. I used it as a road trip journal when we drove to Albuquerque and back in May of 2005. That’s 20 hours of driving time + my Mom even wrote an entry in the notebook while we were staying with her. Suddenly, a .99 cent notebook is a treasure.
Of course, you can also use a smartphone or many other methods to record the journey, but I really love this little notebook.