Friday, December 19, 2014

The DigiScrap Geek Podcast: Geeking out about Photos with Episodes 13 and 14

These last few recording of the Digiscrap Geek Podcast have flown by. This is in large part due to the great time we were having talking together. Of course, as memory keepers,we all love to talk about our photos. The two most recent episodes definitely cover this topic well.

Protecting our photos is something we all want to do. In episode 13, We met with Mary Moseley and learned quite a few tips and tricks to photo storage. Since talking with Mary, I have backed up my photos onto two separate hard drives. I am also in the process of posting them to cloud based storage. If you want to get inspired to back up those photos, this episode is the one for you! 

I have been a long time admirer of Katrina Kennedy's work. I was ecstatic to be able to speak with her in real life. To be honest, I have been in a sort of photo rut lately, not sure about what photos to take or how to see everyday situations from a new perspective. All I can say is Lesson Learned. When in a photo rut, Katrina's website is the perfect place to go. It's packed with tips and ideas for getting your photography to a whole new level. I plan to join the Project 365 community and try out some of the photo tips every week.

Two more wonderful podcasts shared and  now I have new personal goals to achieve for the new year. I am already part way through to achieving my goal of keeping my photos protected. Now, just to improve my photography skills just a bit.

We should have another episode up soon. Just to let you know, we will be taking a bit of a break for the holidays and we will resume sharing podcasts with you in 2015! If there is a topic you would like to see, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments here or on the DigiScrap Geek Podcast website.  Thank you all for listening to the DigiScrap Geek show!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

JBS Mercantile: The Last Mid Month Update

Normally, when I receive my design team assignments or my kits, I jump in wholeheartedly. This time, it was different. My goal had been to go out with a bang for my  last month as a JBS Mercantile Kit Club Designer. The mail thwarted me a bit, causing my kits to come after the first of the month release. So I set them aside. Really, I procrastinated big time.

The procrastination had to come to an end. Today, was to be my final post about the paper kits on the JBS Inspiration Blog. Still, I had a hard time getting going. Finally, I chose a Page Maps Sketch and threw myself into the project. Once I had the sketch, it was easier for me. I am not sure it's my best ever layout for JBS Mercantile. Still, I loved the title and the way I used the ampersand paper.

And So This is Christmas by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio, My Mind's Eye; Letters: Elle's Studio;Die Cuts, October: Elle's Studio; Metal: Jillibean Soup; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Other: tickets, doily; Based on a Page Maps Sketch; Linking up to the Paper Issues Punctuation Challenge.

I might be sad about this being the last scrapbook kit for JBS Mercantile, but I am also very happy for Jenni. She is following her passion and I am very excited to see where that leads. Working for Jenni Bowlin Studios has given me a love of vintage fresh. I expect that JBS Mercantile will still be my go to supplier for those rare and wonderful items. I have made a lot of friends through the JBS Mercantile site and I look forward to keeping in touch with all of them. Meanwhile, December isn't over which means I still have a little time left to play with my kits and hopefully share the results.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Totally Rad Gamers

I am not sure what my son or his friends will think of the title to this particular layout. However, I can say I was really glad to find a creative way to use up some of my supplies. I have been doing a bit of reorganizing. Generally, when this happens I find supplies both new and old that I want to work with. Such was the case here. I alternated sorting supplies with working on the layout.

Totally Rad Gamers by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine; Cork, Wood Veneer, Tape, Run-ons, Transparency,Die Cut: Studio Calico; Ink: Versamark; Stamp: Hero Arts; Letters: Basic Grey; Embossing Powder: Ranger; Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins; Sketch from Paper Issues  

I always get asked about photos with blurry faces. I don't have permission from the boys moms to post their picture online. I chose to blur their photos rather than not share the layout.

The initial sketch called for a series of circles in the band on the left side. I really had a desire to use some paper scraps. I opted to use paper strips instead. The papers I chose have a graphic feel. I also felt that the journal strips added a nice amount of weight to the design. Therefore, I decided to limit my layering and embellishing. I used several acrylic diamonds. Some were cut in half to extend the design off the page. Others hint at full shapes beneath the photo.

I wanted to add a heat embossed stamped image to the title. I did try to stamp directly to the photo, however, the heat gun warped the photo. It's a good thing I can print at home. I instead chose to stamp and emboss a piece of vellum.

Some might question the use of pink on a layout about a group of boys. There are a lot of strong colors in the layout that prevent the use of pink from feeling feminine. This layout isn't just about kids playing in an arcade. It's also about their friendship. Pink is a color that denotes caring. It also helps to soften some of the stronger colors and images of the layout.

I still have a lot of sorting through my supplies to do. I keep getting distracted. It will be interesting to see what projects might unfold during the coming weekend. Meanwhile, I will keep alternating between creating and organizing.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The December Scoop on Simple Scrapper

In November, I announced that I had become a member of the Simple Scrapper team. It's something that I had wanted to do for some time. I have been a long time member in the Simple Scrapper community and I really wanted the chance to share what that membership has done for me. Being a member has helped me organize my space and my time for memory keeping. Each month, there is a sketch and a story starter with prompts to help me should I need that extra boost of inspiration. I enjoy chatting with other community members. It's so nice to have like minded people to discuss our ever changing craft storage needs and memory keeping options. I know there are always things I can do to improve myself and I have a built in support team in the form of the Simple Scrapper community.

The bonus to being a creative team member is getting to see the story prompts and sketches before hand. I was excited to create my first layouts and had a hard time waiting to share them with you.

Quiet Moments by Christy Strickler Supplies| Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Wood Veneer; Doily, Letters; Die Cuts: Studio Calico: Inspired by a Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

This month's story starters were certainly designed to work well with holiday tales. However, I found myself really contemplating the importance of quiet moments spent with my son.I wanted to talk about our relationship as mother and son as well as how we spend time together. I was inspired to take a very rare selfie with him. Though the photo is a bit imperfect( I cut part of his chin off), I love that it reflects us right now.I love that the prompts from Simple Scrapper often lead me to unexpected stories. 

Beinvenido! Puerto Rico by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper, Chipboard: Die Cuts: We R Memory Keepers; Letters,Stickers: American Crafts; Enamel Dot: PinkFresh Studios; Tape: Glitz Designs;
 Inspired by a Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

This layout began with a sketch. I really wanted to find a landscape photo and use it as a mosaic. I found just the right photo in my folder  from a family trip to Puerto Rico. Upon finding the photo, I went in search of just the right prompt. I dug into the archives and discovered the perfect vacation themed story starter. It kept me from documenting just the who, what, where and when and instead, had me documenting myself as a traveler.

Though I have met my design team requirements for the month, I don't really feel done. There is still a long list of prompts for me to cover. I think many of them will fit in well with my December documentation project. I also plan to take a peak back into the archives for past December prompts. Who knows what stories I will end up telling! Meanwhile, I hope to see you in the Simple Scrapper Community.

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