Thursday, January 30, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Haiku and Journaling

We all want to tell the story. We want it to have impact. We want to take a walk back through the memories just as much as we want the viewer to understand what we are trying to tell them. I have taken a few journaling classes here or there. All of them good. All of them inspire me to come back in and tell the story. To write a lot. To design my layout around the written story. Then I created a layout with a haiku and it turned that concept around a bit.

First, I had to refresh myself on what composes a haiku. It's been a long time since I taught that language arts class in our homeschool curriculum.I don't think teaching about it had as much impact upon me as creating a scrapbook layout based upon one. I wanted it to be about nature.I wanted it to pertain to a season, to have kigo. I chose of photo of my son down by the pond on a rainy summer day.

Cool Summer Rain by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup, Letters: Sassafrass; Wood Veneer, Metal Charms: ArtChix Studios; Flowers, Buttons, Jewels: Webster’s Pages; Frame: mold by Plaid; Rub-Ons: Maya Road: Mist: Ranger; Coloring Medium: Gelatos by Faber Castell: Other: Hot Glue, Doily, Vellum; appears in an article for Get It Scrapped

I jotted down notes. Remembering sounds, sights and smells. Remembering the fresh glow of the plants, of how everything felt so wonderful and new again. In moments like these, time slows. The air is heavy with quiet joy. It's a golden moment and I did my best to capture it in the haiku.

Cool Summer Rain insistently tapping his umbrella in still moments

After writing and rewriting it a few times, the words "cool Summer rain" stood out. They became my title. My supply choices were guided by the haiku and the photo. Clocks representing the flow of time. Cool colors to remind me of the rain. Wood and flowers to represent the pond. Gold to represent how I feel about this particular moment.This layout became one of my favorites. It tells the story so much better than just my thoughts alone could have done. Since then, I have experimented with using less words  with more impact.

  This month, Doris issued a  challenge for writing six word memoirs. Yet another wonderful way to write less while adding more meaning. Though I haven't participated with the challenge on the forums, I have tried to personally challenge myself and have used less writing on some of my yet to be published layouts. Maybe you will spy some.

Will you challenge yourself to do the same? Try writing a haiku or a 6 word memoir. If you do, we'd love to see it in the Get It Scrapped Forum or gallery.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Stamping with Paint

This year, one of my goals is to use supplies I have on hand more often. My stamp collection being the main focus of that particular goal. I have been better about using my acrylic stamps more frequently. However, my foam stamps( which are nearly a decade old) have sat neglected. In fact, I forgot I even owned them until Michelle mentioned she was making a project featuring foam stamps. She's good at coming up with projects that remind me about neglected supplies. Would I be making a project too? Sure! Why not!

Once I remembered I had them,I knew where the box of foam stamps were stowed. It required a step ladder and a bit of stretching on my part to wrangle it down from the shelf. After dusting the box off, I began examining the contents. I bought most of the foam stamps almost a decade ago. Many are from a dollar store while a few were found when I was thrifting. Some had never been used.

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I wasn't sure how I wanted to use the stamps, only that I wanted a technique that was not obvious. As luck would have it, I spied a class specifically about foam stamping on Nathalie Kalbach's website. Though Nathalie's website showcases a lot of mixed media, her techniques can easily be translated into scrapbooking. Foam Stamplifier covers the basics and beyond. I found it very inspiring and now have a desire to create my own stamps and to work them into my layouts more frequently.

The class consisted of small chunks which made it easy for me to complete. I didn't have all of the supplies on hand, but I now have an idea of which techniques I may want to stock supplies for.

The technique I chose for my layout involved stamping into wet paint. It creates a sort of debossed image. The result is very subtle but packs a punch when the layout is viewed in person. I didn't want to waste paint, so I stamped it off around the edges of the cardstock.

Winter Where are You? by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Stickers, Patterned Paper, Letters: Echo Park; Twine Jillibean Soup; Brads, Flair, Jewels: Freckled Fawn; Paint: Silks Acrylic Glaze; Other: foam stamps; this layout appears in an article for Get It Scrapped

It's been unseasonably warm here in the islands. Here we are entering January and still having to use our AC. I felt that the snowflake stamps and themed winter paper would be a nice addition to this particular weather story. I crossed out winter words and added my own warm weather words to the sticker phrases. The deep red and black paper also help add a touch of heat back to this winter theme layout.

I am looking forward to using more of my supplies this year. I am also hoping Michelle has a few more ideas for me. I have added her new Mixed Media class series to our homeschool curriculum this term. Creating art alongside my son is a wonderful way for us to spend time together and gives us an educational, but well needed break from the regular routine of math and language arts.

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from Simon Says Stamp

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Current Culture Meets Projects Life

As Memory Keepers, we want to include anything and everything we can to give a snapshot of our world right now. Round-ups are fabulous ways to create a quick summary of news and events. With so much going on, it's important to include only those things that really strike a cord with you and your family.

Video Games 2013 by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Die Cuts with a View; Letters: Jenni Bowlin, Kelly Purkey; Jorunal cards, Die Cuts: Becky Higgins for Project Life; Rub-Ons: KaiserCraft; Flair:; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Paper Clip: Maya Road; Enamel Dots: My Mind’s Eye, this layout was created for Get It Scrapped

Video Games are important to my family. We all play them together and are always on the lookout for the latest news about upcoming games. It made sense for me to document important video game news for 2013.

I chose to create a 12x12 layout. I used Project Life cards to help create the layout, but I could have easily documented this with pocket pages. Regardless of the size of the layout, I will be adding it to my Project life spreads. 

Round-ups are excellent additions to Project Life. You can keep a running list of books you are reading, TV shows you are watching, gas prices...really almost anything current makes for a great round up. Consider keeping a notebook with lists of personal trends and news that interest you. When you are ready, transfer the list to a layout or Project Life card.

Additional Resources

Get It Scrapped Membership
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scrapbook Mythbusters Pre-LOAD214 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Layout a Day Scrapbook Mythbusters Blog Hop. If this is you first stop along the way, you may want to head over to Kelli's blog so you don't miss any of the pre-LOAD tips.You should have arrived here from Kim's blog.

It's that time of year again! February is fast approaching, which means many of us are getting ready for LOAD 214. What is LOAD 214, you ask. Load stands for Layout a Day. These events occur a few times each year. February being one of those months. Hence the 2. The fourteen simply represents the year. Each time, a different theme is chosen and we strive to create a layout each and every day. This layout needs to be submitted by the stroke of midnight.

Some of you are now a bit intimidated by the thought of creating a layout each and every day. At one point in time, I myself was. I am now a veteran of the process and can proudly say I have completed 2 full LOAD challenges. I have written before about what Layout a Day really has meant for my process. I have a few kits prepped and will be, in a large part, working to use up my current and past JBS Mercantile kits. I'm ready to choose products on a dime and finish pages in under 30 minutes. Yes, that's right...30 minutes.

Most days I allot about an hour to a LOAD layout. Some days I have extra time, however, many days I also need to work on pages for creative team assignments. I have to homeschool my son, keep house, and I still want to spend time with my family. This means I have learned just how much time I have to dedicate to LOAD. What does this mean?

1. I have to understand that not every layout I make during LOAD will be super awesome. That's not to say it isn't a good layout. It just means that I need to give myself a little leeway in regards to perfection and must accept the layout as is when the timer goes off. I can always tweak it a bit later.

2. I accept what products I have at the ready and use them on the layout. No shuffling through items. No thinking about whether or not this paper or that embellishment might be better than what I am holding.

3. Nix the fancy techniques. I don't plan on doing things like handstitching or using art supplies that have a long drying time.

4. I like to have some photos ready, but should the photos I  have on hand not fit the days prompt, I am more than willing to explore my computer files. I just make sure to set a time limit on the search. The first photo to catch my eye and make me feel like it can work with the prompt is the right photo for that moment.

Sometimes, all the planning in the world doesn't work out the way you expect it. There are nights when I find myself creating the layout while watching the clock tick towards midnight. Luckily, I have found a few spots in my scrap space where I can take late night photos. The lighting is adequate. I let go of the fact that they will be less than perfect pictures of the layout. You can take a better picture in the morning for you blog. Meanwhile, make sure your camera has fresh batteries.

Most importantly of all, Layout a Day is about having fun. If you would like to join in, there is still time.
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Now it's time to hop on! Your next stop is Lisa. 
Just for reference, here is a list of all the Pre-Load Blog Hop Participants:
You are here-> Christy
Lisa E
Lisa H

Additional Resources

my past LOAD Experiences
Sketches for quick layout ideas

This is a free tool which enables you to quickly outline a story for your photos. It can be used on-line or printed for reference.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Thoughts on CHA 2014

CHA 2014 has come and gone. I took a look back at my top ten choices for last year. I was pretty happy to say I managed to acquire at least a few bits and pieces from my wish list. For the most part, I took my own advice about navigating CHA on a budget. I did buy a few things here or there, but mostly, I relied upon my JBS Mercantile kits to deliver items I hoped for. I found I was pretty satisfied with the way the kit club offered a sampling of the products and upon receiving my kit, I no longer felt the need to purchase  entire paper collections.

There were a select few things on my wish list that didn't make it to the JBS Mercantile kits. As I reviewed them, I found that some of the products no longer captured my attention as much as they had when featured at CHA. The few that still interested me were available on sale around the holidays or as part of a warehouse mystery box.

I will continue using the same philosophy this year. I have pared my budget down a bit further and will rely on my ability to substitute similar items from what I own or from the sample of goodies I receive from JBS Mercantile every month. Despite being on a tighter budget, I still have quite a long wishlist. Here are a few of my absolute favorites ( in no particular order).

1. ALL of the new wood Veneer from Jenni Bowlin. Yes. ALL of it.Along with the new flat backs.

2. Webster's Pages Our Travels collection This collection has a nice color paleet, deer, and cameras while be centered around travel. Perfect.

3. Basic Grey's Highline Collection. I loved all of the releases from Basic Grey this year. However, the colors and patterns that Highline features really caught my eye.

4. I love all of Heidi Swapp's new collections. I really have my eyes on the latest stencils.

5. I loved a lot of Prima's release items: the stencils, the embellishments, the new PL style cards...but what really caught my eye is the flexible wire which can be used for making flowers and other embellishments.

6. Mon Ami By Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey.

7. I love all of he new releases by Studio Calico, but Wanderlust really caught my eye the most.

8. I have been looking at storage options for my Project Life supplies and page protectors. I am really hoping the new storage options from We R Memory Keepers will be affordable.

9. Dina Wakely's new mixed media line looks like a lot of fun.I can see myself using some of the products in my layouts.

10.The New Tim Holtz Layering Stencils. I would alo like the new Spritzer tool to accompany them.
 BTW, these are available for PreOrder at Simon Says Stamp!

11. Amy Tangerine Plus One

I am happy to see so many more companies adding wood veneer and crafting dies to their lineup.I also loved so many of the new stencils from Crafter's workshop. There is no way I can get everything I want. It will be interesting to see how much of my CHA wishlist gets granted.

Meanwhile, if you are interested on other thoughts and opinions about this year's CHA, head over to the Get It Scrapped Forum to join the discussion or check out this article.

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