December is always a time of reflection for me. I look back over the year that is just about to end and marvel at how fast the time has gone. This month at Simple Scrapper, the focus has been on the past–a timely subject for this month.
In my first layout, I looked to the past, but not very far back. My daughter and I had just recently taken a road trip to Kentucky for her thirteenth birthday. This trip was a first for us–we had never taken a girls-only weekend before. So I wanted to document this event fairly quickly. I chose two photos that best represented our trip and used one of December’s Sketch Templates to create my page.
In my second layout, I went much farther into the past. Back in 2000, my husband and I made a cross-country move from North Carolina to California. We lived in San Jose for two years–it was an incredibly exciting time! I didn’t start scrapbooking until just before we moved back to NC, so I don’t have many pages about the life we led there. Luckily, I found two photos of us in front of our house in CA, so I used a December Sketch Template to pull this page together.
Scrapbooking about the past can be very rewarding. The December Story Starters and Sketch Templates at Simple Scrapper can get you started in the right direction. So check out the site and if you are not already a member, sign up now on the membership page!
This month’s Story Starters at Simple Scrapper all have to do with scrapping the Hard Stuff. I am definitely not one to scrap difficult subjects, so this month’s layouts were a stretch for me. I can honestly say that without these Story Starters, I would not have made these pages. Fortunately, I also had the Sketch Templates to work with and I could easily focus on my stories.
This first layout is about how much I miss my sister and her family since they moved away about five years ago. When she and her family lived near me and my family, we got together often. Our kids were all little and we would often go to local parks, playgrounds, and museums together. Now we live about four-and-a-half hours apart, which makes it difficult to visit very often.
In 2002, I lost both of my grandmothers within just a couple of months. Since then I have made layouts about both of them and the impact they have had on my life, but I’ve never scrapped about losing them. Even though this layout was difficult to journal, it came together easily with the help of one of this month’s Sketch Templates.
I scrap almost exclusively in 12×12, therefore I usually convert the letter Sketch Templates into that format to make my layouts. However, this month, I loved this 8.5×11 Sketch Template so much that I stepped outside my box and used this one as is. My youngest son has faced several challenges in his life and has always overcome them. This layout records that wonderful fact about him.
And now that November is here, I am joyfully looking toward the holidays. I am always looking for inspiration for scrapping the holidays, so I will be in Simple Scrappers’ Holiday Storyteller Free E-Course. Sign up now!
Every month at Simple Scrapper, premium members are treated with five new sketch templates and ten new story starters. This month the story starters explore the theme “At Home.” As a confirmed homebody myself (see layout below), I truly enjoyed reflecting on these inspirational topics.
Over the 20+ years my husband and I have been married, we have lived in a number of places. I used one of this month’s new sketch templates to document all of these places.
My family and I moved into a new house with lots of land about four years ago so that we could have a place for our growing number of horses. The farm itself is beautiful, but there are several things about the house that still bother me. We have slowly worked on these changing these things, one of them being putting in new countertops in the kitchen. Using another of this month’s sketch templates, I journaled about this change in “To My House.”
In “Homebody,” I wrote about the fact that I love to be at home, using a past sketch template.
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As expected, Ali Edward’s Hello Story class at Big Picture Classes has not been a disappointment. I have been intrigued with the new approaches to storytelling that I have learned in the first three weeks. In the first week, I completed a page using a time line. (See post Hello “Hello Story” below.)
In week two, we were encouraged to tell a story in a fill-in-the-blank format. Included in that week was a cute downloadable card meant for use in Project Life. I, however, used the cards to record the same day from the point-of-view of each member of my family. Using Heidi Swapp’s memory file and coordinating products, I came up with this mini-book.
The card had fill-in-the-blank sentences such as “Today was one of those _____ days” and “I’m currently dreaming about _____.” It was very interesting to hear the different answers from each person.
Week three focused on telling a story using direction, either literally or figuratively. I had just gone through some old photos and found one of my husband and I right after we were married, so I formed the idea of showing us then and now. I used several large arrows I had in my stash to show the direction of our lives.
I loved showing over 20 years on one page!
I’ll be posting future Hello Story pages here soon!
When I first started scrapbooking, I fell in love with kits. I joined several kit clubs so that I could get those cool pizza boxes overflowing with goodies each month. One of the reasons I joined kit clubs was that I didn’t trust myself to be able to put together coordinating supplies myself. I would walk into a scrapbook store and quickly become overwhelmed with the choices. Would this paper go with that paper? How do I choose embellishments that will match each other as well as the paper? What colors of cardstock will best complement the patterned papers? Having someone else send me a box of supplies that all worked together was my idea of scrapbook heaven.
Over the years, I have been a member of several scrapbooking kit clubs (many of which are no longer around). However, when scrapbooking companies began coming out with coordinating lines of products, I began buying these complete lines so that I knew for sure that all of the supplies would match. One of my favorite companies was Chatterbox–I still have some of their products!
During the last year or so, I joined a couple of new kit clubs, just so that I could get products from a wide range of companies. When I bought complete lines, I tended to stick with the same companies. I wanted a variety! I quickly fell in love with several new product lines and thoroughly enjoyed mixing up products from different sources.
In the spring, I participated the Stash Bash at Simple Scrapper and was challenged to incorporate old supplies into my current stash. I took this opportunity to go through all of my old scrapbooking supplies that I still had in boxes from our move four years ago. I went through all of the paper, cardstock, embellishments, and photos–tossing what I knew I wouldn’t use. Then I combined the papers and embellishments into new kits, pairing photos with them as well. I surprised myself with how easy I found it to make these new kits. I have made several layouts using these old supplies!
The next step, of course, was to now create my own scrapbooking kit. I hit the Two Peas in a Bucket website and chose a slew of supplies that I liked and thought would go good together. Here is my new batch of goodies:
This is what I picked out:
Grapefruit Fizz patterned paper from Pink Lemonade by Lawn Fawn
Notes patterned paper from Composition & Color by Alison Kreft
Aerial View patterned paper from Composition & Color by Alison Kreft
That Way patterned paper from Composition & Color by Alison Kreft
Family Tree patterned paper from New Beginnings by Webster’s Pages
Poolside patterned paper from The Pier by Crate Paper
Sunshine patterned paper from The Pier by Crate Paper
Country Kitchen Baker’s Dozen patterned paper from Farmhouse Paper
Wonderful patterned paper from Maggie Holmes by Crate Paper
Aperture patterned paper from Maggie Holmes by Crate Paper
Mellow Yellow patterned paper from Yellow Submarine by Echo Park
ASAP patterned paper from Farmhouse Paper
Doilies patterned paper from Beautiful Life by Laura Passage by Echo Park
To Do patterned paper from Farmhouse Paper
Cut & Paste decorative tape by My Mind’s Eye
Hearts & Stars cork shapes by Fancy Pants
The Pier ephemera pack by Crate Paper
Open Album ephemera from Maggie Holmes by Crate Paper
Noteworthy acrylic stamps by American Crafts
Pink Lemonade cardstock stickers by Lawn Fawn
Doily Thickers by American Crafts
(all products can be found at Two Peas in a Bucket)
I absolutely love the cork shapes and I can’t wait to use them! My new creations using this kit will be posted here!
As I work my way through a whole box of old photos from my parents, I am often surprised by some little detail in a photo. I recently found a photo of me in my room when I was around 10 years old. I had a pretty typical pre-teen room–full length mirror, cute wall hangings, a cork board, and posters on the wall.
What I immediately noticed, however, in this picture is the poster I have hanging on the door to my closet. It is difficult to see, but it is a poster of two horses–one bay and one grey. I loved horses when I was young, as most girls seem to do at some point, but I never got the opportunity to ride. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I started riding. And just recently I was lucky enough to find a new horse–a grey, just like in the poster. What a wonderful layout this made! I paired the old Polaroid of me in my room with a recent one of me and my horse Stanley. Sometimes dreams do come true!
I just started the new Ali Edward’s class Hello Story at Big Picture Classes. I wasn’t sure I wanted to take this class, but I have noticed that over the last few years, I have done less and less journaling on my pages. One reason is that I am doing more handwritten journaling and it is difficult to write long stories by hand. I used to do all of my journaling on the computer. Those layouts have significantly more journaling than recent handwritten ones. So I want to make sure that I document the stories behind the photos that I scrap.
Each week in the 12-week class, I will get a new story-telling strategy. This week’s strategy is using a timeline to tell a story. At first, I couldn’t really think of a good time-based story that I wanted to tell. But then I went to a book club meeting and somehow I ended up telling the story of how each of our children were adopted. I know that I have told each story in different places of the years, but never in a timeline format. I realized that this was the story that I wanted to scrapbook.
Here is the completed layout.
The two pages on the left that hold the actual timeline are 6×12 pages that will be in front of the 12×12 page. I used a mixture of two older collections that I made into a new kit–BoBunny’s Country Garden and Basic Grey’s Two Scoops. I’m looking forward to next week’s lesson!