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Sweet Spring

spring watercolour garden layoutHappy Spring!

As today is the first day of spring I thought it would be fun to celebrate spring with a spring-themed blog hop. After you check out this sweet spring layout don’t miss the link for the hop to see some more spring-inspired projects!

 

Lately I’ve been so inspired by watercolour. It seems to be everywhere I look.

Now, let’s get real. I’m not a watercolour artist.

But I’m so inspired that I’ve been playing! Isn’t that the best?

Not everything has worked out quite the way I wish it would have. I’ve had some pretty bad watercolour disasters. I’ve made some ugly stuff. So I threw it out and tried again.

I haven’t taken any classes or even watched some tutorials that might have helped. Hmmm… why haven’t I done this? That’s a pretty good idea, and maybe then I’d have fewer watercolour disasters.

Moving on.

This weekend I saw a gorgeous gift bag and I knew I had to do something with it.

I took a quick picture of the bag…

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The bag wasn’t actually mine, so I couldn’t just chop it up for my scrapbook, so I thought perhaps I should play with my watercolours to see if I could emulate the beauty of the bag.

It’s obvious the creator of the art on the bag knows what they’re doing, so it’s the perfect piece of inspiration.

Here’s my creation. I’m pretty happy!

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I realized I hadn’t added any pictures of my spring flowers to my ‘gardening’ scrapbook. (Yes, I have one those. I’m not much of a gardener, so I feel I must be diligent about enjoying my small triumphs.)

Spring watercolour garden layout #scrapbooking #watercolor #garden #spring

As you can see with the pretty background paper I didn’t need much embellishment.

I matted the photo on black cardstock so it would pop from the background, added the Heidi Swapp letters for the title, used a Copic Multiliner pen for the journaling, and added a little metal flower from Close to My Heart.

Done!

 

What is inspiring you this spring? Are you going to be doing some watercolour? Do you have any video suggestions I should watch to help my watercolour technique, I’m all ears!

 

Hop on over to Alison’s blog, Alison Day Designs where she’s posting about sunshine, flowers and rebirth to celebrate spring!

Happy spring!

Alice.

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Do you have any unfinished projects hanging around your scrapbook room?

I do!

I recently discovered that I had missed an ENTIRE YEAR in my pocket album. How did that happen?!!

I decided I’d use my crafty time over the weekend to catch up on this project.

I popped onto Facebook Live to state my intention.

Video on Facebook (Friday night)

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In the video I shared my confession about the sorry state of my pocket album, and I stated my intention of what I would work on.

Update Video on Facebook (Saturday morning)

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One of the best tips that help me with pocket scrapping is printing my photos at home. I have a Canon MG6620 printer. It’s not the most amazing printer in the world, but it prints photos better than I can get locally, so I’m fairly happy with it.

I shared a AWESOME trick that I use for scrapbooking, adding a video to a layout. This is SO EASY to do, and makes it really fun to look through your albums. Here’s the blog post that teaches you HOW TO ADD A VIDEO TO A LAYOUT.

Next Update Video on Facebook (Saturday night)

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Reality hit and I finally admitted I wasn’t going to complete an entire year of scrapbooking, but I share the update about the progress I made.

Final Update Video on Facebook (Sunday afternoon)

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Here’s the Muffin Tin advent calendar I mentioned in this update.

The Layouts…

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This ‘reluctant driver’ layout shows my son driving. I think it will be interesting to look back on this memory as he gets older. I can’t imagine this will last for long. As I’ve previously included a bit of this story in my pocket album I may add this to his personal scrapbook.

IMG_1066With our family photo shoot I didn’t have a lot to say. The page came together very quickly and it wasn’t even that hard to decide which photos I would include.
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I decided to use a smaller page protector for the Halloween insert. It’s a 10×12″ protector. I was able to include plenty of fun Halloween photos and talk a bit about having our Japanese exchange student here for Halloween.

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Normally we carve pumpkins at home every year, so I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t able to do this. I was happy when my son gave me pics of our student carving a pumpkin at the party for the exchange students and hosts.

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I have three 12×12″ layouts dedicated to telling the story of having our exchange student stay with us.

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The exchange students only stay for a week, but it’s a busy week. I didn’t have pics of some of his events, but overall was able to show some of his experience here.

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Here’s the video I put together with the short clips from his trip. I do an album flip through of the photo album I created for Koyata at the end of the video.

I didn’t do any fancy editing in the video, just put all of the short clips together in iMovie and uploaded it to YouTube. By keeping it VERY simple I was able to get it done so it could be included.

I started the month of November with a 12×12 layout.

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Then I printed this digital layout I’d made in the Project Life app as an 8.5×8.5″ layout. (It’s mounted on 9×9″ cardstock to fit into a page protector.)  I may add this to my son’s album, but maybe I’ll leave it here and print it again for his album… the bonus of having a digital layout!

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I’ve used a 10×12″ page to include a snowshoe trip in the mountains. I loved that I could include so many photos from the trip. The 10 little square photos are just a bit smaller than 2″ square and document my progress as I make the climb up the mountain. I’ve wanted to scrapbook about that journey so I’m glad I’ve finally done it!

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Under a flip flap (they are from Close to My Heart) I have more journaling and a QR code with a link to a video I put together with clips from our mountain adventure.

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A few more pics and this layout was done!

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Finally, I finished off the month of November with a few more random events. That’s one of the things I LOVE about pocket scrapping, I share more random stories than I do on my traditional layouts. I can’t imagine giving up my traditional pages, but I love how by doing both methods I’m able to include such a diverse look at our life.

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My Thoughts…

In the end I’m happy with the progress I made. I might have ‘only’ scrapped two months, but as you can see they were filled with many fun activities and adventures which were so much fun to include.

Looking at these pages makes me more determined than ever to go back and finish more of the missing year, and especially determined to stay on top of my current pocket pages so I don’t have this problem again!

The Plan…

I actually have a super-smart plan to get my pocket pages done. Once a month I host an online scrapbook crop. It’s a free event, I scrapbook live on video and other scrappers from around the world join me. I create a 12×12 layout and a pocket page using kits from Gossamer Blue. We also have a draw for a kit from Gossamer Blue for one lucky attendee.

Want to join me for the next scrapbooking crop? Join the Scrapbook Wonderland EMAIL LIST to receive the links to these fun events!

 

Happy scrapping!

Alice.

 

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Scrapbook LIVE February 2017

Do you miss scrapbooking with friends?

I did, until I started doing Scrapbook LIVE! This is a free, monthly, online scrapbook crop. Take a peek at the video below and you’ll see what it’s all about.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • I scrapbook live on video for about two hours
  • Others join in via video, audio, or typing in the chat box
  • I create a 12×12 layout and a pocket page spread with kits from Gossamer Blue
  • We have a draw for a free kit from Gossamer Blue
  • It’s as close to being at a ‘real’ crop as possible!

Here are the layouts I created:

The 12×12 layout created with the Gossamer Blue Main Kit.

you and me vegas layout

Here’s the pocket page, created with the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit. I made a single 12×12 pocket this time featuring a single event, my son’s 18th birthday.

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Want to join me next time? Join the Scrapbook Wonderland email list HERE.

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Have you heard the latest episode of the ScrapGals podcast?

Janet Fritz and I joined Tiffany and Tracie to chat about the latest trends and cool stuff at CHA2017 Creativation!

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Listen to the podcast on your favourite podcast app or at this link at TheScrapGals.com.

You can see more about the hot trends and cool stuff in this blog post: Trends and Cool Stuff

Don’t miss ALL of my booth tour videos on this blog post: CHA2017 Creativation

Sneak peek of some things we chatted about in the show:

 

Amy Tangerine's On a Whim specialty paper: gold foil pineapples

Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim specialty paper: gold foil pineapples

Amy Tangerine's On a Whim inflatibles

Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim inflatibles

My Mind's Eye Palm Beach collection

My Mind’s Eye Palm Beach collection

Sunshiny Days collection from Pebbles

Sunshiny Days collection from Pebbles – more flamingos, pineapples and palm leaves.

Heidi Swapp's Letterboard

Heidi Swapp’s Letterboard

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day paper

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day paper

Sizzix embossing folders with built in thin dies, emboss and cut in one step!

Sizzix embossing folders with built in thin dies, emboss and cut in one step!

Vicki Boutin: mixed media for scrapbookers

Vicki Boutin: mixed media for scrapbookers

Becky Higgins: Home, wrapping paper made from limestone

Becky Higgins: Home, wrapping paper made from limestone

Uchi's Design animated stamps... yes they look like they move!

Uchi’s Design animated stamps… yes they look like they move!

Glue Dots now has a tape runner!

Glue Dots now has a tape runner!

 

I hope you enjoy the podcast, it was so much fun to chat about the direction scrapbooking will take us in this new year and the fun new products we will be creating with!

 

In all that you do, let your creativity shine!

Alice.

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Scrapbook Your Best Gift

Day 16 Full Alice BollThis layout was inspired by a prompt for LOAD217 Greek Mythology.

The challenge was to scrapbook the best gift you’ve ever given or received.

I decided immediately to focus on one of my favourite gifts from childhood, my Barbie dollhouse.

 

Let’s look at the details.

My first dilemma.

Photos!

I couldn’t find a photo of my Barbie dollhouse, or of myself playing with it. I was so disappointed. Then I noticed that it was in the background of a couple of pictures of my little brother that I’d taken as a child.

Sure… it’s my brother, not me, but it was the best I had, so I thought they’d work!

I found some gorgeous paper from My Mind’s Eye. It’s pink and has glitter on it, with a diamond pattern. (Did you see My Mind’s Eye’s booth at Creativation?)

My second dilemma.

I knew I had a wood veneer word, “awesome” but I was sad that it wasn’t a good colour for the gold and pink layout I wanted to create. The word is from Heidi Swapp. (Did you see Heidi’s booth at Creativation?)

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But I wasn’t going to let a little thing like the word being green slow me down. I pulled out my embossing powder and ink pad. I inked the word directly with the Versamark pad, sprinkled the gold embossing powder on top, and melted it.

*Want tips for embossing? I have a couple of embossing videos that will help: How to Emboss with Stamps and 3 Quick Tips: How to Know when Embossing is Complete

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The gold embossing makes it slightly shiny and it was perfect!

Next I found some great little sparkly pink letters to complete the title.

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I really liked where this was going, but decided that I wanted to bring more gold into the page.

I decided to frame the layout with gold metallic paper.

I trimmed an inch off of the top and side of the pink diamond patterned paper. I also cut a large square out of the center of the gold paper, so that I wouldn’t waste so much of the gorgeous specialty paper when I just needed an edge around the layout. (Plus I can be frugal once in a while!)

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I started fiddling with my golden embellishments. I really loved the pink heart in the corner, but the words “LOVE IT” are a bright white, and it was bugging me. I decided it would be good to put a strip of gold shiny over the heart, like a banner. I had a couple of great banners in an embellishment kit, but I needed another one.

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I decided to cut this frame apart and make the bottom into the banner that I needed.

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It turned out just the way I wanted!

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I’ll confess, adding those little pink letters kind of sucked. They needed to be glued down and I wanted to make sure they were straight and not all crazy and crooked. Thankfully my clear ruler helped with this a lot! I was able to line them up along the edge of the ruler while I used Liquid Glass as glue to stick each letter down.

I decided that I had too much to say to easily fit it in my own handwriting, so I printed my journaling on the computer. I was able to make the journaling wrap around a shape in the word document so that the words would not be hidden behind the golden heart.

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That’s it! The page was done.

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I’m really happy with how the page turned out. It tells a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, I found some photos with my Barbie house in them, even if they weren’t perfect, they were good, and I was happy with how the gold and pink look on this page.

What is your favourite gift? Is it something you’ve given or received? Is it a physical gift or something a bit more abstract? Share your story in the comments… and then go and scrapbook it!

Let your creativity shine!

Alice.

 

P.S. Would you like to scrapbook with prompts, but don’t know where to start? Click the page prompts tab in the menu bar for more ideas.

 

 

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