Project Scrap August 2011

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So, continuing with templates and challenges (I know, I’m boring, I promise to have a legit original layout for the next one) I have created a duo page for Shabby Shoppe’s Project Scrap 2011.

I’ve decided that my next 2 layouts need to use other product than Shabby Shoppe (as much as I adore their stuff, I need to get acquainted with some of the other stuff I have). I also need to figure out what pictures I’m going to use for that. So many pictures… so many layout possibilities… so little time.

Especially with me starting a new job starting Monday.

Anyway, on to the layouts.

(Left Page)

“In August 2010 I won a stay at a hotel and a trip to the Toronto Zoo from our local radio station. The hotel wasn’t that great, our room was right beside the pool and the pool had a water slide which opened at 6 am. So we didn’t get a lot of sleep.

On the Saturday, we headed down to the zoo. I’m not one who gets overly
excited for zoos because I don’t like the fact that the animals are in these tiny cages and pens. Toronto is one of the better zoos, with large areas that are similar to the environment the animals are from.

I used this opportunity to practice my photography, and I learned how to take some better pictures in low light situations. They aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty good for a pocket cam. All told, we had a really good weekend playing around Toronto and checking out the zoo.”

(Right Page)
“We went to the animal fair, the birds and the beasts were there, the big baboon by the light of the moon was combing its auburn hair. You should have seen the monk, he sat on the elephant’s trunk, the elephant sneezed and fell to his knees and that was the end of the monk, the monk, the monk.”

Both pages used all Shabby Shoppe free kits:

Striped background paper – Sweet Serenity
Yellow(green?) background paper – Splendid
Ric Rac – ribbon from Holiday Sampler Halloween
Heart – Seasonal Sampler Amore
Small Flowers – Vintage Florals
Big Flowers – Dinner Party
Butterfly, Blue Button, Red Flower, Orange striped paper – Promise Collection
Dotted Paper, Orange Ribbon – Sweet Sprinkles
Green leafy paper, Dark Green Journal paper, Leaves/Branch – Spontaneous Delight
Green Bow – Holiday Magic
Green Tab – Two Soon
Fern – Plentiful
String Flowers, Hangers – Happy Go Lucky
Brad – Holiday Sampler Fall
Alpha – Festival
Font – Segoe Print

These were the hardest pages for me so far. I think they went through about 3 different iterations. At first I was going to have each page be different but similar, and that just looked way too busy.

Then I decided to have more animal pictures on the second page, to make it look like you were seeing them through windows. Again, way too busy.

I then decided to not make this so difficult and just pick some nice pictures, and a few papers and make the pages look very close, with the same backgrounds and some of the same elements.

Third time’s the charm I guess.

I’ve found a couple of Typo’s that I need to fix in the pages, this is why I save layered PSD files. I’m horrible sometimes when I’m typing fast.

I’ve found a couple of new forums that I’m putzing around on, and they’ve got cool challenges there. However, most have rules where you need a certain amount of product from their company, which is fine, it’s just I don’t currently have a credit card (well I have one, but it was cut up with the account still active so I don’t have the back 3 numbers that I need to order anything online drr). So that makes buying kits difficult.

I’m hoping I can figure something out in the near future.

Anywho, time to go look and see if I can find which pictures I want to use next for a layout.

Wish me luck!

First Template Challenge Entry

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So as you can probably tell I really like the stuff at the Shabby Shoppe. I’m finding other sites to check out, but right now I really like the community and the blog and such at the Shoppe so I’m going to stay with what works for now. If you have a favourite scrapbooking forum or digital scrapbooking site let me know! I love to check stuff out.

Anyway, the Shabby Shoppe blog has a monthly template challenge, and the current one came out yesterday which you can find here. I was going to try and hold out and wait at first, but the siren call of the pretty template won out.

“Since I was a child I always wanted to dance. Unfortunately there was never enough money for it. So when I was 19 I decided I was going to start dancing. I did one class a year for the next 5 years and loved it. When I was 25 I knew that this was the last year I could afford to dance, so I saved as much money as I could and did four hours of
dancing per week. Every moment of dancing was a joy for me. When the recital came around it was like a dream. I always wanted to be a performer, but didn’t have the talent to go professional. I took hold of my moments on stage and made the most of them. My Grandma and Fiancé were my captive audience and I danced my hardest for them. I hope in the future I can return to dance, through adult classes or any other option. Until then though I will remember my moments on stage and the thrill of the audience’s applause.”

I went much more girly with this page. I’d been thinking and planning how I was going to do a page for my dance pictures and this template came up at the perfect time! I really enjoyed playing around with all the elements and papers, learning how to make nice looking clusters and to coordinate a group of pictures that were so different in their colours and style.

I used a bunch of different free kits from the Shabby Shoppe:

Easy as Pie Template Challenge 16 – staples
Sweet Sprinkles – Circle paper, scallop ribbon, frame colours
Two Soon – Stitching, overlay
Urban Kiwi – Stamp
Express Yourself – Flower cluster, button, stitched ribbon, seize the moment word art
Promise – Blue flower
Splendid – orange heart, yellow paper
Festival – coloured flower
Holiday Magic – Green paper
Sweet Serenity – Striped paper
Shabby Mommy – Alpha

All told I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I’m looking forward to taking part in more!

Rainy Day

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So I think a bug has been bitten. Everywhere I go I see inspiration for new pages. I have lists of ideas of what I’d like to scrap and I’m hunting through the web for more resources. I think I’m a bit obsessed…

So I decided to try out an “Easy As Pie” Template today from the Shabby Shoppe to see how they worked and this is what I came up with:

“Summer of 2008 was incredibly wet. So when Chris, Dev, Rob, Will, and I decided to head down to Webster’s Falls for a picnic, we grabbed 2 tarps. For the majority of the afternoon it was beautiful and clear, many people were out relaxing and enjoying the weather. At around 2 pm however, some clouds built up right over our heads and started to downpour on us. We immediately grabbed the bigger tarp and tried to hold it up to keep everything dry. Chris kept looking out and inviting people under to “keep them dry” the real reason was so that we would have more hands holding the tarp up. At one point he started laughing and tucked his head back in saying “two girls in white tops just ran by”. Dev and Will immediately stuck their heads out going “Where? Where?!” and not being able to find them called out “WHITE SHIRT GIRLS COME BACK!” Sadly for them, the white shirts did not return, however we eventually did have about 30 people under our tarp keeping dry. As with most storms that summer this one ended rather quickly and everyone went back to their groups and their own picnics. But for 20 minutes on a rainy day, we were the heros with the tarp, and we brought a whole bunch of strangers together who probably never would have even spoken to each other under different circumstances.”

I wanted to keep things a bit more plain due to the fact that all the pictures have the guys in them, and I don’t think they’d appreciate it if I surrounded them with frills. This was just a simple quick little page that took me about an hour (I didn’t do much pre planning… it might go faster if I do, I also need to learn what is in each of the kits I have so I’m not constantly searching).

All papers, elements and such are from Shabby Shoppe free kits.

Easy as Pie Template from Challenge 4 – staples and ribbon
Celebrate – Blue Paper
Festival – Sky ricrac, buttons
Happy Go Lucky – flowers
Seasonal Sampler Winter – Gray Paper
Sweet Serenity – Alpha

I’m posting these in my gallery over there, and you need at least 75% Shabby Shoppe product to post at those galleries (which makes sense). I’m looking to see if there’s a general forum for digital scrapbookers that would allow me to use some of my other products. It would suck to have to have tons of accounts and remember to post on certain forums for critique because I used stuff from different kits.

For now though I’m totally good just using Shabby Shoppe stuff… she makes gorgeous products, and my birthday’s coming up soon so I’m hoping I can get a gift card there.

Anywhoo. I will probably be using the templates for the next bit for random pages, just to get the feel of things, and to play around with Photoshop. I’d like to get caught up on project scrap 2011 and get a feel for the challenges they have so that I may get in on one of the next ones.

For now too though I’m enjoying flitting through the galleries and getting inspiration. These ladies are amazing and so are their members! I have a lot to learn, but hopefully I can catch up :)

First Scrap – Wedding Dresses

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog which is specifically for digital scrapbooking. I say digital, because I have been told that if I start one more hobby that brings endless amounts of THINGS into my house (in addition to sewing and knitting) that my husband will lose his mind. Luckily, digital scrapbooking is contained entirely within my hard drive, therefore, I can do the artsy fun stuff without the crazy husband.

If you are interested in more information on digital scrapbooking here’s a good site to get started.

I’ve been watching digital scrapbookers, reading blogs, looking through galleries, and drooling over the pretties for about a year now. However, I hadn’t really been able to muster up the courage to create my own pages. So I sat, and collected free kits as I found them, and waited.

This weekend, I decided that enough was enough. My photo collection was growing way too fast and I needed to do something to organize them, or they would take over my hard drive.

So I sat down, watched a couple of tutorials, and went ahead. Can I say… I’m hooked!

I’d just like to say here, thanks to the Shabby Shoppe and it’s wonderful forum filled with amazing scrappers. They were serious inspiration and motivation for making this page, and I look forward to joining them in future challenges!

Now, onto the page.

“For my wedding in May 2010 I had not one, not two, but three dresses, from three generations.

In April of 2010, I tried on the dresses I would wear for my wedding one last time. We were one month away and we had to make sure they would fit. Grandma was in the hospital, and would not make it to the wedding, neither would her dress, but I did get some pictures in it. I wore the “Bride Barbie” dress that my Mom was married in for the ceremony, and changed into a dress bought specifically for me to the reception.”

This is 100% Shabby Shoppe free sets.

Harvest Spice – Layered flower, white button, journaling strips
Festival – Paper, scallop frame
Plentiful – Flower cluster, blue and brown buttons, photo frame
Moody Blues – Ribbons
Sweet Serenity – Bouquet, butterfly stamp

I decided that I would do a simple page about the dresses I wore to my wedding. This page took me about 2.5 hours to do, because I kept messing up putting the frames on, and I forgot to save after I had just figured out something, meaning that I lost a half hour of work.

I also took forever trying to see what I wanted to use on the page. I didn’t want to go overboard with embellishments, but I also didn’t want to have a plain, boring page. It was difficult at first to figure out paper and such to use that would tie in 3 generations of dresses. I wanted something that seemed like it has been added to over the years, so it seemed older, antique, but that there were new elements put in more recently.

I think I managed, and I’m very proud of this page. I look forward to digging in to my next page.

Now to go through the pictures and see what grabs my attention.