Sunday, September 7, 2014

my five faves - tips for titles

Scrapbooking is my way of recording my family's outings, daily moments and other adventures using two things I love: photographs and words.

I add journaling on every page -- even if it's just the date. The words in a title are also an important part of telling the story in the layout. Here are five tips for adding great titles to your layouts.

1. The obvious
My titles are often just about what's happening or where we are e.g., "at the park", "5th birthday", or "Father's Day.". It's not original, but it does the job of saying what's going on. 

Sometimes, your title can be a place, an event or even a feeling. In one of the layouts below, I used the title "joyful" because this is how we were all feeling the day after my daughter's birthday. I used the title "map girl" because that's the nickname we gave my daughter at the Granby Zoo after she insisted on holding the map of the zoo all day.

These unoriginal titles allow me to use bigger and more interesting fonts. I used a mix of font sizes in the "investiture" layout below. I asked my son to write the title "la dictée" (French for "spelling") in one of the layouts below to get his penmanship and spelling skills on the page.

2. Inspiration is everywhere
When I do a layout that captures a moment instead of an event, finding the right title is not always so easy. This is when I resort to using the titles "together", "beauty" and "cuties."

Titles are everywhere. If I look quickly around me right now, I see "Big Ticket Summer" on my TV, "my girl" on a My Mind's Eye embellishment and "Perfect Partner" in a product catalogue. I've also turned to song titles for inspiration. There are a lot of titles online, including blogs -- I loved the title of a blog, Happy Like Yellow, which I used on a layout of my son wearing yellow on a happy family outing. I've also been inspired by commercials, like the Got Milk? slogan, and song lyrics.

I have used magazines to create a vision board and I want to turn to these which I'm sure will offer great titles which I can scraplift or that will inspire me.
3. Cheat a little
Searching for titles is not always the most productive way of completing your layout. Sometimes, I don't have to look too far -- the embellishments in a collection will often give me the title I need.

The "back 2 school" chipboard embellishment in Little Yellow Bicycle's Head of the Class collection was perfect for a back to school layout of my son below. The sticker sheet in Hallowe'en collections often include great words that can work as a title.

I'm a recent convert to the Simple Stories collection. Although some of the papers in their collections seem better suited to pocket scrapbooking, some are easy to fussy cut and use as embellishments. And some can be used as titles like "You are simply amazing" in one of the layouts below.
4. Words are fun 
There's no denying it -- when the inspiration hits you, playing with words is fun. In one the layouts below, my son loved the mazes at Saunders Farm. In fact, he told me they were amazing. So I combined both words to create the title "a-maze-ing." A play on words gives your page a bit of humour or help make your page stand out.

Writing is as much a craft as scrapbooking. The more you write, the better your writing. Keep at it. And have fun. Sooner than later your titles will be fun too.
5. Nothing at all
Although I love words and I firmly believe that they have to be a part of your scrapbooking layout, some layouts don't need a title at all. When there are a lot of design elements or interesting journaling, a title can take away from the page. Then, it's best to step away from the page.

I hope these tips were useful to you.

Have a crafty week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

my fives faves -- layouts from this summer

I had a great summer this year filled with trips and fun times with friends and family. We were busy -- in a good way -- which makes for a memorable summer. Of course, this means that I have lots to scrapbook in the next few months. It also means that I had less time to scrapbook.

I managed to finish 13 layouts, which I'm really happy about. Here are my five favourites, in no particular order.

1. Friends
I really admire how my friend Kiki Halbert distresses and layers papers on her layouts. She inspired me to do this layout of my son and his friend Gina.
Paper: My Family (Fancy Pants); Cardstock: Bo Bunny; Letters: American Crafts; Ink: Black Soot (Tim Holtz); Twine: Close to My Heart; Sprays: Black Marble Ink Spray (Dylusions), Black Magic Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) & Bronzer Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Medium: Liquid Glass (Close to My Heart)
2. Family Love
My daughter wore grey and black for her first communion. I found that The Story of Us collection from Simple Stories -- a wedding collection -- was perfect for the occasion. It had some black, grey, gold and lots of hearts.
Paper, title and sticker: The Story of Us (Simple Stories); Cardstock: Close to My Heart and Bo Bunny; Inspiration: Scrapbook Generation
3. At the Park
My friend Sylvie and I took our kids to the park during a long weekend. Her scrapbooking style is both simple & clean and playful. She knows how to combine patterns and colours like nobody else. Plus, she uses a lot of white space. In white no less! The Sweet Day collection form Echo Park gave me the opportunity to micmic her style a little. :-)
Paper: Sweet Day (Echo Park); Cardstock: American Crafts; Letters: Prima; Flower: Dear Lizzy Remarks (American Crafts); Enamel Dots: homemade; Inspiration: PageMaps
4. Friends in Art
The Beach Babe collection from Fancy Pants is one my all-time favourite collections. I love the combination of blues, pinks and oranges and got to use great embellishments here.
Paper and sticker: Beach Babe (Fancy Pants); Letters: Basic Grey; Ink: Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz); Spray: Squeezed Orange Ink Spray (Dylusions); Diamond Stickles; Buttons and dew drops: my stash; Inspiration: unknown
5. Apples!
My kids wanted to include this layout here because they loved the photos. I like the non-traditional blue for a fall layout -- it makes the orange pop, doesn't it?
Paper, title and stickers: Thankful (Bella Blvd.); Ink: Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz); Buttons and flowers: from my friends' stash; Inspiration: PageMaps
I have hundreds of layouts waiting to be scrapbooked. And, since some are predicted the Ottawa area will be hit with a long cold winter (again!), I know what will keep me busy.

Happy crafting! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

my five faves - new summer releases

1. Radiant (Authentique Paper)

The colour magenta seems to be popping up in scrapbooking papers this summer. I feel in love with the colour in the Radiant collection by Authentique, which is mixed with teal, orange and yellow. Delicious!
Photo credit: Authentique Paper
2. Coffee Break (Prima)

A lot of Prima's papers lend themselves well to the shabby chic style of scrapbooking -- which isn't usually my style. I did fall madly in love with Prima's newest collection Coffee Break. The collection includes beautiful papers, cork stickers, wood icons and these wonderful stick pins.
Photo credit: Prima Marketing
3. Joyous (My Mind's Eye) 

There are a ton of wonderful Christmas releases that just came out. To be honest, I can't add them to my substantial stash of Christmas papers and embellishments. But a few of them have caught my eye, especially Joyous by My Mind's Eye. I love the blue in this collection. The collection includes washi tape which is a real plus.

Photo credit: My Mind's Eye
4. Finnabair's Art Ingredients (Prima)

I lost my mind a little when I saw these absolutely amazing new products, "art ingredients", from Prima designed by Finnabair (aka Anna Dabrowska). There's glitter, glass beads, mica flakes and something called "art sugar" which sounds wonderful and delicious. The colours are a little dark, but there is enough white (aka pearl or crystal), purple (plum or mulberry), gold and even some light pink to make me want to order almost everything.
Art glassbeads2
Photo credit: Prima Marketing
5. Pearlescents Pens (Bo Bunny)

Prima, Ranger and even Bo Bunny have released their own lines of mixed media. I'm not sure how I feel about this trend as I already have enough gel medium, texture paste, paints and sprays to last me a lifetime. I will give Bo Bunny kudos for coming out with their own pearl pens in 9 great colours.
Photo credit: Bo Bunny
I would love to know what's on your wish list right now.

Have a crafty week!