Hello everyone and welcome to the SpiegelMom Scraps Sparklers Monthly blog hop! The Sparklers are split into two teams; The Blog Squad and the YouTube Squad. Each month we come together to hang out here and bring you some great tips, technique and inspiration! For this hop, you should have arrived here from Khristina’s amazing blog. I absolutely LOVE her layout!!
Today I am sharing with you my Day in the Life project that I completed in my Travelers Notebook with tons of amazing products from the Spiegelmoms Scraps and a 6×6 pad from Amy Tangerine (Better Together). I really enjoyed creating my Day in the Life in the Travelers Notebook and using the photos from the Collect App made it really easy to put everything together. My biggest problem with projects like this is that they never seem to get done. So I was very happy when I finished this mini album in less then a day (when does that ever happen)?
I often see people asking how to create a scrapbook layout without a lot of time and this is something that I am pretty sure I have managed to get down to a science at this point. It all started when I was home taking care of the baby and quickly realized, even though I am home I don’t really have a lot of free time.
I came up with a system that works really well for me and I am going to share it with you all!
Step 1: Figure out what photos you want to scrap and where you are getting them from. Are you going to printing your photos at home? Are you working on old photos that you have had for a while? You need to know what photos you want to scrap but you don’t need to have a stack of them. Lately I have been working on recent photos. What has been happening is I take a photo and I know what story I want to tell with that photo so I just print the photo or photos at home that I need to tell that story. I do have quite a few photos that are printed from Shutterfly and that are waiting for me to scrap as well. I digress though Step 1: pick your photos for a layout, whether that is one photo or a few photos for the story that you want to tell.
Step 2: Know what story you want to tell with your photos, either jot it down in your phone or on a piece of paper or just let it live in your head. Whatever works for you.
Step 3: Pick your paper. It truly is that simple pick out either one sheet of paper or multiple sheets of paper if you want to add layers but just pick your paper. Sometimes at this point I decide that I am going to create my own background with some mixed media so instead of paper I will pick out what medium I want to use, either paint, mists or ink pads or all of the above, but I pick the colors that I want to use.
Step 4: Start putting it all together. This is the point where if you are doing a mixed media layout you start building your foundation or if you are using patterened paper this is where you start laying photos and papers out, and creating your layers.
Step 5: Start committing! At this point you should have everything laid out and if you are doing mixed media then you should have all your mixed media completed and the layout of your photos. You can go ahead and pick some embellishments at this point but no more than 5 things. By limiting the amount of embellishments you limit how fussy you get with finding a place for things.
Step 6: This is it the last and final step just stick everything down and add your journaling. You are now done. Sometimes you may be able to get a few steps done at the same time and other times you may be only able to get one step at a time done.
Each step should not take you more than 10 to 15 minutes. By setting a time limit on each step you don’t give yourself the ability to second guess every step. I am also often ask if I still find scrapbooking enjoyable by doing it this and the answer is YES, anytime that I get to be creative is time that is enjoyable for me. I apply these rules to my scrapbooking and my art journaling because I don’t have a ton of time and I can’t just sit and be creative for hours all the time but I can steal 10 to 15 minutes at a time in between cooking dinner or before bath time. I am not saying that this should take the place of having hours to yourself to get creative but I am saying that is doable.
These same rules could be adapted for a project life layout as well. You get a few minutes and pick your photos and slip them into the pockets, next time you have a few moments you grab 5 types of embellishments that you can use throughout your layout. The next time you have a few minutes you grab the project life cards that match your photos or help you tell your story, it is key to only spend about 15 minutes on this step, though because otherwise you could spend all your time picking these cards out. Last but definitely not least you do your journaling and stick down your embellishments.
This process may take you all day to complete a layout or art journal page but at the end of the day you have something to be proud of and you were able to document your stories! Will you give my 6 step process a try?
P.S. You can check out my iNSD playlist by clicking here that has all the challenges and process videos in one spot that were created for iNSD!
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Last month I signed up for four project life card swaps. I found this group on Facebook last year where you create your own project life cards and you swap them with other wonderful people. I haven’t swapped in a very long time and I really enjoyed February’s swap so when I signed up for March I just couldn’t help myself.
You can check out the project life cards swaps site by clicking here and now on to what I made. I love Julie Nutting Doll stamps and if I could buy all of them I would but alas I am not rich so I have to deal with the fact that I can’t have them all. Any who one of the swaps was Julie Nutting Dolls so I grabbed my Mindy doll and got to work. I made a little video so that you could see how I created Mindy and then I dressed her in Spring colors.
I didn’t have any paper that I really liked and that matched her clothes so I created my own with ink sprays and watercolor paper. I sprayed the ink onto my craft mat and then smooshed the paper into the ink. I love how these came out and how my dolls matched their backgrounds. I then stamped a sentiment from my Close To My Heart stamp set Diamonds Are Forever.
The next card that I was swapping was a mixed media card. For this card I grabbed my gelli printing plate (which is something I really need to play with more) and got to work. I used deli paper and made some prints after the dried I ripped them apart and mod podged the strips on to a piece of white daisy cardstock. I then cut the paper into 3×4 cards and used some Heidi Swapp grey texture paste and a Dina Wakely stencil for the heart.
The next card I created was a butterfly themed card. I used my Close To My Heart stamp set Your Beautiful Self and Shimmerz paints to water color the butterfly. Then I just doodled a line all around the card. I stamped my butterfly on water color paper because I knew that I had wanted to use watercolors and felt that I would get the best look with the watercolor paper. I was surprised at what a great impression that I got from my stamps.
The last set of cards that I created were the stitched cards, at the exact same time my sewing machine broke so I had to hand stitch my cards which took me forever! I used the Amy Tangerine stitch guide and the Regatta Close To My Heart paper which I absolutely love.
These 4 cards took me forever to create but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and getting creative. Do you enjoy creating your own project life cards?
It has been a while since I have shared about an app but honestly I keep my app usuage to a minimum because to many apps means that I will be overwhelmed and that I would never print my photos because I would be playing with to many apps.
I found the Color Story app a while ago and I have been playing and using it ever since. I have a few favorite photo editing apps that I use on a consistent basis and I have just added this app to my arsenal of apps to use. The app is a great photo editing app and one that I have come to love using. I really like the different filters and all the adjustment tools that are available within the app. It makes photo editing a whole lot easier especially when I don’t have to use multiple apps to get the effect that I want for my photo.
Watch my how to of how to use the app and let me know what you think about the app in the comments.