Sunday, January 7, 2018

Scrapbooking in January - Week 1 Challenges

I discussed some of the goals I had already for this year and so far I am on track. I worked on a mini album and made 5 layouts this week, including 1 Disney layout. 

The first challenge was to work on my mini album, which I did, but didn't grab a picture of it just yet! 

The next challenge was to use one of the stash kits I had sitting in a bin. I made this kit a while back and it was perfect for a single page. I am a huge fan of doilies lately. And I was so happy to cut into that transparency paper. Sometimes I hold onto those for way too long!

The next challenge was a Jar Challenge. I had to use a color wheel. I went online and chose the following colors using the Triad option.

I went to work, first taking papers from my 100 papers bin. Then I took out one embellishment sheet that had all the colors I was looking for and found this picture of my son wearing pretty much the same colors for his school picture this year. It all worked out pretty quickly. 

Next I had to "Kill" a Kit on Friday. I made two layouts, but one has a class picture with school sign so I decided not to post that one. The other layout is below. I have been holding onto this book paper for a while now knowing that I wanted to use some pictures I've taken this year while reading. I am so happy I decided to focus on reading again so I wanted to make a layout about it. 

Finally, I used the Hip Kits Club Sketch  from this week to create the layout below for my Sketch Saturday. I am thrilled with how my Disney Album is turning out. I did take Shimelle's Disney class over the summer and hope to finish going through all the videos and sketches to make even more layouts for this project. 

 That is all for now! Happy Scrapping! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Setting Goals in 2018

It is January again and for me that means I have already made a list of goals for the year and things I'd like to focus on. This year I want to make sure I am scrapbooking more. I want to make sure I am using things I already have. I want to try new techniques. I want to complete an album. 

I started to Bullet Journal again and this is helping me sort out my goals. 

The first goal is huge. I want to make at least 5 layouts a week. That will be a total of 260 pages by the end of the year. I kept track of how many layouts I did last year and I was somewhere around 118. If I hit 200, I will be happy. But I am saying 5 a week because it is a nice solid number to strive for. 

Second, I am planning to use my scrapbook instagram more. I find it keeps me excited and engaged to share what I am making. (@moscraps). 

Third, I am going to come back to updating my blog. I have some challenges I am working on and classes I am catching up on that will hopefully result in lots of layouts to share! 

I am also working on sorting through my pictures on Google Photos to decide which I want to print for scrapping. This has been a huge undertaking over the past year and I'm still working on it. I ended up completely reorganizing my albums chronologically and I love it. Now I can see where I am missing photos and stories by comparing to Google Photos. 

I also have a daily plan to help me when I'm stuck.

Scraplift Sundays - I will look on pintrest, blogs, instagram, facebook for a layout I like (5 minutes max) and then run to my desk to make a layout inspired by that one in some way. 

Mini Album Monday - I will work on mini albums more since I have so many that are begging to be used. 

Technique Tuesday - I will try out a technique I am unfamiliar with or rarely use

Stash Kit Wednesday - I will create a stash kit or use one

Jar Challenge Thursday - I will take out one of the challenges from my jar and complete it

Kill a Kit Friday - I will use my Hip Kit or Counterfeit Kit in an attempt to use it all up

Sketch Saturday - I will find or create a sketch to make a layout

I wish everyone luck in completing their goals this year! Hopefully I am able to stay on track with mine. I've already worked on a mini album and a layout this week so I am feeling the motivation build! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Scrapbooking in June: Instagram Challenges 2

The next #FMSPAD challenge on Instagram was "besties". I chose a picture of my husband and my son, before they were dad and son, they were BFFs. I know we are rounding the corner into summer but this is a clearly Autumn layout. Oh, well! 

The prompt for Shimelle's #ScrapbookingIsMySuperpower Instagram challenge was paper you are still saving. I have lots that fit the prompt, but I have a great many constellation/star/space papers that I love but haven't found the exact right photos for yet. I suppose we will need to go star gazing or to a planetarium so I can find a good use for them. I just don't have the right camera for night photos, though! Is this a good enough excuse to spend the money? haha! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scrapbooking in June: Instagram Challenges 1

I was thinking this June I was going to follow the Photo A Day Challenge on Instagram and use it as inspiration for my scrapbooking. (@moscraps)

Image result for fms photo a day june 2017

The prompt for day #1 was Joy. I recently saw both Shimelle and Jen Schow use this rainbow paper and I thought I was holding on to it a little too long so I should use mine, too! 

I saw Shimelle was also hosting this cool photo challenge on her Instagram. I am following along most days - looks like a fun time!! 

Scrapbooking in June: Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Counterfeit Kit revealed the June inspiration kit today on their blog.The Inspiration comes from a Felicity Jane kit. 

Here is my take with my June Kit, Stay.   

I ended up using 17 papers all from the 100 patterned papers I pulled earlier this year! So exciting! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scrapbooking in May: Layouts

I made a goal at the beginning of the year to read more. Now I think I am getting a little obsessed! I have been spending most of my spare time doing that instead of scrapping, but I still found a little bit of time this month to get some things done. 

I am excited for Summer to begin and hoping that there will be more time to get crafty. So far, all my weekends look pretty busy in June! I still need to get through the rest of my Hip Kit and May Counterfeit Kit. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Scrapbooking in May: Challenge 34

I turned to my Challenge Jar instead of the usual NSD challenges. 

Use smaller photos 

I pulled out some papers from my 100 patterned papers and went to town with random things I could find on my desk. The challenge on 100 patterned papers is to use some washi tape this month so I grabbed some and all sorts of wood things. The photos look dark here but it is my son dressed up as Harry Potter. He is running around a wooden playground that looks like a castle (Hogwarts) with his magic wand.