Throw Back Thursday #3

Hello Thursday! The day to remember something from our past. Today, I’m sharing a redo. I have a lot of old layouts I didn’t save the high resolution image to print. I print my layouts in 12×12 size that’s why I need the high resolution image otherwise they will get all pixelated. So, I’m re-making some of these layouts to print and add to our family album.

This is a layout from 2008 and re-making it brought a smile to my face. Oh my! Time flies, doesn’t it? Our daughter was an almost entirely bald baby and when she was growing and learned to speak, she complained about her short hair. It took a long time to grow and when it finally grew, we started doing it in many different ways.

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This is a hairdo I used to wear when I was a teenager, however my “pompoms” were always down, over my neck. As she was a baby I knew we could do something cuter and made them up on the head. Pretty.

In this layout redoing project I have some rules.

I never change the photos, title and journaling. When I read it, I usually feel like I could improve it, especially because my writing skills improved over the years and also changed my feelings, thoughts and behavior as a mother. However, changing them feels like cheating to me and I wanna be honest with myself, this is how I felt and how I expressed my thoughts at that particular moment. My only goal is being able to add it to our family album, so I only change the products used and design. I don’t think it’s cheating because the most important to me is the memory itself, telling our stories, the text, title and photos tell it, they would tell the story even if I glued the photos to a napkin and wrote in pen. The embellishments are only a complement to make it look prettier. Who doesn’t like pretty things, right?

Here’s the old layout.
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To make the new layout I used one template from the JDoubleU 13 pack. This pack is part of the November Templates Bundle that is on sale. You can get 12 templates for only $6.99. It’s less than $0.6 each template. The bundle is available only during November.

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To scrap it I used the collection Wish Upon a Star. Here’s a special coupon to save $2 on purchase of the kit or the bundle. The fresh blues match my photos perfectly.

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Throw Back Thursday #2

Hello Thursday! The day to remember something from our past. Today, I decided to share another scrapbooking page. This was made in August of 2015. I was amazed by all the art journals I was seeing on pinterest, instagram and youtube. I was considering experimenting it, but I didn’t have any of the supplies. Besides that, I was not into going messy with paints and such. Last year I was very introverted and I was more digital than ever. So, I decided I was going to try it digitally.

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I knew I had some wood backgrounds and also a digital image of a notebook and that was my starting place. I did my best to make it look realistic and I think I got a good result. What do you think? If you’d like to see my process to do a digital art journal page, leave a comment because I’m collecting ideas to start recording video tips.

Journaling reads: Dear diary, I found the love of my life. I found Mr. Right. I found my other half, he completes me. He’s neither a knight on a white horse nor a prince. He’s real. Really amazing to me. He understands and accepts me. He looks up to me. He cheers me up. Sometimes he makes me realize I should be in another place. He’s incredible, we’ve been dating for 13 years and 109 days. 

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November Journaling Challenge

Scrapbooking is about keeping our memories, recording our family stories forever for ourselves and generations to come. Photos are an important part of the memory keeping process, of course…  but I don’t think the saying “a photo is worth a thousand words” applies to scrapbooking. There are incredible photos and they can tell us a lot about the person, place or event, but it doesn’t tell all.

The importance of journaling in scrapbook pages

I remember many times when our entire family sat in granny’s living room with boxes of albums and started looking at old photos. When I say family I mean family members and relatives, we are a big family and we used to gather together very often). We laughed, got emotional, remembered people, trips and places… Every new photo was followed by a speech by someone who was there and lived that, sometimes more than one because not everyone remembers everything and sometimes information and facts get lost.

Nowadays, our entire family doesn’t gather together that often and our stories are spread and incomplete around the social media. I cannot remember the last time we did a session of browsing boxes of old photos. Even when we are all together celebrating something, we no longer have those photo browsing sessions because it’s getting harder and harder to see photos printed, they are in computers, cell phones, cloud servers and hard drives.

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That’s why I think journaling is as important as photographs when it comes to recording our family memories. I like adding journaling to my pages, at least basic information as who, where and when. I usually write much more than that. My scrapbook pages are my perspective of life, they include my thoughts and feelings about the facts, stories, people, places… they are written by me.

That being said… It’s not a surprise that I chose to host the journaling challenge at Gingerscraps community. Every month, I post a new idea to inspire scrappers to write in their scrapbook pages. Some ideas come with lots of prompts, some are easier than others, some are very common, others make the participants think out of the box. I try to write ideas that inspire me to scrap and hope that others feel inspired, too. It’s been more than two years, and I am happy to see how many people have joined me to scrap their memories.

November Prompts

The November journaling challenge is posted and I invite you to scrap with me. Here’s an excerpt of it. We’re heading to the end of 2016 and that reminded me of a project I started some years ago. I scrap a page about me at the age I am, every year. My birthday is in February, it means I’m only 3 months from turning 36 and I totally forgot to scrap it this year. November is the best time of the year to express gratitude, right?! As my journaling has all to do with being grateful, I chose this project as our prompt this month.

Here’s my layout: Click here to read the journaling and see details.

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In the challenge post you will find prompts to help you get started. Visit the forum now to see it.

To make this layout, I used Bounty of Blessings Kit and a template from JDoubleU 9 Templates pack.

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Throw Back Thursday: Bounty of Blessings

Hello, Thursday! The day to remember something from our past. This project is a good excuse to catch up with the photos and stories I wanna scrap and add to our family albums. As I said in the previous post, I want to scrap more. I have lots of old layouts that were not saved in print quality so I started re-doing them and saving to print (I just started… there are lots waiting to be done), besides that I haven’t scrapped our memories lately. (When I say lately, I’m talking about the last couple of years! Shocking, huh?)

As I designed Life Pages templates recently, I was dying to use them, that was my starting point. Then, I randomly browsed my photo folders and found photos from a day we visited a friend and his daughter, we really enjoyed that day.

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I scrapped these pages with Bounty of Blessings kit because I thought the combination of oranges, reds and earth colors would make all photos pop because they are full of green and nature. Besides that, the kit has some wooden elements that match perfectly.

Bounty of Blessings kit is all about giving thanks and I used its card and some word bits to showcase how grateful we were for being in nature. Yes, we love nature so much! If you pay attention to the pictures, you’re gonna see there’s a picture of an ant carrying a piece of popcorn. I couldn’t resist photographing it when I saw a piece of popcorn moving. (*giggle)

Here’s a close up of the single pages.
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I loved using the templates. I’ve been wanting to make pocket pages for years, but I used to get stuck by the design. Some months ago, I started scrapping our memories from 2006 and it was not easy, but I did scrap about 2 or 3 double pages. However, using the template this time was so much easier.

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Bounty of Blessings is our Throw Back Thursday Kit this time. It was designed in 2015 for The Digi Files and is still one of my faves. I love its colors and all the wooden elements. You can save on your purchase of Bounty of Blessings through next Wednesday using the coupon code below.
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How to use repetition to give your layouts a better look and solve design problems

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With the help of my creative team I am starting a serie of blog posts with tips, tricks and ideas. My current plan is to offer you a little help with design, journaling, shortcuts you can use to improve your layout making process and enjoy your memory keeping even more than I bet you already do.

Our first post about design and it covers repetition. It is a technique I really love and I use over and over again. it can make your layouts look better and much more interesting and it can also solve design problems. The best thing about it is that options are endless. You can repeat photos, elements, shapes, create blockings or increase the depth by layering stuff.

Let’s take a look at some examples my creative team and I prepared to illustrate.

SHAPE REPETITION

Repeating shapes give the whole design a uniform look and sometimes makes it more interesting. You can repeat shapes on the background – something that we can see a lot, especially in page templates – or you can repeat shapes as an element such as rings, circles, hearts, stars, they usually go with the theme to give more meaning to the idea you want to convey.

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Experts say you shouldn’t center a photo when creating a layout however, you can see Brandi gave it a totally different look by repeating the shape on the background, making the center of her layout the focal point without being boring. She also repeated elements in different sizes. You can see she gave her layout a more interesting look and also solved a design problem when centering her photo.

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You can also overlay shapes creating more depth. Emily chose circles and repeated them in different sizes and materials as you can see she added a string, rings, patterned paper circles as mats, cropped her photo in a circle shape and repeated a border with circles three times.

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I am a very traditional scrapbooker, I like to give my layouts a paper and realistic look so repetition helps me with that. On this page, I repeated shapes as mats for the photos adding depth, and to give it a twist I added outlines around every mat.

ELEMENTS REPETITION

Nowadays, it is very common to see repetition of elements in layouts because clustered layouts are so hot! It is beautiful and give us so many things to look at. Repeting elements can also solve design problems as it helps you to add balance to a layout.

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As a paper style scrapper, I don’t feel very comfortable clustering too much but I love layering, so layering elements is something I do a lot. In this layout, you can notice I repeated the tags under the photos layering them. You can also see repetition of flowers, leaves, rings, staples and shapes. I told you I love this technique.

BLOCKING

What does a paper scrapper love? Adding pieces of paper to her layouts – That’s Me! – Blocking gives a layout an amazing look because you can mix and match patterns and shapes and overlay paper on and under elements. The greatest thing about it is that it can be done in a very straight/traditional way or in a very interesting/crazy free-style as you can see below.

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Andrea created a blocking on her background using square pieces of different patterned paper and added elements on some corners. Rotating the frame a little to add an interesting look otherwise it would be too straight.

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My layout has a totally different approach using the same technique because I didn’t worry about adding pieces of paper in a straight line or in a definite space. I love making layouts like this because I just go with the flow. I go cropping patterned paper and layering them until I get a look that I like. Of course, this gives me extra shadowing work – everything has pros and cons.

PHOTO REPETITION

Some scrappers like to scrap a unique photo, but if you are like me and you like adding lots of pictures, repeating can help you out. Sometimes you don’t have many photos to showcase the story you want to tell so you can repeat them. Sometimes repeating and cropping them in specific ways help you to tell the story.
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Christaly repeated her photo, resized and flipped to give it a twist. Besides that, she repeated elements and used repeated pieces of patterned paper and that makes the layout very delightful to look at.
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 I got very inspired by the quote “I love every piece of you” and as I rarely do, decided to make a layout that the quote and the pictures would say it all. However, I didn’t have a photo of each piece of my daughter so I repeated the photo and cropped it in specific places to show my daughter’s pieces. You can notice I used the blocking and other repetitions in this layout also. – I told you I love this technique.
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Another great idea is to repeat a photo and leave only one colored or vice-versa. It may give a more emotional background to your story.

GIVE YOUR LAYOUT BALANCE

I love using repetition to give balance to a layout. I use elements such as ribbons, ricrac, decorative borders and/or patterned paper as borders of a page, I usually add them on top/bottom or right/left edges.

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In this layout I added the same ricrac and ribbon on the top and bottom edges just by duplicating and rotating them. As easy as it can be.

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And we can do that not only on the edges of a page. In this layout you can see a small scalloped border repeated on the left edge, on the right side near the edge and also on the bottom edge. Repeated framed photos and mats in different sizes also give balance.

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As you can see in this layout made by Edna, everything creates balance. There are square blocks in straight lines centered in a bigger block, there are repeated frames over some blocks and they contrast with the others. She added the same patterned paper in the first block and the last one. She repeated the photos and flipped contrasting again and added little stars to the left and right edges.

I hope you like this first post and learn from it. If you have a layout using any of the techniques or if you use any of them to create a new page. Leave a link to your layout in the comments and I will leave you some love and also give you a special $2 coupon to JB Studio designs.

Wanna find more inspiration, click here.

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