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Scrapbooking Halloween

I got a bit of a bug up my butt earlier this week. For some reason, I just had to scrapbook something. I haven’t made a scrapbook page since 2010, but my brain insisted that this week I just must. I had forgotten how much fun it could be. Of course, it took away from my school work and the nine page paper I have to write.

I decided to do something small instead of a full 12 x 12 page. So I started with a 6 x 4 space and decorated it based on a scrapbook page I found at designerdigitals.com. At first I just did Nora’s, but I loved it so much I decided to do all the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes last year. The four mini-pages match with the same layout (the boys flipped horizontally), but in different colors that matched their costumes. I also made a lead page with all of them together. The plan is to take pictures from past Halloweens and make pages with them then print them and put them into one of those small photo albums.

Unfortunately school comes first so I only allowed myself these five pages.halloween2013_072314web





scrapbook page of the day

Finished this yesterday after working on it the night before, too.  Yet another picture from our block party on the 30th.  I was scanning through all the shots looking for something to scrap.  This is my method.  If I try and pick a certain event to scrap ahead of time I never finish the layout.  I have to have a layout idea first and then just go through all the pictures looking for something to jump out at me.

This picture caught my eye.  There were a bunch of others of my daughter dancing and running and playing with her friends but this one, off center, her face cut out was the one that yelled, “pick me, scrap me!”

I messed around for awhile with the brightness and stuff.  I made several copies and layered them with different blending modes until I got to something I liked.  and I really liked the fact that her butterfly tattoo was just visible at the bottom (she still has that tattoo two weeks later).

perpetual motion

The rest of the design comes from a challenge at thedigichick.com. The challenge was a “blind scraplift” where the page we were lifting was described but never shown.  I had a lot of fun with it and really struggled to finish the challenge (hence why I worked on it for 2 days).  The problem I ran into is that I fell in love with the photo, background paper and journaling but when I got the part of the challenge that had my put the strips of paper in I couldn’t do it.  It just didn’t work for me.

I almost gave up and tried a different picture (something simpler, easier to scrap) but I just loved what I had and really didn’t want to start over.  FINALLY, I forced myself to put those paper strips in and then stared at it for almost an hour.  I added the star flourish (which wasn’t part of the challenge) to pull things together and go with the journaling (that she is like a falling star) and then I added the paper circle and star to the corner.  That also wasn’t in the challenge but I needed something else.

In the end I like it.  And since it is digital if later I don’t like it anymore I can always change it.  I love digital scrapping.

I also am so proud that I made the torn edge look on my strips all by myself.  I was just playing around and figured it out.  I started by erasing a little of the edges.  I’ve been doing that lately to make them look more “organic” like they were cut by hand.  Then, just because I was bored, I tried a brush on the edge.  It was one of the preset dry brushes in PSE and after fiddling with the opacity and scatter a bit I was able to get the look like the edges were torn.  I am just so proud of myself.

I also was able to make the title look like the stitching through it was holding it down (sort of) by using the burn tool along the stitches.  Before it looked like the stitching was just hovering over the paper and was silly.  It’s not perfect but looks much better like this (trust me).  I also added an adjustment layer over the entire layout to mute the colors a bit.  I think it was a “warming” filter.  I then erased over the photo because I didn’t want that changed, just the papers in the background.  The bird and some of the other elements are on top of the filter layer because I also didn’t want them muted.

scrapbook page of the day

I know I slacked off there for awhile.  I’m just too lazy to go back and see which pages I’ve already blogged.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a new layout.  I just needed a break.  My head was starting to spin with too many ideas and challenges to complete.

Here is my first new layout since August 9th.


This is my neighbor, Justin, and his 6 month old daughter, Aubrey.  She is such a cutie and so photogenic.  She would bust out a smile any time the camera was pointed at her.  I’ve known the family for almost 20 years and met Justin when he was about 5 years old so I’ve known him most of his life.  Seeing him with a baby of his own is kind of strange.

The layout was done for the designerdigitals.com Saturday Scraplift.  I actually did two mockups of this photo based on the original layout I was lifting.  It took me awhile to decide which papers I wanted to use.  The 2nd design had a plain beige background (that was grunged around the edges) and the pink dotted paper as the accent and it stretched from top to bottom.  Both looked great with the photo and both really captured the softness of the original layout.  But I ended up choosing this design because I loved the star paper and I’m getting kind of bored of using plain paper for the background (trying to spice things up a bit).  I think it turned out pretty good.  It’s not spectacular but I like simple layouts without a lot of clutter.

scrapbook page of the day

I did this as part of a scraplift challenge at thedigichick.com last month.  I really liked this photos of my youngest daughter but wasn’t sure how to scrap them.  I had the layout idea (from the page I decided to lift) and was just paging through all the photos and these 3 just sprung out at me.  They aren’t remarkable pictures but the show something I don’t normally scrap…the “not so good” days.  My daughter was so tired this day.  I have no idea how she was still up and moving around because I thought she was going to collapse at any moment.  Because of that she was getting into fights with all the other kids outside.

Shortly after I took these photos she was taken inside and put to bed for a much needed nap, lol.


As a side note.  I was checking my e-mail today and noticed I somehow missed an e-mail from thedigichick site saying I had a message.  So I went over there and checked it to find out I won their July challenge sweepstakes.  For every layout you completed for one of their daily challenges (like this one here) you got entered into the drawing.  And I won.  I didn’t even finish that many pages.

I never win anything.  I sat there staring at the screen for a good 3 minutes in utter shock, lol.  Oh yeah, the prize–$150 worth of coupons for their store.  Talk about JACKPOT!  I’ve been scanning the store off and on today trying to decide what to buy.

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