Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May's Super Saver Kit by Scrapbook Generation

I'm so excited!! The other day I received my Super Saver kit from Scrapbook Generation and while the munchkins were napping a did a quick video showing what papers were included in the kit.  I LOVE that the kit almost always includes papers that I would normally never by on my own, and are not usually lines that are carried my local scrapbook store.  And I love that now the kit comes with two extra sketches and you can decided between two versions or double up your papers and make 7 layouts instead of 5.  Yeah!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sketch Support group class week 2

Week two's prompts went up to start working on the class materials for week 2 in the Allison Davis Sketch Support class, found here.  Week two had to deal with learning how to work with your photos.  I learned that when looking at sketch, I need to view the "photos" shown on the sketch to be a jumping off point and not a set in stone rule.  I learned how to change larger photos to smaller photos if I want to include a larger number of photos.  Or to take my photos and use them as larger sizes if I only have a few photos for a sketch that uses more than what I have to use.  I think this lesson was one that I had previously been struggling with.

So for my assignment for this week I went with my method from last week and only GLANCED at the sketch to get a basic understanding of the layout and placement of the elements included on the sketch.  I am happy with my pages this week!  I did struggle while I was putting it together, but that was my fault.  Nothing like printing the same photo 3 times before getting it right!

I used an old My Mind's Eye paper line that I found in my stash and used some die cuts from a sheet in the collection.  The circles and rings were made using my Big Shot and some circle dies.  The stars are a sizzix die and I just punched some circles from the pattern paper with my circle punches.
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Sketch Support group class week 1 (Scrapbook Generation)

Recently 20+ girls and myself on a forum site I chat on with some "Peeps" decided to get together so to speak, and take the Sketch Support class from Allison Davis available on Scrapbook Generation's online store here.  One of the lovely ladies there (Maria) is hosting and each week she posts a thread to get everyone going.  We are to read that week's handouts and complete the assignments as we see fit to.  I can't really into a lot of detail regarding the class content - I will repeat that the class is an amazing deal for $15.  And I truly believe you can't go wrong with anything from the girls at SG.

My personal observations for week one were that I need to focus more on deciding what photos and supplies I want to use with a certain sketch and MAKE THEM WORK.  Whether that be changing the size of the photos, their orientation, or even how many photos to use. 

I ended up doing two layouts.  My first layout I went with the simple approach and followed the sketch very closely.  I do like that I know have these photos completed and ready for an album, but I don't love it.  I'm okay with that.  I purposely chose photos that didn't need to have a special story told or anything that I would regret using and want to re-do.  I feel like my papers and photos have a very "flat" feel and I need to work on that and find what works for ME.  I do like the embellishment clusters I made using the papers and stickers from the collection (a VERY old KI Memories pet line) and some circle punches.  I am not 100% happy with the title (I think it's hard to see), but I didn't have any Thickers in those colors and couldn't cut any letters with a die cutter as my munchkins were napping nearby.  Plus those stickers ripped the photos if I tried to pull them up so they are there for good.


My second assignment for the class went much smoother.  This time I thought about what I wanted to do with the sketch off and on over the day.  While hunting for cherries on site - it came to me.  I knew I wanted to find 2-3 photos of my munchkin on my phone gallery and then go find papers.  I found 3 photos and then went straight to my collection packs and settled on Sn@p by Simple Stories. IMG_3071

My approach to the sketch and assignment this time was that I just GLANCED at the sketch and got a general idea of what it was.  Then I decided I wanted to do a one-page layout and would basically squish the sketch together and go from there.  While I was pulling papers I realized that I had some strips leftover from a previous layout and chose to use them anyways by simply hiding the seams/gaps behind my photos and elements.  Worked great and you can't even tell.  I did have some issues where I tore the papers after I placed the smaller photo down and decided I didn't like where it was and wanted to switch it with the journaling box. Again, I had to limit myself to where I could re-position things in order to cover up the rips and the gaps in the papers underneath.  It wall worked out well in the end.  I used a couple bingo cards from the 6x6 pad and some camera stickers from the sticker sheet.  I need to add the date to the little sticker at the top and then it will be ready to go in a album. I even tried something newish for me and splattered some Mr. Huey's ink on the card stock when I was finished.

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