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4 weeks, 12 cool strategies for telling stories on scrapbook layouts, 34 layout examples, 6 videos, and more!
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Hello there! I'm so happy to be hosting the blog today! As we enter this new year there is one topic that scrapbookers have been talking about seemingly non-stop. And if you've been paying attention you know exactly what that topic is, Project Life. This approach to recording memories is everywhere and the concept has definitely taken hold and resonated with a lot of scrapbookers. With the Craft and Hobby Association Conference and Trade Show (CHA) coming up this weekend I thought this would be a great time to look at some of the products being released aimed at making scrapbooking easier. Shall we start?
First, a peek of some of the new products from Simple Stories
With this winter's release Simple Stories will now be providing a complete system of products: albums, page protectors and patterned paper elements to help make your story telling simple. They have released a new line of albums in both 12x12 and 6x8 as well as divided page protectors in completely new styles, think great combos of horizontal, vertical and square photos.
They are also introducing several new designs of 3x4 and 4x6 cards with calendars, icons, basic prints and new "Fill in the Blanks", which are designed with journaling prompts. Here is an example of the new 4x6 Life cards:
Visit Simple Stories at their blog to see the entire new release. In full disclosure, I work for Simple Stories as a member of their design team.
Photo Freedom is a concept designed by Stacy Julian. The philosophy behind these products is the same as the one she has shared for many years, one of keeping things simple. The Photo Freedom system allows scrapbookers to tell their stories quickly and easily and includes divided page protectors and designer paper inserts. See all of the Photo Freedom collections and products available through Echo Park, here.
Even kit clubs are putting their own spin on the Project Life concept. Most recently at the beginning of the year Studio Calico released their very first Project Life kit.
The kit includes a 4x3 inch stamp set, 31 double-sided journaling cards sized to fit in your Project Life album, and assorted embellishments. The first month's kit is sold out, however you can find out more about Studio Calico and how to join the waitlist for upcoming kits by visiting their website, here.
Of course, no post about Project Life would be complete without going to the source of this idea, Becky Higgins. Now that the Project Life brand is under the umbrella of American Crafts new collections have been created with the goal of reaching an even wider audience. Now products and collections will be available in your local scrapbooking store! Here is a sneak from the winter catalog:
Seven new core collections are being released at this winter show along with smaller mini kits. You can see the entire catalog by visiting Becky's blog.
That was just a small introduction to some of the amazing new products that are or will soon be available geared towards Project Life. Before I go, I did want to say that a lot of these products can be used on traditional layouts too. The 3x4 and 4x6 cards make color blocking easy, and journaling cards with prompts making writing your story quick and simple too. So, even if you are not planning on doing a full-scale Project Life album these new products can still inspire you to tell your story all while keeping it simple.
I know, I know. It's been a while since you've heard from me.
But I'm still here, masterminding our eBook schedule, editing away (you're going to LOVE our January eBook, by the way! Stay tuned!), and also helping shape and deliver amazing workshops over at Big Picture Classes, our new parent company.
Oh, yeah, and I'm also teaching my very first workshop, Grammar-Free Journaling.
That's right, no punctuation required. No sentence structure. No verb-object agreement.* I'm going to show you a dozen different ways to tell super cool stories with absolutely no paragraphs required.
It may sound a bit odd for a word nerd and professional editor like myself to be eschewing grammar in this way. But I firmly believe that long, paragraph-style journaling is only one way to approach a story. I've been employing grammar-free journaling on my scrapbooking layouts for years, and I'd love to show you just how freeing it can be to write in lists, quizzes, charts, graphs, single sentences, single words, and even a teeny tiny bit of poetry.
Are you ready to set yourself free? Join me starting February 14th! It's where everyone who's anyone will be spending their Valentine's Day. ;)
And if you register before January 15th, you'll save $8 off the registration price!
*That was a lie. All of my verbs and objects will be in complete harmony with one another. I cannot help it. But you, on the other hand, are free to write journaling with highly disagreeable verbs, and I will not say a thing!
Good morning! It's hard to believe, but this is the last time we'll be meeting here on the 19th of the month to celebrate the 2012 Take Twelve Project! Congratulations to everyone who faithfully kept at it each month with a camera in hand on the 12th, and to everyone who found a way to "make it work" even if something kept them from the regularly scheduled program. If you picked up the project midway through the year, a big congratulations to you, too! We hope you'll stick with it because the sense of accomplishment is great when the project comes to a close. Look over your photos today if you get a chance and remember all those 144 little moments you selected to add to the permanent record and savor them.
Looking over my year's worth of photos and pages I observed a few things about my approach: it is overwhelmingly an "ordinary moment" kind of collection, and I used a healthy mix of DSLR and phone photos. I'm so glad I allowed myself permission to do whatever worked best in the moment, because if there's one thing I hate, it's being caught without my camera when I want to take a picture. What kind of approach did you take this year?
You can read more about my photos here.
Like many of us, Aliza had mixed feelings about this month—nervous about recording photos worthy of the special 12/12/12 date, but also happy to take the time to record what might feel like not-much-going-on until suddenly a snapshot of blessed ordinary moments emerged. If ever there was a time to appreciate and be thankful for our ordinary not-much-going-on moments it's this month.
Jennie's final page is yet another collection of every day moments—clearly a common theme among all of us here on the Take Twelve Team! But oh, what a big moment it is to lose a first tooth, as the big focal photo of her son illustrates. Jennie cleverly tucked the other nine photos from her day inside the glassine envelope; there are no rules about how to include your photos in this challenge!
You can read more about Jennie's page here.
Lisa's page focuses on images of her beautiful [Swedish] Christmas traditions. Maybe it's because I have a few Swedish genes, I just want to jump right through this page and into Lisa's living room to celebrate with her. [Note: Lisa knows I mean this in the least-creepy way possible. Right, Lisa? Ha.]
You can read more about Lisa's page here.
Monica assembled a classic page this month: a collection of photos representing items her boys have requested on their Christmas lists from Santa Claus. A grappling hook! A jet pack! A real-live Clifford the Big Red Dog! No doubt this page will become one of her family's most treasured in years to come, even if Santa doesn't bring a cape that can actually make you fly.
You can read more about Monica's page here.
Margie has documented great changes for her family in 2012—international moves, travel, and more. While that is definitely out of the ordinary for most of us, her approach to the project has been similar: a collection of ordinary moments in her very extraordinary life. I mean, really, who gets to actually use washi tape purchased in Japan? No matter where your supplies come from, though, we want to encourage you to find a way to get your photos off your camera or computer and onto a page for your family to enjoy.
You can read more about Margie's page here.
Our final winner of 2012 will receive a set of three beautiful Compendium journals to kick off 2013! The lucky number:
Which happens to be Maya, who featured a beautiful set of Hanukkah photos:
As for whether or not there will be a Take 13 kicking off 2013... not offically, no. But as I've mentioned to a few people this week, the Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit errs on the timeless side, meaning you could definitely use it to guide your way through the project if you haven't already purchased it. Grab a friend with a camera and set up a little accountability to see you through—you'll be so glad you did when you have your own set of 144 photos documented.
I'd like to extend a huge thank you to the wonderful Take Twelve Team for their dedication to this project: Aliza, Angela, Jennie, Lisa, Stephanie, Van, Margie, Valerie, Monica, and Janette have been an exceptional bunch of scrapbookers to work with. Thank you!
And that, friends, is the end for the 2012 Take Twelve Project!
Hey there! Today I am sharing a fun layout using the Everyday List-It's. I love these little journaling spots! They give you a simple push for your journaling. Makes it that much easier to complete a layout. Here is the layout that I made:
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Kraft; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Portfolio; Washi Tape: Glitz Design, Freckled Fawn; Clear Stamps: Technique Tuesday Nov. Studio AE; Dye Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger Brown Sugar; Twine: May Arts; Journaling Pen: Distress Markers by Ranger; Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Dots Mini by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Are you someone that needs a little journaling push? I know I sure am and these List-It spots are "spot" on! Have a wonderful day!
I love all the list ideas in the List It eBook, especially those that aren't your run of the mill lists. When I saw the "List of People I See Everyday" list I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use to portray this list of people.
We are a military family so unfortunately we hardly see our families more than twice a year, much less every day. In this life your neighbors and friends become as close as family and we rely on one another as we would our families too. I see these ladies every day since moving to Okinawa, Japan. After just 4 months I consider them dear friends and look forward to seeiing them and talking to them every day!
Good morning and happy 12/12/12! This is it it, photo challenge friends: our very last entry to the Take Twelve 2012 permanent record. I hope your day is filled with all the best! Whether you're preparing for the celebrations of the Christmas season or coming together to reflect on the lights of Chanukah or planning a gingerbread house-building birthday party in two days for a whole host of second graders (oh wait, that's probably just me)—if you've been playing along with the Take Twelve challenge all year, you might have a twinge of disbelief (and maybe even sadness) that your collection of 144 little moments is almost complete. Wasn't it just January?
Believe it and be filled with good cheer, because you've created something amazing this year. Now grab that camera because you're only twelve clicks away from the finish line!
This month's sponsor prize comes from Compendium, purveyor of inspiring words, books, journals and more. Wouldn't it be fun to have these in hand just as the calendar turns to 2013?
Hi there. Grace here to share with you an image that best describes if not the most, one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.
Ever since I can remember I have been a huge fan of musical instruments. At first I wanted to learn voilin. No I'm not musically gifted, I am just purely elated to the idea of being able to play an instrument. Growing up in the Philippines, I didn't have much opportunity to learn any musical instrument so when I moved to the states in 8th Grade, I finally got my wish when my Aunt enrolled me in some piano lessons.
It was awesome and although I didn't stick with is as long as I should have (high school came in the way) I've always had a special spot for the Piano and the beautiful music we can create with it.
So fast forward to today and that desire for beautiful music still lives on. I had told my husband at the beginning of the year that I wante a piano for my birthday (which was in July). He said that if we can find a good deal that we will look into it. I know that a brand new one would be way over our budget so for six months I scoured the Craigslist site to find a used one in the area. There were deals alright but it was a matter of being the first one to see it. At times I was getting frustrated for not being able to find "the one". Fortunately after six months of religious searching I finally found one. I called the owner and by that afternoon we had hauled it to our home and found the perfect spot for it in our living room.
It was perfect timing as my birthday was just days away. This item and the gift of music brought to my home is priceless. And the best part of it all....it was only $50!
Now that's a deal!
Have a great day,
To learn more about the List it! Everyday life ebook, check it out here.