Monday, May 2, 2016

Hip Kit Clubs April layout and card #2

Another week and here are more projects with the April 2016 Hip Kit Club kits featuring American Crafts, Shimmerz Paints, exclusive papers, Heidi Swapp. Shimelle,  Simple Stories Wood Veneer.

Here you can get the APril 2016 kits








Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hip Kit Club April 2016 Kit Reveal

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – MAIN KITMain
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Horizon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Star Struck Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – This Life Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Milk & Honey Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Peanut Butter & Jelly Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – My Favorite Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – All My Heart Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Details Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Bloom – Flutter Paper
  • 1 pkg – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Yellow Puffy Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Rubber Charm Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Rub-Ons
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Washi Tape
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Acetate Words


HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project Life
Price:  $29.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 24 HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards desgined by Kim Watson & Kimberly Hutchison
  • 1 pkg – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Phrase & Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Epoxy Stickers
  • 1 pkg – My Mind’s Eye – On Trend 2 – Enamel Dots
  • 1 pkg. – My Mind’s Eye – My Story – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Paper Clips (4 assorted pieces)
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Black Mini Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 sheet – Pretty Little Studio – Baby Jack – Woodgrain Alphabet Stickers

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL  2016 EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KIT
Embellishment
Price:  $29.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Cut Aparts designed by Kim Watson (5×7)
  • 2 HKC Exclusive Flair Badges designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg. – HKC Exclusive Tiny Acrylic Stars (20 pieces)
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Little You – Starlight Boy Thickers
  • 1 pkg. – Heidi Swapp – Wanderlust – Paper Clip Flags
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Clear Accent Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Simple Stories – Life Color – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • 1 pkg – Heidi Swapp – Minc – Chipboard Frames (you don’t need a Minc machine to use these)
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted Washi Tape Stickers (3 sheets)

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color
Price:  $22.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 HKC Exclusive 6×6 Butterfly Stencil – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz Vibriant Mist – No Yolking
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz Vibrant Mist – Oh Say Can You Sea

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $12.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  •  sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Horizon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Star Struck Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – This Life Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Milk & Honey Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Peanut Butter & Jelly Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – My Favorite Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – All My Heart Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Details Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Bloom – Flutter Paper

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstock
Price:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 4 sheets – American Crafts White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Grapefruit Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Fountain Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Canary Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts White Vellum

Friday, February 19, 2016

Scrapbooking, design principles and pictures

Friday night and while husband and 8 year is playing SuperMario and my 6 year old is lying next to me watching a movie while I am surfing and again I found a scrapbooking podcast - Paperclipping with Debbie Hodge and Noell Hyman. One of the topics were design principles. The first part of this article are just thoughts that comes up while I am listening to the podcast.

I have written a bit of this topic the last month but I wanted to write a little more.   In my last post I shared my creative journey

Design principles. For me math and logic is a way of linear scrapbooking and just following principles is the same, or so it feels..  I just can't to that.  I can't do straight and I do not have the patience to read books about the subject - I prefer to cheat and just look at the pictures if someone is writing/talking about design. I didn't like math in school - but I was not into art either and English was the only language I learned to master - my French and German were not good - especially my German - I was never able to learn the rules, especially the German rules.

All the things Debbie and Noell are discussing about design is something that has actually been my focus when I scrap. For me the picture is what is important, BUT when I scrap I even sometimes add a photo LAST - I just scrap everything and then go and think about which picture could work.   One design principles I have never thought about when I scrap is TRIANGLE. If you look at one of my pages I maybe have incorporated it, but I never THINK about at when I scrap.

I have never used a color wheel, I have no idea which colors are where and which colors go with what, BUT I there are a lot of colors I don't like to scrap with. Green and purple is nothing I like to scrap with.

I actually do a lot of what they discuss about adding colors later - I do that too - I start with a few colors and then add more - I also start with white cardstock.  

When I pick papers for my layers I like to add a little contrast between my layers, I don't like to have the same colors/nuance in the papers on top of each other IF I am using other colors as well.  I go for some contrast when I scrapbook. The reason I choose contrast is that then you actually notice the different layers - otherwise I think each individual paper tend doesn't show and I do scrap to show how to use the papers.

Back to pictures. I sooo wish I was a better photographer, but I don't want all my pics to be staged either and our house isn't as bright as I would like. Also, allthough I am not a traditional scrapbooker focusing mostly on the events in the pictures - I do journal some on my layouts - they are not completely storyless - I just prefer to catch a mood. I also get no inspiration from scrapping event photos. 

When I choose my pictures I look for "light" - focal point. I really want my picture to stand out and often speak of itself.  I want to express something with my page and the pictures should in a way speak for itself.

Example:


I mostly scrap using 1 photo and it's not very big. I don't like scaling up the photomat. I need enough white space (One apparant design principles) BOTH in my pictures and in my layout as a whole. I don't like filling page, for me it gets too messy.  When it comes to my everyday snapshots taken with my Iphone often lack the things that spur my creativity. The pictures are often stale and boring, quite messy, with too many olors and not very focused. With a real camera you have a little better time to take better pictures.  About pictures - I have seen so many great page designs, but with awful pictures, pictures that should have been cropped better, made lighter or just black and white. Why spend so much time (and money) scrapbookin the page and don't care about the pictures you are using. For me it's very sad. It doesn't look when you mix a lot of patterns and colors with a busy photo.   I tend to divide my pics in piles of "weak" and "strong" photos. Weak photos are photos where you can't rest your eyes; noisy in terms of lots of colors, lack of contrast, long distance, unnecessary objects in the photo. If all of this is in your pictures - go safer and choose black and white and add extra contrast and add white edges around the photo. 

Then it's the stronger photos - the ones you just HAVE to take a look at. Again, my pics are far from professional, but I know how to get you to notice my photos. It's nice to get your own photo style.

I often crop my pics in other than 4x6 shape. Others you always can tell projects by their pictures  are Wilna Furstenberg, Marinette Lesne, Jessy Christopher-Tham or Marcy Penner , for different reasons - going from very contrasty to very whitened.  

I am one of those scrapbookers who have never taken a class in art, scrapbooking.  (I know I should have....), but after scrapbooking for a long time I have made a few observations and thoughts about what works and doesn't work.  I am not bragging about not taking classes,  I have just preferred to spend my money on supplies - it's expensive enough importing everything I want from the US. I NEVER get free shipping, if I go below 30-40 USD in shipping it's a small order and I can't shop with coupons at Michaels/Hobby Lobby etc.  

The first part I just wrote while listening to the podcast, this next part is more reflections after.

I decided to look up the design principles they were discussing in the podcast test myself how I do after listening

Emphasis:
My emphasis is on the photos. Always first, but to highlight my emphasis I use layers of colors and paper. I wrote a tutorial for a tablet magazine once showing the difference with or without my layers of colors/stenciling.  I could like a lot of more mixed media artist just go for the mixed media, I just like to work with paper too... Here I picked TWO layouts where I think I have emphazied the picture - just in two different ways. One having a really big photo and the other using a "strong" photo.  I don't use green in any way in the photo...

 


Alignment: 
This is the principle that I just don't like. I don't like doing this linear. The master of this principles is as far as I can tell Laura Vegas  She has so much lines and order in her scrapbooking it's incredible.

(edit) Here are a few of my attempt at this. One is made for Bella Blvd and sketch by Kristine Davidson. It took me a loong time to make this page and I did not feel comfortable making it, still tried to cheat a little. The other one is made for Pink Paislee



Repetition:
This I actually do. I often add multiple pictures in a row of either the same photo, sometimes the pics are the same but cropped/tilted a little different when they are put together.  I also use a lot of the same colors in my pages, or shapes. 



Contrast:
Contrast is really important to me, both in how I do my layers, which colors I choose for my pics, which pictures, which papers I choose, the type of technique products I use.  
Here is one of my most recent layouts with a lot of contrast. Both using fonts, lines and shapes.. 


Balance: 
When it comes to balance. I often just have my photo and layers in the middle and don't have any distracting things all around the page. Again - I wrote about this higher up - I just don't like filling a page with lots of things. I do however broke this on the page shown above where I filled the entire page. I also tried to break my "principles" with one of my recent projects for Bella Blvd.  How do you think I did with the balance here since it's a very non-typical page for me to make. I hardly did any contrast either. This was a Pinterest Inspired project posted this week on the Bella Blvd blog.  




Flow: 
This is also something I don't really think about when I scrapbook, but again - I first want to you look at my page. Since I am on different design teams - I scrap to sell products and I want to show the products off... My layers and mixed media are just there for the transition to be smoother to avoid too harsh of a contrast towards my white cardstock background.  Since I often put my pages in the middle or slightly to the side I want you to first look there and then move outwards to the different layers. So I guess this is also a principle that is in the back of my head, I just didn't know the name of it.

Example of with or without a mixed media background (more here)



This page is one of my guest design layouts for Bella Blvd



So for you few readers out there - how are you on design principles - do you know them, use them, why or why not ?? Can you name scrapbookers who you can match strongly to the different principles ???? 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hip Kit Club March Kit Reveal

HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH 2016 – MAIN KITMain
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Dreamy Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Soar Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Wonderful Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Abandon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Explore Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Basic Grey – Urban Lux – Lunette Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Pretty Stripe Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Ombre Wall Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Flower String Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Floral Birds Paper
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Washi Tape Stickers (includes 3 sheets)
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Wood Blocks
  • 1 pkg. – Basic Grey – Saturday Morning – Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. – Basic Grey – Saturday Morning – Printed Cork Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine – Doll Puffy Thickers


HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH 2016 – EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KIT
Embellishment
Price:  $29.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – Basic Grey – Saturday Morning – Flower Kit (cardstock, tissue, tulle & buttons)
  • 1 Basic Grey – Saturday Morning – 6×6 Paper Pad
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Die Cut Shapes
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Puffy Sequin – Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Silver Glitter Phrase Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Documentary Cork Thickers

HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH  2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color
Price:  $22.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – Basic Grey – Urban Lux – Alphabet & Shape Watercolor Paper Die Cuts
  • 1 Pink Fresh Studio – Clear Stamp (3″x4″)
  • 1 jar – Shimmerz – Aqua Huez Watercolor – Blue Moon
  • 1 jar – Shimmerz – Aqua Huez Watercolor – Crazy Daisy
  • 1 jar – Shimmerz – Aqua Huez Watercolor – Green w/ Envy

HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH 2016 PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project Life
Price:  $29.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 20 HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards – designed by Kimberly Hutchison (not shown – image to be updated this week)
  • 1 pkg. – Basic Grey – Saturday Morning – Enamel Dots
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studios – Felicity – Studio Puffs Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studios – Felicity – Word & Phrase Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Mini Vellum Alphabet Stickers (3 colors)
  • 1 pkg. – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – Die Cuts
  • 1 pkg. – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – Wood Veneer Shapes

HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $13.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Dreamy Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Soar Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Wonderful Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Abandon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Explore Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Basic Grey – Urban Lux – Lunette Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Gold Foiled Chevron Stipe Vellum
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Pretty Stripe Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Ombre Wall Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Flower String Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Fresh Studio – Felicity – Floral Birds Paper

HIP KIT CLUB – MARCH 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstock
Price:  $10.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 6 sheets – American Crafts White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Light Kraft Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Peapod Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Butter Cardstock

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Why do you scrap the way you do ?

Todays topic will be a little all over…. The inspiration for todays blogpost comes from the Scrapgals Podcast and Taheera Atchia’s blogpost. (The last because she is such a wonderful writer)

I will start by asking - Why do you scrap the way you do. Have you always done it, what made you start scrapping that way ? What inspired you then and what inspired you now ? If you haven’t change style - why ?? Do you consider yourself trendy.? And now some thoughts from the Scrapgals podcast - they talked about scrappers quitting because of new trends, new styles and new products and they didn’t feel like that was them, they also talked about those scrappers who only scrapped at crops. I have met a lot of scrappers that only scrap during crops and for years I have seen they scrap exactly the same. I totally understand why their style didn’t change. For me scrapbooking is kind of doing sports - do develop skills/getter better/change perspective you need to practice. There are several ways of practicing. You can scrap regularly, you can attend classes, lots of crops, browse galleries - anyway you have to be actively looking around and scrapping more.

My scrapbook journey

I started scrapbooking in 2002/03. My goal was to scrapbook travels I did in 2001 in the US. I looked for inspirasjon, made folders and folders of layouts I wanted to do - but I only looked, I never really tried much for myself, I was to scared to do the wrong thing -so I have been where a lot of scrappers have been - I felt like a newbie for a long time. Then I started going to crops and I looked at how people who won the challenges at the crops did and I really started trying different things. First I really wanted to do the lots of flowers style - I still have tons of Prima and other flowers - which I never really got the hang of. I kind of gave up too early, maybe ?? But I think the reason that I didn’t feel like filling the page with flowers was that they style of papers that they scrappers using lots of scrappers had. I didn’t feel like using pale, distressed colors, and I couldn’t then find my niche using that style. Since I didn’t have so much practice I started very clean and simple instead - that felt easier. And from there my style has evolved. How has it evolved. I have been practicing - scrapping very often. I attended crops, challenges, forums and still searched for inspiration and ways to learn. I tried new product - both acrylic paint, mists and stencils. I just had one problem. I am a very messy scrapper. I just couldn’t keep my desk clean enough to spray the mist or using the acrylic paint.

Here is my use of mists in 2010




A year later  (2011) I found out that spraying mists were too messy so I started using stencils with distress ink. Very dry solution and still had the same effect. Adding layers. I felt that the clean and simple style - was just too clean and simple and the pictures didn’t really stand out.




By this I started getting better srapconfidence, I had won scrap-challenges I had started to apply for scrap teams. As you can see my photo editing skills were to sooo good, but

This layout is from 2012.  I had started doing more layers - not just distress inks, but also with stamps. AND I had added more layers. I felt I had found a little niche.



I still felt I had more to learn and when I saw that there were several scrappers doing this style and some even saying they were copying me for some reason I felt that I needed to find a new niche….. I wanted to learn more - I had seen scrappers using watercolors and that really inspired me.

What happened in 2013 ? I found clear gesso. I had tried normal gesso - leaving my pages somewhat yellow. So instead of just using distress ink, I added also a waterbrush + mists to my layers. I downgraded the contrast part of my style and the layers got simpler.





Then 2014. I got even bolder with the color products….






What was new in 2015 ? I downgraded the use of distress inks and stamping. but added drops of mists and started using other products. This time real watercolors - like Ecoline and Peerless paper. I even started using watercolor paper instead of Bazzill paper

In 2015 I also got the chance to be on some great design team which has really helped me in my process of being a more versatile scrapper. I have been forced (and really enjoyed) being challenged to do new things. This is the result of one of this assignments. For Bella Blvd. I have always had a problem with filling a whole page. Why ?? Because I have always felt that when filling the page with paper the picture sometimes isn’t the focal point - which is very important to me. This time I felt this page worked because I used a use picture and it’s not in the middle. I still did some “my style” using color products…..




Styles and trends

Enough about that. Now on to styles and trends. I do not feel like I am hopping on every trend. Well. I bought a Silhouette in 2009 (but haven’t upgraded to the Cameo….) The main reason I do trends is because I am on the design team for kit clubs which nowadays are on top of all new trends I get to try out trendy stuff. I am not “connected” enough to be on top of trends or start new trends - although I really enjoy when people are trying out the things I do.

The reason I share my backgrounds on my blog and Instagram is to inspire people to use more products like this - to see that it’s not super hard and it’s not very messy - otherwise I wouldn’t do it…. As shown in my little scrapbook history - my style have both changed - and stayed the same. After 6-7 years - I still prefer white backgrounds. I have tried using background paper - but then I have a hard time using color products. I have tried using gesso on scrapbook paper.

Mye style has stayed somewhat consistent because I made an active choice. I wanted to scrap in a popular style(well not popular locally - because I attended crops for years where I was the ONLY one scrapbooking with white cardstock…) I made the choice because I wanted to make design teams and for me it seems like a good choice of material - starting with something I was familiar with. White is a color I like to have around me. I like white furniture - all my walls in my home are white. I just feel my pics will be the focal point with a white background. This is just my opinion.


Colors


Like I have written earlier - I don’t consider myself an artist. I can’t draw/paint anything that resembles anything - but I still like colors. Now to my approach to colors. Another reason besides messing up my desk I that I feel that spraying mists get my page “dirty” I can’t get “clean” colors when I mist - the drops are both small, uncontrollable and is messy. This is my I prefer a waterbrush and just dropping the mists.

Here is an example of a background where I have ONLY dropped mists/color products. I have used a lot of different shades of colors/colors to make the background more interesting - when I don’t use stencils/mists.


Why I scrapbook 

Another thought about trends. I never did Letterpress, and now I can’t get myself to do planners - I am just too digital to go papers when it comes to planning. In my family were share a googlecalendar with different colors for each person that we can see on our phones and computers. I am just no good with papers….. WHICH is also one of the reasons I don’t scrapbook traditionally, I am not a memorykeeper, into documenting (and I am a historian by education..…….) That is not why I scrapbook ANYMORE - as stated earlier I started that way - but not anymore - now I am just into it to play with products. I may journal - but I don’t care if I don’t. I hate scrapbooking special events and I don’t do minialbums or PL. PL because it actually limits me with the pockets - the cards are always the wrong size/wrong way and I didn’t like the round edges.

Why I want to be on design teams 

Scrapbooking is expensive and I have realized that I just can't get the products I want here in Norwat so if I want to scrapbook with the products I like I have two choices. Try out for teams with the products I love or spend and obscene amount of money ordering stuff from the US - and where I like to order - they are often out of what I want... Being on design teams lets me scrapbook using things I like. So here is my reply to Taheeras blogpost. I don't care so much about compensation for design team work. I would instead have paid money to scrap with it, have I not been picked.  The other reason for wanting to be on teams - is that it's teams. I love communities (even though I am often a lurker - to shy to post a lot). I also looove to be challenged and try out new products.

I would love to read your thoughts - see the questions in the beginning....


Friday, January 22, 2016

Assignments and time

It's already time to get personal again.....

This time my topic is design team commitments.  In one if my last blog posts I wrote about how I now can't create without a purpose and that I need assignments to scrap, however it's not always easy keeping up with deadlines. I don't really like being late with my blog posts/projects but sometime there is just not much time and I don't know so many weeks in advance what to create and it also often take quite sometime for my kits/products to arrive.   So today I am starting this blog post at 7 am and I spent the whole night finishing up a project to be able to keep up with a deadline. I don't feel stressed really, but it took a lot of time to find out what to do and finish it.  We are going away this weekend (in 7 hours) and I also need to bake,pack and shop before we leave so no sleep until I get inthe car for the 4,5 hour drive to the cabin.....

So how did I pull it off at all ??
Well, I took a good look at the products, picked out a color scheme with only a few colors,( spent too much time hating my old Silhouette....) and then I started making a background. More than once before I have written that I very often make several backgrounds at the same time to have for future projects. It takes a while for mists, watercolors and paint to dry, even with a heater... I was also pressed for time so I smeared out black mist that had't dried.   Even without a heater it can take more than a day for some black mist to dry... And I don't always want to use a paper towel, then I might remove too much color.....  

Not only did the Silhouette cause problems, but tonight I couldn't seem to get the layers right. i think I rearranged them and cut pieces here and there at least 10 times.   Finally I was happy enough and stapled it all together. This I do so I can easily remove the staples if I change my mind again... 

Then I could just tape it to my background and start covering all my black smears with titles and stickers..... 

Am I happy with my layout???? It ended out a lot better than I feared in the beginning when I just wanted to give up....  Some of my best layouts have been created under a lot of pressure, but it's not always fun.  The worst part isn't always over either- There is something called a blog post and I have to figure out sonething clever to write, those "free" project blog posts are the worst, much harder to write.... I just want the layout to speak for itself..... 

I have seen a lot of scrappers cave under the pressure of assignments for various reasons, I gave up most of mine for a while 2 years ago, Then my mind was too busy with other stuff to focus on scrapbooking, but with everything resolved I got the design team itch again. I felt bad resigning, but then again it's not fair not giving my best either, there are always others knocking on the door. 

This year my issue is different, this time I have put the pressure on myself in a way. I want to evolve, find new inspiration and grow as a scrapbooker... I just haven't found a way yet. One reason Is that I feel like I am too much in between the traditional scrapper and the mix media scrappers.  Sometimes I say hurrah- I found my niche, but I also want to be more inspirational since all my layouts more or less are for assignments.   But being in between means much less inspiration to be found...  Since I don't look at myself as an artist, I can't draw or paint a single thing to resemble what I want it to be. I can't color either.....  I am just blank when it comes to art, I don't even enjoy watching it...  Going to an art museum is just pain.....  I would be more interested in the process behind and how they do it than the finished project.....  So in stead I just use my watercolors. I have lots of real paint too, but It gets so messy that I give up....  

I would have loved to be at a crop with team mates to see how they work, or other scrappers who look at scrapbooking in some of the same ways I do,  or at least work with color products......   

Back to being stuck with assignments.  Just making background is what helps the most snd I just don't get myself that I don't do it often enough. But here too I so want to try new things, but I also don't want to ruin my few watercolor papers......  You might see that I use a lot of the same colors on my backgrounds, mostly because my assignment papers are those colors, but also because in those color scheme I have enough to have lots of different shades of each color. I have for instance a hard tine making a red background, I haven't found the right paint/mist combo to be happy with the result..   I have lots of mists/ peerless paper, it's just never enough and I would like to try soo much more products too, I just can't get what I want here in Norway and shipping is soo expensive from US stores that have what I want.... 

I also like to work with sketches, I just don't like using any sketch I like from Pinterest for a project.  I used to participaye in lots of sketch challenges years ago, but all my favorites are gone. Since I don't like to fill a page, very linear sketch or lots of photos I have given up on this. 

Another idea to get going when you are stuck is scraplifting. I love thatkind of assignment, but dare not do it just to scrap.... I am too shy for that...... 

Other things I can't do just for myself is being inspired by Pinterest pics, but that I can do for assignments...

There are other reasons why I love assignments too. I get to play with fun products I rarely can buy here in Norway.. Getting new stuff every month is fun!
Then back to the other part of the title - TIME.... How to get time to scrap.  I have most of the time just scrapped in the evenings when I had nothing more than myself to think of. I don't scrap well with the kids around me and in the weekends I don't always feel like steeling time from the kids so that doesn't always get me much time and even less daytime as my scraproom is in the basement.  For me it also takes a while to "plan" what I want to create.  I really wish I had a scraproom close to the kitchen or living room, that way I could more easily steal time to scrap with the rest of the family around me...  I can't scrap in the living room - I  make too much of a mess for that. Last time I scrapped there I used the whole living room table - with room for 10 people.......    

The reason I have time in the evenings after the kids are asleep is that I don't watch TV.... I just don't have the patience for it... These last week however I have made an exception.... I love to watch handball - and now it's the European Championship (men).

So my questions if you want to answer:
What is your favorite type of assignment ?
Which team would you most like to be on ?
How much time do you scrap each week ?
Where is your scraproom ?






Friday, January 8, 2016

Why I don't do Art Journaling and how I scrapbook

I did something unusual the other day trying to scrap - I listened to a scrapbook podcast  for the second time ever and the episode was with scrapbook and art journaling and it got me thinking about my approach to scrapbooking and my use of color products.

I am no traditional scrapbooker, I do not stress about finish albums about themes like Christmas, birthdays, first this, first that, school - I only scrapbook those themes if I have paper I like about the theme - or because it's part of an assignment.  I am not just so interested in documenting everything, that is also why I don't do project life. I tried a few weeks and it felt so forced to use the pockets - I was never happy with the PL cards I had available - they were either the wrong color or the wrong size and I didn't like how difficult it was to get the pictures printed in the right size and I wanted a lot of white space - and I didn't get enough with the PL cards available.

I scrapbook for me - not for my kids - and my two kids are not willing to let me photograph them equally - so of course I scrapbook the kid who is in the pics more - which is my 6 year old.  Another reason is also that there are just less boyproducts - it's harder to scrap his pictures.

I scrapbook to be a little creative and I have found that playing with color is fun, BUT, I don't like to get too messy, so that is why I use watercolors, drops of mist, stenciling and stamping.   I don't care about art. I don't care to call myself artistic, however I don't need to watch lots of Youtube movies to understand how to use the different products and I have never taken a class, in  a way I don't have the patience to go through the videos/classes - I do however look through a lot of blogposts, Pinterest, Instagram for inspiration -because I do want to develop my style. I get tired of it from time to time so I change it every now and then and I always look for those small things to take my scrapbooking a step further.

Since I don't scrapbook to document everything, I have actually no interest in art journaling. - or journaling. ( haven't done a journaling page either since I was fresh out of High School)  I have made a few pages for assignment but it didn't speak to me. I have nothing I want to write about and share, I am happy enough with the creative part in my scrapbooking.
I actually don't scrapbook FOR ME in a way either. I just like to be driven by assignment and products. The times I have been without assigment I did a lot of challenges, but then I couldn't find any challenges so I did nothing.... I couldn't find anything to scrapbook about. I don't have the drive IN ME to do things for me - partly because I don't scrapbook for my kids. (I also have so many boxes of layouts that haven't made it into albums..... )  I don't own a planner either - I am completely digital, I actually hate having lots of papers around - I prefer to get everything digital so I can easily look it up from everywhere. But old stuff I have had problems with getting digital so I have tons of old stuff I can't get rid off.  I have worked with administration and other people found it strange how important it was for me to get rid of the papers and make everything digital.  I haven't really mentioned that I am an educated historian.  It just doesn't show in my scrapbooking. For me scrapbooking isn't different than knitting - here you wouldn't care about memory keeping.

Back to how I do scrapbook.  Just like my house - I have white walls, and I want a lot of white space in my pages.  I don't like linear things either, and filling a whole pages with paper is actually the most "stressful" thing for me about scrapbooking.  I also don't like to fill a whole journaling page so the idea of filling out the corners is also why I don't like art journaling.

I started scrapbooking in 2003 and for a VERY long time I only collected ideas on how to scrapbook -I was too afraid to actually scrap pages because I didn't feel like the pages were pretty enough, and it took a while for me to realize that scrapbooking is about practice. If you are happy about doing the same thing - just do that - I won't judge your, but if you are not happy with what you are doing - you have to practice  doing different styles and find what you can pick out to develop. I don't encourage you to completely jump onto a different style - try and copy the "masters" in the different styles and see what works. Don't worry that you can't get it right from the start - everyone needs practice - some styles requires a lot of practice, other not so much, but be open to what everyone else is doing.   I have tried a lot of styles and I have also did the opposite - I have tried to apply "my style" to another style/paper style to show that things can be done differently.   To be honest that was kind of my approach to Bella Blvd for example.  For years I didn't scrapbook with that paper - mostly because it was so colorful, but when I was asked to be a guest designer it really changed my mind I felt that my style would add something different to the paper style that usually is seen with Bella Blvd, luckily Bella Blvd felt so too and added me to the team. In the same way I did the same thing with Zva Creative a few years ago - I was on the team for 2 years.  I had tons of flowers/bling, but actually had problems using them, but then I decided in the same way as with Bella Blvd - how could I do it differently.

In my previous blog post I wrote about teaching more,  if someone actually read my blog post - I would love to get some topics, I would also love to "talks" with someone about scrapbooking. I just don't want to hear just my own voice.  As with my scrapbook - I need a purpose to do stuff.... (also a reason I hate to watch tv - I get bored, there is no purpose). And if someone wants to teach something WITH me - I would be thrilled - I just have doing things by myself.

Lastly I share a few new backgrounds... Watercolor style.





This is to show that I often just make backgrounds - like a lot of other do art journaling in stages and without a purpose -that I how I make by backgrounds. I usually do a lot and let them dry  and have them in different stages so when I want to scrapbook I often have multiple backgrounds to choose from so it doesn't take as long to start.  I do have have in the back of my head with collections that might go with the different backgrounds - but I often switch it out and make new ones. Sometimes I can hold on to backgrounds for over a year before I find something to do with it, I might hate it before I find a new purpose.

So my advice for those of you that want develop your scrapbooking in 2016 - try out new styles, don't be intimidated - practice and don't care if you hate things at first  - don't throw it away - you might like it later when you have a new approach to things.