Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Lucky Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day. A day many people consider to be lucky. I don't know if I would consider it luck, but I do consider myself a pretty lucky girl  probably not for reasons that many would consider lucky. I explain it all in the layout I made a few years ago.

"Yep, I am one lucky lady. I may not have the job that I truly want, but I have so many other things to be thankful for...my loving supportive family, a fabulous group of friends, a faithful dog who loves me no matter what, my health, a hobby that I both love and am talented at, and most importantly my faith in Christ. These are just a few of the blessings in my life that make me truly lucky. "

The journaling on this layout that I made in 2010 is still as true today as it was then. I am truly blessed and thankful for my life. 

This layout is also being featured over on Paper Crafting Studio today. You can check it out and learn how I made the shamrocks.   Come check it out. http://papercraftingstudio.com/904/lucky-me-layout/

Since it is St, Patrick's Day I thought I would share one more layout I made. It is based off a sketch from the incredibly talented Valerie Salmon from one of her Got Sketch classes. 

These pics are of my sweet dog Bailey from a few years ago. The patterned papers are the same ones I used in the layout above and are from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Lucky me" collection from a few years ago. It's one of my favorites and I only have bits and pieces left of it now. And the title is cut using the Silhouette Cameo...love the intricacy of the cuts on the word lucky. 

So my challenge to you is to scrap something related to the topic of St. Patrick's Day or luck. You never know where it might take you. 

Scraplift Yourself

Have you ever scraplifted yourself? Scraplifting is looking at another's work and pulling inspiration from it, whether it be design elements, colors, embellishments or a title. While I love to scraplift other scrappers, one of my favorite things to do when I'm in a creative rut is scraplift myself.

 I was recently looking back through some of my layouts and I realized just how many times I have scraplifted one particular design. So I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

I created this layout from a sketch I received from the very talented Valerie Salmon in one of her sketch classes. She no longer has the classes but I still love her awesome multi photo designs. In this layout I stuck pretty closely to the original design and used multiple pictures in the recommended sizes. I also used some fun things for my borders including Bazzill strips, ribbon, and border stickers. I also put embellishments where the sketch had them and journaled on a tag. 

This was the next layout I created. I swapped the wavy edged strips for just straight cut borders of 3 different patterned papers. I kept the tag and circle embellishments the same but added photo corners to the large photo. 

On this layout I kept the same design but this time I used a fancy border I cut from my Silhouette. I also traded out the square tag for a rounded journaling spot.

For this layout I again used the fancy border cut for my layout because I loved the elegance it brought to my layout. I also moved the placement of the title and embellishments and added more strips to the right side. I used 2 8.5x11 photo collages to change up the photo design and found this design worked great for this size of collage. 

On this last page, I printed the 2 8.5x11 collages and then realized just how little space I had left to design in. It made me think of the wedding layout I had done so I looked to it for inspiration. I again loved the lacy border but decided that design was too fancy for my photos. So I switched out for the geometric one. I loved the embellishments more in the middle so I moved them. 

Now thanks to this great sketch and scrap lifting myself, I have 5 different layouts. They are scattered throughout my albums and they each have a different feel based on the photos and embellishments. 

So next time you are in a creative rut, try scraplifting yourself. The results will amaze you. :)