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Monday, November 24, 2014

Pocket Scrapping - Holiday Style!

Original Post created at Mye De Leon's Blog

Happy Holidays! It's that time of year when our pocket-style weekly albums become festive! :)  So how about expanding the fun by creating non-weekly 'holiday themed' layouts to accompany your albums? We've all been there I'm sure. You are doing your weekly spread during the holiday season, and find you have so many photos to fit!. Why try to cram all of them into one weekly spread?

When I do my PL-type albums I have a blast doing add-ons! I've gathered a few ideas - and a few layout examples - to hopefully get those creative juices flowing.

Take some time this holiday to capture the 'details' of the season. It's the little details that really help your memories shine. I plan to have photos of my Christmas tree in my album, but I also created a 'themed' page showcasing my decorations. Many of the decorations hung every year are over thirty-years old (made by my mom and I when I was young).

Do you have special decorations on your Christmas tree? Why not take the time to take close-up shots of them and explain why they are special to you?
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CT member, Juli Fish also showcased her Christmas tree traditions. This themed spread would look great as an add-on to a weekly PL album!


Here are some other ideas on capturing the 'details' of the holidays, that may have otherwise been overlooked in the weekly spreads:

* Holiday Decor
* Advents
* Christmas lights/tree lightings
* Crafts made
*Table settings
*Christmas Eve traditions
*Family photo shoots
* Baking
*Game night
* Shopping
* Parades
* Santa wish list
* Parties and get-togethers
* Annual family traditions

Family traditions are very important moments to document, especially if you can pass them down through the generations. Elf on the Shelf is one of the fun traditions I do for my daughter, and every year I do a themed page on the silly things he does each day in December. CT member, Katherine Hansen documents her Elf as well. Here is her gorgeous layout below - how fun!


Food is always a HUGE part of the holidays (at least for me! LOL). Here CT member, Stacia Hall, showcased this in her beautiful layout.


Katherine also created a funny page about her family 'trying' to make gingerbread yummies:


It's a beautiful, magical time of year, especially if you live in the colder climates. Got snow? Why not capture the snowmen and snow angels made, or the very first snow of the season? :) Here's one I did of our first snowfall.

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Some of the most fun I've had creating 'themed' pages would have to be documenting my favorite things. What are your Christmas favorites? Here are some ideas for you:
* Christmas movies
* Christmas songs/carols
* Fave drinks, baked goods
* Recipes

I hope I've given a little spark to your inspiration this season!  Remember to have fun with your pocket-style albums! Of course it's important to document your weeks, but why not have some 'themed' layouts to blend into the album too! There are no rules - just fun!

credits: Merriment Collection, Life Stories Templates and Vintage Christmas (retired),  by Mye DeLeon.  Pocket 'sleeves' by Valerie Webbins

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy DSD! How 'bout a pocket card challenge?

I have a challenge thread happening over at P&Co right now! See below for details and get your free filler card from the fab DSD Collab! Want to follow the blog hop? See HERE.

I want to wish you all a wonderful DSD! I hope everyone gets a chance to scrap these next few days and preserve those precious memories. :)

For those pocket scrappers like me who may be working on their weekly layout, I have a challenge for you! I have a made a JC card using the elements from the AMAZING DSD Blog Hop Collab, and I challenge you to use it on your layout... OR if you don't want to use this card, then try using some elements/papers from the DSD Collab on your layout! (*note: of course you can still play this challenge using a non-pocket layout too! :))

Here is the challenge card - click on the card below to download

The image below will take you to the P&Co. Blog Hop to grab this fab collab North of Ordinary:

Okay, here we go!

Official Rules:
1. Upload your finished layout to the gallery by 7pm MDT on November 4 to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the P&Co store.
2. Post a link to your layout in this thread so we can leave you some love.
3. Use at least 25% of P&Co. products in your layout.
4. Include the challenge card on your layout, or use elements/papers from the collab.
5. Have Fun! :)

Happy DSD! You need to head over to P&Co... right now!

DSD 2014: Get the Details Here!

Hello, and welcome to P&Co’s 2014 DSD Designer Blog Hop! We’re super excited to be starting off the DSD Celebration here, and I’d like to give you a quick rundown on what you can expect from us this week:

  • We’ve got a sitewide sale going on, and the more you spend, the more you save! You can earn as much as 50% off!

  • We’ll be refunding one random order daily with our Big Payoff contest!

  • Our popular Dream Cart contest has just kicked off.

  • We have 2 Speed Scraps: Saturday Noon MDT and Sunday 8 PM MDT, so everyone can have a chance to play along!

  • We’ve got games and challenges going on all weekend long in our Digi Talk forum, with loads of prizes!

  • And, of course, we’ve got this fabulous mega collab to give to you:
It’s yours FREE, and all you have to do is hop through the following blogs. You’ll be collecting a series of numbers and letters along the way, and when you get to the end, you’ll have a coupon code that will bring your price on this fantastic kit down to ZERO.
Have fun!

Monday, October 20, 2014

P&Co. Yummies!

I hope you find some inspiration! Goodies are from P&Co. shop!

For credits click on images. If they don't work then just check out my Gallery!

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Layouts from Mye De Leon!

Here are a few layouts I've recently done using goodies from Mye De Leon!
*Note: Some templates are also from Sabrina's Creations and Traci Reed.

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Dose Of Inspiration - P&Co. Blog

I had a blog post on P&Co. today! Here it is below:

I'm not a professional photographer. And I'm not here to give you some fabulous advice about F-Stops or shooting in the RAW (and frankly I don't even know what that even means! LOL). But I do take photos - and lots of them - on my phone (*gasp!), and I've found some fun ways to spruce them up for your layouts.
Obviously the internet is a wonderful place to find inspiration. And if you're a Pinterest addict like I am, there are a ton of cool ideas to make your photos shine without a lot of effort! So lets talk about using props, shadows and angles...
One major trend I've noticed this year is incorporating chalk to help tell a story. Using chalkboard props such as mini boards can be a fun way to add journaling or titles to your photos. Back-to-school photos are the perfect opportunity to do just that, by adding what grade the child will be attending. I gave chalk a try in the layout and photos below:
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Have a photo but no props? How about using the elements in your digi supplies to enhance the photo further. Samantha Bellerose did just that on her page. It looks like the leaves are popping out of the photo!
Why not try using your body as a prop? You can have a lot of fun using shadows to add a different perspective. This layout by Sabrina Poole (and the images blow), capture a sweet family moment in a unique way.
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But even with all the fun props or creative shadowing, just changing the angle in which you take the shot can make a big difference.
Here is another page by Sabrina Poole where her daughter took some selfies (cute!) from below - at her level. Even though the photos are off centre and slighly blurry, they tell a story and make this the perfect candid moment.
Here is layout created by Tori Lynn. The photo was captured on the same level as the subject. By doing this it allows the moment to seem much more intimate.
Natashya Bay chose to shoot the photo of her horse in a non-traditional way - which really captures the horses spirit.
Sometimes we don't even need to see the faces of our subjects to feel an emotion. In this layout by Dawn Farias, you can feel the genuine connection between these two children by the angle she has chosen.
And then of course, shooting at different angles can just be plain fun! :) My daughter had a wonderful time helping me draw and pose for these photos.
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Well that's it! I hope I sparked some inspiration for you today. Thanks for visiting!
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Art for the Heart Charity PL cards

I was touched that Mye De Leon wanted to help out a little boy who needs surgery. She made this beautiful collection - wonderful filler cards you can use for your album or home decor.

I printed off two of them for my bedroom - love looking at this reminder every morning. It find I smirk when I see it, which helps when I'm having a bad day. :)

You can snag your collection HERE at Mye's shop. All proceeds go to helping this little guy with special needs get some much needed help.

Happy Scrapping!