Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sale price on Month of Memories good until 6 p.m. on March 1st

That is 6 p.m. in Mountain Time so be sure to order before then if you want to get it for only $2.50! I was going to end it at midnight tonight, but I don't think I want to stay up that late after all. LOL!

In case you've missed my last few posts, I'm talking about the Amazing Month of Memories kit for March 2006.



This is the link to use for the sale price.

Here are a few more comments to share from those who have already purchased this Amazing Month of Memories:

This looks fabulous, Katie. this will be so fun to use - full of unique page ideas! I only skimmed it and I'm already brimming with things I want to scrap now!
Kristin, wyowoman



Katie,
All I can say is Wowzers! Your file has given me so many great ideas--I'm gonna be busy this month! Thanks so much for the inspiration...I'll be checking your blog throughout the month for quotes--that would be so helpful!
Shannon in Middle TN



This is really great stuff, Katie! Thanks for all the great inspiration. I will definitely be watching your blog this month to see what else you are up to. :)
Amy (Seattle, WA)



So I'm giving you all a little more time, but then the sale will really be over! I'm thinking that there will be a little treat posted here tomorrow night after the sale ends to thank everyone for all their support and to kick the month off right! ;)


Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

...............................................

So long February, Hello March!

Has this month gone fast or what!? I can't believe it is going to March tomorrow, but I'm excited because I love March!

http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics
http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics

I bet you will love March also after you see all the fun ideas I have to share in my new Amazing Month of Memories - did you read yesterday's blog post? I want you to be able to enjoy it at the special introductory price of only $2.50 so be sure you order today!

I'm so excited about the orders I've received so far. Some great scrappers have ordered a copy so I can't wait to see how this inspires everyone! Here is a great comment I wanted to share with you:

With juggling so many activities and ideas, it's hard for me to focus on one thing. Katie's "Amazing Month of Memories" is great for helping me to focus on what I want to scrap. It pushes me outside of the box and is packed full of ideas, with many things I didn't even know about...Barbie's Anniversary, Middle Name Pride...so many fun ideas to help kick start the mojo when it's wanning. Thanks Katie for putting this all together!
Lindsay, Kansas


I'll post a few more comments later on today. :)


Now, on to other important topics!



It's the last day of February so that means ROUNDUP TIME!

Get ready to close out the month. You will be so glad you took the time to do these simple tasks and you will be more prepared for a great new month ahead!

I've had some great compliments on this Roundup idea. Love this one from Hunapuke Kaikamahine (which means - Scrapbook Girl)

I will share my own roundup tomorrow so be sure to check in for some ideas on how to roundup your memories this month.

Oh, and I sent out my newsletter last night. Did you get yours? I have 2,815 subscribers now so make sure you are one of them!

Happy last day of February!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

........................................................

Monday, February 27, 2006

Introducing the Amazing Month of Memories Series by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a long time now and I decided to finally make it happen! Each month I will prepare a downloadable guide called "An Amazing Month of Memories" and if I may say so myself, it did turn out to be quite amazing!

The March 2006 edition has:

5 month long themes
31 daily holidays
with 107 different ideas to inspire your scrapbooking and/or journaling!
These aren't just little short ideas like use green on a St. Patrick's Day page - they are full of depth and detail that will give you oodles of scrappable material!
Plus, 59 related internet links to explore


Holy Cow! I have to admit that I even surprised myself by how many ideas I came up with! This was such a fun project and now I am so excited for every day of the month of March!

The special introductory sale price is only $2.50 until March 1st for my blog readers. I will be posting this on my regular website tomorrow at the fixed price of a very reasonable $5.00 - I mean, this thing is packed!

This is a downloadable 20 page pdf file document. You will receive the link once payment is posted and I have processed your order. I will be processing orders throughout the day so unless it is the middle of the night, you should receive your link within a few hours of payment.

Click here to get the sale link:





If you follow my blog during the month you are bound to run into some freebies of quote art or other goodies that go along with the March themes. So whether you are a paper scrapper, digital scrapper, avid journaler, or someone who just likes to celebrate each and every day, I know you will love my March 2006 Amazing Month of Memories!

Feel free to send me your comments here on the blog or via email to kt@scrapbooklady.org and please tell your friends about this!

P.S. Don't forget that tomorrow is the February Roundup!

Happy March!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

..............................................

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Putting together a theme scrapbook

I've started on my art journal and I will be posting some pages later on today. I spent a long time yesterday thinking about what I want this album to be. Most of the time I create scrapbook layouts one page at a time, or perhaps as even a 2 page spread. I've never been one to decide on a color palette or design theme for an entire album and follow it exclusively.

However, when doing a smaller project, it can really be helpful to take a more unified approach in overall theme. Each page will still be it's own masterpiece, but if you have a framework to guide you it can really be a great stepping stone to liberating creativity. One of the best resources for this is the Simple Scrapbooks project planner worksheet - if the pdf doesn't load from this link just go to the Simple Scrapbooks website and go to the start here menu to find the worksheet.

I made a lot of decisions of what I want my art journal to be. First of all, I reviewed the art journal links I posted previously on this blog.

The link is always on my sidebar and it looks like this:




Then I looked through some of the other entries on Rhonna's blog for this challenge.

Next, I decided on my theme - which I will share in my next post.

I wanted a consistent color palette and materials that would complement each other. The colors and designs I chose had to be something I loved enough to use for a full 21 day challenge. I really wanted to work mainly with Rhonna's designs on this one as a tribute to the artist who inpsired me for this challenge. I decided on her PEA POD digital kit at 2Peas and I let that be the guide for my color scheme. I am also going to use a fair amount of white space because I love the clean & airy look it has against Rhonna's doodles & whimsical designs. There is also going to be a lot of writing in my project.

Can you see why I picked this kit as my inspiration?



I will also use Rhonna's Swirls and her latest free digital kit but I will recolor those elements to match the Pea Pod color theme. Rhonna's designs will form the basis for my journal design, but I will also pull from other sources as I apply different techniques. I have challenged myself to try as many new techniques as possible in creating this album - ideally, at least 1 new technique per page.

Oh yes, you have probably figured out that I'm doing this as a digital project. I wrestled with this decision because an art journal seems to call for lots of lumpy, bumpy paper based products. But I think this will be one of the challenges that makes it interesting for me. That, and my unfinished basement is just too darn cold to work in at this time of year and I really don't want to drag all my supplies upstairs!

Fonts were another hard choice and I played around with several. The journaling will be important in this project so it needs to be readable, but I also wanted to use a beautiful "artsy" type of font that would go well with Rhonna's designs. I chose to do the heavy journaling in My Type of Font and the quotes and some titles and fun journaling in Susie's Hand - which seems to be my favorite font at the moment.

Last decision was the size. Lots thought went into this and I finally settled on a 6x6 album. This is smaller than I usually do, but I want the finished project to be something that sits on my desk to inspire me each day.


I'm excited about this project - I have never done anything like it and that is going to make it so fun! If you want to play along, you can still join in on Rhonna's blog
or you can just follow along in my entries and see what inspires you.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.............................................................

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Mixed Media Memoirs Challenge

Yep, I already posted tonight and here I am again. Good thing there aren't any rules about this blogging stuff!

I'm back because I have something to share. I'm trying to expand my creative horizons so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things. The Mixed Media Memoirs challenge I have on my sidebar of daily challenges really appealed to me this week. The topic is The trajectory of my life changed when...

For me there wasn't even a second thought as to what my answer would be. There have been a lot of defining moments in my life, but none that shook me to the core like my son's diagnosis. His autism changed everything and my course in life was forever altered once I heard those words.

I never could have fathomed at the time that the direction this would take us would be a better one. We would face the darkest challenges, but forge new paths that have enriched our lives.

Here's my entry for the challenge.




He was 2 years old in the dwarf picture and 3 in the other picture. He was diagnosed at 3 years and 2 months old. It was on December 31, 1996.


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

and a mom to a fantastic guy who happens to have autism.

.............................................................

Question #3 - How do I get started with scrapbooking?


I have been wanting to get involved in this hobby for years and have
never found the time to do so. Could you give me
some pointers on exactly how to get started ?


This is by far the most common question I am asked. I'm glad that so many beginning scrapbookers find my site and blog and ask for my advice to get started. That is what inspired me to include a lot of the content that is currently on my website.

I always start by referring scrappers to my web page What you need to get started - I wrote the article a couple of years ago, but it is still applicable today.

I also think that my top ten tips is a helpful resource.

Of course there are many great sites and magazine articles out there that focus on the beginning scrapbooker. Try doing a google search for basic scrapbooking or beginning scrapbooking and you will find some helpful resources.

The key ingredients for getting started are to have supplies & albums (preferably nicer quality with photo-safe, archival stability) and the desire to compile your memories into a meaningful format. I don't think there is much more to it than that. Sure you need time, but not a large chunk. Don't sit and wait until you finally "have time" because I believe that time is not something that really ever sits around to be "had." You have to grab it, usually in small segments where you can and it will build upon itself until you have something as wonderful as a completed scrapbook or photo album.

So I guess I am the Nike spokeswoman of scrapbooking...my motto is "Just Do It!" If you are worried about doing it "wrong" or not liking your end result, just make sure you keep a copy or a negative of your photo so you can use it again if you want. The biggest mistake I have ever made with scrapbooking is over-cropping my pictures too much. Not that I realize how much I like big and mostly uncropped pictures, I am faced with the task of digging out old negatives and starting over on some of them. Other than that, there isn't much you can do "wrong" and if you change your style as you get more into scrapbooking don't worry about it. It is fun to see your creativity evolve and mature. As the great scrapbooker Rhonna Farrer always says: "Enjoy the process!"


My final advice to someone who wants to get serious about scrapbooking? Read this blog each day and subscribe to my free monthly newsletter. (Shameless plug intended) I have been a scrapbooker for more than 20 years so I would love to share what I have learned with you. That is why I am "Katie the Scrapbook Lady." (Don't you think I need a little theme song here?)


Do you have a scrapbooking question you want answered? Send it to me via email at kt@scrapbooklady.org or leave a comment here on my blog at the end of any entry.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

..............................................................

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

2Peas freebie & art journal challenge.

Funny that I just posted about this yesterday and now today it is up and ready! I'm sure it is just a coincidence, but I'll be glad to take credit for it if you want! LOL!

Seriously, a big thanks to Rhonna and 2Peas for the beautiful February Freebie!



Speaking of Rhonna... I signed up to participate in her 21 day habit art journal challenge so I will share some of my pages here soon.

Now go and get your freebie at 2 Peas!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


..........................................

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Freebies!





So I received a question recently that made me think about freebies. A lot of us would never share a paid for digital kit (hopefully not!) because we know that would be considered piracy (basically it's like shoplifting.) But how many people send each other freebies? It is easy to think this is no big deal since they are well, um, free! However, this is actually also considered piracy in the digi world.

I never thought about it much until I read this great article by Bree Clarkson at the stop digital piracy blog.

I think the that a lot of digi scrappers might not know about this so I thought it would be worthwhile to post about.

The great thing is that there are oodles of freebies around, which is really nice when you are starting out and want to get a feel for what type of items you will actually use.

Here are some great links to check for freebies:

Jen always has a great list of freebies on her blog!

Scrapartist has a wonderful freebie forum

Designer Digitals adds new freebies each Sunday.

Shabby Princess
is very generous with her freebies even though she has suffered through a lot of piracy problems. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter so you know when she offers new ones.

2Peas has several free digital kits to download. They have not released one for February but I did see a post about a week ago that said there still will be one so stay tuned I guess.

Finally, read this blog! I regularly post about freebies and when I post a layout I always include links to the sites where I got the stuff to create the layout. You won't miss much if you are following my scrap blog!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.......................................................

Monday, February 20, 2006

The clean look of white space

A digi friend sent me this link to another great post about white space.

I did another white layout today:




Posted at 2Peas and Sweet Shoppe.

This is one of those photos that I've resisted scrapping because it is so special that I wanted to do something amazing with it. I finally decided that keeping it simple would be the best thing for this memory.

This is me and my hubby back when we were dating in 1990. I have to laugh because this picture really grosses my kids out! LOL!

Everything (even the quote) is from Mindy Terasawa's new kit called Courage & Strength at Sweet Shoppe Designs.


I will edit my original white space post to include the past 2 days entries in case you've bookmarked it or access it from my sidebar.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

......................................................

Sunday, February 19, 2006

More on scrapping with white space

Continuing on from my post yesterday, I started a thread at 2Peas about scrapping with white space. If you explore the many layouts posted in response there, you will find a TON of wonderful ideas! What talented scrappers!

Here is another layout I did today using white space. I also posted it on my quote blog even though I don't usually post the same thing in 2 places, but I wanted to talk about the quote also.




Posted on 2Peas
and Scrap Artist.

The frame is from Nancy Rowe Janitz at Scrapartist from the Shmootzy Frames II. The font is Beyond Wonderland.


While I was focusing on the use of white in design for the article I wrote, the true definition of white space is "empty" or "blank" space so the background could be a solid color also. I love the look of clean, white and bright though and I have been having a lot of fun with these layouts lately!

I challenge you to use some white (or a lot of it!) in your next layout.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


..........................................................

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Scrapbooking with white space

*edited to add 2 more entries on same subject.*

I've long been a fan of white space, even when it wasn't "cool" in the scrapbooking world. A couple of years ago I wrote an article about white space that I will reprint here in this blog entry and link to in my sidebar.

Here are a few layouts I've done recently using white space:



Posted at 2Peas and Shabby Shoppe. Colorful Corners are a freebie from Shabby Princess. Paper is from Bluebell Road by Shabby Princess.



Posted at 2Peas

Just a simple layout but I was thrilled when my husband told me he would love to have this one framed for his office! No better compliment than that one!

The quote says "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." by ~George Santayana

paper & heart doodle are from the January 2Peas free digital kit by Anne. Font is Susie's Hand.


Here is my article I originally wrote in 2003 about an article I tried to get published in 2001. It is written from a paper scrapper's viewpoint, but many of the ideas apply equally well to digital pages. I've added a few links at the end to explore.

Seeing Things In A Whole New White by Katie Nelson originally published on www.scrapbooklady.org in 2003


Two years ago, I sent out queries to several scrapbooking magazines for an article I had written about using white scrapbook pages. At the time, no magazine had really addressed the idea of using white pages and Memory Makers was the only magazine where I had ever seen pages published using a white background!


All of the magazines rejected my query citing reasons such as "no interest in the subject" and they "didn't see any fit for the topic in the near future." However, within the next year, all of them published either feature length articles or small pieces about using white pages. So it goes in the publishing business.


I thought I would share my original article ideas online since it looks like they will never make it to a magazine at this point. I hope they inspire you to try the simple and classic look of scrapbooking on white pages.


I have completed over 2500 scrapbook pages and more than 1800 of these have been on white backgrounds.


Many scrapbookers are scared of white: Just like some people don’t like white walls in their house, some may not like the idea of a “blank page.” Perhaps white pages are viewed as “beginner” level scrapbooking, which is reinforced by the fact that there are not as many white background pages published in idea books and magazines. Scrapbookers may feel like they are not as “creative” if they use a simple white backdrop.


There are many benefits to using white backgrounds on your scrapbook pages:


Classic: white is never out of style, it won’t be “in” or “out” like avocado green of the 1970's.


White has psychological meanings; white is purity, cleanliness, and innocence. Certain themes seem to naturally belong with white like weddings or winter scenes.


White goes with everything, it is the perfect backdrop for your creativity. White can work with any color scheme or idea. Ask an artist what their favorite thing is and they will probably say a blank canvas - that is what a white page is to a scrapbook artist! A white page is waiting for you to “dress” it.

Clean: does not detract from photos or other embellishments. The white background allows the material to present itself without competition. Magazines are a good example of this - their background pages are white because they want the pictures and text to “jump out” at the reader and get noticed. Many picture books are also published on pages with a white background. One of the more stunning examples of this approach comes from the Dorling Kindersly line of reference books with their clean white pages and vivid photographs.


Journaling is easier to read on a white background and is more prominent as part of the layout.


Many stickers designed for scrapbooking have clear backgrounds that actually look their best on a white based backdrop. In fact, these stickers will fade into a darker background and need that white behind them to stand out. Also, laser cut stickers (such as Mrs. Grossman’s colored laser designs) look much more intricate when paired with a white background.


Drama: One of the basic principles of design is contrast, and there is no better way to get contrast than to pair dark colors with white.


Some of the most successful color combinations are based on this idea including the American Flag (Red, White, & Blue - and many nation’s flags use this type of contrast). Bold and playful combinations use these opposites like the red and white of a candy cane, or sailors in navy blue and white, and most major league sports teams use white for their home game uniforms with contrasting team logos. Mother Nature herself knows how to put on a good show with the contrasting black and white stripes of a zebra.


Mosaic pages are most stunning on a white backdrop. White backgrounds allow you to bring together photos with many different colors without clashing. Landscape photos stand out brilliantly on a clean white page.


White is seen as a neutral backdrop and any color that is used with it, even in very small amounts, becomes the dominant element of the design.


Simple: Want to simplify your scrapbooking? Nothing makes a page easier than eliminating the guesswork of a background and letting the clean, classic look of white showcase your photos. Add a few touches of color or some quick embellishments to call attention to the subjects
themselves and your pages will come together quickly. Not only will you save time, but money also!



Some easy and unique ways that white pages can be used:


Sheer papers such as vellum work wonderfully on white backgrounds and give a soft opaque quality to the light color. Using vellum strips or squares over dark text on a white background is nice technique to use on your pages.

Print your text, titles, or clip art directly from your computer to a sheet of white cardstock. Trim and mount with contrasting cardstock for fast and inexpensive embellishments.


Is all white too “stark” for you? Define the edges and give your page a clean finish by framing it with border stickers or mounting the white backdrop on a contrasting color of cardstock. or chalk lightly around the edges for a unique finish.


White pages create a timeless look that provides easy yet striking pages. White works well for all types of themes, color combinations, and styles of scrapbooking. Look around you and notice how the “professionals” effectively use white as an important component of good design and you will start seeing things in a “whole new white!”


Here are a few of my past layouts that have some bright & white space in them:

Cheery Little Lady


Handmade Valentines

Lessons learned from my bulletin board
- which by the way, I got a little honorable mention for this one for Gina's contest! My layout was voted by Gina and her team to be The "Heyyyy... now THAT'S Clever AND the Team Loves Target But If We Go There On Account of Seeing This Receipt and Spend One Red Cent We Are Coming After You Missy!" award goes to (whew that was a long one!).... Katie! LOL!

Dare to Muse Me

Oregon Coast


Swim - a to do list

So hot - way cool!

Autism - the importance of early intervention


Want some more great white space inspiration? I've noticed Ju Bean's talent for scrapping with white space and here is a link to her 2Peas gallery.

Feel free to send me any other resources or links to layouts that demonstrate good design with white space. Comment here on the blog or send me an email at kt@scrapbooklady.org


Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


..................................................

Continuing on from my post yesterday, I started a thread at 2Peas about scrapping with white space. If you explore the many layouts posted in response there, you will find a TON of wonderful ideas! What talented scrappers!

Here is another layout I did today using white space. I also posted it on my quote blog even though I don't usually post the same thing in 2 places, but I wanted to talk about the quote also.




Posted on 2Peas
and Scrap Artist.

The frame is from Nancy Rowe Janitz at Scrapartist from the Shmootzy Frames II. The font is Beyond Wonderland.


While I was focusing on the use of white in design for the article I wrote, the true definition of white space is "empty" or "blank" space so the background could be a solid color also. I love the look of clean, white and bright though and I have been having a lot of fun with these layouts lately!

I challenge you to use some white (or a lot of it!) in your next layout.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


..........................................................

A digi friend sent me this link to another great post about white space.

I did another white layout today:




Posted at 2Peas and Sweet Shoppe.

This is one of those photos that I've resisted scrapping because it is so special that I wanted to do something amazing with it. I finally decided that keeping it simple would be the best thing for this memory.

This is me and my hubby back when we were dating in 1990. I have to laugh because this picture really grosses my kids out! LOL!

Everything (even the quote) is from Mindy Terasawa's new kit called Courage & Strength at Sweet Shoppe Designs.


I will edit my original white space post to include the past 2 days entries in case you've bookmarked it or access it from my sidebar.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

......................................................

Friday, February 17, 2006

30th layout done in 2006

I have now done 30 layouts in this calendar year and I'm feeling a scrap attack coming on so stay tuned for more!





Posted at 2Peas and the new gallery at the Shabby Shoppe.

I thought this kit by Sara Carling (from the Shabby Shoppe) had so many pretty papers in it, I wanted to use them all. I almost did! LOL!

I modified an idea I saw on page 100 of Scrapbooks etc. Sept/Oct 2005 issue and softened my picture up a bit with a light sepia filter.

Fonts are Samuel's hand and 2 Peas Magic Forest.


Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

........................................................

Scrapbookers love ribbon!

I love ribbon! I can't resist these little spools of happiness!



If you love ribbon, you are going to flip over these great resources! Tons of ideas!

Shimelle's awesome list of 101 things to do with ribbon at http://www.shimelle.com/101ribbons.pdf

50 ways to use your ribbon

Ribbon Idea Gallery

Using ribbon on your layouts


Tie 3 perfect bows



Some of my favorite ribbons:

American Crafts

ki memories - type ribbon in the search box

Doodlebug design


Want more ribbon? Check these out!

Strano Designs

Ribbon Spot


I know there are a lot of other great ribbon resources out there so if you know of any that I left out, feel free to email me at kt@scrapbooklady.org or leave me a comment here on the blog.


Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

................................................

Thursday, February 16, 2006

blog quizzes and birth order

It's been awhile since I've done one of these and while they are not at all scientific, they are a fun way to get ideas for journaling!

Here's the birth order quiz and my result:

You Are Likely an Only Child

At your darkest moments, you feel frustrated.
At work and school, you do best when you're organizing.
When you love someone, you tend to worry about them.

In friendship, you are emotional and sympathetic.
Your ideal careers are: radio announcer, finance, teaching, ministry, and management.
You will leave your mark on the world with organizational leadership, maybe as the author of self-help books.



Funny thing is that this result is both correct and incorrect. I was an only child until I was 12 years old, so that probably means I have the personality traits of an only child. But, my brother came along when I was 12 and then later another brother joined our family when I was 19! We have an interesting age spread to say the least, but I can't imagine it any other way. I love both of my brothers very much!

This is a good exercise to help you think about the birth order in your family (both the one you grew up in, and the family you create in your adult life.) Incorporate this into a scrapbook layout or a journal entry. I'm going to challenge myself to do this as I have never scrapped about the unique dynamics of birth order.

As a sidenote, it is almost scary how accurate the description was on this little quiz. That pretty much describes me in a nutshell! LOL!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.................................................

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Lessons learned from my Bulletin Board

Edited to add -

I got a little honorable mention for this one for Gina's contest! My layout was voted by Gina and her team to be The "Heyyyy... now THAT'S Clever AND the Team Loves Target But If We Go There On Account of Seeing This Receipt and Spend One Red Cent We Are Coming After You Missy!" award goes to (whew that was a long one!).... Katie! LOL!

So I decided to enter Gina Miller's Bulletin Board contest that I mentioned in my earlier post. Here's my finished layout:




I have just been itching to use this awesome Build your own Bulletin Board kit and this little contest was just the motivation I needed! LOL!

I re-created my bulletin board using her digi stuff and then I thought about what each item really said about me as a person. I'm happy with how it turned out because this is the first time I've really incorporated these types of items on a digi layout. I even scanned in my U2 pin. Font is Susie's Hand.

Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes.

Thanks for the great challenge Gina!


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

................................................

The Enabler returns - it's a big one!

Before I enable you all, I wanted to call your attention to my sidebar. I've listed all the daily challenges that I mentioned in a previous post. This has been one of the most viewed posts on my blog and even Angie Pedersen talked about it on her blog, so I thought it would be helpful if it was always available on my sidebar. Please let me know if you find any more day specific challenges and I will add them! :)

Now...

http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics
http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics

(found this cool glitter maker from Michelle at Scrapability!)

If you don't know what an Enabler is than check out my definition from a previous post.


Ok, so check out the cool stuff that just joined my hard drive over the past few days! This post is all digi as I haven't even been to my local scrapbook store in quite some time!

Shabby Princess had her grand re-opening yesterday and I'll admit that by 8:30 a.m. I had spent $25 there! Shhhhh, don't tell! :) I tried to include links to each individual kit, but I think most of the digi world is shopping there right now so I couldn't get the pages to load! You may want to wait until later today to go Shabby Princess Shopping - LOL! Here's what I got:

{ Shakespeare in Love by Danielle Catalano-Titus }




{ Authentic Kit by Sara Carling }



{ Shabby Borders ~ Collection I }



{ Faux Jewels }



{ Bluebell Road Coordinated Kit }
-there is also a contest that you can enter using this kit




Has anyone else noticed that Gina Miller just keeps cranking out great stuff? I had to buy a couple of her new kits because I can imagine so many fun layouts using these!

Build Your Own Bulletin Board

She also has a contest going on with this kit, but it ends today! Not sure if I'm going to make it!



Note this - what a fun way to add authentic looking journaling to your layout!




Sweet Shoppe Designs

I purchased the Sweet Shoppe Designs Quarterly Assortment - it is an inexpensive way to get a sampling from all 8 of the talented designers there.




My hard drive is bursting at the seams! Not only have I done quite a bit of digi shopping lately, but I'm lucky enough to be a creative team member for Ashley Olson and for Mindy Terasawa so I have access to TONS of great designs from both of them!

You have got to check out the Express Yourself CD from Ashley Olson & Dawn Stocstill - I've been having so much fun using the amazing designs and it is packed with good stuff!

So I better get busy and scrap!


In case you need any more enabling, Jen Wilson is launching her spring line right now and each day something different is on sale until February 24th.

Happy digi shopping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

............................................................

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day Scrap Attack

I got a few pages done last night and they all are very much in the spirit of Valentine's Day so I thought I would post them all together.

The first one is about a special evening that two of my sweethearts spent together.



This was such a special event, I couldn't wait to do a layout for it!

Journaling reads " Daddy decided that he needed to take his princess out for a special evening of dinner and dancing. He wanted you to know that you are special and you deserve to expect your future dates to treat you as good as he did!"

Everything is from Gina Miller but I used a few different kits. Flower is from Gina's Shabby Chic flowers. Charcoal dot papers are from Dame Parfaite, and the pink and burgundy papers are from Gina's Vintage Poppy Flower collection.

Fonts are Dokyo and Di.

Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes


Here's another one about my daughter's creative Valentines.



Ribbon and elements from Funny Valentine by Sara Carling and Mindy Terasawa. Font is Andy.

Posted at 2Peas, the Digi Chick,
and the Sweet Shoppe Designer Gallery.

Hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

..................................................

Monday, February 13, 2006

Scrapbooking Alert - Valentine's Day is coming!



graphic from Pat's Web Graphics


Get your camera ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Better yet, get it out today and take pictures of your preparations. I took photos of my daughter putting together all of her class valentines and I plan to do a layout using these and telling the story about why she chose the valentines and the process that she went through.

Make sure you or your children (whoever you want to photograph) has clean clothes in colors that will be fun for Valentine theme pictures. Plain red, pink, or white clothes look especially nice. Do you think I'm crazy for suggesting this? Hey, I'm Katie the Scrapbook Lady! I think about stuff like this! LOL!

Take a few minutes and do a Valentine craft or decorate fancy cookies or even refrigerated cookie dough and take pictures of your finished product.

The most meaningful thing you can do to make a special Valentine scrapbook page is to take a few minutes and write a handwritten note about your feelings of love.



Hope you have a fun time celebrating this wonderful holiday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.............................................

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Mindy Terasawa's Creative Team

I'm so excited to announce that I have been chosen by Mindy to be on her creative team! I just love her designs and she is so talented! She is one of the designers at The Sweet Shoppe and she has so many great kits for sale there so be sure to check them out.

Here is a layout I did today using the Neopolitan kit designed by Mindy Terasawa and Manda Bean.



Posted at 2Peas and Digi Chick


Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.................................................

Freebie Alert

So it has been awhile since I've posted about freebies. There haven't been as many lately, and the ones I have found seem to be linked to a particular crop event. There are a few really cute ones out there right now and Shabby Princess just posted a new one today!

Here are a few others to check out:

Pauline's Chic Chick blog freebie

Luscious Love freebie from Kylie Clark

A few new freebies up at scrapartist

New freebies up at Designer Digitals - I love their quote freebies!


Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

..........................................

Friday, February 10, 2006

working on my blog this weekend

I'm going to be working on a new banner and some sidebar links this weekend so don't be alarmed if my blog doesn't look the same for a few days. I've got some ideas to make it better and include some great resources. Hopefully by Monday it will be done.

Call it blog redecorating! LOL!

I'll keep posting though so stay with me. :)

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


....................................................

Happy Birthday Thena!

Someone really cool is having a birthday today!





This is one of the fun things you can do with digi scrapping - create a card and post it on 2Peas.


Heart is from Kristy Ann's Rainbow Connection kit. I made the pink background. Fonts are 2Peas Frappachino and 2Peas Funky Doodles.


Happy Birthday Thena!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.........................................

Thursday, February 09, 2006

scrappers who blog

I've kept a blogroll on this blog for awhile now trying to keep track of all the scrapbookers out there who blog. I've now decided this is too big of a job for me and there really is no reason to do this when Scrapability has the most comprehensive list of scrap bloggers I have ever seen!

I will keep my blogroll up for a few more days but I wanted to give your warning that it will vanish from my sidebar soon in case you are relying on my blogroll for your links. I will replace it with a nice big link to the Scrapability list and then I will have more room on my side bar to include some other great scrapbooking resources.

This list of blogs just keeps growing and I hope if you have a scrapbook related blog that you will let Michelle at Scrapability know about it!


Thanks!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Cheery layout

First of all, I changed my blog header today. Took me most of the morning to get it right - LOL! I would love some feedback on it - do you like it? Does it look like the kind of header that Katie the Scrapbook Lady would have on her blog? I would love some comments on this. I'm working on redesigning my website and blogs over the next few days so keep your eyes peeled for some changes. ;)


I did do something else besides this blog header. I got my house clean, got dinner in the crockpot (that is a miracle!) and I created this layout using the amazing new CD from Ashley Olson and Dawn Stocstill that will be avaible tonight at Scrapbook Bytes. The launch for Dawn & Ash's CD will take place at a crop 9pm EST in the chat room at SBB so be sure to go!

I used the Optimism kit for this layout and I'm very happy with the bright & simple look of it.






Posted at 2Peas
The digi chick
and Scrapbook Bytes


Hope you have a cheery day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

...............................................

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Edited with more challenges! Question #2 - Daily Scrap Challenges?

I added a few more entries since I posted this yesterday. Now there are official challenges and events to inspire you each day of the week. Not to mention all the ongoing inspirations out there!!!!

Thanks to those who sent in the new links. :)

The new ones have a * in front of them.


This is very cool! Angie Pedersen blogged about my Roundup Your Memories feature!

I've received some great comments and compliments on my blog lately and I just want to let you all know that I read each and every one and they mean so much to me! It is so nice to know that people enjoy my posts. Here's one that really made my day:

I want to grow up and be like you. I just read your blog entry today on
Rounding up the Memories, what a great idea!

Can you please sign me up for your newsletter? Thanks.

Hey, one more thing, I was wanting to put a list of daily SB challenges on
my blog. You know like there is Self-Portrait Tuesday, do you know other
days (Mon, Wed, etc.) that have challenges that people have set up?

Thanks for all your inspiration.



This was a question that I had actually thought of myself a few weeks ago. I wondered if there could possibly be a challenge or theme to follow for each day of the week to inpsire a scrapbooker? My reader's comment inspired me to do some research on the topic and here is what I came up with. If I am missing anything, please let me know! Of course there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of ways to be creative each day, but the focus here is on a set challenge or theme specific to a certain day of the week.


Daily Inspiration


Sunday

Holly McCaig Dare to Muse Me new challenge each Sunday

52 Figments posted each Sunday

Ad Challenge, Quote Challenge & Web Challenge (all with freebies)

It's a Chick's life - scrap it!
Weekly challenge

* Scrapbook Bytes Sunday Night Speed Scrap




Monday

Weekly Challenge at Scrapbookbytes based on
MY Amazing Month of Memories Series!
Monday Blog Challenge

Mixed Media Memoirs


Scrapartist Weekly
Ad Web Challenge


Scrapartist Weekly
Scraplift Challenge


Scrapartist Weekly Art Inspiration Challenge

Scrapartist Weekly Heritage Challenge

Scrapartist Weekly Simply You Challenge

Scrapartist (almost weekly) photography challenge

* Color Challenge Speed Scrap at Scrapbook Bytes



Tuesday

Self Portrait Tuesday

Color Challenge at Digi Chick - posted every other Tuesday

Digi Chick photography challenge - posted every other Tuesday

*
tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY from Crafty Girl on her Collage Blog

* Tuesday Sketch challenge at Scrapbook Bytes




Wednesday


* 2006 Calendar Crop at Scrapbook Bytes



Thursday

Thursday photo challenge

Thursday Scraplift Challenge at The Digi Shoppe

Effer Dares
posted

* Scrapbook Bytes Thursday Night Speed Scrap

* Inspire Me Thursday



Friday

Studio Friday

Photo Friday


Illustration Friday

Digichick scraplift challenge - every other Friday

Digichick Sketch Ad Inspiration Chalenge - posted every other Friday

* Friday Font Crop at Scrapbook Bytes




Saturday


* Saturday Scraplift Challenge at Scrapbook Bytes

* Scrapbook Bytes Moonlight Scrap



I know there are weekly challenges posted in the 2Peas garden and the 2Peas digi area, but I have not yet been able to figure out what the pattern for posting these is.


So I will probably do some sort of sidebar link to this list. I would like a place to keep track of all the daily challenges so be watching for it.

Also, I know this can't possibly be all of them. Keep your blogging eyes peeled for more day specific challenges that occur on a regular basis and I will add them to the list.

Happy Challenges!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.................................................

Scrapping the day away!

Well, not the whole day, but I do have a rare chunk of time this morning and I'm enjoying it by creating layouts - Yay! :)

Here's a simple one that came together rather quickly.




Water does wonders for my little guy and I thought this was the perfect kit to use for this bubble bath photo. The kit is called "relaxed" and I love the word strip that came with it.

Kit is "Relaxed" by Dawn Stocstill & Ashley Olson (their upcoming duo CD called "Express Yourself" at Scrapbook Bytes - available on Thursday) Font for journaling is CK neat print

posted at 2Peas, Scrapbook Bytes, and The Digi Chick.

My inspiration on this was the name of the kit. When I saw the paint chip type card with the word "relaxed" on it, I tried to think of a picture I had that fit this theme. After a little browsing, it hit me that I should use this cute bubble bath picture that I haven't scrapped yet (even though it was taken 2 years ago!) The rest came together quickly. I love the alpha that came with this kit so I used that for the word bath and added some journaling and voila! Done!

I got another layout done also.




This one took a little longer because I tried a lot of different papers with this one and at first I thought I wanted to go with a lot of pink. But the blue and yellow just made it pop a lot more. I wanted to use stitching somehow and leave the photo as large as possible. Then I felt like I just needed an element and a pretty title. I just played around with a lot of possibilities until it felt finished.


Kit is "Elated" by Dawn Stocstill & Ashley Olson (their upcoming duo CD called "Express Yourself" at Scrapbook Bytes - available on Thursday) Font is Annifont, Stitches are from Gina Miller's Stitch Essentials at SBB, Flower is Jen Wilson's from simple florist and fastener is a blog freebie from Holly McCaig called Bling Fasteners. - BTW, there is a freebie up on her blog right now!

Posted at 2Peas, Digi Chick, & Scrapbook Bytes.

I'm having a day of Happy Scrapping...hope you get a chance to scrap soon also!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

............................................

Saturday, February 04, 2006

A good rest



"A good rest is half the work."

-- Yugoslav Proverb



I'm having a Sunday rest this week. Taking the day off from blogging.

Don't worry though, I will be back on Monday and as Mr. Rogers used to say:

"I'll have more ideas for you and you'll have things you'll want to talk about...I will too."

I loved that guy. Maybe I should do a layout about why I like Mr. Rogers? Ok, seriously...I'm taking a break for a day!

See you all on Monday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


.........................................................

Scrapping a valentine moment

I felt like doing a mushy valentines type of layout so I did one of my daughter! Hope the hubby isn't to dissapointed that he was not the topic for this! LOL!



Everything is from Jen Wilson's Blow me a kiss papers and elements.


Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes.


In my previous post I promised that I would share my sources of inspiration when possible. This one is easy to tell you about. I got the idea for the layered frame from Jen Wilson's preview image below. The frames didn't come packaged that way but the illustration gave me the idea.



The rest of the layout came together with ease, which is something that can happen when you simply have a great product to work with!

Even though Valentine's Day is still 10 days off, be thinking about the loves of your life and planning to do a layout in their honor.

Have a happy Saturday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

............................................

Friday, February 03, 2006

Sources of Inspiration - Question #1



So I decided to take a few days and answer some questions on my blog. I've been getting some great comments and questions lately so I will answer them in my posts. If you have a question for Katie the Scrapbook Lady, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or you can email me at kt@scrapbooklady.org

Here's the one I chose to answer today:

Please tell me: HOW do you come up with so many ideas? I look at all of the pictures and paper and stickers and supplies and am lost at what to do with them. I have TONS of inspiration via the web and the many scrapbook books I own and have scrapbooked plenty in the past, but I am blocked. How do you come up with so many ideas for so many pages in such a short amt of time? Please help?


I love comments like this one, they just make my day! I thought this was a great question to address here because there are times when I get "blocked" also. But that hasn't happened for a long time and I think it is because I have been very regular about scrapping lately. I seem to fall into the use it or lose it category so I just decided to make sure I'm using it!

There really is inspiration all around us and I do believe that some people are better at finding it then others. I also think it is something that can be learned. I did not use to have this gift, but I feel that it has developed with time and patience. One thing that has helped me quite a bit is this blog. I made a commitment to blog every day (or at least close to it) and it is a goal that drives me to stay creative.

The true answer to this question could take pages. If I were to sit and list every place and way I find inspiration...well, I'm not sure I could do it. So I've decided that when I post a layout here I will try to remember to include some information about what inspired me or where I found my ideas. A lot of the time I start with the photo and just play around with it. I would say that more than half of my layouts evolve this way where I really have no end vision in mind but I just experiment until I get there. Does that sound obscure? It really isn't, and it becomes easier over time.

Today's layout is a good example of this method.



posted at 2 Peas and The Digi Chick. Papers are from Andie Smith's Spring Fling Kit and blanket stitch is Jen Wilson's. Font is Benguiat Bk Bt.

- if you just followed all the links I posted about this layout, you found a lot of inspiration!


Here's how this layout came together - Last night I looked through my photo files and I decided it would be fun to work with this photo. The photo isn't spectacular, it's a little dark because the sun was almost down by the time my daughter finished her masterpiece. But this was a proud moment for my daughter and I knew she would love a page about it. I wanted to keep it simple because I was tired and I didn't have a lot of time to put into it. Lately, I've enjoyed leaving my pictures big on the layout so I decided to do that and frame the picture with a white border. My entire inspiration on this one was about color. I wanted to pick up on her pink fuzzy vest and her blue coat (that was mostly falling off of her in this picture - LOL!) I looked through my previews (or if I was paper scrapping I would have browsed my paper at this point.) I found the perfect colors in a kit called "spring fling" of all places. The pink and blue were perfect. I wanted something to break the line between the 2 papers so I chose a stitch and I thought a blanket stitch seemed wintery. Then I didn't feel like it needed a lot more but I played around with putting some snowflakes on it and decided against it. Thought a bold and white title was really all it needed. So I played around with fonts until I got the look I wanted and voila! a layout was done!


Do you have a question for the scrapbook lady? Ask away! You can leave a comment right here on the blog on any entry or you can email me at kt@scrapbooklady.org

I have about 8 questions in line to be answered right now and I won't be posting questions every day so it might take awhile, but I promise that I will get to it. Sometimes if I get enough of the same type of question, I will pick one and reply to it directly but it will in turn answer the others as well.

Happy asking!


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

.....................................

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Scrapbook Rooms - a girl can dream...



picture of my mom's paper flower collection.



I used to have a room for scrapbooking. It wasn't fancy, but very functional. I shared it with my two kids so there was a lot of stuff in there. Here are the pictures if you want to see them.

Katie's old scrap room

I don't have a finished room right now, just a spot I have carved out in a cold, unfinished basement. Hoping that will change this year. It is our plan to start working on our basement sometime soon. So I'm looking around for ideas. I already have a plan in my head but I want to see what other ideas are out there. This will be a creative studio room that I will share with my daughter. That should be interesting because she is a messy creative type and I'm a line-em-up kind of organizing lady. I think we will be good inspiration for each other! LOL!

Here are some really cool rooms to inspire you (or at least make you feel a little jealous!)

Lisa Brown Caveney

Rhonna Farrer

cbskts

NoraScrapsMac

lunchlady

klcards

hapamommy

TammyK

Miley Johnson

Kristina Nicolai-White

Jennifer Ditz McGuire



Do you have a scrap room? If you do take some pictures and do a layout about it. If you have a cool scrap room you want to show off, send me a link and I would be happy to include it in my next entry about scrap rooms.


Happy Dreaming!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

............................................

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Planning for a scraptastic February!

After you finish the January Roundup - and I really mean after, because if you keep putting it off you won't feel motivated to do it at all. I know if I let things like that sit too long that pretty soon the idea loses it's luster. You get yourself a few weeks in to February and you won't care as much about January anymore.

Ok, so after the roundup, then it is time to look ahead to the coming month. Today is the first of February. Take just a few minutes (this doesn't take near as long as the roundup and I promise it will make February's roundup much easier) to jot down a few things.

A good approach is to take the main questions from the roundup:

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?


What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?


What illnesses or health concerns did I have in January?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

What were this month’s disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?

and look at them with a forward approach. Here is how I am doing it:

What books and/or magazines would I like to read this month?


What movies and/or tv shows am I hoping to see this month?


What special days am I going to celebrate?


What health concerns will I address in February?


What fun things do I want to do with my friends and/or family?


What special or unusual purchases am I planning to make?

What disappointments do I hope to avoid this month?


What do I hope to accomplish during the month of February?


Do you see how just the change of a few key words can make this a plan for February? You may not think all of these questions are "scrapbook related," or in geek speak, you might call some of them NSBR (Not Scrapbook Related) but I assure you they are. In fact, I believe that EVERYTHING is Scrapbook Related! LOL!

But seriously, if you take a few minutes and answer these questions then you will have a great blueprint to follow for scrapbooking ideas this month. You will have thought ahead about when you will need a camera (at special events) and what everyday accomplishments might inspire you for a layout.

And on top of it all you will put into writing plans to have fun and do the things that are most important to you. That is bound to have a positive effect on your life during the entire month!

I just finished filling out mine and I'm excited for the month ahead. I won't share it all here, but rather in segments throughout the month. If you made it through my long posts yesterday and today you will know that I have done a lot of blogging in the last 24 hours so it is time for me to sign off for now.

I wish you all a scraptastic February!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

...................................................