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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!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

P&Co. Yummies!

Here are a few layouts I finished recently and posted to my P&Co. Gallery!

Oh, and I couldn't resist doing this silly hybrid mug! LOL  For 'those' days (we've all had 'em)...

Happy Scrapping!

Mye De Leon Specials!

You gotta check out Mye De Leon's Shop this month because she has some fabulous deals coming your way!

She is retiring her Oldies but Goodies collection in her shop (and if you are not a newsletter subscriber I would do it now!) or you'll miss out on a few amazing deals she has in the works right now! And don't forget to check out her 3 for $1 deals today as well!

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fun Stuff from Mye De Leon!

I'm so excited to be part of Mye's CT! I love her products - always so vibrant and fun. Here are a few layouts I finished in July/August  - Including her new Kit - Piazza Collection! See her SHOP for details:

Piazza Collection and Minted Template:

July Freebie Template:

Beat the Heat:

Here is Happy and Minted Template:

Here's Mye's new What We Learn Kit as well - great for back to school layouts!

I'm going waaay back to  2008 and attempting to do a pregnancy PL album. Here's my first page using mostly the What we Learn kit and a few other misc. ones such as Unscripted, Hopscotch and Childhood cards). Template by Sabrina's Creations.

One using Sommerset, Frolic Smear and You Charmer template:

And lastly, here's a fun one using some of Mye's other kits such as Blush, Beginnings, About a Boy (solid), Live/Laugh/Love mini kit.  Template by Deena Rutter

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recent Layouts by Splendid Fiins!

Here are some yummies for you from Splendid Fiins - hopefully to inspire you!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

P&Co. Blog Post (July 5th) - Breaking From 'Weekly' Mode

Of course the biggest attraction to any type of 'Project Life', 365 daily is documenting each week/month of the year. But sometimes I find when I'm doing a weekly layout, I become stressed trying to cram the bigger moments in with the rest of the everyday. So that got me thinking, why not just showcase them on a separate page? After all, it's MY album, I don't have to follow any set rule on creating only  weekly pages.
Here is an example of a page I just finished - documenting a book signing of my favourite Author. I started off trying to fit it all into a 4x6 and 3x4 pocket and was so frustrated. I had an itch to add more and didn't want to stifle the memory. So if you get an itch to keep playing with your photos, feel free to expand on it!
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I thought it was fun to add Audrey Neal's time stamps to represent the entire day. So I was excited to find a similar PL layout in the P&Co. Pocket Gallery documenting a day-in-the-life by GiadaR.
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Another fun idea outside of your 'weekly' layouts could be focusing on everyday recurrences. My daughter draws all the time. Sometimes I add her doodles within a weekly layout, but occasionally they become overwhelming! So last year I dedicated a page to them all. This way I can remember them forever. :)
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Here I featured some of my favourite T.V. shows that I 'binge watched' this year (some for a second round! LOL).
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Then there here are times I want a little extra breathing room, but don't need to commit to an entire page. Inserts are a fun way to add some flair to your album as well. Inserts can come in different sizes, but for my album I used a couple of 6x12 ones:
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In traditional scrapbooking a pocket sleeve is used, however in a digital album (that is printed) it is done a little differently. When the album is printed, it will still print the entire page (showing in white). Cut along the edge of your insert (getting rid of the white space) and add a tab (such as washi tape!) to the side for easy flipping. Be sure to do another insert (in same size) for the page behind as well. I haven't actually finished my printed album to be able to show you this, but I did find an example of one from the blog 'Family Bees' (shown below):
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I hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration! Remember to keep scrapping those weeks, but if you find some weeks are crazy and filled with too many memories, feel free to expand the week out a bit! I give you permission! :)
I had a lot of fun with my Binge-Watching layout. I made a little filler card for it and thought I'd share it with other fellow addicts like me who may want to document this as well (or just include it in your weekly layouts).
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Just click the link to my blog Scrap Tales to download! Enjoy.

Happy Scrapping!