summertime workshops {june & july}

July workshop ~ abc, 123
In July’s workshop we learned creative uses for our many alpha numerals we all accumulate.  Alpha #s come in a ton of different formats from stickers to chipboard to acetate to metal to grunge board to stamps to….you get the picture. And it’s fun to mix and match and to alter.
Abc 123 sample 2 pg
In the 2-page layout (above) we used a wheel # stamp, and chipboard numerals, and list format journaling with a {top ten list} title.  Top anything lists always make for fun layouts.  I chose to write about the top ten things the kids are saying right now.  Although some of the things make me cringe right now, I know when I look back 1 year, 10 years, etc. from now they’ll bring a smile to my face.
For the 1-page layout (below) I used an entire alphabet hi-liting my family, which can be adapted to family, life, situations etc.  I’m often asked how I come up with my creative ideas and layout sketches, which is based on things I read, layouts I see in publication & galleries, life I experience and a myriad of other sources.  It’s basically my sensory inspiration and from that I create.  Not this time.  This particular layout is a total scrap lift (which I highly encourage btw) from Elizabeth Kartchner.  This layout was featured in her “52 More Scrapbooking Challenges” book, which I highly recommend.  It’s very inspiring.  As you can see it inspired this layout and I love my take on it.
Abc 123 sample 1 pg
June workshop ~ button up!
For June we focused on uses with buttons, which also come in a variety of materials from plastic to chipboard to metal to mother of pearl, etc.
Sample 2pg
In the 2-page layout (above) we used buttons to create a page corner, a decorative border and focal picture accent.  As you can see, I like to mix and match shapes, sizes, color, etc.  not only is it fun but it’s easier to use what you have in your stash.
In the 1-page layout (below) we used buttons to create a frame around the focal picture.  I love this technique; just keep in mind that you will need many, Many, MANY buttons & it does add some considerable weight to your layout.  Fun none the less.
Sample 1pg
Hope you’re having a creative summer!


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