Archive for January, 2009


365 Project Week #4

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Here’s the summary of last week:


Denise Gormish: Template

Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene Solids, designerdigitals
Ali Edwards: Day + Month Labels Brushes,


The Gift Project

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Layouts done: 13

I finished my gift project. It’s being printed by Shutterfly and now I am awaiting its arrival….


Current Scrapbook Project Update

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Partially done: 6 layouts

Completely done: 6 layouts


Current Scrapbook project

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I have two weeks of class to finish, week #11 and #12. I have a basic sketch and idea for the layouts, but I have put them aside for now. I’m on a detour. Here’s why:

For Mike’s mom I made her a digital scrapbook for Christmas. It consisted on pages from our life January – June. It was not all the pages. That would have been about 100 pages. This was 25 selected pages. Well, her birthday is in February and it is my goal to give her a book with July – December done. Of coarse, I haven’t scrapped all those pages yet so I have to do some of those! I went through all my pictures and figured out which 12 (!) pages I need to do. So, I have about 3 weeks to do 12 pages. How am I doing? Well, I’ve got the photos on pages, titles and journaling done on all of them. Now, to tweak them with my wonderful Designer Digital products.

Partially done: 11 layouts

Completely done: 1 layout


Design Your Life Week #10

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

I am SO catching up here!

In week #10 Cathy Z. took a look at the huge topic of color. We have  been discussing color all along with various color combinations to try. This week, she discussed the basics of color theory but then shared her approach to color. She looks for 4 colors in her photographs that may work. She may narrow them down to 2 or 3 colors but then she looks for papers and embellishments in those colors. Next, she will work with the proportions.

We did a couple exercises of picking 4 colors from the photograph and then narrowing it down to 2 or 3 colors. I learned that I am really more comfortable with a two color plus neutral combination. I am addicted to white especially for the journaling and/or background colors. I did two layouts this way, but I won’t post the pictures because they are group shots.


Design Your Life Week #9

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Week #9 of  class concentrated on the elements of LINE and SHAPE.

The placement of line (vertical, horizontal, etc.) can effect the feel of a layout. Lines also lead the eye on a layout as well as provide stability. Lines do not have to be physical but can be implied by the use of space.

Shape is the form of an object or a group of objects. Shapes effect the feel of the layout.

In the first layout, the obvious horizontal line and implied vertical lines provides unity and stability to the layout. The whole layout has a nice shape to it as well.


 Journaling: Even though we visited Disneyland before Thanksgiving, the holiday decorations were already up in full force. While it was pretty and festive, we decided we preferred the regular Disneyland look. Jennifer in particular was annoyed by the fact that holiday decorations were up before Thanksgiving. In the end it was nice to see the decorations but our next visit will be during a regular time of the year.

Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene Solids and Anna Aspnes: MonoBlendz Confiture Paperie,

Font: Disney Print, Arial Black

Layout and concept provided by Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking

Here’s two-page layout concentrating on line:



Journaling: It was a whim. It is very unusual for us to do
anything on a whim but when we realized the girls had the entire Thanksgiving week off and it would be the last year we would ever have that situation, we decided to go ahead and go to Disneyland. We made hotel reservations a few days ahead of time. We left on Sunday morning and spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning at Disneyland.

Michelle Martin: Sayge paper (white), Jesse Edwards: TitleLines 2, Pattie Knox: Brad Bonanza 3, Anna Aspnes: MonoBlendz Confiture Paperie (red),

Font: Century Gothic and Myriad Pro

Layout and concept provided by Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking