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This One is All About Me

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Hi, everyone! It’s Aliza here again, and this time I am doing that thing that scrapbookers always say that we should do, but that we often forget: I am scrapbooking about myself. Not only that, I am scrapbooking positive things about me.

It all began a few months ago, when I had a long list of things to do that were outside of my comfort zone. The anxiety that this list created was not fun to live with. At the time, I made a layout about all my fears. It felt good to just own the fear, rather than constantly trying to be brave.

Then some time passed, and I was feeling good, and I thought it was time to make another layout to continue the story. While it is true that I am not brave, I am a lot of other things, and I decided to list them:

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Here is a close up of the journaling. I purposely included some very mundane things, and then moved on to some more important qualities that I possess. I think that made it easier to talk about myself.

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So, now it’s your turn, if you’d like. Make a layout all about you. What can you include?

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Geek Lab; Adding Text to Your Layout

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Hi everyone! It’s Aliza here with a layout, and some (hopefully helpful) tips to share with you for printing your journaling directly onto your layouts. I discovered pretty early on in my scrapbooking career, that I do not want my handwriting on my scrapbook pages. Yes, perhaps one day, some future descendant of mine would treasure my actual handwritten notes. But for me, I just don’t think it looks that pretty. So, I am always tinkering with ways to print onto tags, scraps of paper, and now that I have a large format printer, directly onto my layouts.

It’s a pretty straightforward and logical process, that takes just a bit of planning, measuring, and remembering not to add embellishments before running it through the printer. (I have made that mistake.)

I start by getting the basic design of my layout. In this photo, the four layers of patterned paper are attached together, while the photo and smaller layers can still be moved around.

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Once I had everything placed where I wanted them, I took some careful measurements. Then I measured again. And again, just be on the safe side. (Let’s just say, that mistakes have been made in the past.) I wanted my text to line up with the hexagon patterned vellum behind my photos. I measured from the left edge of the paper, to where the text would begin. I also measured how long the text box would be.

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Then I measured from the top edge of the page.

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In Photoshop Elements, I created a blank 12×12 document, and dragged some grid lines to where my text would go on the layout. In this case, it was 2.5 inches from the left, and 6.75 inches from the top of the page. To fully justify the text (to have the writing flush on the right and left margins) I typed ctrl+shift+j.

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I printed out a test copy on a piece of scrap white paper, (I use the 12×12 sheets that sometimes come inside of sheet protectors) to make sure everything printed where I thought it would, and it would all fit in the allotted space.

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Once it was all looking copacetic, it was time to run the actual layout through the printer, during which time I always say a little prayer that all will work out as planned. Once the text was printed without any mishaps, I was free to add my embellishments, and layer it up to my heart’s content.

Justus2, @Alizad, @cliquekits, #cliquekits, #scrapbooking, #DIY, #ckhomecoming

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

CK_VarsityTeam-Aliza

 

 


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Yearbook: Let’s Do the Write Thing!

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Hello everyone! Sophie here today to share with you about writing on your creations. In a journaling rut? Have no fear! Today I’m going to share with you numerous ways to climb out of the hole and plunge right into your journaling. So pick up your pens and let’s Beg, Borrow or Brave it to get our words on a page, without the need to buy anything. Yay!

1. Beg It.

Sometimes the words to a page are best written from a different perspective. When I am stuck or lost for words for a page, I turn to my husband to get his thoughts. Some of my best writings are the result of interviews with family members and friends. I love my colornote app on my mobile phone, which allows me to quickly write precious gems of stuff my kids say or do. I refer to these notes whenever I am creating, and they are my fuel for words. Alternatively, get someone to write a sentence or two on the subject matter that you are scrapping. Perhaps have a family quiz where everyone answers the same questions. Not only does it work a treat for family bonding, but you produce instant fodder for your journaling purposes. I have asked my daughter the same list of questions every year in her birthday month – favorite color, place, food etc. and love how the responses show she is evolving as she grows up. Next year, she will have to write her answers and this mama will score some words without lifting a pen.

Other ways to get words from others include using those penned by your child’s teacher in progress reports, greetings written in cards, thoughts found on Facebook status and even comments on your photos on Instagram. Since many of us actually spend time on social media, why not use those words for our pages too? While at it, look out for numerous free printables that are everywhere these days. Clique Kits have some of the loveliest around and they are oh, so versatile to be used as part of your journaling. These often have beautiful sentiments that work great as embellishments too.

See the title on the following page? That’s from a 17 Turtles cut file:

Grateful, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

2. Borrow It.

Why reinvent the wheel? There are loads of great journaling stuff found in quotes and famous speeches. Try searching online for quotes with specific words in them that convey the sentiment of your page or use lines from your favorite show, song, book or even the tagline of products and mottos of institutions. Many of these make great titles too and you kill two birds with one stone in the process. Personally, I love including lines from poems and children’s books on my pages. I have also found myself reading information leaflets for words and descriptions of the places we have been. No harm using those on a page since they have already been written and edited.

Instead, of having entire chunks of words as journaling, have a list of words, or use a definition. Perhaps a list of synonyms describing your feelings, child, day or trip. Consider having the definition of “life”, “breathe” or “excitement” for a page about your everyday. Clean the dust off your dictionary and thesaurus and there you have before you, instant potential journaling material at your disposal. In the above page, I chose to include a list of wishes we have of our daughter. That made journaling on the page much faster.

3. Brave It.

Do it yourself. Set the timer for a minute and write. No editing or doubting yourself. Never mind grammatical or spelling errors. If you would like to edit what you have written, then write on scrap paper first. If you are in the habit of journal writing, read through your entries and select choice sentences to use on your page. To shake things up a little, try writing using a different medium. Think crayons, markers, paint brushes or calligraphy. Have fun with your own handwriting. If you are one of those who would really rather not have your handwriting on a page, there is always the option of typing on a typewriter or a computer. Play with the fonts, size and colors. The possibilities are endless!

Or perhaps you are after some extra oomph in your writing? Play with words. Use literary devices like puns (words that sound alike such as “right” and “write”), alliterations (words starting with the same letter), metaphors (likening a person to something “You are my cupcake”) or onomatopoeia (sound words like “ah”, “whoosh” and “Wham”) in your journaling. These often add a dimension of humor, fun and deeper thought to your creation and will certainly illicit a laughter or conversation with whoever admires your pages.

And there you have it. Three possible ways to get you writing again. To make things even easier for you my dear reader, all these journaling tips have been summarized in a chart for your quick reference.

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Tips to Get Out of a Writing Rut

 

How?

Where?

Beg It Interview someone 

 

Someone else’s handwriting

Create questionnaires

Free printables

Progress reports

Comments from Social Media

Family 

 

Kids

Friends

Schools

Websites

Notes you have taken

Borrow It Stories, poems 

 

Quotations

Movies, songs, taglines, mottos

Definitions, synonyms

Overheard conversations

Information leaflets

Dictionary 

 

Thesaurus

Websites

Books

Notes you have taken

Pamphlets

Brave It Type it 

 

Paint it

Write without editing

Play with fonts

Literary devices

Keep a Journal

Typewriter / Computer 

 

Brushes

Personal handwriting

Calligraphy

Dictionary

Journal

Print it out and the next time you find yourself in a journaling rut, pull out the chart and try one of these ideas. So go on now and do the write thing! Oh, and before I leave you, see those blooms on my page?

Grateful Sewing Detail, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

Those were hand sewn using 17 Turtles cut files as a template and painted thereafter. There are loads of yummies in the Clique Kits store waiting to be discovered, so don’t forget to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25 and take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25. Promotion runs till the end of November 2014. Happy creating!

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