Archive for February, 2009

#109 – The good old days

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Or as my 7-year-old would say, any year that doesn’t start with a 2!

This week’s challenge is to go back into your old photo albums and choose a photo (or photos) from another decade to create a layout around.

Were you a 60s hippie, a 70s disco queen, a big-haired 80s teen? Ever wanted to make a layout using that super cute baby photo of you? Here’s the perfect excuse!

Of course, the photo doesn’t have to be of you, but feel free to post those embarrassing pre-teen photos – we won’t judge you. I’ll even kick it off with one of my own (and for the record, I don’t know what possessed me to cut my hair like that. I’m sure I regretted it immediately.)

(With thanks to Moon Ko, whose layout in Simple Scrapbooks inspired the design!)

Here’s one from Steph:

And one from Ducky:

Here’s Heather’s:


#108–Diamante poems

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Heather’s challenge a ways back to journal in the form of a haiku was one of my favorite challenges ever. And it got me thinking about what other types of poetry were out there that would lend themselves well to journaling on layouts. That question led me to a type of poetry called the “diamante poem,” one that has seven lines in the shape of a diamond and incorporates nouns, adjectives, gerunds, and a sentence or some more nouns. Sounds hard huh? Well Suzy did some searching and found this website that does all the work for you. You just have to decide what words you want to plug into the formula. So it’s really not as tough as it sounds. Give it a try.

If for some reason, you are innately opposed to journaling in a diamond shape, like I seem to be, you are welcome to play with your design a little bit.

Here’s little ducky’s version, she’s innately opposed as well, but she got around it nicely, don’t you think?


Heather went straight for the diamond…


Here’s mine. Even though I didn’t stay in the diamond shape, I did get an old photo scrapped and that makes me happy!


Here’s Suzy’s – she went with the diamond shape but not wanting to be too conformist took some liberties with her parts of speech!

#107: tips & tricks

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

You know those things you tell people about and they say, “oh that is so smart!” (or maybe they don’t…)

I want you to write down some of your tips and tricks. like something you might tell a friend at her baby shower, or something you want your future grandchildren to know. maybe you want to write out some of your recycling ideas, or cooking shortcuts.

this would make for a great mini-album, by the way. I’ll let you have some extra time for that. heck take as long as you need!

I’ve been obsessing about Sharpie markers lately. did you know you can personalize a pen on their site? order right now and you can have your “MY LOVE IS PERMANENT, LIKE THIS MARKER” pens by valentines day!!

my page is digital–yes I know I should have done the page IN marker.

here are the fonts I used: peixe frito, tiza, beyond wonderland, misproject, nerwus, jjstencil, sketch rockwell, jamai steve, gertto headline (love that one), crosby’s hand, karabine, walk around the block, black jack regular (the sharpie font) and pea bethany’s doodles. the photo is a creative commons photo from flickr.


steph’s page, some tips for her photography clients –>

you should know

emily’s page took a little different turn, based on her husband’s instructions on skipping rocks:


The page that Heather made… (my apostrophe key is not working. ugh!)


Suzy’s page (and she forgot to mention “Always check their pockets before you wash their clothes.” :)

Challenge #106–My BFF

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Everyone’s got one, right?? Your best girl friend, your husband, your stuffed animal from elementary school… We want to hear about your BFF!

Heather’s page:
Many, many thanks to Vivian Masket for enduring the line and the hoopla with me and also for taking pictures. She’s hot! (said in my best Paris Hilton voice…)

Ducky’s page:


Emily’s page:


Steph’s page:


Suzy’s page: