Here are my digital layouts for the rest of the 12 Days of December Challenge at Oscraps.
Day 7 was create a border challenge. I used a photo of Teddy I took on the 7th. It’s also a layout I’ll be including in my December Daily.
Day 8 was a game called “Kick Out.” We were to share what we weren’t going to miss in 2021.
Day 9 was a word art challenge. I first made this layout:
Then, realized it had to also include a celebration, so I made this one as well.
Day 10 was a re-do layout challenge. I decided to redo a layout from 2008 when I was on a creative team. Here’s that layout.
This is the re-do:
Day 11 was a “This or That” game. From two choices, you choose one, then write down two choices for the next person to choose one from. That person then posts two choices for the next person to choose from.
Day 12 (last day!) was to create a layout with Christmas lyrics. It was a tie between “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Casting Crowns or “Ring Christmas Bells,” by Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers. I ended up doing the layout with the song by Casting Crowns.
I went with “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” because we could all do for a little bit of peace and love in the world.
However, “Ring Christmas Bells,” is beautiful in that haunting epic way, just like how I like my epic/trailer music.
I had contemplated doing almost a month of digital scrapbooking after seeing a challenge on the Oscraps.com website, and after NaNoWriMo, I felt I could totally do this. I also needed a break from writing. I wanted to work on my Photoshop skills, mainly digital scrapbooking. It can be hard to get motivated sometimes with not being a full-time scrapper these days. The Oscraps.com 12 Days of December Challenge was tempting even though I and wasn’t sure I’d be up to it. However, somehow, I got into it and got my digi-scrap mojo back. Let’s hope I can keep up with it until the very end.
Here’s my first layout. It’s my Oscraps Avatar. This one didn’t count and wasn’t required as part of the challenge. At the end of the challenge, there will be prizes (digital scrapbooking discounts, etc.), but I’m not doing this for the prizes. It’d be nice to win something, but the real fun is in just seeing what others create and creating myself.
Day one was to use the following template:
This was my layout.
Day two was a scavenger hunt. We had to match clips of kits to the appropriate designer. It was pretty difficult for me since I haven’t been scrapbooking for awhile. But, I think I did all right.
Day three was a scraplift. This is my layout. The image I lifted is here.
Day four was to include at least four lines of journaling of a Christmas memory.
Day 5 was a game day. We had to search the gallery for layouts that the previous poster in the forums requested. Then, post a request for the next person to search for.
Day 6 was a cookie recipe.
I’ll be posting layouts as I get them done. Let’s hope I can do this and December Daily as well (which I haven’t started…but I’ve been taking photos every day!).
I hope everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo finished and got your certificate and all the cool discounts. I’d love to give away my 50% off code for Scrivener so if you’re interested, let me know in the comments. I have the application and use it every so often, but my go-to is Word. I believe Scrivener is $50 so you’d get it for $25. The most updated version is pretty awesome so I’m going to try my hands at it again.
Also, Scrivener and Vellum work hand-in-hand. They are not related in any way but you can convert a Scrivener file into Vellum and then open it up in Vellum. It’s really cool. As for Vellum, they are having a really good deal right now for 30% off. I believe I got Vellum at a discount but it wasn’t 30% off, and I wish I did. So, you lucky people are truly lucky.
I don’t work for either of these businesses nor do I get anything via affiliation from them. I use them both and I’m all for writers getting the opportunity to write, so that’s why I’m sharing this information.
November’s playlist was a bit bland. I listened to mostly the Christmas music because I wanted to be in the spirit, but I did get a few good songs in during NaNo. I decided to make a digital scrapbooking layout of my playlist.
For some reason “Vienna” by Gregorian was just so beautiful and poignant that I had to have it on repeat.
Can you believe it’s December? Any writing goals this month? I don’t normally write my stories. I usually take a break to work on December Daily. I will have to share a bit more about my process and some of my past layouts, and maybe even current layouts. Having said that, I may write a couple of short stories and continue on my NaNo novel so I could be ahead. I’ve got most of my Christmas shopping done so I’ll have a little bit of extra time to do these things.
Layout credits: Autumn Garden Kit by Et Designs, Hello Autumn Kit by Emeto, Alphas from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, and number font is Forever Together Sans.
I just finished watching “Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity” on Disney+ and I gotta say, I was overwhelmed, sad, and happy. The rovers seemed so human that when they died, it felt like I lost a friend. Anyway, I’m happy to say, NASA has sent out another rover that should touchdown on Mars this Thursday (February 18th). This one is going to join the one currently on Mars named, Curiosity. It’s going to be exciting!
Made a scrapbook layout of Spirit and Opportunity. The images and text are from NASA’s website. The template is by digital scrapbooker, Shannan. I’ve made adjustments to the template.
Last week daughter was on fall break from school and husband took some time off work so we decided to take a little car ride up to Evergreen to walk around the lake. We’ve been to the lake a few times (our family Christmas photo was taken there last year) but never walked around it. This was our first time. It was really nice. I had no idea it was a man-made lake with a dam. Always thought it was natural.
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this Friday. All this technology leaves us no time to enjoy the mundane. Who would ever think we’d get to the point where mundane is actually a positive word?
I’m trying to keep digital scrapbooking in my life. Looking back, it was therapeutic. It was something I did because I loved playing with photos and embellishments and Photoshop. Putting pieces of different things together to create something visually pleasing gave me joy, or like my 12-year-old would say, increase my dopamine.
Here’s a layout I put together from our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this past December.
Credits: Template by CZ Design; background paper by Anita Designs.
The kids don’t trick-or-treat anymore. My oldest just started a part-time job so she’s working today. It’s going to be busy so I hope she handles it well. My youngest is trying to finish all her homework so she could help hand out candy. This year, the family decided to all dress up as pirates. My oldest can’t dress up so it’s just going to be the three of us. However, we took photos a week ago and I’ve started to create a concept piece using a couple of digital scrapbooking kits. Here’s the initial layout, still in the rough stages, trying to figure out background, props, etc.
Finished the Month of Challenge (MOC) digital scrapbooking at The Lilypad. It feels great! Mostly because I’ve got other projects that I haven’t finished. This is confirmation that if I’m given a deadline, I can finish it, and on time too…lol.
This is the most I’ve digi-scrapped in my life. Even when I was designing I never went as far as doing a layout a day. I can tell you that I’m wearing out though. Twelve more after this then I’m done. I’ve got another challenge up my sleeve. I just signed up for a sketching and watercolor art class through Studio Calico. I’m hoping that class will help me with a project I’m working on for a friend. I need the motivation right now.