Digital Layouts & Songs

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.

Credits: Winter Journal Kit by Vicki Robinson Designs

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:

Credits: Home for the Holidays Oscraps Collab 2021 and Merry & Bright Oscraps 2018 Collab by Oscraps Designers

Then, realized it had to also include a celebration, so I made this one as well.

Credits: Congratulations Kit by NLD Designs

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:

Credits: Nostalgic Dream by Emeto

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.

Credits: Christmas Stars & Wishes Kit by NLD Designs

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.

Both songs have amazing choir and music.

Digital Layouts From a Challenge

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.

Credits:
Winter Walk by Emeto; Greymouse Manor and Through the Snow We Go by Lorie Davision.

Day one was to use the following template:

This was my layout.

Credits: Template by Sandrine (aka Timounette); Home for the Holidays Oscraps Designers Collab

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.

Credits: Trick or Treat Collection by Palvinka

Day four was to include at least four lines of journaling of a Christmas memory.

Credits: Winter Walk kit by Emeto Designs

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.

Credits: Home for the Holidays Oscraps Designers Collab

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!).

November 2021 Playlist and NaNoWrimo Talk

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.

Art Mode

Using the ART mode on the Olympus PEN E-PL8 mirrorless camera. I think I’m in love with the vibrant colors.

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Unboxing Video: Travel Kit

I uploaded the Travel Kit by Ali Edwards on my Youtube a couple of days ago. I had planned to share some layouts using the kit with the video, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. I’ll probably work on the layouts in the next few weeks. Here is the unboxing video if you’re into scrapbooking kits.

Digital Layout: Evergreen

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 Mail Sent

Earlier this month, I made some happy mail envelopes with stickers and washi tapes and sent them to my sisters, sisters-in-law, and friend. It was a lot of fun to make and assemble.

The washi sample was made using a Project Life divider tab. The stickers were cut with the Silhouette Portrait. The mini envelopes (below) for the washi tapes were made following a Youtube tutorial by 49dragonflies.

These vellum envelopes were purchased from Michael’s about three years ago. Never really used them so was happy to finally put them to use.

Made these larger mailing envelopes using 12×12 Prima Marketing papers.

Sticker credits: Flamazing digital scrapbooking kit by Blagovesta Gosheva, Good Vibes by Webster’s Pages, Roots by Illustrated Faith, and Happy Place by Illustrated Faith.

Birthday Girl 2

Last week was pretty crazy with all the news about the Corona Virus. The kids are out of school for two weeks. This week is their spring break but they’re off next week as well. I’m kind of curious as to what the plans are after that. Anyway, hope everyone is staying healthy and being kind to each other.

Birthday girl 2 is my youngest. Her birthday was two days after birthday girl 1. A couple weeks before her birthday, in her rebelliousness, she got a pixie cut. No, she’s not really a rebel, but likes to think she is. She knows she’s very different and it’s her way of saying, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, I’m going to be me.”

I don’t often post photos of her or her activities. Swim isn’t a pretty sport and there’s really nothing to share. It’s all about speed. I did however, scrapbook some of her swim photos from one of the meets. The pages were done quickly so they’re not pretty or anything, but they do allow her form to show. The photos were taken by a professional.

The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.