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 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.
Getting my writing notebooks ready for 2021. This year, I felt a bit all over the place so I’m hoping these notebooks will help me get my writing groove back.
Earlier in the year, I purchased an A5 Chic Sparrow Traveler’s Notebook to house the A5 notebooks. Initially, I bought some cheap notebooks from Amazon but they were on the smaller side and didn’t fill up the TN the way I’d like them to. The Leuchtturms are a little more expensive but they do the job. I also like that they have an index and numbered pages. I’ve been using one for a year and a half now and really like everything about it.
Decided to order some fun things off Etsy.com. I mainly wanted a new date stamp since the one I currently have is coming to a close. The last year on it is 2021. This new one goes all the way up to 2031.
I ordered from WaWa Stationary. They have some really pretty washi tapes that I’ve been eying. I also wanted some vintage looking labels for my junk journaling hobby. And then the girl stickers was just too adorable. They were so sweet and included a few freebies.
Here’s a close-up of the stamp. I love how it came with a stand.
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.
This isn’t the full haul. I was planning on splitting it into a few different ones but I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of time especially because it’s the holiday season. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo and should be done here within the next few days. Then, I plan to work on December Daily.
Btw, my 21.5″ iMac died a couple of weeks ago. One afternoon, after a day at my daughter’s swim meet, I came home and turned on my computer and it wouldn’t turn on. Tried many times but it just wouldn’t turn on. A week later, I went and got a 27″ iMac. The screen is huge! I’m still trying to get used to it. The bad news is, with the new desktop, my Photoshop CS6 doesn’t work anymore. I contacted Adobe and they said CS6 is not compatible with Catalina (iOS). I cried a little. I’m still heart broken and have been having a very difficult time deciding if I want to get the CC. I am at 85%-ish in my decision to go forward with it. I’ve been researching other design/art software and just keep returning to Photoshop. It’s a hard decision. I’ll keep you all updated.
Anyway, enjoy this haul video.
The items listed are in order as they appear in the video.
Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – 12×12 Paper Pad with Foil Accents
Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Chipboard Stickers
Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Ephemera
Kaiser Craft – Miss Betty Collection – 12×12 Single Sheet Pattern
Here is the video showing how I finished one of my layouts following Wilna Furstenberg’s mixed media scrapbooking course. This is only from when I used the gelatos to paint. I’ve already stenciled the paper and allowed it to dry before painting.
These are two layouts I finished yesterday. I also made a process video of the second layout and hope to share that soon. The journaling has always been the hardest part for me but when I flip through older layouts, I find that the journaling is what I’m drawn to.
Products used: Cut files by Wilna Furstenberg, ephemera by Prima, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors, stencils by Jane Davenport and Tim Holtz, Pentel Touch, Staedtler Pigment Pen, and Silhouette Portrait.
The Color Theory class ended last week but I wasn’t able to finish my layouts so I’m working on them this week. I’ve got two done and one more to go. I haven’t had the chance to take photos of the completed ones but here are a few photos of what it looks like when I’m working on the layouts.