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A new scrapbooking challenge from Little Musings :: Take One

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Not long ago, SJ upgraded to a camera that included video and I kept asking her if she had shot any video yet. And the answer was mostly no and I kept thinking if she did shoot some video it would be lovely because she has such an interesting style and outlook. So one day she sends me an email to say ‘I finally shot a video! And I’ve uploaded it!’ and I watched it and I suddenly thought: this is such a very, very good idea.

I had no idea what she would be filming with her camera but it turned out she made a scrapbooking video – with a new challenge that had been rolling around in her head and I love it. Also, SJ has a voice that is often so calm I think she should narrate books-on-tape for toddlers at bedtime, but that’s just me. (By the way, what do they call those now? Books-on-iPod just doesn’t have the same ring to it, and audiobooks sounds far too grown-up for fairy tales.)

So first of all – here is her video. Watch and listen and see if this makes a lightbulb spark for you!

I love this idea: go back to your very favourite pages, find a point of inspiration that makes that page special, then use that inspiration point for a brand new scrapbook page. Such a beautifully simply way to stay true to your own style. So I pulled out an album and found a page I made long ago (in days of yore!) and found one point I could take from that and put to use on something new.

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I started with this layout, which was actually my very first page created for the garden at Two Peas, and it’s still one of my favourites. I love quite a few things about it, but the idea is of course to take one, and what I really wished I had done more often was the treatment with the patterned paper. Lots of bold mats layered to create a big frame of colour. And I remember when I made this page I had mixed papers that were quite new at the time with some old favourite patterned papers too – and suddenly I was off and running.

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I am usually quite good about my paper stash: use what I love, give something away if I don’t love it anymore – don’t collect it just to look at it in a stack. But we all have our weaknesses, and mine comes in old KI Memories papers. I have so much old KI (both their regular line and the Love, Elsie collections) and there is no way I’m giving it away. I still love it. The trick is to find ways to make it work so the pages stay true to my current style even when I’m using papers that have very old dates on them. The Love, Elsie papers I used on this page are most definitely labelled as 2006. But I love how they work with more current collections, like the Amy Tangerine paper and stickers, the new Eclair Thickers, all the labels and stickers from October Afternoon.

Take One was a fabulous challenge for my creative process: I’ve been meaning to get these two photos on a layout. I’ve been meaning to use these papers that aren’t getting any younger. Finding something I love about an old favourite page meant making this page was such a lovely adventure.

You can join in SJ’s Take One challenge any time. She’s going to post a new video tomorrow, I do believe!


amy tangerine by american crafts
PS: Just a little heads up in case you like the recent collections from American Crafts. Two Peas is running a one day sale with 25% off more than 300 AC products, including albums and brand new lines like the Amy Tangerine collection. It’s not often that the new stuff is on sale so soon, so today is a good day to go shopping! Plus my stand-by the 12×12 3-ring album in black fabric is in the sale too. Perfect. Find the sale here. But it’s today only so don’t dilly-dally, okay?

10 October 2011

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9 Comments for A new scrapbooking challenge from Little Musings :: Take One

  1. Carly Says:

    You are right, her voice is amazing. I’m in the middle of moving right now which sucks because I’ve been so inspired to do a bunch of stuff. I’ll have to remember to do this one when I get the chance.

  2. Johanna Says:

    She does have an amazingly soothing voice! I’m no kid but I often have a hard time going to sleep at night.. So I could take her voice and calm myself to go to sleep!

    And if I enjoy her voice, I also LOVE the expressions on her face :)


  3. Dawn Says:

    Saw this on S-J’s blog when she first did it, fab idea, managed to make a page using her ideas. Loving what you’ve done. I agree about her voice, much like yours which I also find very soothing!

  4. Candace Says:

    Just loving your sketch of the week and starting point challenges then along comes SJ with this great idea.

    Is it possible for you both to write a letter to my boss saying I need 2 days off each week to play along with all these wonderful challenges but still keep the same pay. Failing that can you arrange for an extra 10 hours in each day which can only be used for creative activity.

    They do say if you don’t ask you don’t get, so I’m asking…..pretty pretty please?

  5. chloe bags Says:

    Is it possible for you both to write a letter to my boss saying I need 2 days off each week to play along with all these wonderful challenges but still keep the same pay. Failing that can you arrange for an extra 10 hours in each day which can only be used for creative activity.

    They do say if you don’t ask you don’t get,

  6. Jane Says:

    This is an amazing idea – many of us just put our pages away and never really appreciate them for what they are … mini pieces of art which should be looked at and admired and even critiqued! Well done SJ and Shimelle.

  7. Sanna Says:

    love the calm voice and I can only say, way to go! keep true to yourself – that is a good motto to live after! love the idea!

  8. carol in seattle :) Says:

    I’ve had this page open on my browser for quite a while waiting for me to have time to watch the video. SJ is gorgeous! Her voice is lovely and she just looks like the kind of person who would be a great friend. Thanks for the intro!

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