I Can’t Get Started

Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded “I Can’t Get Started” on August 7th, 1937. Do you ever feel like that with your crafting? You don’t do it for a while, then it is kind of stuck in the back of your mind with so many other things to do? We all do this, and while I am working out of my home office and am surrounded by beautiful papers, ribbons and cardstock there are days I just can’t get started too!

Mojo Monday Inspirational SketchesMojo Monday Inspirations is designed to help you with this issue. Every Monday I post a card sketch for you to create with your own interpretation. Everyone puts their own unique spin on the sketch and we share those cards here.   To the left is your sketch for Mojo Monday Inspirations.  I will tell you I only used the basic shapes in this card sketch because I wanted to see how it influenced your cards. Here are some pretty papers to consider when doing your card, however the card sketch is good for using your scraps too.   Do you think that is a flower? Could it be a sprocket?  I hope to see both women & men’s cards with this sketch.

Remember, to be entered into this month’s contest for a free stamp set, you will need to take a picture of your card and either email it to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or snap a picture with your phone and text it to 801-597-4896.  You have until Saturday night August 12th at midnight to be entered into the contest, then we start all over on Monday Morning.

Please leave a comment below to tell me why YOU can’t get started and I may have the perfect solution for you.

 

 

 

Mojo Monday Inspirations – Squares on Squares

I have your Mojo Monday Inspiration for this week but first I have to tell you I can’t believe today is the last day of July! I keep thinking I can’t believe more than half this year is over but I think more Squares on Squares Card Sketchkids may be thinking “I can’t believe summer is almost over”. I can tell you as far as the weather in Utah is concerned, summer temperatures are in full swing. I look forward to heading down to the scrapbook room where it is about 10 degrees cooler than upstairs.

Mojo Monday Inspirations picks up where Mojo Monday left off. Today’s sketch is Squares on Squares and I am excited because I have a perfect idea in mind. What is nice about this sketch is it requires only a paper trimmer.  You may require more  depending on what you will put in the squares, but this card makes it easy for beginners as well as advanced card maker.

Since today is the last day of the month, I will start a new monthly drawing with any cards you create from this sketch. Please text me your card to 801-597-4896 or e-mail me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to win this month.   I am headed down to the scrapbook room to get this card done…  I have the perfect idea for this Mojo Monday Inspirational sketch!

Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 10, 2017

Good Morning!  Are you ready for your Mojo Monday Inspirations? Today’s card has me going around and around… in circles. I am not a big fan of circle cards, but there is just something about the never-ending edge of a circle, maybe because there is no traditional end, no corners to get out of alignment. In today’s card sketch I have used a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card blank and a 1.5″ strip for grounding along with several circles. This card sketch gives you lots of Card sketches for the maker in all of us.places to put your sentiment or focal point. You can see that everywhere I have put words on the sketch would be appropriate.  Later today I will have a finished card to show you using this card sketch.

Do you like PRIZES?  Each month I have a drawing for a FREE STAMP SET all you have to do is

1.  Make a card using the sketch and send me a picture of the card or text your picture to 801-597-4896.  Don’t forget to include your name and phone number (only your name will be posted with your card photo) so I can get back to you when you win!

2.  Leave me a comment below.

So super easy… now go create something magical.

 

 

Page Maps for a Challenge

Do you need a bit of creative inspiration? We all do. Whether it is in your scrapbook page, handmade cards or what to do with the kids during the summer we all need a little help once in a while. In going through some VERY old scrapbook magazines I came across a series of sketches I wanted to share with you. I hope they will inspire all of us to so a bit of scrapbooking during the heat wave the news has been warning us about this week.  Here is the sketch for the day.  Page maps are a great start to your scrapbooking

Leave me a comment below and tell me how will you use the spot that indicates a circle picture? Will you cut your actual photo? Do you have a hard time cutting photos?

 

 

How to Make Sandpaper Last Longer

A way to extend the life of sandpaperDo you work with sandpaper? Do you get upset when the sandpaper breaks so easily and quickly when working on a project? ME TOO!    I hope you enjoyed your weekend, mine was busy as I decided I didn’t like the yellow chalk paint I had painted the dresser in what I call “Mom’s Room”.   I knew right after I painted it a few months ago I didn’t like it and had picked up a new color based on the comforter I bought for that room. The problem was, now that I had pulled it out, I thought it was too dark. So on my trip to Walmart to pick up allergy meds I wandered into the craft section – I had originally planned on a stop at JoAnn’s –  I picked up a really pretty chalk paint Waverly Pool. It was a baby blue with cool undertones, and some sandpaper.

I had started sandpapering the dresser on Friday and was really getting frustrated with the sandpaper. I kept thinking there had to be a way to increase the life of the sandpaper when an idea came to mind. I went and got the packing tape!  This wasn’t going to be an easy fix since I bought a sander that had holes so you can contain your dust. (I thought I would be using it more in the craft room than outside).  I punched the sandpaper with the plate included in the box so I knew where the holes were suppose to be, then put packing tape across the back of the sandpaper. then I used a phillips  head screwdriver and poked the hole markings through. It was a bit clumsy but the solution worked. My sandpaper lasted twice as long as without the tape.

Page maps to make scrapbooking easyToday is Motivational Monday and I know you are looking for the sketch to start your week. Today I designed a single page sketch for 1 – 3 photos. The two squares could also be places to put embellishments. There is hidden journaling behind the chevrons. If you need help with how to create the hidden journaling box behind so many pieces – stop back by tomorrow for a tutorial.  Add some extra depth and dimension by sanding each one of the arrow pieces going down. You can choose to sand either with a downward motion or a cross hatch motion, either way applying sanding on your page with add a great look.

Don’t forget to snap a picture and send to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com for your chance to win a stamp set no longer offered by Close to my Heart!

Happy Sanding,

 

 

Scrapbooking Sequential Photos

Creatively Carol Scrapbooking SketchesHappy Monday!  If you have been following my Facebook page you know my husband and I have been on a cruise to the Panama Canal. I created this sketch while looking over the Atlantic from the top deck. See, I am always thinking of things I can do to help you  in your crafting.

Today’s sketch has 3 – 4″ x 6″ photos and a 6″ x 6″ photo on the right side of this two page layout.  Looking at the sketch now I realize I made the space on the diagram a 6″ x 4″.

This is a great layout if you have a series of photos taken seconds apart showing slight differences then use the right side for your focal picture.

As you know, I favor two page layouts. About nine years ago we had a very large blank wall in the house we had moved to in Arkansas.  I had this great idea to take 9  twelve by twelve frames from Michael’s and put them in a square so I began creating single page layouts of the grand kids. I never got everyone finished before we moved from the house so now I have to go back and create a 2nd page to go with the single layout I created so long ago.  I will take the left side of this sketch and match it with the older layout.  I do have to have the three photos printed but will post the results next week.

Do you favor one or two page layouts? Do these scrapbook sketches help you? Leave me a comment below and tell me your preferences. How would you scrap sequential photos?

 

It’s Motivational Monday – Single Page Sketch for 3-4 Photos

Happy April!

Are you ready for today’s scrapbook sketch? I don’t know about where you live, but April has certainly come in like a lamb here in Utah, but I hear the lion is about to rear his ugly head with rain and wind today. Sounds like a perfect day to get a long awaited scrapbook page completed. In today’s single page scrapbook sketch we have a great page for beginners. There is no need to crop your photos down as this sketch features 3 of your standard 4 x 6 photos. a simple scrapbook sketchYou will want two vertical and one horizontal if your are going to follow the scrapbook sketch exactly.

When I completed this sketch I used a paper tearing technique to add some depth to the upper side of the layout and a middle strip for contrast.

While my finished layout has the who, what, where and why it is missing the when of the journaling. While this page is part of a vacation series to Nashville in the 90’s I neglected to reference the actual date anywhere.

Now as you may recall, I have a strict rule against re-doing scrapbook pages I am not opposed however to adding to them when part of the story is left out so I will go back today and add the date (as soon as I can find it).

Scrapbook sketches or page maps as they are also referred to can be a great wake up to your own creativity. They give you a base but leave lots of room for your own additions. How will you interpret this scrapbook sketch? Don’t forget to send me a picture of your layout so you can be entered into the April Layouts giveaway.  Leave a comment below and tell me how you made this sketch your own.

A Page Map for a Quick Two Page Layout

This week I have a two page layout for you with a 5″ x 7″ focal picture on the left along with the title of your layout. The patterned paper as a base can serve as your embellishment or you have plenty of room to add some.

On the right I have put three  4″ x 6″ photos and a 4″ x 4″  journaling box. You can put a mat under the photos or just attach directly to the page.

Creatively Carol SketchesNow that you have the sketch, use it to create your own adaptation of the sketch and e-mail it to me with the words “Sketch 20170328  I would like to post the layouts so others can see different ways to interpret the sketch.

Check back later in the week to see my take on the Motivational Monday Sketch.

 

 

2″ Square Photos Let You See the Full Picture

Using a scrapbook sketch helps creative blockSometimes when we scrap an event it is virtually impossible to limit yourself to 5-6 photos. Today’s scrapbook sketch will help you add lots of photos. This scrapbook sketch has room for 24 pictures.

If you don’t want to use a 5 x 7 as your left focus point you can use a smaller photo. I would double mat the photo so it stands to draw your eye.

After you finish your layout take a picture and text it to me at 801-597-4896 so I can post it here and enter you into the drawing for this month’s scrapbook Sketch.

After the Superbowl Party Muse Monday Sketch

Are You Ready to Scrapbook Your Superbowl Party?

I hope everyone enjoyed their Superbowl party yesterday. While I had no invested interest is the game so I cheered for the Atlanta Falcons because they haven’t won a Superbowl for 18 years.  No self-respecting Oakland Raider fan would cheer for the New England Patriots…ever. And while I was disappointed that New England won, I have to admire the tenacity of them in the second half of the game. I don’t know what speech Tom Brady gave during half-time but it motivated them to the win.

If you had a Superbowl party I hope you remembered to take pictures. Today’s sketch is perfect for your Superbowl layout. There is space for 9 3 x 5 inch photos, your title, a place for your menu as well as journaling.

Superbowl Party Scrapbook Sketch You can see how you can include lots of photos but if you don’t have as many or can’t cut them down to 3 x 5 inch without loosing important details you can cut out a few photos and increase the size to 4 x 6 photos. I left some room on the right side.  Where you can include the score either by vertical letters or by turning the score sideways on the page. If anything happened at the party you don’t want everyone to read but you want to remember (the words that came out of your guest’s mouth at the final score perhaps) Here is a link to help you with hiding your journaling.

The Contest

Remember to send me your finished layout either by e-mail. You can also text to 801-597-4896. What is your incentive to send it?  So I can post it here for inspiration. You can also link back to the photo to show it to others. I hold a drawing for anyone who has sent their finished layout to post here on the Creatively Carol blog. This month it is a D size stamp set. You will be able to choose between a few I have here in stock.

Leave  a comment below and tell me about your Superbowl party photos and how you will scrapbook your party photos.

 

 

 

The Monday Muse – A Single Scrapbook Page Sketch

Good Morning!

Today I have a single page scrapbook sketch that has three photographs, a space for your title, journaling and a small spot for a focal embellishment. When creating this sketch I thought about how it was the perfect space for the tickets into somewhere – with the photos being of your kids in the place the tickets are for but you can really put any kind of embellishment there as I did with the tag for the example.  Here is your #MondayMuse scrapbook sketch:

Your Monday Muse Page MapScrapbook Sketches are really helpful whether you are just beginning to scrapbook or have been scrapbooking for years and years. Sketches can give you confidence and direction and when you are ready, a jumping off point.  As you put your page together you will think of other ways to do things. Perhaps your photos go in the opposite direction of the sketch for today – you can turn the entire sketch on it’s side or simple turn the pictures and put your title, journaling and embellishment wherever it will fit.  The important thing here is that you are completing a scrapbook page.  You have taken the time to write down the memories of the day before little details may be lost forever in your mind. Trust me, this does happen sooner than you think!

Looking at the page as I write this you could even add a 2″ x 2″ square photo under the first photo and where the tag is if you needed to accommodate more photos than 3. Creating this I chose 3 most likely because of the “Rule of 3” which I talked about last Friday.

When you have completed your scrapbook layout using this sketch e-mail or text me a picture so I can post your layout here to 801-597-4896. You will also be entered into my monthly prize drawing.

The Monday Muse – Do You Do Single Page or Double Page Layouts?

Scrapbook Page Map for 3-7 photos

Single page layouts or double page layouts, that is the question.  As I think about the sketch I want to put up today (and attempt to get done today as well) I started wondering how many people use one page layouts.  I find myself rarely doing single page layouts. I think it is because when the scrapbook is open it just seems natural to have both sides be cohesive and a continuation of each other.  I am going to challenge myself this year, and thus, challenge you to create some single page layouts and if you only so single page layouts, I am challenging you to do more two-page layouts.

Scrapbook Page Map for 3-7 photosSo today we are starting with a single scrapbook page where you can have anywhere from 3-7 photos. On the right are three 4″ x 6″ photos. Thinking about this page, is it your thought that all the pictures have to be 4″ x 6″ to work? You can actually divide the photo sizes up so that one is narrower than the others; for instance, use 6 inches across on all your photos, but change the height to 3.5″ followed by 4.5 ” by 6″. You are still achieving the same total surface used in the sketch which is 6″ x 12″ but giving a new viewpoint. If you are working with a the children doing an activity you could take one shot further away, then when you print your main subject is in the lower portion of the photograph enabling the 3.5″ height of the picture to contain the majority of your subject matter.

As for the boxes to the left of the photos, use your imagination to design this section. Maybe you use coordinating papers as decoration, or fill in with extra photos, the lines – third box on the right side is where I will put the journaling first, then size the other boxes accordingly.

Just a reminder, each month I hold a contest for all those who have completed the scrapbook and card challenges and send me a photo so I can share your ideas with others.  Please either text your photo to 801-597-4896 or via e-mail here.  I look forward to seeing how your layout turns out for the Monday Muse Scrapbook Page Challenge.

The Monday Muse – Scrapbook Sketches You Can Use

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my Heart

It is Monday and as I began typing up the post and was thinking about how I had named it “Motivational Monday”. I was looking for somethingThe Monday Muse that was similar to “Mojo Monday” which is another source of page maps, when I pulled up the dictionary & thesaurus and looked at the definition of “mojo”.  This is certainly NOT what I expected to find (see right), you see, I want to inspire you, not cast a magic spell on you.
So from here on out Motivational Monday will now be known as The Monday Morning  Muse. 

Whether your style is a one page layout or a two page layout, you will always find sketches here at Creatively Carol that you can use.  In this layout I have included the picture sizes, and you can add the extra size to the matte as your personal style dictates.  If you like to work with sketches, but prefer to have cutting directions. I would like to suggest “Cherish” by Jeanette Lynton and put out by CLOSE TO MY HEART.  As we start to think about Christmas, This awesome book is also a great idea for Christmas and is available for just $14.95 in the soft cover form.  This is much better than hardbound because with a spiral edge you can flip the book and only see what you are working on.

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my HeartJust click here to order your copy of this book to order today!

You will be making beautiful scrapbook pages before you know it.

Here is your Monday Morning Muse layout for today:

Scrapbook Sketch for 7-10 photographs

Please send me a picture of your layout when completed either Carol@CreativelyCarol.com or text to 801-597-4896.

 

Motivational Monday – A Special Birthday Sketch

Using flowers on a scrapbook page

Today my daughter turns 37. This is my first child and the person whom I began my scrapbbooking journey with 15 years ago. So today I will use a sketch taken from a single page layout I did for a scrapbook challenge about 10 years ago. The challenge was to use flowers on a scrapbook page. I know, you are thinking “how hard is that?” but I didn’t want to just stick a couple flowers on the page as accents.

Here is the simple skeMotivational Monday - Don't forget to enter your layout in the contesttch for you to work with today, I will post my finished page at 2pm MST.

I want to see how creative you can be using flowers on the page. Send your finished layout to me to be entered into the monthly contest for a free stamp set. You can also text 801-597-4896.

 

Motivational Monday – Inspiration for your Halloween Pictures

Motivation for Monday of Halloween is sometimes needed, so as you get your children ready for the school Halloween parade and trick-or-treating tonight, think about getting lots of pictures. It may not seem like it now, but these days don’t last long!  I have taken a layout from the old Studio J files this week because this two page scrapbook layout will let you put the Halloween holiday on just two pages of your scrapbook. Tomorrow when Halloween is behind us, and all that is left are candy wrappers and costumes to get put away, take a few minutes to jot down your thoughts on the pictures you have taken. If you jot it down on a piece of  2½”x 4″ piece of either White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock, you can just add those memories directly to your scrapbook page. You want to do this while things are fresh in your mind!

Nevermore in Studio J Digital Scrapbooking by Close to my Heart What I like about this layout is there are 8 picture wells, plenty for all your little gremlins or 7 if you use the smaller one on the right page as a journaling block.  If you need any help with your layout or suggestions to work the layout around a current My Reflections paper pack, just leave a comment below!

I hope you have enjoyed this Motivational Monday idea.