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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Quick Tip Using Strips, Clips, Chips, Snippets and Stamps!

Hi Scribblers!

Do you not like using your own handwriting on your layouts?

Here's one page that uses 4 different ideas to add journalling quickly and easily:

1. Snippets!  Add a pre-printed saying. I've used 'Sugar & Spice and Completely Nice' as I felt the colours and phrase blended well to the tone.

2. Stripts!  Write your journalling in a word processor programme; such as Microsoft Word, Open Office, Apple iWorks Pages. Format your fonts to your liking, then print it out on the paper of your choice. I, then, cut my sentence into strips to make it fit and to add movement.

3. Clips and Chips!  Use pre-formed pre-printed alphabets to make up your words as with the 'pay-off' dominate word - BLISS! (Likewise, I also used a chipboard number for the date.)

4. Stamps! Use alphabet stamps to create your words - I used a tiny studio G set inked with Whispers watercolour pens for the 'SUN' day of the week.

The page is mainly created using Cosmo Cricket products (plus ice cream sticker from K&Co, silk flowers from an old fake Hawaiian lei) as part of my project for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day course.


Happy Scribing!

p.s. The series "Harnessing your Computer Programmes for your Journalling and Scrapbooking' begins next blog!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Desiderata - plus up and coming blogs

Dear Scribblers

Over the next few blogs, I'll be discussing how to use computer programmes other than your usual photo editors, to add titles and journalling to your layouts. Maybe it will get you thinking out of the craft box!

Before I begin those posts, I wanted to share recent journalling I added to a page about now and living in the moment.

I added about 20 head shots of myself, from the age of 2 through the years to now entitled, "Experience The Heart Beats of My Life." (No, I haven't uploaded the page - I don't want you to run away screaming!)

I, then, hid the following journalling on a slide-out card behind the photos:
"It's unbelievable to think that all these photos are the same person - me! Time moves forward. We grow up. People come and go. Adventures are experienced. Life is lived - from the mundane to the fantastic. We encounter love, disgust, excitement, fear, sorrow, laughter, delight, passion, more emotions than we can name. Seasons pass, until now. Now. Now. NOW! Even the NOW of the present, has become the past.
Enjoy every moment, absorb yourself in the senses - see, feel, hear, taste, touch and go beyond, into the unseen. Experience the heart beats of your life.
" You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." Extract from Desiderata - Max Ehrmann"

Have you ever read the Desiderata? It can inspire, even on the darkest days. If you search on-line, there are many sites where you can read the poem, including here - Desiderata

How about trying this? Read the Desiderata and pick out one line that calls to you. Then create a layout based on it.

Happy Scribing!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Adding Quotes to your page

Do you ever use quotes on your layouts? They can add extra gravitas to your own feelings.

I like to use to find quotes, and provide information. There is a great search facility. Just type in a word (e.g. boat - writing - bumble bees), whatever you need, and hit search. Before you know it, there's a host of quotes on screen. You can also search authors, keywords, topics and more. I'm sure you will find something to suit your page and your mood.

For my page for yesterday as part of Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day course, I added a quote to support my own journalling, as I felt it summed up how I felt.
"Creativity is a Natural Extension of our Enthusiasm" - Earl Nightingale
Note: Whenever you use a quote, please remember to add the author's name, so you know who the saying is attributed to, and also it's only polite to credit them.

Try adding a quote to your next layout, and see if it inspires you. Or choose a quote at random, and see if you can make a page out of it.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Shimelle's 'Learn Something New Every Day'

I enrolled on the fabulous crafting supremo, Shimelle's 'Learn Something New Every Day'. So since 1 September, I have been creating a 8x6 page a-day, which will end up as a mini-album by the end of the month.

If you would like to find out more about Shimelle and her courses - click here!

For yesterday's page, we thought about regrets, and here's mine!

As I wanted to add a lot of writing to the page, I kept the photo simple - manipulating one I'd recently taken of the full moon. I think it evoked my mood as I wrote.

The journalling reads, "At 16 years old, I told my friends that I would live without regards. I even created a mantra to strengthen my convictions! But what do we actually know as teenagers?

At 40, I know there is nothing I have done which I regret, but there are things I regret not doing. So maybe my 16 year old self did know something!

I learned that it's truly time to: Live Life to the Full and Enjoy!"

So what did your 16 year old self tell you? Do you still believe the same now?

Welcome to The Craft Scribe scribbles!


Welcome to my first every 'blog' entry, following my journey into journalling, scrapbooking and beyond. I plan to write about my experiences and ideas as I meander through the world of crafting and creative writing.

To me, I think that the words on a layout are just as important as the photo. Sometimes, it can be just a title, or a whole story. You can show your writing - warts and all - big and bold on the page, or hide it so it's for your eyes only. (There's a song in there somewhere!)

So I hope you will join me as I attempt new ideas, tell stories, make mistakes, and maybe inspire you along the way.

Happy Scribing To You All!

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