Whether you've signed up for True Scrap 6 or not, you're not going to want to miss the fantastic instructor LIVE interview series!
Join Lain and me TODAY at 10:30 am Pacific (11:30 pm MST, 12:30 pm CST, 1:30 pm EST) where we'll discuss my upcoming True Scrap 6 class 'Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It: Innovative & Interactive Mini Book Techniques', my scrapbooking evolution, how I balance my personal creative projects vs Simple Stories/work related projects & more! Here's where you'll find us - http://www.spreecast.com/events/true-scrap-6-q-a-layle-koncar
If you haven't entered yet to win a FREE spot in True Scrap 6, check out yesterday's blog post here! Not sure what in the world I mean when I'm talking about True Scrap 6, check out all the details here!
Here’s the schedule for the other instructor interviews. Come to any or all of these free chats; a replay is available at the same link for those that have already taken place!
(All times are Pacific, all interviews will last about 30 minutes).
NOTE: Each Spreecast has a different link. Check here and follow the link to that day’s event:
9/29 Monday – 11:30 AM Pacific Katrina Kennedy
9/30 Tuesday – 10 AM Pacific Kelli Crowe
10/1 Wednesday – 12 Noon Pacific Nichol Magouirk
10/2 Thursday – 2 PM Pacific Tracy Banks
10/3 Friday – 10 AM Pacific Noell Hyman
10/6 Monday – 9 AM Pacific Jen Gallacher
10/7 Tuesday – 10:30 AM Pacific Layle Koncar
10/9 Thursday – 12 Noon Pacific Donna Salazar
P.S. If you are not familiar with Spreecast (www.spreecast.com), it’s a fun and FREE web-based platform that enables live chat. You can create an account with your Facebook log-in, and then subscribe to Lain’s profile (http://www.spreecast.com/users/lain) to be notified when new events are scheduled.
Hey friends! I have a fun little giveaway today!
How would you like to hang out with eight of the most inspiring and talented scrapbooking instructors on the planet...without leaving home?!! You can with True Scrap 6! Even better, how would you like to WIN a spot in True Scrap 6?!
With True Scrap 6, the best in online education is brought to you, with a twist - everything is LIVE so you don't need to lose that feeling of community and excitement that comes with an in-person event!
On October 18th, True Scrap 6 takes to the internet with a full day of scrapbooking and papercrafting inspiration, hosted by Lain Ehmann and with classes from:
Yes, it's all streamed live.... AND it's all recorded so you can revisit your favorite classes again and again!
Great news! I'm giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event.
Here's what you need to do:
And here's something for EVERYONE... Not sure you'll be lucky enough to win a spot? No worries... you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate.
Just head over HERE and get yourself signed up! NOTE - this coupon code expires 10/13.
About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at www.truescrap.com.
Rules and guidelines: One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on Truescrap.com, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. If you have already purchased a spot and subsequently win a spot, you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given.
Good luck, I'd love to have you join us!!
Do you love mini albums, but are tired of the same old techniques? Are you stumped when it comes to a mini album, not sure where to start?!!
If you're raising your hand, you're in luck! I'll be tackling this VERY subject for True Scrap 6 - an online, LIVE virtual scrapbooking event October 17th and 18th, with inspiration and education from 9 A-list instructors including Nichol Magouirk, Jennifer Gallacher, Donna Salazar and more!
Click here to learn more about this great virtual event, including the list of instructors, their class descriptions, more about my class (I'll be covering more than 10 different innovative and interactive, techniques for taking your mini books from blah to ahhhh!) and to register.
Here's a little more about my class -
Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!: Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques With Layle Koncar
From flips that lift and tabs that pull to peek-a-boos & see throughs, mini books can open up a whole new world when it comes to innovative elements for your reader to interact with. Join Layle Koncar in this "Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!: Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques" class as she shares 12 of her favorite interactive techniques for spicing up your mini books, many of which can also be incorporated into your traditional and Pocket Page scrapbooking projects!
Click here for all the details!
Hope to (virtually) see you there!
Howdy! I'm up on the Kerri Bradford Studio blog today as part of the Simple Stories & Kerri Bradford Studio Designer Team Up week sharing a fun layout with her Thank My Lucky Stars cut file -
[ Design | Thank My Lucky Stars (title+stars) ]
This sentiment from Kerri’s Thank My Lucky Stars kit has always been one of my favorite! I feel so blessed to have these 2 great boys in my life. I have to be honest though, I never thought I’d be the mom of boys; I always thought there’d be a girl or two in there, but I always say things happen for a reason!
I love the mix of fonts in this kit. I thought it would be fun to cut the ‘lucky’ and stars from some glitter paper to have them stand out a bit more from the rest of the title, but because the boys are in this photo with me, I thought that might be a bit too much :) So instead, I cut the title and stars from a woodgrain paper and then used some gold Stickles on ‘lucky’ and the stars after they were cut.
Oh yah, and there's this too :)
If you're looking for a FANTASTIC, bright, fun good all around summer collection, Simple Stories' Good Day Sunshine is it!
I used it for this Life Documented Pocket Page spread that appeared in the May issue of CREATE magazine -
I used one of the more unique Pocket Page configurations for this spread - the 6x12 configuration. For the left page, I pieced together a bunch of pieces to fit into the 6x12 pocket - a 2x12 Element strip and 3 vertical 3x4 cards.
On the right page I used the - same 6x12 Pocket Page design, but this time as it was intended; I inserted one of the 6x12 Element strips into the 6x12 slot.
That 6x12 pocket fits the 6x12 strips from all of the 6x12 Element papers in the Simple Stories collections perfectly & makes it super quick and easy to put a spread together.
Last month I had a whirlwind trip - I was in 3 countries – the US, the UK and Mexico – over a period of 11 days. 6 airports, 3 cities and 13,361 miles! To say it was a tad crazy would be an understatement! The start of the trip - the UK - was to film 3 segments for Simple Stories on Create & Craft TV - a shopping channel similar to HSN in the US. I was in the UK for less than 3 days, then from there was off to Cabo San Lucas for my step brother's wedding and a little R&R.
For the base of the layout I used one of the Simple Basics papers from our Urban Traveler collection. I love this paper, it has a faint world map in the background - perfect for my world travels! I combined that 'something old' with some papers and letter stickers from the DIY collection. I used the different colored alpha stickers for the airport codes for each of the 6 different airports I was in over the course of the trip.
Here's a tip I've been taking advantage of more and more lately - if you don't have a chance to capture a photo, or the perfect photo, check Google! In this case, I had great photos from the UK and Mexico portions of my trip; however, I was only in New York overnight, so I didn't have a photo. I searched Google for New York City photos, found the one seen here of the Statue of Liberty and printed it out on my printer.
The 'well traveled' continues - since coming back from this trip, I've been to Phoenix and Southern California for work, and Hawaii (to tag along on my husband's business trip).
I'll be home for the next month or so then jet setting again!
Couldn’t make True Scrap Pocket Pages but want to scoop up some great content? Well, today’s your lucky day! Join me in my Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online video class! Whether you're a seasoned pocket page scrapbooker, a newbie, or sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to make the plunge, this class is for you!
From organizing and storing your supplies, planning your pages, and including memorabilia in your albums, to different styles and designs of pocket page layouts, you're sure to walk away with a renewed sense of invigoration when it comes to pocket page scrapbooking!
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Click here to purchase the Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online class - only $9.00 for a limited time!
We've been in the middle of a remodel at our house for the last month. We built 13 years ago and it's time. New paint, new carpet, refinish the hardwood floors. As far as remodels go, I guess it's not too bad considering we're not tearing out walls, demoing, etc. But when your house is in a state of chaos for over a month and there's still more to come, well, you know!
When I saw Kerri Bradford's "You Got This" png file, I knew it would be a perfect start to documenting the process for my Life Documented spread a few weeks back.
I used cards from the My Minds Eye Charmed Journaling Kit - LOVE the gold!
Added photos from our paint and carpet selection process, an empty room ready for paint, and another room piled high with furniture.
I cut the ‘observations’ word from Kerri's Life Additions #2 kit, adhered to a clear piece of 3×4 acetate and then inserted in the pocket so it appears as if it’s floating in the pocket. I used the slider cut file as a frame for the paint samples we’d painted on the wall to test the colors and then added a clear sticker to the frame.
Lastly I cut the word Sunday from Kerri's December Additions: The Dailies kit and adhered to one of the photos of furniture piled high in one of the rooms as we were ready for paint to start on Monday.
Happy to report that paint and carpeting are now done! We're in the process of moving everything back into rooms. Next step, refinish the hardwood floors!
In honor of St. Patrick's Day on Monday, Kerri's having a fun sale this weekend on her site -
There are some fun giveaways going on over there and free cut files this weekend, go check it out!
I have some fun news, I'll be back in sunny Southern California on February 7th and 8th, teaching 3 Simple Stories scrapbook classes! Down to Details has organized the entire weekend. If you can't make it, they're also offering a ship option. You can purchase classes or kits individually or all 3 together. Kits include all of the product to create the project as well as full color, step by step instructions.
Class 1 - Family Favorites SN@P! Recipe Book
This has turned out to be one of my favorite all time projects!! In this 3 hour class we'll create a Family Favorites Recipe Book using Simple Stories' brand new Homespun collection and 6x8 SN@P! Binder. When you're done, you'll have over 40 pages of goodness and room for more than 45 recipes and photos! The class includes LOTS of fun product, including the new Homespun Recipe Pages & Recipe Cards as well as an extra package of 10 4x6 Pocket Pages to hold even more recipes!
Class 2 - A Charmed Life Layout Class
In this 3 hour class we'll create two 12x12 double page layout spreads and two 12x12 single page layouts using Simple Stories' brand new A Charmed Life collection. You'll have lots of product left over to continue playing when we're done!
Class 3 - The Everyday & Now Mini Book Class
Take a ton of everyday photos and not sure how to get them all scrapped? Then this class is for you! In this 3 hour class we'll create this mini book using Heidi Swapp's 5.5x8 Wood Heart album and Simple Stories' Everyday SN@P! Set. Lots of fun techniques in this class including silver paint, sequins, confetti pockets, frames, pocket pages & more! When you're done, you'll have lots of room to add your favorite, everyday photos.
Howdy friends! It's the morning of Day 3 from the Craft & Hobby Tradeshow in Southern California. Another great day yesterday at the Simple Stories booth!!
Store are telling us that they love our new DIY™ Design It Yourself collection of products!
The creative possibilities with DIY are endless!
During the show, we're doing a different DIY Make & Take each day so stores have an opportunity to play with the new DIY foundations, layers and embellishments on a hands on basis. What a blast that has been!
Check back in with us tomorrow for more behind the scenes from CHA!
Even though I'm behind in my Life Documented, I thought I'd start sharing some of the spreads I DID get done last year...
Last summer we took the kids camping in the Unitah Mountains to a beautiful place called Whitney Lake. The photos don't do it justice -it was amazing!
The 4 of us fished for about 3 hours and caught 42 fish between us - it was crazy!!
I used Kerri Bradford's Life Additions: Weeklies #2 kit on the week card -
And used Kerri's Say What: #4 kit for the title on the right page -
I sized the photo to 12x12 in Photoshop and then cropped and printed it to fit in each pocket accordingly.
I used a Simple Stories Pocket in the center of the spread to hold the National Forest Service parking pass and then added additional photos to the center of the spread as well -
Hello 2014! Can you believe it? Seems like every year at this time I'm saying the same thing. Where in the world does the time go?! Seriously.
With a new year comes resolutions for many. Not me. I learned a few years ago that resolutions don't work for me. I set what feel like forced goals - you know, because everyone else is doing it - and then when they don't materialize, I feel guilty. And I don't need more guilt than I already have :)
Rather than resolutions, there are a few things I'm going to focus on. I'll continue to eat healthy and exercise as I have for the past year. I gave myself a little leeway over the holidays and I remembered once again why I have made the decision to eat healthy and exercise regularly - when I don't I feel horrible and I'm in a horrible mood - just ask my family :) I'm not going to let all of the hard work I've put in over the last 2 years go to waste - no siree! So eating healthy and exercising regularly is something I will continue to focus on.
Another area of focus - keeping up on my Life Documented/Project Life/Pocket Page Scrapbooking. I'm behind, I'll admit it. Really no surprise considering I was behind when I was doing 12x12 scrapbooking. I think it just comes with the territory, at least for me. There is a silver lining though - I have all of my photos organized by week and notes about what happened each week, so I can catch up.
As part of that focus, I did get my 2014 intro page done on New Year's Day -
Speaking of Life Documented/Project Life/Pocket Page Scrapbooking - True Scrap Pocket Pages is coming up in just a few weeks!
You’ve heard about pocket page scrapbooking.
You’ve got the photos and stories.
You may even have the products- especially Simple Stories products!!
But you’re looking for information on how to put it all together, quickly and easily.
As one of 6 instructors for this event, I can help! The topic of my class - Pocket Scrapping 101: Back to Basics.
Whether you're a seasoned pocket page scrapbooker, a newbie, or sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to make the plunge, this class is for you! Join me as I share my tips and tricks for pocket page scrapbooking. From organizing and storing your supplies, planning your pages, and including memorabilia in your albums to different styles and designs of pocket page layouts, you're sure to walk away with a renewed sense of invigoration when it comes to pocket page scrapbooking!
True Scrap Pocket Pages is the world’s ONLY learning environment that gives you online, LIVE access to the people, resources, and information you need to simplify and create-ify your pocket scrapbooking.
True Scrap Pocket Pages brings together the best instructors and resources for helping you navigate the labyrinth of options for your photos and stories. You’ll learn new skills, discover creative and fun options for your pocket scrapbooking, and have a blast, too!
Here's what you'll experience at True Scrap Pocket Pages -
Inspiration and Education from 6 A-list instructors…
Live Q&A Session with celeb designers…
Pre-Event PJ Party…
Prizes and discounts…
FULL replays of all classes to access whenever you like… All for one low price… All from YOUR computer!
Click here to get more information and register!
Hope to 'virtually' see you there :)
And hey - here's to focus!
WHEW! Another year of December Daily under my belt. Feels GREAT to be done. All of the Christmas/holiday product is boxed up and stored away until next year....
This year Sam asked if he could help wrap some of the presents. He'd never wrapped a present before, so we had a lesson in how to properly wrap :) It was great having a helper this year - I dread the present wrapping every year and always end up leaving it until Christmas Eve; not this year!
I don't think I've ever been as prepared on Christmas Eve as I was this year! Wrapping done by 10 am. Nick and Jack prepped the prime rib and dug the fresh horseradish from the backyard by early afternoon and by late afternoon I even had 2 of the 3 tables set for our Christmas prime rib dinner!
I included the To Do list that I put together for the 4 of us to tackle that day.
As the kids get older, Christmas morning always tends to be over in the blink of an eye! This year Sam asked if I would do a scavenger hunt for some of their presents again - I did this 5 years ago when we surprised the kids with a trip to Hawaii. I had a ball coming up with clues for them and hiding places for a few of their presents. The kraft envelope is one of the clues from the scavenger hunt, I put the rest of the clues inside the envelope and journaled about the scavenger hunt on the back of the envelope.
I googled Christmas Scavenger Hunt as I was wracking my brain trying to come up with clever clues - there were TONS of ideas online. Here's one of the clues from one of their presents -
I hid two presents for each of them and had between 3-5 clues per present. It took them an additional 30 minutes to find these presents after they whipped through the wrapped ones under the tree. It was a great way to draw out the present opening and they both loved it. Definitely a do over again next year!
Thanks say much for checking in and following along with me this month! Until next year ;)
Yesterday we met for brunch with Nick's family to celebrate his mom's 70th birthday. There were 15 of us between kids and grandkids. It's so nice to have all of Nick's brothers and sisters live in town - we're pretty fortunate that way!
Super simple today. The Holiday Magic card is a printable from Kerri Bradford's new Black+White Christmas kit. I added a quick label to a Simple Stories December Documented 3x4 card. The 'people we love' 4x6 card isn't Christmas - it came from this paper from Simple Stories' Daily Grind collection. I need to remember to look through my non-holiday stuff more often next year when it comes to my December Daily!
It's day 22 - can you tell I'm running out of steam? :)