Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Simple Scrapbooks Holiday Edition & Snowy Kisses

Have you ever browsed through a scrapbooking magazine and wondered about the story behind the pages you see in articles and advertisements? I don't mean the journaling (although I sometimes wonder about that too if there isn't much written on the page.) I always wonder about the scrapbookers who made those creations and what their story is. Are they professionals? How did they get their work noticed?

Well, I can tell you one story about page 12 in the November/December issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine.

That's my daughter, Liliana, making a cute kissing face. I snapped that photo last Christmas while we were visiting our family in Central New York from our home in Colorado.

That page and the CD mini book that is also featured on that page were made during my assignment to create a showcase display of the Reece Soar With It Collection from The Angel Company. The colors and patterns in that paper are great for the holidays and beyond. When I saw that striped pattern, I immediately thought of Lily's striped hat. There are also lots of circles in Reece, so most of my creations had a circular theme. (Scroll down for some round ideas and inspiration.)

How did I get noticed?
Well, as a demonstrator with TAC, I've gotten to meet many of the people that are "behind the scenes" at events and all demonstrators are invited to submit art for contests and for the bi-annual Inspiration Book and Catalogue. As far as being published in a magazine, I guess it's a little bit of luck. The magazine is about designs that are a little more simple, and I'm all about simple. It's fun to see some of the elaborate designs in magazines, but in the end, the layouts that get done and in your book are the ones that are really enjoyed.

More Circular Inspiration
Circles are so fun to add to your scrapbooks, although they can be a challenge too. Two easy tools for making circles are the Coluzzle (a plastic template with several concentric channels of the same shape that you cut through with a swivel knife) and a plain old compass works great too. That's what I used for my huge circle on the 12x12 "Cherished" layout.

Need layout ideas? Check out the Round Maps in the Archives at Becky Fleck's Page Maps site.

14 comments:

BarbL said...

Julie, you ARE just that creative and ALWAYS an inspiration.
That's why I nominated you for the Encouraging award. Check my blog...

Tonniece said...

wow Julie, you daughter is a little heartbreaker, what a sweetie.
love the CD book and your page layout is killer.

Barb said...

LOVE that photo of your daughter... she is so cute!

Angela K said...

Congerats to you!! I just love your creations!!

Suzanne said...

congrats on being published. I love all of your work. You're very inspiring.

Anna said...

How neat to know how a mag layout gets made! I never think to use Reece with red, I always think green. I love it with the red! Must be super neat to see your stuff in mags!

Sandy said...

Your daughter is adorable, what a cute picture. Your work always inspires me!

Michele said...

You are an awesome person. Thank you for all you insight and sharing some great links like the Map Page site.

Barb said...

Just another little note for you:

I left an award for you on my blog!
http://FosterDesignHouse.blogspot.com

Bridgett said...

Congratulations on the publication! That rocks!!! Fabulous photo of your little girl! I love it!!!

LadyDoc said...

Congratulations on being published! Wonderful page!

kellyrae said...

Julie, this is just darling (and congrats on it being displayed on the TAC homepage for December)! You always share so much of yourself. P.S. I nominated you for a new blog award, check it out on my blog.

Bridgett said...

I nominated you for a blogging award. Go grab it!
Hugs,
Bridgett

LadyDoc said...

Congratulations on being published in my favorite scrapping magazine!

It's a terrific page- no surprise that they chose it.