Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Everyday Storytelling with a Hop and a Tip



Things are hoppin' at the Mailbox today and I am glad you are here! Welcome to the Everyday Storyteller Blog Hop! ********Giveaway Alert! See more below*********


If you came over from Christine Newman, welcome! If you are just beginning this hop and would prefer to start from the beginning, then head on over to Cheryl Ashcraft. But, for now, let's talk storytelling!


I love to scrapbook and tell stories, don't you? I have the most fun when I am indulging in some creative play, finding fun new ways to tell my story! What if there is an awesome new trend and you desperately want to try it on your next layout, but you don't have the tool or the latest and greatest? Oh, this happens to me ALL the time - but, not one to give up, my big tip to you is:


Use wet mediums and your existing stash to make a trend your own. Draw it, mask it, cut it, paint it, mist it...the sky's the limit!

Let's look at a practical application of this, shall we?
TRIANGLES...perhaps they are the new chevron? I don't know. What I do know is that I have been seeing them everywhere and I want to give it a go myself. However, I do not own a square punch, nor a triangle punch, plus I am practically allergic to measuring...so, let's play with some triangle action...soapHOUSEmama style!


After cutting out some scraps with scissors, the triangles are arranged onto our background and then we have some fun with mists!
Ooooooh, lookey there!
Our photo and patterned papers are down and now I feel some need for a bit of border love. These triangles seem to be just the thing - but, they aren't quite the right color....
Never fear, mist is here!
Ta Da!
Yeppers - I like that!
Some cutting, some misting, a bit of this, a touch of that...there we have it!
A trend tried, some stash revamped, all with the help of some wet media! In fact, the sky is the limit when it comes to wet media and creative play. Want to learn more? 

Everyday Storyteller is a brand new idea book set for release on International Scrapbooking Day. I am SO honored to be a part of this awesome project along with over 30 other scrapbookers. Scrappers like Amy Tan and Elle Price! My contribution to this e-book includes three different wet media techniques, four exclusive layouts that can only be seen in the book, and LOTS of creative play!

If you haven't already, click on the banner below to sign up for the launch party at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 4th. You don't want to miss this...there will be LOTS of giveaways!!! Over $700 worth of awesomeness!  


Oh, wait...there's more! You can win a copy of this e-book before it's available to buy! That's right, you sure can. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me one of YOUR favorite scrapbooking tips and one lucky random commenter will win! The giveaway closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. CDT, so don't delay :)

Hooray!
Hooray for creative play, for ideas, for tips, and for hops!

Now, hop on over to Amanda Padgett for some more creative goodness! And, just in case you have lost your hoppy bearings, the list below of Everyday Storytellers is your "hoppy map" to help you find your way:





85 comments:

  1. One of my favorite tips is to scraplift someone else when you are feeling less-than-creative.

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  2. Sweet page! When you need some inspiration, check out the online galleries or your favorite magazine. Sometimes getting away and taking a hot bath helps too!

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  3. Blog Hops always bring inspiration to me like right now I want to go grab some Mr.Huey & get my sprintz on!

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  4. Wow, great page! I love how you carried the triangles from the background into the PP (and even changed the color to complement the page). :)

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  5. If you don't have it in your stash: make it! Works for me. Would love to win a copy of new ebook.

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  6. To use what you have. I've scrapped with duct tape, and food coloring before lol.

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  7. great page! love the triangles! my tip is don't be afraid to try something new!

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  8. Try something unexpected if you are in a rut. A new tool, or medium or even a new sketch are often all it takes to get the spark back. Love seeing the process of your LO.

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  9. Search the tutorials online to find a new technique you had no idea existed.

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  10. Love reading your post!! My tip (well not mine, but it works for me) if you have no mojo at all just use a template or a sketch :) Thanks for a chance :)

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  11. I love to look for ideas from others but be sure to make it your own!

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  12. I like to use stamps and stencils to create some texture. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Grace
    liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

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  13. How cool is that, a BIG congrats to you!! Love the tip you shared too :D

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  14. Use photos from an event to tell a completely unrelated story. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. My tip is to always try new things because sometimes you will find the one thing you have been searching for all along.

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  16. I just bought this mist. One of my favorite scrapbooking tips is masking with sprays, inks and paints. So fun!

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  17. You are right! The sky's the limit. My tip would be to layer embellies and end up with your own version! Pop dots really help a layout too.

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  18. Love your layout & thanks for the tip!

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  19. Great page, wonderful ideas. My tip would be to not be afraid to mix and match. When a collection gets old and well used, break it up by color so it is easy to mix with other papers.

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  20. I've been on the storyteller list for so long and clueless what it's for. So it's a book! So happy to see that you're part of it.

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win

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  22. One of my favorite tips is to NOT use your favorite techniques on a layout. Push yourself to try something new!

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  23. I am a digi scrapper so I really like recoloring elements and papers so they fit with the look I am going for.

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  24. Great layout...I am one of the "grands club" so i really enjoyed it.
    My scrapbooking tip is to shop your stash and create a kit. You can look through the various kit clubs and then go through your own stash to put together your very own kit. Sometimes I do shop for one or two special treasures to pull it off with pizzazz...but the vast majority of the kit comes from my own stash.

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  25. Love, love your tutorial. One of my goals is to use more of my stash. Love this blog hop. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  26. Another great tutorial/layout! I am in love with misting at the moment and now that Archivers is carrying Mr. Hueys I am in heaven!

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  27. Tip? keep a variety of papers on hand

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  28. I used to get upset when a photo I really wanted came out blurry. Well, ok, it still bugs me, but I now try to put those photos to use...while they might not be scrap-worthy on their own, they look great for a layout background. I personally usually convert them to B&W and then use them as an overlay, and created my layout on top of it.

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  29. I try to search magazines and blogs for idead i may not have thought of. i try to find inspiration everywhere!!

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  30. My tip is to mix and match different collections and things from your stash, and to look for little details from everyday life you can integrate into your scrapbooking. Last week for instance I found some wood veneer butterflies in a flower shop!

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  31. Scrap what inspires you, not what you think you need to scrap. Your passion will show in the finished product.

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  32. My favorite tip is to use templates to help you find your style. Thanks

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  33. Speaking of triangles, once I learned the magic of creating "visual triangles," my design sense really started coming together. Whether with motifs, accents, or color...visual triangles help bring my LOs to life.

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  34. Use your stash in an unexpected way.. even themed elements can be used differently... just try it!

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  35. I'm a digital scrapper but I like to make sure there's a bit of imperfection on each page to keep it "real".

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  36. My favourite tip for scrapbooking is keep a journal or create a text file where you can grab all your random thoughts and memories. Get the stories out, and then find a picture to match.

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  37. My favorite tip is to avoid perfectionism! :)

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  38. Don't sweat it, just create

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  39. Enjoy it! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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  40. Love the layout and triangles! Here's one of my favorite Scrapbooking tips: If you are misting or painting over a template to create a new background for something, be sure to flip the template over before you clean it and use it as a stamp on another sheet of paper or project. The results are always one of a kind because you never know what you are going to end up with - and it's always great to have another unique background to play with later!

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  41. Really cool layout, I love the misting :)

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  42. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Just PLAY is my favorite scrapping saying!

    Tracy aka jazzmatazz

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  43. It's your book and there is no wright or wrong and always share good and bad things, that's the way of life. Thx for the chance to win!

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  44. love the misting, thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. Scrap what you love and you'll be please with the end result!

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  46. I am absolutely loving this layout and think you did an amazing job with the mists! Can't wait to see what you do next! :)

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  47. This is a beautiful layout! Love the technique!

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  48. Thanks for the opportunity to win this exciting book!

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  49. Anything you do will be a memory that your family will treasure...be free!!

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  50. My favorite tip is to please yourself with what you do.

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  51. One of my favorite tips are papers, they're my "start" always! Thanks for the chance!

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  52. DO IT! As Yoda says, "Do or do not...there is no try!" It doesn't get done unless you do it! The book sounds great - how can it not be with all you awesome folks? Thanks for the opportunity.

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  53. Remember to enjoy it and do it for yourself. Don't worry about what future generations will say.

    Thanks for the chance to win. Can't wait for this to release :-)

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  54. So much fun Ashli! Thanks for the chance to be a WINNER!! :) LOL

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  55. Very cool triangle technique.

    A great tip that changed my scrapbooking came from Stacy Julian's philosophy of story telling vs. event/chronological scrapbooking.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. Great ideas! You always give me something more to work with - thanks for the inspiration!

    One tip I have is to look around and find the everyday objects in your house that you can use - like bubblewrap - paint it, ink it, stamp with it, or corrugated cardboard - use a piece in a layout, take off the top layer, and ink up the ridges - makes a great journal "block".

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  57. Keep your scraps. I like to use small pieces as embellishments on layouts. It's nice not to cut down another full sheet if you just need a little something.

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  58. Thanks so much for the tips Ashli! I always enjoy your work! My tip- is once you find the ppaper that matches your photos- stop and get scrapping! If you continue looking for something "better" you'll waste valuable time when what you have will work all along.

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  59. I like to separate my scraps from solids and patterns. And use them with each layout

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  60. I think Me needs some ink! I only have 1 mister and have never tried it! Thanks for the tip and the chance to win!

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  61. I use my iPhone for snapping photos and taking notes so I don't forget. I always have it with me. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book from all these amazing contributors!

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  62. Great tutorial! My favorite tip is to allow yourself to scrapbook what you want and not what you think you should - keeps things fresh and not like a job.

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  63. Thank you for the chance to win and the great tutorial, love how you changed the look of the banner in your stash!

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    1. Whoops I forgot my tip - mine is rather boring but one I use again and again. When I layer paper, which I do often. I always cut out pieces of paper from the bottom layers - that are covered up with other layers. Then I have scraps for more projects and get to use my super cute paper more!

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  64. Great idea to use shapes to mask the unexpected. My tip, I stopped filing my layouts in chrono order. When looking at them they became to predictable as to what was coming next, so now I mix them up and each page turn is a surprise.

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  65. Mine is a digi tip. I love using templates but I'm not so much for the ones that have a ton of white space so often I will combine two of these types of templates, it just helps me get that much more onto my page!

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  66. I keep my cell phone handy to take pics of the unexpected.

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  67. Take lots of photos. Keep a pen and paper pad nearby always. Don't take yourself too seriously.

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  68. Take a note right after u take the picture! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  69. My tip: cut a few copies of the same letter, then glue them together on top of each other, to make your own chipboard letters. I'm using this trick all the time recently.

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  70. Keep a journal handy in areas you spend a lot of time in (for me it's my kitchen), so you can write things down as they happen!

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  71. I enjoy inked edges on my pages. Really enjoyed your tip here about using wet media. Thank you for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  72. I keep a notebook handy and jot down a note with every picture or inspiration I get.

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  73. I often "repurpose" supplies because I dont have the money to constantly buy the newest and trendiest. I like taking one trend and incorporating one new thing into a page, instead of trying to do everything on one page.

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  74. I distress everything! I love the aged and rough look.

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  75. I love the masked triangles on your layout. So fun!

    My tip is to journal right away on a layout instead of leaving it for later. I have a stack of those "journal later" layouts that still have no journaling. So now I do it when I finish the layout.

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  76. One of my favorite scrapbooking tips is to use brushes as clipping masks to add interest to a solid background.

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  77. Write things down as soon as possible- forgetting is too easy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  78. Never forget the journaling...sometimes pictures don't speak volumes and generations to come will want to know what was going on. Even if the journaling is sharing little things like your favorite songs or books. This will help future generations get to know who you were.

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  79. One of my favorite tips is just to relax and let the creativity flow...use photos that inspire because if they don't inspire, then process is not fun.

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  80. I like to try out new techniques / ideas on cards first as I find it less intimidating and if I like something I use it on a LO

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