Hi everyone, Mou here! Recently, I chanced upon this sweet poem that dates back to 1958
and it became my inspiration for today's layout! With a six month old baby girl at home and an overwhelming amount of other responsibilities, (such as singlehandedly packing up for a move to a different state) at the moment, keeping house has been dropped from the list. And I don't regret it either... every moment spent with my little girl is precious and best use of my time. Here's my layout...
On this layout, I used the Skull Rock paper from Treasure Map collection and embellished with Public Library Sew Fun Banners and Index Card Mini Market Stickers, Saturday Mornings Shape Stickers along with some bits and pieces from Daily Flash Girl Talk and Apple Cider Pop Drops, Flash Alpha Strawberry Ice cream and Make it Merry Label Stickers, The most fun part of creating with October Afternoon for me is that I can mix and match older and newer collections and they work together seamlessly! Here are a couple of close-ups of my layout:
Hey, everyone! Roree here with a little inspiration for you this fine Tuesday.
I found this fun image on Pinterest while surfing around the site one day:
I created a fun card for summer with products from the new Summertime collection. I used the Sunshine and Green Grass patterned papers, along with Double Take Stickers. I also used the Strawberry Ice Cream Sign Board Alphas from Daily Flash and a button from the Midway collection.
Mou played along with me this week and created this sweet card:
"I loved the inspiration piece Roree chose. The first things that stood out to me were the blue, the orange and the whale. I knew I'd find those colors and patterns in the Treasure Map collection. I used the wave pattern from the Hangman's Cove paper for my card base and cut a whale out of Moby Dick Isle. My card came together with a few Flash Alpha Orange Soda stickers and Apple Cider Pop Drops from Daily Flash collection and Index Card Mini Market stickers from Public Library along with a little decorative stitching."
If today's inspiration piece inspires your next project, please share your creation by linking it on Instagram with the hashtag #octoberafternoon, along with tagging @octoberafternoon, so we can see! You can also share your projects on our OA Facebook wall or the OA Flickr gallery.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
"...The thing about remembering is that you don't forget."
-- Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
On this Memorial Day, we remember those who lost their lives serving their country. Each Memorial Day, I think about my grandfather, who fought in two wars, World War II and the Korean War. Though he did not lose his life in battle, he lost so many friends, as well as a part of himself.
On this Memorial Day, we remember those we lost, as well as those who cannot forget.
Hi guys! This is Pam again and I'm so happy to be back, sharing a new layout made with the Treasure Map collection :)
This layout is 8.5 x 11 featuring a big photo of my favourite girl, journaling typed right onto the pic, and woodgrain patterned paper (love!).
Again, my project started out digitally by enlarging a recent photo to fill an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop Elements.
If you'd like to learn how to add text to YOUR photos using Photoshop Elements, I've got an entire class that covers this topic over at Big Picture Classes called "Text Tricks".
I've had this image pinned to my Layout Inspiration board on Pinterest for at least a year now and I've always wanted to do something with it.
It was a great fit for this project. I used the white space in the bottom left corner of the photo to bring in some patterned papers and stickers from the Treasure Map collection.
It was really easy to do with a bit of roller adhesive!
Love the way this one turned out :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hello friends! Melanie here today to bring you a fun and simple sketch challenge. As you can see my sketch offers a lot of white space but also a lot of possibilities. I think this is one of the reason we love working with a sketch, the base is already created for us, then it is up to us to play with pretty papers and embellishments to come up with something fabulous.
The Public Library collection was ideal for this picture of my middle daughter jumping on our bed. I really wanted to take a fun approach to the house rule concept, that is why I labeled my layout 206 as we don’t really have that many rules in our house, it was just a comical way to document this activity.
The chipboard element was ideal for this picture as it beautifully complements the colors in the photo. I really took a simple approach using white letters and minimal amount of embellishments. I added some gold accents with stitching and thread, as one can never go wrong with gold accents.
I would love to see your take on this challenge! Upload your layout to the October Afternoon Flickr gallery, post it on our Facebook page, or connect with us on Instagram via #octoberafternoon. Happy crafting!!!
Create with kraft. Why don't you? I love white background and I admit I use white background a lot. It has been a while since I used other colors for my layouts background cardstock but today, let's create with kraft!
I scrapped the photo I took of my youngest just before she went to her Graduation Party last year. It was a huge deal for all Year 6 students as they end their Primary School years and move on to Secondary School. I'd never realized how difficult it is to find an age appropriate dress for a 12 year old! The dress shopping took for-e-ver :)
I started my layout with a tag and layered pieces of patterned papers here and there on top of one another to build a cluster as my photo mat. I didn't cut into any new piece of patterned papers for this layout. Everything came from my October Afternoon scraps bag. I'm still very smitten with Treasure Map and Saturday Mornings as you can see.
I also picked some bits and pieces from other collections to complete my layout. The Snap Caps from Daily Flash Snapshots and All Boy are perfect this this page. I finished my layout with some stamping with the 2010's decade stamp and Travel Roller stamp.
Creating on kraft with the beautiful colors from October Afternoon is so fun! If you haven't been scrapping on kraft for a while, or have not tried kraft at all, I strongly urge you to do so :)
Go get krafty! You can tag me @sashafarina on Instagram, when/if you upload your layout. I usually post sneaks and my layouts with #octoberafternoon in the description. You can also share your creations with us via the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery.
Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Emily here with today's inspiration piece! I usually spend a long time finding the perfect inspiration piece for the Tuesday challenge. This week, well, honestly, I opened up my Pinterest app, saw this photo, and knew it was perfect. It took about seven seconds. ;)
I love so much about this room. The cameras on the wall, the rows of shelves, the square album storage, etc. This isn't the type of inspiration I usually choose, but so many different ideas jumped out at me! I sent this image on to the super talented Roree to see what she could come up with. I have a bit of a crush on Roree and just about every card she makes, and I knew that she would make something fabulous. I was right!
Roree says, "What a fun and inspiring piece! I just love the symmetry of the like items on the shelves in the photo, so I decided to create a similar symmetry on a card using the Treasure Map collection. I chose the Moaning Cavern patterned paper for my background and lined a Tin Pin and circle die cuts from the Sew Fun Banners pack to create my rows. I dressed up the die cuts with buttons from Midway and Witch Hazel, along with a chipboard star from Daily Flash and a sentiment from the Treasure Map Tidbits pack. I framed it all up with a Treasure Map Border Sticker and a little bit of machine stitching."
The first thing I noticed in the image was the camera collection. I have to be honest, while I always love all the cute camera embellishments out there, I am never quite sure how to just slap a camera on my layout and make it look natural...so I had a whole bunch of unused chipboard and sticker cameras just begging to be put on this layout! I chose five different cameras and staggered them to the right of my photo. One might think this would be an easy task, but I think I pushed them around for about fifteen minutes before I was happy! Because the cameras didn't fit perfectly together, I included a few hearts and other elements in the open spaces. I used foam tabs to raise some of them up to create some dimension. It's a fairly simple layout, but I felt that adding much more would make it look cluttered...well, more cluttered than it already is!
I would love to see how you are inspired by this image! Upload your layout to the October Afternoon Flickr gallery, post it on our Facebook page, or connect with us on Instagram via #octoberafternoon. Happy Tuesday, and happy scrapping!
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Have a beautiful week!
Often, black and white photos take a backseat. At least for me, that's the case. Not today! This beautiful Monday I'm challenging you to scrap at least one black and white photo. My eldest daughter is into black and white photos right now and I thought why not use one of hers for my layout? :) Why not indeed.
I haven't done this much layering in a while and it was so fun. I should layer more, I think! :) Those awesome papers from our Treasure Map collection are just perfect for me. They work for simple, graphic layout and are still amazing to use for a heavily layered layout like this one.
I also used quite a lot of bits and pieces from older collections. Namely Daily Flash All Boy Double Take Stickers, Daily Flash Snapshots Snap Caps, Daily Flash Milk Money Memory Cards and Daily Flash Girl Talk Flash Blurbs. Can you spot them all?
The chipboard arrows, oh the chipboard arrows. . . I don't know what I'm gonna do without them. I can't stop using them but at the same time I don't want to run out! Love them so! Do you have one pack of embellishment that you love like I do the chipboard arrows (and hearts &stars too)?!
To finish my layout, I added yellow machine-stitching, and a sprinkling of colors, as usual. I love that the machine stitching and the splatters are part of my routine to signify the completion of a layout. I like the feeling of 'being done' if you know what I mean! :)
I look forward to see your take on this black and white challenge. If you do, @sashafarina on Instagram, feel free to tag me when/if you upload your layout. I usually post sneaks and my layouts with #octoberafternoon in the description. You can also share your creations with us via the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery.
Well guys...I tried something different this week and ended up with a 12x12 layout and lots of photos. I'm usually and 8.5 x 11, big picture kind of girl. I rearranged and reworked this one several times. Not entirely sure I'd do this again, but it's always fun to play with something new, whether it's a new size or technique or style :)
One of the trends that I'm really having fun with right now are those BIG chipboard letters. And that's kind of the idea I had in mind when I got to work on this layout.
I'm a hybrid scrapper. I use my computer A LOT! And I do have a Cameo...but it's out of commission at the moment. So I needed to come up with an alternative way to make myself some custom letters. I have always admired Becky Novacek's beautiful BEAUTIFUL hand cut lettering, and I'm not afraid to admit that I stink at doing it myself. So I did what I often do and started working with my computer. I started with an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop Elements and chose a big, chunky font to make a "template" for my title.
I traced my letters onto the patterned paper (make sure you've got the reverse sides facing up!!) and cut them out as well.
This layout is a compilation of some recent snapshots of my kids together. I mixed up both black and white and colour photos, trying to minimize some of the competing colours. I love watching them grow into their roles as big brother and little sister. Not a huge story to tell here, really just a few favourite photos that I like seeing together as a collection.
I replaced the "O" in my title with a chipboard circle and wrote in a little note. I also used a few miscellaneous stickers from the Treasure Map collection on a few of the photos.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you get a chance to spend some time crafting this weekend. Be BRAVE and try something new!