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S PA R K THE SIMPLE SCRAPPER MEMBERSHIP MAGAZINE | #25


LEADERSHIP TEAM

Owner Jennifer Wilson Team Leader Amy Melniczenko Social Media Manager Jen Conlon Spark Design, Customer Service Neisha Sykes Sketch & Template Design Melanie Ritchie

C R E AT I V E T E A M

Cathy Caines Lisa Corbin-Polak Alexa Gill Arielle Gordon Lisa Hausmann Sandy Henderson Jennifer Johnson Kimberly Kalil Jennifer Larson Nicole LeBlanc Jamie Leija Crystal Livesay Amy Melniczenko Kathryn Quintana Melanie Ritchie Kelly Sroka Jan Sowder Sara Case Strickland Christy Strickler Ann Tamimi Allie Trumpower Jennifer Wilson Delanie Wood

Cover Image: Friends & Family by Ann Tamimi


CONTENTS

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The Craft of Doing

Learn strategies for cultivating a habit of action.

New Collection

See layouts using our five new sketch templates.

Story Starters: Love, Me

Dig into pages inspired by the storytelling theme.

Storytelling Practice

Dissect a specific story strategy used this month.

Winners @ Simple Scrapper

Enjoy the layouts from a recent program winners.

Book Club Selection

Get a head start on an upcoming non-fiction read.

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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. WA LT D I S N E Y


A sense of curiosity will help you feel more aligned with the rhythm of a creative life.

As a scrapbooker I sometimes wonder what everyone else does with their free time. I spend much of my own thinking about, reading about, learning about, and (of course) actually doing scrapbooking. Memory keeping is kind of a whole-hog type of hobby.

THE CRAFT OF DOING

The thing is, our entrenchment in this world can make it feel more difficult to pivot. For those with less-intensive hobbies, a shift in schedules and responsibilities may not impact much. They can go with the flow without feeling out-of-whack

Creating with the Seasons

Scrapbookers, on the other hand, often feel pulled between their hobby and rest of their lives. So as much as we love this craft, the genuine demands of work, home, and family often leave us feeling overwhelmed and running on empty. In this new column, I want to explore the craft of doing. In other words, we’ll examine the how, what, when, and where of creative action. It is thus my hope that teasing apart what it means to do will help us discover a new balance that’s flexible and truly enduring. Instead of running behind, we can stay in the lead. Instead of fighting the winds, we can let them carry us from port to port all year long. OBSERVING EBB & FLOW

I first started investigating this idea of creating with the seasons when I noticed something in my own practices. Every summer my photo library went from well-tended to neglected and actually scrapbooking projects were less consistent.

JENNIFER WILSON

This led to a spiral of buying more product to get inspired, attempting to create, and then feeling frustrated that my photos were not ready for me. After seeing this happen two years in a row, I stepped back to observe my behaviors over the course of the year. There was a very clear pattern

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of ebbs and flows in my hobby. My interest and T H E C R A F T O F D O I N G enthusiasm for various creative tasks changed Going forward this seasonal view on memory with whatever else was going on in my life. keeping will be a foundational component to the When spring arrives, I start taking a million Simple Scrapper experience and this column in photos. When the air starts to get crisp again, all Spark. Each month I’ll feature a new strategy for cultivating a habit of action in 4, 8, or 12 weeks. I want to do is make layouts. I want you to leverage your innate thirst for information and structure to craft a more joyful and productive life as a memory keeper. Your first strategy is simply commitment.

Understanding these natural patterns allowed me to better structure my project activities and goals. Plus, it offered a simple-but-essential permission to be inconsistent.

I want you to commit to participating in Refresh as much as you are able this year. This group experience eliminates the burden of figuring this out on your own. Each season we’ll work together to better align your hobby with your life, so you feel prepared and excited for more creativity.

THE FOUR SEASONS

I hear often that you want to scrapbook more consistently. This is a valid objective, but one that can be greatly enhanced by placing it into this seasonal context. So instead of expecting that you do roughly the same amount and kinds of scrapbooking each season, what if you defined specifically what should be consistent within that three-month span?

Instead of feeling off track by April and ready for a new year by October, you’ll find a new focus, set new goals, and chart a new course four times throughout the year. And by embracing this new mindset, you’ll free yourself from some of that dreaded guilt that plagues scrapbookers.

For me, I need to consistently focus on photo management during the spring and summer, so that I have more photos printed and ready to Being a doer isn’t about quantity or really even scrapbook over the fall and winter. about productivity. It’s about finding a sweet Your seasonal shifts may look different from spot in which you are able to do (anything) with mine, particularly if your work is seasonal (e.g. ease and joy. It’s about understanding what conteachers) or you live in the southern hemisphere. ditions make you ready to do and keep doing. What’s important here is to look for the trends And as you practice the craft of doing each and patterns in your behavior in order to put month, season, and year of scrapbooking, you’ll structures in place to support your rhythm. hone action-taking skills that will trickle over You might decide that winter is for finishing, into every area of your life. spring is for working on a big album, summer is for taking (and organizing) photographs, and fall is for creating layouts. Your vision can also change from season to season and from year to year. As you practice creating with the seasons, this process of observing becomes more intuitive, even automatic.

S TA R T T O D AY Our Refresh workshops will guide you through season after season of creating in harmony with your goals. If you’d like help expanding this concept to the rest of your everyday life, you might be interested in The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran.

There’s no wrong way to create your ideal season of scrapbooking. However, your productivity will increase if you let go of the yearly view and start creating three months at a time.

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New Collection JANUARY 2016


Previous Page: Total Eclipse by Jennifer Larson This Page: Puppy Daddy by Jamie Leija


N E W C O L L E C T I O N | I N S P I R AT I O N

L AY O U T T I T L E B Y J E N N I F E R W I L S O N This page was made as a creative exercise to use design techniques in my comfort zone. What results is a page that I think is “me�. 10


NEW COLLECTION | SKETCHES

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Instructions Visit the Sketch + Templates library in the Members Area to download the entire collection as individual sketches and layered templates. 283

All sketches designed by Melanie Ritchie.

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NEW COLLECTION | #279

#279 Don’t forget you can create a brand new scrapbook page composition by rotating any sketch 90 degrees! 12


NEW COLLECTION | #279

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : A D V E N T U R E S # 7

WE MADE IT! BY SARA CASE STRICKLAND This layout tells the story of finally landing in Mexico, on our ten-year anniversary trip/honeymoon with our friends. 13


NEW COLLECTION | #279

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : I N S I D E O F Y O U # 8

HEY SWEET STUFF BY LISA CORBIN-POLAK This layout tells the story of our cute, but finicky, little girl cat and how she enjoys attention, but definitely on her terms. 14


NEW COLLECTION | #279

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L O V E , M E # 3

T H E S E A R E M Y P E O P L E B Y K I M B E R LY K A L I L This layout tells the story of the people who shaped me into the woman I am. 15


NEW COLLECTION | #279

TIP FROM SARA CASE STRICKLAND

Most times, a template can be altered to use a photo of another orientation. Many times I rotate the template but since that didn’t work for m in this case, I simply swapped a landscape photo for a portrait style.

TIP FROM LISA CORBIN-POLAK

Layered photo mats are always fun, add a little extra “grounding” by placing some stitching (or paint) behind them.

T I P F R O M K I M B E R LY K A L I L

I used the triangles to direct the viewer’s eyes to the photo, so it was clear that “my people” were the focus of the page.

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NEW COLLECTION | #279

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : B A C K T O N AT U R E # 2

T O TA L E C L I P S E B Y J E N N I F E R L A R S O N This layout tells the story of The total lunar eclipse that happened in September. Like most people, my photos of the eclipse were horrible, but I captured my boys watching it and made that the focus of the page. 17


NEW COLLECTION | #279

F R I E N D S & FA M I LY B Y A N N TA M I M I This layout tells the story of my children and their cousin and the wonderful bond they have not just as family but as friends. 18


NEW COLLECTION | #279

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : T R U E L O V E S # 7

LOVE YOU, LIZ! BY ALLIE TRUMPPWER This layout tells the story of all the reasons why I love my long-distance bestie, even if we’ve never lived in the same place. There’s so many connections! 19


NEW COLLECTION | #279

TIP FROM JENNIFER LARSON

When you have a design with lots of white space, that’s a perfect opportunity to use as a background a detailed piece of patterned paper. You will only be covering one part of it, allowing the gorgeous pattern to shine.

T I P F R O M A N N TA M I M I

Journaling strips can be great fun to play with and use in the creative process.

TIP FROM ALLIE TRUMPOWER

Pull colors and patterns from your photos! I was inspired by the plaid in my scarf in the photo, so I wanted to be sure to use that pattern somehow on my page, even if it’s just with patterned paper.

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NEW COLLECTION | #280

#280 You can easily turn a 4x6 photo spot into one for two 3x4 pictures.

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NEW COLLECTION | #280

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L O V E , M E # 1

C L I C K B Y C AT H Y C A I N E S This layout tells the story of a glorious brunch without chaos on a gloomy day in DisneyWorld. 22


NEW COLLECTION | #280

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L O V E , M E # 1 0

I T ’ S O U R B I R T H D AY S B Y S A N D Y H E N D E R S O N This layout tells the story of how my daughter and her husband share birthday parties because they have birthdays one day apart from each other. 23


NEW COLLECTION | #280

T I P F R O M C AT H Y C A I N E S

If you are planning pages for a crop or to get better organized, do your journaling ahead of time. Use Project Life™ grid cards to print on the computer, typewriter or by hand in advance. Keep the journaling with your printed photo until you are ready to tackle the page. This will also help increase your efficiency.

TIP FROM SANDY HENDERSON

This month I share a photo documenting tip. There are certain things I like my subjects to do when I take their birthday photos. If they can, hold up as many fingers to represent how old they are; this is so helpful when kids are small. If they’re bigger, they can hold up two fingers with one hand, and four with the other to represent turning 24. Another is to get a close up with their birthday dessert and candles. We always use number candles just for this reason.

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NEW COLLECTION | #280

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : O N T H E TA B L E # 2

C H E E R S B Y K AT H R Y N Q U I N TA N A This layout tells the story of my son’s love of steaming hot chocolate.

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NEW COLLECTION | #280

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L O V E , M E # 7

LOVE DECEMBER MAGIC BY DELANIE WOOD This layout tells the story of some of the things I find magical about December. 26


NEW COLLECTION | #280

T I P F R O M K AT H R Y N Q U I N TA N A

Stamping and watercolor can give unpredictable results and therefore cause a fear of messing up a project in process. I stamped and painted a few penguins on a sheet of mixed media paper instead of directly onto my project. When I was satisfied with the results, I cut out a penguin into a tag to add as a design element.

TIP FROM DELANIE WOOD

Stamping your journaling isn’t a quick method, but it can give you a great, relaxed result.

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NEW COLLECTION | #281

#281 This page composition can be adapted to the photo size that works best for you. 2.5� square would work nicely here too! 28


NEW COLLECTION | #281

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : Y O U ’ V E G O T M A I L # 5

LOL BY ALEXA GILL This layout tells the story of a funny text conversation between a group of friends and me. 29


NEW COLLECTION | #281

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1

NOVEMBER 2015 BY LISA HAUSMANN This layout tells the story of my November 2015.

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NEW COLLECTION | #281

TIP FROM ALEXA GILL

Repeat one word over and over so that it serves as both a title and a design element.

TIP FROM LISA HAUSMANN

My layout is very similar to the original sketch with the layers, title and journaling. But I took the double page sketch and folded away the centre three photos for my single page, and then made each 2.5x4 photo into two photos of two-inch square so that I could fit in my top eight photos to showcase my month. Don’t be afraid of expanding or reducing a sketch to fit the layout you feel comfortable with.

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NEW COLLECTION | #282

#282 For any two-page sketches, you can swap the left and right pages to create a whole new look on your layout. 32


NEW COLLECTION | #282

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1

DECK THE TOWN BY ARIELLE GORDON This layout tells the story of carrying on a family tradition.

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NEW COLLECTION | #282

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : C O N N E C T I O N S # 4

MY PUPPY DADDY BY JAMIE LEIJA This layout tells the story of how well my boyfriend takes care of our puppy. 34


NEW COLLECTION | #282

TIP FROM ARIELLE GORDON

I loved this sketch, the simplicity is gorgeous. I didn’t want to compete with the layout or the photos, so I made all my elements relatively tiny for my clusters.

TIP FROM JAMIE LEIJA

Mix thematic products with neutral products. I mixed dog themed products with hearts and bright patterns.

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NEW COLLECTION | #283

#283 If you only have one photo, you can adjust the journaling block to make it even larger on the page. 36


NEW COLLECTION | #283

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L I S T S # 1

ADVENTURES BY JENNIFER JOHNSON This layout tells the story of our travel plans for next year.

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NEW COLLECTION | #283

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : L O V E , M E # 7

S H I N E B Y C R Y S TA L L I V E S AY This layout tells the story of how blessed I am to get to be with my sweet family so often. Especially at this time of year when it is so very beautiful. They fill me up so much when I need it the most. 38


NEW COLLECTION | #283

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : O U R S H A R E D S T O R I E S # 2

F I N D Y O U R WAY B Y M E L A N I E R I T C H I E This layout tells the story of moving to Japan and how I felt about it at the time versus how I see it now. 39


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TIP FROM JENNIFER JOHNSON

This is a classic, versatile sketch that you could come back to again and again. By changing one little thing you can give your page a completely different look. One of my favorite ways to change up a sketch is to replace a photo spot with a journaling card, or vice versa.

T I P F R O M C R Y S TA L L I V E S AY

When working with journal prompts, don’t take them completely literally or feel boxed in. Sometimes, while working on storytelling, you will start with one idea and then as you journal, move to a completely new place. That is great! Go where you feel inspired!

TIP FROM MELANIE RITCHIE

Alter your journal cards into elements. I made a wide journal box by merging three journal boxes. I made a circle shape and clipped the “find your way” journal card to it.

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NEW COLLECTION | #283

ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 1

TOP TEN BY JAN SOWDER This layout tells the story of the top ten things I loved about 2015.

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ALSO USING S T O R Y S TA R T E R : S O U N D R TA C K O F L I F E # 8

I N T H E S U N B Y K E L LY S R O K A This layout tells the story of my son and me enjoying being outside in the sun together. 42


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TIP FROM JAN SOWDER

I love using lists for journaling. Lists are a great way to document details about yourself or someone else at a particular time and place.

T I P F R O M K E L LY S R O K A

Use a variety of shapes on your page to give it interest. On this page, I balanced the diamonds, arrows, and triangles with round pearls and letters with rounded edges.

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Story Starters JANUARY 2016


Previous Page: Top of the Rock by Lisa Hausmann This Page: I Am by Alexa Gill


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | L O V E , M E

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” ROSALIND RUSSELL

Scrapbooking about yourself has become more commonplace than ever before. As you head into a new year of memory keeping, take a moment to think about the personal stories that you’ve not yet told. What stories do you keep skipping over? What growth might you see from tackling your “all about me” scrapbooking in a new way this year? JSW

1. Tell the story of learning how to be comfortable in your skin. 2. Make a page about people, places, and things that fill you up. 3. Document how you grew into the person you are today. 4. Create a layout about your daily personal care routines. 5. Celebrate the characteristics that make you uniquely you 6. Write a letter to your past self with lessons learned so far. 7. Capture the story of a time when you felt completely alive. 8. Share a memory about discovering who you wanted to be. 9. Reflect on a time when you didn’t yet have it all figured out. 10. Describe the ways in which you are exactly like your mom. 11. Recall the moment when you finally felt like a grown up. 12. Scrapbook about someone who loves you just as you are.


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 2. Make a page about people, places, and things that fill you up.

ALSO USING #255

I N V I N C I B L E S U M M E R ( PA G E 1 ) B Y J E N N I F E R L A R S O N This layout tells the story of my garden. It fills me up during the winter, which is so long and cold in Minnesota. The story starter ties in nicely to a favorite quote by Camus, which inspired this page and shows up in the title: “In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.� 47


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 2. Make a page about people, places, and things that fill you up.

ALSO USING #222

I N V I N C I B L E S U M M E R ( PA G E 1 ) B Y J E N N I F E R L A R S O N

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 2. Make a page about people, places, and things that fill you up.

ALSO USING #182

B L E S S E D B Y C R Y S TA L L I V E S AY This layout tells the story of how blessed I am to get to be with my sweet family so often. Especially at this time of year when it is so very beautiful. They fill me up so much when I need it the most. 49


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 2. Make a page about people, places, and things that fill you up.

ALSO USING #189

TA O S B Y K AT H R Y N Q U I N TA N A This layout tells the story of one of my favorite places to visit, Taos, New Mexico. 50


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TIP FROM JENNIFER LARSON

The story starter prompted me to reflect on many things that fill me up, but I wanted to reflect on just one. Think about doing that: use a part of a story starter as inspiration.

T I P F R O M C R Y S TA L L I V E S AY

When working with journal prompts, don’t take them completely literally or feel boxed in. Sometimes, while working on storytelling, you will start with one idea and then as you journal, move to a completely new place. That is great! Go where you feel inspired!

T I P F R O M K AT H R Y N Q U I N TA N A

In addition to journaling, design elements and embellishments can help to tell the story. In this layout I used embellishments with symbolic meanings that represent Taos, a town with strong Native American influence. For example, the crossed arrows symbolize peace, and the zig-zag pattern represents the mountains.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 4. Create a layout about your daily personal care routines.

ALSO USING #196

D A I LY R O U T I N E B Y L I S A C O R B I N - P O L A K This layout tells the story of a snapshot of my weekday morning routine. 52


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 4. Create a layout about your daily personal care routines.

ALSO USING #94

D A I LY D U T I E S B Y J A M I E L E I J A This layout tells the story of my daily personal care routines.

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TIP FROM LISA CORBIN-POLAK

I love to use wordart to enhance my stories or to add glimpses of a backstory (in this case, the be amazing snippet). Feel completely empowered to use incomplete sentences or fragments in your journaling, this is particularly useful for list/bullet style journaling.

TIP FROM JAMIE LEIJA

Don’t forget about those punches you have tucked away. Circles are a workhorse that can work just as well on photos as they can on paper.

T I P F R O M K E L LY S R O K A

When creating pages about yourself, make sure to include special characteristics that you have in common with the people in your life.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 5. Celebrate the characteristics that make you uniquely you.

ALSO USING #283

A M O M W I T H A H O R S E B Y K E L LY S R O K A This layout tells the story of two of the characteristics that make me unique - being mother to my daughter and sharing a passion for horses with her. 55


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 6. Write a letter to your past self with lessons learned so far.

P O C K E T PA G E

LIFE LESSONS BY JENNIFER JOHNSON This layout tells the story of some of the lessons I’ve learned in my lifetime. 56


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 6. Write a letter to your past self with lessons learned so far.

ALSO USING: #283

O H H A P P Y L U C K Y M E B Y K I M B E R LY K A L I L This layout tells the story of things my older self would like to tell my younger self. 57


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 6. Write a letter to your past self with lessons learned so far.

ALSO USING: #243

DEAR ALLIE BY ALLIE TRUMPOWER This layout tells the story of a letter/pep talk to myself - past or future - about my jobs and my need for a self-care routine. 58


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TIP FROM JENNIFER JOHNSON

Pocket pages are a great way to do a layout with list-style journaling! You can put one item per card, or even one whole list per card if you want to put several lists on one page.

T I P F R O M K I M B E R LY K A L I L

Sometimes when you’re having trouble coming up with journaling, try writing a letter to yourself or to the subject of your page.

TIP FROM ALLIE TRUMPOWER

I love writing letters to myself-- it’s like giving a mini-lecture or pep-talk to your past or future self. I think self letters reveal SO MUCH about you-- why not include those with a past or current photo of you? Think of how much it would reveal about yourself!

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 7. Capture the story of a time when you felt completely alive.

ALSO USING: #210

TOP OF THE ROCK BY LISA HAUSMANN This layout tells the story of my first impressions of New York during a magical trip there in 2014. I can still remember how amazing it felt to be there and to be experiencing this dream come true. 60


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 7. Capture the story of a time when you felt completely alive.

ALSO USING: #280

B R E AT H E B Y M E L A N I E R I T C H I E This layout tells the story of how I felt so good at Stonehenge despite suffering from morning sickness during my trip to England. 61


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 7. Capture the story of a time when you felt completely alive.

ALSO USING: #200

T H I S I S W H AT I T ’ S A L L A B O U T B Y D E L A N I E W O O D This layout tells the story of a favorite moment from my wedding reception. 62


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TIP FROM LISA HAUSMANN

I was inspired to remember stepping out at the top of the Rockefeller Center and taking in that New York City view with all the lights twinkling. I wanted to capture that excitement I had and how the city literally took my breath away. Use the story starter to remember the feelings you had and use those as the basis for your story.

TIP FROM MELANIE RITCHIE

Don’t hold back in your journaling. Share the less than perfect parts of your experiences as well as the highlights.

TIP FROM DELANIE WOOD

I started writing journaling for a different layout, but this memory came to mind. Don’t hesitate in telling the stories that are wanting to be told.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 9. Reflect on a time when you didn’t yet have it all figured out.

ALSO USING: #271

H A P P Y H O L I D AY S B Y C AT H Y C A I N E S This layout tells the story of getting the traditional holiday pyjama photo. 64


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 9. Reflect on a time when you didn’t yet have it all figured out.

ALSO USING: #108

I AM BY ALEXA GILL This layout tells the story of how I’m still figuring things out, the steps I’m taking to plan for my future whilst still trying to live in the present and questioning whether we ever have things all figured out. 65


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 9. Reflect on a time when you didn’t yet have it all figured out.

ALSO USING: APRIL 2014 #2

UNSURE BY JAN SOWDER This layout tells the story of the first time I became a mom and how I didn’t even come close to having it all figured out. 66


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T I P F R O M C AT H Y C A I N E S

There are lots of blended layers in this layout. Most of those layers are adhered by machine stitching. I love the background paper in itself as it reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Therefore, I did not want to put all my emphasis on the photo but instead your eye will frantically try to figure out what’s going on in this layout.

TIP FROM ALEXA GILL

Using a product such as a ‘Photo Flip’ allows you the extra space to include additional photos or journaling on your layout.

TIP FROM JAN SOWDER

Since I was using an older photo of a much younger time in my life, I decided to use a more vintage inspired kit to add to the feel of the page and the story.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 10. Describe the ways in which you are exactly like your mom.

ALSO USING: #167

YOU AND ME BY SANDY HENDERSON This layout tells the story of ways I am like my mom. It was hard to come up with ideas, because I am more like my dad. My husband helped me see ways we really are alike. I’m grateful to recognize those things better now, and shared a few of them on my layout. 68


S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 11. Recall the moment when you finally felt like a grown up.

ALSO USING: #108

P E T E R PA N S Y N D R O M E B Y A L E X A G I L L This layout tells the story of how I don’t feel like a grown up and how I believe that we never really grow up, we just get older. 69


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TIP FROM SANDY HENDERSON

When you feel stumped about a story to tell, try brainstorming with a friend, or write down some ideas on paper. By making notes on a piece of paper as ideas come to you, concepts will become more concrete...and not float away in a brain cloud.

TIP FROM ALEXA GILL

Use word stickers or die cuts which help you further tell your story.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 12. Scrapbook about someone who loves you just as you are.

ALSO USING: #126

TRUE LOVE BY ARIELLE GORDON This layout tells the story of being loved, despite my flaws.

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S T O R Y S TA R T E R S | 12. Scrapbook about someone who loves you just as you are.

ALSO USING: #218

JUST AS I AM BY SARA CASE STRICKLAND This layout tells the story of how my mom is always, 100 percent on my side. 72


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TIP FROM ARIELLE GORDON

Wow, I think I could have written pages, but I was glad to share snippets of our relationship. Seeing pictures is fun, but the stories we document make the people in the photos so much more real.

TIP FROM SARA CASE STRICKLAND

At times, a lot of journaling isn’t necessary. A photo and a few simple words can sometimes tell a story much more clearly than a long explanation.

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STORYTELLING PRACTICE

My Puppy Daddy L AY O U T B Y J A M I E L E I J A + W R I T T E N B Y J E N N I F E R W I L S O N

In this layout Jamie Leija tells the story of her J O U R N A L I N G T E C H N I Q U E : Written in first-person, partner’s relationship with their dog. The layout the journaling combines both facts and feelings deconstruction reveals a story-focused approach about her dual subjects. The date of her work is to the entire design. noted, but the writing isn’t about one particular day. Instead, the relationship is the focus. T I T L E T E C H N I Q U E : The use of pink letters with the word “daddy” helps to illustrate that the dog is female. The choice of words, particularly the inclusion of “my”, invites the reader in with a softness that indicates there are feelings embedded within the story.

D E S I G N T E C H N I Q U E : To create a cohesive design Jamie unifies six photos from different days using a black and white filter. This allows her to use bright colors in her products while maintaining high visual contrast on the page.

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MEMBER INCENTIVE WINNER

Determination by Sarah Roeder Congratulations to Sarah Roeder for winning the November 2015 Member Incentive Contest. You can win too! All Simple Scrapper members are eligible to enter. Post up to 5 pages or projects in the monthly member incentive gallery in the Simple Scrapper Member Group on Facebook. One random winner will be chosen at the end of each month to receive her choice of a Skype date with Jennifer or a free month of membership. 76


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Pique-Nique by ValĂŠrie Congratulations to ValĂŠrie for winning the November 2015 Story Starter Challenge Contest. The Story Starter Challenge is going on hiatus. In its place, we hope you enjoy the new Simple Scrapper Book Club. Details about the club can be found on the website and on the next page.

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BOOK CLUB SELECTION FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin In each issue of Spark we’ll introduce the book for the following month, so you have plenty of time to get started. In February we’re reading Better Than Before because good habits are a foundational element of purposeful scrapbooking. By learning what makes a habit stick for you, you’ll be able to develop new habits more consistently and even better utilize the Simple Scrapper membership! In case you missed it, January’s selection is: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown 78

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Spark #25  

Learn strategies for cultivating a habit of action.

Spark #25  

Learn strategies for cultivating a habit of action.