August already? Whew, where did summer go? This week I’ll be heading back to school to begin putting my new classroom together. I’m moving from third grade to fifth grade science and social studies, so I’ll have a bit of rethinking to do as far as decorations and organization. How about you? Are you looking forward to school starting again? Do you function better with or without a routine? I’d love to hear, so please comment below.

And now, let’s get down to the real reason for this post – brand new Monday Mojo prompts! I’ve visited my Pinterest boards and picked out a lovely color scheme and some fun sketch and embellishing ideas.

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

Ready for fall, this color scheme comes to us from the Color Palettes website. The yellow, red, and green remind me of the colors of the leaves as they begin to change (which happens earlier here in Louisiana than in other parts of the country). The neutrals serve as a nice counterpoint to the other saturated colors.

Sketch

Sketch

Our sketch is from the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits blog, borrowed from Scrappin Around the Clock for one of their back to school challenges. I think it’s a perfect page layout for a back to school portrait.

Embellishment

Embellishment

This fun embellishment idea from the Shari Design blog could be interpreted in so many ways. The ticket shapes could actually become journal spots instead of a card sentiment. There are so many opportunities to layer on little goodies like jewels, twine, washi, brads, stickers – you name it.

Technique

Technique

This beautiful tissue paper background technique comes from the Craft Barn blog. Although it has a distinctly Asian feel (it was featured as part of their Oriental week series), the stamps and colors could easily be adapted to whatever theme you’d like to scrapbook.

 Topics to Scrapbook

Topics

And finally, our topic prompts come from the Capture Your 365 website. If you’ve never checked it out, you really should. There is a whole community of people (some scrapbookers, some not) dedicated to taking a photo a day for the whole year. This is just a sampling of the prompts that are shared there. What I love about them is that they are so easy to interpret. This time of year is so hectic, and anything easy is very welcome!

So there you have it. Five bright, shiny new mojo prompts. I hope just seeing these inspires you to create something. And if you do, I’d love to see it! Stop on by the MKP Facebook group and show us what ya got! (We’ll show you some love – promise!)

 

Welcome to another week of Monday Mojo using July’s Mojo prompts.

Today’s project is from Cathy, and she is showcasing the sketch prompt – with a little bit of a twist. Take a look:

Here’ the original sketch,

Sketch

The Sketch – 6 small photos aligned in 2 rows of 3

and here is Cathy’s take on it, with the photos and ephemera positioned slightly differently, setting the fun mood of the page. I love all the details she’s included with her embellishments and title work. This page is simply stunning!

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. Cathy’s layout with a collage of photos and ephemera

And now it’s your turn. Give the sketch (or any of the prompts) a try, then come share it with us in the MKP Facebook Group. We’d love to gab about scrapbooking with you and show some love to your work!

 

Hello, and welcome to another month of Monday Mojo prompts and projects! I hope your Fourth was fun and safe, and that you were able to make tons of happy memories, and that this month’s prompts – gleaned from my Pinterest boards – will help inspire you to capture some of them on a project or two!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This gorgeous, rich toned color scheme is from the Color Palettes website. These bright, rich colors are perfect for summer-themed pages and cards.

2. SketchSketch

July’s sketch is from the Pink Paislee blog. Its multi-photo, wallet-size prints layout is perfect for displaying a series of fireworks photos with pizzazz.

3. Embellishment

Embellishment

This super-fun doily-with-pennant-banner embellishment idea comes from Creativeladle. The blog is written in German, but the photos clearly communicate what the projects are all about.

4. Technique

Technique

This month’s technique, all about embossing with inked wax, comes from the Silverscrapper’s Craft Space blog. There’s a complete tutorial, and it looks like a lot of fun, with loads of possibilities.

5. Topic Prompts

Topics

And, finally, our list of topic prompts comes from – of all places – the Fit Approach website. There are some really great page ideas here. Some are deep thinkers, and others are simple and lighthearted. Whatever you’re in the mood for, this list will have you covered.

So now that you’ve seen the prompts, it’s time to get creative! Make a page, a card, or whatever your heart desires. Then come on over to our Facebook group and share your work. We’d love to see and be inspired by you, so join in the discussion!

Welcome to the final week of June’s Monday Mojo inspiration! This week I am so proud and excited to introduce you to my friend and scrapbook designer, Cathy Sanders. Cathy will be adding her fresh perspective to the Mojo prompts each month, and I am thrilled to have her on board, and I know you’re going to love seeing her take on things! Here’s a little bit about her:

Cathy

My name is Cathy Sanders and I hail from Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa.  I am married to Keith and we have one son, Aaron, who is 13 and a half. I was introduced to scrapbooking by my best friend in 2002 and haven’t looked back.  I love scrapping, and my happy place is playing with paper, ink, and glue every weekend in my scraproom. I have been on a few design teams in the past and these have helped me grow.  For the past year I have been attending technique classes with our local celebrity, Jowilna Nolte, and now I am learning to include more and more techniques into my layouts. I am enjoying the space I’m in at the moment with my scrapping and hope to only grow more and more in the years to come. You can read lots more about me and my scrapping on my blog  http://whatsupwithcathy.blogspot.com/

And here’s Cathy’s layout for June:

Cathy June Layout

She’s interpreted the sketch prompt with blues and browns, and I just love the way she’s artfully spritzed the background. Plus, she gets bonus points for using her own handwriting for the journaling!

Here’s another peek at that sketch prompt, in case you forgot:

Sketch

Be sure to visit Cathy’s blog and leave her some love.  And while you’re there, be sure to look around – I know you’ll find tons of inspiration there as well.

Come back next week for ALL NEW Monday Mojo prompts.

Happy Scrapping!

Monday morning after one of “those” weekends. You know the kind that leave you more stressed out than relaxed? Yeah. One of those. In fact, it’s been a hectic few weeks, with some major health concerns with my husband happening, trying to get to the bottom of that while also dealing with my own low energy due to adrenal fatigue.

Finally, I’d had enough and decided what I really, really wanted to do was to create something pretty. So that’s exactly what I did! I had this Basic Grey card kit that I’d been hoarding for a while, and when I finally got to sit down to scrap, it just seemed to catch my eye.

“That’ll be easy!” I thought. Well, if you’ve ever assembled a Basic Grey kit of any kind, you know that simple they are not, but I had the best time cutting and scoring and folding and putting this paper together with that. I just got to lose myself in the creative process for a while, and it was amazingly therapeutic.

Sometimes mojo’s just hard to find. Even if you have a handful of kick-butt prompts to guide you. Sometimes life’s just hard. When it is, give yourself a break from all the stress and worry. Sit down and play with pretty papers. See if it doesn’t make you feel profoundly better. I bet it will.

 8 great Basic Grey cards – that just so happen to fit this month’s color scheme perfectly! Do you agree?

Color Scheme

How do you get going again after one of “those” weeks? I’d love to know – please leave a comment below.

Hey, howdy, hey, let’s bring on May! I don’t know about you, but the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” certainly rang true for my little corner of Louisiana this year. I can count on one hand the number of times we were able to take the kiddos out for recess. Makes for an interesting month! And now, all my irises are in bloom, and even some of my roses, and I have to say, I always feel inspired when things start growing and blooming around me. So let’s see if we can muster up some mojo to carry us through May, what’ya say? (Okay, I’m done with the corny rhymes – onto the prompts!)

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

I am in LOVE with this combination of colors, even though they’re not the pastel hues I usually think of for Spring. It was the photo of the raspberries that helped me make the final decision on the color scheme, and, as so many have before, this one comes to us from Design Seeds.

Sketch

Sketch

This easy, breezy sketch lends itself to lots of layers and cute embellishments. If you’re trying to use up some scraps, this would be an excellent starting off point. It’s from the Sketches in Thyme blog.

Embellishment

Embellishment

For some reason, when I spotted this embellishment idea, I could picture it, maybe a bit smaller, fitting right in with the sketch. You could make it any shape at all – circle, star, tag, butterfly, flower, and simply ink it up, stamp it, and voila! Easy custom embellishment. The idea is from Monica Zuniga’s blog.

 

TechniqueTechnique

So it seems we’re getting two techniques for the price of one this month (the embellishment idea also incorporates artsy ideas). I’m imagining using this technique to create a custom background for a layout or card. I love the way all the colors of the rainbow are represented here, but it would also be gorgeous just using the ones in the color scheme prompt. This technique is from the My scrappin’ life blog.

Topics

Topic Prompts

There’s something for everyone in this month’s topic list. From scrapping about self-awareness to what you love about your “mum,” you’ll find something to spark an idea for a page or journal entry. Maybe even a whole album! These prompts are from Break of Light.

So much fun and inspiration this month! I can’t wait to get into each of these prompts! What about you? I’d love to hear about your favorite(s). Leave a comment below or come join the conversation in our Facebook group.

See you next week!

 

Hello again, and Happy Monday! Another busy week lies ahead, but hopefully you will get some time to do something creative this week. If you do, may I suggest you try out this month’s technique, inspired by this FREE class at Scrapbook.com:

Technique

I was so inspired after watching the videos in the class I couldn’t wait to open my gelatos – the ones I bought last summer – the ones that were still brand new in the packaging. Ahem. ANYWAY…

I only had four colors to work with, but that was certainly enough to get started.

First, I tried the stencil technique, I love the loo of this, and I really want to invest in some more templates, or create some of my own with my Silhouette. The one I got for Christmas. The one that’s still brand new in the packaging. Ahem.

Next, I couldn’t wait to try watercolor painting in a stamped image. I picked up this cool stamp set at a garage sale at my local scrapbook store this weekend, and I knew it would be perfect for this technique. I used my CTMH black ink to stamp it, so the lines did bleed a bit. I need to pick up some another black archival ink pad. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t entirely blown away by this one. I could just as easily have used my paints or markers or colored pencils and achieved a very similar look.

Next I tried the watercolor background technique. I do wish I’d used the red instead of the gray, but I can still use this on a card or journaling block for sure.

Next was the watercolor background. I like this as well, or maybe better, than the same technique with Distress Inks.

Next was the embossed resist technique. I really like this one, but I found that it worked best with a single color instead of several.

Finally, I tried a dry emboss technique. This has a fun, doodly look to it that I just love.

Overall, this was a really fun creative session. My projects are not perfect, but I kind of love that. The class instructor mentioned that the gelatos do eventually dry, but they feel to me like they could still smudge. I will probably spray Goosebumps texture spray onto the pieces where I applied the color directly to the paper and did not activate them with water. At any rate, I enjoyed learning about and exploring gelatos techniques so much that I will be picking this up very soon:

Gelatos

I’d love to see your creations with gelatos. Let’s talk techniques over in our Facebook group.

Make-It-Monday

And if you’re here on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop will be Melissa’s blog, where she’s showing you how to create a Mother’s Day gift using your die-cutting machine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hi again! What’s on your plate this week? For me, it’s TESTING. In all caps. <sigh> Yes, indeed. Tuesday and Wednesday my third graders will be subjected to the second of three rounds of testing. I know they will do great, but I don’t enjoy putting them through their paces like that. 

In other news – Monday Mojo news – today we’re creating handmade embellishments using journaling cards and bits and pieces we may have lying around. Fun, huh?

  

All four of the following tags started as pieces of a Heidi Swapp cut-apart sheet.   

This embellishment layers a die-cut piece, stamped, fussy cut flowers and label, and a bit of bling. Perfect for a card, or even a layout. 

 

The next piece mixes a pennant sticker and a couple of stamped fussy-cut shapes with the journal card.  

The next piece follows a similar pattern, with layers of die cut pieces, stamped pieces, stickers, and bling. This time, the colors are chosen to pop against the gray background and the items are set slightly off the edge of the journal card. 

 

And the last piece, though similarly assembled, has an entirely different look. I’ve actually already used this one on a layout, but you’ll have to tune into next week’s Scraps & Stash Saturday to peep it. 🙂

I hope I’ve shown you how easy it can be to create your own embellishments from just a few bits and pieces. I’d like to see your creations, too! Come on over to our Facebook group and start sharing today!

Hello again, and happy April! What’s on tap for you this month? Spring Break? (We should all be so lucky – which I am, being an elementary teacher, but still…) Planting a garden? Whatever your activities, I hope you’ll take some time for yourself to be creative, and it would be lovely if one of these prompts from my carefully curated Pinterest boards inspired you. Let’s get into it!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This month’s color scheme is, one again, from Design Seeds. Chosen because the colors are so bright and spring-like,and because it plays so well with the technique and embellishment prompts! 🙂

2. Sketch

Sketch

I found this month’s sketch pin linked to a new-to-me blog called Scrappin Around the Block. Lots of eye candy (and tons more sketches!) there, so be sure to check it out!

3. Embellishment Embellishment

This adorable embellishment idea is from the Authentique blog. Although these examples use products from their paper lines, I’m sure they can easily be replicate with other products or even stamps, inks, and die-cuts.

4. Technique

Technique

This month’s technique prompt is actually a FREE class offered at Scrapbook.com. If you’ve never tried online learning before, this would be a great place to start, PLUS you’ll make some really cool artwork in the process.

5. Topic Prompts

Topic Prompts

And, finally, April’s topic prompts are from a blog called Cup of Delight, and there are some really fun ones in this list. For more of the “Five Year Journal” prompts, visit the blog, where you can see several months’ worth. Well, there they are! Five scrappy prompts for the month of April.

I would truly love it if you would share your projects created using any or all of these prompts. Please join me in my Facebook group, where we can talk about scrapbooking all day and all night, and then all over again.

See you there! Cheers, Lisa

Well, here it is, the end of March. Wait, what?! Already? Man, time flies when you’re having fun!

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the Monday Mojo projects from this month:

1. Embellishment

Friends Embellishment

Based on this Pinterest prompt:

Embellishment

2. Sketch

Atlanta

Based on this sketch prompt:

Sketch

Those were fun! I just wish I’d gotten to play with the technique and journal prompts. Ah, well, there’s always next month! Be sure to tune in next Monday for all new prompts.

Cheers,
Lisa