Hello, and happy Monday to you! Thanks for joining me for an all new Monday Mojo post to kick-start the week’s creativity.

This week’s project is inspired by the sketch prompt, and let me just ask – why don’t I start every page with a sketch? When I do, things seem to come together oh so much easier and more quickly. Hmm..something to think about. At any rate, here’s the sketch:

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And here’s my layout inspired by the sketch. I followed it very closely, but kept the embellishments to a minimum. Just a few little camera icons sprinkled around, the washi tape border, and the ribbon across the photo mat. Simple, but I love it.

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How about you? Do you have any recent layouts that started with a sketch? I’d love to see! Link them up in the comments.

And, if you’re joining me today from the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Connie’s blog, where she’s showing you how to make adorable cupcake toppers for a birthday party. Check it out!

Till next time,
Lisa

Confession time: Although I’m completely gob-smacked, enamored with the idea of handmade embellishments – so much so that I’ve included one in every single Monday Mojo post for months, this is the first time I’ve ever actually made one myself.

To be honest, it took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to make. I didn’t want to exactly replicate the embellishment in the prompt:

Embellishment

but at the same time, I just couldn’t seem to come up with anything in my stash that suited. Finally, I came across this wonderful stamp and die set that I got at the Paper Arts show in July, and I decided that although it would be very similar to the prompt, it was just too perfect not to play with.

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So here’s what I came up with:

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And you know what? It was so much fun to make! I can’t wait to use it on an upcoming Scraps & Stash project. Not sure if this little cutie will make its way onto a scrapbook page or a card, but I’m looking forward to some creative time to find out.

So what do you think? What are some other great die-cut shape combos that would make great embellishments? Leave me a comment below with your ideas.

And if you’re visiting on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Alison’s blog, where she’s sharing fun, low-cost party ideas!

Make-It-Monday

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Monday Mojo is a weekly series bringing you ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects. On the first Monday of each month, I will post a roundup of some of my favorite Pinterest finds. Included will be  a color scheme, page or card sketch, handmade embellishment idea, artsy technique, and topic prompt. Use as many as you like to inspire your month of crafting!

Hello, and welcome to a WHOLE NEW month of Monday Mojo prompts! Wow, can you believe it’s March already? In like a lion, out like a lamb? I don’ tknow about that, but I do know that around here, March is coming in with some awesome inspiration.  So let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

March’s color scheme is a fresh, bright one from Design Seeds. The bright greens mixed with shades of navy put me in mind of St. Patty’s Day and the fact that spring is just right around the corner.

2. Sketch

Sketch

This month’s sketch is from Inspired Blueprints, and it will play very well, I think, with this month’s technique.

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishmentOur embellishment inspiration comes from the Scrapbook.com gallery, and is a reminder that sometimes the simplest ideas, like layering together several die-cut shapes, can have a big impact on a project.

4. Technique

Technique

This month’s technique – creating adorable doodles for your page – comes from Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. As mentioned earlier, I think this technique would fit perfectly into one of the square spaces on March’s sketch.

5. Topic Prompt(s)

Topic Prompt

And, finally, the prompts for this month are from the Scrap Takeout blog. There’s a prompt for every day of the month, and these would be great to use for a journal or a photo-a-day, not to mention as topics for scrapbook pages.

That’s it for this month. I hope you’ve found some inspiration, and maybe discovered a new website or two. I’d love to see your creations using any of the prompts. Just head on over to our Facebook group and say hi. While you’re there, link us up to your projects, or upload them right into the gallery. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Topic Prompt

http://sideofawesomesauce.com/this-months-photo-journal-prompts/

 

Happy Monday to you, and welcome to Week 2 of February’s Monday Mojo! If you’re joining from Alison’s blog on the Make it Monday blog tour, welcome! I hope you’ll stay a while!

Today’s Mojo post will be short and sweet. I’m sharing a super simple card inspired by this month’s color scheme. I was excited to be able to use the altered patterned paper piece I made for last week’s DIY Friday post, as well as some coral, gold, and black patterned papers and die-cuts.Hello Mojo

Pretty cute, no? It puts me in mind of spring and other happy things. I just need to decide who to send it to.

I’d love to see your projects inspired by the color scheme. Leave a comment here or come on over to our Facebook group, and let’s talk scrap!

Next on the Make it Monday blog tour is my friend Kristie Sloan, who’s talking planners today. Check it out!

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Monday Mojo is a weekly series bringing you ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects. On the first Monday of each month, I will post a roundup of some of my favorite Pinterest finds. Included will be  a color scheme, page or card sketch, handmade embellishment idea, artsy technique, and topic prompt. Use as many as you like to inspire your month of crafting!

Hey, hey! Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Hey, hey! Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Sorry – couldn’t resist. LOL

Happy Monday to you, and welcome to February’s all-new Mojo prompts! Not surprisingly, this month is centered mainly around a love theme, although I hope you won’t find the prompts predictable. I’d like to think you can put your own spin on things and make some really rockin’ projects using this month’s inspiration. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

Our love-ly color palette is from a website called The Perfect Palette, and it’s got a little bit of everything. Traditional Valentine’s pink, with accents of coral and orange, a splash of black for some contrast, and how about that gold for accents? Super trendy!

2. Sketch Sketch

This month’s sketch is from the Paper Secrets challenge blog. There’s lots of inspiration here, and not only is their design team amazing, but you’ll find lots more inspiration from other scrappers’ Mr. Linky entries. In the spirit of the month, be sure to leave a little love wherever you visit! 🙂

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishment

What can I tell you? I’m a sucker for a cute little layered embellishment, so that’s exactly what I chose for February’s embellishment prompt. This particular inspiration comes from the Pine is Here blog, and I think you’ll find a lot to love there as well.

4. TechniqueTechnique

February’s artsy technique is from Karen Grunberg – one of my personal favorite artists. These are photos of some smaller pieces she created with paints, inks, stamps, and stencils. I can imagine something like this as a focal point for a card or an embellishment on a scrapbook page. Or, hey, why not create one for the wall?

5. Topic Prompt(s)Topic Prompt

And, finally, this month’s prompts are from the Thistle Dew blog. They’re intended to be used as daily art journal prompts throughout the month of February, but I’m content to just pick and choose. In fact, I’ve got my eye on one or two already. How about you?

 

I’d love to hear what you think about the prompts for February. Sound off here in the comments, or come on over to our Facebook page and join the conversation!

 

 

Happy Monday to you! I’m happy to be participating in this week’s Make It Monday blog tour as I finish up this last week of January’s Monday Mojo series. Say that three times fast! LOL

My project this week is a layout inspired by the sketch prompt brought to you by Stuck!? Sketches. I followed the sketch very closely, and I’m thrilled with the way this page about my nieces turned out as a result.P1160433

Details: All the papers are from my stash – a My Mind’s Eye paper pad I got for a screaming deal at Michael’s. The striped strip is cut to 2 1/2″ wide. The white floral is a 4″ x 6″ piece. The pink floral is 3″ x 9″. The green polka dot is 3″ x 5.” The blue circle is 5 1/2.” Embellishments are a border sticker from an old Basic Grey sticker sheet. Flowers are from Prima, and rounding everything out are Doodlebug white enamel dots and stamped stitches.

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White enamel dots brighten up the yellow flowers.

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The stitching is stamped on using Close to My Heart Crystal Blue

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Layers of pretty pink, orange, blue and green from My Mind’s Eye “Lime Twist” are a perfect complement to the photos

There’s still time to participate in the Stuck!? Sketches challenge. Upload your entry by January 29, and you could win a prize from one of their sponsors.

To continue the Make it Monday tour, click on over to Alice, who’s giving you 10 tips for using large photos on your layouts!

Hello again, and happy Monday to you! A special welcome to you if you’re here on the Make it Monday blog tour.

I am enjoying a much-needed day off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I’m eager to squeeze in some good scrappy time.

Meanwhile, I’d like to share my Monday Mojo project for the week with you. It’s titled “Snow Day,” and it uses the topic prompt for this month – specifically the poem titled “Winter,” which I copied in my own handwriting and used as the journaling for the page.

This layout uses one of my favorite hoarded Fancy Pants lines, Hot Chocolate. It’s at least a few years old, because I remember getting it when I was still a consultant with Memory Works.

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I always envisioned using these papers for winter/snow pics, but the truth is, we don’t get a lot of snow in my area of the country. Instead of continuing to wait for the perfect photo op, I decided to make the most of what I have. I cut chunks out of several of my favorite papers from the line, layered them on, then added as many stickers as I could for embellishments. I rather like the results, too!

How about you – are you hoarding something waiting for just the right event or photos to scrap? Could you break some papers down into smaller pieces and use lots of layers to showcase your favorites? I’d love to see! Link me up here or in our Facebook group!

And if you’re here for the Make It Monday blog circle, hop on over to see Beth next, where she’s showing you how to scrap birthday photos quickly and easily.

Cheers!
Lisa H.

Hello again! I hope your Monday is off to a great start, and that you are planning some creative time for yourself this week. If so, you might find this simple idea for a  greeting card to be just what you need to spark some creative mojo.

Creating cards is quick and easy when you use bits and pieces from collection kits, such as this one using Basic Grey’s Capture line.

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Using this month’s color scheme for inspiration, I pulled this card together in about 20 minutes. The card itself is a horizontal 5 x 7, and the gray and white chevron background paper is from an Amy Tangerine 6 x 6 paper pad. I trimmed one side of it down to 4 3/4, then layered on a 4×6 journaling card from the Capture waterfall pack.

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I wanted to hide the title printed on the journaling card, so I used a label diecut and a round piece to cover it. I took the round yellow piece from the Capture 6 x 12 sticker sheet, and again, it had words I needed to hide, so I layered a large label sticker over it strategically, then used foam tape to attach the sentiment sticker. I spelled out “my friend” with the mini alphabet stickers, then added the arrow diecut to finish it.

See? Easy as pie – a quick project to fit into your busy weekday schedule. I’d love to see what YOU create, so be sure to share in the comments or in our Facebook group.

And now, if you’re here from the Make it Monday Blog Tour (or even if you’re not), hop on over to Karen’s blog, where she shows you some cool tricks for working with your digital photos!

 Monday Mojo is a weekly series bringing you ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects. On the first Monday of each month, I will post a roundup of some of my favorite Pinterest finds. Included will be  a color scheme, page or card sketch, handmade embellishment idea, artsy technique, and topic prompt. Use as many as you like to inspire your month of crafting!

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Hello again, and welcome back to Monday Mojo 2015! This month I’ve pulled together what I think is some fabulous inspiration for your scrapbooking. Let’s take a look:

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

January’s color scheme is from a new-to-me blog called Style Court. Apparently, the picture above shows actual paint chips from the year 1807. It’s striking to me how relevant these colors are today, and I think they make a truly gorgeous palette for winter scrapbooking.

2. Sketch
Sketch

This month’s sketch is actually the current challenge from Stuck?! Sketches. If you play along and post your entry by January 29, you could win a prize from one of their sponsors – Big Picture Classes or ScrapMatts. I know I’ll be trying it out – how about you?

3. Embellishment

Embellishment

Wow – isn’t this embellishment cluster gorgeous? I could look at it all day. This piece of super-charged inspiration comes from a French blog, Les Creations, and boy, am I a new fan and follower! Hers is apparently a scraplift, and I can’t wait to follow suit!

 

4. Technique

Childhood home

I picked this month’s technique because I think it’s such a unique and creative idea. I know I have memories of several places we’ve lived or visited, and it would be so cool to document them this way. This idea is from the Journal Craft Inspiration Blog, which is full of lots of equally awesome ideas.

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

For 2015, I thought it’d be great to have lots of choices of topics instead of only one, and I was not disappointed when I began to search for them. This list of prompts comes from the the Thistle Dew Blog. They have lists like this for every month of the year, so you may be seeing more of these in the future.

So there you go – mojo for the whole month of January. I’d love to see any projects you create using the prompts! Share them in our brand new Facebook group. I’d like to choose some to feature here on the old blog, too, so let me know if you’d be interested in seeing your work featured here.

Cheers!

 

Happy MonMonday Mojo Graphicday to you! Are you all set for Friday night? Expecting lots of little princesses, goblins, and buckaroos at your front door? Where I live, we don’t get many trick-or-treaters, but that doesn’t seem to stop us from stocking up on snack-size Kit Kats and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Hopefully you’ve had some time this month to scrap a page or two, or maybe even just whip up a few cards or embellishments for future projects. And if you find yourself casting about for a little inspiration, don’t forget there’s still time to use this month’s Monday Mojo prompts. When you do, and you share your project with the rest of us, you’re entered to win a set of BoBunny bling! Now there’s a treat just for you!

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Here are the prompts one more time. Go back to this post to read all the details and click the links to the original websites for more information.

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Till next week – happy haunting!