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Greetings to you and to the start of a new week! Hopefully your weekend was relaxing and you’re looking forward to a productive day (even if you’re off work, like me, for Columbus Day).

If you’re needing a little inspiration to help get you into a creative groove, you’ve come to the right place. My friend Alison Day brings us today’s mojo, and she knocks it out of the park with two beautiful and unique projects. Before we take a look, though, let’s meet Alison:

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Hi, my name is Alison Day. I started creating scrapbooks to preserve my family’s memories about 6 years ago. Today I enjoy this hobby even more but have added card making, home decor and even some art journaling to the mix. I recently had a layout published in the Fall issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine and two in the Summer edition of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. I have been fortunate enough to be a member of several design teams that have helped shape the crafter I am today. I would love to connect with you on my website at http://alisondaydesigns.com or on my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/DayDesigns.

The first of Alison’s projects is this Autumn wall hanging, inspired by the technique prompt. She used fall colors, gelatos, and dark ink instead of bleach. I just love the look of it, and LOVE that she used the prompt to create a piece of home decor.

Alison Project 1

Next up is this gorgeous greeting card, based on the color scheme for this month. I love the unusual color and pattern of the deer. It really sets this card apart!

Alison Project 2

Now that you’ve been inspired by Alison’s creations, it’s your turn! Create a project based on any one or all of October’s Monday Mojo prompts, leave a link in the comments, and be entered to win this scrappy prize.

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Can’t wait to see your projects!

Till next time…

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Welcome back to September’s Monday Mojo series. As you may know, the format for Monday Mojo has changed from featuring new pins and prompts weekly to sharing one collection for entire month, giving everyone plenty of time to make the most of the ideas and inspiration offered here.

This month, I’ve been excited to feature my friends Karen Siegel Fitting and Janet Carr with their super fabulous digital layouts. I’d love for you to visit their blogs and leave them some love, as they really are two very inspirational ladies.

And for this month’s final project, I’ve put together my interpretation of a combination of most of the prompts to create this card:

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I have to say, this is the most technique-driven card I’ve ever made, and it was so much fun to put together! I loosely followed the layout sketch in choosing and putting the elements together. I used stencils and Dylusions sprays to create the background (the circular stencils stand in for the circles in the sketch), and also sprayed each of the layers of cardstock with the same colors. I drew inspiration from the embellishment prompt in choosing to use sequins as embellishments. Originally, I created a hand-drawn sentiment that said “Good Day Sunshine” as a nod to the song lyric/title prompt, but in my opinion, it looked a bit too homemade, so in the end I ditched it for a stamped sentiment.

I’d love to see your creations from this month as well, particularly any that were inspired by September’s prompts. Just link me up in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win this fun prize pack of Double Dot Gems from BoBunny:

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Be sure to check back next week for a whole new round of Pinspiration for October!

Monday Mojo Graphic

Happy Monday once again! I hope your weekend was fun, relaxed, and refreshing, and that you are heading into a week filled with scrappy adventures!

Okay, that was a nice trip to Fantasyland, wasn’t it? Now that we’re back, let’s talk real life. If you’re like me, it’s been a busy month for you so far. You’re trying hard to settle into a routine with getting kids back to school and all that comes with that. You may not have had time to even think about scrapbooking, much less make something. I feel your pain – I haven’t made anything in quite some time, either.

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Nevertheless, I want to take a second to remind you of this month’s Monday Mojo challenge and to hopefully inspire you to carve out a little time for yourself to make a tag, a card, an embellishment, something that makes you feel happy and creative. And when you do, be sure to link up to a photo of your project for all to see and enjoy, and you’ll be entered to win this scrappy prize:

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Simple as that! I can’t wait to see your creations!

P.S. Click here to see the original post with links back to the original images.

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Hey Howdy Hey, and Happy Monday! Can you believe we’re already halfway through September? Seems like the year really starts to fly by after we turn the corner from summer to fall.

Today I want to share a beautiful digital page contributed by my scrappy friend Janet Carr. Janet has found a way to use ALL the prompts for September on her double-page spread, and I have to say, she’s done an amazing job. But before we look at her gorgeous project, let’s meet Janet:

Janet Bio PicHi, my name is Janet Carr, up until recently I was blessed to be a SAHM to one teenage boy and have been happily married for 25+ years. My husband and I have now found ourselves as empty nesters (and oh so not ready for it). Our son is in his second year of college at Sam Houston State University and is in the SHSU Bearkat Marching Band, so most fall weekends you will find us in Huntsville at the games. We have one little rescue dog named Ali and we live in Cypress, Texas which is about 30 miles NW of Houston.

I have a BFA in Graphic Arts and Advertising and I am retired from a career in city politics, I used my minor – Public Relations – rather than my major (I was the one that was always behind the candidate). Due to the long hours and job demands, we decided that it was not a ‘family friendly’ career… so, we weighed all of our options and I was very blessed to be able to retire and concentrate on what truly are the most important things in my life… my family, my faith, my friends and my love of designing.

I started traditional scrapping in 1999, joined the digital scrapping world in April 2008 and in March of 2010 I started my own line of digital scrapbooking products – Little Feet Digital Designs. I absolutely love digital designing (my family said that since I spend so much time at my computer that it needed a name, so my son named it ‘Sheldon’). I love taking photos of anything and everything and love scrapping those little moments in life that mean so much!!

And here’s her creation:

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Full double-page spreadJanet Left-Page

Left pageJanet Right-Page

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Didn’t she do an awesome job? She’s even included specific information about the digital papers she’s created for this challenge and links to technique tutorials. Check them out:

Papers / Embellishments by Little Feet Digital Designs by Janet Carr

Right page… pixels2Pages Exclusive Membership blueprint Nov. 2013 by Janice Gilhooley
https://www.pixels2pages.net/

Left page… blending technique – pixels2Pages Exclusive Membership Back To Basics video tutorial ‘Paris With Love’, pixels2Pages Exclusive Membership Start To Finish Layering video tutorial, pixels2Pages Video Tidbit Just Blurry
https://www.pixels2pages.net/2012/01/27/start2finish-paris-with-love/
https://www.pixels2pages.net/2011/10/28/start2finish-layering/
https://www.pixels2pages.net/2014/06/19/video-tidbit-just-blurry/

And, best of all, she’s giving away a digital freebie based on this challenge. Visit her at Little Feet Digital Designs to learn more. You can also find her at the following places:

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/LittleFeetDigitalDesigns

Stores:

Panstoria Store (.pakit format): http://tinyurl.com/ozbedm6

Little Feet Digital Designs Store (universal format): http://www.littlefeetdigitaldesigns.com

And now it’s your turn. Let’s see your creations! Remember, if you make a page, card, tag, altered item, ANYTHING really, based on this month’s prompts, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win these lovely jewels from BoBunny:

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Just post a link to your online gallery or blog post showcasing your creation, and you are automatically entered. So don’t wait another second – go mojo!

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Hello, and happy Monday! This week I’m excited to share some mojo from one of my scrappy friends, Karen Siegel Fitting from Photos Kept Alive. Meet Karen:

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Karen Siegel Fitting is a mostly digi-scrapper. Her full time job is as a technical trainer and she uses her training skills to help others learn Panstoria Artisan as well as other scrapping techniques. She lives in Northern California with her husband and canine-kid, Ginger. She can be found at www.PhotosKeptAlive.com


Karen has absolutely blown this month’s challenge out of the water! She has managed to incorporate the color scheme, sketch, technique AND topic prompt all into one amazing digital layout!

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Don’t you just love her unique take on the “favorite song” prompt? Love, love, love seeing all of the mojo prompts come to life. What do you think? Be sure to leave Karen some love by commenting here AND by dropping by to see her at Photos Kept Alive.

There’s still time for you to play along, too! Just make a card, page, tag, or altered item, then post a link to your creation based on one or more of the prompts (you don’t HAVE to work as many as Karen did!) Then your name will be entered into a drawing for this set of beautiful BoBunny bling.

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So what are you waiting for? Go mojo!

Monday Mojo GraphicHello again, and happy Labor Day Monday! I hope you are able to enjoy a day *free* of labor, and that you might even find a little scrappy time for yourself today.

September’s Monday Mojo prompts are all about fall. Hopefully you’ll find something here that inspires you to scrap those back-to-school photos or even finish up a few vacation layouts that are still hanging around from summertime before the hectic holiday season sets in. Whatever the case may be, if you create a project based on any of the prompts throughout the month, be sure to link them up here to have your name go into a drawing for a scrappy prize from me (photo at the end of this post)! So let’s get started:

1. Color SchemeColor Combo

This month’s color combo, “Pastoral,” is from the Color World blog. The jewel are the perfect shades for showcasing fall photos of turning leaves, visits to the apple orchard, and even pumpkin patch portraits.

2. SketchSketch

This month’s sketch is from the Sketch Savvy blog. It’s great for showing off a special photo with lots of little details and layers.

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishment

Our embellishment inspiration is from Aly Dosdall, featured on Scrapbook.com. Aly has used sequins and confetti to create a pocket tag that would be a knockout on a card or scrapbook page. Also great for using up little scraps, in the form of punchies!

4. Technique

Technique

I just adore this month’s technique, which was pinned from Flickr user Alyscraps’ photostream. The photo is simply titled “Dylusions Spray and Stencils,” which seems fairly self-explanatory. I plan to play with this technique myself, and will post any tips or techniques I discover along the way.

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

And, finally, our topic prompt for the month is to scrap about your favorite song title or lyrics. For me, it will be hard to pick just one – I could maybe even squeeze out an entire mini album centered around this one topic!

As always, I love to see what you create based on these Pinterest finds. Please be sure to link your projects in the comments of any September Monday Mojo post, and you’ll be entered to win this set of gems from BoBunny’s Double Dot Jewels line. Don’t hesitate! September will be over before you know it!

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Technique https://www.flickr.com/photos/20248515%40N03/7506270148/in/photostream/?rb=1

 

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Hello again! I hope you had a refreshing weekend and are ready to tackle the week ahead. To help us all do that with some Mojo inspiration is Connie Hanks from Clicky Chick Creates. She’s created an adorable banner using the color scheme for August’s Monday Mojo.

Meet Connie:

1081947_10151591443583663_2024024471_n-Edit-circle2Connie Hanks is a mommy, wife, photographer, scrapbooker, crafter and volunteer-extraordinaire who never outgrew seeing the world as colorful as a fresh box of Crayola crayons! She resides with her “4-family” in San Diego; her loving husband with whom she fell madly in love with at just 19 years old (many, many moons ago!), and her 7- and 5-year-old daughters that are the stars of most her scrapbook pages. She loves to dream, travel, play with her daughters, sing while her hubby plays guitar and rarely misses an opportunity to be behind the lens when she’s with family and friends. You can find Connie and her colorful adventures at Clicky Chick Creates

Here’s her super-cute project:
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Don’t you love it? I can’t wait to make one of my own! For lots more ideas and inspiration, be sure to drop by Clicky Chick Creates, and while you’re there, leave Connie some love!
And don’t forget – you can win this scrappy prize for participating in our Monday Mojo challenge: one yard of each of 11 original colors of baker’s twine from the Twinery from my Etsy shop!
P1120696Simply create a project inspired by one of the five prompts, then leave a link in the comments to be entered to win. Hurry! August is almost over! Till next time – go mojo!
P.S. Even if you don’t win, you’ll receive a 15% discount code for anything in my Etsy shop by simply entering. So, get to it! I can’t wait to see!

Monday Mojo Graphic

Hello, and happy Monday!

First, let me apologize for my recent “radio silence.” I spent the better part of last week at the CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta, GA. I had the best intentions of blogging/Instagramming from the show, but the hotel’s connection was spotty at best most of the time, so it simply did not happen. I will be blogging about the experience over the next few days, and, in the meantime, if you’d like to see my photos from the show, you can check them out on Flickr.

Now onto Monday Mojo. I’m switching things up for this series, and instead of bringing you weekly Pinterest prompts, I’ll be doing them once a month. I’ve got some amazing guest posters lined up to share their takes on the prompts, and you have the chance to participate, too! Just link up your projects in the comments each week, and I’ll choose someone at random to win a scrappy prize from MKP at the end of the month. Sound good? Let’s get on with it!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This month’s color palette comes from a foreign website called In Color Balance. It came across my Pinterest feed, and I fell in love with the deep reds combined with pale blue and neutral khaki. I think it will play really well with this month’s sketch!

2. Sketch

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This month’s sketch comes from the Paper Secrets blog. It’s featured as their August sketch challenge, and if you send in a submission by the 31st, you could win a $20 gift certificate to their shop. Be sure to read the rest of the guidelines, though, as there is a bit more to the challenge than just using the sketch.

3. Embellishment

Embellishment

I am completely taken with this month’s embellishment idea, which comes from the Sweet Home blog. In fact, the entire post from which this prompt comes from is full of drool-worthy ideas. I can’t wait to play with some tags, stamps, and buttons, and I really can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

4. Technique

Technique

All right, so this month’s technique from Jill Ricci doesn’t really have an accompanying tutorial, but I can imagine interpreting it a number of ways. The quilt-like pattern could be achieved with circle punches or die cuts, or maybe even stencils and paints. This is a chance to let your imagination run wild and really get inventive.

5. Topic

Topic Prompt

And, finally, for this month’s topic, we’ll be scrapping about our “happy places.” This could be anywhere, really. It could be a place in your imagination (think Happy Gilmore), or it could be a favorite vacation spot. Whatever your happiest place is, make a page about it and share it with us!

So that’s it for this month’s prompts. I hope the wheels are turning in your mind and you’ve already got some projects in mind. To be entered to win a scrappy prize, use one or more of this month’s prompts in a creation and link to it in the comments. Can’t wait to see what you do!

Monday Mojo GraphicHappy Monday to you! Here’s hoping your week is off to a great start, but just in case you’re needing a little bit of inspiration to help you through, I’ve got more  awesome Pinterest finds to share today.

1. Color SchemeColor Scheme

This week’s color scheme comes from Design Seeds. It’s such a usable palette. I love the combination of blue and green, and then the additions of kraft and gray have my imagination working on photos of summer vacations, little boys – or big boys, for that matter – water play, sports, and the list goes on and on.

2. Sketch

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The sketch comes from Citrus Twist. It was their June challenge sketch. That challenge deadline has passed, but the sketch is still amazing. I love the circles surrounding the photos and the title placement.

3. Embellishment

Embellishment

 

This adorable embellishment idea is from the Vintage Street Market website. So cool how they’ve used an ordinary office supply to create such cute little decorations for your scrapbook pages or cards!

4. Technique

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My friend Kristie Sloan posted this awesome tutorial on her blog, Artful Adventures. She shows you different ways to create backgrounds, and she makes it look so easy and fun!

5. TopicTopic Prompt

And the topic for this week is all about liking yourself. List as many things as you can think of – the things that make you, you. Then make a project listing them all, or focus on one at a time and make a page for each one. This would make for a great mini-book, too.

I’d love to see what you come up with using one or more of the prompts for this week. Also, if you’ve got a great technique or embellishment idea, send it along, and I’ll include it in a future Monday Mojo post. Till next week, go mojo!

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Hello and welcome to another Monday Mojo, where I show you a roundup of some of my favorite Pinterest finds of the week in hopes of giving you (and me) a shot in the arm of inspiration to help get us through the week with a little creativity.

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This bright, happy color scheme is from the Color Your World website. As you might have guessed, it’s all about color, and it has some gorgeous palettes – definitely worth checking out and bookmarking. I fell in love with the picture, and the colors that come from it put me in the mood to scrap some lovely spring or summer photos.

 

2. Sketch Sketch

This week’s sketch is from Scrapbook.com, and is part of their July sketch challenge. I love the circular elements and all the splatters and details.

 

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishment

This origami bow embellishment tutorial is from the Moodkids website. The site is not written in English, but the photos are fantastic and do a great job explaining the technique. These little bows would look great as a banner across a page or card, or even as party decorations.

 

4. TechniqueTechnique

This gesso technique is from Swirlydoos. The tutorial actually shows you how to use gesso with a stencil on canvas, but I just know it would look luscious on a page as well.

 

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

And, finally, the topic prompt. What did you dream of as a child? What did you aspire to? This could be the job you dreamed of or the celebrity crush you were dying to meet. Take it any direction you feel led and make a page!

That’s it for this week. If you’ve got a technique, sketch, or color combo you’d like to share, be sure to leave a comment – we’d all love to see!

Cheers,
Lisa