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 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

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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!

 

 

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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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Hello again, and happy Monday! Here in northwest Louisiana, it’s finally fall – the temperature has dropped below 70, and the leaves are starting to think about turning. Fall is an elusive season in our area. It can tend to feel like summer right up until the first freeze sometimes, and it seems like we only get a week or two of that cool, crisp “autumness” that makes us want to play outside, carve pumpkins, and sip warm apple cider.

So all that to say, how’s about some Fall inspiration? I’ve combed my Pinterest boards and found some awesome Autumn prompts. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

October’s color scheme is from the beautiful In Color Balance website. I love the unexpected blue mixed in with the warmer orange, yellow, and brown tones. I can’t wait to see how these translate into papercrafting projects.

Sketch

Sketch

This PageMaps sketch was featured on the Let’s Capture Our Memories blog as their August sketch challenge. I love the different components grouped together in the center of the layout, and can envision both the handmade embellishment and the technique fitting perfectly in this layout.

Embellishment

Embellishment

This adorable handmade embellishment idea comes from the My Creative Scrapbook blog. I love the look of the layered bits and pieces all stitched together. This idea will be so much fun to play around with!

Technique

Technique

This fun technique idea comes from the Balzer Designs website, where guest poster M. Carmen Sanchez shows you how to create a water-stamped background. You can easily adapt the colors to fit in with the color scheme of the month and create a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind background element for a page or card.

Topic

Topic Prompt

Finally, this month’s topic prompt is for the Halloween-minded. Write a spooky story telling about the most creeped out you’ve ever been. What were the circumstances? Was it all in your head? Or have you truly experienced a brush with the paranormal?

There you have it – a whole month’s worth of inspiration all in one post! Be sure to link me up to your projects based on any or all of the above prompts, and you’ll be entered to win this set of BoBunny Double Dot jewels:

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Can’t wait to see what you create! Go mojo!

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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 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, 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

Sketch

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

Sketch

 

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

Technique

 

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 again, and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a good start and that you’ve got some time scheduled sometime soon to scrapbook. Just in case you’re in need (or want) of a little inspiration, here are some of my latest and greatest Pinterest finds.

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This gorgeous summery wedding color scheme is from the Knots Villa website. It evokes thoughts of sunshine and Popsicle, and would make a fantastic palette for a scrapbook page.

2. Sketch

SketchThis Project Life inspired sketch is from PageMaps. What’s really cool about it is that you can use it to help plan for pocket-style scrapbooking or just create a traditional 12 x 12 layout with the sketch itself. You can also use the 4×6 sketches of the individual “pockets” to help you create embellishments for other pages. Super versatile. And, wowie wow wow! Becky Fleck actually puts out a whole new set of sketches each and every month.

3. Technique

TechniqueThis week’s technique shows a great way to use up small patterned paper scraps to create a background page. Felicity Wilson at the Kreative Koncepts blog shows you step-by-step how to create this look.

4. Embellishment

Embellishment

These embellishments come from the Lou’s World blog. Another quick, easy, and fun way to use up paper scraps, this little pinwheel and butterfly really dress up plain paper clips. These little darlings would look adorable on any page or card.

5. Topic Prompt

Topic Prompt

And for this week’s topic – have you ever really thought about what your favorite book or movie is, and what makes it your favorite? Wouldn’t it be fun to document this on a scrapbook or journal page? This could even become a yearly project, as tastes change and different thing affect us differently throughout the seasons of our lives.

I hope you’ve found something here that revs your motor. I’d love to see what you create based on any of these prompts. Be sure to leave a link in the comments so we can see your creations! Got a great sketch, technique, or embellishment idea you’d like to see on Monday Mojo? Drop me a line at kwitekreative at aol dot com, and let’s see what you’ve got!

Till next time, go mojo!