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!

 

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:

Friends Embellishment

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/

 

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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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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:

Prize

Can’t wait to see what you create! 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!

Prize

 

 

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, and welcome to a new week and a new Monday Mojo! I hope your week is starting off with a bang. Mine sure is – today is my 25th wedding anniversary, and I am celebrating it in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My husband and I have plans to do lots of sight seeing around the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and maybe even Cody, Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah. If we make it there, I’ll  have to try to sneak in some scrappy shopping – shhh!

This week’s Monday Mojo is filled with seemingly random pins from my scrappy pin boards, but I found each item interesting for one reason or another and decided to just share away. Here goes:

1. Color Scheme

Color scheme

 

I think I actually may own this print, or one very similar to it. I just love the mood it evokes, and I love the colors that have been extrapolated from it. I think this would make a beautiful card or scrapbook layout. This palette is featured at the Art Bead Scene blog, and was one of their past challenges. If you’re a jewelry maker, you might want to check it out!

2. Sketch

Sketch

I’m actually pretty excited to try this sketch from Page Drafts. I love the look of all the layers and details. This site is new to me, but I love it. Is it new to you?

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishmentThis super-cute embellishment idea is actually a Christmas post on the super-cute Amy Mattes Designs blog. Even though she’s writing about her shabby chic Christmas decor, these little flowers would be adorable on any type of papercrafting project.

 

4. TechniqueTechnique

 

The technique comes from another new-to-me blog: Raemissigman. This post is one in a whole series called 15 minutes of mixed media, and in it, she shows you a variety of ways she creates backgrounds for her art journal pages.

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

And the topic prompt for this week is rather timely for me this week. Where is a place that you love so much you would like to move there? What is so awesome about it? Where’s a place you’d like to visit? It could be a place you’ve never been before or somewhere you’d like to return. If you feel motivated, find some photos of the place(s), write down your thoughts and feelings about it, and make a page. Heck, make a mini-album! (I did, once, and won a prize for it! You can see it on my flickr page. 🙂

Thanks for joining me for Monday Mojo. I’d love to hear what’s inspiring you lately, or what you do when your mojo goes. Leave me a comment below. Till next time, go mojo!

Hello and welcome to a new Monday Mojo.

First, let me apologize if you’ve been checking for a new Scraps & Stash Saturday and have been disappointed to not find one. Without going into detail. let’s just say it’s been one of those weeks when life conspires against creativity. Hopefully this week will see things back on an even keel, and S&SS will be back and better than ever.

Now, onto the mojo – there’s been a ton of it on Pinterest this week, so here’s a roundup of some of the best:

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This color scheme comes from a blog called Sarah Hearts, and the soft, lovely colors are perfect for Spring, and for this week’s technique as well.

2. Sketch

Sketch

The sketch is from Sketchabilities, and features loads of layers. Check out how the Sketchabilities design team interpreted it over at their blog.

3. Embellishment

Embellishments

These Project Life style cards are just adorable, and this post from Kaitlin Sheaffer for Ormulu shows you how to recreate them.

4. Technique

Technique

Last but not least is this super-easy, super-cute technique for creating a cloud background for your projects. Check it out from Scrapbook Steals.

I hope you’ve found something here that you can use. If you create a project using any of April’s Monday Mojo inspiration, link me up, and I’ll be sure to leave you some love. Not only that, but you’ll also be entered to win a scrappy prize as well. So, go mojo!