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october fun scrapbook page using bella blvd by the creative copycat

October Fun Scrapbook Page

Yay for my first scrapbooking post!

I’m not sure why, but scrapbooking is probably the crafting area I am least confident in, which is sort of weird because I have been doing it the longest. I think part of it is because I want to save products for the perfect page or I’m nervous about making a mistake with my only sheet of a certain paper or maybe my brain is just fried from the other thousands of thoughts I have going on at any given moment by the time I get to scrapbooking (usually late at night after everyone is in bed). Whatever the reason, this is the area where I am the biggest copycat. Thankfully, the scrapbooking world seems to encourage “scraplifting” 😉

I’ve posted a little bit about scrapbooking on my instagram account and have already been getting questions. 🙂 I have a few tips and ideas I’d like to share with you in the coming weeks and months, and I will do my best to answer any questions, but for today, I’m just sharing this fun October layout I created for Hudson’s preschool album with one fun, but hopefully very helpful idea.

I don’t know about your kids, but Hudson brought home hundreds of crafts last year. By the last day of school, I had a drawer overflowing and piles of crafts throughout my house. I am a hoarder at heart and was struggling with tossing them out, so I decided to photograph them. I photographed everything, then picked out my favorites (which was still way too many) and tossed the rest.

*One tip I learned the hard way, is to leave space around the art when you take the photos. This will give you more freedom later when creating collages and/or re-sizing photos for your layout.*

I then created a scrapbook page for each month using photos the preschool gave us at the end of the year and the pictures I took of Hudson’s artwork. I used one of my favorite Laura Vegas layouts as inspiration and a variety of Bella Blvd papers and washi tapes. This page is actually quite simple, but I really love how it turned out. I love looking at Hudson’s art on the scrapbook page and it has helped me tremendously in being able to let go of the overwhelming stack of physical artwork I had taking over my house. I took my few favorite physical pieces of art and slipped them in 12×12 page protectors and included them in the photo album. It makes me happy to know that Hudson’s artwork is actually being admired instead of sitting in a box in my garage.

 

she loves color 2016 gift tag printable for ziploc

She Loves Color Event Recap

Last weekend my mom and I flew to Milwaukee for the first ever She Loves Color event. What an amazing and inspiring weekend! The event consisted of 6 classes from industry professionals over two days and a bonus Designer Day offering a la cart classes the day before the official event. The weekend was jam-packed and we were exhausted by the end, but in such a good way. We learned so much, made great friends and even squeezed in a bit of exploring.

she loves color 2016 backdrop

We took the red-eye Wednesday night, landed around 7:30 the next morning and went straight from the airport to our first class.

she loves color 2016 airport selfie

Our first class was a color-blocking layout class from Jill Yegerlehner the Owner and Creative Director of Jillibean Soup. We missed a chunk of this class because of our flight, but Jill was so sweet and did her best to help us catch up. The layouts were very cute and I should be able to finish them up at home.

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We took the faithful planner girl workshop from Cori Spieker, the Reset Girl. A few times I found myself just listening to Cori talk instead of working on my own project because she was so inspiring. I love her message that it is never too late to reset your life. I sort of feel like I got to do a reset when I became a stay at home mom and I am now working towards creating the life I want.

she loves color 2016 cori reset girl class

Our third class of the day was the Bible Stations class with Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith, where we learned techniques using ink, gelatos, watercolors, acrylic paints, markers and more.  This class was so fun and I learned so many new techniques. Shanna was very sweet and helped me to let go and have fun playing around with all the cool products. I even bought a set of acrylic paints so hopefully I will be brave and play around with them at home.

she loves color 2016 shanna noel illustrated faith class

To kick off the actual event, Stacy Julian, a scrapbook industry pioneer and founder of Big Picture Classes, spoke all about color at the opening ceremony. She talked about how color effects moods and how we shouldn’t follow rules regarding color because color is something you should feel. She informed us that life is too short for beige and encouraged us to live colorfully. 🙂 Stacy had the most amazing energy and her key-note speech was a huge success.

she loves color 2016 opening ceremony

We started off Day 1 with Stephanie Smokovich’s class. Stephanie is the Owner and Creative Director of Bella Blvd as well as the one responsible for making this whole event happen. I am so impressed that she hosted the event and taught three full days of classes while pregnant and still had a smile on her face and positive attitude the entire weekend. I admire her and the company she has built so much! I am definitely a Bella Blvd. Superfan and I can’t wait to show you this project once I finish it. It is oh so cute and a pretty genius idea too!

she loves color 2016 stephanie's class bella blvd

Next we took class with Amy Tan, an award-winning designer and Creative Director of Amy Tangerine. Amy posted the most beautiful quote on her instagram last week, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” that I feel really sums up my blog and my mission. I am taking little bits of inspiration from all around me and creating a better version of myself. I just had to tell Amy how inspiring the quote was and how it came at just the right time. She was so sweet and playing with watercolors in her class was so fun. My kids watercolor all the time, but I enjoyed it so much that I think I might start joining them.

she loves color 2016 amy class details

she loves color 2016 amy class group photo

To end the first day, we got the most gorgeous traveler notebook planner from Webster’s Pages and we made a traveler’s notebook. The class was taught by Laura Graff, Creative Director at Weber’s Pages.

she loves color 2016 laura class

she loves color 2016 laura

That night we did a bunch of really cute make and takes at the Local Bazar. While we were there, Amy told me she wanted to create a quote for me. I got to design the background and pick the quote, then Amy did her magic using the new ipad lettering on her iPad Pro. Isn’t that so cool?!

she loves color 2016 amy tangerine quote create the life you want ipad lettering ipad pro

We started day 2, with a class from our keynote speaker, Stacy Julian. Here is the quote she shared in her class, “Feeling at home with ourselves and being able to create a spirit of place that nourishes us physically, emotionally and spiritually is a goal worthy of our highest priority.” Isn’t that beautiful?! Stacy’s class was so fun, she is a really cool person and just uplifting to me around.

she loves color 2016 stacy's class

Then we took the second part of Stephanie Smokovichs’ class. We will have a full album of 12×12 pages when it is done, which is really exciting!

she loves color 2016 stephanie class 2

Our last class was with Cynthea Sandoval, Owner and Creative Director of Doodlebug Design. We made a very cute, tropical book. This will be perfect for a Hawaii trip!

she loves color 2016 doodlebug class with cynthea

All of the classes were amazing and the projects were all different and fabulous, but I think the coolest part of the event is really getting to know the teachers. The event felt so intimate and the teachers were all so friendly and down to earth. These women are at the top of their industry so getting to know them and see how kind they all are was in my opinion, the best part.

she loves color 2016 slc

We also got amazing swag bags, tons of prizes and incredible gifts from sponsors. One of the really unique and special things about this event was that each teacher designed something exclusively for the event. One of the event sponsors, Clique Kits also created custom flair and cards so we ended up with tons of products we can use to scrapbook the event. Receiving all those goodies was icing on the cake! Here are a few of the items designed exclusively for the event:

she loves color 2016 event exclusives

Throughout the event, you could earn balls for every $15 spent (I won’t tell you how many I had in there, but it was a lot. hehe) and then they gave hundreds of awesome prizes away the final night. I won a gorgeous lavender webster’s pages craftmate folio, a handmade travel journal from Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith and a $50 gift card to Scrapbook.com!! For someone who had A LOT of luggage to get home the gift card was the perfect gift!! I can’t wait to use it!

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We also made tons of new friends and enjoyed a little bit of the beauty of fall in Milwaukee, which was pretty exciting for this California gal. I loved all the colorful trees and crisp air. I am already looking forward to next year and want to try to stay an extra day so I can really see the city.

This Cali girl is loving all the fall colors in Milwaukee! #shelovescolor #shelovescolor2016 #milwaukee #fall #craftymom #thecreativecopycat

she loves color 2016 bloody mary

she loves color 2016 trees

she loves color 2016 fall colors

Cheers to the weekend! #shelovescolor #shelovescolor2016 #travel #milwaukee #thecreativecopycat

she loves color waterfront dinner

The weekend was incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in paper crafting. If you are interested and would like more information you should follow shelovescolor on instagram and check out this post on the Bella Blvd site.

she loves color 2016 gift tag printable for ziploc

*I created these little gifts for my table mates and figured I would offer them here as a free printable. I hope you enjoy them.*