Saturday, March 11, 2017

Storage for my Album & A Thank You to All of You!

Good Morning! I hope your Saturday morning is much sunnier and warmer than it is here in wintery southern Alberta. So cold here!

Today I wanted to share a pretty and inexpensive storage solution for your mini albums. I'm using this box specifically for my Mixed Media Art & Prints album that I made for my class at Big Picture Classes. Go check it out if you haven't already! (click on either of those two highlighted links)

I do have my album out on display in the front room currently but when I want to store it away I want to have a pretty option as well as a practical option. I came across this beautiful black stationary box that has the sentiment " Sparkle and Shine Everyday" in gold with lots of awesome gold polka dots and markings.

The inside is a saturated jade. A happy surprise!

I came across this gem in the stationary isle at Homesense. If you are located in Calgary, Alberta - it's the Homesense by Market Mall. If you're in the states I do believe there are also Homesense Stores as well as Winners and Marshalls - they all carry similar stationary storage boxes. This one was the large one of three and cost $15 CAD. Thumbs up!  

I really liked having it throughout the time I was creating my album. A safe and handy spot to keep my finished pages all in one spot! 

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have checked out my class, it really does mean SO much to me that I have had this amazing opportunity to inspire you all to create more art and make your heart happy! Thanks also to Big Picture Classes for taking a chance on me and helping me to bring this class to life for all of you. Thank you!!! XO

Friday, March 10, 2017

Scrap a Sketch a Monthly Challenge #SAS - March 2017

Hi there, welcome to a new feature of Four Clover Designs – Scrap a Sketch Monthly Challenge #SAS #scrapasketchmonthlychallenge

In the past year or so I’ve really come to love all the fun sketch challenges I see on Instagram. They inspire me to get scrappin’ rather than spend hours figuring out a design. A sketch really helps me to get off the start line when I am feeling a bit stuck. They might serve the same purpose for you too. I am also passionate about spreading inspiration, it’s part of the reason I love this hobby so much! So if you are like me, I invite you to come back each month and get inspired with the sketch I post here.

To start, I like a variety of styles and designs ranging from a minimalist – clean and modern to more traditional. I also like to scrapbook with 8.5 x 11, 9x 12 and 12x12. Lately, I lean towards the 8.5x11 or 9x12, horizontal and vertical. I love the Becky Higgins 8.5x11 horizontal page protectors, so I have another fun option for my albums. I also make a good number of cards; they often inspire me to create a layout! Over the next months, I’ll introduce challenges that incorporate all the above in the challenges; there will be something for everyone!

Along with the sketch for this month, I invite you to challenge yourself by entering your creative space and using what you can easily see – no searching for the perfect paper or embellishment – just roll up your sleeves and start! Set a timer for 1 hr and see what you’ve created in that time; I think you’ll be amazed.

Your challenge for this first month is to use the 8.5 x 11 sketch provided and let your imagination go. From this sketch you could create a layout, any size, or a Project Life spread or even a card. Turn the sketch horizontal if you want. There are no rules just have fun! If you should want to post your creation to instagram please use the hashtags #SAS #scrapasketchmonthlychallenge so we can all see what everyone is creating and become even more inspired! I’ll pick a few creations each month that you have all shared and marked with the hashtags so that everyone can see what awesome things you are all coming up with.

Happy Scrappin’ - Meg

March’s sketch:

Here is the layout that I made this sketch from. For detailed shots of it scroll down in the post.

On top of the sketch challenge I have a supply challenge. You can choose to play along with it or just do the sketch challenge. My Monthly Challenge part is a supply challenge: Use only what is on top or underneath of your desk space (yes you read that right hehe I found some of my supplies under my desk for this layout! BINGO!).  I always have bits and bobs that I've left out from previous projects and I almost always end up making them into a layout or two. It's just so much easier than putting them away! Right? :)

So, go have some scrappy fun! Come back here and share a link to what you've created (either to your blog or your instagram) in the comments below so I can see what you've made! I'll be sharing some of the layouts you guys make on here as well as on my instagram account @fourcloverdesign

Happy Scrappin' friends!!!

Below is a shot of using the negative of my pop up dots. It makes for a sturdy piece to back a larger embellishment.