Music, Lyrics, Poems and Rhymes

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

May 14, 2012

This is a guest post from Michele Holcomb, who challenged the team to creatively source page titles and journaling.

More often than I’d like to admit, I reach a point in my creativity where nothing is going right. Most of the time it starts or ends with the title of my layout. I’m stuck and can’t move forward.

So what do I do to get over this stumbling block?

I have my self a little dance party. I put on my favorite songs and just sing to my hearts content. It helps me get a new perspective; then I’m ready to tackle my layout.

This trick I use got me thinking about using music or quotes in memory keeping. These words can help stir the soul. These words can bring about healing. And these words are sometimes…just plain fun!

This month, I asked the Simple Scrapper Design Team to use music lyrics or quotes as an embellishment to tell their story.

1. Use a Quote to Tell your Story

Jean Manis‘s double page spread tells a story of outdoor adventures. The title “The Call of The Wild” just emphasizes her journaling of a sweet summer day outside.


Not only do Krista Wells and her husband like to travel, but they are huge foodies too. Her title is fabulous reflection of how they love and live their lives.


2. Use Children’s Songs or Nursery Rhymes

Mandy Ross took a literal approach to a beloved nursery rhyme. Her title and photo tell the story of her sweet little ones imagination.


I love the way Aimee Maddern used her title and the sun flare design for  her sweet pup.


The soft colors of Amy Kingsford‘s layout and the use of the poem “Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes”  is such an amazing tie-in to her little one’s story.


3. Use a Song Title or Lyrics

Doesn’t Celeste Smith‘s layout make you want to get up and dance? Her choice of colors and song title paired with an awesome photo of her son make this a stand-out layout.


Jennie McGarvey‘s photos of her son exercising and the lyrics to LMFAO’s “I Work Out” are simply a perfect compliment.


Margrethe Aas Johnsen chose the song title “I will tell your story” to pay homage to her husband’s amazing grandmother.


In this layout Ronnie Crowley also takes a literal approach to her title “The View From The Top” and pairs it with beautiful scenic photos of Point Supreme.


Briana Marshall took the lyrics to her favorite song “Brighter Than The Sun” by Colbie Caillat and coupled it with an older photo her & husband. Using lyrics as a background can give your page a lot of dimension.


Michele Holcomb (that’s me!) also used lyrics to one of her daughter’s favorite songs as her main background patterned paper to tell the story of standing up for yourself and what you believe in.


Jess Forster wanted to tell an amazing story about her wonderful husband. She used the title song from Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars from the movie The Hunger Games.


Julie Aldridge‘s title comes from the chorus of one her favorite songs called “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. It’s a great choice to showcase the love of her life.


Using music lyrics or quotes can help jump start your memory keeping. Now it’s your turn to show us how you use music, lyrics, poems and rhymes.

To participate in the challenge, create a new layout that uses song titles, lyrics, quotes or poetry for the page title or the journaling. Upload your digital or paper layout to any public gallery and use the linky embedded in this post to enter the challenge.

One random challenge participant who enters by 9:59pm CDT on Sunday, May 20 will be selected to win a $15 print credit from Persnickety Prints.

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