Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stretching supplies

Although I don't really have a shortage of paper around here (don't tell my husband), I still really like to stretch my supplies. I don't like having to cut into a whole sheet of paper for a tiny little piece (but I will if I have to), and I like finding ways to use everything.

This Valentines/love themed collection pack from My Mind's Eye (Lucky in Love) had a cover sheet that showed the patterned papers included in the package. It was perfect for using as my banner pieces-which I cut into two, to make it appear as though they stretched from the top to the bottom of the page. I also found a way to use the branding strip (which says Lucky in Love, then has the blue which I included the date stamp on). I also gutted the chevron paper and the pink cardstock (glad I did, I used part of it for the title). All of the heart pieces were leftover from another project and collecting dust on my desk, so I embossed them with gold, and LOVE how they came out. I also "made do" with the pink cardstock frame separating the two patterned papers...I did not have the right shade of pink, everything I had was a cool pink, and the pink I needed was a warmer pink. No problem, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Distress ink and lightly smudged it around all the edges of the pink paper. Problem solved, and I didn't have to buy "just the right thing".

I also used a flair that an online scrappy pal made and sent to me, isn't it just wonderful? It says "And I think to myself, what a wonderful world". I LOVE it. ;)

I also had an "I wish I had an undo button" moment on the layout. I was stamping "I love you" and got carried away...you know the whole 'some is good, more must be better?'. Yeah, not so much. So I stared at my page for a while, wondering what in the world I could add to cover it up, then decided to just break it up with the sequins. Not perfect, but it's livable...and that's just fine with me. I don't do perfect.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A special engagement card for some special people!!

My brother got engaged recently, and I am thrilled for him and his fiance! I made a special card to send out, and had a lot of fun putting this together. I cut a library pocket with my Cameo, as well as the "potty people" on the front. The library pocket is cut from white cardstock, then I cut the blue patterned paper rectangle for the front. The tucked in card is from the We R Memory Keepers chalkboard line.

The doily on the oustside is colored with gelatos, and the inside tiny doily is actually one of those things you put on a teapot spout to catch drips. I had a package full sitting in my drawer, and decided one day to play with them in cards, turns out they take mists really well and are just the perfect size!

Thanks for stopping by to look!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tool Time with Daddy!

I've been working on a series of pages about Levi's first visit to the Children's Museum, it's been fun to relive the experience, but gosh the photos were a little hard to work with! In this particular set, the background was LIME GREEN...I had a choice to either embrace it or try to contrast it. I decided to embrace it, using a lime green border in the attempt to tone down the green and bring the focus to my husband and son in the photos. Did I succeed? I have no idea, but I think the pages turned out pretty cute! 

The border is cut with my Cameo, it's a compilation of shapes that I resized and welded together, then created and offset for the darker paper behind the lime green. 

Except for the border, the rest of the patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy. I find it a very easy line to work with, with fun, bright playful patterns and often have a hard time choosing between the A sides and B sides of the paper! The little green journaling card on the left side is from a Pebbles collection and was blank for me to customize, I used some tiny alpha stamps and a little eyeglass stamp, and the journaling cards in the upper right hand page were stamped using a Hero Arts ledger stamp. Here is where I admit I've had this stamp for a year and am just now using it. 

I also used a scrapbooking sketch to put this layout together. Previously, I would have thought this was...sacrilege. Seriously. I felt like sketches slowed me down, and I also put a pressure on myself to create an individual, original work of art for each page. At that rate, my child would be about 95 by the time I finished up the first year of his baby book. So, a fun group of scrappy ladies steered me in the direction of some sketches put out by Scrapbook Generation, you can see a sampling of their free sketches here. You can see immediately how well designed the sketches are, and they really use a variety of photo sizes. I have made myself use sketches for the last several layouts, and yes, it initially slowed me down, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. The particular sketch I used for this layout is from Allison Davis's 6x6 Class, in which she has a ton of sketches to help use 6x6 pads/papers in scrapbook layouts. This is awesome for me, as I love those pads, and use them ALL the time for cards, but haven't been great about using them in my scrapping. Oooooh am I about to fly through them!! 

Until next time! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Girls just want to have fun!!

I came across these photos of me and a good friend when we were in 4th grade! I'm not sure how I have these photos, I don't have an entire roll, just a few...but they are precious! I sewed all those buttons on, both on the title card and on the background paper, it added some fun dimension and made use of some buttons that have been waiting for their chance to shine, but gaaaah about sewing that many buttons!!!! I also used some stickles that have sat too long unloved on the journaling spot, I like how it livened it up. I'm also kind of proud of using the branding strip (my girl pendant) as well as using the branding strip to make the polka dot banner. I gesso'd the pink background paper as it was too bright, and LOVE the effect. I really, really enjoyed working with this bright, fun collection! 

I would love to see what fun, vintage photos you have scrapped! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trying something new is fun!

I had a series of cards to make for my Mom, these cards were to be given to some people who spend their lives serving orphans in other countries...selfless work, right? Making a card for them was the least I could do! She came up with the sentiment, which I hammered out on my typewriter, and then I was free to create the cards.

This card is my favorite one I've ever made (for right now anyways). I love the simplicity and sweetness of it. I also tried something new, which was to paint the polka dot paper with gesso with a dry brush. The paper was lovely, but the polka dot pink color was just a bit too bright for me. I love the way the gesso toned it down. I also flicked a few spots of gesso on with what was left on the brush, mostly to experiment and see what kind of texture it would give-it made hard little bumps. Good to know for next time in case I want to do some bigger glops for a messier look.

I also used some American Crafts silver glitter tape, I had gotten this a few months back but hadn't used it yet...it's awesome. It's backed with adhesive, so you cut your piece, peel the sticky off the back, and you're ready to go! I bought mine from Studio Calico with some other things, but I see that the big box stores now carry their own version in a variety of colors, I may have to pick up a few basic colors when they go on sale. Michaels had a gorgeous ice blue! I don't do a ton of glitter...but these make it easy to just add a little bit to a project, mess free. I like mess free.

The inside features some Tim Holtz tissue tape, I have used this roll on soooooooo much stuff, and still have about a third of it to go. It's the tape that keeps on giving. It doesn't have very good sticky on it, so I always put a little Scotch quick dry down underneath it. The pink striped paper is the scrap left from using the punch scallop on the front, and the hearts were all punched from scraps. Sorry the photo is blurry, it was taken with a dying camera battery and with 2 minutes to spare before I had to run these to the post office. Whew, got them out in time though. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I would love to hear about any new (to you) techniques you've tried!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hello card

Fall weather puts me in the mood for fall crafting! And shopping apparently, as I have outgrown my little storage box for 6x6 pads, something I swore I would not do. It's only one pad that won't fit, but still...

So, I went through my pads and decided to put together some cards with papers that I love. The first one up was this hello card, it's made with some scraps and some My Mind's Eye papers. The feathers add a fun twist, and I LOVE the ruffled washi tape. The inside has a scrap of scalloped trim cut and saved from another project, and some excess of the washi ruffle from the front.

As much as I love this card, it's off for sale at a local boutique, I hope it finds a good home. :)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

What would you tell them?

While going through photos for another project, I came across a photo of my hubby and I on our honeymoon (12 years ago!!) that I didn't scrap in our honeymoon album. It immediately made me think "What would I tell us as a young, newly married couple?" So, that became the subject of the layout. The other black and white photo is from a photo shoot my hubby scheduled for us while I was pregnant...which totally is not the subject of the layout, it just happened to be a good picture of us taken a bit more recently. 

The papers are mostly from the Maggie Holmes original line, the eyelet lace is vintage picked up in a yard sale. The heart paper the photos are matted on is from an ooooold K&Co. superslab...but it's very similar to the heart boca print in the Maggie Holmes new line, and the pinks matched the other paper, so I went for it. Some vellum ripped from my husbands drafting tablet and some other random scrap papers completed the layering. I really went to town on the diecuts and chipboard pieces, I threw some random scrap stuff in too, including the tag from some vintage rick rac, and a doily that I colored using gelatos. I didn't intend to hide my journaling, but decided I didn't want to journal right on my background paper, and didn't want to cover more of it up with a journaling block, so went for the bitty bag. Which of course I decided AFTER the other stuff was glued down, do I had to cut the bottom off...but I'll use it on another project. The pink floral paper and pink paper that I journaled on are from a DCWV paper pad, the little pink flag I cut from some verrrry old Basic Grey (remember when they did those pretty floral papers?) and the tag behind the floral chipboard is old fancy pants. So, if I count right, I think that's six manufacturers...and it all goes! No wait, make it seven, I cut into some Pebbles to get the blue notebook paper edge and to make the file tabs. No, eight, I used a label from Ellie's studio. I'll just stop counting now...but I'm pleased to have mixed so many different pieces in, it proves to myself I don't need entire collection packs to pull things together. :) 

I also fell in love again with my much neglected stickles...I first used the gold to spruce up the camera (cut from the paper), and then decided to use them on my title to give it a little ombre effect. I love it. I love that while this page (to me) looks like one of those very pretty decorative pages, there is sooooo much meaning behind it. I tear up just looking at it. 

So, this leaves only a few more collections that I need to make that "first cut" into. It seriously lessens the pain of cutting into those whole sheets of paper if I've cut into at least one piece!! Now this layout is ready for an album, and it's off to another project. Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A card with a remake

So, this Dear Lizzy Neopolitan pad I have is practically making cards by itself, these papers are so darn cute.

I put this one together, and was stash busting a bit with the yellow brad, rubon and yellow flower...then went scrap diving to make a third "thing" with those punched circles. But I adhered it to the card, and it looked like this:

It was okay, but I didn't really like it. Then I thought on it for a while, and decided the circles needed something with movement under them...so I decided to experiment with some leftover crepe paper from my son's birthday party (talk about stash busting, right????) I tore off a length, folded it over four times, and stuck it in a punch. It worked perfectly. I think less layers and it would have just torn the crepe, instead of punching it.

Anyways, I crumpled them up, inked them a bit, pulled the circles off (along with a strip of the ice cream paper, sigh) and stuck it back down, making sure to cover the paper I just ripped up. These things don't happen to just me, right?!

Anyways, I like this card a lot better now. So much so, I'm okay sending it off to a new home. :)

I'm thinking I see many more creations with my two rolls of crepe paper in the future. At .79 a roll, that's a bargain, right?

What things have you repurposed for crafting? I'd love to hear about them!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A fun collection for a super fun memory

We took a trip to San Francisco a few years ago, and I have had so much fun reliving the trip by scrapping the photos here and there. I don't scrapbook chronologically, rather I just grab the photos I want and tell the story that I want to tell. But, I do file my pages in order in albums, which makes the 3 ring binders pretty handy.
Anyways, I digress. One of the really fun things we did on the trip was visit Musee Mercanique, which is a collection of coin operated machines from years gone by, and the best part is, you get to play with them all!!! The collection is quite extensive, and it was a blast to look at American history right there. These would be the types of machines that would have travelled with fairs, or have been in bigger cities. Remember the fortune teller machine from the Tom Hanks movie "Big"? They had one of those! And many older machines too, like the one where you grip and it ranks your love, or the one where you squeeze the handle and it says how strong you are.

My husband and I love old things, so we had fun playing at the museum. I wanted to find paper/product that conveyed the fun-ness of the memory, as well as the energy, excitement, and almost overwhelming atmosphere of colors, music, and things to see. So, I ended up cutting in to Dilly Dallyfrom My Minds Eye. While some of the papers are more fair themed, the overall energy of this collection was a good match for the photos and story. Of course, I had that thought of "do I really want to cut into these papers?" But, it is a personal goal of mine to cut into each collection pack I have (which is maybe about 8 or 10). It seems once I make that first cut, then I feel so much freer to cut into the rest and just enjoy!! And what is the point of having this fun and pretty paper if I don't play with it and let it live on my pages, right?!

I really had fun stamping the various tickets and layering them to the right of my photo, and I used a reeeeeeally old product on this page...magic mesh. Still trying to use that stuff up (I bought a little sandwich baggie full of it at a scrapbook garage sale eons ago). I like the dimension it gives, and wonder if I will replace it with drywall tape when I finally polish off the last of the magic mesh? Who knows.

I also included a picture of the corresponding pocket page...not because it's really anything exciting, but because I'm rather fond of the journaling spot I created with some scraps.

And speaking of stash busting, I used eight, count them-EIGHT-of my gorgeous enamel brads. I previously would have rationed them, but you know what, I have about six or seven packages of pretty brads...and they look better on my pages then in a dark drawer being stored, right? They will make more. :) 

Friday, July 19, 2013

You fill me up

I needed to make a card for a wonderful woman who ran a Bible study I was in. I came into the study feeling very drained and just craving some grown-up interaction. She made me feel so welcome and valued and included, and I cannot thank her enough! So, I wanted to share my heart with her and tell her how much that meant to me...and what better way than a fun card!

I was inspired by this video from Wilna to uses some matte gel medium and glitter (and I HATE loose glitter...or used to) to card some dimension to the card on the mason jar. I love how it turned out.
I also had a ton of fun using the Dear Lizzy Neopolitan 6x6 pad on this, the colors are soft, but not too soft, and just...fun. I absolutely adore the branding strips that American Crafts puts at the top of the page...I think it creates even more value for the consumer, and makes me more likely to buy more of their papers as a result. I think I've already used 1/3 of this pad! Which is good, because I won't let myself outgrow my little box I store my 6x6 pads in, and I'm dangerously close to being out of room. But they won't quit making the pretty paper, so what's a gal to do? Sigh.
I find that the seasons very much inspire my product choices. I'd love to hear about and see any projects you have made, and if the season influences what and how you create!