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!