Sunday, September 2, 2012

More Scrappy Shopping Tips From My Husband

OK - I have to warn you.  This post got really long.  If you want to skip the shopping tips, go down about halfway and check out the layout.
You may remember that my husband spent an afternoon shopping withme last month and shared lots of great tips that helped me get the supplies I wanted for way less money - always a good thing.  Well on Thursday evening we went to buy wood for a new scrapping work station (my birthday present) and he struck again.  I want to share those tips with you -- and the layout I made with some of my new supplies.

The Woodworking Store 
One of my favorite trends is wood veneer.  I love the way it looks, the way it can be used "as is" or with mists, and all the fun pieces.  But it gets expensive and everytime I get a new package, I hear "You paid how much for that?"  Kind of takes the fun out of it.  

But here's what I found at the woodworking store:

The sheet of dots are self adhesive wood dots (they call them nail head covers) and present a wealth of possibilities.  The long piece of small squares is flexible trim.  The squares can be peeled off individually for a fun embellishment or the trim can be cut easily to create a strip of wood squares for use in a border. 

The big sheets of wood veneer came in a variety pack - I got oak, cherry, maple and walnut.  I'm hoping I can cut simple shapes with my cricut and deep blade housing, but haven't gotten that to work yet.  But check out this layout using a large piece of wood veneer.

The Layout
This layout is based on sketches from My Scraps and More and Purple Pumpkin.
 [image] September Sketch

It is also my first submission for a CSI challenge. Case File No. 35 had a color scheme of teal, yellow, green, white and sand.  I used hearts (see the button from Purple Pumpkin; butterflies are from purple pumpkin also), wood and paint (ok - spray ink).  I journaled about my relationship with my son this summer and you'll find some words and phrases about that relationship scattered through the layout.

 Check out the wide strip of wood veneer at the bottom of the layout - I love the way it anchors the layout!

The journaling is in the glassine bag so that you can see the handwriting but the message is at least somewhat private.

And the title block  is the first time I've ever achieved a look I like when trying to splatter spray ink.

I'm also entering this layout  at Bird Is The Word where the current word is spirit.

And best of all, putting this layout was really cathartic for me as I continue loving and worrying about my son.

Sorry this got so long.  Hope you have a great Sunday!



  1. Hi there Julie! I am visiting from Sandi's blog :) LOVEEEE your layouts!! As for the post being oughta see some of mine.....LOL. You don't need to include me in the giveaway....but we will see about getting you some new followers :) Have a great sunday!

  2. Hi Julie! Congrats on the win over at my can reach me at

  3. Great page! Thanks for joining us at PP

  4. Awesome page Julie! Thanks for playing at My Scraps & More!

  5. fabulous tip thanks to your hubby!!
    lovely layout!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at BITW

  6. Thanks for the tip! Lovely page! I love the envelope! Thanks for playing along at PP!

  7. Lovely work!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at PP! :D

  8. beautiful page,thanks for playing along with us at BITW

  9. Such a BEAUTIFUL layout... love the Splatters of ink & that banner AWESOME!!
    THANKS So much for sharing this with US over @ BITW!!

  10. Great page! Thanks for joining us at PP

  11. great layers and lovely photo...thanks for playing along at PP

  12. Love your work!

    Thx for joining us at BITW :)