Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quick and Simple

I love embellishments - and it usually shows in my layouts.  I love mixing patterned papers and embellishments to create a unique look whenever I sit down to scrapbook.  But those layouts can take hours - or even days - to complete.  I keep moving the bits and pieces trying to get the perfect look.  And as my husband often reminds me, it is about the pictures, not the embellishments.

So I decided to try something simple with this week's Studio Calico sketch challenge.  I started with the card sketch.
I pulled out three sheets of patterned paper, a sheet of typed phrases from the Antiquary kits, some gold star rub-ons from Printshop, some Pink Paislee Color Wash Alphas, and a scrap of blush POW paper.  And I set a timer for 45 minutes.  Here's what I came up with.

And I have to admit that it is one of my recent favorites.  So maybe I don't always need all those embellishments (even if they are lots of fun to play with)>

Thanks for looking.  I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gratitude Documented

Shanna Noel introduced me to the Gratitude Documented project.  Each day in November you document something you are thankful for - big or little.  Since I'm struggling to find the positive in life lately, it seemed like the perfect project for me.  So this weekend I spent some time pulling together a kit.  (I have way too much pulled but editing to this point was tough enough)

I chose a Basic Grey Capture album for my project.  I want a feminine feel for my project.  And the decorative binding, dividers and pages are a perfect start.  I love the variety of pages and page protectors you get in a Capture album.

The dividers and pages provided a starting point for my album, but this sheet of patterned paper from Printshop served as my true inspiration piece as I picked the rest of my supplies.  I love the colors and soft feel to this paper - definitely feminine without being fussy.

Next I dug through my 6x6 paper to pull some sheets that might work.  And I might have a 6x6 pad from Printshop on its way here for this project too.

Next I pulled some Project Life style cards - most of them are from Studio Calico kits.

Then came my favorite part of any project - embellishments!  I started with washi tape and glitter tape because I thought it would be easy to choose. 

Then two of my favorites - wood veneer and enamel dot style embellishments.  Here's what I picked.

Next came stickers - I picked both dimensional stickers and traditional stickers and labels.  I also tried to mix different manufacturers and lines to get an eclectic look.

Then came tags, bags, envelopes and folders

And then there were some miscellaneous elements I just loved for this project - like the wood card from Studio Calico and the metal leaves from Freckled Fawn.  

And no project is complete without diecuts and transparent elements.  I picked a pack from Basic Grey's Mint Julep collection, Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic Chipboard and some chalkboard pieces from Studio Calico's Thataway collection.

And finally alphas - I tried for a variety of sizes, fonts and textures.

And if that wasn't enough, I know I'll be digging into my stash for inks, sequins and other bits and pieces - I'm just not good at limiting myself when it comes to supplies.  

I'm excited to get started with this project.  I think its going to be a fun project to put together and really good for my outlook on life.  Now, what to do with that album cover?  

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Five Easy Cards

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More often than not, making cards just frustrates me.  I struggle with the scale and am rarely happy with my end results.  So no one was more surprised than me when I took on the five World Card Making challenges at Studio Calico.  And I had a good time with the challenges - they really helped me focus on specific elements and put together some quick and easy cards. Here's what I came up with.

The first challenge was to use this mood board.

Here's what I came up with.

The second challenge was to incorporate an ombre element.  I used some awesome pink and green ombre washi from Pinkfresh Studio and Amy Tangerine chipboard for this simple card.

The third challenge was to use your scraps.  I used a couple paper scraps, the end of a piece of trim, some Freckled Fawn leaves and a few sequins for this quick thank you card.

The next challenge was to use five of something.  I added five pieces of wood veneer from the Licorice add-on for this fun Halloween card.  I loved adding aqua, a non-traditional color to the mix.

The last challenge was a sketch challenge.  There were several choices, but I chose this one
for this quick card using a Glitz 6x6 card, a strip of washi from the Container Store, some wood veneer and a Fancy Pants tag.

These were so fun and easy I might just be inspired to make some more cards some day soon.  Thanks for looking.  I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

To Purge Or Not To Purge

List of Stamps Updated on October 21, 2013

I see lots of threads and blog posts about purging supplies and cleaning out supplies.  But I love all my scrapping goodies and love being surrounded by lots of beautiful supplies.  So I am one of the world's worst purgers.  I just keep adding more to my stash.

I'm blessed to have a room to call mostly my own for my scrapping and a husband willing to invest in lots of storage and organizing pieces.  He even built me a custom desk with lots of storage.  But even so, once in a while I'm forced to take a look at my space and think about what I don't use.  After all, I have to make room for new things, right?

I've been thinking about my space and organization for a couple of weeks.  And I really couldn't bring myself to part with much of anything.I still wanted it all.  There was only one thing I didn't use much that I thought I might be willing to part with - stamps.

I've been subscribing to Studio Calico for more than a year, for a while got both the scrapbook and project life kits, and often get the add-ons.  That's a lot of stamps - and I almost never stamp.  I don't do it enough to feel proficient.  In fact, I rarely think about using my stamps.  So I went through all my stamps and pulled out my favorites.  The rest have to go.

I few have gone to friends who expressed an interest and a few more have gone to people who have contacted me directly.  But the rest are up for sale.  If you're interested, the list of stamps available with prices (which do not include postage) is below.

Antiquary – Live Creatively $5

Antiquary Add On 1 – Amsterdam – Navy Pier Numbers $10

Antiquary Add On 2 – Vienna – Lovely $5

Antiquary Add On 3 – Rome - $7

Antiquary PL Add On – Dublin – Check One $10

Double Scoop – Add On 2 – Licorice – Magic $5

Double Scoop – Add On 3 – Waffle Cone – Star Light $7

Marks and Co. - Add On 1 – Bronte – Play $7

Marks and Col. - Add On 3 – Salinger – Yum $10

Marks and Co. - PL Add On - Steinbeck – Loved $7

Valley High – Amy Tan Love $7

Valley High – Add On 2 – Jennifer – Adventure Begins $10

Valley High Card Kit – Hello $10

Valley High Project Life Kit – Happy Mail $10

Valley High Project Life Addon – Ate This $5

Roundabout – Add On 3 – Savannah Shore – This Makes Me $5

Roundabout Project Life – Lets Be Adventurous $5

Planetarium SB Kit – Amy Tan – This $5

Planetarium Add On 1 – Orion – Life Is Pretty Amazing $5

Planetarium Add On 3 – Lyra – Believe In Yourself $7

Planetarium PL – Amy Tan Numbers $7

Planetarium PL Add On – Haileys Comet $7

Spencer - Project Life – Hello Forever Stamp $7

Neverland – Scrapbook – Loving This $5

Neverland – Tink Add On – Amy Tan Roller Stamp (out of package) $5

Neverland – Project Life – perfect day $7

Front Row Scrapbook Kit – skyline(not in original packaging) $5

Front Row – Matinee Add on – Lets Go On An Adventure $7

Front Row Project Life – Newsflash $10

Block Party – Scrapbook – Right Here Right Now $7

Block Party – Add On 3 – Pioneer Drive - New Year $10

Block Party – Project Life – Week In Review $10

34th Street – Scrapbook Kit – OKAY $5

34th Street – Murray Hill Add On $7

Sock Hop – scrapbook kit – true story (not in original packaging) $5

Sock Hop – Poodle Skirt Add On – Find Joy (not in original packaging) $7

Roller Rink – Crack the Whip Add On- Everything Will Be Ok (not

in original packaging) $7

Central High – Road Show Add On – rubber chevron background stamp

(not in original packaging) $7

Central High – The Register Add On – feather (not in original packaging) $7

Summer of 69 – scrapbook kit – labels (not in original packaging) $7

Summer of 69 – Drive In Add On – triangles/hello (not in original packaging) $7

Summer of 69 – Six String – Alpha (not in original packaging) $10

Glee Club – Scrapbook Kit – Oh Snap $5

Mind The Gap – Scrapbook Kit – interlocking circles $7

Inked Class Kit $15


SC Birthday Stamp with cupcake, Its a Party, confetti – I think this

was a gift for subscribers around their fourth anniversay?

(not in original packaging) $7

SC Woodgrain Circle – copyright 2011 (not in original packaging) $5

SC This Is Where I want to Be/Circles/Anchor/Me+You (not in original packaging)

(I think this is from a kit but haven't been able to figure out which one) $7

In most cases the stamps have never been used.  If they have been used its only once or twice.  I'd love to see them go to good homes where they will be loved and used.  And, if you are interested, please let me know quickly - before my hoarder tendencies get the best of me and they go back into my desk.  

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chic Tags Color Challenge

I love color challenges, but I have a hard time with them.  Those layouts seem to take me a long time to do.  But I love the way they can push me to mix colors differently or use colors that are outside my comfort zone.  And once in a while, I find one that really speaks to me. 

I loved the color challenge at Chic Tags this month. 

 And I had tons of paper and other bits in my stash that worked perfectly.  My challenge was editing my choices.  I ended up with a fun layout using a picture of my daughter and niece.

And I found lots of pieces from Chic Tags that worked perfectly.


It was fun to mix different tags to build my layers.   Thanks for looking at my layout.  Hope you have a super Saturday!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Trick Or Treat

Halloween collections are the one place where I have some self-control  Its just not a holiday that I get very excited about.  So I generally add just a few themed pieces to my stash and rely on other items to create my Halloween layouts.  And all the wonderful chalkboard themed items (which I love) are perfect for creating that Halloween feel. 

This layout used papers from Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine and My Mind's Eye.  I added the My Mind's Eye chalkboard frames, the Pebbles Halloween stickers (also a chalkboard themed project and a few pieces of wood veneer colored with a mix of spray inks) for a simple layout that didn't require a big investment in themed  products.

Thanks for looking.  Have a terrific Tuesday!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pinkfresh Studios

It's no secret - I love embellishments.  So I was excited to find Pinkfresh Studio.  They have lots of fun embellishments - washi tape, enamel shapes, resin shapes, and project life style cards that are fun and unique.  Friday I received a bright pink package in the mail filled with goodies from a recent blog giveaway.  They are so much fun!

I thought I'd give you a peek too . . . . .

I can't wait to play with all these goodies - hopefully this afternoon.

Have a smashing Sunday!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our Place

I love the beach - any beach will do, but Walnut Beach in Ashtabula, Ohio is my very favorite.  It is the beach where I spent my summers growing up.  So when my daughter told me she had chosen Walnut Beach as the thing that was meaningful to her personally for inspiration for big art project, I was over the moon.  She told me she chose it because it was "Our Place."

She's making a mosaic quilt wall hanging which will be, I'm sure, wonderful and the subject of a future layout.  But I wanted to put together a layout which captured the way I felt when she told me it was "our place." 

Love the way those Pier frames let me use all my favorite embellishments.

Thanks for stopping.

Nostalgic For Summer

It is really fall in Ohio now.  But summer is my favorite time of the year.  And I already miss it.  Luckily, I have some summer pictures to play with.  I thought I'd share a layout I did recently that brings back that summer feeling.

Early morning is one of my favorite times to visit the beach.  It is so quiet and beautiful. I tried to capture that feeling on this layout, A New Day.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a terrific Thursday.

Monday, September 23, 2013


I love everything Shanna Noel does -  I always learn something in her blog posts and her layouts are just wonderful.  Her use of color and the way she puts projects together always inspires me.  So last week, when Studio Calico announced a new mid-realease where she served as the creative lead, I was over the moon.  And when I saw all the great colors and embellishments, everything went on my "must have" list.  The collection will be out in October and you can be sure I'm saving my pennies. 

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge and Life Paper Scrapbook Color Challenge

I haven't had time or motivation to scrap lately, but today I found myself hanging out in my scrap room.  I got a couple things done.  One was the Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge.  It was a fun sketch to play with.  Here's the sketch:

I turned it 90 degrees and went to work on a quick and easy soccer layout.  The color challenge at Life Paper Scrapbook made picking papers quick and easy.  Here's what I came up with.

This is one of my favorite soccer pictures of all time. It captures all the emotion Nicholas felt when he finished his last game for his high school team.   I wanted to create something simple and striking to highlight the photo.  So I only used three patterned papers, but chose bold colors and created lots of dimension by layering pieces and adding embellishments on top and between layouts. This is one of my favorite soccer pictures of all time - it captures all the emotion Nicholas felt when he played his last game for his high school team.

Thanks for looking - hope you had a great Saturday!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Happy Birthday!

I almost never make cards.  But once in a while, there is an occasion that calls for something special.   My husband's birthday is one of those times.  Of course, I waited til the last minute, but I made this last night.

I started with a sketch from My Scraps and More.  Then I went for my (current) favorite birthday line - Party Day by Crate Paper.  The variety of embellishments made making the card a piece of cake, especially when I added a frame from The Pier.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you had a great day!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Christmas In July Blog Hop (with a giveaway)

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, inspiring you to get out your Christmas stash and use it before all the new collections are introduced this month. Join the fun and create something too, use the hastag #scrapbookchristmas in twitter, facebook or instagram.

When the planning for this blog hop started, I was really excited about the chance to participate.  I love Christmas and have tons of Christmas stash.  But as the date got closer, I wasn't feeling very inspired.  I had lots of stuff, but it was the bits and pieces left from prior year projects.  Then I saw a challenge at My Scraps and More that asked you to create a layout that used Christmas papers and a Christmas phrase to create a layout about a non-holiday topic.  Given the size of my stash, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use up some of my stash.  I made a layout about a visit to Slate Run Farm titled "Away In The Manger."

I used papers from Studio Calico's Winter Wonderland, Crate Paper's Sleigh Ride, and Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding (an old one right?) and Jovial.  You were allowed to use any embellishments and these came from My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories.  And that great Fancy Pants chalk tape was perfect for adding a quick note about where we were.

And that made me think - could I do a Christmas layout without any Christmas paper.  So I pulled out my Valley High goodies (the July kit at Studio Calico) and went to work.  The colors and patterns in the kits turned out to work perfectly for a Christmas layout.  Here's what I ended up with.

I was scrapping with my friend Gloria, and she looked at the annual picture of our kids by the Christmas tree and immediately suggested this title.  And, I have to admit that it suits the expression on the boys' faces.


I still have lots of bits and pieces left, so I thought I'd share them.  Just make sure you are a follower and leave a comment.  I'll leave the drawing until midnight on Sunday, July 21.  Rather than post a picture of the goodies, I thought I'd leave it as a surprise for the winner (kind of like a Christmas present.)

I'm the last stop today.  If you started in the middle you can hop on over to see Ruth and get started at the beginning.  And just in case you got lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs.

Julie -

Thanks for stopping by - hope your Monday is just marvelous!
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Black and White and Lots of Color

Lately I've been loving bright colors - especially the combination of bright colors and black and white photos. So when I was digging through my pile of photos and came across a black and white 5x7 of my children on Easter morning (a few years ago), I got right to work.  Here's what I pulled together.

I mixed papers and embellishments from lots of different manufacturer's and lines for this - most from my scrap pile.  The base and the red heart journaling card are from the new Simple Stories line, I {Heart} Summer.  The yellow paper is from the MME Collectable line and the white paper is from the MME Indie Chic line. The dark blue paper is from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm line, the floral mini bag is from one of the Websters Pages Allison Kreft lines. The red floral paper is from the BG Piccadilly collection and the ledger border strip is from the new BG Capture line.  And the big yellow die cut is from an Amy Tangerine collection.

I also incorporated some ink splatters, a technique that I'm not very comfortable with.  I mixed white and the neon Mister Hueys.   Then I added some tiny enamel dots to help them pop.

This Dear Lizzy die cut (I think from 5th and Frolic) as a perfect shape and dimension.  But it wasn't really bright enough to mix with the rest of the elements on the page.  I added more enamel dots to brighten it up.  Then I combined it with an Amy Tangerine diecut and a fabric heart from the American Craft products you can find at Target.

This was also a great layout to incorporate trims. (I have jars of trims and rarely use them any more, so when I came across a challenge at My Scraps and More to use at least three on a layout, I knew I wanted to give it a try.)  I used a piece of orange stripe twill ribbon as a border strip, tied a piece of yellow ribbon around the white patterned paper and added some aqua crocheted trim to the heart journaling card.  It didn't really make a dent in my stash but it was a good reminder to look at all those trims when a layout needs a little something.

Have  a super Sunday!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Photo Effects and the Sunday Sketch

I've been having lots of fun playing with the different effects you can apply to photos lately.  And once in a while, I really love the way a picture looks when it prints.  This picture of Nicholas and my nephew Tyler is one of those pictures.

Nicholas and Tyler have always had a special relationship and this picture from Tyler's birthday party captured the joy they find in spending time together.  And when I applied the special effect, I loved the way Tyler's red shirt popped in the photo.

My Roundabout kits were sitting on my desk and I went there first for papers.  But I had to dig into my stash for the base (from MME Miss Caroline) and the red polka dot (Basic Grey Hipster).  I started with this week's Sunday Sketch (I chose the layout sketch) , but the final interpretation is pretty loose.  I can see the connections, but I'm not sure anyone else can.

I did steal the idea of cutting up mini alphas (from a layout in the gallery that I couldn't find - sorry.)  I took my star punch to some Fancy Pants Alphas.  I had lots of fun adding other bits and pieces, like the end of the vintage tag, the basic grey stars, some enamel dots and the airmail twine to finish it off.

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Guest Designer at Life Paper Scrapbook

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I was lucky enough to be given the chance to be a guest designer at Life Paper Scrapbook for the new sketch challenge.  The sketch was really fun and different.  I pulled out my June kits from Studio Calico and got to work.

I decided to cut the arrow shapes from the bold chevron paper from Crate Paper and use a black background to make them pop.  They looked great but were huge.  To compensate for the size of the arrows, I decided to use only one photo with some layering in the bottom corner of the layout  I kept the title at the top of the layout. And when I was finished, my layout didn't look much like the sketch.  But it was a fun Christmas layout - and without any Christmas themed product.  What do you think?

I knew I wanted the title block to be really fun and balance the photo block at the bottom of the page.  So after I attached the letters, I grabbed a handful of the "candi" from the card add-on kit and dropped it on the page.  Then I stuck it down where it fell.  I love the random confetti feel.

I had a great time playing with the sketch and really appreciate the opportunity.  Enjoy your Friday.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Still Working on "This Is Me" with Roundabout

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I know the "This is Me" class was in May.  But I didn't get much done that month and I'm trying to do at least a couple pages every month.  I did two pages using Roundabout (and some Planetarium scraps) for my "Needs Work" section.  These are some of the hardest pages for me - they are focusing on things I know I need to work on.

The first one is "Marriage Is A Journey."  My husband and I have been married almost 23 years.  And we are at a transition point.  We started as friends, fell in love, and got married.  Now the second of our three children is moving out and we have more time to be a couple again.  But like many couples, our kids activities took up most of our time over the last 15 to 20 years.  So we have to learn to be a couple again.  (We'll get there, but definitely something I'm working on.)

My favorite part of this layout (from a creative point of view) is the layered project life card and Heidi Swapp transparent tab.  Remember that I am using a Snap album but with a landscape orientation.  The PL card/tab stick out the side of the page protector and album.  And I love that the words work together to say "you + me together."

The second layout I did is about my stash building habits.  When I am stressed, I like to shop.  It used to be for clothes and shoes, but in the last year it has been for scrap supplies.  Let's just say my scrap room is very well stocked after the last year (and after a giant purge.)  And I really want/need to learn to destress by using my stash, not adding to it.

Someday I'll finish this project (probably just in time to start an album about the new, hopefully improved me.)  In the meantime, I'll keep plugging along, making a few pages here and there.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!