Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let's Scrap Sketches Design Team: Boy Life

Hello my scrappy friends!! Can you believe we are already half way through June? With that being said, it's reveal time at Let's Scrap Sketches! Here is the sketch for June 15:


And here is my take on the sketch:


Instead of a double page spread of two 12 x 12 layouts, I switched it up and did a 12 x 12 layout on the left and a 6 x 12 layout on the right! I love how it turned out!

I dug DEEP into my stash of scrapbooking supplies and photos for this layout. These photos are of my oldest son when he was about 2 years old. He will soon be 16!! Wowzers!! 


My inspiration for this layout came from the sketch of course, but also from this awesome cut file from Paper Issues. They have lots of free cut files and I just adore this one! I cut it on my Silhouette portrait using white cardstock from Michael's and then backed the letters using paper from my stash. I know some of the paper is from Jillibean Soup, but I've had most of it so long that I can't remember where its from!!

I dug out some old felt pieces that I believe are from Fancy Pants from many years ago. That frog is just so adorable and perfect for a fun, outdoor layout. I used lots of the felt stars as well.



For all of the stamping on my layout, I used an October Afternoon  stamp set. 


I used green and blue archival ink that I bought from Michael's to do my stamping. I inked the edges of everything on my  layout using distress ink in the color of tea dye. 

For my journaling area, I stamped a large parenthesis using some brown chalk ink and then outlined it with a brown Zig pen to make it stand out. 



On the right side, there is a little pocket that holds some tags. 

I found a paper in my stash that all the letters of the alphabet and each letter had a corresponding word to describe boys. I cut out the letters that spelled my son's name and stuck them in the pocket. 


I hope this sketch will inspire you to dig deep into your stash of supplies and/or pictures and get your memories documented. Don't forget to link your layout on the Let's Scrap Sketches blog for a chance to win a prize!!











Saturday, June 10, 2017

First Day of Ninth Grade-Traveler's Notebook

Traveler's notebooks seem to be all the rage these days when it comes to documenting your memories. Have you jumped on that bandwagon trend?  

I've tried using a traveler's notebook a few times and the size is kind of intimidating. I like having lots of room to  play around with, so that small size is hard for me.

With that being said, I'm giving it a shot. I've decided to document my oldest son's high school journey in a traveler's notebook. My plan is to have one notebook for each of his 4 years of high school. I want to be able to give these notebooks to him when he graduates. Yes, I have plenty of larger albums that will one day be his if he wants them, but I wanted these traveler's notebooks to be more personal and something he could take with him where ever he goes. They are much easier to take with you verses a big 12 x 12 album. 

 Here is my first spread in his 9th grade notebook. He just finished his 9th grade year, so I'm hoping to catch up and finish this album this summer!




I'm using a traveler's notebook that has white mixed media paper in it. I won this TN during National Scrapbook Day from Beth Soler. She has an Etsy shop where she makes and sells traveler's notebooks. Check out her shop here!! 

For this layout, I tore a piece of the paper off on the right side and added some patterned paper Amy Tan's 'On a whim' collection. I added a label that I stamped in some green Ranger archival ink. The label is a stamp from Kelly  Purkey. The star on top of the label is from Bella Blvd. as are all of the smaller stars on this layout. The acrylic stars are from Elle's Studio. I added a word label sticker from Simple Stories, a label from Bella Blvd and another stamped word from a Dear Lizzy roller stamp.



The mixed media on my pages is a combination three colors of distress ink. I used peacock feathers, salted ocean and mowed grass. I just stamped some of the color on some plastic packaging, added a little water and smooshed it around on my page. I added some splatters as well. 


The number 9 is an old chipboard piece from my stash that I covered in distress ink and outlined with a Signo Uniball white pen. I used a couple of alphas from my stash for the rest of the title. The letters that spell 'grade' are from Pinkfresh Studio

I typed his high school name on my computer using the 'Mom's Typewriter' font. I added the date with my Heidi Swapp roller date stamp. I cut out a few cameras from that Amy Tan paper to place at the bottom of the left side, just to bring the two pages together.

I have to say that I enjoyed making this spread in my traveler's notebook. I can't wait to share more with you. 



Thursday, June 1, 2017

NCSU Game: Let's Scrap Sketches

It's June 1st, my friends, which means it's time for a new sketch over at Let's Scrap Sketches!


Here is the sketch:


Here is my take on the sketch:



These photos are from 2011 and I'm glad to finally have them in my scrapbook!!

I found the NC State paper at Archiver's many years ago and I was glad to have it to use for this layout. I also bought the NCSU die cut at Archiver's.

For the top strips on my layout, I used washi tape, patterned paper and ribbon. I used the football paper for the pendants at the top of my page and embellished using some label stickers from Simple Stories and some puffy stars from Bella Blvd.




The red and white stripped envelope holds more photos from our fun day. 

I used a lot of Elle's Studio products to embellish with, such as this label that says the best and the one that says love these days!



My title consists of the NCSU die cut that I mentioned earlier, along with some really old letter stickers from my stash. I added another word label and some more Bella Blvd. stars. 


I hope you enjoyed my take on this fun sketch. Come over to Let's Scrap and play along for a chance to win a prize!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Brownie Girl: A 12x12 Scrapbook Layout

Do you ever play along with scrapbooking challenges to help get your 'scrappy mojo' flowing?

I love the challenges that Paper Issues has each month. I played along with their Sketchy Saturday challenge to complete this layout.


Joefil Cate had previously posted her take on the sketch in the Paper Issues Facebook group and I loved it so much that I decided to lift her version of the sketch.

Those flowers as a border just make my heart smile!


I fussy cut them from the Simple Stories 'Brand New Day' paper. I layered them and added some foam adhesive under the top layer for dimension. 

I added in some beautiful light blue watercolor in three places around the layout for some added interest as well. It's just a great subtle element.




For my title, I used a combination of stamps and stickers. The stamps that spell Brownie, are from the dollar section at Joann's. I love how they turned out. I stamped the title using some black archival ink. The tile stickers are from Simple Stories as well.  The paw prints and the 'you're purr-fect' are from an Avery Elle stamp set--along with a few more flowers and a some sequins--my title area is complete.



I added hand stitching along this banner and along the yellow scalloped border. Hand stitching is a favorite technique of mine. 


I added the cat paw stamps in a few places just to emphasize that this is a layout of our cat. :)



Overall, this is a simple layout, but I love how it turned out. Thank you Paper Issues and Joefil for the inspiration.

I hope you all will come and play along at Paper Issues. 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Magical Fun: Let's Scrap Sketches Design Team

Hey friends!! It's time for another sketch reveal over at Let's Scrap Sketches!

Here is the sketch:


And here is my take on the sketch:




I decided for this sketch just to make a one page layout.

I used my Silhouette and a free cut file from Paper Issues to make my title, the arrow and the star. I found the Mickey head online and cut it on my Silhouette as well.


For the strips at the bottom of the page, I used a combination of washi tape, ribbon and patterned paper. I cut the yellow tickets out of a piece of paper as well.


I added  three embellishment clusters all featuring those adorable Mickey head shapes.




I added a few stickers in a couple of the clusters and some gems and enamel dots as well. I finished off my layout with some black Heidi Swapp 'Color Shine.'

I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch and that you will join us at Let's Scrap to play along!!







Happy Girl: A 12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout

Have you ever used supplies on your scrapbook layouts that once were other products? For example, my sister brought me a Mother's Day gift in an adorable gift bag and it was stuffed with some super cute tissue paper. I knew right away that both of those would end up on a scrapbook layout...and here is that layout!


Those flowers came from the gift bag and those polka dot circles are the tissue paper!

I started this layout with a white American Crafts card stock. I used a circle template to trace the circles on my background. I then used distress inks in peacock feathers, picked raspberry, chipped sapphire, and festive berries. I simply smooshed some of the ink onto plastic packaging, added some water and the ink became like watercolor paint. I wanted my circles to have that watercolor look so you can see that some of the paint is outside of the lines. I also used a glimmer mist in copper for since the leaves and stems have the copper color. 

Once my paint was dry, I added the tissue paper circles using some soft gel matte medium. I then used a Heidi Swapp stencil and some modeling paste to add more texture to my circles. 


I fussy cut the flowers out of the gift bag and once my photo was in place, I added my floral pieces in my three areas.




For my title, the word 'happy' comes from the Jen Hadfield 'Homemade' sticker sheet and I cut the world 'girl' from pink card stock using my Silhouette. The font for the word girl is called Lemonade Tuesdays. 


I finished my embellishing using a few word label stickers and some puffy hearts.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and that you will think outside of the box when it comes to scrap-booking supplies.








Thursday, May 4, 2017

Right Now: A 12 x 12 Layout

Does the first Saturday in May mean anything special to you? To me it's always National Scrapbook Day, which means lots of scrapping fun!!!

Scrapbook.com listed their National Scrapbook Day challenges last week, so I decided to get a headstart and play along.  I created this layout for their Mixed Media challenge:



I had a general layout idea in mind, so I laid out my photos where I wanted them and drew a few pencil marks so I could get my mixed done around the photos. My background paper is just white American Crafts card stock. I used a Tim Holtz plus sign stencil and some Artist Loft modeling paste as my first step. Once that was dry, I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads in the colors dried marigold, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon. I smooshed some of the ink onto some packaging and added some water to make it more like paint. I also slightly misted my card stock in the area where I wanted the ink. Misting your card stock helps the medium flow down the page better. Then I simply started painting on the ink. I let it dry between each color so that the colors wouldn't become muddy. I also added in some splatters. I used watered down black paint for my black splatters. 


Once all of that was dry, I started my stamping. The big circles are made from the top of an empty paint tube. I just dabbed it onto a ink pad and made the circles. The small circles are from a straw. There are paint splatter, dots, diamonds, plus signs, lines and words all stamped on the background.  I used an archival ink for stamping so that it wouldn't smear if it got wet. 



The messy circle die cuts are a cut file from Paper Issues that I cut on black American Crafts card stock. 

I used some various washi tapes, enamel dots and  stickers from my stash.


The title is a chipboard sticker from the Dear Lizzy 'Hello' Thickers pack. 




I hope you have been inspired to 'get messy' and create a fun layout of your own. I also hope you find some time to enjoy National Scrapbook Day!!