Thursday, December 1, 2011

If It's Groovy December Challenge: Out of Focus

This month Groovy Deb challenged us to use out of focus pictures to create a layout.  I know I have taken many out of focus pictures over the years, most of them ending up in the trash. Sometimes we need to think outside the normal to find a cool way to use them. The picture I used on this layout was blurry on purpose, my son had so much fun running for me as I tried to get the shot I wanted. I had an idea in mind and I was hoping to get a shot that would match my idea. It took a few attempts but I am happy with the resulting picture. Before you hit the delete button on your next blurry shot, think if there is a different story it could tell.

This was a fun layout to make. I just loved this paper, it really fit my theme. Some of the stamping I did, some of it was already done for me.  It's nice to step out of your "normal" way of doing things sometimes. Want to take the challenge? Head on over to If It's Groovy and check it out! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December Daily

This year I decided to create a "December Daily" album inspired by Ali Edwards. I've got my foundation pages all prepped and ready for December 1st.  For those not familiar with a December Daily album, it is a small scrapbook that you can put a picture or story in each day from December 1-25. You can make it anything you want really, I recommend checking out Ali's blog to see all of her past books and more information.
I made my book from things I already had in my craft room. The only thing I bought was the letter stickers for the title. I chose to do a 6"x 9" format. I used chipboard to create the front and back cover, inked the edges and covered each side with some of my favorite holiday paper. I used some over sized rings to hold it all together. I am not sure I'll need these big rings but for now I am going to use them.
I used kraft paper for my inside pages. I inked the edges of all the pages and I will add patterned paper as I do each day. I wanted the option of no pattern so I could add busier items without it clashing too much.
I precut the paper to use on my inside pages.

I made these circles to mark each day. I already had this cool stamp with the month in the middle and the days going around the outside. I punched out a bunch of circles, stamped and inked them using distress ink. Each day, I can just simply circle what day it is and attached to my page.
And to keep it all contained, I am using a small wood crate that used to contain a Melissa and Doug wooden fruit play set, my son will never miss it :) It is a perfect size to hold the book, the precut sheets and date circles, some stamps, ink and whatever else I decide to use. I can keep it on a shelf in my scrap area, work on it and put it back daily.
 I am looking forward to this project and will share some pages along the way.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Scrapping Stamper November Sketch

Another fun sketch challenge from the Scrapping Stamper

I used this cool die cut paper instead of the large heart and I created the rows of flowers using my Cricut. I love using a sketch as a starting point for a layout.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"What's your scrappy style?" If It's Groovy Challenge

Do you know your scrapbooking style? I really didn't. Here is my post from If It's Groovy:
What’s my scrapbooking style? Hmm, good question. I was not sure what my style was, so I explored the web in search of the answer. At times I was more confused than when I started. In the end, I think I fall into the “classic” style with a bit of “clean and simple”, “distressed” and a dash of “artsy/sophisticated ”. I think as scrappers we are always evolving so it is hard to just put ourselves in one category. Sometimes the pictures themselves dictate the style, more playful photos can lend themselves to a more “cutesy” style, while formal graduation photos may lead you to use a more elegant, sophisticated style. Whatever style you create in, it’s important to have fun and enjoy the process.
I think this layout shows some of what I would call "my style". I love inky edges, clocks, the big title. I also love the story the pictures tell. My son and his 3 grandfathers, I cherish these pictures. I am so glad I have a layout with them made.

I would love to see what your style is. Head on over to If It's Groovy and take the challenge. You can also see what the other members of the design have done. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Here are a couple of Halloween Projects I have done recently.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Scrapping Stamper October Sketch Challenge

This month we were give 2 sketches to choose from:
I couldn't decide which one to use so I used them both :)

I used a lot more layers in these layouts than I normally would.  In the "bewitching" I cut a spider and web with my cricut and covered the web with stickles and the spider with glossy accents, loved both effects. On the "lil pumpkin" I used my cricut to cut the tree, leaves and pumkins. the leaves started out as cream colored I inked each leaf with a combination of fall colors, they turned out so awesome, worth the time it took.
You can see the original post here

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Using photo collages

Here is a recent post I did for If It's Groovy about using photo collages. You can see the original post here:

I just love using photo collages. I really like having a lot of pictures on my pages and using a collage is a great way to achieve that. I have a program on my computer that I use to create my collages, then I can print at home or upload them to have them printed for me. Another way that I create collages is by using my punches to punch uniform pictures and arrange them in a grid. You can also trim your photos free hand and arrange to create your collage. However you do it, working with collages is an efficient way to use the many photos we all take.

Do you collage your photos? I would love to see some of your pages using photo collages. Feel free to post a link to your galleries so I can check out how you use photo collages.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Orange Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to my blog if you have come  from   Scrapulescence@   you are in the right place. This is a stop on the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting.

Today I am going to share a card I made using some of my Fiskars tools and of course, I had to use orange in honor of our hop today.  :)

I used my paper trimmer to cut my paper to size. I used the upper crest border punch to create the strip the flowers are on. I used the oopsie daisy punch for the flowers, I punched out 3 flowers in 2 different papers and layered them to make these cute flowers. I finished them by using my hole punch and adding brads.

I inked the edges of the card and each of the elements then added some stickles to add a little sparkle. I hope I have inspired you to get out your tools and have some fun crafting today.

Next up on the Orange Blog Hop:   jeaniesdesigns@ 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

If It's Groovy: Postage Stamp Challenge

Our challenge this month was to use postage stamps on a layout, new or used. After a bit of thought I decided to make a pocket page to hold love notes and cards.

I discovered by doing this project how few real stamps come on our mail these days. I think that is  sad. I love my mail during the holidays with all those cheerful stamps. Since I didn't have enough postage stamps for my project, I made some of my own using a couple of "stamp" clear stamps. This is a great option especially if you would like your project to be archival.
Be sure and check ou If It's Groovy to see all of  the design teams' take on the challenge.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Scrapping Stamper: September sketch challenge

I really enjoy these monthly sketch challenges, if you haven't already you should check them out and try it. Here is how I was inspired this month:

Monday, September 5, 2011

If It's Groovy: Message on the Hand

My first project as a design team member for If It's Groovy was to write a message on my hand, something I'd like to say to the world. I chose "Make Everyday Count" You can see the post here:
Here is the layout itself:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I'm on the team!

The If it's Groovy design team that is! You can see my intro here:

I am very excited about this new adventure. Be sure to head over to If it's Groovy to see all of the design teams work. Groovy Deb gives some fun challenges each month that you can play along with as well. I would love to see you all join the fun!

Monday, August 29, 2011

"Lift off" online crop at Fiskateers: Lift an "inchie" challenge

I had no idea that "inchies" had such a following! I really enjoyed playing with this and will have to make more in the future! If you haven't heard of them before they are just square inches of paper with some type of design on them. Some of the inchies that we were to lift had letters on them so that is what I did. I started with a while chipboard "s" inked it black, stamped with versamark, brushed with pearl ex powder and coated with utee then heat embossed. I added the "s" to squares of matching paper that I inked with metallic ink.

 I love how it turned out. Have you ever made an "inchie" before?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Scrapping Stamper August Sketch Challenge

Here is this month's challenge from the Scrapping Stamper:

And here is my take on the sketch:

I really enjoying doing these sketches every month and seeing everyones interpretation. Be sure and check out her blog so you can see what we all did with her sketch. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Time for a do over!

I have been working on a layout this week that just didn’t feel right. I kept adding and changing to try and make it look right. I really do try to embrace imperfection. I know my projects are not going to be perfect, this was different. After looking at this project and trying to rework it I realized something. It was not my perfectionism that was getting in the way, it was the fact that this project just wasn’t me. I was trying to many new things and it just went a direction that just wasn’t my style. It is a rare thing for me to completely start over but today I did. My project is nearly complete and although I still did something new, it still looks like me. Have you ever had a project you just completely started over? Or when you were done just didn’t feel like you? I would love to hear your stories!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Our "un-anniversary"

18 years ago, my husband and I started dating. After we got married, we called this our "un-anniversary" so in honor of that, I thought I share a layout that I made quite a while ago. We were just kids in this picture, lol.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fiskateer August Color Challenge

I really enjoy being a Fiskateer and participating in the many online crops and challenges. So this card is from the color challenge this month. Use black and white with a pop of color, LOVE that! One of my favorite color combos is black, red and white. So I decided to make a card using those colors. Here is what I came up with:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My introduction to scrapbooking

It was 1998, a friend of my mine was begging me to attend the scrapbook party she was having. A scrapbook party?? I was not interested. I had reasons: I don’t have time to scrapbook, I take way too many photos, etc. But in the end, I relented and took my mom with me. Well, that one little party changed the way I felt about scrapbooking. Turns out, it is an amazing hobby, and yes, I still take too many pictures and time is still a problem but that’s ok, it is worth it. Scrapbooking brings me joy.