Layouts Lately

The layouts I have to share today were made with the Heart Story Kit and Story Stamps from Ali Edwards

For my first page, I used the large acrylic script "heart"as my title:
In keeping with the theme of my page, I stamped Rhode Island and Connecticut images (from Close to My Heart) above and below the acrylic word to show that both states have a piece of my heart.
My journaling explains my connection to both states. 
 
I made the second layout using inspiration from a variety of sources: a prompt from LOAD216 to scrap something special about where I live, a sketch from Ready, Sketch, Go!, the Felicity Jane February kit (Sweetness), and of course the Heart Story Kit.
One of the things I like most about where I live is that I get to experience all four seasons. In the spirit of full disclosure, I don't always enjoy the entire season (I'm talking to you, winter!) but I can't imagine living somewhere without the changes in weather and landscape brought about by spring, summer, autumn and winter.
I cut two hearts out of a glassine bag to bring a little more attention to my state abbreviation.

Page number three is also based on a Ready, Sketch, Go! sketch:
This new paper from Pinkfresh Studio provided me with lovely lines to fill with journaling.
My final page was inspired by prompt #10 from the Whimsical Musings blog - be inspired by what's right outside your window.
I happened to look out a window earlier this week and saw a sight that made me very happy - a few crocuses in bloom.
 I'm sure there's still plenty of winter weather left around here but those little purple blooms definitely brightened my day.
Looking at these pages, I've noticed that I've been doing a bit of multi-tasking with my pages lately - combining several different kits with prompts and sketches. It's a fun way to liven up my scrapbooking - do you ever multi-task with your pages?

Storing All That Stuff

I'm still working away on my reorganizing project - I'm making good progress on the paring down part of the project and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It feels great to free up some space and donate things I know I won't use to someone who will appreciate them.

I don't plan to rush the reorganizing part of the project - I'd like to take some time and really think about what will work best for me before I commit to storage solutions. I don't want to be repeating this process again for a while.

There is one storage method I'm using now and plan to continue in the future: hanging certain supplies on binder rings.
This approach works well for me - I like that it's portable, allows me to easily see what I have in a particular category, and doesn't take up a lot of space. 

I store several binder rings on hooks I've adhered to the inside of the doors on an IKEA armoire in our former-playroom-now-office. Most scrapbooking embellishments already have holes in their packaging so it's very easy to thread entire packs on a ring. I use this storage solution for labels, ephemera packs, alpha stickers, rub-ons and anything else that is relatively flat and lightweight. Here's a look at the inside of one of the doors:
The other door has cork board on the inside. I hang ziplock bags of embellishments using binder clips and pushpins on that side:
This keeps some supplies out of the way but still in sight.

If you're looking for some fun storage ideas, please check out the next installment of "Stylish Scrapbook Storage in a Snap" on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Layouts Lately

I recently started subscribing to Ali Edwards' Story Kits and Story Stamps and would like to share the layouts I made with the first kit I received.

The theme of this kit was "old and new". I really enjoy making pages that compare the past and present so I was excited to start off my subscription with this theme. My first page is about what college was like for me versus what it was/is like for my daughters (a landline vs. cell phone, communicating by letter vs. communicating by text, no transportation vs. having a car on campus). It's amazing how things have changed so much in so little time!
I was happy to use up almost a full pack of die cut leaves on this page, and I added a little gold stitching here and there too.
My next page features a grid design of photos of my family taken over the years. 
I reinforced the quote by tying some thread around my journaling card.
This layout pairs a family selfie taken on Christmas with my desire to record the story of my family.
I really liked these chipboard word circles that came in the kit:
I shared my final layout before in this post but thought I'd include it again here because it was my favorite from the kit:
The announcement of a new baby in our extended family lead to a request from my oldest to see the ultrasound photos I had from when I was pregnant with her. We ended up going through a chest of both daughters' baby things. I took a photo of some of the items I'd saved for each girl and wrote about the sweet memories that those items brought back to me.
Thanks for stopping in - I'll be back in a couple days with the layouts I made with the next kit.

CKC February Kit - Challenge #3

I'm back with a layout based on Challenge #3 this month - "Say what??" - base your project on a quote or a fun family saying. This challenge reminded me of a funny phrase my daughter coined when she was three years old and we were having dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Here's my page:
The journaling reads:
We were out to dinner at Portofino's and we ordered pasta with butter for you (since you didn't like pasta sauce yet). Your meal arrived - a bowl of penne, just swimming in butter (much more than I usually used). You looked at it and exclaimed, "Look at all the noodle juice!" as we all laughed.
I cut some of the circles out of the Maggie Holmes/Styleboard Collection paper that was the inspiration for my February CKC kit and scattered them around the page. They remind me of bubbles and add a cute and whimsical feel to the layout. 
I outlined the circles to make them stand out a little more from the cardstock background, and then I outlined the edges of the page as well.
The photo on the page is my daughter's pre-school portrait. I don't have any photos from the night in the story, but she's the same age in her portrait as she was that night. Seeing that photo brings me right back to that time. And if you're wondering how I remembered the circumstance of that night (which is over 20 years ago now), I keep a journal with notes and stories from when the girls were younger. And by "journal", I mean a notebook with little slips of paper taped and stapled in between the more traditional written entries. Whatever works, right?!

Please pop back over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other Master Forgers interpreted this fun challenge!

Out of the Package and Onto the Page Layout and Giveaway Winner

As promised in this post, here is the layout I made for the challenge:


I used this package of rub-ons from October Afternoon:
They were old but still rubbed on beautifully, and I decided to use them as a mat for my photo. I put a little piece of adhesive on the back of my photo and centered it on a piece of white cardstock. I cut up the rub-on sheet and got to work, adding images here and there until I used almost all of them to make a nice, somewhat rectangular mat. I removed the photo (you can see the little piece of adhesive left in the center below) to add some images underneath the edges.
Once the mat was complete, I reattached the photo, trimmed the edges of the cardstock and mounted that on to a piece of beige chevron patterned paper. I wrote my journaling next, centering it under the photo.
I kept the rest of the page simple, just adding the title at the bottom in brown alpha stickers.

And now for the giveaway - the lucky winner is:
Leslie!
Congratulations Leslie - you'll be hearing from me soon! Thanks to everyone who commented. If you made a layout for the challenge, please leave me a link in the comments below - I'd like to see what you made.

The Great Reorganization Project of 2016

We've started a fun new series over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, "Stylish Scrapbook Storage in a Snap". It features pretty and practical storage solutions for scrapbookers, with snapshots from the creative spaces of some of the Master Forgers. Check out the blog post to get some inspiration and see how you can join in, too!

This series has come at a great time for me, because I finally started a project I've been putting off for a long time: cleaning out and reorganizing my scrapbook supplies. I've been scrapbooking since 1996 and, as you can imagine, I've accumulated a lot of "stuff" over the years. My goals:
  • pare down my products
  • organize what remains in a way that makes it easy for me to find things and is a system that is sustainable 
I don't have a scraproom or studio; I use our dining room table to work on projects and I store supplies in a couple different locations around the house. Although I have a pretty good memory, it's sometimes hard to recall just what is stored where. 

My first objective is to reduce what I have. Once I finish that, I'll probably live with what I have left for a bit, while I try to come up with storage solutions that make sense for me.
Over the past few weeks, I have slowly sorted through paper and embellishments, using my away-at-college daughter's bedroom as my headquarters. I've been ruthless: I look at each item, and if I can't immediately envision using it on a project, it's gone. And by "gone", I mean out of my house - not into the garbage. I found a re-use store in my town that works with children's organizations, local groups, and senior centers, and I've already dropped off a few donations. The thought of my former supplies being used by someone who appreciates them makes me feel much better about passing them along. 

I've made quite a bit of progress already but there's still plenty of work to be done. Once I've finished the first part of this project, I'll be back with an update and a plan for part two of the Great Reorganization Project of 2016.

Gotta Use It Now!

Have you ever gotten a new (or new to you) scrapbooking product that inspires you so much that you just have to use it right away? I recently placed a very small online order with Scrapbook.com and when my products arrived, I couldn't wait to make a layout using them.

Here's my order:
The papers are Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes/Bloom (pink stripe and "happy moments") and Amy Tangerine/Better Together. I also got a roller stamp from Amy Tangerine/Better Together and some wood veneer pieces from We R Memory Keepers/Honey I'm Home. I couldn't resist combining these on a page right away.

To spark my inspiration, I turned to the Whimsical Musings blog. They have over 200 great prompts - you can definitely find one or two (or several) that will catch your attention. I selected #199: Be inspired by woman power. 

I'm inspired by my older daughter's sense of adventure, and with the help of the prompt, my new supplies and some of her Instagram photos, this page came together in almost no time.
I used the wide pink stripe paper as my background, and first arranged my photos in the center. I wanted them to look like they'd been carelessly tossed on top of a table or desk, almost like my daughter had just emptied out her carry-on from her latest trip. 

I added the two other papers in small doses: I punched circles from the heart paper and cut two small strips of the phrase paper. Here's a little tip - I first trimmed down those two supplemental papers into 8-1/2 x 11 sheets, and then used the leftover pieces to punch the circles and cut the strips. So instead of just randomly punching or cutting into whole 12 x 12 sheets and potentially wasting them, I now still have two very usable large pieces.

Some of the phrases on the roller stamp were perfect for my theme, so I took a deep breath and stamped them right on to my photos. I don't think I've ever done that before but I used Stazon ink and practiced a few times on a piece of scrap paper first. I printed the photos at home on my Selphy printer, so if I made a mistake it wouldn't be hard to re-print one.
The wood veneer frame was a perfect spot for my journaling. Another wood piece serves as the title and I added one more, a heart, to form a visual triangle around my photos. As a final touch, I scattered some pink, yellow and orange enamel dots around the page.

And there it is - a page with product that really inspired me. What's been inspiring you lately?

February CKC Layouts

(My giveaway is still open - get the details and leave a comment on this post if you'd like a chance to win! If you're having trouble leaving a comment, you can email me at susanb722(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add you to the giveaway.)

I spent a very productive day scrapbooking with my February CKC kit "Hello Sunshine" while the snow fell outside. The bright colors of my kit at least gave me the illusion of spring, even as I watched almost a foot of snow cover our yard.

This first layout has a story that I've been wanting to tell for a while now.
I was happy to use a few of the border stickers from my kit on this page.
The next layout set a record for me - I used photos that had been taken less than 24 hours before! It features one of my favorite designs, the grid.
Some of my forged items found a place on this page, too. 

The last layout made good use of all the ampersands I included in my kit. I remembered a phase that my younger daughter went through - trying to stall bedtime by telling us that she had just one more thing to tell us, over and over and over again.
I stamped a few more ampersands to fill in some space on the page; fortunately, one of the stamp sets I included in my kit had a cute ampersand in a circle. I used the back of one of my kit papers and some very old foam faux-thickers for the title.
I still have plenty of supplies left in my kit so I should be able to make a few more layouts before this month is over. Let's just hope we're not getting a snowstorm while I work on them though!

CKC February Kit - Challenge #1

Are you ready for the first challenge from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog kit for February? It's definitely a fun one: Sappy Movie Inspiration! Be inspired by your favorite romantic movie.

This prompt really got me thinking and I arrived at the topic for my page in a very round-about way. One of my favorite romantic comedies is "You've Got Mail" starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. There's a lot of inspiration to be found in it: the love story, New York City, bookstores, instant messaging. It's got a lot of wonderful quotes too: "Don't you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies." "Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" So many possibilities...

I finally decided to go with this quote:
While I didn't use the actual quote on my layout, it completely inspired my page:
When I was in elementary school, one of my best friends and I spent months reading all sorts of children's paperback books published by Dell Yearling. A quick Google search gave me photos of some of my favorites and I arranged them in a square collage.

I pulled the blue and yellow embellishments from my kit, along with two of the 3X4 pocket cards (one for my title and the other for my journaling).
Once I arranged everything on the page, I added some small stamps here and there.
It may have taken me a while to come up with my topic, but I'm so glad I told this little story. How about you? Will you join in with us this month and make a project inspired by your favorite romantic movie? Don't forget to link up your project on the CKC blog here

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