Layouts Lately

Today I'm sharing a few layouts from some recent Ali Edwards' Story Kits.  

I loved all the circle embellishments that were part of the Lens Story kit and I had no trouble using them on my pages.  The first page features a story generated by a photo I took during my "Week in the Life" project:

Here are more of those circles on another page:

And one more circle on this last "Lens" kit page:

Several months ago, when I saw that "brave" was going to be the May story kit theme, I knew immediately that I wanted to tell a particular story about my mom's uncle.  He never had any children and I think it's important that future generations get to know this courageous man.  This is the page:

I actually haven't been making as many pages with the kits lately - I've had some assignments to do and now that it's spring, there are plenty of things to be done outside.  I still have many ideas for pages though.  Each kit comes with a "story sparks" card so I use them to note the stories I want to tell and eventually I'll get back to them.  I store the cards and any corresponding photos in a little basket.

When the weather turns warm and sunny, I spend more time out in my gardens.  In summer, when the humidity and heat roll in, I'll spend more time scrapbooking in our air conditioned house.  How about you - do you scrap less at certain times of the year?

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - June Mini Kit Reveal

It's mini-kit reveal day on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.  We are using this lovely "Willow" kit from Felicity Jane as our June inspiration:
Felicity Jane

And here is the mini-kit I put together using four sheets of paper from some 6x6 pads:

The color scheme is slightly different but I added the floral and stripe patterns from the original. And since most Felicity Jane kits include a sampling of labels, I made sure to put some in my mini-kit.

I couldn't resist adding a "real" Felicity Jane stamp set to my kit:

Here's the page I made with my mini-kit:

The pink and white polka dot background wasn't in my original mini-kit - I pulled it out of my scrap box.  I used pieces of the mini-kit papers as layers under my photo and tucked in some labels too.

The photo and journaling were both taken from one of my first post on this blog.

I didn't really use very much of my kit so I might be making another layout with it. 

If you don't have time to pull together a full kit this month, I hope you'll consider making a mini-kit from the Felicity Jane inspiration.  Please add your kit to our monthly link-up, post on Instagram (and tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjune2017) or share it in our Facebook community.

Out of the Scrap Box / Part Two

In my last post, I talked about making some layouts using pieces from my scrap box.  Today I have one more scrap box page to share.

The idea for the page came from Prompt #254 on the Whimsical Musings blog - be inspired by petals.  I immediately thought of the delicate lilac petals that had fallen from the blooms I picked earlier in the week, so I swept up a few and took a photo. 

I knew that I wanted the page to be airy and delicate, much like those petals.  I also knew that I would start with white cardstock and have very minimal journaling.  This page would be one that would be more about the photo than anything else; my love for lilacs has been well-documented already.  Sometimes I like making a layout just for the creative expression.

Armed with my photo to guide my selections, I turned to my scrap box and pulled out these pieces:

The first group has a small floral print, a tone-on-tone purple print, a white woodgrain cardstock, a vintage text print, and a pale pink paper with a light gray polka dot.

I also pulled a few specialty papers: vellum scraps in light pink, purple, pale white and a white polka dot, and another vellum scrap with gold hearts.

Here is the page I made using most, but not all, of the scraps:

I also included part of a white doily (the remnant went into the scrap box) and a label from an older Felicity Jane kit.

I stamped the title onto a scrap of white cardstock and then cut it out and adhered it to my page.  I wasn't brave enough to stamp right onto the layout - I used an old alpha set from the dollar bin at Michael's and since they are wood-mounted, I was sure that I wouldn't be able to keep them straight and wanted to give myself the opportunity to make multiple versions of each word.

I added some stitching for a finishing touch and then roughed up some of the edges.

I'm very happy with my completed layout and that I was able to get a little more use out of some of my favorite papers.  I'm going to leave my scrap box out on my scrap table as a reminder to take a look in it when I'm making pages.

Out of the Scrap Box / Part One

I'd like to talk about scraps today.  We all have them - those little pieces that remain every time we create a project.  For a number of years I saved almost every one, tossed them in a large box and pretty much left them there to languish, all but forgotten.

Last year, I did a major reorganization of my supplies and one of the first things I tackled was that scrap box.  It was a 12"x12" box that was close to 6" deep and it was completely full.  I was ruthless - I took out every piece (scrap or whole) and kept only those that I absolutely loved and knew I would use again.  By the time I was done, I'd culled that huge amount into a much more manageable pile.  My current scrap box is an iris container and it is only about 1/3 full.  I've carried through that manageability by applying the same "love it and will use it" standards and sometimes when I add the newest scraps, I'll weed out some of the old pieces that no longer meet those standards.

So now my scrap storage is under control but - gasp! - I haven't actually been doing anything with them!  A few weeks ago, as I once again moved that box of scraps out of the way to reach other supplies, I decided that it was time to "use 'em or lose 'em".  I challenged myself to just sit and sift through those pieces of papers and select a few to use on a page.  I've found that sometimes just the act of sorting and holding my supplies sparks my creativity and it worked this time too.  I made several pages; looking back, I wish I had taken photos of the scraps I chose so that you could see where I started but I'll try and do that next time.  Now, onto those pages...

This first page was inspired by a prompt on the Whimsical Musing blog to be inspired by genius.  I used a rather large scrap of a pretty blue paper with gold constellations that I'd punched circles from for a past project.  I trimmed the remaining piece down to 8.5x11 and put together this page:

The gold star vellum sheet was in the scrap box as well.

On my next page, I used an assortment of paper strips from the scrap box - some were branding strips and others were strips I cut from larger pieces.

I layered some additional pieces under the photo and used one more scrap to hold my journaling.

I found another scrap that was the remnant from a banner I'd made and after staring at it for a bit, I realized that it would make the perfect pocket for a photo.  Here's how it looks on the page I made:

I used a few scraps behind the photo and two more as photo corners at the top right of the layout.

My final page today came from my discovery of a thin vertical strip of a rainbow-striped paper and a couple of small punched circles.  I ended up punching more circles to coordinate with that rainbow paper and added everything to this page:

I used a black and white diagonal stripe scrap to mat my photo.

Before I adhered the scraps, I cut a fringed edged on the paper strip just to add that extra something to the design.  I absolutely love the end result!

I hope to make it a habit to make pages from my scrap box on a more regular basis.  Combing through the bits and pieces definitely inspires me in a different way than when I begin with full-size papers.  And I promise to take photos of the scraps before I get them on the page next time.

How about you? How do you store your scraps? Do you even save them?  And do you find that you use them?

Layouts Lately - iNSD

(inter)National Scrapbook Day was earlier this month and while I wasn't able to celebrate it on the actual day, I did take a little time on the day before and day after to make a few layouts.  I had good intentions of making more but the sheer number of challenges, prompts and contests was very overwhelming to me.  It was definitely nice to see the enthusiasm for this holiday though!

I ended up making three layouts - one for a challenge from Kellie Stamps, and two for challenges from Elle's Studio and I'd like to share them today.

The first page was for the Kellie Stamps' challenge to use two of their stamp sets on a project.  As luck would have it, I had photos and a story that were the perfect match to their "Nuts About Food" stamp set.  I used their "Slim Jim" alpha set for part of the title too.  Here is the page:

I couldn't resist stamping, coloring and fussy-cutting donuts for my page borders.  How cute are those little sprinkles?!

My second page was for the "design on a diagonal" challenge from Elle's Studio.

I'm more than a little obsessed with those adorable puffy heart stickers...

The second Elle's Studio challenge I chose was to create with an embellished grid.  Grids are one of my favorite designs and I love embellishing them too so this challenge really got my attention.

And see what I mean about those puffy heart stickers???

So that's how I celebrated iNSD. I was lucky enough to be the random winner for two of the challenges so the day was definitely a festive one for me.  How about you? Did you celebrate the day?

CKC Challenge #2

I'm sharing a layout today for Challenge #2 on the CKC blog.  The "Mix It Up" challenge calls for a little thinking out-of-the-box for a page title: mix fonts and sizes, include ready-made words, use a long title or a single word - just be creative!  

I took my page title from a text that my daughter sent me when she asked how my husband and I were enjoying a day trip.  I told her that it was rainy and gray and her response was a perfect fit for my layout:

I combined small letter alpha tiles with large black alpha stickers - I wanted the destination to be large enough that it would be obvious that it should be read twice in the title.

This was a fun challenge - I hope you'll play along too.  If you do, please add a link to the CKC blog here so we can all see your project.


Layouts Lately / Eat Story Kit

I'm back today with three more pages using the "Eat" Story Kit from Ali Edwards.

What better subject for a kit with an eating theme than Thanksgiving?   

I used the "This" app to label the dishes on the table and then wrote a few details about those dishes using the notepad that came in the kit.  I trimmed off the top of each sheet which said "The Story of This Meal" but left the rest intact.  I saved one of the trimmed pieces and tucked it behind my photo.

I sometimes have a hard time using the large acrylic words that come in the story kits but this one was perfect for my title.

My next page is not about food but about what else is on the table.

I enjoy setting a table with flowers and candles to make any meal seem a little more special.  

The last page is my favorite from this kit and it documents one of the best and most meaningful presents I have ever received.

I'm so happy that this kit inspired me to get this important story down on paper.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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