May 28, 2017

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.

May 24, 2017

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?

May 21, 2017

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?

May 18, 2017

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.


May 15, 2017

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!

May 12, 2017

Feed Your Craft / Make It Matter, Part 2

I'm back today with two more layouts using the "Make It Matter" kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft.  Unfortunately, the kit has sold out but the coordinating mini flair set is still available and there are plenty of other great products in the shop too (I love the stamps and flat packs!).

I was inspired to think a little beyond the obvious "maker" theme of the kit.  There are many ways we can make a difference to others by our actions and so I decided to make that idea the subject of my page.  

I scrolled through my camera phone and printed 30 (yes, 30!) mini square photos.  I arranged most of them on the left side of the page, and then filled in the rest of the layout with journaling, a title card and a few last photos.

I took a more literal interpretation of the kit with my second project.  When I was pregnant with both my daughters, I made them each a cross-stitched Christmas stocking - a great idea during the first pregnancy; a less-than-great idea during the second pregnancy when I was chasing around an 18-month old and suffering from morning sickness that lasted all day through the first half of the pregnancy.  That is another story for another time though.  Here's the stocking page:

The little row of cross-stitches on the stamp set made the perfect accent for the page.

It's almost time for another Brandi/Feed Your Craft collaboration.  The next kit is due for a June 15th release - I haven't seen it yet but I'm sure it will be amazing as always.  Make sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss out on this one!

May 10, 2017

Layouts Lately / "Eat" Story Kit

I've fallen a little behind (actually, more than a little) in sharing recent layouts - unfortunately blogging always seems to fall to the bottom of my "to do" list.  I post much more frequently on Instagram because it's quick and easy.  I think that seems to be a trend but I don't want to stop sharing here so I guess I'll have to resort to catch-up posts every now and then, like today.

I loved the Ali Edwards "Eat" Story Kit - it inspired a very long list of page ideas and although I've only made six layouts so far, I will be revisiting my list and the kit to make more pages.  Let's take a look at three of the layouts today.

This first page was based on a story that my husband has often told our girls; it's one of those "family legends" that everyone seems to have.  It's a pretty simple page: lots of journaling, one photo, and just a couple of embellishments.

My second layout also features a lot of journaling.  I have scrapped about this particular bread before, concentrating on how it's been handed down from generation to generation.  This time I wrote about why this bread is important to me and what memories it calls to my mind.

The last layout I have today documents the beginning of what I think will be a new family tradition - Christmas breakfast.

I used the story stamp to make a patterned paper background for the page.

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be back soon with the rest of the pages I made with this kit.

May 4, 2017

Forgeries on the Fourth

Hello! I have a quick little DIY to share with you today as part of "Forgeries on the Fourth" on the CKC blog.  

As you might know, we are using the  March 2017 Gossamer Blue kits as our inspiration this month.  The kit contains a set of foam phrase thickers in a script font:

Hello Joy Thickers, Little by Little Collection - Shimelle
I thought it would be fun to try and make my own version.  I used a manual die-cut machine, a script word die, white cardstock and a roller dot adhesive.

I ran the die through the machine eight separate times - if you have an electronic die-cut machine, you could just add multiple copies of your word or phrase to one sheet.  

Working on a sheet of scrap paper, I rolled adhesive over the first piece and then stacked another piece over the top.

It's hard to see in the photo but I didn't complete cover the word with adhesive - I just tried to get it on one or two spots on each letter.

I continued in the same manner until I had used all eight pieces.  I picked up the stacks after the addition of every piece and moved them to a different spot on my scrap paper.  I thought that the multiple layers of adhesive might make them permanently attach to the scrap paper.

The end result? A thick die-cut word that will add a nice dimension to a layout.  

Don't forget to check out the CKC blog for more ideas for making your own version scrapbooking items!