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27 November 2014

Final Pinterest-inspired Layout and a Confession

Today, I have one more layout to post from my November 2014 Counterfeit Kit.  I wanted to use the sketch from Scrapbook Generation even though I didn’t have the pictures yet.


I liked this sketch because it uses lots of different patterned papers and more than one photo.  On my version I used coordinating 3 x 4 journal cards on several of the spots – and I’ve left room for two 4 x 6 vertical photos by placing scraps there.  I could also add in another 3 x 4 tucked into the top left side of the right page, if I wanted later.  EK Success' flag punch made quick work of those on the right hand side.

Hello Adventure

Oh yes, about that confession.  One might think I was very Internet-savvy and high tech using Pinterest so frequently.  I mean you can view pins on your laptop, your tablet or your phone – you can access it anywhere.  You could.  Me, I’m old fashioned, I use my desktop computer and cut and paste those images into Word and print them out to take them into the studio.  Let’s face it, I’m a paper girl. See!

sketches on paper

But hey - it worked.  I used all those sketches this month, and nearly all my kit too.  I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my fill of scrapbooking this month, so there won’t be any guilt with trimming way back in December to devote time to other things.

Today is Thanksgiving and I would be remiss if I didn't thank all of you who pop by and read my blog.  I do so appreciate you.  See you back here soon for tea?

24 November 2014

November 2014 Counterfeit Challenge Hop

Well, after a pitiful performance on the challenges last month, I managed to complete two this month, so I’m joining all these crafty ladies for the members’ month-end blog hop at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

My project is based on Challenge 3 – making a card with dimension – make it POP!

thankful card

Look at all the ways I’ve added dimension:
  • I embossed my background sheet – inking its edges and some of the embossing.
  • I used a thick chipboard sticker as my focal point.
  • I added a plump bow in a textured fabric.
  • I popped brads onto three elements in the cluster.
A closer look that shows the dimension of my elements. Like?

thankful closeup

This is the only thing I have made this month without using a Pinterest sketch.  The one detail I don't like is that the edge inking is a little too messy.  I must remember to only use chalk ink for edging, so that I can erase any excess or stray ink.  With all the layouts completed this month, including a double spread yet to be posted, it feels good to play around with a few of the odds and ends from the kit before filing the leftovers back into my stash.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop, and that you not only get ideas but that you also feel motivated! 

Now hop over to Elaine's and see what she has done. Happy scrappin’.

21 November 2014


Well, what else would you call it?  I’m back with yet another scrapbook page from a Pinterest board sketch, using my November 2014 counterfeit kit.


This page also incorporates the idea of using lots of neutrals.  As much as I love color, I find myself trying this every so often.  I don’t think I have yet mastered it, but I am getting closer.  From outside my kit I grabbed the washi tapes in the mid-tone grays instead of the bold brown dot and little yellow floral included in my kit.  The yellow chipboard piece was originally pulled from stash for another assignment, and never put away.  I envision making one more layout from this kit before the remnants are reincorporated into my general supplies.

family! love

This picture is of the four of us at the meal after my brother’s memorial service.  I really treasure any time someone gets a good shot of all four of us – even if it is on a solemn occasion.  My thanks to cousin S for this one.  Of course, those occasions remind us how important family is, and how fast time can fly by between opportunities to see our extended family.  I still want to do a memorial page on my brother, but I need to think a little more about that and about what journaling I want to add to this layout too.

18 November 2014

Scrapbooking Idea– Using Mid-Century Modern Style

You Never Forget High School – a layout for Get It Scrapped

Story Whether or not we go onto college, we all remember our high school years.  On this layout I paired my high-school senior picture with just a few of the things I remember about those times.

For the record, mid-century modern was the style from the 40’s through the 1960’s. Think about the TV show, Mad Men, for example.  This school of design was meant to be simpler and yet bolder than the designs that preceded it. 

(Also for the record, the photo I used is technically past that period, but I’m not brave enough to post even earlier pictures of me, during my awkward pre-teen days!)
Style I embraced the graphic "modern" nature of this mid-century modern style - picking up on its use of iconic shapes, such as the bursts on the tag, as well as patterns, like the TV test pattern on one of the papers.  For color I mixed some muted shades, with contrasting black and a touch of bright colors - while my high school days are long past and perhaps muted, my memories of them are bright and happy.

I think the page has an overall uncluttered feel to it because of the prevalence of white and the understated embellishments.  I think I incorporated enough mid-century design, while staying true to how I scrapbook.

retro papers

I was really grateful to Studio Calico for their retro papers called As Seen On TV and Retrograph, as they were the starting points for this page.
Stash Supplies:  Paper:  Studio Calico; Alphabets, American Crafts; Flair, Scrapbook Customs; Brads, Stampin Up; Buttons, SEI; Diecuts, Studio Calico; Chipboard, Unknown.

15 November 2014

Pin and Scrap, Pin and Scrap, Pin and . . .

Can you believe it?  I found a sketch on Pinterest that spoke to me. Yes, another one.

the sampler kit club: A City With A Soul Layout...

If I’m in rut by scrapping all these sketches I have pinned in the past, please don’t mention it to my scrappy mojo.  I am plowing through my November 2014 Counterfeit Kit in record fashion.  In my on-again off-again world of scrapping motivation – my mojo is definitely on.

Here’s another of daughter’s senior photos.  It slid under a basket on my desk and was forgotten until I dusted.  (I’m in an on-again cleaning mode this month as well.)  Sorry for the distorted photo of the layout - with the change of season, taking pictures in the den doesn't work as well for natural light.  I need to switch to a south-facing window.  The trouble is I have to clear a spot in front of one first, and my cleaning mode hasn't gotten to that project.


I still need to add the date, but my old gold pen seems to have run dry.  See ya; unlike the ink in that pen, I’ve gotta run!

PS  I have been trying to get around to catch-up and comment on your blogs too.  But Google seems to keep signing me out so that I can't comment.  So frustrating.  Why does my computer always go glitchy right after I install Windows updates?