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10 September 2014

Scrapbooking Idea - Use 7 or more photos on 2 pages

Over at Get It Scrapped, they are working with the idea of using lots of pictures.  The assignment was to make a 2 page layout with at least 7 photos.  On one side of the layout arrange photos and/or memorabilia in a simple grid – even with a pocket page, if you like.  Then make the other half a single page spread and still tie the two together.

You will remember this spread I did, recently.

This has become my favorite method to deal with vacation photos quickly, effectively and stylishly too.  So although I was not assigned to do another page, I am taking the opportunity to pair up another single layout with a pocket page.  Well, let’s make that 2 pocket pages.

Remember this layout on the left, an earlier Get It Scrapped assignment to use modern nautical style.  Now I have added a companion page to it.

anglers paradisegone fishing

I had still more pictures to put in the reverse of that pocket page too.  Here’s what it looks like side by side with the full layout. You can see both pages match up well just by using repeated elements for embellishing – chevron and burlap ribbons, cork stars, anchor epoxy stickers, red button and navy twine.

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This is definitely my go-to method for vacation pictures, but it would also work quite well for school year photos, party photos and lots of other occasions.  What would you scrap this way?

05 September 2014

Scrapbooking Idea - Add Words From an App

Today's scrapbooking idea is to add words to our pictures.  In this day and age, we can do that through apps on our computers and cell phones.  Here's my first stab at it, using a smart phone app. 

Dream - A layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: Journaling reads:

This quote from Walt Disney came to mind while we were vacationing in Napa Valley.  Getting away from everyday life certainly gives us the space and freedom to dream.  Simplest among those dreams was to come back to Napa Valley again.  In less than six months, we found ourselves there, dreaming even bigger dreams.
Style: I used the Android app Phonto to put text on my image.  I was perusing their ample selection of fonts when I spotted one called Jenna-sue.  It was just whimsical enough, I thought.  I was able to retrieve my photo from the web, choose the font, add the text, change the size, move it around and tilt it very easily.  Not too shabby for a technophobe like me.

When I was ready to scrap the page, I looked for a companion font to use for my journaling.  Imagine my delight when I found that Jenna-sue was a free font available at Perfect for us scrappers.  (Jenna-sue also has a cool design blog.)

My page started with a May 2014 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches, and a 6 x 6 pad of Color Crush by American Crafts.

I added a separate section down in the bottom right corner, that will hold a square little photo from our second trip to Napa. I really am trying to include more than one photo on a layout!  However, I needed the design to work without the picture I had yet to snap on a trip I had yet to take when the layout was due, so I mimicked the top corner.

Dream detail

I believe the design works great like this because I have aligned the bottom cluster with the top one.  Speaking of alignment, did you notice that on my page the photo extends up above the layered paper block . . . it seems only right that the balloon would rise up there.
Stash: Patterned paper, alphabet and canvas stickers, American Crafts; Cardstock, ink, stamps & button, Stampin Up; Enamel dots, Basic Grey; Sticker, Studio Calico.

04 September 2014

September Counterfeit Challenge #1– “Seek & Scrap”

In September the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog’s first challenge is for you to give us a challenge.  Make one up, complete a project and share both the project and challenge with us.  Several of the creative team are giving you examples; here is mine.

Let’s say, you have just put your kit together and are ready to get started, but you don’t know where to start. Well, today I am going to give you both a challenge and a solution to that problem.

My challenge is for you to look online for specific ideas on how to use a particular product in your kit, and then use either one of those ideas or the cumulative inspiration you get by looking to start scrapping right away.  Maybe you have some old paper from a line that bumfuzzles you, or a unique embellishment you have found difficult to use.  You need a little nudge.

These days you can quickly do an internet search to find images that will get your creative juices flowing.  Pinterest,, your favorite manufacturer’s website or kit club blogs all have examples to share with you.  By looking for a very specific item, you will find your searching much more productive.

I wanted to use the Stampin Up set “Mosaic Madness”  so I dropped into a favorite website with galleries for many different stamps – Splitcoaststampers.  I allowed the gallery slide show of images using this set to run for less than 10 minutes and then I started working.
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I noticed many cards which popped up the stamped and punched image in various configurations atop a white card embossed with the matching pattern.  I chose my own pattern, added jewels from my kit and used a rub-on sentiment with another Stampin Up punch to finish the opulent look.

I also noticed that many stampers used the punched shape to make 5 or 6 petal flowers, some even with leaves.  I whipped up one, added a jewel in the center and adhered it to a 3 x 4 everyday life card I had stamped with two Unity stamps.  From beginning my search to putting the last jewel on the two cards, I spent less than 30 minutes creating.  Fast fabulous fun.

I challenge you to do a search on a specific item in your kit and put that inspiration to use right away.  If you copy a single person's idea, please credit the creator.  I realize nowadays with so much scrapbooking sharing on the Internet, you will often see the same idea used by many stampers and scrappers, so it is difficult to know where they originated.  Do your best, and be quick about it.  You can thank me for getting you off to such a quick start on your kit later.

02 September 2014

September 2014 Counterfeit Kit Add-On

As promised when I posted my counterfeit kit, I wanted a September add-on to include stamps.  When one is “Dishing Up The Good Life”, it is only natural to want a “Second Helping”.  Yes, that is the name of my add-on kit, shown pictured over the top of my main kit (evidence that it coordinates perfectly).

second helping collage
Plan (or lack of one): Have you ever pulled together your kit and thinking it complete, later find yourself taking a second look at the inspiration kit?  Do you see something different that reminds you of  supplies you have?  Well, when I first looked at this month inspiration kit, I neglected to take note of the map paper, the text paper, and the music paper.  Maybe I didn’t think I had those patterns in colors that would coordinate with the rest of the my kit.


Wrong!  As it would happen, I found several that would work with my main kit and that would also come in handy for the stamping I planned to do this month.  Before you know it, I had accumulated quite the add-on kit:

second helping

For the stamping portion, I grabbed a Stampin Up set called Mosaic Madness, along with their matching punch and an embossing folder.  I also found set of dies for using on pocketed pages, and I grabbed a handful of single Unity stamps (stamped examples at top right) that would work well.  I found a set of rub-ons and some puffy stickers too. 
Paper & Pretties: Cardstock – Bazzill peach and cream, Stampin Up 8.5 x 11 Confetti White
Ink – Stampin Up Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Concord Crush, Cajun Craze,    Rich Razzleberry
Sassafras – Count Me In, One by One
Basic Grey – Stella Ruby, Lady Kate’s Roses
Studio Calico – Plaza and Abroad, Boarding Pass
Kaisercraft – Timeless Collection, Sheet Music & Script
Unknown Maker – Wood plank scraps
Studio Calico – Project Life 3 x 4 patterned cards, Snapshot craft die
Basic Grey – Capture Mini Monograms in cranberry
Unity Stamp Company – assorted single stamps
Stampin Up – Mosaic Madness stamp set, Mosaic punch, Modern Mosaic embossing folder
American Crafts – Mini Marks Rub-ons, Accessories Set 2 
Maggie Holmes – Date Roller Stamp
QuicKutz – Pocket Scrap Dies – Life
Twine & Ink Puffy Stickers
Maybe now that you’ve seen the Design team’s kits, there are some items you think you need to add to your kit – either as an add-on, or in the main kit.  Either way, I am giving you permission for a big second helping this month – after all, there are no calories involved!

01 September 2014

September 2014 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Today is September’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop, where we reveal the kits we are going to be using for the month.  If you didn’t start at the CKC blog and come by way of Tina’s, check out the full hop list below.
Peek: SC_Aug14_kit4_mediumaugpatterns

Scrapbook Circle’s August kit, Island Paradise is our inspiration kit this month.  What I noticed right away was a hint of purple and lots of diamond shapes.  I liked the nod to vacation in the kit’s name – Island Paradise.
Plan: I decided to make my September kit to scrap pictures of our most recent vacation in Napa Valley. (Poor Napa Valley was shaken by earthquakes just a few days after we were there.)  I adapted the scheme set above with Basic Grey’s Grand Bazaar papers to something better suited to my purpose.  Basic Grey to the rescue again.  Here is their much, much older line, Stella Ruby – which has an old worldly feeling with a more nostalgic look:

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This collection contains an interesting geometric pattern as well as distinctive floral papers.  And those colors, those lovely wine inspired colors – perfect for scrapping Napa wine country.

sep papers

Now we add some more recent papers with triangles, subdued reds, organic greens, a touch of black and pull in a dash of gold like the inspiration kit. 

sep layer

A few large flat flowers, leaves, die-cut doilies and alphabets are added next. Then we move on to the embellishments.  Let’s see what else I can dish up – instead of wood veneer pieces, I chose cork, of course – plus lots of tags and journal cards like the inspiration kit.

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Don’t you love that dish?  I snatched it off the clearance shelf at World Market, a modern day international bazaar, some might say, but much closer to home.

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And that brings me to the name of my kit – Dishing Up The Good Life.

Sep 2014 CKC kit

I have plans for a stamping add-on kit, that I hope to show you soon.
Papers: Cardstock:  Bazzill, American Crafts and Stampin Up – white, grey, green, yellow, wine and pumpkin
Basic Grey Stella Ruby – Matchbook kit, 3 papers and 2 sizes of alphabets
Sassafras Lass – Life Is Beautiful L’il Brudders
Scarlet Lime Exclusives - Bird Print and Black Floral
Basic Grey Spice Market – Cinnamon
Lily Bee Urban Autumn - Gingered Cider and Tri-State
Studio Calico - Watermelon Rose
Basic Grey Laser-cut black doilies
Pretties: Paislee Press – Sentiment Series Black Glitter Alphabet
Basic Grey – Capture – Mini Monograms alpha in kraft
Prima – Lollipops in Frosted Rose and Red, Parisa Distressed Mix
Prima – Calcutta Leaves in Oatmeal
My Mind’s Eye – Tres Jolie Die-cut Frame
Maya Road – bare chipboard bird keychain shapes
Papertrey Ink – Vintage button collection
Fancy Pants – Cork hearts
Chic Tags – Autumn Days Mini Tags
Kaisercraft - crochet doilies
Life Love Paper – wooden clip pins
Art Bar – Scrapperie Journal Art Cards
Prima – Say it With Crystals
American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Daybook Diecuts
Kolette Hall – Good Life Stamp
Parade: Guest Designer - Tina
Susanne - You are here
That is quite a line up – with Lisa next in line.  Enjoy – because scrapping is part of the good life!