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23 October 2014

Scrapbooking Idea–Use Setting To Tell The Story

Our layouts are meant to tell a story with both words and pictures.  Those visual images include not only our photographs but the papers and pretties we used to scrap.  One method for doing so is to further the story by mimicking its setting on the page.

My Hope-full Chest – A layout for Get It Scrapped


Story: I have had a "hope" chest since I was 20 years old.  Over the years it has become full of mementos of my life, and it is a reminder of how blessed I have been.
Style: The setting is reflected by using attic themed paper that shows a collection of items gathered over the years.  I placed my chest in among the suitcases, ladders and coatracks and added lots of embellishments to add to the feel of things having collected over time. The pull-out tag at the top lists the contents.

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I’ve taken a little bit of artistic license here as my house doesn’t have an attic, and my chest sits in the guest bedroom.  But that’s allowed, right, because in all probability this chest will end up in a grandchild’s attic one day.  I hope.
Stash: Paper and stickers, Kaisercraft – In The Attic Collection; Alphabet, K & Co.: Metal pieces, 7 Gypsies and Melissa Francis, remaining bits and bobs from stash

22 October 2014

My Oh My - The Week That Was

Well, last Wednesday morning I was pulling out my Christmas stash.  I wanted to take inventory, I was going to need it for an upcoming Get It Scrapped project, and well, for Christmas!    This was as far as I got – this picture is actually this Tuesday a.m. – yep it sat that way for 6 full days.  Why?

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At noon last Wednesday, I took a quick break to run to the drugstore down the road for a much needed allergy decongestant.  Hubby happened to be home for lunch; so he got the phone call from his Mom’s friend saying she had fallen.  Needless to say, by the time I returned from my 15 minute errand, he had already packed his bag.  I packed one quickly, and we headed 2 1/2 hours northward.

After her Bible class luncheon, she missed a step in the dimly-lit restaurant, and fell face first forward.  She was bleeding pretty good.  Her friends attended to her right away and an ambulance whisked her to the ER in no time. Miraculously she did not have a concussion and had not broken anything.  (She likes to credit those strong bones to the nightly bowl of ice-cream she often has after dinner.)  Also lucky was the fact that a maxillofacial specialist was available to put several layers of tiny stitches in the forehead muscle and close the jagged skin tear on her right temple.  We are thankful for his expertise and hopeful the scar will be minimal.  She got home that same evening, by which time my sis-in-law arrived as well.

After a couple days of sleeping in her recliner with her head elevated, icing the side of her face and enjoying chocolate shakes upon request, she made good progress. She’s sleeping normally again, and her aches have subsided.  We stayed until the changing of the guard Saturday, when her other son came from his out-of-town business trip and stayed until a subsequent change in the guard as her sister arrived.  None of us live in her town, but we manage to look after while she recuperates, with the help of her local friends who check in on her regularly.  (She has plenty of volunteers to run to the local Diary Bar!)
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Monday was a catch-up day with laundry, grocery shopping and the HVAC guy coming to do our fall furnace maintenance.  Tuesday was spent on the phone with the cable company trying to figure out why the internet was loading so slowly on my desktop.  After an hour an a half, said cable company decided it was my computer and not their service, so I have switched from Chrome back to Firefox, which works better but not completely right.  After that frustration, I decided to put the Christmas stuff away except for a few cut scraps of paper and some embellishments.  But puttering led to this page. 

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Oh wait, I can’t show you that yet.  I am undecided if it is good enough for the upcoming Get It Scrapped assignment or if it is just a warm-up page.  (I like it quite a bit better this morning than I did yesterday – you know how that goes.)  Trust me, you might be surprised by what else is on the page, when you see it.

Today will be filled with mundane chores, and maybe even a little catch-up on blog reading. I’m hoping you are having a lovely mundane kind of day, too, or at least that your excitement is the welcome kind!

19 October 2014

Scrapbook Idea – Curate Your Albums

Here is a good scrapbook idea:



Curate – really?  I know that sounds a little high-falutin, but I also know that Debbie Hodge will break it down with a process and give us new perspective on those albums and albums full of layouts that we have.  Like these that are staring back at me:


*** In the interest of full disclosure, that picture is several years old, so there are a few more than that. Yikes? Please tell me some of you can relate!!
Why am I interested in this class?  Well, because I know when my family visits from out – of – town, they sometimes take time to flip through an album or two of mine.  The last time was to show some family ancestors to my niece’s fiancĂ©e, now husband.  And I know the ones they like best are currently marked “Nostalgia”, which means they are full of older photos and tell the “old” stories in our family. 

I want to use Debbie’s class to see if I can make sure that more of my albums are telling family stories – old time stories and more current ones too that will end up being repeated in years to come.  Yes, someday, last month’s pictures will be nostalgia.


  • Am I spotlighting the stories I think need to be passed along? 
  • Are the stories there, but require digging around in several albums?  


Just look up there at my blog header:

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For me, the class will be a reality check to see how well I am telling those stories.  I think I am doing okay – but is that reflected in the albums?  A review of my body of work will do me good, because sometimes I can get off-track distracted by pretty papers and such.

Another good thing:  the class doesn’t start for several weeks, so I have time to file quite a few layouts in the meantime.  Wanna join me?  Right now you can get a discount – click here for the full class details.
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Come on now – let’s join the curating crowd!!

18 October 2014

Second Time Around - Make Bases First

As discussed in my last post, not only is making bases a good way to use already cut papers, but it also works when trying to dig into a kit in the first place.  Here I cut up a full sheet of paper from Studio Calico’s March 2014 kit. I put those strips on top of another full sheet.

Be Brave – a Layout from Studio Calico’s Office Hours kit



Story: This senior picture of my daughter is one of our favorites.  She reminds me of Sara Bareilles, a favorite singer of hers.  Naturally, the words of Sara’s recent hit Brave from the Disney movie of the same name ran through my head.  The layout title was obvious.
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The placement of the fishtail flag strips was actually inspired by several cards I had seen recently.  I started the second layer of my layout with two 6 x 4 blocks at the bottom, one which would hold a picture.  I placed the title in the highest strip and found I still had room for the whole song chorus on the page above it – fun, right?

I found the embellishing on this page took quite a long time – I think because the papers were so strong in color and pattern.  Also I found myself reaching into my stash rather thank back into that kit for elements. I needed to add interest to each of the two lower blocks as well balance the page both vertically and horizontally. 

And how cool is it that the documented paper there actually has March 2014 dates, which is when her photo was taken.
Stash: Papers, Studio Calico &amp Paislee Press; Alphabets, Basic Grey, October Afternoon & Adornit; Tags, Jenni Bowlin; Epoxy, Jillibean Soup; Tape, Darice & Freckled Fawn
It has been interesting to experiment with whether making bases first is a time-effective scrapbooking practice for me.  I think the jury is still out.  I may have another go around with kit leftovers next month.  Do you make bases first, and does it save you time?

14 October 2014

Scrapbooking Idea–Make Bases First

Do you ever make up bases for scrapbooking layouts ahead of time?  It is a great way to use partial sheets of paper from your stash.  Recently I was given this challenge at Get It Scrapped, and I rediscovered how fun it was.

Three Fine Wineries – A Layout For Get It Scrapped


Story: On our recent visit to Napa Valley, we visited many wineries.  These three wineries pictured on this layout were distinctive in appearance, which was as memorable as their wines.
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You may remember that my September Counterfeit Challenge kit and its hefty add-on were pulled together for the purpose of scrapping our visit to Napa Valley Wine Country.  I gathered papers with the rich colors of wine and an aged feel.  (Actually the papers themselves were “aged” in my stash.)

The bottom sheet suggests barrels stained by wine and the top sheet looked like record keeping of some important dates during their growing season, perhaps.  The middle sheet provides both contrast and color cohesion between the other two.  I chose a simple slanted paper placement would allow for a page with 2 or 3 photos abutting that slanted block,  Embellishing around the edges should be effortless.

Because I had put the base together a couple of days before I chose photos, I felt like I had more time to work on embellishing.  So I took the time to cover the chipboard bird with paper in my focal cluster.  I have a ton of naked chipboard, so it was good to get back to using it.
Stash: Patterned paper, Basic Grey and Sassafras Lass; Alphabets, Paislee Press & Basic Grey; Die-cut cards and rub-ons, American Crafts; Flowers and gems, Prima; Buttons, Papertrey; Chipboard, Maya Road, Wooden pins, Life Love Paper.