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20 July 2014

Crop Cross-training

We, scrapbookers, we cross train all the time.  Cross training is to learn different, usually related, tasks, skills, jobs, etc.  And today, I’m showing you a layout that is the result of such cross-training.

Girl Blossomed – A layout borne of crop cross-training

a layout @ Snaps & Snippets
Story: This is one of J’s senior pictures.  The fact that she’s wearing a blouse of pretty blooms (bought for her by her very stylish mom), reminds me how much she has blossomed during high school.
Style: Two types of scrapbook training came together here.

(1) Concepts from Masterful Scrapbook Designs Photo Play e-magazine of several months back still swirl around in my head.  Lately, I like playing with photos, especially if it is something easy I can do in Picasa, and it in some way helps tell my story.  One of these I may learn more about Photoshop, and really play around.

On this layout, I filtered (that’s digi-talk for turned) the picture to black and white and placed that version at a tilt behind the main image, as though the plainer personality was falling away, as her current more vibrant one takes front and center.  

(2)  The first video in the Scrapbook Coach class on a cluster foundation was also very helpful.  I like these quick 15 minute videos on putting a page together.  I can’t wait to get to the next 3, each one becoming more involved or taking a new twist.

Anyway, Debbie Hodge started us out with 3 oblong narrow strips of patterned paper.  I used much wider stripes than she did and placed them nearer the center of the page to accommodate 2 photos instead of one.  The title work and a few embellishments are placed underneath.  I added two other clusters to form a visual triangle and add balance.  Sappy journaling (probably hidden) still to come.

While we are on the subject of black and white, here’s that version of the whole layout.  As you can see, this is a great way to check for key design aspects like emphasis, contrast, balance, alignment, repetition and flow.  For example, the bold solid color of the pink cardstock and the dark title elements of girl and ellipsis firmly support the dark rich colors of the photo.

Stash: This page was done primarily from this month’s counterfeit  kit – A Tisket, A Tasket.  The benefits and basics of using kits are mentioned in this month's Product Play ezine over at Get It Scrapped too.

I substituted 2 Martha Stewart pink washi tapes, for the tad-bit-too-red one in my kit and used a Sassafras glitter alpha for the subtitle (I was once in love with these alphas, and have quite a little stockpile.)  And the little heart chipboard was stuck to something else until it dropped onto my desk at a most opportune time.

17 July 2014

Vacation–Get It Scrapped on Just Two Pages

Napa Valley Vacation – A Two Page Layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: These pages document our trip to Napa Valley over spring break.  It was a restful and relaxing few days for our family of four.
Style: I tried to convey the casualness of the trip in three of the design features.  (1) I put the photos down in slightly irregular fashion, as though they were spread out on a table to sort through them.  (2) I used white space horizontally across the middle to move the eyes smoothly across the two pages.  (3) I placed the title and pictures featuring us at the top, giving them priority over the photos of the places visited at the bottom.

These are not only my favorite photos of the trip, they are also representative of all the things we saw and did.  I have some less favorite and more repetitive photos that I could put into pockets, but it is not necessary.  I was glad of the GIS challenge to get it all on two pages. 
Stash: Patterned Paper, Amy Tangerine and Studio Calico; Alphabet, American Crafts; Chipboard, Little Yellow Bicycle; Flair, A Flair for Buttons and Studio Calico; Washi Tape, Bella Blvd.; Frames, American Crafts and Studio Calico.

16 July 2014

Counterfeit Challenge–Panel Card

Hello Cards for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Start: The final July 2014 Challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Club is to produce a panel card – this is a card where the back of the card doesn’t open, but serves as a background for a smaller card in the front that does open.  Hero Arts provided a nice tutorial video here.
Panel card

  • I chose the colorful Amy Tangerine Plus One patterned paper and adhered it to solid cardstock.
  • I used glossy white cardstock to make a smaller card and adorned the front of it with elements from my kit.
  • I tucked the American Crafts balloons next to the Recollections layered Hello banners, and topped it with American Crafts elements buttons tied with black floss.
  • The card was still missing something, so I stacked some Making Memories sequins in the corner as a hint to where you would open the card.
  • I left the inside of the card blank so I can stamp an appropriate greeting when I am ready to use the card.
The pictures don’t do justice to this card as the shiny cardstock, sequins and balloons with a bit of glitter all add shine to the card and play off the matte finish of the other elements. The cards have great dimension too.
Stuff: Why did I make two cards you might ask?  Well, there were two sets of balloons in the package, and I liked the idea of emptying the package.  In fact, I liked it so much that I have started a bin called “The Empties” and from now until the end of the year, any time I finish off a package of embellishments or adhesive, I’m going to throw it in there.  I think it will provide a little incentive to me to craft up the last little bits of things, and it will serve as a gauge of my productivity.  Want to play along?

12 July 2014

Counterfeit Challenge–Three or More Techniques

I am just not a technique scrapper, I am not.  You see, opening a new package of brads and buttons makes a page labor intensive enough for me.  But the gals over at CKC, served up this challenge to use at least three techniques on a page.  Heck, do I even know three techniques, I wonder.

We Canoe – A Layout for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge


Story: A year ago on July 4th, hubby and son decided to visit the sporting goods store and came home with this toy as a result of a big summer sale and an itch to try something new.  Son and daughter took it for its maiden voyage on the little lake behind our house, while the puppy looked on in envy.  Since then, hubby and son have been canoeing more times than I expected.  Puppy doesn’t usually get to go with them.
Style: What are my three (easy, peasy) techniques:  (1) stitching some waves in the water using a Bazzill Stitchz template, (2) flicking some mist on the paper since water appears in the pictures, and (3) fussy-cutting some of the clouds so I could pop them up and overlap them on the photos.  I also glossed them up to tie them in with the other shiny embellishments, my letters and flair.

canoe detail

Hey!!  I even counterfeited the comma and question marks in the title from a plain black alpha using a white ink pen to doodle on them.  Does that count as #4 and make me a technique scrapper, after all? I have to admit, techniques can make for some playful pages – in both looks and time spent.

It turns out that on techniques, I can.  Canoe?
Stash: Cardstock, Patterned Paper & Thickers, American Crafts; Washi tape, My Minds’ Eye; Alphabets, Heidi Swapp (punctuation) and Making Memories; Flair, A Flair for Buttons; Pen, Signo; Glossy Accents, Stampin Up; Mist, Studio Calico; Floss & Template; Bazzill.

09 July 2014

Happy Mail & Miscellaneous

Well, let’s start with the miscellaneous.  On our latest thrifting outing L and I found some great bargains.  Most are befitting a home d├ęcor kind of post, but this little gem was found for 50 cents. 


The box alone was worth that so I picked it up, and when I had tidied the contents, here’s what I had.  The clothespins and safety pins in pastel colors are just too cute!!  These will find their way into kits and onto pages or cards, I’m sure.  I just like the idea of adopting little boxes of discards, and giving at least some of them new life.


Next, we visit the other end of the box spectrum – this beauty arrived from 2 Peas. - 18 x 14 x 6".


Yep, my last order from them – ever.  Sadly, this time I can say it and mean it.  Obviously, they were using up whatever boxes they had in stock for shipping – because it did not need to be this big, it was not very full.  I swear! The largest item in it – was a box of divided page protectors from Project Life®.  Bye bye, 2 Peas – you will be missed!


I love the bag inside the box  - it builds suspense – something both the mystery lover and the crafter in me appreciates. Happy place – indeed!


See, not all that much.  No paper except for a 6 x 6 pad of Fancy Pants' new line Burlap & Bouquets.  I picked up an even 10 (because a dozen would have been excessive) of 2PS exclusive flair.  I am going to pretend that I do not know they are continuing to sell it on Etsy.  Very addictive – even more so if I had a little divided 18 slot box to arrange them in.  Hmmmm. . . .


Last and most special, my first postcard in the swap organized by Sian arrived.

It is from Deb at Paper Turtle.  Thank you, Deb!  It immediately found its spot in the studio to remind me not to hurry through my scrapbooking.


So even though I'm behind on what scrapping I need to finish, I'm not going to hurry.  In process I have one page 80% finished and another nearly 20% started.  With any luck, they could both be done today.  Better get going . . .