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27 September 2016

Two Classes of Two Page Layouts–Not My Own Designs

But hey, those are adorable pictures of my son, for whom I can claim at least half design credit, right?  These are more pages from Creating Keepsakes classes – last year’s I think.

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Sorry the pictures are a little wonky, believe it or not everything on these pages is straight, I am just using my phone for blog pictures these hurried days and it seems to shoot flat pages as if they are concave, or is that convex -- well, not straight and flat!

Don’t you just love the vividness of colors that Jillibean Soup uses on their papers?  If I ever need to buy paper again, I must see what their newer lines are!  Yes, right there, did you catch that – I admitted I have too much paper.  So go ahead, tell my hubby, snitch if you must.  But the insiders all know that he’d rather I buy paper than furniture – because I don’t make him move my paper around!  So there’s that.

Here’s another two-pager from that same class on clustering:

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Can you tell I have been making progress on sorting old photos.  It is a two-pass process.  I tend not to toss many the first time around, and then go back and see if I can sort into groups by theme or time period or common colors.  The second pass sees a lot more pruning.  Yes, I have occasionally capitulated and wanted to pull photos out of the discard pile, but my sis-in-law is working on printed up her digital photos and fighting the same fight.  She is keeping me on track by reminding me that “the more photos you have the more you have to scrap” and “if you’ve already scrapped the best photos out of that bunch, why exactly are you now holding onto the ones you did not think were good enough then.”  It’s mostly working.

I have also made the decision that I am not going to scan these old photos (well, with rare exceptions) to correct for color or enlarge.  I am intent on just cropping them, scrapping them and honing my skills at strategically placing embellishments to hide things that in a perfect world my photo-editing assistant would have photo-shopped out while I was out shopping for more paper (but not for more furniture)!

Here’s one more two pager from a class the year before last using MME’s Collectable line:

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And a single from the same class - there was misting on this page and it really warped everything:

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Note that the class pages mostly used the geometric shapes and pattern papers which work well with pictures of boys.  Now what am I to do with a single sheet of the pretty bright floral I have remaining.  Stay tuned.

25 September 2016

Watercolours @ The Studio Challenges

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Start: The second challenge of September over at The Studio Challenges is to use watercolours.  I immediately thought of this paper, it is the reverse of a sheet of Acorn Avenue by Crate Paper.

Style: In keeping with the soft effect that watercolours possess, I decided to layer a very subtle washi tape, a muted stripe 4 x 6 card, and a dotted transparency under my photo. A simple bow and a gathering of wood items and buttons form a cluster at the corner. The little yellow flower picks up the yellow directly from the photo, but the other colors are complementary.  I added see through epoxy dots like dew drops and a sprinkling of mist.  (When the misting was a little too bold, I used more washi tape to soften it.)

Stash: Patterned paper – Crate Paper, Card, transparency, stickers – My Mind’s Eye,  Alphabet – Sassafras Lass, Epoxy droplets – Kaisercraft, Washi tape – Little B, remainder from stash.

24 September 2016

September Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Hop

Welcome to September’s member blog hop. We have a great line-up of projects for you today – including all these stops on the hop.




Today I am showcasing the cards I made to finish off a few more paper scraps and chipboard items from my kit. Washi tape gave a handy assist as well.  Aren’t these fun?

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September’s Peachy Keen kit has been a favorite kit of mine, and I am very satisfied with the amount of production I achieved.  Not all kits are like that.  In fact, inside information tells me that the very different style of October’s might be a very fun, and perhaps challenging, change of pace.  I cannot wait.   (And literally, I did not have to – love being on the team, having the inside scoop and getting things done early!)

So there’s my bit for the hop, do enjoy the other stops.

23 September 2016

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt 2016

And here you have my snaps and snippets:

1. A "wild heart" - naturally occurring – in my front yard.

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2. A footprint or pawprint – a dog having tracked through rain puddles at the Naperville park.

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3. A skeleton, bone or x-ray – the first two from Papersource in Naperville, and the last from Anderson’s bookstore.  A little lame, I know.

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4. A book or magazine read during 2016 – Me, not so much with reading books this summer, but I did finish this audiobook in less than 24 hours on the day it came out – Sep. 20.  5 stars.

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I did catch up on lots of my magazines.

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5. A porch or deck – there is a porch on this historic mansion in my hubby’s home town, and an observation deck on the local visitors center in Evansville.

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6. A camper (caravan) – The last lone camper left at the 4-H fairgrounds days after the county fair ended.

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7. A family gathering – Me, college girl, my niece and sis-in-law on Labor Day weekend. 

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My family out on a Pokemon hunt at our riverfront.

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8. A drawing, art project, artistic photograph, scrapbook page, greeting card, or art journal page created by you. – A gazebo at our local park on the riverfront, that I snapped, edited in the Prisma app that my son told showed me, and scrapped too.

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9. Someone playing with, in, or around water. – College girl for the “mandatory” fountain shot, I won’t comment on how much playing in the water she was planning just seconds before the click.

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10. A bicycle – a decorative one, which I did not ride, from our barn quilt hunting adventures.

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11. Fresh produce – a produce stand on First Avenue that I pass when running errands, it was the end of the summer, so they were preparing for fall.

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12. A window – I snapped dozens of windows this summer, like this cool rooftop bar and parking garage, both in downtown Naperville.

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13. The moon – I would prefer to show you the moon snapped through the skylight in our bathroom early one morning this week, but my camera battery was dead.  Here’s my substitute from IKEA.  Others may have gotten both the moons and the stars, but did they get flowers in the sky too?

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14. A buffet of food – okay, don’t judge. (Because, orange slices do count as food!)

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15. A team logo – a souvenir baseball from the semi-pro team we went to see on Labor Day and a local college student playing Pokemon at the Riverfront under an umbrella sporting that logo.

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16. A map showing a trip taken during the time period – the barn quilt trail.


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17. Twins – at the Naperville Final Fling of Summer Festival on Labor Day weekend.

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18. A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries – this was my quarterly run to Target to pick up household staples like TP and PT, and just a couple of grocery items.

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19. A seasonal cocktail or beverage – it’s called a Negroni, yum. We had them several times.

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20. Someone laughing – didn’t get this one, although this photo does capture a range of expressions. 
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And this one makes me laugh!

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21. A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period covered in the Hunt, snapped it right before finishing this post.

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alternative 1: a lighthouse – how about a light house. Sis-in-law and I both would love to own this cute bungalow with its bright white trim in downtown Naperville.  Its pointed gables make it look much taller than it is. Alas, it costs about 3 times what our both houses cost combined.

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alternative 2: a baby (human or animal) – I have plenty of pictures of babies from family gatherings this summer, but privacy concerns gave me pause to post them.  So you’ll have to smile at this little one.  Dukie will always be spoiled like a baby at my house.

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I think these shots comprise a nice summary of our summer both at home and away.  Thanks to Rinda @Gallorganico for once again putting together a great list.

22 September 2016

20–20 Shopping, Near and Far Away

Want to see?  (Tee hee hee, get it?)

Yes, I was able to do a little local scrapbook store shopping.  Not local to my locale, but on the way home from my sister’s house in central Illinois last weekend, I visited The Scrapbook Factory.  I just decided to use the shopping cart that someone had left outside in the parking lot. 

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Just kidding. Smile 

I was very good.  Okay, relatively good.  I spotted one collection right off the bat that I thought was lots of fun – The Reset Girl by Simple Stories.  So I picked up just three sheets of paper and the 6 x 12 chipboard pack.

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The floral over text, the tickets/guest checks and the multicolor bird papers were all Reset Girl.  Then I went about finding some small patterns to mix in with them from other lines; it was an excuse to look at all the displays of paper throughout the store. (I write as if it wasn’t always the plan to do so.)

I chose pink mini dots, orange plaid, white dots on cream and lavender cardstock that just picks up that same color on some of the little birds.  I have really started looking at some of the more minor colors in a collection to pick up and emphasize.

I cannot remember the last time I paid full price for 7 sheets of paper – $1.10 each plus the chipboard package.  I reminded myself that I have lots of embellishments at home. (And I reluctantly listened.) So I almost stopped buying until I couldn’t resist a Christmas die displayed near the check-out counter.  (Dies are not embellishments, dies are tools!) 

All totaled it was $20.11.  I can’t remember the last time I spent so little on scrapbooking at one time when faced with such a grand selection.

When I got home, I decided to pull together some embellishments from my stash . . .

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to complete a kit that I am calling – Plan on Impulse Buying. Winking smile  

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When I checked the mail that had arrived in my absence, I had received my goodies from Evalicious in Canada that I won on the Stuck?! Sketches website.  Thank you both very much. 

I recently purged some of my project life cards in a RAK, so I thought I would choose a few of those with coordinating puffy stickers.  Here is my haul from my $20 gift certificate.  Ah yes, Evalicious puffy stickers – love, love, love!

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These will come in handy for catching up with the many small trips I still have to scrap from this summer and fall – like last weekend’s. 

That’s all that is new to the studio this week.  Are you playing with any new scrappy goodies?