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07 December 2016

Challenge Yourself Holiday Layout

Being Together Is The Best Gift of All – a layout for Challenge Yourself


Start: December’s challenge at Challenge YOUrself is to scrap a holiday page.

Style: At my recent crop, I was working on many Christmas layouts from past years.  Each year I usually manage to scrap our extended family photo taken at my sister’s on Christmas Day and maybe the photo we used on our Christmas card but not much else. So I was working (still am) on quite a backlog.

The starting point for this layout is that large journaling card which also serves as my title.  It is from a Deja Views pad that I picked up at the dollar store during a break at the crop.  It ties into the smaller center photo of my kiddos with their presents and it also set the up the theme of using gifts as the embellishments.
Stash: Patterned paper – Pebbles Home For Christmas Oh Christmas Tree reverse
Journal card – Deja Views
Die-cuts – American Crafts Be Merry Bits
Lace doilies – Crop and Create kit
Washi tape and gems – Queen & Co.
Label – Teresa Collins

You just never know what one scrappy item can get you started on a project, do you?  What was the last just acquired item that sent you directly to the scrapbook desk?

What else is going on around here?

Saturday - we decided the carpets could use a little touch-up before we started decorating for Christmas.  It had been in the back of my mind to call the professionals for weeks, but I never pulled the trigger on that.  Luckily hubby was game to rent a machine from the local IGA and give it a go.  It went well, and provided me the opportunity to pull lots of stuff out of normal locations and dust behind them instead of just around them.  My studio was one of those places and I have yet to put it back together.

On Sunday, we were able decorate the Christmas tree.  I turned on the TV and caught sight of Marcia from the Brady Bunch in a Hallmark movie.  It turns out she had a very small role at the beginning, and I might have turned it off, if Luke McFarlane had not been in it.  It was called Christmas Land, and yes was every bit as hokey as that sounds.  Yet, undeniably, perfect for unboxing all our Hallmark ornaments.

And then on Monday - those Black Friday and Cyber Monday online purchases started to arrive.  Yep, this is just one's day delivery from the UPS man.  Well, lookie there, how did those craft supplies get  there? Somebody better get those stashed away in the studio - they will come in handy for the cold dreary days of January.

I have been sharing other pictures on Instagram using a Creative Scrapbooker's Magazine list of photo prompts.  If I keep up, it might make a nice version of a December Days album.  We shall see.

04 December 2016

December Sketch @ The Studio Challenges

Garden of The Gods – a layout for The Studio Challenges


Start: This sketch from The Studio Challenges


Style: I liked this sketch of Anna’s based on a layout by Raechelle.  So much so that I had an idea immediately based on a photograph I had waiting to be scrapped.  In fact, I laid out all the elements one night and the next morning put the finishing touches on it.

This is a panoramic shot from our October hiking trip.  I chose this base sheet of patterned paper because of the circle of stars.

The idea was to emphasize the amazing open expanses you can see from the top of the rocks.  This photo emphasizes that you are up high, like the stars, so I cropped it twice as wide as it was tall, and then chopped down a 3 x 4 journal card to match.

Because the stars on the background sheet were in a circle, I rounded most of the elements and used clear and gold dots along with dotted vellum patterns behind the photo.  The rounded edges work much better with the organic shapes of the large boulders pictured.   I aired out the spacing of my title to give it a wide-lens effect.

In order to reinforce the idea of scale, I included a small photo to my son and his girlfriend looking out over another view there.  I think it adds in the element of human enjoyment of nature that a landscape shot alone does not.

Stash: Paper and vellum transparencies – Webster’s Pages, All That Glitters
Card and die-cuts – Heidi Swapp Gold Studio and My Mind’s Eye
Alphabets – American Crafts Imprint in Black and White
Magic vellum die-cut – Mimosa
Washi tape – Studio Calico
Acrylic star – Pink Paislee
Clear drops – unknown

02 December 2016

The Memories of Christmas Past

Kaycie Claus – a Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout


Start: Today over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog is my post in the December series called:  The memories of Christmas past.

The idea is to make up a mini kit / page kit and a project highlighting a Christmas from the past. Try to use limited supplies to finish a single project.  We hope these short posts highlight that something can be created quickly and easily, even at this crazy busy time of year.  These ideas, of course, are transferrable to your own current Christmas projects.

Stash: I gave you one idea over there, and now another idea here to use a complete sticker sheet as the primary embellishment on a page with otherwise limited decoration.  Here is my supply list.

Stampin’ Up green cardstock
Bazzill kraft cardstock
Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane patterned paper
Pink Paislee Merry & Bright patterned paper
Stickabilities “Christmas Goodies” cardstock stickers by the Paper Studio
American Crafts chipboard alphabet
Studio Calico sticker alphabet
Queen and Company gems

Style: This is my adorable, stylish fun niece, who always posed for a Christmas photo in a hat.  She has her own crafty blog, by the way.

The trick to adding interest to this layout, I think, is that I have employed lots of dimension with the various stickers that I have aligned down the left side.  Their muted colors blend well when layered and don’t distract from the dominant photo.  Their abundance sets a festive mood for the page. I have used two smaller clusters of stickers to draw the viewer’s eye around the page, and as a finishing touch, gems add sparkle and dimension.

Why not try one of these ideas, using a cut-apart sheet (like on the CKC blog) or a sheet of stickers to make for a quick and easy layout?  Unless, of course, you are completely caught up on scrapping your memories of Christmas past – in which case, I am in awe of you.

But before you go, I’ve not another Christmas page scrapped in a non-traditional way.

Santa Knows . . . I Love A Little Murder


Start: When you have a photo taken at Christmas featuring not very Christmas-centric colors, you have to improvise on how to scrap it.
Style: I happened to have a single page kit leftover from Creating Keepsakes that was really Disney paper on the main side and sweet hearts and stars on the other along with another sheet of cameras on the front and a matching blue print on the back.

I decided to do my own placement and use just a little of the blue paper to tie into my photo and go red/white/black for everything else.
Stash: A Queen & Company page kit, plus bits and bobs from my stash like the red flower that I have had forever and two Jillibean Soup journal spots.  The flair is from Crafty Pockets on Etsy.  Those edged sequins from another kit are called gumdrops and are by a company called Your Next Step (I think, based on notes in the kit.)

28 November 2016

Memorandum Monday Selfies Plus A Walk Down Memory Lane

Gosh, it's been a while since I've popped in on Monday with a Memo for Sian and friends.  It's going to be a rainy day all day today, so I've got time to chat.

What's new in November - well, not me.  I am one year less new this month.  But it was a great birthday spent with my family - yummy steak topped with bleu cheese and paired with a Pinot Noir or was it a Cabernet (ask hubby) that was fabulous.  (And I wonder why my doctor worries that my cholesterol is climbing).

Here I am with #1 son, college girl and son's sweet girlfriend.  This shot was taken with my selfie stick.  Yes that's new.  Here's me practicing earlier in the day.

Still need a little more practice although I was able to get the photo we will include in the Christmas card.  I'm not sharing that one yet.

Here's a selfie shot of us gathered at Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law's.  Son and girlfriend were at her family's celebration that day.

Black Friday meant Daisy Lane Scrapbook shopping for us 4 younger gals.  Notice the way I sneaked myself into that "younger" group?  (Older but more cunning, that's me.)  Here's my haul, all the sale items were 40% extra off and Christmas/winter 20%. College girl and her cousin held their own in the shopping department this time around - the former found 3 12 x 12 sticker sheets to use in her bullet journal and smash book, plus 2 packs of stickers - maybe her biggest scrap purchase ever (her mama so proud!) But dang-it, no picture!  And her cousin out-hauled my sister-in-law as well (yep, her mama so proud too and she did manage pictures of them).

Also new, yesterday son's girlfriend and I stamped some Christmas cards for her to send out this year.  It was her first time stamping - and I can't believe I didn't snap a picture of her working.  We used my sis-in-law's Misti.  I must have one of these - in fact I will have one of these with the craft gift card that son and his girlfriend gave me for my birthday. Sis-in-law also loaned us a cute stamp set with matching punch.  The cards are really cute, but I can't share those either.

In the actual-doing-scrapbooking-just-not-talking-about-it department, I have just about finished showing you the pages I completed at my October crop. This pocket page is one of my favorites.


Start: This is hubby’s aunt when she was young.  I had three odd sized pictures left over from a collage I printed for her funeral.  She passed away last year just about this time.

Style: I decided to use some leftovers from a class kit on pocket pages.  The colors seemed appropriate for vintage photos and especially because she often wore fall colors.

I divided the largest photo into three pockets, and mounted each on a card because the photo was just a little too narrow to look good in the pockets with backing.  A ribbon across the bottom filled in the extra space.

The other pockets then fell into place quickly.  I don’t have a lot of details on the photos, so I used stickers to add text and included her vital statistics on the first card – blurred for privacy.

Stash: Journal cards – Webster by We R Memory Keepers
Stickers -  Photographie by 7 Gypsies
Alphabet – Studio Calico
Sequins, enamel dots and washi tape from CK class
Chipboard and buttons from stash.

Have you tried using pocket pages for vintage photos?Or do you do the standard pages for vintage photos.  Here’s two more I scrapped of her.


Start: First is a picture of Martha with her younger sister (my mom-in-law).
Second her wedding pictures.  They enjoyed a long and blessed union until he passed away 10 years earlier.

Style: I had this package of vintage style paper and stickers that I have been saving for some old photos.  These seemed like a good match.

I made both of the layouts simple because the embellishments were rather detailed and intricate.  But I am wondering if there would be any other finishing touches I could add.  Any ideas?

I still need to add the dates and some other vital details.  But don’t you just adore their pose in the first layout and her wedding veil on the second?

Stash: Echo Park Victoria Gardens paper and cardstock stickers
Buttons with sparkles and rosette ribbon by American Crafts

Now I need to scoot and get some Cyber Monday shopping done while the rain is still coming down.  I'll get around to catch up with all of you soon - probably as a respite from the Christmas decorating that need to begin around here.

25 November 2016

Wooden Hearts, You Say?

At my October crop I finished up several pages from a Creating Keepsakes class that utilized this full-size sheet of connected wood hearts from Dear Lizzy’s Daydreamer Collection by American Crafts.


We used them as a mask to mist a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock with rose and gold, which I turned into this layout.


We traced around them with white pen for the border of a page, and then rolled over them with a stamp.  I have yet to turn this into a layout.  If an idea doesn’t come to me soon, I may chop this up for cards.


And finally I flipped the misted hearts over and used the plain side as a base for this layout, dressing up individual hearts with chipboard, ribbon, washi tape, paper or buttons and the like.


How is that for really taking advantage of a single product?  If you can’t find the wooden version, Dear Lizzy included a foam version in her Fine & Dandy collection.


How many ways can you use them?