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31 December 2016

Searching For Steps

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Saturday @ six-seventeen a.m.
S slips silently up the staircase, settles in at the screen.

She is sure, she has sensed the season changing for quite a while.

S wishes there were a sassy way to deliver the news.

S   s   s   s   . . . she ponders. All is still . . . nothing stirs.

You see, her blogging voice is spent, her writing spirit gone silent.

How then to strike just the right note of a swan’s song? Succinctly.

To say simply, she prefers to be doing others things – out there.

In the world, beyond the shiny silver monitor and slick black keyboard.

Sometimes she will miss this circle of communication. Surely, she will.

Miss the talented scrapbookers and splendid bloggers who formed her sphere of scrapperie;

virtual friends with whom she shared her memories, stories, and often strident soapbox opinions!

Still, S has not a single spiel more to share, not a smidgen.

A solstice has come for Snaps & Snippets.

Start no speculation, no secret lurks here, just a desire to scribe a new chapter.

It is settled and not a single bit of solace, succor or sympathy is required, dear readers.

S is satisfied to snap, snip and scrap in her sweet little studio . . .

sans a single soul spectating from cyberspace.

Sanguinely she sends this missive streaming and skips blithely down the stairs.

S -- in search of her next steps; she leaves us with her calling card.



And a smile.


18 December 2016

More Place Setting Inspiration @ The Studio Challenges

Santa & Me – a layout for The Studio Challenges

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Start: Remember last month’s Thanksgiving place setting challenge at The Studio Challenges.  Well for December we have another one.  I like the symmetry of doing one for each holiday.


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Style: I really like this table setting – it is light and airy but slightly rustic and a bit whimsical.  It has a good amount of red and a smidgen of green. Is it possible to do the same on a layout.  Well you be the judge.


This is an old photo of my daughter with Santa. I almost didn’t scrap the photo because of the shadow behind her head, but my sis-in-law said I should, so I did.


I started with a distressed patterned background, and then added a large woodgrain paper to the center.  Using light muted colors with red being the main accent, and a stripe instead of a plaid.  The chunky chipboard is as close as I came to those charger plates.  The glittered drops echo the glasswear.  I think it turned out to be a very fun layout.  If only I had some reindeer stickers, huh?


Stash: My Mind’s Eye and Fancy Pants patterned papers, Coredinations cardstock.   chipboard, The Paper Studio foam alphabet

In other news, are you following me on my Facebook page and Instagram. During this busy holiday season, there have been quick snaps and snippets showing up there.

07 December 2016

Challenge Yourself Holiday Layout

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

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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

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Start: This sketch from The Studio Challenges

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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