Near and Far Friends

One thing that I strive to do in my 40’s is cultivate meaningful relationships that are both near and far. I am blessed to have just that. Back home is one of my best friends from childhood and here in the valley is one of my best friends I met through the crafting industry whom introduced me to another friend.

I wanted to document these friendships on a page, but did not have all the right matching letters, so I have to get a little creative.

I was out of the letter “A”, but I had a lot of “V”, so I flipped it upside down to make the letter “A”

If you are looking for the letter “E” and are out of it, just use the number “3” backwards. “i” can be used with an “!” and vice versa. You can swap the letter “G” out for “6” and so on.

I wanted to add a little sass to the layout and found these sentiment strips that were perfect and exactly what we were doing in the pictures!

Part of the fun of scrapbooking is using what you have on hand. That can be challenging when you are trying to come up with a title — but not impossible. You just have to think outside of the box! Don’t be afraid to mix letter stickers, fonts or even cut things apart.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Are Golden

My dog is adorable. Sometimes I just take pictures of him because he is so sweet. When I snapped this picture I knew it had to go in the album. I used a combination of stamps and paper to create it.

For the little dog in the corner and the sentiment I used this quirky stamp set. To shade him in I just used dye ink with a paint brush dipped in water.

To Create the patterned circles I just stamped a flannel background stamp on a piece of kraft paper and ran it through my die cut machine to cut the shapes.

A few gems, nuvo drops and journal block rounds out the layout.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Use Your Stash to Scrap Those Pictures!

I don’t know about you, but often I get caught up in buying the latest and greatest thing in the paper crafting industry. I end up with a pile of half used packages of embellishments and sticker sheets. Today I am sharing two layouts I did utilizing the bits and pieces I had in my stash.

I had a piece of glittered heart paper that I was never going to use. It was much to pretty to just get rid of, so I cut apart the hearts, layered them on pop dots and used them as embellishments. I wanted to keep the kid vibe to it and opted to hand cut the hearts instead of running them through my Brothers Scan n Cut.

Left over puffy rainbow stickers and little brads finish it off. The skating rink had a disco decor going on, so I mimicked the colors and retro vibe on the layout.

Birthday layouts are a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy doing them like I do others. Naturally, I do not have a lot of Birthday things in my stash. For this layout I stamped the title and just used left over paper and stickers. To make the stickers pop I used pop dots on the back of them after I had powdered them to remove the sticky. I finished the layout off with Nuvo drops.

I confess that I really wanted to just get these pictures in the album. My intention was not to enjoy the process — just to get them done, but I did!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas Layouts that Shine

In 1993 I moved to Germany as a college transfer student. In the market there was the most beautiful shiny paper. I thought it was wrapping paper, but it was expensive. I later learned that it was foiled paper used to make stars to decorate Christmas trees. Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the gorgeous foiled paper until 2017.

In 2017 I attended Creativation and met the owner of Rinea. The owner had lived in Germany and learned how to make them as a little girl. She had a hard time finding it in the United States when she moved back and set out to bring it to America. That is how Rinea was born! It is a small business specializing in foiled paper. Of course there is so much more that can be done with the paper besides making stars. One of my favorite things to do with the foiled paper is create delicate dies by running it through my cuddle bug.

The foiled paper is surprisingly durable while feeling fragile. There is paper center that is sandwich between two pieces of thin foil.

When creating dies with Rinea Foiled Paper it is best to do two at a time. By folding the paper in half it allows it to release easier from the die.

The blush matches perfectly with Prima’s Frank Garcia Santa Baby line. The gold is a great addition to anything for Christmas as seen on the layout above.

There are so many things I use this paper on in my craft room. It has become a staple! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

Do you know of any products you would like in your country?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical and Mischievous

Whimsical magical and mischievous design is my favorite style! The Fairy tale club has a great kit that is all about the cute spooks and I had to get it. I was able to stretch the kit for several happy layouts and four cards. Here is what I created with this awesome kit!

The playful design is perfect for a group of teenage girls on Halloween. Using pop dots on the die cuts add interest too.

Tucking elements around the picture really makes the page pop!

It is important to use white space when there is a lot of pattern in the background to avoid being overwhelmed.

Subtitle are a great way to add an embellishment to a page.

Just because it is The Fairy Tale club does not mean it is just for girls.

The skeleton tags adds a cool factor perfect for my son’s page!

Matching the colors on the photos to a few elements on the page can pull the whole thing together.

Though this page looks perfectly busy, it really is simple and did not take long to create.

Layering and tucking elements behind the photo is all it took to create a fun whimsical page.

Most of the Fairy tale kits come with a printed transparency sheet. They are perfect for creating stunning bold cards!

This kit was a lot of fun to work with and create amazing cards and layouts. Halloween has never been so cute!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Two Layouts Created from Stash

The title is a bit deceiving. These are created from my stash, but they all belong to Close To My Heart older lines. Years ago I got involved with Close To My Heart and have pulled out their products often. They are htimeless and easily adaptable to be on trend.

Make It Merry

My daughter and her best friend spent an afternoon taking Christmas pictures together while sipping on hot cocoa and snacking on fudge. They turned out amazing!

Creative Friends

One of my favorite things about attending Creativation is seeing all my friends and making new ones. Of course there are always a lot of photos. For this layout I wanted to get them all on one page. Thankfully I was successful! A few stamps was all it needed to complete the page.

After Thoughts

The title on Creative Friends could be better. I am not entirely happy with it. I was hoping for whimsical and got childish. However, I am so happy to be caught up on my scrapbook that I am leaving it. Sometimes you just have to do that. Put it in the album and move on.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Boys’ Homecoming Dances!

Both of my boys had homecoming dates this year! My youngest loves to get dressed up, whereas my oldest does not. Of course I had to document the special event! I used the same sketch (I came up with it in my head) on both pages. My daughter is an excellent photographer and she took the pictures.

I really wish I had some hints and tips to share with you regarding these layouts, but I really do not. I like that they are flat and amped them up by different texture of paper and ink. Other than that they are ready for the scrapbook!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Basketball Layouts

Normally I am not a fan of the themed paper lines with coordinating stickers, but sometimes I just have to get pages done. My oldest son plays basketball and a lot of photos have collected over the years. The pictures are pretty good and the diffidently need to be in the album. I picked up the Carta Bella Basketball online. I found basketball gems and foam stickers from Hobby Lobby and bought those. From my stash I pulled out my Nuvo drops. I made these:

Layering different pattern paper with the same color scheme and theme can really take a page from drab to fab!

Sticker usage needs to be strategic as to make sure it does not look like a sticker sneeze. Sometimes all it takes is just one.

By using gems and foam it keeps the page interesting. The Dew Drops pulled the entire layout together.

To create this page clustering the pictures in one corner and off setting it with the title in the other creates balance.

To mask a misplaced measurements stickers can be used.

Once again, careful placement of stickers is key to an eye pleasing page.

Sometimes paper packs are a crafter’s life safer! By incorporating a few simple strategies you can create some cute layouts.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Layout Round Up!

One of my goals for 2018 has been to catch up on my scrap booking. I have been scrap booking since 1990 and up until 2012 I was not behind. In 2012 I got a job outside of the home and it just went to the back burner. I was still taking pictures and my collection of them were growing. I got back into my craft room in 2014, but my focus was on mixed media and card making. I seemed to have lost my mojo for scrap booking, though it is one of the most important things I do for my family — memory keeping. I think part of the problem was scrap booking was not “in” anymore. So, this year I decided to focus once again on memory making. I am happy to say that I have made a dent in my photos and possibly could catch up in the near future! Here are a few recent pages I have created:

They are an odd assortment of themes, but I scrap when inspired 😉
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Technique Tuesday!

I am starting a new series on my blog, “Technique Tuesday”, in which I share a quick tip with you that is between 1.5 and 3 minutes long. This week I share how to stamp the perfect title. I use this layout as the example:

How many times  have you wanted to stamp directly on something and been concerned it would go on crocked? This was a real struggle of mine for years until I learned this one simple trick and I am sharing it with you here: 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!