I created these layouts from trash. Literally, everything was heading into the garbage can. Then I felt this overwhelming feeling of guilt. I just could not throw anything away! It went against every grain in my body. I am a scrapper at heart — meaning I like to use scraps to create. I love repurposed home decor pieces and using things in ways they were not intended to be used in. Same goes in my art! The older and more beat up the better. With that being said I made these two layouts from trash.
Now, I know you are looking at these layouts (especially the second one) and wondering why on earth I was going to throw any of that away. It’s shameful really…my reason….”last in the package” is the reason. I only had one or a few left. They were taking up precious space in my craft room. My real estate is valuable and I don’t have much room. It’s like Manhattan in craft land. Therefore, if it is just sitting there doing nothing it has to go! In this case, these items were spared.
I used nothing new on either of these layouts. I must confess that creating these was quite gratifying. Something happens in my soul when I am able to create something from nothing much less something from what I had decided was trash.
What are your favorite things to recycle? Tell me in the comments!
I got into paper crafting over 30 years ago before I even knew there was a name for my hobby — scrap booking! I even got my start in the craft industry with scrap booking. I spent about a decade creating scrapbook pages for a few different kit clubs and had to walk away to care for my Mom who had emergency open heart surgery. Back in the day there was no such thing as scheduling a post ahead of time.
When I returned to the industry in 2017 I was told my scrap booking pages was not where it was at. I really took that to heart and it kind of scared me because that was what I was about. I spent the first two years focusing on trends and mixed media and I really missed making layouts. Finally in the spring of 2019 I returned to my roots. I still am dabbling in cards, Bible Art, Art Journal and ATC, but my heart is scrap booking and I will not ever walk away from it again.
This first layout I documented my place setting at my 2019 Easter table. The paper was created by my local craft store. It is super soft and gorgeous.
One thing I like to do to make a title stand out without taking away from the layout is to add a piece of vellum behind it.
I adore this picture of my son. He was having so much fun! I used a piece of Creative Embellishment chipboard painted yellow with glitter to help create a focal point.
Friday Night Lights
I love white space on a layout. It creates eye popping focal points and an area for the eye to rest. Some find it plain and that’s okay. Art is a personal thing and what one prefers another may not. I really wanted this gorgeous sunset picture to shine.
My son had the honor of participating in the golf tournament that his great grandparents founded about 50 years ago. The first layout is of him during the day with his golf cart crew.
The second and final layout is of the dinner that night! He is sitting with his grandma (daughter of the founder), great grandma (founder) and uncle (current chairman).
Simon Hurley’s February 2020 release with Ranger is a lot of fun! Between the birds, dogs and nod to high school doodling I could not help but to create 25 samples and 5 videos. Then there is the ink! It is not only gorgeous and bright, but also blendable and easy to work with for a variety of techniques.
Don’t let the title fool you — no bleach is required. This technique can be used with just water. The results are awesome!
Here are the samples of this technique as promised in the video. The Bundle for this is here.
Tone on Tone
Super simple technique with stunning results.
The following samples I created as I was discovering this technique and playing with the new stamps. The bundle for these samples is here.
Pull Apart Backgrounds
Timber is a fun new background stamp in which you get to decide how many trees you want to create. You can have a forest or a single tree. Color them different or all the same. The possibilities for this stamp is endless! It pairs beautifully with the new bird set. The bundle for these samples is here.
Like I stated previously the new ink is full of possibilities.
Here are the sample cards I created while discovering all the amazing uses for this ink! The bundle used to create these samples can be found here.
I have to confess that when I saw the scene building stencil I was a little scared, but it ended up being my favorite! I also created my favorite card with it.
Here is my very favorite card:
Here are a few more samples created with the new stencils:
Now that you have seen all the new Simon Hurley line, which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments! I am torn between the Birds, Dogs and the scene builder stencil. What’s yours?
K.I.S.S. Layouts are some of my favorite to scrap for vacations. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. When working with a theme often a lot of journaling is not needed on every page. I truly believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. For these two layouts I wanted to document the great time we had in San Diego on the beach. I have the story of the trip documented elsewhere in the album. I used a Close to My heart paper pack, stickers and coordinating stamps to pull them together.
The yellow dress is one of my favorites to wear now after seeing this picture. I always thought I could not wear it, even though yellow is my favorite color. My daughter had to jump several times to get that perfect pose. I feel like I need to state that!
My boys had fun boogie boarding and looking for shells on the beach. Both of these pictures captured their moods perfectly.
The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.
How to Make It
Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.
To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.
It’s my favorite time of the month — HOP TIME! For this hop the Rita Barakat design team has teamed up with Finder’ Keepers and 3L Scrapbook Adhesive. Both companies sent us a wonderful selection of products. I used mine on my first paper crafting love — Scrapbooking. Make sure you check out the rest of the hop! The list is at the bottom 🙂
A Nod to the Past
Back in 2005 I had lost my passion for scrap booking. I went on a hunt to find something to spark my creativity and found Scrap Goods. It was a subscription kit in which each month a box full of supplies and a lesson on a new technique. There also was an amazing creative and caring online forum that was my first experience with social media. If it wasn’t for that club I truly don’t know where I would be today. Sadly, they went out of business when the economy started to dive. In it’s honor I created a kit with the new supplies sent by Finder’s Keepers and 3L Adhesive along with stuff from my stash.
What is In It
Here is a video of what is in my kit along with a technique tutorial and samples!
The Sketch Challenge
As promised in the video here is the sketch for you:
Interpret this any way you want. Look at it like a guide to help spark your creativity. Maybe you are not a scrap booker. Maybe you are a card or mixed media artist — use it in your art form.
This is what I did with it:
Make sure you upload your creation to Instagram tagging Betz Golden. I want to see it. If your account is public, I will share it too!
Here are the rest of the layouts I created and the TN for my sketches!
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It is a privilege and dream come true to be a guest designer for Peachy Cheap today! My first crafty purchase was made through them years ago. I would check my e-mail just to see what the daily special was long before Instagram was around. Needless to say, Peachy Cheap has a special place in my heart and I am so glad that they have stayed in business all of these years. A lot of small businesses in the craft industry do not withstand the test of time, but Peachy Cheap has!
Today’s deal is Echo Park‘s I Love Family line. I created 6 projects with it, that I am sharing with you today!
When I saw this gorgeous line I knew it would e perfect for home decor and a few scarp book layouts. Can you believe that I have a lot leftover?
I created three layouts with I Love Family.
I could not pick which paper I wanted to use. The collection has 12 sheets that are double sided. The possibilities are endless! For this layout I used as much of the papers as I could get away with. Since there are so many patterns I opted to keep the layout flat with little embellishments.
I am a huge fan of white space and utilized it on this layout with a busy base page. The kit comes with a full 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I pop dotted the mason jar sticker by adding powder to the back of it which turned it into a glossy die cut. To add dimension to the page, I used pop dots on the photo and die cuts. distressing the edges and inking them also amped the interest level up for the layout.
The paper in the collection is just lovely and I wanted to use several pieces for this layout. I decided to create a background with three circles in various sizes and three mats off centered from one another. Three of the stickers were used in the traditional way. The flower in the pot I created into a die cut by powdering the back and pop dotting it on the bottom corner of the picture.
Home Decor Pieces
Upon receiving this collection I promptly made my way to Micheal’s and bought three wood pieces to decorate my home and office. The best part was the pieces I selected were each 99 cents!
I created this piece for my entry way this fall. Rubber Cement is my favorite adhesive for a strong long lasting bond. There are a few tricks to using it, but once you know them you are set! To create a permanent bond apply the rubber cement horizontal on the first substrate and vertical on the other. Let it dry completely before adhering. To create a temporary bond apply the rubber cement to one substrate and adhere it to the other wet.
I created this fun frame that can easily swap the picture out with it’s clipboard style for my husband’s office. He has recently lost over 100 pounds. For his birthday we took a hike and made it to the top. He could have never done that before. Our kids celebrated with him by hiking as well. This picture symbolizes that special day and amazing accomplishment he achieved. I created this for his office as a reminder.
My youngest is 14 and recently has taken up golf. He has surprised us with not only his talent, but his passion for it. This past summer he participated in the golf tournament that his great grandfather started over 50 years ago. As of right now he is the only great grandchild that plays in it. Tradition is strong in him and he was proud that he could carry on the legacy. I made this for his room.
To get your own I Love my Family by Echo Park collection make sure you head over to Peachy Cheap today — Sept 4, 2019. The best part is it is discounted! Please let them know you visited my website too!
There is a fun trend happening in the arts and craft swap — stacked letters! The name is a bit deceiving in that it really us stacked envelopes, but it still is a wonderful thing to create and receive. The stacked letter I created and received were uploaded on YouTube and had several request on how to make them.
Create at least a dozen envelops and stuff with cardboard. You want it to be about 6 inches tall! I decorated mine with glimmer mists, but anything you want to add to them is great!
The staked letters need to have “feet”. I glued some buttons together to create them.
To assemble the stack simply pile the envelopes on top of each other. Add in scraps of cardboard for height.
Once the envelopes are stacked decorate the top!
I wish that I could give you a list of supplies. This was originally suppose to be on the Canvas Corp Brands blog. Sadly, the company has been dissolved. I do think the tutorial is relevant in that you can use pretty much any paper line to create it.
Have you seen the Paper Bead YouTube videos? I must confess that when I first saw them I was kinda confused. Like, why would I make paper beads? Its not like I can wear them or use them anywhere that I could get wet. That was all before it dawned on me that I could seal them with embossing powder!
Not just any embossing powder though. Only Rita Barakat’s embossing powder would do because I could mix colors! Once I started creating I could not stop. Not only were the results gorgeous, the process was easy! It really is hard to put into words how to do this, so I created a video for you here:
Here are a few close ups of the beads made in the video:
I can not wait to create a charm for my planner with these! That is next month 😉
May 2019 I attended my first all day crop at The Paper Collage! I have not attended a crop in years and never a local one. At this point in my life getting away for a day is easier because my kids are older. I also am craving more adult contact! Add that to the fact that even though I am a scrapbooker at heart I do not do it as much as I like. I plan on attending these monthly because it is a good excuse to do what I love – scrap and talk!
Adventure is Out There
For spring break my daughter and I toured universities. This is a two page layout created with Close to My Heart kit. Though I am not a fan of premade pages I do like this one because I got the entire week on a two page spread! I struggle with two page spreads.
I did not discover these pictures until I was at the crop and had nothing on me that matched. So, I did what every crafter does and went into the store and bought coordinating product! The little red and black embellishments are found objects. The Paper Collage carries a lot of items not intended for paper crafting, but can be used for it.
I can’t believe this was the last Basketball Banquet because my son is graduating. The pictures are tiny, so I played on white space and utilized the bottom portion of the page.
For these pages I used the Happily Ever After Sleeping Beauty Inspired kit. I thought they were just perfect with my daughter’s pink dress. I added a littler Blush Rinea Foiled Paper. Layering and pop dots are key to using these kits because they are beautifully busy.
Ironically I spent more time chatting than crafting and would not change a thing! I can not wait until June’s crop! The theme is mermaids!