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!

Do You Want to Flip or Flap?

The title is corny I know, but the question is legit. If you have ever put together a scrapbook you understand the frustration of wanting to put one event on one page only to discover you just do not have enough room. So, do you not scrap some of the pictures or do you just do an entire album for that one event that you really just wanted to do a page for? I have a solution for you! Just add flips or flaps.

Flip

This is a fun event I attend every year and I diffidently want to remember it. However, I do not need a ton of layouts in my scrapbook — one will do. So, I solved that problem by adding flips!

After I completed that layout I found another stack of pictures that were super important, but really only needed one page. So, I created this:

Here is a video showing you how to create layouts with a flip.

Flap

Another way to add more pictures to a layout is to add a flap. It extends the size of the layout, but folds up nicely for your album. I was able to document our entire Christmas season on one layout.

Since I am featuring so many photos on a layout it was important that I sectioned each event off and used very little embellishments. I let the pictures to the talking. Here is a video on how to do this:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Get the Most Out of A Paper Pack

Rarely do I ever buy pattern paper. In fact, I have contemplated selling all of it because I prefer to make my own. It takes a lot to impress me, so when I do take the plunge and buy a pack I have a plan to use all of it. If I can not think of a way to use it up, I do not buy it. I came across the perfect summer paper from Close to my Heart. It is bright, colorful and full of all the summer things. I created 6 cards and three double page layouts with it. I am sharing all of it with you including a video and the measurements for each project I made.

Chill

For this Layout you will need two pieces of 12 by 12 for your base. For the layout, select 3 sheets of pattern of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces at 4 inches by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 4.25 by 6.25 inches.

Sheet 3: 2 pieces at 3 by 4 inch pieces and 1 piece 4 by 6 inch pieces.

Assemble using the above sample as your reference.

The Perfect Day

Select two pieces of cardstock for your base. Once you have your base pages set them aside and select 5 pieces of pattern paper.

Sheet 1: 6.5 by 12 inches and 2.5 by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 1 piece 3 by 12 and 1 piece 3 by 10.25

Sheet 3: 3 pieces 4.25 by 6.25 and 1 piece 4.25 by 4.25

Sheet 4: 1 pieces 1 by 12 and 1 pieces 1.5 by 12

Sheet 5: 2 pieces 12 by .5

Summer Vibes

Select two pieces of card stock for your base. Select 6 pieces of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces 6 by 12

Sheet 2: 2 pieces 3 by 12

Sheet 3: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 4: 4.25 by 6.25 and 4.25 by 3.25

Sheet 5: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 6: 4 by 6 and 2 by 4

Sending Sunshine

1 piece: 1.25 by 5.25

2 piece: .25 by 5.5

3 piece: 2.25 by 3.25

4 piece 2 by 3

Summer Love

1 Piece: 4.25 by .5

2 Piece: 4.25 by 2

3 Piece: 4.25 by 1.5

4 Piece: 4.25 by .5

Can We Chill Together Soon?

1 Piece: 4 by 4

Sweet Summertime

1 Piece: 1.5 by 5.5

2 Piece: .5 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2 by 3.5

4: 1.5 Circle

Sun

1 Piece: 1 by 5.5

2 Piece: 3 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2.5 by 2.75

Just Keep Swimming

1 Piece: 5.5 by 2.5

2 Piece: 5.5 by 1

3 Piece: 3 by .75

4 Piece: 3 by 1.75

5 Piece: 2.75 by 2.25

The Extras!

In addition to the Summer Vibes Paper Pack, I also picked up the coordinating stamp, die cuts, acrylic shapes and sticker sheet. I do not care for stickers, so I like to dust the back of each of them with powder and adhere them with pop dots. The powder gets the adhesive less sticky and the pop dots add dimension and interest. Please make sure you check out the video I posted in the beginning of this article to see a walk thru of the goodies and more explanation on each thing I created. You can find everything here.

Pages Honoring our Guys!

Let’s be real. Scrapbooking guys can be hard — especially if you are a bright colored whimsical loving paper crafter. Don’t despair — it can be done. When you have paper you absolutely love, but it is made up of lots of bright colors and almost childlike balance it with black and white.

For this layout I primarily used the sides of paper from Clique Kits that were black and white. I backed it on a solid and added just a pop of colors with strips of paper. I had to throw some rainbows on it because I am just into them! By using a solid alphabet for a title in different fonts it pulls it all together.

For the next layout I still stuck to black and white as the primary color scheme. However, I used pictures that were a little goofy. I mean, it is all about a weird Al concert! You really can’t get more goofy in that in adult life. From there I was able to venture out and add some whimsical elements.

By using a sketchy black and white title it grounded it.

Masculine layouts have gotten challenging for me because I am a colorful whimsical crafter, but the challenge is super fun! Trying to make my style and masculine pictures work is flexing my creative muscle.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Together is the Best Place to Be

During the last few months the world had had a lot of time to reflect. I think we can all say in one united voice that “Together is the best place to be”. This has been heavy on my heart and I have recently taken a liking to rainbows because of the message it portrays. After the storm there is a rainbow. I have been picking up rainbow themed items for my home and craft room for several months. Clique Kits had a ton of rainbow themed products. The following layouts were created with kits I found on Clique Kits.

Nieghborhood Sidewalk and Street Art

Every morning I run 2 miles in my neighborhood. Ever since we have all been staying home chalk art has been popping up on walls and sidewalks. I am so moved and warmed by the positive vibes from my nieghbors — most of them I have never met IRL. I had to document this rare time in history focusing on the GOOD.

Family

When was the last time you got to see your extended family? I created this layout reflecting on that. We were all together for Thanksgiving. This kind of makes me sad. My kids live in the same area as their grandparents, but yet the last time we were all together was in the Fall. This has to change once it is safe to get out again.

You Are My Happy

Though it is unfortunate that my children can not see their grandparents and their great grandma I am so very grateful that they all still live at home and I get to spend this time with them. They also are all teenagers and young adults which means I am not needing to be hands on with their school. I kinda lucked out! I am not alone during this time and I am not pulling my hair because I have little ones.

For the record, I am not a short woman. My sons are tall! I am 5’9. My daughter is about 5’5 and my boys are 6’1 and 6’5! As you can tell from the look on my youngest son he is super happy he is finally taller than me!

These puffy stickers are so much fun! I feel like they give a nod to the 1980’s!

In Memory Of…

Of course it is important to remember our past and where we came from during this time. By doing so it gives hope and knowing things will get better. I created this layout in memory of my Grandpa who was a war veteran. My Mom has had his flag for about 15 years, but it wasn’t protected. I made her this case to safely keep it.

Here is a tutorial on how I created the glass shadow box for his flag.

Just Peachy

Of course we are all getting the “get out of the house” itch. This was one of the last big meet and greet I attended before we went into quarantine.

Hope For You

I know this time may be harder on others than it is on me and it may be easier. We each are dealing with our own situations and every one of us has valid concerns. My hope for you is that you stay optimistic during this time. Easier said than done, right? I get that! It is just the only thing we really have any control over is what runs through our heads and our actions. Let’s make an effort to focus on the good and know that there is still hope in our future. We will get through this together!

What is one thing you are grateful for? Tell me in the comments.\

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Layouts from Trash

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!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Left Overs

As I previously stated in another post, I had the pleasure of being a guest educator for the Clique Kits this month. I created a mini album featuring my bout with depression. I taught how to use a gel press plate to create background pages as well as different ways to use gelatos and foam stamps. I was sent a ton of beautiful paper that did not make it’s way into the mini album I created. So I made the following layouts with the paper as well as the odds and ends of what I had left.

To create this page I fussy cut and tore a few of the collage pages I was sent. After I adhered them to the 12 by 12 page, I outlined them and added some dots along the edges. I used a rainbow foam stamp with some gelatos to create the corners of the page and topped it off with a sweet layering butterfly stamp.

A combination of mixed media techniques were used to create the above pages. I love to splat paint in layers. Starting with a blank 12 by 12 paper that will be the base of the layout splat one paint color. Adhere pattern paper on top of the base and splat another color of paint. Finally, add the mats for your images and splat with another paint color. By layering the paint splats you create great texture without a bunch of bulk which can make it challenging to store.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back to My Roots!

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.

Easter Blessings

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.

Seeing Stars

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.

Golf

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).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!