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!

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!

Back to School Albums

Last year was tough completing the very last page for my son’s school album because he was graduating. This year has proven no easier. It is my daughter’s last year of high school and she will be leaving home in the fall for college. My youngest has four more years of school left, but it will go by so quick.

Layouts

There was lots of left over Harry Potter paper and I decided to use it for this year’s back to school pages. This is the first year that I did not use a sketch much less the same design on each layout.

By mating each piece of pattern paper and picture with black cardstock it gave the layout a cohesive look that is not so busy. The multitude of patterns allows for little embellishment which is a good thing for these types of albums.

The Inline Alphabet stamp set from Close to My Heart is perfect for school layouts!

Walk Thru

I took a little stroll down memory lane by sharing a walk thru of her album. Not only has she grown, but so has the trees she stood in front of yearly and the car behind her is not the family car. It is her car.

https://youtu.be/3RfOCG2zLJA

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

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!