Saturday, April 25, 2015

Getting Organized

Have you joined the organizer/planner album trend? Well I am the least organized person really and although I love the little cute daily planners, my life doesn't really work with those. I use a google calendar with notifications because I need to have a sound to actually alert me. LOL! That being said, there are lots of other things that you can keep in these smaller albums to help organize your scrappy world, so I thought I would share what I put together to help me not be such a mess.

Here are the kinds of things I am planning to include: I need a place to draw my sketches. I always hand draw them before turning them into a digi image for Sketch Savvy. I also have lots of ideas for pages or page titles that end up on little scraps of paper all over my desk and around my keyboard so I need a section for those types of ideas. Right now I am working on ideas for National Scrapbook Day at my Disney Scrappers site so that needs a spot. And of course all my little notes from my last big trip to Disney and notes for next time. I will probably include a few photos so it will be cuter. You get the idea. I am sure there will be more sections as I go along. Since there is alot of Disney going on, that's my theme. After shopping at Scraptastic Store, I pulled together some cute things and compiled a list of main supplies with links for you below.

 Here is my cover. I chose this great 6 x 8" Teal Burlap Binder.

It has basic pages for writing, pocket pages for notes and photos, and a large kraft envelope with a closure. I had some clear dividers from one of my older albums that I punched the proper holes in and I am using it for the tabs. Here is a peek inside. I only just started this but it seems to be working out well.

Next is a photo of some of the things that I think I will be using, followed by a list of supplies with links.

Simple Stories - Sn@p! - 6x8 Teal Burlap Binder

Simple Stories - Enchanted - Wood Veneers

Jillibean Soup - Party Playground - Rock Candy Blue Fringe Garland

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Photo Stickers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Wood Veneers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Sn@p! Cards

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Bits and Pieces

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Stickers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Photo Overlays

Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Classic Star Clips

Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Light Blue Long Arrows

Freckled Fawn - Washi Tape - Gold Polka Dot Small

Freckled Fawn - Washi Tape - Gold Polka Dot Large

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic Club

Hey, its time for another Sketchy Thursday challenge at Scraptastic Club Blog. Play along for a chance at the monthly prize. Here's the sketch - Sketch #140 at Sketch Savvy:

And for my example I have used the April Darlene kit,  Add on kit, and Sentiment Series v.7 stamp set . I saw the little globe chipboard and had to do a page about my new globe collection :)

The wood veneers are exclusive to Scraptastic, aren't they cool!
I used the Sentiment Series v.7 stamp set for the word "awesome" and I stamped using a sheer gold tinsel embossing powder. I printed the journaling on vellum. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Suitcase *Scraptastic Club April kit

Here is another layout using the beautiful April "Darlene" kit  and Add on kit.from Scraptastic Club. I was inspired immediately by the little suitcase chipboard because we are always on the hunt for a certain sized vintage leather suitcase for my uncle to use for car shows with his vintage car. We finally found one recently and I took photos of the cool suitcases too. The papers in this collection are light with gold accents and really let the photos pop.

For an extra homey feel I created sort of a quilt block effect with triangles cut from the smaller scraps of paper. I love doing this when I get to the end of my kits.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Journey - Scraptastic Store

Today on the Scraptastic Store Blog I have a couple of layouts using the new travel collection "Journey" by Crate Paper. This collection has the natural colors you need in a travel collection along with some nice rose, gold, and teal colors. The collection is a versatile travel collection with a southwest feel that is absolutely ideal for a few photos I took at the Tee Pee Motel on a day trip recently. I just love this woodgrain background for not overwhelming my photos too.

 Cutting fringe from one of the patterned papers is a fun way to add dimension without bulk on a page, but most appropriate for this theme. I cut a triangle from the Tribal Patterned Paper, added a slit up the center and curled the paper outward to create a tee pee. The feathers, map, and list card are all cut from the patterned papers as well. 


Although these pages were created separately, they function as a two page layout for my book. This second layout coordinates by using the same patterned papers and fringe cut paper. Also, I like to buy at least a couple of each of the papers in any collection that work as backgrounds since I know I will need a nice neutral background, but also because the back of the paper is always something I wish I could use as well. This lightly distressed grid is also great because when lining up pieces for a linear block style layout, you know it will be straight. 

 I cut the "Bigger in Texas" title from patterned papers, cross stitched on the first letter, and used the state shape for "Texas". The cute little tee pees are cut from the patterned paper that is shown behind the photo. 


 I cross stitched down the side of the dream catcher block and added enamel dots. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Perfection *April Scraptastic Club Kit

Do you love the new April Scraptastic Club Kits?! If you haven't seen all of them and the stamps, check them out HERE. I am using the Darlene kit, Add on Kit, Digital Print and Cut files, and Stamp Set for this layout. Noel does believe that she should be worshiped so this is definitely Noel captured.

I just have to point out the awesomeness of this aqua clear acrylic arrow that is one of the Scraptastic kit exclusives - so cute! 

I used the kit cut files to cut a couple of large feathers from clear vellum and I love the effect. The title is stamped using the perfect alphabet "Darlene" Stamp Set HERE.


Here is a look at the whole stamp set. 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello Easter Bunny *Scraptastic Club April kit

I don't normally feel the need to have my photo taken with the Easter Bunny, but while Nancy was visiting we went to our grocery store and right in the front was the bunny. Of course we had to have a photo :)

I used the pretty Scraptastic Club April kit "Darlene", along with the Add on Kit, I Lived Stamp Set, and the Sentiment Series V.6 Stamp Set with the cute bunny in it. This kit has some soft colors as well as accents of gold and black that help to make the page just pop. It's a great contrast.

I used a piece of watercolor paper from my stash for the background piece because I wanted to add some mint watercolor, drips of gold mist, and splatters of pink and teal without too much page warping. I stamped on the background with black ink and also added some gold rub on pieces.

The wood veneers this month are just incredible but when you paint them and they get wet, they do curl so you have to place an acrylic block or something on them while they dry. Even then they curl a bit so I stitched mine down. The bunny is stamped and embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder on vellum. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mixed Title Challenge

Sorry to post this so late. Last Thursday Meghann Andrew and I hosted a challenge on the Scraptastic Club Blog. You still have until tomorrow night at midnight to play along, so Check it out HERE!  The kits are so full of fun elements and word products such as die cuts, word stickers, exclusive wood veneers and acrylics, cut aparts, printables, and of course alphas. Putting them together adds interest to your title and turns it into a design element of your page, so we would like to see what you can come up for your titles. This weeks challenge is to use 3 or more elements to create a title.

For my example layout I used mostly the February Counting Stars kit and add on since I had so many goodies left. For my title I used a Scraptastic Club kit wood veneer "all of us", a few die cuts, and a word sticker "happy day".

all of us 600

I added a glossy finish to my woodgrain and some clear glitter just for fun and although it does have the finish I wanted, it curled up badly from the wet gloss so I hand stitched it to my page and I really like the way it turned out. I added the small vellum heart with an adhesive foam square for dimension.

all of us 1

To allow the page to flow a bit better I did a similar combination of elements in the upper left with a vellum die cut "Remember this" and little wood veneer pieces from Freckled Fawn in the Scraptastic Club Store.

all of us 2

Scraptastic Store: Mix it up

Today I am sharing a layout on the Scraptastic Club Store Blog using pieces from a few collections that coordinate very well together. When I was shopping in the Scraptastic Store this month, I picked papers and embellishments that I loved from different collections and manufacturers. Then the box arrived and I noticed right away that several of these lines are using the same range of colors with gold accents. This page uses products from the My Mind's Eye "On Trend" collection, the Jillibean Soup "Summer Red Raspberry Soup" collection, and the Crate Paper "Confetti" and "Craft Market collections. After finishing the page, it even appears that they are all from one coordinated collection.

20th ep 600
Supplies: Crate Paper - Confetti - Gala Paper, Jillibean Soup - Summer Red Raspberry Soup - Fresh Yogurt Paper, Jillibean Soup - Summer Red Raspberry Soup - Frozen Red Raspberries, Crate Paper - Confetti - Gold Star Vellum, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Happy Paper, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Chipboard Buttons, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Sequins, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Ephemera Pack, American Crafts - Imprint Thickers, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Enamel Shapes.

The background paper (Crate Paper - Confetti - Gala Paper) has nice large white dots so I straight stitched around a few of them using Kreinik metallic threads from my stash.


If you haven't used the Kreinik threads they come on these little spools in hundreds of colors and so many cool metallics.

The gold accents of the papers, vellum, and embellishments help to tie all of the different collections together. I am more likely to use up my stash when I can easily coordinate like this. The flowers are cut from one of the Jillibean Soup floral papers.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Out of this world

I was working on a color challenge using disney photos and I found this photo that I just love so I drew a scribble design on paper and created a cut file. I used my silhouette to cut it out and added lots of little embellishments. Its just a fun way to bits and pieces for a playful look to your layout. I will share the cut file image below if anyone would like to use it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello World from Scraptastic Club Store

Do you love to travel? Day trips to full on getaway vacations, the "Hello World" collection by My Mind's Eye is for you! Check it out in the Store HERE now. I seriously love this collection and the surprise for me was how easy it was to create pages that I really like. I am a slow scrapper but these papers and embellishments are so well designed that they pages just came together for me. The colors are perfect to go with any travel photos so I chose to do a road trip and plane trip page. You will most definitely see more of this collection from me.

Cant we fastpass 600
Supplies: My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Travel World Map Paper, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discover Here &There Paper My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Beauty in Flight Paper, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discovery Flower Paper , My Mind's Eye - Hello World - All Aboard Flair , My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Mixed BagMy Mind's Eye - Hello World - Adventure Chipboard Stickers , Elle's Studio - Letter and Numbers Stickers - Dark Grey,

After a week at Disney World we were pretty spoiled and used to fast passes for long queues, so at the airport my husband asked if we could fast pass this wait. I used I used the map paper as my base background and then cut an 11" square light neutral paper from my stash to mat in the center, but first I planned where my title would be and die cut it from the light paper so that the map paper would show thru for a fun title with a few added words using these  small Letter Stickers from Elle's Studio.


Just layering this chipboard airline tag and the airplane die cut, makes a quick dimensional embellishment, but I cut the flower from patterned paper and tucked it behind, then added the Vacation Memories die cut, this cute travel flair, and a punched Mickey icon. Everything in this collection just works so well together that you really can't go wrong combining elements.


For my second layout, I wanted to use 3 photos and still be able to use some of the fun travel elements to tell the story. I printed my focal photo 4x6" and then the smaller photos are 3" square. I arranged them in a grid formation on the grid paper background so that I could fill the gaps with decorative elements.

Road Trip 600
Supplies: My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Travel World Map Paper,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discovery Flower Paper My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Beauty Bonjour Page, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - All Aboard Flair ,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Mixed Bag,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Adventure Chipboard StickersSimple Stories - I AM  -Bradz.

I cut my title from patterned paper and lightly inked the edge, then mounted it overlapping the journaling piece with a chipboard ticket and bike flair.


Since my page is about a springtime day trip in Texas, I cut a rectangle of the  map paper that included Texas to use with a die cut compass and car. The gold text vellum pieces are scrap pieces from my stash, but the small pieces are perfect for layers under small embellishments.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

New MME goodies from Scraptastic Store

Oh that Food and Wine Festival. It was so yummy and we took so many photos. You will be seeing it alot as I attempt to scrap this vacation. One of the most attractive booths was Puerto Rico and I wanted pretty light crisp tropical looking products to go with my photos. They had this gorgeous fountain of plants and actual little pineapples growing. I combined papers from the awesome MME Hello World  and On Trend collections, floral paper from the I Am collection by Simple Stories, and a Pineapple from Dear Lizzy Serendipity. I have a full list of links to the products below in the Scraptastic Store.

I cut a strip of the floral paper for the lower edge of the layout and then cut out a couple of flowers to use like die cuts. This floral paper is fantastic for cutting out. I used the grey woodgrain Thickers for this page and I am noticing that I really love this alpha because it just goes with everything and doesn't overpower the page. 

What do you think of map papers? I am really loving this one because it has great colors and I can cut places out for travel layouts. They even have Puerto Rico listed there so I had to put a little piece on my layout. These cute sequins are from the On Trend collection by MME and because they have some larger fun shapes, They are pretty easy to stitch down. Don't forget when you have sequins to stitch down, hold the edges in place with a strip of not too sticky washi tape, stitch the exposed sequins and then carefully pull off the washi. 


March Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic!

Ok Sketchy Thursdays are fun because you can play along for a chance at the monthly prize on the Scraptastic Blog and you get to be inspired by the best Design Team ever! But this Sketchy Thursday is just overflowing with inspiration, lots of our designers played along and created some gorgeous pages with the beautiful March kits. Check it out HERE - I promise you will be inspired to play along! Honestly, I don't always like my sketches after creating a page, but this one I will do again. :)

For my page I used the fantastic March Rivers and Roads kit and Add On kit and you really cant go wrong with this kit, but the cut file and printable tags inspired me this time. I should mention that at Scraptastic you can also purchase just the two print files and cut files digitally aside from the kits if you love those kinds of things as much as I do. I also added the freaking cute bunny and egg hunt stamps from the Sentiments Series V.6 Stamp Set.

My sons are grown but on holidays like Easter you want them to have fun and you have to enjoy messing with them a little.

I just have to point out the really nice wood veneer "grow" - It was nice as wood but I wanted it to be gold so I heat embossed it to go with my bunny that I stamped onto vellum and heat embossed. oh also I totally forgot to put the whiskers on my bunny but I still think he is pretty cute.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Spring *Scraptastic Club Rivers and Roads

It's Springtime and the March Rivers and Roads kit and Add on kit are perfectly springy. Our favorite spring day trip is to Texas Antiques Week for some treasure hunting. I added a couple of little layers of plain white tissue paper from my stash to soften up the layers.

Love the cute little pink retro radio sticker and this amazing script Spring wood veneer. This kit has gold foil accents so I chose to use the flower stencil with gold mist in several places in the background. I have also added a little twine from my stash.