Sunday, August 30, 2009

Putting that packaging to use!

There was a challenge on the Paper Posies forum to use a "recycled" item on your layout. I had some photos of my 8 year old granddaughter, Shelbie, that I wanted to scrap, and the Paper Posies February kit was perfect! The kit had these Prima Lollipop Flowers in it:

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As soon as I saw the cut outs on the packaging, I thought "what a great mask"! So, I grabbed my Clearsnap Chestnut Roan chalk ink and a make up sponge:



... positioned it on my layout:



... sponged on the ink, and got this:

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Since I had the sponge and the ink out, I used it to grunge up the edges of my die cut card stock.

This is the finished layout:



I used sketch #34 from 52 Sketches...52 Weeks and turned it sideways. I hope Shelbie is pleased with the way it turned out!

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!

Friday, August 28, 2009

What I'm into right now

Do you find yourself using the same idea, technique, color combination over and over again? I do! Right now, I'm into:

* black and white photos paired with colored paper and elements
* eye-popping color combinations like orange, red and teal
* sanding the edges of my photos and paper instead of inking
* layering and clustering my embellishments
* teeny, tiny little rhinestones
* Flowers on everything!

Still working on my Bloom & Grow kit. Just finished this one, with help from a sketch at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks:



The "blooms" are my 6 grandchildren: Kaycee, 11; Ryan, 9; Shelbie, 8; Ethan, 8; Cameron, 4; and Anna, 1 1/2. Aren't they just the cutest?!?

Hooray! It's Blog Hop Friday!

Last week's Blog Hop on Willow Traders was just so much fun, I've been looking forward to Friday all week just so we can do it again! I finished this layout last night, using a sketch from 52 Sketches in 52 Weeks as the inspiration:



Once again, I used the fabulous August "Bloom & Grow" kit from ScrapbookDeals4U , the only things I provided from my stash were a piece of light green cardstock and a dotted ribbon. Since SD4U had a challenge to use buttons and stitching this week, I hand stitched the buttons and flowers to the layout:



This week I seem to have been drawn to older photos. It's been fun going down memory lane, but it isn't getting anything accomplished with those vacation photos still waiting to be scrapped ...

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What to do on a dreary day?

Why scrap, of course! We woke up to rain and black clouds this morning; the sun still isn't really shining. I figure it's a good day to stay indoors and scrap.

Lately I've been digging into some old photos for layouts, and having a great time with those little strolls down memory lane. I finished this one with my oldest daughter's first "posed portrait", taken when she was two days old at the hospital. There is a pocket for hidden journaling. I tried to put into words the way I felt the first time I held her in my arms. Not sure I'm ready to share all of that with the world; hence, the hidden journaling.



The journaling card pulls out like this:



Right now, I'm doing a "use your kit" challenge at Willow Traders and I'm using the gorgeous Bloom and Grow kit from ScrapbookDeals4U. Not sure if I can actually use all of the kit contents up by September 1, but sure having a great time trying!

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to the Willow Traders Blog Hop participants! This is my first time participating, and it's so much fun to visit everyone's blogs to see all the wonderful creations!

I finished the layout using the piece that I was cutting Friday. This is my son Jason, who was 8, holding his new baby sister. Today they are 29 and 21, and they both have children (Jason is the father of 3! and Kristen has one little girl) The photo makes me smile.



I used the August "Bloom and Grow" kit from ScrapbookDeals4U for this layout. Love it! The only things NOT from the kit are the tiny rhinestones. Dymo Labelmaker lettering, and brown ribbon. The frame was cut with a Sizzix die, the butterflies with a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Please tell me that someone ...

... does this besides me! When I layer patterned papers and even cardstock, I hate to "waste" the parts of the paper that are hidden under other layers or larger elements. So, I cut out the part that otherwise would be hidden and save it for die cuts, journaling tags or other elements. I've even figured out a way to use my Fiskars paper cutter to do it!

Here, I am going to put a framed photo over my pretty patterned paper. So, I decide where I want to place my frame:



I mark the corners of the space the element will cover, then use my paper cutter to cut the center out of the area:




That leaves me with my base layer and an extra piece to use later for die cutting or other elements:




I'm still working on the layout that includes this photo; but I did finish a quick card with scraps from other projects:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Water fun!

Last month, my oldest daughter and her family vacationed in Lake Geneva, WI. Since it was just a couple hours from my home (they were traveling from MN) my mom and I joined them for the day. We toured the Jelly Belly warehouse and candy store in nearby Pleasant Prairie, and then watched as the grandsons -- Ethan, 8 and Cameron, 4 -- enjoyed the hotel pool. The photos made for some really fun layouts!

This is Cameron, who is fearless about jumping into the water:



And Ethan, enjoying the pool with his dad and brother:



I took these pictures at about 5 p.m. on the lakeshore, so I got some great afternoon sunlight:



My dh bought me a very nice Canon Powershot SX10 IS for Christmas, but in six months I had never taken it out of "Auto"! I signed up for Katrina Kennedy's "Your Life Captured Through the Lens" class over at Get It Scrapped, and it changed my life! Well, maybe not quite that dramatic -- but it has certainly revved up my photos and my layouts!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 17, 2009


This is my current favorite page that I've scrapped this year! It was part of a scraplift challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U; the subject is Anna, my 18-month-old granddaughter, enjoying an afternoon on the swing at the park.

Nothing gets my scrapping mojo started like a sketch or other online scrapping challenge! This weekend I created a layout with paper from a kit that a good friend sent to me. The cuties in the photo are my oldest granddaughter Kaycee, 11, and Coco, the younger of our two dogs.