Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Day After Christmas!

What inspires you to scrap? Seeing this sweet photo from my older daughter of my grandsons and their dog inspired me to dig out the Christmas paper. At the same time, I saw a fantastic sketch by Mary Pat Siehl on the Burlap and Buttercups blog. The papers are Fancy Pants Traditions, paired with Crate Paper Snow Day chipboard and some Stickles for a little sparkle

Today is my official Christmas holiday from work; hoping to get a bit of scrapping done. Have a great day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A "Sassy" board book

I created this book for Scrap That Moment , a wonderful new scrapbook store here in town. The book is the "Sassy" Mixables Album from Clear Scraps; so much fun to work with! The patterned papers, most of the stickers and embellishments are from the "Off to School" collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  The papers are so versatile -- great for so much more than school related projects. The ribbons are from Creative Imaginations and May Arts.

I adhered patterned paper to the back of the first acrylic panel, then added the title and stickers with foam dots to the front of the panel. This little album included three acrylic and three chipboard pages. 

The Off to School collection included some fun stickers, and most of them were not limited just to back to school photos. 

Those stickers were even more fun when layered! I used Staz-On ink around the edges of the acrylic panels; loved the effect. 
The line also has some really fun chipboard banners, stars and other self adhesive shapes. I would swear I'm not really "into" banners, but I loved these! 

For the circular collage on the right page, I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Nestabilities dies to cut a circle out of scrap paper to the circle; adhered the photos to the scrap; and then used the circle die again to cut the collage into the round shape. I loved the way it turned out! It's always a thrill when an experiment turns out well, isn't it? 

 The Fancy Pants papers are two sided, which is fun when you're working with acrylic pages.  That sticker on the bottom said "School is Cool" but to make it work for this book, I simply covered it up so it just said "Cool". 

In addition to "not being into banners", I also swore "I don't do mini books"; but this year, I've done several and decided that I like doing them. The book is still on display in the store; looking forward to bringing it back home soon! 

Our children visited us for the holidays either last weekend or on Christmas Eve, and my mom joined us for both; so today is a quiet Christmas for my husband and me. I'm making sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, then I think the day will be spent scrapping, reading and napping -- not necessarily in that order. 

Have a wonderful holiday season! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

I've been scrapping .... really .....

I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I can't believe how long it's been since I did a "real" blog post! I've been scrapping .... really .... but just haven't gotten over here to post. That's unusual for me, since I;m usually more than happy to share my recent projects!

Have you seen the "Christmas Emporium" collection by Graphic 45? It's so gorgeous -- the photos online don't begin to do it justice. I love the subtle, yet rich vintage colors and images. Lynette, the owner of Scrap That Moment here in town, asked me to design some layouts for display in the store. I did three:

Here are close ups of the fussy cutting in the lower right and the little "ornaments" I created by die cutting circles from the toy--patterned paper:

I drew my own templates and hand-cut the banners for this layout. The faux ribbon was created by inking and wetting a strip of patterned paper, then hot-gluing it to a scrap piece of cardstock and adhering to the layout. It's a technique from fellow Inspired To Scrap design team member Kate Vickers.

Inspired To Scrap hosted a month-long "Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class, and I created several class examples but couldn't post them (other than on the class forum) until after the class was over. Stacey, the owner of Inspired To Scrap, allowed me to present a lesson on using big, bold graphic prints. I used several examples, but this was the one I created especially for the class using the Corinne collection from s.e.i.

This lesson involved one of Stacey's fabulous sketches, plus tips on "creating" custom buttons using rub ons and die cuts:

This was for a lesson on using limited supplies, plus another of Stacey's sketches:

And this one was a quick layout in response to a current Blue Plate Special challenge on Cookin' Up Creations. There's a new challenge every day (except Monday), with a prize drawing at the end of each month.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Do you love scrapbooking challenges? Do you enjoy chatting on forums and making new online friends? Then you may have what it takes to be a member of our Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Scrapbook Creations

Cookin' Up Creations focuses on our Blue Plate Special Challenges, and we want YOU to be a part of it! We offer a NEW challenge each day except Mondayon our forum, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. We are looking for five to six team members for a six-month term.

Your responsibilities will include:
-Presenting a “Blue Plate Special” challenge once a week 
-Posting regularly on the forum message board and initiating at least four new topics each week
-Posting comments regularly in our members' gallery
-Assisting with and participating in special events, such as crops, blog hops and special challenges
-Promoting Cookin' Up Creations on your personal blog, Facebook and wherever else allowed

We offer you the opportunity to showcase your work and a chance to expand your creativity through participation on our active, dynamic Challenge Team. Challenge Team members are eligible for the prize drawings. All past and present members are encouraged to reapply.

Submissions will be taken through Sunday December the 18th, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST. Challenge Team members will be notified no later than December 23rd, 2011 via email. Your position will begin immediately after your acceptance. Your “official” term will begin on January 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2012.

To apply:
Send the following requirements to Please put "Design Team Entry" in the subject line.
-Your name, address, email address and contact information
- A paragraph or two about yourself and your experience in scrapbooking and paper crafting
-Four recently completed layouts and two cards or other paper crafting project 
-Links to your personal blog and online gallery
-A paragraph about why you wish to join our team 

Each applicant must have at least 25 posts on our forum. We would like to have the opportunity to get to know you before making our decision, and encourage you to share your work with us, and for you to become a part of our online Family here at Cookin' up Creations. 

We encourage each applicant/participant to check out our Blue Plate Special Challenge Forum, and familiarize yourself with it, and how it works. 
*If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Best of luck to all applicants -- this is a GREAT site and team! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1!

Okay, so I am a little behind in starting; but I love Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of Christmas series and I'm hoping to get to all twelve this year!

Here's Tim's tag:

Now, I didn't have the grungeboard, dies and a few other things that Tim used for his tag -- but as Tim himself says, he provides the inspiration and we can run with what we have. So ... with that said, here's my version:

I used a manilla tag from an office supply store; sprayed it with homemade blue shimmering ink; embossed it with a Cuttlebug Textile folder and rubbed Ranger Distress Ink in Broken China over the embossing, then wiped some off; and around the edges. I ripped music paper from Flair Designs, inked it with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress Inks, and adhered. The swirl is a Grungeboard Element, inked with various distress inks (not sure what I used; I inked it a long time ago and never used it) The little branches are a Martha Stewart punch. I made a rosette with a border strip of paper by My Mind's Eye; I could have used my Tim Holtz Sizzix rosette die but didn't want to haul out the diecutter. I don't have the pine cone die, so I cut a circle, then spiral cut it; ripped the edge of the spiral and rolled up like those little spiral roses that some of us make. The pine cones were dabbed with Ranger Distress Stickles in Rock Candy and dipped into glitter; I also glittered the top of the rosette. The PEACE is a chipboard word, I think from  Maya Road but not sure. The stick pins are Maya Road. I painted it with silver glitter paint from Plaid; got it at Walmart. The pearl strip is from Hobby Lobby, and the ribbon is left over from a used up kit. I didn't buy anything special ... but then, it was 10 pm on a weeknight in small town, so not a lot of shopping options anyway!

I made one HUGE mess on my work table and had loads of fun.