Friday, October 31, 2014

Doodlebug Mini For Practical Scrappers

Hi everyone and welcome to the October Hop for Practical Scrappers.  You should have arrived from Majken's blog.  For the hop this time we were challenged to use the theme of Fall or Halloween.  I wanted to use up some of my old Doodlebug Halloween paper, but didn't have enough embellishments so I mixed two older paper lines and some new stickers and Doodle-Pops.
All the edges are inked with black ink to add to the Halloween feel, but I also find when using a pre-made chipboard album inking can help hide if your paper isn't cut perfectly to size.  Another tool I like when using pre-cut chipboard is Creek Bank Creations Sanding Sticks.  They allow you to file the edges of any paper that may be hanging over for a clean edge.

     Since the pages were so small to begin with I tried to keep the embellishments fairly simple so there was still enough room for a real photo.  I think what ended up being my favorite embellishment was the candy corn cut out.  I coated each of the corn with crystal laquer so they are shiny and raised...looks like candy behind a glass case. Which page is your favorite? Leave me a comment, and become a follower, and I'll pick a winner on Sunday for a surprise gift..
    I thank you for hoping with me today, and I'd love if you became a follower!  Until next time...Keep Scrapping and head over to Jennifer's page for more inspiration

Scrapbook Challenges - Mood Board - used all the colors except ivory
The Craft Place - Halloween

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall College Trip Layout

     When I saw the double page sketch over at ScrapMuch? the beginning of the month I knew exactly what photos and paper I wanted to use with it. For whatever reason the sketch just screamed fall layout to me. The paper is from Close To My Heart's Pathfinding collection from the Paper Crafter Anonymous website.
     The photos are from a recent trip my parents took our son on to visit my sister at college. I loved how the hints of aqua in the green paper matches my sisters shirt perfectly.   I think the photo on the second page of her holding M is my favorite....really shows how happy they are to see each other.
     The title is the initials of my sisters school (Lancaster Bible College) in an awesome green corrugated cardstock, and the tag I colored myself with an inkpad and blending tool.
     Since there was so much white space I used my Prima chalking edgers in a green that matches the paper.  This made the ivory a little less stark.  It doesn't show well in the photos, but I love the look in my book.
     Hope I've inspired you today, and would love to have you as a follower.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Memories Layout

 Welcome to another reveal for Paper Crafter Anonymous.  I am playing with the papers from my recent haul.  This is the Pathfinding paper as well as a few chipboard stickers and accessories. The banner and words are from Simple Stories.
     I loved this photo of my mom and son when he was about ten months old, but I didn't want to overwhelm it with patterns since the background was busy.  The orange leaf paper from the Pathfinding collection was just interesting enough.
    The heart banner behind the photo was actually the strip of paper you cut off the bottom of a 12x12 sheet.  If you've followed my blog lately I've been loving finding ways to use these in layouts to extend the paper pack.
     I hope you've enjoyed what I've done with the paper. I'd love to see what you've done with the collection if you purchased it.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

ScrapMuch? - Color Challenge
That Craft Place Challenge - Girls, but no pink
Color Me Scrappy - Color Challenge #71
Paper Issues - Fall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas Morning Layout

     Hi all - Thanks for visiting me today as I share a layout I created based on the Week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.  When I saw the three photos on the sketch I knew it was perfect for these photos from our son's second Christmas. He was just about a year old and absolutely loved the train table we purchased.  He'll be four next month and still plays with it daily.
     My papers are from an older Stampin Up collection, and I unfortunately don't remember the name.  The tag at the top is a very light matching green, but didn't photograph well from a distance so I did a close up to show the shape.
    Thanks for joining me today and until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Let's Get Sketchy - October Week 2

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Southern Girls Reveal - Word Challenge

     Welcome to another reveal at Southern Girls Challenge. This time we are challenging you to use lots of words on your project.
     For my project I started with an older DCWV paper stack called Linen Closet.  I loved this, but have only ever been able to find the mat stack so I used it mainly for cards and hoard it like there's no tomorrow.  Anyone else do that with your favorite papers?
     I then pulled out one of the Stamps of Life sets I purchased the Somerset, NJ Scrapbook Expo.  I am absolutely in love with this set, and it's matching dies.  Having the dies makes the cup, and label, so easy to use.  Click Here to see everything I purchased at the expo.
     I used chocolate ink from Color Box for my stamping...a freebie I got at the expo  To give a little interest I just added three My Minds Eye wooden dots.
     I'm going to make a whole set of matching cards to give to my coffee obsessed sister.  Anyone she sends them too will certainly know it's from her.  Would love to see what you come up with for the words challenge.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Child's Play Challenge - Alice in Wonderland Reveal


     Welcome to another reveal for Child's Play Challenge.   We were challenged this time to use Alice in Wonderland.  I'll tell you think took me a good long time to come up with something.  My final thoughts were...Alice goes to a tea party.  Parties are celebrations.  Weddings are celebrations...I'll do something from our wedding!
     At the time when I did this layouts my mojo was slim to none so I started with a layout template and added my own touches.  I added bling to the swirls and the 3-d sticker of the couple dancing to match my photo.  The thickers I used were originally white, but I misted them with hot pink and blotted to achieve the soft pink of the rest of the page.
     I hope my out of the box inspiration challenges you to give a second look to inspiration that maybe didn't jump out at you on first glance.  Can't wait to see what you create based on Alice.  Until next time...Keep scrapping! 
Crafts Galore - Spooky or Sweet - our wedding song was How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October SSIB Reveal - Football and Pocket Page Layouts

Hi everyone - welcome to Lyne's October reveal.  I was blessed to be inspired by both of our photos this month.  The first photo reminded me of Thanksgiving/Fall.  

Every Thanksgiving our local high school football team (where I attended) plays a game against the team across the river (where my husband attended).  We go every year Thanksgiving morning and these photos are from the first year we took our son.  He was a year old here.  We wanted to take him from the time he was born, but he was five days old and it was snowing the first year...not a good combo.  I don't know why the bottom comes across cream.  The whole page is white, but in every photo I took it came out cream :-(  I used a sketch from Queen & Co. to get me started on this layout.  

Paper Issues - Fall

The second photo had several different blocks to choose inspiration from.  
 The blocks inspired me to try a pocket page.   I used cards from Fancy Pants Be Different collection to make a page about our son getting all his baby curls cut off.  This is my first time photographing a pocket page, and boy was the glare awful...haha.  I also have to dig out the exact date to fill in the right pocket card.

Thanks for joining us and can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1st Day Of Pre-School Layout

     Hi everyone!  Our son was so excited to start Pre-K this year, and when I saw how the pictures came out I had to scrap them right away.
     I used the October sketch from DCWV as my starting point.  Both of my background papers come from a DCWV stack.  They don't make the green paper anymore, and this was my last piece.  It's my favorite green ever!
    The patterned paper stars are cut with dies.  The solid stars are from the Stamps of Life All 4 Stars set. The wood veneer stars, and the green solid star, are from Studio Calico.
     I used stars and space paper because to us our son is a star and out of this world...corny...I know!
    The awesome title comes from Paper Wizard. It's four different layers and gives great depth to the layout.  If you haven't used any of their die cuts have to check them out!
    I hope you've enjoyed my layout and will take a look at the vendor I used and the challenges I entered.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Lasting Memories - Anything Goes
Crafting with Dragon Flies - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes - Last Challenge :-(
DCWV - Sketch
Crafts Galore - Something Scary or Sweet - I chose sweet

Friday, October 3, 2014

Close To My Heart Cherish This Card

Just dropping in with here with another project inspiration for Paper Crafter Anonymous.  This card uses the Chalk It Up paper collection, and was one of those cards that took on a life of it's own.

     I started out making this is a back to school card for a teen with a believe in yourself sentiment, but obviously that never happened.  I didn't like the way the sentiment embossed.  I think it may have had to many details because I used fine embossing powder and regular it melted all into each other.

   What I ended up with was an encouragement card for a mom that may be going through a stressful back to school time with her kiddos.  All the changes can wear anyone out, but I thought the sentiment of cherish this would help remind that special mom in your life that someday we'll miss this!

    The sentiment is embossed with aqua powder.  The embellishments are elements are cut from the paper using my epiphany crafts epoxy machine, and the smile is a cut up photo overlay.

     I hope this inspires you to let your cards ideas take a life of their own, and lead you in new creative directions.  Until next time...keep scrapping!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Family Layout for Child's Play Challenge

     Time for another fun reveal at Child's Play Challenge.  This time we were to use the toy Jack In The Box.  Our son didn't have one, but I know the idea is that the clown pops out of the box and makes the child smile.  The smiling made me think of all the smiling photos we got on our recent beach vacation.
     I admit that I've been low on inspiration lately so I pulled out one of my Scrapbook Generation kits.  These paper were part of my August kit and I used the sketch by Debbie Sanders.  I changed some of the cards on the left size and used a larger photo on the right.  I love having these kits on hand for when I'm low on mojo.
     Did you child have a Jack In The Box?  Are you inspired  some other way by this challenge?  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!
Crafting with Dragonflies-Anything goes