I had hoped to have a project ready to post today, but over the weekend we were all traumatized by my little one getting his finger slammed in the bathroom door. He can get a strong scream out, but nothing like the blood-curdling scream of his finger caught to make your spine ache. We spent …

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A Little Note of Thanks!!

November 24, 2016

Good Morning,

To all those who have been following me, this rather simple but heartfelt card conveys my thoughts to all of you.

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I  am thankful to all of you who stop in to read and comment on my scrapbooking/crafting passion.

 

Trying New Approaches for Page Design

November 23, 2016

Good Morning,

The quest to finish the 2015 pumpkin patch pictures continues with more of the Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection.

This picture of my littlest one was my favorite of all the photos I took that day. He was exploring this huge tractor tire and looked up to tell me about it; luckily I was fast enough to catch it.  Normally I do not like to do one small picture (4 1/2 x 4 1/2)  on a 12×12 scrapbook page, but I wanted this one to stand out plus as a bonus, I was able to journal about the day.

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The inspiration for this layout design came from the large “Fall” letters on the chipboard sheet. Using large letters with all the color seemed like a fun change up for me to design around instead of the paper approach.  To create the page I utilized the 4×4 cut a part paper along with the 6×6 pad. I seem to be having an attachment to that plaid paper, can you tell it is my favorite? The blue goes perfectly with his clothes and his eye color.   Finally, the wood grain paper pulls everything together giving that “farm” feel to the layout.

I am developing a fondness for these cut apart pages; it was something I used to overlook since I am not a “Project Life” Scrapbooker. However, through my work with mini albums I have a new appreciation for them. I like the themes and color they bring to this layout in particular.   Cut  A-parts, they are not just for pocket scrapbooking anymore! 🙂

To those who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a fun, happy day with your family and friends. I am sure I will end the day with mashed potatoes in my hair, a new burn scar from rushing around and passed out on the couch from exhaustion by 6 p.m.

Until next time…….

 

New Washi Tape Addict

November 22, 2016

Good Morning,

Today’s post is rather quick since those of us in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year I am cooking so I need a couple of days to prep.  Not to mention, I have a valid reason to be on Pinterest for hours.

For today’s scrapbook page I am still working on last year’s pumpkin patch pictures. I seem always to be behind in my scrapbooking, perhaps when I am 80 years old, I will be caught up. However I am using a current collection so that evens everything up, right?

The idea for this layout came, when I was creating the fall card a couple of weeks ago, I previously posted when I only had the 6×6 pad.  I couldn’t wait to receive the rest of the collection from Steals.com after scoring a great deal.

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I liked the idea of creating dimension with a frame and tucking pictures behind it and using the word/phrase paper.  I just wish the dimensional tape I used was thicker for more depth. Given the odd sizes of these pictures, my usual scrapbook style would not have done them justice.  I feel the tight cropping needed to fit in the frame allows the viewer to focus on the action happening in the pictures.

This layout marks a milestone for me; it is the first time I have ever used washi tape on a layout. I now understand what I have been missing all this time; this tape is so versatile.  For someone like me, who needs a few tries to get items straight on a page this tape is the answer. It didn’t tear my paper nor lose its adhesive properties when re-sticking it. I used the orange tape on the top and bottom as a defining border on the phrase paper. Aside from the multiple uses it in my craft room it will start to make its way into layouts and cards as borders…baby steps.

Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection colors inspire me, so putting together this layout along with other projects is easier. Which means I might finally finish these pumpkin pages not only this year but while it is still Fall.

If you’re interested here is my supply list:

Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection

  • 12×12  sheet of Sweater Weather (plaid paper)
  • 12×12 sheet of 12×6 cut apart
  • Bits and Pieces (die cuts pack)
  • orange washi tape
  • Hello Fall Chipboard Stickers

Thank you for spending a little time with me today, I appreciate your thoughts or comments.

Until next time…..

**Please note I am not compensated or affiliated with  any of these companies. I am just passing on information about companies who produce either quality product or service.

 

 

Organizing for Christmas with Doodlebug “Here Comes Santa Claus”

November 18, 2016

Good Morning,

I can’t believe how fast the holidays are coming this year.  While I love this time of year, I also struggle to get everything I want to do finished. Those of us here in the U.S. have Thanksgiving coming up next week. For me that means doing all the cooking, then we start our Christmas prep but at the same time plan for my son’s and my husband’s birthday within the first two weeks of December then jump back into Christmas prep.   Every year I have big plans to stay organized, do more fun events, etc., etc.  The past few years with the addition of the little one, I just can’t seem to stay on top of things. I sometimes feel like I am the only Mom who can’t get it together.

This year after admitting the problem I came up with what I hope will be a solution. I thought if I create something that colorful and fun by the door then perhaps I will have a fighting chance. Doodlebug’s countdown paper from the ” Here Comes Santa Claus” collection inspired me to create a box with 24 file folders so each tradition and event can be planned ahead. I will know what is happening for that day and if I need to prep ahead of time instead of the usual mad dash.

Here is my crafty solution:

I used white card stock cut to  6 1/2 by 9 then did an offset fold. I used the rest of the collection papers, stickers, and Doodlebug’s new Silhouette cut files to decorate them.

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For me, color and fun design make me happy which means I am more likely to stay on track. I tried to do each file a little different to keep the interest up.  I used the border scrapbook paper on all the files then decorated the front with  4×4 and 4×6 cut-a-part sheets, 12×12 stickers and the icons stickers.

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Some of the folders depict actual events that are part of our family traditions such as writing a letter to Santa, getting the tree, looking at lights and of course baking. Please understand I am not any way shape or form professing to be good at baking. It is more about spending time with my boys in the kitchen. I am happy they still like to help out with the cookies.  For the set above I used their cute mail truck border along with the letters to Santa stickers.  Given my new love of interactive elements, I had to make a belly band and a pocket out of the heart paper both with removable tags.

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This set and the one below shows some of the silhouette cut files. I love the milk and cookies, it was so easy to piece together. The gifts on the gingham paper are also part of the cut file. Of course, I had to use the Tim Holtz “dripping” die to give that snowy feel with a little bling.

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Speaking of bling, I found these clear stars in my stash that worked well for the ornament string.

To hold all of these cards I made a chipboard box. I thought at first, I could do it on the silhouette, but the chipboard was too thick for the machine.  After sitting there staring at my machine willing it to take the chipboard, I finally accepted I would have to do it by hand.  I struggle enough with getting things straight with my trimmer; now I am adding super thick chipboard. UUGHH! A couple of different tries and a now dull blade later, I came up was this chipboard box covered with a white card stock base for extra support. I  finished it with the red snowflake and the hearts scrapbook paper from the collection.

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I wanted to give the look of the snow dripping from the eves of a house. I pulled out my trusty Tim Holtz “dripping” die to create the snowy border then used my new Wink of Stella Pen in silver to add some subtle sparkle. I then worked on decorating each side with some gems, the large sticker sheet, and Icon sheet from the collection.

While I figure there is probably a better method for constructing the box, I have to say I feel pretty good for my first time out. All I have to do now is plan out this month’s events and then it is just a matter of each day going through the box.  I think I can..I think I can..

I am interested to hear how all of you stay organized during this busy holiday season, please share in comments your best practice. How do you fit everything into your schedule? Or maybe you are more like me which I would be thrilled to know, perhaps we can develop a support group. (FYI-“Support group” is code for sharing chocolate or about finding good chocolate)  🙂

Thank you for stopping in and I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time….

 

 

 

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