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.

 

 

Doodlebug Autumn Scrapbook Page

November 15, 2016

Good Morning,

This past week I have been in a serious creative mode so I am excited to share my latest projects with you. However, I am not so eager to clean up the huge mess I created in the process.

Today I am sharing a 12×12 scrapbook page I created with the new Doodlebug Fall Collection “Flea Market”. I love the bright clear colors as well as their new cut files for Silhouette.

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This collection reminds me of farms, the countryside and of course treasures found at a flea market. The image of the old truck is one my favorites, to me, it embodied the whole feeling of the collection.  When the truck was included in  new cut files for Silhouette, I knew I wanted to build a scrapbook page  around it.  The Doodlebug files are very user-friendly with the right amount of layers and details to customize the cut.   The file has a shadow layer which I used to cut chipboard. (I like the stability chipboard adds to larger die cuts.)  Aside from the truck and the road, the rest of the papers, embellishments and die cuts are all Doodlebug. I filled the truck with die cuts from the “odds and ends” pack. (I think these packs are the best deal in town. 78 pieces for a few dollars) I poured all the die cuts on my desk then had fun trying different options to fill up the truck bed.

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The hills are cut from the” Petite Prints Gingham and Linen” collection.  I think the gingham is perfect for the countryside feel. The trees are all a part of the “odds and ends” pieces.  The “apples” in the tree come from the new matte enamel dots.

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I used the small frames (odds and ends pack)  to use cropped Instagram photos or for journaling.  The large sticker sheet perfect size words to embellish the frames.

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Finally, I created the photo mat from my favorite pattern paper of the collection, the plaid. The design looks good with every color plus I like how it easily ties all the colors on the page together. The embellishments on the top and bottom are adhered in a way to allow for a photo slide under them.

I have more to come from Doodlebug’s Flea Market collection. There is a sneak peek on my Instagram if you are curious.

I always appreciate the visit and welcome your comments.

Until next time……

Pumpkin Sitting

October 31, 2016

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Good Morning,

Today I have a layout to share with you. I started this one while going through my huge creative block, so it was satisfying to finish it. I think the creativity is slowly coming back alive.  I am excited to get to talk about a layout finally, so let’s get into it.

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Our family developed this quirky tradition when my oldest was a toddler.  It seems once the kids have identified their pumpkin; they have to sit on it and have their picture taken. Considering, this appears to come to each son naturally; we didn’t blink an eye when our little one plopped himself down on a pumpkin or two. In his case, comfort instead of the size determined the pumpkin. I am sure that will change in the coming years. With this tradition in mind, I set out to build a page around it.

Initially, I thought it would be easier if  I used a collection. I pulled out Echo Park’s  “The Story of Fall” but somehow once I put my background together I couldn’t come up with anything else. It sat, and I fiddled with it each month for a little while but still nothing.I decided to work on my new found passion for interactive albums. I love creating the page layers, flaps, pockets, and hidden spaces. It opened up this whole new part of my mind. I love designing the pages then figuring out how to make it work.  For some reason, working on this kind of project wasn’t impaired with my creative block.

But then my oldest came into my craft space recently, spotted one of his albums and starting looking through it. When he finished, he noticed this layout sitting unfinished on my desk, in his very thoughtful, quiet voice said: “I miss not having new pages in my book.”    I knew I had pictures piling up for their books, so I tried and tried but nothing.

Then for some reason, it dawned on me to use the techniques I enjoy and see what happens. Slowly things came together.  Layering elements have been on my mind lately.   I am finding it can help create new spaces I didn’t previously imagine on my pages. For example, using the twine around the picture to put a tag for the date.  It was also fun to use some of the die-cut pieces to create a title.  When the idea of making the pumpkin picture a pocket popped into my head, everything started to come together.  While the tags are stationary, I like the illusion of interactivity it creates. Hopefully, things will start to go from here, and I will be back posting more frequently again.

Thank you for reading and staying with me. Until next time.

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