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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Camp Scrap is in session!

I am very excited to participate in Camp Scrap 2015 with May Flaum, my current scrappy girl crush! Camp started on July 1, and I am already very inspired.  I would highly recommend any of May's classes! She's a fun teacher, and has such a no stress approach to papercrafting!

I created this card for the first card lesson.


Without giving away too much, I will tell you I used gesso and the Tim Holtz layering stencil "Rays" to create the background on watercolor paper. When the gesso dried, I created an hombre effect using three colors of distress ink and my blending tool. I then layered the other elements on top. I like how the color radiates from the center of the sun's rays and embellishment cluster! I seriously love this stencil, and hope to use it on many more projects!

Keep posted for Camp Scrap more projects to come!  You may sign up for a Camp here. http://craftwithmay.com

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2012 Family Vacation Album

Wow! It's been forever since I posted anything to my blog! I am hoping to change that, though.  I have been without a dedicated craft space since January first of last year, due to some remodeling projects going on at the house.  My husband finished my desk on Mother's Day, and I was thrilled to have a place to play again!

I  have kept busy during that time.  I've taken several classes, and done some limited scrapping.  The most exciting recent discovery of mine has been finding May Flaum's blog and classes. Since then, I have taken several of May's classes, including "Supplies on Hand", "Find the Art in your Journal", and the current "May's Guide to the Vacation Album".

This Vacation class has been ongoing since March, and has inspired me to complete an album for our 2012 vacation trip to Colorado.  I was so inspired by May Flaum's awesome "freestyle" methods, and by her infectious sense of fun!  I loved how she combined full 12 X 12 layouts with "Project Life" or faux Project Life style layouts.  I have been wanting to scrap all of the awesome photos from our trip three summers ago, and the class was just the inspiration I needed.  I did include two pages that I had completed soon after the trip, and have added several more.  Any photos I have that have not been scrapped, will be placed in divided page protectors until I am inspired to create another page, or where they can live safely, and be seen by my family (another awesome tip from May's class!).  Another bonus is that I have been able to use up some of my old scrapbook products that have been gathering dust.  I even used a few background pages I made for one of Shimelle's classes called "The Perfect Collection".  I had cut up a kit and made a bunch of pages, but only managed to actually use one.  This is icing on the cake!

I am already signed up for May Flaum's next class, "Camp Scrap 2015", which starts on July 1!  I am very excited to start that class, with zero down time between classes! 

Here are the pages I have completed so far:





   




Monday, October 13, 2014

Scrap your Stash!!!


For the first ten days of October, I was signed up for an amazing online class called "Supplies on Hand" by May Flaum.  Each day had a lesson with a ton of ideas for using items currently in our stash.  Subjects covered in the ten days were:  Alphabets, Buttons & Things, Color Mediums, Journaling Cards, Scraps, Punches & Dies, Stamps & Stencils, Stickers, Trims & Tapes, and More Paper.  I was intrigued by this idea since I am currently trying to fit may big stash into a smaller space.  Each day's lesson featured at least two videos by May herself, Ashli Olver, and project s(including downloads) from many other fabulous contributors.  I was very inspired by this class, and would strongly recommend it to anyone on the fence about buying it.  It was crammed with content, many extras, four live chat sessions, and was well worth the price of admission!  I was so inspired, I completed several projects over the long Columbus Day weekend.  Here are a few:

I made this card front for the alphabet lesson.  I was able to use one of my oldest sets of Thickers (with the use of added adhesive), and a scrap of very old Cosmo Cricket paper.  I got the idea to layer die cut paper over my alphabets from the Scrap your Scraps blog.


Lately, I have been in a very Halloween mood, and pulled out all my Halloween stash.  In the past, I had purchased a lot of themed product, which needs using.  I was able to use some old scraps of paper, alphas, and some embellishments from my stash.  I'm not sure what I'll do with these, but they're cute!

I also made a wreath using some very old MME paper from 2009.  I saw the idea to make folded rosette wreaths from Jennifer McGuire.


I really hope I continue to be inspired to use up some of the items that have been gathering dust in my stash.  It really feels good to put them to use!  Thanks for dropping by!  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wonderful World of Color Challenge #2 - Color Recipe Challenge


Here is my first challenge for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  I started with Challenge #2 because I had the perfect photo in mind for Jemma's recipe challenge, which is as follows: "My recipe challenge to you today is to make a palette from the following ingredients: I want you to feature BLACK and/or WHITE (or mix them to make GREY) along with shades of ONE other COLOUR."



I chose to use black and white and only a pop of red in the title and the red from my son's shirt in the photo.  The journaling describes how my youngest currently hates to have his photo taken, and rarely smiles for pictures.  I used a sheet of paper from my kit, wood veneer stars as embellishments, and a bunch of Midnight Project Life cards from my stash.  I figured the wood stars are more of a neutral, and would still work with the challenge.  Thanks for the fun challenge!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May Counterfeit Kit

This month, I am hoping to jump back in to the world of forgery!  At least when it comes to forging awesome scrapbook kits!  I loved the inspiration kit by Paper Camelia this month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, and wanted to create a kit of my own with a fun travel-ish theme.

http://papercamellia.com/collections/kits/products/april-2014-main-scrapbook-kit

I was especially was drawn to the map paper from the inspiration kit, so I included old stash from a Girl's Paperie travel line, which has one map print sheet.  I added some freshness to that by including papers from Maggie Holmes' Crate Paper's Flea Market Collection.  The colors of the collections seemed to work well together, with all the teal, yellow, navy, and pinks tones.  They both have a yummy vintage feel, as well.  There are two cut apart sheets in my kit, which I liked.


For my embellishments, I added the gorgeous vellum sheets that came with the Flea market collection, as well as a bunch of other items from my stash that caught my eye.  I think it's a pretty kit, and I hope to use it up this month completing some of the NSD challenges!

Happy (Belated) National Scrapbooking Day!

Some people may not be aware that there is an actual day dedicated to the craft of scrapbooking, but it is absolutely true!  I think NSD, as it is known by those that know such things, is always celebrated on the first Saturday in May, and this year it fell on May 3rd.  I was very excited to participate this year, and actually told my husband that I planned to spend the day scrapping away, and that he was not to bother me.  It worked out perfectly, because our youngest was out of town at a choir festival, and I thought I would have even less to distract me!  Well, you know how those big plans can turn out...  I started the day visiting many scrapbooking sites.  I went to Two Peas in a Bucket, Big Picture Classes, and The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, among other places.  The I got to work and completed exactly ONE layout!  I think I had set my expectations too high, and was overwhelmed by so much inspiration available on the web.  In the future, it might be better to stick to one website or blog, and do the challenges presented there.

Here is my layout, which includes photos from a trip I take each year to Santa Barbara with my sister Ann.  I used a scheme inspired by Stacy Julian, which is like a pocket page, but does not use a pocket page protector.  I fussed with this page for hours, and I guess I'm happy with it.  I actually had to make myself stop, or who knows how long I would have fiddled around with it before calling it quits!


Another tip for having a more successful NSD in the future is to have a bunch of new photos printed prior to the day.  I had many photos at my disposal, but I think a fresh batch would have inspired me more.  I'll try to remember these things for next year!

Luckily, one of my favorite blogs, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, has extended their challenges until May 16th!  I think I'll take advantage of the coming Mother's Day weekend to eke out a few more hours to my favorite hobby!  I hope to even get a few more challenges completed!  One of the more exciting things about NSD is that there are many great prizes available to participants of some of the challenge sites.  Nothing beats the thrill of winning a coveted NSD prize package!  Wish me luck!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Blog....what blog?

Two weeks ago I visited my family in Southern California.  One of the first things my sister Marta said to me was, "You haven't blogged in seven months?!!".  By now, it's been eight months, but who's counting?  My life since going back to work has been more than a bit hectic.

I haven't given up scrapbooking altogether.  This year, for the first time, I've begun a "Project Life" or "Day in the Life" type of scrapbooking.  I have successfully kept a daily journal, and have managed to complete almost ten weeks of the album.  I will post some pages when I get them photographed.  The book is a pretty cool cross section of life.

Last weekend, upon looking at Shimelle Laine's website, I discovered she was doing a "Best of both world's" challenge weekend.  I was inspired to pull some papers using her August kit as inspiration, and participating in a few of the challenges.  The two layouts I completed were the first traditional pages all year!!  I guess I should be happy I accomplished that much.

Here is a photo of Shimelle's August "Best of both worlds" kit:


I like how she embraced the turquoise and other blues in her kit.  I tried to find similar papers in my stash, and this is what I came up with.  I was able to pull some things that I've been meaning to use, but which have been collecting dust.  This pleased me very much!


I decided to allow myself to use any embellishments I wanted with the papers.  Using up anything I have laying around is an accomplishment, as far as I'm concerned.

Here is the first layout I completed.  The challenge was to use the "flexible template" concept to create a page.  This is Noelle Hyman's version of a free form sketch.  I have to admit to feeling a little rusty, although I'm not unhappy with the results.


The star paper in the background is one piece I especially love by Studio Calico.  I'm very happy to have finally put it to use.

This next layout was completed for Shimelle's challenge to use 3 3X4 cards.  I struggled a bit with this one, and had to redo the card with the journaling.  I also used a bunch of stickers on the upper right corner, so it could work for Shimelle's challenge to use stickers, as well.  Another way I challenged myself was to use the printed background paper by cutting a portion of one of the fish on the background and placing my cardstock behind it.  I also cut one of the fish that was covered completely out, and popped it up on another part of the page. 


I will post some pics of my Project Life as soon as I get them photographed.