Thursday, July 24, 2014

They call me Beautiful Gorgeous

I'm over on the Scrapbooking from the Inside Out Blog today...tackling this super-villain:

and the story behind the art for this:

Peace, ya'll!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two of a Kind

I’m not much of a fan for the whole matching outfit thing.

Although I will buy matching pjs or similar outfits (red shirts, red / white / blue plaid shorts) for my boys for events or pictures They have vastly different personalities and are quite vocal, so they often protest when I try to match them up.

The sweatshirt in these pictures was originally found for one boy and, of course thinking of pictures, I got the same shirt for the other.

Little did I know that the pictures would make that shirt look SO BRIGHT.

For scrapping, I had two basic choices…make it black and white or figure out a color scheme that would compliment the picture. 

I chose the latter and decided to use muted versions of the colors already in the shirt. I was looking for something very masculine and un-fussy in order to keep competition with that photo to a minimum and opted for the zig-zag line, compasses, and my favorite little enamel pearls…

So its not an overwhelming layout…but it DOES give the picture center stage – precisely what I was after.

What do you do with your difficult photos? How do you deal with color challenges? I know I have some photographer friends – what would you do with these shirts if a mother (like me) insisted that the kids wear them for pictures?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smoothie Thief

Hello, everyone!!!

Today, I'm sharing a little project I did about my tiny one...when he was still tiny. 

My little likes sweet and fruity thing...I think orange juice must be his favorite thing EVER. When he was little I would take one look at those huge brown eyes and he could have nearly anything he wanted!  HAHA!

On this day, I was having a smoothie for breakfast and, of course, he wanted a sip.

Once I gave him the drink, tho, I couldn't get it back!!! That's my boy!

I am quite in love with polaroid frames and have been since they made their first "comeback."  I love that retro stuff...

So, I recreated some retro frames, added twine a bit of fussy cutting and my favorite Fancy Pants Letters. All of this on a standard black with white polkas and with some arrow borders...

Love telling these every-day-moments!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I'm tackling the Story Behind the Art on the Scrapbooking From the Inside Out Blog for my Blessed layout.

Head on over and check it out!

Be blessed!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cropping, Cropping, Cropping - Embellish IT's Play All Day

WHEW...I'm so behind!!!

I intended to post about my Saturday cropping experience earlier this week, but alas, the hours in the day didn't last.

But, better late than never, right?

When I first started paper crafting, I steered clear of events and crops because I was never sure what to expect. I sort of searched around the net for posts about what the events are like, but pictures, information and reviews can be kind of scarce about crops. These days information about preparing for a crop and what to take to class is easier to come by. However, I never knew what to pack, how to plan, or what sort of other paper crafters I would meet at any given event.

Believe it or not, one of my first events was a CKU...which was awesome because at the time CKU attendees had their own Yahoo groups, arranged chats, delivered secret info on registrations, etc. Through that CKU, I made friends that have remained friends to this very day (and even found a long-lost college friend!) and also got exposed to the world of the LSS crop, home crop, charity crop and a number of other kinds of events.

I vowed that if I attended paper crafting events, I would start posting reviews so other's would have some more information to work with when trying to decide whether or not to spend our hard-earned money to attend a crop.

A couple of friends and I attended the Charlotte version of an Embellish IT! Play All Day event on Saturday. This is an event that runs on a Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm.  One little aside, the event "ends" at 9 pm, but the croppers can still remain in the room until midnight.

We arrived at 8:30 and, as usual, were greeted warmly by Shelby and Steve. These two were MADE to do group events. They are truly the nicest people.

Here we are - fairly early in the day:

Now, this event is literally a day of playing for paper crafters. In our particular space, we had 4 feet of dedicated space on straight tables. There are outlets for devices and lights if you choose. The chairs, as you would expect, are the standard padded hotel ballroom chairs. As is always the case in attending events in hotel ballrooms, wear comfortable clothes and bring a sweater or sweatshirt. The temperature can change dramatically, so a sweater is a must.

This is the room we were in...great space and lots of room for everyone...good for conversation...

My space (yes that is my travelling washi collection). Its hard to tell, but I had more than enough space to do my projects:

One of the things that Shelby does for these events is teach two classes during the event. The kits this year were two double page layouts and then eight cards.

I happen to break Shelby's page kits apart and use them to create 4 one-page layouts. But she gives an amazing amount of product and the layout designs are very usable for customizing, so the kits/classes are a great addition to the crop time.

She brings a wide selection of page kits, mini-book kits, collection packs and cardstock packs for purchase if you choose.(I always shop! ALWAYS!) The selection is good and always current or brand new product.

Cropping is something we do once per month, but the events where we basically get to spend all day chatting, having chocolate, creating projects and just hanging out are my favorites. If you have a chance to attend one of these as a card maker or scrapbooker, you should...I highly recommend them.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Assembling Your Own Kits

Very, very, very little secret that I love scrapbook kits. Kits offer a group of supplies and embellishments in one place that eliminates the analysis paralysis I can get when faced with the hundreds of choices I have in my studio for papers and other supplies.

I buy kits individually and subscribe to them for months at a time upon occasion.

I even now design for a very special kit club that encourages me to get ME in my pages. Check out the side bar for that!)

And, of course, I make my own. I find that grabbing ONE bag of supplies with my pictures really helps me to get pages done and get my stories on paper.

Where does one start to put together their own kit?

There are  probably 1000 ways to assemble a kit that works for you.

I happen to follow the same process over and over…and honestly, it would work for making any craft kit with just a few tweaks.

The most important thing in creating your own kits is to keep your personal style in mind.

Let me do a little disclaimer…I’ve made “experimental” kits for certain events or projects. I do this from time to time to encourage me to play with my newest things or to try new techniques. BUT for my normal scrapbooking and/or crop kits, I stick to my normal style:

I scrap single page layouts that are generally photo heavy.

I love using patterned paper and largely neutral cardstock.

I’m a flat embellishment girl

I love washi, ribbon and letters.

Keeping in mind my style, this is my general process:

Step One: Gather Patterned paper and cardstocks. 

I try to focus on a three color scheme, with the same intensity and then use neutrals to flesh out the kit. Sometimes I begin this process with a single paper that has inspired me and sometimes its a color scheme. In this case, it started with that colorful alpha numeric paper in the bottom right corner.

The colors that jump out at me are the blue, red and yellow, plus neutrals of black, kraft and off-white. This is actually an older set of pictures, so you will notice a lot of the older papers in the mix.

You will notice I have two red, two blue, two yellow, two black…essentially more than one option of a color to work with when I get creating with the kit.

Step Two: Flat embellishments and stickers. 

This could include journal cards, stickers, borders, die cuts…pretty much anything that is flat. I happen to LOVE letter stickers and thickers, so my kits have a lot of those.

Again, there is a mix of my key colors – blue, yellow and red – plus neutrals as well as a variety of things to work with.

Step Three: Dimensional embellishments. 

I have a TON of dimensional embellishments, but I am not a fan of bulky pages. SO, these are usually used sparingly. In some kits, I add ton of them, and in some I do not. In this case, I pulled some tags, older chip board shapes, a variety of buttons and some washi tape.

The final step is to put it all together into a container of some sort…I happen to use 2 gallon zip lock bags for storage because they don’t add any EXTRA bulk and they are inexpensive to replace when they wear out.

If you are interested in creating your own kits and/or getting some inspiration, here are some additional (and in some cases very in-depth) resources:

Paper Crafter’s Corner – Build Your Own Scrapbook Page Ktis

Pretty Paper, True Stories (Shimelle) – How Do You Make AScrapbooking Page Kit - Creating Your Own Scrap Kits

And if you want to create a kit a month and then scrapbook with it immediately (including inspiration for making your own papers, embellishments and other fun challenges!)– check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

Happy Kitting!

Peace, ya’ll!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

From 44 (thousand ft)

I'm tackling the  PERSPECTIVE layouts from this amazing Scrapbooking From the Inside Out July Kit over on their blog today:

Head on over and take a look at the Story behind the Art on the SFTIO Blog:

Life is indeed good from 44 (thousand ft)!

Peace, ya'll!