Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Layouts Galore!

Over the weekend I participated in the Paper Issues Online "Spring Crop".  They have several challenges that were very interesting and fun.  I absolutely LOVED it because it allowed me to pull out some of my hoarded supplies and use them together with new photos.

The first page I'm sharing below is fully loaded with Dear Lizzy product.  I just love the Neapolitan collection she designed and it was the perfect fit for a photo of myself and Giovanni sharing an ice cream.  I am not sure if you noticed or care, but at the bottom of the 12x12 pages there is always a strip of paper labelled by the name of the designer and the paper.  Most of the time this strip of paper comes with a pattern that is not always introduced in 12x12 version, but does work great with the collection.  I like to use those as "fillers".  Meaning, pieces that I add, that serves a dual purpose.  For the page below I used a end-strip to not only ground my photo on the page, but also to add my journaling; since it was a dark grey striped paper.  I love the look of hidden journaling on pages.

This second page started out messy.  I used a brick wall stencil and several colored sprays by different manufacturers, mainly Heidi Swapp and Studio Calico.  The challenge was named "Rainbow" and it prompted crafters to use at least 5 colors of the rainbow in ROYGBV order.  I was able to do just that on this layout.  I ended up cutting an additional piece of white card stock (at an angle, because I strategically wanted to cover two things.  1 - the fact that not all the bricks were the same length on the page (for some reason I kept moving the stencil further down the closer I got to the right side of the page), and 2 - the fact that I did not size the colors evenly and ended up with too much purple, which needed to be strategically (there goes that word again!) covered with my two photos.  I really had a blast with this one.  I was able to pull out my very organized-by-color diecuts box and arrange the pieces in such a way that it provides dimension and color-sequencing.  The diecuts range from Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup and Amy Tangerine.  Also, I chose to add my fur-babies to this layout because when I think of Rainbows, I think of the story of Noah, who built an arc and after it rained for 40 days and nights, he received a symbol and confirmation that God will never again destroy the planet earth by rain.  So this is my very own arc of pets.  A malti-poo and a bunny... and I just may and a cute little piggy too one day!

Image may contain: textThe Paper Issues Spring Crop is open until March 26th.  I plan to complete each and every challenge, just because I found them to be so fun, it helped me tap into my missing mojo and I am actually using the products I once loved and forgot about.

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The best part is, if you use the code "UNICORN" in their shop, you will receive 30% off your purchase!

Thanks for checking in and be sure to return for more 12x12 layouts that I created over the weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I turned 43!
More than a month ago!!
So I'm practically 43.5 now!!
Because the older I get, the faster it happens!!!
[what's with the exclamation marks?!?!!?]

To be honest, for me, inspiration does not come from the collection.  Contrary to how many others may choose to scrapbook, I don't first decide on a collection and then find a photo to match that style or color.  I first choose my photos (the ones I'm most interested in documenting), and then dig through my stash for what will blend well.  I try to stick to one company, so that when I'm #hashtagging away I won't have to add so many on Instagram, but it's difficult, because I want to give everyone their fair share of time and space in my pages.

Now there are not instances, that browsing through online shops I come across a collection that's just amazingly beautiful, that I must have, not thinking of any photos that will work well with the line, but there is always a photo waiting to be taken that will be the perfect match.

[Or if you're like me, you'll be that mom that makes the photo happen by looking for backgrounds and making sure your family wears a specific outfit that you know is going to set the stage for an awesome photo. ] 

Either way I'm not that creatively strategic when it comes to building my pockets.

For this set of photos, however, I did try to stick to My Mind's Eye "HOORAY", which was difficult because the 4x6 card is random and some of the chipboard stickers are from Simple Stories / Carpe Diem.  I also used their sticker sheet and clear stickers to help complete the burst of confetti fun on this layout.
The clear stickers that say "hello 43" are actually 3 stickers different stickers from 2 different companies.  Simple Stories & Making Memories.  If you look at "hello" with the double lines it is 1 sticker.  What I did is I cut the word apart from the double lines and placed the numbers in between, otherwise it was going to look a little odd.  I like having the freedom to play around with the original item to get the desired look I need/want.

There are occassions I share more crafty photos on my Instagram, than my blog, so if you care to take peeks at what I'm up to just click here.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Counter-Clockwise Forwards In Reverse.

This week I make a tough decision to put aside my worrying about the items that I missed documenting in 2015, which enabled me to create a cover page in my current 6x8 Simple Stories SNAP! album.  I used mostly Elle's Studio 3x4 cards, but as you know I like to mix it up with different designers and companies.

My plan is to work counter-clockwise, forwards in reverse... is what I'm calling it.  I will do current pocket layouts as I go back in time.  There are a few photos I've already printed, tucked ravagely in a Target Dollar Spot accordion file folder, and are patiently waiting to be documented.  I would either use in my album or make mini TN layouts.

I came to the conclusion that the more I worry about the photos I have not yet scrapbooked, the more time I waste in not actually getting started doing so.  I'm not concerned about what goes where anymore.  I'm not thinking about chronological order.  The fact that I'm dealing with pockets allows my cards to move around if need be.  If I can work my way forward and backwards, I can knock them out at the same time, fill my album and be ready to scrapbook my 2016 December Daily by Labor Day... last year...
No judgements from you, right?!

If you go to the middle of my album you will find a July 2016 family movie date page and the very next page starts the new year.
I used two 4x6 cards from 2 different collections.  One is Project Life, the other is Simple Stories.  I added a few embellies from Elle's Studio, Amy Tangerine and American Crafts, and used one of my favorite NYE photos.  I have 1 other NYE photo to add, but as you know, things will get moved around, and oddly enough, I'm not sure I even have that one printed.

The page below is immediately following the one above, it's a double spread because there was much to document.  Our annual fair event is the highlight of our 21-Day-Fast Finale... hehe... next year I think I'll start the fast on Jan 2nd, to enjoy more days with that delicious PRETZEL!

I used yellows, mint/teals with accents of red, and mainly Elle's Studio cards.  I happen to be such a fan that I finally buckled and go on board with the subscription kit.  Other than the $10 IPSY sub I had a year ago, this will be the first one I try.  It will be my first scrapbook one I try.  I love all of their products, their stamps, acrylics, wood veneers (which I hate that they're kinda dying out), and alpha stickers, I may have doubles of each color.  So why not grab their anniversary deal which is running all month long?  You'll receive an exclusive set of cards and a pen.  It's all limited so I suggest you get started on your Elle's Studio journey.
I'm not stressed or anxious about my random scrapbooking.  As long as my phone records the dates, I'll be able to catch up at my own pace.

Stay tuned for another pocket page post this week!