Friday, November 17, 2017

Layout Share

Oh photos.  The most difficult thing that I deal with as a scrapbooker is not that I don't like the pages that I create, but that I don't like the quality of the photos that I can get out of my editing software.  I know, I know.  If I improve my photography skills I won't have to rely so heavily on editing to fix my pictures.  Most of the time the photos are better but they still need to be tweaked.  And many of the photos that I use are from years ago from before I even began to scrapbook or owned a digital camera so those are really crap!  

Why am I talking about this today?  

This layout.....


and this one...


in addition to these 2 other pages.....



Would all make me so much more happy if I could get my dang photos to edit right!  The last 3 aren't so bad but the first one ugghh.  The photos came off of Instagram and they were impossible!  My friends, I will be taking a photo editing class soon.  For reals because this cannot go on.  Anywho.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Totally Doable Scrappy Ideas

Sometimes I look at my supplies or my inspiration and the first thought that comes into my head is "I can't do anything with that" or "I can't do that".  Most of the time I'm dead wrong!  So much can be done with the supplies and inspiration in front of me that it's mind boggling!!  And most of the time it doesn't require a ton of time or effort, just a little imagination.  That's something we scrapbookers have by the ton:) eh.

Create a fun pattern with your fun patterns.  Totally inspired by this page by Stacy Cohen.  I decided to use the striped patterned paper as my base.  I popped the circles up and turned the stripes sideways to make them stand out.  I really liked her column design so stuck closely to that.  The edges of each circle are inked with black ink to make them more noticeable against the dark background of the paper...





Mix white and cream to create interesting layers and help dark photos stand out.  These photos had a lot of people, movement, bright colors, dark backgrounds.  In other words, a whole lot going on!   It was a party at an arcade so there were not going to be any good pictures coming out with my point and shoot camera so we had to work with what we got right?  My nephew had the best time though:)  He thought it was the best party ever.  I took my cue from the paper and used both white and cream layered together to create some drama and to help brighten up the photos a bit.  The bright colors and stark whites really helped......





Use large elements as part of the background and as part of the title.  My husband and I have been together for more than 20 years and while they have not been 20 perfect years, they have been very good ones.  I just love how this page came out.  The "0" of 20 was the perfect place for our photo and some clusters of embellishments to highlight it.  The rest of the title also fits perfectly underneath the photo.... 




You don't always have to fussy cut to create impact.  Pretend that you did by cutting paper into shapes and using leftover embellishments to decorate.  I have these terrible Christmas morning photos of my littlest opening gifts and our tree.  These photos are important because it was our first Christmas in this house all together as a family again after living in 2 separate states for 2 years.  It was simple to make "presents" with Christmas papers than top them with bows and other decorations.  They take some of the attention away from how terrible the photos are while still keeping the focus on the purpose of the page (long journaling on the back of the page).....





Thanks for stopping by and happy Tuesday!



Friday, November 10, 2017

October by the Numbers

Not a bad month if the numbers tell the truth.  Along with everything that I was able to create, I also made a decision about how I am going to keep the number of completed albums in my house from getting out of control.  Since I don't love all of the pages that I create and there are some that aren't important to our family story, I'm going to keep scrap boxes instead albums.  The boxes will hold those pages that I don't love but don't want to toss or pages that have been redone but that I still like the original pages and want to keep them too.  

I rescrap photos all of the time so I have quite a few that are on more than one page.  Most of the time, when I reuse a photo it's because I didn't capture the story in the way I wanted to so I'm okay with redoing the page and archiving the duplicate or in some cases, duplicates:)  No shame in my game folks.  There are just some photos that I LOVE and will use over and over again!

OK.  The numbers.  In October I happily managed to:


  • Complete 46 layouts 
  •                      Use 90 pieces of patterned paper  
  •                      Use 29 packages of stickers & embellishments  
  •                      Use 44 pieces of cardstock  
  •                      Use up 2 - 6X6 pads and 1 roll of washi tape. 
That is almost as much as what I did for 3 months!  I think I did good:)  Let's hope I can keep it moving through the holidays eh.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Assembling Inspiration That Works

Variety is the key for me.  Even when I pin things, if I am going to use a pin as inspiration for a page, I have to print it out.  Weirdo alert:) right?  But it works for me.  I like the feel of paper in my hands and that habit probably won't change anytime soon.  

About a year or so ago I realized that all of my things were spread out all over my different spaces and that if there was an idea or something I needed to get my eyes on, it was not going to be found easily.  Office supply store to the rescue.  A simple white binder + a hole punch + a little discipline = a much better approach to my elusive inspiration accessibility issue.  

My system is crazy!  It starts with a list of starting points that get used the most and ends with me sitting down at my computer for about 30 minutes each week printing out and compiling what inspiration is going to get used with what product.  See.  Crazy:).  But it works for me.  I'll talk more about it (with some photos of it) and how I use it in my next few post.  

Last time I posted I talked about how I need a starting point.  The blank page just paralyzes my creativity most of the time but since creating the inspiration binder I've really been able to keep my mojo flowing and my hands busy with projects.  Like this one using a random cute photo of my girl.  Most of my pages seem to be about my girl but she is the only one of my kids that gets me regular photos!  I really like this shot of her.....


Stitching, filling big letters and white space are nothing new.  My Pinterest boards are filled with layouts using these techniques and I wanted to give it a try.  I love the black and white washi border, the RGBIVish paper behind my letters and the simpleness of the page.  

This page was about a super, incredibly hot day at Disney.  By the end of it we were done with Summer and ready for some cool weather lol.  The kids didn't even want to go outside it was so freaking hot!  


I normally get my sketch inspiration from pagemaps but here in the last couple of years I've been branching out.  Pinterest makes it so easy to find and credit sketch sites that i've gotten away from Becky's sketches a bit.  I still print them out every month though and always will.  Loyal fan here!  The #over summer page was made with a Studio Calico Sunday sketch from 2013.  

This page was born because I wanted to use my colored pencils to color the edges of a scallop:)  Randomness.  Gotta love it:)  These 2 were so excited to spend an entire day in their costumes and they were absolutely adorable.......


I will go back and cover up that phone with some journaling or a banner.  Something.  My main editing software is still out for the count so my photo quality is not good if a photo has to be cropped or manipulated too much.  This will probably not change until my husband and I can agree on what type of computer to get next.  We are trying to decide if we should bite the learning curve bullet and just get a Mac.  

Is it wrong that I am in love with the Crate Paper Wonder Alpha's on this page and that is the first thing I think about when I look at it?  I'm sure that feeling will fade with time and the focus will go back to Q's decision to go to this college over all of the others he had to choose from.....


I seriously can't believe it's Wednesday already folks!  Thanks for stopping by and happy Humpday!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scraplifting 101

Scraplifting does not always mean that a layout is copied exactly.  Most of the time when I scraplift, it is through placement, technique or color scheme.  Sometimes an idea is so brilliant that it has to be copied exactly and that's okay but the reason that most people share what they do is to inspire others.  And this girls always inspired lol.  I have about 25,000 pins on my Pinterest board that I want to try:)

I have a serious "fear of the blank page syndrome" and many times will get stuck if I try to start with just supplies.  But if I have a plan to start with, it goes much easier for me.  Usually, my scraplifted pages look nothing like their parents.  And that is because it is truly about a color idea or a placement or maybe how someone used an embellishment or technique in a certain way.  

Of course, I do have my own ideas and use them all the time.  But I make so many pages and have so many pages to make that I really want to create as many layouts as humanly possible before I go to the big LSS in the sky.  Just sayin....

This page was just a simple L shaped design with clusters.  A classic design that requires no thought for me.  This design works with most papers and most embellishments.  No scraplifting required.......



This page was scraplifted.  The original is pinned here and is by Sasha Farina.  Her hand stitching is fantabulous and I have been wanting to get better at that.  Yeah no.  I ended up ditching the hand stitching attempt and just machine stitching.  But her placement, circles and embellishment clusters were exactly the thing for this layout.  She does not do mixed media and her pages are typically clean and simple so you can really see in the differences between what I did and what she did on the original page, how you can pick and choose which ideas from a page you will use and how.......



All of the supplies came from my August 2017 Hip Kit Club.  

I had never done a mixed media sketch before.  It was kinda fun.  This is the sketch I used.....


sketchabilities #109





































This is my page.....




The supplies are from my May 2017 Hip Kit Club.   

My final scraplift of the day.  This page is by Vicky Chrisman I think and I really liked how she placed the orange paper and the photo.  That's what I lifted.  I know right!  Not a lot but a perfect example of how just having a starting place can get you moving and result in what turned out to be my favorite page of the day.......



Used more stuff from my Hip Kit.  This time all the things came from August 2017.

Hubby had an eye appt yesterday so being that I am an amazingly fantastic wife.  Yes, I had errands to run;)  I got to stop at Michael's and pick up a couple of things.  Like this tape runner border thing that is very new to me but looks cute and easy to use......  

Me and My Big Ideas - Create 365 Collection - Planner - DecoPen - Decorative Tape - Rainbow Hearts

Has anyone tried it?  If you have I would love to hear your thoughts good bad or ugly.  


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hump Day!

We saw so many cute ghouls and goblins last night and it was so nice to see kids out filling the night with laughter and life.  Hope you had a great Halloween too:) 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Using Too Pretty To Use Supplies

I don't know about you but I find myself putting aside bits, bobs, paper and pretties all the time because they are so "pretty" that I KNOW there is a better project to use them on than the one that I am working on right now.  Really Shere?  What Project is that?  Guess what, the pretties don't ever get used or even looked at again most of the time.  They just get shoved back into the stash lol.  That habit is a changin:)  I am making a pinky swear to use all of the pretties right away from now on out!  No more hoarding!!

To give myself credit, I am much better about this than I used to be.  When my new orders come in they go straight into the rotation instead of straight into the stash!  Saving for later used to be my thing.  Now, it's not unusual to see 1999 Basic Grey on a page with some 2017 Paige Evans.  

Like on this Christmas Page.  It has some really old Basic Grey along with some classic My Minds Eye, October Afternoon and Little Yellow Bicycle (a little Shimelle too:)) sprinkled with the brand spanking new Pink Fresh Studios and Fancy Pants Christmas collections.....



I love that about most of the pages that I'm sharing today.  They have supplies on them that I had been holding on to because I still loved them and wanted to use them.  At the time that they were purchased my mindset was to wait for the perfect project to use that collection/paper/embellishment/whatever.  

This page has a beautiful fussy cut rose from a really old Basic Grey paper.  I used 3 different washi tapes layered under my patterned paper strips on this page for a fun effect.  Love the thread peeking out from under the rose too.......



Purple paint.  Purple is my favorite color but I don't use it much.  Except I have about 25 bottles of purple acrylic paint.  Not even joking here.  Thankfully it is turning out to be a really good neutral color when it's thinned and used to splatter like this.  Who knew?  Not me when I bought it all lol.  Again, very old products mixed very well with very new.  Can you spot the new stuff?  This is not a favorite page but guess what?  It's going into the album.....



I did lots of layering on these pages.  Love it!  This one is from my July 2017 Hip Kit.  I like the fun sprinkle of embellishments down the side of the page.  Seriously.  That typewriter was definitely going into the donate bin but as I was making this page it caught my eye.  I think it looks great on this page and that spot is the perfect place for it......



I did it yall!  I updated this page with the journaling:)  Love it even more....... 



So glad you could stop by and see me on this beautiful Tuesday!  Hope you are having a lovely day😊

Monday, October 30, 2017

Zeroing In On Inspiration

and how it inspires me, why it inspires me, when it inspires me.  All of these whatsits helps me stay productive.  When I say productive, I mean productive!  I've created more pages over the last couple of years than I have since I began scrapbooking back in 2000.  

I gave myself permission to be okay with scraplifting and sharing the work that I was creating in classes as my own (giving credit of course) because, at the end of the day, it is mine.  The ideas belong to the creator of the class or original page, but the work to create the page, select the photos, products, embellishments, etc.  That belongs to me.  I gladly place the pages in my albums with my very deepest gratitude to the generous talents who are willing to so freely share their work.  Thanks to you my albums are full and I am creating.  

I had stalled for a very long time.  Admittedly, life was busy and there was not much time for hobbies.  Life still gets extremely busy but the difference between then and now is that now I make time because I really, really, really want to keep making stuff.  It's that important to me.  

Sometimes the ideas are all mine....


My niece recently took a trip to visit my daughter and man did my girl show her a good time:)  Box seats at a Yankees game, theater tickets, fancy brunches.  Nice.......


Other times I will see a page whose design completely inspires me......




This page was made with the August 2017 Hip Kit......


Between my husband and my daughter, we have hundreds of photographs that can be used to tell stories that I want to record about our family so having a little help goes a long way towards helping me feel like I am making progress.  

Nothing like making progress on a Monday right?  Thanks for stopping by and hope you had a really fantastic start to your week!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adding More Style To My Pages

One of the two main reasons that I've been pulling apart many of the pages that I created when I first started scrapbooking is that I really want to add more style to the pages that I create.  Documenting and storytelling as the main goal is fine but that does not mean that it can't be pretty as well.  Pretty is what makes this a hobby for me.  Otherwise, my photos could just get stuck in a box with a note on the back for future generations to look back on. 

For me,  right now, it's all about making our stories come to life.  Bringing the smiles before you even know the whosits or the whatsits.  Decorating our life memories so that every single time we look at one of our pages (yes, even though I make the pages, they are ours) the moment comes back almost as real as when we lived through it.  I don't know if that statement makes a bit of sense.  What I do know is that although photos make me happy, my scrapbook albums with page after page of illustrated stories swell in my chest and make me go back in time. 

How am I adding this style you might be asking?  One way is with more dimension.  My pages used to be very flat.  Flat colors, textures, journaling and flat photos.  Now I use bolder colors in more interesting ways.  Cream with white or navy with blue to create interesting shadows without creating a ton of bulk.  I sew on my pages.  My photos are better lit and more candid.  I don't tell my kids to stop what they're doing and smile for the camera.  Like the photo on this page about the day my daughter sent me a random text saying that she was at the starting line of a marathon getting ready to start.  The picture doesn't even feature her face.  But it sparked a long conversation between my daughter and I and later lots of my thoughts before bed focused on how bold she is when it comes to doing the things she wants to do.  Later still, this page.....


I also add style by not boxing my pages in.  There are so many shapes out there and so many ways to use them!  My kids know how much I love Disney so they will send me random photos of Disney stuff along with a text or a call about how it's not a sign that we should take our next family vacation there lol.  It is such a random thing but important to me.  I documented it by using triangles to point to this random picture of Disney balloons that one of the kids texted me.....



I could go on and on but I won't.  Since I started to scrapbook with more "style", I am much happier with the pages that I create and with the time that I spend creating.  Why do this if its boring?  Even if it is important family history preservation.  Saving family memories can be done with a box and a notepad in its simplest form.  What I do takes hours so I have to love both the process and the results.    

My last 2 pages to share are both Disney pages.  Shocking right?  Tree of life.  Still blows my mind every single visit..... 



One more page to go before I'm done with my August Hip Kit.  This is the next to last and I'm just about done with all of the paper even though there are still a ton of embellishments and alphas left.  Oh, the alphas.  They are really becoming an issue!  I actually had to use the packaging for the background here.  It was cute so it can't count as a hardship:).  I'm going to print the journaling and place it above the "love this" later.  I'll post another photo of this page with the journaling tomorrow.  Maybe.  This page is so festive it may not need journaling......




Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic Day!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catching Up On Kits

For a minute it was on my mind to cancel my Hip Kit Club subscription.  The main reason being the fact that I am 2 months behind.  In the past, when I had subscribed to other kit clubs I would let them sit in the box month after month after month untouched until finally I'd break them apart and add the contents to my stash.  This time had to be different.  And so far it has been.  Every month most of the kit gets used almost all up with the exception of a few embellishments and alphabets.  I don't use near enough alpha's but that's a story for another day!

A couple other BIG reasons I'm considering ending my sub are that they use the same manufacturers and color schemes over and over again.  Which could be good but has gotten a little boring for me.   I'm sitting on the decision until January to see how it goes. 

Don't get me wrong, I've gotten a lot of pages out of my kits.  They are beautiful, they are usable and the design team offers a ton of inspiration.  I even normally get about 10 layouts per kit completed, so they are getting well used.  Not only are the kits well used with the product that they send, there are plenty of leftovers for me to add to my stash or to the giveaway box that I plan to do at the end of the month every month.  It's just that well, they are becoming meh and maybe I can get better bang for my bucks elsewhere is what's on my mind.  But we'll see.  

During the great 12 layout making event Sunday, I realized that I only had 2 pages left to do from my August Kit.  That means that today or tomorrow this sister can start making pages with her September kit.  Just in time for November to be shipped right?  LOL:)

All that being said, let's get to some pages, shall we.  Can we have a moment of silence for the greatness that is Disney?  It is truly amazing!!!  All but one of the layouts that I'm sharing feature photos from one trip or the other so I just may be biased.  I haven't worked with Prima type flowers in a while.  They are amazing on this page and with this Webster's Pages paper....



I'm not sure what Woody was telling the kids but apparently, he had done something pretty amazing because he had them all completely focused on him & eating up his every word.....




Can't have a Halloween page without googly eyes:).  This day was amazing.  Super long, super amazing.  Most of us dressed up (both the adults and the kids) in a combination of homemade, store-bought and everything in-between costumes.  So fun to see the entire family enjoying themselves like this.....


Last not least a sweet page about my now high school aged niece looking adorable at a park playdate......


Happy Humpday Everyone and Thanks for Stopping By!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Quarter Of A Goal

That's what I achieved on Sunday lol.  I got 4 pages completely done and 1 almost done.  I'll take it even if it wasn't 12.  One fun thing about scrapbooking for a whole, entire day is that once you get into a groove, design decisions just start coming so easy!  The more I worked, the faster I worked.  Although my pages did seem to get simpler as the hour got later.  It was about 230 in the morning when I finally called it!

Some of the pages may get some more stuff added to them before they go into the albums but I'm not 100% sure about that.  They may just stay as they are.  Another thing that I noticed is that along with the lesser amount of embellishing, I didn't journal as much either.  Ugh!  Bad habits.  Bad, bad habits.  

Oh well, on to the layouts.  My niece decided to start running track last year.  Turns out she not only absolutely loves it,  she has a talent for it too.  I journaled about her journey right on the photo with an American Crafts Slick Writer......


More Disney photos.  The photo that I wanted to use for this page was too wide for the 2 mats that I wanted to use so I chose a good spot and cut the picture in half to use across both photo mats.  Fun times and that will happen again......


My husband and daughter.  It wasn't valentine's day but most of the words were appropriate so I ran with the paper.  The page talks about how their relationship has grown and changed over the years......


This page is a redo.  Trust me, that other page was not salvageable in any way, shape or form!  The photos came off of a layout that I did back in 2003 or so.  The original lo had 4 photos but I decided to only use 1 on this page.  This was a scraplift of this page on Pinterest.  The background was amazing as it was so I just changed the papers and a few of the details but otherwise followed the design pretty closely.......


My littlest little guy was such a sweet baby.  Oh how I miss those days sometimes.  

That's all for me tonight.  Thanks for stopping by!! 

P. S.   If you are interested in getting a box slammed full of scrapbook goodies, don't forget to leave a comment.  It doesn't have to be elaborate, just hey that stuff looks fun count me in:).  I'll contact you via email for your shipping details on Saturday or Sunday.  


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scrapbook Page Ambitions and A Giveaway

I have lofty goals for this sunny Sunday folks.  To get 12 scrapbook layouts done and out of my queue and to give away a huge box of fun scrapbook goodies.  A more fun to do list has never been created:)!  

The scrapbook page kits are ready to go and my plan is to just follow the script.  The script being the inspiration that I've already selected for the papers that have already been matched.  I get bored super easy so my inspiration has to be varied.  It must be or this girl will be done with creating!  I've picked classes, sketches, blogs, pins, magazines, books and some of my own ideas as jumping off points.  I can do this!!!

And for the giveaway.  At the end of each month, I go through my stuff and destash.  There is enough loot to fill a USPS Regional Rate B box.  It is truly a mixed bag of products.  There is old stuff, new stuff, paper, embellishments, specialty papers and more.  A lot of the paper is from paper pads but there are quite a few sheets of regular manufacturer issue papers.  Here are a few photos:

A ton of embellishments some used, some new and never opened.....


There are at least 50 sheets of 12X12 papers that have not been cut.  Anna Griffin, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee (older lines) Shimelle, Webster's, 7Gypsies, KI and more.....


I'd say about 25 sheets of specialty paper is included as well.  Again, a lot comes from paper pads but some are manufacturer issued too....


If you are interested, just leave me a comment by Thursday, October 26th and I will pick at random and notify you by Sunday, October 29th.  Only in the continental United States please as shipping is too expensive everywhere else.  

Here's a look at some pages that were finished over the past few days.....



That paper is so, so thin!  I had to back it on cardstock for it to be usable but I just love the pattern!!....

The photo is not the best quality but it is such a good reminder of how well me and my sibling's kids get along despite the huge age differences between them.  The older kids get treated like rock stars sometimes bc the littles just adore them:).....



I'm on Paige's Pages #3 and still loving all of the inspiration!  Her ideas are so fun and full of life.  Amazing how she pushes these cute pages out of me.  Love her work!!!!......



I swear it seems as if I live the movie "Groundhog Day".  Week after week, hour after hour the very same chores and to-dos.  It can feel never-ending and I find that I have to remind myself that ordinary is a blessing.... 



I hope to share the pages from today on Pinterest and on the blog sometime next week.  I plan to scrap them all without photos and add photos later.  I don't know why that is the speediest process for me but it is.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a Super Sunday!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's Fall Yall!

Yesterday it was summer.  Okay, not really but it felt like it.  But today it really feels like fall.  The highs are out of the 80's and 90's.  Thank Cheese.  The trees are starting to color and the new fall shows have been running for a couple of weeks now.  We've been so busy that we are behind the curveball on TV.  Way behind.  But with cold weather setting in it shouldn't take us too long to catch up.  Last night we watched the first episode of the new Star Trek and can I just say Oh My.  I think I'm gonna like it:)

The husband told me that he has to go out of town on business for a few days soon and that means that some Outlander binge watching catch up just might be in my future.  Just saying.  It may happen.  Unless he decides to watch it with me without asking me to commit to Love & Hip Hop or Real Housewives.  THAT would be a no go.  I can watch about 2 minutes of those train wrecks before my eyes start to roll to the back of my head.  Ugh!

Yesterday was scrapbook layout happiness for me, today is about half & half.  Some I love.  Some I like.  This one I love!  I have about 15 bottles of spray mist on my desk so I decided to put them all to use.  Every single one of them.  It was so easy to spatter each color randomly on the page with no thought put into whether the color would match or not.  Seriously full of joy about the results.  It looked so good in the end that I'm going to do a page using the exact same method and not put anything on top of it just so that the splatter is visible.  It came out that pretty.  All of the other supplies are from my August Hip Kit with the exception of the felt balls.  The kit came with some but the tiny ones from my stash are more to my liking.....




Mixed media on kraft cardstock?  The jury is still out on whether this worked or not.  Kind of digging the smokey smudgy look but eh the page is done and either I will grow to love it or I won't.....




Also not sure if I love the chunky black glitter detail in the corners either....



That circle paper from Carta Bella's Trick or Treat line is so, so pretty!  Loved working with it!!  My nephew's cute little face wasn't hard to work with either:).....




Lots and lots and lots of journaling on this page.  I've had this notebook paper journaling card in my stash for a dog's year waiting for the perfect project.  Every now and then that works out because this is that project.  I have a lot to say about my girl, this trip, how she uses her camera to document our lives, how present she is now etc......



This is from Ginny Hughes' "From A to Z" class at BPC.  Still loving the classes yall!  Highly recommend taking them if you want to get out of a slump!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!