Thursday, September 11, 2014

Play Time - gallery inspiration

This was done for a challenge where I was given a layout as inspiration. The person who chose a layout found out pretty quickly that I don't like white space on my pages. It's not that I don't like it, I'm just not very good at leaving white space.  I LOVE filling the area around photos with designer papers and/or embellishments..... clear to the edge of the layout.   Hence my challenge!! Make a page with white space. 
My twist was to use buttons, well let me tell you that wasn't hard, I have button and more buttons some (like the dark green) are probably 50 years old while others only two or three years. 

I started with a sheet of white (yes it is white) card stock, I cut a large square in the center then adhered pieces of pink and white checked patterned paper. So it would all lay nicely I added another sheet of card stock behind those two layers.  Then I dug around in my scrap files to find papers that would coordinate with the colors in the photo and cut them into 2 inch squares, from those squares I cut off the corners at a 45 degree angle.  There is probably a much faster way of getting my octagons but I was watching a movie at the time so doing the fussy cutting was not big deal.  

Once I got all the pieces cut I adhered them to the checked square then sewed through the center of each row of octagons with the last row a zigzag pattern for another challenge. 
Then it was time to pick out buttons. Again I went with colors that coordinated with the photos.
The sentiment strips are from MME heirloom alpha & word stickers. The title was cut with a Cricut and pieced together with the flower and butterfly added.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Day With Cindy

Each day at Disney World starts and ends within sight of Cinderella's castle! What better way to spend the day than with a Princess, we saw her and Prince Charming in the day time parade then ate dinner in the castle with the Fairy godmother and mice. Then there are the multitude of nighttime photos of the castle to be scrapped.
Scrapping the parade pages bring back pleasant memories of that memorable day!  
 Scrapping these pages also adds new memorable moments when using old as well as new trendy techniques. I sprayed Prima's color bloom, tea stain on the bg paper, with lime wedge and soft teal on the flowers and vine circle (Blue Fern) with a bit of Rangers Faded jeans inked onto the flower edges.
 For the paper bird cage I cut the two layers from a Cricut cartridge (Straight From the Nest) then slightly bent the layers before I adhered them together forming a dimensional cage.   
One of my favorite techniques is to use a stencil with embossing paste on the background paper. There are so many stencils out right now that I could easily over indulge in budget purchasing all my favorites!!

I am beginning to believe you could make a whole album out of each event at Disney World.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hallo, is That You?

Two posts in the same month!
I am finding working on Disney pages is just about as much fun as actually going there, at least when it has been many years since our last visit.  I find there are advantages to waiting at time before I start scrapping certain events like the availability of these Simple Stories Disney theme papers. I purchased them early this year and find them absolutely marvelous with so many options when you are designing a page. 

 There is only one special technique that went into designing this page, that is the the paper pieces rabbit. I cut it with A Cricut and Pooh & Friends cartridge.  He came out pretty cute if I do say so myself.  The only addition was a little Copic blending around the ears and shadows at elbow and feet. Subtle but effective upon closer inspection.   


Monday, August 18, 2014

Has it Been a Year??

A lot has happened in the year since my last post, but that is all in my personal life and not of much interest to those that don't know me.  
The one thing that has not changes is I have continued to scrap like mad with over 150 pages done so far this year. One of my main areas of interest has been with mixed media. I know, there is VERY little on this page, just a little misting done with Prima's Color Bloom.  

I have purchased several brands of misting inks over the years and while I have always been enamored with the effects you can achieve, Color Bloom is the only brand I have been able to use with success!  Maybe it is because of the shape of the bottle which allows me to spray at an angle that works.

The design for this layout was inspired by a single page that I saw on Pintrest, I expanded it into a two page layout using lots of horded items that I had put in a "Disney" bin then forgot about.  Iy's a good thing Disney never goes out of style!!  

The stars were cut using Cricut machine with Pooh and Friends cartridge. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves have not begun to fall this year, not just yet. In fact if the rain does not quite or at least slow down we will have a bumper crop of leaves when it is all said and done. Also, the leaves don't fall around here until the Spring when the live oaks loose their leaves as the new ones come on the trees.  Not like in NJ where there is a plethora of those fall beauties! Does one ever forget the memories of raking big piles to play in?? 

How about a newly discovered technique? New to me and one I missed the first time it was posted on SCS. It's called faux barn board and is done with acrylic paint, white glue, and dye re inkers. How easy is that?
 I used just a bit of the barn board on the first page of this layout, in the title!
 I was at a one day crop yesterday, and while I did not get as many pages done in one day as I normally do at a three day crop, I did manage to make paper using that faux board technique, color several images for later card making or layout embellishments.
While working with the limited supplies I had take with I found I did not have brick paper in the shade I needed........ my creativity starts to slow down after several hours of continual coloring/cropping!
So I started  looking to see if I could find any brick in the right shade, a long shot at best. Then I began walking around looking at what others were working on, not really thinking of anything. When I sat down again and looked at my paper, it dawned on me that I could color the paper with ink.

As you can see I used a lot of ink for this layout. First on the background paper, then the leaves, then the "brick" wall. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Speedy Recovery!!

I was able to get my hand on this newest stamp set from Flourishes called  Happy Thoughts. I was needing a get well/ hope your feeling better, type card card for a dear friend. I also wanted to make a fresh, new card. I mean, I have not stamped in 8 months and all the cards I have left are at least that old and older!

The card is new but that can't be said for anything else used on the card, except for the stamp set itself.  I still have plenty of supplies to put to good use. Like the Copic collections, Flourishes white card stock, Bazzill card stock, pearls, Spellbinder dies, Silhouette cut file (sentiment square), embossing folder, and the little bits of seam binding ribbon that coordinate with the paper and ink.  
I changed the floral design just a bit. I rearranged the flowers slightly to give me a "fuller" bouquet on the left side.  Even in nature I tend to shy away from flowers that are sparse. I know thats the way certain flowers grow, but hey, if I can make my flowers any color I want, why I can make them "grow" anyway I want!!

I airbrushed the circle with Copic  E 11 and E33. I stamped the image right over the earth colors with Memento Black and colored the flowers with B21, B23, B34, B45. The stems are G14 with a touch of YG17.  At You Spica lipstick was used on the little fuzzy things.
Spellbinder classic and eyelet circles were used. The eyelet square is a background design re-sized to fit the sentiment and cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a peacock feather embossing folder for the blue strip. The last additions were the pearls and seam binding ribbon.

First card for 2013!! Don't know yet if it will be my last.  As of to date I have completed 120 scrap pages with many more to come using pictures taken while in Montana! I have some beauties but then it's not hard with scenery in Yellowstone National Park!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Work

 I have been busy working on filling albums with all the layouts that I have done over the past couple of years by participating in the yearly scrap book goal at  . I have even given a brief thought to stating digital scrapping, but with a studio full of  supplies I need to use.......well, digi will have to wait. Especially when I still have issues with my mouse where any slight movement sometimes deletes all that I have created!

In the meantime, before the whole world goes digital, I have completed more pages the traditional way and with a little digital help. How, there are not many of use (if any at all) that do not use digital in some form or fashion on your layouts. If not the pictures by, taking,  editing,  then printing. Then again with photos & posting of the finished page. Not to mention the digital cutting machine accessories like I use on my pages.

I know, it sound like I might be trying to talk someone into going digital.  Not really, I am just aware that when it happens I will have at least a very small understanding of how it works.

For now, I am happy to have my hands in paper, ink, glue, and textiles.  I absolutely love to layer my papers with distressed, trimmed, or punched edges. It's a great way to get stability when using those light weight designer papers I have in my stash, and for me, it adds interest with textures as well as with designs. Plus it's a great way to use those papers you bought and just had to have and now you are wondering "What was I thinking" how am I ever going to use that in a layout!?!

For most of my distressed edges I use a Zutter Distrezz-it-all. I love how fast I can distress with it and the varied results I get, depending on the type of paper I use.  For the torn effect, I just start ripping the paper before distressing. 

I don't feel that I have a set style that defines my work. I love to try different techniques I have seen, use all sorts of elements on a page that add texture and interest.  Like the burlap on both of these pages. I was surprised to find different colors of the stuff in fabric stores. Guess that tells you how long it's been since I went fabric shopping!

I have been making some of my own embellishments with the use of cutting machines.  Both of the  titles are done that way as well as the sentiment frame in the top l/o  and palm trees in the bottom page.
On the beach page, I have added shells, shark teeth and sand dollar doves picked up along the shore. The card board is from corrugate  packing material that I pulled apart and painted with Gesso.  The light house was fussy cut from a coordinating sheet of paper and adhered to the main background.

Products used  A lot of the products I used I have been hording for months, if not years, so if you don't recognize some of them, then they have gone out of the stores. The Cricut and Silhouette images are still around.  

Easter Page:
Paper: Authentique; Magnificence, brown, navy blue, tan card stock scraps 
Ink: Memento; rich brown, SU; soft sky, Ranger distress; brushed corduroy
Paint: Jenni bowlin; (ranger) spice tin,  Tim Holtz; crackle paint- white
Stamps: Flourishes; Easter Blessing, Bo Bunny; texture stamps
Accessories: Cricut cart; When I was a Kid - framed sentiment, Silhouette; title & rabbit, blue burlap, corrugated cardboard

Beach Page:
Paper: Creation, card stock scraps in navy, brown, green, light teal
Ink: Ranges distress,  walnut stain
Paint: Gesso - painting medium
Accessories: Crucut Cart - Summer Vacation, gauze, burlap, corrugated cardboard
Found on the beach: shell, sharks tooth, sand dollar dove 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Just Dance

The title of the layout just about says it all.

I have long admired the Maja Design paper line that is manufactured in Sweden. That being said, you can imagine it is a little difficult to find it in the States. One, because there are so few scrapbook stores in my area. Two, since it is imported the price is more than double what I normally pay for other designer papers. But still....... the look is so divine.

I cut a portion of two edges off then fussy cut around the flowering branch to layer it over deep red card stock.  The whole layout was made following the guide lines for a progressive digital challenge where each week you receive instructions, or tasks, as what to add to the page.

Week one: 
1.  Add a background paper whatever you'd like. Keep in mind that only a 1/4" border of it will show after you...
2. Add a second paper on top of the first and reduce the size to 11.5" x 11.5".
3. Add one or two photos (no more). Place them about halfway down the page, but more to the right than centered. Add frame(s) to one or both photos.

 Week 2
1. Behind the photo(s) add 4-8 vertical or horizontal strips using a mix of patterned and plain papers. Slightly angle some and have them overlap each other a little.
2. Add a sprig of flowers or vine-type floral on top of the paper strips and/or behind the photo, If digital, be sure to add shadows where needed.
3. Add two (2) “stamps” to the page. They can be small or larger— ‘object’ stamps or paint splats/designs, anything you like.

Now it starts becoming a little more difficult adding layers of items to your page and taking pictures without adhering anything to your paper.  One gust of wind just as I was ready to snap, and everything blew off the page!

 Week 3
1. Add a string or other similar object (loose ribbon, thread, hemp, etc.) with a little charm or other object attached to it. You can use a pre-made item with the charm/item already attached or take a charm and a string and try blending the two so it looks like the string is realistically threaded through the charm loop.
2. Use a piece of washi tape or other tape somewhere on the page.
3. Add a date.

 Week 4
Add a title, journaling and one more embellishment. Then your page is complete!

My last embellishment is the silhouette dancer, cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Love that machine.  The title was cut with my Cricut. I am learning to love that machine all over again since I have been using it for challenges for the last two months.  

With this lovely photo of my grand daughter taken for her senior dance recital when she danced her solo to the music by the same name.   JUST DANCE!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Old and New Memories

In keeping with my desire to regularly update my blog, here are a few of the most current pages I have done. I do not scrap in chronological order, I scrap as the  mood or inspiration hits me. That is mind I have a couple of new pictures and one that is older.

This layout is, in part, one of the newest memories and using old & new elements from my stash.  This was taken at the Virgina Aquarium while on a short vacation this spring.

First off, I have no idea how I was able to capture this picture with a digital camera!! But there are a couple of possibilities. 1.  I was shooting in a darkened room with no flash so the extra exposure time allowed for another person to walk into the picture.  2. Because the image on the left seems to be holding their arm in the same manor as the image on the right, have the same color of shirt, and with something in their hand about the same size, I thought I might have moved the camera enough to get what appears to be a double image of the same person. Either way I thought it would make an  interesting layout. 

The old elements on here was the use of some of that mulberry paper that I have had in my stash for at least 10 years. My next layout is of a few of the flowers that bloom in the yard each year.

I purchase various items for use when designing layouts, I don't always have a project in mind when I purchase them but I figure I will find a use for everything I have.  In this case it was the vinyl overlay placed behind the photos.

The last layout was done for a challenge to use all white, or various shades of white.  
White on white makes it hard to see in pictures, but is it quite stunning IRL. Especially with that black and white picture. I cut, punched, ripped, and distressed most the paper on this page.  There is a layer of off-white mulberry paper that had holes in the design. I love it for the texture it adds.

Hope you enjoy looking.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's About time

For those of you that still check out my site every now and then, I thank you.  As you can see I have not had what it takes to keep my blog updated.  Like I had mentioned in previous posts, I am focusing on scrapbooking in 2013 and as I post those on two other public sites I find I just have not posted here too.
I have been debating on closing down my blog altogether as I don't know when or if I will be posting on a regular bases again.  I certainly don't like going to blogs that are not kept updated and neither does anyone else.  So............ I will have to make a decision soon, then go about finding out you actually go about closing down or deleting  altogether.  I may give it one more shot by posting my scrap pages with just a few details on how I might have gone about designing one or two elements on a page.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Christmas Vacation...

It has been quite some time since I have last posed anything on my blog.  I am sorry if you had come to my blog vie a link, expecting to find cards.   I had given a lot of thought to just closing down this blog as I post most, if not all of my pages on SplitCoast in their scrapbook thread and post to some of the challenges on   I have not made a final decision yet but I am also well aware that I have lost a number of followers when I quit posting, then stopped Flourishes design team.  I hope you will take a moment to look through a day in my like.

Those of you that have a blog are well aware of how much time it takes to maintain a well read site. I had found my daily life had become more stressful than I wanted for my retirement years so I gave it all up to return to my first love in paper crafting....... scrap book pages.

What better place to start the renewal of my blog than with pages for the renewal of my kitchen. For these two pages I have chosen one of the sketch challenges from SCS, then used the same simple design for the title page.    Would you believe my grandkids enjoyed tearing down the wallpaper from the lower wall??  It was a good thing they started the job, because I don't know if we would have finished it once we found out how hard it was to remove the paper.  I think super glue was used to adheare to the paper to the wall.

While creating the layout I found two things of importance...... one, a simple bit of texture like the embossing on a single strip can bring  interest and action to a flat feeling page. Two, DON'T spend a whole day trying to make a preconceived design fit the layout when a very simple solution is as close as changing the direction of just one element. In this case the oval frame was changed from a vertical orientation to horizontal.

The only other embellishments are a few pearl strips from Kaiser and flowers by Petaloo. 

We started the kitchen redecorating the end of December,  three months later the end is almost here and what a change you will begin to see in the next layout.  

Thank you for stopping by

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Define Good!

Define good; getting 140 scrap book pages done in 2012........... Oh, well, that is not what I had in mind when picking a title for these two pages, but it works for me! 
I am very close to completing a album from the last time my son's and their families were able to make it home for the holidays. I thought it would be fun to flip through the book during their visit in a few weeks. 

I have used the coordinating papers from the My Minds Eye Signature paper pad. The paper is as old as the photos but hey it's going to be DONE. Done, using card stock from scraps and embellishments that have been in my stash for some time.  

The title I did using my Silhouette, and the corner and fancy tag bling came from Want2Scrap and Petaloo florals.

I have downloaded a ton of Christmas Silhouette files, my camera a loaded with room for 800 pictures, I have the Christmas paper pad that I will be using for the 2012 Christmas photos. I am ready for Christmas!! Wait, I have shopping to do yet ( how come men don't do the Christmas shopping?? He cleans house so it's all good! ) then wrap it all up.

Next year starts a new goal for scrapping and new challenges on SCS.