Thursday, May 31, 2012

One Last Layout...

Before we say good-bye to May, I thought I'd squeeze in one last page from this month's scrapping. I made this for the Reader's Design Challenge over at Aussie Scrap Source and guess what - I won! 
The topic was balance and symmetry, as you may well have already guessed from this layout. I used Basic Grey's What's Up Collection and a little Mister Huey white mist. I'm also linking this up over at the Purple Mailbox. She's got a little end-of-the-month feature, Layout Love Linky, that runs until the end of June. Maybe you have something to add there?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Playing with Color: American Crafts Chap

The American Crafts Chap collection is a bit older, but you can still buy it online here. I really like the palette; rich colors that are not too bright. 
Here are the A sides of my papers....
...and the B sides. I challenged myself to combine the colors in completely different ways to create variety on my two layouts about our time in Connecticut.

Cream, yellow and red was the color palette for this page, with a few black accents. Adding in the black is a go-to technique for me. I use it all the time.

I made my own embellishments using my Cuttlebug and circle cutter. Emboss, cut, ink and assemble!

I went with traditional red,white and blue for this page. Seemed appropriate for a quaint New England town, but does not scream patriotic. I like that.

I did not make these cute pinwheels...
...but I did make this little embellishment to fill in the top of the page after my title. What are you scrapping this week? Are you challenging yourself in any way?  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May One Page Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog

I love long titles and had great fun with this one. I also love scrapping about my other favorite hobby! This is how I changed the sketch a bit:

  • rotated the orientation of the photos
  • added a third paper strip
  • ran the strips all the way across the page
  • used a smaller banner, and buttons instead of butterflies
  • added a patterned paper border to the page

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May Add On Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog.

This add-on sketch and my stamping supplies joined forces to create a fun custom embellishment on this page about my dear friend. 

I used Sketches for Scrapbooking 1-Page Sketches, Vol. 1 for my layout design. Here's how I varied the embellishment:
  • used a pinking border instead of a scallop
  • made the embellishment slightly larger
  • omitted one of the strips

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Two-Page Tuesday: Sketch Time

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog.

Absolutely no 12x12 patterned paper was harmed in the making of this two-page layout. My collection of 6x6 paper pads was all I needed!

Copper Harbor is Michigan's northernmost harbor. A beautiful location, but absolutely no cell phone service! I varied the sketch in 3 areas:

  • matted some of the photos
  • changed the embellishments
  • added hand stitching to the top and bottom of the layout

My Slice got a workout creating the custom embellishments. If I have multiple shapes or a specific image in mind, then I love using this tool.
If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Take Twelve: May 2012

Since May 12th fell on a Saturday, the suggestion from Ella Publishing was to document the weekend for Take Twelve this month. Sounds good to me! My journaling reads: 
"Weekends in May are usually busy. We plant our flowers and vegetables. My annual piano studio recital is always the third Sunday. Add that to chores and Sunday worship, and we have plenty to keep us busy in May!"
I chose spring colors from several Crate Paper collections and followed the photo strip design I've been using all along. You can view my other Take Twelve layouts under the Take Twelve in 2012 tab. It's right under the lilac bush!

Whether you are participating in Take Twelve or not, documenting the weekend is a great idea for a layout! Why not give it a try this Saturday and Sunday?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Using a Collection from Start to Finish

This month I challenged myself to select a recent purchase and scrap with it until there was practically nothing left, leaving me very little to add to my already plentiful stash.
I chose Echo Park's This and That Graceful line. I had purchased 5 sheets of patterned paper, the alphabet stickers and a brad set.
I started with a 2-page layout. No worries about not having enough paper, and I get to use a good chunk of it right off the bat. Like all my double spreads, I used a sketch to get started.
I pulled a few items from my stash to help complete the page. These letter stickers will now become part of my working kit.
The completed 2-page layout. This collection of photos spans more than 50 years! I think matting the more recent photos on white cardstock helped pull everything together.
I had two full sheets pages left, so I decided to work with them for my next page. I wasn't sure what to do, so again I used a sketch, this time from Sketches for Scrapbooking: One Page Sketches, Vol. 2.
First, I created this photo mat.
Then I selected my photos and wrote up the journaling.
This time, finishing the page was all about the tools! I used these to create my embellishments.
Here is the result, my first layout from our Spring Break trip. This is one of my favorite pages. I just love the colors.
Now I'm down to scraps. This is when I took my cue from Shimelle's Starting Points series and came up with my own layered background.
I added some border stickers from the alphabet page. Now to find photos that will work!
I'm please with the way this turned out. The photos are not very colorful, so they work well with all the patterned paper. I had plenty of room to journal. I also like the mix of horizontal and vertical lines.
This is all I have left! I will add the letter stickers and brads to my stash. Maybe I'll whip up a quick card with that bit of patterned paper. I do not need to build up my stash at this point, so this is a great strategy for me right now. After all, I still want to play with new pretty paper!

Lo and behold, as I was finishing up my project, Glitter Girl came along with a challenge to assemble a kit and scrapbook with it. You can see how she scrapped through her kit here!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Blocks of Color

I look forward to Memory Keeping Monday each week over at Two Peas.  Even if the scrapping style is different from mine, there's always a tip or idea to pick up. I'm inspired by watching other scrappers go about their craft. Such a great way to start the week! I decided to play along with last week's video challenge: Create a color block page using at least 4 different patterns. 
This page came together courtesy of Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection, specifically the patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad, phrase and border stickers and buttons I've had sitting in my stash since last fall. About time!
I trimmed a few office supply tags and added border stickers, inking, photos and stamping to create this trio of embellishments. The white string is staying in place thank to a few strategically placed glue dots.
This title sticker looked a bit flat on the page, but the outline stitching helps it pop!

Do you like to watch videos of others putting a scrapbook page together? I'm toying with this idea myself as a summer project, so your comments about likes and dislikes would be greatly appreciated! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lily Bee Sketch Challenge #9

The latest sketch challenge over at Lily Bee motivated me to play with their Buttercup Collection, which has been sitting in my new stash pile for several weeks now. Here's another page about our vacation last summer to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The background patterned paper is from Lily Bee's Memorandum Collection. Love the way different lines from the same company mix and match. I added a little Mister Huey's Clay mist.

These little letter stickers are so classy, and sure come in handy when you want to spell a long word like "Tahquamenon"! The star is from the Bag of Bits.

More from the bag of bits, a sticker and a tag embellishment using the coordinating stamp set. I used Versamark and American Crafts Zing! Mustard Embossing Powder and attached it with a brad from My Mind's Eye.

This close-up shows the wonderful colors in this collection. They make me happy. My Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch adds an interesting edge to the bottom paper strip. 

I used the 6x6 paper pad and a punch to send a cascade of butterflies down the right hand side of the page. A little stitching around the border and there you have it!