Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Favorite Dad" (Monthly Celebrations YouTube blog hop 2019)


Hello my friends. I don't remember if I have ever mentioned the "Monthly Celebration" YouTube blog hop that I'm participating in this year but below is my June layout and video. If you remember, I did this year long hop with my scrappy bff Nicole (ColieBing on YouTube) about two years ago. We loved it so much that we decided to do it again, and this time we invited a few more talented and very inspiring YouTubers to join us. If you want to check out past videos, make sure to check out the link on the side bar of this page. That will take you directly to my YouTube channel. 

For this month's page, I decided to go with a well known and well loved June celebration, which is Father's day. These photos were actually from 2013 so I'm glad that I was able to scrap it. If you want to see more of my process about this page, please hit "play" on the video below...

Here are some more close ups of the page...




Thank you so much for stopping by.

till next time,
Grace

Thursday, June 13, 2019

"Choose Happiness" (June Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club)

Hi there friends. Today I'm sharing another layout using this month's Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. This one is a double page layout and I just love how these papers from Bella Blvd is so striking against the blue background. Do you have a favorite color combo? I'm starting to really dig this yellow, blue and green one. 
Products used: Bella Blvd. “Let’s Go on an Adventure” + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); White cardstock for photo mat.
Notes:
This page was created for the recipe assignment for this month. I really liked the colors of the paper and how they stand out against the blue cardstock background. I did a “mirror” type design on this page and I love how it turned out. I did mat my photos with white cardstock to make them stand out better against the pattern paper background. I added notches to paper strips that I placed on the page to break up the straight lines of the rest of the page. I strategically added the foam arrows in certain areas making the point of the arrow lead to my photos and story. 

Here's the process video that goes with this page...

Here are also some close ups....



Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, June 7, 2019

"Summer Fave" (June Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club)

Hello friends. Do you have a favorite scrapbook challenge? Mine would have to be the Freaky Fast Friday from The ScrapRoom kit club. I liked how you can create a layout with just a handful of papers. Sometimes they work out for me, and sometimes it takes a while for me to create a layout with such strict parameters. With this month's layout, I rebeled a little and changed the measurements a little. 

Products used: Echo Park “Summer Ever” + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Distress mini ink pad; Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things);
Notes:
This is my take on this month’s Freaky Fast Friday challenge. I deviated a little bit and cut the 2x12” paper into 4 ½” strips to make the border on my page. I think that goes against the rules somehow, but I like to live a little so I will be a rebel this month. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that my eye always looks for a border around my pages and that specific paper just seemed to fit the bill. 
I then added the rest of the paper blocks on the center to create a center design. I also turned the squares into diamonds for a different look. With those diamond papers, I added my stickers, creating a visual triangle on my page. 
These photos are of my youngest kid’s first swim in a pool. I like how the colors of the paper (being non watery themed) made the blue in my photos stand out. I also loved the stickers in the 12x12 sticker sheet, they were the perfect addition to complete my page.

Here's the process video for this page....

Here are some close ups of the layout too....



Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, June 6, 2019

"Dream Come True" (June Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club)

I can't believe these photos were taken almost a year ago. It was definitely a dream come true now that I've graduated and got my degree. Have you had a dream that you've worked so hard for, that you have accomplished recently? 

This page was created with the latest Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club.
Products used: Pink Paislee “Horizon” + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); Butterfly punch (Martha Steward); Rhinestones (Doodlebug Design Inc.); Pen (American Crafts); Tiny alpha stickers (My Mind’s Eye)
Notes:
I had fun with this page. The inspiration for the butterflies came from the sunburst/rainbow pattern paper. I was able to use all the colors by punching out the butterfly shape from each sunburst. I finished each butterfly with a rhinestone to have a more finished look. 
The “T” design is not my go-to design but I really liked how this turned out so I might do that again soon. The 3x4 horizontal photos fit perfectly across my page and I placed them in sequential order so you can follow my walk to accept my diploma from start to finish. 

This is the process video to go with this layout....


And here are some more close ups....



Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

"My Favorite" (June Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club)

Hello friends. How's your June so far? Well for us here, summer break has started and this week is the start of weeks of camps for my children. Did you go to camp when you were young? What was your favorite?

Speaking of favorite, here's my first layout from this month's Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. I titled it "My Favorite" because it shows two of my favorite young gentlemen. 
Products used: Jillibean Soup “Rainbow Roux” 
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); Twine (Doodlebug Design Inc.) 
Notes:
I adored all of the pattern papers in this collection but I also knew that I would never be able to include them all, even if I was layering them. So to incorporate as much of them as I can, I cut them into strips, some ½” others wider, and laid them on the center of my page, going down the layout. I added my photos ¾” down to break up all of the paper strips. I then tucked in some tags, cut out from pattern paper, to add some different layers to the page. I added some twine to it to give it a finished look. I also cut out the title “My Favorite” from pattern paper and added that to the page with a twine plus some foam adhesive to make it stand out against the busy background. I sprinkled some stickers and die cuts to complete the page. 

Here's the process video for this page...

And here are some more close ups....



Thank you so much for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, May 24, 2019

"Greatest Party" May Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Hi there friends. Today I'm sharing an extra layout that I created with this month's Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club
Products used: Some FOTM mini kits combined + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); Nested Circle die (Avery Elle); Letter stickers (Thickers, American Crafts); Orange Cardstock (Bazzill)
Notes:
This is my extra layout for this month. I didn’t have many papers to use anymore so I decided to cut some of them with a nesting circle die. This allowed me to use parts of the circles and connect them to each other, showing off varying designs, even if I didn’t have many sheets to play with.
I also used the burger, fries and drink stickers here since this was an event where food was involved (even if it wasn’t quite burgers and fries)




What is your favorite thing to do with your scraps?

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, May 16, 2019

"Sparkle and Shine" May Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing another layouts using the latest Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. This one is my recipe assignment layout so if you are a subscriber, you will get a word file with how to recreate this layout including cutting instructions. 

Products used: Jillibean Soup Spoonful of Soul + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); Chipboard letters (Thickers, American Crafts); Scallop border punch (Fiskars); Carribean blue cardstock (DCWV); Twine (Yellow, American Crafts)
Notes:
The first thing that drew me to this collection was the paper with flowers. And then I saw some of the same floral design into the die cut sample that I got. This made me decide to handcut the flowers in the paper and create a bed or row of flowers on the bottom of my double page layout. Cutting the papers in varying strips also allowed me to maximize the 3 pieces of paper within this mini kit. My page still feels full of pattern even though I only had to work with not much pattern papers. This just shows you that you can create a well balanced and eye catching double page layout with any of the mini kits within the Flavors of the Month kit. 






Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day cards (May Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Happy Mother's day to all of the mothers and women out there. I know, from experience, that you don't have to have given birth in order for you to have made a difference in a child's life so any female that have touched a child's life is a mother to me.
Speaking of what moms do day in and day out, I created this set of cards using the latest Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Products used: Photoplay Best Mom Ever
Stash items used: White cardstock for card bases; White Nuvo Drops; Tea Dye, Distress mini ink pad; Yellow twine (American Crafts)
Notes:
Since I didn’t make any “mother” themed pages this month, I decided to incorporate the fun stickers from the Photoplay collection into cards. I was able to create 4 distinct cards even though the base design was similar. I love how we can take a sketch and make all of our cards different just by using different pattern papers and stickers. 




Have a great day,
Grace

Thursday, May 9, 2019

"Fabulous Hike" May Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

What's your favorite Spring activity? Mine would have to be being outdoors, especially hiking with the family. It's not so hot yet, but not cold either. Plus the foliage is starting to bloom so that's always fun to discover. This page shows one of our previous hikes and it is made with the latest Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. 

Products used: Simple Stories Oh Happy Day! + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things); Chipboard letters (Thickers, American Crafts) 
Notes:
With this page, I really wanted to show off the beautiful papers in this collection. So to get all of the designs without taking away from my photos, I decided to make a grid of them on the sides of my page. I loved how it turned out. I felt like the papers surrounded my photos.
I also liked how the little die cuts and stickers made it easy for me to add some other designs, especially phrases and words, without introducing any new colors. 





Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, May 6, 2019

"Lovely Day" May Flavors of the Month Kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

I've always been a fan of double page layouts. I love seeing them and I love making them. But I also know that sometimes I gravitate towards the same design over and over again. That's why the next layout is very different for me. Do you like it? It's made from one of the mini kits from the latest Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Products used: American Crafts/Shimelle Sparkle City + Embellishment kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Distress mini ink pad, Hybrid Ink My Favorite Things)
Notes:
The design for this layout really started off with the paper that had the slanted or diagonal “wonderful” printed on it. I wanted to incorporate it but I also didn’t want to ruin the placement of the text so I cut it slanted too. This also allowed me to spread it on my two page layout. I filled the rest with pattern paper and the photos so it won’t look too plain.
The camera paper seemed busy enough for me that I didn’t want to incorporate anything more that would distract it. Unfortunately, I also needed it to be more dimensional so it would have a little bit more interest. To fix my problem, I added the silver/foil foam dots in the word thickers sheet to some of the cameras. It was just the right amount of dimension to make them more interesting.
Since the photos are of our little field trip to the truck yard, I decided to add the truck sticker but it had some images on the trailer that didn’t quite mesh with my theme, so I just cut it out and used just the truck image.




Till next time my crafty friends,
Grace