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Friday, January 23, 2015

Double page spreads with Scarlet kit

Happy Friday dear crafty friends. Today I'm sharing my last two pages created with my scarlet kit. If you have not seen what products I combined for my homemade kit, please check out the video here

Bishop's Castle
These photos are from 2011. One of my goals this year is to get all of my pictures from 2011-13 scrapbooked. Most of them are from events like holidays and trips so there's a lot of pictures to use and maybe that's why I haven't scrapped most of them lately. But I'm committed to getting them checked off this year and so you will probably see more double page spreads from me this year than years past. 

I used a stencil to create this blue effect on the top left and bottom portion of my page. I only had one blue and pink cardstock so I used both of them here, making sure to use both in each page so there's a cohesive look despite not having he same background color.

I decided to go with handwritten journaling since I had this pretty big die cut/journaling block from My Mind's Eye.

I used some chipboard letters for my title and added some twine to the top to make it look like a banner.

Take me out to a ball game layout
For this one I used a busy pattern paper for my background. It had blue, white and red which was perfect for this baseball themed page. To make sure that my pictures doesn't get lost in the background, I added a piece of 8 1/2 x 11" vellum on both sides of this double page spread.

Since this is my last page, I didn't have much pattern paper left from my kit so I punched what I had left and created this border for my page. I loved how it turned out.

I used the die cut frame in this page, highlighting the 4x6 photo of the ballgame and added the chipboard stickers for my embellishments.

I used multiple letter stickers to spell out my title.

I also added the rosette trim in this page. I adhered some of the chipboard elements with foam adhesive to make it stand out better.

Thank you for stopping by. Do you have any scrapbook goals this year? Please do share  in the comment section. I'm curious to know if I'm the only one that makes up scrapbook goals each year.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celebrating Freedom double page layout

Hi there! I love using sketches for my layouts. I love it even better when it's a double page spread. If you have followed me before you know that I do a lot of two page layouts to document events. When I found this one from Stick it down blog, I knew I had to use it...

And here's my take on the sketch....
One of my goals this year is to work on pages that are from 2011-2013. The event above is from 2012 and I feel so accomplished that I finally got it scrapped. I like to mat my page with a background paper to ground it but since I had limited resources with my kit, I decided to cut 1/2 strips from the gold paper and then adhered that to the white background paper to act as a border all around the page.

I moved some of the elements in the sketch to accommodate my pictures and supplies I had to work with. This page is my third one made with the homemade scarlet kit. You can view my kit items here.

I did a combination of handwritten and typed journaling. I wanted to use this die cut piece but I had more to say than what is allocated in the block so I created a circle one where I typed more info about the event.

It wasn't intentional but when I saw that the stamp set that I had put in my kit had bikes, I was super thrilled. It worked perfectly with my page.

I will be the first to admit that I suck at creating titles for my pages. But I thought that this one suited both the holiday that we were celebrating in the picture as well as the "freedom" that the kids might have felt as they rode their bikes.

So that's my page share today. I wanna know...how do you get inspiration for titles? As you can see, I'm in need of help in that department.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Little Lady layout

Happy Wednesday friends. I hope that your week is going great. We are experiencing a winter wonderland here and although it's a pretty sight, I am deciding to admire it from the comforts of my warm home. 

Speaking of comforts, I am enjoying working with my homemade scarlet kit this month. It has all of the colors that is within my comfort zone.  If you would like to see what I included in my homemade kit, please see the video here

Here's a single page layout that I made recently....


and it's based off of this sketch from Stuck! sketches blog...

I had mentioned in my video where I share the contents of this kit that I wasn't sure if I will be able to use thus die cut title. I was so thrilled to find these set of photos in my stash that worked well, not only with the title, but with the colors of the kit.

The sketch had a flower on the bottom portion of the layout and I didn't put any flower in my kit so I went through my stash and found this hot pink piece which I layered with a white one and a brad.

I heat embossed the white arrow stamps on this layout and sprinkled the white sequins.

I bought some new ink for my typewriter so I'm happily using that for my journaling lately.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrapbook Process Video -Beautiful Blooms

Hi there. I'm sharing another layout with you today plus a process video. 

Going with my "pile it up" theme this month, I decided to pull out some of my stamps (clear and cling) and try to add as many of them into one layout. Here's the result...

Beautiful Blooms
I haven't done an 8 1/2 x 11" spread in a while and so I thought I'd give it a go, especially since my photos are smaller in scale. Because I was focusing on stamps, I was even able to grab some scrap cardstock and use them in my page. Here's the process video for this layout...

And here are some more close ups...


What did you think? What are other ways you add some stamping to your scrapbook pages? Please share them in the comment section.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, January 16, 2015

Card share- January

Happy Friday! I love making scrapbook pages. They are what drives me to continue playing with paper. But I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of papercrafting is going through my scraps and what is leftover after I create a page and make a card (or two) with it. Here are two cards that I was able to "whip up" after making a few pages...

Birthday Wishes card
Two of my favorite card themes to create are a. Thank you cards, and b. birthday cards. You can never have too many of them. This time I wanted to add to my birthday card stash. I used some leftover papers and used some new (to me) black stickers on this card. I also added some flowers, rhinestones and twine to add texture to the card.



Happy Birthday card (with flowers)
This one also started with scraps of paper and then I used the same black stickers that I used in the first card to spell out my sentiment. I had this one itty bitty piece of green glitter paper that I placed on the top of my card but it looked kinda lonely so I went to my flower stash, added some and then finished it off with some homemade enamel dots in hot pink color.

As you can see they are two different colored cards (one's a little muted and another super bright) but using somewhat the same sketch and lots of leftover scraps.

I hope this inspired you to use your scraps to make cards that will sure brighten anyone's day.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Open your heart and learn layout- One Little Word 2015 + process video

Hi there my crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a layout that is doing double duty. First is it's a layout where I am documenting my goals and one little word for 2015. If you haven't heard of OLW, you can check out the premise of it from the creator herself, Ali Edwards, here. I've never really done an OLW before and after much thought and reflection I came up with the word LEARN. I think it sums up all of my goals and plans for the year, both inside the crafting world and in all other areas of my life. 

The second reasoning for this layout is because I wanted to play along with the latest sketch from Creative Scrappers here. Here's the sketch that I based my layout on..

and here's my layout....

As you can see, I turned the layout on it's side and changed up the blocks/accent sizes just a bit to match the rest of my layout.

Wanna see how I did this layout from start to finish? Here's my process video to go along with this page...


And here are some more close ups....





I used the latest Scrap Stash kit inspiration to put together my homemade kit for this month and this was my first layout using that kit. You can find out more about what I put into my kit by watching my video here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have  fantastic and creative day.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, January 12, 2015

Scrapbook Process Video - Happy Mr. Fishy

Happy Monday dear friends. Today I'm sharing another layout along with a process video. I was able to pile this one up with some dies created with a manual die cut machine. 

Happy Mr. Fishy layout
I had a hard time with this one as my ideas weren't looking good once I tried to put them into action. You can check out the process video here...


and here are some more close ups...



If you would like to check out the dies that I used in this particular layout,  you can find them here.

Thank you for stopping by and please share your favorite metal dies on the comment section below. I would love to add them to my metal die wish list.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, January 9, 2015

Pin to Done- Weekly Menu Board

Hi there crafty friends. One of the things I wanted to accomplish this year is to actually put some of my over 6,000 pins to good use. Anyways, I am resolving to get some pinned items done and I'm calling this (hopefully monthly) post "pin to done". 

For my first post, I am sharing a weekly menu board that I made using a picture frame, vinyl and my ever so helpful Silhouette Cameo machine. 


One of the things that I really wanted to focus on this year is to be more organized. Now I can't say that I'm totally disorganized but sometimes I feel that my life can be more efficient if I just take the time to organize and plan. So to start fixing this problem, I went with one of the most annoying things that my kids ask me every.single.day- "What's for dinner?" Here are some of my inspirations....

I bought a frame at a local outlet store and I've had that brown vinyl for a while now so I went with that color. I liked the chalk board in Inspiration #3 but knew that if I went that route, it would take me longer to accomplish this project. 

The first thing I did was clean up the glass on my frame. I didn't want it to be dusty as the vinyl might not stick well. Then I went through my stash of scrapbook papers and picked out a pattern that's not too busy and yet cute enough to stand behind the letters. Chevron is very popular right now and the yellow reminds me of sunshine so I went with that paper. 

Next, I typed up the letters that I wanted cut. When I look back at my inspirations, I knew that the days of the week letters needed to be skinny enough that there will be plenty of room to write up the dishes next to it. I also liked the combination of scrip and sans serif fonts here. Adding the letters to the glass was the longest part of the process for me. I didn't have a transfer tape so I had to do it one letter at a time. I made this frame on a Saturday where I knew I had plenty of time to create. I was also watching a show on Netflix while I made this. I used a strip of washi tape to make the letters aligned. I used the tape as a rule or some sorts, taping it on the bottom of the first letter of the word and then adhering the rest. After every word/day, I pulled it out and then repeated the process for the following day. 

I loved the distressed white look of the frame but thought it needed something else, so I added three flowers using some hot glue. 

I even added a sharpie on the back so I won't have to search for a sharpie when I'm revising the menu. I added it with some velcro. I adhered it with some more hot glue.

Thanks for stopping by and if you've done any project from your pin boards, comment below. I might just pin your idea to make in the future.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Scrapbook Process Video- Hello Great Train Adventure

One of the video series that I did last year was what I called the "Pile it up" series. This was where I would try to pile up a certain type of scrapbook product in one layout. I would focus on this particular product and use them in various ways.

Today I'm revisiting this series with this layout...

Hello Great Train Adventure 
I used a lot of cuts from my Silhouette Cameo machine. I have to say, the cameo is by far my favorite electronic die cut machine that I've owned. Before this, I had a Cricut and although I was able to create many projects with it, I love the easy access to cuts and shapes that can be had in the Cameo. Plus it's super affordable. 

Here's a video sharing how I created this page...


and some more close ups...



Do you have an electronic die cut machine? Put it to use and create a project today. Then link it back here as I love to be inspired by other's works.

Till next time,
Grace