Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

"Kitchen Adventures" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the month kit

For the last year or so, I've been "training" my two older kids to learn their way in the kitchen. That was something I didn't realize I lacked until I was 19 years old and living on my own. You can only eat so much top ramen back in those days before you started feeling miserable. So I wanted my kids to have a better start than I did. Thankfully they are accepting the challenge and enjoying the new "kitchen adventures". 

This page is a documentation of one of the many times my daughter has helped with dinner. It was made with the latest Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club
Products used: Heidi Swapp “Emerson Lane” + November Embellishment Kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Letter stickers (American Crafts); Staple (Mini Stapler, Tim Holtz); Thread and Sewing Machine
Notes:
I didn’t have many papers left from this collection since I used most of them in my double page layout. So I utilized the two washi tapes included in the embellishment kit. The skinny one worked well as my “border” for the page. And then the woodgrain strip one worked to fill up the center of my block design. 



When did you learn how to cook?

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Family Time" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the month kit

Hi guys. How's your week been so far? 
Today I'm sharing a double page layout featuring the latest Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. 

Products used: Heidi Swapp “Emerson Lane”
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Letter stickers (Fancy Pants Design); Black Mist (Studio Calico); Border Punch (Fiskars); Distress Ink pad (Tea Dye)
Notes:
The design of this page was inspired by the diagonally striped pattern paper. I had wanted that to take most of my layout. I did cut some of it so that I can extend the image/pattern across both pages of the two page spread.
Since my photos are pretty dark, the papers blended well with it because the papers were had more light colors.
I dug into my old FOTM kits to pull out the circle epoxy letter stickers to finish up my title. I love that even if the products are not from the same month’s kit, they can still work together.
Finally, I used the embellishments included in the kit to create a cluster of accents onto the right page. It was the perfect finishing touch to the page.



If you are a TSR subscriber, you have access to the recpe for this layout. :)

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, November 12, 2018

"Hello Card Set" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the month kit

Sometimes when I'm in a slump with my creating, I like to grab scraps and a sketch and see how many ways I can use that sketch with the products I have. This card set was an example of that. I used a single card sketch found on Pinterest and then used the scraps to create three similar but not identical cards. 

All of the products came from the latest Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. 
Products used: Jen Hadfield/Pebbles “Along the Way” + November Embellishment Kit
Stash items used: White A2 Card bases; Distress Ink (Tea Dye); Nuvo drops (Caribbean blue)
Notes:
These cards were inspired by the die cuts from this collection. They are so delightful. I highlighted two of them for each card.
I also used the scraps of paper, alternating the size of them, on each card. By using them in varying sizes, each card looked different from each other. 



How about you, what do you like to do with your scraps?

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Hunting" Double page layout (Glue Dots and Paper House Productions blog hop)


 Time: About 45 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Size:  12 x 24”
Notes:  When I saw The Great Outdoors collection and that it has a specific “hunting” theme, I knew I had to use it to document my husband’s week in the mountains with his buddies. They go hunting every year and he looks forward to it every time. Because my page is already very busy, I opted for a more subtle title using the shadow/raised effect with my title.
Materials
        Cardstock- (white and green) Die Cuts With a View
        Pattern paper collection- The Great Outdoors, Hunting, Paper House Productions
        11 3x4 photos
Tools:
        Craft, Glue Dots®
        Pop Up, Glue Dots®
        Mini, Glue Dots®
        Border punch- Fiskars
        Electronic Die Cut Machine- Cameo, Silhouette
        Manual Die Cut Machine- Cuttlebug, Provo Craft
        Embossing folder- Divine Swirl, Provo Craft
        Cut file- Christmas Tree, Silhouette Design Studio
        Font- Impact
 Directions:
1. Cut 7 3x4 panels from various pattern papers within the collection. Place them on the cutting mat.
2. Type up HUNTING on the Silhouette design software and use the font “Impact”. Enlarge each letter to fit within the 3x4 size. Cut out the letters from the pattern papers you’ve prepared.

3. Take out the circle accents from the Christmas tree cut file and duplicate the shape to make 3 trees on the design software. Edit the sizes of the trees so that you have one large, one medium, and one small tree. Cut it out using the green cardstock.

4. Run the trees through the Cuttlebug die cut machine with the Divine Swirls embossing folder.
5. Cut out 2 6x9” pieces from the brown wood paper.

6. Add a scallop border on the top of the P-2149 paper and cut out the strip to about ¾ x 9”. Repeat the process to have two identical border strips.

7. Cut out two ½ x 9” strip from the P-2143 paper.
8. Cut out the 3x4 cut apart piece (Black with deer silhouette) from paper.
9. Adhere the 3x4 cut apart piece on the top bottom edge of the left side of the page using some Craft, Glue Dots® adhesive.

10. Adhere the rest of the 3x4 pattern paper pieces, staring with the negative pieces using some Mini, Glue Dots® adhesive. Go across both sides of the double page.

11. Adhere the positive side of the letters with some Pop Up, Glue Dots® adhesive to give it a shadow, raised look.
12. Place one of the brown woodgrain paper on the left side of the left page. Adhere it about 1/8” into the paper leaving a white border on the top and left side of the page. Adhere with Craft, Glue Dots® adhesive.
13. Place the scallop edge strip on the right edge of the wood grain paper. Adhere with some Mini, Glue Dots® adhesive. Adhere the colorful ½” strip of paper over the edge too using more Mini, Glue Dots® adhesive.
14. Adhere some of the 3x4 photos to fill the rest of the left page. You will have to overlap some of them. Adhere them with Craft, Glue Dots® adhesive.
15. Repeat steps 12-14 to complete the right page of the layout.
16. Adhere the largest tree on the left side of the page using some Craft, Glue Dots® adhesive. Trim off the excess.
17. Adhere the middle tree to the farthest right side of the right page. Trim the excess. Adhere the smallest tree, overlapping the medium tree with some Pop Up, Glue Dots® adhesive.

18. Add finishing touches to the page using some of the dimensional and flat stickers within the paper collection.
 Notes:
I do not like too much bulk to my embellishments so I opted to take out the back layer of the dimensional stickers so that my elements are only raised once and not twice.
If you wish to add journaling to the page, you can leave off the 3x4 paper with the deer silhouette out and include a journaling block in there instead.






Tuesday, November 6, 2018

"Happy Day" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the month kit

Hello, hello! One of my favorite themes to scrapbook are those everyday moments. Because they change so fast. This page is an example of that. One day your kids are having playdates and before you know it, they're "hanging out" with their teenage friends instead. 

This layout was created using this month's Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. 

Products used: Jen Hadfield/Pebbles “Along the Way”
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Twine (Source Unkonwn); Border punch (Fiskars)
Notes:
I wanted to highlight most of the papers in this kit and since I had 4 3x4 photos, I decided to create a “block within a frame” design. This helped me highlight the photos and pieces of papers within the center of the page.
Since this was a documentation of a playdate, I incorporated the house die cut into the page.
I also used one of the tags to be my title. 





Hope you're having a great crafty day.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Fall Tradition" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the month kit

Hiya friends. Today is another share day using the latest Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. This layout features products from the Echo Park line "Celebrate Autumn". 

Products used: Echo Park “Celebrate Autumn
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Letter stickers (Doodlebug Design Inc.); Mustard Yellow cardstock; Black pen; Scallop border punch (Fiskars); Blue Cardstock.
Notes:
I used the two brown papers for my background. Even though they’re two different papers, the browns in them match so they went well together. I connected the pieces with a 1” strip of the striped paper. I also added some matting to my 3x4 photos to make them stand out against the background better. I love the stickers; they helped me embellish the page in no time. 

Here are some more close ups...


What's your favorite Fall tradition?

Till next time,
Grace

Saturday, November 3, 2018

"Almost Sweet" The ScrapRoom kit club November Flavor of the Month Kit

Hello friends. Welcome to a new month and a new layout share from the Flavors of the month kit of The ScrapRoom kit club. This layout is also my take on this month's sketch challenge. 


Products used: My Mind’s Eye “Well, Hello”
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Letter stickers (American Crafts); Blue Cardstock
Notes:
I created this page for this month’s sketch. Instead of using the flowers, I fussy cut the hot air balloons in one of the papers. I love it when I can pull out even the embellishments from pattern paper.
In my kit, I found the circle letters that spelled out “sweet”. I knew that I wanted to use it for my page but since my photos are not necessarily “sweet” I added the word “almost” which made the title fit perfectly for my photos. I love it when products can inspire me to create the “perfect” title for my pages.






Thank you so much for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"My Sister & My Girlfriend" October Flavors of the month kit, The ScrapRoom kit club

I love how the Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club gives you some holiday themed products, but it also gives you collections that you can use for everyday photos. Such as this one from My Mind's Eye called "Gal Meets Glam". The colors were prefect for this single page about me and my older sister. 

Products used: Simple Stories Dream Big + Embellishment Kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Letter stickers (Doodlebug Design Inc.); Purple and White Cardstocks; Hexagon punch (Creative Memories)
Notes: Since the prints in these papers did not blend well with the theme of my photos, I punched them out with my hexagon punch and then created a background with them. I find that with this trick, the eye would not focus so much in the prints of the paper but rather the design you can create with them. I also added some of the chipboard and die cut shapes here to complement my photos and story. 

And here are some close ups....


 Have a great rest of the week everyone.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Owl cards- October Flavors of the month kit, The ScrapRoom kit club

Are you all ready for Halloween? Can't believe is right around the corner. Did you make some costumes this year? I'm half dreading and half excited about costumes this year. Some of my kids' choices were super easy and others, well, let's just say, they're making me rethink my crafting abilities. LOL

Speaking of Halloween, I'd like share some cards that I created with this month's Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club. I paired them with some adorable Owl stamps from Sunny Studios. 
Products used: Doodlebug Design Inc- Pumpkin Party 
Stash items used: Stamp (Sunny Studios); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); Alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir); Nuvo drops; Rectangle die (Memory Box); Purple Cardstock; Card bases
Notes: I really enjoyed creating this card set. I recently purchased the Owl stamp set from Sunny Studios and had already stamped them on a piece of white cardstock. I just colored them in and hand cut them so they can be the focal point of my cards. I then layered the scraps of paper to create each card. I used the same sketch for each one to make my process go faster. 

And here are a couple of close ups....

 I hope you have a fantastic day.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Gather Here" October Flavors of the month kit, The ScrapRoom kit club

What is your favorite part of fall? For me it would be the cooler temperature and all the apple and pumpkin treats that I can eat. :) I also like being outdoors and the photos in this page is an example of that. This double page layout is an extra project that I was able to create with this month's Flavors of the month kit from The ScrapRoom kit club

Products used: Photoplay Paper Fall Breeze + Embellishment Kit
Stash items used: Date stamp (Studio Calico); Ink (Black, My Favorite Things); White Cardstock; Border punch (Fiskars)
Notes: Even though I only had scraps from this collection left, I was still able to create a two page layout, all because I had plenty of photos to add. I laid out my photos first and then filled up the empty spaces of my white cardstock with pattern paper scraps. I even used some strips as a diagonal accent to the page. I wanted to incorporate more “nature” into the page so I used the kraft cardstock within the kit and punched out a leaf border with it, and then placed it on the bottom of the page. After that I added a combination of stickers and die cuts to decorate the rest of the page. 

And here are some more close ups...


Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace