Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One of my grandson's classes found he and his classmates designing and building an eco car.  This class and others like it in the area, design, build and then race (time trial fashion) their cars at the Road America race track. 

I really wanted all three of these photos on the page... Jacob was the driver and how often do you get to drive on a professional raceway!  (On a side note, he was the only one that actually fit into the car...but still)

I used a piece of blue-gray paper that looked kind of like numbers carved into stone (an old Paper Loft design--even after purging so much paper, I kept several from this company because they work so well on masculine layouts).  I also used a leftover piece of denim printed paper and layered both of these onto a warm gray cardstock.  The title letters are from Creative Imaginations and Lily Bee.  The tire tracks are from Little Yellow Bicycle;  it was a vellum border sticker that I tore in several pieces.  The other pieces like the "reduce speed" and the red dotted square are fussy cut from a Basic Grey patterned paper--umm--it was called Wander I think, a  travel line from several years ago. 

Outlined the page and did the journaling in a white gel pen and then added a series of white dots by the title. the cut outs and then at the lower corner.  I thought of the white dots almost as an embellishment--meant to help lead the eye down and across the page.  And there you have it, very simple, includes multiple photos and it's flat... and you now what?   I'm good with that!   I do really like looking through an album and seeing different types of pages, rather than one set style over and over again. 

Ahhh, Wednesday, we can start counting down to the weekend now. 

Have  a scrappy good day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

It seems like everyone is trying to squeeze in just a little bit more summer.  I wander outside for no real reason other than to sit for a few moments and listen to the breeze go through the leaves, because this will all change too, too soon. 

Jackson and Bella ride to the very edge of the driveway to take full advantage of the slight downward slope and then they pump those little legs for all they are worth to fly back down the driveway as fast as they can possibly go. 

This page of Jackson and his mini Big Wheel came together pretty quickly.  Papers, title, stars, and banners are all from the Heidi Swapp No Limits paper pad I picked up several weeks ago.  To define the edges of the page I used plain old white craft paint along all four sides. 

Truly love the Heidi Swapp layered banner stickers, but, didn't have one in the appropriate colors for this page so I decided to cut out and stack the banner pieces from one of the papers in the pad using pop dots between the layers for dimension, and adhered a wood veneer bike along the tope edge for detail.  The words Play, Best Smile, and the Journal tab were all cut outs from the pad as well. 

I added some orange striped washi tape and then repeated the washi and several little pieces of the banners in the cluster at the top of the page.  The larger stars are both cardstock and vellum and are also from a Heidi Swapp ephemera pack.   Last was to sprinkle on some little wood veneer stars.

Now I am going to take the dogs outside again, even though they don't seem too interested....  dogs are a wonderful excuse to wander outside for no apparent reason,


Friday, August 22, 2014

Lots of talk lately about the Heidi Swapp Project Life Kits that folks are finding at Michaels...

I did find them last week (but waited for this week to purchase with a 40% off coupon).  I was after the gold set and grabbed the last one at my local M's.  I don't even do Project Life!  But I so wanted all these golden bits and bobs to use on traditional 12x12 pages. 

A little change as well, in my subject matter...  yikes!  It's not about grandchildren AND, I included a photo of myself, double yikes!  I know, I know, we should be scrapping about ourselves just like we do about others of our family and friends.  We are so often behind the camera recording the memories and we are so often very critical of our own photos (I know I am--usually hate photos of myself). But one of my goals is to try and include more of myself in my scrapbooking, because I now wish I had more photos of my mom and my grandmothers, and (hopefully) my children and grandchildren will want these memories of me too.    

Working with the Project Life cards on a 12x12 page was relatively easy.  Lined 'em up and tucked a couple up and under... wham, bang, done with the basic page. 

Pulled out some of the gold chipboard pieces from the kit (the hearts and the triangles) and then I went gold hunting in my stash!  Used several of the gold stickers from of a Dear Lizzy sticker book, got out some gold metallic thread, my Gold Lame Heidi Swapp mist, and a little bunch of gold sequins (a few pearly white ones too).  Tucked a piece of a doily under the Time Flies card (title) and added a several pieces of gold plaid washi tape. 

I still felt the page needed definition (so much white!) so I outlined the page and the cards with a fine point black Micron pen. 

The photos are from the same year and were taken around Christmas, but from different events, so I did lots of cropping to get just me and my lady friends.  In order of appearance, that's Jan, me in the middle and Sandy.  I've known these two women for years.  We met via the paper, card-making, stamping hobby and became very good friends... and true friends are like gold...

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Still blathering on about page titles... 

Sometimes not a lot of words are necessary to accurately convey the feeling of a page. 

There are other photos of my two youngest grandies "helping" their mommy with some baking.  But This one photo...

Well, here it is. 

And my brain immediately went to, "How much batter was left for the pan, honey?" Hence the title and subtitle. 

The blue and orange papers came from Heidi Swapp's No Limits collection.  Layering papers were scraps.  Most of the stickers came from Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy sticker books.  The silly, funny crazy piece is from a Heidi Swap ephemera pack, the little orange epoxy arrow was from a Heidi Swapp sticker set,  and the "Love Your Face" is a little stamp from Michaels.  Thanks to the tip from Allison (she is goodgriefyou on you tube), I picked up several of these little stamp sets at a whopping $1 each!  Stamped it in navy blue and then punched it with an appropriately sized circle punch.  Added a wood veneer camera, some navy and white bakers twine and some washi tape in a navy chevron and orange diagonal stripe.  Repeated one of the layering papers, the washi, and the twine in the cluster at the top of the page. 

Now the alphas used in the title--those are still from an old Little Yellow Bicycle set that I am just nursing along because I cannot find navy blue alphas.  Why are navy blue sticker letters so hard to find?  (Insert whining here---American Crafts, could you p.l.e.a.s.e. make some navy blue Thickers for us --without glitter?)   The little letters in the subtitle are Tiny Type from Cosmo Cricket. 

I punched some brown circles in a couple sizes and scattered those on the page in lieu of splatting paint or ink.  Which made me think of  an idea I saw on Lillith Eckel's blog a while back where she used a border punch from EK, I think it is called Swiss Cheese.  She punched it once or twice and had a whole array of little circle confetti to scatter on her page.  And I thought what a great idea!  That is not a punch I have because when it came out as a border punch I thought, eh, not crazy about it.  But using it to punch multi size confetti like circles is an awesome idea!  Now I may have to think again about purchasing this punch.  I just love blogs and you tube---you never can tell where a great idea is hiding! 

That's it for now! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our boy Jacob moves into his college dorm next week.  He was actually home yesterday when we were out at Kim's for dinner, since they had all been at a benefit all day for a friend of his that had been in a very serious motorcycle accident and it struck me again that how grown up he is. 

So today's page (page-s) just highlight the changes between freshmen year of high school to graduation day...

They were just skinny, gawky boys here at their very first high school function (homecoming dance, freshmen year).  Jacob cracked up over the page---and even commented , "Look how young we looked."  Then he whipped out his phone, snapped a pic of the page and sent it to his friend (in the photo).  Seemed they especially liked the "studly" part... 

Most of the papers I used are super old---the pale blue alpha print and the multi colored strip with the masculine phrases were a lighter text weight and they had a pearlized finish to them.  I had kept them for years, cuz I just loved the pattern, the colors and that pearl-y finish.  So glad they finally found a home on a page.  I still have a bit of each (I printed a couple of these photos, since Nana here wants one in her own album!).

Layered the photo with gold textured paper and vellum, added a bit of metallic washi tape, some paper and chipboard banners and epoxy dots and stars (along with some stamped stars).  Then drew in some sketchy lines with a blue pen, not quite a border, but kind of. 

The title letters came from a Cloud 9 pack and my very favorite set of Thickers--an Amy Tangerine set that is a pale gray with an off-white grid pattern on them.  (I so hope they re-release these or come up with something very similar, cuz I just love this alpha set.) 

And this is our Jacob on graduation day before he donned his cap and gown.  What a difference four years makes. 

This page was done with two partial sheets--one was from DCWV (the tapestry looking one) and the other is the backside of a Basic Grey travel related paper (I just wanted that deep turquoise color).  The layering papers are from Prima and Creative Imaginations.  (These were clipped together when I cleaned out the last of the scrap bin and made up my own mini page kits.)  I outlined the layering pieces and bent the edges up, made a little tear here and there.  Then added a few punched butterflies, tucked in a scalloped brown cardstock border, plus a piece of ivory lace.  Used a piece of sequin waste as a stencil and applied some beige pearl-y ink.  The alpha set is a wood grain print Thickers set, that I kind of snipped and overlapped so the letters would be more joined together.

The journaling piece was a punch out from a My Mind's Eye Christmas sheet, but the color was right, the size was right--and there you go.  Also stained the wood veneer chevron pieces and the little camera to balance out the dark brown and hand cut the large brown "photo corner" pieces at the right side of the page.  The "hello there" piece was from Basic Grey, but that was it for adding in ephemera, tabs or words.  Still wanted a touch more dark brown though, so I splattered some brown paint and added the coppery-brown pearls. Thought I better quit here, before it got over-worked.   

My goodness he really is ... all grown up. 



Friday, August 15, 2014

Page titles... I was talking the other day about how they can convey the feeling of a moment and I think I captured the feeling of this moment! 

Jackson loves his John Deere tractor riding toy.  He also likes to escape without his pants...  (He's a bit better now that potty training is well under way...really loves his Jake and the Pirates underpants!) 

But this was a moment in time...that just makes me crack up every time I see the page.  So, if the title and your finished page make you or the viewer "feel" the moment, then I think what you are doing as the family historian, the scrapbooker, the documenter, is so worth the time we all put into this hobby. 

I was still working from the scrap bin when I created this page, so I pulled a whole lotta green patterned paper to pick up the John Deere tractor color and a little bit of gray playing off the color of Jackson's shirt.  Once the papers were selected, I started layering them under the photo and when I was happy with the layers, outlined the pieces and glued them together. 

The title, the butterfly (both also outlined) and the arrow are from a Jillibean Soup ephemera pack, and the subtitle is made up of Tiny Type letters from Cosmo Cricket.  I didn't have a question mark in the Tiny Type pack, so I chose one from a lime green Thickers set and just arranged the words so the question mark lined up with the two lines of type stickers.  The file tabs are from Simple Stories, the "happy" wood veneer is from the Michaels $1 bins and the star sticker is from Recollections (I don't usually care for much in the Recollections stickers, but I did like these layered stars--bought several packs of them--on clearance for $.99 yeah!)   Last, I sprinkled on some green sequins from my stash. 

What are you doing this weekend?  We are getting right down to the wire getting this house ready for sale, so I will be cleaning woodwork (ugh).  But I will steal away to my scrap room at some point for some R&R and a sanity check! 

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Page titles can be a pain, hard to think of something that fits appropriately on the page, uses the size and color of letters you have available,  something catchy? something profound?  Sometimes a title is just a title, an introduction to the page, to the photo(s).  But sometimes the title can be more, I think.  Sometimes the title can be part of the embellishment.  Sometimes it is a rather small part of the page, just a token to evoke a memory or a feeling. 

On  this page I wanted the title to be a message to Bella -- I guess it counts as being the journaling itself.  And I had a lot of these purple and hot pink glitter letters I felt I could use (those not being colors I reach for an awful lot). 

I did include a little bit of handwritten journaling.  But the primary message to my granddaughter is the title.

I used a piece of Lily Bee paper from the Emma's Closet line (several years old) and a leftover piece of the old, old Bohemia collection from My Mind's Eye, a piece of paper from one of the 8-1/2x11 Michael's sale packs, and Thickers letter stickers.  Border punched pieces are scraps and the hearts are fussy cut from another of the 8-1/2x 11 sale pack papers (I can never remember which paper is from the Dear Lizzy or the Maggie Holmes packs cuz there are no branding strips on them).  Stickers are from both Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy sticker books.  I did a little outlining and scattered some sequins on the page, thought about splattering a bit of ink, but decided against it.  Done! 

A friend asked me where I came up with my titles from and I really didn't have a good answer for her...  I had asked Bella to make some funny faces for me and she was only too happy to oblige.  The message (title) came to me when I was looking at the photos later and wondering how long her being happy to oblige me making faces and posing for the camera would last before she gets "too grown up". 

Well I'm off to work--got a late start time this morning, which only means a lot more to do in a shorter period of time.  I'm focusing on being able to get into my scrap room tonight to keep me going today!