Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweater Weather Layout #5 - Favorite Holiday Memories

So here's the fifth layout I've created using just the main Sweater Weather kit from Scraptastic.  I've had such a good time trying to work from just the kit (pretty much).  It's good to have a challenge, a scrapbooking challenge that is! 

This time the items from my stash are sequins, white cardstock (for the circle punches),  the light gray cardstock (used as a base for the page), a doily, the journaling card and the baker's twine. 

The page background was inspired by a Simple Stories Christmas paper I saw Mercy Tiara use in one of her you tube videos.  It had printed circles, sequin shapes, and snowflakes scattered across the middle portion of the paper and I just loved that paper.  So I thought I might be able to use real sequins, some circle punches and snowflake stamps to mimic that paper design.  Now mine does not look at all the same, but I think I like it!  I did decide to add some white paint drops here and there after I was done stamping and gluing down the circles and just a few red punched snowflakes.  Really wanted to include the journaling card because that wood grain border so goes with the wood grain paper.  Then I decided to just use the title on the journaling card as the page title because every alpha set I laid on the page just took away from the overall light feeling of the page. 

The look on my little Bella's face only speaks a bit about how goofy she got over this musical and light up elf hat.  She was just beside herself with glee over this thing (course it probably didn't help that we had been baking cookies all day and sugar may have been involved...). 

So, there you have it.  Layout #5. 

to be continued,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sweater Weather Layout #4 - Found!

Oh my goodness, I so love the woodblock print from Kaisercraft that was included in this kit!  And I knew as soon as I saw it what photo I was going to use with it. 

You see, we have done a whole lotta cleaning out around here what with readying the house for showings and getting ready for our move.  After 25 years in one house, you tend to lose sight of just how much stuff you have acquired (ahem...stashed, hoarded, forgotten about....)  And then sometimes, you are greeted with a surprise. 

One day husband of mine called me to the garage door and wanted to know if I was going to get rid of this sewing machine... to which I replied, I already got rid of my old sewing machine.  He then inquired, well then what's this?  I took one look at the case and told him, I've never seen this before! 
Apparently the machine has been up in the rafters in our garage ever since we bought the house 25 years ago.  I think it's a keeper---heavy as all get out though.  Man is this sucker heavy!  But it's so neat looking and there is this really cool brass plate on the front that says Made in West Germany.  Now I don't really know anything about old sewing machines...but I know what I like and I really do like the looks of this old machine.   

I started with a piece of black cardstock and placed about a 4-inch wide slice of the wood block print paper, added a teeny little strip of the My Mind's Eye woodgrain and then trimmed one of the border stickers into a skinnier strip to define the left side of the page.  I also used a piece of the vellum that came in the kit (from Webster's Pages, their Hall Pass collection) to layer the photo on top of.  Popped the photo up, but also added some old fashioned black photo corners and a couple of photo turns (from my stash--7 Gypsies) in keeping with the vintage vibe thing I was aiming for.  I originally thought I would use the darker woodgrain alpha from the kit for the title and was going to place it in the open block of vellum (where I now have my journaling), but the alpha was just too small and not quite bold enough.  I opted for a black foam Thickers alpha for the title and placed it on the right side, journaling then went on the left side.  Also from my stash are the several torn strips of black diagonal striped washi tape and the tab at the top of the photo.   A little outlining on the black cardstock with a white pen and I figured I better quit while I was ahead. 

(I just noticed that that one of the photo corners is coming undone....love the look of the old fashioned photo corners, but they can be real buggers to work with!   A new one with a little dab of glue has this situation remedied!) 

Layout # 4 and still counting!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sweater Weather Layout #3 - Grafton Christmas Parade

Feeling pretty good about what I am getting out of this kit (and I only have the main kit, no add-ons!).  I am trying to stick fairly close to what has been included in the kit, although I'm not counting cardstock (or tissue paper).  I have reached into my stash for things like sequins, sprays, the occasional tab or banner. 

This page is just what it says it's about, attending our little hometown Christmas Parade.  I have some more photos of the event; they will either go onto another facing page or another separate page for the kids' albums.  Journaling is on the back, cuz it just did not fit nicely where I thought it was going to go. 

And, this is why I like to blog.  I just noticed that I did not outline the little banners I made for the cluster at the left side of the layout (I will go back and do that).  I love taking pictures of my layouts and seeing them on the screen.  Things show up that I just otherwise might not notice. 

So speaking of clusters, I did punch a few snowflakes (from the papers provided, other than the plain white one).  The photos are layered onto the Scraptastic exclusive papers; the red alphabet soup and the grey snowflake prints.  I placed the photos in a four square grid onto several layers of irregularly cut tissue paper.  The clusters were made using papers cut into banners, the stickers from the Carta Bella Warm and Cozy sticker sheet, a punched snowflake and the enamel dots included in the kit.  One of the clusters (on the left side of the page) also included one of the wood veneer tags included in the kit. 

The cardstock used as the base for the page was also in the kit.  The color kind of surprised me.  I would not have looked at this color if it had not been in the kit.  But in my mission to use as much as possible from the kit, I was plopping the matted photos down on one piece after another of the various pieces I had left and this one worked! 

From my stash on this one:  the baker's twine, doily, tissue paper, a scrap of white cardstock for one of the snowflakes (the other two are punched from the red cardstock included and the My Mind's Eye woodgrain paper). 

It would appear that my title is kind of crooked.  But I did measure up from the bottom of the page...I think it is the irregular (crooked--slightly curved--tissue paper edges).  I think I'm ok with it looking slightly wonky.  After all, we are a slightly wonky family! 

And that is layout #3, with more to come~

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sweater Weather Layout #2 - Most Wonderful Time of Year

And here is my second take with the Scraptastic's Sweater Weather kit. 

With Bella's bright blue and purple winter coat...I decided on a white background and to focus on the green of the tree.   Then centered the white on an olive-y green piece of cardstock.   I used a deconstructed style layout, placing my photo down and arranging embellishments (stickers) around the photo.  I really wanted to use that old truck sticker and that was the other reason for choosing a white background (one of my bug-a-boos---I really dislike white borders around the edges of stickers--don't know why--it just bugs me).  By placing the truck sticker on the white background, that white border kind of blends into the background paper; same for the arrow stickers.  I placed both the "wonderful time of year" and "tree farm" stickers on cardstock to repeat the green and charcoal colors, added some outlining, some green and black paint splatters (of which a few splatters ended up where I didn't want them---so I covered those up with those cute little snowflake circle stickers). 

Everything except the cardstock, the baker's twine and the little red circle tab came from the kit! 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some of My Favorite Ornaments

I thought it might be fun to see how many layouts I can get out of the Sweater Weather kit I won from Scraptastic and Mercy Tiara.  I've been lusting after a membership to one of the several really good scrapping kit clubs there are. And Scraptastic is definitely on the list (I kind of like that there is a choice between two  main kits each month).   But I simply have to wait until the house is sold and we are moved and settled.  Anyway this will be kind of a test for myself to see how far I can go with a kit. 

Here we go... Sweater Weather layout #1...

I used a piece of my own white cardstock, some layers of white tissue paper.  The stitched banners are from my stash (Basic Grey's 25th and Pine collection), as is the twine.   I absolutely love the Studio Tekturek white on white bokah kind of  print (Peachy Christmas #08) and the My Mind's Eye woodgrain that came in this kit.  So, to make it last a little longer, I just used strips of them,  Tore the edges of the white bokah and punched one of the strips of the woodgrain, but left the other a really thin little sliver for the top of the page. The alpha stickers from Bo Bunny are perfect with these papers, but I did also use the red Tiny Type from my stash.  The Merry Everything sticker and the red heart are from the sticker sheet that was included (Warm & Cozy from Carta Bella).  Although I did punch two of the stars from the woodgrain deer sticker that is on the sheet, since I just don't see myself using that one.   The red enamel dots came in the kit, as did the snowman flair badge. A minimal but of journaling and some penned in stitch lines and I called it done. 

This was fun!  And even though the stickers all kind of scream winter, snow and Christmas...  I see lots of other uses for the papers themselves.  There's a bit of a red, white and blue thing going on that has me wondering if I have any 4th of July photos filed away.... h-m-m-m

have a scrappy good day all,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winner, Winner...Chicken Dinner!

OK, so this has nothing whatsoever to do with chicken for dinner...  Chicken I would have to make and clean up after... this is soooo much better!  I won the current Sweater Weather Scraptastic kit via a contest at Mercy Tiara's you tube channel.  (If you've never checked her videos out, I strongly encourage you to visit her --- I have her listed in my sidebar, under places to visit.)

Anyway.....Wow is all I can say.  I like n.e.v.e.r win anything, so I was totally blown away to see my name listed as the winner of this scrumptious kit.  And to top that off, the kit arrived only a couple of days later!   Now I could take a few photos of the kit--- but better that you hop over to the Scraptastic site to check them out and besides there are several folks on you tube that do a share of their kit contents. I am so excited to go up to my little room tonight to play with my winnings!  A public, big ole thank you to Mercy Tiara for my winnings! 

In the meantime, I am putting up a travel themed page from my grandson's trip last June to Australia (and New Zealand and Hawaii). 

The background paper is from a Studio Calico travel pack from Michael's, as are most of the layering papers.  The brown and black checked pieces are from Basic Grey (a pet line from several years ago). Stitched banners are from Crate Paper and the "today" and "truly awesome" stickers I think are from Amy Tangerine.  I softened the area under the photo layers using some gesso, did a little stamping (that weird branchy looking circle,  the chevrons and the "wow" on the sunburst wood veneer) then tucked in some miscellaneous tags and a couple more wood veneer pieces. 

So the story goes (that will also be included on one of these travel pages) is that my wonderful grandson was so very pleased with himself that he took 27 photos while on his trip.  Um, 27 photos of a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii?  Hello, have you met your grandmother?  Now to be fair this was a whirlwind trip, like three days in each place and it was a wrestling junket...but...   27 photos? 

Stay tuned to see what I can create from the Sweater Weather kit and I did take photos of the gift card holders that I mentioned a while ago. 

Now off to my room to play! 


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year.  Happy January....  Mother Nature is having her way with us.  Bitter ugly cold outside and I've been sick with whatever this body aching, congestion, coughing, fever, chills, creeping crud thing is.  Yep, happy January...  (be happy when it is over). 

The only scrappy thing I've done is to pick up photos. 

But January is a big birthday month for us; it's about this only thing that gets me through... my dad's birthday, and both my grandsons' birthdays fall in January.

This was Jacob's 8th birthday and it was his first birthday shared with Nick's parents. 

Totally scrapping from my stash---some really old Kaliedescope papers from My Mind's Eye, a little Cosmo Cricket, a little Basic Grey, some wood veneer arrows, camera, and a flair badge.  Pretty simple, just a couple layers of paper and then the little tidbits tucked in here and there. 

Kind of an unusual birthday page, not really about the birthday but about beginnings... it went into his grad album(s) as a reminder of how things were. 

I am ever hopeful that I'll be scrapping this coming weekend.  But for tonight, a load of laundry is about all I am going to accomplish. 

stay warm, '