Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clinging to images of summer here.  The weather is warm yet, humid even, but there is that feeling of fall that is in the air.  I'm not ready for pumpkins and football and Halloween-ie things yet so I'm just going to concentrate on scrapping summery moments for a little while longer. 

I don't know why, but I just love the back view of both of the little grandies in the one photo.  Something  about them sitting side by side, driving their jeep up the drive way.

I used paper from American Crafts XOXO collection.  At first glance, I wasn't sure about the papers (I had purchased a collection pack at Tuesday Morning mostly for the pack of Thickers it contained). But it turns out I really like the "B" side of most all of the papers, so I really am excited about my $3.99 find! 

Mercy Tiara inspired me to use what she calls a de-constructed layout for this page.  No layers under the photos, just arranged everything around the photos.  Embellishments are truly a mish mash of collections...buttons from a pack of American Crafts that I got on clearance, dimensional "Hello There" sticker is from Crate Paper, their On Trend collection.  Stickers are from Amy Tangerine and Heidi Swapp.  And finally, the two little arrows are die cut.  I spattered on some Heidi Swapp Velvet Black ink and then added some black Stickles to a few of the ink splatters.   Title letters are black glittered Thickers--the ones that enticed me to buy the collection pack to begin with. 

Funny how one thing leads to another, isn't it?! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This morning I was standing in my kitchen crying like I'd lost my best friend.  We are moving our boy, Jacob into his college dorm today.  Nana and Boppa are really along for the use of the truck (an excuse to see our boy in his new dorm digs).   I was up early to bake his favorite chocolate chip cookies and was having so many conflicted feelings; so proud of the young man he has become, but at the same time really just wanting him to still be that little boy whose eyes lit up when he'd run into my house.

But there you go, they grow up, as they should.  (I am taking deep breathes now to get over the crying thing, so as not to embarrass him this morning...) 

This page was done for his graduation albums.  I have larger school photos, but those will be in my albums... I wanted not to use up so many pages for each of his school pictures, so I used the wallet size to be able to combine the high school years on one page. 

Used two papers from an old Basic Grey line (I think it was called Recess) and some pieces of Echo Park (A Boy's Life). Also used some black and white text printed gaffer's tape from 7 Gypsies, stickers from a high school pack I had picked up years ago, black diagonal striped washi tape, and a decorative square paper clip.  I placed the photos in a four square pattern (was a little concerned about the senior photo, since it is finished differently than the others, but at least I didn't cut off the top of his head placing the "senior" sticker on there!). 

I do hope he looks back on his high school years with fond memories and I hope he makes new memories at college.  (Just still kinda wish he was running in my door with that big goofy smile, yelling "Nana, I'm here to see you!")

All for today.

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.