Sunday, July 20, 2014

Continuing to work through my scrappy phobias and my pile of scraps!

Once upon a time paper companies produced a line of papers, some (usually very themed) accompanying stickers and there you were.  The papers were mostly one-sided.  If you didn't like a particular pattern, you could buy sheet-by-sheet.  But now, since most of the smaller scrapbook stores have all bit the dust, we are left with ordering papers on-line, joining a kit club, or purchasing pads or collections as a whole package via a big box store. 

I've never been a big proponent of pads of paper.  The few times I had purchased them, I found I only used a select few and the rest sat unused.  But last year, left with fewer purchasing choices, I bought a pad of Authentique paper (I think Loyal was the collection name).  The colors were perfect for use in Jacob's albums since his school colors were a royal blue and white and the papers were all denim blue pattern, navy blue, some antique-y looking gold color and distressed whites.  PLUS, the pad was two-sided paper!  Lots of solid, distressed back sides to use as the base for pages.  I used darn near that whole pad.  So, in other words, I have gotten over scrapbooking phobia #2, which was purchasing or using pads of paper.  (Scrapbooking phobia #1 was two page layouts versus one page---ummmm, think I've conquered that one...) 

On to the layout (which prompted my thoughts on using pads of paper)  The base for the page was the backside of one of those Authentique papers (f.r.o.m.   a    p.a.d.).  I really like using a distressed solid, a grid, tone-on-tone, or ledger print as the base for pages---it's a pattern, but subtle. 

Jacob's mom snapped this photo (with her phone I think) from a moving bike---and obviously the bike that Jacob was riding on was moving as well.  Pretty cool shootin' there!  This was taken during Jacob's "I don't want to pose for a picture period", hence the stuck out tongue and the title!  This, by the way is Jacob's other grandma.... she rides a Harley.

I had wanted to do a layout without layers of paper, but using multiple strips of washi instead. These metallic washi tapes I purchased on clearance after Christmas were perfect for this.  Mounted the photo on an off red and another taupe-y tan paper, bent and tore the edges a bit and before it found its home on the washi background.   Added some black and metallic gold paint splats, a couple of tags, buttons and some phrase stickers from My Mind's Eye (gotta get some more of those).  The title alphas are Thickers.   Done and Done! 

If you've come back to check on the blog after my hiatus or just recently found me, thanks for stopping in! 

Have a wonderful day! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

aaaaannnnnd    I'm back with a layout of Jacob.  No big surprise there, huh? 

Well, what was a surprise for me is that I totally scraplifted this layout .  Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with scraplifting ideas (as long as you are not submitting them for publication or that sort of thing).  But I have a confession to make.  I usually cannot scraplift a page or a card.  Oh I start out ok, but somewhere along the line, my design takes a U-turn and just goes it's own merry way.  And even this is ok... I mean so what if the page or card ended up being my jumping off place or inspiration.  But I soooo saw this page and the photos practically jumped off my desk into my hands. 

So here's my page. 

and I think (hope) this is the link to Carol Monson's page for Chic Tags that I scraplifted.

My paper strips are a bit wider I think than in the original page and she sewed her strips down (I drew in stitch marks because I don't have a working sewing machine right now).  Anyway, I loved Carol's page, and these photos (in my mind) were just perfect. 

I did hit the scrap bin again, although just using strips of papers did not use up a whole bunch!  Letter stickers are from Basic Grey (Ambrosia collection), brads are from a My Mind's Eye, miscellaneous stickers are from Bella Blvd--a summer collection from several years ago and a pet collection (believe it or not---hey they were the right color, what can I say!  After that I just added a few aqua gemstones and that was it. 

Have a happy day. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One thing that has occurred to me while on my "use up the scraps" mission, has been the overall change in my own scrapping style.  I do love my patterned paper and I love mixing up patterns and piling it on.  But, like styles change in everything else, I guess my own personal style has evolved such that I am using less patterned paper or maybe just smaller pieces of patterned paper.  I still love my patterns and love putting a mix of patterned paper together.  I just no longer feel the need to have three whole pieces of a pattern I love.  The other thing that I've noticed is that I am using a lot more white cardstock as a base for my pages.  That rarely happened in the past.  I almost always reached for a colored piece of cardstock as the base. 

And as styles change over time, I'm sure this will evolve to the next "thing" in the future.  What's neat about this, is that since I do not scrap chronologically, there is a nice mix of various styles throughout my albums.

The Dancing with Mom page is Jacob and his mom at a wedding she stood up in years ago.  And there is that white cardstock base page, but plenty of patterns in the layers under the photo and in the cluster at the right side of the page. 

Most of these came from the scrap bin and from a stack of papers I "found" when I did my last paper purge.  I wanted a softer edge on the layers, so I tore the layering pieces using my ruler to keep the edges somewhat even.  Added a doily, some black and white washi tapes, a few red "raindots" (remember raindots?--I didn't have any more red enamel dots, so the raindots worked!).  Pulled out the old Cricut for the title and highlighted them using my glitter gel pen, glued on a few wood veneer hearts and doodled around the edge of the page. 

I'm not totally in love with the letters in the title, but this worked better than anything else in my stash.  The red Thickers I had were too big and bulky or too glittery.  So there you have it!  Another page done with older supplies, but more in keeping with my "today's" style. 

Off to get ready for work.  Have a great sunny, scrappy day! 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hey!  I'm on a roll...  Another layout...not about Jacob!  Equal time for my other little grandie, Miss Isabella. 

I snapped this photo last summer when her mommy, daddy and uncle were installing their play-gym thing-y.   My daughter got it from a daycare that closed---it's this huge Little Tykes looking thing with stairs and slides.  Gotta give that girl kudos, it took one day to dismantle the thing and haul it home and another whole day to put it back together again.  Anyway, Nana here was watching the kids whilst the three of them were doing the some (lots) of assembly required. 

While I was cleaning out and purging a lots of stuff in my scrap room, I came across some specialty papers I forgot I even had.  One was this red mesh and I knew just the page for it!  So fun to come across something you didn't even know you had---Like getting things brand new!    The red diagonal stripe is from Echo Park's It's a Boy's Life (out of my scrap bin--yeah!), the red mesh type print and the polka dot triangles are from Basic Grey (ummmmm, can't remember the collection name--again from the scrap pile and if anyone is out there is reading this and wants to know I can probably dig up the name).  The yellow check pieces are from Lily Bee (from the scrap pile). 

Added a doily, the yellow Thickers, a couple of punched hearts, red enamel dots, a red button and baker's twine.  Then colored the veneer butterflies with a Distress ink pad (although I may not do that again--left them to dry overnight, uh, but they didn't, wiped them off with a towel to take off excess ink AND still had to use my heat gun on them.  I do like how they turned out though.  Oh, and the flower sticker is A.N.C.I.E.N.T.--might be Cloud 9. 

Have a great scrappy weekend!  I'm off to my room now to play. 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thought I'd post a layout about... NOT Jacob!  (Plenty more Jacob layouts... but I don't want to totally disregard the younger grandies...) 

Jackson always gets this thoughtful, pensive look when he knows he's getting his picture taken.  He is surprisingly funny, for as serious as he seems to be in photos.

Again, using a bunch of leftover papers, straight out of my scrap box.  The multi colored polka dot is from Basic Grey's very first collection (yes, I've had this paper for  t.h.a.t.  long, sigh).  The orange woodgrain is Basic Grey, the yellow with orange polka dot that the photo is mounted on is from Bella Blvd's first collection, the orange pattern paper the layout is mounted on is Basic Grey's Picadilly collection, as is the small piece of the same pattern right above and below the photo (truly it's the branding strip),  The long navy blue piece is a leftover from some of Jacob's pages (I had used almost the whole pad of an Authentique collection called Loyal on his high school pages).   The grey piece with the little red dots is from a pad--but I have not got a clue as to who the manufacturer is. 

As for the embellishments: "Charming" and the "Mischevious" are cut-outs from Echo Park's A Boys Life.  Ampersand, and small cut-outs at the left side of the photo are from a Simple Stories journaling pack.  (I am not a huge Simple Stories fan, but since they were marked down 1/2 price, I knew there was something I could use in there!)    The little chipboard heart is from a partial pack of both red and pink hearts from Heidi Swapp (had those for several years) and the wood veneer  "Love" is actually from the $1 bin at Michaels (I know, go figure!).  The orange gems are from a partial pack of Hero Arts gems. 

And the pile of scraps is shrinking, day by day, layout by layout... 

Thanks for visiting! 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I was trying to scrap last night and it just wasn't coming together.  You know when you just keep looking at what you've done and the colors of the selected papers are right, the background paper seemed right when you started... but it just doesn't feel right and the more things you try, the more it doesn't feel right...  Yep, that's where I was. 

When this happens... I walk away.  Usually when I come back to the page in the next day or so, something will click and it's usually something as little as a change in the background paper.  But, what got me thinking, was how wonderful this makes those times when it IS all working and pages just come together.  Love that! 

This was one of those pages that just came together so effortlessly I couldn't believe it. 

I am  once again using a lot of older product on the page.  (My goal is to get through my box of scraps and turn it all into pages, cards or page kits!) 

The papers are from a page kit that was distributed at a crop... and I did like the page the pieces were designed for (I designed it...hopefully I liked it, right?).  But it didn't suit the photo I now had in mind to use.  So, a little snip here, a quick trim there, laid the pieces down on a different background paper and ka-boom, it was done!  Love it when this happens!! 

The papers were from Little Yellow Bicycle. I think the collection was called Twig.  The polka dot piece was an older K&Co. paper that just happened to be laying there and it fit, so there you go. Background paper is a super old EK paper, I think.  Anyway, I cut the leaves out and used pop dots to apply them, added some enamel dots and some bakers twine.  The title was an older alpha sheet from Cloud 9 and there was open space right on the photo, so that's where the title landed. 

This was our boy Jacob, with his dog, exploring the lake.  He was ten then.  Gosh, that photo had been sitting around a l.o.n.g. time.  Glad to have it scrapped.  And I am loving the simplicity of the page. 

Hope everyone has a great scrappy day! 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

I'mmmmm back!  See.  Another post.  I'm back.  Feels good. 

Another day, another layout (of Jacob, of course).  He's the very handsome one with his arm around the little blond girl, Delaney.  He wasn't sure if his circle of friends was even going to prom this year, but we all told him, they should go, one more time.  It would be one of the last times the whole group would be together... they should enjoy each others company. 

I used some really old papers, the tiny polka dot is the back side of a My Mind's Eye collection, the dark taupe and aqua print layering pieces are from Lily Bee (again---old, old papers).  I cut some banners from scraps, outlined all the pieces with a Micron pen, added a couple of little punched hearts, some tiny sparkly flowers (from Hobby Lobby) and tab, starburst and ticket stickers are from Basic Grey's Printery collection and I think a Lily Bee sticker sheet.  I trimmed the page down slightly and mounted it on a piece of aqua tapestry print from a pad of DCWV paper.   The letters in the title are from Basic Grey and Lily Bee. 

I'm sorry I don't always remember the exact paper collections of some of the older papers and things... but I have been on a real mission to use up the things I have.  For lots of reasons, a practically non-existent scrapping budget for starters.  But beyond that, I hate the waste; I bought the stuff, I should use up what I can.  And, I needed to lighten the load---clear things out, purge.   That's been an ongoing theme for some time, but I believe I have finally done it and accomplished a sorted and organized room.  (When the curtains go back up, I'll take some photos).  So, now that it's all been sorted, what doesn't go to friends and family, will be going to a women's shelter. 

All for now...