Saturday, December 3, 2016

Challenge Pages -- A Great Way to Crash Your Stash!

I love challenge pages!  I don't participate in each and every one I see...  it depends on timing, supplies at hand, having the right photo...  But I highly recommend watching the challenges presented on various FB groups... it's another way to motivate yourself to dig into older supplies and use them!

This particular challenge (from Mercy Tiara's  27 Day Challenge FB group) required those playing along to use a striped paper, a dotted paper, and banners.  So I pulled a photo that was in the pile on my desk and set about finding some papers that fit the requirements and suited the photo. 

While the page is certainly not what I was originally planning on (I have a bunch of school themed papers from Foof-a-la, remember them?) that I adore and really wanted to use, but they didn't go so well with all the various colors the girls were wearing--they seemed to be fighting each other--the colors, not the girls LOL! 

This darker cranberry color seems to work only because I kept the page fairly monochromatic and used the color almost as though it were a neutral. 

The challenge was fun, it enabled (forced) me to look outside the box to choose papers, and another photo is scrapped that other wise would have languished on my desk while I mucked about for just the "perfect" papers.  Love it!!! 

Join in on a challenge, it's fun and you get something DONE! 


Friday, December 2, 2016

Citrus Twist Update - Layout #4!

Whew!  Actually managed to make a page using papers from my November kit, not just snippets and strips!  These papers, the wood veneer hearts, plus the white and black word stickers are a match made in heaven selection. 

It's not a happy subject, but everything we scrap about isn't always cupcakes and roses!!  The page is about moving out of state and away from my kids and grandkids.  The journaling is personal so I've hidden it on a card behind the photo (the "hello" is a pull tab to view the card). 

I was really pleased with the combination of light and dark pattern papers and then using the light and dark journaling word stickers from the kit.  

Also used a cellophane bag and a crumpled piece of patterned aper behind the photo for some lift and
then tucked in some pieces of ephemera from Crate Paper's Cest a la Vie collection, as well as the journaling card and tab.  I loved the accents of gold from the Crate Paper ephemera! 

I also used plenty of the wood veneer hearts, as well as the last couple cork painted hearts from the kit!  Along with one of the wood veneer hearts, I used a piece of one of the cork stickers and one of the cut-a-part words, a strip of paper and small punched strip for the cluster at the bottom of the page. 

The title letters are from an older Thickers pack (one I think I picked up at Tuesday Morning over a year ago!). 

Added some outlining in both black and white inks and this one was done. 

Moving away was one of the hardest things I've done.  But I am glad to have the opportunity to scrap it for the future....  It's our life. 

Scrap your life, the best and the not-so-best.  It'll be important to someone down the road! 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Citrust Twist Kit Reporting - The Third Layout

Still trying to work with the November Citrus Twist kit, still struggling with this one.  I wound up using mostly elements that were left from the prior month's kit with this month's stamp set, some of the wood veneer hearts and just a few snippets of the papers.  

The photos are layered with left over cuts from one of last month's papers, a tag, the die cut leaves and flower, as well as the title card. 

The only papers from this month's kit are the several tiny strips, and a bit of the peachy print that peeks out from under the photo(s).   Also from this month's kit are the cork hearts, as well as the wood veneer hearts. 

I did a bit of outlining, added some ink splatters and the metallic enamel dots, plus a banner (cut from a miscellaneous scrap laying about on my desk).

Once again, while I am pleased with the outcome, I still do not feel I have been able to make good use of the materials together, in kit form, to create the page.  Something to keep in mind when selecting the kit club you will be working with month to month. 

There is one more page I have to present from this month's kit (and I was actually been able to use papers -- from the kit!). 

Later all,

Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Choose a Kit Club -- An Update... and a Layout!

This is only the second page created from my second kit from Citrus Twist.  Let me preface my comments with the following...  in no way am I going to ever say one kit club is "better" than another.  Ever.  It is a highly personal choice, depending upon what you scrapbook, your personal style, and your budget.

Which brings me to my update on Citrus Twist kits.  If you love embellishments, this is definitely the club for you! 

They ship reliably. On time. Every time. 

The kits include six patterned papers from newer releases.  You also get two sheets of cardstock and, as I said a lots of various embellishments. Oh, I almost forgot--a stamp set---love that!  In my first kit I received a Thickers alpha set, but the second contained a Thickers phrase (word) set.   

However, I found my second kit to be a bit disjointed.  Things just did not seem to go with many of my photos and I finally just gave up and went with the three pages I made that I was happy with.  And I am very happy with those three pages... and I am sure that I will use the remaining papers (they are actually quite nice) and supplies, just probably not together. 

My goal was to use two kits with each of my chosen clubs and to work with the main kit only.  If I were working with the main kit and an add-on or two, I'd have found it easier to create more pages.  But my aim was main kit

As you can see from my page, I didn't use a lot of the papers, just cut pieces to make banners and the chevron arrow thing-y layered with a circle cut-a-part and a couple of the word stickers.   

The papers that are layered under the photos are cardstock pieces from my scrap pile. 

The sequins came from a prior kit and I mixed in some of the puffy circle stickers, as well as using some ink splatters in medium blue and lime green.   I also used the stamp set below the photo, as well as on one of the cut-a-part labels. 

The title was created by rearranging some of the Thickers words. 

I do really like the finished page and I will have one or two more pages to talk about from this kit.  This would normally be the sort of page I would create to utilize scraps and leftovers, not right from the get go of opening a kit. I guess my lesson to be learned with this kit is more about how to use papers that you are struggling with.  I used just small pieces to create banners and chevrons... still leaves the larger pieces to be added to my stash and likely used with other papers from older collections. 

Moving on! 


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Winter Wonderland - A Scrapbook Circle Page

Yep, that's me...let's just jump from a summer scrapbook page right on over to a snow-filled winter page!

My November Scrapbook Circle kit contained some snowy, some Christmas-y elements but many with pinks and teals as the color scheme.  And then I remembered this photo my daughter facebooked right after their trip to visit us in Kentucky last spring.  It had been 60-some degrees here, but the day after they got home....snow!  That's how it is in Wisconsin! 

The teal color of my granddaughter's winter jacket got me pulling out the little teal, aqua and pink snowflakes, the Wonderland portion of the page's really what set the page in motion. I just followed along!

I layered a strip of snowball (at least that's what it reminded me of) paper down the right side of the page and started tucking in tabs all along it's interior edge.  Bent the edge here and there on the snowball paper and outlined it to separate it a bit and differentiate it from all the rest of the white of the page.  To balance and to repeat, I added a triangle hand cut from the same snowball paper in the upper left corner and outlined that as well.

The photo got layered onto a teal and pink plaid pattern paper, along with more tabs and two pieces of crumpled and flattened tracing paper.

To add my title, I chose "Wonderland" from the sticker set that was included the kit and the "in March" which was made using letters from the stickers set that originally spelled out other wintry words.

Next was to add just a few embellishments by way of a couple of banner stickers and some snowflake stickers (again, on the sticker sheet that was included), plus two extra large punched snowflakes that got tucked in with the photo layers.  I also used the back side of an arrow embellishment to counter balance the black of granddaughter's snow pants.

Last, I outlined the page and added just a quick comment at the bottom of the page.

 Once I got all those tabs to stay where I wanted (can you say sticky fingers?!), the remainder of the page went together quickly.  And I love that it is cool and crisp; and that I even managed to use stickers (something that I just don't do a lot of--for some weird reason I rather like fussy cutting things, what is w.r.o.n.g. with me!!!) 

have a great scrappy day,