Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Scrappy Pins

Today is my turn to blog over at Work in Progress, and I thought it would be fun to post it here on my blog, too, since it's scrap related...

I thought I'd share some of my pins from Pinterest today. I have lots of categories, but I thought I'd share my board called "Scrappy." These are images that I thought could someday be used on a scrapbook page.

Here they are, in no particular order...

I thought this was a clever twist on the ever popular banner:

I love the sentiment and the lettering on this one:

How fun are these hearts. They seem like they'd be easy to do:

 I love how they put the date inside the wheel:
These handmade flowers are so beautiful. There's a tutorial on how to make them here.

Magnets made from maps--but how cool would it be to use maps for chipboard buttons?

I thought this quote would make a good title page for an album.

Thanks for letting me share some of my pins. And let me know if you use any of these ideas on a scrapbook page! I'm going to make an effort to use one of these ideas with my August WIP pages.

Monday, July 25, 2011

CCG Blog Hop Winner of My RAK

A huge thank you to everyone who visited my blog for CCG's blog hop. I had fun reading every single comment. Thanks for all the sweet words. You all made my day!

I used random.org's Random Number Generator and got the number 10

The tenth person who posted on my blog was Kathy:

Kathy said...

Gorgeous page, Debbi, and I loved your tips....so practical, but I hadn't thought of them before! Wonderful embossing on that sweet doily!

Yay, Kathy! I'll need your mailing address to send your RAK. If you are a CCG member, you can send me a message through there.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Dreamy, Creamy Palette at CCG

Challenge 201 is live at Color Combos Galore and the colors this week are absolutely dreamy! Our Designer's Challenge this week is a new focus--a recipe of sorts. So fun!

As I always do, I pulled the color swatch onto my computer screen and looked for pictures to use, and I came up with these pictures of my gram and sister with Farzad, and immediately, I thought, "Everybody loves Farzad" and I knew I wanted hearts on my page. I instantly thought of the Object of My Affection kit by Noel Mignon, and to my delight, the colors were perfect. The main papers I used were from Pink Paislee's Cupid collection, which had the pink, aqua, and brown. I used an embossed swiss dot paper by Bazill as my backdrop for the white and the polka dot part of the Designer's Challenge. I used Creative Scrappers Sketch 151 as inspiration for my page design.

Here's my page. In case you're wondering why the two blocks of blue hearts are a little different, it's because they came from two different sheets. I had two sheets of this paper, and the first one better matched up with the palette so I used that, and when I went to cut the smaller piece, I accidentally used the different sheet. And then I went and accidentally stitched it on sideways. I wondered why I was having a hard time fitting my title on there when I had planned it all out--and then I realized I had stitched the darn thing on sideways. Oh well, no turning back when you've stitched something down!

This page is going into my book called "Reasons" (reasons I love Farzad so much). I was going to add white journaling strips with pink writing in the white space at the top, but then I decided I didn't want to cover up the pretty embossed Swiss dots, so I went with journaling on the back of the page, which reads: Everybody loves Farzad. It was love at first sight when my family met him, even though they were apprehensive, considering I was 17 and he was 28. But his warm smile, charm, generosity, and sense of humor instantly won them over. Everyone he meets falls in love with him. He just has this way about him that puts people at ease.He's always positive and cheerful, rarely gets mad.  He's outgoing and easy-going and just that all-around nice guy that everyone likes to be around. Yes, everybody loves Farzad. Especially me.

Here are some details. The center of this flower was a greenish-yellow, which didn't go with the palette, so I grabbed some pink paint and brushed over it. Part of the Designer's Challenge was to use fabric, and as luck would have it, there was some pink fabric in the kit I was using. Another ingredient of the Designer's Challenge "recipe" was to use leaves, and again, my luck was running high because one of the papers in the kit had these dark brown leafy shapes.

Here's a closeup of my title. I had to really squeeze it on there because of my dumb mistake of sewing on that piece sideways. I plopped that big pink bling heart over the O and then decided I didn't like it, but the darn thing wouldn't come off, so there it stays! My foam adhesive squares were the perfect size for these tiny letter stickers.

I had used lots of brads for the metal part of the Designer's Challenge, but then I decided that was a cop-out because I always use brads on my layout, so I looked for some "real" metal to use, and I remembered these old Making Memories clips in my stash, and I was delighted to find a pink one with a heart. That striped paper had some bold red stripes in it, and I almost didn't use it because there was no red in the palette, but instead, I trimmed the spots where there was red and pieced the strip back together, overlapping another color on top of the red. Problem solved!

I noticed one of the tear strips said "coordinating pattern on the back" and thought I should use the "on the back" part to indicate my hidden journaling, and this little die-cut tag in the kit was the perfect size to hold that. For the three circle part of the Designer's Challenge, I decided to mount some of the cut-out flowers on a punched brown circle, but I didn't have quite the right size circle to go with the flowers--there was all this extra space, so I added some glitter around the edges. Doesn't show up as pretty in the pictures.

I added some rub-ons to my page. I have TONS of rub-ons, and I always forget to use them, so lately, I've been making a conscious effort to use them more. I love this pink crown that came on a Pink Paislee sheet in the kit. All the rub-ons on this page are from that same sheet.

The reveal this week is especially gorgeous, so you should go check out what the rest of the team made. And I hope you'll play along with us! These challenges are so fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading about my page!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Merry Christmas! - Christmas in July at HMITM

We have a fun challenge up at How Much Is Too Much! Fi gave us a "Christmas in July" challenge, and we had to use:

2 + photos [at least 2]
1 x Christmas tree image, any size
5 x patterned papers, i.e., Christmas patterns,
5 x metal embellishments, and any other embellishment in increments of 5

Scrapping Christmas pictures always presents a challenge for me. I always enjoy making the pages--trimming them with pretty decorations--but since I like the focus to be on storytelling, I don't always have stories to tell for the multitude of Christmas pictures we take. So I hemmed and hawed over what to do, and just decided to go for it and scrap these fun pictures of my mom and Gram with their "loot piles."
I used the current sketch at Once Upon a Sketch as inspiration for my page design. My pages always look different from the sketch since I scrap 8 x 8, and sometimes it's hard to shrink things down. I used the Bedford Falls kit from Noel Mignon, along with a couple of odds and ends from my stash.

I almost always put titles on my pages, but I just couldn't think of a good one (since I didn't have a story--my titles are usually drawn from the stories) and I didn't have a lot of space to work with (one of the problems of scrapping 8 x 8!), so I just decided it was okay to not have a title.
Here are some details. I cut the circles of the Santas out of one of the patterned papers in the kit--here's Santa holding a Christmas tree (to meet the Christmas tree part of the challenge). The rub-ons I used are pretty old, by K&Co.

The banner die-cuts were so pretty, and I prettied them up further with these gigantic pearls that I had in my stash.

This medallion design was on the edge of one the Pink Paislee papers, and I cut it out and tucked it behind the photos so you couldn't see the missing parts.

So, while this was, in some ways, a tricky challenge for me, I had a lot of fun using the Bedford Falls kit, which I just got on sale from Noel Mignon half price, and I'm happy that I finally scrapped these two pictures from Christmas before last. Go take a peek at what the rest of the team made for this challenge, and I hope you'll play along--you could end up in our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and become our next Guest Designer!
Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about my page!

Monday, July 18, 2011

You're a Jerk - Creative Scrappers Sketch

A while back, my nephew was really into jerking, and I snapped some pictures of him doing this crazy dance. In case you've never heard of this dance, here's the song that sparked it all:

I thought our current sketch at Creative Scrappers was perfect for these pictures:

Here's my page. I used Studio Calico's "Mind the Gap" kit to make my page, along with a couple of stickers and rub-ons from my stash.

The grid stamp is from another Studio Calico kit. I used clear embossing powder on it. I added Glossy Accents to the letter stickers to give them a little more dimension. I love those little metal studs that came in this kit. They're by 7 Gypsies. That gray paper is byAmerican Crafts. It's glossy and embossed.

These cool metal buttons also came in that kit. The word stickers are from my stash. The circles were made with a regular hole punch. They are my next day additions when I gave my page a second look.

I tend not to use mists because of the lack of control. The splatters just seem to go wherever they want, which happened to be the case on this layout. I didn't intend for those big splats to be at the edge of the page, but in the end, I decided they looked okay. I outlined the splats with a fine pen. Those number rub-ons are by 7 Gypsies. That circular wood-grain bit is a label that sealed the bag my Studio Calico kit came in. I always cut them out and save them (because I am such a packrat), and it came in handy for this page. I punched one of my stars out of the bottom that's hidden by the pictures.

This was such a fun sketch to work with. You should go check out what the rest of the team made, and I hope you'll play along. You just might win a prize from our July sponsor Pretty Little Studio.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading about my page!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CCG 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Color Combos Galore 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop! We hope by visiting the CCG Design Team members' blogs, you will be able to pick up some fun tips and techniques. Many of the team members will be offering prizes, so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning some fun scrappy stuff. We are also offering a chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of August if you visit all of the blogs in our Blog Hop and participate in Challenge 200 by uploading your project to the CCG Gallery. It's so fun to get the colors before everyone else! Plus, who doesn't love to see their name in lights! The deadline for the chance to win these prizes is one week from today, Sunday, July 24, EST.

If this is your first stop at our Blog Hop, you'll want to start at Bente Fagerberg's blog, and follow the hop in order so you don't miss anyone. If you've been hopping in order, your next stop is Eva Pizarro.

Once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded a project to the CCG Gallery using Challenge 200, please make sure you check in at the Blog Hop discussion in the Special Announcements Forum at CCG. We will choose our August Guest Designer from that thread. Individual DT members will be choosing winners for the prizes they are offering. Good luck, and we hope you'll enjoy our blog hop!

CCG has a very talented team of designers, and they will be sharing some amazing techniques. I don't consider myself much of a "technique" scrapper but rather a storyteller, so instead, I thought I'd share some of my favorite tips--ones that I use a lot that help me on virtually every page I made, including this page I made for Challenge 200:

Favorite Tip #1 - You may not know that I scrap 8 x 8, which means I have to really plan my layouts carefully so that everything fits. One thing that helps me is wax paper! I use wax paper to see if my title fits where I want it to. I just adhere my title letters on the wax paper, and I can move my title (or other sticky elements) around my page until I get it just where I want it.

Favorite Tip #2 - I just recently figured this one out. I used to photograph my layouts as soon as I was finished with them, but I recently realized that waiting until the next day allows me to see my page through "fresh eyes" and I almost always add something to it that makes it feel more "complete." On this particular layout, what I added were the Ranger Enamel Accents to the letter stickers and the Ranger Perfect Pearls to the scallops on the envelope, and believe it or not, I didn't originally have that doily stamp on the envelope. I sort of knew I needed something there, but it didn't come to me until the next day when I had another look. I can't imagine my page without that detail.

Favorite Tip #3 - Before you toss the edge of the patterned paper away, look closely at it. You know, the part that has the manufacturer’s name, logo, paper line, and bar code? Sometimes, this disposable bit of paper might be just the perfect thing for your layout. That "Haute Cuisine" on the side came from the tear strip on a Teresa Collins paper. Pay attention to the names of the papers or collection names, which might help you tell our story. My very favorite tear strips are on Cosmo Cricket's papers--you know, the ones that say "flip for fun" or "but wait, there's more," and so forth. I use those a lot for when I use hidden journaling (and I have to do that a lot because sometimes there's just not enough room on an 8 x 8 page for my story).

Favorite Tip #4 - Tell a story. It doesn't have to be long and drawn out, though it's nice to write a detailed narrative sometimes. But it's important to get all the little bits and pieces of your life down on paper. Think about it: Some day we're going to look back on all these hundreds--or thousands--of pages we've made, and it's the stories that are going to make us smile more than the beautiful products we used on our pages. As I've evolved over the ten years I've been scrapping, the "artistic" side of scrapping has become more important and interesting and fun to me (not to mention, the array of wonderful products has become so irresistible to use), and sometimes the design I have in mind doesn't allow for the lengthy journaling I enjoy to fit on my small canvas, so in those cases, I'll hide my journaling--in a pocket or on the back of my page. It might seem odd that I scrapped pictures of my mom's ugly meatloaf (she wouldn't let me photograph her holding the pan because she didn't have on makeup), but it's a little piece of my life I wanted to document, and some day when I'm old and maybe my mom won't be around anymore, I can look at this page and remember how she used to make meatloaf for me. And I'll smile.

Okay, so I lied. I do have two little techniques to share, and these are more for newbies:

Technique #1 - About the distressed edges (and I'm almost embarrassed to share this because so many on the CCG team are masters at distressing--and I can't wait to read their blog entries in hopes they'll share their secrets), I used a Zutter Distrezz-It-All. It's a handy little electric contraption that allows you to run your paper across it and it does the distressing for you, easy-peasy!

Technique #2 - Heat embossing. If you're chicken to try it, don't be. I know I was for a long time, and the first time I tried it, it worked perfectly and I was so surprised and so irritated that I hadn't tried it before! All you need is a stamp, an embossing stamp pad, embossing powder, and an embossing gun. Just ink your stamp with the embossing ink and stamp your image--it'll be clear. Then sprinkle the embossing powder over your stamped image and tap off the excess (I do it on a sheet of paper so I can easily dump it back into the container). Then heat it with your embossing gun, and the image magically turns into the wonderful raised, shiny embossed image! Couldn't be easier!

Thank you for hopping onto my blog today. I hope you picked up a little something from reading what I shared. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a little surprise of scrappy goodies from my stash. Your next stop is Eva's blog...

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Cool, Smooth Palette at CCG

Challenge 200 is live at Color Combos Galore. Two hundred color combos--that's quite a milestone, and we're going to be celebrating this week! Here's our Inspiration Board:

I didn't realize when I made the palette how difficult it was to find true blue paper, but after digging through my entire stash I finally found a true blue in a DCWV stack. The orange, which has a bit of a yellow tint to it was a little tricky too, but I found an OLD Scenic Route paper that was perfect, too. Actually, I had immediately thought of BasicGrey Dawson, which does indeed perfectly match the blues and also has some orange, but those papers didn't go with the feel of my page I had in mind...

The drippy-melty Designer's Challenge was a stretch for me. I've tried the drippy thing before because I always admire it on others' pages, but when I try it, it always comes out looking, well...drippy. And messy. And as much as I long break out of my "clean" box and get messy and drippy, I'm always afraid of messing up. So I opted for going melty. Specifically melting embossing powder.

Here are some details. I had originally planned to work off of a sketch and printed out my pictures larger, but once I got going, I decided I wanted to put Mom's recipe on my page, and went with the pretty Maya Road envelope, so I tossed the sketch and made the envelope an integral part of my page. Which is tricky since I scrap 8 x 8 and the envelope took up half of my page. So I reprinted the pictures smaller and designed my page around the envelope. I needed to do lots of overlapping. Once I'd assembled most of the page, I felt the pretty flap was still not pretty enough and felt too much like a blank, open space (and everyone knows I'm white-space challenged, lol), so I added this pretty My Mind's Eye doily stamp.

I had received this BoBunny Kitchen Spice stamp set when I was working for SNR and we were doing a Bo Bunny manufacturer feature, and it was perfect for my page. I had already planned to use this Martha Stewart doily, and to my surprise and delight, it fit perfectly inside theis stamp. Do I get "messy" points for stamping directly on my background paper? I'm always so afraid of messing up with stamps that I usually stamp on cardstock and cut out. That's a Prima flower, and underneath it is an ancient die-cut flower from Urban Lily. I'm such a hoarder, but I'm glad I kept that ugly thing to add another layer here, and it was the perfect shade of orange.

Here are some more stamps from that Bo Bunny set. And yes, I realize I should have a picture of my mom holding the meatloaf instead of just the ugly loaf by itself, but my mom's extremely camera shy, and when we go over for dinner, she's usually not dressed up or made up, so she forbade me to take a picture. I do hope she'll get over this soon. I need to have a serious talk with her about this lack of Mom pictures in my albums.

I used my very favorite chipboard letters--BasicGrey. They're small and cute and perfect for my 8 x 8 pages. I sure wish they'd make more colors! The blue letter stickers are old K&Co. that I dressed up with Ranger Enamel Accents. Love that stuff!

The reveal is fantastic again this week, so you should go take a peek at what the team did, and you'll definitely want to play along this week, as well as participate in our blog hop, which starts this Sunday, because there's going to be lots of prizes from the design team, as well as a culminating prize of a guest designer spot for the month of August! We'll be posting more details about that on Sunday.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my page today!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Quirky Memory with the July WIP Kit

Here is my second page using the elements from the July Work in Progress main kit and project kit (the project kit is sold out, but the main kit is still available). The colors were so fun in this kit that I had to make a playful childhood memory page. And this one is quirky! I had a kind of long story to tell, which is a challenge to squeeze onto an 8 x 8 page, but I didn't want my journaling to be hidden for this one because it's the story that's the star of this page. I chose a random picture of mini-me to be in a supporting role.

Here are some details.  How fantastic are these butterflies! Love the dimension and that they're translucent and vivid at the same time. Plus they're just the right size--not too big for my 8 x 8 pages. They're made by Recollections. I must get some more of these.

These fun clouds and kites were cut out of one of the My Mind's Eye Lime Twist papers. I outlined them with black pen to add a little extra interest to them and then added a button and two periods from the chipboard letter set I used to the kit centers.

My "extra" that I added the next day when I gave my page a second glance before photographing was the Magic Mesh. I still have a whole drawer of that stuff. I wonder if you can still buy it? I'll be sad when I run out if it's no longer available!

Those orange pearls that came in the kit were just the perfect size to fit inside the green polka dot paper.

Trish included these cool number tags in the kit. They were originally kraft, but I wanted mine to be a different color to tie in with the bright papers I was using, so I painted it with some Making Memories paint. For my random childhood memory pages, I always like to include a "Random No." and this tag was the perfect thing for this! The tag was actually much longer, so I chopped it in half to fit on my small page and then disguised the cut with some of the zig-zag paper. How fun is that orange hemp cord. It also came in the kit on a card with four different colors.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to read about my layout!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Lively, Cheerful Palette at CCG

Challenge 199 is live at Color Combos Galore! Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Well, ice cream's our theme this month, and what a yummy, cheerful palette we got to play with this week! But before I share the Inspiration Board, how about a song to go with the colors...

And here's the challenge...

I started out with an Easter photo from my childhood, and then I remembered this picture that was waiting for the perfect combo--and this was just the palette it was waiting for! Talk about luck! If I had passed this up, I would've had to wait for a long, long time for just the right color scheme!

The girls are my students from this past school year. I didn't have permission to post pictures of them, so I covered their eyes to disguise them to protect them from internet crazies. Teaching is such a big part of my life, and it just dawned on me recently when I made a page about something that happened with my beardie in my class (this page), that I really need to start documenting all the interesting little bits taht happen at school, so here's the page I made:

The journaling on the back reads: When I went to school that day, it was a seemingly ordinary school day, only it turned out to be anything but. It happened to be the day of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, and a couple of my girls decided they needed a celebration fit for royalty, so they set out to make proper crowns from construction paper. Like all good ideas, this one spread like wildfire up and down our hall, and by lunch time, all the fifth grade girls were sporting their regal headwear! {April 29, 2011}

Here are some details. I dug deep into my stash for this page! I've been reorganizing/cleaning my scrap room, and rediscovered these fun Rhonna Farrer French Twist rub-ons. I had two packages of them that I think I got as a RAK from Jennifer McGuire several years ago. I trimmed the edge off of some *vintage* Narratives paper and added some green pearls. The yellow chipboard letters weren't standing out the way I wanted, so I outlined them in pen, but it wanted to smear, so I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heated it.

I dug through my stash to see what else I could find, and came up with these 3D stickers from American Crafts (the flower and the heart). I was happy to use the Heidi Sapp bling crowns. I used two on this page, and now I just have one left. The chipboard piece is by Sassafras Lass, and the brad is My Mind's Eye. I tucked another little French Twist rub-on owl in there, too.

The Designer's Challenge was to use staggered lettering, like on the ice cream bowls in the Inspiration Photo. I found the perfect staggery font called SFBeaverton.

Here's another chipboard piece from the same Sassafrass Lass set. Those green leaves are also French Twist rub-ons. I thought they looked sort of like a royal jester's hat when I put them together. The flowers I used are silk flowers from Michael's that I bought eons ago, and that cute flower brad is also pretty old, by Prima. The other flowers tucked in there are by K&Co.

The white butterfly came about because that ink on the chipboard got on my hand and smeared onto my white paper, so I covered it up. I really didn't want to put anything there, and I tried a bunch of different things, but I figured if I painted it white, it wouldn't be too blantant an addition.

Here's a shot of the border with the French Twist rub-ons. Fortunately I had two packages of them to extend the length of the green paper and also some to use on the top of my page. The colors were a little different in the two packs. Oh, well, I'll never be able to claim any kind of perfection on my pages. Imperfection is okay by me! I was just thrilled to make this page out of mostly really old stuff! I had run out of the green pearls I used on the top border, so I used pink ones on the bottom.

If you haven't seen what the rest of the team made, you'll have to pop over to CCG--really gorgeous reveal this week (I know--I say that every week!). I hope you'll play along. These colors were SO much fun to work with!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my page!

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