Thursday, November 26, 2020

Fine Feathered Friends

 I have been working through some in-progress pages still. Here is another one. 

This is a modified two-page layout designed by Just Kitting that I turned into one. Unfortunately Just Kitting is no longer in business. 

Love how Chicken Little turned out in this with the tail feather detail! 

Have another layout to share soon!
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Thursday, November 12, 2020

First Christmas- Aaron’s baby album

Aaron’s Baby album had never been completed. I unearthed a list of pages I had wanted to complete for his album from 2008 and realized  
1. I didn’t need or want all of those stories in this album. And
2. I was missing a few key pages to finish it off.

His first Christmas was one of those layouts.

I went to my Christmas stash in search of a place to start. I knew I might have some predesigned layout kits leftover from pre- December Daily stash. Sure enough I found one by 2ScrappySisters . These types of layouts are no longer my style, but it worked nicely with the layouts in this album that I created back when it was. 

I altered the layout design on the second page quite a bit. The photo placement is also completely altered. 

I got creative with my journaling placement on this one. I typed it up and printed it on Tim Holtz tissue paper. It comes on a roll that I cut to fit and adhered to copy paper. When I mod podge it to the background (let the ink set for an hour so it doesn’t bleed from the glue) it almost disappears! I then found an Ali Edwards stamp from an old Technique Tuesday set that said “remember this”.

I am finally learning how to use the Silhouette Cameo that I was gifted and cut my title for this page. I used some digital stamps from Ali to create it. I cut it three times and layered them together to give it dimension.

The paper pieced Santa is the whole reason I purchased this kit long ago. This Santa is amazing! The texture I his beard and trim as well as the shading on all of the pieces. He was fun to make!

 I happened to find a Basic Grey sticker that had the same colors and feel of the other presents to use on the second page.

The snowflakes are sequins that I bought from the Target Spot years ago. Love those things!

So excited to be wrapping up this album project for my 14 year old son. Love that I found a way to use this kit from my stash. Love that I made it my own and love the results!

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Fortune Keeper

The layout I am sharing here started from a kit from Just Kitting. Just Kitting, owned and run by my mom, recently is no longer, unfortunately, due to concerns with copy right.

Most kits I have in my stash, I rarely keep as they are unmodified. This is another of those kits. I did keep the title as well as the main elements included with the kit, I just used them in different ways.

I never seem to have the right number or orientation of photos to use with these predesigned kits, so for this one, I created a band of photos and used the photo mat papers as a band to embellish the layout.

For reasons I don't really remember, I started collecting fortunes from cookies for Aaron and then my other kids. I found this layout a perfect way to use those collected bits to add to this story. I no longer hold on to them any more.

The dragon is a Cricut cut from one of the Disney cartridges. Below are some close ups of the fortunes. 

Thank you for looking! Hope to share another layout soon!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Moving - CA apt to house

I have a handful of layouts that have been on my "bucket list" for quite a while. Layouts that I have had photos printed, ready for the story for some time, they just haven't been completed.

I am participating in Simple Scrappers' Bucket List Project class and it has been motivating me to get these off my list and into my albums.

The layout I am sharing here is one of those layouts.

This layout design was a kit from Scrapbook Generations. I tend to modify these to fit the photo sizes and the amount of journaling I have to include. These kits tend to be a bit flat, so I tend to add a bit more texture and dimension to their kits.

I used to subscribe to Scrapbook Generations' kits for a few years, but struggled to find a use for all of the themes, especially when I began to start with story. I wasn't creating as quickly as they came in (5 a month at the time) so I quit subscribing. I was happy to find this one in my stash that fit the story I wanted to tell.

As always, I look through my stamp stash, especially my Story Stamp themes looking for stamps to embellish my layouts. For this layout, I was able to use a few from the Move and Home story theme sets.

Added the journaling card to tell more of my story as well as using foam adhesive to add dimension to the stickers and stamped embellishments.

Since these photos were of mostly empty rooms, I really wanted to add the "if these walls could talk" stamp. I found a label from Elle's Studio that fit the sentiment, but it was on white paper. Most of the elements from this collection were cream, so I got out my Distress Ink in Old Paper and distressed it a bit to blend in with the collection better. 

Love how this ended up coming together and love that this story is now off my bucket list and into my album!

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Love you to pieces

This layout was inspired by Ali Edwards' Story Stamp theme of pieces.

As part of the Story Stamp class material, Ali Edwards included a digital template that I was able to use to create the heart photo collage.

I used a similar page design as Ali did as one of her layouts, but instead of two pages smaller than 12x12, I modified it to one 12x12.

I hand wrote my journaling for this one, transcribing it from another source. I tend to write my journaling for these themes well before I am ready to scrapbook them. I was a bit nervous that I would get it all to fit, but I knew I had the other half of this pattern paper to redo it if I didn't get it right the first time.

I used a stamp in the set to create the title on my page using a black glitter embossing powder. I had some rainbow puffy heart stickers from Jillibean Soup that repeated the heart shape from the photo collage.

On the cork patterned paper, I used white embossing powder as well as a few of the other stamps in the stamp set to embellish. I used some decorative tape from Ali Edwards to cover the seam of the two patterns of the layout together.

Love how this one came out and how quickly since I had the framework of the layout designed ahead of time. 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

May Everyday Pieces

Stacy Julian challenged us in the 20 in 20 class to create a May Everyday project. Part of her project was to collect the little bits of life to go with the photos and words. I have been using the Day One app to store and print the daily photos and words but I wanted to have a place to put the stuff. I decided to save a 2.5x2.5 inch square of stuff daily in May.

Here is the 2 page layout I created with the stuff I collected.

I don't use card stock backgrounds very often and when I do, they tend to be white. This layout was a far departure from that! I chose the navy background for two reasons. 

First a pattern would have been too busy with all of the "stuff" on this page. There were so many colors and patterns on this page, I didn't want to make it any more visually noisy. 

Second of all, there were quite a few pieces that were on white or near white and I wanted a bit of contrast so the pieces would stand out a bit, so I chose the navy.

I stitched using a zigzag stitch using my sewing machine to quilt the pieces together. I used the black and white puffy number stickers for most of the days that came from the left overs from my December Daily kit from Elle's Studio. 

I embellished with some stickers from Shimelle's sticker book and used some stamps from the "Stuff" Story Stamp from Ali Edwards. The title was created using two styles of Thickers.

So glad to have a snapshot using bits and pieces from our life right now. Think it will be fun to look back on years from now to see how packaging and things changed.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Santa Monica

This is a layout from Scrapbook Generations that I tweaked to make my own. I actually had these pictures on another layout that had sat in my Pages in Progress pile for years. It was with the recent URHere layout  that I also redid.

I began this layout in 2008. I know this because one of the first projects I made on my new Circut Expression that I bought when they first made the 12x12 inch version. I was so proud of the title using the photos! 

That layout turned out okay and I was moving on to the last layout in this trip and I couldn't finish it with the supplies I had pulled. When I was going back through the pile, this kit jumped out to me as being able to work, especially since another kit using similar product was going to work for the last few photos I had for this trip.

I struggled on how to place the title. Part of me wanted to stack the words, but you would have lost the panoramic element to it, so I had it stretch across the first page.

I had journaling written for this page, which was super helpful in telling this story, but with a bit of time and reflection, I beefed it up a bit more to tie it with the other layouts from this trip so it tells a better over arching story.

I wasn't sure how to add all of the words. Finally decided that word strips would allow me to audition different places on the layout. And finally went with this.

So much happier with how it looks now, and how it interacts with the layout before and after it. 

Thanks for stopping by to check it out!