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01 September 2014

September 2014 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Today is September’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop, where we reveal the kits we are going to be using for the month.  If you didn’t start at the CKC blog and come by way of Tina’s, check out the full hop list below.
Peek: SC_Aug14_kit4_mediumaugpatterns

Scrapbook Circle’s August kit, Island Paradise is our inspiration kit this month.  What I noticed right away was a hint of purple and lots of diamond shapes.  I liked the nod to vacation in the kit’s name – Island Paradise.
Plan: I decided to make my September kit to scrap pictures of our most recent vacation in Napa Valley. (Poor Napa Valley was shaken by earthquakes just a few days after we were there.)  I adapted the scheme set above with Basic Grey’s Grand Bazaar papers to something better suited to my purpose.  Basic Grey to the rescue again.  Here is their much, much older line, Stella Ruby – which has an old worldly feeling with a more nostalgic look:

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This collection contains an interesting geometric pattern as well as distinctive floral papers.  And those colors, those lovely wine inspired colors – perfect for scrapping Napa wine country.

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Now we add some more recent papers with triangles, subdued reds, organic greens, a touch of black and pull in a dash of gold like the inspiration kit. 

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A few large flat flowers, leaves, die-cut doilies and alphabets are added next. Then we move on to the embellishments.  Let’s see what else I can dish up – instead of wood veneer pieces, I chose cork, of course – plus lots of tags and journal cards like the inspiration kit.

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Don’t you love that dish?  I snatched it off the clearance shelf at World Market, a modern day international bazaar, some might say, but much closer to home.

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And that brings me to the name of my kit – Dishing Up The Good Life.

Sep 2014 CKC kit

I have plans for a stamping add-on kit, that I hope to show you soon.
Papers: Cardstock:  Bazzill, American Crafts and Stampin Up – white, grey, green, yellow, wine and pumpkin
Basic Grey Stella Ruby – Matchbook kit, 3 papers and 2 sizes of alphabets
Sassafras Lass – Life Is Beautiful L’il Brudders
Scarlet Lime Exclusives - Bird Print and Black Floral
Basic Grey Spice Market – Cinnamon
Lily Bee Urban Autumn - Gingered Cider and Tri-State
Studio Calico - Watermelon Rose
Basic Grey Laser-cut black doilies
Pretties: Paislee Press – Sentiment Series Black Glitter Alphabet
Basic Grey – Capture – Mini Monograms alpha in kraft
Prima – Lollipops in Frosted Rose and Red, Parisa Distressed Mix
Prima – Calcutta Leaves in Oatmeal
My Mind’s Eye – Tres Jolie Die-cut Frame
Maya Road – bare chipboard bird keychain shapes
Papertrey Ink – Vintage button collection
Fancy Pants – Cork hearts
Chic Tags – Autumn Days Mini Tags
Kaisercraft - crochet doilies
Life Love Paper – wooden clip pins
Art Bar – Scrapperie Journal Art Cards
Prima – Say it With Crystals
American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Daybook Diecuts
Kolette Hall – Good Life Stamp
Parade: Guest Designer - Tina
Susanne - You are here
That is quite a line up – with Lisa next in line.  Enjoy – because scrapping is part of the good life!

29 August 2014

School Time

School Time! – A Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout

school time
Story: We had this cute snapshot of J in kindergarten out for her high school graduation party.  As I was putting away some memorabilia from her high school and grade school years, I came across another shot of her engrossed in her studies.  I thought they’d make a cute comparative page, and I took the liberty of guessing at the thought which might be common to both shots.
Style: To be honest I was really lazy at this point in using up the last papers in my kit. Here’s what I did:

*  I trimmed one 6 x 12 remnant down a bit and placed it on one half of the corkboard.

*  I cut 6 x 4 photo mats for the two 4 x 4 pictures and anchored all those pieces down with a sticker strip.

*  I had not touched those little labels or the set of large journaling cards, so I slapped nearly all the former and one of the latter on top the striped paper.

*  Then I searched my stash for some finishing touches – a chipboard frame to highlight the main part of her day, an alphabet showing how to print letters (it came with push pins stickers too), and a round school themed journal card embellished with a corrugated girl and a brad.
It was nice that near the end of my kit’s usefulness, I tied enough elements together from the kit and my stash to make a cohesive page. Quick and fun!
Stash: August counterfeit kit, Karen Foster alphabet, Jillibean Soup girl die-cut, Dear Elsie frame, journal circle of unknown origin.
By the way, here’s what her Dad thought she was thinking back then, given her choice of college major now.

Aren't we the silly parents, presuming we have any idea at all what this girl is thinking?

27 August 2014

Scrapbook those Photos of Eating Outdoors

Baloney and Beans – a layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: When we were little we went on lots of fishing trips, but the best bites of the day, in my opinion, were at lunch.  I remember our standard fare included bologna and beans.  Now’s there a title, if ever I heard one!
Style: Without consciously thinking about it when I chose the papers, the colors on this page represent bologna, cheese, beans and applesauce pretty well, with a little green thrown in for the great outdoors.  The picture is a very old one but it sparks the memory very clearly.

You might remember me telling you about this picture in an early Storytelling Sunday installment, where I bellyached about too much waiting for too little fishing.  I never bellyached about the food though!  I’m trying to go back to those stories and make sure that all of them have layouts completed too.  If I get them all done, it would make a nice album, don’t you think?
Stash: Supplies:  Patterned papers, Cosmo Cricket; Cardstock, Stampin Up; Alphabets, October Afternoon and Studio Calico; Fabric ribbon and flair, Studio Calico; Cards, Jenni Bowlin; chipboard, Little Yellow Bicycle; bits from stash.

My Scrapbooking Introduction to Instagram

Scrapbooking Idea - Use Instagram to show your layout page in process.  Share a tip while you are at it.

You probably know that Get It Scrapped is on Instagram (@getitscrapbooked).  But did you know that they recently featured one of my photos in their feed?  Wanna see?

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And the tip I shared was:  Did you know that you can easily space repeated stamped images evenly across a page just by flipping a ruler over again and again?

This is a sneak peek of an upcoming assignment for Get It Scrapped that you will see in September.  I have to say that GIS is helping me learn new things.

I recently opened an Instagram account, and will play around with it a bit.  Because there is so much social media available I am not sure I will use Instagram on a regular basis.  I’m still trying to be more present on Facebook, where I have a lot to learn.   You can follow me on Instagram @snapsandsnippets.

Can I ask you, have you chosen to stick with one or two social media outlets, or are you dabbling in everything?  Have a favorite?

25 August 2014

Me On Monday, August 25th

Just a quickie post, to let you all know I’m here.  Where else would I be, you might ask?  Well, last week hubby and I were out of town. More on that, including photos, coming soon. Friday was catch-up on mail, newspaper, email and laundry day.  Our weekend was fun with a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night and time to rest and putter around on Sunday.

Today will be an early morning start day – clicking these pictures at 6:12 a.m. central daylight savings time to join in with Sian on her Me On Monday meme day.

Blog Stuff
Today will be a picking up and putting away all the scrappy stuff I pulled out for my September Counterfeit kit over the weekend day.

Today will be an ironing all those clothes I washed on Friday day.

Today will be sneaking in a little catch-up on Get It Scrapped Visual Storytelling day.

Today will be a quick blog posting day, because the guys are starting to stir day.

Today is a hoping for rain to cool it down and wash away that cobweb on the second story window day!


Today is Monday, and this is me, in my jammies, hair up, glasses on, Coke Zero nearly finished.

So I’m going to get started on today.  What are you doing today?