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22 September 2014

Me On Monday–We’re Back

Well, she is back home and I am back to blogging!  After leaving me alone for 11 days (that’s more than a week and half, people!!) with the Dad and the Son (oh, the stories they are probably not telling her), she has come home.  Now I shall be properly pampered once more. Whew!  I think she may have missed me too.  Especially since the Son gave me a bath last night making me super soft and extra cuddly today.
She travelled cross-country with her sister to see her older brother who is very very ill.  Now that she is back she has a case of the blues – at least that is the vibe I am picking up.  She puttered around all morning – constantly on the move so she does not think too much.  She is unpacking, cleaning a little and tackling the 2 foot high stack of mail and boxes on the kitchen counter.  Maybe that 14 inch square one will cheer her up – she always likes that shape.  Maybe I will get to spend a little time under the craft table yet today.  I like that a lot (‘cause she lures me up there with a treat)!

Now why not go check on Sian and see what she and her friends  (canine or not) are up to this Monday.  In the meantime, or maybe later in the week, she will get around to those posts and the 623 others in her backlog.  She would probably welcome the distraction.


10 September 2014

Scrapbooking Idea - Use 7 or more photos on 2 pages

Over at Get It Scrapped, they are working with the idea of using lots of pictures.  The assignment was to make a 2 page layout with at least 7 photos.  On one side of the layout arrange photos and/or memorabilia in a simple grid – even with a pocket page, if you like.  Then make the other half a single page spread and still tie the two together.

You will remember this spread I did, recently.

This has become my favorite method to deal with vacation photos quickly, effectively and stylishly too.  So although I was not assigned to do another page, I am taking the opportunity to pair up another single layout with a pocket page.  Well, let’s make that 2 pocket pages.

Remember this layout on the left, an earlier Get It Scrapped assignment to use modern nautical style.  Now I have added a companion page to it.

anglers paradisegone fishing

I had still more pictures to put in the reverse of that pocket page too.  Here’s what it looks like side by side with the full layout. You can see both pages match up well just by using repeated elements for embellishing – chevron and burlap ribbons, cork stars, anchor epoxy stickers, red button and navy twine.

anglers paradisegone fishing-001

This is definitely my go-to method for vacation pictures, but it would also work quite well for school year photos, party photos and lots of other occasions.  What would you scrap this way?

05 September 2014

Scrapbooking Idea - Add Words From an App

Today's scrapbooking idea is to add words to our pictures.  In this day and age, we can do that through apps on our computers and cell phones.  Here's my first stab at it, using a smart phone app. 

Dream - A layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: Journaling reads:

This quote from Walt Disney came to mind while we were vacationing in Napa Valley.  Getting away from everyday life certainly gives us the space and freedom to dream.  Simplest among those dreams was to come back to Napa Valley again.  In less than six months, we found ourselves there, dreaming even bigger dreams.
Style: I used the Android app Phonto to put text on my image.  I was perusing their ample selection of fonts when I spotted one called Jenna-sue.  It was just whimsical enough, I thought.  I was able to retrieve my photo from the web, choose the font, add the text, change the size, move it around and tilt it very easily.  Not too shabby for a technophobe like me.

When I was ready to scrap the page, I looked for a companion font to use for my journaling.  Imagine my delight when I found that Jenna-sue was a free font available at Perfect for us scrappers.  (Jenna-sue also has a cool design blog.)

My page started with a May 2014 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches, and a 6 x 6 pad of Color Crush by American Crafts.

I added a separate section down in the bottom right corner, that will hold a square little photo from our second trip to Napa. I really am trying to include more than one photo on a layout!  However, I needed the design to work without the picture I had yet to snap on a trip I had yet to take when the layout was due, so I mimicked the top corner.

Dream detail

I believe the design works great like this because I have aligned the bottom cluster with the top one.  Speaking of alignment, did you notice that on my page the photo extends up above the layered paper block . . . it seems only right that the balloon would rise up there.
Stash: Patterned paper, alphabet and canvas stickers, American Crafts; Cardstock, ink, stamps & button, Stampin Up; Enamel dots, Basic Grey; Sticker, Studio Calico.

04 September 2014

September Counterfeit Challenge #1– “Seek & Scrap”

In September the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog’s first challenge is for you to give us a challenge.  Make one up, complete a project and share both the project and challenge with us.  Several of the creative team are giving you examples; here is mine.

Let’s say, you have just put your kit together and are ready to get started, but you don’t know where to start. Well, today I am going to give you both a challenge and a solution to that problem.

My challenge is for you to look online for specific ideas on how to use a particular product in your kit, and then use either one of those ideas or the cumulative inspiration you get by looking to start scrapping right away.  Maybe you have some old paper from a line that bumfuzzles you, or a unique embellishment you have found difficult to use.  You need a little nudge.

These days you can quickly do an internet search to find images that will get your creative juices flowing.  Pinterest,, your favorite manufacturer’s website or kit club blogs all have examples to share with you.  By looking for a very specific item, you will find your searching much more productive.

I wanted to use the Stampin Up set “Mosaic Madness”  so I dropped into a favorite website with galleries for many different stamps – Splitcoaststampers.  I allowed the gallery slide show of images using this set to run for less than 10 minutes and then I started working.
Sept card 2Sept card

I noticed many cards which popped up the stamped and punched image in various configurations atop a white card embossed with the matching pattern.  I chose my own pattern, added jewels from my kit and used a rub-on sentiment with another Stampin Up punch to finish the opulent look.

I also noticed that many stampers used the punched shape to make 5 or 6 petal flowers, some even with leaves.  I whipped up one, added a jewel in the center and adhered it to a 3 x 4 everyday life card I had stamped with two Unity stamps.  From beginning my search to putting the last jewel on the two cards, I spent less than 30 minutes creating.  Fast fabulous fun.

I challenge you to do a search on a specific item in your kit and put that inspiration to use right away.  If you copy a single person's idea, please credit the creator.  I realize nowadays with so much scrapbooking sharing on the Internet, you will often see the same idea used by many stampers and scrappers, so it is difficult to know where they originated.  Do your best, and be quick about it.  You can thank me for getting you off to such a quick start on your kit later.

02 September 2014

September 2014 Counterfeit Kit Add-On

As promised when I posted my counterfeit kit, I wanted a September add-on to include stamps.  When one is “Dishing Up The Good Life”, it is only natural to want a “Second Helping”.  Yes, that is the name of my add-on kit, shown pictured over the top of my main kit (evidence that it coordinates perfectly).

second helping collage
Plan (or lack of one): Have you ever pulled together your kit and thinking it complete, later find yourself taking a second look at the inspiration kit?  Do you see something different that reminds you of  supplies you have?  Well, when I first looked at this month inspiration kit, I neglected to take note of the map paper, the text paper, and the music paper.  Maybe I didn’t think I had those patterns in colors that would coordinate with the rest of the my kit.


Wrong!  As it would happen, I found several that would work with my main kit and that would also come in handy for the stamping I planned to do this month.  Before you know it, I had accumulated quite the add-on kit:

second helping

For the stamping portion, I grabbed a Stampin Up set called Mosaic Madness, along with their matching punch and an embossing folder.  I also found set of dies for using on pocketed pages, and I grabbed a handful of single Unity stamps (stamped examples at top right) that would work well.  I found a set of rub-ons and some puffy stickers too. 
Paper & Pretties: Cardstock – Bazzill peach and cream, Stampin Up 8.5 x 11 Confetti White
Ink – Stampin Up Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Concord Crush, Cajun Craze,    Rich Razzleberry
Sassafras – Count Me In, One by One
Basic Grey – Stella Ruby, Lady Kate’s Roses
Studio Calico – Plaza and Abroad, Boarding Pass
Kaisercraft – Timeless Collection, Sheet Music & Script
Unknown Maker – Wood plank scraps
Studio Calico – Project Life 3 x 4 patterned cards, Snapshot craft die
Basic Grey – Capture Mini Monograms in cranberry
Unity Stamp Company – assorted single stamps
Stampin Up – Mosaic Madness stamp set, Mosaic punch, Modern Mosaic embossing folder
American Crafts – Mini Marks Rub-ons, Accessories Set 2 
Maggie Holmes – Date Roller Stamp
QuicKutz – Pocket Scrap Dies – Life
Twine & Ink Puffy Stickers
Maybe now that you’ve seen the Design team’s kits, there are some items you think you need to add to your kit – either as an add-on, or in the main kit.  Either way, I am giving you permission for a big second helping this month – after all, there are no calories involved!