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29 August 2014

School Time

School Time! – A Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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?

24 August 2014

August Counterfeit Member Hop

Beautiful You – A Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout

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Story: Do I need to say anything here?
Style: The third CKC challenge was to use vellum.  I did not put vellum in my kit, because I rarely use it.  But when I needed a buffer between my title word beautiful and the pattern behind it – vellum came to my rescue – beautifully, you might say! 

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Stash: I was near the end of using up my August counterfeit kit, so I started the page by cutting an irregular edge on the postage stamp paper.  I just let things evolve from there.  The other patterned card is from a stationery set by Gallison that I sliced in two. It had the right tones of pink and peach to work with my page.

I only used chipboard, buttons and a single word sticker (yes, a sticker and not a fancy-schmancy electronically made die-cut – I am so utterly old school!) to embellish this photo.  The round items are really old chipboard from Hampton Art that was included in my August counterfeit kit, and the words were leftovers from an even more ancient package by K & Company.

Did you notice that I grounded all the elements to an outside edge (or two), but didn’t trap any of the irregular white space.  Did you notice that the background paper is all rectangles and straight edges and the embellishments are all circles?
Now you can see all the other counterfeiters dazzle you here:
Counterfeit Kit Challenge 
Jemma
Tina
Susanne - you are here!
Elaine
Lesley
Laura
Leslie
Cindy
Lisa
Binty
Julene
If you have a hankering to play with buttons, do check out The Studio Challenges where the August challenge is to use buttons in creative ways.