It's NSD - National Scrapbook Day!

Hello there, and welcome back! I have two quick scrapbook pages to share today. I have actually been working this whole weekend, and didn't get to participate as much in NSD as I would have liked to. But, I did start with a great two-page template from the A Split Second download for My Digital Studio. I took some pictures today, and just dragged and dropped them into the templates.

INSD Scrapbook Page-001

Normally I make traditional scrapbook pages (with paper supplies), but there are some really cute templates and other digital supplies from My Digital Studio that I wanted to play around more with.

INSD Scrapbook Page-002

Well, that is all for today. I'll have a card or two to share tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

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Event Display Stamper Application

Hello, and welcome back! Hang on to your hats, as I have 6 projects to share today that will also be used as an application to be a display stamper for Stampin' Up! at their annual Convention in July. When I was on the Artisan Design Team in 2012-2013, I enjoyed making display samples for Leadership 2013. I would love the opportunity to do it again! Since there are so many pictures, I won't link supplies and will have basic info about each project. If you'd like more detail,  please comment and I'd be happy to answer.

First up, the cards. The first one features the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set, which is heat embossed in white and colored in with markers on the back of the Vellum Cardstock. I also stamped the watercolor stamps onto watercolor paper, and spritzed with water so they would blend more.




Next, another card with warm and spring-like colors. I heat embossed the doilies onto Naturals White Cardstock, watercolored around them, and then ironed off the heat emossing. It looks like I watercolored a very elaborate background!




For this last card, I cut an oval from the Simply Pressed Clay, colored on the feather stamp with markers and then pressed it into the clay. I let it dry overnight, and then assembled the card. The colored panel to the left started out with markers colored in circles, and then I spritzed it to make the colors run.




Next up is a scrapbook page that I have shared here before. This is my cute and furry friend Monty. This page features the hexagon punch, some spritzing through a stencil I created with MDS and one of the Photopolymer stamp sets.




My first 3D project is a simple birthday banner. I die cut a piece of Canvas Creations using the Perfect Pennants Die, stamped the Abc-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers for the word "happy" and then stitched a satin stich for the letters.




And, last but not least, a set of spring banners using the Backyard Basics Bundle. The base is Coasterboard, sponged and stamped with the Hardwood stamp. The next layer is Canvas Creations stamped with the Dictionary stamp which was sponged with ink. I also stamped the words into the Simply Pressed Clay, and made little tags out of them. Some Vintage Trinkets and Burlap Ribbon finish them off.






Whew, that is all for today. Wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by.

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Scrap It - Winter Is Not Messing Around Pages

Hello there! Today I have a couple of scrapbook pages to share with you. This is a two page spread about the tough winter we've had in my area. We have had 80" of snow so far this winter, and there is snow in the forecast again this coming week! At least most of what is on the ground to this point has already melted off. I am so ready for spring. But, I have lots of pictures from this winter. So, I put together this spread to remember just how much snow and cold this winter handed me.

I titled the page "This winter is not messing around!" I started with Very Vanilla Core'dinations Cardstock for both sides. You can't really see it in these pictures, but I spritzed a Pool Party Ink and alcohol mix as well as some Vanilla Smooch Spritz over the vanilla cardstock. Then, I layered on a Pool Party print from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper, the circles print from the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, and some plain Vellum Cardstock.



I printed the title onto vellum using the Candy Inc. font in black. I adhere this over my photo, and added some Calypso Coral buttons, a circle of Calypso Coral graph pattern paper and silver embroidery thread to finish this page.



Here is a closer look at the title area.



Here is the second page. I edited several pictures, and sized them at 2.5" x 2.5" with 4 in a row on each strip and a small white border in between. I used the same papers in layers, except I used the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Sale-a-bration on the Vellum Cardstock. You only have until March 31st to get this emossing folder free with a $50 purchase! 



I used another Calypso Coral button and circle of Calypso Coral graph paper along with a stamped wooden banner. Over three of the photos, I diecut a film strip from Vellum Cardstock, and stamped onto them with Jet Black Stazon and two of the rotary stamps. They are attached with a mini staple. I added some details in my journaling under many of the photos with a black marker.



Here are some of the other photos and details. In addition to many pictures of snow, I wanted to show the two main things that go me through the winter: my really warm coat and the YakTrax that I had attached to my boots. Even Monty has a winter coat that he wears when it is really cold.



Well, that is all for today. You'll find the supplies listed below. Soon I'll share some paper flowers that I made to decorate my craft room with. Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrap It - Cold House Page

Hello there! Welcome back. I have another scrapbook page to share today, and actually it's another winter page! What can I say...we have had a snowy, cold winter ever since the beginning of December. We just got a fresh coat of snow last night into this morning! It's March people...I'm done with winter, but it's not done with us yet I guess. So, all that to say, I have lots of pictures of winter, and you'll be seeing more of them around here in the near future.

My page base is another piece of Whisper White Core'dinations cardstock. I started by piercing some overlapping circles with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack. Next I adhered two of the patterned papers from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. I pierced along the edges of each paper, and then hand-stitched a running stitch in the pierced holes with white pearl cotton floss.



I printed the title onto Whisper White Cardstock, separating the letters in the word "cold" so I could punch them with a 1/2" Circle Punch. They are mounted onto little banners punched with the Banner Punch from Sale-a-Bration. Speaking of that...have you picked up your free Sale-a-Bration item with a $50 order? Time is running out. These items are only available until March 31st. All parts of the banner are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. The font is Candy Inc.



I finished the page with some Candy Dots and journaling.


Well, that is all for today. Maybe I'll do us both a favor, and pull out some of my beautiful spring pictures from seasons past to turn into the next round of scrapbook pages. So, is it still winter where you live?

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Scrap It - Winter Walk Page

Hello, and welcome back! I have some scrapbook pages to share this week that I worked on over the weekend. I wanted to capture the adventure of walking two dogs in the winter snow. I kept my friend's dog for a few days, and had to adjust to all the daily routines of my dog x2! It wasn't as difficult as I thought, and we pretty easily settled into our daily routine.



This page started with a 12x12 Whisper White Core'dinations Cardstock piece. I die cut four of the speech bubbles, laid them on the background, and spritzed around each one one at a time with Pool Party, Old Olive, Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral inks mixed with alchohol. You can see the background by itself below.



For the title, I stamped three of the frames after inking up just the frame part of the image. The "woo-hoo" image is the full stamp, and all the speech bubbles are from the Just Sayin' Stamp Set. The other three greetings are from Hip Notes and also from the Make Note This And That Rotary Stamp. So many great sayings in all of these sets! The speech bubbles are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.



To finish out the page, I drew some lines and added my journaling. I also thought the page needed something to ground it. So, I cut a strip of the black and white stripe pattern from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper. I added some messy stitching over that and a short piece of the Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim. Then, I added a Coastal Cabana In Color Boutique Details piece and Calypso Coral and Old Olive buttons. I am really pleased with how this page turned out! I have to remember to try this technique again.


That's all for today. I have two more scrapbook pages to share this week, so I hope you'll join me here again. Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrap It - Love It Page

Hello and welcome back! For a change of pace today, I thought I would share a 12x12 scrapbook page that I completed. I've been spending some time editing my photos lately so I can get back to my memory keeping. I had a few photos of a meal I cooked recently, and I wanted to capture that piece of my everyday life on a layout. I made a grid style layout. I don't know if it's the mathematician in me or the fact that I used to be a yearbook editor, but I love to make these types of blocked or grid style layouts. It just comes more naturally to me. I used a piece of So Saffron Core'dinations Cardstock for the bottom layer, and trimmed a piece of smoky slate polka-dot patterned paper from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper that I stitched to the background.



I printed my pictures at 3x4 (two up on a 4x6 piece of photo paper), and rounded the corners. Then, I created two journal cards for myself using some digital stamps from MDS and my e-cutter. The digital stamp set is the Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set. Here I placed the stamp "love it" into a square, and cut the words out to use the whole negative shape as an embellishment. I added the arrow from the Essentials Hardware Clips, and the gray striped washi tape from Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape.



Here is the journal card. I die cut the "perfect" from the same MDS stamp brush set using my e-cutter from Real Red Cardstock. I adhered it to a 3x4 Smoky Slate piece with rounded corners. More washi tape, and lines drawn with the Real Red Stampin' Write Marker for my journaling.



For one more accent, I added a piece of Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and a So Saffron button.



Well, that's all for today. I'll have some more cards to share for some additional challenges this week. I'm also planning to shoot a video showing how I created these two e-cutter elements that I'll be sharing soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 3

Hello, and welcome back! Tonight I'm sharing a little more about my scrapbook philosophy. Some of you might not know about My Digital Studio, which is Stampin' Up!'s digital scrapbooking software. The more I play with the program, the more I like it. I really love making hybrid projects with it, but from time to time I also make digital pages. I have shared a couple of pages made with the program before here and here. I'm really liking it for making complete books though, especially about a specific event or theme. They are great to use as gifts too, especially if you need more than one copy of the book.

I'm not sure I will ever be a 100% digital scrapbooker, because I love making traditional pages with real paper and embellishments. But, here is where I plan to use MDS:

  • To make books about specific events or themes (like Convention 2012 or favorite vacation photos)
  • To make books for friends and family, calendars too
  • To make special titles for scrapbook pages
  • To export shapes to cut with my Silhouette ecutter for scrapbook pages

There are all kinds of choices for supplies in My Digital Studio including papers, stamps, punches, embellishments, etc. You can also purchase photobook templates where all of the pages are already designed for you, and all you have to do is drop in your pictures. This is what I chose to do for my Convention 2012 digital book. You can click on the image below to see the whole template in the store at the Stampin' Up! website. I love this template. It has the chalkboard look in more than one color, chevrons, cool fonts and doodly frames. What's not to love!

Convention 2012 Photobook Template -- Digital Download

I also made a short video which features all of my completed pages in the book. Even if you didn't go to Convention, this would make a great book about friendship or a group event. So, here you go. I hope you enjoy it!



That's all for today. I'll have some traditional scrapbook pages to share soon, and that will round out my scrapbook philosophy posts. Thanks for stopping by!

My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 2

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm going to share a mini-album I made using pictures from a cruise I took back in 2011. I'm also going to share my scrapbook philosophy part 2. One of the things I like to do for some of my vacations or special trips is to make a mini-album.

Here is what I like about it:

  • I can prepare it ahead of time, at least partially, so I have an idea how many and what general sizes or orientation of the pictures I will need.
  • I save my tickets, tags and other ephemera from the trip, and add them into the pages with the pictures later. I brought an envelope with me to store these items in.
  • It's a smaller project with a definite start and end, so I have a sense of accomplishment when I complete it.
  • It gives me a chance to try a different size and even a more dimensional format for scrapbooking.
  • Usually I choose this option if I am just making an album for myself. If I want to make a vacation album with copies for my family or I don't want to include the emphemera from my trip, then I'll go with a digital book. I'll share one of those later this week!
  • I still make additional 12x12 scrapbook pages about different parts of my vacations or trips, but they are focused on one place or thing. In the mini album I show the overall experience.

So, on to the pictures. The suitcase shaped chipboard album is from Stampin' Up!, but was retired awhile back. I also cut some additional patterned paper pages to put in between each chipboard page so I could include more photos and such. I painted each chipboard piece with pink, green, red, vanilla or light blue acrylic paint.


I used the stamp set Sentimental Journey, a retired set from Stampin' Up! I also used the Simple Serif Mini Alphabet, Puns from the Past and their Tag Alphabet.


The papers, ribbons and other small embellishments were from the Making Memories Passport line.


I cut pockets, tickets and a few other shapes using my Silhouette from the patterned papers.


I used some international themed dies also from Quickutz.


I focused one chipboard page and one paper page on each day and each place on the cruise. This one was to the British Isles. I highly recommend this type of trip if you ever have the chance to go.


On the post card or note shaped pieces, I journaled about our activities for that day. I had written all of this down on the trip. This Tag Alphabet is great for titles, and fits right in with the banner trend that is still going strong.




I diecut diamonds, folded them in half, stamped them with the mini alphabet stamps and adhered them over twine. I really like using these different banners as titles.


I staped twine to the little pieces in the envelope, so they would be easy to pull out.










I even included a couple of pages about the boat itself. This was my first cruise, so being on a boat that large was fun and a novelty in itself.







Well, that is all for today. I have a digital album to share this week as well as a few 12x12 traditional pages. So, do you make mini albums? Do you keep tickets and trinkets from your trips? What do you do with them after the trip? Thanks for stopping by.

My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 1 or I Flunked Project Life!

Hello, and welcome back! Today I am going to start a short series of posts about my scrapbook philosophy. I have lots of pictures and words to share, but I'm going to break it up into sections that I will share throughout the week. Even so, I think they will be long posts! So, grab a cold drink and let's get started.

I have been scrapbooking for many years now...I think 15 or even approaching 20! (But, I'm not going to tell you how old I was when I started.) Even after all of this time, I still love the process. I enjoy taking pictures, and have learned how to make some simple edits so that I am happy with the printed photos. About two weeks ago, I helped a friend with 3 small children start her scrapbooking journey. It made me reflect on why I continue to do this hobby. For me, I like the creativity involved in making pages, looking through my photos, deciding what story to tell and completing the pages and albums. It's the creative expression that keeps me coming back for more.

I make traditional 12x12 scrapbook pages, mini albums, Project Life / pocket pages and even digital scrapbook pages and albums. At different times I had decided to try and use only one or two of these approaches, but now that I have been reflecting more I believe I will continue on with a little bit of each of these styles of scrapbooking. At the beginning of 2012, I tried to start a second year of Project Life, where I took a picture a day, and made a pocket page spread for every week. Here is what worked and didn't work for me in that process.

I liked:

  • Focusing more on the little every details of my life. These are easy to miss if you only make pages about holidays, events and vacations.
  • Including things like cards from restaurants, concert tickets, etc.
  • Including every day pictures of friends, work and other smaller events that I mostly now capture with my phone's camera.

What I didn't like:

  • Having to take a photo everyday, and inclulding hand-written journaling everyday.
  • Having to make a two page spread for every week.
  • Having to go in chronological order.
  • Feeling like I was getting behind.
  • Trying to fit the pieces of ephemera into one of the pockets.
  • Trying to decide whether to journal about my photo, or the ephemera or finding room for both.
  • Trying to match days for all of the elements.

In the end, all of the above decisions just bogged me down and I gave up continuing on with the album. Then, I read this post by Jennifer Wilson, and the lightbulb went on. I have read Stacy Julian's book Photo Freedom before and have taken her corresponding classes on the Library of Memories system, and this is the overall approach I have chosen. So, I loved Jennifer's post about removing the chronological part of Project Life, and blending the two. This is what is working for me. I'm just adding pocket pages into my larger albums for All About Us, People, Places and Things.

So, it must be time for some photos! I'm going to share my pocket pages from December 2012 and some of the details of creating them. I used whatever vertical pictures I had for the month to fill out this page. Also, for my titles I chose the same font to add to my pictures whether I edited them on my computer on on one of my cell phone apps.



Some of the Stampin' Up products I used are retired now, but you'll get the idea. I cut up part of Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin’ Layout Kit for the title 12x6 slot for the month. And, even though it says December Daily, I don't have a picture for every day.



For the cards, tickets and tags I wanted to include for the month, I attached them to another piece of 12x6 cardstock with washi tape "smashbook" or "This and That" style. I had more vertical pictures, so the next page holds 12 4x6 photos or cards.



A close-up of my ephemera for the month attached with washi tape.



I diecut the Merry frame from My Digital Studio download with my Silhouette e-cutter. I also used some Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and our Core'dinations Cardstock to finish out this card.



More vertical photos, pieces from the Simply Scrappin kit and dry embossed pieces on the left page. The right page I switched to horizontal photos and a 6x12 journaling space.







Here I journaled about our family Christmas Dinner and the gifts I received.



For my regular or "daily" journaling, I made entries into an iPhone app called Memento. Then, I exported this content and printed it out onto a 6x12 piece of cardstock and added it to the left page. The next page is all horizontal 6x4 photos started on the right side.



The reindeer is from a My Digital Studio download, cut with my Silhouette ecutter. The other pieces are from the Simply Scrappin' kit.



The sentiment is part of another MDS download cut with the Silhouette, paper from the scrappin kit, a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and some rhinestones.



More horizontal pictures on the left, and then the start of 4x4 Instagram photos on the right.



The snowflakes are from the Simply Scrappin' kit, and I colored the woodgrain pattern from the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper with Whisper White Craft Ink. On the bottom left, I included an index print of all of the creative projects that I made for the month. I love having a record of my creative endevors for the month to glance at.



Another glimmer snowflake and white woodgrain combo.



The sentiment is another MDS download cut with my Silhouette, on cardstock from the scrappin kit with Washi tape at the top and bottom. This was before Stampin' Up sold Washi tape, so this set is by Teresa Collins.



Some more Instagram 4x4 photos. I also used the Phonto iPhone app to add the text dates. My other apps used are Pic-Tap-Go for general edits and cropping, and Diptic for making photo collages. The font I used was Ostrich Sans Bold which is a free font. I print most of my photos at home. Even though Stampin' Up doesn't carry these page protectors now, you can find the same pages from We R Memory Keepers. Here is the set I used (the second 12x12 ring multi-pack).



Whew! That is all for today. All of these pages will live in my "All About Us" album since they are about my everyday experiences in December. So, have you tried Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking? What did you think? I'll have a mini album that features a vacation cruise to share with you tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome back! I'm so glad you could join the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team for our next blog hop of July! Today we are featuring more projects which use new products from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! You might have just arrived from Jeanna’s blog. If not, make sure you go all the way around the hop to get to her project!

Today I decided to share a scrapbook page that I just created with photos from the Stampin' Up! Convention 2013. It was this past week, and it was a huge celebration as the company just passed its 25th Anniversary! I took my inspiration from the colors that were the theme of convention: So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray and Whisper White. The theme was "Be The Difference."


Here are some close-ups. I used the crepe filter paper, and colored it with a brayer and Real Red ink. The center is Strawberry Slush cardstock and an In Color Boutique Detail. I also cut circles with a 1/2" Circle Punch from the Silver Glimmer Paper, and stitched them together.


The page has a grid that I also stitched on my sewing machine in white. I printed each picture at 2.5" x 2.5", and put them on Whisper White Cardstock layers that are 2.75" x 3.5" for an instant print style look. I repeated the same type of banner element with flower and silver on the right side of the layout. This was totally inspired by the whole look of the amazing convention decorations.


One more close-up of the title and journaling. I used the 7/8" scallop circle punch on some of the Strawberry Slush colored Crepe Filter Paper, with a So Saffron Candy Dot in the matching brad. I also used the Chalk Talk Framelits for the patterned banners above and the banners underneath the "BE" letters in the title. The rest of the title is written on vellum and folded into a another style of banner. I used a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper for the top, and then wrote my journaling.


Well, that is all for today. You’ll want to join us again next Wednesday as we feature another hop with all new projects featuring lots of new products from the new catalog! And, don’t forget to click below to get to Sarah’s Blog for the next stop on the hop. You won’t want to miss her lovely project. Thanks for stopping by!

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