Cards from Scraps

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hi there!
Sharing a couple of cards using scraps from The ScrapRoom's July kits. 
First, a fun patriotic card using some Pebbles America The Beautiful:
I did some machine-stitching around the perimeter and also between the 2 pieces of patterned paper. I used another doily and punched a notebook border on one edge of a sentiment card.The stars are from my stash as well as the twine.

Next I have a card made with the Fancy Pants Good Fellows collection:
This card can be used for a few different occasions. I'm thinking, "I'm proud of you" or a "congratulations" for something.  I wanted a more generic sentiment for this one since the card itself is more generic.

And the beauty is...I still have lots more scraps left to create more cards or even layouts!

Game On!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Playing along at Stuck?! Sketches again. This is some older Echo Park stuff called, appropriately, Game On.  I stole that and used it for my title!
Here's the sketch:

As you can see, I kept pretty true to the sketch. I did relocate my title to the bottom and moved the embellishments around a bit.
I also added an additional photo that I tucked behind the larger top photo.
The five year gap between my boys can sometimes be hard. I love those moments when they find the middle and connect....even when it's video games. 

Hello Sweet Boy

Saturday, July 16, 2016

 Hello! I'm greeting you today with this cute little boy peeking out of the grass.  He says Hello, too!
***Simple Stories Bloom & Grow collection***
This page is brought to you courtesy of another beautiful FOTM kit from The ScrapRoom. I combined it with the current sketch and list challenge from Scrap Our Stash to bring it all together. 

I think the sketch is pretty evident on my page. Really the only change was moving my photos and file folders to the left side rather than the right.  The only reason that I even did this was because I wanted to use the cute "hello" speech bubble and it needed to go on the right. Easy move. 
Here are my list items:
List 1 - Simple Stories
List 2 - Twine
List 3 - Uniball Pen
I guess I also used all three colors but that was a matter of coincidence more than intent.
I really enjoyed working with this collection of papers and embellishments. I am a huge sucker for woodgrain and this one is awesome. It really has that old weathered fence feel and is such a perfect back drop for these outdoor photos. I misted and splattered it first with a little white Dylusions Ink.  I put my Silhouette to use designing and cutting some file folders. The one with the blue print is stuck down but I left the plaid one loose and used it for my journaling.  Since I selected the Uniball Pen as one of my stash items, I knew I wanted to use the butterfly and draw a whimsical trail. From there I went a little crazy and started drawing faux stitching everywhere. I guess I forgot how much I love my white pen!
This sketch was super easy to work with. If you don't have a Silhouette or file folders you could easily turn those pieces into plain patterned paper blocks. If you are inspired to use this sketch and take the list challenge, I hope you will link up at Scrap Our Stash. There is always a monthly prize up for grabs!

More information about The ScrapRoom and their monthly kits can be found HERE.

Until next time---Happy Scrapping!

Favorite Moment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I think this is quite possible one of my favorite collections from Fancy Pants.  It's called Good Fellows and it's one of the FOTM for July from The ScrapRoom.  Yay!
The papers in the 12x12 size even have cool is that?  I remember there used to be several manufacturers who put texture on their papers but now it's less common.  So, what a treat to be seeing this again and in such a great collection!
The design for this page is inspired by the monthly sketch provided by The ScrapRoom. I was assigned the task of using the sketch rotated so the original design was for the large background banners to be horizontal, not vertical.
I "stamped" some circles with navy acrylic paint and whatever circular elements I had on hand. I have saved empty rolls from glue dots, toilet paper, tape...I think the small circle is from a glue stick cap. This gave me some variety in the sizes. Doing this is a huge deal for me...taking that leap of faith to stamp on my background and hope they end up in the right place for my overall design.  Luckily, it worked out.
I loved the color combination in this collection. The green, pale aqua, navy and pale orange worked really well for these photos of my boys along the river. I'm totally loving the epoxy stickers, wood shapes and flair too.  What can I say...I love it!

For mor information about The ScrapRoom and their monthly kits, go HERE.

Home Town Parade

Monday, July 11, 2016

Do you have some Independence Day photos to scrap? If so, I have a layout for YOU!
***Pebbles America the Beautiful collection***

This layout is part of The ScrapRoom's monthly recipe feature. All 4 designers create a double page layout using a different FOTM and then we write up "recipes", or directions, on how to re-create it for yourself.  Easy-peasy scrapbooking!

Almost everything you need is included in the kit, with a few exceptions. For my layout, items from my stash include mist, twine and title alphas. That means all the die-cuts, the doilies and the patterned papers were in my FOTM kit (exact die-cuts may vary).
I went photo heavy---mostly because it's really hard to narrow down parade photos!  I like things linear so when left to my own devices, that's what I create. I was still able to use a lot of different patterns and represent just how versatile this kit is. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, actually!
I hope you like it and feel inspired.  If you are not yet a subscriber to The ScrapRoom and would like more information, head HERE to read all about it!

Sunshine & Happiness

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hi! Today I'm sharing a fun summer page with photos from a few years back...okay, a lot of years!  Can you say 2007?  
I know.  Crazy how fast time flies.
This layout features a July FOTM from The ScrapRoom.  It's the new summer collection from Elle's Studio called Sunny Days.
I really love the bright colors and fun prints. Elle's Studio also offers a wide variety of embellishments---check out the epoxy stickers, the wood veneer shapes and phrases and the cardstock labels. So much to choose from that I really only turned to my stash for the die-cut part of my title.  I love that!
I did some machine-stitching along the long vertical sides for additional interest. I'll let you in on a little secret here. I liked the wood background so much that I didn't want to use the whole piece on this one layout.  What I did was grab a scrap piece of 12x12 white cardstock (like the kind that often comes in your 12x12 page protector). I used that as my base and cut everything else to fit onto it. So smart, huh? I'm the first person to ever think of that.  Ha-ha.
So there you have it. I hope I have inspired you to pull out some old photos from your stash and get them scrapped. 
It's never too late!
If you're interested in more information about The ScrapRoom and how you can receive these kits, go to this link HERE for all the details.

Mark Twain Riverboat

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hello! I'm excited to announce today that I'm staying on for another term at Scrap Our Stash!
  I think it might be 2 years now but I just love being a part of this team so much. Brenda and Rochelle are great to work with and I really enjoy the challenges.

Speaking is the latest page I created for the July 1st challenge:
***Fancy Pants Down By The Shore collection***

Details of the challenge...

The title of the book immediately made me think of traveling.  Given that, it left my photo options pretty wide open. I went with Disney because, well...I have just a few left to scrap!  Also, the riverboat in itself is a method of "going places"...see the connection here?  Anyway, that's what I went with.

This collection from Fancy Pants is a few years old but I still love it. The colors are so versatile as are the many different patterns included within the kit. I easily met the requirement of 5 different patterned papers, especially since I used a pattern for my background piece and a few additional patterns in the banner.  The round embellishments include a couple of chipboard buttons and the yellow sticker on the right. I also included a punched circle and a die-cut ship's wheel as additional round elements.

If you feel inspired by my layout and/or this book-inspired challenge, head over to Scrap Our Stash and play along.
See you there!