Love in the Palm of Your Hand

Monday, October 24, 2016

Today I reveal to you the last of my four layouts featuring each of the FOTM kits from The ScrapRoom
This one...Simple Stories Posh.
My kitty takes the "Posh" spotlight and pulls is off beautifully, don't you think? She was so stinking cute!!!
Hard to believe this was 10 years ago. 
Ahh...I digress. Back to the kit.

This collection has some fun clips and a fantastic sticker sheet that even includes some alphas. I think the colors are a really nice combination as well as the different patterns---you have your floral, some stripe, dots and even a map print. Really nice variety.
I love the coral pink---probably my favorite shade of pink and perfect for my kitty! There are some tiny text phrases in this collection as well. I used a few of them and then actually created a couple more on my own to make them more personal with name, date and a kitty reference.
I used this month's Jump Start sketch as inspiration for the layout. Got some use out of my circle punches and used some of my own washi, tiny alpha stickers and a Silhouette cut word to complete the page.
It makes me so happy to see these photos scrapped on such pretty paper!

For more information about The ScrapRoom and their monthly kit subscriptions you can click HERE.

Now go get your Scrap On!!

Cards from Scraps

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We all like to maximize our kits, right?  This month I decided to make a card before putting away the scraps from the layouts I was completing. I know many of you probably already do this but I really hadn't. I would make all my layouts and then go back and make some cards. Putting away everything in between each creation Well, guess what? I found making the card right away so much easier! Not only was everything already out, but my brain was already engaged with that particular kit making the creativity flow so much more quickly. Light bulb moment!!!

The following cards are brought to you featuring scraps from my monthly kits courtesy of The ScrapRoom. Enjoy!

This first card is my own design...although not that complicated...
***Crate Paper Cute Girl***

This second one was inspired by a sketch I found at Freshly Made Sketches. I frequntly go here for ideas and they have a wonderful gallery of all their past sketches.
***Echo Park I Love Family***

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon!

A Strong Defense

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Confession time.
I have taken probably thousands of soccer photos. Have I scrapped any of them?  Barely. In fact, this might only be my second layout about soccer....ever.  I think it's a case of being overwhelmed by the volume of photos.  But with a little help from a friend (thank you, Cassie!), I was able to select these three for the latest sketch at 

Before we go much further, these are the stash items I have included:
List 1 - Doodlebug Designs
List 2 - Elle's Studio (journal tabs)
List 3 - Fiskars (border punch)

I'll admit, I rarely ever think about angling papers on a layout. I will do slight tilts but usually keeping it on the more subtle side.  I've said it before and I'll say it again...I am a linear girl. This sketch, however, has a large angled strip in the background---which I considered eliminating. But as I was cutting paper and piecing things together, I ended up including it. I have to say, I'm so glad I did. I think it really makes an impact. This layout would definitely not have the same feel without it.
I actually used a 6x6 paper pad for the whole thing, piecing them together to appear like longer strips. Since the patterns were pretty small and busy, it worked.  I flipped the placement of my photos and therefore angled my strip differently. I also trimmed the larger photo down to a square.
I really like this sketch and am anxious to try it again with some full sized paper next time.
I might even tackle some more soccer photos. We'll see!

Scary Pumpkins

Monday, October 10, 2016

I love me some Bella Blvd and their Halloween collections are just so darn cute!  Don't you agee?
As you can imagine I was thrilled to learn that this FOTM kit for The ScrapRoom was assigned to me for the recipe layout this month.  Woo Hoo!

Here is what I created...
I decided to scrap these photos of each of us with our carved creation---or in Andrew's case, two creations. Then there is the hubby...he put a lot of lot of thought and creativity into I right?

As you can see, I remain true to form and continue to be the linear girl that I am. I did choose to use a lot of patterned paper though! I personally didn't care for the orange cardstock as my base so matted some white cardstock on top turning the orange into more of a frame around my layout.
  I pulled in a bit of the washi tape from the embellishment kit, a few of my own enamel dots and a couple of different alphas to complete my title. Otherwise, the contents are exclusively from the FOTM kit.
You can have access to the full recipe for this layout (and 5 others!) if you become a subscriber to The ScrapRoom.  A nice little perk along with the awesome kits you'll receive each month!

Adorable Girl

Friday, October 7, 2016

Good morning and happy Friday everyone! I created this layout for The ScrapRoom using this month's Freaky Fast Formula. The FOTM kit I chose for this page features Crate Paper Cute Girl.
This kit really put me to the challenge! It is not only girly but has that nostalgic vibe as well. My first thought was my cat but she is a calico which didn't really go with these colors. Then the light bulb went on...maybe there were some old photos from my childhood that I could use. When I saw these two pics, I knew they were perfect. And in the process, I accomplished two things---I got my childhood self on a page and I also scanned and printed an older photo for the first time. You know what? It was relatively painless. 

After that was done, the rest actually came along pretty easily. I arranged scrap pieces of paper in the dimensions specified until I got something I liked. Then selected papers and started cutting.
I added a little machine stitching to the long vertical piece. My mom did some sewing back in the day  so I thought this was fitting. Although I'm not sure if she really made many of my clothes.
I pulled a little washi tape from my own stash, and some mist, but otherwise, everything you see is from The ScrapRoom. Easy Peasy!

Once again, if you are interested in learning more about these kits and considering subscribing to a kit club, go HERE to read all about it!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Good morning! Today I bring to you a page I created using some of this lovely collection from Echo Park called I Love Family.  It's just one of the four amazing collections featured in this month's FOTM kits from The ScrapRoom!
Isn't this collection just beautiful?!?!?
When I saw this kit I knew just what photos I wanted to use. A couple of years ago I snapped these of Toby after a walk. He was tired and only too happy to oblige me while I played paparazzi to this perfect setting. 
I absolutely love the hexagon print and had to use it. I chose to cut out individual pieces and played with the arrangement until I got something I liked.
 Such pretty brads to add to my page!
Journaling strips...
I really couldn't go wrong with this one...all of the papers and embellishments coordinate so perfectly and I love the kraft cardstock that came with the kit. Not too brown...just a nice warm tan that plays off the colors in the collection so well. 
For the title I used my Silhouette to cut this cutie. A girl's gotta get some use out of her tools once in a while, right?
The design for my page was inspired by some sketches I found in the September 2016 collection from PageMaps.  There were a couple I found that I liked and I kind of merged them into my own.

For more information about The ScrapRoom and their kits you can go HERE.
I hope I have inspired you to get scrappy today!

The Wild West

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hello October!  As sad as I am to see summer go, I do love October. There's pumpkins and turning leaves and warm cozy sweaters. Oh...let's not forget my birthday. Yeah. There's that.  So how can I not like October?

Anyway, I'm here today not to talk about my birthday or why I like fall. I'm actually here to share with you the first October challenge from Scrap Our Stash.

This is what I came up with:

***Echo Park Happy Camper collection***
You might be wondering how I got from book to layout. Well, here it is. First of all, I noticed the clock. The clock got me thinking about time. The old style hat and key made me think of a time past and the window made me think of a window into the past.  All of this led me to these photos of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland. This roller-coaster is set in a fictitious mining company in the early days of the American Gold Rush. And there you have I got from book to layout!

I used a sketch from one of Scrapbook Generation's many sketch books. This one was out of Sketches For Scrapbooking, Volume 1.

I hope you'll come join me at Scrap Our Stash this month and play along. There is always a good prize up for grabs for one random winner!