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Friday, September 16, 2016

I guess September has got me in a school kind of mood!
Today I have another school themed page for Scrap Our Stash. I think while looking at photos for the first one which included my youngest, I couldn't help but print one from the same year of my oldest.
***Bella Blvd Star Student collection***
Here are the details of the second challenge for the month of September:

I love file folders and file tabs. I don't know why...there's just something about them. So you can probably guess that this sketch really appealed to me. The photo that I wanted to use was vertical though which actually worked in my favor. It made the file card more visible which was perfect for my journaling. 
I eliminated the circle as there just wasn't really room for it. I also added a border strip and some washi at the top to help "anchor" my vertical pieces. 
For the stash part of the challenge, here is how it broke down:
List 1 - Azure
List 2 - Bella Blvd, Black
List 3 - Canary

The two current challenges at Scrap Our Stash run through the end of the month. 
Come play'll be fun!

Morrell Falls

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's time for the monthly recipe challenge brought to you by me for The ScrapRoom!
I am a big fan of Echo Park and this collection is no exception. However, the fall theme initially caused me to struggle a bit in that I just didn't have any fall photos I wanted to use. But when I saw the bear on the sticker sheet in the Embellishment Kit, it gave me direction.
I played on the more neutral pieces in the kit and did an outdoor theme instead. I used mostly "B" sides and little bits of other papers to keep the look more neutral. 
From the sticker sheet I used the ones that didn't scream fall. This minimalist approach really kept the focus on the photos...which is what we want, right?

Here are a few more close-ups:
Like I mentioned above, this is a recipe challenge for me. What this means is that if you become a TSR subscriber, you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to complete a double page layout for each of the four FOTM kits, one created by each designer.  So if this appeals to you---getting 4 doulbe page layouts done each month with most of the planning done for you---come join The ScrapRoom. What are you waiting for???

1st Day of the Next Chapter

Friday, September 9, 2016

Time for the Freaky Fast Friday Formula challenge from The ScrapRoom! If you are not a part of our Facebook group yet, you can join HERE. This is where you can find the Freaky Fast Formula and play along!
I knew right away when I saw this FOTM kit which photo I wanted to scrap. I took this one last fall as I watched my son head off to his first day of middle school with his best friends. This was the first year that they were finally going to be at the same school. I love this memory. 
Anyway, the Photoplay perfect. This collection is not so "primary" in its' color scheme, like many other school collections are. A little more grown up, in my opinion. And also, a little more masculine. Like I said, perfect.
FOTM: Photoplay Paper "Real Genius"
Other TSR items used: Extra PP Kit, Embellishment Kit

Within the Facebook group, we also have other monthly challenges and, no, you don't have to be a subscriber to be a facebook TSR group member.  So come join the fun!  I would love to see you there!

Live Simply

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hey there! Time for another FOTM kit reveal for The ScrapRoom.
This one features some Dear Lizzy from American Crafts.
I knew the minute I saw this ledger paper that I HAD to use it for the background. So that's where I started and I just built from there. I didn't originally intend to use so many photos but once I decided on an event, I just couldn't eliminate any one of them! With a little overlapping and smaller photos, I made it work. This collection has some great patterns and colors in it, really allowing for all kinds of possibilities. The little banners at the top were actually cut from a piece of patterned paper. The washi tape in the embellishment kit allowed for even more little bits of print to be added. I had a lot of fun playing with this one!
The white letters in my title didn't stand out enough on their own so I outlined them with a Stabilo fine point pen in navy.  Those letters along with the yellow ones and the tiny green ones are from Bella Blvd (my own stash). The tiny blue ones are some older Cosmo Cricket, Tiny Type (my own stash). "Live Simply" is from American Crafts and was in my TSR Embellishment Kit.
FOTM: American Crafts/Dear Lizzy "Saturday"
Other TSR items used: Extra PP Kit, Embellishment Kit
Wood veneers and corrugated female shape are from my own stash.

Once again, if you are feeling inspired by these kits and are interested in more information, head on over to The ScrapRoom for all the details!

I Love Right Now

Friday, September 2, 2016

Good morning! I have a second post for you today. 
This one is for The ScrapRoom, revealing the monthly Jump Start Sketch and the first FOTM for September!

I had the task of using this month's sketch rotated. I chose to rotate right, placing the large "banner cut" piece at the top of my page. It felt really natural this way. The colors and prints in this collection from Pink Paislee worked nicely with some photos I took while out for a run recently. I think they give the page a really playful feel. I eliminated one photo and placed my title there. I also added a little bit of stitching detail near the top. I pulled several embellishments and the title from one of the "extras" kits. I found the variety among the various kits very easy to combine and fun to work with.
 Just a few little odds & ends from my own stash to complete the look!
TSR FOTM: Pink Paislee "Take Me Away"
Also used: September TSR Extra PP Kit, Embellishment 

I hope you will take a moment and come on over to The ScrapRoom and see what these kits are all about and how you can subsribe and have monthly kits shipped to you. It'll be like your birthday every month!

First Day - 2nd Grade did it get to be September already?  Seems like it was just Christmas two days ago. Alright. More than two days ago but not over 8 months ago!

Anyway, September brings to mind thoughts of school which leads me to share with you my latest layout for 
***Bella Blvd Star Student collection***

Here is the challenge that inspired it:

I have been taking first day of school photos for what seems like an eternity. So finding photos to fit the theme was easy.  Just had to select one...or two, or three...and select a sketch to work with. This one is from Scrapbook Generation's Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 2.

The stash part of the challenge asked for a piece of book or dictionary paper to be included. I remembered a piece of text print paper that I had purchased off a clearance rack some time ago so I pulled that out along with some cork print paper and a school themed kit from Bella Blvd. After selecting a sketch, it all came together pretty easily.
I was away at a weekend crop when I created this so was limited to what I brought.  In a way this forces me to move on and not get hung up on "what else could I do?" I complete layouts much quicker...of course it helps that there are not the distractions of home either.

If you are feeling inspired by this challenge, I hope you will join me over at Scrap Our Stash.
We would love to see your creations!

Cards from Scraps

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hello! Today I have Cards from Scraps...which I guess is becoming a monthly blog feature for me where I pull together a couple of cards using leftovers from my TSR (The ScrapRoom) kits. 

First up, a birthday card using Echo Park's Party Time:
Next I have a more general card that could be used for many occasions. I ended up giving this to a wonderful co-worker and friend who recently retired.  
This card features some scraps from Simple Stories' Sunshine & Happiness
That's it for today. Thanks for looking!