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!

C'mon...Smile!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 When we were in England last summer, we rented a narrowboat and spent the day cruising along the canals in a wetland area know as the Fens. Talk about relaxing. Sipping coffee while watching the wildlife.  It was one of my favorite adventures.  I snapped these photos of a bird who just sat perched on a residential dock while we quietly glided past. Completely undisturbed by our presence.
This collection from Fancy Pants had just the right collors and patterns to play off the flowers, the bird and the dock in my photos. I love it when that happens! This is Fancy Pants Life Is Beautiful and it's one of the August FOTM from The ScrapRoom.

I used this kit to complete the current challenge at Scrap Our Stash:


I think you can see the sketch pretty easily in my layout. I made only slight changes. For the stash part of the challenge,
here is what I used:
List 1 - 3+ Manufacturers
(Fancy Pants, Studio Calico, Timeless Twine, Doodlebug Designs, Eyelet Outlet, Bella Blvd)
List 2 - Washi Tape
List 3 - Xyron (adhesive to attach the word "smile!"

Here are some close-ups:

More epoxy stickers...love them!

This washi is of unknown origin. I got it in a RAK when someone was giving away a bunch of stuff from their stash. It's pretty versatile. I wish I knew who made it.

A few enamel dots and spatters to make it all complete!
If you'd like to take part in this challenge at Scrap Our Stash, you have until the end of the month to link up and have a chance at winning the randomly drawn prize. You can find out all the details HERE.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Live the Life You Want to Live

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alrighty! Time for the monthly Recipe reveal at The ScrapRoom!
This is when each designer is assigned one of the FOTM kit and we are to make a two page layout using the contents of that kit and only basic supplies from our own stash.  And...here is the best part...we give you instructions on how to re-create this for yourself!  You do have to be a subscriber to have access to these instructions...but that's one of the perks of being a member, right?

So, without further delay, here is my creation using Jillibean Soup's Mushroom Medley:
If you have been watching me create these over the past few months you will likely notice that I like things pretty linear.  I like grids.  I like clean.  That's me.  It has been from the beginning of my scrapbook days and I doubt that will change.

Included in the kit was a sticker sheet. The green alphas, the tabs and the small word stickers are from that. The die-cuts are a part of the embellishment kit. I highly recommend this extra kit. Well worth it to have the extra stuff to choose from when embellishing your pages.
The washi tape came from my stash.  It happens to be from a TSR kit of just a couple months ago.
The alphas for my long title are all from my stash. It just so happens they are both Jillibean Soup as well. I dabbed some red Stickles onto the corrugated alphas for a little extra interest.
I love this kit and love how my pages turned out. I definitley have plenty of supplies left to create more. I can't wait to have more time to play with it!

Celebrate!

Friday, August 5, 2016

A birthday layout about me? Wow...that's a rare one.  But this collection from Echo Park begged for a girl focus...and in this house, that's me!
This is called Party Time and it's one of the August FOTM from The ScrapRoom!  I have to say that I really love the sticker sheet that came in the embellishment kit this month. It totally made my page. The only thing I pulled from my stash was these tiny text alpha stickers from Cosmo Cricket. 
I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to add some festiveness. I don't use these too often but 
when I do, I love them!
This little die-cut provided the perfect little place to record just a few details. I decided to tuck it behind my larger photo. In order to keep it from getting lost, I added the circle embellishment with a piece of foam adhesive behind it so it could "hook" onto the photo and not fall behind it. Works perfectly!
By the way, this layout was inspired by the current Freaky Fast Friday Formula challenge at The ScrapRoom. Visit the blog for more details!

Hello Sunshine

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hey there!
I have some bright sunshine for you today!
Does this just scream summer or what?!?  I love how the yellows, pinks and oranges play off the bright blues of the pool in my photos.  Such a great contrast.
This is another FOTM from The ScrapRoom.  It's Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness.  Love. That's all I have to say.
The design for this page came from a sketch created by a friend and fellow DT member at The ScrapRoom, Cassie Wiscarson. I took her sketch pretty literally and didn't change much. I did take advantage of the built in title on this sunburst piece of paper though. Makes scrapbooking easy!
My kit came with these awesome sticker sheets that have all these fun little phrases and colorful words.  What a great way to say a lot with a little...know what I mean?
I hope you enjoyed my FOTM reveal today. If you would like more information about The ScrapRoom and their monthly kits, please go HERE.  You won't be disappointed!

PDX...the Journey Starts HERE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Good morning! I'm sharing what will likely be the front page of my travel album from last summer. The airport is a good place to start, right?
This page is inspired by the challenge below from Scrap Our Stash. I used some map paper and continued with the travel theme from there. To fulfill the other part of the challenge to use a decorative paper clip, you will see an arrow paper clip on the top photo.

There is a certain craziness surrounding the carpet at the PDX airport. I'm not sure when it started but it definitely hit a peak in 2014-15 when the old carpet of 30 years was being ripped out and replaced.
You can read more about it HERE.
Basically it's design is inspired by the the airport's X-shaped runways as seen from the control tower. The dark blue, purple and red pattern on a teal-colored background reflect the popular design trends of the 1980's. Of course no one knew it would become this hip phenomenon, but it did. The PDX Carpet has it's own facebook page and is popular on Instagram. It has inspired clothing, home decor, and food labels. The top image on my layout is a tribute to the carpet that is permanently installed at PDX titled "Carpet Diem".

I took a photo of my boarding pass that I included here on my layout.
My title includes some corrugated alphas from Jillibean Soup and sticker alphas from Bella Blvd.  I love all the colors that these alphas come in. I got mine from Scrapbook Generation. I think I have at least one of every color.
I penciled a "flight line" and then stitched over it to show our start and the direction we were heading. I used an enamel dot to approximate the location of Calgary where we had to stop and change planes.
There you go. Now, get busy and create your layout inspired by this book cover. Then be sure to upload to Scrap Our Stash for your chance to win the monthly prize. Good luck!

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!
 
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