Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Kit Challenge

So over at the 2PeasRefugees board, crystalb shared the Bash It Challenge. In talking to her about how great that challenge was for getting me to use some of my stash, she asked me for my input on a kit challenge she wanted to create. I am terrible at creating my own kit. I have to be honest and say that. I need more guidance. I can't just look at a picture and run to my stash and make a kit. I need a recipe. Get a striped paper, a floral, and a big pattern. Something like that. Well, Crystal delivered!  Here is my kit:

My kit, which I haven't named yet. Maybe I'll call it Take the Leap. As in, I'm taking a leap and actually making my own complete kit. How does that sound? Anyway, Take the Leap is full of a variety of papers and embellishments from an assortment of manufacturers. From cardstock to stripes, stars to stamps, this kit feels like it has a little bit of everything.

Here are all my papers. I have kraft, dark blue, pink, green, and yellow card stock. The pink, green, and yellow are all from BoBunny and have dots on one side and a soft brushed look on the other. I've always treated it as cardstock and not patterned paper so I will continue with that during this challenge. For patterned paper, I have supplies from October Afternoon, Shimelle, Echo Park, Amy Tangerine, Bella Blvd, and Basic Grey.

Embellishments were harder for me to gather. They're not perfect matches but should work. My messy element are the two spray mists - Heidi Swapp's Color Shine Gold and Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist in Teal High Heal. I pulled wooden elements and a small pack of sequins to use as bulky elements. The wooden tags are from a Freckled Fawn kit (I think). Small hearts from Studio Calico and two script words by Heidi Swapp. I have a 3x4 wooden card with "wish" and a star shape cut out of it. That was made by Two Peas in a Bucket. I had to have it and then never used it! This month, that sucker is getting on a page!

Next on the list was die cuts or ephemera. I have Simple Stories Summer Vibes Bits and Pieces. I also found a die cut work that's been on my magnetic board so long the paper backing has aged in color. It's the thin word "silly" I cut with my Cameo probably five years ago. I wish I was exaggerating with that time! I think it's Ali Edwards handwriting from a file I bought from Designer Digitals.

Moving on, for little letters sticker, I have some from Crate Paper and October Afternoon. I've already pulled another color of the OA letter stickers for the first layout I've already created from this kit. Stay turned for that post shortly. I grabbed two stamps - an Amy Tangerine roller stamp and an acrylic set from Citrus Twist kits from August 2014.

The final items were of our own choice. I grabbed a pack of ribbon from Making Memories. The date on the back is 2007! Ten years old and I haven't used even an inch of it. Washi had to be added so I chose two with metallic gold. Last but not least, two spools of bakers twine complete my kit.

So, what do you think? Head over to 2PeasRefugees and join us in the March Build Your Own Kit Challenge. I can't wait to see what you create! I'm going to leave you with some close up shots. Leave a comment on your favorite piece of the kit if you'd like!

All Tuckered Out

What is it about a sleeping toddler that makes everything seem all right with the world? After spending a long day at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2011, Little Miss was exhausted. She fell asleep before we even made it to the gas station to fill up on the drive home. I just had to snap a photo for instagram.  I'm so glad I did! Those peaceful moments are fleeting and so often we never remember to photograph them. This picture has always made me smile whenever I would flip through my photo stack. It's time it made it to a page!

Two Peas Refugees gave a March challenge that was a recipe.
  • 1 photo or photo cluster
  • 2 patterned papers
  • 3 embellishment clusters
  • 4 embellishments 
I've been contemplating that challenge since I saw it a few days ago. I knew I could do it. But...those two patterned papers...just two? Only two? But! There are so many gorgeous papers. How do I limit myself to two??

After thinking, I decided two would be simple. If it were the right two papers. Since a lot of patterned paper is double sided, I feel like using both sides is acceptable. One sheet...two sides. It doesn't say a thing about only two patterns showing! 

I decided to go with two sheets from Shimelle Laine's Starshine collection by American Crafts. There were a few reasons for this. The first was that they are gorgeous papers. I adore that collection as a whole. Another reason is because I bought two 25 packs of each of those papers at Tuesday Morning. I normally don't do that but it was only $2.99 a pack. So, if I used even three sheets from each pack, it's more than paid for itself. The final reason was because one of the sheets was one Shimelle designed to use as a cut apart sheet with various squares and rectangles of patterns. Galileo and Voyager were the perfect choices. 

Aren't they gorgeous? I just love all the different sizes and variety of patterns she used. These two as my patterned paper choices gave me so many options to work with. It was hard to hold myself back!

With a simple sheet of Kraft card stock as my background, all the different layers just came together. I used the A side of Voyager as my primary pattern. The B side is the first layer right under my photo.  All the other patterns came from Galileo - both A and B sides. 

I'm doing another challenge from 2PR called the Bash It Challenge. You pick five new things and five old things from your stash and use them. I used the feather, flair, gold mist (as paint on the wooden pinked circles) and my pinked circle punch for that challenge. I'm delighted to say I've now used up the pack of feathers and the pack of flair thanks to that challenge!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment about your favorite pattern papers to use on layouts that you feel limited. How do you use what you have to stay within the boundaries of challenges?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Old New Supplies

I'm going through a bit of a Basic Grey phase right now. I want it all. I'm searching wherever possible for it. I may have just had a rather large box with 15 pounds of BG paper arrive at my house...but that's another post!

In early February, I found someone selling Hey Girl! They had most of a paper pad and a whole ton of embellishments. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see all the different embellishments were a mix of things I would have purchased on my own as well as some things I would usually purchase. (I'm looking at you, chipboard letters!) The seller had also included her scrap pieces. I was a little surprised but happy to have as much as possible. I set off to challenge myself to use those scrap pieces first. I was so happy with the two layouts I created. The only full sheets where the background pages. Everything else was from the set of scraps. 

Almost everything on both layouts is from the Basic Grey Hey Girl! collection. From my own stash I added Stickles, brown ink, some twine, staples, and one letter sticker (which isn't too noticeable sadly).  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Visions of Grandeur

We've all had that idea in our head that seemed amazing. It had to be done. You pull the supplies and get started, so excited about how it is going to turn out. Then...reality smacks you upside the head and leaves you wondering if you've lost your mind. 

Yeah, that was this layout. 

My daughter decided she wanted to dress up as Captain America for Halloween this past year. Husband bought her costume and she was beyond excited about it. As soon as it arrived, she tried it on and started posing. Hello! Dream moment for scrappy mom!

I was looking through my stacks of pictures to scrap and came across her poses. I knew Halloween paper wouldn't quite work. Technically, it wasn't Halloween anyway when I took the pictures. Just a day in early October. I thought I had some Fourth of July papers that would work. Sure enough, Bo Bunny provided. I haven't really purchased much from them in recent years but I had some of their Block Party collection from 2010. Using up my stash is my mantra for this 2017 so I found some sheets that would work. 

Then, it hit me. The Vision. The Big Idea. The thought that Must Be Done. Use my stash! Pull tools that are under a layer of dust! You can do it!  Yeah...I had the idea to outline the "rays" from the bottom right corner using my Sew Easy. Remember that tool? I think I've used it once or twice. This layout reminds me. I don't like sewing! Sewing the rays took three days. Mostly because sitting at my desk for long periods sewing drove me crazy. Then, as I'm sewing, I start comparing the stars to the one on the Captain America shield. Do you see where this is going? Sigh... I almost drove myself crazy. However, the layout turned out beautifully! So beautiful that I am already thinking about doing it again. Because, I must be nuts. Right?

Done with the rays! This is when I deciced stars would really be good too. 

I had to show the back. Oy!

The finished layout. So beautiful!

Lots of close up detail shots. I'm proud of this page, dang it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Always Curious

This is my last layout of the strawberry picking photos. I think it's one of my favorite pictures of that day! Elizabeth always wants to explore and see everything around her. One reason I love this photo is how clearly it shows the height differences of my daughter and her friend. Her mom and I were college roommates and best friends. There's quite a bit of height difference between the two of us. We find it funny to see the same friendship blossoming between our daughters with that same height difference.

This was one of the first 6x6 challenges I set for myself. It started with the purple and white striped paper you see in the layer stack. It's a Dear Lizzie paper from 5th and Frolic. However, I couldn't find another sheet with purple to combine it with! Super frustrating. Going through my other stacks, I came across Studio Calico's Lemon Lush line. It has that same purple on some papers including an orange with white, purple, yellow, and blue flowers. That was the color inspiration for the entire page. I ended up using that as my photo mat. You can see a bit of the pattern in the tab by the title too. I used six sheets plus the cut apart for a total of seven papers used on this layout. The background 12x12 sheet is from Crate Paper's Storyteller line called Tomorrow.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Out In the Fresh Air

Here's the second page from the strawberry picking trip. This was my second page Studio Calico South of Market 6x6 paper pad. My 12x12 base is from Lily Bee Design Double Dutch Hopscotch. I used five new sheets of paper, two off cuts from yesterday's layout, and more of the cut apart sheet. That's eight different sheets! I included stickers from October Afternoon's label/word stickers from their Sidewalks and Fly a Kite collections. Oddly, I pulled the Farmhouse label stickers and then never used them. I couldn't seem to get them to work well.

With this page and yesterday's page, I cut one of the 6x6 pages in half and used it like a strip across my pages.  That gave me a good spot to start building my layers. Because I wanted to use as many sheets of 6x6 paper as possible, I decided to go for lots of layers and keep the other embellishments minimal. 

Thanks for visiting! Come back tomorrow for the final layout from this trip. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What A "Pear"!

Hello Scrapping Mommies!

It's a chilly day in NC. We got snow Friday night and yesterday! It's quite lovely to look at though all the teachers are discussing the possibility of school tomorrow. Black ice seems to be a distinct possibility. It's a waiting game right now. 

Since it's no good to go outside, I've spent today scrapping inside. On Friday night when the snow started, I got a wild hare to see about making some pages using as much as I could of a 6x6 pad of paper. I seem to have accumulated a lot of these pads! I believe I was a member of a kit club that included them each month. I don't tend to buy them myself. Of the over two dozen I have, I think I've purchased maybe five of them on purpose. It's time to get some good use out of them!  

The first layout I have for you today uses a base of My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Relax as my 12x12 base. All of the other papers you see come from Studio Calico South of Market collection. This farm fresh collection had bright reds and greens mixed with yellow, navy blue, and light blue. There were cows, fruit, and flower motifs as well as polka dots, print/text, and stitching throughout the designs. 

My layout is from a strawberry picking trip many years ago. I had the photos developed in "true digital" size so they're not quite 4x6. It made matting them with the 6x6 paper easy. I've come to really enjoy cutting up the cut apart sheets that have been shrunk down. They provide perfect sized accents! I added some miscellaneous wood veneers that I've collected and even added some bakers twine. I have a ton of that stuff! I just had to have every color. Now, it's time to get it used! 

I believe I used five sheets of 6x6 paper plus bits from the cut apart sheet for a total of six sheets! Stay tuned. I have two more pages from this trip including one that used more papers from this pad. 

Thanks for visiting!