Friday, June 29, 2012

Layout By Lizzy

Occasionally I can scrapbook without Lizzy at least starting something.  Most projects she doesn't finish but she's 7.  I'm well beyond 7 and have boxes of unfinished projects.  Usually she wants to draw or use paint (mostly paint!).  This time she asked to make her own layout.  She found some leftover pictures from a layout I had done and asked if she could use them.  She remembered her trip.  This is the layout she made.  Not bad for a first attempt.

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She wanted a key because I had some out.  She's obsessed with my key embellishments and often steals them.  I asked her what the key was for.  She said, "you know the key to Silver Dollar City".

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I love that she journaled right on the background page and added doodles.  Her journaling says: Hope you had (fun).
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scrapbook Thursday--Paper Mixing Bowl

I stumbled across a fun little layout challenge blog--The Paper Mixing Bowl.  The June challenge is Shish Kebab.  I decided to make a layout about my husband.  We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary earlier this month.  I pulled a picture from our wedding and a more recent picture of the two of us (we are rarely photographed together). 

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My background paper was created by modge podging some 7 Gypsies tissue paper to to a piece of 12x12 white paper.  I sponged some Vintage Photo ink around the edges.  One of the challenge elements was to use book paper, newspaper or paper with script.

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My gear piece behind the pictures was made with a piece of metal sheet that I ran through and embossing folder.  I wanted to bring more of the charcoal element to the layout so I pained it with black acrylic paint and then used a damp brush to create the texture.  I added some additional metal with the watch piece in the corner.

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Using tape of any kind was another challenge element.  I didn't have the just right paper tape so I made my own with tissue paper, scor-tape, stamps and ink.  I really like how it turned out.  I'm getting a lot of mileage with my recent Deadbeat Designs purchases.

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The journaling portion was to be about a special guy in your life.  I journaled about Fletcher and how we've grown.

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Paper: Bazzil (white) Quick Kutz (metal sheet) 7 Gypsies (Collage Tissue Paper--Life)
Tools: Provocraft (clockworks embossing folder)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs (Alpha 2, cracks)
Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink :Vintage Photo, Tea Dye; Archival: Jet Black)
Other: Unknown (ribbon, twill tape letters, acrylic paint) 7gypsies (pin in journaling block) Jolee's (pocket watch)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thirty! A Scrapbook Thursday

I haven't put much about me in the scrapbook.  I guess I thought it should be about the kids but with losing my mom this year, I realized a little about me along with the kids is important.  I don't know that I will go back and add every event but going forward I want to add more.  Maybe I'll make a little book about me or something.  I know I wish I knew more about my mom other than how she was as Mom.

On to my layout...

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When I turned 30 my entire family made the trip down to celebrate.  They usually don't get to come because it's Thanksgiving and my dad works then.  It is also the very worst time to travel.  The roads are very crowded and so are the airports.  I know because I've made the trip a few times.

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I have been a little flower-making happy lately.  I love the effect inking white paper vs. using colored card stock gives.  The center of the daisy is a trick I picked up from Mr. Holtz during his Chemistry 101 class.  I have not been pleased with my distress stickles.  I thought they were blah and disappointing.  Turns out I was the problem.  They are designed to be spread out.  The effect becomes more a chunky glass like glitter rather than a sparkle (like stickles).  I am head-over-heels now and working on picking up all the colors now!  I love this center better than the sparkly stickles center (I made one of each to compare but Lizzy claimed the other one).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

6 Tags of Texas

I have been hounded for sometime to have a 6 Tags of Texas class at Felicia's pretty much ever since she received samples from Deadbeat Designs.  You can go to their blog and find links to the far-better-than-mine tags created by Mark.  Of course I didn't want to just copy his tags (as awesome as they are) mostly because he did a lot of really time consuming techniques and because they wouldn't  be my Tags of Texas.

Here is a picture of all 6 tags together...
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The first tag is a collage tag.  I stamped several Deadbeat Designs stamps all over the card.  For some of the larger images I stamped off first and used the second generation stamp to soften it up a bit.  I also used the crackle stamp all over the background.  It is very light and subtle (doesn't show up well in the picture) but it adds some great texture to the tag.

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My second tag was created by sponging ink in layers to mimic a sunset.  I am totally smitten with this Texas balloon so it has front and center billing.  I colored the balloon and the ornate Texas with shimmering water colors.

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The third tag has a piece of vellum stamped with the large Texas heart.  I really wanted to use my new Deadbeat alphabet but it was just too big for these tags (and my sentiment).  I have another 6 tags in the trash to prove it.  The vellum tag is on top of a kraft tag stamped with the crackle stamp.

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My fourth tag is a scene using some background stamps and a couple large stamps.  I saw a card kind of similar to this once but I have no idea where to track it down at. I used the shimmer watercolors to fill in the Greetings from Texas and the Armadillo.

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My fifth tag is a good ol' blue bonnet tag.  The background has the Texas script stamped and then I created a wooden sign using the weathered wood background stamp.

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My last tag is the Texas collage.  After coloring the image, I covered the entire piece with Rock Candy Distress Paint.  It's hard to see in the picture but it gave a cracked glass look so I framed it with some leftovers from the previous tag and then created a background with paisleys and more crackle stamping.

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Some Layouts Need no Title...Scrapbook Thursday

I love these pictures and have been searching for just the right paper. They aren't really swimming pictures (I had to edit the picture for Lizzy's sake)and they aren't really Spiderman pictures either.

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I added stickles to the words and cut the paper with a craft knife to tuck pictures under the Pows.

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I love using papers like these that say it all.  Of course the pictures speak for themselves too!  We all have thos pictures we'd rather forget about from our childhood.  My children have a few of those pictures and I'm sure these will be some that they don't want future significant others to see!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sprinkler Park...Scrapbook Thursday

Really simple layout here. When I use a really busy paper I try to keep the rest simple and let the paper shine.

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