Thursday, November 21, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--More Zoo!

Another zoo layout to share today.  This is more my normal style.  I love how vintage/rustic these papers are.

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I tucked my journaling into a file folder.  I find it interesting to see how trends change and come back.  I was using these small file folders when I first started scrapbooking.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--My Favorite Zoo Keepers

Sometimes I just want to create a simple layout.  This is one of those.  I had a big bag of zoo embellishments I hadn't used.  I don't often gravitate to the kiddish style but I liked how these turned out.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Wildlife Park

How to get more photos on a layout is always a problem.  I often resort to creating a photo block.  This time I just made the entire second page a photo block.

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I also used the random memory stamp on this layout.  I like the numbering possibilities.

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I tried to break the block up with a border around it and some more random memories.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Roasted Wieners and S'mores

I love how this layout turned out.  The papers were perfect for the pictures.

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I am quite proud of my flames and logs.  I used a cut off a Slice cartridge and then set to shading and embellishing it.

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As cute as the main course turned out, the dessert was even better...

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The marshmallows really came to life when I coated them in liquid applique and then heated it.  I love how it puffed up and wrinkles.  I even managed to toast a couple of them when I got the heat gun too close.

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Paper: Bobunny (patterned) Bazzill (cardstock)
Other: Slice (fire) Ranger (fired brick, rusty hinge, mustard seed ink) Liquid Applique

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Fishing Ticket

Today's scrapbook Thursday is another single page layout.  I have been going back and filling in some open spots in my albums.  These pictures are of a fishing and camping trip Simon took with his grandpa.

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I love the paper lines from Simple Stories.  I love the vintage feel and all the options they give you for embellishing and journaling.   I've used the bingo type cards a lot!

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Twill tape is one of my favorite ways to add some texture to a page.

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Paper: Simple Stories (patterned) Bazzill (card stock)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102

I have the other three techniques from Creative Chemistry 102.  This was such a great purchase.  I have loved trying out the techniques and of course shopping for the new supplies to try!

This tag is showing a stamp resist with distress paints.  I was really surprised at how nicely the distress paints stamp.  Usually when I've stamped with paint it ends up really thick.  I was able to use a detailed stamp here.


I next tried out the eroded metallic.  I love the look of this technique.  It was tricky to get the right look.  I want to get some more paint colors so I can try this with other metals and backgrounds.


This technique was called altered surfaces.  Tim Holtz demonstrated it with plastic pieces from his line.  I wasn't able to get any of those so I die cut two elements from chipboard and a metal sheet.  I didn't have the right colors of paint to achieve the patina look so I went for a rusted metal finish.



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Birthday Water Colors

The layout I am sharing today has been in the making for a couple years.  I found these water color pages by Prima several years ago at an Expo.  It sat on my shelf for a year or two until I purchased some shimmer watercolors.  Then I colored the page but had no idea what I was going to put in it so it sat for another year or two.  I have finally used the page for a birthday layout.


I added some stickles to some of the leaves and flowers to add some dimension.


Paper: Prima
Other: Water colors, Stickles (crystal)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102

I loved Creative Chemistry 101.  When I got the email about Creative Chemistry 102 I couldn't wait to see what I would learn this time.  This class has a total of 30 techniques.  It took me a week to complete the first day of techniques.  I have 3 to share today and 3 to share on Friday.

The first technique I tried is the paint marbling.  I have to admit at first I was not a fan of this technique.  I'm not crazy about the bright colors but after playing with this a bit I really like my results.  More paint colors is on my shopping list.


The second technique is the colored crackle.  I like the end results.  Unfortunately I messed up one of the butterflies by sticking my arm in it. 


The last technique I have to share today is industrial.  It is one of my favorites.  I love how it added texture to an embossing folder.  I can't wait to start making cards for the men in my life using this technique.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Autumn Cuties

Today I am sharing another fun layout.  I have committed to using my favorite papers instead of hoarding them.  It's silly when I won't use a paper because I like it too much!

When I purchase papers I often end up with something I thought was stunning but isn't always practical for scrapping with.  I have lots of big prints that are hard to use or very busy prints.  In my quest to use up some supplies I have started pulling these out to work with.

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This first paper has really big print but I found that by layering my pictures around it and adding a little bling to the print I was able to use it.

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I wanted to bring some elements from the first page to the second page so I made some paper flowers using tattered florals die.

Paper: BoBunny (patterned papers, double dot) Papertrey Ink (white)
Ink: Distress Ink (mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade) Distress Stickles (vintage photo)
Other: ribbon, Slice Sizzix (tattered florals)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Grandpa's Birthday

Today I am back to share a birthday layout.  When I make adult birthday layouts I tend to focus on when their birthday is or something specific about the person rather than typical birthday things.  My dad's birthday is October 30th so he always gets fall/Halloween themes.  I like this paper as it has a Halloween feel but doesn't scream Halloween.  The clocks are a nice addition to a birthday page.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday --School Carnival

Hopefully my scrapbook Thursdays can get back on track.  I have really been missing making layouts.  I get in ruts sometimes and have to step away and play with other paper crafts.  Today I want to share a quick layout from a school carnival.  I wanted to use the school colors of orange and blue.

I am not a big sticker user but sometimes it is nice to be able to pull out a ready-made embellishment.

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I found a stamp I had forgotten about.  The Random Memory is nice to be able to tell about individual pictures.  I like that it allows me to highlight parts of the memory.

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Supplies: Bazzil Cardstock, Jolee's Carnival, Making Memories Slice (basics 1)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Graduation Layout

It has been a while since I posted.  We have had a very busy summer and the school year has been challenging for me!  I did get to attend a scrapbook retreat after Labor Day so now my creative mojo has been rejuvenated.

I want to share a layout from when my brother graduated from college. I don't scrapbook in order.  Doing this has its drawbacks--like trying to remember details, fitting things in the album, etc. The advantages are being able to remember old times, using products I may not get to (like graduation) that are new, and when I get on a kick like a favorite font or style it gets spread out through my albums.

On to my layout.  The colors are dark and did not photograph well.  The letters pop much better in real life than they do in this photo.


I have been using this block of smaller photos a lot lately.  I like that I can fit a bunch of pictures on a page.  It is especially nice when I want to feature pictures but have no need to tell about the pictures.



Sometimes I forget about tools I have like my nesting dies.  They make a quick and easy journaling block.

Paper: Recollections (Christmas Stack)
Making Memories Slice (basics 3)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pop up heart mini album

I am going to another retreat at Rockin' R in September.  Since Felicia's Scrapbooks closed I haven't taught a single class.  My friend Rhonda asked me about teaching at the retreat.  Since it's been  a while I had to pull out all the stops.

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I have been seeing different ways to use the waterfall concept on various blogs lately.  I tried it with the pop up heart die from Sizzix and this is what I came up with.  There are 3 pop up hearts that can hold photos.

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I also included some fun tabs, a vintage camera, film strip and a photo wheel.

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I created 4 styles of the album for the class at the retreat.  I have a youtube of each album including all the pages.  The papers are from My Mind's Eye.  If you would like more information about getting a kit or the class please leave a comment and I will email you back with information.

The entire red and black album.
The entire pink and brown album 
The entire blue and brown album
The entire pink and green album

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Christmas

Today's scrapbook Thursday comes from a paper kit.  I am a real sucker for paper kits with all the die cuts to match.  However I almost never use them.  I have trouble use the die cuts. This layout (not stellar but finished) uses some of those die cuts.


I used several of the die cuts and journaling blocks to finish the layout.

Paper: My Minds Eye (I believe)
Other: Making Memories(poinsettias) Unknown (red ribbon)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Papertrey Ink MIM--Layered Embossing

The Make-it-Monday this week at Papertrey Ink is layered embossing.  This technique caught my eye right away.  I am currently in love with heat embossing.  Who knew you could layer it up!

I pulled out my lonely mat stack die and stamp set ( I need to add more mat stacks.  I love these little suckers!) and started playing.  I added some distress ink, text backgrounds and a couple other fun stamps.

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I started by stamping and embossing the frame and sentiment in gold.  Then I stamped the flowers in artichoke, layering it on top of the frame.

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The background was created by layering distress ink and then stamping a script from text backgrounds.  I muted all the colors and image by spraying it with water.  I finished the card off with a sheer green ribbon.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--So Very Blessed

My scrapbook Thursday today is a birthday layout. More specifically, my 30th birthday layout.  Being a Turkey baby has some advantages.  Like if your birthday is the day of or the day after Thanksgiving, everyone forgets that you turned 30--except your parents of course.


I really like how the rustic twine brought this layout together.  It adds a lot of dimension but also some softness to the pictures.

Here I used one of my first Spellbinder purchases--fall leaves.  I try to stick to more classic shapes when I buy dies--shapes I know I'll use over and over. 

This pumpkin is the Alterations pumpkin.  I love that the stem is separate from the the pumpkin.  The die is open so you can add movers and shakers to the inside if you want.  It's a great size too.

Paper: Reminisce (Harvest Plaid, Harvest Glow, Autumn Harvest, Shades of Autumn) Bazzil (green,  orange)
Tools: Spellbinders (fall leaves) Sizzix (Alterations pumpkin) Making Memories Slice (Noel, Basics 1)
Other: Papertrey Ink (button twine) Unknown (brown ribbon)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Scrapbook Thursday--Spooky Cocoa

Back with another scrapbook Thursday to share with you.  This layout is a single page. The paper was fun but very busy.  I always struggle with how to use the beautiful paper.

One thing I've had some success with is cutting the larger images to layer over my pictures.


I don't lose any of the great parts of the paper but I can include more pictures.