Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Big Autumn Kit Pages

A week ago, I posted about a big autumn-themed kit I put together, and I have been workin' it!

Sometimes, I don't have a long story to go with photos. I just love the photo and want to highlight it on a scrapbook pages, like this one of a sidewalk near our house, sprinkled with leafy confetti. I love the colors in the photo and the playfulness of it. I used a variety of different items on this page, and I like how they work together.

I used a PageMaps sketch for this page with all Doodlebug papers which I love-love-LOVE! Also got to use a brand new alphabet stamp set with matching dies from Lawn Fawn that I saw used on a layout by May Flaum and simply HAD to have. I used some other dies, too, including a new set of pinked circles by Stampin' Up! that is making me oh-so-happy.

This one is for an album I'm creating for my Mom. As I've mentioned before, she has memory loss, and I've been thinking that a scrapbook full of memories would be a good thing for her to flip through from time to time. Based on another PageMaps sketch, this layout puts some patterned paper I've had for awhile to work, along with even older bits and pieces, and a great stamp I forgot I had.

Another PageMaps sketch, and more of that bright Doodlebug paper with coordinating enamel dots, that stamp again, this time in a different color and used for creating a great border. I really love those alpha stamps from Lawn Fawn with their oh-so-convenient dies! Those are going to show up on my pages a lot in the near future. Just nifty!

So, this page is my own design, and I used a piece of patterned paper for the background that I've had for years. I mean, YEARS. Like I've had that piece of paper in my stash since...oh...2006 or so? Way back when I started assembling a stash. Unfortunately, I made a bit of a mistake in the original journaling, so I had to correct it with a new journaling block cut from the same ledger print paper. That's how it is sometimes, and that's what adds a certain charm to these handmade pieces of art and story.

This two-pager is a little different for me because although there are pieces fussy cut from patterned paper included, there aren't any simple blocks or strips of patterned paper here. I used a lot of disparate bits to create a layout about our trip to a nearby orchard in 2012. There's even a stamped piece I made quite awhile ago that had an additional background layer I removed to make it work with the other embellishments on these pages.

Here's a closeup of the first page:

And a close up of the second:

Finally, a page about my parents' 38th anniversary. I was inspired by a layout May Flaum created for her Stamping for Scrapbookers class, which I highly recommend. I didn't totally scraplift her design, but it was definitely the springboard for this layout. I loved being able to create a few layered embellishments using my punches, and I loved getting some older Sassafras letter stickers and patterned paper into play.

One thing kits help me do is put papers and embellishments together that I wouldn't normally have thought to pair if I'd left them in their own collection kits. It's part of what I love so much about scrapbooking in the first place, making colors and patterns work in concert with each other.

I'm getting a lot of fun mileage out of this Big Autumn Kit, with more to come. There's lots of patterned paper left, lots of embellishments, and I'm hoping to get several more pages completed this weekend, using up stash and getting stories told, photos onto pages.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Smile - Thoughts on Aging

I recently became a member over at Simple Scrapper, and let me tell you: that site is awesome. The content is spectacular and inspiring, and there's a great community of scrappers I'm just beginning to get to know.

Yesterday, during my Sunday morning scrapping time, I set out to use one Storystarter and one sketch that were part of March's content. I was also inspired by the week 3's content in the Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket class at Big Picture.

First, I started with a printed sketch and the list of Storystarters, a few pocket supplies from Simple Stories, and my photo:

Next, I pulled some coordinating scraps from my scrap basket:

My next step was determining which card to use where in my version of the sketched page. After I made those choices, I wasn't sure what card stock base to use.


Or kraft?

Though the kraft looks a bit better in the photos, in real life, the white card stock provided a much more appealing base for the photo and papers.

My finished layout looks like this:

(Supplies: card stock by Core'dinations. Patterned paper and stickers by Stimple Stories. Brads by Making Memories.)

The page came together in probably less than 30 minutes, and I loved that I used more remnants and scraps of supplies I already got a whole lotta scrappin' mileage from.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Autumn Splendor in Heritage Park

As I wrote in my previous post, I assembled a bunch of autumn-themed supplies into a big kit to use for all the autumn-themed layouts I want to create. For my first project, I had several photos from a walk I took in my favorite local park on a lovely autumn day in 2012.

So many beautiful photos! I wanted to use as many of them as possible in one cohesive layout, and I thought I could include quite a few in a pocket page protector.

But which one?

I pulled out a variety package of page protectors from American Crafts and sorted through to see which ones might work for the design I had in mind. Choices, choices...

...and I finally settled on one with 6 4x6 pockets, planning to leave one open for a card of some kind.

Next, what to do with the remaining photos? I decided to create one 12x12 page with four photos, the remaining two to be featured on two 6x6 pages in the middle.

Like this:

I rounded some of the corners on the 6x6 pages.

I stamped a border along where the three photos would go on the 12x12 page.

And I created a card for the leftover spot in the divided page protector:

Everything completed looks like this:

And here are a couple shots of how it looks in the album:

Giving a shout-out to May Flaum and Noell Hyman, who were both inspirational in my process for these pages.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Own Kit - Big Theme Kits

It's no secret that I am totally digging My Own Kits. Having a limited set of supplies to work from keeps my creativity and productivity humming, and it's something I hope to keep doing as long as I'm scrapbooking.

During February, as I was going through my photos and my big binder of planned scrapbook pages (I should totally do a post about that!), I noticed that I had quite a few layouts to make with autumn and winter as the predominant theme, and I came up with the idea of assembling a bunch of seasonal papers and embellishments into two big themed kits, one for autumn and one for winter. Then I could work from those two kits, get some stash used, and get those stories told.

Easy peasy.

I went through my stash and came up with this kit for autumn:

First, papers. And I had a lot of them. The photo doesn't even do that stack of lovely autumn goodness justice. Some of the papers I selected were not autumn themed at all, but the colors spoke of autumn to me.

Next, a basket overflowing with tasty autumn goodness, including a bag of fussy-cut images, tags I made one creative autumn afternoon, burlap ribbon, rub-ons, pumpkins, leaves and brads and buttons. Anything and everything fall. There's even some raffia in there!

A few days later, and inspired by May Flaum's stamping class, I pulled out some stamps to include on my autumn pages. The swirl stamps aren't particularly autumn-themed, but they remind me of blustery fall days, so I threw 'em in. Why not, right?

For my winter kit, I went a little different direction, only because I have a couple winter collections that include papers and embellishments.

Here you see both old and newer lovelies from Echo Park and Bo Bunny, along with some pretty old remnant stickers by Basic Grey.

And here, some random stuff that speaks of winter to me, including ribbon, glitter tape, snowman buttons and snowflake brads, stickers and die cuts and wood veneer. Plus some things that can be altered to be very wintry indeed. (I'm sure I'll be adding stamps once I dive into this kit, too.)

Already, the autumn kit has jump-started my scrappin' creativity, and my next post will share my process for creating a multi-page layout with some of the supplies.

My Own Kit, February 2014

Last year, I started creating My Own Kits for scrapbooking. If I recall correctly, the first one was for March, and I loved the process of selecting papers and embellishments and stamps and stencils to coordinate into a kit I could use to create several layouts. Even with everything going on last year, I was able to put together kits for March through September, but things in my life got crazy in October, and it just didn't happen for that month or for November. At least not yet. I have papers set aside, but I haven't been able to add the other stuff. I did manage to assemble a huge December kit, my Journal Your Christmas kit, which is still packed into a scrapbooking bag on a chair in my craft room...

...but that's another story.

The kit I wanted to create for January still isn't finished either, but I did get inspired to create this kit for February of this year, and I can hardly wait to get into it.

Lots of hearts and florals and doilies in this one, and I added a package of Project Life cards to the mix, inspired by the Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket class I'm taking at Big Picture. There's some older stuff included, like the Queen & Co felt fusion that was a giveaway and the Stampin' Up! ribbon I've had for several years. Also some new stuff, like the papers and stamp set from Crate Paper. I'm hoping to create many pages about my relationship with Daniel since most of that story has gone unscrapbooked, and the theme of this kit will, I think, play well in telling the stories of us.

Coming soon: the Great Big Kits I put together for autumn and winter themed pages.

My Heart

With this page, I was getting down to the last remnants of My Own Kit, July 2013, and I had to get a bit creative in putting it together. First, I only had 8.5x11 card stock in that color from Stampin' Up! (I don't know if it's even available in 12x12, but the point was moot.) I wound up using two sheets, cutting one to 3.5 and covering the seam with strips of patterned paper so it looks like one 12x12. (Shh! Don't tell anyone my secret!)

The banner piece was cut from another 3x4 card, and I went simple with a sticker as the title. One thing I really love about making my own kits is getting stash used up. That little piece of rick rack was left from a package that's been in my ribbon box for years. Literally.

Her Own Style

One of my favorites of the pages I created with My Own Kit, July 2013. I wanted to go with an almost monochrome color scheme, adding pops of color for visual interest. I love when pages come together so easily.