Thursday, January 17, 2019

Found It!

I’ve chosen to keep my first layout of 2019 pretty simple, taking advantage of the pattern of the background paper and the pops of red from the matting and the beautiful flower spray.

I’ve made a point of scrapping my son’s hunt for the perfect Christmas tree every year since 2010, when a tired little girl became so very upset when Daddy cut the tree down.
That same little girl has grown into a young lady and has acquired a pair of twin brothers since then, but the annual hunt has gone on, with the kids getting bigger and somewhat more cooperative when it’s time for the photo shoot.
We’ve been having a lot of warm weather here in the Northeast, so rather than bundling up, we’ve been wearing sweaters and sweatshirts and rain boots for the mud, hence the very un-Winter-like image.

As I mentioned above, I found the paper a little too busy for a lot of adornment, so I decided to simply use a stenciled image to frame the photo. I backed each layer of matting with a bit of packaging to add some dimension before gluing it all down.

The larger flowers from Darice are actually mint, so I sprayed them with mist for a color that would blend in with the tree, using only a bit on one flower and more on the other two.
That cute shovel was broken in half to allow both ends to show on either side of the cluster.

With the exception of the mediums, the stencil and the red roses, all that you see here was created with the December 2018 Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club.


Maja Design – Joyous Winterdays Collection – Evergreen #JOY-933
Maja Design – Joyous Winterdays Collection – Make Decorations #JOY-936
Prima – A Victorian Christmas Collection – Poinsettia Kiss #583507
Darice – Sweetwater Roses – Mint #30062031
Wild Orchid Crafts – Red Open Roses
Darice – Mini Snow Shovel #2424-27
13 Arts – Mixed Media Stencil – His Time
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke #129691
Liquitex – Super Heavy Gesso
Prima – Color Bloom Spray Mist – Lime Wedge #573850

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Have Dreams

I decided to take a break from Christmas preparations and scrap this photo that my daughter-in-law took of my grandsons using the November Kit from Tres Jolie.

This kit is full of lots of goodies: flowers and chippies and lace, along with a stencil and a small stamp. But the best part of the package is the paper: the Dreamland collection from AB Studio, a new company located in Poland. The colors and images are just gorgeous: pinks and greens and blacks and golds and flowers and feathers and all sorts of pretty images. Fortunately, a few of the sheets are perfect for more masculine layouts, with more neutral colors and patterns.  

For inspiration, I used the Sketch that Kim created for the December Kit, flipping it from left to right.
Once I had chosen my base sheet, I chose another piece of paper and cut out a couple of rectangles to use as matting. Next, I fussy cut a few tags, punched holes in the tops and threaded them with trim from my stash. There are two sheets with images begging to be fussy cut; I selected a few feathers and gears.
Next, dug into the chippies and selected a few feathers and a few keys. I gave them all a coating of Bronze Age was and put the keys aside.
 I wanted my chipboard feathers to capture some of the colors of my cut-outs, so I applied Red Amber wax on one of them, with varied streaks here and there until I got the result I wanted. The other two were given the same treatment with Turquoise Satin wax.

Now for the keys. To give them a more textured look, I coated them with VersaMark and then embossing powder and heat dried. I wasn’t satisfied with the result (a bit too thin), so I repeated the steps one more time.

I played around with all of my embellishments until they looked “just right” and glued them down. The last detail was the title, cut from one of the UPC strips.

When everything was glued down, I covered the photo and added some splatters in black and gold to give it all a bit more texture.

A big, big thanks to my wonderful Daughter-In-Law for the photo of her Little Guys.


AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Amazing Landscapes
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Have Dreams
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Incredible Adventure
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Flowerful Life
49 & Market – Vintage Shades Collection – Yellow Cluster #VS-85991
49 & Market – Seaside Blooms Collection – Natural Blush #SB-86059
49 & Market – Blossom Blends Collection – Linen #BB-86226
Prima – Trim – Wax Cord – Biscuit #576820
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Feathers
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Keys 10
Tres Jolie – Patina Metal Gears
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Bronze Age #964023
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Turquoise Satin #964276
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Antique Brilliance Wax – Red Amber #964313
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke #129691
Ranger Ink – Antiquities Embossing Powder – Topiary #EAJ00419
Ranger Ink – Paint Dabber – Metallic – Gold #RAD43768
Tsukineko – VersaMark – Watermark Ink Stamp Pad

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Where the Wind Meets the Water

This photo, taken by my daughter-in-law, went to the top of my “Must Scrap” pile the instant I saw it The Sea Land collection from Stamperia gave me the perfect setting for this layout.

The paper is so richly detailed that I thought I should keep the page simple.
I cut a 12” x 12” square from a piece of packaging and removed the paper from the front to expose the corrugated ribs.
Next, I tore the pattern paper around all four sides and inked the edges. To create interest, I took another sheet and cut a narrow strip to tuck underneath the right side of my layout. Before gluing it all down, I tore and inked the exposed side.
Still keeping it simple, I selected a section from the reverse side of the paper that I used for the strip. This was torn on three sides and inked. I adhered a bit of chipboard to the back of the photo and then to the matting.
Before gluing it down, I wrapped the bottom of the photo several times with jute and created a bow. I added more chipboard to the back so everything would lie flat and glued it down.
I added a few flowers from my stash and called it done. (I’m usually pretty good about listing my supplies, but these flowers were odds and ends that I had removed from the packaging and placed in jars some time ago. I think that they’re from Prima…)

About the title: The sentiment on the paper captured the photo so well that I decided to use the last part. I usually struggle with titles, but this one is perfect!


Stamperia – Sea Land Collection #SBBL37
Corrugated Packaging

TW Evans Cordage – Jute Twine – 2 Ply

Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue

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Friday, November 16, 2018

A Bit of Alchemy

Does everyone have as much trouble with “masculine” cards as I do? With three sons, birthdays can be a struggle! I came up with a solution for my youngest, thanks to Stamperia’s Alchemy collection.

I started with a cut-apart journaling card that I wanted to use as a pocket. I adhered it on three sides to a 6” square piece cut from a darker pattern featuring script and mechanical images. Next, I cut out some numerals and adhered them with dimensional tape, tucking a few metal gears into the sides.
More cut-aparts: a tag and another journaling card (with messages on the back) were tucked into the pocket to complete the card.


Stamperia – Alchemy Collection #SBBL34

MitFORM – Cogs and Gears – Set One
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Gold Spool #60430

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Ground Espresso #RI-TDP47353

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool – Round #PP-RIIBT40965

Scrapbook Adhesives – 3D Foam Squares – Black #01611
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider

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