Thursday, June 30, 2016

The title could not be helped

It was just one of those aha moments because
I was really stuck on.....
wait for it.
 Guitar man.
Trite but true.
I found that adorable record in a Basic
Grey sticker sheet and it works perfectly.
I also had that itty bitty note punch forEVER
and trite but true decided to toss that in.
 Ta-da!
After staring at the page for the umpteenth time.
The title came.
Bwahahaha love it because
the adorable guitar man is Sam.
Taking after dad.
With two musical parents you can't go wrong.
Studio Calico paper & stamp,  Basic Grey stickers, Thickers,
QK die cut and punches.
Those gold hearts and stars you've seen bounced
around the pages are homemade.
I bought a 12x12 gold glitter paper from HL
and whack away with punches.
Love having a stash of them.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Using every beach die cut I have technique-sort of

Since it works for stamps I figured I'd give
it awhirl for die cuts.
I got carried away cutting them out but in the end I
did use some restraint in putting them on the page.
 I also got carried away with the spare parts flowers.
Originally, flowers were not even remotely a thought to go on the page.
BUT, I needed restraint on the die cuts because
it started to look cartoony.
 So therefore, there is one of each die or maybe a couple of the same.
 The title is Studio Calico and it was a gold-like
color or maybe khaki and it blended in way too much with 
the netting so I dabbed white paint and 
shabby chic'd it up so it can be seen.
I'm also liking the 3 of the same photo going on.
I'm not sure I've ever done this.
Anyone remember? LOL.
And how about working it in on a "background" paper.
Points for that.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

An apple a day

Love this paper the moment I saw it but honestly, I
didn't know what to do with it.
I also whacked a strip off  the top to use on another page
that didn't quite make the cut.
Yunk Yunk.
Therefore, I whacked it down to 8.5x11 in order to use it as a page 
and it worked out perfectly.
 I also love the transparent mason jar.
I finally purchased some staz on - so no more smears.
And that apple I had FOREVER - in a chipboard ring
with other fruit that was just too cute to either use or break up.
Well....I wanted an apple.
 The apple had to sort of match the tags/tabs so
Using some really old enamel craftsmart paint I mixed
some red/orange and a bit o'white.
Love the tags too.
They make me swoon.
Okay so tell me does that apple paper rock with the photo or what.
Love - Studio Calico, inkadoo and technique tuesday stamps, 
unknown chipboard apple (and there'll be more fruit).
I'm on a roll with titles on the photo.
Does that happen to you?
You roll with a thing when you do "batch" layouts.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A rainbow of colors

That is just too fun.
Love the stripes - it reminds me of fruit strip gum.
Is that still around???
I don't chew gum anymore. (sigh)
Anyhoo, used a bit of bazzill with punches, lots
of star punches as you will see.
 That tree die cut has been in my die cut/punch stash forever,
so glad I got to use it.
In full disclosure I did dither about with the title.
I just couldn't decide.
I did die cut a couple of titles that hopefully I'll use later.
One was one of those little alphas that you can do all the letters
in one couple of turns by Sissix.
They were too fat and chunky - but adorable all the same.
In fact the 2 is that alpha set.
The other is lemonade by QK.
Majority is Studio Calico stuff paper and PL cards and that 
yellow transparency.
Aren't those two adorable. 
As you can guess
I keyed the colors from their colorful jackets.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Going for a bit of whimsey

My first idea was to make my own cutfile type "stencil"
for lack of a better word by using those spellbinder diecuts
gluing them together and then back them
using the Sassafrass Lass paper.
I wasn't crazy about the outcome when I backed a couple.
It just looked too heavy for the page.
However they are cute to use somewhere else.
However, I did like the bird and those wheel thingies or slices and hearts
so I began fussy cutting, punching, and tossing them about on the page
using the die cuts separately and not backed.
 There are clusters and then some tight clusters going on.
 Sadly that is the end of the Sassafrass Lass paper. I really love it-because its fun.
I'm not sure why I added pink and orange either except I liked it.
I think it plays off the whimsey I was going for
and then I tossed some Heidi shine and Mr Huey mists about.
And that is a sequence of photos of Amelia playing.
I didn't catch that at first when I first saw the photo....that I've had for awhile.
The rest is Studio Calico of course, and that adorable bow punch.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Little mini done!

Remember this post on what to do with overwhelming scraps
well this is book #3. Book #1 went to my pal Holli
and she's still working on it.
However, this is done, finis, complete and love how it turned out.
This is for Jill and I hope she likes it.

I also apologize for the photos as the book is chockfull of stuff
and it wants to pop open at random times....
so therefore, my finger is holding it down and focus
is a bit iffy.




 I used an enormous amount of PL cards and
do-dads and those gi-normous letters
as their initials.









Lots of stash and packaging done and in the garbage
and used! 
Love how it turned out.
Jill sends lots of photos and lately I had been greedy
doing a bunch for me, so I decided
that an album would be fun rather than random pages.

I didn't realize until after I started how many pages were in the book.
Towards the end, I started stapling some together
because honestly, not that I didn't have enough photos BUT
it really would've been TOO much.
As it is, its already fat and won't lay flat and I'm still 
trying to figure out how to "close" it per se.
I'm not sure I have anything strong enough to hold
and also not look real dumb.
Any thoughts?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Album - just add photos

Once again, yes, we are going to head out on another
road trip the end of July and coming home
the end of September. Therefore, a pre-made journal
was in order. I love scrapping on the road and having the album
almost completed when I get home mostly because
I remember everything fresh LOL.
So in this post I talked about cleaning out the ole
scrap box and I did make 3 mini albums and this one is for the trip.
 I rolled with the rings because I wanted to be able to add 
extra pages if I need to and not have to watch if I get carried away.
 I tossed in some envelopes and pockets that I had laying
around forever - got rid of a lot of stash.

 This also reduces the amount of "stuff" I need to take.
This past trip I had way too much (if that's possible) and it
was overwhelming. I had stuff I never used, stuff I wish I'd have
brought and not enough of some stuff.
I also couldn't find stuff when I needed stuff which was really
annoying, so therefore, stuff will be limited this time.
 I use the Canon Selphy to print as I go. It makes really
lovely photos from 4x6 and smaller.
Love that it has choices.
 Some of the papers had white backs so I just
rolled and embellished them as well.
I also used a lot of leftover embellishments as well.
Its really great to put them to use as they were laying around forever.
 The other cool part is that I can rearrange the pages too.
 There are a lot of pages in there and love the different sizes
and the challenge they bring.
 Here's a bag I started of embellies along with some extra pages.
Of course I'll be adding punches, stamps, and other assorted stuff.
Also I'm sure there's a SB shop or two along the way.
If not, M's or HL's are everywhere.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jumping on the circles bandwagon

and doing it with a lift from Adele from Inky Quill.
My mojo needed a jump start and the best way I find to do that
is to do a lift that is usually not my style.
So I took a bunch of random papers and punched all kinds of different sized circles
out of and used every single one on a 8.5x11 page.
Which I have to admit was fun.
 Using the package technique with some mists I gooped it everywhere
along with some mist splatters.
 And those little flowers I had FORever and used every single
one of those too.
The titles were fussy cut from PL cards (except for the circle)
and I also had a diamond cut out that just didn't work out.
I have no idea about the triangle banner but I love it.
I really like how it turned out - its pretty and fun
at the same time.
A mix of Studio Calico, Basic Grey, WRMK, Heidi Swapp mists more or less.

Friday, June 17, 2016

It's Friday!!!

Still nursing the arm.....
I did print out a bunch of photos - and am ready to rock.
I have this doohicky for my arm that seems to 
work - went back to working out and
that's working out therefore,
now its just a matter of the mojo flowing.
It's hard to roll because the weather has been beautiful,
the pool water is sooooo amazing,
that most of the time we are enjoying both
even to the wee hours of the night.
I need a driveby page.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rocking the birthdays this year

ONLY because I have them on my calendar and
set a week ahead and its also set to nag me until I get the card
done and then turn the nagger off. 
Whatever it takes LOL.
Now I need to start the same for holidays.
They are sooooo sneaky.

Anyhoo, this card was inspired again by Soaphouse Mama.
She should be filing papers soon for stalking.
However in my defense I did take her #embellishmentdiyclass
so whats a jack or two.
 It was a lot of fun to make and using scraps.
Win-win.
I get soooo caught up in not having the "right" things
when all it takes is someone else's ingenuity, LOL.
At least that's how I roll.
Every now and then I get a notion and you'll be the
first to know.
 The Studio Calico has these fun stamps in the June kit
and doesn't that work out well.
I did some glitter on the stars, fussy cut and watercolored the candles
and made a banner.
Turned out quite cute and fun.
Only downside I wasn't quite sure how to get the prize
ribbon off the card if the recipient wants to
wear it.
I did use one of those zots to attach it so maybe it'll come off.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What to do with overwhelming scraps

I wish I could say I thought of this but alas tis another
"steal" from soaphouse mama.
As you can see below my scrap box is overwhelmingly full
and quite annoying.
I decided that something needed to be done.
I took assorted scraps and tossed them into this adorable little album.
No rhyme no reason - just folded papers
I thought would work and then stitched them down the middle.
As I was sewing this one - I must've stuffed it too full
because in the middle my poor sewing machine lit up like a
Christmas tree and stopped.
I made some adjustments and managed to get it stitched but the 
back was soooo messy I added that binding to
make it look pretty.
Here is the inside and sorry for the blurries
I can't redo because I gave it to my friend Holli
who is in the process of scrappin it.
 As soon as she posts it - I'll link you up.

 Since there was still a lot of papers in that box
I threw together another one (for me) and didn't go quite as
crazy out of respect for my poor sewing machine.

Using scissors is not my friend right now and 
I gots the pooch mouth because my arm is out of commission 
more or less (tendonitis)
I am so not in the mood to do anything right now.

However, 
I was still not satisfied with the amount remaining in the scrap box
I decided to toss together a 6x6 album for the
little trip we'll be taking next month.
I was debating on using the album above, but I would
only have a finite amount of pages and then I would
need to be careful so I didn't run out.
I'll be seeing grandkidlets so who wants to ration pages.
 I used some chipboard for the cover that I need
to snaz up and then tossed
different bits and sizes of papers and PL cards in it.
 It really looks cool and some papers
have a white back that I'm totally fine with
as I'll have a place to journal.
And in this case I can just keep adding paper or PL cards
if I need as we travel along.
And ta-da.....
Here's what's remaining and it does look a bit
more manageable now.
Whew.
However, that adorable old basic grey baby paper
there maybe enough left of those papers 
to eke out another small album. 

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