Sunday, March 29, 2015

Simple Scrapper April scrapbook pages!

Hello! I have had a busy month, nothing new. I did a lot of scrapbooking outside of design teams and will post about that later this week. For now, I thought I'd share my most recent Simple Scrapper pages.

This page uses April's story starter and a past sketch. I am loving using Project Life cards on my layouts, so I had fun looking for ones that either fit the color scheme or the theme, then accenting with fun details. Speaking of details:

My next page uses an April sketch and an old Story Starter. This page really started with the photo, which is not great but epitomizes how I watch big TV events: with my computer so I can Facebook and tweet about it. Here's the page:

And the details:

I really liked how the office supply themed products from October Afternoon 9 to 5 worked with this story.

Thank you for sharing my Simple Scrapper pages! Please visit Simple Scrapper to check out the gallery April 1st and get lots of new ideas. I'll be back later this week to share more new pages and the work I did this past month.

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's all about that 'net

Posting about the galleries up for the design teams I am on reminds me how much scrapbooking I have done recently! This is good because February is the end of the trimester for me, and I have been busy grading and moving my desk; the teacher office areas are going away so that construction next week can create new classrooms for my expanding school, so I've had to move my materials to my room, which has no desk until next year.

Here's my pages that I made for Simple Scrapper. First is a page using a new sketch and an old story starter:

First, I love the colors. Can you tell I'm ready for spring? I couldn't find anything that seemed to work in my recent kits for this page, so I dug through my stash, which was highly satisfying. That embellishment cluster may be one of my favorite things. And then some details:

Stitching anything down makes it look good.

Next comes the page I made with a new story starter and an old sketch. Funnily enough, both my pages were about the Internet.

Yep, that's a picture of me and my husband from 20 years ago this year. I found it clearing out my desk to change rooms. Here's the details:

I used remnants of a kit along with stash for this page. The color combo, by the way, is one of my favorites.

Leftover stickers from October Afternoon Thrift Shop worked well thematically.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you go over to Simple Scrapper and check out their new gallery, along with leaving a comment on this blog post about a project you'd like to finish--that will give you a chance at a seat in the upcoming class called The Finishing Project starting this week Thursday!  And if you don't get a seat, please consider the class; I don't know about you, but I have some unfinished vacation albums that could use a kick start.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New gallery at Write Click Scrapbook!

This winter has been cold, especially the closer we get to spring. Perhaps because of that, I loved making the page for the March gallery at Write Click Scrapbook:

I love this patterned paper from October Afternoon. When I see lovely paper like this, I try not to cover it all up. I left the quotes out because they fit perfectly with my sentiments on the page. And some details:

Thank you for checking out my page! Please visit Write Click Scrapbook to check out their lovely gallery for March and be inspired!

March pages for Scrapbook Circle

Hello! In this horribly cold end-of-February, I've enjoyed playing with Scrapbook Circle's March kit called Here's the Story. It's bright and colorful, and making pages with it warmed me up! Here's my first page:

First, I chose pictures that were happy and colorful to go with the lovely papers. I decided to scrap my sons' favorite rides at the Mall of America. I used the main plus a lot from the add-on On My Way and bits from Tell Me. One thing to note about the title: I accidentally broke the "hello" at the H, but I glued it down and masked the flaw with an epoxy sticker.

Next is another page from the Mall of America, this time focusing on my son's and my love of the flume. The rain elements with the Pink Fresh Studio cards and stickers from the add-on Tell Me worked well on a flume page.

And then a page I've had in my mid for a long time: my son made a list for me of his favorite foods, so I put them  on a page with a photo I took of him at our local donut shop. I was watching The Grand Budapest Hotel while I made this page, so I think the colors from that film unconsciously found their way onto my layout. I used the add-on On My Way and

Finally, a page that I've intended for a while and finally got around to making: my son at a Lego robotics camp at Brickmania in Northeast Minneapolis. I started the layout with the journaling cards; their dark hues guided my product choices. In case you were wondering, the circles from the patterned paper I had to hand cut out because I didn't have a circle cutter that fit them perfectly. they're two inch circles, if you wondered. I will now get a 2 inch circle punch.

Thank you for checking out my pages for Scrapbook Circle! I still have one I am making. I will post that when complete. Please check out the Ideas at Scrapbook Circle and check out this lovely kit and its add-ons!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Layouts that are a struggle to complete

I have mentioned before that the final layouts in a kit are my weakest. Lately I've been more satisfied, mainly because I don't force products and dig into my stash. This page has been giving me trouble, though:

I decided to use the misted paper because it matched and I had rejected it for another page. To add more variety, I used the patterned paper and tape on the right. I tend to line photos up so I decided to stack them with some Project Life cards instead, embellishing around as I did. I was dissatisfied, though, so I decided to switch out the paper on the right for some brighter orange:

I like this better, so I'm putting it aside. I don't like redoing whole pages, so I probably won't do that, but my fear is that the misted paper may be the problem. I might need to replace it with a solid. Sigh. I need time to think about it.

I almost never redo pages, but I've written before about doing so with stories I love but pages I hate. No shame.

Thank you for letting me share a page that I am not satisfied with. I wouldn't say it's a fail, but I'm wrestling with it. If I decide to do something more with it, I'll let you know.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

First and last

I've been working to finish up some kits. For me, I love diving into a new kit, using any supply I want  to make the perfect page. I've always struggled with the last page I make from a kit, though. My biggest problem is that I try to use everything up, instead of picking my favorites then digging into my stash to supplement. Here's a recent page I did to use up a kit that I DO love:

I dug into my stash for the foam letter stickers. I just didn't like the letters left over or didn't have enough. I also added buttons from my stash. The buttons were just lying on my table and I thought they'd look good.

Once I finished that kit, I got started on a new one, one I put off using until I had used up the old one. Here it is:

I still dug into my stash for this: those sequins come from an American Crafts set of Halloween sequins, of all things.

I love kits because they are preselected to match, and they are a way to build my scrap stash which allows me to supplement my pages when my kit starts to run dry. I tend to set scrap goals for myself with kits--6-9 are my goals for a kit, depending on how many add-on kits I get.

Now here's an important note: My Scrapbook Circle kits rarely run dry of supplies before I make my goal of 6-9 pages. I want to mention that because a special is going on this weekend, and there's still time to get in on it:

You can buy the wonderful February scrapbook Circle February kit AND get an in-stock past kit for free. This is a great way to build your stash and enjoy wonderful coordinated kits monthly.

I'll be back soon to share a page I've been struggling with.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My February pages for Scrapbook Circle

It's February, which means it's time for the reveal for my pages for Scrapbook Circle! I loved the colors in this kit--so rich and playful. Here's my first page:

Next is a small page commemorating my husband's first batch of mead:

The next page is one that's a bit more playful, remembering our wonderful New Year's day trip to the mall:

One of my favorite papers was this moon phase one. I accidentally used part of the B side on another page. After some mild internal cursing, I decided to find a way to use what was left in an interesting way. Here's what I did:

Finally, this page may be my favorite, a sweet one about my cat who loves water:

Thank you for checking out my pages! Please go to the Scrapbook Circle site and check out this lovely kit and the inspiring ideas created by the design team.