Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pages that are for the birds

The pages I did for Simple Scrapper next month interestingly both involve birds. Here they are:

This first page I did used a sketch from December and a Story Starter from August. I loved using so many Project Life cards on the page. (The grey card, by the way, is the one I cut from the photo real tree paper I blogged about last week.) Here's some details:


Again, I used a doily on a page! Whoa. I liked how the bright aqua popped on the yellow background.

I made this page cropping with a friend at Paper Made, a new scrapbook store in Apple Valley attached to the October Afternoon warehouse. It had a great scrapping space, and I loved their product selection, which was a lot of OA plus other stuff. That's important because of the shot above: making this page I remembered I had wood veneer feathers that I could (finally!) use on this page. But they were at home. So I went to the store and found a piece of OA paper from their Girl Talk line I remembered had feathers, cut out the feathers, and adhered them in a little tied bouquet. I like it!

Here's the next page involving birds, or a bird, actually:

For this page I used a story starter from December, the theme of which is Magic, and a sketch from June.

I had the interesting phenomenon of wanting to tell a story about which I didn't have photos, so this page is very journaling-heavy to make up for the lack of photo. I got the idea of selecting a landscape photo that looked a lot like the exact scenery I had been looking at when the bird flew in, so I searched through my photos at the time until I found one that looked similar. I printed it 8.5x11 and planned on using it on its own page.

I added the paper to the journaling-page, then the title, then stepped back. It looked unfinished. I wanted to represent the bird somehow, so I stitched the swoop, which I hand drew before punching holes and sewing. I knew I had to add something to the swoop and played around with different jewels before deciding on the stars and white jewels. And check it out: I finally used the wood veneer feather!

Thank you for checking out my pages and reading a little about my design process! I'm in the last week of the term, so I have a lot of grading, but I should be able to get back into the scrapping groove with the start of the new term!

Friday, November 21, 2014


I used, to draw number 15 for the paper pad:

Blogger Heather Adams said...
I love November just because it means that Christmas is coming!! I love making Christmas-y crafts! :)
November 15, 2014 at 5:26 PM
Congratulations, Heather! And for the box of goodies, random drew #8:

Blogger Gina200 said...
HI, I'm Gina from Massachusetts and my anniversary is 11/21 - the day your giveaway ends! Looking forward to Thanksgiving here!
November 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Congratulations, Gina! (And happy anniversary!) Ladies, please email me with your snail mail address to jennyrahnlarson at yahoo dot com (there is also a link to the right). I will get the prizes out before Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I designed a page to cover a hole in the paper

(A reminder: you can still leave a comment for  chance to win one of two prizes from my stash go back to this post and leave a comment by 8 P.M. CST Friday!)

When my mother was here for October, we visited the local arboretum. The colors were stunning, and we had a wonderful time. I printed the photos and looked for papers to use and found this black and white photo real tree paper. Perfect! Except I had cut a 3x4 corner off it to use for another page. Insert mild swear word. As a result, I had to design the whole page around that missing piece. Here's what I did:

Since I printed most of the photos in 2x3, the logical way to cover the hole was with a line of those photos across the top of the page. Here's what I did with the rest of the design:

I had a focal point photos in 5x7. I used that photo on the gray cardstock on the left, filling in with embellishments.

I left most of the right side empty to show off the trees, using journaling strips to allow more of the design to show. I inked the edges with orange to make them pop.

Another design note: That stitch line exists because I cut the plaid paper too short. I had to add the mini strip underneath to fill the space. The cut line looked funny, so I stitched to mask it. I had to stitch twice to make it visible. Note: the stitch line on the right side exists to balance out this line.

Just a note that punches are still a scrapper's best friend when it comes to balancing out a layout without having to trek down to the Cameo to cut circles.

Thank you for checking out my page! Stop by tomorrow to see if you won!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scrapbooking giveaway!

I purged my stash recently and found a few things I LOVE but I either no longer use or have doubles of. I put them together and would like to give them away! Here it is:

I have a box fill of random goodies and a pad of October Afternoon's Public Library 8x8 paper. If you would like a chance to win one of these, eave a comment telling me something about you and November. I will draw TWO winners Friday, November 21 at 8 P.M. CST. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two more pages for November's Scrapbook Circle

One week is down already, but I wanted to share two more pages I made for Scrapbook Circle's November kit Little Moments:

This first was a favorite photo I took walking the local arboretum. This bridge, which connects a neighborhood to the arb, is exquisite. I love this shot, and I loved using the embellishments from the November add-on Home Sweet Home as a border. It's like cascading leaves to me.

This next page I made for Write Click Scrapbook's November gallery. I love the shine in the photo, the theme for the gallery, and I added some gold stickers for even more shine. The page is for my mother's birthday this month, which is why I added the quilted background. She's a big quilter, and I wanted the page to look pretty like she is. I used more of the add-on Sweetness for this one, including cutting up the 6x6 papers into 1-inch blocks for the quilt.

Thank you for checking out these pages! I have a giveaway planned soon, so come back next week for a chance to get some Happy Mail!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November pages for Simple Scrapper

I want to share my two pages for Simple Scrapper. Here they are:

First, this page took inspiration from a truly awesome sketch. I'd meant to make the page about my older boy and me, but I had a picture of all three of us, so the purpose grew. (My eldest is not as tall as I am BTW. I'm ducking.) I'm glad to get my handwriting on this page. I used Scrapbook Circle's November kit for this page, the main plus Home Sweet Home add-on for the letters and tag and the 6x6 pad for Sweetness.

And then for something a bit simpler. I have been meaning to tell this story for a while, but I've lacked photos. A prompt and sketch at Simple Scrapper gave me an idea, so I took photos at our table when we went out to eat one day and used them on the page. I like the simplicity of the page; I think it calls attention to their goofiness. I loved breaking out the stamps for this one too. Kicking myself for not putting a hyphen in AT-AT.

Thank you for checking out my Simple Scrapper pages! This sure has been a busy month for me. Whew! My papers are winding down, so November should be easier. Be sure to visit Simple Scrapper and look at their gallery for November when it goes love next month; I've seen some of the pages, and they are amazing.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My November pages for Scrapbook Circle!

Now that the new kit is up at Scrapbook Circle, I wanted to share what I made. Here is the kit, Little Moments:

And here are some of the pages I've made with the kit:

I made this spread first. I like making two-page layouts, but mine tend to be linear, so I challenged myself to try it a little differently. I also used some memorabilia--a map--on the page. I mostly used the main kit with some of add-on one Home Sweet Home and a little of add-on two Sweetness.

And then I made this page about our new member of the family, a calico kitten named Pepper. She is just like a puppy, except able to get on the counters. I love how the jewel tones in the Kelly Purkey Basic Grey line mesh so well with the autumn line by Bella Blvd. In addition to the main, I also used a bit of the Home Sweet Home add-on for tags and Sweetness for epoxy.

Next a page I had intended to be a two pager, but with the photos sized at 4x3, I didn't need two-pages, so I shrunk it to one. Again I used memorabilia--the gorgeous tee time ticket from the Walker Art Museum--and the hues inspired me to pick out the Kelly Purkey Basic Grey line. A little bit of Home Sweet Home with this one, a whole bunch of the main.

And finally a page about my eldest. The currents are a popular topic by several bloggers (search for it on Pinterest for ideas), and my son loves giving me answers to these prompts a few times a year. I love seeing him evolve as he grows older. I used Home Sweet Home for this page as well as Sweetness. I love framing photos with embellishments.

I also used the kit to make two more layouts. I'll post those later this week and add them to my gallery at Scrapbook Circle.

Thank you for checking out my pages! Please head to Scrapbook Circle to check out next month's kit and be inspired as the Ideas get uploaded this week.