What’s Up?

Hi guys!!!

It is Friday!  Can’t believe the summer vacation is over and my son is back in school.  This summer did not go as I planned – not at all!  I planned to take a huge road trip.  I was going to KS to stay for 2-3 weeks.  Drive on to AZ to see my middle son and his family for a couple of weeks.  And then….drive to CA to see my buddy that I miss so much and her family for a couple more weeks.  That did not happen.  🙁  Instead we started on this moving adventure.

I did go to KS for about 1 1/2 weeks.  My friends from CA are coming to see us.  They will arrive the evening that the moving truck comes.  Fun but hectic time anticipated.  Then, we hope to have my son from AZ and his family out before very long.  While the ocean is still warm enough to play in.

This week was crazy but I loved it.  I flew to KS to see my beautiful niece get married.  It was a fast and furious trip.  I came back Sunday.  It was a wonderful wedding and I got to see a lot of family.

Jessica getting ready to leave for her honeymoon and telling her dad goodbye.

Jessica getting ready to leave for her honeymoon and telling her dad goodbye.

Telling her mom goodbye.

Telling her mom goodbye.

Flying home the sky was beautiful.  I thought of the song by Karen Carpenter.  “I’m on the top of the world, looking down on creation…”

Thanks You, God, for this beautiful world that You created!

Thanks You, God, for this beautiful world that You created!

I was trying to take a picture without the wing in it.  I think I like this one best - wing and all.

I was trying to take a picture without the wing in it. I think I like this one best – wing and all.

Tim was in school this week.  He actually started last Friday.  Brad had to take him because my plane took off around 6:30 am.  On Monday I met Brad for lunch.  We didn’t really care for the food but they had a huge rocker outside.  I had to climb up into it for a snapshot.  I couldn’t talk Brad into taking a picture.

Rockin'

Rockin’

The rest of the week has slipped by.  I think everything is on track to close on the house next week.  Tim started to the church youth group last night.  He enjoyed himself.

Hope this holiday weekend is a great one for you and your family.  Stay safe!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s All Washi(ed) Up

Greetings to my fellow crafters,

I started thinking about how a lot of my ideas come from not only scrapbooking sources but card making sources, too.  This is one of those ideas that came from a card.  Right now I am making a mini album.  I don’t think I would use this idea (unless modified) for a full size album.

I took a piece of cardstock (the size of the page) and started covering it with washi tape at a diagonal.

Chevron decorative paper and washi tape (page about 1/2 done).

Chevron decorative paper and washi tape (page about 1/2 done).

I ran the washi tape over the complete piece of decorative paper (that would be a lot of washi tape if it was a 8 1/2″x11″ or 12″x12″ album).  I then turned the covered paper over and trimmed the extra.  I debated folding the tape over and adhering it to the back.  I might try that next time.  I then used a corner rounder and rounded all four corners.

Page completed - just add the picture.

Page completed – just add the picture.

The last step was to trim down and round the corners of a picture and then adhere it to the page.

Another completed page for my moving album.

Another completed page for my moving album.

What a fun page.  I like how the decorative chevron paper peeks through the washi tape some times.

God bless you on this summer day (can’t wait for fall!).

 

 

Making Banners Useful

Hi friends,

Today I am doing a quick page for my moving mini album.  I used banners to journal on.  I made the banners out of decorative paper.

The work begins!

This page starts the section on all of the work we did to prepare our house for sale.  On the two smaller banners I listed things like refinish floor, paint walls, clean carpets…..

This is going to be a cute album to remember a stressful time.  😛

God bless!

Making a Point With an Arrow

Today I am scraplifting an idea from another blogger.  The blog is called Pretty Paper, True Stories and she is quite creative.  I am going to make an origami arrow.  I will describe and show you pictures step by step.

First you will use a square.  I used decorative paper that was 3″x3″.  I think it would be a little easier to use a little bit larger size but I am using this in a mini album so I stuck with the smaller square.

With the paper laying on the decorative side, make a crease down the center.

Flatten the paper and then, using the crease as your guide, fold both sides in to meet in the middle.

Sides folded in to meet in the center.

Sides folded in to meet in the center.

Fold the outside corners in to the center to make a tip and then fold it down.

Tip created and folded down.

Tip created and folded down.

Turn the paper over and fold it down so that shows about half of the little triangle.  I will show two pictures (both front and back) of this step.

Front view of paper folded down.

Front view of paper folded down.

Back view of paper folded down.

Back view of paper folded down.

With the paper turned on its back, like in the last picture, take a bottom corner and start folding it inward.

Folding a corner into the center crease.

Folding a corner into the center crease.

As you fold the side inward, find the opening in the sides of the flaps,and use your finger (or a pencil or pen with smaller squares) to spread it flat as you fold.

One side of the arrow completed.

One side of the arrow completed.

Do this to both sides and the arrow is complete.  I added one glue dot to hold it all together.

My homemade arrow.

My homemade arrow.

Now I am going to use it on a quick page for my mini moving album.

My NC home.  I loved it there!

My NC home. I loved it there!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my origami arrow.  I am not very good at things like that so if I can do it so can you!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Deb’s Scraps 1st Birthday!!!

Thank you to all of my friends and family who have supported me by visiting my blog.  It has definitely been a learning experience for both Brad and I.  I hope to continue this adventure and GROW!  I do so appreciate your visiting my site on an occasional/daily visit.  It has truly encouraged me.

My hopes for Deb’s Scraps this year is growth and to learn a great deal more technically and creatively.  If you know of any ideas that you think might help please let me know.  Also, keep/start commenting.

Again, thank you so much for everything!

God bless you and yours!

A leap of faith has made it one year!

A leap of faith has made it one year!

It is Finished (I hope)

Hi friends,

Want to share with you how my week has gone and a few pictures to show you a peek into my life.

Last weekend we went to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.  I had driven by it and wanted to go with Brad and Tim.

Free entertainment - and very cool!

Free entertainment – and very cool!

It is a four mile drive.  We crept along and probably took an hour going through it.

Tim and I under some awesome trees with the Spanish moss.

Tim and I under some awesome trees with the Spanish moss.

There was a lot of swampy areas all around.  A sign said that they were created out of rice fields.  Cool!  We looked and looked for alligators.  Thought we weren’t  going to see any but the last part of our drive we were pleasantly (I guess) surprised.

Gator!

Gator!

We saw 10-12 and know they were there all along we just figured out where to look.  I’m sure there were hundreds of them.  Crazy!

They had bike/hiking trails.  I told Brad that a person would have to be crazy to do that.  He said he couldn’t wait for the chance.  He is hoping one of our boys or a friend will join him soon.  I would be too nervous!

I had to meet Brad for lunch, earlier this week, and have some more papers notarized.  Then I had to find a FedEx place to send them off.  The closest one I could find was in downtown Savannah.  So, after dropping Brad off I drove there.  I had to circle and circle to find a parking place.  Finally I found one and managed to park (I’m not that great at parking).  Then I had to walk a few blocks to get to the store.  I had my gps going.  I took a picture of the street sign closest to where my car was parked so I wouldn’t get lost.  I know me and my feeble brain very well.

Downtown Savannah.

Downtown Savannah.

Afterwards, I saw a smoothie store, during my walk back, and treated myself.  I felt I deserved one after being so adventurous. 😉

It was really rainy all week.  (and humid)  We are still in the apartments so we have to venture out several times a day to take our little wiener dog out.  This is a picture of Brad doing the deed.  Unfortunately we couldn’t find a bigger umbrella.  This is one that Tim had in grade school quite a few years ago.

Cracked me up!

Cracked me up!

We then went to NC.  The packers and movers came.  They emptied our house.  And we cleaned.

Our pretty home is empty.  Loved this home and NC.

Our pretty home is empty. Loved this home and NC.

We close on the house today.  A little sad but a lot of stress will be off of our shoulders.

Another week is completed on this new journey of our life.  Hope your week was wonderful!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Experimenting with Embossing and Pigment Powder

Hi friends,

When I created the flower that I used in this post I was in Kansas with my former high school classmate and scrapping buddy, Terri.  I asked her to have a new idea that we could experiment with.  She didn’t fail.  We made a YouTube video that I linked below.  Please watch.

What we used was Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder.  There are other brands besides Perfect Pearls like Pearl Ex.  First we read directions and experimented and found the best results for us.

First we found a stamp we wanted to use.  I wanted to make a flower and decided that a doily stamp would work great.  Then we used a VersaMark stamp pad  (which is sticky like glue) and really rubbed the stamp all over it to make sure we would have good coverage.  We stamped it on a tan cardstock.  It doesn’t show up very well but the purpose is to stick something to it.  That is were the pigment powder comes in.

We found the best coverage was obtained by using a big brush (softer and fluffier would have worked the best) and picking up the pigment powder and flicking it onto the area where the stamp was applied.  We tried lightly brushing it on but that wasn’t successful.  You can dump the extra (what doesn’t stick) pigment powder back into the container.

Then we tried different ways to remove the extra pigment powder that didn’t come off by tapping the cardstock.  Not only did we tap the cardstock but we also used a brush to try to gently whisk it off.  Not successful.  Finally we found when we gently wiped the area with a tissue the clingy pigment powder that didn’t belong was easily removed.  Cool.

We experimented with traditional embossing with a heat gun and saw that traditional embossing stands out more and is shinier.  The pigment powder is a muted version.

The upper doily is Perfect Pearls pigment powder and the bottom one is embossed with a heat gun and embossing powder.

The upper doily is Perfect Pearls pigment powder and the bottom one is embossed with a heat gun and embossing powder.

To make the flower I cut a circle around the outer edge of the doily and then notched around making petals.  I then added a flower embellishment and then a flower button with a piece of twine tied in the holes.

My finished flower.  So pretty!

My finished flower. So pretty!

Here is the link to the YouTube video where Terri and I created this flower.

Click here

I am making a mini album (Terri’s sis gave me a Creative Memories album that she found at a garage sale that I thought would be perfect for this).  Thanks, Theresa!  The subject of the album is going to be our move.  The first page is our NC house.

My pretty NC home.

My pretty NC home.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the post and video.  Thanks, Terri, for a fun day!

God bless you and yours!

Button Rainbow

Hi friends,

I made a quick page and used buttons to add brightness and to draw your attention to all the pictures on the page.

Joe's 3rd birthday!

Joe’s 3rd birthday!

I wanted to put a lot of pictures on the page because there are A LOT of pictures celebrating Joe’s 3rd birthday.  I trimmed down the pictures (if I scrapped 12″x12″ I wouldn’t have needed to) so that I could fit two rows of pictures on the page and up to three pictures in each row.  On the right side I did put three but on the left I only put two.  I separated all the pictures with washi tape (because I love it so much and because it was nice to add separation between the pictures.

I wanted to have an area for a title/journal so I put the rainbow of buttons.  I put a lot of colors because when I think of birthdays I think of a big splash of color.  The rainbow not only added the big splash but it also draws the viewers eyes to all the pictures.

I then put two chipboard cupcakes below the rainbow and stamped the date.  I added “happy birthday” stickers and stamped 3’s all over (they did get a little messy).  :'(  I added alpha stickers to make Joe’s name and but it in an empty spot on a photo.  Finally, I added a smile arrow sticker that pointed at a pic where Joe looked SO happy.

A fun page!

Have a blessed day!

 

Getting Creative with X-Acto Knife

I am trying to get more comfortable using my X-Acto knife.  I found a paper that had stars in a line all the way across.  I decided I would cut part of each star to create a picture holder.

Cutting three sides of each star on the bottom of each photo.

Cutting three sides of each star on the bottom of each photo.

I then added adhesive to the photos and slid them into the top of the stars.  Both photos hung over the edge so I trimmed of the excess.

The finished page.  (scanned)

The finished page. (scanned)

I added a few stickers and wrote the date.  How cute and simple is this page?

The complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

The complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Hope you enjoyed this idea!

God bless!

 

 

Pin Wheels

Hi y’all,

Hope this is a great week for all of you!  Not too hot.  I am winding down on my grandson’s album.  I think I just have one more layout after this and I will be caught up.  This is a fun idea.  I made it into pin wheels but I think it would be a cute flower, too.

For each pin wheel punch three squares.  I punched two squares out of the same pattern and one out of another pattern.  Of the two squares that are the same I used a corner rounder on the 90 degree angle.  I then attached them to the third square.  I lined each rounded triangle up with one of the pointy ends in the center and extending out over the corner.  After all four were attached I punched a hole in the center of the square and added a brad.  I needed to make a handle and decided to use decorative Popsicle sticks that I’ve had for years but haven’t used.

Ethan is cracking up! (scanned)

Ethan is cracking up! (scanned)

The complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

The complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

After making the pin wheels I first put the picture onto white cardstock.  I then attached the pinwheels to the page and made some grass with my fringe scissors and had it start at the edge of the page and go to where it met the picture.  I then use alpha stickers to say “You make me” and then put a “giggle” sticker right below.

Take some time and giggle today.

God bless!