Creative Journaling

Hi crafters and scrappers,

I am always looking for a journaling tag or trying to create one of my own.  An easy decoration to write on is a doily.  You usually can’t use a small one because they don’t have the “inside” where you can write.  But most medium to large doilies do.  You can place them anywhere on the page (remember they are great for layering) and then trim off what hangs over the edge.  That is what I did on this layout.

Partial layout, scanned.

Partial layout, scanned.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

To make the layout I found an 8 1/2″x11″ piece of Easter decorative paper.  I attached it to a purple piece of cardstock.  I put a border sticker across the top.  It didn’t quite reach the right side so that is where I chose to put the bunny sticker that I was going to use on the layout.  The picture I was scrapping was actually a card that had several poses of Absey from a portrait session.  We only got one pose printed besides these cards so I wanted to be sure and include it in this album I am making.  I added the doily after the picture.  I then journaled on it with a gel glitter pen.  At the bottom I placed a clear sticker.  I added several hearts cascading down the page and then heart decorative paperclips.  Very cute simple page.

Journaling is very important for telling our stories and in this case to make sure our grandchildren know our hearts.  🙂

God bless!

 

It’s Rattle Time!

Hi friends, family, and scrappers,

Today I am creating a layout using a homemade embellishment.  I am making a rattle.  As you know if you’ve seen any of my last several layouts, I am currently making an album of my granddaughter.  This layout is when she is a month old.

To make the rattle embellishment I got out two circle punches.  One was 1 1/2″ and one was 2″.  I punched out a circle from decorative cardstock using both punches.  I then cut out a rectangle using another decorative paper.  I rounded the corners on the rectangle and then I glued all the pieces onto light pink cardstock.  First I glued the small circle,  I left a small space in between and then glued the rectangle.  I left another small space and then glued the large circle.    I then cut around the rattle leaving a small edge all the way around.  I inked the pink edge with a raspberry colored ink.  Finally I made a bow and used a glue dot to attach it to the rattle.

The cute rattle.

The cute rattle.

To make the layout I matted three pictures on the same decorative paper that I used on the rattle.  I then decided how I wanted them placed and then attached them to shiny cardstock.  I then attached the rattle to the cardstock.  Finally, I added two different stickers.  On one of them I used alphabet stickers and put AUG ’09.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Well, this turned out super cute!  Don’t be afraid to get creative and make some of your own embellishments and not rely on buying them all.  It is easy to fall in that trap.

God bless ya’ all!

 

 

Printing Journaling Strips

Hi friends,

Today I completed another layout for my granddaughter’s album.  After this layout I only have eight more until her album is complete.  It is a lot different than my grandson’s album.  His album went until he was in elementary school.  This album for Absey will be finished when she is four.  I had a lot of pictures from when she was born and all albums are different.

When I scrapped my two older son’s albums I had a different approach than when I scrapped Tim’s album.  He will actually have more than one.  With Jake and Ben they each had one album from birth until high school graduation.  I used a different approach and I changed as a scrapbooker.  That is how life is not just crafting.  🙂

For today’s layout I used a piece of decorative cardstock that had ideas about babies printed all over it in pale yellow.  I matted three photos (two of them on the same piece of decorative paper).  I cut both sides flush with the pictures and left a border on the top and the bottom.  The bottom border was large enough to hold the printed journaling strips.

I adhered the pictures to the page and then I printed three journaling strips.  I cut each of the strips leaving extra blank space on both sides of the words.  I adhered two of them to the bottom of the picture mats.  I then placed the last one that had the date on the decorative cardstock.  I then placed an enamel dot on the left side of each strip.  They really draw attention to the journaling.  I cut out a cute giraffe tag that said, “so cute” and adhered it to the decorative cardstock.  The last thing I did to the layout was add a very cute flag that I bought premade from the Peachy Cheap website.  The flags are from the complany Bella BLVD.  I received several packages and all of them have a pearl on the top of the flagpole.  So cute!

Incomplete scanned layout.

Incomplete scanned layout.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Well, that’s it for today, folks!  Have a grand one and…..

God bless!

 

 

Repurposing Absey’s Pretty Pink Ribbon

Hi creative folks,

When my son and his family visited at Thanksgiving, I gave Absey and Matthew Disney blankets for their plane trip home.  They had wonderful ribbons tied around them.  They layed around the house in different places for a few days.  Finally I picked them up and put them on the counter and told Amber (mom) that if Absey left her ribbon I was going to use it in scrapping.  She had the idea of using it in Absey’s scrapbook.  Perfect.  Now…..how can I be creative with a beautiful pink/silver thick ribbon.

I decided to weave a heart using the ribbon.  I went ahead and placed the two main photos on the decorative Christmas cardstock.  I then turned the page over and drew the heart pattern that I wanted to follow.  I made a mark everywhere that I wanted to punch a hole for the ribbon to weave through.  To punch the hole I used my Crop A Dile Big Bite.  I used that tool because it can reach anywhere on a 12″ page.  After punching the holes I wove the ribbon through back and forth.  The ribbon was really thick so in a few places it started to tear the paper. (In one place it is really obvious).  If I could start over I would use eyelets to pull the ribbon through.  After the ribbon was completely wove I taped it to the back of the cardstock with washi tape.

I added one more picture to the layout and a brothers and sisters sticker that I had journaled on.  I added a couple of pieces of snowflake washi tape and put two date stamps on the page.  One said Christmas 12 and one said Christmas 13.  To finish the page and to cover the little tear I tied a knot into the remaining ribbon and cut each side in a “v”.  I attached it with a pop dot.

Incomplete scanned picture.

Incomplete scanned picture.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.  Don't I have cute grandkids?

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera. Don’t I have cute grandkids?

I hope you enjoyed how I incorporated a special piece of ephemera into my layout.

God bless you on this fine winter day!

 

Project Life Week 1

Hi friends,

I am really enjoying this first week of Project Life.  The biggest problem I have is remembering to bring my camera and even if I bring it to remember to use it.  Got a great picture today of me and my neighbor/friend eating lunch out.  First time we did this and I have the picture/memory to prove it.  Cool!

Both pages of my layout.

Both pages of my layout.

Left side of the week 1 layout.

Left side of the week 1 layout.

To show it was week one I put alpha stickers of the word “week” and circled the #1.  (It is hard to see the stickers because they are pink and white striped).  I did a lot of journlaing on this page.  The white card is an extra package I bought that are just journaling cards. One side has stripes going horizontally and the other side has stripes going vertically (in case you are using another page where the cards will be inserted on their side (landscape).

The right side of the layout.

The right side of the layout.

On this side of the page I used two of the journaling cards.  On one I put the “back to school” stickers and then journaled below.  I also cut one of the pictures down to the small card size.  On the bottom right corner there is a 4″x6″ slot.  I used a different card there.  Project Life (PL) has cards that have a crease down the middle.  They are to be used if you want to journal a private thought, fold it, and then stick it into the small slot.  I decided to use one of these cards but not to fold it and then to adhere a journaling card to the left side.  I then put a sticker (it says winter) above the camera.

With PL there are no set rules.  It is all about making the albums your own.  That is what I am going to do and try to not put too much time into it.  I really love the way it turned out this week.

Thanks for taking a look!

God bless!

 

 

Blinging Up Decorative Paperclips

Hi friends,

Today I am using paperclips that are shaped like stars.  I have been looking for the star paperclips for several weeks.  Finally, I ordered them off ebay.  In the picture I am scrapping, my granddaughter is wearing a headband that has stars all the way across.  I wanted to continue the theme on the layout.

To bling up the paperclips the first step is to slide the clip on decorative paper.  Then trim around the clip (as close as possible to the edge).

The decorative paperclip  on decorative paper.

The decorative paperclip on decorative paper.

The only other thing to do is slide the clip with the decorative paper in it onto paper or a picture.

To make the layout the first thing I did was to find the background paper I wanted to use.  I was going to use red or silver glitter paper but I realized I didn’t have any.  I started to look for any paper that had stars in it.  I found one that I loved (Later I will share how I didn’t scrutinize the paper close enough).  In order to make the picture (8″x10″) fit and still see most of the decoration on the decorative paper I had to trim down Absey’s picture.  This is always tough for me to do but I do cut when the picture covers something important and there is space that I don’t need – empty space.    That was the case in this layout.

Cutting Absey's picture.

Cutting Absey’s picture.

I then added the star paperclips (with decorative paper inside) to the picture and then attached it to the background page.

Scanned incomplete page.

Scanned incomplete page.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

After doing this I realized my mistake.  The decorative paper was for a graduation page.  The large print around the outside of the star said “You’re a Star!” all the way around.  That is all I paid attention to.  On the inside of all the stars in little print it said a lot of graduation sentiments AND up in the top scroll there was a diploma.  How did I not see that?  So….how do I fix this catastrophe?  I used vellum paper and a ruler and traced around the inside of the star so that the “You’re a Star!” wouldn’t be covered.  I then cut out the vellum and traced it on the back of the same decorative paper that I put under the paperclips. I then cut out that star.   Finally, I punched three stars from the paper to cover the smaller stars.  They weren’t a perfect fit but pretty good.  Before adhering all of these stars to the page I inked the edges to make them pop.

To cover the diploma I had a shiny black heart already setting on the table in front of me.  I layered it and two camera stickers across the diploma.

The final step, not sure if you can see it, was I inked the edges of the background paper – all the way around.

This page turned out super.  Two lessons were learned.  1 – be more observant.  2 – don’t give up, get creative.

God bless you all!

 

 

 

Layering (with Letters – again)

Hi my scrappy friends,

Another page about layering.  This turned out super cute and my specialty – super easy.  The letters I used were actually Thickers.  They already have some dimension and layering them adds a lot more.  I didn’t have to add extra adhesive but you might decide to.

The layered Thickers.  (A close up).

The layered Thickers. (A close up).

The page was super easy.  I had wonderful decorative cardstock.  I rounded the corners on the photo and then matted it.  I then rounded the corners on the mat.  I added the Mama and Abigail letters.  Every word had it’s unique set of letters and I only layered Abigail.  I then put on the matted picture and added a premade title – I <3 You.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Complete and blurry picture taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete and blurry picture taken with my cell phone camera.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series of posts on layering.

God bless you and yours!

 

 

Layering (with Letters)

Hi Scrappers,

Yesterday we layered with doilies.  Today we are going to layer with letters.  This will add a lot of dimension to the title.  First you need to find two colors of letters but in the same style.  Lay down the first color (the one you want on the bottom) but leave a little more gap between the letters than you normally would.  Then you lay the second color of letter on top but slightly over and down.

The word cry.  The first two letters are layered.

The word cry. The first two letters are layered.

Look at the wonderful shadow that creates.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Scanned incomplete layout.

Scanned incomplete layout.

 

The word “baby” is created by using Thickers.  I matted the picture (one side is against the edge) on a piece of green and then a bigger piece of blue/green paper.  I adhered that to the plaid decorative paper.  I added a measuring strip of paper – babies are always being weighed and measured.  Finally I added a cute chick sticker.  A lot of layering fun on this page!

Have fun creating today!

God bless!

 

 

Layering (with Doilies)

Hi friends,

I am still with the doilies for one more day.  I am layering with them.  It adds a lot of dimension.  One reason why I like layering with doilies in particular (besides they are so delicate and fragile) is they are thin and slightly see through.  Washi tape has that same feature and it is great for layering also.  When you are layering and you can see from one layer to the next it really adds the dimensional effect.

Incomplete scanned layout.

Incomplete scanned layout.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

How I created this layout was I found two edges of doily paper.  They were slightly different.  I then found the baby girl paper that was a muted shade of pink and had tan baby items (like rocking horses) in the background.  The tan in the doily edges and the background of the decorative paper pulled the items together.  I adhered one edge to the bottom and one to the top.  I then matted two pictures on tan paper leaving a larger edge on one side.  I knew I wanted to use three doilies and I started playing with them to decide where I wanted them before I adhered anything else down.  Once I realized where I wanted the doilies and the matted pictures I started adhering them in the right order.  I added a sticker to the extra matting.  The sticker had a few layers and was put together with foam tape to add more dimension.

At this point I thought I was going to be finished but decided I needed more color.  I added three flowered rhinestones to each doily.  I then added one to each doily on the paper edge on the bottom of the page.  Notice the doily that is on top of the layout.  Everything underneath it is slightly visible – awesome!

Love this precious page!

God bless you and yours!

 

Fun Friday with Project Life

Hi Family and friends,

This has been another glorious week of spending time at home with my hubby and son.  We did get a few projects done but for the most part we enjoyed being home together.

One project that we did get done was paint a horse mural that was on my son’s wall when we moved in.

Tim insisted on getting the first swipe with the paint roller.

Tim insisted on getting the first swipe with the paint roller.

We also painted two walls.  We aren’t very quick painters so it did take longer than it would for a lot of other people.  But the results are very nice.

We’ve also enjoyed homemade hot chocolate 2-3 times over the break.  My husband and I are going to eat better this year but we had to have one more cup of hot chocolate. MMMMMmmmmm!

My homemade chocolate.  I must admit - it is delicious!

My homemade chocolate. I must admit – it is delicious!

Fridays are going to look different for the next year.  I’ve been itching to try Project Life.  My husband, at my prodding, bought it for me for Christmas.  What project life is:

There are several albums to choose from but this is the one I loved.

There are several albums to choose from but this is the one I loved.

An album…..

The box that holds all the cards.

The box that holds all the cards.

 

A box of cards for decoration and journaling.  I chose  The 5th & Frolic addition of the box of cards.

The cards inside the box. (Enough for a year).

The cards inside the box. (Enough for a year).

You also need to buy the page protectors.  I didn’t take a picture of them.  They are divided in several different ways.  They can hold cards, pictures, or whatever other ephemera you choose.

The purpose of Project Life is to simplify scrapbooking and to get a peek into everyday life.  You can do this any way you want.  How I am going to do it and how a lot of people choose to do it is to have a double page layout per week.  Some people take one picture a day.  I am going to start carrying around my “regular” camera and not rely on my cell phone camera so much.  There should be 52 double page layouts per year with this method.

Some people start Project Life to simplify their scrapbooking and then put the same amount of effort into it as they were traditional scrapping.  It kind of defeats the easy purpose but it is still a cool concept of seeing what your life looked like in 2014.  I can guarantee that it won’t look near the same in 5, 10, or 15 years.

All you have to do is take pictures and print them, pick out and put the cards in the page protectors, and journal if needed.  Today I have the front cover page done for my album.

The cover page for my Project Life 2014.

The cover page for my Project Life 2014.

All I did was to print the 2014 graphic that I used on my New Year’s post, print a picture of our home, and print a picture of Brad, Tim, and I on the beach.  I was going to print a picture of the three of us standing in front of our house but realized that I didn’t have one that I liked  That is why I printed the one of us on the beach and then punched it into a heart and adhered it onto a card of hearts.  I added the pictures to the page protector.  Found the cards I wanted to use.  I changed up the card on the bottom.  I used a 4″x6″ card and then used a small clipboard card.  I trimmed the extra off the clipboard card and then adhered it to the left side of the 4″x6″ card.  I did a little journaling about what I expected for 2014 (exploring and finding friends).  I also added sunglasses and flip flop embellishments.  Finally I placed the cards into the page protector and called this intro page complete.

I want this to be an easy process for me.  At the same time I might add a few stickers or other embellishments but not go crazy.

I am committing to this method for a year.  I am hoping to like it so well it will be something that I do always.

Hope you had a wonderful week!

God bless!