Friday, March 20, 2015

February Top Five #4 - Ice & Snow

As part of my year of INSPIRATION, each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month.

Since February ended with a bout of wintry weather here in Texas, I chose that as one of my top five. I'm not much for getting out in the cold weather, so I only had a few photos that I'd snapped from the doorway. I decided to create an 8x8 digital layout using Template #100 from Get It Scrapped, which caught my eye as I was browsing blog land last week. I used some digital papers from my stash and ended up with this layout.

I printed this 8x8 page at home and decided to add a little extra to it before putting it in our 2015 album. I chalked the edges and adhered some glittery snowflakes.

I like how the snowflakes add glitter and dimension to the layout while the chalked edges add a nice border to the page.

Do you add traditional elements to your digital layouts?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

February Top Five #3 -Doily Days

As part of my year of INSPIRATION, each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month.

Mama came out to scrap with me for a couple of days in early February. As y'all know, I've been enjoying using doilies on cards and layouts lately, so I mentioned to Mama that we should use a doily on all our layouts because it's FUN . . . and I have amassed quite a stash recently.

We had a great time creating a bunch of layouts and used a doily on almost every one!

So, of course, I had to use several doilies on the layout about our crop together, which we started calling "doily days."

I printed a filmstrip of photos showcasing some of our layouts along with a photo of me & Mama in my craft room.

The problem with these doilies is that there are 75 in a package. That's a lot of doily in one color, but I've found that sharing them is a fantastic way to keep the stash in check . . . and reserve room to add more colors! Have you used any doilies lately? If you could only choose one, which color doily would you pick for your crafting?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hope & A Future - Mixed Media Scripture Canvas

I'm sharing about my upcoming class over on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog today.  Here's a look at the scripture word art I created for the 12" x 8" canvases we'll create during the class on April 10.

Check out all the details about this 2-hour class merging art and faith HERE!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Two Page Layouts

As I'm working my way through my 2011 photos, I'm enjoying creating two page layouts for those stories and events that require more than one page. For my Read Across America layout, I knew I wanted to include the Certificate of Appreciation I received, so I included it on one page and my photos, visitor name tag and journaling on the other.

My Holiday Festivities, Friends & Fun layout showcases photos and memorabilia from throughout the month of December and was inspired by a layout in the old BPC 2011 Creative Crop workshop. I really like how the strong border across the bottom pulls all these miscellaneous photos together.

This Play, Play, Play layout was also inspired by a sample layout in the old BPC 2011 Creative Crop workshop and records the variety of FUN we had when our great-nephew was here for a week long visit.

This final layout for today holds lots of photos and several blocks of journaling about a ladies' event at our church. Several of my good friends came from out of town to help me out as guest speakers for this event on women mentoring women, and I needed quite a bit of room for journaling along with the photos and event information block I'd cut from the church bulletin.

As you can see, I'm making progress on our 2011 chronological albums. I'll definitely be working on more two page layouts as I continue. Do you create two page layouts? Or do you prefer to capture each story on one single page?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

February Top Five #2 - Pile of Postcards Valentine Exchange

As part of my year of INSPIRATION, each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month. I knew I wanted to include the postcards I received from Sian's Pile of Postcard Valentine Exchange in our 2015 album because it was definitely a FUN part of February this year!

I received my sixth and final postcard I from Maya near the end of February - a beautiful skyline view of New York. Thanks Maya!!

So, I had six postcards from the exchange, which would all fit nicely in a 12x12 divided page protector. However, I also wanted to include the postcard that I received from Rinda and used as INSPIRATION for creating my own postcard to send as part of the swap. I decided to include a copy of my postcard as well as the logo from Sian's blog, too.

I chose an 8x8 divided page protector from my stash and stitched it to the 12x12 page using my sewing machine. Here's a look at the two pages together.

Having the two page protectors stitched together makes it easy to see that all these cards and my journaling go together, and the 8x8 page flips open easily.

I also really like being able to read the lovely handwritten notes on the back of each postcard.

Did you participate in the postcard exchange? How would you include the postcards in a scrapbook?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happiness Is Homemade Clear Scraps Clipboard

I have a new post up on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog today sharing an altered clipboard using a Clear Scraps scalloped clipboard, Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home ephemera cards, and Queen & Co's new rolled roses.

Click HERE to read more about this clipboard on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Post of Random Things I Want To Share

1. Received a happy mail package from my sister Brenda with two beautiful pillowcases that totally brightened my day . . .

 and look wonderful on our bed! Thanks Brenda!

2. Sandy's tutorial for decorative paper clips was the INSPIRATION for creating and adding a decorative paper clip to my INSPIRATION binder. Of course, I made a few extras, too!

3. The Queen & Company booth at Scrapbook Expo had their products displayed by color, and I mentioned to Susie (owner of Scrappin' Goodtime) that the store really needed a Wall of Color for those of us who are inspired and scrap by color. A couple of weeks later she sent me a photo of the start of that wall as she began rearranging things in the store. I went down last week & helped her get everything in rainbow order & love how the Wall of Color looks. Susie's adding more and more product as it arrives now that the west coast strike is over. [I have a post with more photos of the Wall of Color on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog HERE.]

4. After a relatively mild winter, the final week of February and first week of March were terribly disappointing as we had several days of ice and snow!
Fortunately, the temperatures continue to rise each day and we are enjoying sunshine and spring rains as we prepare for our upcoming trips. Has spring arrived at your place yet?