Not My Favorite

I am dedicated to posting the good, the bad, and the ugly on this blog.  Let’s be real.  We all have artistic misses.  Some people will tear a page apart and redo it if they aren’t happy with it.  I am not one of those people.  Who has time for that?  I have a backlog of around 200 pictures to scrap.

In this particular case, I failed to match my colors properly.  I started with that lovely floral paper that I love.  And from there, it all went wrong.  You see, I had papers that were almost right, but not quite a perfect match.  To be fair, you can often get away with that… if it is one element.  But in this case, I let almost every element clash.  The yellow/orange cardstock is just a shade too dark.  The pink paper really should have had a peach undertone instead of purple.  The embellishments are just all over the place.  Ugh.  (That peach typewriter next to the pink paper is seriously making me twitch.)

Not Comfy

The composition of the page really isn’t terrible.  The title block definitely needs some work.  Even as I was putting it together, I was struggling.  I think I should have made the pink  along the top narrower by pulling up the photo block and floral paper.  However, the rest is pretty solid.  I really do like the banners at the bottom.

I think the moral of this scrapbook layout story is not to force a page if it is not working.  This page was a fight from start to finish.  I should have scrapped it and started over before gluing.  I usually lay everything (or most everything) out before I glue elements down.  So I certainly had the opportunity to stop this mess.  Sigh.  Time to put it into the book and try to better on the next one.



I know.  I have been MIA for months.  It has been a busy time.  The holidays always are.  My itty bitty family was also dealing with a sick pet that sadly crossed over the rainbow bridge.  So when you put together holiday stress, pet stress, and just everyday stress… you just don’t get much scrapbooking done.

It appears we are mostly beyond the chaos, and I feel like getting my crafting on again.  So much time has passed that I am at a bit of a loss on where to start with a new project.  My own creativity isn’t really flowing right now.  When in doubt, I turn to a sketch.  For me, it is a nice little map that doesn’t require much thought from me.  In this case,  I cased my Pinterest boards and found the perfect sketch here.  I love it because it allowed me to pull from my scrap bin.

The Marina

Once I had the sketch, I chose that incredible floral by Carta Bella.  I’m loving the peach and teal combination on a butter yellow.  From there I went through my 12×12 papers that are ancient.  Seriously.  I have a stack of papers on the floor (please don’t judge) of really old papers that I need to use.  This one fit the bill perfectly.  It was the right color, and the pattern reminds me of flower stems.  At that point I pulled scraps from my bin.  I was excited to find both the dark and light pink/peach color found in the floral.  The navy and brown scraps were added to match the photos.

I will be honest.  At first I placed the rectangles of paper in the exact order and position as the sketch.  Something wasn’t quite right.  I let it sit for a day and then did just a minor reorganization the next morning.  It’s amazing how much a tiny change can make a page come together.  Let the gluing begin!  I always feel better once the papers are down and I can no longer fiddle with them.

For embellishment, I went with some floral die cuts that matched fairly well.  The light pink wasn’t quite the right shade, but sometimes you just have to go with what you have.  A few puffy hearts from Shimelle, a smattering of enamel dots, and a stitched navy circle finished off my decorating.  I am just never going to be an elaborate embellisher.  I have tried.  It just isn’t me.

There you have it.  I am back in the saddle again.  Hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before I can glue some paper again.

Almost a Theme

I tried.  I really did.  For this layout I was going to go all in and attempt a much more heavily themed page.  Out came some nautical October Afternoon stickers in order to ensure the beach theme.  This was going to be a stretch for me, but I was determined… or so I thought.

To be fair, when I began pulling papers for this page, I did not have the beach in mind.  In fact, I was really just putting away my last order that had been sitting for, um, months.  The Pink Paislee aqua and wood grain paper grabbed my attention immediately.  And then I ran across that white wood grain embossed paper in the same order.  They just had to go together.  So that was my starting point.  I decided to add a couple of 6×6 papers that matched beautifully.  Can you tell I was highly invested in the wood grain theme at this point?

Then I began flipping through my photos.  You would think I would maybe pull something from a camping trip. (Wood grain on wood grain on wood grain.)  Alas, no, it was this lovely little photo of a tide pool I took last summer.  Look at the colors!  Hello browns and aquas!  It was just meant to be.

Tide Pool

The papers pretty much laid themselves out on this page.  I did cut out the back of that Pink Paislee paper so I could use it again.  The white cardstock covers the big square that I hoarded saved.  (I won’t usually save anything from my background paper.  I doubt I will ever use up all of the paper I own.  However, this one was way too pretty to waste.)  I did dig into my scraps and add the kraft strip that helped provide a little grounding at the bottom of the page.  I also cuts some scallops from scraps.

Here is where I wound up in a goal failure.  I had created a layout that was white, brown, and aqua.  Introducing any other colors just didn’t seem right.  So as I perused my marine themed embellishments, I was left with one option.  That adorable octopus fit the bill.  I did not want to introduce the red, yellow, or cobalt blue that were included in everything else.  So then I gravitated to the stars.  (Stars… starfish… close enough!)  I included a few more aqua pieces from here and there and then sprinkled in a few wood grain hearts because I totally needed more wood grain.

Let’s face it… I am just never going to be a theme girl.  At least this time I wound up with a much more beach themed color scheme.  Though all of the wood may not seem beach themed to most, it does remind me of the driftwood I see at our local beaches.  So I am going to say that is on theme as well.  Oh, and there are pearls!  Pearls are beach themed.  I am going to call this a goal partially met.  I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as I love the layout.  (I do!)

Just a Cat and Some Scraps

I know this is quite a simple page, but I thought I would share it anyway.  This is the result of a scrap bin diving session.  My scraps are once again getting out of control.  Whenever that happens, I like to make a page or two out of scraps.  I wish I could tell you that the bin is no longer overflowing, but that would be a lie.  A really big lie.

This layout started with the floral scrap from Simple Stories.  Oh, how I love that paper.  It makes the perfect jumping off point because it has so many colors.  I dug through the rest of my scraps to find a harvest gold, a teal, and a brown.  Don’t you just love fall colors?  I added in a scrap of kraft cardstock before finding a dark red background.  I layered up the boxes of papers without even really having to trim anything.  That never happens!


Good Day

I knew my embellishing was going to start with those brown corrugated pieces.  They have been in my collection forever.  I love their texture, but rarely do they fit with my color scheme.  Here, they were a great match.  The hearts came next because I love that kitty!  Look at his sweet little face.  The copper hearts and title come from Shimelle’s Go Now Go collection.  I finished it all off with a few Simple Stories stickers.

Though this layout isn’t fancy, I still love it.  There is nothing extraordinary about it.  In fact, the Thickers are the only thing on this page that hasn’t been sitting in my stash for years.  I almost think that makes me love it all the more.  Old supplies don’t have to look or feel old.  They deserve to be dusted off and used to make beautiful things.

Back to 12×12 Papers

You may have noticed by now that I don’t scrapbook events in order.  In fact, it may take me a year or two to scrapbook our vacation photos, or Christmas, or anything else.  I pull photos out randomly, depending on my mood.  If I tried to scrap an entire vacation from beginning to end, it would feel like an assignment.  The last thing I want is for my hobby to feel like work.

So here is a warning that you may see beach layouts periodically for the next couple of years.  I think I have 20-30 photos waiting to be scrapped.  When I only scrap 1-2 photos on a page, it will take a while.  Hrm… now there’s a good potential future challenge.  Maybe I will see if I can create a page with 4-6 photos on it.  I may need to see if I can find Shimelle’s 4×6 photo love series.  She had some great ideas for multi-photo layouts.

The page I created doesn’t feel beachy at all.  Sure I worked in a tiny bit of blue and aqua.  However, my focal colors are red and creme.  Please don’t ask me why I went in this direction. I actually just thumbed through my random papers until I found two I liked.  You will also notice there isn’t a shell, wave, or otherwise watery theme in sight.  Though I admire themed pages, I just can’t seem to manage them myself.

Road Trip

There are a couple of things I really like about this layout.  First of all, I loved how easy it was to use up some scraps.  I just pulled together a bunch of random scraps that sort of worked together and cut them into banners.  Voila!  Fewer scraps in the bin.  The photo mats were also made from a scrap.  My other favorite part is the use of pocket page cards.  I managed to get 3 of them onto this page.  They tend to sit in my collection forever!  Using them feels like a major scrapbooking win.  (It’s the small things that make me happy.)

Though the overall page is clean and simple, it is a current favorite.  The photos are clearly the star.  (As they should be!)  A few wood veneer pieces to play up the nature theme and  some hearts was all it needed.  That’s it!  It feels good to be scrapping with 12×12 papers again.

Sweet & Sassy

No, this page is not about me.  That would require a title more along the lines of Sweet & Stubborn.  This page is about my lovely little girl kitty.  (Please forgive me, as my kitties are my children.  Yes, I am that kind of crazy.)  She walks around with a perpetual scowl, making her less than photogenic.  She takes after her human mom.  🙂

On this particular day, a small miracle happened.  I took a picture of her where she does not look at the camera as if hoping it would die a horrible death.  Her beautiful green eyes were bright and fully open.  She is tilting her head denoting perhaps some curiosity.  All in all, she is one beautiful happy looking girl.  It is definitely a photo worth scrapping.

For this page, I decided to dig into my rarely used collections and pulled out Studio Calico’s Sundrifter.  As an online shopper, I sometimes purchase collections that are not my cup of tea.  Admittedly, Sundrifter just had not inspired me.  Instead it sat on a shelf for over a year.  For some reason, I found it to be the perfect fit today.  I think the trick of it was to use just a little of the bolder floral pattern and choose the rest of the papers to be understated.

Sweet and Sassy

As always, I ran into a brick wall when it came to embellishing.  I really wanted a lot of white empty space.  At first I included the three circles at the top and bottom, along with the tag and title.  Though I liked it, I found it to be much too bare.  I then added a bit of washi on the tag and just to the left of the “&” card.  Now I had too many straight lines.  Punching the brown feather paper did wonders for the layout.  It added some curves and a bit of weight to the page.

After all of that, I still wasn’t happy.  Quite a bit of digging later, I found some old Making Memories butterflies, some sequins, and a couple of stickers and die-cuts that worked.  The pieces I added provide some needed curves and interesting shapes.  Who doesn’t love hearts and butterflies?

I am pretty happy with the end result this time.  The layout has some fun details, but the photo is really the star.  I find myself staring into those hypnotic cat eyes every time I look at this page.

6×6 Continued

I am sorry that it has been forever since I posted.  It turns out that I am not inspired to create when having a toothache for weeks on end.  Now that the little pain in the jaw is taken care of, I am back to my scrapping ways.  Added bonus, football season has arrived!  As my husband has usurped the television for the sport, I have retreated into my scrap room.

Today’s creation continues the 6×6 challenge.  In this case, I decided to cut up a few papers from the Fancy Pants “Memories Captured” 6×6 pad into little triangles.  After many, many, MANY attempts of some sort of design, I finally decided upon a quilt pattern.

Love Fun Times 2

I have never attempted a quilt pattern before this layout.  There is a very good reason for my avoidance.  You see, carefully measuring and cutting things for accuracy is not my strength.  Honestly, you can see some of my lack of precision if you look closely.  Still, it really isn’t half bad for the amount of eyeballing it I did.

I just knew I was going to wind up with all kinds of gaps and overlaps.  For once, I planned for the mistakes to happen.  Even though I laid every triangle out beforehand, once I began gluing, those gaps and overlaps indeed started to form.  In order to reduce the visual impact of those imperfections, I started by gluing the triangles that were closest to the perimeter of the page.  Slowly I worked my way in towards the center.  Once I got to the center, pieces no longer fit correctly because I didn’t cut the triangles exactly right.  No worries!  The center was going to be covered by my photo and embellishments!  So yes, there are some big mistakes.  You just don’t see them.

Once I got all of the triangles and the photo in place, I knew I would not need a lot of embellishment.  The design itself is quite busy.  I sorted through my old die cuts and journaling cards to create the grouping to the left of the photo.  I found they blended a bit too much with my background.  In order to get them to stand out more, I used some Distress Ink in soot to ink the edges of them.  Once I added a bit of journaling, the page only needed a few more touches.  Some chipboard from the old “Summer’s End” line worked well.  Though these collections were released at different times, the colors worked great together.

It’s time for me to work on something other than 6×6 designs.  I am yearning to scrap outside of those parameters again.  Let’s see what I can come up with for next time.

6×6 Summer Continues

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was working on a 6×6 challenge.  This is my 2nd layout that features some lovely 6×6 papers.  I am absolutely determined to get some of those pads used.  I swear they multiply in my scrap room.  It couldn’t be that I keep buying new pads even though I clearly don’t need any more!

In this case, I started with a photo.  This was a cake that was purchased for our fabulous teacher of the year.  (Sorry for the terrible job I did removing some identifying information.  I have NO photo editing skills whatsoever.)  I decided to repeat the green, yellow, and red colors that are found on the cake when choosing my papers.  The one little adjustment I made was the shade of green.  Though I had pulled a grass green at first, it just made the page much too dark.  And let’s be honest, I love me a light or lime green.

Our Hero

I am working through Jen Schow’s video series about using 6×6 pads on layouts.  This layout features randomly layered rectangles using the 6×6 pad.  I chose to use that black and white floral as well as the red with polka dots as is.  No cutting is always a plus!  The black paper with the arrows was cut in half.  The yellow matte was also cut down from the pad.  In order to fill the rest of the page, I grabbed pieces from my scrap box as well as a couple of pocket page cards.

There really isn’t any correct way to stack the papers.  Generally I start by figuring out what the layers will be from top to bottom.  In this case, I knew I wanted the black and white paper near the top.  However, it was much too busy to place directly behind the photo.  The yellow contrasted well with the photo, so it became my top layer.  That left me with the light green and red polka dot from the papers that I first chose.  I needed a layer between the light green and the background, so the red ended up being in the back.  I glued that section together and placed  it on my background.

It was nice, but it left far too much white space (well, green space in this case).  As always, I decided to go with what I know.  It was time to create an “L” shaped layout.  I snatched that yellow chevron out of my scrap basket and made it my anchor on the bottom.  Then I went through the pad again and chose that black arrow paper to begin forming the top of my “L.”  I needed some more bulk up there so I filled in with those journal cards and scraps.

The decorations for this are a little sparse.  With a room full of supplies, I found very little in the red, green, and yellow that I needed.  It’s not that I don’t own any embellishments in these colors.  I didn’t have them in the correct shades.  Why oh why don’t all reds match?!  As a result, I relied mostly on those black swirls for embellishment.  And bonus, it pretty much finished off the pack of them.  I only have a couple of hearts left, so those will be used up shortly.

I know that the area directly above the photo looks a little empty.  I plan on adding a bit of journaling to that spot.  That will finish out the page.

Though this isn’t the most amazing page in the world, I love how easy it was to put together.  Those 6×6 pads really can be used for 12×12 pages.  Come on scrappers!  Get out those little pads of joy and start scrapping!

Experiment Failure

Not everything  goes as planned.  Okay, rarely does anything go as planned… at least in my experience.  This is one of those pages that I envisioned for greatness.  Alas, it came out not quite as I had hoped.

In this case, I started with a Shimelle paper down at the bottom.  I adore all of those multi-colored circles.  They seemed a little sparse to me, so I had an idea.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous to add paper circles of my own?  Then I would pop some up on dots and it would be some magnificent work of art.  The idea was decent.  The execution was less than spectacular.

Be a Star

I admit that I am frustrated.  There were elements on this page that I forced, even though I knew they weren’t quite right.  Honestly, pretty much all of the embellishment seems off to me.  *Sigh*  I think the sad part is that this page had some good paper choices.  The bare bones of the page aren’t bad at all.  It’s what I did after the papers, pictures, and journaling were down that ruins it for me.

So let’s talk about what I do like.  I do love the papers and the color choices I made.  I wouldn’t change a thing about them.  I actually like this photo of myself.  (Hey, that doesn’t happen too often!) It’s a grainy phone selfie, but that expression is totally me.  I really like that for once I spent some time journaling.

Most of my pages are fairly free from journaling.  This page actually has quite a bit.  In fact, there’s more than you see.  At the top right corner of this page is an aqua tab.  That’s the top of a recipe card that contains some hidden journaling.  I was careful of where I put the glue so that it formed a pocket behind the green cardstock.  Just pull up on that little tab, and voila!  More writing!

I don’t know why I love hidden journaling so much.  Maybe because I’m a bit of a private person.  However, I think it is more than that.  It reminds me of a hidden door in a house.  I’ve always wanted to find one of those!  This is my own little hidden door.  I know where it is.  Now can anyone else find it?  (Not much of a challenge since I have told you where it is.  Look for more hidden journaling in the future!)

Oldie but Goodie

I was looking at some projects I wanted to frame, and ran across this one.  As far as scrapping goes, this is a very basic page.  It has a beautiful ombre paper in the background.  On top of that I just placed a few rectangle scraps and a 6×6 paper.  The embellishments consist of some Silhouette cuts, die cuts, and a couple of chipboard pieces.  Easy peasy.

Despite the lack of scrapping finesse, I find it is one of my favorite pages of all time.  Most of my scrapping is therapy.  It is time spent alone creating a work of art.  The process calms my mind and makes me happy.  In this case, I find it is the photo itself that brings me such joy.  Photos rarely move me.  They may be cute or beautiful, but not moving.  Usually they just document a time in my life.  This photo, however, is special.

When my niece was a child, she would spend a week with me every summer.  We would swim, bake cakes, or create art.  I loved this time together with her.  Then I met my husband.  I wasn’t sure what the dynamic between them would be.  It turns out, for a week every summer I wound up with 2 kids on my hands.  They were silly and often ganged up on me.  It was fabulous.

Love Always

This candid photo on my niece’s wedding day is a reminder of those wonderful times.  My husband loved that little girl. She may be all grown up now and 3,000 miles away, but I will always cherish the times we had together.