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.

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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.

6×6 Summer

I have an unhealthy love for 6×6 pads of paper.  Why is it unhealthy?  Well, 6×6 pads are perfectly designed for card making.  I am not a card maker.  I know… I know… I *DO* make cards.  However, cards are generally a way for me to use my leftover scraps.  I am primarily a scrapbooker.  That means I reach for my 12×12 papers for pretty much every project.  Those beautiful 6×6 pads sit in a cube just waiting to be loved.  As a result of joyously purchasing 6×6 pads when they are on sale, I have accumulated thirty-eight of them.  (There may have been 4 in my last happy scrappy delivery. *Sigh*)

So this summer part of my focus is to put those 6×6 pads to good use.  It is time to get them out of their container and onto pages.  (To be honest, those last 4 packs won’t fit into my storage system.  I told myself that I would never let that happen.  I lied.)

Luckily, Jen Schow has a wonderful Youtube series that is all about using 6×6 papers on scrapbooking pages.  Her first video was the inspiration for my newest page.  With just a few tweaks here and there, I was able to make her design work for my 4×6 photos.

Old meets new

Jen basically chose two 6×6 papers and a 12×12 background for the base of her design.  My starting point was that green arrow paper.  I love it, but I wasn’t sure I would ever use it on a card.  That made it a perfect candidate for a page.  I cut it in half to stretch it across the page.  Then I decided on the green background.  (I just love that green.  It is so soothing.)  That left me with trying to find the right 6×6 block to put in the middle.  After flipping through a few pads, I gave up on trying to match greens or finding a contrasting color.  Instead, I decided the neutral of the white and grey floral was just what I needed.

It was at this point that I decided to pick out my photos.  I found two pictures of buildings in San Fransisco that worked perfectly.  Both include grey and green, complimenting the papers I chose… Yes, my process is strange.  Most people start with a photo and go from there.  My brain just doesn’t work that way.  I go with whatever is inspiring me and then radiate out from that point.  If I try to force the creative process, I wind up stuck for days or weeks at a time.  I am able to work from multiple starting points because I always have a ton of supplies on hand.  I never have to go out and buy anything.  (If I don’t have that perfect supply, I make do with what I have on hand.)  I also don’t have to print off photos.  There are usually a good 100 photos waiting to be scrapped at any given time.  This allows me to select photos later in the process.

When I placed my photos down on the page, I discovered two problems.  First, I didn’t like the photos directly on top of the patterned papers.  There wasn’t enough contrast, so they blended in too much.  I found that yellow-green chevron paper in my scraps to matte the photos.  It helps the photos pop better.  The second problem was the middle square that the photos were supposed to sit on as they do in Jen’s layout.  My two 4×6 photos were much too big and completely covered that 6×6 square.  So I cut it into two pieces as well, and stretched it to cover a larger area of the page.  My photos hide the fact that this is really two pieces of paper made to look like one.

Then it was time to add the title and some embellishments.  The title came together fairly quickly.  My only issue was trying to find an alphabet that had the letters I needed.  It appears I use “e” and “t” far too often.  For embellishments, I started by searching through the items on my desk.  From there I scored the green and black rhinestone border, the grey clip at the top, as well as the yellow hearts.  I added in a couple of stickers and and a few buttons for the finishing touches.

I am pretty happy with how this page turned out.  No one would guess it all started with 6×6 papers.  I don’t think they would even know there is a 6×6 paper on the layout.  Also, check out the color scheme.  There is no pink or teal to be found.  It’s a miracle!  Now on to the next 6×6 adventure.

On a Roll

I actually managed to scrapbook for a second week in a row!  That hasn’t happened in months.  It appears that insomnia is my friend.  No sleep equals extra crafting time.  See, you should always look on the bright side.

This week’s layout started in such an odd way.  I wanted to start with a journal card that is designed for Project Life style scrapbooking.  This happened to be one of those cut apart cards that seem to be all the rage in collections these days.  The cut apart sheets just vex me since I don’t do pocket scrapbooking pages.  (Well, there was that one time.)  So I was determined to use one on my next layout.

I am home

From there I chose this photo.  I actually really love this photo (which for some reason looks bent, but isn’t.)  I have a secret love affair with Torrid clothing and Starbucks.  Okay, maybe it isn’t so secret.  It certainly isn’t a secret from my credit card company.  They are my kryptonite… along with scrapbook supplies.  So really, this is a layout of all my favorite things.  The day this photo was taken, I was a very happy woman.

Then it was time to choose my papers.  I immediately picked that bold black and white stripe to go along with the ombre pink card.  Let me just say, I love Bella Blvd.  You know that cover sheet in paper collections that shows what is in the collection?  This is the back side of that paper!  Finally a company is utilizing that cover sheet!  Next, I dug into my 6×6 papers to find the two triangle papers.  Does anyone else find their 6×6 pads multiplying?

Once the papers and photos were in place, I pulled out the die cuts from the Simple Stories “I Am” collection and the Bella Blvd. “Oh My Stars” collection.  I settled upon a diagonal design with mainly stars going across the page.  At that point there were entirely too many hard edges.  I threw in a little circle die as well as a doily to soften it a bit.  (The doily is just cut into 2 pieces.  I’m always looking for ways to save money.)

I must confess… titles are not my strong point.  They are always an afterthought.  In this case, I had a pretty large empty space at the bottom of the page.  Then I remembered… I had a package of giant gold glitter words from Pebbles.  I knew I was going to use the “I am” at the top.  The word “home” just struck me.  Though it may not seem logical to anyone else, it was the perfect title for me.  I feel most relaxed and at home in my comfy Torrid sweater while drinking coffee.  It makes me happy sigh just thinking about it.

I love this page.  It isn’t the most innovative or pretty page I’ve ever created.  I think it reflects me, though.  It’s a little bit shiny, a little bit scattered, and features the things I love.  Now on to the next scrappy escapade.

 

Cloudy With a Chance of Creativity

I finally had a bit of a creative breakthrough.  It isn’t waaaaaaaaaaaay off of my regular scrapping path, but I did include some fussy cutting.  For the record, I hate fussy cutting.  Yes, I know you move the paper, not the scissors.  Still, I get impatient after the first couple of cuts.  Then I get reckless.  Next thing you know, all of those smooth curves get hacked to pieces.

Two things finally got me going.  First, a beautiful cloud paper from Shimelle Laine’s Starshine collection just begged to be fussy cut.  I love the paper, but couldn’t figure out how to use it as a layer in a layout.  So out came the scissors.  I cut quite a few of the cloud groupings without knowing what I was going to do.

The second catalyst turned out to be exhaustion.  The day that I had cut out the clouds, I tried to place them on the layout.  Nothing looked right, and I finally gave up.  So, on a night that I could barely keep my eyes open, I began to work on it again.  The clouds just magically fell into place.  Lack of sleep seems to allow me to not overthink things and just create!  I often do my best scrapbooking in the wee hours of the night.

Real Life

It isn’t a fancy page with a lot of embellishment.  The clouds themselves seem to be enough decoration.  Some are popped up to give a bit of dimension.  I sprinkled them with my favorite wood veneer hearts.  Originally the photos were floating a bit, so I made a shelf for them with the wood grain scallop sticker.  The wood grain was chosen to work with the hearts.

The page still isn’t perfect.  I can see two things in the photo that bother me.  First, I’m not sure about the silver foam Thickers.  I am not going to change them out for something else.  They were the right size for this layout, and I can live with it.  I’m also considering adding a cloud at the top right of the vertical photo.  That white corner formed by the photo and the bottom of the cloud just doesn’t look right.  (Of course I didn’t see that until I photographed the page.)

Still, I am rather happy to have changed it up a little.  On to the next project!