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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes, I am aware that NSD was yesterday. I promise that I really did celebrate on time! Okay, I celebrated after I got through with being an adult for the day. My husband seemed to be blissfully unaware of the importance of NSD when he scheduled appointments for us. The nerve!
Once home, I ran up into the crafting room and looked at my supplies. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, making a card was my first priority. I happened to have some Simple Stories Posh die cuts sitting out on my desk from a previous project. I chose two to use for cards. The florals and soft colors were perfect for this particular occasion.
It didn’t take very long to dig through my scrap bin to find some matching papers. I have a plethora of aquas, teals, pinks, and yellows. At that point it was just a matter of stacking up a few rectangles and positioning the die cuts. Each card has a smattering of enamel dots, pearls, or sequins to finish it off. In all, I made 3 cards in under an hour. (The 3rd is super simple in a fall color palette.) I think that is a record for me.
The bicycle feels like an appropriate motif for my papercrafting lately. I need to keep pedaling on and creating. Though I am not doing anything that is cutting edge, I feel the momentum going in the right direction. And hey, it is so much fun playing with the pretty products! That is the important part.
It has been far too long, I know. At this point in time you probably thought I had given up the blog. Though I would like to tell you an exciting story about being off on some great adventure, the truth is just that life got in the way. Work got the better of me for a while and took up all of my time. Then a bout of bronchitis kept me from my beloved scrap room. Those two things paired with a lack of creativity resulted in months of no scrappy escapades.
This weekend I finally returned to playing with pretty papers. The result is a bit meh, but it is an important first step to getting my groove back. I need to keep cranking out the projects until a brilliant idea strikes again. It will happen. It just takes time.
Today’s installment features a bit of a fuzzy photo of a scrap busting design. You know how I hate to throw any scraps away. So I rummaged through my scrap bin and pulled out pinks, teals, greens, and blues. One piece in particular caught my eye. It’s that multi-colored dot print behind the photo. Doesn’t it just say birthday to you?
Going with the birthday theme, I found a photo of this beautiful birthday cake. (That cake is vegan! Can you believe it?) I didn’t have any other photos to go with this one. Placing a small 4×4 photo on a 12×12 page is a challenge for me. I know there are some beautiful pages out there that use one small photo on a large page. The artists are masters of using white space. I am not one of those masters. So instead, I decided to fill my space with those paper strips.
I am quite fond of paper strip layouts. They don’t require a whole lot of fuss. Nothing has to be lined up exactly. The paper can be in a variety of widths. And, of course, it is a great way to get rid of those scraps. I was even able to throw a couple of branding strips into the mix. It only took a few minutes to layout the strips in a purposely uneven manner.
Then it was time to work on the top of the layout. I double matted the photo so it had a bit more weight. That left some room for a fairly large title to the right. At first I was going to lay the silver Thickers right onto the background paper. The silver blended into the white and was too difficult to see. Rifling through a die-cut pad, I came upon the turquoise piece. It wasn’t the exact color I was looking for, but sometimes perfect is over-rated.
Finally it was time to add in some embellishments. I started with the silver leaves. Leaves logically need flowers. Immediately I knew the Simple Stories’ Bloom & Grow collection was exactly what I needed. A few flower die-cuts later and some puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio and I was done.
It feels good to be back in the saddle again. Stick with me. I plan for this to be quite the ride.
I’m stuck. I put together a layout using this sketch from the Sketches in Thyme blog. It is a lovely sketch. Perhaps I’m struggling because I removed the embellishment that is supposed to run along the right side of the photos. There just weren’t any nifty scrolly curly embellishments in my stash. (And really, I never copy a sketch exactly.) I just know it is missing something. A third color maybe? Something to make it less boxy?
I used that lovely We R Memory Keepers paper in the background as my starting point. I love the teal to lime ombre. Then I searched through my scraps and found the large teal polka dot paper. It was a perfect match! As I was digging, I also found that little scrap of a floral. It was teal and olive, but I felt it was close enough to use. (In other words, I wanted it out of my stash!) I’m very happy with the papers. Still, something is not quite right.
So my scrappy friends, help me out. What is it that this page needs? How do I take it from drab to magical? I’ve spent days looking at it, now it’s your turn. I just know you will see something that I don’t. Help!
I don’t understand it. I make a determined effort to use my scraps. In fact, all of my scraps are in a container on my desk. As much as I would like them off of my desk in order for a neater appearance, I know that would be the kiss of death. Having them constantly in sight and handy means the scraps grace pretty much every layout or card I make. So one would think that the pile would slowly dwindle. One would be wrong.
That partially used pile of pretty patterned papers keeps growing! (How is that for alliteration?) Please understand that this is after I’ve cleaned through them and tossed anything I am unlikely to use again. (Before you gasp, this includes pieces too small for a normal human being to keep. Larger pieces are getting donated to my school for kids to use.) I’m beginning to think some other scrapper is sneaking into the scrap room in the middle of the night and dropping off their extras!
This week’s goal was to make some quick cards in order to reduce the pile. The cards aren’t anything amazing or intricate. I was concentrating on using up scraps in the shortest amount of time possible.
How does my pile look now that I have 4 cards made? Not the least bit smaller. I swear those papers are multiplying.