Monday, October 27, 2014

Bridge In The Woods

It's no surprise that I am a really big fan of the current "fox" trend in scrapbook embellishments. With the last name, Fox, it's a given!

But many people without that particular fox connection may be wondering what exactly to DO with the fox rub-on, fox flair, and fox wood veneer in this month's Scraptastic kit, Heart It Races and add-on. It's a natural for outdoors photos, woodland scenery, parks, zoo pics, and all other nature-inspired photography. 


 Here I use it in a little cluster with another favorite piece from the kit, a tree cross-section wood veneer (genius!).


How would you use those fox embellishments? I think they would make great card accents for that special "foxy" someone! And hey, they are so dog-gone CUTE, it doesn't matter where they show up; they are sure to steal your heart. But of course I may be just a teensy bit biased. If you find they're a burden...just send them this way! ;)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tag You're It!

I have two pages to share today, each previously shared on the Scraptastic blog in conjunction with one of this month's challenges. Check out our Tag You're It challenge! 

By playing along and linking up your page to the corresponding blog post by November 5th, you will have a chance to win a GC to the Scraptastic Club. You have until November 5th to enter any and all of the challenges this month. (Each entry equals another chance at the drawing.) Good luck!

On my page, Pretty Hummers, I cut a tag from a patterned paper journal block, and it became a landing place for the title.


Placing the letters across the tag helps to set it off from the papers below. 



On my next page, a trio of tags were cut from coordinating patterned papers and layered alongside my photo. 


These tags are purely decorative!


Both pages were created with Scraptastic's fabulous Heart It Races kit and/or add-on. I found it to be such a beautiful and diverse kit, and will be sharing more kit creations next week. TFL!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A French Garden

Today I'm sharing a layout featuring one of my favorite spots in Epcot at Walt Disney World!

Late afternoon was a gorgeous time of day for us to enjoy the scenery of the France Pavilion. The walkways, shops, and gardens, modeled after those of Paris, during La Belle Epoque (Beautiful Age) of France, were bathed in a gently fading sunlight. 

What a beautiful time, and Scraptastic's Heart It Races kits had the perfect papers and embellishments. I used gorgeous papers from Teresa Collins, Shimelle, and Chickaniddy Crafts, a pretty yellow doily, stickers, die-cuts, chipboard letters, and, of course, the piece de resistance---a fox wood veneer! 


Jack Spence described this period's garden technique in his blog article, Landscaping The World
Jardin à la française (French formal garden) is a style of landscaping based on balance and symmetry. The idea is to impose “order” into nature. This style of gardening reached its apex in the 17th century when landscape architect André Le Nôtre used his talents at Versailles. In the decades that followed, this style was widely copied by other courts of Europe. 
I believe the France pavilion, including this hedge maze, is one of the most picturesque areas on the World Showcase. It beckons one to stop, look around, sample some delicacies (crepes for me!), and imagine yourself in Paris during the late 1800s. 




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scraptastic Sneaks


It's that time again...sneak peeks of all the Scraptastic kits for next month! As usual, they have such pretty colors and so many fabulous embellishments. New for October, each kit comes with free cut file(s). Awesome! Which kit do you think I chose? ;)

"Heart It Races"

 "Thriller"
 October "This Life Noted"
























Da-dum....It's Heart It Races for me! No surprise. I seriously could not resist those foxes. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friends & Family

I have a cute Disney page to share with you today, one featuring everyone's favorite little donkey, Eeyore! Papers are all from Scraptastic's The Girl kit and add-on, NOT just for girls! ;)


In keeping with the playful nature of the page, I opted for a sort of wonky title, spelling "fRieNds" with a mix of upper and lower case letters (leftovers from a previous kit) and inverting the letter "s", an idea that I stole from the banner in my photo:


Then I created dimensional paper flowers by layering smaller flower centers over the larger bloom, both fussy cut from patterned paper in the main kit. Pop dots lift up the centers. I also added a few tiny flowers from the Shimelle rub-on transfer sheet.


If you hadn't noticed before, Eeyore always sports a bow on his tail...with a pink ribbon! This originally led me to believe he was a she...but it's not the case. Regardless, I HAD to find a spot for his tail on the page:


Those sweet dimensional bows from The Girl add-on were perfect for my silly little tail.

I wasn't ambitious enough to piece an entire donkey, but the tail I could handle. I love the bit of whimsy it adds to the page.

And now one more photo from Disney World 2011 has been scrapped! Yippee!


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone! If you're a scrapbooker, you must have heard of the Scrappy Blog Tour that's weaving its way across the scrappy blog world. Well...like the ALS Ice-Water Challenge, I thought if I just laid low and stayed quiet long enough, no one would take notice and it would pass right over me! LOL...just kidding! I am extremely honored to have been asked to participate by my uber-talented scrappy friend, Monique Liedtke. 

Monique has recently joined the Scraptastic Kit Club Design Team, and has all sorts of other credits to her name. She is so very creative, with a gallery full of colorful and beautifully designed layouts, cards, and paper craft projects. Check out her blog, and find her work over at Studio Calico.


Monique has given me several questions to answer. I hope you enjoy reading a little about my process, style, and favorite products!


1. What am I working on right now?


Right now, I'm putting together a fourth project with Scraptastic's The Girl kit for September. I've decimated my favorite patterned papers in the kit, with just bits and pieces left. To get those lovely little bits onto this page, I'm having to be a bit creative!  

After that...who knows?! I'll look through my most recent envelope of photos to see if there's a story that needs to be told...before I forget too many of the details. ;)

2. How long does it take me to create a project?


A long time. A very long time. The sun rises, sets, and rises again. Seasons change. Really...I am a ...s...l...o...w... scrapper.


It generally takes me 2 days to complete a project, often in fits and spurts. I mean, hey, I have things to do (carpool, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, a part-time job, swim meets, etc.) AND I get distracted easily! I'll run to the computer to find a cut file or quote and end up lost in cyberspace...or Pinterest. Yikes!


3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?


Ahhh...there are so many, and yet no one thing shows up consistently on my pages...except patterned paper. That has to be my most fave supply of all! But here are 5 more that I love to add to my layouts:


BINGO CARDS, JOURNALING CARDS, TICKET STUBS
(And other paper ephemera)



CHIPBOARD FRAMES


WOOD VENEER


ROUND THINGS
(Bottlecaps, die-cuts, brads, labels, buttons, flair, and enamel dots)



WASHI TAPE 



4. How does my writing/creative process work? 


I usually start with product...a paper collection or kit that draws me in. Then I go through my ever-growing stack of photos. I'll try to match up favorite photos or those with stories I'm dying to tell, and work my way from more recent to anywhere in the past. Since I didn't start to scrap until after my 5th child was born, I've got lots of photos from which to choose! 


5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?


This is an easy question! Every scrapper who posts to galleries, blogs, etc. is a source of inspiration. They inspire me to attempt new techniques and try on different styles. I am also immensely inspired by the products themselves. Who doesn't want to tear into a brand new kit or use those cute flair? And whenever I'm at a loss of where to start, I peruse Pinterest, careful not to get overwhelmed. Quilts and art can also be that spark.


6. What is my signature style?


Ooooo...and now a hard question! Scrappy friends say they can spot my pages a mile away, but I'm not sure if my style has a name. I like to call it organized collage. I love to layer and cluster, adding bits and pieces of ephemera here and there, but I am also drawn to straight lines, grid designs, and orderly pages. Even when I'm being "messy", I like it "just so". Imagine that! 


This is a favorite from this past year:



Here are a few more that give an overview of my style. What would *you* call it?



If you've stuck with me so far, I thank you immensely! 


"TAG!...You're it!" And now it's my turn to pick someone who inspires me to continue with this Scrappy Blog Tour! I've asked Susan Stringfellow and she has graciously accepted. I've known her for years, and am always in awe of her constant stream of creativity! Seriously, it never stops...so I'm very interested in hearing her answers. 

Check out Susan's blog next Monday morning for a peek into her scrappy process. It should be fascinating! Meanwhile, stop by her inspiring sketch blog and find her work in these galleries: Scrapbook.com, Scraptastic, and Disney Scrappers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Get Glittery!

Yesterday I joined Jocelyn on the Scraptastic blog as we hosted the Thursday Challenge. Our theme was "Get Glittery", a perfect fit for my most recent Scraptastic kit. In September's The Girl kit and add-on there are several glittery embellishments: Shimelle rub-ons with gold glitter, pink glitter washi tape, glitter-enhanced dimensional bows from Heidi Swapp, as well as a sparkly aqua alphabet. 

My take on this glitter challenge is a layout aptly titled Sparkle & Shine. Starting with a pink cardstock base, I sprayed and sprinkled both white and gold mist, then followed with several sprarkly embellishments. I wanted this layout to shine...literally! See how the stretch of gold heart rub-ons underlines the title:


A trio of dimensional bows are already embellished with gold glitter, and the butterflies sport sparkly jewels, all easy additions to the page.

Next I made good use of The Girl add-on kit's pink glitter washi tape. A few strips were layered side to side on cardstock and double punched. Both bits find space on my layout: the pinked-edged circle highlights the "here & now" sticker (see above); the leftover portion encircles the flair. See how it sparkles.


At the bottom of my page, die-cuts are strung on twine, with strips of washi tape added between them. The glittery tape was folded over the twine and cut into little notched banners. More sparkle and shine.



Are you up for the challenge? Link up a layout over on the Scraptastic blog for a chance to win a Scraptastic kit!