Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Don't you love it when color schemes flow across collections? Pouring over the new Maggie Holmes Confetti papers, I noticed that the colors are remarkably similar to those of another new collection from Crate Paper, the Craft Market collection. Having similar muted pinks, teal, gold and more means that I can combine pieces from each. And that worked out wonderfully on this page, shared on the Scraptastic blog yesterday.

The ticket paper from Crate Paper's Confetti collection was just the thing, as we had begun the evening with a performance of The Music Man. After cutting out two lines of tickets for the page, I gave them a more realistic look by punching holes along the sides and folding the the pink ones to raise them slightly off the page.

We couldn't take pictures during the play of course, but we DID take pictures of the special treat we enjoyed afterwards. I snapped a photo of my husband shaking powdered sugar all over his mom's beignets. Layers of embellishments surround and frame the picture.

Journaling is tucked between the collage of pretty elements and a fussy-cut flower border at the bottom of the page. 

Supplies | Patterned Paper: (Crate Paper Craft Market-Hand Painter Paper), (Maggie Holmes Confetti-Fete PaperGala Paper, and Festival Paper); Embellishments: (Crate Paper Craft Market-6x12 Sticker Sheet, Colored Chalkboard Stickers, and Ephemera Pack), (Maggie Holmes Open Book-Full Heart Paper), (Dear Lizzy Watercolor Words).

Monday, June 15, 2015

Making The Grade

Remember that Alice Cooper anthem to summertime, School's Out? It's been playing in my head for a few weeks now, and I couldn't be happier. The carefree homework-free evenings are the best! That fourth quarter seemed to drag on forever. All of a sudden there were so many projects, quizzes and tests, just when spring fever was at an all time high. But he persevered, and ended up with a 4.0 for the last quarter. Whoop-whoop!

With the scrapbook page below, I'm taking a look back at what used to be his favorite homework/study spot...the floor between the foyer and the family room. Yep, for a couple of years there, this was the place. He claimed it was comfortable. (I think he liked being in the middle of all the action.)

A grid design along with Bella Blvd. Star Student papers, stickers, and chipboard help to set the tone for my school-themed layout:

The cut-apart cards are perfect accompaniments and make assembling the page a snap.

For my mixed font title, I used two different Thickers chipboard alphas and Star Student letter stickers:

And for a little fun, I added a cork-board bulletin board, peppering it the board with banners, tags, stickers, chipboard, and a variety of coordinating brads:

Patterned Paper: (Bella Blvd. Star Student-Daily Details PaperChemistry Paper, and International Studies Paper), (Bella Blvd. Color Chaos-Words of Wisdom Paper); Embellishments: (Bella Blvd. Color Chaos-Chipboard BordersJust Write Journaling Stickers), (Bella Blvd. Star Student-Treasures & Text StickersTrinket Stickers, and Chipboard Icons), Freckled Fawn Metal Clip, Wood Veneer, and brads.

So now that school's out, that boy had been taking it easy. NOT! He's actually been quite busy, lifeguarding between morning and afternoon swim practices!

Remember that song. In case you need a little lyrics refresher, the final stanza goes like this:

"Out for summer"
"Out till fall"
"We might not go back at all!"

After 3 months of freedom, it's not going to be easy! ;)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Your Journey Starts Here

The Scraptastic kit that I received this month is called the Can't Go Home kit and it practically screams color, big bold color! But somehow I managed to pull out a variety of soft, pastel papers and embellishments for the page below. I also had a bit of a different take on the kit's obvious travel theme. Thinking about my middle son's college graduation, I realized that although these last four years have been quite a journey, an even greater journey awaits. And it all starts here. 

The only part of the page not from the kit is the word, "here." Wanting the last part of my title to stand out, I chose a die-cut word from my stash. Then I wrapped the word end to end, using six strands of embroidery floss.

A clustering of tags and kit embellishments decorate the page: die-cuts, flair, corkboard, chipboard, and acrylic shapes:

Another tag suggests "Let's Go"!

Have you scrapped any real or metaphorical journeys lately?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I Came, I Swam...

The page I'm sharing today uses the same Bella Blvd. collection as the page shared in yesterday's blog post. The difference here is that I limited my palette to a select few of the Color Chaos  collection's colors, mainly red, white, blue and black, handpicked to coordinate with my photo:

Again, those alphas give the title a bit of flair, with a star standing in for the letter "A":

A bit of blue mist on the background sheet was apropos for this page about my swimmer:

My title is completed with another set of Bella Blvd. alphas, polka dot chipboard alphas in blueberry:

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be off to another swim meet this weekend. Wish him luck!

Supplies: Patterned Paper-(Bella Blvd. Color ChaosBlueberry StrandzGulf StrandzIce StrandzMcIntosh Strandz, and Guacamole Strandz Papers), (Bella Blvd. Star Student Daily Details Paper). Embellishments-(Bella Blvd. Star Student Trinket Stickers), (Bella Blvd. Color Chaos Treasures and Text Stickers). Chipboard Alphabet-(Bella Blvd. Armorie Alpha Blueberry).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


When it comes to lively color palettes and trendy alphas, Bella Blvd. has it going on. I can't say enough about their recent Color Chaos collection. It's so versatile! Here I've used just about every color in the collection on this page about NOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Rainbow stripes flow down the center of the page, all courtesy of a bonus paper included in the collection pack! Coordinating embellishments enhance every inch:

While all of the papers are from Color Chaos set, the embellishments are mostly from a dish of miscellany that is kept on my desk. I love sorting through all its bits and pieces and coming up with that perfect little something. Check out all the goodies I found for this page:

One of the best aspects of this and every Bella Blvd. collection is the alphabet and sticker sheet. The alphas are TOO CUTE!

Supplies: Patterned Paper-(Bella Blvd. Color ChaosBlueberry StrandzGulf StrandzIce StrandzGuacamole StrandzPickle Juice StrandzBell Pepper StrandzOrange StrandzPeep StrandzPunch Strandz, and Daily Details Strandz). Embellishments-(Bella Blvd. Color Chaos Treasures and Text Stickers), (Just Write Journaling Stickers), (Color Chaos Bella Bows Bell Pepper), (Crate Paper Craft Market Colored Chalkboard Stickers), (Crate Paper Craft Market Ephemera), (Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Confetti Sequins), (Studio Tekturek One Way Ticket Badges), (Simple Stories Life Documented Enamel Dots), Flower, Buttons, Brads.

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Tribal Gathering

This time of year the travel collections for scrapbookers seem to be everywhere. And that's not a bad thing! They are beautiful, colorful, fun, and make me think about traveling...and then the fact that I don't, not really. Sigh. 

It's a short-lived disappointment as I go through my photos trying to find something that I can scrap with the beautiful papers of Crate Paper's Journey collection. The tribal designs got me thinking, "I have a tribe. My family!" And the following page was born:

When I serendipitously captured the boys from my "tribe" gathered around the coffee table, I had no idea what they were discussing. I doubt they even remember. But it's the strong sense of togetherness that I wanted to capture. Sons, nephews, uncles, boyfriends...all sharing in conversation. Looked to me like the Great Tribal Summit of 2014!

I continued with the Native American tribal theme by piecing and stitching an arrow:

A dreamcatcher and USA map were fussy-cut from the journaling card paper and embellished with enamel dots and an arrow, pointing to the "summit's" locale.

I borrowed and multiplied Susan Stringfellow's idea for patterned paper teepee's SEEN HERE, and strung a banner across them with stickers from Crate Paper's Craft Market collection. It's pretty cool how colors and color schemes seem to flow across a manufacturer's collections like that!

Supplies from the Scraptastic STORE: Patterned Paper-(Crate Paper Journey Collection-Wander PaperQuest Paper, Let's Go Paper, Tribal Paper), Embellishments-(Craft Market Accent Sticker SheetSimple Stories Life Documented Enamel Dots), Alphabets-(Pebbles' Happy Day Woodland Chipboard Thickers, WeRMemory Keeper's Chipboard Thickers).

So, yeah, I may not be the world traveler I'd like to be, but that doesn't mean I can't find some pretty creative uses for the travel collections out there!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Isn't Life Grand?

Titling a layout isn't always the simplest feat. I'm so indecisive. Should I allow the title to wander all over my page, plump with descriptive words, or should I be simple and concise. What about restating the obvious? It's usually an easy out! But what can I do to make my title less ordinary? Hmmm...how about posing a question? That's what I did with the layout below:

The title is a rhetorical question. After listing a few of the wonderful attributes of a week at the beach, I ask for agreement, "Isn't Life Grand?" A mix of Thickers and WeRMemory Keepers letters make it fun:

There are so many beautiful embellishments in Scraptastic's Purple Rain kit and add-on. I love the decorative clips and chipboard hearts:

Baker's twine and an enamel heart give dimension to the popped up die-cut below:

Here's another one with the Purple Rain kit and add-on:

Again, I use a mix of lettering for my title:

This cluster is chock full of fun pieces from the kit (die-cut tag and heart, transparency pieces, enamel heart and an awesome acrylic bird-in-flight):

Vellum and acrylic words overlap beautifully:

Now, about those sesame seed cookies in the photo. Descendants of New Orleans' Italian immigrants have perpetuated elaborate St. Joseph Day altars, piled high with traditional dishes, breads, cookies, and more. My tradition on March 19 is on a much smaller scale, but just as delicious. ;)