Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gathering Storm

I guess I'll just continue with last year's beach photos! I have scrapped several, but more are waiting for some new summery/beachy papers. For the photo below, I used Scraptastic's Drops of Jupiter kit and add-on. The cloud shapes and overall color scheme were perfect for my photo of the impending rainstorm:

The patterned paper and die-cut clouds were a natural, as were the stars, both paper and acrylic, adding to the nighttime mood of the photo.

Those were some crazy dense clouds, turning day to night. We all gathered on the porches and decks, waiting for the show...because who doesn't love a thunderstorm at the beach?!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wishing for Waves

Last week's Pinterest Monday at Scraptastic Club included projects influenced by the following pin:

This pin translated easily to my scrapbook page by using the Drops of Jupiter cut file:

The triangles, pointing up and down, were filled with the various patterned papers of the Drops of Jupiter kit and add-on. A small cluster of arrows, enamel dots, and flair points to my photo:

The waves were a bit puny during our week at the beach last summer. The boys were hoping to surf! That didn't happen. The swells were barely big enough for boogie boarding, but the kids still had fun. :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

There Be Treasure Here!

This year Krispy Kreme celebrated Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, September 19th, with free doughnuts: a singleton for pirate speak, but a whole box for dressing up. Kevin obliged by donning a tattered shirt, rope belt, pirate beads, bandana and sword. I took a picture of him with our box(es)-plural because we couldn't just go out with the free box, so we purchased a second dozen. Yum!

To highlight the word "treasure" in my title, I used the Open Letter Alphas, a new cut file set in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store: 

After choosing the letters I'd need, they were each cut out individually, backed with patterned paper, and adhered to the page. In some places, a letter will slip between the outline and patterned paper backing of another, interconnecting the letters, giving it a richly layered look.

Stamping and looping red hand-stitching decorate the background. Horizontal banners continue with the red, white and black color scheme.

Usually we just celebrate September 19th with cake and ice cream. Yes, Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day also happens to be a birthday...mine! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hit & Run

Last year my youngest son and I were involved in a not-so-fun accident. After the other vehicle smacked upside of mine, the offender took off at a high rate of speed, with a police car in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, all I'm thinking is "Hey, what about us?!" No one was stopping for me, so I took off too, and followed the "parade" into a somewhat unfamiliar neighborhood. Here is where the suspect drove off-road, abandoned his car, and jumped the railroad tracks. My family soon arrived and I snapped this photo of my older son watching as a crowd of onlookers gathered.

All of the papers are from Scraptastic's Drops of Jupiter kit and add-on. I like how the bits of orange coordinate with the end-of-road caution sign and the fluorescent strips on side of the train. To me this color also seems to signal "Emergency!"

I used a Crate Paper fox "bobby pin" to hold together my paper layers:

Kraft cardstock was used to matt the photo and create the cluster of leaves to the right. Bits of ephemera were tucked and layered alongside:

I keep a couple of bowls and baskets near my scrap desk filled with odds and ends, and enjoy sorting through them for fun little details like this. See that little tag? I crossed out "room" and wrote "cell". Yep, the person responsible got to spend a bit of time in jail. I'm still furious that his insurance company didn't take responsibility. Evidently they don't cover someone fleeing from police. Does that make any sense at all??? What good are mandatory insurance rules when loopholes like this exist?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Boys Rule

Yes, I love cut files...and what could be more fun than taking one and making it GIGANTIC?! On the page below, oversized lettering was filled with bright and colorful patterned papers from American Crafts' #Summer collection, with the large "O" reserved for my photo:

The phrase/title is one of the many designs in The Cut Shoppe's Boys Rule cut file set:

The closeup shows how the "0" not only frames the photo, but holds a bit of journaling-in-the-round. Uncle Chris was supposed to be helping to hold up the board, but couldn't resist photo-bombing the two kids. ;) 

Most of the supplies (patterned papers, stickers, flair, transparency pieces, and wood veneer) are from the #Summer collection by American Crafts. 

Come on summer! I'm ready!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Travel Far, Pay No Fare...

Last week fellow Scraptastic DT member, Alex, and I shared scrapbook pages based on the following Pinterest pin. These beautiful nautical flags are such fabulous party decor! Today I'm sharing the layout they inspired.
These colorful flags inspired me by their variety! So many shapes, designs, and sizes. I reproduced a small assortment for my page, using patterned paper, stamps, and enamel dots from Scraptastic's Drops of Jupiter kit and add-on:

Several of the flag designs were placed at the top of my page:

Lettering from both the kit and add-on were combined for this quote:

The pocket holds my book list for 2016:

I'm on a roll, having read 14 books in the first part of this year! My favorite thus far is In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. I'm always looking for a good book and would love to hear your recommendations. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dive In & Swim

Today I'm sharing a page created with the Scraptastic Club's Just A Girl kit and add-on, featuring digital cut files from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

To contrast with the vivid papers and embellishments of my page, I cut a title and star flourish from black cardstock, using the Make A Splash and Let's Make Music cut files from The Cut Shoppe:

To tone down the stark black of the cardstock cuts, I spritzed them both with white mist:

I love the contrast of black and white with the saturated teal, yellow and red of the patterned paper, enamel dots, tags, and acrylics. It's a wonderfully bold look that works well for my colorful photo!