Saturday, June 10, 2017

Selfies Gone Wrong

I went to visit my wingman and took a bunch of selfies. Great idea, right? Well, take a closer look at these selfies . . .

Selfies Gone Wrong

And now, let’s look at the layout.

  • I created the page for a National Scrapbook Day challenge to use a grid design. That made the design easy–just two rows of 3 x 4 photos and cards. There was a small issue because the photos were horizontal while the cards were vertical. I got around this by cropping an inch from the cards.
  • Because so much of the layout is flat paper, I wanted to add some dimensional elements as well. I used some wood veneer (the “hot mess” circle) and chipboard in colors that went with the photos.
  • I keep my branding strips together in a bag (see photo below) so I can use them on a project. Two of them frame the photos.

Border Strips

Hope you enjoy the process video. You can watch it here.

Until the next one.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

New Sisters

Some pictures are so good you want to make them the center of your layout. That’s definitely true for this one.

New Sisters

So, let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the sketch I used for this layout. It’s a fun sketch because it can be used in a couple of ways. The big section on the right can be a large photo or it can be patterned paper. I used it as patterned paper on this layout.
  • I was already a fan of the blue floral patterned paper, but it’s perfect with the dress on the left. Love the way they look together.
  • I had a lot of journaling to do on this layout, so it was easy to choose paper for the right side of the page. A simple lined paper was great for journaling and a good contrast to the busy paper on the left.

The process video is below if you’d like to get more information about this layout.

Until next time!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Little Stories to Remember

This layout marks a milestone number of scrapbooking process videos for my YouTube channel. Kinda cool and amazing!

Little Stories

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • The stamp set definitely deserves a mention. I received it from Angie Rushlow, a scrapper and fellow Forensic Files fan I met at last year’s Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. I love this set to pieces. The body outline is a thing of beauty! Thank you, Angie!
  • I “finished” this layout a few months ago but it’s been sitting because I wondered if the background was too plain. I finally decided it’s not, so here it is.
  • I chose the color scheme from the photo.

As I mentioned before, this layout is a milestone. I now have 150 process videos posted. Hope you enjoy this one!

Until next time.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

This Is Just Me

There are some pages I just love looking at. This is one of them. Maybe because of the mix of patterned papers: the gorgeous mint background with floral and woodgrain accents. Three things that I love.

This Is Me

Now let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the sketch that inspired this page.
  • I am still in love with texture paste, and I used some on this page. It’s subtle, but you can see it below the doily. It’s much more prominent in person.
  • There’s a variety of chipboard on the layout. I added it both for dimension and for the nice color coordination.

If you have a few minutes, I hope you’ll check out the process video.

Until next time!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Silly & Lovely

It’s rare when I use black and white photos on my scrapbook photos. But I made these black and white for a reason . . .

Silly & Lovely

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • The first time I printed these photos, they were in color. But the color was really off, and the background was very distracting, so I couldn’t get the color pictures to work for me. Then I tried printing them in black and white, and they looked so much better. I need to keep this in mind when I have other pics that don’t look great in color.
  • I used a fun three-photo sketch for this layout.
  • I created this page for a challenge to use lots of stamps. I have so many stamps and need to remember to use them more often.
  • I first tried using transparencies with the photos, but I ended up preferring the look of the chipboard frames.

This process video almost didn’t happen. I misplaced a memory card with a bunch of the footage . . . but then I found it again. So yay! Here it is.

Please enjoy it and give me your thoughts on how to fix a clogged fineline bottle. See you next time!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Next Time Keep Right

Whenever I take a trip there is usually some kind of misadventure. I consider myself lucky if there is only one. 🙂 I took a trip last month that started with me making the wrong choice when I came to a fork in the road, probably because I didn’t realize I was at a fork. My drive ended up being a bit longer than expected. Oops!

Keep Right

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • This layout fits in three of my video series: Scrapping the Spectrum, Memorabilia Medley, and Something Old Something New. The map patterned paper is easily 15 years old or more. I knew it would come in handy eventually. I have a few scraps left, and I’m going to try and use those up soon.
  • Here’s the sketch that inspired me.
  • I created this layout for a challenge in the Victoria Marie Facebook group. Fun times on International Scrapbook Day.

And here is the process video.

Until the next one!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Did Someone Say Nap?

It has been too, too long since I’ve posted on the blog. I’ve been in a bit of a scrapbooking funk but am now getting back into the groove. I’m excited for International Scrapbook Day tomorrow and have ordered new photos to play with. In the meantime, though, here’s a layout I did last weekend.

Did Someone Say Nap

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I created this page for a challenge on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group. Victoria created a sketch that features three photos. I kept the general design but used one giant photo instead. I love this photo of my poodle, Clayton.
  • I cut out the bottom speech bubble from the title card and used it as a template to cut out a speech bubble from patterned paper. I added “nap” with Thickers and popped up the speech bubble with pop dots.
  • This is a pretty simple layout that came together quite quickly. It’s nice to have one of those every now and then. 🙂

Of course there is a process video for this layout. Hope you enjoy it.

Until next time. 🙂

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sweet Faves

Every now and then, I get some paper in a monthly subscription and think, “How the hell am I going to use that?” Case in point: this paper featuring candy. This came in a Messy Box and I had no idea at the time how–or even if–I would use it.

Sweet Faves

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Victoria Marie came to my rescue here. She had a challenge to scrapbook a top 10 list. I was trying to use up Messy Box supplies, and once I saw this paper I knew I would use it to make a page about my favorite sweets.
  • This layout is part of my Something Old, Something New series. The orange and pink patterned paper is the “old”–it’s a paper from TLC that has been in my stash for more than 10 years. Messy Box paper is the new.
  • I didn’t do a lot of embellishing on this page. The paper itself is so busy I felt it made enough of a statement on its own.

So that’s it. If you want to see how this one came together, check out the process video.

I’ve got more coming soon. Until then, take care!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

All Is Calm

One of the easiest ways for me to get into the holiday spirit is to scrapbook Christmas photos. I saved several photos from last year for this purpose; this is one of them.

All Is Calm

I’ll start with this–I love this photo! I was so glad to get this pic of my boys curled up on their pillows by the Christmas tree. Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used vellum on the right side of the page. It has a copyright date on it from 2000! It’s crazy that I still have products that old in my stash–and I still have at least one more sheet of it. I think it looks great here, though. I paired it with some Felicity Jane papers, so it’s part of my Something Old, Something New series.
  • I got the idea for the title from the vellum, which has lyrics from a Christmas carol. Not the same song, but it started some Christmas songs going in my head, and that led me to my title. I embossed the larger letters with gold embossing powder.
  • Here’s the sketch I used for this page. I like how it showcases the paper.

So that’s this layout. If you want to know more, check out the process video.

I’ve got more Christmas layouts to come. Until next time!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hello Kenda Christmas

Once upon a time I got snowed in on Christmas Day and couldn’t go anywhere. And then I made a layout about it. 

Kenda Christmas

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the thing: grid layouts are a bit of a challenge for me. I struggle to layer things on the different parts of the grid. Yet grids are a great way to use up multiple cards—I have a bunch left from my time as a Messy Box subscriber. So I’ve got to go for the grid every now and then.
  • In this case, I did get stuck when it came to the layers. I got unstuck during a trip to Tuesday Morning, where I found some Christmas-themed layered stickers. I saw them and knew they’d be perfect for this layout. That helped me complete the page.
  • I have some brushstroke stamps that mimic the card on the top right. So I used them to create a stamped border around the layout.

My process video for this one is short and sweet.

So that’s my layout. Be back next time with another one.

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