Captured - Scrapbook Circle December

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 My last layout I made using the Scrapbook Circle 'Made of Stories' December kit.
Inspired by the the tree rings in the patterned paper, I decided to cut them out and make it 
a layered background for my photo. 

I thought the red and green and browns would look great with this photo of my children at the Botanical Gardens.
I love photos like this where no one is really looking at the camera and it makes
me wonder what they are thinking or what was just said...?!

Since this photo shoot still had lots of yellows and Fall colors, I watercolored some leaves I die cut
on my Silhouette to layer under the gold glitter hearts from Crate Paper.  The title says it all!

Thanks for stopping by today on this last day of 2014!
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year and an amazing year to come!

MERRY - Scrapbook Circle December

Monday, December 29, 2014

Another one of my layouts using the December ‘Made of Stories’ kit and
the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-on from Scrapbook Circle. 

I knew I wanted to use the colors that are part of the Elle's Studio Christmas collections, especially with this photo.
The picture was taken after Christmas, but was a belated celebration with our dear friends.
I started with a light water color wash on the white cardstock and just played with layers on top of it.

The kit included this grey polka dot baggie and I tucked a tag into it with my journaling.

I punched a few snowflakes from the 6x6 pad to tuck here and there.

I love the different, non-traditional colors that are included in the kit.  It's refreshing to change things up!
Thanks for stopping by today come back tomorrow for the last project using the December kit.

Christmas JOY - Scrapbook Circle December

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Today I am sharing one of my layouts using the December ‘Made of Stories’ kit and the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-on from Scrapbook Circle.  It was on their Blog yesterday, which you see HERE.

This gold striped vellum from Crate Paper is my favorite piece of the December kit by far.  I didn’t want to take too much away from it so this was a very quick layout.  The diagonals in the vellum inspired me to divide the page in half at an angle.

  I used the gold glitter phrase stickers for my title to help balance out the heaviness of the left side.
I heat embossed the exclusive December stamp onto vellum and trimmed it out for a little cluster left of the photo.

I used one of the 6×6 papers from the Add-on as a mat under my photo and then began layering on top of it with the tag, title and a doily.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, another layout share tomorrow!

MERRY CHRISTMAS - Scrapbook Circle December

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hi there!  This is one of the 6+ pages I made using the December 'Made of Stories' Scrapbook Circle kit.
I decided that this page would just be crammed full of eye candy; embellishments, patterns and the photos!
I wanted to include some of the photos of our Christmas that aren't part of my December Daily but are still just everyday photos. 

I die cut the title using the Scrapbook Circle December Banner Digi Cuts onto watercolor paper and painted them to match some of the patterns they were layered onto.  I also enlarged the original digi size to make the title larger.

I love that the photo of our Christmas Eve table has the kids' milk glass on it!   
I did 7+ projects using the December kit because it was so inspiring and diverse in colors and patterns!
I will be posting the rest of them every day for the rest of the month.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day!

(Christmas) WISH - Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!
We have been so crazy busy with Christmas activities and I haven't had much of a
chance to blog anything.  Just when school let out and I started to catch up I spent 2 days
in bed with strep.  Feeling better now and ready to celebrate the end of December and
the New Year making up for the last week of sickies!
This is my layout from Scrapbook Circle's One Item Wonder using the "Made of Stories"
December kit with the focus on the Chickaniddy enamel stars.

You can see the original post HERE as well as the awesome Guest Designer, Gail Linder's layout.
My son was born a month early on the 21st of was a stressful time but was one of my most amazing blessings.  He says he loves having a birthday close to Christmas because everyone is celebrating and all together.  Amazing how it takes a kid to put things into perspective.
I decided to use the stars not for Christmas but for embellishments about a birthday.  I made a grid
using pictures of each birthday candle wish...using the stars and silver numbers to label each birthday. 

I can't wait to add an 8 yr. old follow up page next to this layout and seeing the changes
that 12 months make in my favorite Christmas present!
Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy holiday!!

A Sketch & Shaker Card - Scrapbook Circle December kit

Friday, December 19, 2014

The December Scrapbook Circle Sketch is for a card, instead of a layout.
It could be used as a traditional LO, but I opted for the card inspiration using the 'Made of Stories' December kit.
I also changed the sketch a bit in terms of dimension; using the 'tag' to become a recessed window for a shaker card.

This is the sketch below or you can click HERE for the original post at Scrapbook Circle.

I have been dying to make one, especially after watching the growing popularity and amazingly innovative shaker cards being made.  I used the 6x6 paper pad from Pink Paislee, part of the 'Favorite Elf' Add-on kit as the base and the red border.  I used a piece of gold star washi from the 'Very Merry' Embellishment kit from Freckled Fawn for part of the border. 

Using the Crate Paper gold striped vellum, I punched several snowflakes and added them to some
gold & white sequins from my stash, to make up the shaking bits!  The window to enclose my
shaking embellishments was a piece of a acetate packaging from the kit.  Upcycle!  The black glitter word stickers are from Pink Paislee as well, providing lots of contrast to the white and kraft papers.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you want to participate in the Sketch Challenge you have until
December 23rd to share your project on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page for a chance to win!

Come On Get Crafty - A Few of My Favorite Things

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I took a break from holiday scrapping and December Daily projects to scrap something different for my post at Come On Get Crafty.  Also, I wanted to talk a little about my love of over embellishing, especially with collections that make that easy!  I grabbed pieces from 3 different Crate Paper collections; Close Knit, Flea Market and Note & Things and layered away!!

I love using a great photo as a basis for the beginning of an exercise in color, graphic design and pattern.  After the photo, I used a couple pieces of 6x6 paperchipboard framewood veneers and loved things around until I was happy!

I stitched through the wood veneers on my page and added some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Have an amazing weekend!

I wanted to share another non-photo layout I made using the Scrapbook Circle December ‘We Are Made of Stories’ kit.  I also have a few tips for glittering wood veneer.  I did a project last month that I used on my mantle as part of my Fall decor and thought I might do the same for Christmas!
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I used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut the title from the center of a piece of patterned paper from Pink Pailsee.  I backed the negative spaces behind the words using more paper from Elle’s Studio and the 6×6 Pink Pailsee pad, part of the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-On.  Inspired by all the metallics included in the kit, I knew I wanted to use glitter and embossing powder on the wood veneer!
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These are the supplies I used.  Gold and silver glitter, gold & silver embossing powder,  Versamark ink, glittering glue (any white craft glue would work) and of course the wood veneer.
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I made a paste of 2 parts water to one part glue in a jar and mixed it well.  Although the glittering glue helps, it is watering it down that keeps it from clumping.
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I used a small brush to paint a thin layer of glue onto part of each snowflake and dropped it into a pile of glitter.
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Working in two batches, one for each color, I used my tweezers to hold the snowflake and tap off the excess glitter.  I kept tapping until nothing else fell off!  The tweezers are also great to hold something small when heat embossing.
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One of the best tips I ever heard was from Wilna Furstenburg who suggested a lint roller to pick up excess glitter!  It works unbelievably well!
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I had originally planned to arrange the snowflakes in a circle but decided on a heart  instead, making a bow at the top with the twine included in the kit.  I also layered gold and silver thread onto the paper before adhering the wood veneer to the background.  I matted the whole project onto another piece of the patterned paper from Pink Paislee to frame it and add stability.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an amazing day!!

you color my life beautiful

Monday, December 1, 2014

Recently, I have been lacking some creative mojo.  It has never really happened to me in my 13+ years
of scrapbooking.  I hadn't run out of inspiration, just motivation and focus.  In an attempt to work
through my inability to produce something new, I cleaned up my scraproom,  organized all my previous kit
products and made several lists of things I need to do...After all of that, and a few inspiring posts from
some online scrap friends (thank you all of you, you know who you are!) I took an evening to just play, just for me.

I know I don't do enough of that, and between school activities, holidays and family obligations,
I am usually scrapping for my design team commitments.

So, after cutting several backgrounds and titles on my Silhouette, I broke out my watercolors and painted
on the background cardstock.  It is simple and so colorful, the photo slips into the background a bit,
but it was so therapeutic to my overwhelmed creative mind.

Both the heart background and the script title are from Wilna Furstenburg.
Her videos are always inspiring to me and the cut files are just as amazing!

Thanks for stopping by and indulging my exploration into mojo rejuvination!
Have an amazing day!

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