Monday, March 2, 2020

Bashing my stash!

I dug deep into my stash to find this gorgeous, beach vibe paper I almost forgot about.  Most of you know that I got into scrapbooking through a neighbor (who turned out to be a really great friend) back in 2008.  We did a couple of albums together and then I ended up moving and life got in the way.  I stopped scrapbooking after that year and didn't get back into it until 2018!  

So needless to say, when I tell you this is old is!  I absolutely love the colors in this paper...they just pop and scream summer vibes!

I started off with this amazing aqua/turquoise (ish) bright blue.  I took the beach vibe paper and cut about 1" off the sides and did the tear technique and separated the 2 pieces (tearing out a big gap in the center to make sure that blue really popped)!  I backed the photo with some scrapes from a multi colored pink paper leaving just enough showing through to give that pink a little pop.

Then I grabbed my stash and started picking the pieces I wanted to go on this layout.  I'm not sure if you are like me but I go through ALL of my stuff and grab what I THINK may look good on a particular layout.  Then once I start with the paper and the photo I start going through what I pulled from my stash all over again to see what actually works.  This makes it so difficult to do YT videos😱...I keep watching other scrappers do YT videos and wonder how they just know what to use from one pick🤷🏻‍♀️

I pulled a lot from American Crafts (3 different collections I will list below) along with 2 flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio and some cute sayings and hearts from Me & My Big Ideas.  The blue heart is actually the background peaking through after I punched the paper with my Heart punch.

Well, there you have it.  This layout came together quick for me.  It's a simple layout that looks like I spent a lot of time doing.  The best layouts aren't always the once that take hours or days like some of my mixed media ones do.

Collections I used:
Scrappin Happy Studio - Epoxy flairs - Beach Vibes Collection
Scrappin Happy Studio - Epoxy flairs - Be Strong Collection
American Crafts - Thickers - Adventure Collection
American Crafts - Thickers - Colorful Collection
American Crafts - Thickers - Summer Lights Collection
Me & My Big Ideas - Mambi Chips - I love us Collection
Thanks for coming along on this blog.  Leave comments below and let me know what you like best about it.  Come follow me on IG (link on blog), and head over to Scrappin Happy Studio to see her newest collection of handmade epoxy flairs...she does a new collection every 2 weeks!

Happy Scrapping🤗

Sunday, March 1, 2020

First Layout for Calvinball 2020!

Hey guys, I'm on the blog showcasing my double layouts that I did for CalvinBall 2020 this year!  If you don't know what CalvinBall is you are missing out!  It's a FB group that happens once a year, all month long (March).  You get a new challenge daily with bonus points, and the person with the most points at the end of the challenge gets bragging rights all year!  Last year I think someone had over 3,000 points!

Today I managed to squeeze out 12.5 points for this double layout.  I'm really feeling yellow this week...this is the 2nd layout I've done with yellow!  I will list everything below and include some links for you.

I started out with a 12x12 black heavy card stock for the back and added a paper from a paper pad I had gotten beginning of last year for both pages.  I was doing a lot of my son's baby pictures and this pad was all about babies.  To be honest I didn't think I would EVER use this particular page works!  Then I added a heavy bright yellow card stock that I cut an each of each side so it fit nicely in the middle of that cute zoo animals page!

On the first page I used a cut file from Kreative Cuts Club and stamped using my awesome rubber stamps (sorry guys but I don't know the font on that) and used white pigment ink (another point for CalvinBall).  I added the black foam/sticker stars (that was a bonus point) had a super cool zoo sticker pack that included a puffy rhino.  It also included super fun circle letters in the same colors (which just so happens to match that amazing yellow card stock)!

I backed the photo with heavy black card stock and then added the frame and the epoxy flair (so cute right)?  Then I stamped the journaling square at the top.

On the second page I used the same black card stock to back the photos and used the foam/sticker stars, the cut FUN epoxy flair from Scrappin Happy Studio added the SATURDAY from sticker and finished it up with those cute zoo stickers I found at the dollar store.

Items I used:
FUN epoxy flair - Scrappin Happy Studio 
Road Sign Cut File - Kreative Cuts Club
Foam/Stamp Stars - Dear Lizzy
Zoo Stickers - Dollar Store

Well that's it! Thanks so much for joining me on my blog for my first layout on the Calvin Ball Challenge!  If you haven't joined Calvin Ball 2020, head over to their FB page (from March 1st March 31st).

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Summer layout featuring Scrappin Happy Studio Flairs

Hi guys,  I'm here putting together this cute layout featuring Scrappin Happy Studio Epoxy Flairs! Her Ice Cream Collection was perfect for this layout🍦

I started with creating a background full of Summer colors using my mini cubes of Tim Holtz distressed inks.  How amazing are these colors😱 (I will list them below).  

I used a heavy white card stock (no gesso required for this mixed media).  I swiped each cube directly on to the paper leaving a little of the white showing through...I love this effect🌈. I decided to leave some space at the bottom and put a very cool, summer vibe printed card stock that pulled all the colors in.

After I finished backing the printed card stock onto the background I took my picture and one of my Circle dies (size 3 3/4") and put it through my die cutting machine leaving just a little of the bottom sticking out so it was straight and I could line it up with the bottom of the page.  I also did the same thing to a bright yellow piece of card stock I used to back the photo with just to give it a little pop!

As you can see by the above picture I had already gotten into this, oh so cute collection of epoxy flairs for another layout.  So I pretty much used the entire rest of the set on this layout.  I also went into her  Pool Fun Collection and pulled this cute flair with sunglasses and since this is my sister (his Aunt) I had to use this super cool Aunties are like moms only COOLER flair!

I had this SUMMER word cut file I got from Kreative Cuts Club that I hadn't used yet and was perfect for the Ice Cream themed layout, after all Summer and ice cream go hand in hand don't they?

I just so happen to have been at Joann's last weekend (unless this is my husband reading this, then I was no where near Joann's😬) and found these amazing chipboard Thickers from American Crafts and they all had an accent I wanted to use, I mean look at that HAPPINESS accent😱 and since my sister is into hearts I wanted to make sure I had some of them and I think every Thickers pack I purchased had some in them.  All of the chipboards were from AC with one exception...that THIS MAKES ME SMILE arrow is a puffy sticker from the PinkFresh Studio BE YOU collection.I decided to do the SUMMER at an angle and then started laying out the accents.  I wanted the colors to really stick out so I did most of the accents, flairs and puffy stickers at the bottom with just a few of them on each side of the layout to make sure those colors really showed through!  Quick tip: I love, love, love my sticker maker which is what I used for each of the letters...easy peasy!

Well, there you have SUMMER layout. I hope you enjoyed this layout featuring Scrappin Happy Studio Flairs.  If you haven't had a chance to see her collections head over to her Etsy shop (here) and check her shop out! 

I will leave details and some links below on what I may be the middle of Winter but looking at this layout I feel Summer calling my name!

Items used
Epoxy Flairs: Scrappin Happy Studio (Pool Fun Collection, Ice Cream Collection, Auntie Life Collection)
Cut File Letters (SUMMER): Kreative Cuts Club
Distressed Inks: Tim Holtz (in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade)
Chipboard Thickers: American Crafts (Colorful, Confetti Wishes, Pick Me Up, Summers Lights)
Puffy Sticker: Pinkfresh Studio, BE YOU collection
Circle Dies: Spellbinders, Nestabilities - Standard Circle LG

Thanks for taking the time to read about this layout and the products I used.  Please come follow me on IG (ScrapbookingForNewbies) or on FB (ScrapbookingForNewbies)

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Water color background and New Mermaid Flairs!

Hey guys, I wanted to share a layout I did using Scrappin Happy Studio's new Mermaid Flairs!  These are so cute and the colors are amazing!  Jenny (the owner of the shop) makes all of her flairs by hand and does special orders so if you are working on a layout or a card and want that extra pop or personalization for that special someone...just ask and she would be happy to do it!

Be sure to check out her site on Black Friday 2019 for amazing 50% OFF her ENTIRE store including her newest collections!

Now, on to the layout!  I started with some Oxide inks, using some water and the paint brush technique to bring this water color background to life.  I'm not going to lie, I've tried this several times and most of them turned out to be disasters! I really had to take my time and really work with the water and colors to get the look I was going for.

After using clear Gesso on my white card stock paper and let completely dry, I dabbed the inks on to wax paper, - a cheap trick of mine that I use for mixed media stuff and just regular glueing down stuff.  Dollar store score! The clean up is easy and you can use one piece several times depending on how messy you are!  I applied the ink to the wax paper (one color at a time) I spritz with water and started dipping my paint brush and adding small amounts of both water and paint to the paper.  Once I got one color the way I wanted it I moved on to the other colors.  Using this technique you have to be careful not to move the paper around too much or you will get a drip effect which isn't what I was going for.

I ended up stamping the background with a "fishing net" using Pearl White powder and Versacolor White Pigment ink, it's very faint but in the right light you can see it and it looks amazing.  I pulled all of the ephemera items I wanted to use, added some wood veneer sea life, some mermaid stickers (dollar store score) and some cut aparts from one of my pages in a paper pad and stamped and fussy cut some little mermaids.  Added my picture (backing it with velum paper that I inked in a sea foam blue and added some Nuvo drops and making sure I left room at the bottom for journaling and BAM! The finished layout!

I hope you like the layout and the cute Mermaid Collection from Scrappin Happy Studios!  Don't forget to click HERE for the chance to win $50 (Open on Wednesday 11/27/2019 ONLY so hurry) 

Click for some awesome deals!
Thanks for taking the time to read about this layout and the products I used.  Please come follow me on IG (ScrapbookingForNewbies) or on FB (ScrapbookingForNewbies)

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, November 11, 2019

2019 Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop!

Hey guys, I'm hopping on here to show you a few cards I created this year for the 2019 Coffee Loving Papercrafter Fall/Winter Blog Hop!

I know I'm usually doing Scrapbooking layouts but if you think about it, card making and Scrapbooking crossover into each others worlds and what a wonderful world Amy Tsuruta has created with this group!

This is actually my Anniversary, yeap, exactly 1 year ago I found the Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB page (totally by accident, it was the Coffee that drew me in😬) and I crossed over to the "dark side" as they say.  

Since last year I have only made a handful of cards, but it was nice to know that I had the know how and confidence to not only make them but send them out!  I mean, how intimidating is it to see all of those hundreds of cards in the store, knowing people pay good money for to send out, that look professional?  Pretty intimidating to me!  I never thought I would be able to make a card that I would actually send out...but I have and I'm super proud of how they turned out and the excitement of the person receiving it is a bonus!  

I never really knew how really special, time consuming and the worth of a handmade item was until I started doing them.  

As I said, this is my Second year doing this Blog Hop.  Last year I was so proud of my self (patting myself on my back😉) to enter 1 card, this year...I made 4!  

If you want to join this fabulous community on FB click here (they always have codes for sales from amazing stamping and die companies throughout the year so make sure you take advantage of that!) (Please click here to see some of the amazing sponsors that were part of this hop and to see some amazing inspiration on card making) 

Again, a big SHOUT OUT to Amy Tsuruta for sponsoring this amazing, super coffee loving blog hop again this year with all the amazing prizes and super sponsors!  To see all the stats from the inception of this amazing Hop to now (the numbers are amazing) click here! And just a side note, I actually won a prize from Hero Arts on this blog hop this year! It may have been chosen my but it was still a great feeling to win a prize during this fabulous another SHOUT OUT and Thank You to one of the super sponsors, Hero Arts for my prize!

Happy Scrapbooking (and card making!)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Reading is an Adventure - featuring Color Cast products

Hi guys, I'm here working on my next layout with an amazing cut file of a book which I couldn't wait to get to go with my Color Cast Design's super thin wood veneers! I also had some cute flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio that were made for this layout.

I started this layout using a 12x12 blush color card stock. I had just gotten a cut file of a book and decided to use it for this layout.   I backed it with card stock that had words on it to give it that book feel.  I dug into my Color Cast design stash and pulled out my wood veneers. They have this Book Collection and it was perfect!  These veneers are super thin, so no bulkiness; they have a sticky back to them so easy to peel and stick to your layout and they are in a perfect size and shape for any layout!

After picking through the ones I wanted to use, I moved on to picking the flairs from the Book Collection at Scrappin Happy Studio.  Thses were perfect and also on the thin side (not like the medal buttons that bulk up your layouts). I grabbed a few more embellishments and used my Sizzix Die Cut machine to cut the alphas out.  These alphas are perfect size for any layout (purchased from Amazon).

I then backed my photo with 2 different color card stock, added some foam adhesive to some of the embellishments and then stamped the stitching on the side.  Look, I couldn't sew a button on an ice cream cone so these Bo Bunny stitching stamps are the next best thing!

So there you have it!  A quick and super cute layout of my granddaughter reading her book (even if it is upside down🤷🏻‍♀️).

Thanks for taking the time to read about this layout and the products I used.  Please come follow me on IG (ScrapbookingForNewbies) or on FB (ScrapbookingForNewbies)

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Scary Cat Halloween Layout using Scrappin Happy Studio Flairs

Hey guys, I'm back with a Halloween layout which is pretty much an "old school" quick and easy layout.  

When I first got into scrapbooking in 2010(ish) my neighbor and really good friend, Jessica got me into it.  Back then we did a lot of Cricut cutting (the old "dinosaur" Cricut), stickers and paper tearing, which I deemed "old School".  

I got away from scrapbooking for a few years when we both moved away.  I only recently got back into it and wow have things changed! So many new things like dies, die machines, Flairs, Nuvo Mousse, mixed media, shaker cards/backings, new and improved Cricut machine that doesn't even take a cartridge, puffy stickers, chipboards...oh my!

So when I say old school layout I basically mean some paper tearing, maybe some stickers and alphas.  This Halloween layout is basically just that with some added flairs and chipboard stickers!  

I teamed up with Scrappin Happy Studio because I fell in love with her epoxy flairs! They are super thin so they don't bulk up your layout like the buttons do!  She also has so many different collections and adding more every couple of weeks that I never get board of her stuff!  If you are looking for that extra pop to you layout, head over to her shop and check out all of her collections.

For this layout I started with some American Craft Thickers (Spooky collection), some chipboard autumn leaves and pumpkins, and of course a brand new collection from Scrappin Happy Studio called "Scarey Halloween" (one of my favs this season for sure)!

I took a heavy black 12x12 card stock with a nice sheen to it and used that for the background and another 12x12 piece of Halloween paper,  tearing one side of it into a quarter of a sheet, leaving an edge off to the other side to put the little pumkin's and leaves (I have a cute die set that cuts those) and adhered them down the side as a boarder.   

I backed my photo with orange card stock, tucking a small bit of it it under the Halloween paper.  I cut a background out of a slightly different orange card stock for the word "HALLOWEEN" that I used from the SPOOKY words collection from American Crafts, just to make it pop off the black background. 

I have this cute little spider die I got off of Amazon (not going to lie, it was a  lot smaller than I thought but I don't hate it).  I cut 3 of the spider dies from a halloween paper I had that was black and orange and I backed 2 of the epoxy flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio's, SCARY HALLOWEEN Collection. 

I added the "SPOOKY" epoxy flair from the "HALLOWEEN WORDS" collection on the bottom of the photo for that extra pop!

I then added the pumpkin and fall leaves chipboard stickers to the bottom and Bam! Done!  So simple, quick and easy.  This layout literally took me 15 minutes from start to finish!

What do you think about her new SCARY HALLOWEEN COLLECTION?  To see more of her collections click here.

Thank you guys for taking the time to follow my posts, I hope you enjoyed this old school Halloween layout!
Happy Scrapping,

Friday, October 11, 2019

Camp Site Collection - with Scrappin Happy Studio Flairs

Hi guys, I'm here doing a layout using the newest release of Scrappin happy Studio Flairs called Camp Site Colletion!

My son and daughter-in-law took my grand daughter to Starkey park in Florida to do a "camp site" photo shoot. If you don't live in Florida you wouldn't understand that this is as close to camping as most people want to get in the summer.  It's too hot, humid and full of misquotes!

I thought it was a cute photo shoot and I loved this picture so much, but me not being a camper myself, I didn't really have any "camping" scrapbooking items. No Ephemera, no paper, no flairs, no sayings...or did I?  Well, I didn't until I saw the new Camp Site collection at Scrappin Happy Studio...and then I did!  What a fun collection and a few of them could be used for other non camp site photos as well! 

I started off by pulling the papers I wanted to use. I'm a big visual/colors person.  I love to keep the theme but the colors are what I really work off of.  Colors and patterns...if it doesn't "fit" it doesn't sit (and get glued down).

As soon as they arrived I was super excited but still didn't know what else I was going to pull out to go with the theme and colors.  But once you have a photo and start with an item (my item being the flairs), papers, colors, ephemera packs, chipboard stickers...they all start calling my name!  I had so much that I didn't even know I had that worked for this camp site scene!

Here is a list of items I used to put this layout together!  I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!  

PAPER= October After noon - Sandcastle collection
TAGS=Bella BLVD, Jillibean Soup,
ARROWS=Bella BLVD, Vicki Boutin
BUTTERFLY= Die Set by Anna Griffin
WORD SAYINGS= Bella BLVD, Crate Paper
HEARTS=Vicki Boutin, Jillibean Soup, Bella BLVD

Here is the finished layout...what do you think?  Leave me some comments in the section below. Come visit us over at Scrapbooking For Newbies FB page or IG.

Thanks and Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A-4 Coffee Card

Hey guys!

This was a challenge I'm doing for the Coffee Loving Papercrafters on their FB page.  To join their group click here...always fun challenges and prizes too!

The challenge was to make a card following these rules this week:


What do we mean by Clean and Simple?
  • Minimal layers and embellishments
  • Plenty of open space, aka "white" space
  • Simple and uncluttered

I just wanted to jump on and show you how simple this card was to make.  
  1. measured 8 1/2 my 11 and cut it to  5 1/2 to make the A-4 card using white card stock.
  2. I measured the card at 4 1/4 and creased it to make the fold
  3. I used a strip of left over scraps to make the border on the bottom.  
  4. I used my sticker sheet from Echo Park Coffee Collection for the "Messy Bunn & Coffee Run"girl.
  5. Added another sticker from the same collection to the bottom border.
  6. Used my tiny heart stamp to stamp 2 hearts on the bottom border and one in the upper right corner of the "Messy Bun..." sticker.
  7. I used my Stamp from the stamp collection from Ink Road Stamps to stamp "today's good mood SPONSORED BY COFFEE" in brown ink.
  8. I added brown acrylic paint splatters on the white space just to give it a little something extra without covering all of the white space.
Well There you have it!  I hope you are able to follow along with this blog hop.  Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.  This was super easy to make!

Until Next time!  Coffee on...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tip Day Tuesday - Brought to you by the letter A

Hey guys! It's Tuesday and we all know what that means...It's TIP DAY TUESDAY:👩🏻‍🎨

This week's TIP is brought you by the letter..."A" in, ASK. 
When in doubt, don't be afraid to reach out to this awesome community of crafting and ASK. If not on this page, go to your favorite Team member (think Hip Kit Club, Simple Stories), go to YOUTUBE and post a question to one of your favorite scrapper (or card maker or quilter, what ever hobby it is you do) and ASK away! No question is a silly question. They would love to share their knowledge.
So there you have it...Tip Day Tuesday! Are there any questions you have come join our FB page and ask away!
What are you guys up to this week? Share! We want to see your creative side!
Happy Scrapping🤗

Tip Day Tuesday - discovering new techniques

Hey Newbies, I've been so busy today with appointments and trying to finish this baby album that I almost forgot...
Todays Tip is brought to you buy the letter (haha just kidding, bringing back memories or Sesame Street...showing my age).  

Today's tip is about discovering new techniques by actual mistakes. 

One of my photos in this baby album looks like I used the tear technique when in actuality I had used some mixed media and of course impatient me didn't let it dry before putting on washi tape. After I put on the tape (and used all of that expensive and really pretty Shimmerz and Mists on the background) I decided I didn't like the tape so I pulled it off.

Now, most of you who use Washi tape knows it pulls off pretty easily and doesn't rip a page...UNLESS YOU ARE IMPATIENT AND DIDN'T LET THAT PAGE DRY. So it took every bit of the color off down to the white of the page.

I was so upset and then I looked and thought to myself, self, it kinda looks like the tear technique. So I did it again ON PURPOSE! I liked it that much.
So today's tip is, if you screw up but like it keep it...don't even try to cover it up!
Well there you have it...Tip Day Tuesday!
Happy Scrapping🤗🤗

Tip Day Tuesday - being mindful

Hey Newbies, guess what...It's Tip Day Tuesday🤗🤗

This weeks tip: When working on projects be mindful of what you are doing. 

I am famous for working on layouts and not watching where my hands are arms are and end up messing up a picture or part of the background I worked so hard on. I get so excited to finish it that I don't pay attention to the details of what I have already done. Which means more work as the heck do I cover that up🤦‍♀️ So be mindful of what you are doing and you will save time and frustration for sure!

Come join our Facebook page and share anything you are working on, we would love to see it! Also, feel free to invite anyone to our page, the more the merrier!
As always....

Happy Scrapping,

Tip Day Tuesday - Digi Downloads

Hey guys! It's Tip Day Tuesday👩🏻‍🎨
Today's Tip is all about digi downloads. I didn't even know it was a thing until the blog hop I joined! What is a digi download? It's a downloadable PDF file that you buy, say on Etsy (and pretty cheap I might add) to use for scrapbooking or card making.
What's the point of a digi download? 
Well, it's basically a stamp you don't have to buy or if you can't find that particular stamp by itself (think stamp sets that you would never use any of them but the one and only one that you want).
It will never go bad;You will never lose it; You will never have to go out and buy that special (expensive) pen/copic long as your printer has ink you are good;
No hours of coloring just to start over because you didn't like how it turned out - - because most of them come already colored for you (some only provide the black and white (think black stamp on white paper) but 90% of them that I have looked out have both; 
Last but not least...Once you downloaded, it's yours to use as many times as you want. 
You can print them in different sizes (depending on what you want to use them for -I used mine for the holiday card challenge - see my attached pic below). You can use different papers to print them on and then you fussy cut them and DONE! (ok, fancy word for cut it out of the paper).
I purchased mine from Pink Gem Designs on Etsay, she has the cutest stuff! 
So there you have it guys...Tip Day Tuesday!
What are you scraping today? 

Come on over to our FB page and Show us your stuff🤗🤗
happy Scrapping, 

Tip Day Tuesday - Don't believe the hype

Hey guys, guess what day it's TIP DAY TUESDAY🤗
Today's Tip: Don’t believe the silly stuff! 

Ok, so ask me how I know that using a hair dryer on your embossing awesomeness…DOES NOT WORK (insert palm face here). So, ask me how I know using a rolling pin on an embossing folder doesn’t work…(insert eye roll here) and ask me one more think…thinking saving a few bucks on a machine (think die cutting) you never heard of is NOT the best idea (ugh). These are things I’ve learned the hard way these past several months…I hope you aren't learning the hard way like me, maybe this little tip will save you some time and money🤑
So there you have it…Tip Day Tuesday!  

Happy Scrapping Newbies! Come join us over on our Facebook page and post what you are working on!  We love to see it! 

Happy Scrapping!

Tip Day Tuesday - Kits vs Stashes

Good morning guys! Guess what day it is...It's TIP DAY TUESDAY🤗
This weeks Tip Day Tuesday is all about Kits VS Stashes.
I’m not going to lie, when I recently got into scrapbooking again (my neighbor in Fl got me into it about 8 years ago…we did 1 album together…it took a year…and I learned a lot from her! But, in 8 years a LOT has changed in the Scrapbooking world! I went from ripping pages and adding some embellishment- mostly stickers - and a lot of cricut cutting with the first cricut machine (which is a dinosaur now but hey it still works)! 
Now there are new fancy words (fussy cutting? Ephemera??) and new mixed media (embossing! Stamping, Cricut Air, oh my)! So when I recently discovered Kits I was blown away (of course I didn’t discover this until AFTER I grew my stash). I mean KITS😱 They put everything together for you with all the matched embellishments and stickers and EPHEMRA, you just create your layout and to really kick into OMG mode! There are even KIT CLUBS where you automatically get a kit every month! (insert HAPPY face here). I just discovered the HIP KIT CLUB GROUP....B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L kits!
Me, I have what’s called a STASH. Where I went into different stores at different times and bought papers (either specialty patterns (think soccer or Walt Disney) or a ream of 50 sheets of solid colors and recently white paper stock, along with Alpha’s, chipboard stickers, rub ons, stickers. I have boxes full of different manufactures (think Pink Paslee, Vicki Boutin, Amy Tangerine). 
So basically the difference between a STASH and a KIT is the kit contains all your color coordinated papers, matching embellishments and some even include mixed media (think paint and stencils) sets for you to go to town with. 
Your STASH is a collection of odds and ends (hopefully mostly sale items…lol) that you have to put a little more thought into when it comes to creating your page.
So there you have it…Tip Day Tuesday! Happy Scrapping Newbies! 
And don’t for get to come join us on our Facebook page to post what you are working on! We love to see it!

Happy Scrapping,

Tip Day Tuesday - spending $1,000 of dollars

This week’s tip is: Don’t feel like you need to go out and spend $1000’s of dollars on a craft room.

As Newbies we want our scrapbooking, card making, craft doing room to be as awesome as we are but that doesn’t mean having the $1,200+ for the ORIGINAL SCRAP BOX, (not that I don't want one but I don't NEED it) nor do you have to spend tons of money on cute little containers from Michael’s (don't get me wrong, I have a few which I feel are essential in order to protect the projects I'm working on).

I manage to set up my craft area with two 4’ tables and a heavy duty shelving unit (we had that we were not using). I use a used box we had from something I had shipped to me (so free) to house all of my paper pads. By putting them upside down I can flip through them quickly and find the color or pattern I’m looking for. (it's not pretty but it works!)
And lastly, when purchasing the cool stuff (yes I wanted one of those carousels and I love it for quick access to lots of stuff) make sure you buy them either on sale or with a coupon.
I'm sharing a couple of videos about me and my scrap room BEFORE I set it up to be nice and's comical and a MESS! I just gotten back from Fl (family emergency) and all of my orders from FB were waiting for me so it was fun to open them all but dang it was like a kid on Christmas day opening one right after the other so these pics are a mess!

So there you have it…Tip Day Tuesday! Happy Scrapping Newbies! Show us what your scrap room looks like!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Senior Picture 8 x 8 layout Book, #57-67 of the 365 scrapbook challenge and what lessons I learned with this layout

Hi Newbies, 
I'm here working on finishing the 8 x 8 album for my Nephew who is graduating from High School (for the first 9 pages please read through my blog).  This album is so near and dear to my heart because he is Autistic and the struggles my sister had and still has with him are real!  So I wanted to make her a special album to remember his special day.

This album holds 20 pages so I thought I would do 10 pages for one blog and the remaining 10 for another blog just so it's not too overwhelming for anyone to read.  

This album will be layouts #57 - 67  of my 365 page layout challenge for 2019!- and yes I do include cards and 8x8 albums as well as my usual 12 x 12 layouts as part of my layout challenge, and FILLER pages (something new I'm doing for this album since I only have 11 pictures) - -just saying😬 

I will try to link all of the items used (and possibly where I bought them) just in case you decide you like any of it.  Since this entire album is an 8x8 album there aren't a lot of embellishments that I used.

After the first 8x8 album I did a couple of weeks ago, I lost my fear of doing them and kinda liked it.  I would NOT say they were easier, I mean you are trying to create an awesome layout with embellishments and stickers and stamps and sequence and heat embossing and...well you get it. When you are doing the 8x8's you are very limited on space to create such an amazing layout, especially if the pictures are bigger than 4x6.

For this album I had to try something a little different.  Since the album itself holds 20 layouts, I only had 11 pictures that my sister had sent to me for his photo shoot.  So I had to come up with some filler pages.  Basically, a scrapbook layout without a photo.  I've never done one before so it was fun to do.


PHOTO: I backed the photo with colored tissue paper to match the layout.
PAPER: card stock from paper pad purchased at Michael's
TITLE: USED THE STAMPS from my Ranger Letter It Clear Stamp set (CELEBRATION) I used scrap paper from my card stock and also used my SPELLBINDERS SWIRL HEMSTITCH SQUARES NESTABILITITES die to cut it and leave the dots around the edges of the paper to "frame" it.
EPOXY FLAIRS: From my favorite flair shop, SCRAPPIN HAPPY STUDIO, I used the 'TODAY' and 'SHOOT' flair inside the camera lens (and the camera itself came from that shop.  They include it on their packaging so I fussy cut it and used the camera and it worked beautifully for this layout!
GRADUATION STICKERS: They all came from the same collection from PAPER CRAFTS (Michael's)
CHIPBOARDS: The black chipboards (swirly design in upper right corner and the corner piece in lower left corner) were in the same package that I had gotten from a mystery bag I purchased.

TITLE: Bubble-A-Bilities (from Hobby Lobby) bubble alphas
PHOTO: Backed by scrap card stock used on one of the previous pages.  Die cut with my Wonky Frames 
GRADUATION SAYINGS: The word "CONGRATS" and the "YOU DID IT!' came from EK Success, STICKO collection (Hobby Lobby)
GOLD BALLOONS: I cut the balloons with my Cricut machine out of gold foil paper from Michael's.  The "string" was done by using one of my fancy design scissors and the scrap from the gold foil paper (getting creative).

TITLE: Stamped on to a banner I made with my banner punch using my Ranger Letter it stamp set, heat embossed with Ranger embossing powered in BUTTER CUP and then adhered to the background with brads (from old stash a friend gave me, a little tip for brads, if you don't want to make holes in your layout, the metal part twists off easily and I use a foam dot on the back to stick it down).
PHOTO: backed with a card cut from a page out of one of my HOT BUY pads from Michael's (don't miss out on those deals)!
CHIPBOARD STICKER: the word "DOCUMENTED" from American Crafts, Escape the Ordinary Collection.  I adhered it to a piece of the gold foil paper from Michael's and glued it to the background.
STICKER: The scroll sticker is from the Graduation pack by EK Success, Sticko Collection (Hobby Lobby).
CHIPBOARD STICKER: The black chipboard sticker was from a mystery bag that I purchased.

(60) - KIND & STRONG
TITLE: KIND & STRONG are cut from an amazing HOT BUY pad (that I wished I had gotten 2 of). I used my banner punch on both of them.  I also cut the flower border behind the word LOVE from the same pad.
POCKET CARD: This is from Becky Higgins Project Life (unfortunately they no longer carry this one).
PUZZLE PIECE: Die cut using my die from Stampin Up (it comes with the die and stamps in one set)
LOVE: This is actually a digital download that I fussy cut.
BIG HEART: I punched a heart out of a plastic overlay sheet of hearts from  I've never used this type of "paper" before, a bit hard to punch through but I like the effect.
HEARTS: Punched from the heart EK Success punch I have (it punches in 4 different sizes...I LOVE it!

TITLE: "CELEBRATE" is from Jillibean Soup "Grey Sentiments" collection.
PHOTO: backed with grey stock card using the tear technique on the right side and the bottom.  I used a project life card to add to the bottom (barely sticking out) just to give it a little more pizzaz.
WORDS: From my Tim Holtz Small Talk collection sticker book from Hobby Lobby (I would buy stock in that place...if they sold it)!
EPOXY FLAIR: Is from Scrappin Happy Studio 

(62) - WAY TO GO!
TITLE: WAY TO GO! was done using my Cricut machine 3 times and stacked them on top of each other just a little off to show color.
SQUARE SAYINGS: cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of paper I found at Joann's, backed by scrap paper I  cut to size.
BALLOONS: Made by using my Cricut machine and the string was made by cutting the foil paper with my fancy scissors.
BANNER: I used my banner punch from Michaels (this one cuts in 3 different sizes!  L-o-v-e it!
GOLD HEARTS: Used with my EK Success Heart punch.
ALPHAS: His name I used alpha stickers from Echo Park

TITLE: The word "Marvelous" (and the puzzle piece) is from an old (very old) sticker stash a friend gave to me.  I wish I knew where she got it because I love all of the words on it and it's kinda shinny.
PHOTO: backed with scrap paper (SAVE YOUR SCRAPES)!
EPHEMERA: The word 'Great' is from an Ephemera pack from PINKFRESH STUDIO
SWIRLLIES: (I think I just made that up) are cut from my Cricut 

(64) - INSPIRE

TITLE: INSPIRE is from that same pack that the word MARVELOUS came from...I keep searching for it but no luck yet!
PHOTO: I backed it with card stock that I used the tear technique at the top and bottom.  It looked really good with this graph paper I cut from a 12 x 12 page from a pad I had.
EPHEMERA: Is from the Vicki Boutin gold accents label stickers
GOLD HEARTS: American Crafts' Goldie collection (Hobby Lobby)

(65) - BELIEVE
TITLE: The word "BELIEVE" the silver hearts and the banner that says Love This Life are from Paper House
PHOTO: I didn't back this photo because the paper I used to adhere it to was kinda awesome.  It was a scrap I flipped upside down to hide the colors that wouldn't work and it left me with this semi-framed page so I went with it! (I think we call that a lesson, used what you have however you can)
HEART: The black and white chipboard heart is something I got from a mystery bag (love those) so not sure where they are from.
PUFFY WORDS: Graduate is also from Paper House (Hobby Lobby)
BLACK DOTS: from Ms. Sparkle & Co (Joann's)


TITLE: Ephemera pack from PinkFresh Studio 
PHOTO: I backed the photo with a scrap (people save your scrapes!) to the right of it and used the tear technique down the one side (I really got carried away with this technique in this album).
STICKERS: All fo the graduation stickers came from the same pack I purchased from Hobby Lobby.
GOLD DOTS: These are actually from an alpha CONFETTI WISHES PHRASE THICKERS pack from PINK PAISLEE
GOLD WORDING: "SMART" is from a scrap paper in one of my HOT BUYS!  I really wish I had gotten 2 of them!
The "I DID IT" sign...he held that up himself!  HE DID IT!!!!🤗


TITLE: The title and the other graduation stickers are all from the same pack I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  
GOLD STARS: Came in a mystery box I purchased.  It was actually a tag filled with glitter and black and gold stars but I cut it open and used the stars for this layout.
OWL: I made the owl from my Owl punch and heat embossed him in gold.
GOLD STAR: was also from the tag that was filled with glitter and stars
EPOXY FLAIR: From Scrappin happy Studios
SHAKER "CARD": I made a Shaker "card" by stamping the sentiments from my Ranger Letter It clear stamp set on a piece of 12 x 12 I cut.  I added the glitter and sequence and then added vellum on top and glued all sides.  (here comes a LESSON), the glue didn't hold on the bottom so I had to get creative since all of the bits were falling out.  So I had a clear sticker with a sentiment and a swirly  on it that I wasn't using so I let the swirl (or scribble) show and hid the remaining sticker by adhering it to the back to keep the "card" together. That way it didn't show the sentiment and it kept the bits from falling out!  Win-Win situation😬
JOURNALING: I did the journaling using velum paper and adhered it with dots of clear glue and hid that by adding the gold dots from the Pink Paislee Alpha pack.

Well, there you have it...this album is officially complete and it brings me to page 68 of my 365 layout challenge for 2019. I am ahead so far (trying to stay a bit ahead so when I go to his graduation  I won't be behind when I get back).

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