August 24, 2011

Explore Class Layouts

The Explore class presented by Shimelle Laine has come to a close. It was an awesome four week class and I did learn a lot.  I really enjoyed how Shimelle's prompts had us delve into our own scrapbooking styles and personalities. I think that I know my own personal style now and how to get my mojo working. I enjoyed the class so much that I have registered for her new class, Learn Something New Everyday. I'm sure you'll be seeing some of my creations once the class begins, September 1st.  In the meantime, here are four pages we did as a final project.

Our assignment was to take sketches and create four simple layouts that were pretty much finished.  That was stage A. They could go in the albums as is, or we could finish them further with more embellishments, title or journaling to take them to stage B. This should have been a difficult assignment for me, as I am a little anal and can never move on to a new layout until the first one is finished. But, I was surprised at how freeing it was to not have to consider a page "done". I could work on a page until the ideas for that one dried up, skip to the next one, then come back to the first one when an idea hit me. And I was very surprised how quickly I managed to get four pages done. Usually, it takes me a month to get that many pages done! I'm going to try to remember this technique the next time I take a scrappy weekend for myself. I may just break my record of 6 pages in three days. LOL!

Papers: Fancy Pants Design; Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Design; Alphas: Karen Foster & DCWV; Die  cut: Cricut & SCAL

Papers: Fancy Pants Design, Bazzill Basics; Rub-on: Marah Johnson; Journaling Card: 7 Gypsies & Making Memories; Chipboard: Bo Bunny; Flowers: Prima; Buttons: Making Memories; Alphas: Cricut & Crate Paper; Miscellaneous: brads, floss, MM Magnetic stamp

 Papers, Transparency, Stickers, Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Design; Alphas: Basic Grey, Crate Paper Fancy Pants Design, Making Memories

Papers, Transparency, Rub-ons, Diecuts: Fancy Pants Design; Alphas: Echo Park, Fancy Pants Design

Thanks for looking!


August 17, 2011

Signature Accent Challege

And here is my final challenge for Shimelle's weekend crop. The challenge was to create a layout using our "signature" embellishments. So, I used all of my go to embellies on this page... butterflies, flowers, glitter, gems and something cut with the Cricut.  I use at least one of these on every layout I create.

The title was cut with a Kerri Bradford SVG file.  I LOVE it!!  It cut beautifully.  Watch for them.  They may become my new go to embellishment!

Paper: Simple Storiess; Butterflies: Tim Holtz Grungeboard; Transparencies: My Little Yellow Bicycle; Flowers and Gems: Dollar Store; Stickers: Simple Stories; Miscellaneous: Distress Inks, Stickles

You can find Shimelle's challenge, here.

Thanks for looking!


Chop Up Your Paper Challenge

Still following along with Shimelle's class, our challenge was to chop up our paper to use as embellishments.  I was having a difficult time finding paper to match these photos (so much pink and red), but then I came upon some old Basic Grey in my stash and it had lots of pink and red in it, too.  Infuse was one of those BG lines that I just had to buy and hardly used.  The three inch stack of BG paper is a sad reminder that I do this all the time.  lol!  I cut the circles from a piece of cardstock and embellished them with flowers, buttons and rhinestones.

Papers: Basic Grey; Flowers: Prima; Buttons: Making Memories; Letter Stickers: Simple Stories, Making Memories, Echo Park; Chipboard: Pink Cactus; Miscellaneous: gems, pearls, Distress Inks, Glossy Accents.

You can find Shimelle's challenge on her blog.

Thanks for looking!


Starting Point Challenge

I've been scrapping up a storm here in the last few days, following along with Shimelle Laine's weekend crop.  Here is my version of her Starting Point Challenge which you can find here

Papers, stickers and borders: Crate Paper; silk flower: Maya Road; letter stickers: Narratives by Karen Russell: miscellaneous Glimmer Mist, Martha Stewart Stamp and punch, unknown gems and pearls.

My page doesn't look as funky as Shimelle's, but I still like the results of mine.

Thanks for looking!


August 10, 2011

Our Future Adventures

This week's layout is one from Shimelle Laine's Explore class.  We had to start with 9 circle embellishments  placed in a grid and create a layout depicting adventure. This photo was taken at Xcaret in Cancun and while we were at the sign post, we talked about all the places we'd like to visit, someday. We do this on every trip we take... plan for the next one.

It's funny that as I write this blog post, I feel like that should be my journaling, so I may have to add some hidden journaling somewhere on the page to add this information.  *sigh*  I do this a lot.  Once I've uploaded a page, I see something I'd like to change, add or tweak.

I cut the circles using my beloved Coluzzle.  My last blade is starting to get dull.  I don't know what I'm going to do when I can't find a replacement.  Then I stacked inked circles on top of each other.  Some of the circles are chipboard pieces from Close to My Heart.  They come in white with embossed images and are meant to be inked to match your layout. I used Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The red flowers are very old Prima chipboard buttons. I removed the glossy print paper from the top with a craft knife and then sprayed them with Glimmer Mist (Candy Apple Red).

Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs, October Afternoon - Stickers: Tim Holtz- Fabric & Chipboard Flowers; Prima - Letter Stickers; October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Cricut - Stamps; Close to My Heart - Chipboard shapes; Close to My Heart - Miscellaneous Buttons, Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Glimmer Mist and threads

Thanks for looking!


August 3, 2011

A Fetching Fella

I haven't done much real scrapbooking lately.  Instead, I'm immersed in Shimelle Laine's Explore class. It's a 4 week class on not only creating travel scrapbooks with a new perspective, but also on how to bring that perspective to home. Best $16 US I've ever spent!!!  It's really making me think about my life and  how I want to scrapbook more about the "everyday" things.  I'll post my mini book from the class when it's done.

I was sitting on the fence about taking the class, since summer is a pretty busy time for me, but then I saw this video by Shimelle.  It brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. I signed up for the class 5 minutes later. If you are a scrapbooker, you have to check it out here: Shimelle's Video on Ali's Blog . If you aren't a scrapbooker, then you still need to watch it as it explains why I scrapbook better than I ever could.

As for this week's layout, I'm still keeping my mandate to use up my old stash.  Here is some really old paper from a Scraptivity kit.  I loved the paper then, and I really think it works well for these photos.  It's very simple and it went together really quickly.  Gotta love THAT!

Papers; Bazzill Basics and Rouge De Garance, alpha stickers; Pink Paislee,
pen; Sharpie,  Acrylic Stamp, American Crafts, Rub-on; Pink Paislee

I still have two sheets of Rouge De Garance in my stash.  I may just have to pull them out soon!

Thanks for looking.