Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking Adventures: Week 13

Hello blogger friends! My pocketed scrapping adventures continue today,  just put the kiddos on the bus, and with coffee cup in hand I am ready to update my blog and then head to the craft room for the day! 

First off, a confession: I am FOUR WEEKS BEHIND on my "Bits and Pieces" album, but I am really ok with that. I'm using Instagram pics for my album, so all the dates, my little blurbs and comments, and anything else I may need is all safely tucked away on my iPhone, ready for when I get to it! Scrapbooking is a hobby (obsession?) so it needs to be fun and stress-free. The moment it becomes stressful, that's when I know I'm doing something wrong and need to re-evaluate my process. 

Ok, now on to the pages. today I'm sharing Week #13, as well as my End of March/April Calendar page:

A few fun things to note:
  • (Week 13) on the "Cousin Selfie" card I used my craft knife to cut along the bottom of the flower printed directly on the card. This allowed me to tuck the pic under the flower and then still have a little space at the bottom of the card for journaling. 
  • (End of March) the speech bubble is from a die set from A Muse Studios- I just ordered the coordinating stamp set, can't wait to try it!
  • (End of March) The journaling on the speech bubble is word-for-word from the comment I posted with the pic on Instagram. I'm sure my friends that don't scrapbook wonder about all the pics I post there, but it serves as a reference for pics and journaling.
  • (End of March) on the "Pictures or it Didn't Happen" card, I simply cut that 3x4 card in half and then spread it out over the page, giving the illusion that it's a 6" card.
And a few tips and tricks for the week:
  1. Summer is coming and there will be lots of photo ops around the pool. Everyday Rituals has some great tips on taking water-proof pics on the Hello Summer blog post.
  2. Documenting a special birthday in your pocketed album? Great tips and a beautiful page share from LooDeLoop.
  3. Backyard BBQ season is here! great FREE printables over at Hostess with the Mostess 

    Thanks so much for stopping by, grab those pics, and lets start filling those pockets! =) T

    To see all of my weekly PS Tips and Tricks categorized for handy-dandy reference, click on my Pocket Scrapping page.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pocket Scrapping Adventures

Hello crafty friends! I am waaaaaaay behind on posting here on the blog- pretty much on track with my own scrapping, but have just neglected posting, blogging, etc. I guess I'm just having too much fun being creative! While it's May out in the real world, it's still March here on my blog! Today I have week's #11 and #12 to share with you. My little fun things to note this week: I don't really have a particular color scheme to follow, or a theme i;m trying to stick with- other than enjoy the process! But I am trying to have a few embellies on each spread that are consistent throughout the entire album, can you find them? 

...In these 2 spreads you can really see them best on my week card. While I don't want to make everything "matchy matchy", I am making sure to include twine, staples, and labels with my Dymo Label Maker throughout the layouts. Other than that, there are NO RULES!! 

Thanks for stopping by =) T

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother Nature Thinks She's Sooooo Funny

Hello crafty friends, I'm back with another layout! It's the start of a new month, so there are a lot of new challenges posted on my favorite challenge blogs this week, and LOTS of inspiration from the talented Design Teams! One of the challenges I wanted to do was the new Pocket Full of Sunshine challenge going on at Paper Issues. And lucky me, I had a card from We R Memory Keepers that said "pocket full of sunshine", how perfect!! I also wanted to try the "Jokes on You" challenge at Lasting Memories. Since we had a surprise ice storm on the 1st day of Spring, I thought the pics of the kids waiting for the bus out in the ice, with the title "Mother Nature Thinks She's So Funny" would work well. 

Next up I used this sketch from Pretty Little Studio:

APRIL-2014-Sketch-(1)a 

and this color combo from Color Q:
 

and here's the end result:


Thanks so much for stopping by! =) T

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pocket Full of Sunshine

There's a new issue up at Paper Issues, Pocket Full of Sunshine. I am definitely going to create a new layout  using that exact title, but before I do that, I did some digging through old layouts to see what I had that fit. Here's what I have to share:

first up is my "Little Miss Sunshine" layout, originally blogged about here
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v1zkRq-U380/UGrhd-wT4rI/AAAAAAAACfg/8yoJQXpNVF8/s1600/little+miss+sunshine_twisted+tues.jpg 

and second is my "lake Sunshine" layout, originally posted here
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8navWRad7xw/T33YgePph5I/AAAAAAAABr0/Xmh3NwtkVyg/s1600/lake+sunshine_SIWAS.jpg

Stop by Paper Issues to see all the sunshiney inspiration and link up your own takes on this fun issue! =) T

Almost 12 Year Old boy

Hello crafty friends! have another layout to share with you today, this was one of my favorites I've created lately. Partly because of the subject (just look at that sweet face!), and partly because of all the goodies I added to the layout! As usual, I looked to my favorite challenge blogs to get me started...

First, I started with this sketch from Sketch ~N~ Scrap
 

I also used the itinerary at Desert Island Crafts Challenge (TWINE, DIE CUTS, and CATS) and the BOYS/MEN challenge at Clear it Out, with the added challenge of using STICKERS from my stash- the "boy" pennants have been hanging around for about 2 years now, it was good to put them to use!

And here's my end result:

Something fun to note- I punched a bunch of hearts to make a little sprinkling of punches going diagonally from the right to left. After punching them out, I had this great strip of negative space hearts leftover, so I stapled that to the top of the layout over my strips of washi. Thanks for stopping by! =) T

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bargain Shopper

Yesterday was Scrapping Sunday for me- only did 2 layouts the entire afternoon, but i guess that's what happens when you scrap while watching House of Cards! For my first layout, I looked to some of my favorite challenge blogs for inspiration. I started with the "Don't Go Near the Edge" challenge at Twisted Tuesdays. The "twist" is to use old book paper, I pulled a sheet of graph paper from my son's math notebook, hope that counts! =)

I also chose this color combo from Color Q:
 

And combined it with this great sketch from The Studio Challenges:
 

Here's the end result, a pic of my daughter after a successful thrift shopping trip:

This was one of my "20 Minutes or less" layouts- once I had the sketch and color scheme I pulled my supplies, set the timer and started scrapping! A few things to note about this layout...

First off, other than the background grey cardstock, the rest of the layout was made entirely of scraps. I am a super pack-rat, and trying my best to shop less and make use of the supplies of been hoarding, and this sketch was perfect for that. I started by pulling any and all scraps of paper that went with the color challenge, and then just started punching away! To get the stars punched from the centers of the circles, I punched the stars first, and then punched the circle around it. I outlined all of the stars and circles with a black pen just to give each shape a little definition. I also added staples and foam dimensionals to a few of the circles for interest.

Thanks for stopping by! =) T

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pocket Scrapping- Week 12

Hello crafty friends, welcome to WEEK 12 in my Pocket Scrapping adventures! Just realized how behind I am here- I'm all caught up in my Pocket Scrapping album, but a week BEHIND here on the blog. For today I have my week #10 layout to share with you, along with my final page of February, and my Start page of March. Each month I end with a single page, followed by the next month's calendar and then the opening page to the new month. Since February was my birthday month and I turned the big Four-OH! (gulp), I made my final Feb page a little tribute to that. I had a selfie from my bday, a "note to self" sheet from a little dollar store pad of paper, and a super-fun 40 greeting card from Hallmark I just HAD to have- just love all those sequins!! 




And here are 5 tips for the week:
  1. I am loving the Currently card from RUKristin, she has a freebie or you can also order in colors from her shop. 
  2. Do you want an easy way to print two 3x4 photos on a 4x6 print without using a program like Photoshop Elements? In this video you will learn how to use a free program to easily create 3x4 photos for you to upload to your favorite photo printing service. 
  3. Want to print your journaling directly onto your PL cards? Try out this tutorial from My Happy Life
  4. I love getting inspired by all the amazing PL scrappers out there, Kelly Purkey is a new favorite of mine! 
  5. Do you want to try and mix your PL pages in with your regular scrapbook? Check out Five Ways to Mix Pocket Pages with Standard Scrapbook Pages 
Happy pocketing! =) T