I tend to shy away from buying all the latest and greatest embellishments since they seem too pricey for a package to me. And when I look at new pattern papers I just can’t decide what to buy. So, I looked to a new kit club to bring me a little of the newest and coolest items at an affordable price. Plus, who doesn’t love getting a wonderful box of goodies in the mail each month?
I chose Scraptastic Club. I saw a preview video of their items and liked what I saw. I will go over their club more in another post. For now I wanted to share a few layouts I made as I busted into my first kit.
For this layout, I wanted to get A LOT of photos on one page to document my daughters love of crafts. Everything except the bakers twine comes from September’s We Are Family kit.
And for layout number two I used September’s This Life Noted stamp set (available to purchase separately) as well as some ink, embossing powder and punches from my stash.
My first thoughts on this kit: I don’t normally use such small alpha stickers for my titles but the smaller letters gave me a chance to spell out longer titles. While that small size isn’t my favorite, I certainly found it a challenge and used it to my advantage. This is also what I was hoping to get out of a kit club… to be presented with items I might not normally use and to come up with ways to incorporate them! I feel I’m off to a good start with my new club and I look forward to posting more layouts.
P.S. Another one of my goals is to get as many layouts out of a kit as I can. With a kit membership being $25 a month (plus shipping) I hope to get plenty of layouts done so I feel like I am stretching my dollars really far. I will post a video at the end of the kit to show all the layouts (and probably a few cards) that I get out of the kit.
When making this page I used prompts from both Big Picture Classes and Shimelle.com once again. From BPC it was to use arrows to emphasis journaling. And from Shimelle there were two that caught my eye: #4, write with repetition and #18, use the rule of 3’s.
And for this challenge I was again at Shimelle.com. I used challenge #5 (use brads or eyelets), challenge #15 (add embellishments in rows) and #23 stretch your supplies. All the pattern paper strips came from sheets of pattern paper that I had just about used up. Most of them were punched in odd area. Instead of recycling the punched up pieces I was able to cut around the punches to salvage some nice strips of paper.
Sorry about the glare. I was sure I was in a good spot when I took this photo! I am just pushing through all my backlogged projects so retaking photos of things is not a priority for me right now!
Okay, I wasn’t sure how I was going to tackle challenge #7 over at Shimelle.com, which was to use unexpected supplies. But when I found the photos of my daughters apple art, I decided to raid the kitchen for little tidbits to add to my page. Natural embellishments! I combined this with challenge # 19, use paint, and came up with this page. I used a grocery bag to stipple paint onto the page, then used a slice of apple to dip in the paint and stamp on the page.
Quick one. This was a challenge to scrap about yourself from Shimelle.com (#8). Scrapping about myself isn’t something new to me. But I haven’t done it in a very loooong time. So in a way that was a challenge to take time away from my other projects to talk about me. This is 6×6 for my personal album.
They say if you are going to go, go big. And I did for this one. These challenge were from both Big Picture Classes and Shimelle.com (#1, #3, #9, #11, & #17). The main challenge I focused on was try something new. So many new things for me here. The arty style, using fabric to hand cut shapes, homemade spray ink, using my Cricut + Gypsy to design & cut a popular Polaroid style frame, using lots of pink & sparkles, adding color to a black and white photo. All new. And I love it!
Yesterday was National (or International, if you prefer) Scrapbook Day. Each year I want to participate fully and each year there is always something else going on. This time our family went to a Medieval Festival and also Free Comic Book Day at our local comic shop. So my scrapping came in late in the day. Never the less, I got a ton of work done trying to catch up on the last 4 months of scrapping. I’m hoping to plow through pages this week! With the help of NSD and some challenges at a few of my favorite sites, I am making things happen.
Here is my first layout.
The challenge both from Big Picture Classes and from Shimelle.com (#21), was to use divided pages to add extra photos to a layout. I’ve never done this before and I do like the results. My only worry is that none of my other pages have to be removed from their albums to be fully experienced. I’m wondering if this style will work for me long term. I have some ideas to tweak the process to work for me. So maybe I can incorporate it next time a way that I didn’t use here.
I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day celebrator. Why do we have only one day to tell the people in our lives that we love them? I think it should be an everyday event! Flowers, and dinner and movies are all nice, but wouldn’t it be nicer to randomly surprise someone with something heartfelt and meaningful? That is one of the reasons I love cards. They are made by me, for that someone special, with love. Now that is something to celebrate!
cardstock, dye inks, corner rounder punch: Stampin’ Up
watercolor paper: Strathmore
punch: EK Success
alphabet: American Crafts
other: twine, straws
Lay blobs of ink color on a palette. Use a spray bottle to really wet your watercolor paper. The wetter it is, the more the colors will move. Dip the end of a straw into a puddle of ink and blow the droplet onto the watercolor paper. Start with light colors and work your way through to the darker colors. Finish with accents that pop off the colorful background.
And here is my entry for the DCWV stach-a-holic card challenge.
And my entry…
pattern paper: DCWV (A Type of Art)
stamp: Stampin’ Up
I’ve been meaning to enter one of the DCWV stack-a-holic challenges since I first found out about them a couple of months ago. I just haven’t felt like photographing and uploading and writing to my blog. Well, I found the energy tonight for this one. Here is the sketch
And here is my entry…
pattern paper: DCWV (Day to Day Photoreal Stack)
punches: EK sucess
alpha stickers: Cosmo Cricket, American Crafts, Sasafrass
embellishments: Jolee’s Boutique