Thursday, November 16, 2017

Break The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them.  Scrapbooking should be personal to you.  How you want to express yourself in your pages.  How you want to document your memories.  Don't feel overwhelmed with popularity.  Do what pleases you.  Do what comes naturally.  If you want to add flowers to a boy's layout, go right ahead.  Your memories are yours, and told by your point of view.

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date.  

I used mostly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page", with the exception of a photo frame from Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the teal border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my current favorite technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017


If you live anywhere above Florida, you may already be wearing jackets & boots.
And if you're a crafter, you may already be purchasing new supplies and working on your December Daily 2017 albums.

But what happens when you find yourself with more Christmas product than you can wallpaper your house with?  You USE it!; by cutting through all the pretty pattern paper to create a funky & dimensional scene on white cardstock.

Today I'm sharing a traditional scrapbook page, using non-traditional Christmas colors from the "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love CP products?  Not only is the quality top notch, but their designs are too irresistible to miss out on.  In the past I've been known to hoard my favorite supplies, but as I work my way through a hoard-free and clutter-free home, I find myself pulling out more of my most adored stock.

My page was created for the "ADD IT UP" challenge we're having over at the Paper Issues Blog.  The points should add to 90-95.  I just made it at 95.  You can see my breakdown below...

20 - Pattern Paper
5 - Cardstock
5 - Photo
9 - Chipboard
3 - Embellishment
34 - Ephemera
10 - Puffy Stickers
5 - Enamel Dots
4 - Stickers

If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project, and hopefully play along with us.  The more projects you share, the more chances you'll have to win a monthly gift card to the shop!

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Winter 2014.

So you know how I get those zany ideas in the middle of the night, where I have to jot it down and even do some sketching of it?  This was one of them.  I was lucky enough to ask one of our Paper Issues DT members, Stacie, whose always creating those beautiful cut files, to make this particular cut file "Wrapped Up Scarf", which you can find in the shop for free.

The idea was birthed from the Crate Paper "Snow And Cocoa" collection that I recently played with.  There's a ton of snowmen with scarves in the line and I thought it would be fun to create a giant scarf with empty blocks for pattern paper and photos.  The image itself cut very easily on my silhouette machine, and I was able to build the layout using the Crate Paper's "Falala" collection and bits.  I added the title "Winter" using the negative parts of another free cut file called "Paint Outline Alpha". It came together pretty quickly.

I created this with the Take 5 Tuesday challenge in mind, using #2 Red, #4 Die cut, #5 Patterned Paper, #7 Stitching, #8 Stripes, #9 Animal, #12 3 Stickers, and #13 Title.

As always, I've provided quick links to the shop, facebook group and DT blog below. 

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