Saturday, June 20, 2020

Green Thumb

I had another great Scrapbook With Me session on Wednesday this week with my group. We worked on our layouts using another sketch from Becky Fleck's Page Maps. I love being able to show my group these sketches and how to work with them and put their own spin on the layout. My version is for when Meghan and I went to a local artisan shop to take a Terrarium-Arium class and make terrariums using air plants. Meghan is definitely the green thumb in our family while I am not so air plants seemed to be a better bet for me to take care of.

We used the following sketch from the Page Maps Archives which can be found here. I had the perfect paper for this from a retired Close To My Heart collection called Twitterpated. I incorporated the paper along with some retired and current alphabet stamps and a few fun embellishments to create my version of the sketch. 

A personal favorite technique of mine is to combine fonts when creating my title. For this title I used a retired script stamp set from Close To My Heart along with the serif stamp set - Simply Said. I used a dotted circle stamp to create the stitched-look circles around part of the title but this could just as easily be done by hand or even using a sewing machine.

I tend to work with groupings of 3 for embellishments so on this layout I did 3 groups of 3 buttons I pulled from my stash. I added a little bit of embroidery floss to each.

I hope you liked the layout. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Simple to Stunning Sunday #1 - Father's Day Card

Starting a new series of blog posts today with a Father's Day card. I want to share with you some techniques to step up your card making to take your cards from simple to stunning. 

Each post will showcase a card design and I will show you steps you can easily take to add something extra to the card to take it to the next level. These are the three versions I came up with for the Father's Day card for this week's post.

The basis for the cards started with this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. You can see the sketch and variations on it here.

For the first, simple version of the card, I followed the sketch using a stamp from the Legendary Father's Day Stamp set from Close To My Heart. I am in love with this set and am having fun creating some fun things for this upcoming Father's Day. This set is only available through June 30th so make sure to hop on over to my website to shop today!

I stamped the image in Archival Black Exclusive Ink and then colored in using TriBlend Markers. I used Sapphire cardstock for the base along with some paper from the Mix-ins paper pack. I added some twine and used 3-D foam tape to add some dimension to the card.

For the next, stepped up version of the card, I first used a die from the Stitched Squares Thin Cut set to die cut the piece for the stamped image. I embossed the Sapphire card base and then used some of the zip strips from the Mix-in paper pack to add a little more patterned paper to the card. 

For the final, stunning version of the card, I added an additional layer of Mix-in patterned paper along with some Clear Sparkles to the card. I had fun working and adding additional elements and techniques to take this card from simple to stunning.

I hope you like the cards and learned some techniques to take your cards from simple to stunning. Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
CC6205 - Legendary Father's Day Stamp Set
X9015 - Mix-in Paper Pack
X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock
Z3271 - Archival Black Exclusive Inks
Z4259 - Stitched Squares Thin Cuts
Z2488 - Green Turquoise TriBlend Marker
Z2475 - Brown Grey TriBlend Marker
Z4221 - Mink Twine
Z3274 - Clear Sparkles

Friday, June 12, 2020


I am having so much fun doing these Scrapbook with me sessions with my group each week. Having this time to work on my layouts alongside my friends has been really helping me catch up on my scrapbooking. This week one of the layouts I completed was this one of Thankgiving from 2016. I know, I definitely have a ways to go to catch up but I am getting there.

I changed things up a bit with the group and used a sketch from Becky Fleck Page Maps and challenged myself to combine patterned paper from different paper packs in one layout.

We used the following sketch from the April 2020 sketches on the Page Maps blog which you can find here
I combined papers from the current Mix-Ins paper along with paper from the retired Pathfinding and  Hawthorn collections. I tore the edge of the corrugated pattern paper and inked the edge using Espresso Exclusive Inks. I added a stamped title from the Pathfinding Workshop-on-the-Go stamp set and some die cut leaves from the Layered Leaves Thin Cuts set.

I added a scalloped strip along with some machine stitching to the top of my journal box. I also used the current Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts set to create a date tab and stapled it to the journal box using the Mini-Stapler.

I am very pleased with how this came out. If you are interested in attending one of my Scrapbook with me sessions, follow me on Facebook to get notifications for these twice-weekly events.

I hope you like the layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Current Supplies Used:
X9015 - Mix-in Paper Pack
Z3726 - Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts
Z2027 - Mini Stapler
Z2829 - Espresso Exclusive Inks
Z2823 - Goldrush Exclusive Inks

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tips & Tricks Tuesday #6 - Making Backgrounds from Shapes

Hi everyone! Sharing the latest technique I showed my Scrapbook with Me group last week. We worked on creating layouts based on a sketch from the Close To My Heart Blog. I changed mine up by creating some of the paper pieces from shapes and taught this technique to my group during the session. Here is my finished layout.

The layout uses the retired Oh Deer Collection from Close To My Heart along with the Huntington sketch, which can be found on the blog here.

There are multiple ways to create and use shapes as background pieces in your layouts. To cut the shapes you can use any of the following:

- Punches
- Metal dies
- Shapes available in Design Space for the Cricut
- A cutting system like that from Creative Memories
- Strips of paper, like Zip Strips from Close To My Heart patterned paper packs.

Using shapes is also a great way to use up scraps of paper!

To use the shapes you can do the following:

- Create the background piece on a separate piece of cardstock and then adhere to your layout.
- Create the background piece directly on your layout. Have a couple of the shapes overlap your photos - as you can see below.
- Add the shapes in a random pattern on your layout.
- You can leave spacing between the shapes to have your background paper show through or you can adhere the shapes right next to each other.

Here are a few examples of using shapes from other layouts I have done in the past. I do think I might be a little biased towards hexagons.

For my layout, from the session, I created the background pieces using a piece of coordinating cardstock since I wanted the color to show through, almost like "grout" would with tiles. My steps are shown as follows:

Step 1: Draw a line down the center of the piece and start laying out the shapes to create your
pattern, without adhering so you can play with placement. When ready adhere to the cardstock.
I left a few spots open on the top and bottom to fill in later.

Step 2: Trim off the excess pieces that overhang the cardstock.

Step 3: Use the extra pieces to fill in where you left blanks.

Alternate 1: Adhere 1/2" wide strips to the cardstock.

Alternate 2: Adhere the 1/2" wide strips on a diagonal to the cardstock.
You can check out my video on this technique on my YouTube Channel, here or by watching below.

I hope you enjoyed the tips & tricks and the video. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Stitched Together

I am having a lot of fun crafting with the June Featured Paper of the month from Close To My Heart - Stitched Together. I love the patterns and colors in this collection. They are perfect for scrapbooking those good times we have with good friends and family. I am sharing with you a layout I did recently with my group though another of my virtual Scrapbook With Me sessions.

This layout is based off of the Magic Mystify pattern from Close To My Heart.

I pulled out a retired stamp set for the title and the embellishments. I also used one of the Picture My Life Cards from the Stitched Together collection for the butterfly image on the left-hand page. To give the page a little bit of something extra I used our Clear Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to the butterfly and the centers of the flowers.

You can check out all of the Stitched Together collection on my website by clicking here.

I hope you liked the layout. Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
X7257S - Stitched Together Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7257C - Stitched Together Cardstock Pack
X7257D - Stitched Together Picture My Life Cards
Z3293 - Clear Shimmer Brush