Sunday, March 31, 2013

That's Why / Sunshine / Me & G --Cheaters

This group of cheaters is from a GASC class I attended several years ago. If you don't already know, a cheater is what I call a page that I have made in the past, it's lived in my ULA (unfinished layout album) for who knows how long and I have just recently added photos to it. Occasionally I will grab my photo albums and my ULA and flip through both to see if I can match up any photos with completed layouts, so even though the base layout is done, there's still a little work to be done, though if feels a little like I am cheating since I am just adding photos!
I want to say these were from an Ali Edwards class, though it wasn't her teaching it. I'm not certain of that so don't quote me there.
I always try to take classes that force me to try a different technique so that I can learn and grow as a scrapper.

I must admit I didn't do too many 1 page layouts before going to this class and that was the point, it forced me to make 1 pagers!!!

It's funny, it seems like now I rarely make 2 page layouts now and all I ever do is 1 pagers! I guess it might be time to stretch myself again and do some 2 pagers! Especially after having posted several cheater layouts this month that have been 2 pagers! I still love them!!!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guest Designer layout

Early in March I submitted a layout to Color My Heart challenge blog, the gist of the challenge was to use 2 different paper packs from CTMH. This was an easy one for me since I have tons of paper packs from CTMH, I just had to put the right ones together and I thought I did that fairly well. I guess the design team over at Color My Heart did to because I won the weekly challenge and that meant I got to be a guest designer. I couldn't get a layout ready fast enough last Friday so they were gracious enough to let me postpone till this week.
This layout is for challenge #36; using outdoor denim, hollyhock, Sunset and blush (Clair colors). Of course I don't have the Clair collection...YET, so I had to make do with what I had and it is.
Y'all have prolly figured out that I like to pull old stuff and new stuff together to make my layouts and I pulled from 9 different collections, most retired, but some newer! Scroll to the bottom to have a look at my supply list. Just a note here, I didn't use cream cardstock here, I used a cream backside to pattern paper for the strip along the bottom and for the photo mat. 

Not only did the background pattern have a nice blush shade but I stamped some little flourish shapes with 2nd gen hollyhock ink, you can see a couple here, I stamped the words summer smiles in 1st gen hollyhock ink. I did use hollyhock cardstock as the base of my photo mat and to layer under my alpha title.

I found some nice blush colored flowers in an old collection as well as these neutral alpha squares from an old collection.

I dressed up the flowers with some bling, I think the clear ones are from CTMH, and I stamped the sentiment with denim blue ink.

How about that lovely hollyhock and sunset flower from old collections.
I know mixing and matching old and new product is not for everyone, but I really like to do it because it breaths new life into some of my older collections! How about you, do you mix or do you stay faithful to one collection at a time?
CTMH supplies:
Outdoor Denim, Sunset, Blush and Hollyhock cardstock; Felicity and Serendipity pattern papers; Magnifique,Florentine, Lucky, Caprice, Moon Dogie, Bella and Unforgettable stickease; Cocoa, Hollyhock and Outdoor Denim ink; Clear epoxy bubbles; B1349 Summer Wishes & D1365 True Happiness stamps
Other supplies:
MME lush pink rhinestones, dk blue sharpie, recollections foam adhesive, Martha Stewart scalloped punch
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Summer Time

I have another layout to share today that was inspired by challenge#35 at Color My Heart, it's a challenge blog that is focused on using CTMH products! I think I've mentioned before that I have a little problem with hoarding collecting those products!
This week's challenge was to use the colors sky, blush and buttercup (blue, pink and yellow). I found an older paper pack, from a special that they offered several years ago, called Tickled Pink. Of course I had already used all the colored cardstock from that pack and only had white left so I had to dig through other packs to find the sky, blush and buttercup cardstocks. I think the blush and sky colors must be really old since they are textured and they have a darker shade on one side, it seems like years and years since they have done that type of cardstock (did I mention that I've been buying CTMH for nearly 10 years?)
Allison Davis has brought back sketch week and this month that was last week, she used the free sketch that Scrapbook Generation store provided and this is my take on the sketch.

I cute out the flowers, except the yellow ones, from the pattern paper.

I stamped the banner in the selected colors this week and then fussy cut them out, I bent the ends somewhat to give it a feeling of movement.

I went through and added either liquid pearls, glitz or stickles to the flower centers.

For the yellow flowers I added enamel dots, I hand stitched the banner in place with white floss.

I used white cardstock to cut the journal strips and then inked them, you can sort of see that I inked the pink flower here, it's the side B pattern of the floral paper.

You really can't see well in this photo but I did stamp yellow flowers (outline design) around on this section, buttercup is easily muted on colored paper I've found.

More flowers, fussy cut and the pink one inked.

I popped up several flowers using dimensional adhesive.

Here's a view with of the popped flower elements.
CTMH Supplies:
Tickled Pink patterned paper; buttercup, white, blush & sky cardstock; buttercup, sky & blush ink; Pink glitz; Stamps C1478 Elemental (WOTG kit stamp), D1191 Friendship Blessings
Other Supplies:
AC white glitter thickers; MME The Sweetest Thing enamel dots; Liquid Pearls lemon yellow; Stickles blue; White sewing floss; RUM yellow flowers 
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Our Birthday Girl--Cheater

It's time for another cheater layout, that means I made the base layout some time ago and just recently added the pictures. Ok, in my case it's been several months since I added the pictures, but I did make the layout a couple of years ago, it's actually from early 2011. The paper is from CTMH and it's called Wings and it was a level 1 paper pack. That meant that all you had to do was add pictures and it would be done. Well I finished the pages by adding stickers, pearl paint and stickles and put it into my ULA (unfinished layout album) and there it has sat for nearly 2 years before I added pictures to it.

I love how this layout came out! I have several more old level 1 paper packs from different collections that I really need to get out and make, even if I put them into my ULA, they will at least get used and maybe someday I will add photos to all the layouts in my ULA!!!

I cut up some of the border stickers that came with the pack to make a frame, I then added sticker flowers around the frame to hide the cut corners. You can see where I added pearl paint to the paper and stickles to the stickers..

More pearl paint and stickles.

The journal spot was added to the layout when I originally made the layout.
I added black foam thickers for the title when I added the photos.

That's it for another cheater Sunday!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013


This layout is inspired by the About A Boy challenge to use your scraps. And that's just what I did!
I had put several pieces of scrap paper into my March Corner Stop & Shop kit and I have made several layouts and had leftover scraps from those...mix it all up with some cute embellishments and a sketch from Page Draft and this is what you get...
I tweaked the sketch somewhat to make it fit the photo I had, I really wanted to add 4 photos but I didn't find ones that I thought would work with the sketch.

This is another of those really cute title cuts that I bought on clearance last summer. I have tons of them!!! I'm not really sure what I was thinking when I bought them all...but oh well, I got a stellar price so I am going to make them work. I layered the brackets on either end with a beige and green bracket, plus I turned those labels into pennants and added word stickers to them.

The polaroid frame was the perfect fit for this picture, I just added a couple of brads and the date written with a sharpie pen. The original sketch had a couple pattern papers or tapes across the top, I couldn't find anything that didn't clash with the 4 scrap pieces under the photo so I went with 4 different washi tapes.

Love this little cluster with the ombre tag and the camera cut out.

OK...remember years and years ago when slide mounts were the thing? I do, I don't have that many but somehow I ended up with this turquoise one and it's been in my stash for years and years and years! When I started pulling from my color bins to make my kit I threw it in because it matched the colors of my kit, though I really didn't think I would be able to use it! LoL!!! Love that it finally made it onto paper!

This letter started out as bright, almost neon, turquoise, I initially sprayed it with petina glimmermist hoping to tone it down, it helped but when I added the HS mint green, it turned such a lovely shimmery turquoise color!
Supplies Used:
CTMH kraft cardstock, wood button, green dot and flourish scraps; EP style essentials dk teal damask, everyday eclectic hexagons side B; MME adorable title, the sweetest thing bluebell smile stickers, the sweetest thing label stickers; Recollections polaroid frame, camera cutout; AC dear lizzy flags, word stickers, mini marks rub on word, flare; Heidi Grace heart sticker; Simple Stories 100 days of summer word stickers; Pressed Petals chipboard letter; Glimmermist petina; Washi-target, smash; RUM-washi, yellow scrap, green flower scrap, brads, die cut shape (scrap cut with my Revolution), turquoise slide mount
Heidi Swapp mint green ink
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Friday, March 22, 2013


This layout was made using the inspiration for CSI Case #63. I love that the colors in my March Corner Stop & Shop kit had the inspiration colors in it and all I had to do was figure out which embellishments to use. I also used a Scrapbook Generation AD one page sketch on this one.
My daughter in law pointed out that I don't have many layouts that include me, I do make them occasionally but I don't always end up in the photos when I have the camera out, it's usually me taking the pictures. This picture was one that I cropped myself out of, LoL, I cut out my friends and just left me...
So here I am, this is actually a recent photo, from this January. I love the layout around the photo! I think it turned out perfectly!!

Love the little banner I made with those pennant cut outs and random buttons.

Have I ever mentioned that I have a girl crush on Allison Davis? She inspires me to try new things all the time and though sewing isn't new to me it's a technique I haven't done in a while (at least with any consistency) and I'm in love with this technique all over again!

Love that little cut out with he flowers, suits the colors so well in this layout!

I added the tiled letters for my title, the original sketch had the title over the journal spot, but I placed the banner too low, so I had to get creative.

Love this little cut out journal spot, it was the perfect place to write that saying by Dr Seuss since the photo was taken at my dear friend Janet's sons funeral. Believe me I shed many tears that day, but I smiled so much more because we all shared so many wonderful memories!

I used a scrap piece of vellum that I had thrown in my kit and put it under my photo and then popped them up for a little extra dimension.
Supplies Used:
CTMH Clementine paper, wood buttons, blue letter tiles; SEI turquoise scrap; MME follow your heart be happy never forget paper, the sweetest thing stickers; Teresa Collins he said she said scalloped border sticker, die cuts, enamel dots; AC dear lizzy neopolitan cheerful notes, flare; WRMK sew easy fancy floss; RUM buttons, chipboard butterfly, vellum scrap; Silhouette cut vellum polaroid frame
BG lilykate posey paper

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Thursday, March 21, 2013


I made this layout for the Use It Tuesday Challenge Blog, this weeks challenge #52 is to use diecuts, punches and cutouts and I think I used them all for this layout. The Use It Tuesday blog has been around for awhile but I just found it recently and I love challenges you to dig into your stash, old or new.
 I have recently found the Page Drafts Blog that offers up tons of sketches every month. My layout looks randomly like the sketch (release #19) I started with but it morphed into something else when I started working with the bits and pieces that I have to work with!
I used my March Corner Stop & Shop CKC kit to make this layout. I have to say I used tons of bits and pieces for this one and I love the way it came out. I love when such and odd assortment of things can come together to form something so lovely!
I took like 5 different photos this morning and just couldn't get the color just right, these were the best of the photos and they aren't the very best. This was Jason's wedding day and the 2 most important men in his life were there for him, his daddy and papaw.

I bought a pack of old MME titles and sayings last summer and this was in it, I bought it on half price clearance because it was mostly old stuff (dated 2008), same with that photo frame tucked underneath the photos. I really don't mind using old stuff as long as I can work it into the layout in a pleasing manner.
I love those little sticky notes with the arrows, I just layered them up and stuck them down.

A couple of random stickers tucked in here and there.

Love that I was able to tuck in the polaroid from that says happy on the bottom of it

More random bits tucked here and there.
Supplies Used:
CTMH You & Me paper, 1/2 scalloped paper, green dot scrap; SEI dill blossom scrap & turquoise scrap; EP style essentials dk teal damask, everyday eclectic hexagons side B, everyday eclectic kraft doily side B, for the record 2 chevrons side B scrap; Teresa Collins He Said She Said cutouts & stickers; MME Tres Jolie Bonjour diecut frame, laundry line comfort title, the sweetest thing enamel dots;  TC sticky notes yellow arrows; SEI oasis sticker scrap; Making Memories passport metal clip; Martha Stewart border punch; CTMH blue tile alpha; RUM yellow scrap, green die cut scrap, vellum (silhouette polaroid frame cut out), salmon polka dot chipboard piece
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

it's my time

I was inspired to make this layout by the Color My Heart challenge blog. I'm sure I've mentioned before my obsession with hoarding CTMH paper packs and this paper is from one that I've had for a really long time! It came out in the Summer 2010 idea book! EEEEKKKKK!! And I have older paper packs than this one! I am so happy that I found this challenge blog because it's going to force me to use lots of that older product that I have been hoarding!
And because I have been craving 2-page layouts recently and CTMH lends itself so well to them, I used a Scrapbook Generation (Allison Davis) sketch, its from book 4 and is a 5 photo sketch.
Color Dare challenge #34 was to use the CTMH colors Olive, Sweet Leaf and Goldrush. I got my ink pads out and went through my paper packs and came across the Splendor paper pack that matched the ink pads rather well. The background paper is actually called garden green, it was one of my favorites that I would buy in bulk (25 sheets at a time). I am finally on my last pack of it which makes me sad!!
I used a piece of Bazzill cardstock to cut out the leafy flourish with my silhouette. I also cut out the layered flowers using Goldrush cardstock, Splendor pattern papers and colonial white cardstock. I used the Olive cardstock that came in the kit to layer under the 4x6 photo. The touch of sweetleaf is in the ric rac along the bottom of the photos.

I stamped the smaller flowers on the layout and brought in some shades of blue with the layered flowers.

I cut my title with my silhouette and then traced it to give it a shadow with a sharpie pen. I added the word "to" and traced it too. The word Shine on the tag is actually a sticker.
I added a little bling to add a little sparkle and shine!
The ric rac and blue ribbon are layered across the bottom of the layout.

I added the bits of blue because the journal sticker spot (matching stickease that I bought with the paper) had just a bit of blue down the side of it.
CTMH Supplies Used:
Splendor pattern paper; Splendor my steakease; Goldrush, Olive, Garden Green & Colonial White cardstock; Goldrush ink; Sparkles brown assortment; Stamp B1349 Summer Wishes
Non-CTMH Supplies Used:
Bazzill Olive cardstock; Paper Studio cardstock blue alpha; RUM green bling, blue ribbon & green ric rac
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