April 14, 2014

April Goals

So at work, I am totally all about making lists and crossing things off those lists in order to keep myself organized. (You should see my grocery list - it's grouped by sections in the order I hit them in the store.  And my packing lists for trips?  Organized by outfits, toiletries, electronics - yeah, I know I'm crazy.)  I'm really trying to get a handle on what I need to do creatively as well, so I figure a list would help here too!

Luckily, the lovely ladies at the Club Scrap message board help to keep you on track by talking about their monthly goals on the forum.  I figure if I post my goals for April here and over there, maybe I will finish some of them up!

So for April, I'm hoping to:


  1. Meet the goal for the layout challenge at Club Scrap (8 1-page layouts, or 4 2-page layouts, or a combination of both)
  2. Get my project ready for the Hydrangeas blog hop at the end of the month.
  3. Get my cards completed and in the mail for the birthday card swap.
  4. Edit my backlog of photos and figure out which ones need printing.
  5. Brainstorm for May's blog hop (I have an idea brewing already...)
  6. Organize my craft room - I'm starting out with one hour of organization a week, 'cause really?  Not much more than that is actually going to take place.  Keepin' it real, here.
  7. Catch up on the kits I have to ALSB.
  8. Organize all of my fonts, printables, cut files, etc. on my computer.
So I have a start on the first goal, at least.  This past weekend I got a few layouts done - one 2-page layout and one 1-page layout with some Club Scrap kits, and one layout with a Studio Calico kit.  I'm still catching up on my New Zealand photos, but I'm getting towards the end!  Mostly.  Kind of.  We'll see.


Bridge Photoshoot - both pages together

Bridge Photoshoot (Left) - Papers: Club Scrap Hopes, Aspen; Stencil: Club Scrap Solstice; Stamp: Amy Tangerine roller date stamp; Ink: Club Scrap Lagoon; Embellishments: Club Scrap Hopes kit stickers

Bridge Photoshoot (Right) - Club Scrap HopesAspenStencil: Club Scrap Solstice; Ink: Club Scrap LagoonEmbellishments: Club Scrap Hopes kit stickers, Amy Tangerine Remarks Yes Please stickers

Glenorchy Daytrip - Papers: Club Scrap Full Circle Jr; Embellishments: Club Scrap  Full Circle Jr stickers
Day 3 - All materials (other than kraft background) from Studio Calico Blue Note kit.  Oh, except this roller date stamp and the wood veneer stars.

So hopefully I will be back later this month to say I accomplished all of my goals!  Fingers crossed...

March 30, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 7: Sparkles

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Welcome back! I'm joining in for Week Seven of Club Scrap's Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge.  If you're not sure what this this, go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Sparkles, and I only got a couple of pages done.  I did a ton last week, and it was a little hard to keep that momentum going when work and errands got in the way.  But there is always next week!



March 26, 2014

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Trees

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Hello!  Welcome to the Trees blog hop! This month we're using Club Scrap's Trees collection.  I'm going to show you how I used the beautiful paper in the kit to create some handmade details for my scrapbook layout.

If you traveled here from Lisa's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap Creates blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

As usual, on the first of the month I got all excited and created a mood board based on the theme of the kit and the warm and springy colors in the palette:


Follow Marya Kaszubinski's board Trees Mood Board - Club Scrap March 2014 on Pinterest.

Check out my other mood boards here and here.

This month I was particularly drawn to the beautiful greens in the kit and in my mood board, and I also found a lot of inspiration from quilts and geometric shapes on Pinterest.



I was lucky enough to take some time off of work last week and go scrapping at my friend Marie's house for four days, so I tackled a lot of scrapping projects that were in the works.  I was able to complete the bulk of my New Zealand album...which has since turned into albums.  I knew the lush greens and browns of this kit would go perfectly with my hiking pictures.  (Even the bright red mushroom goes with these papers - do you see that thing?  Pretty sure that is straight out of Super Mario Bros.)


I used this month's layout card as the basis of the layout, and took advantage of the open white space to "quilt" with some paper.  (Quilting and this kit seem to go hand in hand - check out Kay's card and layout here!)  I cut some of the paper into 1.5 inch squares and then in half again to make triangles.  Then I paired them up to make my own quilted embellishment.


I also did some paper cutting on this page by cutting two sides of a triangle and folding the flap back to create an open space that I later backed with the white paper from the kit.  I adhered the flaps with foam tape so they would retain their dimension - I was really pleased with the combination of the flaps and the flat paper triangles!


Finally, to continue with the quilted theme, I added some hand-stitched details with my trusty paper piercer, needle and thread.  I finished this part up while watching Breaking Bad - I find it so relaxing!  (Not the show.  The show is awesome and addictive and thrilling, but relaxing it is not.)

I hope to get some more paper piecing and "quilting" into my projects since I loved how this page turned out.  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you might try some quilting and hand stitching in your projects!  Head on over to Annette Dragon's to see what she has to share.  Come back next month when we're working with the floral Hydrangeas collection!




March 23, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 6: Frames

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Welcome back! I'm joining in for Week Six of Club Scrap's Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge.  If you're not sure what this this, go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Frames, and I got a LOT done by matting my photos and trying to incorporate some unique frames this week. This post will house all of my submissions this week, so be sure to click the "Come and see more!" link to see the full post and see how you can use frames and mattes in your projects.





March 3, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 3: Die Cuts

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Welcome back! I'm joining in for Week Three of Club Scrap's Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge.  If you're not sure what this this, go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Die Cuts, and it was very easy to find die cut elements on a lot of my pre-made pages.  I also tried to challenge myself to make sure I used my electronic die cutter this week. This post will house all of my submissions this week, so be sure to click the "Come and see more!" link to see the full post and see how you can add die cuts to your projects.

Gibbston Valley Winery - Used ALSB from Concrete Jungle / Papers: orange from stash / Stamps: Concrete Jungle Jr, Amy Tangerine Today roller date stamp Challenge Elements: Cutaparts from Concrete Jungle, "delish" frame cut from Pazzles
Down on the Farm - Used ALSB from Bugs / Papers: metallic tan from stash / Stamps: Amy Tangerine Today roller date stamp / Embellishments: Aspen Lite Woodgrain embossing folder, Amy Tangerine Remarks stickers in Baxter - brownChallenge Elements: Cutaparts from Bugs

Valley View - both pages together

February 26, 2014

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Big Deal

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Hi there!  Welcome to the Big Deal blog hop! This month we're using Club Scrap's Big Deal collection.  I'm going to show you how I used the paper and digital kits to (partially) create a fun project for your photos!

If you traveled here from Lisa's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap Creates blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

When the sneaks for this kit were revealed in January, my mind immediately began thinking of something I could do within the theme of games and cards.  I first created a Pinterest mood board to help get the ideas rolling:

Follow Marya Kaszubinski's board Big Deal Mood Board - Club Scrap Februrary 2014 on Pinterest.

I was thinking of creating a mini album out of old playing cards, but then Club Scrap had this wonderful idea of supplying a kit with a blank deck of cards for decorating with, so I decided to try a different idea.

This month was the first time I delved into the digital/hybrid world!  So exciting.  I used the Big Deal digital kit and some yummy papers from the collection to create my own playing cards and a handy box to house them in!


To create the cards, I created a template in Photoshop to resize the photos I wanted to use, then dropped the digital stamps for the numbers and suit symbols on top of the photos.  I then printed the photos, attached them to cardstock that I had printed some digital elements on to, and I have my playing cards!

You may notice that my suit of hearts are not quite the color you would expect (ie. red).  I showed my boyfriend the finished product (only the suit of hearts so far) and he said, "Aren't the hearts supposed to be red?"  This was pretty much my reaction:




So yeah, I may have given up after that point since I had already procrastinated enough and did not have the energy to start over, so I made the box instead.  I used and modified the instructions Tricia had provided in this post for her business card holder.  I cut a 7x10 inch piece of the yellow paper, scored it vertically at 1.25", 2.25", 4.75" and 5.75", then scored it horizontally at 3.5", 4.5", 8" and 9".  After I assembled it according to her instructions, I added some red pearl panels and edged the whole thing with brown ink.


So there you have it - a partially completed deck.  I'm still liking the idea of making my own cards, so I think I'm going to redo this suit in the correct color and then make the 3 remaining suits.  I'm also going to laminate the cards so they don't come apart from their backing and that might help with durability.  Check back in and I hope to have the completed project soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you might try something new like me and work some digital/hybrid kits into your crafting!  Head on over to Annette Dragon's to see what she has to share.  Come back next month when we're working with the springy Trees collection!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap Big Deal: Red, Yellow, Ivory / Digital Elements: Club Scrap Big Deal Digital Inks: Club Scrap Earth inkTools: Envelope Punch Board

February 23, 2014

Assembly Line Boot Camp - Week 2: Torn Papers

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Hello again! I'm joining in for Week Two of Club Scrap's Assembly Line Boot Camp challenge.  If you're not sure what this this, go check out the information page if you are interested, but basically this is a weekly challenge, based on a prompt, that encourages you to get going on your layouts, cards, and projects.  Plus, not only are you eligible for prizes, but each submission earns Operation Write Home a donation, so it's for a good cause, too.

This week's theme is Torn Papers, so I searched my stash for those papers and kits that I knew already had torn elements to them.  Plus, if I couldn't use pages with torn elements already incorporated, I could easily add more!  This post will house all of my submissions this week, so be sure to click the "Come and see more!" link to see the full post and see how you can add torn papers to your projects.

Autumn in Arrowtown - both pages together
 
Autumn in Arrowtown Left - Used ALSB from Autumn Garden / Papers: Aspen Almond, vellum from stash / Stamps: Aspen Collection Unmounted Rubber , Amy Tangerine Today roller date stamp / Inks: India Ink, Topaz, Tangerine / Challenge Elements: Torn vellum over stamped leaves

Autumn in Arrowtown Right - Used ALSB from Autumn Garden / Papers: Aspen Almond, vellum from stash / Stamps: Aspen Collection Unmounted Rubber / Inks: India InkTopaz, Tangerine / Embellishments: Jolee's autumn sticker from stash,  Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Remarks stickers in brown / Challenge Elements: Torn vellum over stamped leaves

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