April 23, 2015

Club Scrap Botanicals Mood Board Challenge

Welcome back for this month's Club Scrap Artist Team challenge!  In April, we were working with the Botanicals collection and one of my favorite sources of inspiration - Pinterest!  The Artist team and Club Scrap created a mood board to gather all sorts of pins to get our creative minds going.

Since there were so many amazing pins to chose from, I was having a hard time narrowing it down to just one, so I picked three!  The best way I thought I could incorporate three pieces of inspiration into one project was to create a pocket scrapbooking page, and I love the results.

One of my scrappy goals this year is to get my childhood pictures into albums, and I thought this style of scrapping was perfect for this - there are a lot of odd sized photos in my collection, and the pockets allow me to slip these in without cropping too many - I still get nervous about cutting into pictures when they are the only copy!

The first pin I was inspired by was this one - I loved the combination of the circles and the gold images.  I used one of the starburst bloom images from the Borders and Backgrounds UMs and Topaz ink to create the background, then inked the solid image with Versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  This created a cute 3x4 card that went along with my springtime pictures.

The cutaparts included in the Deluxe kit worked perfectly for this type of page too - the journaling card you see there is already 3x4, so I was able to journal my memories and slip it right in!

The next pin I wanted to recreate was this one - I loved those splatters!  I recreated the splatters using Fuchsia and Carnation inks and stamped the solid image with India Black ink.  The addition of another cutapart using my Tiny Attacher finishes this card off.

The embellishments included in the Deluxe kit were perfect for these types of pages - the wood veneer pieces, bronze flowers, and jeweled brads are a little bit dimensional, but still fit perfectly into the pockets.

Finally, this pin lead me to create the handcut card on the right - I used the stencil included in the Lite kit and traced the image with pencil, then used a knife and mat to cut out the negative space.  I love cards like these in my pocket scrapbooking pages - it gives it such interest!

If you like this page, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see how the rest of the Artist team used the mood board and this kit to create their projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

March 31, 2015

Club Scrap Nice to See You

Can you believe it's the end of March already?  I certainly can't!  But the end of the month calls for another Artist Team Challenge at Club Scrap.  This month we got to work with the versatile Nice to See You kit and I love what I came up with!  (And make sure you read this post to the end - there is a giveaway for you!)

I took my favorite kind of vacation a couple of weeks ago and went on a scrapbooking retreat with friends.  I got a lot done (including organizing my stamps - THAT was an undertaking) and I was able to work on some pages for my New Zealand album.  The great thing about Club Scrap kits is that you don't need to match the theme of the kit to your pictures.  The vintage look of this kit went great with some outdoor shots and our pictures of exploring lava caves on the island of Rangitoto.

I used a lot of different papers from this kit and the Big Ten Assembly Line Scrapbooking formula (7 of Diamonds) from the first Idea Deck.  I also used stamps and the stencil from this kit to add in some fun details to the layout.

I used the stencil on my journaling spot to make a subtle background pattern and wrote directly over it.  I also used it on the 8.5x11 orange layer on the left side of the layout, and it turned out verrrrrrry subtle - just what I wanted, but a little difficult to translate in pictures!

I had fun with this magnifying glass stamp from the unmounted rubber set.  I first stamped the sentiment on the square piece of my layout, then stamped the glass portion on another piece of paper.  I fussy cut out the image, then used a piece of acetate and foam tape to create a dimensional embellishment.

I also used embellishments from my stash to create three embellishment clusters around the layout to help bring the two pages together.  I made sure to include some washi tape, a rectangular label sticker, a star, an arrow, a round element, and something orange in each cluster so they were each different but similar.  I also used some of the warm orange paper to finish of my title - I didn't have tiny orange stickers, so some scraps of orange and QuicKutz to the rescue!

I hope you liked this layout, and if so, I have a treat for you!  I'm giving away the Unmounted Rubber AND the Greetings UMs AND the stencil from this kit to one lucky reader! There are three ways for you enter this giveaway:

  • Comment on this blog post (how about letting me know what you would use these stamps and stencil for?)
  • Follow me on Instagram and comment on this post.
  • Tag a friend on Instagram on this post.
I will be taking entries for this giveaway for 1 week.  Comments will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday April 7th, 2015.  If you comment here and on Instagram and tag a friend, you will have three chances to win!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the other amazing projects with this kit here.  Be sure to share you artwork at the Club Scrap blog to be eligible to win this kit as well!  Happy crafting!

March 25, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - 50s Kitchen

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Hi again and welcome to the March edition of the Club Scrap blog hop!  This month, we are having fun with the 50s Kitchen collection - I can't believe how awesome this kit is this month!

If you traveled here from Tricia'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 blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

This month I had been slooooowly cleaning and reorganizing my craft room so I could more easily find my supplies as I can across a few empty tins I had stocked up on when Club Scrap had stocked them in the store.  You could easily recreate this project using an old Altoids tin or similar, and the end result is so fun, that I hope you do!

I first stamped on the plain black tin top with white pigment ink and the amazing stamps from this collection.  I heat set the ink with a heat gun to prevent too much smearing.

I also made a cute belly band to make sure the top wouldn't come apart from the rest of the tin, and just to add that adorable cherry stamp.  I used one of the strips from the Deluxe kit cutaparts for the base and stamped on red and black circles that I cut from the photos mats for some added interest.  I then stamped the cherry image in green, then the cherries in red and cut these out to adhere to the green image for a two-toned embellishment.

The bottom half of the tin houses a two-sided mini album, complete with spots for photos, journaling, and mini envelopes.

I lined the bottom of the tin with another piece of paper from this kit - the color combinations and patterns are so cute and versatile!

The mini envelopes I made house slightly smaller slider cards that you can slide out using the ribbons included in the Embellishment kit for this collection.  There are so many spots to decorate to your heart's content with this mini album!  I wish I can say that I was clever enough to think of this design on my own, but it's adapted from this post here.  Someday I will be that crafty!

Thank you as always for stopping in here to see what craftiness I've been getting into!  Head on over to Hetty's blog to see what creative inspiration she has in store for you.  Stop back in next month when we're hoping Spring is here to stay with the Botanicals collection!

March 3, 2015

This Past Week (and then some...)

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your week!  Things have been busy around here, but nothing super exciting.  Just trying to stay warm and enjoy the nice days that are given to us this winter!  

One of the beautiful (albeit cold) aspects about living right on a river is that on very cold days, the river will freeze (partially) and all of the ducks, geese, and swans will hang out on the edge.  I loved seeing the bright white of the swans and the dark bodies of the ducks on the ice contrast each other - makes the cold walk over the bridge a little more palatable!

Jason and I have been trying to be active by exploring parks around the area and joining with some Meetup groups  One cold but sunny, Saturday, we met up for a five-mile hike along the Delaware & Raritan Canal.  We started out at Washington Crossing State Park (oh yeah, where George Washington crossed the Delaware) and this is definitely somewhere we would like to explore once the weather gets better!  Just a bike ride down the canal path...

We had some "major" snow here in NJ recently...not the same as Upstate New York, but I'm not complaining.  I grabbed the above shot in my pajamas early one Saturday morning...one of the benefits of having the canal right in your backyard!

Jason and I also did some exploring on our own and hiked up to Goat Hill Overlook one snowy day.  It's a short hike, but the view once you get to the summit was definitely worth it - a great bird's eye view of New Hope and Lambertville.  Hopefully we'll make it up here several times this year, but it would make for a great series of photos during all four seasons.

Before the Oscars aired, we went to our local theater to watch the nominated animated and live-action shorts.  (Maybe next year we'll make it to see the documentaries as well...)  My picks for the winners were The Feast for the animated shorts (which won) and Parvenah (which did not win), but my favorite live-action was La Lampe Au Buerre De Yak (Butter Lamp) and the funniest animated short was A Single Life.  If you have a chance to see any of these, I highly recommend it!

For Valentine's Day, Jason and I spent the day relaxing and I made a fancy dinner (thanks Martha Stewart).  The good thing about eating at home is that we paired each course with a drink - much cheaper to split a bottle in the comfort of your own dining room!  In the mood to make something special?  You can make the same menu here.

Even with all of the snow we've had, there are still some nice, sunny days interspersed here and there...here's looking forward to spring!  Daylight Saving is this upcoming weekend, so we're getting there...

Hope your week is fantastic!

February 27, 2015

Club Scrap Stacked Book Project

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a fun project to share with you today.  The Club Scrap Artist team each put their own spin on the Stacked Booked Project, so please check out the Club Scrap blog to see all of their creations!

I used the "naked" version of this project and papers from London Calling to create travel ephemera boxes to hold all of the ticket stubs, maps, and brochures I've picked up over the years.  As a scrapbooker, I have some packrat tendencies and it's hard to me to throw away these types of keepsakes, because I might need to scrap it someday!  I created a displayable project to hold on to these pieces until they are ready to go into my scrapbook.

I changed some specifications from the original instructions to make this project fit my needs.  Instead of wrapping the inside box with text weight paper, I simply covered each side with cardstock by spreading bookbinding glue on the pieces of bookboard and adhering these to paper.  I then used a craft knife to cut the paper along the edge of the bookboard to create the perfectly covered sides of the box.

I also cut out two pieces of extra bookboard to create additional compartments to store smaller items and the Instagram albums I made for each box.

I made three sizes of albums: 2.5 in, 3 in, and 3.5 in to hold my square photos.  They fit perfectly in the square compartment I created especially for them.

You can see my Poland mini album here, and below I share some of the details of the insides of my Spain and London albums.

Similar to my Poland album, I used the cutaparts from the London Calling collection to add words to my albums and I again used vellum from my stash to add some softness to the pages. I love the simplicity of this album because it really allows the photos to shine!

For my London album, I switched up the closure system I used on the front of the album because I really wanted to use this Union Jack ribbon.  I also sprinkled some strips of the Underground washi and the cute stamp stickers from the Lite kit in this album for some added flair.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this project!  Be sure to check out the other amazing versions my fellow team members have created as well!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Green Print, Green Pattern PrintLight Green, Green PatternCutapart sheets (London Calling), Light Blue (Spring Chorus); Recollections: vellum Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs: baker's twine, eyelets and beads from stash Stamps: Greeting (London Calling) / Inks: Club Scrap: Sappphire and Moss Hybrid Inks / Tools: Martha Stewart Bone folder, Martha Stewart Scoring BoardCrop-A-Dile Big Bite, waxed linen thread

February 25, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - London Calling

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Hello there and welcome to the February edition of the Club Scrap blog hop!  This month, we are creating lovely things with one of my new favorite collections, London Calling.  This month I combined my love of paper, albums, and Instagram to make a cute project.

If you traveled here from Tricia'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 blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

I still haven't gotten "board" (hahahahahaha I'm so clever) with making Pinterest boards as soon as I see the color palette released on the first of the month by Club Scrap.  It was so fun seeing both the London-related pins and fun projects I was inspired by using similar images found in this month's stamp sets:

Follow Marya Kaszubinski's board London Calling Mood Board - Club Scrap February 2015 on Pinterest.

I was specifically inspired by this pin to make my own Instagram mini album to house my pictures from some of my travels.  This was easy to whip up using the papers included in the Deluxe kit.

This particular mini album is not about my trips to London (although you might see a post about that album here soon...wink wink, nudge nudge).  This album is about my trip to Poland to visit a friend last May.  I was lucky enough to have to go to work in London when my friend was also in Europe for six weeks, so I took advantage of the proximity and hopped over to Krakow for a week.

This was a very easy project to construct.  I printed my Instagram photos at 2x2 inches for this album, but you could adjust for any size you want.  A quick recap of the steps to make this album is below:

  1. Create cover and inside pages: I cut a 2.5 inch by 7 inch piece of cardstock for the cover, and cut five 2.5 inch by 5 inch strips for the inside pages.
  2. Stitch album together: I first scored the cover at 2.5 and 5.25 inches to create the fold-over cover, and I scored the inside pages at 2.5 inches.  I then pierced holes .5 inch from the top and bottom along the middle score to make holes for the waxed linen thread I used to hold the whole thing together.  One simple in-and-out stitch is all you need!
  3. Create closures: I punched two circles out of paper and attached these to the front of the album with eyelets.  I then wrapped baker's twine around to keep the album closed when not in use.
  4. Decorate!  Use elements of this kit to your heart's content.

(Excuse my oh so dainty finger please.)  This kit, while perfect for London pictures, worked wonderfully with my Poland pictures as well.  This adorable rainboot and umbrella print paired nicely with a shot of the street I stayed on in Krakow.

I used some of the cutaparts from this kit to add some details to the mini pages.  This sentiment about vacation calories better be true (and that amazing piece of cuisine is zapiekanka and now I'm hungry.)

The square frame cutaparts were exactly 2.5 by 2.5 inches, and they fit right in this album!  They are perfect for highlighting a show-stopping picture (like this one from Morskie Oko in Zakopane).

I also added in some vellum from my stash to my pages - it was the perfect medium to add stamping to accompany pictures of our rainy hike.

(In case you can't tell, the picture is of a set of stairs that has basically turned into a brook due to all that rain...and yes, we walked up that!)

My little mini album fits perfectly into it's own little compartment in...an upcoming project! Here's a little sneak peek at a fun project I will be sharing here on the blog on Friday.  Be sure to check back in!

I hope this inspires you to work small and get some of those photos printed out.  Working with such a small size of picture is such a fun change of pace!

Thank you as always for checking in here!  Head on over to Hetty's blog to see what creative inspiration she has in store for you.  Pop back in next month when we're staying cozy at home with the 50's Kitchen collection!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Green Print, Green Pattern Print, Light Green, Green Pattern, Cutapart sheets (London Calling), Light Blue (Spring Chorus); Recollections: vellum Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs: baker's twine, eyelets and beads from stash / Stamps: Greeting (London Calling) / Inks: Club Scrap: Sappphire and Moss Hybrid Inks / Tools: Martha Stewart Bone folder, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, waxed linen thread

February 18, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Waiheke Island

Back for the second installment of Wanderlust Wednesday! You can check out my first post here.

We arrived in New Zealand on a Friday, so my friend we were staying with was finishing up her work week.  I knew as I was planning our itinerary that we would need to find something to do that would keep us entertained and awake as possible to stave off jet lag. 

(Speaking of jets, we flew on Air New Zealand and it was pretty awesome.  We didn't upgrade at all, so we were just in coach, but the seats were great, the in-flight entertainment was fantastic, and you could order your drinks and warmed-up chocolate chip cookies via your touch screen.  Definitely made the 12 hour flight bearable.  I also played around with different strategies in getting the best deal on the flight prices - I ended up saving several hundred dollars by booking my domestic flights as one round trip and the international flights as a separate trip.  I also used the "home country" website to book our flights and found there was a noticeable difference in price.   It does count as a foreign transaction though, so if you go this route, definitely use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.)

We walked from our friend's apartment to the ferry terminal and took the ferry from Auckland City to Waiheke Island.  The ferry was nice - a large top deck where you could see all of the surrounding islands around Auckland, and there were plenty of tables and chairs where you could sit and enjoy a snack on your journey.

Islands surrounding Auckland

At the ferry terminal, you could buy a ticket for the island bus that ended up stopping near a lot of wineries, so we didn't need to worry about a ride around the island.  The bus on the island is timed to leave soon after the ferry arrives, but we didn't quite grasp that concept and missed the first bus.  We walked around the ferry terminal a bit to kill some time, but hopped on the next bus as soon as possible.

Beer tasting at Wild on Waiheke

Our first stop was at Wild on Waiheke, a fun winery that also brewed beer (so definitely my kind of place).  You could do all sorts of fun activities there, like archery and giant chess, but we were just there for the booze.  The weather was nice - sunny, but not too hot (as this was May, right in the middle of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere), and it was just nice to sit in the sun with a glass of wine.

Wine flight at Stonyridge

After Wild on Waiheke, we hopped next door to Stonyridge Vineyards.  This winery was a bit more upscale.  We ended up sharing a flight of wine and an olive and bread plate - the olives were grown right at the winery as well.  A one stop shop!  We were able to sit out on their awesome deck and got to take in some great views of the vineyard.  They had this fun frame looking out over the grape vines that really lent itself to some fun pictures.
Pretending I'm not jet lagged

He is obviously not jet lagged...

New Zealand is typically associated with Sauvignon Blanc, and we tasted a lot of these when we were on the South Island, but Stonyridge was known for their red wine.  Being from Upstate New York, I've frequented the Finger Lakes for numerous wine tours where Riesling is far more common, so it was nice to expose my palette to some new flavors.  I definitely have a spot for Sauvignon Blanc on my wine rotation now because it tastes like New Zealand.
Waiheke Beach

After the wine tasting and snacks at Wild on Waiheke and Stonyridge, we hopped on the bus and got off at the beach for a little stroll.  It was getting a little overcast out, but we luckily did not get hit with any rain.  This beach was nice to walk along, and we had fun picking out our favorite beach houses that looked out over the water.
Up and up..
There was one more winery we wanted to go to and we decided to walk to our next stop, which did require an envigorating jaunt up these steps.  The view we were rewarded with though was pretty nice...

Overlooking Waiheke Beach

The last stop we had on Waiheke Island was Casita Miro, a lovely little restaurant where I had enjoyed a glass of wine and Jason had a flight of wine.  We didn't really eat a full lunch this day as we wanted to sample a little bit of everything at each of our stops.
The Casita Miro vineyard
The wine, of course, was delicious, but the little restaurant was adorable too.  They specialize in Spanish/Mediterranean food, so we got a few tapas to share.  The decor inside was lovely and it was nice to sit down and relax after our first day's adventure.
Relaxing after a hard day's work

We walked back down to the beach and caught the next bus to bring us back to the ferry terminal.  We were a little tired at this point (being 16 hours ahead of your normal timezone will do that to you), but we ended up pulling through just fine, got dinner with our friend, and stayed up to a reasonable hour thanks to some more wine.  We did have to get up early the next morning, because despite being in New Zealand for less than 24 hours, we had a flight to catch to bring us from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South!

I did fully scrapbook our day at Waiheke Island, so you can check out the pages I created below:
Stop by next week for some pictures and stories from Queenstown - can't wait to share!
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