Monday, February 8, 2016

020816 First Week of February LOAD

Through the first week of LOAD!
I prepped a little differently this time.
I browsed through my digital photos & collected some stories.
Alas, I forgot to get adhesive!
Finding creative solutions with that, lol...

Day One: Color/Based on the flag of The Netherlands (red/white/blue)
 I scanned in the 1988 photo of my daughter & paired it with the 2012 photo of my grandson.
Don't you love it when you find the perfect Then & Now photos?
Not a whole lot to say beyond the whens & wheres.
The red interior border is washi tape plus I stitched down those small letter stickers.

 Day Two: Transportation/Airplane
What else but a page about our flight above the Arctic Circle?
A little airplane paper clip starts your eye across the line that I stitched for emphasis.
I scanned a hand-beaded keepsake I bought there & fussy-cut it for an embelli.
The coordinates as the title was an idea I had seen a long time ago - so perfect here!

Day Three: Culture/Music
I kept these ticket stubs since 1986 (!!!) but had no photos from
back in the days of film & developing costs & no cellphone cameras, lol. 
The venue has changed completely since then from 
a wonderfully intimate setting to an arena so no help online with that.
The title is a play on the name of a collaboration of the two artists.

Day Four: Language
 Our favorite restaurant closed last year - bye bye in Italian.

Day Five: Landmark
Throwback to my days of working in a high rise in San Francisco.
The original photo of Patty & I had deteriorated into a mostly orange print.
Add to that the backlighting problems & this was the best save I could manage.
I should call this, Ghost of Basic Gray, as the background is vintage BG & they have closed.
Added just a tad of stamping to fill in those awkward empty spaces...

Greg's Aunt Iva is a legend in the family.
The homestead is still owned by family & we hope to visit it one day.
I rarely use a collection but this is mostly Carta Bella's 2013 Happy Trails.
It's a nice heavy weight paper which allowed for a lot of distressing.
I couldn't resist using that perfect petticoat lace!
For anyone who saw this elsewhere, yes - I added a cow... & changed the title...

Day Seven: Food
SO enjoyed a troll through my stash to find the perfect elements for this page!
I think I got away with the pink because of the kraft's testosterone ;-)
That starburst paper was a forgery in one of my Counterfeit Kits.
I toiled in PSE for far too long to create the "Pinspired" word, but I think it was worth it!

So far I'm rumbling right along & ENJOYING the daily creative play that only LOAD brings.
Have had a chance to visit a bit in the gallery & found some new inspiring scrappers to check out. 

 Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

020616 CKC February Challenge #1

It's time for the first CKC Challenge for February!
Challenge #1: Sappy Movie Inspiration
 Come on..admit it...we all love at least ONE sappy love movie (or even cartoon).  
Use your favorite romantic movie to inspire your next project.
 You can use the title, where it takes place, journaling ideas, identifiable name it!

 I'm not sure why I enjoy twisting these challenges, but I must confess that I do.
Sometimes I am looking for a story that would never otherwise get scrapped.
This story is definitely iconic in our family lore so I am delighted to get it down on paper!

Okay, so this is my sappy love cartoon inspiration:

Pepe Le Peuw & Penelope in Paris
Today he would be considered a stalker, but Pepe was simply relentlessly confident of his charms.
 He prompts a rather unlikely (& unromantic) story embodied in this little keepsake given by a friend.


One year we had an endless spate of skunk sprayings at our house.
Perhaps skunks migrate a little each year after they have fouled their territory?
I can't know the cause but it was inescapable & rudely pervasive.

We babysat Paige a number of times that summer & she quietly ingested the noxious fumes.
One day she was riding along with her mom in the car when the familiar scent wafted in.
She made the logical assumption: "Mom, are we at the Smith's house?"

That phrase has become the standard comment when any of us smell skunk. Millie got
such a chuckle out of the story that she presented Greg with this little token of
 our Skunk Summer.

At first glance it may not look like this came from my kit, but you may
recall that my Felicity Jane stash was on reserve (the b/w strip & dots.)
My favorite elements on the layout are the tongue-in-cheek roses coming out
of the chimney,  fussy-cut from on of my kit papers & that vertical "skunk" stripe :-)

Added some stitching to keep those alphas on the page plus a subtle texture on the journaling.

Lovin' all the gold bits, even if they are tough to photograph.

Well, I hope I have widened the scope of your sappy love inspiration!
And this is just because I love you...

aaah, cheri...  (teehee)
Link up your sappy scrappy take on the prompt at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

020416 CKC February Forgery Tutorials

February kit gave us some really beautiful things to counterfeit this month.
Most of my kit papers were kept to 8x8" size.

Maggie Holmes Bloom collection - "Moments" paper
 I decided to do both the "A" & "B: sides.
I was fortunate to have an ancient pink ombre paper in my stash,
although I was prepared to forge it by gradating the color with patterned papers.
My paper trimmer & Martha Stewart fringe scissors will make this go quickly.

I cut the paper into 1-1/2" strips as I wanted an 8x8" sheet when finished.

I then used the specialty scissors to cut fringe, leaving an extra 1/4" of paper
for adhesive to stick each trimmed-to-size row down to a plain white 8x8" base.

I cut a waste strip 1" wide & clipped it on the base so that I could space the rows evenly.

The "B" side was achieved by using my kit stamp set & white paper.

Next I tackled these. (Aren't they gorgeous?)

Maggie Holmes Bloom collection - Fringe Hearts
 I used the largest heart punch I had included in my kit tool box to create the base.
I used the extra 4" from the pink ombre paper, gold scallop washi, one of my forged 
papers, book paper, and I even made a piece of tiny dot paper with a marker for my layers.
The fringe scissors worked their magic & saved me a lot of time.

These IKEA arrows are my favorite forgery this month!

 (I think I rather outdid myself with this one, teehee!)
The originals were 8" long so I just scaled down to using toothpicks for my arrow shaft!
Just a little bit cut from a corner of paper & folded & trimmed became my points.

The "feathers" were just cut freehand. I get so used to grabbing a punch or a die,
I forget that simple shapes are a breeze with just a pair of scissors :-)
Worst case? You waste a small piece of paper - no risk!
I didn't even use the fringe scissors here as these were so small.

The gold dotted paper on the feather at the top was done with a  pen.
If you see something you like, don't be afraid to do a simple homemade version.

I don't know why I am so compelled to recreate elements from the kit each month,
but it is definitely as satisfying as creating the scrapbook pages/projects made with them.

Choose just one thing from the inspiration kit this month & give it a go!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 1, 2016

020116 CKC February Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Now that I've had my annual quiet & peaceful January refresh,
I am itching to get up to my happy place & scrap!
I love how painless tackling some pages is when using my Counterfeit Kit.

And speaking of   
L - O - V - E 
let's not forget that it's February, the
  L - O - V - E  

The fab & very exclusive February kit from our UK scrapbuddy, Emma Clark, at

yielded some wonderful opportunities to commit some forgeries.
Let's see what's in the Magic Blue Box this month!

 First the inspiration kit papers -
a combination of Amy Tan's "Better Together"  & Maggie Holmes's "Bloom" lines.

Now mine: 

I chose to do both the "A" & "B" sides to give me a little more paper to work with.
Row 1: *Glitz Uncharted Waters, *October Afternoon Public Library, Pebbles Jen Hadfield, *Glitz Love You Madly
Row 2: forged fringe paper, forged text paper, Shimelle hearts, unknown scrap
Row 3: navy construction paper, blue Bazzill w/Color Shine added, bookpaper

*I included these 8x8" paper pads in my kit.

Here is the full International Romance kit:

Most of the extras in my kit are supplies I have hoarded - ahem - COLLECTED
from my monthly Felicity Jane kits. I have the rest of my FJ stash in reserve.
I thought the brushstroke card was a perfect stand-in for the transparency.

I also put together what I am calling my tool kit - literal tools like stamps, punches,
fringe scissors & a gold pen - along with Maggie Holmes "Open Book" chipboard.
A few more things could make their way in before the month is out!

A collection of alphas, including a stamp set, and I am ready to scrap.

I know it looks like a lot of product, but this month is a LOAD month, aka LayOutADay.
Although this is Lain Ehman's final LOAD the members at ScrapHappy are continuing the tradition.

I've already made my first layout with this kit for the February Archi-scraps challenge!

Now follow along with the rest of the hop.
You know that Lisa will once again have put together a stunner of a kit.
The Team hopes to see YOUR own custom-made kits in the Linky soon!

CKC blog
Leslie you are here
go here now Lisa 
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

020116 Archi-scraps February Challenge

Such a stunning photo this month at Archi-scraps!

The challenge this month is clocks & for me this fab photo's color scheme.
And this will be a twofer including Whimsical Musings Challenge #188, clocks!
I had the perfect sky paper from Creative Impressions - one so old it isn't even printed on cardstock. 
I chose this Anna Griffin paper to pick up the pop of red & to just peek out as a scant border.

Unexpected but picking up the vintage vibe I want for this page.
Then I found this Graphics Fairy image with an hourglass!
I changed it to b/w & painstakingly fussy-cut it to begin my title.
Then I dove into my CKC February kit.
Basic Gray Wholy Cow alpha rub-ons look custom made for my title block!

Another rub-on & a stamped birdie finished the title.
These monthly photos of my granddaugher from 0 to 4 months provided the subject.
I dressed them up with one of the Felicity Jane branding strips, connected to 
some Heidi Swapp scalloped fabric trim with red floss, some vintage pointing hand washi, 
and a tiny strip of quilting tape at the top (I know! perfect touch) of the photo strip.

I finished it off with this cute little rosette mounted on a clock face!

The last and most perfect detail was using one of my custom arrows from my kit.
I even found a clock spring when rummaging for that little clock charm - so perfect to 
show the trajectory of the arrow & tie in with the swirls & swoops in the title alphas.

Here's the full page reveal:

Now try your luck at being inspired by that amazing photo!
Make sure to link up before month's end.

Thanks for stopping by!