Wednesday, November 25, 2015

112515 I'm Thankful for Happy Scrapping Time

It's been a little while since I've scrapped for fun.
Not for a deadline, not for a challenge, not with a kit...

First up, uber cute Addie! 

I got a new leaf die & wanted to play with it.

I had a few leaves that were the wrong shade, and that big white space was really bugging me. Actually the color on the other side gives a nice tint to the shadow underneath. Happy accident.

 Second up is a page for Whimsical Musings prompt #190: be inspired by pumpkins!

 Here's a little of the thought process for this one. This was where I began... 
I just needed to get all of those photos on the page.

I kept trying to think of what to do with that kraft background. Stamp it? 
Who am I kidding? I want patterned paper!

I remembered this post from Susan Brochu with a technique dubbed, "reverse matting", 
shown in this YouTube video by Tracy Banks aka Mercytiara.
I used that as a way to introduce some patterned paper. 
It also makes a great place to tuck other papers into.

I had decided that I wanted a tiny touch of white to tie in with the white borders of the photos.
It looked great on the kraft, but I eventually traded the kraft for the subtle pattern that dramatically lightened & brightened the whole page. I couldn't forsake the kraft altogether so it made a reappearance as a third layer in the border which I finished off with machine stitching.

I wanted to dress up those title letters so I added a little floss detail.

 I added a simple stitch to the edge of the featured photo as well to tie it all together.

 There is a little secret twist. When I got most everything adhered it had all 
gotten shifted too far to the left - ugh! I hunted up the embellishment pack & added 
one more pumpkin & a random leaf to the title block. Voila!

To my American peeps: Don't eat too much pie tomorrow! Save some for breakfast on Friday, hehe...

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Yay - love these!
    Little Addie is adorable and your layout really shows her off. Great idea to flip the diecuts over to fill the white space. I like the little floral pieces peeking out under the photo and the kraft scallop edges - nice little details. Very cute title too.
    Glad that you tried the reverse matting technique - the addition of the white and kraft strips really gives the edges a nice polished look. Those twine wrapped letters are a great idea too and they really call attention to the title.
    I can definitely see that you had fun with them. Isn't it wonderful to just play?!

  2. How lovely to have time to just play! I can't remember the last time I made a layout just because! Anyways, what a simply delightful first layout - the leaf die looks incredible - you know how I love leaves!!! And using them for your blank space was a great idea.

    Of course, I'm simply delighted with your second layout. Pumpkins that are too adorable! The page is a stunner and I love the process you went through that took your page from nice to awesome. The reverse matting is something I need to check out as this page is just gorgeous. I love the thread you added around your letters and the stitching too. It's just fabulous to see all those pretty little photos (love love love the white borders) and I LOVE that you joined in on my little WM prompt! Thank you for being there!

  3. Nicely done on both - that first page is simply splendid to look at and the grid on the second is so restful to the eyes. Nicely done, indeed.


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