Thursday, February 28, 2019

030119 LOAD Week 4 Roundup

LOAD22 use a sign on your page
Still shots from a hilarious video of our 7 year old grandson teaching Greg to "Take the L"!

LOAD23 (off-prompt) Quick page with photos I had set aside to scrap. Using a collection made it easy-peasy!
I made two other pages today for March team assignments so this had to be quick.

LOAD24 (off-prompt) another photo set aside to scrap. Love the little cartoon guy I found!

I'm the featured scrapper today!
LOAD27 Since I did this in January I did another one today to stay in the habit.
LOAD27 part deux. Off-prompt - another page out of the To Be Scrapped book.
WM#147 be inspired by gift wrapping (that bow, swoon) + LOAD28, what I know.

Well, it's been quite a journey! I'm hoping to keep up daily scrapping + getting some albums done. They will be my traveling companions, I think, when we take a car trip. I'll keep working out of my notebook, too, plus looking for unscrapped photos in my digital archives...

And tomorrow?

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030119 Archiscraps March Challenge

Be inspired by STAINED GLASS
I love the variety of inspiration found on the Archiscraps challenge blog!

I did this page for a Counterfeit Kit Challenge way back in November 2014,
based on this beautiful door:

For this month's Archiscraps challenge I was put more in mind of Tiffany stained glass,
especially the natural scenes something like this one that was up for auction:

I took my photo while kayaking and was delighted to see how beautiful it came out.
I think it's just perfect for this month's inspiration!

The beautiful background paper couldn't have been more perfect!
And those title stickers are a stash-buster from 2002.

Hope you find some stained glass inspiration this month & share it on the Archiscraps blog.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

022719 LOAD219 Day 27 Guest Spot!

Day 27: Toto
Story: Dorothy's dog Toto was a sneaky escape artist, but he was doing it all for the sake of loyalty. Scrap a story about loyalty in your life.
Technique: Which scrapbook product is your trusty best friend? Be sure to put it to use on your layout today.

Today's prompt about dogs & loyalty was a poignant reminder of the recent loss of our sweet dog Lila. But there's a twist. This last year of her life was spent with us showing our loyalty to her. A special diet meant home cooked meals. As she gradually went blind we had a lot to do to keep her safe & meet her extra needs. It even changed her potty schedule which meant middle of the night walks. I couldn't resist making my title a little play on the line at the end of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy finds out that the ruby slippers will take her home, and asks, Toto too? and Glinda says, Toto too.

I used my favorite technique - fussy-cutting - and sparkly ruby red alphas for my title.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

022219 LOAD Week 3 Roundup

LOAD219 Ruby Red Scissors Week 3 Roundup

LOAD15 There's no place like homeb/use blue & white.
 A little cheeky play on words :D
I thought it would be fun to have a screenshot documented of my Facebook home screen.

LOAD16  Crystal ball - scrap a story you witnessed but were not a part of.
 Uh-oh... I read this wrong! I missed the witnessed part - oh well - it's still a page. I am going to get the story from my in-laws when we next see them. They told us all about this car when we were looking at the photos but I can't remember the details, and thought it would be fun to do a He Said/She Said..  Do you like my crystal ball?


WM#128 + LOAD17 Incorporate more on your page using pull-out elements + poppies:

This prompt reminded me of the remembrance poppies. This is a wonderful WWII keepsake made because my father was in the Army serving & was the only living son in the household. The star in the top left corner tells us this & that he was an American (r/w/b colours.) The right top corner are the colours of the German flag, bottom left France's flag, and bottom right the Red Cross symbol.
I've included a little booklet print out of a practice that actually started in WWI of civilians knitting for the troops. They made socks & mufflers & headgear but at home even schoolchildren knit the squares you see here & afghans like this one were made & gifted.
The English motto, "Knit Your Bit" was adopted here in the U.S. I know this was precious to my grandmother as her oldest son had died of polio. It was quite an act of patriotism for many families to send an only son to fight in the war. I've included this on the back of my layout. I used my February CKC kit.

LOAD18  Off prompt. Valentine layout with my CKC February kit. Was determined to use this 2013 full page wood veneer - woohoo!

LOAD19 Make a statement on your page & use clouds.
I made the background white paper with the sentiment as a forgery for my January Counterfeit Kit & was glad to use it. I stitched the one balloon to bring attention to the little rider who is looking down (scared?) or is she praying?

WM#319 + LOAD20 Then & Now + off-prompt (use a photo of yourself)
I stumbled upon the older photos the other day - not sure why they aren't in the trip album? - and thought about the fact that Greg is 62 & doing the stair stepper & how perfect that photo would be with the others to tell this story.  Then the WM#319 prompt yesterday! Meant to be documented today.

The skinny borders are quotes from Trip Advisor that backup the truth of the story while the larger one at the bottom sums up our experience there quite nicely.

LOAD 21 Use small & large embellishments for contrast.
This photo is close to 5 years old but one I've wanted to scrap for-ev-er. It is proof that you can make boy pages with Maggie Holmes paper. Most of the stickers are Sticko brand, which wouldn't come off the backing so every one of those teeny tiny pieces was fussy-cut! I got a cramp in my hand... The tire tracks are made with a model motorcycle I keep in my studio for just such an occasion.

Only one more week... and then Calvinball!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

021819 CKC February Challenge #2

CKC Challenge #2

Your challenge today is to feature feathers on your layout!

This gorgeous Kaisercraft collage paper was perfect for my page featuring the retro typewriter I bough myself for my birthday a few years ago. I had saved the first page I typed when I got it home & used some portions on the page, as well as a quote from a piece of patterned paper in a typewriter font. I fussy-cut a few of the butterflies to overlap the photo & one of the papers.

You may have noticed a problem with my title...sigh...
Can someone tell me why when I buy a pack of $4.99 Thickers they won't stick, but these circa 2000 Rebecca Sower Sticko stickers can't be removed with dynamite?!?

I'm not sure what I'll do about it, because those stickers are PER-FECT for this layout.
Suggestions welcome below!

Hopefully you have plenty of feathers in your kit. If not, check out the Forgery on the Fourth post for some ideas to add to your kit.  Happy scrapping!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

021519 LOAD Week 2 Roundup

LOAD219 Ruby Red Scissors Week 2 Roundup

LOAD8. I couldn't resist  using these munchkin-like photos & the striped alphas remind me of Munchkin socks! I used up almost 2 entire packs of 2010 EK Success stickers. Have to laugh at the "trendiness" of puffy stickers in the scrapbooking world.
Whimsical Musings WM#247 be inspired by royalty + LOAD9 something good & pink & sparkly using my Feb CKC kit.
What could possibly be more good & pink & sparkly than our little princess?

Whimsical Musings WM#114 be inspired by Christmastime in the city (think window displays) + LOAD10 an adventure (it's ALWAYS an adventure with the grands!) and/or use yellow & brick
I got the brick background paper - 2012 Crate Paper - from my February CKC kit, along with the window frame, cut from October Afternoon's 2013 Public Library/Card Catalog paper.
Then all the other yummy October Afternoon Christmas papers from 2013's Silent Night & 2014's Under the Tree yielded the fussy-cut floral, mice & the swoop of "snow" at the bottom of the window. I couldn't resist The Night Before Christmas quote with those mice, and my grandson looking "out of the window" with that startled expression!

WM#314 be inspired by a winter tone Design Seed + LOAD11 intelligence/cleverness w/rustic elements.
Rustic: background paper is dry embossed with a woodgrain pattern, rusty house embellishment, & wooden alphas. The story is about all of the creature comforts my hubby has put into our rustic retreat.
LOAD12 something you love.
Journaling reads: From someone who grew up with three communication options - a personal visit, a long distance phone call, or snail mail - staying close to special people instantaneously & cheaply is such a blessing! From mid-Michigan to suburban Atlanta, northern Missouri, or even just within an hour drive, virtually "reaching out & touching someone" couldn't be easier!

WM#280 inspired by priorities + LOAD13 Lions & tigers & bears - oh my! as title inspiration.
I decided to go digi on this one & am pretty happy with it!

LOAD14 What would you do "if you only had the nerve" or do something bold on your page.
Bold title. This was a fun story to capture!
See you next week.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

021219 CKC February Challenge #1

February CKC Challenge #1

Master Forger Julene is the "Master-mind" of February's inspiration & challenges. She thought the idea of using lots of embellishments was good after seeing the page above.

I did this page specifically for the challenge:

141 new American Greetings flat stickers!
I knew that I would make a heart shape with a blank strip in the center.
I  l-o-v-e how this turned out!

I ran across the loved acrylic piece & took awhile to decide what to do with it.
The tiny fussy-cut print of Bampa & the grands all tucked in turned out delightfully cute on here!
A few other Felicity Jane acrylic stars & the white heart filled in nicely.
The stamped border finished off the page.

The second layout was done from my kit for LOAD219 Day 8.
If you've never heard of this amazing "LayOutADay" challenge click the link above!

44 stash-busting 2010 EK Success Sticko puffy stickers!
Hope you are inspired to use your kit to achieve this challenge!
You can always fussy-cut or punch shapes out of the papers if you need more elements.
Happy scrapping!

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