Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pocket Pages

These pocket pages really helped me get more scrapbooking done this summer!
It was so quick to do.
The divided page, shown above, has a lot of spaces for the 3 x 4 cards.
I felt like too many for my personal tastes.
So I took some of my less than stellar pics and cropped them way down.
Like the pic of hubby facing his nemesis, the backyard squirrel which was a sculpture in the garden.  We really didn't get a good photo of either of us in the awesome walkway, which takes you under the water, by the aquatic exhibits.
Having these small pics, which I never would have deemed "scrapworthy" are included and they remind me of the fun of the day.

And pics from the Children's Mueseum of Indianapolis.
This was our first visit there with no kiddos.
It is a world-class museum and I recommend it if you are ever in Indianapolis, kids or no kids!
The story of the Terra Cotta Warriors is a fascinating one.
All the cards I used here are from the
"Surf's Up" collection.  
How convenient for me that the colors matched my pics!

Just a sample of the 122 double-sided cards you get in the collection.

Thanks for visiting!
How's your summer scrapbooking going?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Pocket Pages

Just wanted to share a few more projects
created with the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program.
I used some "Surf's Up" to scrap some more photos of our Indy trip earlier this summer.
As you can see you don't have to stick with the intended theme.
This page was made with the 12 x 12 page that comes with the "Surf's Up" kit.
Here is how I used the back side of this paper.

I used the 
set to add the title and date.
I love this alphabet stamp set.

Tomorrow I will show you the pocket pages that go with this page.
You don't have to do an entire album with one kit, I mix and match all the time throughout my album.
Just wanted to remind you that the Picture Perfection special ends at the end of August.
You get any page protector package for only $3 when you purchase any
It's a great time to try it.
More tomorrow.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to the Butterflies

After a lovely anniversary getaway celebration,
to Lake Michigan,
I am ready to blog again.
Today I will show you how I created those butterflies that I added to the layout on the last post.

I started by inking up some cardstock using our new colors.

I tried two different techniques.
On the left side samples.  I inked up one of our 3 x 3 clear acrylic blocks
using two ink colors.
Then I spritzed with water, using a spray pen.
Then I pressed it into the White Daisy cardstock.
On the right side samples,
I transferred the ink to a craft mat.
I am excited that CTMH is now carrying this product.
I have not ordered mine YET, so I used my TH mat.
I just touched the ink pad, starting with the lightest color, to the mat.
You can do that because our stamp pads have a raised bed.
Then I spritzed with water, using the spray pen.
I took placed the cardstock on the mat and moved it around slightly.
I really liked this effect better.
I let these pieces dry.
Then I stamped them with our butterfly stamps from the
"Your Own Kind of Wonderful" stamp set.

Then I fussy-cut each one so I could add them to my layout.

It took awhile to cut but I think it was worth it.  I will be trying this inky technique with some 
fall leaf stamps next.
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Always Be...

Wow, I can't believe I am getting 2014 summer trip photos scrapped already!
New product helps the motivation, lol.
These pics are from our trip to the Indy Zoo where there are beautiful gardens and a butterfly conservatory.

I have to explain why I am making that goofy expression in the picture on the right.
DH took it to show our kids because that is giant moth in the feeder and I get totally creeped out by moths, stemming from a rather traumatic incident in the past.
Well, it was to me anyway, but my family teases me about it.
Now to tell you about the products I used.
The background is from the awesome 
I can't get enough of it.
The colors are so juicy and one side is tone-on-tone textured embossing (Thistle piece)
and the other side is an all-over pattern in white with that color (Glacier).
Love it!
I hand-stamped and fussy cut each butterfly.
I will show you a little more on how I made these in a future post.
I never would have ordered this stamp set as I am usually not that drawn to butterfly images but I got this set in a package deal and I have to admit I am using those sentiments, and even the butterflies, quite a bit.

It is called "Your Own Kind of Wonderful".
You can find it HERE.

The sentiments ae quite versatile for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Color Challenge

My team leader Brenda is always giving our team fun challenges.
This month it was a color challenge.
We were to use the colors
NEW Thistle
NEW Canary
The cardstock in the Canary and Thistle is from the new
Whimsy Fundamentals Pack.
I LOVE it and my customers do too!
You can find it HERE.
It is pretty in the catalog and online but even more so in person.
The colors are so vibrant!
It makes a great background for scrapbook pages too.
I will show you tomorrow.
The stamp sets I used are
Hope you do just that...Have a happy day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Annual Inspirations Fall/Winter Open House

Since my Open House was yesterday and again tonight, I thought I would take you on a virtual tour of my bungalow basement studio.
Above I featured the papers I consider "Fall" themed.
Chalk It Up
Scaredy Cat

This is how I display my Stamp of the Month projects every month.
I just clip the cards up with mini-clothespins.
Cards on the frame are examples for the free Make-and-Take.

And some Picture My Life products and pages.
This month if you order any "Picture My Life" Scrapbooking Program, you can also get a page protector set for only $3.

I like to display the cardmaking 
"Workshops on the Go" in a vintage suitcase.
And lastly, a little bling.

You can find all these products, and tons more,
on my website HERE.
Thanks for taking the virtual tour and thanks to you local friends who came to visit Sunday!
If you missed, you can come Monday from 5-7.
I appreciate you taking the time to visit!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Look Whooo's here?

Here is a totally different take on the SOTM, a baby card.
The sentiment is from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.
I just hit the "REAL DIAL SIZE" button and scaled the title down to fit my card.
I paper pieced the owl, using "Chalk It Up" papers.
See yesterday's post for a complete pic.
The clouds are from the 
"Lifting Spirits" stamp set.
I was happy to see this set made a reappearance in this new book.
One of my crafty sources, cannot remember which at this time, noted that
clouds are trending right now.  
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!