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Friday, July 17, 2015


Well, I'm not sure if this is technically "monochromatic" - but it was inspired by a prompt from CampScrap ( by May Flaum.  (Have I mentioned how much I like her style of video, her layouts and her willingness to just go for it?)

I chose a neutral background and then used scraps of green and brown papers ( either from 6x6 paper pads or literally from my scrap bin) and made this two page layout of one of our trips to Acadia National Park in Maine.  One of my favorite places in the world!  I added wood veneer birds and buttons to add a little interest.  I kind of forgot to leave room for my journaling, so I hid it in a pocket behind a picture.  I could have done some stitching to add some texture, but I decided to go with simple instead! (read: lazy)

It's a fairly simple design, but I am pleased with the results.  

Hope you can take it easy (be lazy) today!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A little sparkle

My son had the opportunity to travel to China with a friend (and his family)  three summers ago.  I haven't quite finished these layouts because I want to confirm the journaling with my son.  I know I want to write about the unusual things he ate (and liked) and some of the more personal stories from his trip.  So I have left a large journaling block to accommodate that story.  I scrap-lifted this layout from May Flaum in one of her classes.  It works really well for a lot of pictures and/or journaling.  You can just make the center block an embellished title and that works well too.

This next layout is also about his trip.  I used gold paint with a stamp to create a background and then I cut the butterfly images from a piece of scrapbook paper.  I added a little stickles to the butterfly wings to add a little sparkle and a few sequins too.

I just need to add the journaling and they are done!

Hope you can create something with sparkle today!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer Fun

I've been having fun playing with lots of different techniques - spray misting, stenciling, layering, watercolors - you name it.  The trouble with having such a plethora of techniques on the brain is that sometimes it is hard to settle down and just pick one to focus on!  I get stuck staring at the papers and pictures imagining all of the different possibilities and therefore, get absolutely nothing accomplished.  I need to learn to just pick one and move forward and not look back!

Here is a summer layout I did about one of our excursions in Boston.

I love the bright summer colors and had fun mixing in some watercolors in the background and some stencils with Tim Holtz distress inks for some texture.  I layered papers (mostly from my scrap bin) and even did a little stitching on the page.  Glued down and done!

Hope you can move forward with a project today!