Hello again, and Happy Monday! Another busy week lies ahead, but hopefully you will get some time to do something creative this week. If you do, may I suggest you try out this month’s technique, inspired by this FREE class at Scrapbook.com:

Technique

I was so inspired after watching the videos in the class I couldn’t wait to open my gelatos – the ones I bought last summer – the ones that were still brand new in the packaging. Ahem. ANYWAY…

I only had four colors to work with, but that was certainly enough to get started.

First, I tried the stencil technique, I love the loo of this, and I really want to invest in some more templates, or create some of my own with my Silhouette. The one I got for Christmas. The one that’s still brand new in the packaging. Ahem.

Next, I couldn’t wait to try watercolor painting in a stamped image. I picked up this cool stamp set at a garage sale at my local scrapbook store this weekend, and I knew it would be perfect for this technique. I used my CTMH black ink to stamp it, so the lines did bleed a bit. I need to pick up some another black archival ink pad. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t entirely blown away by this one. I could just as easily have used my paints or markers or colored pencils and achieved a very similar look.

Next I tried the watercolor background technique. I do wish I’d used the red instead of the gray, but I can still use this on a card or journaling block for sure.

Next was the watercolor background. I like this as well, or maybe better, than the same technique with Distress Inks.

Next was the embossed resist technique. I really like this one, but I found that it worked best with a single color instead of several.

Finally, I tried a dry emboss technique. This has a fun, doodly look to it that I just love.

Overall, this was a really fun creative session. My projects are not perfect, but I kind of love that. The class instructor mentioned that the gelatos do eventually dry, but they feel to me like they could still smudge. I will probably spray Goosebumps texture spray onto the pieces where I applied the color directly to the paper and did not activate them with water. At any rate, I enjoyed learning about and exploring gelatos techniques so much that I will be picking this up very soon:

Gelatos

I’d love to see your creations with gelatos. Let’s talk techniques over in our Facebook group.

Make-It-Monday

And if you’re here on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop will be Melissa’s blog, where she’s showing you how to create a Mother’s Day gift using your die-cutting machine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello again! Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday!

This week was a less productive one for me, but I did manage to put together a page based on this sketch from the Scrap Much? blog:

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I stuck pretty closely to the sketch as it was. The “stitched” circle was created using my Sew Easy circle tool with the single stitch head. I used a white gel pen to create the faux stitching. I realized that I like this look better than actual stitching because it’s much more subtle. I do wish I’d done some misting before I layered on the papers – I think that would have livened up the kraft background considerably. I also used one of the embellishments I made for this week’s Monday Mojo, and I love the way it works with the colors of the page so well, and it gave me a place to add a little bit of journaling.

I have to tell you – I took quite a bit of flack from my scrapping buddies about making a Halloween page without at least one pumpkin, so the little orange jewel is a nod to that. LOL

I did have quite a few questions last week about how I pack for a weekend crop, so I thought I’d show you that here.

This is all I take with me for a crop. Sometimes I take my Cricut, and depending on what I’m working on, I may take a second tote of photos albums, but what you see in this photo is the basis of what I pack. I’ve got my large-ish rolling tote, a 31 bag that holds 2-3 three-up photo albums, another 31 tote with my Thickers and other alpha stickers, and my basic tool bag.

Here’s the inside of the photo album tote:

The inside alpha sticker tote (messy!):

A peek inside my tool tote – trimmer, scissors, ATG gun, plastic grid ruler (a MUST-have for aligning letter stickers), pens, etc.:

And a look inside the rolling tote, where I keep my stash kits organized in 2-gallon Ziploc bags. I also put my Scrap N Easel in here:

So there you have it. Nothing fancy at all. I don’t believe in lugging everything I own, and on the rare occasion that I don’t have something I need in one of my kits, I just use a sticky note to write down what’s missing, then add it when I get home. I’m so much more productive now than I used to be, and I like my pages a lot better too. To read about the entire process I use to pack for a crop (as well as some awesome tips from some of the smartest scrapbooking designers I know), visit Scrapbook Bundles, where you can download a copy of our free guide “Scrap Smart: Designer Tips to Scrapbook More.” Have a happy Saturday!

 

Hi again! What’s on your plate this week? For me, it’s TESTING. In all caps. <sigh> Yes, indeed. Tuesday and Wednesday my third graders will be subjected to the second of three rounds of testing. I know they will do great, but I don’t enjoy putting them through their paces like that. 

In other news – Monday Mojo news – today we’re creating handmade embellishments using journaling cards and bits and pieces we may have lying around. Fun, huh?

  

All four of the following tags started as pieces of a Heidi Swapp cut-apart sheet.   

This embellishment layers a die-cut piece, stamped, fussy cut flowers and label, and a bit of bling. Perfect for a card, or even a layout. 

 

The next piece mixes a pennant sticker and a couple of stamped fussy-cut shapes with the journal card.  

The next piece follows a similar pattern, with layers of die cut pieces, stamped pieces, stickers, and bling. This time, the colors are chosen to pop against the gray background and the items are set slightly off the edge of the journal card. 

 

And the last piece, though similarly assembled, has an entirely different look. I’ve actually already used this one on a layout, but you’ll have to tune into next week’s Scraps & Stash Saturday to peep it. 🙂

I hope I’ve shown you how easy it can be to create your own embellishments from just a few bits and pieces. I’d like to see your creations, too! Come on over to our Facebook group and start sharing today!

April 11

This week’s Scraps and Stash Saturday is coming to you from lovely Camp Harris in North Louisiana, where I am retreating with nine of my best scrapping buddies. It’s times like this when I appreciate my stash kits all the more, because when I got to the retreat last night I was able to sit right down, select a few sheets of paper from my kit, pick out a few photos, and I was off to the races!

In just a couple hours I put together a double-page spread about Easter at my sister’s house a few years ago, as well as a single page that may serve as either the title page or ending page in my Wyoming-vacation-album-in-progress. 

 

 This spread uses two of the background papers I chose, one whole 12 inch scrap, and most of a 12 x 12 patterned paper. I sprinkled in some of the Basic Grey stickers for embellishments, and stamped on a snippet of grid paper to create the journaling block. Added in a title made with Thickers and some of my all-time favorite Easter photos, and I had an easy breezy layout that I love.  

 

Next up is this  single page showing off some of the many gorgeous photos we got of the Tetons and Yellowstone. For this page, I used one of the texture background papers I scored in a stack from Hobby Lobby a while back. I cut into the striped paper and the green hexagon paper, and trimmed out a couple of blocks from the Heidi Swapp cut-apart paper. A few Basic Grey stickers round it out. 

So that’s what I’ve made so far with my April kit. How about you? Are you kitting? Are you scrapping? I’d love to see what you’ve been up to! Share here in the comments, or post in our Facebook group. 

Till next time!

Lisa

Hello again, and happy April! What’s on tap for you this month? Spring Break? (We should all be so lucky – which I am, being an elementary teacher, but still…) Planting a garden? Whatever your activities, I hope you’ll take some time for yourself to be creative, and it would be lovely if one of these prompts from my carefully curated Pinterest boards inspired you. Let’s get into it!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This month’s color scheme is, one again, from Design Seeds. Chosen because the colors are so bright and spring-like,and because it plays so well with the technique and embellishment prompts! 🙂

2. Sketch

Sketch

I found this month’s sketch pin linked to a new-to-me blog called Scrappin Around the Block. Lots of eye candy (and tons more sketches!) there, so be sure to check it out!

3. Embellishment Embellishment

This adorable embellishment idea is from the Authentique blog. Although these examples use products from their paper lines, I’m sure they can easily be replicate with other products or even stamps, inks, and die-cuts.

4. Technique

Technique

This month’s technique prompt is actually a FREE class offered at Scrapbook.com. If you’ve never tried online learning before, this would be a great place to start, PLUS you’ll make some really cool artwork in the process.

5. Topic Prompts

Topic Prompts

And, finally, April’s topic prompts are from a blog called Cup of Delight, and there are some really fun ones in this list. For more of the “Five Year Journal” prompts, visit the blog, where you can see several months’ worth. Well, there they are! Five scrappy prompts for the month of April.

I would truly love it if you would share your projects created using any or all of these prompts. Please join me in my Facebook group, where we can talk about scrapbooking all day and all night, and then all over again.

See you there! Cheers, Lisa

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Well, well, well. April already? This year is whizzing by like a missed deadline! Well, for me, anyway – Last-minute Lisa. I’ll probably be late for my own funeral!

But I digress. The real reason you’re here is to get a peek inside this month’s Scraps & Stash kit, right? Well, I won’t keep YOU waiting, dear reader. Let’s dive right in!

The Inspiration

This month, I’m taking a page from my OWN playbook, and I’m using a color scheme from an upcoming Monday Mojo prompt to inspire my choices. This particular scheme just speaks spring to me, and I’m always a sucker for a pink and aqua combo. I did decide to add in some greens and yellows, just for a little more variety in my own kit.

Color SchemeAnd here’s where that inspiration led me:

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Happy, happy, happy!

The Kit

The contents of the kit are as follows:

15 sheets of 12 x 12 patterned paper (all of which came from paper stacks – is it just me, or are they getting better than they used to be?)
3 large-ish scraps patterned paper
1 pad 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock mats
1 pack die-cut shapes
1 pack sticker shapes
2 packs printed round cork stickers
3 scrap journal cards
3 everyday stamp sets
5 ink pads matching color scheme

The Projects

There is soooo much in this kit, but there’s a method behind my stash-busting madness. I’m attending a retreat next weekend and an all-day charity crop 2 weeks after that. Since I like to pack light, I wanted to put together a big, juicy kit that would carry me at least mostly through both events.

How about you? Are there supplies in your stash that fit with this color scheme? Or do you have another in mind that could jump-start your own kit assembly session? I’d love to see what you’ve got. Stop by our Facebook group to share photos of your kit and projects, or just to say hello and chat with some friendly scrappers.

Till next time,
Lisa

P.S. You can see the whole kit, piece-by-piece, in this video:

 

 

Well, here it is, the end of March. Wait, what?! Already? Man, time flies when you’re having fun!

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the Monday Mojo projects from this month:

1. Embellishment

Friends Embellishment

Based on this Pinterest prompt:

Embellishment

2. Sketch

Atlanta

Based on this sketch prompt:

Sketch

Those were fun! I just wish I’d gotten to play with the technique and journal prompts. Ah, well, there’s always next month! Be sure to tune in next Monday for all new prompts.

Cheers,
Lisa

 

Hello, and happy Monday to you! Thanks for joining me for an all new Monday Mojo post to kick-start the week’s creativity.

This week’s project is inspired by the sketch prompt, and let me just ask – why don’t I start every page with a sketch? When I do, things seem to come together oh so much easier and more quickly. Hmm..something to think about. At any rate, here’s the sketch:

Sketch

And here’s my layout inspired by the sketch. I followed it very closely, but kept the embellishments to a minimum. Just a few little camera icons sprinkled around, the washi tape border, and the ribbon across the photo mat. Simple, but I love it.

Atlanta

How about you? Do you have any recent layouts that started with a sketch? I’d love to see! Link them up in the comments.

And, if you’re joining me today from the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Connie’s blog, where she’s showing you how to make adorable cupcake toppers for a birthday party. Check it out!

Till next time,
Lisa

I must say, the way life has been going these past several weeks, it seems like I’m better off trying to put out Scraps & Stash posts on Sundays instead of trying to force them to happen on Saturday. It’s bumming me out, too, because “Scraps & Stash Saturday” has such a nice ring to it! But, alas, things happen sometimes, and we roll with them. So without further ado, I’d like to share a few projects.

I actually still had a lot of product left in my February kit, and I really wanted to finish it out before diving into March’s kit, so that’s what you’ll see today.

First, I created these single page layouts,

P1160616“We’re Off On An Adventure”

P1160618“Waterfall”

then finished off the kit with this double pager.

P1160622“Going on a Moose Hunt”

I do still have one more layout in mind using the map paper I originally chose for the kit, but I am ready to get into the fun waiting for me in March’s goodies, so that layout will have to happen another time.

Thanks for joining me today. If you like the Scraps & Stash series (whether on Saturday or Sunday), then join my email list. You’ll get my free guide “10 Easy Steps to a Killer Stash Kit,” where I show you step by step how to pull together a coordinating kit from your existing supplies. Plus, you’ll get weekly updates about happenings on the blog. I’d love to get to know you better, so sign up today!

Cheers,
Lisa

Confession time: Although I’m completely gob-smacked, enamored with the idea of handmade embellishments – so much so that I’ve included one in every single Monday Mojo post for months, this is the first time I’ve ever actually made one myself.

To be honest, it took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to make. I didn’t want to exactly replicate the embellishment in the prompt:

Embellishment

but at the same time, I just couldn’t seem to come up with anything in my stash that suited. Finally, I came across this wonderful stamp and die set that I got at the Paper Arts show in July, and I decided that although it would be very similar to the prompt, it was just too perfect not to play with.

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So here’s what I came up with:

Friends Embellishment

And you know what? It was so much fun to make! I can’t wait to use it on an upcoming Scraps & Stash project. Not sure if this little cutie will make its way onto a scrapbook page or a card, but I’m looking forward to some creative time to find out.

So what do you think? What are some other great die-cut shape combos that would make great embellishments? Leave me a comment below with your ideas.

And if you’re visiting on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Alison’s blog, where she’s sharing fun, low-cost party ideas!

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