Santa's Helpers Workshop

Hello, and welcome back! This week I’m posting about the huge project I’m involved in along with 14 other crafty designers over at Scrapbook Bundles.

As promised, today I’m taking you through my portion of the bundle. It’s called “Santa’s Helpers Workshop,” and in it there are tutorials for 10 easy, inexpensive gift ideas you can create for the special people in your life for whom you might not ordinarily purchase large gifts, but you want to remember during the holidays nonetheless. People like your mail carrier, your co-workers, your secret Santa, your Sunday school classmates, and others who deserve a little bit of “merry” from you at Christmastime. You could even create these items and use them for stocking stuffers – the possibilities are truly endless.

Check out the video to learn more:

Christmas-Preview

I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to lately! See, I’ve gotten together with a great group of crafty designers (some of whom you’ve met right here on the blog) to put together a knock-your-socks-off, can’t-wait-to-try-it bundle of crafty Christmas projects. I was recently interviewed about it by none other than THE Melissa Shanhun from Digital Scrapbooking HQ on her Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast. Take a listen:

For more info about the bundle, click here: Creative Christmas Bundle

Come back tomorrow for sneak peeks at my contribution to the bundle and some other exciting creative news!

Nov 8

Welcome to the second week in the December Daily series of Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’m sharing a few of the divider pages I made for my 6×8 binder-ring album. To learn how to make them, be sure to watch the video on YouTube (while you’re there, might as well go ahead and subscribe to my channel).

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This will be the front page of my December Daily album. At the end of the month, I’ll do sort of a roundup journal entry about the highlights of our December.

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This page will likely hold a photo or two or some extensive journaling.

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Same thing for this page. Maybe I’ll do a collage of small photos or a couple of 4×4’s, along with some journaling.

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This has to be my most favorite, probably because I decided to break out the Mr. Huey’s and Tattered Angels mists to create it. I probably won’t add much more to this divider page, except maybe a title.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to watch the video to learn exactly how to make these easy dividers for your ring binder album.

 

 

December Daily S&S

Hello friends, and happy fall, y’all! Yep, it’s finally fall in my little corner of Louisiana, and we are experiencing a cool snap – it’s about 47 degrees out tonight.

Although we just put Halloween to bed, I am already thinking ahead about holiday goings on – the shopping, the gathering, the decorating, and of course, the scrapbooking! That’s why I decided to put together a December Daily album (yep, completely from my stash) for this month’s Scraps & Stash series.

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Check out the video on YouTube to see more details.  Also, link me up to your Christmas kits or albums or pages – I’d love to see what you’ve put together!

October 25 Hello again, and welcome to the last week of October, and the last in October’s Scraps & Stash Saturday series. Today I have three new layouts to share, and a peek at what my kit looks like now after creating with it all month long.

mrfoxkit1170wmsskclr InspirationOctober’s kit was inspired by the September kit, Mr. Fox, from the Scrap Stash Kit Club website. The kit had amazing colors and elements, and made for some fun inspiration for scrapping.

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The first layout for this week was created using mostly scraps – which I love! I had tons of little 1/2″ to 1″ strips all a couple inches wide, and I really wanted to find a way to use them on a project rather than rake them into the trash can. So, I lined them all up along the left edge of the page, and an idea was born. Larger pieces of gray polka dot and chevron added some grounding elements, and the red photo mat added a much needed pop of color. The layout was finished with chipboard stickers, a label sticker, a brad, and a flair badge. It’s probably my favorite page of the month.Layout 7

The next layout, “First Paycheck,” is also made up with a lot of scraps. I had some of the coral and pink patterned papers left over as strips, as well as the gray text piece and a small bit of the gray chevron. I layered these together forming an L on the page, then anchored the photos in the corner of the L. Embellishments include cork stickers, chipboard stickers, a flair badge, and an epoxy brad.Layout 8

And the final layout created using my Mr. Fox kit is this one, titled “The Big Easy.” Again, this one is cobbled together with left over bits and pieces. I placed a few strips of patterned paper across the bottom third of the page, and a couple of complementary pieces in the upper left corner. The photos were added, and then pieces of patterned paper tucked behind them. A cork sticker, label sticker, wood veneers, flair badge, and epoxy brad are the finishing bits on this layout.Kit Remains Final Week

And here’s what’s left after all that. There are a total of five sheets of solid cardstock, two full sheets and a half sheet of patterned paper, lots of chipboard stickers and cork stickers, lots of wood veneers, and a few brads and badges left over. All of these supplies will go right back into my stash to be included in future kits and projects.

So that’s a wrap for October. If you’d like to see all the layouts for this month, be sure to start at the beginning and work your way forward. Links are below. You can watch on YouTube as well. Till next time – cheers!

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October 18

Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got three new single-page layouts to share with you created with my October S&S kit. Layout 3

First up is “Grad Night,” a layout showing off photos of my son and my niece on the night of their high school graduation ceremony. I layered gray-and-white and yellow-and-white patterned papers over the woodgrain background, taking color cues from the photos themselves. A chalkboard sticker and black and white round phrase element and Thickers emphasize the theme of the page.Layout 4

Next is “My Boy & Me,” a layout showing off my son and me on the day of his graduation party. I layered a solid cardstock block over the busier patterned paper to create a place for the eye to rest, and so the photo wouldn’t get lost in the bold pattern. A few strips of patterned paper, some stickers, and a brad complete the layout.Layout 5

And the last layout for this week is called “Thankful for this guy.” I started with a solid gray cardstock background and layered simple, tone-on-tone papers with pops of red and yellow here and there.The chevron element in the lower right corner is actually as stamped image, and the rest of the embellishments consist of a label sticker, an epoxy brad, and Thickers.

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And here is what remains of my kit. Although I know I’ve used a lot, it still looks almost like I haven’t even made a dent! I still have lots of supplies to carry me into this final week and possibly into other months’ kits as well.

Be sure to check out the video below for more details, and while you’re there, be sure to like, comment, subscribe, and/or share! I would really love to hear from you.

Till next week, cheers!

October 11

Welcome back for another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got two layouts to share with you – one double page spread, and one single. Let’s take a look:

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The first page uses yellow patterned paper from Studio Calico’s Snippets line, with some tone-on-tone red and gray and white chevron layered in. The layout is photo-heavy, so the embellishing is minimal – trying to strike a balance, you know? I added a few small things, like chipboard stickers and an epoxy brad, and my favorite element: a piece of a cut apart sheet that says “Throwback.” Perfect for the theme of my  page! (Yes, that’s a really weird photo of me, but it’s the one one I have, and I really needed something to fill up that space!) Layout 2

The second layout is this single page titled “Graduation 2013.” I used a very feminine-looking piece of My Mind’s Eye lined paper for the background. Since the subject of my page is my son, I needed to do a little bit of scrappy prestidigitation on it. I layered pieces of patterned paper over the swirly girly parts and decorated around the area with wood veneer and cork pieces. A chalkboard label sticker and a few Snippits stickers finished it off.

Unfortunately, I forgot to get a shot of my kit leftovers after this round of scrapping. Fortunately, I’m retreating this weekend, so I’ll have lots of time to play with the kit AND to get a photo of the leftovers once I’m done. 🙂

As always, I’d love to see what you’re doing with your scraps and stash. Please share by leaving a comment and a link to your blog or gallery.

See you next week!

October 4

Welcome to a new month and a new series of Scraps & Stash posts. I am so excited to be back in the groove of putting together kits each month and creating from them, and I’d love for you to play along as well. This month’s kit is inspired by my friend Margareta Carlson and her Scrap Stash Kit Club. This was the kit for September, titled “Mr. Fox.”

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For my kit, I chose patterned papers and embellishments from Studio Calico’s “Snippets” line, as well as a few items from Fancy Pants “Captured Moments.”

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I can’t wait to create with this kit! And I can’t wait to see YOUR Scraps & Stash kit. Leave me a comment below linking to a photo or post about your October kit, and I’ll be sure to check it out and leave you some love.

Cheers!

 

Funny story…August happened!

Seriously, somehow it snuck up on me this year. Here I was, enjoying the lazy, crazy days of summer and getting tons of scrapping done, and then, WHAM! It’s already August. Which means back to school time for me. See, I teach third grade at one of the best little elementary schools around, and I love it. But I think every teacher would cop to a little bit of dread when the time comes to put together your classroom, start thinking about inservice meetings, and prepare curriculum for the upcoming school year. It’s enough to drain the mojo out of Leonardo DaVinci, much less a regular ole Sally Scrapbooker like me.

My goal is to get back to S&S Saturdays once I’m settled into a routine – hopefully in time to put together a brand new stash kit for September. Meanwhile, I’m enrolled in Super Stashbusters over at Big Picture Classes, so I’m hoping to grab some time to scrap along with the challenges when I can and post my projects here.

So, please, if you love Scraps & Stash Saturday, stay tuned. It’s coming back, I promise! And if you’re new here and are not sure what I’m talking about, check out the Scraps & Stash category for posts dating back to January of this year – hopefully you’ll find tons of inspiration to get you scrapping your stash!

Till next time, Cheers!

Scraps & Stash July 19

Welcome to another week of Christmas in July Scraps & Stash. This week’s layouts are all about the same year – 2007. We had recently moved into our current home and we wanted to do the holidays big. We went to the tree farm and got a huge real tree and decorated all the front rooms. We also hosted both our family gatherings. I have tons of photos from that year, but I managed to cut them down to three double-page spreads.

Tree Farm Double Page Layout

Tree Farm Double Page Spread

The first layout is titled “Tree Farm,” and it documents our first trip to a tree farm to pick out a tall tree for our living room, as well as the other trees we put up around the house. I used Crate Paper Sleigh Ride patterned paper for the background, then layered blocks of green text paper and solid cardstock and Carta Bella scraps over all.

Tree Farm Left Side

Tree Farm Left Side

 

Tree Farm Right Page

Tree Farm Right Page

 

Presents Double Page Spread

Presents Double Page Spread

The second layout documents our Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning gift opening. I loved both sides of the Sleigh Ride background pages, so I decided to trim them down a bit in order to use the scraps on another project. I layered the background pages over Vanilla cardstock, then added a layer of Crimson spanning both sides. A few cut apart pieces and stickers round out the embellishing.

Presents Left Page

Presents Left Page

Presents Right Page

Presents Right Page

Family Double Page

The last layout documents our extended family gatherings. I chose kraft cardstock for backgrounds, then started stacking scraps from other layouts on top to build the layout. The photos are matted in Scarlet, and die-cuts, cut apart pieces, and stickers round out the pages.

Family Right Page

Family Right Page

Family Left Page

Family Left Page

And here’s what’s left. 4 sets of double pages for two-page spreads, several single sheets of patterned papers, lots of cut-apart pieces, die-cuts, stickers, and ribbon. If you’ve got some great ideas for using up ribbon, I’d love to see them – this seems to be one stash item I have a hard time using up. I’ve started a Pinterest board for ideas, and I can always us more.Kit Remains

I’d love to see your stash projects too, Christmas or otherwise. Leave a comment and link me up!