Friday, March 27, 2015

Awesome Ladies Project, March Edition


It's the last Friday of the month which means it's time to participate in the Awesome Ladies Project!As usual, I haven't really put in a lot of thought about the project I want to make today. The last Friday of the month always seems to sneak up on me.

In January, I finished sewing a set of coasters. In February, I chose to work on hand stitching this wooden owl. The project was simple and I created the owl quickly. He is supposed to be a Christmas ornament. However, he is lightweight enough that I think I can use him as an embellishment on a holiday layout.




I had bought the owl ornament on clearance shortly after Christmas from our local fabric shop. The problem I often find with projects like this one is that, despite it being a quick project, I don't set aside time to do it. This poor owl might have found it's way to a drawer and been forgotten.  Setting aside a few hours to work on him for the Awesome Ladies Project was a good thing for me. It felt good to use the kit and now I have a great embellishment or holiday gift.


So Much Love by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy, We R Memory Keepers,Crate Paper; Letters: American Crafts; Wood Veneer: Freckled Fawn, Cocoa Daisy; Die Cuts: Kaiser Craft; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye: Flair: Evalicious; Punch: EK Success;Jewel: Studio Calico;Pen: Sharpie; Other: Ribbon, Vellum,Photo Corners; Based on the Awesome Ladies Project January 2015 sketch
Each month, there has been a sketch challenges for the Awesome Ladies Project. I completed this layout for January's sketch. It felt good to use up scraps from my Cocoa Daisy kits and to mix in a few pieces of older products.

I definitely should do a better job of preparing a project for the last Friday of the month. My goals this year are to art journal more and to learn to crochet. I am not sure I am prepared enough to accomplish one of those in today's busy schedule( another argument for being better prepared). At the least, I will work on the February Awesome Ladies sketch or one of the challenges for the Paper Issues Crops. Let's see next month if I can work toward a project relating to my goals.

Do you have a project you have been wanting to finish? Set aside an hour or two today to work on it and join us for the Awesome Ladies Project!


   If you would like to join in on the Awesome Ladies Project, head on over to RuKristin for more information.





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Some supplies from the February Cocoa Daisy kit, available while supplies last.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sharing my love of Design Teams with RuKristin.com

Today I am a guest blogger over at the RuKristin.com blog. I share about my love for being on a design team and how my perspective on what a design team has changed. You can also see a progression of my skills as I have grown during my work with Get It Scrapped.

I have been following Kristen Tweedale and RuKristin for awhile now. I can't exactly remember when I first learned of Kristin's work. What I do know is that many of the projects she shares help me get out of my comfort zone in a way that doesn't feel uncomfortable.Kristen has me learning to be brave and share more of myself in my scrapbooking and creative projects.

Earlier this year, I began participating in the Currently List Challenge. Each Tuesday, I sit and jot down a few things about what's currently going on in my life ( including books and tv shows.) I love that, when it comes to to make my Project Life pages for the month,I have four cards filled out and ready to slip into pockets.








I am also participating in the Awesome Ladies Project and the Thursday3 challenge.  The Awesome Ladies Project occurs on the last Friday of every month. There will be one this upcoming Friday. The object is to set aside a few hours in your day to complete something that makes you feel awesome. Though I do scrapbook almost every day, I have decided to try to extend the challenge to try other crafts and art mediums. For my first challenge this year, I completed a set of hand sewn coasters. I hope to learn to crochet and perhaps finally set aside some time for art journaling as the year progresses. The Thursday3 challenge is probably the hardest challenge for me to complete. The goal is to take a photo of yourself and share three things about you right now. It's challenging for me because I often get so busy that I forget to document myself. After all, my husband, son and our cats are my favorite subject. I do think the challenge is important as I am sure my son will want to look back and share who his mom was with others.

Kristen is a wonderful and interesting person. I invite you to get to know her, her website, and her challenges. The best way to  do so is to hear about the things she does directly from her. Recently, she was a guest of the DigiScrap Geek Podcast. She shared with us her thoughts about documenting who you are.  Take a listen and then head over to RuKristin.com to check out the wonderful and thought provoking content that Kristin likes to share. I would also love to see you at the Awesome Ladies Project this Friday.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The DigiScrap Geek Podcast: Episode 24- Shadow Play


The latest episode of the Digiscrap Geek Podcast is all about drop shadows. I really wasn't sure how much I could offer to a conversation about adding shadows to your digital layouts. I am a paper scrapbooker first and foremost, and a hybrid scrapbooker second. I tend to think in dimension and design aesthetics when I create my layouts. Shadows aren't a thing I consider, though I do know that digital scrapbookers often find them important.

 When it comes to digital pages, I need someone to point out to me the areas that have drop shadows added to them. I am, in essence, drop shadow blind. On the show, I was asked whether or not I consider the shadows that digital elements have when printing them for my layouts. As I understand it, some come with drop shadows already in place. The short answer is no. However, I began to wonder if hidden shadows had made their way onto my hybrid layouts. I suspect that , given the dimension I add to most of my pages, that very dimension adds it's own shadowing and overwrites any that might be hidden there. I figured I would share a few of my hybrid layouts and a paper one for comparison. Are there any hidden drop shadows that you can see?

I made this hybrid layout for Traci Reed Designs in February. The monster print paper lays flush against the cardstock. Each cluster with a photo and the journal block are all mounted on chipboard sheets to raise them off of the layout. This is most notable in the cluster on the upper left. A natural shadow occurs beneath the photos of my husband with out kitten. The XOXO in the journal block is also raised up using a piece of chipboard. Note the shadow beneath the letters. Raising paper products on chipboard sheets creates subtle shadowing and dimension throughout the page.




I created this hybrid layout for Traci Reed Designs at the beginning of March. Once again, I have used chipboard sheets to raise up some of the elements, photos and the title. In this case, I varied the number of chipboard sheets under each item. Some are mounted on one sheet, others on two or three. I made sure to put adhesive only in the center of each chipboard sheet. This allows me to insert die cut elements into the sandwich  created by those layers. In turn, this creates some natural shadowing.





I created this paper layout for Scrapbook Challenges earlier in March. Once again, I have used a layer of chipboard. This time, two sheets of chipboard lie beneath the yellow photo matte. I have inserted fussy cut flowers and dimensional elements into, under and on top of this chipboard and patterned paper sandwich.You can see natural shadowing under the pink flowers on the upper right side as well as under the word "boy" in the title.







To be fair, I am honestly not sure whether or not any of the digital elements I printed already had shadowing within them. As I said, I am drop shadow blind. What I do know is that I like my pages with dimension. Many of my pages come several centimeters off of the canvas. I shoot my project photos at relatively the same time every day. I take advantage of the natural light and choose a time of the day in which some shadowing is evident but does not overpower the page itself. I am curious though...did you find any hidden drop shadows in my hybrid layouts?


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges: How Do You Do Sketch #433

March is quickly coming to a close but there is still time to play along with the monthly challenges at SBC. In fact, another Scrapbook Challenges sketch released today with more inspiration from the SBC Sketch Crew.  This sketch required a bit of thinking on my part. It originally called for a 6x6 photo. Since I choose to print my photos at home, I could have easily made a photo that size. Instead though, I opted to go another route.

Hello, How Do You Do by Christy Strickler |Supplies CardStock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper Cocoa Daisy, Letters: Freckled Fawn; Wood Veneer: Two Peas in a Bucket; Ink:Tsukineko; Die Cuts: Simple Stories; Stickers: Crate Paper; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye;Journal Card: Project Life; Other: Seqins; Based on Scrapbook Chalenges Sketch #433









Instead of a 6x6 photo, I substituted a pre-cut 6x6 piece of patterned paper. I then used the two 3x4 photos almost as directed. These photos are not high quality and present themselves best in a smaller size. This sketch allows me to use them in a new and unique configuration. I did have one major challenge with this sketch design. I had a lot of open space around the title. I added confetti, sequins and die cuts to fill the space and provide a diagonal flow through the layout.

There is still time to play along with Scrapbook Challenges. You have until 11:59 PST, March 31st to share your take on Sketch #433, as well as the other March Challenges.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Project Life 2015: Weekending

My family weekends are fairly typical. Island living is very quiet. There isn't a whole lot to do unless you want to go out to eat or  pay for a tourist excursion to snorkel or fish. After being here for 9 years, we tend to just hang around the house. Even though that may seem a bit boring, it is our life right now and I wanted to document a typical weekend. Using the day in the life concept, I documented a weekend in the life in my pocket pages spreads.

Our typical weekend is spent playing video games, sleeping in, watching tv and papercrafting( that's mostly me). We do try to get out of the house once a day to enjoy some sunshine. Typically, we eat lunch at a restaurant down on the harbor or if the weather permits, a swim in our pool.For this pocket page spread, I documented our lunch and the games we played during one particular weekend.






I also had to opportunity to document a not so fun weekend. Losing power here is fairly common. Generally we lose power for a few hours here or there during the week, especially during the hot summer months. What wasn't so typical was losing power for 32 straight hours over the weekend. I had planned a PI day celebration, but instead of documenting it, I ended up documenting how we coped without electricity. We spent part of the time in the car in search of restaurants with generators who could serve ice cold drinks and good food. It wasn't ideal but it was another island adventure documented.


This month, I am working on documenting my March project life pages using Traci Reed's March 2015 Pocket Life Collection. My plan is to add cards and supplies from my stash which have colors that compliment Traci's kit. The first weekend page is an example of that. I had a sheet of paper from a Cocoa Daisy Kit which had text about weekending. I used Traci's 365 unscripted templates to create most of the multi- photo cards and added in papers from the pocket life kit. Note how both pages have pink, turquoise, green and grey within them.

I still have a few photos to gather. I hope to get a few more photos during this final week in March before I finish the pocket pages. I am finding that creating a few pages here or there during the month is helping me to stay on track with Project Life.

How is Project Life going for you? Are you keeping up in 2015? Or do you feel like you are falling behind.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Crafting with Teens, Calvinball and a Power Outage

Last weekend, we experienced a 32 hour power outage. Power outages aren't uncommon in the Bahamas. Usually, they last a few hours and then the power comes back on. This time, though, there was a huge fire in a substation which caused extensive damage. We don't have a generator so we just had to make the best of it. Last year, I had intended to do a few crafts for Fall and Winter. Needless to sat, they never got done. What better time than a power outage to get those crafts finished and earn a few bonus Calvinball points!

The first craft was easy. Super easy. I decided it was only worth half a point. My son and I chose this craft mainly on account of the fact that it was an owl and there were two of them in the package. We love owls.I figure we can incorporate them into our Fall decor somehow.













The second craft is a snow globe. Two of them to be exact. They are from the JBS Mercantile crafted kits.  Sadly, this particular kit is sold out. Ideally there is one here to keep and one to give away. We did follow the instructions, but it would seem our trees are too tall for these jars. I think I can solve this issue by simply getting bigger jars. I had a great time making these with my son. I plan to keep the one he made for our winter decor. It will officially be the first ever piece of winter decorations for our house. I have always intended to decorate for winter but never get around to it.


There is just another week or so left of Calvinball. I am moving steadily upward though not anywhere near the lead. That's ok. I did manage to beat my personal goal and the number of points I accrued last year. It's also been a ton of fun! We are already talking about laying another game( Donkey Kong-Scrapbook Style) next month.

Are you playing Calvinball? How are you faring?Check in on the Calvinball fun in the Get It Scrapped forums.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Project Life: February 2015

February was a short month and so were the amount of pages that I made. I only needed two pages to cover the highlights. I could have stretched it to maybe 3-4 spreads if I had used more filler cards. However, I am discovering that, while I do like filler cards, I prefer to keep them to a minimum.

I have decided that I do always need one card to show the month and the year. The page with this card is essentially the introduction to all of my pages (traditional layouts included) for the month of February. This month, I included my usual nature photos and a visit with our Vet's office cat. I also documented our rising cost of groceries It will be interesting to look back at this shot of my son with our cart and compare the cost of the cart and the amount held within it to future grocery store photos.



Throughout the month, I participated in the Currently List Challenge.  Each Tuesday, you jot down current things in your life including TV shows, books, music, and plans. Participating in the challenge meant that I had four ready made cards to fit into my spread and there was no fumbling around trying to remember small details such as current tv shows. It was a definite bonus for me.






My only issue was that, for whatever reason, I grabbed a green card from my stash for week 4. I needed to find a way to fit it into the navy and red color scheme I had chosen for the month. I added a few small green accents. Note to self: only grab cards from the stash if they fit your color scheme.

I think I am finally finding my pocket page style. It's something I have struggled with for awhile. What's different for me now? I am using Traci Reed's monthly Pocket Life collections to make hybrid pages. Pocket Life provides me with a color palette  and a variety of cards. The color palette helps guide my choices( or should, please excuse the green card above) as I dig into my stash for extra cards and embellishments.I am also making use of Traci's 3x4 and 4x6 templates to build my own cards. I like the collage placement of the photos with space for me to add journaling. The collage placement is also making it easier for me to group photos together so that each pocket page spread has the stories grouped together. Grouping the stories together is what makes sense to me and allows me to design the page more effectively.

I still have a little bit of work to do within my personal pocket page style. It is after all, a learning process. I am just happy that I am starting to feel comfortable with what I am doing. Are you comfortable with your pocket page style? Or are you still finding your way?

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Pocket Life: February 2015 collection by Traci Reed Designs











365 Unscripted: 4x6 collage Cards












Currently List Cards and Stamps are available at RuKristin.com. ( I am not an affiliate. I just love the stamps and cards) I used the Currently List stamp set and Post It Notes on the page above.




Additional Resources


This pocket page recently appeared in an article on the Traci Reed Designs blog featuring My Top 5 Must Haves for Hybrid Project Life.










See my January Project Life Pages Here.

The MSE Project Life Inspiration Board on Pinterest

Creating Collages for Project Life

















Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges: Full House Challenge

You might be wondering just what is a Full House challenge. It's essentially like being dealt a hand of cards only instead of the suits you normally see, each card has an item that must be used on your layout. There is not a wrong way to interpret the challenge. You can do so literally or play a bit with some creative license. I did a bit of both.

A Cute Boy with Bunny Ears On By Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Letters: Elle's Studio, Colorbok; Glitter Glue: Stickles; Flowers: Sassafrass, Maya Road; Sticker: American Crafts; Wood Button: Jillibean Soup; Stamp: Studio Calico; Ink: Tsukineko; Flair: Fancy Pants; Jewel: Freckled Fawn; Paint: Ranger Liquid Pearls; Stencil: Jenni Bowlin; Embossing Paste: Wendi Vecchi; Other; Doily, Tag, Flossy Accents



Here is how I interpreted my hand of cards:
-the 3x4  journal card is the notebook print. I cut it into two pieces and used it as though it were patterned paper.
- The tag and two pieces of flair are easy to spot.
- I stamped a set of bunny ears and used it in the title.
- I used Liquid pearls paint in Ocean Blue and White Opal to make tiny dots which are scattered like beads around the flower clusters.










The challenge really is super easy to work with. I think the hardest part for me was finding a way to incorporate the paint into my busy patterned paper background. It takes a bit of planning as you pull out your supplies but what I love about a challenge like this is how it incorporates so many items and techniques into one page. I really felt like I gave my stash a workout to create this page. Be sure to stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the Full House Challenge with inspiration from the SBC Sketch Crew.

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I recently created a kit based on this mood board and the Scrap Stash Kit Club Bunny Hop Palette. I used a few of the papers from the original kit plus added just a few extra items within the palette. 












Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Get It Scrapped: Luck Is...

March is a month in which the topic of luck often pops up. Get It Scrapped invited members of the creative team to document a story of luck. A perfect topic to share on St. Patrick's day. I chose to define what luck means to me.

Luck Is by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok;Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants; Letters: Girl's Paperie, Evalicious; Flair, Jewels: Studio Calico; Tape: American Crafts; Tag: Traci Reed Designs, K and Company; Other: Doily, Staples; Based on a sketch from the Get It Scrapped Membership











I decided to use an older photo of myself. I could have turned to the tried and true green and luck themed collections. Instead, I felt that, since this was a page about me, I might as well take advantage of a paper collection designed to document yourself. The Fancy Pants Me-ology line has hints of green, but most importantly, many of the papers are bold and contain uplifting messages.

Luck is certainly different for everyone, but I have always believed that if I did good things and worked hard opportunity would find me. Sometimes, being lucky simply means being brave enough to try something. Opportunity isn't always an easy thing to take advantage of and it doesn't always come packaged as we would expect it.

How would you document luck? We would love for you to share with us in the Get It Scrapped gallery.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The DigiScrap Geek Podcast: Episode 23 - Going to Crop



The latest episode of the the DigiScrap Geek Podcast is out! We're talking with LynetteWilkins about Digi Night out. Lynette founded the Digi Night Out Crops for digital scrappers as a means for them to get together, learn new techniques and just dish with each other about life in general. Crops are a wonderful vehicle to get to know other scrapbookers and to have a little fun talking about memory keeping as a hobby.The only drawback to a crop is finding one near you, which may not always be possible. In this show, we share some ideas for getting a local crop going in your area as well as a few online crop options.

Speaking of online crop options, there are a few that may be of interest to you. Both are free to attend.


Get It Scrapped hosts online crops. Generally, these occur about once a month. Members of the Get It Scrapped community come together to talk, craft and create. Some members share their screens or web cams so that you can view their work in progress. Having a headset and mic makes it easiest to communicate with the other participants, though some members  participate through the chat option. This is a crop for all types of memory keepers, including paper, digi, hybrid and pocket page scrapbookers.  To join the crop, you will need to become a member of the Get It Scrapped community. It's free to sign up. More information about the crop will be available in the forums.




Paper Issues will be holding an online crop from March 20-29. You don't need anything special to attend. Just use the supplies on hand to complete challenges for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. The crop will follow a chat format which will allow participants to socialize and work on the challenges throughout the week. This event is best suited to paper and hybrid scrapbookers. To participate, simple join the Paper Issues crop party on Facebook.

The advantage to both crops is the ability to scrapbook from home. You get the benefit of talking with fellow memory keepers without the need to pack up any of your supplies to haul to a location. It's also quite possible to attend in your pajamas. No one will know except for you.