Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get It Scrapped: The Six Word Memoir

Looking back through my photos, I find that some have taken on more significance than when I first took them. They don't need to be perfect. They just seem to capture those little moments that mean so much more, especially now, given that they highlight a lost loved one.

Papaw by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, We R. Memory Keepers; Letters; Jenni Bowlin; Stickers; Twine and Ink; Flair, Label: Studio Calico; Flowers, Prima, Maya Road, other; based on a sketch from the Get It Scrapped Membership











Take this photo, for example. My son's face is highlighted by the flash and his expression isn't anything unique. Then, looking to the back of the shot, there sits my grandfather looking upon his great grandson with amazement. That's the part of this photo that means so much to me.

It's been hard to document the photos of my grandfather in the years since I lost him. Every now and then, I capture a little something as I did here. You could say the photo is heavy with emotion and in some cases it would be hard to convey everything I wanted to say. Using the idea of the six word memoir made it a bit easier. A lot could be said and it occupies just a little space. "Retired Business man. Loving Great Grandfather." It's enough for now. A step towards ensuring he is part of our memories.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sandcastles

When my son was little, we made it a point to take him to the beach with the main goal of making sandcastles. It's one of those events that repeat every summer in my scrapbooks. I will admit to liking themed beach products to tell the story. However, I also want something unique to differentiate one summer from another. The beach themed cut files from Amanada Robinson Studios definitely fit the bill.

Do You Wanna Build a Sandcastle? by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Die Cuts: Crate Paper, October Afternoon; Wood Veneer: ChicTags; Tag: Studio Calico; Button: Jillibean Soup; Tape Glitz Designs; Other: Doily; free printable and cut file from Amanda Robsinson Studio













This particular set of cut files also comes with a PDF of printable designs. I cut one of the printable 3x4 cards into a square and used it for my title block. The cut file is simple, yet it immediately adds themeing to non-themed patterned papers.

I almost used this cut file with some photos of my son playing in the sandbox in the backyard. It's certainly one of those cut files that can be used in a variety of layouts despite the fact that it's themed. I cut this in kraft paper to connote a beach theme. If I had cut it in a different color paper, I could have used it with photos of my son building with blocks or legos.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Clustered

The scrapbook Coach classes have done two things for me. One, they have shown me the compositions I regularly use with ease. Two, they give me a direction to work in when I want to change my routine just a bit. The most current class, Clustered, is one that takes me away from my usual routine.

Group Nap by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Studio Calico;Letters: Pink Paislee; Tag, Charm,Stamp: Studio Calico; Ink: Ranger; Twine: Jillibean Soup; Doily, Flair, Bow: Freckled Fawn; Sticker: Hello Forever  













I worked through part one with ease. The directions given were easy to use and to adapt to my choice of supplies. I love how the Scrapbook Coach classes give you such clear direction while at the same time allow for creative license with your product choices.

I chose patterned paper with clocks to represent nap time. The wood and floral patterned paper add a cozy feel, as does the doily. I chose to layer my smaller clusters in two parts. First I stamped some small circles. Then I came back and added sprinklings of white glass beads. My tag is a little larger that the one in the sample layout. However, I felt that it sort of blended into the background and that made the size issue negligible.

I enjoyed working through part one of the class. Now I have just three parts to go! Are you working through the Scrapbook Coach series? If so, don't forget to share your work with us in the Get It Scrapped Gallery.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Kit It Out with Triangles

I love triangles. I just don't tend to use them a whole lot on my layouts. Time to get outside my comfort zone with Challenge One from the Counterfeit kit challenge. The challenge is to use five or more triangles on a layout. This is the perfect excuse to pull out a triangle stamp from my stash and to give them a workout.

Snuggle Kitty by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Basic Grey; Letters: American Crafts; Stamps: Studio Calico, Basic Grey; Tape,Brad: Basic Grey; Ink Ranger< Tsukineko; Die Cuts: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye; Sticker: My Mind's Eye; Jewels: Doodlebug ; based on the July inspiration piece from Scraphappy.org 










My counterfeit kit didn't have any 12x12 papers in it. I chose a piece of kraft and a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper to be my canvas. I cut the kraft paper down to 81/2 x 11 in size. It's not a size I regularly work with and was the perfect way to step farther out of my comfort zone. I chose a piece of patterned paper with triangles in the print. I pulled out my stamps and created a design on two sections of the patterned paper. My inspiration is based on a layout featured at Scraphappy.org.

My kit is full of bright colors. Using the pale pink patterned paper as my canvas along with the kraft cardstock toned the colors down just a bit. The pink visually supports the idea that this cat is full of a lot of love.

While I love my kit, it's been a challenge to get things going. The bright colors and patterns lend to a very graphic design. I am off to search for more pictures that will work well with this kit. I am not sure if I will kill the kit, but I am at least hoping to make a dent in it.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Kit It Out: Counterfeit Kit July 2014

It's been a long time since I have been making my own kits. After reading about making them in the Get it Scrapped's Product Play e-zine, I decided I needed to start making my own kits again on a regular basis. I made my first kit earlier in the month, However, I soon realized that I wanted to make more. I hopped on over to a site I used to frequent quite a bit. It's called the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

This month, the ladies at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge have chosen a bright kit set against a black background. Once I saw it, I immediately knew which supplies would go into my kit.

A few weeks back, I had picked up the Basic Grey Highline collection. I have yet to crack it open and use it. Pulling it together with all of the embellishments made for a quick kit and now I am ready and inspired to play. Currently, I have plans to use this kit on an assignment for Get It Scrapped. I also feel that this kit will intermix well with the Freshly Squeezed kit I created earlier this week.I will be looking to my supplies, especially my washi tapes, for pops of blue.

Now that it's Friday, it's time to play with my kits. How about you? Are you scrapbooking this weekend?Did you make your own kit?

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