Thursday, August 21, 2014

JBS Mercantile- Mid Month Check in

Ok. So it's technically past the middle of the month. But here I am. You might be wondering why I haven't blogged in a while. It wasn't planned, but in part, I wanted to be present for my son earlier this month. He starts high school this week and I wanted to make sure the transition was a smooth one. Though we have had a few kinks, we are off and running. This means, I will have some more time to create now that he is once again occupied academically.

To start back into blogging, I figured I would start with sharing a layout I made with the August JBS Mercantile kits. Most of these have sold out, by the way. So if you want to grab one, hurry over.

This month, the kit is full of the anchor motif. I felt it was time to work on documenting more of our trips to the local beaches. Contrary to popular belief, not all of the Bahamian beaches are full of white sand. Many are quite rocky. Though they aren't what you would expect, these rocky beaches feature a treasure trove of gems.We have discovered sea shells, small fish, and star fish...just to name a few. Every trip reveals new discoveries.

If you like the anchor motif but are not sure how to use it, you will want to check out some recent posts over at the JBS Mercantile Inspiration blog. Betsy created a fantastic mini album using the anchor motif. I shared several layouts featuring anchors both literally and symbolically.

 Meanwhile, stay tuned.Hopefully, I am back to blogging regularly again.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Template Fun

It's hot outside. No really. It's quite HOT outside. So I retreat to my creative space. Today, I have a quick layout I created using one of the Get It Scrapped templates.

Feathered PhotoShoot by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper Studio Calico, Life Love Paper, Basic Grey; Letters: Elle's Studio; Tag, Stamp,Buttons: Studio Calico; Tape: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; Ink: Ranger: Punch: Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars; Stickers: October Afternoon; Gems: Queen and Co.; Based on a layout by Kim Watson for Get It Scrapped

Lately, I am finding that sketches not only allow me to experiment with my style. They also allow me to push the limits of my supplies. This particular design allowed me to play with patterned paper placement. I got to use several papers in a way that allowed them to be pleasing to the eye.  If you aren't sure about the contents of a kit, consider looking to a sketch to help you make the most of your patterns and colors. The sketch gives you clear and defined areas to place the papers. Since the design is laid out for you in a visually pleasing manner, you need only decide which papers and colors to place where.

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the sketch used for this layout is part of a collection of sketches and templates within the Get It Scrapped Membership

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Welcome August!

As I write this, I find that summer is coming to an end. I am actually looking forward to it. Summer is quiet for us and spent mostly indoors hibernating with the AC unit. It's good for my papercrafting though. You might have noticed that I managed 30 posts last month. I am hoping to keep the momentum going. At least as long as this heat wave lasts.

I think I must not be the only one keeping myself cool while crafting. This month's main paper crafting kit at JBS Mercantile is already sold out. Other kits are going fast.I have to say that I was pretty happy to receive this month's kit. Pink Pasilee's Solstice collection had been on my wishlist and this month's kits feature a nice sampling of it. On the day I received my kits, I promptly made two layouts.

Layout number one didn't pass my personal design team quality inspection. I had a mishap with a bottle of mist. It spilled across the page, forcing me to reprint two of the photos and to try to trim away excess misted papers. While I did manage to mostly correct the issue, I realized that the paper was a bit wonky on the right side. It might not meet design team muster, but it is a layout done. Quite honestly, I like it despite the wonkiness and will be placing it proudly in my album.

Layout two gave my Silhouette Portrait a little bit of a workout. I loved this month's cut file and used it as the base for this layout. I added in a bit of Jenni's chevron tape and wood buttons. In this layout, I chose to use the anchor in a symbolic manner. These tiny kittens were orphaned and my son was one of the first people they ever saw when their eyes opened. He was around for their feedings and I think they must have thought he was a litter mate. In this photo, everyone is curled up on my husband for a cat nap.

Last month, I did mange to post quite a few times. Let's see how this month goes. I have a lot on my plate but I also have a will to use up the August kits. If you are interested in the August kits, you better act fast. They are selling quickly!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: The Scrapbooking World Series

It's safe to say my scrapbook slump has ended. I just wish I had more time to work now that I am inspired to do so. I have really been enjoying the Scrapbooking World Series. I appreciate that it's self paced, other wise, I might just be in trouble. The videos are short and to the point, however, they are chock full of simple ideas to spark a layout. I must also confess that I find it very amusing to see Tami's son narrating scrapbook challenges. I wish him and his team the best of luck in their upcoming games. Meanwhile, how about I share a couple of layouts I have made inspired by the challenges.

Summer SnoCone by Christy Strickler 
|Supplies Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, American Crafts, Pebbles, Cosmo Cricket; Letters, Button: Jillibean Soup; Labels: Freckled Fawn, Chic Tags; Die Cut: Chic Tags; Stickers, Flair, Paperclip, Chipboard: Freckled Fawn; Mist: Dylusions; Glitter Glue: Ranger; Twine: October Afternoon; Enamel Dots: Twine and Ink   

Layout one started with my choice of product. One item in particular, actually. I had a sno cone flair badge from my Freckled Fawn kit and I was determined to use it. Alas, I could not find any sno cones for my son this summer. It just so happened that I came across this photo of my son when he was three. Perfect. Now my warm up layout was complete.

You & Me by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Chipboard, Tape: Basic Grey; Sequins: Crate Paper; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Enamel Wood Dot: My Mind's Eye; Button: Jillibean Soup

I started layout two listening to the challenge and prompt. I think though, that somewhere along the way, my layout headed out to left field. No worries though. I love the way it looks and am happy to have a page done, despite not exactly meeting the challenge parameters. I used some of my supplies from my July Counterfeit Kit to complete the layout.

As I mentioned, the challenges and prompts are simple. Yet, they offer a bit of a challenge while teaching you a little about baseball. If you are interested, it's still not too late to take on the challenges.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: My December Story, 2013- finished

Last November, I set out to work on a project that would document the whole month of December.The class was called Your December Story. It's comprised of a series of prompts, both for journaling and visual storytelling. It's not a December Daily which was perfect for me. I wanted something easy that I knew I would complete. Most of the layouts were finished by January. All except for two which I just finished today. I have to say that I find this very fulfilling. This is the first December in which I have managed to document all of the events that took place.

My introduction to my December story actually began in November. Prompts from the class had me searching for the first signs of Christmas to appear. I purposefully tinted the photos to help convey the changes. I started with black and white photos of our living room prior to decorations. I then moved to a vintage tint which keeps the color muted while showing the very first decorations we had observed this year.

Page two documents where we would be spending Christmas, current events, holiday wishes and our first holiday treat purchases. Now that I am thinking of the holidays, I have switched to brighter patterned papers and supplies.

Page three was dedicated to Holiday Decorations we observed around town. These included holiday murals and a variety of Christmas trees.

Page four documents the process of decorating our home. It also allows me some space to write about how this Christmas is different than past years.

There isn't much to do around the holidays where we live. To make things more special, we ate out every weekend which was a real treat for us.

Page six documents other holiday treats such as a trip to the movies, hot cocoa, sampling new candy and receiving a gift certificate from my husband's job. All little things to help make our December Merry.

Page seven documents typical everyday events that would have been documented in my monthly pocket page spreads. This includes the weather and what our cats were up to. I also did a recap of what I liked and didn't like about 2013.

Christmas Day fit entirely onto one layout. For whatever reason, I didn't have a lot of great photos of my son opening his gifts. Documenting it in PL style allowed me to highlight the full story with just a few photos.

Page nine could have been a layout. However, with the large number of boat photos from the nighttime Christmas parade, I felt pocket pages would suit it better. I strayed away from the holiday paper to include a constellation print. Perfect for a nighttime photo shoot.

Page ten could have also been a full 12x12 layout. However, I needed a back side to page nine so I made it into a pocket page instead. This page documents how we made a rice krispy treat holiday train.

Once again, I find myself liking some of the pocket pages and others not so much. What I did like was using the Your December Story class to document my Christmas. I was able to include so many details both large and small about the things that happened throughout the month. I also didn't have the stress of doing a Decemeber Daily. I didn't use all of the prompts. Some were a bit difficult for our small family of three. However, I did find that many of the prompts guided me into finding additional stories that may not have been told. I plan to use Your December Story again in 2014.

Additional Resources
This class is available through Get It Scrapped.
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