Friday, March 28, 2014

Scrapbooking: Not for a Big Project

Lately, I have been working on several big projects behind the scenes. One is an upcoming class for Creative Passions classes. Others are for various creative team assignments. I have mentioned before that I find a lot of inspiration through my CT duties. However, sometimes, I just need to do a layout just because I want to. Today, I thought I would do a quick share of one of those layouts.

Did you Know by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Elle's Studio; Tickets,Flair: Fancy Pants;Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Hero Arts;Stamp: October Afternoon; Other: Sequins: March Sketch from Simple Scrapper

I used a sketch from Simple Scrapper for this layout. It helped me move a little out of my design comfort zone while also saving me time. I completed it in under 30 minutes.

Though it may seem counterproductive, taking a break from a big project can sometimes be helpful. It doesn't matter if that project is a holiday album or creating layouts for a class. Taking a step away from a big project helps you come back to it with a fresh set of eyes.

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Most of the supplies originally came from the JBS Mercantile February kits, available while supplies last. Kits used: Historian and Main Kits. If sold out, additional options include:

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Get It Scrapped- Pillow Fights and Collage

Every night, my son says good night to my husband. When my son was small, this often involved a pillow fight or other shenanigans that riled my son up a bit, making it hard for me to settle him down to sleep. That's oh though. I wouldn't trade away the moments between my husband and son. I love seeing them goof off together.

Pillow Fight by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Carta Bella; Letters: American Crafts; Flair, Chipboard: Amy Tangerine; Buttons: Freckled Fawn, Jenni Bowlin; Enamel Dots: Freckled Fawn; Pen: Bic Mark-its

Using a collage as the canvas was the perfect idea for this story. Collages, by nature, tend to be busy and full of activity. I began my layout with a piece of collaged paper, then built upward. I nested the photo within brighter colors in the hopes of drawing more focus toward it. I used vellum triangles to create a visual triangle.  I created several abstract feathers using simple shapes. I often think of feathers flying everywhere during pillow fights with feather filled pillows.

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Most supplies from JBS Mercantile January 2014 kits, available while supplies last.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Around the Table

The dinner table is probably not the most exciting thing in your home. Yet, often, a lot of interesting things happen there. In our home, we build models, have conversations around our meals, and enjoy holiday events. In past times, our table even served as our homeschool desk and craft area. Tables are an important gathering place.

Sometimes, the gathering place isn't at home, but rather, at a friend's house or a restaurant. I have often been known to snap photos of our meals while out. The photos aren't always top notch, but I do feel the food displayed there is much more noteworthy than the humble meals I create. On some occasions, the story unfolding is much more than just the meal. Case in point, I was out to lunch with visiting friends. We tried a local place that I had never been to before.

Fish Fry by Christy Strickler| Supplies  Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup; Stickers, Letters- Crate Paper; German Foil: JBS Mercantile; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Other: Ribbon; Based on Inspiration from

This is a quick page I made for LOAD in Vogue last October. It tells the tale of how we discovered there were no restrooms inside the restaurant. I also recently told the tale for a podcast at Get It scrapped. I hope you will head over and listen. I came up with so many more ideas for telling stories from around the table.

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The German foil fish were originally in a JBS Mercantile kit.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Project Life and Gratitude, Part Two

Last November, I shared the beginnings of my Gratitude project. I worked it into my Project Life spreads and I loved the results. I finished the project, but I recently realized that I had neglected to share them here.

I managed to capture a picture of a rat last November. That might seem odd to some, but rats are kind of like squirrels here. They aren't something I encountered while living in Florida. This particular pest came sneaking out to steal bread from the ducks we were feeding at the edge of the pond.

This page is the companion to the one above it. I wanted to capture some of the sights on our daily walks around the island.

On Black Friday, I spent the day cropping with friends. I wanted to document that, but I also wanted to document the many times I worked Black Friday when I was in retail management. It's not somethign that I miss. Some of my wildlife pages overflowed to this spread, but I am ok with that. I also documented our unseasonably warm weather.

During the month of November, my husband took me out to eat quite  a bit. One of my favorite spots was Mosaic. I thought this patterned paper was perfect for this spread.

I used the back of the mosaic print paper for some random photos. Since we had purchased our car 5 years ago in November, I wanted to document the odometer. Our mileage would be quite a lot more if we were still living in Florida.

Instead of making separate pages for each part of our Thanksgiving day, I used pocket pages to document what we cooked. There is an accompanying 12x12 layout of our main course.

I enjoyed the gratitude project quite a bit. I have decided to add it into my everyday PL spreads. After all, we should find something to be thankful for every day. I find I have a lot of things to be grateful for. How about you?

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