Throwback Thursday: Let’s Go Back.

Let’s go back. Let’s go way back. Throwback Thursday is about highlighting old pictures or old scrapbook collection or in this case: Both! I have this picture of Brad and I from 2007 (seems so long ago now but I remember squeezing him tight for this photo like it was yesterday).  It has been sitting in a photo frame on my desk in my office for years. I realized that I had never scrapped this photo.

And since I was throwing it back, I thought I would also pull out an older collection. And the first thing that called to me was this beautiful collection by Fancy Pants.  The collection did not quite sing– love me, love me, say that you love me. BUT, it had this fantastic black with white hearts paper and I decided to just built a layout around it by die cutting a bracket from an old Quickutz. Of course, I could not help but add some gorgeous florals colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Love-FP Cover

Love-FP 2

Love-FP 1

Thank you for joining me in this flash in the past. Come on back for more. Celia

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Title: love. Cardstock: American Crafts (Black, Vellum); Bazzil (Desert Coral); Coordinations (Mandarin, Poseidon); Stampin Up (Tip Top Taupe, Coastal Cabana); Neenah Classic Crest (Gray).  Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs-True Friend (Little Things, Forever Friend, I Heart You, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Delicate Asters, Striped Sun Kissed Fleur); Stampin Up (Groovy Love); Papertrey Ink (Tag-Its #11). Die Cut & Punches: Impression Obsession (Heart Stems); Heartfelt Creations (Delicate Asters, Sun Kissed Fleur); Memory Box (Stitched Heart Layers, Tulips Tops); Ellen Huston (Bold Blossoms): Stampin Up (Banner Triple, Sweetheart Punch); Simon Says Stamp (Holiday Shapes); My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Fluttering Hearts, Boy Meets Girls); Quickutz (Bracket). Embellishments: Fancy Pants Designs-True Friend (Patterned Photo Frames, Label Stickers); Gossamer Blue (On My Desk); Misc. (Gems). Inks and Color: Stampin Up (Poppy Parade); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Prismacolor Pencils. Picture: November 2007. Layout Completed July 2015.

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Scrapbook Therapy: Messy Cluster

With all things in life- we sometimes can make a mountain out of an anthill. I love scrapbooking. It is fun. It is therapeutic. But most importantly, it is a hobby. And one that is basically paper, scissors and glue with a little bit of glitter thrown in. So WHY do I spend an insufferable amount of time trying to make the perfect Messy Cluster. You know what I mean, that pile of papers and embellishments that appears to have just fallen on the page. The whole point is that its supposed to be messy, unorganized and organic. (Yes, I used the word “organic” while discussing scrapbooking. Somewhere a hipster just got his wings.) Yet – I will debate and agonize over each piece of paper, each layer, each color and each angle.  With this layout, I was determined to get off the practiced mess carousel and literally just let the chips fall where they may and achieve an actual Messy Cluster.

The Layout: For the focal layers, I cut three rectangle shapes from the Peebles Happy Day Collection 6×6 paper pad, inked up the edges and at the last minute decided to stitch around them in coordinating thread. Then I cut a longer rectangle from one of the 12×12 patterned papers and grabbed an embellishment from the ephemera pack. Then I piled all of these pieces in my hand, shuffled them around and dropped them on the page. Whether it was luck or I secretly have an inner dealer in me but the papers and embellishment fell in a way that not only highlights the picture but the color and graphics of this bright and happy Peebles collection.

To build on the Messy factor, I decided to use literal white space with haphazard mist splatters. Then I added a  collection of die cut and stamped florals clustered (not so messily) that mimic the patterned paper strip on the top. So all things considered you get a fun layout with a Messy Cluster (almost). Scrapbook Therapy is all about baby steps people!

Hello Life Cover

Hello Life 3

Hello Life 2

Hello Life 1

Thanks for stopping by for scrappy group therapy. More to come. Celia.

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Title: Hello Life. Cardstock: American Crafts (White); Bazzil (Desert Coral); Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White).  Patterned Paper: Pebbles-Happy Day (Garden Walk, Sunday Paper, Blooms, Hello There, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: WPlus9 (Spring Blooms); Papertrey Ink (Mini Blooms, Bigger Blooms). Die Cut & Punches: WPlus9 (Spring Blooms); Papertrey Ink (Mini Blooms, Bigger Blooms); Memory Box (Norland Flower, Bitty Blooms); Essentials by Ellen (Wild Garden); Stampin Up (Hello You, Itty Bitty); Recollections (Starburst); Fiskars (Flower). .Embellishments: Pebbles-Happy Day (Tag Frames); Studio Calico (Stickers); American Crafts Thickers (Dots); Misc. (Gems). Inks: Stampin Up (Pumpkin Pie, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Chipped Sapphire); Momento (Tuxedo Black); October Afternoon-Sprinklers (Twilight). Picture: September 2011. Layout Completed: June 2015.

You’re Not the Boss of Me: March Scraptastic Sketchy Thursdays

First things first. Mea Culpa. Life and the day job gets in the way of scrapbooking and blogging. I am finding the balance and that means coming back here and sharing my scrapbook rantings, ravings and reveals. So I just wanted to pop in today to share a Sketch Challenge layout. I just knew I needed to find the perfect layout inspiration to pair with the beautiful On Trend My Mind’s Eye Collection purchased from the Scraptastic online store. I decided to pair with a very fun Scraptastic Sketchy Thursday challenge designed by the incomparable Susan Stringfellow. So sit back and enjoy the reveal!

Sketch:

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Layout:

Love This Life Cover

Love This Life 2

Love This Life 1

This color combination of mint green and coral with pops of gold is sooo addictive and paired with an inspired sketch that allows me to showcase stamped and die cut florals was just a wrap for me. Hands down one of my favorite layouts and I had a bunch of fun making this layout. Thanks for looking and I promise, more to come. Celia!

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Title: Love This Life. Cardstock: American Crafts (Vellum); Bazzil (Desert Coral); Coredinations (Peach Fuzz, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage; Roasted Pepper, Pesto); Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White). Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye-On Trend (Sweet Scroll, Awesome, Party Confetti, Happy, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Bitty Bouquets, Label Basics); Stampin Up (Flower Shop, Beautiful Bunch); Technique Tuesday-Ali Edwards (Weekly Review). Die Cut & Punches: Papertrey Ink (Bitty Bouquets, Label Basics, Leave it Be); Stampin Up (Pansy Punch, Petite Petals); EK Success (Embossed Curve, Flowers); Fiskars (Flower); Studio G (Flowers, Butterfly, Swirl). .Embellishments: Crate Paper- Craft Market (Puffy Stickers); Doodlebug Designs (Sprinkles-Tangerine); Freckled Fawn (Enamel Dew Drops); Basic Grey (Basics-Candy Buttons); Little B (Washi). Inks: Stampin Up (Certainly Celery, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Evergreen Bough); Versamark, Simon Says Stamp (Embossing Powder-Ultrafine Gold).

 

Scrapbook Therapy- Typical Predictability

Thanks for joining me on the couch (or chair or bed basically where ever you read these ranting of this crazy scrap addict) for another Scrapbook Therapy session. Today we are talking predictability. Now, don’t act you don’t know what I am talking about. Holiday themed layouts tend to have the same Color Schemes: red, green, blue with either gold or silver thrown in (although hats off to Chickanddy Crafts Jolly Good Collection for throwing in a little orange) and Graphics: trees, ornaments, stars, snowflakes and the more recently added deer head.  Now, if the amount of Christmas collections that I purchase every year is any indication, I totally heart Christmas! Working my way through a December Daily album (that ummm sometimes does not get finished until January) and all the various festive Holiday layouts, I am always trying to find ways to make each layout fresh and unique- because the most important part of paper crafting is the creativity, right?  The predictability of the color scheme and graphics can either make for the typical predictable layout design that puts Mistress Creative in the blahs or it forces you to be on your S game (for scrapbookers- not an A game- it’s a Scissor Game).   SO how do you change it up- make the page visually interesting but also tell the story? I try to make each Holiday layout different and this time, I just went for Overkill! The story is about my first real White Christmas and so I went all out on the snowflakes. Now, snowflake overload could make the eyes hurt but if you go Tone on Tone overkill can work!  Tone on Tone is my favorite method for making an impact on a theme but keeping it visually pleasing.

The Layout: I threw in one of my signature layout moves of slanting the design so your eyes travel across the page. But check out those Tone on Tone snowflakes. I used three separate snowflake punches of various sizes and a MFT Die-Namic that makes great star confetti. I used the same cream paper for the base and snowflakes and stars. To distinguish the diecuts from the background paper, I spritzed them with Mr. Huey’s Shine so you get a little sparkle and frost.

 Dreaming

Dreaming 4

Dreaming 3

Hoping this little scrapbook therapy session was as good for you as it was for me! Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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Title: Dreaming. Cardstock: American Crafts (Crimson). Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper- Christmas Cheer (3×4 Journaling Cards, Green/Cream, Christmas Phrases, Christmas Countdown, 6×6 paper pad). Die Cut & Punches: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Snowflakes, Stitched Scalloped Borders); Martha Stewart Crafts (Glacial Snowflake); Recollections (Snowflake); Studio G (Snowflake, Christmas Tree); My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Peek a Boo Stars).Embellishments: Echo Park Paper- Christmas Cheer (Decorative Brads, Element Stickers, Alpha Stickers); Misc. (Enamel Dots). Inks: Studio Calico (Mister Huey’s Shine).

 

Flower Power: Ink and Embossing Powder

If you have paid any attention to the meanderings and layouts featured on this blog its pretty obvious that I gravitate towards floral patterns. There is just something so beautiful and lovely about showcasing florals on layouts and crafts projects. Now, this could all be me over compensating for the fact that I have the worse green thumb imaginable. My only true gardening success was by happenstance and just plain ole dumb luck. One of my favorite design elements is to incorporate die cutting or stamping of flowers that mimic the floral patterned paper. Now, here is the caveat- I am no technique diva. So I am so happy that my embossing and inking florals turned out beautiful. The My Mind’s Eye Now and Then Collection had some serious gorgeous florals in my all time favorite color scheme of dusty pinks and teal.

So full frontal:

 

Cover 2

 

And a couple of detail shots to see the flower power up close and personal.  The MME Paper had these rose florals that I mimicked with an old die cut from Quickutz and these scribble stamp set from Papertrey ink. I stamped and embossed in white and then used the Tim Holtz Distress Inks to ink over the die cut circle and the embossed scribbles resisted the ink. With a light swipe with a baby wipe to take away any ink these florals came out a perfect match to the background floral paper. I did the same die cut, ink and emboss technique on the daisy and leaves. For the stem and berries, it was quick work to find a Silhouette cut mirrored the background paper with a little Wink of Stella glitter pen to give it that extra…umph!

Detail 1

 

Detail 2

 

Detail 3

I added the journaling behind the photo with a pull tab.

Journal 1

 

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Title: This Moment. Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Calypso); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White); Core’dinations (Crushed Olive). Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye- Now and Then Mildred (Hello Loved, Girls Garden, 6×6 paper pad), Collectable Remarkable (Day Daily), Collectable Unforgettable (6×6 paper pad), Necessities Teal (6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Freckled Fawn (June 2014 kit); Papertrey Ink (Scribble Circles, Leave it Be); Recollections (Heart Background); Technique Tuesday (Sentiment Tabs). Die Cut & Punches: Lifestyle Crafts (Hello. Goodbye.); Papertrey Ink (Leave it Be); Silhouette Design (12 Posies #39579, Branches and Berries #19185); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Heart punch); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop); Studio G (Mini heart punch). Embossing Folder: Stampin Up (Ampersand). Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye- Now and Then Mildred (Brads), The Sweetest Thing (Enamel Dots), Cut & Paste (Enamel Dots); Glitz- Love You Madly (Giant Rhinestones); Crate Paper- Flea Market (Frames); Studio Calico-Color Theory (Coral Bay letter stickers). Inks: Stampin Up (Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Pool Party); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive); Versa Mark (Watermark).

 

 

 

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Sketchabilities #106

Here we are again, taking layout design cues and, I confess, it feels so right. I have been bouncing around looking at different sketch challenge blogs. The one that I have been stalking for quite awhile is Sketchabilities. The design team is fantastic and the variation on the sketches makes the bossing me around not so bad.

So instead of stalking, I decided to come out of the closet and plunge right into the Sketchabilties #106 sketch challenge.

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The Layout:

happyHolidays cover

I fussy cut the poinsettias from the October Afternoon paper.

happyHolidays detail 2 happyHolidays detail 1

(Apologize for the quality of the pictures it was rainy and dark the last couple of days and could not get any good daylight shots.)

Thank you for stopping by. More to come, Celia.

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Title: happy Holidays.  Cardstock: American Crafts (Surf, Gold POW); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White); Core’dinations (VC Oasis, Fudgesicle); Worldwin Paper-Colormates (Tan Ribbon). Patterned Paper: Crate Paper-Sleigh Ride (Happy Holidays, Winter Wonderland);October Afternoon- Silent Night (8×8 paper pad- O’ Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Carol of the Bells, Joy to the World, Sleigh Ride) Stamps: Penny Black (Christmas Story); Technique Tuesday (Celebrate the Seasons, Good Cheer); Studio Calico (December Daily Kit 2013)  Die Cut & Punches: Cuttlebug- Embossing Folder (Swiss Dot); Impression Obsession (Leaves, Small Leaf Set, Pine Sprig Cluster); My Favorite Things (Fishtail Flags Layers); Lifestyle Crafts (It Kit- Tag It); Sizzix-Tim Holtz Alterations (File Tabs, Elegant Flourishes); EK Success (Zig Zag Edger, 7/8 Scallop); Fiskars (Apron Lace); Martha Stewart Crafts (Flower Bed Deep Edge). Embellishments: Crate Paper- Sleigh Ride (Brads & Buttons, Border Stickers); Freckled Fawn (washi tape); Studio Calico-Magical (Wood Veneer Starburst)-Misc. SC Kits (sequin stars);  Basic Grey (Letter Stickers); My Mind’s Eye- The Sweetest Thing (Enamel Dots); American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic (Brads); Misc. (Brads, Enamel Dots).  Markers: Copic (BG10, BG13). Inks: Distress Ink (Evergeen Bough, Festive Berries); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Pool); Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Gold); Brilliance (Galaxy Gold); Momento (Rich Cocoa).