Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Card making with the Daffodils hybrid kit.

Are you familiar with digital hybrid crafting? Club Scrap creates a new hybrid kit that coordinates with their paper kits each month. My favorite way to use the files is as “printables”. For less than five bucks ($2.95 if you’re a monthly member), you get unlimited use of the files. Download and print. It really IS that simple!

Club Scrap's Daffodils Hybrid kit
After making a set of four hybrid cards for the Club Scrap blog, I made two more using some of the unused printables and papers from my card box stash.

What's a "card box"? It's an empty envelope box filled with leftover papers trimmed to 5.5 x 8.5 or 4.25 x 11" for card bases, and panels ranging from 3.5 x 4.75 to 4 x 5.25".

When I'm in the mood to whip up some hybrid cards, I grab the box and start mixing and matching bases and panels to coordinate with the artwork, adding stamped sentiments, ribbon or other embellishments as needed.

Vintage card stock bases and panels, Daffodils hybrid artwork, Daffodils stamped sentiment.
Quick 'n easy cards. Gotta love that!

Happy (hybrid) card making!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Silver Birch Retreat on Adirondacks Lite

I recently completed a second set of Lite pages from the Adirondacks collection. I had no problem finding the perfect photos for the layouts!

For several years now, I've been attending the Scrapbooking Retreat at Silver Birch Ranch in the north woods of Wisconsin. It's a four-day weekend filled with scrapping fun in a gorgeous setting.

Adirondacks Lite Layout 1 & 2
My daughter, Emma, came with me this time. We grabbed caffeinated refreshments for the drive up, and stopped along the way to take these stunning sunset photos of the Wolf River.

Adirondacks Lite Layout 3 & 4
We've made many friends over the years. A group of regulars, "The Divas", designed a t-shirt to sell as a fund raiser. It was fun to see a large number of attendees wear their shirts on Saturday for a photo op.

Adirondacks Lite Layout 5 & 6
It's always a fun and creative weekend with friends. This time it was extra-special because I shared it with Emma!

Adirondacks Lite Layout 7 & 8
Happy scrapping!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lagoon Lite Layouts (Say that ten times fast!)

I've been on a scrappin' roll lately, and I'm going to ride that wave as long as I can!

I recently completed pages from Club Scrap's Lagoon Lite kit. The rich blues and greens are perfect for water photos. The Lagoon collection was super-popular, so there's not much left in the online store. 😕

Lagoon Lite Layout 1 & 2

Lagoon Lite Layout 3 & 4

Lagoon Lite Layout 5 & 6

Lagoon Lite Layout 7 & 8
So many great (warm weather) memories . . . it's making me wish even harder for spring to come.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Night at the Met meets Garden of Lights

Sometimes you get stumped by a kit theme. Club Scrap's A Night at the Met Deluxe pages are built, but currently set aside awaiting photos. I did manage to find one set of pages that worked really well with my daughter's photos from the Green Bay Botanical Gardens "Garden of Lights" tour.

A Night at the Met Deluxe Layout 3 & 4
Sometimes it just takes a little more patience to find the right match, but I'm always up for the challenge!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Steamworks Pages

Every month, Club Scrap hosts a Linky Party on their blog so members and customers can share creations made with the current monthly kit. I'm linking up from this blog for the first time!

The colors and sentiments included in Club Scrap's Steamworks Page kit were ideal for documenting photos of universities we toured for my daughter Emma last summer.

Steamworks Layout 1 & 2
Columbia University is located in the heart of Chicago. While in the city, we took an extra day to see some of the sites, including Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile.

Steamworks Layout 5 & 6 
Steamworks Layout 3 & 4
Knox University is located in Galesburg, Illinois, in a very historic area. While Emma loved the school and campus, its location is very rural and over 5 hours from home. (A bit too far away for this momma!)

Steamworks Layout 7 & 8
Northwestern University was another one of Emma's top picks. The campus was big and beautiful, with a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline.

While Emma didn't end up choosing any of these schools, touring them made for some fun and memorable summer adventures.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More Surprise Pages

I've had a lot of fun finding photos to finish up pages from my Surprise Deluxe and Surprise Lite kits. It was "surprising" to see the incredible variety of occasions that worked with this theme.

Surprise Deluxe Layout 3 & 4
Surprise Deluxe Layout 7 & 8
Surprise Lite Layout 5 & 6
I struggled for years to scrap these photos from 2011. The TV show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, came to Neenah, Wisconsin, to do a home for a local family. My friend, Rita, asked me if I was interested in volunteering to help out. We volunteered for a couple of days, giving us the opportunity for a unique behind-the-scenes peek at some of the activities.

Surprise Deluxe Layout 13 & 14
Surprise Lite Layout 3 & 4
I just love these photos of my youngest son, Max. They remind me what a patient, caring guy he is--especially with babies and younger children. These pics are from one of his biggest assignments for a Parents and Children class. He was responsible for an infant's care and feeding, night and day, for three days. This included using a car seat in the car, taking the baby everywhere--including classes (or hiring a babysitter), and middle-of-the-night diaper changes and feedings. (The "robo-baby" recorded everything!) He was a real trooper, and I was very proud of how seriously he took the assignment.

Surprise Lite Layout 1 & 2
My friend's grandson turned 3 in November. The photos from his Phineas and Ferb-themed birthday matched the Surprise color-scheme perfectly!

Surprise Lite Layout 7 & 8
I just love Club Scrap's assembly line scrapbooking method. It's amazing how productive it makes me--beautiful fully-embellished pages in no time at all. I built these pages, adding photos and journaling, in just three evenings!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Memories from the Ontario Expo

One of the many perks of working for Club Scrap is travel. I am blessed to travel several times a year doing expos around the country with the awesome Tricia Morris. Expos are a great opportunity to meet new friends, and many times, get reacquainted with old friends.

Last November our expo tour took us to Ontario, California. Some of our long-time member friends took time out of their busy schedules to hang out and help us with our booth. These pages from the Surprise Deluxe kit were perfect for preserving those memories!

Surprise Deluxe Layout 1 & 2
Fran was our chauffeur, borrowing her brother's restored former unmarked police cruiser. Let's just say we got some interesting looks as we ran errands, and it made for some fun photo opportunities.

Surprise Deluxe Layout 5 & 6
The reward for a hard day's work in the booth is food and refreshments. Here we enjoyed fine Indian cuisine with Tracey, Lisa, and Fran.

Surprise Deluxe Layout 11 & 12
We could not have pulled off such a successful show without our amazing team of volunteers: Lisa, Fran, Tracey, and Niki. Thanks ladies!

Happy crafting!