Monday, July 3, 2017

Expo Make & Take Formula

I've been traveling the expo circuit for the last few months with Club Scrap. In an effort to show folks what we're all about, we've been offering a free make & take in the booth. Needless to say, after teaching it 100+ times per expo, I have the cutting formula memorized.

The beauty of this particular formula is how versatile it is. I decided to try it with papers from my stash--from memory of course!

Color Me Happy DeluxeWhite Flowers Print, Teal Plain, White Plain, Paradise Wood Word

Garden Shed Lite White Print, Teal Plain, Literature Brown Plain, English Garden Twill Ribbon

Literature Deluxe Light Kraft Print, Brown Plain, Adirondacks Poppy Plain, Hopes Ribbon

Interested in giving this scrapbooking formula a try? Be sure to stop by our booth for a free make & take, and bring a friend. Coming soon to a city near you.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, June 30, 2017

What's blooming?

When the weather is nice, I love being outside in my yard and garden. We've worked very hard over the last 12 years turning our yard into a private oasis. Here's what's blooming in the garden:

I try to document the blooms every couple of's crazy how fast the garden scene changes. 

I hope you have a bloomin' good day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More Crewel & Unusual Layouts

I shared my Crewel & Unusual Lite layouts a couple of weeks ago. Inspired to keep going, I've completed several layouts from my Deluxe kit as well.

Turns out this color scheme is great with Christmas photos...

Crewel & Unusual Deluxe Layout 1-2
...and a child's birthday party...

Crewel & Unusual Deluxe Layout 5-6
 ...and pics of my daughter and her close friends.

Crewel & Unusual Deluxe Layout 9-10
I just love the versatility of this collection.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Crewel & Unusual Lite Layouts

Club Scrap's February 2016 kit was called Crewel & Unusual. As I was browsing my finished ALSB pages the other day, I realized some of my recently-printed photos would look great on the Lite layouts.

The kit colors complimented these photos from LCHS Junior Prom 2017.

Crewel & Unusual Lite Layout 1 & 2

Crewel & Unusual Lite Layout 3 & 4

I did this photo shoot with my youngest a while ago, but the photos were still waiting to be scrapped.

Crewel & Unusual Lite Layout 5 & 6

Some of Dad's photos of wild flowers from our local park brighten up these pages.

Crewel & Unusual Lite Layout 7 & 8
Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hogwarts Express on Orient Express

Back in September 2011, Club Scrap created a kit called Orient Express. It turns out the colors and theme were ideal for some of the photos from our Florida trip last summer.

While at Universal Studios Orlando, we spent a lot of time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks. There are two separate parks at Universal, and each has a "land" dedicated to Harry Potter. The Hogwarts Express ride transports you from one park to the other.

Orient Express JR (Lite) variation of Layout 3-4

Orient Express JR (Lite) Layout 1-2

Orient Express JR (Lite) Layout 5-6
There were so many fun props to enjoy while in line for the ride, I could't resist taking tons of pictures. The ride itself was very realistic and interactive--I guess you could say it was "magical".

Well, I'm off to do more scrappin'. Thanks for tagging along!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

More pages from our Florida album.

I'm pleased to report I've finished a few more pages from our trip to Universal Studios Orlando last summer. We spent a good chunk of our three-day pass time exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks because we are crazy big fans.

London Calling Deluxe Layout 1-2
My favorite ride was Escape from Gringotts. Not only was the ride itself amazing, but there was so much to see and enjoy while waiting in line. You don't even realize an hour or more has passed when there's so much to look at! The goblins in the bank lobby were animatronic and scarily life-like.

London Calling Deluxe Layout 7-8
Just outside the entrance to the Diagon Alley part of the park, there's a replica of the Knight Bus parked outside 12 Grimmauld Place. The line for photos with Stan was super long, so I just snapped a few from a distance. The pics are perfect on these London Calling Deluxe pages from Club Scrap. I even tinted the double-decker bus image purple to match! (Can you see Kreacher peeking out the window?)

Bookshelves Deluxe Layout 3-4
We enjoyed several meals at the Leaky Cauldron restaurant during our stay. Club Scrap's Bookshelves papers coordinate well with these pics.

I'm so excited to be making progress on this album. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Harry Potter meets London Calling Lite

Last summer our family drove to Florida to visit Universal Studios Orlando. It was a trip my oldest wanted to do for his high school graduation.

We're big Harry Potter fans, so naturally the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks were a huge draw. Club Scrap's February 2015 London Calling theme was a great match for photos. Here I used London Calling Lite pages to document some of our adventures.

London Calling Lite Layout 1-2

 Two rides in Hogsmeade: The Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff.

London Calling Lite Layout 3-4

Assorted photos from Knockturn Alley.

London Calling Lite Layout 5-6

Here are photos from Kings Cross Station, the dragon on top of the Escape from Gringotts ride, as well as pics of assorted shop windows in Diagon Alley.

London Calling Lite Layout 7-8

We had a blast taking pics of the kids in the British-style phone booth outside Kings Cross Station.

At least I have a start on my Florida trip album now. Only 300+ pictures to go...

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A sucker for succulents.

A few weeks ago, I saw a set of planters I couldn't resist on a deal a day website, Decor Steals. The set had two sizes. The smaller planter holds a faux olive tree in my living room, but the larger one has remained empty waiting for just the right contents.

The weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable, so even though "spring has sprung", it's usually best to wait until after Mother's Day to put annuals outside without the risk of frost.

I was in Home Depot yesterday with a friend who showed me the assortment of succulents they had for sale. Well, let's just say I'm a sucker for succulents! I picked up four plants in different shapes and sizes.

Once I got home, it struck me those succulents might look nice in the larger planter--I was right.

Of course browsing the garden center yesterday now has me itchin' to buy and pot up more plants for my yard. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nature photos on Adirondacks Deluxe pages.

Club Scrap's Adirondacks Deluxe kit was just released on May 1.

I'm so proud of myself--here it's only May 5 and I've got twelve pages done already! I assembled my pages ALSB-style and added Dad's nature pics. Half of the pages are shared on the Club Scrap blog, and I have six more to share below.

Adirondacks Deluxe Layout 9-10
The little kraft envelopes are sized to hold the journaling cutaparts. Scenic photos from Dad's daily walkabout in the park pair well with these sentiments.

Adirondacks Deluxe Layout 11-12
I love the arrows on the stencil. Along with the words, they add that perfect little sumthin' sumthin' to the pages. This owl family is living in our local park. Dad got some great shots, including those fuzzy little "babies". Aren't they the cutest?

Adirondacks Deluxe Layout 13-14

The bronze frames are great accents, and Dad's eagle photos are ideal on this spread.

Club Scrap's Adirondacks collection is a must-have for scrapping photos of nature, outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting...well, you get the idea.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vintage-style photos on Cherry Blossoms collection

When my daughter Emma was small, my friend Kay took photos of her using vintage props. Afterwards, Kay printed three favorites in sepia, hand-tinted them, then placed them in a triptych frame as a gift to me. The frame hung proudly on the wall of our family room.

Fast-forward a few years: Emma's rambunctious brothers were playing football in the house, and the frame came crashing down. I was one sad (and very mad) momma.

For too long these photos stayed tucked away. However, when I saw the Cherry Blossoms collection from Club Scrap, I knew I had finally found an ideal way to showcase these special memories.

I strayed slightly from Tricia's formula for Cherry Blossoms Deluxe Layout 3 & 4, in order to accommodate the 5x7 photos. Since the photos are originals (and very precious), I used white photo corners to attach them to the page.

You never know, I might want to put them in a frame again some day!

To see more of my Cherry Blossoms pages, visit my post at the Club Scrap blog.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Turn your junk mail into something beautiful!

Handmade paper. Magic in a blender. The ultimate in recycling. Turn that junk mail into something beautiful!

If you want easy, use a kit like Arnold Grummer's Papermill PRO. Their online shop has a variety of kits to meet every budget. I've owned my PRO kit for over thirteen years. My kids loved making paper when they were younger. It can be a very fun (and educational) activity.

I recently put my kit to use making eleven sheets of handmade paper for a special card making project.

Here's how it's done:

Follow the instructions included with the kit to make paper. Let the sheets dry overnight. Use a press or weigh down with heavy books so the sheets stay flat. (Unless you like "curly" paper, of course.)

Each set of four cards required a 5.5 x 8.5" sheet. Use a grid ruler to measure the horizontal half-point of 8.5 x 11 sheet, draw a line with a water brush. Gently tear along the wet line to preserve a deckle edge.

Continue dividing into smaller panels with the ruler and water brush. Use panels to decorate four cards.

I chose papers inspired by Club Scrap's Transformations collection. Don't you just love that "natural" handmade paper edge?

Cherry Blossoms Greeting stamps

I just love the look and texture of handmade paper! It's a neat way to recycle, and you can customize it to match just about anything. You can even add dried flowers or wild flower seeds for special occasions. Give it a try some time!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lock & Key Greeting Cards

While planning my visit to the "Do Your Own Thing" Retreat at Silver Birch Ranch, I had to decide which photos, kits and supplies to bring to work on over the weekend. My friend Rita and I tried to coordinate a bit so neither of us would have to bring every tool we own. We also wanted to work on some kits together if we could.

One of those kits was Lock & Key from October 2013. While she made pages, I tackled my Lock & Key Club Stamp kit.

I love using Tricia's Assembly Line Card Making (ALCM) instructions. The only caveat is she didn't start creating the ALCM for the Club Stamp kits until 2014. 

Rather than start from scratch, I used one of my favorite ALCM formulas: Oopsie Daisy (July 2014). By simply substituting prints for prints, and plains for plains, I was able to create thirteen gorgeous Lock & Key cards!

I'm really happy with how they turned out! Have you ever tried the Assembly Line Card Making method? I'd love to hear what you think!