Thursday, March 30, 2017

Color is everything!

Here are a few layouts I completed with photos and Club Scrap kits from 2016.

Boardwalk Lite Layout 5 & 6
The Boardwalk collection has a youthful vibe, and the navy and red tones were perfect for these pics of my friend and her grandson.

Layout made with Creative License collection
More great pics from Susie's Photography on Creative License...don't you just love how the graffiti wall looks with these papers?

Variation on Office Space Deluxe Layout 1 & 2
Last summer, some of the Club Scrap staff did a bit of scouting for an optional Retreat workshop. The candids from our afternoon at the Fire Escape in Oshkosh look great on the Office Space collection.

Layout made with Office Space collection
These layouts demonstrate how great pages can look when you don't let the kit "theme" limit you. Each of these pages were successful because the colors in the photos coordinate perfectly with the colors of the papers. They just work!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fun Winter Layouts

Here's another blast from the past, Club Scrap's Aspen collection from December 2013 (now extinct).

The warm tans and icy blue colors were perfect for these photos my friend Susie took of our daughters and their friends. She took the girls to our local park on a snowy day for a fun photo shoot.

Aspen Lite Layout 3 & 4
This kit had a really awesome Birch Tree stencil that accents these two pages. Don't you just love those rosy cheeks and smiling faces?

Aspen Lite Layout 7 & 8

Aspen Lite Layout 5 & 6
Susie did some really fun poses with the group which made for awesome scrapbooking material!

Aspen Lite Layout 1 & 2
Aspen Deluxe Layout 5 & 6

Of course what would a winter adventure be without hot cocoa as a sweet treat at the end? A special thanks to Susie's Photography for the incredible photos!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Homestead Layouts

As a blogger for Club Scrap, I usually create one to two projects per month using the current kit theme. Since I pilfer supplies to make those projects, I'm often left with only partial kits. And even though it's hard, I try to resist the urge to "replenish" (I already have 14 years worth of kits at my disposal).

When scrapbooking, I generally follow Tricia Morris' efficient scrapbooking instructions (ALSB). But what to do when I'm left with only pieces/parts? Wing it! (LOL) Actually, I take the principals I've learned from Tricia, along with some favorite basic cutting formulas (I have memorized), to create my layouts.

These layouts were made using the remnants of my (now extinct) October 2014 Homestead Deluxe kit.

The color and theme were perfect for scrapping some of my father's photos from his daily walk-about at our local park. The only embellishments I added (not included in the kit) were some die cut letters and leaves.

"Shine" from Sunflowers Jumbo UM.

Homestead UM stamp sentiment.

Now that Dad's retired, he has more time to take pictures than I do, so I often steal borrow his photos for my scrapbooks. I think it's a win-win, don't you?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Delft Hybrid Projects

Each month I help organize a challenge and blog hop for Club Scrap's Artist Team. This month's challenge was to incorporate digital kits into scrapbooking, card making, etc. (We refer to this as "hybrid" crafting as we mix digital and paper products into the same project.) You can check out the blog hop HERE.

First, I downloaded the Delft Digital kit and opened the files in Photoshop. I really like the quad prints for card panels, so I printed that onto white cardstock.

Next I chose three elements from the files to showcase on my cards. I isolated each, resized them, and moved them onto a blank document so I could print them all at once.

I love the look of Delft patterns and I thought I could duplicate a pendant I'd seen in a boutique some time ago. Club Scrap's Bezel, Cabochon & Chain Set was perfect for this project.

1. Apply Bookbinding Glue to the flat side of each glass bezel, adhere to desired section of printed paper. Repeat with other two bezels. 

2. Once dry, use a craft knife or scissors to trim away the excess paper.

3. Apply Bookbinding Glue to the inside frame of the cabochon, insert bezel and allow to dry thoroughly. Add chain.

With the remaining supplies, I made four greeting cards.

Delft Greeting stamp, Embellishment Pack Cabochons

Delft Greeting stamp
The digital kits are a great way to stretch your paper stash and customize artwork to fit your needs. I encourage you to give it a try some time!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cards so bright, I gotta wear shades.

I love the bright colors of Club Scrap's Paradise collection. The duplex paper allows for extra versatility, as each features two vibrant colors--simply flip it to the side you like best.

I whipped up a few cards using supplies from the Paradise Greetings to Go, supplemented with digital hybrid elements printed onto white card stock.

I think this unique free-standing design is really fun. I can't wait to share these vibrant cards with friends and family.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Color Me Happy Cards

I went on a card-making spree over the weekend. Club Scrap's January Color Me Happy collection is, well, just so happy! The cheerful colors make perfect cards for all occasions.

I started with the Greetings to Go card kit. This kit is a no-brainer if you need awesome cards fast. Everything you need to make twelve cards is included--all you need is a trimmer and some adhesive.

The kit includes four each of three different sizes/styles.

This first set is a simple fold, yellow base with a teal panel. (One is missing from the photo because I already sent it to someone!)

I love the unique easel style of these cards. They are fun to display, but fold flat for mailing.

The four 5x7 cards can be scored and folded two different ways--either a simple half-fold, or a double accordion fold. I made two of each style.

The next batch of cards were made from the Color Me Happy Club Stamp kit. I followed most of the cutting and assembly instructions provided. However, I changed up some of the designs, adding images and sentiments from the Art Nouveau and Greeting stamps.

With some leftover elements, I was able to make three more cards. Bonus!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's as easy as A, B, C.

Last fall I was looking for a gift idea for my friend's grandson, Oliver. I wanted to make him something special for his second birthday--something interactive he could enjoy without too much fuss (or worry about wrecking anything).

When my kids were little, I made them each ABC scrapbooks. Each page (or two-page spread) featured a letter of the alphabet, along with family photos and photos of things or activities representing that letter. I filled in the space around the photos with die cut shapes, stickers and other fun embellishments to reinforce the alphabet theme.

My children would grab their books off the shelf and look through them whenever they had the chance. It was amazing how much the albums helped them remember relatives' names, learn their letters, and expand their vocabulary.

With that in mind, I thought Oliver might enjoy having a book like this of his own. I started with Club Scrap's Easy Dozen Album Components. The album is a great size at 8.5x11 and it has a unique "landscape" orientation that fits a child's lap perfectly. Since I wanted the album to be kind of masculine, I used plain and printed papers from their (now extinct) Hypno kit for the covers and inside pages. (You can still purchase Hypno printed papers HERE.)

I cut the alphabet letters with dies from my stash. I used additional shape dies and Hypno printed cutaparts to decorate the pages. I had only a few photos of Oliver and his family, so I added those where appropriate. His mom and dad can help him add more photos as time goes on.

Hopefully Oliver will enjoy his ABC book as much as my children did. Each book serves as a well-worn, well-loved keepsake from their childhood. After all, isn't that the reason we do this scrapbooking thing?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Garden Shed, Homecoming, and Harry Potter

Since the weather has been pretty chilly, I decided to craft a bit this weekend. I've been focusing on getting my Lite kits scrapped, so I grabbed Garden Shed Lite kit and whipped up eight pages following Club Scrap's instructions.

Once the pages were assembled, I browsed through my last batch of photos and I found pics from various occasions that worked really well on these pages.
Garden Shed Lite Layout 1-2

The first four layouts feature photos from 2015 Homecoming. My friend Aimee took photos of the kids all dressed up in our backyard. (I put the Copper Plant Tags in an embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot. Don't they look pretty? I just might have to pick up a few more of those!)

Garden Shed Lite Layout 3-4
The yard and garden setting was what inspired me to pair Homecoming pics with the Garden Shed theme. I think it worked out perfectly! (I rearranged the photo mats slightly to accommodate the orientation of my photos.)

Garden Shed Lite Layout 5-6
And of course photos from the garden are an obvious choice on these pages. I just added the die cut letters spelling out "bloom" and "grow" to fill in some of the white space.

Garden Shed Lite Layout 7-8
Finally, these last two pages document a very special gift my daughter received for her 17th birthday. Her very clever and talented friend, Melina, shares our family's love of all things Harry Potter. Emma's gift was wrapped in plain brown paper topped with an envelope reminiscent of Harry's letters from Hogwarts. Tied to the package was a white balloon decorated to look like Harry's owl, Hedwig. The package "magically" appeared on our front porch as if by owl post. Such a fun idea!

Well, I'm off to see what else I can accomplish. Wishing you a crafty weekend!

Monday, March 6, 2017

A scrapbooking paradise.

In a previous life (prior to my career with Club Scrap), I did a two-year stint as a travel agent. It was a very rewarding experience, especially since it afforded me the opportunity to take several amazing trips to the Caribbean.

Paradise Lite Layout 1 & 2
Club Scrap's Paradise collection is perfect for documenting our 1999 trip to the Bahamas.

Paradise Lite Layout 3 & 4
The Mike-man and I stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau. It was a gorgeous property.

Paradise Lite Layout 5 & 6
During our stay, we took a ferry over to Paradise Island to spend a day exploring. Part of the tour included the Atlantis Resort and Casino. I've never seen such an amazing resort! They have a 141-acre waterpark and the world's largest open air marine habitat. There are places to view the marine life throughout the property.

Paradise Lite Layout 7 & 8
It was one of our shorter trips, and my energy levels were a bit low due to the fact I was 7 months pregnant with our daughter at the time. We'd love to go back some day and see more of the sights. Until then, I'll just have to relive the experience through my scrapbook pages.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder

I love a good pun, don't you? Club Scrap's Hops & Barley--Another Round was a fun collection to work with. I made these pages using the assembly instructions they include with purchase.

My husband and I enjoy visiting wineries and micro breweries now and then. This kit is perfect for scrapping some of those memories.

Now I realize these papers were designed with beer in mind, but the hops artwork reminded me of the grape clusters from this vineyard. It's my own darn page, right?

One of my favorite wineries in Door County is Simon Creek. The grounds are stunning and they have a lovely deck overlooking the vineyards. It's the perfect place to enjoy a glass of vino.

The "trapped" saying makes me chuckle. These pages include a variety of selfies and date night pics from my Instagram. Taking photos of adult beverages may seem a little silly to some, but they serve as a photo journal of sorts, commemorating special moments shared with my hubby.

My friend Jami and I stopped at the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls a few years back. Leinenkugel's is a smaller brewery well-known throughout Wisconsin. Their Honey Weiss is one of my all time favorite brews.

If you need an excuse to go enjoy a cold brew, look no further than Hops & Barley