Make it Monday: Watercolor Tag

Even though I’m a digi scrapbooker, I’m finding myself doing more tactile paper crafts like cards and art journaling.  As I work more and more with paint, I’ve been learning to brush my excess onto a scrap piece of paper.  That, together with the new (to me) punch from Creative Memories is making me very happy.

 

Now I’m finding myself wanting to use more paint to have more excess!  This punch is becoming one that stays on my desk all the time.

If you’re interested in some Creative Memories products, there’s a super Mystery Bag deal happening right now!  Click either of the images to go to my Creative Memories website.

 

Make it Monday: LOAD Update

It’s another Layout a Day (LOAD) month and I’m not as diligent with creating everyday as I’d normally like, however I am getting some layouts done.  It’s currently day 22 of the challenge and I’ve finished 14 layouts.  I was doing great until Day 11 when I felt too cruddy to even turn on the computer or look at my phone.  Once off the wagon, it’s so very hard to get back on…  Here’s a few of my favorites so far:

Stuck Sketches?! template, Wilderness Walk Digi Kit (old CM)

May the 4th… I loved being in Disneyland for Star Wars day this month! Thanks to Simple Pleasures Designs for the freebies on this page.

Template from Let’s Get Sketchy, Digi Kit called 2 Cute 2 Scare from Ellie Lash

It’s almost time for my Summer Scrapping Challenge!  Feel free to join us for weekly challenges, support and of course, PRIZES!

Make it Monday: LOAD Featured Scrapper

I’m so glad to have been invited to be today’s Featured Scrapper for LOAD (Layout a Day) this month.  Here’s the prompt for today:

Gone with the Wind, 1939: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!” Inspired by Scarlett’s vow, this is a food prompt! Because she didn’t have much food, you are on a “starvation diet” to tell your food story. Use only three colors, two embellishments, and a one-word title.

A food prompt was such a fun one for me!  I had just returned from Las Vegas and knew I had a couple of pictures of my dinner at Giada’s.  It was a restaurant that I’ve been yearning to visit as I watch her on The Food Network often.  I ate at the bar and had so much fun with the bartender.  He said that Giada does show up about once a month and when she does, she really works the room.  Gosh, had I wished she was there the same night as I!  If you’re a fan, then you might know she has a particular way of speaking the word Marscapone.  I’d heard that she will often test the staff by asking them to say it back to her in the proper manner.

Limiting my colors and embellishments isn’t so hard for me, especially digi.  To make it even easier, I had just purchased a great kit that worked perfectly for this!

Digi Kit = Forever’s The Wine Cellar / Template = pixels2Pages Thanks2You blueprint

 

Make it Monday: A Ruff Life

As a member of Scrap it Up 365, I love doing the 7 in 7 challenges – one layout a day for seven days.  This months theme was “April Fools” and funny layouts.  Day 3 asked us to use Puns as inspiration for my layout.  Of course, I had to feature my favorite canine-kid!

Stuck!? Sketches April 1, 2017 Challenge / Digi Kit: Forever Woof Bundle

One thing I learned was that I’m not terribly funny.  I don’t tell jokes or like to prank others.  It made it difficult for me to find inspiration for layouts – but I did love the challenge!

Share your funny layouts by linking up in the comments.

Make it Monday: Virtual Crop Layout

Creative Memories held a virtual crop this past weekend.  Although I was too busy much of the weekend to participate, I managed to get one layout done on Friday night.

They had a sketch to use, which I turned sideways.  I also used their Digital Denim Blues kit. To see all the challenges, check out CM’s blog!

Did you work on anything scrappy recently?  Link up in the comments!

 

Make it Monday: Think Spring

Today is the first day of Spring and I love joining in a seasonal blog hop!  Did you come here from Alison?

Spring probably one of my favorite seasons.  I love watching plants bloom, colors emerging from nature.  Last week I started hearing the morning songs from the local birds – my sign of spring.  We keep the windows open and bring the outside in – as much as possible.

I’ve been participating in a ‘new to me’ challenge from the Gingerscraps girls.  It’s themed Survivor Digi-Land.  As an avid Survivor fan I was drawn to this concepts.  It’s based on the TV show/game with weekly challenges, immunity challenges and tribal council.  It’s currently week 4 and I’m still in the game!

Here’s my week 2 layout showing “Today, I feel…”  I love grid layouts and often forget to fill some of the grids with paper.  In Artisan, for the photo(s), I grouped the three squares and used the Outliner tool.  Then filled the new shape as a Photo Drop Point.

#ScrapHappyFamily March 2017 Sketch / Digi Kit Dazzled by Connie Prince / Journaling Font called Gigi

This is one my favorite pictures to gaze upon while stuck inside working.  I may have this printed up in a canvas or acrylic print.  What do you think?  How are you celebrating Spring today?  I hope you join us by visiting the other bloggers on this list.

Lisa Harris- Mixed Media Spring Planner Cover

Beth Soler- Mixed Media Travelers Notebook

Make it Monday: Layout a Day (LOAD)

I love February because it’s Layout a Day (LOAD) month!  I started playing along with LOAD in 2011 and really love getting back into the daily habit of scrapbooking.

Here’s the layouts I’ve finished so far…

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I’m working hard to finish the Disneyland trip from last fall.  As you can see, I’ve not completed today’s layout yet so stay tuned…

LOAD is sponsored by the Scrap Happy family.  As a member, you’re able to participate in three LOAD months per year!

Are you working on something special this month?  Maybe “Finish it in February”?  Or something similar?  Let us know in the comments.

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Make it Monday: Easy Way to Add Foil to Your Projects

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I was lucky enough to go to Creativation – the annual Craft and Hobby Association’s show.  I met tons of ‘celebrities’ (at least in my eyes) and learned tons of new techniques.  My favorite one was from Wendy Vecchi about using foil without any special machines or glues.  I was so excited about this that once I was home and back in my craft room, I just had to try it!

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  • First, stamp the image with embossing ink.
  • Then add embossing powder and heat set – just like normal.
  • Then, heat the section that will have foil so that it’s soft.
  • Press and rub the foil with your fingers until it comes off easily.

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That’s it!  So easy!  And it allows you to re-use the foil over and over again until it’s fully used up.  Yes, my mind is blown.  I’ll be add this technique to so many of my upcoming projects!  Thanks Wendy!

Supplies used (affiliate links):

 

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Make it Monday: National Handwriting Day

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Did you know that today is National Handwriting Day?  I found this interesting quiz and article on Time.com about cursive writing.  In trying to learn brush lettering, I’m told that it’s best to practice the old fashioned cursive to be more successful.

I find that I am handwriting about half the time and keyboard typing the rest.  It’s easier for me to write longer works (like this blog post) on the keyboard yet I still have a handwritten to-do list.  I’ve also found that when I hand write something, I tend to remember it better – like driving directions or a recipe.

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As a digi scrapper, I’d like to have my own handwriting as my journaling font.  I’ve used YourFonts to do this.  You basically print out their template, write your letters, scan and upload to them.  They’ll return a digital version of your handwriting.  You can try it and preview it on the screen for free.

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For me, it took a few tries to get the template completed just right.  But once done, it was easy to upload and veiw on the screen. If you like what you see, you can purchase it for $9.95.

How are you celebrating National Handwriting Day?