Monday, March 2, 2015

Changing it Up!


I recently purchased some Bo Bunny Glitter Paste, and added it to my current kit to play with. I LOVE it. I did not do a very good job applying it to the stencil (which is why I did it off camera, lol) but I love how it dried and the texture it added to the page. I look forward to playing with this in the future with some different stencils!

It is soooo refreshing to try something new every once in a while. I rarely do mixed media on my layouts, so when I get bored I turn to it...or to some type of technique that is not in my usual process. I encourage everyone to do that every so often to keep it fresh!

Here is my YouTube Process video for this layout, with some pictures to follow. Since my phone updated, my Voice Over App stopped being able to attach my photos (is it just me or do updates usually mess up more than they fix???). Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

Happy Scrapping!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kit Love: Putting Together Kits

Ahhhh....kits. My favorite. I LOVE working with kits. Even when I am scrapping at home. I used to just put them together when I was going somewhere to crop. (After I figured out taking my entire room took more time to unpack than the actual scrapbooking). Then, I tried out the purchased/online kits. In the past I have subscribed to Scarlet Lime, Jenni Bowlin, Studio Calico, and possibly one other that I can not think of. I loved the concept. I loved the challenge to work just within that kit. So, as I continued to shop and add to my stash, I decided to mix the 2...my stash + kits for my regular scrapbooking. And it has seriously changed my scrappy life. I get soooo much more done. Because it limits me, it keeps me focused. I don't spend all the time on decision making and debating which product is the 'best'.

I generally have 3 different types of kits I put together. First, is what I call a 'Manufacturer's Kit.' This is the easiest to put together as it simply involves purchasing a single paper line + embellishments and putting it in a bag. When I am ready to scrapbook with it, I simply scrap with it until I am sick of it and then I divide up the leftovers.

Every so often, I buy a paper line that does not have very many embellishment options. In that case, I add in items from my stash.

Here, I am preparing a Manufacturer's kit to be scrapped with.

This kit is the "I Am" Line from Simple Stories. I LOVE this line, it is so pretty.


The first thing I do is take everything out of packages. This helps the workflow, puts everything at my fingertips.I have to admit, I really love this part. : )


Then, sometimes, I make some extra embellishments from the packaging before throwing it away...


Then, I organize my paper...if I have 2 of each sheet, I place them so I can see all sides.


If the lines includes cut apart cards, I go ahead and cut them apart. Since this is Simple Stories, a good portion of the papers are cut aparts, so it is a little more prep. But this truly helps me use the cards as they are ready to be placed on the page. I often use these for journaling cards or title cards. I also love them for layering.


Lastly, I like to add in some sort of tool to the kit. I consider a tool something that can be used over and over...stamps, punches, embossing folders, dies, etc. Doing this helps ensure that I actually use these items that are in my stash...once I get to scrapbooking, I am not good at getting up and interrupting my flow to find and use a tool. If they are part of the kit, they are close and at my fingertips, and then become part of the challenge of using that particular kit. Sometimes, the tool is from the line. Here, I did not purchase any stamps that matched the line, so I added some plus a punch from my stash. I try to look at themes in the line and that guides me when making this choice.


And then I organize it all so it stays on my desk in a fairly tidy way and I am ready to find photos and scrap away!



My 2nd type of Kit is a Kit from my stash, but is partially still a manufacturers kit. This can be a case where a particular line is really light on embellishment, or it may be a line I have already scrapped with but was not quite ready to split it up yet. This particular kit is 2 Crate Paper lines...Random and On Trend. They both go together really well (this is common with manufacturers...they generally all work together) but I was still light on embellishment options, so I also added in some items from my stash.


After assessing what types of embellishments I was good on (had quite a few flat elements-stickers, etc. and a good amount of dimension via the chipboard, flowers, buttons) I decided what embellishments I wanted to add. I wanted to add in some washi, some wood veneer elements, and a few other items. So first, washi...I simply grab a few that match colors in the line


Then, I realized I had very few 'layerable' elements-no cut apart cards, etc. So I found a My Minds Eye set that matched. Now, it does not match all of the colors, but does some of the colors and that is good enough!


I added in a transparency, some wood veneer, enamel dots, doilies, and some Dear Lizzy tickets and called it good! I know had a good mix of flat and dimensional elements that I knew I would have what I needed to be successful with this kit.


My last type of kit is a purely homemade kit from my stash. My first step in this is to find a patterned paper that has multiple colors. That then guides my color scheme...


I chose this lovely Allison Kreft camera paper. Next, I pull papers that match or complement the colors in that paper. I sift through my loose papers as well as paper pads.


Then, I look at my dimensional elements. I pull some sheets of stickers as well as some individual elements.


Then, I do the same with flat stickers. As you can see, some of these sheets are well used and always try to pull sheets that I can hope to fully use up.


Then, washi (of course!)


Then, I add in the smaller 'finishing' elements-brads, clips, enamel dots...along with a Project Life Kit of which I could pull cards for layering, journaling, etc.


And some tools...I happened to have some Allison Kreft stamps that matched the paper, so I grabbed those.


And ta-da! Kit made!


This is such a great way to 'shop your stash.'

Happy Scrapping!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'm Baaaacccckkkk...





Well hello there. My name is Nicole. The worst blogger ever. Ok, so I took a bit of a break. I got a bit distracted with life and have become something of a social media addict...therefore blogging has taken the hit. Of course, still distracted with the aforementioned, but I have lately been motivated to get back to this blogging thing.

My goal? Mostly to blog about my love of scrapbooking. Of course, naturally, you will get some highlights of my life, but I mostly want this to be a scrapbooking-focused blog. Focused on my process, my pages and projects, my organization, my kits, my You Tube videos, my love for this amazing hobby.

One of my favorite things about scrapbooking? Nostalgia. Revisiting old memories. Hence these lovely photos that adorn the above page. Those were from high school, believe it or not. Anyone else remember the Glamour Shots? Heck, maybe they still do them, although with the plight of malls I am sure they are dwindling. But I laughed when I found these photos because of memories that surrounded them. So, embarrassing or not, I scrapped them.

And that is my mantra. If you took a photo, it is a memory you obviously want to remember or else you would not have taken it. Right? Is that too simplistic? It may seem so to my husband who gets to deal with my million scrapbook albums I have stored around the house (ok, not quite that many...but a lot...thank goodness I am creative with storage). But I scrap it all. The serious, the not so serious, the happy, the sad, the mundane, the special events... Some layouts have stories, some are just because the photo is pretty or meaningful by itself. I approach scrapbooking in ways dependent on my mood. Sometimes product based, sometimes memory based, sometimes project based. And I love it.

So with that said, bear with me as I re-figure this back out. : )

Happy Scrapping!



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Thank you! Happy Scrapping!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Everyday Storyteller

Are you in need of some creative mojo? I got this book and love it! I highly recommend it!



xoxo

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paper Addict? Me? Nahhhh...



Patterned Paper. Yes, I am addicted. I LOVE it. I have been collecting it and using it since it came into existence.

Here is the bulk of my paper. The vertical holders have themed paper (some of the themes are what I call 'Nicole-themed' in that it makes sense to me but may not to another). Not just holidays, but paper that I would look for for a specific reason. For instance, woodgrain, paper with words or music notes...that sort of thing.

The horizontal racks hold my solids plus patterned paper that I organize by color. They also hold specialty paper like fabric paper, die cut 12x12, etc.





I also prepackage kits because I do scrap outside of the house a lot. Some of these are themed, but most of them are mixes of papers, embellies, etc (like a kit you would get from a kit club).




Lastly, I have a few holidays that I tend to collect a lot of paper and embellishments for: Christmas, Halloween, and Fall. Christmas has its own little special corner in my room. (Yes, I know...but it comes every year right?)


Halloween and Fall are in separate drawers. Then, when I am ready to scrap them, I just pull out a drawer and all paper, embellies, etc are there.


Lastly...my scraps. I do keep almost all scraps because I have found that I use them. Not just for scrapping, but I make homemade magnets, and use patterned paper for various projects. I organize them in plastic drawers. The top is solids, the bottom two are patterned papers. I just dig around, no organization by color, etc.


So, that's my paper. I am excited to use some up in shimelle's class. 8 )

xoxo

Happy Scrappin'!