Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Four Mile Historic Park minibook + process video

Hi there dear friends. Today I'm sharing with you a minibook that I created recently. I haven't really done any mini book lately because 1. I am running out of room for them and 2. I felt like my pictures and stories need to be put into the albums versus in smaller books that can be lost or misplaced. But this particular event had way too many pictures and I had a hard time cramming them into one double page spread. I also wanted to challenge myself and see if I can created a minibook that is my style from a predesigned album kit. Here's the result...


You can see my process, including the items that I gathered for this project in the video below...

Here are a few things I learned from this process:
1. It is possible to create a project that is within my style from a predesigned album kit. It's just a matter of tweaking the accents or embellishments and some parts of the original layout design.
2. It was fun working with precut papers and accents. It made the process faster. I was able to get this book done in 3 hours. That's a first for me.
3. Gathering all of my items to create this book also made the process efficient. Since I have everything I needed within arms reach, I didn't have to stop my creating to rummage through my stash for items.
4. Creating a minibook helped me use up my stash faster than making a layout or two. Because I'm trying to create repetition within the pages of this book, I used some items over and over again like photo corners, stickers, pearls, etc. It helped me make a huge dent to my stash.
5. Having typed journaling to sprinkle within the pages of the book helped to ensure that the stories that can't be viewed with the photos are also added to the book.

Here are some close ups....











And there you have it. A finished mini book in under 3 hours. Thank you for stopping by and if you liked this kind of post, please leave a comment and I will make sure to make some more projects in this category.

Have a great day.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Super Moon layout + process video

Hello again my dear crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a layout based off of this sketch from Paper Issues blog...

It's interesting how I had a totally different vision for this layout than the final result and you can watch more of what happened to this page through my process video here...


And here are some more close ups...



 Although it didn't turn out the way I had initially hoped it would be, I still like the results. That just shows you that things don't always go as planned but at the end they turn out just fine.

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, August 17, 2015

Behind the Smile layout

Hi there friends and happy Monday. Today I'm sharing a layout based off of two challenges. The first one is from this sketch at Sketch N Scrap blog.

This layout was also inspired by the latest challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog. The challenge this month was to create with any kind of mixed media while incorporating text.


I turned the sketch 180 degrees to conform with my picture and layout. I used a photo of my oldest son taken in 2013. I only used one photo instead of the two in the sketch. I did add lots of layered papers under the photo and matted my picture with a bold pink cardstock to make it stand out against all of the green, purple and black papers behind it. 

 Lately I have been wanting to be intentional with my pages. By that I mean that I will not create a page just because I had a cute photo or some products to play with. Because of this new goal, I thought long and hard about the story that I wanted to document with this page and I decided to jot down some of my feelings about how my son's smile reminded me of how much happier he was in 5th grade versus the years before because we got him an IEP set up in school. Having his diagnosis of ADHD in place helped us get the extra assistance he needed to thrive in the school environment.

For the mixed media challenge, I took one of the negative portion of some cuts I made with my silhouette. This particular one had the negative spaces of alphabets on it. I used my modeling past to add the design onto my paper. I also added some splatter of color shine to the page.

I used some wood stickers from We R Memory Keepers plus glittered stars and words from Heidi Swapp.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day,

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Junior Rangers layout + process video

I can't believe this week is almost over. This latest layout was inspired by this sketch from the Stuck?! blog

I love how this one turned out and I was able to add so much detail in it too. 

Here's a video of my process....

And more details....


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fall Festival '12 layout + process video

Hi crafty friends. Today I'm sharing another layout based off of another sketch. This time it's from Scrapbook challenges blog. 

Wanna watch my process from start to finish? Here's the video...


And here are some more close ups...




Thank you so much for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy Memory layout

Hi guys and happy Monday. I'm sharing my latest two page spread today and it's based off of this sketch from the Scrap Much? blog...

I only had four pictures so I used some of the other spots from the sketch to add some embellishments and I did move my journaling on the bottom since I had more room there. These photos are of my little graduation from a school program I did in order for me to get back into college. If you would like more information on it, you can click here

 I love Heidi Swapp's handwriting and I was super stoked when I saw some of her memory planner stuff on sale at Michael's last wee so I grabbed a word sticker sheet and I used one of them in this layout as my title.

I then covered one of the wood shape with pattern paper and then cut out the heart shape then backed it up with the B side of that paper to make the heart stand out even more. I also added some stickle dots on the page for more dimensions.

One of the things I loved about the sketch is the flowers. I haven't used any of my paper flowers in for-ev-er! So I thought it would be a good idea to bust them out for this layout. Bonus, I also got to use some paper leaves from Prima. Do any of you remember those? I added some Basic Grey fabric brads in the center.

 I have been doing a lot of handwritten journaling lately so to mix it up, I pulled out my typewriter and got my words down that way. I love typing them up and then cutting them into strips for added design on my page.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a fantastic day.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Hello Garden Harvest" layout

Happy Thursday friends. Today's layout was inspired by the latest sketch from Sketchabilities blog

I flipped the sketch and placed the elements onto the right instead of the left. I wanted to use some tags that I got in the clearance aisle of Michael's craft store and the holes goes into the left so I it dictated where everything else on my page fell. 

I wanted to use up some of my latest purchases so I put together a homemade scrapbook kit and this is my first layout made from that pile. It has some papers from Recollections and We R Memory Keepers, plus stickers and frames from Heidi Swapp.

I also added a chevron party bag behind my photo, just because it was cute. I made sure though to mat my photo with pattern paper so that if ever that pocket/bag is not acid free, my pictures are still protected from it.

I finished off the page with misting using some Color Shine from Heidi Swapp.

I haven't used my typewriter in a while so I decided to bust that out for my journaling. I missed having a garden, sadly there's some rabbits and other little creatures roaming around my garden this year that most of my plants got eaten up before they sprouted any flowers. :(
Hopefully next year we will figure out a better system cause I really miss harvesting fresh veggies from my backyard.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

First Day of School layout + process video

Hi guys. Today I'm sharing my last process video using my June/July homemade scrapbook kit. I have been very productive with this kit and if you want to see the many pages I created with it, please follow this link. 

I thought this page was timely as my kids will go back to school in a matter of weeks.

You can click on this video to see how I made the page from start to finish...

and here are some more close ups...



Thank you so much for stopping by. I am always inspired by my crafty friends.

Till next time,
Grace