Feelin’ Fresh

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When spring rolls around each year, I want to clean. I want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in. I want to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. I want to use fun and bright colors on my pages!

In honor of this fresh start that spring brings, our first challenge for April at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is Feelin’ Fresh! Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest perhaps) that says FRESH & let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern – maybe it reminds you of a memory!

So I chose to use this fresh color scheme as inspiration for my page for this month’s challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I am using my kit for this month, Snapshot, based on the inspiration kit Ashton Court by Cocoa Daisy.

This color scheme was perfect for showcasing photographs of my daughter and me at our recent horse show. We both did well—the show was a great start to our spring show season.

Make sure to check out the projects made by the rest of the team on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Also, we would love for you to join our new Facebook Community!

Now go create!


Celebrate Spring | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It is almost the end of the month (again!) and I am just now writing about my kit and sketch for March. I have been scrapping some—not nearly as much as I would like though–and blogging even less. Spring time has been busy!

In honor of spring, I selected a collection of supplies that celebrate the beauty and wonder of this season. I call this kit Celebrate Spring!

I began with this paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection. I loved the handmade look of the paper, the pretty pink color, and the mix of florals and polka dots. The rest of my papers stick to a color scheme of pink, yellow, and blue. I mixed in more stripes, florals, and polka dots.

The embellishments I chose include die cuts, puffy stickers, flat stickers, rhinestones, butterflies, chipboard die cuts, enamel dots, letter stickers, and washi tape. My favorite embellishments are these butterflies from Maggie Holmes. (**A complete list of supplies is at the end of the post.**)

I have been working with this sketch this month.

The first layout I made told the story of my son and daughter volunteering to help at various events at our church. The photographs are from the recent Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast. They both helped prepare and serve the food. I am very proud of their generous spirit!

The layout stuck fairly closely to the sketch. The background patterned paper I used at the top of the page is somewhat bold, so I simply used white cardstock at the bottom to give the eye a place to rest. The die cuts from the Tealightful collection from Pebbles were perfect as accents to the page!

The second layout features pictures of my son and husband at a recent grass fire. The two of them are both volunteers at our local fire department. I wanted to document their service to our community.

For this page, I turned the sketch so that the photos were at the top of the page. It was a challenge to create this page from a collection with so many pinks. I chose a color scheme of yellow, blue, and red and used the papers and embellishments I had that fit this scheme. I love the simplicity of the page and the pops of red against the lighter blues and yellows.

The final layout I have made thus far flips the sketch so that the photographs are on the left side. This arrangement fit my pictures well, since my daughter is looking off to the right in the bottom photo.

This page tells the story of my daughter taking Chinese classes at the school run by our local Chinese Association. For this layout, I used lots of layers under the photos as well as more embellishments. I love the butterfly in the lower corner symbolizing my daughter’s growth in beginning a new adventure as well as learning a new language.

I have a few more days left this month so I am hoping to get a more layouts done with the Celebrate Spring collection. Happy Spring!

Now go create!

**Complete list of supplies**
Patterned paper:
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seeing Magic
Doodlebug, Spring Things, Bitty Bees
American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day, C’est La Vie
Pebbles, Lullaby, Woodland Baby Boy
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 08
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 10
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 24
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seek the Moment
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, What a Hoot
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, On a Whim, Sprinkle
Embellishments:
Shimelle, Little by Little washi tape
Pebbles, Lullaby Baby Girl ephemera
Pebbles, Sunshiny Days letter stickers
Pebbles, Maggie letter stickers
Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day chipboard stickers
Pebbles, Simple Life puffy stickers
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams butterflies
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams rhinestones
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams phrase stickers
Pebbles, Tealightful ephemera
Pebbles, Tealightful puffy stickers
Pinkfresh, The Mix No 1 puffy stickers


December at Simple Scrapper

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It’s that time of year again—I just put up my tree, I am in the midst of holiday shopping, and I have Christmas music playing all day long. The magic of the season is here!

I absolutely LOVE Christmas so I was thrilled with this month’s Story Starters at Simple Scrapper–they are all about magic! Since I am a big believer in the magic of this season, I decided to create a page showing some of my favorite holiday decorations.

magic

To make this page, I took several closeup shots and cropped them to 4×4 squares. Using a past Sketch/Template from Simple Scrapper, I placed the photos down the right side of the page and then added my title and embellishments. I love to use gold decorations on my tree and around my house, so I reached for several gold embellishments for this page. My favorite is the gold star washi tape!

(An interesting note about this page: I did not use any holiday themed products! Current scrapbooking supplies are SO versatile!)

For my second December page, I looked back at past Story Starters and found one about the outdoor spaces at my home. Since I live on a farm, I have many photos outside of my house. I used one of this month’s Sketch/Templates to put several of these pictures together into a layout that showcases the beauty that surrounds my home.

the great outdoors

I used several die cuts from Basic Grey’s Herbs and Honey collection to embellish this layout.

These two pages came together so quickly with the help of the Story Starters and Sketch/Templates from Simple Scrapper’s Premium Membership. Check out the site today!

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From the Simple Scrapper website:

“With a Simple Scrapper Premium Membership you’ll learn how to release the guilt in memory keeping and focus on what matters most to you. You’ll receive the guidance and support you need to save time and scrapbook more of your memories.”

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WHEW! {Before Your Story}

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In late February I began a workshop at Big Picture Classes called Before Your Story, taught by Jennifer Wilson at Simple Scrapper. The class was designed to walk you through creating an album about your early years. I was so excited to take this class because I had a whole stack of photographs from my childhood just waiting to be scrapped. Knowing that I would never be able to scrap all of these pictures individually, I quickly signed up for the class.

before_your_story_1

And now, several weeks later with my album completed, all I can say is, “WHEW!” This project turned out to be much more involved that I thought. I spent days selecting, scanning and printing photos, creating layouts, and writing journaling cards. I slowly worked through each section of the album, putting on the final touches just yesterday. The one thing that helped me the most in finished this album is the wonderful set of worksheets and planning pages that Jennifer provided during class. With the assistance of these worksheets, I was able to envision what the final product would be and reach my goal!   I learned many things while finishing this album:

  1. I wish that I had purchased supplies specifically for this project. My album has an eclectic feel, which does not bother me too much since the embellishments are minimal. However, I think that I could have finished the album much faster if I was not attempting to adapt products that I already had to this project.
  2. I should have narrowed down my photos much more in the beginning than waiting until I was completing each section. A little more advanced planning would have made this process quicker.
  3. I needed to have a basket to store all of my supplies in while I was not working on the album. Everything stayed out on my dining room table for too long!
  4. I was so surprised at the number of little stories that I recalled while working through the main sections of the album. I kept track of these and collected them in the last section of my album with the title “ETC.” This section was a departure from the album structure given in class, but it really fits my project.

before_your_story_2

I still have many older photographs that I know I will never be able to scrap individually. One group is my husband’s childhood photos, one group is photos from my dad’s side of the family, and the last group is from my mom’s side of the family. I have been reluctant to take on making scrapbooks of these pictures, but now that I have done it once, I am confident I can put these three albums together also!


March Madness {Inspired}

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This month I used my kit to make two layouts for a class I am taking at Big Picture Classes, Inspired Scrapbooking. March’s theme was family stories. Stacy Julian shared a layout she did about the things she remembered being in her grandmother’s purse. And while that specific topic is a page that I want to do in the future (my grandmother always had Juicy Fruit gum),
I decided this month to document what I had in my own purse.

In My Purse
This page was fun to do and I’d like to do it again in maybe a year or two and see what has (or has not) changed.

I also did a layout about an older family story. My cousins, my sister, and I were very close growing up. We loved to play together, but we each had strong personalities that sometimes led to squabbles. The picture that I scrapped is a photo of the four of us at the beach together. This photo so represents our relationship and personalities! Because I wanted the focus of this page to be mainly on the photo, I used simple patterned paper and minimal embellishments.

Family

I have almost used up all of the supplies in my March Madness kit. I will be posted the rest of the layouts soon!