Saturday, August 2, 2014


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Do You watch World Cup Soccer?

A photo from a friend (who is from Argentina if you couldn't guess).

Finally getting around to some scrapping!  This page is for the use a swap contest over at Scraprageous Forums as well as Stacy's July Stash Challenge over at Sketches4All.

Everything from stash - three swap pieces and used the Gypsy font on my cricut for the title

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Foto Folio Moving along

I have the basics done.  Now working on photo mats while putting photos and embellishments inside.  Nothing too thick, but still having fun.

Just ran the basket clean on my washer :)  They really do use less water - this is the first time I could see the actual amount for a particular time.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

a new foto folio - rock star

I have had fun making foto folio's (just another form of a mini) lately and have decided to try one for a vacation from last summer.

I have quite a ways to go, but so far, I have some of the magnets in place and trying something a bit different for the inside back - the newspaper will go in the belly band, so I won't add patterned paper, but did need something a bit  more than plain black - so got out the old fiskars anywhere punch, put on the star attachment and had fun!

More photos will be uploaded as I progress.

Oh - the first photo is of a few of my paper 'folders' I discussed yesterday.

Basic grey small magnets

 Stuart and Dave are not helping me progress - think I need to find them a new location as they keep jumping on my project LOL.

Paper packs - DCWV Rock Star, The Paper House Faith and Glory 2 God

progressing - note to self - it is easier to put magnets on the front BEFORE the pp :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

The anatomy of my page kits

Page kits are my preferred method of cropping.  Why?  I tend to buy embellishments for certain layouts and in order to get them together, there is a bit of a filing system.  While not perfected, it works for me. 

First - photos are sorted as soon as they arrive - they go into paper folders with brief descriptions.  I just use notebook paper folders, so I do toss/recycle after pages are complete.  If I buy an embellishment, I try to put photos and embellies into a baggie prior to page kit, sometimes this happens, other times I have a stack of embellishments by the photos.  Normally, I spend about 5-10 minutes per kit.

How I create my page kits varies a bit, but the basics are below.

First - pick out the patterned papers I think I may want to use - as you can tell, this layout has something to do with fishing.   I used to start with card stock (years ago), but read a tip from someone (sorry, I don't remember who) about picking pp first as cs is so much cheaper and easier to find if you don't have the right color on hand.
 Next - pick out the cardstock.  This took forever for these pictures.  They are very dark and the colors I thought I wanted did not work.  Ended up with a gemstone and a blue (second photo)

 Then I narrowed the patterned papers as well.  I cut the two tags I wanted from the cardstock page and filed the rest of the papers back with fishing/outdoors.
 Now for some elements and notes - at first I only had a few, then the title came to mind and
 a bunch more embellishments showed up!
 Then I pulled a few scraps I thought I might want
 Finally - I had a basic idea in mind of what I wanted to do, so wrote it down quickly.
 Hmm, don't think I will use all the embellishments, or paper, but I am not pulling things out just yet.  I will leave all together for the next time I scrap in case I change my mind.  No lettering yet - I always have cricut, slice or letter templates with me, so I can decide on size/style of letter when I sit down to scrap.

Finally - into a 2 gallon baggie and next stop - my scrap case.  I try to keep about 20 kits ready to go at all times.  That way I can grab the shoulder bag of kits (sometimes a bag of plain cs arranged by color comes too), my tool kit and cutter (usually baby bug and gypsy or jukebox - depends on timing/space) and enjoy the day.  Week long crops require an 18 gallon rubbermaid tote of kits.  So, I do try to prep a bunch at a time.  Once I am in the 'groove' it all works and kits tend to come together quickly.  Not sure why, but this one did not - until I found the little fish die cut I was looking for.