The Fun Of Homemade Vellum

A friend on ScrappinPeeps blog shared a video on how to make vellum from our own paper. I watched a few more and had to try it. After searching for some vintage-looking images I printed a few on regular computer paper, just the thin 20# weight.

Worked out pretty nice. I used cotton balls and rubbed the paper with baby oil on my glass mat, both sides. Then laid out a dish towel and rubbed both sides with a wash cloth to remove as much oil as possible. They dried over night.

Today I made a card with a cut from one. Using Stazon I stamped with a #RGstudio360.com background stamp. To be safe I heat set the ink. To adhere to the card base I pasted just the left and right edges, because I would add paper strips along there. The flower and sentiment are also from RGstudio360.

What do you think? I’m really liking the look of the soft look of the vellum.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

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Double the Projects

I made a greeting card with papers used to make a scrapbook layout. Efficient. With my supplies already out, why not?

For both I followed Sketch N Scrap sketches. Sketch are a great source of inspiration.

The scrapbook page was also made from an older sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Loved this one, well proportioned and just the right amount of layers to make a quick but pretty page.

The paper pad is by DCWV. The film strip stamp is by Crafty Individuals-Inky Boarders. The hearts were made with punches and the flower I fussy cut from the paper. Title was cut using Cricut Explore Air. I was further challenged at A Cherry on Top and hope you will check out their challenges for inspiration, too.

A Card from Scraps

I can’t throw anything away. I save scraps, possibly even pieces that are too small, hoping I will make something useful from them. Today I made a card from scraps and used the Sketch N Scrap card sketch #151.

So this is the sketch I used. I turned it, but I think you can still see the original theme of the sketch.

Three different pieces of patterned papers. I kinda like the weirdness of the different prints together, a bit romantic or nostalgic a bit. Anyway. The stamped image is by Unity Stamps. I used circle punches to make the rings by punching the smaller punch first then sliding over the paper where I made the hole with the slightly larger punch. The gems are actually lighter for real, couldn’t get the shading right for the photo. Hope you get an idea of what it looks like.

It’s always nice to have some general cards ready to send. This can work for a nice little message to a friend for what ever occasion arises, or just to let them know you are thinking of them. Taking the time to send a “paper” note is way better than just a digital email or text, don’t you agree?

I’m excited to have been picked to be the Featured Scrapper this month at Sketch N Scrap – my page that I entered in July was selected, what an honor! Check out their blog – really great selection of scrapbook layouts and CARDS! I encourage you to go and pick a sketch and make something!

Sweet Baby Girl

This layout was fun to put together. Always great when I have a lovely sketch to start with, too.

Check out this sketch today at Sketches in Thyme blog!

I played with watercolor paint, added a stamped image with some heat embossing, and die cut the title with Cricut Explore Air. I also used some metal bits for the stamped words, punched hearts and a die cut filmstrip.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a marvelous time filled with some happy moments you want to scrapbook about!

My Birthday Lunch

This was the perfect sketch to finally scrap my birthday luncheon with my daughter this past year. It is a Sketch – N – Scrap sketch (#179).

When I went looking for papers to use I thought about the red and black theme because of the restaurant. As soon as I spotted this floral by Carta Bella I wanted it. It is part of a recent order of florals I made through A Cherry On Top.com. This is the first one I’ve used from that batch. Do you ever do this, buy pretties then hoard them? Anyway, I kept the rest of the pieces solid since the floral is so busy.

Color quality seems a bit off and I tried to fix it, didn’t word too well. The bottom two pics my dear daughter slid in there as I was returning from the sushi bar. I used them because it shows the inside of Sakura well.

I don’t know if your birthday is coming up soon, or just passed, but whenever it is I wish it to be a very happy one!

My 4 Sweet Girls

Following a sketch from Sketch N Scrap blog I had a good time putting this page together. When ever I look for photos for a sketch challenge I try to match the size and orientation whenever possible. These two are from a set of pics taken at a restaurant so I’m sure I will make a companion page with some of the others. These worked together as they are my precious girls, between the two pics they are all accounted for.

I took some liberty with the added elements but kept the main sketch. Some of these elements I used are pulled from odds and ends, like the glitter strip. I cut the strip from a scrap I had recently used and still had out, where I was intending on using a ribbon.

The flourishes are stamped and heat embossed. I enjoyed making this page. Of course, gazing on these happy faces is always a delight. The added fun came as I scouted around for the additional goodies to add on.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you lots of loving memories with your family and friends.

Sweet Baby Boy

Here is a page I did using a sketch from Sketch – N – Scrap and two photos from 2016 of my great grandson.

I swapped the locations of the title and journaling. Look at the photo on the right and please tell me if he looks like any 5 day old baby you have ever seen. This sweet and precious fella was delivered naturally by a 5 foot one inch mother weighing in at 10 pounds 5 ounces. Thankfully, both were, and are, healthy. This is another layout for the 8 x 8 album I have been building for him. Although a bit over due, hopefully he will still enjoy looking through the pages himself some day.

I am happy to have been on a scrapbooking streak, and thank you for stopping by to check out what I’ve been creating. Please visit the challenges at Sketch N Scrap for lots of inspiration.

Using Your Stamps with Scrapbooking

Do you have a favorite way to used stamps when you create a scrapbook layout? This whole month at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges blog focused on stamping on layouts.

When I was introduced to rubber stamps around 2005, it was to make greeting cards. However my world of making memory pages for photos expanded. I began to make my own embellishments to add to the pages where I used to add stickers or simple cut shapes. That is probably my favorite – stamp my own embellishment for my pages.

This sweet face, smiling up at the camera in the sun, is for my last offering to Lasting Memories blog as their guest contributor with the design team. First I stamped directly on the base page, the borders over and under the photos. The bird and flowers were heat embossed with gold detail powder from Nuvo, water-colored quickly, and fussy cut out to use as my embellishments. I die cut the greenery, added some pearls and a bit of doily. Then for the title, I stamped a sentiment from rubber stamps with the same color of ink I used for the border, drew around it with gel pens, and fussy cut it for this page.

It was a beautiful day we spent with this precious child. Having these photos is good, of course, but having created this scrapbook page for an album is even more delightful. What a joy for me to flip back through the many pages and get that loving feeling we spent together. She is 7 years old now and the beautiful moments continue, but because children grow so fast it is nice to view these glimpses of her over the years. She is the sunshine in my life and I am thankful for her. I see God’s love for all in that sweet and joyful face.

Thanks for popping in to check out my post. If you are a scrapper, I hope you have found some inspiration. For more inspiration, please click over to the Lasting Memories blog, lots of crafty fun and inspiration will be found there.

How I Use Stamps on Layouts

All this month, over on the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenges blog, the challenges have been about incorporating our stamps with our scrapbooking. I have been the “Guest” this month so was privileged to create layouts for each challenge. In spite of my vow to make more posts on my WordPress blog, I failed to post some of those pages. Hopefully you visited the blog for some awesome inspiration in your own scrapping endeavors. Sunday another, and the final challenge for May’s stamping set of challenges, goes up. So I will not reveal that page of mine yet, however, I want to tell you about the two in the middle I didn’t share here.

The first challenge was “Alphabet Stamps”. The 2nd was “Patterned Stamps”. Here is my layout using patterned stamps on my background.

Following a sketch I utilized papers from an Amy Tangerine pad; matted some items. On the background I lightly stamped with two stamps: hearts and spatters. The bird was also a stamp that I fussy cut out. I added some Nuvo and heart bling. Even the title is from the pad that I fussy cut.

The next week we were challenged to use “Tiny Stamps” for our layout. I chose a sea star stamp and various shades of pink ink, making a sort of swirl. The title was cut with Cricut.

By throwing down some pink scraps and a couple of embellishments from the Julie Nutting mermaid pack I had the page. Just needed the few blue sequins to go with the glitter paper for the title.

In my last post you saw the “Sentiment Stamps” challenge, a technique I often enjoy employing. Stop back Sunday for my final page, won’t you? And get to using your stamps!