Let’s Start with Coffee

Finally getting started on scrapping photos from our “running from Matthew” recently.  I’ve collected several photos, because that’s what I do, and am debating whether to put in an album all by themselves.  Usually I just stick my pages all in chronological order, whether special event or just a capture of everyday times.

30805758456_a6f4294798_bThe layouts are in chronological order once they are slipped into the albums, but I never quite seem to scrap them in order, so this certainly wasn’t the first set of photos.

The small blocks of papers in the background are from a scrapper named Gabriella.  We each participated in a swap with each other by sending a business sized envelope of scraps from our recent layouts to each other with the goal of seeing what we make out of them this month.  I laid out her scraps on my table.  Knowing I wanted to start scrapping my travel out of hurricane’s way these photos from the coffee shop caught my eye as likely matching some of her paper assortment.  I liked this background solid for tying them all together, the photos and the patterned papers.  Because of the busy photos and busy collection of patterns in the background I matted the pics in ivory.  Used a Cricut cartridge for the title letters.  The Fun Stampers Journey stamp set used here is just perfect.  For the word “Amazing” I colored it in with my new FSJ gel pens.  There are quite a few die cuts used here from FSJ also.

Kris and I really enjoyed our cup!

Hello My Lovely

The September “Scrap-lift” challenge is up and I got Michele’s gallery to choose from. She has a Lea France page so I had to do that page.  Her page is of her baby granddaughter and all pink with a patterned (striped) base page.  She has lots of small photos which I rarely have so mine is different.

My pics are random shots of Leia, some of which I could cut down a little to fit in this Stain Glass Lea France stencil.  I’ve added a few stamped embellishments that DD colored up with Copics for me.  Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I added the sentiments on the crumb cake card stock.  I have a little pink glitter paper in there too.  This very old pattern paper is SU and I like the girly look it gives with these photos. Although the pattern next to the photos isn’t solid, it sort of reads as solid.  Kristy commented that I seem to use a lot of glitter paper with my stencil pages.  Perhaps it is my way of adding some “bling” and still keeping it simple.  I decided on small words that I printed and encircled with a gel pen to help tie in the variety of photos, uniting the collection.

Each photo for me is a delightful memory of time spent with my little precious.  Most photos are from early April and the bottom two are early May.  I cherish my time with her and now that she is so far away it will be unlikely I’ll see her much. We do get the have some “Face time” on the phone though.

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Sweet Dreams Layout

Created with the Fan-tasy Lea France stencil:

After selecting this stencil because of the ovals I was able to whip it out last night rather quickly.  Following lunch I spent a happy afternoon yesterday showing a friend how to use these Lea France stencils.  It wasn’t until the evening came that I couldn’t get the urge out of my system to make myself a page so I pulled this batch of photos out and played.

My granddaughter set up this photo shoot on her bed, mainly to get a photo to share with the ladies who gave the blanket to them.  The ladies who make and give baby blankets to the military families in their area request one thing in return – a photo of baby with the blanket if possible.  So, the photo session was staged with my two great grand babies.

Not needing the full shot of the blanket, I focused here on the precious baby boy by showcasing him in the ovals.  I think the two accent pics create a nice balance showing them together.  The title was cut with the Cricut, using “Cuttin Up” cartridge.  The sub-title came from a sticker sheet.  As soon as this title had come to me I know just the embellishment that I needed.  I stamped the cute sheep with the same ink color (Huckleberry Fusion) as the darker card stock.  Some glitter paper and hand doodling and I called it done.

Outside the Professional’s Studio

While waiting for the photographer we took some shots of our own.  Here are some scrapbook pages made with those photos.

This was a quick and easy page because I followed a layout from Splitcoast Stampers.  The papers and ribbon are from Fun Stampers Journey – gotta love the quality of their CS and DSP.

A smaller format here, 6 X 8, is for the Simple Stories album. I pulled some chipboard out for the embellishments and title.  Using this small format is more challenging for two photos.  The princess anticipated the flash, she nearly closed her eyes before the lens did its job.  I do love the shot of them smiling at each other.

The center photo shows how the photographer was posing our baby boy in the studio, I just had to sneak a shot myself.  The other two were taken back home in the den with his long pants off.  He is just so cuddly looking, makes me want to pick him up and hug him!  As for the building of the page, I followed a challenge from Splitcoast stampers again, this time to create the bars on the sides and have everything at the top – raising the bar, so to speak.  I cut 2 inch red strips, scored them, ran liner tape and added glitter.  The eagle is a digi from TLC that I printed with blue ink and then used a red gel pen on the inside, mounted on a circle of red.  I looked for quotes and found this one by Perciles.  “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”  Whether our little man follows his father into the Navy or not isn’t important, what is important is that he understands his choice to honor and protect freedom.

Many words have been written about the concept of what freedom means.  It isn’t just about the military who stand for the freedom of a country.  What does it take for one to be truly free?  It all starts from inside the individual.  My struggle has been to be free from the sadness in my life.  How many of us run around seeking happiness only to find we never quite achieve it or it all too swiftly vanishes?  The freedom to be happy is right here in this moment if we just stop and let it be!  All the good there is to be found is already ours, right within each of us, waiting to be accepted.  Let go of the past – it’s gone, over, done with, and can’t be changed.  That’s a hard one, for sure, and I will admit I struggle still, but when I stop fretting and just “be” I find the peace and joy I seek.  How can that be ?  Sounds too easy.  It isn’t easy to stop thinking about the past and future, it’s necessary to be free, though.  I forget, sometimes, that I have a helper within, a source of strength, the giver of freedom to just be.  The truth is within each of us because God, the Creator of everything, the Source, if you will, built it in us.  It’s helpful if you study the wise words of the Bible and learn the teachings of Jesus to understand how we already have the ultimate power to be free right here within us.  I’m going to throw this pitch for attending Church regularly out there.  Really.  It will help.  It helps me stay focused on the now.  There is something to be said for how freeing your own happiness can be when you are involved in helping someone else in need.  That’s what a good church group can do for you, give you the field in which to work for the greater good.  That’s one of our freedoms in the USA.  We should be thankful for it.  Some say they can do good for others on their own, I say “good for them”, not everyone can.  I work better when I’m focused on the Source of the power that is in me.  Sunday morning is my recharging station, my one on one with God.  So, I hope you will find your happiness and protect the freedom of others with the help of the power of our Creator in you.  It’s really okay to stop and just be, just to feel the freedom from worry, stress and fear.  You are not alone.

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Taking a Hike

My granddaughter and great granddaughter were in the habit of taking exercise just about everyday.  Some walks were shorter, but most were rather hearty.  There is a nice part down the road from their apartment complex.  She said it’s about a mile or so.  By the time one winds their way out of the complex I suspect it is certainly well into the “so” portion of the estimation.  The next day after I arrived I gladly joined the walks.

To my surprise Tiny Tot rides her bicycle.  I feared one of us would be pushing the bike home while the other carried the little one.  Not so!  She is a tuffy for sure.

There were talks about nature as we went along and several stops to pick a wildflower.  Soon, though, she had to be convinced to stop and look, but leave them,  She realized they were always withered by the end of the walk when she picked them and placed them in her basket.

Here is a layout I did with those first photos.

It went quickly because I was lifting a page done by a scrapper on Splitcoast stampers a while back.  I selected papers from my scrap bin for the squares.  Before placing anything, though, I spattered ink with a toothbrush.  Digging into the stash bags I found the word pieces and tags.  The yellow strips are K&Co I think.  It’s all a hodge podge of companies.  I did do some stamping.  The bottom left panel is a Fun Stampers Journey stamp, so is the little yellow saying near the top (which is hard to see-should have used a darker ink).  The bottom tag says “19 days to “D” day”, meaning until baby will be born.  She stayed healthy by walking, eating right, even going to the gym a couple times a week.  She is one awesome young lady, I’m very proud of my granddaughter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stay happy by staying crafty!

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Summer Snapshots Scrapbook Layout

I gathered these 3 photos my dear Granddaughter sent to me for a 3 photo sketch by Cheryl for Splitcoaststampers.  Also for a challenge on Scrapbook.com I had certain requirements to follow.  I like how my page turned out – it’s a quick and simple one especially when lots of variables are already mapped out for me.

Pulling out old stash is always fun.  I always find stuff I didn’t remember having.  Piecing elements together to try to make a cohesive page is a fun challenge.  Once I picked this background patterned (the first requirement) I settled for just a pop of red to finish it off.  No sequins on here, but I do have a doily, my other favorite item to use.  In the end this page is all about my baby Great Grands!

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Head Start on 6 x 8 Layouts

In anticipation of the July 1st release of the new catalogue where I can order the new Simple Stories binder I created my first layout.  The sketch on Splitcoaststampers.com had a nice one photo design so I adjusted the size and made it my own.

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Our cutie patootie with her cardboard mustache was too adorable not to scrap.  This measure 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall.  Cutting down the photo worked well, sometimes there isn’t enough room around the edges.  I pulled out the Fun Stampers Journey patterned paper scraps.  The mustache stamps made cute embellishments.

Turning everyday photos into scrapped memories makes me happy!

The pages that go with this new album will be so much fun to fill with the different sizes.  Never having gotten into the Project Life craze, I still see the fun in it and look forward to stamping accent cards and embellishments, along with journaling cards for photos!  I sure have lots of photos now of Tiny Top and her new baby brother over these past two months.

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Exciting New Way to Color

Daughter just got back from her companies convention in Phoenix.  Oh my!  She scored some of the fabulous new Pan Pastels that Fun Stampers Journey will offer as of the new catalogue starting July 1st.

I had been wanting pan pastels since seeing how they were used in French Photo Collage scrappbooking.  Some ways around it never quite soothed me but I kept plugging away – until now!

The first thing I did was to make a card, quicker that putting together an entire layout.  My hands were itching to get into those scrumptious, rich colors.  For this card I heat embossed in silver the new celestial background stamp then sponged on the colors to make my background.J_1705_Star

Viewing this image doesn’t do justice to the actual look and feel these colors give.  So amazing, actually, and versatile. Colors are mixable, can be made as vibrant as you want (soft here), can be lighten, or blended.  There is also the silver and gold.  Those pans alone are awesome for adding shimmer and shine to ANY project.

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A New Month

June is here.  Life takes a turn with new happenings in my life.

First and foremost, I have another great-grand child.  A baby brother for Tiny Tot!

Apr30_1610_edited-1 The month of April and part of May was spent with my granddaughter.  She had asked me to stay until their apartment was packed up so I could drive back here in her vehicle.  Here we are, until mid June, when hubby finishes his school before heading to his new assignment.Fan-tasy 1 Joyce I certainly have lots and lots of new photographs for scrapbooking.  I managed to get a few pages completed once I got back home.  This one is using a new Lea France stencil.  I also came home to the latest Take Ten Magazine.  It is my advance copy since I have 3 cards published in it.

So, here is a card I made today using a sketch I found on a blog.  I liked that it gave lots of room to do coloring. I stamped the roses using a mask to give them depth.J_1685_Roses

I am entering this in Lemon Shortbread challenge and Melonheadz Friends challenge.  I invite you to check out these blogs and play along.

The stamps used are from Fun Stampers Journey: The flowers – Glass Blooms; The girl – Birthday Girls; Happy birthday – Sentimental Prints.  I used pencils to color, Red ribbon is FSJ.

Thanks for stopping in,  I trust you have yourself a crafty day and please leave me a message.

Hugs, Joyce Ann