For Every Layout Done, Make a Card too

That’s my new plan.  I’m hoping it will help me use up scraps and catch up on cards available to mail out when needed instead of having to drag supplies out at the last minute.

Here is the layout:2017BusyWorldGuy

This is a collection of photos Kara sent of Jovy’s typical play day. She said he loves to wear something around his neck and lately it’s been Leia’s stethoscope.  Also I love that she sent this large view of his tiny self watching the TV screen. His favorite right now is “Finding Dory” and will stop and watch for a while and then back to his play things.

After coming up with the “World” title I felt I needed a globe.  Remembering my Lea France stencil I used the Magical Sphere for the background.  Soft pattern paper so not to distract from the photos.

Here is my simple card:J_2079HB

Super quick!  Took some patterned paper and cut to a card front size. Added stamping and popped up a flower. Matted with FSJ’s Huckleberry Fusion and attached to an ivory card.  Done.  No reason not to like it and every reason to like that I used scraps from my table.



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 to have some “Face time” on the phone though.


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.

Published on the Package

The new Lea France stencil is out! Two of the six are my designs.  I love it when any of my pages for new stencils comes out on the package.  Here are the pages. Kaleidoscope 3 Joyce

Using these templates for photo collage is easy and fun, just beware, you may become addicted like I am!

If you are interested in any details, just ask in a comment. I love to share ideas.

Big Z for the Day

On a Splitcoast challenge we were encouraged to do a scrap-lift of something we had “pinned” from Pinterest.  Here is the page I chose for my inspiration:

I chose to do my photo collage with the Lea France stencil “Seventeen”.  Any stencil would work, except for the curved line ones I think.  I used the Fun Stampers Journey circle piercing dies for the letter “O”.  I added the center circles back in, reversing them for fun.    I hand beaded the strips, my only embellishment.  I kept the photo assortment for this page of my family, rather than the animals we were viewing.

Scrapbook Expo Selfie

I knew Kris and Patti were going to work the Fun Stampers Journey booth aDSCN2385_edited-1t the March Scrapbook Expo in Orlando, but did not know if Richard was going to be there too.  When Kristy told me he was I knew I HAD to have a “Selfie” with him.  Really looking forward to this chance, Richard did not disappoint.  He is so gracious, generous, kind, talented, and you can figure out all the other great words used to describe this man.

The mini workshop at their booth was totally awesome, love the ideas and the stamp set I got.

On this two page layout are photos to remind me of the fun and feel of the event at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.

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I have used FSJ papers (so rich and yummy!) and inks in delicious colors.  Some stamp sets are featured in addition to the set I was given at the show.

The pages are designed with the Sewing Stitches stencil by Lea France.  Always a good choice, here I went quick and easy but the pages still have an interesting style.  If you haven’t discovered how fun and fabulous the French Photo Collage is, please check it out on Pinterest.

Scrapbooking Pool and Playground Time

This first page is of photos from a couple of years ago of Kara taking Leia to Ocean Breeze. Kristy took the photos.Honeycomb 4 Joyce

It is basic in design, a copy of a layout that is currently on the cover of the stencil packaging.  It’s also a quick page thanks to the stencil.  Using these Lea France stencils makes it easy to create visually interesting pages of multiple photos.  I added the bright pops of color to bring out the fun of the photos and clear buttons for embellishments.  Here I have used the Honeycomb Lea France stencil.

My second page is made with photos from January of this year when Leia was here for a month.Magical Sphere 2 Joyce

I love the cool effect of this stencil, Magical Sphere from Lea France.  I used SU’s Rose Red and Pretty in Pink for the solids, the center piece is a scrap of patterned paper from K&Co.  I like that I used the darker shade in the background, seems to make the sphere pop better.  I hand printed the letters and added a tiny SU rhinestone brad.  The layout was drawn by the talented owner of Lea France herself, I just love the exciting look and yet it was quick and easy.  I just needed the 4 photos – two tall and two wide.

Feeding the Chickens

I decided to use photos from January of Tiny Tot feeding the chickens, something she so delighted in doing, using the challenge from Splitcoast stampers Stash Busters June week 3 elements which are: stencil, paper piercing, 3 button, floss, and something 3-D.CardTricks 2 Joyce

The patterned paper is from Graphic 45 French Country collection.  The solid card stock is Cranberry Crisp from years ago, was an In Color at Stampin’ Up!.

This page was created with the Lea France Card Tricks stencil. Check out Lea France on Pinterest for a chance to win a stencil.