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Oct 30, 2012

Fall Memories Layout

Good morning fellow scrappers! Today I bring you yet another Autumn themed page.  I can't say this enough--but Autumn is my absolute fave season!  The beautiful & colorful foliage, the pumpkin lattes, the pumpkin everything!  Pies, scones, muffins you name them--they're all good!   That wonderful crisp morning air!  Just love it all...

Fall also holds a very special place in both the hearts of my husband & I.  We were married in the Fall 5 years ago in October.  So here we are, celebrating our 5th year wedding anniversary.  We decided to go back to where we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary--a quaint & quiet bed & breakfast in Pocono Pines, PA.  The foliage during this time of year in Pennsylvania is absolutely gorgeous.  We took this picture in the same exact spot that we took a photo 5 years ago.  We're even wearing the same clothes!  :-)  Here's a page I did based on our 1st wedding anniversary--you'll notice that both our outfits and the background scenery are pretty much the same.

This is also a DT page for Clear Scraps & I'm entering this page in the most current challenge going on over at Bird Is The Word (BITW).  The theme is Seasons--Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.

I've used one of Nadia's sketches from an older OUAS challenge for my page.
Something that has become very routine with me lately is to store my journaling in the form of a scroll.  I have a brief tutorial on how I go about making my scroll journaling right here on my blog.  You can find the tutorial here.  I had a good amount of story telling for this page & storing the journaling in the form of a scroll doesn't take up too much space on my page & makes for a unique embellishment!
The number '5' represents the number of years we've been married.  I added simple texture to my number--I inked up the number with embossing ink & heat embossed it with Star Dust embossing powder by Stampendous.  In person, this number gives off a lovely shimmer.

Here you can also see a small glass vial that I filled up with colorful beads from my stash.  I tied a bit of twine around the neck of the bottle.  The twine is from Riddersholm Designs.

A long strip of dark orange burlap ribbon is in the foremost background of my page.
I used a couple of ivory colored rosette flowers, mini pinecones & other random Fall themed embellishments from my stash.  The fabric dark brown leaves are by Prima.
This large fabric orange flower is by Prima.  I tucked a bit of yellow & green tulle underneath this large flower to soften the page a bit.
This is the acrylic Pennant Banner by Clear Scraps.  I altered this banner in several ways.

First I colored them with several alcohol inks.  I used Lake Mist, Copper, Meadow & Sunset Orange alcohol inks.  On some of the banners I randomly applied drops of alcohol ink directly from the bottle.  This creates more dramatic designs on the acrylic.  Next with my crop-a-dile I punched 2 holes into each banner, ran green ribbon through them & finally a string of dark brown burlap twine to hold my banner together.  Last step was to add dots of Gold Stickles all along the edges of each pennant in order to define them more.
This flower was handmade.  I used a piece of a 12x12 Acrylic Sheet by Clear Scraps to create it.  I shared a tutorial on how I created this flower over on the Clear Scraps blog.  So if interested, feel free to check it out.

Thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

Oct 19, 2012

To Catch A Thief Layout

Hello again fellow scrappers!  Today I'm presenting a page that I made for the latest C.S.I Challenge.  I'm also entering this into the Berry71bleu mixed media challenge going on during this month.  Similar to my 'She Gave Me Wings' page, I once again ended up using several mixed media to achieve the texture you see in my background.

I had actually made this page previously but have been wanting to remake it for some time now since my scrapbooking style has evolved so much during this past year or so.  You can see my original page here.  I was amazed myself when I saw how different my style is today than it was about 2 years ago.  When I first started scrapbooking I kept it safe & simple.  Now, I'm definitely more diverse & take more risks.  I also tend to make my own backgrounds with either stamps or with the use of mixed media.

The theme of this page hasn't changed at all these past few years though--I'm still very much a pen thief and am notorious for swiping them when you least expect it!  :-) I honestly don't mean to do it though--it's just a very bad habit of mine.  My journaling explains it all which is stored in the little pocket on a tag that is pulled out with the use of the tassel.  Journaling reads:

Pens...I buy them, I collect them & yes, I unintentionally steal them. There isn't one cube in my office that I haven't hit. They are left carelessly thrown on top of desks & on shelves. When I visit, I tend to pick these pens up & play with them in my hands while I talk shop. When I walk out of the cube--the pen is still in my hand. It eventually lands into one of the 3 mugs I have on my desk that I use to hold all of my pens. Sometimes, the pen makes it's way back to it's original owner--but most of the time it stays with me & added to my always-growing collection both in the office & at home.
Keep your pens locked up my friends, I come when unexpected & I'm a quiet thief unknown to most including myself. It's a habit I cannot break nor control. I strike by day or night, early or late...
Catch me, if you can...
Here's the C.S.I Case File that I based my page on.

Evidence is as follows: gold elements, texture & tassels

Testimony: I used the 'Journal of Secrets' since this is a secret that I'm willing to share
The chippies are by the Dusty Attic.  I added a couple of elements to these guys as well in order to give them a bit of texture.  I started off by painting them with gesso--once dry I randomly spread Peachy Keen Shimmerz paint & Sunkissed Peach glimmer mist all along my chippies with a thin paint brush.  I then hit my chippies with my heat gun.  Finally, I added Glossy Accents by Ranger to my chippies to give them that epoxy look.
I used a couple of pen nibs by Tim Holtz to convey the theme of my page.  You can see my tag & journaling peeking out from it's pocket here.  The tassel is used to pull the tag out of it's pocket.

I edited my photo with Photoshop.  I felt that turning my photo into a 'pencil sketch' went along with the theme of this page as well.
The doilies I bought from JoAnne's Fabric store.  Resin bird is by Prima.
The metal plate is by Tim Holtz & I felt the statement fit this page perfectly.  'Embrace Imperfection'.  Lord knows I'm anything but perfect & have several bad habits such as this one!
I also randomly added dots of Crystal Ice Stickles & mint rhinestones to my background.  You can find them scattered around here and there.

Large rhinestone button is by Zeus & Zoe.
To give my background some texture I started off with randomly spreading gesso with a sponge.  While the gesso was still wet, I applied the following: gold embossing powder by Stampendous, Dried Marigold & Spiced Marmalade distress embossing powder, gold chunky leaf glitter by Martha Stewart & Gilded Mica fragments by Stampendous.  I then hit the entire background with my heat gun in order to melt the embossing powders.  Once my background was dry I randomly spritzed some Sunkissed Peach glimmer mist & wrapped it all up by randomly spreading some Frosty's Got The Blues Shimmerz paint.  Phew...all that for one background!
The large light peach flower is by Manor House Creations.  Wooden clocks are by Prima.

Thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit.  Have a great weekend everybody!

Oct 16, 2012

Capture the Good Times Layout

Hello once again fellow scrappers!  Time to reveal yet another page for the latest Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS) challenge.  The challenge for this month was to use a quote in combination with the usual provided sketch.  We could interpret the quote anyway we wanted.

I've also used an XL acrylic Deco shape by Clear Scraps on this page.

All paper used on this page was sponsored by Riddersholm Design & is from their Christmas Story collection.  I wanted to show how versatile these papers were in using them in a non-Christmas themed layout.  They are beautiful papers for either Christmas or non-Christmas themed projects!

Not many know this--but I suppose this is a good time as any to tell.  I'm actually expecting my first child & he's due in a few weeks time (yes, it's a boy).  To us though our fur-baby Toby is our 'eldest' son.  My family are huge animal lovers and ever since I can remember we always saw the pets in our household as simply another member of the family.  Plus it doesn't help that Toby really does act like he's a child trapped in a furry body.  Here is just one example of that.  Toby has been curious about my growing belly for some time now.  Well this October afternoon he simply came up to me and started sniffing around my tummy--eventually he just stood up & felt it--as if he were trying to figure out what's going on inside this growing tummy.  Luckily my husband was around & he snapped this photo.

Here's the sketch provided by Nadia that my page is based on.
Here's the quote that was provided.  I focused more on the 'capture the good times' part of the quote.  I felt that this photo was very candid, sweet & am very grateful that I was able to capture this one moment.  It's one I don't wish to forget.
I used an actual negative from a film strip that I had in my stash as  part of my embellishments.  The burgundy ribbon was sponsored by Scrapbooking Fantasies & I used it on both my journaling tag and for this arrangement of flowers, beaded vines & twine.  There's a bit of moss jute ribbon in the background, mini pine cones (since this photo was taken in Autumn--my fave season!) a small glass vial full of black glass beads & a light bulb trinket by Prima.  The twine & white mulberry paper roses were also sponsored by Riddersholm Design.
To give my large acrylic shape some texture I first randomly inked along all the edges with Pesto, Currant & Silver alcohol ink.  I then broke out my stamps & stamped some images with jet black StazOn.  TIP: Always remember to use permanent solvent ink when stamping on non-pourous surfaces such as acrylic.  I've always used StazOn for this kind of stamping.  Using other kind of ink such as pigment or dye will cause your image to smear.
A close up of more stamping.  This is the beauty of's see through--so any images you put on it or behind it show.  In this close up you can see some random splatter stamping that I did on the background paper with brown ink as well as my black stamping that was done directly on the acrylic.
A close up of the alcohol ink--that Silver ink really adds a nice sheen to the edges!  To dress up my border a bit more I added some dots of Silver Stickles as well.
I tucked a bit of ivory tulle underneath this very pretty handmade flower.  This flower is from an Etsy shop called More Paper Than Shoes.  Anna, the owner, makes many lovely handmade flowers such as these.
This tag holds my journaling (it's on the backside of the tag).  It's actually a journaling ticket by Tim Holtz that I turned into a tag.  I just punched a hole on the top & ran some ribbon through.  The edges were inked with a bit of Vintage Photo distress ink.
This lovely large burgundy flower is by Manor House Creations.

Thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit--it's always very much appreciated.  Do remember to swing by the OUAS blog & see the other DT's interpretation of the current challenge & do play along if you can!

Also, I hope this post inspired some of you to get creative with your acrylic--break out those stamps and alcohol inks & just get messy!  You can always find this & many more acrylic goodies at Clear Scraps.

Have a great rest of the week!