Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  As you wait for your bird to be done, and sit through commercials during the Macy's Parade, why not check out a few of the Paper Issues Girls and their Thankful projects today?

I decided to use a photo recently taken with my husband and dedicate a page to him.  When I showed him this page, he got a little cocky remembering the guy who said he resembled Pitbull, lol, but after reading the journaling, he quickly softened up, gave me a hug and whispered how sweet I was.  I love scrapbooking for the fact that we can document our stories.  We can create keepsakes for years to come.  And we can use all of our pretty papers and embellishments to make pages that showcase our style.  "Bedner's Farm" was created using black ink and a small Gossamer Blue alpha stamp.



For my layout, I used Pink Paislee's "Turn The Page", by Paige Taylor Evans.  The colors are bright and fun, but they can also be used for masculine pages.  I rounded up 2 Fiskars hexagon punches and used the smaller hexi-punch on the 2x2 square pads that came with this collection.  I then punched the remainder parts of the small squares with a Martha Stewart punch to make tiny flowers.  The thickers are by American Crafts, and have a goldish lined outline. 

I also used the "Bubbles" free cut file from the Paper Issues Shop for background swirly circles.  The stitching was made with a Uniball White Gel Pen and I polished the page with Nuvo White Drops; they're the perfect sprinkled touch.



To put it all together I used one of my new favorites, another Nuvo product which applies adhesive smoothly and is a full bottle!  I'm still on my 1st bottle and I've been using it consistently for more than a month!  I will add a disclaimer; like with any adhesive, if you leave the top off overnight, the glue will dry within the nozzle.  So make sure you close that top as soon as you're done with your project.



Fun Fact:  From time to time I sketch out an idea for a page.  Today's project share is something I sketched out more than a month ago.  It's not exactly like the sketch, but very similar.  Feel free to use the sketch for your own projects and link me so I can see your beautiful take on it.




Thanks for checking in on this special day.  I have included several links below for your convenience.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop. Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.  Awesome!

LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group

I hope you all enjoy your delicious meals today, with your family and friends.  And make sure to get some rest this weekend!


-AtStudioD

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Escape.

It's ROUND 2 of "Monday Issues", and the Paper Issues DT is sharing our take on it.  The challenge prompted us to create a project about our home, (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in town / state).

I decided to make a page about my craft space.  How I enjoy sitting there for hours to organize, plan, create, print photos, listen to sermons and take notes, watch YouTube videos or just look at my beautiful custom made mermaid art canvas.  I truly have loved downsizing because it's forced me to consider and keep only things that I absolutely love, need or will use.  I'm almost afraid of moving and buying a home with extra room because I won't have enough to fill it with.  LOL.



In any case, for this layout, I used a mix of Maggie Holmes collections by Crate Paper, mainly "Bloom" and "Chasing Dreams".  I included fun & bright mixed media techniques; I really have enjoyed working with acrylic paints and stencils in the past year.  I like that I can create my own background and/or build on what my background scrapbook paper is.  If you look closely you may also find that the bare wood thickers were painted half pink, and I added white Nuvo drops over the yellow acrylic background.  That was so relaxing!  I first adhered the wood letters to the page and then added the paint with a tiny brush.  Two quick coats and I was done.





Here's a video of the wood painting process that I shared on my IG stories.



If you have time this month, I'd love to see your project shares of your favorite spot.  I bet a lot of you will show off your gorgeous kitchens and where you bake!  

I have included some quick links below to the PI Shop, FB Group and Blog.  Check out what the other ladies are sharing and find some inspiration.

Also, if you are looking to fill your stocking with new goodies, visit the PI shop and use my 20% discount.  I get a couple of nickels for each time someone uses my code. 
Help a sista out!
LOL

Have a FABULOUS week!


LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group


-AtStudioD

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Break The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them.  Scrapbooking should be personal to you.  How you want to express yourself in your pages.  How you want to document your memories.  Don't feel overwhelmed with popularity.  Do what pleases you.  Do what comes naturally.  If you want to add flowers to a boy's layout, go right ahead.  Your memories are yours, and told by your point of view.

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date.  



I used mostly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page", with the exception of a photo frame from Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the teal border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my current favorite technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.


Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.


LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
PI Family & Friends FB Group

-AtStudioD