Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Simple Detashing Idea for January: Mosaic Patterns with Scraps

ETA: I'm also linking up this week with Shopping Our Stash,  where the challenge is to make a love-themed project, and Snippets Plaground #161, the place where scrap (snippet) lovers play.

Supplies: cardstock from Neenah Paper; patterned paper from My Mind's Eye; stamp from Unity; stamping ink from Clearsnap; edging ink from Autumn Leaves/Stampology.

Hi, everyone!  It's time for my first de-stashing post of the year.  In keeping with my plans to simplify things in 2015, I'm bringing you an idea that is simple yet versatile: using scraps to create a mosaic effect.  I used this mosaic technique to make the Valentine card that you see above.

The idea for the Valentine came from this card, which is one of my favorite creations from 2014.  I used boldly patterned scraps for the 2014 card, but I got a totally different look by choosing romantic/shabby chic scraps for the Valentine card.

I left the 2014 card unembellished, but I added a tidbit of decoration to the 2015 card, with this doily cut-out and stamped heart.  Really, you can get so many different looks from this one mosaic technique, just by varying the size and pattern of the paper scraps and adding (or not adding) a little embellishment.  Plus, this technique is a quick and fun way to use up scraps.  Let me know if you give the technique a try.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Top 14 of 2014

Hello, everyone!  We're only a couple weeks into 2015, but I hope that the new year is treating you well so far.  I've taken some time to reflect on my body of work from 2014, and I've come up with a list of my favorite projects.  Here it is, my "Top 14 of 2014."

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1.) My son left me a sticky note on this scrapbook page after he saw it.  The note says, "Dear Mom, Awesome!  I mean it!"  How could this not be my favorite project of the year???
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2.) This page celebrates the other special guy in my life, my husband.  Plus, I feel like I captured the romantic feeling of our anniversary really well in this page.
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3.) I also used the romantic style for this tag mini book, a project that turned out to be both beautiful and useful.

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 4.) In contrast to the romantic style of the last two projects, my favorite card of the year has a strong graphic style.  It was a great way to showcase that patterned paper that we all love.
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5.) I'm also proud of the strong graphic design of this page.  Plus, I always enjoy documenting my family's obsession with passion for kung fu.

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 6.) I'm happy that I was able to include so much journaling on this page.

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 7.) There is quite a bit of journaling on this one as well, plus I liked being able to include so many photos.
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8.) This computer banner made a great surprise for my husband on Valentine's Day.

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 9.) This gift card holder was also a great surprise, this time for a friend's birthday.  (The friend is a physics/astronomy teacher, so the star chart paper was a big hit.)

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 10.) The bold mix of colors and patterns on this page makes it a favorite of mine.

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11.) I also like the colors and pattern play on this one.

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12.  And, in contrast to the previous two projects, I liked using lighter colors and an airier design on this card.

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13.) In 2014 I often made cards in coordinating sets, something I hope to continue doing in 2015.  This set is my favorite from last year.

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14.) Finally, this page was just plain fun--fun to make and fun to look at.  And fun is what it's all about, right?  Right!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Toward a Simpler 2015

Christmas is over, but here is a scrapbook page that gives you a peek at how I decorated for Christmas 2014.

Supplies: border stickers, alphabet stickers, journaling card, die cuts, & flair badge from October Afternoon; doily from Royal; photo mat paper from Provo Craft; striped background paper from Little Yellow Bicycle; check list sticker from Bella Blvd; pens from Zig; upcycled tabletop confetti snowflakes.

Have you put your holiday decorations away?  Some people like to put them away quickly, while others like to leave them out for quite awhile.  I fall somewhere in the middle, usually putting my Christmas decorations away the first weekend after New Year's.  This year, I didn't have much to put away...

As the journaling on this layout indicates, our family didn't put up our big tree for Christmas 2014.  We all had bad colds at the beginning of December, and decorating just seemed like too much of a hassle.  So we put out Santa Bear and a tiny tabletop tree instead.

I kind of feel like this sticker was made for this page.  :)

You know what?  I actually liked the simplicity of not decorating much for Christmas.  I'm not saying that I'll do it this way every Christmas, but it is nice to go easy on yourself every now and then.

Blog-wise, I am also simplifying.  My life is about to get a lot busier, as I'll be taking a graduate course during spring semester.  Some of my normal blogging time is going to turn into study time.  Basically, there will be three changes to my blog: 
  1. I'll still be blogging, just not as often.  
  2.  I won't be seeking any design team positions at this time.
  3. I'll still write monthly destashing posts, but they will no longer be scheduled for the tenth of each month.
Simple can be good, and I'm looking forward to this new year.  I hope you'll stick with me as my blog changes and evolves.  No matter what happens, my love for papercrafts will never change.  :) 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Vintage" Recipe Page

Hello, everyone!  I'm joining Elizabeth & Bleubeard's T is for Tuesday link party again this week.  Last week I was inspired by T-Tuesday participant Mo, who shared pages from an old Betty Crocker cookbook.  I realized that I have a similar cook book, and I want to share a bit of it today.

This is Betty Crocker's New Dinner for Two cookbook.  Well, it was new in 1964.  :)  I like it and still use it from time to time.  Most of the recipes are quick and simple.  That's my favorite kind of recipe! 

I checked to see whether there were any tea-related recipes in my cookbook.  Though I didn't find and mention of tea, there is a whole page of advice on how to prepare and serve coffee.  And the illustration is adorable, don't you think so?

Supplies: album page from Hallmark; red alphabet stickers, woodgrain alphabet stickers, patterned paper, buttons, & die cuts from October Afternoon; all other stickers from Cosmo Cricket; stamp from PSX; mini envelope from Colorbok; ink from Hero Arts; punch from Creative Memories; thread from Singer; pens from Zig.

Seeing the recipes in my old cookbook reminded me of this scrapbook page that I've had in my draft file for ages.  I'm glad that I'm getting around to sharing it at last.  I created this page at a free class put on jointly by my local library and the Minnesota Historical Society.  It was a class about documenting cherished family recipes on scrapbook pages.  The class was great, with a friendly, knowledgeable teacher.  Lots of materials were available for use in class, including that darling cow cut-out, which is reproduced from a vintage Minnesota cookbook.  If the library ever offers a similar class, I'll definitely sign up again.

I hope that you've enjoyed this vintage-vibe post today.  It's freezing cold here in Minnesota today, so I'll definitely be curling up with a hot cup of tea soon.  Happy T Day!