Archive | February 2012

I think I’m hooked

I do so love my paper scrapping, but digital is steadily reeling me in. I can see that paper may start to become more of a social scrapping event than a productivity one. Messing around with overlays and blending and a monochromatic color scheme today, I came up with this beauty. Well, my friends donated the beauty who is the subject, I just added the backdrop. Soon enough, I’ll get back to blogging more than just the pages I did today, but I’m having too much fun playing around with PSE right now!

Credits: Pleasantly Plum Page Kit by Lora Speiser of


…or you can go completely digital and see how you like it.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the past month learning how to scrap digitally. I found a lovely group of digital scrappers at and it feels like a great fit for me and my scrapping goals at the present. In this first month, I’ve taken part in a contest they hold every 6 months or so called NKOTB and in it, you scrap one layout per round for three rounds, each lasting a week. At the end of the week, after having read and taken advice from their seasoned digital scrappers, you select your best version of your page and submit it as your final for each round. Now that the three rounds are done, they are having a judging (optional for the contestants) and I’ve chosen a layout to submit for judging.

It’s been such a great learning experience that even if there were no judging, it would be more than worth the time and effort put into this contest. I went in knowing next to nothing in PSE (Photoshop Elements, my scrapping software of choice) and came out knowing a lot more than next to nothing–still not nearly all there is to know, but these things take time. I feel like I almost have the hang of working with layers, or at least I remember now that when it isn’t doing what I want it to do, I should check if I’m on the right layer first before crying. More importantly, besides the invaluable amount of knowledge I’ve gained already, I’ve met another community of great people who do exactly what it is I want to do. They really know their stuff, some are designers and some are just excellent scrappers, but they all have so many tricks of the trade to offer new people. I can’t say enough how glad I am to have come across their site.

So, the contest. I made the following three layouts, using products they gave us to use from their store/designers. The first was the one that I spent the most time tweaking (after all, I didn’t even know how to pull the photos onto the project from the bar at the bottom–total noob here) and I made approximately 40 versions of this layout before settling on this one:

This page was created using the Abstruse Aquamarine Page Kit by Teresa Loman, and GE Twill Script font, as well as Word Art by Marcee Duggar, also of DSP! I learned a LOT creating this page, through constructive criticism by the members of the group.

The second page I made was much easier. Somehow, I just had all the right things to make this work, and I hardly had to revise it at all, maybe twice. This page was made with Flourishing Romance Page Kit by Meryl Bartho, and an overlay template, Sweetest Memories by Kim Liddiard. I chose this layout to be the one in the judging, although the choice was very difficult, because I love all three of these layouts.

And the final round was made using My Heart Belongs Page Kit by Lauren Bavin and a few elements from Meryl Bartho’s Flourishing Romance (from the previous round) Page Kit. I also scraplifted the general shape of a layout by another of the members of DSP for this round of the contest. I loved working with these colors, and spent a few hours creating a torn edge that I never did wind up using on this page, but don’t worry, I saved it for later! Here is Apple Picking:

All in all, I have enjoyed greatly digital scrapping, and I’m glad to see that PSE hasn’t been as tough as I thought it was going to be to learn. I did lose my paper mojo for a week or so, but I am happy to say that I’ll never give up my tactile tradition either. I may need to focus on the digital, since I want to use it to generate income someday soon, but my paper is still sitting here, staring me in the face. I hope you enjoy these layouts, and ones to come as well. I know I enjoyed creating them!

Costume Jewelry has a place on your page

I know this page is a little out of season, I’ll be back to February momentarily.  Looking through my finished layout photos today, I came across this one, and somehow, even though the page itself seems “meh” to me, that OWL just strikes me every time I see him.  I was out yard-saling for the first time back in September and at this one place that had really pricey clothing for sale, I spotted this piece of costume jewelry for 25 cents.  I was immediately smitten.  I had never thought of myself as an owl fan or anything, but something about this piece caught my eye, and I scooped him up.  My future MIL looked at me like I was crazy because I don’t wear jewelry at all, and when I told her it was for my scrapbooking, she looked at me like I was even crazier.  Anyway, I have taken to using jewelry in several of my layouts this year.  I like the bling and I like that touch of nostalgia.  I have a friend who cleaned out her jewelry a few weeks ago, and brought me an entire bag of things to play with, and I plan to use things whole and in pieces on various pages.  One man’s trash…LOVE THAT!  This week will most likely have quick posts, because I am involved in a week-long online paper crop AND a digital crop contest, so if I can manage to do those two AND a blog post every other day, I’ll be pleased.  I’ll try to show some of my work of the day.

Just a cute page

Good morning, sunshines!  I just wanted to share with you a cute page I came up with last weekend while out scrapping with my lady friends.  This photo was taken Christmas Day, 2009.  In June of that year, we were all cleaning out classrooms and somebody near my room had put a tepee out in the hallway to be picked up by the custodians.  A TEPEE IN THE TRASH?!!?  Unheard of!  I saw that thing, and after asking if anyone else needed it for their room, I trash-picked that baby right up and said, “I’m going to give this to my boys for Christmas!  Who wouldn’t want a tepee?”

So I put it away and saved it for Christmas, and on Christmas morning, they had so much to open that they got bored and went off to play.  We didn’t get around to the tepee, well, because I forgot to go downstairs and get it.  So after things had calmed down, I remembered I had gotten it for them and went and set it up in the living room, and as soon as they saw it, it was a hit!  We all climbed in the tepee, and a Christmas card was born!  I hope to get a new photo every year of us in the tepee on Christmas Day, at least until we are too big to get in any more.

This layout was inspired by a challenge to use eyelets or grommets in an unusual way.  I dug through a thousand sheets of paper because I knew I had this piece of fabric-looking paper in there somewhere.  I glued it together so that there would be pattern when I opened the flaps of the tepee, and used eyelets to tack it down, as well as for some decoration.  Some Indian corn paper and some stitching from my favorite Paper Pizzazz easy stitch template, and VOILA!