Using Scraps for Layout Foundations

by Tammy on August 7, 2014

Looking for a way to use up your scraps and to create a quick and easy layout?

I was going through my scrap drawers recently looking for a very specific grey color. As I was pulling out scraps and laying them on the table, it occurred to me how cool all the different sizes looked stacked on top of each other. It reminded me of a tip from one of Shimelle’s classes where she took scraps and built some different page foundations.

Just like that, an idea for a layout was born!

MD at 11

All I did was pull out contrasting patterns and start stacking them from largest to smallest on the page. Once the idea took hold, I flipped through some printed photos and found these two of my oldest nephew. From the photos I was able to pull out the accent colors.

MD details

Using the same process, I pulled out a few pattern paper scraps from my yellow drawer to finish the background. And since I recently organized more of my embellishments by color, I was able to quickly find all the different aqua items to accent the page. A few journaling cards, a little washi tape, some bling and black paint splatters and my page was complete.

In case you were wondering, the journaling is behind the one of the background mats. I didn’t leave enough room for it on the layout, so I added it to a tag but it slipped below the mat. (Looking for some aqua ribbon to tie to the top now so it won’t get lost!)

When you are short on time and want to put together a layout quickly,  just search through your scrap drawer and start pulling out patterns you love. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the background can come together.

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Use Your Scraps | Quilted Background

by Tammy on July 25, 2014

I recently took one of those Meyers Briggs personality tests. If you are at all interested, you can find it here:

I was fascinated by the results because they were so eerily accurate. I always knew that some things have always been hard for me, but after reading about my personality type (I’m an INTJ) I finally understood why. And the amazing thing is that now that I’m more conscious of it, I have been able to make a few shifts in the way that I approach those situations and it’s made a huge difference. I printed a ton of info from the Internet because I wanted to be able to remind myself of these things if I ever started to forget.

In addition, I have come to learn that many Capricorns are INTJ’s. Which lead to even more research and investigation. And more printing. And the pressing issue of…what to do with all these things? You guessed it…I had to create a pocket layout, of course.

I wasn’t really going for a work of art on the layout itself. I just wanted a photo and a place to hold all these papers. I ended up going through my orange scrap drawer and pulling out a bunch of coordinating papers. Using an old Quickutz rounded square shape, I punched all of the papers and started arranging them to cover the pocket.


I used a full sheet of 12×12 cardstock. I knew that the pocket would be 6×12 so I folded the sheet in half to create a guide. Starting in the bottom left corner, I adhered my squares on the diagonal. The rounded corners provided the perfect place for a brad. I added one in between each square and that helped create the quilted look.


After I added all of the brads, I folded down the other half of the card stock to cover up the brad posts. It gave a smooth edge to the back of the pocket so that I could slide all the papers in.

Here’s the completed layout:


The flap with my photo lifts up and that is where I added some journaling. I added a few butterflies, a flair badge, a quick title that I cut with my Silhouette and called it done.

Does your personality line up with your zodiac sign?

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Finally Home | A Scrapbook Layout

by Tammy on July 16, 2014

Just a quick layout to share today.

This page never would have come about were it not for my June Best Day of My Life Scraptastic kit. This is a pattern paper that I would not have gravitated too, probably never would have purchased, but am glad I had it to work with. I am so happy with how this layout turned out.

Finally Home with the June Scraptastic Kit

That cityscape piece came as a single, plain wood veneer. I didn’t think that the wood matched the colors and tones in the paper or photo so I heat embossed it silver. The wood veneer took the embossing really well.  It’s a good reminder that if you are determined to use something that doesn’t match your project, think about how you can change or alter it to get it to work.

Finally Home detailsMost of the paper came from the kit, as did the stickers and the flair. I added  in a project life card, some punched flowers, the doily and grey Thickers from my stash.

While I probably wouldn’t have picked this papers up myself, I love that kits like this can push me to create layouts I wouldn’t normally create. The paper inspired me to find a cityscape photo and when I landed on this one, I knew exactly what the story would be.

Do you ever let products inspire the story and photos for your layouts?

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Soakin’ Up The Sun | A Scrapbook Layout

by Tammy on July 11, 2014

Despite my typical aversion to two-page layouts, I have one to share today.

These photos are from 2009. Feels good to finally be getting around to them! I had about 100 shots of my nephews in the pool but only printed a handful. This is actually more photos than I print for most any event but I am very happy with this layout, so it all worked out.

Soakin up the Sun

I used a sketch from Scrapbook Generation, as that is pretty much the only way I can do 2 pagers anymore. This one was super easy as I used a 6×6 paper pad for the background papers, one pre-cut element and then used my punches to create all the embellishments. Super easy!


As I shared in a post earlier this week, the circle embellishments were punched out from a super busy (but really fun) pattern paper that I’ve had for years and could just never figure out how to use. I just punched out the circles and added in some additional embellishments.

I added some hand stitching to the die-cut sun piece and punched a few flags to add to the upper right corner. I purposely used a subtle pattern on the right side of the layout so that I could use that area for journaling. It ended up working perfectly to write my thoughts right there on the page. Which is better than not leaving room for it at all, which is what happens half the time!

The photos may be older, but this was a page that was worth catching up on.

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Quick Tip | Use Your Stash Twofer

by Tammy on July 8, 2014

I was going through some older paper collections recently and came across a sheet of pattern paper that I have always loved but have never figured out how to use. You know the ones I’m talking about. Super fun designs that you just had to have…but what to do with them?

This was my challenge:


This paper came from the City Park Collection from American Crafts. Circa 2010. There was so much to love: the colors, the not so perfectly round circles, the glitter texture, the whimsical and playful nature of the design.

But for all the love, I could never figure out what to do with it.

Quick Tip One: When in doubt, cut it out.


Thanks to my trusty circle punches, I was able to pull out the elements of the paper that I loved, but use them in a way that suits my style. Layered clusters.

Quick Tip Two: Circles are perfect for grounding smaller embellishments.


Think brads. Acrylic pieces. Buttons. Enamel dots. Epoxy shapes. Chipboard pieces. Word stickers. All the little pieces that accumulate that are so easy to forget about.


How did I use my fun embellishments? Stay tuned. I will share the full page later this week.

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Tags Of Inspiration | June 2014

by Tammy on June 30, 2014

Ah, just in time before the end of the month, I focused my creative energy over this past weekend on a few inspiration tags. As my mojo abandoned me sometime before my surgery, tags are the perfect way be creative without a lot of pressure.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art  — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration if needed, when I’m working on a project.)


Inspiration ideas:

  • Cover die cuts with glitter for a little sparkle
  • Distress inks + water = fun effects
  • Use paint around the edges instead of ink

good times-tag

Inspiration ideas:

  • Ink over a stamped/embossed background
  • Use a unique embellishment in an unexpected way
  • Frames are a fun way to ground embellishments


Inspiration ideas:

  • Pinks + greys with a touch of black
  • Use metallic embossing powder on vellum for something different
  • Cut embossed cardstock into shapes


Inspiration ideas:

  • Don’t be shy about using a variety of colors
  • Back vellum sentiments with lighter cardstock for impact
  • Use scraps leftover from another project right away

As always, it’s so much fun to put these tags together and to just play!

I am really looking forward to this short week. Our Independence Day holiday is this week and I have a 4-day weekend coming up. I have lots of scrappy plans. Keeping my fingers crossed that this warm up helps keep the mojo flowing the rest of this week.

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Goodbye Two Peas In A Bucket

by Tammy on June 27, 2014

The shot heard around the scrapbooking world this week is that Two Peas in a Bucket will close their doors on July 10th. I’ve know for months that something was up. There was a lot of speculation on the boards and the silence from Kristina and Jeffrey was very telling.

This is one of the first layouts I ever posted in the 2Peas gallery:


Can you point out everything that dates this page? Let’s see….the torn edges, the fibers, the metal rimmed vellum tag, the eyelets and the journaling on vellum. I think that gingham paper came from a Provo Craft slab. It’s not my style anymore, but I still love this page!

I don’t think a week has gone by in the last 12 years that I haven’t been over at Two Peas at some point lurking, posting, soaking up inspiration, learning, sharing, encouraging others, praising in the gallery, watching videos, laughing at silly NSBR posts, being puzzled by the controversies, pondering and discussing important topics like matte or glossy?, stalking the store for new products and just generally having an online home to hang out with people just as obsessed with pretty paper as I am.

Kristina and Jeffrey were truly pioneers in the online world and through their community I learned so much about what it means to be a memory keeper. Two Peas wasn’t just a store, it was a community. A place where scrappers and paper crafters could congregate, ask questions, learn from each other, hang out, and soak up inspiration.

But I was a customer too. My very first online purchase of scrapbook supplies was from 2Peas. I went back and looked at my order history and some of the things I bought in that first purchase in 2003 were Frame Ups from My Mind’s Eye, O’Scrap! die cuts, SEI’s Serendipity papers and Chatterbox Rec Room collection.

I am really sad that this is an end of an era. I will miss the community and the store, that for many years, always stocked the latest and the greatest. And I will miss the morning blog post as it was one of the ways I kept up with all of my blogging friends. Where do we go to post our updates now?

Thank you for indulging me in this trip down memory lane. RIP Two Peas.




Hurray! Back to the crafty postings…

When I returned to work last summer, I really started focusing on my health again. More fruits and veggies, less processed foods. I started taking a salad to work every day for lunch and it’s become such a habit that I have a hard time saying yes to eating out when co-workers ask. Sometimes the need to socialize overpowers the need to consume veggies, but more often than not, I eat my salad.

This mandarin orange/cranberry/feta/walnut salad is my current favorite, so I snapped a photo to document this momentous achievement of actually eating veggies every day. I’m also loving Greek yogurt with berries, but only get to fix it for breakfast on the weekends.

This layout was all about the pre-made cards. The “This” and “That” cards came from the Pebbles Seen and Noted pack of 3×4 cards. The smaller square cards come from the Project Life Just Add Water core kit. And it’s older, but I am still loving the colors in these papers from the Carta Bella Hello Again collection. I used the Hello Chevron and the Small Floral papers. These papers have cardstock weight and a cool texture to them. They are so yummy to work with!

So what kind of good habits do you fall into during the summer? Are you documenting them?

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