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?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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.)

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Inspiration ideas:

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

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Inspiration ideas:

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

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Inspiration ideas:

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

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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.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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:

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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.

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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?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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The Super Long Break I Never Meant To Take

by Tammy on June 16, 2014

Hi Friends!

I’m baaaaacccck.

Sort of.

All of the behind the scenes stuff on this blog have been updated but when I upgraded to a new version of Thesis (the framework I use) all of my settings are gone. The new version of Thesis supports the upgraded servers my webhost is using so it’s best that I upgrade too. But that means I have to redesign my site on the new framework.

I need to play around, figure out some HTML to get things how I want them. It may take awhile. But in the meantime, I’ve reverted to the format I have always used and will keep up until the new design is ready.

My site was also SPAM attacked in the middle of the upgrages. I had to shut down the comments and take the site private to get it to stop. It’s never easy, is it?

But the good news is, crafty postings will resume soon!

However… 

The redesign is not the only reason I have been away. About five weeks ago, I discovered a mole that looked off to me. If you’ve been here for awhile, you know that I have a history of melanoma. After a biopsy and a week of waiting, I found out I did indeed have another one.  I was in surgery less than a week later. They don’t mess around. And I finally came to understand what it is like for the bloggers out there who take a break when they have a health or family crisis. Nothing else matters. Recovery was my top priority.

While the diagnosis is scary, I found this melanoma early. There was no cancer in the lymph nodes and the tissue removed during surgery was clear. My oncologist will monitor me closely for the next couple of years but  no chemo or radiation is needed  (just like last time). My follow up tests have been normal and it appears that the cancer is gone.

Whew.

It’s amazing how much changes with a little surgery. It’s been about a month and while the scars are healing, I still don’t have much of an appetite. I’m not sleeping that great and get tired easily. I still can’t work out much so it will take me awhile to build my stamina and cardio routine back up.

And my creativity? Practically non-existent. Ugh. I’m still working on projects, but slowly. I hope that getting back to blogging will be some incentive to boost my creativity again.

I do have some projects to share. Probably not the best work I’ve ever created, but right now, it’s all about baby steps. I’ll be back soon with a new layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Houston…We Have A Problem

by Tammy on May 2, 2014

So…

I will be taking an unexpected blog break very soon. My webhost has upgraded my server and the new server is not compatible with my current site settings. Awesome.

Everything needs to be upgraded and then tested. And since I run this site by myself, I’m going to have to find the time to work on it.

Don’t know how long it will take. Don’t know if the site will go down in the meantime. All I can say is I hope it’s quick and painless and that I’ll be back soon with new posts.

Thank you for all of your support!

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