Making the Most of a Paper Collection

Have you ever picked up a set of papers, or even a collection, and wanted to make the most of that collection? Do you want to stretch every last inch of your paper supplies? Me too!

When I selected 4 sheets of the Pink Paislee Declaration collection to add into my stash, I knew I had to do something fun with them. We don’t do a big celebration for Fourth of July around here so I knew I was going to play off the colors in the papers.

With that in mind, I also stepped up the challenge, and wanted to create as much as possible without wasting paper! I started by finding some some starting points and basic sketches online from Shimelle Laine and May Flaum. Both of them have unique styles that totally inspire me to create.

After I created the “Starting Points” for the videos, I took time to film each of the layouts at this step so you could see just how basic a layout can start. You can watch the video below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

Now, I’m not done sharing things with you because I also created a PDF cutting guide to do exactly what I did and create the MOST out of 4 double-sided papers! I do hope you enjoy this and who knows, I might continue to make more and share them with you.

Making the Most of a Collection

Don’t forget to check back NEXT Wednesday where I will share with you how all 4 of these layouts turned out in their completion!

Also, if you are interested in learning more from Shimelle or May, check out their classes.

Shimelle has an absolutely fabulous class that was part of True Scrap 3 called “The Perfect Collection” that you can now purchase individually! You will totally not regret this purchase! Shimelle even includes a cutting guide for a FULL Collection!

May has a class coming out SOON with Big Picture that I am sure will NOT disappoint! The class, “Kit-tastic” focuses on using up your stash by creating with kits! How awesome is that?

Start to Finish: Playtime Tag/Bookmark

Last week as a part of Camp Scrap, May talked about how when she gets new supplies, she likes to take time and just play. I had just gotten in the Summer Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and the Crafters Workshop Mini Fish Scales stencil. It was a match made in heaven and a perfect reason to just play!

First up, let’s secure that stencil down on the tag where I want it. I just washi tape to hold it in place. You can also use painter’s tape. Works great for cleanup!

Next up, I grabbed three colors of coordinating paints. I have an aqua, lime green and a violet. They aren’t exact matches to the Summer Distress Inks but work well for this.

Pulled the stencil up and now to wait for paint to dry… always the fun part!

Time to get inky! Grab a Ink Applicator and just work into the tag in random patches. You can’t go wrong with this, I promise!

While working, I decided this needed some more depth and layers. I grabbed a stamp from Purple Onion and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and stamped randomly. I like that!

Of course I had to add some pen work. Grabbed that Uniball Signo pen and went around the scales and made them pop!

Of course, I couldn’t leave that alone so I added a coat of Pearl paint over the entire tag. It totally made things super shiny!

Now, it’s done! Just added a bit of twine and gave it to a friend to use as a bookmark! Love how simple this was to create and just getting out there to play!

Start to Finish: Shopping with Honey

This week for my Start to Finish, I decided to pull only from scraps. I have been working on this for quite some time and have a post to tell you all about how I got to this ready to go up soon.

The inspiration behind this layout came from the amazingly talented Daniela Dobson and a layout of hers entitled Remember that was published in Scrapbook Trends June 2012. You can also see the layout on her blog.

Here we go! Are you ready?

The only “new” sheet was the background paper by KaiserCraft that I cut down to 8 1/2 x 11.

Next, it was time to go to my stash of scraps and pull various papers that I might want to use. I knew I needed a wider piece to layer everything on so I went for a complimentary scrap that was in the photo.

Just like in the inspiration layout, I pulled my chicken wire stamp from Tim Holtz and inked it up in Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I inked it up really well and then stamped around the page in various areas. I did do this twice so I would have various gradient effects across the page.

Okay, that looks good.

Now back to those papers, which ones do I want to use for sure?

Let’s get the main piece on first and build up from there. Don’t forget the bit of punching at the bottom. Ahh, that looks good!

Gotta find the right layer for under the scallops. This little strip from Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer was just right so off it came from the border strips!

A little tucking and it fits just right. Moving on…

Now, some strips of color on top of the base layer and then a few spritz with Mister Huey Water Cooler.

Let me interject a little scrappy tip: If you have a favorite punch that you are going to over and over again with your layouts, use your excess little pieces from layouts and punch them out right then and there to have on hand. I just started doing this and I’m going to that bowl all the time! Such a lifesaver!

Now, to place things down and see exactly how I wan them. I grabbed a Vintage Sweetheart Flashcard from Elle’s Studio and a journaling card from October Afternoon 9 to 5 collection and layered them with my picture.

Now, I want a bit of fun coming out from under the photo, so I grabbed my new EK Success Notebook Edge Punch {thanks Kanani}. I grabbed a teal and white houndstooth scrap from My Mind’s Eye and punched my heart out. I then layered it on top of my last little bit of this wonderful woodgrain paper also from My Mind’s Eye.

Now for a bit of twine and it looks good! :) Gotta love twine!

Now I can show you how having things already punched works great. I cut a lot of hexagons the other day with my Cameo just playing around. I used a couple on a project and had leftovers so I put them in my die cut tub. After cutting down the the No Patterned Paper layout, I had some pieces left that I punched as well. Stamped the edges with the matching Studio Calico Labels stamp and awesome extra die cut!

Now time to start working on part of the title. I have used handwritten title work for this entire road trip and didn’t want to stop now.

Now to run an errand while the Glossy Accents dries.

Now that this part of the title is dry, I popped up the wider parts with foam tape and put it above the flash card at the top of the page. Added in the rest of the title with some little 7Gypsies alphas.

Wanted to dress up the journaling spot area so I grabbed one of my pre-punched items and cut it in half to save for something else. Added a few brads and done with that “confetti cluster”.

Some more embellishing with clusters. Camera Stamp is from Heidi Swapp’s newest line.

Had to do a third cluster but this time I went with buttons. The fun yellow one is from Mossy Made and they are great quality and quick shipping!

Now, more of the title at the bottom with some Basic Grey Granola alphabets and more of the 7Gypsies alpha.

After a bit of journaling and pen work, it’s done! Funny story though, after doing all of this and then looking back at it I realized we weren’t at the San Marcos Outlets but rather the Round Rock Outlets over an hour away. LOL! I drew in the three arrows on the bottom right and then wrote that information on the back. I wasn’t going to try to redo it all or mess anything up. LOL!

Thank you so much for going through this layout with me Start to Finish and for the wonderful layout that Daniela Dobson created that inspired me so much.

1 Sketch: 2 Designers Start to Finish

Are you ready for a fun Start to Finish that begins with a sketch given to two scrapbookers? This week, I found the following sketch on the Echo Park blog that I decided would be fun to challenge Ashli Oliver, or soapHOUSEmama, to and then come together to see what both of us created. Disclaimer: Neither of us have seen each other’s layout until today’s release so we will both be amazed as well.

First things first, I grabbed a sheet of October Afternoon 5 & Dime Rock Candy for the background. I pulled some greens, whites and grays from my scraps and started to play around with where they would be located and marked in pencil their locations so I could layer behind.

Next, it was time to do some base layering. I used Olive, New England Ivy and Cocoa inks by CTMH to stamp the Studio Calico doilies in several layered spots on the background.

Okay, it needs a bit more. Grab the Studio Calico Taxi Mister Huey and spray a bit here and there.

Now time to start layering the scraps. The main photo section is a scrap of green paper layered on top of grey paper. Both of these are solids as I wanted them to truly bring in the eye to the photo. I flanked the central section with the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper. Note, the green paper on the left side of the center strip is longer than the grey paper. This is NOT necessary but it was what I had and knew I wouldn’t use the scrap so I went with it and knew I was going to hide it.

Now, let’s cover up that open area. I wanted to journal there so I dug through my pre-printed journaling cards and found this one by Splendid Miss M that I had printed in grayscale. I also grabbed a Whisker Graphics kraft bag and white doily to add more layers and pull in the doilies that I had already stamped.

I thought the journaling spot was a little bright so I inked it up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges and a bit on the inside. I also added some strips of washi tape around the edges and stuck a piece of paper from Amy Tangerine’s Daybook behind to add some balance.

Time for some photos! Now you can see why I picked the green because my sweater in the pictures is green as well as the drink in one of the photos.

The doilies were getting to be an eyesore to me so I decided they needed to be painted. Grab the watercolors and my aqua pen and filled them in along with the colors that they had been stamped. Much better! I also wiped off my brush a bit on the paper from the Amy Tangerine Daybook.

Now time for a mixed up title. Amy Tangerine Foam Journal Thickers in white were for the big part of the title. I LOVE these Thickers as they are such a great and simple font. I added the other words with Basic Grey Offbeat Alphabet Stickers. I hoard Basic Grey alphas because they are so versatile!

Decided this needed a date up by the journaling and grabbed the Amy Tangerine Thickers again for the date and Basic Grey Hello Luscious Mini Mono Alphabets for the month. Okay, three alphas in one layout is enough!

More layers are needed. I grabbed some buttons to fill in the smaller doilies and flank them on the washi tape as well. All were tied with black rustic twine and look great.

Now for a dilemma, what do I do with the bag? I already have a spot for my journaling and after mulling it over with Ashli, I went with confetti. Now, I don’t have the punch that will do this for me so I punched each of these by hand with my Crop-a-dile. WHEW, what a workout! Grab the Glue Gloss and stick things down randomly.

All that was left to do is the journaling and call it done! I kept the journaling about why this night was so fun which it always is with my husband (roommate at the time) and friend Lisa.

So what do you think? Are you interested in joining in on this sketch? Leave a link below if you do and don’t forget to check out Ashli’s version on her blog today as well.

More Wedding Scrapbooking

Now that it is summer time, I have had a lot more time to do what I want for the most part which I have been able to fill in with a lot of scrapbooking. This weekend was no exception to that as I was able to complete a total of 6 pages! 4 single pages and a double pager!

As many of you know, my primary focus is finishing up my wedding album. Well, May Flaum issued a challenge as a part of Camp Scrap to create a layout in 30 minutes. What a challenge that was! I grabbed a photo that I knew was in my pile to scrap for the wedding and went to work.

Grabbed some much loved (and hoarded) American Crafts paper from at least three years ago that I could never bear to cut into and started working with some layers and punching.

Got all the pieces adhered where I wanted to and then went to embellishing. I knew I really couldn’t over think things as time was against me.

I finished in about 32 minutes including the journaling and photos throughout so I was pleased with that and it helped get one more piece of the wedding albums done.

Next up, I wanted to create a two page spread for the plethora of photos that I had from opening presents at my bridal shower. I had a total of 17 photos and wanted to use as many as possible.

I had seen the above sketch online earlier this week and saved it to my phone for inspiration. I decided to use the basics of this for the layout at hand.

First step was to cut down cardstock to the size of the space the photos would be taking up on my page. I cut 2 pieces at 8” x 6” and then 2 piece at 4” x 6”.

Then I went through the photos and chose the appropriate size for them based on what room I had on the cardstock. I’ve done this many times in the past when creating collages or grids of pictures as it helps keep your boundaries and gives you a foundation for things to be straight.

After looking at all the bright color in my photos, I went through my stash and pulled out papers with pinks, grey, cream and black and cut them down to work for the various accents among the page.

Once I had the foundation down it was time to start embellishing until it looked “right” to me. I will tell you that several times throughout the process I was HATING this layout. I thought it was horrible but I just kept on adding. I knew that I could salvage it in some way.

First up was adding in the popped up circles near the top on top of the doily paper.

Then it was adding some die cuts on top of the pink chevron paper.

Then I began working in the bottom right corner to build it up with a Jillibean Sticker, rhinestone brad, small brads, and a Cosmo Cricket sticker.

Then the bottom left corner needed something so I went to my Amy Tangerine Daybook and cut out one of the pink flowers and trimmed it to fit in the corner and also cut down a piece of the text page to serve as a visual point between photos on the left side.

Next, I wanted to get the title down so I grabbed my Amy Tangerine Thickers and got down part of the title that I then filled in with Making Memories Tiny Alphas in black and white.

After all of the futzing was done, I grabbed a piece of gray polka dot paper from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 6×6 paper pad and cut small strips that I turned into banners for my journaling to rest on. I liked how this muted down the black chevron.

Since I had leftover pieces of the black chevron at the bottom, I added it up to where it lined up with the pink chevron and it popped off the page that way.

Once the flowers, twine and other finishing touches were added, I was quite pleased with my double page layout. Now, these are definitely a challenge for me because I don’t have a ton of photos for most events that I want to use. I think I am creating 1 double pager for every 50 single pages I create and they wear me out!

Camp Scrap Beginnings

Do you ever have an idea you see on the internet and know you want to do it but don’t know when or where? This is exactly what happened to me when I saw a post on Oh’ Boy 4th Grade about her End of the Year art project that she created with her class this past year. I loved it and wanted to do this for myself.

I didn’t know when or why I would do it until I remembered that May Flaum was hosting Camp Scrap for a few weeks in June that would have regular challenges. After some thinking, I decided I wanted to combine the two. I wanted to make the challenges part of the canvas and so I knew that the challenges had to be incorporated through the different rays.

First step was to prime the canvas. I used an 11” x 14” canvas that I picked up at Michael’s. I went over the canvas with a thick coat of white Gesso. I didn’t want to worry about the acrylic that I would be using being too thin.

Next, it was time to mix the color for the sky part of the canvas. I grabbed a light blue and and a teal and started mixing them together until I got a color that I liked.

I went over the canvas with a heavy coat of the custom blue color and left a semi-circle at the bottom for the eventual sun.

After letting it dry for a few days, I began to create a custom color using yellow and copper.

I gave a nice coating of the orange-y copper color in the semi-circle I left after painting the sky. Now, more time to dry.

The first challenge that May gave was to create Confetti Starbursts. Basically, this means clustering items together to create nice groups of embellishments.

I started with a #8 shipping tag and grabbed my watercolors. I used different pinks and purples to cover the base of the tag in a diagonal fashion.

Next step was to grab the sun ray template that I created and trace it on the shipping tag.

Cut it out and saved some of the scraps for future projects after I punched some circles out.

Grabbed the Pink Paislee mistables stencil and dabbed on Picket Fence Distress Stain to cover the areas.

More drying time. As it was drying I went through my brads and buttons and pulled lots of pinks and purples to use for clustering on the sun ray.

First, I started with the various brads and poked holes as needed to created my three clusters. I also poked holes for the twine I was tying the button with to go through. Hint: It did tear as I was poking so close to the edge so I put some washi tape to cover up the hole and then re-punched them.

Now it was time to put on the button, sparkler and star bead. Glossy accents held down the button as well as the twine and also held down the other items.

Next up, I grabbed some hot pink paint and rubbed it around the edges to finish off the edge. I also grabbed my Silver Mister Huey and sprayed it on top to tone down things. It still didn’t look done after going through the pictures.

Grabbed my Bic Ultra Fine Marker and traced around the stenciled image which made things look much better.

I know it doesn’t look like much right now but I am so happy with how the first ray has turned out. I can’t wait to make more of them to finish out the canvas. I am thinking it will probably hang in my classroom next year.

Start to Finish: 3 Boys

This weekend when I sat down to do some creating, I asked my dear scrappy friend soapHOUSEmama what challenges were going on in the world of blogs since I had been missing for about a week. She told me about the challenge of creating with a “found object” from Second Story Challenges.

I wasn’t up to going outside and look for something on a farm so I looked around the RV to see what was around. I found a paper towel roll that was recently finished and decided I could do something with it. I didn’t want to just use the circular shape so I went ahead and bent the roll into a heart shape.

First, I dipped the end in white paint and stamped it randomly around the page. Once the white was dry, it was time for a fuchsia color paint. I did have to cut off a layer of the paper towel roll and create a new heart for the new color.

While the background was drying, I pulled out the Crate Paper that I had cut down to hold the four photos I was using and used the excess paint to go around the edges. I also put a bit on the corners of the photos so they would pop.

Once everything had dried, I placed things down and started to adhered the photos to the Crate Paper. I then cut a few different 1 ½” strips into banner shapes that I then tuck behind the photo mat on both sides.

I began to layer on top of these with other embellishments (flowers, buttons and twine) as well as the title using Thickers and Creative Imaginations foam stickers.

With a bit of the excess scraps, I wanted to create a visual rest at the top of the page. I used some punches, Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and brads to make a resting place for a subtitle.

Everything was topped off with various forms of pen work using my Uniball Signo white gel pen and my Bic Ultra Fine Mark It in Tuxedo Black.

The only thing left was to add a bit of journaling about the boys in our wedding. Added a few lines with a silver Sharpie paint pen to highlight the words that meant a lot to me.

If you are still looking to join in on the Inspired by Shimelle challenge, feel free to link up below!