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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Having Tons of Fun


This layout was created for The Crafty Scrapper Design Team. It features my son Lee, as he was having fun at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

 The chipboard shape with scallops was first painted, then inked with a brick design.

For this layout I wanted to make parts of it look messy.....just the way boys like things! I painted the buttons white and when dry, sanded them. Also, I used modeling paste and an empty prescription bottle to make the circles in the background.
Here, you can see where I crimped the paper, cut it into wavy shapes and inked it before adhering it to the background paper.

Products used for this layout:

Authentique Suave Collection paper
Echo Park That's My Boy Collection
Maya Road
     Wood Bingo Numbers
     Chipboard Gears
     Wood Buttons
     Paper Clip

Be sure to stop by The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas and check out all of these wonderful products.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Easter Style

My latest creation for the CSI Challenge....AKA  Case File No. 118. I always look forward to Fridays when the new challenge is revealed and delight in creating a layout according to the criteria set for us. Here is what we had to work with this week:
If you like to scrapbook you should join all the fun!

All five colors found in the scheme were used and I journaled about my style of decorating for Easter. Perhaps my years as a second grade teacher have affected me!
Evidence found here:
  • a little metal heart that I painted yellow to go with the color scheme
  • white background ....with a little black text thrown in
  • doodling / pen work
  • fabric
  • fringe (curled paper, in this case)pockets

For fun, I added a little Easter grass. It wouldn't be Easter without Easter Grass strewn all over the house, now would it? 

Techniques used for this layout include painting, inking, masking, cutting and doodling.

My journaling is recorded on both sides of the first tag, and reads, "Being retired, I have more time for things that I enjoy. Decorating for holidays such as Easter is one of my newfound pleasures. Cheerful, soft sculpture bunnies on the sofa and tea cart make me smile. An Easter tree with eggs and more bunnies stand on the coffee table. A 'Welcome Spring' sign outside our front door greets guests. All of these things are my Easter Style, and I wouldn't change it at all. Happy Easter 2014!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Echo Hills Farm Mini Album

This little mini album is a work of heart that I created for a challenge between the wonderfully creative ladies on The Crafty Scrapper Design Team.

The subject of the little album is Echo Hills Farm and a few of the experiences that I had  at my grandparents' place in the country.
My Grandmother never did like to have her photograph made, so I have abided by what I think would be her wishes. After the album is no longer on display at The Crafty Scrapper, I will insert another envelope with a few pull out pages showing  her photographs. Only my family will be seeing these.  

This pull out file was perfect for remembering the kinds of fruits and vegetables that were grown in Dandad's garden.


There was a plethora of love put into creating this mini album, as these were some of the best days of my childhood.

The photos on this page were taken of me when I was just a few weeks old and later at about five months, being held by my parents. They were taken at the farm.

Here I am at two and then about nine.

I was taught to love animals and to be kind to them, at the farm. There were always numerous dogs, cats, horses, peacocks and ducks around. The little dachshund was my dog, Lady. On the two pages below, is a photograph of my beloved horse, Diamond. He was half quarter horse, one fourth thoroughbred and I'm not sure about the remainder of  his blood line.

There was never a lack of fun activities. I was always fishing for crawdads or for fish, riding horses, climbing trees, building forts in the hayloft of the barn, or just  exploring in the woods.

My grandfather was Sheriff of Tarrant County, Texas and later United States Marshall of the Northern District of Texas. Each year, he would have a barbecue at his farm for his law enforcement friends. The food was delicious and nobody enjoyed these gatherings more than me.

I have my father and mother to thank for saving these wonderful photos throughout the years. What treasured memories they represent!  

Techniques used were painting, inking, masking, embossing and doodling. Texture was added, using modeling paste and a stencil.

Products used for this project are October Afternoon papers and embellies, Maya Road embellies, Prima flowers and other finds from my stash.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mind Boggling, Case File 117 at CSI

This layout was created to play along at CSI this week.  Here's the criteria for this week's challenge, AKA: case file....

We had to use all five colors, at least two clues from "Evidence" and at least one clue from "Testimony".

On this layout, I border punched, inked and painted. In fact, I was having so much fun  with the painting, that I almost missed my self imposed deadline!

You can see all the layers and texture that were used in the above photo.

There were several choices for the journaling at CSI, but I chose the one that  most closely reminded me of Lee's experiences while in college.

In the above photo, you can see where I painted around every part of the journaling.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Create You

This layout was created for my son and as an entry in a challenge at CSI. Here is the criteria for this week's Case File:

Years ago, I would look forward to uploading my work to large websites, but now I am always excited to add my latest work to Color, Stories, Inspiration. It is often times,  the highlight of my week! The challenges there make scrapbooking fun for me again and I mostly compete with myself, trying to better my previous work.

In the photograph above can be seen some calligraphy that was done free hand. All I had to go by were baselines!

Texture is my favorite thing to include in my scrapbooking. In this photograph can be seen the dry wall tape and the crimping that I added to the layout to achieve that end result.

Using modeling paste and a stencil that I have had in my stash for at least fifteen years, I created an area with a monogram or decorated letter.

Last of all, the embellishments were added and I was happy with the end result.  

This Case File was a TREAT to work on! If you get a chance, go over to CSI to join in on the fun.

Thanks to all my scrappy friends for taking a peek and commenting!