Monday, May 4, 2015

I've Been on a Roll

I made it a mission to work through the entire "It Takes Two" kit, and I think I've done a pretty good job.  I have a few scraps and some bits and pieces left - and I may try to squeeze one more page out of them - or I may just put them in a bin for my husband.  (He likes to make cards for me, and it's easier for him to have his own stash of supplies.)

Warning: the remainder of this post is going to be really photo-heavy.  With that being said, here are the rest of the pages I've created with this kit (the first two are here and here):

Up first is an 8.5 x 11 layout.  I love the "forever" acrylic piece that came with the kit!

I've been trying to work on my layering skills, and you can see my little cluster of embellishments on this corner of the page:

This second page is also 8.5 x 11, and it features an older picture of my three guys.

I think this piece was my favorite on the entire chipboard sheet:

On this layout, I traded out my enamel dots for sequins.  :) 

Here's a 12 x 12 layout of my hubby and me.  I have trouble with word stickers, but I thought they worked well for the journaling on this page:

The little hearts on this page were cut using an old Stampin' Up! punch.  I'm trying to incorporate more older product and's not doing any good sitting on a shelf!

Two accordion-folded hearts came in the kit, and I only managed to use this one.  Sometimes larger embellishments are very difficult for me to place on a page...does anyone else have that problem?

This photo is from 2008!  I've had it on my desk forever, and finally got around to scrapping it.

The die-cut heart tag came with the kit, and I added a little hand-stitching at the top to tie in with the red on the rest of the layout.

Anyone else keep little strips of scraps in case they might use it on another layout?  Most of this page is made up of wee scraps.  :)

And here is the last page:

Once again, I'm working on my embellishment clusters:

This tag had a die-cut heart.  I backed it with a little piece of gold-foiled vellum:

I loved the arrows that came with the Crate Paper "Kiss, Kiss" collection.  On this layout, I used both a chipboard and layered sticker arrow.  They make me happy.  :)

You know what else makes me happy?  Sitting down and scrapbooking.  I've got some more layouts and a couple videos to share with you soon.

Until then, what have you been up to this spring?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Another Layout with the "It Takes Two" Kit

I really stretched the Scraptastic "It Takes Two" kit.  Today I've got another video where you can really see my process in creating a layout.

Unfortunately, my camera battery died so I wasn't able to capture the end of the layout on video, but I think you can get a good idea of how I place my paper layers.

You'll notice some background noise in the voiceover.  My husband and boys were playing Mario Party across the house and my microphone is apparently VERY sensitive.  :)

Here's the finished page:

How do you create your layouts?  Do you measure all your papers, or just eyeball it like me?

Note: I am not affiliated with Scraptastic other than being a subscriber to the kit club, and am not being compensated in any way for this post.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

And we're back!

Hi Nesters!  I'm so glad to be back sharing with you.  :)

My original game plan was to take a break for a few weeks to deal with the start of school (we homeschool + I've been teaching part-time at a local college) and a Disney vacation.  Then life just sorta got crazy so it turned into a multi-month break.  

Recently, however, I made the conscious decision to start scrapbooking again.  I don't know if you're anything like me, but when life gets busy, my hobby ends up being the first thing crossed off my to-do list.  And for a brief time, this may be necessary, and a good thing.  But I've found that when I go weeks (or more realistically, months) without taking any time for myself, I really start getting worn down.  And that's no good for anyone.  So after talking with my husband, I decided to start crafting again.  I still have a long to-do list, but I'm finding that I'm more relaxed when I take small breaks to play and get my mind off the craziness of life.

And that brings us to today.  :)

I pulled out a small pile of pictures and my February "It Takes Two" Scraptastic kit.  Using just a few extra items, I've scrapped 7 layouts in the past couple weeks.  

(There's also an "It Takes Two" Add-On kit which includes the chipboard shapes and heart enamel stickers that I used.)  

Here's a little video I made that walks through the kit and the first layout I created with it:

Here's a photo of that layout:

I'll be back shortly with more of the pages I finished, and also one more video.  Until then, here's the  stack of pages I created with the kit:

It makes me happy.  :)

P.S.  I'm not affiliated with Scraptastic, except that I purchase monthly kits.  I am receiving no compensation for writing this post.
Images by Freepik