Thursday, September 5, 2013

c.r.a.f.t. challenge 223

My Creative Classroom is a sponsor of this week's C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. This week's challenge is to create a Christmas card using a stamp. Click on over and check out the challenge for a chance to win a seat in one of our classes or 2 other great prizes.

Since Use Your Scraps: Christmas Cards is returning on October 11, I made my card using paper from my scrap bin. The gift die cut is made using the Noel design card by Slice and cut at 2 1/2 inches. There are 2 pieces to the gift. The green piece is cut in Normal and the cream cardstock piece is cut in Layer. I stamped the cardstock with a swirl stamp using purple, blue and green chalk ink.

 A close up of the embellishments.

Supplies: paper, Bo Bunny. embossing folder, Cuttlebug. stamps, Doodlebug Designs. tag, Making Memories. star brad, circle punch, clear snowflake and Stickles.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

layout: soccer

I have another layout from a past soccer season to share with you. I had a piece of soccer ball pattern paper and it was time to finally use it. I trimmed it down and rounded the corners. All the photos are mounted on the same piece of black cardstock.

The soccer die cut had a scalloped edge to it and I thought that was a little to girly for my son's layout. So I put the die cut into a smaller circle punch and punched out the die cut. There was some white showing on the edges so I used some red ink to hide it. The purple stars are embossed with a pin dot pattern and mounted with foam adhesive

Supplies: soccer paper, unknown. die cut, Jillibean Soup. letter stickers, Basic Grey. label, Recollections. embossing folder, Cuttlebug. star punch, corner rounder and number stickers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

layout: soccer

I am terribly behind on a lot of events and soccer is no exception. With August here, it is now the start of another soccer season. So, here is one layout from 3 seasons ago.

Originally, I wanted to used some type of soccer themed paper on this layout. But then I found this blue strip of paper and I had to use it. Add a scrap of yellow paper and you have a good foundation to build upon.

With the use of 4 photos, I didn't have a whole lot of room left for embellishments. I did have the opportunity to use a couple yellow soccer stickers. For the journaling block, I cut the top part off that reads Saturday and used that go along with the game day sticker.

For the title, I used blue vellum letter stickers. I actually put them in the get rid of pile when I was reorganizing my supplies. But a little birdie told me to keep them. Have you had that happen to you? I'm glad I did because they work well on the light yellow paper.

Supplies: paper, Basic Grey (blue) and scrap of yellow. stickers, Karen Foster, Making Memories and Mrs. Grossman. journal spot, Linda's Paperie

Sunday, August 4, 2013

organizing my computer

Organizing my computer, sounds so glamorous. But it was a necessary evil because for the last month I reach the maximum storage on my computer. Who knew that was even possible? Oh but it is! So for the past month I have been trying to make room for the other things I needed to save with not much success. It turns out that I have over 7,000 photos on my computer which really doesn't seem like a lot. But when you have them stored in 2 different places and some of those you have double files of.....well it tends to eat up a lot of memory. Then, there was the matter of the over 30,000 emails that I have had from over 6 years that I never thought about deleting.

I managed to get the emails deleted to the last 6 months worth. But in reality, emails don't take up a lot of memory. So we purchased an external hard drive, one with 4 TB. The guy at the Apple store said I would have a hard time filling 2 TB but to be on the safe side we went with 4 TB.

I have been busy spending the last 4 days going through all my photos and backing them up to an external hard drive. I also went through and edited the videos that we had from the spring and put that and the original files on the hard drive.

I have everything organized by year and then by month. There are also categories for the house and the pets. Within each month there are folders for the big events, holidays, birthdays or vacations. And then some photos, that are onesies or twosies, just stay in the month folder. The system isn't too complicated and I still have 3.5 TB left.

I still have a few more files to clean up on the main hard drive since I only have 4.22 GB left on my computer but I am getting there. At least all my family photos and videos are finally backed up before something bad happens. I hope you will take the time to back up your photos too.

Monday, July 29, 2013

layout: magic kingdom, part 3

I spent the weekend reorganizing my scrapbooking supplies. As I was sorting through everything, I was shocked to find a lot of forgotten items. Some of these items were still in the package! Some of my forgotten supplies were the 4 x 6 paper pads by Die Cuts with a View.

I have about 10 pads and their new home is now in this basket. When I started putting together this layout, I started by going through my scrap bin. But then I remembered the basket of paper and a challenge was born.

I picked 3 different pattern papers from the Citrus Twist pad and layered them on top of a piece of navy cardstock. Once I was happy with the positioning, I started adhering them down. Add some photos and embellishments and call it finished. Not too bad. The horizontal photo has a transparency on top of it which looks so much better in person. The is tag mounted on foam adhesive and threaded through a paper clip.

Supplies: paper, Die Cuts with a View. chipboard, transparency and journal card, My Minds Eye. die cuts and metal tag, Making Memories. acrylic tokens, KI Memories. border, Doodlebug. memories embellishment, Junkitz. font, Waltograph.

Friday, July 26, 2013

layout: magic kingdom, part 2

Here is the second layout about our visit to the Magic Kingdom. While I am using the same photos, I went with a different color scheme here.

Originally, I started out with blue for the background but I wasn't too happy with the direction things were going. Really, it was me not liking the blue papers I had picked out. Then, I remembered that I had this hot air balloon paper from Bella Blvd that I loved but never knew what to do with. After looking at the paper for a while I decided to cut it down to 11x11 and mat it on cardstock. But what color to use? I chose a bright yellow cardstock and when I say bright, it really is bright. But with the pattern paper on top, the color is more manageable. It also gave me the opportunity to use up the yellow foam flowers I have had for a long time too. I added a scrap of orange cardstock to help ground my photos. 

The other embellishments are from my stash. The butterflies are mounted on foam adhesive. I even dug into my ribbon and used a bit on this layout. I haven't done that in a while!

Supplies: paper, Bella Blvd. scraps of cardstock. foam shapes, American Crafts. punches, Martha Stewart and EK Success. label, Scenic Route. journal sticker, Making Memories. font, Waltograph.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

layout: magic kingdom, part 1

Yesterday, I started working on our 2009 Disney trip for the kids' albums. This is the first of 3 layouts about the Magic Kingdom. I thought I would share the why behind some of my choices. This first layout is made with scraps except for the background paper...obviously. :)

I started by choosing a blue background paper. I pulled out several pieces of paper and chose this striped paper. Then I pulled out a piece of cloud paper and a piece of grey paper from the scrap bin. While looking through the scraps, I found the green strip with the words celebrate on them and I knew I had to use it.

I chose the journaling card because it went well with what I had going on, but then felt that I needed to add some pink. So, I tucked some strips of pink paper under the layers and added the heart die cut. The pink also went well with my daughter's pink shirt.

The title is in green to tie the green scrap together. I also used a light green chalk ink to stamp the date.

Supplies: paper, Echo Park, My Minds Eye, SEI and KI Memories. Journal card and heart embellishment, My Minds Eye. Border punch, Martha Stewart. date stamp, American Crafts. Font, Waltograph


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