Bad Bad Girl Couture

A longtime favorite paper crafting subscription club on mine has recently changed directions and are discontinuing all their kits. I took advantage and purchased a few for 50% off. Bad Girls Couture created the edgiest vintage kits around. This is what I did with a couple of them.

For this page I used a stencil by Prima and Nuvo mouse to give it some texture. Layering was a big part of the success of it all. The little ribbon trim with gems was one of my favorite things included in the kit.

The same techniques were used to create this layout. The leaf is my favorite element on the page.

By incorporating simple techniques creating stunning pages is easy.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Basketball Layouts

Normally I am not a fan of the themed paper lines with coordinating stickers, but sometimes I just have to get pages done. My oldest son plays basketball and a lot of photos have collected over the years. The pictures are pretty good and the diffidently need to be in the album. I picked up the Carta Bella Basketball online. I found basketball gems and foam stickers from Hobby Lobby and bought those. From my stash I pulled out my Nuvo drops. I made these:

Layering different pattern paper with the same color scheme and theme can really take a page from drab to fab!

Sticker usage needs to be strategic as to make sure it does not look like a sticker sneeze. Sometimes all it takes is just one.

By using gems and foam it keeps the page interesting. The Dew Drops pulled the entire layout together.

To create this page clustering the pictures in one corner and off setting it with the title in the other creates balance.

To mask a misplaced measurements stickers can be used.

Once again, careful placement of stickers is key to an eye pleasing page.

Sometimes paper packs are a crafter’s life safer! By incorporating a few simple strategies you can create some cute layouts.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Ringing in the New Year with a Layout!

This year I was sick for New Year 2019, so I did the next best thing and scrapped 2018!

Last year for New Year’s Eve we had a fun party and took pictures to document the occasion. For the past year I have been trying to get them into our family album, but nothing matched them. I was really struggling until I got my hands on the Hedgehog Hollow December kit! I found a piece of pattern paper from a Halloween line and the rest just fell into place.

To create the title I die cut it on gold glossy card stock and ran it through my sticker maker. The delicate title can be tricky to adhere, but the sticker maker made it easy. If you do not have a sticker maker try using a needle tip and a bit of liquid adhesive. To create the stars I used the same gold glossy card stock and left over glitter paper and star dies from my stash. Black corrugated paper provided the perfect grounding component of the layout while still adding interest.

The coordinating stamps and dies made the perfect embellishments for the page. A few extra things were done to really make them pop! By stamping on black card stock and embossing in gold it keeps the color scheme. Crystal Drops are the perfect finishing touch to the embellishments!

Ironically this layout is my favorite page I have created in a long time!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

2018/19 Back to School Layouts with a Sketch!

IMG_3079I know….I know….it is almost the first of a new year and I am just now getting around to documenting my kids first day of school. What can I say? The first day of school this year was hard for me. I have my oldest graduating high school! I left my teaching career to stay home with him and never went back to it. I have enjoyed every single minute I have had with my children. Knowing that my oldest is a senior and towers over me (he is 6’6) has me in emotional turmoil. Needless to say, creating this year’s Back to School layout was hard.

I first came up with the above sketch that I used differently on each layout. Starting with my youngest’s page:

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I have had this paper in my stash for over a decade. It was nice to finally have a reason to use it! Granted it feels like I just picked it out at my LSS (that shut down over 8 years ago) yesterday. Yes, I still remember when I bought the paper! That kiddo in the picture was with me in a stroller the day I got it. He was antsy and kept arching his little back letting out angry grunts to let me know his displeasure. Now he is in junior high….oh how time flies!

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For my daughter’s junior year layout I simply moved the picture over to the center and added a ruler I found in a pack of four at the Dollar store. She is in honors classes and transferred to a new school this year because the one she was going to did not have enough class selections for her.

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I stayed fairly true to the sketch for my senior. The gears are actually buttons I found at Joann’s and I love them. I am so proud of this kid! It was bittersweet as I put this in his school scrapbook — the last page! I remember completing his Kindergarten layout and wondering how on earth I was ever going to fill it up. Would I forget? I used to worry that I would, but I never did. I am so glad I took the time to document each and every year. This will not only serve as a keepsake, but will be pulled out at his Graduation party and probably at his wife’s baby shower when they are having their first son. In the mean time I have looked through that album more in the last month than in the last 12 years.

Just remember that the days are long and the years are short. You may be going through sleepless nights and temper tantrums with your littles. Or perhaps you had your kids close together like I did and you are just trying to get through the day with no one getting hurt. I know it is hard and you may be longing for the time when they are grown and all the fun things you can do again. These days are priceless and you will never ever get them back. Try to enjoy every stage because it will be over before you know it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Three December Dreams Layouts

I recently have signed up for a subscription box with the focus on memory keeping. My first crafty love was scrap booking. I was doing it long before it was a fad. When I got into the art industry I was advised to do more with my planner and mixed media. Those are both enjoyable, but I really miss creating layouts for our family album. Three years ago I was completely caught up in my albums and now I am so very far behind. I have wanted to get back to it and share the paper crafting part of me, but I keep hearing the friendly advice “Just let it go. That is not where it is at for you.” I finally had to ask myself why I was holding myself to someone else’s expectation regarding my hobby and work?

I finally decided to go ahead and plunge back into memory making. Right now my goal is to get caught up. I want things to be pretty of course, but I will feel much better once all my pictures are safely homed in albums. The easiest way for me to stick to it is to purchase a subscription box — which I did! My style is bright and whimsical. I wanted a subscription box that fit that aesthetic. After months of researching I found The Fairy tale Kit Club and knew it was the one. It is a “flat kit” in that there are not a lot of bulky products in it. At first I was a little panicked when I saw how much paper goods there were in it, but then I remembered that this is for my albums that I want to lay flat.

With the December Dreams Kit I created three layouts.

For this layout I pulled in blue glitter sticker letters and a pink dollie.

One of the challenges I faced while using The December Dreams Kit was working with bold pattern paper.  Through playing with the paper in the box I learned that it is pleasing to the eye to mix the patterns as long as I used contrasting colors.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to see the lights! This kit was perfect for documenting that!

I am hopeful that in 2019 I will be able to catch up on my scrapbook. What do you think? Is scrap booking not where it is at or do you still enjoy it? Please answer in the comments. I will send one person a little Christmas cheer in their mail from the comments.  The Winner will be announced on December 19, 2018.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!