Monday, April 30, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

Hi everyone! It's Monday again, and that means I'm back to share more projects with you. I managed to get a whopping 3 layouts and 4 cards out of the Grand Adventures Scrapbook kit and add on this month. I've already shared most of my projects but I still have two left! 

This card was super simple to put together. I cut a few squares and rounded the corners. Then I stamped a sentiment and fussy cut it out. I added a Prima e-line flower from my stash by attaching it with a brad from the add on. I also used two rub ons and a bit of bling to finish the card.

I was going for a kitschy country look on this card. I tried to make it appear quilted by layering the border strips. I also drew faux stitching to add to the look. I added a flower from my stash and I used a big brad to pull all of the colors together. I used another stamped sentiment and I adhered a punched heart to add a little more interest.

That's it for me this month! Don't forget to link your layouts if you're entering the April blog scrapbook challenges. You only have a few days left.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Making My Mark

Two weeks ago, as I prepared for a trip to D. C., I was throwing a couple of books in my backpack (I have yet to join the "Kindle Klub"), when I realized I didn't have a bookmark. Sure, my boarding pass would do, but I was still in scrapping mode, and thought I could do better. I had some scraps on my desk and created the cutest bookmark with them. Then yesterday when I was deciding on what to make with the last of my Scraptastic scrapbook kit scraps, I revisited that idea and made another lovely tag. I enjoyed sifting through my fiber stash to find bits and pieces that matched the colors in that striped paper.

I cut a sturdy tag shape out of chipboard and covered it with a mix of paper scraps and stickers. After adhering everything, and before adding the fiber and brad, I brushed on a coat of gloss medium. Start to finish, this cute little project took less than 15 minutes, excluding drying time.

Here is the bookmark I made with the Great Adventures kit scraps:

Now I can be in the middle of two books (there's usually one in the car and one on the bedside table), and have my place marked securely in each. No more dog-eared pages or turned in book jackets! I'm also thinking these would make great stocking-stuffers for kids and other bibliophiles who still read the "old-fashioned" way!

Do you often have your nose in a book, Nook, or Kindle? Any must-reads?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Boys Feel Pretty Too!

Good morning Scraptastic friends,
Pinky here again with the I Feel Pretty kit but this time I am
using it to make a BOY layout, yes a BOY layout!

This kit was so versatile. I just used the Add On Kit and the
Add On Stamp kit to create this fun layout.

Here you can see the stamps close up. I love them!

It really is a good monthly scrapbook kit for boys or girls, just work it!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nothing but scraps ....

...that's what's left of my Great Adventures scrapbook kit! I have had a wonderful time using the kit this month, and it's even more fun to be able to show them to you here!

That great piece of MME "Curious" Planks paper was the perfect backdrop for a photo of my grandson Ethan feeding a giraffe last summer. The muted colors in the monthly scrapbook kit really worked well with the photo, and I couldn't resist adding a few of the fun stickers. This is what I came up with:

I also needed two birthday cards recently; I always struggle with finding paper for "the guys", but again my Great Adventures kit was perfect. I freehand cut some banners, then punched and foam-dotted some circles to create a card for a grandson:

For this card (which went to a son in law), I found a tag in my stash and ran it through my computer for the sentiment. The "notebook paper" is cardstock that I embossed with a Tim Holtz folder, then punched with a border punch and inked up:

Do you save all the scraps from your kit, no matter how tiny? I do! I just throw them in the plastic bag with the kit. They come in handy for making little embellishments and punches. Because I really wanted to use up some scraps from this scrapbook kit, I did one more layout. I even used the striped strip on the bottom of the "Cameron" paper! The design is inspired by a sketch at Creative Scrappers.

I still have a few scraps and some stickers left; probably enough for a couple of cards and, if I am really resourceful, maybe even one more layout.

Thanks for letting me be April's guest designer, Jessica; this has been a blast! And thank you to the readers who stopped by :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

4th April Challenge

Hi everyone! It's Heather, and I'm here with the fourth April scrapbook challenge. The challenge is really simple! Create a page that uses the sketch I've provided as inspiration. Twist: Use at least one circle somewhere on your page and include visible journaling.

I based the sketch and challenge on this layout that I created earlier this month with the Grand Adventures monthly scrapbook kit. You've already seen it here on the blog, but I thought I'd include it again as inspiration.

That's it! I can't wait to see what you come up with. You have until midnight on May 2, 2012 to submit your entries to all of the April scrapbook challenges for a chance at the prize drawing.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

May's Full Reveal

Good morning my Scraptastic friends!
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted on the blog!!!!
But the lovely Michelle was nice enough to let me use her day to share the Full Reveal of the May Kits with you :)

So without further they are:

Faded Jeans Kit

Faded Jeans Add-On

Weathered Spring Kit

Weathered Spring Add-On

May 2012 Stamp Add-On

I hope that you all like them as much as I do :)
These will all be available for purchase this Friday April 27th at the store....but I wouldn't wait too long, these are sure to go fast!

Happy Hump Day :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

happy tuesday!

happy tuesday
scraptastic club scrappers!

this has been such
a crazy month! 3 kids with
2 different spring breaks.
then hubby a week later!

is everyone ready for those may kits??
I AM!!!

here is one more page
i did with the april
great adventures kit!

such a sweet pic of my baby
on his way to the park
for a picnic.
lot's of stitching, i used the
stamp kit on here too!

enjoy your day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

She Loves Clowning Around

Happy Monday! It's Heather again... I've been scrapping up a storm with the amazing Great Adventures kit and I have another project to share! I was really excited when I saw how well the colors of the kit matched these photos because I have been wanting to scrap them for a while. 

Jordan absolutely adored her Jojo costume from the Jojo's Circus TV show. She wore it for several years on Halloween and she also would randomly ask to wear it around the house. It was the cutest thing and it's definitely a memory I want to keep.

I got my mojo flowing by searching the web for some inspiration. I was really happy to find a sketch by Diana Fisher that inspired this page.

I wanted my layout to have a playful, circus-like feel. I used a bunch of different letters to create a whimsical title, and I added Stickles to the Doodlebug letters. The first word of the title is matted on a sticker from the book that came in the kit.

I also wanted the rub on banner to be a bit longer, so I rubbed it on cream cardstock before cutting it apart. I stretched it by adding the ribbon and brad piece from the add on. I added more Stickles to the banner and the ribbon. The rub ons went on so smoothly! I have had issues with rub ons in the past but these were fantastic.

Don't forget to enter the April blog challenges! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

An Art Journal Page

I started an art journal several months ago. It's a fun little book where I get to play with my supplies and document things that might not make it onto a scrapbook page. To streamline the process, I like to use either scraps from recent pages or leftover kit contents. The colors are already matched which is a great time saver. Playing with scraps, I'm also not as worried about using up something valuable that I might want or need later. Double bonus!

Remember that paper chain I used as a mask last week? It's found a place on a journal page, along with some scraps and stickers from the Great Adventures kit:

Do you have an art journal, smash book, or similar? What do you do with your scraps?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Egg Money Holder With Card~

Good morning, Pinky here again....
with spring landing in our laps and Easter having just past,
I thought I would use my paper eggs to create a special
money holder and birthday card!
I made this using the "I Feel Pretty" April Kit, which is so versatile.
I also used the ADD ON for the kit.
I really think it is the perfect spring birthday card set,
for any friend.
See you next time!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Melanie's next 2 layouts...

Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing my next 2 layouts I made using the April Great Adventure kit!

As soon as Jessica posted pictures of the kit I knew I had 2 perfect photos that would match the contents perfectly.

For the Forever Mine layout, I used the distressed wood pattern paper and cut it apart so the red cardstock showed through a bit. I wanted to bring the red color out from the picture. I will add my journaling into the round sticker on the upper right. I usually don't add it right away because I want to put a personal message into that area.

For this Sweet layout I used a bit of the rub-ons, overlapping them to bring texture to the page. Have you ever seen a picture that matched the paper so well?!?!?!

I'll add some journaling in this space over the top of the rub-on.

I also used some of the OA Sprinklers from a past kit on this page, the color matched perfectly.

Thank you for stopping by today! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Use Your Stash Challenge

Hey everybody! Challenge day! Time for a new challenge. Today, I thought I would do something different. I have a backlog of kits piling up here. I know from talking to others, I am not the only one. So... I decided for this challenge, I would dig out a past kit of Jessica's and dig through some others, using bits from other kits as well. I also dug into my personal stash.

Here is what I made.I decided to use the Out of Print kit Jessica did awhile back. I want to say this was last fall? I have had this photo sitting out for quite some time now. This was from Easter, 2005 or 6. I need to do some digging to find out for sure. I used a Page Maps sketch I saved.

Some details shots...

The polka dot bracket is from the Birthday Bash kit. ;) Prima flowers and brads from my stash.I also did some hand sewing on my page too. I do have a sewing machine, but do not use it on paper.

So... the challenge if you so choose to take it....

Use an older kit that you have in your stash. The twist, add some sewing - hand, sewing machine or pen stitches to your page.

You have until May 2, 2012 to complete your project to be in the drawing for the April prize.

Happy Scrappin'!

Please use the inlinkz tool below to submit your entries for the 1st April 2012 Blog Challenge.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

picnic on the patio.....

Happy Hump Day! Michelle here stopping by to share with you a LO I made with the Feel Pretty kit. I love the soft color palette of this kit. It is perfect for my spring photo of many years ago. Spring is definitely in the air where I live, so I felt it only fitting to scrap a spring photo. This one matches so well with the kit. Being it is spring, I have a ton of stuff going on at home. To make putting my LO together quicker, I used a sketch from this month's Page Maps.
I love the mix of letters in this kit.
The Pebbles flowers are so fun. I punched a few butterflies and added some liquid pearls to the middle. I pulled the brown twine from my stash.
Here is another flower. I added some liquid pearls to the hearts on the sticker for some extra dimension. I added some pink twine from the kit for some extra texture.

Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with a challenge. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wish You Were Here

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I got a lot of projects done with my Great Adventures kit and I'm here to share two cards with you. 

I loved the sticker on the card below so much that I decided to design the entire card around it. I layered the sticker on patterned paper and cut it out with scalloped scissors. I used pop dots to give it some dimension, and I stamped with a banner stamp from the add on. I added a tiny bit of bling to the rub on to complete this card.

The next card is really simple, but I love how it turned out. I wanted to use more of the brads from the Great Adventures Add On so I hand cut three hearts and used the brads to anchor the hearts. Once I attached them, I pulled the sides of the hearts up to make the card more dimensional. I stamped a sentiment to finish the card. 

Don't forget that using your scraps to make cards is a frugal and handy way to keep cards on hand for special occasions! Heather

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Paper Chain Masking

Several weeks ago I happened upon an adorable paper chain pattern, which I sketched out immediately and set aside for a future project. I thought of it again when I began to work on this layout with the photos of kids running up and down the yard. It seemed a good fit, and I ended up using it to create an interesting title block for my page. I folded a strip of paper to fit the pattern and carefully cut around the silhouette. Instead of using the chain itself on the page, I stretched it out and used it as a mask, adhering it to the paper with repositional adhesive. Then I got out my ink pad and blending tool. The Barn Door Distress Ink matched the colors in the Great Adventures kit perfectly. After blending the ink onto the mask and into the background, I added some paint splatters in yellow and blue. Only after the paint had dried did I carefully peel off the mask, setting it aside. (You'll see in a future post how I put it to use as well.)

After completing three full pages with this kit (and I layer to the max), I had a lot of scraps hanging around my workspace. I cut several flag shapes from three of the patterns and arranged them sideways on the page, leaving just enough room for journaling.

In this closeup picture of the title block, you might be able to see my letter treatment. In order to help the white letters stand out, I used a Slick Writer to add dashes on each of the letters. Then I outlined them, tracing the letter shapes as close as possible with a regular black journaling pen. Much better.

How are you doing with your April kit(s)? Are you down to scraps yet? Next week, I've got another project done with bits and pieces leftover from my kit. Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ok MOM! Layout - I Feel Pretty Kit

I was so excited to see the light whimsical banter in the "I feel pretty"
April kit. I felt it was perfect for my fun day headed to school
in my rollers. My boys just said "Ok MOM" LOL with that look.

You know I had to scrap it because years down the road the kids
will get a kick out of it for sure.
Plus what can be worse than pink hair? I think that pretty
much trumps all, can't do much more damage! haha

Have a great weekend- Pinky: Scraptastic Design Team

Friday, April 13, 2012

April Guest Designer!

Good morning! 

My name is Barb Prendergast and I am a "life artist". I live in central Illinois with my husband of 28 years, and I'm a small town girl through and through. We have four grown children, three children in law, and seven grandchildren (the newest little guy arrived Monday, April 9). I'm a former newspaper reporter/editor and marketing director. Currently I work as the school age program teacher for a local child care center. I started scrapbooking when my husband gave me my first digital camera and I discovered the scrap aisle at Walmart. I love scrapbooking because it allows me to express my creativity and use my writing and design skills, while preserving my family's history in a meaningful way. My favorite subjects to scrap are my family (what a surprise!), heritage photos and those everyday moments that otherwise might be forgotten. I am so excited to be the April guest designer here at Scraptastic!

This month I'm working with the fun and fabulous "Great Adventures" kit. It's perfect for scrapping the boys in my life! Loving everything about it -- the patterns, the colors and the cute stickers and die cuts. Today I have two layouts to show you, featuring two of my four grandsons. 

The first includes my 12 year old grandson, Ryan. He does not like having his picture taken, and when he saw my camera he said, "OK Grandma, ONE picture. JUST ONE." 

I die cut the big circle. The borders are punched circles cut in half and adhered along the top and bottom of the square patterned paper. Everything was from the kit except the button and twine.

My 6 year old grandson Cameron recently lost his first tooth. Unlike his cousin, he loves having his picture taken and was more than happy to pose for his mom:

I love the sticker book that came with the kit and used several here, along with a die cut. The star, yellow sticker and round sticker are popped out with foam dots for extra dimension. I cut the strip of tickets in between some of the sticker motifs and then adhered them back together for a little more definition. For this one, I raided my stash for those small type stickers and the chipboad GRIN -- I wanted to make a statement with my title! 

And I'm wondering if anyone else does this: I wanted to use the fair ticket motif paper as my background, but I didn't want to waste most of the paper just for that small border that shows. So ..... I used my paper cutter to cut a 10.5 x 10.5 square out of the middle and just adhered the turquoise cardstock over the resulting hole, then built my layout. Now I still have a large enough piece for another layout; and when the page is in my scrapbook album, no one will know there's something missing. 

Are you scrapping this weekend? We're visiting our newest grandson Saturday (I was there for his birth, but my husband hasn't met him yet) but I'll be scrapping tonight and Sunday.

Thanks for looking -- have a FANTASTIC week! 

March's winner announced

Good morning my Scraptastic friends and TGIF!!!
I'm so sorry that I'm just now announcing the winner for the March Challenges....these last few weeks of tax season have been rough, but there's only a few more days left. Anyhoo....enough about that, let's get to the winner of the $20.00 GC to the store......

The lucky winner is


which by my calculations is....

Adele Holcomb!!!!

Congrats Adele on winning the $20.00 GC. Please contact me at and let me know how you'd like to spend your prize!!!!!

I hope that you all have a great weekend :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

april challenge #2

happy thursday all!

i'm back!!! lol happy to bring you
the second april challenge!!

are you ready??

this challenge is about the
power of 2!
here is what you need...
2 boarders
(i have 1 stamped and 1 felt)
2 patterned paper
2 alphas in your title
2 embellies
(i used the layered embellies)

i can't wait to see your creations!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy Wednesday!!! Michelle here today. I am here to share with you my first project with my new Feel Pretty kit and add-on. This kit has a great springy feel. I love the colors.. so fun to play with. There are just a couple left!! Grab them while you can!

My kit came just in time, a few days before my middle's birthday. I am really not much of a card maker, but I am liking having handmade cards for my kids and hubby. I save all the ones I make for my little family. :) I think they like it too. I love how soft and girly my card is. It is so very fitting for my middle child, as she is very girly. I am loving the banners still. I dug through the few stamps I have and inked half at a time as to split up the birthday message to make it fit the layered sticker. I pulled out my pink and white crinkle ribbon and a button from my stash, added a little twine from the kit. I added some faux stitching for some added interest. I saw something on the net a long while back that inspired my card. I don't remember where to give credit. I didn't save that info.
I popped up my scallop circle with some foam adhesive. I just love the dimension and texture on here.

I love how pretty it turned out. Hopefully, she will like it too. I will be back next week with another project. Until then, Happy Scrappin' and thanks for stopping by.