Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SOC Bloggers Challenge: "This or That"

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!! It's hard to believe that the summer is almost over, and autumn is quickly approaching. The weather is still pretty warm here and in many parts of the country. So I figured this would be great inspiration for the challenge I briefly mentioned last week. This week will be a "This or That" challenge, meaning you have TWO great themes to choose from! Remember, they were inspired by our warm temps, so they are:

Beat the Heat
Keeping Cool

Told you they were weather inspired, lol...For the "Beat the Heat" theme, the challenge is to create projects featuring elements that cool down warm temps: cool drinks or ice cream, cool clothes or swimsuits, swimming or activities that "beat the heat." It's a great opportunity to make that last summer inspired creation or even get started with your pictures from this year!

"Keeping Cool" is very similar. It's anything goes, but to use "cool colors" (purples, blues, greens, or the colors in the inspiration photo) on your pages, cards, or altered/mixed media projects. So rainy day, Christmas, and even winter projects are welcomed! Now, that's really "keeping cool!"

After you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 

Our "Look Back" feature will return next week with a look at projects from this and our previous challenges so stop by next Monday to check them out! Until then...keep cool and happy crafting!

Pressed for Time....Pocket Pages!

Whew September is here...where did the Summer go?  I don't know about you but I was all over the place!  Spending time with family, road trips, events all the things that can keep us too busy to document our memories.  I have a backlog of stories to tell...and not a ton of time.  How do you document your memories without a ton of time....Pocket Pages!

This summer my niece (through marriage) who I'd never met got married.  Her shower was simply beautiful, vibrant and warm.  Her colors were vivid so off to my stash I went to secure the essentials.
When using pocket pages try to use unique sizes, it just add a different look to your pages.
I grabbed the boldest of my stash and got to work.
Pocket pages for me are not as easy as 12 x 12 so play around with the arrangement.  Lay out your photos, shuffle them around until you are satisfied with the placement.

Play with color, bring out the colors in your photos. Don't be afraid to cut your photos either.  Once you have your placement..embellish away.
Use a punch to get rid of empty space in your photos.

Happy Scrappin'

Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life, Amy Tan Plus One collection, Sequins, American Crafts PL, ribbon, wood veneers

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Layout and a Recipe

Well, not exactly a recipe.  More like a “food hack.”  We were watching the Today show and they had a segment on grilling and featured this fun technique for making your hot dogs into spirals.  Here’s a link to a YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyieI2bxyIk

My husband decided that this is how we’d do our hot dogs and sausages for our BBQ that afternoon.  It was a huge success!  I captured some photos to mark the occasion.  He was definitely the Grill Master that day.

As for my layout, I tried a couple of new things:  I incorporated a 3x4 card from those sheets of pull-aparts that are all the rage and I used a photo overlay on the photo of my husband.  Yeah me! 

BBQ-It’s All Good by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Photo Overlay: American Crafts; Wooden veneer sun and Sun flair: Scraptastic; It’s All Good card, Simple Stories: Alphas: We R Memory Keepers.

As we close out Summer and have those last BBQs, make it special and don’t forget to take pictures! 

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Fun Flip-Flop Box

Hi Everybody,

August marks the end of summer and a time to start putting away summer stuff and bring on the sensible shoes. Since there will be few times where flip flops will be ok to be worn I used my Gazelle and created the flip flop box. I chose to put candy in my box but it would be a great place for summer treasures found.

I used the Flip Flop Box file from SVG Cuts
Cardstock by Recollections - Jewel Tones
Patterned Paper by Colorbok - My Girl
I used Chipboard: Cereal box for the base of the  bottom and lid
Embellishments used is a Michael’s) Flower, and flatback pearl rhinestones. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to create your own summer keepsake box.


Monday, August 25, 2014

SOC Bloggers Challenge: Anything Goes

Hey everyone! Cheryl here with  this week's blogger challenge! Now I had one of my "This or That" challenges prepared for all of you today, but I started to think towards the upcoming Labor Day holiday. I want to keep it simple so everyone can create and share what they would like. That way you focus on making those weekend plans. So this week's theme is:

Anything Goes!

If you haven't participated in our blogger challenge before, this one is a real favorite! Simply share a direct link to your favorite project from your blog this week! Cards, scrapbook pages, and more are welcomed. Just link up your projects in the comment section below so blog readers can stop by to check out your projects.

This week's look back highlights two bloggers that participated in the "Sisters and Girlfriends" challenge from week 33. 

First Treva shared this wonderful scrapbook page over in the Blogger's Challenge forum! Be sure to visit her blog to read more about the inspiration behind this page and how she created it. 

Michele created this great project for the challenge! I love how she added and layered the multiple vintage images! Be sure to visit her blog, Art from the Well, to get a closer look at this creation!

Thanks to these ladies for participating in the "Sisters and Girlfriends" challenge! There weren't any entries last week's "Back to School" theme, so if you would like to share a project for that challenge or any of our past challenges, there's still time! Post a link in the comments section below, in the gallery link above, or in SOC's blogger's challenge forum for those projects and you may see your creation featured here next week! Until then, have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

A Smashing Good Time

 Hello my lovely crafty friends. It's Sharette and I am here with my monthly post for SOC. I have really been off my game with my card making.. I don't make any excuses for that. Crafting is still my passion, but sometimes as we all know life gets in the way!! Does not mean that I have abandon my pencils and love for coloring..these days I just want to color and not necessarily make a full blown card.. So this bring me to my post and the project that I want to share with you all today.
My Very first "Smash" book page. I have had several Smash Book from when they first came out "years" ago.. LOL. Like everyone else I bought the books to log and journal different aspect of my life, but they just sat under my desk and collected dust; just for the simple fact that I was too scared to start one because I didn't know how to start one and I just didn't think I would be good at it.
Here is just some of my stash. I pulled them out and just pilled them all on my desk and I said "just make something, anything. As long as I put something on my page I was going to start and hopefully the more I do the better my pages will start to look. 

 This is one of 3 smash book that I have.. you can see how tattered the covering is. I have been a "Healthy life style" change for the last few months. It's important that I document the process because I know that it will help me reach what every goal I set for my self on a daily basis, even if I don't make it on some days I think it's important to track that too.
I started with this little cutie here.. She is a "digi" from Simply Betty Stamps Co.  "You can Do This".. It says it all doesn't it. She is colored with my Prisma pencils and OMS.
Here she is on my Smash book page.. Again I had No idea what I was doing, I just took some embellishments and glued them on to my page.
Here is my actual "food Journal" that I started on Aug 1. I used my Notes app on my phone and just journal my meals and food as the day went along. 

Here is another Image from SBS. this is "Oh Oh Betty" I love her. don't we all sweat a little before we look down at our "numbers" lol. Again she is colored with my Prisma colored pencils and OMS. Hair: 945, 1003, 937 Twoel: 915,916,942, 1003, 941
And here is here page. . Again just used some of my DP from a 12x12 paper pack, some flowers that I had already stamped and die cut in my stash. and a stamp sentiment that I stamped right on to the page. 
This is such a beautiful and powerful statement. when I picked this up from my Unity stamp box, I knew that I wanted to use it, because it said everything. It  is  "My journey" and if I stay the course, I will be come 'stronger".
Here is another shot of my page. I know that it's pretty simple, but I left it pretty open, so that when I go back to it, I may want to add more clipping, or I may want to write my personal feelings, or I can just leave it as is and continue to log and journal.
Now I know you ladies/and gents have done Smash books, some of you may be just starting out like me and some of you may be pros' at it and are probably looking at mine and saying "I can do better that that".. LOL well I want to see. Show me some of your Smash books, I would really LOVE to get some feed backs and ideas on this one, I can use all the help I can get.. I hope you all enjoy the remaining days of summer. 

Happy Smashing

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A New Way to Use Printable Embellishments

I have always wanted to use the cute free printables that I have seen in various places around the internet.  I have pinned tons of them on my crafty board on Pinterest.  The problem is, I have the cutting skills of a kindergartner with closet OCD which would make it impossible to tolerate the little nicks and such that would be left when I attempted to cut said printables out. I FINALLY found a solution to easily cutting out printables in a professional manner.

Earlier this month, Silhouette America introduced the Pixscan mat for their die cut machines.  While I wasn’t the first in line to order this mat, I was really close to that and just last week I received my new mat.  When I initially ordered the mat, I planned to use it the way Silhouette marketed it and cut out my stamped images.  However, as I played around with cutting out stamps, I realized that this same technology to cut out many other things, like printables.

For this experiment, I decided to find travel printables to help me embellish the pages of the many pictures we took while in Europe this summer.  A quick internet search lead me to this cute set from Creating Keepsakes.

When I received my mat, I went through the set up procedures to use my mat.  You can find those on page 35 of the Help manual found inside Silhouette Studio.  Because I use an iPhone 5s, I did not have to go through the complete calibration procedures.  However, should you purchase a mat, there are now a growing number of tutorials and videos to help you with that process. For this process, I simply took a picture using my camera phone (shoot straight down on it in even lighting) and emailed it to myself.

Once you have your image saved to your computer, open silhouette studio up and open the pixscan tab (3rd tab from the left at the top).  Import the image into silhouette studio by simply selecting import from file in the pixscan window.

At this point, the file is treated as a standard print and cut.  Follow the basic trace functions to add cut lines to your image.

Load the pixscan mat into the silhouette and cut as usual.  The machine will automatically detect the registration marks on the mat and cut out the images traced.  I found it better to trace each image separately.  For two of these printable images, I tweaked them until I liked the end cut result by using a standard square shape and an offset.

Here is a layout that I made using my new embellishments.  I LOVE how my printable embellishments turned out.  I am now about to start a completely new pin board just for free printables!
Supplies used: Patterned Paper and cardstock die cut-Authentique; Cardstock-Recollections; Printable-Creating Keepsakes; Cutting Machine, cut file and Pixscan Mat-Silhouette America; Veneer-Studio Calico;Bling-Basic Grey.

I hope this short demonstration inspires you to give printable embellishments a try.  The add an entirely new dimension to scrapbook embellishments 


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