Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's October and We are Getting Turnt up for 10!!!


Can you believe that this month marks 10 years of Scraps of Color!  My heart is full!  My LOVE for the sistahood is immense!  My gratitude and delight that this has grown to over 2500 crafters is overwhelming. This has been and will continue to be one AMAZING journey.

I cannot believe that this just started out as my desire to connect more with women of color, to share more, to see more scrapbook pages that looked like me, to do more than come in the room and say, "Hi," but to form relationships and form a community.  Starting out with only about 10 members, most of which I still get together with to create. It has exceeded my expectations!

We have birthed babies, said goodbye to loved ones, attended weddings, held our 1st and 2nd National SOC Retreat, held our first ever Cruise and Crop, formed lifelong friendships, we have challenged each other, shared many laughs, we have loved and supported one another through many ups and downs, all while encouraging and sharing our crafty love.


This month would not be complete without a wonderful celebration!  So be sure you get "Turnt Up for 10!"  The festivities begin on the SOC Anniversary, October 6, 2014 and will end with a fun blog hop featuring some wonderful SOC Community Members, October 10-12.  There'll be goodies and challenges along the way.  So be sure to "turn up" here on Monday, October 6 for the Turnt Up for 10, SOC 10th Anniversay Celebration! Woohoo!  YES!!!!

See you then and THANK YOU FOR 10 AMAZING YEARS!!!!

Tiare.
Founder, Scraps of Color

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: Pick a Card, Any Card

Hi everyone! Cheryl here with this week's challenge! As you look at the picture above you're probably thinking Blackjack, Poker...Goldfish, lol. No, I promise you this challenge is a crafty one! National/International Card Making Day is coming up this Friday, October 4th. Never heard of it? Well, it was started in 2006 as a way to celebrate card making and to kick off the holiday card making season. So the challenge this week is just as the picture says: Pick a card, any card! Anything goes--simple cards, fancy folds, big or small, we'd love to see them all! You pick the theme, as long as its a card!

As mentioned last week, after you post your project here, stop by and check out links from other blogger participants. 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! To be eligible: 1) Be sure to have the SOC Badge posted on your blog, as mentioned before and 2) Share your link below, in the bloggers challenge forum over on the SOC site, or in our gallery! 

We've had bloggers post fabulous card creations here already this year, so I hope you will come out and join us again. If you have blogging buddies who have that card making touch, invite them to join in too! If you don't consider yourself a card maker, or are a card creating newbie, don't be shy! All skill levels are welcome! Who knows? It can be a great start as a card maker! Come on out and celebrate National Card Making Day this week! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

On the Grid




I am loving the recent trend of using a grid pattern for layouts.  I like the simplicity of it and the opportunity to use smaller photos.  I don’t normally do that, so it gets me out of my comfort zone.  This layout is my take on the trend.

I am featuring some photos of our dog, Baxter, just lying around the house.  It’s a usual position for her!  I used three different photos and I was also able to use several pieces of patterned paper. 

I didn’t stress too much about exact sizing and placement of the pieces.  Because the photos were printed on a 5x7 piece of photo paper, I went with a VERY rough estimate of 3 ½ x 2 ½ for all of the pieces.  The finished grid isn’t exactly a perfect square, but it works for me. 

Here are some closeups.  I tried do do a little embellishing on or near each of the squares of patterned paper:




Baxter Cuteness by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Glitter Frame, Epoxy “cuteness”: Heidi Swapp; Cardstock stickers: Shimelle for American Crafts; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers.

Don’t be afraid of precise measuring to try this grid pattern.  It’s super simple and such a fun way to use smaller photos. 


Happy Crafting!

Moanica

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bushels of Love Apple Mini Album

Hi Everybody,

September marks a couple of fun days for me. First there is the 8 which is my anniversary. We are celebrating 7 yrs. The 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day, and the 26 Johnny Appleseed Day.  Then, 

With autumn approaching I find myself thinking about apples. Apple picking, apple cider, baking apple pies; all these things remind me of the wonderful memories with my loved ones. And sadly, I realize, I have no pictures of my loved ones at work, a crime I know. But I a great way to show them off, especially since we have a wonderful little bushel of Love to add to the family, was to create a little mini for their photos. Something small enough to stand on my desk but big enough to show their faces. So using the Sliced Apple file by Miss Kate Cuttables, I made an accordion style mini. This is such a cute mini, just big enough to keep the apples of my eye close to me. 



I cut the apple base (brown cardstock) out three times and the apple (red and cream cardstock) out six times for the front and back of the apple.
Then I cut two hinges at 2.5x1”, folded in half and adhered them to the base apple. The hinge corners did stick out so I cut them along the curve of the apple.
Lastly I inked the edges of all the cardstock and glued everything together.


And there you have it. A quick mini that is worthy to stand on my desk at work. Oh, and the apples really do stand up on their own. I kept my mini really simple but you could make your bunch of apples as colorful and elaborate as you like. 

Now I have just one question to ask you all, does anyone have any great Apple Dumpling recipes? All these apples have got me feeling hungry.

Kelli

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sending Birthday Smiles

Hello Crafty friends, Sharette here with this months post. I have a very quick and simple card to share with you today.  

My daughter asked me to make a birthday card for a class mate and friend of hers. I think it is just cute that my 8 year old is now asking me to make cards for her friends. I used a stamp from one of my favorite stamp co. The Greeting Farm. I stamped her on white card stock and colored her up with my prisma colored pencils and OMS. I used card stock from PTI. DP from EchoPark and some cute embellishments from Jolee's boitque,
Here is a close up of her. I said this is quick and that is just what it is. My computer crashed on me a few days ago, so I have been scrambling trying to recover it and a lot of my files. So I am actually borrowing my sons computer just to post this. I hope you like her and as always if you have any questions please leave a comment for me below.

Happy Crafting;
Sharette

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fun Organization Labels

Anyone who follows me on my blog or Facebook knows that I love organizing my scrapbook goodies almost as much as I love using them.  A few months ago, I did some sorting and re-organizing in my scrapspace.  At that time, I labeled all my embellishment cases that I purchased with pink vinyl.  I LOVE that I can easily see which container to grab when I am looking for a flair button or some wood veneer.  After completing that project, I started thinking about doing labels to attach to the many baskets that I also use for storage.



For my tags, I used my Silhouette Cameo and the new Silhouette pen holder. However, this same project can be done with any die cut machine or with punches.  I cut my labels from pale pink cardstock, then cut the same shape in silhouette chip board to back the cardstock as I was concerned about them holding up with use. I used the new silhouette pen holder and an American Crafts craft marker in the medium nib to write on each label. If I had it to do again, I would use a dedicated sketch font for the writing.  In this case, I used the LD Marker font which is a cut font. This is why the writing is not filled in, but I really like this font as it has a fun, playful look.  

I purchased the old pen holder by silhouette over a year ago and never liked the way it loaded pens.  I could never quite get the depth correct and never got clean writing with my machine.  The new holder has a cap that correctly gauges the depth needed in order for the pen to write correctly.  I love this feature. Now that I can get clean writing, I find myself using the pen holder much more.


To give you an idea of how other pens work with the writing feature of a die cut machine, I created the above chart.  For these, I used sketch or chalkboard fonts.  I used the pen name for each example so that you can easily see how they look.  I am told that each of these pens also works in the Cricut Explore die cut machine.  I also tested them in my old school cricut pen holder that I purchased for my Cricut Expression and they fit it as well.

I tested a Sharpie fine point, American Crafts Precision point, Sakura Gelly Roll gel pen and the American Crafts craft pen medium point.  Of note, the AC craft pens also come in a fine point and bold point. All of these pens use the medium holder from the Silhouette pen holder.  The pen holder package also contains a small pen holder and a large pen holder which means there are a wide variety of pens that can be used in the holder.


Here is a look at my labels attached to the baskets on my desk.  To attach them, I simply used a length of black ribbon from my stash and tied it around the basket handles. They were really easy to make and only took about 30 minutes to create.  

I hope you try this easy way to organize your supplies. Be sure to let me know if you decide to try this idea.


 

Monday, September 22, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: Fall Color Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend with family and friends! It's hard to believe this was the last weekend of the summer, but I'm excited about fall! It's my favorite time of the year--time to pull out those sweaters and boots, attend the state fair, and of course watch the leaves change. Thinking about the cooler temps and the autumn leaves inspired me for this week's challenge! The theme is:

A Fall Color Challenge!!


Fall starts today, so the challenge is to pull out your favorite fall colors to create pages, tags, cards, and more this week! No time to create this week? You can still join in by sharing a post on why you love Autumn, personal cool weather essentials, or a fall bucket list!
Everyone loves visitors, so after you post your project here, stop by and check out links from other blogger participants. 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! To be eligible: 1) Be sure to have the SOC Badge posted on your blog, as mentioned before and 2) Share your link below, in the bloggers challenge forum over on the SOC site, or in our gallery! I hope you'll join us this week! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

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