Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Fun at Work Day Eve

Happy Fun at Work Day Eve Everyday!

So Jan 28 was officially "Fun At Work Day" but I have been celebrating this holiday all month.  I know that I am blessed to have a job where they allow me to play.  Working in a call center there is down time and we have to keep ourselves occupied.  I have constructed mini albums, cards, stamped, doodled, crocheted, and lately I have been coloring with my Copics, just brushing up on my skills.  So my project today is to inspire you to get those markers, pencils, and crayons out and color, doodle, or do something fun.

Pic 1

Pic 2

Pic 3

Pic 4

Now I am no expert, this is truly by trial and error (see pic 4) but I have found a couple of go-to color combos that you may or may not have tried/known, but if you are a beginner using Copics then these might help you.

Pic 1- My go-to for brown skin is E33, E35, E37 (brown cupid bear, Kitty holding flower)
Pic 3 - I also like E13, E23, E25 for my brown skin beauties (Female angel, girl on the bike in the purple top, male angel.
Pic 4 - For those of us light skin lovelies (like myself) I like E21, E23, E25 shown on the first row second image and I like E13, E23, E11 shown on the third row first image belly or you can try E13, E21, E23 shown on the third row last image.

I hope that this gives you a few options to try or if you have use them, please tell me your feedback.  I would love to know what you think.  I am going to experiment with some additional colors and see what I come up with.  I'll let you know the outcome.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lining My Pockets

A new year, a new approach!  If you’re like me, you’re always looking to try new things.  Especially products that will help me get more photos in my albums.  Now, I’m not looking to “catch up” or rush through my scrapbooking.  I enjoy the process of cutting paper and placing embellishments too much for that.  And would fun would it be to not have any photos to scrap?

But, at a scrapbooking retreat late last year, a fellow scrapbooker (our very own Tena!) was doing something I hadn’t seen before.  She was combining her normal 12x12 or 8x11 pages with the super-popular pocket pages.  I can scrap my normal pages, but have a ready way to get lots of full-size 4x6 photos included as well.  I love that!  

So, I’ve ordered some refill pages for a vacation album I’m working on.  Between my husband and myself, we took over 4,000 photos!  Now, I don’t plan to use them all, but you can see why I’m willing to give this approach a try – LOL!

In anticipation of my order of refill pages getting here, I’ve started to create some of the “fillers” I’ll use in the pockets.  I’ll have 3x4 and 2x4 pockets.  I created one for some photos of an Afternoon Tea we had on our cruise.  I even created one for some of the days when we had overcast weather.  

I can journal on the larger ones or simply use them as decorative parts of the pages.  How cool is that?  I love learning from my fellow scrapbookers!  Leave a comment and share something you’ve learned lately.

Happy Scrapping,

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Blogger's Challenge!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season, and 2015 has gotten off to a great start for you! I am stopping in to share the the first theme for our third year of blogger challenges! It's hard to believe--year three! We're not slowing down yet, as we have new and exciting themes in store! You ready? Well, let's get started! The first challenge is:

Valentine's Day!!

That's right! Our first challenge is all about the LOVE! January is almost over, so Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! So pull out those craft supplies to create those heart-themed scrapbook pages, cards, and mixed media/altered art projects! But instead of one week to complete this challenge, now you'll have two weeks! That's right! This year we will be posting a new theme every other week, so you'll have even more time to create! But posting your project in the challenge is the same--After you create and post your creation on your blog, simply come back and share a direct link to your blog post in the comment section below, the Blogger's Challenge forum over on Scraps of Color, or here in our blog gallery!

Now even though this is the first blogger challenge here on the SOC blog, the ladies got a bit of a "warm-up" with an "Anything Goes" challenge over in the challenge forum! Here's a peek at a few of those creations, starting with a couple of layouts:

Debbie shared this fabulous page! Love the colors and mix of patterns!

Next, Gemiel made this great layout! Be sure to stop by her blog, Gemiel's Gems, to 
read more on the wonderful story behind this page.

Here's a mixed media creation by Queen Pam. I won't give it away, but you have to check out
her complete post to see how she transforms this project!

Michele shared this adorable tag over in the challenge forum! In her blog post, she shares 
her inspiration for this project.

Finally, Jean got a head start on her Valentine's Day cards with this beauty! Just lovely!

Thanks ladies for participating and starting the bloggers challenges off with a bang! To all of you bloggers out there, would you like to participate in the challenges this year? How about the chance to have your creation featured in a future blog post or on SOC's Facebook and Twitter pages?  As the ladies above have done, its EASY! Make the goal to join us this year! We'd love to have ya! I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share projects from this challenge and post a new theme! Until then, take care and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sending some Valntine Kisses your way

Hello Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR!. Sharette here with today's post. I hope the year is starting out great, I made a promise to my self to get back to doing more of what I love which is my "coloring and card making".. so far I have to be honest and say that it's not what I expected but I will continue to organize and get my priority straight. Any ways just wanted to share two quick cards that I made.
I thought I would create some "Valentine Day Cards" I actually colored these two images, last year lol. but never got around to posting them or putting them on cards.. They are both "digi stamps" that I purchased from "Simply Betty Stamp Co.
The first one is "Cupid Corinne". She is ready to give you a little "love tap".. with her cute little "bow and arrow". She is colored with Prisma and OMS.. DP is from "My Mind's Eye.
For my second one say hello to "Cupid Elisabet" blowing you sweet Valantine Kisses. she is also colored with Prisma colored pencils and OMS.. (sorry I don't remember the numbers I used, like I said they where colored a while ago).. DP. is from my stash I don't remember who the brand. I used my Martha Stewart punch to punch out the hearts. the sentiments came with the images and I added some cute buttons and whasi tape.
Well if you haven't gotten started I hope that I have motaved you or given you some ideas on getting those
Valentine Day cards started. As always I love hearing from you all so if you have any questions, or feed back please leave a comment below..

Happy Crafting


Friday, January 23, 2015

SOC Featured Blogger

Back in 2012, our SOC founder, Classygirl introduced a wonderful feature highlighting bloggers that are active online and in the the SOC community. This popular feature is back, continuing to spotlight inspiring sistah bloggers who update regularly with wonderful creative projects.

An Introduction to Scrapbooking...
I'm Katherine Blue, but only family calls me that.To scrappers, I am Kat or Kate.  In 2004, I gave birth to a micro-preemie, an extremely sick boy who stayed hospitalized for almost a year.  In 2005, he continued to heal, and we went through some other life changing events. My sister thought that scrapbooking would be a great way for me to de-stress and to get my feelings onto paper.  I went with her to a crop (with no supplies since I had NEVER heard of scrapbooking) and was hooked! Six months went by before I jumped in and bought supplies, But I went to a few classes, and here I am--still loving everything about it seven years later.

Venturing into Blogging, and An Evil Queen...
I started blogging about four years ago as a way to show the scrapping publications/bloggers that there are scrappers of color (plus I am a huge fan of blogs & challenges) and to also just allow my family who all live far away to keep up with my family/everyday life. The Evil Queen on my blog is just because I've always loved Snow White and all things Disney from childhood -I truly am the Evil Queen or so my kids (a boy and a girl) say!  I've never changed it because a friend created it for me and I'm not tech savvy and don't know how to change it LOL!

Talking "Signature Style" and Combating Creative Burnout...
I'm not sure if I have a signature style (cluttered maybe??) other than to say I love patterned paper,layers, bling, and shiny metallics!  I love American Crafts and Heidi Swapp, but will scrap with anything. When I get a bit of burnout, I turn on some 80's music, then blog hop, or look on Pinterest, and it comes back! I am a HUGE fan of layouts and recycled projects, but just can't do cards no matter how hard I try. 2014 brought a little bit of mixed media, art journaling, and canvas work into my life and I hope to continue that in 2015.  
A Word of Wisdom...
One piece of advice to my SOC readers is to get yourself IN the pictures ALL THE TIME and blog about what you love! I scrap/ blog for my children and future generations; I want them to know me through the good, bad, fat, skinny, happy and sad and I want them to know that I wasn't just the photographer; I lived it too!

Thank you for sharing with us Kate! What can your blog readers look forward to in 2015?
Thank you for getting to know me! In addition to my own blog (, I am currently on two Design Teams for 2015: and   Two blogs that combine my two faves--using stash and getting YOU in the pictures!  It would be awesome to see some "color" over there every month !!

Special thanks to our first featured blogger of 2015!! If you would like to see more of Kate's creations, be sure to click over on the links above! As Kate mentioned, she'd love to see ya!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


It seems that sending and receiving HAPPY MAIL is the new"right now". What used to be called just  "RAKS"(random acts of kindness) is now happily referred to as either "incoming" or "outgoing" - mail that is.  While doing my usual perusing for creative inspiration, I found a tutorial for a happy mail holder. It resembles a brochure-type folder that can hold all your creative goodies.  I think it puts a creative and interesting twist on sending out goodies to others.  Once you see how versatile this project is, you will never send out happy mail the same again.  Here's how I created my holder:

1. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock to an 81/2 x 11 size( of course you can create you own personal size)


2. Place the pieces of card stock together and fold in a brochure-type fashion by folding one side into the other. Use a bone folder to make a crisp fold and to make sure the pieces fit snugly together.
ETA:  Choose a solid card stock for the inside and a patterned piece for the outside.

3. Next, take the inside piece( the solid piece) and make cuts for pockets to hold your goodies. You can make these cuts according to the sizes of the items you will include in the holder.

The cuts are marked with the small clips.  Again, you can make your cuts to your own choosing.

4. Now, adhere the inside piece to the outer piece using adhesive of your choice.  Remember not to glue the cuts or pockets together.  You are finished with the construction, so now you can decorate your holder as you wish.  Your happy mail is ready to be sent on its way.

For added appeal and to hold everything together, why not create a belly band.
( has the original tutorial)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Just wanted to share a little sisterly love.  I am so grateful to the many women who love one another, care for each other, support those in need, encourage the discouraged, enlighten the dim, inspire the soul, educate the mind, and generally handle the business every single day!  Despite what people may say about women not "getting along" and not supporting one another, I know the opposite to be true.  Yes, there are always a few exceptions.  But, we will not lose focus over a few fools.  Today, I salute my sistahs!

Here is a little gift that I hope you will use in a layout, card or project that is dedicated to the most special woman in your life...YOU! (Just click the image below and save.)


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