03 May, 2021

Stick It Down May DT Layout (Single Page Team)

Hello Lovelies!

It's Stick It Down time once again and this one REALLY challenged me.  I don't mean in a bad way, just I have a few design elements that make me a bit twitchy!  A page split vertically in exactly half or diagonally!

It reminded me of a the beginnings of a "blind scrap" page when you are given step by step instructions without know what your page will look like at the end.  I remembered I had this incomplete one from a few years ago.  


It was incomplete because I really REALLY didn't like the direction it was taking.  I already kinda cheated with picking 2 similar papers and added a frame around the edges, but I also didn't like the way the photos were separated.

Co-incidentally, the "product Focus" for May over at Rediscover Your Stash Facebook Group is unfinished projects, so it was meant to be and I needed to finish it.
First step was removing the photos, mats and the circle in the corner. (Thanks for the Un-Du, Columbus Trading!).  I wasn't feeling the story either.
I opted for a story about making masks for my nieces last year.  The colours were perfect and the rainbow pattern on the outer border is perfect for a Covid story.

I needed to mirror image the sketch since the adhesive left stains behind and I hid the most obvious i the top left corner.  The hexies in the sketch are represented by the origami mask (yes i know the pleats are upside down!)


I did a HUGE title enjoying all the sparkly thickers.  ("Teta" means "Aunty" in Ukrainian, BTW!)


I wanted to increase the horizontal element by using a block of paper i could journal on, and even managed to stuff in a cut apart in my scrap box in the right colours and phrase! 


Some embellie clusters were also essential.  Shockingly pared back for me! 



When the Going Gets Tough, Teta Gets Sewing

Love, and Stick It Down!


01 May, 2021

(inter)National Scrapbooking Day 2021

Hello Lovelies, and Happy iNSD!

I have a project (with process video) to share with you all on this very exciting day for papercrafty types!

There is a YouTube hop with lots of creative girls sharing layouts with the theme "For the Love of Scrapbooking".  Scroll down for the link to my process video whre you can find the full like up to the Blog Hop in the description Box. 

Also, Sara Scraps has rounded up a collaboration of three Facebook groups where making one challenge will put you in the running across all three groups for a ton of prizes (aptly named the One Challenge Wonder)!

I ended up combining the two since I was a bit uncertain how I'd fare time (and energy) wise. 

One Challenge Wonder requires a little more explanation, so here are the deets...
Create a layout based on the sketch Sara has created using your stash, and incorporating sequins.

Bonus entry for prizes if you also incorporate a cut file.
To qualify:

You must be a member of Rediscover Your Stash 
Spread The Sparkle and Cut To You HQ Facebook groups.

Post your layout in each group’s  One Challenge Wonder Album.
All Entries due by May 7th.
Winners will be chosen and announced no later then May 8th.

Here is where the wonder comes in...that one layout gets you an entry for 10-15 different prizes.
Most of the sponsors have offered multiple prize packs and gift cards.
Sara has donated 4 $5 ACOT gift cards as prizes as well...so there are TONS of prizes to be given out for this ONE challenge/project.
In addition, there will be some relaxed fun and games in RYS where each of us will share our project and entertain you while you take a break from the frenetic pace of some of the other Facebook groups.  All times are in EDT (think New York)
Sara 9am
Felicia 11am
Suzanna 1pm
Alex 5pm
Katie 9pm

Since Katie and I make up the Aussie contingent, we're on "night shift" supervision any US party animals during what is Sunday for us! 

So here is the link to my Process Video

And the pics:


Title and Embellies

You Can Do All the Things

Love, and happy iNSD!

12 April, 2021

Stick It Down April DT Layout (Single Page Team)

Hello Lovelies

It's Stick It Down time once again and can I just say how much I really REALLY loved this month's single page sketch!!  

My first thought was to use a cut file.  Pretty sure there are several out there which have flowers already built into a heart.  I decided instead to roughly machine stitch a heart and fussy cut flowers.
The sketch reminded me of a wedding or anniversary layout so I opted to scrap our 20th wedding anniversary, which was a case of Murphy's Law at work if ever I saw one!   Read the journaling! 😂
Seriously - you just can't make this stuff up!  And I'm often in these situations so I just laugh about them now.


I used the Hello Today and Quarantined collections both by Simple Stories.  Great colours and a vintage vibe which reminded me of our wedding and played beautifully with three different papers by October Afternoon which I fussy cut and used to create the cluster along with some stickers of the "Rona" bug, some chipboard shapes and brads.  The plastic bow is an old Dear Lizzy one!

Can you believe only the mint green mat behind the photo is the only paper that was a single 12 x 12 pattern on both sides?  All the others were either cut apart cards or the B-Side of a cut apart sheet.  I punched the individual "Ronas" from the back of a card I didn't think I was going to use.
I chopped and re glued the month card and circled the date which is a sort of a nod to our wedding album where I'd try use the numbers 7 and 10 on each page.



I deliberately chose the ledger paper which was the B side to one of the Hello Today cut apart sheets.  Perfect for writing and reminded me of a hospital chart.  The inside of the heart gave me plenty of room for a longer story.


I used a card from one of the cut apart sheets as the title and a subtitle with small stickers from the sticker book on a clipboard from the chipboard sheet.

This is Real Life! 20 in 2020

Please be sure to check out what all the other Design Team girls did with this sketch and go ahead and submit a layout or card of your own!

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Love, and Stick it Down!

15 March, 2021

Stick It Down Layout for March

Hello Lovelies
It's Stick It Down time again and the sketch this month is by Antonia.  Head on over to the Stick It Down Blog to add your own project!
I loved the diagonal details on the sketch, but my style is pretty heavy on paper!  

Sara Scraps came to my rescue when she shared this layout of her son and I thought I could apply the general idea to the sketch.  She even dared me to keep it clean and simple! 😂😂😂
Now I'm not a girl to resist a dare, but even I know when something is a lost cause! 🙈🙈🙈

I started by going though my camera roll for a pair of photos and a story.  Facebook memories helped by reminding me it's been 3 years since this even for JDM car enthusiasts and while the story probably is more recent, it doesn't make a huge difference to album chronology.  

Having figured out my story, I had to include black and a very specific shade of blue.  I ended up pulling mostly papers from Shimelle's Sparkle City collection with a background from Glitter Girl.  the black paper with neon signs had me thinking of drifting so the one from the paper pad with the holographic was a great place to start!  The ombre background paper reminded me of the duochrome paint finish on some cars.
It was going to be a bit busy so I toned it down with gesso and added paint and mist splatters.  I even had some prehistoric Flutterbies from American Crafts.  Hands up who still has those?  Bunting kind of goes with an even like this and the one I used which was meant to co-ordinate with Dear Lizzy's 5th and Frolic collection is a great colour match for the black neon sign paper!

I also used some Simple Stories Bro and Co for the stamp set, stickers and die cuts.


Chipboard and foam thickers for the title - Micro Glue Dots make the chipboard ones a breeze to adhere! (Thanks Columbus Trading❤️)


In addition to some stamps for the diagonal embellies, I also used some clear and cardstock stickers and random car themed die cuts and stickers.



Black and Blue

Please see what the other girls on the Design Team have made and also check out Sara's YouTube channel!
The products I used (or similar) are listed below: 
By clicking on the items or making a purchase (at NO additional cost to you) you help support this site, so a big, pink THANK YOU!   
Please rest assured I only recommend products I personally love!

Love and Stick It Down! 

02 March, 2021

Scrapbook Page for "Inspired By" series and Memory Lane YouTube Hop


Hi Lovelies
Fashionably late (again), but  I got there in the end!

It's the fourth week of the month so it's Shimelle week at Moira's "Inspired by Scrapbooking Classes" series and I jumped in at the very last minute for Kristin's Memory Lane hop.

Inspired by Online Scrapbooking Classes
Moira’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mooreilly/ 
Memory Lane Hop 
Kristin Crafts: https://youtu.be/mfaI7_F5NUs 
Alex: https://youtube.com/user/PinkCraftyMa... ⬅️ you are here! 

Process Video

This time as I explained in my video I left the journaling area blank to be added later after this layout goes up on socials.  Was a tough call for me and not something I will be doing often, but sometimes it's necessary.  It goes on the lined paper next to the photos.
Here are the pics as promised:


 Gather Together...Separately!

Till next time, 

Love and memorable, inspired scrapbooking!

16 February, 2021

Stick It Down February DT Layout (Single Page Team)

Hello Lovelies!
It's Stick It Down time again and this is the sketch single page team is working with this month.
I had ideas for this layout for a while while. but this sketch brought it all together.  
The clouds on the patterned paper background combined with the cut files I cut with both patterned paper and vellum layered over it.  
Stitching sequins down isn't as easy as it looks!








  Cat on a Hot Tiled Roof

Love and Stick It Down!