Saturday, May 30, 2020

Should They Stay or Should They Go

Paraphrasing an old song by The Clash here 
because I'm not quite sure if I want to keep
the stamp images I have on this page,
or if I want to remove them.

I'm thinking about adding the date where "sick" is
and not quite sure what to put on the circle.
Maybe just the words "Sick Kitty".
If I do keep the ill penguin image,
it will be colored in. I just don't care for it.

Even though these are photos of my sick cat,
I'm thinking these elements would be better used
on a page for people. I do have a lot of journal cards
and scrapbook pages to make of the family still!

Some items used were from Stampin' Up!

Rollabind punched edge

Scenic Route papers

The layout is based off of an old Page Maps sketch.


AHA! I remembered an idea I'd seen
in the past to make paw prints from
paper punches! 
I punched a heart and four small ovals
from Baja Breeze card stock
and adhered it over the circle tag.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

With A Little Help From My Cat Scrapbook Page

A play on the Beatles song.....

This guy was my crafting buddy, always trying to lend
a helping paw when I was working in the craft dungeon.
On this particular day he was helping me unpack
my order of stampin' goodies.
I can't believe he's been gone nearly ten years! 

 I decided to ink up the vintage 
Stella Stamper image for these photos.
I added the cat from the old Country Greetings stamp set
then colored the images with water color pencils.
There is a bit of a feminine feel to this page 
for my old male cat.

The bottom edge of the navy blue panel was paper punched
and embossed with an all in one punch from Martha Stewart.

The paper, card stocks, ribbon and images were from Stampin' Up!

Metal tag, unknown

Close up of the stamped and colored images

If my buddy wasn't "helping" me craft,
he was finding the oddest places to sleep
while hanging out with me in the craft dungeon.
Many times in the middle of or on
what I was working with. 

This is part of a pocket page.
The papers and mesh were from Stampin' Up!,
the stamp images and dies from Lawn Fawn
and the stickers, unknown. 

I think this is the first time I've ever used mesh on a project!

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Let The Sunshine In Scrapbook Page

My cats loved it when sun would stream in the windows,
especially on cold winter days after we had a run of
cloudy days. I'm the same, let that sunshine in and bask in it!

This is my attempt at making a sunburst background
from scratch - and the first time I have ever made
a sunburst design on any craft project.

The papers, Top Note Die, button,
embossing folder and small scallop circle punch
were from Stampin' Up!

Ribbon and trims, Michael's

Sticker quote, unknown

This is the pattern I made to create the sunburst.
I tried and tried to make one on the old
electronic die cut machine I bought 
second hand, but I could not get it to work.
So, I put on my thinking cap,
used a pencil, ruler and eraser to make
this half pattern on a piece of drafting film.
I was going to make an entire 12 x 12 size pattern,
then decided why waste all the extra time when I
could just keep tracing this section.
I traced it onto patterned paper then
cut it out with scissors and
used double stick tape to adhere it
to a textured card stock background.

It's not perfect and was time consuming, 
but it worked well enough.

The pieces that were removed will be used
on a layout for another scrapbook.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020

It's a very different holiday this year.
The ongoing pandemic and 
statewide stay at home orders, etc
have cancelled programs and parades
locally that honor the fallen.

Remembering the first responders
 that have lost their lives 
in the fight against Covid19 this year, too. 

image created with Land That I Love digi kit 
by Kimeric Kreations
and Bernadette Rough font

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Strike A Pose cat scrapbook page

I chose to use this theme/title for this page because 
I was trying out a new camera lens, 
taking a photo of my cat.

He batted at it, maybe being the ever curious cat
and wondering what I had.

Perhaps it was, "hey, don't take my picture",
it should have been paparazzi themed instead?

Most of the items used on this page
are oldies from Stampin' Up!:
Peachy Keen stamp set and dies
Designer Series papers

Strike A Pose stamp, The Stamps of Life/Sizzix
and coordinating filmstrip negative die

Alphabet stickers, unknown

baker's twine

Real stitching done with a temperamental sewing machine

Layout is based off of the Page Maps sketch below

Funny, it just dawned on me that the title is a line
from that old Madonna song, Vogue. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Journal Cards for cat album

This cookies and milk tag was fun to make!

 I drew a glass shape onto a piece of acetate
and cut it out with scissors. 
I glued a piece of white card stock to it.

The cookie is a paper punched small oval
that is inked and has dark brown splatters
stamped onto it to resemble a chocolate chip cookie
- or oatmeal raisin if you prefer;)

Tag topper punch for the tag
with a piece of stitched grosgrain ribbon
and scrap of patterned paper to finish it off.

My first attempt at using the second hand 
Design and Cut electronic cutter I bought
 last fall to cut out custom text.
It didn't work as I expected it would.
I assumed that since the text was all joined together,
it would cut it out in one piece. Nope.
Each letter was cut out individually
and on top of that, the cutter software
interpreted the brushstrokes of the 
font I used and cut wee little bitty "holes"
into each letter ! I don't have a clue as to
how to use this machine the way I expected it
would work. I better start doing some online
research before I try it again. 
I truly thought that since I found a font
that was all connected, the word would
be cut out as one piece. I also assumed
that it would only cut the outlines of the
font, not try to cut out portions of 
the inside of the strokes, too. 
Sooooooo, to remedy it, I traced and 
hand cut every single letter! 

Putting to use some stickers that were in a 
grab bag I bought at a yard sale last fall.
I've never really used stickers.
I collected some back in the 80's though ;) 

This is a combination of two different stamp sets.
I made this journal card to go in the pocket page
that has photos of a cat sleeping on cars.

More old Stampin' Up! images were used
to create embellishments for these photos
on this pocket page. 

Store bought element I added ribbon to.

I have more journal cards to make,
so there will be another post to come soon.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Pocket Pages - cat

Sharing a few pocket style scrapbook pages
I made recently for a cat album.

The brown card stock was pressure embossed
with a wood grain folder.

I paper punched assorted leaves then 
stamped them with skeleton leaf images.
They are layered over a detailed lace die
with a piece of twine tied into a bow on top.

The journal card has rubber stamping
and a layer of card stock underneath
that I distressed the edges on.

Lovely As A Tree stamp

Old stickers for the title

 Die cut elements 
rubber stamp wheel image on the green
side piece and green tab on the journal spot
made with old supplies from Stampin' Up!

Woodcut Holly jumbo wheel

Old images from Stampin' Up!
were used on this page.
Inspired By Nature and Just Believe

Happy Healing stamp set and Top Note Die,
inks and card stocks are all
from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Flower Pot Cat Scrapbook Page

Various stamps from my supplies
were used to create this cute image
for my journal card.

I also paper punched squares,
trimmed and inked them to make the pot.
Everything is long ago retired from Stampin' Up!

This is a "pocket" type scrapbook page. 
I bought the sleeves at Big Lots many years ago 
when they sold scrapbook supplies.

I've never used them before and honestly,
I don't really care for them.
I didn't think about the pages behind
showing through around the gaps
of the pockets and that bugs me.
Also, the photos come out too easily
when flipping through the album
on some of them. I guess I'll tape them closed.
Once I use all that I have up (there are a lot!),
I won't buy more. I prefer the larger
single page design pages personally. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cats and Kids Scrapbook Pages

The first is based off of the sketch below.
I don't care much for the outcome:
the patterned paper squares are not the right size.
My photo is also larger so that throws it off.
I think I'll slide another piece of patterned
paper under that far right side at least
and maybe add a bit of splatter stamped images.

I was getting tired and aggravated
with trying to make something work
with these old papers and elements
for this page, 
so this is what I ended up with.
I don't really care for it.

I also don't care for it too much because 
the colors of the papers clash
with a photo on this layout. 

The layout is my own weird design.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, May 15, 2020

Christmas Cat Scrapbook Pages

I spent the better part of the day making
 these two scrapbook pages. 
I overthink them and it takes me so long
to make detailed pages,
but I do like them sometimes. 

The lighting wasn't the best when I took
the photos so you can't see the details well.

The bottom of the journaling area has rubber stamped
and iridescent heat embossed snowflakes that I
brushed a water color wash over.
I added rubber stamped and cut out images
attached with dimensionals over
a shimmery paper snow covered ground.
The shimmery details don't show in the photo.

The stamps were colored with markers
to get the dual colors on the trees.
I also used markers on the snowman
image after it was stamped.

The top of the journaling area has a shimmery paper
scalloped edge sewn to the white card stock 
with die cut numbers and baker's twine
stacked over a polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

The layout  above is similar to a Page Maps sketch

This is the second page, my own creation. 

 I've decided I am going to replace the "dec"
image with something else. It looks funny to me.

Some supplies are from Stampin' Up!,
others are unknown. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

One Down...

and oh so many more to go!

This is the first pet scrapbook page done
for one of the five pet scrapbook albums
I have planned.

Not all of the pages are going to be "scrapped",

many will simply be photos slid into pockets
with journal cards.

Rubber stamp images from Technique Tuesday
and an old metal rim tag.
I water colored the image with ink from
an ink pad and an aquapainter.

Paw print from Meow Meow by Stampin' Up!
and another old metal rim tag

Old bubble letters and a numerals stamp set, unknown

Inks and card stocks, Stampin' Up!

Patterned papers, CR Gibson (part of a
bundle I bought at Big Lots years ago).
It's the only cat themed paper I have
and I'm not really a fan of it.
I guess I liked it better when I bought
it way back when ;) 

The layout is a simplified version of a Page Maps sketch.

Thanks for looking =)