Sunday, June 18, 2017

Celebrating 100 YEARS with Grandma

I come from a family history of longevity.  Yesterday, we celebrated my Grandma's 100th birthday!! (Her actual birthday is really tomorrow - Monday, June 19th).  My Great Grandma (Grandma's mother) lived to 105 so it was no surprise to us that my grandma would strive to do the same!  So of course, we had to throw her big a party!!   Family from all around came by to wish her a Happy Birthday.

I wanted to do something special for my Grandma and give her something she would enjoy - looking at pictures from the past and reading everyone's birthday wishes!   I took an idea from fellow consultant Karen Pedersen.  Karen shared a guest registry she created for her son's wedding that was an album with layouts that the guests could sign. What a beautiful gift. So, I took Karen's idea and created a similar type album on a smaller scale.   I created 8x8 layouts and included pictures of Grandma through the years.  We had a special table set up, where I placed a couple of layouts on the table at the same time.  As the pages filled with signatures and notes, I would change them out with other layouts.

Now after the party is over, Grandma can enjoy the pictures and sweet notes over and over.

Here are the layouts I created with some specific notes about some of the pages.  Enjoy!

For this album, I used last year's Scrapbooking Month special paper - Happy Times.  I had just enough scraps left that I was able to use most of what I had left!  You will see, that with this type of album, you don't need ALOT of extra papers but I did use ALOT of cardstock!  The "Happy Birthday" and the balloon were both cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (now retired).  I dug around in my stash and found some paper flowers from years ago!  These were big round flowers that I folded in half and then folded in half again!  I used the mini staple to hold the folds together.   The stem is from the Happy Times stamp set!

For all of my pages I used an 8x8 piece of cardstock for the base page and layered it with White Daisy cut to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2.  Since the pages are smaller I wanted to allow plenty of white space for the signing area so all of my pictures are either 3x4 or 4x3 in size.

Originally I was only going to have the pictures with no headings or names... but as I thought about it, I knew that eventually this album would end up handed down so adding names and dates where I was able became very important.

The flowers stamped on this layout are from the Happy Times Stamp set that was exclusive to National Scrapbooking Month in 2016.  I used Canary and Glacier Inks.

There are a couple of pieces on this layout that are from my stash...... The Glacier Heart washi tape and the Glacier Thick Twine.

This layout is one of my favorites.  My Grandma was a quilter and she had a group of ladies at her church that she quilted with.   Since it was something she loved to do I wanted to be sure to include a picture in her book.  I decided to piece together the pattern papers like a quilt for this page.  I also tied little knots of twine and added with a few wooden buttons.

Here are more paper flowers and a butterfly I found in my stash.  Perfect Accent!

I ended the book with a layout of Grandma and husband Ed.  The picture on the left is a trip they took a few years ago to Venice, Florida.  I love how happy they look.   The picture on the right is probably one of their more recent photos in their new home.  After living on the family farm all her life (the farm had been in the family for over 100 years), she sold it to move to town.

I hope this Guest Book will inspire you!  The concept is a wonderful idea for creating a keepsake - whether for a wedding, milestone anniversary birthday!  

You can see Karen Pedersen's wedding guest album here:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamps Blog Hop!

Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are sharing some artwork created with their favorite stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations catalog which will be retiring August 31st. If you landed here from Michelle Loncar's Blog you are on the right track!  Look for the link at the bottom of my post that will take you to the next blog!

I have several stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations that I love to use over and over.  It was difficult trying to decide which one to feature for this blog hop. But I finally decided on So Many Smiles.  I have used this stamp for cards and layouts!  For this layout I pulled out a few pages from the Enchantment Fundamentals and used the lined notebook page from Memo Fundamentals papers as my base page.  I cut a 5x7 frame from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and rather than using it as a frame for the picture, I just used it as part of the page elements.

I stamped cascading circles from So Many Smiles with Sapphire, Ruby and Saffron inks. 

Products Used:

So Many Smiles C1619
Memo Fundamentals Z3294
Enchantment Fundamentals Z3254
Sapphire Ink Z2848
Ruby Ink Z2879
Saffron Ink Z2851
Twine - Enchantment Ribbon Pack Z3288
Prickly Pear Sequins Z3324
Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen Z1979

Remember, most of the stamps are retiring JULY 31.  If you have some favorites on your list, get them before they are gone!  Once they are retired they are gone for good.

Now it is time to hop over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog and see which favorite retiring stamp she has to share!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Let's Party!

Today I'm going to share with you one of our Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits - Let's Party!  I love these kits because you get everything you need to make 12 cards (just add your ink).

This kit includes 12 cards and envelopes, Burlap Ribbon, sequins, paper and cardstock, and an exclusive stamp set that you will see ONLY in this kit!  There are even FREE instructions that guide you through the cutting and assembly of the cards that can be downloaded from my shopping website.

These are the cards that you can create when you use the instruction guide:

I like to create a few of the cards as shown in the guide. Then I like to venture out on my own and see what kind of design I can come up using the stamp and leftover supplies.  Here are two cards I created using the supplies in this kit.

I love the background stamping I did with Happy Birthday.  I used the Masking Technique to get this look. First, I stamped Happy Birthday on the White Daisy Cardstock.  Then, I stamped "Happy Birthday" on a sticky note and trimmed it out really close.  I placed the stamped sticky note right on top of my Happy Birthday on the white cardstock.  (I like to use sticky notes because the paper is thin and the sticky on the back holds it in place).  Next, I stamped the stars in Tangerine, Glacier and Sorbet all over.  You can see where some overlapped the "Happy Birthday" but because I used the masking technique, it looks like the sentiment is in front of the stars.

For this card, rather than stamping the pennants directly onto the card, I stamped them onto the pattern paper and cut them out.  I used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to color inside the "Let's Party!" sentiment. To get the Glacier color with my markers, I used Warm Grey 4, Turquoise Blue and the Blender (in this order).

There are endless options with this stamp and I still have plenty of paper and accents left to create even more!

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