Contest Entry for Scrapbooks, Etc. Summer Challenge: Scraplifting Layout Contest

Here is my entry:

Not sure why I decide to take this challenge- very unlike me to get it together enough to finish a layout and actually enter something :-)
I am still bitter about not winning anything in the Spellbinders die cut contest last month.

There is still time to enter Contest by Scrapbboks,etc . Idea is to Scraplift a page layout with your own twist. They have had 10 contest- one each week. Ahh- know I know why I entered- it was a contest over 10 weeks I entered the last contest on the LAST day.

Here is the original photo they want you to scraplift from:

I am quite happy with result- it is one of my favourite photos of my kids and I like the way layout turned out. I used Basic Grey Euphoria Papers, lots of die cuts and letter from my Quickutz Silhouette machine and got pretty crafty with inks and paints.
I absolutely ADORE this line of paper. Never thought I would get excited about plum and ice blue together but it works for me!

I kept curved lines at top from original layout. Instead of felt boats I used 3 other elements : pieced flowers, flourish and tag/journaling . Instead of stitching along paper edge I used small flowers to accent.
Changed title words and used paper instead of chipboard.

You can rate/vote/comment on my layout at Scrapbooksetc.on their site here: http://my.scrapbooksetc.com/app/sharemy/photoDetails.jsp?photoId=274700287

My work area was a disaster after making this:

messy craft area

Great Price On Cuttlebug Scrapbooking Cutter Only 39.99


Used for scrapbooking and card making the Cuttlebug die cut machine is one of the most popular on the market. Read my review of Cuttlebug.

I held out for a loooong time on getting one of these. It wasn’t until I fell in love with Quickutz die cuts that I even thought about getting a die cut machine.

My preference has been a Cricut or Silhouette but there is a a ot to be said for a machine that you can take anywhere and buy a single die for under 10.00.

Lowest price On Cuttlebug

While -wasting time- researching buy watching crating videos I saw link for this deal, CreativeExpress.com
They have their Cuttlebug’s for sale at 39.99.
This is a fabulous price.

Update- the site had moved and they have different Cuttlebug bundle. try here

Challenge: Work on 10 Cards for All Occasions – Use Up Scrapbook Supplies

Really this post should be called ” 10 Cards to Make if you are a Scrapbooker ” or “cards to make to clear out your leftover scrapbook supplies.

I am challenging myself to make up a series of 10 cards to clear out some of my scrap book stuff. I would love if you want to join in!
Here are the parameters I have set for myself:
– I cannot buy anything to complete these cards. No new stamps, dies or paper. The only exception is adhesive.
– I cannot use elaborate techniques- the idea is to do them fast and not get sucked into a vortex where one card takes 3 hours.
-I am debating whether to use use any embossing. Card makers will have the supplies but most scrap bookers I know don’t.
I may do simple quilling that the average scrapbooker will know or could learn easily.

I am working on using up some of my supplies- card stock I am not crazy about, left over paper bits, ets as well as trying out some new tools.

I am trying to put together a series of cards that are easy and fast to do and with supplies at hand- supplies that most scrapbooker or card maker will have.
To start with I have cut 10 cards from my card stock. I am going to do them to fit 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch envelopes and they are about 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 after being folded. I have also sketched out my design ideas. I have done 5 card sketches and will do two card for each sketch idea.

I will also post my “sketches” when I post the cards. or maybe tomorrow. might be interesting to see how closely i stick to my plans!
What am I talking about? I kind of sort of draw out before I start. I have a design background and I like to plan a bit and sometimes work from a formula. Most times I like the organic approach to making cards and doing my scrapbook layouts and let the supplies “speak to me” but the idea behind this project is to get a bunch of card done quickly , using up existing supplies and have a selection of card I can pull out and use on short notice.

I am making a sympathy cards, birthday cards for both kids and adults, Thank-you cards, Thinking of you cards and Congratulation cards. Cards you might for last minute gifts or sudden event.
I am constantly caught sort on new baby congratulations card and sympathy cards an want to have some to send out quickly.

If you deice to join in let me know- post about your plan and what “limits” you have set for your self.

Some Free Digital Scrapbook Patterns

I have recently delved into online or digitial scrapbooks and scrapbooking.
A fairly easy to use and FREE site is Smilebox.com

I find digital scrapbooking fun for kids and teens, They get results very quickly and appeals to girls you like to “play” with ideas and color. I noticed they had some Mother’s Day layouts and did a bit of searching to find other free layouts for Mother’s Day.

Digital Scrapbook Mother Day Layouts:

http://www.smilebox.com/scrapbooks/holiday-greetings/mothers-day-scrapbook/

From Families.com http://scrapbooking.families.com/blog/scrapbooking-mothers-day-layouts

http://scrapbooking.about.com/library/weekly/aa051101a.htm