Pinterest Inspired

 

Sometimes I feel that even though I’m inspired by things that I “pin” on Pinterest that I really don’t take the time in real life to make them.  It’s sort of like when I was playing Farmville on Facebook and my husband suggested that instead of watering the crops virtually that my own flowers were dying in real life.  So after my little inspiration search I decided that I’d pick a couple of the cards that really were going to challenge me.

I love playing with shaped cards so this Viva la Verve card inspired me to use up some scraps and think outside the square box.  The top card is the sketch I printed from the internet and the bottom card is mine.

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Here’s a close up of my card

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I started by cutting a Outdoor Denim card base using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I love all the shaped cards that this cartridge has to offer and I had several circle cards to choose from.  I then pulled scraps from my Claire paper packet (I’m still on my journey to kill my stash).  When I was laying out the pieces for my card I really thought that if I embossed the square with the DOTS embossing folder that it would tie it in nicely with the dots in the large floral B & T.  My flower was also cut from Art Philosophy using Blush cardstock and another scrap of Claire B & T it was all layered and attached with a retired bling brad.  I added a clear sparkle flourish for some WOW factor.

The lesson I’d like to leave you with is that if you use Pinterest to get inspired, make sure you put that inspiration to work for you…get away from your computer and into your craft room.  There is no joy to crafting if you don’t craft!

Tracey

2014 My Year to Catch Up

At the end of 2013 I made some decisions to focus a little more on what brings me happiness and spending MORE time in the craft room was at the top of my list.  When my husband runs out of socks will someone please come do the laundry! 🙂

I was wandering around some Blog Challenges that I have bookmarked and thought I’d take a look at the Heart to Heart Challenges, it just so happens that they have scrapbook challenges which was right up my alley this month.  You can find their blog here.

Our January challenge is Sentimental January.

  •  * 12″ x 12″ page Layouts involving a sentimental moment with friends, family, or pets (past or present)
  •  * Must use a CTMH Exclusive Stamp Set featuring a sentiment and let’s see some journaling. 
  •  *At least one photo

Brooke and Granddad stop to smell the flowers

These pictures are two-fold in fitting the theme of a Sentimental Journey.  Our sweet granddaughter has been absent from our life for almost three years.  I had started a scrapbook of the times that we had spent together and put it away because of the pain it caused to look at the pictures and have such a void in my heart.  We were reunited with her in December and I took her unfinished scrapbook in hopes that it would show her how much love we have for her.  It also encouraged me to start scrapbooking her pictures again so that I can show her again the next time we get to see her.

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I am trying to use up most of my old paper packets and thought this Claire would be perfect without being too “girly” for grandpa!

My sentiment or title is from the Frosted Scrapbooking WOTG  and the flowers were cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and then stamped with the Girls Rock My Acrylix stamp set.  I wanted to keep my accessories simple so just used an assortment of Clear Crystal Sparkles in the flower centers.

I’d love to help you scrapbook your sentimental journey!

Happy Crafting!

Tracey

Claire Visits Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail blog hop where Claire is making her first appearance, you should have arrived here from Linda’s Paper Taylor, but if you didn’t don’t worry…this is a circular hop and you will eventually end up right back where you started.

I have to be honest Claire was not one of those paper packets that jumped right off the pages of the catalog screaming – YOU HAVE TO HAVE ME and had it not been for the Paper Trail I probably wouldn’t have invested in the pretty Hollyhock, Blush, Sunset and Outdoor Denim combination.  What did appeal to me was the “Girls Rock” stamp set on the page opposite the paper pack and since I was forced to use the paper (in jest of course) I decided I had to have the stamp too! =)  The paper turned out to be pretty versatile…not only is it a wonderful floral, but there are some magnificent geometric designs as well.

When I was thinking about projects that I could use this paper for, my mind flew straight to a very dear friend that just welcomed his baby girl to the world.  Little “Mercy” is cute as a button and is going to bring the pages of the My Creations Showcase 6 X 6 accordion album come to life.

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For each of the layouts I used my Wishes Card Layout Design book and picked 4.5 X 4.5 square card patterns – I increased the dimensions, but left the general layout the same.  Now there are perfect little places for her mommy & daddy to place pictures and even some room to stick in some journaling.  If you’d like to make an accordion album of your own…drop me a line, I’d love to help you!

Now’s the time to pick up the pace and head on over to Lynn’s Field’s Finery to see what she has in store for you!

Can’t wait to see you back in a few weeks with 1, 2, 3…Craft!