Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Is In The Air Blog Hop


Happy Saturday
and
Welcome to this months Blog Hop
with
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'
This month we have made some wonderful Fall projects to share with you. If you have just stopped by to visit with me, thank you and welcome, but please start at the beginning of the hop with our Hostess, Robin Lane with
 Create-A-LatteWe would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects.
So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.


I decided to go clean and simple with my layout.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store called Fall Leaves Placemat Layout.  I made the cut in orange and then inked all the edges, inside and out, with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge.  Then I mounted it on some brown DCWV patterned paper I've had in my stash for a while.  I placed a photo of my (grown up) kids from 2008 that was taken on a gorgeous Autumn day!

This month we have a wonderful Sponsor, Lucy Kelleher with Close To My Heart, and she has a fantastic giveaway to share with you today. Lucy is giving away a $10 Gift Certificate to her store.



Close To My Heart


Your next stop will be with...

my friend, the sweet and wonderful AJ!



If you get lost along the way here is the entire 

line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project.

Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Free SVG Files

Welcome to the beginning of the weekend!  Woot!  How about some FREE SVG files to get things started off right?!?!



Now for a totally adorable file, get a load of this little guy from KaDoodle Bug Designs!!  Love it!!




FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a turkey in a pumpkin.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a cute little squirrel.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us an adorable Happy Halloween Bear, a witchy cat, a "got candy? cat, and a pumpkin spice moose!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a "Spooky Treats" Title.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is an "Autumn" title.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a super cute Pumpkin Love title.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of scalloped frames.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a cute BOO label.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us an awesome "BOO" card.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 




Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Page Kit Week 2 - Pocket Page

Welcome back to Week 2 of the Page Kit Series!  Even though week 2 started last week...shhh...we're just going to pretend not to notice!  Haha!  You can click HERE to go back and see what the original kit and double page layout looked like, if you want a reminder!

Today is pocket page day!  Just like last time, I'm using the same  homemade page kit I used for my double page layout last week.  I grabbed the green polka dot paper, the silver key, the tiny paperclip and tag, and the brads from the kit, along with the photos I had already chosen for it.  I have to say, I really like choosing the photos I want to use when I'm making the kit, since that's one less decision you have to make later!   Plus, I can pull a lot of the kit colors and textures from the photos when I'm deciding how to build the kit!

Pocket Pages, Scrapbooking, Project Life

For those of you who have been here before, you know that I'm still very new at pocket pages, so I'm sort of learning as I go!  I like the layout of this type of page because for me, it's super easy and straightforward.  I normally shoot photos in "landscape" mode (horizontally rather than vertically) so the four 4x6 pockets are perfect for four photos and the four 3x4 pockets are perfect for four little journaling cards with embellishments.  Of course, I'm glad I have other page layouts too, just to switch things up and challenge myself!

I used a page from the new Heidi Swapp Project Life collection available at Michaels.  Each page comes with a gold pocket insert.  I used one that says, "this is your day!"  Although, I'm noticing that my lighting in the photo was coming from the wrong angle, so you can't tell that text is actually a shiny gold.  I used a We R Memory Keepers punch to make the green polka dot background for it, and put some little heart shaped brads on just for fun!  I also used a pre-made pocket from the Simple Stories SN@P line to hold my journaling card.  I just adhered the pocket on the outside of the page.  Once I get something behind it on the other side of the page, you won't notice the tape I used to stick it down.

Scrapbooking, Pocket Page, Project Life, Heidi Swapp

Now that I've done and photographed a few pocket pages, I'm finding a new problem I hadn't thought about....taking pics of my pages!  The pockets are plastic, so if I'm in a room with enough light to take the photo, I get horrible reflections off the plastic.  Any advice out there from all of you awesome pocket pagers???

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WOYWW # 277 - Catching Up!

WOW for WOYWW!!  I can't believe it's Wednesday again already!  Where in the world did the week go?  So...hump day means it's time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by the lovely Mrs. Dunnit!  WOYWW is a chance for us crafters to take a peek at what others around the world are working on.  Here's my disaster for the week!  Haha!


There's lots of mess surrounding a tiny work space.  Why do I do that to myself?  I have a HUGE desk but only seem to give myself about 18 inches to work in.  The rest of it is always covered with 10 other things!  I really need to check out the psychology behind that, one of these days.  I'm sure it would be fascinating!

So front and center is my Smash*book layout I'm working on from last week's Page Kit Series.  I should have had it done ad posted last weekend, but as usual, life gets in the way and procrastination takes over,  and and here it is Wednesday again!  So, I continue on, and it will get posted soon, I promise!  It will have a lot more interactive elements to the pages than normal, so it's taken a bit longer to maneuver.

For those who came to visit last week, and who I didn't get back to visiting, I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies and a visit from me this week instead.  I'm still working on last week's list and I WILL be around to say hi!

For those of you who like to search for the WOYWW button/badge, I made it easy for you this week.  Do you see it?!?!

PS....there were a couple of you I visited and tried to leave comments for last week, but wasn't able to since I'm not signed up with GooglePlus.  Does anyone know if there's a way around that for people like me who aren't a member and go to a blog where you HAVE to be one to comment?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, September 19, 2014

FREE SVG Files

Woohoo it's Friday!  I'm getting a late start today, but never fear...your freebies are here!!


Look at this cute little bear that Kadoodle Bug Designs is offering this week!!  I just had to download this guy...can't wait to put him together!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a  whole uppercase spiderweb alphabet that would be perfect for those Halloween pages!

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a cute little monster.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us an adorable Happy Halloween Bear.

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a "Fall" Title.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a "Fall is in the Air" title.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a super cute witch owl.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is an adorable wizard owl.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a little ghost with a top hat. 

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us an awesome Halloween card.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scrappin' Madge's Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

If you're looking for the weekly WOYWW post, please scroll down or click HERE.




YAY!!!  It's finally here!!!  Happy birthday to our great bloggie friend, Scrappin'Madge!!  I'm so excited to be a part of this super fun hop!  And if you haven't heard yet, she's giving away some ridiculously cool blog candy!  Check this out!!!!!!


Woohoo!!  I've wanted one of those sweet little cameras ever since I first heard about them!  How great would they be for Smashbooking???  So...my understanding of the rules to be eligible for the blog candy, is to follow all the bloggers on the hop and leave a comment on each one.  Good luck!

Here's my homage to Madge's Birthday:


I decided to break out my Silhouette Cameo (the poor thing has been neglected for the past few weeks...I don't think I've ever gone that long without using it!)  to make this cute little card!  I used a print and cut file from the Silhouette store called "Ladybug Bear With Cupcake."  I popped her up on a red background that was dry embossed with a Darice Folder called Swirl Background.  I added a little birthday ribbon and a few layers, and voila!

Here's the blog line up in case you stumbled upon it by accident.  You'll want to start at the beginning and experience all the birthday goodness!

Scrappin Madge: www.thescrappinlounge.com

Rhonda M. Bewley Ratliff: www.flowersbyrhonda.blogspot.com

Jessica Douglass Wilson: www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com

Jennifer Gallacher: http://jengallacher.blogspot.com/

An'Jenic Gibson: http://anjenicgibson.blogspot.com/

Linsey Rickett: http://linseyrickett.blogspot.com

Jenny Johnson: http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/

Angela Corcoran: www.crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com

Sarah Biswabic www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com

Rhonda Helm: http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/

Bev Code: http://beeceecreativity.blogspot.com/2014/09/scrappin-madges-birthday-celebration.html

Dawn Marie: http://kraftychick.blogspot.com

Amy E. http://www.scrapthissavethat.com/   You are HERE

Rhonda Emery: http://www.scraphappenswithrhonda.blogspot.com  Here's who's NEXT

Melissa Fromm: www.frommtheheart.blogspot.com

Tammy Smith: http://lifeupdownandsideways.blogspot.com/2014/09/scrappin-madge-birthday-blog-hop.html

Jessica Kephart: http://homespunelegance.blogspot.com/

Happy Birthday Madge!  Have a great day!!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WOYWW 276 - More Page Kits!

Wow!!  It's already What's on your Workdesk Wednesday time again!  Where did the last week go?  Days are just flying by for some reason lately!!  So, once again it's time for our weekly snoop of craft desks around the world.  Click the link above to learn more and join in!

Scrapbooking, card making, craft

As usual these days, I'm showing you the one tiny itty bitty space on my big long desk that's clean enough for me to work on!  I just finished making a pocket page for my Page Kits - Week 2 series.  Scroll down to some previous posts if you want to learn more about that.  I also finished making a card for a blog hop Wednesday morning that's going to be FABULOUS!!!!  The big prize is a Fujifilm Instax camera!!!!!!!  For those of you not in the US, I don't know yet if there will be any shipping restrictions, but it's worth coming back and taking a look!!

Pocket pages, Scrapbooking,

So I thought I would show you the rest of the page kit projects I did last week.  I did a total of four things; a double layout, a pocket page, a Smash*book layout and a card.  I showed the scrapbook layout on last week's WOYWW, but here's the rest of the projects!  So, above is the Pocket Page, and here's the link to the post if you want to learn more about it.

Smashbook, Scrapbooking

Here's the link to the Smash*book layout.  If tells more about the story behind the page!

Smashbook, Scrapbooking

And, here's the link to the card that I made!

Card Making, Scrapbooking

I hope you enjoyed all the pics!  As usual, the WOYWW button/badge is hiding somewhere on the desk in the top photo!  Have fun finding it, if that's your thang!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Page Kit Week 2 - Scrapbook Double Page Layout

Holy Guacamole!  We made it through week one of the page kit series!  I really hope you liked it and found some value in it!  Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback and additional info and resources on the kits!  I'll be sharing some of this more in future weeks!

Okay...on to week TWO!  Here's the page kit I have put together for this week's worth of goodies.  Remember, the challenge is to make a scrapbook layout, a pocket page, a Smash*book page and a card out of one kit.


Here's the double page layout I made with this week's kit.  Of course, it's more photos of my adorably cute grandson and son when I was visiting them last year.  I can't believe it's been almost a year...he's grown SO much!


So, just like last week, I've been crushing on the bingo cards I cut from some Teresa Collins paper.  I just had to use some again.  I think I cut 12 cards out of one sheet of cardstock, so I still have even more I haven't used yet.  I'm sure you'll see them again soon!


The cute little wooden camera inside the heart was in a package of 8 assorted wood cameras I got during my Michaels excursion a few weeks ago.  The pack was clearance priced at just 99 cents!  I believe I show them HERE in my first ever haul video!  I used some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to "stain" the natural wood of the camera, and then cut a little snippet of ribbon that says, "Love" to make it look like it's popping out of the camera.  The rest of the embellishments and frames are edged in the same Vintage Photo ink.


I used some natural jute twine to "string up" the Thickers that I used for my title.  I held it up with buttons and bows!  If you missed the Money-Saving Monday post yesterday and need a great tip on how to space alpha stickers before you commit to them on your page, take a peek at THIS POST.

Up next from the page kit...a card!

Also, don't forget to join me and a ton of awesome paper crafters tomorrow for Scrappin' Madge's Birthday Blog Hop!  I hear there's going to be some great blog candy, and top prize is a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 CAMERA!!!!!!  I can't wait!  Good luck!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, September 15, 2014

Perfect Alpha Spacing Every Time!

Have you ever fought with trying to space alpha stickers perfectly on your scrapbook layout?  Do your palms get all sweaty when you're about to stick alpha stickers on your almost finished page?  Have you ever ruined a page by not having as much room for your title as you thought you had?  Well today's Money-Saving Monday post should help! (So, I totally sounded like a commercial there, didn't I?!?)


I'm not much of a sticker girl anymore but I do love using Thickers from time to time.  Here's a little trick I've been using for the past several years.   Wax Paper!!


I keep a sheet of wax paper in my craft room and every time I need to stick alphas on a projects, I lay the wax paper over it first, then put the stickers on to make sure they'll fit in the allotted place, and to get them spaced correctly. Since they won't permanently stick to the wax paper, I can pick them up and move them til I'm happy with their placement.  Plus, since the wax paper is see-through, I can make sure everything will fit properly, and then simply transfer the stickers from the wax paper to my project!


Super easy and no more measuring!  Woohoo!  Have you ever used this method before?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Page Kit Week 1 - A Simple Card

Here it is...the last day in our first-ever page kit series.  I'm working on another kit to get started on next week's series, so I really hope you liked this first round of posts!  

Scrapbooking, Cards, Cardstock, Crafter's Companion, Stampendous
I used some cardstock leftover from the kit...I pretty much used the whole kit up this week, but had enough for this!  I used stamp sets from Stampendous (the leaves) and Crafter's Companion (the sentiment.)  I heat-embossed the sentiment in white and then stamped the leaves in three different colors of ink using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I just colored with them directly onto the stamps.  I matted everything in black and added some jute and viola!

I would love to hear feedback on the page kit series this week.  Did you like it?   Find it useful or inspiring?  Is this something you would do with a page kit?  Talk to me!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Page Kit Week 1 - Smash*Book Page

Here it is...Smash*book day!  Happy weekend to you!!  Today, I'm showing project #3 from the page kit we started working on earlier in the week.  I opened up a random page in a new Smash*book and went to work!


There's two photos from my daughter and son-in-law's engagement session that had a super cute story attached to them, and I've had trouble figuring out how I wanted to preserve them and the tale.  I can journal on a scrapbook layout, but the story would take so much room on the page, I didn't want it to detract from the photos, so....


I made a panel on the left page of the book and wrote (and hid) the story underneath.  I added a little loop of jute to the panel to signify to the reader to look under it.


Basically the story goes like this:  Emily and Bryan were in their Seattle Seahawks gear (shortly before the Seahawks won the Superbowl!!!!) and were sitting by the water's edge with the Seattle Ferris Wheel in the background.  The photographer was way across the street so she could take wide angle photos of them.  A group of tourists walked by right between them and their photographer, and one guy stopped and said, OMG this would make the most awesome picture with you guys in your gear and the wheel and water in the background!  You guys should have a photographer out here with you!  At which point my daughter laughed and pointed (the second photo on the page) across the street at the woman taking photos, and said, "we do!!"  Ha ha!  Luckily, the photographer was smart enough to keep shooting and got it all on film!


So, here's my "secret panel" being lifted to reveal the story below.  It's "hinged" with a nice long strip of coordinating Washi tape.  When the reader is done, the panel lays back down flat on the page.


I hope you like my Smash pages!  Tomorrow...a card with the kit leftovers!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free SVG Cutting Files!

Welcome to the weekend!  And Happy Free-For-All Friday!  Are you ready for some FREE SVG files?  Here we go!


My heart melted just a little when I saw this cute little moose face from Kadoodle Bug Designs this week!  I'm not sure what I'll do with him yet, but I just couldn't pass him up!!


FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a  title that says, "Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch."

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a pumpkin mouse.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us a pumpkin moose peeker.

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a Fall Angel.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a set of six frames.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a Halloween title called Spooking Boots

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of scalloped frames.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a really cute, "love ya to the moon and back"card. 

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us two card covers.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a hand drawn thank you caption .

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Page Kits Week 1 - Pocket Page

Welcome to more of "Page Kits - Week 1."  I should probably find a more exciting title than that huh?  Ha ha!  Today's project is a 12 x 12 inch pocket page.  I've been trying to learn more about pocket pages and how to make them.  I mean, I know you can literally just throw a few pics and a journaling card or two in the pages, but of course, I have to make it more difficult than that.  As long as some of my scrapbook layouts take to make, I feel that if I spend 5 minutes stuffing pockets and call it good, I just haven't done nearly enough!  So, it seems like each little pocket insert becomes a layout of it's own, and they all need to coordinate.  No need to make it that hard...I just tend to overdo!


Simple Stories Snap, Washi Tape, Pocket Page

I used more of the paper, photos and embellishments from my kit, and then added a Simple Stories Snap 4x6 journaling card, a little Washi tape, some ephemera, jute, and some brads.  Even though I "had" to add lots of extra stuff, this page didn't take long at all!  Yay for pocket pages!

Up next on Saturday, is a Smash*book page made from the same kit and goodies...see you then!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WOYWW 275 - Page Kits

Happy WOYWW!  It's time again for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  It's our weekly snoop of others crafter's desks all over the world.  Click the link above to check it out and join in!

Scrapbooking, Cards,

This week's photo catches me setting up a photo shoot for next week's page kit.  I started a series this week using a homemade page kit to make four different projects...a scrapbook layout, a pocket page, a Smash*book page and a card.  You can learn more about making your own page kits HERE, and see the first installment of the series HERE. If you like what you see, don't forget to join me the rest of the week for the rest of the projects!

Below is the double page layout from the first page kit.  It showcases pics of my gorgeous daughter and my super- cute new son-in-law!

Scrapbooking, Page Kit, Paper crafting, inks, bling

I've hidden the WOYWW button/badge in plain sight as usual.  Don't forget to try to spot it if that's your thing.  Let me know if you find it!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Page Kit Week 1 - Scrapbook Double Page Layout

As promised, today kicks off a new series about how to use page kits in all sorts of creative ways!  I'm super excited about this endeavor and I hope you are too!  As described in yesterday's post, here's the page kit I made:

Quick Quotes, Teresa Collins, bling, ribbon, Scrapbooking

It includes papers from Quick Quotes and Teresa Collins, as well as solid color cardstock, a sheet of QQ punch-outs, Some bling, ribbon, epoxy stickers, and brads.  I added some photos I wanted to scrap of my beautiful daughter and son-in-law that were taken during an engagement portrait session.

Scrapbooking, Quick Quotes, Teresa Collins, Ink, Bling

My layout includes several punch outs from a Quick Quotes page I had,  I trimmed them so that all the edges were clean (no little paper "tabs" from punching them out) and then inked the edges.  I put one little butterfly on top of another and bent the wings up to give them dimension, and then added a little bling on the body of the butterfly,

Scrapbooking, Quick Quotes, embellishments

I did a little more layering on the second page.  I have more bling peeking out from behind the center photo.  I also cut up the page of Bingo cards and played peek-a-boo with a couple of them.  I matted all of the photos on black cardstock to ground everything and add some extra pop to the page.

Teresa Collins, Quick Quotes, Bling, Embellishments

I hope you're liking what you see so far!  The next project using more of the same page kit will be a 12 x 12 pocket page posted on Thursday.

I really curious to know how you use your page kits...do you just make a layout and toss the rest in with your scraps, or do you make multiple items?  Please tell me!!  I'd love to know what you're up to!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, September 8, 2014

Money-Saving Monday - Page Kits


As promised last week, today I'm kicking off a new series about page kits, and how to make them totally versatile.  I thought I would start with a reboot of a vintage Money-Saving Monday post about how to make your own page kits...enjoy!


Happy new week!  As promised in last week's Money-Saving Monday, I spent a little time in my craft room putting some page kits together.  What did I learn in the process?  I learned that I have A LOT of crap and I better hurry up and start using it like crazy, or I'm gonna be in trouble and growing out of my scrap room before long!

I scoured Youtube for some tutorials about how to put page kits together, and while I found a few, most of them weren't quite what I was looking for.  I did find one that gave some very basic, helpful information, and it was enough to get me inspired and moving.


With that tidbit of information under my belt, I was ready to go!  I started by choosing two matching (or close to matching) papers for my base pages, (for double layouts) and then filled in with some coordinating patterns and colors. Then I got a paperclip and small sandwich baggie and started filling it with coordinating embellishments.  I started with ribbon.  I have a jar of ribbon scraps and ends that I like to save.  This was a great way to use a lot of those pieces that are normally buried and overlooked.  I continued on with my jars of brads and buttons.  Then I went for my binders with flat embellishments  i.e., bling, stickers, die cuts, etc.  I found ALL KINDS of awesome things that coordinated that I had totally forgotten about.  Here's what my first kit looked like when it was stacked and finished:


 And below, you can see all the coordinating bits and pieces all spread out.


Here's a close-up of some of the embellishments I plan to use.  I even found a spray mist that matched everything, and sprayed it on a scrap of white cardstock to remind me that it would look awesome to use too.


Below are a couple of different kits I made using the super hot grey and yellow color scheme.  I love the music pages on this one:


And the polka dots on this one!


I cheated just a little on the kits below by using mostly one paper collection that I picked up when I went to the Quick Quotes warehouse sale last month.  I had a few full sheets from this collection and lots of scraps, so i just added some ribbon and embellishments, and viola!


 I even found some matching title strips for some of these!


I've been looking for a way to use this light green burlap trim for a while now...I think I may have figured it out!


That's it for my home made page kits for now, but I think I'm on a roll so you may be seeing more of them soon!  So let's recap; For everything shown above, I strictly shopped my stash.  I didn't go out to purchase anything new for any of the kits.  I used ribbon scraps that I forgot I even had, for most of the kits.  Same with the embellishments...I had forgotten about most of the stuff that matched up perfectly with all that beautiful paper.

So, in the end, I have six new page kits that are ready to use at a moment's notice, if  feel like making a quick page, or if I go to a last minute crop.  And instead of spending $20 - $50 on a fancy page kit, mine were no extra money out of pocket!  Woohoo!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E