….sometimes the photos just have to be scrapped.

I was at my Mother in law’s and came across a photo of my husband playing baseball. It reminded me of a photo of our son I had taken a number of years ago.  The challenge was to find the photo of our son in the pile of old photos I had in the basement. Because my husband’s photo was black and white I had the other photo printed again in black and white.  When I picked it up, I knew I needed to scrap these two photos together. It is hard to see in my son’s photo but he also has his tongue sticking out just like in the photo of my husband.  I am not one for doing 2 page layouts.  I like them when I see others do them but I just don’t do them.  This was my challenge…. how was I going to scrap these 2 photos?  I decided to scrap them with the same papers and in the same style so that they could be put in the album beside each other but that I wouldn’t be stuck to following a 2 page layout idea (I am a rebel like that LOL)  I like using double sided papers because when it comes time to layer, it’s easy to flip over the scraps left over and tuck them in here and there.  It coordinates perfectly … just like you planned it that way. I find paper pads are great but there are always papers that just don’t excite me the way others do in the pack.  I will cut them up and use them for layers as well.  Just as the small paper pads are great value for card makers, the large paper pads are great value for scrapbookers.

These are the layouts that I came up with:

Did I mention these photos were taken 30 years apart.  The boys were almost the exact same age in the photos. I added some stencilling and a tiny bit of journalling.   I am very happy how they turned out and I am so glad that I found these photos and preserved them as part of our family’s history.

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This post was written by Jennifer on May 24, 2015

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The blog post title is the hardest part….

So I’ma skip it and get right to the post!  Today I have two things to show you!

The first is the result of an experiment I tried, to see how well the 1st 3 releases of Tim Holtz’s new colors-of-the-month played together.  They are, January - Cracked Pistachio, February -  Abandoned Coral and March - Mermaid Lagoon.  I used my ink pads to smoosh color patches on my craft mat, and then with a wet brush, picked up each color and put it down on watercolor paper letting the colors blend.  Somewhat.


What I learned.  Red and blue mixed together, creates a poopy brown.  But green and blue mixes very nicely, and when butted up against the red puddle so there isn’t too much blending, everyone is happy.  Here is the card I made using that piece of watercolored paper.

distressinks1All of these colors are in the store, and available in distress ink, distress marker, distress paint, distress stain and spray stain.

Next, I wanted to try my new Poppystamps Teacup Stack die, and the My Mind’s Eye On Trend paper pad.  I cut the die from gold foil paper, because gold, right??  Then I adhered it to Neenah Solar White card stock because I wanted to use Copic markers to color the punched out bits.


How did I know these were the colors I wanted to use?  Well, Pinterest.


I actually have a pin board for nothing but color schemes and does it ever do the brain work for you!  Like today.

Feel free to follow it if you like; I’m adding to it often!

So then I adhered the colored stack to the gold dot paper and glued all that to an orange card base.


So there you go, two completely different looks and cards.  I hope one or the other will inspire something for you, even if it’s just to go make a pot of tea and drink it out of a pretty china cup!

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