….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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get ready to grab your Tim Holtz markers……

I don’t know about you but I sure am ready for Spring.  I recently received a pizza box of goodies from Love is in the Details and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I received the beautiful Tim Holtz butterfly dies and embossing folders. I knew I had to use them as I am feeling so “springy” since I got back from our trip.   Firstly, I die cut a tag, a butterfly, a tattered banner and some foliage.  I ran the tag through the trees embossing folder and added some tissue tape to the bottom. I layered on a few different distress paints on the tag and when it was dry I rubbed on some Inka Gold colours.

The photo doesn’t do the tag justice. The Inka Gold adds a beautiful subtle shimmer as the light hits it.

Time to turn my sights to the butterfly.  I rubbed the embossed butterfly with gold brown Inka Gold and then distressed the edges in places with distress ink. I covered the whole thing in picket fence distress stickles. When it was dry, I rubbed some copper Inka Gold on in places.  I slightly rolled the wings to give the butterfly a little dimension when it would be on the tag. I attached some foliage to the tag and added the butterfly. I like to use a glue gun when attaching most things to my tags so that I know they aren’t going to fall off. One word of advice though…. make sure the spot is exactly where you want it because there is no moving it once it’s glued down.  I added the banner with the word butterfly stamped on it.

I decided to try my hand at making ombre ribbon. Trust me when I tell you it is so easy.  I promise you will be running for your distress markers to try it out!

Start by taking your ribbon. Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon works great for this as does plain white seam binding. Draw a line of colour using a distress marker along one edge of the ribbon. Feel free to play with how wide you make your line of colour as well as the intensity. (You can go over your line a time or two to add intensity)  Spritz with water and watch the magic happen.

I dried mine with a heat gun and this is my final product.

I tied it into a bow and attached it to my tag with the glue gun.

I tried to take a photo to show the hints of glitter from the tag.

Amazing what different light does for the same tag.  I bet you will never look at distress markers the same way anymore, I know I won’t be! …. now, don’t mind me, I am going to go sit in the sun and dream of spring.

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CHA 2015 Inspiration!

The winter CHA show has come and gone and there are so many new and exciting products coming from the companies!  I always look forward to the sneek peeks, but even more I look forward to seeing the samples all the Designers do using the new products!

Every season there are new or continuing trends, this time around I see lots of metallic and butterflies.  The vintage look is still in but there are lots of vibrant and bright lines out there too!

If you haven’t been to the store Lori is busy posting Pre-orders HERE, and a little birdy told me she’ll be getting some more up soon, so I thought I’d share with you all some samples….

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Just look at this sweet home decor project, perfect for a country kitchen!

This line would be perfect for anyone making a recipe book, either for yourself or as a gift!

This next line is for all the princesses in the world!!  Simple Stories Enchanted!

These are just a couple of the new pre-orders that you’ll see coming up in the store.  If you go look you’ll see that Lori already has some amazing pre-orders on the go already…my favorite of course is all the Tim Holtz stuff!

Here are just a few of the amazing CHA samples showcasing his new products.

This first one I’m posting specifically for Lori….she loves these funny little bird stamps!

Here’s a great sample board from the show…….seeing his stamps in actions is so much better than just seeing the images!

You can pre-order his mid-Feb stamp release HERE.

I can’t wait for all the new products to start arriving, my ideas are already filling my head with excitement to create!!!  Be sure to keep watching the store for new pre-orders & products!

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This post was written by Lisa on January 25, 2015

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