Friday, October 24, 2014

Little Meets A "Real" Princess ... Graphic 45 and Blue Fern Studio

I can't believe I haven't scrapbooked this photo yet.  Here is the story.

Back a couple of summers ago I took Little (grandgirl) to the historic USC Horseshoe.  It's a beautiful place right in the midst of the oldest part of the campus.  Little and I walked around, chased squirrels, taking pictures of Little sitting on the low hanging limbs of the old oak trees.

We were sitting and talking on one of the benches when Little cries out "a real princess, Meme!"  I looked where she was pointing and it was a beautiful bride having her bridal photos made.

She wanted to meet the princess.  We walked over and watch the photo shoot.  When they took a break I told the bride and her mother what Little had said.  The bride and her mother were so kind.  They talked to little about the "princess" getting married to the handsome "prince".  The bride was happy and held Little's hand to have her photo.  It was the highlight of Little's summer.

a real princess
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard square frame (gessoed and added crushed glass glitter)
Prima flowers, bird nest, and button
Tim Holtz distress ink vintage photo, skickles (outlining the large flower)
Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin squeeze punch banner
Stampendous Glass Glitter, champagne
Martha Stewart Gesso and doily
Webster's Pages letters for the title

What are you currently working on?  Thanksgiving, Fall or have you already jumped ahead to Christmas with Christmas cards, decorations for the tree and house, what about getting set for December Daily (Ali Edwards).  Let me know in the comments.  I'll tell mine if you tell yours!

Have a Crafty Weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

She's Not Afraid ... Scrapbooking Life

I love scrapbooking those closeup photos that share a feeling or thought.  I really love scrapbooking life....everyday, ordinary life.

My grandgirl, Little, really likes the show Tangled.  Rapunzel is cool, but Pascal is the best.  Not really understanding that Pascal is a chameleon she has taken to catching the little lizards around her yard and calling them Pascal.  Note:  she never harms them and always feeds them before letting them go on their merry way.  LOL

I was inspired by Graphic 45 design team member Romy Veul with the way she layered her paper with the edges punched.  I mixed it up differently and this is what I got. 

The paper collection is Graphic 45's Communique Collection.  Backstory:  I found the paper pad at Micheal's Arts and Crafts.  It was priced at $14.95.  I usually pay $19.95 for Graphic 45's 12 x 12 paper pads.  I had in my hand a 50% off coupon.  $7.50 ... I got a steal. 

The watermark on the photo was created digitally from a digi stamp. It is a great way to emphasize the lizard that is so small.

I used three different Fiskars punches to get the fun edging affect.  With the inner most punch, Threading Water, I used embroidery thread to help emphasize the punched area.

The scalloped edge where the flowers are placed is Tim Holtz's Alteration, On the Edge Die Plaque and Postage. 

You see a lot of Tim Holtz products on this layout.  I continue to collect and use his products.  If you like this style of products also try Wendy Vecchi's products. 

I am working on Halloween now.  Some older photos and I am all ready to start with some new photos.  What are you doing during this spooky season?  I've already gone with 4 of my grands to Boo At The Zoo and 2 of them to the Trick and Treat Party at the State Museum. 

Have A Crafty Day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turn Your Mistakes Into Masterpeices

I saw a beautiful sketch by Michelle Singh but instead of three layers of torn paper I wanted to do a stencil pattern at the top, leave the middle to the paper, and the bottom third another stencil.  Boy, did I overreach my abilities.

I first meant to use modeling paste but ended up using gesso and I don't even know why.  LOL  I guess I use so much of it it was just automatic.

I finally finished the top and bottom of the one page and rubbed in some Faber-Castell gelatos.   The color I wanted was not turning out like I thought and I was beginning to mess up the edges both on top and in the middle with ink.  What made me think I would like the lower and upper edges inked, I don't know.  Remember at this point it is still one piece of paper.  It was not getting better so I ended up tearing the top and bottom pieces off and reapplying it to another sheet of paper.  Still I wasn't liking it.

I decided to just keep going.  I added my paper strips ... all Bo Bunny ... layered my chipboard, flowers, buttons, cut out butterflies, and ribbon until I figure I could live with it.  I did love the words from Heidi Grace metallic words.

Next step was to walk away for a few days.  When I came back to take a peek I ended up liking what I had done.  I did overreach for my abilities but I gave it my best shot.  I think Ali will like it when she looks back on it years from now. 

Masterpiece?  Perhaps not...but a great lesson for me to try, try, and try again!

This is the sketch by Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique Kit.

Have a Crafty Day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Follow Your Bliss with Blue Fern Studios

I continue to fall in love, creatively, with Blue Fern Studios chipboard and paper lines.  If you haven't tried their papers and you like to do a bit of mixed media, it is perfect.  I can not begin to extol all it's virtues, but is best if you  see for yourself.  Here is the link to where Blue Fern Studios products are sold .... (I only promote and not receive any compensation)...  Retailers for Blue Fern Studios .

This is my answer to BFS's October sketch challenge using their paper collection and chipboard.

Follow Your Bliss

I used Blue Fern Studios chipboard Wild Flourish Frame to feature LS's most expressive face.  She always brings a smile to my face with her beautiful expressions. 

Blue Fern Studios chipboard bird, brick used as a stencil, and paper line Blue Fern Garden.

Martha Stewart gesso, topped with Faber-Castell gelatos on the vine and Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Ink on the flowers and frame.  Covered with Ranger's embossing ink and clear embossing powders and heated.
Blue Fern Studios bird, painted with Ranger Picket Fence Paint Dabber.  Covered and heated with Ranger's embossing powder.  Blue Fern Studios brick chipboard taped with paper tape and inked with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet.  Tim Holtz idea-ology metal bird with a sunset orange alcohol ink.  Stamped with Inkadinkado stamp and Tim Holtz Distress Ink spiced marmalade.
Prima flowers and button.
Touch of silver ribbon.
October Blue Fern Studios Sketch .... Give it a try and enter it on their blog to win some of that marvelous chipboard!

Winner from last week's giveaway is 

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Definitely a very sweet page, Debby! :)

Thank you Lisa.  Send me your snail mail address to  If you want to see some yummy projects check out Lisa's blog at Remember The Good Times.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Memories Are The Sweetest Things - Giveaway

Ask anyone that struggles with serious memory health problems....memories are truly the sweetest of all things to have.  I have spent a lot of time this Spring, Summer, and it looks like Fall as well, making lots of memories not only for me but for my children and grandchildren.  If you can keep up with your scrapbooking then you are not making enough memories (or you just don't sleep!). 

Here is one of my fun memories over the summer.  My older granddaughter loves this particular yogurt shop and every chance I got I took her.  This is her with little Ali on Ali's first trip to the yogurt shop.

Sweetest Things In Life

Use my Stash Ingredients
Glitz Design rub-on

Heidi Grace 3-D embellishment
Making Memories glittered letters
Newer Ingredients
My Minds Eye Lost and Found paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard XOXO
Recollections Labels ... banner
WeRMemory Keepers twine
Martha Stewart doily, gesso
Tim Holtz stamp, distress ink vintage photo and spun sugar
Ranger archival ink

A simple layout to capture a "Sweet" moment with my grandgirls.

I wanted to do a small giveaway to those who have patiently waited for me to get back on board with my blog.  I'm still slow but I appreciate everyone who has encouraged, inquired, and left comments letting me know they are still hanging in there with me. 

This is Cosmo Cricket's Spinner Card "Pretty Please."  It is not new on the market although it is new in the package.  They are awesome on layouts.  Google the name and you will get some great ideas on how to incorporate it into your next layout of memories. 

Leave a comment and I'll announce a winner on Friday.  Would you give your friends a head's up on the giveaway and let them I getting there?  And I am.  LOL

Have A Crafty Day!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

2 - two - TWO A Birthday Scrapbook Layout

Yes, my little grandgirl turned 2.  Time flies with these babies.

Graphic 45 Place in Time paper collection
Tim Holtz "twos", Distress Ink vintage photo, balloon stamp
Fiskars border punch
Ranger Archival Ink
Michael's rose ribbon
Golden molding paste
Faber-Castell Gelato
Prima buttons
Martha Stewart butterfly

Happy Birthday to my dearest Ali.

Check back on Monday for a little giveaway!

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Patience of a Snail - Blue Fern Studios

This is my interpretation of Blue Fern Studios September challenge.  Their sketches are some of the best sketches as you can make them simple or artsy.

This is Little patiently waiting for a snail to emerge from it's shell.  She was willing to wait as long as it takes.  She is really into bugs and such right now.  She has a little splash pool type item for bigger bugs and a little bug playground mom bought for her.  She will pick up snails, bugs, but her favorite are lizards (that's for another layout!).

Blue Fern Studios paper collection Blue Fern Garden, chipboard circles, butterflies, branches, and sketch
Prima Flowers
Tim Holtz distress ink vintage photo, distress stain broken china and peeled paint, paper tape, pin, letters
Ranger Glossy Accent, paint dauber 
Stampenous crushed glass glitter champagne
Fiskars border punch Embossing Border Punch Scalloped Daisy
Faber-Castell geletos pink 
TCW stencils
Golden Modeling Paste
Martha Stewart Gesso
I believe the stamp is from Stampers Anonymous
Micheal's rose ribbon
  • paint chipboard with gesso 
  • paint with Ranger's paint dauber
  • use Ranger's glossy accent and add to chipboard then spread with your finger
  • add plenty of Stampenous glass glitter
  • after it is completely dry use a paper towel to go over the glittered chipboard and remove glitter that is not strongly glued to the chipboard
  • It really took away the look of too much glitter.
  • using TWC stencil randomly adding modeling paste making sure to use a tool that will help you get the modeling paste smooth on top....(a specialize spreader or an old credit card type item....I use those cards that businesses send in the mail to get me to sign up for something)
  • add Tim Holtz's distress stain
  • That's it!
  • measure the area that you want the tape and paper to begin and end
  • cut Blue Fern Studios pattern paper and Tim Holt's paper tape to proper length
  • adhere it to the background paper and adhere your Blue Fern Studios chipboard
  • if you get some hang over on the right side of your circle use X-ACTO knife to gently cut it away
  • I loved doing this!

Well, it's been a crazy wonderful life this year and things continue to look busy.  My blog suffers but not my scrapbooking.  I will get back on a schedule one day.  Thank you for coming and supporting D's Paper Studio. 

Have a Crafty Day!


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