How To Use Those Little Scraps On Your Pages

I hoard Graphic 45 scraps. I keep the smallest of pieces. Why? Because I love their paper collections and I know once it is gone more than likely the collections are sold out. Case in point: Nutcracker Sweet. Tough to find the whole collection. An ABC Primer by Graphic 45 is another of my scrap hoardings. I have kept a lot of the tiny scraps. I only have two 12 x 12 papers left but I am determined to do 2 pages.

It is time for Back-To-School and what better way to use my scraps than with my grands. These are photos from last year's "First Day of School" photos. I will have more in about a week with four of my grands.
Case In Point
The circle background on the top of the page are all scraps.
The ruler is two scraps.
The banner, paper embellishments are all scraps.
The only whole piece of paper I used was the 12 x 12 background.

I could barely get my Fiskars squeeze punches align to get a full circle.  The pieces were so small.  Here is my p…

Anticipating Autumn with Bo Bunny

A cool Autumn layout from Bo Bunny's Enchanted Harvest collection is helping me beat the heat of the  "Dog Days" of August here in South Carolina.  I am longing for Autumn and cooler days so what's better than dreaming of a beautiful Autumn day in the pumpkin patch.  The photo is of Little's first pumpkin picking.

autumn splendor
Bo Bunny Enchanted Harvest Collection
Prima Flowers, button
Basic Grey chipboard pumpkin
Tim Holtz chitchat, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Ranger's Glossy Accents
Twinklets Diamond Dust
Mark Richards Peel Off's (the gold leaves and butterflies on the flowers)
Webster's Pages Storytellers letters
Painted the chipboard pumpkin.  Dried.  Added Tim Holtz Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  Rubbed in a bit of Vintage Photo ink after drying.  Note:  until you see some crackling taking place do not use your heating tool to speed up the process.
Fussy cut the butterflies and fairies.

I added Dia…

P is for Pretty...ABC Wall Home Decor

I finally  updated the "P" in the Alphabet Wall Art that is in my grandchildren's playroom.  In the blog post "I'm Just a Y" I told you Little's Sister wondered why her sister and brother had ABCs with their picture incorporated into the letter.  So this is my answer to LS.
This is the original wall art that my daughter and I created. (The Y was updated Here.)
Originally we had left the  P unfinished.  aka P is for Plain.  That made it easy to update a letter for her.
I painted the P and stamped it with white acrylic paint.  I added LS's picture from last Halloween.  I do believe she definitely represents "P Is For Pretty."
I added Prima flowers and pearls/crystals.
The butterflies are made from a thin Moire Holographic Plastic Sheet, die cut and embossed.  I highlighted the embossing using Picket Fence Paint Dabber.  I love this material and plan on using it again. 

Don't forget the giveaway.  Details are on the prior blog p…

Sunburst Technique, A Ladies Diary by Graphic 45 ... Promised Giveaway

I love the composition and style of the sunburst on a card or scrapbook page.  I went in search of a great pattern with instructions to learn the basics of a sunburst.  Check out Pinterest and be prepared for hours of inspiration.

I found a great pattern.  I wish I could have found the post on the blog the Pinterest pin linked to.

Warning:  for someone with my lack of vision with geometry this was not easy.  Thanks to my husband for his wonderful help.

Here is my take on a sunburst layout.

Brave Heart
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary
Julie Nutting / Prima Valentina Doll Stamps
Prima Flowers
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink, roses, nib, flash card words, crown adornments, stars
Bo Bunny chipboard clock

The Pattern
It includes the sizes.  What I did not notice was the cut.  Look at the third photo with the measurements.  Take note which way the diagonal is cut.  It does make a difference.  Each piece must be cut correctly so that the pieces meet in the middle with the correct depth.…

A Moment Caught, A Moment Remembered with Authentique's Seaside

This is one of my all time favorite photos that was caught in a "click" of time.

It was time for Ali and Great Maw Maw to say goodbye.  I remember the conversation between the two but not the photo.  The conversation went something like this:

"Yeah, I'm going to do battle with my daddy."
"Yep, he's getting me a ....a Pokemon... and we're going to do battle!"

A simple conversation captured in time.  Ali and Great Maw Maw love each other so much.

Authentique Seaside Collection
Prima Flowers
Prima/Julie Nutting doll stamp
Tim Holtz idea-ology stars, tokens, wings and Vintage Photo distress ink, chitchat words, Label Letters, flowers
Fiskars / Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Banner squeeze punch

I kept the layout simple because I really wanted this photo to come off the page.

Added a few buttons to my banner for a more distinguished banner.  Also my MIL has a little button collection in a fun container.  It is a great sto…

Gathered Shells Lately? Authentique's Seaside Layout

It's beach time here in South Carolina.  We have beautiful beaches, but Florida's Panama City Beach is spectacular!  I have a cabinet full of shells my son has collected over the years.  Summer is shell season.

Again I am using one of my Page Map cards from Becky Fleck.  I decided to declare this week Page Map Week on D's Paper Studio.  Check out Becky Fleck's website Page Maps if you like sketches for creating your layouts.  It certainly helps with the "bones" of a layout.

Here is my take on Becky's Page Map card....

The Story
This is my little beach bum.  Authentique's Seaside collection is perfect for the colors in his swimwear.

Becky's Map Card...
I continue to experiment using mixed media products.
I used Heidi Swapp's stencil to create the wavy center of the page.  I added different color inks and spritz the page with water causing the ink to blend and soften.Accented it with stamped wording. This stuff is just fun.

"Beach Bum…

My Beach Babes...And An Unfinshed "House!"

I have the ongoing project called My Blog.  I have the "bones" in place.  Some ideas are in process and some just are not finished.  So this is my apology for my "unfinished house being cluttered."  I hope this week I am able to complete the overhaul of D's Paper Studio.  It has been a journey learning about coding, hosting photos for third party links and exploring how I want my blog to I reflect me.  As the old saying goes "It ain't easy."  While I'm recreating my blog I'm going to keep exploring and creating my art.  Thanks for hanging out with me in my "house."

You might know Page Maps by Becky Fleck.  I won her book of Page Maps/cards at a Creating Keepsakes convention some time ago.  I pulled a few out with the thought I would add my style to her Page Maps.  It has been a fun adventure.

Beach Babe
Two of my grands having a wonderful time at the beach. 

This is my take on Becky's Page Map
Check out Becky and her map…