Friday, August 31, 2012

Run and Play

For me, one of the true joys of having children is seeing their innocence and enthusiasm, their childlike joy. I love when my children show JOY. It warms my soul. Here is a page I did that hopefully captures that warm joy of childhood.

It's from a day at a local park with my boys, just being together and enjoying life.
I used Scrabble tiles- something I've been wanting to do for years now. Finally got some at a local scrapbook store swap meet. There weren't very many letters (had to create a few) but was able to spell out Run & Play. Reminds me of the words from "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Mel Torme.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Maybe its growing up in an environmentally conscience area of California, or being in the "environment club" in high school or maybe just because it is the right thing to do but I LOVE to take found objects, especially "garbage" and turn it into treasure. I feel so pleased when I can take a throw away item and repurpose it into a scrapbook page embellishment.
Here are some recent examples.
On these beach pages, I used the plastic mesh that holds apples from the grocery store as "netting."

We cleaned out our junk drawer and found several keys that I have been in there for years and no idea what they belong to. Used them on a Road Trip page.

You know those charms that are for wine glasses to label which glass belongs to whom? Well I sewed those on as a banner detail.

And my go-to recycle items is the cardboard circle that comes under the frozen pizza. It is the perfect shape for a 12x12 page and gives such texture! Paint it, distress it, rip it or leave it as is. It's great!

Next time you are going to throw something away, stretch your imagination and see what you can make out of it. Ripped clothes- cut them up for flowers! Plastic or paper - use it as a stamp or template. Junk mail- cut it up for flowers or use for inking. Get creative and have fun.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Trendy Tape- Washi Tape

Have you played with Washi Tape yet? It is a trend from Japan that is now a hit in the US.

Here is my favorite Washi Tape page I've done so far.
At a crop, my friend Melissa brought a bag of Washi Tape and Trendy Tape for me to try out. And experiment I did! At first, I didn't know how to make this a strong, masculine page since the background had the pretty pink blossoms. It was throwing me off. But by making it simple and embellishing with only more masculine colored tapes, I got the effect I wanted. And it was fun!


I'm going to admit, I don't love this page. But I had fun experimenting on it. I misted (note the banner top detail) and stamped (the circles) as well as throwing on some colored tapes (many from the Disney collection). These are all things I don't often scrap with with, so I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. The result is...SWEET.

Before I could get my hands on some washi tape, I tried to improvise. That is the mother of invention, no? While at a scrap studio, I had unlimited access to all kinds of duct tape in neat colors. So I used them like strips of pp and tried to have a teen vibe to the page.
See a product that interests you or that even "scares" you a bit. Embrace it and give it a try. You might have fun. If possible, find friends or local scrapbook stores or studios that will allow you to "test" it out before you invest too much money. Some trends are short lived or just not your thing. Others will enhance your scrapbooking bag of tricks and make you an even richer scrapbooker. Knowledge is power. So give it a try.