…channeling Mario and Lord of the Rings…

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It started with the sticker machines at the grocery store.  Then he asked for a “soft” Yoshi (aka, a Yoshi plush).  He also knew that Mario and Luigi were part of the “family”.  So after managing to procure the last small Mario plush at the toy store, he needed Luigi.  Once he had Luigi, he carried around the group all the time.  He loved them!  Still does, but I borrowed a little from LOTR for my title of “his PRECIOUS.”  Hee hee.

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Then there’s a lot of fussy cutting from patterned paper and journal cards.  I also added a metal clip holding some baker’s twine bits.  The background started as some Amy Tangerine Plus One paper (I mentioned this before, I love Amy Tangerine!).  Lots of people use white gesso before adding media, but I didn’t want to tone down the paper, just prep it for media.  So I went with some Matte Medium.

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Then I added some swaths of color, as well as some green through a Dylusions stencil, the did some stamping.  The tiny stars are a pattern stamp from a past Studio Calico kit.  Other words came from Citrus Twist kits, and “I Love You” is from 3rd Eye (a Polish company that sadly closed down, but you can still find stuff at other online stores).  I used a Citrus Twist sketch for this layout.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

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…gaining perspective…

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I had an idea pop into my head, and still had plenty of supplies that I hadn’t used, so after grabbing a couple other things, I managed to get this done in two days!  Unheard of!

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And I even added a little media to it!  So I grabbed some awesome patterned paper from my most recent Citrus Twist kit.  I turned it sideways and dripped from Liquitex liquid ink in red and yellow in two spots.  While and after it was drying, I put together my other layers.

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I’ve read from other people how it’s rather freeing to just use what you have and call it done.  I have to admit they’re right!

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For me it’s easy since I tend to grab way more stuff than I’ll actually use which means plenty of leftovers ;P

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However, a majority or this layout came from stuff that I’d grabbed but not used.  I added some washi, alphas from a past Citrus Twist kit, and a sheet of Kelly Purkey stickers.

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An UmWow Studio badge and chipboard arrow that I covered using my Sakura orange paint marker and used my white-out pen to outline it.

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That rainbow tag is actually a reclaimed envelope covered in watercolor crayons.

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The layout just didn’t seem finished until I added a little hand-drawn border.

I’m entering this in Scrap Our Stash #30 – LAYERS

Labels
Acrylic die-cut
Yellow
Edge distresser
Red ink
Stickers

and Stuck Sketches September sketch.

Happy scrapping!

…having a flashback…

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I’ve noticed that lots of mixed media scrapbookers tend to use gesso to cover their page before adding paint or whatever.  My issue with that is I usually really like the paper I’m using, so I’ve started using matte medium instead.  Same purpose, but clear.  So I grabbed some Amy Tangerine patterned paper and spread matte medium, then sprayed Dylusions ink through my Dylusions alpha stencil in a couple spots on my page.

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With Scrap Around the World‘s moodboard this month, I got inspired by the writing, letters, and school atmosphere.  I also had yet to scrap the photos from my little guy’s first day of pre-school (he’s now in 1st grade).

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I used cameras and hearts for my visual triangles.  That’s a Webster’s Pages cameo, a acrylic die-cut that I colored the heart green with paint markers, and a chipboard diamond from my Citrus Twist.

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Washi tape from Citrus Twist kit, Pinkfresh stickers and stamp

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UmWow Studio chipboard covered in gesso and orange paint marker and Heidi Swapp phrase stamp

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UmWow Studio chipboard frame colored with paint markers, alphas from CT kit, Pinkfresh puffy and epoxy stickers, MME chipboard paper airplane (a classic symbol of school in my opinion), SC chipboard camera, thread from my stash

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I stuck with grid and notebook designs in keeping with the school theme.  Simply Stories journaling card, Leftover tag from SC kit (I cut the top off for a previous project), chipboard shape with goil foil word

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Sodalicious (honeycomb with book text) and Little Yellow Bicycle (letters) patterned paper, paper clip from my stash, wooden phrase from CT kit, label from SC kit, Kelly Purkey label sticker, Pinkfresh sticker

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Journal stickers, paint splatters

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Amy Tangerine Stitched rub-on, cork alphas, Kelly Purkey label sticker, HS stamp

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Chipboard heart painted green, chipboard alpha stickers from CT kit, retro alpha stickers from stash

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Kal Barteski thickers, SC chipboard camera, Pinkfresh (?) wooden badge

I also want to enter this for Scrap Our Stash‘s challenge #30 – school supplies (Little Yellow Bicycle alpha patterned paper, paper clip, notebook and grid themed journal cards and chipboard paper airplane).

Happy scrapping!

…high on happy…

My entry for Scrap Around the World’s June mood board:

“high on happy”

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and the mood board:

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Most kids love jumping,  my munchkin is no exception 🙂  So the trampoline from my sister-in-law is definitely earning it’s keep.  So my layout was inspired by the quote, kind of a double meaning.  My son doesn’t NEED his trampoline to be happy, but it doesn’t hurt.  And I’m happy seeing him happy.  Hence the title and photo, of his feet in mid-jump on his trampoline.

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This is another foray into large titles.  I also played with large titles here and here.

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I used a fair amount of goodies on this 😀

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I used a Studio Calico sketch, and after a lot of fun, turned it sideways and was happy to continue.

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I incorporated both chevron goodness and circles throughtout.

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I also added some coordinated washi tape, little die-cuts, along with papers and bits from Studio Calico and Citrus Twist kits.

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Also used embellishments from Maya Road, my Amy Tangerine roller stamp, and Maya Road seafoam spray for the splats 🙂

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Happy scrapping!

…clearing her mind…

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Yes, it’s May, but I wanted to share this journal spread.

At the start of the new year, I chose my word for the year: Clear
I need and want to clear up my life.

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Clear and organize my scrap supplies so I can work

Clear my body of the junk that’s holding it back

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Clear out excess social media stuff so I can focus and not be overwhelmed

Clear out and use my art stuff

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Maintain a schedule of keeping paperwork from piling up, which leads to me procrastinating dealing with it.

Clear my life so I can enjoy it.

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Choosing a word for the year is pretty new for me.  I’ve done resolutions in the past, but last year was the first year I chose a word for the year.  This year my word is “clear”.  I want to clear up my life, in most ways.

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Clear up paperwork and keep a system of managing it so it doesn’t overwhelm me.  Clear my body and get healthier (and hopefully lose some excess weight that I lost and gained back).

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I also wanted to clear up my art stash.  Not get rid of anything exactly, but more organize it, that way I’m not constantly searching for stuff and can actually craft.  Paperwork extends to e-mail and stuff, too.  I don’t have to keep everything forever.

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So I had to do a spread in my little moleskine, which still doesn’t have a cover yet, but I’ll get to it.

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…fabulous…

So I’ve been trying my hand at some more tags, which I’ll post photos of once I can get some good ones.  This one is for both Simon Says Stamp challenges.  One is Anything Goes and the other is coral, either the color or being inspired by actual coral.  I chose the former, even though I don’t have any Distress Coral products.  I made do with a little Studio Calico bit saying “OFFICIAL.”

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This tag was…a process.  Not bad, just it came together kind of by accident.  And just so we’re clear, there is stamping in the background.  See those small solid black stars peeking out?  Yeah, that’s a clear star stamp I used over and over in the center-ish of the tag.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I think the letter stickers are all Prima.

The star on her forehead is to cover an oops.  As I was outlining the little elf girl, I marked her forehead, so I drew a tiny star.  Very impish.

Happy scrapping!

…up way too late…

Here’s my entry for Gauche Alchemy’s April mood board, full of color!  My kind of moodboard!  I’m also entering this for Sketches in Thyme Sketch #147

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The down pointing arrow on the top left is a transparency, it’s actually deep purple and says “WONDERFUL.”  And I flipped the sketch over.  Took me awhile to decide that, let me tell ya!  More pics soon!

Happy scrapping!