Sunday, December 11, 2016

Be a Pineapple

Be a Pineapple
When I saw this quote on Facebook (Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear a crown and Be sweet on the inside)over the summer, my first thoughts went to my daughter.  I found this cutie patootie pineapple at The Cut Shoppe that I machine stitched to give it more texture that a pineapple needs. I added some gray watercolor as a shadow.  Elements from Crate Paper Cute Girl worked very well for this page I think. How appropriate is that crown?!  The word "pineapple" is a cut file that I welded on my Scan N Cut .  The sequins are an iridescent pink from Pretty Pink Posh. 

Thanks for stopping by!                Traci

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Snowflake and Kisses

Snowflake and Kisses 
Since I cut into this gorgeous collection, Snow and Cocoa from Crate Paper, it was so much easier to create this page of my daughter and her dog, Baylee.  I want to mention that the photo is so deceiving.  What you don't know is that we are sitting on the edge of the hot tub dangling our feet in the warm water.  It was a bit nippy so we did need our jackets.  The lighting was so beautiful that I had to take this photo.  Impressive that it's my phone's camera.

The sketch is from Paper Issues November Sketch .  My first time to use the adorable jars.  There are so many things to put into the jars but I wanted to keep it simple and embellish the page instead.  I used some chipboard, stickers and transparent ephemera.  The Let it Snow circle is from Clique Kits free download.  Finishing touches of Gold color shine.

Thanks for stopping by!!   Traci

November 2016 Layout Share

Ok, I have finally done it.  I haven't made a video in like forever.  There were many things that I was wanting/needing to do before I tried again.  And now the day has come and I did it!

It's kinda long for my first scrapbook related video.  But I do have 29!! pages to share that I made for the month of November.  

I do have another video idea that I am hoping to do very soon and one day, someday, I will do a process video.

I would love it if you would view it and subscribe.  
Thanks for stopping by!      Traci

Hello Fall

Hello Fall
I was able to use up some of my scraps and dig into the Crate Paper Gather collection for the very cute layout.  I feel I am late to the party with the fall photos.  Mostly because it doesn't act like fall in Texas until late November and then thoughts are on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

The sketch is from Creative Scrappers #300 using this fantastic grid.  This was very popular years ago, glad to see it back.  I used some elements from my Clique Kit Swan Lake, adding some leaf cut files that I had sprayed Heidi Swapp color shine in Mustard, acorns are wood that I found at Target Dollar Spot, flair is from A Flair for Buttons.  The 'hello' is die cut from cork.  Those thin letters make it very fragile.  Accents of gold sequins in two sizes, orange flowers (from The Dollar Tree!) and gold Heidi Swapp color shine.  I used a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen to outine the papers.  The word fall I hand drew and cut.  Fun to make.

Thanks for stopping by!                        Traci

Sunday, November 20, 2016


BRR! Using Snow and Cocoa

I haven't purchased a large portion of a collection ever until
this one.  I am was so drawn to it and am loving every piece of it too.  I had this page on my desk almost a week, afraid to make the first cut into these beautiful papers.  The embellishments were the easy part.  The flair is from Fancy Pants Wish Season and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and the rest is the collection.

I chose to print the photos in black and white.  This is my granddaughter last year by the pool.  The clash of the pool blue and her red santa hat was too much.  

I am loving all the sketches that I see at Stuck?! Sketches.  This one is just perfect.  Thank you Laura!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches

Love of Coffee
Stuck?! Sketches

I love sketches.  I use one on almost all my pages.  I find if I don't, all my pages look the same.  I get into a rut and can't get out on my own.  I am in love with Laura Whitaker's sketches.  This is the November 1st sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch except the title, where I placed the trio of cork hearts embedded with gold.  The flair is from A Flair for Buttons Etsy Shop.  All the papers are from my scrap bin.  I sprinkled watered down ground espresso distressed ink along with Heidi Swapp Gold color shine.  I tend to gravitate to monotone pages.  I added a few 6mm orange sequins for a touch of color and 4mm brown sequins that I got from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by!                   Traci

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Peach Spider
Sketches in Thyme

It's been a while since I've made this smaller format.  I have to say, I kinda like it.  I am going to keep in my 12x12 album. Looks like I'll need to do another one for the other side of the page protector.

I am a huge fan of sketches.  I am not partial to one site to another, I love them all.  I did like this sketch for the square photo and tags.  I pulled papers from my stash.  Two different shades of woodgrain.  The green I believe is from Basic Grey.  The dark brown is super duper old, at least 10 years and from Pink Paislee.  It was a shaped 12x12 paper that was very popular back then.  I used my Scan N Cut to make a tag from it and used a sliver of the leftover at the bottom right.  The phrases are from Crate Paper Gather in the Rose Gold.  The floral chipboard is from Shimmelle.  I don't have any brown mists, so I thinned out some Ground Espresso Distressed Inks and my handy 10 Round brush for splatters.  Used a few dark brown sequins to even things out.  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Summer Kit #5 Hello Summer '99

Summer Kit #5 Hello Summer '99

This stripe is my favorite from the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection.  Luckily I had two sheets of the floral paper so I could fussy cut these flowers.  Black is a perfect accent with these colors.  The ice cream is a 3x4 card.  Since I don't do Project Life style pages, I find these cards a challenge.  Trimming down my photo to 3x4 makes it so much easier to use these cards.

I found this sketch on Let's Get Sketchy blog, sketch by Brenshevia.

Thanks for stopping by!    Traci

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Summer Kit #4 Sitting Poolside

Summer Kit #4 Sitting Poolside

Love the simplicity of the sketch and the beautiful colors of the papers that coordinate perfectly with pool photos.  Able to use quite a bit of chipboard with
a few stickers.  The papers were all outlined with black pen.

The sketch is from Creative Scrappers #202.  My Chromebook isn't allowing my to download it to add as a link, so sorry.  It's easy to find!

Thanks for stopping by!    Traci

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Summer Kit #3 You are my Sunshine

Summer Kit #3 You are My Sunshine

The background is a very soft pink. I edged all the papers with black ink which goes perfect with these summer colors. I popped the sun up with fun foam.  More texture with a couple of buttons and another silver heart brad along with a flower brad that I purchased 7-8 years ago.  Sprinkled with black India Ink.

I found this lovely sketch from Creative Scrappers #210

Thanks for stopping by!  Traci

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall LO for LG Sketchy

Fall LO for Let's Get Sketchy

I am one of those scrappers that love to scrap the season we are in.  Fall is my favorite season and didn't know I had any fall photos that haven't been scrapped.  This photo dates back to 1994!  I had it in color but her coat was brightly colored and didn't go with the fall color theme at all. 

I have put together an Autumn Kit from my stash, just waiting until the weather cooled down (OK, I'll accept 82 degrees for fall in TX) and this photo was just waiting.  And I knew when I saw this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy, (October Week 1) that it was perfect.  

The brown is water downed acrylic paint that I wanted to have drips and sprinkles.  The wood veneer pumpkin I got at Target at the dollar spot. The flair I got from A Flair for Buttons. She has wonderful fall flair.    I love using up some of my stash.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Summer Kit #2 Fun

Summer Kit #2 Fun

Not exactly summer colors but it was in my kit and I just went with it. Not sure why I had this photo in my photo box in black and white since the top I'm wearing is black and white...go figure.  I was able to use a frame and the photo mat is on vellum.  I did some machine stitching, adding sprinkles.  I know I used Navy Heidi Swapp.  The circle on the photo is Balsa wood that I cut using my Big Shot and added patterned paper.  I found some silver heart brads for this kit. 

I found this lovely sketch (but couldn't upload on my blog-sorry) at

Monday, October 3, 2016

Summer Kit #1 She is So Sassy

Summer Kit #1: She is So Sassy

This is Kit #3 for me.  I am always so amazed how fast I can complete pages by having the kits ready.  I recently purchased the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness to start things off and added as much as I could to make my kit complete.

I used this sketch again.  It's one of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by!    Traci

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Documentary White #5 Smitten

Documentary White #5

This is my final page with this kit.  It had way too many black and white papers.  Live and learn.  That me and my oldest, such a sweet pic.  That little one is now 25.  I am so behind getting her baby pics in an album.  Which is funny that I am pretty much caught up with my two younger girls.  Go figure!

I turned the sketch to the left and it worked out perfectly.

Thank you for stopping by!    Traci

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Documentary White Kit #4 Just Plain Cute

Documentary White Kit #4
Just Plain Cute

I dug deep to get this photo (20 years old!).  It's so sweet seeing them this tiny.  Not sure how all three of them ended up in the tub at the same time.  I liked the sketch because it looks like bubbles.  I did something a little different for me.  I did some watercoloring around the pink bubbles trying to match the mint color at the base.  It was just a plain mint strip that I put two rows of washi tape which totally changed the look.

I used the sketch from Paper Issues, from August 2016.
I recently purchased a Chromebook that I am using to write this blog.  It won't allow to do things that I was used to doing with my laptop, like linking a photo of the sketch from someone else's blog.  As soon as I get it figured out I will post their sketch.  In the meantime, check out via the link.

Thanks for stopping by!    Traci

Friday, September 23, 2016

Documentary White Kit #3 Pokemon Go!

Documentary White Kit #3
Pokemon Go!

No, I don't play the game, my girls do as well as half the country.  What a rage this summer!  My daughter is here for the summer (she attends a school in CA and I live in TX).  I live across the street from TWU (Texas Women's University) where my dtr would find all kinds of Pokemon.  I wanted to document this rage because next summer it might be something else.

I followed the sketch pretty closely.  My first time using acrylic paints on a page.  Nice to use up some more tags.  I used 4!

Thank you for stopping by!  Traci

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Documentary White Kit #2 Sewing Haven

Documentary White Kit #2
Sewing Haven
Before children, I used to have a little sewing business.  I made mostly bridesmaid dresses.  It wasn't very steady and was for extra money when my husband was getting his engineering degree.  I wanted to document that part of my life that was very important to my past.  Now I only use that same sewing machine on my layouts.

I used this sketch again and it looks so different that the Road Trip Silence.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Documentary White Kit #1 Love You

Documentary White
#1 Love You
This page has several papers from the cream kit that I wanted to use up.  I was inspired by a sketch that had all these hexagons and I had that wood hexagon with the green stripes at the bottom left corner of the photo and I just went with it.  Surprisingly, I don't own a hexagon punch.  So I decided to cut them out with my Scan N Cut.  Which sounds like a great idea, except that I didn't cut out hexagons, I cut out octagons!  And I used up all the scraps.  It took me a little while but I managed to salvage all of them.  I used some black and white striped washi along the edges.

I used a sketch from Sketch Savvy #90 as my inspiration.

I was so excited to start this kit that I didn't take a picture of it.  I'll get the hang of it.

Thanks for stopping by!   Traci

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit 9th & Final Page Road Trip Silence

Documentary Cream Kit
9th and Final Page
Road Trip Silence
This is my final page for this kit.  I am very proud of all that I was able to create.  And I did them all over one weekend, which was pretty nice.    

This photo is around 15 years old.  We would take road trips from TX to AZ driving straight through.  It made it rough on the kids so there were many ways to entertain them.  We had a small portable TV with VHS (way before vehicles equipped with built in video monitors and DVDs).  Occasionally, I would hear silence.  It meant one of two things.  They were either being sneaky and up to no good, or they were asleep.  YES!!  Sleepy heads.

I actually scraplifted SBC SketchCrew Lyne's LO

Here is what I have left of my kit.

I put all of this toward to Documentary White Kit and added more elements as you will soon see.

Thanks for stopping by.  Traci

Monday, September 19, 2016

Dcumentary Cream Kit #8 Do You Mind?

Documentary Cream Kit #8
Do You Mind?
I love this diagonal line of this layout.  I swoom over those alphas by Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful.  Reminds me of a calico kitty we used to have.  And speaking of kitty, here she is.  If you have a cat, I know you can relate.  They don't want anything to do with you until you start reading a book or work on your laptop.  Yep, that's what was happening.  She made herself nice a cozy right in the middle of the keyboard.  Excuse me, do you mind?  I used a couple tags, which are really difficult for me to do.  And there is that cute little frame and yes, there is a flair that I got at Tuesday Morning some time ago.  

I have found so many lovely sketches at Scrapbook Challenges.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Traci

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #7 Love That Face

Documentary Cream Kit #7
Love That Face

This is one of my favorite pages I made from this kit.  I like the layering and the sketch and that precious photo of my daughter.  The layers didn't show up very well, even with inked edges so I used one of the black cs papers to make a small border around all layered edges.  I used three different fonts for the title and a cute, cute, cute flair.

This sketch is fantastic.  I am sure I will use it again and again.

Thanks for stopping by!    Traci

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #6 Hello 8th Grade

Documentary Cream Kit #6
Hello 8th Grade

The background is a wheat colored cs that I got in one of my Scrap-Room kits.  This easy grid page came together so nicely.  The black and cream paper zigzag paper was gutted so I could use it as one of the grids.

Another great sketch from Scrapbook Challenges.

Thank you for joining me today!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #5 Summer Concerts

Documentary Cream Kit #5
Summer Concerts 2016

Continuing using up my stash in the kit I made.  I felt the triangles on this cream base paper was rather subdued, kinda looks like teepees which reminds me of camping which reminds me of summer.  And that is how I decided to use this paper for a summer photo!  The green patterned paper that is the border was something I had pulled from my stash.  All other papers were from Documentary.  Touches of gold in the doily and the glitter enamel dots.

The photo is me and my friend at one of the many summer concerts that we have in my area.  We go once or twice a week, brave the heat and listen to local bands.  I didn't realize how much I loved live music until I moved to Denton.

This is the sketch that I used.  I didn't use the large circle element.  One of the layers on the left I used a kraft/red dot bag.  Sponged black distressed ink around edges.  Using up the black glitter thickers.  

Thank  you for stopping by!      Traci

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #4 Mohawk Braid

Documentary Cream Kit #4
Mohawk Braid

I was totally inspired by Meaghen Calder page that I saw on Paper Issues on 8/23/16.  Her page was soft colors and two photos.  Mine, the opposite.  I printed a 3x4 photos of my daughter's Mohawk braid that I French braided (so don't look too close).  The cream colored cs is textured cs that I got in a paper pack from Michael's last year.  The wood grain and the black and white polka dot papers are the only papers from the Documentary papers.  Instead of a second photo I used the 4x6 card that I had from the kit, adding those gel thickers that look like rocks.  I added three butterflies, a couple of tags (that I don't use often enough).  I should mention that the black and white strip on the bottom is washi tape.  India ink sprinkled diagonally.

Thank you Meaghen for the awesome inspiration and helping me to deplete my stash.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #3 Love Life

Documentary Cream Kit #3
Love Life

I absolutely fell in love with this patterned paper.  I felt I needed to anchor the title by adding a thin strip of gray paper.  The Love Life words I got at Tuesday Morning 6 months ago or so.  Used two more frames.  The flowers are from Documentary line, that I picked up last week at Michael's.  The round button that says 'you are' is really a wooden sun shape and a paper die cut.  I did get out a stamp set by Winnie & Walter and stamped 'sparkle' on the tag in the top left corner.  I sprinkled black India ink diagonally (which in the way my mind works) to finish it off.

The photos are all the same pic that I made into a film strip.  I love that face!
No sketch for this page.  

Thank you for stopping by, seeing how I am depleting my stash.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit #2 Cute

Documentary Cream Kit #2

This page combines one of the things I love the most (wood grain papers) and something I like the least in this kit (the floral paper in the corners).  I hated to just throw away that floral paper even though it was tempting.  This was one of the last pages that I created from this kit using up some of my scraps that I used in the frames.  And I haven't touched any of the frames that I put in from my stash.  I was able to use 5 of them on one page.  One of the frames is cork, which compelled me to add cork elements in two other areas, the little heart in the upper right and the doily on the upper left.  I did the same for the wooden frame, adding the camera and those tiny hearts.

This photo is over 20 years old.  I always thought I would have a cutesy/sarcastic title for this pic, but decided to say it like it is.  I didn't have a sketch for this.  I like the way it turned out.    I really like depleting my stash!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Documentary Cream Kit - #1 Hello Comet

Documentary Cream Kit #1
Hello Comet

This my first page using my Stash Kit.  It's a pic of the new fish my daughter got while at college.  She went to great lengths last year trying to get a cat but that wasn't meant to be.  She is so happy with her new Beta, Comet.  I used cream cs and that beautiful hexagon print paper.  I will say right now that I am not very good of keeping up with all the product manufactures are.  I will work on that.  The circles were cut out from one of the papers in the collection.  I had some really old stuff like the gold glitter enamel dots, & flair.  The Hello actually said Hello Friend that I cut off.  The black 3x4 card is from Paper Issues.  I really like the sketch, especially the stitching.

This website is full of wonderful sketches.  I so appreciate it!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Making a Kit Documentary Cream

Making a Kit

I've been scrap booking for 20+ years and am learning new things all the time.  What I'm impressed with is those that make these wonderful kits from their stash.  I've tried to replicate what I've seen but can't seem to get a handle on it.  Then I discovered a wonderful Mini-Course by Victoria Marie:  Make the Kit - A Mini Course.  She broke it down into a language that I understood and could replicate again and again.  She recommended making several kits at one time so if you get tired of one, just go onto another.  And since you are going through your stash anyway, it makes so much sense.  My first time around, I made three kits.  I hope to present them here and see my success in depleting my stash.

The First Kit:  Documentary Cream

I recently purchased the Documentary Paper Pack at Michael's.  I had some of the ephemera packs and I loved the colors of the collection.  This collection had some cream based papers and some white.  I separated them and chose to use the cream based first.

I pulled from my stash as many embellishments that I could find that matched the colors in the papers.  The items I didn't use in this kit, I put it with the white based kit.  I was able to complete 9 layouts with only scraps left.  Because I had everything pulled together into my Iris container, I didn't have to spend precious time looking for items to use.

I am a huge fan of sketches.  I printed out the one that I was drawn to.  Then I looked in my photos (I have several boxes-I'm sure like many of you) to find ones that would work well with the colors of the papers in this kit.  I folded the bottom of the printed sketch, staples the sides to make a little pocket for me to put my photos in.  I threw in about 15 sketch/photos in the Iris not knowing how many I would complete in each kit.  It's OK to have more than you need.

Coming up next, see what I was able to create and deplete my stash.