Monday, May 21, 2012

ABCs of Scrapbooking~Blog Hop

Welcome to the ABC's of Scrapbooking Blog Hop . . . what a wonderful way to show our love of scrapbooking! Today we are expressing our love to showing off our memories!!!!  Well hop along with us and see all the wonderful layouts these talented women are displaying.
 
 

We have great blog candy to one lucky winner- $20 in free files over at http://scrappingwithlisadesigns.com.  All you have to do is follow my blog, the design team blog at http://scrappingwithlisadesignsdt.blogspot.com/ and leave a comment on all blogs. This shouldn't take long to do as we only have five incredibly talented ladies participating.
 
 
If you have just stopped for a visit today -- welcome and glad you came but I wouldn't want you to miss a single layout along the way and would want you to start at the beginning with Lisa at Scrapping With Lisa (http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/). If you arrived from Anita~ http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com then you are following the ABC's of Scrapbooking.
 
The Lineup:
 


My project today is a one page layout with 3 photo frames and journaling tags.  I must admit, I don’t scrapbook much.  Infact, I’m intimated by scrapbooking. All elements/embellishments/pictures coming together to form a large cohesive work of art…..well my canvas of comfort typically lies with cards and tags….but ALAS, this isn’t a “ABCs of Cardmaking Challenge” is it?  So, rather than go to my well used stacks~ Of which most of you are familiar, lol, I decided to go to my “What the hell was I thinking when I bought this” stack.  We all have one….great finds at the time, but then you realize that it’s a scrapbooking kit…and while all the elements can be used on cards, altered items, etc….they all just fit with scrapbooking.  Well, my challenge to myself, within the Blog Hop Challenge, was to actually create a layout using ONLY the materials provided in the kit I chose.  These kits that I have found are awesome….They are from “The Girlie Paperie” and all have a vintage flair, most with very feminine undertones ~that style describes me perfectly.  By using a kit, I wanted to show beginning scrapbookers that you REALLY CAN make a layout from preassembled kits (not to be mistaken for preassembled pages).  The kits contain several sheets of double sided paper, all coordinating, ribbon, buttons, brads, tags, die cuts, journaling tags, flowers…..etc.  The page you will see literally only required me to use my own adhesive.  My experience with scrapbooking has been the intimidating time factor, the many many elements, etc.  Scrapbooks can be very elaborate….but for an intimidated beginner…a kit like this may be a good place to start.  As you begin recognizing space and pattern fits, along with themes and cohesiveness, you can slowly add in other elements, such as embossing, stamping, inking, distressing, supplementing with your own embellishments, etc.  I think this is a great way to be less intimidated by something out of the gate, and then flourish once you create a beautiful page with none of the painstaking work it takes.  What first discouraged me about scrapbooking was how elementary my first layout looked….I didn’t know what die cuts were, I didn’t know techniques like sanding/distressing/inking….I still had anxiety attacks at trimming pictures down!  It didn’t help that I was cropping with EXPERIENCED scrapbookers who had their paper separated into drawers by “themes” and had every embellishment you could think of.  No kidding….that crop session was my first and last for awhile.  I just wasn’t as good as these gals, and there  a huge learning curve.  So, for those of you who want to scrapbook and are unsure of what to do, don’t have the time to cut, trim, stamp, emboss, etc.  I made this page from The Girlie Paperie Vintage Floral Kit.  This kit retails for $20 and you receive 6 double-sided stock weight pages and ribbon, chipboard letters, flowers, stamp/postcard/tag diecuts/buttons/brads/flowers/etc.   Everything you need to complete at least 6 single page layouts, adding only your own chosen adhesive and …voila!  You have a beautifully, classy page that you can literally assemble in a short time.  Knowing products like this are out there, you can begin slowly, while still having a great, non-preschool looking page (unlike my first!) and then slowly increase your comfort level to creating your own die cuts, including other finishing and embellishing options, etc. ….here is my simple, yet non-stress inducing layout complete from a “kit.
!BLOG CANDY ALERT!
Before I send you on your way....I have a little blog candy for you! To be eligible, you must follow my blog, leave a comment under this post, and tell me the name of my most used/favorite paper stack.  The winner will win one of these awesome kits from The Girlie Paperie.  I will take all comments with the correct answer and enter them into a random selector.  I'll announce the winner on the blog, no later than 12:00 Noon EST, Wednesday, May 23rd, but please also leave your email address so I can inform you privately.  I thank you for stopping and checking out my project and must send you on your way to http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/.  Please come back soon for more great projects.


Until Next Time~ Craft Happy!
Lisa Woodward


11 comments:

  1. Hmmm I am here and can honestly tell you I am uncertain of your favorite stack however, I bet it's beautiful and fun like your layouts:)
    ~ Amanda LTCDT

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  2. cute page! you shouldn't feel inferior to anyone. You can do layouts just fine and you will enjoy it once you do more. I understand how you feel as I have been scrapping for years but only started doing cards about 2 years ago.

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  3. Hey there, You did such a awesome job! Okay girlie I must say if you are stressing about crafting then there is a problem.t supposed to be fun.. You should seen my first card lol.. what a mess.. I didn't know much either butthats the point we get better overtime. You did an Awesome job on your LO and you areright we do all have what thehell was i thinking stack lol.. love it! Anyways I do not know your favorite stack but i'm goingto guess... BO Bunny?? Alright well i think your work is awesome and screw anybody that thinks different lol!!! Have a great day!

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  4. Sweet layout Love the paper ( being a paperholic I will be looking for this one ) I know your pain I scrape infrequently it is intimidating and I fuss over every detail I have pages still waiting to be completed. LOL You did a great job and if it was stress free then all the better!! You should try digital it is lots of fun and there are no mistakes that can't be undone!!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

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  5. Hey Lisa! I think you did an awesome job on the layout! Love all the pretty colors and patterns in this kit! You're on a roll...don't stop now!! msmith38652@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  6. FAbulous job on the layout. Don't be intimidated! :) I'm gonna say your favorite paper is DCWV paper. Between that and BoBunny, those are my most used.

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  7. I love the layout. I just have to say, my sister will not scrapbook with me because she feels so intimidate. I truly believe that Scrapbooking comes from the heart. there is no wrong or right way. It is yours your style nobody else's. you do what feels good to you and if you like simple make it simple if you like vintage make it vintage etc. It makes me sad when people feel this way. Take this craft and make it your own, that is what makes a scrapbook special is YOUR special touch. I think your layout is great! Keep it up!!
    {love love}
    Scrappin Madge

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  8. I think you did a great job! Love the clocks in conjunction with Girl Time! I tried searching your blog to see if you mentioned your favorite stack, no luck. Would it be found pages from vintage music books, or perhaps something listed on this page: http://store.scrapbook.com/products/tim+holtz+paper.html? I can't wait to find out....

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  9. Great LO. We all got a lil perfectionist in us ;0) New follower ;0)

    Be blessed, Beckie
    http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com

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  10. I think your layout turned out great. You should do these more ofen.

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  11. Wow it's really nice...Excellent work you did. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Keep sharing more.
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