What can I do with my leftovers?

My last post was about all the great new summer scrapbooking products out there. Well, if you're like me, I collect (read hoard) products for certain themes. Summer, Halloween, and boy are my biggest vices. I have separate bins storing all kinds of papers, products and embellies for these 3 types. The collections are amassed in 2 basic ways. When I buy new product, and I've used as much as I want for layouts the leftovers go into a bin. Or if I see products for one of these themes on sale or deeply discounted (usually older releases) I'll buy a whack of it. That's what my friend Peggy calls it.

If you could get a peak in my summer collection stash, you'd find papers from Bella Blvd All Inclusive, Disney cruise stuff, Making Memories Great Escape, Fancy Pants Rusted Sun, Webster's Garden Gala, October Afternoon Seaside Retreat, Pink Paislee Hometown Summer, and Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer. Embellishments are an even bigger mix. Many are the remainder of what I purchased with a line but some are little finds that were on sale or just caught my eye like American Crafts Heat Wave layered glittered stickers. Whenever I make layouts or projects with summer photos I shop this collection of products.

Last night I took out this journaling book by Fancy Pants.

There are a generous number of journaling pages in various shapes and sizes. They are alittle too large to use on my 12x12 layouts, but I came up with a great way to turn them into alittle flip book. Here is the cover.

I tore out all the pages then folded the larger ones nearly in half as shown below. On the backside of the large paper, I glued down the outer edges but left the right edge open to serve as a pocket for journaling cards or memorabilia.

The ones with the same shape like the scallop edge circle I glued together like the one above. Below is the backside.

In addition to pictures, I used rubons and stickers from the Rusted Sun line, and summer/beach themed chipboard from K and Co. Here are the other pages and the back.

The last step was to punch a single hole in the upper left corner of each page and secure the pages with a binder ring. I'm a notoriously slow scrapper, but this project took me less than 2 hours. One of the reasons was because I had all my summer supplies together when I started. I also kept the page size small (under 4x4) and used only a few pictures. The result is a super cute brag book I can keep in my purse and share with friends.

Thanks for reading. Have a happy Fourth of July!

Great summer products

Like most scrappers I love getting the latest and greatest products. Typically I go after product lines and embellishments first. This is especially try when it comes to Summer and Halloween themed collections. So far this year my must-haves are:

Pink Paislee Hometown Summer paired with Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer

Some papers, chipboard elements and adhesive banners and borders were my picks from Hometown Summer. The element stickers and flash cards cutouts were must haves from 100 Days of Summer, along with some of the patterned papers.

Webster's Pages Yacht Club

I find their products difficult to work with, but this line was just too cute to pass up. The journaling cards are great and can be used with many types of projects. I love Webster's new chipboard buttons and fabric tickets.

Cosmo Cricket Salt Air

I always like Cosmo's products, and I got some of all 4 lines they released in 2011 including this summer one. I wasn't really into scrapping when their last beach line, Snorkel, came out. So I didn't want to miss out. In addition to the patterned papers, borders and elements I grabbed the element sticker sheet, buttons and the super hard to find diecut butterflies. If I was more into stamping I would've bought the Unity Stamps sets that corresponded. They were reasonably priced under $10.

7Gypsies Mykonos
My last pick was a surprise even to me. I've not loved what 7 Gypsies brought out in late 2010 and winter 2011. But I do love bright primary colors and geometric patterns, and Mykonos has both of those.

What I particularly like about these patterned papers is there are sections that really lend themselves to being cut out or if you use the entire piece some already have a layered effect. Similar to what Sassafras Lass has been doing recently. The only drawback is no great embellishments. Not even stickers. I've got enough in my summer stash so there will be plenty to choose from, and I imagine these papers will get mixed with other lines.

I want to give Echo Park's Splash line an honorable mention. I passed on the patterned papers, but needed the stickers, cards and borders.

I have some pictures from Summer 2010, but I'll be using most of this product with Summer 2011 photos, so it'll be awhile till the pages debut here. Thanks for reading.

Happy Father's Day

This is a page I made awhile back of my son and his dad. Even though I am no longer married to Shane's father, I believe it's important to celebrate and commemorate their relationship. Fathers and sons have a special bond. Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grandads out there.

Another month gone by...

Wow is it really June? The heat in Atlanta in oppressive. Shane inquires about going to the pool on a daily basis. All the on-sale ice cream is sold out at the grocery store. Yup, it's summer. I'm keeping busy with a little bit of this and that. I'm scrapping pretty consistently, but not churning out the volume I have in previous years. I'm ok with that. My focus lately has been high quality or experimentation. Sometimes one doesn't lead to the other!

This layout was created with Bo Bunny's Ad Lib line for EMI.

This page uses older and new embellishments from Crate Paper, Jenni Bowlin, MME, Sassafras and Basic Grey with WRMK Merry January papers. I saw another page where the banners and pennants were overlapping. I tried mimicking that, but I don't think I got it just right.

This layout combined 2 very classic boy lines one from Echo Park and the other from Bella Blvd. I used some premade layered embellishments to add dimension to the page along with EP Little Boy stickers.

I picked up some recipe cards at Michael's this past weekend. A set of 20 cards on heavy cardstock was under $1. My thought was to use them as reinforcement for some journaling cards I add to mini books. When I got home and took them apart the first thing I did was glue cards together back to back. So 2 cards became one. I glued them with the card print facing out. The backs were white, and in hindsight that would have been better. A few months back I bought this cute die cut journal book. It's from Bo Bunny's Blast Off line. 12 patterns with 2 sheets each for $5 was a very good buy IMHO. I've yet to use them, and decided I pull out the sheets and glue them to these heavy duty bases I'd created.

I cut them out with my large Fiskars scissors. Detail scissors just weren't tough enough. If the white side of the cards had faced out I could have left a slim border around each one. Instead I just cut straight to the edge of the paper. Not sure what will become of them, but I'll be sure to share results here. Thanks for reading.