Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Past

I pulled out Christmas papers, but soon realized I did not have enough coordinating papers for a double page layout.

Do you ever find yourself in such a situation? I frequently do. I usually throw up my arms run to the nearest store and buy more paper. Not this time. It was getting late and I was not in the mood to battle the holiday crowds. Besides this was the year I was going to use what I have on hand. I also wanted to get in the Christmas spirit., NOW.

So this month I challenged myself.

1 double page spread, 2 sheets of patterned paper and 2 sheets of card stock and a few embellishments.

I cut my patterned paper to 10 x 10. Instead of cutting 2 inch strips, I trimmed the patterned paper into an “L” shape giving me a corner piece to work with.

The red pattered paper was “pieced together” and the pattern was matched in several areas. See if you can find them.

I challenge you to do the same. See if you can make a double page layout with only 2 sheets of patterned paper.

And have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Layout Backgrounds

Hi all!  Candace here today sharing with you some ideas on how to create your own background for a layout.  If you have a bunch of scraps left over this is the perfect way to use them!  You can work with papers that are from one collection or mix and match.  That is the joy of creating your own background, you get to choose!
First off is a layout that I created from a bunch of different lines.  I used a Silhouette cut file as my base and cut various scraps to fill in the spaces.  It was quick and easy.  I didn't worry about cutting the papers perfect as the overlay covered up all the imperfections.  I felt that the paper piecing added a lot to the layout so I went light on embellishments to let the background be the focus.

On the next layout I used I used a 1inch square punch to create a pattern.  I cut a bunch of squares out of a 6x6 paper pad then cut each square in half, corner to corner.  I laid out all the squares on a 12x12 base that I had lightly watercolored.  To keep all the pieces secured to the page and to add a little more interest I sewed diagonally on the page.  I love the final result!  (Now I just need to find the perfect picture to scrapbook.)

Lastly is a layout that I shared earlier this month.  I re-share this layout because I want to show you how easy it is to create a background even if you can't think of any ideas.  The idea for this background came from a 12x12 paper in the collection.  Here is a picture of the original paper.  

To create the background all I did was cut out along the lines.  Then I placed all the colored pieces of paper on another paper from the collection and stitched right down the middle of each line with my sewing machine.  The idea was right there!  

I hope this gave you a few ideas on how to create your own background for you layout.  If you have any questions leave a comment below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Create Ornaments

Hi Everyone Connie Here with my first official post.  I have been making Mini albums for Christmas Presents and I have created a huge pile of scraps. Mostly strips any where from a half inch to 2 inches wide and a variety from 6 to 12 inches long. I decided to make some ornaments. They are not original ideas and have seen a variety of pictures and videos. Here are my versions.

Woven stars, and 2 different stars made with a punch.

Here are the woven Hearts. 
This one has single sided paper. I only added small pearls so you can see the weaving
The strips are half and inch by 6 inches. 

This one is used with scraps from the bases of my album Kraft card stock.
I added a snowflake from Stampin up

The third star has double sided paper and I added more embellishments burlap, wooden snowflake and a rustic star.

Here is a rustic star created by using a star punch and scoring all the points and it becomes 3D.

Here is another star with a punch. It is scored down the middle and folded in half and glued together.


All the ornaments were created using scraps.  There are so many different kinds out there. 
Have fun and breath new life into your supplies. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How to Make a Card From Scraps

(In the spirit of the “use what you have” theme of this article, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  This is an updated version of an article that I wrote earlier this year.  It is so appropriate for not only this time of year, but any time you want to use up some of those scraps and “extras” that you have hanging around in your stash, that I wanted to share it with you this month.)


You know you have them.  I have them too.  We all have them.  They seem to mock us from our scrapbook drawers, bins, baskets, and paper holders.   I’m talking, of course, about paper scraps.  Yes, those leftovers from scrapbook pages, cards, and other paper projects that we just can’t bear to throw away.  We have to keep them because we paid good money for that paper, or because we don’t like to waste things, or because of a dozen other reasons.  In any case, let’s just put those little bits of loveliness to use, shall we?

Here is what you will need to make a card from scraps:

·         Cardstock cut to desired size  (I used a piece that is 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches when folded in half.)
·         Sheet of printer paper or other scrap paper cut to the same dimensions as your card base  (In my case, it was 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches.)  We will trim this to a smaller size later.
·         Scraps of paper or cardstock that can be cut into strips
·         Adhesive (Dry works best.)
·         Paper trimmer
·         Sharp scissors
·         Stamped image or other focal image
·         Greeting (optional)
·         Assorted embellishments

1.      Trim your scraps into strips of varying lengths.  You will want some wider than others to    create interest.  You will want them a little bit longer than your scrap of printer paper.
2.      Generously apply adhesive to your computer paper.
3.      Beginning at the top, place your strips of paper on top of the adhesive, butting them up against each other to make sure that they are straight.  The strips should overhang on each of the side edges of the paper.
4.      With scissors, trim the strips flush with the paper base.
5.      Using your paper trimmer, trim the background piece that you have created to ¼” smaller than your folded card base.
6.      Adhere the background piece to the card base.
7.      Add your focal image, greeting, and embellishments.

This is a great project to use up all those extra “things” that you have in your stash.  You can also mix in some of your new supplies to jazz things up a little.  Use some of those flair and wood veneer shapes you’ve collected; add a few enamel dots from the piles that you have stuck in a drawer; glue on a couple of sequins that you bought on sale at the craft store.
I hope this has inspired you to grab some of those leftover scraps and supplies and make a card for someone who is special to you.  


Happy Holidays, everyone!

   Jeanette Giancaspro

Friday, 5 December 2014

Get Inspired - 5 more prompts to encourage your creativity

Hey everyone it's Cathy M. here!  Last month I put up a post with 5 prompts to help jumpstart your creativity and get you scrapping.  This month I have another 5 prompts to share with you.  Since starting this series I have been scrapping like crazy!  I have been finding that as I come up with ideas and prompts it really helps me think creatively.  I really do like having a goal or a challenge to rise up to.  So for this month here are my 5 prompts for you to use together or seperately, whatever works for you!

Prompt 1 - Use an unexpected pop of colour

Sometimes when I'm scrapping I get into a colour slump.  There are colour combinations that I tend to be drawn towards and use over and over again.  There's nothing wrong with that, believe me, but sometimes it's fun to kick it up a notch and add a contrasting colour to a favorite combo!

Prompt 2 - Use craft cardstock or products

Craft products and cardstock has been popular for the past few years, though I feel it may have reached its peak.  That doesn't mean though that we should stop using it.  Craft is a great neutral tone to use in almost any scrap layout.  I like how it can add a pop, or create a focal point without going over the top.

Prompt 3 - Use some ribbon or fabric

I have it, you have it, we all know we have it.  Tons of ribbons or little fabric bits.  I have a whole container of them, but I never get around to using them so I decided to just go for it and add some ribbon onto my layout.

Prompt 4 - Use a favorite piece of paper

Yes that's right, use it, stop hoarding it!  I am guilty of it too.  I used to hoard so much paper, just waiting for the perfect picture to pair it with.  I have even been guilty of taking photos with certain colours in them or with a certain theme just to go with my favorite papers.  I have been trying more often to use up my favorite papers, and sometimes, yes, even cut them up!

Prompt 5 - Scrap a hard to scrap photo

This is something I do quite frequently and another habit I've been trying to break.  I have so many photos that I am just scared to scrapbook. Whether you have a hard time scrapping themed photos or aren't sure what to do with some sweet summer portraits it's time to get them scrapped.  I myself have quite a few photos that are just so sweet and perfect, but I'm not even sure where to begin when it comes to scrapping them so I have decided to just go for it.

So here is my layout using my 5 new prompts.

   Cathy Martin

I just love the way kraft cardstock looks combined with the red-and-white stripes of some of the Christmas papers available this time of year.  I decided to use a kraft base for the card below.

The striped paper is from my stash of older paper, and I think it is by Melissa Francis.  The image stamp is from Penny Black, and the greeting stamp is by Inkadinkado.  I colored the image with Copic markers and highlighted some areas with a Wink of Stella pen by Zig.  I cut the Polaroid frame and photo corners with a die made by Sizzix.

Thanks for the inspiration, Cathy!

Jeanette Giancaspro

Monday, 1 December 2014

Using Stitching Templates on Layouts...SEW EASY!

Hello Everyone

Today I'm sharing my love of sewing/stitching on my pocket page and traditional scrapbooking layouts.  I do not sew nor do I know how to stitch or knit.  But since Amy Tangerine started coming out with stitching templates with her different lines I have purchased all of them and LOVE using them to incorporate into my layouts.  First, I find it very therapeutic sewing these beautiful and cute stencils while sitting in front of the TV at night and second it adds some texture and dimension to my layouts without a lot of bulk.

I have created quite a few projects using my templates.
Here are just some of my favourite ones:

This 3x4 card was used as part of my first Scrap Your Scraps blog post as part of the design team June 1, 2014

Here I created my title with stitching.

I love stamping and stitching together.

My Front Cover of our 2014 Project Life album

I loved how this layout turned out with using the stitching as my background surrounding my photos.

This one is probably one of my favourite.  I used 3 different shades of Pink DMC thread to give it an Ombre effect.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SCRAPPIN'!

   Mandy Reedyk   

Hi all!  Like Mandy,  I love to stitch on layouts.  It adds a homemade feel, beautiful detail and dimension. Thanks for sharing so many fun and inspiring layouts Mandy!  Here are a few layouts I have done recently with both machine and had stitching too.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Welcome to the new team!

I am so excited to introduce you to the new Scrap Your Scraps contributors for the next 6 monthes !

Thank you to everybody who applied for the Scrap Your Scraps Creative Team... It was a hard choice and we tried to have a nice mix of styles. If we didn't pick you this time, be sure that it doesn't mean anything negative about your work.

Scrap Your Scraps creative team

Here is a little more about them:

This is me.  I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter and a friend.  My days are filled with cleaning dishes, driving kids to practice, kissing boo boos, singing nursery songs, calling a friend, folding mounds of  laundry, cleaning the dishes AGAIN, washing tushies and toes, tucking little ones in bed, and then doing it all again.  But in the crazy, in the busy, in the sometimes unbearably frustrating there is everyday perfection.  Moments where time seems to stop, you take a picture in your mind, and promise yourself you will never forget. Everyday perfection.  It is my hope that I can inspire others to notice those moments of everyday perfection and capture them.  You can find me at my blog or follow me on Instagram.

 My name is Cathy Sanders and I live in sunny South Africa.  I've been scrapping since 2003 and am officially addicted!  Though I do have a fulltime job, I tend to eat, sleep and create scrapping when not working.  I am a wife and a mother of a teen (he just turned 13!) I love taking ordinary everyday photos and recording the memories onto a page for my album. With the amount of stash I've accumulated over the years I can happily keep going for another 10 or more years I am sure! My blog address is:
Hi Everyone!  My name is Connie Hall. I live in Akwesasne with my  6 children and husband Robert.  I am a full time Child Care Supervisor.  I am totally addicted to everything scrappy.  I create my pages in a variety of styles. I do everything from Project life, traditional, 3D, Mixed Media and Classic. My first love is a 12 x 12 Layout followed by a mini albums and altered items. I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years but only been online 3 years.  My style changed after I lost my mother to Cancer.  My moments and memories are so much more meaningful.  I try to honor each moment in my scrapbook pages and Continue to create more moments with my family. I am very excited to be part of the Creative Team at Scrap your Scraps.  You can see more of my work at .

My name is Deb. I'm an artist, designer, and photographer who loves to scrapbook. I love to share what I create. My paintings can be seen at

You can find Deb's scrapbooking projects on her blog:

 Hi! My name is Jeanette.  I was born and raised in New York City, where I currently live with my husband, son (20), daughter (almost 15), cat, and dog.  I have been scrapbooking and stamping since 2001.  I am mostly a simple scrapbooker and focus mainly on the photos and the story. I do enjoy embellishing too, and I make most of my own embellishments.  I love to write, and I've recently become involved in art journaling.
I have been a teacher since I was 17, and I've been teaching in some form or another ever since then.  I am currently teaching technology to older adults, and it is the best job I've ever had.  I love to share ideas with others, and I'm so happy to be joining the Design Team here at Scrap Your Scraps.  I hope you enjoy the projects and ideas that I will be posting.  I believe that everyone is creative, and we can all learn from one another.
Happy creating!
My name is Lisa Harris, and aside from being an elementary teacher, wife, and mom to two grown sons, I am a passionate, lifelong crafter. In 1999, I met and fell in love with scrapbooking, and I've been doing it in one form or another ever since. In 2008, I began teaching scrapbooking classes at local crops and adult education programs and eventually joined the design team at my local scrapbook store, where I still enjoy the privilege of playing with paper and sharing my creations with others. You can find me at my website, My Kreative Pursuits, where I share her love of creating kits from my own stash (both old and new), and teaching fellow scrappers how to do more with what they have.

 And we also have three fabulous returning members:

Hi there!  My name is Catherine Martin and I am a graphic designer and illustrator by trade, though I am currently a floral designer. I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada, the tiniest province. I am 31 years old and have two children, a super active hilarious little boy and a spirited sweet little girl.  I have been scrapping since 2009 when my son was born.  I not only use scrapbooking as a way to record family memories but as a creative outlet and a chance to use my skills as a designer.  I love all things crafty and am constantly putting new projects on my to-do list!  I am very excited for this opportunity and look forward to sharing projects, learning new tricks, and getting to know others in the scrap community.
Find more about Cathy's work on her blog Nerd Girl in the Craft World.

I am a stay at home mom in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I have two amazing girls and married my high school sweetheart for 16 years. I have been scrapbooking for over 11 years.  I was a Project Manager in the Information Technology industry at a major technology company in my previous life. I am a Stampin' Up! Demo in Canada ( for  the past 5 years and love teaching card classes. I love love love scrapbooking and photography!  I scrapbook traditionally, digitally and pocket-style.  My style is whatever is inspiring me at the moment. I can't say that there is any one product that I use on every layout or project but that I love patterned paper, dies and stamps!  I'm very excited to be part of this amazing group of talented ladies as a Scrap Your Scraps contributor.  My blog is   Instagram account is kidscollage and Pinterest account as Mandy Reedyk. Thank You & Happy Scrappin'!
Find more about Mandy's work on her blog Mandy Reedyk Happy Scrappin'.
Hi, I'm Tiffany! I'm a stay at home mother to three boys, and the wife of an Air Force pilot. We're currently stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. That means my life is plenty interesting and busy, but I still make time to record our memories, and scrapbooking is also my favorite creative outlet. I also make cards, and do pocket scrapbooking for some of our daily photos, but 12x12 layouts are probably my favorite kind of papercrafting right now.
I'm also the founder of the Facebook group, 50 Projects. It started out as a challenge to create 50 crafting projects before buying anything new. Now it has expanded a bit to include some other challenges, but the focus is still to CREATE instead of COLLECT, and to encourage and inspire each other. You can join us at 
Find more about Tiffany's work on her YouTube channel.

We would also like to thank our previous team, Carlie, Deedee, June, Nicole and Sandi, who did an awesome job and we wish them the best for their future projects. We know they will continue to inspire us!

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