Monday, November 20, 2017

My Escape.

It's ROUND 2 of "Monday Issues", and the Paper Issues DT is sharing our take on it.  The challenge prompted us to create a project about our home, (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in town / state).

I decided to make a page about my craft space.  How I enjoy sitting there for hours to organize, plan, create, print photos, listen to sermons and take notes, watch YouTube videos or just look at my beautiful custom made mermaid art canvas.  I truly have loved downsizing because it's forced me to consider and keep only things that I absolutely love, need or will use.  I'm almost afraid of moving and buying a home with extra room because I won't have enough to fill it with.  LOL.

In any case, for this layout, I used a mix of Maggie Holmes collections by Crate Paper, mainly "Bloom" and "Chasing Dreams".  I included fun & bright mixed media techniques; I really have enjoyed working with acrylic paints and stencils in the past year.  I like that I can create my own background and/or build on what my background scrapbook paper is.  If you look closely you may also find that the bare wood thickers were painted half pink, and I added white Nuvo drops over the yellow acrylic background.  That was so relaxing!  I first adhered the wood letters to the page and then added the paint with a tiny brush.  Two quick coats and I was done.

Here's a video of the wood painting process that I shared on my IG stories.

If you have time this month, I'd love to see your project shares of your favorite spot.  I bet a lot of you will show off your gorgeous kitchens and where you bake!  

I have included some quick links below to the PI Shop, FB Group and Blog.  Check out what the other ladies are sharing and find some inspiration.

Also, if you are looking to fill your stocking with new goodies, visit the PI shop and use my 20% discount.  I get a couple of nickels for each time someone uses my code. 
Help a sista out!

Have a FABULOUS week!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Break The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them.  Scrapbooking should be personal to you.  How you want to express yourself in your pages.  How you want to document your memories.  Don't feel overwhelmed with popularity.  Do what pleases you.  Do what comes naturally.  If you want to add flowers to a boy's layout, go right ahead.  Your memories are yours, and told by your point of view.

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date.  

I used mostly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page", with the exception of a photo frame from Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the teal border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my current favorite technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017


If you live anywhere above Florida, you may already be wearing jackets & boots.
And if you're a crafter, you may already be purchasing new supplies and working on your December Daily 2017 albums.

But what happens when you find yourself with more Christmas product than you can wallpaper your house with?  You USE it!; by cutting through all the pretty pattern paper to create a funky & dimensional scene on white cardstock.

Today I'm sharing a traditional scrapbook page, using non-traditional Christmas colors from the "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love CP products?  Not only is the quality top notch, but their designs are too irresistible to miss out on.  In the past I've been known to hoard my favorite supplies, but as I work my way through a hoard-free and clutter-free home, I find myself pulling out more of my most adored stock.

My page was created for the "ADD IT UP" challenge we're having over at the Paper Issues Blog.  The points should add to 90-95.  I just made it at 95.  You can see my breakdown below...

20 - Pattern Paper
5 - Cardstock
5 - Photo
9 - Chipboard
3 - Embellishment
34 - Ephemera
10 - Puffy Stickers
5 - Enamel Dots
4 - Stickers

If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project, and hopefully play along with us.  The more projects you share, the more chances you'll have to win a monthly gift card to the shop!

Don't forget!  Use my 20% off TOTAL PURCHASE coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at the Paper Issues Shop checkout.
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free US shipping.