Saturday, December 12, 2009
You may remember the big Birthday Bash that is coming up over at If It's Groovy (if not, scroll down a few posts for full detail.) Well, I wanted to share a sneak peek of just a small part of the prize that I personally am offering up. You need to understand how cute this is...if I didn't have two of them this seriously would not be leaving my house!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
(By the way, this little cutie is my oldest daughter who is about to become a Mommy herself in the next several weeks!)
If you head over and haven't already done so be sure to click the button to become a follower of the blog and then send Deb a quick email to her know that Marci N. sent you!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
1. Technical - Use a visual triangle. Triangles are aesthetically pleasing to the human eye and can also serve to frame your focal point. Using three similar elements (especially similarly-colored) in three different spots on your page will draw the eye to the are in between them and create a resting place for the eye there.
2. Creative - Don't overthink! There are no mistakes and you won't stumble upon something amazing if you don't go out on a limb. Don't worry about perfection, just have fun with it.
3. Inspiring - Keep all or some of your supplies in a spot where you will see them frequently. This allows you to take advantage of those few minutes between other tasks to do even a little something, just to keep you in the zone.
Do YOU have a favorite tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Mark your calendars and start spreading the word, the crop will be January 4th-10th.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Note: you may not be able to read the journaling but it ties into the title and says "Little girls grow up to be ladies...Little boys grow up to be BIG BOYS." The journaling around the border of the page is the words to the poem "What are Little Girls Made Of?"
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Fall is my favorite season and I want you to inspire me. This month I'd like to see any layout OR other project (mini-album, altered item, etc.) that celebrates autumn in some way. The only catch is that it can NOT be about Halloween or Thanksgiving or a birthday. I want to see something that celebrates fall itself. It can be very literal, such as a layout about things you love about fall, or maybe your color or embellishment choices will celebrate fall by highlighting the deep rich colors of the season. Be creative!
Email me your project using the link on the sidebar and I will share it here to inspire everyone. If we have at least five entries I will use a random number generator to choose a winner for a small RAK so be sure to let your friends know as well!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
SCRAP THE BOYS
Friday, October 16, 2009
In the meantime, I just want to put in a plug for PRE-PLANNING your pages. A couple weeks ago I took a day off and went to a crop. I took time the day before to pre-plan my pages. By that I mean I gathered a set of pictures I wanted to work with, selected a cardstock and some patterned papers I liked with it, and then some embellishments that I thought might work well. Then I tossed it all into a large ziploc bag. I did this for quite a few pages. When it was time to go to the crop I simply loaded these up as well as my "basics" and some additional embellishments that are easily portable (for example, all my ribbon is stored in one shoebox.) I added a couple of my newest things because that is always motivating, and with the addition of the vendor available at the crop (just in case) I had everything I needed to actually complete my pages with much less packing required. I've heard that this is a more efficient way of scrapping because the planning part uses a different part of your brain than the creating part. I'd have to agree because I completed 20 pages in 16 hours! Even when you add in the hours I spent on preplanning that is a pretty good pace for me!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here are the rules for this award: To pick up the Circle of Friends Blog Award cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog. Nominate 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends.Link to your nominees within your blog post. Include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
Life Reflections of the Untamed Scrapper
The Scrappy Side of Me
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Thanks to Linda at A Day in the Life of... for giving me this award; I hope you will go check out her charming blog as well!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I know that by now many of us have taken a vacation of some sort this summer, or are planning one. So I'd like to see vacation layouts!
You are free to use your creativity as to what the word "vacation" means to you. It could be a major trip or a visit to Grandma's house for the weekend, or just a "staycation" right at home. It can be from this summer or anytime past. Maybe you'd prefer to scrap a layout about a dream vacation you hope to take some day. The only requirement besides the vacation theme is that you have at least fifty words of journaling.
You have until the end of the month to complete the challenge, and again I will randomly draw a winner for a small RAK. Just post your layout in any online gallery or email it to me with the link on the right.
Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Also, want to remind you all that I would LOVE to put up a slide show of any and all fun VACATION layouts. These do not need to be new, I would just like to share some inspiration! So if you have any you'd be willing to share, leave me a comment or drop me an email.
Also, the time has come to see some new faces around If It's Groovy! Are you the face of the future? We are currently looking to add to several of the design teams and that person might be You! It is not mandatory or preferred that you will have been published prior to this call. Fresh faces are something I love in scrapbooking! Send three of your favorite layouts along with a picture of yourself and answer this: "I know I am a Groovy Chick/Dude because______________________." to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31 to be considered for the next term beginning August 1!!!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I wanted to show this one as well because working with a photo this large (the one in my example is 8x10)can be tough. One of my favorite techniques is to make parts of the photograph work for you rather than against you by putting your title or embellishments right on it.
If you try out either of these ideas I'd love to see what you come up with and would be happy to share it here!
And one I did a couple weeks ago for this month's challenge over at ...
Did you notice anything unusual about this one? There are no ANGLES. Everything is soft, rounded edges. It's true, look again!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I am crazy about kraft paper and would love to see what you can do with it. So here is your challenge...
Create a layout which meets the following criteria.
1. Kraft paper background. (Kraft "colored" or kraft "styled"...does not have to be ACTUAL kraft paper.)
2. Leave a significant amount of negative space.
3. Use any BRIGHT color(s) as accents.
Here is an example from me, based on a sketch from 52 Sketches 52 Weeks.
Leave a comment on this post with a link to your layout, or email it to me, by July 31, and I will put your name in a hat for a RAK.
Be sure to share with your friends; I'd love to see lots of inspiration!
Monday, June 22, 2009
First, check out If It's Groovy. The two-page layouts from the design team are up and I'd love for you to see the awesome sketch we used and see what inspiration YOU can draw from it. (Also, note the fun folded flower technique that we all tried out this month!)
Here is mine, but seriously, hop over there and check out the original and the layouts done by the rest of the team so you can see how many different ways you can go with the same inspiration.
Secondly, take a peek over at Scrap the Boys where you will notice a familiar layout called "Go Ahead and Jump." While you are there check out all the other fun layouts made from their monthly prompt "Boys and Their Toys" and see what you can come up with!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Spotlight Kits include:
2 sheets textured cardstock 12x12
2 sheets coordinating patterned paper 12x12
1 6x6 sheet of coordinating chipboard embellishments
There are two themes available.
"Remember" includes black cardstock and paper in shades of olive, gold and burgundy. The chipboard is accented with gold foil.
"Travel" includes tan cardstock and paper in shades of brown, olive and blue. The chipboard includes flocked accents.
Hot Fudge Kits include:
2 sheets textured cardstock 12x12
2 sheets coordinating patterned paper 12x12
1 12x12 sheet die-cut accents including quotes, border strips, journaling box and more
Availabe themes are:
"Baby Boy" in pale blue and yellow
"Big Boy Toys" in black, gray, brown and olive
"Boys" in blue, green and orange
"Expecting" in pink, pale green and pale blue
"Firsts - Baby Boy" in pale blue, yellow and green
"Firsts - Girl" in pink and yellow
"Gone But Not Forgotten" in brown, tan and blue
"Mom" in lavender, green and yellow
"Wedding" in black, gray and white
"Zoo" in brown, tan, blue and green
"Travelin' '' in green, blue, dark red and gold
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I had my boys put all the entries in a hat (literally!) and draw a number and the winner is #7....JEN!
Jen, be on the lookout, and I hope you enjoy your prize!!!!
I want to thank EVERYONE who submitted entries for this or any of the challenges in the first ever
If It's Groovy
blog hop, and if you haven't been able to finish your layout, please go ahead and share it with us when you do!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And don't forget about the monthly challenge! I am hoping to work on mine this weekend!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
IF IT'S GROOVY
I hope you had a BLAST with Amy's "hair" challenge, I know I did! (And if you missed it, click HERE to check it out!)
So, do you want to know what is next?? Of course you do!! Read on...
John Hughes was HUGELY popular in the 1980s. He is responsible for movies such as:
The Breakfast Club
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Some Kind of Wonderful
My challenge for you is to create a layout using the title of one of these five movies as the title of your layout.
You have until June 14 to leave a comment on this post with a link to your layout. I will add the layout here and put your name in the drawing for a prize. Would you like to see what you could win?
You could win this darling "ADORE" word book, and just to make it more fun, I will throw in these groovy alpha stickers...that just happen to perfectly fit the letters on the book! You can use them easily together...or if you have other ideas, you can use them seperately, too. As long as you use them! ~grin~
A little inspiration from yours truly...
Can't wait to see your work! Be sure to keep checking back right here to see all the creative layouts that you share!
Now, take a deep breath and put your 'walking boots' back on to head over to
to pick up your next challenge!
Ta ta for now!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Now, ladies, let's get busy with those layouts, shall we??
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
And one last sneak peek!
Finally, remember Wednesday is the LAST day to sign on as a follower (see button on your right) to be eligible for the RAK.
Peek in later to see the prize up for grabs for completing the challenge posted right here during the If It's Groovy cybercrop June 4-14!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
And don't forget, if you haven't signed on as a follower yet, there is still time to get in on a chance for a freebie!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
IF IT'S GROOVY cybercrop begins on June 4. That lucky person will receive a RAK from me!
And how about another chance to win? I will contact the winner and ask them who referred them. If it is YOU, you will win a RAK as well!
So...if you are not already following the blog, sign up over at the right, and then go tell your scrappy friends to sign on as well and increase your chances of winning!
One other thing...I've been going through a little scrapping withdrawl as I've had very little time to craft this month but I did steal a few minutes tonight and create this using the Die Cuts With a View Green Stack. It was a simple layout that came together quickly with the really quirky paper and a sketch from 52 Weeks 52 Sketches. Sometimes it is nice to take short cuts and the result can still be a lot of fun.
I also want to note that not all 2-pagers need to be created together! I plan on displaying "Bad Tacos" as the companion page to this layout which I put together weeks ago.
Some 2-pagers really are a single unit but sometimes, like with these, each can stand alone as well.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Who among you loves a great cybercrop?
Yeah, I thought so. So do I!
That is why I'm spending the days between June 4 and June 14 over at
If It's Groovy. Yes, you read that right, TEN WHOLE days of cropping fun with challenges and games galore!
You thought we were groovy before, just you wait!!
Just to get things started right off, here is a layout I did today. I hadn't scrapped a layout in over a week and I could feel the stress just melt away when I finally sat down to work on this. I used some old Making Memories paper. I'm really liking the way pastels look against white these days.