Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Schnecken are a type of sweet bun that was a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes at the beginning of the 20th century and that was commonly found in the Jewish immigrant communities in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. The name schnecken means snails in German and refers to the shape of the pastry. (Wikipedia)
The image above is a photograph of my take on the July Counterfeit Kit. I have yet to like the names that I come up with for my counterfeits, but I continue to try to come up with clever names. Today, I was moved by a personal reflection. My best friend from high school had a German heritage. When she had an AOL account, her name on that account was Schnecken. Today's kit is in memory of her.
The original kit for July is pictured below.
I pulled a lot of supplies. It will be another tough month with my children home most of the days in July, (and Summer). I am working through a curriculum of academics for Jason and Kurt. I have to work with them, (painstakingly), in order to keep them going with the work. It ties up my most productive time of the day, (morning). In the end, we will be glad that we are doing the work that I have planned.
I was surprised as I started pulling papers and supplies at how much neutral paper I now have. I, actually, hope to use this kit as a starting point and may pull colors to work with photographs that I use with this kit, if needed. But, I could not find much that truly matched the teal green from the original.
Have a great day!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Kurt was pretty shy at the start of our Disney trip when he was four. Jason, at six, was more than willing to pose for the camera or visit a character. It was challenging, at first to get photographs. However, by the end of trip Kurt was being silly with Goofy right along with Jason. Great memories!
When I looked at the swirly blue paper that I used in the layout above, I thought of Disney. I used that fun paper from deep in my stash along with additional picks from my June Counterfeit Kit.
I rotated the sketch for the papers but kept the photo placement similar. I kind of did my own thing then with the title and embellishments. Hope you like it!
Also, a couple little scrapbooking tips that I incorporated into posts have gone up on The ScrapRoom Blog this month. Yesterdays post is about using an embossing punch for journaling. The other post this month provides tips on creating dimension on a fairly flat page. I used the sticker tip on today's layout, as well, and added some threads underneath. You will probably see more of my use of the threads under stickers to come. I love the look that the threads provide along with the ability to add additional color with them.
It's proving to be a busy Summer with the boys home. My scrapbooking time is taking a hit. At least I am getting some photo opps! The challenge of getting teens to cooperate,however, is just as challenging as it was when they were little, albeit different. In fact, I think that it is more difficult to get good photographs now. The boys are either making silly faces or rebelling my nerdy requests for poses. Hope your doing better with the photographs and the scrapbooking.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
I was determined to cut into my sheet of Webster's Pages sheet that I carried over from last month's Counterfeit Club Kit as an add-on this month. I love the Webster Pages designs but struggle to use them as they are a piece of art in and of themselves. I never know how to cut them or add my photographs that cover up their beautiful images.
I have had this meaningful picture that I could not decide how to put on a page to tell the story. It is a stand alone memory on a worn and faded photograph, hardly worth a page showcase. (I have a number of these types, by the way).
Putting the picture behind the cutout garden gate was a good solution to cover the worn edges. Besides, I rarely have reasons to use such feminine papers as these so my childhood story fit well.
I met Eddie at camp one summer and we were best friends that summer only. My best friend of three years had just moved away and Eddie filled that void. She was confident, lively and so fun to be around. She didn't live so close so when school started back up, we went our separate ways. However, I'm so glad that I have this photograph to spur on my fond memories.
The doilies are from Prima packaging. They are fussy cut from the acetate backing from a flower purchase. The chipboard butterflies were colored with stamping ink and a Copic pen to get the color that I wanted before I added the Stickles. Everything but the alphabets, the dark pink paper, the two roses on the bottom left and the thread came from my June Counterfeit Kit Club kit: Jiggermast, (more about the name in a future post). I took on The Counterfeit Kit Clubs first challenge of the month and made a die cut from patterned paper, (the heart that I stitched around).
I, also, groomed the page to fit the Scrap Our Stash Word Challenge for June: B-R-A-D-S.
B - Butterfly Chipboard
R - Ribbon and Roses
A - Acetate Doilies
D - Die Cut (Heart and Camera)
S - Stitches
Friday, June 5, 2015
Flavor of the Month Kit at the ScrapRoom, the kit includes four recipes for the kit. These recipes are instructions for the two page layouts -- one from each line. The line that I covered for June was Pink Paislee Atlas. I included in my layout a journal box that utilized most of the stickers that came with add-on. It helped me tell the story.
Thanks for looking! Hope that you have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
My friend, Shelly, whom I recently met through our English Bulldog love connections has a beautiful daughter, Tallia. Along with Shelly's amazing photographs, I created the first three pages pictured here. The colors in the photographs worked very well with the Crate Paper line in this month's Flavor of the Month Kit at The ScrapRoom.
My friend, Debra's, beautiful high school prom gown looked so awesome on the diagonal striped paper that I wanted use it for one additional layout that I made with scraps. I know my title sounds a bit corny but I wanted to remember the sentiment for years to come. Now if only I had a picture of them posing in the Charlie's Angels icon positions!
Glenn, Rob and Jimmy weren't too bad looking either, in my opinion.