Saturday, January 28, 2017

Anna Griffin Scrapbook Layouts

With it getting closer to Valentine's Day, I thought I'd keep playing with my Anna Griffin stash.  Just had a wonderful time trying my best to use up some of those gorgeous Anna Griffin papers and embellishments I have been hoarding.  
Of course Anna if known for her beautiful flowers, so it was easy to create these bursting with beauty Spring layouts.  If you are an Anna fan at all, you might recognize that I used old and new pieces from her lines to create these.  And one of my favorite things about her line is that the colors from one to another match so perfectly. 

I created this title by teaming up my Silhouette and Cricut Design Space programs, using Anna Griffin cartridge artwork.  The "love you" was cut on the Cricut out to heavy chipboard.  While the florals and offset backgrounds were cut with the Silhouette.  ( I made a video on how I did this and have it uploaded at the bottom of this post.) 

I applied a little glue to the edges of my butterflies and title, then just pressed on some gold foil to give it just a little extra sparkle.  

Even the older embellishments, like the chipboard letters I bought over 5 years ago, still blend in so well to complete these pages.And the tags and quotes from different packages I have bought over the last several years, yes, they too helped create these finished projects.

 This 2 page spread is made using the Juliet kit I bought recently from HSN.  Just love love love the sweet look of this happy pair of pages.
 I did use some paper flowers I had bought from Michaels, Prima and Hobby Lobby on this layout. They blended in so perfectly with Anna's more casual style of these papers. Plus, I was able to layer in some of the vellum quotes I have stashed away!  All of Anna's kits come with so many pieces, but I still find myself so hesitant to ever use any of them.  I know, I know....it's a true mental condition I have here...I think I read recently it was called the SABLE syndrome...Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy.  Lolololol, yep, definitely my problem...and I embrace it happily! 

Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous obsession with me.  
And have fun crafting!

Here's the video on how I made the title on the first layout.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Mini and Layout




Still working on "stash busting", having fun with my old Graphic 45 papers.  G45 just "re-released" this wonderful old collection, so I pulled out mine and got to work.
First I scavenged around and found an old book box I had bought years ago.  It was perfect!  Next pulled out the chipboards and papers I had from the collection and made a little mini to fit neatly inside the box.                                                                                        
I have attached a quick video I did of the mini and the two page scrapbook layout I just finished. And here's some close ups to showcase the gorgeous papers!

The quirky quotes I stamped, embossed, then cut out were from Dyan Reavely.  An incredible mixed media artist.  She just released a new set of stamps at the recent Creativation in Phoenix and yes, indeedy, I want them!  Wasn't this all about using what I have????  

Okay back to that "happy stash" and the fun of creating!











Saturday, January 21, 2017

Anna Griffin Craftroom Fun Decor

Well New Year's Day has come and gone, and I am trying to keep a promise to myself.  Use my stash!  

HSN had a 24 hour crafting day recently, featuring Anna Griffin.  Boy oh boy, did that test my will power.  So to try to keep me from overbuying, again, I decided to play with my Anna stash all day. 


And to get me in the mood even more, I decided to quickly update my craft room look, using Anna Griffin papers and embellishments. 

Here's a quick video of how I used Anna papers to create a few fun pieces to give a fresh, new look to enjoy while I craft!  

I love the quick and easy paper quilt piece I made for my wall.  


Good news, I only bought two things on HSN that day.  Bad news, they are having another full day of crafting in March, and Anna is having an online warehouse sale January 30th.  I mean really,  can I really be expected to resist.  I am only so strong.  

Have fun crafting and using some of your own glorious stash!





Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cookie Recipe Swap Mini Album


 What a blessing!  I went to a crop in Crowley, LA last month with an incredible group of ladies called "Scrapbooking with Friends".  Paula and Margie host this group and each month is a wonderful treat.  But oh my Heaven's above, November was over the top!

Several of us croppers participated in a Cookie Recipe card swap and man oh man, did the ladies out do themselves in the creativity department.

So then the burning question becomes....how do I showcase these treasures?  Need to be protected, but I definitely want to use the recipes...hmmm.  And it's got to be cute, so I can count it in as part of my holiday decorations.

Well, after a month of toying with the ideas of making a box, binding them with my Cinch, trying to find a cute 6 x 6 mini album, I got a tap on the shoulder from above.

Late one night while I was sleeping, I swear, an jolly Christmas angel tapped me on the shoulder and said....with quite an attitude..." Girl, you are trying to use up your supply stash...don't you even remember you have those 6" x 12" Bazzill albums.  You've had for years!  Use the darn things!"

So not one to argue with an angel, I got up, dug out one of those mini's and voila...it was perfect for these darling recipe cards.  

Now those creative ladies did throw a few curves in the planning in how to display these recipes.  Some had pull outs, some had pokey outey embellishments, some had decorations that went past 6".  But no worries...I just "reshaped" a few of their pokey outies.   And got out the double sided extra strong tape and taped the ones with flaps and flips and pull outs directly on the outside of the page protectors.  



A small group even made pages that both sides just had to be seen, so I made sure that happened, too.  Then I  took a few extra minutes to "compose" what pages I wanted to show in a two page spread.  Now I just love love love my new recipe book.

Lucky for me, there was even a spot or two to put pictures in to remind me of the wonderful group of ladies that come together once a month to create.  Oh, and on that note, I did make sure to rewrite the names of each lady on the front of the card or on the pull outs.  I know I will want to remember exactly who gifted me with these amazing recipes.

Now that this project is done, I just need to make my shopping list, head out to the store for all the sweet ingredients and a new pair of two of stretch pants.  

Don't you just love Christmas!  And especially sharing the joy with good friends and family.  Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours....now about those cookies....can't you just smell the vanilla in the air....

Joy to you all and have fun crafting!
Molly D









Friday, December 9, 2016

Pop Twist Cards- a quick share



Just wanted to share a quick video for two pop-twist cards I made.  To make these fun 
cuties, I used the Cricut Design Space cut file from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.

She was so generous to share this tutorial and file with us all.  I had so much fun making these quick and easy, but oh so dramatic cards.  Hope you will give it a try, after watching her video!

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Now back to crafting!
Molly D


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Simple Stories Santa & Co. Mini Album and Layouts



Made  a video of a quick tour thru my latest little mini album.  I used the happy Santa & Co. line from Simple Stories.  Have had these fun papers, stickers and embellishments in my stash for quite a while and was bound and determined to use them all up in projects this year.  Well, I got very close, just have 4 or 5 sheets of the paper left.  Whew!  

This style was not my original idea.  I was inspired by a mini album a very talented friend of mine did from a kit from a few years back from one of the best scrapbook stores in the universe.  Treasured Memories in Lafayette, La  Janet owns the store and she and her team create beautiful layouts and share their talents during crops and classes.  And if you are ever in the market for page kits for scrapbooking, you won't find any better styles or values than those at  Treasured Memories.   

Now, as I tell about in the video, I did change up the format just a little to allow from thicker embellishments and pictures, but the idea is basically the same.  And along with the book I did a four "pocket" pages and two single page layouts from the same line.  And yes, even after all that, I still have paper left....and yes, I know I have a paper problem.  But I can't imagine having a better addiction than that!

Happy crafting to you all and Happiest of Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours!




Friday, October 28, 2016

I love Fall Planner Stickers for November

Just a quick post to share with you, some quick and easy planner stickers I just made for my first week of November.  I made them the size to fit my MAMBI Big Happy Planner. 

Love the cute clipart I used from a font and graphics bundle from the hungry jpeg.  I just love the adorable critters and the fun color story. 

So, of course, I downloaded one of my favorite fall pictures from Pinterest of the fall trees and country back road.  I used that picture and some incredible Photoshop action tools I bought from DigitalScrapbookingStudio to make the plaid and kaleidoscope patterns.  

Enjoy and Happy Fall y'all!

Molly D