Smile!!! There’s Silhouette-made goodies!

I used this sketch from Scrapbook Circle’s June Sketch Challenge. These photos were actually 4×6. I cropped them to 3×4 to follow the sketch.

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I’ve been using my Silhouette a lot lately, making boxes and containers with ┬ámy paper stash. Here’s a peek at how I’ve organized my crafting area so far.

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I also purchased a drawer system from Michael’s to help decongest the my Ikea hacked craft cabinet (formerly the Brimnes). I had to finally throw away my EZ view desk since it was starting to get scuffed and worn out from moving from one state to another and we did not have enough space in our smaller place. Having my craft supplies out in the open made the living room area feel cluttered no matter how I tried to organize them. It was quite the decision to finally get rid of it. For one thing, it had some sentimental value to me since I won it in an online raffle from Scrapbooks Etc. a few years back. That was one of the reasons my husband did not want to just throw it away. As a form of compromise, we finally decided to find a way to incorporate some of the parts from the desk into the Brimnes wardrobe. I used the drawers as shelving to store small items. I fitted one of the bottom portions of the EZ view desk to the bottom of the L side of the wardrobe to support one of its shelves and serve as a table. A pair of the old EZ view drawers were tacked on to each side of the work area to support a makeshift shelf from one of the EZ view bottom shelves. Everything was screwed on tight to make sure nothing topples over and I don’t end up buried by scrapbook supplies. I also put up a pair of boards from Michael’s on the doors to hang items.

So far, It has worked to keep my supplies sorted out and organized according to different hobbies. It also keeps my things out of sight so in the event we have visitors over. Also, discovering the many things I can make with my Silhouette has me dreaming up more new ideas. Let’s see where it takes us.

Hello, Baby

I was finally able to scrap this photo of my nephew when he was still a baby. It’s hard to believe he is now three and tall as a reed, just like his big sister.

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I used this sketch from SIT and did the June SOS challenge. The left side looked a bit empty since the photo is in portrait so I used some paper strips vertically to tie the photo closer to the page edge.

I also used the Scrap Our Stash prompt for June

Buttons

Rub-ons

Alphas

Doilies

Stickers

Mood Swings

I guess, making up for missing a few posts, here’s another one. It’s also a part of the multi-page series I’m working on at the moment.

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I used the sketch from Scrapbook Circle. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a bunch of shapes from paper scraps and used them on the page (camera, label, hearts, frame). I used wooden alphabets and inked chipboard letters for the title. To make my multi-page series look cohesive in the album, I organized a “kit” of patterned papers and cardstock that I will be using throughout the series using this formula I learned from a Two Peas class (hitch hiker’s guide by Shimelle Laine): small print, bold print, grid/ line, cut-apart sheet. I then mixed in some 8×8 sheets from an Amy Tangerine collection and picked up some embellishments from my stash or made die-cuts with punches and my Silhouette machine along the way. I would then finish off pages with a smattering of gems, some ink splatters, or both.

I still think I have a lot more to learn especially in mixing patterns and layering paper and embellishments. I would like to make more use of my stamps and items such as rub-ons to add some depth to my layers. If any of you know a good class, I’m thankful for the share.

A Little Something Extra

Die cuts are a great way to spruce up a page, and so is heat embossing. But what happens when you mix the two together?

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I used a sketch from Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook Class for the title page of a multi-page series. On the sketch, there is an area right below the photograph indicating a series of squares that run across the page. Instead of using squares, I used die-cut hearts. The cut-outs were heat embossed with silver embossing powder and placed back on the “negative” to create this precious strip adding some shine to the page.

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This would be my first post after a while although I have been making pages and mini albums the past few weeks. I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like since I had been preparing for a Nursing conference out of town. I’ve also been hiking almost weekly since a friend of mine has introduced me to it last month. I’ve rekindled my love for the outdoors and my appreciation of the peace I find when I’m immersed in nature’s beauty.

I’ve also started to collect hiking and camping gear and I’m hoping to go on at least a couple of camping trips this summer. Do expect to see pictures of the great outdoors in the not so distant future.

A Bucket List of Adventures

Nothing sadder than being a foreigner in your own country. That being said, I have long ago resolved to visit as many places in the Philippines as possible whenever I go see my family. Last year, we drove around the northern part of Luzon. We visited beautiful little towns and hidden historical gems like the town of Vigan and the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan.

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I used a map pattern from Studio Tekturek for the background to highlight the adventure theme and used this month’s Scrap our Stash challenge: STENCIL

Stitching border (pen)

Tape

Enamel stars

Notecard

Chipboard letters

Ink pen

List

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