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Why Scraps of Grace you ask??? Primarily because it is through God's grace that I am able to do what I love...scrapbooking, cardmaking, basically anything that has beautiful paper and embellishments involved. This is also a place to share my work as well as whatever is on my heart. A creative outlet for the mind, body, and soul.

I encourage you to relax, read, and browse a while and I hope that your day will be brightened and blessed by what you encounter.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Rounding Out the Trip

I'm sharing the rest of the layouts from our Summer 2010 trip today.  I love how quickly I was able to create all these layouts and I think it's because I pulled all the pictures from this trip and then systematically worked through them one day at a time.  I completed all the layouts in less than a week (which is record setting for me).  Here's the last 3 layouts...

Supplies Used:  Cardstock - Bazzill (Brown); Die Cuts - Crate Paper & Elles Studio; Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Patterned Paper - Basic Grey, Recollections & Simple Stories; Pens - Copic (Ice Ocean BG72) & Bic MarkIt (Cloud Nine Grey); Sketch - Liz Chidester The Scrappiest; Stickers - Cosmo Cricket; Title - Basic Grey; Wood Veneers - Studio Calico

May favorite addition to The Plunge was the use of the raindrop wood veneers from Studio Calico.  I colored them with a Copic marker and then flipped them to make them look like splashes of water.
Supplies Used: Cardstock - Bazzill (Carob); Die Cuts - Basic Grey & Chic Tags; Enamel Dots - Doodlebug & Recollections; Patterned Paper - Basic Grey; Pens - Bic MarkIt (Tiki Hut Tan) & ZigWriter (Chocolate); Sketch - Jana Eubank; Stickers - My Minds Eye & October Afternoon; Title - Thickers; Wood Veneers - Studio Calico
I scored a huge paper pad of Basic Grey Hey You at Tuesday Morning not too long ago and the colors along with some Basic Grey embellishments were perfect with the oranges and blues in the Evans Plunge sign and our son's swim shorts.  The Evans Plunge sign is a photo I took of the sign itself and then I trimmed it down to cut out all the distractions that were on the wall around it.  It worked out perfectly to fit with the sketch I based this layout on.

Supplies Used: Brads - Basic Grey; Cardstock - Recollections (Kraft); Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Journaling Card - Basic Grey; Patterned Paper - Echo Park Paper Co.; Pen - Bic MarkIt (Tiki Hut Tan); Sketch - Liz Chidester The Scrappiest; Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co., October Afternoon & Webster's Pages; Title - Echo Park Paper Co.
So that wraps up our trip.  I have some pictures from Mt. Rushmore that for some reason I didn't have printed so I'll have to send those images off and order prints to truly finish up this family vacation...but for now, this one is done.

Now I'm onto documenting our Disneyland/California Adventure trip from 2012!
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Together is...

This layout is where it all started...documenting this vacation from 2010.  It was such a memorable trip traveling in the RV with the family, seeing the sites and visiting my grandparents farm.  This photo was taken as we were getting ready to pull out of the driveway of the farm and hit the road for home.  My grandparents always took such pride in the beautiful antique gas pump.  Grandma used to paint the globe that sits atop the pump and lights up at night by hand so it stayed looking good.  Such fond memories!

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Die Cuts - Crate Paper; Enamel Dots - Doodlebug Designs, My Mind's Eye & Theresa Collins; Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Journaling Tag - Shabby Chic Crafts; Mini Paper Clips - Tim Holtz; Patterned Paper - Simple Stories; Pen - ZigWriter (Pure Black); Rub On Numbers - Doodlebug Designs; Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co. & October Afternoon; Wood Veneers - Studio Calico
I worked with lots of product I have on hand and mixed and matched manufacturers to make it all come together.  This is one of my favorite things to do - mix it up and use up some older supplies.  Kind of like cleaning house - but a whole lot more fun!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gone Fishing

Remember the old Shimelle 4x6 Photo Love?  I went digging looking for a sketch to help me put these 3 photos onto a layout and ended up back at this post with my focus on the Photo Booth Love layout that led me to create this layout of my own.

I wanted to be able to incorporate a lot of different patterned papers so the layout wouldn't be all brown and green (the primary colors in the pictures).  I love how the little blocks of several papers brings some pop of color to the whole piece without overwhelming the photos.

Supplies Used:  Brads - Basic Grey; Cardstock - Bazzill (Walnut Cream); Ink - StazOn (Timber Brown); Journaling card - Echo Park Paper Co.; Patterned Paper - Echo Park Paper Co.; Pen - ZigWriter (Chocolate); Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co. & October Afternoon; Title - American Crafts Thickers (Stroll)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fetch a Pail of Water

Sharing another layout from our family road trip.  This is at my grandparents' farm.  Our boys got such a kick out of using the hand pump to fill buckets of water to carry to the Finnish sauna.  I have the same memories from my childhood and am so glad we were able to make this trip and create these memories with our boys.

Supplies Used:  Brads - Cosmo Cricket; Cardstock - Bazill (Quicksand); Patterned Paper - October Afternoon & Simple Stories;Pen - Copic (BG72 Ice Ocean) & Micron Pigma (Black); Stickers - October Afternoon; Title - Basic Grey 
For the title I didn't have any letters in the color I was looking for but the Basic Grey white chipboard alpha set worked perfectly when combined with a little Copic marker coloring.   It's hard to tell in the picture but they actually came out a little uneven in the coloring so it mimics the look of water.  Perfect!
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

On The Lake

I'm determined to get the photos from this vacation we took as a family back in 2010 (oh my) put on to layouts.  Not sure how I neglected to take care of them sooner but they obviously got overlooked - or maybe I just wasn't inspired at the time.  Needless to say, they are getting taken care of now.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill (Kraft); Enamel dots - Dooblebug Design; Ink - StazOn (Timber Brown); Journaling card - Echo Park Paper Co.; Patterned paper - Doodlebug Design & Echo Park Paper Co.; Pen - ZigWriter (Chocolate); Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co. & October Afternoon; Thread - Aunt Lydia's Carpet Thread; Title - Chic Tags; Wood Veneers - Studio Calico
I have noticed that many of the pictures from this trip aren't fantastic and maybe that is what dissuaded me from putting them into my books.  In hindsight, I don't really care how good the pictures are, it's more the story they tell that I want to hang on to.  It was a great trip seeing some amazing sights, spending lots of time with my siblings, parents and uncle and those are the things I want to be reminded of when I look back through my scrapbooks.  
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Teen Traveler

I have another layout to share with you all.  I found an entire box of photos dating back to 2010 that I hadn't yet scrapped - who am I kidding...I found photos from 2010 all the way to 2014 that I haven't scrapped.  At least I know I won't run out of material any time soon.  Anyhow, this "teen traveler" isn't even a teen anymore but I still love putting together layouts with him in them.

Supplies Used:  Brads - My Mind's Eye; Card stock - American Crafts; Die Cuts - Crate Paper; Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink (Charcoal); Journaling Card - Simple Stories; Number Sticker - Echo Park Paper Co.; Patterned Paper - Basic Grey & Simple Stories; Pens - Copic (Dark Red R89) & ZigWriter (Pure Black); Stickers - American Traditional Designs, Echo Park Paper Co. & October Afternoon; Title - Echo Park Paper Co.; Wood Veneers - Studio Calico 
I had to get creative with the number "1" in 15 at the top right since I couldn't find a circle with the number on it that looked right for the layout.  I took a Crate Paper die cut and colored it in with a Copic marker to get the color I wanted then I outlined a number sticker from the Echo Park Paper Co. and added it to the top of the red circle die cut - worked like a charm.  

Lots more layouts to come from this same trip...keep an eye out for them.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

March to the Beat of Your Own Drum

It has been forever since I have shared any projects here.  Life has gotten busy and I let this wonderful hobby slip by the way side.  My husband asked me why I hadn't been scrapping and I couldn't give him a reason other than I'd been busy.  He simply said "So go do it".  And now I can't stop.  Four layouts in three days and I'm feeling like I'm on a roll.

This is a really old picture - I found stacks of old photos that I haven't scrapped so I better get busy.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Chipboard Stickers - My Mind's Eye; Cork Sheet - Canvas Corporation; Die Cuts - Crate Paper & y Mind's Eye; Ink - StazOn (Jet Black); Journaling cards - Pebbles.; Patterned paper - Echo Park Paper Co. & My Mind's Eye; Pen - ZigWriter; Stickers - My  Mind's Eye & October Afternoon; Title Card - Pebbles; Twine - The Twinery; Wood veneers - Studio Calico

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