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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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Big Freeze

Since spring is almost upon us (although that means very little here in Colorado - our biggest storms almost always hit in the spring) I thought I better get to sharing some of the winter layouts I've been plowing through.
 
Supplies used:  Alphabet stickers – American Crafts & Basic Grey; Border Sticker – My Mind’s Eye; Embossing Powder – Zing (opaque white); Enamel dots – My Mind’s Eye; Ink – ColorBox Chalk Ink (Charcoal) & Versamark; Journaling cards – Echo Park Paper Co. & Simple Stories; Patterned paper – Echo Park Paper Co. & My Mind’s Eye; Pen – Bic MarkIt; Stamps – Martha Stewart Crafts; Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co. & October Afternoon; Washi Tape – My Mind’s Eye; Wood veneers – Studio Calico
 
This fountain sits in the heart of our downtown and the year I took this photo, they hadn't turned off the water flow before we got a big storm.  The result was beautiful icicles hanging all around the fountain.  The kids and I were fascinated by the enormity of those ice chunks hanging off the sides.
 
For this layout, I mixed some brand new Echo Park papers with some older Echo Park.  I love how the colors in their current collections are able to tie back to their older collections...it makes using up those last bits of paper and embellishments so much easier.  The snowflakes running across the page are Martha Stewart stamps that I embossed in white embossing powder - these stamps are so lovely and detailed and the fact that those details even come through when embossing the images truly speaks to the quality of the stamps. 
 
Today we're expecting a warm up here but they are talking about snow coming again tomorrow so we'll throw on our capris and short sleeve shirts and enjoy the warmth while we can!
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snapshot - Captured with Vellum

Supplies used:  Border stickers – Creative Imaginations; Cardstock – The Paper Company; Die cut – Silhouette Cameo; Ink – StazOn (Timber Brown) & ColorBox (Chestnut Roan); Journaling sticker – Bella Blvd.; Patterned paper – Echo Park Paper Co., Pebbles & We R Memory Keepers; Stamps – Studio AE by Technique Tuesday; Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co., October Afternoon & Simple Stories; Tiny Attacher – Tim Holtz; Vellum – The Paper Co.; Washi tape – My Minds Eye
 
I love these photos my husband took of one of his favorite hobbies.  Everything about fly fishing makes him happy; from tying his own flies to scouting the rivers and streams to find the perfect spot to lay out his line.  I wanted to photos to speak for themselves - there really wasn't any journaling required but I probably ought to add some so in the future people will know why they're looking at these photos and why they were important to me. 
 
Overall a pretty simple layout.  My goal was to use vellum and I found this sketch somewhere (it may be from Shimelle Laine) and thought it worked perfectly to use the vellum to soften the green a bit so it didn't dominate the layout but still let a bit peek out.  The hardest part about vellum for me is attaching it to my layout in a way that doesn't show a bunch of adhesive.  That may explain why I don't use it very often.  I have lots of it though so I better get over my fears and just jump in. 
 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dreaming of Warmer Days

These bone-chilling temperatures that are being felt across our country have me dreaming of warmer days.  I can't wait until we can play in the rivers and camp again.  Until things warm up though, I'll just have to look through old photos and be reminded of what is to come.
 
This layout was from Father's Day several years ago when my husband, our littles and I headed to a local river so he could fish and the boys could play.  It was a lovely way for him to spend Father's Day - doing what he loves with his family right beside him.
 
Supplies used:  Cardstock – Bazzill; Chipboard – My Minds Eye; Die cuts – Jillibean Soup, My Minds Eye & Silhouette Cameo; Enamel dots – Doodlebug Designs & My Minds Eye; Font – Rio Oro (Dafont.com); Patterned paper – My Minds Eye; Pen – Zig Writer (Chocolate); Stickers – Crate Paper, Echo Park Paper Co., EK Success, Jillibean Soup, Karen Foster Design & My Minds Eye; Tag – Michael's; Wood veneer – Studio Calico
The great primary colors in this My Minds Eye paper collection made it so easy to pull in supplies from many other collections (both very old and some newer).  I love being able to mix and match bits a pieces from the stuff I already have on hand. 
 
I'm thinking I need to pull out all the pictures I've printed from our Kauai trip this past spring and continue dreaming of warmer days and sunshine until this cold front passes through!
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Trying to Catch Up

I have a few layouts and several cards that need sharing here on my blog but my days seem to be quite full lately.  I'm going to try to pop in here quickly and at least get some images up to share with you.
 
This layout highlights boy #2's first pair of glasses.  Everyone in our family except the youngest wears glasses so I figured it was only a matter of time before this one started wearing them...now if we could only figure out a way to keep from leaving them at school when we need them at home or leaving them at home when they're needed at school. 
 
Supplies used:  Die cuts – Chic Tags, Elles Studio, Fancy Pants & craft supplies; Enamel dots – Doodlebug Designs Inc.; Ink – SEI Chalk Ink (Cocoa) & Smooch Spritz (Log Cabin); Letter stickers – Thickers (Jewelry Box); Paper Clips – Tim Holtz; Patterned Paper – Fancy Pants & We R Memory Keepers; Pen – ZigWriter (Chocolate); Stickers – Fancy Pants, October Afternoon & craft supplies
I mixed some old and new in on this one.  I outlined almost everything I added to the layout to help it pop off the darker blue background.  The big heart sticker said "a face only a mother could love" but I didn't like that sentiment for this layout so I placed some tiny alpha stickers over the "only" and replaced it with "this".  Now it reads "a face this mother could love".  This was a pretty quick layout and in retrospect I think I would have chosen a different title like A Sight for Sore Eyes...that's okay.  The photos and story behind them are documented and that is what is important.
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Not really...it's been bitter cold out here but very little snow so everything is crisp and brown in our corner of the world.  I'm ready for snow to cover it all up and be sparkly and white.  Meanwhile, I've been working on a few Christmas projects with many more to come (hopefully)
 
My husband's annual holiday party for his work is coming up soon and every year I make the place cards for the event.  I opted to use a new stamp set that I recently acquired from Lawn Fawn called Bows and Holly.  If you haven't tried Lawn Fawn's stamps, they are amazing.  I love them for coloring in.  The quality that they stamp is so crisp and clear leaving you with beautiful images to color in.  These are the finished place cards.
 

Supplies used: Cardstock - Neenah Solar White; Ink - Memento (Tuxedo Black); Pens - Copic (G24, YG61, YG 63, R22, R29, & R89), Sakura Gelly Roll (Clear Star)
 
I used Copic markers to color in the holly leaf and mistletoe stamps.  Once I had colored the images in, I took my Sakura Clear Star pen and added some glittery shine to the red berries for a bit of bling.  It's Christmas...you;ve got to have bling at Christmas!
 
 
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mapping it All Out

I have so much to share and yet I haven't been getting it up here on my blog.  I've been so busy taking care of business that the projects are piling up in my craft space.  I finally finished that big home decor project I had mentioned.  It's a map of the United States made with my Silhouette Cameo, patterned paper that I already had in my office, and some wood slats leftover from an old bed frame we no longer have in our house.  Wanna see???
 

Supplies used: Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink (Charcoal); Patterned paper - Chatter Box, Crate Paper, Echo Park Paper Co., Graphic 45, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon and Simple Stories

The entire map was a Silhouette download that they offered as a weekly freebie quite some time ago.  I enlarged the map to fit the black foam core board I planned to use and then ungrouped the entire map.  I die cut each state and then inked around the edges using ColorBox Chalk Ink and a paint brush to get into all the little detail areas.  I wanted to ink up the edges so it would not only help to define the shape of each state but it would help each map piece blend into the black background where pieces didn't come together exactly.  Once the pieces were ready, I assembled the map using Mod Podge.  I finished the map off by adding a few coats of Mod Podge over the entire foam core board to protect it all.

For the base, my wonderful husband trimmed each plank to the size I needed and then secured them all together.  I stained the entire thing with a dark walnut stain that I roughed up a bit with sand paper once it was all dry.  I attached the foam core board to the wood planks using Beacon's Hold the Foam Glue for Styrofoam and my hubby hung it up.  I love how it turned out.  The finished size is roughly 35" x 25" including the plank base.  The colors match the colors in our family room perfectly and now that empty alcove above the fireplace has something to fill it in!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween 2009

In honor of halloween this week, here is a layout of some photos from halloween 2009.
 
Supplies used: Alphabet chipboard – AC Thickers (Jewelry Box); Brads – Basic Grey; Cardstock – craft supplies; Ink – StazOn (Timber Brown); Patterned paper – BoBunny and Die Cuts With a View; Pen – ZigWriter (Chocolate); Rub-on Numbers – Doodlebug Design Inc.; Speech Bubble – Cosmo Cricket; Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Washi tape – My Mind’s Eye
I really wanted to include all 3 photos from events leading up to Halloween which didn’t leave a whole lot of room for journaling on this single-page layout.  Using a simple list format for my journaling and rub-on numbers in both black and white from the same product line allowed me to fit it all in easily.  I kept the embellishments fairly simple by cutting a My Mind’s Eye label in half and tucking each half under the speech bubble to add a little more interest to the top corner and finishing each embellishment cluster off with matching brads from Basic Grey. 
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