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, April 27, 2012

"A" Side Scrapping

Shimelle's Glitter Girl video from last week inspired me to use a bold pattern "A" side which I normally wouldn't do.  I tend to stick to the more neutral/simple patterns on the "B" sides of patterned paper.  I felt a little out of my element working on this one but that may also be due to the fact that I was scrapping photos of me which I also don't do very often. 

Supplies used: Border sticker - Echo Park Paper Co.; Brads - Making memories and My Mind's Eye; Cardstock - Bazzill Basics and The Paper Co.; Chipboard - My Mind's Eye and American Crafts; Die cuts - Kerri Bradford Designs and Silhouette; Glimmer mist - Tatter Angels (Vintage Pink); Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Patterned paper - Echo Park Paper Co.; Rub-ons - Fancy Pants; Sprinklers - October Afternoon (Brown Bag); Stickers - Crate Paper, October Afternoon and Jillibean Soup
My husband took these pictures last year while we were decorating Easter eggs.  He was mostly playing with his new camera but I love how they turned out (which I don't often say).  I used some quite a bit of older product on this one - I've had this Echo Park collection for a long time but I rarely scrap "girlie" stuff so I don't use a whole lot of florals and pinks.  Guess I need to remedy that...

Be blessed!!!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Little Birdie...

More from the Tablescapes ladies' luncheon at my church.  The children's ministry group that I am a part of hosted two tables - a Paris theme and a birdhouse theme.  I'll post more photos from the Paris theme table this week but I wanted to share one of the take home items I made for the ladies at the birdhouse table.

Supplies used: Cardstock - Neenah Solar White; Ink - Colorbox (Chestnut Roan) and Versafine (Onyx Black); Patterned paper - Basic Grey, Echo Park Paper Co., Little Yellow Bicycle and My Mind's Eye; Pens - Copic (E53 Raw Silk); Stamps - Colorbok (branch) and Basic Grey (bird)
The Bible verse is Matthew 6: 25-26 from the NIV translation. 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about
your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body
more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do
not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?”
I printed the verse on my laser printer then inked the edges with the Chestnut Roan chalk ink.  I stamped the tree branch with the same ink then attached each to patterned paper.  The little birds were stamped with Versafine onto Neenah cardstock and patterned paper.  I colored the body of the birds with my Copic marker and then paper pieced the bottom part of the bird.  The birds were placed on the cards with dimensional adhesive.  The colors I chose matched the mini birdhouses that were at each place setting at the table.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

More From Paris...

I wish I were in Paris...with my hubby but I'm not.  Boo hoo!  But, I am done with all the creative goodness for our Paris themed tablescapes ladies' luncheon at church.  We'll be putting the table together tonight but I'll wait until we have daylight to photograph all the pretties together.  Here is a bit more of what I've been busy working on.

The scans aren't the best - I had poor lighting in my office when I finished these projects so the scanner was my only option.  The frame will sit in the center of the table along with a large metal Eiffel Tower, a faux chandelier (made out of foam but covered in glitter), a footed stand with candles and a candy jar filled with black and pink wrapped chocolates - yummy!  The text in the frame is the chorus to a Kutless song called Strong Tower.  I love the meaning behind it and it came to mind as soon as I heard what our table theme would be.  The middle picture is of little "hang tags" that will be attached to the Eiffel Tower replica using mini clothespins in all shades of pink.  The last image is of a tag that will be placed at each ladies' spot at the table and contains the verse Proverbs 18:10 (" The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.").  The ladies will get to take these home along with the frames that I shared last week.  I can't wait to see the whole table put together and share it with you.  See you after the luncheon!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Je t'aime Paris

Our church hosts this amazing ladies' luncheon every Spring called tablescapes.  Each table is decorated in a different theme.  This year, Children's Ministry is hosting two tables a Paris table and a birdhouse table.  I am working on some of the decorations for the Paris table and boy am I having fun working on all this girlie stuff.  I rarely get to use pink on my layouts since I live in a house full of boys! 

The first project I have completed are these cute little mini frames (the picture area is only 1.5" x 1.5") that will be at each ladies place and will be their take-home gift from us.

Supplies used: Frames - Michaels; Patterned paper - Chatterbox, Fancy Pants, Graphic 45 & Prima; Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Die cut - Silhouette; Metal Cross - Making Memories

The Graphic 45 Tour de France paper from the Curtain Call collection couldn't have been anymore perfect.  One side is row after row of "stamps" with the Eiffel Tower and the word Paris and then one larger (4" x 5") image of the same stamp - which you'll see in another project for this same table scape.  I can't wait to see it all pulled together!

On another note...today is a special day as my hubby and I celebrate our 10th anniversary.  My how time flies!  I'm blessed beyond measure by him and I am so glad that God put us together all those years ago.  
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