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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Scrapping 6x6 Style

Shimelle (I mean Glitter Girl) inspired me to pull out a new 6x6 My Mind's Eye paper pad that I got recently and put it to work on a 12x12 layout.  She did an entire video on scrapping in large format using these smaller paper pads that you can watch here.  I really like how she used entire sheets of the 6x6 pad and decided to "lift" her idea for this layout.
Supplies used:  Alpha stickers – Echo Park Paper Co.; Cardstock – Bazzill Basics (Fawn); Enamel dots – My Mind’s Eye; Ink – ColorBox Chalk Ink (Chestnut Roan) and StazOn (Timber Brown); Journaling Card – Studio Calico; Paint – October Afternoon Sprinklers (Brown Bag) and Smooch Spritz (Spun Sugar); Patterned paper – Echo Park Paper Co. and My Mind’s Eye; Pen – Zig Writer (Chocolate); Stamp – Studio AE by Technique Tuesday; Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co. and My Mind’s Eye; Tags – Craft supplies (Urban Pipeline clothing tag) and Echo Park Paper Co.
I have been digging through my supplies and purging items that I know I won't use but in the process I ran across several clothing tags that I had saved.  I ended up using the Urban Pipeline tag on this layout and I love the dimension it adds.  I actually cut the bottom of the tag off since it was tucked behind the papers anyhow and used the bottom part of the tag on the left side of the layout by the journaling. 
 I'm challenging myself to mix old with new right now...using up things I have been hoarding saving while mixing them with new products I have recently acquired.  I'm enjoying the process of breathing new life into old product while adding unique touches to my layouts to make them mine.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Not Letting Go...

Not letting go of Christmas that is...even though it's in the mid-60's here in Colorado today.  Oh my!  Today's layout featured our handmade Christmas cards from this year.  It's the first year I actually had the time and the motivation to make all 90 of the Christmas cards that we send to family and friends.  And can I tell you I have fallen in love with this red-aqua blue color combination (what took me so long I don't know)
Supplies used: Alpha stickers - Thickers; Border - K & Co.; Brads - Bo Bunny; Cardstock - Echo Park Paper Co.; Die cuts - Silhouette Cameo; Ink - Colorbox Chalk Ink (Charcoal); Journaling block - Echo Park Paper Co.; Patterned paper - Echo Park Paper Co. and My Mind's Eye; Pen - Pentel EnerGel; Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co.;  Tag - Elle's Studio and Michael's; Transparency - Making memories; Washi tape - My Mind's Eye
The journaling is tucked in behind the actual card as seen here.
This might be that last of the Christmas layouts...but I wouldn't count on it.  Don't worry I still have a Valentine's project to share with you soon too.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Go With the Flow

I am so loving this creative flow that I'm having right now.  Keep it coming!!!  I've got another layout to share with you all today.  It's more Christmas...I guess now that all the decorations are packed up and put away, I'm more in the mood to see reds and greens on my craft table.
Supplies used:  Buttons (trees, bells and snowflakes) - Michael's; Cardstock - Bazzill Basics and Neenah Desert Storm; Die Cuts - Silhouette Cameo; Doilies - craft supplies; Embossing powder - Zing;Ink - Memento and Ranger Perfect Medium Pens; Patterned paper - Echo Park Paper Co.; Pens - Bic MarkIts; Rubber Stamp - Michael's; Stickers - Echo Park Paper Co., Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon; Twine - Martha Stewart Crafts Washi tape - My Mind's Eye;
I had two Santa elements and needed a third to balance my layout when I remember the cute Santa stamp I had from Michael's a few years back.  The boys and I originally used them to make Shrinky Dink miniature ornaments that they attached to their Christmas thank you cards.  He was perfect.  I used my Bic MarkIts to color him in and I have found that they actually blend pretty well to create a shading effect (similar to that of Copics)...you just have to work at it a bit more.  I used my Ranger Perfect Medium pen to color in his beard and then added white embossing powder to give it a little "fluff" and I did the same with Santa's belt and boots using super fine clear embossing powder to make them look shiny.  I probably spent the most time coloring in that little Santa element up in the top left but I love coloring, it's so relaxing.
I have more crafty projects in the works that I can't wait to share with you soon.  Table decor for an upcoming baby shower as well as a Valentine's day wreath to help decorate our home.  They are all a work in progress right now but I promise to share once I finish them up.
Our boys are off from school tomorrow and Monday and one is battling a sore throat so he's actually been home with me for the last couple of days.  I'm enjoying the extra cuddle time with him and sure hope he feels better soon.  Have a fun-filled and blessed weekend.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Getting Back in the Swing

It's almost inevitable that I tend to scrap more at the beginning half of the year.  I always start out with the best of intentions (getting to at least one layout a week is my goal) but then the busy-ness and other tasks of everyday life seem to sneak in and push out that crafty time I've carved out for myself.  Well, it's the beginning again and hopefully I will do better this year but I'm not counting on it.  Kids activities and running a household as well as my work outside of the home take priority.  After all, these years of being a stay-at-home mom are about service to others more than they are about service to self and so scrappy time gets relegated to the bottom of the list more often than not.  Nonetheless, I will continue to share what I create in hopes that it inspires someone, somewhere...
Here is my latest layout.

Supplies used:  Alphabet stickers - Lilybee Design and Thickers; Border punch - Fiskars; Brads - Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye and Sassafras; Cardstock - Neenah Desert Storm; Ink - Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, Versafine in Onyx Black and Zig Writer Pen in black; Patterned paper - Graphic 45, Pebbles Inc., October Afternoon and We R Memory Keepers; Stamps - Studio AE by Technique Tuesday; Stickers - Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon 
I have been holding on to that Graphic 45 yellow and black polka dot paper for the longest time and I'm so glad I did...it's the perfect match to the beautiful fall aspen leaves.
Off to work on more inspiration...

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