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, February 26, 2013

Number 3

Here's a recent layout I did.  I'm trying to work my way through a large quantity of older pictures and I just love these photos of our youngest.  We were playing around with settings on what was then our new camera and he's always eager to look adorable for the camera.
Supplies used:  Alphabet stickers - Echo Park Paper Co.; Enamel dots - My Minds Eye; Ink - Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Journaling card - Simple Stories; Patterned paper - My Minds Eye and Simple Stories; Stickers - October Afternoon and Simple Stories
Lots and lots of layers (seems to be my latest obsession) and I had fun using some of the word stickers as part of my journaling.  The background paper is a new one from the Collectables line from My Minds Eye that I bought intending to use the other side but loved how this angled wood plank looked.  Needless to say, I had to go back and buy several more sheets...after all, I have to use the other side on a layout too.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Special Cards for Special Friends

So a couple of my besties have celebrated birthdays recently and I haven't shared their cards with you all yet.  Here's the first.
I relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo for this one from the chevrons at the bottom of the card to the "celebrate today" sentiment on the card.  The flowers are some that have been in my collection for what seems like forever but the colors were a perfect match to this My Minds Eye patterned paper collection.
This next card was for the other birthday (which we celebrated as a group last night by way of the Further concert at the 1st Bank Center - such fun).
For this one I pulled together lots of bits and pieces as well as a new My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad I recently purchased.  I love all the dimension and texture.  The butterfly and crown piece is actually a tile from Prima from last year's CHA prize pack that I received from Two Peas in a Bucket that I didn't really know what to do with but it seems to fit on this card. 

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Monday, February 18, 2013


Today's layout is based on a sketch by Liz Chidester over at The Scrappiest.  I flipped the sketch and ran the circles vertically to work with the direction of my photo.  I used a whole lot of "older" supplies from my stash.  The white paper with the silver embossed stars has been in my collection for about 7 years now - I knew I'd use it eventually! 
The title tag was die cut using my Silhouette Cameo and then backed with some POW! glitter paper scraps leftover from the projects I made for the Daddy-Princess ball at our church.  Even though I have lots of new supplies in my craft room, I'm trying really hard to blend in the old with the new and use up what I have while still keeping my projects current with the addition of new items.
Supplies used: Brads – Making Memories; Cardstock – American Crafts; Die cuts – Jillibean Soup & Silhouette; Ink – ColorBox Chalk Ink (Chestnut Roan); Patterned paper – craft supplies, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup & Little Yellow Bicycle; Pen – Bic MarkIt; Specialty Paper – POW by American Crafts; Sticker – Creative Imaginations; Twine – Craft Supplies; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
I love this picture of our middle boy...we were playing with our new camera and he was being silly, wearing his big brother's hat and sporting a cute little grin.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Little More Love

Just sharing a little more of the love!  Here's the card I made for my hubby for Valentine's day.  The 3 cute little cards on the card were freebie downloads from Webster's Pages that I printed on our color printer.  I used a bunch more of them to leave him little love notes all throughout the house since I actually had to work that night.  The background for this card was die cut using my Silhouette Cameo out of kraft paper. 

Here are the "love notes" I left tucked throughout the house
And here's the card I made for each of our younger boys to find (along with a sweet treat) when they got home from school that day.
I think I have almost used up all of the patterned paper from the Echo Park Paper Co. Little Boy line.  I saved every little snippet of that paper and really used it.  Such a versatile paper line with it's bright, primary colors.
And lastly, a birthday card for one of my sister-in-laws that I don't think I shared yet.
This one used a couple of free downloads from Simple Stories from this past summer.
Have a wonderful long, holiday weekend!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spreading the Love

Happy Valentine's Day my friends.  I promised I'd share some Valentine's projects so here they are.  The first is a wreath that's hanging in our home.
I used the Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection for this project.  I added a few metal clips that I found a while back at Michael's.  A little (okay a lot) hot glue and here it is.
The other project has been my younger boys' Valentine's cards for their classmates.  When asked what they wanted to give to their school friends, the answer was a resounding Blow Pops!  Okay,  I can work with that.  Thanks to a handy Silhouette cut file, the leftover red and white chevron from our Christmas cards, a little washi tape and a couple stamps and we were on our way.  Here's how they turned out.

I was able to create a print and cut file using the original template and used a little glue to attach it to the back side of the chevron heart.  The boys signed all of them and they are ready to go!

Share some love and enjoy your Valentine's Day.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

My Outdoorsman

I have so many pictures of my husband fishing or backpacking or camping or 4x4'ing...well you get the picture.  My guy likes to be out in nature doing "stuff".  When the pictures for this layout were taken, I wasn't even along on the trip.  He had gone camping with a group of friends and I had decided to stay home with the kids and let him have a kid-free weekend out in the wild.
I was having a hard time getting started with this layout mainly because I didn't want to crop out any of the pictures and with three of them, they were going to take up a lot of the page.  I decided to search around the Two Peas in a Bucket gallery for some inspiration and boy did I ever find it.  This is the layout that inspired the jumping off point for my layout.  Funny thing is, I am a regular follower of Linda's blog and love her style.

Supplies used: Die cuts – Silhouette Cameo (SVG Cuts); Fonts – Coming Home and Mission script (cut on Cameo); Ink – ColorBox Chalk Ink (Chestnut Roan); Journaling card – Echo Park Paper Co.; Patterned Paper – Cosmo Cricket, craft supplies, Echo park Paper Co., Graphic 45 & My Mind’s Eye; Pen – Bic MarkIt; Sticker – October Afternoon
The cute little flies in the upper left are freebies from SVG Cuts and I just love how they turned out.  The fact that I had pictures to fill the majority of the page, I knew I wanted to keep the embellishments simple but I couldn't go without any.  The patterned paper banners and the 3 matching flies were all the page needed.


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