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, 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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

One of a Kind Costumes

It's almost Halloween so I figured I ought to scrap these really old photos of our younger boys trying on costumes that we had received from a friend of the family.  Her boys are adults now but back in the day when they were young, she took the time to make amazingly crafted costumes for them.  She passed them along to me when her boys had outgrown them and I have saved them all these years until our boys could wear them.  They've outgrown most of them now too but when these photos were taken, they could fit into most of them and they had so much fun trying them all on - mixing and matching them just for fun.  It was an evening full of giggles.
Supplies Used: Cardstock – Bazzill (swiss dot) & The Paper Co.; Enamel dots - My Mind’s Eye; Ink – ColorBox (Green) & StazOn (Timber Brown); Patterned paper – Echo Park Paper Co.; Pen – Zig Writer (Chocolate); Stamps – Studio AE by Technique Tuesday; Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co.; Tags – Jenni Bowlin & Michaels; Wood veneers – Studio Calico
This years costumes are partially ready.  Both boys are going to be "Steve" from Minecraft.  We have the heads and swords but I have to figure out what they are going to wear on the rest of their bodies...I wish I had more time to build them a square body to match the character.  Who knows, maybe I'll get some inspiration and get to crafting something before next Thursday.  
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Making our Home More Home-y

I've worked on several home decorating projects lately and have another big one in the works.  Just thought I'd share what I've been up to in making our home a little more comfy for us.
First up is this cross that I decorated for our master bedroom.  I used a quote from Bob Hazlett who was a guest speaker at our church a while back.  It says "Every problem we have is an invitation to learn who God is."  I love that... 
I covered a paper mache cross that I found at Hobby Lobby with acrylic paint then I decoupaged on the polka dot patterned paper.  Next I took the beautiful vintage lock from Blue Fern Studios, inked it up with brown ink then softened the edges with white ink, tied some twine around it and added an enamel dot.  The wood veneer hearts got a little ink around the edges and an enamel dot of their own then I glued them onto the cross.
Here are some detail shots...
Next up is a Fall decoration piece that hangs out in our family room.
This Fall subway art was a freebie download from the Internet.  I can't find my original source for this Silhouette file...sorry!  It is a print and cut file that I printed on our color printer then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the little details - the acorns, pumpkins and leaves.  I inked the edges of these little bits then glued them to the printed image.   I then mounted the finished image onto patterned paper and popped it into an 8x10 frame I found at Michael's.  I love how it turned out the warm, rich colors make me want to curl up in front of the fireplace.  I made a second one of these for a harvest themed auction basket for son #3's class.
This next project was for the Jingle Bells themed auction basket for son #2's class but I will be making another one to fill in the above frame when Christmas decorations come out in our house.
This print and cut file I created myself in my Silhouette software using some existing files I had purchased.  I printed the image on our color printer and then cut the little details (holly leaves, trees, and poinsettia flowers) out of patterned paper and cardstock, inked the edges and glued them to the printed image.  Once again, I matted the finished image on patterned paper and popped it into an 8x10 frame. 
The big project I'm working on is a map of the United States for a blank wall in our family room.  I have all the states cut out and I've inked all the edges, now I have to adhere it to a black foam core board and cover it with Mod Podge to protect it.  I think I'll use some wood planks I have in the garage to mount the foam core board on and then up it will go.  I promise to share pictures when it's completed.
I'm off for now...the boys and I have to figure out what they are going to dress up as for Halloween while they're home on their Fall break this week so I better get moving...the week is almost over!

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