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, August 29, 2014

Our Favorite Snow Games

So Summer is drawing to a close and I didn't do any scrap booking while my kids were out of school.  Between their busy baseball schedules and my busy work schedule (VBS was a blast even though it was a ton of work) I didn't have any free crafty time.  This is an older layout that has been laying around my craft table and I figure since our evenings are getting colder (say it isn't so) these types of scenes aren't too far off.  My layout was inspired by Jana Eubanks “Our Favorite SnowMan” layout.  I had fun trying to re-create a similar feel using my Silhouette and papers that I had on hand.  

Supplies used: Alphabet Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co.; Die cut – Silhouette Cameo; Enamel dots – My Mind’s Eye & Theresa Colins; Ink – ColorBox Chalk  Ink (Chestnut Roan); Patterned Paper – Basic Grey & Echo Park paper Co.; Pen – ZigWriter (Chocolate); Stickers – Echo Park Paper Co.; Twine – craft supplies; Wood veneer – Studio Calico
The kids are off to school which means I've got work to do around here.  We have a birthday party celebrating our youngest tonight so I better get moving.  Be blessed!
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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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