Happiness starts with whiskers and ends with a tail

Happiness starts with whiskers and ends with a tail is a scrapbook layout that features a photo of my cat in his happy pose.

Our cat Tristan is just a hoot. He’s happy and so expressive. This photograph is not the first time I’ve seen him throw himself down in this joyful position. He always does it when he’s in a great mood and has just received lots of love (like here). Or when he’s happily warming himself in front of a heater in the winter.

I swear: just looking at him makes me happy.

Product/technique notes

I was inspired by the following sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy. The products I used are a smattering from Crate Paper “Notes & Things,” Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” and We R Memory Keepers “Chalkboard.” The flair is from Studio Calico. I designed and cut the title with my Silhouette.
Let's Get Sketchy July 2015

The lanky years

The lanky years is a one-photo scrapbook layout using Jillibean Soup products.

The first thing I thought of when I came upon this photo of me and my baby bro in the summer of 1982 was of how skinny we both were! That seemed like a good enough reason to do a layout. :-)

Product/technique notes

I followed this June sketch from My Creative Scrapbook, used patterned papers from the Jillibean Soup Avocado Soup 6×6 paper pad and designed and cut the title on my Silhouette.
My Creative Scrapbook June 2015 sketch

Half ours

Half ours is a scrapbook page with one photo and products from Simple Stories.

Barney officially belonged to our next-door neighbors, Tom and Clara Veit. But he spent so much time with us—begging for treats at our door, playing in our yard and walking us to school each morning—that we always said he was half ours. He was so intelligent, loyal and fun! We were quite fortunate to get even half of him. xoxo

In this June 1980 photo Phil is teaching Barney a new trick in his back yard.

Product/technique notes

I used all products from the Simple Stories Say Cheese II line on this page with a title I cut on my Silhouette.

Kiss kiss layout and string art tutorial

This one-photo scrapbook page incorporates a photo frame created with string art.

I’m so excited about today’s project because 1) I tried something new and 2) liked how it turned out, so 3) I want to share the idea with you! Do you remember doing string art projects as a kid? That’s what I incorporated on my layout as a frame for my small photo of Grandma helping me kiss my brand new brother in January 1968. Mom says I called him “B” (for baby).

My thought process

This idea came to me because of a sketch (as most of my scrappy ideas do). I was referencing this My Scraps and More sketch below, and I started thinking about how I wanted to create the central “tic-tac-toe” area of the page. I ticked off my options (get it?): strips of patterned paper, strips of washi tape, strips of ribbon, lines of stitching. Lines of stitching made me picture creating an elaborate hand stitched grid area to frame the photo. And then it hit me: string art!

I went to Pinterest and perused other artists’ string art in search of some ideas for making a square frame (as represented in the sketch). After successfully incorporating this technique into my page design, I thought I should share my process in case you like the look as much as I do.

My Scraps and More sketch 107

String art tutorial

After deciding to make the string art area take up 8×8 inches in the center of the 12×12 page, I created a quick template for myself in my Silhouette Designer software. If you have a Silhouette and want to recreate this, draw an 8×8 square, center it on the page, open the rhinestones window and follow the settings below. If you don’t have a cutting machine, just measure and mark equidistant holes (perhaps 1/2 inch apart) with a ruler.

rhinestones settings I used

I cut out my simple template on a scrap piece of paper, lined it up over my background paper and poked the holes. Then the fun began!

I double matted the 3×3 photo with white cardstock and patterned paper so it would pop better off the background. Then I mounted that onto another pattern that was 6.25 square. Following the numbering system in the diagram below (up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, down at 4, etc.), I stitched away with two colors of embroidery thread to create the four corners of my square frame.

String art stitching diagram

I do hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you decide to try this technique on a page, I would LOVE to see it, so please come back and leave me a comment on this post. I will leave you kindly comments in return, I promise!

Homegrown

Homegrown is a one-photo scrapbook layout using supplies from We R Memory Keepers Farmer's Market collection.

I have these summer memories from my childhood of Mom getting breakfast set up for me and my brother (usually cereal, I think) and then throwing on her robe, getting herself a fresh shot of coffee and heading outside to make the rounds. She would walk slowly around the house to check on how all her flowers were doing. I remember the daisies, marigolds and mums most.

I can’t say why that’s always stayed with me. Perhaps because she did it so routinely that I could hardly forget it. Perhaps because I thought it was a weird thing to do first thing in the morning. Perhaps I was a little embarrassed that she was in her robe and people might see her (you know how easy it is to embarrass kids of a certain age). I don’t know! But I can say that it has become a fond memory for me.

Last summer when I went to visit my mom, I watched her watering her plants one day and it pulled up that summer morning memory. Time for a few photos…

Product/technique notes

I created this page using patterns from the We R Memory Keepers “Farmer’s Market” collection and this My Scraps and More May sketch.
The sketch I followed was My Scraps and More #105