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What About Wednesday: 8 1/2 by 11 Layout

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! How is everyone’s spring going? I am ready for the warmer weather and enjoying the days it’s not raining. I have been spending a lot more time outside with my puppy, Kona, trying to get her energy out.

With all the rain, she gets antsy and into things when she doesn’t have that playtime. She loves to play fetch and run after a ball. She doesn’t always give my the ball, but she is starting to get the hang of it.

Speaking of her stealing stuff, that is what my layout is about. Her love to steal things that don’t belong to her and make me try to get them. Sometimes I think she thinks it’s a game. Sometimes she thinks she needs to guard it, especially if it’s anything paper or food.

In the pictures Kona stole my son’s light saber and kept trying to hide under our fireplace. She still thinks she fits under it, but she doesn’t. I, of course, took out my camera out to take a picture. Instead of saving my son’s light saber.

Here is a look at my layout.

 

I decided today to make a 8 1/2x 11 layout. I am using Two 3×4 photos which will fit nicely on my layout. I love the balance of open space to photos space on my layout. For me, I like more open space on the layout than photos. This gives me room to play with embellishments on my layouts too.

I started off with some white card stock. This has become my go for starting a layout. The artist in me gets all giddy about a blank canvas and what it can become once I add things. I used a black and white pattern so any of the colors that I used on the rest of the layout would pop. I knew at some point I wanted to use some colorful sequins. I may be a little obsessed with the colorful sequins.

On one of the medium shipping tags I added strips of various scrap papers from my desk to cover the bottom half. This is where most of the color is located on my layout. I like ow it becomes the focal piece. I added a die-cut word on the strips and some “Hot Right Now” Sequins. Tied some blue baker’s twine and made a cute little swirl with the twine.

Everything looks cuter with a feltie heart and tiny attacher staples.

In addition to the patterned paper on the tag I also added a few strips of patterns throughout the layout. One at the top, one at the end of the black and white Simple Stories paper and then another strip near the bottom of the layout.

I added a die-cut on both the top an bottom strips and added some feltie hearts and “Hot Right Now” sequins. Keeping it simple in the clusters was my main goal. I didn’t want to over embellish and take away from the photos.

I added the title around the photos, on the corner. I also added a die-cut as part of my title on the photos, near the chipboard alphas from Pink Fresh Studio that I used. I don’t usually do my titles this way, but i wanted to do something a little different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a really fun and cute layout that I made and I was really pleased how it turned out. I love that I can use my favorite photos to share and remember these moments that make up our lives. I really love when I can use cute products like sequins and feltie hearts!!

 

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope I see you around the Facebook group sharing the projects and layouts you are making using the SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and products.

Hannah

OUR HISTORY

Hello!  Well I am back again with a layout featuring one of my trips to the museum and I just had to do this photo. This is a 8 X 10 photo of one of the main trains that was on exhibit, which is a huge part of California history.  This particular train was a main transport in lumber, food, and other things needed to build California.  I was amazed at how big this train was and what materials they built it with, real iron!  The iron used to build this train was pure, which made for a seriously heavy train.

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I used some cork circles from my stash and some Gold Stardust sequins from the Spiegelmom Scraps shop.  Here a closer look!

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I just love how this came together!  I put some of the sequins by the title, which is perfect and the letters are from Freckled Fawn embellishment kit.

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Here is a closure look at a different angle.

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The papers I used on this layout are from Simple Stories and the enamel dots are from My Mind’s Eye.

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Thank so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the Spiegelmom Scraps shop for some goodies of your own and be sure to use Felicia15 to receive 15% discount on your order!

Take care!

 

THE EMPIRE

Hello there everyone!  I had the privilege last month to visit the train museum and I lots of fun.  The last time I had been to this museum was on a field trip when my children were in the elementary level.  It has changed quite a bit since then and the exhibits are a lot bigger than the last time I remembered.   There was one train in particular that stood out because of the red wheels and trim on it, I just had to take a photo of this train and would not mind riding on it either! Lol!. There is a lot of California history and this train is part of it.  Take a look!

Love the color scheme of this layout, it matches the train photo perfectly!

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Here is a closer look at the new texture past from Shimmerz called Brick Wall and I love it!  It is the perfect shade of red and the texture is nice and rough, which made for the awesome intertwined swivels.  I used a stencil of course to achieve the symmetrical look of the swirls.

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Wow!  This is a really nice!  I enjoyed using the Brick Wall texturez paste, it reminds me a little bit of railroad tracks. The collection I used is the Simple Stories Live Life In Color, Love the color and it matches the train photo perfectly!

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The sequins are called Holly Berries, although this is not a christmas layout, you can still use the Spiegelmom Scraps sequins to decorate any page or pocket page layout.

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Just thought you might like to get a close up of the sequins!  I just love them and Jody does an awesome job of mixing the sequins.  There are so many to choose from and you won’t be disappointed either!

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I want to thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the layout.  If you want you can use my discount code Felicia15 and you can receive 15% discount on your first order!  So what are you waiting for? Click on the button above and get your own sequins!  Have a wonderful day!

 

What About Wednesday: December Daily Without Photos

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Aloha Sparklers!! We are knee deep in December. How are your December projects coming along? If your December is anything like mine, there are many obstacles (many good) that is causing me delays in my craft room.

I hope you are not too down on yourself. Decembers are busy, there are so many activities planned. Germs come out of the woodwork. The weather throws curveballs. We all love to see December and fun winter projects but they can be easily done when things slow done. During Christmas break or when the weather starts getting dreary. Just remember to save all the posts and pin the projects you want to use as inspiration!!

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On this note I wanted to talk about something different I am doing this year while working on my December Daily. This year for various reasons I am waiting to batch print all my December Daily and holiday photos together. Which ultimately means that I have no pictures in my album right now. I still do want to work on it while everything is happening. I scrap the best when I am documenting in the moment. Putting down on paper the things that are going on right now. That isn’t always possible though picture wise.

December Daily is one of those projects that works so well for this technique or decision to wait to add photos. Here are a few tips for making this making your album without the photos work>

  1. Remember to continue to take lots of photos. You will still need these photos at the end, use a photo a day prompt (there are tons on Pinterest) and look for stories that you want to tell in your December Daily. Like the stories behind your favorite ornament or how your kids routine changes in December. What your song playlist is this year, or what cookie is your spouses favorite to snack on. Look for those moments to capture. You can always narrow down what photos you use for that day later.
  2. Keep a notebook for writing down the things your children say, the things you thought about your day. Maybe write down some prompts you want to include in your album. I have a page for each day, so that I can write my thoughts of the day. What I want to focus on for that day.
  3. Pick your pictures before you create your days page. It is so easy to make a page ahead of time, but when push comes to shove, You really can’t have a page set unless you know what images you want to use. I use my notebook to write down the images I plan to include. When I build my page I then know where my pictures will go. This helps so I am not moving cards around when I finally get my pictures back after Christmas.
  4. Have fun!! Whether you have bought a kit, or using stuff from your stash keep your pages fun. Especially this time of the year when we are all busy and doing lots of fun things, this project is about the fun we are having. If you aren’t having fun it is okay to rethink your process to make it enjoyable and fun.

When you have gotten all your photos printed off, just add them to the pages and maybe add another sequin or two and then it will be all done. I think these tips can be helpful however you want to implement your album, simple, using all your favorite embellishments, lots of journaling, no journaling, how ever your focus too. There is no reason why not having photos should stop you from starting your album now while you are in the moment. Unless you want to wait 😉

Here is a look at what I did for pages 8 and 9 in my December Daily album. I am mixing up different sizes throughout the album. This helps for days I have lots of photos or on a day like day 8 where I don’t really have many photos. This spread is a SNAP 6×8 protector with 2 4×4 squares and 4 2×2 squares down the sides.

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I used the cut file for this month to make snowflakes to add to my day card. I like to have each day numbered. This year I am using lots of different fonts for the numbers. It is perfect since I am using mostly stash for my album this year.

I kept this card simple and didn’t add any sequins since I added the stars. Even though I contemplated using the translucent big sequins in the store.

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I chose a dark bottom I am figuring I will add my journaling with a typewriter font on this card. The edges only showing for a mat. I like to use my computer to type up some of the journaling in my December Daily. I am going to add the journaling when I add the photos, or at least when I am closer to being done. I will mostly just finish it all up in one day.

On the sides I added two small shakers with a silver hand made bows and Evergreen Bough sequins mix.

Then added circles to the two middle squares. One circle was a gift tag from last year. The other circle I cut an punched out from papers.

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Super simple but oh so much sequin fun!!

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Day 9 It snowed!! It hardly ever snows in the area I live, so my kids were so very excited to wake up and still see snow. Even though it was now raining, I let the kids go playing outside in the snow before breakfast. I know that a photo of the kids playing outside will be on this day and big. Who doesn’t like a big photo? I wanted something small though for the journaling for that photo. It will let my main feeling from the day be what you first see. I plan to add that journaling right to the 4×4 card that had the 9 day on it. I will probably also use a baseball protector pocket letter sleeves to hold more pictures from outside that day.

 

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I added a wooden snowflake to the back of the tag. I added some smaller circles in the other circle.

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Keeping my album pages simple and fun is key for me to keep going strong. I so love the end result and looking through all our memories from the month. I really am loving my approach this year and focusing more on recording the moments and journaling. focusing on the words, I know that the stories will come more alive when I add my photos after Christmas.

I hope you are checking out the store this week, there are tons of deals going on right now!! It is still time to grab some stocking stuffers. (The discount code for Dec 14th and the String Shop is 50STRING)

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Have a great week!!

Hannah

 

Watch the Process Video from my Youtube Channel for these days.

Sparklers Unite – Product Reveal!

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Hello September!  Its time to celebrate our kids going back to school, cooler weather and more new paper crafting goodies from SpiegelMom Scraps!  First off, I’d like to announce the winner of the August cut file challenge. This lucky winner gets a $10.00 shop credit and to design a cut file with Khristina Sorge……

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Congrats Karla YungWirth!!!  Please email Jody at SpiegelMom@gmail.com to claim your prize within 5 days.

This month I’m excited to share new Cork Confetti, new sequins and new Heart Felties colors!  Bam!!  

This will be the last product reveal until November my friends! The great news is we are finally moving very soon. So, be on the look out for some amazing deals to gear up for my big move and the Holidays.  In the mean time, you can still score great prices in the shop on current sale items plus the designer’s discount codes!  Don’t forget all the wood veneers are already marked way down!

Now for today’s blog hop line-up!!  

Jody 

Lisa Kingston

Sarah McClellan

Hannah Lemieux

Khristina Sorge

Beth Soler

Crafty Meggy 

Sara Scraps

Katty Miranda

Evi Cortes

Felicia Young

Rachel Stewart

Before you move on, here is this month’s FREE cut file designed by Khristina Sorge!! This is super cute and perfect for back to school or any “Book Lover.” Just like last month, create a project using this FREE cut file set and link it up below for your chance to win a $10.00 shop credit!

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Now head over to Jody’s blog for her fun layout and don’t forget to leave your comments on all the blogs for a chance to win a second $10 shop credit this month!  Enjoy!!

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Scrap It Off!! Design Team Reveal & Anniversary Blog Hop

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Hello everyone and welcome to the SpiegelMom Scraps SCRAP IT OFF Anniversary & Design Team reveal blog hop!  We are incredibly excited that you’re joining us today!  For the SMS 6 year anniversary we are revealing the new 2016-17 Sparklers Design Team, three special sequin mixes, a FREE cut file designed by Guest Designer Khristina Sorge (insert scream here!) and prizes! Just right click on the PNG below and save it to your computer for your personal use!

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First, I’d like to thank my current Sparklers whose term is ending July 31st. Sarah, Laura, Yuliya, Lea, Anna and Katty.  You ladies have been so fabulous to work with and I’ve appreciated all your beautiful design work for SpiegelMom Scraps!  Hugs to you all!!  In honor of my design teams, I’ve put together three special sequins blends just for this occasion!!  Please welcome..

Now, introducing the 2016-2017 Sparklers!!  This time the team is split into your “Blog Squad” and “YouTube Squad” for double the inspiration!  You’ll get see who’s in what ‘squad’ during the first blog hop August 1st, so mark your planners peeps!

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And now, here’s our entire line up for today’s hop!

SpiegelMom Scraps

Jody  

Katty Miranda

Sara Scraps

Claudia van Rooijen

Laura Rumble 

Rachel Stewart 

Hannah Lemieux

Beth Soler

Christy Harriman

Lea Biccelli

Felicia Young

Khristina Sorge

Evi Cortes

Anna Sigga

Tiffani Nelson

Crafty Meggy

Sarah McClellan

Lisa Kingston

Thank you for spending your time with us today! We’d love for you be in the running for the prizes that we are giving away on this blog hop, so be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered! You have through July 31st to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event. Easy Peasy!

** Bonus!!!  You can play with the FREE cut file today through August 31st and link up your project at the end of this post to be entered to win another fabulous prize!!  You’ll get to design your own FREE cut file with Khristina Sorge and choose 5 sequin mixes from the shop!! 

Now, you’ll be heading over to Jody’s blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to comment on all the blogs to be entered to win!!  There are amazing prizes including the entire Star Shine collection from Shimelle, an EZ Runner Grand and refill from Scrapbook Adhesives, a bunch of Shimmerz Paints and more!

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Stamping INTO Mixed Media Technique 

Hi everyone! Jody here & I’m so excited to be back today for another guest post! I ssoooo love my Sparklers Design Team but I really miss blogging and creating more layouts on a regular basis.  I think I need another “ME” so I can divide up some more of this small business behind the scenes stuff!!  Anyone out there that can help with that LOL!!!

Anyway, today I’m sharing a technique I’ve haven’t done in awhile but I always LOVE the results.  I began with this lovely green diagonal stripe paper from the Pink Pasilee Fancy Free Collection and this beautiful FREE cut file over at Hip Kit Scrapbook Club.  You just sign up for a free member account and you’ll have access to their free files!!  So awesome!!

Ok so, for this technique I spread some type of mixed media (gesso, texture paste, acrylic paints or Shimmerz Dazzlerz) onto an area of my layout and use a fun stamp to press right into the wet media (Dazzlerz, etc).  This creates some awesome texture, or even a title.  I used the Spun Sugar Dazzlerz and two different stamps, Amy Tangerine “Happy Place” and a small Stampin Up! stamp circle stamp.  I also did a little bit of simple stitching on my layout to show the butterfly’s flight path 🙂

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When the layout is angled more, the light really plays with the Shimmerz Paints Dazzlerz and creates this beautiful effect!  It shines and reveals a really cool, almost hidden, phrase in the Dazzlerz.

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You’ll also notice that there are sequins behind that stunning butterfly cut file from Hip Kit Club.  To create this huge sequins shaker pocket I trimmed a piece of vellum & a piece of Fancy Free paper to the same shape as the butterfly.  I carefully glued the vellum directly onto the backside of the cut file.  After it was dry, I laid the butterfly with the front side facing down onto my workbench and spread some glue randomly over small areas of the vellum.  The backside of the cut file/vellum wasn’t covered in glue, but there were several small areas of wet glue spaced out which where going to hold onto a bunch of loose sequins I was about to pour over my butterfly!  After pouring my desired amount of a sequins onto the butterfly (Spring Blooms, Gold Stardust & Gold Sweatheart Sequins), I sealed up the huge butterfly shaker with the piece of Fancy Free paper and allowed it to dry completely before adhering it to my layout.  I layered it up with those stunning black Thicker words from Amy Tangerine.

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To add a little more interest to my fussy cut flowers and leaves, I folded the leaved down the middle and added few lines with a black Sharpe marker.   I also added the date of the photo using the lines in the Fancy Free paper.

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I finished the layout off with the Simple Stories alpha stickers from last summer, which I’ve been hoarding in my sticker stash!  I just love love love those wood grain alphas!!

Thank you so much for spending your time here today!  If you’re interested in any of the products used today, they are lined in the blog post.  Be sure to find a Sparklers DT girl’s discount code here or on Instagram before you check out too!

See you next week!

Jody