Fabric fringe

Another of Shimelle’s challenges for NSD2016 was to use fabric on a page. I went with some fringe (in a fabric I might not have chosen but is what I had on hand). It mimics the story about my daughter dying her hair with Kool-Aid. Inspired by the fabric I added in other textile type elements with lace ribbon, twine, buttons and (paper) doilies.

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Cardstock by DCWV. Word tags by Shimelle True Stories. All else are random older supplies from my stash.

Painted background

When I saw that Shimelle and SCT Magazine both had painted/messy background challenges I knew right away what I wanted to work on.

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I used Tim Holtz distress stains to add “photo mats” to my images and messy splatters. I used a strip of pattern paper to draw the color inspiration from. Some colorful bling and titling and the page is quick and easy!

Masculine travel page

I’ve got photos of a vacation we took to California. I’m putting these pages in each of my kids albums. So I have similar photos that are being scrapped in differing styles. This one goes in my then-16 year old son’s album. While I don’t believe that guys automatically shun flowers and sparkle, it is true that my son tends to the simpler, less flashy elements. So for this I can stay with a traditional “masculine” style. Honestly scrapbooking really doesn’t hold any interest for him so I could sticker sneeze on it and he wouldn’t care. However, perhaps someday these albums will mean something to him, or perhaps to someone else he loves, and so I continue.

Elements for this page were inspired by

  1. Shimelle’s repeating stamps challenge
  2. and of course the SCT’s 3pm challenge of going masculine

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For the repeat stamping, I did cut out stamped elements (the globe) but I went a little further. I used the text, which is a separate stamp, from each globe and repeat stamped that directly on each photo. I liked the texture it added to the photo.

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All supplies are from the Shimelle True Stories collection.

Try stamping straight on your photos (as long as they aren’t one-and-onlys).

Bubble Bath

Ready to giggle? I couldn’t help laughing when I went to check on my daughter in the bath one night. And this is what I found she had been up to…

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She’d gotten can of shaving cream lathered into a wild froth and created a lovely harido. A harido with a side of attitude.

I had two inspirations for this page.


  1. Shimelle’s repeat a shape challenge
  2. DCWV’s May stack challenge. Here is their sketch to draw from…

I took the circle elements of the sketch as inspiration as to add lots of circle layers to create bubbles. Heat embossed and watercolored bubbles, topped off with DCWV vellum circles and a couple of circles punched from pattern paper. (My DCWV paper stack this time around was the 8.5×11 Textiles stack.) Here is what all those repeated circle layers look like up close.

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If you are afraid to add watercolor to your pages, this is a simple way to keep it easy and contained. Heat emboss a shape and watercolor inside the lines! I have to admit that I did have bleeding underneath the embossing my first try. But I tried again and blotted up the really wet watercolor paint right away and gave it a bit of heat from the heat gun and that controlled the leakage. Add in some spatter and any uncontrolled leak looks intentional!

Go try some layers and some watercoloring!


When my middle kid came down with a nasty cold that left her sleeping for days on end, she missed the first (and only!) snow of the season. She was so bummed. I knew I had to capture that on a layout. So, that is the first page I worked on this NSD2016.

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Two challenges fit the bill for this layout.

  1. Shimelle’s weekly challenge of using arrows
  2. SCT’s 2pm challenge of using “directional” elements

For this layout I used Shimelle papers, date stamp and Thicker letters. I threw in some DCWV glitzy paper, random vellum and small alpha stickers. I pulled out older wood veneer arrows and used them to add flow to the journaling.

National Scrapbook Day 2016

Whose favorite holiday happened this weekend? Mine! What? Yours too you say? Well awesome!

NSD is a time when I find lots of inspiration and I prioritize time to work on this craft that I love. I felt particularly productive this time around. I’m hoping I can still get more in, because even though the day is over, the inspiration is still rolling around in my head. Here is a sneak peek of all the projects I worked on yesterday.

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I played along with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine’s NSD challenges, challenges at Shimelle.com (starting here), and DCWV‘s May Stack-a-holic challenge. Some of these challenge themes even overlapped at times!

I will have individual posts for each page as I get them written up. I hope you all had a great time playing along with NSD (or will if you couldn’t be live for the event).