Friday, April 25, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash - Practical Scrappers Blog Hop {Giveaway!}

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers "Scrap Your Stash" blog hop.  You probably arrived from the blog of talented Alison Day.  Please enjoy my layout and then scroll down for a chance to win a GIVEAWAY! -- I'll also tell you where to hop to next.

This cool blog hop is all about using up our scrapbooking stash.  Which is AWESOME because I have collected enough paper to start a small store!  It's kind of neat, but also overwhelming because I want to buy all the new, cool collections.  

I am participating in the My Scraps & More April Sketchathon (so many sketches, so little time!) so today I used Sketch #8 created by Audrey Yeager.  With it was an additional challenge to use a 3x4 or 4x6 pocket-type card.  Here is my take on the sketch:

Here's the sketch:

I have been wanting to use a specific sheet of the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer collection ("Flying Kites" paper) for awhile.  I love the hearts on it, and it immediately came to mind when I saw this sketch.  I started with a base of textured white cardstock and splattered some gray paint on it.  Next I cut a large heart in Indian Corn Blue cardstock and a slightly smaller heart in vellum.  I layered them, trimmed the parts that were beyond the edge of the page, and stitched around the edges of both (leaving the trimmed side bare to include a hidden journal tag which I'll show you shortly).  

I layered my photo using some October Afternoon Sidewalks collection ("Paper Marbles" paper) and AC Amy Tan "Yes, Please" collection ("Commit" paper) as well as more ICB and white cardstock.  I distressed a couple of the pieces, and then I included a small embellishment cluster on the right bottom of the photo area.  (Presley's chubby cheeks make me smile *every* time!)

Next I fussycut some of the hearts from the Flying Kites paper to line up along the left of my photo.  I purposely left a couple of them inverted like they were in the paper, and then I stitched down the middle.

Next I cut two banners, layered them, and stitched a few times horizontally:

Finally, I created the title area using a 3x4 pocket card left over from a previous Scrapbook Circle kit.  Adding a small piece of the "Flying Kites" paper and the "Paper Marbles" paper, I stitched several times vertically along the edge and then adhered my title on top -- I stamped "forever" and cut "my girl" using my Cameo.  A few blue rhinestones were added at the end, too!

Here's my journal tag using another 3x4 pocket-type card with a pull-out tab made from bending some gray polka dot washi tape over the edge:

I hope you will share this if you were inspired by my rendition of the sketch.  :)  

I'm giving away one $15 e-gift certificate to the My Scraps & More online store!

All you have to do is:

  1. Become a new member of my blog with Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin AND
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post 

You have until Monday, April 28, 2014 at 9am CT to enter for your chance to win. International entries are welcome. I will randomly choose one lucky winner and announce it here on my blog on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Thanks so much for visiting!

Now head over to your next stop on the list, Cheryl Wegener Freet.

The full blog hop list if you'd like to start at the beginning.
Practical Scrappers 
Jennifer Haggerty
Audrey Yeager
Lee-Anne Thornton
Suzanna Lee

Monica Bradford
Brenda Ragsdale:
Nicole Laha
Susie Bentz
Wendy Coffman:
Erin Morehouse:
Bobbi Smith:
Wendi Robinson:
Lisa Peeples:
Alison Day:

***YOU ARE HERE*** Majken Pullin:  ***YOU ARE HERE***

Cheryl Wegener Freet
Laura Cox:
Christine Meyer:
Kerri Yarus:


  1. Love the soft colors and the cute photo! I am now a follower on Bloglovin :)

  2. Such a sweet layout! Love the pastels along with the distressed paper edges and the sewing!

  3. super cute page, love the stitching and hearts!! sooo soft and pretty!!! started following ya on bloglovin :)

  4. Oh my goodness this is just adorable! What a sweet photo and those stitched hearts are fabulous! New follower on bloglovin'!

  5. Love your journaling card and all the cute little embellishments. Those hearts are so fun and the stitching adds wonderful texture.
    I am following on BlogLovin'!

  6. So cute--I like the colors, the hearts and the stitching.
    I follow with bloglovin.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  7. Sweet and simple! Great details! Love the stitching.
    Just joined!

  8. Beautiful layout. Love the sketch you used. I follow you on bloglovin.

  9. I am a new follower on your blog and really love your layout! I think the big heart behind your photo looks great with all the smaller hearts! :)


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