Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week #43 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

Here is my single page protector layout for dates Monday, October 20th through Sunday, October 29th:
Week #43 ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout (Complete)
Mixed Media Title Card for Week #43
Parent Thank You Note & Hand Drawn Picture
of Kevin From One the Students in His
2nd & 3rd Grade Class at Church
Sleepover Pictures
"I Love Fall"
Nat's Headshot
Baby Shower Pictures
The Leaves on the Tree Outside Our House
Nia's Headshot
Enjoy the rest of your week!

XOXO, Shelley

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Grunge & Glam Boutique is now "OPEN"!

The Grunge & Glam Boutique is my new on-line shop for "Creative Geeks" who have a passion for art, scrapbooking & planning. Although vintage chic, upcycled, & repurposed studio organization & storage is my specialty, I will also carry brand new art supplies, hip paper goods, fun planner accessories, & funky artwork.

Please remember that the majority of these items are unique, vintage, upcycled, or repurposed items that I have found on my local, vintage shopping excursions. If you see something you like, you may want to grab it. Chances are, it may or may not be there should you decide to try again later. In the upcoming weeks, I will update my shop with all kinds of holiday organization & storage pieces. So, please visit regularly.

You can check out all of my current goodies HERE or click the "Visit My Shop!" link under my profile photo (on the right).

THANKS for all of your love & support! I look forward to serving you 'with excellence"!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Filofax/Planner Layout Using Unique Laser Design's "Days of the Week" Embellishments!

I asked Shilo, owner of Unique Laser Designs, if she could make some cursive "days of the week" embellishments for my Filofax & pocket scrapbooking album. She totally NAILED IT with these delicious chipboard yummies!
Unique Laser Designs Cursive  "Days of the Week" Chipboard Embellishments

I couldn't wait to test drive these embellies in my planner. Here is what they look like in my Week #43 Filofax layout:
Week #43 Filofax Layout
Week #43 (Left)
Week #43 (Right)
Unique Laser Design's "Days of the Week"
Chipboard Embellishments
Unique Laser Design's "Fabulous"
Chipboard Embellishment
Left Side Close-up
Right Side Close-up

Check out these & other fabulous mixed media embellishments at Unique Laser Designs!

Happy planning everyone,

Friday, October 24, 2014

Featured Fav Friday ~ Week #42 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout Featuring Pink Bow Ties "Social Media" Stamp Set!

Lameka (Owner of Pink Bow Ties) & I met for the very first time at our local Michaels' Arts & Crafts store almost a year and a half ago. We began to fight over the last Becky Higgins "5th & Frolic" Project Life Core Kit :D! During the course of our conversation, she asked me if I was on Instagram. I wasn't at the time. In a matter of 5 minutes, she convinced me to begin posting my scrappy work on IG. We exchanged information and later that week, Lameka became my very FIRST IG 'follower'. She has been one of my BIGGEST cheerleaders & I am honored to feature her Pink Bow Ties "Social Media" stamp set today on my blog.

Pink Bow Ties "Social Media" Stamp Set
LOVE all of the #Hashtags!!!
Here is my Week #42 single page protector layout:
Week #42 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout (COMPLETE)!
I created this journal card pocket to house all of the ephemera I collected from my "rest & relaxation" stay at The Hilton Garden Inn in Washington, DC a couple of weeks ago. My hotel parking ticket, hotel room key, & journal notes are sweet reminders of my getaway.
4x6 Journal Card Pocket with Hotel Stay Ephemera.
Used the Pink Bow Ties #blessed stamp to add color to my
music notes journal card.

3x4 Journal Card with My New Workspace Desk Transformation Notes 
Paint Swatch! Used the Pink Bow Ties #craftygirl stamp 
on my hidden journal card notes.

Used the Pink Bow Ties #instagrammed stamp as a border around
the edge 
of this 3x4 journal card.

This Pink Bow Ties #thisreallyhappened  stamp was the PERFECT 
sentiment to document this picture of Christian hip~hop artists, SOCIAL CLUB.
Used the Pink Bow Ties #foodie stamp on my 
Georgetown Cupcake journal card. YUMMY! :D

Used the Pink Bow Ties #lovethis as a border on my 
new workspace desk journal card.
(Sorry about the missing "r" in Workspace! ;D)

Used the Pink Bow Ties #lifeunscripted stamp to compliment the
same sentiment stamp on my 3x4 workspace desk notes journal card.
I must say, the size of this stamp set is "SO REFRESHING"! Most of the stamp sets I have in my stash are all the same size. I love it when somebody comes up with something different. It just gives me more creative options!

Please check out Pink Bow Ties!

Pink Bow Ties
Web: Facebook: Instagram: pinkbowties2014.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Smooches, Shelley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"How I Roll" ~ "Pocket Scrapbooking Kit Organization & Storage"!

I completed my very first blog series. YAY! "Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101 was all about "THE BASICS". Now, I am SUPER THRILLED about sharing MY personal strategies & approach to memory making. It's "HOW I ROLL"!

Last week in my "Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101-8 "The Beauty of Scrapbooking Kit Clubs", I featured my October Gossamer Blue Main Scrapbook kit & the benefits of receiving a different collection of pocket scrapbooking goodies each month. Today, I want to share how I break down my Gossamer Blue kits for easy organization & storage.

But, before we jump in, I want to pass along some wisdom I have gained over the past year and a half during my pocket scrapbooking journey. I pray that these 'lessons learned' will help you to better understand my creative decision making processes & also help prevent you from falling into some of the 'scrappy traps' that so easily ensnare many of us. 

Collecting mass amounts of scrapbooking supplies is not a personal goal of mine. Although I am not perfect, I strive to be a good steward in my love for creativity. This is why I make it my strategy, EVERY MONTH, to use ALL of the contents from my monthly scrapbooking kitsI can honestly say that I come close every month. This one simple strategy helps me:
  • Keep a Low Inventory ~ I spend less time managing & organizing my supplies and more time "CREATING", which is where I find the most joy.
  • Save Money $$$$ ~ Keeps me from overbuying, buying just because something is 'on sale', buying dupes, and/or buying with no plan of ever using the supplies.
  • Know My Stash ~ I believe my layouts are better & I use more of my stash when I actually remember items I have 'on hand' that coordinate perfectly with my current kit.
  • Have Peace of Mind ~ The larger my stash is, the more stress & pressure I experience until I actually use what I already have.
With this strategy in mind, it is CRUCIAL that I store my monthly scrapbooking kits in a way that allows me to 1) visualize all of the items regularly & 2) access the kit contents easily.

About a month ago, I found these super cute metal storage containers with cork lining at Target. I use them to house all of my Gossamer Blue kit goodies each month.

Metal Storage Containers from Target
Each Gossamer Blue Main Scrapbook kit arrives in a protective bag inside of the USPS Priority Shipping box.
October Gossamer Blue Main Scrapbook Kit
First, I start by cutting all of my 12x12 patterned scrapbooking paper & colored cardstock down to 4x6 journal cards with my Fiskars paper trimmer. 
October Gossamer Blue
12x12 Patterned Scrapbooking Paper &
Colored Cardstock
All the 12x12 Scrapbooking Paper & Cardstock
Cut into 4x6 Journal Cards
Second, I take all of the kit embellishments out of the packaging and place them in the bottom of the smaller metal organizer.
Flair Badges, Puffy Stickers and Wood Veener
Stored Inside the Smaller Organizer
I place packages of ephemera inside my beautiful Anthropologie latte bowls for an easy rummage & grab.
Charcoal Anthropologie Bowl with
Teresa Collins Ephemera
Third, I place all of my printable digital die cut sheets, alphas, sticker sheets & rub ons at the bottom of the larger organizer.
Large Organizer with the Digicuts,
Sticker Sheet, Alphas, & Rub Ons
Finally, I place the smaller organizer, bowl of ephemera, 4x6 journal cards, & stamp set inside the larger organizer. And, VIOLA'!!! Everything is neatly organized for maximum utilization.
My Organized
October Gossamer Blue
Main Scrapbook Kit
Happy scrapping everyone! See ya next time!

XOXO, Shelley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101:9 "Got Pocket Scrapbooking Tools?"

Today, I am wrapping up my "Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101 Series with my "Top 10 Favorite Pocket Scrapbooking Tools". It was quite an interesting exercise narrowing my "FAVS" down to only ten tools. Nevertheless, I am pleased with the final list!

So, without further ado & in no particular order, here are the final contestants:
  1. Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer
  2. Tim Holtz Kushgrip Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors
  3. Teresa Collins Xyron
  4. Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
  5. UHU Glue Stick
  6. Recollections Acrylic Blocks
  7. Black Ranger Archival Ink
  8. Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp
  9. Black Uni~Ball Signo Pen (Broad)
  10. Black Uni~Ball Signo Pen (207)

"CUTTING" Tools 

I use this Fiskars paper cutter to trim all of my 12x12 paper down to 4x6 journal cards.
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer

These Tim Holtz scissors are "THE BEST" scrapbooking scissors on the market!
Tim Holtz Scissors Kushgrip Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors

"Attachers & Adhesives"

The Xyron machine allows you to turn any die cut shape into a sticker within seconds. Tim Holtz's tiny attacher is a wonderful way to not only attach several paper layers together, it's mini staples also add a nice, "hardware touch" to any layout. UHU glue is most commonly used in mixed media collage. It is well known for it's outstanding performance in humid climates.
Teresa Collins Xyron Sticker Maker
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
UHU Gluestick

"Stamping" Tools"

Use archival ink when adding dates to your journal cards because the ink is permanent and doesn't fade over time. Recollections acrylic blocks are sold in a variety of sizes & shapes and are used as a mount for clear stamps. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Heidi Swapp's new roller date stamp. It's the only roller date stamp in my collection (see previous post "Diaries of a Junk Girl (10.10.14) ~ Vintage Roller Date Stamp Storage & Organization"with "CURSIVE" months of the year.
Ranger Archilval Ink Pad
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp
Recollections Acrylic Block

"Journaling & Doodling Pens"

Black Uni~ball Signo Pens (both 207 & broad) are quickly becoming a journaling pen "FAVORITE" among pocket scrapbookers & art journalers alike. These pens consistently provide even strokes of ink without skipping, even on the toughest of mediums. I enjoy using the finer 207 style Uni-Ball Signo for journaling. The Uni-ball Signo "broad" is great for doodling.
Uni-Ball Black Signo (207 & Broad) Pens



I found this super cute galvanized bin at one of my favorite local vintage boutiques. It houses all of my pocket scrapbooking tools PERFECTLY!
Vintage Galvanized 12x4 Storage Tray for My Pocket Scrapbooking Tools
Portable Pocket Scrapbooking Tools Storage & Organization

I pray that you have enjoyed this pocket scrapbooking series. Stay tuned for my upcoming December Daily Series!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mixed Media Ephemera Tutorial Using Unique Laser Design's Daisies Wood Embellishments!

Mixed media ephemera is a wonderful way to leverage your own artwork in your planner, art journal, and/or mail art. These "POPS" of color are not only fun to make, they also add interest & texture to any project. 

For this ephemera, I wanted to use a fall/autumn color pallette. However, I didn't want to use strictly traditional fall colors. So, I headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration. This fall/autumn color pallette below struck me immediately! I just love the untraditional aqua, purple, & gray/taupe coupled with the more traditional maroon, orange, & brown.

Grab your Gelli plate (Note: The back of a clear cutting board works GREAT if you don't have a Gelli plate) and acrylic paint from your stash to match our selected fall/autumn color pallete! Let's get this party started:

Add several random drops of the lavender
 & aqua paint to your Gelli plate.

Use a brayer or an old credit card/gift card
 to GENTLY blend the acrylic paint across 
the surface of your Gelli plate. 
Place several leaves 
on top of the acrylic paint to create
 natural printmaking stencils.
Place a piece of mixed media paper on top 
of the acrylic paint & leaves. Use your brayer 
or fingers to press the mixed media paper 
on top of the leaves
& acrylic paint. Be sure to press FIRMLY 
and cover the ENTIRE piece of paper.

Printmaking using acrylic paint & leaves.

Use Heidi Swapp Tinsel 
Color Shine and 
your favorite leaf stencil to
create spray ink prints. This super cute
hot glue stencil was a gift from a friend.
Printmaking using Heidi Swapp 
Color Shine & a homemade
 hot glue stencil.

Select several collage pieces from your 
stash that match the fall color pallete.
I have selected a printed napkin, 
paint swatches, vintage music sheet,
 & textured cardstock.

Adhere random bits of your collage 
pieces to your background with 
Uhu glue or matte medium.

Use archival ink and a script stamp set
 to randomly add another layer of
 color to your background.

Paint gesso around the edges of the 
collage pieces to give your background 
a more cohesive look.

Randomly add bits of coordinating 
washi tape to the background.

Use orange acrylic paint and bubble wrap
to add another layer of
color & texture to your background.

Randomly add more bits of washi tape 
to the background.

Randomly stamp PARTIAL flowers all 
over the background using black 
archival ink. I used this floral background 
stamp by Dylusions.

Add details to the bubble wrap print by
 outlining the circles with a black 
Inktense pencil & white Uni-ball Signo pen.

Randomly add groups of outlined black 
dots to your background using a Black Pitt Pen
 marker & black Uni-ball Signo pen.

Brush the entire background surface 
with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray Ink.

Randomly 'flick" aqua acrylic paint all over 
the background with a toothbrush.

Use a punch or die cutting
machine to create shapes in your 
completed mixed media background. 
I used a 2" inch circle punch.

Distress the edges of all the circles 
with black archival ink.

Adhere Unique Laser Design's wood daisies 
to the punched circles with hot glue.

Adhere a rhinestone 'blingie' to the 
ULD wood daisies with hot glue and outline 
the flowers with a black Uni-ball Signo pen.

Each piece of mixed media ephemera is UNIQUE!!!

Add these yummy bits to your art journal layout, 
planner, and/or mail art.
I hope you enjoyed this mixed media ephemera tutorial! See ya next time!