Wishlist Fridays | Etsy Scrapbooking Flair

Fridays on Go Crafty alternate between Pinspiration Fridays and Wishlist Fridays. Wishlist Fridays showcase some scrapbook or crafty products that I’m currently coveting. If you want to buy them for me, I wouldn’t be opposed. I’ll try to keep it craft related, but I love food so food could always make an appearance.

I didn’t even know what ‘flair’ was until recently. I don’t know if it’s been around for a while, but I’ve been seeing it pop up all love Project Life spreads. I don’t think it’s PL specific as it’s not actually sold as a PL product, but it’s been appearing in all the PL spreads I’ve been seeing online lately. I always thought flair was the same as pin (thank you, Office Space), but it seems like flair is the official name. A bunch of the sellers give you an option for a pin on the back of the flair or a flat back. Obviously the flat back would be the best for paper projects :-D. I would love to get my hands on some flair and use it to embellish my own scrapbook pages.

Here’s some flair I’ve found on etsy that looks just great. (Images link to site)

I heart my state flair from Aflairforbuttons on Etsy

I’ll take this set in the state of Illinois, please!

Take a Picture 2 Flair from AFlairforButtons on Etsy

Days of the Week Flair from APieceofCakeDesigns on Etsy

Words to live by i Flair by AFlairforbuttons on Etsy

Krafty 2 by AFlairforbuttons on etsy

Hello Week Flair by LifeinBitsandPieces on Etsy

Talk Bubble Flair by PandaEightDesigns on Etsy

Scrapbooker 1 Flair by Aflairforbuttons on etsy

I think this is a really cool trend. I’d love to jump on board :-D.

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Abby’s Christening

After being invited to a friend’s baby’s Christening, I left thee invitation on our fridge for a few weeks. It was super cute so I was okay with that. When I did finally take it down, you know it didn’t go in the trash. Like any good scrapbooker, it sat in my 2013-to-scrap pile until I finally got around to putting it in the 2013 book.

I went with a soft pink paper to match the invitation perfectly, and then found a Lori Whitlock sticker that matched the colors just as much as the paper did. I inked the edges of the mats with pink ink because I wanted to fit as much pink as possible on to this page.

I switched to purple paper to make the title pop, but still backed it with pink paper.

I thought the page needed a little something extra, so I added some pastel translucent heart stickers all over the page.

Tag by K&COMPANY, mat paper is Wasau Textured Cardstock, stickers by Stickapotamus, background pink Cardstock was a gift, title made with SCAL and my Cricut, purple paper by Mambi. Long flower sticker by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park.

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Archer Live

Back in April, Tab and I attended Archer Live! in the city. If you’re a fan of the animated show, go see the Live version with the cast doing readings and trivia. It was awesome, and just about the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

Since we couldn’t take photos during the show, I only had one of the stage. It’s a a bit blurry, but I still wanted to include it. I took two photos outside the theater, one after work and one right before the show. That worked out because in one the lights are turned on, and in the other they’re not so there’s a little bit of contrast.

I chose the background paper from the Rockstar stack because it looked like it matched the lights of the theater a bit.

Even though the ticket stub was one of those plain inkjet paper print-at-home ones, I still included it. I miss the good old days with real ticket stubs ;-).

If I could have, I would’ve done the whole title in those sparkly letters, but I didn’t have enough stickers so I jut used them for the last half. The letter stickers for ‘Archer’ were actually from the Target dollar bin, and surprisingly good quality.

I did all my journaling on the computer, because I knew I had a lot to say and handwriting would’ve take up too much space. The journaling card was a free download by Just Jamiee, but I changed the size of it myself.

Lastly, I printed off a tiny Archer meme to add in because I couldn’t help myself ;-). I actually thought the paw was done before that, but then I thought it would be hilarious to add that it.

Lana…Lana…Lannnnaaaaaa!

Oh man, I love that show.

Sorry about the blurring, I don’t know anything about ticket stubs, so I wasn’t sure if any of those numbers corresponded with the credit card we used to buy them.

Paper is DCWV’S Rockstar stack, mat paper is Making Memories Autumn Splendor, journaling card free download from here, letter stickers (for “archer”) were from the Target dollar bin, and blue letter stickers are really old but purchased from JoAnn’s.

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A Summer Haircut for Pancakes

Obviously, Pancakes the Bichon needs regular haircuts to keep her looking adorable ;-). I always smile when I pick her up from the groomers because she can look so goofy with short hair. During the summer though, I’d rather her look goofy than feel hot so we have the groomer shave her pretty close to keep her cool and to give us the most time between haircuts.

I took one photo of her as soon as we got home, and she blinked, but it really looked like she was smiling (crazy dog person over her, obvs), so I fell in love with the photo. I snapped a few other photos and that became my page.

Without any more dog paper (although, I did buy some this past weekend after I did that page!), I looked for some ‘summer colored’ pages and settled with some I had nabbed from Target’s dollar bin.

I cut the title out, and pasted it on top of some scrap paper strips to make sure it was readable. I traced around them with a thin Sharpie as well.

I had some great journaling stickers in my stash (that I had accidentally forgot about. HA!), and they provided a great spot for journaling and for the date. Using a sticker for the date is different than my normal date stamp, so the change was neat. I have to keep that in mind for the future.

Remarks journaling stickers by American Crafts, two stickers by Me & My Big Ideas, background and mat paper from Target dollar bin. Title made with SCAL and my Cricut. Green strips of paper by Me & My Big Ideas.

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Pinspiration Fridays | Scrapbook Sketches

Fridays on Go Crafty alternate between Pinspiration Fridays and Wishlist Fridays. Pinspiration Fridays celebrate my Pinterest-loving heart. Every other Friday, I share some themed inspiration that comes from Pinterest. I will try to keep it craft related, but there’s a chance it could be food related. Mostly because I love food.

I know that using sketches to create scrapbook pages is probably old hat for most scrapbookers. The funny thing is, is that I’ve never tried to use them. So silly, right? Especially with all the great layouts that have been around the web lately. I decided that I’m going to make a legit effort in the future to try using sketches in my layouts – at least for a few of them anyway :-D.

Here’s a few of my favorite sketches that have popped up on my Pinterest feed lately. (Images link to the pin.)

Pinned by @simplydreaming

pinned by @mommado2011

pinned by @mommado2011

pinned by @mommado2011

Throwback Thursday | Christmas Party

Throwback Thursdays are celebrated on Go Crafty with a scrapbook page made by Maddie back in junior high or high school. There is a large chance that they will all be very embarrassing (in both layout and content).

How important is readability when it come to page titles? Oh, not very important? Well, that’s good because you can barely read it here!

Luckily, the WordArt software I had (and loved) back in High school added some Christmas trees behind the letters. That’s got to be good, right? And that thin cheap, ink-jet paper its printed on? Also good.

I will say one thing, though. I really love the paper from the first page in the spread. It’s nice to see a holiday paper without the traditional fire-engine-red and kelly-green colors. These are much better.

And, I’m giving myself some points for the second page’s colors matching the first. That i not something I did back in the day (although it’s really too bad I didn’t). Again, no journaling or dates. Still wish I could change that.

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Little Bichon, Big World

Obviously I’m obsessed with my dog. Her photo is on the main page of the site, I’m always talking about her, and her pictures pop up in blog posts again and again. (If you want to see more, check my Instagram feed in the side bar, she’s adorable).

So considering my obsession, it should not be a surprise that one day I decided to put Pancakes in my bicycle basket and ride around. I know, I know, it’s a great and an adorable idea.

I originally had no plans to scrap this, but I had the photos and I thought it would be fun to remember. I find that more & more I take photos without a purpose (thank you, iPhone), but it’s nice to have them and then have the option to scrap late if I want.

Naturally, I chose paper with hearts all over it because I love my dog and she’s adorable. Cheesy, but I love it. Since the two photos didn’t take up the whole page, I cut out a big bicycle to fill the space.

Although, I was going to do “Bichon and Bike” for a title, I just decided I was going to stick with the cutesy theme and make it even more cute. What’s cuter than “Little Bichon, Big World”? I know, I’m impossible ;-). Oh how I love my little dog!

Heart paper by American Crafts (Everyday set), and brown and green paper by s.e.i. (Addison set), date stamp from Amazon, journaling transparency from Oriental Trading, sticker by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park. Title created with SCAL and my Cricut.

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Little Chair

I get it, I get it, I’m a crazy dog person. But, seriously, look at these photos. They’re so cute! How could I not put them in my scrapbook?

During the summer, my sister and a garage sale and my mom’s friend added a few of her own items. No one bought this child size chair, so it was left at the end of the day. Naturally, Pancakes, the world’s cutest Bichon, took a liking to it so I brought it home with me.

I don’t know why I thought it was so funny, but the iea of a dog in a dog-sized (or child’s size) chair was just hilarious. Pancakes looked so funny sitting like people and being adorable. I was texting photos to pretty much everyone I know. Because, I mean really. Look at the photos, you’ll see what I mean.

Oh and ten points for Recollections, Talk about the cutest dog paper ever! It’s been hard to find animal-themed paper that isn’t just paw prints so I love it!

I thought the title was a little hard to read, so as per usual, I outlined the letters with my thin black Sharpie.

Paper by Recollections, brown paper strip by s.e.i. and mat cardstock paper from Archivers. Blue letter stickers by Making Memories and letter punch outs by BasicGray.

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Sewing Projects

I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. I inherited my grandma’s sewing machine and it has just been sitting in my basement for two years waiting for me to learn. Since I’m not there yet, I head over to my mom’s house when I need sewing help.

My mom helped me make a cushion and some curtains. I snapped some photos of the process with my phone (thank goodness for iPhones) and hadn’t done anything with them. So, then I had them printed out when Shutterfly had a 101 free prints sale.

I decided to scrapbook the photos on the same spread, instead of making two separate pages for essentially the same thing. I just made sure to give each page it’s own date stamp and journaling block so that each had their own story.

And, because it was a ‘mom’ themed page, I had to include some quotes from my ‘Mom to Go’ box. K&Company sold these years ago, but mine is still nearly fully, because, lets be honest, who needs hundreds of quotes of things your mom says to you.

(And, yes, my mom bought it for me as a gift because she thought it was funny).

Just like I’ve done before, my journaling is done on a type of business/ledger paper. It’s great for journaling with all those built in lines! This paper is thin though, and it causes my thin pink Sharpie to bleed a bit. It’s wasn’t enough to bother me, but make sure you put something under it when writing so that you don’t get pen/marker on your table.

I used the same pink Sharpie to outline the inside of my title letters (while Pancakes the Bichon watched.)

Paper by Me and My Big ideas. Chipboard from Michaels. Journaling done on ledger paper, tags from K&Company‘s Mom to Go, title cut with SCAL and my Cricut.

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Wishlist Fridays | Gossamer Blue

Fridays on Go Crafty alternate between Pinspiration Fridays and Wishlist Fridays. Wishlist Fridays showcase some scrapbook or crafty products that I’m currently coveting. If you want to buy them for me, I wouldn’t be opposed. I’ll try to keep it craft related, but I love food so food could always make an appearance.

I only recently heard about the scrapbook company Gossamer Blue (recently as in like, a few days ago, but I’m all ready in love). I was reading a blog about a scrapbook layout, and the blogger had used a Gossamer Blue product and linked up to it. I followed the link and was pleasantly surprised! Tons of cute stuff!

As someone who buys nearly all her scrapbook stuff from Michael’s & Joanns (and Archiver’s when it was still around), I pretty much know all of the products in the store. Sure, I’ve looked at it all a million times, and there’s a bunch of stuff I’d like to have, but it’s really exciting to see new products I haven’t seen before! (And I also really love the colors Gossamer Blue uses in their products as well! I’m thinking about asking for a kit for Christmas!)

I don’t know much about the company, but it seems like they sell scrapbook kits that are themed. It looks like there’s one kit a month, and they seem to sell out fairly quickly.

If anyone else is interested in checking out Gossamer Blue, their website is http://www.gossamerblue.com/. (FYI – There blog is a great source of inspiration! I’ve added it to my feedly and am loving it. The blog is here if you’re interested.)

Although most are sold out, I still think they’re adorable and am excited to share the images! Here are some adorable Gossamer Blue products that I would love to have. (Images link to product page site)

September Life Pages Kit by Gossamer Blue

The color scheme of this one is amazing!!

October Life Pages Kit by Gossamer Blue

June Main Kit by Goassamer Blue

May Main Kit by Gossamer Blue

If you’re wondering what can be made with Gossamer Blue products, they have a great gallery on their site. Here’s a great layout from there.

Layout from Gossamer Blue Gallery by user Anabelle OMalley

So, yeah, lots of great products! I haven’t done much scrapbook shopping online outside of ol’ reliable Amazon, but I’m thinking I might have to start. I’m sure there’s got to be plenty of other small cute shops like Gossamer Blue. I’m going to be on the hunt for them . . . And I’m sure I see lots more Wishlist Fridays in the future! Get Ready!