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Scrappy Weekend Layouts

I had the pleasure of an entire weekend with my very dear friend Brenda, scrapping, shopping, eating and giggling it was lovely and I have to say fairly productive!

I did two styles of scrapping; I pulled a ton of old unfinished pages out from classes past and went to work getting them filled with photos, journaling.  Some were still in pieces so got adjusted quite a bit some just got photos here are a few of those:

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Brenda and I took a class that was all about design that weekend, what we didn’t know was that it was a beginners class so we decided to stick it out for the kit and play in the class.  Yes that was us pulling out all of our equipment while others were quietly writing notes 🙂

The layouts that were designed for the class sadly were actually fairly poor BUT the packet of info included other examples of work people had created with the papers so we whispered back and forth and figured out these layouts, I really love them!

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Of course then there were a few that got designed from scratch always fun.

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This is a sampling but gives you a good idea of how busy we kept ourselves.  We really did have a wonderful time.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful friend!

Happy Wednesday and Halloween’s Eve!

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October Haiku #2

Our photo challenge this month at Get it Scrapped turned into a photo/poetry challenge this month.  Doris challenged us to take 4 photos and write 4 haiku poems to go along with them.  She provided us with some information and inspiration HERE if you would like to play along 🙂  In the meantime here is my second attempt!


glorious red

canopy overhead

Mother Natures masterpiece

I will be sharing some scrappy photos from my weekend later this week so stay tuned.

Happy Monday!

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October Haiku #1

Instead of a full month of photo-a-day challenges for October Doris challenged us to do 4 photos and to write a Haiku to accompany each.  She left wonderful links to some of her poems and an article about writing Haiku poems in the Get It Scrapped forums, if you want to see and/or join in check HERE

This is my first one for this month 🙂


kissed by Autumn

tips on fire

crispness closing in

Happy Wednesday!

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I have another layout up at Get It Scrapped today.  The inspiration is “Selfies” the fun trend of taking photos of yourself.  Those of uswho are the memory keepers and photograpers in our families are often missing in the photos so it is a nice trend to catch yourself on occasion.  Here is my layout:

SelfiesI’m a Gonzo by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock and letters; American Crafts, watercolor paper; Strathmore, pearls; Prima and Want 2 Scrap, ink; Copic; color on photos; Prismacolor, background color; Gelatos by Faber Castell, trims and tag; unknown

I had a great time creating this background with my new found medium Gelatos by Faber Castell.  Here is how I created it:

Step #1 – On heavy water color paper I used a white crayon, just a regular Crayola crayon, and wrote words all over the page.

Step #2 – I used 3 shades of Gelatos to color over the entire page lightly.

Step #3 – I used  a brush and water to go over the entire page.  I cleaned the brush regularly, I wanted the colors to blend but not mix completely.

Step #4 – I let my paper dry, distressed the edges, adhered it to a navy cardstock and added all my elements on top to finish my layout.

I also printed my images on matte photo paper so I could hand color my eyes.  I used Prismacolor colored pencils to do the coloring here.

Thanks for stopping by, I will have another busy blog week this week so stop back by! Oh!  And HERE is a link to the fun article at Get It Scrapped!

Happy Tuesday!

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Media onto Layouts – Gelatos

I am starting a new series of tutorials over at Get It Scrapped!  It is all about how to use different mediums on your layouts.  I am going to do one tutorial a month and cover a wide range of materials.  This month I am taking a look at Faber Castell Gelatos and using them as water colors.  Next month we will stick with Gelatos and explore some of the other things they can do.

You can see the steps I have used to create a water color look on my layouts HERE and here is the layout I created using one of the water color techniques I talk about in the tutorial:

10  North Shore by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock and twine; American Crafts, die cut, patterned paper and sticker letters; SEI, flowers; Gueen and CO., Stickles; Ranger, Gelatos; Faber Castell

Some of my Creative Team members at Get It Scrapped contributed their art work as well.  Both  Christy Strickler and Marcia Fortunato created beautiful layouts using Gelatos, thank you ladies for sharing your work!  Please check the tutorial to see their wonderful layouts HERE