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Editing poor photos at Get It Scrapped

October 12, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

I had two layouts in articles at Get It Scrapped this past week and I thought I better get caught up!  I have been frantically coloring, coloring for the new 2015 classes for Copic!  You will all love the new images and the classes that will be offered this year are going to be spectacular!

In the mean time I am still busy creating scrapbook pages for Get It Scrapped.  One is editing photos that are not that great to use on your pages.  The contributors all use different techniques to get their photos looking sharper, brighter and just better.  Some of the techniques are on their phones or on editing programs on their computers but there are some helpful tips so make sure to check them out HERE.  This is the layout that I shared:

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Chow Down by Michelle Houghton | supplies: patterned paper and bingo card; Jenni Bowlin, patterned paper; Pink Paislee, doily and blue sticker letters; Freckled Fawn, wood veneer card and orange sticker letters; Basic Grey, wood veneer lettering; Studio Calico, clouds; October Afternoon

I loved this photo of all of us gathered around the table at Disney Land, but the back lighting washed out many of the precious faces.  Using Photo Shop Elements I was able to get the faces at the back a little lighter.  You can see the exact steps I took at Get It Scrapped.  I had a great time layering all the pretty papers, doilies and embellishments on my page, lots of Jenni Bowlin kit supplies as well as Freckled Fawn.

I will have another layout to share later this week some come back for more and make sure to check out the Copic Classes that are left for the 2014 season, you have to grab them fast before they are gone, gone, gone!

Happy crafting!

Last layouts from Las Vegas Crop

September 20, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  1 Comment

Here is my last batch of pages that I am sharing.  There were a few more, 6 to be exact, 3 pocket page pieces and 3 others but figured I would spare you some of the less exciting pages.  I am ready to move on to pages about the rest of 2013 and 2014!

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You can see how all of these are sitting in my scrapbook since I was too lazy to take them back out of the sleeves for photographing.  I was pleased with how all three of these two page layouts turned out.  It is nice to get a larger group of photos laid out and feel balanced.

Next onto some Copic play and next months tutorials and layouts!  Happy weekend to you!


Tutorial at Get It Scrapped - Mono printing with a Geli Plate

Tutorial at Get It Scrapped – Mono printing with a Geli Plate

September 19, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking, Tutorials  |  No Comments

This month’s tutorial is up at Get It Scrapped.  If you were not aware I have been doing monthly tutorials all related to adding artistic techniques onto your scrapbook pages.  This month I decided to break out a gift that I had not used yet, a Geli Plate that my super duper friend Tami Taylor gave me at least a year ago.  I just touched the tip of the iceberg in the tutorial so I will be back with more advanced techniques next month if all works out.  Here is another one of the layouts I completed in the tutorial.


You can find the full article at Get It Scrapped HERE.

Here is the next round of layouts I created at last weekends crop!  I figure it is fun to share :-)

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The bottom 2 pages you will note are NOT from our Hawaii trip!  Yeah that album/mountain of photos is complete!

Happy Scrappy day and weekend to you!  I will be continuing to add more pages over the next few days and some work I am doing with Copic markers for fun!

Visual Storytelling at Get It Scrapped

September 18, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

This month Get It Scrapped is exploring Visual Storytelling.  In an article that posted Monday I shared a layout using a timeline to share a story.  I loved seeing the deferent forms of timelines as well as the different spans of time they covered.  Some reaching well back into history and others, like my own, capturing a story that only lasted a minute or so. HERE


Two Headed Sand Monster by Michelle Houghton | Suppiles: cardstock; Bazzill Swiss Dots and Colorbok, letters; Basic Grey, American Crafts and Jilly Bean Soup, ink; Sharpie, kraft bubble; Maya Road

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I think the hardest part of doing this particular layout was getting the photos the right size.  I printed them several times before getting them just the right size.  Once I got that, the page fell together very quickly, it really is a very simple design.

As I promised here are a few of the pages I completed in Las Vegas this past weekend.  I photographed several of them after they had been slid into an album so please forgive the reflection on the plastic sleeves :-)  I am not going to include the supplies, but if you want to know about anything just ask!  Many of the pages are built primarily out of Jenni Bowlin kits and Freckled Fawn kits.

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So there is the first installment, I really had so much fun!  It felt so good to be sitting near 2 dear friends, chatting, laughing (a lot), eating (a lot) and playing with paper all day!

Happy scrappy day to you!  More to come tomorrow!

Happy weekend fun!

September 15, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

Just a quick check in and then I will load up this week with art work!  I went to an super duper fun filled day crop with two of my very best friends.  Brenda Neff and I hopped on air planes and dropped in on our friend Tami Taylor in Las Vegas!  She was hosting the event and we helped her organize on Friday and then cropped all day on Saturday!


I got 20 pages done yes 20!  I am so glad I went mostly seeing Tami and Brenda but all the good food and spectacular scrapping time was pretty sublime as well.  The group includes a lot of amazing, fun, crazy scrappers and crafters.  It was truly a pleasure to be so warmly welcomed into their ranks for the weekend.

My plan is to share a few of the layouts that I completed over the next few days.  I have to say it was well worth the hour or two that I spent organizing my supplies and going through my embellishments and organizing,  most of the layouts went very quickly and although none of them are crazy fancy, most are pretty cut and paste, I do like them all.  There were none that made my teeth itch.  In fact a few are quite nice :-)  So I will photo tomorrow and then try to share a few.

In the mean time Copic is adding it’s last few locations for the 2014 season and I have updated these in my Copic class listing.  You can find the link to them all down the right side of my blog.  Easy Peasy!

Happy Scrapping and Coloring!