Friday, June 27, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.  

This month (and from here on out) we are inviting anyone who's interested in joining the stash busting hop to join us.  If you want to join us next month email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com.

Here's the Blog Hop List for today:
Practical Scrappers *You Are Here*
Audrey *Head Here Next*

Go ahead and hop on over to Audrey's blog to get started!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.  

This is the place where we are kicking off the hop!

This month (and from here on out) we are inviting anyone who's interested in joining the stash busting hop to join us.  If you want to join us next month email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com.

Here's the whole hop list for you in case you've gotten lost along the way or missed anyone!  

Thanks for starting off here - now head on over to Christine's Blog

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

That's All Folks...

All good things must come to an end.  It's a bitersweet day here at Practical Scrappers.  This is our final regular posting on the blog.  Thank you so much to all of you who have been loyal fans over the years! An especially big thank you to the hundreds of designers we have had over the last five years.  It has been beyond a blessing to work with each of you and get to know you and call you friends.  And lastly a thank you to my sidekicks for most of the journey Kerri & Erin.  I am so thankful for our years of fun together and the ways you have inspired me will not soon be forgotten! We do want you to know that we will continue to have the monthly Scrapping Our Stash blog hop with fans, friends, and former designers. As of late it was our most popular feature and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.  Look for that the last Friday of each month!  For our final posting we have a card sketch along with a few samples.



Practical Scrapper Wendi Robinson

Practical Scrapper Lissa Mitchell

Practical Scrapper Majken Pullin

We will see you again on Friday, May 30th!  If you are interested in joining in the hop as a poster let Christine know at practicalscrappers@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Layout Sketch

Today is the very last layout sketch for Practical Scrappers. Next Tuesday will be our final regular posting but we will still be hosting our Scrapping Our Stash hops each month.  A big, huge thanks to our loyal fans out there!  Today we have a few layout samples from Lissa, Majken, and Wendi to share with you!

Practical Scrapper Majken Pullin

 Practical Scrapper Wendi Robinson


Practical Scrapper Lissa Mitchell

Friday, May 2, 2014

A little Stamping Inspiration

Need a little bit of inspiration for stamping on your projects? Today we've got a card and layout to help get those creative juices flowing!
Practical Scrapper Mary Pat used Some Odd Girl Stamps on her layout


Practical Scrapper Majken Pullin created this "Cool" card using some Close To My Heart chevron and sentiment stamps.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop - April

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.  



This month (and from here on out) we are inviting anyone who's interested in joining the stash busting hop to join us.  If you want to join us next month email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com.

Here's the whole hop list for you in case you've gotten lost along the way or missed anyone!  
Practical Scrappers *** You Are Here
Jennifer Haggerty ***Head Here Next
Kerri Yarus 

Make sure to hop your way thru - lots of inspiration and lots of giveaways too!
Now head on over to Jennifer's blog for your first stop!

On Trend- Bokeh


The Bokeh effect is a fairly hot trend right now in the scrapbooking world, showing up largely in patterned papers ( in circles as well as stars, hearts and hexagons). Knowing how to achieve bokeh in your photographs is one thing...figuring out how to correctly pronounce it may be another all together. I found this informative blog post by photographer Nicholas Jones if you care to know if it should rhyme with Mocha or Okay.
Just for the record, I'm still torn- good thing it doesn't matter how it sounds when it comes to creating with it. 
Check out these projects: 

 
Practical Scrapper Erin used photos featuring Bokeh, as well as creating a bokeh effect on her paper using distress stains and large irredecsent sequins.

Practical Scrapper Majken Pullin created a bokeh effect using cut-out circles, ink spritzing, and vellum.


Practical Scrapper Wendi Robinson used bokeh patterned paper on her layout


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Art Journaling

Finally Spring has sprung, or is if you are living in a more northern climate like me, it is currently "springing". To celebrate, our journaling prompt this month was from Poet Robert Graves:

"The child alone a poet is; Spring and fairyland are his. Truth and reason show but dim, and all's poetry with him."


Practical Scrapper Bobbi Smith designed this art journal with scrapbook paper, stamps, printouts, rub-ons and paint!

 Practical Scrapper Erin Built her page using mainly ink sprays,glimmer mists,  stamps, and watercolour pens.

It's fun to see how the same quote can be interpreted with different media and style, even if the imagery and symbols are similar. 

If you've enjoyed our Art Journaling feature, and would be interested in seeing more about art journaling, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Frugal Finds: Now You See Me...Now You Don't

This month I gave the ladies the challenge using anything their hearts desire,  BUT the trick was to hide it, mask, it, transform it! I think you'll all be surprised just what you can do with some of these things...


Now you see me:

 Now you don't:
Practical Scrapper Lanette used everyday plastic shopping bags to create the truffula trees on her canvas. If you would like to see how she did it hop on over to her blog to see the details.



Practical Scrapper Laura used a magnet board display saved from heading to the trash at a local store and also some mini flair buttons that were sitting around to create a little "now you see me, now you don't" magic, to make this magnet board set.  Details on her blog.

Now you see me...
Now you see me...

Now you don't...
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Practical Scrapper Heather Sweet used the oh, so popular technique:  melting perler beads in the oven to make her own "enamel dots."  So many "enamel" dots in so many colors!  She used these to embellish some journaling cards she made for a friend's baby album.


Now you see me...

Now you don't....

Practical Scrapper Kerri altered this wok that she burnt her dinner in... so instead of throwing it away she repurposed it for a gift for a friend who loves snowmen all year round (Sorry about the bad picture- forgot to take a better one before I gave it to the friend).