Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scrapbook Generation Kit review

Hi all!

I have been horrible about keeping up with my blog because I am horrible about getting paper projects done (I have entirely too many hobbies...) but I got TWO layouts done this week!  This is the second one of pics from our cruise several years ago:

So how did I get two done - A couple months ago I came across a site called Scrapbook Generation and decided to check it out.  So glad I did!  They sell lots of scrapping supplies but they also have various monthly kit clubs you can subscribe to.  Plus you can order past kits you missed so I signed up and grabbed some older ones too.  The kits come with several layouts sketches and instructions to make them.  The kit comes with the papers and embellishments needed to make the layouts.  Talk about fast and easy!

The embellishments (for this kit anyway) were in the form of a sticker sheet - I have never been real big on stickers - possibly because I started my paper crafting with a Cricut so stickers seemed somehow "less than".

The clusters on this page are all stickers and I kinda like them!

However I can't completely abandon my Cricut of course!  So I added to the layouts.  In this one - I added the umbrella cut - the original sketch had a llama sticker here - he was cute but......

And then on this part I used this great sun cricut cut in place of one of the pictures, the arrow and circular saying are both stickers.

So what do I think of Scrapbook Generation?  So far I LOVE it!  As if perfectly timed I saw a huge debate play out in one of the scrapping FB groups I am in about kits vs. non-kits.  A number of people said kits destroy the creativity of it.  I beg to differ.  I have also avoided any sort of sticker or chipboard embellishments for YEARS because I have my Cricut - also silly of me I think.  Now maybe if I had more time it would be different but honestly - I love to buy my supplies as collections so I have a group of matching papers to pull from when scrapping.  In the past I have often spent entirely too much time trying to figure out which pages I wanted from different collections - sometimes collections would sell out before I got around to ordering!  Then I spend a second huge chunk of time going through my massive collection of sketches trying to figure out which one to use and then figuring out the sizing blah blah blah.  47 hours of planning and a few hours of actual doing and I might get a layout done.  Plus the fact that I can get 2-3 sketches done with the one set of papers means the planning on how to most efficiently use the papers is done for me.  This was easier and I would argue there is still room for creativity.  In several spots I switched the papers around and used something different that I liked better and as you saw on my last post and this one there was still room to add my own cricut touches as well.  OR if you really think it destroys creativity don't use the sketches but get the kits - papers from the same collection so you know you will have a coherent layout.  That's just common sense.  I couldn't believe people are against that!

I have not gotten out all of the kits I ordered so I could be wrong but it doesn't seem like there are any matching solid papers sent with the kits so I added some in.  Two posts ago also used some of the paper from this same kit but my own layout.  I added some solids to bulk things up a bit and could probably still get a few cards out of it too if I still made cards.  In addition the layouts all seem to be done on white background paper with no mats for the photos which I don't like so I just dig up a matching solid or two instead.  Those are the only 2 downfalls which aren't a big deal.  Needless to say I love the kits so far and look forward to using them more!  So go check them out!

Monday, July 24, 2017

BBTB2 Challenge - Water Fun

Hi all!

I hope you are all having a great summer!  As usual mine is flying by way to fast.  I had 2 of my grandsons over yesterday and I swear I can never get over how cute they are but boy do they wear me out!

I have another layout for you today for the current Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge - Water Fun.

These are pictures from the cruise we went on back in 2011.  This layout is done using my first kit from Scrapbook Generation - more on that in my next post.

In place of one of the pictures I used this little starfish cut out - it was a card but I took out the score marks and then cut it down so it fit and added the border punched pink piece.  I also cut the flamingo and the bit of beach to add next to the sayings which came from a sticker sheet in the kit.

On the other side I threw in this cute palm tree with another bit of beach.

So get out your pics of some water fun and scrap them or make another project and join our challenge!  To see more inspiring projects head to the BBTB2 challenge blog.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BBTB2 Challenge - Sweet Summer Treats

Hi all!

What a week I've had!  Not only did I have my mom in town for a visit but I also had my oldest son, his wife and my almost 2 year old grandson!  OMGOSH is he adorable!  It was one very active extremely fun exhausting week!

I am back with a layout for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Challenge.  This week we were asked to use a cut of a summer treat - think ice cream, popsicles, strawberries....I chose to scrap some of the many pictures from our trip to see friends in Canada last summer.

I had some fun with this one - I tried something different and free-handed the wavy pieces at the top and bottom of the pages.  With all the commotion I had this week I went for a fairly simple page on this one!

This ice cream cone is from Sugar & Spice - too cute!  One of the things I love about using Design Space is the search feature - I had never even heard of that cartridge - there are too many to keep up with anymore!

This one is from Birthday Bash - one of my long-time faves.  The font is called Candice - it is only a 1 layer font which is annoying - I prefer fonts with shadow layers BUT I liked the look of it so I went with it.  Now if only I could find time to scrap the rest of the pics from our trip - there's a TON!

I had not been on Design Space 3 until this project so it was all new to me.  I hate change!  But there were a few things I really liked - I especially like that all of my saved projects now have a thumbnail - they used to just be a list of names.  I only do basic papercrafting on my Cricut so I won't miss the canvas feature.  Maybe when I have more time to play I can explore the new DS a bit more.

Have a great week and be sure to check out the other great projects on the BBTB2 blog and then make one of your own and link it to our challenge!