Sunday, October 9, 2011

Late Night Scrapping

....with my husband!

I know...I was just as shocked as you are! was HIS idea!  Clay woke up one morning and started telling me about this scrapbook he had been dreaming about that night. He had some really great ideas which really impressed me because he doesn't pour over scrapping magazines and websites like I do for inspiration.

Well, last night after we had dinner, we went back to the store so I could work on an album I had started earlier in the day. Next thing I know, Clay is wondering if he could use my other wooden covers to make the South Dakota scrapbook he had been thinking about. So, we spent the evening bouncing ideas back and forth. He helped me make decisions on my work, and I helped him with his. I got to do all the smooshing of ink, since that is what I do best. LOL!  We worked until almost midnight, and boy did we have a mess when we were done...but oh, so much fun!

I'm going to show you Clay's covers first. He wanted to make a scrapbook full of all the cool and fun pictures we have taken of the Black Hills over the years. (He takes some amazing photos...he took the one of the "Peek-ing Duck" layout I posted last month) His thought was to use some of the brochures we have been collecting to embellish the pages. So, the brown trim down the left side and the buffalo photo on the bottom are from travel brochures, he nabbed the South Dakota sticker from my stash (that I had bought from Cathy before I owned the store) and he also begged a piece of my Dusty Attic chipboard off me.  I guess I must really like him.
I smooshed ink on the white parts of the SD sticker, and smooshed some Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Stain on the Leafy chipboard from Dusty Attic.
I love how he took one of the park  maps to cover the inside of the back cover. We had to use some pattered paper to cover the unsightly and boring white spots...and then, of course, there was more smooshing involved. :o)  Oh...and details....hubby is great at little details...check this out:
Clay wanted to do something to bring attention to and blend in the grass under the buffalo, so he took little strips of left over paper and made it look just like the grass in the picture...and it tied it all together! FUN!
He's got some really fun ideas for this scrapbook, I can't wait for you to see what he's got in store for the back cover...too cute!!

Okay....enough about the man scrapper. LOL!

Here is a look at what I started:
I was dying to use the new Generations line of paper from Simple Stories. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The flowers are made from the same plaid paper as the inside of the front and back covers. The leaves for the flower were stamped and guessed it.....smooshed with Distressed Ink (Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade...I think) I used the other piece of Dusty Attic Chipboard from the package that Clay used, but mine got embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. A couple of EK Success border punches were used across the bottom and a strip of lace was used and it got a little dark ink smooshed on it, too. I found a random "A" in my stash of alpha's, and used a mix of alpha's for "Dream". I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to smoosh on the bare grey chipboard. The "come true" is the cut with the Cricut Cartridge "Opposites Attract" .
I just have to tell you about one of the products I used on this album...because I was really impressed!
For any of you that have used the ColorBox Chalk Ink Cat's Eye know how they fall apart when you've used them for a while? Well, these covers are made of wood, and I used this to ink the edges of all 4 covers....they are the new chalk ink pads from Ingvild Bolme....take a look:
These have a nice little handle, and that's neat....but the fact that I used this on all of the edges of these wood covers and it still looks brand new totally impressed me!!  I am pretty certain all of that intense smooshing would have destroyed the other chalk ink pads.
I noticed that these ink pads seem to have some sort of a coating on the top of the pad that looks like it might hold it all together. I had heard from some other scrappers that they had done their best to use and abuse these little guys to see if they would stay together, and they were impressed, too.

I have a few of these in stock if you are interested in trying them out. They sell for the same as the other pads, $1.99. I only have dark colors in stock at the moment, for adding that dark distressed look, but if anyone is interested in other colors, just give me a shout and I will get some other colors in.

Sorry to be so long winded this time around.  I just had to share the fun and excitement of creating!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Beautiful work from you and your hubby!! I may have to stop in and see this new paper line as I fell in love with it as soon as I saw your work with it! And I am an inker as well, so very impressed by this new one!! Have a great day!!

  2. Nice job to the both of you!

  3. Wow. Husband's really surprise us sometimes! I remember when mine made his first card :) I am so happy about the house closing!! See you soon. Susan

  4. Way to go, and such beautiful LO's thanks for sharing

  5. You have awesome talent! So does your hubby!

  6. boo-teful books. I picked up a couple of those inks the other day & had a chance to use them. WOW! loved them. I will be down to get the other colors. The cats eyes might have to move to my daughters house. LOL... Thanks for suggesting them! Dawn