Welcome February

A new month means kit building time for me. As I’ve mentioned for 2021 I am playing along with two kit “projects” each month. The first is a project called Best of Both Worlds (or BOBW) offered by Shimelle Laine. The second is the Counterfeit Kit Challenge where we take a pre-existing kit and counterfeit it with our own supplies. So let’s take a look at both these scrapbooking kit builds.

Kit #1 was from the BOBW project. Shimelle’s sets up a shopping list for you. If you don’t feel like building your own kits you can just shop her list. The beauty of it being a list is that you can pick and choose from the items. Already own something. Leave it off the list. Need more of something? Add it on. Want something entirely different to throw in the mix? You can do that too. Or if you are like me and have plenty of supplies on hand you can use her list as inspiration for your own Kit.

This time around elements of her list that popped out at me were navy, pink, black & white elements, some gold & iridescent shine, hearts for Valentine’s day, stripes, and finally nature elements & florals. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But here is how it all came together. (And a bonus? I am creating a heart-filled background cut file that will be posted here soon!)

Pattern Papers
Embellishments

For Kit # 2, some elements from the first kit were repeated as February features many hearts. But I did make some decisions to keep these kits from looking too much the same. This kit features plenty of woodgrains as well as silver shine. The silver was a shift from the inspiration kit’s gold elements. And while you will see some gold in my embellishments, I am altering those to turn them silver. Along with a few more nature elements in this one of birds and foliage I supported those elements more by including more green pattern papers. I also added neutral ribbons & fibers and plenty of small embellishments for sprinkling. If you watch the video you’ll even see how I created some of my own embellishments!

Pattern Papers
Embellishments

If you enjoy kit building — or are learning how — I hope you enjoy my take on this process.

SVG Freebies

Hello all. If you have followed me at all you may know that I’ve been on a quest to teach myself how to design and produce svg files for electronic cutting machines. As I get more into this process I am committing in 2021 to creating at least one svg file every month to share with all of my followers.

I think too often we just see end results of all the creative work people put into their life and not the learning curve along the way. I’m hoping to share that curve with you, as well as the end results. Now, creating your own svg files may not be your goal, but learning some of the effort that goes into the process can help you make better use of your files and also appreciate the designers you get files from!

Every month you can visit my Freebies tab to find the newest file to download (as well as all previous files). So let me show you what I have for this month! Covid has been on all our minds for a long time now. And with the vaccine program underway I am feeling some hope that life can return to a calmer state. In that end I created these two cut files for you.

If you want to see some tips and behind the scenes info on creating these files, you can watch my YouTube episode.

I hope you enjoy this file for your personal use.

Best of Both Worlds, Jan ’21

The wonderful Shimelle shares her crafty mind with us in the Best of Both Worlds project where she designs a scrapbook kit and you can – or NOT – shop her link and pick up any goodies you may like from the kit. Or you can do as I do and shop your own shelves. I include a mix of some new, but mostly older product that I have acquired in my crafty stash.

You can see how I interpret the items that Shimelle chooses by watching my video.

And if you want Shimelle’s personal take, please visit her Facebook video.

And if you want to see my first use of that foil product, but process video shows a different type of technique for using stamps & foiling on your project.

Go enjoy creating (or buying?) a lovely kit and playing along. (Just a note, Shimelle’s shopping link changes over to the NEXT month’s project pretty soon after the current month gets under way. So if you are seeing products you don’t recognize, that is likely why. Follow Shimelle on to stay up to date with her fresh link.)

Counterfeit Kit Challenge, Jan ’21

Welcome to another month’s inspiration from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and facebook group.

This time around we have a sold-out kit from the Not Just for Boys Kit Club called Flurries.

Image from the Not Just for Boys Kit Club called Flurries.

As a kit for our January inspiration it features snowy images, icons and colors, as well as soothing woodgrains and winter animals. Since my part of the world is not often snowy (though I wish very hard every year for a good snow!) the snow images were not calling to me. So here is how I tackled this challenge.

My theme centered around a cozy feel rather than specifically snow and I included some weather related imagery just in case. And if we don’t get snow, I have the option of rain icons, which we get plenty and plenty and plenty of.

Here are just a few detail photos for a quick peek at what I included. Only the 5 left side pattern papers (and the cardstock) are full sheets, the others are partial sheets from my scrap supplies.

Papers
Embellishments

I’ll be back later in the month with process video using this kit. Now go create your own cozy kit to play with!

Welcome 2021

I took some video time off around Christmas to clean, organize and plan for my YouTube channel for 2021. I’ve come up with an ambitious schedule but I hope it will be enjoyable for everyone. Here is what it looks like…

MONDAYsTue.WEDNESDAYsThr.FRIDAYs
Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC)Best of Both Worlds (BOBW)
(Shimelle’s project)
Product Feature
Mystery Box MondayCKC processBOBW process
TBASCT Unboxing + ProjectCut File Friday
My Process (series)Sketchy WednesdayMonthly Wrap-Up

This schedule will be permanently posted in my “YouTube Schedule” tab on the main site. I hope you will come along for the ride. And if you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment!

Mixed Media Frenzy Hop

Hi All. On Christmas day I was a part of the Mixed Media Facebook group’s crafty hop. The theme was Merry & Bright and I took that theme very literally, using those words for my title and watercoloring up a storm. You can check out my leg of the hop on YouTube. And while most of the crafters were also on YouTube, there were a couple of Instagram posts. All the things to all the participants are listed below. I hope you check out everyone on the hop.

** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFGITeK2K1-JyYpExZi-Og
** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCovgS5VWlJvUXoMkkpbnGtA
** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4L_pFpVXIcYGxo3wXOsvWA
** Instagram.com/calibeachgirl64
** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrKcHSDpP60el15QyNUILUA
** https://www.instagram.com/sbarrackman/
** https://www.youtube.com/c/Cityscrapper
** https://youtube.com/channel/UC8qCG2earNc7pIZQNo-V1Pw
** https://www.youtube.com/user/shanedblinn
** Floppy Eared Farm- https://youtube.com/c/FloppyEaredFarm

Family Friendly Holiday Crafts

I have been very busy this December creating videos of craft projects for families to enjoy together. This year we all highly need some distraction from missing our normal routines! I created a play list of all the crafts from this moth, as well as a couple videos previously made that fit the bill. I hope you find something enjoyable to create with your families! Happy Holidays to you all, no matter what events you celebrate this time of year.

One technique, two crafts

Today I’m taking a tried and true technique and turning it into two different Christmas craft projects. And it you have kids, they can certainly play along.

I have an svg freebie for you of that Christmas tree available in this file download. Bundled together you will get the svg as well as a pdf copy of the instructions for the greeting card. (For the svg along click here.) If you make these projects and post them to Instagram, please tag me @craftysouppics and use the hashtag #craftysoupsharing and we can start seeing each other’s work!

Christmas layout ideas

Christmas is on the horizon and I’m busy planning for the holiday. I realized that I had photos from last year hanging around that I hadn’t scrapped yet. So why not tackle those now and share some tips and tricks with you on some festive elements you can add to your Christmas layouts?

In this video I show three ways to use Nuvo drops as embellishments for layouts.
1) Spell out words with the liquid.
2) Create little ornaments to sprinkle around your page.
3) Create frames for photos. (How-to details in the second video)

I love the shine the drops add to this layout. It totally reminds me of frosting on cookies! And that is a bonus tip. You can create some die cut gingerbread or sugar cookie style cutouts and then “frost” them with Nuvo drops!

In that first video I mentioned having already created my frames. In this second video I show you a kit build and then toward the end of the video I feature how to create these frames. Since creating this video I’ve realized that if you create your frames on a nonstick craft sheet instead of parchment then you are likely to get a smoother end result. However the craft sheet can be harder to see through (depending on your brand) and will make working a bit harder.

Scrappy Event coming soon!

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I’m excited to tell you about an awesome event happening in January! 
It’s a weekend of scrapbooking inspiration and education you won’t want to miss. The ScrapSmarter Experience is bringing together 10 amazing scrapbooking instructors for an online virtual weekend of classes and inspiration.

Alice Boll from the ScrapHappy membership community is hosting this second event with a brand new line up of instructors. And I am thrilled to say that I am one of them! I will be sharing simple yet impactful ways to add watercoloring elements to your memory keeping.

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How does it work?
The entire event will take place online using Zoom January 15-17, 2021.
The classes are short and are focused on teaching new skills, techniques, and concepts to help you create scrapbook pages you love.

Ali Edwards, the keynote speaker will help us kick off the party on Friday. Saturday features 6 classes with each instructor sharing a pre-recorded class session and interacting in a live Q&A session. Sunday will have 4 more classes and a wind up party with prizes.

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Who’s teaching?
The line up instructors includes:
Simon Hurley
Meghann Andrew
Krystal Iduñate
Misty Murphy (yours truly)
Tracey Fox
Alice Boll
Sandie Reverski
Kristin Tweedale
Claudia Azucar-White
Andrea Gray

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Prizes???
Of course! In addition to the classes and kickoff party there are prizes including a grand prize with a value of over $250.

Registration?
The ScrapSmarter Experience is NOW OPEN for registration. The regular price for the event is $129USD but right now you can use coupon code: MISTY to save $30! Or simply click here and you’ll automatically get the discount. You’ll only pay $99 for EVERYTHING!
(Coupon valid until December 15, 2020. After that the coupon is only worth $5 off so hurry and get the best value!)

Are you ready to sign up? Here’s the registration link:

ScrapSmarter Experience

Let’s learn some scrappy skills so we can ScrapSmarter!

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