Friday, June 15, 2012

What I Scrap (with)

Loni, one of my Young Scrappers friends, and my honorary scrapper "mom" just started her own scrap-blog (Loni's blog). She decided to start it off with posts about who, when, where, why and how she scraps. I absolutely loved the idea and I think I'll borrow it from her (though I would recommend checking hers out, she's a much better writer than I am, and if you have kids, you'll definitely be able to relate).

So as today is the second day, I am on to "What" I Scrap (With).

I own very little in the way of embellishments. Maybe a couple of chipboard pieces, three rolls of washi tape and some die cut pieces. Other than that, I make my own embellishments out of patterned paper. To say I'm addicted to patterned paper would be an understatement. When I post the where I scrap sections, I'll have a picture of my paper shelves and then you'll be able to see how much paper I have (I'm pretty sure I have more than 2000 sheets). Whenever I walk into Michaels, I automatically go towards the paper sections and usually I don't leave without something. I'll be the first to admit that I have a problem, but I definitely know my mother agrees with me. I mostly buy pads of paper, because it's cheaper and because all the papers coordinate with one another. 

My two absolute favorite packs of paper are both from K & Company:

The Poppyseed collection, I love the teal, green, purple and black. And poppies are some of my favorite flowers (even though these aren't red).

The Edamame collection, has tonnes of woodgrain patterns and neutrals. Some of my favourites for backgrounds. I definitely reach for this one first when planning a page.

Thickers are my new favorite thing. For titles I used to do a lot of stamping or hand cutting paper, but I never really liked the results. So when I got my first pack of thickers in a page pack I was hooked. Since the I've bought 2 of the packs of 10 from Winners and another couple of packs that I liked at Michaels. I love how many shape options there are, and how many colours and finishes there are to choose from. Unless I cut a title out of paper, I always use Thickers.

Some of my new favorite things to work with on my pages are paint, specifically Acrylic and Watercolour. I find acrylic easier to work with mostly because I have no formal training in watercolour and can never achieve the look I want unless it's a splatter.

My silhouette is definitely one of my main tools other than my straight edge paper cutter. It has exponentially simplified my life. Now, I can make 10 invitations in less than an hour, or a page that takes half the time it used to. If you've been thinking of buying one for a while, but haven't decided whether it's worth it, I went through the same thing and I believe I definitely made the right choice for me. 

Tomorrow, it'll be all about where I scrap, so I better go clean my desk!


  1. It's hard to buy embellies. I'm a cheapo and can't do it either, but doing a kit club they choose them for me. I just need to be brave enough to use them - I'm learning.

  2. I have a love/love relationship with Thickers!