Friday, October 5, 2012

Let's Celebrate 8 years of Scraps of Color (Day 1 Hop)

HAPPY 8th ANNIVERSARY Scraps of Color!
 Welcome to SOC's 8th Anniversary Blog Hop! I'm glad you stopped by for the celebration! If you're dropping by from  Lisa's blog, then you're in the right place! However, if you started here, you can visit the SOC E:spire blog to join this party from the beginning!

     I'm from a large family and we love, love, love to celebrate.  As the years go by, our large family seems to be shrinking. Which is why scrapbooking birthdays, anniversary, graduations, family reunions and milestones are so important. My focus for this celebration blog hop will be my daughter Alexis.

     Alexis is such a hardworking young lady. She is strong willed and very determined to meet her goals. I'm proud of her because she is following in the foot steps of me and my mother; minus marrying the wrong man. To date; graduating from high school has been her greatest triumph. Now she is working her way through the college of her choice.  Shall we begin...

Example 1:Supplies
  • Paper: Stampin Up!
  • Die cuts: Me and My Big Ideas
  • Journal Mats: Creative Memories
  • Brads: Recollections
  • Flowers: Recollections 
  • Punch: EKsuccess

Layout 1: Used my Hit it and Quit it method. My daughter is not frilly and does not like pastel colors. So this layout hah to be bright and match the colors of the balloons and the cake. 

Dividing the Photos
This LO is all about the guest that came to celebrate with us. I punched the red strip and placed it on top of the gold strip (both from my scrap stash). I chose to place my title block in the center to break up some of the green and blue so that the focus would be on the photos. 

Layout 1: Dividing the Photos

The journaling mat is the perfect size for writing
 about the guest at the celebration.

Q: Do you journal as you scrapbook or once you have finished the album?

 Layout 2: Simple and Clean

LO 1 had the flowers, brads and title; which divided the photos plus provided a little eye candy.  This page has the same goal: Divide the photos. The brackets and Graduate die cut gave the center trim more depth and help to showcase the photos.

I did not mat any of the photos because the layouts have enough color. But, if I did choose to mat; I would have used black

Q: do you like to mat with black cardstock?

 **Be sure to answer the questions each day  in order to be eligible for my blog candy.

The SOC E:spire blog
Chauntelle (007)
Tiare (Classygirl)
Trina W



  1. I make cards and do like to mat with black. I think you made a fab LO; matching the cake and balloons was a smart idea!

  2. I have enjoyed your beautiful layout! Your work is very creative.

  3. Nice layout! I like to mat PERIOD! I used to think I was an over matter if that's a word LOL!

  4. Nicely done. Love the detail and the colors.

  5. Nice LO and colors. I love to mat with black.

  6. Thank you ladies. I like black mats too. I'm finally getting comfortable with using black

  7. Your layout looks great without a mat.I havnt started scrapbooking yet so dont mat!
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  8. Quick, cute and simple. I don't mat very often..the color will always depend on the patterned papers and colors I'm using.

  9. I sometimes mat with black, especially if the colors in the pictures are really bright. Just to tone it down a tad.

  10. Very nice LO! I love the colors--you didn't have to mat because the pics popped against the paper! I'm with Classygirl-I use matting, but it depends on my papers!

  11. I journal at the end and I love to mat with black and any color that coordinates with my paper. Your 2 page layout is nice!

  12. I journalin after I scrapbook and I love black to mat with although I use any color that coordinates my pattern paper!

  13. I'm not a scrapbook but I'm in the process of trying to do a mini album and I'm finding that I'm trying to do some of the journal in the middle and I would say I would use black but I use it in my card making.


  14. I make cards, but like to mat them in all colors.

  15. I don't srap, but the black matting looks good I think

  16. Cute layout I journal once I finish

  17. I used to journal later, but noe I journal as I go. nice lo's. hit it and quit

  18. What a fun layout! I tend to journal as I work on a layout. It feels more complete to me that way. I almost always mat my photos, but I don't believe I've ever used black. I coordinate my mats with my background papers.

  19. Very nice layout! I journal sporadically - usually while I'm creating a layout. There used to be a time when I wouldn't dare include a photo on a layout without matting it. Now, it varies. Sometimes I mat all photos, just one, or none at all.

  20. Great layout! I love the bright colors. When i'm scrapbooking it depends on the colors I'm using. I try to pick a color from my DP and then use that to mate. TFS AJ-

  21. I like to use black as and accent and yes, I do use black as a matte pretty often. Workin' that Cricut out, aren't you! :) Lovely LO!

  22. I love all the bright colors!! Yes I mat my photos and I journal as I am making the page.

  23. Great and Gorgeous Layout.. Love the colors.