Saturday, April 14, 2018

This House Believes......the start of a mini album

Hi everybody!
How’s your weekend going? It’s been so rainy here in Alabama. It’s just miserable outside. So, more  time to spend in the craft room right?! Ha!

I’m working on a 5x7 mini album. This size is great to add 4x6 pics in and have a mat all around. Pic on one side of the page and journaling on the other! Love it! 
I’m using the Simple Stories collection “Faith” and it goes right along with the weekend challenge over at the Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique Members group on FB. It’s a color challenge.
This was what we were given:

and here’s the cover to my mini album: 

Did I get close or what?! LOL All the papers came from Simple Stories. I fussy cut the feathers from one of the papers in the collection. The Pom Pom trim and enamel dots are from Felicity Jane Studios. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...


Friday, April 13, 2018

New Traveler’s Notebook and a Layout

Hi out there! It’s me! Melina!
:) :) :)

I hope your week has been outstanding. I did lots of yard work yesterday. I got most all my flowers planted in containers, watered and placed where I think I want them. That of course could change at any moment. Ha! Next will be getting the vegetable garden ready. I love warmer weather and getting in the yard.....being productive!

I wanted to share a project I finished not too long ago and shared on Instagram.. I’m loving traveler’s notebooks right now! I got this Prima personal size one from I love the size. The cover is very durable and it’s gorgeous! I mean floral is all the rage right now. This book does not disappoint! 

 I love to just sit and look at it! I know, I’m odd. Ha ha ha! 

I have a few inserts (notebooks) inside. I use this traveler’s notebook  mostly for church/sermon notes. But I also have one insert for creative journaling. That’s just a fancy way of saying I add more to my journaling than just words. Hee! Hee! 

Some call this junk journaling. Others may call it art journaling. Whatever you call it, I love it! Sometimes a 12x12 canvas for a scrapbook page is just too overwhelming. This size is just right to get your thoughts on paper and add a few personal touches as well. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Until next time...


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Where Have I Been?!!!

Well hello everybody!
Of course I don’t know how many of you are out there anymore since it’s been three years since I last posted here!!!! Whaaaaa?! 
That’s just ridiculous Melina! What in the world?! Ha ha! 

To tell you the truth????? Instagram became my baby. It’s so easy posting there. It’s easy.....and I got lazy.....keeping my blog up to date.
If you’d like to follow me on Instagram: @mecraftyscrapper

I’m going to commit to a post a week here. If more posts happen to pop up great! But I want to get back to my blog. I love this little place of mine and can’t believe I went so long without visiting! 

My posts will be different from before though. I’m not so much into card crafting anymore. I’m not saying I’ll never post another card again! I’m just looking at posting more variety on my blog. I still love to scrapbook traditional pages and pocket type scrapping. My love of mini albums is still very strong too! I’ve also fell in love with creative journaling, and traveler’s notebooks. I have more than I care to admit! So a lot of my future posts will be scrapbook and journal related with a few handmade mini albums and cards sprinkled in.

Of course our kiddos have grown so much since I last posted. So I think that’s what I’ll start us off updated family pic. My next post will be a crafty one!

Until next time...


Monday, May 18, 2015

The Mystery is Solved! I was Thinking of You!

Hello everybody!
I have my card from the latest Mystery swap to post today.

I am loving the image Linda sent us to create with.

Here's what I came up with:

Isn't that SU! Koala the cutest thing you've ever seen?!!!
I love small, simple images and Linda really made me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY with this one!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Please visit the other Mystery gals. There blogs are listed in my right sidebar.
Until next time...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer Fun with the Dueling Darlings!

HI everyone!
We are having a great time "dueling" in SplitCoastStampers! The Darlings are at it again. This round we were to create a Summer themed......anything but a card! :)

I am in LOVE with pocket letters!!!!! 
They were created by the fabulous Janette Lane. You can find her blog HERE.
If you've never heard of them, don't worry, the concept was just "discovered" back in February. Visit Janette' blog for more details of see her videos on YouTube. You also need to check out AnnMarie's blog (she is how I found out about them!) HERE. Scroll down her blog and see all the pocket letter glory! WOWZERS!

Take a sleeve, you know the ones made for baseball card collecting?!!!! Then add 2.5"x3.5" decorated cards (also known as ATCs). Add goodies to the back (or front if you wish), add a letter to one pocket and mail to a pal! :) :) :)

It's so fun!
Here are a few I've made (I'm working on my 27th right now and only started the last of March LOL)
 The butterflies on this pocket letter remind me of summer.
(This one I recently sent to AnnMarie)

 Of course a garden theme reminds me of summer!

and these bright colors on this PL and memories of catching lightning bugs in mason jars, 
remind me of summer!

I loved the theme this round for the Dueling Darling challenge!
Thanks ladies for thinking outside the "card". :)

Be sure to visit all the other Dueling Darlings blogs. There is a list in my left sidebar.

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dueling Darlings ~ I Picked a Flower for You!

Hello everyone!

I'm so happy to say it is time to post another creation for the Dueling Darlings group. This round Tami was the hostess for the Divas and I was for the Dazzlers. We had fun coming up with what we were to challenge the ladies with and we even threw in a little twist.
Our kits consisted of an image with flowers and of course papers, card stocks and embellishments but one embellishment in particular the ladies HAD to include in their creations......a piece of green ribbon.

Here's what I came up with:

 This cute little image is from Whimsy Stamps called Fistful of Flowers.
I colored her with my Spectrum markers. I then went crazy with my sprays on the image and the sentiment (CTMH set Sweet & Lovely) piece.....both were stamped on white card stock. :)
I can't wait to check out all the other Darlings creations!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

Until next time...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Finally! It's Time for "What's Your Brew?"

Don't even get me started on what I have gone through the last two months with our home internet provider! I've been bewildered, angry and seems like all in the same moment. I don't like being taken advantage of (as I'm sure no one does) and I wish I didn't get so upset but GOODNESS! They were taking me away from my online crafty community! Hello?!! Do they not know I need my blog and SCS and chat time? LOL

Anyway, I've had my card ready from the kit Sweet P sent us for our March Dueling Darling challenge, but I didn't have access to the internet (unless I would have brought it to work to load and that would have been frowned upon, I'm sure. Hee! Hee!).

So, with my deepest apologies to Sweet P and the other Dazzlers and Divas, I present my "What's Your Brew?" creation!

 I LOOOOOOVED the papers and image that Sweet P sent us! Oh my! this was soooooo fun!
I used the baker's twine she sent all together at the top of my card.....just gave it a twist and taped it on the inside :)
I colored my image with my Spectrum makers.
I mean really, who has seen a coffee bag with a pink label? But, my image.....I can make it whatever I like, right?!! LOL

Thank you so much Sweet P! I loved working with this image and the kit you sent. I'm sorry it took me so long to post it to my blog. Thank you Dazzlers and Divas for having patience with me.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What a Glamorous Babe!

Hi all!
I'm posting my latest Mystery card! This mysterious image was toooooo funny!
I love it Carol! Thank you so much for hosting this round!
Have you ever seen a more glamorous image??? hee! hee!
 For this round, I made a 4x6 pocket card with a matching Kraft envelope (which I forgot to take a picture of). The image I colored with my Spectrum markers.
The card base is a 12x12 piece of card stock that I cut at 4", then I place the 4x12 inch piece of c/s on my Scor Pal and scored at 3" and 9" to make the opening in the middle of the card base. 
 I added some solid c/s to the middle of the card to hide where the patterned paper came together (there is a slight space if you don't score the base exact so this helps to cover any imperfections).
After I cut out the image with my Spellbinders die and Big Shot machine, I placed a piece of cornered kraft c/s behind it so when you lift the top up.......
 You don't see the ink that bled through when coloring.
I hid the sentiment behind the top lift of the card......
 Here's the inside of the card with the sentiment. With this striped fold, I made a pocket so that the sender can place money, a note or gift card in the card.
 The sentiment was plain white.....I decided it needed to be sprayed a few times. Of course, doing that meant I had to go over the font with a black gel pen to darken the words a little.
Here's a close up of the pocket. I just added some 1/8" scor tape to the left and right sides.

Well, that took quite a bit of explaining. LOL
I hope you will try this yourself!

Until next time...