The Scrappy Lounge is a place I go to create, scrap, get lost in a world of paper, pictures & preserving memories. Taking a piece of paper, embellishments and 'stuff' ... creating something from those things ... now that makes me happy.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Guest *Blogger* over at Making Memories "Tis The Season"

When I was contacted to be a guest blogger for Making Memories, I was over the moon.  I've never been published or featured, so "WOW" was about all I could say.  And then of course, I had to share with a couple scrappy buddies.  Thank you Joli for motivating me, lending me your Slice cartridges, and for getting me hooked on the Slice.  Thank you Sasha for giving me words of encouragement.

I was asked to do a collage about our Holiday Memories, so without further adieu .... (much better viewing over at flickr vs my computer editing.

Tis the Season
By Suzy McNeilly, Colfax, WA

MM Papers: FaLaLa & Mistletoe
MM: All embellishments (Journaling page, ribbon, buttons, snowflakes & bling) are from the Mistletoe pack.
Slice specialty paper: Shimmer Aqua Dot
Slice cartridges: Happy Trails (letters & sheriff badges) & Remember This (letters)CS: White, Kraft & Persimmon
Red & White bakers thread
Distressing Ink

1. First, I chose the pictures that, for me, best represent the Holiday Season in our household. We’re empty nesters & our kids/grandkids visit at other times of the year (establishing their own family traditions), so we’ve found that our season is pretty much the same for us and we love it. We are live on a ranch, so getting away is not an option as we’ve cattle to feed on a daily basis. On Christmas morning we are gone bright & early to our feedlot in Idaho to feed the cattle. We then ride the pens to check on the ‘kids’, head to town for breakfast at local restaurant, take in the newest comedy of the season, and then head back for afternoon feeding. Dinner is always leftovers from our festive Christmas Eve celebration.

2. So … to create my layout I decided on a two-pager. I cropped the pictures to a size that would allow me to fit them on the two pages and then backed all pictures (except the Santa Collection) with CS, inking the edges.

3. Using my much loved Slice, I cut the letters “tis the” from the Happy Trails cartridge & “Season” from Remember This. Also I cut Sheriff Badges from Happy Trails to use as my stars.

4. Cutting strips of paper in various sizes – wide & long, inking the edges & tearing off the top of the long (vertical) pieces, I began to layer my paper on the white CS using a combination of adhesive & staples to secure.

5. The pictures were placed in an order that represents our Season … from chopping the tree to Christmas Day.

6. I like to use my own handwriting ~ I journaled our season on ‘Santa’s List’ and our Christmas Day routine on a circle from the Falala paper.

7. To make my stars, I layered the sheriff badges, a snowflake and then topped it off with a button.

8. On my letters I wrapped bakers twine around a couple, used a button for the dot on the ‘I’ and used a circle from FaLaLa for my O in season.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let me scrap!!!

Well since it is too snowy (can it ever be too snowy), I'm going to stay inside and play.  I realized after going through my blog that when I was part of the Design Team at Paper Pals, I was posted my layouts/projects at their blog, but would often neglect to post them here.  So it here goes ... a few of my layouts that I'd like to share.  Enjoy!  Leave me some *love* and *feedback*.  I always enjoy hearing from each of you. 

Fun LO using older pictures

Birthday card for a friend who is truly a DG

One of my all time favorite layouts! 

What can I say?  I think his tractor is sexy!

Fun Boy's Birthday Card

Our Christmas Cards (2009) - I put our Christmas letter on the back of the layout. 

*Look Who's Cute*

Just a Note

Using Divided Inserts -- simple & easy

My first layout as a "Grandma"

Created this card for a friend who is a Caregiver

And I have a thing for a man who wears Wranglers & a Cowboy Hat *sigh*

Cookie Swap invite

And he is such a little man

Christina & Jayson heading for the Marine Corps Ball

Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder

Tuesday Challenge (Nov 2010) @

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Mind's Eye "So Sophie Collection"

Our recent design team projects for Paper Pals were to create using the newest releases from My Mind's Eye.  Loved this paper!!!!  The colors and the opportunities were endless.  Here are a few of the layouts & cards I created.  I'd love to hear from you ... which is your favorite?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

*Wishes Do Come True* Contest (January & February)

Ever since the last scrapbooking community (CMK) closed in the summer, I have been searching for just the right place to call my scrappy home.  I FOUND IT!  I'm over at Serendipity Scrapbooks with many of my online fellow scrap addicts from CMK.  Here I find inspiration, motivation, and challenges.  In addition, we chit-chat about just regular everyday stuff.  My screen name is FarmDiva and my gallery is under FarmDiva2. 

Head on over to Serendipity Scrapbooks

Want $20, $30, $40 or even $50 of goodies off your wishlist for FREE???? This contest could be just the thing for you.
January through Feb. 28th we will be having the Wishes come true Contest, where there will be drawings for goods off your wishlist.
See how to particpate in this contest:

1. Register in the store and start making your wishlist

2. Register in the forum - Post in the New Members checkin thread and then post a minimum of 9 other times on our message board.

3. If you were invited Please make note in your New Members checkin thread who invited you. Then start inviting others.

4. For each person you invite and they complete these requirements you will be added to the drawings again.

-The first drawing for the $20 wishlist give away will happen when 25 new Registered members complete the above requirements

-The Second drawing for the $30 wishlist give away will happen when 30 more new members complete the requirements

-The third drawing for the $40 wishlist give away will happen when 40 more new members complete the requirements

-The Fourth drawing for the $50 wishlist give away will happen when 50 more new members complete the requirements

When we reach 1000 new members in the forum there will be another $50 drawing and ALL registered members in the forum will receive a FABULOUS digital/printable downloadable kit for FREE!!

PLUS when we reach the first 50 new members (827 total members) All registered forum members will get a bonus downloadable/printable item. Then when we reach 902 new members ANOTHER downloadable gift.
Lets get busy and start inviting new members: Tweet it, Facebook it, Blog about it and just start sharing about our forum

**Your name stays in for ALL drawings and you be able to continue having your name added for all new members that mention you invited them and complete the requirements.

**Wishlist giveaway items will be picked by store owner from your Wishlist and sent within a week of each drawing.[/color]

Starting member total 777 as of Jan. 1st

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Gift Card Holders

Somehow I just couldn't get excited about putting a gift card into a card for one of our employees.  So, I decided to 'spruce' it up abit and make it really look like this incredible gift.  She was so tickled today when she called to thank me ... asking me if I had made it.  I told her 'nope ... the boss did'.  Now, this gal is alittle on the shy side so I think she was speechless.  So I 'fessed up and let her know I did make it and shared how passionate I am about scrapping. 

What I did was measured the GC.  I then cut the CS double the width & 1/4" seam.  The height was cut to allow for an 1/8" or so (I'm not one to use rulers) on the bottom and about a 1/4" on top.  I then scored the CS where I would be folding.  I then folded the CS, using the 1/8" overhang to seal (used thin double stick red tape). Before I sealed the side seam, I placed a strip of the double stick tape along the inside bottom.  This way when I folded everything over, the bottom was sealed also.  Next I cut patterned paper & adhered to the CS envelope.  Using embellishments, bling & ribbon from my stash, I 'fancied' it up.  The gift card slid neatly into the envelope.    

Saturday, November 28, 2009

**Under Construction**

I decided that I'll be blogging & posting my scrapbooking, paper & other 'artsy' projects separately from "Life at the Big Red Barn". 

Stay tuned.  I'm figuring out this blog set up thing and I'm a slow learner.  :-)