When frustration strikes …

If you scrapbook long enough, you are bound to reach a point where your vision vanishes, your idea fails and you cannot possibly see how the page will ever be finished.

I have stacks of pages that fall into this category — ones I started, became frustrated with and gave up, shelving them for another day.

At a recent crop, one of my friends found herself in this position. In typical Marty style, she conjured up a commercial — a parody of the Viagra commercials — all related to scrapbooking.

While we all laughed, her frustration was very short lived — Scrapagra provided that extra boost she needed and she finished her project without any further setbacks.

I thought it would be fun to make some real Scrapagra (in the form of candy) to bring to crops to help us out when we hit that frustrating paper wall. My first attempt, in a really cute jar that I realized after it was finished still smelled like the artichokes it once contained, had to be scrapped. No one would want to eat artichoke flavored candy, after all.

So then I grabbed a pail made by Stampendous and came up with this …

The nice thing about Stampendous pails (vs. other companies’ pails) is that they are food safe, so I knew I could fill it with candy.

I used a die, Distress Ink and background stamp from Tim Holtz, papers from DCWV, stamps from Studio 490 and letters from QuicKutz to create the jar.

I added a hitch to the top as a handle on the lid and added purple flowers from Prima.

The blue flower is also from Prima, but I airbrushed it with Copic Sketch Markers so it matched the blue in the paper.

A few brads and some tulle from my stash and it’s ready to go to the next crop! Thanks for the idea, Marty!


S’mores, please

Our latest challenge for Scrap Wars at my favorite local scrapbook store, Scrap Tales, was a team project.

Each member of the team was given a different size plastic pail made by Stampendous. We then had to coordinate our project so they all went together.

Our team, led by Sarah, came up with the most brilliant idea (probably because I was not part of the brainstorming session, lol). They decided to make all of the pieces that went into making s’mores. Starting from the bottom, Sarah took the large bucket and filled it with marshmallows and added a stick to the outside for roasting. Then, Janet filled the next size with graham crackers. I got the next one and was assigned chocolate. And, Marty got the top, which was fire. Hers is topped with flames and filled with matches.

The paper they chose couldn’t have been farther from my own style. One side was glittered leaves and the other, bold stripes.

But, I accepted the challenge to work with what I had and to make it beautiful.

I used the stripe section of paper around the bottom of the jar and found some ribbon by American Crafts that matched perfectly to add to the top.

For the top of the jar, I colored a piece of leftover Bo Bunny paper with Distress Ink and adhered it to the lid. Then, I used attached a Tiny Hinge from Tim Holtz as the handle on the lid.

The label is cut from white cardstock using a Stackers die from Dies Direct and then colored with Distress Inks. Some parts are darker to represent the burnt marshmallows.

The letters are cut with Olivia by QuicKutz and then colored with Distress Ink to resemble marshmallows at their different stages of browning.

I accented the label with a button and brad by Bo Bunny. I attached the button with Mini Brads by Tim Holtz.

I then filled it with mini Hershey bars.

I am so pleased with the results, I think it will become my new candy jar on my desk at work!