Wednesday, November 6, 2013

October Design Concepts


I'm sharing my layouts from the October Scraptastic Kit. Once again I have put together a Design Concept pdf for these 4 layouts.

Please visit the Scraptastic Club site for more info on monthly kits and subscriptions! There's is a really awesome Christmas kit which will included a free class, you have to check it out!

Thank you for stopping over today!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Challenge at Scraptastic: Fussy Cutting

Grab your scissors and start cutting! I'm challenging you to fussy cutting this month!

These layouts will be part of my October Design Concept pages. I will be putting the PDF together soon to share with anyone interested. For now start cutting apart your pattern papers!

For this double page layout I used the Glitz Design Raven Triangles pattern paper. I cut apart about a third of the paper and randomly placed the triangles on the layout. This paper is included in the October Blackbird add-on.

Here's a few close ups:

For my second layout I used the Authentique Frenzy Honeycomb pattern paper from the October Black Bird main kit. I cut around the shapes keeping a clean edge on one side.

Please feel free to join the challenge at Scraptastic. You can link your projects up on my October 17 blog post. The blog is here!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Stitch Fix

Stitch fix, have you heard about it or tried it? I gave it try this past week. What it is you ask, a personal shopper picking out clothes based off your profile sheet.

First you fill out the questionnaire:, Pay $20. They send you a box of 5 items. You can pick what you want. If you buy all 5 items, you save 25%. The $20 you paid will be credit back towards your purchase. What you don't want to keep you send back in a prepaid mail envelope within 3 days. Then you can request your next shipment.

I have seen some beautiful things sent to other people. I wasn't thrilled with my box. I purchase 1 item. 

My favorite thing in the box and the only item I kept, is this cardigan. It was a little big and very long but once I added a belt, like the idea card said to, it was really cute with a skinny pair of jeans and flat shoes.

This was horrible one me. Way to blah looking and very big. Wrong material for me and I didn't like the color blocking.

The necklace. After seeing this in person, I changed my profile to include small silver necklaces. This is so not me.

Don't even get me going on these 2 next shirts. I think they were ugly to start with and when I tried them on....horrible. They actually look better in the pictures. The buttons on this were bright gold, the shirt was beige. 

This was just not for me. 

 I had to take a close up of the pattern. I felt like this is something I were in the 80's. It was really long too.

For my next box, I asked for black/white/grey tops with a pop of color and a pair of jeans. Change a couple things in my profile and linked my pintrest clothing board. I'll try 1 more box to see how it goes.

Anyone else try stitch fix? Here's a link for you!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July Scraptasic Design Concepts

I have put together another set of Design Concepts using the Funky Town July kits. If you are wondering what in the world I'm talking about, please see this blog post. It will explain everything.
I hope you enjoy it and use them as your own! The goal is to make scrapbooking easier by having the design ready for you, using the kit you already have.
The layouts are also posted in the gallery on the website.
Here's the link to the PDF
Thank you for letting me share my creativity with you. I still would love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Design Concepts and an Online Party


Today I wanted to share a new concept I'll be doing with my Scraptastic DT kits. I'm calling it Design Concepts.

Basically what I'll be doing is featuring one of the main kits, the coordinating add-on and stamp set to provide you with the cutting guides and placement details. I'll be keeping the layouts somewhat general themed each month. I won't be adding any of my pictures to the layouts, that way you can visualize the layout as your own. 

Basically what I'll be doing is featuring one of the main kits, the coordinating add-on and stamp set to provide you with the cutting guides and placement details. I'll be keeping the layouts somewhat general themed each month. I won't be adding any of my pictures to the layouts, that way you can visualize the layout as your own. 

I have had many online friends and personal friends over the years that talked about needing help to create layouts. They may have been overwhelmed with a package or kit of supplies, not sure how to incorporate a pattern paper with another pattern paper or just not sure of product placement. I have even seen some scrapbookers give up, this makes me sad. 

Friends, my goal is to help those that would like the details written out for them and hopefully inspire others as well. I know this concept is not for everyone and that's ok. Hopefully I can help out a few scrapbookers and get their story and pictures on paper! 

You are more than welcome to copy them as is or modify them anyway you would like. There are no rules! If you post somewhere online, please give Scraptastic and me some credit, I would appreciate it!

Before I share the link, I ask that you give me some feedback. What do you like, what didn't you like, what confused you, are the pictures big enough or way to small, is there enough detail in the PDF to figure out the layout....Anything, I need feedback...the good and the bad, but please don't make me cry...ha!  My hopes are to mix up single and double 12 x 12, maybe even a couple 8.5 x 11 layouts each month. I will put together 4 layouts each month and include them in a PDF.

One tip I can give you right away, is to magnify the pdf (by press the + sign on the top of the page), it starts out a little small and hard to read. If anyone would like the original PDF forward to them, please email me at melaniestanczyk @ (but take out the space before and after the @ sign) and I'll pass it on.


Thank you for visiting today!

Also a very special announcement... You are invited to a birthday party...and bring some friends along for the online fun!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hello Friends!
Today I'm sharing my 4th layout using the May After the Storm kit and add-on along with the May stamp sets!



These photo's are of my daughter taken a couple years ago at a petting zoo. I picked these photos because they matched the papers so well. Bright and cheery just like she is! 
I have a couple close-ups to share:

As you can see I have lots of layering and texture going on here! The stickers in the kit are what gave me the idea of the title. I mixed the colors for added interest. I machine stitched the butterflies to the layout. After looking at now it I wish I would have used a color thread instead of the white-oh well.

I made a little journaling block by printing on cardstock and using a stamp to bring attention to the journaling.

I got the idea for the flower by the flower on my daughter's shirt in the picture. I made the flower by cutting out some of the doily patterns from the pattern paper, crumbled them in my hand, inked the edges brown and used foam dots between the pieces. I slipped in a stick pin and added a sticker!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a great day!!!


Friday, April 12, 2013

April's: 8 Days a Week Kit

Today I have a couple layouts using the Scraptastic's 8 Days a Week kit and Add-on!


These pictures are of my daughter. She likes to take pictures of herself on her laptop, edit them and using them for facebook. So, I grabbed them and printed them out. The Ell's Studio day to day labels worked perfect as 1 embellishment instead of cutting them apart. 
Lots of layering going on here! I used a stamp sentiment from the April stamp set 
Again, gotta love the Ormolu Exclusive Flairs in the kits!! My favorite embellishment at this moment.


Again more pictures from facebook! This is my daughter with her friend "shopping" at the mall, trying on prom dress...JUST FOR FUN! They had a great time doing it. 
I really enjoy layering all the pieces in the kits. I used one of the exclusive die cuts that Jessica adds to the kits. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you were able to pick up a kit this month, I heard they sold out fast!!!!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March Kits: Mr. Brightside

For the month of March I'll be using the Scraptastic, Mr. Brightside Kitcoordinating add-on, and the stamp set. I'll also be using some of the other set of stamps as well.


Everything on this layout in included in the main kit and add-on. 
* I have one little tip...on the Awesome Day pattern paper, I have layered it with a sticker from the Photo Freedom Elements sticker sheet. I stamped the image of "100% fun"-well I used black ink (don't remember which one) a couple hours later I went back to write my journaling and smudged the stamped image all over. After a little cleaning up I restamped the image with Staz-on ink and no more issues.
Isn't that a cool piece of flair! On the yellow ticket, I stamped the "life's little details" image. Stamped phrases are so fun to use!
I think the colored MME enamel dots in the add-on are my most favorite colors ever! 
I bet you can't wait to see the sketch I used, stay tuned to the Scraptastic blog!
I highly recommend grabbing an extra set of the EXCLUSIVE flair with your order! I love these!
Until next time...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Scraptastic's January Color Challenge


For the month of January, Scraptastic Kit Club has a great color challenge for you! This month our colors are dark and light blue, green, grey, and I used an accent color of reddish orange.
I used the color combo and came up with a double page layout.

The Great Outdoors

As soon as I saw the plaid paper, camping came to mind! Our family loved to camp in the summer. I picked some random photo's from last summer camping trips and combined them for 1 layout. 

I used a Mr Huey mist, which I had purchased from the shop called Sunset (just a side note...the mists are on sale right now, grab them while they are available!! I used it on the mistable thickers to give my layout a little more color. The mist matched the arrows and hearts really well.

I think it's so cool there are 3 alphabet set with the kit/add-on. It really gives it a fun look!

Hope you will join us for January's color challenge. Here's the blog post with all the little details:  BLOG

 Have a great day!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Decembers All of the Lights Kit

I haven't had a chance to share my layouts using the December All of the Lights Main kit and add-on.

Ferris Wheel

I loved that I had taken some photo shots of the Ferris wheel, they went perfect with the paper. At the time I took them I had no idea why I was taken them. It must have been the scrapbooker in me!  The Ferris wheel word sticker is actually from my supplies-it is from the Midway Collection 12x12 sticker sheet. I used the Midway Sew fun banner. They were really easy to stitch, punch out and adhere to the page. 


Really, how cute are those duckies from the Midway collection? I love them!!! These pictures are from the school fun fair at the pick a duck game. 


This layout is one that I have re-scrapped. I don't recommend rescrapping layouts-especially if you want to stay "caught up." But seriously this is one of those layouts that every time I looked at I asked myself-what were you thinking. I had random size pictures on it, mismatched papers and products, no date or title. So it looked like a great layout to redo!

One of my favorite pieces is from the add-on kit they are the Heidi Swapp word stickers-aren't they just the cutest?!?!?!

Those are my 3 (of the 4) layouts for me this month. The Midway paper collection from October Afternoon was one of my must haves from the last CHA. I can't believe there is going to be another CHA around the corner before we know it. 
I have 1 more layout to share from this kit.
Thanks for stopping by today!