Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just A Second 2013 - 1 Second Everyday

If you are looking for some inspiration for documenting your life, check out this awesome video on YouTube.  I don't think I could keep up with the video thing, but it gives me lots of ideas for what I want to do with my scrapbooks.

Hopefully, you are keeping warm during this polar vortex.  Have a great day!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

Today's layout has pictures from a road trip I took with my children, following a family reunion at the Oregon coast a few years ago.  I love these pictures because they show the special bond that my kids have.  They enjoy each other and almost always get along!  Weird, I know! 

This road trip was fun because we were stopping at every lighthouse that we could find.  In doing this layout, I realized that I must scrap more of this trip.  We just had so much fun!  This page was made using mostly Studio Calico kits.

Do you have some old pictures that move you?  Scrap them and give them a home in your family album.  When my daughter saw this layout, she started talking about the things that she remembered from that trip, things that I didn't even remember!

Happy Monday!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Epiphanie Bags

If you own a digital SLR camera, you are familiar with the fine line between a functional and fashionable camera bag.  Last year, I purchased an awesome camera bag that had great pockets for everything and fit everything that I wanted to bring with me.  I was pretty, but it was the shape of a camera bag and it was big!  I found myself leaving the bag in the car so I wouldn't have to lug it around.  Not a great everyday bag.

I was on a quest for the perfect bag.  I wanted a fashionable, comfortable, roomy, colorful, and affordable bag.  That's all!  Well, after much searching and reading reviews, I came across Epiphanie Bags.  I was in LOVE!  After about an hour of debating, couponing, and consulting my photog friends, I picked the Lola in mustard yellow.  I have to sacrifice the granola bars and three different hand lotions in my old bag, but everything from my old bag fits in my new one!  Here's what my new bag looks like...

The price was right, too.  After the coupon (that was deducted twice for some reason- lucky me), my new bag was $125.  Not bad!  So far, I love this bag! 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Sweet Girl

Happy New Year!  I am excited to be starting a new year with new goals that I will share in a later post.

I have been wanting to share this layout since I completed it in November, but I got busy and it got tucked away.  I was inspired to do this layout in a most horrible fashion.  In mid-October, I discovered that the two sets of backup discs that I made of my 2005 photos were blank!  2005 was the year the my daughter was 2 years old and it was also when she started preschool.  I was just sick about the fact that a lot of her special moments were gone.  Long story short, I paid $500 to send my corrupted old hard drive to a level 2 data recovery company.  My files were recovered, thankfully, but during the month of waiting I came across what I thought was the only photo of my daughter from that year.  It had been on the refrigerator since 2005 and I knew I had to preserve it now, more than ever, because this may be it.  It took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to do with it, but in the end, I just wanted to convey the love and admiration I have for my Sweet Girl.

This layout was made from mostly Studio Calico kits/products.  I am very happy about how it came together.  Usually, I am pretty methodical when it comes to adding ink to my layouts, but let go this time and it turned out better than what I envisioned.

I am working on clustering more elements on my layouts, too.  I am a major hoarder when it comes it my supplies.  I don't want to "waste" any of it!  But I am learning to let that waste-not mind-set go for a more creative spirit. 
My favorite part of this photo is her hands!  I remember how she used to hold her hands out like this when she was concentrating or being careful.  Anyway, I am thankful to the teacher for capturing this candid moment of my daughter's life.
Hope you enjoyed my layout and have a great weekend!  Stay warm!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1st Day of School

It's almost Halloween and I am just now doing a "1st Day of School" layout!  Better late than never! 

Anyone who's been around me knows that my life is all about my kids.  I am their cheerleader always, but this back-to-school photo reminds me that they are growing up fast (*sniff, sniff, tears*).  I love this photo because on this day, I realized that my kids have become each other's cheerleaders.  My son went with me to the bus stop because he couldn't wait to hear about his sister's day.  They are there for each other, encouraging and listening and caring.  They are learning and growing together.  It makes my heart happy!

I have not done a page layout in months, so I started by cutting out a few options for my background with my Silhouette Cameo on gold American Crafts POW! glitter paper. AC POW! glitter paper is the best paper for die cut machines because it doesn't shed or clog the blade housing.  Most of the products used in this layout are from the SC Double Scoop kit. 

Once I picked the background, I started layering papers and embellishments from Chic Tags, My Minds Eye, and Lily Bee.
I used a whole package of MME enamel dots on this layout!  I love how it made the page pop!

I also love how the enamel dots add some glossiness to the page.

Here, I layered some Chic Tags to add some depth and interest.

These are some embellishments that I made with the negative of my die cuts.  I just could not waste any of that beautiful gold glitter paper!

Finally, this is a close up of the photo, so that my mom and mother-in-law can see how much these kids have grown!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, September 27, 2013

OMG! How do I use that?

Well, after a much too long break (4 months) from blogging, I am back with my favorite scrappy chic, Adrienne, for another installment of "OMG!  How do I use that?".  Exhibit #1...

This paper didn't thrill me when I first saw it.  In fact, I pretty much knew I wasn't going to use it.  So I flipped it to the B side and was happy with the colorful triangle pattern.  Problem solved!  Then a few weeks ago, Adrienne asked me if I had used this paper yet.  We talked about how challenging it was to use this paper.  Is it a background?  Should it be cut up?  Should it be colored or painted or misted or splattered?  So the challenge was issued and here we are.

Now, this summer I collected some new products that I hadn't used yet and have been dying to try out.  Neon!  Neon pens, mists (not shown), and daubers. I love the idea of neon, but I lack the guts to "just do it" because once it is on the page, you can't get rid of it, unless you cover it!  So baby steps were in order.

For this challenge, I decided to do a Project Life page.  That way if I messed up, I could just throw out the part that wasn't right.  I started by cutting apart the words and phrases on the paper.  Then I made some PL cards with the neon daubers.  Warning: neon daubers are highly addictive!  Once I saw them hit the page, I was in LOVE!

This is the first card I made for this layout.  This was also my favorite phrase from the paper.  My girl is a HAM!  She got these goofy glasses in her stocking last Christmas.  I love how the neon makes the words jump off the page.

This was simply a photo embellished with a few Heidi Swapp arrows stained with the neon daubers.

On this photo, I used a stamp roller to add a little neon.  I also filled the white outline of the arrow from the paper with a neon pink Sakura Moonlight gel pen.  I added the "hey" to the corner.

These two cards were fun because I got to use my owl stamp and microbeads (my favorite texture/element).  I dyed the wood veneer shapes with the dauber.  The card is sprayed with neon Mister Huey's.

This is a close-up of the microbeads I used to fill the hearts of this Pink Paisley mat.  I used Glossy Accents to glue the microbeads down because it dries clear.

These are just more filler cards.  I love the clouds from the paper!

I love how this title card turned out!  Simple and cheerful and bright.

This is the whole layout put together.  I like how it turned out.  Bright, but not overwelming!  I will even admit that I actually like that paper a whole lot more now, than when I first saw it.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Now hop on over to Adrienne's blog to check out how she used this paper.  Have a great weekend. TGIF!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

OMG! How do I use that?

Large alpha papers are NOT my favorite type of paper.  They are either too busy for my taste, or they are a pain to cut out.  This paper was no exception.  This paper was in the SC Orion add-on.  I took one look and was convinced that this would not go well!  Here's the paper...

For this challenge, I cut this paper apart.  My plan was to make a title out of the letters, but the real challenge was how large the letters were.  I figured that my title needed to be short and sweet.  To start the layout, I added a pattern to the background with modeling paste and then misted it in gold. 

I then started working on a layered banner that was inspired by a tutorial by Wilna Furstenburg.  I love how the banner turned out!

The end result reminds me of those vintage postcards that have the location spread across the top. 

Go check out Adrienne's take on this challenge.  Hope you all have a great Thursday and happy scrapping!