Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holly Jolly is on Pinterest!

Hello lovelies! 

I am popping in for a short bit here to share with you that I've started some Holly Jolly boards on my Pinterest account! I made a board of all the products, so you can now easily add any of your favorites to your wish list boards. ;)

There's also a Holly Jolly inspiration board, which I will continuously keep pinning projects I find that feature my Holly Jolly collection! How fun, right? Make sure you share your work if you use my collections-- you might just find it on one of my collection inspiration boards! :) 

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you can keep a tab on all of the crafty goodness that is going on around here! 

Happy Sunday to you! I'm looking forward to going on a date night tonight with my hubby. I miss him since he works 12 hours a day... :'(

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wedding Inspiration Planner

So for one of my last me & my BIG ideas design team projects, I shared my wedding inspiration pages that I had made to go into my wedding planner extension pack. I loved doing this because it helped me see everything that I wanted out and on a visual mood board. 

When I had first started wedding planning, I knew I wanted a very deep burgundy to be one of the colors of our wedding. I feel like it's such a fall/ December-y color and I knew it would be nice to pick a color that I could actually find flowers in! :) 

Then I saw this pin. And totally LOVED the colors. I feel like the peach is such an unexpected color with the burgundy. Very unique! Plus I wanted deep magenta bridesmaid dresses, so this color scheme was perfect.

Then we ended up settling on champagne bridesmaid dresses, and that changed my whole ideas. Champagne just does not jive with coral if you ask me. So this is what we came up with: burgundy, a lighter pink-y coral (ended up just using that color in our invitations... no where else), and blush. 

So here's the overview page on the left and then the decoration for the chapel on the right. We used a local church and Oh. My. Goodness. It was gorgeous. I remember taking a little tour of it when we were looking for wedding churches and I was so in awe of it. It was built probably 100 years ago (?) and such charm to it. 

Here are the reception area plans. We diy-ed everything, including the cakes (which we kinda wish we hadn't done)! I bought this wedding cake topper from Alexis Mattox Design. That was one of my "splurges." I didn't HAVE to have a cute and fancy cake topper, but I got one anyway. ;) Alexis Mattox Design have really cute designs for wedding cake toppers AND any occasion cake toppers. 

We bought fresh eucalyptus from a wholesale florist in Birmingham for the reception tables. It was wonderful. Looking back at these photos, we didn't use NEAR the amount that this picture shows, and I kiiiiiiinda wish we would have added some more greenery down the tables to make it look more full (I'll show you pictures when I get them), but what's done is done. And we stayed in budget. ;)

Wedding vow ideas (we wrote our own in addition to reciting the normal ones) on the left page, my bridal wear inspiration board on the right. 

Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen and invitation planning! We hand punched confetti to put in all of the invitations. I designed the invitations on a pre-gold foiled invitations from Office Depot (I found them on clearance! Yay!). 

I really wanted the girls to have burgundy flats to wear with their champagne dresses... I looked all over for them, and couldn't find any that I wanted that were in my price range. And then one day at Walmart-- tadaaaaa! $5.87 shoes. Bam. Done. They were the perfect color and I was sooooo happy to find them! 

And my favorite page-- floral inspiration!! We used Whole Foods to do the flowers. I don't know if you've ever been to a Whole Foods, but their flower section is absolutely GORGEOUS. When I saw online that they did floral arranging, I knew that I wanted them to do the flowers for our wedding. This was a BUDGET wedding, I tell ya! :) They turned out gorgeous. Can't wait to show you pictures of them. 

This project went up on the me & my BIG ideas blog back before the wedding, so if you want to see that blog post, click HERE (I didn't want to share it her until after the wedding).


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bright & Happy Birthday Card

Happy December 1st! I wish I could say that I have a ton of christmas projects to show you, but with traveling with K most of the time, I haven't gotten around to making many holiday projects this year. Plus it's so hard to find good lighting to take pictures of projects when you're staying in a dark hotel room. :\ 

So instead of sharing a Christmas project with you, I have a fun, bright, cheerful birthday card to show you today. (Which is actually fitting since we are currently in Miami, FL where it's nice and warm and sunny!) For my birthday back in October, Mom actually picked up something scrappy that I had told her I wanted-- the She Blooms collection kit from Illustrated Faith. It's available at Hobby Lobby, and so with a sale, you can get it for about $5. Super, duper cheap for some really pretty papers and stickers.

I made this card for my sister-in-law, Cara. Lately I've been in a creative funk, so I went with one of my old faithful designs-- lots of paper strips with little bits and pieces tucked in here an there. I think it turned out cute! 

On ONE Christmas note, I can't stop listening to the new Pentatonix Christmas album: A Pentatonix Christmas. It's amazing. Maybe this awesome music will inspire me to make some holiday themed projects that I can share with you soon. I hope so-- stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful... for Baby J

It fits that I share this album right around Thanksgiving... in case you didn't know, I have an adorable little nephew named Jordan. He just turned the big ONE at the end of October and I wanted to make him a little album documenting his first year. Well, of course it's not really for him, but for his momma and daddy. ;)

How does this connect to Thanksgiving? Well, I am very thankful for little J. He's the cutest little thing and has brought so much joy into our family. My parents love being "Papaw" and "Mamaw" and to see them just light up with Jordan is around is one of the cutest things ever. Not to mention getting to SPOIL a little nephew! It's a lot of fun. 

So here's a peek at the little book I made for baby J (that's what I like to call him... although he won't always be a baby!). I used a needle and embroidery floss to bind the little book together. Also, I had to use my phone to weigh down the cover or else it will flip open. Hah. Good thing I had just bought a new phone case.  

I mixed a lot of products in this album. I just dug though my stash and picked out things I wanted in the album. Baby things and not-so-baby things. I like the mix. 

On this last page, I put an envelope with some extra photos (more recent ones) inside. You can see a close-up of it a few pictures down. 

These photos crack me up... every time I would take my phone out and take a picture of J, he would totally ham it up for the camera and laugh and smile so much. He's adorable. :)

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I think the thing I will be most thankful for this year is being home with my husband. :)


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Happy Happy {summer vibes}


It's been a while! Well, I am now a MARRIED woman ;) and life is fabulous. Kevin and I got married on Saturday, November 12th, and the day was simply amazing. It was more than I had ever dreamed of, and everything went perfectly. I had several people tell me, "Be prepared for something to go wrong, because something will." But nothing really did! The night before the wedding, after rehearsal, there was a little scare that we didn't have the mom's corsages, but that was solved the next morning when we found them. 

I will try to share some photos of the wedding whenever I get them. I know it will be a while before we get the professional photos back, but I will have to ask around and see if anyone has some snapshots of our day. 

For our honeymoon, we spent a week at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. It. Was. Amazing. We didn't want to come home. :) But here we are. I guess there's this thing called reality. I am traveling with Kevin (he was already traveling for work before we got married), so I might be blogging more considering that I will be stuck in a hotel room a lot of the time! :P I'm looking forward to it though. I love traveling, plus having my hubby around will be a great plus. 

I suppose it's better late than never to share a card I made with my Summer Vibes collation. :) The collection is still available in the Pretty Little Studio shop, so make sure you pick some up before it is discontinued! I made this card for my good friend Katie back in September. I think this was the very first project I made with my Summer Vibes line and it's one of my favorites. It turned out even better than I had expected it to.  

To make the cute sentiment, I stamped the letters on various patterned papers (Shoreditch alpha stamp set from Kelly Purkey) and then cut them all out. I typed the extra parts of the sentiment (the "belated birthday" part) with my typewriter and then adhered it all down. I added some machine stitching to make the card more textured. Also, the gold polka dot pattern that I used for the background of this card is actually VELLUM, which I think is super cool. I'm a fan of gold foiled anything, though. 

I'm very happy with how this card turned out, and I hope Katie liked it too! :) 

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some more crafty adventures! 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Holly Jolly is Here!

Yesterday I came home from West Virginia to a nice big box of my new Holly Jolly collection. Ahh, it's so cute. It's so exciting seeing things come together like I was imagining them.

I hope I get to share some projects made with these projects soon-- we will have to see because I'm getting MARRIED 10 days from now (whaaaa?! Seems like yesterday we got engaged). Maybe after the wedding and honeymoon I can create some fun projects with these awesome products. :)

Have you ordered your Holly Jolly products? Click HERE to do so if you haven't! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

me & my BIG ideas Favorites

It seems so weird to see my me & my BIG ideas family continue on into a new design team term without me. (cue sad face) I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 2 years that I have gotten to spend with them, and I will value that time forever. They're the reason I got to attend CHA this year and therefore the reason I got to meet so many awesome scrappy ladies! I'm so grateful for this awesome opportunity, and I'm looking forward to the future as well! 

I wanted to reflect some on my design team terms, and I have chosen several of my all-time favorite projects from the past 48+ projects I created for me & my BIG ideas.

This love page was a really personal, but fun, project. It's really neat to make these kind of pages because, here I am, a year and a half later, about to get married! Life is exciting and amazing. :) 

These notebooks were super fun to make.  

This Christmas garland was a favorite because of the simplicity and the POM POMS! I want to put pom poms on everything. :) I saw this super cute pom pom garland in the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby that I might have to go back and buy. It's super cute in person. ;)

I totally enjoyed making this walkthrough tutorial. Overhead scrapbook process are such a pain to make, but I think they look so awesome when it's all said and done. 

I did a LOT of HAPPY PLANNER™ project this past term, and this spread is one of my faves. So bright and cheery. 

And probably my favorite project of all.. this one. It was probably my most popular project as well. Maybe that's why I like it-- I know others liked it too. ;) 

Thanks for stopping by! It always means so much to me!