Sunday, July 27, 2014

Recent Cardmaking

Here are a few cards I have created lately. If you want to see more about these cards and other projects, check out my Studio Calico gallery. That's the place I've been posting my projects recently. ;)

Be back soon! :)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Keep Doing What You're Doing

I just love scrapbooking. The past couple of days have been proof of that. I have created some for-no-reason-and-just-because-I-love-to projects. It's so stress- relieving for me. I sometimes stress about how my page is or isn't turning out like I want it to, but when I just go with it, it's so much fun. It truly is therapy for me. Pretty paper and memory-filled photos? Yes, please! 

I have had this photo printed for a little bit. It's just an outfit selfie that I took right before going to work. But I thought, why not document how my "style" has come about from having to dress up for work? So that's just what I went about doing. 

Something went a little crazy on my layout towards the end of the process. I didn't like the plain white background, so I decided to stamp on it. Oops. It was too bold. So I painted over it with white mist, which usually lightens the color of the ink. But it smeared the mist drops that I had already splattered on my page. Double oops. I was tempted to just paint over it all with white paint, then I stopped. Why not just go with it?! That's kinda been my motto lately. ;)

P.S. Currently 8.5x11 is my favorite size to scrapbook. Less space to fill up and it seems like I have been doing a lot of single-photo layouts lately and so it's easier to do a smaller page with one picture.

P.P.S. I used the gorgeous Studio Calico kit add-on "Merlin" that I won from the Just Two Midwest Girls challenge blog. I LOVE IT! If only I could afford to subscribe to Studio Calico... I'd be in heaven. 

Ok that's it for today! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Picture Perfect Day

So I'm being a good girl and sharing a layout that I haven't posted here on the blog yet! I made this for a Hip Kit Club sketch challenge a couple of months ago. 

I used the Cosmo Cricket "Saltwater" paper for this layout. Since this was a beach page, I thought I better use up my beach-y themed paper! Which, really, the patterns I used weren't very beachy. The bold blue floral print that I used for the smaller piece of paper inside of the yellow paper was a bit too much for the page. So I used some gesso and painted over the pattern. I had to scrape most of the gesso off, though, because it was making it to where you couldn't see the pattern at ALL. Oops. Then I added some blue watercolor to look like water after the gesso dried.  

I diecut the "picture perfect" part of the title with my Cameo and then painted it with some mist from Studio Calico. I LOVE this shade of pink. Then I added "day" with my favorite thickers. ;)

Enamel dots and epoxy brads are some of my favorite embellishments. 

Thanks for stopping by! I will have more projects to share soon! :)


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Scrapping on the Go: A Mini Album

We are home for a little while! Yippee! We had been gone for a week for vacation/ some other stuff and then we came home just to turn around and go back out to Missouri for my grandmother's funeral the end of this last week! Needless to say, we are happy to be in the comforts of our OWN home. My bed's gonna feel good tonight. 

Anyway, with being gone so much, I haven't created anything recently. And I was dying. So I packed a little tote bag of scrappy goodness to take with me this last trip. 

It's hard for me to narrow down from my huge stash what to bring. But, I have found that if I think of a project to do, then I can make a kit of things that I want to use. 

I decided to make a mini album-- one of my favorite things EVER to create. I printed some mini photos of Laura that I took back in May and packed some new products to play with. I packed my Lemonlush mini pad from Studio Calico, along with some other SC embellishments. I also brought along my watercolors + waterbrush + watercolor paper. I love using watercolors. I am FAR from being an expert at using them, but I still love the beautiful effect of them. 

I made my album 4 inches x 5 inches, so I could use the 6x6 paper pad for some of the pages. 

I even stole some packing from a table that my brother had bought for a page in my mini album. 
Adds so much texture!

This page was a bit tricky. I wasn't being too patient on waiting for the watercoloring to dry, and my writing on this page was kinda messy. It started peeling up the paper in some places. 
But thankfully you can't really tell it. ;)

And just some close-ups of the album! 

Here's to hoping I create more and share more! :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Sorry there hasn't been a lot going on here on the blog lately. Sometimes I feel at a loss, not knowing what to share. So in the midst of silence, I'll just share a "what I'm doing right now" post. I always love reading other posts of this sort, so I hope you enjoy. ;)

Right now we are in Missouri for my grandmother's funeral, so with that being said, I will try not to make everything sad and Granny-related. 

Thinking: that it's crazy that I will be 20 this October. I'm getting old. :)
Listening: to One Direction, as always 
Creating: mostly layouts lately, with some mixed media too
Reading: new magazines for this month… Southern Living, Country Living, Real Simple
Feeling: weird that I haven't been to work in so long. Well, I worked Monday, but still. I will have been off two weeks this coming Friday if you don't count Monday. It's weird. Puny paycheck, here I come! LOL
Wishing: I could travel somewhere fun. Hopefully someday soon! 
Wondering: If I have forgotten a lot of what I learned in school. We'll find out when I start college this fall! 
Wanting: to continue on with God's plan for my life, even when I can't see where I'm going… still trying to get used to "flying by the seat of my pants" (as my mom would say) 
Eating: popsicles and slushies are my summer faves
Loving: swimming and being outside when it's sunny. And my iPhone. 
Not Loving: that things cost money. Why?! Why can't I just quit my job and travel the world? 'Cause then I'd be a bum, that's why. Haha. 

Ok so that's where I am in life right now. Tell me something about your life right now! I'd love to hear it! :)


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Job 23:10 (my last SFTIO project!)

I'm sharing my very last layout for SFTIO today! :'-( I decided not to continue on the design team for another 6 months, since I'll be starting college this fall. I will miss it, but I thought this was the best decision for right now. 

So here's my last project:

Here's a little bit I have on the SFTIO post today. I wanted to share it here too. 

"But he knoweth the way that I take." Whether that path is straight and easy-going or hilly and curvy. It's a comfort for me to know that my Heavenly Father knows me and cares for me. And HE knows where I'm going. I don't know how many times I have referred to this verse over the past year or so. And it's in the book of Job, of all places! Do you know how much Job had to go through?! Basically all of his belongings taken away or destroyed, including his family! And he still said, "God knows the way I take." Wow. What a challenge. Through everything you go through, you can still have God as your guide. :)

Just a few words of encouragement! :) And thank you Scrapbooking from the Inside Out for the awesome time! 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life is Good

Yay for another SFTIO project! This page is totally "me."

This page is pretty funky because it's a 8.5x11 inch page turned sideways! That's because I had already trimmed a couple of inches off the map background paper and so if I would have turned it the other way it would have been sideways. But hey, it worked. I think it looks pretty cool, myself. :)

I made this page about how I am satisfied with my life right now and the direction that I'm going. 

My journaling reads: "I'm pretty satisfied with where I am in life right now. Sometimes I get antsy on days that are super lazy, stay-at-home-all-day days. I like doing stuff. I want to TRAVEL. But I read somewhere that "it's okay to live a calm life." A crazy calm life, yes. Haha. Seems like this year has flown by so far. So I'm trying to enjoy this stage in my life." (Of course I had to add in that I want to TRAVEL because one, I want to travel. And two, there are so many cute traveling icons in this month's kit! Blends perfectly.)

I absolutely love the 3x4 journaling cards in this month's kit. You can do so many cute things with them. Simple things like lining them up, like I did here, or making cards with them, or making a grid pattern layout, or… lots of possibilities! 

Be sure to check out the SFTIO blog today to read my other post about this page! :)