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Saturday, September 28, 2013

One More Sneak...

Just one more sneak before I get to share what this is for on September 1st! It's going to be something amazing...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

You are a Delight

I have a page to share with you that I made using the new Dear Lizzy "Polka Dot Party" papers. I found the paper pad at Hobby Lobby for $14.99, so with a 40% off coupon, it was only $8.99 plus tax! Pretty good for brand new CHA releases! So, I bought something new. I'm still using up my other stash though! :P

The challenge over at Scrapbook Circle was to scrapbook favorite photo. This photo of Laura and I is one of my favorites. I just love any photo we get though that we both look good in! LOL My current obsession is turning photos black and white… makes them match my scrapbook products a lot better! Actually, I just like how b/w photos look. I think it's flattering. 

Stuff I was trying to use up: the Heidi Swapp "delight" word in the title. I only have one more sticker in that pack! Yay! Also the Chic Tags label strips. I thought they looked cute to add a bit of journaling, but not too much. And I also finished off a pack of flair from The Paper Bakery with that little instagram badge. Trying to make room for new stuff! :) I think I'm going to order some new stuff for my birthday, which is in a few weeks! 

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Love Fall!

Just a quick post to share this little fall banner I made to send to one of my friends who's at college. She got it Monday and loved it! This is for the Whimsical Twist challenge HERE.

Hey Buddy

Popping back in with another BOY page! :) The other week I posted a layout about Blaine. Well, now I have a page about his brother, Landon. 

This is Landon.

Landon is three years old. My favorite age ever! Kids that age say the funniest things. Like one day at church, Laura was holding him and letting him play with the bulletin board at the back of our chapel. He kept looking and looking at Laura's braces. I said, "Yeah, one day you'll have those." And Landon smiled and said, "No, those are only for girls!" I guess he had seen pictures of his mom with braces too, so he just deducted that only girls have braces! We tried to explain to him that boys had braces too. I don't think he was convinced. ;P

I made my layout with this sketch from Chic Tags. I thought the big triangle was uber-cool, and I thought it'd be fun to scrapbook these photos of Landon and Mater. 

I got out my stash of Chic Tags to use for this page and found that I liked the color scheme on the "here & now" tag. I just took that tag to my paper stash and matched papers from all sorts of different manufacturers. I used My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories, Allison Kreft, and even the new Dear Lizzy "Polka Dot Party" on this page! That awesome misted background is a print from the Dear Lizzy line. How cool is it??

Arg... I had typed my blog post out on my notepad app and when I copied and pasted it, I accidentally clicked "copy" here on the blank post instead of clicking "paste." So there goes the three paragraphs I was going to say about my layout. I HATE it when I do that!!!! And I'm too frustrated now to type any more. So I guess you'll have to just look at my layout this time. ;P

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hello Baby

Today I have a baby card to share. Yes, a baby card. I rarely make those! :P A couple in our church are adopting a baby girl and so I made a card to go with a little gift we bought for her. I have had a mini pad from Glitz for a while that is all PINK. I thought that would be appropriate for a little girl! When it comes to baby girl stuff, I go all girly. Pink, frillies, the works. I guess I'm just a girly girl when it comes to stuff like that! 

I used this sketch from Pam's World of Scrap for the card. I loved all the layers in this sketch. I left out the grid because that didn't really work with what I was wanting for this card. I always keep this Karen Foster baby stamp set around for when I need baby embellishments. Works great since I don't keep other baby stuff around! I used the little teddy bear stamp on this card. I thought it looked so sweet and feminine. :)

I stamped the date of the baby's birthday on the little tab from Pretty Little Studio. I like to do that on birthday cards! 

And of course it wouldn't be complete without some enamel dots. I also cut out my stickles for a little bling on the card! I forget how much I love stickles!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sneak Peek

Wanna see what I have been working on this week?

More to come on this October 1st! I'm keeping you in suspense until then! :) 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Love This Boy

I'm sharing a layout today that has one of my favorite boys on it! :P This is Blaine.

He's my second cousin's little boy. They live not too far from us, and sometimes we have Jana and the boys over. Boys meaning Landon and Blaine. Landon is 3 1/2 years old and Blaine is 1 1/2 years old. They're both very special to me. Blaine has a special little place in my heart. We go to church with them and they sit on the bench across from the one I sit on. Blaine will just grin at me and walk to the end of their bench, just looking at me. (He knows not to come across! :P) I just love him!! 

So, last week they came over for Jana's birthday. I got a few pictures of both the boys. I love to scrapbook them! They're about the only boys I scrapbook. I mean, I scrap my brothers and dad every now and then (ok… maybe not even that!), but it's fun to scrapbook little guys!

I had this photo of Blaine that I thought was so sweet. Blaine loves to have his picture taken. He'll pose for you, smile for you, or do something silly so you can take a picture of him. TOTALLY not like his brother. I tried taking a picture of Landon and I told him to smile. He said, "I can't smile." I replied, "Ok. Frown." He said, " I can't frown." So I just got a dud picture. Later I did get some ok/semi- good photos, but Blaine. Oh, he's such a doll. Ok, I better get to talking about my layout now!

I have no idea why I got the urge to pull out my Allison Kreft "Color and Composition" collection, but I took it out and found that there are some awesome boyish colors in it! I chose the colors turquoise, yellow, and white to go with the neutral black and white and woodgrain. I watched a Two Peas video recently that Wilna Fustenburg (sp?) had done and she had taken her Glitz Designs stamp roller and rolled it around in gesso on the background of her layout. I thought it looked pretty cool! So, I used that technique on my page, just with white paint. I think I got the same awesome effect with paint. Someday I'll buy some gesso… it just seems so expensive! The paper didn't warp hardly any because the Webster's Pages paper is AWESOMELY thick. It's in a class by itself as far as quality goes. I looooove their paper!

By, the way, I made this layout all myself. No sketches, no scrap lifting. This page is all "me." :)

I have seen lots of hidden journaling lately in the scrapbooking world, so I did that on this layout. I used a cute little glassine bag and a Pretty Little Studio tag that fit perfectly down inside it to house my journaling. I repeated the black and white with the word strip stickers from Pebbles. I also used some neutral wood veneer to reiterate the woodgrain feel. 

That's about it. Of course I could go on and on about this little boy, but I won't. I'll do that on the next post! haha. Just kidding. :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Yum *Paper Bakery Sketch*

Right now I'm trying to back-scrap pictures that I printed a while ago. Ok, a while ago for me is a month or so. I made an order to Persnickity Prints (I wanted to try out their instagram prints) and I always tell myself NEVER to do that because I don't scrapbook them. I look at them and go, "How do I use all those pictures on this one page?" or something like that. It's like, if I have my photos pre-printed, my brain freezes. And I don't even have ice cream! :P Ok, cheesy. I love printing to my needs. Like, maybe for some reason I feel inspired to scrapbook photos from last Christmas. So I just print out whichever ones I want. But if I had all the Christmas photos already printed in a stack, that would be too daunting to me. So, right now, I'm trying to scrap all those photos I ordered… Plus, my ink in my Selphy is out and the ink in my HP printer is almost out… so I'm trying to prolong buying ink as long as I can. LOL I don't think it can wait too much longer.

Anyway, I had these photos printed of me eating a cookie at a local-ish restaurant sometime this summer. Why I printed them, I'll never know. First of all, I'm not crazy about photos of me. Second, silly photos of me? Please no. I'm ok with a photo of, like, Laura and I, but not just me. But, I was telling myself to scrapbook all of the photos I printed, so I went ahead and put these on a page. 

I used this sketch from The Paper Bakery. 

At first I wasn't too crazy at how the layers lined up against one another. I guess when I layer, I like only bits of each pattern sticking out. Not a lot like this sketch. Then I thought, "Hey! I could add stitching!" So there was my solution. I added stitching to each layer of paper and I think that gave it a more finished look. Plus I used a Paper Bakery kit! This one's called, "Boardwalk." It's the kit from August. Now all I have left of this kit is bits and pieces! Trying to use up stash, trying to use up stash…

Anyway, there's two less photos in my stack to scrap! (I'm actually now almost done with the stack… I'm just telling you about it at the tail end! Hee hee!) Stop back soon! I'm trying to auto-post a little bit so it's not too boring around here. :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Mind's Eye: Cut & Paste

I'm breaking my routine of sharing my Project Life 3 weeks at a time. I made this spread for a challenge! Over at My Mind's Eye, the challenge was to scrapbook Labor Day. Since I was already going to be putting Labor Day in with my PL, I just thought I'd go ahead and enter in the challenge! I looked back at my photos and I didn't have any pics from Labor Days gone by, so I just stuck with documenting this Labor Day!

I used the new Cut & Paste "Flair" collection from MME for this spread. And some stamps from the Collectable line as well. I love the pink, blue and black/white color combo in this line. So cute and cheery. I did something a little different for this week. I was inspired by Missy Whidden (who actually made the example page for the challenge) and painted some white over the really busy patterns. She usually uses paint or gesso or something artsy on her pages and so I thought I'd try it out! 

I'll reshare this page later and tell a bit more about what we actually did this week. But for now I'll just show you what I did with the awesome products! :)

And a card! Yippee! I used this line to make a card for one of my friends who is having a birthday next week. I loved the little chalkboard frames on one of the pages. Plus I'm a huge fan of fussy-cutting, so I cut out some of the little frames to use on this card. I'm entering this card in the Whimsical Twist challenge to use chalkboard on your project. I just love the chalkboard trend that's appearing everywhere right now. Where can I find me a chalkboard shirt...? JK. :P

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Scrapping a Couple More Graduation Pictures

Hello and Happy Monday! 

Lately I have been LOVING Ellle's Studio products. (I cannot wait to get my hands on the new lines, Penelope and Noel!) This layout that I'm sharing today was made with ALL Elle's Studio products. Mostly the Serendipity line. I have been trying to scrap all of the photos I have had laying around before printing more. So, I had these photos from when we took our group class photo at school. I used the Elle's Studio sketch from last week for this page.

I liked the two pieces of paper behind the photo. So, I used different papers behind each of my photos (since I had two instead of just one) and put them together. It gives the page a divided-yet-together look. I had been sticking to the color palette of blue, pink, and yellow (my favorite color combo!) and then when I was looking for a brad for the top left folded part by my photos, I found that I loved the light green touch! So, I got out some of my Jillibean Soup die cuts that had some green pieces in it and stuck a couple more pops of green on my page. 

I am also entering this page into the Crazy for Cork challenge over at the Scrapbook Circle. I used my Cork printed thickers on this page, along with a cork arrow die cut from Fancy Pants! I think the cork looks awesome with the Elle's Studio products!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Project Life: Weeks 32-34

I'm finding out more and more that I just LOVE doing Project Life. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed knowing I have so many layouts I could do… so many photos to scrap… but Project Life is so perfect to get my "scrapping bug" out. Project Life is all about scrapping the little things in life, and I like that. Of course I also try to add the bigger things in with my PL spreads, but I feel like I include the bigger moments in my actually scrapbooking, so I get to focus more on the everyday things that make me smile in my Project Life album.

Week 32- I used my Citrus Twist Life Pages kit for this spread. I didn't have a lot of photos for this week, so I got to use a lot of those cute little filler cards on this spread. This week was Vacation Bible School, so that was my focus on this spread. Oh- and see that "A Wallace State of Mind" card on the bottom right? Well, I was thinking that I would attend Wallace State Community College so I cut out part of the catalog to add to my PL. The cool part was that the orange-y color of the letters matched my spread for this week perfectly! 

Week 33- Yay! Our vacation! This was hard to pick which pictures to use on this week because I had so many from the whole week. We went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and stayed in an awesome 3-story cabin! Although it looks a little shabby on the outside, it was beautiful. All the other cabins around it were so pretty and perfect looking on the outside, but ours looked almost burnt! It was gorgeous on the inside though!! It made up for the outside looking bad. 

The top left photo… my brother, Nathan, bungee jumped while we were on vacation! He's the dare devil of the family. And then he talked Laura into riding the "Skyscraper." He tried making me, but I was NOT going to make myself sick. I hate rides that go around and around. Anyway, the "skyscraper" was this big arm with two seat on the end that turned while it was going. Laura said it was like an extreme ferris wheel. She screamed the whole time. But, she's the screamer of the family. LOL 

I used "The Pier" collection from Crate Paper once again. I am trying to use it up while it's still summertime. I used lots of wood veneer on this spread… an awesome Freckled Fawn frame and some cute stars from Studio Calico. For a while I didn't have that many different wood veneer pieces, but now I can say that now I have quite a variety of wood veneer! I used a cute Silhouette die cut on this page too-- the "we were here" was a freebie from the silhouette store. I like using my Cameo every now and then!  

Week 34- This week was a week where I didn't have a lot of photos again. I did have some photos of my scrapbook desk, so even though that wasn't ALL I did the whole week, I used those photos because I didn't have any others. This week was basically about me deciding NOT to attend college. I have decided to skip college for now. There's lots of reasons why, but I like just putting it as I don't think college is God's plan for my life right now. Yes, I hate the uncertainty of my future, but I just didn't feel college was right for me. And yes, I'm a valedictorian not going to college. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I put my college ID (that I had already gotten!) in this week's spread. I like that I'll be able to look back and say, "Oh yeah-- that's when I 'retired' my ID." Haha. 

I applied for some jobs during this week, so that's what the Pier One Imports card is from. Trying to do something with my life besides scrapbook it away. LOL I used the "Here & Now" collection for this spread. I love the bright colors and chalkboard prints in this line. I even added a piece from my We R "Chalkboard" mini pad for the WEEK 34 card and I think it fit right in! I love it when I can sneak in pieces from other collections and they look just like the line I'm using! :) 

There's my Project Life up to date. I just love doing it! I'm sure it'll be so fun to look at years down the road and see how I documented my life right now. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog!