Thursday, February 16, 2017

A new NATURE project

Hello friends!

Today I'm bringing you the beginning of a new project I am starting. I love to snap nature photos on our family hikes & I think my growing collection of them calls for their own album. So I'm choosing my favorite nature photos to include in a 6x8 mixed media album. Whenever I feel the urge to get messy, I'll get out a nature photo for my little album.

Here's my first layout!

This is one of my fave photos I've taken recently on a hike.  I found these little guys growing on an old picnic table.

My plan is to just put the place I found the photo & the month and year.

I've been researching my mixed media, and they use a lot of chipboard. I do not have a ton, and I've looked in my local stores, but couldn't find much either. But then I thought, why not use my cricut on some cardstock? So I did that here with the leaves and branches.

I used some brown ink to color some cheese cloth for more texture, as well as to color my woodgrain stencil.

There's cork paper under there too, as well as some corrogated cardboard. Who needs chipboard?

So far I'm with my little project, and can't wait to see what becomes of it! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Have a HAPPY baby! - A SID sketch

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm bringing you a quick card today that I created with a sketch from Stick It Down.

I gave this with a small scrapbook and pocket cards as a baby gift to record some baby memories.

Here's the original sketch


Paper - Chickndiddy
Chipboard - American Crafts

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 13, 2017

You & You - a More than Words Challenge

Today I'm bringing another layout of my foray into mixed media. I used this month's prompt from More Than Words blog - to use an ampersand and the theme of together.

Here's the current challenge:

I had some fun with this photo of my boys playing in leaves on Thanksgiving. I'm so thankful for these little boys who love each other & love playing together.

I do not really enjoying using a ton of flowers on my layouts, so I'm on the lookout for unique alternatives. I'm about to start a new project scrapping my favorite nature photos, so other natural elements beside flowers are on my mind.

Here I have used some moss I had leftover from another project, and I found these fun, fall colored pompoms on clearance the other day.

The green netting is from a bag of avocados I bought at the grocery the other day.

Pipe cleaners & floral wire also appear, as well as some small gold beads.

I used some copper metallic dust with my texture paste, as well. I made that green leaf with hot glue & paint. Some old dictionary pages, a gratitude stamp, and an old paper leaf round it out.

No list of supplies because that paper is as OLD as the hills, and the supplies are really bits and pieces. It was super fun to create though!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

WDW & family - It's what I LOVE!

Happy Sunday!

I'm kicking this week off with another great challenge from Lasting Memories - to scrap about things you LOVE.

I actually almost always scrap about things I love. However, in particular, I LOVE Disneyworld (and Disneyworld scrapbooking) & my little family.

I also took all these layout photos with my new iPhone 7 plus (with a camera as good as my DSLR!) which I also LOVE! I'm telling you, this camera/phone is a game changer!

I made this little cut file in Cricut Design Studio just by welding together some circles, then I sewed it down to my paper.

I added some ephemera bits & layer some papers behind the photo, and it was a super simple, quick page! There's my little family.

Oh I also splattered a bit of black tattered angels and some yellow HS shine.

Yellow paper - Becky Higgins Sunshine collection
Layering papers - Echo Park and Pink Paislee
Ephemera & stickers - Echo Park
Rubber Stars - Studio Calico

Thanks for looking & I hope you play along at Lasting Memories!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

#Italy - a Challenge YOURself prompt

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a new layout inspired by a challenge over at the Challenge YOURself blog. The challenge is to use RED and STAMPING on your layout. As always, you're also required to scrap a photo of yourself!

I thought this would be a great challenge for a photo of my mother and myself from our recent Disneyworld trip.

A trend I have been seeing more of lately is non-white backgrounds, and I'm LOVING it! I have never adhered to the mostly white background layout exclusively, so maybe I'm just happy that my style may be starting to trend? Haha!

I softened the black background paper with some silver texture paste and a heart stencil, as well as some new white HS color shine I just got (although it looks silver to me!).

We took this photo in "Italy" in Epcot. I thought it was just such a pretty display. It was a beautiful day as well.

I incorporated the stamping aspect of the challenge with this Tim Holtz Rome landscape stamp that I embossed on some vellum & fussy cut.

B&W polka dot paper - Becky Higgins
Buffalo check paper - American Crafts
Star paper - Pink Paislee
Doily - Michaels
Red Chipboard sticker - Me & My Big Ideas
Stamp - Tim Holtz
Metallic texture paste and Color Shine - Heidi Swapp

Thanks for looking!