Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bear Cub

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created for my youngest little cub. I adore bears and cubs and what not, so of course I loved making this page!

I have this one coveted sheet of white cardstock embossed with a wood grain pattern that I got at the Studio Calico sale last year and that I wish I had about 100 thousand other pages of! I used it for this page, so I knew I had to make it one of my favorites. I started with one of my favorite outfits of my Lachlan, any outfit with animal ears will get me every time!

These Jasmine Jones letters from a December Daily kit I also got at the sale have lasted me a surprisingly long time.

I wanted to pull out the navy from the photo, so I chose a navy bear. I did some navy splatters, and added gold because of the photo background and I needed another accent.

I stuck with a wood grain theme and used this little frame & sticker as embellishments. Seriously that face - 5 days old - **sobs**.

To separate my paper layers, I sewed a "pleat" on some vellum, and I tied some twine together in red, blue and gold. I adhered that with gold staples.

I added some gold rub-on stars for a final touch. I'm happy with how this sweet photo layout of my babe turned out :) I miss the baby stage!

Embossed White cardstock *swoon*, hi sticker and gold stars - Studio Calico
Wood grain frame - Pink Paislee Cedar Lane ephemera
Tree sticker - Remarks
Splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine
Light wood paper - Craft Smith Pumpkin Spice collection
Red x paper - Studio Calico Thataway collection
Arrow - American Crafts
Alphas - December Daily Jasmine Jones collection
Bear ephemera - Recollections by Michaels
Chipboard Perfect - Me and My Big ideas

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Bro!

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created with a splatter technique I've been noticing as "on trend" lately and wanted to try out. I've been seeing layouts with colorful, almost rainbow-like splatter patterned backgrounds, and we all know I am a sucker for rainbows.

I really love how it turned out!

I had this super busy, colorful photo of my boys in their sleeping bags, and rather than do something to tone down all the colors in the photo, I embraced it!

I used almost all of the colors of spray and shine that I have and kept it in a concentrated area.

I added side borders with my sewing machine. I have also been loving seeing rainbow & black and white together.

 I used some lime embellishments to pull out the lime in the embellishing paper, and I matched my writing to the title green, just to bring a cohesiveness to the page. When you repeat colors or elements, it makes the page balanced.

I love how the enamel stars and dots added to the splatter section.

Those sweet, happy little faces are too cute - they get me every time! I'm sure this "sleep over" was the first of many!

Black and white stripes and chipboard stickers - Me and my big ideas
Rainbow paper and hello paper, enamel stars, stamp sticker - Studio Calico
Camera paper and circle paper, green letters, fabric banners - Amy Tangerine
Splatters - Heidi swapp shine & Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Hello title - simple stories

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dreamer - a MTW challenge

Happy Hump Day, friends!

And I'm officially OVER the hump thanks to Good Friday!

Today I'm bringing you a mixed media layout I created with this month's prompt from More than Words. The prompt is to use black and white plus one other color, and to create a page inspired by the word Dream.

 Here is the prompt from the blog. It was a super fun challenge!

I used some gesso, then some texture paste with a stencil, and covered the paste with pink embossing powder and glitter before it dried, to mimic the gorgeous clouds in this sunset photo.

I added a textured stamp in black & some black tattered angels splatters.

I cut some clouds out of vellum from my cricut, so you can still see the texture below. I inked the edges to make them pop, and of course, sequins.

This little bit of dream themed ephemera from a collection by Shimelle just worked too perfectly!  I added some thread, some old tickets from Studio Calico and a couple of gemstone circles.

The pink, heart sunglasses are from WRMK Urban Chic & were also perfectly made for a page such as this!

I originally was just scrapping this photo of God's beautiful world for no reason, but on the day I created this page, I lost a friend from high school way too young. She left a husband and a beautiful baby boy, and left me with so many thoughts. I used this tag to put a few down and tuck them away. It is a reminder that this world is not our home. We may be selfish and want to keep our loved ones with us, but when they are no longer suffering and have gone home to their reward, why begrudge them that?

So hug your loved ones tight tonight & live your life to its fullest!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lucky - Sketch in Thyme GDT

Hey everyone!

Today I'm excited to bring to you a layout I did for a guest design team spot over at Sketches in Thyme.

I created this pocket card for a page about my boys on St. Patrick's day a few weeks ago. I've been super loving rainbow pages lately, and this goes right along with my love.

Here is the original sketch:

And here is the card within the themed pocket page.

Green has always been a favorite color of mine, and I had a lot of fun with the sequins & the green, glitter shamrock.

Green Lucky Charms were on the breakfast menu, of course!

I had so much fun designing with this amazing card sketch! I hope you will go play along with Sketches in Thyme!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Magic on Main Street - A Process Video

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a fun Disney page I created with Simple Stories Say Cheese III.

I've been doing a lot of work for design teams or design team applications, and I just wanted to sit down and work on something solely for myself - it felt good!

I have been seeing more and more dark backgrounds, which I love. While I definitely see the pleasure and aesthetic of a white/light background, it is overdone IMO. I get so excited when I see my favorite designers post a darker page on IG!

I wanted to use my new castle stencil and RED, and I thought it would stand out well on black.

I also added red embossing powder and glitter. On the video you cannot tell the effect, but you can see it nicely in the photos.

I have to remind myself that I buy these ephemera packs to use - not hoard! I have been doing more intentional buying, not just of clearance items and hoping to use them - hoping to really make only pages I adore.

Sewing on a layout adds an element I believe that looks it took longer to complete a page than it actually did! Like you do a lot of extra work. There I have a custom embellishment cluster from sewing together a few ephemera from the collection.

While I have been buying more intentionally,  I make exception for Thickers found at Tuesday Morning! You can never have too many Thickers! I was excited to use these for the first time - black foam sparkles!

The little frame is from an older Say Cheese collection.

I love how it turned out & I hope you enjoy the YouTube process video!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Somebunny is Hoppy - a LM challenge!

Hoppy April Sunday!

Today I'm bringing you a layout created for the first Lasting Memories challenge of the month - to use flowers on your page.

I had so much fun creating this layout with so many textures and layers!

You want flowers? Here's your flowers!

I used some gesso to soften my busy, gray flower paper. Then I sprayed Heidi Swapp shine in salmon and stamped some aqua floers. I used some cheesecloth for texture, along with some avocado bag which reminded me of green Easter grass.

I was generous with my flower placement. I used the same salmon HS shine to color some of my small white flowers to bring out more of the pinky color.

I had a lot of fun with the layers. I used a lot from the Pink Paislee Citrus bloom stack and from my scrap bins!

I have quite a few of these giant alphas I picked up at the SC sale a while back (fingers crossed for another soon this year!) and they're sooo big, I've not even used them yet. I just went with it though. They went well with my pinks and I actually love how it turned out!

Easter egg paper - American Crafts
Gray flower paper - Pink Paislee Citrus Bloom
Green alphas - Amy Tangerine
Pink alphas and flower stamp - Studio Calico
Large flowers - Prima
Small flowers - Recollections by Michael's
Striped washi - Freckled Fawn

Thanks for looking & play along with all our spring themed challenges this month at Lasting Memories!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Birthday mini album - in a Traveler's Notebook!

And there's that old Monday again ...

But I hope to brighten your day with a little project today, a mini scrapbook of my son's first birthday photos in a Traveler's Notebook. Creating this project was so fun, quick and easy! If you're looking for a quick little book that can be completed in one setting - here ya go!

Partial paper sheets or 6x6 pads work great for these projects, along with washi tape & fun embellishments.

I used some project life cards here and stamps are another great thing to use in your TN!

I embossed those balloons with stamps and fussy cut them to match the photo. It was a fun little project.

You can check out a flip through of the entire album on my YouTube channel! I created the project specifically for the current Freckled Fawn design team call, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This is the face of 40 inches - a Lasting Memories challenge

Happy Sunday!

Today I'm bringing you a page I created for this week's prompt over at Lasting Memories - to use at least 5 patterned papers on your layout.

I created this layout for my Disneyworld scrapbook. I'm not sure what my block is, but I cannot seem to use the typical "Disney" papers on my Animal Kingdom pages. I tend to want to use darker, travel, antique and tribal papers.

I know that these dark colors are not what is currently on trend, but in 10 years no one will know! I just like to create what comes to me from the photo & these colors and themes of papers definitely enhance my photo of my son at the Animal Kingdom. I used some white Heidi Swapp shine to brighten and interest the background cardstock.

So the story is that Heath was disappointed we had fast passes to Everest & he couldn't ride. He was right at 40 inches, and you have to be 44 to ride Everest. I wanted to take his photo by these cool doors in the area of the ride, but he was pouting, so it turned out so sad! I posted it on my Instagram as "this is the face of 40 inches," and it was a hit. Poor kid. He will be tall enough the next time we go!

I picked out the papers to match the photo, then used the turquoise in the photo layering to make it pop. I used cork as well, so I picked some cork numbers to tie to the layering. You can see all about my embellishing process for this page on my YouTube channel in a quick embellishment process video.

Please excuse that random circle that found its way onto the page during photography.

Check out my video detailing my embellishment process. The best part!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Best Title Ever

Hey everyone!

I just had to do a quick post about this page I finished up today. Y'all I was so excited to complete my page, I forgot to drink COFFEE! What?! If you know me, you know that's wild.  Don't worry, I am making up for it now.

I created this layout about how my hubs just had to have a new Jeep last weekend. I have some hidden journaling that talks about how I was hesitant, but I just want to make him happy. And he definitely was happy.

Haha I'm super pumped about the title. You know Zack drove Kelly around in a Jeep on the shores of California. Power couple.

I used some aqua Heidi Swapp texture paste with this chevron stencil that looks somewhat like tire tacks for my Jeep page. I also splattered some Tattered Angels in Jackolantern.

I used all kinds of brands, and actually entered the page in a Spring Salad challenge for Paper Issues because I used Heidi Swapp, Mambi, Bella Blvd, Shimelle, My Minds Eye, Simple Storeies, and gosh maybe even more! I"m not entirely sure where all the ephemera bits came from because some were prizes.

I tucked my hidden journaling behind that right now tag, so it's right at the top of the page protector to be pulled out easily.

I don't normally do white backgrounds, but I really wanted to do the stencil, so I started with the white, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also have been wanting to try using some of the tissue packaging from my Cocoa Daisy kits, so I finally did that. I used it to soften the turquoise and pink papers I used for layering. I sewed through the middle to try to create a little ruffle, but I probably shouldn't have bothered because it doesn't come through well. Also, it's difficult to sew through tissue!

Thanks for looking & I hope you have a crafty Saturday!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lil Stinker - a Stuck?! sketch

I'm definitely not caught up on 2016 or anything, but I'm trying to stay fairly up-to-date in 2017 too, so today's page has super recent photos of my little guy from this week!

I used a wonderful sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Here's the original sketch, which I rotated:

I was reflecting today, and I thought that this time last year, I probably would not have added any of the mixed media elements I put on this page. It's nice to evolve your style.

I inked the rim of  a plastic cup and the rim of my shine top for the circles, and I splattered some blue, Heidi Swapp shine.

I used some orange tulle to add some texture behind my photo row, then layered circles.

I used papers from a Heidi Swapp paper pad I found the other day at Tuesday Morning. These American Crafts Thickers I had in my stash just happened to go quite well with the HS paper.

I fussy cut some bits from the paper pad and used some puffy Studio Calico stickers from my stash.

I inked all the bits with navy blue and added a few rain dotes & boom done. It was a fair quick little page & I had a lot of fun creating it. I always love Laura's sketches from Stuck?!

Thanks for looking!