Thursday, August 31, 2017

S'more Please! - a SID sketch

Well, nothing like waiting until the last minute, but I have a layout for the August single page sketch over at Stick It Down.

Here's the original sketch:

I just had to! I finally broke into the precious Pink Paislee Outfitters paper I've been hoarding.

I also used my new stencil from Clearsnap that I received as a prize in the mail the other day!

I picked out some gold, coral and navy sequins to compliment the Pink Paislee paper. I also tied the ephemera title together with the page with the turquoise texture paste.

Usually all my camping pages end up with wood grain and cork - I just feel like it adds to outdoorsy feel a bit!

Legit, this kid will make us build a campfire in the rain because you just cant't go camping without a fire!

I love this fun loving kid! I had a lot of fun getting a little messy with this layout, and I knocked out some hoarded pieces from Outfitters and that title piece I've been keeping for just the right photo!

Gray background paper - Studio Calico
Mountain Paper - Pink Paislee
texture paste - Heidi Swapp Shine
Wood veneer - Heidi Swapp
Smores ephemera - Pebbles
Cork - DCWV
Hexagon stamp - Ink Road Stamps
Hexagon stencil - Clearsnap
photo layers - Crate paper

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer YOLO - a Stuck?! sketch

Happy Fri-yay, y'all!

I'm bringing another layout created with a Stuck?! sketch today.

I loved this fun diagonal sketch!

I stash busted some old, favorite ribbon on the diagonal, and used one of my favorite papers from the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection.

No joke, ice cream was life on this cruise ship! Haha!

I used these pebbles ice cream pieces to layer around my photo and scraps from Crate Paper and a card from MAMBI, and the colors worked pretty well with the Simple Story collection - I love when that works out.

As usual, I had so much fun creating with a Stuck?! sketch!

Paper, YOLO card, stickers - Simple Stories
Ribbon - American Crafts
Ice cream - Pebbles
Green layering card - MAMBI
red and yellow layering papers - Crate Paper

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bros before Bows

Happy Eclipse day!

I hope you have your safety eye wear & a good view today!

I'm bringing you a fun little page I made of my boys. Do you ever use color schemes that you love to wear to inspire your page?

I'm super into a cream, black and army green  look right now, so obvs I dress my boys in the same, and I let their clothes inspire the layout.

I just can't be onboard with the lights, brights, pastels with a plain white background all the time. It's beautiful and I admire it, but this page is so me.

I matted the page with an olive green, and the newspaper page is a vellum, which I overlaid on a white cardstock.

I used some random pieces of cardstock from my stash for the layering pieces. This die cut piece is one of a pack of Heidi Swapp "decorate paper" I got on clearance from Joann and hoard because I love them so much!

I stamped the bear on textured cardstock then embossed with the same olive green for a tone on tone that turned out fun!

I love throwing in the pops of black to offset the cream and green.

As usual with my boys, I can never pick just one of the multiple photos it requires to get them in a good pic together. So I used all of my favorites!

That's a baby finger pointing to his brother and saying "Heath? Heath?"  Haha, he awoke naptime a little too early for me to complete this process alone.

Those gold glitter pieces were put in tie together the title, which I found in my favorite way of coming up with fun title - searching pinterest for toddler tshirt ideas!

My oldest may not agree, seeing as how his bff is a big wearer of bows, but I do hope they will make this a mantra at some point! LOL

Green cardstock - DCWV Adventurer
Newspaper vellum - K & Company
Black doily - Joann
Green checked paper - the Paper Studio
Map paper, black/cream chevron, and black tag - Studio Calico
Die cut paper - Heidi Swapp
Bear stamp - Hampton art
Heart stamp - Ink Road Stamps
Key - Joanns
Bros and Bows alphas - thickers
Washi - Recollections by Michaels

I had so much fun creating this page! I hope it inspires!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer Vibes with my Guys

Happy Fri-yay, people!

I'm really digging on some Summer layouts lately, so today I'm bringing you another!

I was inspired by my friends over at Paper Issues and their Working Title Challenge to use Summer in your title.


Y'all! They had this beautiful Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection for $5 at my Hob Lob! What?!

Can I also just say that I totally just had to go look at the name of the collection & it's part of my title?! Maybe I subconsciously knew it? IDK. I think I'm just totally in sync with my LOVE - Simple Stories.

I'm such a frugal crafter (read: hoarder) that of course I couldn't just use the ENTIRE PIECE of my favorite paper from the collection on one page. So, I cut a border from this gorgeous  hombre, sunset inspired paper, and went all Missified with my stamp inks and packaging smooshing on some white cardstock.

I smooshed some turquoise/aqua at the top, coral and pink in the middle & orange at the bottom. I was quite happy with the effect.

One can never have too many layers, AIR?!

True confession: My cricut mat is in need of replacing, so after it butchered some of the cloud cut files, I couldn't ask it to cut me some paper strip borders. I used my circle punch to create a couple of scalloped borders!

The larger cloud is fussy cut from the SS collection, but the others are from cricut.

I adore the label stickers from the collection! the little confetti stickers went great with my Heidi Swapp shine splatters.

This particular photo only too about 100 shots. He kept holding his breath and going under before I could snap it!

I loved using the stickers with an hombre affect to match the papers. Blue atop and pinks/corals down below. Man, I love lazy pool days with my boys!

I had so much fun creating this mixed media, summertastic layout!

All papers and stickers - Simple Stories Summer Vibes
Guys alphas - Amy Tangerine
Other alphas - SS Summer Vibes
Inks -  Stampin Up
Splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Wittle Pig Blanket - a LM challenge

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you my layout for this week's challenge at Lasting Memories - All About Animals around the house!

I used this photo of my son & his special most favorite blanket ever, and the little cuddle-bug thief who will completely steal it if he leaves it laying around.

"Who? Me?" I love that squishy face she gets when she has been asleep. Heath left his blanket on the couch this day, and I took this photo of Lola later in the day because I knew he would think it's funny she slept with his blanket.

I used "Wittle" in my title, because that's exactly how Heath would ask for his blanket. I used this page to journal about how his grandmother probably never intended this special quilt that her grandmother made to be his every day favorite blanket, but his dad gave it to him young, and he basically imprinted on it. He wants it to sleep with almost every night - stuffed animals can rotate, but not his blanket.

I journaled the story on this 3x4 card, and slipped it in the vellum bag I used as the photo background.

This little cuddle pup knows she is queen of the house!

patterned papers - WRMK
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers
Pig - Studio Calico
cardstock stickers - Webster's Pages
Enamel stars and dots - Studio Calico
3x4 cared - Hip Kit Club

I hope you will play along with our challenge this week at Lasting Memories and scrap some pages about the critters at your house (maybe even some uninvited ones?!).

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Ready to Flamingle - a Stuck?! Sketch

Happy weekend, all!

Today I'm bringing you a bright, fun layout full of summer I created with a sketch from Stuck?! sketches.

I just adore these photos of my youngest and this flamingo float that he thought was a real animal, basically!

Here is the original sketch

Awesome, as always!

Haha! I just now noticed that my background paper is a grid, just like the sketch! Totally unintentional, but so funny!

I journaled about how he talked baby talkd to the "bebe" flamingo and just loved it so much! He is the one that plopped down for this photo, I definitely didn't direct it!

I had these Dear Lizzy pink alphas I've been waiting for the perfect project to use, and this was it! I also used the amazing new alpha stamp set from The Ink Road and fussy cut them.

I love creating these bright, summery pages!

Blue background paper - Webster's Pages
Polka dot paper - MAMBI
Pineapple paper - MME
Flamingo paper - Craft Smith Co
Yellow polka dot paper - Pink Paislee
Puffy circles - MME
Pink alphas - Dear Lizzy for Crate paper
Flamingo paperclip - Cocoa Daisy

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Handsome & a little rude

Hey hey hey!

Happy August! There are so many fun & exciting things happening this month. My term on The Ink Road Design Team begins, I'm participating in not one, but two projects for the Scrap Gals 100 Day Project, and other fun plans are up my sleeves!

Today I'm posting a pocket page companion layout to a 12x12 layout I completed for the Ink Road August challenge. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the challenge isn't quite in full swing yet, so the 12x12 layout will remain a mystery until the challenge is posted! But I will share it's companion page, and you can take that as a sneaky peek!

The page is full of photos, but the expressions were just too much in each one - I couldn't get rid of any!

My oldest was not feeling a photo shoot this Easter day, and he was smiling here against his will, probably about a fart joke...

... and the little one thinks he is supposed to stick his tongue out for photos - thanks to Snapchat!

I used scraps from the 12x12 coordinating page to bring the colors and patterns across to this pocket page spread.

I'm trying to be very aware of including the story with my pages, so I journaled about how sometimes you don't get shots of both boys together or smiling because THAT'S REAL LIFE. We have so much real life right now with a 1 yo and a 4 yo. Ha!

Be sure to check out my 100 days projects on the Instagram.

The hashtag for my scrappy project is #SG100daysprojectpocketpalooza. The goal is to fill at least one pocket of a pocket page each day and hopefully make a dent in all the ones I need to complete! Find that @scrappinhappy. Also check out everyones' projects under the tag #SG100daysproject.

I also decided to do a photo project which I will share on my personal IG account @nataliedill. It's the hashtag #whereIstand, which I belive will be a unique perspective on our everyday life - documenting our events from a photo of our feet. That will be a fun mini album!

Thanks for looking today, friends!