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!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Art of Animation - a pocket page

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm bringing you a rainbow themed pocket page documenting our stay at the Art of Animation resort at Walt Disneyworld. I loved making my other rainbow projects recently, so can't stop won't stop!

The colors in my photos were very bright and energetic, so a rainbow theme worked so well. I kept the backgrounds of the cards bright white to balance the page, and I did a white border around each photo.

I love scouring Instagram for inspiration, and I definitely used two cool techniques I've seen on there recently. I borrowed the letters over the photo idea from @ScrappySarah & stamp within a stamp idea from @gjoysy.

I put a tiny piece of washi on my card before I stamped my large letters, then removed it to reveal white space within which I stamped my smaller alphas,

I'm loving the clear stickers in the new Say Cheese III collection by Simple Stories! That's the white sticker on the top right corner photo.

I mean who doesn't want to shower under the sea?! I used up all my As on my Hakuna Matata - good thing I found another pack of those Amy Tan thickers at TM!

The tabs behind the top photo are rainbow washi folded over, and used as pull tabs for an additional photo that didn't fit on the layout. I like the fun, interactive element, especially for a photo that isn't spectacular which I don't mind hiding.

I loved making this fun, bright, rainbow page! I also really enjoyed using more stamps in my scrapbook.

Green Thickers - Amy Tangerine
Magic Stamp - Echo Park
Art of Animation stamps - Stampin' Up
Ink - Stampin' Up
White stickers - Simple Stories Say Cheese III
Puffy stars - Freckled Fawn
Heart paper - My Minds Eye

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wish Upon a Star - my first Process video!

Hey, friends!

Today I'm really excited to bring to you the first process video I've ever made! I faced my fears and some dislikes I have, and I created a process video of a page I made for my Disneyworld scrapbook. I used some mixed media & created a sketch.

Please be honest with your feedback. Let me know ways to make my videos better, if you like them, if they're useful, any anything else you may want to see!

Since my photo was dark, I wanted to accent with silver and stars. I did a bright white background to offset the dark photo.

I used Heidi Swapp texture paste with a stencil that mimics the Epcot Spaceship Earth sphere.

I also stamped strars with black & did yellow Heidi Swapp shine splatters to accent the side papers.

I adhered the sequins with foam dots to pop them off the page a bit.

The black paper & clear photo stickers are from the wonderful new Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection!

Check out my YouTube video and let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Still with the butterflies ... a MTW challenge

It's a rough Monday after springing forward, but I have a little something to brighten your day, I hope!

Today I'm bringing you the layout I created for the More Than Words March challenge to use the word beautiful and a butterfly on your layout.

I just really adore how this all turned out!

This year marks 14 years as a couple & this man can still give me butterflies. 

I found this lovely pack of Prima butterflies at Tuesday Morning a while back, before this challenge was posted, actually. So when I saw the prompt, I knew they would be perfect.

Luckily the color scheme ended up working well with this photo I made him pose for last Sunday, which he laughed and called, "stupid," but he did it!

I chose a fun paper with orange and yellow flowers, gessoed it, stenciled small polka dots & used Heidi Swapp shine in Salmon. I also threw a little black shimmery Tattered Angels on there too.

I stamped a couple of small butterflies in black ink.

I layered my photo with oranges, and broke that up with a small black and gold doily and some white lacey Heidi Swapp paper I found on clearance a while back. I love that stuff!

I used my cricut to cut the gold parts of the title out of metallic paper, and to create the "typewriter" look - which I will do a bit smaller next time.

I also embossed a few Maya Road chipboard pieces in gold to tie that color theme together as well.

I had picked up these black paper straws on clearance, so they tied the black color theme together well and gave good dimension to the layout.

I continued the title down my MM stream, as it was so long. Then I scattered the Prima butterflies around the page.

I think this may be my prettiest MM layout to date, since I began with the art earlier this year. I love it!

Flower paper - Studio Calico
Heidi Swapp Shine in Salmon
Tattered Angels glimmer mist in JackOLantern
Gold foil paper - Me and My Big Ideas, Mambi
Butterflies - Prima
Straws - Recollections by Michael's
Chipboard - Maya Road
Gold embossing powder by JoAnn's
White flower laser cut paper - Heidi Swapp

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

1 great birthday! - A Lasting Memories layout

Hello, friends!

Today we have a new challenge for the week over at Lasting Memories & I really hope you join us.

The challenge is to use lots of numbers on your layout - and make it birthday layout, if you have birthday photos available!

My friends and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on my birthday last year & it was a blast!

I used more of my stamps from The Ink Road for the numbers to countdown my photos.

I back my photos with some of my favorite washi tapes. In the first photo we met Stan, the driver of the Knight Bus!

The middle photo is us modeling the HP shirts I made with my Cricut :)

These HP themed papers are from a Reminisce collection called Wizarding 101.

It was a super fun trip!

Thanks for looking & don't forget to play along with our Challenge at Lasting Memories this week!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

My Bear Cubs - A Stuck?! sketch

Happy weekend, friends!

Today I'm bringing a layout of my two little bear cubs that I created with a wonderful sketch from Stuck?!

My parents bought my boys matching bear cub jammies & they had a litttle photos shoot in them one evening haha.

Here's the original sketch:

When I first saw it, I immediately thought it would be great for my Disneyworld scrapbook. However, I had these 3 little cub photos & it just worked out. But don't be surprised if this sketch pops up again in a bit using my new Say Cheese III collection and some Disphotos.

I brought out the red for the pjs, and some plaid for the coziness (and because I adore this Hampton Art bear stamp!)

I matted my page with constellation paper because jammies are worn at night and all. I used a zigzag stitch on my machine to border the page with red wooly twine, another cozy element.

The green paper was a scrap circle I had, and added a 3rd accessorizing color into my layout.

I was blessed to win an amazing prize of The Ink Road's newest stamp collection, and this little adorbs stamp is one of the **many** that sweet Lara, the owner, sent to me.

I had a lot of fun creating this page. These boogers have grown so much since last May when the photos were taken <>. I wish I could keep them little.

Also, side note. I recently purged my papers, and I had a pack of Kraft with Christmas patterns that I will likely not use anymore. Howevever, I had no problem turning the page over to the blank side to use on this layout - keep that in mind for your tired papers with white backs as well!

Constellation paper - Becky Higgins
Navy Heart Paper - Fancy Pants
Gingham paper - Studio Calico
Red wool twine - Michael's
Bear Stamp - Hampton Art
Quote Stamp - The Ink Roadd
Red ink - Stampin' Up
Green star paper - Crate paper
Red polka dot tag - Simple Stories
Red plaid - Echo Park
Red Star - Pink Paislee
Navy puffy alphas - Fancy Pants
Red puffy alphas - Color Theory
Puffy green stars - Studio Calico
Red 2 sticker - Studio Calico
Navy dot stickers - Heidi Swapp

What a hefty list today!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Instructions for a Good Life

Today I'm bringing you a layout I recently made that maybe be one of my top 5 favorite layouts I have ever created!

I have always loved rainbows & when I looked at this Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful collection, it just called to me to create a rainbow inspired layout.

I love a black and white photo with a rainbow layout, so they don't clash. This is a photo of my son at the top of a cliff we climbed earlier this year. I thought since it looks as though he is contemplating life, the layout should include some life advice!

Those puffy clouds were too adorable & had to accent my photo at the top of the world!

I cut out the go from some cork paper, and used my stamp ink to color it in two tones to match the patterned papers.

I sewed a border around the layout and periodically added in thread in colors that corresponded with the rainbow paper pattern.

I did two tone inks on the wood veneer as well.

{Please ignore that pesky green puffy dot sticker which appears to have migrated to the yellow portion of the page - it has since been reprimanded & relocated!}

I had so much fun creating this page, sparked by a recent Bible journaling layout I did, which you can see on my Instagram here.

Coral, yellow, green vines, and aqua crosstitch and background patterned papers - Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful
Aqua cross paper - My Minds Eye
Wood veneer dream - Bella Blvd
Wood veneer wild - Studio Calico
Outside & Stay alphas - Amy Tangerine
Big alphas - Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful
Puffy stickers - Fancy Pants, Freckled Fawn, Heidi Swapp

Thanks for looking!