Friday, December 27, 2013

Catching Up - Vacation Pictures!

Back in October, we went to Puerto Rico for a few days.  We spent most of the time sitting around the pool but took time off one afternoon to go on tour of the Bacardi Factory and Old San Juan.  My birthday was a few days before we went away so we also celebrated down there by going to Morton's Steakhouse.  Here are a few of the layouts with vacation pictures.

I love how this layout turned out!  That Fancy Pants paper does all the work so all I had to do was add that Amy Tangerine journaling block with some lettering and called it a day!

This is a super simple layout that I completed for a Little Yellow Bicycle challenge on A Cherry on Top.  I really love that "love" and cloud transparencies.  

I love this flower paper with the wood grain. When I was making the layout, I jumped the gun and wrote out the journaling under the photo (looking at other layouts, seems to be a resounding trend of mine).  Then I found a journal card that would work perfectly. Except I already journaled!  I ended up turning it upside down and added that cute wood plaque (also Fancy Pants) and some flower stickers from Pebbles Inc. since they matched perfectly!

This layout is for the Sucky Selfie Series.  We are getting pretty decent about being centered in the photo but we don't always check the zoom and we end up with of teeth. ha!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I Didn't Forget About This Blog

I've been a busy little scrapper bee over the past few months.  Here are a few pages I have done since I last posted.

We have been taken lots of selfies this year and of course some of them are not so great.  I decided to incorporate them into my albums as part of a series.  Here's one of the better set of pictures we took.  This page is almost all Park Bench by Fancy Pants Design.  I ordered to whole collection and after moving it around for a bit, I applied Shimelle Laine's Perfect Collection process to it and made several layouts using up the collection.

On this layout, I sewed my first (and only) banner.  The papers are mostly from the Pebbles Sunnyside collection. I have to say it's one of my all time favorites.  The colors are so rich and vibrant.  I love that among the oranges and teals and hot pinks they included navy to kind of anchor it.

I dabbled with my first monthly kit club in the summer.  I dove head first into Noel Mignon's Kit Club.  I feel like it's the grand daddy of kits.  It is jam packed with papers and embellishments but I found it wasn't for me.  I resented getting white or craft card stock each month, who doesn't have that in their stash already? And how difficult is it to match white or craft cardstock to any collection? I thought coordination was part of what we paid for.  But I will say I received some beautiful papers that I really enjoyed working with.

This is one of the layouts where I used papers from one of these kits.  It's based on a Shimelle Laine sketch and except for the little tile letter stickers, uses items exclusively from the kit.  It came together beautifully!  The papers were from My Mind's Eye Notable Collection plus some thickers, simple stories letter tiles and some twine.

Other than being pictures of my cutie pie niece, there's nothing special about the layout.  I was trying to experiment with clustering there at the bottom.  There's some Beautiful Life by Echo Park and Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because plus thickers, always thickers. ha!

I completed this layout for a theme page challenge.  It's odd that it's for Halloween since it's a holiday I never celebrate (not for religious reasons but for "don't like costumes" reasons).  I think it's cute & simple. I recognize some K&Company paper but I can't remember what company made the die cuts.

I'll update more soon.  :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Use it or Lose it Challenge Recap

Phew...I finally finished.  I completed 20 layouts using a stack of last chance papers and scraps.  I am happy it's over and while it was tedious to flip through the same papers over and over, I am kind of glad I did it.  These were papers that survived a couple of purges because I was sure I would use them. I did use a lot but I am very ready to give them away now.  As the end of the challenge drew near, I started to save the "good pictures" for when I could use new papers.   I can now donate the left over papers with no guilt.

This challenge taught me to be more prudent about buying papers and it's motivating me to use more from my stash before buying new supplies. I had to set aside and amazing assortment of new supplies to complete this challenge and I just can not wait to dig in.  I hope to feel that way with all my future purchases instead of getting used to seeing it pile up.

Here are all the layouts from this challenge which I started March 23rd.


Monday, May 13, 2013

A New View

I did it!!  This is the final layout from my Use it or Lose it Challenge.  It's a simple layout but I like it's simplicity.  These are some pictures of rides in Disney from a different angle, from Tom Sawyer's Island to be exact.

Use it or Lose it #20!!! - A New View

I used a cream bazzill cardstockfor a base and added some My Mind's Eye papers.  I sprinked some black Mr. Huey's Color Mist in opposing corners.  I stapled some some paper twine (how's that for a blast from the past??!).  The title is Jillibean Soup chipboard letters and Making Memories tiny letters.

Now the challenge is behind me.  The leftovers will go to my friend who works at a psych hospital.  She collected a ton of supplies back in January but said they can always use more.  I am so glad to get some things out of the house and that it will go to people who will enjoy it.

Friday, May 10, 2013


I am in the final stretch of my layout challenge and really really struggled with this one.  I don't like it at all.  I don't really care about telling this story.  I am just ready to be out of this challenge.

Use it or Lose it #19 - oops!

The papers are My Mind's Eye and Echo Park papers.  The journal block is from Echo Park as well.  The letters of American Crafts and the buttons are from my stash.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stand Over There

Here are some more babysitting pictures.  It's the same night the pictures on Smile for the Camera were taken.  Once the picture was snapped, they would come running over to see the picture.  Then someone would say "Stand over there" so we could try taking another/better picture.  That never really happened

Use it or Lose it # 18: Stand Over There

This is My Mind's Eye and Studio Calico papers, Stampin' Up bling, Freckled Fawn wood veneers and some washi tape.  I border punched the lighter blue paper and added some stitching.  The sewing machine really gave me a hard time, I think I need to get better thread.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fun Times

Last year, I went to Florida with my sister and her kids to visit our mother.  Most of our family lives in the area so we hosted a get together at the hotel so we could see everyone and so they could all meet Ben and Rebecca.  There are a host of pictures from the afternoon.  It was a really fun day and it was so terrific to see everyone at once.

Use it or Lose it # 17: Fun Times

Ok, surprise surprise, I used My Mind's eye papers here.  There is also Making Memories (pink polka dot) and bazzill cardstock. I also used bakers twine from the Twinery, Stampin' Up bling, American Crafts Thickers and a frame from my stash.

This layout is based on a sketch from Scrapbook Generations which I followed almost completely.  I hand cut the larger clouds and used a Fiskars punch for the smaller one.  The butterfly is from a sizzix die.  I cut two, sewed it down the middle and used some foam dots in between the layers for some dimension.