Monday, January 28, 2013

Sister Act for Scrapbook USA Expo

Hello! I have a fun Valentine's Day layout using the amazing Lucky in Love collection from My Mind's Eye. Without getting too personal, I find myself without a Valentine this year. I am sure many of us are in the same boat! So when I was thinking about what to do for a Valentine's project I thought there are many different kinds of love besides romantic love. I found this sweet pictures of my adorable niece's in their pink PJs and I thought it was perfect! I love this paper collection because while it is vert cute and love-y, it doesn't scream Valentine's Day, so you can use it for other types of projects. And you will want to, because it really is SO fun. Here is my layout:
I love the blues mixed in the the pinks and reds, and the hot air balloons are just the cutest!!
Chevrons and arrows are really popular right now. These I fussy cut from a paper that came in the 6x6 pad for this collection. They were perfect. I arranged them in 4 rows, and popped up every other row with foam dots to give a little definition, and make them stand out more.
The collection also includes a darling sticker sheet that has not 1, but 3 different hot air balloon stickers. I love them all! I added one for a little extra embellishement.
Lastly I just added some fun foam letter stickers for my title and I was finished! It was really easy to pull it all together with all the great products from My Mind's Eye! Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2 Girls and a Bike... for LCOM

Hello my friends! I am back with another project for Let's Capture our Memories!! One of the cool things that they are doing now is taking the sketch and showing how it can be incorporated into a 12x12 layout, 8 1/2 x 11 layout and a card. So if layouts just aren't your thing, then there are many other ways to participate! This week I am showing how to use the sketch as a 12x12 layout:

This darling paper is from Crate Paper, and it is a little busier than what I might normally use in a layout, but I REALLY liked the vintage children's book spines, and thought I could make it work. Here is the fun sketch I got to draw from:
I love these pictures of my niece's sharing a bike-- the picture's were actually taken about a year apart. Some things never change, lol! Here are some additional details:

I just LOVE the fun vintage toy shoppe element of this collection. Really really cute and fun for little girl pages. I layered some stickers in a little cluster for some embellishment around the title.
 I can't tell you how much I LOVE this little girl- she was included in a die cut punch sheet with the collection. I popped her up on foam dots to really make her stand out.
Another quick and easy title using Thickers letter stickers. I like to mix colors and fonts (and sizes!) for added interest.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and looking at my project- I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to stop by Let's Capture Our Memories and join in the fun!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Face Paint for Sketches in Thyme

Hello folks! I have a layout to share with you today for Sketches in Thyme. This week we have another awesome double page layout to share with you. I know many of you love the double pagers. Personally, I prefer the single page, so I just converted it to a single page. Easy peasy!! Here is my layout:
How cute is my niece Emma!! She was so stoked to get the cute turtle painted on her face. She is totally at the age now where she loves to mug for the camera. This is totally beneficial to her aunt the scrapbooker, aka the "paparazzi".  I used Crate Paper's conveniently titled "Emma's Shoppe".  LOVE this collection, has a really cool vintage vibe, with a toy shoppe theme that is perfect for little girls. Here are some details:
I layered some fun stickers and cutouts in a cluster for embellishment. I popped some of them up on foam dots for extra dimension. I utilized some of the stickers for journaling as well. I am not big on journaling, usually just a simple name, date and location is all I need.
These thickers have a fuzzy/velvet finish. It's hard to see in the photo, but I like the texture it adds to the layout.

Here is the awesome layout we have to play with this week- be sure to come and join us in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Puppy Love for Scrapbook USA Expo

Hello friends! I am back with another fun Valentine's Project with the totally awesome 'Lucky in Love' collection from My Mind's Eye. I am once again highlighting a 'different' type of love than the romantic love you usually see with Valentine's Day projects. This is great for those of us who don't currently have a romantic relationship, but want to make a fun Valentine's project, or utilize all of the adorable Valentine's product out there. And Lucky in Love is no exception- I just adore the themes in this collection- especially the hot air balloons! Without further adieu- here is my layout:

This is me and my big boy Cash.  He's a big sweetheart, and he is going to be my valentine this year. I used my Cricut Elegant Edges cart to cut out the big white center mat with the cute heart cut-out, as well as the photo frame. I then layered some fun stickers, and created a title with thickers. Here are some details:
I am a really big fan of utilizing the little border strips that many manufacturers add to the edge of their 12x12 sheets that show a preview of the pattern on the reverse side. They make great border accents, and I feel like I am getting more out of my product.
Arrows are very popular right now, and with this being a Valentine's page, I felt it necessary to add some :)

There's my project- I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to visit My Mind's Eye to pick up some of their amazing product for yourself!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I am watching you... for LCOM!!

Hello everyone! I am very pleased to announce that I was recently selected to be a part of the Let's Capture our Memories design team! I have followed this blog for a long time, and have always been inspired by the talented ladies over there, so I am very flattered to be a part of the team, and I hope that I can inspire some as well! ;)
First up we have an awesome sketch to play with from the lovely and talented Isabelle:

I flipped this baby on its side, and came up with this 12x12 layout:

I was playing around with my camera settings one day with furbaby June as my guinea pig/subject. I ended up with this great shot that really portrays her sweet spirit. Here are a couple close ups:

All of the paper and cut-outs/stickers are from Crate Paper. I liked this little calendar piece. It didn't show up very well in the main photo, so here is a (slightly better) close up. I am also obsessed with vintage cameras as a design element. So I added one.
I also had some fun with the title. June is always 'watching' me. Very closely. ESPECIALLY if I have food.

So there's my layout, I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to head on over to LCOM to get ideas on the many different ways you can utilize the sketch, then join us and create a project of your own!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

HOPEful for Sketches in Thyme

Hello my friends! I have another layout to share with you today, based off another awesome sketch over at Sketches in Thyme! This week we are on sketch #98- and it's a really good one!

Here is my layout:

This layout was very personal for me, and I actually got emotional while creating it. Which only served to remind me how meaningful it is, this hobby of ours. It is so much more than just an expensive way to pass time. I think it's important to document your life- both the good AND the bad, and even the ugly. On this page I am documenting a hopeful outlook during a very tumultuous time. My life may have been far from perfect, but I tried to always look for the positive. I have a number of photos of myself representing different aspects of this difficult time that I am looking forward to scrapping. This was the first one!

Here are some additional details about the project:

This was a very deliberate 'correction' on this cute sticker. I was trying to make the point that there is no longer an 'our' but I still have a story worth telling. All of the paper and stickers are from the amazing Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic line. Really really beautiful. I simply love her!!

How cute is this sticker?! Another cool thing about these- I'm not sure if this was deliberate or not, but these 'stickers' had very little STICK to them. I thought this was actually pretty cool, because if you want the option of using dimensional adhesive you don't have to un-stick them first.

Apparantly gold is all the rage these days. I wasn't always a fan, but I am really liking it now!

Lastly a close up of my journaling. For those of you familiar with my work I am not a big 'journaler'. Maybe a name, location and a date at the most. But some pages just call for it and this was one of them. I kept it a little vague, but you get the general idea.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my project. I really hope you liked it! Be sure to visit Sketches in Thyme and join us with one of your own awesome creations!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ring in the New Year Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to the Ring in the New Year Blog Hop! If you have just stumbled upon my blog you can follow along with our hop by starting at Ribbon's and Glue. If you have been following along you should have come from Missy from Quick Chick Designs.
The theme of this blog hop is to use something "new". I am sure many of you got some new crafty goodies over the holidays? I actually got less than usual this year since I decided I needed to start using up some of my stash (and my space keeps getting smaller and smaller... funny how that happens!) I did however get a few new things- one of which was Carta Bella's new Winter Fun collection. I don't have a TON of winter themed paper, so I decided to add some to my stash (and contribute to my space problem). So, I decided to grab some of that fun new paper and make a layout.
 We had a nice snowstorm a few weeks ago so I thought it would be fun to get some shots of my doggie playing in the snow. Well... easier said than done, lol! She was less than cooperative, but I did manage to get one or two useable shots. So I built my page around my favorite photo, and just used the stickers, journaling spots and border strips that came with the collection. I love utilizing these little 'extras' as embellishments on my layouts- it makes the whole process SO much faster and easier and you know everything is going to coordinate just right. Here are a few closeups:


Thanks so much for following along with us today! Your next stop is the talented Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts. In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete lineup: