Saturday, November 30, 2013

Winter Subway Art box decoration

I thought I would share some of the other crafts that I have been doing lately (besides layouts! Yes, I do occasionally do something different! ha!) There's an awesome store here in Utah called The Wood Connection. They sell unfinished wood craft projects which you can then paint and decorate however you like. They recently started doing out-of-state delivery, so you should definitely check them out! This project was SUPER easy. All I needed was a 12x12 wood shadow box, a subway art style scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, brush, wood glue (or Mod Podge) and ribbon.
It was really this simple: I painted the edges with the acrylic paint and a foam brush. I then painted some wood glue onto the front and carefully adhered the scrapbook paper. Some people use Mod Podge for this, but the gals in the store said they use wood glue, so that is what I have used and it has always worked out great. I figured- if it ain't broke, why fix it, right? I then adhered some ribbon around the outside edge using the red super tacky tape. I topped it all off with a big bow and a cute fabric button that I adhered with a craft dot. Easy peasy!!

Subway art is so popular right now, and I thought this was such an easy method to make a cute home decor item using it! Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Baby Shower Crafts

So I had my baby shower a few weeks ago, and wanted to share some of the fun crafts and decorations. This isn't my usual layout or card post, but it is still craft-related, so I thought it would be fun to share.

 Here is an overview of the food table. I added some of our maternity photos and my sister made a cute diaper cake. Here are some better shots of the diaper cake:

Sorry for the slightly blurry picture...

 I made this banner using onesies cut from the New Arrival Cartridge, and font from Cuttin' Up. The paper is all DCWV- they have some adorable baby boy stacks.
I love how the backdrop turned out. I got the idea from Pinterest- just streamers and balloons, so pretty inexpensive!
My boyfriend's mom is an amazing quilter (quilt artist?) and she made this adorably awesome quilt. Isn't it the cutest?

 And one last little pic of yours truly... one happy little momma!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

20 Weeks

So just FYI, as of today I am currently 33 weeks (woot woot!), so obviously I am a little behind on my scrapbooking. Trying to balance full time work, 2 design teams and pregnancy means certain things get pushed to the back burner! BUT... I do want to try and keep up a little on my pregnancy pages so I will be able to focus on BABY pages when my little guy finally gets here! So here is my latest page- I am trying to take a belly picture every 2 weeks to track my growth. Here is a layout of my 20 week shot:
 I used some fun Echo Park product for this layout. It's a few seasons old, but since it is just for me, and not for design team work I figured that was okay :) Plus you gotta use up that old product sometime, right!! I decided to also kind of mark the seasons and holidays of my pregnancy so I wanted something a little more light and summer feeling as this was last August.
This was one of those layouts where I was able to pull it together using everything that came with the paper pack- papers, stickers- so it came together very quickly. I LOVE the cute cloud stickers! I did use my Cricut to cut out that gear-style circle in the background (Elegant Edges).
I added a bit of journaling as well, even though there was journaling on the photo. I just wanted to talk a little about how I was feeling at the time. This pregnancy has been so great, and such a blessing, and I wanted my little one to look back at these pages and see how happy I was during this time. The journaling says "20 Weeks! I am now 5 months pregnant, and so happy to be nestled safely in the middle of the second trimester. I love my cute baby bump, and am feeling great!"

Here are a few of my more recent baby bump shots:

Friday, November 15, 2013

I Pick you card for Scrapbook USA Expo

Hello! I am back with a fun card I created using the beautiful DCWV Spiced Cider Stack. This stack is perfect for all kinds of Thanksgiving themed projects. The paper has a beautiful glossy texture and some fun cooking related images. Here is my card:

This card actually came together very quickly, and I love how it turned out. I started with a red leaf patterned background, and added a yellow polka dot patterned paper as a layer. It doesn't come through very well in the photo, but the yellow dots have a little bit of a glitter-y sheen. I added some pretty yellow ribbon along the bottom. I then cut out the tag, fence-style sign and the leaf. I added some baker's twine to the hole of the tag, offset the sign so it falls a little off the card and popped up the leaf on foam dots for dimension. Here is a closer look of the leaf:

Thanks for looking at my project! Be sure and check out the DCWV Spiced Cider stack for your own Thanksgiving cards and projects.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So Thankful for you... for Scrapbook USA Expo

Hello my friends! I was asked to create a Thanksgiving themed project with some awesome product from DCWV.  I decided to do a slightly untraditional layout with the theme of thankfulness by paying tribute to someone in my life that I am very thankful for! DCWV has some amazing new product that is so fun to play with, and adds some beautiful texture and interest to your pages. One of which is the Fiber Natural stack and then the Burlap Paper stack. Both come in 6x6 pads, and the possibilities of how you can utilize them are endless! I especially loved playing with these textures for a fall-themed page. I love the texture it created on my page and how it really complemented the fall- themed paper.

Here is the layout I created using DCWV The Wild Splendor stack (Last year's fall themed stack):
I love the fall colors in non-traditional patterns. I have always liked ruler patterns, and of course chevron!
I adore these leaves. The glitter-y maple leaf was fussy cut from one of the papers in the stack, but the other leaf I made using the Fiber Naturals paper. I traced a leaf pattern and then used Distress ink. I used an ink dauber for part of it, then ran the leaf directly over the ink pad for the darker spots. The texture in the paper picked up the ink so well and gave it a very realistic looking color pattern. It was really fun to play with this and I love how it turned out.
Here is a close up of the burlap paper. It is basically like burlap fabric with a paper backing. There are so many fun things that you could do with this paper, and I absolutely love it for fall projects. I used it in this layout to just add a little extra texture and interest. I cut the title from my Cricut using the Thanksgiving cartridge, and then added some Thickers in a burlap color/pattern.
Lastly, I fussy-cut some chevron shapes from one of the papers in the pad and popped them up on foam dots for some dimension.
Thanks for looking at my project today, and be sure to check out the awesome new stacks from DCWV- I think you will have a blast finding creative uses for these textured papers!