October 5, 2015

A new layout and some exciting news!

I played along with the Scraplift Sunday challenge over in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans facebook group using the new Cedar Lane collection by Pink Paislee. The colors in Cedar Lane were perfect to use with this photo of our front porch.

We are surrounded by mountains, so we see the sun rise from behind mountains in the morning and set behind more mountains in the evening. I love to sit outside on our porch at sunset and watch the beautiful color show!

I also snuck in that cute little house from the Wonder collection by Crate Paper, and those red alphas by Elle's Studio.

Oh, and I have some exciting news to share...I'll be Guest Designing this month for The Rubber Cafe and playing with their Creative Cafe Kit!!  I cant wait to show you what fun things I create!! 

Well, happy Monday friends, I sure wish it was Friday! 
 *supplies: papers: Pink Paislee, embellishments: Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, wood veneer: Studio Calico, sequins

October 2, 2015

Scrapping the Super Moon

Did you see the Super Moon last Sunday? We thought we were going to miss it by the time it came up from behind the mountains and peeked through heavy clouds that were in our view, but after waiting for almost an hour, the Super Moon finally appeared! Of course there were photos taken ;)

When I bought this Dear Lizzy paper with the phases of the moon on it, I thought it was fun and different, and wanted it to add to my stash. I had no idea at the time how perfect it would be for this layout!

I added embellishments from Crate Paper's After Dark collection, along with Dear Lizzy's star Thickers. I also added the cute wood veneer clouds and stars that I painted with white paint for a color dipped look. To get the look, I used washi tape to tape off a portion of the wood veneer, painted, then removed the washi. Using the washi tape leaves a nice crisp edge.

I really like the look of the painted veneer, and especially like how quick and easy it is to do!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

*supplies: papers: American Crafts and Pebbles, embellishments: Crate Paper, Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, flair: Chic Tags

October 1, 2015

First Day Shoes

I've been trying to get caught up on school albums, and even though I still have lots of photos left from last school year, I jumped ahead to this year and this photo.

I was going through my stash of patterned papers a few days ago and the colors in this paper caught my eye! I instantly thought of this photo of my girlie's shoes.

I layered on embellishments here and there, did a little bit of machine stitching, then added the date and the cute puffy 1 sticker to represent first grade. Another school layout complete!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 28, 2015

Lift a Layout Challenge

I played along with the "Lift a Layout" challenge this past Friday night over at Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group as part of their Scrap and Chat crop. Here's my take on the challenge:

This one came together so quick and easy since I was lifting a layout :)

Happy Monday friends, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

September 23, 2015

Scrapbooking Life

I've always been one of those moms that saves my kids papers and artwork from school, but I am selective on what I save. The everyday math, spelling and same 'ol paperwork, nope, I don't save them. The cute drawings, funny things said, firsts, those are the things I do save, especially the elementary school papers. Sometimes I'll save a whole stack and work on them all at once, and then sometimes you forget about them and realize your daughter is now 2 grades older and you better get with it ;)

I love being able to look back and not only see how much her writing has changed since then, but also see that in those first days of Pre-K she was forgetting the "a" in her name.  I usually keep the layouts pretty simple since I do want the actual school work to stand out. Also, to keep track (for those time you let 2 school years go by lol) when I keep a paper to scrap later, I always add the date and grade on the back so I have the info when I am putting the layout together.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 15, 2015

It's All About the Music

Here's a new layout using the August swag bag from Paper Issues. I started my layout with the "as I see it" journaling card, and just started adding to it!

I did a bit of machine stitching along the bottom edge of the patterned papers, and then added a bit of white paint too.

This will be fun to look back on to remember the instruments he was playing at 13.
As always, thanks for stopping by!

September 9, 2015

Scrapbooking Tips and Ideas!

If you've been scrapbooking for more than a day, you already know that most manufacturers have bar code strips attached to the bottom of their patterned papers that you simply trim off. Some manufacturers even print a coordinating design on one or both sides of the strip. If you're like me, you cut the strip off, and add it to your stash. Recently I made a few layouts, and had tossed the bar code strips aside only to notice they all coordinated pretty nicely. They became the perfect start to my next layout.  **and even though this looks crooked and wonky, I promise in real life it is straight ;)

This was such a quick and simple layout. By layering the strips of paper along with my photo and just a few embellishments, I had a layout completed in about 15 minutes, including the journaling.

Oh how I wish every layout came together as fast as this one!

As always, thanks for stopping by!