December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013

In keeping with tradition, here's a look at my top 13 fave projects for twenty-thirteen.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my little space on the world wide web this past year, I appreciate each and every visit and have enjoyed reading your sweet comments and emails.
Mary Ann

December 30, 2013

The Paper Bakery | hello!

Well, we had an amazing Christmas at our house, and are still celebrating with my mom & dad in-law that are here visiting. It hasn't left much time for scrapbooking, but I do have a layout to share, made with "Times Square", the December scrapbooking kit from the Paper Bakery.

I added the cute little chipboard camera from the kit, and layered on some of the other goodies too like the Jillibean Soup flashcard and the exclusive Paper Bakery flair button. I also added the sparkly sequin pocket.

For the sequin pocket, I cut a strip of the plastic bag the kits come packaged in and sewed around 3 sides, leaving 1 side open for adding the sequins.

Next, I added the gold sequins and then stitched on a small strip of the patterned paper.

To finish the sequin pocket, I glued it to my layout, a perfect way to add just a little bit of sparkle!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I always appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann

December 24, 2013

Gift Card Holder | It's Almost Time!

Still trying to find a last minute gift? How about this cute red cup Starbucks gift card holder.
I used this cut file from the Silhouette store, modifying it just a bit, and also adding my own "cup sleeve" design.
Merry Christmas was printed onto the kraft cardstock with my Silhouette, using the green sketch pen. These were so quick and easy to make, and would be cute stocking stuffers too!

We are eagerly awaiting Santa's arrival tonight, cookies have been baked and reindeer food is ready to sprinkle on the lawn. Oh what a magical time!

Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Mary Ann

***I'm linking up to Paper Issues "Let Me Espresso My Gratitude"

December 18, 2013

December Daily | Day 14

December Daily - day 14
Are you making a December Daily album this year?  This is my 3rd year, and I think I'm loving it a little more each year. I'm not adding anything fancy, just bits and pieces here and there.

Of course with my love for sequins you know I had to add a few of those in!
I filled it with yummy colors and some gold stars, then stiched the top closed.
I may or may not have more pages that I've added sequins to ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

December 17, 2013

Tic Tac Snowmen!

Today I have a fun little project that is so very cute and so very easy to make too!
Tic Tacs, a few scraps of patterned paper and this Silhouette cut file is all it takes.
These would be such cute stocking stuffers, or how about adding a name and using these as tags on Christmas gifts!

**I'm linking up to the "Owl I want for Christmas" issue at Paper Issues!!

December 14, 2013

and still I wait

It's been 8 days that I have been trying to post on my blog.
7 of those days I have emailed Blogger.
2 of those days I have heard from them with a "sorry we're looking into it" response.
1 of those days (today) I can finally post, but now without pictures.
0 days of patience left!

December 6, 2013

The Paper Bakery | It's Christmas Time!

'Tis the season for Christmas layouts ;) 

The day we had this photo taken wasn’t a day we had planned to see Santa. The kids weren’t dressed in anything christmas-y looking and it wasn’t the place we usually go with the beautiful backdrop that looks so pretty in photos. But, we ended up having pictures taken and wouldn’t you know, I love it!  Once again I am reminded that sometimes it’s not so much about the photo itself, but the memories that go along with them.
I used the "Holiday Charm" scrapbooking kit from the Paper Bakery, I especially like the North Pole paper by Echo Park, perfect for photos with Santa. The cute stars were cut with my Silhouette along with November cut files, and of course I had to add a few shiny red sequins!

Thanks for stopping by today, Happy Holidays!
Mary Ann

December 4, 2013

1987 | Bella Blvd.

1987 was the year I had my first son, and the year I started scrapbooking. I know, you all thought I was barely over 30 right?  ;)   I scrapped this photo way back then for his baby book, but that was back in the day of limited patterned papers, and very few were 12x12.
This is one of my favorite photos of Andrew and my grandparents, I have always wanted to make a layout with it for our family album.  And, since I'm totally caught up on all my other photos (seriously kidding!) I thought why not scrap this one again.
I rarely, as in pretty much never, go back and scrap photos twice. It's usually one for the kids albums or one for the family album. But sometimes you love a photo so much once just isn't enough.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

December 2, 2013

The Paper Bakery | Welcome December!

The tree is up, "Buddy" our Elf on the Shelf has returned and even though the thermometer says 82°, our thoughts have definitely turned to Christmas. I even scrapped a Christmas photo!
A photo from Christmas Eve 2012, the little kids baking cookies for Santa and the "Holiday Charm" scrapbooking kit from the Paper Bakery.
I love the Teresa Collins glitter snowflake paper and the Heidi Swapp black script paper together, such a pretty contrast!  I added in some shiny red sequins from the Paper Bakery shop, and a few red stars from my stash.

Christmas music has been playing in my scrap studio the past few days, there's nothing like it to get you into the holiday spirit that's for sure, even if I have to have the A/C on ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by,
Mary Ann

November 28, 2013

November 25, 2013

Tea Light Snow Village

Here's some fun holiday décor to get you into the spirit of the season, a tea light snow village!
I used this and this cut file from the Silhouette store to make the pieces of the village, each quite easy to put together, and oh so cute to look at! For a real glow, I added wax paper behind each of the windows and doors.
I used scrap pieces of white cardstock for the church and trees, and the cottage and barn were made with the pretty papers from Echo Park and October Afteroon.
To add a bit of sparkle and to look like snow, I used Shaved Ice by Stampendous on the rooftops and trees. Silver or gold glitter would look pretty too!

**Since these are made of paper, remember to use only battery operated tea lights!**

**I'm linking up to the "Owl I want for Christmas" issue at Paper Issues!!!

November 20, 2013

The Paper Bakery | Memory Keeping

One of the fun things about memory keeping is exactly that, keeping the memories. I printed these photos just a few days after an afternoon at Disneyland, about 6 years ago. I put them and the firefighter sticker in a safe place and knew they would some day find their way to a scrapbook layout. Today was that day!
Sure, I've scrapped more recent photos in those 6 years, heck, a layout I made yesterday had photos from the weekend ;) but I love that I still had the sticker and was able to use it with the photos all these years later.
I obviously don't scrap in chronological order, some days I work with photos from my childhood, or like the layout from yesterday, photos taken the same week, but I'm still preserving and keeping the memories.
I used "Holiday Charm", the  November kit from the Paper Bakery to make the layout. Yes, it's a Holiday/Christmas kit, but it worked perfectly for a non-holiday layout!!  The right now, today and arrow chipboard pieces are from last months kit, but I always keep all my left over bits and pieces, so those were great to add as embellishments.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

November 15, 2013

Love This!

Here's a layout I made for Scrapbook Daisies, my local scrapbook store, using the "Find Your Wings and Fly" collection from My Minds Eye.
I added rows of sequins along the banner design on the paper, along with a few strips of paper to give it some dimension. The "find your wings and fly" piece is off of the barcode strip ;)
The paper pieces behind the photos were all from one sheet of paper, so I only used 2 pieces of patterned paper, and 1 piece of cardstock (for my title) to make the layout!
Well, the weekend is finally here. Can I get a little woo-hoo!!!
As always, thanks for stopping by,
Mary Ann

November 13, 2013

she's 5

This sweet girl turns 5 today.
I know it sounds like a cliché, but seriously, where has the time gone. It seems like just yesterday I held her for the first time and instantly fell in love.
My constant shadow, and that is so like me it's unreal.
The one that makes me laugh like no other, over and over again.
That loves the color pink, but thinks purple is ok too.
That could live on peanut butter sandwiches, and sometimes does.
That sees the good in everything and everyone.
That loves to color and draw and is the happiest when she is making some sort of an art project.
That wants to be a teacher or a princess when she grows up.
That makes me want to slow down and enjoy every second of the day.
Happy birthday sweet girl, you are so very loved!

November 8, 2013

Snowman Tea Light

**This is a project I posted on my blog last December. It's been a favorite for sure!

They are quick and easy to make, perfect for a friend or neighbor that drops by!

I've seen different versions of these on Pinterest, some quite detailed, but for mine I just used cardstock for the hat and holly leaves, a few rhinestones for the berries, and washi tape (on a piece of white cardstock) for his scarf.
Such a fun project, the kids could even help on this one ;)

**I'm linking up to the "Owl I want for Christmas" linky party at Paper Issues!!**

November 6, 2013


Here's another layout I made for Scrapbook Daisies, my local scrapbook store with a few pics of my girlie.
My girlie that will turn 5 years old next week, that I wish time would stand still for just a bit longer so I could soak up every last little minute of her being 4.
I did a bit of fussy cutting of the Vintage Bliss papers by Simple Stories, and some machine stitching too! Of course I had to add a few sequins and maybe a pearl or two ;)

Four has been such an amazing year for her, but I just know five is going be absolutely awesome!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

November 3, 2013

Paper Bakery | Write This Down

**One of my layouts is being spotlighted over on the Elle's Studio blog today...stop by and check it out!!**

There's a new Sketch Challenge up on the Paper Bakery blog, of course I had to change things up a bit to make it my own ;) Here's my take on Sketch # 16, using the October scrapbooking kit.
And here's the sketch...
As you can see, I turned the 8 small rectangles behind the photos into 4 long rectangles as the focal point for my layout, and cut 1 of them into a banner shape to pull that idea from the sketch. I used only 1 photo instead of 2, but you could even use 4 small photos just as easily! I also placed my title directly under the photo like in the sketch, using one of the chipboard pieces from the kit.
To add more color and dimension, I did a little fussy cutting of the pretty floral paper, and added it along with more of the chipboard pieces. Add in a few lines of journaling, and my layout was complete! 
This Sketch Challenge is open for 2 weeks, why not give it a try? Just link up your project on the sidebar of the Paper Bakery blog.  Winner will be chosen at random and you could win a prize from the Paper Bakery!!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

October 31, 2013

Room 14 | Maggie Holmes

I took soooo many photos on Gracie's first day of school. *Note: Almost all of them were of her, except for the 2 mom's that asked if I could take a few photos of their kids since they had forgotten their camera. (But that's a whole different story, one you probably don't want my opinion of ha-ha  Seriously, you forgot your camera on your kid's very first day of school??????)
I digress. Anyway, this is a favorite photo from that day as she was looking for her classroom.
I used a bunch of Maggie Holmes collections on this one, lots of layers and pop dots!
There wasn't much room left for any journaling, so I added a piece of cardstock to the back and wrote on it. This is page 3 (or is it 4?) of her first day. You only have 1 first day of school, so there are lots of photos and memories to record ;)
Oh, and I printed the photos I took for the 2 moms and gave the pictures to both of them the next day. I wanted to drag them back home with me and show them what they could do with the first day photos, but I refrained. At least so far ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

October 28, 2013

Amazing Grace!

Just an everyday photo of our sweet girl.
This isn't a color combo I use very often, but I'm loving the red, yellow & gray together. I cut the letters from the Elle's Studio paper, and that matched perfectly with the American Crafts chipboard shapes and Paper Bakery flair button. I used my Silhouette to cut "amazing", and of course I had to add a few sequins too! ;)

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann