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