Sunday, September 25, 2016

All Around Best Bro - a Lasting Memories challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!

My goodness, I cannot believe September is almost over, along with my first month on the Lasting Memories Design Team. Time flies when you're having fun!

Today I have another layout I created for this week's challenge - "All Around". The theme is directions - anything goes. Or you can use circles. I actually used the word Around in my layout.

My sweet scrappy friend/pen pal, Cherylsent me a fun happy mail a while back that had these great 6x6 papers in it. We both have boys to scrap about, so they're perfect.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to Live Inspired and Tracie was talking to Crafty Jen Schow and mentioned that she did a YouTube series where she demonstrated different ways to use her 6x6 paper pads. I watched one of the videos, and it did have good ideas. I'm sure she probaby used them this way as well, I just layered them all behind one another to spread across the page. I actually cut some of the larger bits that were hidden behind layers to paper save.

I have seen this little quote about brothers and superheros pop up in different places, and I knew I wanted to incoporate it into my page. However, while I was designing the page, I really didn't have a space for it. So, I improvise. I just created a 6x8 page, and I plan to mirror against my 12x12 in my album.

I used my Cricut and free fonts from to create the page. I have had the chipboard elements for forever - I picked them up from a Scrapbook Clearance store a while ago. They went perfectly with the great superhero papers. I cut the capes from one of the superhero papers.

I super love how the spread turned out. I hope you have been inspired to create with us over at Lasting Memories!

Gray cardstock - CraftSmith by Michaels
Superhero cardstock - Bazzil
Gray alphas - Amy Tangerine
Red foil alphas - Thickers by American Crafts
Superhero Chip board - American Crafts.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Start Smart, Stay Rad - a LGS sketch

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing a page I really enjoyed making with a lovely sketch from over at Let's Get Sketchy.

I just started on the month of February - my how these two littles have grown since then!

Here is the original sketch:

I've really enjoyed layering lately, and this was the perfect sketch for that! I'm not sure it comes across in the photo but the word smart is gold metallic (a fun little happy mail goodie), and I really enjoy that look with the colorful papers and b&w photo. I also had fun with some black splatter on my layout, which I don't do a ton.

Here is the little tag at the bottom. I love how it was a good continuation of the title, Start Smart, Stay Rad!
I used the staples, green paper and twine and a gold arrow to draw it together with the layer from up top.

Paper - My Minds Eye
Twine - Michaels
Washi tape - Recollections by Michaels
Puffy arrows - Freckled Fawn
Stay Rad tag - Heidi Swapp
Black round alphas - Studio Calico
gold smart, ampersand and flower all happy mail goodies - sources unknown!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Star Gymnast - a Picture This Challenge!

Happy Hump Day!

Today I have my first 6x12 page! I feel like this is a very on trend size of page right now, and I've been meaning to try it for a while!

The lovely ladies at Picture This have challenged us to use stars on our layouts this month. This worked perfectly for this little page because Heath's gymnastics ribbon said he was a star!

I used my new Fuse to create the 6x12 page protector for this page. Easy as pie!

All the gymnastics photos are full of primary colors, so it's hard to work with scrapping sometimes!

I enjoyed throwing this quick little page together for my little STAR!

Patterned paper - Crate Paper
Stickers - Studio Calico
Doily - Michaels
Robot sticker - American Crafts

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Wild is Calling - a Lasting Memories Challege

Hey hey hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you my second creation for the Lasting Memories design team and their September directional challenge. Today's prompt is the direction of IN. My photo was taken while I was IN a kayak on a recent camping trip at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.

I have been saving this delicious wood grain textured white cardstock that I found at the Studio Calico warehouse sale for just the right page. I thought a beautiful tree photo would be perfect, combined with the Echo Park Happy Camper Collection!

I also created a corresponding 6x8 pocket page with other photos from that weekend. They tell the story of how my husband and I were kayaking, and he had just jokingly called me Pocahontas. So, naturally, I was singing Paint with all the Colors of the Wind, and two bald eagles flew over our heads! It was super cool. Bald Eagles next at Reelfoot Lake, and they take some in when injured.

The yellow photo is a screen shot I took from the Crate Paper Instagram feed. Those trees growing out of the lake are amazing.

Patterned paper and stickers - Happy Camper by Echo Park
Cardstock, wood grain & alphas - Studio calico
Flair - Scrapbook Circle

Thanks for looking & go play along with the challenges over at Lasting Memories!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Beach Vibes, My Tribe - A Challenge YOURself layout

Happy Friday!

So so glad it's the freakin' weekend!

I'm also very happy with how my layout for today's post turned out! I used a lovely prompt from the wonderful blog, Challenge YOURself, to use sewing on a layout, as well as include a picture of myself.

Well, amidst all this fall crafting going on in my house, I have snuck in a pic from our recent beach trip!

I actually mentioned earlier in the year that one of my scrappy goals was to use more sewing on my pages, so this challenge was perfect for that #goal! Here's a close up of my sewing. I just ran lengths of wooly lime twine into my sewing machine as I zig-zag stitched around the border & I love the texture it added!

Originally the title was "My Tribe," but Beach Vibes just hit me & I had to go with it!

A few ephemera, some strategically placed to cover a body bit that was not so flattering, and boom - page done! I even used a negative from the cute little sun tab cut file I cut for my TN for this trip. I'm really enjoying my layers lately!

Striped patterned paper and vellum - Studio Calico
all other Patterned paper - Pink Paislee Citrus Bloom
Paper ephemera - Pebbles
Twine - Michaels
glitter alphas - Heidi Swapp
Transparent alphas - Amy Tangerine

Thanks for looking!