Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bear Cub

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created for my youngest little cub. I adore bears and cubs and what not, so of course I loved making this page!

I have this one coveted sheet of white cardstock embossed with a wood grain pattern that I got at the Studio Calico sale last year and that I wish I had about 100 thousand other pages of! I used it for this page, so I knew I had to make it one of my favorites. I started with one of my favorite outfits of my Lachlan, any outfit with animal ears will get me every time!

These Jasmine Jones letters from a December Daily kit I also got at the sale have lasted me a surprisingly long time.

I wanted to pull out the navy from the photo, so I chose a navy bear. I did some navy splatters, and added gold because of the photo background and I needed another accent.

I stuck with a wood grain theme and used this little frame & sticker as embellishments. Seriously that face - 5 days old - **sobs**.

To separate my paper layers, I sewed a "pleat" on some vellum, and I tied some twine together in red, blue and gold. I adhered that with gold staples.

I added some gold rub-on stars for a final touch. I'm happy with how this sweet photo layout of my babe turned out :) I miss the baby stage!

Embossed White cardstock *swoon*, hi sticker and gold stars - Studio Calico
Wood grain frame - Pink Paislee Cedar Lane ephemera
Tree sticker - Remarks
Splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine
Light wood paper - Craft Smith Pumpkin Spice collection
Red x paper - Studio Calico Thataway collection
Arrow - American Crafts
Alphas - December Daily Jasmine Jones collection
Bear ephemera - Recollections by Michaels
Chipboard Perfect - Me and My Big ideas

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Bro!

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created with a splatter technique I've been noticing as "on trend" lately and wanted to try out. I've been seeing layouts with colorful, almost rainbow-like splatter patterned backgrounds, and we all know I am a sucker for rainbows.

I really love how it turned out!

I had this super busy, colorful photo of my boys in their sleeping bags, and rather than do something to tone down all the colors in the photo, I embraced it!

I used almost all of the colors of spray and shine that I have and kept it in a concentrated area.

I added side borders with my sewing machine. I have also been loving seeing rainbow & black and white together.

 I used some lime embellishments to pull out the lime in the embellishing paper, and I matched my writing to the title green, just to bring a cohesiveness to the page. When you repeat colors or elements, it makes the page balanced.

I love how the enamel stars and dots added to the splatter section.

Those sweet, happy little faces are too cute - they get me every time! I'm sure this "sleep over" was the first of many!

Black and white stripes and chipboard stickers - Me and my big ideas
Rainbow paper and hello paper, enamel stars, stamp sticker - Studio Calico
Camera paper and circle paper, green letters, fabric banners - Amy Tangerine
Splatters - Heidi swapp shine & Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Hello title - simple stories

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dreamer - a MTW challenge

Happy Hump Day, friends!

And I'm officially OVER the hump thanks to Good Friday!

Today I'm bringing you a mixed media layout I created with this month's prompt from More than Words. The prompt is to use black and white plus one other color, and to create a page inspired by the word Dream.

 Here is the prompt from the blog. It was a super fun challenge!

I used some gesso, then some texture paste with a stencil, and covered the paste with pink embossing powder and glitter before it dried, to mimic the gorgeous clouds in this sunset photo.

I added a textured stamp in black & some black tattered angels splatters.

I cut some clouds out of vellum from my cricut, so you can still see the texture below. I inked the edges to make them pop, and of course, sequins.

This little bit of dream themed ephemera from a collection by Shimelle just worked too perfectly!  I added some thread, some old tickets from Studio Calico and a couple of gemstone circles.

The pink, heart sunglasses are from WRMK Urban Chic & were also perfectly made for a page such as this!

I originally was just scrapping this photo of God's beautiful world for no reason, but on the day I created this page, I lost a friend from high school way too young. She left a husband and a beautiful baby boy, and left me with so many thoughts. I used this tag to put a few down and tuck them away. It is a reminder that this world is not our home. We may be selfish and want to keep our loved ones with us, but when they are no longer suffering and have gone home to their reward, why begrudge them that?

So hug your loved ones tight tonight & live your life to its fullest!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lucky - Sketch in Thyme GDT

Hey everyone!

Today I'm excited to bring to you a layout I did for a guest design team spot over at Sketches in Thyme.

I created this pocket card for a page about my boys on St. Patrick's day a few weeks ago. I've been super loving rainbow pages lately, and this goes right along with my love.

Here is the original sketch:

And here is the card within the themed pocket page.

Green has always been a favorite color of mine, and I had a lot of fun with the sequins & the green, glitter shamrock.

Green Lucky Charms were on the breakfast menu, of course!

I had so much fun designing with this amazing card sketch! I hope you will go play along with Sketches in Thyme!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Magic on Main Street - A Process Video

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a fun Disney page I created with Simple Stories Say Cheese III.

I've been doing a lot of work for design teams or design team applications, and I just wanted to sit down and work on something solely for myself - it felt good!

I have been seeing more and more dark backgrounds, which I love. While I definitely see the pleasure and aesthetic of a white/light background, it is overdone IMO. I get so excited when I see my favorite designers post a darker page on IG!

I wanted to use my new castle stencil and RED, and I thought it would stand out well on black.

I also added red embossing powder and glitter. On the video you cannot tell the effect, but you can see it nicely in the photos.

I have to remind myself that I buy these ephemera packs to use - not hoard! I have been doing more intentional buying, not just of clearance items and hoping to use them - hoping to really make only pages I adore.

Sewing on a layout adds an element I believe that looks it took longer to complete a page than it actually did! Like you do a lot of extra work. There I have a custom embellishment cluster from sewing together a few ephemera from the collection.

While I have been buying more intentionally,  I make exception for Thickers found at Tuesday Morning! You can never have too many Thickers! I was excited to use these for the first time - black foam sparkles!

The little frame is from an older Say Cheese collection.

I love how it turned out & I hope you enjoy the YouTube process video!

Thanks for looking!