Monday, March 27, 2017

Birthday mini album - in a Traveler's Notebook!

And there's that old Monday again ...

But I hope to brighten your day with a little project today, a mini scrapbook of my son's first birthday photos in a Traveler's Notebook. Creating this project was so fun, quick and easy! If you're looking for a quick little book that can be completed in one setting - here ya go!

Partial paper sheets or 6x6 pads work great for these projects, along with washi tape & fun embellishments.

I used some project life cards here and stamps are another great thing to use in your TN!

I embossed those balloons with stamps and fussy cut them to match the photo. It was a fun little project.

You can check out a flip through of the entire album on my YouTube channel! I created the project specifically for the current Freckled Fawn design team call, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This is the face of 40 inches - a Lasting Memories challenge

Happy Sunday!

Today I'm bringing you a page I created for this week's prompt over at Lasting Memories - to use at least 5 patterned papers on your layout.

I created this layout for my Disneyworld scrapbook. I'm not sure what my block is, but I cannot seem to use the typical "Disney" papers on my Animal Kingdom pages. I tend to want to use darker, travel, antique and tribal papers.

I know that these dark colors are not what is currently on trend, but in 10 years no one will know! I just like to create what comes to me from the photo & these colors and themes of papers definitely enhance my photo of my son at the Animal Kingdom. I used some white Heidi Swapp shine to brighten and interest the background cardstock.

So the story is that Heath was disappointed we had fast passes to Everest & he couldn't ride. He was right at 40 inches, and you have to be 44 to ride Everest. I wanted to take his photo by these cool doors in the area of the ride, but he was pouting, so it turned out so sad! I posted it on my Instagram as "this is the face of 40 inches," and it was a hit. Poor kid. He will be tall enough the next time we go!

I picked out the papers to match the photo, then used the turquoise in the photo layering to make it pop. I used cork as well, so I picked some cork numbers to tie to the layering. You can see all about my embellishing process for this page on my YouTube channel in a quick embellishment process video.

Please excuse that random circle that found its way onto the page during photography.

Check out my video detailing my embellishment process. The best part!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Best Title Ever

Hey everyone!

I just had to do a quick post about this page I finished up today. Y'all I was so excited to complete my page, I forgot to drink COFFEE! What?! If you know me, you know that's wild.  Don't worry, I am making up for it now.

I created this layout about how my hubs just had to have a new Jeep last weekend. I have some hidden journaling that talks about how I was hesitant, but I just want to make him happy. And he definitely was happy.

Haha I'm super pumped about the title. You know Zack drove Kelly around in a Jeep on the shores of California. Power couple.

I used some aqua Heidi Swapp texture paste with this chevron stencil that looks somewhat like tire tacks for my Jeep page. I also splattered some Tattered Angels in Jackolantern.

I used all kinds of brands, and actually entered the page in a Spring Salad challenge for Paper Issues because I used Heidi Swapp, Mambi, Bella Blvd, Shimelle, My Minds Eye, Simple Storeies, and gosh maybe even more! I"m not entirely sure where all the ephemera bits came from because some were prizes.

I tucked my hidden journaling behind that right now tag, so it's right at the top of the page protector to be pulled out easily.

I don't normally do white backgrounds, but I really wanted to do the stencil, so I started with the white, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also have been wanting to try using some of the tissue packaging from my Cocoa Daisy kits, so I finally did that. I used it to soften the turquoise and pink papers I used for layering. I sewed through the middle to try to create a little ruffle, but I probably shouldn't have bothered because it doesn't come through well. Also, it's difficult to sew through tissue!

Thanks for looking & I hope you have a crafty Saturday!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lil Stinker - a Stuck?! sketch

I'm definitely not caught up on 2016 or anything, but I'm trying to stay fairly up-to-date in 2017 too, so today's page has super recent photos of my little guy from this week!

I used a wonderful sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Here's the original sketch, which I rotated:

I was reflecting today, and I thought that this time last year, I probably would not have added any of the mixed media elements I put on this page. It's nice to evolve your style.

I inked the rim of  a plastic cup and the rim of my shine top for the circles, and I splattered some blue, Heidi Swapp shine.

I used some orange tulle to add some texture behind my photo row, then layered circles.

I used papers from a Heidi Swapp paper pad I found the other day at Tuesday Morning. These American Crafts Thickers I had in my stash just happened to go quite well with the HS paper.

I fussy cut some bits from the paper pad and used some puffy Studio Calico stickers from my stash.

I inked all the bits with navy blue and added a few rain dotes & boom done. It was a fair quick little page & I had a lot of fun creating it. I always love Laura's sketches from Stuck?!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Art of Animation - a pocket page

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm bringing you a rainbow themed pocket page documenting our stay at the Art of Animation resort at Walt Disneyworld. I loved making my other rainbow projects recently, so can't stop won't stop!

The colors in my photos were very bright and energetic, so a rainbow theme worked so well. I kept the backgrounds of the cards bright white to balance the page, and I did a white border around each photo.

I love scouring Instagram for inspiration, and I definitely used two cool techniques I've seen on there recently. I borrowed the letters over the photo idea from @ScrappySarah & stamp within a stamp idea from @gjoysy.

I put a tiny piece of washi on my card before I stamped my large letters, then removed it to reveal white space within which I stamped my smaller alphas,

I'm loving the clear stickers in the new Say Cheese III collection by Simple Stories! That's the white sticker on the top right corner photo.

I mean who doesn't want to shower under the sea?! I used up all my As on my Hakuna Matata - good thing I found another pack of those Amy Tan thickers at TM!

The tabs behind the top photo are rainbow washi folded over, and used as pull tabs for an additional photo that didn't fit on the layout. I like the fun, interactive element, especially for a photo that isn't spectacular which I don't mind hiding.

I loved making this fun, bright, rainbow page! I also really enjoyed using more stamps in my scrapbook.

Green Thickers - Amy Tangerine
Magic Stamp - Echo Park
Art of Animation stamps - Stampin' Up
Ink - Stampin' Up
White stickers - Simple Stories Say Cheese III
Puffy stars - Freckled Fawn
Heart paper - My Minds Eye

Thanks for looking!