Sunday, July 23, 2017

Epic Cousins - a LM challenge!

It is the final week of my prompts for the July Adventure challenges over at Lasting Memories. This week's challenge is to go on a Scrappy Adventure and create memory keeping in size/format outside of your norm.

I created this pocket page for my boys and their cousins in a 6x8 pocket page format.

I do not typically do 2x2 squares, I used to think they couldn't possible be big enough to highlight my amazing photos, but turns out - I loved it! It's a great way to create a layout of a small even that you happened to have a few photos of.

I love finding a balance between photo pockets, pockets with words/writing, and pockets with graphics.

I loved all the photos I captured of the boys running around at the splash pad, so I feel the bright colors reflect the fun level of energy they had!

2x2 pocket are wonderful for shaker pockets too! I will say that I struggle with the fact that I need the shaker to match the layout on both sides since you can see it on both sides, but it worked out well for this layout, because the other side is the same event!

Here's the other side:

I really hope you will play along with this final challenge in my ADVENTURE challenges for July at Lasting Memories! I'd love to see the new formats everyone tries!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mexican Adventure - GDT for SID!

Heyyyyy y'all! It's FriYAY!

Today I'm thrilled to bring you a card I created as GDT for Stick It Down!

Here is my design:

Here's the original sketch. I took to heart the zigzags, which inspired the stitching on my card.

So while we're on the subject of stitching ... I'm about to be REAL with y'all. I'm not a great seamstress ... I had a fight with my sewing machine. I'm BARELY victorious...

I sewed my finger y'all. OUCH! It broke my needle... then this happened....

Ha! That left is my first disastrous attempt at this card. I figured out (after googling, what did we do before google!?) that my needle was in backwards, so it kept breaking my thread! Eh - practice run, huh?

So I made this card, and was then inspired by its motif to use it in a pocket page spread about our cruise & an excursion in Mexico. I even was able to use some of the wretched first, disaster card.

I feel like my pocket pages have been coming together more easily for me lately - which is a good thing, since I have so many lined up to complete!

I used my new mask from the 70% sale at Michael's for the pink feather on the top card, so I used another "Adventure" mask from the set for the bottom card. This is also where I used the black and white bottom stitch from the disaster card, the only bit I could salvage. This worked perfectly, as I think it's always nice to balance a pocket page with some repeating pattern.

I also busted out my Heidi Swapp MINC!

I don't have a ton of hot pink in my paper stash, but I did have some pink foil. So to serve as the balancing piece on this side of the page for the feather, I foiled this card I created from a 6x6 MINC paper pade. I felt like the flower foiliage went well with the aztec-y paper in the Mexico feel. I had enough words on the page, so this pocket just got a black ampersand sticker - balances images and feeds the trend of black throughout each decorate pocket.

To help with the cohesion, I foiled the alphas on my pocket of my son - again with the pink & black. It says "HGD in MX" (his initials).

Can I just mention again how much I love my iPhone 7s plus? These pics are amazing from a phone!

I also carried the sewing from the SID inspired card to another pocket with a little piece of ephemera from Michael's - this may even be the same Boho collection as the masks.

I split the photo of my son here, to add interest, and also just to get it to fit!

I had so much fun working with the Stick It Down card sketch this month! It inspired my entire pocket page!

Thanks for looking & go play along at Stick It Down!

Monday, July 17, 2017

AK @ Christmas

Well today I'm wishing I was at Disney, so I am going to post another Christmas at Disney page to fill the void!

I have created 6x12 divider pages for the different parks in my Disney album from our last trip. So, I had the backside of the 6x12 to fill, and I used this great photo from PhotoPass of the Tree of Life to complete the project.

I LOVE creating this size layout! It comes together so quickly & it's just fun!

A bit of a sway from my traditional red and green Christmas pages, I still kept the sparkle! I used some gold foil pages with black and white. I sewed around the layout to adhere the sequins in black and gold. I switch between a straight and a zigzag stitch for a little interest. I was trying to find subtle ways to embellish the page without overwhelming the layout due to its size.

I added some ribbon for some texture. Man, I love those polka dots!

That tree is so beautiful. I cannot wait to get back to Animal Kingdom for the new Pandora section of the park. I've heard amazing things!

I hope you're inspired by Scrappy Christmas in July over on the Instagrams. Falalalala!

Background paper - Crate Paper, Dear Lizzy, Documentary 
Gold foil papers - Mambi, Modern Metallics 
Triangle paper - Crate paper, Maggie Holmes, Confetti 
Washi tape - Recollections by Michael's 
Alphas - Thickers, American Crafts

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stay LITTLE - a LM challenge

My third challenge is up today at the Lasting Memories blog! Today's challenge is to use a BIG title to document a BIG adventure!

What bigger adventure is there than parenthood?!

I took these sweet photos at the zoo of my little baby boy, and I just implore him to stay little! I wish these chubby sweet features and baby curls would last forever.

I double embossed the chipboard frames to highlight my favorites, and I picked out a ton of ephemera - basically all the bits I had that matched my layout.

I used my new Shimmerz Acritonez in Jade to stencil the hearts. It was more teal than  I expected, but let's be real, when is any shade of blue and green a problem here?

I cut the 'little' word with my Cricut and popped it up with foam dots.

I also used my Ink Road call me maybe stamp with the stencil background, along with somme Heidi Swapp shine.

I added a few sequins in teal, yellow and pink to round out the shine.

I hope you will play along with my third July prompt over at Lasting Memories and use a BIG title on your scrapbook layout this week!

Background - Pink Paislee
Ephemera - Shimelle, Bella BLVD, Studio Calico, Simple Stories,
Alphas - Cricut Outline font
"Stay" alphas - American Crafts Thickers
Chipboard - Maya Road
Heart stencil - Shimelle
Paint - Shimmerz
Heart Stamp - The Ink Road

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Santa Spoils

It's hump day!

I have another Scrappy Christmas in July page for you today AND a process video!

You can find the video here - thumbs up always appreciated.

And here is the layout!

I just love how proud he looks of his new ride - and the fact that he's in the cutest Christmas jammies! I could eat him up!

Santa brought a new trike!

A zig zag stitch holds some wool twine to add some texture, and I used the little gingerbread jewel to compliment the gingerbread kraft.

The video discusses how to get the most out of the product when your fave letters are running low!

Do you love to mix patterns!? I do! Just make sure they're different enough and not too busy. These work because the red buffalo check works as a solid basically, the gingerbread paper is a focus, and the snowflakes are a simple repetitive pattern - almost like a polka dot!

Gotta add that bling! Red foil letters and a glitter bow!

All patterned papers - American Crafts
Red thickers - American Crafts
Black foam alphas - Studio Calico
Chipboard stickers - Me and My Big Ideas.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

4th of July Adventure

It's time for another adventurous challenge over at Lasting Memories!

This week, I'm challenging you to create a layout about a 4th of July adventure. I realize that perhaps not everyone on the interwebs celebrates our American, 4th of July holiday, so if not, tweak the challnege to fit you! You can create a page with Red, White and Blue, and don't forget to sparkle!

I have another pocket page to share for today's challenge:

I lucked up this awesome Pebbles collection at Tuesday Morning called American and I adore it!

The gold foil ephemera is super fun!

I love the idea of sparkle on my 4th of July pages, so I included a fun shaker pocket next to my sparkler photo!

I also stamped the word firework for my title card, and embossing with blue powder.

I might've stocked up a little much on this awesome gold ribbon from the Dollar Tree last Christmas ... #noregrets.

Here's the backside of the page:

Isn't this Pebbles collection THE cutest?!
I just slapped a red firework ephemera on the back of the sparkler ephemera to make the shaker pocket work on both sides.

Everyone loves some Lachlan, so he got lots of facetime this night. And let's be real, these are obvs photos from 2016. Still recovering from the holiday weekend ths year!

Baby says it's good to be freeeee!

I really would love for you to be inspired by my adventure prompts this month - play along with us at Lasting Memories!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Christmas Cuties

It's the best day of the week, y'all! Happy Saturday!

Today I have another Scrappy Christmas in July page for you. I've really been feeling some 8.5x11 pages lately.

Actually though, the struggle was real with this page. It did not begin by looking ANYTHING like it ended up, which is a good thing! I think it got me out of a scrappy funk, however, so that's great.

The entire page started out as a kraft background. I painted in gold through a wood grain stencil and embossed it with gold, which I ended up loving. But the red, gold and black splatter I attempted were just not working out. So I made an executive decision to just use a bit of the embossed portion as an additional layering piece for my photo on a white background - best. decision. EVER!

I super love how the page turned out after I switched my plan. I used a combination of washi, paper strips, word stickeres and ribbon for the middle strip layer.

Don't even get me started on the difficulties I had cutting these letters with adhesive backing. I would have been better off gluing these skinny little words. I'm tellin' ya, y'all. The struggle has been real in my scrappy world the past couple of days!

I had to work for this one, but I"m super happy how it turned out. I hope you're enjoying some Scrappy Christmas in July inspiration, and definitely search out the hashtag on Instagram too.

Black & gold background paper - Mambi by Me and My Big Ideas
Wood stencil - Prima
Red layering papers - American Crafts
Gold tab paper - Project Life
Typewriter strips - Tim Holtz
Gold glitter tag - Crate Paper
Chipboard stickers - Me and My Big Ideas
Doily - Recollections by Michaels

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Pere Noel - A Scrappy Christmas page!

Hi everyone, hope you're recovering well from the holiday (and hopefully long weekend).

Today I have another Scrappy Christmas in July page for you!

We all know I love color & a good dark background that is out of the ordinary from the "norm" you see around the interwebs these days, so I wanted a dark background for a classy sort of look for my Christmas in Paris page.

We were first to greet Pere Noel in France in Epcot last Christmas. He told us a story & it was so sweet how excited my boys were to meet him.

I layered some dark reds wth black and white scraps for the background of the photo and popped it up. I also embossed these chipboard circles as background elements.

Since the black alphas had gold accents, I used a gold Shine spray to sprinkle gold dots around the page. I also added a gold foil sticker to the photo.

I did a small sewing element along the top and bottom borders.

I strung some sequins as an added element like a little banner. I used shiny red, black, matte red adn some red beads.

The glitter snowflakes brought the red glitter alphas cohesively with the page.

I super love how my page turned out. Cranking through those old Christmas  photos. Scrappy Christmas in July!

Red checked paper - Studio Calico
Chipboard - Maya Road
Black alphas - WRMK
Red alphas - American Crafts
Snowflakes - K & Co
Red polka dot paper - unknown sorry!
Gold splatter - Heidi Swapp Shine
Black cardstock - CraftSmith Co.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Hello Friends - Happy 4th of July!

Today I'm bringing you a festive layout to celebrate the holiday. I used another wonderful sketch from Stuck?! sketches.

It's hard to take a perfectly square photo, btw!

Here's the original sketch:

This sketch was just meant to be for these photos of my boys I had waiting to be scrapped.

My boys are 3 years and 1 day apart, so all the hand-me-downs are seasonally appropriate. I love to compare the sweet thangs in some special outfits (usually holiday related). This is the first age comparison page I've done of the two of them!? How is that possible?!

I stamp embossed the stars, and filled in the hollow stars with watercolors. Then I went a little splatter crazy.

They're definitely brothers, that's for sure. But they also have their own look too. Lachy quite a bit chunkier too!

I love this Pebbles Americana collection. It just took a couple of tiny scraps for behind the photos.

The ephemera pack is super fun too.

I added a little journaling at the bottom that is not in the sketch. Seems like Lachlan got a little jipped on that beach view too! Haha.

Thanks for looking & I hope you have a great holiday!