Monday, July 27, 2015

Gossamer Blue August Kit Sneaks

The August kits from Gossamer Blue are my new favorite!  Such an awesome variety of manufacturers.  And I was so impressed with the amount you get!  I did four projects and have tons left!

Here's some sneaks.





I got almost all of the kits.  I had to have some resistance not to get them all!  They are that good! 

Reveal will be on the first!  Hope you can grab these!  Stop by Gossamer Blue's site for more sneaks of the kits here.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pink Paislee Atlas Summer Series


Summer, I just love it...Hot, yes, but thankfully we have a pool...and let's face it, lazy days.  Pink Paislee has kicked off their second Summer Adventure Series using the Atlas collection!

My first layout is about our summer vacation to Disney World this year.


I got some amazing shots with my DSLR but I also got some amazing, fun, candid photos with my iPhone, like this family selfie.  This year, I went with a different mindset..."I want to enjoy this vacation as much as my daughter and husband"...so instead of always focused on getting amazing photos by stopping them throughout the park, I was creative with getting us all in the photo while we all had fun.

The cut out letters and the yes, to this part were inspired by a Kohl's window display.  Once the main journaling was complete, the rest of the layout fell together easily.



Before any embellishments or photos were added to the background, I sent the entire background through my typewriter to add more journaling next to the main journaling.  Then stitched around them to create text boxes.



Stop by the Pink Paislee blog to download a PDF with step by step instructions to recreate this layout and all the inspiration from the entire month of the Summer Series!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

October Afternoon | Red and Blue

I love red and blue, not just for the 4th of July.  My challenge for the October Afternoon blog was to use this color combination.  And I was so excited to have Roree contribute her take on the combination.  Her card, as always, is stunning.  So check out the post here.
What better way to use red and blue than for Disney World photos.  I used a lot of pattern paper on this layout...I just could not get enough of the awesome blues in the Treasure Map collection.  I made the LOVE Mickey ears a couple of years ago.  October Afternoon set it up safely to share.  You can download it here.  I just made it large enough to cover the background and backed with a third blue pattern paper for the background.
To make the diecut stand out more, I fussy cut clouds from the Puffy Clouds Summertime pattern paper.
 To add my journaling, I attached the labels to a piece of paper, sent it through my typewriter, and then cut them from the paper (you won't be able to unstick them, sometimes you can), then add more adhesive to the back to adhere to my layout.  The two photos on the left were bought from Disney Photograph Pass...I had to get them and especially this one of Emma on her first roller coaster ride.  I don't think I will get her to ever do one again.  The other photo, I took while we waited for the Festival of Fantasy parade.
So red and blue go great for Disney, but even if this wasn't, it went with the colors from the photos.  Also red and blue have a vintage, retro look and can be so soft and feminine as well.  So I know I said it already, but you have to see Roree's card here to get an idea that red and blue are not just patriotic colors!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Family Day - 6 Years!



I just cannot believe that exactly 6 years ago to the exact day of the week, we became a family of three.  It has been an emotional few weeks for us all as I am recreating the memories of our journey to our daughter.  Ever since I discovered pocket pages, I have wanted to re-do our album.  It has stirred up so many different emotions.  All of us have been effected by it.  Emma has gotten a little more clingy, and Dennis and I have teared up a little, and I have eaten an entire bag of Cape Cod chips.  From my daughter being in an orphanage for a year, to my Mom's passing making is possible to adopt using my inheritance, and to our very long wait for her, and every other emotion in between.

And I think since creating the album falls on our anniversary, makes it even more sensitive.  This album is my heart, the reason why I scrapbook.  Even though it has been emotional to do, it has recharged my creativity and love for the hobby.

I am so thrilled to bring this album and our story to a class at Big Pictures Classes in the Fall.  I have gotten creative in so many ways and cannot wait to share.  If you haven't joined Big Picture Classes, it is $9.95 a month and you can take as many classes as you like.  It is such an amazing price and concept.  You are getting such great information and a place for community.  Here is my code BPCPATRICIA    It is good through August 5th*

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 Today we will celebrate being together, eating Chinese food, dessert (chocolate, of course, because that is my daughter's favorite), and being thankful and amazed at how lucky and blessed we are to be together.



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Pink Paislee Atlas Collection Cards

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Happy Monday!  I have some cards to share using Pink Paislee's Atlas Collection.
I had fun being creative with the collection for each card.
I love that blue pattern paper and just adding a strip along with the airplane and rainbow against the white is so striking.  I cut clouds from the velum airplane paper to stitch along the top.

Geo tags...love them...but I always have lots of leftovers.  This was a lightbulb moment...make a flower out of them!  I cut a 3x4 card with a flower, layered the clear map paper under it, then cut more flowers from pattern papers to create layers with the chipboard geo tags.
 I just typed the sentiment on plain cardstock and stitched in place.
This is the simplest card, but my most favorite.  Why?  What do you do when you see a camera?  Smile!  I had to cut the letters to spell SMILE from the camera pattern paper and this looks so much better in person.  
 Added a little puffy camera to finish it off.
Hope you get a chance to pick up the Atlas Collection.  Beautiful, versatile collection!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop!  This is a way for Gossamer Blue to help bring you additional inspiration and excitement to dig into your July kits before the next month's kits are available and revealed.  I love that GB does this to help bring additional inspiration to us all to use up our kits.

For this layout, I used one of the Life Pages kit cut files and made it large enough to adhere to my base 12x12 cardstock.  I was going for a sunny, summery feel, so I used all of the yellow papers from the Main July kit to back the heart.
Then I used the Life Pages Kit cut file for the title "summer of love."  I try to use just two kits so you can get a feel for kit contents, but loving all the circles, I had to pull in the wood enamel buttons from the Bits and Pieces kit.  Everything is from the Main kit and the Life Pages kit...those stamps (the stars, the "collect moments not things," and the Tom Petty quote) and the vellum circles are from the Life Pages kit...my all time favorite.  

I thought this photo would have to go to the trash bin since it is so over exposed...she was moving so much with the backlight...that I couldn't get a decent exposure setting.  But thanks to RAD Lab, I was able to give the photo a cool effect and actually turned out to be my favorite capture of her from that day playing in the hose.

I love summer, and this just captures the feeling perfectly.  These kits are still available!  I have so much left and so glad I do...working on a big project and putting the rest to good use!  Grab your while they are still available.
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Here is the blog hop list for more inspiration using the July kits!  I can't wait to hop myself!  Enjoy!


























Yana Smakula

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Monday, July 13, 2015

October Afternoon Inspiration

My amazing talented friend and team member from October Afternoon, Alex, challenged me with an inspiration piece.  I was so inspired!  

I used mostly the new Summertime collection, mixed in with Treasure Map and Daily Flash.  You can see more details of the post, Alex's amazing LO, her free cut file, and the inspiration piece here!


Thanks for stopping by!!  I am terrible right now at returning comments, but I appreciate them!

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