I don't always buy a complete collection, but I did with this Echo Park Eclectic line. It has a really nice vintage, retro feel, but still with lots of easy to work with patterns.
These photos from our recent beach trip went so well with this collection. We finally got to eat at the Hangout after they had just had a music fest with the Dave Matthews band playing there. Very trendy, popular place.
Even though it was a trendy type place, I loved the vintage decor...very inspiring place...and hope to get in another time on our next beach trip, and the food was awesome! I cut out a palm tree with the silhouette, and masked and misted the background, then layered papers, the photos and stamping. I pulled out different Studio Calico stamps for this.
The "Hello" flare was made by Martha...they are pins, but I just put glue on the back and it adhered just fine. She is selling those in her shop.
Paper Issues has a new theme up called "A Flair for the Eclectic." If you have used the new Echo Park Eclectic, or have a something with an eclectic look, flair, you name it...link it up over at Paper Issues.
Sharing a quick card I did with the beautiful My Mind's Eye Indie Chic collection. Did a simple grid.
And time for another 2-pager...I really love the patterns from this collection, so I did another grid showing off the colors and patterns, which were perfect for the Thanksgiving "performance" of my daughter at her school. This is the first 81/2X11 2-pager I've done. I liked it...think I like it a little better than 12X12 2 pagers.
I don't know why it took me so long to start getting out more in the scrapbook community (well, having a little one following me everywhere is one thing)...but I always felt like my work didn't compare to others. I am thankful I finally did get the nerve up and have met so many wonderful people through this hobby.
Sew Sweet N Crafty was my 100th follower, and I'm sending this Everyday Eclectic Echo Park collection to her.
...and as a thank you to all my followers, I'm offering another Everyday Eclectic Echo Park collection. All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment. I'll leave this open until Monday, the 30th and announce a winner on Tuesday, the 31st.
Sometimes my weeks go over the one or two pages...not the best, but I give myself a break with this year-long project...
So here are the two that went over...and the last pics from our trip...so good to see all these little ones...Emma had so much fun...
Then when we got back...it was time to have Emma's birthday party...we just had school friends over...she had so much fun, she was so comfortable, played, and had fun...
Sneaking in a photo of signing Happy Birthday to her...she was a little more shy than normal...
Just about everyone got into the pool...even me...it was good to hang out and chill...the kids were so much fun...the girls were doing their screaming they like to do ;)
And then had to get this picture of Emma and her school friends playing dress up in her room...they started with the shoes, but they eventually did put on dresses and tiaras too...
going to the dentist, Emma covered Dennis' face with Band-aids, making the American Crafts team (still in shock), going out to eat, Emma's daylily blooming...and a few detail shots of the party decor...remembering the details...
Week 29...Emma wore us out at the Kids' place where you get on the big blow up things...I slept good that night.
Making some new dishes...Archie boy, Emma did not want me taking pictures of her in the pool (she is so much more sassier), and her last day of princess ballet they opened the window so we could see the first the time...
Yes, I LOVE Doctor Who...so excited to see this table of goodies at Barnes and Nobles. And we celebrated our 3 year anniversary of becoming a family...just 3 years ago, we were in China making Emma ours...
Emma and Merrin were together in the same room in the same orphanage...so they spent their first year together and then we found out that we only lived 45 minutes away from each other. We were also in China at the same time adopting...so we celebrated our special "Family Day" together!
After making this patriotic wreath using wire and washi tape, I had more ideas. I thought about flowers, maybe another layout or project, but I decided on balloons in celebrating me turning...ahem...45! Can you spot all the washi tape on this layout?
Making wire and washi tape balloons:
Step 1: I picked the photo and a few papers...next I made loops with 24 gauge wire.
Step 2: I started with this stripe washi tape, but you can see I changed my mind. I started wrapping the tape around the wire, but then since the tape is so transparent, I didn't like how it looked from the other side.
Step 2: Re-done...I matched on both sides so it looked the same on the front and back...
Step 3: Cut close to the wire trimming the tape.
This is what it looked like but I still wasn't sure where this layout was going...
Here I decided the red hearts looked best, but wasn't sure of the placement or how to attach the balloons. I didn't get a picture...but Step 3: is use the Tim Holtz or wire cutters (for better results-learned from experience) to trim the wire as close to the bottom of balloon as you can.
Step 4: I decided to tie some twine around the very bottom of the balloons...now onto the next...
I used two different colors/patterns of washi tape and adhered to a piece of cardstock...sent it through the Silhouette to out the "45." I was starting to like the balloons along the bottom, so I took these lollipop sticks, you could use a small dowel/wood stick or even a bamboo stick (Tim Holtz scissors will cut those down for you just fine) and wrapped washi around that.
I used foam adhesive to adhere the balloons and used Zip Dry glue to adhere the "45" to the sticks and then to the page.
So how many washi tapes did I use? 7...here they are...all from Freckled Fawn.
I'm not the only one in this family to love washi tape...while I was brainstorming and playing...my daughter made a washi ring (I tried not to cry and just capture this to hopefully laugh about one day)
Scrapping the Music has some new challenges up and Sharon is hosting! You can pick either the song or the prompt. The song is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawio'ole.
For this challenge, I went with the prompt: "Scrap about a song you remember your Mom singing to you as a child, or one that you sing/sang to your own child(ren).
I don't remember any songs my Mom may have sung to me...but I know Emma and I will remember Hush Little Baby. Here's the journaling on my layout talking about it. She was and still is a very expressive little thing...and you would think I birthed her...because she is just like me ;) God is good!
I love how songs and prompts help you focus and get something so special scrapped. Hope you can join us.
I saved the email from June 8th from Elizabeth at American Crafts, because I almost felt like it was a mistake. Well, it wasn't! I am beyond thankful and humbled to be able to work with these amazing ladies; and so excited to be able to share this news!
Got some fun flair from my friend, Martha. Emma was so excited. Dennis finished putting the swing set up (not an easy job), but Emma loves it. And then we left for our trip to the Smokey's, stopping in Birmingham at the Galleria mall ;)
A closeup of the Build-a-Bear shopping experience and eating at the California Pizza Kitchen. The flowers were from the parking lot at Pinkberry ;) stopping to enjoy them...
Another closeup...I really love this My Mind's Eye line...the colors are gorgeous! And also from the Nook kit, are the Journaling Spouts from Jillibean Soup...I used those A LOT! Perfect. I did use some of the tape and more papers from the same My Mind's Eye line because I had to get more!
Then, week 27 was in the cabin and the mountains...Emma had such a fun time. We spent it with two other families that we traveled with to China to adopt together...so it was a re-union type trip for us.
We went to Dollywood on one day...Emma loves trains, but this 'real' steam engine was too loud, and she screamed and cried the entire time. Then we headed to the carousel and gazillion bubble show and all was good.
Drove through Cades Cove on the 4th of July and then later stopped at Starbucks.
I had two more pictures to add for this week, so they went on the back side...but will share those when I fill up those pages as Emma just had her birthday party on Sunday...so lots more Project Life to come!
Hope everyone is having a great week. I haven't gone unnoticed that I've reach 100 followers...I'm waiting on a few more things and will have a giveaway to the 100th follower and to everyone following. Love my scrap friends! They're the best!