Thursday, January 31, 2013

It All Started With One Little Bag - Noel Mignon

Hey Everyone!  I have a "fast and fabulous" layout to share with you today using the grey chevron bag from the Soda Shoppe kit, which pulled this layout together.  I was going to share a layout with the Lasting Love, but I'm going to save that one for next week...

Here's how this came together.  I backed a piece of white cardstock with the polka dot Basic Grey paper.  It added a really great contrast and grounded the layout well.  Then I used this triangle background from the Silhouette store.  No Silhouette?  If you have punches, especially those that punch anywhere, you could re-create a similar look.
The little bag was my focus and start of creating this layout...besides the photo, of course, which is one that I had lying around and just had to be scrapped of Emma when she was 13 mos.  We were only home for about a month and a half from China.  I have plenty documented, so this was a just-for-fun layout.  I used the last die-cut flower from the kit, stapled the folded in petals, and added a button in the center.  Everything clustered around the bag is from the kit, except the letters and numbers.  They are Basic Grey and I thought fit well with a baby-type theme.
 And, of course, the sweet photo.  I like to cut apart stickers to use in different ways.  Like the "remember this...the story of us" was a huge tree...I only wanted the trunk and the saying.  It worked out well with the branch sticker coming out from the right of the photo too...almost like it was part of that sticker, if you didn't know any better.
 Keeping my focus on using the bag, the photo, and the background already done for me, made this layout come together fast, but looks like it took awhile.

Hope everyone is having a great week!  Thanks for stopping by! 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Project Life, Week 1

I started on Week 1 on the back side of the title the cutout there in the middle and the back side of the card with Emma and I holding hands, worked as is.  Love when that happens and you don't need to use another card.
I'm hoping to capture a little more of the details of life, traditions (like measuring Emma every year on her birthday and on New Year's day)...and using my DSLR more.  Trying to get the whole "big picture" of our lives better.
 I'm also being selective about photos and not including every single one, but sometimes there isn't a whole lot going this week is just a one page spread...a lot happened on New Year's the majority of the photos are from that day.  Emma going back to school, going to the dentist.
The cut out card and the one with us holding hands are Ready Set Go, but the rest is from Pink Paislee, with little bits from Lily Bee, Basic Grey and the flair is from Martha Bonneau's Etsy shop called Panda Eight Designs.

I don't have a huge space that a scrap in...but I did hit Target and Dollar Tree to help get more organized.  My stash and new product I use for PL, but I did separate a lot just for PL and so far I'm loving it.  Will post pictures soon...and it is part of my week 4 of PL...

Will have a Noel Mignon layout up tomorrow using the new Lasting Love kit...I couldn't resist digging into it!  Happy hump day!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winner of Carta Bella Blog Hop



Andrea, you can pick out any of the current collections, and Carta Bella will be sending it to you soon!

Thank you everyone for joining in the hop...Carta Bella usually has one once a month. 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

American Crafts Layouts - Journaling

I believe we are officially over Winter here...although you never know when another cold front could come through...but the Winter flag has been replaced by the Spring flag...we are done with Winter here.  And I think my sinuses know it too ;)

Okay...for some reason I thought I shared these layouts here, but didn't.  I had an assignment with American Crafts for unique journaling...but the new CHA lines came in so I have a new assignment for the AC blog.  More scrapping?  New Goodies?  Not a problem!  

This Unique Journaling assignment was a challenge for me.  I have no idea why, I love to journal...I think I made it harder than it should have been.

Here is what I did.  I took the original carbon copy receipt from 1980 of the guitar my parents bought for me.  Opened it in Photoshop Elements, desaturated the yellow...because the carbon writing was so faded and plus my first attempt to use stickers to journal on top of the receipt failed miserably, I used the brush tool in PSE and added a soft white on top, then typed up my journaling.  Much better!  And I could write more!
 And this is my guitar...still have it (took this picture of it for this layout), will never ever get rid of it...Classic Fender...string missing, but excellent condition. 
 So grateful that my parents bought me this, they really surprised me that they did that..there were 4 of us!  We didn't get a whole lot of stuff unless we needed it or Dad was in a good mood ;) Ha!  I really tried to teach myself, but I really needed lessons.  I did pretty good on my own though and could play cords and a few songs.  But the clarinet is what I would be more accomplished in later in my school years.  

So I pulled out mostly the American Crafts Soho Garden collection for this...lots of red and green with a touch of the then I also picked out pieces from Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic and even Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go...anything that had the color scheme.
The next layout, I finally decided on something Emma says pretty much everyday and a lot..."what else can I have?"  This doesn't just apply to this conversation, it also applies to food...the girl can eat ALL day long.  When I saw these photos, I knew it was perfect.  I used the Dear Lizzy 5 & Frolic and pulled out the browns and the pinks with a little of the blue/green.  The Thickers are from Ready Set Go.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Thickers because of their colors...they worked out perfectly.  I didn't want to add too much business to an already full layout...and they did the trick.  Each question and answer have matching Thicker colors.  
 Once I finally had the idea...this was a simple layout to put together. And I love that typewriter, felt like it added to the dialogue going on here.
 I used the 6x6 paper pad, stickers, chipboard, and ribbon from 5th & Frolic...that little pink flower above is from Soho Garden and the brown arrow is from Ready Set Go...just pulled colors that worked with the color scheme.  
I loved this assignment even though it was a challenge for me...these are my two current favorite layouts so far.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Project Life 2013

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I learned so much by doing my first Project Life last year.  But I did hesitate and wonder if I should not do it again to see if I could capture all the memories without it, because I love to create and spend time on other projects.  But I decided, I finally got my PL groove going and it works for me.  So I'm still going to do weekly because it breaks down memories and little moments more and would be quicker for me to do than an entire month.  

So here goes...picked up an American Crafts album with 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby and decorated it with American Craft's Ready Set Go.
I freeze when it comes to covers and title pages...I feel like I haven't warmed up yet in creating to know what I want...but I usually pick my most favorite photos of us (which is why they are on my blog banner)...and coordinated with the Ready Set Go collection.
 I love the blue and the orange...I kept the page pretty simple and focused on design and color.
 I used the Silhouette sketch pens to make my journal card with the J.RR. Tolkien quote...I have always loved that quote and since it relates to my One Little Word (Time) it was perfect for the title page.  
Will have more Project Life to share soon...hope everyone has a great week.  Please leave a comment on the Carta Bella blog hop post, so you can have a chance to win any collection of your choice.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Cards using Noel Mignon Kit

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I have some Happy Birthday cards on the Noel Mignon blog today using the Soda Shoppe kit.

These two cards have similar designs, both have a banner for the Monday Inspiration Theme over at Noel Mignon, and both focus on the sentiment Happy Birthday.

For the first card, I picked out the aqua and the yellow green products.  That Crate Paper was gorgeous and perfect for the front of the card.  

To ground the card a little more, I added a small cluster, again pulling the colors I was going with.
I don't have a huge stash of sentiment stamps, but these Basic Grey Clippings stamps were perfect.  I just couldn't hand cut a tiny circle that neatly, so cut the pinking circles with the Silhouette first, then stamped, and then sewed them together.  The pinwheels are a Jenni Bowlin punch.
The next card, I moved the scalloped borders to the bottom in more than just one color, and pulled more of the peachy/blush colors from Glitz and the neutral dots and touch of aqua from American Crafts.
The Glitz banner sticker was perfect for the top, but needed some movement, so added the butterflies so the eye would move across the card better.
And just like the other card...added a small little cluster at the bottom.
Cards can be a great way to use up stash, give you a jump start, and just play with products, design, and color.  Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Carta Bella Blog Hop for January

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop! You should have come from Pamella Brown's blog.  Be sure to follow blog hop list below to hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive a current Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on this post by midnight EDT on Monday, January 28 to qualify. The winners from each design team blog and the Carta Bella blog will be announced on Tuesday, January 29, so be sure to check back to see if you won!

Patricia Roebuck

I was inspired by the argyle pattern on a piece of clothing recently, and decided to try to design an entire layout based on that pattern.  Something very different from how I normally scrap, but I like the result.  I grouped several diamond shapes in the Silhouette software to form the background.  After cutting the design, I backed the cutout spots with pattern paper.

I put the white cardstock cutouts back on top of the empty spots and stitched an "x" across each one for added texture.
 The design and the photo take center stage, so I kept the rest of the embellishing simple by just pop dotting some of the heart stickers from the Element sticker sheet.
Thank you for visiting and good luck!!!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Today is a Good Day for Faux Snow - Lily Bee Layout

Ursula and I are up on the Lily Bee blog today.  We both live in areas where there isn't much of a Winter, so we decided to create a layout about what Winter is like for us.

When I saw the doilies from the Prim pattern paper, I thought...they would be the "faux" snowflakes on my layout.
Sprayed, splattered, and painted on some white mist.
 Pulled in colors from our still very colorful season. 
 And then added journaling about our crazy Spring like Winter weather.
Hope you get a chance to visit the Lily Bee blog to see Ursula's interpretation of her Winter season.

Hope everyone has a great week.  I'm just so happy to see the sun again after all the rain we've had. 

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Friday, January 18, 2013

A Photo Says it All - Noel Mignon Layout

I'm playing with the fabulous Soda Shoppe kit again from Noel Mignon!  Noel has a few more left, so grab one while you can here.

A Favorite Moment is what I named this could have been My Heart too...honestly, I was speechless.  This photo was not taken by me, but by a professional photographer in Florida on a beach trip re-union with all of the other Chinese Adoptive families we traveled with.  I decided to change it to black and white and have fun with some colors from the kit and some ink and mist.
For me being in a photo with my daughter is priceless...I have tons of photos like this with Emma and her Dad, but hardly any of me.  This is a treasure.

 I wasn't sure where I was going with the layout at first, so I just started cutting the pattern paper.  That will usually get me inspired more than a full sheet will.  I knew I wanted to use that gorgeous Glitz bokeh paper, the sticker frame, and that little piece from the My Mind's paper with the yellow flowers.
 Once the pieces of paper were smaller, I started placing and seeing what I liked...and I was finally seeing the layout come together.  Then I used some Distress Ink with a blending tool and masked lightly over the background.  I've been so inspired to use that old tool that has collected dust from Christin's amazing work.  Mine was so old, I had to use Zip Dry glue to re-adhere some velcro to it.  Then I've been inspired by watching Corrie Jones and Janna Werner using mists.  Corrie's idea was to unscrew the mist, and use the inside tube as a paint brush.  Janna's was to spray the mist in the cap and then let it drip onto your layout.  Two new things I've never tried with mists before, and will use again.
 I put all the papers and photo back, added some stitching, then put twine through the straw and adhered to the layout.  I've been using this design on a few layouts lately...the asymmetrical design...I really like it.  The black and white photo, pops of pink and coral and splatters balance out the papers on the other side of the straw, but not exactly the same.
This is one of my favorite layouts...more because of the photo...I was so reluctant to like it...I never like myself in photos...but I don't care about the double chin anymore...I just see a very sweet favorite moment.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Enjoy the Ride - American Crafts

It is Silhouette Week on the American Crafts blog.  My assignment was a tutorial and was posted on the blog yesterday here, but head over to the blog for all of the inspiration...I've been pinning...lots of inspiration.

Here is my finished project, which by the way, I was excited to hang somewhere in the living room or my scrap area...but Emma has claimed it, and it is hanging in her bathroom.  And rightfully it should, it used to hang in her bathroom with old beach photos of her before turning 2.  
Step 1:  The project started in Silhouette Studios, and I have a video of that portion showing you how I changed the colors of the print and cut flowers, made my own unique title, and using the sketch pens.  
 This is an old Fancy Pants frame that measures 21x12.  I had been wanting to re-do it, and finally ready to get it done.
 2) Now that I have my title and flowers cut and sketched from the Silhouette, I’m going to add different pieces of pattern paper to the back of the title using the Soho 6x6 paper pad.
3) Once the title is finished, I adhere the cardstock to the acrylic (this frame has acrylic instead of glass, but a glass frame would work as well).  Since the frame is larger than 12x12, I added another piece of cardstock, trimming the end, and lining up the seam as best I can.  Next, I start placing the print and cut flowers along with Soho stickers and flowers, 5th and Frolic brads and buttons, and Amy Tangerine leaves.  I just laid them out first to decide how I liked the look before adhering anything.  As I laid the flowers and embellishments out, I found it was a good idea to put the frame over the design to see what would show and where to place things.

 4) I added one more cut file to this project, the bike (which was the inspiration for the design, and from there the "flower power" 70s feel to it came).   The original design of the bike points to the left.  From the menu in Silhouette Studio, I did Object-Transform-Mirror Options-Mirror Right.  I used some foam adhesive on some of the flowers and the bike to add a little more dimension.  A tip:  cut the foam adhesive in half when adhering to small cut files like this.

6) Hang up your finished project and enjoy! Thanks for taking a look!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

American Crafts Valentine's Tags

Hope everyone had a good weekend...I tried my best to see any peeks at the CHA show via Instagram and Facebook...but not as many this time.  Luckily, I found this wonderful lady.  I don't know her, but I love her for posting so many photos for those that can't go...and she posts A LOT!  Check out her photos here.  She has the days in sets to the right...CHA Day 1, 2 and 3 are three different sets. 

I love Valentine's...all the hearts, colors, arrows, flowers.  I pulled out my American Crafts XOXO goodies, mixed in some Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic ribbon and stickers, and had some fun making these.  
 I love that aqua with the pretty.  The Thickers are from the Soho collection.  I made these with people in mind...but Emma also helped decide who gets which this is the one she picked for herself...and she wanted it now!
 This one goes to our pet sitter.
 This one goes to Dad...since it's a little more masculine...all except for maybe the flowers ;)
 And this one is for Aunt Lisa...this one's my fave I think.
It has been dreary and rainy here now all last week and now this week...ready for a little sun to peek through.  Have a good one!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

My One Little Word for 2013

I am up on the Noel Mignon blog today with my layout inspired by "lists".  When I saw all of the inspiration Virginia had posted here, I knew what I wanted to do.  Make a layout about my One Little Word and tags for just a few areas of my life.

I have never done a One Little Word before...this is perfect for me.  I love the idea first introduced by Ali Edwards.  I picked TIME because I spend an enormous amount of time working on assignments, writing product lists, writing blog posts, visiting blogs as much as I can.  I love it, but I need to balance MY life I stop and tell myself, now it's time to do something else and drop what I'm doing.  2012 was a whirlwind of a year for me as far as scrapbooking.  Unbelievable when I look back.  It wasn't until December of 2011 I decided to get out in the scrapping community more.  So it was a huge change in my life and lifestyle.

Some of you who have followed me from when we first adopted Emma know this, but Emma requires a lot of one on one time.  No, not any different from any other child.  But I have seen other children run from their parents to play at the park or to friends, play with toys all by themselves.  These things never happened with Emma.  She has gotten so much better.  But as an example...Christmas day...instead of playing with her toys...she wouldn't until we played with her.  It made for a very long day.  We always try to tell her, let us get some work done, and then we will play with you...never happens...until she falls asleep at napping for this girl since she was 2.  Dropping her off at a sitter or having a sitter never was her personality.  To say I'm in need for more "Me" quality time is an understatement.   And the cycle of motherhood guilt has only begun...  I just hope she wants to be around us this much when she is a tween or a teenager! my word...

The first idea that came to me was to use some kind of tab identifying just a few areas in my life I need to juggle my time better in 2013.  I used this Dragonfly tab from the Silhouette store.
 Then I ungrouped them and deleted the dragonfly and replaced with the words.  I used the Blackout Font 2 a.m. 
I was tempted to do just plain cardstock to cut them out, but I decided to go with color and picked the teal Lawn Fawn paper from the Soda Shoppe kit.  The pattern on the paper was also small and almost tone on tone, so I knew the cut file would show up well.  I loved the perforated look on the tag, so I ripped that part off to show the jagged edge.  I will admit that once I had the cut out files, I wasn't sure of the design I wanted.  I first tried a more carefree look of tilting photos and the tabs.  I used to do that all the time, and love when I see others do it, but linear worked better for me.
I was loving the pops of yellow.  I backed the tabs with pieces of the Basic Grey yellow polka dots, cut the "time" with the Silhouette.  I needed something else yellow to balance it.  I used one of the die cut flowers from the kit and folded in the petals and stapled in the middle.
Just what I needed...clustered it next to the Glitz potty girl sticker.
This layout had a lot of color and a lot going I tried to not add too much, instead I emphasized the design of the vertical lines and the idea behind it.  I cut the 5 from the Dear Lizzy paper, stamped the days of the week along the edge to represent the days of the week (a work week, although I did stamp all 7 days).
I am a very visual person, so I may need to have this one out so I can always be reminded of my OLW for 2013.

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