Friday, February 23, 2018

Currently Aaron @ 8

I have another current favorites page to share with you today. This one is for Aaron at 8 years old.

For this layout, I decided to dive into my stash and find some old goodies. The first I ran across was the red number die cut paper. Not too entirely sure who made this paper, but I have had it in my stash for way too long!

Going with the red paper, I looked through my SEI stash and came upon one that had his favorite colors (orange and blue) and graphic, great for a boy.

I used to subscribe to SEI kits back when Aaron was a baby after attending a class by them at a local scrapbook convention. They were a great value, but I never used anywhere near what I bought from them. Trying to use it or it is time to let this 12 year old stash go!

Some of the embellishments that came with this kit were chipboard circles that you can see I used as a border strip down the page as well as a 12x12 sheet of tags, ribbon, and circle alpha/number stickers.

To emphasize his age with in the die cut paper, I used a black marker and outlined the eights that appeared on the page. I also layered some stickers, a chipboard circle, and enamel dots and stars from my stash. 

For my title, I used the Title Builder stamp set from Elle's Studio and embossed with white embossing powder. I created little banners with all of the different current favorites (@8, anyway) that I had typed using my type writer.

I used another stamp from Ali Edwards from her story stamp subscription to heat emboss with white powder on a tag. Found a black leather like Thicker in my stash for the title along with some Simple Stories tile alpha stickers.

Loved using up some old stash, some new stamps and creating this page! So fun! 

Thanks for checking it out!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maddie's Baby Album - Your Arrival

Today I have one of the last pages in Maddie's Baby Album to share with you.

I struggled with the composition of this one, but gained some inspiration for this one on Pinterest. I searched for Becky Higgins' baby kit and some pages utilizing her kit were pinned there!

Most of the supplies for this 2 page layout are from Becky Higgins baby kit. There is a 3x4 card and a small banner from the baby collection from Photo Play. I also dove through my baby supplies stash and found an iridescent velum that had a baby quilt pattern that I used as a layer under border of turtles. Figured there would never be a "perfect" project or page for it and just went for it.

Used a chipboard title block from the kit and embellished with some of the epoxy stickers also in the kit. Another chipboard piece was used on the second page of the pocket for some repetition.

You can see here the velum was torn to give an added texture to the page.

Used this Photo Play 3x4 cut apart card here and embellished with another epoxy sticker.

And there you have it. Another layout done for Maddie's album. Only a few more pages to share and this album is complete!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Maddie's Baby Album - Expecting You

I haven't been the best at blogging lately. I have been creating, though, so I finally have some pages that I have finished up and to share with you.

I actually have finished my December Daily for 2017 in record time, but I haven't photographed the pages yet to share. On my list of things to do....

I had a big photo order placed for my December Daily and pages that I have journaling for, etc, so I finally got some of the missing photos from Maddie's Baby Album printed. My goal is to finish this album up before the new baby comes! 

This layout is called Expecting You. I had a pregnancy photo shoot done right before Maddie was born and added some pictures of the ultrasounds that I had done though out the pregnancy to put on this 2 page layout.

Most of the paper and supplies I used for this are from Becky Higgin's Baby kit from 2008. I mixed in a few stickers and paper pieces from a newer baby collection from Photo Play that colors matched perfectly. 

To add some layers to the tab on the patterned paper, I added some tabs of my own, tracing the shape of the original and cutting them out. I also used an Exacto knife to cut out the title tab to be able to place the other tabs under it.

I used some Ali Edwards stamps on the tabs as well as some stickers to embellish.

The Becky Higgins kit came with journaling pockets for the journaling prompts. I used some chipboard and enamel stickers from the kit to embellish this so it wasn't so flat.

On this side of the layout, I wanted to repeat the tab theme so I used some stamps and stickers to add to these tabs as well.

I found a Project Life card in my stash that was the perfect color for this layout and layered some stickers with it.

Using a border strip from the Photo Play cut apart sheet, as well as a chipboard border strip, I created a bit of a shelf for my photos to rest. I also created another smaller shelf with border punch and scalloped border sticker from Photo Play.

Glad to have these details in Maddie's Baby album and glad to be nearing the end of this project! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Faves

Back again with another layout.

This was inspired by the last prompt I had left to complete from Shimelle's The 20 Project class, unflattering photo-phobia layout.

This uses a photo that isn't the best of me, but there weren't many taken of me alone around the time of the journaling, so I just went with it. I believe it is a photo one of my kids took of me.

This was a super fun layout to create. After having such a creative dry spell, it was a nice way to get into my space and make something fun.

This layout was inspired by a layout that Shimelle did on Facebook Friday live one week. She was using an inspiration piece from Pinterest as well, so this is a bit like telephone. My layout doesn't look much at all like the first. 

Since the inspiration came from Shimelle, I started with some of her products and in her first collection, found this rainbow-like paper and thought I would start there.

Since I was following the overall structure of her layout, I also needed to find a paper that would house my journaling and found another in that same collection that would work for that.

I wanted to mat my photo to add a bit of separation from the color and found some vellum from Cosmo Cricket in my stash that had gold glitter hearts on it. Layered it with a grid paper from Studio Calico.

Then came the fun part... I dived into my stash for all embellishments that matched the colors on the pattern paper. I used chipboard stickers, sequins, tissue paper confetti (from an old December Daily kit that had a good match for all 5 colors!), puffy stickers, buttons, enamel dots, gems, and plastic shapes.

Unlike Shimelle's layout, I kept the embellishments within the paper parameter, for the most part.

Used some gold glitter Thickers for the title to coordinate with the vellum. Added some glitter tape with some ghost stamping to repeat the gold. Also used my Gold Heidi Color Shine for the first time. I have been watching so many scrapbookers like Inkie Quill and Shimelle splatter the gold mist it was time to try it out!

Used a sticker from Studio Calico that was with the paper I used to mat the photo. Thought it made a good subtitle.

To connect the two patterns, I used a decorative tape from Ali Edwards. Love the contrast it gave.

Love all of the bits and pieces. Makes you want to reach out and touch it!

 Feel free to ask where any of the products came from and I will try to find out for you. 

Thanks for looking!


Monday, November 13, 2017


Sorry for the dry spell here on my blog.  Finally getting my mojo and just overall energy back. I have successfully exited the first trimester of pregnancy and the morning sickness is starting to subside. Just about to hit the halfway mark, so that is why I have been so absent here. Excited to add another baby to the family in April. This will be baby #4!

Here is a layout that I recently completed. This layout is based on a prompt from Ali Edwards' Hello Story class, direction. I wrote the journaling back when I took this class at Big Picture classes, just hadn't paired and printed photos for it.

For this layout I had pulled the Wild Story stamp as well as a Lawn Fawn stamp set that had a compass on it. I pulled the blue background paper because it also looked like it had compass shapes on it. 

When looking for coordinating paper with the blue, I ran across some leftover pieces of a Basic Grey collection that I thought paired well with the color and the overall feeling I wanted to convey with this layout.

If you look closely by the title, I stamped the Lawn Fawn stamp in the compass shape all over the background using a similar blue ink color. Unfortunately most of them were covered up by the photos and journaling.

I created the title using a chipboard alpha from Basic Grey. Framed it with some Studio Calico wood veneer arrows.

Used a Jenni Boland punch for the tabs that house the date the photos were taken.

In with the Basic Grey collection was some decorative border stickers which I used down the page. I layered white card stock to give it a softer feel and have more presence on the page.

On top I used some Heidi Grace Chipboard stickers,  a compass stamped from the Story Stamp set, and another wood arrow. 

Used a roller date stamp phrase but hand wrote my date. I apparently don't have a date stamp that is just month and year. Repeated the other embellishments in this cluster as well.

Here is my journaling. 

This was a hard story to tell, but worthy of being written. It talks about my daughters diagnosis of Down Syndrome and how I navigated that. 

I don't really mention her diagnosis in other layouts, but thought it should be addressed somewhere in our story. 

Thanks for taking a look!
I actually have another layout to share soon. One much less profound :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What I Love About You

This next layout I am sharing today has been brewing in my brain for quite a while.

The inspiration came from multiple places for this one. 

The first was from the class from Stacy Julian, Inspired Scrapbooking, that I took at Big Picture ages ago. The prompt was to be inspired by a book.

The journaling was taken from a picture book Maddie and I read at the time of the prompt. You can get the full story on the journaling card in the middle.

The second piece of inspiration came from Ali Edwards' class, Hello Story. The theme was direction and this layout is somewhat scrap lifted from a layout she did in the class.

I also took inspiration from some of the products I had in my stash. I wanted to use arrows on this page, (hence the direction theme) and found some stamps and dies that I had purchased that are from Heidi Swapp.

I used a page kit that was in my stash from a crop I attended. We had played a pretty cool and fun game where you selected a few pieces of patterned paper that you wanted to create a kit around. Then a bag with those papers was passed around the crop. Everyone looked into their crop stash and included a few pieces like brads, glitter paper strips, gems, card stock, paper flowers and more to the bag. By the time your bag got back to you, it was full of coordinating scrap goodies to create with. 

I started with a few pieces of Bella Blvd. Valentine/love themed papers. Not sure how old these are, but I still love them

Of course I added some things from my stash as well. The sequins, the stamped images, the love journaling card as well as a couple of Project Life 4x6 grid cards.

For the middle of this page, I used quite a few stamped images to create a border. I layered many arrow stamps from Heidi Swapp that were fussy cut out with a few circle sentiments from Ali Edwards. 

I adhered some of the layers with foam adhesive and layered some gemstone brads, heart gems, flowers and sequins.

In the center, I used a heart shaped sentiment from the Up Story Stamp from Ali Edwards.

In the top right corner I repeated similar products in a cluster.

I used the story stamp for the numbers theme for the 10 things. They originally were circled, but I cut them out to fit the space that I had.

I embellished the card further with a "hers" circle also from Ali Edwards and some sequins.

This journaling card came from a cut apart from BoBunny. On this card, I decided to use my handwriting to record my thoughts. I also used the "story love" stamp (Story theme?) as well as the arrow circle for this card. Both are from Ali Edwards. 

On the last journaling card I embellished with the "me" circle and again some sequins.

Really love how this one turned out. Love that I got so many stamps used on one layout!

Thanks for looking! Hope to have more layouts to share with you soon!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Aaron's Favorites @9

I have made great strides this year to do three things:
1. journal at least 3 stories every month.
2. create pages with the photos I had printed earlier this year
3. use up my stash by creating kits for the photos in step #2

So far I have been really happy with each of these. I have found there is definitely times that I am more focused on one step over the others but they are all happening.

Step 1 lets me know which photos to print next round, and then that allows steps 2 and 3 to happen.

For the page I am sharing today, I journaled this information in real time, when he actually turned 9.  That prompted me to print the photos and then was able to create the page.

My son will be turning 11 next month and it is super cool to see the things that have changed and which have stayed the same.

With photos in hand, I went through my stash in search for product to tell the story. Initially I didn't intend to use birthday themed products, but since the photos I printed were of his party, I dipped into my birthday stash. 

What I found was an old Basic Grey kit. This was not of the KOTM variety, where a ton of product was given as well as an example layout and instructions that I subscribed to from my then local store. This was one of their kits that a 2-pg and two 1-pg layouts were included. Most of the pieces were punched out die cuts and pre-printed layers.

As you can see, I stuck to the original page design. This kit doesn't offer much freedom in creating it your own but there are quite a few bonus pieces in the kit that allow for some customization.

Instead of creating a panel of embellishments, I used the card to journal and add my own title. I also added the balloon chipboard piece at the top with some star pieces from the kit. I used more stars as bullet points for the journaling.

 I used an Ali Edwards "favorite" stamp from one of the story stamps as well as stickers from the BG collection this kit was from.

Was happy to use up the last of this kit, since I created the other pages in the kit already, but even more happy to have these photos and words together on a page.

Thanks for stopping by to check it out!