Friday, June 23, 2017

Maddie @ 3 months

I am sharing another layout for my daughter's baby album.

I have been using Becky Higgins' Baby kit through CK for this album, but have been mixing in products from my stash as well. 

For this layout, I used some inspiration from Shimelle's Design Decisions class. I used the sketch for challenge #12, since I opted not to take the color challenge. 


The background paper is from from My Girl from American Crafts and the floral is a pattern from Amy Tangerine. The other papers came from the baby kit.


In the sketch, Shimelle had bunting at two points in the grid. Instead of creating a banner, I found the baby clothes line stickers in my stash. The line is actually wire on brads, but it came on the sticker sheet that way. 

Although, I wasn't thrilled with the contrast on the top line on the floral paper, with the dimension it has in person, it stands out enough for me to leave it.



One of the reasons I continue to use the kit is for the monthly numbers with the chipboard frames. I wanted it to stand out a bit more, so I layered a doily from my stash behind it as well as some fussy cut flowers. 

I also used a fabric sticker from the My Girl collection with some pink glitter washi tape and a puffy flower sticker.


Here is the other clothes line  as well as a close up of more puffy stickers, glitter washi and a fabric sticker. The camera is cut from an Amy Tangerine paper.

Thanks for checking out my layout! Have a great day!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Maddie @ 11 months

Today I have a layout from my older daughter's baby album. She is now eight years old, and I haven't gotten her album completed. I have it on my priority list this quarter, to try and complete as much as I can. The photos are all printed and it is just a matter of getting it done.

I gained inspiration from this layout from Shimelle's Design Decisions class for challenge #11. Shimelle's challenge was a color challenge, building off the monochromatic layout, but since creating my own kits based on color isn't my thing, I opted to get inspiration from her sketch based on the layout she created.


The biggest difference between her layout and mine, was the size of photo used. I am using 5x7 photos for the most part in this album, opposed to her square 4x4. I think it still works, the journaling card just doesn't hang as low compared to the photo in mine. 

The background paper is from American Crafts My Girl collection. The journaling card is from a cut apart sheet from Photo Play's About a Girl collection.



I am using the CK/Becky Higgins Baby Kit for this baby album, so the tabs and chipboard frame came from there. 

I layered some Amy Tangerine floral paper in there as well as a green grid from the kit. 

Used some flat sequins to embellish.


The number and chipboard month frame also came from the kit, as so did the sticker border and chipboard star. Layered a doily from my stash to add a bit of contrast between the pinks.



Found some metal charms that were baby pins and blocks to add to this layout that add another layer of texture and dimension.

Hoping to share more finished pages from this album and other challenges completed from Shimelle's class so visit again soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Maddie's Favorites Things @ 5

This is a layout I created for Challenge #7, #8, #9 of Shimelle's Design Decisions class.

Challenge #7 was to create a layout that you recreate from year to year. 

I have started journaling the same favorites list from the kids around their birthday every year. Fun to look back what has changed and what hasn't. Pulled Maddie's list from when she turned 5 and found some photos near the time that I document the list.

Challenge #8 was a color challenge. I was to create a kit (and 2 more, that I chose not to create) that was monochromatic. I chose a herring bone patterned from Dear Lizzy as the starting color and collected things from my stash to coordinate. I found way too much in this color, but had fun shopping my stash for it!

Challenge #9 was to create a layout using the monochromatic color kit.


The background paper is from the SEI Dill Blossom collection.

I used brads to give a bullet point effect for my journaling. Placed my journaling about the photos on the tag by the title.

The 5 is from Heidi Swapp. It was a textured white die cut that I used some of my Distress Ink to color it. I used my water brush to push the ink around, until I was happy with it. The chipboard sticker is from a Basic Grey /Kelly Purkey collection. 
The gold glitter die cut was from a Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes ephemera pack. The brads are from my stash and are a fuzzy texture.  The button die cut is from Stampin' Up!.

The @ wood veneer is from a Project Life pack, I believe.


The "favorite" came from a Dear Lizzy card pack. It was pre cut and I backed it with some glitter paper I got from the dollar hot spot at Target. The tag with the glittered corner is from the same ephemera pack as the leaves at the top. The button die cut was also from Stampin' Up!.

I layered a doily from my stash under all of the pieces.

I used some arrow rub-ons from Amy Tangerine and outlined my tile alpha stickers from Simple Stories.


The lower embellishment cluster was placed on the other half of the doily. It has an acrylic arrow that has been in my stash for some time, along with pieces to coordinate with the other clusters on the page... Stampin' Up! button, gold glitter star,  fuzzy brad, and wood veneer heart.

While I enjoyed changing up my process a bit for this one, by working with color first, I didn't enjoy putting all of my supplies back that I didn't use when I was done. I don't tend to design by color so I don't organize my supplies that way. I usually stick with things within a collection so I store my supplies that way. 

Loved bashing my stash on this one, though. Felt good to use up some stuff that I have been collecting. 

After this was completed, I wondered if it was it bad that I didn't design it around HER favorite color? :)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Card making -- in purge mode

I was in a bit of a scrapbook slump. Didn't feel that I had the time to devote to an entire layout. Since my kids are out for the summer, I don't get the same uninterrupted time to create.

As I was sitting in my crafting space, that is adjacent to my kids play area, I noticed some things floating around that needed a home. The first I noticed was a bird that I had stamped and let my daughter color with water color pencils and then "paint". This little bird has been sitting nearby, waiting for a project to call home.


I had purchased a card pack from Michaels that had silver foiling on all of the cards. I found this one that looked like confetti, and with a bit of glittery washi that I found in the Target dollar spot, my little bird had a home. 

I added the "wishes for you" sentiment from Ali Edwards' birthday stamp set and it was complete.


Something else I noticed in my stash was a search and find stamped image my mom had given me. It is a stamp she owns, I believe, and stamped one for me. I needed a Father's Day card, so I searched the image over and found all the words that "fit" and circled them. Added a label that says "best dad" and called this one done.

Happy to get some creating done. Happy these pieces have found projects to live on instead of trashed. Happy to have cards ready to give away. 

Just happy.

Have a few more cards to share from my summer creating. Come back soon!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Snow Fun

In Shimelle's Design Decisions class, challenges #4 and #5 were together.

Challenge #4 was to look through old layouts that I already had completed, and create my own sketch from it. Then decide on three decisions I liked about the original and would like to repeat. The last step was to put the original page away, wait a day or two, and create a layout using the sketch and 3 things.

So my original layout that I chose is here.


The three things I chose were the embellishment clusters, journaling on journaling cards, and border punches used.

For challenge #5, I found my photos and started the layout.


I used Winter Time collection from Echo Park. It has been in my stash a super long time and long overdue to be used on a layout. 


One of the things I changed up on this layout compared to the original, was the number of photos I have on the strip. I also varied the sizes and staggered them a bit. 

Where there had been leaves, I replaced with snowflakes, but made more of a triangle of them on the page. The snow flakes came from the sticker sheet with the collection pack.

I used an edge punch that was embossed snowflakes, a Martha Stewart one, I believe, that I used on this layout instead of the notebook edge. 



For the second page, I used one pattern paper for the bottom, as is, unlike the shape the original had. 

I used two journaling cards, like the original, but placed them in a different spots, so the snowman wouldn't be covered up.


Layered a 3x4 cut apart card from the collection to house my sticker title. 

Pulled out some square brads from my stash that matched the collection. Anytime I feel like using enamel dots, I go through my brad stash first, now. Less forgiving but same end result.


Had some mini colored paper clips that matched the brads and thought they worked perfectly to attach the little sticker tags from the sticker sheet.


Used the same snowflake border punch on this side of the layout as well. 

I matted the photos on this page to add a little contrast from the white background.

It was tough photographing this layout due to all of the white, so forgive my lack of stellar photos. 

Thanks for checking this layout out!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Party at my Crib

For challenge #3 in Shimelle's Design Decisions Class, it was another sketch.

I really liked the sketch for this one, with the grid embellishments to the right of the photo.


This is another stash buster layout. This uses an old collection from SEI. I used to subscribe to their monthly kits, and I could never use them all up before the next arrived. They even went to every other month, which I think they still do, but I still couldn't keep up, which led me to stop subscribing. 

I don't think I will allow myself another kit club until I either purge all of the old kits that I have or use them up. So here's to using some up!


I always have a ton to say on my layouts, for better or worse, but that makes it a challenge when following a sketch, where it is going to go. I opted to use two of the squares on the grid to house them and then set off to embellish the rest. 

I knew I had a cute stamp from Stampin' Up! that would go well with the photos, but I wasn't sure that the style would work, but I went with it anyway and tucked one by the title and the other on another at the top of the layout.


The circle alphabet stickers came with the collection of SEI papers, but the alpha tiles are from Simple Stories.

I inked the edges of all of my papers with black Distress Ink to provide some contrast, and because Shimelle does. :)

Thanks for checking out my layout!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dancin' Shoes

After having so much success in creating layouts with Shimelle's The 20 Project class, when she came out with another shortly after, Design Decisions, I signed up.

Glad to be finally sharing some layouts in response to the challenges in this class! Here is a layout that I made in response to Challenge #2 in Shimelle's Design Decisions class. The challenge was to create a layout using a sketch. 



This page is for my wedding album. It has been quite neglected. Saw this photo already printed and thought it would be great to get this story told. 

One of the things I love about Shimelle's classes is that I feel happy to bash my stash for the challenges. 


The doilies were from my stash and I spray misted them to match the papers and to add some contrast from the background. .

Fussy cut some florals from a 6x6 paper pad from Fancy Pants, I believe.

Love the white foam Thickers for the title, and dug out some Stampin' Up! rub-ons for the triple lined circles and border. 

Used a border punch to create the grey edge on the opposite side.


Used an Ali Edwards stamp sentiment at the end of my journaling and called this one done!

Thanks for stopping by!