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!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Before I Die

I have had the photo for this layout printed for a long time. It was time to put the page together!

Now this may seem like an odd page to make, kinda morbid. This was a prompt I used from Ali Edwards' Hello Story class. I used the digital word art from the class on the photo prior from printing.

I thought this was a cool photo of me silhouetted in front of a window. 

Ali's page used a smaller photo, and I struggled on how I was going to design it, since I couldn't just scrap lift hers. 

I kept it quite minimal using stamped labels and punched using a coordinating punch. Used papers from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. 

Used border punches to create the scallop borders to the photo.

Added a few enamel hearts and called this one done. Love the tape look to the paper in the corner. Had to show that off!

Glad to be finally crossing some layouts off my Hello Story layout list.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album - First Visitors

Here is a page I recently completed from Maddie's baby album.

I used this page to document photos of all the people that came out to California in the first few months of her birth. There was a pocket with the journaling cards "choosing your name", "First Visitors" and Adjusting to Life in a Family" and thought these photos would work with these journaling prompts.

The paper I used for this layout as well as the pocket and journaling cards were from the Becky Higgins' Baby kit .

I created a grid with 2x2 photos, mounting it all on white card stock. I layered some washi under the white mat as well as a border sticker found in the Becky Higgins kit.

I created a banner at the top of this layout using stickers from a recent Photo Play baby collection. I used some white twine I had in my stash and popped the stickers up with a bit of foam adhesive. I layered in a few other stickers as well as stamping a sentiment from an old Ali Edwards baby stamp set.

On each of the photos I stamped a number using a Heidi Swapp stamp set and punched it out. I then used the number to correspond to the journaling on the First Visitors journaling card.

I also found created some banners from the Photo Play cut-apart sheet to embellish the photo grid. 

I created an embellishment cluster on the lower left corner of the photo grid with a few stickers from the Photo Play sticker sheet. 

I used rub-ons included in the BH baby kit as well as some alpha stickers from Simple Stories for a subtitle. Squeezed in another stamped sentiment from Ali Edwards above the subtitle.

On the pocket, I covered the original image with another sticker from the Photo Play sticker sheet after using a bit of foam tape to pop it up a bit. 

Here is a look at the journaling cards out of the pocket. Love that there was so much room for so much information. A plus since I am so wordy!

This page will sit on the left side of the album. On the right, there is a paper that has a tab, "You're Official" and I plan on sticking a copy of her birth certificate on it and keep it pretty simple. I thought the "choosing your name" card worked with that.

Few more pages to work on in Maddie's album and this project will be complete! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album - 12 Months

Here is the last monthly page I have to share with you of Maddie's Baby Album.

For this page I made a bit of a grid with the photos and a once 4x6 cut-a-part card. I mounted it on a sheet of pearlescent embossed vellum. I have no idea how long this velum has been in my stash, but it was time to use it! I am always amazed how Inkie Quill uses these specialty papers with ease as layers, so she was the inspiration to use it. All of this is layered on top of a piece of patterned paper from the Becky Higgins baby kit.

At the bottom of the photo grid, I used a banner sticker from a PhotoPlay baby collection sticker sheet. I used some washi to ground each of my embellishment clusters and used a stamped Ali Edwards circle stamp on cream paper with brown ink to tie in those colors from the monthly number title that was in the Becky Higgins baby kit.

The cut-a-part was also from PhotoPlay.  The colors worked nicely with the Becky Higgins kit that I have been using and thought this card was a perfect match for this page.

I used another Ali Edwards stamp and embellished this cluster with more washi, a sticker popped up on foam adhesive, and some sequins and enamel dots. This added touch is thanks to Shimelle. Most of her pages these days have a ton of enamel dots, rhinestones, and more. Now my pages don't feel done without a sprinkling of something.

The last cluster has more washi, a sticker from Photo Play as well as another stamp from Ali Edwards. All topped off with some sequins and enamel dots.

Love how this one turned out. And this is the last of the monthly pages! I am nearing the finish line with this project!

Hope to share more from the final stages of this project soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album- 10 Months

Loving that Maddie's Baby Album project is wrapping up. Only a handful of pages left to design, just a lot of finishing up of the pocket pages and journaling and hopefully I can show you the completed album soon.

Kept this layout pretty simple. I really like how the Photo Play baby collection's color scheme matches well with the color scheme of Becky Higgins really old Baby kit.

The challenge with the old baby kit is the cream and brown. Especially since it is in the numbers that are featured on every page. I tied the cream in with border stickers in the kit that were the same color.

Used another doily to frame the chipboard frame and month number. Filled in some of the trapped space between the number and the paper with some stickers from the PhotoPlay baby collection.

Had some fabric stickers from Hey Girl Pebbles collection and place three around the layout. Used sequins from 28 Lilac Lane. They were a in prize I won from May Flaum.

Third cluster at the bottom right of the photo. Another fabric sticker, some sequins and a flower sticker. 

There you have it! More to share from this album soon as I wrap it up!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album - 7 months

Here is another layout from Maddie's baby album.

For Shimelle's Design Decisions class, prompt #14 was starting without a plan. I created this layout without a plan!

As I started to look at the "kit" of supplies that I have been using for this album, mainly the Becky Higgins baby kit, among many other things from my stash, I came across a package of paper buttons from Stampin' Up! that I had used on Maddie's Favorites @ 5 layout. The pinks and yellows were a good match to the kit, I decided to use those.

I don't tend to create layouts on an angle, but after seeing Shimelle on Facebook Live the week before, I was inspired to give it a try, but modify it a bit for my comfort level. The photo is not at an angle like hers were.

I went with a solid color for the background, knowing the buttons were going to busy. 

The floral pattern paper is from the baby kit and was a great place to line the buttons up. The holes on the buttons are quite large, so I found some white fibers from my stash (I forgot I had so many fibers of all colors!) that worked better than twine or string.

I found some white button brads in my stash that worked to hold the title chipboard layers together. They work nicely with all of the other buttons on the layout. 

Used a doily again under the title as well as under the patterned paper at the corners.

Used some green sequins from 28 Lilac Lane, a prize from May Flaum's blog, the designer of the product from Buttons Galore. Love the slight variation in color and size.

Matted the photo in cream and a yellow pattern from the kit and layered in another doily as well as a few more buttons and sequins.

Amazingly enough, I still have quite a few of the paper Stampin' Up! buttons left, but loved that I used so many up. Loving the sequins these days as well.

Here's to using up old stash and loving the results!