Monday, September 24, 2012

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

Here is a layout I put together for my Disneyland album. I used the paper piecing elements from a Just Kitting kit and used some other elements from a Disney Club kit from my then local scrapbook store long ago (the title, gold leaf trim, background paper).

This trip to Disneyland was just for my daughter and I. We got quite lucky with getting a lot of character moments that day! This character was one of my favorites of the day. 

Off to get some more layouts completed! Will be back to share another soon! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bloom and Grow

Here is another layout from my pages in progress pile. This is another beautiful kit designed by my friend Tami. I don't remember what Disney photos she used on this, maybe Tinkerbell, but I used it for my pregnancy photos from my son. Once I started showing in my pregnancy, I was photographed wearing a white shirt and black pants in relatively the same place in my house.

Love the dry embossed shapes and bright flowers in this kit! Also came with a bit of bling and velvet ribbon.

I used a Stampin' up floral stamp in a stamp set that coordinates with the jewelry tag punch. I love that set. Then I stamped the number of months I was pregnant. Attached it with flower Making Memory brads.

So once I knew I decided these photos were going on this page kit, I had to decide what my title was going to be. A friend at a crop helped me come up with Bloom and Grow since there were flowers on the page. I thought it was a good fit. 

The reason this page had not been completed however was the journaling. I didn't know what to write. Finally I thought about what it felt like to be pregnant. This gave me the jumping off point I need to tell my story. 

Then I struggled on where to put it. I had more than a few sentences to say, so I was going to need a bit of real estate. I opted for the strips of paper at the bottom and mimicked it at the top of the page. I think the top strip gave it a more finished look.

So that is another one down. Hope to have even more for you soon! to just get them into albums :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Submarine Voyage

So I have been in a creative funk. Just hadn't been in the mood to create anything.
So last week I was tired of it. I got in my room and made some cards. (Check my previous card challenge post). Still wasn't feeling it, so I decided to sit in my space and see what was blocking me.

Then I saw it. All of my incompleted projects, my Project Life album that is months and months behind, all of the page kits that I haven't completed, or even have selected photos for, 31 Things album that hasn't been finished..... you get the point.

I started with the photos. I have quite a large photo order to be processed to get some kits knocked out and update my PL album.

Biggest thing, I am no longer bringing any more kits in. I have cancelled my memberships and I won't continue any until I use what I all ready have.

Then, I started on my pages in progress pile. I have pages in there that are almost 2 years old. It is time to either finish them or toss them. 

Hopefully you will see quite a few post here soon. Me tackling this stack! Half of the stack is there because I haven't journaled. I have found by going through Ali Edwards' 31 Things class, that I am having an easier time of journaling. The other half is putting a title on it. Sometimes, the "perfect" title will never come and I need to be okay with putting something that is "good enough" and call it done!

Here is the first layout I completed from my pile:

This Submarine Voyage layout is one from my friend Tami. She created this page kit with this ride in mind and it is perfect! The Cosmo Cricket paper is fantastic for this. The cool thing about this kit is that if you don't have any submarine photos, the paper is double sided and you can use non themed paper instead.

For this layout, there is a really cool paper rolling technique. The striped paper is cut into different width strips and rolled. Stacked together they make a really cool element.

Use my Sizzlit alpha Round Table to cut the title and can call this one done! 

What keeps you from having a good scrapbook mojo and how do you fix it?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

31 Things- Technology and Relationship

I was so happy to hear that Ali Edwards decided to postpone her 31 More Things Class until early next year. It will give me time to finish up the first 31 Things class. It will give me time to have it complete and enjoy and sit with it a while before diving into another 31 topics.

Something to remember when viewing the pages in my 31 Things album is that my album is 6x12. The two halves are going to be cut and won't be that close to each other. I think visually they look better apart. 
I am happy to report that I only have 3 topic remaining. The tricky part now is figuring out what to take pictures of for a nine of them. 
What would you take a picture of for conversation, work, watch, think, or listen? Those are proving to be the hardest.....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Card challenges

I got a Simon Says Stamp card kit and decided it had sat unused for too long! It didn't hurt that  Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and A Blog Named Hero had a great challenges to submit to as well as the Big Idea Festival Day 1 challenge.

This is what came in the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit.

For this first card I lifted a card from the inspiration sheet included with the kit. It was a nice way to start cutting into the paper and get my creative mojo working.
 I diecut the dictionary sheet with the Tattered Flowers die from Tim Holtz and used spun sugar distress ink on the edges. I love that die! I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and used white embossing powder. Used a pair of old scallop scissors to create the edge on the vellum.
This card is all ready addressed ready to be sent out to a friend of mine who just got married.

For this next card, I needed a card for my In-laws 40th wedding anniversary. I had made invitations for the event as well in a previous post. Die cut an extra "40" when making the invites to use on this card.
I had a hard time using the doilies in the kit because I had bought a stack for the invites and I thought the ones in the kit were more beautiful. I think I am saving them for a layout in the future. 
I used the stamp set in the kit to make the banner and the sentiment. The hearts are also stamped from that set. I used the twine in the kit to tie the hearts together. 
Loving the Pebbles glittered heart brads also included in the kit!
I used my 1/4'' corner chomper on the top corner of the card.

This next card I created for the Big Idea Festival at Big Picture Classes. I used a retired Stampin' Up heart punch on the dictionary paper and distressed them with Frayed Burlap distress ink. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch for the bottom of the card and backed it with some of the patterned papers in the kit.

This next card, I used the Tattered Flowers Tim Holtz die and distressed with Barn Door distress ink. Used the exclusive stamp set in the kit to stamp the heart and sentiment. Used another Martha Stewart border punch on the bottom of this card. 
I chose this card to submit for the Simon Says Stamp and Show's  Read All About It challenge. It prominently showcased the dictionary text paper.

When I got to this point in my creative process I started thinking outside the box. The card kit box, that is. I recently attended a scrapbook garage sale at my LSS. I scored this awesome Close to My Heart library card stamp for only a couple of dollars! Score! 
Used the Sizzix butterfly Embosslet to die cut and emboss (in one step!) the butterflies. Then I used black embossing powder and embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum.
Used a Martha Stewart corner punch on the corners of this card. 
I created this card with the A Blog Named Hero blog's challenge Gettin' Bossy challenge in mind since it incorporated multiple embossing techniques.

For this card I dived deeper into my stash. I found a heart stamp that had a map print on it. I had scored this beauty in a freebee box at a crop!
I used a sheet of the patterned paper included in the kit to stamp on with black ink. I used my latest Studio AE stamp set to stamp the small black hearts and the sentiment. I used a black marker and outlined the heart by hand. Used left over strips from the border punches and a bit of the black patterned paper in the kit and added the border strips.
I submitted this card for Simon Says Stamps blog's stamp on it challenge.

Cool thing about this kit is that I still have a ton of bits and pieces left to create more with it! Even cooler yet, is the chance to win a Simon Says Stamp gift card to shop for another one of these card kits or other exclusive products!
Thanks for checking out my cards!