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!

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!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album- 5 months

Here is month 5 for Maddie's Baby Album. Happy to be finishing her baby album up! Hopefully it will be finished before she turns 9 years old!

The only thing on this layout that came from the Becky Higgins Baby kit is the 5 month chipboard frame title. Everything else I got from my stash. 

Isn't that ombre ruffle paper adorable. This is from Photoplay, another purchase from the local store that I recently found. 

So the layout was inspired from a sketch in Shimelle's Design Decisions class for prompt #13. I thought this sketch was perfect to be able to show off that paper.

I used a Dear Lizzy floral as well as a Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes Project Life card.

The circle love die cut was from an Amy Tangerine die cut pack, just gave it a doodley border. Found some plastic star bursts and star that came in an Ali Edwards December Daily kit that matched the colors I was using. Stapled them using my tiny attacher.
Found some Maggie Holmes phrase stickers that worked. Liked how they were cream base to coordinate the title. I also stamped the onesie from Ali Edwards baby stamp set and punched it out. 

On the other side of the layout, I repeated the starbursts, phrase stickers and I used some other Ali Edwards stamp sets to create the embellishment and die cut it with a sizzix label die set from Tim Holtz.

I really love this one. So fun to find all the little bits to pull this one together. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album- 2 months

I struggled with this baby album page for quite a while. The size of the photos and the circle chipboard title didn't leave a lot of real estate for much more and I struggled on how to embellish it and make it feel finished.

Paper is from the Becky Higgins Baby kit from ages ago as well as the chipboard frame and month number.

 I used a Dear Lizzy floral paper but gave it a bit of a frame with a pink paper from the kit as well.

The pink bow sticker came from a baby collection from Photo Play. I have never purchased supplies from them before, but when I stopped in a local stamp/scrapbook store (that I had never knew was there) recently, they had a few baby lines I thought would work with the kit and were super cute, this one from Photoplay being one of them.

I layered the frame over a doily. I have been doing this on most of the monthly layouts, I have realized. I think it just softens the look and separation from the other layers.

I also went through my baby girl stash and found some metal charms. When I was pregnant, not sure if it was the first or second, my mom hooked me up with tons of baby crafting products. I figure it is time to use it or lose it! 

I also used a few blue pearls and sequins from a 28 Lilac Lane kit that I won from May Flaum's blog. She designs the kits with Buttons Galore and they are super fun!

In the kit there were these border stickers but they are cut to these short lengths. Thought they would work for layering pieces. Used another cute charm from the same set as well as some puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine.

At the top of the page, to create a triangle of embellishments, I created similar layers with the border stickers and repeated the same embellishments. Love that peek-a-boo bunny charm!

So there you go. A relatively simple layout but I love how it turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Maddie's Baby Album - First Thanksgiving

Here is another layout I created for Maddie's Baby Album. This one is for her first Thanksgiving. I worked on this one at the crop as well so I used another kit my friend Tami designed.  She has a Etsy store here.

Unlike the last layout kit I used from her, I stuck pretty true to the kit. I only added a title, some enamel stars and some extra stamping.

Loved the little banner on this page as well as the leaves die cut from burlap. Adds great texture!

Added a bit of stamping above the banner. This is from a Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards Thanksgiving stamp set. Love how the words were just the right length to fit over the banner.

I struggled to find a place to put all of my words. I actually had to edit quite a bit out for it to fit in this space!

Used some more of Ali Edward Stamps for this side as well, the banner, hearts, and "Thanksgiving."

Love how this turned out and happy to have another layout checked off my list to complete Maddie's Baby Album.

Thanks for stopping by!