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!
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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Baby's First Easter- Maddie's Baby Album

Here is a layout I did for Madeline's baby album.

This was created using a kit that my friend, Tami, created. Other kits she creates can be found here. I had to tweak the design for this one, because I didn't realize I bought photos to fit another layout she designed and I had already had used it. 

The kit originally had a grid of butterflies on the left of the vertical 4x6 photo. Since I had another photo to find a place for, I replaced the grid for a photo. It then gave me a place for my title. 

The papers are from Cosmo Cricket.

The baby's in the title was from the cut apart sheet included in the kit and I fussy cut the letters out. The orange letters are from Amy Tangerine. The white letters are a set of Thickers that I have been loving and beginning to run out of enough letters to be able to spell anything.

Used a few iridescent sequins from my friends stash were the perfect finishing touch with the die cut butterflies that were included in the kit.

The second page is pretty photo heavy with a creative use of a cut a part sheet. There was a blank card and the edges of another that were combined to make this one. The kit was designed to have the journaling block created this way, so I can't take the credit for it. 

I used some more of the butterflies in the kit to embellish this side of the layout with a few more sequins and this one was done. 

Love how this one turned out even when I had to modify the original design to fit the photos.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Madeline's Baptism - Baby album

As I began to work down the list of baby album pages to complete, I started by figuring out which photos I was going to need to print. 

Since some of the pages for this album were predesigned kits, I knew I needed specific sizes and number of photos. 

I didn't have a predesigned kit for Maddie's baptism, so I began with a Scrapbook Generation sketch, from their travel sketch collection. 

Here is my page next to the sketch that I used.


Originally I was pulling supplies to kit this up for the crop that I attended, but to see if the products were going to work, I wound up having half of it put together and decided to just finish it at home.

I don't create a lot of two page layouts these days, unless there is a specific reason to, like I am scrap-lifting a page made in a class, or the number of photos I have to tell the story are just too many to fit on one layout. I created a handful of two pagers for this album, for consistency. I had already created some two page layouts for other events in this album.

This layout uses a Maggie Homes Bloom 12x12 paper pad. (One of the many that I snagged at Tuesday Morning.) 

With the Bloom papers, I found some baptism stickers in my stash that were leftover from the layout I did of my son's baptism. I found the stickers that were a good color match.

I also layered a doily from my stash to soften the look as well as help with any trapped space the sticker and title may have created.

I used some Thickers that I am loving right now and determined to use up. There aren't enough s stickers in this set, so I got creative cutting another letter to create a scripty looking s.

Madeline was made using some Basic Grey sticker set, that I am also loving.

I used some glitter paper that I had found in the Target Hot Spot. It is nice in that it doesn't shed any glitter.

I found the bird in a Maggie Holmes Confetti die cut pack and layered with a doily, and sticker tag with twine.

One of the tweaks I made to this sketch was to trade the 4x4 journaling block for a photo and the vertical 4x6 photo with a journaling block.

Printed journaling from my computer and cut into strips to adhere to the card.

Love how quickly this layout came together once the sketch and photos were chosen! 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Christmas- Maddie's Baby Album

I went to a day crop last month and completed the layout I am about to show you, minus the journaling. (I struggle journaling at crops, and didn't pre-plan the journaling for this one before I left.)

I feel more accomplished and organized if there are a few layouts in my crop bag that are predesigned. Ones that don't require me to think a whole lot of where things are going to go, what I am going to use, and photo placement. 

For a year or so, I used to subscribe to the Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch Club. I had a love/hate relationship with the kits. I love the price, the products used, the sketches provided, and designs. What I didn't like was that sometimes the kits were too themed and I am still waiting for the photos to use on them.  More than anything though,  I hated having to force my photos in their design. 

Since I have been doing December Daily since 2012, I haven't made a 12x12 Christmas layout since before then. But when I was going through of layouts I wanted to add to my daughter's baby album, and saw "first Christmas layout", I knew I had a perfect Christmas kit in my stash. 

I always tend to change up the Scrapbook Generation kits a little. Usually they are a bit flat for me, only using papers. For this layout, I thought the left page was too embellishment heavy and wanted to balance it with a few more 2x2 inch photos as well as a title.

I liked the trees stacked up on the page, it took a bit of time to figure out the measurements and the logistics of cutting them up. (They gave height and width and said to find the midpoint on the top)

One thing I also learned about these kits early on is they will use every bit of a piece of paper, branding strip off cuts, etc. You have to be really careful to cut the papers correctly, or it can affect  the layout and sometimes 2 others using the same papers. Some instructions were better than others.

I used the first stamp from Ali Edwards' Story Stamp- Firsts for the title. Found I had my favorite style of Thicker also in red, which was perfect for this one.

To add some dimension, I added some red sequins to the trees, so it didn't feel so flat.

For the journaling for this layout, I created a list of details from her first Christmas. I used an Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday stamp set for the "the details" label to start the list. 

The kit said to cut out some stars to embellish, but I either lost the template, or didn't ever have one. I was lucky that at the crop I was at, they had the set of star punches from Creative Memories which were easy to layer.

Used a red sequin for each of the details.

Glad to have a cute page with minimum prep so I could bring and create easily to a crop. 

Thanks for checking it out!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Exploring Santa Barbara Zoo

I have had a layout in my in-progress pile for a really long time. Two Peas inspired old. 

I had kitted a bunch of zoo supplies, for a photo collage I had created using a Kerri Bradford layered template. 

I had been inspired by Nichol Magouirk, a then Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket.

For this layout I used a kit/collection from SEI. It came with a ton of specialty papers, die cuts, and sticker sheet. 

Because the die cuts were so cute, I decide to layer them together on the layout, then to balance them on the left, I cut the elephant from patterned paper and cut the giraffe of a journaling spot.

I opted for some circles to brake up all of the straight lines in the photo collages and the overall page design.

The striped strip down the middle of the page was one of the specialty papers. It had an epoxy shine to it on the colored bits. I cut a label in half and placed it on both ends of the strip of paper on the layout and added a brad in it, something Nichol would always do.

I used some Thickers from my stash for the title as well as some alpha tiles from Simple Stories.

On the photo collage, I used some zoo themed rub-ons from my stash, that to my luck still worked!

I used a flocked bracket die cut from the collection to frame in the photos and at the very end, decided to use the long label stickers to add my journaling. Just ran them through my printer and added them to the page with a bit of twine.

I hand cut the zoo out of some paper that had the epoxy shine to create the stripes for the title and added some fussy cut birds from one of the papers.

I repeated the same elements as the first page in the spread.

I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but there are flocked accents on the animal die cuts. The elephants ears, the spots on the kangaroo's back. The little roo was super cute as he came separate and tucked in the momma's pouch.

I added more journaling on a similar tag, mirroring the first page.

So happy to get this layout completed! I like how it turned out, but know that I may have done it a little different if I would have started more recently.

Glad to have this story told, and got the supplies back in my stash and out of this page kit.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cards using Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart set

I recently won a gift card from a friend's YouTube channel, and used it to buy some Lawn Fawn stamps that have been on my wish list.

Pizza My Heart has been on my list for a couple of reasons. My younger sister is getting married this November and her fiancé works in a pizza shop. They met working at a pizza shop. I thought it would be perfect for wedding cards for them.

After pinning projects that use it, watching YouTube videos using it, I finally got it out to play around with it.

First off I made this card fro my nephew's high school graduation card.

I need to purchase some new waterproof black ink, so I used colored pencils to color this in. Love how it turned out!

Here is the cute sentiment inside.

This one I made since I stamped it multiple times, knowing it is better to have back-ups than to get everything out to stamp again. 

Here is another that I created. I gave this one to my Dad for Father's Day. I feel like we order pizza at his place every time we visit, so it seemed appropriate.

So this set gives me the itch to try other Lawn Fawn sets! They are so much fun! My eye is on the new claw machine one!