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!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kickin' It

I am so excited to share a layout with you today! The first since December Daily!

Now I have to admit, this layout was finished back in November, but wanted to post this with the other projects I completed for Shimelle's Design Decisions class I started taking then. I actually posted a photo on Instagram as part of my 30 Days of Thankful.

After taking Shimelle's The 20 Project, and having such success from creating regularly from its' challenges, I decided to sign up for her next one--Design Decisions.

Back to the layout....

So the first challenge Shimelle shared in this class was a sketch challenge. I stuck pretty true to the sketch that she shared. 

Now when I created this layout, I had unearthed more photos from an event that I had scrapbooked for the 20 Project Class, a washi tape challenge.  That page is linked here. I decided to go with products that coordinated with it to create this one.

What is odd, is there is another challenge in this class to create a page associated with another, but not make into a 2 page spread--Challenge #10. This challenge also has a color combination challenge with it, but creating kits based on color, really isn't my thing. I would much rather stick to collections that are color coordinated already.

So that this layout coordinated with the other, I decided to make sure the washi tape carried over from the original. In the sketch, this block was patterned paper, but I essentially made my own. 

The papers and embellishments are from an old collection from Bella Blvd. I also used puffy sticker dots, the same as the previous page.

I hand wrote part of the title, pairing it with the alpha stickers that came with the collection.

Love using up the rest of this collection sitting in my stash, as well as the sketch, making it all pull together.

So there you have it. Challenge #1 and #10 completed for Shimelle's Design Decision Class. Will b sharing more from this class soon! 

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fun in the Sun

I have still been trying to work through a pile of layouts that have been in progress.

Here is a layout that I found in that pile that was in pieces and needed journaling. 

Now this layout comes from a kit my mom created at Just Kitting. This layout design is retired now, but if you like paper piecing or looking for a specific character, she is your woman!

When I saw this kit of hers with the matching Elmo to my photos from Sea World San Diego, I snatched it up. 

I like to pull out my stamps for these kits to add a bit more. This time I used a set from Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday with geo tags.  Also used some number stamps from my stash to create the date.

I will have to admit, I sometimes struggle with where to put the journaling on her page kits. Usually she will have a journaling spot, but with all of my photos and the character pieces, journaling ends up being the last priority. 

This time, I opted to print my journaling on one of the layers (fit nicely in my printer) and using an Ali Edwards stamp as a subtitle right above it. Love how this turned out!

Another layout out of the in-progress pile into another pile.... to put in an album pile.....
Can you relate? :)

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

December Daily 2016- Title page and finishing up

Here is my title page for my 2016 December Daily album.

I usually wait until the end of the of the project to finish this one, since I like to use a favorite family photo from the season. 

The paper is my favorite from the SEI Alpine Frost collection. I layered a branding strip with the numbers 1- 25, a subtle but awesome addition, with some solid papers from SEI and Simple Stories.

I had a few brads left over from the Simple Stories DIY Christmas that I used here as well as a few sequins found throughout my album for 2016.

I included little strips that state the ages of my kids, a nice quick reference when looking back.

For the embellishment cluster at the top of the page, I used some Tim Holtz metal numbers to put that it was  '16, but I had used the 1 last year on that December Daily album cover. I had the 1/2 and broke it apart to use just the one. 

I used some more of the Simple Stories brads and sequins as well.

I layered a scalloped circle that I punched with a circle I punched and stamped with an Ali Edwards stamp. Tucked another stamped circle behind it. 

Thoughts on this years album:

1. I loved doing all 6x8 layouts this year! I figured that if this is my one big project a year that I complete, I should enjoy the process and take my time. The divided pages just weren't going to work with the products I had to work with this year, so I didn't want to stress about it and force it like I had in previous years.

2. I haven't purchased an album to put these pages in yet. There weren't any 6x8 albums that I were going to have what I needed, but lo and behold, Ali Edwards came out with a black Storybook album that should work. Simple Stories albums just don't hold enough pages. Not sure if I am going that route or wait to purchase a December Daily album from her later this year.

3. I loved bashing my stash. It felt great to use up product I have had in my stash for a long time. It also felt good not to spend a lot of money on new stuff that I wasn't that excited about using.

4. I find it humorous that I chose a lot of snowflake themed products this year, and that was the year that we really didn't get any snow....

5. Loved using the snowflake sequins this year. They were the perfect embellishment to sprinkle throughout the album to tie the pages together. Tim Holtz's metal number tags were another great purchase.

6. Still love using Ali Edwards' stamps. I got lots of use out of them this year, especially the new ones I bought this year. Definitely worth the money to me.

Thanks again for checking out my album!

Can't wait to share some of the layouts that I have recently completed! I have a whole list of projects in the que.

Friday, May 19, 2017

December Daily 2017- Day 26

Here is the last day I have to share with you from my 2016 December Daily album.

With so much family to see during the holidays, it is almost impossible to have Christmas with everyone before the 25. I like to include these Christmas celebrations in my December Daily album, even though they happen after the 25. 

I was extremely happy with how this layout turned out! Usually by the end of this project, I get into a "get her done" mode and things end up simple and a bit disappointing. I also was getting to the end of my kit stash of papers and things which makes it challenging as well to make a great page. 

The background paper is from an old collection from Stampin' Up! Matted my collage photo (done in PSE) with paper from SEI Alpine Frost.

At the top of the page, I layered what few tags and die cuts that would work for this page and strung them together with some black and white twine that I used throughout the album. Got a bit creative with it and love it. Sprinkle the sequins and a stamped sentiment from Ali Edwards to finish this cluster off.

At the bottom, I did a similar thing. This time I also used the Tim Holtz metal number tag in the mix. Tucked my journaling in there in strips and the page was done!

Thanks for checking out my December Daily project. I have one more post to share from this project. The title page completed and my thoughts on what worked and didn't work this year. Hope you stop by again!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

December Daily 2016 -Day 25 part 2

Here are the last pages for Day 25 in my 2016 December Daily album.

There are always a ton of photos that I take during Christmas day. I thought putting them in a grid, would be a great way to showcase more of them and tell a bit more of the story. 

I began to run out of full sheets of patterned paper in the kit I created, so I opted to use SEI color card stock for the background in these pages.

I cut a square of patterned paper from Stampin' Up! and layered some fussy cut snowflakes from SEI, the Tim Holtz metal number tag and sequins to build my first square of my grid.

For the second, I white heat embossed an image from an older Ali Edwards stamp  on some more Stampin' Up! paper and layered a few sequins.

The last embellished square used SU paper again as well as a heart punched from SS paper and a banner made from Ali Edwards stamps and dies when she was with Technique Tuesday. 

For the journaling panel at the bottom I used some grey card stock and white heat embossed another of Ali Edwards' stamps. 

For the last page for Day 25, I used papers from SU and fussy cut the snowflake from a SEI tag. 

The photo corners I created cutting squares from the SEI tag paper in half.

Layered stickers from Simple Stories as well as the chipboard ampersand. Sprinkled on a few more sequins.

I am almost done sharing this December Daily album. Come back for one more day and a wrap up! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 15, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 25 Part 1

Coming down to the end of my 2016 December Daily project.

Here is the first two pages for my Day 25.

This year, like my last few December Daily albums, I include a before and after shot of the Christmas tree.

Since this day is what the album culminates to, I had this photo printed 6x8 from Persnickety. All my photos are printed by them, but I love that this is a size option from them.

Kept it simple. Layered a fussy cut snowflake from the SEI Alpine Frost collection and layered it with a sticker from an old Simple Stories sticker sheet. Found tiny red gems in my stash and went for it.

For the second page, the after photo was placed on some SEI patterned paper with the snowflake paper bordering at the bottom. 

The banner sticker was from an old Simple Stories collection sticker sheet. 

Typed up my journaling in a block and added a Simple Stories wood veneer stocking and heat embossed label from Ali Edwards/ Technique Tuesday. Layered some red gems and snowflake sequins, keeping it pretty simple.