Friday, September 26, 2014

Finally Five Feet!

Happy Friday friends!! I usually LOVE fall weekends as it means all day Sundays of football watching and scrapbooking!! My calendar is looking a bit too full for this weekend, but fingers crossed I'll get a chance to get crafty.Today I have a layout to share that was part of last weekends scrapbooking session:

Yes, my son is FINALLY FIVE FEET and this momentous occasion of course HAD to be scrapbooked!! I mean, just look at that grin on his face!! I am trying to make use of the new A Muse Studios stamp sets I purchased through a stamp club with Pamela at Attempted Creativity. All of the arrows are stamped on 2 different cardstocks, grouped together, and I put 2 up on pop dots to add a bit of dimension.I also stamped the "Oh Yeah" on a canvas button I found in my stash, and made a "hey there Handsome" label along the side of the photo (from the same stamp set as the "hello Gorgeous" layout I created last week). I also wanted twine to the layout, so I used one of my favorite go-to techniques for twine, I wrapped it around the photo. This is perfect to do when there is a dull portion of the pic that can stand a bit of dressing up! Just adds a touch of color and doesn't take away from the photo at all.

I of course incorporated a few challenges from My Favorite Blogs, you can read more about those below. Wishing you a crafty weekend! =) T

"Finally 5 Feet" linking up to:

-SKETCH The Studio Challenges


-COLOR COMBO from Life In Details


-ANYTHING GOES Paper Issues



Monday, September 22, 2014

Great Day for a Hike

Hello and happy Monday! While my weekend was packed with soccer games, snack shack duty, a 16th birthday party and a baptism, the night owl in me still found a bit of time to get into the scraproom.I was able to create 3 layouts last night while watching the original Footloose FOR THE FIRST TIME- have I been living under a rock? Here's the first I have to share with you:


To create this layout, I started with this fabulous sketch from Paper Secrets:
 

For this challenge, you also had to include items that started with each letter in the word LABOR, here's what i used: L-Label, A- Alphabet Stickers, B- Brown, O-Orange, R- Red. I also incorporated the Fall color challenge at Lasting Memories. Even though this was a summer hike, the woodgrain paper along with the greens and yellows fit the pics well. 

Thanks for stopping by =) T

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Gorgeous!

Hello crafty friends! Summer is over, the kiddos are back in school, and that means I have my craft room back again. Last night I was in the mood to scrap, so I made myself a cup of tea, found a good 80's flick on Netflix, and browsed through some of My Favorite Blogs for challenge inspiration. I decided to go with a sketch #168 from Deconstructed Sketches, a color combo from Color Throwdown, the Who's Who challenge from Shopping our Stash, the photo inspiration from {PIN}spirational Challenges, as well as the polka dot challenge at Clear It Out, and punch challenge at Paper Take Weekly. Here's the end result:


A few things to note about this layout:  

Obviously the POLKA DOT challenges is in my pattern paper. I have had this in my stash for at least a year, and loved the rosy-pink of the paper went with the tones in the picture. I also inked up the edges of the paper to give it a bit of definition and distressed the corners with a bit of extra ink. For the PUNCH IT OUT challenge, I chose to punch hearts from a scrap of rose cardstock, and used the negative space left rather than the punched pieces itself. I just tucked the strip of punched hearts behind the photo so they're just peeking out. Did you notice my "instagrammed" and "hello Gorgeous" sentiments? Those are stamps from A Muse Studios. Joined a stamp club with Pamela at Attempted Creativity and a very talented group of women, and have been purchasing new stamps up a storm. Excited to start putting them to good use! Finally, not sure if it shows in the photo, but I adhered my pic with pop dots so it is raised off the page a bit. Adds a bit of shadow beneath the photo and helps it to stand out. 

Now it's back to the craft room for me while the inspiration strikes!Thanks for stopping by =) T

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking Adventures: Week 13

Hello blogger friends! My pocketed scrapping adventures continue today,  just put the kiddos on the bus, and with coffee cup in hand I am ready to update my blog and then head to the craft room for the day! 

First off, a confession: I am FOUR WEEKS BEHIND on my "Bits and Pieces" album, but I am really ok with that. I'm using Instagram pics for my album, so all the dates, my little blurbs and comments, and anything else I may need is all safely tucked away on my iPhone, ready for when I get to it! Scrapbooking is a hobby (obsession?) so it needs to be fun and stress-free. The moment it becomes stressful, that's when I know I'm doing something wrong and need to re-evaluate my process. 

Ok, now on to the pages. today I'm sharing Week #13, as well as my End of March/April Calendar page:

A few fun things to note:
  • (Week 13) on the "Cousin Selfie" card I used my craft knife to cut along the bottom of the flower printed directly on the card. This allowed me to tuck the pic under the flower and then still have a little space at the bottom of the card for journaling. 
  • (End of March) the speech bubble is from a die set from A Muse Studios- I just ordered the coordinating stamp set, can't wait to try it!
  • (End of March) The journaling on the speech bubble is word-for-word from the comment I posted with the pic on Instagram. I'm sure my friends that don't scrapbook wonder about all the pics I post there, but it serves as a reference for pics and journaling.
  • (End of March) on the "Pictures or it Didn't Happen" card, I simply cut that 3x4 card in half and then spread it out over the page, giving the illusion that it's a 6" card.
And a few tips and tricks for the week:
  1. Summer is coming and there will be lots of photo ops around the pool. Everyday Rituals has some great tips on taking water-proof pics on the Hello Summer blog post.
  2. Documenting a special birthday in your pocketed album? Great tips and a beautiful page share from LooDeLoop.
  3. Backyard BBQ season is here! great FREE printables over at Hostess with the Mostess 

    Thanks so much for stopping by, grab those pics, and lets start filling those pockets! =) T

    To see all of my weekly PS Tips and Tricks categorized for handy-dandy reference, click on my Pocket Scrapping page.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pocket Scrapping Adventures

Hello crafty friends! I am waaaaaaay behind on posting here on the blog- pretty much on track with my own scrapping, but have just neglected posting, blogging, etc. I guess I'm just having too much fun being creative! While it's May out in the real world, it's still March here on my blog! Today I have week's #11 and #12 to share with you. My little fun things to note this week: I don't really have a particular color scheme to follow, or a theme i;m trying to stick with- other than enjoy the process! But I am trying to have a few embellies on each spread that are consistent throughout the entire album, can you find them? 

...In these 2 spreads you can really see them best on my week card. While I don't want to make everything "matchy matchy", I am making sure to include twine, staples, and labels with my Dymo Label Maker throughout the layouts. Other than that, there are NO RULES!! 

Thanks for stopping by =) T

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother Nature Thinks She's Sooooo Funny

Hello crafty friends, I'm back with another layout! It's the start of a new month, so there are a lot of new challenges posted on my favorite challenge blogs this week, and LOTS of inspiration from the talented Design Teams! One of the challenges I wanted to do was the new Pocket Full of Sunshine challenge going on at Paper Issues. And lucky me, I had a card from We R Memory Keepers that said "pocket full of sunshine", how perfect!! I also wanted to try the "Jokes on You" challenge at Lasting Memories. Since we had a surprise ice storm on the 1st day of Spring, I thought the pics of the kids waiting for the bus out in the ice, with the title "Mother Nature Thinks She's So Funny" would work well. 

Next up I used this sketch from Pretty Little Studio:

APRIL-2014-Sketch-(1)a 

and this color combo from Color Q:
 

and here's the end result:


Thanks so much for stopping by! =) T

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pocket Full of Sunshine

There's a new issue up at Paper Issues, Pocket Full of Sunshine. I am definitely going to create a new layout  using that exact title, but before I do that, I did some digging through old layouts to see what I had that fit. Here's what I have to share:

first up is my "Little Miss Sunshine" layout, originally blogged about here
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v1zkRq-U380/UGrhd-wT4rI/AAAAAAAACfg/8yoJQXpNVF8/s1600/little+miss+sunshine_twisted+tues.jpg 

and second is my "lake Sunshine" layout, originally posted here
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8navWRad7xw/T33YgePph5I/AAAAAAAABr0/Xmh3NwtkVyg/s1600/lake+sunshine_SIWAS.jpg

Stop by Paper Issues to see all the sunshiney inspiration and link up your own takes on this fun issue! =) T