Monday, September 9, 2013

Labor Day Weekend *Mini Album*

I am swamped with summer photos, and on Labor Day weekend we had a fantastic fun weekend, and of course I upped my photo count even more!  Then I saw that there was a "Labor Day" challenge on the My Mind's Eye blog, so I decided that I wanted to do a mini album, which I haven't done in a while.

I LOVE doing minis and I love looking at other ones out there, so I spent some time on Pinterest!  :)  But after all that time, I just ended  up doing my own thing anyways....









So I started by digging out my MME stash and picking out some blue, yellow, and coral/red papers. I used a ton of MME lines including Stella & Rose, Indie Chic, Collectable, even Alphabet Soup. As I mentioned in a previous post, blue and yellow have been my go-to summer colors this year!  I used my Cricut to cut some pages out of different sizes, and then for other pages I just cut out some rectangles and punched the edges with border punches or left them plain.





I have a few busy patterns on some of the papers, so I did a gesso white wash over all of the pages, front and back.  I just bought a new set of Gelattos, so I chose a bright yellow and did a few swipes of it on each page and watered it down.


Still a bit too bright, so a stencil and some white paint brought them all together.  Then I splattered some navy mist.  I outlined each page border with a black pen.



After spending what seemed like forever putting the pages in the right order, I took some more papers from my stash and did simple photo mats for each photo and added some other strips of papers here and there.  Then each photo got finished with some washi tape, and I completed the page with enamel dots, brads, sentiment stickers, and a few chipboard pieces here and there.


For the cover, I started with this awesome yellow chevron paper and cut a size that I liked.  Then I cut some chipboard covers and glued the paper to them.  It is hard to tell, but on the yellow part of the paper, I added some gold Gelattos, which gives it a bit of sheen.  I stitched around one of the chevron designs and the outside edge of the covers with blue thread.

I did the same treatment to the covers as I did the pages: stencil with white paint, navy and bright blue mists, enamel dots, chipboard and stickers.


On the outside, I bound the album with plain twine, which I love to use.  I used a group of 3 strands and where it ties, I braided the strands together.  Isn't it convenient that Paper Issues theme this week is twine?  :)  I'm linkin' up!




Here are my pages:












I journaled a bit on each page, but on the inside back cover, I told the story of the weekend.

I just love this little book and I got so many photos scrapped!!!  I feel like doing another mini, so you may see another one soon!

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy my friends!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

PaperHaus Blog Hop Day 7- Summer Splash!

Welcome to the Fall Splendor Blog Hop with PaperHaus! We are celebrating the release of the new FALL edition of PaperHaus Magazine but also celebrating the 1 year anniversary of PaperHaus Magazine! We are excited to be part of this amazing celebration! Click below for the magazine link! 

issuu.com/thepaperhaus/docs/paperhaus_fall_issue_5_2013r?e=5946914/4687278




The Fall Splendor event is filled with inspiration from PaperHaus Magazine and the PaperHaus blog, so make sure you click through every blog for inspiration! Also comment on every blog to get a chance to win an amazing daily prize! We hope you enjoy this blog hop remember the Fall Splendor Blog Hop runs from September 1st to the 15th so plenty of time to be inspired!







Here is the blog hop order for today, Day 7:


PAPERHAUS - WWW.THEPAPERHAUS.COM
DeeDee Catron - http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com
Audrey Yeager- http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com  <---- you are here
Gina Rodgers - http://gingerbread.typepad.com
Luminarte - http://creativeimaginations.typepad.com/luminarte_paints/

Today I have a fun layout to share with you!  While walking through Target a few weeks ago, I saw this bed set and immediately thought SCRAPBOOK PAGE!  :)  I mean, chevrons, ombre, and white space???  Yes please!




So this is what I came up with!  I love the movement of the chevrons on this image, so I wanted to use them to help convey the movement in my photo of my daughter running and jumping off the dock.



I chose some blue papers from different collections (Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Studio Calico) that went from dark to lighter to create the ombre effect.  I cut strips 1.25" long, and then cut chevrons from them of varying sizes  I just cut the first few chevron pieces from the dark navy free hand, but them used them to cut the right shapes for the other shades of blue so the arrows would line up.



I accented with a few other colors to make it fun and summery (most products from Crate Paper The Pier collection), and again, some more sequins to give that sparkling water look!  Finally some contrast with some circles in cork and woodgrain and some splatters of yellow mist.


Thanks for stopping by today for the hop and stay scrappy my friends!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paddlin'...up the lake...

Look at this goofy girl with the goggles on and trying to paddle the tube.   She's a riot!   She doesn't even swim with goggles....

 



I played along this week with the Skissedilla sketch challenge just because!!!   I still have SO many summer photos to use up, and I am really going to try to tackle my summer papers stash to make way for all the new goodies coming my way soon!  :)  My summer layouts seem to have a pattern:  blues, yellows, and sequins.  I am hooked on the sequins and how they give my water pages a bit of sparkle.



On the background, I added some bright blue water colors, and then went over it with a circle stencil and some white paint and Frosted Sorbet from Art Anthology to give it some texture. I splattered some yellow and navy mists, and used a small polka dot stamp with some black ink.


I actually used some scraps that were sitting on my desk, along with some papers from my stash (mostly Studio Calico and Crate Paper).  Then I dug through my bin of die cuts and chipboard and found a few other pieces that worked, like these pennants from Basic Grey.



Even though summer is technically over, I will still be posting quite a lot over the next few weeks!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PaperHaus Magazine *BLOG HOP*

Welcome to the Fall Splendor Blog Hop with PaperHaus! We are celebrating the release of the new FALL edition of PaperHaus Magazine but also celebrating the 1 year anniversary of PaperHaus Magazine! We are excited to be part of this amazing celebration! Click below for the magazine link! 

issuu.com/thepaperhaus/docs/paperhaus_fall_issue_5_2013r?e=5946914/4687278




The Fall Splendor event is filled with inspiration from PaperHaus Magazine and the PaperHaus blog, so make sure you click through every blog for inspiration! Also comment on every blog to get a chance to win an amazing daily prize! We hope you enjoy this blog hop remember the Fall Splendor Blog Hop runs from September 1st to the 15th so plenty of time to be inspired!



Here is the blog hop order for today, Day 3:


Izzy Anderson - www.izzyanderson.com
Audrey Yeager- http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com  <----you are here


Since this was the anniversary edition of PaperHaus and we are celebrating ONE year, I thought I would share a birthday page, too!  My little guy turned 2 in July...I can't believe how fast the time is flying by!  I used bits from the Party Day collection from Crate Paper.



I have been playing with water colors lately, and love what they add to a page!  I was experimenting with some circles and liked how they looked overlapped, so I used them for the background.  The circle chipboard and die cut shapes help tie all the circles together.  


A birthday page isn't complete without some banners and pennants!  And I added a little tag with some journaling behind the photo.

Wood veneer stars misted with gold and balloons tied with twine!


This squiggly doodled circle is my favorite stamp, and I love the detail it adds to a page!  My pages never feel complete until I add in some stitching somewhere for texture, too.



Thanks for hopping by today and stay scrappy my friends!

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