Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bubble Boy

He tries.  But he just can't blow a bubble. More bubble solution is spilled and swallowed than is made into bubbles.  But ya know what?  He has a blast!  :)

Bubbles, to me, means the start of warmer weather.  It's the first thing the kids want to do when they start going outside.  And it a past-time that lasts all summer long!  I used some Lily Bee papers and stickers and such to go along with their "summertime" challenge.

I was scrapping on the go when I did this page, so I didn't have access to all my usual tools.  I wanted to do circles, though, to go with the bubble theme, so I used my trusty template and cut them all out by hand.  I placed them on the other patterned papers and decided I wanted them to pop more, so I cut out a slightly larger circle from the lower paper to give a white border to the circles.  Then I distressed the edges of the circles and popped a few off the page.

I love the way the arrows in the circles go in all different directions, just like bubble!  I bit of splattered and a few buttons and stickers, and then a bit of faux stitching cause I didn't have my sewing machine.  Voila, it's done!

Hope you are enjoying all your summer past-times!  Stay scrappy my friends!

Friday, June 28, 2013

At the Car Wash...

Want to know how to entertain a 2 year old and a 4 year old for 2 hours? Some dishsoap, water, and washcloths...then tell them it's a car wash! Works every time!

 I used some papers from Pebbles "Lakeside", Studio Calico, and Echo Park, too.  Also pulled out a ton of older things from my stash!

I love the layout of this page!  I was of course inspired by today's sketch on the My Scraps & More Sketch blog!  You can check it out HERE.

There's a Glitz rhinestone and a Basic Grey transparency with some machine stitching behind.

I cut a doily shape using my Cricut and the Art Anthology cartridge with the yellow Echo park paper and put a yellow doily transparency from Pebbles on top.  Then there are some Heidi Swapp alphas and Lily Bee alpha stickers, too.

Some OLD Sassafrass and October Afternoon stickers, and I think those are Basic Grey fabric brads.

And a few more bits, too!

Hope you have a great weekend and stay scrappy my friends!

Monday, June 24, 2013

15 Years

A few weekends ago I had my 15 year college reunion!  It felt like just yesterday that I graduated.  When I got back together with the girls, we hadn't missed a beat!  :) (That's me in the blue!)

I used the Crate Paper DIY Shop on this page.  This collection is SOOOO different.  You can get some many looks on your pages because the patterns are so versatile.  I went for a more feminine look on this page.

I fussy cut out a lot of flowers and the doilies.  Its easy to make embellishments just by fussy cutting papers, and i love the calm that comes over me while I fussy cut and think about my page design.

I used some gold glittered cardstock and cut a few circles and a heart and tucked them here and there to add some sparkle.  I added a few buttons, too!

My numbers I also cut from patterned paper and I used a small vellum envelope behind my photo to add my journaling!

A somehwat simple page for me, but I'm loving it!  :)

Stay Scrappy my friends!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One Tough Guy-GCD Studios...

I love the "idea" of quilting...taking some simple shapes and arranging them in such a way that the colors and shapes create a larger pattern. It's not surprising that this trend has carried over into scrapping and you see lots of pages with basic shapes creating interesting designs!  I took that idea and ran with it on this page for GCD Studios using the new Special Delivery collection designed by Heidi Sonboul.

I started by cutting 1" wide strips of papers that were 2 and 3" long.  Then I just folded the corner back on one end of each, and arranged them to create a "negative" diamond shape. I tacked down each fold of paper with some thread.  So a simple rectangle gave me some triangles and diamonds when folded!

I used this pattern to create a large border on the left side of my page.  Because there was a lot going on with my papers, I stuck to white cardstock as my base, and a very neutral mat and simple embellishments.

Kyler has just recently learned what the naughty step is all about!  It was time to start.  He is learning some bad habits from his sister and they are fighting like crazy over toys!  He doesn't like it one bit.  He really is One Tough Guy, but I love him to pieces!!!

You can see this and many more awesome projects in the latest GCD Studios "Paper Cut" magazine!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Give Yourself a Lift...Year 4...GCD Studios "Paper Cut", too...

Winner for the Paper Haus blog hop at the bottom!

So I started a yearly tradition right before Charlotte's birthday (which is May 16th).  I take a photo a few weeks before and create a layout called "almost ___" with her new age in the blank.  I write about what she is into and what she is like at this time in her life.  I use the same design for each page every year, with twists. You can see my previous years here 2012, here 2011, and here 2010. So basically, I lift myself from year to year.

This year I decided to use the GCD Studios "Special Delivery" collection.  It is a very masculine themed line, but there is an easy way to make any boyish papers look girly: turn them into flowers!  :)

I moistened paper strips and then twisted them and rolled them into flower shapes on some Glubers.  Once dry, I added some Stickles around the edges to give them some sparkle.

I layered some border strips and some more fussy cut flowers.

 Around the edge of my large circle, I doodled a scalloped edge and machine stitched with black thread along the inside of the circle.  Another way to make boyish papers look girly is to punch butterflies or doilies out of them.  I splattered with some inks, cut some clouds from white cardstock and inked the edges, and that's about it!

If you would like to see this layout and more amazing pages and projects, you MUST read the latest edition of "The Paper Cut' by GCD Studios.

And just for fun, here are the other 3 pages I have completed over the past couple of years:

I also owe you a WINNER from the Paper Haus blog hop:

it's JANIS who said:

Blogger Janis said...
This is just sooooo cute!! I esp love the swimsuits hanging on the line to dry for the next day.

Hoping to follow you by email if you consider adding that option to your page.
June 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Stay Scrappy My Friends!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Let's Take a DIP!

The water in the lakes is still really chilly in Mid-June, yet that didn't stop Charlotte from trying to jump on it! These photos were from last year, on this same date, and the water is MUCH colder this year still!

I used the "Atlantic" collection from Studio Calico for this page.  You should really check it out in the My Scraps & More store!  It is a really great summer/nautical line!  I based this page off of today's sketch at the My Scraps & More sketch blog.

On my background, I wanted a bit more color, so I painted a large yellow circle with some watered down mist.  Then I splattered some Navy and aqua mists.

I had a third photo that just wasn't working in the design of the page (I always have a hard time mixing up portrait and landscape photos on a layout!), so I decided just to tuck it behind the larger photo with a little tab and clothespin to pull out!

I fussy cut out the anchor from patterned paper and added some flair.  I also used a vellum garland from my stash (Crate Paper) and cut apart the stitched circles and glued them around the page here and there.

As you know, I am trying to use up bits of my stash, and the journaling card, flair, and garland all came from my piles!  Last week, I spent a few hours purging and reorganizing my stash so that the things I want to use are close and I can just flip through the bins to see what I want to use. LOVE that I am making myself do this!

Stay Scrappy My Friends!

Friday, June 7, 2013 did I get here already????

Wow...I can't believe I am this old already.  I feel like I just had my 21st birthday yesterday!  :)

I played with some new MME that I got a few weeks ago, and when I saw the color palette at ScrapFriends this month, I thought of this collection immediately!   I also used this weeks sketch from Skissedilla.  I started this page right after I had done a page in my art journal, so I was feeling kind "artsy".

Since the color palette had a "raspberry" color in it, but the papers didn't, I mixed up some mist colors to get the shade I wanted and then dripped them on the page.   Then I wanted to add a bit of a peachy pink, so I mixed some pink and yellow paint and mists and use a stencil on the background.

For my journaling, I decided to do a little pull out card to write some things on so that it wouldn't take up any space on the page.

I had laid everything out and felt like something was missing, so I went back and stitched the black circle on background.  I wanted a bit of girliness, so I used the chipboard floral bunch and a few other floral pieces here and there.  Some stamping, enamel dots, and flags, and I'm done!  :)

sketch at Skissedilla

color palette at ScrapFriends:

Stay Scrappy my Friends!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

More catching up...Boppy, Messy Hands, and Shades...

I thought I would do another quick post on some more recent pages I have done, but just haven't gotten around to blogging about yet!  These three pages are based off of sketch at the My Scraps & More Sketch blog over the past couple of months.  I didn't realize it until I posted them here, together, but they all use pretty much the same color scheme!  That wasn't intentional, and I did pages in between each of these....kind weird how that works out I guess!

This first page I made with Fancy Pants "Swagger" collection.  I had to get it just because I love the name!  :)    Just a quick shot of my kiddos with their "Boppy" whom they love to pieces!   I love that he has a mustache so that I could actually USE a paper one on a page since it seems to be so trendy!  :)

I cut apart the chevron pattern, distressed the edges, and layered them over one another.  The orange circles I cut out and stitched concentric circles around the edges.

I am not afraid to let my kiddos make a mess....just walk into my house and you'll see for yourself!  :)  The original sketch that this page was based off of is different, but this is what resulted!  I love the diagonal strips!

I simply added strips of paper, stitched over some, used washi tape for some, and a row of stamped arrows, too.  Papers from Echo Park and Fancy Pants.

How about those old canvas stars from Jillibean!  Bustin' out my STASH!

Last but not least, another page with a mix of Echo Park and Fancy Pants products.  What really makes these photos is the shirt that he is wearing when he decided he wanted to play with my glasses!  :)  What a ham.

I'm so proud of myself because I actually used things from my stash, like the buttons and the camera sticker (from an OLD Sassafrass Lass sticker sheet).

I think I am back into a good groove, now, scrappy wise!  Hope you are stayin' scrappy, too!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

PaperHaus Magazine Summer Issue BLOG HOP Day 1

Welcome to the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Delight Blog Hop! We are excited that you are hopping with us and we would like to thank you for hopping along! We are celebrating the release of the Summer Issue of PaperHaus Magazine! There is SO much inspiration, techniques, projects, and exclusive artist interviews inside! Not only that but it’s an issue filled with amazing Mixed Media projects from people from all over the world! We hope you enjoy flipping through the pages as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you! Below is the link to the summer issue, simply click on the cover to go there now! BUT Come back as we want to show you some amazing Summer projects! 

Our Summer Delight event is all about fun summer days filled with scrapbooking and crafting! We want to share with you what we have made! Every day on the PaperHaus Blog ( there will be amazing inspiration and tutorials so be sure to stop on by everyday in June!

Here's a little more of my own summer inspiration to share with you!  I just love the new "Pier" collection from Crate Paper.  I mixed and matched it here with some papers from other Crate Paper collections.

This past few days has been super hot and it's really starting to feel like summer!  We've started whipping out all the fun summer toys, like the kiddie pool!  Sometimes I think kiddos have just as much fun in these little pools as they do in large pools!

Here is a sketch that I created for this page, too!

I did an ombre effect with some blue papers from different collections on the bottom of the page.

The chipboard elements from The Pier collection are just awesome for summer pages!

Each day for the next 7 days, there will be a different hop with different participants.  Many are giving away RAKs and prizes!  Be sure to start at the PaperHaus Blog each day to see where to go.  Here is the order for the hop for today, June 1st:

1. PaperHaus Magazine -

2. Frank Garcia -

4. Eila Sandberg -

5. Jodie Lee -

6. Bente Fagerberg -

Our Summer Delight event is all about fun summer days filled with scrapbooking and crafting! We want to share with you what we have made! Every day on the PaperHaus Blog ( there will be amazing inspiration and tutorials so be sure to stop on by everyday in June!

RAK ALERT: I will be giving away a RAK to one random commentor who is also a follower! I just went through my stash and purged a lot of doubles and extra embellies! I will have a photo soon! I will draw a winner on Monday, June 10th.

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy my friends!