Friday, July 20, 2018

Hope Love Scrapbook Page

This has really been the summer of busting my scrapbook stash! First, I created a stash-busting kit and made a bunch of layouts with it, and it really inspired me to just keep going and digging out older product from my stash. So here is a layout that I created using up some of my older product from The International Scrapbook Garden.

The Magiczna Kartka patterned paper came in the very first kit from last summer, and then the embellishments were from the January/February kit. I even used the packaging from the flowers to back my photos!

I like the dimension that the flowers, flair, and chipboard gives this layout. That was something I always enjoyed with The International Scrapbook Garden kits - creating all that dimension with the embellishments.

I fussy cut the butterflies from some 13@rts paper, and even did a little bit of tearing with the vintage-feeling Lemoncraft paper.

And then I added an ephemera word from the Prima Zella Teal ephemera pack to help create my title.

Because the background paper was already so well decorated, I really didn't feel like I had to embellish too much, so this layout really came together quite quickly.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Busy Bee Stationery Box Review

I recently had the chance to try out the really cool monthly subscription box service Busy Bee Stationery. This is a subscription service for planners, letter writers, journalers, and note-takers. And, actually, as you look at the pictures below, you'll see that this could also be a great subscription for general scrapbooking, too!

I was sent - for free - the June box, which had a theme of "The Best of Times". Each month's kit has a different theme, and each kit includes a variety of different products to help you in your journaling, day planners, or however you choose to use them.

The products in the June box included some Polaroid Deco Stickers, Pink Paislee Oh My Heart stickers, and an American Crafts Memory Planner Placeholder.

The box also had a Heidi Swapp The Best of Times photo book that included translucent word stickers. I'm actually considering using this book as my December Daily album for this year. (You can see more from this book if you head over to my Instagram page and check out my saved Insta Story "Busy Bee Review".)

And because you'll need a way to write for all of your note-taking and everything, there were two pens in the box. One was a Metallic Craftwork Pen in gold, and the other is a fancy ballpoint pen from Sweet Water Decor. Check out that snazzy box it came in!

As a scrapbooker, I was really excited to see products from Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, and American Crafts in the box. Those are all products that I can use in my regular scrapbooking. However, I do enjoy the classic act of letter writing and can see myself using these products to make cards to send to my aunt. (We still write each other via snail mail.)

If that applies to you, too, or if you are into traveler's notebooks and/or day planners, then Busy Bee Stationery would be a great subscription service for you. It would also make great gift for the writer/note-taker in your life.

A subscription is $39.90 per month, and that includes free USA shipping! And you can save if you prepay with a 3-month of 6-month subscription. Check it out on the subscription page at the Busy Bee website!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

EIEIO Scrapbook Page

Last summer we took my daughter to a county fair, and this summer I realized that I had the perfect products in my stash to scrapbook those pictures. 

Let me be clear, I took A LOT of pictures of her at the fair, but somehow I whittled the pictures down to just two. I don't know how I did it, but I did it! I think these were the only two pictures with good lighting where you could see my kid AND the animals. The fair had a petting zoo set up underneath a tent, so it was fairly shady in there. And I didn't really get many other good pictures anywhere else around the fair.

The farm-themed stickers were something in my stash. I have no idea who made them. They did come with letter stickers to spell out "EIEIO", except that one "E" was missing. So I had to make my own "EIEIO" title out of alphas from my stash.

The papers are Recollections, all from the same paper pad, except for a few scrap bits that are actually Echo Park and another manufacturer that I'm not sure of. I also pulled out an old Sassafras Lass sticker for the top of the layout and a K&Company border sticker that looked like grass.

And instead of sequins, which I'm obsessed with, I did buttons and enamel dots this time.

This layout was a scraplift and for the life of me I cannot remember who I scraplifted, but if you go into my Scrapbook/Cards Pinterest board and scroll around a bit, I'm sure you'll find something that looks similar. THAT! That's the one I scraplifted!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ho Ho No! Scrapbook Page

There is a Christmas in July scrapbook challenge happening right now on Instagram, and I decided that I couldn't miss out on this opportunity to play along. So here is the Christmas page that I created using the photo that was taken of me and my daughter meeting Santa last December. (If you haven't already guessed by the title, she didn't like it.)

 I'm also entering this for the July Scrap the Girls challenge. It was a mood board challenge, and I was inspired by the blacks and pinks in the mood board. Obviously, this layout is filled with blacks and pinks thanks to the super cute Cheeky Studio Pink and Mint Christmas collection, so it takes a slightly different approach to the traditional Christmas colors. A darker approach perhaps? Yes, I think so. But still cute and girly!

I layered some of the 4x6 cards in the collection behind my photo, which was backed with some teal patterned paper, and embellished with some of the ephemera pieces and one of the flair pieces.

I used the candy cane pieces, two of which were black and pink, to line the bottom of the sparkly pink paper.

And then I punched out holes in the sparkly paper to let some Echo Park pink polka dot paper show through. Because I don't currently have a way of making shaker pockets, I just stuck some of the Cheeky Studio Winter Flowers sequins mix in each spot to give the illusion of shaker pockets.

I used one of the smaller cards in the Pink and Mint collection for my journaling about our second ill-fated experience meeting Santa. (I just don't get it! Why is Santa terrible but the Easter Bunny is okay?)

Anyway, thanks for looking!

(And if you want to purchase any of the Cheeky Studio products that I mentioned, don't forget I've got a discount code you can use: CookScrap10!)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hoop Dreams Scrapbook Page featuring Cheeky Studio

Are you looking for the perfect scrapbook ephemera to help you complete your summertime photos? Look no further than the Flamingo Fun collection from Cheeky Studio!

I paired it up with some summery Doodlebug Designs papers and punch-outs that I had in my stash to scrapbook photos of my daughter last summer at a Babies "R" Us event.

I played with angles on this layout, and then outlined the angle of the polka dot paper with some of the Flamingo Fun sequins. And because these are pictures of my daughter and her daddy, I thought the ephemera piece of the two flamingos together was cute and fitting.

I also added one of the flowers and a little watermelon, then layered two of the hearts from the ephemera pack.

The title is made from American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers. And I also broke out a Polkadot Whimsy stamp that's been in my stash for FOREVER. I guess you could say that this layout was kind of a stash-buster for me.

The Flamingo Fun collection is still available in the Cheeky Studio store, and you can save 10% off your order when you use my discount code, CookScrap10.

And don't forget about the new Cheeky Studio kit club! Subscribe today to receive a monthly curated kit based around Cheeky Studio ephemera!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dream Scrapbook Page featuring Cheeky Studio

If you missed the unboxing for my July Cheeky Studio design team kit, head over to the CookScrapCraft YouTube channel and check out my unboxing video for it. I got the brand new Family First ephemera pack AND the first-ever Cheeky Studio kit club kit, featuring the Sweet Succulents collection.

And that's what I used to create this 12x12 layout, which has a design inspired by the July 1 sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy. There is also a process video on my YouTube channel:

The kit club kit is jam-packed full of goodies, and I managed to get at least one of everything on the page! It was so hard to decide which of the gorgeous ephemera pieces to use, but I managed! And I added some of the Vicki Boutin stickers, which have some very lovely and positive phrases on them.

The patterned papers in the kit are excellent because they are double-sided, so I actually used both sides of the three papers I chose, giving me even more color variation!

I also layered two of the cut-apart flags to create a little embellishment cluster in the top right-hand corner of my layout. I stamped the "oh happy life" phrase from the Amy Tangerine rotary stamp onto the circle embellishment.

And then I used four of the blank cut-apart labels for my journaling. The phrase comes from the end-of-chapter review for chapter 3 in Chrystal Evans Hurst's book She's Still There. (You can read my review of the book here.)

I also added a piece of the Sweet Succulents flair and covered up a little mistake that I made with one of the American Crafts planner tags. Then I sprinkled a bit of the sequins mix and some Shimmerz spray from my stash, and voila! The layout was done.

You can find out more about the Cheeky Studio kit club by visiting this link, and you can also purchase the Sweet Succulents products individually along with all the other great stand-alone ephemera that Cheeky Studio produces in the Cheeky Studio store. Don't forget to use my discount code, CookScrap10, when shopping!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

As Bright As Heaven - Book Review

The Bright family leaves Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Philadelphia in hopes of a better life for their family after a tragic loss. But the year is 1918, and there is no way the family (mother, father, three daughters) could know that in just a few short months, the Spanish flu would ravage the city and claim the lives of so many - including some of their own. And for those lives that it didn't take, it changed them forever.

Told through the eyes of the women in the Bright family - Pauline the mother, Evelyn the oldest daughter, Maggie the middle daughter, and Willa the youngest - As Bright As Heaven is a story of hope and heartbreak told over the course of several years.

This book was recommended to me as a good book club pick at BookExpo, and I took a copy of the book to read because I liked the idea that it was told through a female point of view, something that I think would appeal to many female book clubs. I also liked the historical aspect of the novel. It made me want to learn more about the Spanish influenza epidemic, which, according to the author, is a time period that isn't that well known by most Americans despite how many people died from the disease.

If you're looking for a book that might make you cry and offer up a good bit of discussion - there's definitely some potential "what would you do?" moments, then I would recommend this book.

As Bright As Heaven is published by Berkley and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free copy at BookExpo.