Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Daily 2017 - Day 1

YOU GUYS! I have EIGHT PAGES of my December Daily finished. That is crazy sauce for me. If you watched my December Daily YouTube videos, then you'll know that I am always finishing up my December Daily albums in January (and sometimes losing my mojo about it, too).

But this year I purchased a Hip Kit Club December Documented kit from 2015 for 70% off during the site's Cyber Monday sale, so that means I have supplies RIGHT NOW. So I've been working on my DD album RIGHT NOW.

I thought I would go ahead and share the first page from the album with you. (Don't worry. You'll get to see them all soon enough.)

The first day's photo challenge was "my view today", so I took a picture of my office's Christmas tree, which has a big printed picture of my face on it. It's kind of an inside joke.

I just love all the elements from this Hip Kit Club kit, and I really don't care that it's a 2015 kit. With the exception of one piece of flair that says "2015" on it, every other thing in this kit is usable for my December Daily. Even the tissue paper that the kit came wrapped in! I used that to back my picture.

I added the American Crafts ribbon on the tag and craft foam to back the "1" embellishment, but everything else came from the kit.

I am still using my Creative Memories 8x8 album for my December Daily album, and I am still using the December photo-a-day challenge to help me get at least 25 photos for my album. (That link takes you to the picture of the photo challenge on my Pinterest board. The original link does not work!!)

And because the kit only comes with 25 number cards, I think I'll just stick with doing 25 pictures and call it a day. Or an album.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging

I'm back again with another project using The International Scrapbook Garden Autumn Hayride kits. When I was going through the kits, there were so many cool embellishments that I just couldn't bear to hide away in a scrapbook. I knew I wanted to create some type of fall decor with them. So I ended up making a small fall-themed wall hanging.

The only things on this that are NOT from Autumn Hayride are the two mini clothespins. I had it in my head that I wanted clothespins on this to hold up a small photo or ephemera embellishment, which is what I ended up doing, and believe it or not, Walmart had the exact mini clothespins I was looking for in its craft aisle!

I covered the Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Leaves with the Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax Red Amber, painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard leaf wreath in the Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Plum Preserves, cut out a circle from the Pion Design Summer Falls Into Autumn Tags paper that was a little bit wider than the chipboard wreath, layered the 49 and Market burlap over the paper, and then started layering everything else on top of that.

I've also got the May Arts Jumbo Leaves Ribbon on here, and one of the Prima Flowers Butterfly Kiss Melody butterflies (gorgeous!), as well as some of the Prima Amber Moon Say It In Crystals and Amber Moon ephemera.

I was going to pin a small fall photo in the middle of this, but then I decided that not everything I do has to have a photo, so I created a little banner with three pieces of the ephemera and backed it with the Prima Amber Moon Into the Woods paper.

I backed the whole thing with cardboard for extra stability and added a burlap string hook for hanging. Can't wait to add this to my fall decor next season!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lasting Memories Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Guest Designer

My guest designer stint at Lasting Memories continues with the third holiday tradition challenge. It's a Tic Tac Toe challenge. Here's the board:

All you have to do is choose one row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally and use the supplies in that row on your layout. I choose to do green, two types of alphas, and buttons.

As you can see, I've got a solid green background paper and some old green Crate Paper patterned paper. Plus, I used some Recollections green glitter glue.

My alphas are both older sets of American Crafts Thickers. I liked the sparkly silver ones because they felt very festive, but the burlap ones fit in nicely (I thought) because I tied burlap twine around my picture, which is of my daughter in front of the tree at Six Flags Holiday in the Park.

And then I also sprinkled buttons throughout the layout, treating them as I've been seeing people treat sequins. I liked that this button mix was red with some red-and-white striped buttons and some glittery red buttons. And they came in different sizes. It was perfect!

I also used some older Christmas embellishments from my stash to complete the layout. I really should have done a process video for this because it was a bit of a process and it was my first time using the glitter glue. But alas, I started working on it when I didn't actually think I would start working on it, so I didn't have a camera rolling.

I'd love to see what you guys create, so head on over to the Lasting Memories blog and link up your creations for a chance to win a prize!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cheeri-UH-OH - The Studio Challenges Dec. 3 Sketch Challenge

If you thought my daughter couldn't be trusted around tissues, just wait until you see what she did to a container of Cheerios.

Here is my take on the December 3rd sketch challenge over at The Studio Challenges. I got to use my new Photoplay paper pack on this one.

I also added some old K & Company laser-cut paper to this one and painted some mini clothespins with Prima Ginger Sparks Acrylic Paint from my The International Scrapbook Garden Autumn Hayride kit.

Some of the other embellishments are old K & Company and just random stuff from my stash. The button stickers are part of the Photoplay paper pack.

So basically, the story here is that Daphne was interested in the Cheerios, so I figured that if I gave her some of them, she would eventually start eating them. But no. All she wanted to do was play with them and scatter them all over the floor. Why eat them when you can dump them out?

Thanks for looking, and if you play along, good luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cookie Exchange Cookies: Santa's Favorite Cookies

Last year for my company's holiday cookie exchange, I made cookies called Santa's Favorite Cookies. Now, I haven't talked to Santa about this or anything, but I'm pretty sure that he would approve. What makes these cookies so delightful? The inclusion of instant vanilla pudding mix.

Okay, and there are Christmas colored M&Ms. So chocolate is always a plus.

The original recipe comes from a website called Crazy for Crust, but I had to alter it a little because it calls for making balls of cookie dough that are 2 tablespoons large, but if you do that, there is no way you'll get the 24 cookies that the recipe is supposed to yield. Instead you'll end up with 12 crazy big cookies. So just keep your cookies to about 1 tablespoon.

(I actually use a Cake Boss cookie sheet that tells you what size dough balls to make and how far apart to spread them.)

I also used sugar sprinkles in place of regular sprinkles because it was what I had in my baking stash, so it just made sense to use what I had instead of going out and buying something else. The sugar sprinkles worked just fine.

I didn't make these gluten-free because nobody at the office is on a gluten-free diet, but I do think it would be easy to substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour (like the one from Bob's Red Mill) and make sure you're using a gluten-free vanilla pudding mix.

If you like a nice soft cookie (which I do), then you will also be calling Santa's Favorite Cookies YOUR favorite cookies.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tissue Tearer - Stuck?! Sketches December 1st Sketch

A new month means new scrapbook challenges, and this month I am playing along with the December 1st sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches. This was the perfect sketch for using up washi tape in my stash.

The base of this started with the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love collection from my June 2017 The Scraproom Doubleshot Kit. And then I just added a bunch of other stuff from my stash: EK Success chipboard alphas, random washi tape, Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray Hibiscus Rose, and other random embellishments.

I'd say this is the first layout where I've really let washi tape do the talking. Prior to this layout, I really haven't used washi tape all that much. But I'm slowly getting more comfortable with washi tape.

I also backed my photos with tissue paper because I've been seeing a lot of other scrapbookers do that, and it also sort of fit with these pictures.

You see, my child REALLY likes tissues. Even to this day. But back in May when she was only 14 months old, all she did with them was tear them up in tiny shreds.

One day I left her alone in her room for, like, two seconds, and I came back and all the tissues had been pulled from the box and torn into tiny pieces. The lesson? My child cannot be trusted with a box of tissues.

So that's it! Thanks for looking. And good luck if you play along!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

So Hoppy Scrapbook Page

In the midst of fall- and Christmas-themed layouts, how about we take a trip back to Easter? Here is another layout I made using the circle sketch from Spiegelmom Scraps. You'll notice that this layout looks different from my previous layout using the sketch, and that is all part of the beauty of sketches!

You can also watch a process video I made for it on the CookScrapCraft YouTube channel here.

I used up a few items from my stash on this, including buttons, ribbon, and a Cosmo Cricket Easter sticker. I also used some new mint green chipboard alphas that remind me of the American Crafts Thickers I recently used up. I just love that color!

But the main papers and embellishments came from the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love kit in The ScrapRoom June 2017 Doubleshot kit.

There were so many cute things in this kit that I had a hard time choosing which ones to put on this page.

I loved the chipboard elements, and I decided to paint the heart circle with some teal 13@rts acrylic paint to spiff it up a bit and match the teal colors in the patterned paper.

So that's it! Yet another way to use one sketch. I love this sketch and will definitely be using it again.

Thanks for looking!