Monday, November 20, 2017

Nothing Is Impossible Scrapbook Page

I recently discovered a new scrapbooking website called Spiegelmom Scraps. It sells really cool sequin mixes, A Lil' Shimmerz mists, and other fun scrapbooking supplies. I was following along with some of the design team members on YouTube and watched a bunch of their process videos for this month's sketch, which is all about circles. It looked like fun, and when I pulled these pictures of Daphne at a birthday party, I just knew that I could make them work with the sketch.

Here is the original sketch:

And here is my interpretation:

I even made my own process video for you to watch!

Here are a few close-ups so you can see more details of the layout. I basically "killed" my International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed kit on this one.

Those Lemoncraft ephemera cards make the perfect titles for scrapbook layouts! I don't even have to root through my alpha stash searching for the perfect letters that have ALL the right letters.

Those flowers are from Kaisercraft. The stems were poseable, so I was able to make them curve around the circle.

The silver arrows were from my stash. They are Tim Holtz. I can't tell you how long I've had them and never used them, so I'm glad that I finally found a place to put them. I also grabbed some shimmery translucent stickers that I thought fit with the flourishes of the patterned paper, and I placed those stickers here and there for extra accent.

So that's it! Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 17, 2017

When You Love and Laugh You Live a Beautiful Life Card

While cutting all of the paper flowers for this card, I was reminded of the paper garden on the walls of Mrs. Threadgoode's room in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. There's no real good quote from the movie about it, but I was just reminded of that scene in the movie and the movie itself. I love that movie.

And I also love The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed Kit. I don't know how much longer these kits will be in stock. The fall kits are on their way, so if you haven't gotten your summer kit yet, don't miss your chance to get one! Head over to the store and get playing!

I made this card to send to my aunt, so I wrote on the inside of the card BEFORE I adhered everything to the back. It made writing so much easier. Ha ha! I hope my aunt likes it. Of course, the card was too big to fit into a standard envelope. I should have thought about that before designing it, but oh well. It was totally worth it!

I used the Kaisercraft butterfly stamp and the Lemoncraft paper, ribbon, and ephemera cards. From my own stash I used a Stampin' Up stamp pad and some gem embellishments.

I also used my Martha Stewart scoring board to help me fold the paper in straight lines and create the gate-fold card opening.

Thanks for looking and have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Be Brave and Wild Scrapbook Layout

I used my Lea France Stained Glass stencil and some supplies from my The International Scrapbook Garden Sunkissed Kit to complete another layout. These are pictures of Daphne that the daycare teachers took of her.

The blue flowers came from my mom's scrapbook embellishment stash, and I liked the way they complemented the blue in the dreamcatcher ephemera card that I placed in the center of the layout.

I also fussy cut the pink doily from some Lemoncraft patterned paper and adhered the "Be Brave & Wild" sentiment, which was in my stash, to act as my title. Really glad that I could finally use that! It's been in my stash for so long, and I was having trouble finding letter stickers in my stash that spelled out anything I wanted them to spell.

I also used an American Crafts gold marker to color in some feathers from a Creative Embellishments stencil because I thought they would be a nice touch. And there are green gem stickers on here, too. Those came from my mom's stash.

I like the way this turned out. There are a lot of elements, but it was easy to put together. I actually did it in about 45 minutes while the baby "napped".

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Hoppy Adventure Scrapbook Page November 123 Challenge Blog

I am really on a roll! Completed another layout for another scrapbook challenge this month. This one is for the November challenge at 123 Challenge Blog: 1 sketch, two words, three colors. 

This month it's all about a really great sketch with circles, the words "Adventure" and "Awesome", and the colors navy, green, and grey. 

Here's what I came up with:

I got the gray in the background paper, the green in the large circle, and the navy in the smaller circle. (Plus, all three of those colors can be found elsewhere in some of the other patterned papers.)

I used the word "Adventure" in my title, which is sort of a pun because these are pictures of Daphne meeting the Easter bunny for the first time. It'll make more sense once we get to the journaling.

And the journaling is also where you'll find the second word, "Awesome". When Daphne met Santa, it was meltdown city. So I had no idea what to expect with the Easter Bunny. It was truly going to be an adventure. But she did AWESOME!! That is until she touched my scrambled eggs at the breakfast afterward and her face got all splotchy... so an adventure indeed.

I had fun using the American Crafts Jen Hadfield Home + Made Heart of Home collection for this one. You've heard me say it many times, but it really is so versatile. I've used it on wedding layouts, for fall-themed layouts, and now for Easter layouts.

I just love the gold finishing on some of these embellishments. There is quite a good selection of embellishments in this collection! I will be sad when I run out of everything.

You have until the end of the month to enter. The sponsor this month is Scrapbook Fantasies! Good luck!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Simply Beautiful Scrapbook Layout

I am all about trying new things. Perhaps that is something I should have listed on this scrapbook layout as something that is beautifully unique about me! 

This page is all sorts of unique and new for me: the journaling is inspired by the chapter 1 reflection questions in Chrystal Evans Hurst's book She's Still There and I experimented with 13@rts Plastic Microspheres. 

You're probably thinking, "What the heck is happening here?"

Bear with me.

This is SO not my normal scrapbooking style. But it is me trying new things. It is me letting my creative flag fly.

All of the supplies come from The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed main and bonus kits: Lemoncraft Fresh Summer 05 paper, May Arts wrinkled ribbon yellow, Kaisercraft self-adhesive pearls, Lemoncraft ephemera card, Lemoncraft Fresh Summer buttons, Scrapberrys Sky Blue Gardenias, Creative Embellishments Feather Stencil, 13@rts Ayeeda Paint Turquoise, 13@rts Ayeeda Plastic Microspheres, and Petaloo DIY Paintables Mixed Flowers.

So yes, there is a lot going on here. But I kind of like it.

The journaling was done with my Zig Writer in pink and blue, and the list is five things that are uniquely beautiful about me. The prompt from the book was to write only three things, but I had actually done a list of five for a separate prompt a few months ago, so I just used those. And then I wrote the Bible verse Ephesians 2:10 at the bottom as a reminder to refer to that whenever I look back at this layout. This one is going into my Book of Me.

I'm even pleased with how my mixed media feathers turned out, especially for my first time scrapping outside the box. I basically watched a YouTube video and then just followed what that girl did. I mixed the turquoise paint with some of the plastic microspheres with some water with some white glitter from my stash, and then used a spatula to "paint" it over the feather stencil. Then I let it dry overnight.

Did it have the consistency of concrete and/or a slushie? Yes. Did it give my layout some dimension and texture? Yes.

Is it uniquely beautiful like me? Yes!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thankful for You Scrapbook Page Scrap Our Stash November Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I'm back again to share with you yet ANOTHER scrapbook layout I created last weekend. This time it's for the November Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash. The Tic Tac Toe board column I choose to do was three word title, fall theme (everyone had to do that), and burlap.

I chose to use the very appropriate American Crafts Jen Hadfield Home + Made Heart of Home collection because it has all these patterned papers and embellishments about gratefulness and thankfulness, and I just thought that the dark colors and rich golds really spoke to a fall theme.

So even though my pictures aren't specifically fall, the rest of the elements on this layout created a fall theme.

I created my three word title with the shiny pink foam Thickers word "thankful" and some old Making Memories mini alphas.

And how lucky that I had burlap in my stash? I had bought it a few years ago to create a burlap table runner for our dining room table, but I had leftovers. So I just cut out a piece and hot glued it onto my layout! I love how it creates dimension by raising up everything on top of it. Such nice texture, too.

If you want to play along, you have until November 29 to link up your layout! We're all playing for the cool Carta Bella Hello Fall 12x12 collection and ephemera pack! Good luck!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Life is Beautiful Scrapbook Page - November Guest Designer at Stick It Down

I'm really excited to be sharing today's layout with you because it's a special layout created for the November double page challenge over at Stick It Down where I am a Guest Designer this month! I won the September double page challenge and now get to be the November double page Guest Designer. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is the sketch that everybody is playing with for the double page challenge:

I had just the photos for this one: my daughter's 18-month photos. As you can see, I didn't adhere EXACTLY to the sketch, but that is the beauty of sketches. They inspire you and are open to interpretation.

Let me tell you a little about how I let the sketch inspire me. I really liked what looked like strips of paper or ribbon on the background of the sketch. I had ribbon that I wanted to use, but I felt like it would make the layout too bulky if I used it across the entire two pages, so I did a three-ribbon layer at each end of the page and embellished each layer.

I really like these citrus chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments, and they fit well with these pictures because my daughter's dress is a watermelon dress. I sprayed them with Lindy's Flat Fabio Spray in Hibiscus Rose to give them a pink tint.

I also moved the pictures over so that they spanned both sides of the two-page layout. And because I was using the ephemera card as my title, I moved it up on the second page because it fit better in that location.

I also anchored both ends with some fussy cut floral patterned paper. I like the symmetry that it gives.

And to get the wavy look at the bottom of the layout, I just created a designed with Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Pearls.

So that's what I created! What will you create with the sketch? Head on over to the Stick it Down blog for more inspiration and to enter your layout into the challenge!

Also, the photos on this layout were taken by my friend Lauren, so if you're in the New Jersey area and in need of professional photography services, check her out! You can find more information at her website, Poppins Design.