Friday, May 18, 2018

Water Baby featuring Cheeky Studio

I'm back again with another layout using products from my May Cheeky Studio design team kit. I really wanted to use the Midnight Florals collection, but I had just the perfect pictures and coordinating Doodlebug Designs papers to go with the Flamingo Fun products, so that's what I ended up using for this layout.

Flamingo Fun is a tropical-themed and summery collection with pineapples, watermelons, flamingos, and bright colors. I love the mixture of pieces in the ephemera pack and how those same designs can be found on the flair pieces.

The sequins are also a nice complement to the rest of the collection with a mixture of pinks and greens. As you can see, I created a few embellishment clusters, and then sprinkled some of the sequins throughout.

I also received a Shimmerz Vibez spray in Pop Art Pink, and I did a little bit of splatter on the page. I think even on the yellow paper it still comes out pretty shimmery and pink-y.

The design of this layout is based on a PageMaps sketch that I had pinned to my Scrapbook/Cards Pinterest board. Not sure if it's a recent sketch or not. You never really know with Pinterest. But anyway, this was a super simple layout using the sketch and elements that were already in my stash, and the Flamingo Fun embellishments really elevated what I already had.

Don't forget to use code CookScrap10 in the Cheeky Studio store when checking out so you can save 10% on your order!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pumpkin Picasso Scrapbook Page

Who says that fall can't be bright and colorful? Because I'm scrapbooking fall photos in May, I decided to scrap these photos of my daughter and the pumpkin she painted last year using summertime-themed Doodlebug Designs papers. I thought the orange, yellow, brown, and fuchsia still reminded me of fall but in a bright and creative way, which is perfect for the creativity shown on my daughter's pumpkin.

I also used a mixed media Creative Embellishments chipboard pumpkin and some fall-themed Photo Play stickers as my embellishments around the photos.

And then I added in some sequins from the Cheeky Studio Furry Friends sequins mix.

The title is from an American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers alpha pack. These were all things that had been in my stash or had just newly come into my stash thanks to my dad bringing me the rest of my mom's scrapbooking supplies, so I was really excited to use them and see how well they all worked together. I also like that I was able to create with angled paper lines instead of the usual straight lines. Will have to try that more often.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bloom Where You Are Planted featuring The International Scrapbook Garden

I'm still creating with my A Rustic Spring kit from The International Scrapbook Garden. I kept the 49 and Market flowers pink and red on this layout featuring some photos of my daughter from last year. 

I used a 13@rts paper as the background and then created a grid using Fab Scraps, Bo Bunny, and 49 and Market papers from the kit. The grid design was inspired by a National Scrapbook Day challenge over in the 15 Minutes 2 Scrap with Spiegelmom Scraps Facebook group.

I used some of the Creative Embellishments, Kaisercraft, and 49 and Market chipboard that came in the kit, and I either embossed it with the Imagine Ink Forest Embossing Powder, sprayed it with the Kaisercraft Blackberry spray, stamped it with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink (one color came from an older ISBG kit), or painted it with the Shimmerz Inklingz Coral Reef.

This came together very easily, and I had fun layering and clustering all of the embellishments. I used my hot glue gun to adhere the embellishments to the page for added strength.

It took a little longer to complete this layout, only because I had to wait for the chipboard to dry before putting it on the page, but I think the extra effort was well worth it.

The A Rustic Spring kit is still available to purchase in the shop, so check it out!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Halloween Scrapbook Page

It's hard to believe that it's May, and just as soon as we've gotten into May, it's going to be October again. I know you probably don't want me to say it, but there it is. I've already put it out there. 

I'm almost done scrapbooking all of last year's October pictures. Here's one that I completed using up some leftovers from my The International Scrapbook Garden Autumn Hayride kit. The only thing that didn't come from the kit was the Happy Halloween sticker banner running along the side. That is old Martha Stewart Crafts.

These are pictures of my daughter wearing her Halloween costume for the first time. We dressed her as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters. She was not amused.

On this layout I used Prima patterned papers and the gorgeous Prima Amber Moon ephemera pieces and stickers. I also added a Creative Embellishments chipboard pumpkin that I had painted with gold Prima paint and Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in Green with Envy.

The overall design of this in terms of picture and paper placement was inspired by a layout in an Archiver's sketchbook that my mom had. I'm so glad that I have that book because it really comes in handy sometimes when I just don't know what to do with the pictures in front of me.

Thanks for looking! Unfortunately, The International Scrapbook Garden is taking a bit of a hiatus, and so there won't be anymore kits for an indefinite time period. But the shop will still be open, so if you're looking to purchase past kits and other scrapbook goodies, then head on over!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Gluten-Free Six Sisters Beef & Macaroni Tomato Soup

You guys have GOT to make this recipe from Six Sisters Stuff. My two-year-old devoured it. And it's so easy, even my kitchen-challenged husband was able to get it started on a weeknight before I got home from work. We've made this two times already. It's a hit!

Here's what you need to know to make Beef & Macaroni Tomato Soup:

1. Obviously, use gluten-free pasta if you're making it gluten-free.

2. And make sure your chicken stock is gluten-free. The second time we made this, I actually used gluten-free chicken broth because it was on sale. Worked just fine.

3. Leave the onion in or out. We did it both ways, and I honestly think I like it better without onion. But that's just personal preference.

4. The instructions don't say to drain the fat from the ground beef after you cook it, but we did only because we didn't want that extra fat to sit on top of the soup with the leftovers. Not actually sure that's what would have happened, but who wants to chance it? And it's a very simple step to add.

And that's it! It's so easy, so delicious, and you won't be disappointed. Those Six Sisters really know their stuff.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Magic & Joy Scrapbook Page

Happy Wednesday! Happy Anniversary to my husband! And happy scrapbook challenge day! Here is a layout that I completed for a challenge at the Inspired By blog. This challenge blog is new to me, and I got this layout entered just in the nick of time.

The challenge was to create something using a picture as inspiration. And because the picture had pinks and unicorns in it, I decided to use my Cheeky Studio Unicorn Mode and Unicorns and Rainbows products!

This is a photo of my daughter at The Little Gym. We had a gift certificate there and were able to attend several classes during the winter. She loved it, especially the part at the end where the teacher blew bubbles.

This is a mish mash of papers from my stash and scrap drawer, plus all of those Cheeky Studio products. The title is made up of American Crafts Glitter Girl Thickers and a Crate Paper Good Vibes ephemera ampersand.

I had fun making this one. I hope you enjoyed looking!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy as a Lark Scrapbook Page featuring Cheeky Studio

I'm so happy to share with you my first Cheeky Studio scrapbook layout for the month of May! This is a combination of some of the products that came in my May design team kit, plus a few older Cheeky Studio products. Yes, those pandas made another appearance. They are just so cute and I have so many panda pictures to scrap!

This is actually my take on the May sketch challenge. Don't forget to play along in the Cheeky Studio Facebook group or by using #getcheeky and #cheekystudio when sharing your layout on social media for your chance to win a prize this month!

First up is the "Happy as a Lark" wood veneer. You're probably thinking that it looks green in this photo, and that's because I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder to give it a sparkly green texture. I thought that would work better with the color scheme of the layout.

I also combined some of the pandas and butterflies from the Panda-monium collection with some of the flowers and that adorable banner from the Flamingo Fun collection. I thought the pinks in both collections worked pretty well together.

The sequins are from the Flamingo Fun sequins mix, which is a nice mix of pinks and greens and some really cool translucent sequins! I scattered them around the page and used them as accents in the center of my yellow Flamingo Fun ephemera flowers.

A little bit of Lindy's Stamp Gang Green with Envy misting spray splatter, and we're good to go!

If you want to pick up some of your own Panda-monium, Flamingo Fun, and other cool Cheeky Studio products, then don't forget to use my discount code CookScrap10 when shopping at the Cheeky Studio store!