Thursday, August 16, 2018

1,2,3 Family Scrapbook Page

Inspired by the Stash-Busting Challenge this summer, I decided to create a mini kit using some old Crate Paper stuff from my stash and see if I could use it all up on a layout. And I did! 

To go along with the Crate Paper patterned papers, I added some Crate Paper dimensional chipboard stickers, some old American Crafts alphas, a Cosmo Cricket sticker, and other random bits from my stash - manufacturers unknown.

Despite having a mish-mash of things, this layout came together pretty easily. I used a design that I've been playing around with lately - patterned paper on top and a solid or lighter pattern on the bottom. I might actually have cut the lighter patterned paper in half.

I backed the photos on a different patterned paper and used a branding strip to the top and bottom of the photo block.

Then I added in my embellishments! I kind of just kept it simple because some of the embellishments were so large and dimensional.

I like how everything came together on this and how I was able to make so many different collections and manufacturers coordinate on one layout.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How Did This Happen Scrapbook Page featuring Cheeky Studio

I went through my stash to create today's layout. Pulled a piece of cream-colored cardstock, a scrap piece of navy-striped cardstock from my scrap drawer, and a bunch of my Cheeky Studio Valentine's Day 2018 ephemera and flair pieces. I've got more to say in my process video for this layout, which you can watch here!

First, I sprayed the cardstock with some Shimmerz in Don't Rain On My Parade. That just kept the bottom of the layout from looking too blah. Then, after dividing the layout in two with the patterned paper on top, I created more division with two different gold-tinged washi tapes from American Crafts and some of the Cheeky Studio Valentine's Day 2018 sequins.

Because this was a layout about my daughter and her cousin's cousin looking like they were holding hands, I wanted to use some embellishments that had a lovey dovey feel to them. So I grabbed some chipboard hearts from my stash, too.

And I had this boy profile sticker from an old American Crafts collection, so I added that. I thought I had a girl profile sticker to match, but I did not! Oh well.

The "How Did This Happen" title is a cut apart from the Cheeky Studio Sweet Succulents collection that was in the July subscription kit, which is now available to purchase on its own while supplies last. I thought it was kind of fitting. Like, how did it happen that these two little kids are holding hands like teenagers on a date???

They grow up so fast.

Thanks for looking! And don't forget to use my discount code, Cookscrap10, to save 10% on your order in the Cheeky Studio store!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Good Luck with That - Book Review

When Georgia and Marley's best friend Emerson dies due to complications from obesity, they are heartbroken. They are also challenged to take a hard look at their own lives and their own weights. Emerson writes the women a note before she dies and leaves them a list they had written when they were teenagers, a bucket list that she wants Georgia and Marley to complete while they still have the time.

But can the two women overcome their personal obstacles to complete the list? Georgia's mother and brother are less than supportive, driving Georgia to issues with food. And her issues with food caused her marriage to the nicest man on the face of the Earth to fall apart.

Meanwhile, Marley is a successful businesswoman, but she longs to be in a relationship with someone. There's been a void in her life ever since her twin sister died when they were just little girls.

Kristan Higgins has created very believable and relatable characters in Georgia, Marley, and Emerson. You'll find herself cheering them on and crying with them with every page turn. Some of the book is told through the point of view of Emerson through her diary pages, and those are some of the most heartbreaking. Even if you've never been overweight, I would hope that you would have empathy for the character and what she goes through.

There's also a reader's guide in the back of the book so that you can read this with a book club. I think this would be a great book club choice.

Good Luck with That is published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free ARC at BookExpo.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Soup Scrapbook Page

For today's scrapbook layout, I challenged myself to use up what I could from my American Crafts Jen Hadfield Home Made kit. I decided to created a two-photo layout of my daughter eating soup on the floor. I don't know what came over her, but she went through this phase where she wanted to sit on the floor and eat. Actually, she still wants to sit on the floor and eat.

The photos were actually the same. I didn't realize that I had printed them twice, so I made one smaller than the other and propped the larger photo up on craft foam. Then, I created some embellishment clusters using the stickers from the kit and some of the patterned paper scraps I had left.

I did a strip of washi tape going down the diagonal. I really like doing layouts on the diagonal. I should do layouts like this more often!

Do you have a favorite layout design that you just keep coming back to again and again? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Cheeky Studio Design Team Hop

Today is the Cheeky Studio Design Team Hop! Join me over on Instagram to hop along for a chance to win a prize. I hope you're ready to get to know the new Cheeky Chicks. Some of us are returning members, but there are quite a few new members, too! The theme of this term's hop is A Few of Our Favorite Things. So here is the layout I created for it!

For this one, I basically used the Cheeky Studio Unicorn Mode, Unicorns & Rainbows, and Wishes Collection. It was so nice how all three collections played so nicely together! And they worked so perfectly with some Recollections, Core'dinations, American Crafts, and Craft Smith papers that were in my stash.

I used the Wishes cut-aparts to give myself space to write down my top 10 favorite things. Want to know what they are? 1. scrapbooking, 2. food, 3. blogging, 4. reading, 5. travel, 6. Instagram, 7. taking pictures, 8. my triangle family, 9. Starbucks drinks, and 10. watching Food Network, HGTV, and The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Next to each cut-apart, I embellished with one of the Unicorn Mode or Unicorns & Rainbows ephemera or flair pieces. And there are a few Unicorn Mode sequins sprinkled throughout. (Unfortunately, that sequin mix isn't available anymore. So sad! It was one of my favorites!)

I also pulled some sparkly pink ribbon from my stash to use on this layout, too! And I spritzed my page with a little Shimmerz Grape Escape. Such a fun color!

Don't forget to visit all the other girls on the team so you can get to know them, AND make sure you use my discount code, CookScrap10, to save 10% off your order in the Cheeky Studio store! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Her Answer Is No Scrapbook Page

I broke out one of my old The International Scrapbook Garden kits to complete this layout of my daughter. I realized that I still had a bunch of photos from last December to scrap AND I still had a bunch of product left in the January/February ISBG kit, so I wanted to try to get those photos done and try to "kill the kit", if you will.

The story behind this photo is that Santa Claus was riding down our street in a fire truck, and we asked my daughter, "Do you want to go outside and see Santa?" Her response was to bury her face in the couch cushion and cry.

So that's a no, then.

I loved the little girl cut-apart from the Bo Bunny paper in the kit because it looks like she is shielding her face. And there were some really good Prima Zella Teal word stickers for this photo, too.

The alphas for the title came from my stash. I'm not sure of the manufacturer. But the snowflake brads and the silver flowers were also from the ISBG kit.

The papers are a combination of 13@rts and 7 Dots Studio from the ISBG kit and Recollections from my stash.

And that's it! I had so much fun creating this layout. I just love the angled patterned paper at the bottom and the clusters of embellishments around the photo. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Be Yourself Scrapbook Page

Here's a fun layout I put together super quickly! I snapped this photo of my daughter last year playing with an empty box of pancakes. (She loves pancakes!) And I just thought it was so funny, so I wanted to use some of the Crate Paper Good Vibes ephemera for it because of some of the sentiments on the ephemera pieces.

The papers are a mixture of Core'dinations, Craft Smith, and Recollections. Most were taken from my scrap drawer.

The silvery flowers were from an old The International Scrapbook Garden kit. I liked how they were kind of shiny, and I just thought they'd be fun to add to this layout. I also pulled some teal Kaisercraft enamel dots that were also from an ISBG kit.

The sequin mix is the Cheeky Studio Unicorn Mode mix, which I have been using on just about everything lately it seems. (Stay tuned. You'll see.) I hope that Tuesdae comes out with a similar sequin mix soon! I need to replenish.

I also did some splatters with some Lindy's Stamp Gang misting spray and a Kaisercraft spray, and I wasn't totally in love with it after I did it. But once the splatters dried, they looked better. I mean, I know I'm obsessed with splattering, but I think I do need to cut back on it from time to time. Not every layout needs the splatter!

Thanks for looking!