Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Santa!? I know him!

Hey, friends!

I am over on the Ink Road Stamps blog today with a fun pocket page scrapbooking layout using the Happy Holla Days stamp set.

Go check out more details on the blog & snag you a set for all those holiday pics!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Whatever works! - A Lasting Memories challenge

Another week, another fun challenge over at the Lasting Memories challenge blog.

This week's challenge is using a tic tac toe board with our December memories/Christmas theme.

Here's the board:

 I used sequins, stars, and wood veneer.

Can you believe I scrapped these photos the same day I took them?! I just had to tell this adorable story of my 2 year old meeting Santa, and I wanted to get it right.

Sometimes you just do whatever works to get the photo, am I right?!

I used my label maker to tie the journaling in with the bottom stamped quote from my IRS stamp set. I just thought it was so perfect since showing Santa the phone was the only way I could get the boy close enough for a happy photo!

Loving me some Nuvo glue, y'all! Check it out! It makes my wood veneers and sequins stick quite well.

I wrote atop some Heidi Swapp shine splatters.

I hope you will all go play along with this week's Lasting Memories tic tac toe challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 08, 2017

I'm messy...

Are you messy?

I think we all probably are...

Today I'm over on the Ink Road blog today for Feature Friday, featuring the adorable Bun Intended stamp set. For my project I created a Bible journaling entry.

I really love how this turned out! I was inspired by a Sunday school class we had about the woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears and hair.

It was a great reminder that Jesus loves me, messy bun (or life) and all. This adorable bun stamp was so perfect for this spread. I used the hearts in different color pinks as well.

I colored my hair with Shimmerz paints and it sparkles & I love it. Wish my real hair would sparkle like that!

I used a rose gold ink to transform my small white alphas and create contrast.

I added some splatter for sure, which transformed some of the stamped hearts. This created a more "messy" look on the spread, which just brought my point home.

My Bible definitely need a new clip to accompany this layout, so I just grabbed some bits of ribbon and twine and combined them together on a golden paperclip.

I mean really? Isn't that bun the cutest!?

Don't forget to head over to the Ink Road Stamps blog & see what other adorable projects my fellow DT members created with this sweet little stamp set. I hope you're inspired to grab one and create for yourself.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Queue the smiles - a LM challenge

Happy Sunday, friends!

I'm so happy to be back with the lovely lades over at Lasting Memories creating for their weekly challenges after a small break.

This week's challenge is one of my favorite kinds - a sketch challenge by one of my favorite sketch artists, Laura Whitaker.

The monthly theme is Holiday traditions. These photos are from our trip to Disneyworld last Christmas, taken in the line for an attraction, thus the play on the title.

Here's the original sketch:

These chubby cheeks lent themselves well to a circular cropped photo, but don't be afraid to use whichever shapes work for your photos, you can still use this same sketch!

I loved this little kit from Echo Park that already had some snowflakes printed on the paper. I added my own by stamps with Happy Holla Days from the Ink Road.

I used my new Dymo lable maker for the title, which worked perfectly wth the black accents in this EP kit. I also used a Tim Holtz tiny label sticker to cover part of this tag because I had to use it upside down!

Speaking of...I'm just going to leave this here...

bahahah! I saw this the other day and thought it was so hilarious!

I added some handwritten journaling, mostly to let people know I know "queue" is not the correct phrasing, but it's punny! LOL!

Papers - Echo Park
Snowflake stamps - Ink Road Stamps
Black alphas - Studio Calico
Labels - Dymo

Thanks for looking & go play long with Lasting Memories challenge this week!

Friday, December 01, 2017

I was a good girl this year...

Sooo good, in fact, that Santa visited me early!

I'm so excited to say I am now a published scrapbooker! I was very honored that Creative Scrapbooker magazine chose two of my holiday layouts to include in their Winter 2017 issue.

It's a thrill to see my creation(s) in print (I mean, I made those cute kids too, huh?! LOL). Here is the original layout, and you can find the blog post about it here.

Such a fun and festive page.  I had a lot of fun creating this one.

The second layout they chose was an 8.5x11 layout of my youngest son.

They prompted submissions of kraft paper layouts, and this was my interpretation. Here is the original, and you can find my original blog post about it here. You can also see a (rare for me) process video on the YouTubes here.

Look at those sweet, Christmas cheeks! How is it already that time of year again!?

I really am so appreciative to Creative Scrapbook Magazine for my first published layouts! Thank you!! I feel like this is a wonderful culimination of my scrappy year, as I feel as though I really accomplished some of my #goals. That'll be a sappy, close-to-the-new-year post to come. :)

Thanks for looking, friends!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Cuddle Bugs

Hey, my dears!

I have one more November layout over at the Ink Road Stamps blog today.

I went for a monotone, mixed media page for my little cuddle bugs today.

I did the Missy smooshing technique, fussy cut my stamped hearts & completed the page with sparkle. Pages like these are perfect when you're just in the mood to play & get a little messy. Keeping a single color scheme keeps the thinking process to a minimum.

Check out more details at The Ink Road!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Party Pants

Hello friends!

You will find me over at the Ink Road Stamps blog today with this fun, rainbow page!

You can see more details on the Design Team blog. These fun stamps just bring out my rainbow side! Go treat yo'self!

Peace, Love & Rainbows, friends!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Swanderful Besties

Happy Monday, friends!

Today I am bringing you a fun  layout I threw together using the Stuck?! sketches November 1 sketch.

Here's the original sketch:

I have had these photos of me and my besties for a min, but the color cast of the photos is very purple, so I was struggling with how to scrap them.

This navy Swan paper from the Amy Tan On A Whim collection was perfect!

I toned it down around the photos with some gesso then used a cross stencil to apply aqua HS shine texture paste.

I have a severe addiction to stamps apparently, especially The Ink Road stamps, and cannot seem to complete a page without them! Really though, the Swan paper had to have the Swan stamps!

I embossed in hot pink and glitter and fussy cut 3 swans, one for each of us.

I grabbed a couple fun die cuts from a Studio Calico kit to add to the whimsy.

The popsicles were perfect to add color, and because we had paletas this evening!

I used my circle punch to create this faux scallop border to match my photo backing paper.

I love these Dear Lizzy puffy alphas & I don't use them often b/c PINK. I stamped the swanderful sentiment from IRS, and the small pink alphas are from Illustrated Faith.

It's been a minute since I created a non-assignment page! It felt good. And I'm hoping to get back on my crafty track now that my boys' birthday party is over - maybe life will slow down a bit!

I love working with Laura's sketch & this was no different.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Go & Be Crafty

Hello dear friends!

Today I'm over on the Ink Road Stamps blog with some of my fellow crafters for Feature Friday! Today we are featuring the Beautiful Mess stamp set. I LOVE this set, y'all! The handlettering is fab, the sentiments get me, and we already know I can't get enough of those little leaves on my projects.

I thought this stamp set would be perfection in documenting the Scrap Gals Retreat I attended last month in Nashville. I grabbed a Felicity Jane kit we were given at the event, a go-to design from the class by Crafty Jen Schow, and worked my Beautiful Mess stamps!

 I fussy cut some of the crafty sentiments from the set on different toned solid paper, along with some of the crafty tools.

I did a DIY journal card behind the photo of the Scrap Gals & journaled about how important they are to me. I appreciate all the work they do in creating the podcast and cultivating a positive, crafty community. Listening to their podcast has really changed the way I think about this long-time hobby and passion.

It was so fun to go to this event and hang with these ladies and so many others that just get it. We had the best little table of sweet woman to work with and everyone was so kind & loving & TALENTED! Man, the ladies of the Scrap Gal following have definitely got loads of talent in their craft.

Tiffany taught us all a very wonderful selfies class, so I'm hoping this page is "cuteness approved." LOL!

Of course I had to fussy cut some florals for this page, to pay true tribute to the SGs.

I popped up some black sequins to bring the page together with embellishments.

Pop on over to the IRS blog to see what my fellow Design Team geniuses created using this stamp set - it's so versatile!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Foliage with IRS!

Heyyyyy y'all!

I'm bringing you some fall inspiration over on the Ink Road blog today.

I created these pages to finish up my 2016 October Daily & they were SO FUN!

You can check out all the details on how I created my wreath and custom OD day tags on the Ink Road Stamps blog.

All of the IRS stamps are so versatile. They work great on traditional scrapbook pages and pocket pages.

I hope this is getting you in the mood for some fall scrapping! Go check out more on the blog at the Ink Road!

Friday, October 13, 2017

All the feels with IRS stamps!

Happy Fri-yay, buds!

I'm over on the Ink Road blog with some amazing fellow Design Team members today for our Feature Friday. We are highlighting different ways to use the Compliments - Volume 1 stamp set. I created a scrapbook page.

Go check out my teammates' projects and see how versatile this stamp set is!

I also used the new Full Circle set from IRS for my background. I knew I wanted a subtle background, so I opted to DIY with a tone on tone look using two stamps from Full Circle, and O from the Open Alpha set and a small circles from Full Circle.

I used papers from Authentique's Darling Boy collection for the rest of the page.

 I stamped my sentiments and embossed in orange atop a smokey gray (I mean, yeh, GBO). I really am loving brights on dark backgrounds lately!

I used tiny foam dots to pop up my coordinating sequins. I also used some orange wool twine to add interest at the top of the page.

Those little perfect baby expressions are literally giving me all the feels. It's too much. These are some of Heath's 9 month photos and he is about to be 5?! Sigh. A baby no more. I can't handle it!

I had so much fun creating this boyish page for The Ink Road. Go get ya some stamps!