Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer Vibes with my Guys

Happy Fri-yay, people!

I'm really digging on some Summer layouts lately, so today I'm bringing you another!

I was inspired by my friends over at Paper Issues and their Working Title Challenge to use Summer in your title.


Y'all! They had this beautiful Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection for $5 at my Hob Lob! What?!

Can I also just say that I totally just had to go look at the name of the collection & it's part of my title?! Maybe I subconsciously knew it? IDK. I think I'm just totally in sync with my LOVE - Simple Stories.

I'm such a frugal crafter (read: hoarder) that of course I couldn't just use the ENTIRE PIECE of my favorite paper from the collection on one page. So, I cut a border from this gorgeous  hombre, sunset inspired paper, and went all Missified with my stamp inks and packaging smooshing on some white cardstock.

I smooshed some turquoise/aqua at the top, coral and pink in the middle & orange at the bottom. I was quite happy with the effect.

One can never have too many layers, AIR?!

True confession: My cricut mat is in need of replacing, so after it butchered some of the cloud cut files, I couldn't ask it to cut me some paper strip borders. I used my circle punch to create a couple of scalloped borders!

The larger cloud is fussy cut from the SS collection, but the others are from cricut.

I adore the label stickers from the collection! the little confetti stickers went great with my Heidi Swapp shine splatters.

This particular photo only too about 100 shots. He kept holding his breath and going under before I could snap it!

I loved using the stickers with an hombre affect to match the papers. Blue atop and pinks/corals down below. Man, I love lazy pool days with my boys!

I had so much fun creating this mixed media, summertastic layout!

All papers and stickers - Simple Stories Summer Vibes
Guys alphas - Amy Tangerine
Other alphas - SS Summer Vibes
Inks -  Stampin Up
Splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Wittle Pig Blanket - a LM challenge

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you my layout for this week's challenge at Lasting Memories - All About Animals around the house!

I used this photo of my son & his special most favorite blanket ever, and the little cuddle-bug thief who will completely steal it if he leaves it laying around.

"Who? Me?" I love that squishy face she gets when she has been asleep. Heath left his blanket on the couch this day, and I took this photo of Lola later in the day because I knew he would think it's funny she slept with his blanket.

I used "Wittle" in my title, because that's exactly how Heath would ask for his blanket. I used this page to journal about how his grandmother probably never intended this special quilt that her grandmother made to be his every day favorite blanket, but his dad gave it to him young, and he basically imprinted on it. He wants it to sleep with almost every night - stuffed animals can rotate, but not his blanket.

I journaled the story on this 3x4 card, and slipped it in the vellum bag I used as the photo background.

This little cuddle pup knows she is queen of the house!

patterned papers - WRMK
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers
Pig - Studio Calico
cardstock stickers - Webster's Pages
Enamel stars and dots - Studio Calico
3x4 cared - Hip Kit Club

I hope you will play along with our challenge this week at Lasting Memories and scrap some pages about the critters at your house (maybe even some uninvited ones?!).

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Ready to Flamingle - a Stuck?! Sketch

Happy weekend, all!

Today I'm bringing you a bright, fun layout full of summer I created with a sketch from Stuck?! sketches.

I just adore these photos of my youngest and this flamingo float that he thought was a real animal, basically!

Here is the original sketch

Awesome, as always!

Haha! I just now noticed that my background paper is a grid, just like the sketch! Totally unintentional, but so funny!

I journaled about how he talked baby talkd to the "bebe" flamingo and just loved it so much! He is the one that plopped down for this photo, I definitely didn't direct it!

I had these Dear Lizzy pink alphas I've been waiting for the perfect project to use, and this was it! I also used the amazing new alpha stamp set from The Ink Road and fussy cut them.

I love creating these bright, summery pages!

Blue background paper - Webster's Pages
Polka dot paper - MAMBI
Pineapple paper - MME
Flamingo paper - Craft Smith Co
Yellow polka dot paper - Pink Paislee
Puffy circles - MME
Pink alphas - Dear Lizzy for Crate paper
Flamingo paperclip - Cocoa Daisy

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Handsome & a little rude

Hey hey hey!

Happy August! There are so many fun & exciting things happening this month. My term on The Ink Road Design Team begins, I'm participating in not one, but two projects for the Scrap Gals 100 Day Project, and other fun plans are up my sleeves!

Today I'm posting a pocket page companion layout to a 12x12 layout I completed for the Ink Road August challenge. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the challenge isn't quite in full swing yet, so the 12x12 layout will remain a mystery until the challenge is posted! But I will share it's companion page, and you can take that as a sneaky peek!

The page is full of photos, but the expressions were just too much in each one - I couldn't get rid of any!

My oldest was not feeling a photo shoot this Easter day, and he was smiling here against his will, probably about a fart joke...

... and the little one thinks he is supposed to stick his tongue out for photos - thanks to Snapchat!

I used scraps from the 12x12 coordinating page to bring the colors and patterns across to this pocket page spread.

I'm trying to be very aware of including the story with my pages, so I journaled about how sometimes you don't get shots of both boys together or smiling because THAT'S REAL LIFE. We have so much real life right now with a 1 yo and a 4 yo. Ha!

Be sure to check out my 100 days projects on the Instagram.

The hashtag for my scrappy project is #SG100daysprojectpocketpalooza. The goal is to fill at least one pocket of a pocket page each day and hopefully make a dent in all the ones I need to complete! Find that @scrappinhappy. Also check out everyones' projects under the tag #SG100daysproject.

I also decided to do a photo project which I will share on my personal IG account @nataliedill. It's the hashtag #whereIstand, which I belive will be a unique perspective on our everyday life - documenting our events from a photo of our feet. That will be a fun mini album!

Thanks for looking today, friends!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Santa Hugs!

Well Scrappy Christmas in July is winding down, but I have one more layout to share!

I just could not  love these sweet Santa photos from Hollywood Studios more! My son running with open arms to see Santa Claus is completely priceless and so precious.

I've been using a new circle punch a lot lately, and I"m loving it. I'm much more likely to use many circles when I don't have to cut a ton with my cricut.

Recently on a Scrap Gals episode, they discussed foiling, and a suggestion was made to use your foil on adhesive items. I had these adhesive Thickers from Tuesday Morning for a while. I tried to use them with glitter once, as advertised on the label. The glitter stuck alright, but I will tell you, this foil was magical! It went on so smoothly, it was wonderful.

I used some washi tape on the bottom strip of my layout, but I was afraid to sew through that bit!

I did a zig zag stitch through my circle border then a straight line stitch. I double up some vellum to give the santa picture a bit of pop, and I accented with gold.

I always lean toward the traditional red & green on my Christmas layouts, but I just LOVE it!

I created this layout with the Hip Kit Club design team call in mind, so cross your fingers for me! It would be so dreamy.

I hope you've been inspired to finish some holiday layouts during this Scrappy Christmas in July!

Red striped paper, gold hearts, hello and gingham papers - Studio Calico
Green dots paper -- Basic Grey
Dark red paper and washi- American Crafts
Green plus paper - Echo Park
Gold sequin star - Maggie Holmes Crate paper
Gold glitter stars - Studio Calico
glitter chipboard - Me and My Big Ideas
Alphas - Thickers by American Crafts

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 24, 2017

OLAF - a Stuck?! sketch

Hi hi hi everybody!

I have a fun Disney themed layout today using a wonderful sketch from Stuck?! sketches.

I loved using the fun, summery colors for Olaf's photo, since he LOVES summer!

Here is the original sketch:

I stuck really close to the sketch this time. And I used almost exclusively Simple Stories Life in Color collection.

I dug out these old heart grommets which matched the blue plus paper perfectly. I had not used them in a while, but I am loving the little color pop that ties the page together.

Apparently my photography skills were lacking today what with the shadows and glare... sorry about that! I added the black and white twine to tie in with the polka dot papers, and balance the layout. It also adds a nice texture to the page.

 I even had this little bit of Olaf flair from a greeting card, that was perfect for the page! It actually inspired the bits of circle embellishments.

I kept the title simple, as I will do a corresponding pocket page with journaling about the story - which includes the baby trying to eat Olaf's nose! Ha - it was adorable!

As usual, I loved working with Laura's sketch! I look forward to new ones every month!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Epic Cousins - a LM challenge!

It is the final week of my prompts for the July Adventure challenges over at Lasting Memories. This week's challenge is to go on a Scrappy Adventure and create memory keeping in size/format outside of your norm.

I created this pocket page for my boys and their cousins in a 6x8 pocket page format.

I do not typically do 2x2 squares, I used to think they couldn't possible be big enough to highlight my amazing photos, but turns out - I loved it! It's a great way to create a layout of a small even that you happened to have a few photos of.

I love finding a balance between photo pockets, pockets with words/writing, and pockets with graphics.

I loved all the photos I captured of the boys running around at the splash pad, so I feel the bright colors reflect the fun level of energy they had!

2x2 pocket are wonderful for shaker pockets too! I will say that I struggle with the fact that I need the shaker to match the layout on both sides since you can see it on both sides, but it worked out well for this layout, because the other side is the same event!

Here's the other side:

I really hope you will play along with this final challenge in my ADVENTURE challenges for July at Lasting Memories! I'd love to see the new formats everyone tries!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mexican Adventure - GDT for SID!

Heyyyyy y'all! It's FriYAY!

Today I'm thrilled to bring you a card I created as GDT for Stick It Down!

Here is my design:

Here's the original sketch. I took to heart the zigzags, which inspired the stitching on my card.

So while we're on the subject of stitching ... I'm about to be REAL with y'all. I'm not a great seamstress ... I had a fight with my sewing machine. I'm BARELY victorious...

I sewed my finger y'all. OUCH! It broke my needle... then this happened....

Ha! That left is my first disastrous attempt at this card. I figured out (after googling, what did we do before google!?) that my needle was in backwards, so it kept breaking my thread! Eh - practice run, huh?

So I made this card, and was then inspired by its motif to use it in a pocket page spread about our cruise & an excursion in Mexico. I even was able to use some of the wretched first, disaster card.

I feel like my pocket pages have been coming together more easily for me lately - which is a good thing, since I have so many lined up to complete!

I used my new mask from the 70% sale at Michael's for the pink feather on the top card, so I used another "Adventure" mask from the set for the bottom card. This is also where I used the black and white bottom stitch from the disaster card, the only bit I could salvage. This worked perfectly, as I think it's always nice to balance a pocket page with some repeating pattern.

I also busted out my Heidi Swapp MINC!

I don't have a ton of hot pink in my paper stash, but I did have some pink foil. So to serve as the balancing piece on this side of the page for the feather, I foiled this card I created from a 6x6 MINC paper pade. I felt like the flower foiliage went well with the aztec-y paper in the Mexico feel. I had enough words on the page, so this pocket just got a black ampersand sticker - balances images and feeds the trend of black throughout each decorate pocket.

To help with the cohesion, I foiled the alphas on my pocket of my son - again with the pink & black. It says "HGD in MX" (his initials).

Can I just mention again how much I love my iPhone 7s plus? These pics are amazing from a phone!

I also carried the sewing from the SID inspired card to another pocket with a little piece of ephemera from Michael's - this may even be the same Boho collection as the masks.

I split the photo of my son here, to add interest, and also just to get it to fit!

I had so much fun working with the Stick It Down card sketch this month! It inspired my entire pocket page!

Thanks for looking & go play along at Stick It Down!