I began this blog to document my POTD (picture of the day) for our Project Life album in 2010. In Sept. 2011 I had our first baby and I plan for her to have the most documented life possible. I have continued each year with Project Life, but also have expanded my blog to include layouts and other creations. Life has gotten busy, so I don't post as often as I used to, but am still determined to try. I would love to have you join me on our journey! Thank you for visiting!
Another layout and quicky post to get the challenge completed by deadline! This layout was for the Page Maps - Lily Bee sketch contest. I just love pagemaps, and this sketch was no exception. Here is my layout of Little Miss in her sink tub just 6 weeks old.
Here is the sketch:
Here are a couple of close-up photos:
Materials Used: paper - Carolees Creations; chipboard - pink paislee; brad - unknown; tub animals - K&Company; stamps - CTMH; ink - CTMH; Excerpts - Authentique; journaling block - Making memories; ribbon - unknown; punch - Creative memories; popdots - Forever in Time. Thanks for visiting!
A quick new layout to share. I'm playing along with Scrap Africa - Challenge #18 - stencils, paint & paste and there is literally minutes until the challenge closes.
This is a layout of DD at just 73 days old after her bath. Isn't her little peacock hooded towel just adorable! I used paste from Studio 490 and a stencil to create the zigzag element at the bottom of the page. I also used Mister Huey's mist - color passport to spray the background paper behind the paste. I used ink for the stamped title and paint on the hearts. I lifted the layout from Gail Lindner and her layout that was posted on Inspired Blueprints Sketch #88 posted back in March. I saved her layout and loved everything about it. I scraplifted almost everything about it! I also played along with Colorful Creations Plus Challenge - to use banner, layers and hearts. I created my own banner out of Spellbinders dies and layered paper, banner, border strip, doiley, chipboard and flowers on my page. Here are a couple of close-ups:
Materials Used: paper - unknown; paste - Studio 490; mist - Mister Huey's; punch - Martha Stewart and Creative Memories; spellbinders die; stamps - CTMH; ink - CTMH; brads - unknown; chipboard - Freckled Fawn; CTMH, and Pink Paisley; doily - Wilton; journaling block - Basic Grey; flower - Prima; Mask - Studio Calico. Thanks for visiting!
Happy Sunday again! I finished a layout this morning for a recent page (April 2013) of Little Miss at the Arboretum and playing with her cousins. This one was pretty simple. I used very old transparency pages from long ago, added photos, embellishments, a quick title and some journaling. How on earth this page took me almost 4 hours I'll never understand. It think it had a lot to do with the multiple interruptions from little miss! LOL.
I played along with Berry71Bleu - June Summer challenge. The challenge was to make a project about your favorite activity in Summer and use bright colors in it. Mine is definitely all about the outdoors, until the Texas heat sets in. We love spending time outdoors and Maddie love playing with her little cousins! The colors don't look as bright in the photo as they really are. It is full of bright summer colors! I also played along with Scrapbook Challenges - June Wildcard challenge. This challenge was to use at least 4 photos. I think I well exceeded that count, with 23 photos! Finally, I played along with Colorful Creations - June The Theme Park challenge - FUN!!! This theme is all about enjoying life, whether it's vacation, going out to dinner with friends or family, or doing something indulgent for yourself...anything that brings happiness or delights to your spirit. Perhaps a moment in the past that reflects what you think is the epitome of FUN. For me, this is watching my dear little miss grow, explore, play and simply be Happy! Here are a couple of closeups:
Happy Sunday my scrappy friends! I hope you are tolerating this heat (at least the 103 degrees in Dallas, TX) :) I attended the scrapbook Convention in Arlington a few weeks ago and signed up for monthly page club kit. I like to create my own pages, but once in awhile I need a kick start to my mojo or just feel the need to get a few pages scrapped quickly, and I really liked all of their pages. The kit is Embellishonline.com. Here are the pages I created with one of the kits I received:
These pages used MME, one of my favorites! I was able to scrap a couple pages from Christmas 2011! Here are a couple of close-ups:
I will post another completed kit soon! Thanks for visiting!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Father's Day. Ours was fairly quiet as I worked all weekend. I should be working right now, but instead I spent the last hour finishing this page of Juan with Maddie when she was just 38 days old. It was so hard to put her to sleep. I remember that she would cry and cry. Juan would put her on his chest and tap her back in rhythm to his cadence of, "Aye, aye, aye, aye. Aye, aye, aye, aye." It would never fail to put both of them to sleep. Here is my layout:
I used this sketch and mood board from Scrap Around the World - Challenge #2. I used the sketch and my inspiration from the mood board was the camera, the round shape of the lense that I replicated in the journaling and embellishment elements. I also used wooden elements (the two hearts) and the little negative strips.
I also played along with the Scrap Our Stash - June challenge; to create a layout about a male and use at least 5 brads. I used six brads, including the camera brad.
Another challenge I joined with this layout was Scrappy Friends - Scrappin N Happy - June challenge; to create a layout with three pattern papers, twine and washi tape. I used three pattern papers in the background and the scrap strips below the main photo. I used twine around the journaling circles and the washi tape is the light blue used in four places on my layout.
The challenge over at the Twinery is an anything goes challenge. All you have to do is use twine - DONE!
Finally, I played along with Colorful Creations - Use your Stash challenge. This month the challenge was to use six scraps and in honor of the dads out there, use masculine colors. It does not have to be a boy/man page, but pull out those rich hues, blues, and neutrals! Yes, this is a layout about my little girl and her daddy. I used blues, oranges and neutral colors to help pull out the orange in her little Halloween onsie. I used 12 strips of scrap pattern papers to create the base border of the main photo.
Happy Weekend my Scrappy Friends! I have been drooling over the layouts over at CSI (Color Stories Inspiration) for months, but there challenge is so outside my comfort zone that I have not played along. I decided tonight to try! Color challenges are never easy for me and all the other requirements seem intense. I had these photos of Maddie in her sink bath from when she was just 42 days old that I have been trying to scrap, so I decided these would do. Here is my layout:
I used all the colors; yellow background papers, pink fushia border, journaling and the words on the background papers; white borders on the photos; green journaling, strip behind photos and stitching; black stamping ink and journaling pen. Evidence I used is ruffles on the ribbon below the photos and something woven - the yellow "pretty" label on the middle photo. Testimony I used was the inspiration words - cute, little, and bright. I used all three of these in my journaling and underlined each word to highlight it. Journaling reads, "At 42 days old you are so little that even your puj tub seems to swallow you up. You are so cute with your ducky washcloth covering almost your entire body. When we give you a bath, your bright eyes watch everything although having your hair washed is still your favorite part." For the left side of my layout I used Scrap Africa's sketch #18:
I also played along with The Studio Challenges - June challenge is stitching. I used stitching along the envelope lip on the left and the word "love" on the right page. Finally, I played along with the Love to Scrap challenge - use rubber stamping. I used CTMH stamps for the two different circle images on both pages. Here are a couple of close-up photos:
Materials used: Paper - Creative Imaginations, Prima, and unknown; stamps - CTMH; ink - CTMH; rubber duckies - Paper Wizard; stitching - Bazzill in Stitches; banner - MME; chipboard letters - Making Memories; woven label - Basic Grey; journaling block - unknown; ribbon - unknown; staples - unknown. Thanks so much for visiting!
Hi scrappy friends! The Great American Scrapbook Convention started today in Arlington. I didn't get to attend today, but tomorrow I am there! Whoo hoo. Unfortunately, no one could join me, so I will be shopping solo. I finished another layout this afternoon. I think if I can use up some stash, I won't feel quite so guilty about my purchases tomorrow. LOL! I really don't NEED anything else, but I just can't resist. My layout is of DD at 33 days old. DH is a huge soccer fan, and huge is an understatement. He's been a player, a coach, and a spectator of this sport. He started DD early with a soccer rattle that he strapped on her little foot.
I also played along with Colorful Creations - June Song Challenge. This challenge was to use a word, several words, sentence, verse, or whole song (from "Centerfield" by John Fogerty), somewhere on your project. I used "Ready to Play" as my title. These words are lyrics in the chorus. Finally, I played along with Scrap Your Story Challenge #14 - to use song Lyrics. In my journaling I included the song that I sang to Maddie every morning when she was little. It is a made up song, but has a full chorus, LOL! I've been wanting to get that memory recorded for a long time. This challenge gave me the push to get it completed. The song goes: "Good Morning, Good Morning, We love to say Good Morning. Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning to you! Good Morning, Good Morning, We love to sing Good Morning. Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning to you!" Here are a couple of closeup photos:
Materials used: paper - Heidi Grace & unknown scraps; arrow - Scenic Route; sticker - unknown & MME; thickers - Dear Lizzy and American Crafts. Thanks for visiting!
My child care needed to visit the Dr. today, so I am home with sweet DD. We spent the morning running about town and are now completely engrossed in watch the rain fall. I also got to spend a bit of scrappy time and completed this layout from Maddie's 1 month Well baby Dr. visit. I had lots of journaling on this one.
I was inspired by the colors and used blue, pink, white and a weathered brown/grey background. I was also inspired by the corrugated metal look and used LOTS of linear lines in my layout from the journaling, to the measuring tape, to the background paper.
Finally, I played along with Inkido's June challenge - to use scallops. I went a bit overboard with this one. I started with a die-cut circle that was edged with scallops and then added a Martha Stewart border punch of scallops behind my tape measure ribbon.
Here are a couple of closeups -
Materials used: paper - Heidi Grace, Deja Views, & MME; letter stickers BG; number - Adornit; flags - BG; ribbon - unknown; border punch - Martha Stewart; journaling blocks - unknown.