Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bottle Babies

ABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
Natalie and her friend NEVER took bottles as babies, and yet now that they are "older" and saw their baby friend taking a bottle OF COURSE they had to have one too! They were making us laugh so hard walking around and tipping back their bottles!!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I was going to start this layout completely differently, based on a sketch template from the Simple Scrapper, but I ended up changing it up after I really wanted to use that piece of paper from this month's The Underground kit by Studio Calico. So really that piece of paper is what drove the design.


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
I cut along the parts of the paper where a "folder" would open and added lots of bits from Maggie Holmes' vellum die cuts. I used white Gouache paint (think: thick watercolor paint) to brush over the words on the book paper so I could use that space for journaling. It looks a bit messier than I would've liked but I didn't feel like getting out my paint stuff again (think: lazy). It's sort of a mishmash of supplies but a fun one!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hello VBS

IABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
A bunch of photos from VBS week back in August - we had so much fun with the kids that week, what a blessing!!


LAYOUT DESIGN/MY PROCESS:
I used a layered template in PSE by Catherine Davis for the Process class I took at Big Picture Classes to print the photos into triangles and cut them out. I also tried to apply some of the design lessons she gave from the class to arrange my page!


PRODUCTS USED:
I again saved paper by using the 4x6 pad of paper from this months Studio Calico kit The Underground to cut the triangles! I used the wood veneer letter from the same kit and the Hello sticker from the embellishment add-on King's Cross. The top left corner still needed a little something so I used thin washi tape from the Bluegrass Farm PL kit and stamped the date range with my Printshop alpha stamp! Finally, I went to my stash to look for a badge but ended up finding those little stars for a subtle embellishment!

Friday, October 10, 2014

All Week Long

ABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
It was VBS week this summer and I was helping out with the crafts so I had to leave Natalie in the toddler room at church, but the Lord was watching over us that week and blessed us with my friend and her daughter to help watch Natalie everyday! She even got the girls to take a nap everyday!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I channeled my inner Melanie Louette and did a scraplift of her layout here! I hardly ever go "simple" but wanted a clean page to write my journaling how I was so thankful that it all worked out with Natalie!


MY PROCESS:/PRODUCTS USED:
I used papers from the 4x6 pad from this month's The Underground kit by Studio Calico with wood veneer from the shop and the wood veneer letters from this month's main scrapbook kit. I bought the black letter thickers at one of the LSS (Local Scrapbook Stores). Simple as that!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Everyday

ABOUT THE PHOTO:
We made tie-dye tshirts with the kids at VBS, so a couple days later, we wore them and I even made one for Natalie! I finished this layout yesterday while Chris took Natalie to the store with him, woohoo!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I decided to stamp my own background paper since I didn't recall having a piece that would really go with the photo (with all our colors). I knew I definitely wanted to capture the colors of our shirts though, so I didn't print in black and white. I used a sketch template from the Simple Scrapper again and made it really easy to get going!


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
I decided to use this month's embellishment only kit from Studio Calico, so I started with the little rectangle stamp. I had planned to use more from the kit, but since I also got Maggie Holmes' vellum diecuts this month from the SC shop, I ended up using mostly those to fill out the rest of my layout!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nice Day

ABOUT THE PHOTO:
This photo was one of Chris' favorites, so I decided to make it 8.5x11 to go into his album - we took Natalie to the mall and forgot to pack her shoes, so we bought her a new pair of sneakers so she could practice walking around the mall!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I scraplifted this layout by Magdalena!


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
I used the paper from the Poet Society kit, then used neon acrylic stars that came in the Process class kit with Catherine Davis from Big Picture Classes. I stamped the border and used the letters also from the Poet Society kit, so quick and easy, I got this done yesterday morning before Natalie woke up for the day!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Be Brave

ABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
This was the best part of our visit from our friends - watching our girls in the inflatable pool! Natalie LOVED when she slipped in and it happened to be nice, cozy, warm water instead of hose water - she just sat back and chilled out, I'd never seen her do that before! Her friend on the other hand, LOVED the bottom of the pool that was bouncy and inflatable and she was bouncing on her little coolie the whole time!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
The layout was sort of guided by the 3 photos that I had printed 4x3 that I definitely wanted to include in some sort of progression as Natalie is sinking into the water.


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
Originally I started with a busy background piece of paper and tried to add those three diecut titles (from the More Bright Ideas class from Studio Calico with Nicole Samuels, created by Geralyn Sy for In A Creative Bubble). The titles got lost on the busy paper so I die cut a black border to go around them, but it still looked a bit too crazy. Then this morning I read the latest article in Spark Magazine from the Simple Scrapper premium membership about white space and decided my page was looking too crazy and busy. I made white space by changing up my background paper to black card stock and allowing it to breathe! Ahhh! The titles now stood out great, so I just added minimal embellishments and some journaling. The paper to cut the titles was from the Printshop collection and the striped piece is from the Brighton Pier collection.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sweet

ABOUT THE PHOTO:
There is just something about Daddies and their daughters that is too cute! Of course Natalie and her friend were a little more interested in getting into that pool with the nice warm water that Chris filled with buckets of warm water from the basement, what a guy!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I started with an older sketch template from the Simple Scrapper, but ended up changing it once I found those tags to use.


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
So I cut up some pieces of paper from the Poet Society kit by Studio Calico but still felt like there was a lot missing. I dove into my stash when I wasn't feeling like the Poet Society embellishments would work for this layout. I found those Dear Lizzy tags and then went with some other Dear Lizzy products, then hand cut a few pieces to go with it! This layout took me longer to complete because I basically had to pull the supplies together instead of just relying on one kit. Hoping I can catch up with my photos soon!

Friday, September 26, 2014

One and Done

ABOUT THE PHOTO:
A few days before Natalie's 1st birthday, I had her sitting outside and gave her a rice cake to try! She nibbled it, mostly sucked on it till it became soggy and gross and I think I tossed it. Later I gave her another one and she bit off a chunk that was too big for her and threw up. ANYWAY, I used this photo for her little birthday message on Facebook and joked how for her birthday she could have a piece of cake... a rice cake that is!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I was reading Cathy Zielske's blog and she reminded "us" that her digital downloads were on sale for one more day at DesignerDigitals.com. Since I've been meaning to try and follow along with her layouts and buy one of her layered templates for a hybrid page for awhile, I went for it... and bought 6! So this one I chose for this layout is older but perfect for a page about Natalie's 1 year old stats!


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
I had already printed out my photo 5x7 so I adjusted the template a bit to make room for the wider photo. This was a page for 8.5x11, but since this is going in Natalie's album and I don't like mixing page sizes, I adhered to a sheet of paper from the Brighton Pier collection from Studio Calico. I also used a piece from that collection to cut out the strip with the numbers on it. I used a few wood veneer pieces from the Lemon Lush collection also by Studio Calico. This layout was fun and easy to make, but very unlike my usual style with a lot more embellishments! I like this page though, because I really wanted to include all the stats in the journaling and have that stand out! I was very pleased with the templates I purchased, Cathy includes a wonderful pdf with each template that explains the fonts she used (and links when available), and other information and tips for the template! Can't wait to try the next one!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Come Back

ABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
OK, so our girls didn't exactly want to sit and smile for the camera - so these were the best shots we got! Natalie was especially upset that I wouldn't "walk her" where she wanted to go, but luckily now she can walk without me finally!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
I used another older sketch template from the Simple Scrapper, this time for the Stash Bash event going on right now there!


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
This is my 4th layout using the Sandlot kit from Studio Calico - I just got the main scrapbook kit and the matching 4x6 pad of paper, and I think I am done using it and ready to move onto this past month's kit before the next one shows up! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

She's Just Relaxin'

ABOUT THE PHOTO(S):
I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to scrap this photo or not, but last night I participated in my first ever "Speed Scrap" with the Simple Scrapper Jennifer Wilson, as part of the ongoing Stash Bash event there! The first step was to choose a 4x6 photo or 2 smaller photos, which almost had me tripped up right away because I had only printed a 5x7 for a layout or 3 4x3 photos that all needed to go on a layout - so I quickly/randomly selected this one and printed it to try and keep up!


LAYOUT DESIGN:
During the speed scrap, Jennifer gave us an ongoing list of things we needed to do or add to our page layout over an hour. I mostly kept up until the list of embellishments haha but it was so fun and I still finished my page relatively quickly!


MY PROCESS/PRODUCTS USED:
I grabbed a sheet of paper from the Poet Society kit and a sheet from the Hello Hello kit, and random embellishments from my stash! I don't normally dig into my stash too much beyond whatever's in the kit I'm using at the time, so it was a nice change of pace - oh and also I don't normally use just plain card stock!! It was super fun, hope to do another one soon!