Friday, May 29, 2015

Simple Scrapper CT Layouts: June!

Before I share my layouts I made for the Simple Scrapper Creative Team this month, I want to share a promotion going on RIGHT NOW to save 20% on a 6-month membership before June 1st! I've recently told Jennifer, the owner of Simple Scrapper, that I think the content she provides month after month is invaluable and now's an even greater time to sign up!

So first up is a layout I made for our Disney album, using a Sketch Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium membership of course! I changed this one up a bit and loved how I was able to get so many great pictures onto one layout! I basically used this layout instead of a pocket page :) I ended up just using small squares from last year's Sandlot kit by Studio Calico because I had leftover papers from the 4x6 pad, so bonus: I used up some older supplies!

Next I made this layout of us at the annual Lilac Festival they have here in good old Rochester, NY. I just loved bringing my daughter there, especially because I have such fond memories of it as a child... I go half for the nostalgia and half for the food hehe!

I used a Story Starter also from the Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership as well as a sketch template and stamped my own partial background in different colored rings to keep the photos connected even though they are apart on the page. I also used Studio Calico's Carolina Moon for this one.

The last thing I want to mention is that I've decided to take a step back from the Simple Scrapper Creative Team, though I will continue on as a member! There's no drama or much to say, other than I've decided it's time to turn to attention to other things, mostly my walk with Jesus and making that my focus. I still plan to scrap here and there and share on my creative Instagram, but changing up my priorities for a bit :)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Simple Scrapper CT May Layouts

Happy Monday after National Scrapbook Day, hope you had a nice "holiday" and weekend! In case you want to continue the crafty fun, this month's membership materials are up and ready over at Simple Scrapper and they really got my brain a nice creative workout this month! For this first layout I used one of the new sketch templates posted this month (every month there are 5 new ones), and one thing about this month's that stood out were there was lots of room to journal. I realized I would definitely need a place to record this story about how Natalie had a temper tantrum in the middle of Belle's performance at Magic Kingdom and we had to make a quick exit... and it was pouring rain when we got outside etc etc... let's just say it was CRAZY and probably the craziest public spectacle I've been a part of since I was a kid myself... I think!

Anyway, for this next layout, I started with a Story Starter, for which the theme this month was "leisure time". I love the different types of layouts I get when I start with a story in mind versus my pictures. After I decided on my story or basic idea of one, I found some pictures, all of them were me doing various work at my scrap table in the basement haha! I ended up telling a different story after collecting the pictures and realizing that I tend to have company when I do my work - in the form of Jesus, Chris, or Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men haha! I used an older sketch template to complete the layout, which made it super fast to come up with the design and layout.

Next up, let's talk about the latest (and FREE) event over at Simple Scrapper!

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Let me repeat myself, it was what they were ORDERED to do! OK I've been watching too much A Few Good Men on repeat lately. I meant, that last part - Jennifer Wilson will help you streamline your photo library so that memory keeping is even easier! I definitely will be participating in this event right alongside you guys, so I am excited to take hold of my photo library, which is just out of control right now, oh and it's free, which is super generous of her! The event runs next week, May 11-17th, so hope to see you there!

P.S. If you're on Instagram, don't forget to check out my Instagram feed and also feel free to tag #SimpleScrapper and for the Photo Crush event, use #SSPhotoCrush :)

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This is how we HUG

My daughter and her friend toppled over as they were trying to hug hahaha! Kids are so funny, this picture just makes me laugh so hard every time I look at it!

I started with the Studio Calico Lisse Street kit, and wanted to use that background paper with the sunburst pattern, but after cutting out the floral bottom piece and making the title, it still lacked something. That's when I remembered this layout by Jen over at Studio Calico and figured it would be a great way to use up some alpha stickers! I love that I didn't have to add much more after I laid down all the stickers and it was fun going through them and placing them, sort of like a puzzle. The only part that was a little tedious was when I couldn't find letters to match the orangey color near the top, so I had to ink up some Heidi Swapp letters that were made to be misted or inked. I used Lemon Zest Color Theory ink and it turned out pretty close!

We Like Free

Finally, we found something free at Disney - Downtown Disney, the ferry boat to be exact! Chris was so excited... he said he wanted to ride it again, though we didn't get another chance to, but it was nice to just stumble upon and we just happened to have forgotten to bring Natalie's stroller with us anyway, so it worked out perfectly to get us to the other side and go to the Rainforest Cafe!

I participated in a scraplift challenge at Studio Calico and lifted this beautiful layout by Leah! It was a challenge at first, but then I grabbed some older supplies from the Planetarium kit (May 2013) and went to work! The hardest part was that I was planning to add some stitching like she did, but forgot and started to adhere everything before realizing I should've stitched first. So I went back and curled up some of the edges of the papers and added some knots with twine to them. I made it obnoxiously nautical themed since I don't know when I would ever get a chance to use those types of supplies again :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Enjoy This

Not long ago, I had posted to a forum, asking the scrapbooking community to show me their most product heavy layouts, because I needed inspiration opposite to "minimalist" which seems to be sort of trendy now, but not my style and certainly not helping me dig into my stash of supplies! Megan shared this layout and so I used it as inspiration for my layout! I loved the vertical column along with the horizontal along the bottom, as well as her clusters of embellishments, not to mention unapologetic use of bright colors and non-white background paper! So here is what I came up with:

I used the next couple of photos from our Disney World trip and mostly the High Wire add-on kit from February's Cirque release by Studio Calico! I had snagged the kit in a last call sale where they had these kits for dirt cheap and sold out very quickly! I was so surprised how much was in this kit when I actually went to use it for this layout! Love those black cut out letters that you can use both the inside and outside block for and those copper foam phrases!

Anyway, it was fun to try to scraplift someone I might not have noticed otherwise! I would urge anyone to give it a whirl, you might surprise yourself :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


This was the 2nd best moment at Disney - getting to meet Merida! She was our first meet & greet, so we weren't sure how Natalie would respond, but she practically jumped out of my arms when it was our turn, and was saying "hug Merida, hug Merida!" She had never reached for a stranger before that, so I was surprised and excited for her!

This layout was a fun one to make - I took on this Pinterest challenge posted by Welobellie awhile back - here's the inspiration piece:

Basically I saw that and wanted to make some origami-like squares! I started folding and then flipped them over and adhered. Since I used such strong patterns, mostly papers from the Penelope add-on kit from Studio Calico for the Odyssey release, I placed it all onto a white piece of card stock... oooh! Anyway, I enjoyed the challenge and it was a great way to knock out another layout!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Happy Place

OK this layout was the result of me running down to my scrap area and needing to just make a layout quickly to make myself feel better about last month's "last call" sale at Studio Calico, where I may have gone a bit over budget buying kits for super cheap prices! After making those purchases, I honestly also made 6 cards just to use some supplies and feel better... um yeah, those cards used up like 4 feathers, 2 wood veneer stars from a pack of like 30, 2 frames from a pack of 8, and a few sheets of paper, doh! Anyway, this one was fast and simple... didn't make me feel like I used up a lot of supplies, but did make me feel better that I finished another layout.

Secret: This might've been the 2nd happiest moment in my life, as far as crying from sheer joy... the 1st being my wedding day of course! Sounds crazy, but Natalie was kind of miserable with it raining at Disney World and her face getting wet and stuff. Then she saw Mickey and Minnie in the rainy day parade and her face just LIT UP and she pointed and was soooo excited to see them finally!! Just seeing her face go from misery to blinking in the rain and pointing and happy... ugh, my heart!!

Anyway, onto the nitty gritty! I used the Odyssey kit from Studio Calico and this Fairytale Card set by Life.Love.Paper, stars from the Waldorf add-on kit from Studio Calico's Park Ave release. I was also inspired to add a little text to my photo and print out my journaling from the Text Tricks class by Pam Baldwin for Big Picture Classes... I had only taken the first lesson by now, so this doesn't even showcase a smidgen of what I learned from that class, so I strongly recommend checking it out!

Monday, April 13, 2015

We Are Really Doing This!

The title is what I said to Chris riding the monorail on our way to Magic Kingdom for our first day at Disney World! Except it started with "I can't believe" haha! Little did we know the craziness that would ensue that day, but there will be more to come on that :)

I used another sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership and look at that, a real button/pin that we got when we purchased our tickets! I didn't remember until after I planned this layout that I wanted to use that button here, so when the layout started looking a bit busy, I left the white card stock open towards the bottom to try to provide some eye relief, even though I filled it with journaling.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Go See Florida (because, palm trees)

I had these photos printed for my next Florida/Disney trip album, but honestly I didn't have any plans for this layout and instead just started by laying down the photos in an arrangement in front of me. I guess it's kind of crazy, but then I remembered I made this card back in 2012 - mostly thinking about the strips of paper down the middle and thought that could be an easy way to fill in this page!

I grabbed some Kraft card stock and sprayed with white mist... love the look of white on Kraft! Then added some different strips and washi from last month's Odyssey kit (and Penelope add-on kit) by Studio Calico and the extra washi strips I had purchased from the shop! I added the circle at the top and then decided, hey I will turn that into a sun, so I hand cut the strips of paper for the rays and added my journaling between all the strips below - super easy and again, I love how this one turned out! Not my usual approach, but worked out for this one!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hello Vacation!

Here's my opening page to our Disney Vacation album! Maybe it's not the most representative of Disney, but I mean, how cute is my daughter!! :)

I used mostly the Odyssey kit from Studio Calico, except the background piece of paper... I really needed some pink somewhere in the background paper to bring out the pink in her bathing suit so I did 2 things when I worked on this layout:

1. I realized I would need more pink than the main scrapbook kit offered because of my daughter's clothes for a lot of the photos, so I made a mid-month order with Studio Calico to buy the Penelope add-on. While I waited for that to arrive, I...

2. went back through my previous month's Cirque kit and landed on that Ashley Goldberg paper and used that! I love that it has a bit of purple in it too because the Disney album I bought has some magenta and purples inside it, so this page looks great as the first page, coordinating with the album and the photo!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by! I have a bunch more layouts to share this week, and then I plan to resume my normal blogging schedule, more up-to-date and more photos!