Thursday, March 21, 2013

Best Friends Revisited!

OK ugh, do you ever go back and just absolutely hate a layout!? This is what happened as I was going back and trying to organize my layouts to put into an album at some point... Here's the old layout with a huge misting error:

I wasn't even intending to scrap, but I just could not stand the look of this layout for another second! I tore off the background paper, removed the banners and the light blue strip! Not only was the misting annoying me, but all the colors with no relief for the eye!

It didn't take long or much, except I had to part with an extra piece of paper and waste a paper - but now that it's been a few months and that stuff is "old" it made it seem less stressful haha!

I added some wood veneer tweet-y birds and voila, a layout I can stand the look of and can live happily ever after haha!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sam Patch Packet Boat Tour!

OK, so here is the next page with some more pics from our day down at the Erie Canal last summer to take the Sam Patch Packet Boat Tour from Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY! I just loved that they sold duck feed there to feed all the canal ducks! The tour itself was cool because you get to go up and down a lock! I've never done that before, and it was pretty amazing - it actually fills up and empties extremely quickly! We had a wonderful day and finished it off by eating on the patio at Aladdin's overlooking the canal!

I was inspired by a layout from Kelly Purkey's Sketchpad class by Cindy Tobey! I just love all the recent thickers that American Crafts has come out with and that were part of the Neverland kit from Studio Calico! I made the word "boat" in all caps to change it up a little bit and also helped that I didn't use up all the lowercase stickers.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some stars (from a cut file from the Cut It Out class by Studio Calico) from Kraft paper from the Amy Tangerine Yes Please line - and just added around where needed. I randomly had some Heidi Swapp stuff out, and saw that the Discover sticker matched my paper exactly!

Added some badges from Studio Calico, the dimensional sticker in the upper left from Amy Tangerine Yes Please, and some journaling! Oh and love that background paper from Crate Paper!! This makes 5 layouts in one weekend at home!! The most productive weekend at home ever, thanks to my husband Chris who let me scrap all weekend while he cleaned the house!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Erie Canal

My husband Chris is sort of like my personal boredom-fixer and always finds interesting and new things for us to do or try! We had the 5th of July off from work last summer, so he found for us the information to sign up for the Sam Patch Packet boat tour on the Erie Canal! We were like tourists in our own hometown, it was so much fun and very interesting! I finished this layout last night, the 4th layout of the day - the most I've ever completed at home in one day!!

I used the Neverland kit by Studio Calico and just LOVE that Maggie Holmes sky background paper - actually all the paper from her Crate Paper line is just beautiful!

I just picked some papers for the pinked circles and a few washi tapes and then it was just a matter of putting the layout together. The sewing is what took the majority of the time, otherwise this one was a quick one!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lots of Layouts!!

First of all I have to say I have the most wonderful husband ever!! This weekend is the weekend I would normally be at the scrapbook retreat with my scrappy friends but didn't go this time because originally we thought we'd have just gotten back from an Israel trip, but then we found out I was preggo and scratched that plan as well - which brings me to my wonderful husband, who spent all day today working around the house so I could have the day to just sit home and scrap!! It's been the most productive I've been at home ever!! So here's my first layout today:

Last summer we had my scrappy friend Kara and her family over for some mini front yard fireworks, sparklers, glow necklaces and later sundaes for dessert! Um I just remember it was the HOTTEST day EVER, it was hard to breathe out there the humidity was so thick, so the sundaes were my favorite part!

The inspiration for this layout came from this layout and video tutorial by corej on, I just loved the rainbow colors! I knew it was going to take awhile to stamp and emboss all those stamps, so after I finished the red, orange, and yellow stamps (over the course of a few evenings earlier this week), I decided I better chose my photos, paper, and placement of items so I could reduce how much stamping I had to do instead of filling the whole page and covering most of it up... that ended up being a HUGE timesaver!

The other side of this layout I actually made and posted 3 days after these pics were taken (here), yikes that it took me this long to finish these pics, but it helped me pick some of the papers and letter thickers from the same kit, Elmwood Park by Studio Calico, to match the other side!

This next layout was from the Lilac Festival last spring, when Chris dragged me out to go see Lou Gramm (from Foreigner) perform!

OK this cut I made on the Silhouette looks "simple" enough, except that it took me a LONG time to make because all I had was a misting mask to start with! I scanned it against a dark background paper and then spent probably 45 minutes editing it so it could be traced and made into a cut file! I was desperate though, I already wasted a piece of paper trying to mist first, and the misting just looked awful (first tried white, which didn't show up at all against such a busy paper, then tried sunset, which just looked way too orange and still didn't show up great), so that die-cut was a lot more painstaking than it looks!

Beyond that I wasn't really sure what else to do until I happened upon this layout by Catherine Davis for Studio Calico and decided to use the lengthwise format.

So I used the mask for its intended use, added that Amy Tangerine Yes Please camera rub-on and the woodgrain thickers and done!

Sadly, I started this layout last November prior to heading to the November scrapbook retreat, intending to get a head start on a layout and finishing it while I was there - except I forgot to bring anything else from that Abroad line by Studio Calico with me, so I had nothing that matched to finish it! So I finally got around to finishing it today!

We had gone to NYC last June, and I just had these last pics to finish that short weekend trip. I just LOVED this layout by Geralyn Sy for Studio Calico and knew I wanted to use my polaroid stamp to do something similar!

I used the Amy Tangerine embroidery kit to sew the buildings outline along the bottom of the page! The washi tape went perfectly as well as those thickers from the Front Row kit by Studio Calico, but my favorite touch was very subtle...

This may make me seem crazy but the mini envelope was really baffling me - I didn't want it to be open, but I also didn't want just a flat closed envelope... like I said, it's very subtle, but I added two small pop dots just inside the flap and poppped up just that part! I love how it came out!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hello Spring

I finally got to dig into the new Studio Calico kit, Neverland as well as some of the new Amy Tangerine line Yes Please from American Crafts! It all went perfectly with this other picture I have from the Lilac Festival last spring!

I started with a sketch from the Bright Ideas class I took last month with Nicole Samuels! I can't say enough about the class materials we received packed with inspiration, so using the sketch made this layout come together very quickly!

I love the new Amy Tangerine embroidery kits that I used to stitch the clouds and sun! Oh, today is my birthday and I was gifted the embroidery kits from my fellow scrappy friend Kara for my birthday, so it was just fitting that I ended up using it today!

I just love when a layout comes together quickly! I hope to keep this momentum going!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lilac Festival!

Last spring Chris and I headed to Highland Park for Rochester's annual lilac festival! Chris wanted to go this particular day to see Lou Gramm (lead singer of Foreigner and Rochester native) perform, and I wanted to hunt down some artichokes french from a food vendor (win-win)!

This layout began by drawing inspiration from Maggie Holmes' awesome layout here! But after I added the washi tape, I realized two things - 1. I got stuck on how to make it my own without copying it exactly and 2. I placed my washi tape all wrong on the page. Ugh! Therefore, this layout sat out on my desk for the past 2 weeks or so...

I finally decided just to revisit this layout and get it off my desk, so I reviewed some of the things I learned from the online class Bright Ideas with Nicole Samuels! She had some great tips for embellishments in a video and I put them to use, and even tied the elements together by repeating them with the stamping along the edges!

Even though it ended up being a simple layout, I am glad it didn't end up a carbon copy of my inspiration and made a small dent in my old stash of buttons!