Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scrapbooking, Stayin' Cool

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I think I may have jinxed myself with this layout.  I made this layout a little while ago for the Memory Nest.  Since I have made this layout we have had a horrible heat wave.  It has been in the 90s every single day for a week.  If I lived in Florida or Texas or some place like that I wouldn't think anything of it, but I live in Seattle.  It's supposed to stay in the 70s.  Nobody has air conditioning, so there is no place to go and cool down.  It stinks.  Plus, my upstairs flooded on wednesday.  The toilet in the kids bathroom failed.  While my kids and I were eating lunch, the water rushed into the hallway and down into my daughter's bedroom.  I tell myself, at least it was at clean water.  My daughter was the first to notice and told me she was hearing a strange noise.  It took every towel I own (25 big ones) to soak up the water.  Each one of the towels was completely soaked up.  I'm still washing the towels. So we had to have water damage people come and they put in these big machines and special HEAT fans to dry everything out.  It was a cool 104 at night and a sizzling 120 during the day.  Windows had to stay closed and the upstairs was sealed off.  We had this big plastic sheet at the top of the stairs with a zipper.  It was an inferno.
 
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This is what it looked like the first night in my house.  Not all the fans are shown.

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This is day two.  The floor is up in the bathroom and the ceiling and insulation is out in the garage  The second night was the worst.  These fans are LOUD.  Plus some were going under the carpet upstairs, so the heat was going under into our bedroom making the floor hot and almost impossible to walk on.  Thankfully, we are all dry now but down a bathroom.
 
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Anyways, sorry I didn't talk at all about my layout.  The photos are from a few years back that I never got around to scraping till now.  I still have yet to add journaling onto it.  I think I'll add a tag to the top for it.  It's been to hot and to crazy for me to even think about it.  Oh and my daughter is starting an early kindergarten program at her school and I'm not sure I'm emotionally ready for it!  She even has to ride the bus.  Life is crazy!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scrapbooking, SeaBlown Hair

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Wow it's Monday again!  Here is my page for the Memory Nest.  I normally don't get around to scraping pictures of events and moments that happened anywhere close to present day, but this one is an exception.  I really wanted to scrap these photos from our Oregon beach adventure last week.  We had such awful weather, but I got some darling photos despite the pouring rain.
 
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As you can see, I altered the sketch a bit to fit three horizontal photos.  I tried to use paper layers to help play on the two vertical photo spots from the sketch.
 
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I love the pink to purple to blue in this paper.  It pink reminds me of the hope we had for warm beach weather and the blue is the actual reality of cold rainy beach days.
 
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I realized that I have so many wonderful and bright beach embellishments, but most didn't seem to fitting for my page.  I couldn't resist this popsicle though!
 
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I used a bit of washi tape on this page.  I have way to much of the stuff and can't seem to get it used up!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Scrapbooking, Blanket Obsession Continues On

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Hey I just wanted to share this layout I did for the Memory Nest real quick.  My in-laws are coming into town and I've got a lot to do plus we are driving down to meet them in Portland, so I'm crazy busy.

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This page has lots of layers and a bunch of them consist of colored velum and transparencies.  The page looks fairly clean, but all the layers gives it some extra pizazz.  Overall, I'm really happy with the colors.  They are based off of my little guy's blanket, even though you can't tell because the photos are all in black and white.  I think this turned out to be a fun page for my little guy and his blanket.

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And here is the sketch that inspired my page!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scrapbooking, S is for Swing

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Hi everybody!  A few years ago, I made a page for my daughter called B is for.  It had different things B could be like beautiful and bellybutton.  Well, I decided to try another page like that.  This time it was for the letter S.  
 
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It's a fun page with a little bit of interaction.  I know it looks a little wonkey in the picture, but it really is straight in real life.  Of course, I made this page for the Memory Nest Make it Monday.  I went with the interactive page with a flap to add my extra photo because I felt adding a photo another way kind of lost the spirit of the sketch and I really wanted to include both photos.
 
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It was fun trying to find a few embellishments in my stash that started with the letter S.  Of course I had lots and lots of stars!  The bunny is really random.  A fun Japanese dollar store opened up by me and they have lots of fun paper bits!  That's where the bunny comes from.  He might make a few appearances on a few of my pages.
 
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S is for sewing!
 
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I found this stick together sticker and had to use it!  Perfect for how my daughter and her teddy bear are always together!
 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scrapbooking, Two Months

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Ever make a big mistake on a layout?  Well, let me share my layout for the Memory Nest's Make it Monday.  So, I had the sketch and I had an idea what I wanted to do.  I was going to do this cool gelato background and it ended up being a big mess.  So, I put to the side and tried again.  I made this page you see....well kind of what you see.  Originally, I put a nice wooden one and wrote all about my little guy's first month milestones.  When I went to put the layout away, I realized that I had the wrong month.  These were actually his second month of life photos.  Whoops!  I could switch out the wooden number easily, but the journaling was more tricky to fix.  I had written right onto the page, so I had to cover up my old journaling with new journaling.  This made the page very right side heavy.  Then I had to add some more bits on the left side to help it a bit.  It came out fine in the end, but I was in a bit of a panic for a while.  I wasn't positive I was going to be able to fix it.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nature Baby Mobile

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I'm really excited to share this really darling baby mobile that I made for my cousin.  It was a special request for mushrooms, pine trees, and hedgehogs.  I felt it needed an owl too.  If you know my cousin, then you know this woodland theme is totally her.  I really enjoy making these.  If anyone wants me to make them one, I would love to do it!  They are so relaxing to make.
 
After I made it, I wanted to compare it to ones I made in the past.  For my daughter I made this bunny mobile and a couple of years ago I made this bear mobile for my niece.  I noticed I only had four hanging things as apposed to the six I've made in the past, but each critter/thing is a bit more detailed.  I think it was due to the smaller wooden hoop.  I used a wooden one instead of a plastic one for a nature feel and the wooden was that I found was smaller.

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The owl is one of my favorites.  I had to make the gray floss since I didn't have any and didn't feel like going out to the craft store again in the same day.  I had been out earlier for more felt!  I used a copic N1 for the belly and N5 for the body.  I was surprised just how well it worked.  When I did eventally go back to the craft store, I couldn't find any gray floss that I liked.  They all looked more brown gray than a true gray.  I have this same issue with gray paint right now for my home.  Gray paint is  a bit blue or it is brown or it is purple.  What about a gray made from black and white?  Is that so hard to ask for.
 
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I tried to go for a more natural looking tree.
 
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I love my hedgehog!  Normally, I draw on a piece of paper what I want to make first.  Then cut it out and trace it onto felt.  But with this little guy I just drew it right on the felt for part and they other part I just kind of free cut.  I'm really surprised just how cute he is.  He kind of has a surfer shag going on. lol
 
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The mushroom was the first one I made out of all the parts.
 
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I decided to hide a little ladybug at the top for a bit of surprise!  It took me two tries to get an acceptable ladybug.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scrapbooking, Hoppy Egg Hunt

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Hooray it's Monday!  I've got a really bright layout to share today. I've been wanting to do a big string art inspired title for a while, and it finally worked out on this layout.  The title was fun to do, but it takes forever.  Well, it took a few hours as I watched some anime and I know that slowed me down a bit. 
 
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This page was made for make it Monday over at the Memory Nest using this sketch.  I was fairly faithful to the sketch again.  Not too many tangents.
 
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I have done some cross stitching way back when so I think that's why I like to stitch on my layout.
 
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I added some cute stamps.  I really wanted to add another stamped egg, but couldn't find a good spot for it to "hide."
 
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I used my own enamel dots again!
 
I've got a process video coming for this layout.  Hopefully, I'll have it up by Monday evening (west coast time).

Monday, April 6, 2015

Scrapbooking, Daffodil Hop

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Happy Monday!  I'm a little late in getting this up, but I had to finish making something for someone and get it in the mail today!  I procrastinated a little too much.  I'll post about it in a week or so!  Anyways, It's my favorite time of year.  Tulip time!  Ok, this layout is about daffodils, but I see daffodils every time I go see the tulip fields.  While this layout is about the flowers from a few years back I did see the tulips again this year on Saturday.  I took lots of photos and I'm just realizing now that I got a few very similar photos this year of my daughter and husband!  Oh I can't wait to scrap them!

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I made this layout for the Memory Nest's Sketch for make it Monday.  I was very true to the sketch which doesn't happen all that often.  I had a few ideas for "big title," but they didn't work with the photos and space this time.  Be on the lookout from some big titles in the future though!
 
I made a bunch of cool paint and gel feathers in the background, but they mostly got covered by the photos, oh well.  It was an experiment that worked fairly well so I'll have to try it again.
 
I used my own enamel dots that I made on this layout.  My dots came out great, but I just had them fall off my layout a few hours ago.  I'll need some stronger adhesive.  Bummer!
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scrapbook, Tulip Thoughts

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Oh I've got a fun layout here!  I really wanted to try Scrap Our Stash's word challenge.  I had a great idea in my head that started as a single layout that changed two a double layout that ended up being a page and a half layout!  I used one of Bella Blvd's new Invisibles.  I really liked how it is fairly thick.  Much more sturdy than a transparency.  It really is going to add a cool layer to my little dude's scrapbook. So here is what I used for the challenge:
 
S-Stickers
T-Twine and Thickers
E-Enamel Dots
N-Numbers
C-Cork and Color
I-"Invisable"
L-Labels
 
When I started this layout is had eight photos on a 12x12, but it didn't leave me enough room for a title and journaling so I added another page.
 
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The two pages gave me too much space so I thought I'll just make it a half a page and only add a few extra photos.  Now I don't have any half page page protectors around.  I ended up cutting up one of my 12x12 in half and sewing the side up.  Then I sewed the half onto the another 12x12 so I could get a seamless look when they are open and not have a gap.  It worked surprisingly well.  Now I know there are some seamless double page layout page protectors out there, but I'm not aware of any one and a half ones.
 
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The numbers on my layout guide you to the number journaling.
 
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It was a good way to use up all those numbers I have!
 
 
And a process video to finish it off!