Friday, October 2, 2015

Scrapbooking, Smile

Wow it's October!  I wanted to share my page that's part of this Scraptober Fest!  My page uses the sketch from the Memory Nest.  It's a really bright page for my daughter's 5th birthday.  I let her pick out the wooden word for the top, and she chose pretty.  I like letting her pick out some of the embellishments for her pages.  It's so fun to see what she chooses and really helps make the page about her.
Here is the rundown of Scraptober Fest.  I hope you get to make lots of fun pages.  I know I will be making some Halloween costumes and hopefully paint my bathroom and laundry room, so I hope I find the time to get more scrapbooking in to!

ScraptoberFest Challenge

Because we love to challenge ourselves and other scrappers, we have teamed up with 3 other great scrap challenge sites to bring you an ultimate challenge with a chance to win multiple prizes!

This is how the challenge works:

Each challenge blog is hosting a challenge on their blog for a chance to win a prize. :)

Now here’s the fun, challenging part… If you create a layout, combining all (4)challenges together, and link it up to each participating blog, you will be eligible for a chance to win the ScraptoberFest BONUS prize! 

Here are the challenges:
  • Scrap Our Stash Stash challenge  - Create a layout using at least 2 different type of Washi Tapes. 
  • Challenge YOUrself - Create a layout that includes YOU in the photo.
  • My Scraps & More - Color Challenge 
  • The Memory Nest - Sketch Challenge ~

Rules for all challenges:
  • Must be new as of October 2, 2015…no back linking
  • Layouts only ~ No Cards
  • No Digital Layouts
  • Participants are allowed to complete or combine one or more of the challenges, but to be entered into the BONUS prize drawing, they must combine all (4) challenges.
  • For each challenge you complete, you MUST upload to the blog that hosted the challengeto be eligible for that sites prize drawing.  
  • All entries due October 31, 2015

Bonus Prize: The Bonus Prize will be a $40 gift card generously provided by all (4) challenge sites. The winner of the Bonus Prize will have (2) options for their gift card:

(A) $40 gift card to shop with one of our sponsors…winners choice  ~OR~
(B) (2) $20 gift cards to shop with any two of our sponsors…winners choice

Monday, September 14, 2015

Scrapbooking, Turning Two

So, this summer was my little dude's second birthday.  It was a very simple birthday and he was teething really badly.  He was so miserable, but I did manage to get a few happy photos of him.
My favorite part is the bright purple frames.  I'm really into painting all my frames right now.  I have so many in floral patterns and that doesn't go with my style at all.  I need way more fun and bright frames!

This is the sketch that I based my layout with.

It's for The Memory Nest's Make it Monday 47!  Originally, I was going to do a painted background with molding past and lots of texture where the stripes are in the sketch, but I decided that was going to take more work and energy then I had.  To put it simply, my now two year old learned how to climb out of his crib and now wakes everyone up at 2:45am every single night for the past week!  We have become a very sleep deprived household.  Oh and he will not take naps anymore.  There goes my scrapbooking time!  So, I decided that I would cut out arrows instead thinking that would be quick.  It wasn't so quick.  It took a long time as I did it all by hand.  Now that I lost my quiet time, I'm going to have to start scrapbooking a lot faster.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scrapbooking, Octo Card

So I have something a little different to share today.  I've got this fun little card that I made.  It is actually part of the 2 crafty girls challenge, but I made it for the Memory Nest since they are sponsoring it.  I'm glad I only had to make a card though because I was traveling to New York and I did some camping out in the Adirondack wilderness with out internet access for a few weeks.  Well, I did find a very large rock that I could climb and get a little bit of a signal, but it wasn't much!  Then we flew home and had to do lots of kindergarten prep stuff.  My not so little girl starts school tomorrow!  Craziness!
Anyways, this is the first card I've ever made for a challenge before.  I've only made cards a few times before.  It's defiantly a bit out of my comfort zone!  The octopus was supposed to be a stamp, but it was too small, so I just drew it bigger.  I was very determined to make a card with one.  I have no particular reason why, but I just really wanted to!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Scrapbooking, Adore

Every once in a while, I make a layout that I absolutely love and this is one of them.  I think it might be the rainbowness of it all that I love.  This is really a random photo of my daughter that I took while we were waiting for the bus.  I played with the photo on my phone and made it more rainbowy.  I really like how it came out, so I printed it out for my project life, but then I decided it needed its own page.  It really is a random page for a random photo.
This is my page for the Memory Nest. The circles on the sketch were my major inspiration.  I felt that they would make a fun background.  At first, I changed the circles to triangles and then I noticed all these old frames on my desk.  I'm a chipboard frame hoarder. lol.  I thought most of the frames were really ugly or they had patterns that I would never use.  At first, I was going to just paint the frames white, but then I decided to make them gray.  I'm glad I made them gray because now they blend into the background more and act more like texture to the page.  The paint I used is called Gouache.  It's kind of thick paint and works really well to cover up chipboard.  The paint does not blend well.  It dries quick and in layers.  It almost has a grit to it.  I used to hate this paint, but it really has grown on me.  I also like to use it when I use stencils and want a lot of dimension.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Scrapbooking, Snip Snip

I've got a cute layout this week.  It's my little guy's first haircut.  Someday my daughter will have a layout like this, but she still hasn't had her first hair cut.  I actually put the little bag of his hair snipits on the layout.  I wasn't going to at first, but what else was I going to do with them?  So I used a bunch of rub-ons from Amy Tangerine on this layout.  Those rub-ons stink.  I had the hardest time getting them to fully stick on.  It was a shame because the scissor ones were really cute, but they only partially stuck, so I had to stick the be brave sticker over them.  If you look really carefully, you can see a little gold stick out.
This layout is for the Memory Nest's Make it Monday.  You can see how I interpreted the sketch.  My title moved down so I could add the hair and journaling.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scrapbooking, Meow

I have had a much quieter week after the our great upstairs flood.  I even got this layout done for the Memory Nest.  It looks really blue on the computer, but in person it has more green  and teal tones to it.  Sometimes the computer can't bring the richness out.  This page is for my little guy and his beloved Meow.  Meow is the kitty's name and it goes everywhere with him.  He is so attached to his stuffies and blankets.  He is the complete opposite of my daughter who doesn't really form any attachment to things. 
Anyways, I used gel medium on the background to make the triangles, stars, and dots.  Then when it dried I used water colors to make the background.  After that I layered scraps of paper and put my embellishments down.  Overall this page came together quick for me and that usually doesn't happen.  I did print color companions to these black and white photos.  I wanted to make them flaps, but I messed up on the sizes so that didn't work out.  I'll keep the colored photos for my project life.  I  have been working on project life still, but I just haven't posted any of them lately.

As you can see, I rotated the layout.  I really wanted my title to go vertically down and that seemed to work best for my photos.
And it looks like flicker is doing some weird kind of sharing to my images now.  I'll have to try and fix that later. Gerrr.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scrapbooking, Stayin' Cool

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.
This is what it looked like the first night in my house.  Not all the fans are shown.

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.
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

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.

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.
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.
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!
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

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.

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.

And here is the sketch that inspired my page!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scrapbooking, S is for Swing

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.  
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.
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.
S is for sewing!
I found this stick together sticker and had to use it!  Perfect for how my daughter and her teddy bear are always together!