Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scrapbooking, Buddies

I might still not have the internet at home, but it isn't going to stop me from sharing this page for the Memory Nest's Pillow Patterns


It's a really easy page to make.  I used the Cashmere Dame Honeycomb paper and brushed some gesso onto the background really thinly.  Once it dried, I rubbed on some gelatos and then misted them with a little bit of water to make them run.  Then I used the solid orange cardstock from the kit, the yellow polk-a-dot paper and some blue from the Lucky Charm paper for the top part of the page.  I also cut out the little clouds, air balloon, and saying from the Lucky Charm paper and put some pop dots under them to give a bit of dimension.
My favorite part is the spinner.  It spins around to reveal the word "Buddies."  I cut lots of squares from all the papers from the kit and glued them onto the viewer frame.  The teeny alphas fit perfectly in the little squares.  I did have to use a brad from my stash and also used some thickers I had for the rest of the title.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Scrapbooking, Tulip Tradition

I know I've been a bit MIA lately.  We found a house!  We close on April  23 and I can't wait.  In the mean time we had to move into a townhouse.  During the move the box with all the internet stuff and cable stuff and dvd player and wires and things got lost.  I think it is in the very back of the tandem garage of the townhouse.  It's packed full and there is no way to get to the back.  Since we are only in this place for a few weeks we are not going to unpack anything so no internet it is!   
 Anyways, I wanted to share this page I made for the Memory Nest's kit Pillow Patterns when I should have been packing instead.  I wanted to get it up a few days ago, but the move and lack of internet made it a bit difficult.  Back to the kit, I just love the warm hues of all the pages. It is even inspiring me on how I want to paint my daughter's room...hehehe.  The warm hues make me think of spring and I had to scrap photos of one of my favorite places, the tulip fields!  In the next week or two we will go back to see them so I'll get some great shots of my little guy and the flowers.  I can't wait!

I made the background of the page by tracing the photo viewer frame that was in the kit.  I then colored it in with gelatos.  I wanted to do water colors, but they had already been packed up in one of the 14 boxes of "Saskia's Scrapbooking Stuff."  I also used some white paint to make the random hexagons.  The title was made by sewing the letters with the twine that came in the kit as well as the scrabble letter stickers.  The one photo frame came in the kit while the other one I had cut with some good old scissors using the orange polk-a-dot paper.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Project Life, Week 3 and more

I planed to talk a lot about this project life layout, but life has taken an unexpected turn.  And it is one I really don't want to be making pages for.
We found out our landlord wants to sell the house we rent.  It completely caught us off guard.  We have to move out by the end of the month.  They are giving us the first option to buy, but the house is very small and the schools are only so-so.  We really don't want to buy it.  We started to look for other homes to rent and also looked at buying a house.  Buying was something we were planning to do in a few month from now and not right away.  We thought we would have plenty of time to look. We have been completely overwhelmed.  We did some intense house hunting and found a house that was perfect.  It was exactly what I wanted.  I could not find one thing wrong.  We put an offer on it right away and found out today that two other people are pre-inspecting that house and will most likely be putting in full price offers and will probably go into a bidding war.  Now our chances of getting the house are very low because our offer is a little under and we really can't put in any more than asking because it is at the top of our range.  I tried really hard to not fall in love with that house, but I did.  I don't think we will be able to find anything even remotely close to it.  Now I have to look for a decent temporary place to stay which is very difficult in our area.  There just isn't enough housing.  Packing is depressing and almost impossible to do when you have two little ones.  I wish we had some family near by, but everyone is 2,500 miles away.  I've spent a lot of time in tears.  This really makes me want to move back east, even with the blizzard that they have going on right now.  To top it all off the little guy has been waking up 5 times a night for the past few nights and I've had no sleep.  The project life spread for these past two weeks is going to be a blast to make, not.
For now I have a very minimal amount of stuff to scrap with.  I only have what will fit in a laptop sized bag available.  Everything else is packed up.  I'm bummed that I can't get much scraping done.  It always relaxes me and I really need that outlet right now.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Project Life, Week 2

Here is my second shot at project life.  I'm definitely still trying to get a good understanding at these pages, but I'm glad I'm starting to use some bits that I had.  I'm also glad on how fast this page came together.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Project Life, Week 1

So I decided to give project life a go.  I thought it might be a fun way to use up my stash a bit.  I have so many scraps of paper and embellishment bits, so I'm glad to put them to use.  I'm really trying to use up some washi tape.  I can't use it up fast enough.  Of course, I may have added some new stuff as well.  I just hope I don't fall too far behind.  I already got a later start on it then I wanted.  Let's see if I can get caught up a bit.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scrapbooking, Hold Hands

I just wanted to share my creation for the Memory Nest's Make it Monday.  It's a really sweet color challenge for February.  I love the minty blue.  I actually had the perfect pictures for the be thoughtful and generous phrase, but the colors in the photos where all yellow and green and clashed so badly with this color challenge.  I might have to save that phrase for those photos though.  Anyways, I found this cute little photo of my daughter and her boyfriend and had to use it.
I decided to give those pesky gelatos another chance.  I put some gesso down (this seamed to make a HUGE difference) first and then smudge the gelatos down.  Then I spritzed some water on it and let it run together.  I really think that gesso stuff is key to getting gelatos to blend and get a much richer color.  I'm just glad to finally get the look I've been trying to get with those things!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Scrapbooking, Little Ballerina

Ah, I can't believe it is Monday again.  It was an exciting Sunday.  First, my little guy got his second tooth (and I actually got a photo of it!).  I'm going to miss that toothless grin, but not the major lack of sleep.  This momma needs more than four hours a night.  Second, I watched the super bowl for the first time ever.  I normally could care less about it, but we were invited to a party and all of my daughter's boyfriends were there.  Also, I live in the Seattle area so it is kind of impossible to avoid all the craziness.  Anyways, it is another make it Monday over at the Memory Nest.  This week you have to make a layout using this loving layout sketch made by the Scrappy Penguin.  I'm always a fan of getting lots of photos onto a layout.
Now, I ventured a bit away from this layout. That mostly happened because I didn't have a lot of little photos to really work with.  I did think about recreating the strips with some watercolor, but my watercolors disappeared.  I think my little ballerina hid them somewhere.  She has been running off with a lot of my stuff lately.  She has become particularly fascinated with my flair.  Any who, I did try to keep with the strip feel in keeping my photos relatively straight and lined up vertically.  What I loved about this layout was the pocket spilling hearts all over the page and I knew I had to include that onto my page.  I found this cute jar from Cratepaper's Lovenotes that I just had to use.  I backed it with some vellum because it was clashing way to much with this black heart background paper (somehow I ended up with four sheets of this stuff and I have  no idea how that happened!) and put some confetti hearts behind it and then put some more spilling onto the page.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Scrapbooking, Life is Beautiful


I just made this page real quick for SWAT's drill #24.  For the challenge you have to add some buttons on your layout using the sketch. 
I've been digging out photos of my daughter to see how my son looks compared to her.  They really do look so much alike, Anyways, I found this nifty blue star button that I really wanted to use and I love how it looks on the page, but I wanted to add more button and really didn't have any others that would work for the page.  Oh well. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scrapbooking, Library Books


It's another Monday over at The Memory Nest. This week it is a fun new sketch by Crystal. Now, I didn't have as much time to do this layout as I usually do, because I only got back a little bit more than a week ago after being stuck in New York from that deep freeze that was going on. While it was great to have the extra time with my family, it did create a lot of chaos to our daily routines.

sketch 1
 Anyways, I had been saving our library receipts in hopes to make a page with them. Well, I thought this would be a great layout to make a page about the books we took out this year. Now, the picture isn't the greatest, but I never think about taking a photo at the library. This is actually a photo I found on my mom's camera. I decided that I would put some of my daughter's favorite books that we took out right by the photo and then I listed a bunch more around the layout. I was actually surprised how few book titles I could write around the edge. I thought I was going to be able to fit a bunch more. Anyways, I'm glad that this page came out as cute as it did. I think my daughter will love being able to look back and see what books she picked out and loved when she was three.

 I debated a little bit on how I was going to do the title, but in the end I decided to stamp and stitch. The stitching did turn out a bit larger than I was anticipation. I debated if it should just say book, but it really is a page about all (well most) of the books we had taken out so I had to add the S.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Midwest Freeze

Ya that thing about me thinking I was going to fly back to day....looks like I'm not flying home until Friday!  That cold spell has made an utter disaster for all the airlines.  CRAZY!