Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scrapbooking, Jump


Oh where to start?  It might seem like I've been neglecting my little space on the web, but I haven't really.  I've just been sick, sick some more, and sick again!  I seriously have had every stupid thing going around.  Every time I start to get better, BAM, I get something new.  Utter insanity!

Anyways, here is a page I made for the Memory Nest a couple of weeks ago, well this is a revised version.  I made it when I had a really nice high temperature.  In my mind it looked amazing.  Now I'm not so thrilled with it.  So, I tried to improve it a bit.  I added some gel medium triangles.  I've been wanting to try it for two months and now just felt better enough to try it.  I also added some stitching and a few mist splatters.  It has a lot more interest in it now.  I'm still not 100% happy, but it is a lot better.  I might have to do something more with the title.  Maybe add some alpha stickers or something.


You can kind of see the gel triangles.  They look a lot more noticeable in real life.

I thought I would share this video of me playing bells at a Christmas concert last year.  I have lots of concerts that keep me busy at Christmas time.  Another reason why I don't get to scrapbook much right now.  Everyone wants to hear Carol of the Bells.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scrapbooking, Autumn

I'm on a major fall kick right now.  I just love all these fall photos and colors.  This is my layout for the Memory Nest's make it Monday and the colors remind me so much of maple trees.  I just love their golden and orange hues.  I made the background with stamps and then covered in gesso.  Once that dried, I used gelatos in my favorite yellow and orange hues.  I spritz some water to make it drip.  Then I painted the circles in more of my favorite colors.  I'm really happy with how vivid this became.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scrapbooking, Pumpkin Patch Perfection

It's been a while since I played along with a Kreative Koncept sketch since they go through facebook with their challenges now.  It also helps that the weather has been yucky and I finally feel like I have time to scrapbook.  Anyways, the sketch was really busy.  I ended up not putting in some hand stitching like I originally planed.  I know I like my pages when they end up being more simple than over worked. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scrapbooking, Sweater Weather

Happy Monday!  It seams that fall is in full force out in the Pacific Northwest.  I feel like all it does is rain and rain every single day.  And now with the time change, I feel like I never see the sun anymore.  But all the drizzle has made for great scrapbooking.  I made this page for the Memory Nest's Make it Monday
I really enjoyed the fact that the sketch has some tilt to it.  My layouts often tend to be very straight.  Occasionally I'll tilt a photo, but not the entire thing.  This page felt very refreshing to me, or maybe it was just the fall leaves and the crisp air that is all around now.
My background was made with gelatos and a little bit of mist.  I'm loving the blue with the normal fall orange and yellow hues.  I also stitched the title in an ombre color scheme.  I just love the extra texture it creates.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Project Life, Week 10

This is a page that definitely reflected the week color wise.  It rained and rained and rained this week.  But all that rain didn't stop us!  This is also one of the pages I used to submit to Freckled Fawn's creative team call.  It would be cool if they picked me, but I bet they got hundreds of amazing submissions so I don't want to get any hopes up.  I had to try though!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Project Life, Week 9

Ok, please don't laugh.  I know I'm posting week nine and it's October.  I'm also realizing that I never even posted week 8!  I'll have to do that later.  Anyways, this page documented a week that was a bit stressful.  It's when we found out our landlord wanted to sell their house and gave us a very short time to move out.  It's just taken me some time to get over the bitterness.  Of course a lot of good happened this week as well.

It's a week that I took lots of photos, so I added a half page to get them all in.  I even had to make a little pull out to include a few more photos.  I used up a lot of old stuff so that made me excited.  That was my goal when I started this.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Scrapbooking, Pumpkin Patch 2014

This was the layout that was supposed to be for this sketch challenge on the Memory Nest.  Sometimes things just get a little mixed up.  It's a cute page so that's all that matters in the end!
I love making fall pages.  They are my favorite to scrap.  I always get such wonderful photos this time of year. It's so tempting to use orange paper or other fall colors, but I decided to try and go for a different color scheme this year.  I'm really loving the blue and purple with the orange.  The biggest challenge was finding purple.  I don't have much purple paper and couldn't find any embellishments other than some confetti and sequence!  I definitely need to build up my purple stash!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scrapbooking, Wild Thing

Ok, I think I might be losing my mind.  I have so many projects to work on and things to do.  I need more hours in a day!  It doesn't help that I gave up and just went to bed at 9:30 and slept till 8am!  That NEVER happens.  Nobody woke me up in the middle of the night and I had no crazy dreams or anything!   It was a solid long night of sleep and boy did I need it.  Hopefully, I will have the energy to finish making birthday presents and can get a start on Halloween costumes.  I already caved in and just bought some curtains for our house instead of making some.  
I have managed to get a little bit of scrapbooking in.  Here is my make it Monday layout for the Memory Nest.   My little guy is becoming such a character.  He LOVES those tigers in the photo.  He crawls all over the house with them.  Somehow, they always find their way under my feet.  The painted lines behind the photo are supposed to be tiger stripes.  At first I made them a bit to short, so you couldn't see them when I started layering stuff on top, so I had to go back and re paint them. I took this photo in the early morning.  The sun was just bursting into our house.  The fall brings lots of morning fog out here in Seattle, so sunny mornings are a rare treat this time of year.
Sketch 7
Here is the sketch so you can play along too!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrapbook, Cotton Candy


I love when I can make a page that doesn't necessarily need a lot of explanation to get the story across.  I feel like the pictures captured everything just right.  I wish that happened more often! I was expecting my daughter to love the cotton candy, but was so shocked when she didn't like it!  I think it was the texture.
I made this page using this sketch for the memory nest.  It's a fun layout challenge.  Simple sketches have so much room for creativity.  I just wish I had more time to scrapbook.  I feel like I have so much to do that I never have time to scrap.  Hopefully the weather will cool and I can find more time.  Plus, having a little guy who is getting into EVERYTHING doesn't help.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrapbooking, Just Enough Freedom

I totally didn't realize that today is Monday.  Labor day has really thrown my weekend thinking off.  Anyways, here is my layout for the Memory Nest for the make it monday.  There is a twist to.  You had to use up some old stash.  The "&" paper and the orange paper was left over from some kit thing I had gotten once a year or so ago and never really used much of it, because the were 8x8 in size, so it was a good chance to use it up. 
It's a really funny photo that I wanted to scrap for a long time ago.  I never thought I would use "one of those leash things" on my kids, but right as I had turned into a huge waddling pregnant woman my daughter hit the I'm going to do nothing but run away from you phase.  That bumble bee backpack became my best friend for a few critical weeks. 
There is some cute stitching around the clouds that was a pain to do, but ended up as a cute detail.  I tried to do some painting thing, but it wasn't exactly what I was going for.