Monday, May 16, 2016

Scrapbooking, Cat Nap


I'm a little late in getting this posted, but I have been insanely busy.  I've had bell concerts and lots of activities for my daughter.  I wouldn't mind having a nice nap like my little guy in this layout I made for the Memory Nest!  =)
His favorite color is purple, so I wanted to bring in a lot of purple in this layout. The purples and blues turned out to have a really nice dream like feel to them.
And here is a clip from my concert =)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Scrapbooking, Tulips 2016


Happy Monday!  Here is my latest layout for the Memory Nest.  I'm so happy with how this page turned out.  I've made a lot of tulip pages over the years and it is interesting to try to come up with some new pages (and titles).  I tried a new wooden stamp on my layout.  I had done a bunch of practice stamps with it, but of course it didn't print well on the one time I needed it to print!


I had lots of ideas for this sketch, but I remembered I had this frame paper and decided it worked well with what I was planning to do. I kept the little photos all black and white, to keep it a little less busy.  It was a lot more cutting than I was expecting. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paper Crafts, Birthday Card for Opa


I just wanted to share this little birthday card that I made for my dad's birthday.  I've had these donut stamps on my desk for a long time and they have been screaming, "make a card using me!" lol.  So I did.  I just wish that I had better lighting when I took this, but if I waited for later in the day, then I would have missed the mailman.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Scrapbooking, The Hunt



Happy Monday!  Here is my latest layout for the Memory Nest. So, I knew I had this umbrella paper somewhere.  I was looking all over for it when I was making my little dude's layout.  Well, right after I finished his layout I found the paper!  So, I was determined to use that paper for my daughter's Easter layout now that I had found it. The umbrella paper has a lot going on, so I used half of it.  It also made the lines in the sketch more difficult to work with.  I had a bunch of ideas involving eggs, jelly beans, clouds and even a fence (that I spent way too much time cutting out for not using), but they all ended up too busy, so I stuck with just layers behind my photos.  The bunny and chick papers are ones that I stamped.  I don't often make my own pattern paper.  I forgot just how much fun it is to do!


Having the photos in the extreme corners really jumped out to me as the main part of this sketch.  It would be a fun sketch to try again.

And on one more completely random note that is semi related, I just realized that it might be really fun to draw a little egg resting in one of the umbrellas.  I think I'll have to go back and draw or even stamp one in!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Scrapbooking, Easter Sprinkles


Happy Monday!  I actually got around to scraping some Easter Photos of this year already!  It is a record.  I'm usually a year behind lol! Anyways, I hope you enjoy this page I made for the Memory Nest.  This is the first year in Seattle (for the six years I've lived here) where it has rained.  My kids still had a blast in the down poor finding eggs.  It really was just about the worst weather we possible could have here.  I think in the county below us they might have even had a tornado!  The Puget sound averages one tornado a year and it only lasts for a second or two and does practically no damage.  We rarely even get any thunder storms.

I hope you like my take on the sketch.  The strip down really spoke to me for turning it into rain.  I decided to sew some ombre rain drops.  Then I thought clouds would work well for the horizontal stripes in the sketch.  I was surprised just how many cloud embellishments I have.  In the end, I went with these dark blue transparent clouds.  I almost went with some yellow ones, but decided that they blended with the background too much.  Sorry my photo is a bit washed out.  My camera hates white backgrounds when I take them at night and I can only edit so much. My little helpers make it difficult to take the photos during the day.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

A little 50th anniversary card


A few weeks ago, my aunt and uncle celebrated their 50th anniversary.  I made this cute little card for them.  I snapped the photo real quick before sending it, so sorry it is focused more on the flower than the card! I have quite a few more aunts and uncles that are getting close to their 50th wedding anniversaries. It really is quite amazing!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Scrapbooking, Water Yucky


I love the tragic look of my little guy's face. I feel bad, but his sad face usually makes me laugh. Oh the things that make a toddler burst into tears! When I was looking for water embellishments in my stash, I found this vellum mushroom.  I thought the color worked really well with my page, and my backyard is constantly growing these huge mushrooms. My backyard is a breading ground for these things! So, I decided the mushrooms would work. I also discovered that I really don't have many embellishment that are water related.  Plus, all the summer ones are so happy and cheerful. I guess there is a low demand for grumpy summer stickers! Anyways, there is a fairly basic sketch from the memory nest this time around.

As you can tell, I rotated the sketch to work for my landscape photo. I kept the layering to the matting of my one photo, because I really liked how my background paper looked without covering much up.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Scrapbooking, Hello Sunshine


It's time to share my layout for the Memory Nest again! I love this photo of my daughter.  I really
wanted the photo to stand out, so I kept my layout in mostly black and white with just a bit of color.
Now, I tried to get the round feel from the sketch by stitching a couple of circles in the background.  My first little one turned out great, but you can't tell because the photo covers most of it up.  Then the bigger circle is a bit more...wobbly.  I wish it wasn't so wonky, but there isn't a whole lot I could do about it.  Also, I used some rubons on this layout and they really didn't stick to my page much at all.  Luckily, I like the distressed look that they made.  It kind of has a paint or even gelato smudge look to it.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Scrapbooking, Weed Bouquet


I hope everyone had a good valentines day.  My daughter had so many fun activities with school and church.  I made lots and lots of boxes for her school class party.  It took forever!  I really think valentines day is the best when you are a kid and really should just be celebrated when you are little.  Little kids have so much joy when they give all their little friends cards.  If you do that as an adult you get a lot of weird looks!
So here is my layout for the Memory Nest.  It defiantly has a love theme to it with my title. The crazy part is that I was in not the greatest mood when I was working on this page, but when I put the title down, I became much more calm.  It was very therapeutic. To sum up what happened, lets just say mean mommy comes out when mommy wants to go to bed after a very long day, but everyone is awake 3.5 hours past bed time and making a mess and destroying furniture. I was so frustrated and didn't know what to do, so I scrapbooked!  I also vowed that my kids would never get a piece of candy for the rest of their lives.  It doesn't mater how early in the day they consume it, they turn into monsters for the rest of the day.  The last time they had had candy was Halloween and a very similar thing happened.

 I really enjoyed this sketch.  Looking back, I wish I printed my photos off a little smaller for this layout.  I had a few different things in mind that ended up being to difficult to do with the size I printed.  Anyways, I did some stitching to represent the arrows.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but in person the page has a nice texture from it.  I know the background paper is a bit random, but I loved the colors in it!  Another random side story is that while I was trimming this paper my husband asked me if I had a lightbulb and I handed him this paper and said I had a bunch of them!  I thought it was hysterical.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Scrapbooking, Explore


Here is my bright page for The Memory Nest. It screams summer. I think I'm ready for winter to end! I just took down my chirstmas tree, so I want my long sunny days back! I've also had the never ending cold. I don't know why I'm saying had, because I still have it!  ugh! Anyways, this is a simple page, but it has a bunch of stitching on it that took a while to do. Every page seems to have its challenges.  This time,  I couldn't decide if I should go with my black and white photo or with my bright color one for the layout.  They both worked really well, but in the end the black and white one won. I have a bunch more photos from this day, so I'll probably do another layout with the color photos. Well, hopefully I'll get around to it.