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.
 




Monday, January 18, 2016

Scrapbooking, Favorite Snapshot


I feel like this is such an old photo of my daughter.  She was only two in this photo.  Her two year old self sure was a lot less moody than the current five!  lol.  I love the girl, but wow has she changed.  She went from being a quiet observer to a loud performer. 


Anyways, this is my layout for the Memory Nest.  I always really like single photo sketches.  They really let me focus on the photo.  I feel like I can be more artsy when they are single photos.  I've notice that the layouts I like to display are almost always the single photo ones.

I've been trying to use up the wood veneer words.  I love them, but they are hard to store and are very fragile.  I've had a few break on me.  Sniffles.  I've also done some more stitching on the page.  I think it's been a while since I made a page without stitching.  The little blue zipper pull came from my daughter's chap stick pouch.  She put it on my desk and it screamed, "Put me on this page!". Haha!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Scrapbooking, Busy Playing



Happy New Year!  I have a fun layout for the Memory Nest to share.  This is my Christmas, but not too Christmasy, layout.  My kids were playing so nicely together the other day, so I started to snap a few photos.  Then my daughter said, "Mommy we're too busy playing for pictures."  I just had to make a page about it.  Since it happened right before Christmas, I wanted to use red and green.  My red is a bit more pink and my green is more teal.  I did dig into some of my winter embellishments.  I was really excited to use that llama stamp.  I just seem to really like llamas right now for no particular reason.




I'm also excited to share my nicely organized paper.  My paper has been laying all over my house.  I had some in a drawer, some on my desk, some on a cabinet, a bunch on a shelf, and even a pile on the floor.  It was ridiculous!  I debated for a long time on how to organize it all.  I wanted to do one of those paper towers, but I don't have the room.  I never really thought I would like organizing the paper in these vertical paper holders.  I actually was really against it, but it was the best solution for my space.


I opted for organizing the paper by manufacturer.  Later,  I will go by color within each manufacturer, but I haven't gotten that far yet.  I might tweak it a bit, but for the most part this works for me.  It definitely is a lot better than looking through all the piles I had.  I rediscovered a lot of paper that I had plans for.  I feel inspired again!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Scrapbooking, Camping


Happy Monday everybody!  It's been a while since I've done much updated around here, but I do have a fun layout for the Memory Nest to share.  While I really wanted to be scraping wintery things, I ended up scraping summer!  Now a few months back I made a camping page for my son, and this one is more for my daughter.  I originally was going to put journaling on one of the long rectangles, but I ended up stitching a feather.  I'll probably end up putting my journaling on a half page insert.


I had a lot of ideas for this sketch. Hopefully I'll get around to doing more of my ideas for it when I have more time to scrapbook.  

Why haven't I had time?  Well, I've been busy playing handbells.  Christmas is my crazy busy time with concerts and private events.  I have to start practicing Christmas music at the end of August, so by the time December comes, I'm fairly tired of Christmas music!


Here I am before a show with some of the tiny bells I played!  This is from a fun combined concert with three of the handbell groups in the Seattle area.  I think this photo screams scrap me! lol



I found a video!  Can you find my jamming away?  I know more videos will be coming soon.  I really want to show everyone "Breath of Heaven."  It was a beautiful piece!


At practice the day before the concert.  We were practicing "All I want for Christmas is you."


Another fun picture (I had to make it in black and white because the lighting was horrible!) from when I was playing in sub bass.  I love the big bells!


Oh and here is a video of the song where I was playing the big bells!  It's a bit of an abstract piece, but it's still fun.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Scrapbooking, Kindergarten



Happy Monday!  Here is my layout for my daughter's first day of kindergarten (yes, I know the a is backwards in the title).  I like to let my daughter help and sometimes things like that happen.  It gives it lots of character. My daughter is loving school.  Her teacher is amazing.  Her teacher plays the guitar and starts every day by singing songs.  I want to go to kindergarten! lol.  It's fun to see how much she has learned in just two months!


 This was a fun layout from the Memory Nest.  I found this layout helped me make one of the fastest pages ever.  I'm such a slow scraper.  I think this one got done in under an hour!  If only every page I made would come out so fast.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Scrapbooking, Camping

This summer we went camping back east and I wanted to make a page from my little dude's perspective for his scrapbook (I'll make one for my daughter too).

 
This page was made using this sketch from the memory nest for make it Monday.  Ya, I'm a little late in posting this.  Columbus day really threw me off!  I never realized that was a Monday.  I only processed it as I do not bring my daughter to school day. lol!
 
 
Anyways, I definitely wanted to post more than just four photos, so I had to alter this sketch a bit to get all my photos onto the page.  My favorite part is the stitching to hold the pin in place.  It gives it a really nice outdoor camping feel.  I have lots of camping embellishments, but most didn't make it on this page as they had a very different color scheme.  Maybe I'll get them onto my daughter's page. 
 

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 ~ http://thememorynest.blogspot.com/2015/10/scraptober-fest.html

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.