Friday, February 27, 2015

Project Life, Week 2, 2015

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I just wanted to share my project life layout for week 2.  Since the week before has a see throughish card, I had one less spot I could use.  I'm actually glad because I didn't have much to put in.  We spent one day of the week mostly packing up, the next day trying to fly, another day actually flying, and another day unpacking and cleaning up from Christmas.  The good thing about flying is that I finally could use some of the million airplane embellishments I have.  I can't even remember where I picked up the airplane paper clip, but I got it way before all the cute and different shaped paper clips came out.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Paper Crafts, Baby Hotair Balloon Card

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So a couple of weeks ago I had to go to a baby shower.  Actually, we called it a sprinkle because this is her second child but her first girl so everyone wanted to get her some cute little girly things.  I thought I had a card, but I only had little boy ones so I quickly had to make one.  I stamped the images, colored it in, and made the flags stand out with some pop dots.  I was really happy with how simple and cute it came out.  What I didn't expect was how impressed my friend was with it.  She had to pass it around so everyone could see it.  Homemade cards are the best!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Project Life, Week 1, 2015

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I debated for a while if I was going to do project life...well attempt it again this year.  Last year I only made it to April, but I do plan to go back and finish it.  I do have a lot of partially done pages that just need to be finished off. 
Anywho, I've started this year off to a great start.  I'm actually getting
into a really good rhythm.  First, I discovered that I have to keep my pages simple.  Second, I've found how I like to print my photos and how to use them on the pages.  This has made the pages I've made so far go much quicker and I can actually get a page done in one night.  I'm a slow scrapper so that is amazing to me.  I just hope I can keep it up.
I usually like to use left over bits for my project life, but I could resist digging into a few new things that I picked up.  I couldn't resist picking up the I Am 6x6 pad from Simple stories and Frosty friends from doodlebug.  I had to use them right away.  I know the wooden hearts and I think the wooden frame were picked up from the closing of my local scrapbook store.  A big pet chain store wanted to expand so they terminated the scrapbook store lease and a couple other little stores.  They couldn't find a new place, so they had to close up.  Major bummer!  I tried to use up a bunch of gold embellishments.  I'm not a fan of gold and never ever use it, but it seems to be all the rage right now.  I have way too much of it.  I don't mind gold with purple though.  If only there was more purple in all the new stuff coming out!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Paper Crafts, Cupcakes

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I just wanted to share this little thank you tag I had made real quick for my neighbor who had given me some cupcakes.  I wanted a fun way to return the tin that the cupcakes were in.  I had to borrow the cupcake stamp from my daughter's stamp stash.  It's fun to have a quick little thing to color with my fancy markers!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Scrapbooking, Dream Away

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Cheers! It's Monday!  I really need to scrap a lot more photos from 2014.  My kids are growing so fast now.  I was just looking at my daughters hands and I can't believe how big they are getting.  Anywho, I wanted to share this layout I made for the Memory Nest make it Monday
 
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 As you can see, I definitely went on a bit of a journey with this layout.  Mostly, it was because I really had three photos that I wanted to use to tell the story.  So what I ended up doing, was I kind of zoomed out from the layout and expanded on it.  It's kind of a fun challenge to see how you can expand on a layout sketch.
 
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Now that I'm making two scrapbooks, one for each of my kids, I've been trying to challenge my self with different ways on to tell the same story.  This page is clearly for my little guy and how he slept through our entire hike of Mr. Rainier.  I can't wait to make one for my daughter and I'm planning on making it from her view!  It shall be very different.
 
So, I'm still on my purple kick.  With so few embellishments, I decided to make this black and purple dotted mini envelope.  One can never have enough dots!  I was planning on using some purple alphas for my layout, but alas, I didn't have enough A's!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Scrapbooking, Meeting Baby Brother

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Happy Monday!  Wow, where did January go?  I feel like it has been a while since I made any pages and that's because it has.  We traveled back east for Christmas and like every year, we got stuck and our visit with our families was extended a bit.  When we did eventually get back, we had lots of things to work on at our house.  The day we went to fly east the shower door broke and so did the dryer.  The dryer got fixed quickly, but the shower door is still not fixed.  We needed this little stupid black piece and I drove all over Seattle trying to find it.  Turns out it is called a bottom shower door plastic pivot and finally we found it online and now I'm waiting for it to come.  We also had a gutter to fix.  Oh the joys of homeownership! 
Anyways, I did manage to make one page in January and that was for The Memory Nest's make it monday sketch challenge.  I was really feeling a purple page, but I realized I have very little purple.  I had a few purple papers, mist, paint, and one paper clip, but that was about it!  I couldn't even find purple enamel dots!  So then I went on a quest to find more purple embellishments.  I can't believe how few lines have purple!  Even rainbow ones seem to not be using purple.  Craziness!  The few things I did find were very lilac.  I want to see some beautiful dark purple out there!  You know what would be awesome?  A cool purple valentines line.  Just watch, next year will be the year where everything is purple.
So now that I got those random tangents out let me talk about my page.  I really wanted to play with gel medium some more, so I made the dot background using it.  Then I used some watercolor to make the drip background.  I was going to use gelatos, but I didn't have the right shades of green.  I tried to use up some embellishments that have been siting on my desk for a long time.  I finally used the "like" rubons from Heidi Swap.  I really liked them and had kind of been afraid to use them, but I finally told my self that it was time to use them up.  Do you ever find you have embellishments that you like so much you don't want to use them?  Well, it turns out that they were very difficult to actually get onto the paper.  I have found that some rubons go on so easily and others are awful.  These were awful. Now I know that the rest of the sheet has to be used more for background with the plan of covering them up.  So sad.  At least I got them on clearance!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scrapbooking, Jump

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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.

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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

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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.
 
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scrapbooking, Pumpkin Patch Perfection

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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

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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
 
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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.