Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time for cards! (Monday Card Madness)

My dear friend and co-worker at Steal Network, Krisy, asked me if I'd like to do the sketch for Monday Card Madness for this week! Creating sketches for others to follow is always nerve wracking - but I like how this one came together! The kit I used was Pebbles Mr. & Mrs., and I was a little worried that with such straight lines and the stripes, it might seem too informal for a wedding themed kit. I think it worked out well, though!

Here is the sketch I came up with:

There were so many cute embellishments in the kit that I had a hard time deciding which to use - so, I made several cards and used a little bit of everything! :)

I made one other, but forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it off! I hope it brings my friend a little joy for her upcoming wedding!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Just add Water (Topaz #3)

I love guest sketcher week at ScrapbookSteals! It's always so exciting to find out who the next guest will be and see what their sketch looks like! And having become pretty good friends with most of the girls makes it that much more fun!

Here's the sketch Kristina came up with for Topaz #3:

I immediately found these pictures from one of our visits to the pool this summer and wanted to use them! What better papers than Echo Park's Splash collection! I finished the left hand page, and decided I wanted to make it a two page layout, so I made some slight changes and added the right side page. It feels a little flat and I wish I could think of a way to add more dimension. I love the colors though and am happy with it!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A day with the animals (SS Topaz #2)

 This is the second ScrapbookSteals layout of year 2!

As I was flipping through my pictures, deciding what to scrap, I found these pictures from a couple of months ago and had the exact right number of pictures - so I decided to go for it based on that! The papers seemed obvious for a zoo layout, but I still had a hard time deciding which of the My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup papers to use. It feels a little plain, and isn't my favorite page ever, but I'm happy to have another completed layout!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Together (SS Topaz #1)

The start of a new year of scrapbooking as begun! And what a gorgeous layout to begin with!

I just picked up the My Mind's Eye Stella & Roze Hazel collection off ScrapbookSteals and couldnt' wait to use it! I love this picture of my mom and daughter and have been wanting to scrap it for quite a while. It went beautifully with these papers, and it all flowed and came together so easily! The most difficult part of this layout was coming up with the right thickers to use! 
I've seen these beautiful zipper trim flowers on Maya Road's facebook page and watched their youtube tutorials several times - and was completely delighted with I realized that some zipper trim was included with this kit! I knew immediate that I wanted to make a zipper trim flower with it - and I love how it came out! I am in love with this collection and with this layout!

Monday, July 25, 2011

we love Swoop! (MWM 52)

I can't believe it's been a year of ScrapbookSteals' Midweek Mojo! I've completed all 52 layouts (and then some)! I love that they started this weekly sketch challenge, and am so happy about the amount of finished pages I have becuase of the inspiration!

This sketch was done by Erin Colby! Her layout was so so cute!

Here's my take on it! I used a mix of Echo Park Country Drive, Echo Park Playground, & Echo Park For the Record! And I found those Thickers with "stitching" around the edges of them a couple months ago and am in love with them! So much fun!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's my party! (mwm 51)

I wasn't sure how I felt about this sketch at first (sorry Kristy!)... but I'm so glad I did it! I changed a couple of things, and really like how my layout turned out.

A friend was talking about Echo Park's Life is Good, and I mentioned that I have the collection, but hadn't ever touched any of it! At that point, I decided I was going to use it - even though it isn't normally what I would use. I really like how it all came together! And I don't think it looks that different from my normal style! I really do like these papers! (How could I not, after all - they are Echo Park!!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ride, beautiful

So, I'm really not in love with the title on this page... but nothing was coming to me. I was in a crafty mood and this sketch layout sitting on my table. I don't remember where I got it, but I decided to use it! I've had these Three Bugs in a Rug papers for quite some time and had not touched a single one of the papers. I still think this feels like it is missing something, but for the life of me, I can't figure out any way to make it look better. I love the pictures and this memory!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

celebrating our independence (MWM 49)

Here is yet another awesome Kristy Lee sketch. I love small pictures! I can't believe I used to be afraid to cut my pictures! Sometimes it just needs to be done! lol

We had such a fun 4th of July this year - it made doing this layout that much more fun! I mixed some Echo Park Metro Dots & Stripes with Piggy Tales Yankee Doodle papers, and love how well the worked together! I think I've used bakers twine on nearly every layout since I first got it - and I love it every time!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Take time to smell the flowers

A friend posted this sketch on her blog - and I decided to do it! You can check out Carrie's blog here:

Such a cute sketch! I used a mix of Echo Park Little Girl & My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy/Tickled Pink. Those two are definitely my favorite paper manufacturers! I have a hard time resiting any of their stuff!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Watch Out.. for that car (MWM 47)

I've had a little bit of catching up to do since I started working and have significantly less crafting time! This is a few weeks late, and several months after the accident happened!

Brock was at our neighbor's birthday party, and was running from their car into their house. He didn't notice the car in front of him had an open door, and he ran full speed into the edge, gashing his head open. We had a plastic surgeon stitch him up, and I'm so glad we insited! He told us that Brock had severed a muscle in his forehead, and if it hadn't been fixed correctly, he would have had a permanent dent in his forehead. Brock was mostly afraid of getting the shot to numb his head - but he didn't even know when it was done! :)

I used My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup (boy) papers, thickers (with their own stitching), and the star border is cut from my circut!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Another day in Paradise - MWM 50

Here is ScrapbookSteals' mid week mojo 50. Such a great sketch (as usual!)

I used some kraft cardstock, Echo Park Splash papers & stickers, along with some Thickers and pebbles chips! It isn't my favorite finished layout - but at least it's another page done!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Look WHOO graduated!

I didn't follow a sketch for this layout - which is probably why is pretty plain and simple. But I adore this picture of Brock! And my darling ScrapbookSteals friend Heather came up with the idea to use "whoo" in the title! Such a brilliant idea!

The paper is My Mind's Eye: Fine and Dandy/True Blue. I used thickers for the "whoo" in the title, and Authentique tiny type letters for "look" & "graduated."

Cheese! mwm 48

Here is the mid week mojo 48 sketch! Another fabulous creation by Kristy Lee! Every layout I've seen done from this sketch is totally amazing! It speaks to what a great sketch it is!

I had just gotten the My Mind's Eye: Fine and Dandy/Tickled Pink collection from ScrapbookSteals, and couldn't wait to use it! This background paper normally really scares me, but it was perfect for this sketch! And it took so much work out of creating an amazing layout! I couldn't be more happy with how it turned out! This picture was taken the day of June's third birthday party (just a couple of days after her birthday). I love her smile! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Love (MWM 46)

I know I say this all the time, but I really love this Mid week Mojo! I ended up straying from the sketch a little more than I would have liked to, but I'm okay with how it turned out!

I used My Mind's Eye Union Square papers - which I almost passed up buying. I'm SO glad I got them! They are really gorgeous papers! I wouldn't have chosen "my LOVE" for my title if the "LOVE" wasn't already in the bottom corner - but I'm okay with that too! These papers are so pretty that I had a hard time cutting into them! But I'm so glad I did! What good are papers sitting in a big plastic envelope, after all?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Your Smile [makes me smile] - ScrapbookSteals MWM 45

It was guest sketcher week again at ScrapbookSteals! This time, the sketch was from Lisa Zubritsky, who has only been scrapbooking for about a year! All of her layouts are gorgeous! I love how different this sketch is!

These papers are technically part of a girl kit from My Mind's Eye (Delightful), but I think they're great for boys too! Sure, there is a little bit of pink, but that doesn't bother me! This picture is from 2006, and every time I see it, it brings a smile to my face! I knew I wanted to scrap it, and was so happy when I found that I already had it printed so I could get to work right away! I've been loving all of the pinwheels lately, and thought they'd be a great alternative to stars and buttons for boy layouts (since cute embellishments for boy pages are so hard to come by) - they were SO easy to make! You just cut a square (my biggest is 3x3, the medium is 2.5x2.5, and the small is 2x2), then cut from each corner diagonally toward the center (but not all the way to the center), and then fold one side of each cut in to the middle and glue the middles down! I used some of my Twinery twine, some thickers with distressing crackle paint on them, & my We R Memory Keepers heart attack distressing tool on all of the paper pieces! I really love how this layout turned out! Thanks for such a fun sketch, Lisa!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

(A little late) 3rd time... a charm? - mwm 41

I can't remember now what was going on the week of mid week mojo 41 - I think maybe training for work? Anyway, I was finally able to finish this layout! The sketch was provided by fellow ScrapbookSteals friend Sheryl Kloke!

I bought these 3 bugs in a rug papers a few months ago when my local scrapbook store (Robert's) was closing, and they were on clearance. I initially thought I'd use them for some zoo pictures most likely, but I loved the colors with these pictures of my oldest getting his 3rd (and not last) set of tubes. I used thickers for the title, and added some glimmer mist to the smaller set to turn them a slightly orange color. Not sure I'm in love with how the title came out. How with so many thickers do I have a hard time finding just the right ones for a layout? Anyway, I'm happy to finally have these pictures from 2008 scrapped!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sweet Spring - Pencil Lines sketch 240

I was in a scrappy mood this weekend! I love this sketch from Pencil Lines, and decided to scrap this picture of June that is almost 2 years old!

I love Echo Park Springtime! The colors are so cheery, and matched so well with this picture! I used my Rock Princess cricut cartridge for the first time to make the butterfly - so glad I finally broke it out (although I think I over-iRock'd the butterfly a little bit... :))! This was a fun and quick sketch to follow!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Eight is Great (MWM 44)

ScrapbookSteals' midweek mojo #44 is a two page sketch this week! I thought I'd take this opportunity to scrap some of the birthday party pictures I've been wanting to do for a while now!

I finally found a good use for my My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup (boy) collection! Plus, I got my baker's twine from a twine swap I participated in with some friends I met through ScrapbookSteals, and I was so excited to get to use it! I used some Basic Grey buttons and some thickers of my title! The "great" thickers have been in my stash for along time, and I wasn't sure I'd ever find a use for them - so glad I did! I'm happy with the finished layout!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Swing, batter batter batter... (MWM 43)

 Here is ScrapbookSteals' Midweek mojo sketch #42!

These pictures were taken at the Copper Hills Cal Ripkin baseball fund raiser last weekend - and they came out so well (loving my new camera!)! I could hardly wait to scrap them! I used Echo Park Little Boy papers and cut the bat, mit, and ball with my cricut, and I used Thickers for the title! This layout came together so quickly and with such little effort!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sisters by chance, Friends by choice (mwm 42)

 I feel like my scrapbooking time has been so limited these last few weeks - I was happy to have time to scrap today! I guess starting a new job and beginning working will impact the amount of personal time one has! I'll be honest - at first, I wasn't sure how I felt about this sketch (I think I really just wasn't in the scraping mode). I am so glad I decided to use this layout to make a birthday present for my sister!

I've had these My Mind's Eye: So Sophie/Graceful papers in my collection for several weeks, and haven't really had any pictures to use them with so I was really excited when I realized this picture taken over the weekend would go perfectly with this paper collection! I took some Prima Marketing flowers and added a little bit of Cranberry Zing Glimmer Mist to make them the right color, and added some iRock studs to the centers. I also used some white fabric Thickers, and sprayed them with both Sand & Cranberry Zing colored Glimmer Mists. I like the way it turned out, and hope my sister likes it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

party animals (pencil lines sketch 231)

I am so glad I discovered pencil lines sketches a few weeks back! I really love some of the sketches they come up with! 

For this sketch, I took some pictures from last New Year's Eve that have been sitting in my "to scrap" pile for several months! I used my We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack distressing tool to distress my Echo Park Summertime papers, sprayed the yellow Thickers with "brick" colored glimmer mist, and added some pebbles chips!

Monday, May 2, 2011

birthday babe (midweek mojo 40)

I can't believe midweek mojo @ has been going on for 40 weeks! I'm sad I can't play for the Saphire Club - but I still consider myself a member! Here is yet another great Kristy Lee sketch:

I had these nearly two year old pictured that were calling for me to scrap them - and they matched up perfectly with Echo Park's Springtime papers! I feel like it's a little plain, but don't want to over due the embellishments, either.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dream BIG, little boy! (midweek mojo #39)

I've been so busy training at the new job, I've hardly had time to scrapbook! But I found a few minutes today, and was anxious to tackle this sketch - midweek mojo 39! 

I seem to do so many layouts about my little girl - probably because girl pages are so much more fun - the paper selection is endless, embellishments are so easy to find, and they come together so much more easily than boy pages for me! But, I have lots of cute pictures and memories of my boys that need to be preserved, too! So I'm trying to do as many layouts featuring my boys as I do of my daughter.

I love the embossed background paper - it adds dimension, texture, and interest without having to find a bunch of embellishments!

The papers, title letters, chip board pieces, and journaling block are from KI Memories: Love, Elsie/Cody. The arrow chip board piece is from Fancy Pants Design, and I sprayed it with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist: Decadence color. After I glued down all my pictures, letters, everything, I decided to use my We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack tool to sand & distress the cardstock a little to make those embossed stars really pop... not sure I love the outcome, but it is what it is! :)

I often struggle with boy pages, but I'm happy with how this turned out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Only a hippopotamus will do! (mwm 38)

Since I've been hired by the Steal Network, I officially can't enter the ScrapbookSteals midweek mojo drawing anymore, nor can I post my midweek mojo layouts on their facebook page (since it would post under "scrapbooksteals" instead of my name). But, I still want to complete the sketches as much as I have time for!

Here is the sketch for midweek mojo #38:

I love two page sketches/layouts! I've been doing more and more one page layouts, and have learned to REALLY love them as well (at first, I couldn't leave them at one page!), but I think I will always love a great two pager! I absolutely love the scrolls! Such a fun new element!

I started with white cardstock, and sprayed it with Creme de Chocolat & Strawberry Shortcake Glimmer Mists, and then used various papers from the American Crafts' Letterbox collection. This is one of my favorite midweek mojo sketches ever!

The journaling is about June singing "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" while playing hungry hungry hippos!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweet Dreams

My brother's girlfriend, Erin, posted this as her profile picture on facebook, and I! It's her and my nephew, Noah. Erin's birthday is coming up, so I decided to use the pic to make her a birthday gift.

The papers are from the new My Mind's Eye line, Good Day Sunshine.