Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday Snuggles | Secret Not Secret Kit Club

     Hey Crafty Friends!  It's been awhile, but I'm back with a new project.  I actually took the pictures today, scrapped the photos today and am now blogging it all in the same day...who am I??
     This layout was created for the December scrapping party at The Secret Not Secret Kit Club.  I can't wait to get my first kit from them and share it with you.
    The first challenge of the day was getting sketchy with Meggy and a sketch by Laura of Beads Buttons and Birds.  Of course I had to take the sketch and flip it on it's side because why leave anything the way it's shown right!
     The photos are of my kiddos this morning.  We didn't have anywhere to rush off was snowy...perfect for just relaxing.  After breakfast they snuggled together to watch some cartoons and then J toddled over to snuggle with the puppy for a bit.
     If you followed me for a bit you know I'm trying to kill my stash, and at very least my kits.  99% of this layout came from an old (circa 2015) My Creative Scrapbook kit that focused heavily on the Family Frenzy line from Bella Blvd.  The collection is so old that I couldn't even find any on Amazon!
     Most of my accents however came from the Simple Stories We Are Family collection.  The photo stickers came in white, black and color so those were fun to spread around the page along with their self adhesive brads.  I'm usually not great at mixing collections, but these came together easily.
     I added some enamel dots, various labels from my stash and some Heidi Swapp color shine in Black Velvet before calling the layout done.
     I think that's it for now.  If you want to see more layouts I've done with this kit be sure to check out A Boy and His Dog and Kiss Kiss.  Thanks for joining me today, and until next time.  Stay Crafty!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ten Stocking Stuffers For Scrapbookers

     With Christmas just a week or two away I thought I'd share with you ten reasonably priced stocking stuffer ideas for the scrapbooker in your life.  I may, or may not, have shared some of these ideas with my hubby...wink wink :-)

1.    Adhesive refills - a scrapbooker never has enough adhesive. My top suggestions would be the refill for whatever gun they use.  I use an ATG tape glider so I'd love to see some of those refills in my stocking.
2.    Sticker Maker - I use this small machine by Xyron when adhering die cut titles or other tiny paper pieces.  Pick up the machine and a refill and you'd also have a nice hostess gift for a scrapper.
3.     Pens - Sneak a peak, if you can, through the scrappers pen cup to see their favorite as we each have our own.  If you don't know these Sharpie pens are one of my favorite and the Signo white is also very popular
4.     Roller Stamp - The one above happens to be a date stamp, but roller stamps come with all kinds of staying now as well.  They add a nice little something to a persons page without having to be "into" stamping or have a ton of supplies. Pair this with a simple black ink pad and they are set to go.
5.   Good Scissors - we really can't have enough.  I have two pairs in two different sizes and they are always buried somewhere on my desk.  These Cutter Bee scissors are great for fussy cutting, and I've had mine for at least ten years and never needed to sharpen them.

6. Tweezers - a decent pair of tweezers can make placing small gems or enamel dots a breeze, and those tiny embellishments can make or break the look of a page.  In my experience the spring loaded tweezers work a ton better that the regular ones you can buy at the big box stores.

7. Dimensional Foam - either pop dots or foam tape allow your scrapper to add pop of dimension on their photo, die cut or sticker giving their page more interest and style.

8. Inkers - these hand held chalk inkers come in 40 colors, but are also sold singularly.  They are perfect for inking the edges of paper to add small pops of color around the page.  That small detail can really tie a color scheme together.

9. Un-Du - This adhesive remove is aside free and photo safe allowing a scrapper to remove an item that was already placed down.  This has saved my own layouts on numerous occasions. One example is I had an entire layout done and then miss-spelled a word in my title.  Without the Un-Du I would have had to completely start over instead of removing just that one area.
10.  Gift Card - if all else fails you can't go wrong with a gift card to their favorite online or local scrappy store.

    I hope this gives you some ideas for the stocking of the scrapper in your life, and I hope to see some of them in my own stocking!  I'll be sure to keep you updated on that front.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We belong together | Stinkin Inkers | Doodlebug Designs

     Hey crafty friends!  Today is another reveal at the Stinkin' Inkers blog.  The challenge for the months is the holidays.  
     Now...let me explain how this wedding layout applies to Christmas.  My little sister got married the day after Christmas, and if you look closely you can see all the Christmas decorations still up in the church.  It made decorating very easy :-)

     All my papers came from an old My Creative Scrapbook kit.  If I remember correctly they are all Doodlebug Designs papers.  The squares are 2x2 cut aparts from a 12x12 sheets that I layers with some of the smaller patterned papers.  Sprinkle some elements here and there and you're ready to go.
     Do you have any non-traditional holiday memories?  I'd love to see your layouts about them.  Until next time...stay crafty!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Then...Now | Simple Stories | Secret Not Secret Kit Club

    Hey friends.  Can you believe I have two posts in one day!?  This layout was inspired by two things.  I recently joined The Secret Not Secret Kit Club and the owner Khristina  posted a challenge to created a layout inspired by your favorite tv show.  I paired that challenge with the November 1st sketch from Stuck?Sketches.
      I have to say this was a really hard challenge for me because Supernatural isn't a happy happy show, but I didn't want to make a dark layout and I honestly don't have anything I would consider dark.  
     I ended up using the So Rad collection by Simple Stories.  I used pieces of the 12x12 collection, some of the 4x6 cards, some self adhesive brads, die cuts and enamel dots.   
     I think with what I picked wasn't happy per se, but the colors brought some life to a darker theme show.  I also added some things from my stash to complete the look I was going for.  The washi tape was from an old Freckled Fawn kit, the twine is from My Mind's Eye and I inked the edges of the paper with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
     One tip I have is if you want to add small journalling strips like I did is to use a xyron machine to add adhesive.  I used the small x shaped one for these so it didn't use up my nine inch machine cartridge.  I have previously used a glue pen, but every layout I used them on the strips have fallen off, but I haven't had any trouble with the xyron.
    To finish it of I added some of the best quotes from the show.  One from each of the main characters.
     Okay, enough rambling for now - let me get back to creating.  Until next time...stay crafty!

Dare HeIs | Felicity Jane

     Hey friends!  I'm am so very excited to be here today as it's my first share as part of the new Southern Girls Challenge team.  I have been with them before and am so glad to be with them again!
     The challenge this go round is Anything Goes...who doesn't love that challenges!  I used a sketch Laura Whitaker made for the Secret Not Secret Kit Club November challenge.

     The layout was created with my Felicity Jane Willow kit.  This is the fifth layout I have created with this kit, and I'm hoping to kill it before year end.  I know that doesn't sound like a lofty goal since there isn't much left, but we all know how busy the holidays are!
     Now I'm sure you are wondering what the title is as it seems like gibberish, but I promise it has a purpose and it part of the story.  Every day our puppy and our 1.5 year old daughter wait for out son's bus to come down the street.
     There are a few buses that come down the street and they seem to know those aren't his.  When his come down the dog goes bananas and Julia screams...Dare HeIs = There he is!  It has to be the sweetest thing ever!!!
     If you want to see some other layouts from this kit take a look at Young At Heart, Happy, So Big or 1st Fluff.
     So, are you going to join the challenge?  If so please make sure to leave me a link so that I can be sure to check it out.  I'd love your thoughts on my layout as well.  Until next time...stay crafty!

Monday, November 27, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Movies Blog Hop

     It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHop

     We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Erlene~ My Pinterventures | Lindsay ~ seeLindsay
Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

     Now let's check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!

     I'm so excited to be back today sharing a mini album that I made as part of the 25 days of Christmas movies blog hop.  We each have picked a movie and created a project around that movie.  For my inspiration I chose the movie The Santa Clause Three.

     I chose this movie due to the inclusion of Jack Frost...snow/cold is one of my favorite things.  The inspiration for a snow themed mini album was born.
     I created a waterfall mini album using one piece of chipboard and a My Creative Scrapbook kit I've had since 2015.  Most of the items are from the Pebbles Winter Wonderland collection.  There sadly isn't much of it left out there as it was gorgeous.
     I love the way the waterfall looks with the lacy corners, and frosty colors.  I used my favorite Fiskars corner rounder because I thought it looked like a lacy snow pattern. 
     I chose a simple design for the cover that emphasized snow, but left room for the owner to put a photo in.  The addition of a photo would make it truly unique to that person.  
     I have also created a youtube video on my channel showing how I put the book together.  I'd love if you came over and checked it out.
     Before you hop on to the other blogs I have a giveaway.  I'd like to send this journal to one hop participant.  To enter just leave a comment here, become a follower, hop on over to the youtube video, leave a comment there and subscribe as well!  I can't wait to see who wins.  Happy Hopping!
     Now let's check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Adeline Grace | Stuck ? Sketches | Echo Park

     Hey friends!  Happy black Friday.  Are you out shopping early this am?  Hubby has to work so even if I wanted to it just wouldn't work for our family.  Instead I'm here to share a layout with you.
    I created this layout of my newborn niece using the November 15th sketch over at Stuck ? Sketches. If you've followed me for any amount of time you know I love their challenges.
     I'll admit when my sister-in-law gave me Adeline's photo I panicked a bit...purple...I don't own anything purple, but I think I made it work with the pink I have well.
     The base cardstock is purple and then I used a brown piece of patterned paper that when matched with the rusts/purple of Adeline's wrap.  The pink piece that is under the journalling card is a frame that I cut into two pieces.  This way it adds dimension and interest.  The rest of the pieces are various papers and stickers from the Echo Park Bundle Of Joy Collection.

    Since the paper collection didn't have any purple in it I had to tie it all together somehow.  I choose to cover the two pink flowers on the journalling card with purple sparkle ones from Hobby Lobby.  They also had a tiny wooden bead in the center so they add a textural/dimensional element as well.
    For being panicked about purple I'm really happy with how this came out, and I hope my sister-in-law loves it too. If you are looking for other newborn ideas please check out my Hello Baby layout! Until next time...stay crafty!