Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wedding Party

I am hear today sharing a wedding layout that I completed using the December 1st sketch from Stuck? Sketches.  I changed the two photos to one large one and I used the flourish in the right corner to mimic the top of the sketch with a cluster of embellishments.  No title here because it's going in my wedding album so we all know what it's about :-)
So tell me your tricks to getting straight photos!  This layout is cock-eyed, but I noticed it looks that way in my photo.  I had it lined up with the edge of my table so it must be how I was standing.  What do you do to get the photos straight?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

That Was Awesome

I know it's not Sunday, but I finally got to sit down and work on the Scraplift Sunday piece from the Paper Issues Facebook group.  
My take follows the form of the layout fairly closely.  My main paper choices were the Carta Bella line Boy Oh Boy.  Several of my embellishments also came from that line, but I also have a few in there from Basic Grey, Close To My Heart, A Flair For Buttons and the title from Heidi Swapp.
Hope you like my take!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tiny Fan

Being home this week I managed to get a layout done last night!  I used the sketch from GrandDiva's Creative Corner.  Even though I made a few adjustments if you go to her site I think you can see the sketch was used fairly closely.  
The paper is from Echo Park's That's My Boy collection.  I've saving that paper with the football field on it for something special.  Since these are pictures of the Super Bowl I thought it was the perfect time to pull it out.  The modeling paste was left white and put through a Tim Holtz stencil.  I believe this one was just called something like splatters.
Well - off to get more cookies in the oven...until next time!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Slide Buddies

Hi fellow scrappers!  I'm here today sharing my newest layout for the (P)inspired challenge over at Paper Issues Facebook group.  The photo had lots of red, white and black elements in it, but what spoke to me was a striped onesie (see the stripes on the sleeves of our sons shirt?) and the saying on the pin said Be the reason someone smiles today.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but my husband is smiling over playing with our son in these photos.  It was the first time he has gotten to play with him at chick-fil-a.  I also used the black and white paper as a nod to the inspiration.
I had these photos on my desk for awhile, and had tried other things, but nothing seemed to work.  I even threw away a whole nights modeling paste work because it just didn't complement the photos.  I think this design worked well.
The papers are from Bella Blvd Color Chaos collection and came with my June kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  This is the fifth layout I have gotten out of that kit, and still have tons left! 
Thanks for joining me today.  I have plans to get more up this week, but in case I don't...Have a Merry Christmas!

Southern Girls Challenge - A Bit of What you Fancy - I love enamel dots and stars

Monday, December 7, 2015

Making Memories Layout

Just a quick post today sharing a layout I did using the sketch over at My Creative Sketches.   Head over to the site to see the sketch and you'll see how I changed it up a bit to fit my style of scrapping.  The papers are from and old Close To My Heart collection.  It was meant for fall, but I liked how the colors matched the grass and shirt M was wearing.  Thanks for checking it out!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

College Graduation Layout

Happy Sunday Everyone!  Today I'm up with a layout that I am using to enter the December Sketchy Saturday over at Paper Issues.  I took their sketch, but used it "backwards".  My title is where their photos are and my photos are where their blocks of paper should be.  Check the link out and you'll definitely be able to tell how I was inspired.
The paper and embellishments all come from the August 2015 creative kit over at My Creative Scrapbook. The papers are from the Fancy Pants Summer Sun Collection, as is the flair and my title.  My title is a project life card that I trimmed to fit the space.  
Hope you enjoyed what I created.  I'm signing off now to do the grocery shopping and hopefully get some scrappy time in after that.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Noel Tree Layout

I figured with the holidays coming up I'd continue to share with you some of the holiday kits I got used up.  These kits are from Scrapbook Generation and are a year old.    I thought that even though they used a retired paper line the design could be adapted to fit any paper line, and even any season.  
Are you working on getting caught up with your old photos?  I recently went through all the layouts I had done, but not in books and sorted them by year.  I then started with the oldest year and printed all the photos I needed to finish the year.  This was photos from one of those printing sessions.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Soccer Friends

Morning Everyone!  In one of Facebook groups our challenge for December was to use a sunburst design, or paper, on your layout.  It's not something I'd normally use so it was quite a challenge for me.  I actually had to ask a friend how she completed her sunburst.  She used scrap paper to make a template, but with having our son and working I needed something quicker.  I found this you tube tutorial and it was done in no time! 
For my sunburst effect I used the Carta Bella Boy Oh Boy line. I didn't want to use all patterned paper because it looked so busy.  What I did was take a matching color and emboss and arrow pattern, from Heidi Swapp, in clear powder.  I gave the paper a little something, but not too much.
The background paper is from an old Studio Calico kit.  The title actually came from our son.  As I was working on the page he came over to see how it was going, saw the pictures and said..."Look, my soccer friends."
Hope you enjoyed the layout, and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kiss Kiss

I originally printed this photo for my 2014 December daily, but decided to make it it's own layout because of the story behind it.  I've obviously been holding onto it for some time, but I needed to have the perfect paper, since most of my sash is boy themed, and a great sketch.  That finally happened when I received my October creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook and say the November week 2 sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy.  
The papers are from the Echo Park Story of Our Family Collection that came in the kit. I added some modeling paste mixed with Heidi Shine, and put through a Heidi Swapp stencil as well.  The title is an old pack of Thickers that I've had for ages.
Now for the story behind the layout.  Last year our son, who was four at the time, started getting camera obsessed.  Rather than be in the pictures he always wanted to take them.  While I was taking pictures of us putting up the Christmas tree he asked if he could take some.  With digital pictures I figured it didn't hurt to say yes.  He says...I want to take a picture of you and Daddy kissing...umm ok...I figured we'd end up with chopped off heads to be out of focus - etc.  Nope - he got a perfect shot.  I know adults who have had trouble getting us in the same photo since there is a foot difference between us!  Needless to say...a camera was on his Christmas list last year!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Walk With Me Daddy

Happy Veterans Day Friends!  Today I'm sharing a layout I completed with the sketch from My Creative Sketches.  They are the challenge blog for the My Creative Scrapbook kits I receive. 
This layout was a bit different for me, not only because it included circles, but because of the very toned down color palette. I really wanted to have the photo be the focus...more than usual I stuck with grey and a light aqua.
The paper are from a Studio Calico kit from almost two years ago.  The grid paper was perfect for the large amount of journalling I wanted to do on this photo.  The title is a combination of thickers and Jillibean Soup mini alphas.  The little man flair is from A Flair For Buttons on Etsy.
Hope you enjoyed and leave me a link below if you used this sketch so I can check out what you created!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Most Wonderful Time Of the Year Layout

Back with another layout using my Scrapbook Generation Kits.  I have gotten through at least four different kits from them this month so watch for more layouts featuring those.  I'll warn you three of the four are Christmas layouts!  This one features Simple Stories DIY Christmas again, and there are only four strips of patterned paper on there...the rest are cut parts and die cuts.  So little paper...such a nice result.  Thanks of joining me!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

It Wasn't Me Mom

I've been a busy girl this month!  I don't really ever get a page done this quickly, but I was looking for something to work on yesterday and the sketch at Let's Capture our Memories was just perfect.   When I saw it I new exactly what pictures I wanted to use, but I wasn't sure about paper, and usually it take me forever to decide.  This one...I pulled out my Echo Park All About A Boy Scraps and it was done in less than an hour.  I really should have filmed a video it was so fast.  
Since I didn't get my journalling on yet I can tell you that one Sunday my hubby was at church already since he was playing for service...I had gotten M ready and turned on a show so I could get in the shower.  When I came out the entire container of baby powder was EVERYWHERE!  I really had to laugh because my little sister did the same thing when when she was about the same age.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

December 25th Layout

     Back today with another page using my Scrapbook Generation Kit Club from 2014, and Simple Stories DIY Christmas.  The sketch came with the kit, and if this was a stand alone page the photo's wouldn't be oriented so far left or right, but since it's part of a two pager they look pretty good put together in my album
     Speaking of albums - would love to hear what your favorite 3 ring binders are. I never seem to have enough albums.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Boo Boo Layout

I'm up today with a another reveal for ScrapMuch!?  I'm much for pleased with how this one came out than the last!  
I don't normally scrapbook the non-perfect photos, but this memory had to be captured.  Our son was goofing around in the tub sliding on his bottom and in the time I took for us to say stop he knocked his head on the side...split this eye lid right open.  I actually thought he'd have to get stitches :-(  He thankfully just ended up with a black eye for a few days...over our vacation.  We got lots of strange looks that year.  
Except for my Heidi Swapp roller stamp and thickers...everything came from the Fancy Pants Be Different Collection.  This is an older collection, but most of it can still be purchased online.  I had the 6x6 pad and some embellishments, but picked up the 12x12 paper and more embellishments at the recent expo I attended.
Have you attended an expo recently?  I'd love to see what you created with your purchases and/or what you created with this reveals sketch.  Also, before you go please join my blog...there are lots of different ways to be notified when I post new layouts.  Thank you!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Christmas Joy Layout

Hey followers!  Time for another layout...I've made a bunch of non-design team projects this month, but have been no lax about getting them posted.  This is one half of a double page layout that was part of a Scrapbook Generation Kit from December 2014 I believe.  The collection used is Simple Stories DIY Christmas.
I used up a bunch of older scrapbook kits this month.  I found it a pain to choose photos to fit the sketch specific spots, but once I spent that time these came together in snap.  Stay tuned to see the rest of what I got done.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hey Pop

     Hi everyone and welcome to a layout reveal that...wait for it...isn't for a design team!  This one I did strictly because I wanted too using the My Scraps & More Sketch #115.  Having photos and elements with so much white space in between usually isn't my thing, but I really wanted to use this and challenge myself.
     The photo is of my Dad and our Son last year on his school's Fathers Day hike.  Hubby wasn't able to get off of work so Pop stepped in. and they had a blast....our son is still talking about it.  The paper and element stickers are all from the older Simple Stories Hey Pop collection.  When this collection came out I scooped it right up because everything I find says Grandpa, but we don't use that term...we call him Pop.
    There isn't much else on the page that isn't part of that collection. The washi at the top is from a group buy so I have no idea what the brand is, and the tiny title stickers are from Jillibean Soup.  Easy peasy...done in about an hour, which is a record for me.
    So that's my second layout done for the no buy October I am participating in, and I'll have more to share soon.  Feels so good to get some old stash used!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hello Summer

Hi all!  Can you believe it's time for another reveal day at ScrapMuch!? This was a really hard sketch for me as I don't use a lot of circles.  I tried to embrace it and here's what I came up with.  
The papers and stickers are from the July Creative Kit over at My Creative Scrapbook.  The ones I used are all from Pebbles and Doodlebug.  The sunburst on my page was a file I purchased from the Silhouette store.  It was meant to be a 12x12 cut out for a background.  I shrunk it down and cut it out of transparency film...voila..a stencil for my Heidi Swapp spray.  
So how do you think it came out!?  I'd love to hear your comments.  I'd also love if you play along that you'd leave me a link in the comments so I can leave you some love too!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sand In My Toes

Welcome to another reveal for ScrapMuch!?  The lovely sketch from Laura Whitaker that we had to work with is...

     For my layout I used a bunch of supplies from the July Creative Kit that I subscribe too through My Creative Scrapbook.  The green paper behind my photos, and the banner paper with the summer icons on it are both from Doodlebug's Sun Kissed Collection. The stickers are from Pebbles Fun In the Sun.    The water splashes in the left corner are modeling paste, mixed with acrylic paint and put through a stencil.  I really wanted to make splashes around the page, but with how sense the stencil was it just kept getting all smooshy so I started over.
     I feel like I struggle in general with very bright colors, but I really like how this one came out, and I hope you agree!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Love You Layout!

Oh my gosh guys - I have been so busy that I've been neglecting my blog :-(  I'm finally back today though with a new sketch from ScrapMuch!?
You can see how I left the circle out and changed the orientation of my photos, but otherwise left the sketch alone.  I used the Bella Blvd Hello Autumn collection for all my accent papers, and the wood grain is from Studio Calico.  The orange leaves and green branches are modeling paste mixed with acrylic paint. Some Doodlebug Fall enamel dots, Thickers and I was good to go.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

So Handsome Layout

     Every time Laura releases a new sketch to us I'm just so excited to get started...this assignment for ScrapMuch!? was no different.  Doesn't this sketch leave so much room for some fun things!?

     I knew exactly what photo I wanted to use when I saw this....our son's four year old photo shoot.  This had to be some of the easiest photos we have ever had taken.  We walked into the portrait studio and were out in three minutes...literally...he smiled and did exactly what she said and we had awesome photos to choose from!
   I used mainly the Echo Park Jack & Jill collection for this.  The blue and orange was perfect to match our son's outfit and the feel of the wood background.  The fair is from A Flair For Buttons on Etsy.  If you haven't checked Shelley's shop out you really need too.  The orange dot washi is from Queen & Co and the orange cross hatch washi is from Freckled Fawn.  I think that Freckled Fawn washi has been on almost every layout I've done since it was received...I just love it!
   I also created a process video on this layout.  It can be found on my youtube  I'd love to know your thoughts on the video!
   Well - enough yacking from me for now :-)  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Friday, August 7, 2015

#Bier Layout

     I'm back today with more pictures from our Munich honeymoon using a sketch from ScrapMuch!? These photos are from a Beer Garden we stumbled upon not far from our hotel that was so good we ended up there most nights.  I couldn't get over the size of the beers they served.  My favorite drink ended up being Radler...a mix of light beer and lemonade.  It sounds gross, but was so refreshing at it was beyond hot the week we were there.
    The beer paper has been in my stash since we got back from the trip...ten years ago.  The brown accents are from Close To My Heart and I received them during my  stay on the Paper Crafter Anonymous design team.  The title was cut from my Silhouette with a free font I had on my computer. And before you ask...yes that is a coaster from the restaurant.
   Short and sweet today.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bottle Cap Embellishment Tutorial

Hi Everyone!  Lyne here with a bottle cap embellishment tutorial for ScrapMuch!?  I'll be showing you how to create the cap I used on my Cool Kid layout.   Here's a close up...

For this you will need some bottle caps, a manual die cut machine, liquid adhesive, a 1 inch circle punch and some epiphany crafts epoxy stickers in size 14.

To get started set your die cut machine up with platform one.

Place your clear cutting pad down, then the bottle cap facing down, and the top clear plate.

Once you run it through the machine you'll end up with something like this:

I do find that the cap you use does make a difference.  I found some at hobby lobby that were on clearance with a soda design on the back.  They don't work so well as they tend to flatten too much, but the Spare Parts caps work perfectly. 
Now use your circle punch to punch out the design you are looking to make into an embellishment.

Place some strong liquid glue on the cap and then place your circle punch on top.  Allow to dry for a few seconds.

Lastly, apply your epoxy cap and you're ready to use

You can also do this, but use the back of the cap instead.

I did this on my Scrappy Friends layout.  This one I had a hard time getting a good photo of, but if you go check out the layout it's on the right hand side at the top.

I hope you've learned something new today, and I'd love to see what you create using this technique.  Until next time...Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Splash Layout

     Welcome back to another Scrapping Our Stash blog hope.  I'm so excited to be participating two months in a row, and honestly my paper just made the qualification since the new releases started coming out last week.
You should have arrived here from Laura's blog...didn't she have an awesome project!
     My project was inspired by a Sketch~N~Scrap sketch with the twist of old/vintage photos.  I didn't have any vintage photos, but the ones I am using are from when our son was about 18 months...he's now about 4 months away from being five!
     The paper is from Carta Bella's Soak up the Sun collection.  The green washi has been in my stash for years and the orange is from Freckled Fawn.  I used some modeling paste for the stars and some other random Freckled Fawn embellishments.  
    I know there is a large journalling area on this page, which is not like me, but there was actually a large story I wanted to remember about these photos.  The title is some Doodlebug chipboard letters.  I love them, but they have been sitting in my stash for quite sometime since they are so big.
    You also may have noticed that the upper left corner looks a little wonky. I promise that is not due to a bad photo, but will be part of the memory now.  I was playing catch  with our son with a soft ball in the basement and wouldn't you know he managed to knock a glass of water all of over my scrap desk!  I thought about re-doing the layout and then thought...nah....I'll just add some journalling to the back and it will be part of the memory!
  Now I send you off to Audrey's blog to see what amazing creation she has for us this month.  Until next time...Keep scrapping!

Zoo Fun Layout

     Can we start this post with looking at just how small our little man was!  This was his first trip to the zoo at right about 18 months.  We treated my Dad with a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo for Father's Day.  
     I used the newest sketch from ScrapMuch!? for my page.  It obviously doesn't follow it to the letter, but even when I start out saying I will follow it to the letter it rarely ends up that way.  I kept the strip at the top in addition to the layers behind the photo, but changed it to one large horizontal photo instead of a medium vertical one.  I always struggle with large photos, but was happy with how this came out.
   The paper is from Stampin' Up several years ago...before the catalog changed styles.   Some Thickers and monkey die cuts from a zoo swap I did a few months ago and the page was done.
   So...I want to see what you do with the sketch.  If you participate make sure to link here so I can leave you a comment.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mini Album Blog Hop

     Hi everyone.  You should have arrived here from Heather's Crafty Heart...didn't she make such a cool mini album!?
     What I really loved about this hop was you could make something new or show your favorite past album.  I tried to get something created, but didn't make it so I'm sharing with you my favorite album I've ever made. I created it with a tutorial from My Sister Scrapper and the All About A Boy Collection from Echo Park.  Without further adieu....

     I hope you enjoyed the video.  Now before you hop on over to Charity's blog to see here amazing project please follow me with bloglovin and leave a comment to be entered to win a coin envelope mini album that I made.  You can also receive an additional entry for following my Facebook page.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

In case you get lost along the way - here's the full line up
1.   Me (Kelly Jean) - kelsterjean designs
2.  Amanda - Random Sweetness
3.  Nubia - The Papercutting Nerd
4.  Beth - Scrapping Wonders
5.  Heather M - Heather's Crafty Heart
6.  Lynn - Lynn's Everyday Ideas
7.  Charity - Scrappin' Chaos
8.  Mandi - Kraze of MJ
9.  Heather S - Coffee and Pretty Paper
10. Kristin - rukristin papercrafts

Friday, July 10, 2015

Trucks Rule Layout

     It's time for another ScrapMuch!? reveal with what I promise is the last of the monster truck pictures. I'll admit when I first saw the sketch I was a bit stumped as circles and brackets aren't my forte, but that is what's awesome about can interpret them in your own style.  
     I used the June creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook that contained a ton of the Bella Blvd Color Chaos collection.  I kept the embellishment clusters in the same place as the sketch..dropped the bracket and turned the two photos into four.  The enamel dots are from Doodlebug and the title in from the Freckled Fawn April kit.  The word stickers from Bella Blvd I edged in Copic markers that matched the other colors I was using.     Despite my changes I think you can still see the sketch in my layout.  What do you think?  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Will Be Boys

     When I saw the July 1st sketch over at Sketch~N~Scrap I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use, and it came together in right around an hour.  An hour is probably a first for me as I tend to agonize over every little embellishment.
     The paper is an old boys collection from Echo Park that I have been hoarding, but I'm really trying to get through my stash as there are so many new collections I want to buy.  The flair is from an awesome Easy shop called A Flair For Buttons.  Some Bella enamel dots, Studio Calico wood veneer and Jillibean Soup ephemera and I was ready to go.  
   What do you think of the sketch and my take?  Will you use it?  I want to see if you do!  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Seriously?! Truck Layout

So I'm back with another layout from our trip to see Monster Jam!  I promise there is only one more trucks layout :-)  I had so many more great pictures from this event, but I tried to pick only some of our favorites.  
Even though I missed the deadline to enter for the prize I loved the June 1st sketch over at Stuck!? as I thought the circle element was perfect for a Monster Truck ring. I did flip the sketch though to accommodate the orientation of my photos and I traded the one photo on the bottom for two smaller ones. 
The papers are from Bella Blvd's Color Chaos collection and came as part of my June creative kit form My Creative Scrapbook. This is my second layout made from the contents of the kit...I have another coming up next week...and I still have enough paper/embellishments to do many more.  
The stickers are all from the Bella Blvd collection, but my accents come from various other places.  The orange washi is from a Freckled Fawn kit.  While the name dots are from DoodleBug and the Seriously title is a Simple Stories Snap card.  A little tip for you...the quote sticker in the right hand side didn't pop enough again my white background.  I took one of my comics and edged the sticker in an orange that matched the washi and it looks so much better.
Well, that's it for now.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday

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I'm up today with another reveal for the ScrapMuch? design team using a fabulous sketch from Laura Whitaker. This time I turned the sketch sideways to fit this adorable photo of my nephew when he turned three last month.

Since the photo didn't have a lot of obviously colors I had some trouble choosing a color palette, but once I got rocking it went very smoothly.  The paper is an Echo Park collection called That's My Boy.  The title, washi, and flair badge are both from my Freckled Fawn subscription kit...totally still in love with that subscription.  Seriously, you need to check it out.
So what do you think of this weeks sketch, and my take on it...would love to hear your comments.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Scrap Our Stash June Blog Hop

Hi All and welcome to the June Scrap Our Stash Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from Suzanna's blog...doesn't she do great work!?
I choose to make a pocket letter for this months hop.  I had a swap to fulfill so it was perfect timing.  I used the 2012 Echo Park Collection Hello Summer for most of this letter.  Three of the card embellishments (the flip flops, ice cream and camera) are from the Paradise Beach collection released the same year.  I did cheat a bit and the & symbol and the popcorn sticker on the top left card are from my Freckled Fawn kit.
I used crystal lacquer on the ice cream card in the corner.  Each scoop had dots so I put the lacquer on each of the gave a cool look and nice dimension to that pocket. My partner has already received this and I'm so glad she loved it.

So now you're off to Jennifer's blog to see the amazing project she created.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!