Monday, December 31, 2012

Sharp Shooter layout

This is finally the last layout from our day at the Air Expo.  There were just so many wonderful pictures that it took so many layouts to showcase all of them.

Sharp Shooters

Sketch: Scrapbook Generation Volume 1. Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle. Journal Card: My Mind’s Eye. Digital Cutter: Silhouette America. Buttons: Stash. Twine: The Twinery. Ric Rac: stash.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Learn, Grow, Smart, Achieve, Think

I have had this layout in my stash, just waiting for pictures, since I went to the Portland Creating Keepsakes Convention in March of 2011.  I knew with the paper choice on the layout, that I wanted to use some sort of school themed pictures.  So when I took these pictures of my daughter working on her homework, I knew they would be perfect to finish this layout.

The papers are from Studio Calico. I added washi tape from Recollections. I added the title and circles that I cut out on my Silhouette using cardstock from Recollections and Bazzill, patterned paper from Studio Calico.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Vehicle Inspectors layout

I promise I am almost done with our Air Expo pictures.  I really LOVE how this layout came out!  There are times when everything seems to quickly fall into place, and this layout was one of those times.

Vehicle Inspectors

Sketch: Scrapbook Generation. Cardstock: Coredinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye. Embellishments: American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs, Studio Calico, Scenic Route, The Twinery, October Afternoon, Recollections, Jillibean Soup.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Washi Cards

I was looking for a quick little stocking stuffer for some of my family and decided to make them each some Thank-You cards. Since I have a slight Washi Tape addiction, I figure this would be a perfect chance to use some of this tape.  I made three different sets (well four, because I made a set for me while I was at it)

I really loved that each set of cards took me about 15 minutes.  This was the perfect last minute stocking stuffer!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Thunderbirds

This is my third layout about the Air Expo.  We all loved the watching The Thunderbirds perform.  I really wanted to have the focus on the pictures.

The Thunderbirds

Sketch: Scrapbook Generation Volume 7. Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections. Patterned Paper: Farm House, Studio Calico, October Afternoon, Graphic 45, Cosmo Cricket. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Embellishments: Echo Park, Authentique, Making Memories, The Twinery, Oriental Trading, Scenic Route, Stash.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 9

Welcome to the final day of my Christmas Projects.  Thank you for joining me for the last three weeks!

Today’s project is something that I have done many times before.  I made kindle/tablet covers using hardback books.  My father-in-law has very much loved the old ones, but after a few trips, we learned that the paper covers aren’t very durable.  So for this version I laminated the dust jackets to hopefully give them more life.  The other reason for the new versions is because he has added to his collections of kindles and gotten a new tablet.  The first thing he does after getting a new item is ask for a new book cover.  So this year the total of new ones quickly grew to four.  So I had quite the small assembly line going to get these made.

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Hopefully these ones will last him a while, but if not, I sure hope he won’t mind getting the same fabric on a different book because I think I have run out of space/star options at Jo-Ann’s.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Looking Up

This is layout number 2 of our trip to the Air Expo.  For this one I wanted to scrapbook some of my favorite pictures of the planes.

Looking Up

Sketch: Scrapbook Generation Volume 3. Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Farm House, Basic Grey, Echo Park, October Afternoon. Spray Ink: Studio Calico Mister Huey. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Ribbon: Michael’s. Stash: Buttons, journaling card.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 8

As promised, here is the other altered frame that I made.  At the end of this post is a picture of both frames together.

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Frame 2 b

Frame 2 e

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And here are the two frames together:

Both Frames

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Very Wonderful Day

I am finally getting around to scrapbooking our trip to the Air Expo in late July.  I took so many pictures that I love, that this one event is taking up several layouts (I think about 5).  So here is the first one:

A Very Wonderful Day

Sketch: Scrapbook Generation. Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, My Mind’s Eye. Cardstock: Recollections, Bazzill. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Twine: The Twinery. Trim: Recollections. Stash: buttons.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 7

Now today’s project and Wednesday’s projects go together.  I was planning on making only one of these, but I couldn’t decide on which paper to use and if the frame in Wednesday’s project would work well on this one.  So my lovely husband’s suggestion was to “Just make two”.  So that is what I did.  These are for my Mother-in-law and I figure she can keep one and home and one in her office at work.  It make more work for me and more shopping for some added embellishments, but in the end I am so super happy with how both look!
So here is altered frame number one….
Frame 1 a
Frame 1 c
Frame 1 D
Make sure to check back Wednesday for the other one!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 6

I can’t believe that the second week of my Christmas projects is already here and that we are only 11 days away from Christmas.  This month is just flying by.

Today I am sharing another project for my nephews, although I did end up making one for my niece too.  I saw this tutorial on pinterest and knew that it would be perfect for the boys in my life.  I only used one pattern of tape for each belt.

I would like to point out that as my nephews get older, it is getting a lot harder to figure out what to do for them for Christmas.  I think I managed some cute projects this year, but I think I might get started on getting ideas for next year soon!

Special Announcement & December Day 1

I was so excited to learn that I was selected to be part of the Cameo Creations Challenges Design Team. My first challenge with them is the theme “Anything Goes Christmas”, so my first thought would be to work on my December Memory Album. I used my Cameo for three different things on this page spread. I cut the chevron background on the Cameo and then used it as a mask on my chipboard page. I also cut the white snowflake on the Cameo. The final thing was the loopy frame on the left page, that is sticking out from under the picture.

December Day 1

Cardstock: DCWV, Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Simple Stories, Canvas Corp. Washi Tape: Recollections. Letters: Pebbles. Digital Cutter: Silhouette Cameo.

I sure hope you will come by and join us for this fabulous challenge!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 5

We are at the half way point in my Christmas Projects!  Up today is another pinterest idea.  This gift is for my Mother-in-Law.  I thought that this cute corkboard would be perfect in her office!

I ordered a bunch of corks from Ebay and cut them in half.  Once I figured out the layout I used hot glue to attach all of the corks.  Here is another view:

Thank you for stopping by today!

The start of my December Album

This year I decided to make my first December Daily album, or at least my take on it.  Instead of doing it everyday, I am doing 25 Christmas Memories of 2012.  It is also not my goal to finish this album in December, in fact I will probably work on it mostly in January, but that is okay by me!  I would rather focus on getting good pictures this month and doing some journaling, and then when life calms back down in January I will worry about finishing my album.

So here is what I originally bought for my December Album:

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I went with a Simple Stories album and the Handmade Holiday line from Simple Stories.  I got the large paper pack, 6x6 pad, extra 6x8 pages, 4x6 cards and 3x4 cards.  I also got extra page protectors.  I have since added some other papers and products since I won a prize package from Club CK that was filled with Christmas goodies.

Here is what my December Cover looks like:

December Daily Blog

I started with a Simple Stories 6x8 Album.  I covered the chipboard (front and back) with Fabric by using Modge Podge.  I added ribbon from my stash.  The paper is from Simple Stories Handmade Christmas line.  The snowflake is from Michael's and I covered the edges with chunky glitter from Doodlebug.  The title is from Little Yellow Bicycle and the trees are from pebbles.  The button is from American Crafts.

Here is my title page:

Title Page

I started this page with one of the 6x8 printed pages from the Handmade Holiday by Simple Stories line.  I used a Mister Huey mask and Mister Huey spray ink for the circles.  I also added some gold mist from Perfect Pearls Mists.  The washi tape is from Recollections.  The card with the snowflake is from Simple Stories.  The stockings and Christmas title are from Pebbles.  The year is done with Thickers from American Crafts.  The snowflake stickers are from Simple Stories and Echo Park.

I have already filled the pockets on the page protectors, but I know I will change it up.  Here is a sample of a few of the pages and how they are laid out.  I mixed the printed pages, chipboard pages and page protectors so I can have a variety to choose from to make each memory special.

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Thanks for joining me today for the first part of my December Album.  I can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Scrapbook Company

I would like to introduce you to a new scrapbook company that will start shipping their products in January, it is called Blue Fern Designs.  I am loving the intricate chipboard designs they offer.  Make sure to check them out on Facebook and swing by their blog for this awesome giveaway!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 4

Welcome to Week 2 of my Christmas Projects.  Today I have two projects for you.

First up is a travel coffee cup for my sister.  I used some vinyl and my Silhouette to make a little banner for the bottom of the cup.

I love adding little touches like this to personalize an ordinary item.

Next item is also for my sister, only this is from my daughter.  I bought a white coffee cup and let her color pictures all over the outside of the cup with permanent marker.  After she was done and I let it dry for 24 hours, I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes so that the cup could be washed and used.  I think this came out so cute!

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Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas projects Day 3

So for today’s project I decided to dip my toe into the world of jewelry making.  While it was nice to dabble, I really don’t plan on starting yet another hobby.  I wanted to make something pretty for my almost 16 year old niece.  In fact, she will turn 16 just a few days before Christmas.

I saw this tutorial on pinterest and decided to make it for my niece.  It took me several tries to get the marble to really get the cracked look, and in fact it never worked like the sample picture.  But I went with it anyways and created a necklace and bracelet for her.

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I sure hope she loves these!

Little Singer (digi layout)

I love it when Club CK has their one-hour challenges!  They are just so fun!!  For this challenge I decided to do a digi layout.  I really love that I am able to have some scrappy time during this busy holiday month.

Little Singer

Digital kits: See Through Masks (discontinued), Chevron Papers (discontinued), Nice Papers, Carefree Papers, Nice Painted Papers, By Your Side Bits (discontinued).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Projects Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my Christmas projects.  I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it would be a super easy project to do with my daughter.  So we made some ornaments for our family.  She was so excited to work on these.  Here is a picture of the finished product:

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So to make these you take the little plastic beads and coat them with oil.

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I baked mine at 300 degrees until they melt together.  I put parchment paper on a cookie sheet and sprayed it with cooking spray.  I then took different metal cookie cutters and sprayed those with cooking spray too before filling the cutters with a layer of beads.

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Once they are melted, pull them out of the oven and put them in a bowl of warm water until the beads firm up.  I used tongs to grab the cookie cutter.  Once it was in the water I could tap on the beads until it came out of the cookie cutter.  I then washed the ornament in dish soap to remove the oil.

Christmas Wall Art

For several years now I have had this frame in my house and every season I would change the display.  I would usually use the same ones over and over, but this year I wanted to make a new Christmas one.

Christmas Frame

So I pulled out a bunch of my washi tape and covered the background paper with it. I then cut the chevron background and the title out on my Silhouette.  The whole project, start to finish, took about 15 minutes of actual work.  I did have an extra 15 minutes of my daughter trying to take my tape, or her asking what I was doing, and coming to see what I was cutting.  I love it when quick projects like this can bring such joy!  Every time I walk by it, I smile.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Project 1

Welcome to the first day of my Christmas projects.  I will feature a different project every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next three weeks leading up to Christmas.

Last year I received the Heat Transfer Starter Bundle by Silhouette and I still haven’t tried it out, until now that is.  I decided to alter some tops for my three nephews.  They loved the canvases that I made them last year using their interests.  So I used the same main shape for their shirts this year.

I love how easy the heat transfer material cut on my Silhouette. So here are the three shirts. I even have left over heat transfer material so make some items for my daughter at some point.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wish Layout

So I finished this layout a while ago, but I am finally getting around to posting it now.

Sketch: Page Maps. Paper: Echo Park. Cardstock: Recollections.  Digital Cutter: Silhouette.  Corner Rounder: EK Success.  Other: stash (ribbon), Etsy (butterflies).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

This is Teddy (digi layout)

It is always interesting when I download the pictures off of my camera because my lovely five year old daughter will sometimes “borrow” my camera and take some pictures.  Some are pretty cute, including this one of her teddy bear.

I just couldn’t resist making a digi layout with this adorable picture!

This is Teddy

Sketch from My Scraps and More. Digital Kits: Confetti & Cupcakes (discontinued), Cut it out Templates (discontinued), Doodled Flower Brushes (discontinued).

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My first altered frame

I created this project back in the summer, but I am just getting around to sharing it.  This was the inspiration for a Christmas project that I made this year.  I will share the pictures of that project during my three weeks of Christmas projects in December.

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I really just had the best time working on this project!  So I hope this inspires you to think outside of a traditional layout sometimes.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A new addition to our holiday family!

This year I finally broke down and bought an Elf of the Shelf.  Now our little elf is a very good elf, now after several years, I am sure that is going to change!  This morning our cute little dude was hanging out in the wreath that I made for my Grandparents almost 20 years ago.  So without further delay, here is…..Zion the Elf!

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My daughter already loves running around each morning trying to find him!  When we first introduced the Elf, she didn’t believe the story at all because he just isn’t “real”.  It took my husband and I about 15 minutes to convince her that he isn’t real but he is MAGIC!  Who would have thought that she would be questioning this so much at the age of five.  She is sure a tough one to please!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Silhouette Tutorial!

I have been a complete Silhouette fan since I got my first machine (the original Silhouette) back in 2008 I believe.  I loved the machine even more when they released their own software, the super fabulous Silhouette Studio.  I love all the features that allow me to not only create my own designs, cut fonts from my computer, but also customized designs that I have purchased from their online store.  When talking about Silhouette, I also have to mention their super fabulous customer service!  I have emailed them countless times with questions, issues and problems and they are always super quick to respond!

The point of this post isn’t to just talk about my love for my Silhouette, but to share a quick tutorial.  Now this is the first time I have created one of these, so bear with me.  Although I have had a Silhouette for a long time, I will admit that I don’t usually make my own designs, but this year I have decided to make a December Album and I wanted little circle icons with the numbers 1-25.  So I decided to make my own.  I then thought how great of a tutorial this would make, since it was a little more complicated than I thought.  So here you go….

Remember, you can click on the pictures to see them larger.

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Step one: I created a 2” circle.  This is easy.  Just create a circle, any size, then click the scale window button (see the red arrow). Then change the dimensions and press Apply.

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Next up, I went to the Offset Window (red arrow) and pressed apply for a 1/4” offset.

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I then needed to add my numbers, so press the text button on the left (red arrow), select your font from the list on the right side.  You can then add your numbers.  I then just grabbed a corner dot with my mouse to adjust the size.

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I wanted the numbers closer together, so I pressed the ungroup button (red arrow) in the bottom left corner.  You can then just select one number and move it.  I used the arrow keys on my keyboard to nudge it over.

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After you move the numbers into place in the smaller circle, you need to select both numbers and the smaller circle.  Then right click on them and select “Make Compound Path” (black arrow).

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Make sure you select the numbers and smaller circle again and then press the “weld” button in the bottom left corner (red arrow).  Now after this step you should see lots of smaller grey boxes around the different parts.

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Select each over-lapping piece and press the delete button (I use the button on the keyboard, but you can also right click and select delete).  Make sure you get rid of all the overlapping areas.

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Finally, just select all the different elements and press the “group” button in the bottom left corner (red arrow). 

For a final image, here is what my whole set looks like (it is only colored to see it better).  Thanks for following along today.  I hope that if you have a Silhouette, this will help you know how to do this and that it inspires you to play with the software!

December daily numbers

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