Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Isn't She Lovely Layout

I used the new sketch at Let’s Capture These Sketches for this layout.  The cardstock is from my stash (free at the CK Convention a couple of years ago).  The patterned papers and title are from My Mind’s Eye.  The flower is from Oriental Trading.  The butterfly is from Recollections. The metal trim is from Jo-Ann’s (bottom of page) the ric-rac is from Fancy Pants (I believe) and the ribbon is from my stash...I think it is from Michael’s.  I used two stitching templates from Oriental Trading to pierce the design on my layout before stitching it by hand with DMC floss.

This sketch was a lot of fun to work with and I love how this layout came out!

Monday, January 30, 2012

May Monthly Layout

This is another in the Monthly Layout Series I am doing.  I used My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist papers on this layout.  The kraft cardstock is from Recollections.  I cut the title and circles on the Silhouette.  The pink sticker is from Echo Park.  The silver stickers are called Dazzlers from Hot off the Press.

Friday, January 27, 2012

April Monthly Layout

I was inspired to do this series of layouts by Nichol Magouirk.  I loved the idea especially after doing P365 during my husband’s third deployment.  So for this layout I used patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye.  The cardstock is from Bazzill (black) and Recollections (kraft).  I cut the title, flowers and brackets on the Silhouette.  The trim is from Fancy Pants.  The bling is from my stash.  I then used my sew easy to add some zig-zag stitching.

The funny thing about this layout is that I did the March Layout quite a while ago and when I put this one in the album I discovered that I used the same flower paper on both.  OOPS!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Storm

So last week we had a bad winter storm come through our area and my hubby had three days off from work while my daughter had those same three days off from school.  So I actually didn't get any scrapping done!  Luckily we only lost power once for a couple of hours.  So I thought I would take this chance to share some of my favorite pics from our several days in the snow.  However, when the freezing rain started and ice built up we had to stay inside because of all the breaking branches!  Also, the ice started after we had 8 inches of snow!

Thanks for checking out these pics!  Now with my husband at work and daughter at pre-school I can get some more scrapping done to share with you all!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Special to Me layout

I started this layout with a Jana Eubank sketch.  The pink scalloped paper is from Making Memories.  The other patterned papers and journaling card are from My Mind’s Eye and October Afternoon.  The trim is from a variety pack offered at Paper Wishes.  I cut the title and flowers on the Silhouette using designs from their store.  I then used the Imaginisce petal roller tool to make the flowers.The cardstock is from American Crafts and Bazzill.  The buttons are from my stash and I used metallic DMC floss for the centers of the buttons.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Scrap Fit Weekend Challenge #23

I started out with a Scrapbook Generation Volume 1 sketch.  I only used the left side of the sketch and flipped it around to work with my photograph.  I used a kraft background because it not only went with my pictures but it is also the Scrap Fit Weekend Warm-Up Challenge.  I have been using kraft paper a lot more in the last several months. I used the Fancy Pants It’s the Little Things collection.  I cut the title out on the Silhouette using one of their designs.  I loved working with the rub-ons from this collection.  The bling is from Zva.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge

So I stumbled across this cool kit club on Facebook and found out they are having a sketch challenge right now.  I love sketches!  So I just had to see what I could do with it.  You can find the sketch here.  While doing this challenge I also decided to combine it with the Weekly Layout challenge on Club CK, which is a color inspiration challenge.  So here is my layout.

I used my Fancy Pants Love Birds collection for all the patterned paper and the stickers on this layout.  I cut the title and the heart border on my Silhouette.  The title is from their store and the heart banner is a freebie from Kerri Bradford (I just love her designs!).  The journaling card was another freebie that I found on Pinterest.  The wood heart and butterfly are from Studio Calico.  For the butterfly I inked it with some Studio G ink and then sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls Mist.  The felt heart trim is from my stash (I think Making Memories,but not sure...).  The yellow ribbon is also from my stash, it was just a little scrap I had laying around.

Thank you for checking out my layout today.  I hope to scrap some more today!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Suburban Safari Layout

I started with a sketch from Scrapbook Generation Volume 7.  The papers and journaling card are from My Mind’s Eye.  The cardstock is from Bazzill (grey), DCWV (white) and Recollections (black).  I designed and cut the title on my Silhouette.  I used the map and the flattened pennies from the zoo on this layout.  The colors and pictures look a lot brighter in person.

 Left Page.
Right Page.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Totally Great Layout

For this layout I took a two page Sketchy Thursdays sketch and only used half of it.  The papers and journaling card are from Bo-Bunny Sophia collection.  The twill ribbon is from some baskets I bought.  The ribbon trim is from Paper Wishes.  The buttons are from Oriental Trading and tied with DMC floss.  I added green hand-stitching to the shaped paper.  I cut the title on the Silhouette using Bo Bunny paper and Recollections cardstock.  The bracket sticker is also from Bo Bunny.

Friday, January 20, 2012

So Happy Together Layout

I used a Scrapbook Generation Volume 2 sketch for this layout.  The kraft cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park.  The title is made up of stickers from various Echo Park lines.  I used an EK Success border punch.  The flourishes were drawn with a template from Crafter’s Workshop and two sharpie pens.  The jewels are from Queen & Company.  The rhinestone hearts are from Oriental Trading and I filled two with beads and one with heart confetti from a set of vials.  The flowers are from a piece of white trim I bought at Jo-Ann’s and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  I used my Martha Stewart paper scorer for the trim under the vertical picture on the right page.

 Close up of the Left Page.

 Close up of the Right Page.
  The folded paper trim.
 The title and confetti heart.
The beaded heart close-up.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I am a basket addict...

I have just realized that I am obsessed with storing my scrapbook supplies in baskets.  Right now I have 8 different baskets holding a variety of supplies.  It seems whenever I get the urge to re-organize something in my scrap space it will involve a basket.  I love how everything is contained in one spot, but that I can also still see my pretty supplies.  Now I will admit that I use other storage options too, but it seems like the baskets are what I am drawn too. So I thought I would share the photographic proof of my obsession....
 I think this is the third or fourth way I have stored my stamps.  I have tried binders, but didn't really like it.  Then they were laying down in plastic drawers, but got tired of that too.  So now I am trying a basket.  I do have a reference binder that I have stamped all the images in for quick reference.
 I love having my border punches (and paper crimper) all in one place.
 The polka dot baskets holds my scraps that I make while scrapping until I get them filed away.  This really helps to keep my desk cleared off.  The pink basket holds all my journaling cards. I also cut up the sheets from Bo Bunny & Echo Park when I am down to just scraps from the collection.  Before this they were in a clear drawer, but it was hard to look through them all.
 All my Thickers! I just moved these to this basket too.  These were in another large plastic drawer, but I wanted a drawer for my full size sticker sheets (the 12x12 ones).  Plus seeing the Thickers make me smile!
 This is a basket of all my blank mini albums.  All of these are just waiting for me to create something with them.
 This is where I store my blank cards and even the finished ones too.  I really need to buy some more when my spending freeze is over.

 I bought a TON of these tags for a Christmas project and decided to store all the rest in a pretty basket.  I am hoping to create some more fun stuff with these, but right now I am just enjoying scrapping again!
And finally I have all my small paper pads in another basket.  I think I might need to get busy and start using these up making cards.  I don't seem to use them as much as I thought I would.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cute Face Layout

This layout was from the Quick & Classy with My Mind’s Eye class at the 2011 CK Convention.  I rotated the smaller picture and then added the word “face” with Thickers.  I also added the butterfly from Recollections. 

I still have a few unfinished layouts from the last CK Convention I went to and my goal is to get them finished up and into the scrapbooks in the next few months.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Layout Featured on Club CK

Yesterday was a day off around here, since my hubby is in the Army.  So it was quite the nice surprise when I looked at this week's highlights over at Club CK and noticed that one of my layouts was chosen as a favorite!  YIPPEE!!!  It was this layout:
And you can check it out here!

Soak up the Sun

I used a Valerie Salmon sketch for this layout.  The paper and embellishments are from Echo Park. I cut the title on the Silhouette using a design in their store.  I then finished up the layout with some stitching using my Sew Easy. 

I love spending time at the Club CK message board.  They always have some great challenges going on.  One of my goals this year is to participate in them more.  So the January Issue Challenge #3 was to use stickers in your journaling. So I just had to give it a try with this layout.  I really love how it turned out!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Horsing Around Layout

For this layout I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch from their website.  The papers are from Echo Park along with the happy sticker.  The cardstock is from DCWV, Doodlebug & Recollections.  I cut the title on the Silhouette using a design from their store.  The arrows and extra saying are rub-ons from Scenic Route.  I then added some hand stitching with my Sew Easy.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

You are my Favorite Layout (Scrap Fit Challenge)

I was inspired to make this layout from two places.  The first was from the Scrap Fit challenge #60: Scrap something that means the most and a sketch from Page Maps.  The Page Maps sketch was a two page sketch, but I just used the right hand side.  The cardstock is from DCWV.  The patterned papers, bird stickers, title and journaling card are all from Echo Park.  The heart bling is from Oriental Trading.  The flower flourish is from Zva.  The doily is from my stash.  The ric-rac trim is from the sewing department at Jo-Ann’s.  I also made a bow using ribbon in my stash.

Special Memories Layout

I started this layout with a two page sketch from Scrapbook Generation’s Volume 1 of sketches and just used the left side of the layout and changed it to use two photos.  The cardstock is from Bazzill & Recollections.  The patterned papers are from October Afternoon.  I used a stitch template from Oriental Trading for the flourishes and then stitched them using DMC floss.  The journaling shape is from Maya Road.  I created the title on my Silhouette using two designs from their store and then creating an outline for the second layer.  The buttons are from my stash.  I created the flower using the peal roller tool from Imaginisce using a specialty paper from Jo-Ann’s.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Christmas Card Organization Idea

I love to keep the cards that we receive each Christmas, but was feeling a little overwhelmed.  Then I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to give it a shot.  I just used my Crop-a Dile Big Bite to punch two holes in each card and then added the binder rings.  Well, when I got more than one little book of cards, I knew I needed some way to tell them apart so I designed the cover sheets in Photoshop Elements using free digital elements I downloaded a LONG time ago.  I then just printed it out on 4x6 photo paper and added it to the front.

I have now also done this with my daughter’s first birthday cards and then all the cards since then.  It is such a cute storage idea!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wii Fun layout

I was inspired by the layout on the cover of the July/August issue of Creating Keepsakes and from that layout I created mine.  I used paper from Basic Grey Olivier and Olivia collections. I cut the banner on the Silhouette along with the title that I designed.  I used an EK Success border punch on the blue paper.  The wood buttons are from Oriental Trading and so is the stitching template I used for the flourish.  I then stitched it with DMC floss.  I used white Mister Huey spray ink behind the banner at the top of the layout.  The cardstock is from Doodlebug, Bazzill and from my stash.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kindle Cover Instructions

I didn't take any pictures while I was making this, so I will try to explain what I did now.  First here is a picture to reference:
So I started with a hardcover book.  You need a book that is bigger than your Kindle, but not too much bigger or you will have trouble adding the elastic to the right places to hold the Kindle.  Then using my craft knife I cut out all of the pages by slicing next to the spine of the book.  I then took two piece of chipboard that I had laying around and cut them about 1/4 of an inch smaller then the front and back of the book.  (You need a piece for the front and back. 

Next you will need to cut out two pieces fabric larger than the boards.  I cut the fabric at least an inch bigger so that I could use some fusible tape to adhere the fabric to the chipboard.  I wanted the front and back to be slightly padded so I also added some fusible fleece that I cut the same size as the boards.   You will also need to cut a piece of fabric about twice as wide as your spine on your book.  I used the same fusible tape and folded the edges on the spine fabric before adhering to the spine also with the fusible tape. 

To prep the fabric for the front and back covers you will need to first fuse the fleece to the fabric and then wrap the fabric onto the board.  I used the fusible tape here for this step. 

Now you need to either have your kindle or the measurements so that you can properly add the elastic to the back cover to hold the kindle in place.  You attach the elastic to the back of the board. You can use hto clue, superglue, fusible tape, whatever you have that is strong enough.

Now it is time to put the piece on the book cover.  Start with the spine and for this part I just centered it and used more fusible tape to stick it down.  Next I did the two covers using hot glue.  Now you might need a lot of hot glue.  I don't think I added enough the first time and I am going to fix it next weekend. but this time I am planning on using E-6000 glue.  Hoping that will hold it.  I think I just didn't add enough glue the first time.  Once the covers are glued down you are going to want to place something heavy on it until it is all dried.

And viola, you have your very own custom Kindle Cover.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Love You Layout

I started this layout with a Page Maps sketch.  The paper scraps are from Bo Bunny.  The Ric Rac is from Fancy Pants Designs.  I sprayed my American Crafts cardstock with several colors of Glimmer Mist and Mister Huey Spray Inks.  I then used my sewing machine to stitch around my photo and paper block.  The title rub on is from Michael’s.  I then added my journaling by hand.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Daddy's Girl

I used another Inspired Blueprints sketch for this layout.  The patterned papers are from Basic Grey.  I created the title on my Silhouette using cardstock from American Crafts and Recollections.  I used an EK Success border punch on the paper strips.  The heart rub-ons are also from Basic Grey.  I hand stitched the hearts using DMC Floss and a chipboard heart that I used as a template to pierce holes for the floss.  The journaling card is from Oriental Trading Company.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Explore Today layout

I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch from Volume 2 of their sketch books.  I added stars to this layout for this Scrap Fit challenge.  I used Basic Grey’s Two Scoops collection for this layout.  The cardstock is from Doodlebug (grey), Bazzill (Black) and Recollections (pink).  I used my silhouette to cut out the stars, butterflies and title.  The buttons are from my stash and I added black DMC floss to the center of the buttons.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Love you Playground Layout

When starting this layout I started with a Sketchy Thursday sketch.  I then decided to use patterned paper from the Echo Park Playground Collection.  The stickers and journaling cards were a perfect match to my fun pictures.  The little stars are from Queen & Company.  I then finished off the layout by adding some hand stitching with DMC floss and my Sew Easy.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A small re-do...

So at some point in the last several months I fell in LOVE with stitching by hand on my layouts and because of that slight obsession I ended up with a small problem of hoarding tons of DMC floss.  I just kept buying and buying different colors.  Well then came the problem of storing all of them.  For a few months I had them on those little cardboard cards, but I was hard to keep it looking neat in a container and it was hard to see all the colors.  Then I saw an idea on pinterest of the DMC floss around clothes pins and I just had to try it.  So here is what my container looks like now.

Now I can see all my colors and easily use them and put them back!  It always amazes me how something as simple as a small re-do can pump up my motivation to create more!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sketchy Thursday Challenge

So I have really missed participating in challenges over the last few months, so when I saw yesterday's sketch from Sketchy Thursday I just decided to go ahead and create a layout using their new sketch.  So here it is...
The papers are from October Afternoon.  The calendar is from Jenni Bowlin.  The cardstock is from Recollections and Bazzill.  The paper doily is something I got for Chirstmas and I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist.  I made the folded flower and added some bling from Recollections to the middle.  The other bling is from Kaisercrafts.  Finally the letters are from Pink Paislee.

Thank you Sketchy Thursdays for getting me motivated to scrap again!

A One of a Kind Kindle Cover

 So I knew my Father-in-law was getting a Kindle for Christmas this year, so I just had to make him a special cover for it.  Now he loves Science Fiction books and movies and such so I found an old science fiction book to turn into this cool cover.  This whole thing was actually easier than I thought it was going to be to make and I love how it looks with his new kindle inside.


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