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.


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!


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.

number tutorial 1

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.

number tutorial 2

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

number tutorial 3

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.

number tutorial 4

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.

number tutorial 5

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).

number tutorial 6

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.

number tutorial 7

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.

number tutorial 8

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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Slight Blogging Vacation

With the holidays fast approaching I have been busy in my craft space working on lots of projects, however, I don’t plan on sharing those until December.  Starting December 3rd, I plan on sharing my Christmas projects on every Monday and Friday with a few Wednesdays too, depending on how many different projects I create.

It is because of all these other projects I haven’t really been creating scrapbooking layouts lately. I hope to have my projects completed in the next couple of weeks and then can try to make some time to scrapbook. I have decided to make a December Daily album this year, but I still need to do quite a bit of work on it before I can start sharing that. 

So I just wanted to let my followers know that even if I am not posting everyday, I am busy creating things to show next month and hopefully some layouts before then too.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ellie (digital layout)

I managed to snap this cute picture of our family pet while just hanging outside before our big move.  While the picture isn’t the best, I thought it was just too cute not to scrap.


Sketch: Page Maps. Digital Kits: All American Girl Papers, All American Girl Elements, Oodles of String, 4 Ever Alpha (discontinued).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inseparable (digi layout)

I have been waiting to scrap this picture for a while now.  I was finally inspired to create this digital layout when I saw the color swatch challenge for November at Design House Digital.  I knew the soft/warm colors would work perfectly with this special photograph.
Sketch: Page Maps 2. Digital kits: Autumn Delight Paper, Give Thanks Buttons, Give Thanks Paint, Give Thanks Papers, Give Thanks ‘12, Gratitude Embellishments by Mye De Leon, Give Thanks Word Stickers.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Daydream (Digi Layout)

I created this layout and combined two different challenges. I used this for the November Blueprint Challenge at Design House Digital and for the 1 hour challenge at Club CK (Use tags).  I love being able to play along with the 1-hour challenge over at Club CK.  They are always such fun!  I am always surprised at how fast I can create a layout.  My favorite place for digital scrapbook supplies is Design House Digital and I love the different challenges every month.  I try to play along with several of them and the blueprint challenge was perfect for this layout!


Template: Design House Digital. Digital Kits: Daydream Believer, Mixed 2 Elements.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lovin’ It (digi layout)

Before I share my new layout, I want to take a moment to say Thank You to all of our Veterans and the families that have loved and supported them.  There are two very special Veterans in my life…My husband, who has been through three deployments already and my Grandfather, who served with the Army Air Corp during WWII.  I am so proud of both of them and feel so honored to have had them in my life.  Now onto something scrappy!

I just got the digi scrapping urge when I saw the color challenge at Challenge Me Happy.  So I just couldn’t wait to give it a try.  I loved being able to pull pieces from so many kits to complete this layout.  It is an added bonus that these pictures have been sitting here waiting for me to scrap for quite a while.

Lovin' It

Sketch: Ashley Horton. Color Challenge: Challenge Me Happy. Digital Kits: Aged to Perfection, Amalia, Carefree Papers, Nice Papers, By Your Side Bits (discontinued), Autumnal Elements. Some pieces were re-colored.

Friday, November 9, 2012

You are Just Plain Wonderful

I really wanted to play with some of my spray ink when I started this layout.  I love all the splatters on the background paper.  I just really love how fun this layout is!

Sketch: Inspired Blueprints. Cardstock: Recollections. Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Crate Paper. Rhinestones: Kaisercrafts. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Spray Ink: Mister Huey, Tattered Angels, Perfect Pearls Mist. Other: Studio Calico, The Twinery, Sew Easy, DMC Floss.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Anchors Away

I completed this layout as part of the Chinese Whispers at Club CK. It is like a scrapbook telephone game.

The cardstock is from Coredinations and SEI. The patterned papers and stickers are from Fancy Pants Designs. The doily is from my stash. The bling is from Recollections. The twine is from The Twinery. I cut the title on my Silhouette using a design from their store that I changed to add the extra layers.

The box that just won’t leave…

So this post has nothing to do with scrapbooking.  It is just something that is driving me bonkers, so I thought I would share.

Since we moved into our house, we have been getting lots of mail for other people.  So I write on the envelope and put it right back in the mailbox.  It hasn’t really been a big deal.  Then last month, UPS delivered a box to my address with someone else’s name on it.  Now it wasn’t exactly my address because it also had an apartment number on it, now this was weird since we live in a single family home.

So I promptly called UPS and requested that they pick up the package.  The date they gave me for pick up came and went and the box was still here.  So after another call to UPS and a return call from my local delivery office, the box was picked up.   I was relieved to finally have it taken care of.

Fast forward about a week or so…it is Halloween night and the UPS man stops at my house and and delivers…the same box as before, with a different shipping label.  AAGGHHH!!!!  This is the box that just won’t go away!  So it is October 31st and I call UPS to request the box be picked up.  They say it will be picked up the next day, but it wasn’t. Friday morning I call again, they promise it will get picked up that day, but it wasn’t. On Friday I actually called the 1-800 number on the box for the sender of the package, and after an hour of being passed around to various Nike people, they tell me they can’t help me because they can’t find the order number and I won’t open the box because that is the first thing UPS asked me (Did you open the box? Umm…no).

So by Saturday, I have called at least 3 times, because this box is still on my porch.  Then my hubby calls and the niceness has worn off by this point.  They tell him the box will get picked up Monday because they make deliveries on Saturday but not pick-ups.  So my hubby offers to drive it to a UPS drop off point, and they tell him that if he does that, the box will just come back to our place.  Really…come-on now! I want this box gone already! So the hubby decides to write a message to the sender on the box to try to get them to stop sending it back here yet again.

Monday comes and goes, but the box is still here.  Yet another call or two to UPS gets me yet another promise that today WILL be the day.  However, Tuesday wasn’t the magical day either.  What will Wednesday bring…well yet another call to UPS and a conversation with a manager, gets me nothing but yet another promise.  So we will see.

So, at this point is just getting crazy, so I decided to just do a daily Instagram picture of the box on my porch. Here it is Tuesday:


And here is was this morning….one week after it’s unwelcomed arrival:


So by now, if you have made it this far, you are probably wondering what is written on this box.  Well without further ado….here you go:

One the top: “This person does not live here. Please stop sending it to me. I am sick of calling to get it picked up again. Call the number you have for the person who ordered it and ask them what their address is. This address is not even an apartment building. It is a single family home. I don’t even like Nike shoes, they never fit just right.”

On one of the long sides: “UPS is prolly getting sick of my wife and I calling and getting angry at the person on the phone. They are all upset because I was cranky. In the end, this is your fault because you keep sending this package to my house.”

On the bottom: “I tried to pull it out to see what it was (part of the packing slip was sticking out of the box). I’m just curious, how much does it cost every time you send this to the wrong person? Does your boss know how much money this box is costing the company? Wouldn’t it be easier to just refund the money paid for this. I am sure the person who ordered it is wondering what happened. If they really want it, they will re-order it, hopefully with the correct address.” There is also a game of tic-tac-toe which nobody won.

On the other long side: Another game of tic-tac-toe and the note “I let my daughter win. She was happy.”

On the short side: “My daughter thought it needed a sticker or two...”

On the other short side: Printed on the box (REVEIVER! Contact carrier immediately if loss or damage is noted upon delivery.) Written on the box: “But, what if it gets lost...AGAIN!”

I am hoping that this box gets picked up today, but if not…well it will at least give me something to document every morning after taking my daughter to school.

A Story to Tell layout

I have to admit that there are times that I get stuck in the middle of a layout.  This was one of those layouts.  I was almost done and I just couldn’t figure how what I wanted to add for that finishing touch.  I finally settled on the butterflies.  I like that in this case they remind me of my grandparents and the fact that they are no longer with us.

Sketch: March 2012 Page Maps. Cardstock: Bazzill, Cordinations, Recollections. Patterned Paper: Carta Bella. Rhinestones: Kaisercrafts. Butterflies: Etsy Shop. Stitch Template: Oriental Trading. Digital Cutter: Silhouette.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Instagram Moments (digi layout)

So I have been wanting to create a layout with my Instagram pictures.  So one night I sat down at my computer and used a Kerri Bradford template that I altered by adding an extra row of pictures.  Then the next night I created this digi layout.  I think my favorite thing about this is the fact that I didn’t use a sketch at all.

Instagram Moments

Digital Kits: Be You (retired), Masking Shapes (retired), Ombre Ruffles (retired), Confetti & Cupcake (retired), Felis Elements, Freestyle Elements (retired), Chipped Paint Alpha.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Favorite Girl (Digi Layout)

So there is a new challenge site out there and I just had to give it a try.  It is called Sketches with Color. As most of you know I just love working with sketches, so these challenges are right up my alley.  The challenge colors are Black, White and Bright Pink.

My Favorite Girl

Digital Kits: Cool Change, Mists V.9, Autumnal Elements, P365 Mixed Elements, Carefree, Carefree Days(discontinued), Carolina Chic, All You Need is Love (Persnickety Prints), Leather Alpha, and Be Cool Be You. Sketch from Sketches with Color.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I Miss You Grandpa

About six months after loosing my Grandma, my Grandpa passed away.  It was very hard having to deal with another loss before fully accepting the first.  But I really needed to create a layout to help myself accept it.

Cardstock: Cordinations, Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Studio Calico, Graphic 45, Crate Paper. Border Punch: Martha Stewart. Trim: Recollections. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Sketch: Scrapbook Generation Volume 4. Stash: Tag, Yellow Brad.

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