Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Game is On!

I was so excited to hear that one of my friends was joining the design team at The ScrapRoom.  The fabulous Rochelle has taken over the site and I know her from my Scrap Our Stash design team.  I am so excited to see where she takes this new adventure.

I had some free time and decided to take on the new sketch challenge for January (I know, I just barely got it done in time).  I love these pictures because of the everyday moments they capture of my daughter and I this past summer.  I added an extra piece of background paper and some various layers and strips of paper to really work with the fun theme of my pictures. 

The Game is On

Supplies – Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee.  Cardstock: Bazzill.  Letters: Making Memories, Basic Grey.  Embellishments: Chic Tags, Amy Tangerine, Simple Stories, My Mind’s Eye, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins.

Thanks for joining me!

- Cassie -

Friday, January 22, 2016

Summer Lovin (SOS)

It is now time for the sketch challenge over at Scrap Our Stash.  They have also changed up the sketch challenge.  Now there is a sketch and three columns of other items and we need to include one item from each of the column.  Each column has a company, item and color to choose from.  This really got me thinking and it came together really well!
This sketch was such fun to work with!  I also like the stash item part of the challenge.  For this page I used American Crafts and Arrow from the first column, Butterflies from the second column and Carta Bella from the third column.  Otherwise I stuck pretty close to the sketch and even created my own messy circle cut file for behind my photos.  It was so easy and I love how it turned out!
SOS 1-15 Summer Lovin
Supplies – Patterned Paper: Glitz, Echo Park, Pink Paislee.  Cardstock: American Crafts.  Digital Cutter, Software & Cut File: Silhouette Cameo with Designer Edition Software, Title cut file from The Cut Shoppe.  Embellishments: Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Carta Bella, Simple Stories, Queen & Company.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Cassie -

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Happy 8 Layout

Wow!!  How is January almost half over already?!?  I have finally started scrapping again after taking a break for a while when life got pretty busy over the holidays.  I am still trying to get back to a normal schedule in life.

I got the inspiration for this layout from the cut file.  I wanted a big number "8" on my layout to represent my daughter's birthday in the photo, so when I saw this cut file, I knew it would be perfect especially with a fun circle cut file around the "8".  After I got the cuts made, I wanted to keep the rest of the layout a little more simple in regards to the embellishments, since the cut file takes up so much visual space on my page.


Supplies - Digital Cutter and Software: Silhouette Cameo with Designer Edition Software.  Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy from American Crafts.  Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Recollections, Doodlebug.

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just Be You (Stuck?! Sketches)

Laura over at Stuck?! Sketches has another new sketch up today and I ended up loving the layout I created with it.  Make sure to come over to the blog to see what the design team created and to play along for a chance at some fabulous prizes!!

Stuck 1-15

I was a little unsure of this sketch at first and then I grabbed this photos and some paper scraps and it just fell together.  This is one of my favorite pages that I recently created.  It is just such a fun page and this sketch ended up being quite the winner!

Stuck 1-15 Just Be You

Supplies – Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins, Webster’s Pages.  Doily: Recollections.  Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Chic Tags, Fancy Pants Designs, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Doodlebug, Recollections.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Cassie -

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Shotbox Review

When I first heard about the Shotbox from The Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast (episode 262), I knew it was something that I wanted.  I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have a lot of cloudy rainy days that make photographing scrapbook layouts hard.  At my house my spot with the best light is my front porch, which means I need a bright, dry day to get photos.  Since it is January, you can imagine that those days are few and far between.
So this little beauty ended up on my Christmas list.  It shipped late and I finally got it over the weekend.  So the first thing I did was open it up.  I was so happy to find it fully assembled (woo-hoo!!) and that it came with it’s own carrying bag.  I have some printed info in one pocket and the power cord in another.
This is what is looks like straight out of the box.  To set it up, you simply pull up on the top and the back panel swings down and locks into place.  There are also two poles on the sides that swing up and clip in to keep it in a box shape.
Ta-da!  It is now set up!  It came with a backdrop piece for the back wall, but so far I haven’t seen a need for it, at least for what I have been using it for.  There is a toggle switch on the left and a knob on the right to control the amount of light.  This is the whole reason why I wanted it…it is already lighted!
Here is a picture of it with the light on.  It produces a really constant light throughout the box.
I snapped this picture of my layout inside of it from the front of the Shotbox.
There are square cut-outs on the top to take pictures through.  Now I was having trouble getting a picture of my 12x12 layouts with my DSLR camera and my phone.  I think I need to play around with it some more.  So for use today I just laid it on it’s back and put my layout on the back wall so I could take a picture through the bigger opening.  I think I might alter it a bit and see if I can either stand or clip my layout to the back wall.
I look forward to playing with it some more and also trying it with my point-and-shoot camera along with other settings on my phone to see what works the best. 
Thanks for joining me!

-Cassie-

Friday, January 8, 2016

Back to Books (SOS)

Welcome to a new year of challenges over at Scrap Our Stash. They decided to change things up a little bit. The new challenge at the beginning of the month will involve a book cover to use as inspiration along with something that must be included. Make sure to head over to their blog to see the book challenge.

When I first saw the book cover for “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.  I then thought about my daughter’s personality and what she always goes back to and that is books.  She is my little book worm and will read at least 4-6 books per week.  There was also a lot of white on the cover, so I used it as my background.

SOS 1-1 Back to Books

Supplies – Cardstock: Coredinations.  Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy.  Letters: American Crafts, Glitz.  Embellishments: Chic Tags, Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, Glitz, Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Cassie -

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sleep & Recovery (Stuck?! Sketches)

Hello 2016!  With the new year fresh upon us it seems like 2016 is full of fresh new potential. I hope that this year will be full of happy new things for you and yours.

Stuck?! Sketches has a brand new sketch up with some fabulous sponsors.  Make sure to play along for your chance to win.  Here is the latest sketch from the fabulous Laura.

Stuck 1-1

When I first saw this sketch it looked like so much fun to work with.  When I started looking for photos I found these two of my hubby following his foot surgery in 2015, so instead of a third photo I added this 3x4 journaling card.  I also added a bigger rectangle of patterned paper behind all the photos.

Stuck 1-1 Sleep & Recovery

Supplies – Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park, Jillibean Soup.  Washi Tape: Bella Blvd, Recollections, Love My Tapes.  Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Project Life Card, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, Queen & Company, Studio Calico.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Cassie -

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