Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Picture Booth

I had so much fun making this layout! I've had this strip of picture booth photos of my son and I for a long time, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. I found the perfect sketch, the fabulous camera picture from Simple Stories, and suddenly it all came together.

I found the sketch on My Scraps & More Sketches

I love their sketches! They are always just enough to give inspiration, but simple enough to allow creativity. I had a blast playing with it.

Don't you just love my little man's face? 
This layout was created using the Social Butterfly kit from Noel Mignon. The camera paper is from Simple Stories, and some of the other papers come from Jillibean Soup. I love how they all work together! I absolutely love these grey Thickers! I also pulled a few things from my stash. Wooden Nickels are a new favorite of mine.

This blue twine is so much fun! I ran it through my Xyron sticker maker and put it on the page with some fun loops. I like the detail it adds.

This acetate camera, the wood veneer frames, and the 25¢ flair have been in my stash for a long time. I'm glad I found the perfect layout to use them on. I love this little cluster of embellishments. 

I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it. Check out the sketch and have some fun yourself.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


I'm loving getting these older photos scrapped! These pictures are from 1996. My daughter was 1.5yrs old...I had just turned 21. Wow! I was a baby myself!

I used a sketch from My Scraps & More. I love how their sketches are simple enough to leave room to play with. This sketch called for just one picture, but I wanted to add two, and the sketch left plenty of room for that.

I also used papers and embellishments from my new kit, Carousel, from Noel Mignon. I'm loving this kit! 

The title for this is a Heidi Swapp embellishment. I love how sheer and light they are. The pink butterfly can me in the kit, but I wanted more, so I pulled more out of my stash and sprayed them with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine. I used buttons and bling, and more Jenni Bowlin sequins for accents. So much fun!

This corrugated word literally made me smile. I love the texture it adds. 
I tend to use strips for my journaling. I like the way these strips match the strips of paper in the sketch. Inking the edges makes them stand out nicely.

I loved making this layout. I hope you enjoyed looking at it. 

Easter Bunny Visit

This picture is 19 years old and I just finally scrapped it! 19 years? How did that happen? This was my daughters first visit to the Easter Bunny, and honestly, the only successful visit. Every year after this she would run in terror from the Easter Bunny, and we eventually stopped trying. Typical kid. :)

I had a lot of fun with this layout. The picture was an old Polaroid, so the Heidi Swapp frame that came in this month's Noel Mignon kit, Carousel, was perfect to cover up the standard Polaroid frame. I just cut the excess off if the photo and it worked great! I loved the retro look of the papers, they worked perfect with the older photo. The Jenni Bowlin sequins, mini flair, wooden nickel, cork arrows, and sheer hearts all make it a current layout, though. This kit and layout just make me happy!

My daughter, Crystyl, looks just like her daughter, Meila!

I love these glitter Thickers! The clusters of embellishments are just sweet.

I rarely use my own handwriting on my layouts, but it felt right for this layout.

I used a sketch from My Scraps and More Sketches for this layout. I adore the simple deign that allowed me to play and have fun.

Lasting Memories Reveal: She Loves Outside

This is my last reveal as a Lasting Memories guest designer. But, the exciting news is that I have officially been asked to join the design team! I am excited beyond measure!! So, for my official guest designer layout, for the Earth Day challenge, here is my layout about by beautiful granddaughter spending time outside.

Isn't she adorable!?! She absolutely loves when she gets to play outside. She just recently started walking, so walking in the grass is new and exciting for her. She found my garden chair and managed to get up in it. She's so tiny! These pictures were taken on one of our rare rain-free Spring days (seriously, we've had over 19" of rain since February!) in the Pacific Northwest. It also happened to be two-days before Earth Day. It was the perfect opportunity to be outside.

I just got my new Noel Mignon kit, Carousel, today. I fell in live immediately and knew I HAD to use it right away! The colors were perfect!

See that glitter? I cut out strips of paper, rounded the corners, then ran them through my Xyron sticker maker. I then covered the adhesive with the American Crafts Cotton Candy WOW! Glitter that came in the kit. It was perfect for adding that pop. I also used some Heidi Swapp embellishments from her new Dreamy collection that came with the kit. I love the sheer look of them!

Whenever I use a lot of straight lines I also like to add circles to soften the look. This doily was perfect! And those sequins!?! Those were in the kit as well...made by Jenni Bowlin. I must get more of those!

And this little cluster of embellishments just had to happen. The sequins, sheer hears, wire sun and heart, the 'Cute' sunburst, and the little tiny flair that says Busy Being Happy...I love it all! I also used a few other little things from my stash, such as some of the letter stickers and the little black tags, simply because they all worked so well.

And, last but not least, I used a sketch challenge for this layout. Creative Scrappers is having a 
birthday challenge. They have supplied 12 sketches for you to play with. Simply pick the one (or 
more) that you want to play with, create your layout and enter to win. What fun!

I hope you all have enjoyed my layouts as a guest designer for Lasting Memories for the month of April. I've had a blast and I can't wait to start my new adventure as a permanent member of the team! Head on over and take on the Earth Day challenge yourself.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A New 'Do

It never happens, but I actually did a layout about me! Amazing! 

This layout was just for fun. I liked that I actually took some Selfies after a new haircut that I got. It's very rare that I take pictures of myself, much less scrap them.

I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout. 

I really liked the simplicity of the sketch with all the layers. It was a great way to showcase my toe Selfies. Lots of fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Boy on a Hunt

This is my third reveal as a guest designer on Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. I can't believe how quickly the time is going by! This week's challenge is "Easter Hunts are On". My son LOVES his Easter egg hunts, so I knew I had some great pictures from last. So, here is the layout I came up with. 

See? Some great pictures, right! I sure love this little man. My two kids are 11 years apart, so he always gets the hunt to himself. He usually asks daddy to hide the eggs multiple times. We always use plastic eggs because we never know what the weather will be like in the Pacific Northwest. We fill them with candy, change, and a golden egg with cash. He's not a big sweets guy, but he loves the money because he saves it to buy Legos. This year he can barely wait for the hunt!

To create this layout I used a challenge sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap.

 I just found this blog, and I loved the sketch and what their design team was doing with it. I just had to have some fun with it!

I just bought this set of sparkly, green Thickers. I knew I wanted to use them on this layout. I love how the greens, yellows, and aquas all work together to make a great "boy" page.

I love creating clusters of embellishments on my pages. This wooden nickel, the enamel dots, and the brown twine all make me happy!

I had to use the picture with my son's bare feet. To me, bare feet and Spring go hand-in-hand.

Thank you so much for checking out my latest layout. Head on over to Lasting Memories to join the fun! I can't wait to see everyone's creations.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Such a Nerd!

I'm so excited for my second reveal as a guest design team member for Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. I've been having a blast playing with the challenges. This week's challenge is "It's the little things in life that matter the most!" Scrap about the small momments in time or the little things that you want to remember in years to come.

I knew I had the perfect pictures for this theme. So, here is the layout I created:

See? Perfect! This was "Nerd Day" at my son's s school. He was a 2nd grader and was thrilled to participate. He always makes me smile, but this day I just couldn't help but be a bit giddy. He was so excited, and so happy. My heart is happy just looking at the pictures. 

I used cardstock from my stash, and scraps from this month's Noel Mignon Social Butterfly kit. I love the colors in this kit! 

Flair makes me happy! This flair was perfect. Nothing like nerd glasses. And enamel dots make me giddy! They add that little bit of pop to my pages. And those Thickers?!? Black, chunky, and glitter. You can't go wrong!

I like breaking my journaling up into strips. It mimicked the layout nicely. I also used an acetate sheet on the layout. It was full of "nerd" icons. 

The red letter stickers needed to stand out a bit, so I traced them with an ebony colored pen. I love doodling, but this made me a bit nervous. I love the way it turned out!

I hope you enjoy seeing my layout. Head on over to Lasting Memories to play along with us for this week's challenge. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oh Tooth Fairy!

Oh, my sweet little man and his lost teeth, over a two month period in 2012 he lost three teeth. That's a lot of money from the tooth fairy! I'm one of the obsessive moms that actually save things like tendrils of hair and lost teeth, so his actual tooth is in the little baggy on the layout. I couldn't resist adding it! 

For this layout I used a sketch challenge from Life.Paper.Scrapbook.

I loved the simplicity of the sketch, which also left space to play, which I love!

I also used this month's kit, Social Butterfly, from Noel Mignon. I adore her kits!

The kit included some adorable wood veneers and these great wood "buttons" from Jillibean Soup. I will definitely need more of these!

I decided to add my journaling to the of the layout. The ledger lines on the background made perfect writing space. I also doodled on this layout...I think I doodle on every layout!

And, the bag to the Tooth Fairy. I had to explain to my son that the Tooth Fairy gives the teeth back to moms so we can use them for scrapbooking. He completely understood. Got to love little boys!

I hope you enjoy my layout as much as I enjoyed making it.

Daddy's Little Girl

This month I was invited to be a guest designer for Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. I'm very excited for this opportunity! This week the challenge theme is "it's all in the colors". (Use your colouring skills to create that embellishment - can be a doodle, a digital image ..) 

For this layout I used Heidi Swapp Color Magic paper with her Color Shine spray. I LOVE these products! I sprayed the paper in an Ombré style, using Teal, Primrose and Amethyst spray to set off the colors in my granddaughters tutu. I also used the spray to add some shine to the flowers, and I splattered it around the layout to add some texture. To highlight the paper strips I used an Ebony Recollections pen to doodle around the layout. I love doodling on my pages!

I am also using this layout for a challenge on Scrapbook Challenges (#387). I loved their sketch!

I turned the sketch around a little to accommodate the picture of my granddaughter and my future son-in-law, which I love. 

I hope you enjoy my first layout as a guest designer on Lasting Memories Layout Challenges.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Boy & His Dog

I love these sweet pictures of my little boy and his stuffed dog. He loves that puppy! I really wanted this to be a "boy" page, so I used a lot of blues and reds, and toned them down with the yellows. I love how the colors and embellishments worked together.

I wanted to tell the story of my son's stuffed dog, but I didn't want to distract from the layout, so I hid the journaling behind the pictures. It was fun to attach it to the half circle. It makes a great tab!

A close up of the details. I love all the layers.

I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout.

I'm a sucker for anything with a banner. I added several more simply because I love them! 

I used papers from Echo Park and Fancy Pants. I also used veneer stars and "&", cork arrows, glitter Thickers, and various other embellishments from my stash. I love all the texture! I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Edited 4/19/14: I'm was so excited that my layout was featured at Let's Get Sketchy! What an honor!

Monday, April 7, 2014

She Said Yes

I absolutely love this picture! My daughter recently got engaged to her boyfriend. A friend of theirs took some great pictures for their engagement. This one is my favorite. The black and white worked perfect for all the colors I wanted for this layout.

A close up of the cluster of embellishments. I love the glitter Thickers!

Another embellishment cluster.

I answered two challenges with this layout. The first was from Scrapstuffz . She wanted her challenge takers to do two things. One, use this sketch

And two, use this picture for inspiration

I love, love, love the sketch! And the inspiration....amazing! I took my inspiration from the colors. I also assumed the sand was grainy, which worked perfect with the glitter Thickers I used. Love it all! This challenge is a "sister challenge" with Child's Play. Head on over to both sites and take on these fun challenges!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Extremely Flexible!

My son is extremely flexible. I mean really, really flexible. He is on record at school as the most flexible kid in the history of the school. He's able to bend his fingers so the backs of his fingers nearly lay flat on the backs of his hands. His bones seem to just disappear! He's also able to bend so that his feet link behind his head. He's bendy!

I used scraps from my stash to make this layout. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do, and it just slowly came together. I love the multi-colored chevron paper, so I used that as my starting point. I inked all the edges in teal chalk ink so that color would be a focal color. I used a sheet of chocolate brown on the background to anchor everything to a solid neutral. I love how all the colors work together and don't take away from my adorable subject.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy 18th Baby Girl!

I love these pictures of my baby girl! She's now nearly 20, but it seems like she just turned 18. It's crazy how time flies by.

I created this sketch using sketch #75 from My Scraps & More (My Scraps & More). I loved the sketch, and it was tons of fun to play with. I also used hidden journaling to meet a challenge from Lasting Memories (LMCB #82). I love using hidden journaling, so this challenge was right up my alley.

The colors in this layout make me happy. I used a lot of leftovers from past Noel Mignon kits, plus several things from my stash. I love when I can make use of my things and put them together in a special way.

Together is the Best Place 2 Be

I used a sketch from Scrapbook Generation (Scrapbook Generation FB Page) for this layout. I loved that I could get so many pictures on it, and if always love banners. I chose to use oranges, reds and teals to compliment the photos. I usually choose my papers this way. Most of what I used just came together randomly from my stash; no special kit. I used the wooden 5 to accentuate all the fives - the one on the train, and the $5.00 ticket price. The title was a bit tricky for me. I intended for it to be something about trains, but then I realized all the pictures were really about us just being together. Overall, I like the way it turned out.

My Girl

These are pictures of my daughter from 2011. She was 17, and even though she loved the camera, she always gave me a goofy face when I aimed it at her. Getting a good picture was tricky! But, she beautiful (inside and out), so even her goofy pictures are amazing. I love the profile picture of her trying not to smile.

I chose to put this layout on black so that the colors would pop. Plus, the black plays off her dark hair. I added touches of gold with the hearts, clip, letters, and dots. It really set everything off nicely. And of course, adding the doodling with the white and black pens just adds to the fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Just Hanging Around

I love my little man! He's loved this tree since he was tiny. It's grown up right along with him. He climbs in it's branches every chance he gets. I fell in love with these pictures of him hanging from the lower branch as soon as I look them. This month's Noel Mignon kit, Social Butterfly, was perfect for these pictures, I also found a great sketch with a challenge that worked wonderful with the pictures, too. 

You can find the sketch challenge at Sketch-n-Scrap. It's such a fun sketch with many possibilities. I know I had a great time using it!