Saturday, April 25, 2015

Real Life Happens

I absolutely adore this picture of my son. It shows what real life actually looks like with a baby. It's not all perfect, and I love showcasing that in my albums too. 

I used a sketch from Stick It Down for this layout. I loved the simple single-page sketch. I followed it pretty closely, adding or changing this where I wanted too. I used my new Noel Mignon kit for this layout.

Sticking with the "life is messy" theme I had going in my journaling, I ripped the edges of the layered paper, and inked them for emphasis. A bit of washi tape and some simple enamel dots was all that was needed here.

I love using multiple alphas on my pages. I like how the title turned out.

This wood 'Love' was perfect for this page. Some more washi tape, a simple gold heart, and some dots, and that was all the embellishment this page called for. I love how simple and sweet it turned out.

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Trying Solid Foods

Good morning everyone. It's been a long time since I've done a two-page layout, so this one was a bit difficult for me to do. But, I found a great sketch by one of my favorite sketch designers, and I had way too many pictures to fit on a one-page layout, so I went for it.

I used a sketch from Scrap Much? that was designed by Laura Whitaker. I adore her sketches and just can't resist working with them. I used papers from my Noel Mignon kit for this page as well.

I covered chipboard stars in chalk ink, then used a Versa Mark stamp on them. I then sprinkled them with ultra-thick embossing powder and heated them up. They have great color and shine.

I'm a big fan of using multiple types of alphas on my layouts. I have plenty to choose from, that's for sure!

Isn't that face adorable?

These stars made perfect, simple accents.

I hope you enjoyed looking over my layout. I enjoy getting the chance to do a two-page layout once in awhile, but overall, I'm good with going back to one-pagers. It's difficult to make the pages flow the way I want. I like how this one turned out those. Please leave me your thoughts. Thanks!


I adore this picture of my husband and our son! I knew the layout needed to be special. I absolutely love the way it turned out!!

I used Sketch #119 from Let's Capture Our Memories for this page. I loved the layers and the simple potential. I hunted for supplies through my stash for this layout. I used a simple piece of gray cardstock, and gave it a few spritz and splats of Dylussions white misting ink. I ended up ironing the paper afterward to help it to lay a bit more flat. It didn't come out perfectly flat, but it was better. I hunted for all sorts of buttons and such from different collections I had laying around. I love how it all came together.

I looked for any button, chipboard, or wooden nickel with the mint/aqua and gray color to them. Just a little bit of gray baker's twine made the embellishments come together.

I used a phrase from a set of foam Thickers that I had in my stash. I worked perfectly with this page. I typed and printed my journaling, and cut it into strips. I love showcasing my journaling this way.

I also get to use this layout for a challenge from Red Carpet Studio. I love when my layouts fit for multiple challenges! RCS challenge #98 was inspired by the move Overboard, which is one of my most favorite movies! The challenge was to use a masculine and a feminine element on your page. My masculine element is the dark gray background and the black letters. The feminine element is the soft mint/teal colors in the papers and embellishments, and the little bow of baker's twine.

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Love This Boy

Good Saturday morning everyone! Today I'm finally getting a chance to load some layouts I recently finished. I'm still working through my son's first year pictures. This layout is one of my son when he was about 10 months old. Don't you just love watching babies sleep?

I used Echo Park's Jack and Jill collection for this layout. The "boy" colors are perfect for layouts of my son. I used sketch #120 from Let's Capture Our Memories to create this page. I loved the simple sketch that allowed me some freedom, while giving some great guidelines.

I used washi tape, rub-ons, die-cuts, a tag, enamel dots, and some stickers, but they didn't overwhelm the page. Just some simple elements to compliment the simple picture.

I'm loving Queen & Company's new titles! This was so simple to adhere. No muss, no fuss. It's perfect!

I've learned to journal on all of my layouts even though I really don't like my handwriting. Sometimes I type my journaling, and sometimes I handwrite it. I'm always nervous putting pen to paper. This drawn guidelines helped me to keep the journaling straight.

I hope you enjoyed my layout. I had a great time making it. Please leave me some blog love and let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

You & Me Together

More pictures of my beautiful son! I love them! These pictures of my son were taken when he was only a month old. He had me wrapped around his fingers from the beginning. He's definitely momma's boy.

I used papers from left-over Noel Mignon kits that I had on hand. All I needed was scraps and a piece of cardstock. I also used stickers from the kit. The hearts are something I had in my stash. 

I used a sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap for this layout. The challenge was not only a sketch, but it had a twist of using a Mask as well. The sketch was easy, but I wasn't sure about the mask as I'm not a mixed-media type of person. Then I remembered that I had photo overlays in my stash. I found the perfect overlay that made the perfect title. I adore the way it worked out!

I love these little wooden hearts. I'll be sad when I don't have anymore in my stash. The "XOXO" in the corner is a rub-on. I used a dropper to drop white Dyllusion ink on the page. I love the splatter effects.

I used gold Thickers to complete the title. To accent around the layout I used a brown pen to add doodles. I doodle on most of my layouts. I also inked the edges of everything with Java Quick Quotes Chalk Ink. Ink is also something I use on most every page I do.

Isn't that face adorable? I love that I was able to use small scraps to create such a cute layout. Scrapbooking is so much fun!

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Sweet Dreams

I'm having fun going through my son's old photos and finally scrapping them. It's good to remember how little and adorable he was.

I used one of my Noel Mignon kits for this layout. The papers were from the summer kit. It was fun to be able to use them for non summer pictures. I added embellishments from my stash, white mist from Dyllusions, white chalk ink from Quick Quotes, and a white Signo pen for accents.

The sketch I used for this layout is from Stuck?! Sketches. It's another Laura Whitaker sketch, which I love! Her sketches allow people to have some guidelines without being stuck (see what I did there?) within a set of parameters. I love her sketches!

I used a dropper to add some big drops of the Dyllusions white ink to the page. The dropper makes it easier to control the ink and the splashes.

I love using flair as embellishments. To create these subtle circles I freehand drew them with a glue pen, then sprinkled clear embossing powder over them. I like the effect a lot.

These Thickers are so much fun! The stitching effect inspired the "stitching" I added to the page with the white pen. I wish I had another set of these Thickers!

I used the last of my Jillibean buttons on this layout. I adore them! I may have to get some more. Again, I created a subtle circle with glue and embossing powder.

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Sweet Baby Boy

I'm still working my way through my son's first year of photos. Not surprisingly, we took a lot that year! I'm loving the job. 

I used Simple Stories' Life Documented collection for this layout. I needed good "boy" colors, which I don't have a lot of. I loved this blue striped paper as soon as I saw it.

For this layout I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. It was simple, but had lots of potential. 

I used some of the chipboard from the kit to help draw the eye to the picture of my adorable son. 

See, isn't he just cute? I used my old Creative Memories circle cutter to cut out this ring quickly. I accented it with simple doodlings with a black pen. I used enamel dots and some clear stickers from the Life Documented line to embellish the layout.

I've had this Thicker pack in my collection for awhile. I wanted something simple and brown, and this fit perfect. It helped to create this adorable layout.

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Welcome Home Little Man

I'm working my way through all the left-over photos from my son's first year. It's so much fun to remember what he was like when he was tiny. So adorable! These were pictures of my son the day he came home from the hospital. He was just a day old. 

I used the Echo Park Jack and Jill Boy collection for this layout. I added the yellow paper from my sketch. I love the "boy" colors.

The sketch for this layout came from ScrapMuch?.  It reminds me of a Laura Whitaker sketch even though it's not tagged as one of hers. I love it's simplicity with the ability to add more to make it your own. I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but I used three photos instead of two. I had to get the pictures of my little guy's face, hands, and feet on the layout. He was just so cute!

Once again, I used two different alphas on this layout; puffy, glitter Thickers, and simple yellow block letters. I created a little embellishment cluster to draw the eye to the picture of my son's feet. I love how tiny they were! I used a heart paperclip, and various scrap stash. 

To get the circles on the background I traced a plate using a pen to make stitch marks. I created another embellishment cluster to cover up a bright green cup that was in the background of my photos. I really detracted from the subject; my son. I love how the embellishments add to the layout and doesn't detract from it.

I adore this little sticker. It was perfect for this layout. My boy stole my heart the moment I saw him! 

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**This layout was featured at Scrap Much? on April 16, 2015. Thank you Scrap Much?!

Sleep Tight

My husband took this picture of our son and me sleeping, and it's one of our favorite pictures. I've been waiting a long time to scrap it. It was difficult to find the right papers, and I changed my mind about a thousand time before settling on these papers. Now I'm loving it!

I used my Noel Mignon kit for this layout. All the kits have names, but now I've got so many going that I've lost track of which is which. I love them all! This layout was done using a sketch from a challenge site, but again, I didn't get it done in time and I forgot which site the sketch came from. That's okay, it's all about getting the pictures srapped and the enjoyment I get from doing it.

I used a piece of Heidi Swapp paper and sprayed it with Gold Color Shine. I've never really liked gold much, but I'm loving it on my layouts lately. These little gold hearts make me happy!

When I saw the teal ribbon in this kit I was a bit giddy. It's just simple and adorable, plus it's self adhesive. I'm also loving these gold banner stickers. Lots of fun on one page!

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Hold Your Hats Boys, This Swing is Flying

It's been awhile since I've had a chance to post some layouts to my blog. I'm loving this layout of my son when he was tiny. I'm determined to get his first year scrapbook completely done!

I used a sketch challenge for this layout, but I didn't get it done in time, so I never submitted it to the site. Now I can't even remember what site the sketch was from! My memory seems to be in overload. But, the layout turned out awesome, so I'm happy anyway.

The layout is pretty simple. I wrote my journaling down the edges of the blue paper. I like that it makes it look like an accent instead of detracting from the layout.

I used Echo Parks Jack and Jill Boy collection for this layout. As soon as I saw the airplane papers I knew I wanted to scrap these pictures. The reds and blues are perfect "boy" papers.

Using multiple alphas is one of my favorite things to do. This long title allowed for three different alphas. So much fun! 

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