Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Science Nerd....

I love that my youngest loves to take pictures of herself (or have someone else take them) using her Iphone! She's constantly posting them on Instagram! And that means I have an endless supply of photos of her, since she won't really let me take photos of her myself!! This photo was taken in school during her AP Chemistry lab - love the apron and safety goggles!! She does love science and chemistry - she's planning on being a Chem major when she starts college next year (just like her brother) - and she's proud of being nerdy!! LOL
Most of the products I used on this layout are from my October Studio Calico kit with a few things from my stash (the thin washi tape, the camera strip (from an earlier SC kit), the Sassafras Lass flowers (that I've been hoarding since they're no longer in business), and the American Crafts journal tags). I cut the atomic shapes using my Silhouette Cameo - I bought that shape and was waiting for the perfect photo to use it with - and I used some of the MME enamel dots in the centers. I used some aqua Prima chalk ink on the brown woodgrain Thickers that were in the kit this month for my title and used a Copic marker to color the wood veneer corner pieces.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trying to play catch-up....


I've been so very busy with family visiting these past two weekends that I haven't had a lot of time to blog or really to scrap! But I did get a couple of layouts done the other night that I wanted to post!

For both layouts, I finally broke into my October Studio Calico kit and used it to make these!

The top layout features one of the senior photos I took of my youngest this summer. We found the most gorgeous driveway as we were driving around and she jumped out of the car and I snapped a few pics of her before she got too self conscience! I used the very cool Sodalicious wood veneer arrows to highlight the photo around the corners. I made a heart shaped vellum pouch and filled it with some confetti made from the gold washi tape and some paper punched up into hearts (I used the negative space from the punched gold hearts layered around the page. I the title and the flourish using my Silhouette Cameo.

The layout has a photo of our golden retriever Rusty. He's such a ham - I love the smile he's giving me :)! The background piece was so bold that I didn't want to use a lot of extra embellishments so i left this pretty simple with just the matted photo and a few of the printable journal spots layered around that are available this month from Studio Calico. I love the look of the wide green graph washi tape on this - I think it makes everything else pop. I did a little stamping with the arrow stamp using the white Prima ink that I just purchased - love the way it stamps!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I've been waiting for just the right scrapbook goodies to scrapbook this photo! It's one of the many photos I took right after my son got engaged in October of 2010. I did a little photoshopping to it to tone the colors down some. I love the angle of the shot and that you can see her ring on her hand that's resting on her leg!

Every week Studio Calico has a member inspiration challenge and this was my take on the challenge! Not only did I win the challenge for that week (and $5 credit at SC!) - this layout is now the member challenge for this week!! Go and take the challenge there so you can win a $5 to SC too!!

I used mostly products from my September Studio Calico kit to make this layout with a little stash too (the heart clip is Amy Tangerine for American Crafts and the letters are made by Pebbles and were in a previous SC kit). After first completing my layout it looked very white and "floaty", so I included several lines of machine stitching around the outside edge to frame everything in the middle. I used yellow, green and blue threads to match the papers.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!! :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

October Take Twelve is here!!

Don't forget to take you 12 photos today and then take the challenge to upload a layout or photos with them by the 18th on the Ella Publishing Blog here to win a fabulous prize!! Oh how I wish I could win this awesome prize package this month. This month's Take Twelve prize sponsor is Shelley Haganman, who operates a glorious shop on Etsy called A Flair For Buttons. There are 9 pages of one-of-a-kind handmade flair buttons, and our lucky winner this month gets to pick three sets as her prize. Just think of the fun you can have with these—on Project Life, your refrigerator, Christmas gift wrapping, regular scrapbook layouts... all you have to do is share your twelve photographs with us! 

One of the prompts this month is to take an outing to photograph the changing scenery of the season. That's going to be what I focus on with my photos....the changing colors of the leaves, the festivals that go on in our town at this time, the crisp cool air that is so fabulous to take photos in! I can't wait to see what photos you take!

Thanks so much for looking and have a fantastic day!! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

More fab My Mind's Eye.....

I can't believe how lucky I've been to create with another line by My Mind's Eye for my local scrapbook Store - Scrapbook Zone!! This is their new Christmas line "All is Bright". I just adore the colors - my precious aqua - with pops of deep red and greens and such whimsical designs!

I think this line is perfect for vintage photos, so I used a photo that I have of my sister on Christmas morning in 1966. Isn't she precious?? If you look to the very right edge of the photo you can just see a tiny edge of me!! :)

I love the chevrons and the base piece had all cream chevrons with the image printed in the bottom right corner. I took another piece of patterned paper from the same line that had chevrons of varying colors and cut a strip of them to layer under my triple matted photo - not only to highlight the photo, but to help ground the photo too. The designs matched perfectly so I had no trouble aligning in up in the correct spot. I then machine stitch along both edges for a quilted effect.

I used several pieces from the 12x12 chipboard package, and used the twine from the twine pack to tie everything together. I machine stitched right over the chipboard pieces which is so simple - I don't even change any setting on my sewing machine - it goes through the chipboard like butter! For my (very brief) journaling I typed it onto a piece of vellum and then layered it on top of the chipboard piece!

I cut the title out using my Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous day!! :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

World Card Making Day Projects.....

I don't make cards very often, but on World Card Making Day, I like to challenge myself by participating in the fun and take on some challenges that help me to make them! This year I used the challenges on the Studio Calico blog. I made the top two on Saturday and did a quick third card this afternoon (right before my football game!). The top card was a challenge to use a sketch, the second card was to have a repeating stamped background, and the third card combined 4 challenges in one - use a diecut (the Polaroid frame), layer some wooden veneer pieces on top of each other (the butterflies), use scraps (I did from my SC kit from last month), and make in 15 minutes or less (which was easy enough done since I have some diecuts already precut and ready to use - I simply backed the diecut piece with scraps, attached some washi tape down one side of the card, adhered the Polaroid frame, misted one butterfly and then attached all three, pop dot a sticker quote and added the final enamel dots). I like the way they all turned out - and they are all so different! I like that too! :)
Thanks so much for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dream Big.....

I'm going to say that this is one of most favorite layouts I've made recently! It's a photo of my youngest daughter from her senior portraits. I took her photos and we both really like the way they turned out. Danielle really likes this photo the best. Scrapping these photos really make me feel melancholy as she's my baby and she'll be leaving next year for college. I'll really miss her. So, when I scrap these  photos, I think of ideas that I want to convey to her to help her start life on her own. I want her to "dream big" and do what makes her happy, no matter how hard or how long it takes!

I cut the title using a download from the Silhouette store and my Silhouette Cameo.

More products being used from my September SC kit with a few pieces from my stash - the veneer stars, the baker's twine and the heart doilies. I cut up the Jenni Bowlin stencil page and used the piece that has her initial on - where I attached a star! For the base piece of patterned paper, I used a chevron mask in opposite corners and sprayed it with some Mister Huey - both by Studio Calico.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

@ New Orleans Jazzfest

My oldest daughter took this picture of herself and me with her Iphone while we were at New Orleans Jazzfest last year. We were so excited because we were going to see Jimmy Buffet! It was a fun day (even though it was scorching hot!) and Jimmy was awesome!! This was us at the start of the day, because by the end of the day we were so hot and sweaty and sunburned!!

I used products from my September Studio Calico kit to make this layout. I first misted the base patterned paper with white Mister Huey where I wanted to do all of my layering. I cut apart our initials as well as the arrow from the very cool Jenni Bowlin stencil page and backed it with some patterned paper. I used the map piece of paper that has where I live in Arkansas poking out at the top above the photo. I used a couple of diecuts that I had previously cut from my Silhouette Cameo (the yellow bursts) and actually got some of my punches out and used them  - my first punch ever, the Martha Stewart butterfly, the heart punched from the aqua cardstock, and even a border punch which I used  on the red patterned paper. I also added some SC wooden veneer asterisks which I have been hoarding since I don't have very many left and they don't make them anymore. When I first got my kit this month, I didn't think I'd like the Amy Tangerine vinyl letters, but once I started using them I found they were the perfect size for my titles and a great font and I've just about used them all up!

You just never know until you try something if they are really your style or not!! That's what I love about Studio Calico kits - I get things that I normally wouldn't purchase myself and I use them because they coordinate so well with everything else in the kits and more often than not I like them!

Thanks so much for looking!! Have a great day!! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Still Crazy after all these Years....

I fun, quick layout using a fun photostrip that my husband and I had made at our son's wedding. They had a photobooth set up and we took lots of photos here! There were some fun props, but we had more fun trying to do silly things to each other that we really didn't need the props. And in the second photo down, our son and daughter photo-bombed us - this photo is just so priceless to me!!

I used products from my September Studio Calico kit and added a few of those really cool Amy Tangerine for American Crafts diecuts! I splashed some white and aqua Mister Huey in some spots and then just layered the diecuts all around my page - keeping everything to the center of the paper. I also did some stamping with the very cool arrow stamp that was in one of the add-on kits using prima ink in tincan and dove grey Stazon. I hand sewed the man & woman paperclips to the diecut using just some sewing thread before attaching it to my layout. I still love the look of the doilies and I like cutting them in half to spread across my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a wonderful fall day!! :)