Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sketch time

After a long scrapping hiatus, it is always helpful to use sketches to get my creative juices flowing again! I saw this DT call at Let's Get Sketchy, and I really liked their sketches, so I figured I'd see what I could come up with:

This is the sketch:

And here is my take:

It feels so great to be playing with my supplies again and pulling out my sewing machine (which I've only ever used for paper lol!).

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Do blogs have an expiration date?

Ok, so it's been three years (three years!) since I've blogged, and sadly I haven't scrapbooked much within that three years. But, you guessed it...I've missed it. Greatly. I now officially have all three kids in school, and I'm ready to start carving out my creative time again because if I've learned anything in the last few years, it's that we have to nurture ourselves. And with that, we need to do the things that speak to our heart. Having a creative outlet was so valuable for me, and it feels so good to get back on the horse, so to speak.

I recently cleared off my scrap table, pulled out my supplies and just had at it. What a great feeling! And this was the end result... a layout about chloe and her bestie.
If anyone is even still getting notifications for this little 'old blog lol, I appreciate you visiting me, and I can't wait to check up on what the rest of my creative friends have been up to!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My boys and their swagger

I will be the first to admit that I have jumped on the whole mustache trend bandwagon. I think they're so much fun!! So when Noah brought home mustache straws he had gotten at a birthday party, and him and Luke decided to test them out, of course I couldn't resist snapping some pics ;)


This Fancy Pants Swagger line was perfect for my pictures, and I had fun getting messy with it. I wanted a chevron looking border, so I cut the striped paper up and pieced it together and then added some paint to tone down the colors a bit. I also stitched one of the die cut mustaches to add some detail. I think I need to take some pictures of my daughter and I swith mustache props next... who says girl can't play with them, too? :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A tribute to the Beatles...

So everyone knows the song "All you need is love" by the Beatles, right?  Like with most holidays, the kids anticipation and excitement of Valentine's Day definitely rubs off, so I took inspiration from the Fab Four to make a home décor piece.

I made a collage out of layered pieces of Fancy Pants' Trendsetter line (love those colors!!), and I added some die-cuts, tissue paper and other bits and pieces on top of the paper.  I covered it all in mod podge to give it a shiny glaze (and hold it all in place), and then I outlined the heart with chevron paper straws. I made the phrase out of Heidi Swapp's new clear letters and an easy and cute home décor canvas was born :) 

And since I'm on home décor, here's a little Thanksgiving banner I made (yes, I realize Thanksgiving was now months ago... shhh, don't tell!):

I love being able to hang things in the house that I've made myself... such a fun way to add a bit of my own personality into a holiday celebration or "just because" for that matter!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Keeping up with the feather trend...

Here is another layout I did for my Guest Design Team term for Jenni Bowlin Mercantile, and it incorporates one of my favorite trends right now.... feathers!

The kit came with the awesome JBS die-cut feathers, and it also had a feather stencil.  Using the stencil, I put glue over one of the feather stencils, covered it in fine gold glitter and then cut it out to make my own embellishment.  I then used the stencil whole (with all four feathers) over a piece of cardstock, and I sprayed several different inks on top, using a gold spray ink as the base.  I love getting messy and experimenting with stencils!

And, of course, it didn't hurt that Chloe had feathers on her shirt to go with the theme (did this scrappy mama plan out this photo shoot with this layout in mind?  hmmmmm, neveeeeer ;)

Here's another layout from the awesome JBS kit:

Love the stamps that came with it, too - that little airplane stamp gives just the right amount of extra detail!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  I'm going to see Pink in concert tomorrow night, and i'm sooo excited!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Celebrating fall...

I don't know about you guys, but I love this time of year.  There's something so beautiful and magical about the changing colored leaves all around.  Our neighborhood, in particular, has old, huge trees that make it a gorgeous sight at this time of year.  Now raking and bagging all those fallen leaves is another story ;)

I think this is my favorite layout I did for my Guest Design work for Jenni Bowlin this month.  This kit was perfect to create fall projects:

I had a lot of fun cutting into some of the beautiful patterned papers and adding in some leaf stickers, and the wooden leaves added the perfect touch.

Will be back soon with more JBS projects!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jenni Bowlin Guest Designer

I'm SO excited to share with you guys that i'm guest designing for JBS this month with the AMAZING November kit. 

This is the first layout that I created with the kits:

I used the main kit which you can find here,  as well as some goodies from the mini album kit and the Historian add-on kit.  The monthly kit is packed full of awesome goodies including the new JBS exclusive wood veneer shapes - each month, the JBS kits will feature a new wood veneer product.
Here's a close-up of the wood veneer leaves - I just love them!
Also, Jenni is having a membership special this month that you definitely want to check out:

I can't wait to keep playing, and i'll be back with the rest of my projects soon!

Hope everyone had a great end to their October and a fun time trick-or-treating if you went.  Please tell me that i'm not the only one sneaking my kids' candy into my mouth, piece by piece, when they're not looking! ;)