Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two-page Tuesday #1

Good morning!  I thought I'd pop in today and start a new feature I'm hopping to share regularly on the blog - Two-page Tuesdays! 

A lot of the inspiration we see in the scrapbooking world comes in the form of single page layouts.  I'll admit when it comes to making layouts I often default to the one page layout, as well.  Sometimes it's an issue of timing.  I'm a slow scrapper, so I'll go for a single 12x12 page because that, in itself, will take me several hours.  With that said, oftentimes a two pager is necessary to include all of the pictures of an event/memory.  It's fun for me to mix it up and I like the mix of pages in my albums.

Today's page features pictures of my son's baseball season and lots of Elle's Studio goodies.

Supplies used: Elle's Studio - patterned paper and diecut pieces; American Crafts - cardstock, baseball flair, and thicker chipboard letters; My Mind's Eye - enamel dots; Other - Veteran Typewriter font, machine stitching.

I typically like to work on the pages independent of one another.  Oftentimes, I will pick a focal point photo and make it the 'star' of one of the pages, as I did here.  I love this shot I captured of my boy looking back at me from the bench.  Using this single photo allowed me to included a lengthier title and lots of paper and diecut pieces. 

I'm all about layering, and I love the way the papers and pieces look all stacked together.  I ran several of the diecut  pieces through my printer to add journaling and spread it across both pages. Washi tape, machine stitching, foam adhesive, enamel dots and folding down the corners of some the of the pieces add lots of texture and interest - all ultimately leading your eye to the focal point photo.

Since I used a single photo on the first page, I sized down the rest of my photos on page two.  This allows for me to include more, of course, and tell the complete story.  The photos were all sized to 2x3's then I manually cropped them and arranged them until they formed a pleasing design.

More layers of diecut pieces, text, stitching and embellishment tie complete this side of the spread and tie it back to page one.

I hope this has given you a little peek into my design thought process, and ultimately provided you a little inspiration to put together your own two page layout!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend inspiration

Happy Friday, friends!  Do you have any plans to sneak in some crafting this weekend?  It's definitely on my list of to-do's for the next several days - if I can eek out some time between soccer games, kids birthday parties and a date night with my hubby!

In the meantime, I wanted to pop in quickly to share a couple of projects I've had up over on the Love My Tapes blog.  As I mentioned in my last post, our household is fully immersed in the back to school routine, so I couldn't resist creating a few projects with that theme in mind. The first was a set of lunch box notes, with a simple washi tape background.

Supplies used: Studio G - kraft notecards; Love My Tapes - washi tape; Fiskars - star punch; Heidi Swapp - sentiment stamps; KI Memories - smiley stamp; Hero Arts - black ink; Other: scrap cardstock/paper

Click here for more details on this project and a closer look at each of these sweet mini notes!

Another project I shared, would be perfect for the new or even seasoned little readers in your house - washi adorned bookmarks.

Supplies used: Love My Tapes - washi tape; Stampin Up - bookworm stamp, punch; Studio G - cupcake stamp; American Crafts - cardstock, colored pencils; Hero Arts - black ink; Other - gamsol

You can click here for a closer look at these bookmarks and easy instructions to create your own!

And today on the LMT blog I'm sharing a recent scrapbook page, that wouldn't be complete without the added texture and dimension of some pretty lace tape borders.

Supplies used: American Crafts - patterned paper, diecuts, wood & epoxy embelishments; Jillibean Soup - kraft diecut title; Love My Tapes - lace tape; Stampin Up - scallop border punch; Other - machine stitching, crochet thread, circle punch

So, now that you've got a few ideas, I hope you'll make it a priority to get crafty this weekend.  If you do, I hope you'll come back and share with me what you've made. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to school and a schedule

It's back to school time for my littlest.  She has been watching her older brothers, backpack-clad and sleepy-eyed, trek off to the bus stop for nearly a month now!  She couldn't have been more excited for her turn yesterday,  It wasn't her official first day, but instead a shortened class where mommy would stay and she would meet her classmates and teacher.  She adamantly told me as we pulled into the parking lot though, "You stay here.  I'm going in my OWNself!  You're too big!".  LOL!  I guess I'll have no problems dropping her off next week?!

In celebration of all things back to school, I thought I'd share a couple of first day of school pages that I created last fall and never got around to sharing.  

I'm a huge Simple Stories fan and their school themed collections are always at the top of my list of favorites.  With a few simple sheets of patterned paper - including border prints, 4x6 and 3x4 cards, I was able to put two separate school pages for my boys.  They are similar in design (obviously!), but by changing the background cardstock and patterned paper pieces used, I was able to create a customized look for each of my boys.

Supplies used: Simple Stories - patterned paper; American Crafts - cardstock, thickers and twine; Fiskars - star punch; Technique Tuesday - date and phrase stamps; Hero Arts - ink; DCWV - cork paper; Other: veteran typewriter font, machine stitching.

With lots of pictures and cute page elements to fit onto a one page spread, I had to get a bit creative with my journaling.  Placing it vertically on the page adds a bit of interest and allowed me to squeeze in quite a bit of text.
This page follows the same formula as above, with a few minor alterations, based on the pieces I had remaining.  I love how it has a similar, clean look to it but lends to more of a 'preschool' feel with the Doctor Suess quote and apples!

Supplies used: Simple Stories - patterned paper; American Crafts - cardstock, embossing powder and twine; Fiskars - star punch; Technique Tuesday - phrase stamp; 7 Gypsies - number stamps; Hero Arts - ink (black); Tsukineko - versamark ink; DCWV - cork paper; Other: veteran typewriter font, machine stitching, foam adhesive.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm hoping to be back sharing with you more regularly now that we're all back to school and have returned to a schedule.  Fingers crossed!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bella of the Ball

Happy Thursday, readers!  It's been a busy week for me, despite the fact that my boys are spending the first part of their days at Vacation Bible School.  Someone please tell me how that works?!  I think I'm still catching up from the weekend's illness and add to the fact that I thought it would be a good time to start potty-training my littlest.... Never a dull moment! 

I thought I'd take a break from the chaos to stop in and share with you a little something I've been working on 'behind the scenes'.  If you haven't yet checked out the Bella blog today, then you might not know that the June Newsletter was released. I was honored to contribute to this issue as the 'Bella of the Ball'.  Here's a little sneaky peeky...

If that doesn't peek your interest (and with all that color - how could it not?!), I hope you'll still hop on over to at least read the list of 10 random facts about me.  You might learn something you never knew about me! ;)  Here is a direct link to the June newsletter, as well.

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your support!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

LMT layout: patterned paper covered washi

Happy Saturday!  Hope you're weekend is starting off better than mine!  We had a boatload of plans for the day, but it looks like the stomach bug had other ideas. 

Fortunately, I've yet to be hit (knock on wood!) so in the meantime, I'm going to hide in my craftroom and scrap!  But before I do that, just wanted to pop on here and share my latest project for Love My Tapes.

Supplies used: Patterned Paper - Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories; Washi Tape - Love My Tapes; Title: Silhouette store download file; Embellishements - Studio Calico wood veneers; Other: machine stitching, Veteran Typewriter font.
Here's a closer look at some of the pretty patterns going on, between both the papers and washi tapes I've used.

For more details on this page including all of the different ways in which I've included tape, head on over to this post on the Love My Tapes blog.
Hope to be back to share more soon (and with better news next time, too!) ;)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jillibean Soup Guest Designer projects

If you haven't yet seen my prior post here, I was honored with title of 'Guest Designer' for the month of May for Jillibean Soup.  Since the remainder of my projects went live at the end of the month, I wanted to take the opportunity to share them here, as well. 

The following projects all feature Jillibean's newest Birthday collection 'Birthday Bisque'.  My motto is, you can never have enough birthday themed supplies - especially if they're Jillibean! ;).  This is one of my very favorite recent JBS collections and in turn, helped me produce some of my most favorite projects.  Let's start with the layout...

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup - Patterned Paper: Birthday Bisque/Bite Sized Bits, Cup of Candles; Spicy Social Soup/ Bite Size Bits; Soup Staples II/Yellow Salt; Homemade 6 Bean Soup/Navy Beans; Mini Placemats: Favorite; Peapod Parts: Birthday Bisque; Coordinating Label stickers: Birthday Bisque; Soup Labels: Birthday Bisque; Alphabeans: Mushroom Gray; Wood Sprinkles: Love; Stamps: Sweet & Sour Soup; Other - EK border punch, Veteran Typewriter font, Hero Arts black ink, foam adhesive, machine stitching, Silhouette.

The bite-sized bits paper was a favorite of mine.  I love all of the 3x4 cards and had trouble narrowing down which ones to use.  A quick grid design came to the rescue by allowing me to incorporate several of the cards alongside some mini placemats for an effective and colorful backdrop for my pictures and memories.

Next up was a birthday card.  I just loved this aqua and orange color combo, which included a pop of red.  Again, I used one of my favorites of the mini placemats, to work my design around.  Even with the addition of the mini heart, I think this card could work for either a male or female recipient.

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup - Patterened Paper: Birthday Bisque/Cup of Candles; Cold Avocado Soup/Ripe Avocados; Mini Placemats: Favorite; Peapod Parts: Birthday Bisque; Coordinating Label stickers: Birthday Bisque; Soup Labels: Birthday Bisque; Other - Lawn Fawn sequins, American Crafts twine, Doodlebug gems, vellum, foam adhesive.
The focus of this last card, is again a piece trimmed from the bite-sized bits patterned paper.  This time, I trimmed the card into a tag shape, punching holes at the top and threading on twine for added dimension.  It looks so cute 'adhered' to the card base with that mini colorful clothespin, don't you think?!

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup - Patterned Paper: Birthday Bisque/Bite Sized Bits, Pound of Party, Pint of Presents; Cold Avocado Soup/Ripe Avocados; Coordinating Label stickers: Birthday Bisque; Soup Labels: Birthday Bisque; Wood Sprinkles: Love; Other - Stampin Up scallop border punch, Studio Calico sequins, Pebbles clothespin, American Crafts twine, Doodlebug enamel dots, machine stitching, foam adhesive.

You can get another look at these projects over on the Jillibean Soup blog.

Happy Monday, friends!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lots of washi

Happy Monday and Memorial Day to my US friends!  I'm spending most of the day enjoying my family but wanted to pop in quickly to share and link you up to a few recent projects that I've had featured on the Love My Tapes blog. 

First is a sweet little tin, that I altered, to hold the bows and barrettes I continue to gather for my little girl's hair.  This piece serves not only as functional organizational container, but also as a cute d├ęcor piece to add to her room.

For the full details and step by step tutorial to make your own, hop on over to this post on the Love My Tapes blog.
Next up is a pair of sweet and simple cards that would be just perfect to hand off on Father's Day, to all of the special Dads in your life. 

Who knew washi tape neck and bow ties could be so cute!  Again, hop on over to this post on the Love My Tapes blog for full directions and a step by step photo tutorial to create your own.
Thanks for joining me today!  See you real soon with lots more to share!