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Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook Layout: Dance Forever & Disney

Happy Sunday,  I hope you are enjoying the last bit of your weekend!  We got our first official snow of the winter and have been thoroughly enjoying it!  We spent the morning watching it fall out our windows, then bundled up and played in it after lunch.  Now we're inside again warming up with cocoa.  Pretty perfect Sunday, if you ask me!  It would be completely perfect if I could squeeze in a little scrapbooking time, so that is next on the agenda!

But before I do that, I thought I'd share with you, the last of the two pages I put together with My Creative Scrapbook's January Main kit.

One single, sweet diecut was the inspiration for this page.  See the round 'dance forever' diecut in the bottom right corner of my page?  Right when I saw it, it reminded me that I was still waiting on the perfect product to scrap my little girl's dance pictures.


The 3x4" Happy Place collection brag cards and diecut pieces were my favorite parts of the kit.  In fact, the brag cards made for a quick and easy grid style layout to my page.  They were the perfect surface to add bits of my journaling, extra embellishment and layers.




The last page I created from the kit, makes a bold statement using the diecut letters as both my title and background.

 
I just couldn't resist those letters!  The font and the colors are just perfection and both paired nicely with some of my favorite family Disney memories.  While this page has no real title - the page theme is clear, by the words used to 'mat' my photos.


Again, I snuck in more diecuts and button embellishments to accent my page.



 Thanks for joining me today!  I hope the rest of your weekend is cozy and crafty!
 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook Layout: A Perfect Snap

As promised, I'm back today with one of the layouts I created for my guest stint over at My Creative Scrapbook

If you have children or at the very least, have tried to take a picture with 2 or more, you know what a challenge it can be.  It's darn near impossible to get everyone smiling, happy and looking at the camera at the same time, am I right?!  That 'perfect snap' is my one and only wish each Mother's Day, and as you can see, it's often hard to come by.  But the outtakes are part of the memory, so I thought they would be fun to include on this page.

 
 
The Fancy Pants 3x4 Brag card made for the perfect title for my page, even if it hints at a bit of sarcasm!  The quotations reinforce the tongue and cheek nature of my title, in addition to the added text I included by running the 3x4 card through my printer.


This paper collection includes so many great diecuts that I tried my best to squeeze in as many as I could.  Layering the diecuts among the 3x4 cards, photos and themselves ties all of the elements of the page together and gives them each a home.

 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back again tomorrow with another kit page to share!
 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

MCS Guest Designer: Home Decor Project

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen that I've been sharing sneak peeks of a project I had been working on during the month of December.  Well, today I'm finally able to share what that project is -- I've been selected as the guest designer for My Creative Scrapbook kit club for the months of January - March!

I got to work with their Main Kit, the contents of which were revealed on their blog and social media accounts today...


As you can see it's full of the Fancy Pants Happy Place collection, which is just as beautiful and fun to work with, as it appears!

I made four separate projects with this kit that I'll be sharing in the coming days.  The first, and maybe my most favorite of the projects is this altered home d├ęcor piece.  I used a Jillibean Soup 'Mix the Media' receipt holder from my stash, along with some recent family photos and the kit contents to create this piece.

 
Here are some close ups...
 

 
Stay tuned to the My Creative Scrapbook blog for a tutorial I put together showing how to make this fun heart shaped button embellishment.
 
 
I'll be back again tomorrow to share one of the three additional layouts I made with this kit. I hope you'll join me!
 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Design Team News and a Sneak!



Happy New Year!  I am excited to be ringing in 2016 with a fun little announcement - I have been asked to continue my term with the Just Nick design team!
 
As you can see there is loads of talent on the 2016 team and Nicole's got some fun and exciting things planned for Just Nick in the new year.
 
My design team intro (or should I call it 'refresher') is up on the blog today.  We were also tasked with the assignment to create and all about me page.  I went to work with the capture this and basic hearts cut files along with some Simple Stories I AM collection products to put together my page. 
 
Here is a peek at the page....



I hope you'll head over to the Just Nick blog to see the rest!


 

Monday, December 28, 2015

This Is 2015: A Just Nick DT page

Hello blog friends!  All this week on the Just Nick blog, we're focusing on remembering and reflecting.  In doing so, I have been flipping through the photos on my phone from the past year.   I uncovered so many gems that had not yet been printed, soI decided to make a page featuring some of the highlights of our year. This page will serve as the title page for my 2015 family album. 



Supplis used: Simple Stories - patterned paper, bradz, stickers, diecuts; Fancy Pants - buttons; Tim Holtz - mini attacher; Bazzill - cardstock;  Other: foam adhesive, machine stitching


I used three different files from the Just Nick store to create and customize my design

The 'This Is' portion of my title was taken from the Arrow Set 1 cut file. The original arrow design used in this file was much thicker and shorter.  However, I wanted to use a longer, thinner title that would stretch the width of my page and not get lost in my grid of photos.  To create that effect, I borrowed one of the longer, skinnier arrows from the All Boy file and sized it to my desired length.


I completed my custom title by including the year.  Lucky for me the Right Now Cards design included a bold, chunky '2015' that I was able to snag and incorporate into my design.


I hope this page reminds you that you can make your cut files work for you!  Adjust their sizes, widths and even combine files for a completely fun and custom look!

I'll be back soon with more to share.  In the meantime, happy crafting!

Friday, November 13, 2015

I always want to remember: A Just Nick DT Page

Good Friday morning, blog friends!  I've got a house full of sick kiddos to take care of, but I wanted to pop on here quickly to share a page that went live on the Just Nick blog today. 

All week long the designers have been sharing pages focused on the theme of 'Remember'.  That theme had me all mushy gushy and walking down memory lane through photos of my kids from years back.  It was a fun excuse to scrapbook these treasured photos I ran across and memories of them being little, that I never want to forget!

Supplies used: Just Nick - Word Tabs and Positives 3 Background cut files; Pink Paislee patterned paper and glitter stickers; Chickaniddy Crafts patternend paper; DCWV patterned paper (woodgrain); Heidi Swap chipboard frames; American Crafts thickers; Simple Stories sticker labels; Crate Paper chipboard frame; Studio Calico sequins; Kerri Bradford Studios stamped sentiment; Other: machine stitiching, computer font, foam adhesive, vellum.
I went for the obvious choice for my title.  Lucky for me, Nicole has all sorts of options for the word 'remember' in the cut file store.  I used the Word Tabs file.  I used the tabbed portion at the bottom to add my subtitle to the page.

I couldn't resist adding those sweet glittery bow stickers to my title.  They reminded me of a string you might tie to your finger to remember something.  Pretty perfect, huh?!


I snuck in some more Just Nick cut files, among the white space on my page.  The Positive Background 3 cut file was a subtle way to fill in those empty spaces and pull in some more plus signs, that appear in other places throughout the page.



Thanks so much for visiting me today!  I hope you sneak in some crafty time this weekend - that's definitely on my to do list!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DCWV & May Arts blog hop

Good afternoon, friends!  If you are visiting from the DCWV/May Arts blog hop and this is your first time here - welcome, I'm so happy to have you!

Admittedly, I haven't yet taken down my Halloween decorations yet (yikes!) but that didn't stop me from getting a head start on some of my Christmas crafting.  I couldn't help it - when I received the new DCWV holiday stacks and an array of gorgeous ribbons from May Arts, I was itching to create.

With that being said, I am certainly in no hurry for Christmas to get here.  I haven't even begun my shopping, after all!  So the first idea that popped into my mind was to create a Christmas countdown.  Now I'll have a fun and sparkly way to remind me how many shopping days are left until Santa's arrival!


Supplies used: DCWV - patterned paper, glittered tags and diecuts, gems; May Arts - grosgrain and sparkle ribbon and twine; American Crafts - glitter clothespin, Kerri Bradford - cut file; Provo Craft - wood plank, Other: hot glue, mono liquid glue, computer font.
I started off with a wooden plaque that measures about 7.5" by 5.5". I had this particular one from Provo Craft, in my stash from long ago, but you could easily find a similar unfinished piece at your local craft store and paint it to your liking

A bit of hot glue and a glittery clothespin make this piece functional as a countdown.  With an array of gorgeous wintery ribbons, I couldn't stop there.  I layered May Arts sparkly blue ribbon atop a navy grosgrain to create a dimensional bow that would accent my clip.  Again, a bit of hot glue does the trick to secure everything into place.


The DIY Project Stack Favor boxes - holiday version, was the perfect companion to my project.  Not only does it have a coordinating color palette and sparkly finish, but the diecut tags included in the stack, were perfectly made for a project of this type!  In addition, the glittery stars and snowflakes were precut and simply punched out from the stack.  A little bit of liquid glue was the right adhesive to give these a smooth and secure hold.


I couldn't stop there with the sparkle and trim.  May Arts makes this beautiful bakers twine that is accented with a silver strand.  It was just the right thickness and size to tie at the top of each of my numbered tags.


Here's a closer look at those tags.  Aren't they pretty?!  They have the most gorgeous sparkly finish that doesn't shed a bit!  The best part is, the hard work is all done for you - the tags are numbered, glittered and diecut.  All you do is simply punch them from the page, tie on some trim and they are ready to be added to your countdown.


 
Thanks for stopping over to take a closer look at my project.  I hope you'll stop by again soon!