Friday, March 23, 2018

Sisters Do Lunch

Me and my four sisters...we've taken this photo before...a year before to be exact. Each year during our beach vacation, the girls all go out for shopping and lunch. Two years in a row we've chosen to eat at George's in Alyc Beach, and both meals ended with a photo in the same spot!

I chose the Summer Fun collection from Echo Park for it's combination of color and whimsy, fussy cutting some of the elements like the flower cluster...

 and scooter below:

Hmmm...should we find a new photo spot next year...or continue taking our picture on the steps under the frogs?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

All The Colors

This old kit had SO many die-cuts and stickers, I thought I'd never use them up...but I sure came close after completing this birthday page. Large patterned paper balloons were handcuff and pen-stitched before tying them up with an assortment of baker's twine. Colorful washi tape and enamel dots add to the celebratory feel of this birthday page:

And another kit bites the dust...almost. ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All The Gold

In an attempt to cut through more of my stash, I've been sorting through old kits, choosing items that I still love for today's pages. A sheet of gold-striped patterned paper became the base for the layout below, along with several gorgeous floral die-cuts and gold-studded embellishments, 2 chipboard frames, a gold-text paper, and ticket stub pattern. Stripes, text and ticket stubs...all favorites!

The gold is extremely difficult to photograph, and doesn't always show up well in pictures. An exception is the shot below, where those pretty glittery papers are shown off to their best advantage.

More of my favorite embellishments were used on here-enamel dots and brads included.

Who knew a bunch of leftovers could come together to create such a beautiful page?!

Whistler Title Page

While I was waiting to get our trip photos printed, I dug out my travel themed papers and pulled together a few elements to make the page below. Perhaps a photo or two could be placed on the bottom of the page. If not, I'll use this layout as a title page in my album. 

Check back here as I'm sure to scrap quite a few of our trip photos over the next few weeks!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Our Family-Step By Step

This step-by-step for my Our Family layout was shared on the My Creative Scrapbooks blog last week:

I began my page not really thinking about the page, but about ALL the possibilities for combining butterflies, flowers, and journaling cards, all plentiful in the papers and embellishments of this month's My Creative Scrapbooks Main kit. So out came the scissors...

to set those butterflies free!

Here they are dressing up three of the large journaling cards. Adhered to a cardstock or patterned paper base, any of these would make a wonderful all-purpose greeting card. But first, I'll choose one for my layout.

I started with two patterned papers from the kit, a yellow print up top, black and white plaid below, in a 1:2 ratio, then picked one of the dressed up journaling cards and adhered it to the bottom of my page. A second journaling card was layered behind the first.

Out came the scissors again, this time cutting up the prettiest floral paper. (I know! Hard to do, but I had ideas for the pieces!) Sifting through my fussy cut flowers and greenery, I chose a few pieces for the bottom of my page, and set the others aside for another layout I had planned. ;)

Three more butterflies were added, flying up from the flowers:

To balance things out, a pretty doily was tucked behind the cards. This was actually a RED doily, but the backside was perfectly white. Yay!

Believe it or not, up to this point I hadn't decided upon a photo! I had printed several, but when I set this rare family photo on the page, I knew it was the one. As you can see, a plaid scallop border sticker was added to the top, with the beginnings of my title:

A couple of tags were tucked beneath the picture, and buttons adhered beneath the word, family:

As always, a few final details seemed to attach themselves. I added to my title, dotted the "i" with hearts and a little banner, then dated the page:

Like the page says, "I am...thankful, grateful, blessed" for my awesome family, and this awesome kit from My Creative Scrapbooks. ;)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Paper Weaving: Simply Me Layout and Card

Today I'm sharing a layout (and bonus card) both created with the gorgeous March main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks. For this page, and the card below, I use a favorite paper scrap technique, paper weaving.

You could use just a few chosen patterned papers, and create an orderly design with your weaving...or opt for a more freestyle look, as in the weaving I've done here.

I love the random look of these paper strips woven together. They create a fun second photo mat of sorts for my photo, which was first narrowly matted on yellow. Additional pops of yellow, flower chipboard, button, and bird sticker give the layout a happy feel.

Stickers, chipboard pieces, and die-cuts from the Simple Stories "I Am" collection are scattered around the journaling card. 

Of course, what does one do with those extra strips cut for the layout above, except continue the weaving exercise! Backing a heart cut-out, and embellished with die-cuts, a button and tag, it makes a beautiful card. 

And who doesn't love a handmade birthday card? 'Til next time...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


I'm finally getting to all the pictures from our spring trip to Whistler, Canada, and this one shows exactly what we did there...relax! Yes, there were trips up the mountain in the Gondola, lots of great meals and window shopping, but the best times were when we had nothing planned and could just enjoy our time away from the everyday. 

Here's Tommy checking out the oversized chess board at our hotel. 

This layout was made with the March main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks, a gorgeous kit full of Simple Stories' "I Am" papers, chipboard, die-cuts, and stickers. Fussy cut flowers and greenery were used to trim the large paper heart shape.

That yellow house reminded me of our own home, two story, yellow, and full of charm (if not flowers), so I cut it from one of the patterned paper journaling cards and added it to the page as well.

Now let me tell you about my title. The foam letters were originally pure white, but a brushing with gold Perfect Pearls pigment powder gave them a shimmery new look. Another pot of Perfect Pearls rescued the patterned paper heart. Trying to be a bit more artsy, I had originally dry brushed the edges with white paint. The result was too stark, and not exactly what I had in mind! A brushing with pink pearl powder fixed it up nicely.

Now it looks so much better!

Stay tuned for more projects from this beautiful main kit by My Creative Scrapbooks.