Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quick Card Creations...

So I needed a few cards quick! Birthdays, anniversary & a housewarming...so here is what I did!
1.Grabbed pile of scraps I wanted to use up - In this case it was leftovers from the Sun Kissed line from Bo-Bunny and a little bit of Fancy pants and October Afternoon paper.

2. Grabbed these clear word stickers from Karen Foster (they come in Birthday, Congratulations and Thank-you sentiments) and they are a REALLY Great price!

3.Start having fun - I went with a basic 5.5x4.25 card size - fits into your basic envelope, and just layered paper and stickers and these sentiment stickers until I was tired of these leftovers:-)  here are some I came up with!
and my favorite:-)

super fun and super easy! and I kept making more cards - check back tomorrow for more pictures:-)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

more from the Fly a Kite line!

here is another layout from this great October Afternoon line - sorry you keep seeing this line but I have SOOO many summer pics and this line just works so well!
I used the 12x12 patterned paper called Sprinkers for the background (how perfect a summer name is that:-)
and cut the circles out of Ice Cream.

I added stickers from the fly a kite word sticker sheet and buttons from the Rusted Sun button package (Fancy pants)  The metal brad is from the Sunkissed line (Bo-Bunny).
Journaling is simple as this is a layout part of a larger vacation and it says "spending the day at Typhoon Lagoon") Circles are just cut out with scissors, the Ice Cream paper has defined circles, and then the rest of the circles I just traced the outside of a CD for the Green gingham circle, and the inside for the little yellow one. The medium yellow one was left over from another project.
Maybe today will bring you sprinklers and icecream- if nothing else you could always just get the paper and have it that way:-)

ttyl, S

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

more boy ideas....

I hear it all the time, I NEED ideas for boy pages...in a scrapbook world of flowers and rhinestones what do I do???

Here is what you do -
1.play with letter stickers - give x-tra ompfff to your title by changing things up and use 2 or more fonts
2.layer embellishments - I love this "collage" look of just a bunch of layered "stuff" to add to the page
3.use metal -now I do not have metal on this page, but it makes for a GREAT masculine detail, a metal brad, or even better a grouping of 3 brads is awesome - Marilyn(co-worker at the store) always says a page needs something shiny:-)
4.mat your photos - something as simple as a photo mat adds a little color, and gives your pictures some "POP"
5.tags, tickets, date and label stickers are your friend, use them, write on them or just layer them up - see#2
6. add a border, a border is a simple - yet interesting detail you can use  - choose a punch that is not to "girly" or better yet - buy the Bazzill 12" borders we have in     the store for only $3.99.

ps - check out the blue and brown rhinestones I added to this page - it doesn't even look to girly!!! sorry pic is a little blurry - I took this while standing on a little stool - I must have been losing my balance!!

pss - are those big letters not great(words BOY ; BOAT)!!! Please come and buy them, I have like 20 of them in the store and they are only $1.99, so cheap, so come on, buy them for your next boy layout!! There is really great ones in a Ledger design as well...hmmmm gotta use those on a school page or something:-)

Monday, August 23, 2010

sadness to happiness

he was in his jammies, all excited about showing me the chocolate pudding paintings he did at the babysitter today (I have the BEST babysitter:-)  and in his hurry, he caught his ankle in the door!  (I don't know how that happened, I did not see it happen, I just heard the crying & saw the tears!)
So after some "you'll be okay's" and some "let's see what will make it better's" - here is what we came up with:-)

Yep, a Cream soda with cookies and ice-cream float - not for my stomach but...
it looks like it might have chased away the tears for tonight:-)

here's to brushing your teeth "really" well before bedtime after a snack like this!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

loving me some October Afternoon !!

okay so I am not really too organized - I admit it, however when it comes to planning layouts - I do have a little routine - I print pics & pull paper and pile them up in this Album & Paper file from Creative Options
  I pretty much have 10-15 layouts ready to scrap and add accents to at any given time - the only issue is that sometimes it takes a while to get down to the bottom:-) Well I had to re-organize this tool this week and found this paper (Old OA, from the Road Map line - but there still is a few sheets left in the store!) and wanted to Scrap with it.
Other items added to the page are the Sweet Summertime rub-ons - currently available in store (see pic at bottom of post), and the green letters are the "Honey" font from American Crafts(my favorite font right now!) and the tiny black ones are "tiny type" from Cosmo Cricket.

The Summer time sticker is also from OA - label stickers and the glazed brads are from Girls paperie.

After this one was done, I felt inspired to use some current OA- Fly a Kite is a line I keep going back to - I love it's fun bright colors!

the smaller patterned squares are actually the journal squares from the Fly a Kite line, I just flipped them backwards as they are the same patterns as the 12x12 papers, but just a little shrunken down so you get the maximum pattern on a little piece ( there are 11 punch out journal cards on a sheet)

The sweet Summer rub-on below and the cute banner you see to your right of the layout (full layout picture) are OA's rub-ons.
OA has the BEST rub-ons!!! The do not stick at all, meaning if you hold the entire sheet of rubon's on your page, but only apply pressure to the word or image you want to release or transfer, they do just that.  I say they go on like butter! In a pinch I have used my fingernail to add pressure to release the transfer onto my paper without any issues (I told you I was not that organized - there is a rub-on roller tool in the bottom of my scrap bag somewhere!!!)

mmm I still have more journalling cards left, I wonder what else I can create??? :-)

ttyl, S

Friday, August 20, 2010

Travel Mini Album

ok so I am going to try blogging with a 3 year old on my lap trying to wrap up my arms with a measuring tape! So I will talk about Little Yellow Bicycle again, I wanted to play with their travel line called - "Pack your Bags", the colors and patterns a so nice, great light blues, navy, greens and coffee &chocolate browns. The one side is printed with something distictively travel orientated, the other side is a really nice masculine pattern (this paper would work great for boy pages!)
My initial thought was to create a mini-book with it - so I grabbed some bazzill 12x12 chipboard and cut it in half so I have 2-6x12 pieces.
I then grabbed the line and took it to the cardstock and choose some complimentary colors I decided my album should have 9 pages, so I knew I had to have 22 pieces of paper inthe 6x12 sizes (4 for covers and another 18 for inner pages as I would be gluing 2 sides together to give the pages more stability.)
The album was completed in a short time, I even added stickers and other great embellishments from the line to the corners, or top/bottom of pages, as to not interfere with any photos I might add later...when I mentioned to my sister this cute little album I made up, and did not know which pictures to use - she said add our Minneapolis pics! Awesome idea Jen,  here is the album - almost complete (I needed to print a few more pics!)

a little memento from a fun weekend:-)

 I just want to talk about these new metal corners from 7Gypsies, they are my favorite thing right now!
You take the edge and put it onto your chipboard project- flip the chipboard upside down  with the metal edge sticking up on the inside of your project. Take a hammer and tap the edges down until the metal fits the corner snugly.  ***Tip, hammer the edge on a self healing mat or something with a bit of give so the outside edge stays smooth. Oh and the keys, I tied them from a piece of hemp and have them hanging off of one of the binder rings on the album - see close-up of the cover photo.

these tear-out tickets were also alot of fun to use, when you tear them the edge stays perforated, giving them a slightly distressed look - I will use these for projects other than travel for sure!
I hope you will be inspired to scrap your summer travels, whether it is a holiday, weekend away or picnic at the local park - your memories are soo with documenting:-)


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beach Layouts

ahhh sweet summertime! when your pictures are sunny & the water is a gorgeous blue!  Our family really loves the beach/lake/any body of water (well, the kids and hubby love it - I am a little terrified of deep water) so I stay dry and take ALOT of pics:-)

Using the great Summertime line from Little Yellow Bicycle called "Boardwalk" I scrapped a bunch of pictures from one of our Sundays at the beach at Dorothy Lake in the Whiteshell.

Dain had really become comfortable in the water this year, and I wanted to make a note about that. So the journaling is around the pictures to make sure I get it in.  As well, these pictures are not perfect (a little blurry) but I wanted to make sure that I captured his "adventures on the tube" despite the fact I had to zoom in alot, keep my hand steady, as well as deal with the rocking waves.  I am okay with that:-)

I used Co-ordinations cardstock for the background of this layout, what I love about this stuff is the "colored core". What this means is if you distress the cardstock in any way (I took a nail file to it:-) the lighter color of the core comes through, giving the background some variation and visual interest... and look I finally made it on a layout, how can you tell my hubby took this pic all you see is my butt!!!- it's supposed to be me and Aubrey on the blanket (she's the one under the pink)  - loving the pic of Dain relaxing - and the Boardwalk letters stickers were perfect!  the large scallops are my good old circle punch - circles cut in half:-)

I love the blue background, it makes the pictures of the water just jump off the page!!!

A closer look at the details, October Afternoon journal sticker on a Jillibean sprout - the rows of patterned paper with border punch details... The Title Sticker - so easy!

There you have it - I think I have a few more layouts in me for this line, the more I played with it, the more I was in love with the fun bright patterns, the accents and stickers....hmmm maybe a mini-book about summer at the lake...I will play a little more and see:-) 

Happy Scrappin!