Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Scrapbooking Store August Kit

A few weeks ago the Scrapbooking Store contacted me to see if I'd like to try out their upgraded August Kit. After poking around their website and social media pages, I couldn't wait to try out one of their fun kits. Here's the first layout I created with the Scrapbooking Store August Kit (notice I say first, because I've already created a 2nd layout, but you'll have to wait until next week to see it).

The August kit features Echo Park For the Record which has an elegant, vintage vibe. It's a great kit for family history scrapping and black and white or sepia photos, but I decided to challenge myself by thinking outside the box a bit to use a current photo. I ended up choosing a photo that my son and I took together at a wedding we attended this summer. We always say how much my oldest and his dad look (and act) alike, but once in a while we take a photo like this where I can totally see that he's my kid, too.

The optional upgrades for this kit were so worth it. The Studio Calico alphas, Heidi Swapp tab stickers, and American Crafts ephemera really helps tie everything together. To be honest, I'm not always the best at mixing and matching embellishments and ephemera across different collections. I love that the Scrapbooking Store did it seamlessly for me!

If you're looking for a fun kit at a great price, I'd definitely encourage you to check out the Scrapbooking Store. They have a lot of variety in their kits from month to month, and do an awesome job of pairing them with coordinating embellishments.

I received my Scrapbooking Store August Kit for free, but all the opinions and projects are mine.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Color Washed Little Girl Layout

I love my boys and all the fun boy themed papers out there, but sometimes I like to do a really girly looking layout. Thank goodness I have my sweet little niece to scrap, too! Today I have a Color Washed Little Girl layout to share.

Paper House Color Washed paper pad is so versatile! I have used it with so many themes, and once again it doesn't fail me. For this layout the watercolor theme gives a soft and pretty background to my layout. the gold foil triangles ad a pop of elegance, too.

Color Washed also pairs well with Paper House Daughter 3D Stickers. The 3D stickers add some extra texture to the layout and help draw your eye to the photo (which I always try to make the focal point of my layout).

This Color Washed little girl layout is the perfect fix for my need to scrap something nice and girly.

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.

Monday, July 30, 2018

X Games Boy Mom Layout

I had a new experience a few weekends ago: Summer X Games in Minneapolis. It was so much fun. We love watching the X Games on TV, but in person? So much cooler! It was a really fun, family friendly atmosphere, and I couldn't wait to scrap at least a few of the photos when we got home. Here's my X Games Boy Mom layout.

When we got home from Minneapolis, I also just happened to have a box of goodies from Paper House waiting for me. I'm in love with the All Star Paper Pad, so I used it right away for this layout. The colors and themes are just so much fun. What my photos don't capture is the great silver foil around all of the hexagons on the background paper. It really adds some extra fun to the layout!

To add some dimension, I added a few stickers from the Paper House Boy Mom 3D Sticker pack. I mean a BMX-ing T-rex? Perfect for this X Games boy mom layout.

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fourth of July Utensil and Treat Cones

No Fourth of July is complete without a backyard BBQ. These cute 4th of July utensil and treat cones are perfect for holding utensils or treats like popcorn and trail mix. They’re also simple, fast, and inexpensive to make! One sheet of 12”x12” paper will make 4 cones. 

·         Glue Dots® Premium Glue Tape
·         12”x1” sheet of double sided patterned paper. 

1.       Cut a 6”x6” square of patterned paper.
2.       Turn the paper so it’s oriented as a diamond instead of a square.

3.       Use Glue Dots® Premium Glue Tape to put adhesive on the front of the bottom, right hand edge of the patterned paper. 

4.       Use Glue Dots® Premium Glue Tape to put adhesive on the back side of the bottom, left hand edge of the patterned paper. 

5.       Roll the paper into a cone and press along the edges to seal the adhesive.

Premium Glue Tape is strong enough to stand up to the bending and pulling of this craft. The dispenser helps it apply quickly and evenly. Whether you have 4 people or 40 at your BBQ, they’ll all love this fun decorative touch. 

I wrote this post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blessed Are Card

I'm over on the SRM blog today with a Blessed Are Card using SRM's Bible journaling stamps.

Head on over to the blog to see how I created this clean and simple sympathy card.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Grad Cap Card

We just got done with graduations (and a few graduation parties) in my neck of the woods, but I still wanted to share this grad cap card that I created.

I grabbed a fold-able grad cap card cut file from the Silhouette online store. I like that I can start with a basic idea from the store and the use the Silhouette Studio software to really customize my card.

I chose colors from the grad's school. I also used the Studio program to cut the graduation year and the word "Congrats!"
For those of you familiar with Silhouette, when using a file that has both cutting and scoring, the scoring is done with small dashed cut lines. I like to remove those lines whenever possible. Instead of cutting those score lines with my Cameo, I use a scoring tool to score them by hand. I just like the finished look a bit better.  

A cute little tassel I made from cross stitch thread and attached with a large brad completes the grad cap card.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Welcome Summer Sign

I'm over on the SRM Blog today with a Welcome Summer Sign.

Head on over to the SRM blog to find all the details on how to make your own Welcome Summer Sign.