Friday, February 17, 2017

School Picture Layout

Oh, school pictures! I never get too concerned about how my kids look since I take annual photos every year on our own, but oh is it fun to see how they turn out... and making a school picture layout is always fun!

I like to use their school picture layouts to record a little about what school was like for them that year. What they were really excited about learning or what challenges they overcame that year.

For this layout, I chose Jillibean Soup Alphabet Soup II. It's a really fun school themed collection that's great for school photos, field trips, and school events.   

I used my Cameo to cut a number diecut overlay for the layout. In 3rd grade my son was super excited about learning multiplication and division, so the numbers were especially fitting.

While school photos aren't usually the best, it sure is fun to see how they grow and chance from school year to school year!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Altered Tissue Box

Hello! I am over on the SRM blog today to share a simple way to dress up a tissue box with vinyl.

Head on over there to see all the details on how I created this.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Am Card

I am over on the SRM blog today with a card that's great for lots of occasions.

Head on over to the SRM blog to see how I used the new I Am Bible Journaling stamp set to create it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Is An Open Door Sign

I have a love is an open door sign that's super easy to make to decorate your door for Valentine's Day. It gives a subtle nod to Disney's Frozen and I'll show you how anyone can pull off a hand lettered look.

For this project, you'll need some wood for your sign (I chose a 12"x12" Jillibean Mix the Media wood sign), paint in your chosen colors, a paint brush, some vinyl, and a way to cut vinyl (I created my vinyl stencil with my Silhouette Cameo).

I have terrible penmanship, so I can't pull off the hand lettered look without help. I used the vinyl to create a stencil for my words.

Instead of using the vinyl as a mask and painting all of the negative space, I used the vinyl as a template. I used a calligraphy style bamboo paintbrush to follow the lines of the vinyl, but didn't paint all the way to the edge. 

This works especially well for textured, bumpy woods when using the vinyl as a more traditional mask leads to the paint bleeding.

If you're hanging this on a metal door, you can also add a little strip magnet to the bottom of the back side of your sign. That will keep it from banging against your front door when you open and close it.

Here's a shot of what it looks like on my front door. It's just the perfect little welcome sign for February!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

I Am Bible Journaling

Today I wanted to share my I Am Bible journaling page. It's not the prettiest page I've ever made, but I wanted to share how I combined many of my Bible journaling stamp sets to create it. Hopefully it will have you looking at your sets in new ways.

I started by inking the edge of my bible with Fossilized Amber and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Then, I stamped my border and my words.

I used stamps from 4 different SRM Bible journaling stamp sets (I Am, Big Praise, Sing & Rejoice, and The Lord is Kind & Merciful) to create the look I wanted for my journaling. I stamped everything in Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Then I used a blue pen to highlight the words. Finally, I added a little matching washi tape in center.

By mixing and matching my stamp sets I can get so much use out of them and use them in so many more places in my Bible journaling.

I created this post while participating on the SRM design team. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Boys Layout

Sometimes when you're taking pictures of your kids you capture those moments. You know, the ones that really show who they are and how they interact with each other. The ones where you can see them, not just the activity. I have a set of photos like that to share today with my Boys Layout.

I was trying to get a nice picture of the two of them for our Christmas card, but I managed to capture something even better.

DCWV has a gorgeous paper collection called the Minty Lace stack. I love a good minty blue color and paired with the black and wood grain brown, I just couldn't resist!

Besides the beautiful colors and lovely patterns, there are a mix of textures in the stack, too. You can see in the photo above that there are iridescent hearts printed on the wood grain paper. They are so pretty when they catch the light, and add a little something extra to the layout.

Photos like this remind me why I scrap and why I love taking pictures. This boys layout is everything I love about how my boys interact in 3 simple photos.

Friday, January 20, 2017

10 Years Layout

Last week I shared my younger son's layout all about who he is at 8 years old. This week I have my older son and his 10 year layout.

Once again I reached for Fancy Pants Good Fellows to create my layout. It was just the perfect feel for the layouts we took that day.

When I use the same collection to scrap multiple layouts, I try to use different patterns from the collection as my main pieces. I also try to lay out photos differently so the layouts don't look the same.

For this layout I cut the papers at an angle and even ended up turning the photo on an angle. The whole thing ends up having the effect of first drawing your eye to the photo and then moving down the page to the journaling. To keep the whole thing from feeling too chaotic, I kept the embellishments and layering on the page pretty minimal. 

I can't believe I have another year of documenting who my kiddos are done. I love watching my kids grow and learning who they are as people as they develop more and more of their personalities, but sometimes I wish they could slow down just a bit! I'm so glad that I can freeze bits of time in my scrapbook pages.