Friday, January 19, 2018

Nine Years Layout

I'm continuing to work through my stash of paper. I'm not a saver (when it comes to patterned paper), but some times I have so much of it that I accidentally end up with a huge stash anyways. My project today is a nine years layout of my younger son using American Crafts True Stories.

If you follow my blog, you know that I like to take my kids' photos every year and then do a layout about who they are at that age. They grow and change so much, it's kind of fun to look back and see what favorite things have changed or stayed the same over time and how they're growing as people. 

As far as layout details go: I've always loved wood accents, but I've never been great at using them on layouts. This is probably the larges wood embellishment I've ever used. It worked out great for this layout. I left it unaltered, and just added some enamel dots right around the 9.

I can't believe this nine years layout is the last single digit layout I'll make for either of my kids. Do you mark the years any special way in your scrapbooking?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coordinates Vinyl Sign

You can find me over on the SRM blog today with a coordinates vinyl sign.

Find out all the details on how to make this sign that's perfect for Valentine's Day over on the SRM blog.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top Ten Posts of 2017

I've joined with a great group of craft bloggers to bring you our top ten posts of 2017.  Hopefully you came to me from Tenia Nelson's blog, and after you're done here, you can head over to
Rebecca Keppel's blog to check out her top ten posts of 2017. You can find the entire list at the end of 
the post. Now on to my top 10 favorite projects from this year:

1. I Am Redeemed Bible Journaling - Bible Journaling is a fairly new craft to me, and I love it. I love using this as a way to try new and different mixed media techniques while delving into my Bible studies.

2. 10 Years Layout - I love taking my kids' pictures every year and then journaling about who they are. I'm also in love with this patterned paper by Fancy Pants.

3. Wand Holder - Not only does the Harry Potter geek in me love this project, this has also been the most popular post on my blog this year.

4. Paradise Found Birthday Card - I joined Paper House's Design team for 2017 and loved every minute of it...and Paradise Found was one of my favorite collections. I mean, check out that super fun flamingo.

5. Halloween Mini Album - One of my favorite projects is the annual Halloween mini album that I make.

6. Love Is An Open Door Valentines Day Sign - If you need some Valentine decor, you can't go wrong with this Frozen themed sign.

7. Kids and Dog Layout - We love our Dog, and I love how my kids' pictures with him turned out this year.

8. Eight Years Layout - My younger son's annual layout.

9. Thanks So Much Card - Clean and simple is my go to style when it comes to card making. This card is the essence of what I love doing.

10. Love Layout - No roundup would be complete without a layout with a picture of me with my favorite guy.

I hope you enjoyed my favorite projects of 2017. I'm looking forward to lots of fun crafting in 2018! You can see all of the blog hop participants below for even more great inspiration.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Little Town of Bethlehem Bible Journaling

Did you know you can use vinyl in Bible jounaling? Check out how I used it for this little town of Bethlehem Bible journaling on the SRM blog.

Find all the details for creating this on SRM blog.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Coffee Thank You Card

The Coffee Lovers' Blog is having a winter themed blog hop. I had so much fun playing along with the fall hop that I couldn't pass up the chance to create something for the winter hop I came up with a clean and simple winter coffee thank you card.

For this card I used the coffee cup from SRM's Coffee Plans stamp set (which also happens to be one of the prizes you can win if you play along with the hop) and the snowflake from SRM's Seasonal Plans stamp set. The greeting is an SRM sticker from Thank You Sentiments.

I stamped my background with 3 different shades of blue Distress Ink. After stamping and adding my sentiment, I felt like the card still needed something, so I added a little glitter (with some Stickles) to the center of each snowflake.

Want some more winter coffee card inspiration? Head on over to the hop for hundreds of amazing card and project ideas!

I wrote this post while participating on the SRM Design Team.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stamped Gift Boxes

You can find me over on the SRM blog today with some Stamped Gift Boxes.

Head over to the SRM blog to see all the details on how I created them.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kids and Dog Layout

Every year I take my kids' photos. I want the in time for the Christmas card, but I also love documenting in a bit more of a formal way how much they grow and change (and some times stay the same) every year. This year we mixed it up a bit and added our dog, Steve, to some of the photos. Today I have a kids and dog layout to share.

The photos with Steve were some of my favorite. Not only because he hammed it up in the photos, but because my kids actually smiled for real and looked natural and relaxed. Steve really is part of the family, and I'm so glad that we'll have these photos forever.

I'm trying to work through my rather large stash of paper (mostly so I have room to buy more). I dipped back into my stash of American Crafts True Stories. It may be a bit old, but man do I love the colors in this collection. I have a ton of True Stories and it's far too good to toss, so I decided to pull it back out for another round of paper crafting. You'll see it popping up in my layouts for the next month or so.

Oh, these photos! They just make me smile. Have you ever included a family pet in your annual photos?