Monday, July 29, 2013

Color Challenge

If you follow my blog, you know that Glue Dots® did a blog hop with Lindy's Stamp Gang at the beginning of July.  For that blog hop, I got to play around with lots of Lindy's beautiful mists. I fell in love, and started regularly following their blog.  They have a new monthly color challenge, and I thought it would be fun to play along with July's challenge. 

This month's challenge included red, white and 2 shades of blue.  I figured that was the perfect color combo to pair with Little Yellow Bicycle's Vintage Summer collection and our photos from this year's 4th of July fireworks.  I had a canvas album from Little Yellow Bicycle that I thought would be fun to mist. 

 I used Lindy's Flat Fabio mist (that meas they are all the color, without the shimmer) in Danny Zuko's Denim (blue), and Rizzo's Rowdy Red.  As a side note, I didn't have a mask that I thought would work for the cover, so I cut one myself with my Silhouette machine and an old piece of patterned paper.  The up side is you can customize the mask to just the right size, shape, and style. The down side is you can use it for the one project, and then you have to throw it away.  This is the mask before I misted over it. 

 I was able to use it on the front and back covers of the album before having to throw it away.

Now that I've show you the covers, here's everything in between.  Every single paper, embellishment, sticker, etc. is from Little Yellow Bicycle's Vintage Summer or Naturals collections.  

Love Lindy's Stamp Gang products too? Good news, you still have (a little) time to play along with their challenge. They're also having a Design Team call right now. If you're a big fan, consider trying out to be on the Lindy's DT. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 26, 2013

New Glue Dots Dispenser

Psst! Have you heard? There's a brand new dispenser for Glue Dots® rolls.

It comes loaded with 300 Mini Glue Dots®, but can be reloaded with any sized Dot! If you're like me, you're going to want one of these for every size Glue Dot® you have.

These are currently available at most JoAnn stores nation wide.  



Currently available at most Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores nationwide!

Glue Dots International is excited to launch the new Glue Dots® Desktop Dispenser for the craft and hobby industry.  The new Desktop Dispenser is lightweight, easy-to-use and refillable with Glue Dots adhesive rolls.
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Introducing the NEW Glue Dots® Refillable Desktop Dispenser!


Currently available at most Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores nationwide!

Glue Dots International is excited to launch the new Glue Dots® Desktop Dispenser for the craft and hobby industry.  The new Desktop Dispenser is lightweight, easy-to-use and refillable with Glue Dots adhesive rolls.
- See more at:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vintage Summer

I'm kind of in love with Little Yellow Bicycle's Vintage Summer Collection. It's perfect for my 4th of July photos (I'll post a mini album I'm working on soon), and great for all other sorts of summer photos too. Here's a 2 page layout I did with Vintage Summer:

Besides gorgeous papers, this line has so many amazing embellishments. I'm not really a banner girl, but even I fell in love with the great canvas banner that goes with this collection.

...and of course, you've seen the "5 things" pockets show up often in my layouts and albums. I love these clever little ways to record memories.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Perfect Summer

This might be one of my favorite layouts from this summer.

I love running and playing with my kiddos in the backyard during summer. It always amazes me how simple things like water balloons and sprinklers can provide hours of entertainment. 
Jillibean Soup has come out with some really fun Die Cut Papers.  They come in either white or kraft, and they come in 4 different patterns.  I scooped up a couple different ones when they came into A Walk Down Memory Lane.  My plan with this frames one was to break it up (it's perforated in between frames) and use it on a few different layouts, but instead the stars aligned and I had just the right photos to use it as one whole sheet.

I paired the die cut with Echo Park's A Perfect Summer collection. 

Ah's just so much fun!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Creating Keepsakes

I'm excited to be published in Creating Keepsakes' July/August 2013 magazine. You'll find my layout on page 34 of the idea packed magazine:

You can pick up your own copy of the magazine here by clicking here, or you can find the digital copy here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2 Page Aquarium Layout

When the Simple Stories came out with their I Heart Summer collection, I picked it all up.  It's the quintessential summer collection.  I'm starting to use it to scrap photos from our trip to the Omaha Zoo.  Since I have lots and lots to scrap, I kept this one pretty simple.

 I used the fun fish print for our aquarium photos.  I kept with the natural feel and added some cork accents from Little Yellow Bicycle

Now...on to create some more! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fun Away and at Home

I have 2 layouts today. One uses some of my extra Basic Grey and Lindy's Stamp Gang products from the blog hop and features a little bit of fun we had while away from home.  The other uses up some of my Simple Stories papers and features some fun we had at home.

There's a great pedestrian bridge in Omaha, NE that spans the Missouri river. Halfway across the bridge is the Iowa-Nebraska state line, so of course we had to have some fun with that (look, we're in different states!  Look we're in 2 states at once...and so on).  I layered up some Basic Grey Carte Postale papers, and colored my chipboard letters with mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang. 

These pictures just don't do these letters justice.  These babies shimmer like crazy in real life! They're so pretty.  

 I also scrapped a little fun at home.  We had a blast making a mess mixing shaving cream and corn starch. If you have kids, I highly recommend you try this (outside! it's messy).  You end up with the weirdest feeling mixture, and a good hour of entertainment.

I kept this layout pretty clean and simple.  The background paper is from Basic Grey's Fact collection, but all the rest of the papers, stickers, and journaling cards are from Simple Stories 24/7 collection.

As you can see, I did a bit of layering with the stickers and added some strategic stitching to finish things off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blog Hop with Glue Dots®, Basic Grey, and Lindy's Stamp Gang

I am beyond excited about the team up for today's blog hop!!! I mean who doesn't love working with Basic Grey and some gorgeous mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang? In fact, I'm so excited that instead of making 1 video tutorial, I made 4...yup, I got a little carried away. I made 1 project for today's hop, but there are a number of little techniques used, so instead of making 1 really long video, I split it up into 4. That way, later if you just want to re-watch 1 technique, you don't have to go searching through a really long video for it. 

If you're like us, you tend to take lots of mini trips in the summer (and maybe even a big trip). Over the course of those trips you collect mementos that may, but usually don't, fit well onto a scrapbook page. My solution for that is to create an envelop mini album that has pockets to stash things like maps, concert tickets, and the like.

This album, built from envelopes, has a handy little pocket built into each page to slip your memorabilia. I used Basic Grey's Carte Postale (this is my new favorite travel paper, it's rich in color and full of really fun travel themed patterns) and Lindy's Stamp Gang mists to embellish the pages.

You can check out step by step instructions on building your own envelope album from envelopes and Glue Dots® Continuous Line in this video:

To create the cover of the album, I used an inking technique using Lindy's Stamp School Mists (which are soooo shimmery and rich in color!) and Basic Grey's Carte Postale paper.

You can see a step by step on sponging with mists in this video:

I made an inside page to hold a map from a zoo trip, and embellished it with custom colored chipboard stars.

The video below shows how you can use Lindy's mist BEFORE adding water (Lindy's mist are shipped dry, and you add the water when the get to you) to paint custom embellishments.

Finally, for this last page I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists to create a custom colored journaling tag by misting onto my craft mat and smooshing the tag into the mist.

Here is the last video I have today on that technique. 

Thanks for sticking with me through that long post! There is just so much to love about Glue Dots®, Basic Grey's Carte Postale, and Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists.  Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out what the rest of the designers have created. There are some really amazing projects for you to check out, and some more great video tutorials.

Hop Along With Us:
Glue Dots (you'll find the a contest entry form here!)
Samantha  (you are here)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More Layouts

My kids spent a week with my parents, before we joined them for the 4th of July.  Let me tell you, you can get a lot of scrapping done when the house is quiet!  I spent most of my time doing "catching up" know, working through those photos and papers you set aside just for a little bit (as you'll see in the last layout, it may be slightly longer than a little bit, too).  Here are 2 catching up layouts I made from end of the year photos using My Mind's eye's Collectable Collection:

 The Kindergarten Graduation program was so much fun, and the colors in collectable (not to mention the die cuts) really highlighted the photos well.  I also really love MME's wooden buttons. They're nice and sturdy without being too thick. 

My youngest finished Preschool, and his teacher took this fun "Last Day of School" picture to send home with him (she's a scrapbooker too!).

My favorite detail  is this journaling card from Collectable with the "write it down" pencil on it. It's perfect for a school layout, and even better paired with my son's name that he wrote himself (one of the largest accomplishments of the year). 

And finally, here's that slightly older layout. I do a separate not-so-mini mini album for Christmas, but this extra little photo deserved it's own layout.

I was taking my eldest's photo dressed up for his school Christmas program in front of the Christmas tree (for the Christmas Mini Album) when my youngest stepped in front of the camera for the perfect photo-bomb. It couldn't have worked out better if I planned it that way!  This layout uses This and That Christmas from Echo Park. 
Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop back tomorrow, I'll have some great video tutorials as part of a blog hop with Glue Dots® and 2 other awesome companies (ooh, and there's a giveaway, too!).  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Bulletin Board

I'm pretty excited to share this project that I just finished!  Maybe it's because I got to use both the belt sander and the staple gun, or maybe I'm just happy with how it turned out.
I needed a new bulletin board, so I made this one from an old barn window I picked up.

I'm kicking myself for not taking before photos, but I did think to snap one after I got it all sanded, but before I painted it.

I used a whitewash instead of a straight paint, because I wanted some of the wood grain to show through.
Each pane is filled with a thick piece of cork covered in burlap (I used the staple gun to attach the burlap to the cork).  I wanted to add a little something extra, so on 2 of the panes I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Mist (meaning it's color without shimmer) in Danny Zuko's Denim. I used this fun mask from Studio Calico for the design.

Now I've got to get my husband to hang it on the wall so I can start using it!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fern & Forest Spring Mini Album

I've spent a lot of time in the last few days scrapping.  One of the projects I finally finished was a burlap mini album full of fun spring pictures.

I used Fern & Forest Boy from Little Yellow Bicycle for all of my paper and almost all of the embellishments. The only non-Fern & Forest embellishments came from LYB's Naturals collection

 As you can see, Fern & Forest Boy is a super fun boy line! Thanks for stopping by.