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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I Am Redeemed

It's been a while since I've shared some Bible Journaling here. SRM just announced their latest Bible Jouranling stamps, and they are so fantastic. I got my sets and couldn't wait to get journaling. Today I have an I Am Redeemed Bible journaling to share.

I used SRM's new I Am stamp set for this page. I am is available in this set in 2 different fonts. It makes for so many possibilities. When I was reading this section of scripture it made me think of Luther's explanation to the 2nd article of the Apostle's Creed, so after I stamped, "I am redeemed" I wrote the explanation for my response to the verse.

I used a Reminisce white gel pen (also newly available from SRM) to highlight my stamped words and arrow. I uses 3 different shades of Distress Ink (Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, and Broken China) to add color to the background of my page.

I love all the possiblities for the new stamp sets from SRM! You will be seeing them a lot from me in the near future. Have a blessed day! I am redeemed!

Friday, January 13, 2017

8 Years Layout

Every year I take my boy's photos. Then, I pick one of my favorites and create a layout with journaling that tells all about who they are at that particular age. It's fun to see how they change and what stays consistent over the years. Today I have this year's layout for my youngest son. Here is his 8 years layout.

For my paper I chose Fancy Pants Good Fellows. I fell in love with the rich colors and brightness of this collection. 

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut some arrows in the background of the the main piece of paper. I backed the negative space with some coordinating  blue card stock. Then, I filled in a few of the arrows with some coordinating patterned paper. 

I love catching the every day, but I also really love these glimpses of who they are. This kiddo at 8 years is pretty amazing!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Valentine Lunchbox Notes

I'm over on the SRM blog today with some silly Valentines Day lunchbox notes.

Head on over to the SRM blog to see all the details (and the punchlines) to these notes.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Love Layout

Today I'm scrapping a layout of my husband and me. I've had this photo printed out and sitting on the patterned paper I've wanted to use for about a year now. I finally stopped moving it around and decided to scrap this love layout!

Everything is from We R Memory Keepers Crush collection. The colors are rich but soft and there's a fantastic mix of colors and sketchy patterns in it. I really love Valentines themed collections that have pops of blue in them.

I also really love collections that have pops of metallics in them. This collection has lots of great pops of shiny gold throughout it.

A fun night out without the kids is always worth documenting. Even though this outing happened in November, it's perfect for scrapping with a bit of Valentine themed paper.

When's the last time you scrapped a picture of you and your love?