Friday, August 23, 2019

Rustic Wedding Card

My husband was in need of a wedding card for a coworker of his, so today I have a simple rustic wedding card to share with you.

I started with a little bit older collection from Paper House called Wedding Day. The color palette is fairly neutral with soft touches of blue, yellow, brown, green, and pink. There are lots of wood and burlap details to this collection lending to an overall rustic feel.

I combined stickers from the collection with stickers from Paper House's To Have & To Hold Card Stock Sticker Pack for embellishments. I especially liked that the "Two become one" sticker has a shiny silver finish to it. It's a nice detail that makes the card really pop. 

Speaking of popping, I used a little dimensional adhesive to pop the wedding cake sticker up just a little. I also used a bit of dimensional adhesive between the cream wood grain layer and the top blue wood grain layer of patterned paper.

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dog Layout

In June we added a new family member. Today I'm sharing a dog layout about our sweet Kevin the basset hound.

I have a lot of partial collections sitting in my craft room, so I've been trying to use up my stash before buying too much new stuff. The paper and most of the stickers I used for this layout are from an older Echo Park collection called Bark.

I had already used about half of the paper and stickers on other layouts, so my goal was to make a cute layout from what I had left.

I supplemented with some word and pet themed stickers from Paper House that coordinated with the colors from the Bark paper.

We are so in love with this sweet, silly puppy, so I thought it would be fun to make a journaling card that focused on some of the reason we love him (from his long ears to his wiggly butt and his goofy personality).

Thanks for letting me share my dog layout and my sweet Kevin with you today!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Custer Peak Layout

This summer my family and I took a long weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota to 4-wheel and sight see. We made a trek up to the top of Custer Peak for some breathtaking views and great photo opportunities. Today I have a Custer Peak layout from that day.

For this layout I used the Scrapbooking Store's August kit. The main kit's papers and stickers are from Echo Park Good Day Sunshine. The kit is full of saturated summer colors and fun summer themes (like popsicles, picnics, lemonade stands, campers, and wagons).

My only complaint with the kit is that there is only 1 sheet of every paper. The kit is so good that I'm having a hard time deciding if I should use the A side, the B side, or half of each side!

The alphabet stickers I used are part of the upgrade kit. They are some of my favorite alphas and blend perfectly with the collection.

I have quite a few more photos to scrap from this trip, and I'll definitely be using all of my Scrapbooking Store August kit up on these and other summer photos!

I wrote this post while on the Scrapbooking Store design team.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mommy Lhey Planner To Do List

I've never been a "planner girl". I love the trend, and I love all the gorgeous planner spreads out there, but this lady needs all of her appointments on her computer and in her phone. I need to schedule reminders that pop up for me on my phone. But....I got this gorgeous Paper House Mommy Lhey planner, and I really wanted to find a way to utilize it.

Then it hit me: I can use it to replace my current To Do list. Here's a picture of my current way of keeping a To Do list.

It's a dry erase magnet board that I keep on my fridge. It works alright, but I'm pretty excited to step up my game with my new mini planner. I'm starting with August and thought I'd share what I'm doing. It's a bit rough, and I'm sure I'll change things up as I learn more what I need, but here's the start.

Here's my monthly snapshot. I'm not sure what I do only monthly, so this will get filled out a bit more as I figure it out. Then, I can carry those things over from month to month. On the left hand side I have 2 lists. The top list is my "to do" some time in the month (or possibly even carry over into the next month). The bottom list is my "to craft" this month (and a few big projects that will carry over to the next month).

And, finally, here is my first week spread. I love checking things off my list, so I'll be checking my done items off daily. While it's not the prettiest planner spread, it's definitely what will work for me.

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I wrote this post while working for the Paper House Creative Team.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Baseball Layout

Baseball season just wrapped up for my youngest, so today I have a baseball layout to share.

Usually I struggle to scrap sports photos. I can never seem to get everything just right or figure out how to get the photos to work with my sports themed papers and stickers. Not this time! Everything just came together and I'm really happy with the results. 

Almost everything is from Paper House's All Star collection. There are multiple sport themes in this collection (football, basketball, soccer, and baseball). There are so many great patterns in each theme that I truly had a hard time just picking a few baseball themed papers to use on this layout.

I supplemented the All Star paper pack with Paper House Baseball Faux Enamel Stickers and 3D Stickers. I love being able to mix and match so many different textures with all of Paper House's variety of stickers.

A big thank you to my sister-in-law Jen at Taylored 4 You Photography for taking these great photos of my kiddo playing ball.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Heavens Declare Bible Journaling

I've had the idea for this The Heavens Declare Bible Journaling in my head for about six months now. I finally took the time to sit down and get that idea on paper. I'm loving how it turned out.

The idea for this Bible journaling started with Paper House's Stargazer Faux Enamel Stickers. Photos of these stickers do not do them justice. They seriously look like an enamel design. All of Paper House's faux enamel stickers are gorgeous.

While the idea started with the stickers, they were actually the very last part of this layout. I started by using Washi tape to mask of the verse my journaling was based on. Then, I layered up my Distress Ink. I chose Distress Ink colors that matched the colors on the stickers. Make sure to start with the lightest color and layer on working up to the darkest color.

I added to the galaxy feel by adding dots from white and gold paint pens as well as black and silver Wink of Stella glitter pens. Then I added the Stargazer Faux Enamel Stickers. Finally, I created a page tab from Stargazer patterned paper and added another sticker to the tab.

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

Romantik Hotel Rothenburg 2 Page Layout

I'm on a roll; blogging two weeks in a row! Today I have a 2 page layout from our stay at the Romantik Hotel Rothenburg.

This 2 page layout is a little bit different. Instead of using the same papers on both halves of the layout, I used coordinating papers (from the same collection) and coordinating embellishments. For example, I chose a flower embellishment for the left page that coordinates with the floral paper I used on the right page. For the left page I used a vintage camera print paper and for the right page I used a vintage film strip patterned paper.
The photos on the left page are from the interior of our hotel common areas while the photos on the right page are from our hotel room. 

The papers are again from Paper Phenomenon's Flight 2715 kit. There are a few additional random travel themed stickers from my stash.

I do have to say how incredible the Romantik Hotel Markstrum in Rothenburg Germany was. It has been providing shelter to travelers for more than 500 years. No room is the same, in fact, we got to pick our room from 3 available rooms. So fun! The hotel is unique, the location was great, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the views from our window were spectacular.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Wood Grain Travel Layout

I don't know why it's so hard to get into my scrap room in the summer. I always say we're laid back busy in the summer - we do a lot, but it's a lot of flexible fun with less scheduling. I did make a concerted effort to get in my craft room this weekend, so today I have a wood grain travel layout to share.

Somehow I hadn't heard of Paper Phenomenon until I stumbled across their Flight 2715 kit when I was looking for travel themed papers. I fell in love with it right away. It's pretty and romantic with a hint of vintage.

These photos are of the outside of our first hotel in Germany. It was a gorgeous hotel in a fantastic location. The perfect place to start our trip!

I love how Flight 2715 picks up the pinks and creams from my photos and really makes them pop. The romantic feel of the collection is perfect for the old world Bavarian style buildings. Don't you just love it when you find the perfect papers for your photos?!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Simple Thank You Cards

It's the time of year where I feel like I need about 400 thank you cards. If end of the school year has you in the same boat, check out these simple thank you cards that are easy to make assembly line style.

In reality, I mad about a dozen of these. All you need is a die that says thankful or thank you and a stamp that goes with it. The die I used was My Favorite Things Words of Gratitude, and the stamps I used were from Hero Arts Thanks stamp and die set. This is also a great set of cards for using up scraps of patterned paper.

 I stuck with white card stock, but this works equally as well on colored or kraft card stock.

This time of year always feels like a crazy sprint to the finish, so when ever possible I keep it simple!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Let's Go Travel Layout

My Let's Go travel layout that I'm sharing to day is a bit more themed than I usually do, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

The paper that says "Germany, Germany, Germany" on it is a bit more themed than I usually use, but I fell in love with the look of it and the colors in it. Too keep it from looking too busy, I paired it with some grey toned papers from Kaisercraft's Let's Go collection.

I used some Scrapbook Customs Germany Adventure stickers that coordinated with the Germany paper to help pull in a few more colors into the layout and layered them up with embellishments from Kaisercraft's Let's Go collection as well.

Since the papers are a bit busy, the more muted color scheme seems to really work for this layout.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Discover the World Layout

My husband and I went to Germany at the end of March. While I know it's going to take me quite a while to get to scrapping all of the photos, I've at least started now. The very first layout of the album is complete with this Discover the World Layout.

I used Paper House Productions Discover Paper Pad for all the patterned paper and card stock stickers. A lot of the papers in the collection are foiled, and the all over foiled map print is one of my favorites.

There's also a set of matching Discover 3D Stickers. They blend seamlessly with the flat, card stock stickers and add some fun dimension to the layout.

Paper House also has an entire Destinations sticker collection that includes all the states and lots of countries. I happened to have picked up the Destinations: Germany stickers in anticipation of our trip. It's a bit hard to see from this photo, but the Germany sticker is a gorgeous gold foil that goes beautifully with the rest of the foil on the layout.

I love scrapping vacation photos and am so happy to have at least started scrapping our Germany trip.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring is in the Air

The air is finally starting to warm up by us, and it feels like full on warm days and nights are just around the corner. To celebrate I did some bright, spring scrapping. Today I have a Spring is in the Air layout.

Everything on this layout comes from the Scrapbooking Store's March kit.March's kit is bright, fresh, and full of everything you'll need to scrap spring layouts or make spring themed cards.

I also highly recommend the upgraded kit. You get a fun set of tags, enamel shapes, paper flowers, and butterfly stickers.

If you don't get the upgraded kit, you'll still have all the same papers to choose from and a great sheet of stickers for embellishing.

I hope it's starting to warm up spring is in the air where you are, too!

I wrote this post while on the Scrapbooking Store's Design Team.

Monday, March 11, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Card

It's March, which means it's almost time for St. Patrick's Day! I come by my Irish genes from my maternal grandparents, so every year I make sure to send them a happy St. Patrick's Day Card.

Doodlebug Lots 'O Luck collection is still one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day themed collections. It's such a fun mix of bright colors and shades of green. 

I kept the design really simple with some layering of patterned papers, a simple sentiment, and some enamel dots for texture.

Time to drop this card in the mail and make some Irish soda bread. How do you celebrate St. Paddy's Day?

Monday, March 4, 2019

12 Years Layout

My son turned 12 back in August, and I took his annual photos in October. I always love creating a snapshot of who they are that year. It's so fun to see how their personalities change and grow over the years. Today I have that 12 years layout to share.

I'm continuing to work through my (very large) stash of paper. This is mostly Bella Blvd's Oh My Stars with a little Bella Blvd Alex mixed in.

There's always so much I want to say on these annual photo layouts. I actually write it down on scratch paper first so I can get everything out as concisely as possible. Since I have so much to get down, I used multiple journaling cards and layered them up to make them part of the design element of the page.

I think 12 has been one of my favorite ages. This kid has grown up so much this year, and it's been so fun to watch!