Tuesday, June 30, 2020

At 11 Layout

If you saw my "At 13" layout about my oldest, this is its counterpart. This is my youngest At 11 layout.

I used up what was left of my stash of My Mind's Eye Happy Camper paper for this layout. I still have a ton of embellishments left, so those may be popping up on a future layout.

Due to some health issues (that we have much more under control now), 11 was not the best year for this kiddo. I don't gloss over that on these layouts, but I do like to focus on who they are and what they love when I journal about who they are at a specific age.

He turned 12 recently, so it felt a bit cathartic to put 11 behind us "in the book" so to speak. We're thankful that 12 seems to be shaping up to be a much better year health wise.

These years are so important and I love seeing how their interest grow and change.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2 Page Bridge Layout

I set myself the goal of having our Germany trip scrapped after a year...we'll I'm way behind on that, but I'm still plugging along a page at a time. Today it's actually a 2 page bridge layout, so I'm hoping that counts as 2 pages.

There's some pretty fantastic scenery in Germany, especially the Bavaria region.

I used Pinkfresh Studio Out and About papers and embellishments for this layout. The mountain topography paper was a great background for these photos taken in the mountains. Since the multi-color stripes are pretty bold, I offset them with the white script paper.

I finished up with a few clusters of embellishments like die cuts, tags, enamel dots, and 3D stickers to complete my 2 page bridge layout.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

At 13 Layout

Every year I take my boys' photos and then scrap one of the photos. I use that layout to tell all about who they are at that age. Today, I have my oldest's At 13 Layout.

I am continuing to try to work through my stash before I buy any new paper. I uncovered this older collection from My Mind's Eye called Happy Camper. I have my wall of paper in my craft room sorted a few different ways. What I had left of this collection was hiding out with a bunch of camping themed papers.

I love the different shades of blue, and thought they set the photo off nicely.

I cut a journaling card from a piece of wood grain paper in the collection. I used chipboard and diecut embellishments from the collection, and then did some stash diving for a few extra embellishments (like some of the word stickers and the arrow die cut framing the picture).

13 has been a pretty great age for this kid! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Star Scrapbooking Layout

It's June, which means there's a new kit over at the Scrapbooking Store. I'll be sharing a few layouts over on their social media this month, but I wanted to keep this one for my blog. To introduce you to this month's kit I have a Star Scrapbooking Layout.

June's kit features papers from 2 different Authentique collections. The collections have a patriotic and nautical feel. The base kit includes 12 patterned papers and a full size matching sticker sheet.

For the embellishments on this layout, I used stickers from the base kit and die cuts and foil stars from the upgrade kit. There are glitter Thicker Stickers included in the upgrade kit as well that I didn't use on this layout.

Make sure to follow the Scrapbooking Store on Facebook for lots of layout and card inspiration using June's kit!

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Great Times Layout

I did some stash diving for this Great Times layout.

I'm not going to lie, I have a lot of paper...like a lot. I've been trying really hard to use what I have in my stash and from my design team kits only.

When looking for paper to scrap these photos from our Germany trip, I found an old collection from Paper House called Capture Life. I had a few pieces from that collection and the whole sticker sheet.

I also found that piece of cloud paper from Bella Blvd. I thought it went well with the other papers and it looked great with my mountain top photos. I created my own journaling tag from another piece of ombre blue patterned paper that seemed to fit with the other papers as well.

How often do you do a deep dive into your paper stash for scrapping?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rap Sign

Sometimes something you crate just makes you happy. This simple rap sign is like that for me.

This sign was super simple to create with some vinyl. I cut some fonts I had on my computer with my Silhouette Cameo and then added them to a Jillibean Soup Mix the Media frame.

The saying itself is a little bit serious and a little bit silly, so it fit my personality well. Like I said at the beginning, the sign just makes me happy. I smile when I see it.

I hope you have a good day as well!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sister-In-Law Layout

The May kit from the Scapbooking Store celebrates families. I have the best sisters-in-lay, so I thought it would be fun to use the May kit to celebrate that relationship with this silly sister-in-law layout.

The kit features papers and a sticker sheet from Simple Stories So Happy Together. The colors and prints in this collection are very much my style, and I love that the kit celebrates all kinds of family (including friends who become family).

There is also an optional upgrade which includes many of the word stickers and the blue gems you see on the layout.

I snapped this silly photo when we were out to eat with our husbands a few months ago. We laugh a lot when we're together, but we also support each other. I am so blessed to have these ladies in my life!

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dog Sign

I have something a little fun. It's been a while since I've made a home decor project for my blog. I've had the supplies for this project for months, but I finally got around to making this dog sign this past week.

We are definitely dog people. We especially love our basset, Kevin.

He's pretty goofy, and he just turned 1. The house definitely needed a sign to commemorate him.

The sign base is from Jillibean Soup Mix the Media. I used my Silhouette to cut the blue paw shaped words. The cut file also happens to be from Jillibean Soup. There was a lot of weeding, but the final result was totally worth it.

The wood basset hound was something I found on Etsy. I stained it with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink and attached it to the sign with some Pop Up Glue Dots®. This sign is now hanging on the wall in my living room, and I love it!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Simple Birthday Cards

Today I have some very simple birthday cards to share. These are my go to style for when I want a clean and simple card.

I use my silhouette to cut the top panel. I size a rectangle to 4" x 5 1/4". Then, I use any font on my computer to create the happy birthday cut inside the rectangle. Then, I cut it out. You can get 4 card fronts from one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock.

These cards happen to be for my nephews, who are teen boys, so I stuck with fairly simple colors and patterns for my patterned paper. The beauty of these cards is that you can use up scraps from your stash for the patterned paper part.

I like to attach my patterned paper flat to the card base. Then I use dimensional adhesive (my favorite is Pop Up Glue Dots®), to attach the card front to the card. The popped up top layer adds some extra pizazz to the card. These cards sit flat enough to be mailed without any extra postage.

I wrote this post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Large Photo Layout

Once in a while there's just no way to get a story told without scrapping a large photo. That's what I have for today, a large photo layout.

This one's a little bit different than some of the other large photo layouts I've shared. Instead of one large photo, I printed a bunch of photos as one large photo collage. I had a lot of photos from our afternoon at Neuschwanstein castle. I'd told much of the story in previous layouts, so why not let some of the gorgeous pictures take center stage.

It snowed this day in the Bavarian Alps, so I wanted to use paper that reflected a bit of that (again, I had told the snow story on a previous layout, so I'm just going for an overall feel). I grabbed what was leftover from the Scrapbooking Store's January Kit which featured Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse collection. It's exactly what its name sounds like; a little bit of winter and a lot of cozy, woodsy vibes.

Because the photo is so large, I focused on framing it with a bit of pretty patterned paper. Then I added a few embellishments around the edges of the photo and even right on top of the photo. Keeping the embellishments simple keeps the layout from feeling too busy.

Do you like scrapping large photos?

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On the Road Layout

We spend a lot of time on the read whenever we travel. Whether we're driving to get to our destination or spending a lot of time driving from city to city once we're in a new country, we love finding fun things to do along the way. Today I have an On the Road layout that's all about driving from place to place when on a trip.

For this layout I used Pinkfresh Studio Out and About collection. The map print that I used as the base of this layout seemed perfect for a layout about being on the road from here to there.

Germany had some really nice, clean rest stops (with excellent coffee). The toilets at the rest stops are pay toilets, but they are so clean. I also like to snap a photo of our rental car whenever we get one. It's fun to look back and remember what we drove around in on our trip.

I hope you enjoy the journey, and get some time to scrap it, too!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New Shoes Travel Layout

I'm continuing to work through our Germany trip. I really love travel scrapping. My layout today is a new shoes travel layout.

The paper and embellishments are from Pinkfresh Out and About collection. I love everything about this collection. I picked it up shortly after our trip, and am finally starting to scrap the pictures I wanted to use it for.

Our second day in Germany, I bought some super cute walking shoes. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned, and I ended up wearing them almost every day of our trip. They definitely deserved to be written about in our trip album!

After I bought my shoes, we departed the city through a one lane city gate (without traffic controls), ready for our next adventure!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2 Page Travel Layout

I've got one last group of night photos from our stay in Rothenburg, Germany. For this set I did a 2 page travel layout.

I journaled about our night tour of Rothenburg on a previous page, so this 2 page layout is all about the photos. I used the travel collection from Paper Phenomenon again. I just love how well it works with night time photos. The colors in the collection just seem to match the mood of the dark photos. I have a collection pack that only has 1 of each patterned paper, so it was a bit of a challenge to make a 2 page layout that is cohesive.  

To make the pages blend, I made sure to use similar, coordinating papers on both sides. I especially used the rose color to add cohesiveness. I also used a bit of coordinating washi tape on both sides of the layout. Finally I added some black word embellishments to tie both sides together.


Overall, I kept this 2 page travel layout pretty clean and simple.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Night Watchman Layout

I'm continuing to work on some travel scrapbooking. Today is a layout with some photos taken during at night. I hope you enjoy my Night Watchman layout.

My husband and I love seeing a city at night, so when I read about this Night Watchman tour in Rothenburg Germany, I knew we had to do it. The tour only lasts about an hour and gives you some important bits of history about the town while walking through the city, out the city gate, and around the walls. It also helped that the Night Watchman himself was super funny (in all the best dad joke type ways).

I chose some paper from Paper Phenomenon. I liked that the vintage feel of the papers went well with my nighttime photos. I added a pop of pink and chose embellishments with some gold foiling to brighten things up a bit.

This layout only needed a little bit of journaling to tell the story, so I chose a 2"x2" journaling card from my stash (I believe it's from an old Simple Stories collection). I can never have enough journaling cards, so I keep an entire box of them on hand. 

I hope your March is getting off to a creative start, too!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Food Layout

I don't take a lot of photos of the food we eat...with one big exception. Whenever we are traveling, especially internationally, I photograph just about everything we eat. Today I have a food layout from when we were traveling.

I have an amazing husband, but it's not too often he thinks to take a picture of me. It's and even more strange to have a picture of me from somewhere and not him. I love having this picture of me that he took. This was our first meal in Germany, and it was a delicious meal of lieberkase...which you can probably tell, because I ate half of it before remembering to grab a photo.

I used a travel collection from Paper Phenomenon, but I also had to add that great beer glass faux enamel sticker from Paper House. It's been a really fun collection to work with. It's full of dark, rich, saturated color.

A food layout from a food photo completed for my Germany album!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Travel Layout

It's February, which means a new kit from the Scrapbooking Store. I'll be sharing a few layouts later this month at the Scrapbooking Store, but I thought I'd kick off the February kit here with a double page travel layout.

February's kit features papers and stickers from Carta Bella's Flower Market collection. If you choose to add the upgrade kit you'll also get some washi stickers, ephemera, and dimensional tag stickers.

As you can see, I got a lot of use out of the washi from the add on. I can never gt enough of washi tape and washi stickers, and this set coordinates so well with the papers in February's kit. 

The colors in this month's kit are absolutely gorgeous. I thought they really made the colors in my photos pop. Speaking of the photos, they are of a famous cuckoo clock in Rothenburg, Germany.

I'm really loving the soft but rich feel of this month's kit!

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