Friday, July 31, 2009

on a roll… a layout and two tags

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, there was an online crop at I created this layout of my youngest for one of the challenges.

Supplies: Kraft Cardstock, journal stamp, Heidi Grace alpha stickers, Binding Edge Border Punch.

I created these two tags for a challenge on the Hero Arts blog. I’m really enjoying stamping again! It seemed like I hadn’t done it in a long time except for titles on layouts, I didn’t realize how much I missed it. I’m loving the Hero Arts stamps, cute stuff!

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Hero Arts stamps (Happy Birthday to You, Hello Tree, and Happy Hello), colored pencils.

Supplies: Scenic Route die cut, Hero Arts stamps (Write Your Own Cling and Happy Hello), colored pencils, XL circle punch.

Other stuff

I’m so ready for the weekend and hopefully no running around. I’ve made a lot of trips to the high school this summer because both my big kids are in sports and there have been several camps at different times. On Monday, Cross Country practice starts I’ll keep making the drive… it’s pretty much a never ending thing. I love that the kids are involved and active but it blows that the high school is so far away.

I’m now at 28 layouts which means to more 2 go… I’m hoping to get them created this weekend. CHA was this week and I’m already making a big ol’ list of fun things I want! Needless to say, my spending freeze until I hit 30 layouts is coming to an end and I’m so ready to buy something!

Here’s to a creative weekend!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

two layouts to share and other stuff

They’re kinda nutty but that’s okay… they might take a little after me in that department.

Supplies: MaVinci It’s My Type alpha stamps (XL and medium), patterned papers (Love Elsie Jack+Abby, g.c.d. Blue Liberty, Making Memories Hillary Green Floral), Fiskars Noteworthy Clear Stamps, circle cutter, circle punch.

Quick and easy... my favorite kind of layout!

Supplies: Making Memories stickers, buttons, Bazzill cardstock.

27 layouts!!! only 3 more to go…

The closer I get to my goal for the challenge, the more “wants” seem to be popping into my head. Here are a few things that are on my wish list:

Other stuff

I’m slightly addicted to Twitter. I don’t necessarily post all the time but it’s fun getting instant updates from everyone else. Some fun ones to follow are:

alrighty! that’s it, have a great week!

Monday, July 27, 2009

lo: birthday boy

I feel like I’m in a good, scrappy place… the Use Your Stash challenge was just the kick in the rear that I needed. I love this hobby!

Supplies: Fiskars tools (circle punch, border punch, tag punch, corner rounder), Scenic Route papers and chipboard, Cloud 9 alpha stickers, and white cardstock.

This officially makes 25 layouts complete! yeah!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

card: a happy hello {Hero Arts Blog Hop}

I created this card for a challenge on the Hero Arts blog using monochromatic colors. I'm also participating in the Hero Arts Blog Hop, be sure to click on the link to see the list of everyone who is participating.

Supplies: card base (Rob and Bob Studio by Provo Craftfrom long ago!), patterned paper, Hero Arts stamps (Dot Pattern – this is an older stamp that came in a set of 4, Hello Tree, and Happy Hello), border punch, and rain dots.

I don't really have an amazing story about how I got started with Hero Arts stamps. It's pretty much the following: I saw, I liked, I bought, and now I use! :-)

Enjoy your Saturday!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

lo: vacation getaway

This layout was inspired – and pretty much CASE’d – from the newly updated Hero Arts website. The original layout is called "Thank You" by Robyn Werlich. I really loved how she used the colored pencils on the kraft cardstock. You can find the original layout HERE.

Other supplies used: black and red cardstock, Scenic Route patterned paper, Threading Water Border Punch, Scallop Border punch, Circle Squeeze Punch, Hero Arts Stamps (Getaway Travel, Favorite Journal, and Small Variety Alphabet), and colored pencils.

Other Projects
Birthday Note Card - quick and easy (which is awesome when you’re in a hurry). I added some Heidi Swapp bling, a Queen & Co. G, stamped the sentiment on the inside, and added the ribbon. I love that paper, I think I used ever inch I had and I’m sorry to say that might be the last of it.

I also made a 20 page mini album for my brother. I did take pictures of it but am thinking I’m not going to share… just because some things are extra special and private and I think I want to leave it that way. Since it was a small mini album I’m counting it as 7 pages.

Other Stuff
This coming week will be my first free week of the summer… no running around! I can’t wait! I am hoping to get the rest of my layouts for the challenge made because I have a serious itch to shop. Can you say Thickers and Hero Arts Stamps?

I now have 23 layouts complete… this challenge is awesome! 7 more to go!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

lo: Peckham Park

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full view of page 1-2

page 3

Peckham Park – more We R Memory Keeper page protectors I’m addicted to them. I made a regular layout and then used a Three 4 x 6 Two 6 x 4 One 12 x 2 protector to hold the additional photos (which I’m counting as one layout). I added papers that coordinated with the regular layout and created a journaling spot for the back half of the protector so everything would tie together. I made the title using the Diesel font from Quickutz. Papers are Chatterbox and Sassafras Lass. I also used the Fiskars Scallop Sentiment border punch, and more of my favorite kraft paper. Two more layouts to add to my total for the stash challenge!

by my count I’m at 15 layouts complete… go me! only 15 more to go!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

lo: Sea World Adventures

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That's a lot of photos – unbelievable! I decided each page didn’t need a title so I went with more of a title and subtitle. All our Sea World photos are officially done… yeah!!! I put off dealing with them for a while because I had so many but with the We R Memory Keeper page protectors, it was easy (love them!). For these layouts I used the 6 Up 4x6 photo sleeves.

Other Supplies: Kraft, white, and red cardstock, Playroom Thickers from American Crafts, Hero Arts Stamps (Travel Frame, Getaway Travel, and Favorite Journal), Scenic Route patterned paper, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch, Zoe QK alphabet, black journal pen, black ink and blue chalk ink.

(I'm counting the front and back of one WRM protector as 1 so that puts my count at 5 more layouts complete, for a total of 13 with 17 to go...)

A few close ups... just for fun...

Stay cool! (because it’s freakin’ hot here!)

Monday, July 06, 2009

sharing some new layouts

just cuz’ he’s cute – I used my favorite kraft cardstock… it’s definitely my go-to paper because it goes with everything. I also used the Upper Crest border punch on some grid paper, MaVinci medium It’s My Type stamps, red patterned paper, black ink, and a chipboard element from Scenic Route.

DrewScenic Route journal spot, some older Scenic Route patterned paper I had in my scrap bin, Queen & Co. chipboard alphas, a little Heidi Grace chipboard circle, and an Around The Block chipboard flower.

playingway simple but I love it! I used the medium IMT MaVinci stamps and some chalk ink.

There was actually another layout I made but let’s just say there all not share worthy… sometimes there just done! That makes 8 layouts complete for the Use Your Stash Challenge!

Follow up to my alpha update post

Libby asked, “How do manage your collection or do you just have a small range/colour that you use?

I try to keep shapes and sizes in a variety of colors so they can be used with anything… I try to stick with colors that I normally use. I like to look for shapes and colors that I think can be universal, that way I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck so to speak. With future purchases, I plan to stick with solid colors and stay away from patterns because I find multi-colored alphas harder to use (the ones I have now might be sitting in my basket until my next purge comes around!). My main goal now is to not outgrow the basket. If I can’t find what I’m looking for then I’d better grab my Quickutz!

Before I redid my area, I had the majority of my alphas in one of my white drawers… and by all I mean it was packed full of rub-ons, punch outs, and stickers. I also had a Sterilite drawer that was pretty full too, mostly holding alpha chipboards. There was so much stuff, a lot of which I didn’t even like, that by the time I looked in the drawer I was overwhelmed and didn’t want to use any of it... which means I pretty much wasn’t using anything and my collection wasn’t managed at all. With the scrapbook room redo, I really wanted to make sure that I liked what I had and was realistic about what I was going to use. I got rid of at least ½ my alpha’s (the majority of which were rub-ons) and what is in the basket is what is left.

Here’s to a fantastic week!

Friday, July 03, 2009

lo: Easter Traditions

A quick layout using We R Memory Keeper page protectors…. I bought several different types but on this layout I used the Three 4 x 6 One 6 x 12 protector. I’m counting it as one layout because there wasn’t a lot of work involved, granted it’s not a traditional layout but whatever, the photos are scrapped in a creative way with some detail so I’m calling it good! These page protectors are great if you have a lot of photos from one event you need to scrap but don’t necessarily want to scrap all of them but you do want to share them. You can do mini pages so to speak and slide them into the slots.

Other supplies used: red and white cardstock, g. c. d. patterned paper, border punch, grid paper, Scenic Route border sticker and chipboard.

1 more down. 26 to go… slowly but surely.