Sunday, April 26, 2015

You Are My Sunshine / Hip Kit Club + a process video

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend so far.  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for the Hip Kit Club using the 2015 April Hip Kits.  These products are just so pretty...I think this month has been my favorite so far.  The colors....just amazing.

For this, I started with some of the kraft cardstock and some of the squares from the Webster's Pages sheet included in the Embellishment Kit.  I cut out the ones I wanted and finally decided to do a horizontal design.  I added in a few more patterned papers and then came in with the gesso and paints.  I show this in detail in my process video down below.

The kits this month have a lot of Thickers included, so I was excited to be able to mix and match my title along the yellow strip of paper.  I think I also have trademarks now....haha.....tangled thread, watercolor and using vellum under my photos.  I think I do this on every single page nowadays!  I can't help it....I just love it.

Thickers and stitching!  I did have to go back and glue these letters down because of the gesso and I pulled them up a few times.  I love these fonts and colors.

I wish I had several more packs of these round epoxy puffy stickers....they're awesome!  And I couldn't resist adding in some gold elements from Heidi Swapp.  I used a yellow gelato to color that Freckled Fawn wood word arrow.

This camera is originally white, so I used blue gelatos to color it blue.  I love how it turned out, and it was just what the lower half of the layout needed.  I added a few epoxy stickers, a wood tag, a few sentiment stickers and some thread to finish the cluster off.

These frames are very can staple and stitch through them easily.  They may great layering pieces.  And they come in delicious colors!

One more close up of this gorgeous gold....I just love it so much.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this gives you some inspiration for using these kits!  Here is my process video....enjoy!

And stay tuned for next weekend.....It's National Scrapbooking Day, and there is a huge crop going on over on our Hip Kit forum!!

I hope to see you there!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I Am / My Scraps & More + a process video!

Happy Weekend, friends!  I feel like I haven't shared many projects lately.  That's mostly because I can't share what I've been creating lately.  But believe me...I have been a busy little bee behind the scenes!  Not a moment to spare as far as scrapbooking is concerned.  So many projects have to be completed in advance and then you can't share them until weeks later!  But they are coming :)

Today's layout is my latest project for My Scraps & More.  Our April Sketchathon is coming into its last week, and this is the third sketch I created for it.

I used the Simple Stories I Am collection, and it inspired me to create a page about ME and things that are important to me.  I did want to add a bit of watercolor to the background, but I didn't want it to overpower the layout.  So I pulled in some of the coordinating colors and made a subtle mess behind my layering.

This layout reflects my life of being an Autism Mom.  I felt that all the sentiments I added to this page are perfect for this theme.  I decided not to add any extra journaling because I probably would've written a book!  So as I looked through all the stickers and papers, these are the ones that spoke to me and made me say, "That's exactly what I feel right now."  This collection is so perfect for self-reflection.

These strips were part of a 4x6 cut apart sheet, and they describe me perfectly.  I am doing my very best for my children, and yes, we ARE on a journey.  I often ask myself if I'm going to be okay, and even though I have doubts, I know everything WILL turn out okay. I'm strong.  I'm going in the right direction, and I am lucky.  I did add some machine stitching.  I used some really old (REALLY OLD) Stickabilities alphas for "autism mom."  I just had to add that in because that is definitely who I am :)

I love all these little pops of gold (surprise...haha)!  I love the clear stickers and the sticky brads in this fun and easy to use!

More of the same here.  I stitched through those little chipboard frames that I layered in and added in some tangled thread to my layers.  More fun stickers and sentiments as well.

One last close up of the title area...I used a chipboard piece, which I raised up with pop dots.  There are SO many fun word stickers in this line.  I did add a flair button from my was too perfect not to use.

Here's a process video showing how I created this layout from start to finish.  Hope you enjoy it!

I hope this inspires you to create a layout about YOU!  It was therapeutic in a whole new way for me.  And this collection is perfect for it.  Come on over and join us on the My Scraps boards...lots of fun challenges over there ALL the time!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Almost to Vegas / My Mind's Eye

Happy Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for My Mind's Eye using the Hello World collection! It’s one of MME’s newest lines, and it’s just perfect for travel photos. One of our favorite places to visit is Las Vegas, and I always love taking pictures from the plane as we fly over the mountains and Lake Meade. It’s just an amazing view, and so I decided to scrap a few photos from the air.

I began with the “Beauty” Bonjour paper because it is pretty neutral. I wanted to add some mixed media to my background, so I used a stencil and some gelatos to create the plus sign shapes. I also used some distress paint and watered it down onto some plastic packaging and smudged it all over the background. I love a messy look, and that technique creates it. I chose a few patterned papers to layer under my photos and then used some smaller paper strips and various embellishments to finish it off.

I LOVE these shiny gold alpha chipboard stickers from the Niche line…they are perfect for this page! I combined the with some of the stickers from Hello World to create my title. I always think big and shiny when it comes to Vegas! I also added in a few of the Wood Veneer and Enamel Shapes.

Here you can see more of the mixed media work as well as the layering. I also used the rub-ons in the collection…they go on so smoothly! That glittery gold arrow is from the Niche “Fancy That” Stickers.

Here’s a look at the bottom cluster on the page as well as my journaling. I love to journal right onto my page if the design allows it. I added a fun brad next to my writing for a pop of that pretty red color. I love the Flair in this line, too….just adorable!

One final look at a few of the embellishments…the wood veneer may be one of my favorites in this line! They are all so cute and they stick very well. Here you can also see some of the new MME cardstock…there are a ton of gorgeous colors. I used the Deep Blue here and the Antique Gold in my paper layers under my picture.

Thanks so much for taking a look!  This really is a fun travel line, and I had lots of fun putting this together.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Captured / My Scraps & More Sketch #104

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Have you seen the latest sketch over on the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog?  It's fabulous, and it was created by our guest designer Nicole Nowosad!  She's amazing, and so is her sketch....check it out!

Here is the page I created.  I pulled out some Crate Paper Open Book & Kiss Kiss and went to layering.  My favorite part is the vellum piece with those geometric hearts!  I chose the papers I wanted and then cut them into strips.  I smudged some white gesso onto parts surrounding the photo cluster and then added in some gelatos and's very subtle.  These soft colors are so beautiful and I didn't want to go loud with this.  I smudged with some gold Color Shine, too.

Okay, so I've been hoarding these gold glitter Thickers.  I decided to bite the bullet and use one on this page, and I'm glad I did.  I LOVE how it turned out!  I layered some die cuts and rub-ons here, too, in addition to the machine stitching.

I love this transparent was just meant to be right here in this spot.  I layered in a few of my flair buttons, another gold rub-on and an acetate die cut to bring in a bit more of the green.

This vellum....oh my gosh.  LOVE!  I even smudged the gesso and mixed media over it and it did warp slightly, but I fixed that with the stitching.  That gold is just my fave!

Be sure to hop on over to the Sketch Blog and play along with us!  There is a GREAT prize up for grabs.....THIS!!  The Up in the Clouds collection from Pinkfresh Studio!!

Definitely worth playing for! :D  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meet the Cheeseballs / Hip Kit Club + May Kits Reveal!

Happy Sunday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my first layout for the Hip Kit Club using the gorgeous 2015 April Kits.  There is just so much stunning color going on in these kits...I just can't get enough of it!  I created this fun and goofy page that was up on the blog last Tuesday.  My husband and I are about as cheesy and silly as it gets, so this page represents that :)

Most of my "messy" factor is on that Just For Fun watercolor card from Heidi Swapp.  A pack of those comes in the Color Kit, along with a set of Prima Watercolor Pencils.  I used them to create that beautiful collage of color.  I wanted lots of colors in this, so I used a few pieces of patterned papers (all from Amy Tan Rise & Shine) and some of the Pea Pod green cardstock.  I cut those messy circles on my Cameo, and I think those are my favorite part of the design.

Here's a closer look at some of the layers.  I love mixing and matching my alphas for the title work, and both of these Thickers come in the kits.  I love that round wood veneer tag....the colors.....ahhhh!

As always, I added some machine stitching throughout the layout.  This is the bottom right cluster, and I brought in a piece of each color, combining paper, die cuts, epoxy stickers and chipboard.  That fun stamp is from Elle's Studio, and it's in the Color Kit.  I also added a bit of watercolor for some blue color.

This was so fun to make!  I show exactly how I did this in my process video down below :)

Here you can see this awesome chipboard frame that I used for layering.  I used some yummy gold thread for pretty :)

Here is the process video....I hope you enjoy watching it!

In case you missed the reveal of the 2015 May Hip Kits, here they are!!  Full of Pink Paislee, Chickaniddy and more!!

2015 May Main Kit
2015 Cardstock Kit
2015 Color Kit
2015 May Embellishment Kit
2015 May Paper Kit
2015 May Project Life Kit

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a GREAT day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

You Awesome Nerd / The Cut Shoppe teams up with Neat & Tangled

 Hey, friends!  All this week, The Cut Shoppe teamed up with Neat & Tangled, and both teams used each others' products.  I received a few stamp sets from Neat & Tangled to use with the cut files from The Cut Shoppe.  It was so much fun, and both teams created amazing projects!

I used the Tiny Triangles and A Lot to Say stamps...they are adorable!  Go HERE for all the products available from Neat & Tangled. 

I used these three cut files from The Cut Shoppe to pair with my stamps: Awesome Nerd, Round Up, and Doo Dads.

Here is what I came up with.  I wanted to scrap this picture of my friend Jennifer and me from Megacon last year.  Yes, I embraced my inner geek and attended my very first Nerd Convention!  It was crazy and a lot of fun.  I got to meet several cast members from The Walking Dead, which was very cool.  Sometimes you just have to do something crazy, and this was it...haha!  It was a blast.

I started by using the stamps as my background element.  I used clear gesso over them and then used gelatos, watercolors and some spray inks to create the blues and greens.  I chose this color scheme because of her green shirt in the picture.  I layered several papers behind the photo from American Crafts and Studio Calico.  I cut "You Awesome Nerd" on patterned paper, and then I used black Distress Ink to give it a grey tone and make it stand out more.  The rest is tucking in embellishments around the photo and in the left hand cluster.

I just love these blues and greens pretty.  I made some clear stamping and then I stamped "messily" to make some extra messy triangles.  I added in some of my film strip washi tape from Michaels, some thread and some AC puffy stickers.

I just LOVE this triangle stamp....I love that some of them are solid and some are open.  Lots of possibilities for coloring!  I added in a few flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons, too.

Isn't this date cut file so cute?  Perfect for any layout.  I used my triangle punch to make a banner...I like that it echos the triangles on the background.

And a close-up of the feature cut file...the title.  What better title for a picture from a Nerd Fest, right?!  Love it!  And I love those puffy stickers....I'm getting low and need more!

Thanks for stopping by today...I hope you have a great Saturday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Love Right Now + a Process Video / My Scraps & More

Hello and Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my latest sketch and layout for our April Sketchathon going on this month on the My Scraps & More forums.  You are more than welcome to come join us!  The Design Team is creating a new sketch every day for you.  This is my second one for the month, and it's a good for using up paper scraps or those branding strips at the bottom of your patterned papers.

I used the new (and gorgeous) Amy Tan Rise & Shine collection which is available in the store HERE.

I actually based this sketch on one of my older layouts.  I liked it so much I wanted to re-create it again, so I made it into a sketch.  I used patterned papers for my background and used various paper strips behind my photo.  Like on most of my pages these days, I added gesso and paint to parts of the page and then used lots of fun embellishments.

Here you can see all the paper strips.  I wanted to represent lots of colors, so I chose solids and patterns in different shades.  I added gesso to parts of those areas and added gesso and watercolor.  I also added in some film strip washi tape, a few flair buttons and that arrow clip from my stash.  I also did some black machine stitching.

I LOVE these foam word Thickers and these clear see-through stickers!  These little circles were the perfect touch here.  I did add a bit of modeling paste through a stencil for a little extra interest and texture.

More paper strips, a foam heart, a die cut and a wood veneer from my stash...

Finally, here's a shot of the lower right cluster.  I used a yellow gelato to color that wood veneer easy!  My favorite part of this page is that flower has watercolor effects on it!  Gorgeous.

I did film this process, so here's the video showing you how I created this layout.  Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the store for all the new goodies available!

Have a great weekend!