Monday, August 18, 2014


Life.Paper.Scrapbook has just released an awesome mood board that is totally  inspiring, with its rich colors and textures.  As soon as I saw the knit blanket in the photo, I thought of this photo of the Little Lady wearing my knit winter hat, and this layout was born. :)

 Here is the yummy mood board.

It was fun layering all of the random embellies in my stash that fit the color scheme.  I didn't really use much of any one paper line, and instead grabbed a little bit of everything and mixed it all together.  I ended up with a color palette that manages to incorporate the majority of the swatches in all three color schemes.  I love how this button came out - it was a light beige opalescent button, and I grabbed some Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmelade and Crushed Olive and swirled them around to cover the button.

Felt good to use up some of the huge pile of phrase paper strips that I have overflowing from my paper drawer!

Scrappy Canary is sponsoring this challenge again so come over and link up your take on the mood board!  Have a great week!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

CSI #135 - Frog Party!

Good morning and happy Saturday!  CSI's latest case file came out yesterday and I'm popping on to share my design team layout for this file.  CLICK HERE to see the rest of the design team's awesome inspiration.

I'm still working through the Little Lady's birthday photos, and I was pleased to be able to incorporate so many photos into one page.  Like I mentioned last week, I'm really loving the look of round photos, so I continued with the round photo trend this week.  Here is my layout.

And here's the case file.  How fun are these colors?!

I used Heidi Swapp color mists to bring in most of the colors in the palette, which gave me a nice base for the photos.  I pulled in a doily, cutting it in half and splitting it on either side of the photo cluster.

To get the darker green in the layout, I took some lime green title letters and went over them with a dark green marker.  These letters are ancient from my stash...from the early 2000s I think!   Like, old enough that I had to secure them with glue because the backs had no stickiness left to them.  This is why I hoard old scrappy never know when it's going to come in handy! LOL

All of my embellishments are Heidi Swapp, with the exception of the buttons which came from who knows where.  I have been loving the look of vellum on layouts lately, and there's so many ephemera packs out there to choose from that are chock full of this type of embellie.  A fun little sidenote about the lime green ribbon's the exact same ribbon that was tied around the Little Lady's ponytail for her party and is featured in the photos, so that was a neat little connection.

I took a single photo and added it to the bottom left to round out the layout.  There she is holding one of her beloved frogs. :)

I included various photos of other party goers enjoying the mud and frog catching, including a couple of great shots featuring a muddy butt and some muddy feet. hehe

I chose the "journal about something that makes you soooo happy" prompt and talked about what a refreshing sight it is to see girls setting aside preconceived notions (from pop culture and society constantly thrown in their face what kinds of things are for "girls" and for "boys"), to get down and dirty at the pond, catching frogs and enjoying nature.  It really bothers me that at the tender age of 5, so many kids already consider these types of things to be "boy stuff"...I can't think of a single past time that can justifiably be reserved for boys only.  If there's one thing I'm teaching my Little Lady, it is that she should do what makes her happy - regardless of what others around her are doing or thinking.  Anywaym, let's face it...mud is fun for everyone! ;-)

Hope to see your creations in the gallery.  Have a great weekend!



Friday, August 8, 2014

CSI #134 Explore

Happy Friday!  Time for CSI's weekly case file.  It's the second week of the month (how did that happen so quickly?!) so we have an awesome Em Stafrace sketch for you, as well.  I absolutely loved this case file.  I don't often work with round photos, but I should because without fail I love the outcome every single time.  Here's my layout:

Here's the case:

For my evidence, I chose circles and ribbons.  I worked with the circular photos, obviously, but also incorporated a Creative embellishments circular chipboard, enamel dots, and a couple of white handcut cardstock circles layered behind that.

I chose to journal about something outside, and used a Heidi Swapp travel sticker for my title.  I love the Cosmo Cricket phrase stickers, too, and used a couple of those to play up the outdoor theme.

Added some cream colored jute to accent the main photo.

A bit of Basic Grey with the "awesome" frame peeking out.

Unless you live in a super urban area, I think that my journaling holds true for most backyards - at least in the semi-rural area where we live.  We can step out the back door, walk across the yard, and be knee high in fields of flowers where there is an absolutely endless array of birds and wildlife to be seen.  Right beyond that, there are woods to explore, with nothing else in view except a farm a couple of miles away up on a hill.  It is truly a blessing to have such beauty in our own backyard.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  I hope you have lots of fun planned for the weekend and are taking advantage of this last month of summer, before the craziness of school, life and Autumn take hold.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Challenge YOUrself...and celebrate your age!

So here I am again...scrapping my age for a third time.  Yes, a third time.  I did it once, at almost 35...again at 35.75, and now for one final time at almost 36.  CLICK HERE to see my first "35 layout" was my favorite when I was first learning to work with gelatos.

You'd think I really enjoyed being 35 from all this scrapping I've done about it, eh? LOL Truth be told, it was a pretty good year.  I tend to go back and forth between being comfortable in my own skin, and dreading my own skin as it rounds the corner and heads down the hill to 40.  What's the going rate for botox these days?  ;-)  (Kidding...I already know what the going rate for botox is...shhhh...kidding again....maybe...a lady never tells...)

Anywhoooo the occasion for this layout is the the latest challenge over at Challenge YOUrself.  This month, we are challenging you all to scrap your age and the design team has a ton of awesome inspiration to get you going on this one.  CLICK HERE to see the rest of the design team layouts!

I really loaded up the mediums on the background of this one.  I started with mixed media paper, and used a mask to add some script lettering.  Then I went over that with a bunch of Heidi Swapp mists. Once those dried, I realized that the colors weren't quite as vibrant as I had hoped, so I took some gelatos and went over some areas of the mist to brighten them up and give them more color saturation. Then I added a bunch of circles by dipping a jar lid in black acrylic paint and layering them across the center of the page.  And THEN (and then and then and then lol) to incorporate the idea of time, I added some gears using a TCW mask and some modeling paste.

I also used a bunch of Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper vellum embellies on this layout, covering some sections of the gears with the vellum.  Then I found this great overlay for the photo that tied the colors in nicely and stuck that on there.  The brads are random stash brads...some Michael's brads, some Basic Grey, and some I have no idea brads.  The silver enamel dots are Studio Calico.

I hope that you will join us in this's hard enough to scrap ourselves in layouts, and to add in the age disclosure element is pretty much the ultimate challenge.  So, are you ready to challenge YOUrself?



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LPS August Sketch

We have a super versatile sketch for you this month over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook and I was happy to have my first chance to scrap some of the Little Lady's birthday party photos using this sketch.  This year, we had a frog catching party at a local n

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