Friday, September 28, 2012

Some Sneaky Peeks

I've had a little break in my Blog posting, so I thought I would share some sneak peeks, to let you know that I'm still around!!  :)

These two will be coming up for Get It Scrapped! in October:

My Sketch It Out challenge will be posted at Club CK on October 1, and I would love for your to come play along:

I will have two layouts for Love My Tapes during the month of October and keep a look out for something fun, going on at LMT at the end of the month!!

And, I am already working on assignments for Get It Scrapped!, that will be appearing in November!!  Is it really only 3 months until the end of the year??!!

And lastly, just a few photos to share, that will be appearing on future Scrapbook layouts!!  :) Our family went to the Fair last night...something we do every year, and we all had so much fun!  All of the kids were finally tall enough to ride the rides this year and they had a blast.  They are definitely fearless when it comes to all of the rides.  I was kind of worried that our 3 year old would be a little afraid of some of them, but he was all smiles and loved every minute of it!!

 Looking forward to sharing all of the full reveals with you and I will be back with a new post on October 1st!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lace in Bloom

One of my favorite things about Love My Tapes, has to be the variety of tapes they offer...Washi, Fabric, and beautiful Lace tapes.  I have been so excited to work with the Lace Roll Tapes, since I joined the Team and knew I had to use them on a very girly layout.  What's more girly than Ballet??!!  So, I went to work on some Lace flowers to go with the photos from my daughter's first day back to Ballet class this year.

These were SO EASY to make!!  I had some Glubers in my stash, so I took out two different sizes.  Then I unrolled the Lace tape and removed the backing as I went, adhering it to the Gluber.  Start on the outside edge of the Gluber and work your way toward the center.  To help the flower shape "lay" down a little better, I added in a pleat about every half inch.  It really helped to give the flower more dimension.  If you don't have any Glubers, you can get the same effect, by punching a circle or cutting one on your die cut machine.  The Lace tape has it's own adhesive, so you could easily attach it to your circle.  Once you are finished forming your flower, you can finish off the center with buttons or brads.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see some Lace flowers blooming on your next layout!!  :)

Supplies:  Patterned Paper & Stickers:  Echo Park; Lace Tape & Washi Tape:  Love My Tapes; Spray Mist:  October Afternoon; Thickers:  Amy Tangerine; Brads: My Mind's Eye; Mask:  The Crafter's Workshop; Modeling Paste:  Liquitex; Trim:  Crate Paper; Punches:  Marvy & Anna Griffin; Other:  Stick Pins & Embroidery Floss


Monday, September 24, 2012

2 the Moon & Back

Lately, I have found myself combining the Issue Challenge at Club CK, with the awesome sketches at Creative Scrappers!!  It's a great combination!!  :)  This week, the Sept./Oct. Issue Challenge #3, was to use numbers on your layout or project.  I decided to use numbers on my photos, in my journaling, and in the title.  Why not go crazy??!!

I stayed very close to this sketch, which doesn't always happen!  :)  I decided to use a horizontal title, instead of the vertical, since my title was a little longer and I wanted to include the cute October Afternoon flair button!  Most of the products on my page are from the very, very cute Rocket Age collection from October Afternoon, but I wanted to mix in some Washi Tape too.  The borders around the edge of the page are from My Mind's Eye and the chevron Washi is the Recollections brand from Michael's.  I stumbled across a massive wall of Washi Tape in my local Michael's the other day and almost passed out.  Now, being on the Love My Tapes team and already having about 20 rolls before that, I have to admit that I am up to about 40 rolls now!!!  But my philosophy, has become "one can never have too much Washi Tape!!".

And, speaking of Washi Tape...make sure you stop back by on Wednesday and I'll be sharing another layout for Love My Tapes, using some of their beautiful Lace Tape!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  The Paper Studio; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Rubber Charm, & Tin Pin:  October Afternoon; Wood Veneers & Mister Huey's Spray Mist:  Studio Calico; Fonts:  Arial Black & Brady Bunch; Washi Tape:  My Mind's Eye & Recollections; Punches:  EK Success & Marvy

P.S. -  I am linking this page up at, for Ashli's Layout Love Linky!  If you are looking for some awesome craftiness, come check out Ashli's Blog!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Shape It Up!

If you look around at a lot of pages in Scrapbook Galleries, I bet you will notice a BIG trend...Geometric Shapes!  They are everywhere and definitely an awesome element to use on your pages.  So get ready for a fun Fabulous Friday challenge, at Frosted Designs!!  We are challenging you this week to use Triangles on your layouts or projects!!  You can have a lot of fun with this challenge and here is what I created for this week:

I wanted to create some motion on my page, so I cut several Triangles to create an arrow effect.  I also embossed the shapes to add a little bit of texture.  The chevron pattern is really popular right now too, and I decided to cut a strip of the paper to mimic the look of the other Triangles on my page.  I had fun playing with the Simple Stories "Awesome" collection on this page.  It is such a great collection for little boy (or big boy) layouts.  And in the background, I used some bubble wrap to add a grungy look to the kraft paper.  

I don't know about anybody else with little boys, but ours is an accident magnet!!  He usually has bruises and bumps from head to toe!!  I just couldn't resist snapping this too cute picture of him in his new Cars bike helmet with a big ole bandaid smack in the middle of his forehead!!  Definitely typical!  We got all of the kids bike helmets that day, for their new big kid bikes and of course he wanted to wear it everywhere!!  :)  The cut on his head was a mystery and we couldn't figure out what he did, so we just smeared on a little Neosporin and a bandaid for good measure!

Don't miss out on this fun challenge!!  Come over and play along at Frosted Designs for a chance to win from our amazing sponsor, Mold Muse!

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper: Simple Stories; Wood Veneers;  Studio Calico; Buttons:  Stampin' Up; Thickers:  American Crafts; Mini Market Stickers:  October Afternoon; Brads:  The Paper Studio; Ink:  Memento; Embossing:  Sizzix Big Shot; Other:  Bubble Wrap

Thursday, September 20, 2012

You Oughta Be In Pictures

Just popping in today, to share a just for fun layout!!  Since I have joined several Design Teams, I don't always have the time to participate in a lot of different challenges...but there is one, that I definitely try not to miss each week...the Issue Challenge at Club CK.  My friend Erika, has been hosting this challenge for almost 2 years now and I've been playing along since the first one.  The challenge this week was to use camera embellishments on our layout.  

I loved these silly pictures of our oldest and when I saw the challenge, I knew that I wanted to use them for this page!  My camera embellishment is a cute little Flair Button from Ormolu...LOVE those!!  I used an awesome kit, that Creating Keepsakes put together several months ago.  It has such a great mix of papers...Sassafras, Bella Blvd., and some awesome cardstocks from American Crafts.  I really just wanted this to be a fun and silly page, so it's one of those, where I added everything but the kitchen sink!!  :)

The sketch I used, comes from Sketch #226 at Creative Scrappers.

Make sure you stop back by tomorrow, because we will have a new Fabulous Friday challenge posted at Frosted Designs, and it is a fun one!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Sassafras & Bella Blvd.; Washi Tape:  Love My Tapes; Wood Veneers:  Studio Calico; Flair Button:  Ormolu; Stickers:  Sassafras; Thickers:  Amy Tangerine; Font:  Impact Label; Buttons:  Basic Grey; Other:  Ribbon

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Wood" You?...I "Wood"!

What you ask?  Use Wood Grain on almost every layout I do!!  :)  I LOVE It!!  Wood Grain adds such a natural feel to your pages and texture...without actually adding texture!  It even comes in lots of colors...Brown, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Orange...AWESOME!!  This is definitely one trend, that I don't want to go out of style!!  There is an article up today at Get It Scrapped! with layouts using Wood Grain, created by the awesome Creative Team!

I had some of the darker Wood Grain pattern in my stash and decided it would be perfect for a very boyish page for our little man.

I wanted to use a large amount of Wood Grain on this page, because it definitely works for the outdoors and it adds a great rugged look, for masculine pages.  Since I used the Wood Grain for a large portion of my background, I thought it would be a great idea to do a negative cut for part of my title.  I loaded the Wood Grain paper in my Cricut Expression and used it to cut 100%, then I just matted it to the 12x12 Yellow background, to have that pattern show through.

If you are looking for a fun way to use Wood Grain on your next layout, come over to the Get It Scrapped! Blog, to check out what the other Creative Team members did with this assignment!

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon & Recollections; Buttons, Stickers, & Tin Pin:  October Afternoon; Punches:  EK Success & Marvy; Brads:  The Paper Studio; Wood Veneers:  Studio Calico; Washi Tape:  Love My Tapes; Other:  Embroidery Floss  & Index Card

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ciao Bella

When Bella Blvd. announced the 2012-2013 DT call, I decided I wouldn't try out.  I had a lot going on with other DT projects and just didn't feel like I had time to do 4 unseen layouts to send in for the call.  But my awesome scrappy friend, Katrina Hunt, said she definitely thought I should I decided to, three days before the call ended!!  :)  Unfortunately, I didn't receive one of the coveted "welcome to the Team" emails last week.  :(  But the good news is, that I did get 4 layouts finished, that I didn't have done to begin with, and DT calls come around again and again, so there's always next year to apply!!  Anyway, I thought I would share my pages with you today, because I think they turned out pretty darn cute!!

"Costumed Cutie" using the Too Cute to Spook collection:

"Family Fun" using the Family Dynamix collection:

"Merry Christmas Parade" using the Christmas Wishes collection:

"Silly Sunglasses" using the Sunshine & Happiness collection:

The funny thing is, when I finished all of these, I realized that I pretty much covered most of the Seasons spectrum...Spring, Fall, and Winter!!  I love using Bella products, so these were all really fun pages to create.  I will just have to replenish my Bella stash with new products and wait for next year's call, to try again!!  :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brining Your Background to the Forefront!

One of my weaknesses in the scrappy world is definitely patterned paper.  I love it, I buy it, I hoard it!!  :)  Well, my love for patterned paper got me thinking, "what can I do with my fun patterned Washi Tapes?".  And a light bulb went off...make my own Washi Tape patterned paper with my tapes from Love My Tapes!  Here's what I did:

I thought it would be fun, to use the green diagonal striped Green Washi Tape, to create an energetic background to go along with these action photos.  I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock 7x7.  Then I just tore the Washi strips a little longer than the 7 inches and lined up the first piece along the edge of the cardstock and folded over the ends.  I repeated this process across the cardstock, but alternated the stripes to add a little "motion" to the page.  Once I finished adding all of the strips of tape, I placed it in my Expression and cut a negative title at the bottom of the paper.

So make sure you look for ways on your next layout, to create your own personalized patterned paper, with your stash of Washi Tapes!!  You could even mix up various patterns of tape for a cute, eclectic look!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

ScrapFIT Workout #76 - Diana's Color Inspiration

Workout #76- Diana's Color Inspiration

Navy, Gray, White – Oh My! This beautiful color pallet was complied just for you by Diana our Creative Trainer.  Be sure to take the time to fit this workout in this month, you will love the results!
Here is Diana's take on her color scheme.
We are offing up an fabulous LowCal FITkit as this Workout's prize! Oh Yeah!

Don't want to wait for the chance to win this kit well head on over to Paper Issues and pick up your own today and be sure to use FITKIT at check out for 20% off!

Get your layout ready and come link up at the ScrapFIT Blog, for your chance to win!!