12″x12″ Layout: Snap Happy

Today’s layout is another 12″x12″ format layout – with lots of pics! I love when I can get multiple photos on one layout – I have such a hard time choosing those few favorites ;)
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These photos were taken as test shots with my brand new Sigma 85mm lens when it arrived. I loved how sassy and playful Brooke was – she had just turned 2 and was full of spunk with her bike helmet and ponytail sticking through the top, ha!

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I used Bella Blvd “Snapshots” collection for this entire layout – I just LOVE the bold bright colors and designs in this collection – especially all the cameras. For added interest, I used a bunch of wood veneer cameras and stars from Studio Calico. I also used Thickers for my title, along with printed journaling.

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I added little gemstones to some of the cameras, to make them look like they had flashes on the top. This page was so fun to create and is definitely a recent favorite. Thanks for looking! :)

my FIRST 8.5″x11″ Layout: Girls just wanna have fun

OK, so to be totally honest – this may not be my first *ever* 8.5″x11″ layout – but it’s been roughly 15 years since I’ve created one. Waaaay back in the day when I picked up this hobby of scrapbooking (freshman year of college) – I stuck everything down to black pieces of paper. I colored on them with gel pens in different colors and used some funky scissors, and BOOM: my first scrapbook was born. Now THAT is something I should resurrect someday. Would be pretty funny to look at! :) ;)

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This page was inspired by all the recent creations I’ve been hearing about and seeing online. I love the clean and simple look of a scrapbook page that is mostly about the photos. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by a giant piece of 12″x12″ paper. I struggle with filling it – and I find that I end up with too much on the page. These pictures of Brooke doing gymnastics seemed to be perfect for a simple 8.5″x11″ page – with minimal embellishments. It didn’t take very long to pull together – which was great.

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I think I will definitely be trying more layouts in this size. I have SO many photos and memories that I want to get documented, so it’s great when I can get them done with a more simple approach and in a more timely fashion. I suppose this means I need to go out and buy an 8.5″x11″ album and page protectors, too! :)

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The papers and stickers in this layout are all from the “My Girl” collection from My Minds Eye – papers that have been sitting in my stash for a few years, begging to be used – hooray for finally using ‘em!

12″12″ Layout: Together is the best place to be

I’m back with another layout to share. Lately I have been on a ROLL with scrapbooking and it feels SO good. I have plenty of scrapbooking supplies to last me until the end of all eternity ;) I feel great when I get to finally use some of it…and document our memories!

Here’s my latest page about a day this past Fall when we went apple picking. These are some of my favorite pics of the kiddos – they are just precious sharing their apples – and I am even in a photo (which is rare, but I’m working on it!) so I really wanted to scrap these photos. I used the Harvest Lane collection from Simple Stories for everything on this layout.

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I typed my journaling and printed on a 3″x4″ card from the collection. I do love the look of typed journaling but sometimes I can get lazy about it. It takes a bit of time to line it up and run through the printer. If you are looking for a great step-by-step tutorial on printed your journaling on Project Life Cards (or smaller pieces of paper in general), check out Tracie’s blog. Her tutorial is great and quite helpful.
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I love all the detail in the embellishments and papers from this collection. It made pulling this page together quite easy. I didn’t have to do much embellishing. I even pulled the title from the patterned paper – no need to create one of my own!

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I busted out one stamp for this layout from Ali Edwards and stamped it alongside a sticker. I just love using Technique Tuesday stamps when I scrapbook, as they have wonderful sayings and phrases.

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I should be back soon with more crafty shares. I’m trying to be better about blogging – and yes, my blog still looks weird. Sorry! Just trying to get it all sorted – so until then, it’s a bit basic. Thanks for being patient with me :)

Watercoloring with Distress Markers

Lately I’ve had a bit of crafty mojo for coloring. I’m not sure why – but it’s made me want to watercolor ALL the things. I’ve invested in some Tim Holtz Distress Markers (thanks to some coupons at Michaels & Hobby Lobby) and I’ve been having fun using them. They definitely make water coloring much easier, that is for sure.

Here are a few recent cards I’ve created using these markers. On this first image, I simply stamped with black Staz-On ink. I found that keeping the color in the lines was more challenging this way. I notice that the best way to control the spread of color is to heat set as you go. The heat will lock the color in place.

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This next card I stamped and used some white embossing powder to create a raised image. This made keeping the color in between the lines a little easier, but also heat setting was key. It’s a bit messy as I’m still playing around – but I think the imperfect coloring adds to the look of watercoloring. I especially like the look of the blue background.

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Lastly, not a card – but a background stamp I was ambitious about. I decided to color this in with distress markers and it was pretty fun! Here it is in progress – I think this will make a great card.

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thanks for looking! Have you all tried watercoloring lately? What are your favorite products or techniques?

Podcast Love: The Scrap Gals

So, I’ve recently discovered Podcasts. It’s not that I didn’t already know of them – I just never really took the time to find or listen to any that I may enjoy. I commute to work 2 days a week, and I have a bit of a drive. I was SO SO tired of listening to music – I had to find something else to listen to. I also felt my crafty mojo was LONG gone – and I wanted to get it back. I decided to do a search for a crafty Podcast – more specifically, a scrapbook related one. There is a very well known one out there run by the Paperclipping Roundtable – and I admit, it’s just OK for me. I sometimes listen – but I feel like I already read enough blogs and watch enough YouTube videos of the “scrap celebs” – I was looking for something more real, more down to earth…more…regular.
The Scrap Gals Podcast

And then, I found the Scrap Gals. Oh.My.WORD. These girls are HI.LAR.I.OUS. SO MUCH FUN. If you have never listened to a Podcast before, do yourself a favor and give it a try. You don’t need an iPhone or iPod to listen. You can do so easily via the web. Although, you can certainly subscribe via your Apple device and stream while you drive, run, clean your house, scrapbook…whatever you prefer.

The podcast is run by two ladies named Tiffany and Tracie. They live in the South (which cracks me up because I spend half the time giggling at their accents and hilarious southern sayings. What can I say, I’m a masshole. LOL). They are down to earth, they don’t work for any major companies – just giving their honest opinions and discussing the daily struggles of a real life scrapper ;) What I like is that it totally gets me motivated to try new things, or go home and make a layout. Just thinking about all the new product or even old product – makes me want to MAKE THINGS. Which I love!! I highly encourage you to check them out!

ALSO: if you have made it this far, here’s the best part. They have an online Facebook community – and it’s totally fun. We are all in there talking about all sorts of things crafty (not just scrapbooking) – cardmaking, planner craze, you name it. So PLEASE come join us!!

I’m FOIL crazed!

Have you all seen the most amazing video ever (about foil), by the lovely Jennifer McGuire? If you haven’t you NEED to go and watch this first video, and then quickly watch this amazing second video. Jennifer does a wonderful job explaining all the uses for foil and cardmaking. However, the last technique that she focuses on (and the entire video #2) is the one that BLEW.ME.AWAY. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to RUN to my nearest craft store and find the Deco Foil by Thermoweb. My local Michaels was a bust, so that weekend I schlepped my entire family 45 minutes away to Hobby Lobby, and lo and behold…

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FOIL. DECO FOIL. ON CLEARANCE!! ::heavens singing::

I also found this lovely website – and I ordered several yards (it seemed to be a better deal considering the amount of foil you get for the price). But this here Thermoweb foil was good to hold me over until my other order shipped. I went home and played with this technique and I’m in LOVE! The possibilities are endless! Look at the foily goodness I was able to make. EEEEEEEEP!!

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Deco Foil cards

The way this works: you find some digital art and print it out in black on any laserjet printer. (It has to be laserjet, as the toner reacts with the foil when you run it through the laminator). For my digital art, I simply opened up my Silhouette Design Studio software and chose some of my favorite designs. I filled the designs with the color black and printed them right out onto my laserjet printer. So easy!!

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Just think of the Christmas card possibilities with this gorgeous foil. I attempted a few here…

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Note that you can use any digital art that you find, and you can even print from Word or Photoshop – whichever you prefer. Jennifer does a good job explaining in her video. I’m so excited to work more with this. I think it’s going to be fun to create cards with a different look. The result is so impressive and smooth. I’m excited about this fun new technique. Note that I am not being compensated for this post in any way, shape or form (although that would be cool, LOL). I just think this product is cool! :)