Just sharing some old layouts that I completed over the winter. I kept a minimal stash of scrapping supplies with us when we were living in the apartment. I was able to complete these 2 layouts using mostly Bella Boulevard paper & embellishments. Both of these layouts were inspired from a design I stumbled upon online - you can find my board that I like to pin ideas to here on Pinterest.
This next layout was designed off a sketch - however I have no earthly idea which sketch because it was so so long ago that I made this Anyway, can you believe how little Brooke was in these pics? BAH!
Today I have a Halloween themed layout to share...
I have so many Halloween photos that I need to scrapbook - at first I was overwhelmed by just how many I would like to get scrapped. I decided to not try and squeeze them all into one or two layouts, there's no need! My strategy is to choose a few favorites from one of our many Halloween activities and get them into a layout. I will then choose another few I like and do another, etc. - I have plenty of fun Halloween supplies to use - and we all know that I'm not afraid to buy more goodies if I need to. HA
The other tip that I had to share regarding this layout is all about inspiration. I have a very busy 2 year old - so my crafting time is limited! I try to make the most of it - so I am 100% OK with pulling inspiration and "scraplifting" when I see a great idea that I love. There's no shame in it! I always make sure to give full credit for the original idea, of course. This page is based mostly off this awesome layout from Laura Vegas. Thank you Laura for the wonderful inspiration!
I love these darn photos - they are some of my all time faves of Brooke. She was roughly 6 months old and that tongue just kept popping out...! So cute!
I cut the "BOO" letters out with my Silhouette, as well as the spider web background. The other letters are American Crafts Typo Thickers in Peacock Blue. For the journaling, I simply printed it out onto white cardstock and cut into strips. I distressed the strips just a bit with black ink to make them blend a bit with the rest of the layout. There's also some touch of sewing on this layout - all with black thread.
I've had a stash of papers and stickers sitting in a pile for a while now, begging to be used in a 4th of July-themed layout. I finally decided to use last years photos and put together this layout, it was so much fun to make!
I pulled inspiration from this great layout that I found via Pinterest. I really loved the use of the long banners on the layout - especially since it ties in so nicely with the flag theme of 4th of July.
I filled in this page with a lot of details: some journaling and stamping to help tell the story of the day. I've been doing more & more stamping on my layouts lately - I really like the look of it.
For the title, I first cut out the "Stars & Dots 4x6 Project Life Card" from Loni Stevens using my Silhouette. Because the cardstock was a bit thick, I made sure to use the "double cut" setting. I have found this helps when using Stampin Up or Papertrey Ink cardstock. The title was cut using the "July 4th Phrase" - both of the cut files are found in the Silhouette online store.
I've listed full supplies below (aside from the Silhouette cut files which are linked above). Thanks for checking out my layout! I know I've been posting a bunch of scrapbooking lately - I'm on a roll, ha! I hope to create some Teacher related gift items soon.
I'm back today with the final months from Brooke's Monthly Layout project. SO glad to have them all complete!
(If you'd like to catch up on months 1-9, I've linked them at the bottom of this post). If you click through previous posts, I link almost all details on supplies used, but if you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will do my best to help you out!
...and finally, Month Twelve!
I hope you've enjoyed following along with Brooke through this project. Now that she's almost 2, I will need to do an "update" - something to track all the funny, silly & amazing things she is up to. It's very important to me to keep track of these things so that I can put them into a scrapbook as I have the time.
If you'd like to look back on previous monthly layouts, I'm linking them for you here:
Believe it or not, our little one is turning TWO in just a few weeks. GAH! Can't believe how fast the time has flown by. With her 2nd birthday rapidly approaching, I figured it made sense to...uhhh...finish her monthly layouts from YEAR ONE!?!?
I was doing pretty well and completed the layouts for months 1-8 many months ago. (Although I slacked and only blogged months 1-6)...and up until last week, I hadn't even printed the photos for months 9-12. I was determined to finish these though - I really want this part of my scrapbook album to be complete. I *know* I will treasure it for years to come, and I hope someday Brooke will, too.
(If you'd like to catch up on months 1-6, I've linked them at the bottom of this post)
Today I'm sharing months 7, 8 & 9 with you:
I am following the same formula as previous layouts: still using the monthly belly stickers as the title for each page. These were the stickers that I would put on Brooke's onesie each month when I took her photos. They are SUCH a great & simple way to document the first year of your baby's life! We grabbed ours on Etsy - if you do a search for "monthly onesie stickers" you will get a bunch of options. I would link to our exact purchase, but it appears the shop is closed & her feedback seems to be quite poor
For the journaling, I just printed the monthly summaries that I typed after each photoshoot. I am *so* very glad that I kept these monthly notes. They are fun to look back on, and I know I would not have remembered the tiny details without having them documented.
...her spunky attitude really blossomed in month 9
Instagram is a wonderful thing...with all those awesome filters and fun effects. I am really loving it to share photos and remember the little things in our everyday life. I also love that I stumbled upon this great video from 2Peas on how to print your Instragram photos using Lightroom.
I will admit that I *could* have figured out printing them with Photoshop, but I was looking for a quick & easy way to "mass print" - if you will. I promise if you watch this video, you will see how simple it really is. Such a timer saver!
After I watched the video, I knew exactly the layout I wanted to make. In fact, don't laugh at me...but I could not get this idea out of my head. I would lie in bed at night just thinking of creating this layout!! Ha!! So finally I decided to get out a pen and make a sketch of this idea, before I lost it forever (something I've been trying to do more of lately).
Here are some shots of my completed layout. I printed my photos as 2.5" x 2.5" squares onto a sheet of 8.5" x 11" matte photo paper (I get mine at Staples). Since I did them at that size, I was able to fit all 12 of these photos onto 2 sheets 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. From there, I just had to cut them out and adhere to the layout.
I've decided I may use this as a rough template to create future Instagram layouts, since it came together quite quickly. Right now I'm more about getting the memories scrapped than making everything into the perfect scrapbook page. I think this works up fast, and gives me the option to add more photos/no title if I wanted, etc.
I used this font to cut the word "Instagram" using my Silhouette, and added the rest of my title using some Thickers - I like the pop of color the letters add to the page. The other embellishments on this page are mostly from the SN@P! collection from Simple Stories. I love this collection so so very much - it's so versatile. (I've listed full supplies at the bottom of this post)
I also added some stitching across the title. I wanted to give the word some dimension without doing too much. Stitching seemed to be just the right amount, and was the finishing touch!
It's time for another Christmas layout...in March! Ha! Up here in MA, winter has decided to stick around - even though tomorrow is *technically* the first day of Spring. It's literally DUMPING snow right now. To say that I'm annoyed would be a huge understatement. I love snowboarding & all...but I have a toddler who is very active and eager to play outside. Needless to say, we are all dying for warmer weather...!
Anyhoo, all this time indoors has allowed me to tackle some layouts. Today I'm sharing my layout for our 2012 Holiday Cards. We had some many awesome cards that it took me 3 whole 12"x12" pages, and I still have MORE to scrap! I figured I'd at least get these blogged...
Pages 1 & 2:
...and page 3:
some closeup detail shots:
This "Seasons Greetings" title and a lot of other elements on this page are from the October Afternoon "Make it Merry" collection. I also used some Carta Bella and super old American Crafts designer paper on this layout.
Here is one last look at all 3 pages. I sort of agonized over this layout for far too long. I finally just decided I needed to be done with it and it was good enough. I'm just happy I was able to get these scrapped so I can move onto the next item. Not going to lie, it's only March and I've completed most of my Christmas 2012 layouts...I'm pretty proud of myself!!
I've been trying to catch up on my scrapbooking lately (like I will EVER be caught up, ha!!) - and I decided to tackle our family Christmas cards. I like to do a layout each year displaying the card we sent out to family & friends.
This was our Christmas card that we sent out a few years ago when I was pregnant with Brooke. Yes yes, the year 2010. I told you I was behind...!
We got quite a few laughs from this card...it was a pretty fun idea. It was a great way to announce our pregnancy since a lot of people still didn't know. I think Pete's belly was a bit bigger than mine...even at 24 weeks!!
Here is our card from 2011. The photos of this are not that great, I apologize. I used some white shimmery mist on the background of this layout to tone down the green chevron pattern, and it reflected pretty badly when I tried to photograph it.
Look at how little & cute she was! Gahh!!
And here we have this past years card - 2012. I just completed this layout and even filmed a little video of me completing the layout for you to see! I used mostly all October Afternoon's Make it Merry Collection for this, with a little bit of Carta Bella thrown in. Our card this year had photos on the front & back so I had more space to fill with photos, which was nice.
I used the photos from our family photoshoot for this card, the design was from Shutterfly. I am currently working on completing the layout from all the 2012 Christmas cards we received...so far it's 3 pages!! You can see last years version of that layout HERE.
You can watch the video of me completing this layout below, or over here on Youtube. I didn't talk through the video...just music this time. I tried to put captions in to explain things where it was needed, but let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Yes...yes, I am just NOW scrapbooking photos from last April. Let's not draw attention to how behind I am in my scrapbooking...mmmkay?
These pics were taken last year...the day before Brooke turned one. Her birthday was on a Monday, so we decided to make Sunday our special family day. It ended up being unusually warm, so we took her to the zoo for the very first time.
I have been working on a lot of layouts lately, just need to get some time to photograph and share them. I've even been dabbling in a different style: Project Life. I'm *NOT* doing Project Life (that would be the biggest fail ever. I would never finish it, LOL), but I have been playing around with using the PL page protectors with smaller pockets to complete a few layouts. I think it's a great way to scrapbook, and it's motivated me to try some new things and get my mojo going again. It's always good to mix things up now & then! I will share soon.
I'm totally shifting gears today. Taking a break from all the Holiday and Craft Fair stuff to share this mini album with you. Forgive me for the randomness...!
A while back I put together this mini album - it's made entirely from a Button Farm Mini Album kit that I purchased at CKC. I've blogged about Button Farm albums in the past. They are just....AMAZING. I am in no way affiliated with them...I just love their kits. I am a sucker for them and always buy a few kits at CKC each year. From what I can tell, the kits are pretty seasonal, and they always seem to have kits that use the latest and greatest scrapbooking lines that are on the market. So naturally, I get sucked into them each and every year I attend the convention, LOL!!
I just love how wonderfully all of the items in the kit coordinate, and how easy the instructions are to follow. I made this entire album in just a few hours. I was looking to be crafty and create something fun, but I was strapped for time. I love that all the planning/selecting embellishments/paper/color combos were already done for me.
The elements in this kit are from the Baby Girl collection from Bella Blvd. The colors are super fun and make a perfect little album to give as a gift for a Baby shower or new baby. I will most likely be giving this album away to a friend...or maybe I will fill it with photos of Brooke? Hmmm...
I like the idea of having pages that double as envelopes. You can slide more photos, journaling, or other keepsakes into the envelope. It also makes the album more interactive, which is fun.
One last view of the cover...so darn cute!
I still have the boy version of this mini album sitting untouched. I might just have to pull it out and put it together soon. I really do love how this one turned out