Monday, October 29, 2012

Load #9

I had mentioned in the last post about using the divided page protectors, this layout accompanies some of those pages. The pictures are from Hailey's 3rd Birthday Adventure. We surprised her with a trip to The Cheesecake Factory and Build a Bear.
The pictures I used on my layout are of Hailey with her kitty and Hunter with "Fluff."

The kids had so much fun picking, stuffing, brushing, naming and dressing their new friends. (After I finished this LO Hailey got a little teary-eyed. She wants to go to Build a Bear again, but the closest one is in Montana and over 8 hours away. So, our goal for net summer... a little road trip to make some new friends!!)
 I will add a title with Thickers, gotta go shopping first. LOL
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Painting Pumpkins 2009 - LOAD #8

This may technically be the eighth share, But I have gotten so many photos in albums! Not only that, but I have pictures printed and pictures for '10, '11 and '12 organized and ready to print. (If you are wondering why I am working on 2009 pictures, well, that is what I have on this computer. Other years are on Cd's and I lost some when my computer crashed!! But, let's not talk about that!!)

I am using divided page protectors in 3 ring binders, and I can not tell you how much I am loving them!! The pictures are making their way out of my photo boxes and being put into albums. I don't feel as if I need to scrap every single photo and it is so easy to organize them by year.

OK, enough blabbing!!

Sorry for the awful photo, I need to find a good way to photograph 12x24 layouts. I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch from the October 2012 Halloween Bundle. Scrapbook Generation is a new site I found this week and I have downloaded several sketches already and have more on my wish list!!:-)
I used an old Halloween paper pad by The Paper Studio for my photo mat, strips and banners. The pumpkins were die cut with 2 different pumpkin dies, faces were added to some and some are pop dotted. When you click on the photo you will see Hailey not only painted her pumpkin, but also painted her lips with red paint. LOL The kids painted their pumpkins (and lips) while daddy carved our other pumpkins.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LOAD #7- A mini album

A couple of years ago I made a few scrapbook kits. I had not done anything with them, until yesterday. I wanted to whip up something real quick and grabbed one of those kits. I grabbed the Halloween one and got to work.
 I wanted to make it easy on myself, so I only added very few extras to the original kit. For me,less choices means I can get done faster. I added some embossing folders, Black Magic mist, button twine and wiggly eyes.  
I used 6x6 chipboard for the base of my pages and O Wires for the binding.
The front cover. The pumpkin is a wood piece I covered with designer paper. (I put this kit together so long ago I forget which paper collection I used.) I used some button twine to tie a metal charm to the stem. As it turns out this was the only page I used the mist one. LOL (I need to pick up some tiny black letters to add to the title.)
Here you can see one of the embossed photo mats. I added some chipboard letters and stars and layered some flowers on these pages. The spiral clip at the top of the right page holds the flap closed. (This is a good way to add more space for photos.)
 The flap opened.

 The page on the left I left plain. The spooky trees were too cool to cover. I added a plastic id badge for a couple of wallet sized photos. The page on the right has an embossed photo mat some black cardstock, layered flower and skull and tombstone ribbon.

Another embossed phot mat with a torn photo corner and layered flower.
The "spooky" page is my favorite! I like the wiggly eyes inside the "o"s and the black pompom trim!

 A library pocket will hold photos as well as a journaling card. I added a paper bag with a tag in the opening. 

 Paper bag pages.

 Another embossed photo mat.  I added the velvety cat stickers to the page on the right. (I will get some tiny black letter stickers to add some wording.)
And now for some details-
 A metal charm.

 I used the Bind-it all to bind my album, then added ribbon and another metal charm. 

 A wiggly eye flower. LOL

And this is what I have left over. I can further embellish the pages once I get some photos in there. 
It feels good to use my stash!! And it only took about 3.5 hours to finish the whole thing.Even though I am not big on Halloween I am very pleased with how my mini turned out! (And Hunter gave it his seal of approval!! LOL)
I need to look and see what other kits I have. LOL
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Deconstructed Sketch #73 card

I am playing along with Sheri's sketch this week.  You can find her sketch HERE.

I used the September Key Ingredient kit from Taylored Expression which featured My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine paper pad. (I added a Prima flower and a ZVA rhinestone flourish from my stash.)
Be sure to Head over to Jen's blog to check out her sketches, and her beautiful work!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Friday, October 12, 2012

LOAD Challenge Day 6-

I just finished another set of cards, this time using the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kit for September. I am proud to say I have added 12 new cards to my card box. (This time I did not add any cardstock, I used what was in the kit.)
 The September kit included a 6x6 pad of My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine papers. I fell head over heels for all of the pretty colors and papers in this collection. (There are 2 of each design in this pad.)

 Don't you love the colors?

 This is my "Faux Pocket" card. The card front was made to look like a pocket with an insert. I used the Oops A Daisy stamp set from Taylored Expressions. (This is the set I won during a new release a couple of months ago!! I LOVE this set, and the coordinating dies makes cuting out the flowers and leave easy as pie!!)
The sentiment is from an older set I picked up at Hobby Lobby some time ago. 
The flower was colored with Copic markers.
The half pearls were included in the kit.

 I don't usually use much gray when I am making cards. But, just look how pretty that wood grain paper is!! The stamp set on this one is Daisy Bouquet. And More Copic Marker coloring. I tied the bows using the Bow Easy.

 The flowers on these cards have been pop dotted for more dimension, and I went for double bows.

 I think these are my favorite cards in this set. I used a large daisy and pearls on one card, and a small daisy and pearls on the other. That changes up the design just a little.
(The card I copied can be found HERE.)

 I used one of Jen's sketch's for this layout. I had to bling mine up a bit. LOL I added the flower and the rhinestone swirl. (I really wish I would have had a pearl swirl!)

 These were the easiest to make. I used the text boxes from the paper. I think the big pearls keep this design from being too boring.

I used the same papers on both of these cards. The teal plaid was the back side of the floral pattern. The orange polka dot was the back side of the ledger paper. It is hard to see, but I stamped the solid daisy from the set with some shadow ink. I then stamped a sentiment over it. 
The wooden buttons were in the kit, I just added a little twine.
I am so hooked on kits, it is so good to have everything already coordinated for you. AND I love trying new products- like the wooden buttons in this kit. AND because there are no Local Scrapbook stores around it feels like Christmas each month when the kit arrives.
OK, gotta run. I need to catch up on my LOAD for October Challenge!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Load Challenge Days 4 &5

I dropped in to share days 4 and 5.  I am still scrapping photos from the Fall of 2009. I had tons of pictures from our trip to Slate Run park to play in the leaves. (We had one little birch tree so Slate Run was a good place to go play in the leaves!)
 I am using the divided page protectors for the rest of my pictures from this trip so this will be the last 12x12 layout with these photos. (I do have a couple of spots for some small layouts and a title to finish for these pages.

I think I am going to put the rest of the pictures from our trip to Chestnut Ridge Park in some divided protectors too, so this may or may not be the last 12 x 12 for these photos. :-)

I am still working with the Pink Paislee Prairie Hills paper collection. I kept both of these layouts pretty flat so I can fit more pages in my binder. I used the Cricut to cut my title.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Thursday, October 4, 2012

LOAD Challenge- Days 2 and 3

For days 2 and 3 I made 12 x12 layouts. I used the final Sketch of the Month Kit from PI for them. The kit featured the Pink Paislee Prairie Hill paper Collection. The papers are a good choice for scrapping Fall pictures.

Up first is "Destination Unknown"- I love snapping photos of the kids from behind as they are walking away. (They make cute "The End" pages for mini albums.) We were walking through one of the Metro Parks in Columbus, Ohio when I fell behind to get this picture.
 I used five 4x4 squares of paper (front and back of 2 and then another design.) All of the squares were distressed with a distress tool and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. The photo was popped up and I added a little ribbon.

The girl loves her daddy!! And Daddy loves his girl!! :-)
So, is any one else doing the LOAD (LayOut A Day) Challenge? If so leave me a link so I can see what you are working on in October.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 2012 LOAD-1

I have joined the challenge over on Let's Scrap. It is a LayOut A Day challenge. We are to make a layout, card or mixed media project every day for the month of October. I decided I would start the month off by 1.) making some cards and 2.) using some of my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient Kit card kits that I have been collecting. The August kit was a good one to start with- one of the "ingredients" was a roll of Trendy Tape (something I have been wanting to try.) So I got to work making cards and now I am so excited to have an assortment of 21 new cards!! TWENTY-ONE!! Can you believe it??!! (I did add a couple of pieces of ivory and black cardstock, but all of the other paper came from the kit!!) This collection of cards was made pretty quickly, some designs I made 2 identical cards and some designs I made 3. (3 is a good number when working with 6x6 pads because there are usually 3 sheets of each design.) I also limited myself to a couple of dies, stamp sets, Copic markers and embellishments, that saved me a lot of time!

It is hard to get a good shot to show that many cards.

 Lots of pretty cards.

 I used the Faith in Bloom stamp set for the sentiment and die cut it with a Spellbinders label die. I like how the black scallop border really "pops."

These are pretty simple, I rounded the bottom corners and add a little ribbon and some Prima flowers to finish them off.

I used the Faith in Bloom set again on this trio of cards. I used 3 different Spellbinders die sets for the sentiment. (The black borders was the leftovers from the scallop border on the first set of cards.)

I used Copic markers to color my flowers, and stamped a sentiment on yet another die cut. The sentiments are matted with black and the designer paper was matted with a light blue before adhering it to my ivory card base.

I found this card design on the the TE web site. Don't you love the black polka dot Trendy Tape? I am hooked on that stuff!!

This pair of cards are very simple. I popped the designer paper up on pop dots and added some pretty ribbon.

I used the Onesie Twosie set for these cards. (The onesie die get 2 thumbs up from me!!) I put the Trendy Tape on a scrap of white cardstock before die cutting it with the small scallop border die. The center onesies are popped up.

I trimmed the designer paper to keep the saying. (I'm lucky to have you in my life) I cut the black cardstock with the Majestic Border Die, and added some Trendy Tape, for yet another quick and easy card.
I hope you are inspired to make some quick and easy cards!
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Gaither Homecoming Bible- review

The Gaither Homecoming Bible will make the Bible come alive for those seeking truth in the twenty-first century, even for those who think they already know it. For years, Bill and Gloria Gaither have reached millions of people across generations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their music of joy, thanksgiving, and praise ushers people into the presence of God so that He can do His wondrous work in their lives. Featuring inspirational and insightful Scripture devotions by the Gaithers and other favorite Homecoming artists; articles on beloved hymns, gospel songs, and Gaither classics and the inspiration behind them; original poetry by Gloria Gaither to enlighten and inspire; and quotes by greats of the faith, reflecting on the importance of music in the life of believers, this beautiful Bible featuring the New King James Version®  (NKJV)  is one that readers will treasure for years to come.
 As soon as I saw that The Gaither Homecoming Bible was being released I knew I had to have it. Not only am I a huge Gaither fan, but also a huge Bible fan. I am always on the lookout for a new Bible, and this one is certainly one I will enjoy for years to come.  I enjoy reading how different verses of scripture have impacted the live of some of my favorite Homecoming Friends.  The stories have a way of making the scriptures feel more personal.
I also enjoy the stories behind many songs and hymns that I have heard many times.  The Gaither Homecoming Bible is a welcomed addition to my Bible collection. I am looking forward to using the schedule to read thru the Bible in 60 days.
The Gaither Homecoming Bible was provided through the Booksneeze program in exchange for  my honest opinion.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~