Thursday, November 17, 2016

First Day with Maggie Holmes' Gather

Hello...I'm not sure where the last few weeks have gone. All I know is that I've been busy and haven't had enough time to scrap.  Now that the weather is turning more fall-like maybe I'll get a chance to do some creating.

Today, I'm sharing a layout I created just for myself! I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers and Maggie Holmes' Gather collection. I am a big fan of Kristine's sketches and have been wanting to play along for some time.  So, here is the sketch:

And here is my layout! I scrapped some photos of my daughter on her first day of school this year! I can't believe she is in 8th grade!  Last year of junior high!  

I love grid layouts...they are fun and easy!  I used different patterns from Gather for my squares...but mixed it up a bit so I could add the vertical photo of my daughter.  

How cute are these ribbon embellishments?  I love the colors of this collection! 

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out the Creative Scrappers blog to see more great sketches! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Stories: Hello Fall SN@P! Album

Hello and happy Monday to you!  It's back to work today for me...I was off all of last week to attend a conference in Seattle with my husband!  I'm grateful that I started to feel better by Tuesday and we had a great trip!

On Thursday while my husband attended classes, I drove down to Running with Scissors scrapbook store in Kent, WA!  What a great store to visit; lots of selection and very friendly staff!  I was lucky enough to arrive just as Frank Garcia came to the store!  I am a big fan of his and got to chat with Frank for a bit!

Today, I'm up on the Simple Stories blog with a mini album I created using the new Hello Fall collection and the 6x8 SN@P! Album in Brown.  I mainly do layouts for Simple Stories but I was lucky to switch it up and do a mini album! I love the Simple Stories binders!  

I am in love with the colors of Hello Fall!  They are so beautiful, as well as the prints!  The leaf/acorn print from "Harvest Season" is adorable! I used it to covert the front of my album a well as strips of  the B side of this print and "Warm and Cozy".  I love to layer on the embellishments including chipboard, stickers, and the cute new decorative pins! 

I love the wood grain print of the B side of "Falling For You".  I used this as the base of my page on one of the kraft inserts found in the binder. I also used a Simple Stories cut file found in the Silhouette shop (Capture This Moment #60521).  

Also included in the binders are SN@P! pages which have a variety of "ledger type" prints.  I paired one with the orange print of the B side of "Sweater Weather".  I rarely have my prints match on my pages.

I used a circle/floral cut file around this favorite photo of my daughter and embellished with Bradz, enamel dots, die cuts, and stickers. 

There are lots of cute die cuts in the Bits and Pieces pack...including this cute squirrel!  Also, I love the typed sentiments as well!  
 I fussy cut the hexagons from the "Warm and Cozy" print and used it as my background for this page as well as added die cuts and chipboard pieces.  

Also included are a variety of pocket pages...I used some of the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements with my 4x6 photos. 

I also love creating little pockets to include sequins and wood veneer pieces! I use my sewing machine to secure the edges. 

Thank you for stopping by today!  Check out this collection on the Simple Stories Products page plus what's coming soon!
Have a  great day!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Layouts with Simple Stories' Posh Collection

Hello and happy Saturday!  Hope you are having a good weekend! It's beautiful here in Central Illinois...we had a high in the 70's today.  Unfortunately, I spent a good chunk of it in bed since I'm still fighting pneumonia. I started steroids  this week but it doesn't seem to be helping. Chris and I are leaving for Seattle tomorrow for his work conference so I'm praying I start to feel better. It's so frustrating being sick all of the time.  

Anyway, I'm sharing layouts I created using Simple Stories' new Posh collection. I absolutely love this line...the colors are gorgeous!!  I actually used up all of my paper and had to order more!  

My first layout "Brace Face" I used a cute photo of my niece with her new braces!  I started with a background cut file from Just Nick Studio with white card stock. I then added in different patterns from the collection! 

A new embellishment for this release is washi tape!! I am loving the thinner tapes too!  
The Bits and Pieces pack has LOTS of fun shapes to use! Here, I layered some of the flowers along with a cute bird.  

I used the navy letter stickers included in the 12x12 Sticker Sheet along with more die cuts and stickers.  

The self adhesive Bradz are adorable in the center of one of the flowers!  

For my second layout, Hazel Grace" I did a grid sort of page with cute photos of our new kitten we adopted in June.  

Again, I used the navy letter stickers for my title along with chipboard and die cut pieces!  

Another new addition are roller stamps with cute sentiments!   

I love the gold foil accents on the Journaling Cards as well as the embellishments! 

Thanks for reading!  Check out the new collections on the Simple Stories Products page!  
Have a good night!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clear Scraps: This is Halloween Clipboard

This week I had a Halloween themed clipboard up on the Clear Scraps blog!  I love the clipboards! They are one of my many favorite products from Clear Scraps!  I used the Large Regular Landscape Clipboard with Authentique's Moonlit collection.   I used my clipboard as a way to showcase a favorite photo. I layered my papers onto the clipboard and added my embellishments!

I used of of the Bat Chipboard Embellishments to accent my title. I painted him with black acrylic paint and added enamel dots as eyes.   My title is from the Silhouette shop designed by Sweet Afton (file ##153979).

The collection I used has coordinating stickers which I layered around my photo. I popped up the cute tag with foam dots and added bakers twine to accent.  
Using black alcohol ink, I lightly applied it around the edges of my clipboard to add some depth. 

Lastly, I used a hand punch to create a little banner at the top of my page as well as added Halloween ribbon to the clip.  

Thanks for reading! Check out all of the different sizes and shapes of clipboard in the Clear Scraps shop!  
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Simple Stories Happy Haunting Layouts

This month I have layouts up on the Simple Stories' blog using the Simple Set Happy Haunting!  The kit includes three two-sided papers along with a 6x12 coordinating Sticker Sheet!  

For my first layout, I used the woodgrain print as my background. I then used pieces of the Journaling Card sheet to layer under and around my photo.  How cute is the "spook" bingo card?  I have to say I love the black/white/orange/grey plaid print!  

I added the small star and bat stickers as well as wooden veneer stars and enamel dots from my stash. 

This cute spider web and spiders are included on the sticker sheet! What an adorable accent! 

I created a small tag with a hand punch from one of the journaling cards and added black and white ribbon.

For my second layout, I wanted to do a grid to show off some of the different prints.  I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe with black cardstock.  I then cut squares of each pattern to fit random spots.  

I used one of the Simple Stories cut files from the Silhouette shop as my title.  I lightly misted my white cardstock with gold glitter spray.  

Showing some of the cute coordinating stickers! I love the little ghost!  

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out this collection plus many more of the new releases on the Simple Stories' Product page!  Have a great day!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I'm back! I've been horrible about keeping my blog updated!  I guess it gets pushed down the list of things to do. And life just is busy.  Anyway, I am hoping to be more on top of posting my projects!  

A fun update....the end of September I traveled to Las Vegas to teach at Teresa Collins' pre-event! It was a lot of fun and I met so many amazing ladies! I love being with "my people"!  As sometimes things go, there are hiccups and my kits didn't make it to Teresa on time to be brought to the hotel.  It was stressful but in the end things worked out: Brian's son Spencer brought my kits with him on Friday and I was able to teach during the crop. Thank you to everyone who was so understanding and nice. I seriously had a meltdown in the middle of the airport when I found out my kits were not going to make it. My sweet husband even tried to get a courier to bring them to Vegas from Draper, but it didn't work out.  

Anyway, I am so blessed and honored that Teresa asked me to be a main event teacher next year!  I'm so excited!  Visit Teresa's Event Page  for

All of the teachers during the opening ceremony! 

 On Friday, I helped Teresa during her three classes!  She is such an inspiration!  

 Teresa and Christi!  So happy to meet Christi in person...she is my yoga pants army buddy!  

Love that I was able to meet Midge and Madge as well! I am a big fan!!  They are returning as main teachers next year as well!  

That's about it...I guess I could write more but I'll save it for future posts!  The hubby and I are watching Stranger Things on hooked!  Have a great night!