Thursday, November 18, 2010

American Crafts Walk In the Park


Working with this super cute line of papers, embellies, and ribbons for ScrapTales. It's all just so cute. First one is of Penny, Jane had been out drawing with chalk, and Penny grabbed some. Love the concentration! Used some Girls Paperie word stickers, just love them! I also used a pagemaps sketch on this one.

Second one is of me doing archery a few years back. I used to compete, and I really miss it, but I love being Mommy, too. Haven't quite figure out how to put the two things together yet. I did this one for the fav sport challenge over at My Favorite Things, even though I didn't quite get it done in time! Still nice to get another page for the 'things about me' album!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BoBunny


I've been playing with a little of the new school line by BoBunny. Super cute, and so many coordinating elements-alphas, journaling blocks, sticker embellies, and super awesome papers.

Perfect photo from Jane's first day of pre-school this fall...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Soup Winner!

I won some of Jillibean's new stamps that Unity is putting out. How cute are these? I'm super excited to work with them!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Falling for TPC!

Working with these TPC papers (Rustic Garden Line) for some design team work for ScrapTales. They're so yummy and shimmery.




I've been wanting to do a couple of pages of 'things I like', so opted for some fall photos. This came together pretty quickly, even with sewing around the blocks and photos. Found some random cork letters and put some paint dots on them. Loving how it all came together, screaming fall at me!

Put together a cute card with a matching envie...cut 4 circles, fold them in half, and fit them together to make your own square envie. So cute! Card I handcut the sunflower out of one of the papers from this line. Just too hard to resist, I love cutting things out. Few popdots, little sewing, and a festive card is done.

Working on my Project 12 layouts...will post some soon! I'm a little (LOT!) behind the gun on these, but I loved the concept, and I'm slowly getting some pics on paper!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Practical Scrappers Pub!

Weee! Practical Scrappers has published one of my layouts in their feature on black and white photos. I love using black and white photos to get a certain look or to blend in. This layout is of my little ones a bit dressed up, and I went with the black and white to work with the fab papers, and to get a bit of an older look. Black and white goes anywhere-heritage or modern.

Anyway, I'm way excited to be sharing my work on this blog. They have a great site full of inspiration, tips, challenges, and sketches; go check them out!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Check out this Elmer's give-away!

Great give-away, great project, and great cause! SCRAP NOTIONS

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bubbly!

Bubbly line from Reminisce...super cute stuff! I left some directions for you in Scraptales if you'd like to make some paper cones. Who wouldn't love to get one of these filled with some summer goodies? (or even some back to school supplies for a student or teacher?)

Bubbly layout was done with supplies from the paper line, as well as some popdots for dimension and some dimensional adhesive to make the stickers pop a bit more. Aren't these seahorses too cute?


Hope everyone's having a great summer. Keeping busy here!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fishin'


Jane has had the best time this summer with her little princess fishing pole. She caught some great ones at our Reynolds reunion a few weeks ago. Working with some super fun Reminise papers from their Bubbly line for some DT work for Scraptales.`Put this together with her awesome fish photo and some of the papers and stickers from the line. Few pop-dots under some of the fish, and some stickles. Super cute stuff!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My favorite Website: The Weather Channel

So, I constantly check the weather channel website (don't watch tv and don't get the paper (does anybody anymore?)). When I saw this week's challenge on These Are A Few of My Favorite Things (what is your fav website/blog), I thought it would be fun to do the weather channel site. Little of this and that, and this is what I came up with: printed a forecast for my town on some cardstock, and the site logo on photo paper. Some super fun umbrella paper and some rainbow papers that I've been holding on to from K&Co. Little kraft paper (my 12x12 printer--trying to use it a little more--made a cool type border), and some embellishment suns and clouds with raindrops, a stamped calendar with a cut-out umbrella, a journaling block I picked up recently (managed to get that through my printer as well), and a few pop-dots. (It's been raining a ton here lately, so the umbrellas are really in my mind!)

Thanks for looking, this was a fun challenge!

Jess

Sunday, July 18, 2010

a family story


Just finished up another DT layout for ScrapTales...used more of the BG Origins line. It is seriously so yummy! I'm enjoying doing some layouts with photos from different years. This one chronicles our life--Mike and I meeting in 1995 @ MSU...to now-2010 with 2 adorable girls. It's funny to me how on one hand it doesn't feel like it's been 15 whole years since we met, and on the other it seems like he's just always been a part of my life. It's also funny to think...there I was sitting on the couch of some guy's dorm room...flashforward and we've been married 10 years, 2 cats, 2 girls, and in our 2nd house. Crazy.

Anyway, lots of sewing on this layout, journaling spots from the Origins line.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Scrapbook Circle Project in Progress...

Well, I've been wanting to show what I've been working on with my goodies from ScrapbookCircle. I'm just LOVING the stuff from Girls Paperie; it was all new to me...and it was perfect for the photos from the trip I just took with my girls...and my mom...and my grandma. Four generations girls trip; I'm so lucky, and I'm so glad that my girls get to spend time with their grandma and great-grandma. We went up to Michigan's thumb for just a couple of days. I've had these little car shaped chipboard albums in my drawer for awhile, and when I saw the map paper and travel embellies-perfect! I also used some free downloaded travel journaling spots from this month's ScrapbooksEtc Magazine. Lots of sanding of paper and photos, and I used a photo marker to do all the black lines and journaling. I printed the journaling spots on photo paper, so it's a bit glossy. Used some of the tags and diecuts for the wheels on some (as well as the requisite starbucks logo for our breakfast page!). The little word stickers are just perfect for this mini-album. They let me get some 'comments' onto the pages without having to write too much. I also used some of these on an album I just made for my husband. We celebrated TEN years last night-isn't that awesome?! I still need to take a photo of that album and upload it...it's simple, just a page with a b/w photo from each of the 10 years we've been married, but I used a few of these stickers on each page as well. Anyway, I've got a couple more pages of this car album to get finished, but probably won't happen til after all the celebrating for 4th of July this weekend. I wanted to give some ideas if you're working on any travel or vacation photos this summer! When it's all finished, I'll post a pic of the rest of the pages, and the whole album sitting together. I'm super excited to have it out in my living room to flip through this summer.

Have an awesome 4th of July!

Summer busy!


We're summer busy around here...you know how you always think longingly for summer during the cold winter months? Imagining all the relaxing in the warm weather? And then summer finally gets here...and we're BUSY. Busy with trips and visiting and celebrating, which is all so fun. The packing and unpacking: not so much fun!

Anyway, got back from a trip last week, and we're off for fun with family and friends this weekend. Just wanted to pop on here and get a few things up that I've been working on here and there. This is just a quick layout with some of the diecut paper I've been holding on it...and a photo of DD that I've also been holding on to. She's so amazing here. I stuck with the pink and orange from her dress (that Gram made!). Added some little glitter dots and stitched on some clear letters for the title. I think this might be a new fav color combo for me!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Origins


Wow, I'm working with some of the BG origins line for some Scraptales DT work, and it is just sooo yummy. I don't want to cut it; I want to save it all! I have a two page LO planned, but in the meantime, I did this one of the girls. All origins paper except for the cardstock. Found enough old Making Memories metal letters for the title; I think they go great with the decorative paper clips from this line. Great rub-ons, I seperated one into page corners. Little sewing here and there...and have you seen the little post-it style tabs? I used them for my journaling block; how fun are they?!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I won!!!

I won one of the prizes from These Are a Few of My Favorite Things shoe challenge! How awesome is that? I'm so excited. I loved doing this challenge, and it's a great bonus to get some cool new stuff to play with too. Check out what I won: a kit from Scrapbook Circle! Look at all the yummy treats!


Friday, June 11, 2010

My Favorite Shoes!


I've been wanting to do some challenges, and I came across a fantastic new site while reading ScrapStreet Magazine: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. I've been wanting to do a layout about my crocs since I bought them, and this was the perfect motivation. I also am constantly reading the PageMaps Blog and I use PageMaps all the time. I used the current sketch contest for my Crocs layout....so it's two in one!

I really enjoyed doing a layout just for me; I love doing family stuff and holidays, but this was a chance to be creative just for the sake of being creative. I'm super excited about how it came out. I tried to keep it simple with just blue tones to go with the shoes. Printed my journaling and sewed on a few bits of some blue paper from my scrap bin. I then went searching for some embellies; you ever have one of those moments where you're searching for something...and you find something else? Something that is just so perfect? How about some blue (!) feet paper clips when you're working on a layout about comfy shoes?? I was so excited, kind of silly, but just completed the layout for me. Did some sewing on chipboard for the first time to attach my little flower border, and adhered some sequins at the top of the photo the same way.

Thanks for checking out my work, and I'm excited about both contests!

MME Meadowlark


Just finished a DT layout for ScrapTales. Working with the Meadowlark line from MME. Comes with cute punchouts (used for my title) and journaling cards. I made some photos of my kiddos into black and white and used a digital frame. I haven't used oval shaped photos in forever, but they really worked well with these papers. I trimmed the paper a bit and put some black cardstock underneath that I trimmed in black lace and added a few black gemstones.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Temper...

I took these photos of my eldest last year, and I just love them. So representative of toddler emotions! Quick fun layout with one of the journaling cards I just picked up from Colorbok.

2009 Summary

I don't often see people post their end of album pages, but it's just as important to me to have this summary to look back on. I used my 12x12 printer, typing the text and adding the photo boxes (vinnie pierce), and the stars border (sandekrieger- embrace life) from my digital collection. I put a couple of photos on here, trimmed and matted the whole thing and ran some sewing around the border. I'm loving it.

Pinky's Blog

Hey, go check out Pinky's Blog if you've got a couple of minutes. She's got a ton of great things to inspire you, AND she's running a give-away right now. I've watched her work off and on for a few years now, from SAS and through other web-friends; she's got a unique style, and super pretty stuff!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

November Pages


2009--Finished!





Calendar pages for 2009 are finished! Still have lots of other photos to scrap, but I really love having these pages done. I always figure that if I scraped nothing else, at least I have these to summarize our year. I used sketches from 2 peas year of you for November. December I cut everything into circles; which should have been a fast LO. I then decided to paint all the edges and sew around the pages, but it really helps it pop.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Memorial Day Parade


I love that I managed to have most of my layout ready to go for my Memorial Day Parade & BBQ photos. It made this double layout come together really quickly. I made small pinwheels and some butterflies out of the Remininse papers. So patriotic! The girls were freakin' adorable, and we had a great time at the parade and with friends afterwards at our house. I found an oversized paperclip that I've been wanting to use; I pop-dotted the large photos so it would sit nicer, and it gives it great dimension. The stickers from this line made pretty fun embellishments to highlight all my multiple photos on the right. Little bit of bakers twine and some foil embossed letters--good to go! Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day; it's pretty much my official start of summer.

This one is up at ScrapTales if you want a closer look! All the pinwheels are there as well...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Calendar Pages


Catching up on calendar pages...still from last year! I vacillate between being annoyed that I'm so far behind yet I have been enjoying seeing how much the girls have grown in 6 months +.

I used sketches from 2peas for both of these. The first is September, and I used some papers from an old kit. Sometimes kits are just the thing-stuff all matching and ready to go! I tried the ribbon folding; I used brads on each fold, and I really like the look here. Pretty easy, just fold and put a brad in and repeat. The second is October; I did a different color palette, but I just love these owls! Papers are all from a DCWV stack; I cut the words out of one sheet and pop-dotted them. Punched stars and tore them to make the journaling paper. Loved this grid layout, perfect for all the photo cramming that I do on these month pages.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Patriotic Pinwheels

Loving the Stars & Stripes line from Reminisce. I made my first pinwheels from a couple of sheets of it. Super fun with the two sided paper. I put the rest of the pinwheels individually into frappucino jars. My newish butterfly punch was also sitting on my desk, so some patriotic butterflies got punched and glued around the ribbon.

I made these using 5" squares. Cut in from each corner approx. 3 inches, but don't go all the way to the center. I glued the points down then pierced a hole, I used wire through my buttons and attached in back with a bead. Some spin better than others...

LOVE that cropodile--one more thing it can punch cleanly through--tongue depressor sized popsicle sticks--no cracking, just a lovely little hole.


I used some clear buttons in the centers; I backed the buttons with patterned paper or some of the stickers from this line. Completely custom-made matching embellishments.




So, try your hand at some pinwheels, they're pretty addicting once you get going! I made some mini ones for my Memorial Day Layout, using my 1 1/2 inch square punch. Hoping to have that layout in Scraptales by middle of next week if you want to check them out in person.

Friday, May 28, 2010

It's coming!

Lots of good stuff to post, just have to get good light for photos. Hopefully I'll find some time tomorrow. Picked up my Scrap Tales Design Team pack yesterday and yummmmy stuff to work with. Started with the Reminisce Stars & Stripes, have the bones of a patriotic layout all ready for my pictures from Monday's Memorial Day parade (please don't rain, please don't rain). I've been wanting to make some pinwheels for the longest time and when I saw this double sided paper, it was just what I'd been waiting for.

So. Much. Fun.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Teacher gift


Daughter's last day of pre-school--she goes to a pre-school within a high school, so she has a bunch of 'student' teachers. Made a group gift for the kids-studio g squirrel stamp, DCWV papers, and peanuts in an IKEA container. Turned out kind of fun.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Biking card...


Little card I made for my MIL who is off on a 25 mile bike ride in northern MI.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cleaning & organizing

As soon as my scrap area is done...I'll get to scrapping and posting some stuff. It's been slow going! I'm seeing the light (I mean the carpet) so there is hope! Finally split my blog into a family one and a scrapbooking one.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day Tea Invitations


We're having tea at Tyme Well Spent for Mother's Day. I made these invitations for my Mom and Grandma's. Covered each dress with a vellum 'skirt' and pop-dotted the dress. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!