Friday, May 31, 2013

Project Life {part 9}

I'm still plugging away at my son's first grade project life 6x8 album from Simple Stories. He's almost done with school — less than a month to go — and then it'll be all done! It's jam packed and I'm not so sure I'll be able to fit anything else in it anyways. 

I used a lot of Echo Park's All About A Boy stickers and paper for these pages. 

He turned 7, so I had to put that in the album. He also go an art recognition from the school district as part of a larger K-12 evening and exhibit for the kids. I snapped a picture of his painting during the exhibit and then printed it out to be able to include it in the album.

He also rode his first zip line at a local festival. Nate was so proud of that, so I wanted to make sure it got included. 

It is kind of sad that my first PL album is coming to a close. I can't wait for second grade to start up the next one! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

First Avenue {scrapbook circle}

The Scrapbook Circle June kit is nearly ready! It's called First Avenue and highlights some of the best in new patterns and colors, including Hipster from Basic Grey.

There is also a canvas ribbon in the kit, which I just loved using for added texture to my layers. I also had the add-on kit, so take a peek at that for more coordinating pieces.

These pictures are from my son's fabulous birthday weekend. We spent the whole weekend celebrating since his actual birthday was on a Wednesday. On this Saturday we did mini golf, batting cages and games at Adventure Landing.

I love this kit for all the manly photo ops I have going on lately. It's a great one — scoop it up soon at Scrapbook Circle!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Croppin' friends

Hello! I had some time this past weekend to make a page using some of my favorite items I had laying around my scrappy space. Even though I scrap mainly for a boy, I still order some of the more girly items that I love when they are released. 

I love the Glitz Unchartered Waters collection, the new Maggie Holmes collection from Crate Paper and the Fancy Pants buttons and little bags. I also jumped on those wood veneer clouds from Freckled Fawn and the anchors from Studio Calico.

This picture was taken at a crop I went to not too long ago for a Relay For Life fundraiser. Kate Vickers came on over from Canada, Lisa Swift lives in the area and Audrey Yeager came from neighboring Syracuse. It was so fun to hang with these ladies for the day. My friend Renee was there, too, but managed to duck the photos. 

I liberated the sequins from the pocket that comes in the Maggie Holmes collection and sprinkled them around the page. Wow — these little stinkers get away from you fast and I'm sure there are more in the carpet than I want to admit. 

Thanks for stopping by here today. Love how this turned out and I was happy to share it here today. Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Circles, tags and digital files {lily bee}

Today I'm sharing this layout over on the Lily Bee blog. It is a week for the Circles & Tags sticker sheets, and I'm concentrating on using digital cut files on layouts, as well.

I have to admit I love the Circles & Tags sticker sheets. They are one of my favorite products from Lily Bee and so versatile. The sheet I used is from the Pinwheel Collection.

I used the Lily Bee Banners Studio file for the pennants. I also made the "BOY" title on my Cameo.  

Stop on by the Lily Bee blog to read more about my page and check out the free download. Thanks for stopping by here today!

Friday, May 24, 2013

More Outdoor Adventure {imaginisce}

Hi again! I'm back today with a few more samples of work with the Outdoor Adventure collection from Imaginisce. I made these projects for the winter CHA reveal and catalog.

Having a boy to scrapbook for, this collection is a dream come true. Nate is always outside getting into something, so I know I'll be dipping back into this collection a lot.

I thought this door knob hanger was a cute idea. Maybe for the camper door when you aren't at the camp site to let fellow campers know you'll be right back. 

I also whipped up a cute card — I wanted to color the campfire stamp with my Copics. 
Thanks for taking a peek at what I had made for the Outdoor Adventure CHA release this past winter. There was plenty of Outdoor love on the Imaginisce blog this week, so stop over there to see even more inspiration with this collection.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Outdoor Adventure {imaginisce}

Imaginisce is sharing the new release of Outdoor Adventure this week, and I love it! As mom to a boy and wife to a guy who wears cammo (lol), I saw a lot of potential in this collection. The sticker stackers are fun and the papers are outdoorsy but also great for manly pages all year round.

This picture is from a training day my hubs had earlier in May. He is very lucky to have the opportunity for additional training through his job and gets to engage in some really interesting things. Nate and I rarely get to see what hubs does while he's at work, so pictures like this are great to document. It's like a glimpse into what he does when he's not at home.

Nate's 7th birthday was yesterday, so I made this card for him. He loves ATVs, like most little boys do, so he thought this card was too cool. The die cuts in the Outdoor Adventure collection are great, and I can see that I'll get a lot of use out of them.

I hope you like what we've been sharing on the Imaginisce blog this week. With summer right around the corner, I'm sure there will be a lot of opportunities to use this collection.

I worked with Outdoor Adventure for the winter CHA, so I'm going to swing back here tomorrow and share images of that work with you all. I really liked what I had made for the CHA display and catalog.

Thanks for stopping by here today!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday!

I can't let today go by without wishing my little man a very happy 7th birthday. 

He's such a good sport and let me snap a few pictures of him this past weekend. I know it'll be way too soon before he's tired of having my camera in his face. I have to grab it while I can!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PaperHaus Magazine news for June!

The Summer Issue of PaperHaus Magazine is nearly ready and we are quite excited about it. We'll be hopping and RAK-ing it up for you to celebrate. Make sure to stop by and see what all the fuss will be about.

In case you missed it (to hold you over until the Summer Issue), here is the link to the Spring Issue.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Window gift bag {sei guest blog}

Last Wednesday I was a guest blogger for SEI. I whipped up this cute window gift bag and gave the tip/trick to use packaging from your embellishments for the plastic covering over the window. I love when you don't need to put a bag inside another bag — that never looks very polished. 

I used paper from SEI and the chocolate covered cherries are from Trader Joe's. YUM! 

Thanks for stopping to see my gift bag. I know I'll be making many more of these. It was so easy to cut on my Cameo and makes a great little gift.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cool Summer {samantha walker}

Today on the Samantha Walker blog I'm sharing a short tutorial on using 6x6 paper pads to add dimension and layers without adding bulk to your pages. Stop on by and see my tips & tricks for getting this effect on your next layout.

Don't you just love this paper/collection? It's the Cool Summer line by Samantha Walker for Carta Bella. It was so fun to work with!

Thanks for stopping here today — and thanks for popping over to Samantha Walker's blog to see my tutorial!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Be real {scrapbook circle}

One Friday a month, Scrapbook Circle calls attention to Project Life or layouts that use camera phone pictures. We want to see the real moments we live everyday and document those.

Using the My Favorite May kit from Scrapbook Circle, I made this page with pictures of some of my fave outfits. Bestie Sara Zenger and I have been taking pictures of what we're wearing while we are at work and messaging them to each other. I have to admit it is fun and a highlight of my day. It's been fun to see we have a very similar style and would love to raid each other's closets.

The My Favorite kit has some really fun little envelopes, tulle ribbon and bows that added a really pretty feminine touch to my page.

I also printed my pictures out on white card stock to give it a softer look compared to the rich shine you get with photo paper. The end result coordinates so well with the theme.

I had a lot of fun taking the pictures as well as making the page. We haven't stopped taking pictures, so there might be another layout to come. Thanks for stopping to see my page!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Go for it all! {scrapbook circle}

I have another baseball layout to share with you. I'm going to apologize in advance for the heavy concentration of baseball pages that have been (and will continue to be) saturating my blog for the beginning of the summer months. I hope you like the color blue! (LOL)

As I said on Monday, the Scrapbook Circle kit for May is chock full of great blues and yellows that make for really great boy pages. The baseball-themed stickers are from Jillibean Soup and I grabbed those from my stash. I've been hanging onto them for baseball pages.

My son plays short stop, so I am very lucky in that he has the ball quite often during a game. I've managed to capture a few great action shots, and I love his face — so much concentration! You can tell that even at six years old he is taking this so seriously.

Thanks for stopping to see my layout today!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Badges for baseball {imaginisce}

This week at Imaginisce we are using the i-top to show off a variety of projects you can make with one tool. It's badges and buttons day, and I made these badges for my son's fans. LOL — OK, just his family that cheers him on at each game, but we feel like his raving fans.

All I needed to make these was the i-top, the extra large badges from Imaginisce, the extra large punch tool and pictures of my son edited to 1.5" circles. I did that in Photoshop. I should add too that I printed these out on regular letter paper because the photo paper was too thick and didn't fit onto the badge very well (it wasn't smooth coverage over the top of the badge and it creased a bit at the edges).

Once I punched them out, I put the top of the badge into the i-top and squeezed, like you can see below. I squeezed again for the bottom and it was finished! Such a fast and fun project.

Since I was handing these out as gifts at a game, I mounted them easily to some paper cards. 

Make sure to stop by the Imaginisce blog this week for even more ideas on what to make with your i-top tool!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Arrows and 007 {pink paislee}

Pink Paislee is talking about the arrows trend this week over on their blog. I made this layout for today's post using arrows from the Luxe rub ons, Artisan chipboard, Luxe chipboard and Cottage Farms die cuts. Lots of arrows choices with Pink Paislee! 

To make this arrows black, I rubbed a bit of Heidi Swapp Black Velvet mist on the chipboard. It has a resistable finish, so it works really well.

I love adding the pops of pink and yellow from Cottage Farms. It makes the black arrows stand out even more next to those pastel colors.

If you are wondering about the title, my son is just days from turning 7 years old, and it seemed like a fun title for my little man. He looks mysterious in this picture and in his mind he is just seconds from his next birthday.

Thanks for stopping to see my layout!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Always smiling {scrapbook circle}

Hi! Dropping by here today to share some more of my work with the My Favorite May kit from Scrapbook Circle. I love the stars and stripes that are in this kit along with all of the blue and yellow. Without meaning to be, it is a great boy kit.

How cute are the corrugated potty people? And I love the Lily Bee labels for layering.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a good start.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Project Life {part 8}

I attended a crop last week for National Scrapbooking Day and was able to catch up a bit on my Project Life binder. Here are two pages I made using the Echo Park All About A Boy collection. 

I love the bright fun colors in this collection. There are also a lot of fun design elements and stickers that worked out great for this baseball PL spread.

My son has been having such a blast playing baseball, I wanted to make sure I caught some of the candid moments while he plays. I wrote a little bit about playing short stop and made sure I documented that his friend Andrew played on his team with him.

Thanks for stopping to see my PL for today. Nate has his birthday and end of the school year coming up, so I'm sure I'll be adding to this soon!

Have a great weekend!