Monday, March 02, 2015

May Flaum - Vacation Scrapbooking Class


Whether you have a past trip or a future trip you plan on scrapbooking, the new May Flaum Vacation Scrapbooking class is perfect for those wanting to learn how to scrapbook and even seasoned scrapbookers needed a little motivation.  May Flaum will walk you through her Disney Cruise and Disney World trip...every step of the way.  That alone is worth the price of the class, but she has also added six contributors.  There will be traditional scrapbook pages, pocket pages, and mini books.

Click here to read more details of this amazing class and the talented contributors you will be learning from.  I am so excited to be a part of this class.   Even as a contributor, I have loved learning right along with everyone in her jam packed classes.

Want a discount code?  Be sure to use this link HERE to automatically get $5 off the class.  This link will only be good through March 31st.  There is no code.

Hope to see you in class!  Enjoy!

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Rise & Shine with October Afternoon Saturday Mornings

It is worth saying again that I the new Saturday Mornings collection from October Afternoon is a new favorite of mine.  I have another example of using some of the themey products with the the B side of pattern paper.  For more ideas using Saturday Mornings, click here.
The title of this layout started first with a play on words...'you're the shine in my rise & shine.'  That new cloud stamp is a must have, so many possibilities.  Here, I stamped onto smooth cardstock, pierced holes, and then stitched 'rays' onto each one.  

The pattern paper rays were freehand cut, turned over, misted the background, then flipped them back over to dry, and adhered.  Added straight stitching in between the rays.
I mixed my title up a good bit here, using the 'rise & shine' sticker from the collection with some Daily Flash.  I didn't have an S in chipboard, so I traced it onto the sicker, pierced holes, and added stitching.
 And since my layout is about loving coffee and having to have it to start my day...the cute tornado sticker dude was perfect...and is about how I feel in the morning.  I don't do mornings AT all.  
This is on the October Afternoon today for the challenge to add hand stitching, machine stitching, or both to your project.  Please stop by the October Afternoon blog to see my scrappy crush, Sasha's layout!  If you know Sasha's work, she is a master at stitching!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Scrapbook Expo Spotlight

The amazing, talented Paige Evans contacted me to be spotlighted on the Scrapbook Expo blog.  Would love if you would stop by and see some of my favorite projects I picked.

This is a new layout I did specific for the post, using Pink Paislee Bella Rouge, Amy Tangerine Stitched, and Heidi Swapp September Skies.


Thank you so much Paige and Scrapbook Expo for featuring my work!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scrapbook and Cards Today | Nicole Nowosad Cut Files

Each month my amazing talented friend, Nicole, makes free cut files for the Canadian magazine Scrapbook and Cards Today.  Grab this free set on the SCT blog post here and see Nicole's amazing layout using her cut files.
This is what I did using her files.  Going back to an old photo of Emma at about 14 months old.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

October Afternoon Saturday Mornings

There's not many October Afternoon collections I do not like.  They are so unique and always tempt me to get every single thing they make.  Saturday Mornings collection may be a new favorite.  They nailed the retro look, the drawings are amazing.  As always with their collections, you can take this literally and theme scrap with the adorable characters, you can pull colors from both the A and B sides mixed with a little cuteness from the characters, or you can just pull amazing colors to document however you like.  Love the options you have with any October Afternoon collection.

This layout was based off of Pinterest inspiration I picked.  You can see the inspiration for the piece here.  I used both A and B sides with some themed stickers.  For characters on the stickers that didn't work for this layout and would take away from the photo, I just snipped them off to save for another project.  
I wanted something a little different, so I stapled the circles together.
The 'lazy days' sticker is an example of trimming off the boy watching TV, so I could just have the sentiment.
Next is a card based off of the talented Sasha's sketch.  Click here to see Sasha's sketch and her layout.  
 This card is a great example of using the cute stickers and the A and B sides of the pattern papers.  I just love that rooster!  The colors are amazing in this collection!
The amazing Jill Sprott really pushed me both creatively and on a much deeper, meaningful level with her topic to write about Love Advice.  Click here to see her amazing layout that just blew me away and the full challenge.
Jill is the master of deep thinking and journaling + making amazing creations.  This is tough for me.  I am a very deep thinker, so my journaling for something like that usually takes over the layout.  
I used Saturday Mornings A side of Scones paper, LOVE that paper...there is this section of the paper that gave me a lightbulb moment...it is perfect for adding journaling.  So the color set the tone for the layout.  I fussy cut the gorgeous Crepes pattern paper flowers to dot around to add more pop to the page.
Another example of using the themed stickers.  The Saturday Morning sticker says "Tune in next time!  Thanks for watching.  On the previous Episode...AND now a word from our sponsors.  Stay Tuned!  We'll be right back, after these messages.  Don't touch that dial.  To be continued..."  This sticker actually worked in perfectly for my topic of discussing love with my 6-year old, because there will obviously be many many more 'love' talks with her.  I pulled in a part of the sticker here also from Public Library.
Next, is my One Little Word (OLW) layout for Topic Tuesday.  Click here to see the talented Mel's layout for her word.  Loving that A side of Scones patter paper again here, but using the circle elements.  I also pulled in the yellow from B side of Cereal and  B side from Omelette.  Other A side papers I used are Syrup and Orange Juice.
My focus technique was the long stitching, so once that was in place, I started tucking in my photo, stickers, then my title and journaling.  Adding in anything else to go with the theme and color combo.
I did a partial stamp from one of the Public Library stamps on the Daily Flash chipboard piece here.
I cut the 'P' from the sticker 'Pancakes.'  Had too since it's my initial and a layout about me.
I have LOVED working with all of October Afternoon, and especially Saturday Mornings.  I hope you grab this collection.  You have it all:  retro, great patterns, great embellishments, great colors, themey if you want or not.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

October Afternoon Design Team Work

Since Instagram is taking over my blog, I have failed miserably at posting my October Afternoon work here on the blog.  So doing a catch up!  

This was a Pinterest inspiration from my talented teammate Laura.  Click here to see the inspiration piece.  I went with patterned paper after a failed attempt at the watercolors just looking kind of blah.  I loved this push because I don't know that I would have done a page like this, and love how it came out.


Sorry...a Christmas layout...if you are like me, I am ready to move on.  LOL  But since I forgot to post it...this was my talented friend and teammate Alex's challenge for repetition.  Click here to see Alex's December Story if you need a recharge to finish your album.

One more Christmas layout...this was a sketch challenge.  Click here to see the sketch I made and my talented teammate, Mel's, take on the sketch.


And last one for today.  My challenge was to GO BIG.  Click here to see the talented Sasha's take on this challenge.  I used papers from the new Saturday Morning on this page.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hip Kit February Kits - Part 2

Have loved loved working with the February kits from Hip Kits.  The colors, the great mix of products, and the color kit have really sparked my creativity.  

This was a layout that just started out as playing.  I used modeling paste with the stencil from the color kit mixed with the pink mist from the same kit.  Then did some fussy cutting and made some squares to layer.

This layout, I wanted a different color combo...used that wonderful bright lime/green from Heidi Swapp as my background matted onto grey cardstock.  Tucked in more pattern paper behind the corners.  I love the labels with my journaling on them lined up like this leading down to the title, inspired by Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.
My boy is so old and causes a lot of stress for us, but he is still "ME-WOW."  LOL  I wanted wonky stitching on this, and it ended up being pretty straight and then ended up being a star...perfect for my my me-wow boy!

Hope you grabbed these kits and join us over in the community on Facebook to chat and share what you make.

The new March kits have been revealed...so take a look at these as well and don't miss out.  Filled with lots of new products!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Guest Blog for Shimelle

Didn't post this here on the blog.  But was so thrilled to get to use Shimelle's line for American Crafts for a guest blog post on her blog.


I love how this layout came out.  You can see the step by step on Shimelle's blog.

She had an amazing first line, but her next new line is my new favorite of hers...She made primary colors look amazing.  Hope to get to play with her new line.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

CHA | California Trip

California Dreaming...is exactly how I felt when my wonderful friend, Jennie McGarvey, brought us out to see the beach.  We got in early so we could enjoy some sightseeing before the CHA show.
Have lots of selfies.  Those are on my Instagram, but I know you want to see product instead.  Will share some that I took.

On my wish list is the new Minc from Heidi Swapp.  The more I saw demos of it, and the more I saw what it could do, the more I wanted it.  Her foil colors are just gorgeous.

 This is the new Amy Tangerine line.

 The new Studio Calico line...the display was so cute.

Loved then cat line.
 A must have...one of my favorites from the show...Shimelle's new line.



Another most have...the new Pink Paislee lines.

 At first glance, I thought that is pretty...but then...
 I saw Megan Hoeppner's new line with Webster's Pages in the mini albums, and then it all connected.   Each page is for a month.  You cut those apart to fit into the pockets.  The months are not themey and so original.

So excited to see Pinkfresh at the show...she had some amazing products!
 Yes, to the ombre Hero Arts ink pads.
 Loved the Me and My Big Ideas arc system planners.
I cannot believe I did not get photos...but one of my top favorites at the show was Chickaniddy...every bit of it was so amazing...I would definitely personally buy every bit.

 Met some amazing ladies at the show.  Such a great time to connect with people who love the hobby, are down to earth, great people.  And a way to support the industry and the hobby as well.
More sightseeing...our last day was spent at the Wilson Creek winery for wine tasting and then just a quick visit back to the show.  
Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

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