9.15.2017

You Are My Sunshine || Color Cast Designs

Hello, all!  Happy Friday!  Last week, I got the newborn photos of Piper back and instantly had to make a layout with them!  Luckily, I had ordered some acrylic pieces from the August release at Color Cast Designs in preparation of her arrival.  Since she was already my sunshine before she even graced us with her presence, I decided to use this piece for my title:

I also broke out the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love collection that I *may* have been hoarding.  The green hearts in the August confetti heart mix coordinate perfectly with the pretty papers.

The final result:


Thanks so much for popping in - and make sure you stop by the Color Cast Designs website to snatch up the August releases before they're gone...and make sure you check out the site on the 21st when new items will hit the store - just in time for Fall!!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts

9.10.2017

Own It!

Hello everyone!  I wanted to stop in and quickly share a layout that I made back in July but never got around to sharing.  I actually really like it.  It's a bit messier and a lot more layers than my normal style and I think that's why I like it - it's something different:

I made this layout with my July 2017 kit from Hip Kit Club.

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club, Bella Blvd, Pink Paislee; Alphas: American Crafts; Stickers, Puffy Stickers: Bella Blvd; Gold Enamel Stars, Date Stamp, Die Cut: American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp, Wood Shapes: Hip Kit Club

9.08.2017

Happy 2 || Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in to share a new layout that I made for Pretty Little Studio with the Ain't Life Grand collection.  I really wanted to scrap a recent photo of my nephew's birthday and the colors in the Ain't Life Grand collection were perfect for highlighting the photo and the happy atmosphere of the event.

To begin, I took some of my favorite patterned papers from the collection and cut them into flags and punched out circles.  I then laid them all out in three banners that ran across the page and then machine stitched them all down.  Since this created a sort of busy background, I kept everything else really simple.  I'm pretty happy with the end result:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

8.31.2017

Daddy's Girl ||Color Cast Designs

Hello everyone!  I am popping in to share my most recent layout for Color Cast Designs.  Finding time to scrap with a new little one is definitely hard, but I have found that I NEED to scrap.  It helps me keep my sanity.  Luckily, my husband totally gets it, so he makes sure I can find this necessary time :)

For today's layout I used an older "Daddy's Girl" acrylic piece and combined it with the August 2017 confetti hearts.  I used the new Tales & Dreams collection from Pretty Little Studio and a free cut file from Maryam Perez.  Here's how it all came together:

Love how bright and colorful it is...and I love, love, LOVE the photo.  Those are my people and my heart and I love them dearly :)

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Pieces: Color Cast Designs; Cut File: Maryam Perez; Paper, Stickers, Cut Outs, Die Cuts, Alphas: Pretty Little Studio; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts

8.30.2017

August Jillibean Soup Projects

Hey, hey!  Just popping in to share the projects that I had up on the Jillibean Soup blog this month - two layouts and two cards:



 
Still so happy that I'm on this amazing team.  I love working with their products so much and really enjoy the group of ladies we get to work with!!

8.28.2017

Extraordinary || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!!  I'm popping in to share my most recent layout created for Pretty Little Studio (and the last layout I made before Piper arrived!).  I'm so excited to finally play with the new Tales & Dreams collection.  The colors and patterns are fanciful and fun and just looking through the collection makes me happy!

For today's layout, I found this great sketch from PageMaps and decided to use it as the basis for my inspiration:


And here's how they both came together:

I almost never hand-stitch on my layouts, but I think this sketch called for it and I love that the thread I had matched the lavender in the collection so perfectly.

Thanks for stopping in - enjoy your day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Thread: Unknown; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

8.27.2017

She Has Arrived!

Hi everyone!  I've been a little MIA recently, but it's for a totally awesome reason: Baby Girl Benjamin made her arrival last Saturday evening on August 19th!  She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was almost 20 inches long!

Introducing Piper Olivia Benjamin:



So...yeah, my creative time will be a bit monopolized now, but I will be back soon to share some of the projects I completed before Piper was born and then once we get our routine down, I should return to my regular scrappy regimen :)

Have a happy day!

8.13.2017

2 More Sketchy August Layouts + A Color Cast Designs Project

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  I am popping in to share 2 more layouts that I made for my Sketchy August challenge.  The first one was based off this sketch by Par Victor

I used the Summer kit from Felicity Jane to pull it all together:

The second layout was a layout I made for Color Cast Designs and I used this sketch from Citrus Twist Kits:

I used the Sweet Treat set from CCD and the July kit from Hip Kit Club to create this one:

3 layouts down, 7 more to go!!  :)

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins, Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Cork Chevrons: Studio Calico; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Felicity Jane

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazill; Wood Veneer: Hip Kit Club, Color Cast Designs; Acrylic Embellishment: Color Cast Designs; Patterned Paper, Journaling Card: Hip Kit Club; Washi Tape: Simple Stories; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Brads, Chipboard: Echo Park; "Hey Hey" Card: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts

8.06.2017

Layout 1/10 in my Sketchy August Challenge

Hi everyone!  As I mentioned the other day, this month I am tackling 2 challenges - my stashbusting challenge and one in which I attempting to use some of the sketches I've pinned in an effort to make 10 layouts this month.

Well, the good news is, I've made the first one, so at least I've started!!  I also used my stashbusting kit, so I'm a little proud of myself :) 

For the first sketch I tackled, I decided to go with this fabulous one from Citrus Twist Kits.  They create some awesome sketches and I always find them so inspiring.  Generally, I like to stick to them pretty closely since they are so great:

And here's my take on it:

Thanks for stopping in!  Happy day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Transparency: Bella Blvd; Patterned Paper: Echo Park, October Afternoon; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Club; Sequins: Pink Paislee; Alphas, Word Stickers: Simple Stories; Project Life Card: Becky Higgins; Bracket Card: Pretty Little Studio; Die Cut Tabs: October Afternoon

8.04.2017

Jill Sprott's Stashbusting Challenge + My Own Personal Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm popping in to tell you about 2 challenges I plan on embarking on this month: a stashbusting challenge and a layout challenge.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of playing along with Jill Sprott's stashbusting challenge and when I found out she was doing it again this year, I jumped on board again.  It was so much fun for me and I love feeling like I'm making a dent in my stash.

You can see her full blog post here, but here's the basic run-down: you are given a set of criteria and you need to dig through your stash to create a kit that contains products that meet the criteria.  And you need to create at least 3 projects with your kit by the month's end.

Here's a picture of the kit I put together:

And here's the criteria and how I met it:

-Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps: Elle's Studio (yellow & white striped), Echo Park (orange plus signs, green & white polka dots), Chic Tags (Summer words, turquoise & white damask pattern), October Afternoon (multi-colored chevron), Pinkfresh Studio (blue leaves) and Amy Tangerine (days of the week)

-Four specialty papers: Bella Blvd (blue stars transparency, orange hearts transparency), American Crafts (gold glitter paper), Pink Paislee (chipboard circles)

-Two complete/unused sheets of patterned paper: Feliciy Jane (black & white stars), Bella Blvd (black & white plus signs)

-One yard of ribbon/trim: so...I couldn't pull together a yard because one of my scrap boxes got misplaced in our recent move, but I did find this blue and white polka dot ribbon that I'll work into a layout - I'm not sure of the manufacturer of it

-One sticker sheet, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet: Bella Blvd chipboard words

-A pre-2015 alphabet set: Basic Grey black chipboard alphas

-One opened package of scrappy product: Simple Stories sicker pack...I almost feel like this one is cheating since there are 6 sticker sheets in there, but it technically is a package of scrappy product, so I'm going with it :)

-One unopened package of scrappy product: Hip Kit Club puffy stickers from their August 2016 kit

-One roll of tape: This one is fun for me - the movers accidentally left the tape they use to number boxes and furniture, so I'm totally gonna find a way to work it into my projects!

-One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products: October Afternoon die cuts (this makes me sad because I miss them!)

-Up to 10 jounraling and/or Project Life cards/tags: I chose 3 tags: Amy Tangerine ("today" tag), Paper Source (grey tag) and Jillibean Soup (foiled "Hello" tag).  I chose 7 PL cards: Jillibean Soup (die cut dog, die cut "happy"), Amy Tangerine (blue, yellow and black) and Becky Higgins ("I Love", "Life is Unpredictable")

-Two "wild card" items: Pink Paislee sequins, Studio Calico cork chevron stickers

-A nearby item: Pretty Little Studio brackets & butterflies.

I love this kit - it's totally me and I can't wait to dig in and start using it.


The second challenge I plan on embarking on this month is to create 10 layouts using 10 of the sketches I've pinned.  I'm affectionately calling this challenge "Sketchy August."  In theory, this is the last month before Baby Girl Benjamin arrives (although she could surprise us early, I know that), so I want to get in my scrappy happy time before she arrives.  I've selected 10 sketches that I want to follow.  Some are totally my style and some definitely aren't and will challenge me - I'm so excited to try to knock this out!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know if you decide to play along with either of these challenges, as I'd love to follow along on your creative journey!

8.03.2017

Team Walk || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share a recent layout that I made with the older Marigold collection for Pretty Little Studio.  I love all the new collections so much, but sometimes it is a lot of fun to revisit some of your older stash.  My husband and I just recently moved across country and I was without the majority of my supplies for a few weeks.  I took a tiny box of products with me and decided to only pack a few papers from the Marigold collection, along with some phrase strips, die cut alphas and journaling cards.  It was definitely a challenge to whip something up, but I had fun attempting to do so.
I never really jumped on the pie chart trend when it was super popular, but decided to give it a go for this layout and I'm glad I did - it was a lot of fun.  I may be late to the party, but there will probably be more pie charts in my future :-)
Thanks so much for stopping in.  I hope you enjoy your day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.31.2017

Combining Color Cast Designs + Felicity Jane

Hi everyone!  I have a new layout to share with you that I whipped up today as soon as my July Color Cast Designs order arrived.  I combined the July Confetti Hearts and the You & Me acrylics with the Kate Kit from Felicity Jane to create this:

I got the idea from a layout that I made earlier in the month for Pretty Little Studio.  I really like how it turned out.  I always love a good grid design!

Thanks for popping in - have a good night!

Paper, Alphas, Stickers, Die Cuts: Felicity Jane; Acrylic Pieces: Color Cast Designs; Gold Frames: Heidi Swapp; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts

7.29.2017

Designer Challenge with Jillibean Soup

Hello!!  I am popping in to share my layout for this month's Designer Challenge for Jillibean Soup.  This month we were asked to highlight a quote on our layout.  I used one of the awesome Jillibean cut files from the Silhouette Store and then built my design to side of the quote using the Bowl of Dreams collection.  I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for popping in - happy weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

7.27.2017

Playing with Felicity Jane's Kate Kit

Hi everyone!  So let me preface this post by saying that there are a million other things I should be doing right now besides posting on my blog and playing with paper...the main one being unpacking all our stuff after the recent move!  But...alas, it is not meant to be this morning, as the pretty Kate Kit from Felicity Jane has been calling my name too long :)

With that being said, I fell back on one of my old stand-by designs to whip up a quick page and fulfill my creative urges:

I love the colors of this kit.  There are a ton of pretty pinks in it, too, but I didn't think that all the pink fit in with this photo.  Just means I'll have to knock out another layout soon :)

Thanks for popping in...back to unpacking for me!

All supplies are from Felicity Jane

7.20.2017

July Jillibean Soup Shares

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share 3/4 Jillibean Soup projects that I made for July...I'll still have one more project that will be up on their blog a little later this month.

First up, this layout featuring the world's most handsome pup and the Souper Celebration collection:

Then a pocket page I finished up while I was working on #the100dayproject - this one using the Hardy Hodgepodge collection:



And finally, this wooden plank I painted for baby girl's room.  It's simple but I kind of love it:


Thanks so much for popping in!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Project Life Spread: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Design A); Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Wood Plank, White Paint: Jillibean Soup; Coral Paint: Unknown

7.14.2017

Happy 4 || Pretty Little Studio





Good morning everyone!  I am up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing my newest layout made with the new Dream Big collection.  

I love the blue, yellow and pink color combo with the pops of grey and black.  It's  just a combo that makes my heart happy :)

I decided to scrap a photo of my niece at her 4th birthday party.  The photo coordinates perfectly with the collection.  I centered the design of my layout and made sure that the photo really stood out.  I added in some layers and made sure to sprinkle in that pop of black around the page.  I also outlined the fun die cut alphas so they would stand out better against the background.

In the end, my design was fairly simple, but I really love how it turned out.  I think the adorable photo really shines when paired with such a pretty, vibrant collection:

Thanks for stopping in...happy Fri-yay!  :)

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp Enamel Dots: Basic Grey; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.10.2017

Fun in the Summer Sun || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share another layout that I made with the June releases from Color Cast Designs.  This one uses three different sets: the June 2017 Stars Confetti, the Sea Confetti, and the Salt in my Hair sets.  I thought they combined perfectly to highlight a photo of my adorable nephew at the pool:

As you can tell, I did a little bit of mixed media action on this layout.  I used watercolor paper for my background and did a line of watercolors across the top of the page and had them drip down.  The effect is fun, but I definitely need to practice more.  I'm certainly not a mixed media expert :)

Here are a few close-ups of the pretty Color Cast Designs embellishments:


Thanks for popping in!

Watercolor paper: Strathmore; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs; Chipboard Embellisments, Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs

7.08.2017

July 2016 Project Life

Woo hoo!  Another month completed for my Project Life album!  #the100dayproject is certainly helping me catch up...and while I won't be caught up by the time the project ends on Wednesday, I should at least be motivated to continue the updates :)

Anywho, here's July 2016...a lot of these products are from Hip Kit Club...and surprisingly, their holiday kit from last year.  I love the hot pink and blue color combo, so I kept that pretty consistent throughout the monthly spread.



Thanks for popping in!  Happy weekend!

7.04.2017

Pretty Little Studio || Love My Life

Good morning!  Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.!  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!  I just wanted to pop in and share a layout that I have on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning.  I was challenged to create a layout inspired by this image:

As soon as I saw our inspiration photo, I knew I had to use the Beautiful Day collection.  I was also inspired to piece my layout together from a lot of different scraps.  I decided to use the preview sheet that comes in each pack of paper.  I love this collection so much that nothing can go to waste!
I cut out all the little squares and created a grid.  I also cut out hearts from some of the little squares to add a little more interested to the layout.
After I had my grid glued down, I added my photo and then scattered around a bunch of different sentiment cut-outs and stickers.  I really love how it all turned out!
Thanks for stopping in!

Background Paper: Studio Calico; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.02.2017

Happy Reunion || Color Cast Designs

Hello!  Happy Fourth of July/Canada Day weekend!  I always love a long weekend :)

I wanted to pop in and share my first project for Color Cast Designs.  I used the June 2017 confetti mix on this one and the stars and their colors inspired this overall design.  I also loved these recent photos of Eric & Moose.  Eric just got back from a training exercise and hadn't seen Moose in about 2.5 weeks.  They were both so happy to be reunited and it was super sweet:

I'm sort of in love with the light blue thrown into the traditional patriotic color combo.  Makes me all happy.  Make sure you visit the Color Cast Designs website to see all the new releases and snag some before they're all sold out!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Acrylic Shapes: Color Cast Designs; Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club, Bella Blvd, Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Chipboard Alphas: Pinkfresh Studio; Red Stickers: Bella Blvd; Label: Pretty Little Studio; Date Stamp: Shimmelle for American Crafts; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers

6.30.2017

June Jillibean Projects

Hey everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share the 2 layouts, card and home decor project that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog this month:

This layout of my nephew picking strawberries:

This layout of my fuzzy sidekick and I:

This card for my Dad for Father's Day:

And this wood plank for Baby Girl's room: 

 Thanks so much for stopping in...tomorrow is July...and that is CRAZY.