Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy to Love You

I had a few 4X6 pics of just the two of us from our cruise.  Pictures of just the two of us are pretty rare - especially now that we have kiddos!  I was about 4 months preggo here, so I didn't really think a single one of my pictures looked good (I especially can't handle pics of myself now, one month after the baby!).  Anyway, my hubby hated this picture of us in our complimentary pirate bandanas.  So, it's a little cheesy and's not the end of the world!  Needless to say, when I showed him the scrapbook page...he grimaced and proceeded to remind me how much he hates this picture.  So....therefore.....he hates the page!  Ugh....oh well, if I went by that reasoning, I would never put a single picture of myself in our scrapbooks, because I pretty much hate every picture of me....they're just reminders of how much I need to stick to my Weight Watchers plan!

Enough rambling, though......I used the latest Studio Calico kit, City of Lights (and the add-ons!).  I adored this grey woodgrain paper - it is a hot style right now - and I love the other side at the top with the doilies on it.  I decided to add some doilies as an accent at the bottom to go with that. 
I saw this saying I could go pretty much anywhere with you and be happy. on Pinterest and printed it out on my computer.  I punched it out with a 2  1/2" circle and sponged with Regal Rose and Basic Grey. 
For the title tag I used a sticker from the MME sticker sheet and the tag from the kit.  I stuck some regal rose cardstock behind it and spritzed the corners with Blushing Bride smooch spritz.  I just added a few letter stickers to finish it off. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Story

I saw this sketch on the Sketchbook 4 class and thought to myself there was no way I would make a layout with the sketch.  Then I printed out the sheets and got to looking at my pictures and had an idea.  I got to thinking about how silly Captain Hook was on our Disney cruise - he took a book right out of my husband's hands and threw it on the floor.  Shortly after, Peter Pan came through to save the day and chase Hook away.  It was really delightful - and I didn't even get to see it!

I decided to use the Daydream Believer kit and some pinwheels out of the scraps to make this page - quick, easy and super cute!!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oh, so lovely

I found another sketch in the Sketchbook 4 class that I liked.  I liked the 3 column look of this sketch and it just so happened to work perfectly for this page with three different princesses with 3 different colored dresses. 
The green/yellow/pink color scheme worked really nicely with the Daydream Believer SC kit and the Dear Lizzy neapolitan items I had in my stash.  I love that ruffled tissue paper page that I used for the middle strip.  I thought adding a doily was a nice delicate touch for this page, also.  It just so happened to be folded over, so I sliced it right down the fold and covered those edges with some Washi tape to make sure the lines didn't show up too much.
I accented with a few flowers from the Dear Lizzy stickers and from Michaels.  The journaling piece is from october Afternoon.  I added a few buttons and a new paper clip with a felt bow from Studio Calico - they're just so adorable!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tight Squeeze

After going to Disney World this past summer, I thought the inherent desire to see every character and get a hug from them would be out of my daughter's system......not so.  Even just a short 4 months later on the Disney cruise, we had to stop and see every single character to say hello and get autographs.  The only bonus was that we didn't have to repeat all of the autographs...just the princesses!  Well....I guess most of the lines were shorter than Disney World, so you didn't have to wait 1-2 hours in the hot sun to see each character! 
Needless to say, Mickey and Minnie came out in different outfits here and there and Halleigh was thrilled when she got to see Minnie all dressed up like a princess! 

For this page I wanted to show the whimsical nature of the characters, so I chose to brighten up the background with lots of pastel colors from the Dear Lizzy line.  I spritzed the Pink Paislee border with Dewey Mr. Huey and added some chevron Washi and black rhinestones to the paper with the word smile on it. 

Beneath the jar of hearts is actually a yellow polka dotted envelope that I shortened to make it line up with the other papers.  I hid the journaling inside of this envelope and used a scrap of paper to make the pull tag.

The title is a sticker from the Dear Lizzy line that says A tight squeeze from me to you.  Fitting for a hug from Minnie!  ;)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sketchbook 4

On our Disney cruise we just adored our waiter and his helper.  They were both so sweet and kind hearted.  I know it's their job to be entertaining and fun and make your experience really outstanding, but these two guys went over the top.  They were always doing magic tricks and something silly to keep a smile on Halleigh's face at all times!
I was excited to get to take Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 4 class again this year.  After I started subscribing to Studio Calico kits last year, I won a spot in her sketchbook 3 class and just loved it!  I knew I wanted to take it immediately when I saw this class open.
This layout is roughly based on the first sketch from the class.

The paper from this comes from a kit I recently got - either City of Lights or Daydream Believer...I can't remember.  I splurged on this tissue paper patterned piece from Dear Lizzy - just loved it.  I added some die cut flowers from Stampin Up and some Dear Lizzy accents.  The scallop circle is a scrap of Pumpkin Pie I had die cut and there is also a sticker from an October Afternoon sheet up top.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

washi, mist, & layering

I made this layout just last night.  I received my most recent Studio Calico kit yesterday and it had some great Washi tapes in it, so I just had to play with them!
On the SC message boards, there is a challenge to do Washi tapes, Misting, and Layering.  So I set out to do just that with my layout. 
Since I wanted the title to say Time 4 some Z's, I decided to purge all of the remaining Z's in my alphabet stash.  I placed as many z's on the page going across diagonally as I could find.  I then misted over those using my Calico White.  When it was dry (or mostly dry!) I removed my masks and had the background I was wanting. 
My daughter is at a Pluto's Pajama Party on the Disney Dream boat here.  She had so much fun playing a little game called "What time is it, Pluto?" that she still talks about it to this day!  It probably really didn't get her ready for bed, but she had a swell time, anyway.  Who needs sleep on a cruise ship anyway??!?! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Atlantis....where I'd like to be!!!

Well, it is a rather dreary day around here - lots of rain, fog and gloomy outside looks.....this layout is where I'd much rather be right now!'s to daydreaming!

When we were on our Disney cruise, our first stop was Nassau, Bahamas. The ocean was a bit choppy, though, since a hurricane was close, so we opted to just take a tour of the Atlantis Resort. That place was massive! Wow - if we had lots of money, I think we would just stay there for a week! I think you could entertain yourself for days without ever leaving the place - pretty incredible. Lots of sea creatures to watch as well as a ton of pools and slides and fun things to enjoy with or without the kiddos!

For this layout I mostly used items from my Story Hour kit. It's kind of funny to me that I just fell in love with my Daydream Believer kit and I wasn't overly enthused about the Story Hour kit, but I've made 3 times as many layouts already using the Story Hour kit. In fact, I've probably almost killed that kit. That just goes to show you not to always judge a kit by it's cover! ;)

So, anyway, on the left edge of this page is the flip side of the green paper in the middle of the layout. I like both sides, so I wanted to accent both images, but I didn't want the chevron to take over the page.

I also loved this yellow horehound pattern on this paper - I think these papers are both by Echo Park. I love their products any day! I used a few Studio Calico Chipboard buttons and tags. I anchored the tag with Stampin' Up brads and letters from Simple Stories. The journaling spots are October Afternoon and the flourish sticker is from Basic Grey. I also loved the touch of bling this glitter ribbon from American Crafts adds to the border!

Here is the opposing page. More of the same - another border strip from the Basic Grey sticker page. The brown paper is from Studio Calico the Calico Collection. The accordian fold flower I made about a month ago when I decided I wanted to experiment with making these finally! I made it, but it was too big to fit on my card, so I stuck it on a Gluber and just waited until the right project came along. It fit magically with this page, so I added a My Mind's Eye brad on top, and it finished my layout!