Sunday, September 30, 2012

Closet Capers

It has been such a blessing to have our second child.  I know he is still little, but right now our daughter just adores him and he adores her in return!  Knowing what it's like to have a little brother, I realize that this will change soon - those whiny days and fighting evenings are coming.  It's inevitable!  But for now, I am just going to enjoy them being happy with each other.
Here is my daughter deciding she needed some one on one time with her bubby.   She is careful with him, thankfully!  While on vacation, she took him into the closet with a pillow so she could make him giggle all by herself.  How silly - and cute - is that?! 
I just love the way this layout turned out, too.  I used some of the elements from the 35 mm kit from Studio Calico for this page.  The stickers and envelope and banner pieces are all from Heidi Swapp.  The gorgeous flower is Petaloo - on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  The cutie pie piece is My Mind's Eye and the heart border and people borders are from Amy Tangerine.  Thickers are American Crafts and the star is KI Memories.  Scrap of polka dot paper is October Afternoon. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

PLS giving me some mojo!!!

If you are not familiar with Pretty Little Studio, you need to get to know this company!  It is a scrapbook company that makes ALL of it's product right here in the USA!!!!  That's what I'm talking about!  Plus, the quality is superb and the designs are if only I had a money tree to supply all my wishes!  ;)
Anyway, I've not been getting much scrapping done know how life gets in the way, gets you down, or keeps you busy....that's been me.  I decided I needed to peruse my favorite inspirational sites (this is a NEED, people!) and it was well worth my time!  In addition to this layout, I made 3 other layouts for a great start to scrapping those vacation pics from this summer! Woo hoo!!!
Needless to say, the sketch challenge is where this all started!
I started with a grey cardstock background and took my Studio Calico mask and some Bonnie Blue Mr. Huey and went to work.  I also sprayed my splash tag from PLS with Bonnie Blue. 
I strayed from the sketch quite a bit once I got started.  I decided I didn't like the placement of the title at the top right corner and placed it down below instead.  I added several sandcastle hexagon stickers and an assortment of other embellishments to that area.  To make the word Splash stand out, I added a dotted outline around the inside of the words.
I took the inspiration for the tag lineup from a layout I saw in Scrapbook Trends.  I thought it was cute, so I added 4 of my sandcastle tags to it. 
Now....if only my housework were this fun to do! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

You are Such a Joy

I took a pic of my daughter at Hobby Lobby with one of those big open frames.  I'd seen the picture idea on Pinterest, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  We finally got a Hobby Lobby in our town and my daughter adores going there!  And, of course, so do I!  
For this page, I mostly left this My Mind's Eye paper just as it is.  I just tried to add a few items that blended in with what was already going on on the page.  In the bottom corner I added a little dark peach dahlia and a Petaloo flower that I misted with Peach chalkboard mist. 
To the picture itself, I added a couple of diecuts from an SC kit and a chipboard piece from My Mind's Eye.  Not too much more going on!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Celebrate Moths

With a five year old child running around here, we have learned to celebrate every living being....from caterpillars to moths!  This little bug of ours was so delighted when her caterpillar came out of it's coccoon and turned into a moth!  She just had to help it along it's merry path into the world!  I thought the barn background paper was really just perfect for the occasion!  These hexagons from My Mind's Eye paper were so cohesive for the nature theme, also.  I added a picture of the moth on the deck by tracing a hexagon onto the picture and cutting it to the same size as the rest on the page - it almost blends in!  But, hey, that's what moths do!
Linking up to Pretty Little Studio's Ad challenge!  Love the title of the ad - a date with a unicorn....I have no idea what the movie is about, I just know my daughter adores unicorns!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ombre on my page

I took a picture of my daughter in the middle of some balloons at her cousin's birthday party and this is the page that resulted.  It is cuter in real life!  I tried to go for an ombre look with washi tape - blues from dark to light.  I used lots of October Afternoon paper and accents to go with it. 
Some of the accents are shiny because I added Moonlight Smooches over the top to make them super shimmery and sparkly!  
Items for this page came from the Summer of '69 kit by Studio Calico.

Monday, September 3, 2012

You are my Sunshine

Since my husband recently lost his job to budget cuts, it has been imperative that we put items in our local consignment sale! God knows what He's doing even when we don't see the forecast for our future, that is certain! We have saved all of our daughter's clothes since she was a baby (the good clothes!), so it was definitely His timing for us to be able to put all of these clothes as well as some large items like a jeep and a cabin in the sale this month! I think we have enough to cover this month's house payment....
Anyway, I was so pleased with the way this layout turned out!  I didn't even scraplift or use a sketch - I just had a vision in my head and went with it to create this page! 
My daughter took a picture of herself with my husband's phone and this was the result.  Now, if you have a 5 year old, you realize that this particular photo is in the midst of 200 or so completely random pictures of things like her toes, dead bugs on the window of the car, blurry pictures of cars driving name it!  Lots of clutter on the phone album!  My husband was just thrilled when he came across this photo she took - he even (gasp!) put it on Instagram!  (So not something he typically does!)
Anyway, something about the look on her face and the way her lips look so pink and her eyes just glow with an innocent sense of just makes me love this photo!
To create this page, I used the Summer of '69 kit from Studio Calico.  I started with the White Woodgrain base and created a sunburst with Mr. Huey Lemonade.   (To make my sunburst so perfect, I took the circle graph mask from Studio Calico and masked off two sections at a time to spray/not spray).
I also spritzed the doily with Creme Rouge Glimmer Mist to match my daughter's lips.  I added a little more pink with the pink/white washi.  I brought out the green in her eyes with the teal ribbon from October Afternoon Woodland Miscellany pack. 
The circle accent was My Mind's Eye and the top two accents were out of the kit.  Sticker is October Afternoon.