Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Puppy Love Layout

I managed to eek out some play time last weekend and I focused that play time on the Puppy Love Collection from Doodlebug Design. Combine a love for all things Doodlebug and an adorable new puppy and you'd better believe I'm using that collection up!  I wanted to do a special page of my daughter with our puppy.  This one is a picture of her on the day we picked the puppy up!

I knew I really wanted to use the base paper as I love how unique it is and that it resembles a game board!  I added white to the center and then layered a whole bunch of patterned papers behind my picture.  I embellished primarily with the new "Odds & Ends" from Doodlebug.  These are die cuts which make it easier to pop them up with foam!  I also embellished a whole bunch with the Matte Sprinkles that coordinate with the collection.  I can't get enough of those fun Sprinkles!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit Layouts

The Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month was packed with amazing colors - from vibrant to soft it had a combo that can work for all styles!  I loved playing back and forth in my traditional vibrant style and then calming things down a bit with the softer colors!  The kit included pieces from Fancy Pants and some Amy Tan Word Thickers.  Here's what I created!
This first one I used the softer colors - I just loved the woodgrain background and knew I wanted to work that in!  I did some paper rolling on this to add some fun technique to it too!

I loved this base paper from the day I saw it and was so excited it was in this month's kit!  It was very easy to work with by just using one picture and adding in some embellishments!

Another one where I focused on the brighter colors - I wanted to pull in the green as that is a color I don't use a ton of!  I love how it worked with the black and white so beautifully! I also was going for use the Thickers in a bold way!

For this last one I went back to teh softer side and focused on adding some texture with tearing.  I wanted the focus here to really be on the journaling and telling the kids story of change.

If you haven't had a chance yet be sure to head to the My Creative Scrapbook page and check out the full designers gallery! There is a lot of beautiful work this month!

Monday, August 22, 2016

School Decision Time

Just over two months ago our family made a big move to a new state and new home.  Then came time for another big decision....what to do about school.  In my husband's last call we were blessed to have a wonderful Lutheran School.  That made all our schooling decisions easy for the last 8 years.  We knew that each and every day they would be growing in knowledge but more importantly their young Christian faith would be nourished.  Our new church does not have a Lutheran School and so we were faced with the decision for Public School or Home School.

Ultimately after a lot of prayer, the decision was made to go the home school route.  
And here's our why:

Nothing is more important to us than making sure our children have a foundation in Christ. So while it will mean a lot of extra work, discipline, and organization on my part; this is the route we are going.  We're committing to one year at a time and going to take things where the Lord leads us.

Our congregation and community is packed with home schooling families so we have a ton of resources on which to rely.  We also have a lot of people encouraging us and that is always helpful too!  We are getting involved in sports and homeschooling co-ops so that we will get out of the house regularly and get some exposure to extra classes and activities.  Our youngest will be going to traditional preschool too for a couple days a week.  We actually got started with Math and Language Arts a couple weeks ago so we could dive in slowly.  I will admit it has been fun and good for my brain to get back into teaching mode.  I'm especially enjoying Pre-Algebra :).



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scrapbooking Your Trip to the Beach

Paper House has the best products for telling the story about your trips to the beach! I have done multiple layouts over the years using their products and have loved both making them and the end result.  Today I have a new one to share with you highlighting the new Snapshots pieces and Puffy Stickers but I am also going to share with you some older ones too! Let's kick it off with my newest one!
Beach
Supplies Used:
Beach CU
The new shakers are so much fun!  They are great for layouts, cards, or even stand alone 4 X 4 albums! The Mixed Card Packs include transparencies which is what I used for the "Sun & Sand" on the layout.
Beach CU2
I also used the Mixed Card Packs to frame my little guy in this picture.  I love the mint green color added into the mix!  I used a variety of Puffy stickers on this including the "Smile" quote you see here and the silver puffy accents throughout the layout.
Now here's a few more beach layouts to help get those creative juices flowing for scrapping those summer moments!
PHP Beach Layout
This was the first beach layout I ever did with Paper House - features lots of their earlier papers and 3D stickers which you can still find at their store!
Paper House End of Summer Hop
Fun with my Silhouette Cameo and Paper House products!
Cork'd Project Christine Meyer
Cork matches really well with sand so our Cork'd Stickers are perfect for helping document those beach memories!
PHP Beach Collection Blog Hop
This one features the same At the Beach Paper Crafting Kit that I used today!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Puppy Love Layout

Oh goodness - I just realized I never hit publish on this layout.  And it's one of my faves that I have done in recent months!  We just got a new puppy in March so Doodlebug's timing on the Puppy Love line was so perfect for me!  I have been hoarding all my cute pictures until I could play with Puppy Love!  
We took a ton of pictures the first few days and it was fun to be able to capture a lot of them on this layout!  I knew I wanted to work with the newspaper print so I went with skinny pictures mounted on a variety of patterned papers from the 6 x 6 paper pad.  The width was easy to match for each column so I just had to measure each one for a good height!  I outlined each picture with black pen to make them pop a little more.

This collection contains all the different embellishments you could possibly want!  I used Icons Stickers, Odds & Ends, Sprinkles, and the This & That sticker sheet! to do my embellishing!

One of my favorite things to do with the Icons Stickers and This & That Stickers is build little scenes - I was able to do that in all my little areas of embellishing.  It's a great way to add to the personalizing of a layout and it's just plain fun!

The new Odds & Ends have so many fun title options - they make it really easy to create a title that works for your project.  

I have more of this collection sitting on my desk to play with this week - you may even see a process video coming soon for it!


Military Sisters Layout & Process Video

Have you had a chance to check out the new Homefront Girl collection from Paper House Productions?  It's perfect for telling the story of the women back home while a loved one is working hard to serve our country.  Christine joining you today and sharing a layout today from the sister perspective.

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The collection includes so many great pieces from tags to cardstock stickers! You can personalize it even more by adding in Cork stickers and overlays from the Mixed Card Pack.

Homefront Closeup

They also include letter stickers so that you can add to and from the saying they already have for you.

How about an up close look at how I created this? I've got a process video to share with you today walking you through the whole thing! I'm new to the process video world so keep your eye out for more to come!









Friday, August 12, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook: August Creative Kit Layouts

This month's Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook was filled with color and fun patterns!  Here's the layouts I created with it:

 The papers in the kit are primarily from Photo Play Paper and have a bright, cheery, party theme to them.  I tried to showcase that but also that it isn't just for parties ;).  The ephemera and stickers here are from Fancy Pants.  This first layout is about a dear friend from our last home.  I got pictures with all my close friends there and have been slowly going through and documenting them.

 For this layout I zoned in on the party theme and used some of the fabulous themed stickers in the kit to create a little birthday scene!

This one has tons of fussy cutting!  I cut out all those circles and then kept most of the layout clean and simple from there.  I love those puffy gold stickers!

Back to the party theme and this time I made it for a boy.  This one is about my son's birthday - he just turned six and have a look at that donut!  I had to get those pictures scrapped ASAP because they were just too fun!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bible Journaling/Coloring Page & Process Video

SRM has released so many great new products to make coloring and Bible Journaling easy, fun, and pretty.  Christine joining you today to share a page that I created to look like a Bible Journaling AND coloring page!


I started off my project by stamping the words I wanted from The Lord is Kind & Merciful set.  Then I wanted to create a background that would mimic some of the popular coloring pages out there.  I used flowers from the The Lord is Kind & Merciful and the Just Believe set to do just that.  Then came the really fun part!  Trying out the new Watercolor Twist pencils!  These are great for this kind of project and super easy to use!  I created a little video to show you just how I used them and the blending pen!



As you can see it's not complicated at all.  And unlike traditional watercoloring, where you have to use water, these will work great for coloring without having to do any extra prep work on your paper!  One tip I have is to keep a tissue or paper towel to wipe off you blending pen between colors.


I can't wait to dive in and play with these more!



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Doodlebug Smash-Up Challenge

I have two things that I include on nearly every layout: circles and some shade of yellow.  Doodlebug challenged us to do a Smash-Up challenge and in my project I combined my love of both - I picked to work with Bumblebee for my color and I based my layout on a layout from Mendi that used a whole bunch of circles.  Here's my layout!


I based it on this layout from Mendi:
Mendi used tons of color on hers but I followed her design in using circles, three photos, and a similar background paper.

Our family recently moved from Illinois to Ohio, One of the hard things to leave behind was a disc swing that my five year old had and loved.  He spent hours every day on that swing.  Our new home doesn't have any older trees that could support a swing like that.  I took lots of pictures of my boy on that tree and wanted to document that smile before it faded too much!  These pictures captured some of that joy and since he was outside it was fitting to highlight the sunshine!

I used a combination of Shin-dig Sugar Coated Stickers, Teensy Type, and Icon Stickers from Spring Garden to create my title.

My circles came from a variety of places: Chevron Sugar Coated, Sprinkles Vellum, Kraft in Color, and Petite Prints.  I hand stitched my sun and sun rays and then added in both regular and glitter Sprinkles.  A few little pops of limeade green were all I needed to bring the whole layout together.






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bible Journaling:Romans 12:15

Ever have a verse that just sticks out to you for several days.  Romans 12:15 has been in my brain so I decided to art journal it and reflect a little more on putting it into practice!

Life sometimes throws some hard situations that way and although we like to share our art we may not want to share the personal journaling.  This is where SRM's Le Pens come in handy....you can use them on the back side of your cardstock and they don't bleed thru and you don't have to share your feelings with the world.  I did just that for this piece!  I let God's word do the talking to share and reflected on my own on the backside.

I LOVE the Big Faith stamps (and am so excited for the new releases!!!) and that was the focus for my verse.  But I also used several different stamp sets for my doodling!  

The Doodle Flowers set is so versatile and worked perfectly for this! After stamping with it - I then used gelatos to add some messy color.  I also used the Life is Good set for my hearts and Springtime for my butterflies.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kitten Smitten Cards

Kitten Smitten  from Doodlebug Design is a great collection for making cards!  It's packed with cute punny phrases and tons of options to take those phrases and make a darling card!  I was having so much fun, I made six of them!!!

This one features a combination of patterned paper, stickers, shape sprinkles, and washi tape.  The washi tape was a last minute addition but I think it absolutely makes the card!  The dark contrast to the patterned paper is fabulous!

One of the things that really makes this collection pop is the black included in it - it just adds so much!  For this one I used patterned papers, shape sprinkles (seriously, how cute is that yellow cat!?!), cardstock stickers, and the new tags!

This was the first card I made!  I knew I wanted to use the "You've cat to be kitten me right meow!" I thought it would work for a variety of cards: get well, congrats, or for someone down on their luck.  I went with Congrats for this round!  In addition to the patterned paper you'll find more shape sprinkles and some Doodle Pops this time!

I was excited to incorporate the Meow washi tape into this one!  It's a white base so it will work with any color scheme!  I also added in a border from the newly designed This & That sticker sheet!

The new Cute Clips are a great addition to your embellishing - The pink cat adds just the right amount of pink to that top corner! 

My last card uses my favorite paper from this collection - the one that looks like yarn of all colors unwound!  I used another one of the adorable Doodlepops for this one along with stickers, tags, and Odds & Ends!

As you can see I had a blast making these and the variety of available embellishments made for endless options!  If you are a cat lover or just have lots of cat loving friends you are going to want to give this collection a spin!






Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook - Creative Kit Layouts

The Creative Kit at My Creative Scrapbook this month is a great one for all those summer photos!  It's packed with Echo Park Paper and full of vibrant colors and patterns!  Here's the layouts I created with it!

This is my only multi-photo layout which you know is unusual for me!  With the move, I had to work with what I had...so it was a lot of single photos this month!

My 3 year old loves popsicles. This kit is packed with lots of popsicle embellishments so I had to make use of that and tells his story!

I also wanted to highlight a picture of my daughter in front of our beautiful peonies.  We will miss those bushes blooming every year but we've captured it in a scrapbook page at least!

Although it is great for summer themed layouts - it's also great for just general themed stuff too!  I used it to highlight the going away party for my daughter (bright colors will make us less sad to look at it right!?!)

If you haven't already reserved your copy - this kit will go quick - so hop over and check it (and all the others out) at My Creative Scrapbook

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun in the Sun Layout

Who's been kicking off summer with some fun already?   If you have, then you are going to want to dive into the Fun in the Sun collection from Doodlebug!  It's perfect for all those pictures that capture you having "fun in the sun" ;).

This is such a fun collection for all your summer needs and it has a great mix of family fun designs and prints.  I hand cut some waves and then used a scissors to distress my edges a bit.  I then laid those out at the bottom of the layout to showcase that I was doing a water themed summer layout.

In addition to the always amazing stickers that Doodlebug makes they also have the new Odds & Ends to up the cute and versatile factor even more!  I used a mixture of stickers and Odds & Ends to create my title! I also combined patterned papers from the collection with my trusty circle punch to add some kick to the background.

Once again the combination of the Odds & Ends and stickers worked great but in this case it was for embellishing.  I also love that the This & That Stickers have been redesigned to include borders.  I used one at the top of my layout.

I can't wait to play with this collection more with new pictures that I take over the summer - I just know you will love playing with it too!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Design Team Announcement!

Two years ago I was delighted to share that one of my dreams in the Paper Crafting world had come true.  I had received a position on the team for SRM Stickers - one of my favorite companies out there!  Today I am thrilled to share that I will be sticking around for a third year with this company that I love so dearly!  As I was preparing this post I noticed that SRM Stickers is the product I have used more than any other manufacturer according to my blog post labels!

I originally came to love SRM Stickers for their stickers but they aren't just stickers!  They have beautiful containers for making all kinds of fun crafts and diy projects.  They also have an amazing clear stamp line which includes my personal favorites - stamps for Bible Journaling (and other faith based crafts of course too).  

Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the SRM warehouse and spend some time with Susan - what a treat that was!

I thought today would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite projects that I have made over the last two years with the team!

Instead of journaling directly into my Bible, I prefer to do mine on a separate sheet and slide it into that location as a reminder.  Allows me some freedom in both space and medium!

Layout playing with some SRM stamps and stickers!

Making use of the lace that SRM offers in their product line!  And the border, one of my favorite products - Sticker Stitches!

Another aspect to the SRM line is vinyl - everything from metallic to heat transfer to patterned! Love the stuff!

More Bible Journaling :)

This pocket page layout highlights the sticker stitches again AND was published in one of the last issues of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

I love the way that the stickers from SRM can add little details to complete a layout - just like the sticker stitches and number stickers did here!

If you are a calendar maker than SRM has all kinds of great options for you from mini stickers to big planner stickers and stamps!

Here's a recent planner spread incorporating those stamps and stickers!

This one uses a variety of stickers, twine, punched pieces, and clear tubes - all from SRM!

So there you have it, a little walk through some of my faves!  Be sure to hop over to the SRM Stickers Blog and see the whole new team!

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