Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#TBT {Precious Baby} - Creative Scrappers Sketch 266

Happy (almost) Thursday, y'all!  Today I'm back with another installment of my Throwback Thursday series where every other Thursday I will share either an older layout or a new rendition of an older layout.

Today is a new rendition of my baby girl's first day on planet Earth.  Sometimes I can think back and smell her new-baby smell...such a wonderful scent.  :)  Here is the original layout from 2002...not many much has changed in the scrapbooking world!

For the updated page, I used the Creative Scrappers #266 sketch.  So fun!!

Because I just adore My Mind's Eye, the circles on the Mildred "Today" Dots paper just really went hand-in-hand with the sketch!  Here is the full updated layout with my rendition of the sketch:

I started with my base of the MME Mildred paper.  I *love* the colors!  I also had a MME Now & Then Mildred 6x6 paper pad, so I used that extensively.  I first chose the stripe and small flower paper for my vertical strips, which I inked with CTMH Twilight ink and adhered.  I stitched along the right side of the flower paper.

I worked on the photo area next and chose two of the photos from my original three and matted them with vellum that I inked.  The photos were then matted on top of the pink heart paper inked in Smoothie, a piece of distressed pink and white flower paper, on top of the light green polka dot paper.  After I estimated my photo mat placement, I cut out a line of the circles from the Mildred paper that were to the left of the photo area and set them aside.  I matted the Mildred paper onto a plain piece of cardstock so the open circles would have a base.  I then stitched over the photo mat with dark green thread.

To complete the photo area, I used a strip of lace tape, some Smoothie ribbon, a gold heart cut from the MME paper, and a MME enamel dot.

Next up was taking the circles that I cut out and popping them up with 3D foam tape.  I used some Smoothie twine to drape along the circles.  I embellished along the circle/twine strip with cut out hearts, enamel dots, and sequins.

I wanted the title to be different from the original layout (the original title is "In the Hospital"...not so original!), and the word "precious" is really how I thought of my firstborn, so I kept the title simple.  I used CTMH alpha stamps and stamped on MME Now & Then Milo "This Week" paper.  I cut out "baby" individually and popped the letters up with 3D foam tape.

I know the sketch doesn't show a journal area, but I felt compelled to journal this important day.  I used a similar mat placement for the journaling as I did with the photos, bringing in the patterns from the vertical strips underneath the photo area.

Well, that's it for today's installment of TBT!  I hope you enjoyed the updated look as much as I do.  :)  TBT returns in two weeks...and don't forget to view TBT #1 if you missed it.

Enjoy some chocolate today...happy scrapping!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

Hello scrappy friends!

Today is winner announcement day for the Practical Scrappers blog hop that started Friday.  There were some awesome projects!  If you missed it, go here.

Today a winner was chosen using, and #5 is the winner! Scrolling down to the 5th comment, the winner of the $15 e-gift certificate to My Scraps & More is:


Congratulations SHartl!  Please email me at majkenmarie at yahoo dot com to claim your e-gift certificate!  You have until midnight Central time on Friday, May 2, 2014 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated, commented, and joined my blog...I really appreciate it!  The next blog hop is scheduled for May many projects, so little time!

Enjoy your day,

Friday, April 25, 2014

On Trend: Bokeh

***Go here if you are looking for the April Practical Scrappers blog hop with GIVEAWAY.***


Hello and happy Friday everyone!  I get a little twinkle in my eye - a little pep in my step - when Friday rolls around!  It always seems a little bit festive, even at work.  :)  

Today I have a project to showcase the Bokeh trend.  If you aren't sure what "bokeh" is, let's fix that!  Bokeh is a Japanese word that translates literally as "blur" and means "the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens."  That effect you see when you take photos of your Christmas tree lights? That is bokeh.  Today I'll show you a quick way you can create that effect on paper -- no lens required!  So fun!

You will need only a few simple tools!

Circle punches, various sizes
Spray Ink

For this layout, I used the Basic Grey "RSVP" collection to create a layout about "Ten Things I Love".  (I love this collection...did you see my Cutie Pie layout using it?) I don't normally focus on myself, but I want to make sure some things about me are documented with my family's memories. 

I took a blank piece of Colonial White cardstock and trimmed it 1/2" on each side, layering it on top of purple cardstock.  I cut several circles in a few different sizes using Colonial White cardstock, patterned paper, and vellum.  I put the cardstock circles around the page in various places -- I overlapped some of them -- and spritzed with sunflower ink. After it dried, I moved the circles around and spritzed again with Juniper ink.  I repeated the process and spritzed last using Pansy Purple ink.  This gave me the base layer of spritzed circles.  Then I layered the spritzed cardstock circles and the vellum and patterned paper circles around the base page, popping a few up slightly with glue dots. 

I stitched around the edges of my layout, and then it was ready for my photo, also layered on vellum and bokeh patterned paper.  I created a journaling tag with my 10 favorite things to be hidden behind my photo.

Finally, I created the title using stamps, stickers, and acetate alphas. 

It really was easy, and I hope you try this technique.  If you do, I'd love you to share your project with me in the comments!

Check out the Practical Scrappers blog for other ideas for bokeh.

Please also enjoy the April Scrapping Our Stash blog hop, and have a happy, chocolate-filled Friday!


Scrapping Our Stash - Practical Scrappers Blog Hop {Giveaway!}

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers "Scrap Your Stash" blog hop.  You probably arrived from the blog of talented Alison Day.  Please enjoy my layout and then scroll down for a chance to win a GIVEAWAY! -- I'll also tell you where to hop to next.

This cool blog hop is all about using up our scrapbooking stash.  Which is AWESOME because I have collected enough paper to start a small store!  It's kind of neat, but also overwhelming because I want to buy all the new, cool collections.  

I am participating in the My Scraps & More April Sketchathon (so many sketches, so little time!) so today I used Sketch #8 created by Audrey Yeager.  With it was an additional challenge to use a 3x4 or 4x6 pocket-type card.  Here is my take on the sketch:

Here's the sketch:

I have been wanting to use a specific sheet of the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer collection ("Flying Kites" paper) for awhile.  I love the hearts on it, and it immediately came to mind when I saw this sketch.  I started with a base of textured white cardstock and splattered some gray paint on it.  Next I cut a large heart in Indian Corn Blue cardstock and a slightly smaller heart in vellum.  I layered them, trimmed the parts that were beyond the edge of the page, and stitched around the edges of both (leaving the trimmed side bare to include a hidden journal tag which I'll show you shortly).  

I layered my photo using some October Afternoon Sidewalks collection ("Paper Marbles" paper) and AC Amy Tan "Yes, Please" collection ("Commit" paper) as well as more ICB and white cardstock.  I distressed a couple of the pieces, and then I included a small embellishment cluster on the right bottom of the photo area.  (Presley's chubby cheeks make me smile *every* time!)

Next I fussycut some of the hearts from the Flying Kites paper to line up along the left of my photo.  I purposely left a couple of them inverted like they were in the paper, and then I stitched down the middle.

Next I cut two banners, layered them, and stitched a few times horizontally:

Finally, I created the title area using a 3x4 pocket card left over from a previous Scrapbook Circle kit.  Adding a small piece of the "Flying Kites" paper and the "Paper Marbles" paper, I stitched several times vertically along the edge and then adhered my title on top -- I stamped "forever" and cut "my girl" using my Cameo.  A few blue rhinestones were added at the end, too!

Here's my journal tag using another 3x4 pocket-type card with a pull-out tab made from bending some gray polka dot washi tape over the edge:

I hope you will share this if you were inspired by my rendition of the sketch.  :)  

I'm giving away one $15 e-gift certificate to the My Scraps & More online store!

All you have to do is:

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Now head over to your next stop on the list, Cheryl Wegener Freet.

The full blog hop list if you'd like to start at the beginning.
Practical Scrappers 
Jennifer Haggerty
Audrey Yeager
Lee-Anne Thornton
Suzanna Lee

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{LOVE} Blocks

Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you some altered chipboard cubes that I spruced up using My Mind's Eye Now & Then "Mildred" 6x6 paper pad.  I love the colors, the varied patterns, and the quality texture of these papers!  Here are my blocks:

Each cube side is 2" x 2".  I flipped through the paper pad and chose the large polka dot paper for my front (where I planned to stamp "LOVE") and framed it with the coral pink small polka dot paper.  I inked all smaller square edges with CTMH Ponderosa Pine ink and all large square edges using CTMH Smoothie ink.  I varied each side of the cube with different papers.  Here is a look at the back of the "L" cube:

I love that green chevron paper!  Here are the other cubes:

I stamped the LOVE in Smoothie using CTMH C1548, which came with the Canvas Frame last year.  I topped each cube with a small embellishment from my stash.  I liked bringing out the gold in the collection with the oversized brad and gold hemp on top of the "E" cube.  For the brad, I simply bent the brad prongs back and forth until they broke off so I wouldn't have to punch a hole through the cube.  

I hope you enjoyed my altered art today.  It was nice to create something different from a regular layout, and this is a great way to use 6x6 paper pads.  It would work with scraps, too!  

Have you created any decorative pieces lately?  I'd love you to share them with me!

Thanks for stopping by.  :)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

#TBT - Paxton's Fourth Birthday {Celebrate}

It's Throwback Thursday, y'all!  I'm starting a new feature on my blog.  Every other Thursday I will share either an older layout or a new rendition of an older layout (I have a lot of pages that were done in the late 90s that I'm itching to re-do!).  I hope you enjoy this new feature.

Today's layout is only going back about 18 months to my son's fourth birthday.  I love this layout because a) it uses a My Mind's Eye collection (Boy Crazy), 2) it's simple yet polished, and c) it is a My Mind's Eye collection (oh, did I already say that??).  Here's the 2-page layout:

I knew the photos were colorful, so I opted to use the grid paper for my background, and I double-stitched around the grid using a non-straight stitch with a zig-zag stitch in some places.  I crossed the corners to stitch to the ends of the papers -- I think the effect is cool.

I layered the star papers and some of the Studio Calico Darling Dear chevron vellum as the mat for the photos.  I distressed the blue star paper for more dimension and used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher for stapling the vellum to the page.  I fussycut some chevrons from the chevron papers to stitch in the top left and bottom right of my layout.

I cut stars and adhered flat to the page, and I also cut some of the papers to make chipboard stars.  Some punched bursts, a tab for journaling, a stamped "celebrate", and enamel dots finish the layout.

I hope you enjoyed our short journey back in time!  Come back in two weeks to see a TBT layout that's seen a much-needed "take 2"!

Have a wonderful day,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Amazing * Wild * Rad

Hello everyone!

I'm back for two in a row - woohoo!  I recently completed a layout of my son's visit to the park using a sketch #75 from My Scraps & More.  As soon as I saw Bella Blvd's Max collection, I HAD to have it for my son.  It has camouflage, sharks, skulls and crossbones, and more.  And my son adores his camouflage shorts.  Like, seriously.  The other thing he adores?  His cowboy boots that recently *fell apart* because he wore them so much.  Here's my Amazing-Wild-Rad boy:

It's based off this MSAM sketch:

The grid is so cool!  As soon as I saw the sketch and looked through the Max papers, I knew the black paper with the words was going to be part of the grid and my title.  I cut out the Amazing Wild Rad section and paired it with a camouflage strip to be the other part of my grid divider.  After trimming to create arrows, I stitched along the middle in orange thread.

I had three photos, so I trimmed them and left the bottom left square as an embellishment using the star patterned paper.  I inked the square in Sunset ink and doodled along the inside edge.  I covered a chipboard star in the speech bubble paper to give more dimension.  I stamped "a good day" in Olive ink underneath and adhered some stars to the bottom left side of the square.

The top left of the grid uses the striped paper that I cut a frame from.  I inked along the inside edge of the frame to help define the photo and adhered a green star from the Max sticker sheet on the bump of the frame.  I included a black button with orange twine in the center of the star.  Next, I stamped arrows in Olive ink to the left of the photo.  I cut a square from the speech bubble paper and cut diagonally in half to use as a corner, then stitched the edge.

The photo in the top right section of the grid was inked with black Stazon along the edges for definition and layered on the orange guitar paper.  I glued a wooden arrow, the "i do love you" tab, the phrase sticker, and two stars to embellish this section.

The photo in the final section, the bottom right grid, was also outlined in black Stazon ink and matted with the blue chevron paper.  I inked the edges of the "#AWESOME" sticker and put that above arrows stamped with Sunset ink.  My journaling is below this photo.

Simple yet detailed is how I'd describe this sketch and layout.  I had so much fun creating it, and I can't wait to use more MSAM sketches!  They put out a few each month, so don't forget to check them out, use them, and link them up yourself!

Have a super weekend everyone!


{Oh So Lovely} - Easter with Echo Park

Happy Friday!  We have one more week until Good Friday, so I thought I'd share an Easter layout with you.  I recently purchased some of the Echo Park Splendid Sunshine Collection from My Scraps & More.  And when I went looking through my older scrapbooks, I realized I never scrapped about Easter from 2006, and I knew these photos would go very well with the collection!  Here's my belated layout for Easter 2006 when my sweet girl was only four years old:

There are times where a layout seems to literally flow from brain to hand without much thought, and this was one of those times.  It may have been because I was in the zone scrapping with two of my best scrappy gals, Heather and Krissy.  Do you have moments like that?  I love it when that happens!

I started with a base of CTMH Outdoor Denim - I felt the colors in Splendid Sunshine would really pop from a dark background.  I knew I wanted to use the blue paper with the white flowers, but I decided I'd save that for the photo areas.  I cut some of the bird/butterfly/banner paper for the main header area and inked the edges in pink.  I fussy cut some of the little butterflies to sew over their matching base butterfly so I could raise the wings to create a whimsical look.

I cut thin strips of the green polka dot paper and the diagonal stripe paper and used them as a base for the "HAPPY" banner stickers.  I topped the banners with various matching epoxy gems.

Next I matted all my photos using the light pink chevron paper, also inked along the edges in pink.  For the main photo with my daughter and her cousin, I made the mat larger for a journal area, and to help highlight it better, I framed it with a square of the green polka dot paper and overlayed it with a thin strip of inked diagonal striped paper, which I then sewed on.

I decided to distress the mats of the blue paper with white flowers for added dimension, and for even more dimension, I created two pinwheels to include on the layout.  The "Oh so Lovely" sticker became my title:

I hadn't ever made a pinwheel from scratch before but I imagined it in my head and this is what I did:
  1. Cut a square of your desired paper.  I think I did one 3" and one 2" square for my two pinwheels.
  2. Imagine a smaller square in the middle of your square and cut from the outside corner of your square diagonally toward the middle.  Only cut to the outside edge of your imaginary smaller square.  Repeat with remaining three corners
  3. Turn one corner up toward the center and adhere it with Glossy Accents, Liquid Glass, or another fast-drying glue.  Repeat with the remaining opposite corners, letting each dry between applications.
  4. Cover the glued center area with stickers, brads, dots, or buttons.
I hope you are inspired to create your own pinwheels and create a spring-themed layout. It's my favorite time of the year!!  Now if I could just get rid of my seasonal allergies....

Until next time, my friends, have a wonderful scrappy weekend with a sprinkle of chocolate!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Love You More Than Ice Cream

Mike, what day is it?  Hump DAAAY!  Yes, happy Wednesday everyone.  We are now on that downward slope of the hill headed towards the weekend.  I'm really looking forward to some scrappy time this weekend - my hubby will be out of town, and the kids and I will just have a relatively quiet weekend hanging out.

Today I wanted to share a layout I created with a photo from our recent trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  It's been a yearly tradition for us to take a day off (usually during spring break) and head to the show.  This year, all four of us enjoyed a day eating, riding the carnival rides, and watching Paxton in the Mutton Bustin' contest! Towards the end of the day, the boys left for home, and Presley and I headed to the Maroon 5 concert!  We had so much fun.  If you haven't been to the HLSR, you definitely need to check it out if you visit Houston.

I decided to play along with the Sketchabilities sketch this week because it was very inspiring!  Here's my full layout:

I took the base page from American Crafts Cut & Paste line ("On the Edge" paper) and trimmed just about 1/16" from each edge - I didn't want to lose the paint/washi tape effect edge.  I layered that over a piece of black cardstock and stitched along the bottom and right side following along with the sketch.  

Next, I mixed paint and CTMH Smoothie and Sorbet reinkers to create a matching pinkish/orangish color.  I painted a large area under where I knew I wanted to put the photo and embellishment cluster.  After it dried, I sewed a large heart.  You can see part of the paint and the sewn heart below.

I used some of the Bella Blvd Snapshots collection (Family Chaos paper) to bring out the colors on the page a little more.  I cut an arrow and sewed over it on the top area with a journal card "I love you more than ice cream", which I decided would be my title.  Twine, a dot, and a black epoxy heart finished the cluster.

The photo area is layered with more Bella Blvd paper that I scalloped the bottom edge of, a heart journal card, CTMH Lagoon zipper lace, a Heidi Swapp "loved" clear pop tab, and a row of fussy cut hearts from another journal tag with a large black epoxy heart on top.

Here's the sketch:

I hope you were inspired by my layout!  I think sketches are a great way to kick-start a layout.  It's just a good way for me to launch how I want to put together a page I have in mind.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!  Happy scrapping!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Card Sketch: You Are My Happy

Hello fellow choco/scrappy friends!  Today I wanted to share a card with you, one I created for the Practical Scrappers card sketch for April.  I love Basic Grey, and when I saw the sketch by Christine Meyer, I knew the Mon Ami collection would be perfect for it.

Here's the "You are my happy" card that I created with it:

I took the gray paper and cut a 4.25" x 6.5" piece for the card base.  I cut the flower paper (2.75" x 4") and the green paper (3.5" x 4") and adhered them to the gray base.  I then stitched twice in dark gray thread around the inside of the rectangle created with the two pieces.  Next I cut a strip of the orange paper (5/8" x 4.25") and adhered that over the seam of the two pieces.

I put a piece of Fancy Pants Artist Edition filter paper (pinking edge) in the center and then stitched lines from the center in dark orange thread to create a sunshine effect.

Next I fussycut several of the flower clusters from the patterned paper and layered them over the center using 3D pop dots.  I cut a flower for the center using gray paper, green paper, a punched flower, and an orange circle from the paper.  I inked a few of the edges and used a 3D pop dot to include it as my center layer.

To finish the card, I stamped "You are my HAPPY" (from the Close To My Heart National Stamping Month special stamp set from 2013) in Juniper ink in the bottom right corner rather than the top center since I used a patterned paper on the top.

I hope you liked my rendition of the sketch.  I'd love to see what you make with it and what papers and color combinations you choose.  Share the sketch and link up what you create on the Practical Scrappers blog or Facebook page.

Have a super, chocolate/scrappy-filled week!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Layout Sketch Interpretation for Practical Scrappers

Happy April Fools Day, y'all!  And happy Tuesday.  Can you believe it's April already??  

C-R-A-Z-Y, right?!  I'm pretty sure it was *just* Valentine's Day....amiright?

Well, time marches on.  It's time for the Practical Scrapper's April Sketch.  And it's a cute one designed by Christine Meyer:  

I decided to streeeetch out the sketch to make a two-page layout so I could scrap some photos from my visit with my mom, brothers, and their families.  I used the new Simple Stories Homespun collection, which I found so much fun to work with.  The papers were so inspiring and colorful.

I started with two pages of CTMH Colonial White cardstock and sewed a large heart in dark blue thread and spattered some red ink across the top 2/3 of the pages.  I then chose three papers from the Homespun collection.  I found a chevron border to cut using my Cameo.  I cut the first chevron border out of the plaid pattern, and then turned the cardstock over and cut the second one for the right-hand page so that the end of the first page would match up with the beginning of the 2nd page.  I repeated with the heart pattern.  I inked the edges of the borders with CTMH Cranberry ink and adhered over the blue flower pattern across both pages.

I matted my five photos using the Colonial White cardstock and inked the edges in Cranberry and Outdoor Denim ink.  I placed them on the pages, and then started the embellishments.  I pulled some tabs and arrows for the pages, one of the journal squares for my journaling, and then some other pieces to use for the embellishment cluster in the top right.  I sewed a part of the chevron down and layered my chosen pieces over.

I also fussy-cut a lot of the small hearts from the heart patterned paper to sprinkle throughout my layout - some with 3D pop dots.  

For the title, I chose the LOVE tag, put Juniper cardstock behind it, and glued a small yellow heart in the middle of the "O".  I used my Cameo to cut out "Family".  After gluing the letters down, I faux stitched in blue ink to help it pop off the page more.  A yellow flower and red twine completed the tag.

To balance the layout, I cut a corner of the plaid paper and layered with a blue flower and red twine.

I hope you liked my interpretation of the layout!  If you liked it, I'd be thrilled if you'd share it.  I'd also love to see your interpretation of the sketch!  You can share on the Practical Scrappers blog or Facebook page, and make sure to tell them I sent you.

Have a great week filled with chocolate kisses!