Thursday, February 26, 2015

{Adore} Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop with Another Giveaway!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month's Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Kristy's blog.  Isn't her project pretty?

I love these blog hops because not only do they provide a TON of inspiration, but they also give me "permission" to dig into my stash and use some of these favorite papers that previously were gathering dust while I admired them on the shelf.  Well, that's just no good, is it??  These collections were meant to be used and cherished.  That brings me to today's layout using Pebbles' Birthday Wishes collection.  It's so bright, pretty, and happy!

I loved the flowers with the squared off petals, and it made me think of a punch that I have from Paper Source that is similar.  So I decided to use my Cameo and PixScan mat to create a larger version to cut for a photo mat.  I will have a tutorial soon where you can see how easy this is to do!  Here is my layout:

This is Presley when she was a 2 years old...these photos make me sentimental.  :)  Of course, my old digital camera must've been off on the date, because it assured me this photo was taken in 2003.  However, I know for a fact it's 2004 after confirming with some other photos, so I'll have to fix my journal area!

I used the blue-green polka dot paper as my base and decided to stamp some texture using Gesso on each side around where I thought my paper and photos would be.  The stamp is from my Feb. Cocoa Daisy kit.  While that dried, I cut a large flower with my Cameo from the flower paper.  I inked the edges with blue ink and then sewed inside the flower's edges to create definition.  

Using the B-side of a UPC strip of one of the other papers with the blue-green chevron paper, I adhered that to the very top of the base.  Then I used the pink strip layered diagonally over that and trimmed straight.  I created a similar but smaller strip on the bottom right area of my base using the chevron and blue swirly strip to help frame the layout.  

Then I cut similar smaller flowers in the pink paper, polka dot paper, and CTMH Pacifica blue cardstock, plus two smaller flowers using the punch.  I layered the flowers and topped with buttons.  I included one of the coordinating Pebbles tags to the left of this layered flower:

I matted my two photos using the blue-green chevron paper and inked those edges as well.  Then I placed the large flower and photos on the page, then wrote my journaling.

On the bottom left, I placed another layered flower with a wooden embellishment:

Finally, I used the Crate Paper Oh Darling letters to make "Adore" and stapled them with my Tiny Attacher and pink AC mini-staplers.  I decided to use a wood heart embellishment backed with the polka dot paper as the "O". 

I hope you are inspired by my layout...before you hop along, please leave some blog love!

****Giveaway Time!****

I'm giving away one $15 e-gift certificate to My Scraps & More.  All you have to do is:
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Easy peasy!  You have until Monday, March 2nd at noon Central time to enter for your chance to win.  International entries are fine, and I use to choose the winner.  I'll announce the winner here on my blog on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Good luck, and thanks for hopping along with us this weekend.

Next, it's time to hop to Cheryl's blog to check out her awesome project!

Have a fun weekend, and make sure to include a bit of chocolate in it as well.  ;)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Me & My Hundred Acre Woods Friends

Happy Sunday evening my scrappy friends.  I'm excited to share a layout today that I created using a some of my stash.  Now, let me tell you about my stash.  I have a problem.  I have a **VERY BIG** paper hoarding problem...ahem.  And I know I'm not the only one, but when the copyright year on the barcode strip of your paper is from 4 years ago, you know it's bad.  I have paper even older than that, but I digress!

Today I'm using a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy February Week 1.  In addition, I'm doing the Scrap Our Stash February stash challenge for WASHI -> my layout has: wooden embellishment, alpha stickers, splatter stamp, Hello Fall paper, and ink.  

This was such a FUN layout for me - I got to meet my very favorite characters in the whole world last Thanksgiving!  But with all the colors in the photo - including my purple shirt - I was having a tough time figuring out what papers to use.  Enter Little Yellow Bicycle's "Hello Fall" from 2011!

I only had about 5 sheets of paper from this collection and none of the embellishments.  So I decided to pull out my Silhouette PixScan mat to cut the flower/doilies from the middle of one of the papers.  If you don't have this mat, I highly recommend you get one!  It lets you cut out patterns, stamped images, and more.  Don't get me wrong, I don't mind fussycutting sometimes, but this can be a real time saver -- and paper saver, too!  (And if you are looking for help calibrating your mat, I have a tutorial that may help.)  

To start, I decided to flip the sketch.  My base paper has a built-in green strip, but I trimmed a strip from the leaf paper to adhere next to it on the right side of my layout.  Then I sewed along the left side of the strip.

I matted my photo with the green side of one of the papers, inked the edge in dark purple, then matted it again with the orange side of one of the papers (also inked).  I included a tab to highlight the date.  Then I included an embellishment cluster below the photo in line with the sketch.

I wanted to stamp the splatters using the Tim Holtz Spills & Splatters stamp (I trimmed the splatter area next to the cup rings to use separately).  So I put the photo area and the flower/doilies where I knew they'd be and stamped near each doily.  Then I adhered everything to my page to create my title.  I chose Simple Stories Sn@p! Studio Typeset alphas for "acre" and "woods" and stamped "hundred and "#friends" using my oldie-but-goodie Close To My Heart Solo Alpha sets.  I cut "me & my" using my cameo, and popped up the ampersand using 3D tape (hence the pesky of these days I will learn how to fix this using Photoshop Elements!).  The doily on the left is also popped up.

After adding some gems, I finished the layout with a small journaling spot to show how special Pooh Bear and Tigger are to me.

I hope you enjoyed my layout today, and I hope it inspires you to reach into your stash - you just may not know what serendipitous goodies you will find!

In the famous words of Tigger, "T.T.F.N.....ta ta for now!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Selfie Magic

Hi everyone!  

Thanks for joining me this Monday.  So normally, November and December are very busy for me (I think everyone is busy!), but this year, January was also packed with activity.  February is also proving to be busy, but I've decided I must spend more time scrapping than I have the past few months.  I have a 4-day weekend coming up, which I'm very much looking forward to since I work full-time.  And then, I have a scrapping weekend at the end of February with a few friends.  What better way to end February?

Today I'm featuring my very favorite recent photo of Presley.  She just turned 13 (eek!), so selfies are completely "normal" for her - she's grown up in the digital age and saw smartphones come about.  So when we were at Disney World in November, not only did we get great photos with characters from the Disney photographers, but we also got many fun, candid shots.  Presley took a selfie with every character she met.

Isn't this shot perfect??  I am very grateful to whomever was in the Tigger costume...they were the most fun character we met.  The smile his close-up nose gave her was the best gift.  <3  I used My Scraps & More sketch #99 by Audrey Yeager (loving the banners!) and the Say Cheese collection by Simple Stories

So I used white textured cardstock as my base and started with the largest banner first.  I used my Cameo to make sure the photo would fit inside.  The journaling banner was created with the white space from the banner cut on the very left, and I backed it with the B side.

Once I had the banners I wanted, I decided on a strip from the Border & Title Strip elements page.  I sewed the banners underneath the strip, sticking closely to the sketch.  I included a camera brad and a tab cut out to put above the photo.

I used a black arrow clip to point to the subtitle, and I trimmed a small square for the journaling spot.

For the bottom right area, I trimmed a triangle using the yellow star paper.  I sewed along the bottom edge, then added letters to create "selfie" and the magic banner for the title. Finally, I stamped a few stars and hearts that I watercolored using red and gold ink sprays mixed with water. 

I think all scrapbooking is fun, but I especially had fun with this one.  :)

Make it a wonderful week!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

Hello all!  So sorry I'm a day late posting the winner - what a week!  Thanks to everyone who hopped along with us and left comments about "Hey, Santa, I've Been Good!".  

There were some awesome projects in the hop, so if you missed it, go here to Cathy's blog.

Today's winner was chosen using again, and today #9 is the winner! 

Karenladd is #9 scrolling down on the list...thanks so much Karenladd for sharing on Facebook!

Please email me at majkenmarie at yahoo dot com to claim your e-gift certificate!  You have until midnight Central time on Sunday, February 8, 2015 to claim your prize.

Thank you to each of you who participated in the hop, commented on all the great projects, and joined my blog!  <3 <3 <3