July 31, 2015

She did it!

I am so proud of my sister Jamie. After 4 years of college, she received her bachelor's degree in nursing! My grandmother was a nurse and Jamie ALWAYS said when she was a little girl that she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Jamie is going to be a wonderful nurse because she truly cares about people and she has a gift... she enjoys HELPING people and it shows through her compassion. What can I say, I am so proud of her.

I used the July Clique Kit for this layout, but added a "Celebrate the moments of life" digital stamp from Ali Edwards "Little things" Story Stamp Kit and printed it on a 8x11" piece of cardstock. I love how the digital stamp pulls this layout together!

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Transparency card (cut): Studio Calico, Patterned paper: Sticker alphas (used as a template), Stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts, Mist: Heidi Swapp, Metallic pen: Faber-Castell, Flair: Clique Kits, Digital stamp: Ali Edwards (Little things), 4x6 patterned paper: Studio Calico, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz.
Since I didn't think the sticker alphas would look right in black and white on my layout due to the digital stamp title, I decided to use the sticker alphas that came with the kit as a template. I saw that you can use baby powder to remove the sticky adhesives on the back of stickers, but I didn't have any on hand so I simply put the stickers on the back of my hand and removed them a few times so that the oils from my hand did the trick. Works like a charm and doesn't cost a thing. Then I used a black pen to trace my title. I loved the metallic geo so I decided to use a metallic pen to color in my title.

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July 28, 2015

Childhood Memories

Hello. Today, I have a quick and easy layout to share with you. It's a 6"x8" layout that I created using lots of pretty products by Pretty Little Studio's "Treasure Island" and "The Gold Mine" collection a and some digital stamps by Ali Edwards. I really love the star paper in copper by Pretty Little Studios. It's sooooo very pretty. Click here for a close up.

I'm still going strong with creating a project life spread each month of my favorite photo. It's less stressful to follow this system and it works for me. I tried scrapping a monthly spread and weekly and it just didn't work so I simple scrap my favorite photo or two from the month and tell my story.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Flair: Die cut arrow: Pretty Little Studio, Digital stamps: Cork embellishment; Ali Edwards, Pen: Marvy.

July 26, 2015

Roots and wings

Hi everybody. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Nothing much going on here. I pretty much had a lazy day yesterday. I didn't do a whole lot. Earlier in the day, I asked Edward to put his swim suit on so we could go down to the beach for a bit, but he didn't want to. I think it had something do with the fact that he and daddy were at the beach from 1-10pm on Friday. Edward spent the entire day playing downstairs, watching his cartoons in his pajamas.

I didn't bother making him get dressed because it was evident that he had no desire to do anything. Haha. I was secretly happy about this because I was tired too. I had to work a few hours and I just didn't have the energy to do much of anything. I did manage to scrap this layout using Ali Edwards Roots Story Kit. At first, I didn't think I'd have any photos to go with the theme, but then I got to thinking about the pictures I took of momom's blackberries last summer.

When poppy died in December of 2004, momom decided to keep his roots alive. Poppy loved his blackberries and took pride in growing and picking them for his grand-daughters to eat. We'd pop them in our mouths like candy. And we loved it when momom made us blackberry cobbler. It is so delicious. My mouth is watering, just thinking about it.

When momom sold the house, she moved the berries to her current house. I can only imagine how much work that involved, but she did it. She was determined to keep party of poppy alive for all of us. It's been 11 years and the blackberries are still in momom's yard and she hasn't stopped taking care of them. I admire momom for her will to keep part of poppy alive through all of these years. We miss him dearly, but we know he is smiling down at us.

Supplies: Kraft cardstock: Stampin'Up, Cards: Chipboard: Ali Edwards, Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn, Washi tape: Studio Calio, Pen: Marvy.

July 25, 2015

Little details

Hi everybody. Today, I have a simple layout to share with you using our Clique Kits exclusive cards that came with the August Ambrosia kit. I love Lacey's cards and look forward to receiving them every month. She is so talented. Rather than include step-by-step instructions on how to create this simple layout, I wanted to share with you small details that you can include on your next project to make your simple layouts pop. I often mat an 8 1/2"x 11" piece of paper and a 7 1/2"x10" paper to use as a foundation for my base.

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Once I have my papers matted, I adhere my photos and cards of choice. Then I add my embellishments. I wait until the last minute to add my embellishments because they are literally fillers for my layout. One of my favorite embellishments is die cuts because they are perfect for filling in naked spaces. I created my own photo corners by punching a 1 1/2"x 1 1/2" square and cutting it in half. Then I used foam squares to adhere them. For the tiny circles, I used my glue dots to adhere them in the corner of my card. And since I wanted to add a little something to my card to make it pop. I added a sticker heart and die cut. Last, I added a 1/4" border to my layout using a ruler and a black pen.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. We really appreciate it! I hope you have a fabulous day!

July 24, 2015

Where I stand

Hi everyone. Where are you with you life today? Are you where you want to be or have you been struggling with your job, family and life in general. Well, I've been there for the past five years and I think I am finally on a better path. Thank goodness. And if you're not there yet, I hope you get there sooner, rather than later.

I decided to create a layout of a few things I am thankful for using the July Clique Kit. I am very grateful for everything I have, especially my health and my family. Sure, it's nice to have things, but things are not important. What's really important is having electricity, food on the table and a roof over my head along with a HEALTHY family.

I really love the 365 stamps by Chickaniddy Crafts. They are just the right size; not too big, not too small to fill in the white space on my layouts.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Sticker alphas: Brads: Stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Cards: MAMBI, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Marvy.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!