Monday, October 20, 2014

Elle's Studio Grateful 2014 Mini Album

Every year, I work on at least one project about the things which I'm grateful for. From year to year, the list doesn't change much. I'm always grateful for my family, my friends, my home. This year, I decided to create something a bit different, and used Elle's Studio products to do so. 

This mini album includes 12 different pages to document the 12 months of 2014. For each month, I went through my photos to find a moment for which I was grateful. 

The outside cover is a was created with the Autumn wood veneer mini album covers, perfect for layering with paper, or for leaving plain. I chose to dress it up with the Sycamore Lane paper collection pack and October and Sycamore Lane digital cut files, which I lightly colored with watercolors.

The pages were created very quickly by keeping the same design layout on each page. A photo, month banner and journaling spot appear on each page, and I embellished with the amazing Elle's Studio cut files and Sycamore Lane Bits & Pieces. This is probably the fastest that a mini album has ever come together for me. 

January: A beautiful, thriving girl who beat all odds to be with us. 
February: An awesome brewery right down the road that we can visit with friends.

March: Family willing to travel to be with us.
April: The best birthday that I ever had, thanks to Simon.

May: A wonderful weekend in NOLA for Simon's MBA graduation.
June: The ability to travel abroad and see beautiful things.

July: My parents allowing us to join in on their vacation in Charleston. 
August: A date night, sans baby, to attend a wedding.

September: Margaret & Adrian, who love Lizzy so and help us weekly.

I've left the last three months blank so that I can quickly add my grateful photo and embellish to finish off the album. 

I know that this will be a cherished mini album to document all that I have to be grateful for in 2014. 

How are you documenting your gratitude this year?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lovely Girl

Happy Friday! I have a quick post for you with a new layout to share, created with the beautiful Heart It Races kit, add-on and stamp set from Scraptastic Club. This is another favorite photo of my daughter that has been sitting on my desk for months. I knew that the beautiful bold autumnal colors in the kit would pair perfectly with it, even though the subject has nothing to do with autumn.
Journaling: Just an ordinary day with you, spending time playing on my bed- even Toby joined in. I wouldn't trade this time at home with you for anything.

This layout is very simple to make, even though it includes a lot of elements and may not appear that way (I love when that happens!). Here's how I created it:

1. Background: Cut out three folders from the Crate Paper folder patterned paper. Using a craft knife, cut slits in the bottom and top folder for your journaling cards and photos. I also cut along the tabs and distressed it a bit to give the folders a three-dimensional look. Adhere to the Chickaniddy Crafts Autumn Haze background paper, being sure not to adhere your pockets.
*Tip: If you love this paper and want to leave the bottom green section for another project, trim it off beforehand and just adhere your file folder paper to the bottom of the piece you just trimmed, being sure to keep to the 12" measurement. That way, you use every last bit of the paper! * 
2.  Journaling & title: Print the fox journaling card from the Heart it Races digital files and stamp 'lovely' using the Heart it Races stamp set. Using the Chickaniddy letters, add 'girl.' Cut out the square journaling card from the Shimelle patterned paper and journal. Tuck both cards into the bottom file folder with the yellow doily behind and adhere all pieces.
3. Photo: Layer a 4"x6" photo on top of the Pebbles Homemaker paper, leaving 1/4" around the edge. Insert into the top folder slit and adhere at a slight angle, adding dimensional adhesive at the top. Add the Teresa Collins 'my heart' border stamp along the bottom of the photo, along with the flair badge at the bottom left corner. Cut the 'noted' speech bubble from the This Life Noted digital files, add the date and attach to the right side of your photo with the Lawn Fawn paper clip.
4. Embellish: Add the Teresa Collins arrow border, wood veneer heart stamp and a sequin along the right edge of your title card. Fussy cut the Teresa Collins Flowers paper bunch, along with three small flowers. Slip underneath the left side of your photo and adhere with dimensional adhesive. Adhere two sequins near the flowers. Adhere the Teresa Collins 'love this' sticker on top of the flowers with dimensional adhesive. Add the three small flowers near the bottom right corner of the photo. Fussy cut the Chickaniddy flower banner from the die-cuts package. Stamp 'you're the bestest'. Apply a Teresa Collins banner sticker at the top left corner and adhere the Chickaniddy banner with dimensional adhesive directly to the right.

Once I had the idea for my layout, the process above only took about 30 minutes for me to pull together. I also cut out my digital files beforehand when my kit arrived so that I wasn't having to do it each time I created a layout. It's a great way to save some time, especially when you're working predominately during precious nap time!

Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to check out this beautiful kit! I'm still loving every single bit of it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scraptastic September Projects

When I received my first Scraptastic kit after becoming a DT member, I was blown away by the amount of product included in the kits. They are so full of awesome paper and embellishments! The September The Girl kit (which is still available!) did not disappoint, and today I want to share my projects with you. 

'Date Day' was a layout I created for Pinterest Monday on the Scraptastic Blog documenting a recent date afternoon that my husband and I had- our first time hiring a babysitter! I love using Pinterest images to inspire a layout. It can be a great way to try something different and pull yourself out of a creative funk!

'C is for Cheeky' is a layout created for September's Sketchy Thursday on the blog, and may be my favorite this month. The clusters of embellishments created with rub-ons, stamps, die-cuts and wood veneer just make me happy.

'What a Fun Day' is a layout that features a photo of my Goddaughter that has been sitting on my desk for ages just waiting for this kit. I punched the stars from the background paper and popped them up, putting glitter paper behind them. For more info and some closeup photos, check out this post on the Scraptastic blog.

My June project life spreads are my favorite so far in my album because of the September This Life Noted kit. For more info about my spreads and the process, see this Scraptastic blog post

Scraptastic also has a brand new online store featuring the latest and greatest scrapbooking supplies. Be sure to check it out as well as the awesome monthly kits!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Elle's Studio October Exclusive Kit Reveal!

Hello there! It's the 10th and that means that a new Elle's Studio exclusive tag kit and add-ons are available in the Elle's Studio shop!

The colors in the kit this month are just gorgeous. I paired some tags from the kit with the beautiful Sycamore Lane collection (now available in the Elle's Studio shop!) to create a layout about my little family. This has definitely turned out to be one of my favorite layouts, featuring a favorite recent snapshot of my three favorite people (and canine!)

Other supplies: Die-cut shapes- Crate Paper (Banner & circle), Studio Calico (feathers & yellow enamel dot); Brad- Echo Park; Stampin' Up (Ink); Mark Richards (metal dots)

In addition to the main kit, there are also some exciting add-ons coming out this month that you'll want to add to your cart! 

Notes From Autumn printables (YES, printables!) and cut files

Holiday tags and numbered pennants- just in time for you to start planning your December Daily!

And my favorite- a beautiful wood veneer mini album front and back cover. I have a project using this coming to the ES blog later this month. I can't wait to share it with you!

Remember that the exclusive kit is $9.99 for the 10th only! Be sure to get yours before they're all gone!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts Layouts

Hi there! I've been a bit MIA lately, as I've been holding down the fort here on my own with a sick toddler and a big, needy golden retriever. I haven't had much creative time lately, but I did have two layouts on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog that I'd love to share with you.

Other materials- Ink & Twine (Stampin’ Up!), Paint (Martha Stewart Crafts), Spray Mist (Heidi Swapp), Glossy Medium (Ranger), Pens (UniBall), Marker (Stampin’ Up!), Die-cut file (Wilna Furstenburg)

My first layout, Remember, uses one of my favorite patterns from the Scrumptious collection as the background, and also doubles as my title. I wanted a lot of texture on my layout, so I used burlap ribbon, three-dimensional die-cut leaves and twine along with my patterned paper. Be sure to check out the original post on the Chickaniddy blog to find out how I loop twine on my layouts. The photo is one of my favorites of my brother and Lizzy from our fall photo shoot last year. 

My second layout for the month records the best Halloween costume that my grandmother ever made for my brother- a teenage mutant ninja turtle. I used a tone-on-tone effect with a white die-cut star background on top of a piece of white cardstock. Be sure to check out my original post on the Chickaniddy Blog to see how this background adds a lot of texture and interest to the page without making it too busy and taking away from the photo and embellishment. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the Chickaniddy Crafts blog for daily inspiration from my other talented team members.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elle's Studio September Kit Reveal

The September kit is live at Elle's Studio and I can't wait to share it with you!

There are so many versatile elements in this kit. Here are a few of my favorites, although I may have to wait a few more months to use the 'Hello Autumn' transparent tag here in Houston!

My favorite element in the add-ons this month is by far the 'My Favorites' stamp set, but there's also some awesome cork elements (bits and a cork circle mat), cut files and a Halloween mini kit!

Here's the layout that I created with this kit and stamp set about the day my daughter took her first walk across the room, which I luckily caught on video. The colors in this kit fit perfectly with the colors in the photos.

Other Supplies: American Crafts (pen, twine), Heidi Swapp (date stamp), Studio Calico (sequins), October Afternoon (small letter stickers), Stampin' Up! (ink)

Remember that the kit is $9.99 today only, so get yours before they're gone!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Roundup & An Announcement!

Happy Friday! I wanted to let you know about a few recent posts of mine on other blogs that you might want to check out, but first, I have an exciting announcement!


I am so honored to be a part of the new Chickaniddy Crafts team! I'm so excited to represent this company & can't wait to share my projects with you later this month. Until then, be sure to check out their blog and product line!

I recently shared a tutorial on how to make this really simple birthday prize ribbon on the Scraptastic blog.


Also earlier this week, I shared a video tutorial on the American Crafts blog for 'favorite techniques' week about some fun ways to incorporate watercolors into your papercrafting projects- mess free! Please check it out, share it and leave me a comment on YouTube if you learned anything!

Have a great weekend!