Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sketchpad Class - Sketch 2

So I had every intention of doing Kelly Purkey's Sketchpad class weekly, and, well, obviously, that did not happen, not even at the beginning. So it has been two weeks today, so I will try for that.

The second sketch in the class was a little harder for me to visualize at first. It did not have as much white space as I usually like, so I had to brainstorm some ideas first and resize it all to fit. Here is my take on Sketch #2.

My elements are smaller, but I stayed fairly true to the sketch.

This day was really fun. After church we all headed down to dear hubby's work. He showed me his new office which was bigger and had more windows and the girls were super happy because they got cans of soda pop and treats from the break room. They can be really easy to please at times. Both of these pictures were taken on my phone and I used a couple of the more recent Studio Calico kits to create this page.

Well, that is all for today! I am going to get a jump on the 3rd KP sketch so I get further behind. I saw from a couple of weeks ago that some of you also got this class. If you do any of the sketches I'd love to see your projects, so please link me to them!

Have a happy Wednesday all!

(Note: I am not affiliated at all with Kelly Purkey or her Sketchpad class. I bought it myself and asked her if it was ok to post my projects using it online. I am not going to post her sketches here, because she did the work for it, but I do encourage you to look into her class if you like playing with sketches. The inspiration is really fabulous!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I think she is trying to be...

...a little on the crazy side. I think she is trying to make it her thing. She is not the baby of the family. She is not the oldest, so she is looking for what makes her - her. But don't get me wrong, she is not crazy in a need to institutionalize her way, but in a spontaneous, fun, and happy way. Kind of like she has a whole lot of energy and lots of ideas way. It is cute.

I used Hambly papers, overlays and rub ons for this page. Hambly is really perfect stuff for the feeling I wanted to get across of on this page. And for the inspiration for it, I used a layout I did for Shetchy Thursdays awhile back. (You can see that one here.) This was one of my favorite ST sketches. Anyway, the rays and all just were perfect for this!

Plus all the fun Hambly elements just add to the mood.

Well, I am off to start another day. I wish I could keep some of this girl's "up" for myself! Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Who is my baby?

Technically, I have no baby babies. My youngest is 5. But I have known since before she was born that she was the baby of our family. She knows it too. She knows that she is not a baby-baby, but she is my baby, and daddy's baby. Sometimes she likes to act like a baby, but that doesn't fly. She is a big girl. It sure is complicated! LOL.

Her "handle" is Baby Girl. I got this from a family friend who she bonded with when she really was just a baby. He started calling her that immediately and it has not only stuck but spread!

Then the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection from American Crafts showed up on my doorstep. Baby Girl and Neapolitan seriously were made for each other. A page HAD to made.

And some rainbow splatters...

Cute banners...

And all the descriptions of this sweet, little girl...


Have you seen the Dear Lizzy line? Check it out. The colors are incredible!!! And thanks so much for stopping by and meeting my baby girl.

Friday, February 24, 2012

More with LYB: Gift Tags

So I am usually a page maker, but for my second week over at Little Yellow Bicycle, I created some cute tags with their Saturday's Collection.

These were so much fun to make! And incredibly easy! The papers and embellishments are so detailed that the tags really made themselves. And the collection is so huge with all the stickers and chipboard and flowers and clear cut shapes that there seemed to be limitless ways to decorate these fun little things.

But what I really saw these for was gift decor. Not really a "to" and "from" tag, even though they could easily be turned into that. But really decor for that housewarming gift or teacher present or hostess gift.

Isn't it just great?!?

I hope you all enjoyed the tags I made with Little Yellow Bicycle's Saturday's collection. (Which is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites!)

Have a great Friday all and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hambly Sketch Challenge

Hambly is having its first sketch challenge right now over on the Hambly blog. DT member Leah created the sketch and it is super easy to use. I played along with the challenge. Here is my page...

Close ups...

Anyway, head over to the Hambly blog to see the sketch and to link up your pages! There is space to showcase you on the blog and possible prize for playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Using Alphas on Pink Paislee

Yesterday on the Pink Paislee blog, I had a post up about using different alphas and quotes for titles on a layout. I really enjoy using different alphas on my pages. I think it is visually interesting and it can help get the meaning across of what you are trying to say.

Here is my page.

I have had this photo of the girls forever, well, since summer, and this quote and this assignment finally got me to scrapbook it.

It is Quote week over at Pink Paislee, so make sure you take a minute of two and see the awesome projects the design team has come up with.

And thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Her First Roller Coaster Ride

The last time we went to Disney World, baby girl was THRILLED beyond belief to find out that with her shoes on, she was EXACTLY 44 inches tall. Do you know what that meant? It meant that she was officially tall enough to ride Expedition Everest in the Animal Kingdom. Oh how her prayers were answered. LOL. After hearing about how great it was from her two big sisters, she was so ready to ride it herself. Now I was a little nervous about this. Not because I was scared for me, but she was just so small! But she was ready and was not going to take waiting any longer.

I took my camera with me and tried to get a shot of her. I did, but it looks like we were really in the middle of a loop-de-loop when really it was just a bad shot. But that is ok. It is worth scrapbooking all the same.

See how the photo looks like we are in the middle of the ride?

And I know I will be kicking myself at some point about using up all these "e" Thickers. But this title was important to the page!

Everything here is from American Crafts. It totally thrills me how the different lines are so mixable! And the different Thickers really are just a peek at my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Guest Designing with Little Yellow Bicycle

How excited was I to receive and email from Liz Qualman asking if I would do a guest design spot at Little Yellow Bicycle! Seriously!!!! Oh yeah! What an honor! What a thrill!!! How completely and totally awesome!

Today was my first post over there. You can see it here. I get to work with the Saturdays Collection. It is amazing. The colors are just awesome, blues and tans and reds. Perfect. And I love the textures the papers seem to have. Just so fun to work with. Liz calls it a very adult collection and she is right. It isn't stuffy or old, just good for those moments a little more grown up. You know what I mean?

I used this collection for some pictures of my dear hubby in a local coffee shop. He did not know I was sitting there snapping pictures of him. Hee hee.

And these really are not the kind of pictures I typically scrapbook. But in this instance I just had too. These pictures screamed a story to me. It wasn't a story about that day or that moment. It was actually a story about our future and about our past and how I could see us so clearly someday. I typed up the story and hid it under the middle picture.

Some more details...

Anyway, this was so much fun. And I will be back there next week too! I hope you stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Sketch Challenge (week 1) - Thanks KP!

Forever ago, I purchased Kelly Purkey's Sketchpad class. I looked through the sketches and the zillion examples and decided it would be a fun personal "challenge" for me. I emailed KP to see if she minded and she was cool with it. YAY! But it has taken me awhile to get going. Now that Sketchy Thursday's is not a part of my weekly routine, it is time (past time) for me to start this new sketch challenge.

So for week number 1, let me show you my page...

And a close up...

In the yellow envelope, I have a journaling card telling the story of the day. I do not like to share a lot of my journaling. A lot of it is personal. Some I think would bore you. Sometimes, I do not want to leave space on the main part of the page because I love the embellishments and papers too much. So I hide it. It works for me. The best part of scrapbooking is each person can do exactly what works for them! No set formula! Woo hoo!

Do you want to see the sketch? Well, I'd love to show you, but I won't. KP and her friends worked way to hard for some random person like me to go a give it all away. I would recommend buying the class. The slew of amazing examples is way worth it. (I am totally not affiliated at all with this class. I bought it, just like you would have too. And KP probably does not even remember my email. We do not know each other. We are not FB friends. But I do think she is pretty cool.)

But anyway, it was fun to "play". Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 10, 2012

ScrapFIT Blank Canvas Challenge

I have never played along here before but I stalk the blog. It is ScrapFIT. They have some fun challenges and I have been wanting to play along for a while. I have a few friends that are over there. Sara the owner is really awesome and then Missy rocks too. Diana, from Sketchy Thursdays, has also become a part of their team. With such a great group and then a really incredible team of designers, it is hard to not get excited about the challenges.

Well, right now there is a Blank Canvas Challenge. You have to start with white cardstock and build up from there. This is my kind of challenge!

I started with the white cardstock. Added mist with the help of a piece of laser cut paper as a mask. And built up!

This is my ballerina. She is so sweet. She loves her ballet class so much.

For this page, I used the new Studio Calico kit. It was so fun to get to play with some newly released products. The pieces of the new Dear Lizzy items that I got are SO CUTE! I am very excited to see the rest of the line.

Anyway, Happy Friday all! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pink Paislee on HSN

Yes, you read that right... Pink Paislee will be on HSN on Thursday, February 9th! And I am so excited about this because I created some projects for this show!!!

The projects I created were using the Sweetness line. And since we are in February, they needed to be Valentine projects, don't you think? Anyway, I want to show off the projects here in case you miss them on HSN.

Creating some love pages has been a lot of fun. It really got me scrapping something other than the girls.

But make sure you tune into HSN tomorrow. It looks like the Sweetness fun will begin at 8 AM EST. Woo hoo! Don't miss it!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Using Hambly Overlays

I like working with Hambly overlays like they were just more patterned paper. I think that it can be too easy for scrapbookers to get hung up about what to do with the overlays like they are supposed to be used a different way. But they are great for just layering with different papers, cardstock or patterned papers, and making something new!

On this page I used an whole overlay to create my background. It is a fun and EASY way to spruce up some plain cardstock for an interesting background.

With this one, I simply used the overlays as another layer. First the patterned paper, then a cool background Hambly rub on, then the overlay. Layers and different textures make it so interesting and fun.

I hope you feel more comfortable using up those overlays and transparencies you have in your stash. Let me know if you do use them! I would love to see your work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lots and Lots of Heidi Swapp

Have you seen all the Heidi Swapp stuff? LOVE it!!! So bright and fun. It all rocks. I was so lucky to get to work with all these fun products for CHA.

I want to share of couple of the projects I did for Heidi Swapp with you today.

I do not usually use such bold colors or a black background, but I just LOVE this! It works!

Here is the other one.

Of course I added some some Pink Paislee wood alphas. Those rock!

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed all the CHA goodies out there. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Playing Princess & Hambly

With three girls, there is a lot of princess time in my house. And it has seemed as soon as one has grown out of the princess phase, the next girl is ready to take it up! But baby girl here is a real princess. (I am smiling here.) She asks me all the time if I will be a queen when she becomes a princess when she grows up. Lol. She is a crazy (in a good way) girl. And here she is, playing princess. I love it.

I used a bunch of Hambly overlays to make the background. And then some of the awesome rub ons for more layers and framing. And see that "m"? That is a Hambly sticker. It is so cute!!

Anyway, I hope this girl doesn't grow out of her love of princesses. Plus how cool would it be if she was the new Tangled princess at Disney World someday!!! Ok, so mommy is dreaming here. But she does think those princesses get to live in the castle, so maybe she will. Either way, she is a princess to me.

Thanks for stopping by!