Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bubble Girl

Hello friends.  Today I have a pretty layout I started in a Creative Keepsakes Convention a few years ago. The two 12 x 12 pages each had just the paper strips across the paper.  I decided to use one for a clean layout with lots of white space.  I like how the simplicity of it keeps the focus on the picture.

I cut up the second page and created a quick and easy "Celebrate" card.  I just added an acetate saying with a couple of pink flower brads I had in my stash.  It was definitely a five-minute card.  Perfect for a last minute birthday celebration :)

I can't believe another week has just flown by.  This year is off to a fast start!

Hope you are having a great week.


Monday, January 27, 2014


This weekend I had fun creating a layout using a couple of pictures from our recent Hawaii trip.  Going up in a helicopter was a first for the kids and I, and definitely a highlight of our trip.  Chris had already been in a few and tried to talk me into taking one without doors on it.  I wasn't having anything to do with that though!  We not only got to see the gorgeous island of Oahu, we had beautiful views of the North Shore, Dole Pineapple plantation, and an amazing view of the USS Arizona.  We used Paradise Helicopters and they were very professional and friendly.  The kids thought it was super cool too, especially being able to talk to each other on the headsets.

My layout has a little bit of my old stash, as well as a couple new things.  The background paper, "SOAR" title, and word strip "Something wonderful is about to happen" is from MME.  The rays were created with a Julie Balzer 12x12 stencil and Distress Ink.  I then used a thin black marker to draw ovals around the colors.  The rest of the paper is some older Sassafrass Lass which I was really happy to finally use.

I used the fabulous Stuck on U Sketches January sketch challenge for my layout, as well.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Layouts from Quick Quotes

Good morning!  I've been adding more pictures to layouts I had already completed and came across a bunch from Quick Quotes.  I have taken two of the Quick Quote Reserve weekend and they are incredible!  I would have like to have taken more but I had a big enough collection of layouts waiting for pictures ;)  I'm really bad about that.  Anyway, in each weekend you not only complete tons of layouts, cards, and home decor projects, but during the last day, you complete an entire 12x12 album!  It's crazy cool.  They also give away a ton of their fabulous vellum quotes which I LOVE.  And the people who run it are super nice.

 This double sided layout Lara playing at the beach in HI

I used one side of a double layout to scrap about my car which I absolutely LOVE (best car ever!!!)

This final picture is of the kids with Chris in HI. You can tell how unhappy they are to be there ;)

Hope this email finds everyone well and healthy.  Enjoy the rest of your week.  It's almost Friday :)


Monday, January 20, 2014

Layouts past

Hello crafty friends! While trying to organize my craft room this weekend (sadly, it's still far from  being tidy), I came across a plethora of layouts I had done in class or workshops that just needed pictures to complete them.   Of course, I have about two years worth of pictures just waiting to be scrapped, so I was thrilled to add them to already finished pages.  These three were from a Prima/Pink Paislee/Tattered Angels class.

The kiddos with a gorgeous sunset in Hawaii

Birthday party from a couple years ago

Airplane ride/Dole Pineapple plantation 

I can't wait to see what other pictures I can add to the many, many layouts I've already made!  Scrapbooking in 2014 is already off to a great start ;)


Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year, New Goals

Hello friends.  I can't believe it is Thursday already!  This week has flown by for us.  I finally had time to make this journaling page with my new year's resolutions.  I know some people don't like making resolutions, but I absolutely love lists, so of course I make one every year.  I also like the idea of new beginnings and trying to accomplish something that I really want to do.  And if I can do that with some scrapbook supplies - even better!

I created my journaling page by adding spray inks to Pink Paislee's Mistable collection.  Once it dried I used a brand new stencil with Sorbet Art Anthology Dimensional Gel Paint for the rays across the page.  I cut out the woman from Scraps by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen.  I am entering my journal page in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (Anything goes).

Speaking of new year's resolution, mine are going strong.  I've been doing really well on every single one, which is probably why I don't seem to be spending a whole lot of time scrapping or blogging!  I am hoping to get a little time during this upcoming three-day weekend. We'll see...

Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Live As If There's No Tomorrow

Good afternoon, crafters.  I am sitting here watching the Golden Globes pre-show , so I thought I would post the layout that I have been working on for about a week.  I painted on just about everything on this layout!  I used this month's Once Upon a Sketch challenge which is lessons learned.

Some of the supplies I used were Cantaloupe, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rosebud, and Tangelo  Fireworks! Ink Sprays, The Crafter's Workshop stencils, DCWV paper, Chandelier Glimmer Glam, Prima and Bobunny stamps, K & Company and Prima flowers, Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Solar Gold Silks Acrylic paint.  It's hard to see in the picture, but there is a TON of glitter and shine on the embellishments. Once I started adding The Solar Gold paint and Glitter Glam, it was hard to stop ;)  Here's a close up where you can see it a little better.

The quote reads, "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." The picture is one of my husband and kids taking a walk on the beach in Hawaii.  I just loved the colors in it.

Thanks so much for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Organizing My Desk with an Altered Cube

Hello crafty Friends!  I hope your year is off to a wonderful start and your goals for the year are going well.  It's been such a fun Christmas break for the us.  I hated to see the kids go back to school!  We had so much fun and everyone was healthy.  We had our big annual trip to Oahu, staying again at the Disney Aulani.  It's hard to beat spending Christmas day in a lazy river and lounging at the beach.   You will definitely be seeing some of those pics in layouts soon. 

Now that we are back in the swing of things and the kiddos are in school, I spent a little time painting and decorating this wooden cube that I purchased at Joann's for a few dollars.  I am trying to clean up my desk a bit and wanted to create something that was functional and pretty.

Initially, it was just a plain wood cube.  I used Stargazer and Rich Cobalt Luminarte Silks paint for the outside and inside to give it a pretty shimmer.  I went with a darker color for the inside, as I wasn't sure what I was going to put in it.  The sides measure about 5" square.  I decorated all the sides using Prima paper with Spellbinders dies, Prima flowers, and stamped quotes from Crafter's Companion Everyday Sentiments.   For this first side, the quote reads, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".  I painted the Prima butterflies and Tim Holtz wings with black paint and then sprinkled iridescent glitter over them.  

The quote for this second side reads, "Live like there is no tomorrow."  I also painted the Tim Holtz keys with black paint and added glitter.  The two clear grey flowers are from Maya Road.

For the third side of my cube, I added the quote, "Life is short, live it.  Love is rare, grab it.  Anger is bad, dump it.  Fear is awful, face it.  Memories are sweet, cherish it."  The pretty resin bird is from Prima.

For the final side, I used the quote, "The most important thing is to enjoy your life - it's all that matters."

 I haven't quite decided what to use my pretty cube for, but I'm toying with keeping my paint and foam brushes in it.

So what do you think?  Which quote is your favorite?

I am entering my altered cube in the following challenges:

Desert Island Crafts challenge - Use 3 of 10 items (#1, 3, 8, 10)
Simon Says Stamp - Blues
Sentimental Sundays -  Alter something (with a sentiment)

Thanks for stopping by :)