Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy, Happy Birthday!

It's birthday week around here this week. Two of my sisters have birthdays plus Hannah is turning 9. Since both of my sisters live across the country, I had to be organized and get presents off in the mail early.

I'm usually not a big card maker, so I was proud of myself for actually making cards for both of my sisters.  I went a little crazy cutting out triangles on this first card and had fun arranging them as the background design.  

Card supplies: Paper + Washi: Glitz Finnley Collection, Wood Cut out: Scrapbook Circle So Happy Together Kit.)

For my second card, I had fun playing with big triangles, stars and some sewing.

(Card supplies: Scrapbook Circle Photo Goes Here Kit.)

Now I just need to do some birthday planning and shopping for Hannah. Luckily she has a wish list that includes art stuff and a Barbie set, so shopping should be finished up pretty easily.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Glitz Designs Wild & Free Blog Hop

Have you seen the new Glitz Designs Wild & Free line? I'm loving all of the patterns and colors in this line. Today the Glitz Design Team is doing a blog hop featuring this fantastic new line.

I had a lot of fun putting this birthday card together. I used mists to color in little sections on the Whatnot card plus some stitching along the side.

This line is so perfect for so many different occasions and topics. I can't wait to use it again soon on another project!

Want to join in the blog hop? Just visit the design team blogs and leave a comment on each blog. Each comment is an entry to win a fabulous Glitz Design Wild & Free prize pack. Cool!

Ready to hop?

Jaime Warren
Karine Cazenave
Karola Witczak
Lea Lawson
Leica Forrest
You are here >>> Lisa Andrews
Marie Ramirez
Mou Saha
Nina Ostermann
Noel Culbertson
Stephanie Bryan
Glitz Design Blog

Card Supplies
Glitz Designs "Wild & Free" 6 X 6 Paper Pad
Glitz Designs "Wild & Free" Bits & Pieces
Glitz Designs "Wild & Free" Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Designs "Wild & Free" Alphabet and Word Stickers
Glitz Designs "Wild & Free" Whatnots

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

So Happy Together

I'm so excited to share that the October Scrapbook Circle kit, So Happy Together, went live tonight. There are so many bits and pieces in it that I love. The most exciting part about this kit is that there are some cool new products that we had made just for the kit!

We are introducing stamps and wood shapes in this month's kit. I sketched out the ideas, had our graphic designer make them pretty and then had them manufactured.

This set of wood shape will be perfect on layouts and cards. I'm also planning on using some pieces in my Project Life album.

I'm loving this 1 X 6 inch stamp set. The triangle pattern and plan on using it over and over on projects. I just can't seem to use enough triangles lately.

Besides the wood and stamps, there is also the custom printable and tag set that comes with every kit. I love that these kits offer things that you can't find anywhere else. What do you think? Are you excited too? Stop by the Scrapbook Circle site to get a look at more photos and the full list of everything in the kit.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Project Life >>> August 25 - 31, 2013

Hello! I love Mondays. It's a fresh and new week filled with time to accomplish things. Love that. Today I want to share a Project Life spread that I put together using the Photo Goes Here kit. I put this kit together with lots of tags and little things that would work well for projects like this.

This week we had some school successes (100% on a math test! Yippee!) plus a family getaway to the pines in Flagstaff for Labor Day weekend. Some of that trip spilled over onto next week's pages, but I included the first two days of our trip here.

Mathematician /// Webelos Award /// @ the Art Fair in Flagstaff /// Audrey Styling Cousin Katie's Hair

Art Masterpiece /// School Project /// Fun in Flagstaff

I also included an insert on this spread that includes the 100% math test and another fun piece of school work. This is the perfect place to store these things.

Yes, I still love Project Life! I'm not creating quite as many layouts, but I think this is helping tell a more full story about what goes on around here every week. 

Happy Monday to you!

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the Mood for Fall

This week on the Glitz blog we were asked to create a fall themed layout. With temperatures still over 100 degrees everyday here in AZ, I knew that I would have to look into last year's photos to find some fall inspiration! Hoping some cooler weather is just around the corner.

I decided to focus on a few of my favorite pictures that were taken during our fall break last school year when were were able to spend a few days in NYC with friends. Man, I love NYC. Feeling lucky that we got to spend some time there.

The photos were not taken the same time/day, but focused on a few of our favorite things we did while on vacation. I made sure that each of the photos included a photo of one of your kids. Just keeping things equal around here!

Have I mentioned how much I love using the Glitz Roller Doodles? It's seriously so fun getting to roll ink all around on a page!

The "fall" in the title was created with my Silhouette + my handwriting. Last year, I created this layout with fall in the title and thankfully, I'd saved my file and it was ready to use again on this page.

Want to take a look at all of our adventures while we were in NYC last fall?  You can check out these posts.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Getting Messy with Misting

Using mists on my pages is one of my favorite things to so, so when our Glitz Design challenge this week was to use mists on a project, I was ready for the challenge.

One this page, I used a bit of regular mist splattering along in a few spots on the page. It's a great way to add some color and texturing to a page.

I took the top off of the mist and used the plastic end to draw on my page. The border around the photo plus the pink and turquoise colors on the triangle pieces were added by drawing mist onto the page. The mist gives a bit of a messy look and I love that!

For the triangle pattern paper, I used the cover sheet that came on the collection pack. I couldn't bring myself to cut triangles out of a bunch of different patterned papers and when I saw the cover sheet with all of the patterns together, I knew that was my solution.

This was my first page with the new Glitz Design Wild & Free line and it was so much fun to work with. The colors and patterns are going to be perfect for so many different pages.

Layout Supplies
Glitz "Wild & Free" Patterned Paper: Chevron
Glitz "Wild & Free" Cover Sheet on the Collection Pack
Glitz "Wild & Free" Giant Rhinestones
Glitz "Wild & Free" Bits & Pieces
Glitz "Wild & Free" Title and Accent Stickers
Glitz "Wild & Free" Alphabet & Words Stickers
Other: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists: Primrose & Turquoise, Sharpie Pen and Thread

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week in the Life 2013: Monday

I was inspired by Ali Edwards this week to join in on documenting the details of my life through her "week in the life" challenge. A lot of people end up creating a full paper album documenting the week. That sounded like more than my schedule would allow, so I decided to focus on taking a bunch of pictures this week and then creating a digital book with all of the photos.

Keeping it simple.

I'm sharing some of my photos on Instagram, but didn't want to overflow my feed (aka annoy people) with too many photos each day, so I'm not posting all of my pictures.

Here's a look at day 1 (Monday) for my week in the life challenge.

You can follow along on my Instagram feed if you'd like. I do love Instagram! It's definitely my favorite piece social media right now.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Telling a 6 Word Story

I'm taking Ali Edwards' Hello Story class at Big Picture Classes and a couple of weeks ago the challenge was to create a layout and tell a 6 word story. This sounded like a great opportunity to experiment a bit and try something new.

Here I decided to print out a big picture on Max on his first day of school this year. When I had taken the picture (before I knew about this challenge) I'd intentionally left a lot of open space with the bricks in the photo because I was thinking it would be a cool place for some journaling on a page. Thankfully it ended up being the perfect space for the large title (aka 6 Word Story.)

Every time I use a big photo, I love the results. This is something I need to try more often.

Even though the close up on the big photo was great, I also wanted to be sure and include a full body shot so the plaid short and red shoes could go down in the books as his first day of school outfit. It's all about preserving the little details!

Layout Supplies /// Photo Goes Here Kit /// Snapshot Add-on

Friday, September 6, 2013

Glitz Roller Stamps

This week on the Glitz blog we are featuring ideas using the super fun Glitz Roller Doodle Stamps. I'm not sure what it is, but rolling a wheel style stamp onto projects seems like even more fun than regular stamping.

I decided to challenge myself this week by creating a Project Life spread where I used roller doodles to design many of the sections that went into the pockets. The stamps were used on many of the sections and here's a look at every piece where a roller doodle was used.

Yes, I even rolled right onto some photos. Stazon ink is perfect for photo stamping. The stamping added some fun layering and texture to the backgrounds of the cards.

(You can click on images to make them slightly larger.) I used 5 different roller stamps on this spread. The stamps are from several different Glitz Design lines, but they work together really well.

There are some really great basic patterns that work well for any theme. That triangle roller may be my favorite.

Airport Layout with My Sister /// The Boys /// Lizzie and Audrey /// Saturday Night Talk Time with Friends /// BFF /// Sunday Dinner

School Poem /// Kitchen View /// Jogging & Longboarding /// Wellness Challenge /// Les Mis Movie Night

Thanks for stopping by today!

Glitz Designs "Finnley" 6 X 6 Paper Pad
Glitz Designs "Finnley" Washi Triangle Tape
Glitz Designs "Finnley" Titles and Accents Stickers
Glitz Designs "Finnley" Alpha and Word Stickers
Glitz Designs "Finnley" Drip Patterned Paper
Glitz Designs "Finnley" Stamp Tin
Glitz Designs "Raven" Chevron Washi Tape
Glitz Designs "Dapper Dan" Arrow Wahsi Tape
Glitz Designs "Hello Descember" Plus Washi Tape
Glitz Designs "Uncharted Waters" Roller Doodle
Glitz Designs "Wild and Free" X Roller Doodle
Glitz Designs "Wild and Free" Indie Roller Doodle
Glitz Designs "Raven" Triangles Roller Doodle
Glitz Designs "Dapper Dan" Hello Roller Dooddle

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New Blog Header!

I've had a long list on things that have needed updating and changing here on my blog, but that hadn't quite made it to the top of my list until today.

I was in desperate need of a new blog header. Really. The one that was up there was not working for me. Today I was able to put a new one together pretty quickly with the help of the September Scrapbook Circle printable.

I opened the printable in Photoshop and then cut out the elements that I wanted to use and put them together along with a couple of photos. So easy. I'm really wondering why it's taken me over a year to change out the header.

It's nothing fancy, but it's a nice improvement. There are still several design changes that I'm planning for the blog and this is a good start!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Project Life >>> July 7, 14 & 21

Just wanted to stop in today and share a few of my Project Life spreads from July. Thanks to this album, I feel like our summer is well documented.

Week of July 7, 2013. We finished up our Orlando trip this week with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. We had about three hours there and felt pretty rushed. You could easily spend an entire day there.  We were home on Sunday night and then it was a pretty regular week.

Kennedy Space Center /// Free Slurpee Day @ 7-eleven /// Note from Max to Me /// Pantry /// Stitch Fix /// Tour at the Library with Gramie

Week of July 14, 2013. My sister Melanie and her family were here visiting from NC this week. WE has so much fun playing tourists with them and really enjoyed just being together.

Grand Canyon /// Swim @ the Hotel Pool /// Chipolte Lunch 

Week of July 21, 2013. The highlight of this week was that my braces came off. Hooray! The kids had birthday parties and play dates and of course, chores! I put a Meet the Teacher night photo on this spread for some reason - it should go on the next week's spread. I may fix it and then you can see the photo again on the correct week.

Braces Coming Off /// Harry Potter Party Invite // Meet the Teacher /// Relaxing on the Couch/// Snow Party Invite /// Front Yard Cactus /// Bowling with Friends

There's a quick run down for you on a few of my July pages. Thanks for stopping by today!


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