Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, book lover! (and my update on my crafty goals for July)

Hey everyone...shortly after school starts, our media center coordinator at school (what was known as a school librarian when I was a kid) will celebrate her birthday.  She's a phenomenal asset to our school and I credit her with helping foster my son's love of reading.  She has always taken a special interest in my kiddo and has often gone above and beyond to be helpful towards him and our whole family.  I wanted to maker her a special card to acknowledge her special day:

Materials used:
Cardstock: SU
Patterned paper: Out of the Blue by MME Lime Twist
Sentiment: Mega Mixed Messages by PTI
Image stamp: Hedgie Reading Books by SP&Company
Copic Markers
Cateye Chalk Ink

So....for July here's a rundown of my crafty goals:

Create More:  I made 15 shirts, 10 layouts, four cards, one necklace and two "other" types of things. I am happy with this amount of output.  Many of my layouts were pocket scrapbooking, which is totally new to me.  I'm struggling a bit, but giving it a good try.

Spend less:  I spent some $$ in July.  I picked up a pocket scrapbooking "kit" at my LSS.  It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I got it anyway.  I'm having buyer's remorse.  I should have looked online for exactly what I had in mind.  I also bought some supplies today to try my hand at glitter ornaments.  $20 in glitter seems ridiculous.   I think what is happening is the longer I've gone without spending money on craft supplies regularly, the harder it is getting for me to do that.  It's weird...I'm sitting on about $200 that I've allocated for new stamps and cardstock and I have yet to see a stamp set that has caught my eye.  Any suggestions?  I really need some sympathy stamps, if that helps!

Be "PRESENT":  I think I'm doing pretty well with this.  There's times I've put off doing some cleaning project or something else I "should" be doing just to sit on the porch and talk to my husband.  Or to feed the fish in the pond with my son.  Or to attempt to put the world's most frustrating puzzle together as a family.  Or to ride our get the idea.  I'm trying to be more fluid about just going with whatever is happening at the moment.  That will likely work for the next six days, until school starts again and the routine of that becomes second nature.  OH!  And I took some classes at our local bead store.  I went all by myself and had a really good time.  The projects were cute and I look forward to making some fun things for myself and to give as gifts.

What do I want to do in August?  Keep scrapbooking.  I'm enjoying it again.  As much as I struggle with pocket scrapbooking, I do love a challenge and I'm glad it's re-energized me to get some layouts done.  Also, I want to create some things out of supplies that are in my room (jars that need personalized, frames that need something in them, etc). What's the point of storing all that stuff?!  And lunch with friends....I really need to catch up with my girls.  I've missed my mom-friends this summer.  Time to have some lunches out again!

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More happy mail....

Hey everyone...I have another lovely card to share today that I received for my birthday.  This one is from my Mom.  I have some great memories of my my sister, Mom and I making cards during some of my visits back to my home town.  Hopefully we can stamp again soon! 

Aren't those butterflies pretty?  Such a striking card with the red and white.  Thanks, MOM!!

Have a super day!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: Beach Boy

Hey everyone....if you've been reading along with me for the last couple of weeks, you already know that I'm giving pocket scrapbooking a try with some vacation pictures I took last summer.  I thought I'd be able to get by with just one box of page protectors, but that was just not working for me.  Today I am sharing a page using a new to me layout style.  Check it out:

I found three pictures of my son that I could cut down into four inch squares.  I used the last block for my title, which is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.  All papers are scraps of Echo Park that I have used on previous projects.  I'm so loving using up scraps!  I also added a few tiny yellow brads in my title box.  It added a little dash of color and texture.  Believe it or not, I still am finding the pockets hard to work with...the layouts being preset are a bit creatively stifling for me. Maybe it will get easier....I hope!  But I do like how the pages look.  It's worth the time it takes me to put this together for the cohesive looking pages.

Gosh....our summer break is quickly coming to a close.  My son will be going back to school to be a fifth grader in a little over a week.  I just can't believe how fast our summer went by.  I have really enjoyed having him home and am not quite ready to send him back to school.  He enjoys school and has great friends, but I'm realizing how fast time is passing by and how in the blink of an eye he will be spending more and more time away from us.  I'm doing all I can to cherish each moment...and to make sure our memories are documented.  So if you are disappointed that you're not seeing as many cards on my blog...I'm sorry, but I do hope you enjoy a little bit of a change of pace to more scrapbook pages.  

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Mail!

Hey everyone...I mentioned that I celebrated my birthday last month.  I turned 29 (again!!!!).  And I will continue to do so indefinitely (snort!).  Anyway, over the next few weeks, I'm going to share some of the very sweet and thoughtful cards that I received for my birthday.  The first one is from my amazingly creative cousin:

A card fit for a summer birthday, right?!  I love it!!  And it looks like she put some great punches to good use.  This card sure made me smile!

Thanks for popping by today!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card

Hey uncle is turning 75 this summer.  He's a big fan of John Deere tractors, so when I made his birthday card--I kept the color scheme to green and yellow.  It's a simple card, but I love the result.  Check it out:

How I did it?   I started with a green card base using SU cardstock.  I had a yellow piece in my big blue tub o'scraps that was the perfect size.  I then ran a piece of white cardstock through my Cuttlebug with a Darise embossing folder (it has swirls on it).  I filled each hole created by the embossing folder with green and yellow Liquid Pearls.  The big stamp is by CAS-ual Fridays and is from "Shenanigans".  The inside says, "Now blow out that bonfire!".  Love it!!

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: Surfer Boy

Hey everyone....hope you are doing well!  I'm chugging right along on this Florida book.  Today's page features pictures of my son enjoying some time in the ocean.

I'm still working with pages of that same original layout, but that will soon change!  I definitely needed to mix things up a bit!  I simply made two of my own little journal cards for this page.  I really didn't care too much about that extra beach photo, so I just cut it in half for the center spots.  

I'm still feeling really good about the amount of scraps I'm going through, and with the amount of stickers that I'm using on this project.  What I'm not liking?  Besides having to worry about the orientation of the pictures....well, my Cameo seems to be struggling to cut some of the paper bits as small as I need them to be.  Maybe it's time for a new blade?  I don't know, but it's been a tad frustrating.  Maybe that's making letter stickers look super appealing to me right now!

Have a super day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(Love) my guys...pocket scrapbooking

Hello!   Today's pocket page focuses on some pictures I took of my husband and son on our Florida vacation.  Check it out:

I used the same layout again, but I realized I needed more variety--so at this point I went back to Michaels and got another variety pack of the pages so I had more than two to work with.

This is the first time I could crop my picture to fit in this little spot!  And...I used my SU pennant punch to fit in some scrap pieces across this title block.

I really like using stickers on these journal blocks.  I don't use a lot of stickers in traditional scrapbooking, but for some reason I'm finding them easier to use in this format.  When I bought these pages, I did pick up a box of journal cards that were nothing but lined cards.  I used one here, but cut it down so it looks more like a Polaroid photo.

That's all for today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: The Florida pictures continue

Hi I'm still plugging away with  my vacation pictures and I'm learning a lot as I go with my journey into pocket scrapbooking.  The page I'm sharing today is the backside to my opening page.  I have learned really, really quickly that I need to take a couple of versions of pictures so that I can have both orientations to choose from when laying out my pages.  Because of having to really think through how my pictures are going to fit, I can't say that this has been a faster process for me....yet!  Check out my page:

So here's the page....I decided to focus on the very beginning of our trip.

I actually had journal card that was perfect for the page.  I made the coordinating sun piece.  I cut the sun on my Cameo and used some scrappy bits for the background.

More scraps!  I journaled on a small piece of Echo Park paper that I had left.  The right box uses some Echo Park stickers and letter stickers that I had purchased from Creative Memories a long time ago.  I see some letter stickers getting used up in this album!

Overall I was happy with the result, but am surprised how long these pages are taking me.  And compared to other pages I have viewed online, my pages are super simple.  Maybe I'll get the hang of this soon....fingers crossed!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking....Our second Florida vacation

Hi everyone....I decided to give pocket scrapbooking a try for the photos we took during our second trip to Florida in 2013.  I have been pretty vocally opposed to this style of memory keeping, but I am very far behind in working through my photos and frankly, could not think positively about traditionally scrapping more beach pictures.  I figured this was a way to "dip my toes" into this style to see if I like it.  Now....I'm challenging myself to continue to use what I have for this album.  I had to purchase the album and some page protectors, but I am hoping that I can use things from my stash to decorate the pages and journal boxes.  Wish me luck....   

With all that said, here's my first page:

I started by sorting my photos into groups based on where we were, what we were doing, etc.  This batch captured the "overall feel" of our trip.  The sandcastle where we wrote the city and date.  We always do that when we are at a beach!  I also captured our beach views and a view of our hotel from the water.

Now....the journal boxes.  I had to put myself in the mindset that these are almost little cards.  That helped me get passed what to do with four little boxes all lined up!  For the first one, I just cut out the shape of the state using a file from the Silhouette online store.  I added a border that was a scrap from another page I had made and added stickers for a title.  Those stickers are probably 7 years old, but I liked the size for this little block.  The next one is a pre-printed Echo Park journal box.  I simply wrote in my information.

The next two posed a great challenge to me.  So I found some Echo Park stickers and simply stuck them down on some coordinating paper scraps.  I keep all my Echo Park scraps in one portfolio and I think I'll be using a lot of them on this album. 

So far so next challenge will be to fill in the back side. That's the part I think will be hard for me.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The last page...

Hey all!  So apparently I did not plan the end of my Florida album very well.  I had an extra blank page left.  Well....that's not going to do, right?  I had to do something with it, but really didn't have any photos left that I needed to scrapbook.  So here's my filler page:

I made a simple "farewell Florida" page using all cuts from the Silhouette online store.  I added some Stickles to the center of the sun, but otherwise kept it rather straightforward.  I think it's the perfect ending to a great memory book!