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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sunset on the beach

Hey everyone...we took a few photos on the beach toward the end of our beach vacation.  Here's a simple page I made to capture those memories:

The background paper is by Stampin' UP.  The title is one I got in the Silhouette Online Store and is cut with my Cameo.  I added some small brads to create the title box.  

I'm ready to put my toes in the sand again!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some Harry Potter Scrapbook Pages

Hi All....remember I said I was on a mission to complete some vacation albums?  I checked off our Europe trip and now I'm happy to say our 2012 Florida trip is done, too.  I've got several pages to share today, all from our time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  The pictures are awful--I'm so sorry!  I had them in the scrapbook and forgot to take photos first.  And once a page protector is on a's not coming off!  So here are several pages from our time in Harry's world:

A simple page, but I'm getting full use out of a font called "Harry P" that I downloaded.

The Harry Potter Icons and the banner are from the Silhouette Online store.  I used the print/cut feature for them.  I added "Hogwarts" to the banner--it was blank as it came from the store.

And last but not least...another simple page featuring things we saw in the park.  I had to add the owl, as my son picked one up just like it as a souvenir.

I have just a couple more photos from this trip to share before I start sharing some pocket pages!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cheerful Birthday Greetings

Hey everyone...I have a super cheery birthday card to share today.  I made several of these and was glad to have them on hand.  They are very versatile to send to friends and family when a birthday pops up on my calendar.  Check it out:

I made this card so long ago that I have forgotten many of the details, please forgive me!  The sentiment is by SU and is from "Bring on the Cake."  The face is a Peachy Keen face stamp.  The papers are by CTMH from the Dream Pop paper pack.  The flower cut...I just don't remember, but it was done using my Cricut.  

What's on your workspace today?  Hopefully something bright and cheery!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Using my brayer...

Hey everyone....a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of taking two classes with Michelle Zindorf.  She creates the most amazing cards, primarily using the brayer tool.  I will fully admit that, despite loving the class and the technique, I do not pick up my brayer nearly enough.  For my husband's Father's Day card, though, I made an attempt at using it.  I'm nowhere nearly as skilled as Michelle, but my husband liked it anyway.  

Check it out:

I used SU Really Rust and Basic Black Cardstock.  The inks were all SU and I used several, but failed to write them down.  The stamp sets are both by SU.  The trees are from the ever-popular "Lovely as a Tree."  The sentiment is from "Love Matters."  I bought that set just for this particular phrase.

My husband seemed to enjoy the card.  I usually make him something with a bike on it, so maybe he just liked the change of pace. 

I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Stamping meets Le Tour!

You all know I love cycling.  Right?  And stamping.  And when I literally stumbled across this blog that combines the two, I instantly fell in crafty love.  You must go for a visit:

She's creating cards with a Tour de France theme.  


Monday, July 7, 2014

Ollivanders - A Wizarding World of Harry Potter Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone...I hope you had a great holiday weekend (if you're in the U.S.).  I have completed our trip to Europe album and am not diligently working my way through our 2012 trip to Florida pictures.  Many of the pages are done, but I have a few yet to finish.  This page is very, very simple, but I love the photos and thought I'd go ahead and share it:

When we got to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we wandered around a bit and ended up in the wand show at Ollivanders.  It was a lot of fun and so very magical!  My son loved taking his time to pick out a wand of his very own...or did the wand pick him?  

On this page, I used the print/cut feature on my Cameo for the journal box.  The font is "Harry P" and I downloaded it from  Really...that's the only design element on this page.  I really couldn't think of anything else and I wanted the pictures and the journaling more than anything.  Sometimes it's OK for pages to be this simple--really, it is!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!