Friday, May 24, 2013

Hello Summer

It's still been pretty nice here in SoCal so we have been going to the beach here and there on weekends so now I have another beach layout to share.   

I gave up on trying to make my own layout designs so I look to Pinterest for inspiration.  Here is my inspiration (linked to my Pinterest).  I tried to get to the original source but it no longer exists.  Sorry!  

Welp. here you go....


I've been finding a lot of free project life printables and other printables to incorporate into my layouts since  I've been steering away from paper piecing.  You can find my printables board on Pinterest here.  The Hello Summer and the Snap Shot prints are part of my awesome findings on Pinterest that I printed out.  The quality is great!  

Aside from printing elements I also used a new material on my layout that I have never worked with before.  Cork!  I won a Stack-a-holic challenge over at DCWV and part of their prize package included a 6x6 pack of cork board. I used it as the background for the picture.  

Two other techniques I haven't done in awhile was heat embossing and hand stitiching.  I did both on this layout.  I colored the heart in the 2013 with an embossing marker and then added sparkle embossing powder.  I heated it and voila...a pretty glittery heart that was once brown and boring.    As for the stitching, I pulled out my Sew Easy and one of the piercing heads I've never used before and I stitched away.  

The "May" stamp is from Unity Stamp Co.  (LOVE those stamps).  The paper is from DCWV's Surf's Up stack that I purchased from their DCWV Deals site.  I got the picture printed at Postal Pix which is an app you can download to your iPhone.  I know I said I'd review the app but I forgot!  Oops.  

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!!! 


Saturday, May 4, 2013


Happy National Scrapbook Day!  Did you participate in any activities or events to celebrate?  I did!  Well, I only made a layout but I did something right?  

Today I made a layout for Elle's Studio Sketch Thursday challenge.  I believe I recently discovered Elle's Studio via Paper Issues.  Lately I've been wanting to participate in challenges to get me motivated to scrap.  it's been working! 

I printed some Instagram pictures using an app on my iPhone called Postal Pix.  This is my first go at printing Instagram pictures.  I'll give a review of Postal Pix tomorrow.  

Story of the layout
We went to the beach a few weeks ago (yes, it has been toasty in SoCal lately...sorry midwest and east coast ladies!).  I took plenty of pictures of my daughter *discovering* the beach.  She loved it until she face planted and literally ate sand.  Poor thing but it was pretty funny.

And guess what......I pulled out the sewing machine again!  I sewed on my layout again.  This time it came out great!  


Well, great to me since this is like the third time I have ever done this before.  The stitch came out pretty straight.  Yay me! 

I used DCWV's Surf's Up Stack and Recollections open stock paper.  I got the Polaroid frame from  LuScapandCrafts (a freebie!).  I had to convert the file to an SVG.  The stamp is Sandy Toes from Pink by Design.  I handcut the triangles on the banner.  Oh and I sewed them...yes I did!