Friday, August 30, 2013

Hipsters Layout

I finally made a layout of my other kid.  Poor neglected kid,  I know...bad mom!  I recently bought DCWV's Neon Chic Stack with my daughter in mind.  I figured I'd get plenty of use out of it with all the neon and 80s colors she wears.  I was correct!

I used some Unity Stamp Co. stamps on my layout.  Did you see their latest sale?  55% off everything!  I have my order in.  :)  

My inspiration came from the current issue of Paper Issues.  I used this sketch to create my masterpiece!

Here is my work of art....


Pretty hip.  I try.  :)  She actually came in and said she really liked the layout.  Makes up for me being a bad mom when it comes to scrapping her pictures!

Rosette Tutorial

I had a request from a fellow crafter to make a video on how to make a rosette. The video is somewhat of a mess.  The format it was recorded in couldn't be edited so no pretty titles or anything.  Also the dang rosette gave me issues...of course!  But I carried on and finished. 

Here's the LINK!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vroom Vroom

Happy Monday all.  Yea, I only say that because I'm already off work and sipping on a glass of wine.  :)  When I woke up this morning I wasn't so happy.  Tired is more like it.  Well this weekend I decided to play along with the DCWV Stack-a-holic Template Challenge.  I usually do so no surprise there.  I almost thought I wouldn't make the deadline this time though so I had to haul butt.  

This month's challenge was pretty fun.  I really liked the layout.

Here is my rendition.

Oh I know it sort of doesn't make sense that I have Vroom Vroom as the title but it did before I added the frames.  My daughter was in one of those car shopping carts.  Before I had to alter the picture you could see the steering wheel.  In the bottom small picture you can see it.  Hope it makes sense now.  

I used DCWV's Celebration Stack for this layout.  It worked great with the colors of the picture.  
The Polaroid frame and the two smaller frames are from the Basic Grey line.  I found them at Joann's on sale awhile back.  I finally had a chance to use them.  
I designed the title in Silhouette Studio, layered it, and embossed it.  
Oh and guess what!  I FINALLY learned how to make rosettes the proper way.  I always somehow just made up ways to make rosettes.  Yea, don't ask.  I have had a hate hate relationship with those pretty things for two years now but I finally figured it out and now I like them. 

The "Enjoy the Ride" tag is from Chic tags and is a free printable file.  I found it via Pinterest.

I can't leave out my fave twinery right?  The pretty pretty and perfectly coordinated twine is from Trendy Twine.

I hope you enjoyed my layout.  Now back to my wine and cooking!


How did I miss this? I was featured!!

Paper Issues Blog Design
Hi all. I just came across one of my layouts on the Paper Issues blog. I had no clue I was featured! So cool! How did I miss that? The blog post title is "Project Life Favorites"...makes me feel awesome! Check out which of my layouts made the cut HERE!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Home Wall Decor

Finally!!  After well over a year...actually maybe two...I finally finished a home decor project.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.  The project uses canvas, paint, Mod Podge, and scrapbook paper.  I have already played with Mod Podge on frames and such so I was pretty comfortable using it.  I recommend getting used to it before embarking on this venture.  I'll explain why in a minute. 

For now enjoy the pictures.  :)  I'm so proud of it!It matches so well with the painting I have up.


Now on to the how to.....

12'x12" Cardstock
12"x12" canvas
black paint
paint brush
Mod Podge
 sponge paint brushes

I purchased white canvas because that was all they had.  I decided to paint it black (live that song!), hence the paint and paint brush.  If you can get ahold of black canvas you are in luck and can skip that part or if you want white background you're good too!


1.  Paint canvas black.  Let dry.

2.  Once dry apply Mod Podge or any adhesive to the canvas liberally and evenly.

3.  Place cardstock on top of glue making sure it is straight and there are no bubbles.  Let dry.

4.  Once dry apply Mod Podge using foam brush to top and sides of canvas.  Don't glob it on or else paper  will really bubble up (ask my husband about that!).  If paper bubbles a little don't worry it should go down.  Let dry.

5.  Repeat step 4.

6.  You're done!!  Now hang them up!  

So my husband had no clue that if you dumped globs of Mod Podge on the paper it would bubble up.  I probably should have warned him.  The ones he did are questionable and lumpy but oh well.  I still hung them up bubbly and all. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Love in an Instant Layout

Happy Saturday everyone!  I got a little scrapbooking done today and used my brand spanking new Silhouette Cameo.  I love the thing.  Granted, I have the Silhouette SD and love that so I knew I'd love the Cameo as well.  

Today's layout is my entry into Unity Stamp Co.'s stamp challenge for August which you can get to using this LINK.  Here's inspiration:

The challenge is to use the card or scrapboook template as inspiration or you can use the color palette.  Either one works.   The only real rule is that you use Unity stamps on your project.  Easy enough for me since I have plenty, although not enough!

I ended up doing the layout challenge using the color palette.  I didn't exactly mean to use the color palette but it just ended up that way.  In fact When i was trying to figure out what colors to add for some "pop" to my layout I realized I was using the pinks and browns of the palette.  With that I decided to incorporate the blue and green as well.  Why not?  I was stuck so that was perfect!

OK, so on to my layout!!

The "Love in an Instant" sentiment comes from Unity's {insta-live, love, dream} stamp set and the "life documented" sentiment was a freebie I received with an order.  Super cute right?  I am in love with these stamps.  Too bad money isn't infinite.  I would be the proud owner of many many more sets.

The background paper is from DCWV's Sweet stack.  I double layered the flags and the butterflies for dimension.  With the large butterflies I layered with a dark blue under and the green on top.  The blue on the large butterfly bodies actually comes from the body of the itty bitty butterflies I have on the page.  Well, not those but others that I cut out.  I don't have any of those cool pearl glue things so I had to improvise.  Not too shabby of an idea though.  Worked great!!

The pink rectangles I used with the lattice cutouts come from My Thoughts Exactly.  It was a Project Life Freebie card.  I sized it down a bit to fit my needs.  Here's the LINK to the freebie.  Thank's Alyssa!!

Hope you have a great weekend. Now off to link my project up to Unity's challenge.