Saturday, May 31, 2014

Monkey On My Back - Scrapbook Steals MWM Daisy #6

 
 Here is this week's Mid Week Mojo from Scrapbook Steals.  They are currently on Daisy #6 and you have until Monday to enter.  If you are interested in learning more or seeing the inspiration piece behind this sketch, please click here to be directed to the Scrapbook Steals blog!

I decided to go digging into some more stash and used some of my September 2013 Cocoa Daisy kit.  This one doesn't seem like it will go far but I have a bunch of random sheets of the Hello Again collection from Carta Bella that I can couple with it (when I find them) that will allow me to stretch the kit.  The intent of the sketch was to have a big dimensional element where the big dots were but I just wasn't feeling up to something that involved when I sat down to work on this layout.  I needed something simple that would allow me to just have fun, so I substituted the large graphic element for a simple confetti print from the Echo Park Photo Freedom collection and then added a large cluster in the top left corner for some added interest.

Sorry for the overexposure here!!  I had the title picked out here pretty quick but after the layout was about done, I realized the title was really lacking in the impact department and when I was looking at the sticker sheet (also Echo Park Photo Freedom) I noticed the stamp set for the kit out of the corner of my eye.  Now, this is where I got brave and didn't even think about it when I was doing it but after the fact, I was shocked that I just went for it when usually I hesitate like crazy on things like this.  I primed the stamps on some scraps and tested the look and liked it.  However, when I did my actual stamping, the stamp didn't leave the best impression (it still isn't as crisp as I'd like but that navy deepens a lot with repeated stamping) so I stamped on top of it.  The last time I stamped a second time I failed miserably, so it was quite impressive (in my humble, opinion) for me to do it here DIRECTLY on my page.  It seems that not thinking about it and just going for it (no testing at all) gave me the best results.  The stamping really draws your attention to the title and gives it a bit of extra impact.  I used Night Of Navy and Coastal Cabana from SU for the stamping and double stamped them both.  The Coastal Cabana stamped just fine the first time but the color needed to be more vibrant.

I'm not sure I love the stamping here, but that's mostly because I didn't plan on it.  I tested the look and realized I accidentally got some left over ink on the corner and I had used a strong liquid adhesive to put this down and there was no way it was going to move to trim that off so I just went for it.  I used one triangle from the triangle I used near the title and then another small triangle from another stamp in the set and didn't bother to double stamp it.  This piece was already tough to stamp considering the banner sticker was pop dotted and I didn't want to risk it.  I used my tag topper punch from SU, twine from the kit, flair from the kit, overlay from the kit and then enamel dots and veneer from my stash to round out this cluster.  I decided to use the twine from the kit rather than finding a teal or red in my stash because of the tiny bit of brown around the circles in the paper that mats my photo.  The overlays were also added because of the brownish hue they have.

 I couldn't believe my luck!  I had JUST reorganized some of my loose embellishments and stumbled upon some tickets that I had won in a RAK and the colors worked perfectly with this layout, so I used it.  The quote on the ticket said something about memories and I would have loved to use it, but the scale was quite large for the layout.  The other ticket that was attached to this referred to brothers, so I'm thinking when I pull in some more of my loose paper from the Hello Again collection, I'll try and use it with some photos of my sons together.    I used the top half of another overlay here, stamped another arrow/triangle stamp from the kit's stamp set and a label sticker from the Photo Freedom sticker sheet in the kit.  The best part was that I finally used one of the epoxy stickers from Dear Lizzy that I've pulled out wanting to use on several layouts but never did get there.  I did pop dot it up because the flair had a lot of dimension and I wanted this cluster to carry a similar weight and after moving it around a lot the adhesive on it wasn't that strong anymore, anyway.  I didn't want this cluster to be as heavy as the ones on the corners, so I opted to leave off the enamel dots here.

 This is the cluster that I started with and I knew right off the bat that I wanted that banner sticker here and I just layered around it.  The flair was one that I made using a digi file from Gossamer Blue that I had had sitting in my stash for a while.  Believe it or not, the hardest part about this cluster was choosing the enamel dots.  I have literally dozens of packages of them and have zero reds that have that pink-ish tone to them, so I opted to use a soft pink that compliments the pink in the stripes and chevron papers.

So I know I cheated a bit and went my own route with this sketch but usually I spend so much time trying to make it follow the major elements of the sketch that I end up dedicating too much time to an aspect that I either don't find worth it or is frustrating to the point of me wanting to not finish the layout.  That is why I opted for something that fit more within how I was feeling like scrapping while still holding onto the overall feel of the sketch.  I hope you take the time to participate.  The prize that I received for winning a couple of weeks ago was amazing.  It must have weighed close to two pounds.  It included a full collection pack from Authentique, some amazing vellum from Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper (the teal bokeh one and the gold doily one), a TON of assorted papers (including a bunch from the collection I used that week that I was SO PROUD to finally put a dent in so that really made me laugh) and several embellishments from Bo Bunny and Prima.  I was blown away by the contents!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Denise

Sunday, May 25, 2014

First Teeth - Scrapbook Steals MWM Sketch Daisy #5

 

Here is a peek at this week's Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo.  If you want more information or to participate, check out the blog post here.  Initially, the plan was for me to tackle this tomorrow because my husband and I were going to go on a day trip to Utah (6 hour drive each way) but I had the notion to check the business hours of one of our stops even though I was certain they'd be open today and their Facebook page stated that they were 'closed until Monday' under the hours of operation.  I managed to call and get in touch even though they were closed so I could confirm which meant completely changing our plans around.  I'm glad to find out before leaving, even if it was at the last minute than to have driven up there and find out but that left me with extra time last night.  I decided to try and start this layout.  After a few unsuccessful attempts with a few collections, I gave up for a while and came back to it with the decision to use my March Cocoa Daisy kit.  I used the same color palette as I did the last time I used this particular kit and oddly enough, used layering in both layouts as well.  The last layout was of my oldest and this one is of my youngest, so at least they won't be going in the same album. ;)

I'm not sure if it was the color palette that I used or what, but after building the paper layers behind the photos and letting the layout sit for the night, the first thing I decided to do when I sat back down to this today was add paper strips at the top and bottom.  Part of it might be that I've been matting my layouts a lot lately as a way to frame everything, but I am pleased with the extra interest the strips give.  I considered adding small clusters to the opposite corners on them, but decided that there was already so much going on in the center of the layout that it would ultimately be too distracting.  I'm not sure if this much 'stuff' thrown onto a layout is really me which leaves me still deciding how I feel about the final result.

I used some MME Necessities and October Afternoon chipboard alphas for my title, layered over it a Freckled Fawn arrow and a couple Studio Calico chipboard stars.  The striped block above looked too bare compared to the two dominant embellishment clusters, so I cut a strip of paper and put the dates of the photos on it.  I had been struggling to determine the best placement for the date, so this worked out to be the perfect location.  Update was the perfect word to add.  I typically don't use photos from different dates on a single layout, unless it's for Project Life, so it was nice to be able to use a stamp I wouldn't normally need.  I also included three strips of a glitter tape that I found at Target.  I have to say that it is not nearly as forgiving as washi and don't think I'll try it again for layering in the future.  I think it will serve much better as a base element.

 The green paper strip on the far left was added after the fact as a way to fill dead space.  I lined it up as best as I could with the green piece on the right to make it appear as though it was a single piece all along.  Building these types of embellishment clusters aren't my usual technique, so it was fun finding different textures to add here.  This cluster consists of the bottom of a Whisker Graphics bag, a piece of polka dot silver vellum from Stampin' Up, Studio Calico labels and stars, and flair from a {flair} for buttons.

This cluster consists of the same elements with the exception of the arrow.  The arrow is either from Freckled Fawn or 2 Peas in a Bucket, I'm not sure which.  I needed something to into the paperclip that I added above the title and I decided on the white because it was a nice pop against all of the heavier grey elements.  It is all so simple to explain, but it took me a lot of messing around, digging through my stash, and pulling apart glued layers to reach this final result.  Individually, the clusters are appealing to me, but I'm not so sure if the embellishments work with the photos or competes with them too much.  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise

Friday, May 23, 2014

Project Life - Weeks 7 & 8

 I kept this week's spread very simple.  I used a variety of cards from kit subscriptions as well as from my Stampin' Up kit.  The color palette this week was black, teal, red, and an orangey yellow.  Initially, I was worried that I wouldn't have enough photos to work with, but thanks to my Selphy being handy, I was able to find 4 more photos from my phone and print them out side by side to fill a few more pockets.

 This title card is way busier than what I normally use, but it looks just fine on the layout because of the weight many of the 4x6 photos give the rest of the spread.  I used some Thickers from my stash that I got at Marshall's, some washi tape, my new Teresa Collins mini alphas, and a couple of enamel dots.  I originally hoped that the alphas would work against the black pattern without anything behind it, but it was quite apparent that wasn't going to happen.  I toyed with the idea of layering the teal washi like I have in the past (and as I did on the February card near the end of the photos) but I really liked how the pattern looked through the teal.

 I didn't have many photos from Valentine's day that I hadn't already scrapped, so I stuck with a photo of my boys (below), the card I received from my husband, and a photo I took at a slot machine where I won a bit of money.  We had planned to gamble for a bit (we never gamble so it was a treat for us) and after the show, we were considering where to go play and I ran into my favorite machine, ever.  My Mom funds gambling when she visits so she has people to play with her and every time I've played at this particular game, I've won.  This wasn't a ton of money compared to my other winnings, but it was enough to pay us back for our dinner and have us walk away with money for the night.  Because of the day Valentine's fell on this year, my husband had to take off from his second job, which is primarily tip based, so it was nice to basically sit down for 5 minutes and win a decent chunk of change to offset him not working that night.

I got these Fancy Pants die cuts from the February Gossamer Blue kit and didn't think I'd use them.  I forced myself to find a few pieces to use since the next time I'll go searching for these kinds of pieces will probably be next Valentine's day and I like how they look.  The off white background on the tickets I used helped to tie in with some of the cards that didn't have a white base.  To top it off, I added a heart from Chickaniddy Crafts.
 
 This is probably as simple as it gets.  I added a label and the date in Stampin' Up Bermuda bay and called it done.  I had planned to go back and add more to most of the plain cards, but after two days and my sons' playing too close to the layout, I decided to call it done to avoid anything happening to it while I thought about what to add.

 The left card is the journaling that goes with our Valentine's Day night out and the right is a home improvement project that we've been working on.  I added a pop of red with this Sn@p label and that was it.

 I have to say that photos like these are among my top reasons for liking Project Life.  I probably wouldn't spend 2-3 hours (that's how long any time of layout takes me...minimum) on a 12x12 page focusing on my son finally starting to brush his own teeth with 'real' toothpaste but it fits in great with this type of memory keeping.  All I used here was the backside of a journaling card from Cocoa Daisy, added the date, journaling and a touch of washi tape to tie in with the piece I added on the facing page.

 I was not sure what I wanted to do with this photo because there were two very different dead spaces on it.  Ultimately, I decided on a simple clear sticker from MAMBI and a circle lable for my journaling.
 The right card is probably one of my favorites!  I love that camera.  I love how everything turned out here, even though it was still very simple.  My only complaint is that my pen 'fell' off the card when I was writing the 'a' before ponytail, but it's done and I'm not wasting such an awesome card.

 The right side of this card contained the tail part of a speech bubble and chances of me using it as a speech bubble were slim, but I like the organic shape of it to help balance out the blockiness of this layout (there are no rounded cards).  I'm not sure how I feel about the three different elements of text at the bottom that are lined up like that, but I didn't find the banner until I had stamped 'let's go' and again, I wasn't going to waste the card. :)

This photo may have warranted a 12x12 spread at some point, but it fit perfectly here.  I used a 4x4 card from the Stampin' Up kit, cropped the photo and lined them up on my work mat to make it 6 inches long.

 I have to admit, the card on the left was one of the first and easiest cards I selected for this spread.  It was absolutely perfect for this photo and between this one and the camera card, I can't decide which one is my favorite from this spread.  I didn't really have much to say about the photo since the check mark in the 'silly' box summed it up nicely, so I swapped out the journaling card I had had on the right with the February calendar card from the Gossamer Blue kit.  I originally didn't have a spot for it and knew that if I didn't use it on this layout, it probably wasn't going to get used so I was more than happy to switch them out.  Besides the title card, I think this ended up being the only filler card on the layout.  The bottom of the card had lines for more journaling and I didn't have anything to say, so I layered a couple pieces of the teal washi tape to completely hide the lines and then added a bit of washi.  I may go back and 'x' out the dates for the layout, but I haven't decided whether or not I want to do that, yet.

I usually keep my layouts about my kids or family activities, so it's nice to toss in things that are going on with me or my husband as well.  Add that in for reasons why I like PL.  The only downside is that I wish this was a happier memory to document.  I also realized after doing the journaling on this card first that the bolder tip of the pen I was using was making it hard for the words to be legible.  I did this card first and didn't want to change it, so I switched to the 01 AC precision pen for the rest of the layout.  It definitely stands out a bit more, but since this is the only non happy memory, it is almost fitting that the journaling looks different than everything else.

I'm pleased that I'm still making progress and that my next layout will push me into March.  I'll even get to document something about me which is something that I don't usually do.  I think the only layout about me was scrapping my 25th birthday right when I started this hobby. 

Let me ask you guys this:  Am I the only person who finds themselves looking mostly through kit subs, cut aparts, and mini kits before anything else?  I have 10 full core kits (many I've split) as well as partials that I've purchased and I don't find myself using very many of those cards, at all.  I think I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of the options!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Denise

Monday, May 19, 2014

10 Months - A Cherry On Top Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #67


Photo: Have fun with this week's Sketch Challenge and grab some Bonus Points! http://bit.ly/sketch67


 
 I'm so happy!  I finally got to use the collection from my recent ACOT purchase that I've been waiting on specifically for one photo I've had sitting here for a while, now.  I scrapbook monthly spreads of my kids and the 10 month image was navy and orange.  I went through my stash and didn't have anything with a lot of navy in it, but knew that the 'That's My Boy' collection from Echo Park had both navy and orange throughout.  I also do them in order, so that means months 11 and 12 haven't been completed, yet.  All because I needed to get my hands on this collection.  The BEST part of this whole thing is that I realized after getting everything together that there were a number of hexagon based stickers in the collection.  I only used one piece from it, but I definitely would have incorporated more if I had noticed beforehand.

That diagonal plaid paper in the background is EASILY my favorite one in the collection.  It is a bit of a busy paper, though.  The sketch for this challenge was perfect because it called for a matted section in the middle for the photo but left a lot of the background paper visible.  The distressed solid orange piece was just enough to balance out the busyness of the diagonal plaid paper.  I made it my goal to emphasize the navy and orange (after all, having those colors was why I put off scrapping this photo for so long) but needed to work with another color to keep the navy from blending in with the photo's backdrop (we used a navy sheet for all 12 month's worth of photos) so I added in the lighter blue and I think the contrast is beautiful.  I was about 90% done with the layout when I decided it needed to be matted.  I had about given up on finding a place to put the navy paper, so I was happy that it worked so well.  I cut through the top and right sides of the hexagons when I cropped the background paper, but I moved the bottom left cluster because the two smaller hexagon pieces would have been cut off entirely.  I also moved the top cluster after mounting the diagonal plaid paper because there was an odd gap between the hexagons and it.

As with all of the other layouts from my son's photo shoots, I use the onesie's sticker as the title element.  The only exception to this will be his 12 month/1 year layout because it was taken with him wearing his custom made birthday onesie.  I didn't do too much beyond what the sketch called for because the hexagons made it incredibly difficult to find homes for any of the clusters, but I liked the hexagons as they were and didn't want to change them more than I had to.  So, I added a banner sticker and a Studio Calico puffy asterisk sticker and called this section done.

I wasn't very original and followed the sketch very closely...including this lovely camera embellishment and that's just fine by me.  I added another banner and a couple of puffy stickers and that was all she wrote.

This space gave me a lot of trouble.  I hadn't yet trimmed down my journaling piece when I wrote out my journaling because I wanted to make sure it would fit.  It fit just fine but left a lot of open space that just looked odd.  Since the blue paper had no pattern, it's bareness really drew unnecessary attention to it.  To remedy this, the first thing I did was add a third hexagon to this cluster and moved it in a bit closer.  The other thing I did was add the details sticker.  This was part of a larger journaling spot that I simply cut down to fit my needs.  My favorite element here has to be that 'awesome' hexagon sticker.  I had noticed the hexagon border stickers on the sheet before, but I felt like this piece was meant to be on the layout when I saw it.  I had to move the title sticker down a bit to make sure it wasn't covering up any of the journaling, but that was such a simple fix.  It filled in all of the extra space after my journaling was done and added another fun burst of orange.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how this layout turned out.  There's nothing worse than putting off doing something for months (for one reason or another) and then to finally work on it and have it turn out badly.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Denise


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Not So Lucky - Scrapbook Steals MWM Daisy #4

 

This is the current week's sketch for Scrapbook Steals.  If you are interested in participating in the weekly challenges, you can view this week's blog post here.  I wasn't really in the mood for 12x12 scrapbooking much this week, but I wanted to make the deadline for this sketch (I still have one more sketch challenge to do this week) so I sat down to scrap a photo that definitely needed documenting.  Unfortunately, this layout just didn't come together for me the way I would have liked.  I had problem after problem.  First, I cut my ONLY sheet of patterned paper WRONG and then I had to print my photo about 8 times after ruining the two Costco prints that I had on hand.  I've been having so many problems with finding an adhesive that I like since running out of my favorite runner's refills (the company is no longer in business and the only place that I know of that has any of it left is Scrapbook Steals in their archive) and rather than fight with the runner I had been using since the refills tend to fail about halfway through and never work properly, I grabbed my ATG.  I really don't like this thing, it's bulky, goes on crooked, and now I can add to it that the adhesive isn't at all forgiving.  I can't wait to find an adhesive that I actually do like, preferably one from a long standing company so I don't have to worry about not being able to find it anytime soon.  On to the layout, though.

Just about everything I used is from 'A Charmed Life' from Simple Stories.  I did add some Sn@p alphas from Simple Stories, MME Necessities Alphas (in the blues), and my trusty October Afternoon 2010's date stamp as well.  My biggest struggle was trying to figure out if wanted to add something over top the blue camera paper where it overlapped with the flower paper but in the end, I couldn't decide on something that I liked and just left it once I decided to add a small cluster to the upper right of the photo.

 I absolutely adore the color palette in this collection but it's all about luck and happiness.  Meanwhile, the photo is of my one year old after he fell flat on his face and gave himself a terrible fat lip.  I figured the easiest solution was to go with it where I could and modify it as needed.  Here I used the Lucky element from the chipboard stickers and added Not So to it.  I then added a chipboard arrow to emphasize that it really wasn't a lucky day for my poor little guy.

This cluster was left relatively simple with the Sn@p alphas layered on top of a label from the bits and pieces package from the collection and a cut apart element from the 6x6 paper pad.  I have a need to have a bit of dimension wherever I can sneak it in, so I also layered a chipboard heart over everything.

I initially had the journaling spot where the sketch indicated that component was to go, but the way I layered the blue camera paper with the photo mat left me with a huge section of the mat as trapped space.  This was the point where I gave up on it and let it sit for the night.  When I came back to it today, I decided to move the journaling over.  I must have been very sleepy last night because it should have been an obvious solution from the get go.  I took a heart die cut from the bits and pieces and chopped off the arrow bits.  I liked the arrow but it was too long.  To make the journaling visible I would have had to move it further right and I would have been stuck with that pesky trapped space issue again.  Instead, I layered a yellow arrow over top the printed parts of the arrow that I couldn't cover any other way.  to add a touch of navy to the cluster, I finished it off with a polka dot heart.

This wasn't anywhere close to being in the plans when I sat down to work on this last night.  I just didn't think there was enough space to fit anything up there.  Once I realized I had a blue alpha set that went well with the navy in the papers, it was easy.  The '!' wasn't going to be added, but the 'ouch' didn't fill the entire white space of the label and I didn't want a random bit of it to be left showing.  Talk about an easy fix.  I think this was the easiest part of the layout to throw together.  Lastly, to tie it in with the other clusters and to add a bit of dimension, I added a chipboard heart, making sure to overlap as many different elements as I could.

And there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Denise

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Project Life Weeks 5 & 6

 I decided to go with a mostly teal and black color scheme for this spread.  I recently received a HUGE order from ACOT that included just about everything that I wanted from CHAW 2014 and while I had intended on diving into that haul with a 12x12 layout, I wasn't quite in the mood.  So, I decided to make another Project Life spread.  I used a variety of cards, including a few  kit subscription cards, Kiwi, Happy, and even a plain grid card.  While I didn't use a lot of products from my recent purchase, the use of Kiwi and Happy was a first.  I also included SEVERAL labels from Kaitlin Shaeffer that were free downloads on her blog (here).  I purchased some of the Silhouette sticker paper last month from Amazon and tested out several.  The turquoise set from her blog didn't quite fit what I was going with, but I used quite a number of the black labels.

 As usual, I began with my title card.  I used a recent release of Mistable Thickers from Studio Calico and colored them in Coastal Cabana from Stampin' Up.  I loved the color but because it is such a soft color as is the grey, they really blended together.  The black polka-dot washi did the trick in making them stand out.  I used an enamel heart from WRMK for some of the darker teal that pops up in bits and pieces on this spread and the tiny alphabet stickers from Teresa Collins' new Essentials line, both of these items were from my recent big haul.  I love how it looks.

 I kept these two simple and just dated them using the same October Afternoon date roller that I use for most of my dating when I don't want a phrase added.  This is the first close up of the labels that I printed up, they are so convenient to have.  The enamel heart is from a Chickaniddy Crafts set that I received in a kit not too long ago.

 This one is pretty simple, the only thing I did differently was mount two photos rather than one.  They were horizontal so cropping them and mounting them side by side was the only logical way to keep them from taking up too much space.  I added a few enamel dots from Basic Grey at the end of my journaling to give the card a bit of dimension.

 This is another card that was kept simple with just a label, a bit of Studio Calico washi and a Freckled Fawn puffy sticker.

 These cards are also pretty simple.  I added the date (trying to make it crooked like the faux washi) with either Momento Tuxedo Black or Staz-On Black and then finished it off with an enamel arrow from MME's Necessities Teal collection.

 I mounted this photo on a 4x6 striped card.  It was VERY bold and VERY hard on the eyes, so I took a plain grid card and trimmed it down.  I used the Stampin' Up PL rounder on one side and my new EK Success Concave Corner punch on the other side and tested them both.  I really like how the concave side looked, so that's the side I used.  I dated the top and added another enamel piece from the WRMK enamel pieces that I used throughout the spread.

 This half of the layout is mostly my son's first birthday festivities, but I wanted to include a few bits and pieces from the rest of the week.  Turns out, we didn't take very many 'fun' pictures that week.  We take photos daily, but I hardly had any printed out.  I decided that this one ultimately wouldn't end up in a 12x12 and decided to include it here.  I didn't embellish this one much beyond a strip of washi and another label with a blurb.  This is actually not as cluttered as my scraproom tends to get when they feel the need to pull out all of their toys.

 This was the point where birthday photos took over the rest of the spread.  I added a couple more puffy stickers from Freckled Fawn, a label and an enamel dot and called this one done.  I did the majority of my journaling on a 4x6 card because it was far easier that way.  I have more to talk about from this event, but I still have a 2 page spread to do just for his birthday and at least a couple of pages focusing on a few highlights.  I kept the journaling here to the overview of what we did with a comment about my niece and her fiance joining us since that likely wouldn't get documented in much detail any other time.  By the time they arrived, we had put the camera away and didn't have any photos of them!
 I didn't add anything to this photo because it really speaks for itself. :)

 Here is the journaling card.  I added a strip of the same washi that was used on the title card to have a bit of balance.  It also helps that this card and the title card are facing each other in the album when the album is closed.  I used my Pebbles Special Delivery boy date stamp (from that big order I just got) to stamp the date, another Freckled Fawn puffy sticker because that space was too bare, a 5 star stamp from one of my phrase roller stamps, and an enamel dot in the center of the camera from the WRMK pack that I mentioned a couple of times above.

 I am a bit sad that the right photo didn't turn out.  It was clear as day that the water was blue on my phone, but it didn't print well.  Oh well, you can use your imagination based on the frosting, I'm sure.  I used my Exacto knife to cut the banners to go over the photo, added a few more of the WRMK enamel pieces, added a label sticker and added in some brief journaling.  The photo on the left is one of many from the last set of monthly photos taken throughout my son's first year.  I love this one but it likely wouldn't have ended up scrapped anywhere else (except for possibly the 2 page spread) so I was more than happy to use it here.

This photo cracks me up.  So much so that I had two printed up.  The poor thing hardly ate any of his cake, but he was at the point in the day where he really needed his nap but it looked more like he had overeaten as opposed to just being tired.  I added a strip of dark teal washi to try and pull some of the darker shade from the left side of the spread and then layered a heart enamel dots (yes, the WRMK set) and a couple of label stickers.

And there you have it, two more weeks done! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Eww Dad, Gross! Layout Share

 I am SO proud of myself.  This layout was done not using a specific challenge sketch.  It's still using a sketch (from PageMaps) but usually I seem to be able to keep up with sketches listed on ACOT and Scrapbook Steals and that's about it.  This one isn't a sketch challenge, it's JUST a sketch.  Today is the last day to enter the ACOT NSD challenges and I was determined to get my name in the hat for another.  I printed out four of the challenges and completed three of them, which is awesome for me.  I used mostly elements from my May Cocoa Daisy kit but the misted cardstock is from an older kit.  I used the Jillibean Soup placemat as a mask before using it as the background on a prior page (here) because I wanted to get double use out of it and because I wasn't sure which I wanted to use when I made that page.  I love that there was a challenge to use a stencil and mist for NSD because this probably would have been left sitting in my stash for a long time otherwise.

Yes, that is a picture of my husband licking our son.  Yes, I photographed it.  No, it is not weird, lol.  Our son had been on a kick of licking everything and everyone and saying he was 'being a dog' when he did it.  My husband finally had enough and decided to get him back.  It was hilarious.  I absolutely love it when I can get Riley's big grins on camera.  I can almost hear him laughing just looking at it.

 I used some Navy Jillibean Soup Beanboard alphas for 'Eww', some very old Thickers for 'Dad,' that were so old they are curling off the backing in the package...gluing them down with Tombow Mono Multi Glue didn't help...they still popped up, and Simple Stories Sn@p alphas for 'gross!'.  My main goal with the sn@p alphas was to bring more red to this half of the page.  The grey cardstock overshadows the red in the mat behind it, so I added several pops of red in an effort to balance out the bolder mat around the photo.

 I used a stash veneer (from a Gossamer Blue kit) and some banners made from a Stampin' Up punch.  All of the flair are from the kit (in fact, I used ever piece from the kit).  This piece I used solely for the 'love' element although it was made to coordinate with a set of stickers from MME's Now & Then line.  I also added photo corners using an EK Success punch I received a couple of years ago in a swap to bring even more red to the right side of the page.  I layered the entire cluster on top of a gold polka dot washi that you can't see much of.  It anchors the cluster nicely and is a fun detail that you might not notice if you weren't looking closely.  It ties in with the piece added below the journaling.

 I punched a tag out of cardstock in the kit from the Stampin' Up tag topper punch (this might be a record for using punches on a layout for me) and I thought it looked too boring.  My number one gripe is that this punch doesn't have a coordinating reinforcer punch.  It dawned on me that my Cocoa Daisy Christmas kit had a pack of Basic Grey vellum stickers from the 25th and Pine collection and the red in it was a nice compliment to the tomato-ey red in the kit.  The hole was too small for the reinforcer so I used a standard handheld office single hole punch.I layered a tag from the kit with a cut apart element from the DITL add-on cards that I purchased, again and stamped the date and 'laugh' from roller stamps.  The date is my trusty 2010's October Afternoon decade roller and 'laugh' is half of a phrase from a phrase roller.  I grabbed two boy potty people and inked them in a chalk ink included in the kit.  The gold elements are from KI memories, also included in the kit and the little heart is from a pack of Lily Bee enamel pieces that I had in my stash.

 This cluster gave me the most trouble because I didn't want it to be too heavy since it was right next to the tag and I wanted that tag to be the focal cluster, but I still wanted something here.  I'm not completely happy with how this cluster turned out because there is so much bare space beneath my journaling but after fussing with it for a good amount of time, I just called it done.  I was worried that I'd end up making it worse rather than solving my problem.  If I happen to think of a way to fix it, then I'll fix it later, but I am not going to sit down and try everything in the kit in hopes that something will work.  This looks fine to me, save for the blank space and worse case, if it bothers me that much, I am sure I can think of something to add to the journaling to solve my problem.  For now, it's fine the way it is.

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise