Friday, June 25, 2010

Jaxon - the timeout dog

Wow, it's only Friday and I've taken on this week's Sketchy Thursday challenge! Woot woot! I must admit, I was a little intimidated by this one ... took away some of the key points of the sketch - the horizontal strips of paper, the diagonal photo placement, and the multi word title.

Here's my layout ~ my adorable troublemaker. I'm pretty sure on the day I snapped these pictures he had just knocked over the trash can in the office and had a field day! Once Dave caught him, he goes though the timeout HAHA and this happens every time!

I really love how this all came together! I used DCWV Animal Crackers stack for the strips of paper - the circle paper is very glittery. The title is cut from my Cricut/Sure Cuts A Lot with the Juice ITC font (a new favorite). I used a file folder to cut my little journaling tabs.

And then cut the doggie from Create A Critter at 3 1/4". I spent about a half our cutting his layers in various colors and piecing him together to look like Jax - but nothing was really working so I just cut him as he is in the handbook. Still adorable. I used some lime stickles on his collar to bring out the glitter in the patterned paper.


Papercraft Star Challenge #1!

The first challenge is up at Papercraft Star! Just use this Etsy shop photo as inspiration for your project!

I made a scrapbook page for my first DT submission! I had to try out these crocheted flowers that I have seen blooming on scrapbook pages all over the blog world. I ordered mine from this Etsy shop!

This is my sister-in-law and her new fiance! He proposed in January. Love these black and white photos that my other sister-in-law took at Christmastime.

I loved working with these crocheted flowers! I added an Imaginisce pearl brad in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope to see your project at Papercraft Star this week! :)


Monday, June 21, 2010

My "baby" brother

Love this new sketch featured on both The Scraproom blog and Sketch Inspiration ning.

I decided to do a picture of my "baby" brother and I from last summer - also qualifying for my friend Abby's challenge of using stars and stripes. I used Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love collection again today.

Thanks for looking! Happy first day of summer everyone :)


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Birthday Card

Watching the U.S. Open at the beautiful Pebble Beach with my hubby today. Just finished a birthday card we need to send, using the latest Cardablilities sketch:
I really love working with these brackets :)

The scallop stamp is from Imaginisce's Snag 'Ems line. The yellow patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Little Lovebug!

Using sketch 68 from The Scrappiest blog, I did today's daily layout challenge over at Scrappin-n-Chattin. We needed to use a buggy embellishment. You also got a bonus entry, if you followed the 1, 2, 3 recipe - 1 word title, 2 pictures, and 3 embellishments. I considered "lovebug" one word since "ladybug" is one word. Right? lol.

This is my niece Alexandra and I.

The title and 2 ladybugs are cut from Create a Critter cartrdige; aren't the adorable?

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Brotherly Love

Another layout for the North Carolina vacation album :) This time using the latest Sketchy Thursday sketch:

This is my husband and brother in front of the Wright Brother's monument.

I used Cosmo Cricket's Lil' Man for the background paper (cut in half at 6" to show the double side and hiding the seam with a red scallop trim). And that cute cloud embellishment? You guessed it -

Create a Critter !! LOL. This cartridge is so versatile. This is the little elephant's phrase button.


Just Us

My husband just returned from a week long golf trip in North Carolina. Needless to say, I was happy to see him! We were lounging on the couch, catching up with each other, when - in true Jaxon fashion - our puppy climbed up on the back of the couch and belly flopped between us! I know he missed Dave as much as I did (maybe even more!).

The main reason I scrapbook, is to chronicle our everyday life - all these memories I don't want to forget. As we discussed plans for our family's future, I was thinking in that moment that I wanted to remember what it was like when it was "just us". When our 4 legged son was the center of our home life.

So, using My Minds Eye's sketch, "I remember" prompt and the Be Loved collection - I made this layout 2 days later.

I used red floss to stitch the title and the buttons, and a teal floss for the lines around the photos. I also printed the photos in Sepia tone for a softer feel :)

Thanks for looking! TGIF! :)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

11 Photo Layout

These are pictures of my husband, brother and cousins playing pool at our beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina - last summer. I knew I wanted to "build" a pool table as a photo mat, but it was my friend Michelle's inspiration to cut the photos into cirlces to look like balls that sealed the deal. I *love* how it turned out (even though it took me 3 hours - okay I was not supposed to admit that LOL).

Here is the first page:

I used green cardstock for the center; strips of brown paper for the sides, white squares corner rounded and black circles to do the table. The title and embellishements are Jolee's stickers. That's my hubby and me on the "magic 8 ball" - okay so I know nothing about pool and was just a cheerleader for this event.

This page is my favorite part - Michelle cut the circles out for me with her Creative Memories circle cutter "thingy" :) 10 photos !!

Here his how it looks together -

A close up of the pop-dots (I think i went through a whole pack!)

I love when a layout takes a complete opposite direction you were going for but turns out twice as good as thought it would ;)


Monday, June 14, 2010

Oh boy!

.. is my cousin's little guy Gabe fun to watch! He is almost 3 years old and was hanging out at my house last summer. It was going on 11 o'clock and after a long day of playing I was hoping he'd fall asleep on the couch with me until his Mom came to pick him up..
Dave came over to snap a picture of us and Gabe said "Shh, Suzy is sleeping!" I started cracking up, which made HIM crack up. Which made for an adorable page of candid, funny pics. The embellishments are My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope collection from a Peachy Cheap deal I ordered a few weeks ago.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hershey Park

A quick layout tonight for the everyday layout challege. I used the DCWV Animal Crackers stack. I cut the sun from Create a Critter and embossed the orange layer with D'vine Swirls on my Cuttlebug.

I promise it's straight in real life!

TGIF tomorrow :)



It's my first day of summer vacation! Lots going on today; so a quick "hello" card using this sketch from Papercraft Star.

I used my Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6x6 deck and some flowers and buttons from my stash. It was tricky lining up my threading water punch around the corners, but I like how it turned out.

Hope you're having a great Thursday!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shopping with my BFF :)

Tomorrow is the last day of school! My first graders made little memory things and I was cracking up at them saying "you'll be my BFF forever" :)

So I decided to do a 2 page layout using this sketch from Let's Scrap of me and my BFF from college.

My friend April always has these awesome flowers on her layouts and I decided to channel my inner April tonight. I cut these in various sizes from the Create a Critter cartridge - it's the accessory for the lil hedgehog.

I inked them in brown, rolled the pedals toward the middle, and topped with a pink floss knot on a brown button. The papers are the luscious Basic Grey Indian Summer 6x6 pad.

I hand cut the shadow in beige to make them pop from the layout.

Here's the first page... She treated me to a day of shopping at King of Prussia Mall, near where she lives - a month before I got married. We had our make-up professional done, I bought this dress for the rehearsal dinner, and other goodies too.

It was a fun day, with lots of wedding preparation crossed off the list. The title font was downloaded from this site and cut with my Sure Cuts A Lot / cricut.

Here they are together..

Thanks for looking~!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Father's Day Coupon Book Tutorial

I made this cute little coupon book as a gift for Dad and thought I would share how to make it for Pam's challenge over at Ideas for Scrapbookers! :)

First, I designed the inside pages. There are 12 coupons in all! I am sharing the files so you can make your own coupon book. Click here to download page 1 and page 2; pick and choose the ones that apply to your Dad.

I trimmed the coupons, leaving the margin on the right hand side. I scored with my bone folder and gave it a good crease (folding back and forth). Once the coupon book is together, this step will make it easier for the person to flip through and also tear out. I also hole punched each page twice.

I used the new Basic Grey line Max and Whiskers for the front and back covers. I made these pages a 1/2 inch larger on both sides. I also scored and hole punched them, making sure everything aligned. I inked these in brown, too.

I put the coupon book together with 2 screw themed brads. Love these!

Flipping through...

Embellish your cover however you'd like. I cut this top note shape from the Create a Critter cartridge in teal, using my white gel pen for stitching lines. I cut the "DAD" letters with a storybook like font with my Sure Cuts a Lot in brown.

I hope you like this project and possibly use it for that Dad that has everything! :) Please link back your project if you used my file so I can see your creations!

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