Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SO cuter than smashed!

Now I have to admit that I have been tempted by the Smash Books or other journals, because I just love them, but they are not exactly my style. Since I LOVE patterned paper, I really have to have yummy papers for any book of mine. Also,if I am taking a book on a holiday with me or anywhere for that matter, it needs to fit into my camera bag. So check this out! I made my own Disney Moments to Remember journal/book using Basic Grey "Out of Print" and "Indie Bloom" collections and Basic Grey Stamps. It's mostly for memorabilia, quotes, stories about our trip and other things that I know I will forget if I don't write them down. From our past trips I have piles of little papers and memorabilia and they are in baggies, so I don't always think to look thru them when I start a layout. This is way cooler.

My good friend, Kristin, let me use her binding thing and I made a thick chipboard cover because I will be VERY rough on this book. The pages are 4.5 x 6" and I think its a perfect size. For the pages, I have used half cute patterned papers and half watercolor paper. Since I know this will get very bulky I wanted an elastic band to hold the book closed and this old Basic Grey stretchy ribbon is PERFECT!!! I got a sharpie pen to attach, and I just had to buy the dotty tape for attaching random things. If you don't have these
BG fluffy felt flowers, you just have to get some because they are just too stinkin cute for words! LOL!

Ok here is where it gets really fun - the inside! I made a few pocket pages. I also got a pack of "Out of Print" die cuts and put the larger ones in one of the pockets, and the small ones are in a little baggie in another pocket. I also used some of those cool BG journaling stamps to make extra tags and of course you must have punched Mickeys and Castles. Well, I must. The best part is that if you put double sided tape on the backs, they are now stickers for when you are on the go and don't have glue.

I attached some of the big die cuts to the pages and added some of the stamps - because it's fun. Then I used my old Twinkling H2O Watercolors to coordinate the boring watercolor pages with the cute patterned paper. I took the photos with the sun at an angle so I am kind of hoping that you can see the bit of sparkle in the watercolors. You have to have a bit of sparkle for Disney, you know. :)

And then in the very back of the book I made an envelope with a tie closure to hold things like those receipts you get at Disney for the goodies that you buy and are having delivered back to your resort. I have to confess that I am seriously thinking there need to be 3 envelopes just for those receipts....so I may have to add on. LOL! I hope you guys will give this a try because this is such a fun project. I am trying to find another reason to make one!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Black, White, & Grey...

Color Combos Challenge #206 is live HERE! It certainly was a challenge for me this week because its a monochromatic combo and you guys know I love lots of colors. I do love a challenge though and I had fun creating this layout with a photo of my black, white, and grey piles of fur! I even found a piece of black boa that looks like the fur that I am cleaning up all the time. LOL!

I used some older Basic Grey Black tie collection along with this specialty paper that has thick flocking from Hobby Lobby. The white stamped design is the ancient Making Memories foam stamps with white acrylic paint. Do you guys still have any of those? if so, pull them out and give it a go! I sort of splattered the background with charcoal Glimmer Mist and then with a bit of black acrylic paint. I actually just put a wooden skewer into the paint and flicked it onto the page and it worked pretty well. The adorable little kitty is cut from a super old piece of Daisy Ds paper and the hearts are from an old print that didn't have the name anymore. :) How's that for going back into the stash!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Did you know...

This page is for a Disney Scrappers Challenge called "Did you know that...?" One of the main differences between a Disney park and all the rest are the little details. Most of them we walk right by, never noticing them and often if we do notice, we have no idea of the significance. This challenge is to focus on the kinds of little details most of us just walk right by. I know I have many that I could have chosen, but I thought of the liberty bell first.

I made Sketch #63 for SketchSavvy using this layout. I also have included the cut file for this border with the Sketch HERE

I used K&Co Americana collection with an older piece of MME 29th street Market paper.

Friday, August 19, 2011

in the shade

My mom is the most creative person I have ever met, just saying. Anyway, when my brother was little and we pretty much lived at the lakehouse, in the water, she found a way to keep him in the shade that was was pretty clever. She had Daddy stack rocks around a giant beach umbrella next to the dock so they could play in the water. Of course I probably wouldn't stay anywhere near the shallow shady water and there was always alot of zinc across my face. LOL! So when I saw this weeks Color Combos Galore Challenge #205 inspiration photo, I knew I wanted to scrap this photo for the sort of vintage look. Not sure if 1971 counts as vintage, but it certainly isn't new. I went super light on the colors and used alot of the light color so that my dark photo would work. Then my photo made the colors look a bit lighter than they really are because I do not have shade here. If anyone wants to send me some rain, I would appreciate it.

I used My Minds Eye papers from the Out & About collection. The straw sun shape is just a christmas ornament or tag I picked up somewhere, and the corded twill is something from the drapery department at JoAnns. I even found some Magic Mesh for more of the basket look. Oh and I used my October Afternoon Sprinklers for a bit of spritz on the background. Love those Sprinklers.

This Color Combo really inspired some creative and stunning layouts by our Design Team, Check them out HERE! and then pull out your papers and join us :) it's alot of fun and I know you guys have these colors in your stash.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Crazy Years

I got this awesome photo of Fig on his birthday this year so I had to do a page showing how much he has changed. The little photo was the day we brought him home. He is just a mess most of the time, but he is very sweet beautiful kitty. Oh he doesn't like anyone who doesn't normally live here and he does want to chew up EVERYTHING. LOL!

I used the New DCWV Lemon Flower stack because its so totally perfect for Figaro's fur and eyes. If you haven't seen this stack, check it out HERE. I found a really fluffy button that had to be used too. I took one close up with the sun highlighting the glossy glittery bits because this paper is pretty cool. I cut the title from the smaller 4x6 mat stack patterned papers.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Beachy Combo

This is going to be a super fun month at Color Combos Galore because there are some great summery inspiration photos with fantastic colors. This week Color Combos Galore Challenge #203 is super beachy with a fun challenge to use something translucent like the beautiful beach glass in the photo. I just had to find some of my beachy photos to scrap. And I chose to use vellum for flowers for translucent, but I also painted Twinkling H2Os sparkly watercolors around the perimeter for a sheer bit of color. I used My Minds Eye papers from the Stella and Rose collection and also from the Lime Twist Collection. The background is a Basic Grey Basics paper. For the title, I borrowed an idea from my friend, Madeline, I mixed up some Basic Grey Chipboard alphas, used white crackle paint, then sanded. (thanks Madeline!) I added a shell trim and some sequins for a bit of fun.