Thursday, March 16, 2017

Victoria Gardens

Today I'm sharing another Disney page created with the March Main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks. I chose a trio of pretty patterned papers to accent my photos of this colorful but peaceful landscape in Epcot.


Large overlapping banners were arranged vertically on gold-splattered white cardstock. I dressed up the purple print banner with lacy ribbon from the kit:


A fussy cut butterfly lands among a smattering of flowers that were punched from the same prints used to make the banners.  


It's been years since we visited Walt Disney World and I'm thinking it's time to go back!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Farmhouse Style

I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with the HGTV show, Fixer Upper! I love the style highlighted by the show, and have tried to channel my inner Joanna Gaines when decorating various areas of my home. When I poured out the pack of Pebbles' Jen Hadfield Simple Life ephemera, from My Creative Scrapbooks' Main kit for March, my mind went straight to that farmhouse style that I try to emulate, and a page idea was born.

Choosing some of my favorite die-cuts from the pack, I arranged them here and there on the top half of a plain piece of cardstock. I did not adhere anything yet, as I was still playing with the design.


Next, I sorted through the kit's patterned papers (also from Pebbles' Jen Hadfield Simple Life collection) for a contrasting bottom piece. I was a bit indecisive at first, so I snapped a photo of my favorite two choices, toggled back and forth, and ultimately chose the leafy woodgrain (B-side of the Music paper), pictured in the upper left hand photo. Feeling the need for a top border, I tried out both prints again, and opted for the chicken wire print (B-side of Growing Floral), pictured on the bottom right.


Finally, I got out my adhesive and committed to the design, adding the 1/2-inch (chicken wire) strip to the top of my cardstock, the 5-inch (woodgrain floral) strip to the bottom, and the tear strip (stars) from the Music paper along the middle.

Now it was time to attach those die-cuts. I inked edges, arranged and overlapped the many pieces, and popped up several more with foam dots.


On to the bottom part of the page! With the idea of adding my photo on the left, I decided to make a unique embellishment for the right, a dimensional heart. Materials needed were few: A snippet of patterned paper, a paintbrush, white acrylic paint, and a small piece of the priority box in which my kit was delivered.


When the paper was torn off of one side of the piece of box, a layer of corrugated cardboard is revealed. White paint brushed onto this layer gave it a cool, rustic look:


Once dry, I cut out a heart shape from the painted corrugated cardboard, then adhered fussy cut flowers from the Poppies patterned paper:


Before attaching my corrugated heart, I dabbed ink on the paper underneath. This contrast helped to set off my handmade embellishment against the woodgrain floral. The word "home" from the kit's foil phrase stickers fits my theme perfectly.


Finally, I added my photo and title lettering, Pink Paislee white and black letter stickers, layered as shown below, and outlined the white letters with a fine point black pen. 


The result: a little "Fixer Upper" style page that would make Joanna Gaines proud! ;)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Home

I didn't feel like my house was ready for its portrait. There's ALWAYS something else to be done! Trees need trimming, siding needs to be pressure washed, grass needs cutting, garden needs weeding...it's just never ending. So I hadn't taken a picture of our home in quite a while. But when a location scout called us about showing our home to some movie moguls and possibly using it in a film, friends and acquaintances that have never been to my house suddenly wanted a peek! ;)

I went outside and snapped its picture, weedy garden, dead December grass, and all! It's not a McMansion or anything, but it has some cute features, it's our home, and we love it.


The Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook had the prettiest floral papers, stickers, and die-cuts, perfect for adding that touch of spring to my dead of winter photo! 

After cutting large letters from a piece of white cardstock, I backed the openings with four of the kit's patterned papers, adding a birdhouse sticker to the center of the "O" in HOME. Pen-stitching defines the title letters:


All of the adorable die-cuts and stickers in the kit made it easy to assemble a little homey scene at the bottom of the page:


Did you catch how the lace ribbon stretches perfectly into the dips of the chicken wire patterned paper? So sweet! And the teapot is pretty with its floral design, compliments of a clear sticker.

Ultimately our house was not chosen and it will not be making its film debut. But it was fun and exciting to have it as a possibility, if only for a little while! Home sweet home.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bella Notte

The Main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks has some of my favorite paper styles: florals, checks, and two very versatile book and sheet music prints. I managed to combine them all on the following page, along with a favorite photo from one of our Disney World vacations.


When we go to Walt Disney World, we always seem to go in May, and have the good fortune of catching the tail end of Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival. On this particular visit, I captured charming Lady and the Tramp topiaries. 

Bella Notte, the Italian song that plays during the spaghetti scene, was a fitting title, especially as it was applied over the music note patterned paper.


A favorite vignette, a combination of clear stickers, die-cuts, and a phrase sticker is pictured below:


Here's a look at the Main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks, the one used to create this page:


It is full of Pebbles' Jen Hadfield Homemade collection (ephemera, clear stickers, phrase stickers, puffy stickers, and great patterned papers). I have three more pages completed with this kit and will share the next one soon. Ciao!



Friday, February 24, 2017

Vacation Memories

Tommy's mom loved going on vacation with our family. She never ventured into the water, or even down to the beach, but she enjoyed her time away nonetheless. Here's a great photo from several years ago:


The colors and designs of Simple Stories' Summer Fresh (a collection from 2013) were perfect for my photo! The flowers, clothesline and picnic plaid paper screamed summer:


Here are a couple of closeups:



We'll miss having MawMaw with us this year. Chickenfoot and Upwords just won't be the same.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Get Crafty

I pulled out all the pretty, girly papers and die-cuts for this one about what may be a new beach tradition...craft night! There is so much layering going on here:


While the guys, young and old, played poker in one of the condos, the gals gathered to paint and decorate picture frames. We've been on a mission to collect a variety of beer bottlecaps. As you can see, no one minded contributing to the cause!


It's not often that I get to splatter a page with pink and/or flowers, so this was especially fun! That's a little "beach house" silhouetted at the bottom of the page. The "sun" is actually a record die-cut from some Maggie Holmes collection or another. Many of the die-cuts are from the Jillibean Soup Chit Chat Chowder collection.


I should start scouring Pinterest soon, as we will need another project for this summer's beach night craft! Ideas anyone?!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Coach Laura

Swimming was such a big part of Laura's life, so it's pretty cool that she has been able to share her love of the sport with the younger set. 


Coach Laura is such an enthusiastic supporter of her kids. Here she's motivating her group before the Shark's annual intra-squad meet. 


The layers of scallops at the bottom of the page were inspired by all those little swimmers and their caps.


I liked the lower border so much that I created a top one to match. A colorful "fish cap" stands out in each grouping!


Coincidentally, this weekend is the 12 and under Louisiana State Championship Swim Meet. It starts this evening, and I pretty much expect Laura to lose her voice completely by Sunday! Go Sharks!