Saturday, June 25, 2011

He wants to fly!

My dad has been building an airplane for a few years now. It recently hit me that I have never taken a single picture of him throughout the process. Well, I quickly ratified that! I wanted to have this layout done before Father's Day, but it didn't work out that way. I have a habit of stopping in the middle of a page. If I feel like I'm stuck, I'll just put the page away. Later, if I feel a little more creative, I'll come back and pick it up. Pushing myself to do a layout when I don't feel the creativity just results in a page I'm not happy with. So don't feel bad about about stepping away and saying "I'll come back to it later."

When I saw Graphic 45's Transatlantique paper line, I knew that it would be perfect. The colors are very guy-appropriate and it even had an airplane blue print. I have no clue what ribbon that is (it was from my scrap stash), but I hope I can find out soon. It was self-adhesive! All I had to do was peel the backing off and stick it to the page. It was so wonderful and mess free!

All of the yellowish paper is actually index cards. I used Studio G stamp pads in yellow and brown to layer on the color until I got just the right hue. I wanted it to be soft looking and a little distressed.

I've seen some really cute post card stamps, but I don't own one. So I got on Photoshop Illustrator and printed one out onto my post card. Then I added a postage stamp from one of the papers.

The letters got a little lost with the detailed background. So, I outlined the letters with a black ink pen. Hope you all liked it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Ah, bubbly summer layouts! They just make me so happy. These pictures where so bright and colorful, so I wanted to find a paper that went with that feeling. I found this adorable double-sided polka-dotted paper in my scrap stash. (It had no markings on it, so I have no idea who makes it.) The green pattern on the individual circles is the backside. 

I originally had everything on a yellow patterned background. But when I started laying out all the papers and the pictures, it all looked so overwhelming. I replaced the yellow background with a white one and this seemed to let the patterns really pop. However, a new problem arose. All the papers seemed to disappear. So, I put a black edge around all of it. It really gave the colors a great base. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer time is definitely here!

It's summertime. Time for cook-outs, pool parties, and cool treats. Everything gets brighter, and that includes scrapbook papers. Bright Oranges, Crisp Greens, and Lovely Yellows all come out of hibernation. Since Caleb will be heading out for a 2 month long business trip, I decided that it would be a great time to take some pictures of our little family. I wanted to be sure that he would be able to leave with a couple of sweet wallet pictures. Jada (although a little hesitant) warmed up to the idea of pictures.

Once I got all of my pictures printed out, I went to work. Using some of the freebies I won from a Two Peas challenge, I was able to map out my color combo. This is the front of American Crafts- Hello Sunshine- Good Morning Remarks Stickers.

I absolutely loved the green, blue, yellow, and brown. The hot pink was a little too much for me.

Hope you all enjoyed this one. The colors came out really light in the pictures but they look fabulous in real life.

Products Used:
Papers:   American Crafts- City Park
                American Crafts- Cardstock- Chestnut Damask
                My Mind's Eye- Head in the Clouds
                My Mind's Eye- Where the Heart is
Stickers: American Crafts- Hello Sunshine - Good Morning Remarks Stickers

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mini Album Surprise

I've been away for a while working on a surprise project. And here it is!

My wonderful FMIL and I decided to do a mini album swap. This obviously took me a long time. But I finally finished it. I tried to make it look like an old Victorian house.

This mini album was secured using hair elastics. You can see a close up of them in the image below.

The brown tag fits into the pink pocket for a journaling spot. The pink pocket then fits into the brown pocket for yet another.

I used a 3 inch span of floral ribbon to make a pocket. It was secured on three sides by Glossy Accents.

The orange circle is actually a can top from a frozen juice can. After it was washed, I cut out some pretty paper to fit inside of it. Then I filled it in with glossy accents. On the back, I attached another circle of solid Cardstock to give a nice journaling spot.

Here's a close up of what the 'siding' looks like. Each strip of paper was secured with Terrifically Tacky Tape. Hope you all enjoyed this!

List of Products Used:
Coredinations Cardstock
SEI- Morning Meadow Collection- Hazel
Kaiser Craft- Chanteuse Collection- Eco
                  English Rose- Florence
Webster's Pages
Paper Pizazz- Tan Catalog
We R Memory Keepers- Grandma's Kitchen- Pen Pals
Prima accents
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Glossy Accents