Saturday, August 30, 2008

My 4 year old

My tiny man just turned 4! I can't beleive how the time just flies on by! I just had his pictures done and scrapped them up tonight.
This first LO is done on Fancy Papers "About a Boy" - Rockin'
I love the paper! So much so that I bought the whole line - now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of it. :) One of the things I am trying to work on is using up all my old papers...ones that I've had laying around for eons, like this one. I've been in love with it since the day I bought it, why have I just let it sit in my collection?
Anyway, because I love the paper so much, I didn't feel the need to embellish too much. I used the title pages for the elements you see on the bottom and the two hearts. Then I found in the stash, stars by Me & My Big Ideas. PERFECT fit!! So happy that I am using things up. Gotta get out with the old before we can bring in the new. Must be my nesting!!! LOL!

ANYWAY, sorry so chatty and giving TMI...
This second LO:
imaginisce - A Shore Thing- Sun-Ripe Stripe and penguin paradise
Flowers:Bazzill collection -Petal Pushers
The title was felt letters from Creative Imaginations and the ribbon was from Target's $1.00 section.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

First crack at a word book

I decided that I would give the Cricut Design Studio a try. I've been contemplating buying it for a number of months now, but wasn't so sure that it would be something that I would use all the time. Boy, was I wrong! I am a little addict now!
Here is the first thing I am working on with the software. I have all these pictures from the amusement park that I didn't know what to do with. I wanted to scrap them, but how many pages does one really need of the experience? Then I thought I could make a word book! Here I am, downloading the Design Studio and thinking "how does this work?" So I Googled it. I happened across this GREAT blog, Invincible Summer. She has taken the time to go through this step-by-step. It was "easy" with the information right there before me to follow, yet it was still very time consuming. I think I finally got it though!
I used scraps for my trial and errors - there were TONS of errors! But, with a little time, I was able to work out the kinks. The first picture was my 'completed' best first try. I then used that sample to tweak the placement of the letters, and work out the 'welding' so that there weren't any stray cuts, as you may notice in the letter 'E'.

In this last picture, you'll see my first almost completed word book. I used papers that I have had laying around forever (decided to use up my stash before buying up all new goodies!). I still need to obviously put pics in it and embellish, but I think I have a great start! It's not perfect, I will admit, but for the first try...not so bad.

I will post the completed project once I wrap that up. We are planning another trip to the park for this week, so I will wait until after then to work on the book. Until then, I have a few other projects that I am thinking about. If you have a Cricut, I suggest downloading the trial version and giving it the old college try!!!! Tons of fun!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

3 is a magic number

Hello, hello? Oh my gosh, I'm alive! I tell you what, after the Memory Makers challenge entry I created, I was totally wiped from scrapping. That, combined with planning for Eleana's 3rd birthday party and I had no time to scrap for fun. But I have to say, if it weren't for Jen's challenge I never would have scrapped.

Of course it helps that I received a really awesome kit from Sweet Spuds recently! I mean just look at all these goodies!

So as soon as I saw the oranges and pretty shades of brown and touches of pinks, I knew what picture I was using and why. I had taken a couple of pictures of E recently that I normally would have probably deleted straight away, but I thought to myself, "These pictures would be so pretty if I bleached them a bit in photoshop" so that's what I did.

Additionally, the gals at Scrapmojo have just released a new challenge, and I caught it on the first day, lucky me. Of course the first title suggestion they list is what I'm going to use! "3 is a magic number" fit Eleana perfectly because, obviously, she just turned 3 on Sunday!

I sorta spliced the two photos of her together, so the shadow on the right wouldn't be cut off. It looked awful with the shadow cut in half. So I cut a place into the photo on the right and slid the photo on the left into it, so I could overlap the shadow.

I tried to group things in amounts of 3. There are 3 clouds (which I created using Stickles) and 3 august stickers on the left side of the page. I also used 3 staples on either end of the ribbon.

Easter Morning 2008

This comes from the August sketch from Gettin Sketchy. When I first saw the sketch, I was in love with it. Then I looked at what others created from the sketch, and loved it even more. Thought I would give it the old college try. Yup, now I am not so in love with it. Don't get me wrong, I am glad I tried it, but I think I chose the wrong subject matter and the wrong pictures. I might try it again with another topic - we'll see. I guess it's what I get for being out of the 'game' for so long.
Supplies: Reminisce "bring on spring" and "egg art", Pebblesinc "Easter Time stripe blue", Creative Imaginations, and Cricut Plantin' Schoolbook

As I am getting ready to post this, I am realizing why I am not loving it. I had these pictures printed out as 4X6 and was originally going to do a 2 page LO. I am thinking that next time I would opt to print out different sizes. We'll see.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer LO's

And here are the few LO's I have been able to throw together over the summer. My mojo has been lacking, so I really haven't done all that much...

This first LO is from C's 3rd b-day last summer! He recieved a swing set courtesy of his Grandparents. He "helped" Daddy put it together. Anyway, it's a 2-pg LO I used bazzil, jolee's for the title, scrapes of American crafts paper that I used on another project, and the stamps were from CTMH.

The Zoo LO was from a trip to the Zoo that Nicole and I did way back in May? Anyway, it's again just a 'throw down' LO. I used lettering that I had from eons ago, some scraps from another project, and the bazzil core, and some stamps. I know one is from CTMH, the other is a Target brand one.

OK and for some reason the first page of this last LO doesn't want to post, so you'll have to use your imagination! :) I am working on journaling my pregnancy. Since I don't like having pics of myself taken, I am doing just that - making these pages like a little journal. I am using the Creative Imaginations pregnancy paper and embellishments. I made little file folders for each month so I could put my thoughts/feeling for that particular month there. Because I have so many u/s, I am able to put one on each page and then made a pocket for the originals to go in. However, in this case, the "pocket" is a pink diaper that Terry at the Dream made for me for well wishes on the pregnancy. NO, I don't know what I am having yet! :)

Monkey Face

Alrighty ladies. Here's my latest LO for the challenge that I put forth. Sorry took so long to post, seems that there were probs with blogger the other day, but all seems better now.
This LO is of my niece. She makes this cute little face that her parents so lovenly call "Monkey Face". I used the Monkey paper from daisy d's, Thickers, prima flowers, quikutz monkey, and chip board letters for "monkey".

So there you have it. Nothing too special or over the top - just a cute little page to get myself back into the scrapping mood. Seems to have worked because I am starting to pull out more work.

Now, where are Nichole and Sharon at? :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Happy August folks!

Ok, so here I am again posting more LUAU Birthday Party Pages. Try saying that three times fast!
I am delighted that this time I remembered to add my square as I forgot to the last two posts.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Only a few weeks left before the kids are back at school and the fall air comes racing in. OH, I CAN NOT WAIT! I love fall. No School for lil' Miss Alicia yet. Which I am enjoying because I don't want her to grow up lol. Alright enough about me, let's get onto what people come to this blog for, SCRAPPIN'!
I did the following layouts a few days ago and tried to post but the site was having trouble! Gave it a whirl today and it seems to be working!

This pink number is Alicia open a handful of the gazillion gifts she got! I made the Hawaiian paper doll using a paperkins body with the grass skirt and lay from Karen Foster, totally tropical sticker sheet. I used the Hawaiian Colorbox paper again and added some rubons from GENX. The Flower is Heidi Swapp.

This next two page layout I like to call, Tarp plus sprinkler = Ghetto Slip and Slide. Used lots of fun summer embellies. I used the sparkler Glitter paper to create the sun adding the raise out of the Stickles (yellow and orange) Next I used the Creative Imaginations Beach Letters and added some clear bling to the White letters because they kind of looked lost without a lil' something! I wanted to give the slip and slide feel by having the photos in a straight line in the middle of the pp. I added the ribbon to outline the paper giving it a border. The water stickers are all part of the Creative Imaginations line. I used up some old letter stickers I had laying around to write Slip and Slide and underlined the words with blue stickles. I hand cut the scallops in the paper for the edges of th paper in the middle to give it a cool look. I inked the edges with orange ink. The arrows are also the stickers by Creative Imagations.

I scan my layouts and this is what it looks like all pieced together with both sides. Looking forward to seeing other peoples layouts soon! (((HUGS)))) Scraphappy Nicole