Friday, October 23, 2015

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Time! October 23, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  It is Sketch-y Friday over at ScrapMuch? and I hope you will play along with us this week.  You can play along using a new sketch that will be posted every Friday and enter your layout over at the ScrapMuch? blog for a chance to win a prize.  A winner will be selected at the end of the month!  All the rules and how to link up your layout(s) are posted on the the ScrapMuch? blog.   Here is this weeks sketch from Laura:





 And here is what I came up with:


Isn't this just the sweetest photo?  Animals and children are my favorite subjects probably because they are so darn cute.  The plain cardstock is American Crafts and the patterned papers are Anna Griffin.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the circles and I used a WRMK Lucky 8 punch to create the shaped paper in the back ground.  All the embellishments are Anna Griffin and my photo was matted using Perfect Layers.

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  Please leave me a comment and don't forget to enter your layout using this sketch over at the ScrapMuch? blog.  This is my last post as part of the team and I hope you enjoyed my time on the team!



Friday, October 9, 2015

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Time! October 9, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  It is Sketch-y Friday over at ScrapMuch? and I hope you will play along with us this week.  You can play along using a new sketch that will be posted every Friday and enter your layout over at the ScrapMuch? blog for a chance to win a prize.  A winner will be selected at the end of the month!  All the rules and how to link up your layout(s) are posted on the the ScrapMuch? blog.   Here is this weeks sketch from Laura:


And here is what I came up with:



Oliver is such much fun and so silly sometimes!  I got my phone out and decided to snap a few pics while I was playing peek-a-boo with him.  He is in the chair at my craft table and I am in a chair next to it, in front of my computer.   He will crouch down so I can't see his eyes and I will peer over the back of the chair really quickly and then back down so we can't "see" each other.  After a couple of times doing this and yelling peek-a-boo, Oliver can't stand it and "pops" up at me.  We play until he gets bored..........lol!

The cardstock I used was a mix of We R Memory Keepers, Me and My Big Ideas, and some others that were just in my stash.  The chipboard letters are from The Paper Studio and I used cinnamon Stickles to bling them up.  The butterfly and journaling tag are by Anna Griffin, the washi tape is We R Memory Keepers, and the flourish is by Recollections. I used Perfect Layers to mat my photos.

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  Please leave me a comment and don't forget to enter your layout using this sketch over at the ScrapMuch? blog.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Family Time

New babies are so fun to cuddle.  They sleep so much and they smell so good.  I have so many photos of little Issy sleeping while one person or the other is cuddling with her.  Even at two she likes to snuggle which is so very sweet.  Here is my layout that is all about the cuddle:


These are such sweet photos.  The cardstock is American Crafts and the scrapbook paper is K&Company.  The rhinestone swirl is Recollections, the embellishments are Anna Griffin, and the title is The Paper Company.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to edge my border and I matted my photos using Perfect Layers.  

Some things that I would like to point out because I think everything is a learning experience, is that I had some "issues" with this layout that maybe you can't tell, however that is the idea!  I have only torn down a layout completely and started over once in my life and that was many years ago.  I now think that my mistakes are not mistakes at all but opportunities to embellish and get creative.  So have you ever "counted" the letters on an alpha sheet to make sure you have enough for a title only to find out as you are applying the letters that you actually only had one letter "I" but counted it twice?  I do that all the time and I did that with this layout.................lol!  I looked through my other alphas and did not have anything that matched so I looked to see what I had on the original sheet.  I decided to cut a letter "Z" up to get the "I" in family.  There was a bit of white showing where I cut it so I colored it with one of my pens and it really does not look bad at all!  You may have never noticed, had I not pointed it out.  My other "fix it" moment was they layout I created before this one, I used one of my Anna Griffin tags from her Totally Tags collection and REALLY goofed up what I was writing on it beyond repair.  I felt bad for ruining it and just could not bring myself to throw it away.  So I decided I would try and use it some how.  I took one of my background stamps and stamped on the back of the tag in a coordinating color, added a butterfly and a brad, inked the edges, and called it a day!  It looks like I meant to do that and I feel better that I did not throw my tag in the trash.  

Do you have any great saves and tricks?  Please let me know and share with us all, some of your best re purposing moments.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Love.....................

Being a grand mother is such a wonderful experience.  It was one of those milestones in my life that I was really looking forward to, however I really did not know what to expect from the experience.  All I really knew is that I would love my children's children because I love my children very much.  It has really been so much more than I ever imagined.  The love I feel for these little people who are growing up before my very eyes, is boundless.  Being a "secondary" parent is just amazing!  I don't know if it is because there is no pressure to raise these children myself or if it is because I just want to be involved in their lives, it is just the most relaxing and enjoyable "life thing" I have ever done.  I have three little girls so far, and a new little boy on the way.  With the girls, I so love doing all the girly things and I love crafting and coloring with them.  I have really been thinking a lot about this new little boy on the horizon and what I would be doing with him in the future.  Then I thought, I guess it will really be more of the same!  Running, jumping, playing, reading, crafting, and making those food things that grandma makes.  I don't have to behave differently just because the newest grand baby will be a boy.  We will do all of those things and I will always make sure that everything we do is a learning experience, just like I do with the girls.  So are you still with me.................lol???

Here is my project:





These photos are from my first trip out to meet little Issy, who is now two by the way!  The bottom photo is a selfie when I got to babysit her and had her all to myself.  When I took this photo, I posted it on facebook because I knew my daughter was probably watching her cell phone and was worried a bit.  I wanted her to enjoy her evening out with her hubby and know that grandma "has this"! I used cardstock from my stash and Recollections scrapbook paper.  I made paper bows using a die in my stash.  The journaling card is from Project Life, adhesive lace from my stash, and a chipboard title also from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my project!  Please leave me a comment if you like, and let me know what you think.


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