Friday, October 24, 2014

Merry & Bright - Simple Stories DIY Christmas

One last layout to share from the Simple Stories blog using unexpected items.


Make sure you stop by the Simple Stories blog to see what I used!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas Love - Simple Stories DIY Christmas

Here is a layout I shared on the Simple Stories blog filled with unexpected items, make sure you stop by the blog to see what they are!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Santa Baby - Simple Stories DIY Christmas

I am up on the Simple Stories blog today sharing a few layouts created from items not created for scrapbooking.  I love to use items in my scrapbooking that aren't traditional, such as the banner kit from Simple Stories newest DIY Christmas line.  

Can you spot the odd items I used on this layout?


I made the background of my page from the Evergreen Stripe paper cutting it in half (minus a little) and then making sure the stripes formed perpendicular lines.  It did take a few tries for me to get it right, lol.


I spy a label wrap here and some tags from the tags & twine set!


How about an envelope wrap on this detail peek and a banner piece from the bunting banner set?


I stole some twine from the tags & twine kit and untwisted the piece to just use the red here.

Stop on by the Simple Stories blog to see what other pieces I repurposed!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Opportunities - Anna Griffin

Years ago I was introduced to scrapbooking when I was pregnant with our second child; I fell in love immediately.  I have always loved paper/pens/pencils/office supplies and then add to it pictures of our new little girl, I was in heaven.  I began to pray that the Lord would make me creative and as I have said before, the journey has blown my mind!  

I have been so blessed to have been on design teams for challenge blogs, kit clubs, and manufactures.  I have been published online and in print magazines.  I have done a podcast.  And now...

I have had my work on HSN with Anna Griffin!  Yep, I received an e-mail a little bit ago asking if I would like to create for them.  At first I was a little surprised, actually a lot surprised because I don't really consider my work to be her style, but I thought it would be fun to give it a try.  If you follow me on instagram, you got to see a picture or two of my cards on TV.  So today I thought I would show you one of my assignments that I did.  I can't wait to hear what you think!

So let's start with my favorite layout I created, this was an assignment to use the border stickers sold here...


I tried to replicate the Eiffel tower with the borders in this layout.



And of course a baby, because that is what I am most used to scrapping.


And I created a few cards too...




There were many different things to consider as I designed for Anna Griffin, one being, you don't use pictures of your own.  My kids kept asking who are those people, mom?  

I was actually surprised how easy it was to create with materials that aren't my normal.  I enjoy a challenge and I really think it helped shake up my normal scrapbooking and give me a new wind.  
So what do you think, did I do Anna Griffin justice?  

Thanks to all my readers for taking the time to comment and let me know you are here, I love reading all the comments!  I have contacted the winners of the Pebbles giveaway and will have your boxes out this week. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney Magic - Cocoa Daisy and Crate Paper

I used some leftovers from the September Cocoa Daisy kit and combined it with the newest kit of Crate Paper goodies to create this...


These pictures were all about the story of what happened so I chose book titles and different pieces that encorporated my story theme



Have a magical day!


Friday, October 17, 2014

So Proud of You - Paper Camelia with My Mind's Eye

I loved the Paper Camelia sketch that was issued and thought I would play along with this layout.  The sketch called for circles, but I wanted to speak about my daughter's heart and so I pulled out my old Fiskar shape cutter and went to town cutting hearts.


I used some messy splatters and scribbles (both from my pen and from the September Cocoa Daisy kit) to show how messy life can get sometimes.  These pictures weren't exactly about our dilemma, but they did show how long she has been waiting to see Anna and Elsa and how much she is in love with all things FROZEN!





Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Perfect Day - Cocoa Daisy kit with Crate Paper

While I was putting together my grid layout and looking at all the amazing pieces in the Open Book collection, I put aside the wood frame and the deer because I knew it would look perfect with my brother's wedding pictures.  Another place I multi-tasked!  I finally found time and the right pieces to complete the layout and share it with you today.


I personally didn't think I would use a deer or deer head in my layout, but it was perfect for the rustic barn setting.


I wanted the rub-on I love everything about this to stand out, so I rubbed it onto vellum which allowed it to stand out enough to be read.


Another piece had the perfect day sentiment on it, so I just cut out the oval size and placed it with this frame and a few rub-ons because gold is always good.


This finishes my triangle of flowers that leads your eyes around the page.

This was the October kit from Cocoa Daisy (main and add-ons).