Friday Scrapbooking – 3D glasses

Yay! It’s friday!

This week’s layout is a bit mixed media….

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The photos:

So Eleanor has this fish bowl of glasses in her room. Sunglasses, funny glasses, light up glasses, and 3D glasses she collected from whenever we saw a 3D movie. One day she decided to pop out the lenses in one of the black 3D’s and just wear them to compliment her outfit. Since that day, she’s been wearing them a lot. Besides people offering to clean her lenses, I think they look pretty cute.  lol.  Though I warn her that she will probably end up needing glasses anyway based on the family’s eyesight. But… who doesn’t need glasses these days?

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So I started snapping pics and she started posing… and within a day, it was in the scrapbook.  lol.

I used two sheets of paper from a paper packet from CTMH.  One of them had lines and I was going to journal on it, but I decided to pop circles out and make a background. I used washi to fill in the circles from behind and then sewed down the paper to the polka dot background.

Then I used texture paste and a stencil to add the arrows on top. The rest of the embellishments are made of the circles I punched, some lace, watercolor, and some thread.

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Oh, and also, before cutting out the photos, I used some blue watercolor on them. I kinda wanted that blue to be a theme in the page.

I didn’t use a “kit” per say…   I pulled some paper from my CTMH stash, and the rest is watercolors, texture paste, and some sewing.

For the full play by play, you can watch the process.


Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Close to my heart- Sugar Rush – stamping and fussy cutting – Love Art

Lately Friday nights have been crafty. 

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Last friday we stayed up late again with some watercolors.  I love how kids can just come up with 10 paintings in one night and adults can maybe…  maybe complete one.

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So I decided to snap a pic of her painting in her light up kitty ear headphones and scrap it… immediately.  lol.

The stamp set I used was the January Stamp of the month set.

This month is is this:

Easter Bunny

So you can get prepared for Easter!  lol.  It’s a good idea to take advantage of the stamp of the month, because you can get it for $5 with a qualifying order. And then it’s gone…. sniff sniff….

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So for this layout I made embellishments by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting. You can see this process in the video below.

Stuff I used in this layout:

Micro tip Scissors

Water colors

Water color pencils

Sugar Rush kit

Foam tape

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And then I made a coordinating pocket page for the other side.  This seems to be my go-to style.  One 12×12 and a pocket page….  lol.

We did a part 1 and part 2 process since it was kinda long…

 

 
 

 
We’ll be back for more crafting next week!  God Bless!

xoxox

 

Ritty and Foo

 

I mean… Fitty and Roo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking – CTMH – Sugar Rush- January 2017

2017 Goals include:

Scrapbooking on a monthly basis!  YAY!  We’ll see how it goes…

I think what happens is … I have so many old un-finished projects that I feel like I should work on those before I do current stuff… but this year I’ve decided to get the current stuff done first. That way it’s easier to remember what actually happened and I can get some better documentation of the year.

So I’m not going to worry about making some awesome artwork as much as just getting the pages at least laid out. I can always go back later and add to them.

For this layout I used the Sugar Rush kit from Close to my heart. It features a lot of smooshy stuff like hearts and hugs… lol.  So I had these adorable pics of Eleanor squishing my nephew Josh on the couch so I thought I’d use them. I think it’s important to remember just how much squooishing went on at this particular time in Josh’s life.

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He really is a good sport about it.

 

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I ended up doing a coordinating pocket page for the other side. I had kinda a “one of these things is not like the other” thing goin’ on with the pics so I grouped the three “like” ones together on the right and then the oddball pic highlights the pocket page.

If you want to use this kit to scrapbook, the links are down below.

Stuff I used:

Sugar Rush Scrapbook Kit

WaterColor Set

Corner Rounder

Journaling Pen

Stamp of the Month

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I also did a talky process vid for this one….

Have a great weekend! xoxoxoox

 

Fitty

 

 

Wilna’s Bear Coffee Cup Challenge

So this past friday night, Eleanor and I were hanging in the craft room and felt like watching some crafty vids on youtube while we played with glue and stuff. I scrolled through my subscriptions and came upon Wilna Furstenberg. And I was like.. “Yes!” She is our favorite paper crafter to watch on Youtube and it had been a while since we tuned in. So the first video we came across was this adorable coffee cup album featuring these adorable bears. As we continued to watch, she started talking about having a contest for whomever makes one of these albums and shares it on instagram. So we looked at each other and said, “Let’s DO IT!” And then we immediately scrambled into the kitchen to look for some paper coffee cups. We didn’t find any. It was almost 11pm. We walked out into the living room to ask Daryl if he thought Dunkin Donuts might still be open. He said yes and requested a hot chocolate. That was good enough for us, so we hopped in the car and drove to DD.

They were closed.

But luckily across the street from Dunkin is a McDonalds. That was open, so we decided to grab a few cups of hot beverage there. We got back home, dumped the liquid, and started working.

Wilna had links to some downloads we could use in the album. First, there were the ADORABLE watercolor bear images that she created! And also there were beautiful frames you could use to embellish your album. She also included cut files you could use for your Silhouette Cameo. Part of me is glad she included these cut files because it forced me to finally try out the print and cut feature on this machine. I can’t believe how long I’ve had my Silhouette and have never print and cut. It was so easy. And it really saved time fussy cutting images.

I was originally going to make my album about Norma, but as I scrolled through my phone, I had all these pictures of Eleanor posing in her Christmas Eve dress that I decided it would be a good way to use them.

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Here are the details for this challenge if anyone else would like to play along: http://wilnafurstenberg.com/bears

You should visit her site anyway because she is amazing! Love her.

Eleanor chose to feature her new baby cousin Joshua. Sometimes I think she thinks he’s her doll that she can just play with as she pleases. So far, he lets her. He’s quite a content little guy. So we printed out some of the pics I had of them for her album. The cover is a cute snapchat pic of him as a deer. lol.  He makes a pretty cute little deer.

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She loved the bear illustrations so much I think she used them all! They are adorable. The one I chose for my cover has a little dog on it’s head… which is why I originally wanted to do an album about Norma, … I might still do that. I saved another coffee cup.   On top of a lot of bears, Eleanor also used a bucket of hot glue sticks. I had to pick a lot of strings off her album when she was done. lol.  And it also made her album much bulkier than mine. I think she did a great job. It came out super cute!

We had so much fun making these albums. If anyone else decides to try one, we’d love to see it! The instagram hashtag is #bearscoffeecupchallenge.

Anyway, thanks again Wilna for the inspiration. See ya’ll later!

 

God Bless!

 

 

Saturday Scrapbooking – Seven

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This one started as a single 12×12 layout, but ended up as a double… Ya know when you have a series of pics, and you just can’t decide which ones to highlight…

Actually, I had planned on a project life spread on the other side, but it ended up like this.

The background is just some acrylic paint smeared with some watercolor splatters… and some circles with my journaling pen.  Much of the rest is layering from pieces of this and that…  And then I just embellished a bit with some rub-ons and sequins.

I can’t believe I have a seven year old. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have more than one child… and they just keep getting older and older and smarter and bigger… and… AHHHH.  I’m gonna stop right there. We would probably be in that situation, but I suppose it’s not in God’s plan for us.

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So here is my process video!  It features music from my AMAZINGLY talented friend Hannah Guerra! Definitely go check out her music, it’s just gorgeous! I linked up her soundcloud down below for your convenience!

 

Enjoy!  And have a blessed Sunday!

 

 

Sunday Scrapbooking – VBS 2 Page Layout

So we had such an awesome time at Vacation Bible School that we couldn’t wait to print out some of the pics and start scrapping!

We did a two page layout for this one because all the photos I printed out so far were from the same night. It was the last night and probably the most memorable because it was the revealing of which team won the ice bucket challenge. Ongoing during the week was a boys vs. girls competition for who could raise more money for Chesterfield Elementary School. So the losing team leader would get a bucket of ice water dumped over them on Friday.

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So… if you can tell from my layout, the girls lost! There was $1.80 difference between the two totals, but a $20 donation came in for the girls after the ice bucket got dumped so… had it been ten minutes earlier… who knows!

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For this layout, I used my Silhouette… which honestly has been sitting for a while. I took it out to make some custom die cuts for a specific project I needed to get done for an event saturday, so it was already out and hooked up so I thought… hmmmm… maybe some die cuts are in order for this layout. So I made some buckets… and did some fonts… and a piece of greenery.  lol.

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And there’s a good amount of washi tape as well.  I was able to fit seven photos across these two pages so that worked out well. My photo printing method as of late is making a collage on my phone and then printing it out on an 8×11 piece of photo paper. That way you get a lot on one page and you arrange the photos to any size you want. Square seems to have replaced the 4×6 standard these days…

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We have a lot more photos from that week so maybe instead of doing a process for each page, we can just do a flip through when we’re done.

So here’s our vid, Roo and I just chat over it about VBS and whatnot…. heh…


 

Have a great week!

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking- Jared Anderson

So fun stuff went on this past weekend…
Our friend Jen invited us to see Jared Anderson at a church in Gloucester. It was their __ anniversary party… I forget the amount of years. Lol… was an interesting church. I kinda felt like I was in the audience of a TV show or something… lol. But very very nice and welcoming people. Especially Norm who showed us around and got to hear from Eleanor that his name was one letter short of our dog’s name.

Jared is probably known best for his song “Great I Am.” At least in my circles… The band played a favorite of mine “Great are You Lord,” before Jared came on. They were excellent and the sound system was … almost too good… And it really emphasized Jared’s talent. We’ve been enjoying the couple CD’s we have of his, but sometimes I feel like in the production, some raw gets cooked. So I think you miss out on a lot that you can only capture through a live performance. Most of the time it was just him and the piano and honestly, for me, most of the time less is more. Not that I don’t appreciate a good pile of instruments magically woven together into a musical quilting of wonderlands, ya sometimes just have to buy the base model to really appreciate the power.

What is this, metaphor night? NO, this is scraptastic night! So let’s get scrappin! Maybe one friday we should do it live… we’d be here all night!!!

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So besides all that, I’m so glad we were able to go with Jen and her two daughters. We had such a good time and left so inspired.

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Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings!

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking – Beach Mini Album- (con’t)

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Yay!  Crafty Scrapsniffin’ friday!!!

It was a rainy poury friday as well! But I made it home fairly dry! Just in time to write this up!

I know it hasn’t been the happiest of weeks as we are all aware.  I won’t get into that here, but the prayer warriors are busy! And though it’s so hard, we shouldn’t worry because God’s hand is on everything. 🙂 But I love seeing my friends becoming more connected in the midst of these tragedies. I love how they are using it for good. I love how it’s encouraging people to spread the Gospel and be bold!

And I love that we have these creative outlets to get zoned into!

Today I decided to work on my Mini Beach album… from a couple years ago…  I did some pages last summer… but haven’t really pulled it out since…  so here goes!

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For the bottom of the pages, I used this texture paste with a palate knife  and kinda spread it and then tapped on it to make more … texture. Lol.  And then I sprinkled some pale glitter over top… just coz… ya know… glitter.

Here’s a link to the exact paste I used:

Heidi Swapp Texture paste in Gold

The other stuff was either from my stash or too old for me to remember where I got it.  Lol.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that…  but it’s mostly basic stuff like watercolor… sequins… black pen… foam adhesive.

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So there’s not much goin into this album overall… like I babble about in the video, I love mini albums because they usually follow a theme, so it makes it easier to embellish because you don’t have to re-invent every page.

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So this came together really quickly and with minimal brain power. And when you have nice sunny pics, there really isn’t too much needed to support em.

So here’s my process:

 

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend and spends some time getting creative!!

Friday Scrapbooking – Dance

 

It’s been a while…

 

But I got the urge to scrap some book the other night.  I had some cute pics from Roo’s dance recital so … I thought I’d start with them. Annnnnndd…. I did … one.  Go me!  And the one I did was actually from in the car on the way to the dress rehearsal.  lol.  So… didn’t even make it to the actual recital day yet. But hopefully… soon.

 

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Ya know… honestly, I was worried about this dance school.  I’ve seen some dance recitals… and I’ve seen some dance costumes.  And… I’ve seen dancing with the stars when my mom watches it.  lol.  And overall, I kinda feel the whole of it to be inappropriate. Especially dancing with the stars. I actually don’t really want Roo watching it. Now I’m basing this on mostly what media I’ve seen… so in this culture, this lines up exactly with all other media I’ve seen… From magazines to TV, it’s pretty much all inappropriate. So without getting into more detail, I’ll just say these things worried me when she started at a dance academy. This school was recommended by my cousin and it sounded good so we tried it. She started there this year with two classes: Combo, and hip-hop. She absolutely loved them. I mean, I didn’t expect anything else. What little girl wouldn’t love dance class? But honestly, she dances constantly… I don’t think I could’ve gotten away with not enrolling her somewhere for dance. She dances when we walk to the car… she dances in the produce aisle… she dances in the shower… she dances through our church band practice… She just never. stops. She has a broken full length mirror that she carries around the house to watch herself dance. And then my sister bought her a new full length mirror, so she keeps the broken one in the living room, and the new one in her room so she doesn’t have to carry it back and forth. I think I may have to eventually set up some kinda dance room for her. So maybe every little girl is like this, but for now, I am letting her explore this dance thing.

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And after recital day was over, I let out a big sigh of relief. Because to me, this school focused on dance, and absolutely nothing was inappropriate. The costumes were adorable. The dances were tasteful and just… beautiful. And it was overall a fun day. I hung out with Roo and her little dance friends backstage most of the time and we snacked and played Uno. It was kinda like camping out.

 

So next year, we’ve added some classes. I had to tell her that she couldn’t take every class just yet. Sheesh. And bonus, they have a cat…  I think his name is Cookie. But since we won’t allow her to have a cat at home (allergies), the owner of the Dance Academy, Debbie, told Roo she can pretend it’s her cat when she’s there. She is so sweet… along with all the teachers. Just a really nice pile of people.

All That Jazz Dance Academy

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So as far as the actual scrapbooking goes, I made a process video. Much like the bible journaling videos, we want to get in the habit of doing a weekly video for scrapbooking or some kinda memory keeping as well. We kinda fell off the horse for a while…  And I am sooo sooo far behind!

For this layout I used:

Watercolors, gelatos, journaling pens, Heidi Swapp texture paste with drywall tape, enamel dots, wood veneer letters, speedball black ink, trim and ribbon scraps, and some scrapbook paper.

 

So here is the process in speedy style:

And here’s a little bonus vid while I was reminiscing…. Every night is a dance party around here!… ya know… starting 6 years ago.

12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 12 – December Daily Album

You didn’t think I’d make it through all 12 crafts without getting scrappy did you??? Ha! Well… I actually didn’t get too scrappy yet. But the scrapfest is inevitable due to this self-given prompt.

So for those of you who aren’t wrapped up in the Scrapbooking community like I am… especially around this time of year… you may not know what “December Daily” means.

This whole December Daily thing was started by Ali Edwards, a very talented scrapbooker among other things… So if you want to join in and are clueless, she has some kits to get you started on her site: Aliedwards.com

I have nothing new so far myself.  I’m aiming to jump into my stash and make most of it a kind of organic whatever I can find type thing. But I may grab a few festive bits here and there.

The idea is to document the month of december… daily…  with some kind of story. Even if you sat on the couch all day and watched “Elf,” you should include that. I don’t think there are any problems coming up with material to scrap because it’s the busiest month for most and there are usually at least 9 different parties to attend.

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Well, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never actually finished a December Daily album. I’ve started them… had the best intentions… but for some reason… they just never got to the point of being display worthy. To be totally honest, most of my own mini albums never get finished.  I only finish the ones that I make as gifts. I must need that “deadline” to actually make things happen.

But this year, I’ve decided is the year! And I think the key is organization. In past years, I’ve waited until after the holidays to even think about this album. So this year, my last craft for the 12 Crafts of Christmas will be the first step to making my December Daily a reality!

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I probably would have used another old book… but they all went to my Advent Calendar… lol.

I found this plain Kraft Binder that I never used. I believe I got it from Close to My Heart. But they have them at any craft supply store in all kinds of sizes.

So I’m looking at this binder… and I just didn’t want to do what I usually would do which is cover it with fabric, so I slept on it.  The idea came to me at 6am to paint it like a Christmas door… so I got up and got started.  Lol…    coffee is always made at that time anyway because I set it up the night before for my husband to just push the button in the morning before he leaves for work. So I got to work in my Christmas Owl jammies mommy got me for Christmas last year… and I got my cup of coffee and started marking out where I wanted  to cut holes for the top part of the door. I know I want to make the first inside page something that can peek through the cover.  Haven’t exactly planned it out yet, but that will be for another post. This is strictly a cover post.

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I did end up using some fabric for the side. So… a little won’t hurt. But I think overall, I’m keeping the color scheme cool. I did a blue berry wreath on the front instead of a red one. Mainly because I had blue paint handy.  So after I saw the blue and white I mentally decided on a blue, grey, white color palatte for the rest.

 

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So there’s nothing really to tell here because all I did was paint it so far. But I did a video of the painting if anyone wants a tutorial on how to paint an old white door with a blueberry wreath on it.  heh…  Well, not necessarily a tutorial because I don’t know anything about painting except that I like to do it.

So I used Golden Acrylics: Zinc White, Cerulean Blue, and Mars Black. A couple of Artist’s loft brushes, a sponge, and my fingers.  I may still add some green holly leaves perhaps. Haven’t decided if that will wreck the coldness of the cover.  We shall see!

Oh, and I also used an exacto knife to cut out the holes it the door! It wasn’t hard. The album is like a chipboard.. so didn’t take long to break through!

Anyway, thanks to all who have followed us through our 12 crafts!  We hope this has inspired someone to get crafty this Christmas!

Here is my painting vid to music. I like to listen to music when I paint so I figured I’d stop talking for this one. Lol. I was listening to Band of Horses and Andrew Bird while I painted this… but I don’t think I’m allowed to use their music for my video. haha… But I do reccomend doing your own painting while listening to them.

God Bless! Happy December!