Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time to Create Cards

   This year, I am starting to document the little things that I do but with more journaling. I think I will make the Tracie Claiborne proud, I am scrappy with a story in mind. This page is about my mom and I getting together every January to create Valentine cards .

Supplies: pattern paper (American Crafts, Pink Paislee and Crate Paper), stickers (American Crafts, Elle's Studio, Studio Calico and Simple Stories), journaling cards (Project Life), washi tape (The Paper Studio and Doodlebug Designs), doily (Doodlebug Designs), tag (?), stamp (American Crafts), ink (Momento), dew drops ( The Robin's Nest), wood veneer (American Crafts), rub-on (Maya Road), marker (Faber-Castell) and pen (Project Life)

   Here are the close-ups. 
   Here are the close-ups. I love how this page came together. I got to use up that old Pink Paislee "Secret Crush" scraps that have been in my stash for about 3-4 years. 
 To make the tab on the journaling card I just used the envelope punch board. It makes the perfect tab every time.
 On a few of the hearts I cut the outer edge from the background paper. I then patched the opening from the back with a blue paper. To keep the hearts up once it was in the album I just popped them up with foam squares.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bride & Groom

   Scrapbook Challenges sketch reveal in #470. I love the simplicity of this design. I know me and simple is like water and oil, they don't just mix. however, some photos command a more simple design to highlight the moment. 

This page might shock some of my friends. I didn't use any doilies and sequins on it. I my might even faint. lol.
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basic and Die Cuts With a View), pattern paper (Studio Calico and American Crafts), transparency (American Crafts), stickers (American Crafts, Studio Calico and Heidi Swapp), journaling card (Project Life), flair (Studio Calico), chipboard (Studio Calico), washi tape (The Paper Studio), manual die (American Crafts), manual die cutter (Spellbinders), markers (Bic and Faber-Castell)and mist (Tattered Angels)

   While going through my stash I came across the heart die cut and thought it was perfect for this page. I just cut out a couple more hearts and the banner to finish the cluster. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Update on Life

   I know it has been a few weeks since I have did a personal update about everything.

   Last Monday, I went to the eye doctor for another contact lens exam. I am happy to say I am finally of an owner of a lens that fits, it only took 18 tries and countless trips to the optometrist :).
No more eye doctor visits until Nov., while there is the one that is next month but I am not counting that one since it is out of state.

   Yesterday, I took Buster back to the vet since he has been limping for the last week. My dad said it was because he he had another infection and I say it is because of arthritis. It looks like we both were right, he is now on an antibiotic and inflammation med. The vet did a blood test and x-ray and everything came back fine which stated he had no cancer.  He seems to be walking a little better today.
   This weekend, my family and I are celebrating the 8th anniversary of completing the home theater in out basement. We always watch a movie together on this day. We are going with the Minions.

   Lastly, I have been adding shop items to the Etsy store and creating layouts for upcoming challenges over at Scrapbook Challenges. That reminds me I have you seen this month's challenges. Certain days if the week we are focusing on a Sketch Crew member, Wednesday just happened to be me. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

MJ's Kraze - SBC #469

   It is February 1st and all I can say was that first month of the year went by faster than I was expecting. I guess being busy on the behind the scene details of the Etsy shop took longer than I anticipated.
   Today's sketch reveal over at Scrapbook Challenges is one that I love. It has some layers and I do love my layers. Maybe, that is why I love winter so much.

   For this page, I choose to document the restart-up of MJ's Kraze. I ended up using one photo that I took of my model modeling an item. I think my model is the cutest and was able to get quite a few photos of him that made my crackup laughing. 
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics), pattern paper (American Crafts, Echo Park Paper, Studio Calico and Crate Paper) vellum (Seven Paper), mist (Tattered Angels), stickers (American Crafts and Studio Calico), punches (EK Success and We R Memory Keepers), transparency (Webster's Pages and Studio Calico), doily (Doodlebug Designs), wood veneer (American Crafts), stamp (EK Success), ink (Memento) plastic phrase (Studio Calico), sequins (Hobby Lobby) and pen (Project Life)

   Here are a few close-up shots. I love that whatever phrase that came from a Studio Calico kit. I think that is what Buster is thinking during this photo shoot. 
   Since the business cards I designed for the store used two different black fonts I decided to take it to this page.

   Be sure to check out Scrapbook Challenges blog throughout the month because we are doing some fun challenges that are different than what you normally see there.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The New Sweets - SBC #FBF

   When I first saw this sketch I knew I wanted to highlight the new Christmas treats I made last year. I think the circles for the photos reminded me of cookies. This is flashback Friday sketch for Scrapbook Challenges. 

   Here is my take on it.

Supplies: cardstock (American crafts and The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Studio Calico, Cosmo Cricket and Canvas Corps.), stickers (American Crafts and Studio Calico), washi tape (October Afternoon), marker (Faber-Castell), pen (Project Life), tags (Freckle Fawn and Pretty Little Studio), sequins (Fancy Pants Designs), doily (Studio Calico), ink (Close to My Heart), embossing folder (Echo Park), embossing machine (Sizzix), electronic die cutter software and cartridge (Cricut)

   Here is the journaling. I love that I mixes up the fonts in the word "SweetS". The S's were hand embroider with twine. 

   For the green paper I just did a faux letter press technique. To do this all you need to do is ink up the embossing folder on the raised side place your paper face down and run it throught the embossing machine.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Embrace Today - SBC Trend

   I love the brush script trend. I love seeing everyone's take on it. Over at Scrapbook Challenges this is our current trend challenge. 

Here is my take on it. I used a brush script pattern paper and added my own amateur brush script attempt in the title work. The photos I used were not the best since I took them the day after surgery. I am sure me bandage up like that was no unusual sight for the small town of Brecksville, Ohio. For a small town they have a great eye clinic. All I can say was Clear Choice Laser is a great place and sure makes their clients comfortable. 
Supplies (cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Studio Calico and American Crafts), journaling card (Webster's Pages), twine (Timeless Twine), stickers (American Crafts), die cuts (Basic Grey), wood veneer (American Crafts), stitching template (American Crafts), mist (Studio Calico), paint (Americana), doily (Doodlebug Design), vellum (American Crafts or Studio Calico), button (American Crafts).

   Here is my attempt at brush lettering. I just used some paint and a wet paintbrush to  write "today". 

   This still has to be my favorite color of twine, key lime. The arrow points to the hidden journaling.

   Here is a closeup of the flower and card that my dad and I got from the eye doctor. The flower was for me and the card was for my dad, it had a gift card for Starbucks in it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

After Gifts on December 24th - SBC #468

   This sketch is a fun to work with and super easy to fit your needs. This is Scrapbook Challenges #468 sketch reveal. 

   Here is my take on it.
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill), pattern paper (7 Gypsies, Canvas Corp Brands and Anna Griffith), journaling card (Studio Calico), marker (Bic), chipboard (Studio Calico), stickers (Studio Calico and Glitz Designs), stamps (Inkadinkado, Stampin' Up!,  and 7 Gypsies), tag (Pretty Little Studio)

   The title of this page was easy to come up with since our family tradition is opening of gifts on Christmas Eve. This all started back when my mom was a little girl.