Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bella Blvd Happiness at Frosted Designs!

Hello everyone! I'm here today sharing a couple layouts I created using the Bella Blvd Daily Chevies and Snapshots collections which I got from the Frosted Designs store. I have to be honest...I am just stuck in a creative rut right now! I think it's because we have so much going on with buying a new house and trying to get all moved in. I want to scrap but it seems that every time I sit down to do so, my mind goes blank and I just don't feel my mojo flowing. So, when that happens, I try to not only pick up product that helps put me in the mood to scrap, but I search out a sketch or two to help get the creative juices flowing. And that's exactly what I did for these two layouts!

My first layout is based on this sketch from Elle's Studio. This sketch allowed for a lot of creative freedom and I felt the fun design paired well with these bright, fun products. The star border really helps to separate the yellow chevron from the striped paper which is something I felt needed to be done. Also the little house pennant actually started off as a tag I found in the die-cuts package; all I did was cut off the top of it to make it a pennant!

My second layout is based on this sketch from Studio Calico. I knew I had to use the fun teal woodgrain pattern found on the backside of the Snapshots Pajama Day paper for a background. Then, because this pattern was fairly neutral, I used more busy patterns for my accent papers. I used the black and white elements (the black with white polka dot paper, the washi tape and the arrow) to help pull everything together.

And here are a few closeups for your enjoyment!

Did you know that all the products from both of these Bella Blvd lines are on super sale right now in the Frosted Designs store? Yep, they are! So you should head over there right now and stock up before it's all gone!

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 13

I'm continuing to plug along at my 2014 Project Life album and today I am sharing Week 13. This week I was a little more cohesive with the color scheme and focused on the greens and yellows found in the Jade Core Kit. I also purposely included similar filler cards on each side of the layout to help tie the two sides together.

And here is the left side...also known as the Milwaukee side this week.

And here's a better look at the right (Portland) side of the spread.

Also, I created an insert for this spread which highlights the University of Dayton's (Andrew's and my alma mater) Men's Basketball Team's rise to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. This is something that UD hadn't accomplished since 1984! So it was a pretty big deal and a big part of our week was watching this Cinderella Story unfold before us. The front side of the insert is the Sweet 16 side (the one on the left) and the back side (on the right) is the Elite 8 side. The QR code takes you to a video montage of Dayton's best moments of the week that UD athletics posted on YouTube. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stamping It Up at Frosted Designs!

Hello all! It's Friday which means we have another challenge for you over at Frosted Designs! This challenge is all about stamping! And there really is no specific rule to this challenge other than to bust out those stamps and use them somewhere on your layout, card, art journal page, altered art piece...whatever project you choose to create! Be sure to link your entry to the Frosted Designs Blog by noon Central Time on Wednesday, September 10th for your chance to win a $30 prize pack of chipboard from Scrapmatts

And here is my take on the challenge. I stamped various sentiments, hearts and stars in black ink in various places on my layout.
Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:
Glitz 77 - Collection Kit, Giant Rhinestones and Puffy Word Stickers
Elle's Studio Stamps - Everyday Moments and Good Times
Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms - Sea Breeze
Sakura Identi-Pen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 12

Today I am sharing Week 12 of Project Life 2014. Again, for these weeks where Andrew is living apart from the rest of us, one side is dedicated to him and the other side is ours. This spread, the left is the Andrew/Portland side and the right is the Rest of Us/Milwaukee side.

And here is a closer look at the left side. Andrew is definitely not as good at taking photos as I am but he does try. In fact, over the course of a couple days, he took a lot of "stock" photos - things that he did almost everyday like grab coffee in the morning, going to the gym, etc - that I could use to fill in any gaps during his "light photo" weeks. I did that here with the photo of his bike locked up; as a daily bike commuter, this is a familiar scene to him everyday. The photo he took of the Portland sign at sunset wasn't very clear but I still wanted to use it. So, I ran it through one of the artistic filters in PSE and made a blurry photo into an artsy photo - perfect solution! The "lucky" filler card is my tribute to St. Patrick's Day.

So this was the infamous week when I had two big was cracking my driver's side mirror on the side of the garage (center bottom photo) and the other was slicing my left thumb and needing nine stitches (center top photo). At least I remembered to keep my hospital bracelet for documentation.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 11

And here is Week 11 of Project Life 2014. Sorry the photos are so bad today; I didn't have great light for taking these. Anyways, this week continues my idea of "splitting" our Project Life album with the left side documenting Liam's, Scout's and my lives in Milwaukee and the right side documenting Andrew's life in Portland. 

And here's a closer look at the left side. Again, pretty basic. Just trying to catch up best I can. My favorite item on this side of the spread is the October Afternoon Daily Flash frame I used around Scout on the photo in the upper right. 

And here is the right side. I love both of the photos at the bottom that Andrew took. So beautiful and I because of that, I wanted to keep the embellishing minimal on them. I didn't add any embellishing or details to the Timbers photo because it's such a busy photo I thought anything I added would get lost. 

I created this spread as the example for my Memorable Seasons Members Challenge Us challenge. If you've never been over to Memorable Seasons, I definitely suggest you check it out this week for this awesome event and a chance to win prizes and RAKs!!