Saturday, May 18, 2013

My last reveal with the fun and girly Birds Of A Feather May Kit!

I'm sad to say this is my last reveal with the May kit and its extras, but I'm happy that I still have plenty of leftovers to create at least a couple more projects. That's what's so great about the Birds Of A Feather kits - they are chock full of goodies to create a multitude of projects!

So here is another two-pager I created with this awesome kit. I am still playing catchup with Project 12 and of course the May kit was perfect for scrapping last May's Project 12 layout! For the exposed chevron paper sections, all I did was tear away from the green cardstock background and adhere the chevron paper behind the cardstock. Then I reinforced the back of the chevron paper with some scrap cardstock and Scotch tape. 
And here are a couple closeups...

My final layout features some "oldie but goodie" photos that have just been sitting in my "to scrap" pile, waiting for the perfect supplies to go with them. Well, the May kit made me dust them off and scrap them! I really played with layers and all the different materials - regular paper, stickers, chipboard, washi paper, etc. - in the kit.
And here are a couple closeups...

Thanks for checking out my projects! Enjoy the rest of your May and I'll see you in June with a new kit to share!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Song Title/Lyric Challenge at Memorable Seasons!

Hi all! It's time for another challenge over at Memorable Seasons

Sometimes I struggle with the title or journaling for my layouts. It's always hard trying to find something creative that also expresses the sentiment of your page. Well, I found a great place to turn for title and journaling help is to song titles and lyrics. So my challenge to you is to create a layout (or two cards) with either a song title or lyrics somewhere on it

Here's my example using my Fancy Pants Trendsetter Kit! 

  • Create a new layout or 2 cards for this challenge. 
  • Please upload your creation into the gallery and leave a link in the challenge thread on the forum by May 31st. 
  • And have fun!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

More memory-making with the Birds Of A Feather May Kit!

If you haven't picked up your May kit from Birds Of A Feather yet, do it soon because there's only a few left in the store! Don't forget to pick up some (or all) of the extras while you're at it too! Seriously, the kit is fabulous but the extras add so much to it! Anyways, time to share my next batch of May projects...

First up is a layout documenting the first birthday I celebrated here in Portland. My parents came to town for a visit and we had dinner the night of my birthday at Portland City Grill - an upscale restaurant that has amazing views of the city, Mt Hood and all the other Cascade peaks. I thought the fun, girly colors of this kit would be perfect for one of my birthday layouts. I placed a sheet of white cardstock with the polka dot Simple Stories paper behind the vellum paper to achieve this look. Then, I fussy cut the smaller clothesline of polaroids from the Simple Stories paper and decided to use it to hold my supporting photos.
And here are a couple closeups...

This was a very difficult layout to scrap because of the subject matter. These photos were taken the day we found out Chase had cancer. I am really making a point to scrap the rest of the photos I have of him while the memories are still vivid and before I get preoccupied by new puppy photos. I don't want to forget how important Chase was (and still is) to us. I wanted to keep this layout fairly minimal to keep the focus on the photos and the journaling. If you'd like, you can read the journaling here. I chose to keep the colors as primarily the muted gray and aqua blues found throughout the kit to enhance the rain theme. I printed my journaling on a transparency and placed it over the washi paper to make it look like the journaling was directly on the washi paper. 
And here are a couple closeups...
And I needed one last Mother's Day card for tomorrow. I am so lucky to still have a living grandmother and great-grandmother to Liam - an amazing woman I fondly call Nana. So this is a card made especially for my Nana.

Thanks so much for checking out my projects! And I hope all you Mamas have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Project Life: Week 14

And some more Project Life catchup today with Week Fourteen! I've got weeks 15 through 19 all planned out. Just need to print the pics and assemble the spreads so be on the lookout for more Project Life spreads in the next week! But, in the meantime, here is Week 14...

And a closer look at the left side. I am keeping with the calendar card on the first spread of each month. The "Here Comes Trouble" sticker from the Echo Park About A Boy collection was perfect for the photo of Liam standing on his musical table trying to break free. I included the Timbers ticket stub this week because it was the first win of the season.

And now the right side. The journaling card in the upper right is a "filler" idea I've had brewing for awhile - it's my weekly chore schedule. Something mundane but definitely everyday life. And check out my friend Tascha's bridal shower invite; isn't it so pretty?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Memorable Seasons May Member of the Month: Lisa!

I am thrilled to say that Lisa Moen is the May Member of the Month at Memorable Seasons! In honor of her being Member of the Month, we asked her to share a little more about herself and some of her favorite layouts. You can check it all out HERE on the Memorable Seasons blog. And, as usual, we are issuing a monthly challenge to scraplift on of Lisa's amazing layouts from her Memorable Seasons gallery. All you have to do to participate is chose any layout from Lisa's gallery, scraplift it, then upload it to the gallery and link it back to the challenge thread by May 31st!

I chose to lift this amazing layout of Lisa's...

And here's my take on it using my Fancy Pants Trendsetter May kit...

Congratulations Lisa on being the May Member of the Month!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Project Life: Week 13

More Project Life catchup! Today, I am sharing week thirteen! We had a super busy week with it being Easter. I am thankful I happened to have the Design C page protector for my left side because the 6x4 spaces allowed for several photo collages which I find to be a great way to incorporate more photos without making things look too cluttered. 

And here's a closer look at the left side. The Easter morning block and egg hunt blocks are 100% digital so that made printing them, rounding the corners and slipping them right into the protector super-easy! By the way, I love those chevron wood veneers in the lower left. Love them.

We got a little more Easter fun on this page. The eggs are actually free printables for kids to color. I thought printing them at 25% size and then coloring them with my Zig Writers would be fun and make them look dyed themselves. The three zoo ticket stubs worked perfectly in one of my 3x4 slots and I continued my tradition of holiday subway art on this side of the spread. The photo of the pint of beer looking straight down was a total Ali Edwards rip-off...gotta give credit where its due.

Project Life: Week 12

I'm still playing Project Life catchup. And I'm still enjoying it. This week I'll be sharing weeks 12, 13 and 14 which have all been complete for about a week. Life has just gotten crazy and I haven't had the opportunity to post them here yet. And with my first of the month and National Scrapbooking Day design team deadlines out of the way, I plan to dedicate most of this week's scrap time to working on weeks 15, 16, 17 and 18.

So, anyways, here's week twelve. I had a blast with this week. I like my combo of photos I had to work with and I have to say again how much I surprisingly like the Design C page protectors. I just wish my Core Kit had more options for this particular style.

And here's a closer look at the left side. I got a little wood veneer happy on this spread and almost all of them ended up on this side. But they were all the perfect touch to each card. The QR code leads to a video of Liam dancing to Huey Lewis on Dancing With the Stars.

And here's the right side. I love this side of this spread. I love the XL Monday chipboard title, the use of the pearls to mimic hail and the very stark Homeland card. Perfect to capture the mood of the show. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Celebration of "Happy" with the Birds Of A Feather May Kit!

With the Celebration of ________ Crop just around the corner at Birds Of A Feather, I decided to keep with theme and celebrate all things happy with my first May Kit reveal! If you haven't picked up this perfect springtime kit yet, you need Go ahead, I'll wait. And I suggest grabbing the extras too. I did! I will admit when I first got this kit, I was a little scared of all the pink and flowers. I am a self-acclaimed tom-boy and mama to a baby boy so pink and flowers don't appear on my scrapbook pages often. But, once I started playing with this kit, my "inner girl" came out! And by the way...this is my first time every working with Simple Stories!

So, I'm off with my first "Happy" project. This 2-pager showcases photos from my parents 30th anniversary party that Andrew and I hosted at our house in Ohio back in June 2007. I have used this same layout several times when I've wanted to include lots of photos. I used the distress marker (love that thing) to outline the "So Happy" letters after I fussy-cut them from the paper. I really think it helped them pop of the page even more. I love the fact that the Bingo card had a number 30 in the perfect spot so I could use it and the Lily Bee ampersand sticker as part of my title. I put a teardrop gem (upside down) at each corner of the small photos for some added interest. And the journaling spot was cut from the sheet of Vintage Bliss paper that has the polaroids hanging on clotheslines.

So are you read for Mother's Day? I'm not but at least I'm two steps closer with these cards for my mom and mother-in-law. On the first card I covered up the "Sweet" on the mason jar with paper banners and Lily Bee alpha stickers. The second card includes the three blocks (also cut from the Vintage Bliss Polaroid paper) and a simple sentiment sticker adhered with foam adhesive for dimension.

And here are some closeups of all the above projects...

I hope this inspires you to get happy with the May kit! I'll be back later this month with much more!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Memorable Seasons May Kit is so "Trendy!"

It's no secret that I am a HUGE Fancy Pants lover. But...the colors in this collection scared me. I think it's the fact that there's TWO different shades of pink in it. And, being a tom-boy and mama to a baby boy, I tend to shy away from pink. But, when you mix it with mint green, black, navy, tan and off-white, you can use pink on boy pages! In fact, this collection's combination of fun colors is perfect for almost any subject and it is sprinkled with so many fun elements like buttons, stars, flags and funky numbers. This is definitely a collection you don't want to pass up!

And here's the kit I received (papers, backsides and embellishments)...

Of course, I had to pick up some extras as well (papers, backsides and embellishments)...

And here are my first creations with this fabulously "trendy" kit! I will be back later this month with more!