Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WEEK 30 - END OF YEAR PARTY

Hi everyone!  It's August!!!  Time for reflections of summer and gearing up for back-to-school time.  This reminded me of my daughter's end of the year party she had in May.  For the end of her first grade year, her teacher hosted a party at her family's ranch.  The kids and their families came and rode horses, had a pot luck and ate s'mores.  It was so much fun!  I wanted to be sure I documented this quickly.  Check out the video to see my thoughts and process!



Supplies:

  • Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Crate Paper, Webster's Pages, cardstock
  • Thickers: Printshop
  • Stickers: Crate Paper Notes & Things
  • Flair: American Crafts
  • Enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope I helped spark some ideas for summer and school layouts to make your own!  Have a great week!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WEEK 29 - OH CANADA!

Hello everyone and welcome to my July DT layout!!  Today I have a patriotic layout for you in keeping with our theme this month.  But, I am from Canada so it's all about the maple leaf and the red and white here.  July 1st is Canada Day and it also happens to be my youngest son's birthday.  So I knew I had the perfect photo to scrap in keeping with this theme.  His first birthday!

Yes, this photo is from 2005 and I have never scrapped in our family album before.  I did up a first year book but our family albums from 2003-2007 are pretty sparse.  As I was very busy with 2 boys under the age of 5 at the time.  So I am thrilled to get this scrapped.

I used my Silhouette to cut out this giant maple leaf and then kept the layout predominantly red and white with some touches of navy and gold.  I hope you enjoy.  See my process video below.






Supply List:
Cardstock: American Crafts.
Patterned paper: Webster's Pages and Carta Bella.
Alpha stickers: Gold - Studio Calico, Black - unknown.
Embellishments: Layered stickers - Carta Bella, Wood veneer - Shimelle for American Crafts, sequin stars, puffy hearts - American Crafts and Crate Paper; glassine envelope - unknown.
Mist: Color Shine - Heidi Swapp.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WEEK 28 - OUR COUNTRY



Hello everyone!  When my son had came to me and told me that he was ready to join the military, I was shocked at first.  I asked him why and he said because he wanted to serve his country.  So naturally I went through asking a list of questions that he answered and then I told him okay, if that is what you want to do then go ahead.  Being a mother I also informed him of some of the not so glorious times that he might experience and I said no matter what happens remember what I have told you and what your father and I have taught you, of course my husband was all happy with his decision.

In this photo is my son and my daughter who thought it would be cool to pose with her brother in his pre military training uniform (the army).  He had to prepare for 4 months prior to going to basic training.  He did really well and I was a proud mom for my son to be serving our country.


Do you have a member of your family that is in the military?  If so be proud and stand proud for them for serving our country.  I am proud of my son and I always will be for him serving our country.  I hope you enjoy the video!


I used some items from my stash and I sketched out this layout, wanted to preserve the United States pattern on the paper.  

SUPPLY LIST:
Pattern Paper: Doodle Bug; Patriotic Parade
Pattern Paper: Simple Stories, Stars and Stripes
Colored Cardstock: Bazzill
Acetate: Webster's Pages
Silver Stars: Freckled Fawn
Red, White, and Blue stars: Doodle Bug, star jewels
Enamel Dots: Doodle Bug
Thickers: Dear Lizzy foam
Mr Huey's White Calico















Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WEEK 27 - MAKING MEMORIES HAVING FUN





I think out of all our memories from this summer, this one is by far my most favorite.
I really loved the photo I took and the impact it had on me in black and white, so I wanted my layout colors to be not so bright and let the picture shine.  Because to me the picture is what tells me the story, that brings me right back to that moment in the pool.  

Now let me ask you this, have you ever created a layout without patterned papers?  I did for this layout.  I was looking through my stash of stuff and thought I would look through my cards I have on hand for pocket scrapbooking.  I found the quote one and instantly knew I wanted this to be right next to my picture on the layout.  Well as I was looking through the rest of the cards, I came across the polka dot ones and the chevron ones.  They matched since they were from the same collection.
The best part is that they are pre cut down to a small size and I don't have to fuss with any trimming.  A win win in my book anyday.

So I lined up the patterned cards on the bottom of a white sheet of cardstock and attached the large quote card to the left side above that.
When I was going through my ever growing stash of tags, I did happen to find this little piece of turquoise scraps that was cut like a flag, so I trimmed it down to add a little more color to the layout.
I then added my photo that I printed at home in a 5x7 size and added a piece of that scrap I cut off from the flag on the right side of the photo.  This added a little pop of color on the right side of the layout as well. 
I found my little frames, and decided to add a few color photos from the same visit to the pool.  I thought these in color would add more to the layout than in black and white.  In color they actually matched the layout quite well, and then to me it makes the large black and white photo pop so much more. 

After I added my photos, I added the tags to the top of the quote card.  


Then I added my hand written journaling on a card and attached that to the bottom side of the quote card.  Want to know something fun, the little saying card at the top that says "this is pure happiness", well it was a large card, but I only wanted the top saying to show, so I trimmed most of it off and the journaling is actually on the bottom part of that card.  I would rather be able to use the bottom half instead of just lost underneath something anyways.  Great way to get the most out of your supplies. 

The last and final thing I do on all my layouts once the main elements are down and in place, is add some fun little extra details.  I added the enamel dots, and all the grouping of matching stickers on the bottom right side of the layout under my photo.  Then I added the tiny little paper clips to the quote card and the word stickers to the small photo frames.  I think all the last extra detail elements sometimes help finish off the layout.  All I do for this is take out my bucket of "extra" stuff, and see what I have that matches or goes with the theme of my layout and add as I go along.  



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout. 

What is your favorite memory this summer?

When I am not here you can always find me on my blog over at RANDOM RAMBLINGS.

~NICOLE




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WEEK 26 - MILITARY PRIDE

Hello everyone!  Here in the states, we are celebrating our Independence this month.  I have decided to use some of our military pictures to represent our patriotic pride. Being a military family, we have plenty of pictures to scrap!  These are some photos I took at an air show that we attended last year.  Please check out the video to see my process and please leave any questions you might have for me!





Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'd love for you to come check out my blog as well: www.thescrapangel.blogspot.com  Have a great week!




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEEK 24 - FOR THE LOVE OF THE BEACH

Hi everyone!  Here is my layout for the month of June.  I live on an island (albeit a very large one) and the part that I LOVE the most about that is having such easy access to the beach and the ocean at anytime I want.  I find visiting the ocean to be the most relaxing and stress-relieving thing in the world and whenever life gets to me... that is where I go.

This photo is from earlier in the spring but the message is how we all love the beach and that the weather has now improved so we can go again.  Don't get me wrong... we go year round here (and are grateful for that) but being able to go and be warm and not worry about layers is awesome. As is walking in the surf or day-dreaming on a log.

Here is my layout:

I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple although I will confess I had planned to use a heart stencil and modeling paste to add a few hearts or some texture behind my layers.  Oh well! I did however want to tone down my background paper so I applied a fairly liberal coat of gesso to it (thus the curly edges, sorry!).  I used a scraper to put it on and as it dries pretty quick I layered it on as I went just working from top corner to bottom corner and once I went back up to the top it was dry enough to add a bit more. I think I added it about 3 times to get to this level of opacity.

I also, as you can see in the video, used my very old Heidi Swapp distress tool on the edges of the top and bottom strips. I just didn't want them to be too flat.

And a few close ups:


And a video!!

Supplies List:
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages Ocean Melody
Cardstock: Michael's
Vellum Frames and Tags: Webster's Pages Ocean Melody
Embellishments: Stickers -Webster's Pages; Puffy Stickers - Evalicious; Wood veneer - Evalicious; Burlap hearts - Simple Stories; Fabric hearts - Amy Tangerine; Enamel hearts - Lilibee Design; Arrows - Crate Paper.
Alphabet: Thickers - Alyx.
Pen: Project Life.
Date Stamp: Heidi Swapp.
Mist, Ink and Paint: Color Shine - Gold; Ranger - Pumice Stone distress ink; Ranger - Cracked Pistachio distress pain; Making Memories - Banana, acrylic paint.
Tool: Heidi Swapp - Edge Distressor.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WEEK 23 - THE HERO IN MY LIFE





Highlighting a male figure in your life is our post for this month, so I decided to do a layout of my husband.  This man has been an awesome father and husband to our family.  He is the hardest working man and I have never known anyone who works as hard as this man does in my life.  He has gone through some health challenges and has prevailed leaving no excuses for any of us to use.  He is the hero in my life and has proven it over and over again.  His major health challenge was that he needed a liver due to some serious challenges with his own and unfortunately his liver challenges were passed down through family heritage.

Today, he is doing absolutely wonderful and is back to him self and we are all thankful for that.  I can honestly say that he is the true hero in my life and deserves to be honored every day.




In this video I use a sketch and I tried not to make too feminine so I used masculine colored pattern paper.

Who is your hero in your life?  Is it a father, husband, or brother?  Try creating a layout featuring your hero or father figure in your life.  Highlight what makes them your hero and let them know how much you love them everyday.  Be sure to visit my blog for more inspiration.

Take Care!


Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Graphic 45; A Proper Gentleman
Cardstock: Blue, black, and white: Stash
Die cuts: Simple Stories
White circle die cuts: Silhouette cut file
Enamal dots: Teresa Collins Urban Market
Enamel arrows: My Mind’s Eye
Spray mist: Studio Calico Mister Hueys calico white
Thickers: Dear Lizzy