Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eat Sleep Cry

Hi folks! Got another baby layout to share with you guys. The title of this layout is Eat. Sleep. Cry. Repeat. Whenever anyone sees it they say, 'you forgot poop!' Actually, I am well aware that the phrase is normally Eat, Sleep, Poop. However, in the case of my baby Eat Sleep Cry is more befitting. His poop was pretty minimal compared to the fussy crying, lol. So I thought it would be fun to capture some photos of him doing the three things that he does best:
LOL! I still laugh when I look at these pictures. This may not be your 'conventional' baby page, but they capture Henry at age 1-8 weeks.
The paper I used for this layout is from Maggie Holmes for American Crafts, but then I mixed it up with the embellishments a bit. I am in love with these sequined bows from Freckled fawn. I must get more STAT. And the little vellum envelope is from DCWV. I actually wrote my journaling on a little tag and placed it in there- just for fun! The twine is from American Crafts and the fun sequins are from Doodlebug! And aren't those itty bitty tags just the cutest? Those are also from DCWV- I'm in love!
I love the confetti look, so I took a fun mix of different size and shape sequins and glued 'em down. I am also having a lot of fun with the Dear Lizzy triangle punch! Hope you enjoyed my layout, and thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

This is my happy

Hi all! I've got a new layout to share with you today- this is one of my all time favorites. Sometimes everything just syncs up and you make something you can really be proud of. I decided to take a little break from scrapbooking Henry (I already have a full album and he's only 12 weeks old! By the time he's grown he'll need a storage unit for his scrapbooks!!) So I decided to do something TOTALLY different and scrapbook how Henry came to be, aka my pregnancy album. I know, I'm really stretching! haha! For this page I scrapped one of my maternity photos. They were taken up in the gorgeous Utah mountains last Fall. It was so beautiful!!
I used paper from Simple Stories for this layout. Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe this company caters to the Project Life or pocket type scrapbooking. I think this style is awesome, and a great hybrid, but I still like to create the whole page layouts. But I really like a lot of the lines made by Simple Stories so I decided to show how you can still create full page layouts using this type of product.
I used a sketch from Stuck on U sketches as my starting point. I really liked the versatility of this sketch and had a lot of fun with it. Because of the layout, I was able to use a couple of the journaling cards as part of my design. I layered them over a frame cut from Elegant Edges. I added the cute cute borders on the top and bottom that were in the paper kit. They also have these awesome clear overlays (Acetate? Vellum? I'm not really sure what it's made of...) but I thought it looked cute and added a nice design element to my layout.
I really really love these little man/woman shapes. They are so cute and fun! I got these from the Small Talk Frames and Tags cartridge. I layered them over a little fall tree and added a heart over the ladies' belly because... of course. ;)
Just used alphas from the paper kit for my title- and it's so true. That man and the little baby that was growing in my belly are my true life's happiness!

Thanks for checking out my project and stopping by today- I sure appreciate your support!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brand New

Hiya! So today I have a layout to share featuring the awesome Vintage Collector stack from DCWV. I'm not sure if you're aware, but DCWV started making embellishments to coordinate with their paper, and they started with coordinating embellishments for this stack. Let me tell you, these embellishments are AWESOME. Really fun, really on trend and a great variety. They have dimensional stickers, alphas, washi, chipboard frames and some fun 3D elements that coordinate with the paper. You should definitely check it out! I happen to be a big fan of this line as it uses a lot of elements that are "my style". Here is what I created with it:
Everything I used on the page is from the DCWV Vintage Collector line. Fun fun line. For the title I fussy cut the letters from a page that has the entire alphabet in these cute blocks. I used letters from both the 6x6 and 12x12 stacks to get the varying sizes.
They have a book of different stickers, many of which have space for journaling, so I used that for my journaling spot. The journaling is telling about the big plans for Henry's newborn photos that I had. I researched posing newborns and pored over Pinterest for ideas. I knew that the shots had to be taken in the first 2 weeks, when newborns sleep a lot. That way you can get them into those cute poses without too much fuss. I was so proud that I would be able to take his shots myself since I had been studying photography and wouldn't have to pay another photographer. Well, life doesn't always go as we plan it and Henry just did not want to stay asleep- or calm- to have his photo taken. I only managed to get a couple good shots. Oh well! He has had many sessions since then where he was cooperative and I've gotten some great shots of him!! The journaling reads: I had very big plans for your first newborn photo shoot. Unfortunately they required you to be very asleep & you didn't want to cooperate! I only managed to get a couple good shots. But there were many photo shoots to come!"
This is one of the many adorable chipboard frames, that I have layered over a dimensional camera sticker.
I LOVE these ribbon paper clips- they add such a fun element. And the heart washi has a wood background. So cute!!
This is another sticker. The chevron border was cut from a full printed page of cute chevron with different patterns.
Here is a peek at the Vintage Collector line- you should definitely check it out so they will continue to make these cute embellies!!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Meeting Papa

Hi my friends! Today I have a special layout to share with you!
This was a moment when my dad was meeting Henry for the first time. Just a little background- Henry was 6 years in the making. There were many (including myself) that had concluded that being a mom just wasn't going to be in the cards for me. But then a miracle happened. Sometimes things just need to happen at the right time, right place and with the right people. So Henry was due on my dad's birthday, and I was around 10 1/2 weeks on Father's Day so we decided that was when we would announce my pregnancy. Because of those ties to my dad we wrote it all up in a card and had him read aloud it in front of everybody, however he figured out what we were trying to say and got very emotional before he could finish reading the card. 
It was a very sweet and special memory for us, so I wanted to do a special layout showing when my dad finally met his newest grandson. As you can probably tell, my dad is a biker and looks like one! So I wanted to marry some harder biker-ish elements with the sweeter baby elements in the layout, so I added some gear shapes, and the "wild thing" phrase in honor of my dad, "Papa".
I love stars on boy pages and probably overuse them a bit, but I love the rounded edges of these stars from the Baby Steps cartridge- so cute for baby boy pages! I used the DCWV My Sunshine Stack for this page.
I seriously love this viewfinder cut- I think I will be using this one a LOT in the future! And I still love Chevron, what can I say? It's not going to be going anywhere on my layouts anytime soon.
I designed the title on my Cricut Explore, and mixed fonts to create one that is softer and one that is harder (Blackletter) to represent the baby and the biker. :)

Here is the stack I used- some really cute design elements (phrases and journaling cards) for kid pages.


Friday, April 4, 2014

And then came Henry

Today I have a quick and easy layout to share with you all! Sometimes you just don't have the time to  spend a lot of time designing, or die-cutting images, but you still want a traditional layout for your scrapbook. This is when I turn to collection kits. They usually include coordinating papers with alphas as well as matching stickers and journaling cards, so you can literally complete a full layout in as few as 20 minutes. I used Echo Park's Bundle of Joy boy for this one, and by using the embellishments included in the kit it came together very quickly.
Very cute color palette in this kit, and I love the animal themes!
Aren't these little diaper pins the cutest?
I used two different alphas for my title- And then came Henry
I love the journaling cards that allow you to jot down thoughts or memories without taking away from your design theme.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ten fingers and ten toes

Hiya friends! So I had a lot of fun playing with the Cricut Design Space for this project. I never really got into the Gypsy, even though I know a lot of you swear by it, so the designing and manipulating of images is pretty new to me, but now that I have jumped on the bandwagon I just LOVE it. I love how you can take an existing design and tweak it to be whatever you want. I also love that you can use any font that you have on your computer. Gives you so many creative possibilities with titling and journaling, and it's just plain fun!! So here is my layout:
Aren't those tiny little baby fingers and toes just the cutest?! So for this layout I used one of my all time favorite stacks from DCWV- Sunday Afternoon. This really is one of my favorites. The images are a little vintage-y, a little whimsical and right up my alley.
Here is where I had a little fun with the designing element of this page- designing the title. It was fun to have the freedom to use different fonts, to manipulate the size to fit your page, weld, etc all on the same computer screen and then have it print out as one project. As opposed to how I USED to do it which was to cut my letters one cartridge at a time, and being limited to what I could to with the image. Okay, I know I am a little late to the party with the designing aspect of this, but I was really intimidated by the software aspect, and thought it seemed complicated to learn so I just wasn't interested in taking the time. Turns out it was super easy and I'm so glad I dived in!
The hearts were fussy cut from a  page in the stack, and literally every heart on the page has a different design and they are all absolutely adorable!
And isn't this banner the cutest? I just love the patterns in this stack, and yes, I still love banners on my layouts. What can I say, I'm a banner junkie.
Film strips (and vintage cameras) are another design trend that I am really into right now. I simply love this film strip image.

So there's my layout, hope you enjoyed it! If you would like to get some of this darling paper for yourself (and you definitely should! It's adorbs!!) here is a picture of the stack:



Sunday, March 30, 2014

My little SONshine

Hi folks! I'm back with another layout featuring... wait for it... Henry! Haha, you might as well get used to it ;) So I have always wanted to do one of those fun sunbeam layouts, but simply didn't have the patience to measure and cut all the different rays. Enter Cricut's Edge to Edge cartridge, and they have a cute sunburst design which meant I didn't have to do any hand cutting or measuring! I did have to do a little tracing and hand cutting, but that was easy when the measurements were already there. So here is my layout:
So once I cut out the sunburst shape on my Cricut, I took the negatives and attached them to the patterned papers I wanted in the empty windows with removable adhesive. I then just cut around them and glued them to the backside of the empty spaces. Easy peasy!!
The stars were fussy cut from one of the patterned papers (this was from Echo Park) and then popped up on foam.
For the title I just used the stickers that came with the paper collection. It was easy, and I actually thought the bright colors and whimsical pattern matched my page really well.
I had a cut file for this polaroid frame that I was able to cut with my Cricut Explore (isn't it so awesome that we can do that now??!) and voila! Page is done! This was a very quick and simple page, and I love how the bright colors match the cute little monster knit hat that Henry is wearing. This hat was homemade, too, which is just amazing to me! Some people have such talent!!

I'm linking this page up with Paper Issues for their "Sunshine" theme this month!