Monday, March 2, 2015

Plus Sign Digital Cuts

I've been having so much fun using my Silhouette to cut layout backgrounds this month. The layout I want to share today was inspired by the Scrapbook Circle Here's the Story Digital Cuts that came with the kit.

I loved the random plus sign square and enlarged it to fill a 12 X 12 page to use at the background on my layout.

At first I thought that I'd fill in each of the plus signs with different papers from behind, but it just felt like too many patterns spread randomly around the page. Instead I ended up taking all of the patterned papers that I was going to use behind the plus signs and clustered them around the photos. There were still a lot of fun patterns on the page, but it felt better all in one place rather than spread across the page.

For Valentine's Day this year, were got together with one of our close friend couples and the guys cooked the girls a fancy dinner in the quiet comfort of our backyard. It was perfect. I hardly took any pictures, but I had a couple and definitely wanted to record this memory. For the journaling, I used the sticker tabs and layered a few on the page as a journaling spot. I'm happy to have this story documented!

Layout supplies /// Here's the Story Kit ///  Tell Me Add-on /// On My Way Add-on

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You + Me >>> Happy Days

A few nights ago I was half awake during the night and a sketch for a layout came to me. It seemed a little strange since that pretty much never happens. The next morning it was still in my head, so I took that as a sign that I should scrapbook using that idea. The sketch included a couple of photos along the right side of the page with most of the left side filled with journaling and an embellishment cluster. I'm pretty happy with how the page actually turned out!

I decided to print off a couple of favorite photos of Ward and I take last fall and use them on the page along with thought about us in the journaling. I mixed in little stickers as part of the journaling just for fun and layered a cluster of sheer embellishments off to the side. 

 The Scrapbook Circle March is kit titled Here's the Story and it's inspiring me to focus on telling all sorts of stories that I want to record and remember.

Layout supplies /// Here's the Story Kit /// On My Way Add-on ///  Tell Me Add-on

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stitch Fix - February 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had a fun delivery from Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a fun service that ships you clothes that you can try on and then ship back what you don't want to keep. It's a great way to freshen up my wardrobe without needing to go out and shop in a store.

What to see what came in my box...

Shaina Stitched Detail Jean

It seems like I wear the same couple pairs of jeans over and over again and when I saw these dark denim I was excited to try them on. The stitched detailing down the side of each leg won me over and I decided to keep these.

Annalisse Anorak Jacket

I made a request for a lightweight jacket that would be nice for travel and layering and I was really happy with what they sent.  The neutral army green color looked like it would be perfect for coordinating with almost anything. It was love at first touch! This jacket is just so soft. I'm not sure how much wear I'll get out of this jacket because Audrey has already borrowed it three times in the past week. I guess it's even cool enough for teenagers!

Striped Knit Tee

This shirt was fine, but I didn't think it was anything special, so it was shipped back. 

Navy/White Polka Dress

The fit on this was just wrong on me. It was super baggy on the top and wasn't flattered at all. Back it went.

Navy Long Cardigan

I'd requested a black cardigan and my stylist said that she could find one for me, so she sent this navy cardigan instead. I do appreciate that they are reading my requests and doing their best to fulfill them. The cut on this just didn't feel flattering which it too bad because the fabric was super soft and comfortable. This went back too.

I think picking up two new pieces that can be staples in my wardrobe was a success! Both the jeans and the jacket were winners. Thanks, Stitch Fix!

If you want to take a look at some of my past Stitch Fix boxes, you can check them out HERE.

The Stitch Fix links are affiliate and if you choose to sign up for the service via my link I will receive a small credit on my next box. I'm truly just sharing here because it's something that I love!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fast and Fun Scrapbooking @ Craftsy

Today my third Crafty class went live! I had such a great time flying to Denver in December to do the filming for this class. (You can read about my trip to Craftsy HERE.)

One thing I hear from people about not scrapbooking is that they just don't have time. Have you ever heard that or felt that way? That's why I developed this Fast and Fun Scrapbooking Class for Craftsy!

I share lots of great tips and tricks for streamlining the scrapbooking process and we also make a lot of layouts in the class. It's all about keeping the process simple while working in special and creative touches along the way.

You can check out a preview video for the class HERE.

You can checkout the class HERE. This link will give a $15 discount on the class. Sweet!

One of my favorite things about Craftsy classes is that they are video based and I can stop, rewind and watch on my own schedule. I've signed up for a few classes (card making, cupcake decorating and a food photography class) and I'm enjoying taking my time working through the classes.

I hope you'll take a minute and stop by and see what my class is all about. Enjoy the day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Scrapbook Circle Free Kit Weekend!

Scrapbook Circle is offering a sweet deal this weekend! Start a new subscription with the February Today is Beautiful Kit and choose any past kit to ship along for free. Yes! I really love free stuff.

So if you've been wanting to try out Scrapbook Circle kits (or you've been missing them and need them again!) this is the perfect weekend to pick up two kits for the price of one. Plus, I must say that the March kit is going to be fabulously stuffed with new goodies ordered at CHA plus some cool exclusives. 

Just for fun, I decided to put the six layouts plus eight tags that I created with the Today is Beautiful February Kit into a collage so you can get a feel for the kit. You can see that there are definitely some love elements in the kit, but it is certainly not just for Valentine's Day. 

Stop by the Scrapbook Circle site to check out the February Today is Beautiful Kit and take advantage of a cool weekend deal.  How you have a lovely weekend!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Crafting is My Sanity

How do people happily survive without a hobby? Seriously. With all of the demands with family, work and church, it's so nice to have a craft where I can take time out and create something. When I'm making things with paper it's like I'm giving myself a really big breathe of fresh air.

This week a crafting break was inspired by my Today is Beautiful kit scraps that were in a messy piles on my desk. After making six layouts, there were still a lot of great bits and pieces still left, so I decided to make some Valentine tags for my kids, Ward and a few friends.

White tags that I had on hand were the base for each of the tags. I sprayed a few white doilies with Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Tropicana Teal, Gold and Primrose) and folded those around a few of the white tags. 

It was so fun to stack and layer bits and pieces of pretty paper, glittered embellishments and flowers. My talented friend, Tessa, gave me a sweet gift of handmade flowers and bows and I used those and finishing touches on a few of the tags. 

Once the tags were finished, I decided that it would be fun to tie them with baker's twine to some candy. I was so happy to find these hot pink candy bars at Trader Joe's. I didn't even care what chocolate flavor they were (luckily they were plain swiss chocolate) because I knew the pink candy wrapping would add the perfect pop of color.

It took about an hour to create these eight tags and I'm thinking that was an hour of crafting happiness that was well spent!

Happy Friday, friends!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love Our Life

There have been many times when I've printed off an Instagram photos and used it on a page. For a fun twist on that idea, I decided to take a screenshot of a photo my husband had shared on an Instagram private message and use that on a layout.

I love how the screenshot not only captures a fun moment with our kids riding bikes in Newport Beach, but it also shows photo comments and little photos of who the picture was shared with. This helps tell more of the story without me actually having to write or say anything. I'm sure over time the interface for Instagram will change is this preserves a little piece of our history.

I kept this layout pretty simple with the focus on the photo, a few embellishments and a bit of journaling. Sometimes I just need a quick and simple page to help me tell the story I want to record. No frills on this one and that works just fine for me.

Layout Supplies /// Today is Beautiful Kit


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