Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Week in Our Lives Mini Album

I haven't made a mini album for awhile, so I thought it was time. I decided to document one week of our summer just for fun. I used this super cute layered album by Bo Bunny. It has an acrylic cover and chipboard pages.

I decided to keep the pages fairly plain and just use accent pieces to embellish. I used more of the Tree House Pebbles collection that I showed to you yesterday.

Journaling cards from My Mind's Eye "So Sophie" collection worked perfectly in this album.

I started with Saturday and Sunday...

Pebbles clear embellishments are really fun to layer and they have the cutest little flower brads ever! Check out this flower:

Yes, that's me pretending to play Guitar Hero. I don't do so well...My kids, of course, rock!

There was a big wildfire on Tuesday of that week. The sky was so smoky and I thought it would be interesting to include a picture of that.

Isn't that little owl sticker the cutest ever??

Wednesday was the busiest day ever! We had work, 4-H, and piano lessons. Travis started digging trenches all over the yard for a sprinkler system. AND we had to build a covered wagon for the kid's "Around the Block" parade in celebration of Pioneer Day. (I will have to post more on that later).

The one thing I DIDN'T get done this week: Washing the car.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Pebbles Collections

I got to play with some of the newest Pebbles collections last week. The papers and embellishments are so fun! Here's Tree House...it's probably my favorite of the two:

I made this layout for the purpose of displaying it in a frame, so there's no journaling...just some fun pics of the boys and me. I found the perfect 12x12 frame with a darling beaded edge at Porter's.

The chipboard embellies (or "Chips" as they are called) are so super cute! I thought the bird was irresistible! Most pieces have a little glitter on them.

One of the things I love about Pebbles is how affordable their pieces are. These little journaling stickers come in a small package and retail for only $1.49. You can't beat that! I didn't even journal on the one I used here...just placed it in the corner to balance the page.

I love the matching paper flowers and decorative brads. You can mix and match them to your heart's content. I also used a package of "Love You" rub-ons to create a border near the bottom of the layout.

This next layout was made using the same "Tree House" collection. We surprised Cam with a new bike earlier this summer. He was so excited!

Love the cloud paper! I cut it apart and just used pieces here:

I cut out the bike using my Silhouette. However, the spokes were too tiny and kept tearing, so I just ended up cutting some by hand.

In case you've never noticed, I always love to add some stitching and maybe throw on a couple of buttons to most things I make:

Here's a peek at more of the cute chipboard:

Now here's a look at the May Bouquet collection. The colors are so bright and vivid! Love it!

The tiny set of matching rub-ons are perfect for cards and layouts alike:

Look how you can layer the flowers. I think they are so pretty with a brad in the center. (Also notice the new Martha Stewart punch? It's kind of fun I think)!

Well that's it for now. Tomorrow I will post a mini album I made. Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Maya Road's CHA Reveal!

Wow! Wow! Wow! Check out all the luscious new goodies Maya Road is releasing at CHA! So much inspiration here! I love the trinket pins and the flowers and the stamps, and the chipboard, and the canvas albums. OK...so I love it all! Excuse me while I drool!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Bo Bunny

Check out Cambridge, a great new collection Bo Bunny is releasing at CHA next week! The style is quite a bit different from their current products, but still has that Bo Bunny flair. Scroll through their blog post and see all the goodies and embellishments that accompany this fabulous masculine line. It keeps going and going and going...

So what do you think? Do you like it? It reminds me of a cross between vintage Ivy League college meets Harry Potter. Haha! I think it's great!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another CHA Sneak Peek


The Scrap Review is doing an awesome job of keeping up with all the new releases that will be debuting soon at CHA. There are lots of them I love, but this one caught my eye. See more of it here.

On a side note, we just got back from another weekend at the lake. I have some projects to post and will try to get them up later this week in between the mountains of laundry we always seem to bring home with us.

I also have some new and exciting adventures in the works. I can't wait to share them with you! Until then, Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Easy Paper Flowers

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love finding different ways to make flowers for cards, layouts, and other projects. So when I run across another idea, I just have to share!

Today's idea comes from Cards magazine. Hannah shares this fun and easy technique for creating these lovely vintage-looking flowers:

Image from Cards blog/Northridge Media

I wonder how this technique would work using tissue paper? Might have to try it...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Stamping with Acrylic Paint

(Image by Northridge Media)

I love stamping on layouts (although I haven't done it for awhile). There is a great little tutorial on the Scrapbook Trends blog on the perfect technique. Be sure to check it out here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

BIG Teresa Collins Reveal!!

UPDATED!! The winner has been chosen and sadly it wasn't me. :(

But, Teresa Collins has posted a demo video on YouTube showing how her stampmaker works. It looks so easy! Check it out here. This machine will retail for $169.99 What do you think? Would you get one?

Check this out! Teresa Collins just announced on her blog today her new machine debuting at CHA that allows you to make your own stamps! Really!! How cool is that? And to top it off, she is giving one away free on her blog. Make sure to leave a comment and she will draw a random winner. (Hopefully by the time you are reading this, it's not too late). Check it all out here. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Photo Ideas-Road Trip

Going on a road trip this summer? Becky Higgins has some great suggestions for some fun photos you can take to document the experience. Check it out here.

Photo courtesy of The Tahoe Guy on Flickr.

Monday, July 5, 2010

CHA Sneak Peeks!

Well, it has begun! I love seeing sneak peeks of beautiful new products that lead up to CHA. I find it so inspiring to see the latest and greatest from a variety of manufacturers and the anticipation really makes me want to create something fabulous! Many websites are posting sneak peeks from a number of manufacturers. The Scrap Review is a great place to see up-to-date peeks. Here are a few of my favorites so far...

3 Bugs in a Rug

Pink Paislee

Glitz Design

Tim Holtz Stamps

I can't wait!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Unity Stamp Co. Giveaway!

Hey! Hop on over the the CK blog where you can be entered for a chance to win $500 worth of product from Unity Stamp Company!

Have a great weekend!

Happy 4th of July!

I love America! As the celebration of Independence Day approaches, I realize I don't have many layouts documenting my patriotism. That's gotta change!

In the meantime, here's a layout I made last year based on a sketch I saw on The Scrap Review. Emilie Ahern wrote the article, but I'm not sure who to credit the sketch to. (I can't find the post now). Emilie created a digital version of this sketch...

...I created mine with paper (and ribbons and stickers):

The photos are 2" square, so it allows you to fit lots on this page (9 to be exact)!

All paper, stickers, and ribbon are Adornit by Carolee's Creations.

I love adding texture to a layout, even if it's subtle, like a row of stitching or a snippet of ribbon.

A Making Memories clip finishes it off...

So, how about you? Have you documented your love for your country? If not, I challenge you to do it this month.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July everyone!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Bo Bunny just announced auditions for their Design Team here. Hmmm....should I or shouldn't I?

On another note, I ran across this super cute summertime layout today. It reminds me of where we are going this weekend. I can't wait! I will give you a hint...