Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So Loved

A few weeks ago, my brother and his family welcomed a new baby girl into their home.  As Baby #6, she had 3 older sisters and 2 older brothers who were anxiously awaiting her arrival.

A few days after her birth, her dad emailed me some photos.  As I was scrolling through them, I was delighted in each pose that was the same, except for a different face smiling above hers as they each cradled Baby Lucy in his or her arms.  It struck me how lucky she is to be loved by so many people right from the start!

The pictures prompted this "So Loved" layout which I pieced together in a patchwork quilt style.  The muted tones and rich colors feel warm and welcoming.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum so the focus would remain on the photos.

p.s.  The layout really isn't crooked...I just can't take a straight picture.
I've been looking for an excuse to use these beautiful paper roses on a project.  I cut out the scalloped peach flower (shown below) using my Silhouette.  But you can also create one easily on your own like I did for the ivory flower.  Here's a quick tutorial for a spiral cut flower on the Fancy Pants blog.  (Scroll down until you seen "Spirals").

I love the dimension they add to this layout!

Here's my new "Plants" die from QuicKutz.  It's simple and elegant...love it!

Yes, Lucy is definitely loved.  Don't you agree?

Supplies Used:  Cardstock:  DCWV; Patterned Papers:  My Minds Eye; Dies:  QuicKutz; Border Punch:  Fiskars; Journaling Stamp:  WRMK; Pin:  Making Memories; Butterfly Punches:  Fiskars and Marvy; Flower:  Prima; Pearls:  K&Co.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Layout #2

As promised, here is a look at the 2nd class I'm teaching for Cindy's Scrapbooking Conference on October 15th & 16th.  It's pretty simple, but our class time only lasts for 1 1/2 hours, so simple is good.  :)
One of the hardest things about designing a class is making it versatile enough for everyone's photos.  On this layout, you could use six horizontal 4x3 photos (as shown), three 4x6 vertical photos, or a combination of these.

It doesn't really show in the photo, but the striped paper has just the right amount of glitter for a little something extra.  The chipboard stars add some dimension and I even popped one of them up further with foam squares.
Banners are always a fun and festive embellishment!

Can I just say I love these colors!  So fresh and fun!

If you are in the area, please join us for a fun-filled Girl's Weekend Out!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Scrapbooking Conference Coming Up!

It's that time of year again!
Cindy's Scrapbooking is hosting their semi-annual scrapbooking conference in Pocatello, Idaho on October 15th and 16th.  If you are in the area, please come join us for a super fun girl's weekend out!

Here's a look at one of the classes I'm teaching there:

I created two one-page layouts with product from the Life Stories collection by My Mind's Eye.

This is a photo of my grandmother with some fellow school teachers.  (She's the one on the left).  She was a wonderful teacher and loved by her students.  

I used the "Water Distressed" technique for the flower shared here

I used some of my favorite things on this layout such as the beautiful crocheted lace, some old paper doilies, and my Magnolia Quickutz font.

The colors are showing up a little strange on the picture of this next layout.  It is looking a little like smooshed peas, and that is not attractive at all!

Lucy's Homecoming
 I have a new niece and she is greatly loved!

 Here's a super easy burlap flower I will show you how to make in class.  I love the natural touch it adds to the layout.

 Love this "Birds on a Wire" border punch by Martha Stewart!

Isn't this "Happiness Meter" so fitting?  Love the lace cardstock too.  

Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at my next class!

Monday, October 4, 2010

{Not So} Spooky Halloween Layout

Leaves are falling, crops are being harvested, and there's a chill in the air.  That means Halloween is on its way!

I created this {not so} spooky layout for my October 14th class at Lucky Lark Designs.  It's the perfect design for using up scraps of paper (although I ended up cutting into 12 different sheets of brand new paper).  :)  You could also use some horizontal 4x3 photos in place of the vertical 4x6 pictures shown on the example. 

By the way, in case you couldn't tell, Taylor was a Quarterback that year.

When I design a layout, the details are my favorite part.  I love adding small accents like the googly eyes and tiny letters.

This is my new Michael's date stamp.  I *LOVE* date stamps!

And since we are seeing banners everywhere, why not add one here complete with spooky Halloween icons?

Our classes have been filling quickly, so if you are interested in attending, please sign up.  All the information is available here at Lucky Lark Designs.   I have some completed kits for sale as well.  That ordering information can be found here.

Happy Fall!