Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beautiful Girl

Hey, there everyone!  Today I'm sharing a project that was featured on the AWDML blog last week!

Today I want to share a fun sketch from our Pinterest board and the layout that I created with it. First of all here’s the sketch by the fabulously talented Pamela Young from Pamela’s World of Scrap.
And, here’s my layout featuring the new Lily Bee collection called Sweet Shoppe. It’s a great collection full of wonderful colors and super cute patterns! It’s going to be one of my go-to summer collections, for sure!

One of the things that I love about sketches is how you can use it exactly, or not. I often start using the sketch pretty exactly, and then make small changes along the way. You can see that I stuck pretty close to the sketch here, but made a few adjustments to make it work for me. I moved the title and the journaling. I chose to use a large pleated flower in place of the butterflies from the sketch. I also added the date into the upper right hand corner. Lastly, you can see that I created a large (yellow) mat for the layout elements to sit on. For me, it helped to pop everything off the page.

Here’s a close-up of the cardstock alpha stickers that are a part of the collection, and the pleated flower that I made. I just love the pop of pink!

And, here’s a peek at the journaling:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the sketch and my layout!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Easiest Gift Card Holder EVER!

Hey there, everyone!  Here's a project I shared on the AWDML Blog last week!  Enjoy!

Gift Card season us upon us– Father’s Day, Graduations, Baby Showers, Weddings and Birthdays. Every occasion calls for a gift and in every case Gift Cards are simple and loved. But, there’s always the question of how you present the gift card. Well, I have a super simple and easy gift card holder that is perfect when you have several to make at once and not a lot of time to do it! And, the greatest part, you can make THREE of them from just one piece of 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of cardstock!

Here’s what we’re making:

First, cut your cardstock into three strips that are 2 3/4″ by 11″. There will be a tiny strip left over. You can just put that in the recycle bin!

Now, using your score board, score each strip at 3 3/4″ and 7 1/2″.

Now, cut corner to corner on the third panel (the furthest right in the photo above), which is slightly smaller than the rest.

Now, apply adhesive along the bottom edge of the now triangular panel where I marked with a pen below.

Now simply fold the triangular panel over and press down to adhere. This makes the pocket for your gift card.

Once you fold your card on the final score line, that’s IT! No kidding! Isn’t that the easiest thing EVER?! Now, you just need to decorate it!

I cut two white pices at 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ and two patterned paper pieces at 2 1/4″ by 3 1/4″. I put one white piece and one patterned piece together for the front of the card. I stamped my sentiment on the other white piece and adhered it to the inside left of my card. Finally, I cut the 2nd patterned paper piece from corner to corner to fit on the triangular flap.

Here’s the front of one of the cards:

And, here’s the inside:

I hope you liked today’s project and that you will find it useful when you have gift cards to give this summer!

Monday, June 17, 2013

An Amazing Opportunity!!

I'm beyond excited to share that I was asked to be on the Cycling Team for Little Yellow Bicycle's Poppy Collection.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this collection!  The papers, the embellishments-- EVERYTHING!  Today I get to share my layouts on the LYB Blog and I'm super excited to share them here, too!  
My first layout features my sweet Goldendoodle, Duffy.  We’ve had a very rainy spring and since he likes to play in the mud, we don’t usually let him out to “play” when it’s so wet and he gets very, very sad.  One day, he looked especially pathetic staring out the window and my camera just happened to be nearby, so I got out the camera and the kids and I laughed while trying to figure out what he was thinking.  The “5 things” embellishments worked perfectly to remember the moment!
I used some alpha stickers from my stash to put a few words that we thought Duffy might be thinking about:
And, to create the look of a rainy day, I added some raindrops to my layout using some clear, wet glue.  When it dries, it adds some fun dimension and looks just like raindrops!
LYB Products:
PY-103 Springtime Bands/Aqua Chevron
PY-104 Poppy Field Damask/Aqua Script
PY-106 Blooms & Damask/Yellow Pinstripe
PY-308 5 Things Envelopes - with embossing (11 pieces)
PY-135 Cardstock Stickers - Favorite Pieces - with glitter and embossing (29 pieces)
PY-305 Paper Crafting Kit (73 pieces)
PY-220 Fabric Favorites (18 pieces)
AS-110 Burlap Alphas - Esfera

My next layout features my little girl who LOVES to go to the beach!  It doesn’t matter what kind of day it is, she’s always happy to play in the sand and water.  She can just play and play and play and always has fun!
I am absolutely LOVING the Naturals products from LYB—especially the alpha stickers!  The fonts are fabulous and the texture that they ad is fantastic.  Here, I used some of the white stickers and colored them with an alcohol ink marker.  This way, the color options are endless and you can make them match any project!  I love it when I can buy one product over and over and make it look a million different ways!
Poppy Canvas Words

The Poppy Collection also includes some fantastic journaling cards!  They are a perfect size and have such cute shapes and designs on them.  
LYB Products:
PY-106 Blooms & Damask/Yellow Pinstripe
PY-101 Garden Journal/Red Pinstripe
PY-102 Red Floral Fabric/Spring Blooms
PY-104 Poppy Field Damask/Aqua Script
PY-105 Garden Stripe/Flower Power
PY-108 Green Script/Yellow Parchment
PY-134 Journaling Cards - with thermography (10 pieces)
PY-135 Cardstock Stickers - Favorite Pieces - with glitter and embossing (29 pieces)
PY-305 Paper Crafting Kit (73 pieces)
PY-279 Chipboard Shapes - with glitter accents (29 pieces)
PY-202 Canvas Stickers - Words (17 pieces)
AS-211 Canvas Alphas - White, Esfera

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Thank you, also to Liz Qualman and the rest of the LYB gang for this incredible opportunity!  

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy June!!

June is happy for SO many reasons!  The biggest one is the start of summer vacation!  Both as a mom and a teacher, June is a very, very happy time! 

June is also great because that means a new sketch from My Sketch World!  Here's my take on the June sketch using the fabulous collection from Little Yellow Bicycle called "Just Because!"

You can see the sketch and what the rest of the designers did with it on the MSW Blog!
And, I'm just realizing that in my complete slacking in blogging, I never posted the May sketch! Seriously, you'd think I just spent my time working, running kids back and forth, cooking, cleaning... oh wait.  Nevermind.  Here's my take on the May MSW Sketch!  Better late than never, right?!
I promise to be back soon to post some more of what I've been up to!  I have lots to share!