Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Mail!

Hey everyone...I mentioned that I celebrated my birthday last month.  I turned 29 (again!!!!).  And I will continue to do so indefinitely (snort!).  Anyway, over the next few weeks, I'm going to share some of the very sweet and thoughtful cards that I received for my birthday.  The first one is from my amazingly creative cousin:

A card fit for a summer birthday, right?!  I love it!!  And it looks like she put some great punches to good use.  This card sure made me smile!

Thanks for popping by today!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card

Hey everyone...my uncle is turning 75 this summer.  He's a big fan of John Deere tractors, so when I made his birthday card--I kept the color scheme to green and yellow.  It's a simple card, but I love the result.  Check it out:

How I did it?   I started with a green card base using SU cardstock.  I had a yellow piece in my big blue tub o'scraps that was the perfect size.  I then ran a piece of white cardstock through my Cuttlebug with a Darise embossing folder (it has swirls on it).  I filled each hole created by the embossing folder with green and yellow Liquid Pearls.  The big stamp is by CAS-ual Fridays and is from "Shenanigans".  The inside says, "Now blow out that bonfire!".  Love it!!

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: Surfer Boy

Hey everyone....hope you are doing well!  I'm chugging right along on this Florida book.  Today's page features pictures of my son enjoying some time in the ocean.

I'm still working with pages of that same original layout, but that will soon change!  I definitely needed to mix things up a bit!  I simply made two of my own little journal cards for this page.  I really didn't care too much about that extra beach photo, so I just cut it in half for the center spots.  

I'm still feeling really good about the amount of scraps I'm going through, and with the amount of stickers that I'm using on this project.  What I'm not liking?  Besides having to worry about the orientation of the pictures....well, my Cameo seems to be struggling to cut some of the paper bits as small as I need them to be.  Maybe it's time for a new blade?  I don't know, but it's been a tad frustrating.  Maybe that's making letter stickers look super appealing to me right now!

Have a super day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(Love) my guys...pocket scrapbooking

Hello!   Today's pocket page focuses on some pictures I took of my husband and son on our Florida vacation.  Check it out:

I used the same layout again, but I realized I needed more variety--so at this point I went back to Michaels and got another variety pack of the pages so I had more than two to work with.

This is the first time I could crop my picture to fit in this little spot!  And...I used my SU pennant punch to fit in some scrap pieces across this title block.

I really like using stickers on these journal blocks.  I don't use a lot of stickers in traditional scrapbooking, but for some reason I'm finding them easier to use in this format.  When I bought these pages, I did pick up a box of journal cards that were nothing but lined cards.  I used one here, but cut it down so it looks more like a Polaroid photo.

That's all for today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: The Florida pictures continue

Hi Everyone....so I'm still plugging away with  my vacation pictures and I'm learning a lot as I go with my journey into pocket scrapbooking.  The page I'm sharing today is the backside to my opening page.  I have learned really, really quickly that I need to take a couple of versions of pictures so that I can have both orientations to choose from when laying out my pages.  Because of having to really think through how my pictures are going to fit, I can't say that this has been a faster process for me....yet!  Check out my page:

So here's the page....I decided to focus on the very beginning of our trip.

I actually had journal card that was perfect for the page.  I made the coordinating sun piece.  I cut the sun on my Cameo and used some scrappy bits for the background.

More scraps!  I journaled on a small piece of Echo Park paper that I had left.  The right box uses some Echo Park stickers and letter stickers that I had purchased from Creative Memories a long time ago.  I see some letter stickers getting used up in this album!

Overall I was happy with the result, but am surprised how long these pages are taking me.  And compared to other pages I have viewed online, my pages are super simple.  Maybe I'll get the hang of this soon....fingers crossed!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking....Our second Florida vacation

Hi everyone....I decided to give pocket scrapbooking a try for the photos we took during our second trip to Florida in 2013.  I have been pretty vocally opposed to this style of memory keeping, but I am very far behind in working through my photos and frankly, could not think positively about traditionally scrapping more beach pictures.  I figured this was a way to "dip my toes" into this style to see if I like it.  Now....I'm challenging myself to continue to use what I have for this album.  I had to purchase the album and some page protectors, but I am hoping that I can use things from my stash to decorate the pages and journal boxes.  Wish me luck....   

With all that said, here's my first page:

I started by sorting my photos into groups based on where we were, what we were doing, etc.  This batch captured the "overall feel" of our trip.  The sandcastle where we wrote the city and date.  We always do that when we are at a beach!  I also captured our beach views and a view of our hotel from the water.

Now....the journal boxes.  I had to put myself in the mindset that these are almost little cards.  That helped me get passed what to do with four little boxes all lined up!  For the first one, I just cut out the shape of the state using a file from the Silhouette online store.  I added a border that was a scrap from another page I had made and added stickers for a title.  Those stickers are probably 7 years old, but I liked the size for this little block.  The next one is a pre-printed Echo Park journal box.  I simply wrote in my information.

The next two posed a great challenge to me.  So I found some Echo Park stickers and simply stuck them down on some coordinating paper scraps.  I keep all my Echo Park scraps in one portfolio and I think I'll be using a lot of them on this album. 

So far so good....my next challenge will be to fill in the back side. That's the part I think will be hard for me.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The last page...

Hey all!  So apparently I did not plan the end of my Florida album very well.  I had an extra blank page left.  Well....that's not going to do, right?  I had to do something with it, but really didn't have any photos left that I needed to scrapbook.  So here's my filler page:

I made a simple "farewell Florida" page using all cuts from the Silhouette online store.  I added some Stickles to the center of the sun, but otherwise kept it rather straightforward.  I think it's the perfect ending to a great memory book!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sunset on the beach

Hey everyone...we took a few photos on the beach toward the end of our beach vacation.  Here's a simple page I made to capture those memories:

The background paper is by Stampin' UP.  The title is one I got in the Silhouette Online Store and is cut with my Cameo.  I added some small brads to create the title box.  

I'm ready to put my toes in the sand again!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some Harry Potter Scrapbook Pages

Hi All....remember I said I was on a mission to complete some vacation albums?  I checked off our Europe trip and now I'm happy to say our 2012 Florida trip is done, too.  I've got several pages to share today, all from our time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  The pictures are awful--I'm so sorry!  I had them in the scrapbook and forgot to take photos first.  And once a page protector is on a page....it's not coming off!  So here are several pages from our time in Harry's world:

A simple page, but I'm getting full use out of a font called "Harry P" that I downloaded.

The Harry Potter Icons and the banner are from the Silhouette Online store.  I used the print/cut feature for them.  I added "Hogwarts" to the banner--it was blank as it came from the store.

And last but not least...another simple page featuring things we saw in the park.  I had to add the owl, as my son picked one up just like it as a souvenir.

I have just a couple more photos from this trip to share before I start sharing some pocket pages!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cheerful Birthday Greetings

Hey everyone...I have a super cheery birthday card to share today.  I made several of these and was glad to have them on hand.  They are very versatile to send to friends and family when a birthday pops up on my calendar.  Check it out:

I made this card so long ago that I have forgotten many of the details, please forgive me!  The sentiment is by SU and is from "Bring on the Cake."  The face is a Peachy Keen face stamp.  The papers are by CTMH from the Dream Pop paper pack.  The flower cut...I just don't remember, but it was done using my Cricut.  

What's on your workspace today?  Hopefully something bright and cheery!