Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beachy Layout Inspired by SBC

Since Tuesday is my normal scrapbook day I just had it in me when I woke up this morning that I wanted to do a beachy, sunshine, vacationy, type layout. So, naturally I set out to look for my beach accents along with my Seaside Paper (another great line from CTMH) and this is what I came up with.

I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned this before or not, but my family and I just moved right next to a beautiful lake with a wonderful beach, and needless to say we love spending time over there. I mention this because this layout would work wonderful for a day at the lake or perhaps even for when we take the boat out, or even for that much needed vacation to the actual beach. So while it has a beachy feel to it, it can still be used for multiple events. 

Here is a closer view of the top. 

The sketch layout was inspired by SBC Sketch #445.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired. Please make sure to check out Scrapbook Challenges since they have a ton of great challenges going on all month long. Happy Scrappin'

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Your time to Shine

So since July is our last month for both the Seasonal Expression 2 book as well as our Annual Idea Book I have decided to take another look through them to gain some much needed last month inspiration.

I love how our CTMH Idea Books double as inspiration as well as a catalog where you can order the newest products. If you have never looked through our Idea Book let me know and I will mail one out to you, they are packed full of fun inspiration, tips, and recipes! It's wonderful! In fact I keep my Idea Books just for that purpose, sometimes it's awesome to look back through them when you are in a small rut and need some help starting a new project.

So digging through the Seasonal Expression 2 book I came across this wonderful design, on page 12, which happens to be right where this stamp set is featured! I loved this idea where you take a large flower stamp and you color them in with our Alcohol Markers.  I even took this a step further and sprayed my misting pen on them for an additional water color feel to the color. It's a little hard to see in the photo but this is also a great way to blend the colors together. The stamp set I chose to use is a wonderful new one called Wavy Blooms and is a set of 7, 4 flowers and 3 sentiments.

In the Idea Book this concept is on a mini album, which is absolutely gorgeous! I just took the middle  page design concept and stuck it onto a card, switching it up to make sure to add my own design elements and style into it.

Part of the idea for this card came from the Summer School Series which is going on over at the MFT blog this week. During this series the design team is teaching reminding us some basic design rules, like using the Rule of Thirds (you can see my style below.)

After I had the front nicely lined up and where I wanted everything (including straightening that butterfly) I then carried a small amount of the design onto the inside of the card, just to provide a finishing touch. 

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peak at my creation. I hope you were inspired and remember let me know if you would like me to send your out one of our fabulous Idea Books! Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Creative Knockouts: Strawberry Fields Forever

Welcome back to another Creative Knockouts Challenge! For this week's challenge our sponsor is Fred She Said Designs who is generously giving away a $10 gift certificate to the winner! The challenge for this week is to use buttons on your card. 

I decided to use Fred She Said's Emma in the Strawberry Patch because I think that this file pairs lovely with my left over Taste of Summer Paper. 

Here's a closer view of that image along with the inside of the card. For the image I colored it in using my CTMH watercolor pencils. I think that these pencils gave the image a very pretty and very subtle look. These pencils are so much fun and so affordable. For one low price you get 2 sets of 12, you get both the primary colors and the secondary colors which is just spectacular!! 

I printed the image onto watercolor paper so that way it would blend easier using my blending pen. When coloring I often take a darker color and go around the edges and then I use a lighter color to fill the image in. After I am done with both colors I simply blend in between them with a blending pen which helps me even everything all out. (This is another reason why it's great to get both sets of pencils with the CTMH set.) 

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts and link up your creation. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bimini Moose: Storyland Layout

Well I have some sad news to bring to you today, with much regret the owner of Bimini Moose has decided to close the challenge blog down. Ms. Janis, the owner, has introduced me to not only a ton of my crafty friends but also to a number of techniques such as pocket scrapbooking so it's very sad to see this blog go. I wish the best of luck to Ms. Janis and to all of the ladies who made this blog wonderful. Thank you to all of the fans who followed along and here's hoping the best of luck in all the future holds.

So moving on to brighter things, this week I have decided to scrap about our recent trip to StoryLand in NH,  This was an excellent trip to a theme park that was geared towards the little guys, so it ended up being completely perfect for my 4 year old son! 

This theme park features a number of storybook characters including Little Bo Peep, Peter Pan, Repunzel, and many many more including our favorite Cinderella! And as is the case with many theme parks I ended up leaving with a bunch of brochures, so I decided to add them right into my pocket pages!! I love how versatile pocket scrapbooking is because it gives you the ability to add these "extra" memorabilia right into the layout.  Here take a peak:

For this layout I used the "Just Sayin'" Stamp set from CTMH. If you were fortunate enough to grab this stamp last month then right on to you because it is perfect for these layouts. I also used the Jackson PML cards. I absolutely adore this set and use the Jackson line a lot!! But when you can get 56 cards for only $8.95 who could blame me!!! This kit comes with two sizes of cards and in the picture below you can see how well they pair and layer with each other. 

Here's some more of those Jackson Cards!! All of the cards I used are from this line and it's only available for a little while longer so make sure to hop on over there and pick yourself up some. 

Overall, this trip was a blast. It was so much fun to have a day completely dedicated to my little man. He is always so well behaved and a lot of times life moves too fast so this really allowed us to slow down and give him some much needed fun! 

I hope you enjoyed my post today and were inspired to head out and make something wonderful. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

American Raggedies Patriotic Layout

Today I have a wonderful Patriotic Layout to show you. This layout would be great for upcoming 4th of July or perhaps for the previous Memorial Day or even President's Day, really any holiday where you would like to show off your Red, White, and Blue. 

For this two page layout I decided to use the American Raggedies file found at Marjorie Ann Designs. This file is a really cute 6 piece mimic of All American Raggedy Ann and Andy. I love this file and think it's great for all of the summer holidays and events. This is what the full set looks like. 

Don't you simply love it!! I plan on using more of these cuts as the fireworks get closer so please stay tuned for that. But for now if you would like this one for your very own scrapbook then please do let me know or you can hope on over to my online store to check it out further.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a Bimini Moose Pocket Scrapbooking Challenge, my 4 year old went fishing this weekend and I got some really great photos of it!! 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kid's Invite - Panda Shape Style

I found this really cool shape card from Marjorie Ann Designs and thought that it would make such an adorable invitation to a kids birthday party. Here take a peak. 

Adorable right??! I love that cute little panda partnered with that confetti paper from CTMH and with  the right balloon choices I think it's just simply the cutest. 

This is my first draft so I was playing around a little bit with the cheeks (which still need some work) and with the balloons. The orange and yellow balloon come from left over taste of summer paper and the polka-dotted balloon comes from the Seaside paper pack. 

Thanks for taking a look at my creation today. I hope you enjoyed it. I have a free weekend so I am hoping to have some surprise posts for you so make sure to come back and check in. Also make sure to head on over to Marjorie Anne Designs, they have a number of new shape cards that are sure to please. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Interactive Layout and Mickey Mouse Spread!

So as I mentioned in this post here I am now a member of Big Picture Classes and the first class that I am taking is an interactive class which teaches you how to add storybook elements and interaction to your pages and mini albums. I am absolutely enjoying this class to no end and it is so much fun, and so easy, to add interactive elements to your projects - who would have thought!! Here take a look at my newest interactive project. 

These were taken of my son's 3rd birthday, so yes we are doing a little time traveling today, but I had a ton of pictures from this event and figured the storybook element was the best way to handle them. 

In this interactive trick you simply make a "storybook" which is just a book that opens up to reveal more photos. To achieve this you simply measure out some paper, fold it in half, and wa-lah you have your very own "book"! 

This technique actually reminds me a lot of my son's Highlight magazines because every once in a while he will receive a mini storybook that he has to cut out and staple together - same concept. 

Below is a picture of my interactive layout partnered with my homemade pocket scrapbooking spread. 

 And here are some close ups of my handmade journal cards. A while back I bought the Mickey Mouse Classic Cricut Cartridge and I am so glad that I finally got a chance to play around with it. All of these cuts came from that one cartridge. 

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peak at my page. I hope that you were inspired to make an interactive storybook for your next project. If you are interested in taking this course you can get a free trial for Big Picture Classes so hurry on over there. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Interactive Scrapbook Pages!

I have been searching around for a while now on a great site that offers classes where I can learn and grow and low and behold in comes Big Picture Classes! I quickly signed up and fell right in love with this site. The site not only offers a number of classes (which are all interesting) but the site also offers a community and a chance to interact with other members! Yay! Props to these guys for getting it right!! 

So my first class, which was a hard choice to make because I wanted to take them all, was the Interactive Elements by Stephanie Bryan. This is a really fun and easy paced class where in the first lesson Stephanie walks you through how to make a really easy flip flap layout for a scrap page. This technique can either be done on your electronic cutter (Cricut, Silhouette, ect..) or it can be done by hand, which is what I choose to do.  

This is such a simple and fun technique to add to your pages, pocket pages, or even to mini albums. Plus, you can use this technique if you have a ton of photos that you would like to fit to one page or even if you have some photos or journalling that you would like to hide. I used it just because it was fun and interactive and it was so easy I will be using it again and again in my upcoming pages! 

Here is 2 of the pockets flipped up. All four of the pockets flip up, keeping my first attempt pretty basic and easy to duplicate. The other two flaps have photos in them. 

To achieve this look by hand simply measure out your squares, mark the lines with a bone folder, and then cut 3 of the sides open with your exacto knife. Then layer your cut paper onto some additional 12x12 so when you flip up the flaps there is another layer underneath. Easy Peasy! Stephanie even provides a cut file for free if you take the class. Either way you should totally give this a try, it's so much fun! 

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you were inspired to get creative and interactive on your next project! Make sure to follow my blog by e-mail to catch my upcoming projects from the rest of this Interactive Class, next week we will be adding story book elements to the flip flaps!! I can't wait!  

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Creative Knockouts- Use Your Stash Challenge

Welcome back and thanks for stopping by today! Since it's Thursday I have a Creative Knockouts Use Your Stash Challenge to share with you! I love this challenge because a lot of times we, as crafters, have a ton of stuff in our stash that gets looked over and picked through and now we have an excuse to dig it back out and put it to good use. This weeks sponsor is ArtbyMiran who is giving away 3 of their wonderful digital stamps to the winner. 

Now, if you have never used a digital stamp then you are totally missing out! With all of the new markers, colored pencils, and water color paints that are hot right now you will have a blast with digital stamps! Digital stamps allow you to color in the image which simply means it can match any paper in your stash!! I love that, instead of matching the paper to your image you can match the image to your favorite paper!!  Not to mention, coloring is totally relaxing for me and often times it takes me right back to grade school when I didn't have a care in the world. 

By the way, if you are new to digi's and coloring on your projects CTMH has a wonderful line of Shi Han Alcohol Markers as well as their own line of water color pencils so make sure to head on over there and check them out.  P.S. I am completely in love with the watercolor pencils which have fun fascinating names like sunflower...love it!! 

On this card I used the Party Time Patti file which I thought was adorable for a birthday card - she's holding a little present behind her!! I also decided to use the Taste of Summer paper pack and the glacier twine both from CTMH. Everything else came from my stash. 

Thanks for stopping in today and please make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts for some more inspiration and for your chance to win those digi files. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Warm and Cool Scrapbook Pages with a Challenge

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you enjoyed the new scrapbooking challenge we brought you yesterday. With every Bimini Moose Challenge you will have two weeks to enter your scrapbooking related projects and if you do you will have a chance to win a free cut from KaDoodle Bug Designs, so it's completely worth it to enter. 

Today I have another challenge brought to you by the lovely ladies at Heart to Heart where they challenged readers to use warm and/or cool color schemes in their projects. I took this challenge to heart and brought you a cool color scheme as well as a warm color scheme! I hope you enjoy. 

This page incorporates a Marjorie Ann file as well as some Seaside paper from Close to My Heart. The Marjorie Ann file is called Squeaky Clean Babies and I thought it would make a really cute bath time page photo. The polka-dotted paper as well as the side banner paper are both sides of the Seaside Paper pack from CTMH. This is a really fun line for summer time trips, pages, and cards. 

Now moving onto my warm color scheme.

For this page I decided to use the lovely Confetti Wishes Paper and some left over Taste of Summer Paper (which is the middle sheet.) For both of these layouts I used designs from the Reflections book, which I often look to when I am in a rut. I think it's fabulous that CTMH has an extensive line of "How To" books making all of your paper crafting easy to handle. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired to create something beautiful. 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bimini Moose: Family Member Feature Challenge

Welcome to another Bimini Moose anything goes scrapbooking challenge where the design team and I feature our Pocket Scrapbooking Challenges with or without an optional twist to inspire you to grow, share, and create with the moments in your life that matter most! This week we are featuring a specific or favorite family member and since my current scrapbook is my son's I have decided, of course, to feature him! Plus since I only currently have one child it's easy to pick a favorite. 

My son is a total lover which is something that we, as parents, encourage to a certain degree. He LOVES his family, he LOVES to laugh, he simply LOVES to be and I couldn't have been more fortunate to end up with such a happy kid. I wanted to showcase how much he promotes happiness by creating a simple layout where you can see his happiness shine through on those around him. 

These pictures came from my pile of last year's photos that I am combining with this year's album, just so I stay ahead. Yes I am a tough one to get to conform...especially to a weekly print and post so I figure as long as I am continuing to document memories then I am doing good. Scrapbooking to me is simply about capturing those moments that matter most and I think when you add too much pressure to your albums you are more likely to stress and quit. Remember this is about enjoying life and not about rushing through it to make sure you get photos printed and scrapped weekly. If you can keep to a weekly schedule then kudos to you, but if you are more like me then just scrap what comes to you when it comes. Whatever your style and path are, the important thing to remember is to scrap on a regular basis and to enjoy it! 

Make sure to stop by the Bimini Moose blog to see what the other fabulous designers have came up with for this challenge, I promise you will be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you back here again. 

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