Finding me time again 

Holidays, life and spending time with family always talks the priority in my life.  I only have a few more years with the kids before they take flight from the nest, so soaking up every moment with them is my “Me” time anymore.  However, I am able to sneak in an occasional craft day here or there.  I finally was able to do this yesterday.  I just print a is couple hundred pictures from 2006, and so the journey of scraping this year begins.  I decided to check out a few of my inspiration sites and found the sketch I wanted to work with over at Let’s Get Sketchy. I was working with February 1st challenge..This included a sketch and mood board.  

There wasn’t much to change from the original sketch for what I needed to work with my photos.  As always I turned it into a two page layout. The pattern paper used in this layout is from Piggy Tales in the Little Miss Muffet collection. On the back side of the patterns were the purple and pink cardstock used in the layout also.  The brown and white cardstock come from my stash. From scrap I made the banner pieces in the top right corner. The lettering comes from Basic Grey from the fruitcake collection.  I have since adjusted the layout of the letters to be more pleasing to the eye.  


I quickly threw together these itty bitty flowers to complete the look on the page.  These flowers rolled rosette is made from tan muslin, a lavender flower, and finally a flax layered flower.  These can be found at my shop  Scary Cute, if they aren’t listed I always can make a custom order up.  I did however ke some changes to the centers to match my pages.  


The second page just mirrors a similar layout with a few tweaks to fit the picture placement.  The heart was in my stash and I am not sure where it comes from.  I still need to add journaling and this will be complete. 

Building a stash

Slowly, ever so slowly aim am building my flower stash.  Some will be for my personal use, other for gifts, and others will be for sale over at my Etsy shop.  I find the process relaxing  and the finished product fun to work with. I love using these flowers in projects, making hair piece to wear, but I also love seeing how others use them.  These itty bitty peacock were born from a love of all the pretty peacock flowers out there. They come from the scraps of my peacock hair flower. They are each layered differently and such a beautiful combination, just like the peacocks feathers.
These Itty Bitty Watercolor flowers come from the fabric of a dress I loved, on a hanger but not so much on me.  I cut apart the dress and made it work.. The left over fabric has gained a new life as flowers. I still fall in love with this fabric every time I see it.  

Who doesn’t need a little animal print in their life? I certainly always do.  I don’t even know where this fabric came from, the little I had is now turned into flowers.
Getting a little distracted from flowers, I started playing around with glitter bows.  Let’s just say immediate and complete love for these.  I know want them in every color possible, but this is what I have to start playing around with.
This fabric is from rework of a Homecoming dress.  I wanted to try two styles of flowers. I can’t wait to play with them on scrapbook pages and cards. Both beautifully different.

This green fabric was calling me to be made into a Halloween set. I made two different styles and two different sizes of one style. I know Halloween is past, but  I can’t wait to see what set these inspire. 

I have piles of more fabric, limited time, and many different projects calling my name.  I can’t wait to see what comes next.  

The beginning of the Monsterous Books

I am almost done with the kids 2005 books!!! All that is left is the front and back pages. Almost time to celebrate. Today I finished up the front pages and hopefully by the end of the week I will get to the last.  My inspiration for these layouts come from Let’s Get Sketchy.  This is only my second layout inspired by them, but they are a defiant must and new go to.  I am working with this weeks sketch, November week 1 team A.  

I will start off with my girl take on this sketch. As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew it was perfect for the opening of 2005 for this little bug.  The only part I find unfortunate is my handwriting.  I just have to remind myself that it will be cherished one day, not matter how terrible it is.  

 I started out by selecting the main papers I was going to use.  I found a My Minds Eye  set of Mary Mary products. The patterned papers are Best Friends Quite Contrary from the Mary Mary line. I then found the blue main background in my stash. The glitter white cardstock backing the picture is from a DCWV glitter stack.  From there it’s just cutting, punching, layering, and gluing. I started with the vertical strip on the right hand side. 

The butterflies were cut out from scrap white cardstock and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I ran the butterflies through my Xyron sticker maker, lined them up and stuck them down. I then layered in the Doilies from The Paper Studio. I layered up the patterned paper, glitter cardstock, and photo.  

 I then layered the embellishments to the bottom right side of the photo.  The sassy sticker is from My Minds Eye Mary Mary Wonderful mini frames.  The fun times ahead ticket is from My Minds Eye Mary Mary Sweetie Pie Tickets. The journal spot is from My Minds Eye Mary Mary Beautiful journal card. The writing was done with a Marvy Opaque Stix in metallic blue. The rosette is from American Crafts. The flower stickers are from Doodle Bug Designs Strawberry Parfait. Finally, the butterfly is from Me&My Big Ideas mambo sticker. 
Next is is my boys sketch. 


Little Man fell asleep hanging out with his sis. Of course I couldn’t resist getting a picture of this “pose”.  I needed a way to make this picture work without going all pink, and still reflecting little man’s personality. The perfect match came from The Paper Studio’s Glasses, Stashes, and Ties paper stack, except for the denim paper.  I found the denim paper in my scraps.  

I used the Spellbinders nestablilities Inverted Scallopsand my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut the small and large inverted scallop circles out. Putting the layout together is basically the same as above, so I will go over the differences and products.  


The stars come from Studio Calico Mistables fabric stickers. The stars were colored with markers; theorange and blue were Sharpies and the green was a Galaxy Marker. The dream ticket comes from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adage Tickets.  The journal spot is on chalk paper cardstock and was a scrap left in my stash.  The writing is with the same marker as my girl page. 

Now to figure out how I’m going to wrap up the year and move onto the next. 

Sledding gone wrong

Fun times can quickly turn bad.  Well, that is when the kids are getting tired and wore out. Kids getting plowed over by others and fist fights perfectly caught by the camera. Oh how these days can be hard, and yet I miss them so much. My kids have grown up way too fast!! What a fun journey it has been. 
The inspiration for this lay came from Let’s get sketchy. (Follow the link to see the original sketch.)  I found this great blog through instagram. I love sketch and challenge sites.  For this layout I used Basic Grey Friutcake kit papers. To cut the circles out I used my Fiskars circle cutter. I then embellished the layout with The Paper Studio doilies stickers from Jolie’s Boutique snow stuff set, letter stickers from the stash, a brad from The Paper Studio, and letter from my stash. The snowman is cut out from a leftover scrap. 

Winter Calling

So many great action shots for our sledding fun, it was hard to whittle it down to the ones to be used. This layout highlights a lot of the fun we had that day.  

This layout started with finding the inspiration on Pinterest, obviously my go to place for inspiration.  Paisely and Polkadots once again had what I was looking for. This layout was perfect for using up some of my scraps.  

To get the torn notebook edge I used my sitter binder to punch binding holes and then torn and distressed the edge to look as if it had been torn out of a notebook. I edged the top and bottom of the dictionary style paper with a Martha Stewart scalloped edge punch. I am not sure where that paper came from, but the rest of the pattern paper is from Basic Grey  Friut Cake collection. 


The embellishments above include a tag from the collection, a circle cut out of the paper with the Fiskars circle cutter, a pocket hand cut and accented with a brown Sharpie, a button from my collection, a crochet flower from The Paper Studio, and a rub on from Fancy Pants Happy Holiday.  


The tickets throughout the layout come from Tim Holtz Adage Tickets.  The tag is inked with Colorbox ink. There is another crochet flower from The Paper Studio. 

Bundled Up

Nothing is better than capture the joy and wonder of your children.  I love this about this layout in particular.  The kids had a blast sledding on this day.  Many hours and pictures later the day was mostly a success.

After sorting through the litteral stack of photos from sledding, I picked out photos that captured the kids perfectly at that moment in time.  After picking out the pick turns it is time to browse my Pinterest boards.  I found inspiration from Paisely and Polkadots and the layout can be found on my scraplifted board.  Next is raiding the stash.  My Basic Grey Figgy Pudding collection packet was perfect.   I also raided my project life card stash (not sure where these came from, The Paper Studio bling snowflakes,  silver glitter ribbon from American Crafts, red glitter ric-rak ribbon (not sure where it came from), silver glitter lettering (not sure who made this), and Kiwi Lane scalloped template. Below are close ups of different page elements.  

Picture Day

It only took 11 years to complete, but I finally have my baby girl’s Kindergarten pictures scrapbooked.  This is a double page layout that includes her school and class picture. 
Once again, I found my inspiration on Pinterest.  The inspiration page I used is on my scraplifted board. This is so much easier for me to keep track of what I’m working on and what I have already used.

  

I raided my stash to complete this layout, which I am in desperate need of using up.  I started by finding the pattern papers that spoke to me.  Colorbok Baby Girl kit was easily it. I chose the patterned papers I wanted for the banners and accents, cut them out, distressed the edges and glued them down. I then used glitter tape to edge a boarder accent.  On the far left side I layered embellishment die cuts that came in the kit, buttons from my great-grandmother’s stash, twine decorate finish off the buttons from American crafts, the yellow tag cut from framing mats (not sure where it came from), the arrow from Me&my big ideas pocket pages paper stickers, and the details journal spot from Sn@p sticker labels.  

  
The center tying the two pages together include a few more elements.  First I cut out a photo frame with a Sizzix die with scrap cardstock.  Then I backed it with patterned paper from the kit and cut small banners from left over paper too. The frame is embellished with cheveron washi from We R Memory Keepers, and cut out accent with scrap paper and popped it out with Stampin’ Demensionals from Stamping Up. Under the photo frame is a Mini  Craft Sack from the Paper Studio. Buttons, twine, and die cut embellishments carried over from the left hand side of the page.  The final touches include a Smiles sticker from me&my Big ideas pocket pages and pink glitter washi. 

A day of sledding 

The first of many snow play pages to finish off 2005. Yes I am that far behind. And, no it does not bother me in the least. I enjoy scrapbooking and I refuse to let “staying caught up” even factor into my process. I have many other priorities that are higher up on the list, I get sidetracked extremely easy with other projects, and sometimes my health doesn’t cooperate with this love.  Nevertheless, I will always love scrapbooking. So, on to today’s project…

For starters, I always have to have a two page layout.  There is just something more pleasing to my eye to have consistency from one page to the next.  I love to look over my Pinterest boards for inspiration or scraplifting.  I also have many blogs and challenge sites I love to use. I will always try to give credit, where credit is due and we all love inspiration from many places.   Today’s layout was inspired from Pinterest, the layout is from www.danakessler.com.  Be sure to check out her beautiful work. Here is the inspiration for my scraplifting. 
 

I started with background paper from My Minds Eye, O Christmas Tree stack. Next it is off to raiding the scrap stash. I took a 12×12 plain white card stock and cut it in half. Then I found cream plain, aqua textured, brown distressed, and sea foam (greenish blue) glitter cardstock scraps.  I am not sure what brands these are, I have so much in my crafting hoard it can be hard to keep track at times. 


On my on my white card stock, I used a brown Sharpie and my Paper Pizazz Easy Stitches from Hot Off the Press to make stitch pattern.  I prefer the look of actual stitching, but am far to lazy to set up my sewing machine to get this look at this point in life.  I cut out the banner pieces, cut the pictures down to size, cut the boarders a forth in bigger and glued it all down, I love my Glue Glide Pro for this.   I made the pattern for the journaling spot on the right and cut it out. Finally, I added the title from my many letter scraps, I believe these were hand me downs from the sis-in-law. The final touches were the mirror and silver snowflakes from Hobby lobby Christmas Crafts line.  

Slowly Starting

The start of this blog has been slow going.  With a holiday weekend, my not so little girl turning 17, a new nephew being born, and getting hit with the flu and the stomach flu at our house all in last week, there has been little down time.  In brief moments of free time I have been working on busting through my fabric stash to make a stash of itty bitty flowers to craft with and to put in my Etsy shop.  Here is a sampling of some of the fall flowers I am  playing around with. 

I also enjoyed making my Itty Bitty flowers with the last of this fabric. 


I also was able to put together some custom flowers for a dear friend of mine.  Here are some of the Dahlia flowers I put together. 


Next on the agenda is finishing up some scrapbooking page, I am hoping to finish out my 2005 scrapbooks.  Yes, I am that far behind and I am ok with that. Stay tuned to see the finished products. 

Welcome

I’d like to welcome you to Scary Cute. I will be exploring my journey to rekindle my love for things crafty. I began scrapbooking over 20 years ago. Back in High School, I discovered a love for scrapbooking. It was quite different then. for supplies I had the old school peel and stick pages, magazines, construction paper, and lots of imagination. Needless to say scrapbooking has come a LONG way.

Through my love of scrapbooking I have discovered loves of card making, making home decor, making the embellishments I have dreamed up in my mind and just can’t seem to find, and much more. I also have discovered a love of quilting, in a way it is scrapbooking with fabric for me. There is beauty and joy in putting pieces of paper, or fabric together to create something new. In the past few years, I been obsessed with making fabric flowers for hair clips, headbands, bobby pins, and even scrapbooking embellishments.

Being a wife and mother are my top priorities. I have always tried to carve out a little time for my “Me” time, but let’s face it, life gets crazy. Between taking care of my family and myself, there wasn’t the time I would like to have spent on my hobbies like I would have liked. I suffer from an autoimmune disease that took over my life for many years. After many life changes I have begun to get my old self back. I also have rekindled my love/hate relationship with running, in which good company and race swag motivate me. I only have a few years left with my children at home. Therefor, I hope to continue to find more time for my “Me” time, while soaking up every minute I have left with them.