Little Things

This scrapbook layout focuses on one of the many little things that make life more enjoyable. My two little peanuts definitely take a huge part of the most important part of my heart and joy. This page captures the sweet joy that can come from the moments of kids spending time together and actually enjoying it.  Let’s face it, sometimes it is a miracle to get the camera out and capture these moments, because they can be so fleeting. This can be especially true for my two being so close in age. 

The inspiration for this page comes from Simple Stories.  I also have the sketch saved on my Pinterest board  scraplifted. Here is a look at the finished products. 
On the first page, Ichoose a couple photos of each kid that I felt highlighted their personality.  I then backed each photo with white cardstock and gave each picture a minimal boarder.  The background paper came from a Basic Grey kit for their Lime Ricky line. I then found a sparkly like green cardstock in my stash.  The boarder sticker, flower sticker and letter also came from the Lime RicKy kit.

On the second page I started with plain white cardstock and payed out the for pictures. I the looked in my project life stash to find coordinating Project life cards. Unfortunately, I have my project life cards sorted by color and can’t remember which company made which project life cards. I needed a yellow accent and couldn’t find one I liked in my cards, so I dug into my scrap pile. I found this great yellow paper with blue distressing. I then cut it down to size and the rounded the corners with my Creative Memories corner rounder.  

Here is the slightly different version for my sons album. The org background, boarder sticker, and lettering come from the Basic Grey Lime Ricky Kit again.  I used the rest of the sparkle green cardstock. I then found some left over stars (used from another layout) that were cut out with my Cricut. I raided my promise to life stash and added a ribbon embellishment on the the top right card.  

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.