Wednesday, March 11, 2015

She's Back!!! Shimelle is back!!!

After what I'm sure was one glorious year of maternity leave, Shimelle is back! 

(layout from her blog)

Who is Shimelle you say? Well, she was born and raised in the US, went to college in the UK, married a Brit and they just had a boy about a year ago. She has a very popular YouTube channel, was a Garden Girl for Two Peas in a Bucket, and has two line with American Crafts. 

I love her videos. They keep me company while I'm scrapping and bring me inspiration when I'm lacking. They are long enough that I'm not always having to click on a new one and yet short enough to not bore me. 

I love her voice. It's the consummate teacher's voice. Calm, yet inspiring. Instructive, yet lilting. Once you hear it, you'll never forget it. And yes, I do read her blog posts in her voice. 

Yes, I know it's sounding like I have a bit of a girl crush. But, it's cause I do. She makes me feel like what I scrap is good enough. That she's helping me just to get going, to get me inspired, to get me joining in this awesome hobby of paper crafting.

Anyway, she's started off with a new blog post/video series called Cut, Stick, Stamp. Basically it's about using your stamps in more than one way to get the most use out of them. As someone who's an expert shopper, I need this in my life. Especially, since I tend to buy stamps as something that's so versatile. Except, I rarely use them once, let alone many times. 

So, excuse my fan-girling, but I'm a tad bit excited about this! If you're a paper crafter who hasn't heard of her, do yourself a favor and pop on over. You'll love her!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Love Us

I'd been working on this layout of Little Man for a while. I started it before I cleaned out my scrap room last month so it's been started for probably three months???

There were a few things going on with this layout.  I had this photo printed up with a white border for some reason, I really wanted to use 6x6 papers, and I wanted to use that title technique.

The title was made using a Spritzer. It's an old tool that Tim Holtz recently reintroduced. I stuck my gold Sharpie pen in there and misted around an acrylic piece to create the negative image. I also outlined it with a gold gel pen. The bigger gold splotches are gold spray paint. I sprayed in the lid and then dripped it on the page.

The background papers are all six by six papers. I really wanted to make a page doing this because I have soooooo many 6x6 paper pads that I was feeling the need to justify some of them. You know that feeling, right? 

Anyways, this is just a little I love you page for Little Man about the fun we had on his first grade Zoo field trip. 

What are some of your non-memory keeping reasons for making a page?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Six Months

Today it's been six months since my grandma passed. She was my last remaining grandparent and a very big part of our lives.

The hardest part is when I think, "I should call Gran and tell her..." and then I realize that I can't. She loved to hear what was going on with us. That Aud got fearlessly on the school bus for the first time. That Mickey can now make three pointers on the basketball court. That I've kept the house clean for the last two months. She would have loved that last one.

I drive by where she used to live every time I go into town. When we bought our house she was so excited that we were going to be close again that she drove from her house to ours to see how far apart we were. I still remember her calling to tell me that we were exactly three miles from driveway to driveway.

She hated having her picture taken and was well known for putting her hand up or a magazine to stop me. But, if I put a kid in the shot with her or took a selfie with her, it was a different story. This was one of my last selfies with her. It was Mother's Day. I love this photo.

I miss you Gran. Thank you for all you taught me. Thanks for loving me even when I was a pain in the tuckus. Thank you for thinking that my kids are amazing.

I love you!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fourteen Things I Love About My Valentine!

1. His values. He has an old-fashioned work ethic that makes the older generation respect him and the younger generation emulate him.

2. His love of children. He is a great dad and loves kids and babies and young people as much as I do. And, they love him too!

3. His masculinity. He is tall and strong and capable. He has lots of guy friends and loves sports and beer and mowing our lawn. He's a man's man.

4. His femininity. (Oh, he's gonna hate this one.) He watches Lifetime movies and will talk to me for hours in the middle of the night if something is bothering him. He also cried at our wedding and the births of our two children.

5. His outgoing personality. He will go out of his way to engage with a fast food employee and make them laugh. I love that!

6. His looks. Yep, I'm superficial. But my man is tall and handsome and has gorgeous blue eyes. And his walk is powerful and confident and masculine!

7. His confidence. There is nothing that he won't try to do. He has none of that pesky self-doubt when it comes to trying something new.

8. His intelligence. That man of mine is smart! He is one of the most knowledgeable people in his field and hearing him troubleshoot a pump over the phone for one of his customers is just amazing!

9. His laugh. Specifically, that laugh that I can surprise out of him. The one that sounds like he's trying not to laugh at some crazy comment I made but can't help himself. I love that laugh!

10. His loyalty. And not just his loyalty to me. I know that he will never stray. But his loyalty to mom and pop stores, certain brands and even his sports teams. He is not a fair weather fan. He is with you through thick and thin.

11. His friendship. When he's heading to a friend's house it's often because he's going to go help so-and-so do something. He's also my best friend. I love that on those rare occasions that we get to go out, we can talk for hours and not have to bring up our kids.

12. His lack of chauvinism. He changed diapers when our kids were in diapers, he cooked meals when my PTSD left me unable, he respects my crazy(and often useless) knowledge of science, and he doesn't "babysit" our kids when I am gone.

13. His love for our children. Mickey and Audrey are the most important things in his life. He helps them with homework, sports and everything else. He gives them the verbal, physical, and emotional affection that lets them know that their father loves them.

14. He loves me! I am not the easiest person to live with or to love, and he does! He knows all my deep, dark secrets. My bad habits. My anger and despair. And, while he may not always understand me, he loves me.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nap Love

Over the summer, the heathens and I spent a week at my folk's house in Sunriver. The weather ran the gamut from rainy to hot so we had a couple days of indoor fun. I brought not only my scrappy stuff but some for them, too! It was quite fun and I even got some layouts made.

Here's one using a Glitz paper line and some fun gold accents. It's one of my favorite pics of Andrew and the kiddos all crashed out in our living room. 

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper-Glitz, Cardstock-Bazzill, Doilies-Studio Calico, Stickers-Glitz & American Crafts, Webster's Pages, Washi-Webster's Pages, Enamel Dots-Teresa Collins & My Mind's Eye, Flair-American Crafts, Vellum-Crate Paper, Transparency-Maya Road, Pens-Sharpie & Le Pen, Die-Technique Tuesday

I wanted an accent on the bottom that matched the gold on the doilies that I used so I die cut one into a heart and it turned out quite well. 

I'd been watching a lot of Shimelle's videos where she ground her embellishment clusters with washi tape so I tried it here. It works really well and heaven knows I have plenty of washi tape! 

I have an entire pack of the white polaroid transparencies from Maya Road that I hadn't even used yet so I was pretty excited to finally use one! 

I'll be back in a few days with another layout from this trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Twirl, Twirl, Twirl!

I'm back with a layout about one of Audrey's enduring (and endearing) habits. My girl is a hair twirler! When she was younger she used to twirl her hair up into a crazy looking dreadlock! This photo was taken a few years ago when she would crash Mickey's preschool class. ;) She even had her own name tag.

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper-American Crafts, Stickers-American Crafts, Colorant-Gelatos, Dies-A~muse, Enamel Dots-My Mind's Eye & Basic Grey, Washi tape-stash, Letter Stickers-American Crafts & October Afternoon, Pen-LePen, Flair-American Crafts, Puffy Stickers-Dollar Tree

I used three different fonts for the title along with that loopy arrow sticker. 

It's funny, I only bought this line because I got a great deal on the paper pad at Tuesday Morning or one of those other overstock stores. But, I've used it so much, I've ended up buying the sticker and die cut packs to go with it. 

The butterflies I die cut from watercolor paper and colored with Gelatos. (I'd been watching some Wilna videos, too!)

So, there you have it. I think this is my third or fourth layout stemming from my impulse shopping!

Have you ever had an impulse scrappy purchase turn out to inspire other purchases?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week In the Life Album for 2014

I did it! I finished my album! Well, I have a 4x6 spot and a two 2x2 spots to complete but other than that, I'm done!!! Woot!!!

These are the leftovers from my kit. I just tucked all of this in my Project Life album to use on that week's page. I keep a 12x12 page protector in the middle of each week in my album to add memorabilia and other stuff from that week and it all fit nicely in there.

I did a video walk through of the album and shared all the pages as well as some info on how I completed it.

Products Used: Kit(w/stamp set) & Gold Album-Ali Edwards, Inks-Stampin' Up! (Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie & Sahara Sand), Heidi Swapp (Navy), Color Box Chalk Ink (Lime Pastel), Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist), & Encore Ultimate Metallic (Gold), Embossing Powder-Stampin' Up! Gold detail, Pen-Sharpie Fine Point in Black, Stapler-Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Stamp Sets-Technique Tuesday (Today You by Ali Edwards), Vellum-Staples, Envelopes-?????, Patterned Paper-Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Teresa Collins You are My Happy, Basic Grey for Studio Calico, Echo Park Creative Agenda, Stickers-Echo Park Creative Agenda, Border Punch-Fiskars, Marker-Gold Sharpie

Sorry about the not stellar video quality but I shot it with my iPhone 4s attached to my tripod using...binder clips, an IKEA kitchen shelf bar, a clamp from my husband's shop, and yard sticks! Yeah, I'm full on professional here, folks!

I've got a few more video ideas rolling around. I've got some organization tips I'd like to share, new products I want to drool over, and layouts I'd like to share including why I added certain items.

Are you interested? Let me know if you liked this and I can make more!

Thanks for stopping by!