Monday, January 25, 2010

Home of the Braves

On a trip to Atlanta last summer, we had the privilege of attending a Braves games. It was so hot and humid, but I think we all truly had a good time. Even though Hailey refused to smile for the camera, she was having a blast hamming it up for everyone around us making faces and doing the Gator Chomp instead of the Braves Chop! Doesn't go over so well in Georgia, doing the Florida Gator chomp... but most people thought it was funny! Towards the end, she did finally get the chop... she has no plans on ever making that motion again. :o) Yes, I realize my neighbors are cringing and glaring at me right now, lol! But being born at UF, kinda makes her a Gator Girl for life!

On to the layout, enough sports debate. This is the other layout I got done on Saturday at the crop... even though my hubby just looked at me and said "That's all you did for 8 hours, two layouts!?" What can I say, four hours a layout is actually making good time for me.

The colors on this side of the layout are a little wonky... someday I will learn how to use Photoshop and fix this, but oh well. You get the idea! No sketch, but really similar to the Queen Bee layout and pretty simple.

PP: Reminisce Patriotic
CS: CTMH White Daisy, Cranberry, Outdoor Denim
Quickutz: Stardust Grand
Ribbon: (from the stash)
Chipboard Stars: from Granny's Accucut
Paint: Making Memories
White Uniball Gel Pen

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Queen Bee

I managed to get two whole layouts done at yesterday's crop! This is one of them, but I totally cheated and copied my friend's layout... darn near exactly! :o) Thanks Jodi! Funny part is, it still took me the same amount of time to scraplift! Jodi did this layout last year at our girls retreat and I wonder if I subconsciously encouraged Miss H to be a Bee for Halloween this year so that I could copy the layout! LOL!

I picked up this paper in the Target dollar bins, thanks to my friend Jenn for showing it to me. It was one of the only Halloween type papers I could find that used yellow instead of orange to coordinate with the yellow/black bee theme. The little bumblebees I made on the Gypsy with layers of yellow, black, and vellum generic egg shapes. I used the flourish and bling to mimic the flight pattern. I also have to share that the day of Halloween, Miss H decided that a Queen Bee needed a crown to go with the costume. So, I used one of her old princess crowns, painted black where the "stones" were and used pipe-cleaners and yellow puff balls to make her a Bee Crown/Antennae. She loved it!

PP: Target Scrapbooking Supplies
CS: CTMH Honey & Black
Quickutz: Moxie Classic, Flourish
Embellies: RickRack (from the sewing stash), Bling
White UniBall Gel pen for journaling and detailing
Cricut: Doodlecharms (egg outline)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Imagine It! & Fritz's

These are not the best pictures because I had to photo them in the page protector... so you get the whole "picture" of what I did. And, I am probably going to do a horrible job of explaining this, but pictures are supposed to be worth a thousand words anyways, right?! These photos were taken a couple of years ago at the Imaine It! Children's Museum in Atlanta, GA. If you are ever in the area, it was a fantastic and relaxing place to spend an entire day! She had a blast and the place was so low key, that I was actually able to sit down and watch her play! Great place!

Anywhoo, the right side of the layout is normal, no flips or anything special interactive. But the other side, with the big enlargements... That side is cool! One of my better thoughts on making pages interactive, if I do say so myself :o) The pictures had so much going on in them, that I had to make them big in order to really get a feel for the place and all the details... the problem was making them big and keeping them all safe! So, I came up with the idea to use a 9x9 page protector and sew it to my layout! I ordered 8x10 photos and trimmed them to 8x9, I put two of the photos in the page protector and other was attached to the layout. This left me 1" of page protector extra to sew to my layout. I was able to get THREE 8x9 photos on this page! And they are all safe. That is probably clear as mud, but if you really want to get it, you just have to come over and see it. Here is a close up (the photo is upside down) of the top of the photo attached to layout, where I cut my 12x12 protector to slide the 8x9 protector out.

Here is a closeup of where I sewed the 8x9 protector to the actual layout with the 2 photos inside, then mounted the third directly to the layout slightly overlapping the 8x9 protector.

The next layout is a really old, reallllly simple one, but what was cool about his one was that I needed a pp that had pink and navy, but could only find pink and brown. I cut some CTMH Outdoor Denim cardstock in to strips, distressed them to match the feel of the paper and adhered them over the brown stripes, voila. Exactly what I needed.

Fritz's was a really cool restaurant in Kansas City, MO that delivered your lunch via a train! At the time, H was totally into trains and thought that was the coolest thing ever!

Oh, and you ordered your lunch via the telephone on your table and got to wear cool conductor hats! Oh the things we do for our children... dear hubby might not appreciate me posting this photo, but I think he cute as a conductor :o)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Disney Layouts

After I finished all the Disney layouts to go in my album, I decided to make a front and back cover page. The front holds our ticket stubs and one of my fav pics of the castle. The back cover is my one and only pic of Epcot (since we spent a whole 20 minutes soaking wet there) along with a guide map, so I can plan my next visit :o)

Vellum Paper: unknown
Quickutz: Magnolia Grand, Lemonade Skinni Mini
Cardstock: Dutch Blue, Cranberry, Black
Embellies: Retired CTMH Ribbon

Patterned Paper: CTMH Floral Tapestry
Cardstock: CTMH Hollyhock, Baby Pink, Indian Corn Blue
Quickutz: Spicy Chicken Grand
Embellies: CTMH Ribbon Hollyhock & Garden Green

Not a clue where either pocket template came from!

This is one of my favorite layouts in the Disney Album... Eeyore! Super simple layout, but the photos speak to my heart! All I did was dry-emboss the lines using the indentation on my paper trimmer, then sanded to reveal the white core.

Cardstock: CTMH Craberry, Black, Grey Flannel
Quickutz: Blossom Grand
Embellies: CTMH Buttons & Ribbon Rounds

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kinder Orientation

Patterned Paper: K & Company "Carolyn Gavin"
Cardstock: Kraft Paper, CTMH Hollyhock & Keylime
Clear Buttons: Close To My Heart
Bigger Brads: Close To My Heart
Leaf: CTMH Just Blooms
Felt Flowers: ?
DMC Floss
Digital Cutter: Cricut Expression, Opposites Attract Cartridge

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Visiting Snooty

I did this layout while I was at a crop with my mom and it was my first real attempt at welding letters with my Gypsy! The font I chose was not ideal, but I was short on time and cardstock, so I used it anyways. I used some Stampin Up! raw chipboard letters, painted them with brown MM paint, then overlapped "SNOOTY" with my welded "visiting". I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt!

I think what really makes this layout so adorable is the little Quickutz die-cut manatee, this was my friend Debra's idea. I am still not sure I got him put together as nice as she had him, but he's still cute. I sanded the edges to make it pop a little more and gave him a little bling eye using the tiniest of my CTMH Sparkles, that was Granny's idea ;o)

As with most of my layouts, the 4x6 photos are mounted on folded 6.25" x 8.5" cardstock and have 3 photos in the footprint of a single photo. Many people have asked how why I take soooo many photos and how I pick which photos to scrap and this is my answer... I just scrap three times the photos. And thanks to Close To My Heart's Flip Flaps, all three of the photos are protected!
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers "NonSense" Stack
Cardstock: CTMH Junipter, Hollyhock, Keylime
Bling: CTMH Bitty Sparkles
Ribbon: American Crafts
Chipboard: SU!
Paint: Making Memories
Digital Cutter: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Opposites Attract Cartridge

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Uncle Mattie & my little animal

Last year, well actually 2008, we traveled to NC to visit an old college friend, meet his wife, and their adorable new son! While we were there, they took us to a park with a quiet trail, a pond, and the perfect opportunity to take some photos. I was able to sneak these pictures while Uncle Mattie tried to teach H how to skip rocks. I love how our old friend is now H's friend too, he and his family are such great people!

Patterned Paper: Crate Paper?
Cardstock: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Colonial White,
Quickutz: Chocolate Mini 4x8
Accucut: 7" Antique Frame?
Embellies: Ribbon, Buttons

Last spring, my friend and I took our little ones to the Tallahassee Junior Museum. My little angel ended up acting like a little animal, maybe she should have been in one of those cages, LOL! Just kidding!
Patterned Paper and Embellishments: DCWV Stack
Ribbon & Rick Rack: CTMH
Digital Cutter: Cricut & Lyrical Letters cartridge

Friday, January 8, 2010

Webkinz World

These adorable little guys took over our house (and everywhere we went) this past summer. My munchkin got a little bug in her ear that she wanted Webkinz and surprisingly wanted to earn them! Her very first one was a reward after a long road trip at the beginning of summer and most of the others she bought with her own money after holding a garage sale and doing extras around the house.

By the end of summer, my darling daughter had talked Granny into creating an account and adopting a couple of Webkinz herself (pink ones, of course) and during a visit with my cousins, she worked her magic and got all of us playing! During a weeks visit, my cousin, her son, Aunt Amy, Granny, Hailey, and I had all adopted pets and were all sitting in the same room playing on the website together and visiting each other's online "homes". It was so funny!

When I started creating this layout, I knew I wanted Granny to work her magic with the little animal heads! Following the basic idea of the background paper, she was able to create a paper version of some of the Webkinz we had adopted. Above it a giraffe, frog (with its cute little pink tongue), and a monkey. Below is a lion and a hippo. So adorable! Thanks Granny!

Patterned Paper: Close To My Heart "Animal Cookies"
Cardstock: CTMH Sunflower, Buttercup, Dutch Blue, White Daisy, Topiary, Desert Sand, Bamboo
Quickutz: Roxy Classic & Shadow
Embellishments: Buttons & Ribbon from the old stash :o)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Decade!

Hi all, I am still here just recovering from all the holidays and hoopla! Hope you all are starting off the New Year right! So far, we have celebrated my little one's 6th birthday and spent yesterday re-organizing most of the house... here's to clean and orderly! I have also been organizing my scrapbooks and photographing old layouts that fell off my radar and getting them ready to share! So, look for some new "oldies" in the next week or so.

Also, wanted to remind everyone that the St Pauls Crop is coming up on the 23rd! So, mark your calendars! I know I need some scrappy time, bad! If you need the rsvp info contact me or Jill over there -->
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