Baby, Everyday, Kids, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD

Layout: Who, Me?

Thanks for the heads up, Kay–hopefully this fixed it?

Hahaha! I found the other layout.  All the papers are Echo Park, and I just used the sticker sheet from the same collection, my punches, and some twine to dress up the layout a bit.

Cut my title block too big and had to get creative…  Probably should have just gotten rid of the frame…

TFL!  Love that I have captured both of these stories. Such cuties.

Baby, Baby Baby, Kids, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking

LO: Cozy In Your Little Nest

Again, NOT trying to say anything! These are Amy B’s ultrasound pics. :-) (And as an aside–whoa, nelly, we have a deck? I haven’t seen it all dry and not covered in snow for awhile…)

This was another layout for the same scraplift challenge I mentioned in my previous layout post, but in an earlier month. I can’t take credit for the title–a peep came up with it, and I thought it was great… (Get it, because of our last name? And then I used the bird house and feathers…? I’m nothing if not punny! ;-) )

Used a Hambly 12×12 acetate sheet for the background, then spattered neon acrylic paints across the backside. Floated a 10×10 square asymmetrically on the background, and added neon feathers and sequins. (Hey, neon was a fleeting re-tread trend, had to get in probably the ONLY layout I’ll do with it.) Probably should have found a way to get the HA neon inks for the stamping and title, but oh, well.

Everyday, Kids, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking, Two Page Layouts

Let’s Go to the Park LO

If these photos look familiar, that’s because I blogged about this trip here.  I scrapbooked it a couple of months later, and am finally getting around to posting that!  (I used an Allison Davis sketch, but can’t remember which one, now…  Sorry.  But they’re all fabulous, so go use any of them!)

The sun and clouds are Silhouette shapes–the clouds were originally all regular puffy clouds, but I used the knife tool and sliced off the bottoms on some for the more current flat-bottomed cloud look…  I was really excited about my paper mixing for this layout, although now I wish I would have used 2 sheets of that teal Bo Bunny double dot paper for the background, instead of the white.  Oh, well, not redoing it now!!

Final favorite detail?  I got to use a few more of my favorite alphabet stickers of all time (I only got 1 pack before they were discontinued, too, boo!).  The “franken-k” is made up of a cut-apart “h” and “x.”  I don’t think you could tell if I hadn’t told you that…  I hope not, anyway, I plan on doing that until I’ve used every last letter in that pack. :-(  TFL!

Baby, Everyday, Kids, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking

Impromptu Peek-a-boo LO

This is a picture from our trip to the Nelson-Atkins art museum in May.  You do so well when we go out, this day was no exception.  We’d stopped in the cafe for some milk and a snack, and even though it had already been a long afternoon, you started this adorable game with us.  Side note:  I bought this kit for $3 at Big Lots, and I’ve made 2 layouts with it so far…  I shouldn’t have any problem getting a third and some cards out of the remainder.  LOVE that.

I’m all about banners and bunting lately…  It’s so easy with twine and scraps and brads…  I have a bunch of these brads with little “holders” attached to them–I think originally for ribbon?  But ribbon is way too bulky for them, and they’ve been languishing away in my stash–until twine and bunting got hot, and now I’ve got all sorts of uses for them. ;-)  All the paper is from the $3 kit, except the green and white check, it is a scrap from my very first DCWV stack, geeze, probably 7 years ago?  And the background cardstock.

Simple journaling and doodling finish off the page.  I popped the little turtle diecut (get it, a turtle?  Because of the peekaboo?  LOL) onto some cardstock then trimmed it out and doodled on it as an easy way to dress it up a bit.  I also colored over bits of the turtle that were brown to make them black to match the rest of the layout.  I used dots from punctuation from the hot pink letter stickers to make little hypens for the word peek-a-boo.

Kids, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD, Two Page Layouts

Dinosaurs LO

Remember this post?  Here’s the layout!  I began working on this LO pretty quick after the actual trip, but ran into many many many roadblocks.  By the time I finished with it, nearly a month later, I was so sick of it I had to let it sit for awhile before I could even blog about it.  LOL

I found a free font that was similar to the exhibit title and cut it out with my silhouette.  Before I weeded the letters, I used my inking tool to get the shading to match the exhibit title, too.  I searched high and low for premade embellishments to match this line, but they were long gone from the stores.  So I found some images online and traced them to get the dinosaur and tufts of grass (Shhh…).  Some stamping and misting helped the dino and background papers match the patterned papers.

I trimmed a strip out of one of the patterned papers in the line, edged it with other strips from other papers in the collection, and even used my deco scissors!  LOL   Then I just fussy cut a few of the cute little dinos and pop-dotted them to make an interesting border treatment.  Oh, and the collage printing was even free, got a deal at Walgreen’s.  All in all, it cost about $2-3 for the whole layout.  TFL!

Birthday, Kids, Scrapbooking, Single Photo

Layout: Party Pic

This is from 2-3 years ago (wow, I need to lose weight again…) at a friends’ child’s 2nd birthday party.  We lobbied long and hard to get invited to these shindigs (not sure why anyone would turn down a free present for their kid…  Oh, wait, yeah, I do get that… lol).  They kind of dragged their feet on it, maybe because we were having trouble having kids and they thought we wouldn’t enjoy it.  But we love all these kids, and wanted to celebrate them, too, so evidence that we were there was hard-won!

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I am NOT a vintage gal.  I usually do clean, bright layouts.  But I love Tim Holtz’s work, and I love vintage items in general, and I keep buying antique-y, distress-y products…  I have also always turned up my nose at beginning a layout with product as inspiration.  It seemed so… materialistic? shallow? superficial?  Not sure.  lol  But I started with a product this time, and picked everything else to match, including the photo.  I have such a stash, it’s time it starts getting used.  And since I never think to look at my grungy embellishments when I scrap picture-first, I figured I should start there every so often so they get used, someway, somehow.  So the photo corners and bookplates were the starting points for this whole layout.

The balloons on the blue bookplate (trimmed down so it looks like a tag) sparked a memory of this party.  T and I were both in grad school.  I was working a few part time gigs, and he was full time, but we were hurting financially.  So we bought Luke a giant mylar balloon.  That’s it, it’s what we could afford at the time.  And may I say?  He loved it.  It was the hit of the party.  :-)

Counterfeit Kits, Everyday, Kids, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD

A Hippopotamustn’t

All items for this layout (except the stamps for the title) were in my March Counterfeit Kit.  Sorry for the photo quality–some of it is due to using my phone to snap pics and some of it is for confidentiality reasons (our foster daughters from last summer, again).  Love these photos!!!  Cute little hippo feature at the park we went on their last Sunday with us, and they were both just too cute.  Cut the mat and border of the mat with my Silhouette, using one of the free shapes that come with it.

Found this poem online and thought it was perfect:

A Hippopotamusn’t
By J. Patrick Lewis

A hippopotamusn’t sit on lawn chairs, stools, and rockers.
A hippopotamusn’t yawn directly under tightrope walkers.
A hippopotamusn’t roll in gutters used by bowlers.
A hippopotamusn’t fail to floss his hippopotamolars.
The awful things a hippopotamusn’t do are just
As important as the lawful things a hippopotamust.

Loved these embellishments.  I coated my raw chipboard stars from the main kit with paint, then stamped and heat embossed in a highly contrasting color using the woodgrain stamp.  I WILL DO THIS SO MANY MORE TIMES, can I just tell you that?!?

Little detail shot of the title block…  I redid this once already, and it is still not perfect.  But oh, well, it’s done!  And good enough.  lol  Happy Monday!