Friday, November 20, 2015

CKCB Design Team Activity:Gratitude Printables

Welcome everyone! It's been a little while since we have had a design team activity that we all participated in, so when Lisa had the idea for a "Gratitude challenge", I was absolutely on board! The challenge: use one of these awesome free printables from Allison Kimball:
This was a fun challenge for me, and it finally gave me a reason to scrap these photos from 2008:
These photos were so representative of that time for us- and I am so thankful for them! I am thankful not only for the things that I wrote about on the journaling card, but also for the time that I was blessed with to be able to spend the time with my children, at their field trips, and getting to experience so many of these moments with them. I treasure all of the friendships that developed from these times as well!

Here is the blog list to see what the rest of the DT did with the free printables:
Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog

We would love to have you use the printables to play along! They're awesome, free, and a great reminder to be grateful for the little things! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

CKCB Challenge 3: Document December kit

Our 3rd challenge this month over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month was to create a kit for Documenting December, however we choose to. I always(for the last several years, anyway) make a Journal Your Christmas album, based on prompts from Shimelle throughout the month of December. I love how much more meaningful it has made my December albums, and the format works so much better for me, just jotting down stories, creating when can or am inspired to, and not focusing on the everyday happenings in December (which is usually a lot of basketball, so not very Christmas-y). I love Christmas craft supplies, and have quite a collection of them, so I love making a kit from my stash to create with, stuffed full of my favorite Christmas goodies. For this years' December kit, I chose to combine inspiration from Scraptastic's Stocking Stuffer Kit, and Shimelle's Christmas In a Box.

You can see her kit in much better detail here:

My Document December kit:

I did order these stamps from Shimelle-she totally sold me on them in her video:

and I plan to use these cut files:
(34th Street cut files from Studio Calico)
and these:

Not sure where I got them, but I have not used them, so it will be good to try to incorporate some of these!
And I tried something new-I made my first youtube video! I didn't feel like the photos really showed all of the fun goodies in my stash kit, so I made a video of me showing you piece by piece what is included. It was fun to make, and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! If you like the video, I would love to have you follow me on Youtube, and I may make more scrappy videos in the future.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth

Welcome to anyone who came back by to see my add on for my November Counterfeit kit! And welcome to anyone else dropping by today, too! I was inspired by this tutorial to make watercolor leaves to add on to my kit. I die cut them and added them to my collection of supplies, and then just took some time after the kids went to bed a few nights ago to play with paint:

I love how they turned out!

And I really enjoyed just playing with paint and paper!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Welcoming In November...Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal

Good morning! Today we are welcoming in the month of November, and my favorite way to welcome in a new month is with a new kit of supplies to scrap with. The kit we are using for inspiration is this fantastic new collection from Pink Paislee, Cedar Lane:

A beautiful kit for fall was definitely in order for this month! My notes were to gather purples, teal greens, pinks, buttery yellows, and woodgrains. Up next,  I was just looking for patterns that reminded me of fall-acorns, leaves, and a few beautiful florals. I gathered plenty of embellishments for my kit this month; chipboard stickers, glittery newsprint Thickers, tiny word strips and stickers, tags,washi, wood veneer, die cuts, enamel Pop Drops, and a 6x6 paper pad. This is the kit of supplies that I was able to gather from my stash....and I could have made my kit much larger still, this kit is what was left after I eliminated about a third of the stash I had pulled for various reasons. Here is my kit:

And a look at the papers by themselves:

We were also tasked with the challenge of creating an add on kit, with each of the design team members adding an item on to the group. My choice was to make die cut watercolor leaves, inspired by this photo and blog post:

Here is a look at my leaves, that I die cut from watercolor paper:

I plan to show the completed leaves with the Forgeries on the Fourth, so be sure to come back and have a look to see how they turn out!

Now have a cup of coffee or tea and make your way around to the rest of the Master Forgers' kits, as they are sure to inspire!

Margie: *YOU ARE HERE*

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Trendy Thursday

I thought I would take a few minutes today to put together a post about current trends (or at least what Pinterest says they are)

One of the first ones that caught my eye:
Pineapples and Other Fruit:

I learned on a home improvement show that pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality, and Wikipedia says this:
"In the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the pineapple became associated with the return of ships from extended voyages, and an emblem of welcome and hospitality that made its way into contemporary art."
So, I love it, but haven't really used it or figured out how to work it into my own decorating or crafting. Have you? If you have, I would love to see an example!

Trending home paint colors:
I love these colors, and used some very similar ones for my own house, when I painted it last year. I love how soft grays can be adapted with a few accent colors and lighting choices. 


There are even free printables out there:

What do you think? What trends are you loving right now?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday, and a little more scrapbook sharing...

Still working on sharing some of the pages that I have made over the past few weekends. Here are a couple of Disney pages that I made with a past Counterfeit Kit, my August World Traveler kit:

The first layout that I am sharing is a good example of using memorabilia on a layout. I used my mini stapler from American Crafts to attach the "Times Guide" from Hollywood Studios at the top, and I left the bottom loose, so that I could flip it up if I ever wanted to look at the back side.
Of course, it is rumpled from hanging out in my camera bag while we were in the park, but I love that about it! It really makes my page more authentic.

This next page is just a photo of me taken on the carousel at Magic Kingdom, and I love the happy feeling it gives me!

Both pages have many things that I love-colors, paint and splatters of mist, lovely little bits and pieces. What could be a better representation of the happiest place on earth?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Two For Tuesday...Scrapbook Style

I have been making a little time to scrapbook on the weekends, so I am working my way through some unfinished projects and kits, and have a little bit to share with you today.
The first layout that I am sharing with you is made from my September "Sweet Citrus" kit,
my paper forgery-you can see a glimpse of it here:

(that I never got around to sharing):

For my paper forgery, I took a soft pink chevron paper from Dear Lizzy, and colored it with an orange Gelato, with I brushed with a bit of water. When it came time to add my photo and embellishments, the orange looked too harsh against the soft pink, so I painted  over most of the background with a soft white wash of paint, before adding the photo, journaling, and embellishments, and love the soft look that it gave to the page. 

The Second layout that I am sharing with you today is a page made up from my April "Fantastic&Fabulous" kit:

The Dear Elsie paper seemed to go perfectly with the "selfie", and girly feel of the page:

And...I am super happy to get some of that OLD stash used up!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favorites...Fall Edition

I haven't shared a round up my favorite things off of the web in a while, so here goes:

I have really been loving decorating my home for fall, so fall displays are at the top of my inspiration list:

And these cozy pillows:

I love these free printables:

And I am really in the mood for fall foods, too!
This Salted Caramel Sauce looks yummy:

What about you? What are you loving this fall?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Counterfeit Kit, "Autumn Breeze"

Welcome to our October Reveal for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog! This month, we were given a different bit of inspiration for our kits. We were given this case file from CSI to be inspired by:

I took the color palette, the "evidence", and the "testimony", and pulled together this kit, which I am calling "Autumn Breeze":

Elements in the evidence that are also in my kit:
Leaves-I have leaves in my paper patterns, silk leaves, and sticker leaves, too.
Mist-I have Gold and Peach Color Shine, and Pewter Perfect Pearls spray
Watercolor-I have 3 gelatos to use for this-white, yellow, and orange
Heart- gold glitter hearts and a partially used package of stitched hearts from Amy Tangerine
Metal-I included some small brads from Graphic 45
Scatter something-I included tiny October Afternoon puffy stickers and enamel dots for this prompt
String- vintage coral colored twine
Numbers-canvas number brads from Cosmo Cricket

Thank you for stopping by my blog to have a look at my kit! Here is the list to hop around and see what the other designers are up to.