Wednesday, November 19, 2014

File Folder love....

I created this awhile ago and haven't shared the finished book until now. It really hard to believe that this time with her and Ryne at Homecoming was a little over a year ago. The time really does go by so fast and I tried to savor every moment I could last year, knowing this year would be different with her away at college. I'll be honest I'm still adjusting and I miss her tremendously. I have found myself saving photos to my phone from Facebook (thank goodness for social media). Can't wait until she is home for Christmas!

The file folders are from Heidi Swapp but you could re-create the same book with any file folders, especially if you have a set that includes various sizes of them. To bind all of the file folders together I used the Cinch from We R Memory Keepers. With Christmas coming up it would be the perfect addition to your wish list for sure.

On the top file folder I added a mini flip book to hold more photos, give the project dimension and having an interactive element on the cover turned out to be a super fun addition.

The golden flower was actually white inside the package and I have learned to never turn down cute white flowers because you can take spray mist and make them any color you like to match your project. Getting some ink on my hands always feels a little refreshing too. :)

Journaling cards are made by so many manufacturers now and can not only be used it Project Life - Pocket Page scrapbooking but many are the perfect size to fit in minibooks as well. Journaling cards have all kinds of different finishes and I won't lie I get suckered in every time for the gold foil and specialty finishes that now adorn journaling cards. 
The leaves were hand cut and layered, then stitched with the We R Memory Keepers floss, you can also use plain old DMC floss too. One can't go wrong with using Crate Paper and Heidi Swapp to embellish!

Another favorite thing for me now is to add die cut pieces throughout a project. Last year at this time I had never owned a die cutting machine and I got a great deal on the Silhouette Cameo last Christmas from and I have to say it was one of the best investments I have made to date. There are so many things you can do, including creating/designing your own cut files. The Silhouette Cameo Version 2 is hitting stores. I have given it a test run and it is just amazing as the original with a few more added bells and whistles. It would be another great addition to your Christmas List as well. You won't regret it.

I loved how the cover turned out with the flip book on top and since I still had a few photos I wanted to put in this book I went ahead and added a second mini flip book onto the left hand page. 

Finished with some more Crate Paper flowers, My Mind's Eye journaling cards and die cut pieces. 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pinwheels, you say?

What do you think of when you think of pinwheels? Spring, Summer, children running in a green flower filled field. I know, that's what I think of too, but I just got the We R pinwheel punch board and I was a little skeptical. I'm not really a tool person, per se but....when I started thinking of all of the possibilities I couldn't resist, even though it's almost Thanksgiving.

From making killer gift wrapping to parties, wedding, baby showers and everything in between I have to say this little tool can do it all. I created five different projects with basic supplies, the pinwheel punch board and for this particular project some crazy cool gift wrapping paper. 

For the gold glitter wrapped "thinking of you" present I create two double pinwheels and then "nested" them on top of each other. Finishing it off with some My Mind's Eye party confetti and button and a rhinestone. You can always switch out the cardstock banner tag for a congratulations, thank you or celebrate saying which is perfect for any occasion. 
When I opened up the glitter wrapping paper from Teresa Collins I was a little scared it was going to shed all over the place but it didn't. Then I thought maybe when I started to cut into it that's when it would get a little crazy and it was going to spread all over the place, but it didn't, which was a nice surprise. I love glitter but not all over me and the place I'm working. It was easy to work with in that respect. As far as adhesive I don't know if it was the fact that I wasn't working with Scotch brand tape or not but the tape I had was not holding with the glitter. So I had to think outside of the box and I grabbed my 3D foam squares and used those underneath the wrapping paper to hold it. In the end it worked out and you can't see how the wrapping paper is adhered. I finished it off with some gold twine to make sure everything stayed in place. Hopefully, that makes sense. I don't have the presents with me to take more detailed shots, maybe when I get them back. :)

I can't wait to share the other projects with you guys and they will be apart of our Thanksgiving/Christmas home decor for sure! For Christmas I'll have to mix some cool snowflakes in with them. 

Hope you guys have a great end to your week!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

this weekend

I got to work with the November Kit called Thankful for Family. This kit has a touch of Thanksgiving and Fall elements but can also be used for documenting other stories as well.
When I was creating with this kit I didn't create one single Thanksgiving layout. This kit doesn't pressure you to do that, it's not too "themey", which is nice.

Here is a little peek at what I was able to come up with. While creating these I took photos of the process, which is something I have never done. Trying to shake things up a bit on my little blog.

So, that's what is up around here. Oh, and convincing my husband to ride the Kamikaze (which he is terrified of). I'll share what I posted on Facebook because in the moment it was hysterical and still thinking about it puts a smile on my face. He really does put up with me and all my craziness. 

At this point in the ride, completely hanging upside down Jon was yelling "Oh my gosh honey, I can't believe you made me do this", we are going to die!" I couldn't stop laughing, I live for these kinds of rides! This is how I know he really loves me!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014


is tomorrow and it seems like this Halloween came up fast. I have been wanting to share how the house looks since everything has been decorated since mid September. This year has been different with Shelby away at college.
There is a funny/emotional story this year from the pumpkin patch that had me in tears last week. We had taken Ellie to pick out a pumpkin with Jon's parents and standing among all the teeny tiny pumpkins was this sweet, curly blonde blue eyed girl. Her hair was in a bun with ringlets and the whole nine yards. I'm standing, staring at her and thinking "wow, she looks exactly the way Shelby did at her age." All of the sudden I hear her mom say "Shelby!" and that was it, instant tears streaming down my face and a deep longing to hug our girl.
Needless to say it hit me like a MAC truck and the next time I spoke to Shelby she could sense I was missing her and of course I had to tell her the story.
Ok, sorry back to Halloween decor.

This is a long wall in our family room that has been bare since we moved in. Jon promised when we moved in something would be here within the first year. He just wanted that wall and here we are over 2 years later and nothing, so the wall after the holidays is going to be mine (at least that's what I tell him with a loving, yet firm voice), lol.

It is amazing how expensive die cut cardstock shapes can be, especially from known names like Martha Stewart and they are all the same size in the package. So, I decided to cut these with my Silhouette Cameo and I started with a small size and worked my way up from there. All I used was black cardstock and 3D foam squares. It was fun and inexpensive.

On Pinterest I came across a variation of brooms on a chalkboard wall, so I put my spin on it and this is how it turned out. Shelby came up with the name and Ellie donated her skeleton bones school paperwork to the typewriter. It was great timing that she was studying and had to know the major bones of the human body for her science class. 

This was a little hard to put into perspective with a photo. These sticks are right underneath the fan. We had to cut them down because it is still so hot here in Arizona during October and the fan has to be running. Jon put the birds in the branches. 

The area above the entertainment center is also a little difficult to photograph. It's full of potion and poison bottles. Rats, skeletons, old books and cameras, spiders, you know all of the essentials.

You can't go wrong with skeletons and crates. Those are all of the main areas around the house. There are a few more little vignettes. 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and your family have a safe and fun filled Halloween!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It all started

on Sunday afternoon, when my mom texted me asking if I knew of a place where she could get a bow tie. I simply responded with, "is it for a costume or something more formal."
After that text she called to ask if I was home, then she came over with a top hat and bling sunglasses. Then, I got the real story. She had bought a life sized skeleton that she wanted to find a bow tie for and she wanted her skeleton to be a girl.

That led to this....

As the top hat was being created we were talking about names for the skeleton and my mom had decided she came from New Orleans. We settled on Olga for her name.

After the bow tie and top hat was complete I decided that Olga, our southern skeleton also needed a Halloween charm bracelet. I used some Tim Holtz metal clips and chains to hang the charms from. It was an unexpected creative afternoon spent with my mom and she was super excited with how everything turned out. 

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Halloween invites....

are crazy expensive, seriously. Every year we have our annual pumping carving party and some years I have made the invitations and other years (like last year I bought them). Last year I remember being behind in the invite category of Halloween and having to buy them pretty much pre.made and that about killed my creative spirit and my pocketbook wasn't to happy either.

This year, I have made it a point to be more proactive even though these invites turned out super simple I kind of like it. The Silhouette Cameo, a bat cut file, black cardstock, a Uniball Signo white pen and kraft envelopes. A little time consuming but simple.

This Halloween seems to be all about bats. It all started with the bat wall I wanted to create in our living room and I loved how it turned out so I carried that theme into the invitations. Getting these little pretties in the mail today felt good. Wishing you all lived close so I could send one to you too!

Hope you have a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Tim Holtz Folio

was the perfect base for creating this mini book of my Nannie and Papa. I love that the flaps of the folio can be folded at different levels depending on how much room you need for the embellishments you used. It really was a great little project to work on. This was created using the small folio that can be found here, if your interested.

The elastic band closure gives the folio a great vintage feel and I couldn't help but add a vintage brooch to the cover. The heavy duty material the folio is constructed of made the stamped images bold.

The top photo, my Papa in High School and the bottom photo is my great grandparents, my Papa and all of the brothers and sisters on the family farm.

The top photo was my Nannie and Papa hanging out with their friends and the bottom photo my Nannie was pregnant with my mom. 

I feel so lucky and blessed to have these wedding day photos of my grandparents. I love that in the family, if photos are found everyone sends them to me not only for safe keeping but they also know I try to find out the story if I can to tell it. 

Papa in his Senior year and away serving in the military. Nannie on the family farm while he was away in Germany.

I used some of these photos before in a layout but this little folio is displayed in our home year round and just walking past it makes me smile. My mom told me recently that she would love to have this book someday after seeing it and looking through it.

On another note, Halloween decorations have been up for almost 2 weeks and I feel so good about it. I think I'm a little ahead of schedule this year, which I'm liking. I was able to get more than half way through making the annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party invites as well as mailing all of the birthday thank you notes!

Hoping your week is a fulfilling, productive one!

Friday, September 12, 2014

through the viewfinder

When I came across this awesome viewfinder die cut in the Silhouette store I was drawn to it and had to have it. I remember actually having a viewfinder growing up and maybe that's what drew me to it and the fact I could make my own viewfinder of sorts.
Now the great thing about die cutting with the Cameo is you can make your die cuts as small and as big as you like. Sometimes though, it gives me too many possibilities, lol.
With this, I wanted to go big (go big or go home, ask any of my friends and they will tell you I say this quite often, being from Texas and all). I wanted to almost completely fill the 12 x 12 paper.

I used some of the photos we took driving Shelby up to college and getting her moved into her dorm room. We were able to see old friends and be there for Shelby with whatever she needed. While attending the parent orientation as the health staff at her school went through the needs of out of state incoming Freshman it hit me. They started talking about getting all of the medications, health related things that we normally give our children at home and stocking them up before we left.
This was something I thought about but it really hit home after hearing the health statistics on college students. So, we went to the store and I started thinking about how awful it is to be sick and not have anyone there to really take care of you. I have to say Jon looked at me a little crazy but hey, I'm a mom and that's what we do, we take care of our kids. Did I go a little overboard, making sure she had everything, maybe a tinsy bit. BUT again, that's what we do, make sure the ones we love are well taken care of when we can't take care of them ourselves.
Wow, sorry about that. Got a little off track.

So, the center of the viewfinder was a little plain to me and I wanted to fill it with a bigger photo. So after the original cut was complete I left the mat loaded in to the Cameo and I used the angle tool to cut the large circle out of the center.
Measuring each opening in the viewfinder I printed the photos and attached them under each one.
Finishing the layout with stamps, stickers, gold foil chipboard and some journaling.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by.