This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch. A couple week's ago, I came across the Simple Stories "Happy New Year" collection. I loved all the bright colors set against black and white backgrounds. But I didn't think of New Year's Eve when I saw the line; I thought of my daughter. Her birthday is the first week of February. She is such an enthusiastic, happy child. The vibrant, energetic colors of the papers made me think "birthday" instead of "New Year's," so I decided to feature some of my favorite pictures from her birthday last year using this line as the backdrop. The different size blocks featured in the sketch were ideal to highlight the journaling cards that fit perfect for a birthday theme. In addition, I used my square punch to cut out different patterned papers from the line to accent the pictures from her party.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch. My children love going to aquariums. Since my girls were toddlers, they have been mesmerized by fish and sea creatures. We weren't able to go on a vacation last summer, but my husband and I took them on a few adventures around the area. When I asked my girls where they wanted to go one afternoon, it was a no brainer..."The aquarium Mom!" For this project, I used some of my favorite pictures from our trip to the Newport Aquarium in Covington, Kentucky. I have been itching to use Echo Park's Pirate's Life Collection, and I thought aquarium pictures would be the perfect subject matter for this project.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design. I was completely inspired by the season for this project. This picture was taken nine years ago when my little ones still believed in Santa and would allow their Mom to dress them in adorable Christmas clothes. I have a thing for Doodlebug papers, and when I saw the "Here Comes Santa Claus" line, I knew I had to use a picture of my girls visiting with Santa. While I mostly followed the sketch, I opted to use a paper ribbon instead of a diamond to accent the picture.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
This is my latest double page spread for Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this layout I was inspired by the travel details on the sketch. Ten years ago, my husband and I took our daughters on a train ride to Chicago at Christmastime to shop at American Girl. Santa gave my older daughter a "Felicity" doll as an early present while on the train. We literally exited the train and went on a shopping spree for all of Felicity's outfits. My older daughter was in HEAVEN! My younger daughter, always the agreeable one, had fun doing whatever her older sister was doing. We had a fantastic time checking out the town during a rare December warm spell in Chicago. While I didn't use all the elements called for on the sketch, I was able to use a variety of Doodlebug "Here Comes Santa Claus" papers to bring the Christmas theme to life.
Monday, December 12, 2016
This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch. I am a Christmasaholic. My favorite day of the year is the day our local radio station changes over to 24/7 Christmas music. I put up my Christmas tree a week before Thanksgiving every year. I have a slight addiction to Christmas wrapping paper. And I have had a blast over the years with our family's Elf on the Shelf "Holly Jolly." Last year, my youngest daughter asked the dreaded Christmas question; the one I feared for years...So I was surprised and eternally happy when she pulled Holly Jolly out of the box this year and asked, "Mom, are you still going to hide her for me?" The answer, "OF COURSE I WILL!" So in honor of Holly Jolly's "release" from her box, I decided to feature some of her favorite "hiding spots" from around my house over the years. She's ridden a wooden reindeer, hung out in a Christmas tree wrapped in toilet paper, & hoarded peppermints wearing soccer pre-wrap around her head. (Holly Jolly has always been a bit mischievous). To pull this project together, I used paper from Authentique's Retro Christmas Collection. I followed the sketch closely but decided to add a few paper ribbons to the top to add even more holiday spirit to the page.