Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello Love!

...and Hello September! 

This little one should be making an appearance soon :)

This is what I see during ultrasounds: 
At some point her hand is up there waving and it has been captured in pictures at least these many times.
She's always saying 'hello!' 


For the title and journaling, I used the 'LOVE' card from one of the cut apart sheets in the DCWV Prism Play Stack. 
Then, I used DCWV heart gems to make some of the hearts pop off through out the page. I love how the size of the gems match the size of the hearts on the stack.
I wonder if that was done on purpose?! 

 

I have scheduled the majority of posts this month, just in case. 
It might take me a while to get back to you if you come visit me. But be sure that I will get back to you eventually :) 
Have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I opened my DCWV DT box and...

...look what was inside!

 

Youtube link in case you can't see this on your mobile device: 

You can find the special materials (gray cover) at Michaels. 
The 6x6 stacks and the printed burlap in the black cover are at Hobby Lobby. 
Eek-a-Boo is at Joann. 
Have you gotten any of these yet? Let me know!


These boxes are not out yet, but you'll be able to find them at selected Joann stores and online in mid September. 

 


These are going to be so much fun! I can't wait to play! 

Feel free to leave me a link if you made any projects with these awesome products. 
I would love to see! :) 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Be Passionately Curious!

That's when the best things happen. When you're curious and willling to explore. 
We were walking around exploring when went up these stairs and found a great view :) 

 

I've been wanting to scrap these pictures for a while but the LO didn't seem to come together. 
The other day, it finally did! 
I might have to credit Shimelle's collection for helping to finally get this story on the page :)

I have her collection out on my desk right now along with Crate Paper's Notes and Things and MME Market Street Ashbury Heights. 
What supplies are you loving right now?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

#SoBeautiful

Do you use hashtags?
 I don't use them at all in social media. 
I got this ephemera pack from My Mind's Eye Market Street and there were some hashtag phrases in there.
I thought I would never use them.


Then I thought about how representative hasthags are for our society right now.
I decided it would be great to use them on LO's I do about my daughter.
This one is from her 3D ultrasound. Can't wait to see what she really looks like! 
  
I also got the idea to make her a page of current events for 2014. Someday, she can read about what the world was like the year she was born.  

I used Crate Paper's Notes and Things and the hashtag from MME Market Street. 

I'm playing along with the monthly sketch challenge at My Scraps and More. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Smile!

There are things that just make you smile and laugh. 
These are just 2 of those things that have made me smile lately. 
One is my shadow. It has definitely changed a lot. 
The second is a drawing of me done by a student a couple months ago in June.


This is a very accurate depiction of me as drawn by a 4 year old boy. 
LOL 
Let me just say he drew this while laughing out loud himself. 
He was actually very happy and proud of his drawing and I definitely treasure it. 

 

I used the beautiful Melon Twist stack out at Hobby Lobby.
I'm loving the colors in this stack... I might be a bit obsessed with it.

What has made YOU smile lately? 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Can you find me on Google maps?

While my husband was on a business trip in Italy, he would call me late at night because that was his early morning. He would go on early morning walks around the hiking paths of the small town. 

One day he actually asked me to find him on google maps! How?! I had no idea how to find him. I knew the general area where he was. But it's a big area with hiking paths that are NOT on maps. 

He told me about some landmarks and the general direction he took and I was actually able to help him head back to town! 



He got lucky! 
I'm usually horrible at anything to do with directions. 

This is the Weekend Neutrals Stack 




Friday, August 15, 2014

Hanging Burlap Pockets

I can't believe summer is almost over! I love summer! 
I'm a teacher, so I appreciate the extra 'me' time in the summer. 

Today, I have a post up on the DCWV Blog
 I made these hanging pockets as a teacher gift but they can really be used for anyone you think would appreciate them. 

 

You can even include a little gift in one of the pockets: 
I included a chalk marker and a starbucks card. 

 

The black stripe on top is a piece of the chalkboard stack. It works like real chalkboard and it wipes clean so you can label the contents of each pocket.

To cut burlap paper straight, I use a paper cutter on the back (paper) side 
then I use scissors on the same cut line. 
 


My pockets measure 6"x6.5" total. You can make 2 pockets with one 12x12 sheet. 
I cut the sheet of burlap in half, then I fold it to the dimensions above.
But the burlap part on the front measures 6"x5.5" That means an inch of the paper part shows through. That's the part that gets covered with  chalkboard paper, I glued it on to make sure it stays put while sewing. 


To connect the pockets, I ran a ribbon from the bottom to the top on the back side. Make sure to leave enough ribbon to hang. I used a wood button on top but you can make a simple knot or a bow.

 

This is how the sewing looks in the back. I left an inch of space in between each pocket. You can see how I marked the ribbon with chalk where the next pocket needs to be sewn. I used a light color of thread because I like how it looked on the ribbon and the burlap. However, it showed on the black chalkboard paper in the front. I didn't like that, so I used my black inkpad to color the thread black.Then wiped off the excess ink with a napkin.



To make the flowers or ruffle, I started with a 12"x1.5" piece of burlap paper and I misted the back/paper part. 

 

When the water soaks in, the paper will be more pliable and easier to manipulate. 
To make the ruffle, fold the paper accordion style, the smaller the folds, the smaller your pleats will be.
I attached the ruffle with Scor-tape.

To make the flowers, I folded the strip of paper in half.


Then started rolling and turning it like this: 

 

This is what the back looks like: 
I used Tombow's extreme adhesive to secure the ends of the burlap flower.


I used Tombow power tabs to attach the flower to the pocket. 

 

If you want to give this to a male, just leave out the flowers and ruffle. 
I promise it still looks good. See? Much more masculine ;) 

 

Phew! That was a LONG post! Thank you for sticking with me, I hope you found something useful here today :)