Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Giveaway, Giveaway, Giveaway!!!

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Remember the good 'ol days of blog giveaways?!
It was so much fun...I don't know what happened...looks like everyone became a blogger and not many are blog readers. Let's bring back some of that fun!

I put this giveaway together to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. 

Being a part of the DCWV social media design team is a dream come true. I get to play with the most amazing stuff. 
I want to share some of this amazing stuff with one of you.  

I'm giving away a little of all my favorites

3 templates

4 packs of Premium Papers

2 Ready Made pages

Specialty papers

...and you'll need some embellishments to go with all this paper, right?!

Here it is all boxed up and ready to go to your house :)

1. Just leave me a comment to enter
2. share about this giveaway for another entry. 
(you can share on whatever social media platform you like, blog, facebook, instagram, twitter) 
3. Here's my instagram:  https://instagram.com/madebykarla/
comment and repost for another entry

I'll draw a winner June 2nd using Random.org :)
Best of Luck!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I can finally show you...

I can finally show you... what I made my mom for Mother's day! 
It's a photo book (almost) full of baby pictures. Since she doesn't get to see her every day, I thought she could look through this when she misses her. And of course, she can use it to show off to family and friends like a good grandma!

I used the DCWV Baby Girl Mini book. The mini books come with paper embellishments, washi tape pieces and washi tape stickers. It is super fast to put one together.  

There are some vellum pages, pockets and envelopes scattered through out the book.

I made sure to leave space for future pictures and memorabilia.

I used a date stamp on most photos...

I decorated some blank pages but added the adhesive off to the side, so she can still slide the photo under the embellishment.

What products make gifting hand-made items quick and fun for you?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

First Easter

Once in a while I use paper that is not DCWV paper. I know, crazy! I have so much paper but sometimes it's just too pretty to pass up! That's what happened with this Dear Lizzy Serendipity paper and with lots of Shimelle papers. Just couldn't say no! 

So I used some pretty paper to document the baby's first Easter with egg hunt and everything!

Love the letter stickers!

I tucked our wrist bands and info paper behind the photo :) 

Do you incorporate memorabilia into your scrapbooks?

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Stack-a-holics, you've been waiting for this!

Over the weekend, the new DCWV sketch challenge was posted. Right on National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). 
Were you able to do any scrapping?  I did, only one page, but it's something! 
I'll share that another day :)

In the meantime, here's what I did for the challenge: 

This is an interactive LO. You flip the photo up and there's another photo! 
I used the DCWV Adhesive Fabric stack as a photo mat and to attach the photos and paper mats to the LO. The journaling is underneath the photo. 

This is the Boutique Vintage stack. 


Here's the sketch: 

...and if cards are your thing, here's a sketch for you! 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
 Just click my blog name and it should be the top post...or click HERE
See you soon :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Best friends

I think making and keeping friends gets increasingly difficult when you get older. I met this particular friend in college 9 years ago. We went from hanging out, having lunch, shopping and trying on cute clothes, to hanging out in the mall at the family lounge breastfeeding and changing diapers and leaving exhausted. But we still love to hang out and I enjoy bonding with her baby and watching her grow. I know she feels the same with my baby.

 Love these girls! 
We took the babies to their first Easter egg hunt.

This is the DCWV Chick Chat stack out at Michaels. Absolutely everything in this LO has been cut or punched from the stack. I just noticed I didn't need to bring in any extra embellishments...not even enamel dots (gasp! shock!) lol. 
Love the texture of the burlap. I used 3D foam tape to give the cut outs dimension.

As usual, I hid the journaling ;)
The LO was just too busy to add it where it's visible. 

I don't do well with grids and keeping things straight but this cut file by Wilna furstenberg made it way easier for me to step out of my comfort zone. 

When was the last time you stepped out of your crafty comfort zone? I'd love to see what you made! 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

You Light Up My Life

Do you ever try to get caught up with your scrapbooking? I sure don't...I scrap whatever inspires me. This photo of Christmas inspired me recently. I just realized it's not at all Christmassy and that's ok :)

 These cute lightbulbs say 'light,' 'love,' and 'you.' They are cut files from Wilna Furstenberg from her Art and Design Workshop. It used to be offered by Big picture classes, not sure if she will be offering it on her own site now. But anyway...I love those little light bulbs,

There isn't really a story to scrap. This was just a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights. But it's  general 'Love' page about baby. 

This is the Chick Chat Stack at Michaels with accents from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss. I have so much paper, I rarely buy papers from collections anymore. I find that the embellishments from other collections work with DCWV papers. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Surprised by DCWV ready made pages

I have to admit something…once upon a time I was a snob about premade pages. Why would I use that? What about my creativity? After all, I had uninterrupted scrapbooking time, lots of supplies and ideas. Well, now I have a six month old baby, lots of supplies and lots of ideas, but very limited time. So when I received ready-made scrapbooking pages from DCWV in my DT box, I got excited. Look!!! I made 3 layouts in ONE nap time! I can’t even remember the last time I made 3 layouts in one day. I like to layer and embellish a lot so it takes time for me to complete a layout. With these ready-made pages, the photos, journaling and embellishing were the only things I had to do (I wanted to add embellishments but that is totally optional).

I like that these pages match DCWV stacks, so you can always go to the matching stack to use any of the fun cut out designs or cards. You can also use the matching papers with machines, dies, punches or stamps.

I’ll show you how each page looks in the package first and then I’ll show you my layout. 

I embellished this one to my heart’s content!

Two years ago, we went on a big road trip around California. I still have tons of photos to scrap and stories to tell about that trip.

This next layout didn’t need much embellishment.

I just added the ‘baby’ banner which I cut out from a card in the Little Miss stack.

This is her first rain…yeah, it’s a big deal in Southern California, ok?! I wish she had smiled for the photos

On this final page, I added the green 2, and the rest of the banner card from the Little Miss stack. She was 2 months old in this photo….time flies!

I cut the bottom banner so that it would come out of the frame. I think that makes it look like the entire frame is an embellishment or a title and an accent to the page.

I just love the dimension on these pages. They all have 3D elements added :)

So there you go!

There are seasons in life, and sometimes they are busy and leave you little time for crafting. Someday, my baby will be grown and I will have plenty of time and memories to scrap. But, I don’t want to give it up until then. I love scrapbooking and I have a new appreciation for products that will allow me to do so faster, while still allowing me to be creative and personalize my designs.

I think we can all use a little help staying crafty at some point in our lives and these ready-made pages are really great for that!