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. 

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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Are you a stack-a-holic?!

I am!!! and I've loved to play with the DCWV monthly challenges since the beginning.  

I've been wanting to scrap these pictures for a long time but I kept putting it off because I just wasn't inspired. When I'm not inspired, I don't do the photos justice. 

On one of our cruises, we visited Bruges, Belgium and it was a wonderful walk without a plan. We had some waffles and fries of course! We shared a coke with LOVE ;) 
We bought lots of chocolates, it was a delicious port of call. 

I feel like the LO captures the spirit of  our experience in Bruges. 

I used the  DCWVTravel Adventure stack &the  DCWV DIY mimi album stack. Embellishments are from the Pinkfresh studio embellishment kit. Freckled fawn and Heidi Swapp.

...and here's the sketch, courtesy of Pagemaps

Hope you'll join us this month! 

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gold and Cork bloghop with Tombow and DCWV

Hello and Welcome to the Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! We have 2 days full with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! You probably came here from Marie Browning's blog but if you happened to stumble across my blog go to the DCWV Blog to start!

Thanks for joining us today,
hope you find some inspiration and new ways to use your supplies. 

I made a mini book using the kraft mini album from the DCWV Insta Photo Fun line. Then, I decorated the cover with a washi tape frame and die cuts from the DCWV memory book 'Brights.' (There are awesome shaped vellum stickers in the memory book!) 

 I added the gold on the owl and the frame. Here's how I did that: 
(If you're a fan of tombow, you may have seen my post about this technique on their facebook page a few weeks ago)

I dabbed Tombow mono liquid glue on all the spots I wanted to make golden. I just used the pen tip applicator. The glue stays tacky when dry, so it's perfect for this application. 

When the glue turned clear, I applied the gold leaf following the instructions on my package.
Some of the edges of the gilded areas needed to be cleaned up a bit. I just pushed the gold leafing with my nail to make a neater edge.

I  finished it off with a ribbon & twine bow. The gold ribbon is from May arts and I love it, I'm stingy with it.

The Tombow foam tape roll is awesome. I put 2 lines of  Tombow foam tape behind the owl and it's on for good! It's great being able to cut my foam tape to the size I need. I was able to just tear it with my hands. I love it when I can use my hands as tools. 

This is the 'title page' of my mini. I plan to put in fun, random photos of good times with no particular theme. I print a ton of photos, especially when there are 100 free prints offers from Shutterfly. That's my favorite site. 

I made my own pages by cutting out 4x5 pieces of my favorite patterns and attached them back to back using the  Tombow Xtreme adhesive.


I also cut and punched the journaling cards from the DCWV Gilded Paper stack and added them to my mini to make sure I have different size pages to give it more interest. I glued the cards back to back, and just like the pages, I used Tombow Xtreme adhesive to glue them.  

I applied it in a few spots around the paper and in the middle. It held on great, I didn't need to go all around the edge.

I love neutrals...dress them up, dress them down! 

 I left one page as a pocket to slide in some memorabilia or extra photos.

I hand cut and die cut some embellishments out of the 6x6 adhesive cork stack. I only added a few now but I cut more to embellish after I add photos and journaling.

The tabs and vellum pages are from the DCWV DIY Mini Book Project Stack. The Butterfly is from the DCWV DIY Birds and Butterflies project stack. 


The sequin ribbon was so slippery my regular glue and glue dots wouldn't hold them down so I used the Tombow Xtreme adhesive (again!) and that worked great.

I tried to stick with gold, kraft and pink for the color scheme.

The cork on gold looks so great! I love the combination of natural and metallic.
(Any DCWV cork die cuts beautifully!)

I'm planning to put photos behind these bigger quote pages.

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4x4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

Your next stop is Lisa!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Development=change over time

...and wow, there have been tons of changes around here in the last 6 months! 

You know that line in the fresh prince of Bel-Air?  'My life got flipped-turned upside down...' That's how I felt when I had a baby. It's been 6 months now and I've found a new routine and a new rhythm in life. This is me and baby 2 weeks in, trying to find our new rhythm...

I used the new DIY project stacks from DCVW out at Joann and little bit of my Pink Fresh studio embellishment kit. I inked the edges of the butterflies with gold ink and it gave them a little something that made them pop a little more. Looks like triangles are very on trend, huh? Are you liking the triangle trend?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hello Seaside Yacht

DCWV included printed linen in their Seaside Yacht stack and I had a new set of watercolors....

I thought these navy anchors would look great with a wash of color. 
I made a card using the cut apart sheet and a red page that would contrast with all the blue.
I love how the pink watercolor softened up the look of this card. 

Here are some other colors I tried: 
These would make great bases for cards too.

The linen can really take the watercolor!

How do you feel about the watercolor trend? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Best Day Shadow box

Here's what was on my little decoration table until recently...yup! snowman from the DCWV Christmas Creations stack. Well, here in Los Angeles, Ca, we're closer to spring...or summer than we are to winter. So time for new decor!

I'm using this new DCWV 8x8 shadow box you can find at Joann. They have an  unfinished wood frame and look great just as they are but it's so easy to customize their look. Inside, there is PLENTY of room for 3D elements. 
I used the new project stacks to decorate the inside. You can find these stacks at Joann stores.

The plain shadowbox looks beautiful as it is! 
However, it was going to blend in with the color of my wall, so I decided to paint it.

Here's some photos of the process: 

These are from the Birds and Butterflies Project stack. 
I used scor-tape on the body of the butterflies to attach them and folded up the wings to give them dimension.

The background is from the Stencils Project stack, the vellum quote is from the mini books stack and the feathers from the birds and butterlies stack.

Now on to the frame...

I painted the front and the edges of the frame with gold paint and then put a layer of white over the whole thing. The multi surface paint from plaid is awesome. I just needed one coat of white to cover the gold and unfinished wood.


 Here it is covered in white...

The little bow and the 'remember' arrow are also from the mini book stack. 

I sanded the white paint to expose the gold.

Then added more butterflies on the frame

I'm ready for spring!

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