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!

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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