Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I *heart* my feet! {My Mind's Eye Tiny Dancer & Whirly Bird}

This layout is based on the Sept 15 sketch at Stuck? Sketches and I actually used recent pictures ;) I've had it done for a while except for the glitter on the heart. Last time I used this chunky glitter from Stampin' Up!, it was a disaster....so I wanted to use the heat & stick powder to apply it this time. After a little bit of waiting, I finally picked it up today and WOW! I'll never apply glitter again without using that stuff! I'd basically given up on using glitter (except for stickles, of course) but NOW I'm considering using it on holiday cards. I don't normally like the idea of that because the glitter gets everywhere when you open the envelope (not to mention when you make them) but I promise, this glitter is STUCK. DOWN!
Cute Sassafras flowers & Hero Arts pearls...
Hope you enjoy the LO :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Goin' Batty for Our Lil' Pumpkin {Bo Bunny Boo Crew, Little Yellow Bicycle Trick or Treat}

This smirk on my girl's face is NOT normal....she was VERY hesitant to wear the pumpkin halter that Tasha made for the portrait party. I didn't think we'd get her to wear it because it was different...and she doesn't like change (who does she get THAT from?lol)....but we got 1 or 2 pictures out of her. You can tell she thinks it feels weird by how she's holding her left hand touching the material. I loved the Boo Bunny green paper with the picture but couldn't figure out how to pull it together. I got closer when I found this Little Yellow Bicycle Lace Cardstock.
The bat paper behind it is from Stampin' Up - an old collection I think... Then what really made it all pull together was the new sketch #39 at 52 sketches...52 weeks. I used 4 squares of patterned paper instead of 6 because of the large picture and the diecut area of the black cardstock. The sketch was a lot of fun and I plan to use it again.

I have one more page almost done so check back tomorrow for that... then I get to pickup my next bookclub kits ;)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Best Chicks {My Mind's Eye: Abbey Road - Whirly Bird "Shine" and "Best Friends"}

I based this layout on a sketch at yet ANOTHER sketch site, 52 Sketches . . . 52 Weeks. This is based on sketch #11. The original idea came from a post I saw at The Pink Ninjas. I headed over to one of my LSSs yesterday and when I saw this paper, I knew I wanted it for this picture. I don't care for the shade of pink on the glitter letters...but it was the best I had.
Hidden journaling is great because 1) I wrote several sentences but it doesn't clutter the layout and 2) I don't have to feel so exposed with my thoughts out in the open for all to see! I think most people won't even realize there's journaling hidden there :)
I knew I needed a second page so I could pop that birdie up - and decided to pop up some of the flowers ,too.This makes two layouts this week that wasn't of my girls - it's been fun! Don't worry though...I've done several pages of them as well :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Mind's Eye {Breaking Free: Sister's Floral}

This picture is one of just a few that I have from our wedding/honeymoon. I scrapped our wedding using most of the pictures we ordered from the ship's wedding photographer and then the few we had taken by a friend were loaded on our old computer that crashed. (I know better now and backup to an external hard drive at least once a month!) Anyway, I do have a few photos taken by the ship photographers over the week that we were on the cruise. I think this one is sweet - the way that I'm looking at my husband. But in reality, he had probably just done or said something picking on me - to make us all laugh. The picture was taken at our dinner table just hours after we were married. And I think that the 4 friends that sailed with us were eating with us.
I try to buy 2 of every patterned paper I buy... and I'm glad I did here because I had to use the 2nd piece to cut out flowers for embellishments. LOTS of cutting!
I've wanted to try this for a while. I'm sure there's a really fancy technical name for it - where you pleat the paper. I've seen it done with stitching down the middle but since my sewing machine is on the fritz, I had to improvise. I do like the added texture it adds to the page but it was a booger to get it to stay down! The magic red tape saved me though :)
I really like those glittery lace circles. I'm not much of a heart fan, but it worked on this page. Actually, I'm not a very romantic or sappy person, so I felt silly making this page and coming up with journaling! Please don't laugh...especially if you know me! LOL

Oh, and can you believe I didn't reference a sketch?! I did actually start off with one in mind but I altered it so much that I actually feel like this is more of my own design...for once!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

More My Mind's Eye: The Spider's Web

This is my 4th Halloween page this year and I'm ready for a change. It's not good to be sick of Halloween already and were not even in October yet!

I used the rest of MME The Spider's Web from my bookclub kit and all I'm left with now is scraps. I would like to pick up a few more sheets to add to my stash :) I made this page based on sketch #65 at Got Sketch?. I like the paper so much that I even cut out the middle section of the background paper :) lol I entered a contest at Got Sketch? to win a spot in their next online class. I started to get my hopes up when I saw this since one of the winners has my same first name and last initial! SO CLOSE! No luck this time though :)

Thanks for looking & I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pine Cone Press NYOBC {My Mind's Eye: The Spider's Web}

These two layouts are from one of the two kits from this month's bookclub. I like the paper MUCH better after seeing it with my pictures. When I first got it, I wasn't sure I would have pictures that really coordinated with it. Luckily, the pictures from last year's portrait party looked GREAT with the paper!
I designed this page based on sketch #16 at Inspired Blueprints. I did use a couple of pieces of paper that is not MME but the rest is from The Spider's Web line.( And after seeing the picture on the computer, I went back to add more pearls!) Credit for this next title goes again to my sister!
What I think is interesting...is that what looked acceptable in real life (the font for "dolled up") is totally NOT acceptable when I see it on the computer screen (just like for the layout above needing more pearls). It does not fit with the idea of the whole page and I WILL be changing it. Probably with red gingham paper like my sister suggested ;) The reason I originally thought it would work is because of the "dripping" in the bracket and in the font for "halloween night" but, well, NO.

I only wish that I had thought to put makeup on her for these pictures...those red cheeks add so much to the costume! There's no "bling" on this page...but I'm guessing once I see what others did at our bookclub meeting, that I'll come away with an idea to dress it up a little (pun intended!).

Thanks for looking - I still have a couple of more layouts planned with these kits so hopefully I'll get to them this week...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spongey Bob Square Pants

My oldest's favorite show right now is SpongeBob - or as she calls him - "Spongey Bob". This is a pieced together picture of both pages - forgot to take a picture of them side by side...so forgive that they don't match in the middle. What do you think...should I add some stickles to the SpongeBob in the corner? The page seems very bland but I'm not sure how to spice it up...it feels very "Old School" to me :)
Or I could add stickles onto the logo....?
I had so much fun with the logo. I copied it from the Nick website, was able to download a SpongeBob font for free and then I used my Silhouette to cut the letters out. I actually used the negative space for "SquarePants" then free handed the turquoise bubble shape. And I was especially excited to find rub-on flowers in my stash that matched the logo! So do I need to create the pores with another shade of yellow & a punch...or with stickles? Any suggestions you have to improve this are welcome.
But seriously, isn't it awesome what I can do with the Silhouette????

Saturday, September 5, 2009

BoBunny Boo Crew Make & Take

At every bookclub meeting, we have a make & take that has something to do with our new kits. This month's kits are Halloween based, so Phyllis had a Halloween scrapbook page ready for us to create. I appreciate that she had a layout this time since I'm trying to catch up... I had the baby with me so I couldn't create the page there, but I took the supplies home and this is what I came up with. I did add the journaling block from my stash that I bought that night - and took out the title that Phyllis had given us.
And of course I had to find a way to add in stickles!
Love the BoBunny Boo Crew paper! I have another layout planned using the paper, and a couple more planned with the My Minds Eye paper from our kit. Somehow, I've ended up with tons of projects ready to be scrapped and now I'm getting overwhelmed!! I'm trying to breath deep and take it one layout at a time...