Monday, August 19, 2013

My last posting for my design term at Birds of A Feather Kit Co!

I am back today with another installment of I pinned it then I did it :) This first layout, I pinned the sketch so it counts, too. I used the August kit at BOAF and an August PageMap's sketch.

This project was something I have seen pinned many, many times on Pinterest. Lately, I've been using mason jars for anything I can think of! Chore system, sauce packet organizer, flower vase, collecting spot of soda tabs... I wanted to make a back to school gift for my 2nd grader's teacher and when I found out it was a man, decided I needed to find something different than I've done before. So I picked up a drink carrier and grabbed 4 mason jars.
 I hit up the one dollar section to find erasers, binder clips, pencil grips and paperclips (hidden behind the stickers). The stickers are from my teaching days and the peanut M&Ms were on sale!
I wanted some consistency to each side so I included the black chalkboard paper on each side and also did some doodling with a white pen. It was hard to embellish without using flowers!

For this side, I covered up the U and N in SUN so that I could make it say "second grade".
 The school days wood piece came from my stash and that pinwheel is the request of my 2nd grader ;)
 Year and room number.
 I didn't want to call the teacher "sunshine" so I trimmed that part off and turned the comma into an exclamation point.
I finished the handle off by guessed it...washi tape! I have used this washi on almost every project with this kit but I still have most of the roll left. So with this kit, I made 3 cards, 3 layouts and 2 altered projects - with plenty leftover for several more layouts or projects. 

This is my last reveal for my term with the design team over at Birds of A Feather and I want to thank Amy for the chance and Linda for her guidance over the past 6 months - it's been a blast!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Kit Reveal Birds of A Feather {Simple Stories: I Heart Summer; Glitz Design: Color Me Happy}

I *heart* this kit! I have three reveals scheduled for this month and am already churning on ideas for the next one. Can't wait!

What first stood out to me was the chalkboard paper (and tape) and library pockets - made me think of back to school! I wanted to get a head start on beginning of year teacher gifts so I have been browsing Pinterest. I found this really neat idea and FREE printable and knew I wanted to do that for the teachers. I also knew that I wanted one for myself! Ha! So I took to the Simple Stories Chalkboard paper and cut out the saying from the corner. Here's what I came up with:

I followed the instructions on the link above for painting the mason jar: black spray paint, yellow spray paint and then polyurethane. I etched the raised parts with a coin or my finger nail. I will be scratching less off next time...I went a little overboard in my opinion!

I plan on keeping this on my desk to help keep me happy :) And I *will* be making some for teachers with the printable that I referenced above!

For the beginning of a school year, I also like to make cards for the teachers with their names on them. I loved the Pebbles notecards and pockets - so I have left the card blank to personalize with teacher names once we get those later this month. I came up with a card for each of my daughters to give and I liked the design so much I also made a birthday card to personalize and use later! Here's my trio of cards:
and closeups of each:

There are still 3 kits left in the shop and I don't know how! The kit is SO fun and really meshes well together. Projects, cards, layouts....this is a great kit for summertime as well as school! Have you been creating with the kit? Come show us in the gallery

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July Reveal at Birds of a Feather Kit Co {BoBunny: Key Lime; We R Memory Keepers: Feelin' Groovy}

The July kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co is SO FUN! Lots of bold color that I love and perfect for all of my summer photos :) I was immediately drawn to the purples in the WRMK papers from the extra pattern paper pack. Not what I would have thought I would want for beach pictures but I love how it turned out! I lifted my friend Janet's layout that you can see here.
The mix of jewels, buttons and the paint splatters is so fun and reminds me of the splash you get running through the sand.
The Mister Huey Sunshine mist splatters complement my daughter's dress perfectly :)
 Yes, I know I used the same pictures on both layouts but I wasn't happy with just three photos on this next layout! For this I was inspired by two layouts I came across online - here and here
I created this sun by tracing the straight sunburst onto the Bo Bunny paper and trimming it smaller, then I layered it onto the curvy sunburst.
Love this arrow paper and had to find a way to fit it into the layout :)
 And of course more of the jewels and buttons. As you can see, I also splurged on ALL of the washi packs *blushing* 
This kit really is a lot of fun and not just for beach pictures. I am going to challenge myself for the next reveal to use something other than the beachy theme! There are still 3 kits left in the shop, but hurry since some of the extras are already sold out!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Smiles & Sunshine {June Kit Birds of A Feather Kit Co: Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm"}

Hi there! As promised, I have two layouts to share using the June kit at Birds of A Feather Kit Co.   I was in a time crunch so headed to my sketch board at Pinterest and found this one from Sketch Support. I thought the clouds and butterflies would be perfect for the Jillibean Soup Sunshine shapes. 
 I added a little bit of a white border to the clouds and layered them with the sun which I painted.
 I also outlined the butterflies:
I can't scrap one daughter without scrapping the other, right? I loved this sketch from Inspired Blueprints (you have until the end of June to get your interpretation in!) It's a rare occasion that my girl looks at the camera AND smiles so I had to document it!
The only piece that is not part of the kit is the piece of flair but it was too perfect to not add it!
Oops, I guess the washi isn't part of the June kit either but it was an extra for a recent kit. The layout just didn't feel completed without a little stitching...just ignore my wobbly stitching there under SMILE. ;)
Hope you are enjoying your weekend - it's our first weekend of summer here! 

My First Project Life Page {Project Life Honey Edition}

Just a few days ago, I started my first Project Life album coinciding with the first day of summer/last day of school. I actually tried this project 2 years ago and failed miserably just a few weeks into it. This time, I am going SIMPLE so that I don't have any excuse to give up.

1) Digital - no paper project laying around to find space for and keep little hands out of
2) PL templates - simple and consistent look to my album
3) PL Honey core kit - I'm sticking to this kit for the main parts of the album. Sure, I might add some other things from my stash but I am really trying to limit my time spent browsing through what I have.
4) This first go 'round is just for summer and then I will start fresh again with the first day of 2nd grade/pre-K for the girls. I will have the summer album bound and then I think having that in hand will motivate me to keep going through the whole next year.

This is the first page of my album which is really the last day of school, first partial day of summer. I will not be doing one day per page the rest of the album but I wanted the cover page to be done this way. Journaling has not been added yet because I am waiting to get my own custom handwriting font made (more on that later).

A friend (hi, Kayla!) told me about this challenge blog that just started up, called Week-2-Week and it's for Project Life. Could the timing be any more perfect? I'm hoping I can use their challenges to keep me motivated. To start off their blog, they are hosting a give away of the Blush Core Edition was my second choice so I would love to have it in paper form! Go check out their new blog here.

I'm working on some paper layouts right now using the June kit from Birds of A Feather...will be back later today to share those!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

June Kit Birds of a Feather Kit Co. {Maude Asbury: Gabbie; AC Dear Lizzy: Lucky Charm}

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I'm first up to reveal the awesome June kit at Birds of A Feather Kit Co. I just LOVE the papers in this kit!  
I fell in love with the arrows built in to this background paper. I used my knife to cut the arrows so I could layer my Dear Lizzy paper and diecut card behind them. I painted the corrugated sun with yellow and then a touch of gold and then added a piece of flair.  
I can't forget to mention that I used sketch #93 at Inspired Blueprints for this layout. Another closeup:
The end of the school year is coming so I wanted to make a couple of cards for my 1st grader's teachers. Both cards say "Summer is here" on the inside. For the first one I used one of the Dear Lizzy diecut cards and then layered yet another flair and corrugated sun.

 And for the other card, I used the Jillibean Soup Diecut Frames and word sticker. I had to include a cute flair here, too! The chevron pattern is the packaging from the corrugated shapes.
You can check out the rest of the June kit here, there are only a few kits left!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

More Birds of A Feather Kit Co. May Kit {Simple Stories: Vintage Bliss}

Hello! I'm back today with my 2nd reveal with the May kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co! I am in love with the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Collection. When I saw the butterflies, I knew I wanted to create a layout documenting the drama with my daughter's earrings...little did I know the drama would develop even more before I could finish the layout. Just 4 1/2 months ago, she pierced her ears, about a month ago we finally upgraded from the piercing studs to butterfly earrings and then now she has decided to let the holes close. This story is more than I wanted visible on the layout so I created a hidden journaling tag behind the photo. 
 I used an older PageMaps sketch for this layout.
I had lots of fun adding the stickers and chipboard pieces! 
 The next layout is also based on a PageMaps sketch - from this month. I really like the flow of the photos that I took of my girls last weekend and just squeezed an extra in to fit with the sketch.  It's the simple things that make kids happy, don't you agree?
 I mixed the Lily Bee and Simple Stories on this layout - the mix of chevrons is so fun!
The Lily Bee flair = my favorite part of this kit! 
I am going to continue scrapping with this kit for months to come because I have so many accessories and paper still left! Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Birds of A Feather Kit Co May Kit {American Crafts: My Girl, Simple Stories: Vintage Bliss}

After last month's boy kit at BOAF, I was THRILLED to see a girly kit for May :) I love butterflies and this month's kit is full of them. My big girl just put in her new butterfly earrings and my little girl has the cutest butterfly outfit - I will show you those pictures with my next round of layouts! 

Earlier this week, I posted a tutorial on how I edited the picture for this layout. I printed it 4x6 and then trimmed it for this layout. I used a sketch by Heather Landry. I just love her style so when I was stuck on how to use the American Craft Stitched Butterfly Paper, I went through her site on the hunt for a sketch. The first one I came to worked perfectly! 

I cut two of the stitched butterflies from the AC paper and reattached them on top of my layering. I also punched a few more butterflies to add below the picture.
I also want to point out that this AC paper is vellum and it wasn't exactly the shade I wanted it to be so I layered it on top of one of the green CS pieces. The embellishment clusters: 

For my next layout, I loved the polaroid frames and embellishment banners already layed out for me. 

I love the design but it felt a little flat to me, so I started layering stickers and chipboard pieces.
Have you noticed that I loved using the raindrop rhinestones on the butterflies for both layouts?
I removed all of the adhesive from the stickers and then used pop dots to give the elements dimension on the page. Oh, and my last step was to add my own stitching, using the stitch lines already on the paper as my guide.
Did you hear that we are having a crop next weekend for National Scrapbook Day? I hope to see you in the forums...don't want to miss out on Bingo, our challenges and other fun!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co. {My Mind's Eye: Collectable; Echo Park: All About A Boy}

 I'm back today with my last reveal using the April kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co. This is definitely a boy themed kit but I didn't make a single layout using pictures of boys! Today I have one of each of my daugthers. 

The first layout is based on a Page Drafts sketch. Love the sketches over there and am so happy that Linda turned me on to them! 
 This first picture taken out in a local bluebonnet field. That's hard to tell in the photo, especially since we went the first couple of days after they started blooming. The bluebonnets only last a few weeks and I wanted to go out there before everyone else found out about them!
I originally thought of "fleeting" when I thought of how my daughter will only be young a little while younger. She's in a stage where she is willingly letting me dress her in frilly dresses (her daddy actually bought this one for her!) and twirling in wide open fields. I know these moments won't last forever!  ;)
 A few closeups - I had fun misting the Studio Calico veneers! Almost everything you see is found in the kit! I did pull alphas and cardstock from my stash, along with that super cute piece of flair.
The next picture is of my youngest daughter and taken by my husband out in one of our fields, currently overtaken by wildflowers. I used April's sketch at MME for this layout!
When I asked my girls what the title should be, this is what they came up with....something that their Daddy says to them all the time when riding on the four wheeler out in our fields! I framed the 3 with the veneer - one of her last days as being a 3 year old.
 Loving arrows right now!
 A closeup of the journaling:

I had lots of fun creating girl layouts with this boy kit! :) Can't wait to get my hands on next month's kit...I will be back soon!