July 30, 2012

my favorite scrapbooking shortcut

About a week and a half ago it was my turn to host the blog at write.click.scrapbook.  We are still doing summertime dailies and you might remember that last month I kicked off my series on easy summer scrapbooking by sharing a sketch with you; you can find it here.  This month I shared another one of my favorite ways to get pages done quickly - by recycling your designs.  Essentially, scraplifting yourself.  I know perfectly well that this idea is not new, but, it works!  If you ask anyone who scrapbooks a lot they will tell you that this is one of the secrets to getting pages done fast.

I made this layout a couple of months ago,

and it is one of my favorites from this year.  I wanted to scrapbook photos of Nathan giving Sam hugs and kisses, and there were two photos I wanted to use, both of which I thought would look best cropped to squares.  I immediately thought of the layout above and decided to just reuse that design.  Because really, if you have a design you love, there is no reason not to use it again!  Here is the finished layout:

Nathan was very welcoming to Sam when we brought him home, and he loves to give him hugs and kisses.  Honestly, he often asks me if Sam is awake so that he can give him hugs.  We've had to teach him to be gentle though, since he does get a little too excited about it sometimes!  It is so precious and sweet to see how much he loves his baby brother.

I want to say before I go, that sometimes I reuse a design by breaking it down into its most basic elements, the photo, journaling, and title - like reverse engineering a sketch.  Other times I use the design almost exactly.  So I'll look at how I used the pattern paper and how I embellished a layout.  I'm really happy with how this layout turned out and it came together pretty quickly for me because I chose to do a more direct scraplift.

Are you watching the Olympics?  I am!!  Gonna watch for a little while and then it is off to bed.  We are going to the park tomorrow and mommy needs her sleep!

Have a great week! 

July 25, 2012

the sweet life

A few weeks ago I received an email from Melinda at Scrapkit Studio asking me if I'd like to create a mini-album with one of her kits.  She sent me her most recent one called Sweet Life, and today I'd like to share what I've created...

My sister celebrated her birthday last week, and I immediately thought that this album would make a lovely gift for her.  The kit comes with all the embellishments and papers you need to complete your album, including different sized mats for your photographs, but I decided to cut my own mats to fit 4x6 and 4x4 photos, the idea being that any landscape photos can be cropped and cut to 4x4.

When my sister receives her album all she will have to do is choose a few of her favorite photos and adhere them to the photo mats.

The kits from Scrapkit Studio are so easy to put together.  All of the pieces come precut for you making them perfect for any level of scrapbooker, from the beginner to the advanced.  Melinda is so thoughtful in the way she packages and designs all of her albums.  She includes full color instructions with every kit, and so even those of you who are perhaps intimidated by minis will be able to put one together with ease.  Of course, you can always take the supplies included and customize your album your way.  For example, this particular album comes with 5 chipboard pages, but I chose to only use the chipboard for the outside covers.  The inside pages are simply patterned paper.

This album, is made with elements from the Saturdays collection from Little Yellow Bicycle.  Included in the kit are several of the coordinating embellishments including the felt and burlap flowers you see above.  I love those little burlap leaves and wish I could buy a package of just those alone!

Doilies are a big trend right now and I was inspired by the doilies included among the transparency pieces to create my own.  Did you know you can cut vellum with the Cameo?  I made my own doily for this last page using vellum.  It cuts beautifully and adds a pretty dimension to the page.

I'm really happy with how this little mini-album came together and I hope my sister will love it too.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week!

July 22, 2012


Yesterday was scrapbook! Saturday at write.click.scrapbook.  The sketch for this month was adapted from Marie's gallery layout, and it features a simple offset grid.  Several of the team members made layouts using the sketch and you can see all of them in yesterday's post.

As I mentioned last month, I've returned as the sketch creator for the blog.  Some months I'll be creating original sketches, and then other months I'll be adapting designs from the monthly gallery and turning those into sketches.  In the past I have received many requests for two-page and multi-photo sketches as it seems those are the types of layouts that people struggle with the most.  If you have a particular request or type of sketch you'd like to see on the blog, feel free to ask either here in the comments or you can email me.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

July 16, 2012

Five is Fun!

I was going to post my July gallery layout for write.click.scrapbook. on Friday, but then I couldn't wait to share my good news with you, so I'm posting it today:

The theme for this month is, Five is Fun!  My five items included: cardstock, one sheet of double-sided patterned paper (from the Simple Stories Happy Day collection), one sheet of cardstock stickers, chipboard letters and a punch.

Normally, I wouldn’t have counted the cardstock or the punch, since the punch is not an expendable item and cardstock is typically a freebie, but if I hadn’t included them, I’d only have three items in my product count.  I wanted to keep this layout simple, and as I was making it I reached a point where I was happy with the layout the way it was, and didn’t feel it needed anything more.  This has to be the quickest I have ever scrapbooked birthday photographs.  I made this layout just one week after Gabe turned six, definitely a record for me!

We did this gallery theme two years ago, and at the time I thought I would have a lot of trouble with it, and I sort of did.  It made me a little nervous about this month's theme when it came around again.  But I have to say this layout came together so quickly.  The only change I would make, if I could, would be to use white cardstock as the background instead of the kraft.  I won't go into this too much, but I really dislike the color of the walls in this particular room.  Painting that room is on the really long list of things that I want to fix/change about our home, and I am really hoping we get to this particular task sometime this year (along with new window coverings for said room too).  Anyhow, I think the white, in this case, would have offset the colors a bit better, but it is done and I'm not going to go back and change it. =)

I found it the process of making this layout rather freeing, and it made me think that I really should do this more often.  What about you?  Do you think you could make a layout with using only five products?  Or do you routinely do that anyway?  Would it be hard for you, or do you think you'd find the challenge fun?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Hope you have a great Monday!

July 13, 2012

happy news

The 2012-2013 Pebble design team was announced today, and I am excited to say that I am a part of the team!  I am humbled and thankful for the opportunities that have come my way this year.  It is humbling, truly, because there are so many talented and passionate scrapbookers out there.  And so, I feel blessed to be given this opportunity to work for Pebbles.  I just know it is going to be an amazing year!  

Waving hello to any of you who are visiting via the Pebbles blog!  Stop and say hi if you are so inclined. =)

July 10, 2012

it's that time of year again...

For those of you who read my blog and who scrapbook, then you probably know very well that Summer CHA is just one week away.  I have always loved seeing all the new releases, even if I don't intend to buy it all.  It is still fun to look, isn't it?  This year I have been so lucky to work with Simple Stories, and was able to work with their new lines to make layouts for their booth at the show.  That was a lot of fun, and a little nerve-racking too!  I hope I did their new lines justice.  You'll see if I did as I'll be sharing those layouts in the coming weeks.

Speaking of, they are revealing their new collections all this week.  So far they have shown their newest fall line, Harvest Lane

I have often wondered if Simple Stories would make a fall collection and I am so happy they did.  Click on the link above to see all of the papers and the sticker sheets (which they have redesigned!)  Personally, I am in love.  Fall is my favorite season and scrapbooking our fall memories this year is going to be so much fun using these papers.  The collection is made up of my favorite colors, in my favorites shades, and in some of my favorite patterns...  sorry to gush, but this collection just makes me smile.

They also revealed their new Christmas line, Handmade Holiday

Simple Stories is giving their blog readers a chance to win all of the collections, so be sure to leave a comment at the links posted above for your chance to win.  Also, make sure you stop by the blog on Friday as they reveal something truly fun and exciting.  You will not want to miss it!  I get a little giddy just thinking about it... I know I am not supposed to be attached to material things, but so is my love for pretty paper.  If you're reading this blog I have to imagine you feel somewhat the same way. =)

July 2, 2012

hello, July!

Can you believe that half the year has already passed?  I sort of can't.  I'm not going to say that it feels like just yesterday this guy was born

because it doesn't.  But goodness, it does seem like time goes faster when you have children.  They are all just growing up so darn quick.  Sam found his feet last week

Can you say, cuteness?

He looks a little worried here.  Like, "mom, please stop taking my picture."

But I didn't stop, I took a few more.  That's a mommy's prerogative.  Oh, and I promise that we own more than just this one romper.  I just make him wear it, a lot.  It is my favorite one and it's not going to fit him for much longer.

I'll be back later this week to post some of my recent pages.  Or not so recent pages.  Until then, I hope you had a good Monday!


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