Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sweet...sugar rush

So I just am in love with our new paper pack Sugar Rush is has my name written all over it with three daughters. I have been playing with it all month and have made so many projects with it that I will be sharing with you.

I know I mentioned how I am doing pocket scrapbooking this year but don't think for a second that I won't be doing a lot of traditional scrapbooking as well. Currently I am working on finishing up 2013 and it has been fun going back and reliving one of the best years of my life to date.

Here is a sweet page about my dad bringing my little one a new bike just because.

This is a great page for using up some scraps. I also used up some of the zip strips on the top of  the Sugar Rush papers. It would also be very easy to adjust this layout and add more photos if you needed to.

Here is a close up of the journaling and some of the embellishment clusters.

Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Whisper, White Daisy
Pattern Paper -  Sugar Rush
Embellishments - Sugar Rush Complements, Sugar Rush Dots
Other - Sugar  Rush Washi Tape

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Consider it Cased - Banners and stars oh my!

I have another Considered it Cased card. I ran across this card and just couldn't get over how simple yet adorable it was. I have made banner cards many many times before even banner cards that look almost exactly like this one. What I loved the most was the little strip of paper along the left hand side as well as the banner being a smidgen off center. I will for sure be using this pattern again and again and again.

My middle daughter just graduated from Basic Training and AIT she joined the National Guard. I am so proud of her and this is the card that I made her. I was originally going to do something using standard patriotic colors but the card took me here and I just went with it.

Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: White Daisy 
Pattern Paper -  Sugar Rush
Embellishments - Sugar Rush Dots
Other - Gray Bakers Twine, Star Nestabilies 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Miss You

Welcome to another addition of Throwback Thursday. I have had this paper for years. When it came out I thought it would be perfect for travel or masculine projects. I joined a Facebook Group last January and recently have gotten really involved in it. The group is called Bash Your Stash and it encourages you to use what you have. This has always been my motto simply because if I don't use something I find that it goes out of style or I don't like it anymore.  Plus if I use it up I can get more

One of the challenges in early January was to grab 15 items and put them in a bin or basket and keep them on your table top so that you will be encouraged to use the items throughout the month on your projects.

The items from the BashKit on this card is actually that wooden plane and the USA cricut cut. I took it a few steps farther and also used this old paper, some old velvet ribbon (ohhh so soft) and brads! Yes I used brads on a card. 

Full disclosure...I didn't finish my BashKit stash. I used about half of the things I put in there. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pocket Scrapbooking - Week 2 and 3

Whoa here I am again with week 2 and 3!!! It is really working this time. Now I just have to keep it up. How are your scrappy goals coming along?

I don't really tend to follow hard set rules when I scrapbook. I like to keep it fun and so I pretty much do what I want and what I like. My life is one that I love but it isn't always super exciting. I worked really hard to make my life lovely and simple and so there might be weeks when there really just isn't much going on. Especially when we are in the middle of winter and it has just been cold and dreary out there.

With that being said. I combined weeks 2 and 3 so I didn't end up with a pocket page full of pretty pockets filled with PML cards. I want to keep my album photo heavy with a good balance of filler and journal cards.

I feel like I am starting to get the hang of this. Some of it seems to just be patient. I might not like how one pocket is looking but then when I put it all together it is like magic happens and it just works.

Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Pomegranate,  Whisper, White Daisy
Pattern Paper -  Sugar Rush
Embellishments - Sugar Rush Complements, Sugar Rush Dots
Other - Sugar  Rush Washi Tape

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Extra PML Cards - Hooray!

Several years ago I was in a kit club and I loved it! One of the things I would try to do was use up the kit within a month or two of getting the kit. That way I could keep a fresh rotation of supplies I love on hand. In January most, but not all, of my projects came from the Workshops Your Way Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit from Close to my Heart. I love getting their kits because it all coordinates and it just makes my life simpler as far as trying to match supplies from different companies.

I know I am being wordy today but stay with me here I do have a cute project I am just giving you a little background. 

CTMH also made some changes recently, I think within the last year or so, and started adding PML cards into their paper packets. This is great for someone like me because I am actually doing pocket scrapbooking this year. However what if you don't do pocket scrapbooking? Well you can still use them in traditional scrapbooking like I did a while back on these pages. You can also use them on cards which is what I typically do. 

Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Pomegranate
Stamps: Flower Market Collection
Ink: Black
Pattern Paper -  Sugar Rush
Embellishments - Sugar Rush Dots

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mama's little helper

My little one is so super creative! I decided to move some things around and organize my space so that she could start scrapbooking with me.

She is concentrating on her journaling! Yay

Now she is gluing her photos in. She is a real natural.

She completed about 5 pages but these were her favorites. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pocket Scrapping - Week 1

You might remember last week when I said I accomplished a Pocket Page Scrapbook well I did it again! If I play my cards right...(my PML* cards that is) I will be sharing these pages with you all year long! Do you think I can do it?

We shall see. Here is week two. I had a pretty busy week full of pajama days...last few days of Christmas vacation. A road trip to take my little soldier girl back to her AIT (Advanced Individual Training) and a nice overnight visit with my grandmother, whom is 97 and still lives independently.

The first thing I did was go through my photos and decide which ones I wanted to print.

Side note: when I decided i wanted to try Pocket Scrapbooking again I ran across a few good tips. Go through and edit or delete my photos every night. Make up collages and print them in 4 x 6 format at your favorite printer. Take notes if you can. Don't stress about it.

Ok so back to my page. I decided what photos I wanted and sent them to my local 1 hour photo lab and then I started working on my page. This week turned out to be all about the stories and less about the pockets. I added a few tabs and a few other little embellishments and "didn't stress about it" and called it complete. I love how it turned out!

One thing that I often get stuck on when I scrapbook is the story. I know this and so I have taken classes and bought books but I still cannot figure out how to make my story the way I want. I think that is why I ended up loving this page. I just talked about why I selected these photos (out of about 50) or what was going on in the photos. Now I didn't end up scrapbooking a few of the photos that I took but I just set them aside for now and I can use them in other pages or in a mini album or something. 

Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Pomegranate, Seaglass 
Pattern Paper -  Sugar Rush
Embellishments - Sugar Rush Complements, Sugar Rush Dots
Other - Sugar  Rush Washi Tape

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Consider it Cased - Flowers

A little just wanted to share a card today. I have been working hard in the studio playing with all sorts of new goodies.

I saw this adorable card on Pinterest and just fell in love!! I had been on there grabbing some inspiration for my new Close to my Heart cartridge Flower Market.

This card came together quickly and I will for sure be making some more awesome projects with my newest Cricut cartridge. 

All Supplies from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Poppy, Fern, White Daisy 
Stamps: Flower Market Collection
Ink: Poppy
Pattern Paper -  Enchantment Fundamentals
Embellishments - Black Shimmer Trim , Clear Sparkles
Other - Flower Market Cartridge, Stitch Guide, Piercing Tool, Bone Folder

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday - You're a doll

Do you have old supplies? I sure do and I try to use them. Sometimes though I come across something I just had to have. I could simply do so much with it and just use it for this and that and this...and then I get it and it sits.

and sits

and sits

and then you come across it when you are organizing your supplies and the guilt sets in. I recently went through all of my supplies and found several such items.

I thought I would bring back a series on my blog here called Throwback Thursday only it won't be with awesome photos from my childhood (and they are awesome) but with old supplies or some weeks it might just be an old project that I loved.

So here is the first installment I hope you enjoy it

I mixed the old with the new here. This russian doll is an old stamp of the month that I have had for about 3 years and the blue paper is from the Enchantment Fundamentals pack from CTMH.