I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin.
I am a scrapbooker.
I have always been artistic, it just took me a while to find my outlet. I sew, needlepoint, and draw. I also enjoy cooking and baking. I have dabbled in scrapbooking since high school by adding memorabilia to my pictures, but something was still missing.
I found modern scrapbooking after our first daughter was born and I have not looked back. I really do hope that someday, my children look at my scrapbooks and really get who I am and how much I love them. Within the last few years, I've been introduced to mixed media and well, the world will never be the same.
My husband of 12 years and I have two sweet little girls, aged 9 and 3. They are funny, sassy, sometimes naughty, silly, gorgeous, loving, bright, often cheerful, diva-esque little princesses, and they are the lights of my life. I am lucky to be married to my best friend; I swear, I love him more every day. In real life, I am a portrait and wedding photographer, but my true loves are all at home. :)
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Was That REALLY Thirteen Years Ago?

Today, I've got a layout to share with you.
I guess I was feeling a little nostalgiac. My husband and I celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary this past October, and it's really hard to believe that we've been married that long (especially since I'm still only 25!) When I received Pink Paislee's Secret Crush line in my Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Sale Combination Box, I thought that maybe...just maybe...I'd finally get some wedding photos scrapped. Ok, here's my secret confession--I am TERRIFIED of scrapping my wedding photos. I do have the negatives, but they are medium format and it's becoming difficult to find a lab who can scan and/or print from medium format negatives. *sigh* Anywho, I decided to take the plunge and and I have to say that I'm really quite happy with how it came out.
I started out by fussy cutting the heart banner from another sheet of the Love Notes paper. I used pop dots to fix it to the paper on top of where the banner originally appeared. Then, I started inking and layering the Paper Good, Photo Frames, and Photo Tabs from the Secret Crush collection. I also used a small strip of the Polka Dance paper.
I finished by adding some Star Dust Stickles to the banner, a few letters and a wee little phrase from my stash, flowers from Prima, and Trinket Pins from Maya Road (all of which might be found in your very own Warehouse Sale Box! They are available in paper, embellishments, or a combination and are chock full of amazing scrappy value!)
I wish all of my American friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Thank you for looking, and I'll see you next time! :)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Simple Sketches #12 Reveal

I think my favorite part of being on a sketch team is seeing the many ways each sketch can be used.  I love reveals!
That being said, Sketch #12 is now live on the Simple Sketches blog, and here's my take on it:
I used a Crafter's Workshop 6x6 brick template with some modeling paste mixed with brown paint for my background.  There are some woven strips of pp behind the bricks, and I love how they peek out.  I pop-dotted the photos (regular adhesive wasn't going to work on top of that thick modeling paste!).  I added a few Heidi Swapp rub-ons and stickers (the words and hearts).  I needed a bit more color, so popped in a few strips of washi tape and painted my wooden title letters red.
Please share your take on Melissa's sketch, I would love to see what you've done with it.  Until next time!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Littlest Love

I recently received part of a Hey Kid kre8v Kit by Pink Paislee. It is so much fun! There are so many cute pieces, and the patterns are so bright and trendy. It's perfect for my little girls!
I chose a photo of my littlest imp; it's one of my favorites because it just captured her 2-year-old self perfectly. She's sweet and sassy, and the mischevious little grin says it all. A complete list of supplies can be found at the end of the post.

I wanted a neutral base because the colors and patterns were so bright, but white, black, and kraft didn't seem right. I finally found this bluish-grey, and I think it's perfect. I fussy-cut along a line of circles in one of the sheets of patterned paper and layered cardstock stickers, another fussy-cut border, and some transparent arrow stickers over that. I didn't like the unrelieved grey, so I splattered a big of gesso on the left of the page. I love how gesso dries; it's solid white, like paint, but it maintains some dimension.
On the top left, I used more cardstock stickers, one of the cute chipboard pieces, and a cardstock speech bubble. I wanted a bit more dimension, so I added some stars and arrows from the Wood Charms by Cosmo Cricket and the Cork Shapes (Hearts & Stars, Arrows) by Fancy Pants.
Thanks for looking, and I can't wait to see you next time!

Products used:
Fancy Pants Cork Shapes, Hearts & Stars
Fancy Pants Cork Shapes, Arrows
Cosmo Cricket Wood Charms
Pink Paislee Hey Kid kre8v Kit
Basic Grey cardstock
ProArt Gesso
Tombo Mono Adhesive

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Simple Sketches #10 Reveal

Today's the day, it's time for the latest Simple Sketch!  You can find the sketch, and all of the other fabulous interpretations on the Simple Sketches blog!
Here's my take on it:
This was pretty simple; I just played with photo size and placement until it fit the photos that I wanted to use.  Even when a sketch shows specific photo sizes, and you don't have those sizes printed, all you need to do is improvise!  :)
Thanks for looking, and I'll see you next time!