Wednesday, August 28, 2013

oh summer you were good to us

I can hardly believe that the end of summer is rapidly approaching. It seems like it was only last week that we traded the nap sacks for swim suits but now we are back to nap sacks. I also noticed that my Scrapbooking mojo also takes a little holiday and this layout reminded me that I have some supplies that are begging to be played with.... guess I know what I'm doing this weekend! Happy hump day!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I blinked

So now she's a first grader? no way!!! What happened to my baby? Oh yeah... I blinked.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

project life box

I'm trying not to think about how behind I am on my project life but I made this box to hold all the collected goodies that I have so far. I used the Maggie Holmes Product Sampler available at Scrappy Boutique to decorate the box.

 This particular box came with these thick chipboard dividers so I covered them and used some of the awesome trims and trinkets that come in the kit to decorate them. I left two of them blank to add to later once I figure what else I want to store in there. Any suggestions?

The keepsake section is a place that holds the little souvenirs I pick up along my daily travels. Finally I have a place to keep these little odds and ends to add into my pages. As it sits right now I throw them into a zip lock baggie but then I lose the bag so this section is most handy to me. It's a darn tootin' good thing that my head is attached or I'd lose that as well. Trust me....
My favourite thing to make for Project Life is handmade ATC's from leftover scraps. These are all 3x4 cards that can either be filler cards or hold photos/journaling. I've participated in a few project life tag swaps on Instagram and that's what got me hooked on making these little gems. Super easy and duper fun!

I've also created some scrappy pages with this kit so I will share those next. Don't want to overload the server now....Take care and ta ta for now. *wink

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

blog hop winner


Congratulations to Shirley!! Just shoot me an email to funky4pickles {at} yahoo {dot} com with your mailing address and I will pop your prize in the post pronto!

Thank you to everyone who hopped along with us. There were tons of great inspiration to be seen!

Don't forget to check back at Karen's blog to see if you won the Blog Hop prize!

On a side note I finally finished a fun project that I can't wait to share so check back later.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Skrap n' Chat Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to Skrap n' Chat's blog hop! 
This is my first blog hop that I've ever done so needless to say I'm kinda tickled to be playing along. We went with a theme of misting and masking and I've been using a lot of mists on my recent pages so I wanted to try something different for the masking part. 
For my layout I wanted to try masking with washi tape and spray mist. I liked using the washi tape because it peeled off nice and easy. When I use spray mist I tend to forget to cover my work station but this time I actually remembered which was a nice change except... I used tissue paper and it leaked through. *le sigh* I'll chalk that up as "E" for effort.
But here's how it looks when the tape is peeled off with a photo and decorated with fun elements. 
Ok so this is my dad. Yup he's really holding up lemons as boobies. He's awesome sauce if you ask me. 
I've been super spoiled to have him down south for a few months while the north raged on with it's winter. I'm trying not to think about how he leaves in a few short days to head back home so for now I will just scrapbook layouts about his time here instead to keep me busy.
heh heh lemon boobies......yes I still giggle when I say it out loud. 

Giveaway| We are giving away a prize to a random comment left on the blog hop. Just leave a comment to be entered and check back on Friday for the announced winner. 

Bonus Giveaway| Since I love making mailboxes happy, I am also giving away a little prize to a random  commenter on my here blog. Check back 'cause you could be it, I just know it! 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

heads up!

Hi Hi! 
Just wanted to add a quick little line to let you know that I will be participating in a Blog Hop this coming Monday, April 8th with some wonderful ladies from Skrap N' Chat
So please save the date and check back for some fun and inspiration! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

anchors aweigh -an itty mini album tutorial

I read somewhere that anchors are the next up and coming trend which reminds me of the little itty mini album I created for Scrappy Boutique using the Uncharted Waters Product Sampler kit. I absolutely love this kit. The extras are super fun and the papers were so easy to work with. If you want to see all the comes in the kit just check out their video of all of the contents.  
Now let's go make a mini album shall we?
First thing’s first is gathering your supplies.
            -album cover paper cut to 5 ½ x 12
            -3 papers cut to 5 x 7
            -embellishments of choice
            -adhesive of choice
            -bone folder (or a ruler works just as well)
            -score pad (or paper trimmer used for scoring)
           - sewing machine (don't worry if you don't have one, I'll show an alternative as well)

Next is to fold the 5x7 paper in half and set aside for a moment. Then score the 5 1/2 x 12 cover paper at 2 1/2", 6 1/4", 6 1/2" and again at 10 1/4" then fold on the score lines.
For the larger front pocket snip the corner off and then glue the bottom edge of the front pocket and the top and bottom edge of the back pocket.
Now off to the sewing machine we go.  
Assemble the 5x7 papers in the order you want and line them adding the Glassine baggie (if you are using the Product Sampler kit) and then sewing down the middle. 
If you do not have a sewing machine you can also hole punch the center and use ribbon to bind it together. Now that your album is all assembled it's time to add your personal touch with embellishments of your choice. 

I was afraid of my keepsakes falling out of the little baggie so I punched out two small flowers and used brads to attach them for the twine to wrap around. 

It’s itty and it’s mini but it can hold quite a bit. I hope you had fun making this little itty and please post a link in the comments to your creations so we all can see and oogle and ahhh over them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

happy scrappy news-yay!

I’ve had the total pleasure to get crafty for my local scrapbooking store, Scrappy Boutique, who has gone web and create fun scrapbook pages and creations for their new Product Sampler kits. I may or may not have squealed with delight when they asked me to design some pages for them… ok so I totally freaked out! EEK!
Basically in a nut shell you get a sample of the new products released by various awesome paper lines plus additional little coordinating bobbles and bits to make your creations one of a kind. Brilliant if you ask me.
The first kit I dove into was the new Glitz Designs Color Me Happy line. I immediately fell in love the bright colours and fun elements and designs. So bright. So fun.

In the paper selection there are two sheets of cut out tags that work perfectly with Project Life. How perfect is that?

I was able to use one sheet for my Week 5 spread which helped spread out the backside of the other paper for another week which I am currently behind on. Story of my life…but hey it’s my life and my story and I’m okay with that.


The second kit I had the pleasure to play with was the other line by Glitz called Uncharted Waters. Looove this one!

This photo was from last year’s family reunion at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Man I love that beach.
With this kit I also created an itty mini album using more of the kit and a whole lotta punches. Who knew an itty mini could leave such a big mess? I will post more details of this little gem with a tutorial on how to make an itty mini shortly. Pinky promise!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

here's what's up...

Right now I am driving across the continent with my Dad and making a few stops along the way while creating wicked memories that will last a lifetime.
In a nutshell. 

Tonight we are currently staying in some el cheapo hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi because our usual hotel is full. I’ve turned into a hotel snob during this trip but what’s killing me the most is being away from my little family for so long that I get text updates like these…

1st update was a sad one…
I received an email from my local scrapbooking store announcing that they will be closing their doors in the New Year. This is so sad. 
The scrapbooking industry is ever changing and every time I hear about a local store closing it really is a sad day for the scrapbooking world. This is super duper sad for me 'cause now I will have to shop online and pay redonkulious shipping rates just to keep up. Of course I could just use what I’ve got but what’s the fun in that? I mean come on?  

2nd update is another sad one…
My kitty Bijou hasn’t been eating much since I left. 
It breaks my heart to hear that since she doesn’t usually come out of her hiding spot unless I’m there so I had this bright idea to call the house phone and leave her a little message on the answering machine. You should have seen the look on my dad’s face while he listened to me leave the message…needless to say he had different feelings about my message. I believe his words to me after I hung up was, “ Do you really think your cat is going to think, “Gee, my mistress is telling me to eat, maybe I should start eating because my mistress asked me to? …” OK so it was a little silly….

And the most recent update which isn’t a downer for a change.... 
My little onion lost another tooth!!!
She is writing a note to the Tooth Fairy to ask if she can wait until I get home to come pick up her tooth. This melted my heart into a giant puddle. I already miss her so much like nobody's business and when I hear things like this it just makes me miss her THAT much more....*sigh* Just 3 more days until I get to squeeze the boogies right out of her! But in the meantime I will be hitting the sac so the Sandman can pay me visit and sprinkle some of that sleepy dust over me. 
Oh hey, speaking of the Sandman, doesn't that new movie The Rise of the Guardians look cool? I'm thinking this might be our Christmas movie we will see when I get back....ok I better get to sleep for real this time or I'll be in a rare form to drive tomorrow. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

playing catch up

Well September came and went in a flash and here we are in October already…cray-zay! So here I am playing catch up with hopes to actually get, get this, caught up! *gasp* I know, right?!? So I thought I would start at where I left off...the end of August. 

Maribel started Kindergarten at the end of August and now that the first quarter is finished (already, I know!! Where does the time go, seriously?!?) she loves school so much.
She gets excited when she has homework (we’ll see how long that lasts…) and she comes home every day with something exciting to share. She’s come home with a couple of battle wounds a few times but that has yet to stop her from enjoying her time at school.

Here are her thoughts about Kindergarten:

What is your favourite subject? Art and PE (Physical Education)
What do you love most about school? Wellllll, I do love my friends
Who is your best friend? Um.... Charles and Franklin
Do you like school? Um hmm (that means 'yes')