Saturday, May 9, 2015

Just got home....

from a whirlwind 3 day retreat.  My friend runs a small retreat here in So Cal and 4-5 times a year, we all escape.  It really is the one true time I scrapbook anymore.

If you are local -or- want to join us, the next weekend away is in August.  Check out for more info and to register.

I didn't take much really, just some older Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy and Scraptastic kits.  I didn't get through all of them but I did make a dent.  I used about half.  I resolved to make what I could with the kits and not try to use every. last. bit.  I start to really burn out on kits if I push myself.  On the other hand, I want to feel like I got what I paid out of them too.  But I end up with half used kits sitting on my shelf and they never get used.  I end up donating or selling off a flat rate box full of old kit contents.

My resolution this time was to use what I could from the kits and move on.  Hand the bits and pieces off to someone else.  I managed to get 3 really good layouts out of the 3 kits I did use so I'm very proud of that.  I feel like I used what I could and I'm in love with the final layouts.

Time to share!

This was an older Studio Calico kit.  I really love the star paper.  I wanted to watercolor some of them in but I like the stark contrast to the black and orange so I left it.  I have some scraps left of this so you may see some watercoloring in the future.

The wood veneer 'RAD' - yeah, I've been holding on to that for a while now.  Just use it right?  It can't be RAD if its hidden in a bag.

And the title.  I stamped that using an exclusive stamp set from Studio Calico.  Their alpha sets are by far my favorite.  These were no exception and I rushed during pre-sale to get these and the number set.  LOVE them.  I stamped them twice.  Once in a color and once in black, just offsetting them so you can see the detail.  

And the flair button.  You can find the biker set in the A Flair For Buttons Etsy store.  Again, something I've been hoarding for a while.  

I'm a huge Echo Park fan.  I buy 80% of their lines so when they released their new boy line - Jack and Jill - I had to have it.  These are my favorite boy colors and go with 90% of my sons closet.  As I rifled through the mile high stack of photos I want to scrap and saw these, they were perfect.

The 'Rad' tag (yes, there was a lot of RAD going on that weekend)is from Amy Tangerine.  The pack of pre-punched tags came in a kit.  I used them on several layouts because they were so versatile.  I will be punching my own tags in the future.  

 More flair from the a Flair for Buttons Etsy shop.  I'm addicted to the flair!

One last one today.  (I have a lot to share!)  Another Studio Calico kit.  I'm horrible about keeping track of the products I use but I believe this is the original kit those tags came in.  I added some items from my stash in like:

Chic Tags: tags, rubbing and stickers.
Amy Tangerine - sticker letters
A Flair For Buttons - Let's Eat flair
Jillibean Soup sticker words 

I'm so glad I got as much done as I did.  I made a dent in some of my supplies and that makes me a happy girl.  I also got to spend some time with friends and relax.  It was my Mother's Day present - a weekend away.  Today we celebrate the real Mother's Day and I'll be running around visiting family.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Little Mermaid

This picture is from a 2006 trip to Europe.  I'm slowly scrapping pictures from this trip to add to the album.  This is the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen - one of my favorite cities.

Papers are from Authentique, letters are AC thicker and flair from the A Flair for Buttons Etsy shop.  (Yes! I used some of my *many* travel themed flair buttons on this one!)

I saw this Maggie Holmes layout and fell in love.  While this Studio Calico kit was definitely *not* my color scheme, I loved all the little pieces.  The little acetate circles were such cute accents and those BOLD black letters (I ordered two of this kit just to get more of those letters!)

I also used flair from the AFFB Etsy shop.

 This final one is a layout I started months ago and finally finished up.  I'm embarrassed to say that I have a small stack of layouts that need finishing before I take photos and post.  I rarely get to scrapbook anymore so when I do, its usually to finish up a project I started.  Simple Stories fall line combined with some Chic Tags.  Flair is from Chic Tags.

I do have some plans to scrap next week though because my husband is taking my son to FL for Spring Break.  I don't get to go but thats okay.  I'm not a hot weather person.  I just took N to New York for 9 days for some winter weather.  Everyone out there suffering from winter blues probably hates me but I thoroughly enjoyed the 9 days of freezing weather.  We even got 2 days of snow!

And I have a whole weekend set aside in May for a retreat - looking forward to that!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NYE Layout

I took a lot of photos on NYE this year.  I found a SelfieSnap while present shopping and figured it would be a good way to get pictures of all 3 of us.  It was a blast!  N was excited to use it as well.  I took about 100 photos and I narrowed it down to just a few to use on a layout.

This uses the Cirque kit from Studio Calico (this is the first kit in a very long time that I had to have almost everything.)  Even thought there is a lot of pink, there was enough gold and blue that this kit caught my eye.  And those HUGE letters.....had to have them.  I even bought 2 kits just so I had extras.
Normally those round overlay things wouldn't appeal to me but I totally found a use for them!
 I added flair from the A Flair For Buttons Etsy shop to random photos.  None of my photos are high quality but it doesn't matter.  I captured the moment for the first time and I was actually in the photos. I'm usually never in photos like these.

 The top layer flips up and I have more photos tucked on the inside.

I used the New Year Eve Gold set from the shop.

This is another layout using the Cirque kit from SC.  I really love the blue and gold combo!

 I used more flair from the A Flair For Buttons Etsy store.  I'm addicted to flair!  If you do too, head over to the shop.  Shelley adds new sets all the time.  I can't keep up!
 Thats the new Crate Paper self inking stamp - had to have it because I love that saying.  The stars are from Studio Calico.  I bought 207 packages of these stars when they were released and I sprinkle them in from time to time.  they're just a classic embellishment and I'll never get tired of them!
And those gold hearts!  Swoon!

Not that I seem to have found my creative mojo again, you'll be seeing more of me around these parts.  I kind of missed it and just throwing together some layouts reminded me that getting creative is what keeps me sane.  With all the pressure in life I need this.  My husband has promised me that he'll take some of the burdens off my shoulders so I can get least an hour a week to decompress in my room.

And then of course, there is the retreat in May.  So Excited!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Getting' Giggy with Ziggy (aka December Daily)

I'm still slowly working on the December Daily album.  Between work and life I don't have a lot of time to work on this.  I sneak a page in here and there.  I'm getting there.

Products used:  Pink Paislee Merry & Bright (album, papers and embellishments)
                         American Crafts Thickers
                         Elle's Studio wood veneer
                         Flair buttons from A Flair for Buttons Etsy store