Monday, March 26, 2018

{Little Moments} Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine

You guys!  If you haven't yet had a chance to view the Spring 2018 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine either in print or online, don't's stunning!  They pack so much goodness into each issue - and this one is no different.

I'm honored to have a layout published highlighting my daughter helping water our plants nearly 14 years ago.  <3  I used mostly Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream...the colors are sooo cut files from Echo Park and Just Nick Studio.

Happy spring!!


Friday, January 5, 2018

"Thankful" - Published in the Fall 2017 Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!

Hi there everyone!  I'm playing catch-up on my blog and wanted to share with you a layout that was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, my very favorite scrapbook publication!  I've been an avid reader for many years - it just inspires me every single issue!

Here is my Thankful layout:

This layout was of our first Thanksgiving as a family of four, in 2008.  I can't believe Paxton was that tiny once!!

I received some Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L in my gift from Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine from my Lovely layout, so I used it again for this fun layout to pop up the layers.  Here are a few close-ups.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you have a wonderful week.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Lovely" - Published in the Summer 2017 Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!

Hello scrappy friends!  Well, it's certainly been an interesting 4+ months living through a horrific flood from Hurricane Harvey.  I've missed you guys, and I hope I can hop back on the papercrafting saddle more consistently now.  Our home is still not finished, but we are making progress.  All in due time, and we appreciate everyone's prayers and thoughts.  <3

I wanted to share my very favorite layout that was published this past June in the Summer Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.  I was truly beyond excited about it!  

I wanted to create a layout with my grandmother as the star.  She was the most beautiful ballerina, and she ended up owning and running her own dance studio that I practically grew up in.  I paired a black and white photo of her with the *stunning* Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection Wild at Heart.

The cut file is from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Colour Me Happy collection, and I also fussycut a lot of flowers to add in.  In addition to paper, enamel dots, and flowers from CVS, I used Thickers from American Crafts, a bow and gold heart from Crate Paper, and vellum and a fringed paper strip reminiscent of a ballerina's tutu.  Here are a few close ups.  

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's's to a grand 2018!

Chocolate hugs,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Refreshments - Creative Scrappers sketch 309

Hello friends!

What is your favorite summer refreshment?  For me, you just can't go wrong with an iced tea.  My layout was recently on the Creative Scrappers blog showcasing my take on sketch 309, highlighting this photo of my morning refreshment on vacation this summer.    

Ahhhhh...well, now I want another iced tea!  Go take a peek at close-ups of my layout on the Creative Scrappers blog.  This Echo Park Summer Fun collection is so colorful and cheery!  

Don't forget to share your take on the sketch on the Creative Scrappers blog for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Clique Kits!

Have a great week!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nothing Brings People Together Like Good Food - Pebbles Fussycutting

I have been inadvertently sitting on a collection from Pebbles that I bought awhile back, and I decided to play with it for Creative Scrappers sketch 308, which I shared on the Creative Scrappers blog Friday.  Take a peek at what I created with this month's sketch:

The warm colors and beautiful florals from Simple Life collection from Pebbles just pop, don't they?

I documented a date night I had with my husband at a new restaurant near us.  It was really delicious, and we had such a nice time.  We took several photos, which were perfect to document with this month's sketch - I simply "stretched" out the width of the smaller photo area to accommodate my photos!

Go check out close-ups on the Creative Scrappers blog, and don't forget to create your own layout using the sketch to link up!

Please share any layouts you create with a Creative Scrappers sketch on Instagram and tag us (@CreativeScrappers) with the hashtag #CSSketch308 and #CreatingWithSketches.

And don't forget to follow me on Instagram {@chocoscrapaholic}.  See you there!

Have a super week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Love Layout with Lovely Day

Well hello there crafty friends!  I hope you are having a lovely July in your neck of the woods.  The family and I just got back from a getaway in Boulder, Colorado.  We had many adventures, and now I'm so tired that I need a day off - ha!  I haven't printed out or had the chance to scrap anything from our week in Colorado, but I thought I'd share a layout from a vacation hubby and I took in 2008.  Take a look:

 I used the Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch here.

I love the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection!!  The colors are just...muah!  I printed my black and white photos in a grid using the Pic Stitch app, then printed it out as a 4x4 photo.  

Next I cut the Just Nick Studio cut file "Love Actually" from white textured cardstock.  But instead of doing white-on-white, I decided to lightly brush the cut files with CTMH Juniper ink using my ClarityStamp Stencil Brushes.  They are fun to use (you can see how I used them on this layout as well), and you don't need a lot of ink or pressure to see a subtle effect.  My strips got darker as they go down the page.  Here's a close up.

Here's a quick look at my journaling strips.  I used the KG Only Human font, and I matched the blue from the collection for my font color easily with a tip I've shared before.

How fun is that gold foil "love" ephemera piece?  I also find it fun to do a diagonal piece along the edges - I think it gives some extra interest to a square layout.  And I love to sew on my layouts - this one has stitching along the inside edge of the white cardstock. Enamel dots are also great to use!

I hope you have had some down time this summer (or whatever season it may be in your area!).  Don't forget to document those fun times!

Have a great week (make sure it includes chocolate ;) ),

Friday, June 30, 2017

Cool by the Pool - Pebbles Sunshiny Days

Hi everyone!  Summer is here in full force in the Houston, Texas area.  So all thoughts go towards swimming!  I recently got the new Pebbles collection Sunshiny Days.  It's perfect for those days in the water.  Take a peek!

My layout started with the Simple Stories heart cut file.  I had cut it to use as a template for placing the heart pieces on this layout, and it was just sitting there waiting for me to use the negative for something else!  The scallops in it made me think of waves, and I knew it would look great with the waves paper that I used at the bottom of the layout!

I backed the cut file area with the lovely plaid paper first, then I sewed around it.

Next, I trimmed the waves paper and sewed along the waves to create some texture.

Aren't those clear dots lovely on there mimicking water droplets??  And the chipboard stickers add wonderful personality!

I matted the photo area using several of the papers, but I had to use that wonderful plaid paper again!  For the "Cool" and "Pool" words, I welded letters from The Cut Shoppe Open Alpha and then trimmed blue cardstock using my Cameo.  I trimmed the inside of the letters using white textured cardstock and glued the blue outline over the white inside.  Some close-ups:

For the "by" and "then" I used Echo Park Lindsay die cuts.  I cut a few and glued them together for more dimension, and then I used my Clarity brushes to brush ink lightly on them.

That's all for me today - I hope you enjoy your summer and get refreshed by the water.

See you soon!