Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bust a Move -- Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Welcome, welcome.  Grab some chocolate, and make sure you keep hopping after you check out my scrappy project!  You should've arrived from Juliana's blog, but if you came here first, the full hop list is at the bottom.

So I opted to grab some Simple Stories "Rad" stash for today's project. It's such a wonderful collection (here's another layout I used Rad for)!  Here's the full layout:

And here are some close ups!

I did some sewing, used the coordinating washi tape for my journaling, and used punched circles and the "New Bradz" for extra embellishment.

I used JustNick Studios' Handcut Letters to cut out "Bust" and popped up with foam tape.  So fun!

I followed along with the February Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday for inspiration.

Now it's time to hop along to Monica's blog and project.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

{We Are Better Together]

Hello everyone and welcome! I hope you can grab yourself a bit of chocolate and check out this layout where I scrapped an old photo of me with my now-husband from around 1987/1988 that my mom found. It's so fun to come across older photos like this and realize just how long ago it seems (or sometimes it seems like yesterday, right?).  I chose to use the Simple Stories We Are...Family collection, a February sketch by Stuck? Sketches, and the Take 5 Challenge from Paper Issues (using the color red, the color pink, a heart, patterned paper, and ink/mist/paint - I actually used more than 5 suggested elements!).

I opted to watercolor and stitch a heart behind the photo area instead of the circles shown in the sketch.  I lightly traced a large heart to provide a guide for my watercoloring using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a watercolor pen.  Then I let it dry and stitched around it.

Tip: when using water on a layout, to prevent it from curling up, first lightly mist the back of the cardstock.  On this layout, I didn't mist first, and it dried with a slight curl.  After my layout was complete, I misted it on the back and lightly flattened it until it was flat again.

I subbed one of the photos in the sketch with the "love" journal card that I punched with a cross-stitch die (the Simple Stories collection uses a cross-stitch element so I brought it into the layout that way as well).

I used several of the patterned paper, so stickers, so chipboard elements to create the mat, and I used the coordinating alpha stickers for the title.

Next I decided the layout needed to be "grounded" so I created a border with a border sticker, some chipboard and cardstock hearts, and stitching.

Finally, I included the embellishment cluster on the top left instead of on the circle shown in the sketch.

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you could come visit, and I hope this inspired you to do something a little different with a sketch.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Giveaway Winner! Scrapping Our Stash January Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I'm a couple of days late, but I thank you for your patience!  Working full time, 2 kiddos, and a bathroom remodel can make a crafty mom crazy!  If you didn't get a chance to hop along with us, it's definitely worth checking out the projects and how we used our ever-growing stashes.  The full list can be found on the bottom of the My Whole World post.  

Today's winner was chosen using #4 wins! That's Karenladd - thank you Karen for following me on instagram and my blog!

Please email me at majkenmarie at yahoo dot com to claim your e-gift certificate!  You have until midnight Central time on Friday night, Feb. 12, 2016 to claim your e-gift card.

Thanks so much for playing along!  I hope to see you on the next blog hop...until then, chocolaty hugs!