Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A few favorites...

oh my goodness summer is flying by! I can't believe its already the end of July. Ok, I don't want to believe it. I realize I haven't shared here in quite some time, but in all fairness summertime is so busy. I feel like I barely have any time to scrap let alone blog. Summer is birthday season at our house, we've got May, June, July and August, so that always makes for a busy summer. My oldest son just turned 7 last week. Someone pinch me. That sweet baby boy is already 7. He is so witty, charming, and handsome. Gosh, love that boy. Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favorite layouts I've made in the past while. 

 I created this one for Paige Evans class "Make It Big" over at Studio Calico. I find it so wonderfully relaxing just cutting out paper. Not to mention it was kinda fun to bust out all my old papers from old kits and put them all together! I adore the way this turned out, honestly probably one of my fav layouts I've ever made. Here's a few close ups...

This was another one for a lesson in Paige's class. Another one of my favorites. Surprising since it was one of those layouts where it was totally perfect, and then you have an idea. And once you execute said idea you step back and say "oh crap. what did" I had the whole thing laid out but felt like that map was missing something. some interest. So i pulled out my water colors. But when I put the paint to the page the paper absorbed the color in a very strange way causing streaks and not the watery look. Not to mention the paper buckled like crazy. I could've put down gesso first but I didn't want to mute the map print of the paper. In the end I used gelatos, no water and blended blended blended. I love the end result even tho the buckled paper annoys me. The beautiful photo of my husband and daughter evens it out. :) all the supplies for this page are from Studio Calico.

next up....
 Not to much to say about this page, I had a ton of fun making it that's for sure. I started with a stencil I created in the Silhouette studio and used it as a mask to create a polka dot background with acrylic paint. Then I just layered a bunch of papers from the Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine 6X6 pad in colors that matched my daughters bathing suit. Fussy cut the circles from an that same pad, circle punched some pink vellum, created a fun ribbon flower with some old ribbon, a few other little embellishments from my stash and the word beautiful is cut out from a Heidi Swapp acetate card. I love the interest, dimension and textures on this layout. my daughters beautiful blue eyes also help.

 This layout was my effort to use up that Rise & Shine washi tape pad. I have such issues with using washi  tape. I can't tell you how many strips I have put on layouts only to pull them off. I can never make it work. So this whole layout is washi. No paper, just washi. It was alot of fun to put together and the end result is so different. Other then the washi strips, I sewed across a couple of them for some texture, and lets face it none of my layouts are ever without some machine stitching.  a bit of gelatos to peek from behind the picture, a few embellishments from this collection and it was done!

 Ah the Maggie Holmes Confetti collection. I freaking love it. It's almost like I planned our family pictures to match it. But that would be crazy. Or would it? Anyway, however it happened it matches beautifully. I used the 6X6 pad to create this gorgeous starburst effect. I also layered on some of the star vellum and plain vellum to add some more interest. Sewed each strip done and pulled up the edges for dimension. I played around for a long time on which way to put the paper, I initially wanted the starburst on the left side but somehow it just didn't feel right. When I put it on the top it was perfect. Like little red riding hood, it was juuuuust right. Some chipboard, acetate, a tassle, a few stamps and splatter and done. Love this one, it's on display on our gallery wall.

 Last but not least is my most recent layout. I used a cutfile from The Cut Shoppe for the background and the patterened papers are all from the most recent Studio Calico kit. Ok, confession. Whenever I'm working with a color scheme I like to have one paper that brings all the colors I'm working with together. So, I really struggled here. All the papers are beautiful, but there isn't really ANY paper that brings all the colors together other then the grid paper. So, I used a few bits of the acetate that had a blue and red flower on it to help bridge the colors. This could totally just be the perfectionist in me. Possibly. Anyway, the rest of the bits are from the main and the 2 add-ons I got. I sewed through each triangle and outlined them with a black pen to give them a bit more definition. In the end, I love the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by, and listening, or reading rather, to me ramble. Hope you'll stop by again, I'm going to leave you with this super sweet picture of my daughter. She turns 2 in 2 weeks, someone hold me. She is just the cutest, I think I bought these adorable glasses just to take a picture of her in them, ha! I want to blow this up to 12x12 I just love it. Bye guys!