Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christmas In The Pen: Father Christmas Update

I have another update on my Father Christmas project! I'm still creating and I'm making progress. The new set of supplies that I've pulled contains a 6x6 paper pad. As you'll see over the next few posts, my go to design for 6x6 papers always includes a grid of some sort. 

This layout is all about how poor Morgan got passed around like a hot potato at our Christmas celebration. Everyone wanted to hold the new baby! (Jordan, Brandon, and my grandpa are pictured with Morgan.) 

6x6 Paper Pad Ideas_Baby_Christmas Scrapbook

I used supplies from Cosmo Cricket, Webster's Pages, American Crafts, Authentique, and Jenni Bowlin on this project. I kept the embellishments pretty simple so the focus would stay on the photos. 

This next page uses traditional colors but the pictures definitely aren't traditional. Every time we go down to visit my grandparents' house for Christmas, the kids play with the goats. Even if they're dressed in their best clothes. It's pretty crazy! 

Ideas For Using 6x6 Paper Pads_Christmas Scrapbook

Again, I used Webster's Pages, Cosmo Cricket, American Crafts, and Authentique supplies. I also used Making Memories poinsettia flowers and Stickles. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunny Side Up Freebie Paper Pack

I came across another freebie that I haven't shared on my blog yet. It's an older paper pack that I designed when I was working at Elemental Scraps. I figured "Sunny Side Up" would be a great name for such a bright, sunny set of papers. 

Click the links below to download the Sunny Side Up paper pack freebie. Please don't forget to respect my TOU. For more freebies, check the tabs at the top of my blog.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Turtles, Alpacas, and Swimming Pools, Oh my!

We had amazing, weird, and very amusing experiences last week! So welcome to my weekly photo update post... Let's jump right in. 

We came home from church last weekend and I saw a big brown bump on the front porch. Alexis yelled, "Mom, Look at the turtle!" It was sitting next to a concrete turtle that Jordan made as an art project. Jordan said it was in loooooove. (You really can't make this stuff up.) 

Brandon decided that he should be named Donatello after the smart Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He declared that he must be the smart one because he found his way to our front door. In a not so smart move, I decided to let the kids keep him.

Unfortunately, we couldn't get Donatello to eat. Let me tell you, we certainly tried! We fed him lettuce, strawberries, minnows, and earthworms. Nothing doing! We let him go in the ditch in our front yard after explaining his departure to the kids. It was rough because they were already attached to him. 

The girls in our family were baptized last Sunday and it was amazing! Here we are in our matching baptism tee shirts from Church Of The King. I thought for years that I'd already been baptized when I was little, but my Mom said I wasn't. I had to remedy that! 

The girls were very excited after the baptism class. They were SO ready to declare their belief in Jesus and the gospel. I had to speak in front of a crowd of about 200 people at the baptism. I said, "God has moved mountains in our lives recently and I am so grateful!" We were baptized at the same time. I'm on the left, Alexis is near the ladder, and Jordan is right behind her. It was a wonderful experience and I'm so thankful that we were able to do it together. 

Speaking of water, we've been very scientific at our house over the last week. The kids have been learning about evaporation and we were able to use washi tape to mark the water level. We combined two of my favorite things. (Science and scrapbook supplies. Whoo hoo!)

Washi tape works for everything! It took a lot longer than I thought it would for the water to evaporate. Especially because it's been so insanely hot here!

Alexis was in charge of taking the glass and placing it in a spot where the sun would hit it in the morning. 

In other news, I'm up for the Mom of the year award. (If I do say so myself!) Brandon has been really bummed that his poor Cabbage Patch doll only had one outfit. He's been asking for pajamas for John for a while. I haven't been able to find any online, and Brandon had a few special requests. 

I found some older Cars fabric and traced around the clothes his doll already had. Then I added space for seams and sewed a pair of pajamas. I didn't have enough matching fabric for a shirt, so I used an old t-shirt and iron on letters. Tada! Cars 2 Cabbage Patch pajamas. Winning!

What did Brandon think? I'm glad you asked. In this case, a picture really is worth 1,000 words! He's still hugging me days later and saying thank you. I'm worried he's going to wear the Velcro out because he keeps changing his clothes. Such happiness over a little thing...

We paid a visit to a different library on Wednesday and I'm so glad that we did. The bookshelves there were SO cool! Each level could spin around independently of the others. The kids were totally impressed!

Want to see something even neater? The shelves were built into the windows and it gave the library a very futuristic look. All in all, it was a totally awesome experience. 

I lost my mind after we left the library. I decided to stop at the Dollar Tree with the kids. If no one has ever told  you, it's a really bad idea to let your kids shop there. I gave them each $2.00 and you would've thought it was the best thing in the world. It took them an HOUR to pick something out. Never again people! 

Alexis found the perfect hula hoop, then she put it back. They she picked it up again, then she put it back. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Argh! 

Jordan had therapy on Thursday and we stopped at 2nd & Charles on the way home. It was my first time going in and Jordan was extremely impressed with their book wall. I couldn't believe the amount of books and the prices were great. Jordan got American Girl books for $2.00 each. They didn't have the National Geographic magazines that I needed. We'll have to keep looking! 

Ronnie had the day off on Friday so we decided to torture him by bringing him to an art class at the Castine Center. It was a wet felting class and we got to make beads out of alpaca hair. Our instructor had custom dyed the hair and it was really pretty. Jordan and Ronnie made a snake by wrapping and felting around a pipe cleaner. 

Alexis, Brandon, and I opted to make felt beads that we could string on a bracelet. Alexis' are the pink and purple beads. Brandon made the green, red, and black beads. I made the grey and blue mixed beads. I kept trying different variations in the way I rolled them and I also varied the amounts of each color. They have to dry for a few days before we can string them. I'm sure I'll post an updated photo. 

I had some scrappy time today, so you'll be seeing some new Christmas pages soon! I can't believe that the Summer is already almost over. We are gearing up for homeschool. I can't believe that after years of wanting to homeschool, I have 13 days until we start.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

'Tis The Season For Chillin': Christmas Cards

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Actually, my blog has been Christmas themed for a while due to my Father Christmas project. Guess what? I have more to share today!

I used the last of my Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly paper pack and embellishments to make a set of four cards. I just can't throw scraps away! It's a sickness. Here are the first two...

Snowman_Funny Christmas Card

I have always loved Cosmo Cricket's silly sentiments. I think they are great for sending to kids and family members with a warped sense of humor like mine. The Season For Chillin' card will go to my 20-something year old cousin, and the Ding Dong card will probably go to a friend who is just as sarcastic as I am. (That's saying something!)

Snowman_Christmas Card_Funny_Silly

Other supplies: My Mind's Eye Chipboard Banners, Hydrangea Hippo Trim, My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, American Crafts Rub Ons, Bazzill Cardsock, and American Crafts Thickers.

My next collection of Christmas papers is from Webster's Pages. It was a RAK and Webster's Pages isn't exactly my style. I'm really hoping that I can make it work! The patterns are really elegant and the colors are super traditional... I'll see what I can do!

Friday, July 26, 2013

N'awlins (New Orleans) Digital Paper Freebie

I'm still working on linking all of my freebies on the tabs at the top of my blog. I'm trying to get everything in one place for my readers. I came across these papers while I was sorting through my 4 Shared folder. 

New Orleans_Free Digital Scrapbook Paper

Cobblestones, rich colors, and vibrant Jazz music... These things all remind me of New Orleans. (Also known as N'awlins if you're from around here.) I made these heavily textured patterned papers about six years ago when I designed for Elemental Scraps. I can't find them posted on my blog so I thought I'd share. 

You can click the link to download the free digital N'awlins (New Orleans) paper pack

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas: Father Christmas Project Update

It seems like this pile of Christmas photos is multiplying while it sits on my desk. I'm still scrapping though, and I am definitely up for the challenge. To prove it, I have three pages to share with you today! (If you're new to my blog and are wondering what I'm talking about, click here to read about the Father Christmas project.) 

The layouts are all made with Cosmo Cricket's Jolly By Golly papers and embellishments. I also used supplies from an older Scraptastic Club kit, My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, October Afternoon Mist, Maya Road Mist, Heidi Swapp's Color Shine Mist, Bazzill Kraft Paper, Crate Paper vellum, and gold washi tape. 

1. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

Christmas Play_Nativity_Bible_Scrapbook Page

We always read the Bible and a Christmas book about the nativity at my grandma's house while the kids act out the story of Jesus' birth. Last year, it went from serious to funny in a heartbeat. My baby cousin who was playing Jesus had enough, so my cousin Katie stepped in. It was pretty hilarious! She kept trying to look really innocent. Ha!

2. Hello Santa (Fa La La)

Meeting Santa_Christmas_Traditional Scrapbook

Last year was the 7th year that we've visited Santa Claus at Koop Dr. in Mandeville. I love seeing the kids grow through these family photos. I kept this project pretty simple so the focus would be on the picture. The journaling is on the manila tag that I tucked into the chevron pocket.

3. Celebrate Joy

Joyful_Vellum_Christmas Present_Scrapbook

Nothing beats the look on Jordan's face when she opened the Winter DS game that my Mom gave her on Christmas Eve last year. My eardrums will never, ever be the same again! I think she may have liked it?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Tomorrow I'll post a digital scrapbook freebie that I've never shared anywhere. I made it when I was designing, and I forgot about it! Oops.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Winter Wonderland: SVG Freebie

I have another free SVG file to share today. It's a set of two Project Life-ish cards, and a title in case you aren't scrapping in pockets. I wanted to make sure I offered something for everyone. As you can see, I'm still doing my Father Christmas project and all of the free SVG files have been Christmas and Winter related. (Please Note: The freebies today do not have corresponding .png files.)

Winter_SVG Freebie_Project Life Cards

You can download your freebie HERE. Please don't forget to respect the terms of use included in the download. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Freebie Goodies: Sketches & Digital Templates

I am pulling some of my older sketches and templates over from the Ideas For Scrapbooker's blog so I can complete my link list under my sketches and digital freebie tab. Did you notice those?! Aren't they cool? I finally figured it out. I also added a Pin It button to my images to make things even easier on my readers.

I'm sharing two sketches and free digital templates today. I'll share the next two in a few days. The write ups for these will be pretty short and sweet because I have several things to move over and I don't want to have you all get tired of me. Enjoy your freebies!

1. Once Upon A Time Sketch

Free Digital Template_Sketch_1 5x7 Photo

This sketch was based on my Once Upon A Time scrapbook page shown below. Feel free to save the sketch image to your computer or pin it for inspiration.

Fairy Flowers_Bling_Princess Layout

Click HERE to download the template that matches my Once Upon A Time scrapbook layout. 

2. March Sketch 1

Free Template_Sketch_3 Vertical Photos

Feel free to save the sketch image to your computer or pin it for inspiration. I have two example pages. The first one is a digital page that I made with Cosmo Cricket's Jack's World Collection.

Little Boy_Scrapbook_Trucks In Sand

The second is a very girly paper page that I made with Scraptastic Club's March 2011 kit.

Girly Scrapbook Page_Banners_Dress Form

HERE is the link to the free, layered template that I created in Photoshop Elements. Don't forget to respect my terms of use! Thank you.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Father Christmas Project: Snail Mail

I just wanted to let everyone know that there's been a HUGE upside to my Father Christmas project. As I finish each collection, I use the leftover scraps to make Christmas cards. (So far I've completed five cards.) I am so excited that by the time this project is over I'll have an entire set to send out at Christmas! I bet you're not surprised that I have a few cards to share today.

1. All Is Bright Christmas Card

North Pole_Christmas_Handmade Card

2. Merry Christmas Card

Chipboard_Merry Christmas Card_Handmade

3. Sparkling Holiday Card

Blingy_Snowflake_Sparkle_Handmade Card

These cards were made with the last bits of the Crate Paper Christmas collection that Holly sent me. The rub ons are American Crafts, the gems are Doodlebug, and the enamel dots are My Mind's Eye.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Playdates, Art Projects, & Photography

I'm back with another weekly photography update!

Jordan had a friend over for a play date last Friday before her music therapy appointment. The girls made each other over and took silly photos with the iPad while giggling and shrieking the way little girls usually do. They all looked so glamorous! 

We've spent a lot of time making art at our house lately. We've created art journal pages, Zentangle drawings, and scrapbook layouts. I made the art journal page below and Jordan just had to have it. She wanted to put it in the clear pocket of her binder. The entire project says, "She believed she could, and she was right!" Perfect for Miss J and her can do attitude.

The next day, Jordan demanded a project to put in the sleeve of her other binder. I traced her hand and wrote another inspirational quote before filling the rest of the page with curved lines and shapes. I found out later that this is similar to Zentangle drawing. I learned the technique when I volunteered for Art Day with Brandon last year.

Here's a picture of the finished piece. I used EK Success color pencils to color in the shapes and quote. Miss Jordan was very pleased, but now Brandon wants art for HIS binder. I'm sure Alexis won't be far behind.

I had to bring Jordan to the pediatrician's office again on Monday. While we were there, Alexis asked me to take a picture and she kept trying to get Jordan to look at the camera. It didn't work at all because Jordan simply ignored her. Miss J ended up being diagnosed with a double ear infection, a sinus infection, and pinkeye. Brandon got pinkeye not long after because those two share everything with each other.

Jordan was extremely disappointed that she couldn't come visit our new baby cousin in the hospital yesterday. I told her that she couldn't possibly go because she might get Karli sick. After she threw a complete tantrum, she begged me to at least take some pictures and bring them home so she could see her. (Like she had to tell me to take photos?!)

My cousin and his wife are so blessed to have such a beautiful, healthy baby girl! Isn't she adorable? Visiting her was the highlight of my week.