Monday, October 07, 2013

Pumpkin Love

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I LOVE Autumn and all the colors that go along with it.

I'm particularly fond of pumpkins...and since we don't let our kids do scary things with pumpkins in our house, I'm always looking for interesting pumpkin ideas...

This year, I found some really really cool ideas.  I know there will be more that come out as we get closer to Halloween, but these are the ideas that caught my eye so far:

Pumpkins with Faces:

Black Cat Pumpkins:

Paper Owl Pumpkin:

House Pumpkin:

Hop on Pop Pumpkins:

Button Pumpkin:

Felt and Pom Poms:

Swiss Cheese Pumpkin:

M&M Pumpkins:

Funny Face Pumpkin:

Catarpillar pumpkins:

Do you have a fun pumpkin idea? or are you more of a traditionalist?

Peace, ya'll!

Monday, September 30, 2013

This Means No - another experiment

Happy Monday!!!

Here it is the end of September. That means that the next few weeks for me will be filled with preparations fo birthdays and Halloween, and my planning for the approaching Holiday Season.

But today, I'm here to share another happy experiment.

This one, believe it had NO sketches and also experiments with smaller photos - in this case 3 x 4.

For this one, I just wanted to showcase the two photos of Noah's hand motion when he wants to say no...NOW, at three, he just screams.

BUT when these photos were taken, he would wave his little hands in front of himself and just fuss at us.

The whole layout is elevated with one and sometimes two layers of dimensional adhesive, even under the border stickers.

I am in LOVE with the dimension and how the focus remains on the photos.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Changing Perspectives - Game Boy

If you pay attention at all to my work, you know I have this habit of arranging my photos in a line down the left with larger photos on the right. 

I wanted to use this same approach, but with smaller photos, clustered together.

This arrangement was originally going to be set in the lower left of the page, making use of the alphabet down the right as a border. But the more I messed with it, the less I liked it...

Accidentally, I tipped the grid while messing around and then just fell in love with it.

Remember my post about Polaroid Love? I used some of the Studio Calico overlays to build some interest into the layout and then camped my journaling along the right border.

The result is a very fun layout, that is also very simple.

It perfectly displays my little guy's obsession with his Leap pad and the fun he has solving all the letter games he has. And I LOVE the misting in the background and the Basic Grey Pennants.

Tell me about your happy mistakes - what unintentional successes have you had?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Not A Sketch Wednesday

So normally, I do a sketch to layout on Wednesdays.

BUT this Wednesday, I don't actually have one to show you.

I do, however, have a wonderful layout to share.

In January, some friends and I went to a Play All Day event sponsored by Embellish It! Inc..

If you get the chance to get to one of them, they are super fun crops. Shelby does mini-classes during the crop that you can participate in or not - either way you get the kit.

I LOVED the kit and actually the layout, but it was a two-pager. Since I don't actually scrap two-pagers, I split it up when I got it home.

My sweet big boy learned to ride his bike without training wheels - a perfect set of photos for the bike-themed papers.

The time it took him to learn to ride a bike and the time it took me to finish this project were about the same - 20 minutes!

Experimenting again with the different sized photos, this time in a little collage, all with white borders. A bit of washi and some title letters and I have the perfect simple layout about my baby's accomplishment.

Monday, September 23, 2013

All Aboard for Monday

Do you remember when Donna Downey released A Photos First Approach to Designing Layouts?

I still have that book on my shelf and refer to it for base sketches.

Her sketches are some of my favorite because they are incredibly simple, mostly just drawings of photos on a plain 12 x 12 base.

One of the things she did so well in the layouts in that book were to line up different sized photos along some line or lines as an arrangement.

In this layout, I had three very distinct photos to tell the story and they were all different sizes...when I went looking for a sketch, I got inspired by a base layout in Donna's Book.

The layout is all Studio Calico Abroad and some Thickers for a title. This line was AMAZING for scrapping my little guys "train."

A little mist,  little cutting, an edge...and voila! a layout:

Happy Monday, Everyone!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Simple Friday Layout: 4 X 4 X 4

here we go with my 4 x 4 prints -another series, another grid.

Squares are hard to scrapbook...and squares inside of squares inside of squares can be a real challenge.

Where, for example, do you put the journaling?

So...for this one, I stretched the grid apart and put the title and journaling in the middle. Then, that cute little edge thing with some paper and tape and a bit of flair to finish it off. 

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sketch to Layout - Fun & Games

Having little boys is always fun and games...I have many many pictures of the littles doing what littles do.

In this case, a fun game of big brother pulling little brother in a small lego wagon.

I started with a sketch from Shimelle (my favorite!):

A bit of modification - my layers are visible on both sides, my journaling is superimposed over the layers in order to make room for the title, and then, the title itself, for which I used a Mister Huey's mask.

This layout has a number of lines mixed together - products from Heidi Swapp, Theresa Collins, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Simple Stories, Pink Paislee and Recollections...truly scraps from my scrap bin. Another cool stash-buster!

So fun to put it all together and find a happy project at the end.