Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly - Feb. '17 from The Lilypad

Hello and happy almost Friday! I've been feeling a bit blah lately, but the latest Mixed Media Monthly collection (M3) from The Lilypad lifted my spirits right up! I just love all of the papers in the kit so much... I only made 2 pages so far but there are so many more awesome backgrounds I want to play with! I think this is why I love the M3 so much - it is so easy to just use a ready-made background or add a few brushes to it and make it yours, and it will always look so pretty!


I still have loads of vacation photos to scrap (plus I haven't been taking any pictures of us at home - winter weather doesn't help as it's always dark!).


Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine Page and Card

I made this page for the Sketch+ challenge at Freckled Fawn - what better way to use up some of the many washi rolls I own? I love washi!

Sadly the colors didn't photograph too well - these tapes are so pretty in real life!

I also made a card + gift wrap for Valentine's Day. The paper is from 14 by Crate Paper - I had never noticed there is a typo repeated several time on the page ("Februrary" and "Februray"!!) so I covered it up with stamped images and phrases.

I love this tall format!

I used a sheet of scrapbook paper as the gift wrap, and added a couple of rectangles of paper to the envelope. So I'm all set for Tuesday!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Fun

Hello there! I have been quiet lately because I was traveling to the West Coast last week. Now I am back, and back to scrapping! Today I am sharing some pages made with the latest releases from The Lilypad.

Mistral kit by Lynn Grieveson

We've had a very mild winter so far, with this being a rare - and pretty - exception. To be honest, I don't mind snow at all, and I love the sight. It just bothers me when I cannot get out of the driveway. :)

A Million Pieces {Dressed Down} Templates by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs

And here's my first travel page! I cannot resist scrapping the latest photos, and especially this time since it was such a lovely trip.

Friday, February 3, 2017

February BYOC at The Lilypad

Hello and happy February! I have been traveling so haven't had time to make more than one page with the BYOC collection released today at The Lilypad. But I love how this one turned out!! I dug out some photos from our trip to Hawaii since the lovely colors in this collection reminded me of this place. :)


Flower Fusion Papers and Flower Fusion Elements by Etc. by Danyale

New Chapter Papers and New Chapter Elements by Sabrina’s Creations

The watercolored paper I used on the heart is so gorgeous!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kill My Studio Calico Kit - Jan. 2017: Roman Holiday

Welcome back for another installment of this Kill My Studio Calico Kit series: this is the 10th kit I have killed (I took a break after killing Homespun), and in total I have made a whopping 122 layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.
I considered a kit killed when I don't have enough paper to make another layout.

This month I am using the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Roman Holiday.

Notes:  I really love the look of this kit! Pretty colors and fun embellishments. I was a bit unsure about the chipboard pencils (they had chipboard paintbrushes in the Film Club kit and those stumped me, because I tend to use elements in a literal way). The stamp is small and the sentiments aren't all that useful to me, but I still managed to use it on several pages. The puffy hearts and puffy stickers are always a favorite of mine, and I like the touches of gold on the phrase stickers and die cuts. The floral paper is my favorite, along with the specialty paper.

Status: Not totally killed, but close!
I made 10 layouts (9 12"x12" and 1 8.5"x11"), for a total of $39.99, or $4/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from my stash, since after my January craft room reorganization I challenged myself to add a little bit of something old to every page I make. I also used some bits from the Roman Holiday Documenter kit. I also used and cardstock from my stash for a couple pages. Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers: the kit is rather killed. I could have kept going with this bits and pieces and probably made 2 more pages, but I wanted to wrap this kit up, and I am going to be hoarding that floral paper a bit longer. I love it so! I will use it up in bits and pieces here and there. :)

And here's a look at all the projects I made:

This is the first project I made, and I stuck to a pink and gray color scheme, with gold accents. Usually  I am not a big fan of the washi strips, but I really like how this one looks on the pink background. I added some watercoloring on the "twenty seventeen" die cut. And the gold "cheers", flair, sequins, pink hearts, rubber banner, gold label, star stickers and the tiny alpha stickers are all from my stash. The "anything is possible" stamp is from the same month's Documenter kit, while the "You + Me" is from the scrapbook kit (I didn't ink up the "= OUI" part since I have no use for that part of the sentiment).

Next up, one of my favorite pages of all times. It's a two-page spread, in fact. I made it to recap what happened in 2016.

The left page was made to use up this lovely letterpress calendar. I thought about cutting it up to use the "it's your year" part, but then I really liked the whole page, and the idea for this spread was born. The background paper (Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper) and alpha stickers (A Beautiful Mess) are from my stash.

The right hand side really makes me so happy. I started out with the pencils and the washi strips (the ones without the words are from the Roman Holiday Documenter kit). I spaced them out on the page, then calculated how many photos I'd need to fill up the space. It was so hard to narrow it down to only 16 photos!! That's what I love more about this page - as I was putting it together, I looked through all my photos and thought back at all the good things that happened this year.
I used the puffy stickers from the kit to mark the months of the year corresponding to the photos, which I arranged chronologically. The only thing I added from my stash is the gold chipboard alpha and some sequins.

Totally switched up the color scheme for this page! :) Once again, I used the pencils to create the design of this page, which is based on a grid. I pulled out some yellow stars, washi and sequins from my stash, as well as some cork asterisks and chipboard alpha.

Here I added some chipboard hearts, puffy stickers, flair and wood veneer from my stash, as well as a couple stamped phrases.

The leaves are from my stash, but they were just perfect for this page! I kept it simple and I love it just the way it is!

I just added a doily from my stash for this page.

The background cardstock is from my stash. I painted some watercolor circles in the color of the heart stickers from the kit.

On this page I documented a few favorite things from this month. I love the neon refill tape for my Dymo label maker! It doesn't photograph well but it's truly neon, so pretty!

Cardstock and chipboard embellishments from my stash. I wanted to use black cardstock for the background, but since I didn't have any, I decided to paint some. I love the effect!

This was so fun to make!! Totally inspired by a template by Scrapping by Liz that I used in this digital page.

And that's it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Memory Pockets Monthly: Crush

Hello! February is nearly hear and this means it's time for the newest Memory Pockets Monthly collection from The Lilypad. I am so in love with this one! It features a fun and fresh palette, with the reds and pinks that I love, paired with some fun colors - blue, yellow and aqua!


These squares were made using the template included in the kit.


More Paper Strips Templates by Scrapping with Liz

A Love Story Digital Kit by Paislee Press

Have a lovely end of the week!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Project Life 2017 Title Page

2017 is my fifth year doing Project Life. I've always done it in 12x12 format, with a 2-page spread per week, and this format just works for me. That puts me at two albums per year. In 2012 I completed about 30 weeks, but in 2013-2015 I made the whole year, and I am on the way to finishing up 2016 too. (yay!!)
But in the meantime I couldn't resist putting together the title page for 2017. I used the Studio Calico Roman Holiday Documenter kit, plus some floral and butterfly printables from Wilna Furstenberg, and an old calendar template that is now out of production.

That floral card is my favorite in this month's kit!

I love how well these printables matched the rest of this spread.

Are you a Project Lifer? I'd love to hear from you!