Saturday, February 28, 2009

My First Baby Page Ever

There's a new challenge over at ScrapMatters and I love it! It's called My Story Matters and the first challenge was to scrap about our birth.
So I did my first baby page ever, and was it tough! This is such a special memory and I wanted to make it just right.


Ribbons from On the Bright Side Add On and I'm a Dreamer (recolored), pins from I'm A Dreamer, Funky Stems Brushes, Razzle Dazzle Alpha (recolored) and Oscar Winning Alpha (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

Paper (recolored) from Serenity Now by Erica Zane

Glitzy Bits (recolored) by Sugarplum Paperie

Vellum from Chloe's Garden by Ellie Lash

Footprint brush - Shutterbug Designs by Jenny Seiler

I did the shadows by hand because Photoshop Elements wasn't doing a good job with the preset shadows on such a light colored background paper.

The next challenge is to scrap about the origin of our name.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Week 8

Here's my Week 8!
Family Matters (recolored) by Matahati Designs and Sya's Blueprints
Date stamps from Project 365 Part 2 by Sugarplum Paperie
Font: Note this

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Valentine LO - Page 3

I did another LO with pictures from the little scavenger hunt I organized for DH.


Green paper from The Sweetest Thing by Sugarplum Paperie

Dotted paper from Black & White Basics Paper Pack (recolored) and heart shape from Paper Shapers by Britt-ish Designs

Alpha (recolored) from In the Meadow by Mira Designs

Font: Note this

I will probably do 3-4 more LOs with the rest of the story. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Occasionally Add-On

Amy and Lauren have a beautiful add-on to Occasionally in the stores today! You can find the add-on at Scrap Orchard or Sunshine Studio Scraps.

But the best news is that the add-on is free when you purchase the Occasionally kit!! So what are you waiting for?? Go get the kit at Scrap Orchard or Sunshine Studio Scraps right away!

Valentine LO - Page 2

Here's another LO I did with pictures from Valentine's Day.


Template by sbaird

In the Meadow by Mira Designs

Light paper (recolored) from Black and White Basics Paper Pack by Britt-ish Designs

Font: Note this


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Another Valentine's Day LO

I took a ton of pictures on Valentine's Day and I'd like to scrap many of them to document what a lovely day we had. :)
Here's the first pictures of DH opening his card and trying to figure out where the scavenger hunt starts! ;)


Bleached Cardboard by Sugarplum Paperie (recolored)

Chilled Wine collab (recolored) by mgl Scraps and Sugarplum Paperie

Just Enough Flair (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

Stamped Alpha by Dunia

Week 7

Here's week 7, better late than never.. :)


By Sugarplum Paperie (recolored): Bleached Cardboard, Glitzy Bits, Little Bits, Project 365 Part 2

Red Edge Plastic Alpha by Cyndi Price

Plastickle Me Alpha by Britt-ish Designs

Girls Rock collab by Brenda Smith Designs, Happy Scrap Girl and Jeni Hopewell

I'm very tired this week so I have been scrapping almost nothing at all! Hopefully I'll be able to recharge my energy this weekend (but I already know I have to bring some work home, so we'll see..)!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Polka Dot Plum Blog Train

The Polka Dot Plum CT girls are hosting a 2-week long blog train that you don't want to miss!
Every day you can collect a quick page made with the gorgeous Sensory Overload:

The first stop is on the PDP blog! My stop is #13 and you should have arrived here from Sharon's blog!
So, with no further ado, here's the quick page I prepared for you:

As you can see, it's very versatile, so you can use either of the 3 rectangles to place photos and/or journaling. Flip it, play with it and personalize this quick page adding the elements that you prefer!
Here's an example I did using the 2 taller rectangles to place photos and the other rectangle for the journaling and adding an alpha for the title.

Sensory Overload by Polka Dot Plum
Red Plastic Edge Alpha by Cyndi Price

You can download the QP clicking here (the download will start automatically).
Please leave me a comment if you download!

Tomorrow's stop is Reba's blog. Make sure you stay on this train till the end!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Love

I did a matching page with another picture from yesterday. Told you I'm in a romantic mood.. ;)


Background paper from Bleached Cardboard (recolored), patterned paper and glitter swirls from The Sweetest Thing (recolored), heart stickers from Glitzy Bits, Stickers from Strawberry au Lait, all by Sugarplum Paperie

Heart flair (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

I'm tired and for the first time I won't be doing the week 2-pager for my Project 365 on Sunday night. I should get it done tomorrow.

Valentine LO

After spending a lovely, romantic weekend all I can consider scrapping is love pages!


Template by Jenuine Artistry

Heart flair (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

By Sugarplum Paperie:

The Sweetest Thing (background paper and glittery swirl, recolored), Bleached Cardboard (blue paper), Strawberry au Lait (flower), Midnight Garden Party (leaf, recolored), Torn Out Alpha (recolored), Cardboard Sticker Alpha (recolored)

Fonts: My Own Topher, FG Bonnie's

I have yet to take pictures of the hybrid album I gave to DH yesterday (the very one that has kept me busy for the past couple of weeks), because I've been lazy and I'm still missing a good light to use in our home built light tent, but I'm in scrapping mood so you might see another page from me before I go to sleep. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I spent a really lovely day with DH - soon I'll take some picture of the hybrid house album I gave him.. It's so cute! ;)

Friday, February 13, 2009

And Another

Here's the other page I did about my grandmother's 80th birthday last October.


Template by Brenda Smith Designs

Cupcake Party by Megan Turnidge

Razzle Dazzle Alpha (recolored) and Just Enough Flair (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

Hm, the colors are a bit faded - I don't know what happened when I saved the image at a smaller size to be published on the web.. :-/

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Birthday LO

I had some pictures from my grandmother's 80th birthday last October, but had put off scrapping them because I didn't exactly know what to do with them. I finally plucked up the courage to scrap the pictures from this important day and came up with this LO:

The colors are a bit bold, but I love it!! I'll be doing a matching page with my grandmother and the cake. :)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Week 6

Here's my week 6! I used Polka Dot Plum's new kit, Occasionally, for this double-pager.


Occasionally (some recoloring) by Polka Dot Plum

Photo stamps from Project 365 #2 by Sugarplum Paperie

Wrecked Alpha by Britt-ish Designs

Font: Note this

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Speed Scrap!

Last night I hung out at TheDigiChick (it's a really nice place, the best for hybrid tips, and I've been hanging out there more and more, lately) for a chat, and I ended up speed scrapping! I hadn't done a speed scrap in ages (I checked: my last was in November!) but I loved this one.
I was tired last night, since I'm always pretty tired on Fridays and we met in the chat at 10 P.M., so I decided I wouldn't scrap; but then after all the instructions were posted, I felt I wanted to try it out, so I did a page I'm very happy with.
These were the instructions:
  1. Choose 1 solid paper and 1 patterned paper. Crop the patterned paper into a rectangle approximately 5 inches high. The strip should extend horizontally across your entire background paper from edge to edge. Place the strip in the center of the page.
  2. Choose 1 photo and crop it into a rectangle shape. The photo can have any effect or be black & white. Place the photo in the center of the page onto of your patterned paper rectangle. You can use landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) photos ~ just make sure in a rectangle shape.
  3. Choose 1 doodled frame and place it BEHIND your photo. The entire frame can be showing or just the edges, and the frame can be tilted. Then choose 1 ribbon frame and place it ABOVE your photo.
  4. Now have some fun. Layer as many embellishments as you want around, under and above your framed photo BUT make sure that you have at least 1 piece of greenery, 1 flower, 1 heart, and 1 piece of string.
  5. Choose one butterfly and one bird and place them diagonally across from one another at two corners of your photo.
  6. Choose a tag and place it at the bottom right of your photo. Place your journaling, names or dates on the journaling tag.
  7. Choose an alpha. Create a three word title for your page. Place your title at the bottom right of your photo, near your journaling tag.
and here's my page.


Butterfly from Calico Harvest; Background paper and leaf from Softly spoken; Patterned paper (recolored) from Leap Frog; Cardboard Sticker Alpha; Tag from Whimsy Doodle collab with Amy Sumrall; Glitzy Bits: by Sugarplum Paperie

Doodle frame from Unforgettable by Ziggle Designs

Ribbon Frame from Welcoming Spring by Weeds and Wildflowers

Bird (recolored) from Sweet Bird Add on by Mira Designs

String from Peace and Quiet by Britt-ish Designs

Font: Note this

I think it turned out super-cute! :) I just love it how speed scrap make you do things you wouldn't think of.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hop on the PDP Blog Train!

The Polka Dot Plum CT girls are hosting a 2-week long blog train that you don't want to miss!
Every day you can collect a quick page made with the gorgeous Sensory Overload:

The first stop is on the PDP blog!
My stop won't be until 10 days or so, but make sure to hop on the train and pick up the QP each day! By the end, you'll have 15 QPs ready to make a complete album!


Amy and Lauren have a new kit out!! Here's its description, by CT fellow Sharon:
Occasionally you need a kit with a collection of floral patterns and elements, perhaps a plaid or dotted design. There will occasionally be a call for basic unadorned papers and accessories. Red may be just the color you fancy, but occasionally muted tones with just a few frills might fit the bill. Your project may necessitate a diverse mixture of ribbon, stitches, flairs, flowers, frames, notepaper, and occasionally a simple or fancy journaling block. Whether you occasionally scrap or are addicted, you will find Occasionally to be a kit you will go back to more than just occasionally.
And here's the kit:

Today it's 20% off so go snag it at Sunshine Studio Scraps or at Scrap Orchard!

Here's a page I did with it last night:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tropical Daiquiri

It's finally here!! Bree's new kit Tropical Daiquiri is in the store!!!
Look at how gorgeous these colors are:

And those papers are beautiful!!
I already scrapped a couple things with it, you can see them here and here!

Go snag this great kit at Snap and Scrap!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Dare!

I did a page for the DigiDares (my first) and I ended up doing something that's totally NOT my style. But I LOVE the result!! ;)

Sensory Overload by Polka Dot Plum
Font: CK Rugged

I used Polka Dot Plum's gorgeous Sensory Overload - it's packed with gorgeous stuff and it was just perfect for this crazy page. :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cute Pictures

When DH and I want to take a picture of ourselves, it's never easy nor quick. We always have to try out several poses, and then take multiple shots because either I had my eyes closed or DH was making a funny expression (usually, the latter!!). So yesterday the picture I chose for my Project 365 was only one of  17 that we took, and most of them were terrible! :)
Anyway, I had a couple more pictures I really liked, even though neither of them is *perfect*. But they were just too sweet to throw out, so I did a new LO with them tonight and I love how it turned out!


By Sugarplum Paperie:

{Papers from Bleached Cardboard

Twig from The Sweetest Thing

Ribbon from Pumpkin Patch

Washer from Tough Stuff

Heart sticker from Glitzy Bits }

Edge to Edge Wordart by Britt-ish Designs

Font: FG Bonnie's

Just as promised...

I did a LO with yesterday's picture from my Project 365.
Bree's new kit Tropical Daiquiri is just perfect for a sweet LO!


Tropical Daiquiri - Scrap'it Designs by Brianna Cox

Clip with flowers and hanging ties (recolored) from Pretty Grungy - Scrap'it Designs by Brianna Cox

Template Inspired by Melissa by Britt-ish Designs

Stitches (recolored) from Woodland Fantasy by Erica Zane

This kit will soon be available at Snap and Scrap!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Week 5

Here's my week 5:


Tropical Daiquiri - Scrap'it Designs by Brianna Cox

Photo stamps from Project 365 #2 by Sugarplum Paperie

Fonts: Note this and CK Newsman

I used Bree's new kit Tropical Daiquiri which will be soon in store at Snapandscrap. I'll post a preview and link as soon as it's in the shop!
As you can see, it's full of soft colors and glitter and it's so sweet!!
I love how the paper I picked for this week matches the photo of DH and I and I plan to do a LO just with that picture, using this kit. :)

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Valentine's Day is less than 2 weeks away and I finally had some time this weekend to play with the $1 mailbox I got at Target.
I choose a very cute kit by Polka Dot Plum to embellish it, Que Sera Sera.

I measured the dimensions of the mailbox and prepared the digital parts I wanted. Then, I was ready to print.
Unfortunately, the mailbox is very small, but not small enough to print on letter paper, if you want to cover the whole side of the mailbox with paper. I used A4 paper because I had some at home (length 11.7 inches) and I could fit everything on one sheet; so your option would be either have this printed at your local print shop on 12 inch paper, or use a 12 inch paper at home, or use multiple letter papers.
I used matte paper because I've lately discovered I love it, but glossy photo paper would work too (though it's more delicate to handle and might get ruined if you're new to hybrid like me).
Once you have everything printed out, it's time to cut. I used my cutter+ruler to cut the paper strip for the side, and scissors for all the other smaller bits.

To adhere properly the paper strip for the side behind the flag, I cut a small indentation on both sides of the paper in correspondence of the flag, so it would fit in nicely.

To cut the front and back parts of the mailbox precisely, I recommend first tracing the outline of the door with a pen/pencil and then cutting it out with scissors.

Now that we have all the pieces ready, we're ready to glue. I used Mod Podge applied with a foam brush. I only used a very small quantity of Mod Podge and it worked very well.

Now it's time for some embellishments! I didn't have any matching ribbon, so I only applied a few buttons (I bought a 200 multi-color button pack at WalMart for $.88), sticking them with glue dots.
I used one to cover the ugly metal thing that holds the flag:

and a few for the front and back:

A very simple and cute project for Valentine's Day! You can fill it with candies or small treats and a card, or just let it sit somewhere in your house (as I will!) to decorate for Valentine's Day.