I Love You More Today ~Part 5

This is where I got really Messy!

And I tackled Modeling Paste!!

I have to tell you that Modeling Paste had me the most worried of all the Get Messy techniques to try, but it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was fun.

Here are all my supplies gathered and ready to go~

I have my Liquitex Modeling Paste, Mister Huey’s Bubbles Mask, Mister Huey’s Heirloom Blue color mist and most importantly my instructions.

I used a piece of cardboard to smooth a layer of the paste onto the tag and Bubble Mask. I made sure to get an even coat that covered the entire tag.

I then carefully lifted the mask off and rinsed it.

After using a heat gun to dry the paste I sprayed it with the color mist and dabbed the excess mist off.

My tag~

I wanted it a little darker, so I did another spray or two of the color mist.

And now for my project I used it on~

It took me a while to figure out just what I wanted to add to this tag, so it sat on my desk for about two weeks.

But, here it is up close~

I added some punched hearts and confetti along with an Elegant Edge border and Studio Calico Wood Veneer letters.

I love the dimension the paste adds to the tag.

I also love the stitched blocked paper look I’ve been seeing more and more on layouts. So, I decided to just go for it.

Do you notice that someone is misbehaving in this picture? That girl!

Oh well, they still all make me HAPPY.

I used~
Studio Calico Get Messy kit
Studio Calico Wood Veneer letters and hearts
Martha Stewart glitter hearts and sequins
Elegant Edges

I Love You More Today ~Part 2

I thought I would start with showing you my morning project.

My son is running for the Reporter position on the Student Council and needed posters.

After nixing ALL of my creative ideas which included a photo shoot complete with props, this is what I came up with.

He did allow me to add the different colors, but I think I was pushing it with that! I had to beg to included the “Just the Facts” line.

So while playing around with Photoshop and a digital scapbooking kit I came up with this~

And would you believe he LOVED it? Teenagers! Sigh!

I’ve also been making some progress on my Get Messy class album.

This is the inside cover and first page~

I used CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics to make the scalloped hearts and even used the negative. See I’m still Stretching My Kits. He he!

A close up~

I loved the class’s idea of placing a photo behind vellum with confetti. I told you confetti was addictive!

But, in this case it also hides the fact that the top of my dress was a little low in this picture. This was the only picture to include my husband, so I certainly wanted it in the album.

I wanted my album pages to have a peek-a-boo effect, so I cut and then edged them at various heights. I used both Elegant Edges and several EK Sucess border punches.

The inside of the back cover~

I just loved that this sheet of paper had the words yesterday, today and tomorrow on it as it’s perfect for the theme of my album.

The back~

I used Cricut Craftroom Basics for the scalloped heart. I also used the negative of the Love cut from my front cover.

A close up of my back cover~

I’ve made a little progress, so I’m happy. Plus, there’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Top 10 Episodes marathon on. How could I NOT be happy?

I used~
Studio Calico Get Messy Kit
Amy Tangerine Mixtape, Studio Calico Wood Veneer hearts, SC Hey Y’all stamps


This layout makes me extremely happy. That smile! Those little chubby arms and cheeks. It melts my heart. I would add that it warms my heart thinking of warm Spring Days and outfits, but it would appear we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer here!

While digging through pictures today I came across this picture and knew it would be perfect for the Circle Weekly Challenge to make a Spring project incorporating ric rac and a sticker. I pulled out my most recent Scarlet Lime kits and fell in love with the Pink Paislee She Art papers. The bright, happy colors along with the paper flowers and stickers were perfect for my picture.

And it just so happens yesterday while at Hobby Lobby I picked up a package of the Paper Studio Fibers in plans to use them in a layout based on Hartly’s capris. Yes, I was going to and still might do a layout based on pants! Crazy, I know. But, they are really cute.

Anyway, the ric rac matches everything!

My happy layout~

The title~

Cut from Simply Charmed at 5.53″ wide. I pop dotted it and added the dimensional bee sticker to the letter a.

My picture and it’s mat~

I cut the mat from Elegant Edges at 5 x 4.7″. After I made the cut I decided I wanted to include more of this wonderful paper, so I pop dotted the matted picture, inked the edges and used the whole length of the paper. I really like the effect.

I used~
Scarlet Lime kit contents: Pink Paislee She Art papers: Truth and Courage, American Craft Delight Sage Paper Flowers and Remarks Thyme Dimensional Stickers
Paper Studio Fibers, We R Memory Keepers floss, Martha Stewart inks, Kraft paper

I hope this makes you happy too!

I wonder~

Most of you know that our littlest was a SURPRISE! A shock would be a better description. This time around I feel like I am enjoying and appreciating each and every little thing more good and bad. It could be I’m older and more relaxed or that’s it just one baby rather than twins or I’ve lost that new mother that doesn’t know what she’s doing feeling. Whatever it is, I like it and it’s the reason I find I take SO many pictures. I want to capture all those cute and not so cute expressions and moments.

So, that brings us to my layout. When I opened the Studio Calico March kit, Story Hour, I was drawn to the wonderful Story Teller papers from Crate Paper. The street maps and building plans got me thinking of moving, planning a life and mostly what my children will become. The same things I think about when looking at all those pictures I take. And I know these are deep thoughts brought on by a single sheet of scrapbooking paper!

But, these are all things we recently experienced with my nephew. He graduated and got a job half way across the world in San Francisco. And yes, I know it’s just a plane ride away, BUT it doesn’t feel like it especially since most of the family lives within 15 miles of each other. I also know that one day way too soon I will be at that place with my own children.

For now I will just be happy to wonder~

My journaling~

I typed directly onto vellum. I then ran the vellum through my larger Xyron so the adhesive would not show.

My title~

I used~
Letter Envy Font for the & sign cut at 1.25″
Gypsy Font for the letter in wonder welded and cut at 2.25″
Elegant Edges for the border cut at 5 x .75″
Story Hour kit contents: Crate Paper Story Teller: Legend, Trademark and Document papers, Border Stickers, Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps and the Dear Lizzy date stamp

not happy ~Here come the Terrible Two’s!

I’ve decided that I’ve GOT to start using my scrapbook kits instead of just collecting them. So, I used the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch and my February kit to make this layout. I even managed to meet the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge guidelines, too. Yay me!

The littlest will be turning two in just over a week. YIKES! I think she is beginning to adopt some of the Terrible Two traits now. Double Yikes!!

The other evening she decided it was time for a snack even though we had just gotten up from the dinner table. She kept going to the pantry and grabbing the Goldfish bag which we quickly took away from her. After the fifth bag she looked around, found a safe spot and carefully laid down to begin her mini temper tantrum. It was hysterical!
Of course, I went running for my camera.

My layout~

When I opened my kit I was drawn to the Studio Calico Love Letter paper with it’s black and white hearts and the American Craft Cardstock in Ash:Weave or what I consider grey. I thought both would look great with black and white pictures, so I used Photoshop to change my pictures and to print my journaling directly onto my 12×12 paper. I used Elegant Edges to cut the grey and red papers at 6.5″ and 7.21″ I thought the red paper and elements would pop off the page and add some contrast.

I used Mister Huey’s Warm Calico to color the American Craft letters black. And yes, I made a mess. They look great and were worth it. I substituted the letter “o” in not with a heart cut from Plantin Schoolbook at 2.85″. I pop dotted it and covered it with Black Diamond Stickles.

Following the sketch I added some extra hearts cut from Plantin Schoolbook, Dear Lizzy Epoxy Stickers and a heart brad.

I think my layout turned out pretty cute, but I’m proud of the fact that I used Photoshop for several elements. I opened and used a kit. I completed two challenges. And I used Mister Huey’s with collateral damage only to my hand!

So, I AM happy!

Happy Little Moments ~I finished!!

Yippee!! While I love, love, love this little book there is nothing like the feeling of finishing a project.

And I see plenty of these fun little books in my future. Wouldn’t all those Joe-centric Stephanie Plum books be perfect for this? He he!

Pages 94-109~

I used~
George to cut the hearts, stars, flowers and moons that make up the confetti. All were cut at .76″
Elegant Edges to cut the borders at .76″
Birthday Bash to cut the banners at 1.16″ each
The class provided Silhouette cut file to cut happy and moment
Modern Homemaker Paper and Buttons, The Thrift Shop and 5 & Dime Paper, Farmhouse Flower Sack, Rocket Age Label Stickers
Martha Stewart Sequins and Recollection pearls

Pages 114-129~

I used~
Elegant Edges to cut the multiple borders at .76″ each
Sidewalk Flower Sack, Chip and Stick pieces and Buttons, Rocket Age Label Stickers, Fly a Kite Rub ons
Misc ribbon and kraft tag

I also decided that punches are wonderful and I best get MORE!! They did a much cleaner job of cutting through multiple pages.

Pages 134-149~

I used~
Graphically Speacking to cut the word everyday at 2.75″ wide
Sophisticated to cut the word celebrate at 2.75″ wide
Modern Homemaker buttons, Playtime Sticky Keys, The Thrift Shop paper, Sidewalk Chip & Stick pieces and Flower Sacks

Pages 154-169~

I used~
Report Card Shape Stickers, Farmhouse Flower Stack, Ducks in a Row Word Stickers, Sidewalks Chip & Stick pieces, Fly a Kite Word Stickers and Schoolroom Alphas
Misc ribbon and a doily

Pages 174-183~

I used~
5 & Dime Strawberry Creme Sprinklers to mist the pages, Sidewalk Wraps, Flower Sack, Chip & Stick pieces, 5 & Dime, Fly a Kite and Farm Fresh Word Stickers, Rocket Age Miscellany

I found this book plate in my October Afternoon stash and added it to the front. It reminds me of a Little Golden Book.

For my back cover I thought it would be cute to make a library pocket envelope and card.

I used~
Fabulous Finds to cut the pocket at 4.25″
Papertrey Ink library card stamp

This little book has certainly made ME happy. Although my oldest daughter has already counted the number of pictures of each child and they are not equal. So, it looks like I’ll be making another to make HER happy.

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Happy Little Moments ~Cover

So it seems I am not only addictted to scrapbook kits of all shapes and sizes, but now I have jumped on the class bandwagon. I just finished up a wonderful class over at Studio Calico called Stretch Your Kit. Loved every minute of it! It really encouraged me to get moving and to actually open and use the kits I have.

They kept advertising a class called Happy Little Moments in which you altered a book to use to hold ~your happy little moments. I kept checking it out especially when they announced it had a kit. A KIT!! Perfect for ME! But, I still held out. So imagine my surprise when two days before the class was to start and when all the kits were sold out, I signed myself up! I decided I was going for it. I was going to use all those October Afternoon products I got in the Santa Sacks to make my book.

I have to say that after receiving the class handout I was amazed at the projects the designers created. The instructions are wonderful and full of so many ideas that are perfect for this project and layouts. I am SO excited to start on this and SO happy that I signed up.

Here is the book I chose~

This was one of several books I recently got from my grandmother’s house. My sister, cousins and I used to read these and I’m pretty sure they might have belonged to our fathers. So, I think they are perfect for this project rather than ending up somewhere discarded.

The instructions were to divide the book into segments to cut and remove. I used my Creative Memories 12″ guide, mat and red blade to cut the 7 page sections out.

Don’t worry, I will save and reuse those pages on another project. Also, I think the book is happy to be in someone’s hand rather than sitting on a shelf and never being looked at!

I pulled out my Tim Holtz purple ink for the first time to change the color of the book. I wanted to keep the picture of the chipmunk and the used look, so I think it did a great job of breathing new life into the book but also in keeping it’s character.

I then went over the purple with Tim’s Picket Fence Distress paint. I dabbed the paint on, misted it with water and wiped it with a cloth quickly.

Then I dug into my October Afternoon products and this is what I came up with~

Products used~
Tim Holtz Purple Ink, Picket Fence Distress
October Afternoons Cherry Hill Journal Card, Thrift Shop paper, Modern Homemaker paper, Fly a Kite Letters, Playtime Sticky Keys, Sidewalk Label Sticker, Daydream Rubber Charm, 5&Dime Buttons
Elegant Eges for the bubble border

I am a Scrapbook Retreat Wimp!! ~Plus I heart U!

Really, I am. I admit it!

This weekend I left the hubby and kids behind to go to the Scrapdoodles February Retreat in Glenn Allen, VA. Well, the hubby met and stayed with me Saturday, so I really didn’t leave him behind. And the kids decided to spend the night with their grandparents rather than hang out in a hotel room, so actually they ditched me!

Anyway, it seems I am a retreat wimp! There was NO staying up until the wee hours of the night for me.  There was NO Red Bull, mixed drinks or 5 Hour Energy Drinks for me either. Sigh, I am SO boring!

But, I did manage to complete all FIVE Challenges for Bella Blvd.  And I heart all things Bella Blvd!!

The first~ Use Cute Cuts on your layout~ I heart U

I used~

Bella Blvd’s Sunny Skies Cute Cuts for the panada bear, Family Dynamics for the heart, Swing Into Spring Rainbow Ribbons, Flirty Heart Throb, Ciao Chips Essential Sophisticates Peep & McIntosh, Simply Simone Prune

Elegant Edges for the border. I actually used the negative of a previous border cut. I think it made a nice mat and shows that I’m actually learning from my SC Stretch Your Kit class!

Create a Critter for the I heart u which I layered with chipboard letters.

CTMH Vingtage Type Stamps, Zing embossing powder, Stickles

I even broke out my Heat Gun and embossing powder to make the orange chipboard heart mimic the Cute Cut heart. I think it turned out okay, especially if you squint while looking at it.  Even more important ~I didn’t burn anyone or anything in my attempt!

If You’re Not Happy, We’re Not Happy.

This is SO true!

For my Studio Calico Stretch Your Kit class assignment we were to use an item received in the mail in or on our project. It just so happened I got the new Mini Boden catalog with this saying as their new slogan. It’s perfect for anyone with a small child!

I used~

Studio Calico County Fair kit: Pebbles Fresh Goods Raincheck paper, OA Sasparilla Stagecoach paper, SC Wood Veneer Letters, SC Chipboard Diecut Arrow, OA Gray and Cream Mini Market Letters

My Mind’s Eye 12 Days of Christmas Rhinestones and Pearls

Kraft Paper

Creative Memories Stork Delivery for the elephant cut at 2.74″

Now if only she were this happy ALL the time!

I Stuck Momma

Last November Hubby and I went to South Carolina for a weekend getaway that just happened to include my first Cricut Circle meet-up.  Yay!  It was also the first time we left the littlest home alone over night with a sitter. Yikes! We were told she was a perfect angel.   She napped well.  She ate well.  She even stayed in her stroller during her older brother’s soccer game. Hmmm, I’m not sure I believe all this.

So imagine my surprise the next morning when I turned my back for just a quick second and heard, ” I Stuck Momma!”  She had climbed into my bookcase and couldn’t get out!   I had to pull her out by her feet!!  And of course like any toddler, she did it again. This time I was ready with my camera.

I used the January County Fair kit from Studio Calico for this layout. I’m taking Amy Tangerine’s Stretch Your Kit class and loving every minute of it. It seems I have become addicted to scrap booking kits, so it’s about time I was pushed into using them.

The details~

I used~

Mini Monograms for the letters in momma -Cut at 2.25″  I also used the negative of this cut.  I think it made it stand out better against the wood grain paper.

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the journaling tags -Cut at 3″

Elegant Edges for the border -Cut at 3″

Swiss Dot embossing folder,

Items from the kit include~Studio Calico Wood Veneer Letters, SC Chipboard pieces, Letter/Woodgrain  paper, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar paper, OA’ s Sasparilla Stagecoach paper

In fact I’ve stretched this kit SO far I have bits and pieces that I can’t remember the brand. But, I guess that’s a good thing!