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!

Today is brought to you by the letter A, R and H

Can you tell what show we watch A LOT of in our house?

All of my projects today involve LETTERS! All shapes and sizes. Elmo would be proud.

My first project is the letter a for Ashlyn~

I used CTMH Art Philosophy to cut the lowercase a at 11.5″.

I guess I should finally admit that my very first letter H from earlier in the week didn’t turn out like I wanted, so it got recycled here. I couldn’t waste ALL those pop dots. The cut pieces worked great to make my layers sturdier.

I also got over my need for the strings going the same direction. That just wasn’t an option with this lower case letter a.

Ashlyn didn’t want a butterfly, flower or any decorations on her a, but she wasn’t totally happy that I couldn’t save the opening in the center of the a. So, we decided to add the rest of the letters of her name and some bling.

I cut the letters at 2.25″ and welded them together using purple cardstock from the DCWV Bright stack.

Here it is displayed in her room~

And really does it mater which way the strings are going?

Okay, only to me!

My second letter project was to dress up a plain kraft gift bag for a party we’re going to today. Nothing like waiting til the last minute!

I used Blast Off to make the letter R in honor of the Birthday boy.

The R and all it’s layers were printed on kraft paper and were cut at 3″. I also cut a tag at 3″.

My final letter project is H for Holden~

I used Plantin Schoolbook to cut the H at 6.72″.

And as you can see it’s not finished. I’ve learned to delegate and Holden is wrapping his own.
I love that boy! Because as silly and simple as it seems, these string letters sure were stressful to me. But, they also reminded me of my childhood making God’s eyes. Remember those? I might never of made a Cootie Catcher, but I certainly made God’s eyes!