Monday, June 7, 2021

06/07/21 - Fat Cat

Happy June!
Happy Pride!

June is Pride Month but technically, since I'm and LGBTQ mom x2, every month is Pride Month in my family.

Speaking of Pride "Use Your Stuff" is having a rainbow challenge.

Here is my take on it:

6x8 Traditional Paper Layout

Throwback to October 2014
Panini, looking round and less than enthused!

Products: DCWV, Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Photo Play Paper, Pinkfresh Studio, Simple Stories, and Tim Holtz

Monday, May 24, 2021

05/24/21 - "He Luvs Belly Rubs"

The current challenge over at "Use Your Stuff" is a tic-tac-toe board.
Here is the board:

I chose the right-hand column:
  • Fun Fold 
  • Stripes 
  • Any Shade of Purple
Thanks to this challenge I now know how to make paper pinwheels 
I learned from a tutorial on You Tube while I was looking for ideas for "Fun Fold" 

6x8 Traditional Paper layout
Another throwback photo, June 10, 2015 - Hamlet was 3 months old. 
We had him about a month at this point.
He definitely was starting to feel at home!

Bazill Basics, Dear Lizzy, Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico, and Tim Holtz.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

05/16/21 - "Look At That Face!"

I have a love/hate relationship w/ 12x12 layouts... which is funny because that's all I ever created back in the day.

I love the room that it allows to add photos and embellishments and just really play on a page!
But I hate how much room a 12x12 layout takes up and it especially feels like a "waste of space" when you use just one photo. 
*Not to be confused w/ Scrapbooking is a waste, cuz it most definitely is not!

That's why when I create 12x12 layouts I try to use multiple photos or one large photo.
In this case I did neither, but since it's a rarity these days, I'll allow it ::wink::

12x12 Traditional Paper layout

This was day 3 of Hamlet being in our lives, he was approximately 2.5 months old and very tiny!
He was also very afraid of us and preferred to hang out on the side of the house where we had yet to plant grass.
Things have definitely changed since!

Part of my motivation for scrapping that one 4x6 photo of Hamlet came from the BG paper.
I bought it a few years ago, because it's difficult finding pig themed scrap products, but couldn't figure out how to use it, but when I saw it recently in my stash I was determined to finally figure it out!

The other part of my motivation was this sketch from the Sketch N' Scrap blog:

I did make a few changes to make it fit my layout but the basic structure of the sketch is all there!

Those Pinkfresh Studio alphas have been in my stash and I've been hoarding them because I love them so much but they don't make them anymore...wahhhhhh!
Also that Pink Paislee frame is a gazillion years old!

Finally I wanted to make mention that I just recently learned how to make paper pinwheel embellishments.
And yes, I know I'm late to the party!

Other products: Die Cuts with a View, Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Kelly Purkey,  and Scrapbook Customs; the 2 Pig patterned papers.

Friday, May 14, 2021

05/14/21 - Feeling Beachy

12x12 Traditional Paper Layout w/ black border

Includes one 3x4 Pocket Page Card and one 4x6 Pocket Page card
I used lots of stash items mixed w/ a few newer items, including 3 Kelly Purkey beach-themed stamps.

 Just some old photos from a visit to the beach.

The pictures are from 10 years ago; my daughter was only 9!
This was when she liked hanging w/ us ::le sigh::

Also back in the day when we would use an actual camera and date stamped our photos, LOL

Despite it being Summer, in California, it was a chilly day on the beach, hence my bundled up attire...
I do remember it warmed up eventually though, as it generally does.

This was 06/19/11, a trip to La Jolla Beach for Father's Day which was our tradition at the time.
I did not include that info on this layout because I have other photos from that day that, once I find the layouts, I can place together in an album. I believe those layouts have the pertinent information on it.

I struggled w/ this layout and I didn't completely like it at first but it has definitely grown on me!

Products: 49 & Market, Bazill Basics, Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Kelly Purkey, Pinkfresh Studio, Studio Calico and Tim Holtz

Speaking of other photos from this trip, here is another I recently created; I created both during the same weekend.
This one is going in a smaller album so I did include a few pertinent details.

6x8 Traditional Paper layout:

This includes 1 slightly trimmed 3x4 Pocket Page Card

Products: Bazzill Basics, Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Kelly Purkey, Simple Stories, Queen & Company, Studio Calico, and Time Holtz

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

05/05/21 - "Too Many?"

Traditional 12x12 Paper layout using up a good part of my alpha stash.
There are 52 Alpha Stickers in the title!
Most of them are from Elle's Studio, the rest from Kelly Purkey. 

I love to take photos of our cat Panini and sometims wonder if I take too many...
but then I think: Nah! LOL

But it did make for a fun title... :)

Other Products:
Die Cuts w/ a View,  Freckled Fawn, and Photo Play Paper.

Monday, April 26, 2021

04/26/21 - The Sticker Club

I came across a "Sticker Club" on Instagram.
It's not really a club you join, per se, just an account for sticker addicts to virtually connect and share and most importantly... to be inspired to USE THOSE STICKERS!

The club also offers challenges once a week.
I just discovered them so I am a bit behind, but here is their first challenge, dated 03/24/21: Hearts
The challenge criteria is easy:
"Use your stickers, however you want, to form a heart"

My take on the challenge was dedicated to National Farm Animals Day.

Enamel dots/hearts from Freckled Fawn
Stickers from Michaels - one of those $1 sticker pads / their Farm Animal collection

The Instagram Account is "TheBFFStickerClub"
I'm using an old unused Traveler's Notebook for my "BFF Sticker Club" sticker book, as well as digging into my sticker stash, so "yay" for Stash Busting!

I'll have more to share as this is definitely a fun new project for me.
It's a fun, low stress, less time consuming way to be creative.
Because, honestly, some days I don't have the time or energy to get deep into the creative head space needed to create layouts.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

04/17/21 - "His and Hers" + "Brunch"

So apparently I'm on some kind of food/drink kick because my most recent layouts involve just that!

First layout is a 4x8 Traditional Paper Traveler's Notebook layout

Documenting an older photo, I think it's about 4 years old, that captures my mine and my husband's favorite drinks - His: Bloody Mary, Hers (Mine): Mule

I didn't date this photo because, honestly, the date doesn't was our favorite drink(s) back then, and is still our favorite drink now.

The "This is 'Our' Story" sticker originally said "my" but I found a tiny word sticker, from Bazzill Basics, that I was able to trim down and add to change the sticker to fit the theme.

Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Kelly Purkey, Simple Stories and Studio Calico 


Second Layout is a 6x8 Traditional Paper Layout
Finally (remembered to) used one of my Guest Checks for a food layout; love the way it looks!

Our first time at "Broken Yolk Cafe"

Bloody Mary Flight for my husband
Mimosa Flight for me (and our friend ordered one also)
And the Feta Avocado Toast was amazing!

I misjudged the typing on my journaling spot, but it's all good!

Stamp is from Kelly Purkey
Other products: Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, and Studio Calico