Friday, January 21, 2011

Another digi layout...

I have another digital layout to share that we created in Jessica Sprague's Digi In Deep class.  It was really a fun layout.  I normally don't do layouts like this but since the class required it :)...and I really kinda like it anyways :)  My favorite part was going to Google Map and putting in a map of where we live- how cool is that?!  Here is the layout:
I think it would be super cool to do a layout showing your childhood home or last place lived and then your current home and using the map feature to show the two different places- maybe I will have to do that in the future!  So just a real quick post today and I am going to keep truckin' on this digi class!  Have a great Friday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A digital layout and paper layout

Today I am going to share the next layout I did for my Jessica Sprague class Digi In Deep.  This one was really fun, I especially like the photo mat- really fun shape!
I'm having a lot of fun with this class and learning quite a few new tricks :)  The next layout is one I did following this PageMaps sketch:
A really simple page, but I love how it turned out.  I really just wanted to emphasize my little man's adorable face :)  The brown polka dot paper was Making Memories, yellow grid was Crate Paper, and blue polka dots was from my favorite little boy line from 3 Bugs in a Rug, along with the stickers.  A few shipping tags with my journaling, a stamped date, ribbon, and a bunch of brads finished it off.  I absolutely love using brads and usually have to get at least two rows of three brads in on at least every page I do!  The border punch was from EK Success.  Be back tomorrow hopefully with my first two weeks of Project Life.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dipping a toe (or whole foot) into digi-scrapping/designing!

So, I have always kind of played around in Photoshop and go through spurts of buying digital kits and such to play with.  This summer, I got the full edition of Photoshop and spent most of the summer designing papers and some templates, which I absolutely loved!  Since I have been scrapping for years, I have ideas of papers and elements that I would love to see whether it is paper scrapping or digital, so I decided why not try my hand at designing?  Jessica Sprague has a class called The Art of Digital Design that I am going to take in March and her prerequisites are two other classes, Digi In Deep and Digi in Deeper.  I am currently taking Digi In Deep and loving it!  Here is the layout we had to complete for class:
It was a lot of fun and I learned tons of new techniques.  We had another assignment challenge to create a layout using a compound mask with an ellipse and square design. We also had to include two of three things, which I did all three- create an opaque journal box, add brushes to title, and using a clipping mask to "wrap" ribbon/floss around an image.  This was my take:
So I'm having a super fun time taking these classes and I am super excited to take the Design class so I can learn all the aspects of designing from actually creating papers, embellishments, and templates to learning how to sell them and all the stuff that goes along with it!  So in the upcoming weeks and months, I am hoping to start sharing digital freebies here on the blog while I learn the ropes some more :)  This doesn't mean that I am going all digital- I LOVE paper scrapping more than anything but I am really enjoying this too... a little of this, a litle of that- you know!  I am also hoping to share my first few weeks of Project Life here in the next day or two also, so be on the lookout for that!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A 5-minute card!

So today I was cleaning up my scrap room and I have this little basket on my table that I throw scraps into and embellishments left over from a project that I don't use.  I saw I had the green card in there from a project I had done another time.  I decided to challenge myself to make a card just using items I found in my little scrap bucket and of course a few stamps!  So this is what I ended up with in literally 5 minutes!

The cardstock colors are certainly celery and bashful blue from Stampin Up!  Ink is Marina Mist from Stampin Up!  Stamps are both from Unity Stamp Co.  The two pieces of patterned paper were punched with border punches, one a scallop and the other a notebook paper punch.  Flowers are from Prima and rhinestones from Kaiser Craft.  Super easy card made with leftover scraps!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Non-scrapbooking project!

Today I wanted to share a project with you that I did late this past summer.  Landon's nursery theme is safari/jungle animals and I found the cutest little wooden animals at Hobby Lobby that I wanted to do something with.  Early last year, a friend and I went and took a class from Claudine Hellmuth, who has an amazing line of paints and products and does amazing things with canvas.  So, I decided to make a canvas wallhanging for Landon's room!  I am still trying to figure out how exactly I am going to hang it as I don't like what I had in the pictures.  I think I will have carpenter hubby make me a backing out of wood for it so it is sturdy.  Here it is:

Again, I used Claudine Hellmuth studio paints and matte medium.  The letters were cut from my cricut with brown and black Bazzill cardstock, and the adorable animals were from Hobby Lobby along with just plain ol' canvas.  I sewed each section together after I had it painted and finished.  So now I have a cute wallhanging for little Landon's room!  I will post the finished product when I get the backing put on it and hung properly!  Have a great day!

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's Done!!

So, after what feels like an eternity, my December Daily album is done and I am so happy with how it turned out!  I don't know why but I didn't ever get around to getting day 6 done, so here it is:

Super basic and plain but I was getting to the point where I just wanted to have it done as we are in January already!!  Here is day 21 with my favorite picture of my little man Landon.

Again, basic is the name of the game.  I cut out a file folder from my Silhouette and added a few pictures of some of my favorite christmas decorations, my journaling for the day, and a hidden tag of journaling about some memories of christmas past.  And page 2 is of course taken up with the huge photo of my little guy!  Day 22 almost seems like a repeat of another page I did, huh?  Well it basically is because I had to re-make a bunch of treats that my husband and son blew through in a few days- okay maybe I had a few myself :)  I thought it was pretty funny and wanted to be sure it was added in my album.

Day 23.  Hubby actually took a picture of me with the boys!  I didn't even have to ask twice.  He said, well you probably don't have too many pictures of you since you are always the one taking them.  Sometimes he surprises me!  Gotta love it!

Day 24.  Aidan is quite the little photographer!  I asked him to take a picture of me wrapping the last few presents figuring they would be of just my head or half of me or something but he did great!  All of the pictures on this layout were courtesy of my 3-1/2-year-old!  Way to go Aidan!

And for day 25, the one we had all been waiting for! 

Again, really really basic.  Just wanted to focus on the pictures and journaling.  I decided to add pages of what the boys got for Christmas and from who as I look back on my Christmases as a kid and don't remember it all.  Thought it would be fun.  One other thing I added to page 9, I belive, is an envelope with receipts in it from Target, Wal-Mart, grocery store.  Thought it might be neat to look back on in a few years to see what prices and such were!
So my next project is Becky Higgin's Project Life.  I got the Turquoise Edition and thought it would be really fun to document our first year with two kids!  It is fun just to see the day-to-day stuff that goes on and not just the special times like holidays, birthdays, etcetera.  I have even debated getting another one just to do Landon's first year in as I write things down each day in a notebook of what he does.  Still contemplating that, who knows!