Saturday, May 30, 2009

OSU Baby Shower Diaper Cake

My friend Mandy is expecting a little boy in just a few short weeks and tonight was her baby shower- and this is her gift from me :) I love having an excuse to make a diaper cake!!!

For this one I used orange and black to match the OSU theme of her shower, and I really love how it looks! The cake is made up of Huggies organic size 2 diapers so she won't have to take it apart too soon! I thought of putting the little travel sized baby samples at the top of the cake because I know that Mandy and Mike like to travel a lot and these should come in handy on one of their trips. The congratulations on top is the handmade card I made to go along with cake.

I took photos as I put this together and am hoping to write a little tutorial on how to do it for my blog- you all should share in the fun of making a diaper cake ;) The real fun though is when you get to give it away!! Mandy looked so gorgeous, I hope she gets some great maternity photos before the new object of attention arrives!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm a designing again...

I have officially accepted a design team position at Butterfly Crafts blog . I will be part of the team that posts layouts on the first of every month, so be sure to check it out ;)

And next on the agenda is this cute little layout... my first ROUND one! I used the new Creative Memories girl patterned paper- it is so soft and sweet! The colors in it reminded me instantly of this photo I took of katelynne when she was about 3 months old.

I used lullaby pink thickers, pink prima say it in studs, handmade crepe paper trim, prima flowers, and a bo bunny clear acrylic charm for the scroll square, plus some odds and ends from my stash! I just love all the soft colors in this layout!
The journaling reads:
As Katelynne sleeps, I can't help but stop and watch her and day dream myself about how blessed I am to have such a beautiful baby girl! {june 2008}
Almost every single page i have created lately has been about more than just the photo, it's been about my feelings about the moment the photo was taken, I feel like this perspective lets me put a whole new meaning to my scrapbooking and reason why it is important to me. If you are feeling low on the scrap mojo today then take a moment to dig deeper into your feelings about the moment you are scrapping, not just describing what is happening in the photo!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More love shack baby... My Everyday

I made this layout using more of my May Life Preserver's Kit and also based on a challenge from the Design Experiment blog- to create a layout about what makes your day complete, what five things you have to do or have each day, and what three things you avoid!!! I absolutely loved these two "everyday" photos and love how they look with the colors from the Bo Bunny love shack paper. Katelynne had just woke up from a nap in her picture and had bed head hair that was adorable, and it's not too often that I get to be in the picture with Lucas or Katelynne so I am lovin' that one too!
  • take care of the kids, cook for them, play with them, watch them grow and learn new things
  • share my day with JD
  • take time to appreciate the little things & the beauty around me
  • clean something! I can't stand a messy house
  • AVOID putting away laundry, eating junk food, and losing my patience
  • My day wouldn't be complete without these things!

It was really fun doing all the different scallops and distressing on this page, some of the scallops are die cut, some are made using my trimmer, some are made using a stencil then hand cut!
I have had so much fun being a guest designer this month at LPS, I'm still not done with my kit yet... :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Medium Madness

I used the new Bo Bunny Love Shack line and the May featured kit from Life Preserver's Club to create this layout- and it is based on a challenge from Vintage Plum to use several different mediums on a page. The background was made using MM paint, shimmerz, and stickles- so much fun!

But more importantly this layout is very special because I used the ACTUAL fabric, trim, tulle, ribbon, and chenille that I used to handmake my daughter's dress for her first birthday! When I look at this page I feel like it really represents what I feel scrapbooking means to me- it captures the special feel of her first birthday, has journaling about the day, and has keepsakes incorporated into the page! I know she won't remember her party or wearing the dress or anything, but someday she look back on these photos and see what an absolutely beautiful baby she was on her birthday!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lil' Sister

I love love love this layout! It is out of the box and off the page for me ;) I created it for the Scrapbook Nook's scrap off weekly challenge #2- to make a shaped layout. This page is special for me because the buttons i used for the rainbow came from my grandma's button collection she has grown over the years- she always cut the buttons from old clothing before throwing them away, and some of them actually came from her mom too, so there's some really unique buttons on there- and some new ones too ;)

I used nearly a whole bottle of stickles underneath and around the buttons to make them look like they are on a fluffy white sparkly cloud- ya'll know how much I like glitter ;) The clouds and sun are handcut and I drew the face on the sun too.

This page is about how much fun it is to just watch Katelynne toddle around the yard, I can't believe that at one year old she can play in the sand, dig in the garden, color with sidewalk chalk, and look at my flowers without hurting them! Of course her very fave thing to do is find a kitty and try to catch him LOL!

We have been spending a ton of time outdoors taking care of our garden and making our yard look much nicer than it usually does ;) You can bet there's going to be some layouts of flowers and gardening this summer! I cannot wait!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sweet, Happy, Sassy, Beautiful

Have you heard of Vintage Plum? They are a monthly kit club with kits full of vintage goodies! I am participating in their star search contest and there are some great people there ;) Look below to see my layout "Me at 22" that I created for their first challenge!

And here's another goodie for you:
It seems like every couple months I get a photo of Katelynne that is just *perfect*. I stare at it over and over again and just can't belive how cute she is and I just never get tired of looking at these photos! This is the first time I have ever used the same photo more than once on a page, and I am so totally happy with the outcome!! I have been saving this Prima flower for over a YEAR now, knowing that the perfect layout would come along! I didn't know exactly how perfect it would be ;)
I used the same photo on this layout 7 times LOL! My journaling is about the saying "a picture is worth a 1000 words" and picked the words that are the best to describe my little Katelynne- sweet, happy, sassy, and beautiful- stress on sassy LOL! Her favorite word is no ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just Be Me











*note* these photos are too big to show up properly on my blog- please click on any one of them to view them in photobucket art gallery! The password for my album is "decorativememories"!

This is my newest mini book! I created it with the Lily Bee contest on their blog in mind- to make an album around the theme "just be me". This really was a challenge for me because I am almost always scrapping photos of my family or my kids and it's not usually an in depth thing about ME and what makes me tick! I focused on the main things that I feel like make me who I am in this book and I hope that someday my friends and family will be able to look back on it and see who I was and how I felt about my life (so far!).

I used a Bo Bunny Edgy album for this one and it was soooo much fun!!! When I bought it I just knew that the decorative edges were right up my alley ;) If you would like to see more photos and products I used in this book please take a look at it on 2 peas HERE!

I have been stalking my mailman waiting on my May Life Preserver's kit... it didn't come today but I am almost 99% sure that it will be here tomorrow!!! Ohhhh the anticipation!

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm Still Here!

I hope you guys don't feel TOO neglected, I am planning to do my best to post more often in the next few weeks! It seems like ever since I started using Facebook that I have been *ahem* neglecting my other interests LOL!

I have joined two scrap contests right now and I am determined to stay in them- one is the Scrap Off at The Scrapbook Nook and the other is the Vintage Plum Star Search. I've tried doing these contests that span over several weeks before and it always seems like I get too busy and don't keep up with the challenges- so now that I have admitted all that to you guys I hope it will be more motivation to KEEP GOING this time!!!

Here's one of my first layouts for the challenges I used some "fussy cuts" and cut out the flowers/bugs from patterned paper, I know it's really popular to do this right not- but I normally don't take the time to do it. I really love the end result here!! I used some of the lovely Lilly Bee papers on this layout along with my cut outs! I can't get enough of this piece of paper from Lily Bee that looks like notebook paper!

This layout was made using the April alternate kit from Life Preserver's Club. I added some black cardstock from my stash to accent the patterned paper and used some doodling stencils to make the flourishes. I really like the idea of what this page is about, I took some everyday photos and made them about something totally different than the literal subject of the photos- the page is about how much I love being a mom that stays home with my children. It's a big part of who I am and I hope that someday my family will see this page and remember this about me!

And... I am really excited to share that I am now a part of the Croppinsville, U.S.A. design team!! Croppinsville is both a local scrapbook store to me and an online store, so go check them out!! If you live nearby be on the lookout for my upcoming paper gift bag album class, and if you don't live nearby be sure to check out their blog where I'll be sharing tips and ideas, and some of my class kits may be available for purchase!
And I have to brag for just one more paragraph... This week I recieved my 2 in 1 combo trimmer from Purple Cows- along with an email letting me know that they would like to have me be a guest designer for them!! I am SO EXCITED about this!! I feel so lucky to have won this really awesome trimmer too, it's officially the biggest prize I've ever won LOL!
Ok, one more brag and then I am seriously done. I am the guest designer over at Life Preserver's Club this month! I should be getting my kit this week and I am seriously just drooling over the pics of whats going to be in it- lots of bright beautiful colors!