Sunday, October 30, 2016

Don't be a Tool Round Robin

Over at Swirlydoos the Round Robin for October is all about using our scrapping tools for our projects. It really is quite amazing how we tend to forget about a lot of our scrappy tools. The tools that I used were my sewing machine, compass (which I used to draw the circle I was going to sew), glue gun, Prima distress tool, heat tool and of course my paper trimmer but that one doesn't count for this RR. 

After I was happy with the design of my paper layers and glued them down, I used my compass to draw the circle that I was going to sew. I didn't want a perfect circle just wanted to give me a base to follow. Then I also stitched around the edges of the background paper. Again not sewing it straight. I then used my distress tool around the edges of the background paper.
 I used some rub ons for the flourish, tiny dots and few small flowers around the page. It is a bit hard to see on the finished layout but in the top left and bottom right corner of the background paper I stamped a corner stamp using versa mark and then some gold embossing powder and used my heat tool to set it. I cut a small piece of hexagon chipboard and painted it green to pick up the green in the papers. I added some cardboard to the back of my photo to pop it up and placed it where I wanted it. I added my flowers, adding a blue bow to the two flowers on the top side of the circle. The butterfly I printed out on my computer, cut it out and then added glossy accents to it, let it dry and once it was dry I added the tentacles that I made out of wire. Here's the finished layout. I'd love to hear what you think of it. TFL!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Using Paper Scraps

I'm sure there are others like me who have paper scraps that we just can't throw out because either we like the paper line or you don't think the paper scraps are small enough to throw away. Well I decided I should do something with all of these scraps so I decided to make some cards. These first 3 cards were made from paper scraps left over from a scrap kit back in 2011. I still have more scraps from that kit left over. Here are the first cards I did, you can click on the photo to see a larger view.
 These next couple of cards are made with paper scraps from a scrap kit from 2010 and like the other three there are still lots of scraps! If I didn't ever buy anymore papers I could probably keeping making cards with my scraps for a couple of years. Of course not buying new papers just wouldn't work because as soon as I see new papers I just have to have them, lol. Here are the other 2 cards.
 TFL and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Well here we have another layout of our grandson. The photo was taken  in June of this year, doesn't he look so cute in that yellow hat?  For this layout I used the Scenic Route "Metropolis Idea" kit that I've had  in my stash forever. I used it earlier on a layout showing off Liam's Baby Blues.This is a perfect kit for doing boy layouts with all of the fun colors and stickers etc.  For my background paper I used a piece of orange paper that I also had in my stash. I took some modeling paste and a star stencil and stenciled over the paper. Here's a photo of it.
I then took some of the different papers and cut them to different sizes and played around laying them out until I liked the design. I distressed all the papers and then glued them back down to my design. For my photo I popped it up with cardboard before laying it down. I then went into my flower stash and pulled out different flowers that would look good together and with the papers. I had these really cute little bug buttons in my stash so I picked out a couple of bee's and a ladybug and cut the back off and glued them down on the papers and flowers and also added a little butterfly and called it done. I was quite happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2016


I love this photo of our grandson, the way his arms look like they are being held out in front of him makes it look like he's taking a selfie, hence the title of the layout, lol. For this layout I used the Bo Bunny "Bella Rosa" paper collection.

For my background paper I used the Bella Rosa "Whisper" paper and I took a duplicate piece of paper and fussy cut out the left side floral section and popped it up with foam dots on the background paper. I then cut different size pieces of the other paper's in this collection and played around laying them down in different ways until I was happy with the design. I then distressed and inked all of the papers and glued them down. I took the photo and matted it and popped that up with some cardboard. 

I took some hexagon chippies from my stash and painted them with orange acrylic painted that I toned down with some white paint, helping to match up the color to the flowers in the paper. On the top right corner of the layout I tore the paper and distressed and rolled the torn edges back. I added a small peach colored piece of paper behind the torn corner and added some flowers from my stash along with a couple of tiny rose buds that I made myself and added a small feather popping out from that small flower cluster. I then added another flower cluster on the bottom right of the paper using the same flowers from my stash and added a couple of small feathers. I was very happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy News

So excited, I just found out that I got Layout of the Week over at Swirlydoo's for my layout of our grandson Liam below! Yay me!! This is quite an honor as all of the ladies over at Swirlydoo's are such amazing scrappers! Thanks so much for this honor ladies!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Another One For The Album

I'm giving myself a pat on the back that I managed to use up some older paper from my stash for this layout. These papers are from Basic Grey's "Oh Baby Boy" collection. Since I didn't have a lot of these papers I made the layout fairly simple. I distressed all of the papers but I didn't ink them this time. For my first layer I used a medium sized doily. My other layers consisted of two banners running vertical and the other two banners running horizontal. I fussy cut some of the rocket ships from one of the papers and popped them up with foam pop dots. In the top right corner I cut two very small banners and added a small green flower on top of them. So there you go, a quick and simple layout!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Another Grand Baby layout

I'm sure everyone must be getting tired of seeing all these layouts of our grandson Liam but I'm sure anyone who is a Mom or Gramma understands how we like to show off our babies, lol. I'm trying to do as many layouts as I can of Liam because he'll be 1 years old on December 2nd and I want to give our daughter and son-in-law an album of Liam's 1st year for Christmas. 

I'm trying to use up papers from my stash before I start buying more, not sure how well I'm doing at this but at least I'm trying, lol. I used this pretty die cut from Websters Pages "Sunday Picnic" collection. I matted my photo on some of the other pieces from this collection and I popped it up over the other papers with cardboard. I did distress the paper layers a bit. In my stash I found this ribbon threader (probably not the correct name for it) in my stash that says "Heartbreaker" and I knew it would be perfect for this layout! I had some pretty blue ribbon that went with this paper and then cut out some smaller banners to hang of the ribbon. I fussy cut one of the flowers from this paper collection and popped that up with foam dots on the top right of the photo. I then added some flowers on the bottom left of the photo and added the pretty stick pins that one of my friends from Swirlydoos sent me for a RAK, thanks Angelica! Here's the finished page!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early Christmas?

I'm not sure if it's because I was in Costco the other day and they had all their Christmas stuff out or I'm just really looking forward to Christmas....I'm just thinking I'm crazy, lol. Anyways I was wanting to make something other than a scrap layout and I thought I'd use this little box I've had in my stash for quite awhile.

I first painted the box with white acrylic paint. I chose some Christmas papers from K&Company that I've had in my stash for quite awhile. The paper collection is called Swell Noel. I cut the papers to fit into each slot of the box. I used a little Christmas tree that I got at the $Store, I used some blue & red Stickles which I dotted about the tree like Christmas balls. I used a poinsettia and smaller flowers from my stash, along with some berry branches. I used some chipboard pieces (Gift box, stocking and house in the snow) from the same paper line. I added a little bird in one square and a little mouse  in his bed, this was a Christmas ornament that I bought at one of the craft sales I went to. I then added a small chipboard bird  house and a little bottle of "Fairy Dust". So here's the finished project: