Hobonichi (The 20 Project–Shimelle.com Class)

Here’s layout #3 from Shimelle’s most recent class.  Oh boy, did I go all out on this 12×12 page!  Not only did I use stamps, involve my Silhouette Cameo, and used up some scraps, but I even managed to add some hand stitching!  This was actually quite a fun layout to make.  I’ve only used my Silhouette a couple of times before for scrapbooking even though I’ve owned the machine for 2.5 years now.  Before you chastise me, I did make use of the electronic die cutter for other projects including the “thank you” notes for my wedding.

Hobonichi

If you’re wondering where I used the Silhouette on this layout, I used it to die cut a stencil for the title.  The scraps are from very old Simple Stories and Amy Tangerine papers.  The hand stitching was creating using a stencil also from Amy Tangerine that’s at least a couple of years old.

The title makes it pretty obvious, but this page is about my first Hobonichi.  I got into the planner craze in 2014, but I haven’t been able to keep up with daily journaling or even simple checklists.  I’ve tried ring-bound planners (Filofax, Kikki-K), book bound planners (Hobonichi, traveler’s notebook), and bullet journaling in a Leuchtturm notebook.  Nothing stuck…I think I’m too lazy.  That doesn’t mean I won’t give it another go because it’s still a lot of fun (albeit quite a waste of money).  Anyone out there with tips on daily planning/journaling?  I’d love to hear some ideas!

Oh, Baby (The 20 Project — Shimelle.com Class)

The second layout I made for The 20 Project  class from Shimelle is about my two dogs’ relationship with one another.  I have a 14 year-old beagle that’s stubborn, sleeps for most of the day, but sweet.  We adopted a borador (labrador and border collie mix) from the pound over a year ago.  She’s completely opposite of our beagle–young, full of energy, playful, and super affectionate.  The two dogs aren’t exactly friends, but they tolerate each other well enough.

Oh, Baby

I used a random assortment of scraps to hand cut the letters for the title.  And I finally opened a package of cork butterfly stickers for this page.  All in all, it was a good use of supplies from my stash so I’m happy.  My scrapbook supplies have been getting a little too full lately even though I rarely purchase new supplies nowadays.

Best Man (The 20 Project — Shimelle.com Class)

I’ve really fallen off the map from blogging, haven’t I?  Reason is, I started working which took over pretty much all my time.  I only scrapbook maybe once a week now.  A lot of things have happened since my last post…

I got married (June 2014).  I bought a house (December 2014).  I adopted a dog from the pound (March 2015).  My husband and I started our own business (opened June 2016).  My mom and stepfather moved in with us (July 2016).  AND I’m pregnant (3.5 months)!  It’s been a whirlwind of events in such a short time.  I could hardly catch my breath!  But here I am again, ready to get caught up in my scrapbook albums before the baby arrives (crossing fingers).

I love Shimelle.  She was one of the first people I watched on YouTube creating layouts when I first started my scrapbooking journey in 2012.  When she announced a new class, I debated whether I should take it or not.  I’ve taken a couple of classes over the last couple of years and failed miserably at keeping up.  However, since her new class The 20 Project is video based, I thought why not?  At least I’ll have something to watch when I get home from a tiring day at work.  And so I signed up.  The exciting thing is I’ve already made two layouts inspired by the prompts!  Woohoo!

So here I am today sharing one of those projects.  It’s for my very incomplete wedding album I started over 2 years ago.  This layout features my husband’s Best Man.  I decided at the get-go not include journaling in this album since most of the photos/titles are self-explanatory.  Here it is:

Best Man

Admittedly, this is a very busy background (inspired by Shimelle’s example layout).  Because the papers have a lot of pattern, I decided to keep the embellishing to a minimum.  I’ve been obsessed with the Amy Tangerine Thickers designed by Kal Barteski.  They’ve been untouched in my stash for well over a year now, but I finally pulled them out a few weeks ago to use on a divided page protector layout.  I wish I bought more when they were readily available!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another layout share for The 20 Project!

Layout Share: l’Entrecote

I’m really enjoying the oh so popular watercolor look right now.  The soft muted colors are just absolutely beautiful.  However, I don’t have very many watercolors, and it can get a little messy.  I took advantage of the premade watercolor look  on the patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s “Color Wash” collection to achieve a hand-painted effect without all the trouble.

l'EntrecoteI used a circle stencil with different colors of chalk ink behind the photo.  Various pink embellishments from my stash were used to create a column on the page.  The chipboard stickers are from Amy Tangerine while the sequin bow and enamel dots are from Freckled Fawn.

The photos are taken from Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris, a restaurant I found through TripAdvisor.  We walked there from Rue de Champs Elysees after circling the underground network around the Arc de Triomphe.  The line outside wrapped halfway through the block even on a cold winter night.  The fiancé was barely able to endure the hour-long wait to be seated.  Once inside, though, the food comes quickly.  The restaurant has a set menu of salad and steak frites plus an option for a variety of desserts.  I loved the simple and fresh salad.  The fiancé loved the mustard herb sauce that accompanied the steak frites, so much so he wanted to eat there again the next day (didn’t happen though).  The steak itself is definitely not the best cut of beef and is minuscule in size compared to US standards, but it was good enough where we finished two helpings each.  The standout of the night for me were the chocolate profiteroles for dessert–so so so good.  Hands down, the best dessert I’ve had in a while.

Layout Share: Entrance Undiscovered

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago.  I was very inspired by the Flourishing Flowers paper from the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” line.  I fussy cut a few of the beautiful flowers from the patterned paper with no idea how I wanted to use them.  I played with the placement of the flowers quite a bit before deciding to layer them directly behind the photo.  I like the way they soften the stark nighttime picture.

Entrance Undiscovered

There are other Dear Lizzy elements on the layout as well, including the background paper from her “Lucky Charm” line and a brad from the “5th & Frolic” collection.  I love how different Dear Lizzy collections work so well with one another.  I added just a touch of gesso and turquoise mist onto the page for a little visual interest.

The photograph was taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  The fiancé and I were supposed to meet our friends at the entrance to climb up the monument, but we weren’t able to find it after walking in circles for almost half an hour.  In the end, we gave up and decided to just go eat instead.  I was a bit bummed because I heard the view from the top of the Arc is breathtaking, which was confirmed by my friends who were able to find the entrance.  There’s always next time I guess….

Project Life: January (cont.)

I can’t believe we’re into the second week of March already!  I finally finished my January PL pages last week.  The final page features a couple of days spent in Las Vegas with some friends.  I used a mixture of cards from Studio Calico PL  kits and Becky Higgins’ Project Life kits.

VegasI do a monthly format which actually helped me use up a lot of the number alphas from my stash of letter stickers and Thickers.  The wood veneer card is from Two Peas in a Bucket.  The washi tape is from October Afternoon “Daily Flash”.  Overall, I wanted a fun, bright page to match the mood of the weekend.  Now, time to get cracking on February!  Thanks for visiting🙂

Sketchy Saturday

I managed to squeeze out 3 sketch layouts this past week despite being busier than usual🙂  I used sketches from Citrus Twist Kits, Studio Calico, and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.  I made the Citrus Twist Kits layout this past Monday when it unexpectedly snowed (again!) in Dallas.  It was my first official snow day EVER, and I loved it!  If there weren’t so many car accidents, I would want more snow days just for hibernation purposes.  I felt like I was playing hooky from school even though I was given permission to stay home.

The sketch from CTK can be found here, and here’s my interpretation:

Kensington PalaceEverything on the layout is from the February Main Kit except the letter stickers (OA Flash Alpha in Meringue) and mists (OA Sprinklers in Carbon Copy and Token).  I love the lace trim that came in the kit.  The buttons were also fun to use since I don’t embellish with buttons very often.  The photo is the outer facade of Kensington Palace in London.  We decided to visit the museum on a whim as we walked by while touring the Kensington Gardens.  The Palace was home to many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana.  There was an exhibit with several of the Princess’ gowns and other outfits when we visited.

The second layout, using this Studio Calico sketch, is about the Tower Bridge.  It’s one of the most beautifully ornate bridges I have laid eyes on.  I love the blues and gold that color the bridge.

Tower BridgeThe paper on the left and also fussy cut under the title is from Chic Tags.  All the vellum elements are from Studio Calico.  The enamel dots are from various lines including Twine + Ink, Freckled Fawn, and My Mind’s Eye.  I love the mix of colors and sizes of the dots scattered across the page🙂  The hearts are stamped using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp set.  The background paper is from Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”.

The March Sketch Challenge from Life. Paper. Scrapbook is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle which is a kit club I considered joining before deciding on CTK instead.  The photo is another from London and was taken at the Tower of London–one of my favorite tours from the entire vacation.

Our Funny YeomanThere is so much history that took place at this castle…a lot of it quite gory.  It’s also home to the Crown Jewels which are magnificently displayed throughout several rooms and halls.  I’ve never seen so many large diamonds and other gems in one place before!  The title is in reference to our tour guide (or “yeoman”) who kept our entire tour group of 50+ people entertained with joke after joke.  He definitely made the tour worthwhile!

Cards, Cards, Cards

Here are a few other cards and envelopes I made for the Scrapbook for Rindsay event I posted last time about:

You Are My Sunshine You're One In A Million Me Heart YouSmall update on my life….I just started working again last week!  I had a very enjoyable 5+ months off, and it’s a little bittersweet to go back to work because it means I now have less time for crafting, cooking, cleaning, TV watching, traveling, and doing absolutely nothing!  But, I love what I do for a living because it can often be very rewarding.  I have to admit the nostalgia of my work has been slowly creeping up on me over the last couple of months.  It will also be nice to be able to buy things again without feeling guilty🙂

 

Card Share: You Are Simply Wonderful

I recently ventured into the land of cardmaking for a charity event raising funds to cover the medical expenses of a young woman with cancer.  The event is called “Scrapbook for Rindsay” and is sponsored by Studio Calico and Wishes of the Heart.  The host, Lindsay McMurray, specifically asked for donations of premade scrapbook layouts and/or cards.  I decided on the card route because I have VERY limited experience with cardmaking and love a good challenge🙂

I don’t have a lot of cardmaking supplies…I couldn’t find a single stamp in my tiny stash with a sentiment worth putting on a card.  I don’t have any embossing powders.  There are no die-cutters, electronic or otherwise, in my home.  Sewing machine?  Nope!  But, I worked with what I had on hand and was able to churn out a few simple cards and envelopes using just paper, die cuts, stickers, and hand-stitching.

You Are Simply WonderfulThe “You Are Simply Wonderful” sentiment is from the Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” Sticker Book.  I hand-stitched around the sticker with pink embroidery floss from one of Amy Tangerine’s embroidery kits.  I’ve had the WRMK Envelope Punch Board for a few months now and was able to finally use it for the first time on this project.  The punch board works great and is really fun to use.  It’s definitely on my favorite tools list now!  I believe the patterned paper used to make the envelope is from My Mind’s Eye, but I could be wrong…There’s also hand-stitching across the bottom of the front side of the envelope (not pictured).

I’m so glad I chose to challenge myself and test out cardmaking for a change.  I had a lot of fun thinking outside my normal “scrapbook” box for the last few days.  I have a few more cards to share over the course of the next couple of days, so stay tuned if you’re interested🙂  Also, you can find more information on “Scrapbook for Rindsay” here.  The event is not until March 23rd, so there’s still plenty of time to donate some of your own handmade projects.

 

Layout Share: My Happy Place

I finally broke into the sheet of Maggie Holmes “Flea Market” gold doily vellum I’ve been hoarding for more than a few months….Of course, I couldn’t bear to use the entire sheet on a single layout, so I cut out a few of the doilies and added it around the edge of the page.  The doilies help emphasize the decadence of the subject matter–the Angelina Tea Room and Cafe in Paris.

My Happy PlaceAngelina serves up the thickest and most chocolatey cup of hot chocolate I have ever tasted.  It’s definitely a splurge on calories, but very worth it in my opinion!  If hot chocolate is not your thing, they’re also known for their Mont Blanc (a chestnut-flavored dessert) although it’s too sweet in my opinion.  I’ve tried to recreate their hot chocolate using melted chocolate chips mixed with milk, but it just wasn’t the same.