Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Webster's Pages: Her Name is Norma

Good morning! The layout I have to share today for Webster's Pages just makes me giggle. When Nora started saying her name (shortly after she turned 2), it came out as "Nor-ma" for about 2-3 weeks. Every time she said it, we would laugh and laugh and it's actually stuck around as a little bit of a nick name. It was something just so sweet and cute that I definitely wanted to document it. I used the "Sunday Picnic" collection for my layout and kept it soft and sweet for adding in a little vellum.

I just love mixing up Webster's alphabet stickers to create my titles. 

And once again my love for a grid comes out in this layout. I kept the embellishments to a minimum here too - some punched vellum shapes and sparklers.

Big news at our house this week! Nora and Lily now have big girl beds! It's a little bittersweet for this mama as I got a little teary eyed while tucking them in the first night. It was kind of the last transition to becoming little girls and not my babies. *sniff* They were both so excited about their new beds! After going back and forth on what to get, we finally decided they would each have their own twin bed. And they love it! The first night was a little rough but they both slept through the night last night so we're good to go!

Have a great day! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Emma's Paperie: Celebrate Grandma

Today, we're celebrating in a big way over at Emma's Paperie for the store's 4th Birthday Bash! All of the designers are sharing birthday themed projects today and there are plenty of prizes, a challenge and a great sale! Be sure to stop by!

For my project I used a lot of the "Farmhouse" collection by October Afternoon to create a two-page layout celebrating my Grandma's 88th birthday this fall. We had a lot of family get together to help her celebrate. I love the soft colors with pops of brighter colors here and there.

For a complete supply list, please visit the Emma's Paperie blog here.

I really love the new felt and bead leaves by Prima. Emma's carries several colors of the leaves in the store. 

 The floral journaling card from October Afternoon is just so pretty.

Thanks for looking and be sure to visit Emma's for all the fun! Here's the sale information!
Have a great Saturday! :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pebbles: Expert Apple Pickers

This week on the Pebbles blog, members of the design team are scraplifting other members of the design team. I scraplifted fellow team member, the very talented Christa Paustenbaugh, and my inspiration was a layout that she created with a great technique of layering paper strips on a die-cut image. To see her layout and other ideas that were scraplifted, visit the Pebbles blog here.

For my layout, I chose to make a two-page layout using a lot of papers and embellishments from the "Fresh Goods" collection and a variety of photos from our trip to the apple orchard this past fall.

Here's the apple I created using my Cricut (a 6-1/2" cut) and then I selected red patterned papers from several of Pebbles' collection, adhered cut strips to the apple and then cut around the apple.

I hand cut several banners from a patterned piece of paper and then drew around them after adhering to help them stand out further. 

For the tag, I layered a sticky note, clothespin, border sticker and brad.

As I'm sitting here writing this blog post, I am drinking my morning cup of coffee and looking out the window at a winter wonderland. We received about 2-3 inches of snow last night and it is just gorgeous coating the trees. Love!

Thanks for looking today! I'll be back tomorrow to share a project for the Emma's Paperie 4th Birthday Bash!

Have a great Friday! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emma's Paperie: Blessed Beyond Measure

Good morning! I have another layout for Emma's Paperie today that also features American Crafts products, specifically the Garden Cafe and Amy Tangerine collections. I just love this photo taken this past fall by the very talented Jen Marxen from Studio M Photography in my hometown. I have plenty of great photos from that session that I have yet to scrapbook but this one is a fun start!  For a complete supply list, please visit the Emma's Paperie blog here.

I love mixing and matching alphabet stickers (mostly Thickers, in this case) to create my titles. And love that there was a "2" brad that I could include on top of the rosette.

For this section, I punched squares from bright, happy patterned papers and adhered some with foam adhesive. I then punched a few pinked vellum circles and embellished with a resin flower and brad. 

The hearts are actually fabric paper that I roughed up a little bit with sandpaper and then machine stitched. I even doodled a little scalloped border below the photo. Getting a little crazy here, folks! ;)

While we're on the subject of Emma's Paperie, mark your calendars for this Saturday the 25th for a fun Birthday Bash! Emma's is turning 4! I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of the design team and was a customer long before I became a part of the team this fall. Cindy's customer service is top notch and she always carries a beautiful selection of the latest and greatest products!

And that's all for today! We're off to Mom's Circle this morning at of my favorite parts of the month!

Have a great day! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Emma's Paperie: Hello Fall Fun!

Good morning! Over at Emma's Paperie, we recently spotlighted American Crafts and I created this layout of us at the pumpkin patch this past fall using the "Garden Cafe" and Amy Tangerine collections. The design is very simple and yet, I was able to fit 6 photos on the page.

The little alphabet stickers are by Lily Bee. I just love these stickers for adding a word here and there and in this case, they made a great sub-title.

 A little bit of layering here.... the bottom of the tag didn't really go with my color scheme so I simply covered it up with a strip of patterned paper.

For a complete supply list, please visit the Emma's Paperie blog here. I also share instructions on how I created the layout.

We spent our Saturday at a wonderful marriage conference put on by our church with Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the 5 Love Languages). It was one of the best conferences we have ever been too and came home feeling rejuvenated and ready to try a few tips and tricks to make our marriage better than ever. Awww. ;) I was so happy that my sister and her husband were able to come with us to the conference. We also went mattress shopping (FUN!). Not for us but for two little girls who are more than ready to make the move to big girl beds. Decisions, decisions. I'm hoping we have finally decided the plan!

Have a great day! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Card Ideas: A Day of Love!

Happy Valentine's Day! I love a day to celebrate how very much I love my husband and girls. Here are my two cuties enjoying a sweet treat...

Today I have a couple of very quick and easy card ideas to share with you. The first one was created for Webster's Pages using the brand new "Sunday Picnic" collection. (I am slightly obsessed with using vellum again!)

And the second card I created for the February Color Challenge at Emma's Paperie. I combined some beautiful products by October Afternoon and Kaisercraft. For a complete supply list, visit the Emma's Paperie blog here

Enjoy your day of love and I'll see you again soon! :)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Pebbles: Love, Love, Love, Love You, Sis!

This week on the Pebbles blog, we're celebrating all things lovely in honor of Valentine's Day! Today I have a layout to share with you using the beautiful new "With Love" collection. I have two sisters myself but there's something about witnessing the relationship of twin sisters that makes my heart happy. These two are best friends and are so blessed to have a built-in buddy! They are affectionate with each other. They laugh with each other. They protect each other. They share with each other. And like most siblings, have their moments of fighting with each other as well.

I created the title using a variety of alphabet stickers and punched hearts. The middle heart was covered with vellum and then I used a heart candy dot by Pebbles in the center. 

The word bubble was cut out of patterned paper and then I placed a masking tape sticker in the center. I love the little heart paper clip for texture. 

So sweet....(the xoxo is a masking tape sticker)!

I love my kiddos! ;) Also, today I wanted to note and congratulate my wonderful in-laws on their 50th anniversary! I am so blessed to be part of their family! They love spending time with their granddaughters and we appreciate their help and support so much. They retired down south right before I met my husband but decided to move back home right before the girls were born. And now they live just 10 minutes away. It's great to have them so close so I can run errands and get somewhat of a break each week. We're so excited for their big anniversary! Congratulations, Pete & Mary! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Webster's Pages: She's Carefree...

Oh my goodness! I'm having one of those weeks that is so jam packed busy that I'm forgetting to do some of the most basic things I do every day. We have been go-go-going constantly this week and it won't let up until the weekend. One of the things we have been busy with is making Valentine's for a party on Friday that I am so looking forward to - the girls' first Valentine's party!

But in the meantime, I have a layout to share with you today for Webster's Pages. The very talented Leslie Ashe is our guest designer this month and this page was inspired by her beautiful layering, use of punches and banners. I'm a huge fan of Leslie's work!

This is my Lily in a photo taken this summer. It's so amazing how different the girl's personalities are...Lily is a little more extroverted and is always saying hello to strangers and just jumps right into a new situation. And Nora is a little more shy, a little more clingy to mom in a new situation. But then they also go back and forth being the leader, the instigator. I used the beautiful "Sunday Picnic" collection on this layout.

I used my brand new Jenni Bowlin banner punch to create the banner and then trimmed down a piece of bloomer trim by Webster's Pages to fit at the top. Just a little adds so much texture! I seem to be stuck on adding a little vellum these days when I work with Webster's Pages products (check out the butterflies with pearls).

The title was created with a variety of Webster's Pages alphabet stickers.

I added a little more vellum between layers of patterned paper and I really love the texture and softness it adds to the layout. 

You can check out Leslie's work and see what the rest of the design team did over on Webster's Pages Inspire Me page.

Thanks for looking today! Have a good one! ;)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Webster's Pages: We Love to Twirl

In our backyard, we have the prettiest flowering crab apple tree in the spring. The blossoms only last a little while so if we want to capture them at all, we have to do it quickly. We brought the girls outside last year for a little photo shoot and I just love how we captured the pure joy on their faces. It was a long winter and we were OUTSIDE! There was a light breeze. It was beautiful out! 

These are some of my favorite photos of the girls ever and I was waiting for the perfect papers and embellishments to use when I scrapbooked them. The "Everyday Poetry" collection from Webster's Pages was exactly what I was looking for! I also mixed in some embellishments from "Sunday Picnic" and I love how effortlessly the collections mix! This layout was up on the Webster's Pages blog earlier this week.

I love the soft layers of the flowers and all of Webster's Pages trim is so elegant!

I punched a few little butterflies...

...I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with Webster's cameos! The detail is amazing and the colors are so rich! A little bit of the rose trim goes a long way and adds a pop of color.

Thanks for looking today! I had good intentions of blogging earlier this week and then I took a tumble down the steps while holding one of my girls. Not good! She's fine but mom was in pain for a couple days and is just now feeling better. And today, (like usual) I will be playing catch up! ;)

Have a fabulous day! :)
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