Monday, May 11, 2015

Beautiful Spring

Good morning. I have something a little different for me today. My scrapbook layouts are almost always about my little boy, so I don't often use pink. 


But every once in awhile, I get a picture or two of Cory with a little girl. In this case, it was with his cousin Piper and her brother on Easter Sunday. Yay for pink!

I love the combo of pink and yellow together. I really need to look for more excuses to use it. 

I made this layout with the May Creative kit My Creative Scrapbook. You can see all the monthly kits on their website. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back later this week with a mini-album. 


Friday, May 8, 2015

Puddle Jumper & Wave Rider: Summer Layout

We're fortunate to live fairly close to the beach, about a 4-hour drive, and when Spring fever strikes, it's hard to resist the pull of the shore. 

The ocean water was pretty chilly this April day, but it didn't stop my 6-year-old from jumping in. He was particularly anxious to try skimboarding. After a few tips from a fellow boarder, he was on his way. 


The water themed papers and icons from the May Creative Kit at My Creative Scrapbook were perfect for this layout. I used a sheet of blue patterned paper as my backdrop and created waves on top with kraft paper. 


I handcut the waves. Nothing fancy, then stitched them down, creating a pocket in the bottom wave for my photos. 


I tucked a series of photos in the wave pocket and stitched them in place. Then I added a a title and a few embellishments to the bottom wave. 


At the top of the layout, I created a cluster of stickers on a journaling card to balance the page. On the left, I added a shipping tag with a bit of strip journaling. 

Here'a another look at the full layout: 


I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'll be back on Monday with one more layout from this kit. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Giggles and Goggles: Using A Kraft Paper Background

Good morning.  I am back today with a sunny, happy layout, as promised. 


I love using kraft paper as my background. It is one of my favorite scrapbooking trends. Kraft paper is like khaki pants. It goes with everything! Kraft paper lends itself particularly well to layouts about boys, I think. It has sort of a rough and tumble look all on its own. Plus, bright colors really pop against kraft. 


I've been holding on to these photos for awhile. I took them at a July 4th party when my son was 4. These photos went perfectly with the new May kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  The kit features Echo Park Paper. 

I printed the series of photos small (2 x 2 inches) and cut 8 circles (1.25 inches each) from the colorful paper with a circle punch.  


Below the photos is the title. I put my son's age on the sailboat using little alphas from the kit. It was a way to dress up the sailboat and add a little demographic data at the same time. 

As you can see, I had a lot of design on the right side of the page. I could have stopped there and cut my page to 8.5 x 11. I am kind of digging smaller canvases these days. But in the end, I decided to keep the page 12 x 12. Since the left side was empty, I added a few elements to balance things out: strip journaling, a line of banners and a 3 x 4 card with decorative elements. 

Here's another look at the whole layout. 


Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another layout from this kit. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Singing In The Rain: My Creative Scrapbook Reveal

Good morning!  

Today is reveal day at My Creative Scrapbook. The new May kit is sunny and happy and, well, a little bit rainy. Yep.  I played on that latter theme for my first layout. 


The May Creative kit featured Echo Park Paper's Sunny Days Ahead collection, which includes images of the sun, of course, but also clouds, umbrellas and rain boots. 

My first layout was inspired by this paper in the kit: 



The front side is adorable, but a little too girly for my scrapbooking my son. The B side, however, was perfect.  It has the text Singing in the Rain repeated over and over. 

The paper made me think of these photos I took last year of my son playing in the sprinklers, fully dressed, at our local botanical gardens. 



The photos aren't perfect. It is hard to capture crisp, sharp photos of an active child. Plus, there was the issue of not wanting to get my camera wet in the spray.  But the photos captured the joy of a child and that's what I wanted to scrapbook. 

I chose a series of three photos from that day and used the Singing In The Rain paper as my background with large yellow circles for a pop of color. 


In the bottom corner, I used a journaling card to anchor my page. 


We actually were at the gardens in late October last year for a Halloween event. So, I wasn't even thinking that my 5-year-old would run through the water spray. It was October!  But, as my journaling says: you can't keep a kid out of sprinkler. 

Here's one more look at the whole layout. 



This is the kit I used to create the layout: 


My Creative Scrapbook offers a main kit, creative kit, limited edition kit and an album kit each month. You can find all the details on their website

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another layout from this kit. A sunny one, I promise!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sneak Peeks: My Creative Scrapbook May Kit

Hello everyone!

Spring has sprung and summer is almost upon us. This is my favorite time of year to scrapbook. I always seem to have the most photos - and the best photos - of these lazy, sunny days. 

Here are a few sneak peeks at what I have been working on: 





Yep. Happy little layouts with the new May kit at My Creative Scrapbook. The full reveal is May 5. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

As part of the annual event Read Across America, my son's school celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday with a dress-up day. The kids are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a Dr. Seuss book. 


At my son's school, they typically wear uniforms, so dress-up days are always a big hit. 

I wanted a costume that was easy and inexpensive and wouldn't restrict my active boy's daily activities. 

We chose the book: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  





To make the fish, I hand-drew them on adhesive-backed craft foam.  These sheets are easy to find at any craft store. The sheets sell individually for about 99 cents. I bought a red sheet and a blue sheet (given the book's title) and a yellow sheet. 

After cutting out the fish, I added a wiggly eye to each. Then I peeled the adhesive from the back of the foam and applied the fish to my son's shirt. Super easy!



As you may have guessed, the most popular costume at school today was Thing 1 and Thing 2. 

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Easy Valentine Collection Bags: Kindergarten Craft

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  Cory's kindergarten class celebrated the holiday at school yesterday. We made these owl treat bags to hold their valentines. Easier and cheaper than the traditional Valentine box. 


I made the samples above for the class: boy and girl owls with wiggly eyes, a doily middle and little heart feet. 

I used kraft bags from the gift bag aisle at Michaels. The bags were sold by the dozen (a baker's dozen, actually) for $5.99. The bags measure 5.5 inches across and 8.5 inches tall. Perfect for this simple craft. 


Two of the boys made these fun versions. Got to love the bug on the heart! Ha!


Above are versions the girls made. So sweet. I love how they all turned out. 

This was a really fast craft for the class. They finished in about 15 minutes. Almost too fast as we had an hour to fill for the party!

After the bags were made, the kids distributed their Valentines. Or more accurately, I should say, the kids distributed the candy they brought in for class. It looked like Halloween!  From the 24 kids in the class, Cory received one handmade Valentine, one traditional store bought card and 22 pieces of Valentine candy with a sticker wrapped around it. Truth in blogging: the "valentines" that Cory brought to school were in that latter category. No stones here!


The one lone handmade Valentine. Yoda best! Love it!

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