Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Day, Another Round of Candy Land

Hi everyone! Today I have a rarity for me: a layout about every day life. Somehow, I don't seem to do enough of these type of layouts.  So, I am especially happy to have documented this story of my young son's abiding love for the board game Candy Land. I couldn't even venture a guess of how many times we have played it. A lot. 

I took these particular photos last year on Thanksgiving Day. We had a card table set up for puzzles. But Cory insisted on a few rounds of Candy Land first!

I've been holding on to these pictures. I wasn't sure how to scrapbook them, but as soon as I saw these colorful hexagons in this cute paper from Pebbles Inc., I immediately recalled the Candy Land photos. 

This paper line, Home + Made, included this card "let's stay home." It was really just perfect. I added the house icon (pop-dotted a sticker), journaling strips and a tab with his age.  Done!

Everything on this layout was part of the November Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. I really did love this line and this kit. You can find all the kits, including a new Documenting December kit, from My Creative Scrapbook on their website. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall At The Farm: Pebbles Inc.

Good morning!  We're having beautiful Fall weather here in the Carolinas and today, I'm showing a seasonal layout I made with the new kit at My Creative Scrapbook.

We went to a Fall festival in October at Longshot Farms and had the best day. I took this quick snap of my son while we were waiting for a hayride. 

The kit featured the Home + Made collection from Pebbles including this cute paper. I loved it and used it on nearly every project I made with the kit. 

The "best day ever" card was perfectly sized to pair with a vertical 4x6 photo. I made a little pocket under the card for a hidden journaling tag.

To balance the page, I added a shipping tag at the top, layered with stickers, as well as a dark, bold title and a few colorful banners.

Here's another look at the full layout: 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stitched Web: Spiderman Layout

Good morning!  Today I have a layout with a stitched spiderweb that I made from the new My Creative Scrapbook kit. It was a fun layout to make!

I started by adhering the striped paper to the background, then stitched a large spiderweb in the upper left corner. 

I stitched the web freehand. It's a little messy, but I solved that in part by adding some stickers on top. I used a Stampin' Up punch to make the bat. 

Next, I created a multi-layered photo mat, using a mix of papers from the kit. The papers are from the Home + Made collection from Pebbles Inc. 

I added a 6-inch white doily on top of the photo mat. I colored the doily with Night Sky mist from October Afternoon then stitched it down for a little extra texture. 

I added my photo and a few pop-dotted stickers. To complete the page, I added journaling strips, a title and a couple stickers in the corners for balance. 

I think it turned out pretty cute! This November kit from My Creative Scrapbook is so versatile. It's not Halloween themed at all, but it worked just perfectly with this photo. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anatomy Of A Layout: November Kit

Hi everyone. Today, I have the reveal of the new kits at My Creative Scrapbook and a tutorial on how I used the kit to make a Fall layout. 

The kit featured the versatile Home + Made collection from Pebbles Inc. While the collection isn't specifically Autumn-themed, the colors and icons worked perfectly for my photo of the kids at our local pumpkin farm. 

I started the layout my piecing together the background on white cardstock, then I stitched the whole background onto a 12 x 12 sheet of kraft paper. 

The mask in the kit was perfect for creating a journaling spot. 

The kit included some cute script word stickers. I used the sticker that said "friends," inking it to make it pop against the background paper. 

I loved the sheet of Crate Memo paper in the kit and cut apart several elements from that sheet, including the arrows. It was perfect for adding little touches to complete the layout. 

I cut the phrase "Life Captured" from the Crate sheet as well. Here's another look at the completed layout.

Below is a photo of the November kit I used to make the layout. You can see more details of monthly kits at My Creative Scrapbook here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Sneak Peeks: My Creative Scrapbook 2014

Is it just me, or do the months fly by, especially this time of year. It seems like the school year just started. How can Thanksgiving be just around the corner?!

Here it is a new month and time for a new reveal at My Creative Scrapbook. Well, almost time. The reveal is on the 5th, but here's a sneak peek at my layouts this month using the Creative Kit. 

I'll be back tomorrow with the full reveal.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy DIY Framed Pegboard

When we remodeled my son's room this Fall as he started Kindergarten, we added a large, homemade pegboard on the wall by his desk. 

I measured the wall space and headed to our local Home Depot. I found a long sheet of raw pegboard and a store employee cut it to my specifications: 40 inches long and 24 inches wide. 

Originally, I tried painting the raw pegboard using spray primer and spray paint. That method did not work for me.  I wasn't getting good coverage. 

I switched to a foam roller and that worked perfectly. I was originally worried about paint getting trapped in the pegboard holes but that wasn't an issue at all with the foam roller. 

I didn't need much paint at all. I purchased a color sample and had it customized to the color I choose: Behr Powdered Snow. 

While at Home Depot, we picked up some brick moulding to frame the pegboard. This is nice moulding typically used to frame windows and doors. It looked great, was priced right and was already primed. After cutting the moulding to perfectly fit the pegboard, we added a coat of paint. 

We built the frame around the pegboard as we hung it.  First we identified where we wanted to bottom of the pegboard to be, found the wall studs and nailed in the bottom moulding.  We used a level to make sure we had frame straight. 

Next, we slipped the pegboard into the bottom moulding, then added the other pieces of moulding around the pegboard to complete the framing. 

We found some fun accessories for the pegboard at Ikea and added a wire basket and a rail holding 3 buckets.  

The wire basket is attached with peghooks but the rail is screwed in permanently. The buckets are removable. 

My son loves to paint, draw and color so we use the pegboard primarily to hold his art supplies. I hung a clipboard on the pegboard so we would have a place to display his artwork. This particular clipboard had metal tab with a hole - perfect for a pegboard hook. The clipboard makes it easy to change the artwork he displays. 

If you have any questions about this project, I'll be happy to answer them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

70 Letter Surprise: Using A Photo Collage

Good morning, everyone. Today, I have a simple layout made with a photo collage, a journaling card I ran through the printer, and the October kit from My Creative Scrapbook. 

We had a big party for my Mom for her 70th birthday and I had several photos I wanted to use.  I used PicMonkey to make the collage, then printed it out as an 8 x 10 photo with a large white border. I trimmed down the white border to make the collage fit better on my 12 x 12 layout. 

I wanted to add some journaling to this layout, but there was no room on the page itself. The kit contained a white cute die-cut card that I thought would work perfectly as a journaling spot. 

I backed the die cut with orange patterned paper for a pop of color, used washi tape to adhere the card temporarily to regular printer paper then ran it through my printer. The photo trio below shows the steps I used and the finished journaling card. 

After the journaling card was ready, I made a little pocket for it under my photo collage then slipped the card into the pocket. The card pulls out to reveal the hidden journaling. 

Though this kit is Fall-themed not birthday themed, it worked out great by using the more neutral papers and palette. A cute and versatile kit!  Paper and embellishments are from Doodlebug Design

If you participated in the blog hop last week, pop over to My Creative Scrapbook blog to see if you were one of the lucky winners!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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