Friday, September 11, 2015

Let's Go: Kit Club Travel Layout

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today, I have a travel-themed layout using the September kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

This kit featured bold, bright colors and travel-related icons from the paper manufacturer Imaginisce

I thought the map paper was really fun and I wanted to showcase it without overwhelming the page. I cut it so that I could see the outline of the United States and used alphas and a geotag to mark where we were.

I anchored the page with a pair of suitcases. I added silver brads to the buckles for a little pop of texture. 

I also added small black buttons to the scooter die cut. I like the bit of depth that gives the page without being too bulky. Both the buttons and brads were part of the kit. 

I wasn't sure where to add my journaling. I could have added strip journaling right above the suitcases and I think it would have looked fine there. Instead, I printed out a short sentence that covered the basics and tucked it under the left side of my photo. 

Here's one more look: 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Day: Documenting Kindergarten

School's back in session and it's great to have the household back in routine! To celebrate, I made a layout of my son's first day of Kindergarten. 

Cory was so excited to start Kindergarten. He may feel differently about later grades, but it was fun to capture his joy on this day. 

I made this layout using the Happy Traveler collection from Imaginisce that was including in the new September kit from My Creative Scrapbook. I loved the primary colors and thought they were perfect for a school page. I used the journaling cards that read: There is a great big world out there and Pack your bags to support the Kindergarten theme. 

I use this notebook edge punch from EK Success on a lot of my layouts because I just like it. But it works especially well here with a school page. 

Below is a photo of the September kit I used from My Creative Scrapbook. It definitely doesn't scream school, but the bold colors got me thinking in that direction. 

Here's one more look at the layout: 

You can find information on all the kits offered by My Creative Scrapbook on its website.

I'll be back tomorrow with a travel layout from this kit!  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Let's Do That Again: The Dirty Dancing Trip

Good morning!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.  It's always sad to see the summer fade away, but it also nice to welcome the first tinges of Fall. I love Fall weather. 

Before summer slips away entirely, I wanted to document this family trip to Lake Lure, NC. I made this layout with the new September kit from My Creative Scrapbook

Lake Lure was the principal filming location for the movie Dirty Dancing, which was released in 1987 and made Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey stars. 

The cast and crew stayed at the iconic Lake Lure Inn, built in 1927. 

We stayed in a camper! But we did get a side view of the inn from a boat ride. 

The boat ride was one of our favorite parts of the trip. I took of photo of my mom, dad and son on the boat as we were pulling out of the dock. 

The kit featured mostly bold colors and patterns, but I chose some of the softer ones for my photos. 

I tucked the photo of the Lake Lure Inn in the upper left corner. 

Here's another look at the full layout. 

Here's a photo of the kit I used, which featured a travel line by Imaginisce. 

You can find information on all the kits offered by My Creative Scrapbook here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Sneak Peeks: My Creative Scrapbook

I don't know if you have ever joined a scrapbooking kit club, but they are a fun way to scrapbook. I find it easier to scrapbook using a collection or a kit, instead of hunting through my stash. 

I started been designing for My Creative Scrapbook in 2012 and it's always a great surprise to see what's in this month's kit. The designers get a hint a few days before our boxes arrive, then we stalk our mailboxes!

Some months, the kits are an especially good fit with my style. Like this month: lots of bold colors plus a fun travel theme. 

Here's a sneak peek at what I made: 

September 5th is reveal day. You can find out more information about My Creative Scrapbook on its website here.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Another Day In Paradise: Summer Layout

Hello, everyone!  I'm back today with another summer layout from the August kit at My Creative Scrapbook

I took this photo of my son on what we consider the first day of summer. Of course, that's the day after the school year ends. We always do something particularly summer-y on that day. It usually involves water and ice cream! On this day, we hit the pool and had a frosty later that afternoon. 

I needed a spot for my journaling and wasn't sure where to put in on the page. I decided to type out a sentence or two and tuck it in vertically alongside my photo. Even though it's very short, it covers the basics of Who, What, Where, Why and When. Well, not who. But I have only one kid so I know who is in the photo!

The kit I used featured the Summer Sun collection from Fancy Pants Designs and included this cute set of cards. 

I used several of these cards on the layouts I made with this kit. On this particular layout, I used the three circled in yellow. 

The card with the orange strip circled at the bottom is the vertical Take Note card seen above. It was the perfect landing spot for the die cut that reads: Another Day in Paradise

The card that says Travel: I tucked that card under the top of my photo.  I used the Hello Summer card at the top of my layout, and layered a few die cuts on top. 

Here's a look at the layout with the cards circled. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Swimming Lessons: Little Fish

Hello everyone. I am back today with a summer layout about my son's swimming lessons. 

After a scary incident last August when Cory fell in a lake while on vacation with my parents, I enrolled him in private swimming lessons. While he had previously been in group lessons, those lessons for young children seemed more geared toward play. I wanted him to really learn how to swim. 

I initially enrolled Cory in a series of 8 private lessons at our local aquatics center. Swimming is a hard skill to learn and it was clear that it would take more than 8 lessons, so we continued with another set of 8 lessons, then another set and another. 

Cory did great in the water. A year later, he can now swim the front and back crawl for 50 meters (the length of an Olympic size pool), can tread water, do a standing dive, and is learning the breast stroke and butterfly.  

I'm proud of him and of course, I wanted to do a layout about his accomplishments. I used the August kit from My Creative Scrapbook, which featured the cute Summer Sun line from Fancy Pants Designs

You can find all the kits from My Creative Scrapbook here. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Happy Place

Hello everyone!

I went through my son's baby album a couple weeks ago and tried to identify any missing milestones or favorite photos. I had just been introduced to scrapbooking when my son was born and, oh boy, I am tempted to redo a couple of those first layouts!

This is a photo of my son and me that I had never scrapped. Cory is just two weeks old here and we went outside on a beautiful Spring day. 

I used the new August kit from My Creative Scrapbook to make this layout and primarily used just one sheet of patterned paper. The paper is from the Summer Sun collection by Fancy Pants Designs

I saw this paper and immediately thought: baby!  I loved the fading soft colors. I cut the paper at the sign post and turned the paper upside down so that I had only polka dots. 

I cut off the blue strip under the bicycle and sewed it to the bottom of the yellow polka dot paper to ground the page. VoilĂ . Baby paper!

The yellow strip above the polka dots is the reverse side of the same piece of paper. To complete the page, I added a bit of floral paper to the top and a few simple embellishments. 

Here's another look at the layout: 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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