Archive | August, 2011

Week 9 LOAD

31 Aug

Here is my layout for Week 9:

Your Smile

LOAD Week 9: Layout 9

Supplies: Everything came from my Studio Calico Boardwalk kit except for the blue cloud paper which is Amy Tangerine.

Love this picture-makes me smile every time I look at it.  🙂

I am pretty proud of myself as I finished all of the assignments for LOAD for the first nine weeks-yay!  Tomorrow starts a layout a day though, and I am sure that will prove to be more challenging!!!  🙂

Kid’s Craft Week #20-Footprint Butterflies

26 Aug

Today we made these:

found it on pinterest, so I thought we could give it a try!  I don’t have any pictures from during, as I was painting and holding The Girlio’s feet, but here are the results.  Next time I will make sure to press her arches down to get more paint on the paper.  Or, maybe I will just wait until I have another helper around-it was kind of a tricky process!  🙂  Also, had to really trim down the butterflies as The Weebo spilled water on them, and I just barely rescued them.

It was a fun project, and I am sure we will do it again, but I think first we will try some of the projects where you use your hands.  🙂

Transportation Challenge at The Paper Variety!

24 Aug

Well, I totally had a project in mind for this challenge, but as our computer was on the fritz, I couldn’t use my Silhouette!  So, I improvised, and I am glad I did as I don’t know that I had ever thought to scrap these photos!  And, what’s that?  There is even a picture of me on this page!  🙂

The challenge this week was to create a travel or transportation themed project.

Here is mine:

Open Road Must

Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Sassafrass Lass; Letter Stickers: Studio Calico; Tape: American Crafts; Buttons and Brad: Crate Paper; Paint: Jenni Bowlin

I used a lot of strips of patterned paper on this layout, and not many embellishments.  That isn’t usually my style, but I really like the different patterns-I think they complement each other.  I also used paint under my journaling so that it was easier to see.  That striped paper really makes my title look crazy, but it does look a lot better in person-I promise!  I think doing LOAD is really helping me out too, because this only took me about 2 hours-think I am finally learning to make stuff in a shorter amount of time.  Although, I suppose hubby taking the kids out of the house might have helped my concentration level slightly as well.  🙂

ANYWAY, now on to the important part-you need to play along!!!!

There is another GREAT prize up for grabs this week from The Paper Trail.  Check out this picture of all the goodies:

Pretty awesome, right?  So, what are you waiting for?  Go create your project and upload it at  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  🙂

p.s. I also used this layout for week 8 for LOAD.

Kid’s Craft Week #19-Maracas

19 Aug

Today we made maracas out of water bottles, paint, and some leftover rice.  Next time, I will just have her swirl the paint around on the inside, instead of painting the outside so when The Weebo decides to chew on them it won’t matter.  They were still fun to make though!

Here are some pictures of her painting them, and then after drying, we just added the rice and glued the lids on.

LOAD Week Seven

18 Aug

The assignment for this week was to incorporate embellishments into the design that really helped to tell the story.  I chose to use butterflies and flowers to really give a girly feel to the layout.  I also chose girly colors and patterns.

Daddy’s Girl


LOAD Week 7: Layout 7

Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper; Letters: American Crafts; Flowers: Scarlet Lime; Butterfly Punches: Martha Stewart; Mist (Lemonade): Studio Calico; Tags (used as templates): Studio Calico

This is the first time I have purchased flowers like these, and the package was used up within one week.  I think I am going to have to get some more-or learn to make them!  🙂

LOAD Week Six

17 Aug

Here is my layout for week six:

The Best Pictures


LOAD Week 6: Layout 6

Supplies: Paper: Amy Tangerine, Basic Grey; Stickers, Brads and Canvas: Basic Grey; Letters: Pink Paislee; Mist: Studio Calico; Sketch: October Afternoon.  Most items (not Amy Tangerine paper) was from Studio Calico’s Boardwalk and Tide Pool kits.  The Basic Grey stickers were a shop item that sold out before I could get them, but was able to pick them up at Archivers.  So glad I did as they go perfectly with the kits!  I wasn’t sure I liked that Pink Paislee alpha from Tide Pool, but now that I am playing with it-LOVE it!!!  And, Bonnie Blue mist looks so great with the rest of the embellishments.

The assignment was to write the story first.  I have to admit, I created another layout before I realized I hadn’t actually done what I was supposed to do!  I am not used to writing first-I am almost always looking for products to play with.  I am glad I did though, as I am not sure I would have scrapped these pictures.  Once I started writing, I realized there was a story there that I really wanted to share-regardless if the pictures were not as perfect as I would have liked.

I am also participating in A Layout a Week over at Studio Calico, and this week’s challenge was to use an October Afternoon sketch.  It was a great sketch, so I incorporated that into the design as well.

Cardapalooza Day Fifteen

16 Aug

Here is my final card for Cardapalooza.  I am kind of sad to see it end, but really proud of myself for completing every single challenge!!  🙂

Day 15: Make a gift card holder

Supplies: Paper: Basic Grey; Flower: Studio Calico

This was pretty simple to make, but I love the combination of colors in the patterned papers.  I usually don’t mix different patterns together like this, but LOVE the result!

Cardapalooza was a BLAST, but now I need to get back to sharing my LOAD projects!  Look for some in my next few posts!  🙂