Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Studio Calico August Layout

This layout is inspired by Studio Calico's August Documenter Kit - Young at Heart. I also purchased the Add On Paper & the More Pattern Paper. The cards in this month's kit were some of my favorite ever - especially the "Let them be little" card. I used my Cricut to cut nine stars. I backed the point of each star with a different paper and left the middle open. The specialty vellum paper with silver foil is in the middle of each star. It's beautiful! I loved the stars, but they needed a little something more so I stamped around the edges of each one to make them stand out. Then across the middle of the layout, I layered my favorite Studio Calico cards and the cutest two pictures ever. :) Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2016

First Day of School

Sometimes when I sit down in my craft room, I stare at a photo and agonize for some time on what to do with it. (If you are a scrapper, I know you have been there too!) Some days the creativity just doesn't flow...Today, I'm happy to share this layout with you, because I 100% had a vision in mind and it came out just how I hoped it would. Love that!

Funny back story - on my son's first day of school, I got up early to get everything ready and to print off a "1st day of school" sign - you know - cause that's what everyone does on the 1st day of school. Well, it halfway printed, and then the ink ran out. Then without missing a beat I said, "Oh well, I guess we will have to wait and take the 1st day of school pictures on the 2nd say of school!" And that's just what we did. That's what being a home school mom has taught me - flexibility is key!

 Now for the layout - I used Studio Calico's Jacob stamp brush file to cut out all the alphabet. Shop here:
http://www.studiocalico.com/shop/scout-digital-jacob-stamp-brushes It was rather difficult getting all of the letters to fit, but I finally squeezed them all in. The paper and embellishments are Crate Paper's Cool Kid. As for the photo - I couldn't choose just one! So I used PicFrame collage to get my favorite four on one 4x6 photo!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Love Us

Good morning! Sharing another layout I did this month with Crate Paper's Cool Kid line. When I say I LOVE this line I'm really not exaggerating. (Link to see the whole collection in my previous post!) This layout is special because I'm actually in the picture! I'm the family picture taker 95% of the time so usually it's of my boys, husband or scenery. But not today! I actually had my husband hold my Nikon D5300 out and we took a selfie with it using the 10 second timer! 

This cut file is from Just Nick Studio. See here:
I love her style and modern designs. All the papers are Cool Kid. I backed the cut file and added some embellishments and a large title. The "US" letters are from a Studio Calico Kit. I use Project Life or Studio Calico Documenter cards in a lot of my scrapbook layouts. They add layers and depth and make it easy to document our story. These cards are also from Studio Calico. I always make an effort to stamp or write the date on each of my layouts. I think that's important and gives it a finishing touch.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kicking Off August 2016

Kicking off my first post with one of my favorite layouts from August so far. My boys and I met my husband at Stone Mountain Park after work one evening. We rode the tram to the top of the mountain with our picnic dinner in tow. I sat everything out and then insisted on taking a family photo before we ate. (Can't ever miss a good photo opportunity, right?) So glad I did cause miraculously, we got everyone looking at the camera on the first try!

As for the layout, I used Crate Paper's Cool Kid line for everything. It's all amazing and perfect for all things boy! Check it out here: http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/2016/07/cool-kid-by-crate-paper.html My go to place for all things scrapbooking is always Paper Issues. Explore and shop here:                               www.paperissues.com

My favorite embellishments are the yellow paperclip stars on the tag.

For the design I used the Starburst cut file from The Cut Shoppe on Etsy.
I paired it down some in Cricut Design Space and cut it out with my Cricut Explore Air. I backed the design with paper from the Cool Kid 6x6 pad. In the negative space between the rows of stars, I stamped with all of my favorite sayings on my Ali Edwards & Studio Calico stamps. Hope you feel inspired!