SMS Feb Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

You should have hopped here from the oh so fab Lisa Kingston’s blog. As I am sure you can tell we are doing a really fun product swap this month with Accent Scrapbooking. The badges are amazing and I was so excited to create a layout with one!  As a fun twist we also decided as a team that it would be fun to include a sketch again for this month. Of course who do you go to when picking a sketch… Laura Whitaker of course!c0d0fe9a2d6c5ac3469b58db46ec42db

So with my main goals set I got creating!

I will be honest and say this layout was a little tricky. I have not been feeling all to great lately (hello third trimester) and I have found my scrappy mojo to be lacking a little. So when I was able to complete this layout and be in love with it I was so pleased with myself.layouts3

Do you see where I placed that badge??? Isn’t it the perfect spot to cover up an ugly part of a photo!! I also grab my all time favourite Birds of a Feather Felties from the SMS shop. Along with one of the new I Cork U hearts that were part of the huge release from last month. My final touch was to add a fun pop of yellow down at the bottom with the Let’s Be Mermaids sequins pack.

All in all this was a fun layout to create even if it took me four days to do so. I loved following the sketch and I loved the beautiful badges we got to play with.

You are now off to see Sarah McClellan, enjoy the rest of the hop!

 

January 2017 Review

Total Layouts Done: 10

  1. Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday Challenge-See Blog Post Heredsc05471
  2. Paper Issues Notable Quotable Challenge mixed with my Trendy Tuesday for SMS

Here is the quote I took inspiration from.15747832_10155756748969552_8944413996292068255_nI really wanted to focus on the love portion of the quote and have been dying to create another layout about baby girl so this is what I came up with…layouts3-2

3. SMS Blog Post mixed with Paper Issues Take 5 Tuesday Challenge- See Post Here 15825858_1521031804578253_7863675736939415455_n

I used pink, black, more than 1 photo, pattern paper and washi tape!layouts3-3

4. Lift & Sketch- Jan 14th

Here is the original layout I took inspiration from:15750196_10211297853952871_270451691_nAs you can see I flipped the pattern paper strips on their side and that was about all I took as inspiration for this layout. dsc05484

5. Spiegel Mom Scraps- Trendy Tuesday- Jan 17layouts3

6. Obsessed Series mixed with Paper Issues Working Title Challenge and my 99 Layout Challenge- See Blog Post Here:dsc05479

7. Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday for Jan 8th:dsc05493

8. SMS Trendy Tuesday Jan 24 with Paper Issues Roll the Dice and Jan Sketch Challenge

Here is the January Sketch I took inspiration from:15895385_10211691542305562_4623823217915492129_nNot an exact lift but I love the outcome. I also had to use 4 photos and a 4 word title for the roll the dice challenge:layouts3-5

9. Lift & Sketch Jan 28th

Here is the sketch we chose from Laura Whitaker:15327589_10154753100822392_1921982932_n

And here is my take:dsc05511

10. Layout 2/99 for I’ve Got 99 Layouts Series

Here is the layout I was inspired by:0a97c9241aadf619661e217fc15df489

Here is my layout:dsc05514

Three Projects In One!!

Happy Wednesday!

I started working on my first layout for my new season of Obsessed with Katty & Christy when I realized I could combine it with a Paper Issues Challenge and my own 99 Layout Challenge. In my goal to create layouts with intent behind them I find this really falls into that category.

My main priority was to follow the recipe challenge Katty and I had created for this first episode.15902539_413677195644911_1006828254_o

Long Title: Paper Issues Challenge

For the past few months I have noticed myself see a phrase or word that really spoke to me and made me think “hey this would make an awesome title for a layout”. Of course I would neveb91c25130bf2b51589a73633db95bafbr remember all of these (especially with the baby brain I have going on right now) so I created a board on my Pinterest account; “Titles“. When looking for my long title for this layout I went straight there and found the perfect quote…
Around the same time I also noticed that my new favourite scrappy FB group,  Paper Issues Friends & Family, was hosting a challenge called “Working Titles” and the goal for this month is to create a large title. Only I am taking that as meaning a long title! Two for one and yet very meaningful.

Design Idea: 99 Layout Challenge

While trying to decide how I was going to create the design for my layout, it571b54d8693273c2e73bc1d4d612e663 hit me I could just use one of my inspiration layouts I have saved for my 99 layout challenge. I scrolled through and found this really fun layout by the amazing Tracy Banks (Mercy Tiara on YT). It had all the right design elements I was looking for and enough pattern paper ideas to help get me to use the four papers we had chosen for this episode. It also lent itself to being able to use the long title I needed as well.

The best part is following this scraplift made my layout come together super fast and I already knew it would look good because I could see a finished product before even begging. This is what I love about scraplifting and this challenge I have set for myself this year.

Final Elements & Thoughts

As stated above this layout came together very quickly and I am in love with the final product. What I didn’t mention was that there is actually a fourth element to this layout. While trying to figure out what photos I wanted to use, I found myself searching through my box of layouts I want to re-do and came across this one…layouts5And though I still like the layout and think it would be okay to keep when I look at my album right beside it is a layout that looks so similar to it and I just wasn’t happy with the overall feeling this layout gave me.

I carefully took it apart and used as many of the elements as possible along with my other challenges to help create my final layout…dsc05479

I am so much happier with this layout and it fits so much better in my album when flipping through. I created a flap and my other two pictures are hiding behind the top one. Of course this being a YT series I also have a process video if you are interested in seeing me put it all together here. But I really wanted to share my entire though process with you for this.

I hope you enjoyed and I will talk to you soon!

xoxo..Christy

 

 

 

SMS/Cut2Luv Product Swap Blog Hop

Hey Everyone and Happy Tuesday! I hope you have been enjoying your morning coffee while hopping through this fun product swap blog hop we have for you today. Hopefully you came to my post from the flower master Valerie’s Blog. 

I am sure you have noticed by now not only did we do a product swap with Cut2Luv but we also were all being inspired by the same sketch…15178942_10211865938990519_1282981339540046324_n

To try something new for myself I took on the sketch very literally. layouts3-3

Doesn’t it just look like you could dive into those photos and feel the cold!?! I decided to take the baby its cold outside from Cut2Luv “Let it Snow” badges to help highlight having black in three areas (I love my triangular designs you will see it often with me). Then I went sequin crazy!! Here is the list of the 5 different packs I picked from…

  1. Let’s Be Mermaids (the big blue ones used as my border)
  2. Cozy (all those fun snowflake sequins you see and the small blue ones used as my border)
  3. Amore (the purple and pink sequins in the middle of the snowflakes)
  4. Build a Snowman (the blue flat sequins in the middle of the snowflakes)
  5. Coffee Break (the peach/off white ones in the middle of the snowflakes)
I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop! Remember to leave comments on all the designers blogs to be entered to win a couple fabulous prizes from each company!
Now you’re off to Beth’s blog. I know you’ll just love her project!

First Layout of 2017

I was so excited to get a little scrappy time in on New Years Day this past Sunday. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to get started on. I have a few layouts that need to be done for SMS and the next season of Obsessed, but I just wasn’t feeling that. So instead I went onto the Paper Issues FB Group and found a fun challenge to scrap-lift the oh so talented Mary Ann Jenkins. Here is the layout we were to use for inspiration.15822735_10154848450264254_8157871476846810073_n

I loved the idea of using this to help kick start a layout for myself. And with my new goal to re-scrap with intention I decided this layout was going to be the first one that got torn apart…dsc04814

Want to know why this was the one?!?

It’s simple, the design is just not right. There journaling is in a very odd place compared to the rest of the embellishments and the whole block just looks like it’s floating in the middle of the page with no anchoring point.

So ever so carefully I took apart my layout and came up with this to re-place it.

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Same title, same journaling and same embellishments! But I was able to add another picture to help tell the story and I didn’t use any white cardstock (I have been doing that so much lately and I want to change that).

This was the perfect challenge for me to help start my 2017 off in the right scrappy direction. I love this little story that shows how active Jaxon was as a baby, especially now when I can compare it to how active of a toddler he also is.

2017 Resolutions

Happy 2017!

I was a little sad to see 2016 go as it was a great year for my little family. But never the less it’s time to look ahead and start making some scrappy resolutions for this new and exciting year.

1. The number one thing I want to do this year is scrapbook with intent. Meaning not just a layout because the photo is cute but because of the awesome story behind it. I am going to allow my yearly albums to have 5 fluff layouts but the rest are going to be meaningful. Now let me explain why…

I do a TON of layouts within a years time, and I mean a ton. Now doing all of that means I get to be caught up faster with previous years but it is also showing me that I am going to have a lot of albums by the time my children are older. So to reduce this just a little I came up with my 5 fluff rule.

2. The second thing is still within this no fluff kick and some of you are not going to agree; so be prepared. I plan on going through my albums and pulling out the layouts that I have created that are fluff. Eek I know what am I thinking.

I figure if I pull out those layouts that don’t really have much meaning to them and re-use as much of the product as possible I can then take all those pictures and add them to some type of photo book. This will make it possible to still look at the cute pics I took through the years but keeps my scrapbook albums to the stories!

3. Project Life 2017! That’s right I am going to attempt to tackle PL again. I figured with our little bundle coming along in April it would be a great opportunity to document all those little pictures I will take like I did with Jaxon in 2014. I also plan on attempting to FINISH 2014 PL as well.

4. 99 Layouts- Yes you heard me I plan to create 99 layouts this year. Doing the math that will be about 8 layouts a month. I created a board on pinterest to help me get inspiration and I plan to keep myself accountable by blogging about each layout.

5. Finally I am planning on doing a fun thing on my YT Channel where I share a small stash of stash I own and do a giveaway. I have tons of beautiful products that are just not my style and sitting in my craft space. I would like to simplify by doing small stash giveaways.

So there you have it my 5 Scrappy Resolutions for 2017!

LETS DO THIS!!

SMS December Blog Hop

Welcome you should have hopped on over here from Lisa’s awesome creation over on her blog.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least for me anyways. I love December and everything it has to share with the world. I am one of those scrapbookers who does a December Daily and I have been doing it since 2013. I also tend to scrap a ton of Christmas layouts just because I love to use the products available for the season. So with both those things in mind I created TWO projects!

First is my 12×12 layout. I wanted to really help make this layout sing Christmas so I simply poured out my package of Cozy Sequins Mix and arranged it on some white cardstock by American Crafts before adding my photos and journaling. To round everything off I placed my title at the bottom and added a half border for a little more pop of red!layouts20

For my second project I took inspiration from the FB group Ali Edwards has put up for December Daily. A lovely lady named Michelle Hunter created an awesome Christmas tree made out of sequins and thread. I knew I didn’t want mine to be so traditional in colour and I definitely wanted to downsize the tree. Here is what I came up with using the new Build a Snowman sequins pack being released for December…layouts19

This will be for my December First in my DD! I am so in love with the way it turned out with all the fun shapes included in this collection.

So there you have it! My two takes on Christmas for this month. I hope you enjoy hoping along with all the other fun and magical projects for this month.

You are off to see the lovely Sarah M.