Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook Kit March Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook March Kit Reveal Blog Hop!

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had the great pleasure of guest designing for My Creative Scrapbooks this past month. As part of their reveal they are doing a blog hop with awesome prizes! You can check out all the details below.

My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to celebrate the reveal of our beautiful March kits with an inspiration-filled blog hop complete with beautiful PRIZES!  The design team has prepared a spectacular assortment of projects for you, so be sure to visit each blog to soak up all of the inspiration.

Several prizes are up for grabs!

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Limited Edition kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Main kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive the assortment of chipboard below, courtesy of our fabulous friends at Blue Fern Studios! ***

>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Simply visit each of the participating blogs and leave comments along the way. You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.  The prize winners will be randomly chosen from the comments!

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook March kits:

Here is what I created with the main kit: 

Journaling reads: "Claire, if there is one thing I hope you know about yourself is that you are a daughter of God. I want you to know, that I know, that long before you ever came to be a part of our family, you lived with your Father in heaven. That he is the father of your spirit just as He is mine. I want you to know that as His daughter you are truly royal and divine. That as His daughter he loves you even more than I do, and like me, He always will. Always remember that you are not here to find your worth, but that you brought it with you. You are not ordinary, but extraordinary due to your divine heritage and I know that as you live your life true to that knowledge you will do amazing things. Remember, when you hear us call you princess, it is because you truly are a daughter of a king. Photo July 2012, Journaling Feb. 2015."

Journaling Reads: "These are some of my absolute favorite “mom moments.” Moments when we are just hanging out together, when I’m pushing some of my kids on the swings, jumping on the trampoline together, or maybe dancing around the house, or even just listening as one of you tells me about your day. I love the simple times of fun and joy that we share. I truly love being mom to you four! Fall 2013"

Journaling Reads: "Oh little Claire, what an artist you are! Today you colored all over yourself with markers and you were so excited to show me how “pretty” you are. I’m not sure how, but you even managed to color on the back of your neck. Good thing they were washable markers! 8/30/14"

Journaling Reads: "Claire, my Grandma Bosen made this pink knitted blanket for me when I was born. When we found out we were expecting a girl I was excited to use this very special blanket with you! I made certain we used it in some of your newborn photos as I hoped you will someday know how much I admire and love your great grandma, and feel hope that you will feel her love for you. July 2012"

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The blog hop ends on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog.

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Mariusz Gierszewski:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Guest designing for My Creative Scrapbook Kits

Well, it is not my intention to update my blog so infrequently...but this past year has been by far the busiest year of my life, which has kind of moved blogging to the back burner. It does not mean that I haven't been scrapbooking though--quite the contrary! I still love to scrapbook and I still update my gallery at regularly as well as my "By Me" Pinterest board, so if you are looking for more regular updates of my work, be sure and check those two spots out. I also do quite a few assignments for Queen and Company, so you can look there as well. :)

Today though, I do want to share a little peek at what I've been up to as a guest for My Creative Scrapbook kits. I mentioned before just how busy I have been lately and that means less time to say yes to guest design opportunities, however, I just couldn't say no to this. I've had the pleasure of working with My Creative Scrapbook Kits a couple of times in the past and every single time I had a fabulous time working with a kit I absolutely loved!!!! They have several types of kits to chose from each month and cover a variety of styles which is really rare in kit clubs. I happen to be a huge fan of their Creative and Main kits. They tend to be just my style with lots of bold color and fun embellishments. This month I played with their March main kit and made four pages I am really excited to share. The "reveal" is on the 5th, so be sure and check back then to see the full layouts!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guest Designing for Basic Grey

Basic Grey has long been one of my favorite scrapbooking manufactures, so I was completely thrilled when they asked me if I would be a guest designer for them this month!

They sent me big box just packed with all the many different papers and embellishments from one of their latest lines "Grand Bazaar."

(These little beauties were my favorite embellishment.)

I had a wonderful time working with their "Grand Bazaar" line. It was a great fit for some of my favorite photos of Claire.  Here is one of the layouts I completed with it and my favorite newborn photo of her. 

You can see my guest designer feature and all of the projects I created for Basic Grey by hopping over to the Basic Grey Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birthday Boy

My last several posts featured layout using Doodlebug's Sugar Shoppe line and today I have a couple of layouts to share using Doodlebug's boy birthday line "Hip, Hip, Hooray." I adore this line! It is perfect for little boy birthday photos, and the cute little monster washi tape and stickers are so adorable!

I was so excited that I got my hands on this line just as a mini miracle occurred and I found photos of Blake's first birthday that I thought had been lost. Blake will be 10 this year, and we thought we had lost them just after his first birthday so it's been many years since I'd even seen these photos. They turned up on a CD that was labeled as something else that I thought was unimportant--at least until I checked it out to see if I should trash it or not. Thank goodness I checked!

Anyhow, here are two layouts about his first birthday: (Side note--I can't believe how much he looks like Claire!)

This first layout is simply called Birthday Boy and is about his birthday cake smash.

The journaling reads: For many years Blake, we thought these photos of your first birthday had been lost. Amazingly though, they turned up on a mislabeled CD recently and I was so excited to see them! I loved watching the video of you poking at and daintily picking at your first birthday cake until you realized how good it tasted. Once you knew you dug in with excitement and made a real mess. I’m s glad to have these memories back! September 2005"

And this one titled "Birthday Gifts" about the presents he received that year. For some reason my photo shows this layout kind of crooked, but I promise it's straight in real life!

The journaling on this layout reads: "You received lots of fun presents for your first birthday Blake, but I think one of your favorites was the mop and broom set we picked out for you. You always liked to play with the real versions--imitating me as I cleaned--and you were very excited to have your very own miniature set! --Sept. 2005"

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cake Smash

My last layout using the Doodlebug Sugar shoppe line was this layout about Claire actually smashing her cake. For accents I made some paper flowers from various papers in the line by punching "petals" with my triangle banner punch (Stampin' Up) and used some old glittered buttons from my stash for centers.

The journaling reads: "It was so fun to watch you Claire, dig into your first birthday cake. You daintily poked at it at first, but before long you were grabbing fistfuls of cake in order to feel the frosting squish between your fingers. You were more interested in playing with it than in eating it, but you did take several bites before the cake tipped over. I think your favorite part was all the attention you received as we all cheered you on! July 2013"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Balloons

Another layout I did using the super cute Sugar Shoppe collection from Doodlebug. I adore the papers and elements in this collection! Because of the theme of this layout I also cut out a few balloons on my Cameo using SVGs from Miss Kate Cuttables. At first I struggled with how to add the three photos with two horizontal and one being vertical to the design I had in mind. Using the paper strips to make each grouping a square solved that problem!

The journaling reads: "The morning after your birthday Claire you had just about as much fun playing with this big bunch of balloons as you did playing with your new toys! You laughed and smiled as you touched them and climbed over them! It was super cute! 7/13"

Friday, May 9, 2014

Party Time!

I have been waiting for a really cute line to come along to scrapbook Claire's first birthday photos. I knew the Sugar Shoppe line from Doodlebug was the perfect line the moment I saw it! It was a great match not only for the colors in my photo but for all the fun girly birthday embellishment in the line.

This is the first layout I did with the line.

I really enjoyed adding the enamel dots and sequins as well as cutting out my own hand drawn title on my cameo as accents. I used a simple and inexpensive VisTablet PenPad along with the free program inkscape to draw and clean up my handwritting (and save it as a svg), then I imported my svg into silhouette studio and cut it out from some of the pink patterned paper in this line.

The journaling on this layout reads: "Planning your first birthday party was so much fun for me Claire! Thanks to Pinterest I had some very cute ideas on how to do your first birthday cake smash. I had a great time making your giant cupcake, decorating the backdrop, and in picking the perfect outfit for you to wear. It was worth all the effort as you seemed to have a wonderful time with it all and I was able to capture some of my all time favorite photos of you Claire! 7/13"

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Guest Designing for My Creative Scrapbook May Kits!

Last month I had such a good time designing for My Creative Scrapbook Kits that I decided to come back again for May. Yet again they have put out another simple beautiful creative kit and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to play with it.

Here are the four layouts I made with the kit:

The journaling reads: You kids can really have no idea how much I love to see the kindness and caring you have for each other! The way you older boys care for and help both Spencer and Claire warms my heart! And the fun that I see between both Spencer and Claire, and between Ty and Blake is one of my favorite things to watch. I love that you are friends! I hope that as you get older you will continue to be good friends and to always watch over and take care of each other. April 2014

The journaling reads: "Yes, my family is everything to me! I love each of you so much, and find so much happiness and joy in the love our family has for each other. My favorite moments are ones that we spend together doing fun activities and in just being with each other. I am so very grateful for each and every one of you! April 2014"

Journaling reads: "I just loved seeing you two girls together during Savannah’s recent visit to Texas Claire! The two of you explored the zoo, shared toys, “talked” to each other, and went down our small slide together. It was really cute to see. You two are only a few months apart in age and I hope that means that over the years you will get to be close friends. March 2014"

Journaling reads: "Spencer and Claire, you two have quite a funny relationship! Ty and Blake just adore you Claire and pretty much put up with whatever it is you are up to with a smile. Spencer loves you lots as well and frequently you play and laugh together, and are adorable as you chase each other around the house giggling. However, Spencer is not a softie for your big smile and cute face like your older brothers are. He loves you lots and finds playing with you to be lots of fun, yet he still will get upset with you if you mess up his trains, eat his food, or get into something of his that you shouldn’t. He will tattle on you and give you dirty looks, and pick you up and move you away from his stuff. Still, after all the trouble you can cause him, he will still lovingly kiss you and hug you and bring you toys. It’s clear that you two have a much more traditional sibling relationship than your adoring older brothers do with you and yet it’s also clear that Spencer loves you very much! March 2014"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Bunnies

A friend and I love to get together and make small gifts we can take with us when we go and visit ladies from our church (our church calls it visit teaching). This month we decided to make these cute little bunnies from the Silhouette store (by Pebbles). The ears are made from paper by Pebbles and the embellishments are by Queen and Company. We stuffed them full of yummy chocolates! Hopefully their recipients will find them as fun to receive as we did making them!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Kits Guest Designer

As I posted earlier this week, I had the wonderful opportunity to guest design for My Creative Scrapbook Kits this month. They have several different types of kits available each month to kit different scrapbooking styles. I was lucky enough to work with their creative kit, which was a perfect match for my style of scrapbooking. I loved looking over their past months kits and seeing that the style of their creative kits is always consistently bright and cute, and also full of great embellishments. It's a rare thing to find a kit that always fits my style, but I'm happy to report that these do!

I'm so glad they asked me to guest design! These are the other three layouts I made with their kit this month:

Sweet Little Wildflower
The journaling reads"  “I was so excited to take you for your first bluebonnet photo shoot Claire! I?ve wanted to do that with a little girl for a long time and I finally had my chance with you! You seemed a little confused at first about what was going on when we plopped you down in the flowers, but you quickly became excited to reach out and grab a hold of them. It was really fun to carry on this Texas tradition with you! March 29th 2013” 

Pulling Up
“You have been on the go for a little while now Claire, but you have recently achieved a new feat. You started to pull up to a stand using anything and everything that is within your reach. This can include furniture, walls, or people's legs! No matter what it is you are determined to be up! March 28th 2013”

Best Day Ever
Journaling reads: “One of my favorite days with you Claire was the day we all went to Lagoon as part of our family reunion! It was your second trip to an amusement part, but your first time being old enough to go on any of the rides. You were positively thrilled to go on the small rides in the kiddie area, and you really enjoyed the carousal. Playing in the water and going down some small slides in the water park was also something you really enjoyed! I?m very happy to see that you seem to have inherited our love of rides and thrills Claire! –July 2013”

Here us a look at the Creative kit:

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Something Exciting To Share!

This past month I've been hard at work as a guest designer for My Creative Scrapbook! I was excited when they asked as I have a dear scrapbooking friend Alicia Giess, who I know is on their team and does exquisite work with their beautiful kits!

I got to play with their "Creative Kit" this month and I just loved it! I've done design work for kit companies before and I always enjoy it, but I don't always love every single thing in the kits. This time was totally different though! I love the entire kit and as I looked over their past kits I could see that their creative kit is always orientated towards playful, bright, fun, patterned paper and embellishments. Just my style! 

They posted a sneak peek of their kits yesterday and one of my layout was included, so I thought I'd share it with you today as well as a few other peeks at some of the other layouts I did.

Here are the peeks at my other three layouts.

The full reveal of the kits in on April 5th, so I'll have even more to share with you then! Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Little Miss Messy Face

I'm working hard to try and catch up with some of the early months of Claire's first year. Now that she is approaching two I think if I don't get moving fast I'll quickly forget just what she was like as a baby!
This layout is about her first taste of solid foods. It uses the very bright and fun "Beautiful Life" collection from Echo Park. There is also lots of fun enamel dots from Queen and Company. The title was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo.

The journaling reads: At six months old Claire, you were finally old enough to try your first baby food. As a family we all watched as you tasted your first bite of peaches. You were highly surprised by this new taste and your brothers found your reaction hilarious. With just a few more spoonfuls you quickly got over your surprise and ended up enjoying this new treat! Jan 4th 2013