Portillo's and/or BUST

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hey there! I'm up on the Get It Scrapped blog today, sharing a I page I made using pocket page cards on a traditional layout. This arctic le is part of this month's membership eBook class Pocket Page design.

I chose 3x4, 3x3 and a few 1x4 pocket cards from a travel themed collection to create a diverse layered matte for my photos. The cards are placed so there is movement around the whole page. I used a travel themed paper collection, and selected cards with sayings that could be interpreted with a double meaning, giving the page a playful feel. 

Portillo's is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. When my son found out there was one where we were vacationing, he asked to eat there every meal.  We didn't go for every meal, but I hoe the 4 times we did go satisfied his craving for a while. 

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I always have lots to share so come back again soon.  
Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts, Patterned Paper, wood pieces, epoxy stickers-Crate Paper, Alphas-American Crafts, Basic Grey, Glitz Designs, enamel dots-Doodlebug Designs, My Minds Eye, word sticked-Freckled Fawn, twine-Doodlebug Designs. Ink-Ranger, Colorbox, pen-Sakura, adhesive-EK Success

Ice Ice baby

Good morning. Wow. mid September already. I guess I better start thinking about fall. I keep thinking it's still summer. Well, regardless, It's time for a new challenge at Picture This and I did create a very summery layout for this challenge:

Sunburst + 2 photos + buttons

This is labor of love. All. That. Stitching. But it was my own choice. Yes, the colors are bright, but it needed some texture. I took my color cue from the sign in the photo. The sunburst is so bold, I kept the embellishing to a minimum. I used the arrows pointed to focus on the photos. And then there is the title, but what would one of my pages be without  some humor in it? Looking for buttons? I used a small flair button. How's that for thinking outside the box?

We are so fortunate to have family that lives in So. California. It's a summer destination every year. I love dawdling down he small main street either by myself or with my son. This is a little local coffee join t I frequent when we visit. This day, he noticed the sign for shave ice and asked for one. Who am I to say no? But he's so funny. He says that the best part is not the first few bites. It's when the ice has melted a little and you get into the bowl where all the syrup is. ok then. Enjoy buddy!

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I've got lost more to share, so come back again soon

Supplies: CS- Bazzill, PP-American Crafts, thread-DMC, stickers-MAMBI, paint-Crayola. acrylic-ColorCast Designs. flair-October Afternoon, enamel dots-MME, Silhouette

All in for MAMBI

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Well, hello! I know,  I have neglected my blog for the past 2 weeks.  I have to say this has been the toughest start to the school year ever. We are heading into week 3, and I'm ready to settle into my routine now. 

Anyway, today I have 3 special pages to share especially made for the Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Design Team call.  Why especially made? When I went through my stash, I found I didn't have as much MAMBI as I'd thought, so I went out to buy some new stuff to play with. That's when I I remembered why I didn't have very much.  My LSS doesn't carry a lot. I bought a nice selection of stickers and embellishments in a variety of themes and went to work.  Boy did I have fun. 

I love using product in unexpected ways to create meaning in fun ways. Another thing I like to do is to infuse humor into my pages. This first one is a perfect example of that. It's also a scrap lift of a page by Kelly Feldman of Paper Issues. I loved the idea of the pieces along the sides of the page. I immediately thought of the MAMBI motivational stickers I bought. I used them to create a page about, and for my son. The page is fun, quirky, and meaningful all at the same time. 

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, stickers-MAMBI, alphas-American Crafts, enamel dots-MME, flair-UmWowStudios, mist-Heidi Swapp

This second one is also a message to my son on his birthday this year. I used the Happy Birthday MAMBI stickers, and took the colors from them to choose my papers. I like to layer both papers and embellishments. I was able to do both here. I think the sticker set is fun and not too serious. I was able make the page have the same feeling. 

Supplies: PP-Crate Paper, Websters Pages, stickers-MAMBI, Crate Paper, enamel dots-MME, mist-Heidi Swapp

Here is another example of me using product in unexpected ways to create fun and meaning. I took a MAMBI chalkboard style 'girl' friend sticker set to show the relationship between my son and our dog. Again, I took my product cue from the color in the stickers., I chose to stay with black and white so I could highlight both the photo and the wonderfully bright stickers. I mixed in some epoxy puffy stickers to add more color and different shapes. The MAMBI glitter alphas were the shiny finishing touch it needed. Well, maybe the 'punny' title is the finishing touch.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP-Bella Blvd, stickers & alpha-MAMBI, mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels

I also scrap lifted myself for this page. The original page can be found on my Pinterest board here. Idea originally comes from a page by Aleksandra Gadji for Paper Issues. Every Sunday Paper Issues offers a Scraplift Sunday challenge. These two pages mentioned today in struck a chord with me. 

So that's it for now. Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today! Come back again this week. I have a lot of new things to share. My new routine begins tomorrow. I can't wait to be back to normal. That means more creative time and more blogging. 

What's Owl The Buzz About

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

my, oh my, Happy September to you. It is a very happy day around here. For me anyway. It's the first day of school! I'll take those early mornings in exchange or a bit of routine for all of us. Oh, a new month also means a new challenge at Picture This.  This challenge is :

2 photos + green + white + black

I think I'll do a Halloween page. I LOVE Halloween. Really. And I love scrapping the photos even more. Bright colors, creepy critters, silly critters, but always smiling faces.  All of those can be mixed together as I've done here. Spider webs? Creepy. Monsters with mustaches? Silly. Photos? Definitely happy. Bright colors mixed into the green, black and white? Easily done. 

My parents came for a visit and got to experience Halloween in all the ways, school parties and parades as well as Trick or Treating. I'm not sure who enjoyed this more, my son or my parents. Regardless, these are the first of several pages of this particular Halloween. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I'm starting this month off with a bang. There will be much more coming along this month. one back again soon

Supplies-PP-SEI, Echo Park, Bo Bunny, Stickers-Echo Park, Chipboard-BoBunny, enamel pieces-Bella Blvd, sequins-Studio Calico, Doodlebug Design, Michaels, alphas-Eco Park, American Crafts, mist-Dylusions, twine-DoodlebugDesign