Fantastic 14

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good morning and happy May 1. It's new challenge reveal day over at Picture This. Today's challenge is:
two photos + black&white + doily + yellow

The black & white are in various forms all over the page, including the doily which is black. the hot pink and yellow are complimentary colors, and I love the single splash of turquoise already on the background paper. I even used a photo frame, but turned it into a shaker filled with sequins. In lieu of journaling, I found 14 word stickers in my stash that are adjectives describing bits of his personality.  

 I went outside my box on this one. As my son gets older, I'm finding myself wanting to find new ways to create his birthday pages. I like that these papers and embellishments are a little more modern. I do have to say it was inspired by a page kit I purchased a while ago from EmbellishOnline.

Thanks as always, for stopping by my creative view today. It's always a bit crazy around here. Check back again soon.

Supplies:PP & alphas-AMerican Crafts-Die cuts-Basic Grey, American Crafts, doily& Enamel -Doodlebug designs, -Doodlebug Designs, Sequins-Studio Calico, Michaels, stickers-Lily Bee, MME, Cosmo Cricket, Simple Stories, Freckled Fawn, stamp-Heidi Swapp, Ink-VesamMagic, 

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Good morning.  Today on the Get It Scrapped blog there is a new article talking about using Juxtaposition in scrapbook pages. I thought i would step outside my box on this one. My assignment was to create a page using juxtaposition in choice of product and technique. It was more challenging than I had anticipated. Once I figured it out, it was a breeze.

After a lot of thought, I settled on this photo of mason and our dog sleeping. I love it because our dog laid down like he was worried, and needed to be near my son to make sure he was ok. The fact that they are face to face is what I love about the photo. I created juxtaposition, by creating and sticking a burst pattern on the page. The burst is energetic, the subjects in the photo are sleeping. I proceeded to fill in the arms of the burst by stamping ink over several bold patterned stencils. In between, I stamped a superhero speech bubble shape with an onomatopoeic saying over and over. Another energetic pattern. Lastly, I used a funny printable with a quote from the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The printable is available in the Paper Issues shop. The embellishments are minimal due to the bold design of the page, but they all support the theme of the page. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. There is always something going on around here so come back again soon

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, stencils-TCW, ink-VersaMagic, burst template-AlyDosdal, thread-DMC, stamps-Freckled Fawn, wood pieces-Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico. bling-Freckled Fawn, Queen & Co, stickers-Cosmo Cricket, flair-Queen & Co, washi-Bella Blvd, Alphas-Doodlebug Designs, pen-EK Success

'Cause it's all about that Base

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hey there! It's Printable Sunday over at Paper Issues. Each month a new set of FREE printables are available for downloading in the Paper Issues shop. I decided to use one from the  March release and one from April.

The baseball one for sure was going on this page.  I was going to use 'Obsessed' on another page, but it made me laugh, so I used it here instead. I trimmed it down to3x5 to better fit the design of my page did some baseball stitching over it to highlight it. The rest of the design is just wonky. But it works.

I laid out the block, then surrounded it with the following. I used the red Bella Blvd transparency under the Paper Issues circle/star cut file. I sprayed the cut file with the new Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist in Tea.  I didn't use many embellishments due to the design, but I did use the Pinkfresh Studio rub ons that were included in the April Swag bag, as well as one of the Snarky Stamps Hey Dude stamps, and a wood veneer from the Elle's Studio Cienna collection.

You see, I love Baseball. I live for spring, for the beginning of the season. I feel horribly sad in the fall when the season is winding down. I'm 100% sure it has to do with spring and summer being my favorite seasons of the year though too.

While on our most recent vacation in Arizona, we had the opportunity to go to our first baseball game of the season. Giants vs. Diamondbacks. No, these are not 'my' teams. Who cares?!? It was opening week! It was the opening series! We were at the stadium, eating hotdogs, watching the game and keeping score. And that's all that mattered.

So there you have it. Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. You can find all of the products mentioned and more by clicking on the links above. While you are shopping, be sure to use my code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order
Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP-Echo Park, Bella Blvd, Washi-Queen & Co, mist-Heidi Swapp, stamps-Snarky Stamps, ink-Colorbox, Wood veneer, Freckled Fawn, Elle's Studiocircle/star cut filePrintablesSwag bag, enamel dots-Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico, WRMK Sew Easy, thread-DMC

In Full Bloom

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oh, I made a page that just makes me happy.  We recently went on a visit to the tulip fields not far from where we live. It's something we try to do every year. Yes, there are only so many photos of tulips to take, but the absolute natural beauty never gets old. The quantity of flowers and color in one place truly is breathtaking. 

I was inspired to do this page by a sketch created by me friend Orange Gearle for our first Scrap n Chat held yesterday in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Community.

I asked permission to expand the sketch into a 2 page layout.

This is one of those rare occasions when I had an idea in my head and it translated to paper exactly as I had imagined. Well Almost anyway.  Working with color is easy for me, especially bright color. These Bella Blvd clear cuts are the bomb diggity on this page for color. The bright Bella Blvd papers are the perfect anchor for page. The Bella Blvd Stickers and chipboard give the page some dimension. The Doodlebug doilies and alphas are the best embellishments to complete the page. With all this color, the photos are still the star. I love the ending result and it makes me smile.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. It's a bright, colorful and happy one. Come back again tomorrow, I've got more up my sleeve.

All of these items and MORE can be yours too! Use my code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order in the Paper Issues shop! 

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP, clear cuts and chipboard-Bella Blvs, Alphas, sequins, sprinkles & doilies-Doodlebug Designs, Stickers-Lily Bee, Bella Blvd, brad-Freckled Fawn, resin flowers-Queen & Co


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oh Hello! I am up on the Paper Issues blog today. I created this fun little bit to share today inspired by the current linky party Prints Charming.

You know how sometimes you feel like you use the same things over and over on your pages? Well, I've been branching out and trying new things. Especially paper. And embellishments. Especially ephemera. I recently bought several pieces of the new Crate Paper Craft Market line. 

I snapped a silly photo of my son and I on our vacation last week. We were laying in the lounge chairs by the pool at night, but neither of us wanted to go in the water. We decided we were "moon bathing". 

The colors and patterns in these papers are awesome! I love using a subtle print as a background like I did with the 'Stiching' paper. Especially the doodled papers! I cut several and layered 'em up! The gold foil AND glitter die cuts always put a smile on my face. Can you say shiny, happy goodness?

I grabbed a few different ephemera pieces and layered those up as well. See the glitter? 

Oh yeah, and that chipboard sticker sheet? Super cool way to add some extra pop to the page!

Well, there you have it. A silly photo + new stuff to play with = happiness all the way around.

You can find all of these items in the Paper Issues shop. Use code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have so much to share

Supplies: PP, ephemera, chipboard-Crate Paper, Alphas-American Crafts, Mist-Heidi Swapp, vellum-MME

One Last Day

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Good morning! I have one last project to share for Red Carpet Studios before we take a short hiatus. Today's movie in inspiration is Mall Cop 2. The twist is to use mists & paints & gesso because the movie is about art thieves.

Here is my project. I am not a mixed media scrapper, but I do use my mists frequently. I splattered in a few places across the layout. I had a few photos of my son's last day of school in 2010. Not ordinarily something I would consider truly significant, but we moved a week later. It was the last day  at his school, at this bus stop, and with these friends.

I love 2 page layouts and was thrilled to see a great sketch at ScrapMuch? this month. 

I kept pretty close to the sketch. I divided my background papers in to 3 different ones, and used the small photo spot for journaling. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. There is always lots going on around here. Come back again soon.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, brads, chipboard & stickers-Simple Stories, enamel dots-MME, mist-Tattered Angels

Hello Card

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hey, just wanted to share a little card I made using the current FREE cut file available in the Paper Issues Shop.
I made a quick cute card! I cut Hello ytwice using white and yellow cardstock.   I grabbed a few of Swag Bag pieces, layered them over a Doodlebug doily, then layered all of that over a Bella Blvd transparency

Card making is fun and something I should do more often!

Now it's your turn to create a project and link it up on the Paper Issues Blog for a chance to win a May Swag Bag!

Remember to use my code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order in the Paper Issues Shop
Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP-Pinkfresh Studio, Bella Blvd, Webster's pages, doily-Doodlebug Designs, Enamel dots-Frekled Fawn

Sisters, Cousins, Family

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good morning! It's Product Spotlight day at Paper Issues. Today we are featuring Elle's Studio Cienna.  

I love the colors, especially the pink. The flowers, and the femininity of this line are things I don't often get to use in my scrapbooking. This is one of those times that I decided to treat myself to something different, that I would use primarily for me.

So what did I use it for? A photo of my cousins. It was too beautiful not to use! 

I tried something new and used a bolder background pattern with the pink stripe. I dumped out the packages of wood veneer and ephemera, then mussed them around until they were in a line that I liked. I matted the photo on a contrasting polka dot paper and used two more paper strips under the photo. The journaling tag? That is the piece of cardboard in the ephemera pack. It was a nice way to repeat the floral on the page. I think my favorite thing about this line is the bit of whimsy in the design of the shapes. They are fresh, but not too juvenile. 

The design of the page is inspired by one of the new templates in the Get It Scrapped Scrapbook Coach: Balance. 

You can find Elle's Studio Cienna and much more in the Paper Issues Store . New product is constantly arriving. Use my coupon code BEACHGAL and save 20% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. There is always lots going on, so stop back again soon

Supplies: PP, Ephemera, Wood veneer-Elle's Studio, Washi-Pebbles, sequins-Studio Calico, Mist-Heidi Swapp, Alphas-American Crafts, epoxy-Freckled Fawn

Road Trippin'

Hey, there. It's a busy day around here. A new challenge is up at Picture This. Today, we are asking you to use
3 photos + travel

Super fun one for me.  We took one last road trip last summer up to Vancouver and we all had our own agenda while there. I used 3 of those photos here as well as travel themed papers. First a selfie, or a 'groupie" really, then the bag of Canadian chocolate my son wanted and third, the scrapbook store I went to while there. Easy peasy!

Design inspiration for this page comes from My Scraps & More Sketchathon, day 1 in their forum. I fussy cut the layers under the photos from 2 different 3x4 cards in the paper collection. Design element inspiration is from Scrap Our Stash STAMP challenge. I used stickers, three photos, arrows, maps, patterned paper (only). 

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. There is a lot going on around here so come back again.

Supplies: PP, stickers-Simple Stories, wood veneer-Studio Calico, alpha-American Crafts, mist-Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, stamp-Freckled Fawn, Ink-Memento, washi-Queen & Co

A UnUSuaL Seder Dinner

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hey there. I have a layout in today's Get It Scrapped article: Telling Easter and Passover stories on your scrapbook pages.  

I have a Passover layout in the article.  Passover is actually a somber holiday, but I used the bright colors because to me, being with family is a celebration. The embellishments all have to do with home and family. Although the photos are from various point throughout the evening, the story behind them is very different.

I dont get to spend holidays with my family often. In fact, I think this is the last Passover with my family, back in 2008. I was so excited to be there, even more so for my son to read the Four Questions for the first time.  We walk into my cousins house and the first thing we see is this huge pile of steaks waiting to be cooked. Steaks? On Passover? It was not what we usually have for dinner! The seder was lovely, but I have to admit, it was not my favorite Passover dinner. I was really looking forward to Nani's brisket. So, yes, it was a very unusual Seder dinner.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. There are several more ideas, in the Get It Scrapped article as well. 

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, Stickers, Chipboard-Pebbles, twine & Doily-Doodlebug, sequins-Studio Calico, Michaels, alphas-American Crafts, Jillibean Soup

Home Team

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hey there! It's time to reveal the April Pinspire Me board at Paper Issues. Oh, do I love this one! Do you see all the Baseball stuff in there?!?!?!?

Oh yeah, I'm all over this one. See? Baseball. And I didn't even use baseball themed paper! Well that's because I just some new stuff last week from the Paper Issues shop. Specifically,  Bella Blvd Color Chaos . Especially those transparencies. Now I will say, It is a complete coincidence that the colors I bought would work so well together for this project. I had some scraps and a few pieces of leftover Swag Bag pieces that I layered and tucked and was pretty much finished. 

So, yup, new city, new team, new gear and new ballpark. Our first game was a cold one, but thanks to the roof, a dry one. We walked around the whole park, ate all the food, and of course, watched the game! We had a wonderful time. Now we need to go back more often!

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Come back soon, there's always more to see.

Like the supplies on my page? You can find them and so much more in the Paper Issues store! Click on the links in the supply list.  Use the coupon code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order!

Supplies:-CS-Bazzill, PP, chipboard, transparencies-Bella Blvd, Swag Bag, vellum-DoodlebugDesigns, washi & clip-Freckled Fawn, Alphas-Freckled Fawn, Basic Grey, twine-American Crafts, DoodlebugDesigns, enamel dots-MME, mist-Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico

Super Star Smile

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Good morning and Happy Passover and Easter. I'm up for my first challenge on the Red Carpet Studios blog. For inspiration, I chose a movie that is dear to my Baseball loving heart:

The challenge is to create your own "field". In other words, create your own background for your project. I had a lot of fun with this one. 

I recently discovered how fun the Silhouette sketch pens are to use. I used them to sketch this incredible cut file created by Jennifer Chapin for Paper Issues. I sprayed mist over the sketched stars, then added some gold star what tape to give the appearance of defined lines between the colors. This really created the burst effect I was looking for. I stuck with the patriotic colors for the papers, adding in a multi color stripe for interest, and vellum to keep it light. A few labels anchor the embellishments, and done. 

While visiting family last summer, we found my younger son loved to sit on the raft while we pushed him around the pool. We also discovered that he liked yanking the flags out of the flower pot and swinging them around. I think he just liked that he could hold his pile of toys, and be with all of us at the same time. 

Thanks for looking at my creative view today. Stop by again as I always have more to share

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, Silhouette, cut file Jennifer Chapin for Paper Issues, PP-Echo Park, Studio Calico, mist-Tattered Angels, labels-October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn,  resin, wood & washy-freckled Fawn, sequins-Studio Calico, Michaels, brads & bling-Echo Park, MME, alphas-Freckled Fawn, American Crafts

Wanna Piece?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yippee! It's Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues.  We have another fantastic sketch created by Jen Chapin. Isn't is aweomse?

I thought it would be fun to use the sketch to create a page about our celebration of Pi day.  The photos are not great, so I thought a fairly neutral colored page would be best. The new Fancy Pants Office Suite had just want I had in mind. I love the bold black & white patterns mixed with the soft pastels and gold, all the gold! My favorite thing in the line though are the Labels. Oooh, there are some great little bits in that package, and all over my page. I also added some Heidi Swapp gold foil chipboard pieces and a few Crate paper puffy stickers too. I used a Silhouette pie chart cut file to make the circle. Then I hand cut the pull out piece. 

No, this is not something we usually celebrate or even make a big deal of. My son has been extremely interested in math. He mentioned the extra excitement over the date coinciding with the next several Pi digits. So, a 9:26 am on 3-14-15, we had apple pie for breakfast.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. There are several other fabulous projects create by the team on the Paper Issues blog. All the products I used on my page are available in the Paper Issues Store. Use code Beachgal for 20% off your order
Supplies-CS & alpha-American Crafts, PP & ephemera-Fancy Pants Office Suite, other bits, Heidi Swapp gold foil chipboard pieces , Crate paper puffy stickers, mist-Tattered Angels, 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Good Morning! Happy April 1st! I'm not into April Fools, so no jokes here today.  But a new month means new challenge reveals. My project today is the new challenge at Picture This

one photo + splatter + photo corners

I love this layout! It came together very quickly. I layered up a bunch of items from my Paper Issues Swag Bag combined with several of my favorite embellishments. I threw on a few sequins, enamel pieces, then finished it with a bit of paint splatter. 

It's so nice when someone else takes photos besides me. It's even better, when I get a beauty like this one. Nothing special going on, just hanging out last summer while visiting family. But what this photo doesn't say, is how much we enjoy his smile and seeing him happy. It's something we don't take for granted.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. Come back later this week, I have more to share.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP-Simple Stories, AC, Doodlebug Designs, stickers-AC, Pebbles, clips, epoxy, resin-Freckled Fawn, Enamel pieces-Bella Blvd, MME, sequins-Studio Calico, alpha-Cosmo Cricket, mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels