Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Day with Simple Stories

Birthdays...we all have them, we all celebrate them...but I very rarely do layouts of them. I usually don't like many of the birthday lines. They are either too theme orientated or they are too busy or most importantly in my age restricting. My whole outlook on birthday pages changed when I was at CHA and I saw the Simple Stories "Happy Day" line. I don't have many birthday pictures but I did know that I HAD to have this line. This line was AMAZING! They were perfect in every way. Perfect colors, perfect designs and the perfect amount of "birthday" without going overboard. Everything in this line just flowed together so effortlessly making them ideal for any of those birthday photos...even those hard to use and not so great shots.

My first layout I had a couple of photos that were kinda dark and not that great. I cropped out all of the unwanted space on them and used several patterned papers from the Happy Day 6x6 pad. I inked the edges to help make them pop off the Celebrate background paper, matted a few things and added a few extra touches from the Happy Day Fundamental Cardstock Stickers and I had the perfect page!

For my second layout I didn't really do much different. The Happy Day line has so many fun elements that can be fussy cut or just used as is. I myself like to give my scissors a work out and do the fussy cutting!

My last layout I wanted to show versatile this line was. Not only can it be used for birthday layouts, it can also be used for those everyday photos. I use the back side of the Make a Wish paper, some more matting and fussy cutting using the Fundamental Cardstock Stickers and a 4x6 Jouranling Card Element. I stepped outside my comfort zone with this layout a little bit. I embellished the rest of this layout with some canvas, pleated ribbon and some wire mesh.

So for those of you who have those "hard" to scrap birthday photos or just those everyday ones...head on over to A Cherry on Top and pick up some Happy Day by Simple Stories.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big on Momenta...Mini on the Album!

When it comes to mini albums, I will be the first to admit that I am not that big into doing them. Let me tell you, after making this one and using ALL Momenta products...I will be making some more. One nice thing about Momenta products is that they are so easy to mix and match which made making this album so easy! I used product from about 5 or 6 different lines and they all went together so perfectly. I can not take credit for the design of this album base. I actually made one at a crop "make and take" a while back. This album was so fun to make with all the fun folds...each page opened up for a wonderful little layout! I will put the directions up later this week. I would love to see what you come up with!

Monday, August 15, 2011

New do...New Momenta project!

I am not normally the subject of my layouts but this picture of my new "Sassy and Bold" haircut was just perfect for these rich bold papers from Momenta. I used the backside of the 12 x 12 Snake print paper as a mat for my background paper which came from the Endless Summer Paper Pad. I also used a punch out border from the Bright Die Cut Pad along with these really cool puffy flocked message stickers. The cute little birdie is a clear layered sticker from the Emily's Garden line and of course we can't forget the fussy cutting from the Kaleidoscope 12 x 12 Super Pad.

Supplies used:
PA-2329 12x12 Kaleidoscope Super Pad
ST-4816 Animal Flocked Puffy Messages
PA-2393 12x12 Bright Die Cut Pad
PA-1108 12x12 Endless Summer Paper Pad
PA-2350 12x12 Snake Open Stock Patterned Paper
ST-3838 Emily's Garden Clear Layered Stickers
Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 4 x 4 Challenge....

A couple of my scrapping buddies started this little blog challenge and they recently asked me to join along.
Here are “The Rules”:
- We must use the same four products: two papers and two embellishments.
- We can only use one of each sheet of paper.
- We can use unlimited basics (card stock, ribbon, alphas, mists, etc.) as long as the four main products are the focus.
- We cannot share our finished pages with each other until we are all done so that we do not influence each others’ design choices.
It is so fun to see how we all used the same products yet all create something so different.
This month Chrissy is hosting so hop on over to her blog to see her creation and detailed information on the rules. You can see Meg's wonderful work here and make sure you stop by Jess's blog to see her awesomeness also!
Oh, and did I mention...there is a $10.00 gift certificate from A Cherry on Top up for grabs!!