Monday, October 23, 2017

Autumn | Challenge Yourself | Hip Kit Club

     Afternoon crafty friends!  I'm sharing a layout today that was inspired by two different challenges.  I wanted to use the mood board at Challenge Yourself and the weekly sketch on the Hip Kit Club Facebook forum.
     Both of these challenges were perfect to get some of the photos from our recent apple picking trip done.  I took these selfies with each of my kiddos because getting them both to sit still for one together is almost impossible

     The products on this page came from an old My Creative Scrapbook kit...Fall 2015 to be exact :-(  The papers included in the clip were from Echo Park's The Story Of Fall and the chipboard was from Carta Bella's A Perfect Autumn.  
     I really like the dimensional interest using some flat stickers and some chipboard gives the page. I used a white pen for my journalling since my favorite black sharpie didn't really show up.  Do you have a favorite white pen as I'm not sold on the one I have?
    Okay - enough chatting for today...back to creating.  Stay crafty!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Toddler Christmas Craft

     Hey crafty friends!  I'm back today sharing a post with an idea for a craft that your toddler can do...or your older child help you with.  I've started collecting ideas for when Christmas break comes as this if my first year home with them during break.
     I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
    Since this post is sponsored by the Dollar also won't break the bank!  Your supplies include craft sticks, green and brown paint, foam paint brushglue of choice, dental floss and decorations.  For my decorations I chose pom-poms, bells and glitter glue.  
Supplies for toddler christmas tree craft

     To start off with you are going to paint three craft sticks green and half of one brown.  This is the part that older kids can help with.  
     After they are dry you glue the three green into triangle to represent a Christmas tree.  The brown half stick gets glue to the bottom like a trunk.  If your child is older they can help with a hot glue gun, but a toddle I'd either glue for them or use a cold glue.  You're now ready to decorate.
     For an older child the bells can be strung through the dental floss and hung in the middle or tied around the tree.  Of course they can also use the glitter glue and pom-poms.  For a toddler I'd stick with the pom-poms and/or glitter glue. 
     I am going to have magnets on hand to make these into refrigerator decorations and they can make multiples for our house and Grandma's and Pop's.
         I hope you have enjoyed my toddler idea.  I also have made a youtube video of me making these if you'd like to see it in action.  I'd love if you'd leave me a comment and subscribe.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fantastic Four | Scrap The Boys | Southern Girls

     Hey Everyone!  Thanks for joining me as I share my latest creation.  This is a layout using our nephew's fourth birthday picture.  He's five already!  

     I started the layout with the sketch over at Scrap The Boys and the stripe challenge from Southern Girls.  Both challenges gave me a great jumping off point.
    The paper I chose is the Echo Park Birthday Wishes collection. The main reason I chose this collection was that it was out on my desk from two other creations so it was handy.  I did however work in elements from other paper companies to achieve the look I was going for.

    I have really been working on combining collections to get things used up.  For example, the letters in the paper collection were just wrong somehow.  Instead of used a combination of tiny letters from Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd's Max collection.  The stars were also Bella products that I have two sheets of and I'm trying to get used up.
    I hope you like my product mash up, and that it gives you ideas of how to combine collections for a seamless layout.  Until next time...stay crafty!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy First Birthday | Echo Park | Stuck ? Sketches

     Hey Scrappy Friends!  Finally here this month with a completed layout.  I've been MIA trying to get our sons birthday party planned (projects coming up from that) and getting design team project done in advance.
     For today's layout I used the October 1st sketch from Stuck ? Sketches.  If you've followed me for any length of time - you know I love Laura's work.  I loved this sketch and used it for pictures from our sons 1st birthday party...yes he's turning 7 next month...don't
     The paper is all from Echo Park's Boy Birthday Wishes collection. The orange party balloon paper is my favorite in the collection along with the spots.  Both were neutral enough to use almost anywhere on the page, but also had enough pattern to make it interesting.
     The sketch called for a tag and cluster in the lower left of the page. Let me tell you how much I struggle with that.  I actually recorded this for a process video on my youtube channel and that portion alone took me over 30 minutes.  I finally realized that I was trying to interpret the sketch to literally.  When I gave myself more freedom the corner cluster came together quickly.
     To finish the page off I added some of my homemade enamel dots, and outlined the main part of my layout with my favorite sharpie pen.  Hope you have enjoyed learning some about my creation.  I'd love to see what you are working on.  Until next time...stay crafty!