Happy Girl

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Good morning! I know you've been waiting patiently for it, my first scrapbook page about Dixon!! Isn't she adorable? We think so. 
I made this with the July You are my Favorite Scrapbook Circle kit. The kit had all of these great diamond patterns so I was inspired to create a diamond themed page. I even went looking for diamond inspiration on Pinterest and happened up the quote "happy girls shine brighter". I thought it was perfect for this shiny page of Dixie.
Tessa is sharing more about this on the Scrapbook Circle blog. Head over there to read a bit more!

cheers & besos,

Summer Camp Challenge

Monday, July 6, 2015

I kind of can't remember the last time I was this excited to share a page! I spent a quiet Friday evening putting this together. 

Jennifer posted a fun challenge called Summer Camp in the Simple Scrapper Facebook Group. It was a re-run of a fun challenge/event the community did in 2013, before I joined. So this whole exercise was new to me. I had so much fun playing along!

Without giving anything about the challenge away, here's the direction I was given for my page:

Story Direction-Event or Trip
Page Background-White or cream cardstock
Paper Selection-No patterned paper
Journaling Style-Long column
Design Foundation-Asymmetrical clusters
Embellishing Rule-Mixed title work
I wasn't at all worried about not being able to use any patterned paper. And it definitely helped that my background was white cardstock. Because then I was able to create my own background with the help of mists and stencils and stamps!

It also meant that my photos and the colors I worked with really popped of the page!
Event or Trip was my assigned subject. I did one better and combined the two. The page is about an international music and dance festival we just happened to wander into when I visited Prague.

What better to scrapbook this adventure with, than my Ali Edwards "Go" Story Stamp & Kit. I loved all of the orange in it so I played that up as much as I could. I pulled out two journaling cards, just one of the chipboard pieces, the acetate geotag, plastic "go" and of course, the Story Stamps.

I used just about every last one of the stamp phrases and paired it with my Hero Arts Ombre Butter to Orange ink pad. It's subtle but I kept the ombre going when I stamped down in a long column on the left of my page. I sprinkled my journaling in with all of the stamping.
The embellishing included a lot of geotags and the stamped "awesome memory". I also mixed two sets of alphas and my own handwriting to create the title. The "go" could be considered part of the title, but really I see it more as embellishing.
I love playing along with challenges. The more restricted, the more I end up loving the pages. At least that's how it seems. This page is definitely evidence of that for me. I love love love how it turned out!

To my fellow Simple Scrappers, Jennifer posted the Summer Camp Challenge in the Facebook group on June 29 if you're looking for it.

If you're not a Simple Scrapper member, there's more info on it here.

cheers & besos,

This is Thirty

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th! To all of my fellow Americans of course. Everyone else, I hope you're having a fantastic Saturday =)

I have to admit we're not doing much to celebrate this weekend. What with a new furry creature in our house. If she weren't here, we'd be down at the beach relaxing poolside with my parents. It's a trade off. Cute puppy vs relaxing beach weekend. Cute puppy wins for now!

Speaking of relaxing weekends, today I'm sharing my latest Simple Scrapper creation, which is featured in the July edition of Spark Magazine. 
I love love love it!! Like am nearly completely obsessed with how it turned out. It's the first page I've scrapbooked about my 30th birthday, which was spent pool side at The Saguaro in Palm Springs. I've been wanting to get there for years! So finally for my birthday, we made it happen.
This is one of those pages that came together thanks to my newly revamped scrap space. Because of how it's organized, I get to just shop in my room, pulling out bits and pieces that I thought would go well with the photos.

The flamingo, pineapple washi and gold heart are from a Studio Calico add-on. The background and confetti paper are the A & B sides of a Project Life Sunshine edition patterned paper.
I went with a bulleted list for journaling. It's all of the tiny things that made up my 30th Birthday. The list probably sounds more appropriate for a 22 year old. But I think I proved it doesn't always have to be!

Oh man, take me back to Palm Springs! Will you? Pretty please?!

cheers & besos,