Saturday, March 22, 2014

Enriquez Thanksgiving

Heyo! Happy Saturday y'all =) I've had the most productive day already and I'm keeping it going. Just have a quick share of a Thanksgiving page. I really love that I got to use some colder tones with these photos as opposed to the warmer oranges and browns. This is based off a sketch from Simple Scrappers. It meant I got to use all of these great sequins and enamel shapes!

cheers & besos,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stash Bash Fin

Hiya! Sitting on the couch, finally watching the 3rd Season of GIRLS and balancing a kitten on my lap along with the computer. It's a gorgeously sunny day here in Houston and the BF is off at the rodeo. That's what's going on in a nutshell. And now I'm sharing the last page I made for the Simple Scrapper Stash Bash.
This was based off of one of Jennifer's fabulous Jump Starts video. I used the Studio Calico Office Hours PL kit for the page, as well as the printables and some of the awesome die cuts from this month [Brit Cut, Tea Cuts]. They were too perfect for a London themed page and also why I wanted to scrapbook these pictures.
I loved playing along in the Stash Bash. Have to confess, I didn't put even a millimeter of a dent in my crazy out of control stash, but I'm planning to.

Here's just a quick recap of the layouts I made this weekend as part of the event. I can't wait for the full one in September!

cheers & besos,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stash Bash V.5

Layout No. 5! I'm really excited about how this turned out. I'm also so happy I got to use those great Kelly Purkey stamps. The embellishments have nothing to do with these photos. But they help with the theme of the page, which is all about my cousin Emily. 
All of the paper I used was from my scrap drawer, and a lot left over from my Birthday Brunch page. And in case you haven't picked up this is another page for the Simple Scrapper Stash Bash.
I think I have one last layout in me. Getting back to my desk!

cheers & besos,

Stash Bash V.4

I think I might be most excited about this page! I finished it up last night. 

Last week, I thought up this idea for a round up/title page using the always inspiring viewfinder. I have this older Two Peas digital frames cut file and knew the "You are Here" one would be perfect for it.
I printed 9 tiny photos and added them to the frames. I filled in the others with scraps of patterned paper and stuff from my SO-NEW-I-CAN'T-WAIT-TO-USE-IT drawer. This is also part of the Simple Scrapper mini-Stash Bash we're doing this week in our Facebook group.
Travel products are my absolute favorite. I used the new Amy Tangerine Tag Sticker Roll and some of the fabulous Studio Calico geotags.
cheers & besos,

Stash Bash V.3

Good morning! Happy Sunday =) I cranked out two more layouts last night using the Simple Scrapper Stash Bash prompts. Here's one using an older sketch from the member archive (Dec 12 for my fellow Simple Scrappers).
I finally got to use my American Crafts Triangle Punch and another of Wilna's die cut phrases. I pulled colors from the photo, which made for some odd pairings. But I like it. The journaling is throwing me off a bit but I'll deal.
cheers & besos,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stash Bash cont.

Second page for the Stash Bash over at Simple Scrapper. I pulled some old product, used a new Wilna die cut file from Two Peas and a bit of modeling paste for this page about my nephew. The prompt is from last month's SS Spark Mag.

One more ticked off my list. One page to add to my scrapbook. Lots oh goodies heaped onto a page!

cheers & besos,

Stash Bash

We're doing a mini Stash Bash over at Simple Scrappers this weekend. And I'm playing along! I'm also going full force this weekend to see how many pages I can actually make! I started at 9am this morning and already cranked out a page!

I haven't started playing along with the challenges, but I did get my muscles warmed up. I printed these photos last week and had the paper and a few embellishments picked out but I hadn't done anything with this page. 

It came together so quickly, once I realized I didn't have to use the hearts as a my background paper but more as an accent.
So my goal for this weekend is to scrap and use up my stash. 
Play along with the challenges and mix in my new stuff and my old stuff.

I'll be sharing my progress here today. So keep checking back!

cheers & besos,

Friday, March 14, 2014

Color Theory

I'm loving the new Studio Calico Color Theory paper pack. They make for the perfect neutral background with just a teeny bit of visual interest. I've already made 3 pages with them, including the Work Trip one I shared last week.

Here are two more:
First up is an Ireland page. I had a few votes and Ireland got more than one, so Ireland photos I will do! I used a wheat colored background and lots of green and yellow to help draw out the highlights from this photo. This was a total stash buster too! I went for a mix of really old stuff and some brand new. Love it when that happens!
This second page is one of the few food based pages I have in my scrapbook. I'm soooo not a foodie, but I will literally fly thousands of miles for this plate of goodness. Yuuum...chicken katsu curry. I drool.

This whole layering paper thing, it's sooo not my strength! I love the way this looks on other people's pages but for some odd reason, it's so hard for me to do. I literally took an hour to come up with just that. And then, only in the last few minutes did I figure out how I could incorporate that 3x4 striped card.

I've also gotta mention that both of these are based off of Simple Scrapper sketches. Lately, they're my number one starting point! What's got your inspired to scrapbook lately?

cheers & besos,

Monday, March 10, 2014

Love Again

Morning y'all! Happy Monday =) I hope everyone had the best of weekends. I know I did. It was relaxing and quiet. Exactly what I needed.

I started out on Saturday by making a decision. I wasn't going to worry about checking things off my to do list. I wasn't going to sit down to force myself to finish my February project life. I was just going to go with the flow and not feel guilty.

Oh man, was it awesome! I also went totally old school with my scrapbooking. Old school in the sense that, I didn't try to scrap something from my list. Instead, I browsed through my photos and picked a few I felt like scrapbooking. Then I just did!
Here's the first page I did. Just for fun! I started with a Simple Scrappers sketch from this month's Spark mag and a prompt from last month's Spark mag. And then I just went for it. I happily used some scraps from my SC Antiquary scrapbook kit and from there took the cue and went for the ice cream embellishing. 
I kind of really like that my page is about one thing and my embellishing is about another thing. The theme of everything is love but in two totally different ways. I'll liken it to a song being about one thing and the music video having a different concept. Weird analogy I know! But just popped into my head for some reason.
There's a lot of embellishing on this page. But I'm not bothered. I like the mix of ink and enamel dots, ice cream stamps and stars.
So happy to have made more layouts. And really, just a little too happy to not be doing pocket pages. I always love them when they're done. But for me, they just take a whole lot of time! Which is why, for the month of March I'm taking a break.

I know I'll get back to this project in the next month or so. But for now, I just need some time away from pocket pages.

So expect more layouts from me this month. With 3 done this past weekend, I think I'm off to a great start!

cheers & besos,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Work Trip

Happy Saturday every body! Man, I have just not been on top of this whole blogging thing. I've had this layout done for over a week now but just haven't sat down to blog about it.

Oh well, I'm doing it now!

It's a layout =) Huzzah! Y'all know I've been missing working on those. So a couple of Sunday's ago, I churned out 3 pages. I used another Simple Scrapper sketch for inspiration. AND, I got more mileage out of this UK die cut file from my Bright Ideas (old Studio Calico class) files.
I'm a very lucky girl, in that my work sends me to places like the UK for business. This trip in particular was a whirlwind wheels up, bag always packed kind of week. I rarely slept in the hotel two nights in a row. I tried to instagram at least a photo or two in every city I was. 
For the page, I used a fabulous natural background paper from the new Studio Calico Color Theory paper pack (I bought 2!) I also added some contrast using a black and white striped paper for my die cut.
2 layouts shared, 1 more to go! I'll be back in a few to share that with you. In the meantime, I'm taking it easy this weekend. Putting away the old to do list and just planning to do what I want to do and now what I have (or should) do.

Here's to just living the life!

cheers & besos,

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Birthday Brunch

I made layouts! Oh man have I missed making layouts! Like I mentioned before, the whole Project Life thing has been taking up a lot of my creative time. So last weekend I was determined to make some good old fashioned layouts. 

Since it had been awhile, I was a bit stuck, creatively that is. So I turned to my Simple Scrappers monthly mag and just started playing around with the sketches.
I was really influenced by Jennifer's take on the sketch. I added in a doily and that vellum die cut because of her :)
I took my color inspiration from our clothes, choosing papers that coordinated with each of our outfits. It made for a wacky color combo. Both those always end up being my favorites!
I also got to use some of my new Studio Calico goodies. I NEED more of these oh so fabulous gold letter stickers.

The finishing on this was so simple. A few enamel dots, date stamp and just a tiny smattering of gold mist.

It's such a clean page and because of that, the photo really stands out. Love that!

cheers & besos,