Monday, March 19, 2018

Memory Keeping Monday: "I Love This" Scrapbook Layout

I'm back today to share another page I made with my "Clear the Desk" kit (see for info on the class) and a Page Maps sketch from November 2016. I was a little skeptical about the circles (I'm kind of a lazy scrapper, and the thought of getting out my Big Shot to cut them made me think twice), but I actually really love how it turned out. The pictures are from a day at EPCOT on our May 2016 Orlando trip. We had stopped for lunch and JJ was just being his ham-ball self.

I'm so glad to finally be using up some of this stash! Can't wait to get some more pages done :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Heartfelt Friday: "Eat. Sleep. Repeat." Scrapbook Layout

Hello, hello! I'm back with another Heartfelt Friday post, and today I'm sharing a page I made for Austen's baby album using the Cut Above "The Story Begins" kit. (Available in boy or girl colours)

I am really loving using this kit to add some pages to his baby album. It is so quick and easy to get a page done - the hardest part was literally picking out the pictures, ha!

All of the month banners are stickers you just pop on once you have your pictures down, and the numbered hearts are little paper pieces you add on top. I popped every other one up with foam dots to give some dimension to the page. I also used the foam dots on the "Sleep" in the title, once again for dimension.

It just melted my heart when I showed Austen this layout, and at 3.5 years old he was so excited and repeatedly told me, "Thank you for making this!" Just the sweetest :)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some Close to my Heart work today, and I highly suggest this kit if you have some baby pictures you want to get scrapped! It would also make an awesome baby gift, either for someone to make themselves, or for you to put together and give, and just have them pop on some photos and journaling.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Introducing: Heartfelt Fridays!

Well, since I've been meeting my goal of posting weekly on Mondays, for Memory Keeping Monday, (for 3 weeks! haha!), I've decided to add-on another weekly series - Heartfelt Friday.

In these posts, I will be using or highlighting Close to my Heart products specifically. Most of my blog already does this anyway, but a catchy title doesn't hurt!

So for today's installment, I'm sharing a page I made with Chelsea Gardens papers & a background paper from the Basics Fundamentals pack. 

My Christmas present this year was a family ring, with the birthstones of my husband, 2 boys, and myself. I am IN LOVE with this ring. I've been looking for something like this for literally 3 years (since Austen was born), and could never find anything that I totally loved. And since I wanted this ring to be something like a wedding ring, that I wear all the time, it needed to be something I really loved. Enter Little Sycamore! I found her through someone else on Instagram, and as soon as I saw her Mothers Rings I knew this was what I'd been waiting for!

So, I just had to make a page about it. I used a sketch/layout design from Shimelle's Clear the Desk class, along with the aforementioned CTMH papers. I still have some "You & Me" Complements (no longer available) that I've been saving, so used a few of the stickers from that, and boom! Another layout in the books :)

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Memory Keeping Monday: "Yay!" Scrapbook Layout

Good morning! It's a snowy, blustery day here today and the boys are experiencing their 'first snow day' from school! (But they're only 3.5 and 5, so to them, they don't really get the excitement of a snow day, haha.)

But for today's Memory Keeping Monday post, I'm sharing something that is far from a snow day! It's a picture from our trip to Orlando in 2016, and our day at Epcot :)

I'm taking Shimelle's "Clear the Desk" class, which helps you use up old stash by making kits out of said stash, and making as many pages as possible out of your 'kit'. This is my first page :)  You'll notice that most of the stuff I share on this blog is Close to my Heart related, since I'm a consultant with them... but in this case I'm trying to use up a whole closet full of stash from before I was a consultant, so these pages will be using other product. (Anything that clears out my room - since there seems to be new stuff coming into it all the time!)

I'm really trying to get a good chunk of Disney pages done. I have a ton of Disney photos from multiple trips in the last year that I'd like to get into an album. (We own a vacation rental house just outside of Orlando, so are lucky enough to go there quite often - if you are planning a trip and want to stay in a house not far from Disney!) Anyways, so I will be kitting up some of my old stash and hoping to knock out a bunch of Disney pages over the next couple of months!

I'm so happy to finally be getting some Disney pages done, and to be getting a bunch of un-used product used up - wish me luck on keeping that up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Memory Keeping Monday: "Better Together" Scrapbook Layout

I'm back today with another page to share for "Memory Keeping Monday"!

I have had these pictures sitting on my scraproom desk for over a year.  Just about everytime I'm in there I saw them, and really didn't know what I wanted to do with them. Truthfully, there's not too much of a story behind them. They are just cute selfies I took with the boys while we were waiting for Jason on a ride at Disney. I think that was part of what was blocking me from using them... I typically feel drawn to scrapbook something because it's a story I want to tell, and journaling is always an important piece of my pages. Here I really had nothing to say except for the Who, What, Where, When, Why of the photo. But, finally, inspiration hit and I was able to come up with this page, and I love it! It's also important to me because they are pictures that I'm in, which doesn't happen all that often either.

I used a December 2017 Page Maps sketch for my design, and stuck to it pretty closely. My papers are from Close to my Heart's Gimme Some Sugar paper pack. I love that woodgrain piece - if I could I'd probably buy a hundred of it! (You can never have too much woodgrain!) And the light turquoise piece behind the photos is the ombre watercolour piece from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack. For the embellishments I used a mix from the Better Together Complements (which look like they're currently unavailable), retired Our Story Complements and Bitty Sparkles.

I'm on a roll and feel like I've finally hit a groove making pages! This page came together in one night, which is almost a record for me! (I am an extremely slow scrapper...)

Have you made any pages recently? I'd love for you to share, I always love checking out other people's work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Memory Keeping Monday: "Falcon Heavy" Scrapbook Layout

Yay! First of all, have to give myself a high-five for following through on my "Memory Keeping Monday" ambitions! (It's already looking good for next week too!) If you missed last week, I'm hoping to post a layout (or something related to memory-keeping... but mostly layouts) every Monday. I'm hoping the external push will motivate my obliger tendencies.

This week, I took the easier road an used another layout that I created for my Stargazer scrapbook workshop, and just had to pop some pictures and journaling on it. Still loving this collection. And once again, I had some more 'space' photos I wanted to scrapbook. Like previously mentioned, all things space and rockets and astronauts are a hit around here right now, so you know we were watching the Falcon Heavy test launch that took place a few weeks ago! Austen was home with me, so we both watched the live coverage of it on my laptop - he was pretty thrilled when they did the countdown and it took off. He also loved watching the boosters come back to Earth and land, simultaneously. I mean, it was a pretty amazing sight. And it's been a pretty big deal around here since. (Austen asks to watch the launch at least daily). So my page is just the basics of the launch, with some pictures I got from the SpaceX site. I'm also planning on doing a page for the Tesla that was launched into space, as well as Austen's love of watching it all over, and over, and over again. But those are for another day.

Here is a look at the layout I've made:

It doesn't photograph that well, but the title and some embellishments are silver foil. I've been super drawn to silver over gold lately.

Love this little piece of history being preserved alongside our memories!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Memory Keeping Monday: "Welcome to the World" Scrapbook Layout

*Edited* - I had this post scheduled to post on Monday... but messed up the scheduling, ha! So it's going live on Tuesday. Not off to a great "Memory Keeping Monday" start! 

Happy Monday! I'm going to try something different around here - and something that I hope will motivate me to create pages a bit more consistently! I'm going to have a "Memory Keeping Monday" series on my blog, and aim to share one layout a week. My 2018 Memory Keeping and Crafting Goals included getting 3 layouts/month done, so this should help accomplish that as well.

So for today, I'm sharing a page I made for Austen's baby book. I'm using the Cut Above Layout Kit - The Story Begins (Baby Boy) from Close to my Heart. I love this option to get some pages made quickly and easily. (PS - right now, the Baby Girl version of this is on sale for our "Pretty in Pink" sale going on during February! Check out my shop here!)

Here is my layout with the first couple of pictures after Austen was born :)

I really love how this kit comes with all the components to make some 'fancy' looking pages - I would never take the time to actually cut out the large circles for pages - so I appreciate that it comes with all the pieces ready to pop out and just put on your page!

I'm usually into gold or rose gold, but I'm loving the silver embellishments lately!

Thanks for stopping by, and hopefully you'll find me back here next Monday, with a new page! ;)