Monday, February 3, 2014

Inspiration of the Week - at Sketches4All

My most recent layout was selected as Pick of the Week over at Sketches4All!   I'm so honored!


Here is my layout:


Head over and play along. They have fun challenges and wonderful inspiration!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Love U Forever - New Layout

Hello my scrappy friends! I was all set for a beautiful 73 degree day, that's what I was promised after all; but it barely topped the 60 degree mark and was cloudy all day. This simple little layout took me most of the day to complete. I just wasn't feeling that scrappy mood, but also couldn't just give up and walk away.

For this layout I used this weeks sketch from Let's Scrap 1-29-14: 



I also played along with Colorful Creations Feb 1st, Inspired by challenge. I was inspired by the color pink, the bling, the hearts, and the theme of love.



I also played on the "Love is in the Air" theme to meet the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Feb. challenge #1. Love was definitely in the air on this layout. I used lots of hearts, pink, and Love U titles. Maddie is definitely my little miracle and I thank the Lord everyday that I am blessed to have her.


I used the center column in the Scrappy Friends - Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe challenge. I used banner hearts, bling and wood hearts, and cork butterflies. 



For my title I used "Love U Forever" - the LOVE was to play along with Scrappy Friends - Kristi B's word challenge. Use one or more words from below in your title.



Finally, I used the color challenge from Scrappy Friends - Kelly's Color challenge. I used all of the colors although the challenge only requires you to use 3 colors. I also used white and black.




For the left side, I played along with Sketches4All - Rachelle's Feb. challenge - love always. This challenge is Anything Goes as long as you use at least 1-2 hearts. I used a banner of hearts (6) and a wooden heart.



For the right side, I played along with Sketches4All - Cheryl's challenge group for Feburary - to use at least one arrow. I used bling arrows and a large black arrow brad.

Materials - paper - MME; journaling blocks - MME; brad - unknown; bling - Queen&Co, TLC, and Prima; stamps - CTMH; ink - CTMH; banner - BG; cork shape - LYB; sticker - MME.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Packing Up - New Layout LOAD #23

Yippee it's the weekend! It was a long week and I am very much looking forward to the weekend. I definitely didn't make 31 layouts in the January LOAD (Lay Out A Day) challenge over at Let's Scrap, but I did complete 23, way more than I would in a typical month. I finished one final layout this evening, #23.


I used the sketch below from Creative Scrappers #260.


I also played along with My Scraps & More - Throwback Thursday - 1-9-14. This challenge was to use at least a year old.  This is a photo from May 2012.

Materials used: paper - MME, Bo Bunny, and October Afternoon; rub-ons - Karen Foster; enamel dots - MME; twine - The Twinery; washi tape - MME; Thickers - Amy Tangerine; stamp - CTMH; ink - CTMH.

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

A House is Made of Walls... - New Layout LOAD #22

Hello my scrappy friends! This is the other side to my "welcome home" layout. Photos of our new home (circa May 2012). This is LOAD (Lay Out A Day) #22 over at Let's Scrap.


For this layout I played along with Challenge #6 over at 1-2-3 Get Scrappy! Here is the fun challenge board:
I used the center column - a key, a blue journaling block and blue washi tape, and a 5x7 photo of our new home. I used my large photo as a pocket for my journaling block. Here is photo of the blue journaling block/tag removed from the pocket:


I also played along with My Scraps & More - Tuesday Trigger 1-14-14, to create a page about something new (it must be an object). I created a page about our New House!

Finally, I played along with The Memory Nest - Crafty Creations Link Up:



Here are a couple of close-ups of my layout:





Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Welcome Home - New Layout LOAD #21

Happy Sunday! After church, lunch, and shopping for new clothes for Maddie; I finally have a second to post the layout I finished last night (yes, it's nap time...LOL).  This is a layout of Maddie the first time we entered our NEW house in May of 2012. She looked so small in our big living room and I was instantly struck by future visions of her running and playing in our new home. This layout is to document that moment. It is LOAD (Lay Out A Day) #21 over at Let's Scrap.


For this layout I played along with the sketch from the January C'est Magnifique sketch. The sketch instantly reminded me of a homey, warmth feel and I that was just what I wanted my page to be.


I also played along with Scrap Africa Challenge #25, use at least one recycled item. I am a sucker for all the fabulous packaging that is accompanying the wonderful trinkets of scrapbooking! I used the cardboard packaging from a Bo Bunny layered chipboard and misted/inked it to be the background behind my keys. I also used both the jute and the tag from a washi tape I had. I flipped the "paper tape" tag inside out, misted it, drug paper towels across the ink and used it for my key tag at the top. 


A similar challenge over at LESSology - challenge 32 was to upcycle at least one item and incorporate a key. I have had these keys forever and was waiting for just the right page to use them. What could be more perfect than a layout of a new HOME?

Finally, I played along with My Scraps & More - Word up Wednesday 1-8-14 to use the word SLEEP. "Sleep Tight" was the perfect sub-title to my Welcome Home chipboard at the top.

Here are a couple of closeup photos:



Materials used: paper - Bo Bunny; layered chipboard - Bo Bunny; keys - Tim Holtz; ribbon - Jim Holtz and Maya Roads; paste - Studio 490; stickers - Colorbok; washi tape - MME, Tim Holtz; quickutz - Journal; paper tape - CTMH; metal hangers - CTMH; mini alphas - Basic Grey; ink - CTMH; mist - Maya Road & Mister Huey; stencil - studio 490; border punch - Fiskars.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

School Photo - New Layout #20

One more layout to share. This one is Maddie's school photo from this year. Isn't she cute?  I am playing along with Let's Scrap LOAD (Lay Out A Day) and this is #20. Still behind, but catching up....I think.



I used this sketch from My Scraps & More #64:



I also played along with My Scraps & More - Free for All Friday 1-24-14. This challenge is to scrap photos that are school related. I used Maddie's school photo from this year.  

Finally, I played along with Paper Issues - You are Just my Type challenge. I like to mix fonts on my pages and ampersands are the latest hot trend. I added both to my layout.

Materials Used: paper - MME; stickers - MME; chipboard - MME; journaling block - MME; brads - MME; stickers - MME; letter chpboard - Heidi Swapp; Quickutz; ink - CTMH; sticker dots - MME.

Thanks for visiting!

Old Friends New Journey - LOAD #18 & 19

Whoop whoop, thank goodness it's Friday and slated to be a BEAUTIFUL weekend 73 degrees on Sunday! Yippee.  I finished a couple of layouts this evening.  This one is of me and one of my besties, Miriam. This is LOAD (Lay Out A Day) over at Let's Scrap #18 and 19.  I also played along with the Southern Girls Challenge Blog - It's All New. This challenge is to show a celebration of all things new: new baby, newly weds, new pressies, or even new stash. My page celebrates my friends new journey across the country to start a new life. I am very excited for her, but very sad to see her go. She will be missed.



For the left side, I played along with My Scraps & More - Word up Wednesday 1-15-14. The word to use is Friends. I used the word in my title, "Old Friends, New Journey.


For the right side, I played along with My Scraps & More - Word up Wednesday 1-22-14. The word to use is Crazy. I used the word Crazy in the title - Crazy Happy Day.

Materials used: EmbellishKits.com; paper - Carta Bella; layered stickers - MME; stickers - MME and Carta Bella; twine - unknown; journaling block - Making Memories; ink - CTMH; cricut - Opposites Attract.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Our First Ice - New Layout LOAD #16 & 17

Happy Hump day! I finally caught up on all my POTD posts from 2013, now I just have to create the digital album. I was able to finally work on another layout for the January LOAD (Lay Out A Day) over at Let's Scrap. I have fallen behind, LOL! This is #16  & 17.



I created this page from one of my EmbellishKits. 


For the right side, I played along with Sketches4All - Stacy H-W's Jan stash challenge. This challenge is to use clear bling or glitter. I used multiple snowflakes with clear bling in the middle. 


For the left side, I played along with My Scraps & More - Mix It Up Monday 1-20-14, to use three sets of three. I used three pattern papers, three snowflakes, and three photos.  I also played along with Sketches4All - Winter Wonderland challenge.  This is an "anything goes" challenge as long as you use the Winter Wonderland theme AND is based on this gorgeous inspiration picture:

I was inspired by the "ice" crystals and woodsy pine pieces to select the photos of Maddie in the ice checking out all the frozen trees and sticks. I was also inspired to use the teal and browns on my page. Finally, I mimic'd the fireplace in the background with my framed photos and I mimic'd the teal runner with the teal number strip I used along the left hand side of the page. 

Materials used:  paper - Carta Bella; snowflakes - Jolee's; twine - unknown; corrugated arrow - CTMH; ink - CTMH; stickers - MME and Carta Bella; layered stickers - MME; journaling block - Making Memories; corner rounder - Creative Memories.

Thanks for visiting!  Hopefully I will get one more layout completed this evening.  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Project Life - Week 1

Welcome to Project Life 2014! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 2 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins who has put together a wonderful kit to make this challenge easier.

I am using the digital kit on shutterfly. This digital version is SUPER easy to use! See my completed pages for 2012 using the Shutterfly Cobalt kit HERE. I will hopefully be posting my 2013 pages soon.


And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week) -









Wednesday - The first day of a new year. Maddie is still opening the last of her presents from Christmas. Also Grandma and Weeto finally came over, so we exchanged presents with them. Grandma knitted Maddie the cutest headbands to keep her ears warm. We spent the day putting away all the Christmas stuff and Daddy took down the lights. Maddie found my guitar when I was cleaning out the coat closet and played it forever! Now that she knows where it is, I'm not sure how we are going to keep it away from her, LOL!



Thursday - The garbage disposal is not working, so Daddy was trying to fix it. Of course, Maddie wanted to help Daddy and grabbed her tools and her flashlight. Daddy found pieces of Quail bone inside, but couldn't get it to work again so we are going to have to install a new one. 







Friday - Grandma and Grandpa got Maddie a Dora bouncy ball that needed to be inflated. Daddy got out the air pump today to inflate it and Maddie wanted to immediately help, of course. Maddie also found a new place to play, her clothes hamper. She has been diving into it head first and then getting stuck! She just loves to cram herself into tight locations.






Saturday - I wasn't feeling well today, but we still wanted to take Maddie to the Home Depot kids workshop. Today it was a little wooden calendar with adjustable blocks. Maddie did most of the hammering herself. She loves the kids workshops, but I think the popcorn is her favorite part!


Monday - Maddie found a sack from Central Market and found a perfect use for it!

Thanks for visiting, I am almost caught up!