Sunday, July 31, 2011

Change is in the Air!

In case you have been wondering what I have been up to lately...well I have been sucked into Pinterest. So many awesome ideas there! I have already been using them as a starting point for some of my upcoming layouts so stay tuned for those. When I am not scrapping, I have been losing myself in Mockingjay, the third Hunger Games book. I am about 1/3 of the way through and I am having a hard time putting it down!

I have some fun news to share with you. I am going to start up a couple of series on my blog so you will be seeing many more posts from me in the future! I am excited and can't wait to share them with everyone!

Time for me to skedaddle and finish up some back to school shopping. I will leave you with my newest layout I created with the Salt Water Taffy kit from Noel Mignon.

Happy creating!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Echo Park Love

I have been spending as much time outside as I can stand with this crazy heat! I have also been crafting with my girls. They love scrapbooking as much as their mama. :) Today I want to share with you a few layouts I made using Echo Park papers. I just love how each line looks good alone or mixed together. Take this layout for example. I mixed a few papers from Country Drive with For the Record. Both collections work well together.

Supplies: Paper & Stickers: Echo Park, Pen: Creative Memories.

Recently I took the girls to Coldstone Creamery for their first taste of this yummy ice cream. They loved it! I used the Country Drive papers found in the Noel Mignon Salt Water Taffy kit along with a few stickers from For the Record for this layout.

Supplies: Papers & Stickers: Echo Park, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Mist: Maya Road, Letters: Sassafras Lass, Pen: Creative Memories.

This layout documents some of my feelings after the first year of being divorced. My little form of scrap therapy. It really does do the body good! You should try it sometime! The picture I scrapped is not the perfect shot but it did capture some of the rawness of how things are at times.

Supplies: Papers & Stickers: Echo Park, Butterflies & Mist: Maya Road, Pen: Creative Memories.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Guess what?

You can now find the G.C.D Studios Chipart Products at Joann's Stores. Too cool! Let me tell you. This tool is soooo much fun. It's a great stress reliever too.

I hope to have some new items to share with you soon. Right now I have two little ones ready to head on the road. We are taking a mini road trip up to the city for some school clothes shopping and fun.

Have a great Saturday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Playing with Pictures

It always amazes me how much you can change an ordinary picture into something amazing. My pictures are in no way amazing, but I thought it would be neat to show you a glimpse of what some of my before and after pictures look like.





As you can see from the before shots, my pictures are never perfect the first go around. These pictures were actually taken with my iPhone. With some help from a few Totally Rad Photo Actions and some tweeking in Photoshop, my pictures are just the way I want them to be. How do you edit your pictures? I'd love to hear about it. I am always looking for new ways and ideas to improve mine.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Friday, July 15, 2011

CHA Goodies

I have been drooling all the new CHA goodies that are coming out. There are so many favorites this time around. I am loving Crate Paper, American Crafts, Pink Paislee, Authentique, Bo Bunny, and lots more! I'll need to post the collection I am in love with over the next few days.

Today is the day which the new Noel Mignon "Salt Water Taffy" kit goes up for sale! You won't want to miss this one! It's packed full of fun goodies! Here is a layout I made with a few items from this kit.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Set to Recharge

Every so often we get burnt out on life. I have hit that point so it was time for a little vacation. I sent the girls to daycare for two days this week so I could just relax and work on the things I wanted to get done without having them underfoot. It has been pretty quiet and I have to admit, I look forward to getting them back in the afternoon.

For the rest of the week, I have a few fun things planned with the girls. Tomorrow we are going to head to a museum and then to Coldstone afterwards for a snack. Maybe we will even take a trip to Krispy Kreme. I have actually never stepped foot in one before! If all goes well, I should have lots of fun pictures and stories to share!

Here is a layout I about one of our lazy evenings before bed. Gotta love being silly at times!

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sew Fun with G.C.D Studios

Hello everyone! Diana here. When I was a teenager, I would sew my own baggy pants. They were the most comfortable pants ever! Over time, I stopped sewing and my sewing machine started collecting dust. Not anymore! I dugged it out of the closet and decided it was time to crank that baby up!

Today I am going to show you a fun technique on how to create a dresden plate quilting pattern on your layout. It super easy and fun! I am sure you will love it as much as I do!

First you will need to cut out two circles of the same size out of two different patterned papers. I used the Soul Food and Material Girl papers. After you cut out your circles, cut the circle in half and in half again. Keep cutting little pie shapes until you have at least 16 pieces. Now alternate the two patterned papers to create a new circle as in this example.

I wanted more interest to the circle so I created a triangle on the tips of each piece. Next I used my sewing machine to stitch the sections together.

Here is a close up of the completed dresden plate pattern. Easy peasy! I just love how quilting patterns provide a great source of inspiration!

Have you ever created a layout using a quilting pattern for inspiration? If not, what are you waiting for? Do a search on quilting patterns and see what inspires your creativity!

Supplies: Papers: Soul Food, Material Girls, Fun House, Butterflies: Soul Food Chipboard Butterfly Stickers.