Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hello Summer card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hi there friends and happy Wednesday. This week Inspired By Stamping released their new stamp sets for the month. I love the summer set and used it in my card. 

Hello Summer card


I wanted to challenge myself to just use inks and a white cardstock. Don't get me wrong, I love paper and patterns and designs. I guess that's why in this card, I wanted to stretch my creative mind and do something that is not within my "comfort zone". 
I also used some non themed colors for this card. I used pinks, turquoise, copper and black. 

The one thing I would like to learn more about is coloring. I think the palm tree would look better if I was able to add some detailed coloring on it. Do you guys have any videos or tutorials you found to be most helpful for a beginner like me?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you stop by the Inspired By Stamping store to see what's new.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Sweet life layout *Inspired By Stamping*

Hello Inspired By Stamping friends. Today I'd like to share a layout I created using a tag and banner stamp from the IBS store.
the sweet life layout
 

 When it comes to documenting my life, I tend to take lots of pictures of an event/activity. Sometimes I just use a one or a couple and other times I feel like it's best to show off all of the little details of that event. Such was the case for this particular scrapbook event. I wanted to remember all of our happy faces when we ate our scrumptious treat as well as the ambiance of the place we went to. So because I already had a ton of photos, I used some tag stamps to add design on one edge of the page without causing too much distraction for my photos. I also used a white background so that the papers and embellishments can pop without causing a headache for the viewer. Here are some more details...

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 I used some of the pennant banner stamps and created my own flags. I just added a stick pin behind the stamped images and adhered it to the page. I had to cut off some of the toothpicks cause it was a bit long.
 I love using my homemade enamel dots (created from perler beads) to add some texture and dimension to my projects.
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  It's your birthday stamp, Inspired By Stamping
  Whimsical banners, Inspired By Stamping
 Pattern papers, Twine, Enamel dots, Photo Corners, Inks, Black pen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Great Sunshine and Outdoors layout *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.*

Hello ribbon friends. I love looking at trends and trying them out in my papercrafting. One of the big trends right now that I’m loving is using your diecut machine in creating one of a kind elements in your page. I’ve had a few die cut machines but my go to right now is the Cameo from Silhouette. Recently I played around with it and cut some Summer themed elements. I don’t like wastes so I kept the negative part of the cut. With the help of some ribbons from Ribbons Unlimited, I was able to make use of this negative cuts and bring an interesting texture to my title.


Instructions:
 1. Cut out two pieces of white cardstock measuring 11 x 11 ½” and adhere to the blue cardstock.

2. Cut out the negative title cuts and adhere ribbon behind the paper. I used my Xyron adhesive maker to make sure that the ribbon is well adhered on the back of the cardstock. Trim the ribbon.

3. Adhere the title block on the page. Adhere the rest of the elements. 
4. Cut out two long and two short strips from the same ribbon. Cut a notch on one side of each of them and adhere at two different places of the page. 
5. Handwrite your journaling and add the stickers and chipboard for embellishment. 

Here’s a look at the finished page and a few more detailed shots….




Thank you for joining me today and hope you’ll use your ribbons with the latest trends today.

Till next time,
Grace

Supplies Used:
#990 Dazzle Ribbon, Red, 7/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Cardstock- WorldWin Papers Inc.
Journaling block- Echo Park
Stickers- Creative Memories
Chipboard shapes- Sources Unknown
Die cut- Cameo, Silhouette
Pen- (Black) Millennium, Zig
Mist- source unknown



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

G & E layout *Inspired By Stamping*

Hi there IBS friends. Have you ever felt that there are certain things that just needed to be documented right away as a scrapbook page? I was going through my pictures recently and saw this photo of my parents from about three years ago and it reminded me of the health issues that my father had to endure in the beginning of the year. It made me want to write about how much strength and hope I took away from the way my mom and dad tackled this challenge. Here's the page that came about....

g&e layout

I used a few IBS stamps and the new Fancy label dies 3 set to make the page "pretty" without taking away from the main reason I created the page.

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 The Fancy label dies 3 set is so fun and perfect for layering elements with.

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 I hope this page inspired you guys to document a part of your life today.  

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Fancy Labels 3

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Fancy Labels Dies 3

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Arrows, Inspired By Stamping
Vintage Banners, Inspired By Stamping
Little Flowers, Inspired By Stamping
Others: Pattern papers, Cardstock, Enamel dots, Paint, Stickers, Pen, Vellum, Border punch, Adhesive

Friday, June 27, 2014

Deerfield Water Park Layout

Happy Friday. Today I thought I'd share a layout I created (sometime last month) that showcased one of the fun places we've discovered in our town two summers ago. Unfortunately we haven't been back here since then (we've had other fun things going on in the summers and it's a bit of a drive down south) but it's great to know that there are free places like this in our area. 

Deerfield Water Park layout
I have been trying to use my stash and this was created with most of the products coming from my Chic Tag collection as well as American Crafts and Studio Calico stash. I used some little acrylic paint dots to create the dimensions on the center of the flowers and other dotted lines in the layout. 

Here are some more close ups....



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June family update

So I guess this family update thing will have to be a monthly occurrence on this blog. We started off our Summer with lots of activities. Both for the kids and I. We have been busy in the month of June and we are counting down the days when we go on our vacation. Looking forward to unwinding and being with the family. 

Anyways, here's how our June looked like so far...

School ended in the beginning of this month. But before then, the kids' school had their last pride assembly. This is when they give out awards and recognize the kids for their achievements for that year. The day before the assembly, I got a letter from the PE teacher and Sports club coach saying that Marcus will be one of two kids that will be getting a special award that he has never given out before. Marcus has been attending after school sports club since 3rd Grade and Mr. Brubaker was very organized and kept track of all of their attendance during this time. Well he counted and I guess out of all the three years that my son participated in this once a week after  school activity, he has only missed two days. This was one of the things that my son enjoyed and he didn't mind staying up one more hour after school once a week for it. Mr. B. thought that these boys deserved to be recognized for their dedication so he gave them a certificate. What a great way to end 5th grade!

Speaking of Marcus, he finished Elementary school this year. He is now officially a middle schooler. I still can't believe that! The collage above shows him on the first day of school (left photo) and then the right shows him with his certificate of completion during the "promotion" ceremony. I wanted to give him a little something as a gift for making it this far and I knew that flowers or balloons weren't going to be much appreciated by this boy so I made him a candy lei. He was very happy about that. The problem now is that I have to remember to make Maddie a candy lei too when she gets to this point or I will never hear the end of it. Ha!

And of course Maddie gets her collage picture as well. The image on the right shows her on the first day and the one of the left is of her on the last day of school this year. The one thing I noticed about these two images placed side by side is how fast she is growing up. I mean, piggy tales on the left and then a flower with hair down on the right! She definitely got the "preteen" bug this year and I'm not excited about it. Why are my babies growing up so fast?

During the month of May, I decided to do a major overhaul of my craft space. I went through ALL of my stuff and made a pile to keep and one to part with. After doing all the purging, I held a scrapbook yard sale in the beginning of June. I made some money and the kids even joined in with a table selling lemonade and some baked goodies. Marcus was a little disappointed that what he was selling wasn't flying off the shelf but it was a good teaching moment to them about working hard and paying your tithing afterwards.

The major home improvement project this month was painting the backyard deck. Mitch actually started this in May but with our afternoon rain showers, it was hard for him to find the time to finish it all. I wasn't able to help him out with the painting as I was afraid the paint fumes might be bad for the baby. But as always he did an awesome job after it was all done. He only did one coat though so he'll have to do it all over again starting in July.

As you can see from the photo above, our deck needed some major TLC. It was really looking bad. We suspect that the prior owners just did a coat of varnish when they were getting ready to sell it and that's why the color didn't last long (we've only been here for 3 1/2 years). This time we bought the type of paint that supposed to restore and protect the wood and that it should last for a long time. Crossing our fingers we don't have to do this again too soon. 

June also means craft camp for me. I snapped this photo of bags of craft supplies just before I pulled them out and made a big huge mess in my craft room. I'm holding the camp this week and I'm super excited about the projects we are making this year. I have a small group this time (which I don't mind at all) and decided to make some of the projects a bit more detailed since there's less kids to teach/help. I hope they like it. Maddie saw some of my samples and was already excited. :)

Of course June won't be the same without celebrating our favorite daddy! I let Mitch go with me to See's candy store so he can "personalize" his chocolate box. We are not into surprises in this home (at least the adults are not) so we don't mind knowing what we will get before hand. He liked the idea of picking the chocolates himself and now he says that he as a new favorite besides the Bordeaux kind. He also got a cool card from Amanda.

Marcus got to participate in another year of Cub Scout day camp this year. This is his last year and although, in the beginning, he was not too thrilled to be doing some of the Webelos events again (he got an early start with Webelos last year) he had an awesome time. When I asked him what was his favorite, he said it was the rock climbing. I was not there when he did this event but from what I heard from the other moms, he was fearless and was able to make it to the top. I was asked to photograph the events of the last day of camp (Webelos day) and the above was a shot I took of a boy focusing on his archery. I am always impressed at the amount of volunteer work that members of our church put in order for these boys to get their pins and requirements done. I am blessed to have such devoted leaders working with me and my husband so that my children can have such awesome experiences like this. 

And finally, a "baby bump" photo. This is me on Father's day so it would have been a couple days before my 29th week of pregnancy. I am now officially 30 weeks so that means 10 (or less) week to go. We are very excited for our little one and already have a name picked out. We even talk about our baby boy using this name so we can test it out and see if we like it. I especially adore it when the kids mention him by his name.I think it's so adorable that they already have this connection with him even before he's born. Oh and no I am not going to share his name in public (only with immediate family) as I'm worried I'll jinx it. I had a name picked out early on and then shared it with a couple of friends only to find out that my husband refuse to use that name for our boy. Don't want that to happen again! 

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and keeping in touch with us.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, June 23, 2014

What A View! layout + New Pile it up video

Happy Monday dear blog friends. If you have subscribed to my YouTube channel, you probably have seen this latest installment to my "Pile it up" series. This is a video tutorial where I share how I try to put as many of that item in my one layout. This helps me use up my stash as well as think of innovative ways of incorporating products into my scrapbooking. 

This specific video's product to pile it up was washi tape. And here's the layout I created...

What A View!

Check the video to see the process behind this layout...
*If you would like to check out the rest of my process videos, please stop by my You Tube channel here

And here's some close up shots of the page....



I hope my process and the ways I used up washi will inspire you to bust those little rolls of fun from your stash storage and make something fun with it. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Till next time,
Grace

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For You card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hello there crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a card that I created for Inspired By Stamping. 

For You Card
With this one, I rummaged through my scraps and found some papers that worked well together. I noticed that I can fit in a floral stamp inside the dots of the yellow pattern paper and I matched the ink to the pink paper that I used on the bottom border of the card. 

 I added some buttons on a couple of the stamped flowers to create a visual triangle (the third one is on top of the ribbon)

I used some white embossing powder and heat embossed the frame and sentiment to make them stand out against all the pattern papers on the back.

Thank you for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
Fancy Label Dies 3, Inspired By Stamping
Spring Blossoms, Inspired By Stamping
Fancy Labels 3, Inspired By Stamping
Sweet Peas, Inspired By Stamping
Sage Ribbon, Inspired By Stamping
Others: Cardstock, Pattern papers, buttons, twine, border punch

Till next time,
Grace

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Live, laugh, love altered frame *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.*


I am always on a hunt to find treasures in the clearance bin of my local craft store. At one certain visit I found some place card holder frames that went down to 99 cents. I didn’t know (at that time) what I will make with them but I couldn’t pass them up.
Fast forward to this week, I was looking at a certain wall in my home and found it to be lonely and bare. The thought of hanging up a saying on it came to mind and I knew that the frames and some gold wired ribbon from Ribbon’s Unlimited will brighten up that spot.
Here’s how I created my home d├ęcor project….


1. First, I grabbed my frames and the ribbon. I then went through my stash to find papers and letters that would fit the frame and also match with all the colors that I’m going to use.


2. Next, I took of the easel back of the frames. I wouldn’t need it since I’m adhering them onto the ribbon. That was an extra bulk that I didn’t need. Luckily I was able to easily take it off.


3. Third, I measured the inside of the frame and cut out my papers according to the size. I then adhered them onto the inside cardboard of the frame, added the plastic on the front and slipped them back into the frames. *I initially used the green floral paper but after trying to place the letters on top of it, I realized that the pattern on the paper clashed with my letters. So I changed it with the star paper instead.


4. Then I added my letters over the plastic cover of my frames.


5. Using a glue gun, I adhered the frames onto the ribbon.  I added a ring on top of the ribbon so it can easily be hung anywhere.  I added a bow from the same wired ribbon on the top.


6. I added a velvet flower on the center of the bow for a finished look.

Here’s another look at the finished project and some more detailed shots…





Thank you for joining me today.

Happy Crafting,
Grace


Supplies Used:
#274 Luxor(Wired) Gold, 1 ½”,Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Frame- place card holder, Celebrate it
Pattern papers- 6x6 Party Day, Crate Paper
Letter stickers- Thickers, American Crafts

Flower- Maya Road