Saturday, July 4, 2015

Beach Babe

A couple of months ago, I got some old photos from my mom. It was fun to look back in time and see all the moments that were captures. Each photo brought back a unique emotion when I thought back to what was going on in my life. And there was one, most important, characteristic of these photos that did not go by me. At all. 

I. Was. Freaking. Adorbs.

What happened?

But seriously, my toddler years (and even into my preschool years), I was the cutest of the cutest! Naturally, I want to scrap them! The only bummer, from back in those days, is we didn't have all the nifty photo-editing software we do now. Most families took photos on a cheapy camera. So, most of my photos, from those days, are not the crispest and clearest that photos get. Sure, I could scan them and tweak them but, I don't wanna. 

Instead, I want to show you how, you too, can still use those old photos. Who freaking cares about the perfect photography? I mean, who is that for anyway? Most of us scrappers are not professional photographers and simply want to record a special memory. 

So there. 

I found a photo of myself, at the beach, that I adore! I have fond memories of the beach. The photo, itself, is kind of blurry and the colors are so "early 80's photo quality" and so, I knew whatever papers I found, would have to help frame the photo. It's easy for them to get lost. 

Enter the Summer Vibes collection by Simple Stories. And here is my page:

I was mostly drawn to this collection, not only for the colors but, also for the icons. That VW bus and several other items were so reminiscent of my childhood. I was born in the late '70s; raised in the '80s and a lot of those things were still prominent. I remember riding in one of those buses, as a child, and thinking how cool they were! 

Now, let's talk a bit more about the design of this page. Color was my friend here. The photo is pretty monochromatic when it comes to color. The water takes up most of the space and my little light colored outfit, still doesn't give it any punch. So, I knew the colors I chose, and how I layered those colors, were really going to matter. 

I chose the brown wood paper as the backdrop. I'm not normally drawn to dark backgrounds but, when layered with the light and bright colors, my photo stood out.

Once I figured out how I wanted to design the composition of the page and layer the papers, I went to down with the embellishments. This collection made it super easy because the colors are so reminiscent of early '80s/late '70s photos. And style. 

I also had to make it playful since it was a childhood photo. Adding some sparkle and sequin "spills" here and there, plus the balloons, add just that vibe.

Dark paper is nearly impossible to journal on and, I didn't leave any space for additional journaling. So, these word strips were the perfect addition to help balance the page and to throw in some verbiage. 

I hope this has helped you dig into your photo stash and find the freedom to scrap them! I loved walking down memory lane and solidifying the memory on a scrapbook page. And, since there's so much dimension, I might just hang it on my wall for a while! 

Thanks for swinging by! And, if you are dying to get your hands on this collection, I think it is still available at Paper Issues. Go get yourself some!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Way to Go

Well hello there! 

The other day I shared my first project for Just Nick Studio.  I've got to say, I have loved using and learning more about my Cameo. Not only do I feel creative but, I also feel so techy. Yay!

Here is the card I made using the awesome Funky Rectangles cut file from Nicole's shop:

One of my favorite things to do is to take cut files that were meant for layout backgrounds and, shrink them and tweak them for a card.  I share more about how I did that on the Just Nick blog. Head over to read more and to find out how you can grab this cut file! 

Thanks for swinging by! 

Additional Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, Pattern Paper: Websters Pages, Wood Alpha and Stars: Studio Calico, Enamel Dots: Bella Blvd, Mist: Heidi Swapp, Label stickers: unknown

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Manifesto

Hi everyone,

Today I am here to share the fourth and final page using the June kit I Am from Inside Out.  I have loved this kit so much. It's been liberating to use the topic of I Am to declare certain areas of who... well, I am!

This final one... I decided I wanted to create a layout that took on the characteristics of a manifesto. Inspired by the "I Am" stickers, I pictured in my head, listing out different descriptive words that would declare who I think I am. I wanted to own them and then, live them out.

So here it is... My Manifesto...

One of the many reasons I love our kits is that I can create pages for my private album and I can also create pages, like this one, that I'll hang on my bedroom wall. It will be up where I can see it everyday and remember all the things I am.

Can you believe July is right around the corner??? Holy moly! That means a brand new kit is coming soon. But, before that, I'll be sharing my first project using cut files from Just Nick! Looking forward to that! So come back soon!