Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cut it out Saturday: It's Been a Journey

Happy weekend!

Today I'm sharing  a layout using an awesome cut file that is available at Paper Issues. The fabulous Jen Chapin created this cut file. It was so fun to work with. And it has been way too long since I've gotten to use my Cameo. It's been packed since I moved back in July and, last weekend was the first time I got to push that blessed power button. SO good!

Here is the full layout with a little back story...

Some design notes: I really like the grid potential of this cut file. So, I went almost full page with it. I punched out various pieces of patterned paper from a favorite collection. I'm always intrigued by layouts that use so many patterns and colors. I really love this collection from Allison Kreft for Echo Park and I knew the combo of patterns wouldn't overwhelm me. I'm too clean and simple for my own good! Also... kraft matted on top of kraft helps calm it all down. I also found that embellishing this type of "grid" is really easy. A little cluster there and a little cluster here. Wah lah!

As you can tell, hopefully, from my photo and the pieces of flair, this layout is dedicated to the journey of being  a TRUE Seattle Seahawks fan. The highs and the deep, deep, frustrating lows. I am such a Washingtonian. A true PNW Washingtonian. I love football and I sure love the Seahawks. 

And that flair??? How FUN is that??? Those are from Toni From Designs. She has a fantastic collection of flair in her shop. I just about eeeked with delight when I saw the Seahawks flair! She has other team flair, as well as, everyday collections. They are such good quality. I can't wait to add more to my collection.

Here are a few close ups to show the dimension and details...

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Patterned Paper: Allison Kreft (Echo Park), Wood Veneers: Heidi Swapp and Pinkfresh Studio, Letter Stickers: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine/Journal), Flair: Toni From Designs, Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo, Cut File: Paper Issues

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Will Give Rest

Happy Tuesday!

So happy to be with you all here today.

The page I'm sharing with you today was inspired by one of our journaling prompts:

Lazy: How generous are you to yourself when it comes to ‘lazy days’ and giving yourself a break from the hubbub of life? Do you feel guilty when you’re not producing? If so, why? What inside you, or outside you, pushes you to create or build something in your life? How might you reimagine ‘lazy’ to mean something more like ‘self-protecting’? What would fit into your best ‘unenergetic’ day and how would it change the day after?

I really appreciated this side of Energy. In order to "bank it", we must fuel it, right? It's good to rest our weary bones. Take a nap! Go on vacation! Read a book! Go sit in a mall! (To understand that you'll have to see my Behind the Art from last week.)

For me, it is taking some time with God.

I'm not very good at sitting still. My mind wanders. Or I think about all the things I could be doing instead. But, when it comes to my faith, and how it relates to Energy, it is so important to stop. Rest. Take a break. Protect my soul.

The typewriter transparency is two-fold for me when it comes to this page. I like the idea of being transparent when it comes to my faith. God sees the deepest parts of me and I want to not try to hold onto something that I don't need. Also, the typewriter. It's pretty simple symbolism when one thinks about that... recording thoughts. Writing it out. Processing it.

I used the crosshatch stencil on this layout because I like to think that my faith and the rest of my life are interwoven. It's what holds me together. And taking these moments of resting, finding comfort and peace in those quiet moments, help me be stable and live out the hubbub of life.

I also used some tilting. Think balance. Balancing it all in the day to day! Balancing my energy with moments of quiet time are what will make me thrive in life. I also like that thought of using the feathers. I find feathers to symbolize protection. I'm protecting my soul when I make time for those moments to rest and refuel.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall and Pumpkins

Hello and happy Monday!

I don't know about the rest of you in the northern hemisphere but, I LOVE this time of year! Right when Summer ends, I go through a little depression because I long for the later daylight but, that quickly subsides when the leaves begin to change color; the early morning Fall mist rolls in and Football! 

Because football.

Oh... and the smells. Apples. Pumpkins. Apples cooking. Pumpkin pie. Aaahhhhh.....

And I really am thankful for the first day I get to wear a sweater and jeans. 

I. Love. Fall.

Recently, while grocery shopping, I got to observe the largest pumpkins I have ever seen. They were HUGE. And they weighed the same size as... well... a teenager? Or a petite young woman? 

Huge. I say. They were HUGE! 

So, what does a scrapbooker do when they see HUGE pumpkins? They take a photo, of course, Duh.

Aren't they ginormous? 

(If you have seen larger pumpkins, please do not burst my bubble...)

To document this wonderful discovery, I used the fabulous fall collection Shine by We R Memory Keepers. LOVE these papers. Great colors. Great patterns. I used the 6x6 pad and cut down to the square sizes. Also, the acrylic heart on top of the kraft jar is from the same collection. 

I also incorporated several other things that you can find over at Paper Issues!

The October Swag Bag for one! I love this little bag of awesome. The gold leaves, kraft jar, leaf flair, sticker, paper clip, 'love this' tab and ampersand die cut are all from that bag. And there is still MORE for me to use!

This layout is also created for current issue and Link Party - Woodn't You Know. It's Fall! This link party is all about Fall themed projects and incorporating wood elements. There is a wonderful prize from Pinkfresh Studio, as well. See those cool wood chevrons up above? Those are from Pinkfresh and they are YUMMY!

I also based by layout on the current Sketchy Saturday link party. 

That's a lot of punch packed in this layout!

Supplies used on this layout:
Acrylic Shape: Shine by WRMK
Embellishments: October Swag Bag
Enamel Dots: Gossamer Blue
Alpha: Lily Bee and American Crafts
Cardstock: American Crafts

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