Monday, January 26, 2015

Ignore the mess and a new layout

Hello friends! I don't know if you noticed all the chaos going on here on the blog, but I somehow lost all my photos. I am slowly working on getting everything straightened out, but in the meantime, bare with me! :)

To (hopefully) make up for it a little, I have a fun new layout to share with you today! I loved this Max collection from Bella Blvd, and knew it was perfect for these photos of my boy.


I wasn't sure about this background paper at first, but love the way everything pops off of the stark black and white. A few layers and embellishments help to all draw the focus in on the photos, loved the little studio calico clip to work as a holder for my journal card!

Check back in later this week for another layout...and hopefully a little cleaner of a blog!

Have a great week, and take time to create something you love!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

I have done one of these posts for the last few years, and its always fun to look back and see how my style has changed over the course of a year. To see what has happened over the year. I was lucky enough to design for some amazing people over the year, meet some great people both in person and through the online community, and of course, document all the wonderful memories I have made with my family. So, here are my top 10, not in any special order.












Whoops...ended up with 11, couldn't narrow it down quite enough! lol. Here's to a great 2015! Wish you all the best and healthy wishes! Keep creating things you love!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Joy

Hello friends ( if you are still there!) I know its been awhile, but this year has been a huge change around our household! I went back to work this year, after being home for the last 8! To say we have been adjusting is an understatement, and I have spent much of my free time enjoying time with my kiddos and the hubby! I think we have finally figured this whole working mom thing out though, and my hopes are to get back into the swing of things!

Today, I am going to share a layout with you that I made using a favorite Christmas photo from last year, and the Cable Knit kit from Noel Mignon.


I loved this dark woodgrain paper, and how the lighter colors really popped off of it, and brought focus to my photo. 


I really loved the Joy mixed media piece from Jillibean Soup, and thought it was perfect layered over the wood veneer from Elle's Studio! Glad I held onto that one! ;)


Then for just a little extra "oomph", I added in this gorgeous gold cord, wrapped around the photo, it really helps to draw in the eye even more. A few enamel shapes, some gold splatters, and I called it done!

I am linking this up with the current challenge at Paper Issues, figured the perfect place to get back in the swing of things was with one of there issues! They always inspire, so make sure you head over and check it out, and link up if you have anything to share!!



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dirty Girl Mud Run

Last summer, some friends and I participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run. It was such a blast! I, of course, had to document this moment, the finish line moment!

I used some of my fabulous mambi goodies to put together this fun and simple layout.





I kept this one VERY simple, just a few simple layers and embellishments. I have a feeling I will be coming back to this one though, it doesn't quite feel done yet. We shall see though! :)


Thanks for stopping in today, and if you want to pick up some of these fun mambi goodies for yourself, head over to the website here!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Big Picture Classes Super Stashbusters Blop Hop!!!

Hello friends, old and new! Welcome to your next stop on the Super Stashbusters blog hop!!! I so beyond excited and honored to be a guest designer for this class...and had so much fun using up some of my stash to create my layout! Which I have a little sneak of for you today, but first, how about some details on this fabulous class!!!

Super Stashbusters with Aly Dosdall
Achieve total stash domination with 16 creative scrapbooking challenges. 


About the Class
Create scrapbook pages faster than a speeding bullet! Leap over piles of patterned paper and washi tape in a single bound! Turn into a super scrapbooker in as little as 4 weeks!

Aly Dosdall's Stashbusters Anonymous has already helped hundreds of memory keepers turn from "product collecting to productive scrapbooking." Now Aly is back with a NEW super-charged workshop that will help you:
Rediscover and use products you love from your own scrapbook stash
Complete up to 16 great scrapbook pages without spending a dime
Learn to use inspiration (sketches, challenges, templates) in a way that works for you

In Super Stashbusters, you'll accomplish amazing scrapbooking feats based on 16 creative challenges. Not only will you use up your stash, you'll also learn to think outside your scrapping box and tap into your inner creative superhero. While this class builds on the content from Stashbusters Anonymous (now available as a self-paced workshop!), all scrapbookers are welcome—including digital scrapbookers.


Learn more and register here!!!

Now, I have a fun little sneak for you of the project I created, I put a twist on one of the fun sketches that Aly has created for you, and had a blast finally using up some of my stash!!



Hope this inspires you a little bit to want to join in on this fabulous class...and if that didn't quite put you over the top, how about a give away??!!!

I have a spot for one lucky person in this awesome class!! To be entered just follow my blog, and leave me a comment letting me know that you 1) are now/were a follower and 2) how you think this class will help you!

Now, you are off to Pepper's blog for your next stop!!

Here is the full blog party list, in case you get lost along the way, or you are just starting here!




Have a great day, and take time to create something you love!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With You

Hi all!! Happy Hump Day! :) Today I am up over at the Noel Mignon blog sharing a new layout using the Sweet & Simple Classic Kit!!! There are still a few of these beauties left, so hop over and check it out!!

This layout started out on a completely different path, but I just couldn't make it work the way I wanted. Finally I just cut my layers and photos right off of the background, and adhered them onto this fabulous green stripe paper.


 I layered in a few strips along the left side of the paper. This helped to create a visual triangle with that fun navy polka dot paper, and I was also able to incorporate just a few more layers and interest...this was good too, since I was worried to mess too much with the layers around my photo. I used permanent adhesive on the previous background paper, and didn't want to risk damaging my photo!


I really wanted to keep them embellishing to a minimum on this page, but I just couldn't resist using one of those adorable tree clips. It worked perfectly with my photo!



Keep your eyes on the NoelMignon.com facebook page for sneaks of the upcoming South Shore kit!! So bright and fun...perfect for all those summer photos!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Love, Love, Love

Hello friends!! I have a fun and bright card to share with you today using some amazing goodies from me & my BIG ideas!! I love how easy the Card Pads and Cards in an Instant make putting together cute and simple cards...they are perfect for those seasoned card makers, and those like me who still get intimidated when it is time to sit down and try to create a card!


On this card, I really wanted the "love, love, love" sentiment to stand out and take center stage, so I decided to cluster embellishments together in the corner to help draw the eye up.


I love to layer, the different textures of stickers that mambi offers, here I used some puffy stickers, glitter sticker, and I even deconstructed a layered chipboard sticker to fit what I needed. Don't be afraid to take layers apart, and rebuild to suite the need of your project!



Then I finished it off with a twine tied into a simple bow on the right side, to help highlight that title even more! Start to finish this card only took me 15 min...which I love!! :)


Check out all of the fabulous products me & my BIG ideas has to offer here in the mambi shop!