Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Love Fiercely and Courageously Today

Hi Bloggers! It's been ages since I blogged, but we've been sooooo busy here getting things ready for the arrival of our fourth baby boy! I'm so excited! In 8 days I will be a mama to 4 boys! Eeeeek!! We have been doing major renos and moving boys into different rooms and it's quite awesome how much work we've gotten done in a small amount of time! I am very blessed to have some great friends that have come to help me out too! 

In THIS POST I showed you some pictures of the start of our bedroom renos...well, now it's finished and we're officially sleeping in our new basement bedroom! 

We've now moved all the boys into their own rooms, and now we just have to paint the nursery and set that up! 

I made this layout for Scrapbook Nerd Summer Camp. The challenge is to alter a photo. These are instagram pictures that I made into black and white. 

I also wanted to play along with One Little Word. The word this month is FIERCE. And I'm just realizing as I post this, that I totally spelled it wrong!! arrrrggghh!!!! 

I love these pictures of Chris and I. The funny thing about the second one is that I was originally going to make this layout with only the photo on the left, but then it felt uneven, so I made my husband do a kissy lovey selfie photo shoot so I could print another one off to scrap!! I couldn't get a good one to save my life, so by the end I was trying really hard not to laugh, and the picture kinda looks like I don't want to kiss him! I was just laughing so hard I couldn't contain myself! lol Only a scrapbooker would make her husband do selfie kissy face pictures so her layout would turn out! lol

I used my June kit from the Paper Bakery for this layout...I was originally going to mist that fabulous Heidi Swapp mist resist paper, but I really liked it in black and white!

I also used this sketch from the Paper Bakery for this layout:

Well, hopefully I have some more time to scrapbook (and blog) before this little bean is born!!



Monday, July 8, 2013

Hold On!!!

It was my turn to choose a challenge over at Use Your Stuff, so naturally, I chose "Anything Baby" with the plan of working on my pregnancy/baby book that I'm making. Well, I kept forgetting that all my photo paper is in our storage unit the end of the month, so last night I realized I had just better scrap something else!! 

So I found this picture from 4 years ago when we went to Hell's Gate on the way back from seeing Thomas the Train in Squamish. Caleb was just a baby, so it totally works for the challenge! lol 

We had done the tram ride down Hell's Gate, which was super cool, but then at the bottom, there is a bridge that goes all the way across the river too. So we went a little bit across it...just to say we did, because I'm actually kind of terrified of bridges! I know, it's a weird fear, but I don't like being on them at all, driving or walking! This one was particularly terrifying because it was a metal one that was just like grated or something, so you could see the river right under your feet! I think I almost broke Ethan's little hand I was holding on to him so tight! I was trying to smile instead of cry when Chris took this picture! lol

Here's some close ups:

Supplies: Paper, stickers, and brads: Simple Stories. Vellum: Studio Calico. Chipboard sticker: Amy Tangerine. Chipboard frame: Crate Paper. Twine: Pink Paislee, Washi: Freckled Fawn. Tag: October Afternoon. Digital Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo (paper cut with Cameo: Basic Grey). Enamel Dots: MME. Mist: Heidi Swapp.

I used this fun sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout:

I'm also going to play along with Frosted Design's Fabulous Friday Challenge: Ribbon, Twine and Washi (must use at least 2)

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Let it Shine

Summer Camp at Scrapbook Nerd is in full swing, and there's a lot of games and challenges and prizes to be won! I made this card for our second challenge of the summer: Let it Shine!

Now, those of you who follow my blog, will know that this IS a challenge for me, because I'm not big on bling or really anything super shiny...however, I'm taking Heidi Swapp's Stencil Magic class online right now, and it's just full of super fun ways to use your stencils and of course her fabulous Color Shine! So, I made this card after watching a video in her class. It's a super fun resist technique...but that's all I'm going to tell you about it, because you have to take the class to find out all her secrets!! lol

                                                                                                                                                                    So, come join us at camp! You won't be sorry! It's never too late to register and play along!! 

Supplies: Cardstock: CTMH. Washi tape: MME, and Freckled Fawn. Stamps: Amy Tangerine and Elle's Studio. Ink: Memento, and Distress. Markers: Distress. Mists: Color Shine. Mod Podge.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Camp Nerd Style!

Okay everyone, I really hope you've registered for Nerd Camp, because it's going to be super fun and it's going to last all summer! We've just gotten started and it's definitely not too late to register! Just head HERE to register and get started on the fun! There are going to be games and giveaways and all sorts of inspiration! So get over there now and sign up!! 

I made this layout for our first camp challenge over at Scrapbook Nerd. We have been challenged to use banners. I thought it would be fun to make one out of some flair and washi tape. I'm kinda really liking the results! 

I broke out my Cameo and cut the star background, the speech bubble and the frame. 

I made the frame by cutting apart a tag that I got in my Paper Bakery kit, then adding a photo overlay to it. I then tucked it behind the chevron frame.  I think it turned out pretty good :)

I used the mistable Thickers for my title, and I'm kinda impressed with how close I ended up getting the colour to match Kieran's hat in the picture. I had to mist it with three different colours, but it came out pretty stinkin close! 

I'm really loving those Crate Paper photo overlays! I used one on Kieran's picture too and I really like how it  gives it that cool vignette look. I got a ton of them in my Paper Bakery kit, but they're almost gone now :(

I used this sketch from the Paper Bakery for this layout:

Okay, now you've really got to head over to Scrapbook Nerd and get registered for Summer Camp! The ladies over there are such an amazing group, you're just going to love them!! 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Hand Made Baby Book

Happy Canada Day All!! I hope you're out enjoying the weather or doing something fun with your family and loved ones on your extra day off, for all my fellow Canadian scrappers! For those of you who aren't from Canada, I hope you're having a good Monday :)

I decided for this baby, I was going to make my own baby book. It only seems fitting since I am a bit of a crafty gal ;)  I have the cover to show you today, but first I wanted to share a little of our renos with you:

I took these pictures before I painted so I could have kind of a before and after. There hasn't been much change in this picture except the paint colour is different now, and the big pile of underlay is gone. Chris says he's going to finish sanding the one wall tomorrow so I can work on painting it, and he says he's starting the flooring tomorrow too!! EEEKK!! I can't wait! I'm like a crazy pregnant lady that needs to nest, but has nowhere to nest! It's kind of sad! lol And I'm driving my poor husband to the loony bin I'm sure! The table in the middle of the room that is now being used as a "work bench" was my old scrapbooking table...I think we will be taking it to the share shed tomorrow because we need to use the space to put the floor in. It will be a bit of a sad time...but at the same time I am very glad to get things going on our bedroom!! 

The other reason I can't wait to get this room finished is because it's been so hot out and our house upstairs is like a freakin oven! I'm not kidding you, my thermostat in my house said 28 degrees! (which is almost 83 in fahrenheit!) So it will be really nice when this room is finished and we can all escape to the basement again and not melt! 

So, this week's challenge over at Use Your Stuff is to use a filmstrip in some way on your project. When I was thinking about what to do with this cover, I had thought about using my Tim Holtz film strip ribbon, but then I was looking at my Silhouette cutting files and I came across this single film strip frame and I thought that would be perfect to hold my title! So I cut it twice...once with the Elle's Studio patterned paper and a second time with vellum and then I glued the vellum on top of the patterned film strip to give it a softer look.

I used a lot of different mediums on this cover page, and the one really nice thing about it being so hot in my house while I made this was that they all dried super fast! It's the first time I've played with paints and mists and spackle and not used a heat gun! lol

I cut the clouds with my Silhouette too. I love how they have the stitched swirls in them to give them some added texture...once I adhered the clouds and washi, I put another coat of gesso over the whole thing to mute the colours again. I really wanted a soft baby look, but kind of funky at the same time. 

Since we still don't have a name for baby number four, I obviously couldn't make that the "title", so I opted for Bible Verse: "And the child grew and became strong in spirit and filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him."
-Luke 2:40

I really love this verse and I thought it was really fitting for a baby book too.  I printed it on vellum and added it to the center of the film strip.

I want this book to be a "pregnancy/baby book". Since it's my last baby, I'm feeling a little more sentimental than normal and I really want to capture this pregnancy in this book and all the little things that are changing our lives because of this little bean :) I plan on working on this more in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for my first pages! 

I hope you play along with us this week at Use Your Stuff and show us how you use those film strips!

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