Saturday, April 10, 2010

Picture Spring

I am taking the Picture Spring class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. The instructor is Tracey Clark, the founder of Shutter Sisters.

I never made it through 365 days of photos last year, taking a picture everyday got difficult when I couldn't find something new to photograph each day  I signed up for this class to help expand my horizons, so to speak, and re-train myself to look beyond the obvious.  Each morning our we have a prompt for the day in our in-box. It is up to us to interpret what that means to us.

So here are my first 10 days of pictures....

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Some Color Me Daisy Layouts

Here are the rest of the layouts from the Color Me Daisy Spring Fever kit. So far I have done 5 layouts, 3 cards and 3 altered projects from the kit and I still have a lot more to work with. I wasn't sure how much I could make the kit work since when I put the kit together I thought it might be a bit to girly for a mama of two boys. I found enough to use for the boy layouts but it also gave me a reason to scrap some pictures from my binders that I never got to before.

This one is probably tied for 1st in my favorite layouts from the kit. The colors make the lemons stand out and I just love the randomness of life in the story behind it.

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade...and Lemon Meringue Pie

The story was something I blogged about here. This LO was based on a sketch I had printed out a week or two ago, I believe from The Scrappiest

I just love this picture I took of Jackson recently. I wanted it to be the focus of my page. I like how the button tree adds a lot of color but I think the picture still takes center stage. And I cannot tell you how much I love the Pink Paislee Artisan Element Frames and Tapes. Both are used on this page, along with a feature of my misting and border punch obsession.

Our Lil J

Before the boys were born, the dogs were featured in a lot more layouts. Since they are girly girl dogs there was plenty to work with in this kit for a princess puppy page.  I love the Jillibean Alpha's, the white ones especially give you so many options in altering them.  And the fabric in this kit is probably my favorite "evah"! The fabric circle flower was part of a What to Do Fabric Idea Feature in the Color Me Daisy April Kit Idea Guide.


This layout was based on a sketch from Inspired Blueprints a sketch site I recently discovered with great sketches and a friendly community.  I have had these pictures in my binders for a few years now from a trip to Las Vegas in 2006, the colors in the kit were so perfect for the bright colorful flower gardens of the Bellagio Hotel. I made a fabric strip flower for this one, which was also included in our idea guide.

I still have tons of photos of the gardens from that trip, maybe I'll use up my kit scraps for a mini album.

Bellagio Las Vegas

Well that's it for tonight. I still have cards, altered projects and a from my scraps project to share over the next couple of days.

Hope you have a great Friday!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Weekend update and scrappy stuff...

How did it get to be Wednesday night already? I guess with the release of the now sold out Color Me Daisy April Spring Fever kit and putting the finishing touches on the Idea Guide for the kit together the past few nights, I've been a bit busy.  I know I haven't been sleeping much. 

We had a fun and busy Easter weekend. I spent almost all day Friday scrapping, it was delicious!  Then Saturday we were preparing eggs for dyeing, deviling eggs, whipping up strawberry vinaigrette for our Easter salad, baking hash brown casserole and decorating this scrumptious cake with a raspberry filling: 

I got the idea for the cake from some Easter basket cupcakes I had seen while surfing the internet a couple of weeks ago. But honestly I wasn't interested in decorating that many little cupcakes. So I made a 2 layer white cake and the most yummy raspberry filling ever. I colored the frosting and coconut green and decorated the cake top with a bunny, peeps, jelly beans and malted eggs.  But I still needed a basket. So I grabbed my favorite Martha Stewart Border Punch and the Fiskars Apron Lace Punch and whipped up this basket using the Spring Fever kit scraps. It took about 10 minutes and it was just plain fun!

Other highlights from the weekend...

Nicholas had a ball dyeing the Easter eggs. He did a great job and was only medium messy.

We left a note and some jelly beans for the Easter Bunny and he delivered well...

Nicholas really got the idea of baskets and goodies and egg hunting this year and loved his new sporty toys.

Jackson is still a bit overwhelmed by the holidays, but he did manage to eat some goldfish and M&M's from his basket before breakfast.

I have a lot of scrappy stuff to share with you, but since it is getting late I'll leave it to one for tonight.

This one has some of my favorite things from the April Color Me Daisy kit...fabric, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphas and Pink Paislee Artisan Frames. I misted the alphas and frame with Maya Mist and love the splattered look for my little artist.  I layered the fabric after fraying the edges over packaging from the Pink Paislee ribbon pleats in the kit. I used the Artisan tape to give an anchor to the title of my layout and I cut the Pink Paislee flip notes in half to border the tops of my photos.

I'll be back tomorrow night with some more scrappy stuff as well as some pictures from the Picture Spring class I am taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

All the eggs in one basket...

Nicholas found all but 1 egg during the egg hunt today. Jackson couldn't care less about looking for eggs. He found one and just threw it then moved on to other more important things (throwing his other toys all over the yard).

Nicholas looks pretty proud of himself in this picture. He did well with the assistance from bear (in his left hand) and Nana R and Nana C.

Happy Easter

The boys are playing with their Easter basket goodies and munching on candy and goldfish (great breakfast, huh?), while we get ready for the day's festivities.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ohhh the possibilities....

I am on vacation today and Mike (being the awesome husband he is) is giving me a scrap day. Today is his day to go to the grocery store and Costco so I have the house to myself for a few hours and I am about ready to get to work.....back later with whatever I come up with.