Friday, October 31, 2014

Love everything about this! (I've got curly hair. Weird!)

Scrapping a quick page while waiting for trick or treaters. FYI ... we've had only three groups of kids tonight. Where are all the kids? Am I really going to have to eat ALL the candy I bought?! EEK! 

Happy Halloween!

Materials used:
Cosmo Chic and Deco Brads by Michelle Coleman
Irresistible Frame Brushes and Cards by Karla Dudley Design
Pink Snow (scatter glitter) by Simply Tiffany
Dreams of Love (frame) by Julia Makotinsky

Furever (glitter heart brads) by Creashens

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2 more intro pages ... October Pixels & Co. Template Challenge

Two more album intro pages done! I used the same design for each (using the Pixels & Co. October template challenge). Since they're both completely different albums I figured it didn't matter! I think I might just be done with covers now. Yay!

NOTE ... pulling together pictures for these pages I had a chance to look through so many old photos. Oh my gosh, it was so fun! Now, while I've got album covers done, I've now got a ton of old photos and stories I want to scrap! LOL!

Materials used:

Grant - Intro page to Grant's 6th - 8th grade album
Materials used from Pixels & Co.:

Lauren - Intro page to Lauren's 3rd - 6th grade album
Materials used from Pixels & Co.:
Irresistible collection by Karla Dudley Design
Life 365 Stamp Sheet by Karla Dudley Design

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Catching up! Intro pages to my son's high school albums!

I'm on a roll ... I'm catching up and making intro pages to my kids' albums! I made a couple pages earlier this week for my daughter's albums and tonight I made intro pages to both of the high school albums for my son. (He's a senior so his most recent album is still ongoing.) Yup ... I'm patting myself on my back. ;) LOL! I'm pretty much of a procrastinator when it comes to making intro pages, and I'll admit it, I'm still behind and have more intro pages to make - but hey, it's a start. I got motivated because I looked through their albums and ordered a couple more We R Memorykeepers 3 ring binder albums to break up the books in logical places (the books were getting WAY too heavy!). I'm making progress!  

Anyway ... here are the pages I made for my son's 9th - 10th grade album and 11th - 12th grade album!

NOTE ... the 11th-12th grade album intro was inspirited by a layout by ladyesterat Pixels & Co. You can see her layout here.

Materials used for 9th - 10th grade album intro from Pixels & Co.:
Fresh Start Elements by Mommyish & Anita Designs collab (part of a Season To Celebrate DSD Grab Bag); Status Update Elements (colored paint spatter) by Wishing Well Creations

Materials used for 11th - 12th grade album intro from Pixels & Co.:
North of Ordinary a Pixels & Co. collab (DSD Blog Hop Freebie)
Fresh Start Elements by Mommyish & Anita Designs collab (part of a Season To Celebrate DSD Grab Bag)

Anywhere Buttons by Karla Dudley Design

DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) | Halloween Pumpkin carving

Another page for DSD using new releases from Pixels & Co.! I couldn't NOT scrap a page of us pumpkin carving, could I? Especially since I carved a prize winning pumpkin. LOL!

Materials used:
Happy Haunting by Sugarplum Paperie and Mari Koegelenberg
Lay Out Your Day Vol. 3 Template by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients

DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) | Template Challenge (Shopping with the DD)

I've got another layout to share with you this morning! As you probably know already, it's the start of the festivities for Digital Scrapbooking Day at Pixels & Co. (and all around digi land). My friend Rachel Alles and I are hosting a template challenge. Rachel created a gorgeous template for you to download for FREE and simply follow the "Official Rules" (below) and you could win prizes. 

Rachel and I each created a sample page to help inspire you. I wanted to share with you my page, Rachel's page and of course the template inspiration. Also, I'm going to come back and give you the link to all the details (and download links) for the challenge! You want to win prizes and download a free template right?

FYI ... both Rachel and I created our pages using a new kit that you can get for FREE by following along with the Pixels & Co. Designer Blog Hop. Once I've got a link to start the blog hop I'll come back here and leave that for you as well! (Here's the link to the forum thread.)

Here's my page:

Rachel's page:

And finally ... the gorgeous template! (Click the image for a link to the FREE download)

FYI, here are the "Official Rules" for our challenge:

1. Upload your finished layout to our gallery by 7pm MDT, November 4th to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to our wonderful shop here at P&Co.
2. Post a link to your layout in this thread.
3.Your layout must be created with at least 25% P&Co. products.
4. Here's the most important rule … HAVE FUN!

DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) at Pixels & Co.: Intro Page to my DD's High School Album

It's Digital Scrapbooking Day ... ok, lets call it Digital Scrapbooking week. There's so much going on over at Pixels & Co. - lots of sales, and games and challenges! You name it! You'll definitely want to check it out! 

I'm going to have a few pages to share with you. I created this page with a new release collab (on sale!) by Mommyish and Anita Designs. I'm organizing my kids' "kid albums" and part of what I've got left for each of their books (in addition of course to new pages to add to their books) is to create intro pages to each of their albums. This page is the intro page to my daughter's 9th and 10th grade album. Since she's just starting 9th grade ... and because it bugs me that I never make intro pages to the kids' book until the book is complete ... I left a spot to add a photo I'll take at a later date. I'm kinda excited to be getting these album covers completed!

Materials used:
Mommyish and Anita Designs Collab | Fresh Start kit; Mommyish | Templated Trio No. 3

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Project Life | Week 43 + celebrating our 20th anniversary

It was a busy week. Along with the goings-on of everyday life, my husband and I also spent the weekend in Minneapolis to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Because I like to add some extra details in my Project Life albums, when there's a big event or some sort of big happening that takes place during the week I'll create my "regular" weekly Project Life spread but then I'll also create additional pages to highlight that event. Well ... I decided going away for the weekend for our 20th anniversary warranted it's own couple of pages (and I captured some pretty city photos with my iPhone), so here goes with our week ...

Materials used:
(Regular Week):
Essential Styles by Mommyish

Privacy Circles by CZ Design

(Anniversary Pages):
Mye De Leon: Life Stories Template Set 2, Hopscotch Collection and Scripted Journal Cards

Monday, October 27, 2014

Project Life | Week 43 (Our 20th Anniversary ... extra pages)

Jumping ahead a little bit ... Last night I scrapped my Project Life pages for my husband and my 20th anniversary celebration this past weekend. Tonight (or tomorrow) I'll put together my "regular" PL pages for the week. For me, when a big event of some sort takes place during a week I like to include additional Project Life pages. The inclusion extra pages make for a little bit bigger book at the end of the year, but I really love telling a more detailed story.

Materials used by Mye De Leon: 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amazing new releases from Mommyish at Pixels & Co.

I've got a couple of new layouts to share with you. Leah (Mommyish) released some A*M*A*Z*I*N*G new templates and I simply HAD to play with them. They are just so incredibly fun.

This first layout is an intro page to my daughter's 7th - 8th grade album. (I'm getting my kids' albums organized and making intro pages!):

Here's another one. This layout was a bit more complicated, but still super fun and easy to use!

Materials used:

7th-8th Grade Album Intro:
Templated Trio #3 by Mommyish
Sup? Collection, Sup Add On Pack and Sup Add On Pack 2 by Karla Dudley Designs

Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett

Strawberry Picking:
Templated Trio #3 by Mommyish
Essential Styles (epoxy) by Mommyish
Everyday Flair kit by Creashens

KD Notebook font by Karla Dudley Design

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I see you

I came across this photo of my daughter last night and I loved the beautiful photo of her and that there's a reflection of me taking her picture in her sunglasses and I just had to play with it (and the other photo of her with me in the reflection)! I love making the occasional page with a full-page photo! They're my fave!

NOTE ... I just realized that I scrapped this photo already. I completely forgot. LOL! Oh well ... this page is completely different so that's ok. I just think it's funny that I forgot. Have a great day!!

Materials used: 

Clipped Stacks No. 4, Twisted Stitches No. 2, Letterbox Overlays, Grungy Lace Brushes No. 1, Haunted Woodlands kit (lace), Lemarche Kit (hanging tag) Striping Grunge Ledgers No. 2 by Katie Pertiet
Textured Inked Overlay by House of Three

Unfold Smears by Mye De Leon

Homespun (linen texture) by Homespun Digitals

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Digi Project Life | Week 42 (digi goodness by Mye De Leon)

I knew I loved my friend Mye De Leon's beautiful digi collections, but I just realized that I've used her I Collect Memories Fleeting Collection (October 2014) three times this month already. I usually use a different kit every week ... guess I love this kit!

Week 42 ... only 10 weeks left this year!

All materials by Mye De Leon:
Felicity Elements (wood arrow)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Remember - Gloucester, Massachusetts Lighthouse

Hey ... not trying to overwhelm you anyone but I've been playing tonight and I wanted to share. :) I saw a gorgeous page that Jen created for a Pixels & Co. October photography challenge and I just had to play! Here's a a link to Jen's gorgeous page! I used a ton of miscellaneous stuff so I'll include the credits in the comments.

Materials used:
In The Making Add Ons (photography wordart) by Sabrina's Creations
Everyday Life Wire Sentiments (Remember) by Karla Dudley Designs
Time Travel Elements (compass) by Anita Designs
Beat the Heat Papers (white wood paper) by Mye De LeonFit It (metal fasteners) by Bohemian Art
Flea Market Frames by Splendid Fiins
Little Bit Black Alpha by Jennifer Labre
Organic Elements (white paint spatter) by Splendid Fiins
July 2009 Neutrals Paper Pack (wood paper) by Crystal Wilkerson

Family Vacation ... October Template Challenge at Pixels & Co.

Oh my gosh! This page went together so quickly. Samantha Bellarose is giving away this FREEBIE template over at Pixels & Co. for the October template challenge. Seriously ... I made this page in like 45 minutes. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Here's a link to the October forum thread. You can read all about the challenge and get a link there to the template!

Materials used (All Pixels & Co.): 
October Template Challenge freebie by Samantha Bellarose at Pixels & Co.
Seaside Serenity by Anita Designs
Anywhere Frames (Explore, Discover, Getaway, Capture) by Karla Dudley Designs
2014 Vacation Wordart by Scotty Girl Design

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pixels & Co. Digi Morph - By the Sea

Have you heard of a digi morph? (Each person sees the person before them's page, takes inspiration from some part of the page and designs their own page. Once they get their page scrapped they send it off to the next person on the list and the morph goes on.) Here's the page I made for the most recent digi morph at Pixels & Co. If you want to see just how a digi morph works, check out the linked forum thread. Look down 

Materials used:
Seaside Sernity by Anita Designs of Pixels & Co.

Hanging out at Grandma & Grandpa's

Multi-photo, 2-page spreads can be challenging for me sometimes. I thought it'd be fun to see what a chalkboard-type page would turn out like. It it turned out kinda fun! 

Materials used:
Made of Awesome (chalkboard paper) by Gennifer Bursett
Chalkboard Elements (lots!) by Sweet Caroline Studios
Chalkboard Star Brushes & Stamps No. 2 by Katie Pertiet
Homemade (wood paper) by Echo Park Hybrid
June 2014 Storyteller Cards (extraction) by Just Jaimee
Chalked Cards (Memories Start Here) by Dunia Designs
FONTS: KG Makes You Stronger, Peach Sundress, Hooverville

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A forgotten birthday page! (blast from our past)

Here's a blast from my past. I was looking through old photos and my son's scrapbooks and realized I had never scrapped a page about my son's 14th birthday - so of course I wanted to do that now! I also realized that I've got lots of memories I haven't scrapped from a few years ago that I may want to go back to some day. Ahh ... there's always something to scrap!

Materials used:
Celebrate by Designs by Amber Shaw
Window Systems Templates Vol. 1 and Vol. 7 by Simply Tiffany

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Success! Oma's surgery

My mom had major surgery on her spine about a month ago and she spent three weeks with me and my family at our house to begin her recovery. She amazes me! I hope I'm that I'm half as strong as her when I'm 77! Way to go Mom!

Materials used all available at Pixels & Co.:
This is My Story by Wishing Well Creations
Torn Bits 2 by Creashens
Fall Colors templates by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
Travel Time Elements (stitching) by Anita Designs
The Good Stuff Elements (photo corner) by Karla Dudley Design

Digi supplies ... not just for scrapbook pages! (Facebook timeline covers perhaps?)

Gorgeous digi supplies ... they're not just for scrapbook pages. I made a quick new timeline cover for my Facebook page last night and thought I'd share it with you. 

And since it's digi ... I made a couple of quick changes and changed it up a bit for my Facebook Design page as wee. FYI, my Facebook design page is Barbara's Digital Designs if you want to come by and "Like" my page.

Materials used:

Wishing Well Creations "This is my Story" kit at Pixels & Co. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Summer Memories: My daughter's church mission trip

Who else things 2 pages spreads can be a little difficult to create sometimes?

Materials used:
Summer Memories by Kelleigh Ratzlaff and Mari Koegelenberg; Stitched Down Vol 5 by Wishing Well Creations at Pixels & Co.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Digi Project Life | Week 41

Sharing another week of Project Life. It was fun to include family photos from my niece's confirmation!

Supplies used:

My Blurb vacation album arrived!

I'm super excited! The vacation album I made for our trip to the East coast this summer arrived from Blurb last week. As always ... I'm very impressed with the quality of Blurb's books! Getting a book in the mail is like Christmas for me! I snapped photos of a couple of the pages and thought I'd share them with you.

FYI, I created my book using pretty much just Photoshop and three different fonts. I wanted it to look like a coffee table picture book and I think I achieved that look. Yay! I didn't begin with premade templates or anything ... I just created the pages as I went along for the particular photos I had in mind for the pages. It's quite a change for me not to us any embellishment or shadows, etc. but I love it! What do you think?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Treasured Mother-Daughter Moments

I'm sitting here waiting for my hubby to get home from the airport from a business trip so I thought I'd use the time to finish up a page! Productive, right?! It's after midnight so it also means I'm going to be tired in the morning!

Materials used:
Vintage Blendable, Dictionary Blendable, KP Worth Repeating Fall, and Lots of Love (page pebble) by Katie Pertiet
Miss Molly (linen/wood paper, twig, flower & flower scatter) by Gennifer Bursett
La Bella Vie (elements) (Beautiful Life file label) by One Little Bird
Moments of Wonderful Mini Kit (brown paper) by Vinnie Pearce