Sunday, April 30, 2017

Scrap the Boys May Challenge

Welcome to a new month and another month of Scrap the Boys challenges! Today is a busy day on my blog as I have a couple of different design team projects going on to welcome in the month of May. Make sure to check my channel for a couple of different process videos that will be released today! There is even more fun coming on International Scrapbooking Day on the 6th so make sure to visit my channel then... 

This month, the theme for Scrap the Boys is to create a layout for Mother's Day with boys. Having two boys, this was a super easy challenge for me. I also immediately knew what picture I wanted to use. At my kids' school, there is a huge Mother-Son Event once a year and a photo one of the other moms took for us is what I used for this layout. Here is what I created using mostly scraps!





I hope that you enjoy seeing my take on this theme and that you will check out the process video as well! Please consider subscribing as there are lots of things coming soon for NSD!!

You can find the video here.....

Make sure to stop by the Scrap the Boys Challenge blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team and to share your project with us as well! 


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stick It Down April Challenge

Welcome to another month of Stick It Down sketch challenges. I really loved working with the minimalistic sketch this month and I really felt like it made a huge impact. Here is the sketch that we were given to work with. Isn't it fun and different?!?


I decided that this sketch would just be too perfect to highlight a major even in my son's life this spring. He is playing kid pitch baseball for the first time and is one of the youngest players on the team but has been chosen as part of the pitching rotation. He even won first place in his age group at a local pitching competition this spring!

This particular photo was his very first night pitching in a game and you could see that he was in heaven. He loves baseball and being anywhere on the field but his heart lives on the pitcher's mound.


As you can see, I stayed pretty true to the sketch and used some torn out notebook paper along with some stamping to create some interest around my photo. Puffy baseball stickers and a bold title were all it took to create a unique and impactful look. I can't wait to see what you create with this month's sketch. Make sure to check out the Stick It Down blog to see what everyone else comes up with and to share your take on this sketch with us as well. Happy Crafting!!

SMS April Blog Hop!!!

Happy April!! I hope you enjoyed Hannah's project as much as I loved it this month!  I almost had a huge April Fool's joke to play on everyone with no layout today. LOL! I am in the middle of moving and half of my room is at the old house and half is at the new house so that made for a little bit of an extra challenge but I'm happy with the project and I used up some old stash in the process.

Without further ado...I went with a grid layout this week. I play along with several friends on a You Tube collaboration and this week's challenge was 4-5 photos on a grid. Although I didn't quite make the video happen (which box is the tripod in again?!) I did create this fun layout with the challenge theme....


Here are a couple of close-ups as well....



As you can see, I played with the Felties from the SpiegelMom Scraps store a lot for this project. The cloud felties are by far my favorite but I just loved the pop of color and contrast that I got using the red heart felties as well.

Another tip....when you don't have a sequin mix that works perfectly, reach into your stash and create one! The sequin mixes are perfect to grab parts from and combine together to create something new. Here are the four different mixes that I pulled from on this layout...


I hope you enjoyed my project and that you will keep your fingers crossed me as I try to finish moving and set up a new crafty space! I can't wait to share my new space with everyone over on my channel. If you aren't yet a subscriber, what are you waiting for?!? Click here and go subscribe so you don't miss anything! Now...you are off to visit Sara's Blog and you are going to LOVE her project. Happy hopping and creating!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SMS March Blog Hop!!!



Welcome to March! This month, we are teamed up with Creative Embellishments and I am having such a blast combining products from these two amazing small businesses. You are gonna love all of the inspiration heading your way this month! You should have arrived here from Heather's blog and I just know you loved her project as much as I did.

For this project, I worked with the new Paige Evan's Oh My Heart Collection and created a fun, bright, and colorful camping page. If you are new to my work,  you will quickly see that I LOVE hand stitching on my layouts and this one has a whole lot of it.



The compasses from Creative Embellishments were just the perfect accents for my layout idea! From the SpiegelMom Scraps store, I included:
     --Cloudy Days Felties (my favorite felties!)
     --Corky Cumulus (the amazing new super thin cork clouds)
     --Star Light Star Bright (large silver stars)
     --Stargazer (the medium sized shimmery stars)
     --Wedding Bells (the tiny stars)

Here are a few close-ups and I would also love it if you would check out the process video and subscribe to my channel!





And....here is the process video!






Next stop on the hop is taking you to Marci's blog. Make sure to leave a comment on each blog in the hop in order to be entered to win a great prize! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Scrap the Boys March Challenge

Welcome to a new month and another month of Scrap the Boys challenges! Today is a busy day on my blog as I have a few different design team projects going on today. Make sure to check my channel for a few different process videos that will be released today!

This month, the theme for Scrap the Boys is to care a layout or project with the theme of DIRT. Having two boys, this was a super easy challenge for me. I also immediately knew what picture I wanted to use. This photo is one of my youngest son on a big camping trip that we took a couple of summers ago. His face looked at least this dirty for the majority of our time in the woods and he couldn't have been happier. Between playing in the dirt, building forts, fishing, and boating, he was one happy will guy.




For this layout, I combined elements from several different collections (both new and old) in order to create a unique look. I even used a few collections that are really intended as feminine collections. I also created a coordinating process video to go with this layout and you can view that below or on my You Channel by clicking here.




And here is the video as well....




I really hope that you will play along with our challenge this month! Make sure to check out the Scrap the Boys blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team and to leave us a link to check out your project for our theme this month. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Stick it Down February Challenge

Happy Monday!
  It is time for another Stick It Down Sketch Challenge and the sketch for February is a really fun one. There are so many different options of what you could create with this layout. The design team also did an awesome job of creating a wide variety of projects so make sure you stop by and check out all of the layouts.

The sketch for February looks like:



I decided to work with hand stitching for this layout so I just traced and stitched circles of lots of different colors in the background for the main design element. 

Playing with the Shimelle Go Now Go collection and layering up all sorts of 6x6 patterned papers and pieces of ephemera completed the look. I kept my embellishments subtle to really highlight the photo and stitching details. Adding the little cork hearts and the tiny navy sticker hearts from Studio Calico tied everything together and added a little fun. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I created. Make sure to stop by Stick It Down and check out the rest of the projects. Make sure to leave us a link to a project you create with this month's sketch. I can't wait to see your work! Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SMS February Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday and Happy February! January was not a particularly kind month in my world so I am excited for a new beginning and all of the possibility that February holds!

As a great start, today is the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hop! We are collaborating with Accent Scrapbooking this month which is an amazing flair badge company. We all decided to design with a common sketch and allow our own unique styles to come thru. I know that you had to have just loved Hannah's project!

Here is the sketch that we worked with for this hop....


I love the details and loads of layers! I decided to pull out some leftovers from the Paige Evans Fancy Free collection for my layout today. I started with a beautiful piece of patterned paper that was all florals and decided to fussy cut and hand stitch the flowers and leaves. This was a super fun look to create and worked perfectly for integrating the flair badges and sequins throughout. Here are a few close-ups of my project as well as the accompanying process video.




The really was a fun look to create as I love creating layers and texture elements. Hand-stitching is a great way to do just that!

Please make sure to check out the process video below and to subscribe to my channel!


Thanks again for joining us for the February Blog Hop! If you would like more details about the specific products and sequin mixes that I used, make sure to check out the video link! You are now headed off to Katty's blog and you are going to LOVE the florals and details that she has created as well. Happy Crafting!!!