Saturday, April 30, 2011

Senior pictures

I had the pleasure of shooting this beautiful gal's senior pictures this past fall.  When I found out SS&M would be coming out with a new school line, I was so excited and knew the paper would work wonderfully with photos of Jasey.  I love that the high school papers are black with white writing.  It makes it so easy to incorporate school colors for sports layouts as well as a bright color to compliment a photo as I did using the orange paper as the background in this layout.

Products used:
1365 - Senior, School is Cool 12 x 12 paper
1246 - Marching Band 12 x 12 paper
1221 In The Garden 12 x 12 paper
1275 Cousin/Cousins Family & More 12 x 12 paper

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Lots and lots of Baseball!

It's becoming a blur - the teams, the players, the games --- all one big blur about this time of year!  As parents, we see over 10 games a week and sometimes they all just fade into one another!  My solution --- take lots of photos!  These photos from one of Chase's games last week are my favorite of the year so far.  Love the intense look on his face!

Baseball Reflections Paper
Baseball Game
The Sport is Baseball

Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Grade

I feel like I am really accomplishing something with this new line of school papers!  I am finally able to make a cohesive looking album of all of my kids' school photos and and adventures!  And, they look fabulous!  I'm having so much fun with the bright colors and fun patterns that this line has to offer. 

Here, I scrapped my son's first grade school photo (isn't he cute?!).  I used some of the Preschool paper as a background and had fun cutting up the "B" side of the First Grade paper to make journaling prompts about his year at school.  I put the photo and journaling on the black cardstock to give it a look of a chalkboard (even though there's not a chalkboard to be found at his school!).

Products Used:
#1355- Preschool
#1357- First Grade
#1335- Sports Head On- Watersports (Blue)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New school papers!

Like the rest of the design team, I was super excited to receive the brand new Scrappin' Sports & More School is Cool line!  These papers are so bright and fun!

Here is my layout of my son on his last day of second grade.

Products used:
School is Cool - Kindergarten #1356
School is Cool - First Grade #1357
School is Cool - Second Grade #1358

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Leprechaun Review...

OK, I know it's April, but I had to give a wrap up of the St. Patrick's Day festivities that go on at our house!!  Every year we leave Lucky Charms out for our leprechaun.  Normally, people tend to leave a trap, but my 9yo son is ethically opposed to the mistreatment of leprechauns!  LOL  So here it is...and here is my son with his gold truffles the leprechaun left for him!!


Products Used:
March custom paper
#1282 March Calendars Made Easy Paper
#1331 Softball paper (B side)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

School is Cool!

Keeping up to date with our children's school pictures is always a task - we end up with mismatched pages over the years that never look quite right in an album together.  One thing I like to do is create a small minibook that spans their whole school experience.  Making it ahead of time keeps all the pages cohesive and makes adding photos super easy!  The new Scrappin' Sports & More School is Cool line is perfect for this! 

For this mini book, I kept it all very uniform and simple - just adding the basic paper and photo mats for each year of school from Preschool thru Graduation!  All you need to do is add a few pictures that represent that year and you will have a wonderful keepsake!  You can still scrapbook all those wonderful memories as pages too along the way - but the basics will be here in this book - guaranteed to look good together!

Here is a sampling of the inside pages:

For this book I used all the papers from the new School is Cool line!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First day of Kindergarten!

I can't even tell you how much I LOVE the new line of school papers from Scrappin' Sports & More!  The colors are perfect for doing school layouts and the designs are clean and fun and easy to use!  I used the Kindergarten paper to create this layout of my son's first day of Kindergarten.  It seems like it was yesterday, but he's almost done the 1st grade already! 

Products Used:
#1356- School is Cool- Kindergarten

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Friday, April 15, 2011

No Hitter

Okay so maybe it's not technically pitching a no hitter but we will count it as one! :)

You came in as pitcher with one out and the bases loaded, you threw six strikes in a row to end the game!  You were so excited as you ran off the field with your team!  March 2011 (oh no!  just realized my layout says March 2010 - lol - have to fix that! :) )

Products Used:
#1196 Baseball Reflections paper
#1313 Sports Head On - Baseball paper
#636 Baseball Rubons

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

New School Line

I was so excited to work with the new School is Cool line from Scrappin' Sports & More.  The younger grades have bright vibrant colors that just pop on the page.  They also combine very well with each other, which makes picking out your paper for your layout very easy.  I used 3 different grades in this layout...Fifth Grade, Kindergarten (blue) and First Grade (green).

You can check out the complete School is Cool line here.

Product Used:
#1360 Fifth/Sixth Grade School is Cool
#1356 Kindergarten School is Cool (Blue)
#1357 First Grade School is Cool (Green)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Redefining Family Game Night!!

OK, I realize that traditionally Family Game Night was sort of a Hasbro activity complete with board games and perhaps some cards.  However, times they are a changin' that is exactly what custom papers are for!!!  I was able to add my phrase "Family Game Night" to the paper and add the colors of my choosing and viola!...


Products Used:
#922 Custom Stripe 2

Monday, April 11, 2011

Prima Ballerina!

I am always on the lookout for things that I can recycle in my scrapbooking.  We switched laundry soap last week and began to use an all in one soap & laundry sheet.  These go in the washing machine with the clothes and then directly into the dryer with them too.  They serve double duty. 

When I pulled them out of the dryer, I knew instantly that they would serve triple duty!  They are nice and thick and the perfect absorbing material for misting! 

The first thing I did was pull out my misting box and lay a couple of them flat on the bottom.  Using my mists, I saturated them in various colors:

I dried these with my heat gun (because I am a very impatient scrapper!).  Remember to keep your gun at a safe distance as the intense heat will start to melt the sheet.

Then I ran them through my Cuttlebug and made these:

I ended up using the back sides of the flowers for my design --- just really liked the variegated look of the back:

Supplies Used:

Pigs 12x12" double-sided paper picture

Cats 12x12" double-sided paper picture

Nephew-Niece 12x12" double-sided paper picture

Family-Generation 12x12" double-sided paperons picture

Marching Band Game picture


Friday, April 8, 2011

Thinking Ahead

I was thinking about my mom today and decided to get a headstart on her Mother's Day card.  The Calendars Made Easy-May paper is perfect for the occasion!  The bright yellow flower pattern is springy, bright and works beautifully for what I wanted to do.  I used my Cricut to cut out the word "mom" and used the negative space from the cut to make my card.  I used the May paper as the background and to make the flower. 
Products Used:
#1283 -Calendars Made Easy- May

To make the flower, simply punch out 6 circles.  Make a small swipe of strong adhesive or put a small dot of quick drying glue (hot glue will work great, too!) onto one edge of 5 of the circles.  Then, just pinch each circle to create a petal and hold until the glue dries.  Once you have made 5 petals, glue them to the sixth circle.  I added a button to the middle to complete my flower.  Adding some ink to the edges would be a great addition, as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We'd love to see how you use your Calendars Made Easy papers.  Leave us a comment and link us to your blog or gallery so we can see!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Wild, Wild West

We recently spent a week in sunny Arizona - what a welcome and warm relief from the cold of a midwest winter!  While there we spent time sightseeing in Tombstone and a day at Old Tucson Studios.  Spending time at these places brought back memories from my childhood, spending time with my dad - a guy that loved watching "shoot 'em up" westerns on tv.  It was fun to see where old episodes of Bonanzo were filmed as well as movies like Rio Bravo and McClintock. 

Supplies used:
#1296 - Horses 12 x 12 dbl sided paper
#5557 - Horses Cardstock Stickers
#1269 Mother/Mom 12 x 12 dbl sided paper
#1221 In The Garden 12 x 12 dbl sided paper
#1332 Tennis - Sports Head On 12 x 12 dbl sided paper

Thanks for looking! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Game Day 2011

This past weekend my son played in his first AAA tournament, it was a weekend full of baseball & a great time!  I snuck into the dug out right before the last game to grab some candid shots of the boys.  I created this layout using a sketch created by Julie Bonner.

Products used:
Baseball Paper #1812
Custom Spirit Names Paper (#906)
Baseball Reflections Paper #1196
Baseball cardstock sticker #5544

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Birthday America

I know July is still a ways off, but I was longing for summer, warm weather & sunshine.  This layout celebrates our first holiday with Delta the dog.  The girls were excited to sit and watch the fireworks from a far with the dog :)

Scrappin Sports Product Used:
#1237 Baseball Game Day (Stripe & Polka Dot)
#1285 July Calendars Made Easy (Blue Fireworks)
#927 Custom Varied Spirit Names (July words)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Summer Concerts...

Can I just say that I am SICK of winter and ready for some summer weather?  Spring would actually be ok, but Summer is calling me!!!

For this 2 page layout, I wanted to showcase the concert we went to last summer.  This was the opening act for the Romantics (for all youu 80s music fans) and they totally ROCKED it!!  

The chipboard stars are wrapped in the same masking tape as the border.  I personally think the Scrappin Sports and more Music paper ROCKS and it totally helps that all the papers coordinate so well!!! 

So here's to Summer!  It's coming, right???


Products Used:
#1328 Music paper
#1246 Marching Band Game paper
#1276 Niece/Nephew Paper (purple)