Tickling is NOT just for kids!

Wrapping up the wedding layouts on my blog makes me proud to announce to you that I am done scrapbooking our wedding! All the way from the bridal shower to the reception is scrapbooked, blogged and stored nicely in two WeR Memory Keepers 3-Ring Binder on the shelf in the RV so that hubby and I can look at them anytime.

Two of the last layouts that I created for the album were very fun and light hearted in nature so I wanted to keep them fairly simple.

First up is Tickle, Tickle.

Let me give you some background… 3 weeks before the wedding, Michael and I were trying to put my garage door back on the track at my house. Well, it didn’t quite go as planned and the garage door fell on my side and landed on my foot and then the top part hit me on the head. I ended up with a mild concussion and a huge bruise across the top of my foot which made it hard to put weight on. The original shoes I had planned on wearing were now out of the question as I didn’t have the strength to hold shoes on and rather needed something that was going to be strapped in.

At the reception of our wedding, after wearing these 2” heels for quite some time, I was ready for them to come off. I sat down and could do that easily. It was the putting them back on in a corset back dress that I couldn’t do. My cousin was able to let me borrow her flip flops so I would have something to wear (she went bare foot like most kids) which shocked me because at 12 she shouldn’t be wearing a size 11 shoe! Well, my flower girl decided to help me get my shoes back on and therefore she got under the table (and my dress) to slip them on for me. I am VERY ticklish and, as can be seen in the photos, was laughing the entire time.

Used some more negative space for the title circle that I layered on top of a soft yellow to pull in another color in the layout that was pretty light to begin with. I adhered some hand-drawn hearts on top with foam tape and love the final look. Let’s the story shine!

Next up was the layout about the flower and garter toss. Now, I will say that kids almost outnumbered the adults at our wedding because I invited my entire second grade class at the time. So many of them (and former students) came which made the day great!

For this layout, I used the most recent sketch from Shimelle Laine and layered like crazy behind the focal photos.

I gave the star accents because the kids really were the star of the show it seemed. It was funny to see all the adults (mostly the men) shying away from trying to catch the garter or flowers but the kids were all excited about it. LOL!

I created a small journaling card on my Cameo and cut out part of the title from it as well. Layered some shimmery red Bazzill Bling cardstock behind the journaling card and then added the rest of the title with My Little Shoebox Tiny Alpha before adding the journaling.

Now that all the wedding layouts are done, I plan to film a video walking you through each of the albums. I hope to have that up for you in the next week or so.

Have a great day and go tickle someone!

Creative Favs! Friday Features 6/29

If you looked at the last 5 items that you created, would you find similarities throughout them all? Are there items you are grabbing each and every time that you know you couldn’t scrap/create without? Today I want to focus on the scrapbook related items that I am ALWAYS grabbing in my layouts or cards.

Twine from The Twinery– I have mentioned how much I love their twine many times before. I will say it again, it’s awesome! Not only are there many colors to choose from but the weight of this twine is like no other. It’s definitely thicker and I can tell it’s going to stand up to use on my layouts and fondling of the cards that I create.

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad– This is my GO TO ink for everything! I love that it is quick to dry, permanent and will work with my Copics when I am stamping and coloring as well. Very rich black color and never fails me!

Uniball Signo White Gel Pen– This is my favorite pen ever! I use these so much (and so fast) that they don’t have time to dry out on me like so many other gel pens do. These come in many great colors and are all just as good. I have the green, red, navy, silver and gold as well and they rock!

Folk Art Whicker White Acrylic Paint– This is my favorite, cheap, white acrylic paint. It’s the perfect white color, has a great thickness, is easily watered down when needed and goes on great as a base coat or a stencil paint. Very versatile!

Adhesive Tape Glider (or ATG)– I have two different ATGs and love them both. I keep one loaded with Acid Free tape while the other is loaded with General Purpose which is what I use on cards and the like.

Glossy Accents– A definite, hands down must have while scrapping! This works as more than just a wet glue, it’s a dimensional addition as well as adds gloss to your embellishments. Perfection in a bottle!

Tim Holtz Serrated Scissors by Tonic– I am on my 2nd pair of these scissors because the hubs decided they worked so well for his usage that I had to replace them in my scrap area. I am not shy to say that they are very multi-purpose and are used by so much around the house as well as my scrapping.

Tonic Guillotine Trimmer– I guess you can say that I am a Tonic fan because this was a big purchase for me and I don’t regret it one bit. I actually went out and purchased the 12” Guillotine Trimmer as well after having this one for a few years. I love them both and can’t wait to have the space again to use my larger one.

Tim Holtz Craft Pick by Tonic– This retractable craft pick is perfect for making that hole for a brad, handsewing or getting rid of die cut waste. It’s also great for de-gunking the Glossy Accents bottle. Shh, don’t tell!

Silhouette Cameo– This is my most recent tool purchase and I am so glad that I did! I love the fact that I can create like crazy and then cut it all out together and so fast! The accuracy and detail that this machine provides is amazing. Best of all the subscription I got to the online Silhouette store has rocked my socks off! Definitely worth every penny!

Whew! Now that I have shared my top ten with you, what are some of your scrapbook must haves? Link me up to something you have to scrap/create with so I can check them out myself! I always can use something else in my scrapping arsenal!

SFYTT June 2CuteInk Hedgie

This month I wanted to keep as close to possible as the sketch as I was able to for SFYTT.

The central focus of the sketch is a circular focal point. I printed off my digital Hedgie the Hedgehog by 2CuteInk image and die cut him with Nestabilities Small Circles. After coloring him in with C3, C5, C7, G05, and Y18, I inked up the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink after blocking off the edges with the die as well.

I then mounted him on the next size larger die cut from Jillibean Soup polka dots from an older collection that came in all colors of polka dots and grids. Totally wish I could get my hands on more of this in all the colors available!

Next, I cut the layers for the background of the card and the small thin strip from Authentique Loyal 6×6 paper pad and began to put things down. Once the strip was adhered across Hedgie’s circle, I tied it off with some Honeydew twine from The Twinery. Before adhering the buttons that are tied off with Black Rustic twine, I stamped the sentiment from CTMH Say It In Style stamp set.

This came together really quickly and I love how it turned out and it is now up in my Etsy shop for you to purchase! As a special, I have decided to have a 25% off sale for everything in my shop! Use the code SUMMER25 through Saturday, June 30th for 25% off all of it! I will not add anything new during this time so grab it fast before it’s gone!

Also, today, I have a new card up on the 2CuteInk Design Team blog using the new release, Alligator Swim. There is a bit of a sneak peek below to tease you a bit!

1 Sketch: 2 Designers Start to Finish

Are you ready for a fun Start to Finish that begins with a sketch given to two scrapbookers? This week, I found the following sketch on the Echo Park blog that I decided would be fun to challenge Ashli Oliver, or soapHOUSEmama, to and then come together to see what both of us created. Disclaimer: Neither of us have seen each other’s layout until today’s release so we will both be amazed as well.

First things first, I grabbed a sheet of October Afternoon 5 & Dime Rock Candy for the background. I pulled some greens, whites and grays from my scraps and started to play around with where they would be located and marked in pencil their locations so I could layer behind.

Next, it was time to do some base layering. I used Olive, New England Ivy and Cocoa inks by CTMH to stamp the Studio Calico doilies in several layered spots on the background.

Okay, it needs a bit more. Grab the Studio Calico Taxi Mister Huey and spray a bit here and there.

Now time to start layering the scraps. The main photo section is a scrap of green paper layered on top of grey paper. Both of these are solids as I wanted them to truly bring in the eye to the photo. I flanked the central section with the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper. Note, the green paper on the left side of the center strip is longer than the grey paper. This is NOT necessary but it was what I had and knew I wouldn’t use the scrap so I went with it and knew I was going to hide it.

Now, let’s cover up that open area. I wanted to journal there so I dug through my pre-printed journaling cards and found this one by Splendid Miss M that I had printed in grayscale. I also grabbed a Whisker Graphics kraft bag and white doily to add more layers and pull in the doilies that I had already stamped.

I thought the journaling spot was a little bright so I inked it up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges and a bit on the inside. I also added some strips of washi tape around the edges and stuck a piece of paper from Amy Tangerine’s Daybook behind to add some balance.

Time for some photos! Now you can see why I picked the green because my sweater in the pictures is green as well as the drink in one of the photos.

The doilies were getting to be an eyesore to me so I decided they needed to be painted. Grab the watercolors and my aqua pen and filled them in along with the colors that they had been stamped. Much better! I also wiped off my brush a bit on the paper from the Amy Tangerine Daybook.

Now time for a mixed up title. Amy Tangerine Foam Journal Thickers in white were for the big part of the title. I LOVE these Thickers as they are such a great and simple font. I added the other words with Basic Grey Offbeat Alphabet Stickers. I hoard Basic Grey alphas because they are so versatile!

Decided this needed a date up by the journaling and grabbed the Amy Tangerine Thickers again for the date and Basic Grey Hello Luscious Mini Mono Alphabets for the month. Okay, three alphas in one layout is enough!

More layers are needed. I grabbed some buttons to fill in the smaller doilies and flank them on the washi tape as well. All were tied with black rustic twine and look great.

Now for a dilemma, what do I do with the bag? I already have a spot for my journaling and after mulling it over with Ashli, I went with confetti. Now, I don’t have the punch that will do this for me so I punched each of these by hand with my Crop-a-dile. WHEW, what a workout! Grab the Glue Gloss and stick things down randomly.

All that was left to do is the journaling and call it done! I kept the journaling about why this night was so fun which it always is with my husband (roommate at the time) and friend Lisa.

So what do you think? Are you interested in joining in on this sketch? Leave a link below if you do and don’t forget to check out Ashli’s version on her blog today as well.

Traditions are Full of Love

Last week Shimelle Laine posted on UK Scrappers a Start to Finish featuring a vertical set of photos and limited patterned paper for a layout.

I joined in on this challenge and grabbed some of my scraps to work on accenting up the layout. I grabbed a 1” strip of black cardstock and cut down a strip from Crate Paper Restoration Collection “Fringe” to accents the side of the photos.

After adhering down the three photos from Christmas 2008, the next step was to add all the die cut accents. I grabbed a large ledger die cut from Jenni Bowlin, a polaroid and Polaroid camera from DCWV Snapshot stack, as well as a mason jar from Dear LIzzy Neapolitan Collection. I then added a bit more of fun with washi tape, Jillibean Soup labels, punched tags, a corrugated cardboard arrow sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmer Mist and twine tied around the mason jar.

I chose Traditions are Full of Love as these photos showed more than just another Christmas to me. They reminded me of our adult traditions with having Christmas at my mother’s house and I wanted to share that story before anything changed in our lives as my brother and sister are now out of college and who knows where things will go over the next few years.

This layout came together really well with the instructions that Shimelle gave at UK Scrappers and has been one that I used again on another layout that I totally forgot to take photos of.

Have you ever reused a sketch? Do you have some that you default to over and over again? What makes you enjoy using them?

Good Times Never Feel So Good…

Like I mentioned last week, Shimelle Laine is full of inspiration for scrapbooking. She continues to produce a new Starting Point regularly for scrappers to use as a base for a layout in their scrapbooking. No two ever look alike because of all the different combinations of paper and goodies in the world.

This week, I wanted to keep working on the wedding layouts to finish things up. I had two photos of our cake from our Wedding Party dinner the night before the wedding and used the colors in the photos from my husband’s Harley cake to pull for the layout.

I first grabbed an Orange sheet of cardstock from the Whitewashed Coredination’s Cardstock. I flipped it over and used the back side since I didn’t want to bother with sanding things down. I also grabbed an orange chevron from a Teresa Collins collection (reverse side had Poision labels from the Halloween collection), a brown diagonal plaid from Jillibean Old World Cabbage Stew and then random grey, brown, and white scraps from my stash that I used for the layers behind the photo.

After layering the papers behind the photos, it was time to embellish. I grabbed my Cameo and cut out the title for the layout and adhered it down. I knew that I wanted to do a bit more and added the corrugated bracket. I thought about adding some twine and wanted to do it in a different way so I grabbed my Sookwang 1/4” tape and cut down 4 pieces of Mandarin and Cappuccino twine from the Twinery to fit the lengths of tape and alternated them on the tape.

Just a bit more, I grabbed Studio Calico Opaque White Mister Huey and squirted it on a bit in places and then added my journaling over it. This came together quite quickly and simply and got me that much closer to being done with our wedding albums.

What is a big project that you have been working on? Where are you in the steps to getting the project finished?

Negatives aren’t always negative!

Studio Challenges issued a challenge featuring negatives. “You could use actual photo negatives, negative space, or even negative pieces from your stickers, punches or die-cuts.

So, I took the challenge head on and was able to incorporate it into something for my wedding album as well as doing something new to me.

I started this layout with a base of black cardstock that I set off with three layers of cardstock and then some banners below.

I had a wild idea to use my Cameo to cut a negative from a #8 Shipping tag. I found a double heart in the Silhouette Library (comes with the Cameo) and knew it would be perfect. I carefully pulled out the middle piece of the die cut and then embossed the entire tag and sprayed with Red Velvet and Creme de Cocoa Glimmer Mist.

After it had dried and I placed the tag in place, I popped up the heart pieces and went over them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Love how it made it pop, tied some Stone twine from The Twinery and added a piece of the tear strip from the Amy Tangerine sketchbook line at the bottom. The stickers “two hearts” are from Tim Holtz Chit Chat and worked great.

For a bit of added interest, and to not let any of the negatives go to waste, I grabbed the double heart and used it in the top corner with some labels. Totally LOVE the Studio Calico Opaque White Mister Huey on darker papers.

So, while I was working on this layout, I got into a roll of using my Cameo and have many layouts in store to share with you as well. And a video of the final wedding albums is coming soon!