Finally some layouts.

The arrival of winter, snow and cold has brought with it some time for scrapbooking. Now that Sullivan is on somewhat of a more regular schedule, I have a few more minutes throughout the day. Oh, how that makes me happy! The following are the fruits of my labors:
"Fishing Men." I am working on summer photos. There will be lots of fishing layouts. Can't help it...it's all Zack did. This paper is from the Making Memories Boy collection - i just love it. You'll see it alot in the next few layouts. The inspiration for the layout came from a layout by Sarah Hodgkinson in an issue of Scrapbooks Etc.
My new plan to eliminate, or reduce some of the hoarding, is to complete several layouts in a row with a collection once I"ve started using it. Sounds like a good plan, right?
"Just Us 3." This is all supplies from Studio Calico's December kit. Photos were taken on Mother's Day this year.
"Fearless." Inspiration for this layout came from a gallery somewhere. I have ALL of this Fancy Pants boy collection. It is all just perfect - the colors, the journaling tags. The star stamps and the sun/journaling circle is from Unity Stamp Co's July kit.
I have so many photos of Zack sleeping, because I just LOVE his eyelashes. I can't get enough of them. Stamps on this one are from Unity Stamp Co's May kit.
This paper is more purple than it looks - an oddity for me to use that color. Flower stamp and journaling block are Unity. (can you tell what stamps are out on my table right now?!)
Two closeups that were taken at Valleyfair last summer. Zack's facial expressions were priceless.
And more fishing using that Making Memories kit. The brown letter are the felt stickers from Making Memories. This was the first layout I used them, as you can tell by the awkard shapes/placement. These little babies have a bit of a learning curve associated with them. They get pretty misshapen when you pull them off the paper, so you have to learn how to pull them off intact. Learned that little tid bit after this layout.


My Minds Eye manufacturer flower challenge

I bought a Silhouette this summer. One day I woke up and decided I was going to buy one of the oh-so-trendy die cutter machines...either the Cricut or the Silhouette.
So i proceeded to do tons of research. Like, an hours worth of searching some of my favorite blogs, reading opinions of people who I've never met, but still somehow place the trust of my nearly $200 worth of precious money. And because I have nearly 1700 fonts, I chose the Silhouette. May as well make good use of those fonts. Never mind that I only ever really use about 8 of them over and over. I've got 1700 and that is what counts. She who dies with the most fonts clogging up her computer wins, right?
I unwrapped the pretty, pretty machine, hooked it up to the old, slow computer that now sits on my scrappin' table so it could be solely dedicated to the Silhouette and the many layouts I was going to create with it. I tried to make one title, and the durn thing wouldn't cut. I let it sit for 6 months. But I couldn't sleep at night because I was not going to let that thing get the best of me.
Well, one day I stumbled upon the Silhouette Yahoo group, and that has since renewed my faith in the ol' machine. I found out that I was using too thick of cardstock, and would need to cut it all twice. That tip has made all the difference. And now I'm happy again! There is a bit of a learning curve, but I know I"ll grow to LOVE it quickly.
Anyhow, this is a layout I did for My Minds Eye's blog challenge 6 to use paper flowers. I punched the flowers from a Sizzix die that has 4 sizes, then interchanged them all. The title was the first one that I have successfully used from the Silhouette (hence why I prefaced this post with that little story).


Christmas cards.....

There are so many great products out there right now for Christmas crafts! I am in love with this set from Winter Swirls set by Papertreyink. All three of these cards use image from the set.

Christmas Calendar

Here's another one of those projects I have wanted to do for years. The muffin tin literally sat in a corner of my scraproom, waiting to be used, for a year. It turned out really cute -- I used Making Memories' line of products -- but when I posted a picture on Facebook, my grandma pointed out it was missing the #22. Whooops. Guess I was too eager to get to the 25th.


Christmas banner

I have wanted to make one of these for YEARS -- and I finally got to it. I liked it so much, I made two of them. One goes to Kari, I'm hoping she'll love it as much as I do. Hers actually turned out cuter than mine did. And, I've always wanted to wrap a framed photo like a Christmas gift, and I finally did that too! I"m still working on the items on the mantle, but atleast the banner is finished. More cards comin' up....