February 28, 2015

Sweet Moments - Autumn Scrapbook Page

I've been working my tookus off the last couple of days, finally starting to go through the thousands (literally THOUSANDS!) of photos that have been stashed on my computer since our son was born in 2011.  I shoot in "raw" format, which can't be used for anything except editing - it can't be printed, uploaded to the web, nada.  So 5000 of those?  Yeah, it's a task and a half to go through them, delete the rejects, convert to JPGs, rename, file chronologically, etc.  I'm getting there, though, and I know this huge project will be worth it when I can finally start putting some family albums together!

As a result of all of this sorting, I was feeling rather sentimental about when my big dude was such a little dude.  I had a deadline today for a February team challenge, so I turned the sketch into a scrapbook page and got to work.

This photo was taken a little over two years ago - we had family portraits done when our boy was just one.  His big bald head was so dang cute.  It felt like it took foooooorever for him to grow some hair! 

I decided on a natural pallet with touches of gold.  I won the Artisan Embellishment Kit at a Stampin' Up event a while ago, so I pulled that out, too, and snuck a few pieces in.  The soft touches and metallic elements went perfectly.

A bit of stitching around some elements and we were done!

I don't get much "traditional" scrapbooking done these days; when I do, it's a huge task as it takes me hours to decide on a layout and put it together just-so.  But when I do - oh, I love doing it!  I love preserving our memories this way and having these special pieces for my family.

See you again soon!  

February 26, 2015

Triple-Up Thursday: Pictogram Punches

It's Triple-Up Thursday!  Time for a set of three 3x3" cards created with one stamp set and five colours.  This one is going to be SUPER simple - I may or may not have whipped these up while watching the 11 o'clock news last night!

This week's feature set is Pictogram Punches (one that I admittedly haven't used very much and often found myself stuck with) and my ink pallet is Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and Rose Red.

Sometimes easy does it, though!  I like the clean, crisp simplicity of these.

The flowers are my favourite.  At risk of exposing my dorkiness (oh hell, you've SURELY already picked up on it!) I get really excited when I can use all five colours in a single card.  :) 

Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry were made for each other.

I've got an "Inspired By..." blog post coming up either tomorrow or Saturday... and it's Tiffany Jewelery!  Eek!  Don't miss it.

See you again soon!

February 25, 2015

Clean and Simple Kindness

I think I was subconsciously channeling my inner Teneale Williams when I made this card - her beautiful, clean, sophisticated style is envy-worthy, and totally different from what I usually make!  I like to push myself outside of my comfort zone so I don't get too comfortable and end up making the same things over and over.  This was one of those projects.

The inspiration from this card came from a colour pallet I pinned a while ago on my Pinterest page (click the link to join me on Pinterest!)

So unexpected, right?  The bright red, calming blue, and earthy green, ivory, and brown.  I just loved it.  I recreated this with Real Red, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, and some Very Vanilla (courtesy of the Typeset DSP.)  I've grown to love mixing white and vanilla so I went with a crisp white background.

Tomorrow is Triple-Up Thursday and I'll admit - I haven't even picked a stamp set yet!  Want to nominate one?  If I've got it, I'll do it!