Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a fun moose adventure {a scrapbook layout with pinwheel flowers}

i recently received my jan/feb issue of creating keepsakes magazine and saw a layout with these cute little pinwheel flowers made from circle punches. i had to recreate those flowers. in fact i was kind of obsessed with recreating them-i had to do it that night. sometimes, i just get the urge to do something creatively and i can't let go of it.
the obsession with those pinwheel flowers turned into this layout:

that's my moosey boy having an everyday adventure in our backyard. he has a lot of those. he loves exploring the area around our playset, finding new creatures {aka ants} to talk to. i think this line of paper and embellishments really brings out the fun and playful feel i am trying to get across with this layout.

here's a closer look at the left side:

you probably can't tell but i used pop dots to pop the main picture {the close up of my son's face} and keep it the focus. i also popped the pinwheel flowers. i used smaller and tighter petals than the one featured in creating keepsakes but i like how mine turned out.

close-up of flowers:

these are super easy to make: you just punch circles and then cut them in half to make your petals; layer your petals with the flat sides facing each other and then use a button or {in my case} a piece of flair as your center. very cute and adds a lot of fun to your layout!

here's a close-up of my right side with the journaling and title:

because i used one line of paper, embellishments, and stickers {Tinkerin' by CTMH}, this layout came together very quickly even with the handmade pinwheel flowers.

i will definitely be making these flowers again! can't wait to try out different variations of sizes and spacings!
what do you think-are pinwheel flowers something you are going to try?

Monday, December 12, 2011

the redesigned december daily {it's now a christmas memories album!}

So yeah. 12 days in and I have kept up with my Dec Daily exactly 50% of the time. Sigh. I knew this would happen. I do have some lovely photos to show for it. {Which will be incorporated into my NEW mini.}

{my son, jackson, picking out a santa hat for his school play}

 {christmas decorations in our family room}

What's the new plan? A mini album of 25 Christmas memories inspired by this blog post by the uber talented Lisa Day. I just wish I'd read that post BEFORE I made my 6x6 pages. Sigh. Those divided page protectors are awesome. Oh well, there's always next year.

In other news, as you all know I'm huge fan of a good deal and there's a new deal site in town. Blitsy is for members only and has great craft deals-$19.99 for the same ATG gun I got at Michaels. {I had to use a 50% off coupon to get it at that price!} Every couple of days they have a new deal posted. Fun stuff!

And finally, I did it. I bought the Project Life Core Kit in Cobalt for 2012!
 {photo from becky higgins' blog-isn't it lovely? can't wait!!!!}

I know what you are thinking. "Christina, you can't even keep up with a December Daily, how on earth will you keep up with Project Life?" Ahhhh,  but I am not planning on taking a picture a day. I'm going to organize my PL album more loosely-more like a week at a time. I take a lot of pictures in a month and letting go of the expectation of taking one picture a day is really what made me want to do this.
I'm a Project Lifer. :)
Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

happy 3rd birthday {a scrapbook layout with banners}

Thanks for all of the nice comments on my DD mini. I will definitely share pictures when it's done!
As they say on a very old show my parents watched, and now for something completely different...
I must have cut out and flagged at least 50 layouts with banners this year with notes to myself that say "Try This". But until I saw this paper from Jillibean, I just hadn't found anything that I wanted to try it with. And then I got the photos back from Brody's 3rd birthday and it was BANNER TIME!

Moose had not one, not two, but THREE birthday celebrations. {Fitting, since it was his third birthday and all.} So this layout is a summary of those and has THREE banners {sort of}. :) I used Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock for some added texture and Jillibean Spotted Owl patterned paper. I just cut around the shapes in the paper to make my banners. I added some fibers and twine to make the banners stand out a little bit.

I had a lot of journaling, so I added a KI Memories pocket to hold it all and created journal cards from white cardstock. I just punched the number "3" from the patterned paper and added a decorative edge with a border punch. I dressed up the pocket with some fiber from my banner on the left side of the layout and my SMASH date stamp {it's a little blurry but it's his birthday and says 'this deserves a fist bump'-he loves fist bumps right now}.

Can't tell you how pleased I am with how this turned out! I will definitely be pulling out the banners again soon!