Wednesday, October 31, 2012

thanksgiving 2010 {a scrapbook layout}

Happy Halloween, my friends!
I should be sharing a Halloween layout right? Nahhhhhh...I'm working on Thanksgiving and Christmas layouts. :) I got a ton of crafting done last weekend. {10 double page layouts done-what?!?} AND I have pulled together all of my materials for my "holiday mini"-not calling it a december daily because I don't want to jinx myself!

Wanted to share a Thanksgiving layout with you today-with a sketch, I've been using a lot lately. Probably because I've been using a lot of 2x3 photos. I love fitting 8-10 photos on my layouts-that's what scrapbooking is about for me-the photos and the story.

Side A:

Side B:

Faux stitching on the patchwork {because I'm hopeless with a sewing machine}:

Lots of Christmasy fun to share with ...coming soon. :)
In the meantime... for those you you who aren't Facebook friends or follow me on Twitter...

The crew from Trunk or Treat last night {my boys and their cousins}

AND the best pose of the night from Halloween photos....

You're Welcome. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

home made pizza {a scrapbook layout}

My boys love pizza-to be honest, I'm not really a fan. But I try to either make or buy pizza for them once a week. Last November, they asked if they could help make pizza, so I decided to try out an old recipe my mom used to make with my brother and I.
It's super easy and the kids can do just about everything themselves!

Super Easy Personal Pizza
1 package of English Muffins
1 Jar of Ragu Homestyle Pizza Sauce
Your choice of toppings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Split open enough English Muffins for each person to have 2 halves {depending on their appetite-we use the whole package}. Spread them out on a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Let your child spread pizza sauce on each English Muffin. Let them add cheese and their choice of toppings. {We like pepperoni but their dad puts bacon, banana peppers and olives on his!} Try to keep the kids from eating too much of the cheese and pepperoni, mine tend to sneak more in their mouths than on the pizzas.
Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly-remove from oven and serve.
Super easy and delicious!

Of course, I had to make a layout about this fun little treat-all supplies are Jillibean Soup. Loving all the Red/Cream/Kraft on this one:

Side A:

Side B:

I love these canvas stars-bummed that I used them all!

Have you ever scrapped your favorite recipe/or making a fun treat?
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

thank you /so grateful {cards}

I have just barely resisted the urge to drive to every Big Lots in the Tri-State area looking for more Thickers-mostly because I now have  71 sets in my collection. That's a little bit excessive-no wonder the husband thinks I'm running a scrapbook store out of my craft room. LOL.

I wanted to share a couple of thank you cards today-in my Jillibean box, I had a lovely 6x6 pad of paper and I was determined to actually use it rather than hoard like I do most of my 6x6 pads.
I needed a thank you card for my sister in law (she's been picking my twins up from track every week this season-they wouldn't have been able to participate if she hadn't stepped up to help)-so I grabbed the Jillibean pad and got to work.
Materials- Jillibean paper & label, Recollections pearls, Stampin' Up rub-on and cardstock

Used the same sketch for both-love the look of pennants on my cards and layouts right now.

Materials- Jillibean paper, Recollections pearls, Stampin' Up rub-on and cardstock, Colorbox chalk ink

I inked the edges of the paper on this one with a light blue chalk ink-looks just a little bit more finished.

Happy Wednesday! I'll be back tomorrow with some home made pizza (on a layout, of course).

Monday, October 22, 2012

$1 Thickers!!! {scrappy shopping}

Run, do not walk, to your nearest Big Lots location! Mine had a large selection of American Crafts Thickers for just $1 per package. WHAT?!?
I showed a little restraint and only bought 12 packages.

They are the good ones-Elf (green gingham, black dot, and red and white peppermint), Cheer (the glittery blue/turq, orange/yellow, and pink/brown), Meadow (in orange and black), and two other lines that I can't remember.
I might just have to count up how many packs of Thickers I now have in my collection. I have a feeling the number might be alarming. :)
Happy Monday friends!

Friday, October 19, 2012

trunk or treat 2011 {a scrapbook layout}

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my last post-you guys are the best!
I wanted to share a "budget layout " with you today. I'm pretty thrifty {aka cheap}, so I tend to use everything that comes in kits-even scraps!
For this layout I used 2 two inch scraps of paper and some leftover bling from the Halloween kit I worked with for my guest designer layouts. I added a few cardstock stickers and brads from Wal-Mart's $1 scrapbook bin, some leftover Thickers; did a little border punching and called it a day.
This layout used less than $5 in materials but I LOVE how it turned out:

Side A:

I used my Martha Stewart spider web punch (purchased at TJ Maxx for $3.99!!) on the scraps of patterned paper and added some bling to highlight each web.

Next I added a bat border cut out using an EK Success punch that I got on clearance last year at Michael's.

Side B:

I absolutely love this Halloween collection for Wal-Mart's $1 bin-I still have a ton leftover to use for other layouts.

There you have it-scrapbooking the thrifty way!
How do you save money scrapbooking??
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

guest designer layouts are up!

Thanks for all of the kind comments about my guest designer spot! I had so much fun playing with kit and got to pull my ink out and do some stamping. I haven't done that in a long while. :)
My full layouts are up over at Suzastampin's Creation Station, feel free to go HERE to take a look.
Let me know what you think!
I'll be back to tomorrow with a budget friend;y Halloween layout.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

happy hauntings {a card}

Well, hi there. I made it back from Florida safe and sound. I had a great week of business meetings and I even managed to squeeze in a trip to the beach. :)
I did lots of crafting this weekend and I'll be sharing some of that on my blog but I also have a special announcement-a couple of the layouts I did from the Close To My Heart Moonlight kit will be featured on Suzastampin's Creation Station blog-I'm her Guest Designer for October! {I'll post a link to that when it is up.} I had a ton of fun working with the kit and got 4 layouts and a card done!

Here's a little sneak of the main layout:

I also used the kit to make this card:

Super easy but fun! I stamped my mummy and senitment from the stamp set that came with the kit and punched a few circles of patterned paper from the collection. I added some Martha Stewart washi tape to finish it off.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

little boys=a happy home {altered painter's tray project}

I've made a few altered painter's trays as gifts for family members and they've been pretty popular.
I had an extra one laying around and decided to make one for myself. I used papers and embellies from my Jillibean Warehouse box to keep it tied together.

I am so happy with how it turned out. I love all the little boxes -I might do one for each season and display it on our mantle!

Have you ever worked with painter's trays? Where did you display them?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

this moment {a scrapbook layout}

I am very lucky to have pretty amazing parents. My mom and dad are two of the best people in this world. They have taught me so much-how to be independent and strong, how to love and give, how to be a friend to those who need it. They are always, always there for me. No matter when or where.
And now they get to be amazing grandparents to my four boys. They love this job more than anything-spoiling their grandsons. They love being with them, and my boys love their Nana and Paps so very much.
When Moose was 6 months old, I snapped a photo of my dad and him reading a book together. It was just one of those moments you want to hold onto forever. When I think about the relationship of my parents and my sons, I think of this moment.

Capturing moments and stories like these...this is why I scrapbook.