Three December Dreams Layouts

I recently have signed up for a subscription box with the focus on memory keeping. My first crafty love was scrap booking. I was doing it long before it was a fad. When I got into the art industry I was advised to do more with my planner and mixed media. Those are both enjoyable, but I really miss creating layouts for our family album. Three years ago I was completely caught up in my albums and now I am so very far behind. I have wanted to get back to it and share the paper crafting part of me, but I keep hearing the friendly advice “Just let it go. That is not where it is at for you.” I finally had to ask myself why I was holding myself to someone else’s expectation regarding my hobby and work?

I finally decided to go ahead and plunge back into memory making. Right now my goal is to get caught up. I want things to be pretty of course, but I will feel much better once all my pictures are safely homed in albums. The easiest way for me to stick to it is to purchase a subscription box — which I did! My style is bright and whimsical. I wanted a subscription box that fit that aesthetic. After months of researching I found The Fairy tale Kit Club and knew it was the one. It is a “flat kit” in that there are not a lot of bulky products in it. At first I was a little panicked when I saw how much paper goods there were in it, but then I remembered that this is for my albums that I want to lay flat.

With the December Dreams Kit I created three layouts.

For this layout I pulled in blue glitter sticker letters and a pink dollie.

One of the challenges I faced while using The December Dreams Kit was working with bold pattern paper.  Through playing with the paper in the box I learned that it is pleasing to the eye to mix the patterns as long as I used contrasting colors.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to see the lights! This kit was perfect for documenting that!

I am hopeful that in 2019 I will be able to catch up on my scrapbook. What do you think? Is scrap booking not where it is at or do you still enjoy it? Please answer in the comments. I will send one person a little Christmas cheer in their mail from the comments.  The Winner will be announced on December 19, 2018.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Challenging Canvas

In July the Canvas Corp Brands crew was challenged to do something with a blank sheet of canvas and we could use a pouch too. I created this:

 I glimmer misted a piece of raw canvas in blues and greens and then cut them into strips. I tied a knot in the bottom of each strip and adhered it to a circle that I had cut from double sided adhesive. I twisted the canvas strip and placed it on the circle. I also did this same technique with some pretty twine.

 For the leaves I hand cut them out of the green portion of the canvas, added some veins with a black water color brush pen and spritzed it  with a little water to soften the lines.

 I adhered it all to the pouch and added a few gems to fill it out.

When I was first presented with this challenge I was totally clueless on what to do. I just started painting and then got to this. What have you created that was unexpected?
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Heart Chain!

 I am over on the Rinea blog with an amped up Valentine’s Day inspired Chain! This is a great way to add a little festive love to your home. You can make a few strips of it and hang it off plantation shutters or your can connect the ends to create a beautiful wreath. Please stop by to see the picture tutorial and say hello!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Whoops I Almost Forgot!

You know you have done it…..that last minute gift that you forgot to purchase. That happened to me today. In my defense two of my three kiddos are in high school and we don’t do gifts for teachers. I do have a 6th grader and his teacher has a heart of gold. I can’t believe that I forgot about a gift for her. Luckily, it dawned on me that I needed to do something special for her. Check out what I did here:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Globe Shaker Card!

One of my favorite things are the globes and all the places in them! I love to make shaker cards to mail my friends and family when I am visiting a new place. I like to make about a dozen cards up before I leave and mail them from my destination. To make the card I first stamp the image on white cardstock:

Using the Globe die that fits all of the stamps I cut 12 3 by 4 black pieces of cardstock making sure to set the globe aside:
Adhere the stamped image to a base. I used a sparkly silver piece of cardwtock cut 1/4 inch larger than my image piece:
Using Brutus Monroe craft glue, carefully line up the globe frame to the image and adhere. Repeat the process until you have one black frame left:
Carefully place sequins and glitter in the shaker. Glue a sheet of acetate over the shaker and top it off with the last black frame:
Adhere to the card and shake away!
Check out the Brutus Monroe shop for the globes!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!