I Love Family Echo Park & Peachy Cheap Collaboration

It is a privilege and dream come true to be a guest designer for Peachy Cheap today! My first crafty purchase was made through them years ago. I would check my e-mail just to see what the daily special was long before Instagram was around. Needless to say, Peachy Cheap has a special place in my heart and I am so glad that they have stayed in business all of these years. A lot of small businesses in the craft industry do not withstand the test of time, but Peachy Cheap has!

Today’s deal is Echo Park‘s I Love Family line. I created 6 projects with it, that I am sharing with you today!

When I saw this gorgeous line I knew it would e perfect for home decor and a few scarp book layouts. Can you believe that I have a lot leftover?

Layouts

I created three layouts with I Love Family.

I could not pick which paper I wanted to use. The collection has 12 sheets that are double sided. The possibilities are endless! For this layout I used as much of the papers as I could get away with. Since there are so many patterns I opted to keep the layout flat with little embellishments.

I am a huge fan of white space and utilized it on this layout with a busy base page. The kit comes with a full 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I pop dotted the mason jar sticker by adding powder to the back of it which turned it into a glossy die cut. To add dimension to the page, I used pop dots on the photo and die cuts. distressing the edges and inking them also amped the interest level up for the layout.

The paper in the collection is just lovely and I wanted to use several pieces for this layout. I decided to create a background with three circles in various sizes and three mats off centered from one another. Three of the stickers were used in the traditional way. The flower in the pot I created into a die cut by powdering the back and pop dotting it on the bottom corner of the picture.

Home Decor Pieces

Upon receiving this collection I promptly made my way to Micheal’s and bought three wood pieces to decorate my home and office. The best part was the pieces I selected were each 99 cents!

I created this piece for my entry way this fall. Rubber Cement is my favorite adhesive for a strong long lasting bond. There are a few tricks to using it, but once you know them you are set! To create a permanent bond apply the rubber cement horizontal on the first substrate and vertical on the other. Let it dry completely before adhering. To create a temporary bond apply the rubber cement to one substrate and adhere it to the other wet.

I created this fun frame that can easily swap the picture out with it’s clipboard style for my husband’s office. He has recently lost over 100 pounds. For his birthday we took a hike and made it to the top. He could have never done that before. Our kids celebrated with him by hiking as well. This picture symbolizes that special day and amazing accomplishment he achieved. I created this for his office as a reminder.

My youngest is 14 and recently has taken up golf. He has surprised us with not only his talent, but his passion for it. This past summer he participated in the golf tournament that his great grandfather started over 50 years ago. As of right now he is the only great grandchild that plays in it. Tradition is strong in him and he was proud that he could carry on the legacy. I made this for his room.

Peachy Cheap

To get your own I Love my Family by Echo Park collection make sure you head over to Peachy Cheap today — Sept 4, 2019. The best part is it is discounted! Please let them know you visited my website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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May 2019 All Day Crop!

May 2019 I attended my first all day crop at The Paper Collage! I have not attended a crop in years and never a local one. At this point in my life getting away for a day is easier because my kids are older. I also am craving more adult contact! Add that to the fact that even though I am a scrapbooker at heart I do not do it as much as I like. I plan on attending these monthly because it is a good excuse to do what I love – scrap and talk!

Adventure is Out There

For spring break my daughter and I toured universities. This is a two page layout created with Close to My Heart kit. Though I am not a fan of premade pages I do like this one because I got the entire week on a two page spread! I struggle with two page spreads.

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I did not discover these pictures until I was at the crop and had nothing on me that matched. So, I did what every crafter does and went into the store and bought coordinating product! The little red and black embellishments are found objects. The Paper Collage carries a lot of items not intended for paper crafting, but can be used for it.

Banquet 2019

I can’t believe this was the last Basketball Banquet because my son is graduating. The pictures are tiny, so I played on white space and utilized the bottom portion of the page.

Junior Prom

For these pages I used the Happily Ever After Sleeping Beauty Inspired kit. I thought they were just perfect with my daughter’s pink dress. I added a littler Blush Rinea Foiled Paper. Layering and pop dots are key to using these kits because they are beautifully busy.

Ironically I spent more time chatting than crafting and would not change a thing! I can not wait until June’s crop! The theme is mermaids!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

2018/19 Back to School Layouts with a Sketch!

IMG_3079I know….I know….it is almost the first of a new year and I am just now getting around to documenting my kids first day of school. What can I say? The first day of school this year was hard for me. I have my oldest graduating high school! I left my teaching career to stay home with him and never went back to it. I have enjoyed every single minute I have had with my children. Knowing that my oldest is a senior and towers over me (he is 6’6) has me in emotional turmoil. Needless to say, creating this year’s Back to School layout was hard.

I first came up with the above sketch that I used differently on each layout. Starting with my youngest’s page:

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I have had this paper in my stash for over a decade. It was nice to finally have a reason to use it! Granted it feels like I just picked it out at my LSS (that shut down over 8 years ago) yesterday. Yes, I still remember when I bought the paper! That kiddo in the picture was with me in a stroller the day I got it. He was antsy and kept arching his little back letting out angry grunts to let me know his displeasure. Now he is in junior high….oh how time flies!

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For my daughter’s junior year layout I simply moved the picture over to the center and added a ruler I found in a pack of four at the Dollar store. She is in honors classes and transferred to a new school this year because the one she was going to did not have enough class selections for her.

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I stayed fairly true to the sketch for my senior. The gears are actually buttons I found at Joann’s and I love them. I am so proud of this kid! It was bittersweet as I put this in his school scrapbook — the last page! I remember completing his Kindergarten layout and wondering how on earth I was ever going to fill it up. Would I forget? I used to worry that I would, but I never did. I am so glad I took the time to document each and every year. This will not only serve as a keepsake, but will be pulled out at his Graduation party and probably at his wife’s baby shower when they are having their first son. In the mean time I have looked through that album more in the last month than in the last 12 years.

Just remember that the days are long and the years are short. You may be going through sleepless nights and temper tantrums with your littles. Or perhaps you had your kids close together like I did and you are just trying to get through the day with no one getting hurt. I know it is hard and you may be longing for the time when they are grown and all the fun things you can do again. These days are priceless and you will never ever get them back. Try to enjoy every stage because it will be over before you know it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

November 2017 Layout Round Up

I am still working on catching up my family album! For November I set goals to complete a set amount of scrapbook pages each week. Here is what I accomplished:

This layout makes me smile because it is three generations. The picture was taken last summer on a trip back home in which I got to met my nephew for the first time. 
I finally got last year’s Christmas cookie decorating page done:
The following is not a layout, but an art journal page I created. I have been struggling with some self worth issues lately. I journaled about my feelings in the background by rotating the journal 90 degrees after I filled up the page. The colors and look represent how I have been feeling internally.