Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School layout

Happy Monday!  It's a back to school challenge at BBTB2 this week.  My kids have been back for a few weeks already-it seems like school starts in the middle of the summer!  I have taken a picture of each of them (along with a group shot) every year since the oldest started kindergarten, so I made a layout for my back to school pictures.  I used the Create A Friend cartridge for the title and the Recess Lite cartridge for the backpack, stack of books, and pencil.  The fun print papers are from Echo Park, along with the Hall Pass journal box.  The corner of this layout looks like my dining room, which is homework central-an exploding jumble of backpacks and textbooks and MacBooks!  Do join us with a school themed project and link it up over at BBTB2.  The designers have some cute projects for you to look at!

Recess-backpack, stack of books
Create A Friend-title
Paper-Echo Park prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ghost Stories layout

Happy Sunday!  I got some time last night to be crafty and Fantabulous Cricut has a fun camping themed challenge going on.  I made a layout using the Camping Critters cartridge for my Ghost Stories layout.  I've always wanted to cut out the raccoon with the flashlight for something and finally had the perfect pictures!  I used some woodsy background paper to go with my animals who are reading ghost stories by lantern light (which I remember doing around the campfire with a flashlight when I was a kid at camp).  My title is actually on one of the signs, so it opens up for a journaling spot. I just got the new Artistry cartridge, so I used it for the font for the words Haunted and Mysterious.

Camping Critters-all other cuts
Paper-Echo Park animal print, Doodlebug wood grain paper, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friends layout

Happy Monday!  Hope it's a beautiful day in your neck of the woods!  I got a little much needed crafty downtime here and there this weekend, which was super fun.  We also went to see the Kansas City Airshow to watch the Navy Blue Angels perform, which was amazing!  Those jet pilots are something else!  You will be amused to know we also came home with a complete set of Blue Angel toy airplanes that the boys and their father just HAD to have, lol!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is all about celebrating friends.  My layout uses the CTMH This and That cartridge for the Friends title and journaling spot.  The fun little swirly accent and stars are from the CM Be Young cartridge.  I wanted bright happy colors and paper to go with my happy pictures!  Our design team at BBTB2 has some projects to inspire you with whatever you create.

CM This and That-title, journal box
CM Be Young-swirly star, extra stars
Paper/Sticker-Doodlebug Hip Hip Hooray prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fish Tales layout

Happy Tuesday!  I've got a layout I made for some of the underwater photos I took snorkeling this summer.  My friendly little fishy critters and sea life are all from the Create A Critter cartridge.  The polaroid style photo mats are from the Artbooking cartridge and the title font is from Learning Curve.  I cut my sand border on the bottom with an old template I had lying around.  I'm going to link this up to the animal challenge over at the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.

Artbooking-square photo mats
Learning Curve-title font
Create A Critter-all other cuts
brown chalk ink, square punch for photo corners, CM wavy cutter
Paper-CTMH solids, Echo Park Walking on Sunshine fish print paper

Monday, August 17, 2015

orange you sweet fruit stand card, love you to the core fruit stand card,

Happy Monday!  School is in full swing after starting last week and I think all of us are in shock….homework and school evening events already!  I've gotta get my stash for the carpool line all set up (insulated beverage cup for me, e-reader, pens, emergency kleenex, and emergency snacks/H2O for the teens).  You never know who's going to practically pass out from having forgotten lunch or has a nosebleed before you get home!!!  Or announces that there are three forms you MUST sign TODAY right as you pull up to the school.  And have no pen.  Of course that has never happened to ME…haha.  It's certainly not going to happen this year because I will be PREPARED!  

So, on to crafty business.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is summer fruits and I have some delicious fruity cards to share.  I made these as a set, so I will show all three of them (although I posted the last one on the blog awhile back).  The fun Doodlebug Fruit Stand paper inspired all three cards.  Card #1 is full of orangey goodness with the orange slice from the CM This and That cartridge.

CM This and That-orange slice cut at 2 inches
Paper-Doodlebug Fruit Stand 6x6 pad prints
brown chalk ink, Stampin Up Early Espresso ink for sentiments
ribbon-American Crafts

Card #2 has an apple from the Doodlecharms cartridge at 3 inches and I used the cute apple paper for the background.

Doodlecharms-apple cut at 3 inches
Paper-Doodlebug fruit stand 6x6 collection prints
Jumbo Java Versamark chalk ink for edging, Stampin Up Early Espresso ink for sentiments
Punches-Stampin Up oval and scallop oval punches
Ribbon-Stampin Up real red 1/4 inch grosgrain

Card #3 I have already shown on the blog before, but thought I'd put it here with the others also, since they go together!  The watermelon is from my beloved Doodlecharms cartridge.

Paper-Doodlebug Fruit Stand collection prints, CTMH solids
Ink-Stampin Up Early Espresso
Ribbon-American Crafts

The rest of the BBTB2 team has put together some summery delicious goodness, so take a look over there and link up a project.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy Birthday layout

Happy Monday!  Are you ready for a birthday cake challenge?  Because that's what's on tap for this week at BBTB2.  We are heading into the "birthday season" at my house, as we all have birthdays in the next few months.  My birthday layout features the cake from the Family Album cartridge, which I jazzed up with a little Liquid Glass to make it really shine.  The title and orange accent banners are also from Family Album.  The super cute paper is all from Doodlebug, one of my most favorite paper companies.  Check out all the sweet and delicious cakes at BBTB2 and make something for the next birthday at your house!

Family Album-title, cake, orange accent cuts
Paper/Stickers-Doodlebug Hip Hip Hooray prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging
Liquid Glass on cake for some shine

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cruise scrapbook for the BBTB2 "Cool Down at Sea" challenge

Happy Monday!  I hope the sun is shining and you're ready for an awesome week!  I am trying to cram the doctor, dentist, and orthodontist visits for all the kids into this week before school starts and squeeze in some last minute summer swimming fun.  Even though it's the beginning of August, it feels like summer is over with school starting next week for the kids!

 I've been putting together layouts for my cruise pictures from our two cruises this year and thought I'd show you some of them, since our BBTB2 challenge this week is "cool down at sea".  Each layout has the cartridges used above it and the picture spots are for 4x6 pictures unless otherwise noted and they are not in any particular order.  While I usually include the paper line, I didn't here, since this is a long post.  If you are interested in a particular layout's paper line, ask in the comments and I'll be happy to share.  I scrap lifted two of the layouts and I have the original blog listed where I saw the layout.  The rest of the design team at BBTB2 have some amazing projects to cool you off and make you feel that ocean breeze, so go take a look!

Pack Your Bags, CM Traveler (font)
first page

Pack Your Bags
(scrap lifted from the fabulous Obesessed With Scrapbooking blog)
has 2 5x7s and 3 4x6 pics

 Pack Your Bags
I showed this a few weeks ago for the lobster challenge.

Pack Your Bags, Zoo Day (font)
for pics of our room

Doodlecharms, Create a Critter
for pics of our beach day (I've got to add the name of the beach on there in the center strip)

 Life As A Beach, Doodlecharms, A Child's Year (hands)
pics of our visit to the Mayan ruins at Tulum
has an 8x10, 2 5x7s, and 2 4x6s

Pack Your Bags, CM This and That (font)
trying out the surf simulator on our ship
1 8x10, 2 4x6s, and a 4x4

for beach pictures at Tulum

CM Traveler
(scrap lifted from Cooking With the Cricut)
will add the name of the beach on the life preserver

Everyday Paperdolls, CM This and That
for pics we took snorkeling in Grand Cayman

Life Is a Beach, Artbooking
the horizontal pics are 4x6, the 2 vertical photo frames will be for 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches
the vertical frames are popped up so I can slide in the pictures

Life Is A Beach, CM Traveler font, handcut banner
Whoops, I reversed the left and right side of the pages for the picture….

Create A Friend, Doodlecharms (journal box)
pictures of the ship/ocean

Create A Friend
I showed this one on the water challenge a few weeks ago.
for pics on the beach and boogie boarding

Pack Your Bags, CM This and That
for underwater pics in Grand Cayman

Saturday, August 1, 2015

3 Travel Layouts with CTMH Wanderful and Artbooking

Happy Saturday!  I'm sightseeing and taking photos in the picturesque Eureka Springs, Arkansas today!  Son#1 is here at strings camp and the big concert is tonight but I have the whole day to poke around before going to hear some great music tonight!

So I've been playing with the CTMH Wanderful paper pack (since I'm all about the travel this summer, lol) and am finally getting the three layouts I made with it up on the blog.  All three layouts use a little bit of the Artbooking cartridge and Layout #1 also uses the Destinations and Robotz cartridges.  And that used up about every scrap and sticker of Wanderful.

Layout #1
photos taken from the Skydeck in Willis Tower in Chicago
Destinations for the Chicago tower cut, Robotz for the title font

Layout #2
the arrows are all from Artbooking and did a little stamping
this will be for some cruise photos

Layout #3
adventure, arrows, and polaroid frames are from Artbooking
some shore excursion photos will go on here