Can you believe that I'm dusting off my blog and posting again? Wow, it's been a year since I last posted! *blush* Time sure flies!
Welcome to the SNC Spring Blog Hop. A few of my friends from Skrap 'n Chat have put together a fun hop for you to enjoy and to get you ready for spring!
I love spring - it is my favourite season! One of the things I love about it is getting outside. After being cooped up inside for winter or having to get so bundled up to spend any time outside, we love to get outside and enjoy the warm weather.
An activity that we all enjoy is riding our bikes. The kids love zooming around on their bikes. I can't wait until we can start doing longer rides around town or out in the country! So, when I was thinking of the subject of my layout, I decided to pull out this photo of DS when he was a baby. He used to watch DD zoom around on her bike with her training wheels from the comfort of his walker. If he ever got a hold of her bike helmet, he loved putting it on and wearing it wherever he went.
I have set a "Use It Up" challenge for myself. I decided that I need to start using up more of my ribbon since I have a ton. So, on my next few layouts, I'm going to use some ribbon. It's actually been fun trying to incorporate it in different ways on my layouts.
Welcome to the Skrap 'n Chat Blog Hop! I know Karen had some wonderful inspiration for you at her blog which started us off. If you haven't been there yet, you must stop by. http://sitscrapandrelax.wordpress.com
Skrap 'n Chat has become home to me since I joined it a couple years ago (maybe more now?). Everyone is so friendly and welcoming that you fit in right away. There are monthly challenges posted by the Design Team and a lot of inspiration to be found. And the online crops can't be beat! I always make sure to reserve a day during the weekend of a crop so I can scrap, scrap, scrap. :D
Now, on to the specifics. Welcome to Scrapping Therapy! This is the second stop on our hop and I hope you find some inspiration here. Our theme for this hop is all about masking. I'm not a huge mister - I do it sometimes, but it's certainly not on every one of my layouts. So, I haven't purchased any stencils or masks. That meant that I had to make my own to do this hop so I had to get creative. I decided to do an easy one.
Since I've seen sunbursts lately, that's what I opted to do. I got out a piece of chipboard - I've saved all backs from stacks and any that come in paper packs - and made the burst how I wanted. Then I numbered the pieces and cut them out.
I got out my Smooch spritzes and set to work. I went slowly and got both pieces just right before spraying. It all worked really well, except for the green. I don't have any green Smooch - only Glimmer Mist - and I don't like how muted it is compared to the others. Guess what's in my online shopping cart now? :D
I decided that I needed a little something to the layout so I decided to add some baker's twine for some colour and texture. I didn't want to cover up too much of the burst so I kept embellies to a minimum. And here's the end result.
And I had so much fun with the first layout that I decided to try the mask again but using paint this time. I have to say that this was a lot more time consuming and fiddly. I had to make sure to press down hard on each ray of chipboard so the paint wouldn't seep underneath. It was quite tricky.
But I love the vibrant colours of the burst and it is the perfect background for this photo of my kiddos at the fair - bright, fun, excited.
I found it challenging to work with the bursts because I didn't want to cover them up but at the same time the layouts needed something more to make them feel complete. For this layout, I added a lot more embellishments. It's definitely not my style but I think they all add to the "fun-ness" of the layout.
Thanks for stopping by and being part of our hop! I hope that you come away being inspired to do some masking and break out the stencils. I have a small prize for a lucky commenter. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment and I'll choose the winner on Thursday evening (April 11th). There will also be a grand prize so make sure to go through all the blogs and then comment back at Karen's blog, the first stop. Winners will be announced on Friday! I see that there have been some troubles with comments. I have comments set up for moderation. So, if you leave a comment and it doesn't appear, no worries, it will once I approve it. I just don't like Blogger's verification code - I personally always have to redo it at least once so I got annoyed and changed it on my blog. :)
When I first started scrapping A's baby book, I bought quite a few baby themed patterned papers. I'm not as excited with them as I was then but I'm also bound and determined to use them in his baby album. And as much as I'm not into them anymore, I really like how this page turned out. I've finally figured out how to use those themed papers and add enough of my own to make it different.
Everything on this layout is older and I don't know any of the manufacturers!
When I bought a couple of Allison Davis's sketch books, I got a free kit. I'd never used one of her kits before but they're lots of fun and I love that they're for two-pagers and lots of photos. The instructions are very precise so that you can get the most out of the product that is provided. She uses up lots of each sheet of paper. However, you better be sure your measurements are spot on!
Here is one of the layouts that I did using her kit:
All I added were the blue gems and the little blue brads.
I love these photos of little A. He had such a beautiful smile as a baby and I wanted to make sure to get these photos scrapped of him.
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, PP from a DCWV Christmas stack
Puffies felt stars, CM star punches, Fiskars border punch, Cricut cart for title (maybe Pooh?)
Along with popping up some of the stars along the bottom border, I also covered some of them with Glossy Accents to give them some shine and dimension. And I inked the edges, of course! I can't imagine not inking the edges of things anymore.
I love this photo of K and A and I wanted to do a fun layout with it.
I used an old, old, old piece of patterned paper that I honestly don't remember when I got along with a couple cute bees cut with my Cricut. The two tags are from my stash and I got them in a Scenic Route grab bag - I don't even know the manufacturers. I like how the inking makes these little strips stand out.
I really like how the stitching around the circle turned out - it adds a little bit of visual interest but not too much.
This layout was also done for a challenge over at SNC. We were to use a pie on our layout - it was such a fun technique to try! I had a blast with this layout and I really like the fun look I achieved with it.
I love these photos of K and A together - they show their relationship perfectly. Most of the time, they love each other soooo much and play together well but once in a while, not so much! lol This layout was also done for a challenge at SNC - to use threes on your layout and to include x's and o's.