Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 2/3, Spring Flings and Easter Things


This is a second project I did during my Easter in July series.  Same thing as the other layout, I used a photo that had been in my to be scrapped pile for sometime.  The photo included the frame with the statement "enjoy every moment" - instant scrapbook embellishment.  The rabbits are again those ornaments for that "Easter Tree" thing that was going on and the chipboard is from the Hobby Lobby chipboard holiday set I bought.

Interesting thing about this layout is that the Easter eggs that I have layering in a row along the bottom of the layout are some of the first cuts I ever made on my silhouette.  They've just been sitting in my stash that long.  Glad I was able to use them, finally.

The flowers I got a scrapbooking de-stash sale.  The woman told me that they are actually cut out of a pair of pajamas she owned.  I thought that was awesome.  I added buttons to the center of those flowers - and this page is going in the scrapbook.  Another easy one and if you want to watch the short video on how it came together, you can head on over to our youtube channel to see.

Thanks for visiting and until next time, take care of yourself.

Shellie: My favorite childhood Easter photo - 12x12 Layout

I actually made this layout on the Easter holiday weekend this year.  I recorded a video of it which I wanted to be my first ever youtube video but haven't gotten my act together with the editing of that video so this layout has been sitting unposted since then.  Shame on me.

I wanted to do a paper layout and double-clicked on my Photos file on my computer and just hanging out in the folder was a scan of this image.  This is me and two of my cousins from Easter at my Uncle's house about a billion years ago.  (Okay, probably like 37?)  I'm not positive how old I actually am in this picture but I'd guess between 2 and 4.  That's me on the right with the bowl cut.  That big basket in front of me was my Easter basket my entire life until I think it finally just disintegrated from old age. 

I'm not sure why exactly, but this has always been one of my favorite photos from my childhood.  I just love it.  So I decided it was the perfect time to scrap it since it was Easter weekend and all. 

I started by fussy cutting a bunch of those butterflies.  I generally enjoy fussy cutting so it wasn't an annoyance to me.  The rest of the page, being fairly simple, didn't take a long time to come together.  I think the most time consuming part was deciding where to place each individual sequin so they looked random.  Irony, right?  Haha.  The small square frame and "favorite" script word are both by Heidi Swapp and the sequins and flair came in a Scraptastic kit once upon a time and have been in my stash.

I still want to try to get the video up for this project and if I do, I'll add it in to this post.

I've found lately that the idea of scrapping old photos from my childhood actually quite appeals to me so I will likely be doing more of it.  Those are the memories I want to keep. 

Thanks for stopping in to visit.  I believe that Gina scrap-lifted this idea and should be posting her interpretation of this layout soon.

See you soon.


Shellie - A Christmas Story

I think that I've come up with a new plan for documenting my holidays and I'm really excited about it.  I've been toying with the idea for a few days now and tonight I added it to my "project list".  When I wrote down Christmas Memories on the list next to it I wrote what I planned to include - memories of the past, present and future and I had a moment...  Scrooge! I yelled and startled my poor dog. 

I find that when it comes to projects I truly want to participate in (Project Life, December Daily) I really have a hard time because I just don't have the content to fill them up.  Being single and childless, I don't have day after day of "moments" to capture so I start out strong and end up discouraged soon thereafter.

But I love the Christmas holidays and I definitely want a way to document them.  Lately I've also had a strong desire to scrapbook about my past - childhood memories and family members.  So I wanted a way to incorporate those into my Christmas project as well so I've decided to create an ongoing, all encompassing Christmas Memories album. 

It will be in 6x8 pocket style format and it will be an ongoing project that I add to year after year.  I plan to include memories from this year, the pages I created last year and I plan to dig out my mother's photo boxes and include some pages and stories from my childhood.  I'm going to call it - wait for it - A Christmas Story because... well duh.  Scrooge!   Past, present and future!


Fast forward several weeks.  It's January and Christmas is done along with it's crafting.  It's both a sad and happy thing for me because it's my favorite holiday by far.

Over the holidays (I had 11 blessed days off of work in a row) I spent a day setting up my Christmas Story album and working on this year's pages.  I also added in the few days I made last year for my first attempt at December Daily. 

For this year's pages I used a collection I bought in September(ish) and have been hoarding ever since, anxiously awaiting the day I got to use it.  You know how every now and then someone will release a collection that you just love so much it's hard to actually use it because then it will be GONE and what if you want to use it later?

The Christmas on Market Street designed by Jen Allyson for My Mind's Eye just did it for me.  So I used it over enthusiastically on my pages for this year.

I ended up with 6 spreads total and they are just enough to commemorate my family's celebration without me trying to make up enough "memories" to fill up 25 days of... stuff.  My decision to not do December Daily was such a big relief.  I love, love to see everyone's albums.  They are always so beautiful and I want one.  But I just don't have enough going on to fill one up.  It just ends up being a bunch of meaningless fluff.  This new direction I've taken allows me to have my fun without turning it into a big lie just for the sake of making an album that doesn't fit in with my life right now.

I made a few dividers (tabs are my favorite thing right now) and added in the few days worth of pages I made last year.  I also went through Mom's "Shellie" box of photos and pulled out the Christmas ones so when I feel moved by the Christmas spirit, they will be ready for me to think on and create around. 

I'm super glad I've decided to go this route and look forward to adding memories - new and old - as time progresses.

Even though it's late, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 will be your best year ever.  Here are RED we hope to do whatever we can to make it positive for you and for us.

See you real soon...


Shellie: October challenge #1 - Cameo silhouette

I love all of the super cute paperclip clippies that I see in planner photos on Instagram all the time.  I bought a few of the embroidered felt ones from shiningstarboutique on etsy and I love them.  I wanted to make something Halloween themed for this month’s project so I decided to one of my bajillion silhouette design store purchases to make a clip of my own. 

I picked out 3 options.  A ghost, the skull and cross bones and a printable.  I did my print and my cuts and knew right away I didn’t like the printable and the ghost was too big.  So for the clip, I moved forward with the skull and cross bones.  It has a 3-D element which I like.  I also made him double sided.  He was perfectly symmetrical so it didn’t make sense to not have the back look the same.  I did my gluing and assembled the kit.  I did decide to not adhere the bottom two sets of bones so that they could part and let my pages slip between when it was on the page. 

I went ahead and assembled the ghost as well and glued the top have together to make a slip on bookmark without the paperclip.  He works pretty well and I would use him in a book, but I’m not sure I’d use him in something that I’m going to be carrying all over the place for fear that he’d fly away somewhere unexpected.

I’ve been using my skull and cross bones at work on my planner there.  He works great!