Happy Thursday (or Friday, for most Americans!)! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent projects I designed for BasicGrey using their new Second City and Evergreen collections. So much fun!
Yesterday as I was adding the latest pages to my baby album, I was marveling at how thick the book has gotten in just a few short months (I love a fat album!). Okay, so maybe 8 months isn’t that short, but man…it feels like time has just FLOWN BY. I have no idea where November through May went, but I’m so happy I took the time to write down my memories and use up more of my scrapbooking supplies (diapers are quickly starting to take over my craft space!).
Here are my two most recent pages:
For the first page, I finally used some of my all-time favorite papers from Crate Paper + Sassafras. I figure, if I don’t use them now, then when in the WORLD will I? There’s always going to be something new + exciting out on the market…no need to hoard!
Lately I’ve been trying to document the everyday moments that John and I share together, including this scene from a weekend morning on the couch in our PJ’s. In just a few weeks, there will be another person in the mix, so I’m making the most of the time we currently have by ourselves :)
For the second page, I took the heavyweight cardstock insert that came in a pack of Capture page protectors and loosely covered it with white paint for a little bit of texture. I also used random bits of paper + embellishments that were sitting on my desk, including tag punch outs, the backing to a set of jeweled bobby pins that I received at my baby shower, a KP letterpress card, and the “This is My Fave” stamp from my shop (quick PSA: don’t forget to stock up before it’s too late!).
I’m trying to determine how and when I should finish this album off and I can’t quite decide. To be continued! ;)
Awhile back, I made a bunch of spreads for BasicGrey’s forthcoming line, Grand Bazaar. Given my current focus in life (maybe you can guess what it is?), I used some of my favorite recent photos and went to town. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had that much fun scrapbooking…! Even though a lot of these images and topics have already been covered in my main baby album, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ve got more important things to worry about. Like how in the world do the dishes pile up so fast and what will the baby’s Instagram hashtag possibly be?? (2014 is officially the WEIRDEST?)
Here are some of my favorite pages that I pulled together:
I’ve been having so much fun putting this album together lately! I think it’s partly because I’m making it for me (and not for an assignment) and partly because it means I am using up all sorts of random bits + pieces buried deep in my stash.
The first page was made with one of my favorite old school Dear Lizzy papers, accented with gold triangles cut from my Cameo, a strip of phrase masking tape from Oh Hello Friend, and one of the badges I designed for Scrapbook and More.
The second page was made from a mailer that I received from Fab.com back in 2012. Given it’s hot pink hue and the cute “Hi” message, there was no way I could throw that thing out, so I turned it into an album insert instead! I used some of my favorite Highline papers from BasicGrey, white alpha stickers from Kelly Purkey, and my new favorite fine-tipped pen.
And finally, for the last page, I used a sheet of lined vellum to temper the busy color and graphics of this Highline paper for a fun muted background.
This week has been busy, busy, busy, but I did manage to crank out a single spread for my ongoing baby album (albeit, on the floor of our impossibly messy office / nursery) (lord help us).
For the first page, I designed a list of journaling prompts in Illustrator and then sized it down to fit on the backside of the previous page. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, I just design it myself! The gold heart and arrow were cut out with my Cameo onto adhesive-backed gold foil paper. (The “04″ stands for the month of April, in case you were wondering.)
P.S. Ignore the “healthy + happiness” in the last line of journaling. I promise I am grammatically proficient! ;)
You can download your own set of journaling prompts right here!
For the second page, I used a sheet of pink patterned paper from a Studio Calico add on kit as my background and then added a large photo of my 25 week striped baby bump and a handful of other papers + embellishments, including yellow and aqua washi tapes, a BasicGrey gold feather, and one of the badges I designed for Scrapbook and More.
As usual, I adhered the dimensional elements directly on top of the page protector. While it won’t make for easy photographing of the next page (ha!), it’s much easier to do it this way than to try and fit everything into the tight real estate of the plastic sleeve.
With only a few days left before I enter the third trimester (?!?!), I’ve finally decided how I want to design her “baby book.” I haven’t fleshed anything out yet, but I can tell you that it will be pretty untraditional in the sense that it won’t exactly be a book. Ahhh, I can’t wait to get started! :)
I recently mentioned on Instagram that I have had quite the tumultuous relationship with scrapbooking over these past couple of years. There are times when I love it so much and can’t wait to play with paper and then there are times when I want to get rid of everything and never hear another word about it. But as for my feelings on the hobby at the moment? I’m a big fan.
Here are the most recent pages I created for my ongoing baby album:
For the first page, I used a mix of my favorite patterned papers and more of that amazing adhesive-backed gold foil paper that I die cut with my Cameo. The “You Had Me” stamp from Kelly Purkey’s shop could not have been a more fitting title prompt…I’m obsessed with crafting for baby decor!
For the next page, I decided to take advantage of the heavyweight paper backing that came with BasicGrey’s packaging and repurpose it as a unique page insert. I also used my favorite yellow and aqua washi tapes (love the way they look when overlapped!) in addition to a few BG feathers and candy buttons.
On the backside of the repurposed packaging page, I used a sheet of woodgrain paper to act as the background and then incorporated a few of my favorite stickers (including the gold heart that I die cut) as well as a strip of pink patterned paper trimmed with fringe scissors. I was never quite sure how to use those scissors for anything other than crinkly packaging, but then I realized that a little fringe on a layout goes a long way to bring in an element of texture!
For the last page, I used one of my tried-and-true techniques for breaking up the grid on divided page protectors. I have no qualms about gluing anything atop a page protector; in fact, I prefer it! I think it makes a layout so much more interesting, both visually and tangibly. On this particular page, I used aqua felt, patterned papers, journaling typed on vellum, and a title cut out with my Cameo to bring it all together.
Whereas last week was full of nonsense + frustration, this week is positively brimming with possibility and victory. What does this have to do with scrapbooking, you ask? Welp, I have no idea. But it sure makes everything easier when you have a skip in your step.
The latest pages of my album are all about two of my favorite pregnancy-related things thus far: baby bumps + miniature clothes. (Sidenote: I just compared my 13 week bump with my 23 week bump and it. was. shocking. I can only imagine what another 10 weeks is going to look like…!)
The righthand page is my 20 week bump shot from our recent trip to San Diego, printed at 6 x 9″ and tucked into a BG Capture page protector.
On this spread, I pretty much only used what supplies were already on my desk. Sometimes it’s easier to just use those pieces up then it is to put them back where they belong ;)
And finally, the righthand page features a mix of KP’s journaling cards and a fabric feather adhered to one of the tabbed pages that comes included with the Capture album.
I’ve started thinking about what kind of album I want to use to document my daughter’s life once she actually arrives and I’m definitely leaning towards photo books (something like this!) vs. scrapbooking. I’ll probably end up doing a mix of the two, but I’m still up in the air about it. Decisions, decisions.
I really love working on this album. Really, really love it. Not only is it forcing me to document my memories on a regular basis, but it’s also pushing me to use up my stash and to experiment creatively with what I have on hand. Yeah for babies!
On the righthand page, I used a Fresh Cut designer insert as my background and included a faux photobooth strip of my 12 week ultrasound (which somehow was ten weeks ago…?!). I also incorporated a few sheets of patterned paper, letter stickers, and one of my favorite sentiments from the new “Moments to Remember” Capture stamp set.
On the lefthand page, I used another Fresh Cut designer insert (cut down to be the same size as the previous page) to house my story about having a girl. Since I had already written out my thoughts in this blog post, I simply copy / pasted the text into an Illustrator document and printed it out on white cardstock. No point in doing the same work twice!
For the righthand page, I wanted my message to be bold and clear, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it. So when I saw this Instagram photo from my good friend Sarah, I remembered the gold foil sticker paper that I had purchased for my wedding ring box and knew instantly it would be the perfect material for my title!
Using my trust Cameo die cutting machine, I created this title (along with a few others) in a matter of minutes. I wish you could see how finite the words “we’re having a” are; they’re so tiny and incredibly precise! That machine never ceases to amaze me.
While organizing and purging everything I possibly could from my office yesterday, I stumbled upon a handful of layouts from CHA Winter that I hadn’t shared yet! I love when free blog fodder drops into my lap. Literally ;)
Spice Market is one of my most favorite new collections to come along in quite some time. The saturated colors, the eclectic blend of patterns, and a handful of new embellishments all make it so much fun to play with! For this layout, I used a mix of patterned papers, Snippets, die cuts from the coordinating waterfall pack, and a one of the awesome new metal shapes.
For this layout, I used a combo of Capture patterned papers, element stickers, Scrabble chipboard letters, journaling + phrase cards from from the waterfall pack, and wood veneers that I painted with yellow craft paint. I love all the bright pops of colors in the latest Capture release! Totally up my alley.
Getting married and going on a honeymoon right before the tradeshow season gave me LOTS of photo options to pull from! (Heck, I’m still pulling from them!) For this page, I used more of the Capture patterned papers, die cuts from the waterfall pack, and a strip of the awesome new printed washi tape.
For this last project, I used more of the Spice Market collection, including lots of label stickers from the waterfall pack and my new favorite printed chipboard alphas. Happy photos call for happy color palettes and that’s exactly what this line provided!
P.S. In my cleaning / organizing / purging whirlwind yesterday, I filled three large flat rate boxes of scrapbooking + craft supplies that need to find new homes. You can claim yours here! (Domestic shipping only – thanks for your understanding!)
Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing another installment of my ongoing baby album. This spread was all about sharing our happy news with our parents. It was such a pivotal moment in this whole adventure, I thought it was worthy of two pages ;)
For the lefthand page, I used one of the inserts that came with the album as my background and covered the page with a handful of my favorite papers from BG’s Spice Market and new Capture collections. And those awesome sans serif white letter stickers from Kelly Purkey? Easily my favorite stickers ever.
This spread turned out to be one of my favorite layouts to date! I went heavy-handed on the pink and florals, because — spoiler alert — we’re totally having a girl. (But even if we were having a boy, there’d still be a generous pink coverage ;))
The lefthand page features a Highline paper cut into six different 3 x 3″ squares to act as the background for my photos. To break up the grid, I adhered my strip of baby bump photos directly atop the page protector and sprinkled in Spice Market die-cuts and few strips of yellow and aqua washi tapes.
For the righthand page, I took a screenshot of my Little Ones board and placed it over a mix of Highline, Spice Market, and Capture papers. As with every big life event, my pinning habits tend get slightly out of control. What can I say? I need my fix!
P.S. Here’s part one of my baby album!