Monday, April 30, 2012

ScrapRoom Sneak Layout

For the past few days, we've been sharing sneak layouts at The ScrapRoom. One layout for each of the six May kits that you can purchase. My layout features October Afternoon 9 to 5.

Easter Sunday


Ok, so I had a hard time narrowing down my paper choices on this one.  I loved all the patterns, so I used them all.  Even the black and white chevron.  Those butterflies just pop off the page.


And how fun are the flair buttons?  I used a few of those as well.  They add a little modern . . . well, flair.  Ha ha!  My favorite part, though, is how one of the buttons worked as part of my title.  





























You can see the rest of the designers' sneak week layouts at the ScrapRoom blog HERE.  And stay tuned because the full kits will be revealed later this evening and the gallery will be jam packed with inspiration.

Happy Monday to ya!  I'm home sick today with no voice.  Hmmm . . . wonder what I'll do?

Friday, April 27, 2012

NEW Cricut Cartridge

Provocraft has released several new Father's Day digital cartridges. With so many styles and cuts, you are sure to find one that will work for your Father's Day cards or gifts. I got to work with Mountain Man, which immediately made me think of trail mix.

Pop Trail Mix Container






Such fun images, right?  I love the wood rings cuts, especially since it had several layers that I could separate with foam adhesive.  Imaginisce's Happy Camper paper was perfect for this project.  That little canvas bear sticker fits right in. 

You can get the CCR and GYPSY files for this project and see the rest of the Father's Day cartridges along with some awesome projects HERE at the official Cricut Blog.

Have a great day!!!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Brrring, brrring! Disney calling!

I have finally started to scrap some of my Disney pics, and it is sooo much fun! This layout was inspired by Jillibean Soup's Neopolitan Bean Bisque collection, which you can see HERE at Two Peas in a  Bucket.

Hello Disney!


As soon as I saw the telephone motifs on this line, I knew that I was going to scrap these photos of me and the boys in the phone booth in Epcot's Great Britain village.  LOVE that place!  I lived in Manchester, England for the first six years of my life, and I hardly ever get to visit so Epcot is the next best thing.


My favorite paper in the line is the phone book paper.  How genius is that?  And the gray was the perfect neutral for the backdrop of my layout.  

Hope you have a good rest of your day!  I'll be back soon with some ScrapRoom shares and a new Cricut project.  Cheerio, mate!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soup's On!

Happy Monday friends!  Can you believe it's the last week of April already?  Spring is flying by and it is going to be H.O.T. down here all too soon.  We've been enjoying the beautiful weather by spending lots of time outside.  Since soccer ended on the 14th, we took a weekend trip to New Orleans this past weekend.  We had a fabulous time!  I'll be posting some pictures soon.  In the meantime, I have a quick Jillibean Soup share today.

MVP Card 


This card was inspired by the Game Day Chili line, which is all sports and fun primary colors.  I created this ribbon for the front of a thank you card for my son's soccer coach.  It was really easy to make -- folded paper strips sandwiched between a couple of die cuts topped off with an epoxy button, sticker, and some twine and then finished with some notched paper tails.  I love how much dimension it adds to the card!


Love You Card


This card includes lots of Coconut Lime Soup, perfect for sending smiles this Spring.  I was inspired by Jill's monthly designer challenge, which was a photo prompt this month.  It should be coming up at the blog soon.


Alright then, I'm off to start the week.  Another busy one -- lots of scrappy assignments to finish up in addition to working four days and throwing a cowboy party for my little guy who's turning five!  Thanks for stopping by.  See ya soon!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Friday to ya!!! We are off on a weekend road trip to New Orleans soon, so I am just popping in quickly to share a couple of layouts that went up on the Jillibean Soup and Doodlebug blogs yesterday.  Normally, I wouldn't make one post for two different manufacturers, but I'm going out of town in just a couple of hours.  Forgive me?  Thanks!

Team Bolyer


This layout uses Jillibean Soup's Game Day Chili line.  LOVE the kraft background and all the different sports represented.  Lots of color, too!  My pictures are of the boys at the go cart track in Gulf Shores, but I still think they work.  Racing, that's a sport, right? 


You're Never Fully Dressed


These super cute papers and embellishments are the new Snips and Snails line by Doodlebug.  LOTS of great colors and sweet icon stickers.  The line is intended for babies, but I like how it worked with my big boy photos.  


Sooo . . . let me just say that my goof on the title really bugs me!  It should read, "You're never fully dressed without a smile," but in my rush to finish the page, I swapped two of the words.  Grrr . . . And since the letters were rub-ons, I couldn't just peel them off and fix it.  I decided to just let it go because no one would probably notice.  Ya know, until I call myself out everywhere I post the layout.  Ha ha!


Alright then, thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  I'm looking forward to the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, the St Charles Street Streetcar, Jackson Square, the French Market, and Cafe DuMond.  Hopefully, the weather will hold out and we'll be able to do lots of exploring!  See ya soon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pebbles Product Parade: Banner Stickers

Yesterday was Product Parade day at the Pebbles Inc blog. The feature this time was the new Banner Sticker kits, which come with everything you need to create super cute banners for all your projects. Here's my layout.

You Color My World


The double-sided banner stickers come in a rainbow of colors, so that was the inspiration for this layout.  I chose a colorful picture of my little boy and let the rest of the design focus on that.


I love how the kraft colored woodgrain paper, alphabet stickers, and wooden buttons provide a nice neutral break from all the color on the page.


These Spring green corrugated alphas are part of the Country Picnic collection, and I love them.  They were the perfect complement to my mixed title.


And one last shot of the banner stickers.  They come in a variety of colors and patterns and some are even glittered.  The package comes with a lot of stickers as well as some twine for draping.  You can see more awesome uses for these stickers over HERE at the Pebbles Blog.

Thanks for popping in today!  Hope to see ya soon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Introducing Sugar and Spice

Doodlebug's new Sugar and Spice line is being featured on the blog this week.  I challenged myself to use this baby girl collection to scrap photos of my rough and tumble boy.  Thanks to some outdoor pictures, B sides, and a minimal layout, I was able to come up with a fun layout.

I {Heart} Nana's Backyard


Ethan spends many Sunday afternoons exploring his Nana's backyard for sticks, lizards, dandelions, roly plies, worms, rocks, etc.  But even though this layout is about bugs and weeks, I was able to make it work because of all the green in the grass and my son's striped shirt, his peachy complexion, and his bright auburn hair.



Be sure to stop by the Doodlebug blog this week to see more projects created with this line and for your chance to WIN!

Have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Happy Monday! Well, I think I've finally come down off my Easter candy sugar high. Let's see . . . I had a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, a Cadbury Creme Egg, cheesecake, and a couple of Peeps. Good thing today is Monday, so I can start fresh on my diet. Ha ha!

I just wanted to pop in and show you this project that I have up today on the Cricut Blog HERE.  

























This year I'm making monogrammed clipboards for all six of my kids' teachers and teacher aids for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thanks to my Cricut, the Craft Room, and adhesive vinyl, it's not such a difficult task.

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Foto Friday: Natchitoches

My friend Michelle posted a Foto Friday on her blog today, and I liked it so much that I thought I'd do the same.  So here are a few pictures to summarize our week.


On Sunday, the boys enjoyed the weather in Nana's backyard while I played around with Instagram on my iPhone.  This was my favorite shot of the day.  




On Tuesday, we toured Oakland Plantation in Natchitoches.  My boys actually listened to the tour guide and learned a lot about the house and its time period.  



After touring the plantation, we headed over to Fort St Jean Batiste.  Ethan was more interested in the carpenter bees and the tour guide's hat than he was hearing about the fort.  Ha!



Yesterday we did some Lego math.  Ethan did a great job of putting together the legos to match the problem, but he still didn't quite understand the concept of math.  He still says 3 + 1 = 31, which led to an argument between he and his overly precise older brother which led to mom putting it all away.

Well, I'm off to enjoy the day with my two fellas.  Happy Good Friday to you and yours!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rule No. Fifty-Seven

Hi friends!  We are on Spring Break here at my house, and we are loving it!  Time outside, scrapping, movies, road trips, scrapping, a little cleaning/organizing, the park, scrapping, snow cones.  Oh, and did I mention scrapping?  Ok, maybe once or twice, hun?  I'm just so excited to not have to set the alarm clock this week since I stay up after the kids go to bed to scrapbook.  So basically, I'm hanging with the kids during the day and then playing with paper at night.  And I'm loving every minute of it.

Anyhoo . . . today I want to share one product of my late night scrapping parties.  This one is for Pebbles and went up on the blog yesterday.

All About Eggs


I chose the new Country Picnic collection for this page.  The floral patterns and pastel colors reminded me of Easter.  And although my pictures don't exactly match, I think they work because of all the green and the pops of pink in the flowers and eggs and the pop of coral in my son's hair.  That's Rule #57 for Using Pink on Boy Pages by the way.  Ha, ha!


I needed some small letters to complete my title, so I made a tiny little banner by printing out the letters on my computer and then cutting each one into a pennant shape and adhering them on top of some twine.  I love banners and mixed titles, so this made me happy.


Right now, I have a little infatuation with my butterfly punches.  I had put them away when Fall scrapping rolled around but now that it's Spring, I am using them on just about every project.  These two are both Martha Stewart -- the small one is the Classic and the larger one is the Anywhere Punch.  And since the butterflies are a bit small, I add a circle underneath.  Gives them more presence.  Adds another color and pattern.  Works for me!


And finally, I had to find a place for these Layered Paper flowers.  Too cute!  The buttons were bare, so I just tied a bow with some twine and used a glue dot to add them on top.  Now they look finished.  Phew . . .

Be sure to pop over to the Pebbles Blog this week to see all the fun Easter projects that the design team came up with.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April at The ScrapRoom

Hiya scrappy peeps! So, I guess you've noticed it's April, right?  Did you pull any good April Fool's pranks?  I wasn't planning to, but then I ran across this picture on Facebook.


Can you read that teeny tiny type?  It says Just Kidding.  I texted that picture to my husband along with the word, "Surprise."  Hee hee!  Good times.

In other news, the ScrapRoom April kit was revealed yesterday, and it is gOoOoOdddd!  Just wanted to share a few of my gallery items.

5 Reasons I Love You


Love this picture of me and my hubby.  We don't have too many of just us.  There's always a kid poking his head in there.  But this past October my big kid snapped this one up for me.  Awww . . . sweet!


The chipboard numbers were the inspiration for this one.  I added a little title beside the number 5 and then added five stickers onto the picture listing the things I love about my hubby.  Pretty simple!


Enjoy the Journey


Ok, so I decided to try a little different look here.  I mean I've always liked white space but for this one, I really incorporated a lot of white.  My favorite part is the title.  White foam thickets on white card stock.  LOVE that effect!



Wonderful Card


And finally, a card.  LOVE the Dear Lizzy Neopolitan line.  And the Jillibean Soup wooden buttons are the perfect finish for my layered flowers.  Speaking of layered flowers, I'll have a post about them at The ScrapRoom in a couple of weeks.


Like I said, that's just a few of my projects.  To see the rest, go to the April Ideas Gallery HERE.  It is bursting with some awesome layouts and cards by my fellow DT members.  

Have a great day!  I'll be back tomorrow with some Pebbles.  Hope to see you then!