Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Hop: "Working Hard" Half Marathon Scrapbook Page

Hello there!
It's time for another blog hop with my Blog Hops With Heart girls! This month's theme is "Working Hard or Hardly Working." I chose to go with "Working Hard."

This past spring my hubby participated in his first half marathon with a group of friends. They all worked VERY hard to train for it and complete it...and he finished even with a hurt knee. I am so proud of him! I created this page to document his efforts.
The title of my page came from the shirts they had made. He and his group of friends all work for the University of Oregon Athletics and the new football coach, Willie Taggart, had recently been announced. One of Coach Taggart's sayings is "Have a great day...if you want to!" So they had shirts made that said "Have a great half" on the front and "if you want to" on the back. I thought that was very clever :)
The "run" die-cut is from Scrap Your Trip. I squealed a little bit when I found the YOU ARE AWESOME paper in my stash. It's from a paper pad, I think either from MAMBI or DCWV.
Love this pic of my daughter walking with him after the race :)

I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook page, thanks for stopping by!

Next on the hop is Katy. Be sure to hop all the way through for some truly amazing inspiration. I tell ya, I'm so lucky to be amid such talent!

I have been posting new videos to my YouTube channel so be sure to check it out and Subscribe! I started a new "Scrapbook Walk-Through series where I go thru my scrapbooks page-by-page so you can see them close-up. Here's the playlist for it.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Video Tutorial: Wooden Coffee Plaque Using Cricut & Vinyl as Stencil

Today I am sharing a wooden plaque that I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday. She showed me a photo she took of a sign in a coffee shop in Europe, which inspired this plaque for her! Keep scrolling for the video tutorial or view on YouTube HERE.

I found the wooden plaque at Michaels. It's about 10" x 10" and was nice quality yet inexpensive. Here are some photos and a little info on how I designed the cut file (not in the video), then hop on down for the video tutorial below.

To make my stencil, I added a 10"x10" square to my design mat in Cricut Design Space and then spaced out the text boxes to where I liked them. I found the coffee mug as an svg file on Etsy HERE. I cut the file on Oracal 631 removable vinyl so that I could get a nice sticky stencil but it would remove easily. I know some people use Glad Press-n-seal but I have a lot of Oracal 631 and I wanted to be sure I had a nice seal. I haven't tested the Press-n-seal and didn't think it would seal as nicely on wood. (It would probably be great on fabric.)

I tested a couple of ways of removing the vinyl: 1. Heat setting the paint just slightly so it was dry to the touch, then removing the vinyl. 2. Removing the vinyl while the paint was still wet. I had heard of people doing it both ways, and I preferred drying it to the touch first. It was less messy and I did not experience any noticeable left from the paint.

I wanted the heart to stand out a little bit and have some dimension. So I used red cardstock and then covered it with Nuvo Crystal Drops for a fun shiny finish.

Here is my video can watch below or in HD on YouTube HERE. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting today! Let me know if you have questions.

Wooden plaque
Sand Eraser (1-pk)
Sand Eraser (5-pk)
Coffee Mug SVG file
Oracal 631 Vinyl
Foam Brushes (25pk)
FolkArt Acrylic Paint
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Nuvo Crystal Drops
All-Purpose Non-Stick/Non-Slip Mat
Piercing Tool (CTMH)
Piercing Tool (Amz)
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
Craft Heat Tool

Nuvo Drops and tweezers are a good price at Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts. They have free shipping over $99. (This is my friend Stephanie's affiliate link.)

This post was added to Tip Junkie - link up your latest creation.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scrapbook Walkthrough: Year 2 Scrapbook Album-in-Progress for Baby Girl


This is the 2nd video in my Scrapbook Walk-through series. See Year 1 HERE. Although I try, I don't always get around to posting every layout on my blog. Plus sometimes it's fun to see them on video instead of just in still photos, so I thought I'd share all of my albums that I'm currently working on.

I like to mix 12x12 scrapbook layouts and pocket page layouts (Project Life/Picture My Life). This is not a complete album but I wanted to share what I have completed with you.

Watch the video below or HERE on YouTube.

This is from my daughter's "Year 2 Scrapbook." I recently finally decided how to organize my scrapbooks:
  • Year 1 is from birth through 1st birthday for my daughter (first born)
  • Year 2 is the remainder of the year (Aug-Dec 2014) from first birthday plus the full next year (2015)
  • Then it will go by years, so book 3 will be just 2016, then 2017, etc.
  • My son was born in 2016, but he will be mixed in with the rest of the scrapbooks (poor kids after the first born - they get jipped!) 
Let me know if you have questions or would like to see anything close-up. Thanks for visiting!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel! I'm trying to post at least one video per week and will be posting more in this Scrapbook Walk-through series.




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Scrapbook Walkthrough: First Year Scrapbook Album-in-Progress


I'm starting a new video series of scrapbook walkthrough videos. Although I try, I don't always get around to posting every layout on my blog. Plus sometimes it's fun to see them on video instead of just in still photos, so I thought I'd share all of my albums that I'm currently working on.

Today I'm starting with my daughter's "First Year Scrapbook." This is all of the scrapbook layouts and pocket pages that I've created so far for my daughter's first year baby book. This is a scrapbook-in-progress so it's not complete, but is a good start!

Watch the video below or HERE on YouTube.

Let me know if you have questions or would like to see anything close-up. 

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel! I'm trying to post at least one video per week and will be posting more in this Scrapbook Walkthrough series. 

Thanks for watching!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Blog Hop: Pocket Scrapbook Layouts

Today my Blog Hops with Heart friends and I have some fun Halloween projects to share with you! You may have come from Kelly's blog. If not, continue on and you'll make your way in a circle to see everyone's projects.

Today I am sharing two pocket scrapbook layouts using photos from Fall 2015.

This first layout is from the pumpkin patch. We have a GREAT farm up the road from us that does a great job in the fall with hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, yummy food, etc.
My daughter had just turned 2 and it was her first time going to the pumpkin patch and picking out her pumpkin.  My husband's parents (Mimi and Papa) were in town from San Diego and got to join us for all the fun, which was very special for them.
One of my favorite ways to embellish pocket pages (and traditional layouts) is with wood veneers. I backed these word bubble veneers with coordinating paper so there is a little pop of color showing through. I also like to add my embellishments on TOP of the page protectors.

I made my own "Project Life"/pocket page cards with regular patterned paper. I like how the striped paper tied in all the bright colors from my daughter's jacket.
I love CTMH's flip flaps! You can use them on traditional 12x12 layouts or they work perfectly on pocket pages. They come in multiple sizes, here I used the 3"x4" one. I often have a hard time deciding which photo to use if there are several similar ones. I don't want to necessarily "feature" all of them, but the flip flaps allow me to still include them.
I feel like I should also note here that the flip flaps are made of the same high-quality material as CTMH's memory protectors. I LOVE their memory protectors - they are truly the best I've found on the market. They're nice and sturdy and a true 12x12 size.

Here's a look at the full 2-page layout.

This next layout is a 1-page layout. I used the same paper and colors for our Halloween trick-or-treating photos. (I forget the manufacturers of the paper but it was from last year.)

I love this jeweled ladybug. I got it from Hobby Lobby quite some time ago and finally got to use it!

I used the same Halloween paper as a title for this layout as well. The little tiny ladybugs are by Jolee's Boutique. I had a bunch left over from when I decorated my daughter's nursery, which was/is a garden/bug theme. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now head on over to Stephanie's blog to see what masterpiece she came up with. Be sure to hop all the way around - these ladies are all so very talented!

Although there is not a video for these layouts, I have been creating lots of videos lately. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

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