Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PML {Picture My Life} meets FMS {Freshly Made Sketches}

When I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week I was thinking clean and simple right away! I also saw potential for an interactive card front. I used one of the larger Picture My Life cards from the Surf's Up collection as a tag in the front pocket. The recipient may choose to use it for journaling and using it on a scrapbook page! Something fun can be tucked behind the tag too!!

Picture My Life Surf's Up Scrapbooking Program
Z1946 $24.95

The PML cards are not just for scrapbooking, place them on cards or in the My Crush book!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Graduation Day Layout

I was able to get some of the graduation pictures scrapbooked this week. Not bad, considering it's still June...thank goodness for Summer vacation!!

These are some pictures of the graduation day...or should I say night ceremony! Our small town High School held the ceremony the old~fashioned way, out on their football field. It was a really hot day so we were worried about the sun beating on us while we waited for the ceremony to begin. Luckily by the time the ceremony began at 8pm the seating was really well shaded and temperatures fell quickly as the sun set behind the school. It was a wonderful ceremony! After the graduates received their diploma, they walked down the aisle and in front of the bleachers for all to see. As our son made his walk, we could hear his family members shouting & cheering for him! His Pa Pa loudly exclaimed "I love you, Alex!". {He's the one in the buttercup yellow collared shirt and dark blue hat}

 After the ceremony all the kids formed a big group and got to throw their caps in the air! This was also cool, because several schools have banned this action! After a big group picture the families were allowed on the field to take pictures. I knew we would have to be fast as my son is not a big picture taking kind-of guy!!

So here are a couple of good photo's I captured before the ceremony and after. I say "good" photo's because my camera does not take great pictures in football field lighting! :(

 I'm still using up some Free To Be Me papers. I combined them with an older paper collection and journaling pockets called Elemental. For my title I combined some AC Thickers with the E-sized Framework Alphabet. The pocket works well for holding the tickets. I have added some fun tags and embellishments of all kinds. I have yet to do the journaling, but I imagine it will be about what I described at the beginning of this post! :)

The following day we had a BBQ to celebrate...those pictures have yet to be scapped! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Mojo Thank You

I found another sketch that intrigued me this week. I have not played along with Mojo Monday in some time and I'm still in need of some Thank You cards!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Feathers and a Birthday Banner

I love this trend of feathers lately! My Birthday and Thank You card supply has been running very low lately. I think that feathers can be used for either of these occasions, don't you?!
I was also intrigued by the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I have been hoarding this lovely paper from the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit. It has a great color combination and pattern. I used the same colors to fill in the feather and stamp the other two feathers. Before I adhered the Birthday banner I sprayed the entire card with gold Color Shine. It gives the card just a mist of sparkle!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Graduation Keepsake Book

I decided to create a book for our son's graduation. I wanted to fill it with some older pictures that captured several different memories from our son's life. I also wanted to leave open spaces so that guests attending his graduation could sign it with a personal message. Here is the sign I placed on the table next to the book~

 I used the My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album for my project. It is a great way to showcase photographs and guests are able to sign the pages still. The albums total measurements are 8 5/8 x 9, so the pages inside are 8x8. The 8x8 pages correspond with the Inspiration Mini-Album found on the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge pages 44 &45.

I ended up with a total of 14 pages {class of 2014}, but you could fit more pages inside this album!

I filled it with photo's of all sizes, flip flaps and several different cards from the Picture My Life Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program.

My favorite aspect was that the different family members were able to find a special memory with them or their kids and that's where they signed in the book! For example, one of my son's closest cousins signed under a picture of the two of them together.

I was able to incorporate the small & big PML {Picture My Life} cards, as well as cutting out portions of the card like the "hero" sentiment on this page.

How cute is this "then & now" page. One of the most difficult challenges in creating this album is that at the time my son was young there were no such things as digital pictures or SD cards or hard drives that contained all my pictures. Oh no! I was digging through old Rubbermaid boxes searching for old photographs!! Thank goodness I always got double copies so that I had extras!

The last couple of pages are just for sister, mom and dad to sign. I'm wondering if I left enough journaling lines for myself...luckily with all our guests and excitement lately I have not yet let the circumstances truly sink in. There have only been little moments (like watching him walk down the aisle at the ceremony)  that I start to think of it and I come to just the brink of a tear.  Things are winding down now and I'm certain that when I finally sit to write the words my eyes will flood.

My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album (Z1871) $5.95

Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z1906) $99

Picture My Life Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program (Z1945) $24.95

This album is not only great for graduation, but would be awesome for a baby shower or wedding too! You can find these products or similar items on my website here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Graduation Thanks!

The celebration around here has been ongoing, hence the absence of artwork lately!

My first baby has graduated from High School! You've seen the announcements and now I am busy making thank you notes for the many friends and family that have shown their love and support to our graduate!

I found a clean and simple sketch this week on Freshly Made Sketches to use and also found some older bulk papers (Typeset) that were perfect for a school event!

{ I made a few variations using different embellishments I had.}

{A family picture after the ceremony!}

I made a great little album for guests to sign at his party using the 8x8 Kraft album. Come back soon as I will post some pictures for you!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I've been using more of the Free To Be Me papers. It was such a wonderful collection and can be mixed with all sorts of other products and stamps. You will see it reappear again in the future I'm certain!

This is a fun Birthday card using a great graphic sentiment, some Heidi Swapp color shine pieces and stars punched from chalkboard labels.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Unleash Your Inner Sparkle

Today I've created a simple and sparkly card for Freshly Made Sketches. I incorporated one of the free downloadable cards from May's Rediscover CTMH promotion. You may remember the ones I used on this layout last month! I loved how clean the sketch was and knew it would be perfect for this printed card. It was so easy, literally a 5-10 minute card to create!

If you missed these printable cards, no worries, you can download a new summer free printable on my website. Be sure to check out all the new promotions this month and the totally cool Stamp of the Month! Click on Current Specials tab at the top of the page.