March 31, 2009
One way to simplify your scrapbooking experience is to use sketches. There are many sketch sites out there, and really you could use a sketch for every layout you make and never make the same layout twice. Flipping the sketch, or turning them 180* can make a whole new look out of the same sketch.
Here are some of our favorite sketch sites:
Becky Fleck Page Maps
Split Coast Stampers Sketches
Becky Higgins CK Sketches
Pencil Lines Sketch Challenge Blog
For this challenge we commissioned our fearless leader April to make us a sketch.. We also asked a few of our favorite "simple scrapper" members for their take on this fabulous sketch.
Here is April's sketch:
Here are a few takes on the sketch:
Tina and I decided to take on the sketch challenge ourselves. Mine is sitting next to me, my scanner is down and my camera is with my husband, but here's Tina's. Mine will be posted later on tonight.
Join us in this challenge and post your layout in the SC gallery by next Monday, April, 6, and we'll pick someone to receive a fabulous SC prize :)
March 30, 2009
March 29, 2009
March 28, 2009
You can't have party hats without noise makers, so after you craft together your hats, move on to making these.... I love that you could personalize these for any theme, color scheme, age group, etc.
I've found out that kids really love the favors or treat bags that they get at the party. It's like a little perk after a fun couple of hours. :) I loved this idea for a outdoorsy, exploration, or garden fairy themed party. It's just a little piece of burlap made into a simple sack they can wear on their hip. Then a faux leaf and some acorns were hot glued on. It can be used as a collection bag in a treasure hunt or just to hold the treats. Plus it's better than a little plastic bag in that it can be used again!
And finally, this idea... I just love. And I think little kids would get a huge kick out of it too. Especially the birthday boy or girl. Instead of buying all the character or themed party supplies, make your own with some solid colored plates, napkins, etc and a b/w sticker pic of the birthday kid!
That's all for now. I had to stop browsing the 100's of ideas on her site because... well, my family wants to eat dinner. :) Be sure to check it out yourself!
March 27, 2009
Jason and Danielle said...
Yay for giveaways!! So excited for the reveal!
March 26, 2009 3:09 PM
Please send an email by March 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to claim your prize.
March 26, 2009
As the Mama of two little girls, every year on their birthday I try to make it as fun and special as I can. The problem I have is that both girls are in the winter/Spring, so I can't do the bouncy house or the slip-n-slide party, so most of the time, I need to come up with party themes that are indoors.
Morgan's first year it was simple and I did a pink bear theme. I bought a Wilton bear shaped cake pan, made her a cake, frosted it pink, and then messed up the eyes a bit, so put on some kid-sized shades, lol. I took photos of her with a great big pink stuffed bear, which we still have.
For her second birthday, it was a cowgirl theme. To make decorating easier, I took baby sized denim jeans, overalls, etc., and pinned them together with red checked handkerchiefs in between to make a garland of sorts that I hung around the room. It was really inexpensive, because I already had the clothes, and a really cute touch. Because she was my independent girl, I made cupcakes for the cake, and the treat bags were simply red plastic cups with a hole punched in each side and a handle tied with ribbon.
By her 3rd birthday Morgan had declared herself a princess. And as all princesses deserve, her mama made her a Barbie princess cake. Sleeping beauty to be exact. Just like my mama did when I was young, I made a great big ball gown of a cake, and then stripped Barbie and tossed her in the middle. I then decorated the cake and gave her a top to her outfit. Morgan LOVED this cake, and as it was reminiscent of my childhood, I was rather fond of her too. For a game I picked up foam crowns from Oriental Trading and a bag full of jewels, and the kids decorated crowns for fun.
The fourth birthday it became clear that Morgan wasn't really a fan of cake. She much preferred ice cream. So I made it easier on myself and ordered an Ice Cream cake from 31 flavors, birthday cake ice cream, I think it was called, and she had a ballerina/princess theme yet again. This time the party was tough because there was snow on the ground, so the kids basically wore their princess dresses under their snowsuits, lol. But I had balloons and crepe ribbon in pink and white all over the house.
Morgan's fifth birthday was this year. Her birthday was just days before our family was flying to California for CHA and the kids' first trip to Disneyland, so I had a lot of work to do at my other job to prepare for my absence, and laundry to do, etc., to get ready for our trip, so I didn't have a lot of time to prepare anything fun for her day. On her party day we did something different and met friends at a bowling alley. It was my girls' first time bowling, and they had a blast. After bowling we stopped for ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery. Morgan had a great time. She also made it easy for me on her actual birthday, too. She had seen this princess cake display at our local grocery store a few times, and declared that she simply MuST have it. It came in this great big princess castle box and had turrets and princess figurines and everything. She really loved that cake, so I feel a little less guilty about not having made any of it.
To celebrate all of my cake making experiences with my sweet girl, I made a layout about all of the cakes:
See that bear cake? You wouldn't have known he was deep-down creepy if I hadn't said anything, would ya? lol It was my first time as a master baker, that cake. I think he looks rather "cooool". hahaha.
Take time to celebrate the cakes in your life, lol. I had a lot of fun digging through the birthday photos from the last five years. I'll be back in a day or two to share what I've done so far for Payton, and a homemade gift or two that I have in the works for her. Her party is on Saturday and her birthday is next Monday! I can't believe she'll be 3.
Also, we're still having unclaimed prizes, so don't forget to look back to old giveaways and see if you're a winner. And, if you haven't yet, you may sign up to receive email updates of this blog so you don't have to remember to check back for winners. Just sign up via the Feedburner link on the right.
March 24, 2009
And that's it. Like I said, the rest of the time was spent on cake, presents, and just running around outside. Luckily it was a nice day!!!
March 23, 2009
March 21, 2009
i have to say, it was definitely hard for Steph and i to choose just 2 a day...and hopefully everyone has enjoyed seeing these wonderful layouts that may have been missed along the way.
first up today...SIMPLYTAM!!!
i'm a sucker for white cardstock, and the colors she used here make me smile. look at that pic!! digging the distressing here...
and i love this series of action shots, lol! she is amazing with little details as well.
the angle of the photos is what caught my eye on this one...and of course those cutie patootie clouds.
now THIS is a perfect way to use that SC exclusive dress pattern paper...my socks have officially been knocked off!!
March 20, 2009
I don't know about you, but I, for one, just can't get enough!!
I want to start off with LaBelleMichelle.
She's young, spunky, and cute, and her layouts are always injected with humor.
Here are three of my favorites out of her gallery.
1. I love that she used a sorority photo here. Makes me want to dig up mine! Look how she used all of the pretty patterned paper in such a sweet design. Lovely layout, Michelle!!
2. This is just a happy, fun layout. The colors are beautiful, the topic is giggle-worthy, and I adore that sweet floral accent.
3. This is a beautiful layout. The photo is stunning, I love the choice of using an oversized photograph. It's eye catching and classic. Check out the way she used the Fiskars "Upper Crest" punch...I need to remember that idea, b/c it is fantastic. Fresh, pretty LO!
It was hard to pick only three! Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle. =)
Find her gallery HERE.
My second member choice for the day is the fantastic Hera!
Hera is one of our sweet members from Switzerland. Her layouts always provide inspiration, especially in her beautiful detail work.
1. I love the darling little paper-pieced accents here. The JBS apothecary stickers are also used in such an inventive way. Love it!
2. These flowers are stunning. I mean, really they make my heart happy. And look at the touches of baker's twine. Oooh La La! A true work of art.
3. I really appreciate the monochromatic title work with the pop of orange. So pretty. And look at how she used our packaging to
make a sweet, one of a kind accent. Yet another creative page.
You can find Hera's gallery HERE.
Hera, thanks for sharing your beautiful layouts with us and for being a part of the SC community!
And thanks to all of YOU reading our member spotlight for the day.
I hope you found some inspiration through these lovely ladies. I know I did!
March 19, 2009
Hope you are having a fabulous day so far...
It's almost Friday. Yippeee!!!
First I wanted to feature Jenni(jgj27).
Not only is she sweet as pie and such a huge asset to the boards (she's just a joy to have around),
but check out these layouts!
1. This is just the coolest design ever. 2 pagers are hard for me, and i love when i can find inspiration from well-designed two page layouts. This one is very pleasing to the eye and i LOVE how many photos she fit in. The title work/journaling is super cute as well.
2. I am loving this circle design. The way jenni added journaling to some of the circles (and also little doodled accents) is fantastic. i also love how she incorporated the studio calico strip from the PP into her design. Awesome, jenni!
3. This one just makes my heart happy. The quirky touches, colors, scallops, and the way she rocked that SC stamp. Not to mention the subject matter. Like I said, this one makes me very happy!
Thanks so much for being a part of our SC world, Jenni! You can find Jenni's gallery HERE and her blog HERE!
Next up is the fabulous Hanna (hannal)!!!
Hanna is another blessing to our community and we are so glad to have her here!
Strolling through her gallery is so much fun, there's boundless inspiration to be found. She rocks the SC stamps BIG time.
1. This simple, graphic design is super appealing to me. Love that typed journaling and how cute are the coffee cups? Love how you used those accents, Hanna!
2. This layout might be my favorite in Hanna's gallery. The flowers (to die for), the paint, the amazing stamping (uh, can you come teach me??).
3. Last but not least is this precious layout. I especially like the sweet/playful paper pieced heart, and the incredible journaling combining that BG chipboard that i love and that amazing stamping, yet again.
Thank you so much for being a part of SC, Hanna.
You can find Hanna's gallery HERE and her blog HERE.
Check in tomorrow for more eye candy from our lovely members,
and like Nik said...you never know, it just might be you!!
March 18, 2009
today, our first featured member is CASSANDRA!!!
i love the 'randomness' of this layout...the little tidbits floating off of the top, the stamped border, the way she outlined a few letters...beautiful. and this one...look how cool those punched circles are, let alone the stitched border!
our second featured member today is BRENDA HURD!!! (aka mammascrapper)
love her journaling her...and the way she snuck a few buttons inside of those circles.
this quote that Brenda used is going down in my faves book...truer words couldn't be spoken. and the way she tied all of those little bitty letters by stitching over them?! WOW!!
stay tuned tomorrow for more goodness from our member galleries!!