Tuesday, May 29, 2012


This happy page was spotted here on Amy Tangerine's blog!! So much fun to be browsing blogs and see my work featured--and by the product designer herself! Thanks Amy for the shout out!! I really do love her American Crafts line and her scrapbooking style:)

After being on vacation for a week I'm super excited to get busy scrapbooking all the fun photos we took on our adventure!!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Love, Bike Rides, & Instagram

I just love going on tandem bike rides with My Danny! We ride all over town, and have such fun adventures! People honk and wave at us wherever we go. I guess we're quite the sight to behold! I don't usually want to carry around my DSLR when biking, so snapping an Instagram photo here and there is the perfect solution to capturing the little moments along the way! I loved this shot so much I thought it would be fun to enlarge as an 8x8. I had originally intended on using it in my Project Life album, but couldn't resist scrapping with it on a traditional 12x12 page.

This page came together rather quickly and I kinda love how it turned out! It's cheerful and fun, just like our bike ride adventures! I quite liked how the page looked before adding journaling, but because the stories are important to me, I had to include something. Easy Solution: Hidden Journaling. I helped develop and create the artwork for an entire book (found here) on interactive pages, so this was a fun element to include. By simply avoiding placing adhesive to the area where you want to place your hidden journaling, you can make a perfect little pocket. This is a great option for those pages that don't quite have the right spot for journaling, or for a message that you want to keep more private.

Want to see a fun project this photo inspired? Check out my friend Jeana's project over here at the Silhouette blog! Oh, I can't wait to purchase a Silhouette soon!! I might need those exact pillows!

Designer paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, American Crafts, Pebbles Inc; Stamps, Washi tape and Thickers: American crafts; wood veneer bicycles and ampersand sticker: Studio Calico; Ink and pearls: CTMH; Distressing ink: Tim Holtz; vintage library card.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Little Discoveries

Life is about the little discoveries... I think artists and children are both rather adept at taking in the world around them... perhaps that's why Miss M. and I have so much fun together! She's always sure to share her excitement with me whenever she finds a smooth rock, a butterfly flits by, or she sees a rainbow. We have so much fun together!!

Cardstock: CTMH
Designer Paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pink Paislee
Washi Tape: American Crafts
Chipboard Butterflies: Studio Calico
Thickers: American Crafts
Vintage lace
Pearls: CTMH


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Interior Inspiration: Stripes and Florals


I love looking to fashion and interior design for inspiration on my pages. Combining stripes and florals has been a huge trend over the last year... Mixed patterns are so playful and unexpected... It's rather liberating to make such a bold statement and know that, at least for the moment, you are right in style;) Takes me right back to childhood, when you dressed yourself and nobody cared if your ensemble was a bit unusual.

Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
Sticker Borders: Crate Paper
Chipboard butterflies: Studio Calico
Stamps: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
Chipboard journaling spot: Crate Paper
Alphabet stickers: American Crafts and Crate Paper
Lace: Crate Paper
Sales tag


Scrapbooking A-Fair: Good Sport

My Danny and I have such fun on our adventures together! He's such a good sport to pose for pictures here and there, knowing that I'll love scrapbooking it all later... he's pretty wonderful!

Cardstock: CTMH
Designer paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, CTMH, Girls Paperie
Polaroid diecut: Crate Paper
Wood Veneer Bicycle: Studio Calico
Mist: Studio Calico
Large letter stickers and label sticker: Studio Calico
Mini Alphabet stickers: October Afternoon
Paper Loli: American Crafts
Washi tape: American Crafts
Carnival tickets


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scrapbooking A-Fair: Carnival 2010

This page uses the design principle the Rule of Thirds to balance a variety of patterns, colors, and embellishments. Arranging like elements in a visual triangle is pleasing to the eye, and a great trick for pulling a composition together. I've placed the photos and title slightly off-center and broken up colors and patterns into groups of threes. I often use a prominent color in the photograph as one part of the triangle. I'm one who generally prefers asymmetry over symmetry, and I like to use the Rule of Thirds to maintain balance on an otherwise off-set design. I use the Rule of Thirds when taking photographs as well--stronger photos make stronger pages, but we'll talk more about that in some future posts.

Cardstock: CTMH
Designer Paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pebbles Inc.
Thickers, camera stamp, and Washi Tape: American Crafts
Die cuts: Crate Paper
Pearls, sparkles, and crocheted ribbon: CTMH
Journaling Spot: Danny and Lynley Designs;)
Carnival tickets
Vintage lace