Clean and Simple . . .

Earlier in the week I mentioned THIS scrapbook challenge hosted by Jennifer Buck. I was determined to get a page done this week for the challenge. It is just *so* my style!!! This is a photo of my daughter at about 1 year old. We took a little walk and along the way Daddy picked a flower for his little girl. Isn't this just the sweetest thing??? I am making an 11 x 8.5" scrapbook so I modified the sketch a little bit (hope that's okay). I used all Unity Stamp Co. images on my page. The sentiment is from the July Kit of the Month. The flowers along the bottom of the page are from the February Kit of the Month. I also used the Distressed Dots background on the white layer of the handmade flower (which just happens to be on sale this weekend *wink*). I tried to use the colors from the picture so the base of my page is Lemon Tart cs from Papertrey Ink. All of the images were stamped in Dark Chocolate ink, also from PTI. The flower border was partially colored in using a Copic marker and a white gel pen. The handmade flower was made by cutting three different sizes of circles in PTI New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, and Stampers Select White cs and distressing the edges. The layers are held together using an aged copper brad. The ribbon is something I picked up a Hobby Lobby a few years ago. I am pleased with the way this turned out and am looking forward to participating in future challenges! Thanks for the inspiration, Jennifer!!!

Scrappin' again . . .

*gasp* I know, it really doesn't seem possible but I did it! I scrapped, again!!! This is the first full-sized scrapbook page I have made in about 6 years - crazy, huh? Last month Papertrey Ink had a scrapbook page category for their Guest Star Stamper contest so I thought I'd give it a shot. I printed this photo of my daughter from my computer on a semi-gloss paper in sepia tones. This was taken a few years back at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World. While we were visiting the butterfly tent one of them decided to land on my DD's finger and visit for awhile. She was overjoyed and what a perfect memory that is to preserve! To add some interest I randomly stitched around the photo twice using my Janome Sew Mini. Colors are PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf and Melon Berry. The flowers are from the Friends 'Til the End stamp set. Embellishments are also PTI buttons and luxe satin ribbon (reversed). I wanted the "journaling" to be simple so I opted to use this sentiment from the Handwritten Notes stamp set. I love that it looks handwritten but also has the elegance of being stamped. I also added a few accents made with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. This was so fun to do and I think it turned out well too! I am looking forward to creating some more pages soon!!!

*I saw the Jennifer Buck is starting a Clean and Simple Scrapbook Challenge on Sundays. Mental note to give it a try this week . . .

*** ETA - I just saw that Nichole listed the Honorable Mentions for this month and guess what??? I am one of them! Congrats to all who were mentioned, and especially the winners!!!

Catching up . . .

Today I have a bunch of Stampin' UP! cards to share with you. I have been playing around with my goodies from the new Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog for a few weeks now but I haven't had a chance to post them for you yet. The first card features the adorable Trendy Trees stamp set. I opted for a bright color scheme here of Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun and Pacific Point. Definitely not my usual colors but I think it works here. The next card features the Friendly Words jumbo wheel and a slightly more subdued color scheme insprired by the Parisian Breeze specialty paper. I hand cut the "friends" sentiment stamped in chocolate and layered it over the wheeled background. Played around with my lovely Janome Sew Mini machine for this too - I am lovin' it!!! The next card was my dad's birthday card, inspired by last week's SCS Sketch Challenge. I thought the angles would work especially well for a masculine card. Here I used the Delicate Dots ds paper and Congrats stamp set from the SAB catalog. I tried to keep thing pretty simple by adding just a touch of paper piercing and a few brads. The last card was my swap for the N.M.B.S. Group's recent New Catty Swap. I *love* this Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set!!! The color palette was inspired by the Urban Oasis ds paper. I also *heart* the new corduroy buttons! I have already ordered them in 5 colors and am finding it hard to resist buying them all!!!!! I hope you enjoy these creations. I am busy working on my swap card for the group's Occasions Mini swap so I will have that and more goodies to share with you soon . . . *wink*

I scrapped!!!

This truly is an exceptional occasion! I am NOT a scrapbooker. Sure, I'd like to preserve all those wonderful memories, but I just don't have the patience. Well, I have been wanting to play around with my goodies from Unity Stamp Company for some time now. They are just perfect for scrapbooking! So last weekend I decided to take the plunge!!! I made this mini album using my Sizzix Top Note die from SU!, some Chloe's Closet papers by Making Memories, various Unity Stamp Company stamps, and of course some pictures. For the cover I used a piece of acrylic (which looks nice but I had some issues with die cutting it) and a jumbo eyelet. The title is from the Our Life, Our Stories in WORDS set. The felt flowers and brad are from SU! For the pictures I chose to use copies of my daughter's first five birthday pictures. I scanned them into my computer and printed them out in miniature with a sepia accent. Then I used my SU! Curvy Label punch to trim and shape them. On the first page I used images from the Floral Fantastical set and the sentiment is from the Growing in Unity set. The bitty flower is from Prima and the brad is SU! For the second page I used images from the November Kit of the Month, "enjoy YOUR STORY . . . laugh". I accented the page with a clear button from Autumn Leaves, linen thread, and a border created with my Fiskars Upper Crest punch. On the third page I used images from the November and August Kits of the Month, as well as This is the Time LARGE. I added a SU! blue button with some linen thread tied through it as an accent. For the fourth page I used images from the September Kit of the Month, Friendship. Love. Miracles. and (I *think*) the December KOTM as well. I also added some tiny chipboard hearts from SU! and punched a piece of patterned paper with my SU! heart punch. On the fifth page I used images from the September and December (I *think*) Kits as well. I added a Prima flower and a SU! felt flower and brad as an accent. Everything is tied together with some SU! chocolate grosgrain ribbon. It amazes me how much my daughter has grown over the years. She is turning into quite the little lady. I hope you like my mini album! I had so much fun making it that I am thinking of starting a big album!!! *gasp*