Aug 20, 2014

Back from Summer -- and a Scrapbook Share!

We have had a busy summer, as I am sure you have too!  We started our homeschooling on August 5th, so we are slowly getting back into the regular routine.

For most of July I scrapped my heart out, working on my oldest son's birthday album with the RSVP collection from Basic Grey.   Some old pages that were done in the past on 8-1/2" x 11" were completely redone (since I had photo duplicates) so that the entire book looks cohesive.  The RSVP kit was purchased from The Memory Nest, and comes with a great collection of papers for a boy or girl, a sticker sheet and three different sets of letter stickers.

Here is the latest video where I do a quick share on what I have accomplished so far for the album.  For the teenage years, I will be transitioning to the new Celebrations collection from Carta Bella:

What have you done this summer for scrapping??

Jul 11, 2014

Friday Flashback: Lego Pages from 2012

Welcome to this week's Flashback Friday!  For Flashback Friday, I highlight past projects that although finished, I haven't blogged about, but I think are worth cataloging.  

This week I am showing off a couple pages finished in 2012, using Lego theme paper by Creative Imaginations.  We went to the big Lego Fest when it was held here in Austin, Texas, and it certainly didn't disappoint my 9 year old!  For the layout, I highlighted two of the best photos to journal about, and I added the map from the Fest brochure to show all that we were able to do: 

We had a great time and I took a lot of photos with my phone.  I decided to add a mini book on the page to post all the other photos that I was sure my son would want included:  

The brads I found at a Scrapbook Expo a couple years prior.  Aren't they cute??

What favorite hobby or past time of your child
do you need to get scrapbooked?

Jul 7, 2014

It Was a Card Making Party Weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you are looking for the Creative Blog Tour,
visit my earlier post HERE.  (Then come back here, okay??)

This weekend, I participated in as many challenges as possible in the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party.  My Priority Box of cards is almost filled and ready to send on to OWH!

Here are the cards I completed for some of the challenges!

Make a masculine card and a feminine card duo: 

Add "fireworks" to the card (like splatters and sprays):

 Make a red, white and blue card:

Add paper piecing:

(I have to say that I am quite happy with this one! Usually I do not have the patience for fussy cutting, but I was determined to do this challenge.  I even found apple brads in my stash to add to the tree!)

Use scraps (at least 5 different papers) for a card:

(This card has layering on black, which I know Sandy loves!) 

A card with at least one circle and two banners:

(The monochromatic look just happened.)

And lastly, a card including "wings":

Off to do my links and add these to the OWH box!  What did you accomplish this weekend??

Creative Blog Tour!

You know what's awesome?  The scrapbooking community!  There are so so many wonderful, creative and delightful ladies out there and what's better than to get an introduction from another crafty friend?

Thank you to Kelli Panique from Use It Scrapbooking for "tagging" me in this Creative Blog Tour!  Be sure to visit her tour blog post and see what's she's up to, and who else she tagged. This is such a fun way to hop from blog to blog, meeting others and seeing what going on in their craft rooms! At the end of this post, I will tag a couple of my scrappy friends for you to visit and get to know!

Each gal on the tour was asked to answer a couple questions, so here we go!

1.  What am I working on? 

Just like Kelli, I have a LOT of irons in the fire.  Not only do I scrapbook and make cards, but I am a homeschool mom and a writer in process.  You can follow our homeschool adventures on my momma blog, Muses of a Mom.  But here is a short list of my creative projects:  
  • Filling a box of cards to send to Operation Write Home
  • Using up some of my lovely stash for my blog (and YouTube) series, Throwback Thursdays.  This series takes a look at some of those great collections from the last couple years, with ideas and inspiration to get your scrapbooking in the books!
  • Working on a non-fiction, inspirational book about a New Testament bible character.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Whenhen I scrapbook, I will try some of the new trends that are out there (such as watercolor or mixed media), but I will often go back to the traditional, tried and true ways of scrapbooking too.  I will use one photo on a page, or six.  Many of my pages tell the story without a lot of journaling.  

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

Scrapbooking became a hobby because I loved this creative way of recording the growing up of my two sons.  Once I got into card making, I saw what a blessing it was to send handmade cards to friends and loved ones, in addition to helping such great projects like Operation Write Home. Scrapbooking, cardmaking and writing are my therapy.  It is easy for me to spend an entire day in my office/craft area, turn on music or a movie and tune out everything else.  If my family didn't have to eat, they wouldn't see me for days! 

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Previously, I would only create when I would be "in the mood."  This began to change once I was selected to be on the Design Team for The Memory Nest.  Working with someone else's deadlines means that you may need to schedule creative time.  This became a learning experience for me, and it was such a feeling of  accomplishment to sit down, "force" the process and see something evolve. It is usually at these times that new and exciting things blossom!

Ready to meet a couple of my scrappy friends?

Remember when I said that the scrapping community is awesome?  Well, I "met" Leslie on Twitter, found her blog, shopped at her store and then ended up on her Design Team!  She is just lovely, so creative, and I'm so glad I "ran into" her!  

Leslie:  Hello!  I am Leslie the owner of The Memory Nest. I am a stay at home mom turned small business owner. Raising my children for the past 11 years has been an amazing journey.  In June of 2012, I decided to combine my SAHM duties with my dream of owning a scrapbook store. That began my small business journey of opening an online craft store to share my love of scrapbooking with you.  Before kids, I taught third grade and am starting to substitute again.  Besides scrapbooking, I love reading, spinning, and spending time with my family!   

My PhotoHere is another great gal I "met" in the scrapping community. Every layout I see her post is just utterly amazing!  She has such a fantastic scrapping style -- you will want to check her out for sure!

Sindi:  I have been scrapping for 11 years. I started when I was pregnant with my little boy, who is the subject of 99.9% of all my layouts. Aside from scrapping, I love to crochet and read. I live in the mountains with my hubby, son, twelve chickens, and two spoiled basset hounds. You can find me at

Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you want to follow my crazy adventures, you can use the social links at the top right to follow the blog here by email, tweets on Twitter and process videos on YouTube!

Jul 2, 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up: Scrapbook and Card Layout Share with the "Chairs" Color Kit!

This bright and summery kit from The Memory Nest was a delight to work with this month!  In order to show you everything, please watch the YouTube video below.  I wrap-up the month by showing the layouts completed and highlighted on The Memory Nest blog as a Design Team Member (most layouts have their own process videos on YouTube) in addition to some Graduation cards!

Visit The Memory Nest to get this kit for your summer layouts -- it's only $9.99 -- while supplies last! 

Jul 1, 2014

Flashback Friday: Killing Kits from The Memory Nest!

In the past few months as a Design Team Member for The Memory Nest, I have received some awesome product kits for creating!

To close out the month of June and my time as a Design Team Member, I decided to go through all the past kits, gather all those yummy leftover pieces and put together a new double page layout.

The challenge for myself was to only use what was left of these kits without adding anything else from my stash.  Do you think I was able to accomplish the challenge??

Here are the kits that I worked with:

Recollections by Echo Park
PB&J from Basic Grey
Dapper Dan from Glitz
Feels Like Home from Little Yellow Bicycle
RSVP from Basic Grey
Weaving Color Kit (The Memory Nest)

And here are some photos of those yummy leftovers:

While this seems like a lot of goodies, it was still going a little intimidating to mold all these goodies into a cohesive, pleasing layout.

Here is the finish product:

Mission Accomplished! Thanks for stopping by!

Jun 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Using Authentique "Renew"

Time for another Throwback Thursday!

This week I used up a 6 x 6" paper pad by Authentique called "Renew" along with it's accompanying 12 x 12" sticker sheet.  This collection is probably over a year old, but I remember liking it so well because of the combination of the aqua and yellow:

This post is a little photo heavy, so if you want a quicker version, you can watch it here on YouTube.  Otherwise, keep on scrollin'! 

First, I'll show you the three layouts that I was able to complete. In my stash I had matching aqua cardstock, which I layered on black cardstock.  The only other items I used  from my stash were some old Prima flowers I needed to use up, brads and buttons:

With so much paper and stickers, I finished five cards as well!  Two "Get Well", two "Miss You" (those are going into the Operation Write Home box!) and one other encouragement card.  From my stash I added more Prima flowers, buttons, twine, brads and bling:


Time for you to "Dream Big" by digging out a 6 x 6" paper pad this week that you haven't used!  See what you can accomplish this week?

Jun 17, 2014

Scrapbook Process: More with the "Chairs" Color Kit!

Today I am sharing more layouts using the versatile "Chairs" Color Kit from The Memory Nest!

This color combination is yummy and I had a blast with it!

There were also papers that I could take from fun (above) to elegant:

The story behind this "Selfie" page will be on my "Kill the Kit" video on YouTube later this month.  

Want to try this kit?  It's on sale and you can get it HERE!

Jun 16, 2014

Scrapbook Process: Using the "Chairs" Color Kit!

This month for The Memory Nest, I am using Leslie's "Chairs" color kit, and it was such a fun kit to use!  It's palette of color allowed me to do different layout themes -- from the light and cheery to the more elegant.  

You can see my kit reveal and process of the first layout  here: 

My first layout from this kit:

For the background, I used paper from Basic Grey's "PB&J" collection, plus a Snap journaling card and little embellishments and washi from my stash.  

A second layout was using "The Good Life" papers from Little Yellow Bicycle that are in the kit:

The bird and little flowers were chipboard in the kit, and I added to the title with Snap letters.  

This paper is darling, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to play with it. 

Want to get this kit to play along too?  It's on sale, and you can get it HERE.

May 29, 2014

May Recap: Recollections Kit was Outstanding!

This month's kit, Reflections by Echo Park, was awesome!  I was able to do quite a few layouts and even a couple cards, with lots of papers and embellishments left over for more!

Here are photos of my layouts that I completed this month:

 And cards too!

Don't forget that this month, kits are 30% off at The Memory Nest!  

AND . . . . 
In honor of Leslie's birthday (the owner of The Memory Nest)
here's another awesome deal that expires June 30, 2014:

A full recap and "Kill the Kit" narrative will be on my YouTube Channel this weekend!

Ready for more inspiration?  Check out the other design team members!