Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August scrapbook kit revealed

Hi there crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a video showcasing the scrapbook kit that I'd put together for the month of August. It has a combination of items that are "new" to me plus items that I've been wanting to use up. 


So what do you think of my kit? Has it inspired you to grab items from your stash? If it has, please play along and share what you've created.

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Till next time,
Grace

Monday, August 18, 2014

Merry and Bright layout *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.*

I know that we are in the middle of summer but I can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit when I saw these photos of my Holiday decorations. Today I’d like to share with you how I created this layout along with a fun way to add ribbons to your project….

Instructions:

 1. I first pulled out papers and products that matched my photos.

2. I loved the circle die cut accent that came with this collection and used it as my journaling frame. I cut out a circle from a beige pattern paper and then adhered it on the back of the circle frame.

 3. I also added some stickers onto the journaling block before hand writing my thoughts.

 4. I adhered all of my elements on the page and then added a ruffle red ribbon over the photos and scallop border for some added dimension.

5. Next I worked on adding some bubble stickers to my page. I used my ribbons with these plain bubble stickers for an easy way to add festive touches to the page. 


 6. For the smaller bubble stickers, I added them to some plastic scallop accents and brad makers.

7. Then I added them on three different positions in the layout to create a visual triangle.

Here’s the layout again with some close up details…




Thank you for joining me today and I hope this inspired you to create your very own holiday project, even if it’s in the middle of summer.

Happy Creating,
Grace
Supplies Used:
Doubleruffle red, 3/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Dazzle, red, 7/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Grosgrain,Stripes, 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Countrycheck, Red, 1”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Cardstock- Worldwin Papers
Pattern papers, stickers, die cut frame- Heidi Swapp
Epoxy stickers, brad maker and white embellishments- Epiphany Crafts
Pen- Millenium, Zig

Circle cutter- Creative Memories

Friday, August 15, 2014

July Projects with homemade scrapbook kit

I have a confession to make....sometimes I have these grand ideas and I start them and then life happens and I either have to set them aside or I "occasionally" forget about them. Such was the case with this one. In the month of June I had put together my own scrapbook kit. My plan was to pull products from my stash that is either new to me or something that I want to use up and create pages with it. I am following a scrapbook group on Facebook and they have challenges that I was interested in participating in as well. But alas, with my craft camp and our trip to Southern California, this kit was set aside for over a month.

With birthdays, getting back to routine and finishing up my spring semester of school, it was hard to find time to pull it out until about the end of the month. Anyways I'm still glad that I didn't give up on this project because now I have four layouts completed plus a card.

Here's a picture of the kit that I had put together from my stash....
If you have been scrapbooking for a while then you've heard of monthly scrapbook kits. These are kits that you subscribe to every month and they send you a compilation of products that match and you use it u on your projects. Well I like the idea but I also know that I have way too many supplies already to add a kit subscription to my plate. So I decided to create my own. This allowed me to finally use up some supplies that I've been hoarding and mix it up with new things that I have purchased  within the last six months. 

And here are the projects I was able to make with it....

Celebrate Fall layout.
I started working on my "kit" in June so I tried to incorporate the challenge from the FB group that I belong to which is to add mixed media into your pages. I used a stencil, mist and some gelato in this layout



Like Father, Like Son
This was my fourth layout from the kit. I enhanced the circle title cardstock by misting a design on it before adhering my letter stickers to it.




Little Music Stars
This is my third layout from the kit. I am so happy to finally be putting to use some of the things I cut from my Cameo. The "little star" cut in my title was one of them.



Super bowl
This was my second layout from the kit. I used the gelato to color in my doily.



Have a Happy Day card
I decided to use up some more of the embellishments from the "kit" before I put everything away and this is what came out of that.

So that's what I was able to create out of the products in my homemade kit. It felt good to be creating for "fun". What about you? What do you do to bring the fun into your crafting?

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Friendship card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hi there IBS friends, Grace here to share with you a card that I created using the new Friends Forever stamp set....

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 I liked the script image and thought I'd stamp it on Kraft cardstock with distress red ink. I love the deep and rich results. I matched that stamped paper with some black pattern paper. It made for an elegant foundation for this card. I also punched out some butterflies with the stamped kraft cardstock and then added as my embellishments in this card.

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  Friends Forever stamp, Inspired By Stamping
 Others: Pattern papers, cardstock, enamel dots, butterfly and border punch, inks, ribbon.

Monday, August 11, 2014

My scrapbook space revealed

Hi there friends. Have you subscribed to my You Tube channel? If not then you haven't seen my video where I share my crafty space. I had just cleaned up and decided to finally do a video before the mess comes back. Thank goodness I did because it hasn't been that clean since then. 

Here's the video....

For more videos like this, don't forget to subscribe to my You Tube channel so you can be informed of the latest videos as they are uploaded.

What about you, where do you create? Comment with a link. I'm always curious as to how people organize their supplies.

thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hello Vacation card *Inspired By Stamping*

Around here we are already in the thick of preparing for school but I know that in some other parts of the country (and the world) are still in vacation mode. I guess I'm in denial that my summer is almost over but I can't help but smile with this latest card I created for Inspired By Stamping using some images from the Summer fun stamp set...

I think my favorite part of this card are the colors. It's just so cheesy. I decided to add some chevron stamps on the card too.


So may I ask....what's your favorite part of a vacation? 

And make sure you stop by the Inspired By Stamping store to check out the rest of the new releases for this month. 

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

July Family Update

Hello friends. I know this is a bit late but it's better late than never. Right?!

Anyways, earlier in the month of July we went on a big road trip. We spent 11 days seeing sights and then visiting with family in Southern California. I didn't blog about it but did put pictures on my Facebook account. If you are a friend of mine there, you've seen the fun we had.

Today I'd like to share what we've been up to for the rest of the month of July. 

We got back from our SoCal trip in the middle of the second week of July. That weekend we went to our annual trip to Pirate's Cove. We were supposed to go with Mitch's friend and his kids but he cancelled on us last minute. We didn't know when we will be able to reschedule so we decided to go on our own instead. The weather was great. It wasn't too cold nor too hot and we left just before the afternoon showers came. Here are some shots from that trip...




After Pirate's Cove, we stopped by our favorite mall in Denver to get some birthday gifts for me and Marcus. As we were driving back to the Springs we were hit by some major rain. We would later find out that there was a major rain cell that fell in our area that afternoon and caused our family room to be flooded. Thankfully we were able to repair the damages on our own and our room was back to normal in a matter of days. 

The next "celebration" we had for July was my birthday. It fell on a Monday this year and a good friend treated me to a homemade brunch at the park and sometime to work on homework while she took my kids for the afternoon. I'm telling you, I am very lucky to be surrounded by great friends. That night, Mitch let me pick a pie at Village Inn. I got the rhubarb/strawberry pie cause it sounded yummy.

We had it for dessert and although I'm not the best pie cutter, and it doesn't look that appetizing, it was delicious. Especially matched with some ice cream. 

That same week, on Mitch's day off, the family took a trip to Tucano's Brazilian restaurant. Since Marcus and me share a birthday month, we are able to eat here for free. It's the only time we eat here since they are kinda pricey. We had lunch here and ate lots of meat that everyone was still full at dinner time.

Marcus especially like this restaurant cause he can get as much meat as he wants. He's going through some kind of growth spurt because I was surprised at how much he was able to eat. We were all giving up and he was still going. Where is he putting all of that food?

Me and Maddie. Oh and this little girl begged to get her hair cut when we got back from our trip so I cut her hair. On the day she asked there was no deal to be had at the hair salons in the area so I asked if I could just cut her hair and she agreed. I guess she really wanted the short hair that she didn't mind mom doing the job for her.

The day after our Tucano's lunch was Marcus' birthday. We had a couple of friends over for lunch and then he got to open his presents. He got to pick most of his presents (since he got birthday money from his grandparents) and was anxiously waiting to open them up.


I asked him what kind of cake he wanted and his request was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. We got a frosting pack with sprinkles and that's what we added to put some color in the otherwise all brown cake.

Here's the birthday boy right after blowing his candles.

And here's Marcus grinning with excitement to open up his gifts. After that he got to spend a few hours playing with his new toys/games along with a friend. Over all it was a great day to be 11!

And here's a random photo I saw in my camera. I got some face mask at Forever 21 and Maddie and I did a spa night. We look scary and unhappy but if you've ever done these face masks you know that you can't really smile once it hardens on your face. Just one of the things that I get to share with my girly girl!

And finally a "preggo" shot of me. I believe this was at 33 weeks. We are less than a month away from meeting our little man and I am super excited. We don't know how the dynamics of our family will change but we are ready for it.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and who knows....maybe our August Family update might just include a newborn picture of our little man. Who knows!

till next time,
Grace