Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Wonderful Memory" layout

Happy mid week everyone. Today's share is a layout inspired by the following sketch from Creative Scrappers

I liked the circle accent and I just happened to have the die cut accent already cut so I used that for the circular image. I also added some more die cuts created from my Cameo like the leaves and flowers. I've been rummaging through my stash lately and it feels good to pay attention to the items that I've neglected for a while now. 

The sketch called for three blocks with one for the photo. I happened to have two photos for this specific memory so I used the left and right blocks for the pictures. I used a skinnier center block for my title, which I dressed up with some stamping and heart dies cut from glittered cardstock.

The word "wonderful" was cut from black cardstock using a steel die from Echo Park.

I liked how the green leaves coordinated with the grass in my photos.

I added some doilies for added layering but sprayed them with some ink first so that they will be a bit more noticeable versus in their plain state.

So that's it from me today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Celebrate" layout

Hello again my crafty friends. 

The following page was inspired by this month's Mercy Tiara's 27-day challenge. The prompt was to create a DIY background and use that in a layout. 

The white piece with various shaped papers and heart accent was initially created for a page I wanted to make a couple of months back. However it seemed to busy for that original page and so I just set it aside. I pulled it back out again this month and decided that it would fit better for this page. 

To tone down the busy background, I added a piece of vellum in between the diy background and my photos and title. I also used some Simple Stories letter stickers to complete my title. I like how the rainbow colors of the title matches the rainbow colors of the background piece. 

The hearts were created with a stencil and some textured paste tinted with some yellow acrylic paint.

I also added some punched out stars from glittered cardstock for that extra "celebration" accent.

Thank you for stopping by. Please check back again soon.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, September 19, 2016

"Crazy Kid!" layout

Hello friends. Sorry I've been a bit MIA on this blog. School started up again for me and I'm still trying to get used to a new, more rigid schedule. 

But one thing I do know...I cannot turn my back on scrapbooking. It's my creative outlet and we all need that something that calms us down. 

The following page was inspired by the latest sketch from GrandDiva's Creative Corner...

As well as the September This and That challenge from Rochelle Spears' blog...

This page would make the best sense once you read the journaling and it goes...
"February 2, 2016. Sometimes I forget how much danger a little guy like you can get into. This morning, while I was working out, you decided to go into the laundry room and climb up on our little pantry shelf in the corner. You had climbed all the way up to the top shelf and managed to pull down my bag of Sushi rice. Of course in the minutes that followed, I had to stop by workout video, pick up whatever else you dropped and cleaned up the spill. You might wonder where you were during the disaster clean up period. Well I banished you in the pack and play and tuned out your cries. Oh my dear son, I don’t know if you’ll ever remember moments like this but I want you to know that despite my anger at that time and the damage you made, I still love you. Just don’t waste expensive Sushi rice again, please! Love, Mom."
This was one of those mornings! 
I deviated a  little bit from the sketch since I only had one photo and I didn't want to turn it into a circle shape. I also had to move the big banner piece cause I did not want to cover the camera and word section in my grid paper background. 

I trimmed a 3x4 pocket card and used that as my title. I did add some circles to the page but used it as visual triangle instead.

I used some enamel hearts and arrows from My Mind's Eye for this page. I also added brackets to my journaling to add emphasis to it.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty day.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Love Every Piece of You" layout

Hello again dear friends. Today I'm sharing another baby page and this one was inspired by the latest sketch over at Stuck?! blog. Oh and make sure to check out their blog this month. They are celebrating an anniversary and promises to have some extra fun surprises (with awesome sponsors) this month. I know I will be checking often. ;)


I love, love, love this photo. My scrapbook philosophy has always been that most stories cannot be told by just one photo. However, there are also some photographs that require their very own page, because these images just melts my heart and no other "companion" photo can help with the story. 

The picture in this page is an example of that. When I got this print back, I stared at it for a good 2 minutes. I just love how I was able to capture my baby (which is now 2 years old) at this age. I don't want to say that I miss that stage because I love watching him grow up, but I do miss his sweet face when he was a baby. 

Anyways, I used a bunch of scraps of paper for this page. I cut out the "love" title from my cameo machine using a free calligraphy font from dafont.com.

I also used a "new to me" stitched rectangle nested die from Memory box for the journaling blocks as well as the two big blocks peeking behind my photo.

I also stamped some hearts from an Amy Tangerine stamp set as my embellishment. I wanted this page to feel complete but without too much "stuff" in it so that the photo can stand out and "shine".

So there you have it.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you swing by again.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Look at Me" layout

Hi guys and happy Tuesday. Hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend (for my US friends) Anyways today I'm sharing my latest page. This one was based off of the latest sketch from Sketch N Scrap blog


I flipped my page so that the title is on the top and the photos are on the bottom. I used some papers from American Crafts and Recollections (the blue dot paper on the bottom). I also had some 3x4 and 4x6 pocket cards from MAMBI that I used, tucking in two of them behind the photo collage and then cutting up one to use as my title. 

Here are some more close ups....

I also entered this page at a sticker challenge over at Scrapbook.com forum. I used some phrase stickers from Simple Stories as one long strip on the top. To put a division between each phrase, I added some homemade enamel dot in between.

Thanks for stopping by.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, August 29, 2016

Our little guy is 2 years old

Hi friends. I'm breaking away from the scrappy shares to post some of my favorite pictures from my photo session with our little Mason. He turned two last Thursday and being that his mama is a photographer, it was just natural that he got his special photo shoot. I am actually beyond grateful that I have this skill and also that I did this on the morning of his birthday. His birthday gift was a trike and on Friday morning, he decided to ride it down a small flight of stairs and made some big damage with his face. (insert sad face here). Oh the joys of being a parent to a busy toddler!

Anyways, here are some of my faves....



 This boy loves to read so it was just natural to have some shots with his fave books.




 I love that he was excited in this shot. I'm not sure if it's pure excitement for his birthday or due to the fact that I was sugaring him up (giving him little jelly beans) throughout our session. If you have ever had a kid session with me, then you know that that's my secret weapon to connect with a child. ;)

I think I'll blow up this one. It's so him right now. That little happy smile with eyes sparkling as he discovers more about the world around him. I also love how in this photo, he was actually looking at me. That's a rarity these days.



So that's it from me today. Our little guy looks so grown up and my heart is aching a bit. How do you mamas take it all in and not let time pass you by? I feel like time is moving at a lightning speed with this guy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Pumpkin Wonderland"

When I first saw this sketch over at the Let's Get Sketchy challenge blog, I knew immediately that I can use the starburst design to create my own pattern paper background using some scraps. 

And that's exactly what I did on the following layout....
I turned the focal point to the left so that it will fit better with my photos. I also did that in order to have a better diagonal design with my embellishments (stickers and wood leaves).



Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Family Time is a blessing" layout

Hi guys. Today we are switching it up a bit and I'm sharing a single page layout. I do both single and double pages. I love that with this strategy, I'm not limited by space when I have a ton of photos and at the same time, I don't have to necessarily create two page layout when I can just shrink my photos a little. What is your layout size preference?

The following page was inspired by the latest sketch challenge over at The ScrapRoom kit club blog

I love the three photo strip on the left and added another photo on the bottom right, just because I have another one from this event and I didn't want to leave it out. 

To make the title stand out a little bit more against the pattern paper strip, I added a piece of vellum between the alphabet letters and the paper.

I'm still in love with my latest word die set from Echo Park. I used two of them in this page.

I added a silver heart on the bottom to create a visual triangle between the other two silver word dies used in the page.

Thanks for stopping by my friend.

Till next time,
Grace