Monday, March 17, 2014

Creating a ribbon flower

This months Creative kit was so much fun to work with. Even though the kit is packed full of birthday themed papers and embellishments you can still make layouts for a variety of other themes. My Celebrate layout actually highlights my son's last day of summer day care.
I decided to jazz up the flowers included in the kit to make the layout. I found an easy solution with the yellow ribbon I received with the kit. I started by punching a small circle (about 1 1/2 inches). I then cut the ribbon into seven 2 1/4 inch pieces.
Using my liquid glue I placed each piece of ribbon around the punched circle and folded the end of each piece up.
Once every piece was folded up my flower base was created. The only thing left to do was add my Prima flower from the kit. I removed the tiny pearl from the center of the flower and added a brad.
This is so easy! You could make many variations of this flower by adding more ribbons of different sizes and colors too. I hope you'll give this a try.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Chase is so photogenic I find myself scrapping photos of him all the time.  These photos were taken in the car on our road trip to Colorado this summer.  He talked Dad into a new bicycle helmet (he didn't get the bicycle he begged for though.  He didn't understand it wouldn't fit in the car with all our stuff).  I have to admit - I don't love this layout.  I love the photos but the journaling is not straight and the page seems a little plain to me.  Not all pages are going to be fantastic I guess.  I didn't have the green background paper at first.  I kept trying to figure out how to help this page.  In the end I trimmed the yellow background down and added the green pattern paper for another layer.  I cheated though!  I had used some of the green pattern paper so I had to piece the paper together.  If you look closely at the right side of the paper you'll see a little seam.  Sometimes that is how things work work.
I didn't take close ups of this page.  So sorry!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

You're the life of the Party

My silly boy Chase made this layout a hit.  Here are some close ups.

The balloons were cut out of the balloon paper.  I just added some bakers twine from my stash.  I popped up some of the balloons for some dimension.  
I got a new tag punch I had to try out this month.  Of course you could just cut squares or rectangles and create a similar look.  I started with the yellow vellum in the kit but it was too transparent so I also punched tags in white card stock and added it behind the vellum.  I tried threading my twine through the tags but the twine kept falling apart so I have up and just sat the tags on top of the twine.  I pulled the little pearls off the flowers so I figured I'd use them here.  Just a note though, I'm not sure how long they will stay there.  I had to replace one before I even took the picture.  They don't stick very well.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Party Time

It's time to share another March Creative kit layout and some close ups. Check out all the layouts at in the design team gallery. Don't forget to look at all the other kits layouts as well.
One of the last layouts I made features my son Charlie with his grandma on his 7th birthday. We celebrated with Dairy Queen ice cream. Although it was one of my last layouts the banner was one of my first visions for this kit. The package of bingo cards includes a mini photo of the cards that are included in the package. I just cut that piece up, added some of my own twine and had an instant and unique banner. Now the pinwheels at the bottom of the page was another early vision that didn't come to reality until the end when I finally decided to go for it. Pam, MCS owner, suggested I cut the straw in half so it would sit better on the layout. What a great idea! Do you know how to create a pinwheel? I cut two squares. One square was about 2 1/2 inches and the other was about 1 1/4. Starting at each point on the square cut into towards the center of the square but not all the way in. Now fold one part of each point in. I hope that helps. No photos of this sorry. I used a pop dot to make the pinwheel sit up a little higher so it would work with my straw half. I should also not that I used the tag included with the kit (with the red boarder). I cut out the center of the tag because it looked too big with it. Don't throw the boarder away though - I used it on my card. Let me know if you have any more questions about this layout. It is so simple!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy #2

As promised, I wanted to share some tips and close ups of my March Creative kit layouts. Visit the Design team gallery for all the designers layouts. There is even a mini album for you to check out. Here is my layout of the day.
First, to make the banner, I punched some circles and folded them in half then added them to the layout with some twine from my stash. The red circles and dots were a simple creation. I used some red paint, an empty toilet paper roll, a pen cap, and the tip of my paint brush. The toilet paper roll dipped in paint created the larger circles, the smaller ones are from the pen cap, and the dots from the paint brush. I hope you'll give this easy layout a try.

Friday, March 7, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook March Kit Reveal

Good Morning! It's March 7th - have you checked out the Design team kit reveal at The design team has completed some amazing layouts to share with you. I can't believe I'm a part of the amazing team. As always, the kits are amazing this month..... Check it out. The Main Kit features My Minds Eye. The Limited Edition kit is full of Prima papers and flowers. Beautiful as always! Whether you like to bake or not the album kit will be a fun creation. Kristin, the album kit designer, created a "Recipe for a Happy Family" album this month. You'll love it! Check out the design team's sample on the website,
Lastly, as always, the Creative kit is my favorite. Everyone has a birthday so no matter who you scrapbook you'll be able to use this kit. Don't have birthday photos to scrap - this kit works for any happy page layout. You are sure to love it!
My first layout is a two pager featuring my son, Chase on his Second Birthday.
I made several additional layouts with this kit. My favorite is probably one of the last pages I created. I thought a lot about what I wanted to do with the straw that is included with the kit. The other designers used it with the yellow ribbon to make candles. I had a different vision for it. I made pinwheels. This layout features my son Charlie with his Grandma Mary celebrating his seventh birthday.
I have a tutorial coming up soon showing you how I created the ribbon flowers on this layout. It is super easy! This is not a birthday layout! Tino was celebrating his last day of summer "school" before moving up to the next age group for the fall. He's so cute!
Here is another layout that isn't celebrating a birthday although it must be close to a birthday because we had balloons around the house. Chase is always posing for silly photos. It's always a party with him around.
Since I'm on the topic of silly Chase, here is another layout featuring Chase being silly. I took this photo on our trip to Colorado this summer. He got a new bicycle helmet he had to wear in the car.
Back to a birthday layout. This layout features Tino enjoying his blue cupcakes. I had fun making the party hats.
Lastly, I couldn't help but make a card with some of my leftover materials. Believe it or not, I still have lots of material left over too.
Check back in the next few days. I am going to do it this month - I'm going to go through each layout and give you some close up photos and some tips on my creations. Please leave me some comments. I love knowing that people are actually looking at my blog. Have a great weekend. Joan