Thursday, May 24, 2012

Card Craze

I went out last night for one of my weekly nights out to scrap. I did not work on any layouts, but made 12 cards within about 2 1/2 hours. How's that for being productive?! I was really happy about that because now I have a stash that I can use when in need of a "Thank you" card. I am by no means an expert card maker (I am more of a scrapbooker), but I am pleased with them. Here are the fruits of my labors:

Hopefully the future recipients will like them. Here's to hoping...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Christmas in May?

I was at an all-day crop last Saturday and was lucky enough to spend the first few hours with my 3 year-old there. I then drove her home, fed the 4 month-old and then went back to the crop for 6 hours of "me" time. I got a few layouts done and had to laugh when 3 of them were from December. Christmas in May anyone? Here are the layouts I did:
I plan to add some ribbon on the far right side to fill in the space as well as some sort of embellishment to the right of "Adore" to fill the "white" space. Tender moments of my 3 year-old and her Daddy.
These are my 2 Christmas layouts (the previous one was in December as well). I had no idea what title to give the first one. The letters that were left in the particular Thickers pack dictated it. The second of these layouts was done because I cannot keep all of the things my daughters will make over the years. I will keep some, but will be sure to take pictures of the rest so that there are still momentos on hand.

Alexis has started eating solids (rice cereal at night) and the second layout is of her and the other babies in our Mommy Group (we all met taking prenatal Aquafit and yoga classes at our local YMCA). The babies were all born within about 2 months, so it's kind of nice to be going through the milestones at the same relative time. Because I am the only one with a previous child, it's interesting to hear the questions the other moms have (and then I ask my husband if I was worried/curious about the same things with our first baby). It's nice to be on mat leave with others who will be on pretty much the same time as me.

So that's it for my craftiness of late. Friday night I will be cropping with friends again, so I should have some more stuff to post in the near future.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog Hop Time!

Welcome to my page on this most fun of Blog Hops by Scrapbook Steals. If you were just on Deborah Johnson's page, you have come to the right place. I am the last (and hopefully not least) guest before you go back to where it all started. Here is the list again, for reference:

7) Deborah Johnson (where you just were)
8) Michelle King (you are here)

I must admit that the idea of being a part of the blog hop was incredibly intimidating and then the thought going through my mind was, "I wonder what kind of paper kit we'll get to work with". I started thinking about mini albums, layouts, cards, etc...and then I found out we were going to be working with My Mind's Eye Journal Card Kit. They are just beautiful and can be used for so many things. I wanted to do something "out of the box" to really show that you can find other ways to use these adorable cards. The first idea that popped in my head was to make a "Family Tree" and that was exactly what I did (seems fitting for Mother's Day weekend). Here are the cards I chose to use and you can see that I started by inking the edges, adding cardstock/patterned paper to the backs, writing the names and relation of family members (to my daughters) and punching holes through them: 

I added the pictures I printed of family members to the cards. I chose to do them all in sepia so that they worked together and did not clash with the colors on the cards. Here is the finished product:
I then also did a layout of my 4 month-old with the card used in its traditional capacity:
And one last item: a bookmark. I like the magnetic ones that close on your page so that they don't slip out. I used a magnetic sheet to put on the back of a card and cut the card in half to fold over on itself and then wove ribbon between the 2 pieces so that they would stay together. I don't know about you, but I hate when I am not sure what paragraph I am on, so this bookmark was made to indicate where I have left off:

As all good things come to an end, you have reached the end of the list for this hop! I hope that you have enjoyed it all and that somewhere you found some inspiration for your next project or 2. Don't forget to leave a comment so that you are eligible for a $20 gift certificate for scrapbook supplies from none other than Scrapbook Steals.

Have a great day, and to all the mothers out there (especially my own) ~ Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Happy National Scrapbook Day everyone! Did you spend the day getting your scrap on? I certainly did! This was what my day consisted of: 

1) going to a friend's house to scrap with a group of friends from 10am to 10pm. I brought my 3 year-old from 10am-2pm. 

2) made crafts with said 3 year-old and just generally hung out with her while she loved spending time with "Mommy's friends". 

3) bringing my daughter home for her afternoon nap and took the time to feed the 4 month-old before heading back to the crop

4) got to get 5 layouts done and one birthday card within the last 8 hours (with dinner and a run to Tim Horton's in there)

All in all, a really fun day!

Here are the fruits of my labors:

 Turn Back Time Challenge (Layout #1)
 Turn Back Time Challenge (Layout #2)
 Sassy Spring Challenge
 Not challenge related
 Hope you all had a great NSD and that you were able to get some scrappy time in.