Making Gifts for Life

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Untitled Layout

Oh my lovely girl. 
She is so pretty in these pictures, this was two years ago when she was taking modeling courses.

I made this layout with My Mind's Eye Indie Chic paper line. 
I love the colors, they are great for girly pages.

For the two borders, I used circle punches because I didn't have scallop scissors that had a deep enough scallop.

I, then, inked them with charcoal gray ink. I just so happened to have so new flowers from Prima, and Michael's dollar bin that matched this layout perfect.

The doily is just one you get in a pack of 100, that I never seem to run out of, even though I have used them on many layouts.

The white butterfly is from the Martha Stewart line, it's a lace sticker. I love them, they are so delicate and add a hint of beauty to your pages.

I used Topaz Labs to edit my photo of my daughter, which brought out the sliver tones and added a vignette to the outer edges, ever so subtle. 

YOu can't see but on the background paper there is a light design. Then I traced a scalloped paper, that I liked the design of and cut out the gray paper to match. I, also, inked the edges of the gray paper with the charcoal gray ink to give it definition.

I hope you enjoy my layout. 

And I hope that you are having a Happy Easter.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

If you celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a wonderful day.
We will be going to my mom's for Easter dinner this year and it will be just the eight of us.
My mom, dad, two brothers, and my family of 4, unless my son's gf comes, then there will be 9 of us.

Easter is fun when the kids are little but as they have gotten older, it's become more of just spending time with the family, which is what we all need anyway.

I hope you make a special memory this year and embrace the time you get with your family.

Lots of love to all.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Lucky Charms

My Lucky Charms
Paper Mixing Bowl Recipe Challenge

There are times I make a layout, and when I am done, I am not in love with it. This is one of those times. I just wasn't feeling the challenge, I had a vision of what I wanted but it didn't turn out. This was for the Paper Mixing Bowls March Recipe Challenge.

Anyway, here is how to make this layout. 
I took a piece of paper that already had the edging I wanted, then I traced it onto the green patterned paper and cut it out. Then I inked the edges with dark brown ink.

I adhered it to the chocolate polka dot paper, then added lace. The lace is by Recollections, and it's self adhesive, which makes life easy.

I happened to have scrabble tiles that were the maroon color of corned beef. My husband got them for me from a garage sale box, while he was at work.

The pictures I chose were from St. Patty's Day last year. We took the kids to the parade and they got all dressed up for the occasion.

For the flowers, all I had was red flowers, but the red didn't match, so I found a stain marker, and darkened the red so that it would match the scrabble tiles.

Fairly simple layout, but it caused me a couple sleepless nights and I still ended up, not loving it. 
I am servely disappointed by this layout, but what can you do. Sometimes, that is what happens, hopefully someday soon I will think of something to fix it and make it better.

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Have a wonderful day!
Happy St. Patty's Day!

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

So Beautiful

So Beautiful.

It's been busy around here, again. Not getting to my favorite two past times of blogging and scrapping lately. And to be honest it's all a blur. I don't even know what makes me so busy.  But I do know that at the end of every day I am exhausted. Not to mention, our mama pitbull ate my laptop charger (this makes two times now) and all I had was my desktop, which I prefer not to use, unless I am editing or playing music. It feels too much like work to be stuck at one spot to have to update this blog.

Right now, 4 of our 6 dogs, are running around the house, barking at each other. I just got back from taking the three littles for a walk. Their first walk! Well... it didn't go well. Gizmo and Roo were doing well at first, but then a car drove by. Paris would barely move at all. So I didn't get to walk them far. I ended up taking Paris and Gizmo inside, then just taking Roo for a walk/run. She did great by herself, so I guess that is the way I will have to do it from now on, until they get used to it.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.

This layout came out pretty well. It's base is a wonderful light charcoal gray, with a little distressing and white polka dots. I found a piece of yellow polka dot paper in my scraps file and added that to the top, inking the edges with charcoal ink.

Then I splattered black paint on the layout, and waited for it to dry. That's tedious. I hate having to wait! For anything. He,he.

I printed a cool street lamp on white cardstock then cut it out using a craft knife. Then because the black wasn't really as black as I wanted it, I colored it with a sharpy.

I found three more strips of paper in my scrap pile that I thought went well together, and I cut them various sizes and lengths, inking the edges as well with charcoal ink. 

Then I printed the photo I took, that is slightly over exposed (but I don't care, because there is something about it, that I am in love with) and I matted it on white cardstock.

Then I added white outline stickers, colored brads made by Spare Parts, a glazed sticker and   white lace butterflies made by Martha Stewart.

I hope you like my layout.

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Have a wondiferious day!