Friday, September 21, 2012

10 Minute Craft Dash

   There are times that I really need to stop second guessing myself and just jump into my crafting without over analyzing every button or brad. Recently, I found a really fun (new to me) blog called Pretty Pink Posh where you are challenged to create something in 10 min. or less! 

     A challenge? Bring it on! I love trying something new. I was allowed to get all of my supplies together and also had a color palate to work from (see the little flags above). With those guidelines, I set my timer and set to work. Knowing I had to leave to drive for carpool soon also helped me to be speedier than usual! When all was said and done, I had this cute little card created. 

Perfection? Not by a long shot but I got it made in exactly 9 minutes and 47 seconds. (Full disclosure: I did stop the timer when I misplaced the leaves on the log and had to look for them. My left elbow was the culprit). Here is the official time!

     This was super fun to do and I am now a follower of Paulina's blog! I am excited to have found a blog (to add to my many) that inspire me in some way! So a big thank you to Paulina for providing that!
     Thank you for stopping by today! I have a question before you go:

What do you like to see the most in a blog post?
Scrapbook Layouts?
Mommy Tips?

I always have so many ideas running through my head, I'd like to know what you are looking for to help narrow them down! Happy Friday all! 

Scrap Happy~Melissa

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Saturday Sketch #3

     I recently came across this photo of my sweet girl. Looking at it, it is hard to recall her being so tiny and so needing. I don't even know if that makes sense. She is so independent now, capable, vibrant and full of life, it is hard to recall her needing me the way that she did at that age. I sometimes say that I would love to go back for just one day to hear her sweet, little, high pitched, voice and snuggle that chubby little body in my lap just one more time. Even now, I realize that the days are fleeting. She won't always need me. For now, I am just grateful that she still does. Just as I need her. Love this sweet girl!

     To scrap this photo, I used a collection that I have had in my stash for a very, very long time. I used the Kaisercraft Hey Birdie collection from way back when. It is really difficult to find Kaisercraft where I live so what did I do? The same thing any self respecting scrapbooker would do, hoarded it of course! I've really been trying to be more willing to use up my papers so after seeing the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #3 below, I decided that it was time. This sketch was too good to pass up!  

     I made a few adjustments based on what I had and the balance that I was aiming for, but mostly, tried to stay true to the sketch. My favorite thing about it is that when I showed it to my husband, it made him a little teary to see that tiny face in the photo. At least I know I am not the only one! 
     Another thing that I loved is when I was working on the layout, I kept thinking about the super sweet and fun Kaisercraft folks that I met while I was at CHA this year in Chicago and it brought back all kinds of happy memories from that awesome week! 

Here is a close-up of some of the elements that I used. There is actually a lot of dimension to this page, it is hard to see in the photo though. 

I appreciate you taking time to stop by and look at my project! I am hoping to get into the scrap room tonight so there will hopefully be more to come soon!

Scrap Happy~Melissa

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Ones I'm Keeping

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
― Scott Adams

Okay, so I am not sure if my scrapbook pages could be considered "art" per se, but after making many mistakes along the creative process, these are definitely the ones that I am keeping! has another compilation of sketches that I kept up with for the past ten weeks, created by the ever talented Kristy Lee. Below are my personal masterpieces:) 

Mid-Week Mojo Pearl Layouts

Gosh it is gratifying to see all of these pages in one spot! Thanks for looking! Until next time...
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My New Baby

    Well, I have a new baby in my family. Her name is Silhouette Cameo...Cammie for short. Yes, I am kidding but WOW, I am so excited!! My Silhouette SD died on me several months ago. Unfortunately, I was not able to get it fixed in the manner that I wanted so I waited for a good coupon or sale, and here she is! 

     I decided to start her off slow with a simple cutting file that I found in the Silhouette store. Hexagons are so popular right now and I found one that I thought would work with a really fun layout from my friend Erica who is the guest designer for this week! Here is what I created:
     It was such a fun sketch and I loved the hexagons placement. I used the Studio Calico Central High Scrapbook Kit for most of my layout (I won a 6 month subscription that expires with the November kit. It has been my favorite win to date!)  Additionally, my mom had given us an old atlas so I decided to cut it up to place behind the hexagons for a fun effect. I popped a couple of pieces, misted some fun mistables in the corner and it all came together pretty fast! Another page to my Disney album complete! Hooray! More to come for sure. 

     In other news, the county fair just wrapped up and my scrapbook that I entered got disqualified. I am claiming that it got DQ'd for being too! They said it wasn't entered in the correct category. The categories for our fair are from at least 10 years ago and scrapping has changed so much since then. Oh well! I may cut back on entries for next year. After eight years of doing the fair, I think I need a little break. My baking didn't do very well either. It wasn't my year this year! I will continue to do what I do and scrap for me and my family. Not to win awards, not to follow every trend, but to document life as it happens. Have a great remainder of the weekend all!

Scrap Happy~



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

You are my Sunshine

    I wanted to share a sweet little card that I made for my Grandma recently. She sang this song to us and our children since holding us as babies so I wanted to use the sentiment for a card for her!

A little bit of American Crafts paper goodness mixed with a doily, some October Afternoon buttons and some tulle and we have a pretty little card! Thank you for stopping by!

Scrap Happy~