Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Little Dinosaur Layout

Hi everyone. Today is the day that the My Little Shoebox team is being announced. So I guess since I didn't make the team I can go ahead and post some of my projects. My husband said my projects were cute, but boring, and I guess he was right.

Anyway, this is my favorite of the bunch so I will share this one today. I may be a little biased because of how cute Isabel looks!

Thanks for coming by. Tomorrow is reveal day for The ScrapRoom and as always we will have the reveal blog hop. I would love to see you hoppin' along!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Card Challenge Tuesday

It's card challenge Tuesday on the Bo Bunny blog. This week's challenge is to create a card usig this great sketdch by Bo Bunny's very own Frances Sylvia.

I used the sketch to create this card-

All the supplies came from the Vicki B card kit. If you haven't seen the Bo Bunny card kits they are great! There is everything you need to create several cards including pre-scored bases, envelopes, rubons, chipboard, diecuts, jewels, etc. They even come with a set of directions so if you don't feel creative you can make one of the preset cards. I chose to make my own card and not follow any of the directions. It took less than 15 minutes to make this card since all the supplies were right there in one handy package! Plus all the faux stitching and doodling were done for me. Definite time saver! I did add some jewels to finish my card off, but everything else came from the kit.

You can play along with the challenge too on THIS POST. Good Luck!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Days are long, Years are short

Hello, hello. I have two sick little girls here today. It is no fun being sick so I feel so bad for them. Especially little Isabel who can't even blow her tiny little nose! It is cold again so we are not missing much outside anyway.

I have a new layout to share that I created using some Jillibean Soup Pasta Fagioli. I had this idea for a while. Last summer I created a similar layout about all the words Frances mispronounces. I wanted to to do an updated version of all the funny things she says now almost a year later.

Here is the original in which I used Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker "My Friend Birdie" line. This is one of my all time favorite layouts.

Here is version two using the Jillibean Soup papers. I wanted to keep the same title and some of the same design elements. So on this layout I made the "YOU" in a bigger font as in the original, took the photo of Frances looking down at her, used two birds in the lower right corner and stitched on my three hearts. I also created a border using the journaling sprouts and tied a bow around the bottom like my original layout. Although in my original the border is a little smaller.

I can't believe how fast my little girl is growing up! I am reading the book "The Happiness Project" and in the book the author says- "Days are long, but years are short." That is so true. As these long winter days drag on and on 2 1/2 years have passed in a heartbeat. I can't imagine my little girls not hanging off my legs anymore, but it will be here sooner than I would like. I have used this reason to put off doing laundry, the dishes, cleaning up toys and I think that is ok. I have take all the time I can get with them.

Have a great day!

Friday, March 25, 2011

What's in your purse?

There's a fun challenge on the Bo Bunny blog today to scrapbook what's in your purse. I had an idea as soon as I saw this challenge!

Here's my bag contents and all! I took a picture of all the stuff spilling out to show how disorganized it is. I didn't stage that. I just put a hand in pulled some stuff out. I didn't mention everything I had in my purse and now that I look back at the journaling I wrote diapers, but no wipes. Wipes are like my number one mom esssential! How did I forget those?

Everything on this layout is from the Bo Bunny Ad Lib collection except the twine and staples. I even tried out some fun faux stitching on here, a technique I learned from fellow Bo Bunny DT girls.

You can play along with the challenge and win some Bo Bunny scrap goodies. Just check out the Bo Bunny blog for details. While you are there check out the rest of the DT's layouts too. It's fun to see what they have in their bags!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe

Hello, Hello! I am so excited to say that I was "Soup Spotted" yesterday! My Hearts on Feet layout was featured on the Jillibean blog. That was a fun layout to make.

I have one more layout from the March My Scrapbook Nook kit. I wanted to use this photo of my girls to tell a story about something Frances says. I have a necklace with two charms on it. One says Frances and one says Isabel. One day she looked at it and asked "What does this say"? I told her what the words were and she asked "why"? I answered because you are my babies. So now whenever I wear the necklace she says that "That says Frances and Isabel because we're your babies". It is so sweet!

I still have lots of stuff left from my kit so you haven't seen the last of it yet!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Birthday Card Day

It is birthday day card on the Bo Bunny blog and it the post was written up yours truly! There's lots of ideas from the DT for all ages and genders.

Here is my card using the super cute Blast Off collection-

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Nook Layout.

Here's another layout I created for my guest design month at My Scrapbook Nook. I am loving the Emma's Shoppe kit! Perfect for little girls- of course.

This page I have had in my head for a while now. Well for the last couple months since her terrible two's phase started at least! I guess it just seems longer than it's actually been- lol! I love this age because she is so sweet and fun and learning so many new things, but boy. oh. boy.

She is into EVERYTHING! And I mean everything. Anything I am doing she comes right over and says "Mommy I want to ___________________ too". Insert cook, scrapbook, clean, wash dishes, feed Isabel, take a shower, etc. etc. etc. It is nice having such a great little shadow though.

I have a few more projects with this great kit so please come back!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

I am excited to say that I am the guest designer this month at My Scrapbook Nook. I received the March Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe kit last week and have been scrapping away! I couldn't have been given a better kit to work with seeing as I have my two sweet girls. This kit is perfect for girls, but the Nook DT have created some great boy pages with it too. The message board is currently under construction, but you can check out all the DT's work on the facebook page.

Here is one of my layouts that I created with the kit- my sweet little Frannie playing mommy to a doll. It is so sweet how she takes care of her dolls. She is so caring and gentle with them.

I have some more work to share with this kit and will have a class when the message board is back up.

Thanks for coming by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Photo Shoot Friday and a layout

Since the only four month picture I had of Isabel was a just a quick shot in her bouncy chair on Friday I decided we needed another photo shoot. I dressed her up in this little dress I bought at baby gap and the pink hat her grandmother made her. We took tons and tons of pictures until she decided she had enough. Here are some of my favorites:

At her four month doctor's appt. the doctor said she was healthy and just a bit chunky- hehe! I love all her rolls! At four months she already wears 6 months clothing and is more than double her birth weight (which doctor said doesn't usually happen until after 6 months). We can't believe how cute she is and feel so blessed to have her in our lives.

Here she is a few months ago sleeping sweetly. I walked into the room and the first thing I saw were those hearts on her feet. The were too sweet so I had to take a picture.

Most of the supplies on this layout is Jillibean Soup.I used a mixture of Pasta Fagioli and some of the Christmas papers.  The small blue letters are Bella Blvd and the heart brads are Creative Imaginations.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Check out the NS blog

Good morning! I am up and ready bright and early today because we are taking Isabel for her four month doctor's appt. When I say "we" I mean Frances and I so I don't know how this is going to go! I told Frances she had to be a good helper today and that Isabel would need lots of hugs and kisses after her shots :) I can't believe how big and how fast my little Isabel has grown! She is almost sitting up now and loves to spit and blow bubbles all over everything. She just gets cuter everyday! And I think she will have curly like me. Look at how it stands up all over!

 There's lots of inspiration from Nikki Sivils DT on her blog today. I am still loving the new lines! I created this card using my cricut wild card cartridge and the "It's Raining, It's Pouring" line. It reminds me spring!

I also have this "older" layout that I never posted for some reason. I used a mash up of October Afternoon and Nikki Sivils "Tree Love".

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great day! It is almost 70 in chicago and I have the back door wide open. So it is a great day here!

Here is a little card to wish everyone a great day, week, month, year ....... filled with luck and happiness!

I used some of my My Little Shoebox scraps I had out on my desk for this one. They are having a challege right now on their facebook page to create a St. Patrick's Day card.

Now I am off to run on the treadmill so I can gorge myself with soda bread, corned beef, cabbage, green rivers and cupcakes tonight!

Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3, 2, 1- Blast Off!

Today Bo Bunny is featuring their new Blast Off line on their blog. It is so stinking adorable I just had to use it for a picture of Frances. I love monkeys and she has inherited my love of them too. I actually found some monkey clings that were meant for a boys room before she was born. I knew I had to use them in her room so I thought how can I make brown monkeys fit in a girl's room? Paint it pink! She has pink walls with brown monkeys on them. It is sooo cute!

When I saw the blast off line I thought - how can I make this work for Frances? I thought about using pink (this is usually what I do with boy papers that I like), but didnt' think pink cardstock would really "work" with this paper. So I decided to use it as is. This title works with boys and girls so here it is.....

I used the Blast Off paper, stickers, chipboard, embellished chipboard, buttons, wraps and dimensional stickers. I also used some of the Ad Lib stickers too. I love that I can mix and match the collections!

More super cute layouts by the DT can be found on the Bo Bunny blog.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Little Shoebox Sketch Challenge

Hello all,

Did you know that My Little Shoebox is having a sketch challenge? Here is this month's sketch-

And here is my take on the sketch-

I had a lot of fun creating this layout. I have been "saving" this picture of my husband and daughter and I finally found the perfect paper and sketch!

If you want to play along you can find the details on their blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bo Bunny Ad Lib

I hope everyone is having a great Friday! I am happy for the weekend to be here and spending time with family.

Here is a fun layout I created using Bo Bunny's Ad Lib line. This is my favorite of the new lines that just came out at CHA winter. I love them all, but this line is so fun and bright it makes me happy just looking at it!

This is my little artist at work. She loves anything crafty. Everyday she asks to paint, color, draw, scrapbook, etc. I chose this background paper because it looked artistic and fun. I thought about splattering some paint on the page too, but I am not that brave yet!

There's lots of little details on this one that are hard to see in the photo so here are some close ups:

Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Card Challenge Wednesday

It's card challenge Wednesday at My Scrapbook Nook! The challenge this week is to create cards with chipboard. I have to say that Danni has blown me away. Again. Her cards are oh, so adorable as always. I am so grateful for her inspiration because well, my cards always kind of stink! But as you can tell I have been practicing a lot lately. I think they are getting better, but I still have some work to do- lol.

Actually the Nook's message board is currently "under construction" so all the action is taking place on their facebook page. You can see the challenge and Danni's cute cards HERE. Just scroll down a bit.

Here is the card I created for the challenge. The little chipboard bird, paper, and stickers are Crate Paper Snow Day.

It seems like all I have been posting lately is cards, but I have done lots of layouts recently too! I just can't show any of them yet. They will be up soon though.

thanks for coming by today!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I Love the Simple Life

I created this card using My Little Shoebox "Simple Life" Papers (and a few Green papers too). I think those little sheeps are sooo cute! Frances does too because when she saw it she said "Mommy, that's a sheep. I want that." I am loving this line and have my farm pictures out and ready to scrap with it.

Also it's Mardi Gras today! Is anyone celebrating? I bought Frances a cupcake to eat after dinner, but that's as crazy as it gets in this house! She is loving this book right now- "Penguin and the cupcake". It is such a cute book.

We took it out of the library last week and have read it about a thousand times already. So I bought her a pink cupcake just like penguin wants in the book. Of course I bought one for myself too (hehe).

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lots and lots of cards...

that you won't be seeing in Paper Crafts magazine that is.

Last week was the submission deadline for Paper Crafts Go to Sketches for Card Makers. Can you believe they received almost 2760 cards? Can you believe out of those cards they only publish 288? That is a huge cut and a lot of amazing cards that won't make it into the magazine. I submitted 7 and unfortunately none of them made it :(

Since I wasn't alone someone had the great idea to link up all the cards that didn't make it. How fun is that? I have loved seeing eveyone's cards and they were definitely good enough to be in that issue! It all starts on Dr. Amber's Blog HERE.

And here are two of my cards that I submitted-

Now for an update on the giveaway I mentioned last week. I am still sorting through stuff in my scrapbook room. So far I have a huge stack of 12 x 12 papers, rubons, stickers, brads and ribbons that I will be giving away this week. Just a few more things to sort through and I'll post all the details!

Thanks for coming by today!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hello weekend! (and a giveaway)

Did the giveaway get your attention? I hope it did! The giveaway information is at the bottom of this post :)

I am so happy it's Friday! I have had a loooong week. Lots of appointments for the girls and other stuff going on. I think I reached my breaking point yesterday when I took Frances, with Isabel in tow, to the ear doctor to check on her ear tubes. It usually takes about 5 minutes total. We check in, the nurse calls us, the doctor checks both of her ears and we are good to go. In fact sometimes it is too fast for Frances because there is this little table with coloring books and crayons and she just sits down to color and it our turn. Of course then the crying comes. Well yesterday it took us over an hour- just in the waiting room.

They kept telling me just a few more minutes and you know when you've waited for so long you hate to leave because you've already waited that long? So I stuck it out. And Frances was great just coloring away and amusing all the patients in the waiting room with the funny things she says. But... I was ready to take two kids home and get dinner ready.

To say hello to the weekend I have a hello card to share. I created this card with the March Double Shot kit and embellishment kit from The ScrapRoom.

Also today is the first day the ScrapRoom facebook page is up and running! To celebrate they are having a giveaway! You can check all the details out on this post HERE.

Good luck and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The ScrapRoom March sketch

Here is the March sketch from the ScrapRoom. Frances did such a great job with this sketch! I love the butterflies around the page.

Each DT member did their own version of the sketch and all the layouts are so fun! I used the Basic Grey Marjolaine page layout kit from the double shot kit to complete my take on the sketch. This is Frances as a wee little baby. I can't believe these were taken almost two years ago! Time sure does fly by. She was so funny even back them. Always making faces and smiling at everyone. Those chubby cheeks sure helped in the cuteness department too. Isabel reminds me a lot of her right now. She is always smiling and laughing too.

Please stop by the The ScrapRoom and check out the DT's take on the sketch too. Happy Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Card Challenge and a {BIG} give away

Hello, hello and happy day! It is a bright and sunny day here so we are enjoying that. It is only 33 degrees, but to see the sun is amazing!

Today I have some cards that I made for the random wednesday card challenge at My Scrapbook Nook. The challenge this week is "Lovin' Some Stash". You can use whatever embellies you want, but your card must have two patterned papers that debuted before CHA 2010 summer.

For my cards I chose Lily Bee Hello sunshine, American Crafts Dear Lizzy, and Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday. These are three of my favorite lines so it was so fun to get them out again. Plus they remind me that spring is almost here which is always a good feeling.

Supplies: American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday,
My Little Shoebox (line unknown), Dear Lizzy stamps

Supplies: Lily bee Hello sunshine, American Crafts Dear Lizzy and
Hampton Arts Stamps, Nikki Sivils Buttons

And now for the big give away! Nikki Sivils has partnered with Provo Craft and she has lots of goodies to give away. If you like the cuttlebug or cricut you have to check this out! All the details are on her blog HERE.

Speaking of giveaways, I am in the middle of cleaning out my scrap space and I have a BIG give away pile with lots of patterned papers, stickers, rubons, flowers, etc. Keep checking back for details on that.

Have a great {sunny} day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome to the ScrapRoom blog hop!

The first of the month is reveal day at The ScrapRoom and I have to say I am so excited to be a part of this team and can't wait to share the projects I have created with my first kit!

This layout I created about my little Isabel. I have wanted to use this title on a layout for while now and when I saw this picture I knew it would be perfect.

I got the inspiration for my design from the Basic Grey Marjolaine papers in the double shot kit. The papers I used below reminded me of a quilt so I went with that and you need some stitching on a quilt right? I chose hearts because they went with the title and I love them. There is a heart on every single one of my layouts. They may be big hearts or they may be small so that you have to look for them, but they are always there! I have also used the letter stickers and chipboard from the March embellishment kit and some letters from my stash. The pink gingham paper was also a small piece of paper I had in my stash.

 As you know we have lots of NEW things planned this month at The ScrapRoom Blog. And today will not disappoint! In celebration of our March kit, we are having our 1st ever BLOG HOP!! You know the way this works, right? Here is a list of the places you will be visiting...

Sarah Eclavea (that's me!)

The hop begins at Lan's blog, but all of the blogs are linked in case you get lost along the way. Just follow along the blog path, and keep hopping until you reach your last destination which is where the hop began....The ScrapRoom Blog!! Make sure you become a follower and leave a comment at each blog telling our wonderful designers what you liked about their project! When you reach The ScrapRoom Blog, leave a comment letting us know that you finished the hop.

One blog hop participant who leaves a comment at each designer's blog, will be chosen at random to win a $5 gift certificate to The ScrapRoom Store! Whoot! Whoot! Check out the blog Friday, March 4th for our winner!

Good luck and thanks for hopping by today!