Sunday, February 10, 2013

Birthday Frames

I've posted a couple of birthday frames before, and mentioned that I make one each year for my nephew and my niece.  Each year, I create the layout to match their birthday party theme.  They talk about them, and ask about them, which makes them that much more fun to create! 

The theme my niece chose for her 3rd birthday was Pinkalicious!  It couldn't have been more fitting my sweet princess niece.  I cut the cupcake from the Simply Sweet cartridge.  All paper is Stampin' Up, with the exception of the pink glitter cardstock used on the bottom layer of the tiara.  This is for an 8x10 frame.  

My nephew's 4th birthday party was all about monster trucks, because he, of course, is all about monster trucks!  The 4x4 worked perfectly to get a "4" on the layout.  The cuts are from the Father's Day cartridge.  All cardstock is Stampin' Up! 
I'm working on Christmas layouts so I plan to post some of them soon.  Thanks for stopping in again!  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Calendar project

My 8 x 8 calendar was a fun project, and maybe one I'm most proud of.  I was thrilled with the finished project.  This is picture heavy because I'm including a picture for each month.  I love that when creating a calendar you get a whole month to display and look at each page of the project!

The spiral calendar I started with (8x8) is from Archiver's, and all of the paper I used is from an Archiver's calendar kit.  It is an exceptionally cute stack of paper -- not what you expect when buying something in a kit or stack.  There are three sheets of paper for each month:  one cardstock and 2 DSP's.  One of the DSPs is glitter paper also.  If you ever want to make a calendar, check out the DCWV stack from Archiver's.  Every page I created with the exception of September was made with the paper from the kit.  I used other paper for September because I wanted create a custom page exclusive for our high school colors and mascot, since September is a football month which consumes our household that time of year! 
Just FYI, in case your interested, I have an extra calendar and paper kit, so I'm planning to post them on an Ebay auction tonight.  If you're interested in making your own calendar, search for "Archiver's calendar and paper kit".  My seller ID is "mkbh94il".  I'll start the auction at a very reasonable price, and will include a BIN price also. 
I used a few different Cricut carts.  For January the snowman from "Snow Friends".  But my real love for this page is the paper, as for many of the pages.  In addition to decorating the top half of the 8x8 calendar, I stamped and "dressed" the bottom half also.  I used  markers to write in the dates.
Love is always in the air during February, right?  I couldn't help but go traditional, especially since the paper in the kit was embossed and sparkly!
Umbrellas for March, and tulips for April.  I felt a little limited on what I could do as far as design, because I've only done two 8x8 albums, and all other layouts are 12x12.  As you can see, I wasn't extremely creative with my pages :)

 Spring is  full of dance competitions for us, so May gets a dance costume picture.  Again, the papers used are part of the calendar kit. I did add the flowers, buttons & ribbon .

Oops, now that I'm posting the June page, I remember I used SU DSP for June. The kit comes with wedding-ish paper.  We are "pool" people, so I wanted to make a layout where I could use a pic from family in the back yard. 
 July is most-likely my favorite page because I think the paper is fantastic.  Then again, I love paper.  I think most paper is fantasic.  I'm very eclectic when it comes to paper styles . . . I just love it all!

Another summer/pool page for August.  I can't get enough of summer! I often question why we still live in the Midwest!

As mentioned earlier, I used my own paper for September so I could make a football layout.  I like it so much, I need to make a 12x12 layout just like it! 

A simple October layout, but again, super cute paper in the kit. November, also great paper in the Archiver's DCWV kit, so I added some Cricut cuts and Stampin' Up ribbon. 

Finally, we're at December.  I guess there are 3 months that I used my own paper!  I wanted to use a front from the Christmas cards I made, but paper from the kit didn't match my stamped trees :)

So I hope my calendar gives you an idea for a project or inspires you to play with some paper soon!

Thanks for stopping in,

Time for a new look

Time for a change again.  I probably change my blog template more than I actually create new posts!  No, I'm not really that bad, but I do like to change it often :)  Hoping to post some scrapbook layouts in the next day, so please check back soon.

Thank you LeeLou Blogs (freebies) for the new template!