Cooking with Grammy

Aloha Scrappers!! How has your week been? Mine, very productive in real life stuff, but very little scrapping done. But that is life sometimes right?! And since I need to sleep, I figure I should just roll with it. Next week will be a new week.

I posted a new layout on my Youtube Channel that I want to share with you. I am trying to use up the last little bit of my November Hip Kit from 2015. It is christmas inspired, and since I still have christmas photos to scrap it makes me happy that I can use up old supplies.

These photos are your typical my kids baking christmas cookies. I really like to see how each year they grow a little older and bigger. These photos are actually a few years old, from 2012. So my girls look so little, especially Cayden. They were so happy when they were making these cookies too. My mom, dad, brother and his at the time girlfriend (who is now his wife) came to spend a christmas at our place. It was really nice. We hadn’t all been together in a few years and it was the first time I was actually meeting his girlfriend.

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The girls love baking, and really enjoyed baking with Grammy. My Mom of course was loving it and soaking in the chance to do something special with her grandchildren.

The triangle paper from Hip Kit really inspired me. I grabbed a small Amy Tan stencil with triangles. I pulled out some coral and copper paint and painted triangles on a diagonal across some white cardstock.

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I knew I needed to bring in some cool colors like mint or aqua. That guided me as I picked my papers for layering. I used two photos, one 4×6 and a 3×4 size. I almost didn’t use two, only because the color tone on them were different. One photo looks bright and has a cool color tone. The big 4×6 of Cayden has more of a warm tone to it. I am not sure if this happened from the printing process. I didn’t really edit these photos though. They were taken and edited by my sister in law with her very nice camera. I took that from my Facebook account.

I guess it’s time for a confession, I use old Facebook photos on my layouts a lot. over the years and before I scrapbooked I didn’t make the effort to keep digital copies of my photos. So most of our baby photos of all three of our children are only on Facebook. Sometimes the quality on Facebook is great. Sometimes its not, especially when the photos are older and not taken on good cameras. I wish I had saved my photos differently, but I didn’t and it is all I have, so I use them.

Back to the layout…

I built a cluster at the bottom, using the tags from the kit, a paper strip ( a thing I have been doing lately), glitter tape from the December kit, an envelope from my stash, and those adorable penguin and balloons from the PinkFresh Studios die cuts. I love how cute it looks.

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Now if I had thought things through better, thats where the stick it down and commit rule isn’t as nice. But if I was thinking, I would have added my cluster at the bottom with triangles. It isn’t horrible the way it is, but there is an awkward gap that could have been avoided but I didn’t think about that until after I glued down the penguin, and he was stuck!!

I needed to balance the top and I added a small cluster at the top of my layout. I used a gingerbread button I had from my stash and a Elle’s Studio banner from last christmas, that I cut down.

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I added Studio Calico wood grain sequins and blue crystal sequins to add a touch of blue throughout the layout more.

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I will admit I almost forgot to add a title, altogether. I have been bad about that lately. I think it is more about just wanting to finish up and then I remember that I really should have one. I used the PinkFresh Studios puffy alphas from the kit, I didn’t have enough for the whole title, so I spelled out Grammy. I used some copper cursive alphas from an old Pink Fresh Studios embellishment kit I had leftover. They are perfect, they really work well with the copper paint I used on the background. I also used some block Bella Blvd Faith Illustrated alphas in blue.

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I added my journaling around the outside of the layout. I really like the way this looks. It brings everything into the layout and it really is easy to incorporate the journaling unto the layout without looking really out of place.

Here is a look at the process video for this layout.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGkLwrniBv4]

It feels really good getting through some of my older christmas photos, and using up my old kits. I still haven’t touched my January Hip Kit, and man it is so pretty!!

Have a great weekend my scrappy friends!! I hope you enjoy your time, whether you are crafting or not.

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Aloha, Hannah

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My Heritage Series: Pangburn Family Portrait

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

This week I have been working hard! working hard getting back into the routine of life after the holidays, and that is tough!! I love that at the end of my day, I can play with some cute embellishments and pretty paper to destress. Even though this week I haven’t scrapped as much as I wanted to I have been so productive!

Today on my Youtube Channel I am sharing a layout I made for my Heritage album. I love this series, seriously besides all the new scrappy goodies that I love to use. This series really makes me happy to scrap. I think it is my love of ancestral history has always really intrigued me. I love hearing or digging up these stories!

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Obviously not all my family photos have an actual story like the picture I used today. I love however if you look at history in general it is kinda cool to see a story emerge. It’s a cultural history story. This concept of taking a family portrait together, was a cultural norm in the early 1900’s. All the family got dressed up in their best Sunday clothes, and sat together and had one nice shot taken. That photo was put on a mantle or on the wall, so no matter how far the members of that family were they were held dear to their hearts.

 

It is interesting that with technology so advanced as it is, this concept has been lost. We are too busy, to fat, don’t like that posed look, or we just don’t take the time to make sure everyone gets in our pictures often. Or at least this happens in my family. And it is sad, because as many photos as I have on my camera roll, there are truly not many cherish family photos.

This year I plan to change that. I want my future family to know who each one of us is. Me and my husband included, and not just a photo of a book, my feet or even a selfie. Don’t get me wrong, I like selfie’s even if it is because at least I can now be in my families album. But this doesn’t really completely tell my story does it?! I want to have these photos that show us all together being us. Whether it’s posed or natural!! We are all apart of this great family, just like in my photo that I scrap.

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In this picture, which I think was taken sometime around 1928, is my great grandmother (Hazel) and her parents and siblings. The hardest part of scrapping this photo was that I didn’t know who each of the kids were. But I am glad I at least know exactly who my Great great grandparents are.

I really love how this layout turned out too. I mentioned this on my voiceover, but when I decided to do this album, layouts like this was really what I had in mind. I really wanted a modern feel to it, even though I am using black and white photos. I wanted to make these photos come to life and fun.

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These colors and patterns really helped me achieve that. I even added some mixed media, in silk screen form. A silk screen is similar to a stencil but the media gets pushed through the silk material. It leaves a thinner layer of media on your page or project. Which is nice on a layout because it warps less and dries really fast. They work best with acrylic paint because it is thinner.

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I love the embellishment clusters with my great great grandparents initials in the layered clusters.

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And that gold glitter, who isn’t still in love with gold?!

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Here is the process video, if you want to watch me make this layout.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBxzi6G3Vfs]

I did notice that I misspelled my Families last name on my process video, and didn’t catch it until after I took photos and posted everything. Silly me, good thing I don’t get graded on spelling! I did go back and fix it, thankfully I had a g in my alpha pack.

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I hope you were inspired today!! I really enjoy sharing my layouts with this community. I love that I can give back after being so inspired by everyone else that shares their layouts!

Have a great week!!

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Aloha, Hannah

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December Daily

Aloha Scrappers!! Hope you are having a great weekend!! This weekend I have been working on trying to finish up my December Daily! I am ready to be done, I have really loved putting it together this past month. But after taking done all on christmas decor around my house I am now ready for sunshine and fun, bright papers in my album!

I love christmas but I am a true summer girl at heart!

Even though I am not quite done finishing up my album, I wanted to do a flip through of my album and what I have accomplished. I have rarely filmed my process so I wanted to get these up before everyone else is ready to put away their December Daily too.

Here is my Youtube video sharing up to day 19. I hope you enjoy.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wp3XW-O71k]

 

When I am completely done I will do a flip through of my final pages. I also do have a couple pages recorded that I am going to be sharing this week too.

I will make share I have some awesome pictures of my completed album on my blog too.

Have an inspired weekend my friends!!

Aloha,Hannah

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The Sweet Life

Aloha Scrappers!! This week I have been super busy, my poor computer has barely had a chance to rest!! But I don’t mind, it definitely keeps me out of trouble and then it means I get to share things with you too!!

Today I am sharing a layout I made with my December Hip Kit. I actually made this layout near the beginning of December, so maybe three weeks ago. But December got busy and I wasn’t able to get everything I wanted to done. I am glad though, in a way. I really like how this layout turned out.

Now I feel like I give it the attention it deserves when I share this with you. I love all the bright colors from this kit. The yellows and pinks were perfect for a girl layout.

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I took an old photo of my daughter Cayden, and made two copies. A bigger 4×6 size and a square 3×3 size. These photos weren’t the best quality, they came from my Facebook account. I am letting go of the fact that I want perfect photos though. In the end it’s about telling these fun stories and sharing these cute moments that I do have. And Cayden just looks adorable and has that I love getting into trouble look. She wore this look often as a small child. She loved looking like she was trouble when she was just exploring and playing. She still has that look these days but sometimes uses it for more mischievous works!!

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I really wanted to have fun with these papers and go with this playful theme. I layered my papers a little different, but it really does help in the mood I was setting. Even if this process took me a while, since I didn’t know how I was going to get there.

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Once I layered small bits of papers behind the photos. Adding the embellishments came really quickly and everything just flowed nicely.

I added the chipboard Zebra to go with the playful and youthful look. But really he is so cute, even if he has nothing to do with the layout itself. Sometimes you just need to embrace the random!!

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I painted the wood veneer yellow to match the papers. I don’t usually do this, because I really tend to like the natural look of wood on a layout.

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I added more hearts in an L type form around the photo. This really just happened as I was scrapping, I love when layouts pretty much make themselves. I thought they would look better this way then the standard three groupings though.

I added some of the rub ons from the kit in matching colors to add some color throughout the layout. I want lie though, those were hard rub ons to use so I abandoned that work pretty quick. I grabbed some acrylic paint and added splatters for that color I was looking for. I like the combo of flat color from the rub ons and the texture from the acrylic paint.

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The gold thickers really added that last touch this layout needed. Plus who doesn’t like gold?! Even though the title isn’t out of the box, I really don’t mind. Sometimes the titles just come to you and are well thought and sometimes it works better to just use what you have. Otherwise you spend an hour trying to be creative and you could have spent that hour making another layout. I pick and choose my battles. This layout I picked getting down a cute story and photo.

I added my journaling on the back, since I really liked this black and white with pops of pink and yellow. I didn’t want to mess with that fun design either.

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I also have a process video sharing how I put this layout together. You can watch that here.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZv_o_HzGvQ]

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have an inspired weekend!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

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Happy New Year

Yay it’s a new year!!I mentioned in my previous blog that I have taken a lot of time to really think about what and how I want to go about doing things in the future.

I have had an incredible year last year!! Leilani finished chemo!! The kids are doing amazing in school, learning so much. We have really connected with some families on the island. Then you add in my crafty things. I took an Amy Tan class!! I started The Crafty Maven Getaway. I started a podcast. I also scrapped so many moments for our family albums. I also have made some amazing friendships in the scrapping community this year as well.

It is hard to think I could top all the highlights from this year. And yet I would like to think I could try!!

This year I have decided to do One Little Word, with Ali Edwards. (If you don’t know what it is, I will try to explain. You pick a word for the new year to focus on and incorporate that word into your life throughout the year. Ali has an amazing program where she gives prompts to better do this.)  I am really excited in do this. I have been really bad in the past about resolutions. I think by thinking in this in terms with a word, I think it will be able to see my goals, plans and hopes come to fruition.

My word this year is Intention. Crafty and personally I want this word to be in the forefront on every decision I make. Whether it is putting my kids first, or setting and sticking to a schedule on my Youtube channel.

My husband is in the military and we are planning on making a move to a new duty station this year. Sometime in the middle of the year. It’s exciting and scary. It will mean many unknowns for us and for me. I will have to take more time away from my scrappy supplies and even social media, to move.

As sad as I am to leave such a magical place, we are exited to experience a new place too. Even though I have so many plans in my brain that I want to accomplish, I will have to do things intentionally this year. Think through my decisions, which may mean waiting to do some of them.

With that said there is plenty of things that I can do, and plan to do. I really want to focus on learning this year!! I plan to take a scrapbooking class each month. I want to scrap as much as I can. Using up all those pesky scraps I have sitting in a drawer!

I also want to get more organized. I want to start actually setting a schedule and then sticking to it on my Youtube Channel. My hope is to post 4 times a week on my Youtube Channel.

Here is a quick rundown of the series and types of things you will see on my channel and when.

Mondays:

Podcast Inspired Series layouts (This series are layouts that are made and inspired from the talks on The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast) Every other week starting Jan 4th

My Heritage Series Layouts (This series I using vintage family photos or old family stories to make a layout. These layouts are done in a more contemporary style.) Every other week starting December 28th. (there are a few other layouts in this series done already)

Wednesdays:

Kit Club Layouts (Every Week)

These layouts will be featuring the kits I get from the kit clubs I am subscribed too. Currently I am subscribed to Clique Kits and Hip Kits. There is playlists on my Youtube Channel for whatever Kit Club I do use for that layout.

Fridays:

Hannah’s Scrap Bin Series 

This series I use scraps to create layouts. Some videos in this series will use some sort of inspiration to pick my papers in my scrap bin. Some will not. I will be posting layouts for this series once a week. Starting back up again Jan 8th.

Saturdays:

Midori/Pocket Page Scrapbooking layouts

I will be posting Project page spreads or my Month in a Midori Style Notebook. I will be posting these every week.

Sundays: Every other Sunday I hope to share a Bible Journaling page or a Planner page spread. (this day may or may not be as consistent depending on how much is going on in my life or what I feel I can share.)

I also hope that I can share some other layouts I am working on too. But that will depend on how ahead I can scrap. I also hope to take extra time this year to have videos ready and scheduled for viewing when I am moving. I really want to make my channel fun.

I am also hoping to have ready before the end of the month some fun little inspiration prompts that I share weekly. I have been thinking about this concept for a little while and I think it would be have to share some little prompts that help us think outside the box, scrappy wise. Some prompts will have you create a layout, some may be more about journaling or just pondering a concept. I am hoping to use videos to do this sometimes. I will be strictly sharing these prompts on this blog though. So if you are interested in this it will be helpful to be subscribed to my blog or at least have it bookmarked so you can check for the prompts. They will be located on its own page on my blog. But thats getting a little ahead of myself I suppose.

I really want to have a class on my blog at some point so this is really one first step that I can do to get a taste of that, but still keeping it easy for when things do start to change in my life and it gets crazy. Because moving is crazy!!

Well my friends I feel like I have gabbed enough for now!! Hopefully I haven’t lost you completely. If I did, I have a video that is going to be posted on my Youtube Channel explaining some of these changes!! When it is up I will post it here too.

Have an inspired Week!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

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The Crafty Maven Getaway Story

Aloha Scrappers!!

Happy New Year!! I have been taking lots of time this holiday season really thinking about my channel, blog and crafty endeavors and where I want to go in the future. I will blogging about this more on detail later!!

IMG_4088 One thing I know that I want to do this year is create layouts based on the topics we have talked about on The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast. I love that The Crafty Maven Getaway has been inspiring so many in this great community.

All this thinking about the future and my goals and plans has made me think about the stories I want to tell about what has happened this year. One of my biggest accomplishments this year was creating The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel. There are still many times I have to pinch myself that I was able to take this idea I had last year around this time and make it come true. To see others excited and inspired is really what makes it even more exciting and totally worth all the time I have put into it.

I have never scrapped this event. I think as a scrapper it is often hard one, to scrap about ourselves. Also though as someone who has started working to inspire others in the community find it odd to really put in into words, maybe because I really don’t want to boast. I didn’t want to let this fear to stop telling this story though. I think in the future seeing how this idea really came to be will be intriguing and fun to read.  I really pondered when would be a good time to actually get this beginning part of my story down on paper. I wanted enough time to have passed to reflect a little, but I also love this thought of telling the details when they are fresh in my mind too.

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I also wasn’t sure if any picture would really be the perfect picture to document all that entailed in this story. Then I remembered that I still had the name I had put together for our image. It was perfect.

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I also really wanted to make a pretty layout. I already knew that I would be doing the majority of the journaling typed out on the back of my layout. Knowing this really let me focus on making it visually pretty instead of thinking how to fit my journalling in the design. Plus I knew this story wasn’t really all that short.

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I did add a little bit of journaling on the front, just in case someone didn’t want to read all my journaling.

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I really love how this layout turned out. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that this story is one that means a lot to me. But either way, I love when you finish a layout and am really pleased with it’s end result.

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I have a process video on my Youtube Channel, and you can watch it here.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHPQoZWD1Aw]

I am going to creating more layouts based on The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast. This layout is a really good place to start though. I already have plans to include an random embellishment layout and a layout about December Daily (or something like that, I may make it more based on being on my first podcast (Coffee time with Sandy and Lisa) which was about December Daily.)

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I am really excited about this series. I love using prompts like these to spark more interest in me, to create something. Many times I have so many photos or stories I could scrap I feel a little overwhelmed. Having a place to start and narrow down my choices jump starts that mojo I need to create a great layout for my albums. Also I like this concept of maybe telling stories I wouldn’t have thought to scrap but really add to my overall album.

I plan to post my Podcast Inspired videos every other monday on my Youtube Channel. The next video will be posted on the 18th. I will have a playlist on my Youtube channel as well.

Have an inspired Week!!!

PS.. To listen to The Crafty Maven Podcast, we are listed on iTunes!!

 

 

 

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December Clique Kits Pep Rally Bolg Hop

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Aloha Scrappers!! It’s that lovely time again, where the members of Clique Kits get together and share some of the things they creating with their December Girl Cave Kit. At the end of the blog post I will have the line so you can make sure you visited everyone, and so you can continue on in the Hop.

The Girl Cave Kit included Pink Paislee Memorandum. Like always I love this kit, this kit has an amazing acetate piece that has cut aparts with crisp images and bold colors. Gorgeous!!

I feel in love with the aquas in this collection!! I really wanted to play with a monochromatic type of layout. I remembered I had a photo of my son from Thanksgiving and he is wearing a aqua and blue shirt that went really well with the colors in this kit.

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I really wanted to use white card stock as my background but knew that is needed something to help add a splash of color. At this point I didn’t know what I was going to do with my papers at all. I took some dark blue paint and some aqua paint and created an ombre effect with the paint. trying to stay more toward the middle of my paper. I still wanted white to show, and have peeks of the blue and aqua pop out from under the photos and paper.

 

After the paint dried I used one of the pattern papers from the kit to border the white paper. I have been liking this technique lately of drawing your eye into the layout. Plus if I cut the middle out of my patterned paper I still get good mileage out of my paper.

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I decided to cut many of the blue/aqua and white papers into strips. I was thinking it would be fun to line them close to the sides of the layout. having the papers be lined up opposite on each side.

I added the photos ( I used a 4×6 and 4×4 sized photo) in the middle, overlapping them for interest.

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I also added one of the beautiful acetate from the kit to the photo cluster. The gold and cameras were a great match to layout. I added a gold die cute word on the bottom of the picture as well. This helped tie the gold from above the photos.

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I then looked through the embellishments in the kit, the cut apart sheet that came with the kit and a few pieces from last months kit. I added these embellishments on the strips of paper on the sides of the layout. I did this instead of the traditional triangle of embellishment. I really like how the different shades of blue, aqua and gold look on the sides of the photos. all the different textures from the embellishments really added a fun aspect that mirrors my son’s silliness.

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For the title I added the cutest wood veneer piece ever (a pair of glasses), under the photos. I added part of the alpha’s from the kit, which were Bella Blvd alphas, on top of the glasses. The second part of the title I added under the glasses. I used a different color for the second word, but added one letter the color from the first word. I really love how that looks.

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After working on a lot of christmas themed layouts, and my December Daily album, I am really enjoying using this month’s kit. Especially since Hawaii isn’t very cold or have that traditional christmas feel, it is a nice treat. I am hoping to make a christmas layout using this kit too though, for just that reason.

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Don’t forget to check out Leigh’s post next!!

Here is the December  2015 Line Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Maryam* http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Carolina* www.carolinaschultz.com
LeeAnn* http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Candace http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
>>Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com<<<< YOU ARE HERE
>>>>Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/<<< Click Here

*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

 

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December Daily Thoughts

Aloha Crafters!!

December has been going strong for a while now. And to be honest this is the point where you either are in love with your album so far, or think what have I done?! The craziness of life starts getting you tired.

I hope you haven’t given up yet though!! This lesson I am learning this year working on my album is you gotta do what works for you this year!! This isn’t last year, where I just had one youtube channel to manage, and just a small circle of crafty friends I was sharing with.

This year so much has changed, and so my plans on how I am going to finish my album on time this may need to change, and that is ok!!

I want my album to be fun, because I honestly love christmas time. I have so many great memories that I want this time of year be super special for my kids too. I want them to feel the magic of Christmas.

My plan before was to record most of my process and share it on my Youtube channel. I love Youtube as a sharing platform. I love seeing others being creative and want to share that too. But this year sharing every time I sit down for twenty minutes here or ten minutes there, just isn’t easy.

I took the guilt of having to share every little detail away, I gave myself permission to make my album low key.

What are you doing with your album that isn’t working because you are trying to be a super crafter!! That is totally me, and really it’s an easy way to get burned out this time of the year!

I still plan to share but just not my process. And that is ok!!

It is ok to switch things up and make this process easier on us. This is a busy season and in the end we need to enjoy right?!!

Here are a few pictures of what I have completed so far.

(FYI I start my album after Thanksgiving since that’s when we start decorating, I just have christmas be my last day)

November 27: We started putting up the tree. I focused on that story. I also journaled about how I almost always run out of lights for the tree.

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I haven’t decided if I am going to embellish the top Deck The Halls card.

For this pocket I am going to sew or fuse it shut, I just haven’t done it yet. Thus the tape.

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November 28:

We finished up the tree. I have more pictures this day, because I took a shot of each child putting up an ornament on the tree.

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November 29:

Since not much happened that day, I documented how the girls had a sleepover downstairs to look at the lights on the tree at night. The photos from this aren’t amazing but I really wanted to add them, because I love how excited they were to experience the magic of the christmas tree.

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November 30:

Nothing really special went on this day, and I wasn’t sure exactly what story I want to tell. I am thinking about retelling an old christmas memory . All I have is the base page done.

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I also have an envelope on the other side of the spread and added the photo of our train under the tree. We try to put this up under the tree every year starting last year.  (Even though I admit that it doesn’t always make it through the season because our children can’t resist touching the train)

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December 1:

Before the first I added a picture of the tree all lit up at night. On the other side I added patterned paper, in which I will add typed up journaling about the signs of christmas. This is a prompt from the Journal Your christmas by Shimelle.

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This is my photo for December 1st. It is a rainbow in the sky.

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I haven’t finished this spread either. I have a cloud/rain 3×4 card from the Wonder collection that I am embellishing in one of the pockets. The other I am thinking of adding more journaling.

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December 2:

I seen a prompt from Felicity Jane kit club about Hot Cocoa and wanted to make homemade Hot Cocoa for the kids. Which of course they really enjoyed and welcomed, even if it is warm!! Later that night My Hubby brought home Starbucks Hot Cocoa on a stick, YUMM!!

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I have to add the journaling and I may embellish the top card a little more.

 

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December 3:

Not much happened on the 3rd as well. We are in the thick of doing school work before the Christmas Break. I took a photo of the school board with the date on it. I also added a picture of out Nativity set to the back of the hot cocoa photo. I still need to add journaling to this day.

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December 4th:

Besides the fact that we did school on the 4th and I recorded The Crafty Maven Podcast about December Daily, not much went on. My Hubby brought home a nice treat of seasonal Blue Moon Beer, which I enjoy during the holidays. IMG_4172

This is what I done on this day. I need to finish up the other page, with embellishments.

December 5th:

On Saturday I went grocery shopping and then we made some cookies.

For this page I actually have the photo on it, but still need to write my journaling. I haven’t decided if I am going to type my journaling out or write it in white pen on the wood grain. My picture is of Mochi, and I am journaling about the cool hawaiian things we get to have during the holidays.

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December 6th:

On Sunday we made some more cookies and the kids worked on a gingerbread train. The story I am focusing on is how we are going to start a new tradition the includes everyone in our family picking a cookie or two for us to make during the holiday season. I am going to be printing a recipe out for my Hubby’s pick which were his Grandma’s pecan cookies.

The train I am adding to another day.

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December 7th:

This day is Pearl Harbor day and I want to add an insert with a picture of Pearl Harbor and an article in which they found an airplane over in Kaneohe Bay, that had sunk during the attack. Since this day is such a big day here I really want to pay respect to it. (I haven’t done this yet, but have it in my christmas journal until I am ready to finish this insert)

I decided to make this day be for the kids christmas lists, even though they had them written out a couple of weeks ago. Over the weekend we had finished buying the big gifts, so it seemed a good day to add this.

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In the Starbucks christmas bag I added the actual lists the kids made, even though I did include the photo of one of the lists. (Leilani had written her list way early!!)

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December 8th:

We spent a lot of this day at the hospital getting check ups. In my album I actual have the 8th and the 9th switched, because i made a silly mistake with how I inserted my big photos for those days. And instead of reprinting I am just going to have them switched. It really isn’t that big of a deal, really.

For the 8th I still need to make a date card and do the journaling and possibly add something to my big photo.

December 9th:

Since this day is going before the 8th in my album I have this day pretty much completed except a little journaling.

I made a big turkey at home because we ate Thanksgiving at a friends house. My Hubby really wanted my sage sausage stuffing and we still wanted a little extra turkey. It made the house smell yummy and I went all out and made mashed potatoes, stuffing, green casserole and cranberry sauce.

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I am also adding the gingerbread train here, to the back of the Starbucks bag. It just seemed to work. Plus I am not sure it really needs tons of journaling.

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This is the day card and journaling about me making the turkey.

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I am going to journal here about the kids making a wish on the wishbone. This is the first year we had them make a wish on the wishbone.

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Sam got the bigger side and he was so happy (Even though he then told us his wish out loud!!) I printed this photo at 8×8 and I love the way it looks. I haven’t decided if I will embellish this photo with anything. I will probably wait until I finish the photo on the other side and then decide.

 

I have photos for December 10 and 11 printed. but not finished.

I figure quite a bit of this week will have prompts from Shimelle or other places, as filler cards since we did a lot of school work again. I am trying to take photos of our christmas decor and I have a few stories I want to get down as well for these slow days.

I think the important thing to remember about projects like December Daily is to not stress and make sure you are journaling what you want to do your pages about. Even if you aren’t caught up it’s not a big deal.

Also I wanted to share with you The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast December Daily Episode that came out today!! Katty Miranda, Kelly Barron and I talk all about our December Daily albums.

 

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/h369z-5affd7?from=yiiadmin

 

I am hoping to come back later this week and share some more of my album with you!!

Aloha,

Hannah

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November Clique Kit Pep Rally Blog Hop

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Welcome Scrappers!! If you’ve been following the Clique Kit blog hop you just came from Charity’s blog. Welcome!! Welcome!! If yon’t seen all the amazing layouts and projects from the other ladies in the Clique Kit blog hop, there will be a list at the end of this blog post, so you can go back and feast your eyes some more.

This month we received the Tapestry Kit for November, which had mostly the WRMK Wildflower Collection. This collection and Kit is gorgeous and perfect for Autumn. I love all the texture on the paper too. It really inspired me on many of the layouts I made so far.

This month in the store as an add on I spied gelatos! I couldn’t pass them up. It really has been a while since I played with gelatos, and when I got my kit that was what I was most excited to use. They really inIMG_4136spired me on this layout.
I love how gelatos help give you that watercolor look without much work. They are easy to use and easy to wipe away with gesso, if you add too much. They really give a nice mixed media look without having much knowledge of mixed media techniques.

 

I choose to use three colors that were in my photo, and covered most of the background with the gelatos. I added a little water to mix and activate them. I was careful to clean my big brush so I didn’t mix the colors together though. The colors were a little bright (it’s a little hard to imagine me saying that, right?). The colors were a little neon for the colors in the papers. Though the green was a deep olive green, matching great with my photo.

I used a feather stencil from my stash to wipe off some of the gelatos with a wet paper towel. This helped a little with the color but it still needed to be toned down before I added my paper layers and embellishments. I also carefully added some pearlized white paint, I really didn’t want the gelatos  to mix with the paint I just wanted the paint to cover the color a little and tone it down. I like the shimmery look of the pearlized white and that it is much more translucent than regular white paint.

Lately I have been looking through older family photos. I spotted this old family portrait we took in 2003 for my grandmother. We were still all together in the same area so it is nice to have a snapshot of us all together. Especially afterIMG_4143 many of us have moved away and don’t see each often. We all dressed in Autumn colors and went to a local bridge to get some really nice shots of us near the colored Autumn leaves in the background. Even though I only have this one little photo I still wanted to make sure I scrapped it to put in my album to remember all of them. I knew the colors in this photo would work really well with this kit too.

 

 

To try to complement the fact that my only photo is so small (especially on a 12×12 layout) I added a frame off set to the side of the photo. I kept it open, and only added embellishments around the sides of the framIMG_4140e. At first I thought I might add a few embellishments to the middle of the frame, but decided I liked the open space, and really wanted to keep this layout simple. The bows from WRMK’s for this collection were adorable and perfect for this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I used lots of layers behind my photo. All these layers just make me happy. I even used the glassine the embellishments came in as a layer. I love how all the colors in the papers work together in the layers. They worked really well with distressed and torn edges too. I also decided to use a tag from the cut apart sheet as a layer and added it slightly askew for interest. The feather clips from Pink Paislee really helped add a nice texture to my layers too.

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I wanted to add a few extra embellishments and something at the bottom for extra interest. I wanted everything to work together though, because IMG_4137of all the color going on. The bottom I used gold and neutral colors with a wood heart from Pink fresh Studios and some yellow enamel dots.

 

 

I added some butterflies with the wings popped up and used green and orange enamel dots to match the colors on the background.

IMG_4142I used the alpha stickers from the sticker sheet for the bottom part of the title with a banner under the photo. The dark blue and gold are so sharp. They worked so well with the Word thickers in gold fro the collection that I bought as an add on. I used the word Lovely as part of the title, and placed it up above the picture. I don’t always like to separate the title but I was hoping this keep your eye more on the photo with it apart like that.

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I definitely look forward to creating more with this kit too. I still have plenty more even though I have made quite a few layouts so far.

I  posted a process video for this layout on my Youtube channel. You can watch it Here.

I hope you continue and check out Leigh next in the Pep Rally Blog Hop Her link is below!!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Candace* http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Marcia* http://onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Caroli* www.carolinaschulz.com
Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Janet Zeppa www.janetsjoy.blogspot.ca
Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Charity Feit http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com
>>>Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com  <<<<< ME
>>>>>Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com <<<< Next
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Tarrah Mclean http://livetoscrapscraptolive.blogspot.com.au/
Wendy Antenucci http://antenucci.blogspot.com
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Megan www.craftymeggy.com

 

Thanks for joining me today!! Have a great week everyone!! I hope you leave this blog hop inspired to use up the last of your kits.

Aloha, Hannah

 

 

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October “Funfetti” Clique Kits Blog Hop: Smile Big

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Aloha Scrappers, It that time of the month that I join in with many of the members over Clique Kits and share what I have been making with my month’s kit. This month we are using the Funfetti October Kit made mostly of Pink Fresh Studios Happy Things Collection.

IMG_0021At the end of my post I will have the list of all the ladies who are joining in on the blog hop. I will mark who is next after me as well so you can keep going on the hop. I love seeing everyone’s layouts and projects. It helps me keep up my creative juices for the last bits of my kit left.

This month has been super busy and I haven’t had as much time to scrap, I only made three layouts with my kit. I love how whimsy this collection is though, even if it makes me have to think outside of the box to use. IMG_0026

The layout I am sharing with you today is an older picture of my Husband and daughter inside a military tank. Every year the post we used to live on in Texas hosted an air show, and had tons of jets and tanks. The kids got to go inside the tanks they had out, which was really cool. When they stuck their head out I took a quick picture.

Let’s talk about my background for a second, You ever have a background that you made and then decided not to use, but thought you would keep it incase you wanted to use it later? Well that is what happened with this background. Earlier last week, I painted some yellow paint from an old Clique kit, and some blue Tim HIMG_0023oltz distress paint randomly on a background. The background didn’t work for the layout I made earlier and I just kept trying to use it as a background. I really didn’t want to have to toss it out. But today when making this layout it worked. The blue from the sky matches perfectly with my photo.

Because of all the color, yellow and blue, going on in the background, I decided to keep my background papers fairly natural. This collection has lots of gray mixed in with the other colors. I took one of the gray striped patterned papers and cut it so mostly of the color and shapes weren’t showing. I IMG_0020cut it into stripes and relined them back up on the middle of the layout. I figured I could add my photo on top of that when it was time to add the photo.

I made sure I added a little ink and distressed my strips slightly just to add texture to my layout. I also cut out a few of the boxes of words out of the cut apart sheet. I thought maybe I could use the gray ones and maybe another one with either yellow or teal.  IMG_0024

It took a little while to figure on placement. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a simple grid design or something else. I decided to add two boxes to the top of the middle strip and one under the strip. Now it was time to figure out my layers behind my photo.

Like I said I really was trying to stick to the gray, blue and yellow colors. Nice and simple because of IMG_0022all the color. I used a gray leaf pattern, a white and multi colored bow tie pattern and a yellow stripped pattern from my stash to make up the layers. The bow tie paper I was careful not
to show the bow ties that had different colors from my layout. I added a blue ombre tag from the kit next to my photo.

I used a cut apart from the exclusive sheet in the kit, which I really like a lot.  I used some of the wood pieces from the kit around the layout, as well as somIMG_3638e bow tie and hearts from the Happy Things word phrase glitter set.

I used Smile Big from the puffy sticker sheet as my title. The Black and
yellow really look sharp on the layout next to the tag.

I ended with some sequins from the Clique Store and a few grey sequins from Pink Fresh Studios.

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This layout was fairly simple but really fun to make. I love all the color on my page, it really helps make this story a fun one to add to my family album.

I really hope you had fun today here, and don’t forget to head over to Evi’s blog to see what she created this month.

Here is the October Clique Kit Blog Hop Line Up

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/

Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com/

Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/

Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/

Maryam* http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/

Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/

Megan Blethen http://www.craftymeggy.com/

Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz/

Melissa* http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz/

Kim http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/

Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/

Renee Aslette http://www.reneeaslette.blogspot.com/

Kat* http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/

Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com/

Tyra Babington http://justtyra.com/

Marcia* http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/

Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/

Candace* http://findingeverydayperfection.com/

Rhonda Van Ginkel http://snapwhiz.blogspot.com

>>>Hannah http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com<<<< ME

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Evi http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com
<<<< CLICK HERE

Janet Zeppa http://janetsjoy.blogspot.com/

Melissa Goble http://mgphoto89.tumblr.com
*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

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