Climbing High

Aloha my scrappy friends!! How is your weekend? I have been relaxing this morning, reading, watching cartoons with my kiddos, and drinking coffee. Just a nice Saturday morning.

I may have mentioned, I may not have, but this week as part of my One Little Word process, I have challenged myself to blog everyday this week. My word is Intention and I want to be intentional about the things I want to do. Like blogging, has been really on my heart do be an important part of my voice. I love blogging, even though I put it off all the time. Probably because it takes a lot of time. I really love the continually conversations, and blog type relationship that can grow over time. I also have found that I really enjoy looking at others blogs this year.

I have been happy that I have been able to do it. I think that I want to focus more on blogging as time goes on. I just need to figure out how I want to do it, how I want to blog. I don’t just want to share layouts. I want to share photos, stories and my life as it goes along  with scrapbooking.

Today I want to share a layout I made for Mercy Tiara’s all boy challenge in here FB group. I love the fun atmosphere on her new group, and her fun monthly challenges. I find it hard to keep up with all the challenges going on around Facebook now days, on top of the extra online class load I have created for myself.  I love that she just focuses on one challenge a month. It makes it much easier to join in the fun there.

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I used my February Hip Kit. I have been really bad about using any of my kits that I have been getting. I love them, but for some reason I haven’t just picked them up to use. I have been grabbing my new collections. And I really am mostly ok with that, except that I have kits piling up that I really should use, because I paid for them!!

I also added some of my new Paige Evans Fancy Free paper, notice the circles with fun phrases in them. I swear it feels Paige was thinking of me when she made that page, because the phrases awesome sauce and cool beans. I thought I was the only one who really used those!! Who knew?!!

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Those circles though are the perfect place to build embellishment clusters!! I used the Dear Lizzy word phrases and other small embellishments. Keeping it really simple.

Which is apparently my thing lately. Simple and I am not going to lie I rather like it!!

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I stuck with the different tones of blue and green to fit with the boy theme, plus my son Sam loves the color blue. It’s his favorite so it seem appropriate it use. It even happens to match the color he is wearing.

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I love these pictures. Sam had been wanting me to take pictures of him doing everything. And as a mom how could I say no, especially knowing maybe one day it won’t be so easy to get pictures of him. Plus I love these type of pictures, my kids playing having fun.

Sam was rocking (no pun intended) climbing up these fake rock cliff to get to the slide. The slide is his favorite, has been since he was so little. When his sisters were scared about how high the slide, Sam would go down that slide no problem, over and over again!!

To try to change things up, I tried to capture the perspective a little different with my camera for these pictures.

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I used Thickers that you can color yourself from a past Hip Kit and tried to mix colors to get a shade of blue that was close to the background Amy Tangerine paper. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good match but that’s ok because they still worked and i still love the color.

I really like mixing fonts for titles. I made sure my tile alphas were staggered to match to the fact that my son is climbing and the rocks that go up. Plus I have the hardest time getting them straight so why not just make them un straight on purpose?!!

I did not do a video for this layout. I have been trying more lately to just do a layout without the camera rolling. Just to have fun creating without having to edit the video and upload it. It takes a little less pressure off. Which is something I need to do for me. Though I sill say it’s weird to do at first when you are used to taping every single layout.

I hope you enjoyed this layout, and the fact that I am blogging more. I am planning on posting two more straight days and then seeing what else I want to do. Whether it’s blogging a few times a week or what. This time though I am just going do what feels right and take it from there. No Pressure!!

Have a great weekend my scrappy friends!!

Hannah

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Capture

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I love this view!! Can I just start off by saying that!! I often look at these mountains and feel SUPER lucky to be able to see them everyday!! EVERYDAY! i just have to let that sink in.

In a little over a month I will be leaving this beautiful Island and moving some place new. I love adventure, and I know that our new place will have tons of that. But a part of my heart hurts knowing I have to leave this behind. When we came here on our honeymoon almost 10 years ago, I never imagined that I would be able to ever come back again.

And here it was some odd years later and we find out our next duty station, way far away from family, way far away from where we asked to maybe move, way far away from all we knew, but just the perfect place for me. It was like God smiling down on me, giving me a little gift because he knew I would never ask to visit again, I would never be selfish enough to imagine myself being able to live in this place that I had loved so much.

I know I am lucky, I had lived in Hawaii as a seven year old, and got to be able to go back for my honeymoon that first summer my husband and I were married. It was so much more than someone like me could really ask for. But I had also fell in love with the beauty of this place. It just calls to you. And you dream about it, thinking if only you could go again.

The day my husband told me our orders, I truly knew it was a God thing. Sometimes you just know when God does something nice for you to say Hey, Hannah I love you. I care about what you love!! Here you go, go live there for a little while.

I was so happy!! I am so happy, that I got to come back here for the third time. Many people never get the chance to view the tranquil breeze, the sunshine kissing your nose and the fine sand in between their toes. The taste of fresh sweet juicy pineapple or smell the soft fragrance of plumerias. I am LUCKY! I AM THANKFUL!!

Now after living here for three years is it perfect, of course not, definitely not!! I hate the traffic getting in the city during rush hour, I hate all the rain in the winter, or during a hurricane, I am not fond of the crowds of tourists not paying attention to where they are walking when crossing the streets. But the amazing things here far outweigh, for me at least (Maybe if you ask my husband he would tell you the opposite) the not so appealing things about living in Hawaii.

Now that we are leaving I feel that time clock ticking down and all the things I want to capture before we go, so I can lock them in my brain vault to remember forever!! Having pictures to prove I really was here, even if in the scheme of life it wasn’t really all that long.

I have the hardest time truly getting the perfect shot I long to capture when taking Landscapes, the wide shots. I feel like things get lost in that lens and all the detail I can see when my eye isn’t showing up. One ion the things I am constantly trying to do is practice taking those shots so I can better show others what I see when I look at these things. Like these mountains.

On my photo walk I actually like for the first time in a while I got a landscape shot I am happy with. It’s not perfect. The lighting isn’t all that great, there is a bit of haze from the vog (it has been kinda bad lately), and I wish frankly the houses weren’t in the shot. I am not one to over edit, to take things out, to spend a lot of time shading and coloring the sky and mountains to make them stand out, even if they were to look natural.

This is what I see out of my lens of my camera when I see these mountains. I just want to enhance it a little.

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So this is actually the original shot I took at the park. much more grass, a little more light and it’s hard to see the clouds that were actually in the sky. If you look at the picture at the top I did just a little editing (spent maybe 5 minutes adjusting the levels). And I like the final look.

 

You know when I set out to do this blog post I was gonna tell you all about this layout challenge I did. All about what products I used. How I went over my time limit. How I used a kit to scrap faster. Where I got the cut file I used for the background. But you know what, I feel that this story was so much more important to tell today. I am embracing my storytelling abilities. Because that is what I want my pages and pictures my layouts to be about, telling my story, all of it.

How I love Hawaii and feel honored that I get to set my feet on this holy red tinged dirt, how I get to breathe in the salty fresh breeze on a hot afternoon, how I get to taste the juicest and tangy pineapple. All these things are little treats that make my life so much better. These things help my soul feel happy.

That is the story I am telling today. I will add some pictures of the layout I made and you can browse through them, but I hope what resonates with you is that I am telling my story, the way I know how, through my lens.

I hope my layout says that. Shouts, I Love Hawaii and I am going to miss it, but I will remember it!!

So here are some close ups of the layout I made and I hope they make you smile!! I hope you feel like making a layout about something you love and that brings you joy!! I hope you take the time to capture in your life the things that matter most to you!!

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I think this acetate word from Pink Fresh Studio is my favorite element. It is perfect in the white space of the sky!!

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I kept the embellishments light, since I wanted the star of this layout to be the photo. I probably would be have printed it off larger if I had bigger photo printer paper at home, but I was out.

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I like the way the journaling (which is only half the story I want to tell), is peeking through the clouds!!

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The different textures in the cluster really gives this layout a natural and fun feel. Vellum cloudy like the haze, Cork like the texture of the ridges in the mountains, blue in the hints of sky that are trying to peak through and red like the dirt!

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You can watch my process video here:

(You can also hear more about the 15 minute layout challenge from my friend Crafty Meggy in her Youtube video.)

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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

Aloha, Hannah

 

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Really We are better together!!

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Aloha my scrappy friends!! I hope your weekend has been nice!! It rained on and off all weekend, yucky. It made it nice Saturday because I was able to work on a few things like some process videos that needed to be edited.  Sharing on Youtube is one of my favorite ways to share my scrapbook pages!! Though when I get busy I sometimes don’t make it the priority I want it to be. But thankfully this weekend I was able to get some free time to get some videos edited that I needed to to post up this week.

The layout I want to share with you today is one I made for the Hip Kit Design Team Call they have going on until the 15th of this month. Even though I haven’t actually gotten any Hip Kits yet I have been tempted so many times!! They always have gorgeous kits, with lots of goodies and all the newest products. Things I think are important for a kit club.

I decided to use mostly the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection, since I absolutely love that collection, it is my favorite collection ever. Seriously!! Plus quite of it is in their current kit along with some Amy Tangerine products. I added some Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers as well. I have both these collections and they are similar in some ways, the watercolor theme is big in both of these collections. I wanted to play up on this fact so I pulled out some watercolors and a blank piece of cardstock and got to practicing.

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I am in love with the watercolor brush script like so many others lately and I wanted to add that onto my layout in some way. I have been eyeing a lot of ampersands lately and thought that would be something fun and easier for me to accomplishment on my page. I practiced a few times and then took out a fresh piece of white cardstock. I didn’t add any gesso, I really didn’t think I would need it. I only was adding a little bit of watercolor. I figured it wouldn’t absorb to much into the paper to warp it, in fact the gesso would probably warp it more. I made five ampersands on my page and then added some pink and teal plus signs around the ampersands. I also have this love relationship with plus signs lately. Its all i have to do not to put them on every layout I make lately. Though sometimes I think I should just give in and use them because I love them!!

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After the watercolor dried which wasn’t long. I decided I wanted to add a piece of patterned paper going diagonally across the cardstock. I ended up using a black and white watercolor grid type of paper from the Dear Lizzy Documentary Collection. I love how the watercolor feels more homemade. And it matches perfectly with my hand done ampersands. I used a ruler to rip the edges, I didn’t want it to look perfect. The ruler helps make it not to messy though.

I then went on working on the picture and layers behind it. I decided the pic would look the best to my eye, down in the bottom left corner. I did have to cover up the ampersand down there but I figured I could add another ampersand later so I would still have five on the page.  I really do think things look bIMG_2926etter in odd numbers even though they don’t have to be this way.

I used a few papers square and then made IMG_2931a banner with two different patterns for the last layer. I really like how this element turned out. Just something a little unique and fun. I ended up moving the banner and photo so the banner was open to the left side. Thanks I had a photo that it didn’t really matter what side it was turned.It is what makes my job as the family storyteller and historian worth it. When I can share these intimate and loving moments!!

I also decided to use some tags from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack and an old Dear Lizzy tagIMG_2925 too. I love sticking ephemera in my layers!! It makes them so much more interesting then just cut paper. I thought about adding a bunch of other embellishments in the layers, I love the way different shapes look sticking out, but in the end I only choose a craft xo ox gold foil piece. The other stuff just didn’t feel right.

Up above the photo on the patterned paper I choose a card that says We are better together, I thought this would make the perfect title. I stink at titles most of the time, so if a card or embellishment says what the layout is about, I will use it. Why make things harder on myself right?! This is suppose to be fun, at least for me it is. I found a brush script word Really in the Amy Tangerine embellishment pack, that worked in the title too. So now it reads, Really We are better together.

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Under the title card I added a die cut ampersand from Pink Fresh Studios embellishment club. I used a red vellum heart from Seven Paper and the word Cherish in black. I just love this layered look, lots of textures and color!

I added a few more embellishments throughout the layout. adding elements of watercolor and just colors that matched the collection. I finished off with some enamel dots and shapes from various companies from my stash. Then I splattered thinned gold paint and some black Heidi Swapp color Shine. I may have went a little over board on the splatters, it’s hard to stop when they look so pretty. In the end though once it dried I realized it really did go with the feel I was going for.

IMG_2930I actually thought about redoing the background, with less splatters. In the end I choose not to because I really liked all the other elements and didn’t want to mess with that feel I had already accomplished. I think this something you have to think about when you are creating. You can’t be afraid to redo something if you aren’t happy, but on the flip side you can’t loss the feeling you are trying to accomplish that first time you sit down. Sometimes it’s hard to get that the second time around. It just depends. I think that is why I always wait until the next day before I truly decide. The next day sometimes shows something different, a new perspective!!

I journaled in Hot Pink with a paper mate flair pen. I love the look it gives to the words I wanted to convey on my page.

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I hope you enjoyed this layout. I hope you were inspired. Let the collections and products you use inspire you to create some of your own elements!! Like I did with my background!

I also have a process video for this layout on Youtube, You can watch it here!!
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Also if you haven’t checked out Hip Kit Club, yet I encourage you too! They have a great Kit Club that has tons of fun products and lots of great designers already on the Design Team to help inspire you to use your kits and products!!

Until next time Aloha,

Hannah

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