Hannah’s Scrap Bin Series: Our Story

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

It’s February and I am finally starting to get my stuff in order. Finally. After being sick for a week, my husband working long hours all month, and just getting back into the groove after the holidays. I can say I am starting to get into what seems like a routine that is going to work for me, for now.

One of my big goals this year is to use up as many of my scraps as possible. I have been on a really big spending freeze the past 5 or so months. I want to use this freeze wisely and actually use up the stash I have let pile up. Like all those bits and pieces left over from old layouts I have made.

Last year I started a series where I used my scraps to make layouts. I used different types of inspiration to give me a jumping off point. I am trying out that series again.

In this layout I just made I looked through my scraps for pieces that had a love feel to them. I knew I wanted to scrap some old wedding photos. It was my 10 year wedding anniversary at the end of December and what a fun way to go down memory lane a bit than make some layouts.

(I actually ended up making two layouts with all the scraps I set aside. I will share photos from layout in another blog post.)

Here are some close up pictures of my finished layout.

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I love this layered look for the title. I took bits and pieces and layered them together. Them added some thickers to finish out the title.

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I kept this really simple. Focusing on getting scraps used up, and layering them nicely. I even fussy cut those hearts out of a scrap of Bella Blvd patterned paper.

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I added more hearts up at the top, to continue the theme of love throughout the whole layout.

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Finishing up with some gold and pink Heidi Shine just ties the whole layout together. I love the way it looks, scattered on the embellishments and the photos.

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Here is the finished layout. I finished the journaling later, and added it to the back. I really wanted the photos to be the focal point. We e is the process video  so young but so in love. And maybe a tad hungry too. It was fun to go back and take a look at all my old wedding photos after ten years.

Here is the process video for this layout. You can watch below and hear a bit of my thought process while I was putting this layout together.

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I hope you are inspired! Inspired to go searching through your scraps and make something fun, beautiful and meaningful.

Have a great week!!

Hannah R

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Double Vision Series: Strong Women

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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

For a little over a month I have been doing a double page layout series on my Youtube Channel. I have never been big on doing double page spreads. Doing this series, has helped me to focus differently on my layouts. To think ahead of time instead of just go with the flow.

This week I wanted to make a layout where I could focus on journaling. With the double page spread as my canvas I knew that would be a great space to have lots of journaling.

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A while ago I did a double page layout where I had a huge title, I took that as my inspiration. I loved how it looked to have a long title that was a poem quote in many different kinds of fonts. I knew that would look cool on this layout combined with lots of journaling.

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Since I do lots of ancestry research I love seeing what someone looks like on paper, through documents. But it is sometimes hard to really know their true motives behind all the decisions these papers show. The places they lived, the jobs they had, these are all part of the story, but why they do things is really the true meaning behind the story. t’s these stories that I want to tell on my pages. I want my kids and grandkids to one day look back and see all the traits of the people in our family!!

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That is how the idea got started for this double page spread. A spread about my grandmother and the strength she has passed down. A trait I am positive she had gotten from her mother too.  That has been passed down to me. I want my kids and grandkids know that this is such a great a positive trait to be given!!

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I hope you check out my Youtube Video process and see how i created this layout.

Have a great weekend!!

Hannah

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SpiegelMom Scraps August Sparklers Squads Unite Blog Hop

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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! I am Super excited today!! This is my first official blog post as a Sparkler!! I hope you are just as excited as I am too.

Today is our special Sparklers Unit blog hop! The Sparklers are split into two teams; The Blog Squad and the YouTube Squad. (I am on the blog Squad, but don’t worry, when I am all set up in my new house I will be sharing process videos of my layouts and projects too) Each month we come together to hang out here and bring you some great tips, technique and inspiration! For this hop, you should have arrived here from Sarah’s blog . Didn’t you just love the colors of spread?!! It definitely puts me in a summery mood!
Your entire line up for today will be at the end of my blog post. If you started here don’t forget to go back and check out everyone else’s projects!!

Scrapbooking for me is all about having fun. I do it destress. I do it get creative. I do it to see if I can push the limits of what I think is fun and cool for me. I scrapbook to document the moments in my families life that are fun and cool but also to help remember the stories that tell our lives.

This past February my aunt died. Since my grandfather died when I was a teenager it was the first big family death. It is crazy to think your loved ones will never be around. It really got me thinking about why I scrapbook.

Over that week we all spent lots of time going through old photos and telling the stories from all those photos. There was some sad pauses, but mostly lots of laughs and smiles as we retold the stories we remembered from my aunt’s life. The things that brought us joy that she shared with us.

If it weren’t for pictures those stories wouldn’t be as cemented in our brains. In my opinion. Those pictures help tell the stories but help you remember details of a memory that could have easily been forgot. This journey of memories we went through really had me thankful for photos and also for the stories I could tell with those photos on paper as a storyteller and memory keeper.

Here is a layout I made using a photo I took as we were going through family photos of my aunt and telling the stories behind them.

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I wanted to keep my layout really fun and happy because I didn’t want it to be sad, but more of a memorial to my aunt’s life. I also wanted to do something a little hip.

I choose to use Shimmerz Dazzlers in Red-iculous and Licorice Stick with a silk screen. Because it is so creamy and smooth it went on like butter. it really gave this cool look. Not perfect but lots of layers of color.

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I drew circles around the background patterned paper in black pen and then added gold thread around them. Being in a hotel I definitely don’t have use of a sewing machine but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t get that texture from the thread. to make sure it stayed in place I just used glory accents in a few areas around the circle.

I also added Love Beats Mix of Sequins around the circles. this pack has  sequin hearts, round sequins and long beads which also adds different textures around. To finish up the circles I added some embellies that would also add other textures and sizes for that fun factor.

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I kept all my embellishing to my clusters and tried to just add only a little bit to each group. I really did want the embellishing to go with my story, and add to it.

The tags and labels add something nice and small. Those small wood veneer glasses were just too adorable not to use!!

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The tag and glassine bag were from the store. and helped me add layers behind my photo. I like to use lots of things to layer with. It adds something different than just patterned papers.

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Each group was a little different but had similar elements which ties them together.

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I just love the way this layout turned out. I love all the dimension in the layers. and all the fun elements in each circle. I ended with splatters of gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine and that added the last perfect touch.

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Thank you you for taking a peek into my layout and I hope you left inspired to do something a little different on your projects. Have a little fun and taking some risks.

Here is a look at the full layout.

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog hop and all the other Sparklers and see all their amazing and inspiring projects. These hops always leave me wanting to grab a sheet of yardstick and making something . Tell another story!! Also if you stop the SpiegelMom Scraps Store Use my code Hannah15 to get a discount off your purchase!!

Today’s Sparkler’s Unite Blog Hop Line Up

Guest Designer 🙂 Mandi 

Thank you for spending your time with us today! Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered into a chance for you be in the running for the $10.00 shop credits! You have through August 4th to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event.
Head over to Khristine’s blog for more inspiration, I promise you won’t be disappointed!! Enjoy the rest of the hop!!

Aloha,

Hannah

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For The Love Of Homemade Kits: Round 3 Kit Share

Aloha!! I am super excited for another round of For The Love Of Homemade Kits!! It has been so much fun using up some of my stash and creating a kit from the fun and cool scrappy things I have collected.

For this series we start each round with an inspiration piece of pattern paper. This piece helps give us an idea of how to pick other pieces and patterns to form a kit. Because we each are using our own stash, each kit is different, but similar. (By we, I mean Crafty Meggy, Felicia Young and Khristina Sorge are working together to use our own kits this month.) We then use a recipe to help pick out papers and embellishments.

Let’s get right into the Recipe we are using this round. It’s a little different from the last one. (We felt it would be good to twist it a little.)

Inspiration Paper: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Lucy

Paper Recipe:

  • Bold Pattern Paper
  • Texture Pattern Paper (watercolor, woodgrain, fabric, etc)
  • Dot/Circle Pattern Paper
  • Freebie Pattern Paper
  • 2 Scraps or 6×6 Papers

Embellishment Recipe:

  • Cut File
  • Stencil
  • 2 Alpha’s
  • Sticker Sheet
  • layered embellishments
  • embellishment pack
  • frames
  • buttons
  • washi tape
  • thread/twine/ribbon
  • free embellishment

 

This round I really did try to be a little more conservative with my embellishments, especially last round I had plenty of embellishments over. I still wanted variety too, so I won’t be tempted to add to my kits.

Here is what I choose for my papers

  • Inspiration Paper: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Lucy (I have about a half of a sheet, I am just going to make that work.
  • Bold Pattern: Dear Lizzy Documentary Love This ( I love this black, white and gray look. I think it will look good with all the color in my kit too)
  • Texture Pattern: Simple Stories Sn@p! Basics Aspen Wood/White Notebook (Not a full sheet)
  • Dot Circle: Hip Kit Club Exclusive Paper Just Dream (by Kim Watson) Explore
  • 6×6 Papers/ Scraps: Pink Paislee Fancy Free by Paige Evans (6X6 Paper) and green Scraps (I am not sure what it’s from, I think it was in an old Scraptastic Kit in the Fall a while back) and a branding strip from We R Memory Keepers Love Notes XOXO
  • Freebie Papers: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Mia (not a full sheet), Dear Lizzy Documentary Fresh Start, and Dear Lizzy Happy Place B-a-n-a-n-a-s

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Embellishments

Alpha’s:

  • Basic Grey Mint Julip Alpha Sheet (this sheet actually has three smaller alpha’s on it)
  • Chickaniddy Crafts Alpha (black and white stripe)
  • PinkFresh Studio Cooper Script ABC

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Sticker Sheet: Maggie Holmes Shine Sticker Sheet

Layered Embellishments:

  • Pink Paislee Fancy Free Layered Stickers
  • Heidi Swapp Layered Bows
  • Bella Blvd Felt Bows (Hot pink, green, white)

 

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Frames:

  • Simple Stories Live In Color Frames
  • PinkFresh Studio Epoxy Frames
  • Amy Tan Better Together Frames
  • Pebbles Frames
  • Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Chipboard Frames

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Free Embellishments:

  • Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Epoxy Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Puffy Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Phrase Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Washi Stickers (This goes in the Washi group too

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Buttons:

  • Crate Paper Poolside Button and layered embellishments
  • Shimelle True Stories  Wood Buttons
  • Pink Paislee Fancy Free Buttons

 

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Embellishment Pack:

  • Amy Tangerine Better Together Die Cuts

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Washi Tape:

  •  from my stash when I first started  scrapping so I don’t know who made it
  • PinkFresh Studio Washi from their embellishment kit (there are two)
  • Amy Tangerine Better Together thin glitter washi
  • Shimelle Starshine Washi

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Thread: White, mint green and pale yellow (it isn’t in the photo)

Stencils: Amy Tangerine 3×4 stencils and Studio Calico silk screens

Here is a look at the whole kit together.

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I am super excited to jump in and use this kit. Don’t forget that I will be making four layouts with this kit (or more if I can) and sharing them in the next four weeks. Also check out the other ladies Kit Shares as well, they will be sharing them on their Youtube Channels.(I link have a link for them at the end of this post)

I also wanted to give a heads up that I am completely in the misted of a move. my stuff is getting packed and then I will be out of my house this week and next. I am hoping that all my layouts will be ready for Youtube by the time I leave, but they may not. So I will keep everyone updated on my new Facebook Page (which is like a blog on Facebook) what layouts will be in video forma and what will just have a blog. I am hoping to also in my moving process to be doing some Vlogs and fun stuff on my Channel. I hope you stay tuned for that, and lets hope that I have enough access to internet to upload my stuff to Youtube!!

Have a great and inspired week my scrappy Friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

To check out the other ladies Kit Share videos click on their names.

Crafty Meggy

Felicia Young

Khristina Sorge

 

 

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For The Love Of Homemade Kits: Round 2 Kill a Kit

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! I can’t believe we finished another round of this series!! Crazy right?! I am having so much fun making and using these kits.

Here is what I started off with.

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Here is all the paper I have left over from my kit.

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I could probably get another layout or two out of this paper. I still have tons of embellishments and stickers left. I barely used the sticker sheets, this time.  I would have liked to have used my stamps more too, I think if I make another layout later I will try to use the stamps a little more.

Here are all the layouts i got done with this kit.

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i love all the journaling on this layout!! And the story!! I think it’s one of my fave’s this year!

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I love that I was able to use pictures that I took while taking an online class. It’s cool to incorporate the things I am learning in the classes I am taking.

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This layout is about a whale watch my friend and I took in Boston when we were in college. I liked the idea of adding some older photos and try to make them feel more modern by adding some some trendy prints on the layout.

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This layout is my last of this kit. I used two cut files for this, one for the back ground and one for the font. Both are from The Cut Shoppe. I did add that background paper to my kit, because it was perfect for the story I wanted to tell. Star gazing and looking for the planet Mars a couple of weeks ago. I kept this layout really simple and let the cut file and pictures be star in this layout.

Like I mentioned up above, with the paper and embellishments left over I could have done another one or two layouts. (if only I was n’t preparing to move!) I am really thinking of keeping a few of these paper scraps, like that flower pattern and come up with something pretty.

I really think doing this series is really helping me see the things I have and that I really enjoy using and the things I have that I use just because I got them in kits, or because I thought I needed it. Like those little phrase stickers from the I am collection from Simple Stories or the clear stickers from the Starshine Collection by Shimelle. I really think that from now on I am going to be making better buying decisions.

I am super excited to get started using my new kit too. I am going to be doing another post on our new recipe and my picks for this new kit.

 

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For The Love Of Homemade Kits: Camera Woman In The Mirror

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! It’s that time again, time to use my Homemade Stash Kit. This will be layout number 2 with this kit. To see what is in this kit click here.

I am really loving this kit too. The colors, so fun.

I was inspired by Ashley Horton this week. She used this Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello cut file, that she made for the April Hip Kit. She shared how she used in a recent Youtube process video.

I used my wood grain patterned paper (Maggie Holmes, Bloom, Lizzy) for the cursive Hello’s and then added under the Hello’s a dark Navy paper (Shimelle, Starshine, Hubble). I love how this cut file just pops on my page.

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I really wanted to keep this layout simple. That seems to be a theme for me. I used quite a bit of thin strips of patterned paper and wash tape.

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I really wanted to focus on the journaling and the photo. The photo I used is a self portrait, Me holding my camera in our outside sliding door. I love how I am reflecting as well as the big tree outside.

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I love this concept of seeing me in the world around me.

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I wrote tons of journaling too.

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I love that I have a place to talk about the things that have influenced me to become a story teller, a scrapbooker, a documenter of my families journey!! I have always grew up having photos be a big part of my childhood. And not in the sense that pictures or cameras were always being used. I am sure they were used quite a lot, but the focus was more of the photos. I remember almost every time we had big get togethers at my grandmothers house we would pull out the photo albums and tell the stories of what or who were all in these photos. My grandmother would often tell us these stories like the picture was just taken, last month. Do you remember when .. And I was about three in the photo. I wish I could remember, but these stories have be engrained in me that it is almost like I do remember!!

I am so glad I can pass this down to my children. This need to take pics, have my focus be portrayed and be able to print and tel these stories to my kids so that they can remember too. It is a priceless gift. A friend as just telling me the other day of an aunt who died, that was a scrapbooker. She had left behind tons of scrapbooks with tons of pictures and memorabilia and stories. Stories that she had compiled since the 1950s. They were able to all sit back and relive all the great times they had as a family by sharing her scrapbooks with each other. This story is precious!! I hope I can leave this type of legacy for my family, the legacy of what good times we had as a family, the things we loved, they things we did together, who we were than and now. The legacy of pictures and stories of our lives.

The historian in me knows that the more you know about your past and what came before the easier it is to know who we are now, and who we want to become!! That is such a profound legacy to leave.

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We all have our gifts, and I love that my family has helps give and engrain in me mine!! That I can use my camera to help tell my stories!!

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The I am collection by Simple Stories was perfect for this layout.

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And aren’t those Color Cast Design stars so cute!!

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I also used some enamel dots and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold to finish off my layout.

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I love the way this whole layout turned out!! You can watch the process video here.

 

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Don’t forget that Crafty Meggy and Felicia also have made and are sharing the second layout with their version of this homemade stash kit. By clicking on their names you you be directed to their Youtube Channel and process video.

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you were inspired today!!

Also come back this week as I will be sharing my progress on Week In The Life.

Aloha, Hannah

 

 

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For the love of Homemade Kits:Happy Ricotta Pie

Aloha Scrapbookers!! It’s Tuesday and do you know what that means?!! I am sharing another layout in my homemade stash kit series. We are using a new kit this week. the main inspiration paper is from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection (Memento).

Here is a look at the new kit, just in case you didn’t see my post last week.

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This week I thought I would jump right in and use the inspiration paper. When I seen that paper I already had a story in mind. I liked the idea of using the numbers from that sheet so I fussy cut them out. They really are symbolic of the years passing. That this is something that has happened a number of times.

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I knew I would probably need tons of space to journal. This layout is really about the story. I kept it simple. I didn’t use lots of layers like I normally do. I also kept the embellishment clusters simple too.

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I love how this frame looks over this picture of Ricotta pie.

I love the story i am telling with this layout. I really have found that story telling, on my layouts is becoming a big part of how I want to scrapbook. This layout is about Easter Ricotta Pie. growing up every year my mom and I made this pie. I stirred the Italian cream until my arm felt like it would fall off too. It just was tradition to make this pie for Easter. We only made it on Easter too. It is so yummy, with it’s sweet cherries and rich chocolate chips. We eat it cold, and for breakfast easter morning and for dessert in the late evening. My dad likes to be the official taste tester when it’s done cooking to make sure it’s perfect. (I think he just can’t wait until Easter Sunday morning to take a bit, though, he isn’t fooling me.)

My mom got the recipe from a family friend as a teenager, and she has made it so many times, she doesn’t even need the recipe. When I moved out in college, this was one of the recipes I HAD to have. I have been making it every Easter since I left home too. It just isn’t Easter if I don’t make it.

I love that now Cayden is starting to learn and help make our family tradition!! This year she helped stir the Italian cream (which is pretty much a very basic pudding). Her arm was getting tired, but it’s all part of the process. The pain is worth it, when you take a bite of this silky smooth pie.

The picture I am using is Cayden stirring the Italian cream. I made it black and white so that just the image was what you saw. Plus with all the color on the page, I think it looks better.

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We had a stamp in our kit and I stamped hearts in the clusters. I love this simple little touch.

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I also used splatters in each cluster, in colors that matched the numbers.

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I built this cluster partially on top of the photo. I ended up adding different alpha’s. The white reminds me of ricotta though. The gold is a pretty touch and ties in with the other gold on the layout.

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You can watch the process video below,

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Don’t forget to check out Megan’s layout and video.

Also Felicia’s Layout and process video, who is joining Megan and me.

We will be back again next Tuesday with another layout from our second round of this Homemade Stash kit. I hope you are looking forward to it.

Have a great week!!

Hannah

 

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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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For the love of birthday Pho

Last week I shared with you a new series Crafty Meggy and I are working on. I am so excited about this series, one I find when I do a series or challenge with a scrappy body I am more motivated to keep at it. I think it’s that it an accountability factor too.

This next layout I did end up picking out an extra 6×6 paper that matched my paper more. Though I am happy about the amount of paper I used on this layout in general too. I used a technique, or thing I do often. It’s as Tracie Claiborne (From The Scrap Gals) one off my go to designs. And I really love it, I think because by changing the size of the paper or even just the papers in general it really changes the look. My go to design is using strips of paper layered together. I generally like to use them layered under my photo, kind of like a photo mat.

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I picked out colors that matched this photo I decided I wanted to use. I don’t generally match all my papers to the color of my photo. I couldn’t help it this time though. The bright colors in this picture just called out to me to be used in a bright way on my layout.

The yellow paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom, in my kit reminded me of the lemons in my bowl. The Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss green mimicked the greens in my Pho bowl too. The pops of color in the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper reminded my of that spoon. It was like the stars aligned just perfect to document this story.

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This photo was taken on Sept 18th. My birthday. I am the worst at scrapbooking birthdays, I hate to admit it, but I really am. I think some of it is, almost always the pictures turn out horrible. And Really I think a part of me wants to enjoy whatever we are doing, opening gifts or blowing out candles. So I just don’t take many photos. I feel bad though, I mean I love birthdays, they are always fun. Growing up we always (and I mean ALWAYS) had a party to celebrate, the whole big family got together for birthdays. And then even on our birthday we got a special birthday meal. I feel bad we can’t always do this for our kids, for my little family because we are so far away from our immediate family.

Anyways I am getting sidetracked, aren’t I. Moving on. This picture is from my birthday. This year we decided to go out to dinner for my birthday without the kids. We have some amazing friends who can watch our kids from time to time, and our kids love it there and play with their children.  So going out without the kids in tow was actually possible this birthday, especially since we planned it.

I didn’t want to go anywhere fancy this year, I mean turning 32 isn’t a really big deal. It is another year. Not old, not young. I really wanted Pho. I really love Pho!! I mean I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life and be happy as a clam!! It’s so tasty and light and fresh and YUM!!

I wanted to scrapbook about this love, because maybe in ten years I will have a new love!! It’s bound to happen, I am a foodie loving person, I was almost going to be a chef at one point of my life.

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(leaving lots of open white space gave me room to do all the journaling I needed!)

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I love the look of these alphas by Seven Paper. The yellow mixed in the black just looks so cool!

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I love mixing the teals, blues and green embellishments. And I splattered watercolor at the end in these colors too. The look a little like confetti on the page.

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These phrase stickers are really fun too. I made sure I scattered them throughout the layout.

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I love all the texture from these strips of papers!!

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I made sure to curl the ends of the papers so it would lift off the paper.

Here is how it looks together.

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You can watch my process video here

 

I am really having fun with this kit. Even though Megan and I set out to do only three layouts with this kit, I am positive I will be able to get more done, which I will share in my Kill A Kit blogpost in two weeks.

Don’t forget to check out Megan’s Youtube Channel and process video for her second layout, with her kit. Remember her kit is a little different because we each made a kit from our own stash with the same recipe. I love this concept because you can add stuff you love, need to use and things that have been just sitting in your stash. Then we both have different looking kits too, even though we used the same paper as inspiration or start of our Kits.

I hope you have an inspired day!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

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Home Sweet Home (For the Love of Homemade Kits)

Aloha!! Today I want to share with you the Layout I made for the first installment of the new series I am doing with my scrappy friend Crafty Meggy (Megan). We made a homemade kit with our stash, which was inspired by the “blossom” paper by Dear Lizzy Documentary. If you want to see everything in my kit check out my last blog post.

I am really excited to start this series and use up some of my stash. I have a ton of little bits from unfinished collections that I have bought over this past year. And where I have loved the collections when I bought them, and still love them, I tend to want to scrap with new supplies if I can too.

I am ready to be challenged though!!

When I made this layout, I had just got back from New York. I have tons of pictures from my trip that I want to document. So many stories that I want to tell. That trip to New York really jump started my mojo and wanting to tell all these stories I haven’t told yet.

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Here are a few shots that didn’t make the layout, but still are really cool.

 

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As looking through photos I found this one of the sunset. I took tons of pictures of this sunset trying to capture it perfectly, from the backseat of our car rental. While we were driving 65 on the highway, which definitely makes things complicated. I was determined to try to capture this beautiful sunset though. It was the beauty we needed after a really hard day. We had been driving back from Saratoga and the Veteran’s Cemetery from my aunt’s funeral. To say it was a difficult day would be an understatement.

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I think this is one thing I love about life, that no matter how hard the day has been, if you look around enough, there is always something you can find that will bring beauty to your life. It isn’t always easy to see, or like this sunset it can be painted across the sky.  I love that I have the chance and opportunity to remember the beauty of that day instead of how hard it really was.

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I really wanted to keep the mood of my layout light. Because like I mentioned I really want to remember the beauty I seen in this day, not the hard moments. (If you can tell I am a glass half full type a girl, I can always pick out the Joy in a situation and thats the only way I choose to live my life!!)

I found this cut file at the Silhouette Store and thought it was perfect.

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I used my watercolor set and tried to replicate the sunset in the picture with the title. I really like this effect. It helps tie the photo to the title and layout.

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Because I wanted the focus to be on the photo and the title, I tried to keep this layout really simple. The Watercolor adds a big impact so using a simple woodgrain really helps. I added a few layers behind the photo, I picked that dot paper from Pink Paislee C’est La Vie because it had similar colors as in the photo. The white background still keeps it light though. Same for the Amy Tangerine paper too, plus the v’s remind me of how the clouds were different shapes and streaks across the sky.

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I started with the top cluster. I found that I was drawn to the purple in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection. I thought this was funny because I truly thought that was the last color I would use from the die cut pieces. They ended up really tying in the little bits of purples from the clouds.

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I love this cloud from Pink Fresh Studio. Perfect right?! These phrases helped me highlight the good of the day too.

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This house was also so cute!! I thought it worked good, seeing as in my journaling I wanted to talk about being back home and the things I love about New York, like the way the sunsets across the fields!!

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Adding pop dots to the butterfly really helped give a little more dimension to the layout. Even though I am keeping this layout simple, I still want some interest on this page. The butterflies I feel are a good touch. They make me think about my Aunt being free now, and the purple one is perfect, because that is my aunts favorite color.

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The pops of pink look really sharp and draw your eyes to each cluster. I really love sequins instead of enamel dots, which is why I added them to my kit this time.

I really love how this turned out. I know I say this a lot, but I love when I enjoy the layouts I make. It really helps me want to create more. Having my mojo back, I definitely was ready to pull out another piece of yardstick and tell another story!!

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What do you think about that copper doodling to look like stitching?

 

Here is a look at the full layout.

 

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I really think the ink splatters help tie everything together too!!

 

You can watch me put this layout together, here on the process video.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out Megan’s take on our recipe, and her first layout.

I hope to see you back next Tuesday when I share my second layout with this kit. I plan to make three layouts for this series. I am hoping to get more layouts done, in which I will share in a few weeks when I do my kill a kit video or blog post in a coupe of weeks. We really want to do a few installments of this series before all my scrappy stuff will have to be packed away for my summer move. I really am loving the idea of using as much stash up as I can before I have to move.

I hope you are inspired and play along with us too. I would love to see your homemade stash kit and layouts if you do play along. Tag Megan (CraftyMeggy) or me on social media if you do!!

See you later!!

Aloha, Hannah

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