Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inside the Box by B2N2 Scraps

While I love making templates, it's also fun to not have to make them & use someone else's! Case in point, the new template set from B2N2 Scraps, Inside the Box.

I have to say I'm always surprised by my boys, just a few weeks ago Jake said to me that he wanted to have blue fingernails. Now not only does Jake have blue finger/toe nails, Ian has green finger/toe nails & I have green/blue toenails! Love those dudes.

For the layout I used one of Becky's more girly kits, Mani/Pedi. I'll be honest that I never thought I would use this one!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sassifrass by Wendy Tunison Designs

Everyone needs a little attitude every now and then. The perfect amount of sass and sizzle is what you'll find in this kit called Sassifrass. The bright, bold colors make this fun for girls of any age. From a night on the town to dress up in mommy's high heels, I've got you covered. The fun word art pieces will have you smiling and chanting, "You go, girl!" as you're scrapping those girl power moments! Sassifrass is 30% off during it's introductory week!


There are some birthdays coming up that I needed to make cards for & this kit is just perfect for the girls on my list. I did something a little different with this card, can you spot it? It's a little hard to see but on the front of the card I put a 3D element which is something I don't do very often but I decided needed to be tried. The reason I don't usually do 3D stuff is that it can be hard for me to cut things out nice enough so that I doesn't look like my 4-year-olds cut it. But tags are great for making a little pop-out or 3D element as they usually have straight lines to work with.

Don't forget to check out Wendy's blog for links to a ton of great freebies to go with Sassifrass!

Summer Lovin' by B2N2 Scraps

Been some busy days around here as I've been working hard to sort out all my picture files & my blogs. Very time consuming but something that needs to be done! At least I've been finding new (old) pictures to scrap & one came in handy for the new collaboration between B2N2 Scraps & Digi-Designs by Nicole, Summer Lovin'. This kit is perfect to scrap any kind of beach or summer photos you have with a romantic flair.

Here's my little dudes at the beach a few summers ago, thanks to the rain we haven't gotten to the beach yet this year but next week is looking good!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Pursuit of Happiness by Wendy Tunison Designs

I recently worked with a wonderful kit from Wendy Tunison Designs called The Pursuit of Happiness. This fun kit is just full of color & life which made it the perfect kit to use to make some end-of-school teacher gifts.

I really wanted to make something unique & fun so I checked through my Pinterest boards to see what I had stored & I found a wonderful idea for a gift card holderon the blog Inking Idaho. I really liked the look but instead of using punches & die-cuts, I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the cuts nice & clean. The gift card holders turned out wonderfully & I was able to get my boys to sign the cards correctly on the first try!

In addition to the gift card holder, I also made a quick food label for an event at the boys' school called Everybody Eats Rice. We had to bring a dish that had rice in it & when I made a Pineapple Honey Rice Dessert last year there was nothing left. Same results this year but it does taste the best while fresh!

I liked my gift card holder so much that I turned it into a little freebie for everyone who needs a cute holder for some gift cards. Click on the preview to download & enjoy! Sorry, this freebie has expired!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Permitted by Just For Fun Designs

Do you have a son or daughter who is now old enough to drive? Then pick up the new kit Permitted from Just For Fun Designs; it's just what you need to scrap all those heart stopping pictures! Kelly created this kit for her oldest son who is learning to drive, he got to pick out the colors & elements lucky guy. This fun kit is on sale for 50% off until June 22nd & if you head on over to Kelly's Facebook page you'll find a great freebie!

And don't worry if your kids aren't old enough to drive yet, this kit is still so much fun to use. Here's my little dudes when they were just over a year old "driving" the shopping cart!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dive Into Summer by The Scrappy Kat & Mommy Me Time Scrapper

Mommy Me Time Scrapper and The Scrappy Kat have teamed up to design their latest Dive Into kit, Dive Into Summer, just in time for all those summer vacation photos you will be taking. Whether you or are going to the beach or just hanging out by the pool, this is your must have summer kit.

We haven't been able to go to the pool or beach yet thanks to the rainy weather so I dug up some pictures from years past to scrap with this great kit.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mud Bugs by B2N2 Scraps

B2N2 Scraps has released her next CT inspired kit, Mud Bugs! Mud Bugs is another name for crawfish in the southern United States & of course crawfish boils are very popular. This kit is a great way to scrap all those crawfish, lobster or other shellfish boil pictures you may have. But there are plenty of fun elements & papers to work with all sorts of pictures.

My aunt & uncle used to host a dinner each year where they would get cooked lobsters from their church. While I don't like lobster (don't like food that looks back at me), it was fun to hang out with the family & eat the turf part of a surf 'n' turf meal.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Free Ride by The Scrappy Kat

For Easter this year, we ended up going to an Easter egg hunt that was sponsored by a motorcycle club. No really! It was the 25th Annual Ranch Riders Motorcycle Brotherhood Easter Egg Hunt & while it was in many ways your typical Easter egg hunt the addition of the burly guys in motorcycle gear made it memorable.

When it was time to scrap the pictures I discovered there were no motorcycles kits in the Stuff to Scrap store so I put out a request for a motorcycle kit & ended up with a collaboration between Build A Memory & The Scrappy Kat, Free Ride! I just love what Raquel & Kat came up with & you can snag both parts of the collaboration on sale right now.

There are also two add-ons you can pick up, Raquel's is free through June 10th while Kat's add-on is also on sale.

Here's the layout I made for the Easter egg hunt, giant Easter bunnies are weird enough but the addition of the motorcycle jacket sent it into the weird stratosphere!

Since it was an Easter event, I added some bunny elements from Dive Into Easter from Mommy Me Time Scrapper & The Scrappy Kat. Of course the bunnies insisted on wearing motorcycle helmets!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Best Buds by Just For Fun Designs

With the start of a new month comes the new Bits N Pieces over at Scraps N Pieces! This month the theme is Friends & the color palette is so much fun with pinks, greens & oranges; even better each pack is just $1.00 until Friday, June 7th!

Kelly of Just For Fun Designs made her packs all about little boys & their buddies; Best Buds is a great way to celebrate your little guy & his friends.

My twin boys may fight like demons but when they're asleep they are the best of friends & little angels. Can't tell you how many times we've found them asleep in bed together, the cuteness never gets old!

Simply Lime by Wendy Tunison Designs

Time for another hybrid project using one of Wendy's kits & this time I have something amazing to show everyone! For this project I used Wendy's newest kit, Simply Lime, which has a fun & funky color scheme. It was perfect to make some Father's Day cards with; this was one of the Free with Purchase kits over at Scraps N Pieces during May 2013 so check your stash before buying!

I made some Father's Day cards for the grandpas with this kit but that wasn't the coolest part as I included a custom QR (Quick Response) Code in the cards so the grandpas could see their grandsons via video! Everyone has seen these code everywhere & it was very neat to find out I could make my own & download it as a PNG to put on layouts.

You can see the QR Code in the lower right picture, it works great & you can even scan it from your computer screen to see the video I linked up (a really old one as I haven't actually made the video for the grandpas yet!). Just click on the photo to bring up the larger version of the image & use one of the many free QR readers out there to scan the code. You'll be taken to a video of my younger twin explaining his plans for world domination at just 1 year old. Don't think he's followed through on any of those plans yet.

Back on topic! Making your own QR Code is very easy & you can link them to just about anything you want from a website to a video. Your first step is to figure out where you want your code to point to (website, video, etc) & copy the URL.

Next, Google free QR codes & pick the site you'd like to use; I got at least 8 different sites on my first search. Some places may require you to register & some may not, just pick one & follow the instructions on the site.

Quick note. Some places may offer you the options of a Static or Dynamic QR code. If you choose the Static option you can only use one URL with a particular QR code. However, if you decide to use the Dynamic option you can go back later & change the existing URL to a new URL. For most of us the Static QR Code is the best choice.

After following the directions on the QR Code maker website, you'll be given an option to download the code in various formats, for all us digital scrappers you'll want to snag the PNG format. Then just treat the code like a normal element & plop it someplace on your page. Remember that you don't want to size the code up but you can make it smaller. Don't forget to add a little arrow & text to encourage people to scan the code.

You can use any QR Code reader to scan the code & it will work with any smartphone or tablet that can support a QR reader (& has a camera of course!). This is a wonderful way to include videos that you may have taken at the same time as the photos you scrap. And in case you're wondering, when you scan the QR Code on the card I made, you're scanning something that was made digitally, printed on my home printer, then photographed & it still works perfectly both in the physical form & the photo form. Have fun!