Monday, February 28, 2011

February Layouts

I've been busy this month! Here are the layouts I've created:

{paper and elements from Lil' Bundle kit & add-on by SuzyQ Scraps; alpha from Lil' Bundle Chipper Colors by SuzyQ Scraps; Spicy Sushi Roll font}

{doodle border from Oopsie Doodle Borders 2 by SuzyQ Scraps; papers and elements from Year in Review Collab by SuzyQ Scraps and Captivated Visions; Pea Bonnie Script font}

{papers & elements from Heart Attack Blues kit by SuzyQ Scraps; Pea Sarah Quick font}

{papers and elements from Lil' Princess kit by SuzyQ Scraps; Pea Kar Kar font}

{papers & elements from "Young Love" kit by Digital Scrapbook Memories; Chrysler Electric font}

{alpha, green & blue papers, and stars from Dino-RAWR kit by SuzyQ Scraps; frames, hearts, buttons, staples & swirls from Heart to Heart kit by SuzyQ Scraps; Quicksand font}


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Project: Love, Me - February Layouts

Here are some of my layouts from February's prompts for Project: Love, Me. Have you been keeping up with the challenges? If you are new to this, you can join in at any time. Just check out the Project: Love, Me blog for all the details. The first prompt for March is already up!

Everything for these layouts came from the iLove Bundle.



It's no secret I love fonts, and I'm always adding to my collection. So I decided it might be fun to share more of my favorites ala this post. I've got previews and links so you can grab them yourself... they're all free! Enjoy!

A Font With Serifs
Albermarle Swash
Angel Tears
Capture It

Claudia Jean
Clementine Sketch - you can see I have two different previews. The first style is typed just as-is, and you'll notice the first and last letter of each word has an opening, ready to connect to another letter. If you want those openings closed, like the second preview, you type the first letter of your word using CAPS LOCK, and after typing the last letter you type ^. This symbol is the SHIFT part of the number 6 key on your keyboard. Not a huge deal, but I tend to like it better written that way!
Cry Kitty

Dreamed About You
Firefly Castle
Folk - this is just one download, but has all four of the styles shown included.
HVD Bodedo

Island of Misfit Toys

JF Ringmaster
Just Another Font
Keetano ATL My Gangsta

Lobster 1.4
Love Ya Like A Sister
More Than Enough
New Facebook

Oh {Photo} Shoot!
Pass the Chex
Pea Kar Kar
Pea Kar Kar Print

Quicksand - you have to download each style separately, but I love them all!
Road Movie
Spicy Sushi Roll

St. Nicholas
Stinkerella & Stinkzilla
Sunshine in My Soul
Sunshine Poppy
Supafly 36

Wish I Were Taller


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monster Party

This weekend we had a very fun MONSTER birthday bash for my boys... their birthdays are just over a week apart, so we had one big party with all their friends. I had a lot of fun planning for it and using my digital scrapbook stash to create some fabulous stuff. I used stuff from Digital Scrapbook Memories and SuzyQ Scraps.

First the invites:

{black letters from "Dark Comedy" alpha by SuzyQ Scraps; everything else from "Monster" kit by Digital Scrapbook Memories; "Love Ya Like A Sister" font}

Aren't those monsters the cutest? They're from this kit.

For treats I made some cupcake wrappers and toppers. This was so easy thanks to Suzy's cupcake templates. I also used her No Monsters Allowed kit.

I also made a bunch using the Monster kit from DSM. Too many cute monsters, I just couldn't decide!

This fun banner was made with the same supplies I used for the invite. This picture isn't great, but you can kind of get an idea. I did each letter on a 4x6 canvas so it was super easy to just do photo prints at Costco and then staple them to some ribbon.

For one of the games, we played pin the eyes on the monster. I used the eyes from the Monster kit, and the monster's body came from Suzy's Giggle Monsters kit. I erased the original eyes and nose using the magic of photoshop. (Specifically, the clone stamp tool and blur tool.)

I was a little stumped on what to do for party favors. I couldn't really find any monster themed toys or goodies, but Zach had this really cute wooden monster puzzle that I thought would be fun.

I purchased it at Target sometime last fall in the $1 section, which means it is no longer available. :( So I decided to make it the hard way.

First, I scanned all the puzzle pieces. Then I extracted them one by one and played with the colors a bit in photoshop. Next I printed them on cardstock, cut them out, lamintated them, cut them again, and added some sticky velcro. I really love how they turned out. They took a lot of time but it was worth it.

The finished product:

I put the extra pieces in a ziplock and attached it to the back with some glue dots.

And there ya go!

It was a lot of fun to plan and make all these fun projects for the party. The coolest part is that the whole idea for this theme came from these monster-themed kits that I already had... I was just looking for a good excuse to use them! I really love how everything turned out, and the kids had a blast.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gratitude Album

Remember my 30 Days of Gratitude project? I now have something tangible to show for it. I decided to go with a fun little badge album. A badge album is super easy - I just bought some of those clear name badge holders - you can get them at Walmart, or any office supply store - and then created my mini layouts the size that would fit in photoshop. (I made a similar album last April for my 30 Days of Photos.) All you need is just a little ribbon to tie it all together, and viola!

I have a few of these little mini-albums on a shelf in my living room. It's fun to browse through them every now and then.

I used all kinds of products from my digital stash for this. Most of it is stuff from one of my favorite designers, Leora Sanford. I really love this simple kraft alpha that I used for the numbers throughout, it really ties it all together.

And a look at the back: