Thursday, January 24, 2013

Family Fun Activity Jar

HOLY SCRAP! Where in the world have I been? Well certainly not here posting on my blog. It's been crazy busy coming off from the holidays. First it was all the fun projects from CHA. I forgot to snap photos of some of them but I will when I get them back. Then there's something exciting that I've been working on in the background that I can't tell you about until Saturday and then there's all the projects I've been working on that I can't post yet.  But I can now so stay tuned in here...

Today let me show you something I made with the new Little Yellow Bicycle collection they sent me called Just Because. The colors are soo fun and I just love the vellum tape, canvas banners, and especially the stick pins. Liz asked me to create something unique to showcase the stick pins so after wracking my brain for something other than a scrapbook layout, I came up with this...

Family Fun Activity Jar

My hubby and I always talk about all the fun things we want to do with the kids and then the weekend comes and we can't decide what to do or we didn't plan well enough or something just gets in the way. Sooo, we decided we're going to change that. We're going to dedicate time EVERY weekend to a family fun activity. It could be something we do at home or it might involve a little field trip. Either way, it's planned family time (apart from the regular play time we do with the kids) and it's a reward for good behavior, grades or whatever we feel that deserve to be rewarded for. 

I used the stick pins from the Just Because collection as the foundation for creating the activity strips. I simply adhering them between two strips of paper and then decorated them with chipboard, twine and bits from the paper crafting kit. Each strip has a different activity that I know all of the family members will enjoy.  I randomly laid the strips down and I noticed after the fact that both showing are movie activities but we also made some for the park, the zoo, family bike ride, miniature golf, board game night, lunch at the tea room, bowling, feed ducks at the pond, go to a play or make up a play at home, go to the book store, cook a meal together (homemade pizzas are a fave of ours), go on a picnic, the list goes on...and that doesn't include all the fun activities I've pinned on Pinterest and still need to try.

Of course, we need a cute jar to hold the pin strips in so I decorated a mason jar using paper, chipboard, and more bits from the paper crafting kit. Of course, the smaller "happiness" jar on the front had to be filled with faux flowers, made from the stick pins.  

Now I just need to make more activity pins that can be switched out each month so that we have different options of things to do, while creating new memories together. 

JB-277 Stick Pins
JB-304 6x6 Paper Pad
JB-305 Paper Crafting Kit
JB-160 Vellum Tape
JB-201 Canvas Stickers
JB-140 Cardstock Stickers - Fresh Verse
JB-279 Chipboard Shapes

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to visit the Little Yellow Bicycle blog for more ideas on what you can do with these fun stick pins.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Family Memories Album

I was contacted through email last fall by Melinda from Scrapkit Studio asking if I'd be interested in guest designing. I took one look at her kits, and said YES! I really like the concept she has going. She pre-cuts all the paper to fit the album so you don't have to, everything coordinated beautifully and all you have to do is assemble it. It's really great for all levels of scrapbooking - you can assemble yours using the instructions she includes in the kit so it's easy breezy to whip up OR you can do what I did and just create your own album from scratch.

She sent me the My Everyday Life 2013 chipboard album. It's filled with Pebbles Seen & Noted goodies. I just love the rich colors. The kit includes chipboard, cardstock, pattern paper, Simple Stories Snap sheet protectors and tons of embellishments.  Take a look at what I created:

Family Memories 2013 Cover
I covered the front of the chipboard album with the grey chevron paper. I like how the rest of the colors pop on the grey. I also added some Mr. Hueys white mist to grunge it up just a tad. The grey and the red twine were also added from my stash.

Inside Cover and Front Page
 These first pages are really an introduction to the family as of today. I plan to add a note about our family and possibly my hopes for the coming year. A you can see, I'll be adding a family photo. The hello 2013 is something I added to the kit, it can be downloaded for free from Simple Stories.

 I thought I'd share a close-up of my front cover. I had so much fun creating this word collage. It kind of, sort of reminds me of subway art. The only downfall is that it used up all my words from the sticker sheet but I think the reward is worth it.

Right now, I am planning on using our highlights each month and making this a 12 month book. I've set it up that way but I didn't add any months to it yet. That way, I can see how it plays out. You'll see empty spaces for photos or more empty spaces on cards. I plan to embellish it even more once I have my photos. 

Here are the rest of the pages:
 These are set up to be my January pages. The top right says to do today. I will be adding a photo of myself, maybe by myself or maybe with the hubby & kids. I'll add the Celebrate sticker from the sticker sheet to the photo because it's my birthday. It will then read, To Do Today: Celebrate!

My hubby secured backstage meet n greet passes to go see my favorite band, Matchbox Twenty, in January, so I set these pages up like this to document the whole thing.

This spread is for February. The front pages will talk about my love for our kids.

The back pages will be about my hubby & I!

In March, we start to get to warmer weather, more time spent outside, lots of memories to be made:

April showers bring May Flowers

June, July, August are HOT! September starts to cool off but just a tad!

Then comes October!!!
We're celebrating our girl's birthdays in October. One on the 1st and the other on the 27th!

Lastly is November and December!

And of course, the final page and the back cover. 
I'll be wishing my family a great life in 2014 & beyond as we prepare to welcome the brand new year.

I even have pages, stickers and embellishments leftover that I'm holding on to because I know I will need them as I begin to fill in this book with all our photos.

I hope you enjoyed what I did with the kit! You can see the Melinda's version of the kit on the Scrapkit Studio blog. My supplies are listed below (I added additional elements that I had already in my stash - twine, washi tape, foam pop dots, ribbon, additional sentiment papers, etc.)

  • 3 - die-cut chipboard pages, 7" x 9"
  • 6 - sheets of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' patterned papers, die-cut to match the chipboard pages
  • 12 - sheets of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' color cardstock, die-cut to match the chipboard pages
  • 2 - packages of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' accent & phrase sticker sheets
  • 1 - pad of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' 4x6 cardstock journaling cards
  • 1 - package of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' cards & pockets
  • 1 - package of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' adhesive labels
  • 1 - package of Pebbles' 'Seen & Noted' masking tape stickers
  • 12 - Simple Stories acrylic page protectors
  • 12 - acrylic page edge strips to protect cardstock binder ring holes
  • 12 - page edges to cover the acrylic page edges strips
  • 1 - die-cut paper pocket
  • assorted grograin ribbon, bakers' twine, plastic button, cardstock flowers, die-cut numbers for title, 1 binder clip
  • 2 - 1-1/2" binder rings
Supplies from my personal scrap stash:
  • Washi tape from My Mind's Eye & Freckled Fawn 
  • Foam Pop Dots
  • May Arts ribbon & other misc ribbon
  • Mr. Hueys mist in calico white
  • Twine from The Twinery
  • Black pen for doodling & for when I journal
  • Button from My Mind's Eye
  • Free Sn@p printable from Simple Stories - download HERE
Melinda mentioned that these are selling fast so if you want one you better hop over and get yours today!