Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Momma's Girls.

When I saw one of the girls do a page similar for one of the challenges ... yes, on the Paper Issues Fall Crop ; I had to lift it. Which I did for the challenge : I'll have what she's having.  It was a challenge where you lifted someone's page that you've seen through out the weekend crop.  


I love the Maggie Holmes' Gather Collection. It has one sheet with what looks like little bits of paper lined up, so I cut out some of the strips of paper  and layered them up along the side of my 12x12 paper. Tried to make a straight line to stitch across. Judge if you must, but that's my great sewing job! I liked how it turned out though, pulled up some of the edges to make it look like it's layered up messier. 

I layered behind on the left side of the photo with some of the ephemera and built a cluster at the bottom with some of the chipboard pieces as well. I love this photo of my sister and my momma with me when I was in the hospital as a beeb.  I actually forgot that I had scrapped this photo before but this one I just happen to enjoy better! The colors just go well with the vintage look of the photo, I think. 

I'm so glad I caught that girl's page for one of the challenges that inspired this page! This page turned out just beautiful in my opinion!  Again, as always, join us at Paper Issues'  Facebook page for more fun or get these supplies from her store @ Paper Issues.  

xo. Renee

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sweet Family Hugs.

Can't stop, won't stop.....with my endless post from the Paper Issue's Fall Crop. I really should've spread these out all month long, but my head has been in a hundred other places than the blog. It's really a goal I want to work on in the coming new year to blog on a more respectful schedule. But back to the topic at hand, everything Paper Issues, as always. I really should.... stop being addicted but I have issues.  


This challenge was the Fan Favorite; all items that the group had picked in various polls were selection to be put together in one page. White cardstock, one photo, ephemera, color blue, something striped, gold accents, and >10 words in journaling.  Okay, I'm on it Kelly.

I again, went digging in my scraps and stash for something I could use together. I found what I had left of the Amy Tangerine's Better Together line- perfect for this picture of my sister and her daughter!  I never know how to use rub-ons, but I get them everytime- you never know when you'll make a layout that needs rub-ons. In this case, I found a layout on pinterest that had a design similar to this using rub-ons- so I lifted the idea for this page! I built foundation for the picture to be on the bottom,  outlined the edge softly with a pencil- than proceeded to basically "rub on vomit" all over the page focusing on the center.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

I journaled along the outer edge of the paper about the great relationship of my sister and her daughter. They go on girl dates all the time, it makes this aunt a bit jealous!! I would love to join them!! This was right before they went to a Meghan Trainor concert... my niece knows so much popular music. I must have been seriously deprived as a child.

This page turned out so fun and colorful, I love it! Come join me on the Paper Issues Facebook page!!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Adorable Halloween.

I know I have been gone for a while, I'm sorry for that! But I have been scrapping up a storm. Paper Issues had their Fall Crop earlier this month, and why yes- I am a little late showing you all my pages that I had completed. I hope you enjoy them nonetheless and join Paper Issues on their monthly challenges that are posted in their Facebook group

One of the challenges was 50 Shades of Fall which we were challenged to pick one color and stick to it! Use your color in various shades as well as black and white.  I picked the color pink, clearly but maybe you missed it, I'm not sure :-P. 


I loved these Halloween photos of my sister's sweet kiddos! They both happen to dress in pink costumes, so I decided to work with that! I dug through my scraps and put together a bunch of pink items- which was great for me- I always need that stash to shrink. One of these days, it'll be gone.. yeah, right. But either way, I also used to color gold which was tied in from the paper- also was on a lot of my pink embellishments.

I loved how this page turned out, it was one of my favorites from the crop! I wouldn't have thought to do this before and have it turn out as well as it did!! Also for a Halloween layout, I never would have thought I would have had a pink layout! But my nephew just loves his piggies, he'll be a pig til he can't! Too bad he wasn't here in Iowa, I would love to have a pet pig! He's just so cute!! Also, I'm just thinking I want my niece's outfit as an outfit, forget a costume- it's so pretty! Maybe I'm out of the loop, I 'm not even sure what she is!! But she makes it look adorable!! 

Don't forget to join the challenges at Paper Issues' Facebook page, even though the crop is over- they have challenges and projects all month long to join in on ! Or just go ahead and shop at her online store- great service and tons of the newest products!! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

I was inspired by a great scrapbook page I saw on a blog showing how to make these frames in to little houses! What a great idea - I never know how to use that many frames from the scrapbook paper but I love them so much and always get suckered in to buying them!  I also fell in love with the Gather Collection by Maggie Holmes- so many pretty elements- I can't get enough of using it. 

I had this sweet picture of my sister and her husband to use - I don't scrap them very often so I was excited to use it! I first was thinking of doing a black and white photo but I just didn't like how it looked so I used it as a layering piece. 


I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to use that marbling like sheet of paper very well but I think it worked on this page! I always love forming clusters of embellishments! On the bottom, I used two of the frames as "houses" while using scraps of the collection to make the roof.  I loved being able to use also one of the word stickers as part of the title.  

Throughout their marriage they've moved multiple times , chasing all their dreams and goals. I imagine each time they "start" in a new city they remind themselves... Home is where their heart is. Both of their hearts are filled with love, for each other and for their sweet amazing children.  No house could be a home without them all together.  I can't wait to even have a love that is half as amazing as theirs.  Thank you both for being amazing role models. 

xo. Renee


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Girls Night Out.

I think this will be my last scrapbook page from my 30th birthday. I swear I'm done talking about it!

After shopping with my family for the day, I ended the night with a few drinks with my best friend. Gosh, I can't even begin to explain what this girl means to me! She has gone through so many trials in her life and finally some of her dreams are coming true! I can't even begin to explain how happy I am for her! If anyone deserves life to go right, it's her!


I was able to finally use these stickers which I was so excited about! I've been needing a girl's night out to finally be able to use them! I love the vintage soda bottles and such- the balloon in the corner - my absolute favorite sticker from the sheet! I had to fit it in some how :) With this collection, I just bought the cut apart sheet as well as the pattern one in the back- now I wish I maybe had bought more. An excuse for more girls night out right?? 

But I love that I was able to utilize so much of the cut apart sheet and embellishments - I didn't need to really have any more of the other paper. I was also able to include some scraps I had laying around as well as other stickers that matched perfectly with this collection! 

It's unfortunate that our lives have been so busy lately between work and family lives; we're both in dire need of some girl time - hopefully sometime very soon! 

x.o. Renee


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ready Set Go.

So I may or may not have continued to make pages for Paper Issues Challenges again! Okay, who am I kidding? I'm addicted! And you all are coming to know that! This one was for their Pawsitively Pets challenge that is all about the animals in your life!

This is fairly easy because - well, I kind of attack my poor sweet boy with my camera in his face quite frequently.


I actually was excited to use scraps up that I had that matched perfectly with pieces of Cool Kid by Crate Paper. Although I was dying to use some of the cute kitty stuff from the Cute Girl line - I just couldn't- I'm weird. My cat is 100% boy and I can't put that in the back of my head. So boy stuff barfed on my page instead.  

I used some mixed media such as watercolor to create the "mess" in the background. Made the page look a little dirty like all boys are! Added some thread behind bits of the embellishment clusters. I loved how this page came together! Also- I had to include the boy sticker- "a noise with dirt on it."- my cat meows all the time. Works perfectly!  

Love how this page came together! I hope I inspired you also to get a little dirty and scrap your cute pets!  Also join the Paper Issues Facebook Group as always for great challenges!! 

xo. Renee

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Birthday.

Oh you all know that a few weeks ago was my 30th birthday! While a lot of my plans failed,  I definitely had a wonderful day with my family! I am so blessed with a family that loves me immensely.

I love this page that I threw together so much! Maggie Holmes knocks it out of the park every time with her new lines. Yes, some say they look relatively the same- but really, if it works- why change it?! I always end up using every piece of the collection! I used pieces from her new line Gather which worked really well with the MAMBI birthday stickers I had that I wanted to use as well!


Also a great thing about the American Craft company ( who owns Crate Paper / Maggie Holmes ) is their awesome customer service! When I received my Gather 6x12 sticker sheet, I saw that they weren't cut directly through so I could peel them up with ease. Instead, they were ripping from the paper as well as leaving the sticky behind. I contacted them about the problem and they have sent me a replacement!  Fantastic! I would have hated to buy another one, although- as much as I love this collection- I would have ;)  Also noted, I still used the stickers from the defective sheet- thank goodness for good ol'  Tombow mono glue! - Seriously, couldn't wait til I received the functional stickers! 

My favorite picture from the day. I spent all day with my parents as Iowa was mostly under water- we decided to go to our neighbor up north - Minnesota for a day of shopping and food! I was decked in my 30th  birthday gear- stash and crown. Apparently the manager at Buffalo Wild Wings thought I needed an added crown. Or maybe I was acting already goofy- that Party Buffalo crown would be better? 

Hope you enjoyed this page! 

xo. Renee