Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Baby Girl - Pretty Little Studio

Oh how I love the Baby Claire line by Pretty Little Studio! It's sweet, darling, and in Pretty Little Studio's signature vintage style. I will never tire of scrapping photos of Addie with it! I had another opportunity to do just that with the October sketch:

And here is the sketch, inspired by the talented Monique Liedtke:

This is definitely a sketch that I will use more literally someday, but for this layout I went beyond tags to the mini flashcards and many journaling cards that Pretty Little Studio offers.

I wanted my journaling to flow from top to bottom, and the different kinds of cards were perfect for this. I love the flair. And the confetti/sequins. And the die-cuts. It's all so lovely!

Read more about my layout, see more close-ups, and check out other design team members' takes on the Pretty Little Studio blog today. Join in for a chance to win a $10.00 gift card to the Pretty Little Studio shop! Thanks for stopping by! Tessa

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Keep Going - The Studio

There is a new challenge up at The Studio today :). The challenge is to choose a design team member's layout and scraplift it. I enjoy a good scraplift, and I adored a recent layout done by fellow design team member, Leslie, so this was a great challenge. Here's my take, using Basic Grey's Persimmon line and a bit of Studio Calico vellum:

This is Leslie's fabulous layout, created for our tic-tac-toe challenge last month:

I love the diagonal strips of patterned papers that Leslie created. Quilt-inspired patterns are really trendy right now, and I thought this was a great take on that idea. Leslie's arrow embellishments inspired the theme of my page:

I am preparing for the world-wide conference of my church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) that will be held and broadcast this coming weekend. One of the ways I like to get myself ready to receive the messages that will be shared is to go back to previous conferences, as well as talks given in other venues, and review them. In my study I came across this quote and it became the journaling for my layout:

These words are from this message by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. If you need some encouragement, I highly recommend that you follow the link and watch the beautiful video, or even read the whole talk.

I loved every bit of Leslie's layout, but my process did take me in a direction of my own in some aspects. Journaling to the left of the photo as well as under my title...

A chipboard title (although I would have loved to use my Silhouette Cameo for a die-cut title - the baby was sleeping, though)...

Patterned paper at the bottom, but not both the bottom and the side...

If you'd like to play along the with us, or even just check out the rest of the design team's scraplifts (such good stuff!), please visit The Studio Challenges blog. I hope you enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by! Tessa

Friday, September 26, 2014

Enjoying Summer - Pretty Little Studio

Hello! Our family took a drive one recent (and hot!) Sunday to the Sacramento LDS temple. We love going there and walking the grounds. We love the Spirit we feel being so close to this important and beautiful building. This was Adlyn's first time on temple grounds and she wanted to crawl all over! In fact, if you look closely at the photos, you can see her little knees are red from the little bit of crawling we let her do. We set her down near some flowering bushes and I was able to capture a few photos.

I absolutely love the Marigold line from Pretty Little Studio, and given the assignment to create a layout featuring the journaling cards, I created this grid-style page. I trimmed some journaling cards down so that I could mat them with tissue paper. Others I embellished with PLS flair and die-cuts.

You can see more close-ups of my layout, and a little bit about my process, on the Pretty Little Studio blog today. You will also see a gorgeous layout by the talented Stacey Young - totally different style, but same line. If you love heavy layers and artsy mediums, you'll love Stacey's take on the journaling cards.

As always, you can also find my project photos in my flickr gallery, too. I hope you have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by today! Tessa

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not So Spooky Halloween Decor - Chickaniddy Crafts

Hello! It's finally raining here in northern California, which we are so grateful for because of the drought and the King Fire that is raging nearby. However, this time of year and change of weather usually brings with it colds, and a cold has settled into 4 out of 6 of us, including the baby. I refuse to get sick, and so far my 5th grader is doing just fine, so...fingers crossed! I want to finish decorating for fall this week (among the 500 other things I need to accomplish), and I can't do that from bed. Speaking of decor, did you catch my project at the Chickaniddy Crafts blog this week?

I made a garland out of vintage velvet leaves, tulle of all kinds, and patterned paper from Chickaniddy Crafts' Scrumptious line.

I made an arch out of floral wire, then used my hot glue gun to attach the flowers and vintage leaves.

I really enjoyed making this project because 1) you know I love flowers, and 2) I'm more into friendly, cute Halloween decor. I'm sure I'll enjoy this garland on my kitchen chalkboard all October long. Thanks for stopping by today! Tessa

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Library Pocket - Pretty Little Studio

Hello! Do your kids do AR? Accelerated Reader? It's a program that helps determine the difficulty range of books appropriate for your child. Students take quizzes on the books they read and acquire points. Each child has a point goal set by their teacher, and at our school there are also rewards for the number of words read. My boys have loved this program and it has helped them turn into voracious readers. My 5th grader has a problem, though.

Carson can't keep track of everything he has read. I know, that's not really a "problem", but this is of great concern to him. ;) Teachers try to give kids plenty of opportunities to take the quizzes, but Carson reads so fast that he often has three or four books to test on once his turn comes around. He will sometimes forget which books he has read and still needs to take a quiz for.

For example, he read the Harry Potter series at the beginning of 4th grade. He managed to test on all of them except the first one. He still reached his point goal, but his main reading goal has been the million word club. In 4th grade he made it to the 3 million word club. Only one other student did that (his brother, Colten) and one amazing reader made the 4 million word club. Carson would have made the 4 million word club if he had not forgotten to take that Harry Potter quiz. Bummer, right?!

So, to be more organized this year (his goal is a crazy 5 million words!), we brainstormed ways to keep better track of what he has finished. We started with a whiteboard, but that was boring. Now, we use this cute library pocket :).

You can find instructions and a supply list at the Pretty Little Studio blog. I used the Silly Monkey collection and I can't wait to use more for scrapbook layouts of my boys. It's a really cute line and you can check it out here.

Now Carson has another problem. He needs ideas for books to read! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments here or on my facebook page. We appreciate it!

Have a good one! Tessa

PS - I have some not-so-spooky Halloween decor up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today! Check it out here. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Tape" Magnets - Love My Tapes

Hello! I have an easy tutorial for these darling tape magnets on the Love My Tapes blog today:

All you need is magnets, tapes (I prefer fabric tapes), and pinking shears. I hope you'll stop by and take a look :).

Have a good one! Tessa

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Miracles - DCWV

I had the special assignment to create something for the DCWV blog today. I am grateful that DCWV wanted to observe today in some way. We discussed it as a design team, and we decided that we wanted to put something out there that was hopeful and positive, yet reflective. I found a quotation on Pinterest that I thought was fitting, for today and for all the other dark days that seem insurmountable. With an Ikea frame, the Melon Twist stack, and some other specialty papers by DCWV, I put this together:

I started with a 5x7 piece of patterned paper, then added a 4x6 piece of corrugated paper. I distressed the top of the corrugated piece by gently tearing the very top layer of paper from the corner. The way it worked out on this piece was perfect. I suggest going slow and practicing on scraps you might have.

The next layers are vellum (from the printed 6x6 vellum stack) and two 3x4 cards from the Melon Twist stack. I embellished with paper flowers, felt leaves, thread, and some mist splatters.

I typed up the quotation and printed it onto cardstock, then trimmed out the words and adhered them to the assemblage. I added it to the frame by putting it in front of the glass.

You can find my post at DCWV here (if you came here from there - thank you for visiting!). I hope you experience a miracle today, big or small, giving or receiving. Tessa