Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pink Paislee (inter)National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop

Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day Weekend!

I am hopping Friday through Sunday with Pink Paislee and I am glad that you were able to stop by. Welcome! If you'd like to start from the beginning, head to Pink Paislee's blog here. All of us designers are sharing a new layout and our thoughts on this fabulous hobby that we are celebrating :).

The main reason that I scrapbook is that I want to record my family's memories in a creative way. The combination of photos, words and pretty materials is the perfect avenue for me to document our story.

The other big reason that I scrapbook is for the creative outlet. Sitting down with paper, adhesive, and pretty embellishments is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I love how calming the process of creating is. While I'm working out the placement of journaling, my brain is also working out the stresses of my day. It's very therapeutic, don't you think?

This layout is all about Addie's first trip to the zoo. The flamingos were the first animal to catch her eye, so the Citrus Bliss collection was perfect for this selfie that we took. I just love the flamingo patterned paper, which is why I made it such a big part of the layout. I'm not sure if you can tell or not, but I glittered several of the little flamingos to coordinate with the glittery title.

The next lovely lady on our Pink Paislee hop is the uber talented Evelyn. Enjoy your weekend, and if you haven't already, be sure to enter Pink Paislee's giveaway (see below!) on the Pink Paislee Facebook page! Have a good one!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pretty Little Studio and Tombow Blog Hop

Hello! My name is Tessa. Welcome to my blog, Precocious Paper! If you have been hopping along with Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA, and you just visited Latrice Murphy, you are in the right place. If you just happened upon this post and would like to check out the rest of the hop, start here.

I had so much fun creating with the You and Me, Baby Claire and Gold Mine collections from Pretty Little Studio, and I'd love to share with you the Tombow USA products that were my favorite to use. First, let's check out this start to a special album that I am making for my sister:

She is getting married this summer and I thought it would be fun to put together a pocket-style scrapbook for her. She just got her engagement photos back, so I started off with a few pages featuring that photo shoot:

As you can see, my favorite adhesive to use for this project was Tombow's Xtreme adhesive. I enjoy filling pockets, but I also like to add elements to the outside of the pocket pages. I used the Xtreme adhesive to add a die-cut and a label here:

I also created a layout, inspired by the measuring tape patterned paper from the Baby Claire collection. I decided to create an ombre effect on my page by cutting apart the measuring tape strips and stacking them light to dark. I tucked in the photos and sprinkled confetti and sequins down the page.

The glue I used to attach every last one of those teeny-tiny, sparkly bits is the Mono Multi liquid glue.

Just a little dab of this glue was all it took to secure these pretty sequins to the page. I'll be reaching for this adhesive every time I have sequins to adhere from now on!

Are you interested in getting your hands on some Pretty Little Studio and Tombow product? Leave a comment here and on all the other participating blogs. You have through April 14th. The winner will be announced April 15th.

Your next stop is also your last stop - the Tombow USA blog! I hope you enjoyed the projects and products. Be sure to like both Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA on Facebook to stay in touch. Have a wonderful day! Tessa

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Patterned Paper Eggs - Pink Paislee

Wasn't it just March 1st a moment ago?! Looking at the calendar, my life will be a whirlwind of activity through June, but I'm going to try to enjoy every moment as much as possible. April is such a lovely month with the California poppies all abloom, Easter, General Conference, and two boys' birthdays. I'm looking forward to all of it :).

Are you on Spring Break and looking for a way to keep the kiddos (or yourself) busy? I am sharing some Easter decor on the Pink Paislee blog today. The idea is simple - start with papier-mache eggs, Mod Podge strips of patterned paper around them, and enjoy!

For more details on the how-to, I encourage you to check out the Pink Paislee blog.

Have a great day! Tessa