Sun, Snow, Scowls

Hey y’all, Ali here! I have a quick post today, winter germs have ravaged my house lately and they don’t show any signs of stopping…so before I go on a nyquil induced ramble, let’s get to why you are here-scrapbooks and sequins!

Last Christmas my daughter asked for snow (enter wide eyed expression here). We live in Texas. Her favorite movie is frozen. I don’t know Elsa. But there was one saving grace-Sea World! Typically they have a whole winter wonderland set up, complete with a real live snow machine! Of course, on the day we went, it was broken-cue the tears. Instead they had flurry machines throughout the park. My snarky toddler was not impressed. So, what do I do? Um…take a picture of course. So here she is, in all of her snarky  glory, hating the fake snow (wearing shorts and a t-shirt), and being mad that the promise of snow never did appear.

So the theme this month is “use those tools” so I decided to give my old heat tool another go. I have to say, I really hate embossing powder, but I love the way these embossed snowflakes came out. The Shabby Chic Christmas sequin mix might just be my newest favorite mix, and it looks awesome with snow flakes!!!

And just so you guys know, since I made this layout, it actually snowed in Texas, a few days ago…so this snarky toddler got her wish (a little late). And she was quick to remind us that we “lied” when we said it didn’t snow in Texas!

But really…how awesome are those teal wood grain sequins in this mix? Ok…this is way longer than it was supposed to be. Sorry for the ramble, happy Sunday!

Christmas Tradition with Ali

Happy December! I love December and gearing up for Christmas. But I have a confession…I don’t do December Daily! Honestly, I just know I wouldn’t finish it, so why start? But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to document those memories and traditions…so I created this layout (and I will probably mimic one like this year after year) to remember some of the holiday traditions our family enjoys- like baking cookies, making gingerbread houses, and picking  a new ornament each year!

So this month we are challenging ourselves to use those tools! I picked my sewing machine, because I love the way little pockets look sewn up with some sequins inside!

I used vellum to cover the areas my photos weren’t going to be, and then I dumped a whole bunch of holiday sequins underneath and sewed around the little pocket to hold them all in! More specifically I used Oh What Fun! and Happy Happy Winter because they are both so amazing and I fear running out of any of my mixes, so I try to use them as sparingly as possible..that is probably a little crazy, huh?

With a bit of journaling for each topic and a couple of embellishments here and there, my layout was complete! I just love how this turned out, it will be so fun to look back on each tradition and to see those gorgeous sequins shaking about!

 

Another Fabulous Sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all! It’s Ali again 🙂 The Sparklers are working with another amazing sketch this week,  and it is designed by our very own, Laura!

I was so inspired by the circles this week, these clusters instantly made me think of a cute photo I snapped one day at a restaurant with my son. We had ordered a virgin margarita to share, and the server was super confused…”isn’t that just lime juice?” he was baffled. But my son and I absolutely love lime juice! So those circles quickly became limes on my layout!

I started by water coloring the limes, which was a bit labor intensive, but well worth it in the long run! Then I added the details of the larger circles with a black pen. When that was finished I added a bit of stamping here and there, my title, and the small amount of journaling. I wanted to keep the rest of the layout pretty simple, so I just layered a but under my photo and added some vellum leaves here and there. Then onto the fun part!

Adding sequins was so simple with the stamping clusters I already created, I knew exactly where to scatter them. The Cunning Ones mix was beyond perfect for my limey layout, the green and black combo, with a pop of silver, who could ask for more? I feel like these sequins did their job…they tied the entire layout together and I could not be any happier about how this turned out!

Brand New Sketch Challenge!

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many sketch challenges with SpiegelMom Scraps! Each month, on the 15th of the month, I will share with you a fresh, new sketch. You will have until the 14th of the following month to play along and share your projects with us. You can do so via the Linky that Jody will put on the sidebar, in the titled folder over at 15 Minutes 2 Scrap with SpiegelMom Scraps or on Instagram using the hashtag #SMSNov2017Sketch, with the appropriate month and year inserted. The winner (one random selected participant) will be posted on the 15th as I share with you the next sketch for the next challenge. The prize up for grabs, thank you Jody, is a $10 credit to spend on whatever your heart desires from the SpiegelMom Scraps store!

So, without further ado, this month’s sketch;

Here’s my take on the sketch;

 

I used one the new November release mixes, “Happy, Happy Winter” on this layout. I foresee MANY a Christmas/Winter layout or shaker pocket in my December Daily featuring this and “Oh What Fun!”. And the new wood grain sequins’?! Oh my! Really, if you haven’t ooohed and aaaaahed yet, you must go and pay the shop a visit! I promise, you won’t be disappointed! AND, you could win money to pay for those goodies by participating in the sketch challenge!

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Suzanna

Sketches and Scraplifts!

Hey y’all, Ali here! This week we are scraplifting the fabulous Rachel Lowe. We also have a great sketch to work with, so there is no shortage of inspiration! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to scraplift or with work with the sketch…so I have TWO layouts to share today!

My first layout is based on this wonderful sketch, I am loving the circles this month!I created this layout with the Fancy Pants Take Note collection, it is perfect for school photos! I started with circles cut from the 6 x 6 pad and the brag cards. I layered the circles with vellum for depth, and then I hand stitched the details. I love using sequins in place of splatters or small embellishments on a sketch, and the Lisa’s Starry Night sequins were a perfect match! I also used some of the leftover (discontinued) cork embellishments to add more interest because cork goes so well with this collection!

 

Now on to scraplifting! I love this layout from Rachel so much, it is sweet and whimsical…I have been wanting to lift it for a while but couldn’t find the perfect photo. Then Halloween happened and my cute little genie was the perfect photo to use on this layout!

Instead of the unicorn I created a cut file with an image from the kids show Shimmer and Shine (like my daughter’s costume). I used a Tim Holtz background paper that had mixed media resistant stars. I used watercolors to make those stars pop! Not only was the Unicorns and Rainbows mix a super fitting name for my layout, the colors went perfectly. The tiny purple sequins were great to add to the head piece of my genie. The combination of deeper pinks and softer pinks added just the right pop to my watercolors!

Thanks for checking out my layouts, I hope you feel inspired to scraplift or play with this awesome sketch! Happy Sunday!

 

Circles and Sketches and Sequins, Oh My!

Okay! First off, if you haven’t seen the newly released sequins…stop reading this and run to the scrap shop to check them out! There are WOOD GRAIN sequins. This new release was huge, and gorgeous, and I am still so excited to be playing with them!

So anywho, now that we have all drooled over some sequins, let’s get down to business…Ali here, with a super fun layout this week! I love sketches, and November is all about sketches and circles (and sequins, duh).

This sketch is so much fun, I love the grid effect with the addition of circles. I used some Pink Paislee Summer Lights against a dark background to get a pop of color and mimic my children’s excitement at the toy store!

I used my silhouette to cut the circles. Then I popped the whole thing off of the background papers to give it lots of dimension. After adding my photos and embellishments I wanted lots of sequins in that “in between” space. Now, I love sequins in all of their sparkle-y glory. The greatest thing about these mixes is they look great scattered about, just a few here and there, and in big piles…maybe especially in big piles. I just love the way the mixes look as a mix, not just individual sequins. So I took some double sided tape (I use the redline kind) and piled on a ton of Dream Land (which I found to be a fitting mix to use on a layout all about my kids at a toy store!).  So then I was left with a piece of tape covered in sequins (awesome). It was super easy to add that embellishment wherever I wanted! I just love how these little piles of sequins give this layout a pop of fun!

Be sure to check back next week for a new sketch and a lot more sequin fun!

Fall Traditions with Ali

Hey y’all! Ali here. Today I am scrapping a fall tradition, what tradition do you have for this fantastic season? One of my family’s favorite activities is going to a local farm for face painting, picking pumpkins, and pony rides! This layout is all about the pony rides (though you can see the effect of face painting as well!).

I used lots of fall colors, and papers from Simple Stories and Echo Park! I wanted to create a quilt like effect with some of my favorite pages from EP Fall is in the Air (6 x 6 pad), so I cut them into 2 inch squares, cut the squares in half, and created the diamond patterns on the layout. I also stitched around the triangles for a unique look!

The Rollin’ Rustic sequin mix is full of neutral colors, and absolutely perfect for fall documenting. I love the combination of the brown, gray, and creamy transparent sequins! So delicious!

What are your favorite sequin mixes for fall…Rollin’ Rustic will be in the shop on November 1st and I bet you they will sell out fast!