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Snow Angel with Ali

Merry Christmas Eve! I am going to keep this brief, because I know everyone is probably very busy this time of year! But I wanted to share this layout and something super special that happened a couple weeks ago here in Texas! We got snow. Not just hard rain. Not sleet. Not wet stuff that turned to ice on the ground. Real.Life.Snow. My kids were so excited, we all had such a fun time playing in the snow. My son even made his very first snow angel!

Last week we scraplifted Missy Whidden, but this week I was just inspired by her style to get messy and stitchy…so that is what I did!

I used the awesome free snowflake cut files, and even used them as frames for my photos. I wanted to keep this layout mostly white, like the snow! But of course I had to add those sparkles of sequins! The Nice List mix went perfectly with my mixed media, and the cold vibes from this layout!

I hope you all have a happy holiday, we won’t be seeing more snow here in Texas, but if you have snow, be sure to get out there and throw a snowball for me!

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

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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

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

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Scraplift Week!

Hey y’all, Ali here! I love scraplift week with the Sparklers, and this week we are lifting the fabulous Kelly Barron! I had such a hard time choosing a layout, because all of them are so wonderful. Eventually (after lots of IG stalking) I settled on this fabulous creation. Here is my interpretation…I stayed fairly true to the original. I loved the large title and lots of space for journaling. I used an old collection of papers, always trying to stash bust! But these papers really brought out the colors in my daughter’s dress and they went so perfectly with the Puppy Dog Tails sequin mix! This mix will be available November 1st (I have no chill when it comes to new sequins, I HAVE to use them!).

Scraplifting is one of my favorite ways to break out of a mojo slump, I hope I have inspired you to get scrapping this week! Can’t wait to see what you create, and don’t forget the sequins!

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Dancing Leaves with Ali

Hiya friends! Hope you are having a fabulous Sunday! Today I am sharing a TN spread!

I am so excited about getting into the Traveler’s Notebook craze, I am so addicted already. My scrapbook layouts are often about my kids or our lives, but I have decided to make my TN about me, my thoughts, and how I am feeling. Like a journal, of sorts.

I created this spread with a photo of the shadows the leaves left on the sidewalk.

My main focus was on the journaling, especially because the photo was a little…blah. But I knew what I wanted to say went with the photo. Being a mom has me frazzled most days. I am always (over)thinking about the things that need to be done, how much time I have to do everything, and often there is little time for reflection. I forget to slow down. It isn’t until I am scrapping an older photo of my kids and I realize how fast time is flying by…my journaling reflects my heart’s desire to treasure each moment, even tiny moments, like watching shadows dance on the ground.

I added an embossed heart stamp to the photo just to cheer it up a bit. Some scraps from Pink Paislee and Pinkfresh Studio and some rose gold (obsessed) washi tape and my spread was almost good to go. The Peachy Keeny sequins were the perfect finishing touch. I love the tiny flower sequins, they make a big impact in such a tiny way! Plus, the grey and clear add bling while meshing well with just about any project! Love!!

  

Have you jumped on the TN train? I would love to see them! As always, don’t forget to add the sequins!

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Oh My Gourd!

Hey y’all, Ali here! Okay…did October sneak up on anyone else? Wow! Here it is! Everyone’s favorite time of the year. I have a layout today all about one of my favorite fall things…gourds! This month all of the Sparklers are documenting about leaves and fall and all of our favorites! Hope you will keep coming by to check it out!

We always go to a nearby farm for the fall events. One of my favorites is the archways with hanging gourds (this is a fave and a fear, I am always terrified one may just drop on my head at any moment! HA!). I love fall colors, and I also love how some lines are using non traditional colors, like teals to document fall. That is where I based this layout. I used Echo Park’s collection, Fall is in the Air, because it has some fun blues! So I also really wanted a good excuse to use the Aquarius sequins, which have become a fast favorite! I love the blues and the pops of orange from those tiny little flowers! I also added in some Just Beachin’ It sequins, because those browns and greens were perfection for this photo!

As much as I love this season, it is really busy -with school starting and activities! It can be hectic. For me, scrapping is therapy. Whether I get to sit and glue for hours, or just ten minutes, I need that time. I loved creating this layout, because it was quick and fun! A couple of watercolor splatters and some layering behind my photo. I think the sequins pull it all together, like scattered leaves across the layout! What are some of your favorite ways to document fall?

Don’t forget the sequins!

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Interactive What??

Hello scrappers, Ali here! I am super excited about the project I am sharing today…for a few reasons! One. I got my Fuse out again, that always makes me happy! Two, it is inspired by one of my faves-Miranda Lambert! Three, it is also inspired by papercrafting…not specifically scrapbooking. I love watching videos of people who make exploding boxes, pop up cards, sliding thingys (technical term), and anything interactive. I love making boxes and recently made a pop up card. But I have wanted to incorporate interactive elements on my scrapbook layouts as well. I always decide not to because of the pesky page protectors! But alas, I found a way around that!

Before we get to the interactive part let’s talk sequins…I love love love the new releases, and especially Painted Gardens. My favorite color is purple, and I know a lot of scrappy friends hate purple, but it is my JAM! I also used a combination of Sparkle Power and What’s Up Buttercup in my shaker/journaling. After I completed my layout I knew I wanted to add a LOT of journaling, but I didn’t really have room. So I made a little shaker cover that will flip open to reveal my journaling! So, this is a photo of me as a little kid on a tricycle, with heart shaped glasses, and I just know I am too cool. The sunglasses are pink…which immediately made me think of the Miranda Lambert song, Pink Sunglasses. When I saw this photo, I knew I had to scrap about my pink sunglasses…and not just in the literal sense. The song (for those of you who don’t stalk Miranda Lambert on Spotify) is about “pink sunglasses” or as we usually refer to them, rose colored glasses. I still have a habit of putting on my rose colored glasses and seeing the world as a big sparkle-tastic place to be. It helps me cope. But as a kid, I think we all see the good in things. My journaling reflects how I felt about growing up in this particular neighborhood vs. what I know now. Basically, how my pink sunglasses shaped my view of my childhood.

Here comes the fun part. Under the photo is actually a double slider. The twine at the top, which will stick out of my page protector when I move it to an album (in about 6 months…) is accessible to pull the sliders out and reveal the song lyrics…

I really love how this turned out. It is so much fun to make and it’s so much fun to interact with!

I also made a little stop motion video to show you how the sliders work!

Have you ever created an interactive layout? I would love to see it!

Don’t forget to add the sequins!

 

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Summer Smiles with Ali

Hey scrappers! It’s Ali here, this week we are scraplifting Jenn Gagne. I chose this colorful layout, I love the diagonal design with the doily center, so much fun!

For my layout I started with picking my paper for my layers and used a punch to create a doily-like layer in each of the patterned papers I was chose. Once I finished the layers for the center I mixed up some watercolors to match. I also punched some 1 inch circles to emulate that diagonal design from Jenn’s original. I stuck those down and painted right on top of them. When my paint dried, I removed the circles. I love the end result, it was so quick and easy, but it added a lot of interest to the background.

When my watercolor background was dry, I added my layers, my photo and a title. I used the “summer” banner that went with the Echo Park Summer Dreams collection and the “smiles” thicker (I believe from Amy Tan). When it came time to add the sequins, it was super easy to choose, Orange Blossom was perfect for my orangey side, and Ferris Wheel was great for my teal side! Plus, these two mixes are some of my most favorite, so it was a no brainer! A few stickers and embellishments in matching colors and this layout was done. I love quick layouts. This one was so fast. One of my favorite ways to create a quick layout is by picking a few colors to work with, and grouping paper, embellishments, and sequins by color.

Thanks for great inspiration Jenn! Hope you all enjoyed this summery layout! It’s still summer here in Texas, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Fall soon!

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Beach Rainbow with Ali

Hello scrappy friends! I have to tell you guys, when the theme this month was first announced, I was nervous. I don’t know much about art, or being an artist. I like to create, but is it really the same thing? So I started looking for inspiration…and guess what? Ideas started flowing! I love being inspired by something new, and this was just the mojo kick I needed. As I was looking for paintings that inspired me, I found that something else happened, I started to become inspired by the styles and techniques, just as much as the finished work. Just like in scrapbooking, for me, sometimes it is more about the process. One technique that really stuck out to me is pointillism! I love the look of a bunch of small dots coming together to create an image. Then it dawned on me, I could do pointillism, but with sequins!! So I set off to create my masterpiece…I knew I wanted to do a layout about the gorgeous rainbow we saw at the beach. So I started trying to create a sequin rainbow, which I will not show you because it ended in disaster. My 6 year old’s response was “that looks crazy mama.” He has good judgement, so I scrapped that, or…um…I trashed it, and moved on. I decided to fully embrace the beach motif instead. I started with some corky hearts in the bottom corner and had a sequin wave crashing against them!I really love how this turned out. I used Pandora’s Ombre for the blues, and Wedding Bells for the white. I love how the Wedding Bells mix also has some little silver stars and different sizes, it really adds to the texture!

I knew that with such a huge statement on the page, I didn’t need to do much more than a title and some journaling…but let’s not forget about photos! So I took my photos and cut them into letters for my title-crazy right? I actually love how that came out. I used one photo of the rainbow and a few beach pics for my title. I backed them with some patterned paper from Pink Paislee Summer Lights. I also included another shot of the rainbow and some journaling about our trip! I few embellishments from Summer Lights and a sprinkle of the brand new (and stunning) Painted Gardens sequins and I called it quits…because frankly, this layout was a LOT of work! I am a fast scrapper, a layout usually takes me 30 minutes (typically broken into 3, 10 minute sittings!) but this took me a couple hours! Yikes! So worth it though!

Have you checked out all of the new release sequins? Jody and Lisa designed them, and oh my wow! They are sparkler-tastic! Also, the shop has a bunch of clearance items right now, and there may even be some cork left too!

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Warm Hugs with Ali

 

Hello scrappy friends! This month the Sparklers are designing layouts with an inspiration from other art! If you haven’t already seen the new releases of sequins, designed by Lisa, you have to check them out! They were all inspired by art, so we are following in Lisa’s scrappy footprints! It’s a super fun theme, and I hope it inspires you create something based on your favorite piece of art.

I was inspired by the infamous “Starry Night.” So you would think I would use the amazing sequins, Lisa’s Starry Night, right? Nope. Instead I used the fabulous Aquarius mix. I have all the heart eyes for a blue and orange combination. Ever since I can remember it has been my most favorite color combination, so when I saw these sequins I squealed a little bit!

I used photos of my daughter last Halloween, when she dressed up as Anna from Frozen. She is absolutely obsessed with Frozen, and has been for about two years now…she’s only 3! So this layout is a little less starry night, and a little more snowy day!

I used some white acrylic paint to start off the blustery clusters. Then I stitched in white and a bit of gold thread as well to add some dimension and texture. I finished it off with those gorgeous sequins, and I LOVE how it turned out.

What artwork most inspires you? I would love to see your art inspired layouts!

And don’t forget to check out the new releases, all of these sequin mixes are amazing!