Archive for December, 2010

Weekend Warm-up: 12.31

Happy New Year’s Eve!  We are spending a fairly quiet evening at home, celebrating with family games, snacks, and movies.  Whatever you’re up to, have a fabulous time ringing in the New Year.

I love Valentine’s Day product and the January kit does not leave me disappointed!  One of my favorite papers is the Fancy Pants Love Birds Strips.  I put that sheet to use in two different ways to create this page:

First, I fussy cut the banners.  Knowing that I wanted to use the grungy Glitz paper as my background, I inked the pennant edges and stamped a polka dot pattern onto my banners.

I wanted to use the quotation strip, but I felt it was too long for the design of my page.  My solution?  Cut it up into journaling strips.  I inked the edges of these, too.

So when you’re working with patterned paper strips, don’t be afraid to do more cutting than on the edge of each pattern.  Take a look through the gallery and you’ll see that other designers used that strip sheet in clever ways, too.

Enjoy welcoming 2011.  I’ll see you next year!

*We are one with the veggies!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all……

I wanted to share one last lo I made with the AMAZING December kit!!! This one was FUN FUN FUN to make!!! In the December kit, Lisa has included a Pink Paislee sticker pack that has SOOOOOOOOOO MANY stickers in it… welllllllll the front of the package has the most excellent frame that I used on this lo!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE using packaging for my projects! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

This is me and my kids at a local farm…becoming one with the veggies (and fruit too!) LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by…and I hope everyone has a VERY HAPPY and SAFE New Years Eve! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


The January kit is AWESOME. My total favorite so far! I took it to a crop when I started working on it and I had all the girls ooohing and ahhhing over the kit…everyone was wanting to subscribe! I love that about these kits. So much happy, scrappy goodness!
The first layout I’m going to share is titled “Besties”…the whole layout is kit stuff with the exception of the twine and the little candy dots…I just love love love this layout. My daughter has asked if it can be framed for her room, so I guess I don’t get to admire it in my scrapbook, lol.

Hope you enjoy this first peek at the January kit!!! Have a great New Years, too!

Shimmery negative space

Hello! Happy Tuesday, and hope everyone is having a good week. I hope you find some scrappy time!!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite pages made with the brand new January kit. LOVE it! It is pretty, soft and romantic, as well as bright, fun and whimsical all at once. Fabulous!

To add a little bit of shimmery and snowy fun to this paper, I had cut out some snowflakes using a variety of snowflake dies and my Big Shot.

Using the negative space from the cut out flakes, I sprayed some silver Maya Mist. It left behind some random, shimmery snowfakes on the background paper.

I thought it made a nice wintery touch to what was potentially very romantic paper from Glitz. I can’t wait to see how you use this paper! Don’t forget to share your Scrapbook Circle kit creations on the Facebook page!

tip of the day December 27, 2010

Did I say I LOVED this kit, I have used almost EVERY single piece of paper completely up!  I had just little scraps left and I couldn’t let them go to waste!  I came up with this tree.  I added some stickles to make it shine and some rubons as ornaments.  EASY!  So next time you have scraps see how creative you can be on your layouts–I think you will surprise yourself! 🙂

The mist I used can be found in our site HERE.  The chalk mist is the BEST to work with, it covers well and just shimmers it’s YUMMY!

Please feel free to share your pages on our FACEBOOK page.

December Daily 8-18

**click on the photos to see them larger and/or to read the journaling**

Pages 8 and 9 talk about my backpack, me going back to school and my new laptop. Love them both!

10 is about Tucker and how we adopted him in January of this year.

11 is GIRS ADVENTURE DAY! What a great day that was!

I love using these BB card protector sheets. I have a photo on one side and our wine list from the winery slid down behind it, to show on the other side.

12: first snow

13: taking Austin to Pappy’s downtown…an award winning BBQ place.

14: one of my fave restaurants: Chevy’s

15 and 16: the drive to work and my desk space. Journaling about the struggle of my new hours at the beginning of this year.

17: Austin’s new hobby: camping.

18: “Trying to get a good pic of Tucker and me. Hard to do!”

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all you Scrapbook Circle fans. I hope your holidays will be merry and bright. Did Santa bring something fun in your stockings today? This layout was from my growing up years. There are 11 kids in my family, and we just hung ordinary socks up by the fireplace each Christmas! We always enjoyed apples and oranges for a stocking treat. Merry Christmas again!  I hope you get some scrapbooking time in your holiday time! 🙂

Weekend Warm-up 12.24

Happy Christmas Eve!  Are your kiddos as excited for tomorrow morning as mine are?  In all the rush to the tree, don’t forget to capture those special moments for future scrapbook pages.  Here are a few tips:

1.  Have extra batteries on hand.  You don’t want to miss a moment because your camera dies, and then the rest of the morning because you don’t have any batteries at the ready.

2. Make a quick list tonight of what you’d like to capture.  Even if it’s a mental list, you’ll appreciate capturing the moments you really wanted to catch.  For example, be sure to get a picture of your daughter opening that gift from Grandma – Grandma will love to see the photo later!

3. Think ahead about lighting.  Light the tree and open sunny windows before letting the kids come down, add a few extra lamps, etc.  You’ll want your photos to be as clear and crisp as can be, and some additional light will really help in those early morning hours.

4. Be in the room, ready to snap photos, before your kids come in.  You’ll be able to catch precious facial expressions, first reactions, and the sheer excitement and joy your kids (and you!) feel at that first moment.

5.  Most importantly, enjoy the moment!  Don’t stress over perfect shots or kids that are too busy to smile.  Capture the memories for what they are – snapshots of your beautiful life.  You can always get the kids to pose with their goodies later :).

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! Tessa

*Little Helpers!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all….

I wanted to share a lo and 2 cards I made with the YUMMY December kit! I loveeeeeeeee this kit sooooooo much!!! I hope you got yours all ready! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I cut the scallops from the Crate Paper in the kit and then used 3D glue dots to add depth to them! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And the two cards I made! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by…we appreciate it! I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL and BLESSED Christmas!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Christmas Day Eve

On Christmas Day every year, my Dad’s side of the family would get together at night to exchange presents and enjoy dinner.  It was so different from my mom’s side of the family (whom with celebrated with the night before) because my mom’s side was huge, and my dad’s side was alot smaller.  Still, I was so lucky to be able to celebrate the holidays with ALL my family!

Whom do you celebrate the holidays with?  Are there loved ones you get to see every year, or some that you haven’t seen in a long time?  Why not do a page about it??!!

On this page, I just used the Lily Bee Die cuts for my patterned paper.  I tried to mimic the pattern of the flowers on the paper and made some handmade flowers out of paper and some dictionary pages.  For a great tutorial on how to make the poinsettia looking flowers, look here!

Only 3 more days!!!  Are you ready??

Journaling reads:

On Christmas Day Eve we always get together with my Dad’s side of the family.  I remember going to Grandpa and Grandma Kittredge’s house on Front Street, where we would have another big dinner and open gifts.  It always seemed so much quieter than our Christmas Eve dinners!  We sat at the big table in the dining room, and after, would go into the living room where Grandma would have stockings and some gifts for us.  It is funny because I don’t really remember them having a tree…everything was near the fireplace.  When Grandma Mary wrapped gifts, she would always tie these gold elastic ribbons diagonally around the corners of the boxes, and I could never get them undone!   A few years before Grandpa passed away, we started doing Christmas Day Eve at my mom and dad’s.  We usually do a grab bag game and exchange names.  And sometimes a Plaque shows up (but that is a different story!).