Saturday, July 25, 2015

July SOD Layouts and a Bit of News

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing two layouts that I created with the beautiful July kit from Scraps of Darkness. This first one features one of our furry friends.

My son was bored one day and the next thing I knew, my favorite fuzzy socks were being worn by a basset hound. Gotta love a doggie that appreciates a good pair of fuzzy socks! For this layout, I sketched out an outline for the V shape at the top. I had planned to just lay strips of patterned paper in the outline, but then I decided to slice the lines with my exacto knife so that I could weave the paper into the page. It adds some cool dimension.
This next layout features my big, giant, half grown kid.

I swear, that boy changes every single day. He is officially taller than me now, which kind of breaks my heart into a million pieces. For this layout, I cut long rectangles from the patterned paper and then sliced those in half on a diagonal to create these triangular shapes. I snipped the edges to add another V into the ends of them. I doodled the clouds and then cut them out and adhered them with dimensional tape. 

And now for the sad news.. Well, sad-ish anyway. I am going to have to take a break from designing for teams for a while. I started working on my phd this summer and I just can't devote the time that is needed to meet deadlines. I'm certainly not going to quit scrapping, I'm just going to have to scrap when I can. Hopefully that will be often. I sincerely appreciate all the teams that have given me a chance to work with them. Hopefully I can get back into designing for companies when I'm officially "Dr. Sindi". :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Boys

Today I'm sharing my second layout with the beautiful July kit from Scraps of Darkness! This layout is all about my two guys (the hubby and my son). As the only girl in the house, I am definitely outnumbered, but since they both bring me such joy I guess I can live with it. :)

To make the shapes behind the photo, I cut rectangles from some of the patterned paper. I then cut them in half lengthwise on a diagonal to make the ends pointed. I cut a "v" shape into the flat ends of two shapes. For the letters in my title, I traces around some chipboard letters on white cardstock and cut them out. I adhered them with dimensional tape.

I also used some of the chipboard shapes from a previous kit to add interest around the page.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a layout created with the July kit from Scraps of Darkness. This kit has everything from florals to blues that are perfect for little boy scrapping, so it's super versatile. Here's my layout: 

This is an older photo of my little guy standing around looking grumpy. He always had the cutest little mad face! For this page, I cut strips of patterned paper in rectangles and snipped the ends to look like they were on a diagonal. I roughed up the edges before adhering them to my page. My original idea was to put them together to make a large square, but I decided I liked the separation between them and the diagonal that they created on my page when I put them in this pattern, so that's what I rolled with. I added a few buttons and wrapped some twine around some pieces. I also used some leftover chipboard shapes from last month's kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UmWowStudio and Hazel and Ruby: Frame it Up!

Hi everyone! I'm here today sharing a project I created with goodies from UmWowStudio and Hazel and Ruby. I had never worked with Hazel and Ruby products, but I am so glad I got the chance! I used the Wrap it Up paper roll in Chevy Teals and the DIY Decor Tape in teal. I was amazed at how much product you get in those two rolls! I still have a ton left over. From UmWowStudio, I used three of the new frames. They are super cute and the decor tape rolled right on there without any trouble at all. Here's my project:

This is going in my scraproom just as soon as the hubby gets a free moment to hang it up. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Awe Inspiring

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share my final layout with the beautiful June kit from Scraps of Darkness. I have had a ball with the gorgeous papers in this kit! Here's my layout:

I am still catching up on scrapping photos from our vacation last year. We got some beautiful shots of Niagara Falls and I have scrapped a few, but not all of them.

For this layout, I used the patterned paper from the kit to cover some chipboard letters. I simply covered the letters in glue and laid them on the paper. When they were very dry, I trimmed around them with my exacto knife. I used a bit of sandpaper to roughen up the edges. It's hard to get a perfect edge on those, so the sandpaper gave it a shabby look that worked well.

I used some of the stickers across the top along with one of the arrow pieces. I kept having trouble with the arrows falling off my page, so I finally resorted to using hot glue. It shows in the close up photos, but you don't even notice it on the actual layout. I would rather know they are secure than worry about them coming off when I put my page in the album.

For the bottom of my page, I cut some of the green chevron paper and roughened the edges up a bit to give it dimension. I used a bit of the twine to make a circle and topped that off with a heart and two more arrows.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wow Embossing Powder and UmWowStudio Project

Hi everyone! I'm just here to share a project I completed using my UmWowStudio goodies and Wow! Embossing powder. But first, I must admit that I have never used embossing powder. Such a sad thing, isn't it? I am so very glad that I got the opportunity to try it out on this project.

I've had to hang on to this project for a while and it's been driving me crazy! I have been dying to share it because I love it so much. I was probably 6 or 7 years old here and I remember being ecstatic over the cotton candy Daddy bought me. My older, cooler, brother didn't think it was all that grand, apparently. HA!

For this project, I used the layered clouds from UmWowStudio. These clouds are probably my favorite product from UmWowStudio. They have been winding up on almost every layout I make lately!

I used four different colors of Wow embossing powder for the clouds, including clear sparkle, metallic brass sparkle, easter sparkle, and princess pink. The princess pink color is my favorite. It is a GORGEOUS sparkly pink that makes me wish I had a little girl around here so that I could use it to emboss 742 butterflies for a layout about her.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, June 29, 2015


I have been having a ball with the June Scraps of Darkness kit! I've been hanging on to this layout for a few days just wishing the rain would go away long enough for me to get a good photo. We finally got a break in the clouds this morning! Yay! Here's my layout:

I decided to pair the pink watercolor from the kit with some gold glitter. I just painted on pink stripes, alternating with gold glitter.

I liked the triangle stickers from the kit, so I decided to mimic those with some patterned paper.

I topped it all off with some black paint splatters. I decided to do my journaling in a curvy fashion  because the layout is arranged in a linear pattern. I thought it contrasted well. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Who'll stop the rain?

Hi everyone! I’m just stopping by to share a quick tutorial and layout. I have had so much since joining this team. I’ve loved playing with the chipboard and I’ve learned lots of new ways to alter it. For this layout, I used a super simple technique to alter a few pieces. Although it was simple, I love the effect it created.

This layout was inspired after we went to a Cincinatti Reds game last week. I must have checked the weather a billion times, and I swear I didn’t see rain coming from anywhere. Of course, we wound up sitting through an hour-long rain delay. Just my luck! I wanted the clouds and rain drops on this layout to have a watery look. Here’s how I achieved that:

First, I covered my chipboard with a layer of white gesso.

Next, I covered the chipboard with blue india ink. I like to cover it with ink and then dab with a paper towel before it dries. It gives it a texturized look.

The next step is to drip a bit of white paint on there. I used white acrylic paint that I thinned down with some water. I just sort of slung it on there.

Super easy!

UmWowStudio Products Used:

Monday, June 15, 2015

The June SOD Kit Has Arrived! Yay!

I have been anxiously awaiting this little baby! And I'm doubly excited because it's named after lil 'ol me! Squeal! Here's the kit:

Isn't it just gorgeous?!?!?!? Melinda must have really put a lot of thought into this one, because it is so ME! I don't think I have stopped smiling since it got here. I tore into it the other day and already finished two layouts. Here's the first one:

I have been loving scrapping my childhood photos. This kit fits that topic perfectly! I used the patterned paper to make these cool circles.

 I cut out a bunch of circles in varying sizes. Then, I cut them evenly in half. I put the halves together to make colorful circles. The buttons from the kit worked perfectly as center pieces. I also scattered some of the butterflies and jewels around the page.

This next layout is my new favorite. I think I say that almost any time I make a layout, though. Ha!

This layout is centered around a selfie I took of my big giant kid and myself at a baseball game last weekend. ((Go Reds!)) When I looked at the photo, I thought (as I do quite often lately) about how grown up my son is all of a sudden. He's going into SEVENTH grade next year. SEVENTH people! How on earth did that happen? Anyway, my next thought was "Wow. I have an almost-thirteen-year-old. I'm an old lady!"

I used the pink watercolor from the kit along with some yellow paint I had lying around to make this background. I love the pink watercolor. It spreads so beautifully on the page. I cut out some small circles from the patterned paper. I folded them several times to make them more dimensional before attaching them randomly around the page.

I also added some glitter to the chipboard pieces. I love the gold/pink combination! I topped it off with a few splatters of black ink because that's just how I roll lately.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Scrap Around the World

Hi everyone! The girls at UmWowStudio are playing along at Scrap Around the World. I just loved the mood board as soon as I saw it. It's so soft and pretty.
I loved the color combination here. I went searching for a photo that would fit and I stumbled across this one of me in my wedding dress. True confession time: I have never scrapped my wedding photos! It was a happy, wonderful day and I'm so glad to have the photos, but wedding scrapping has just never been my thing. But for some reason, this mood board made me want to use this photo. 
I guess it's out there now. I seriously wore a tiara to my wedding. And my dress had puffy sleeves. And there was a giant bow on my derrière. God bless the 90's. Lol 

I hope you will hop on over to Scrap Around the World and play along! :) 

Friday, June 12, 2015

My First UmWowStudio Project for June

Hi everyone! I stopped by today to share a new layout with my UmWowStudio goodies!

We visited Rock City in Chattanooga, TN around 2010. Caleb was a little guy then and got a really big kick out of trying on the famous Rock City gnome hat. He wasn't quite as big a fan this time, since he's almost a teenager and, of course, he's entirely too cool for a gnome hat. Needless to say, I forced him to wear it for about 30 seconds and I'm sure I'll be hearing about it for the next 30 years.

For this layout, I used one of the large polaroid frames. I covered it with some glitter and absolutely love the look it created. I also used one of the layered arrows. I backed the arrow with some patterned paper. I also used some of the negative pieces from the explore tags to add a few circles around the page.

UmWowStudio Products Used: 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Going Down

Hi everyone! I'm just stopping by to share this layout that I created with my UmWowStudio and 7 Dots Studio goodies!

I was so excited when I got my package of clouds and couldn't wait to tear them open. I just love those little things! I just covered the clouds in a layer of white gesso and added some white paint before backing them with patterened paper from the 7 Dots Studio Destination Unknown collection. I did the same thing with the layered arrow and tab.

UmWowStudio Supplies: 
7 Dots Studio Supplies: 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Guys

Hi everyone. Just stopping by to share my latest layout for Scraps of Darkness! I love, love, love their April kit! I've been having so much fun with the color scheme in this kit. Here's my layout:
This layout features my son and his furry buddy, Roscoe. I used an entire page of the rub ons for this layout. I liked the way they were all in a rectangle and thought I could build a good background piece for my page if I just left them in their original state and used the whole thing.

After I had added the rub-ons to the page, I used some India Ink to give the page some splotches. I spritzed it with water and dabbed with a towel after that. I also used the patterned paper to make these folded strips with chevron shapes on top.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Amazing View

I'm just stopping by to share my latest layout with the April Scraps of Darkness kit. We took a little impromptu road trip last weekend and I got the most amazing photos. I used one of my favorites in this layout.
I have been having a ball with the pigment powder from the kit. I created this background by sprinkling a horizontal line of the powder across the top of the page. Then I spritzed it with water and used a ruler to drag it down the page. I added in a few drops of yellow mist and scraped that down as well. The look it created works well with the waterfall photo.
I cut some diamond shapes from the patterned paper and scattered those on the page. I also added some of the twine behind my photo and one of the diamonds.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Small Moments

I'm just sharing my second Scraps of Darkness layout for April and totally loving this kit!
The photo features my little boy being held by my sweet niece, who passed away a few years ago. She was such a joy. It has been hard to look at her photos, much less scrap them, but I'm trying to ease myself into it slowly because I definitely want her memory preserved. And what better way to do that than scrapping?

I used the pigment powder from the kit and some spray mist to create the hearts. I just cut some heart shapes out of plain, white cardstock. Then, I sprinkled on some pigment powder and dripped on some spray mist. I sprayed all that with water to give it this cool, watercolor effect.

I backed the hearts with some strips of the patterned paper, and tucked some of the flowers in. I love the dimension the flowers gave to the page!
Here's one last close up. I am so glad I have photos like these. This is what our memory keeping is really about. I'm so thankful that I captured this sweet moment with my camera all those years ago. My son has memories of her, but he doesn't remember this photo being taken. It makes my heart happy to know that I can show him the photo and tell him the story behind it.