Technique Tuesday Sneek Peeks!

Hey everyone!  A few weeks ago I received an email from the amazing Teri Anderson asking if I would like to be a guest designer for Studio AE by Technique Tuesday.  If you're not familiar with the Studio AE club or these stamps you'll definitely want to check it out.  The stamps are just amazing and what's more I absolutely love getting a piece of happy mail each and every month delivered right to my mailbox.

I was lucky enough to work with September's Studio AE kit which I know you will all just love!  Here are a few peeks of what I've created so far ...

Be sure to stop back here in September to see the full reveal!  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

4th of July

Happy Monday everyone!  Okay so I know it's really the 22nd of August but today I'm sharing a new layout that just went up in the Garden today over at Two Peas.  Despite being over a month and a half late I'm actually pretty timely with this layout since I usually forget to scrap our 4th of July photos til next July rolls around.  Some might even say I'm early.  Go me!  ;)

This layout is copyright Two Peas in a Bucket

The design of this layout was all about the fun subway art I used as a major element on my page and for my title.  I cut the subway art using my Silhouette and some kraft cardstock from American Crafts.  I then layered it on a piece of vellum and then a large polka dot patterned paper from Echo Park.

One of my favorite ways to include lots of photos on my layouts is to create a collage. I love to mix in black and white photos with my colored images. You can see that I also popped up two of my main photos (one each of my boys) with dimensional adhesive and have them extending beyond the grid of my collage. This is a fun way to draw attention as well as add some dimension and depth to your layout.

The other patterned papers on my layout are from Bella Blvd and My Mind's Eye.  I veered a little from the traditional red, white, and blue color scheme by adding in some yellow but the overall feel remains patriotic and of course some star embellishments help reinforce the theme.

And I marked the year (no need to mention the date since it's the title of my layout) with a stamp from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.  Off to enjoy this unusually cool August afternoon - it's low 70s and breezy ... my favorite kind of weather!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

fLat DaRiAn

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We had non-stop rain here which I actually didn't mind - it mind time indoors to catch up on laundry, read some of my book (I'm about halfway through the second book in the Game of Thrones series and I'm loving it!), and played with paper and glue of course!

Today I wanted to share a new layout I have up in the Garden today over at Two Peas In A Bucket.  Our August theme was school and I decided to create a layout to document my son Darian's experience with the Flat Stanley project this past year with his 1st grade class.  This is a really fun project and we loved collecting postcards that were sent from "Flat Darian" as he traveled across the United States.  I collected them all and knew I wanted to add them to a layout about his experience.  I used one of the Smash pockets from K&Company to hold the postcards - it was just the right size and the perfect solution.

This layout is copyright Two Peas in a Bucket

I went into my stash and pulled out some brightly colored papers from Echo Park and Bella Blvd.  These are two of my "go to" manufacturers when I know that I want something bright and cheerful on my layouts.  You can see I also added some stamps from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday underneath my journaling.  I am SO in love with these stamps - I just can't get enough - and combined with Jenni Bowlin inks they are just so easy to use.

These letters stickers from Bella Blvd are quite possibly my favorite font ever.  No ... wait a second ... they ARE my favorite font ever.  LOVE them!  They are fun and playful and come in lots of different colors.

And a few finishing touches with stickers from October Afternoon, baker's twine from Divine Twine, and brads from Basic Grey.

Also in case you haven't heard ... the new Pebbles 2011 - 2012 Design Team has been announced over on the Pebbles blog.  Thrilled to be working with such a talented group of ladies for what proves to be another amazing year.  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Happy Place

Hey everyone!  I wanted to share a new layout that went up in the Garden this past Monday at Two Peas In A Bucket.  I'm late getting this up on my blog but it's been a super crazy week here so better late than never right?  ;)

This layout features my youngest son Brandon and really is about documenting his newfound love of the ocean.  In the past Brandon would not even step foot in the ocean, but this year he had a completely different attitude.  He loved splashing in the waves and it really was amazing to me to see the difference in his attitude from previous years. 

This layout is copyright Two Peas in a Bucket

I used the lots of papers and stickers from the Splash collection by Echo Park on this layout as well as a few papers from My Mind's EyeI decided to create an 8.5 x 11 layout to change things up a bit and I kept the design fun, bright, and whimsical to match the mood of my journaling and title.  

I just love the font of these alphabet stickers by Echo Park.  They really add to the whimsy of the layout and are a great splash of color as well.  

I added in a few stickers from October Afternoon - they have THE best stickers for labeling dates, places, etc.  And a few scattered brads from different manufacturers as well.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)