A Birthday Celebration at APIT

This week over at APIT, we’re celebrating!  There are tons of challenges, prizes, a nice bonus SALE, and all sorts of fun stuff :)  Here is a layout I created (for my best friend, Leslie with her daughter Kaelyn), head over to the site to see the full challenge details.

More APIT–Basic Grey Cappella

Okay, there is a lesson to be learned from today’s post.  Sometimes, in scrapbooking, it’s okay to NOT follow your gut.  When I first found out that I would be designing with Basic Grey’s Cappella line, I was less than thrilled.  In fact, I was dreading it.  With 2 baby/toddler boys being the center of my scrapbooking, I couldn’t imagine what I would do with elegant, sophisticated wedding papers.  But, I looked through my pictures and ended up with a layout that is one of my personal faves :)
I wish I had taken a close up of my handmade scrunchy flower embelly for you, but alas, I didn’t.
And, as my “extra” item for that kit, I did a second 2-page layout, that I was ridiculously excited about, and I hope it will show you how versatile these papers are–the colors were perfect for this outdoors layout  The pale blue made for some great clouds, the green is a nice muted tree top, and the brown made a nice trunk :) And, even though it’s super simple, this is again one of my new favorite layouts.

So, sometimes in Scrapbooking, it’s better to go against your gut!  Even if something doesn’t really seem to be your style, give it another chance…you might be surprised at what you can come up with and end up with some great projects :)

July Kits at APIT

It’s a new month for APIT kits :)   As always, it’s a 3-in-1 kind of kit, so I will stretch out my projects over a few days.  This month is full of some Basic Grey yummy.  I’ll start off with the Max & Whiskers kit:

Here is my 2-page layout using ONLY items from the kit.  I cut the title letters out by hand.
Here is another layout.  I added cardstock for the background, alpha stickers for the title, and a little bit of trim.
And, here are a couple of cards.  On the first one I added ink and cardstock, on the second one I only added ink:
And, here is a project I made for Caeden’s room.  I used a train shaped mini-album as a template, but other than that, this was made entirely with paper from the kit.

So, you can see that there is a lot to do from this kit.  Even after all this, I still have enough papers left for 1-2 more cards!  It was a great kit to work with, as we have all come to expect from both Basic Grey and from Amy at APIT who puts these kits together.

Happy Mail!!!

Finally, something crafty!  I had the pleasure of creating a layout for the February issue of Basic Grey’s newsletter, Just the Basics.  I was really excited, and here is the layout I made.  If you’d like to see the original sketch, check out the newsletter link.

And, a couple days ago, these showed up at my house!  I had a few sheets of the Origins line, but I really wanted the entire collection, and I didn’t have any of the green at heart, so I was really excited to get this package :)
      

Are you a “Savvy Scrapper”?

I have been so excited to share this!  When I was working with SNR magazine, I wrote an article called Savvy Scrapper.  It was intended to be an ongoing monthly thing, so I might share some more of the ideas I had on my blog each month…we’ll see. 

Anyway, the idea is to be on a budget without having your projects look cheap.  Use packaging, make your own embellies, be a smart shopper, etc.  We are a one-income family and my scrapping budget is almost nonexistent.  And, that is what this article is about.  Here is a little sneak peek, but basically I made myself a little kit and then created all of these embellies and even had stuff leftover…anyone want to guess how much money I spent?  The kit included everything I needed to make all of these embellies and have stuff left over.

If you have access to the magazine and are interested in the article, you can find it HERE.

Also, be watching later this week for something fun :)

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