First let me say, I’ve never felt so much blog love. Thank you all so much for all the awesome comments. I wish you could all get $30 vouchers, alas it can only go to one lucky stamper and that winner is…
Congratulations Maria. You’ll be getting an email from me in the next 24 hours. I can not wait to see what you make with all your newly scored goodies.
Welcome! Welcome! Did you have fun over at Flora’s Blog? Girls got wicked talent, that’s for sure. Phew, been awhile huh? Fear not you’re almost at the end and I’ll try not to hold you up too long. I just want a share a super quick layout with you and spend a couple of moments telling you about my favourite things in this release – The Bold Alphabet Die Set and The Sea Shore Set of Inks. Don’t get me wrong, all the other dies and inks are awesome too, but if I start talking about them we’d be here forever. So on to the layout!
The inspiration and photo for this layout dates back to late last year. I was 7 months pregnant and we were experiencing the first heat wave of the year. I was tired and hot ALL the time. You required a great deal of bargaining power to pursued me to do anything. So my husband graciously offered to spend his Sunday hanging out with me in bed under the air-conditioner for the entire day. We even had food delivered for dinner and dinned in bed. I think we both kinda knew our days like these were coming to an end. I think only a week or two later CJ started a new job that required him to work weekends and Eva was born another month after that.
Turns out I was just waiting for the perfect Inks and Collection to come out to scrap it.
I started off by stamping my background with the Floral Shadow Stamp Set in both the new Ink Colours – Lagoon and Emerald. I was trying to create a floral pattern you might find on bedding. I would like green floral bedding. All 4 of the new green inks are perfection. I have been waiting forever for the perfect bluey-greens, so you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be seeing them a lot in my up coming layouts.
I then used the brand NEW, super AWESOME Bold Alphabet Die Set to cut my title from the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life 6×6 paper pad. I was looking for prints in the pad that would make good duvet covers. Fair warning: I’m probably going to use these to death too. I’ll never have to buy another set of thinkers (*maniacal laugh*)! I laid the letters out like disheveled bed linen and ran it though the sewing machine. Then I added a few tiny little, morning related details with the Oh Happy Life puffy stickers.
Last, but not least I fussy cut a few flowers out of an Amy Tangerine paper and popped them up on foam tape along with my photo and that’s how my bed inspired layout came together.
Now for the best part: THE PRIZES!
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! All you have to do is leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Saturday, September 24, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 25 on the Altenew blog.
If that were not enough I will be giving away an additional $30 gift certificate to someone who leaves a comment below on this post. The winner of my gift certificate will be announced here on the blog on Saturday the 24th of September (Australian Time).
Happy Easter! We are having an awesome weekend celebrating Eva’s first Easter or at least I am because the only way my darling daughter is eating chocolate is if I get to first – I won’t fill in that mental image for you. I did promise though, that she can eat as many as she likes for breakfast next year during a particularly hairy moment where I was trying to pry a brightly coloured foil confection out of her hand (which I may have put there for photographic purposes) as she desperately sort to cram it in to her mouth. Hopefully we both forget by this time next year or better yet she doesn’t learn to read my blog by then.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting the Citrus Twist Sketch Challenge this weekend. You can find it over here.
I love babies. I love baby cuddles. I love all the baby accessories and baby scrapbook papers! This tiny little creature is the most fascinating thing that’s ever crossed my path and I was a farm girl for a few years. Some of those animals… Oh right, not pertinent to the current story. What I was going to say was my new favourite thing to scrap is firsts. SO MANY FIRSTS! I fear very shortly you may see pages dedicated to the first time Eva uses the potty or time I have to un-jam her from somewhere. Today however, we are here to celebrate Eva’s first ever bath.
I made this page with March’s Citrus Twist Main kit. They are not normally papers I would choose, they are however the colours of a 40 year old maternity unit AND the Pink Paislee paper reminded me of bubbles. On a side note, if and when we decide to have another bubba it will be in our cities new hospital. I saw the plans for the maternity ward while I was there – it’s blue.
Daddy did an awesome job washing little bubba, which was not an easy task given how much hair she was born with and her not so immediate love of water. So I feel a little bad making such a girly page. Once again though… BUBBLES PAPER! I even punched a few out to add as embellishment along with an obscenely large amount of puffy stickers. I’m just going to say for texture and dimension. Has nothing to do with their squishy, shiny goodness.
Oh and cut apart sheets. I find now if I cut them up when they arrive, I use them a whole lot more. This is the sheet from bloom. How cute is my little duo? I could look at this photo all day *heart eyes emoji*. Where did my newborn go? Feels like just yesterday I had a squishy warm bundle that slept a lot. Now I have a chubby cheeked bubba that’s just learnt to blow raspberries. Crazy.
And I’m back. No seriously, I’m super stoked with my PL spread this week. Ever since Eva was born I have felt a little off my game. Which is really weird because prior to her being born I knew my own style in side out. I’m chalking that up to baby brain and sleep deprivation. Any who, this is how I rocked Hip Kits February Kits:
The Left Side in closer detail:
And the Right Side:
Not going to lie – it’s all about Eva again. At 5 weeks old we were only just beginning to hit our stride. It was also the first week I took Eva out of the house by myself.
I…eh…developed a nasty habit of internet shopping on my phone during late night feeds. This week alone saw 2 kikki-k orders and a Go-To skin care order. Turns outs though it wasn’t really a problem. As soon as Eva started feeding less during the night, I shopped less (WIN-WIN!). On a design note this whole layout is structured around a single piece of Pink Paislee Paper.
Funny story – see the ‘Live Fresh’ cut apart. it’s actually hiding a cushion of the exact same colour underneath. We use it all the time to prop the blind out so the metal bar at the bottom doesn’t hit the wall in the breeze, but it’s a much better photo if you don’t see it. In fact that’s my tip for today: Be mindful of the background in your photos, but if you can’t just embellish over the imperfections. Even if it is smack bag in the middle of the photo.
I knocked up these quick filler cards with the b side of that original piece of Pink Paislee paper and the cut apart sheet. I love when you can show opposites in the same layout. WORK HARD to illustrate my hubby putting up Eva’s port-a-cot. I got to give the man props, those things a ‘challenging’ at the best of times. It’s even more so if you have never even seen one before. The PLAY HARD is paired with yet another pic of both of them playing on the floor. Truth be told, I have a million of them. I love photographing the two of them interacting.
This would be a really cute photo, if it was just a photo. Anyone who knows our cat knows she doesn’t have a protective, loving bone in her body. Actually there has been some mention of her being a vessel of unholy evil. Many were worried for bubba’s health. Turns out Mica doesn’t give a rats behind about the little human. She prefers to be in any other room if Eva’s being noisy, but other than that Eva may as well be another piece of furniture. This being a prime example. My mini title comes from a cut apart that said “Ignore the Critics” and some really great alphas in the Amy Tangerine sticker book from the February Hip Kits Project Life Kit.
Remember my story about late night shopping? This instagram tag was cut from the band around my brand new Kikki-k planner arrived in the mail this week. I love up-cycling packing. It like free pretty paper!
And there you have it. I wish I could take all the credit, but February’s Hip Kits were pretty awesome. So until next week my scrappy friends – go forth and create!