Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Almost Done!

with my page I am creating using this sketch...
from The Paper Bakery that I posted about last week. I just need to add a few more details. This page came together pretty quickly after I added the journaling.

Have you tried the sketch yet?

Also, there is a new issue up over at Paper Issues.
The theme is "My Happy Place" and the sponsor is Chic Tags. I was given some product from the School House line and created the Library layout you see up in the top left corner. :)
They are looking for scrapbookers to link up pages using either Chic Tags product or the theme "My Happy Place". Here are the other two pages I linked up so far...
The beach is definitely a happy place for me!
I love our street! It is just such a pretty view looking down our block any time of year. I have taken photos of this same view for every season.
And I may link up this one...

I know it's another library layout, but I really love the library. And these are actually photos from a different library here in the city :)

So if you have any projects that fit the theme or use Chic Tags, come on by and link them up *Here*
for a chance to win a prize pack from Chic Tags.
I am also going to be looking through the link ups for familiar names to feature here or in my blog post on the Paper issues blog this upcoming Monday!
Plus, linked projects are always being featured on the Paper Issues Instagram and Facebook pages as well. Looking forward to seeing your projects. :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Guest Post: Personalizing Your iPhone Screen

Today, we have a guest poster here at the Nest.  Kristine Williams is sharing some tips for personalizing your smartphone:

Personalizing Your iPhone Screen

If you’re like me, you spend way too much time on your smartphone. And why shouldn’t I? I’m a busy mom, always on the go. I keep my shopping lists there and all my apps for keeping the kids busy. I bought a good insurance policy for mine, because I'd die if it broke or got toilet-dunked by a two-year-old. I love to feel like my iPhone is mine, so I keep pictures on my lock screen and home screen. ProtectCELL offers a plan that allows you to back up all your photos so you never have to worry about losing those adorable pictures of your kids. This is my third iPhone, and I’ve learned a few tips along the way to make my screens look their best.

Setting the Screen

First, go to the Photos application. Select the picture you want. Click the box icon with the upward arrow on the lower left corner of the screen. Click “Next.” A white box with a number of icons will appear. Scroll right on the bottom row and select “Use as Wallpaper.” You can move the picture up or down, right or left, and shrink or blow it up as you like. Then click “Set.” You will have the option to set your lock screen, home screen, or both. Select as you like, and it will set your preferences.

Picture Recommendations

On the iPhone 5, the screen pixel dimensions are 640 x 1136. For quality, any recent digital camera will take a picture that is at least the quality necessary for the phone. One megapixel or better will give you a really crisp picture. Just save it to your iPhone and follow the instructions above. I prefer using my own pictures, but photo sharing sites such as and have pictures that are sized correctly for certain iPhone models. And of course, there’s an app for that. Try Cool Wallpapers, a free app from Kappboom, Inc.

Old iOS Concerns

If by chance you haven’t upgraded to iOS 7 yet (or if you have an older phone that won’t upgrade that far), there is something you should consider. I would not choose a close-up shot of a face for your home screen. I had a wonderful picture of my son for my home screen. But every time I opened a folder of apps, it split his face in half. Very disorienting, every time I saw it.

iOS 7

This problem has somewhat been resolved by iOS 7, but not in the most satisfying fashion. With the updated iOS, when you open a folder, it just obscures most of your home screen picture. At that point, I chose a textured picture like grass or leaves for my home screen.

Then there’s the parallax effect on the iPhone 5’s. This model has motion sensors. Certain editions of iOS 7 would allow the background to move with you. Some have found this a cunning development. If you like the parallax effect, you should choose a picture that is 200 pixels wider and taller than your phone. But a lot of people, myself included, found that it made them a little sick. If you want to disable it, just go to your Settings App. Click “General,” then “Accessibility.” Turn “Reduce Motion” on, and the parallax effect should be limited.

My kids love that I can readily take pictures of them with my phone. I think it’s great that I can showcase them easily with just a push of a few buttons. And my kids are delighted every time they press my Home button and see a picture of them. It helps me remember that they are the reason I’m so busy. They are the reason I’m on my phone all the time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

There are Some Fun Challenges...

around the net.
Right now I am working on a few.

Paper Issues current challenge involves Christmas! It runs until this Sunday, December 8th. If you link up a Christmas project *Here* you have the chance to win a $20 gift card to the store.
Here are a few projects from some of my Craft Your Nest and blogger friends that have been linked up so far.
Love this adorable page by Mary Pat of her children writing letters to Santa. Love the fun mix of brightly colored patterned paper and the embellishments!
Patricia has so many cute Christmas cards on her blog, but this one is my favorite! I love the creative way she used scrapbook product to create a winter scene on her card. Just gorgeous!

And this page by Ashley is just amazing. She scrapped favorite Christmas treats in a fun way. Another fun design!
Another really cute project is by Lisa. She created this cute clothespin gift set that would be cute for a teacher's gift.

So much great inspiration over there in the link ups!

In addition to the Christmas challenge, I am working on a sketch or two or three :)
It's no secret that I love Juliana Michaels sketches that she creates for The Paper Bakery kit club.
Currently I am working on...
sketch #16. I am a little behind due to being sick and the holiday. Cause their current sketch is...
this one #17. Hoping to get caught up this week and get back to linking up with them!

And another great sketch challenge out there right now being sponsored by Paper Issues is by Stuck Sketches.
There is a $20 gift card from Paper Issues up for grabs for this challenge, too!
Lots of great sketch inspiration to try right now. And I am sure there is more.

As always, if you try any of the challenges, please let me know. I would love to feature you here on the blog. :)
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

Are you ready? :)
I am not a huge fan of cooking. So Thanksgiving is more of a chore to me than a holiday if I have to cook :)
But I like the idea behind Thanksgiving of giving thanks and being grateful for all the blessings and good in our lives.

Last week, Dawn shared some fun Thanksgiving Printables with you *Here*.
Today I am going to share an older layout with you.
The only Thanksgiving layout I could find!
This is so old, Evan was in preschool and he is now in sixth grade. (LOL)
His preschool has this wonderful tradition of letting the children assemble their own Thanksgiving basket of flowers to put on the table for dinner. When Evan came home, I snapped a few photos of him with his basket. I am so glad I did! A few minutes later, he noticed that one of his flowers were bent at the stem. My three year old became frustrated while trying to fix it and proceeded to tear the whole thing apart! I was so sad that we wouldn't be able to put it on our table. But at least I have the photos, and the layout. I thought about telling the story of his frustration on the actual layout, but then decided against it. I just wanted to showcase the beauty of the flowers he had worked so hard on. And he was so proud of that work!

I think when we scrapbook the holidays, there are so many different stories we can tell. And that is what I love about scrapbooking. The stories! We have such a wonderful hobby that will allow us to capture moments in time so we don't forget. :)

Would love to see your Thanksgiving layouts? Feel free to share links in the comments or photos on our Facebook page if you would like.

And for those that celebrate here in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving!
For all of our other readers, we are so grateful to have you here! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's Done!!!

So I originally started talked about using this sketch...

 on *This Post* almost a month ago. It took awhile, but happy to say my layout is done!

And there are a few pops of gold on there :) All of the rub-ons are gold. A few stars, the row of hearts and chevrons by Studio Calico and Pink Paislee. This is a phone photo of my son and I from this past summer. We set up a plan where we exercised together at least one day a week. I have to say it was a great way to fit exercise in :)
I will say that I think I am done with using the white Mister Huey mist from Studio Calico. All I wanted were a few droplets and the stuff would not dry! It stayed chalky and smeared. I was able to wipe a lot of it off, but it still looks a little streaky in places on this photo, but not quite that bad in real life.

Right now I am working on lots of cards. Birthday and Christmas cards. It is unbelievable how many birthdays fall in October, November and December around here! As for Christmas, we usually do photo Christmas cards, but I like to make cards for the kids teachers and support staff at school.

Also, last week on *This Post*, shared the "Grateful For You" challenge over on the Paper Issues blog. One of my blog friends, Elise linked up over there with an adorable "Thankful" album she has been sharing on her blog. So glad that one of my fellow DT members featured it on the Paper Issues blog.
I just wanted to share a few of her pages here as well.
Love how she shared that beautiful photo of herself!
You can see more pages from her album *Here* and *Here*!
I think it is so great that you are sticking with it, Elise, and documenting life. :)
Very inspirational!

I also saw that my blog friend Mary Pat linked up with a really cool printer's tray project...
documenting being thankful for her two adorable sons! This is so pretty, Mary Pat!

And I am always inspired by Ashley's work. She linked up with this sweet page...
of her family which I know she is extremely grateful for.
So happy to see so many friends linking up! :)

The issue runs through this Sunday, so there is still time to link up projects for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues store.

Have a great weekend, and I will be back next week!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Printables

I don't know how things are going at your house, but around here we are counting down the days until next week.  My boys are excited to have a week off from school (though we'll probably read a few Thanksgiving books together and we're definitely going to be doing some crafting + baking!).  I get a few days off work and my husband will be home for the long weekend...just the break we all need.

In case Thanksgiving has snuck up on any of you (please don't let me be the only one!), today I'm going to share some printables that would make for cute last-minute decor.

First up is this simple word art from landeelu:

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The Craft Patch also created a word art piece.  My husband would definitely agree with this one:

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Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes hand drew this word art (and it's available in four colors):

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Nest of Posies has some absolutely beautiful chalkboard printables for Thanksgiving.  I think this one is my favorite:

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The gals at eighteen 25 always impress me with their crafty skills, so they made my list twice.  First with this banner:

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 And also with this print:

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Finally, Courtney at Pizzazzerie has an entire Thanksgiving collection available on her blog:

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I hope you find some inspiration from these pieces.  If you know of any other Thanksgiving decor items, please feel free to link them in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Friday!

Can you believe that two weeks from today ~ Thanksgiving will be all over?  That's scary enough but Christmas is really nipping at our heels!  So, have you started your Christmas preparations?  I've been working on my Christmas cards for so long that I'm ready to move on.  I actually bought some Valentine's Day stuff yesterday.  Yikes!!

We got our new Christmas tree yesterday too.  We didn't haul ours all the way down here when we moved so we had to replace it.  For about a minute I thought about getting a live tree this year but changed my mind.  We got a 7' tall pre-lit gorgeous tree ~ with 650 lights on it!!  I wanted one of those tall skinny trees because they don't take up so much room.  We're probably going to have fun keeping Asher from taking all the ornaments off the tree.  Haha

How would you like to see some "beach stuff"???  That should take your mind off the coming holidays and the approaching snow (for some of you).  I created this little layout of Asher making "sand angels" yesterday.  Actually, he might not see real snow ~ to make snow angels~ he did see it when he was a baby and they came up north but he won't remember it.  

I used mostly dmogstad Beach Party for this layout and created the palm trees using Photoshop 11.

I adore this picture that my daughter took of Asher ~ looking out at the water.

Are you feeling warm and tropical yet??  Here's a cute picture:

One more then I'll let you "escape to the tropics" in your mind.

Greetings from Florida!!  This is a good time to live here!!

Be sure to stop by our Facebook Page and say hello.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So Grateful!

Sorry to have been missing in action for a little bit.
I had some health issues two Fridays ago that I posted about on this post on my personal blog.
I am doing much, much better, but did not get a whole lot of scrapbooking done the last two weeks.
So as a result, this layout...
is still sitting on my workspace. I am hoping to finish it today, since I have some scrapbook time planned on my schedule!

But I don't want to leave you without some scrapbook inspiration and a chance to win this...
There is a new issue, "Grateful For You", on the Paper Issues blog. We are linking up projects using a "Grateful" theme. You can see the post *Here*.
So far I have linked up two...

This may not look like a grateful type of project at first glance. But if you can read the journaling you will see why I linked it up. :)

I have also been participating in #30gratefuldays on Instagram which is also sponsored by Paper Issues. It's been a lot of fun taking daily photos (and actually keeping up!). I realize how lucky, blessed and grateful I am for my life and the people in it. Sure some of the photos are object based. But at the heart of it all are the people!

What do you feel grateful for? Are you participating in any 30 day grateful challenges this month? Have you created any projects expressing your gratitude recently or in the past?

If you do link up to the Paper Issues grateful theme, be sure to let me know? Last month I shared a project by one of my blog friends on my Paper Issues blog post and she also ended up being featured on their Facebook page and Instagram as well!
Happy Wednesday!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Happy Friday!

I hope you're all looking forward to the weekend ~ I know I am.

Last week, I posted the winner of my photograph challenge.   Chantal was the winner and here's my layout using the title she suggested.

Chantal suggested the title "When does it turn into a carriage".   I just got this adorable kit from Clingerman called "Young and Wild and Free" ~ I love it for this little boy layout.  Thanks Chantal for playing in my title challenge!  Your RAK should be there in the next few days.

Here's a 2 page layout I created using one of Lisa Moen's wonderful Project 12 sketches.

If you'll click on it, it will enlarge nicely for you.  These are 4 of my older grandkids and this is their idea of what to do when I say "I want to take pictures".  LOL  I used MarieHDesigns; Miss_Mint_Artist Cardboard Alpha digital kits for this layout.

I haven't shown you a digital card for awhile.  Here's one that I created with Echo Park Fall Fever.

I created the card digitally then printed it out and double matted it and added the bow.  This is really a "hybrid card".

Be sure to stop by our Facebook Page and say "hello".  Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nuts About You

A couple weeks ago, I posted a color challenge.  The task was to use these colors... part of a project (a card, layout, home decor - anything!).

Today I'm here to share my take on the challenge:

I started with the October kit from Simon Says Stamp:

The colors in this kit were a perfect match for the challenge; the difficult part was choosing which stamp I wanted to use!

After more deliberation than I'd care to admit, I chose the squirrel stamp with the "nuts about you" sentiment.  I stamped the squirrel onto a 2.75" by 5.5" piece of cardstock (can you tell my boys sometimes use my ink pads?):

I then die cut around the squirrel (the die I used actually cuts two nesting circles, which allowed for the "border" around my circle):

I then stamped the sentiment:

Next, I cut and scored the cardstock base for the card(it's just a standard A2):

I cut down a piece of patterned paper to 3.25" by 5.5" and adhered it to the card base.  I used pop dots to adhere the white panel:

Finally, I added a couple sequins and put some glossy accents on top of the squirrel:

The pop dots I used under the circle are a smidge lower than the ones under the main panel; I wanted to give the card a bit more visual dimension.

And one more time, here's the finished product:

Oh, one last thing...I added a wee acorn to the inside of the card.  I like the way it ties the inside of the card to the front:

There's still time for you to participate in this color challenge.  Please share your work through in a link in the comments or via Facebook!
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